A Morning Jolt With A Twist

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Aug 132019

Every month, the Orange Chamber of Commerce hosts its Morning Jolt gathering for members at Eli’s Restaurant, Orange.

This month’s event will be a little different than the usual networking format because Orange is pairing with the Milford Chamber and there will be four special guests.

On Tuesday, August 27, The Morning Jolt Coffee and Conversation event will be with our CT Legislators, State Rep. Themis Klarides, State Sen. James Maroney, State Rep. Charles Ferraro, and State Rep. Kathy Kennedy.

Mark your calendar for Aug. 27, from 7:30-9 a.m. at Eli’s, 285 Boston Post Road.

Reservations are required. In Orange, call 203-795-3328 or e-mail director@orangectchamber.com. Milford members call 203-878-0681 or e-mail pstaneski@milfordct.com. 

Chinese New Year Celebration Saturday (Feb. 25)

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Feb 242017

In 2016, the first Chinese New Year celebration was held in the town of Orange.

Last February nearly 400 members of the community came together to ring in the Year of the Monkey. Dressed in traditional Chinese garb, they gathered to watch students and adults alike perform to Chinese songs and to enjoy classic Chinese foods.

This year they will celebrate the Year of the Rooster.

The Chinese New Year Festival is the biggest celebration of the year to usher in wealth, abundance, and happiness. Lanterns and words of prosperity decorated the gym of the Community Center, giving off an authentic feel to the experience.

Organizers of the community believe that the event was the first step to promote multiculturalism in the region, so that different nationalities can learn about each other and be exposed to Asian heritage.

The night concluded with a total of 14 performances comprising of dances, songs, kungfu, and classic Chinese instrument. Performances included the artistic “Dui-Hua” dance by children of Orange’s elementary schools, powerful martial-arts exhibits by the students of the Wu Dang Kungfu Academy, gracefully choreographed pieces from the Mulan Art School and Butterfly dancing troop and the Yale Chinese Chorus.

It was a great event to celebrate Asian cultures and to bring to light the growing Asia community within Orange. According to program coordinators Zehua Xia and Ying Peng, the event was not limited only to those in Orange. “Families from all over Connecticut wanted to come. We were setting an example for many other towns, but we just didn’t have enough room to accommodate them all!”

This Saturday, Feb. 25, the second annual event will take place at the High Plains Community Center beginning at 4 p.m. The event is free but advance reservations are required — Due to its popularity, it may already be filled to capacity.

If you are interested in attending, you may take a chance and send an e-mail to ChineseOrangeCT@gmail.com.

 — By Jennifer Zhuang

Beardsley Zoo Offers Breakfast with Frosty and Friends

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Dec 092015

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 9.36.19 PMThe Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, invites everyone to join Frosty and friends for Breakfast at the Zoo.

Characters will be available for photo opps and breakfast will be served, Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 9 to 10 a.m.

Cost is $10 per person for Zoo members, $15 per person for non-members. Price includes Zoo admission, photo opps, and breakfast.

Reservations are required. Call Amanda Bolanos at 203-394-6574.