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The Plunge is coming back to Great Hollow Lake on April 13. The annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Connecticut is organized by the Monroe Police Department.

MONROE, CT — The Penguin Plunge, an annual fundraiser organized by the Monroe Police Department to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut’s athletes, will be held at Great Hollow Lake on Saturday, April 13.

Registration will be at 11 a.m. and the Plunge will be at 1 p.m. To register, click here.

Speed Networking

The Monroe and Greater Valley chambers of commerce are co-sponsoring the 11th annual Speed Networking event at Whitney Farms, 175 Shelton Road in Monroe, on Wednesday, March 20, from 4:45 to 7:30 p.m.

Organizers tout this event as an opportunity to make more contacts in two hours than some people make in an entire year. Speed Networking is designed to bring you face-to-face with each business contact in the room by sharing your “60-second” elevator pitch during eight rounds.

Admission is $49 per person, which includes the chance to meet 49 contacts, the first drink (then it is a cash bar), appetizers, dessert, coffee or tea. Attendance is limited to one representative per company.

To sign up online, click here.

Registering, networking, drinks and appetizers are from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. Then speed networking and raffle prizes will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

A spreadsheet with emails for all participants will be sent to those attending the event.

Bellenot & Buford LLC is the Power Sponsor and the other sponsors are Double Eagle Insurance, Peralta Design and Newtown Savings Bank.

Sponsorship opportunities include six table hosts for $125 each. For information, contact Danielle Rownin, 203-767-3512, or Laura Gorman, 203-925-4981.

Relating to other faiths

How should Christians relate to other world religions? Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 466 Elm Street in Monroe, will explore this topic during a free seminar at the church on March 16 at 5 p.m.

In a country known as a “melting pot”, chances are high for Christians to encounter people of different faiths and traditions, from Hindus and Muslims to Buddhists and more.

The discussion will include how to relate to these traditions in a positive way, grow from what seems different to Christians’ own traditions, and it will inspire an interfaith dialogue for Christians to connect deeper with those around them.

Pastor Doug Ryniewicz will lead the seminar, which will be followed by a discussion and question and answer session.

Monroe Lions Shred Day

The Monroe Lions Club is holding paper shredding and electronic equipment discarding fundraiser in the Rite Aid pharmacy parking lot, 435 Main Street in Monroe, on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

This event gives participants the opportunity to rid themselves of all types of paper records (except spiral binders) and outdated computer and electronic equipment.

“The Monroe community will benefit from the funds raised, while cleaning their houses,” said Lions Club President Frank Bent.

Requested donations to the nonprofit are $15 per box of paper — any size. The donation sought for cell phones is $10. Donations for electronic equipment starts at $10 and greater amounts depend on type and size.

Proceeds benefit the Monroe Lions Club’s scholarship fund for graduating Masuk High School seniors. For information, call Frank Bent at 203-650-5632.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®, a community awareness event where men and boys take the first step to end violence against women and girls, will be begin at the train station in downtown Fairfield on April 27, with registration at 8 a.m. and the walk at 9 a.m. — high heels are optional.

Everyone is welcome to participate in The Center for Family Justice’s annual event, which raises critical financial support for CFJ’s Elizabeth M. Pfriem Camp HOPE America-Bridgeport and its Pathways to HOPE mentoring program.

Visit bit.ly/cfjwam24 to register. Participation fees are $25 for adults, $10 for students and it is free for children age 10 and younger.

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