Veterans Coffee House reopens

NORWICH, Conn. - The Norwich Veterans Coffee House, located at the Rose City Senior Center, 8 Mahan Drive in Norwich, will host a meeting Sept. 1 and 15 from 9 to 11 a.m.

The following will apply, please be cooperative:

Wear masks and social distance (6 feet ).

Bring your own lawn chair, drinks and snacks.

The head/restrooms will not be available.

Bring an umbrella for shade from the sun. (Some tree shade is available)

Postponed if inclement weather.

Virtual ride supports Homes for Our Troops

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. - For the 17th year, Texas Roadhouse will host a nationwide motorcycle ride to benefit Homes For Our Troops. This year, participants will ride separately, but enjoy a similar experience as in years past, all to support Veterans.

Home For Our Troops is a nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially-adapted custom homes for post 9-11 veterans, severely injured in the line of duty. The organization has completed more than 295 homes in 42 states with an additional 79 projects currently underway.

For each $30 donation, registrants receive a commemorative T-shirt, a Virtual Ride 2020 Patch, and a food voucher to use by Oct. 31.

Online registration only at The first 200 individuals to register will be guaranteed a commemorative T-shirt.

Ride packets available for pick-up, with an emailed donation receipt, Aug. 23 and 30 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Texas Roadhouse, 39 Dowling Village Blvd., North Smithfield, RI 02896

Each year, more than 8,000 riders participate in the Texas Roadhouse Ride for Homes For Our Troops (HFOT). Over the past 16 years, the Texas Roadhouse ride has raised more than $1.25 million nationwide, to help severely injured post-9/11 Veterans rebuild their lives.

NAMI to host Zoom support group meetings

NORWICH, Conn. - In lieu of regular meetings in Norwich and Niantic, the National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) Southeast Connecticut is now holding Family and Young Adult Support Groups online, via Zoom.

Online Family Support Groups

For family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. Meetings will take place at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday and Friday of each month.

Online Young Adult Connections Group

Are you between the ages of 18-29 (give or take!) and in need of emotional support? Connect with other young adults and discuss everyday life challenges and participate in thought provoking activities. Meetings will take place at 6 p.m., the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

Procedure for connecting to NAMI support groups

E-mail to sign up for online support groups in advance. Download the Zoom app. As the meeting date approaches, check your e-mail for an invitation to the Zoom meeting from NAMI SECT and click on the link provided to join in.

If you are dealing with a mental illness, or love someone who is, NAMI, the National Alliance On Mental Illness, offers support, education, advocacy and hope. For more information, visit, email or call (860) 859-4658.

Summer 2020 Virtual Youth Art Workshops

STONINGTON, Conn. - In place of their usual in-person summer art workshops, this year The La Grua Center is excited to offer weekly youth art projects via their YouTube channel, Videos will be released on Mondays through the end of August.

If you follow one of the tutorials and want to share, show yours by tagging @lagruacenter or #lagruasummerart2020 and your work may be featured on our social media.

Connecticut Media Group