Community News: Learn self defense and fight hunger, plant sale, the Walk

Those attending the Mini Cooper Team food drive this Saturday can receive one hour of instruction from Jim King of King Academy of Martial Arts & Self-Defense, 200 Main St. in Monroe, in exchange for a nonperishable food donation, benefiting the Monroe Food Pantry.

MONROE, CT — The MINI Cooper Team is partnering with King Academy of Martial Arts & Self-Defense, 200 Main St., for a food drive this Saturday, April 17, from 11 a.m. until noon.

All are welcome to attend this free event and can participate in an hour of self-defense instruction taught by Jim King of Monroe. This martial arts session is offered in exchange for a nonperishable food donation for the Monroe Food Pantry. Donations will be collected and placed in the MINI Coopers.

Registration begins at 10:45 a.m. for the in person event. All guests will be required to sign a waiver with King Academy to participate. Respond as “going” on the event post on Facebook, so organizers can keep track of the projected attendance.

Birdseed bells

The Monroe Women’s Club’s Birdseed Bell fundraiser will benefit the Monroe Food Pantry, while feeding local birds over the winter.

Birdseed bells are $15 each and include a whimsical bird ornament for the recipient. The Monroe Women’s Club will deliver the bells to Monroe addresses.

More details are on the order form. The deadline is May 31, 2021. Checks should be made payable to Monroe Women’s Club c/o Veronica Condon and mailed to 9 Stable Ridge Road, Monroe CT 06468.

For information, call 203-331-6662 or send an email to [email protected].

Long Hill Garden Club’s plant sale 

TRUMBULL, CT — Long Hill Garden Club will host its annual sale of locally-grown plants at the Trumbull Library on Quality Street, next to the Children’s entrance, Saturday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The sale will include a wide variety of locally-grown plants, a second chance garden shed of gently-used garden-related items, tickets for a chance to win a rain barrel (requires qualifying purchase), and a kid’s table.

Credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted. Organizers ask that shoppers wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.

The plants will include perennials, succulents, grasses, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, houseplants, Mother’s Day Baskets, trees and shrubs.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

The Center for Family Justice’s annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, which raises awareness of the impact sexual abuse and violence against women and girls has in the six local communities it serves, including Monroe, will be Saturday, April 24, with a live social media broadcast to celebrate those groups and individuals who have taken their own walks on behalf of CFJ throughout the month.

The Walk is sponsored by Aquarion Water. This virtual walk effort will be chaired by Gary MacNamara, executive director of public safety and government affairs at Sacred Heart University, and the former police chief in Fairfield.

CFJ’s supporters can join MacNamara and get involved by doing the following:

  • Registering to participate in Walk A Mile in Her Shoes at
  • Form a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes team and create a fundraising page for that team.
  • Encourage friends and family to donate in support of their efforts.
  • Between April 1 and 30 take a picture or video walking in support of CFJ and share it on social media using the hashtags #WhyIWalkCFJ #WeStillWalkforCFJ #IStillWalkForCFJ. Suggestion: Wear the Walk a Mile symbol of red shoes or something teal, the official color of sexual violence awareness, to show you care.
  • Send those photos or short videos to CFJ’s Community Relations Coordinator Beth Fitzpatrick at [email protected].

To learn more about supporting Walk a Mile as a sponsor, participant, or donor contact Lisa Labella, CFJ’s Director of Development and Community Outreach at [email protected].

United We Golf

The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County’s  first annual United We Golf Tournament will be held at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull on May 17. The fundraiser will benefit residents recovering from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, with funds going to United Way’s Rebuilding Stronger fund.

Foursomes will compete in a scramble for the United Cup, with scoring using handicaps. The entry fee of $200 covers 18-hole tournament play, cart, contests, prizes, swag and catered food.

To register or for information click on this link.

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