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First Selectman Ken Kellogg, Karen Cardi and Jonathan Stone from the Monroe First Foundation, present a check to Masuk Post-Prom Committee co-chairs Donna Michetti and Anne Brakeman.

MONROE, CT — First Selectman Ken Kellogg, Karen Cardi and Jonathan Stone of The Monroe First Foundation presented a $3,000 donation to the Masuk Post-Prom Committee, whose volunteers offer a night of fun activities for seniors in a safe environment after their prom.

“I’m grateful to the incredible team of volunteers who work so hard each year to transform the high school into an amazing entertainment venue,” Kellogg said. “I’m proud that, through their efforts, Monroe provides this opportunity for all students to enjoy a safe and fun event after the prom.”

The funds were raised during the annual First Selectman’s Golf Outing.

DaVinci Festival is back

The 7th annual DaVinci Festival, an art show for Monroe students in grades k-12, will be held at Masuk High School on Friday, April 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is returning to Monroe for the first time in four years.

‘There’s More to the Story’

Edith Wheeler Memorial Library invites the public to its Makerspace Open House to celebrate National Library Week on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. until noon. The event is called “There’s More to the Story.”

The makerspace, which opened in November of 2019, contains a host of equipment to encourage creative pursuits, both digital and old school. Stop in and learn from library volunteers as they demonstrate the photo and slide scanner; a Cricut cutting machine; an embroidery machine; a Glowforge laser cutter; and a converter that can turn old VHS tapes and DVDs into digital files.

There will be a jewelry making station and a Glowforge demonstration to make and take keychains. Free refreshments will be available in the Monroe Lions Club Cafe.

When a pipe burst in the Teen Space in January of 2018, the library decided to turn the misfortune into an opportunity to update its services.

Since EWML opened in 2007, libraries have gained increasing importance as community gathering places and as centers for experiential learning. The renovated upper level of the building includes a brand new makerspace, as well as a self-serve coffee area with comfortable seating.

A $93,000 donation from the Monroe Lions Club to the Friends of the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library was essential to making the upgrade possible. Makerspace appointments are offered to assist patrons with projects they can create on the machines then on their own after completing training sessions. The public is invited to stop by during the open house event.

For information visit www.ewml.org or call the Adult Programs Department at 203-452-2852.

National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities, is the week of April 23-29.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

FAIRFIELD, CT — Put on your walking shoes – maybe some red heels – and get ready as we raise awareness about preventing violence against women and girls during The Center for Family Justice’s 11th Annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® on Saturday, April 29.

Presented by the Aquarion Water Company, Walk A Mile will begin with registration at 8 a.m. at the Fairfield Train Station. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. To register as an individual or a team, go to bit.ly/cfjwam2023.

Monroe Lions blood drive

The Monroe Lions Club is hosting a Spring Blood Drive at Monroe Congregational Church, 34 Church St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 3. Be sure to eat a good breakfast before donating.

Paper Shredding fundraiser

The Monroe Lions Club will host a Paper Shredding fundraiser in the Rite Aid pharmacy parking lot, 435 Main St., from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 29, rain or shine.

Shred documents in a standard computer paper box, 18x10x11, can be shredded for a $10 donation. There is a $15 donation for larger boxes.

For information, call Len Berger at 203-339-1097.

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