Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:00am – 5:00pm

2019 Litchfield House Tour and Garden Stroll

Sponsored by: The Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic

A historic Open House Tour on July 12 and 13, 2019 is being planned by The Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR).  The Aid’s Sixty-Seventh Open House Day will be a one-mile walking tour within the Borough of Litchfield, a National Historic Landmark District.*  The Tour will benefit the CJR, a Litchfield-based non-profit organization that helps children, youth and families in 13 locations across Connecticut.
The rain or shine benefit will begin with a Preview Tour and Party on Friday, July 12, followed by a tour from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, July 13.  The 2019 event will feature nine notable homes, the majority of which are located on Litchfield’s stately North and South Streets.  Representative of Litchfield’s 300-year history, the tour will feature houses that date from a relocated 1685 Saltbox and will take guests through three centuries, ending with a stunning 1954 Marcel Breuer Mid-Century Modern home. The homes on tour, including Georgian, Greek Revival, Colonial, Victorian-Italianate, and of course the prevailing Litchfield Colonial Revival style, have been selected to capture over 300 years of village life and architectural interest in the thriving, vibrant center of Northwestern Connecticut.  Further details about the event will be announced later this year. 
Established in 1911 by a small group of Litchfield women, The Litchfield Aid of CJR has supported the programs and facilities of the Connecticut Junior Republic for more than 100 years and currently has nearly 100 members.  The Aid conducted an annual Litchfield House Tour for 66 years, between the summers of 1934 and 2013.  During 2014 and 2017, the Aid conducted other successful local events. Since its inception, The Litchfield Aid’s activities have netted in excess of $2.5 million to support CJR programs and services.
* The Borough of Litchfield, Connecticut reflects over 300 years of American history throughout the structures comprising the Borough and its Historic District. In 1959, the entire Borough was designated a Historic District by a special act of the Connecticut General Assembly. Later, the Litchfield Historic District and several buildings received even more prestigious designations as National Historic Landmarks, the highest recognition for culturally and historically significant sites in the U.S.
Media releases later this year will provide further details on The Litchfield Aid’s Tercentennial Open House Day.  For promotional opportunities in advance of next year’s Open House event,  please contact Hedy Barton at the number below.
Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) provides residential and community-based care, treatment, education and family support for vulnerable at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they may become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities.  Today, the organization’s combined programs serve approximately 2,000 boys and girls annually in 13 locations throughout Connecticut.
A private charitable organization, the Connecticut Junior Republic is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  CJR is supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations, and through service contracts funded by the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (JBCSSD), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), and by Connecticut’s public schools.  For further information on CJR’s programs, please contact Hedy Barton, Director of Development and Public Relations (860) 567-9423, extension 252; or by email: hbarton@cjryouth.org.

Admission: $65.00
Litchfield Town Green
North and South Streets
Litchfield
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Sat May 11, 2019 7:30pm

Vigor and Wisdom: Mendelssohn and Brahms

Sponsored by: Music Haven

For the final concert of the series, The Haven String Quartet will explore two works by the Romantic masters Brahms and Mendelssohn as well as share the stage with several graduating senior Music Haven students for a movement of Mendelssohn’s exuberant Octet, written when the composer was a mere 16 years old. Mendelssohn’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1, in contrast to the octet, highlights Mendelssohn’s later style; his energetic themes and development, his puckish scherzos and incidental music, and his memorable and poignant lyricism. The concert will also feature Music Haven Resident Violinist Patrick Doane on Brahms’ Viola Quintet in G Major, Op. 111, a masterwork known for its soaring opening cello melody, orchestral textures, melancholic slow movement, and folk-inspired finale. Though Brahms went on to write several more chamber and piano works, it was the quintet in G Major he intended to be his last. 

Admission: $25
Unitarian Society of New Haven
700 Hartford Turnpike
Hamden
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Fri May 3, 2019 7:30pm

Reggie Harris & Greg Greenway: Deeper Than the Skin

Sponsored by: CT Folk

Reggie is the Music Director of the Living Legacy project of the UUA, co-leading tours through the hallowed Civil Rights ground of the South. He is a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, solo, and in the duo Kim and Reggie Harris, he has led hundreds of programs on Race and Social Justice. Greg Greenway, of the trio Brother Sun, is a prolific songwriter, whose songs, “Rosa Parks” and What Must Be Done” have been played at national conferences and events celebrating diversity. Together and individually, Reggie and Greg have brought the topic and issues of race before audiences all across North America.

