Members of the Southbury Knights of Columbus Council 5066, (from left) Tom Kokinchak, Harry Robinson and Art Hendrickson, Jr., displayed a banner honoring the Feast Day of the Blessed Father Michael McGivney. A Mass was held on Sunday August 13, at Sacred Heart Church in Southbury honoring the Feast Day. Founded on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, an assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven.
WOODBURY — A group of local residents has mounted a grassroots effort to aid a young woman who fled her native Afghanistan last summer and arrived in the U.S. without her family. Nilab was 17 and a first-year student at Ariana University in Kabul when U.S. Armed Forces were leaving the country and the government was falling to the Taliban. Her parents, an engineer and a women’s rights advocate, knew they had to gather their three children and immediately flee the country. (The family’s last name is being omitted for reasons of safety.)
SOUTHBURY — The Heritage Hotel has welcomed a new general manager, Christopher Anderson. The hotel said, “Christopher has made huge strides in connecting with the Southbury community and beyond, since his arrival from Washington D.C. in July.” Since the new manager arrived, he has been reconnecting the hotel with the local community and beyond, working on several community partnerships, from local craftsmen to artists, to enrich the hotel with local culture and special events.
SOUTHBURY — The Pomperaug Soccer Club Scholarship was established to honor graduating seniors who participated in the club’s program as players, referees and/or as coaches. Any graduating senior living in Southbury or Middlebury who participated as a player or referee in the club for at least four years, graduated with a minimum of a C+ average and in good standing, plans on attending a college or university as a full-time student and submits a 250-word essay on “What Soccer Means to Me,” may apply.
WOODBURY — The Arts Alliance of Woodbury will host its last Arts Walk of the season from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 18, along Main Street South, between Studio Hill Gallery and the Woodbury Public Library. The event coincides with AAW’s annual Members’ Exhibition, on view through August 30 in the library gallery.
BETHLEHEM — The Bethlehem Land Trust will host Annie and the Natural Wonder Band in the next installment of its singer/songwriter concert series from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 18, near the barns on the Bellamy-Ferriday preserve, 9 Main St. North. Annie and Safari Bob Grilli write and sing about the wonders of nature. Their shows are interactive and include songs from their nine nature-themed CDs.