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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 globalgamejam.org/2019/jamsites/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 stamfordartassociation.org.
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.