Jun 102014

from the kids craft corner

from the kids craft corner

Each year the SmartLiving Center celebrates Earth Day with a family fun day offering entertainment and fun activities for the kids.

This year was no different. Children made bird feeders from recyclable materials and musical instruments from things you find around the house.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department was on-hand to give children and adults tours of the rescue truck.

Here are some photos from the event that we didn’t have time to publish immediately.




Apr 252014

smartliving center logoThe SmartLiving Center, 297 Boston Post Road, is celebrating Earth Day 2014 on Saturday, April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Expand your energy awareness with exhibits, shows and fun activities for kids of all ages.

The day will feature:

• Linda Peck Physical Movement Artist

• Bash the Trash Workshops

• Energy Efficiency Product and Service Vendors

• Animal Haven – Pet Adoption Day

• Face Painting, Clowns, Prizes, Giveaways and Refreshments

• Energy Efficient Lighting Sale — Special Pricing

• Free Admission

For reservations and more information call 203-799-0460.

Sign up now for the Bash The Trash Musical Workshops – as space is limited.


Originally Published on: Apr 11, 2014 @ 0:35 

Oct 182013

Screen shot 2013-10-18 at 2.53.57 PMThis is a very busy weekend in Orange (and Amity). There are so many events to keep track of that it is easier to put them all in one place so you can access them quickly and not miss anything.

(The headings are a link to the complete story so you don’t have to surf.)

Friday, Oct. 18

5 p.m. Black and Gold Volleyball — The Lady Spartans (#5) host the Cheshire Rams (#1) today at 5 p.m. Admission is Free. Everyone is asked to wear black and gold to support the Amity girls and to bring your overwhelming team spirit for this important match.

7 – 9 p.m. Suds and Bubbles — The Orange Community Women is hosting this fundraiser at the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria. Wine and beer tasting with treats from various local restaurants. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door.

7 p.m. Amity Football — The Spartans vs Notre Dame High School at Veterans Stadium in West Haven (Parking available in the Gateway Christian Fellowship lot on Saw Mill Road)

Saturday, Oct. 19

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Family Science DayThe SmartLiving Center, 297 Boston Post Road will host its annual Family Science Day with fun and educational events for the entire family, including a petting zoo! Admission is free.

6 – 9 p.m. Pecktoberfest — The second annual Peck Place School Pecktoberfest Haunted House of Terror takes place at the School, 500 Peck Lane.  Bring your wallet, there are costs associated with different activities. Event includes a trunk or treat setup in the parking lot. 

6-11 p.m. Dinner Theater — The Church of the Good Shepherd hosts the New York Dinner Theater in the St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Ballroom for the audience participation comedy “The Amazing 70s Prom.” Event includes live and silent auction, Chinese Auction, Prom Portraits, corsages and boutonnieres. Ballroom doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 each.

Sunday, Oct. 20

9:45 a.m. Or Shalom Men’s Club Discussion The Or Shalom Men’s Club presents “Raising A Jewish Child in An Interfaith Family” with speaker Edmund Case, founder of Interfaith Family at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9:45 a.m. Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus is the Moderator for this discussion with Coffee & … All are welcome.

2- 4:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat — A town-wide event at the High Plains Community Center on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road. Cars will set up (decorated and filled with plenty of candy) at 2 p.m.; at 3 p.m. the kids, dressed in costume, go from car to car to collect treats (don’t forget to say “Thank you.”); then at 4 p.m., prize for best costume and best decorated trunk will be awarded.








Oct 172013


The SmartLiving Center

The SmartLiving Center

The SmartLiving Center, 297 Boston Post Road, will host its annual Family Science Day on Saturday, Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Expand your energy awareness at this exciting, fun-filled day for the entire family. Admission is free. Enjoy all the exhibits, shows and activities.


  • Mad Science – Workshops – 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:00 p.m.
    Where is Air” and “Magnificent Magnets” educational workshops
  • Billy the Clown – 12:00 p.m. show, 2:00 p.m. show
  • Matica Circus Show – 1:00 p.m. show
  • Face Painting – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Sharon Family Farm Petting Zoo – 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Pumpkin Decorating – Kids decorate and take home a pumpkin
  • Prizes, Giveaways and Refreshments!
  • Free Admission!
  • Energy Efficient Lighting Sale – Special Pricing!

*Workshop space is limited; call today to reserve your spot! For reservations and more information, call(203) 799-0460.


Aug 282013

Smartliving CenterThe UI SmartLiving Center, 297 Boston Post Road, is offering free informational energy saving seminars starting on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6 – 7 p.m. with “Solar For Your Home” presented by Brendan Smith, a Systems Designer with Sunlight Solar Energy.

Learn the basics of how solar energy works — find out if solar is the right option for you.

Learn how solar can be more affordable by incorporating weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades in your home.

Gain valuable knowledge from experts on the correct size system for your home based on your energy needs.

The following topics will be covered during the seminar:

• State and federal incentives

• New solar financing options available to homeowners

• Detailed explanation of both grid-tied solar electric systems and solar hot water systems.

Register by calling 203-799-0460

Apr 202013

File photo from past event at the SmartLiving Center

File photo from past event at the SmartLiving Center

Celebrate Earth Day at the SmartLiving Center, 297 Boston Post Road, Saturday, April 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A full day of exhibits, shows and fun activities are planned for kids of all ages. The Orange Volunteer Fire Department will have its rescue truck there from 12 – 3; Lushe’s Diner will have free samples of their famous homemade donuts; and the Orange Recycling Committee will be on hand to show how easy and important it is to recycle. Much, much more will be going on throughout the day – check out the flyer for a listing of some of the exciting activities and programs planned for Earth Day 2013. Free Admission.

Expand your energy awareness at Earth Day at the SmartLiving™ Center right here in Orange! The SmartLiving™ Center is an interactive, professionally staffed facility right here in Orange. This educational facility is geared toward teaching residents how to use energy wisely while keeping an eye on the environment and not sacrificing comfort or style.

This is a perfect place to celebrate Earth Day, which aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the earth’s environment.

Originally published April 16 at 2:27 p.m.

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