Happy New Year from the Amity Teen Center! We are very pleased to announce that our annual Chilly Chili Run, which took place Jan. 1 was a huge success with over 400 participants this year. Thanks to the donations of area restaurants and bakeries there was a wonderful brunch: contributors included Humphrey's, Wendy's, Quiznos, Julia's and Entenmann's.

There were beautiful trophies for each age group and a few lucky participants won prizes. We are very pleased with the outcome this year and hope that anyone interested might join us next year.

We would also like to thank our major sponsors - Stew Leonard's, People's United Bank, Vine Products, Greenberg, Rhein & Margolis, and the Lichtman Family.

Thank you very much to Perrigo Inc. for a donation to our Building Renovation Project under the Neighborhood Assistance Act.

Thank you very much to the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for supporting our performing arts program.

Disc Jockey Ray will be at the ATC Friday, Jan. 11 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Admission will be $10 and everyone will be entered in a raffle. Come and try to win two tickets to go see "Boys Like Girls" and Avril Lavigne April 12 at Mohegan Sun, starting at 8 p.m.

The winner will receive his or her tickets on the night of the dance. Come enjoy some of the hottest music and have a chance to win tickets to see some of these artists!

The ATC is hosting Bands' Night on Saturday Jan. 12, Friday Jan. 25, and Saturday Jan. 26. Tickets are priced at $10 and all events will last from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Come and listen to live local bands for a fun night at the Amity Teen Center!

On Friday Jan. 18, we will be hosting a game night. f you choose to bring some of your own games from home, please make sure they are rated E or T. Admission will be $5 at the door. Our game night will be from 6:30 to 10:30.

A scrapbooking night fundraiser is planned Saturday Feb. 16, 5 to 11 p.m. for all ages. Admission of $30 includes dinner, snacks and prizes. Space is limited. Reservations required. Call AnneMarie 239-1010.

For more information about these upcoming events, or about the Teen Center in general, please refer to our Web site, www.amityteencenter.org or call AnneMarie at 239-1010. Amity Teen Center, 10 Selden St., Woodbridge.

We are getting a good response to our Annual Appeal. If you haven't mailed in your donation, please make checks payable to Amity Teen Center and mail to PO Box 3671, Woodbridge, CT 06525. Please help us make the ATC a success!

Monica Loscalzo is a senior at Amity High School.