The Dogwood Festival returns for the 85th year and counting

The City of Fairfield has proclaimed April 30 as National Therapy Animal Day in honor of companion animal partners.

Pet Partners teams make millions of visits each year to schools, hospitals, nursing homes and hospices.

Their therapy animals partner with human companions to bring comfort and healing to those in need.

Visit petpartners.org for more information about Pet Partners.

The annual Dogwood Festival will be back this spring

The Town of Fairfield Dogwood Festival returns this spring for its 85th anniversary. It will take place this weekend at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, at 1045 Old Academy Road in Fairfield.


The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be food, music, children’s activities, and arts and crafts vendors.

People will also be able to take advantage of the spring weather and admire the city’s historic dogwood trees.

Visit greenfieldhillchurch.com/dogwood-festival/ for more information.

The Birdathon returns for the fifth year

The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Fairfield site will host its fifth annual Migration Madness Birdathon May 13-15.

Some events are scheduled at the center at 314 Unquowa Road in Fairfield. People can also watch birds and take pictures by themselves for other competitions.

There will be a friendly competition to see as many species as possible in the state. All levels will be welcome. People can participate alone, with family and friends, or form a team.

There will be prizes for adults, young bird enthusiasts, teams and schools, as well as the annual Birdathon Photo Contest.

Donations will support conservation work throughout Connecticut.

There will be a $10 entry fee. People 12 and under are free.

People can also ask their friends to pledge support for the Birdathon event.

Visit ctadubon.org for more information, to register or to be a sponsor.

Fairfield University continues summer enrichment program

Fairfield University will recruit and train up to 500 students for the second consecutive year to provide meaningful educational experiences for young people this summer as part of the Connecticut College Corps.

The program began last summer in response to Governor Ned Lamont’s plan to provide experiences for K-12 students whose school years have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is offered in conjunction with the Connecticut Office of Higher Education, the Connecticut State Department of Education, and other public and private higher education institutions in the state.

Lamont announced in April that the state would dedicate $8 million of U.S. federal bailout funding to continue the program.

Fairfield University actively recruits undergraduate students attending school in Connecticut and Connecticut residents attending college out of state to work as Corps members for seven weeks. They will receive training from Fairfield faculty.

Those interested in the program are encouraged to visit fairfield.edu/collegecorpsct to learn more and apply.

The deadline to apply is May 10.

Fairfield Theater Company Announces 10th Annual Encore Gala

The Fairfield Theater Company will host its 10th Annual Encore Gala from 7-11 p.m., May 14, at the Fairfield Theater Company Warehouse, 70 Sanford St.

The theme of the event is Eat, Drink and Coupons.

The evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a Rock ‘n’ Stroll dinner by catering company On The March, live music, art, film, theater and culture. There will also be a silent auction.

The festivities will continue after dinner with Eggsperience in the warehouse, including members of Eggy and special musical guests.

Proceeds from the annual event allow the theater to further enrich the community by bringing the best in arts and entertainment to Fairfield County.

Individual tickets and sponsorship packages are available.

Visit encoregala.com for updates and ticket information.

Visit fairfieldtheatre.org for more information.

Fairfield professor elected president of American Theological Society

John E. Thiel, a longtime professor of religious studies at Fairfield University, will serve as president of the American Theological Society in the 2023-2024 academic year.

The society is the oldest theological society in North America. It meets annually at Princeton Theological Seminary and is limited to 100 elected members at any one time.

Thiel taught at Fairfield University for 46 years. He was also a visiting professor of religious studies at Yale University. He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and also served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. Thiel has also written books and articles.

The League of Women Voters will present the legislative summary

The Fairfield League of Women Voters will present a 2022 Legislative Recap from 10:00 a.m. to noon on May 14 in the Fairfield University Dolan School of Business Event Room, 1037 N. Benson Road.

Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and light refreshments.

The public will listen to their legislators and ask them questions.

The event is free and open to the public. It will feature State Senator Tony Hwang and State Representatives Laura Devlin, Jennifer Leeper and Cristin McCarthy Vahey.

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