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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Events will help resettle refugees in Greater New Haven

NEW HAVEN — Whether you like to run or listen to music, you can help resettle refugees in Greater New Haven.

The fourth annual Run for Refugees will be held Sunday, benefiting Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services. A week later, on Feb. 13, the New Haven Chorale will present a benefit concert for the nonprofit agency.

IRIS, based in New Haven, resettles about 150 refugees a year, more than half of them from Iraq, but also from Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and other countries.

Click here to read more about the work IRIS does

Sunday’s 5-kilometer run through East Rock Park begins at at 10 a.m. at Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive. A party with food and live music will follow. Runners who raise money for IRIS can have their entry fee waived.

To register, view a map of the course and other information, go to

The New Haven Chorale will present “Resilient People, Inspiring Stories” at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Woolsey Hall, Grove and College streets. The concert will include dramatic readings from African-American, Jewish tragedies and political struggles, plus Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb,” evoking challenges faced by the mentally ill.

Tickets are $35 for prime seating, $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and free for students with ID. To buy tickets, go to or, call the chorale 203-776-7664 or IRIS at 203-562-2095.
Tickets also will be available at the door.

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