Community Postings: Space, spring and more
How did a dyslexic ninth-grade dropout become the Wright Brothers of civilian spaceflight?
Hear his story Thursday at 7 p.m. at Eagle Hill Southport School at 214 Main St.
Ky “Rocketman” Michaelson will discuss how he fought the government, gravity and dyslexia in his historic quest to become the first civilian to launch a rocket into space.
Michaelson will be awarded with Eagle Hill’s Soaring to New Heights award for his outstanding achievements in the field of science and his dedication to breaking barriers in the learning differences community.
The event is recommended for ages 10 and older. Coffee will be provided.
Eagle Hill Southport School is for children 6 to 15 with language-based learning differences and ADHD. Its Community Lecture Series is funded in partnership with the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.
The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraiser and silent auction is set for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Burr Mansion, 739 Old Post Road.
The 2017 Spring Fling Party features appetizers and light bites served throughout the evening by local area restaurants, including Little Pub, Quattro Pazzi, CRAVE Restaurant and Taberna Restaurant Tapas & Wine Bar.
Besides an open wine and beer bar, soft drinks will be offered, as well as a Rosé Bar, featuring some of the most popular, new Rosé wines, sponsored by Mo’s Wine and Spirits.
“Pretty in Pink” and “Handsome in Pink,” attendees who wear something pink, can enter their name to win the door prize.
There will be a variety of silent auction items, including a threesome-plus of golf at the Brooklawn Country Club and foursome at Great River Country Club; car detail package; spa packages; party tent with caterer; Sonoma Valley wine trip; Danube River Cruise trip; women’s accessories; eye exam and a year’s supply of soft contact lenses; professional sport teams tickets; restaurant gift cards; photography packages; YMCA family three-month membership; taekwondo lessons; game and theater tickets; rock climbing; business advertising packages ; hotel rooms and fitness classes.
The event is made possible by sponsors including: Land Rover/Jaguar, Fairfield University, ACBI Insurance, Bankwell in Fairfield, Sacred Heart University, Charles Schwab, TVEyes, Fairfield County Bank, Kleban Properties, Mo’s Wine & Spirits, Massage Envy and Darien Rowayton Bank.
Registration deadline is Monday .
Tickets aret $50 for chamber members, $60 for nonmembers.
For ticket reservations, register at FairfieldCTChamber.com or call 203-255-1011.
to Odyssey finals
Odyssey of the Mind is an international, creative problem-solving competition, combining a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) focus with critical-thinking skills, creativity and teamwork.
The schools tied for first place in their division March 18 at the 36th annual Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind competition, on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University. The teams had to create and present a humorous performance about an unexpected superhero. Their wins secured them a place at the World Finals at Michigan State University May 24 to 27.
McKinley’s winning team was led by Suzanne Graceffa, a four-year coaching veteran, and Roger Sherman’s team was led by Suzee Meehan and Susannah Emra. Scripts, costumes, scenery, artwork, props and technical elements were created solely by the student team members.
Six Fairfield elementary teams competed this year, five of them led by first-time coaches. Three teams entered from McKinley, one each from North Stratfield and Roger Sherman, and one from Stratfield Elementary.
Stratfield and Roger Sherman were presented with the prestigious Jill Riggles Award for Excellence in Spontaneous, each having garnered the highest score in the Spontaneous portion during the tournament.
Local businesses and corporations interested in contributing to the students’ World Finals travel and housing expenses should contact firstname.lastname@example.org (McKinley coach) and/or email@example.com (Roger Sherman coach). Past donors include John Mayer, a world-renowned musician and former Stratfield Elementary Odyssey of the Mind participant.
Art on display in Trumbull
Fairfield resident and artist Robin Berenson has been selected by I.M. Smitten, a new Trumbull studio and showroom gallery, to showcase her painting style on several headboards.
This original gallery concept features hand-made and hand-painted headboards by local artisans and artists and unique pieces from around the world.
A Fairfield resident for 19 years, Berenson has been an artist all of her life. She enjoys weaving the threads of her career in textiles into her projects through bursts of color and texture and is always experimenting with new techniques and materials to expand her creative horizon. Specializing in custom murals and furniture for clients in and around Fairfield at I.M. Smitten, Berenson’s work can be seen on a variety of headboards including “Imperial Treasure” and “Sea Life” that highlight her painting techniques and attention to detail.
All the headboards can be customized or designed from scratch to transform any room.
For more information, call 203-445-1170 or visit imsmittengallery.com.
Chambers of commerce plan Danube cruise
The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, together with the Greater Norwalk, Westport-Weston and Danbury chambers, will be taking a group trip to the scenic Danube River, stopping at imperial cities along the way, departing Sept. 28 and returning Oct. 7.
Chamber members, guests, family and the public are invited to visit one of the most spectacular rivers in the world, the Danube. Included in the trip are stops in Munich, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Linz, with an optional, three-night extension stay in Prague.
Chamber trips are affordable, while providing the same high-quality travel of other tour groups.
Each city boasts unique and beautiful architecture, fine culture and specialty stores for shopping. On board the ship, with only 71 cabins, providing comfort without crushing crowds, guests experience superb dining with all meals included during the cruise, including complimentary, quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions with every dinner onboard the ship.
The starting price is $4,199 for double occupancy.
If interested in learning about the trip, call the Fairfield Chamber at 203-255-1011.