Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving events around Greater New Haven this week

NORTH HAVEN — The churches of North Haven, through the North Haven Clergy Association, will hold an interfaith Thanksgiving celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the North Haven Congregational Church, 28 Church St. at the bottom of the Green. The theme of this service is “Thanksgiving after the Storm.” Everyone, no matter religious affiliation, is invited to attend. This year’s celebration will include opportunities for participants to share their thoughts of thanksgiving with their neighbors, as well as sing traditional Thanksgiving hymns and hear the Thanksgiving proclamation from First Selectman Mike Freda. Participants are asked to bring nonperishable items for the North Haven Ecumenical Food Pantry. A free-will offering will benefit the North Haven Fuel Bank, and this year, there will also be an opportunity to make monetary donations to support the ongoing efforts to recover and rebuild from storm damage in the region. For more information or directions, call the North Haven Congregational Church at 203-239-5691.

BRANFORD — The James Blackstone Memorial Library will be holding a Thanksgiving craft program for kids at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 758 Main St. The program is open to all ages. No registration required. For information, call 203-488-1441.

WALLINGFORD — A Thanksgiving dinner will be served noon to 2 p.m., Thanksgiving Day at the First Congregational Church, 23 S. Main St. The dinner, sponsored by Parents & Kids Foundation and the church, is free and open to all who want to spend the day with others. Meals and home visits will be provided for the homebound. Food baskets for those in need will be sent out ahead of time. Cooking crews and food prep volunteers who can help in two- to four-hour shifts are needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and 20 and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Individuals and businesses that would like to volunteer their time, talent, food, gifts, money or services are asked to call Nancy Freyberg at 203-284-8299.

WEST HAVEN — A community Thanksgiving dinner will be held noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Congregational Church, 1 Church St. The wheel-chair accessible entrance is at 464 Campbell Ave. The family-style meal is prepared by professional local kitchen. For information, call Bill Ewry at 203-932-9486.

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