Community News: Music and Meatballs and a chili cook-off

Donald M. Casey Jr. of Monroe was honored with the Red Nose Award from the International Shrine Clown Association for achieving at least 150 hours in makeup and raising funds to assist children in need, who receive medical servicesreceiving medical services through the International Shrine Clown Association Sneaker Fund. The fund provides financial support for research for improved treatments and techniques for children with burn injuries at the Shriner Hospital. Contributed

Music and Meatballs
The Masuk Music Parents Association is hosting its 35th annual Music and Meatballs in the Masuk High School cafeteria this Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Those who attend will dine on ziti and meatballs, garlic knots and salad from Dave’s Planet Pizza of Norwalk, while supporting the Masuk High School music program. Food will be served until 8 p.m.

Dinners are $12 per person and $10 for senior citizens and children age 11 and younger. There is a $40 family price for two adults and two children.

Every meal includes ice cream, sweets from a dessert table, coffee, soda or water.

Gift baskets donated by local merchants and families will be raffled off.

For reservations or information, send an email to [email protected].

Chili cook-off

Monroe Congregational Church is hosting a chili cook-off from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday to raise money for the Senior PF’s mission trip.

The event will be at the church, 34 Church St., and admission is $10 per person.

Celebrating 30 years

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce will help Salon Aponte celebrate its 30th anniversary with an event at the 838 Main St. business at 10 a.m. this Saturday.

Coins for Change

Brian Tomlinson, right, manager of Connex Credit Union’s Monroe branch, presents a check to Special Olympics Connecticut’s director of partnerships and corporate relations, Ellyn Gerrmann, left, and Athletic and Global Messenger Heather Campbell. Contributed

Special Olympics Connecticut received a donation of over $700 from the Coins-for-Change program, in which townspeople convert their spare change to cash at Connex Credit Union’s coin-cashing machines and the credit union donates 100 percent of its fees to charitable organizations across the state.

Brian Tomlinson, branch manager of Connex Credit Union’s location at 155 Main St. in Monroe, presented a check to Special Olympics Connecticut Director of Partnerships and Corporate Relations Ellyn Gerrmann and its Athletic and Global Messenger Heather Campbell.

“We extend our most sincere thanks to the team at Connex Credit Union and all who donated to support our athletes,” Gerrmann said. “Because of caring and generous friends like you, we are able to provide year-round life changing sports, health and fitness programs designed to inspire acceptance and inclusion for all in our schools and communities.”

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