Health Day, the online “News for Healthier Living” newsletter, notes in a November 2014 article that a study of more than 7,000 Americans found “the higher people scored on a ‘purpose in life’ scale, the more likely they were to get various [health] screening tests over the next six years.” People who found their lives to be purposeful tended to spend less time in hospitals and were more likely to spend time on preventative health care.
Ben’s Bells Project will present Celebration of Kindness — a free family event that will take place at Dickinson Park — on Sunday, June 7, from noon until 4 pm.
The mission of Ben’s Bells is to “inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships, and our communities.”
SOUTHBURY — The LOF Adaptive Skiers will host its third annual Lake-to-Lake Charity Bicycle Ride on Sunday, June 28. The ride starts at the Shepaug Dam Eagle Observatory and Recreation Area, on River Road in Southbury.
Online registration is $35 and no other fundraising is required. Registration is free for children under 14 years old.
The Lake-to-Lake Charity Bicycle Ride is a rain or shine event. Registration opens at 7 am.
Writer Renata Adler considered that question one recent morning, passing her fingers down the long braid that drapes over her right shoulder, much the same as in the 1978 Richard Avedon photo of her that graces the cover of her latest book. “I guess I haven’t really thought about that,” she answered.
A special event showcasing the literary, performing, and visual artistic support of Newtown’s student community, “The Power of Purple: A Festival of the Arts” will be presented Friday, June 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Reed Intermediate School.
Presented one week before Newtown’s 2015 Relay For Life, “The Power of Purple” will offer performances by students of Connecticut Dance, Dance Etc, Gray School of Irish Dance, Monroe Dance Academy, and Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet.
Three years after the Civil War ended, a group of Union veterans held the first national memorial service on May 5, 1868, where organizers visited Arlington National Cemetery to decorate soldiers’ graves with flowers. Dubbed “Decoration Day” this practice grew by the end of the 19th Century into a national day of remembrance held annually on May 30.