News Briefs: Wreaths Across America, Heart to Heart toy drive
DARIEN — The annual Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held on Dec. 16, at the Spring Grove Veterans’ Cemetery. All are welcome to come and help remember our veterans' by laying wreaths. Gather at 11:30 a.m. to prepare for the noon ceremony.
NORWALK — The Heart to Heart Foundation is requesting donations for its Christmas Toy Drive. The organization is requesting donations for ages birth to 12 and gift cards for 13- to 16-year-olds. For information, contact Rebecca Chernet at 203-853-7966 or the Rev. Nellie Mann at 336-603-6135.
HARTFORD — Operation Fuel and its statewide network of fuel banks has begun taking energy assistance applications for the upcoming heating season. Families and individuals who are in financial crisis and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. Operation Fuel is the only organization in Connecticut that provides year-round emergency energy assistance statewide. This past fiscal year, Operation Fuel provided more than $3.3 million in energy assistance to nearly 7,900 households. Almost half of the people helped by the nonprofit were either elderly or children under the age of 18. Now in its 40th year, Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis. Information or donations: www.operation
fuel.org. Donations can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford 06106.
NORWALK — The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will host a holiday open house from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, featuring several hours of entertainment with dance and choral youth performances and a special appearance by Santa Claus and his elves. In collaboration with Melissa Truelove, owner of The Dance Pointe based in Greenwich, the mansion will host ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and holiday-inspired presentations by the school’s top students. The performers are part of The Dance Pointe’s international youth dance company, who perform in Switzerland and Germany to benefit children with special needs. Surapine Studio, founded and directed by Matthew Surapine, a nationally acclaimed opera singer who has been featured at many of the major opera houses around the world, will perform a selection of Broadway favorites. During the event, the Mansion’s Cafe will offer complimentary refreshments provided by Stew Leonard’s and served by the museum’s costumed interpreters.