Admission: $25/$20 in advance
First Presbyterian Community Hall
704 Whitney Ave
New Haven
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Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:00am – 12:00pm

Oxford PTO Shred & Clothing Drive

Sponsored by: Oxford PTO

The Oxford Parent Teacher Organization will hold a Clothing Drive and Shred It Day fundraiser at Oxford Center School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Shred Drive:
A truck from Secure Shred It will be at the school and will shred all documents on site. Oxford PTO encourages people to protect themselves and their families against identity theft by attending the event. People can destroy unwanted junk mail, old family papers, documents and confidential home/office papers safely and easily at the event. It is also a good way for people to recycle, PTO members say. People who cannot attend the event can still participate. Shredding prices start at $10 for more on how to do so, or for more information on the event, contact Lisa Suttile at mominxoxford4@me.com or call her at (203) 217-0500.

Clothing Drive:
The Oxford PTO will conduct its semi-annual clothing drive in conjunction with Shred It Day on Saturday & Sunday , April 13 & 14th all weekend at Oxford Center School GAZEBO, 462 Oxford Road (Route 67), Oxford.
PLEASE BE SURE BAGS ARE SEALED AND LEFT IN THE GAZEBO

Items being collected include gently used clothing (men, women, children), shoes, accessories (belts, pocketbooks, scarves, ties, hats), linens (bedding, curtains, tablecloths, towels), stuffed animals and toys (nothing breakable or too large).

All items should be placed in tightly sealed plastic garbage bags. Fragile items, as well as any books, large outdoor furniture, car seats or VCR tapes will not be accepted. Cleats that are donated need to be placed into a separate bag and marked accordingly.

Admission: Free
Oxford Center School
462 Oxford Rd
Oxford
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Fri Apr 5, 2019 7:30pm

CT Folk’s Auditions Night

Sponsored by: CT Folk

Eight musicians or groups selected from a competitive pool of applicants will perform for a chance at landing a slot in the 2019 CT Folk Festival. The audience participates in the selection process by completing feedback sheets. It’s like a mini folk festival!

Admission: $25/$20 in advance
First Presbyterian Community Hall
704 Whitney Ave
New Haven
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Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:30pm

HSQ and Friends: Piano Masterworks 

Sponsored by: Music Haven

The Haven String Quartet will be joined by Music Haven Resident Violinist Patrick Doane and renowned Grammy-nominated pianist Andrius Žlabys for their third series concert featuring the soaring and timeless Brahms B major Piano Trio, the explosive Franck Piano Quintet, as well as the East Coast Premiere of Andrius Žlabys’ “Movement for String Quartet and Piano.” Written when the composer was a mere 20 years old, Brahms’ B Major Piano trio comes from a period of great personal and musical growth; the composer recently befriended Robert and Clara Schumann as well as famed composers Berlioz and Liszt, and had begun traveling around Europe presenting his compositions to great success. Known for it’s soaring lines, exuberance, and deep beauty, Brahms returned to the work some 35 years later with thorough revisions, and the trio is a true blend of Brahms’ youthful vigor and masterful nuance. Franck’s Piano Quintet in F Minor, dedicated to his dear friend and composer Saint-Saëns, is full of fiery drama, and is one of Franck’s most frequently performed pieces. Lauded at it’s premiere, critics hailed the work for its “torrid emotional power,” and its “disturbing vitality.”

Admission: Free
Unitarian Society of New Haven
700 Hartford Turnpike
Hamden
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Fri Mar 1, 2019 7:30pm

CT Folk presents The Black Feathers

Sponsored by: CT Folk

The Black Feathers, Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, are an Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock duo from the UK, where they have toured extensively. The US has embraced their songwriting and harmonies as well. Their gorgeous CDs have enjoyed critical acclaim. They were selected to play a Formal Showcase for the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference in 2018.

