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Tuesday, March 20 News

Community Buzz: At the Library, Call for Entries...

Please register online at newcanaanlibrary.org for events at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main St.

The New Canaan Library will be screenings “Bag It,” a documentary that invites viewers to help reduce the plastic used in their communities.

An estimated 12 million barrels of oil are used annually to make the disposable plastic bags that Americans use multiples of every day. Once they are thrown away, they become a major source of pollution. This thoughtful and often funny film documents one man’s earnest quest to reduce the plastic in his life, and targets the harmful chemicals and other environmental side effects of an over abundance of plastic in everyone’s lives.

This program is presented in partnership with Planet New Canaan, a local environmental organization that focuses on encouraging reusable bag use. The screening will be held in the Adrian Lamb Room on Sunday at 2 p.m.

After the film, Aaron Lefland, director of New Canaan Land Trust, and Chris Hendershot, education outreach coordinator of New Canaan Nature Center, will lead a discussion about the impact of plastic pollution on the local environment.

The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.

For rules and details, visitgogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2018.

The Norwalk Hospital Foundation received a $5,000 donation from Bankwell to support Healthier Norwalk Kids, an innovative, school-based program that teaches about 1,000 elementary school children in Norwalk the importance of exercising and eating healthy foods.

Healthier Norwalk Kids, formerly known as Project L.E.A.N., was created in 2010. The program was designed to improve the overall health of Norwalk students by teaching them lifelong habits of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Success of Healthier Norwalk Kids is measured by increased knowledge and choices of healthy foods and physical activity among program participants. Additional benefits include improved attitudes and beliefs surrounding living a healthy lifestyle, and improved behaviors such as increased physical activity and decreased screen time.

Bankwell is a community bank that serves the banking needs of residents and businesses throughout Connecticut. The bank’s mission is to give back to the communities it serves.

Shoppers at Whole Foods Market stores in Fairfield County and Milford will contribute to a community cause by simply purchasing groceries on Jan. 11. Five percent of the net sales at each of those stores will go directly to support the Norwalk-based Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s educational programs, exhibits and experiences.

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This year’s donation will help Stepping Stones with the launch of the Norwalk Foodshed initiative, which will help support equal access to fresh, healthy foods for all members of the community while providing important wellness and nutritional messaging as well. The participating Whole Foods Market stores are located in Danbury, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, Westport and Milford.

Building upon the museum’s existing Healthy Children, Healthy Communities initiative, the Norwalk Foodshed concept strives to bring together an integrated eco-system of community stakeholders and resources to support equitable access to fresh and healthy food along with providing vital general wellness messaging and healthy nutrition education to all members of the community. The Healthy Children, Healthy Communities initiative is grown out of the knowledge that it is crucial to introduce and promote key health messages to children now because their early experiences help shape their lifelong habits and views on health and well-being.