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Special Chanuka Program

Beth Israel of Westport-Norwalk plans to host a Chanuka program for children and teens with special needs on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the temple at 40 King Street in Norwalk.

The event, being sponsored by the Circle of Friends and Sunday Children’s Circle, has scheduled an afternoon of sports, dance and crafts led by professional therapists and leaders, and each participant will be teamed up with a teenage volunteer, officials said.

The Circle of Friends is an affiliate of the national organization YACHAD and a beneficiary
of the UJA Federation of Westport, Weston, Wilton and Norwalk.

For further information contact Freida Hecht at 203-866-0534 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

CLASP Homes Sets Hurricane Relief Drive Sept. 27

CLASP Homes, a Westport-based non-profit serving adults with developmental disabilities, will hold a relief drive for the victims of Hurricane Katrina on Sept. 27, the organization announced.

Those living in CLASP’s apartment program will be collecting bottled water, blankets, snack food or easy to open, non-perishable foods, batteries, tents and tarps. Everything that is collected will be taken to the Norwalk Armory.

While the people who live at CLASP are in need of support themselves, over the past couple of weeks several have asked how they can help the people of the Gulf Coast, an announcement said. It said this is a great opportunity for them to reach out to the survivors and make a difference in their lives.

Community members may drop off the items at the CLASP Homes office at 246 Post Road East between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sept. 27. For more information about CLASP and its programs, contact Development Director Alisa Levinson at (203) 226-7895 ext. 144 or visit www.clasphomes.org.

Wellness Topic of AARP Meeting Wednesday

The Westport-Weston Chapter of AARP will open its fall season Wednesday with practical advice from professionals on how to promote wellness and independence.

The 1 p.m. meeting at the Westport Center for Senior Activities is of particular interest to those age 50 and above who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, an announcement said.

Dr. Michael McGlynn, well-known clinical nutritionist with a practice in Westport, will focus on preventing disease and promoting wellness through good dietary practices. He received his post-doctorate diploma from the American Chiropractic Board of Nutrition,

Susan Lackey of Home Instead Senior Care in Norwalk will present a “Banana Blast” party inspired by the “30-Minute Meals for Seniors”. booklet created by TV chef Rachel Ray. Lackey will bring bananas, dipping chocolate and assorted toppings and invite the audience to participate in preparing—and eating—the nutritious afternoon treat.

Both speakers will welcome questions from the audience. For more information about the meeting, call Thelma Shiboski, (203) 227-8594.