North Central Regional Mental Health Board strives to ensure that citizens take part in monitoring the state’s mental-health services. The organization works directly with people who have mental-health or substance-abuse issues through a variety of programs and advocates on their behalf through legislative and fundraising events. One of the many services available, the Day in the Life project, observed the lives of people who receive behavioral-health services through the state to determine how best to help them in the future. In addition, the annual Celebrating Recovery dinner invites individuals in recovery to share their stories as a way of reaffirming that recovery is always possible.
BagelC cravings are extinguished morning, noon, and night at Reuben's Delicatessen, with a menu composed of New York–style deli fare. Dine in on slow-cooked baked brisket ($13.95) in between bites of the complimentary kosher pickles at each table, or carry out a Reuben ($11.95) to enjoy over American Gladiator reenactments in your backyard. Other sammiches include a half-pound corned beef ($10.95) or a half-pound pastrami ($10.95), both of which go perfectly with a bowl of matzo-ball soup ($3.95). Or try a custom-made salad ($8.95) for a meal that's not bookended by slices of bread. Wash down dining with a Dr. Brown's Soda ($1.95) before concluding the culinary concerto with the four-piece rugelah ($3.95) or the babka ($4.95).
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
Covenant to Care for Children aims to create a future where all Connecticut children have a caring support system and a safe place to live. Operating with this vision, the organization helps to mobilize community members to serve as advocates, mentors, and supporters for children who are neglected, abused, or impoverished. Additionally, its Children's Enrichment Fund collects critical items for children, including clothing and bed linens, and channels donations toward meeting the special needs and less ordinary requests of underserved youth, such as helping a child get a haircut, go to summer camp, or attend prom.
Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Abdul Khaliq brings more than three decades of experience to every pupil he dilates and every cornea he inspects. As part of his private practice, he performs both routine eye exams and in-office surgeries. These include treatments for cataracts and glaucoma, as well as cosmetic procedures to tighten droopy lids and open third eyes for the first time.