Dogwood Festival returns for 85th year and more

The Town of Fairfield proclaimed April 30 National Therapy Animal Day in honor of Pet Partners.

The Pet Partners teams make millions of visits each year to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices.

Their therapy animals partner with human companions to bring comfort and healing to people who are in need of it.

Visit petpartners.org for more information about Pet Partners.

Annual Dogwood festival to return this spring

The Town of Fairfield Dogwood Festival is returning this spring for its 85th anniversary. It will be held this weekend at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, at 1045 Old Academy Road in Fairfield.


The event will be from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturday, and from 11 am until 5 pm on Sunday.

There will be food, music, activities for children, and arts and crafts vendors.

People will also be able to enjoy the spring weather and admire the town’s historical dogwood trees.

Visit greenfieldhillchurch.com/dogwood-festival/ for more information.

Birdathon returns for fifth year

The Fairfield location of the Connecticut Audubon Society is going to have its fifth annual Migration Madness Birdathon event May 13 through 15.

Some events are scheduled at the center at 314 Unquowa Road in Fairfield. People can also watch birds and take pictures on their own for other competitions.

There will be a friendly competition to see as many species as possible in the state. All skill levels will be welcome. People will be able to participate on their own, or with family and friends, or form a team.

There will be prizes for adults, young bird enthusiasts, teams and schools, along with the annual Birdathon photo contest.

Donations will support the conservation work throughout Connecticut.

There will be an entry fee of $10. People 12 and under are free.

People can also ask their friends to make a pledge to support the Birdathon event.

Visit ctaudubon.org for more information, to sign up or be a sponsor.

Fairfield U. continues summer enrichment program

Fairfield University will recruit and train up to 500 college students for the second year in a row to provide meaningful educational experiences for youths this summer as part of the Connecticut College Corps.

The program started last summer in response to Gov. Ned Lamont’s plan to provide experiences to students in kindergarten through 12th grade who had academic school years disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is offered in collaboration with the Connecticut Office of Higher Education, the Connecticut State Department of Education, and other public and private higher education institutions across the state.

Lamont announced in April that the state will dedicate $8 million of federal American Rescue Plan funding to continue the program.

Fairfield University is actively recruiting undergraduate college students who attend school in Connecticut and Connecticut residents who attend college out of state to work as corps members for seven weeks. They will receive training from Fairfield faculty.

Those interested in the program are asked to visit fairfield.edu/collegecorpsct to learn more and apply.

The deadline to apply is May 10.

Fairfield Theater Company announces 10th annual encore gala

The Fairfield Theater Company is going to host its 10th annual Encore Gala event from 7 to 11 pm, May 14, in the Warehouse at the Fairfield Theater Company, 70 Sanford St.

The theme of the event is Let’s Eat, Drink and Cut Loose.

The evening will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a Rock ‘n’ Stroll dinner by the On The March catering company, live music, art, film, theater and culture. There will also be a silent auction.

The festivities will continue after the dinner with Eggsperience in the Warehouse, including members of Eggy, and special musical guests.

Proceeds from the annual event enabling the theater to further enrich the community by bringing the very best in arts, and entertainment to Fairfield County.

Individual tickets, and sponsorship packages are available.

Visit encoregala.com for updates, and ticket information.

Visit fairfieldtheatre.org for more information.

Fairfield professor elected president of American Theological Society

John E. Thiel, a long-time professor of religious studies at Fairfield University, will serve as president of the American Theological Society in the 2023-24 academic school year.

The society is the oldest theological society in North America. It meets annually at the Princeton Theological Seminary and is limited to 100 elected members at any given time.

Thiel has taught at Fairfield University for 46 years. He was also a visiting professor of religious studies at Yale University. He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and has also previously served as the president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. Thiel also wrote books and articles.

League of Woman Voters to present legislative wrap up

The Fairfield League of Women Voters will present a 2022 legislative wrap up, from 10 am until noon on May 14 at the Fairfield University Dolan School of Business event hall, 1037 N. Benson Road.

Doors will open at 9:30 am for coffee, and light refreshments.

The public will listen to their legislators and ask questions of them.

The event is free and open to the public. It will feature state Sen. Tony Hwang, and state Reps. Laura Devlin, Jennifer Leeper and Cristin McCarthy Vahey.

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