Admission: $25/$20 in advance
First Presbyterian Community Hall
704 Whitney Ave
New Haven
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:00pm – 11:30pm

Bronze Radio Return Tour

Sponsored by: Bronze Radio Return

Alt/indie band Bronze Radio Return is back on the road in 2019 with new music! Grab a pair of tickets for you and a friend and listen to their new music here >> BronzeRadio.lnk.to/ReadyToGo

Admission: $20 - $23
The Warehouse at FTC
70 Sanford St
Fairfield
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Fri Feb 1, 2019 7:30pm

CT Folk presents Kristen Graves & Glenn Roth

Sponsored by: CT Folk

Kristen Graves is a folk/pop singer, songwriter and humanitarian. Mentioned by both Rolling Stone and the New York Times, and given her own day across the state of Connecticut by Governor Malloy for her musicianship and activism, she has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Peter Yarrow, Noel (Paul) Stookey, Rusted Root, Holly Near, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Dan Zanes, David Amram, and many more. She is joined by Glen Roth, a fingerstyle guitarist, who has toured nationally and internationally.  His original compositions have been hailed as “sheer virtuosity” and “delicate, accomplished solo acoustic guitar work” (PLAY: New Haven Arts & Entertainment Weekly)

Admission: $25/$20 in advance
First Presbyterian Community Hall
704 Whitney Ave
New Haven
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Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:00am – 12:00pm

Hot Stove Roundup Session of Silver Sluggers

Sponsored by: Derby Public Library

Rich Marazzi, radio sports talk host, author and MLB rules consultant and his Silver Sluggers discuss Major League Baseball to help get them through the off season.

The 14th season of the weekly Silver Sluggers will begin April 4, 10:00 a.m., Derby Public Library’s Meeting Room. These informal sessions are held every Thursday morning at 10:00 AM throughout the baseball season. New members of all ages are welcome! Drop in.

Admission: Free
Derby Public Library
313 Elizabeth Street
Derby
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Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:00pm

MLK Day Concert

Sponsored by: Music Haven

Join Music Haven and the St. Luke’s Steel Band as we present our annual musical celebration honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Select Music Haven students, HIA, and teachers will perform at this inspiring concert — not to miss!

Admission: Free
First and Summerfield UMC
425 College Street
New Haven
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Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:15am

Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places

Sponsored by: New Haven Free Public Library and New Haven Preservation Trust

Connecticut boasts some of the most distinctive architecture in New England, from Colonial churches and Modernist houses to refurbished nineteenth-century factories. Together, these buildings tell the stories of those who made our cities, towns and farms. They form a shared history that brings communities together.
In his talk at the New Haven Free Public Library, Christopher Wigren will highlight some of the 100 Connecticut places featured in his book, Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places, and the people who built or inhabited them. For this talk, he will focus on sites in or near New Haven as important elements of our diverse local heritage.
An architectural historian and Deputy Director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Christopher Wigren has written articles and essays for the Hartford Courant, the New Haven Register, and Connecticut Explored magazine.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Free and open to the public, please RSVP by Monday, January 14th at info@nhpt.org

Admission: Free
Ives Main Library
133 Elm Street
New Haven
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Sun Jan 6 – Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:30pm – 4:00pm

12th Night Celebration at the David Humphreys House

Sponsored by: Derby Historical Society

Join us for our Annual 12th Night Celebration at the David Humphreys House.  Taste 18th century menu items cooked over our open hearth.  Take a tour of the homestead.  A Dickens Reading will take place a 3 pm

Admission: $5.00 per person
David Humphreys House
37 Elm Street
Ansonia
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Fri Jan 4, 2019 7:30pm

CT Folk presents Too Blue

Sponsored by: CT Folk

Traveling freely between the genres of bluegrass, swing, Celtic and jazz, a Too Blue performance is a dynamic dose of serious fun. Smooth harmonies and adventurous musicianship bring stellar arrangements to life and leave the listener anything but “blue”. Seamlessly blending their vocals are guitarist Betsy Rome and banjoist Joan Harrison. Mandolin powerhouse Michael Sassano astounds and entertains, while jazz bassist Jamie Doris brings a creative and unique perspective to the band. Occasionally they are joined by Sofia Chiarandini on fiddle.

Admission: $25/$20 in advance
First Presbyterian Community Hall
704 Whitney Ave
New Haven
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Thu Jan 3, 2019 10:00am – 12:00pm

Hot Stove Roundup Session of Silver Sluggers

Sponsored by: Derby Public Library

Rich Marazzi, radio sports talk host, author and MLB rules consultant and his Silver Sluggers discuss Major League Baseball to help get them through the off season.

