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The Ital­ian Cen­ter hosted its 76th an­nual Stam­ford Old Timers din­ner this month.

Among the guests was for­mer Ma­jor League Base­ball player and man­ager Bobby Valen­tine, a Stam­ford na­tive.


Scofield Mag­net Mid­dle School stu­dents have colthey lected hun­dreds of items to do­nate to lo­cal home­less shel­ters.

Led by Scofield teach­ers Elis­a­beth Rosano and Jen­nifer Fer­ris, along with the stu­dent gov­ern­ment, col­lected per­sonal care prod­ucts, chil­dren’s pa­ja­mas and socks.

On Fri­day, stu­dents dressed up as hol­i­day helpers, or elves, and loaded the truck for the shel­ter. The event co­in­cides with Na­tional Home­less Per­sons Memo­rial Day and the first day of win­ter, the long­est night of the year.


The Fer­gu­son Li­brary will host the fourth an­nual Fair­field County Game Jam on Jan. 25-27 as part of Global Game Jam week­end.

Award-win­ning com­poser Tom Salta will kick off the week­end with a keynote ad­dress at 5 p.m. Jan. 25. Bob McCloud, dig­i­tal an­i­ma­tion and game de­vel­op­ment pro­fes­sor at Sa­cred Heart Univer­sity, will at­tend the en­tire event.

The Global Game Jam is the world’s largest game jam. Par­tic­i­pants world­wide will cre­ate a game based on a theme de­cided by the Global Game Jam. The theme will be re­leased the first night when all sites have come on­line.

Global Game Jam con­nects gamers, artists, writ­ers and de­vel­op­ers to learn, have fun and cre­ate some­thing in­no­va­tive. No ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary.

The event is open to gamers 18 years and older. Gamers be­tween the ages of 16-17 can par­tic­i­pate but must be ac­com­pa­nied by their le­gal guardian. Par­tic­i­pa­tion is free and meals will be served. Reg­is­tra­tion re­quired. Regis­ter at glob­al­game­­sites/fer­gu­son­li­brary.

For in­for­ma­tion, call 203-351-8231.


Span­ish and English lan­guage vol­un­teer in­ter­preters, or­ga­nized by Build­ing One Com­mu­nity, at­tended par­ent-teacher con­fer­ences at Stam­ford schools this month to help im­mi­grant par­ents and teach­ers com­mu­ni­cate. Schools who wel­comed in­ter­preters in­cluded Roxbury El­e­men­tary School, Newfield El­e­men­tary School and Spring­dale El­e­men­tary School.

In­ter­pre­ta­tion ser­vices were also pro­vided by Build­ing One Com­mu­nity vol­un­teers at Rip­powam Mid­dle School’s open house ear­lier this fall. In­ter­preters help par­ents and teach­ers to ex­press and un­der­stand the ex­pe­ri­ence of the stu­dent, whether it is at home or at school.

With the as­sis­tance of in­ter­preters, teach­ers and par­ents can dis­cuss ways to bet­ter sup­port stu­dents and en­cour­age them to learn. By pro­vid­ing in­ter­preters, Build­ing One Com­mu­nity aims to cre­ate a di­a­logue be­tween im­mi­grant par­ents and teach­ers to pre­vent or ad­dress dif­fi­cul­ties that im­mi­grant chil­dren face in school.


The United Jewish Fed­er­a­tion of Greater Stam­ford, New Canaan and Darien will hold “Pa­ja­mas & Pan­cakes,” an event fea­tur­ing break­fast, crafts, sto­ries and more from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tues­day at the Stam­ford Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

The cost is $5 per fam­ily in ad­vance un­til Mon­day, and $15 per fam­ily at the door.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 203-321-1373.


The Stam­ford Art As­so­ci­a­tion will present a new pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hibit called “4 Vi­sions” at the Mayor’s Gallery.

The ex­hibit opens Jan. 7 and runs through Feb. 28. There will be a re­cep­tion Jan. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The show will be on dis­play on the 10th floor of Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The show will fea­ture the work of Stam­ford Art As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers Jean-Marc Bara, Carol Bat­tin, Chris­tine Irvin and Gre­gory Pres­ley.

The ex­hibit ex­plores how dif­fer­ent artists view the world through their cam­era lens.

For in­for­ma­tion, call 203-858-3082 or visit stam­for­dar­tas­so­ci­a­

Con­trib­uted photo

Stam­ford na­tive Bobby Valen­tine, for­mer Ma­jor League Base­ball player and man­ager, with Carmine Vac­caro, trea­surer of the Stam­ford Old Timers club, at the Ital­ian Cen­ter's 76th an­nual Old Timers Din­ner.

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