The 14th season of the weekly Silver Sluggers will begin April 4, 10:00 a.m., Derby Public Library’s Meeting Room. These informal sessions are held every Thursday morning at 10:00 AM throughout the baseball season. New members of all ages are welcome! Drop in.

Admission: Free
Derby Public Library
313 Elizabeth Street
Derby
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Thu Jan 3 – Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:00am – 12:00am

Hot Stove Roundup Session of Silver Sluggers

Sponsored by: Derby Public Library

Rich Marazzi, radio sports talk host, author and MLB rules consultant and his Silver Sluggers discuss Major League Baseball to help get them through the off season.

The 14th season of the weekly Silver Sluggers will begin April 4, 10:00 a.m., Derby Public Library’s Meeting Room. These informal sessions are held every Thursday morning at 10:00 AM throughout the baseball season. New members of all ages are welcome! Drop in.

Admission: Free
Derby Public Library
313 Elizabeth Street
Derby
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Thu Jan 3 – Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:00am – 5:00pm

Adult Winter Reading Club 2019

Sponsored by: Derby Public Library

Come and play Cabin Fever BINGO this winter! To play, complete the categories listed on your BINGO card and cross off the appropriate square.  Every BINGO you get earns you an entry in the prize drawing. A completely filled BINGO card equals 12 drawing entries!

  BINGO cards are available at the Circulation Desk and can be downloaded from the library’s website starting January 2, 2019.
  Completed cards may be turned in at the Circulation Desk.
  Cards must be received by Thursday, February 28 in order to be entered in the drawing.  You may submit more than one finished BINGO card.  The winning ticket will be drawn on Friday, March 1.

A Springs a-Comin’ celebration for all club members will be held on:

Monday,  March 4th @ 6:30 PM
(Catered by Stacey Ference of Savour Catering)

All participants will have a chance to win a grand prize raffle!

Stop in to register and pickup your Bingo card!

Admission: Free
Derby Public Library
313 Elizabeth Street
Derby
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Wed Jan 2 – Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:00am – 6:00pm

Adult Winter Reading Club 2019

Sponsored by: Derby Public Library

Come and play Cabin Fever BINGO this winter! To play, complete the categories listed on your BINGO card and cross off the appropriate square.  Every BINGO you get earns you an entry in the prize drawing. A completely filled BINGO card equals 12 drawing entries!

    BINGO cards are available at the Circulation Desk and can be downloaded from the library’s website starting January 2, 2019.
    Completed cards may be turned in at the Circulation Desk.
    Cards must be received by Thursday, February 28 in order to be entered in the drawing.  You may submit more than one finished BINGO card.  The winning ticket will be drawn on Friday, March 1.

A Springs a-Comin’ celebration for all club members will be held on:

Monday,  March 4th @ 6:30 PM
(Catered by Stacey Ference of Savour Catering)

All participants will have a chance to win a grand prize raffle!

Stop in to register and pickup your Bingo card!

Admission: Free
Derby Public Library
313 Elizabeth Street
Derby
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:00am

NHFPL Closed

Sponsored by: New Haven Free Public Library

NHFPL Closed

Admission: Free
All Locations
133 Elm St
New Haven
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Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Teen Maker Space

Sponsored by: Derby Public Library

Available resources include 3D design programs, 3D printer, 3D doodle pens, Legos and more!

Light refreshments will be provided.  Registration is requested!

Admission: Free
Derby Public Library
313 Elizabeth Street
Derby
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Tue Dec 25, 2018 4:32pm

NHFPL Closed

Sponsored by: New Haven Free Public Library

NHFPL Closed

Admission: Free
All Locations
133 Elm St
New Haven
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Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Film: “Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas”

Sponsored by: JCC of Greater New Haven

White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer,” and “Do you Hear What I Hear,” these popular holiday songs and many others have created the essential music to modern Christmas. Many of them were also created by predominately Jewish composers like Irving Berlin, cultural outsiders in a Western culture who sought to make a living by writing to appeal to the majority audience that too often not accepted them. This film explores the lives of these creative masters, their creations and the culture they shared with dramatized musical performances at a Chinese restaurant with a Jewish clientele on Christmas Day. Thus illustrated, a story is told of how these musical outsiders created in song a secular conception of a Christian holiday that could welcome all peoples by celebrating values and hope far beyond religious differences.

Admission: $5/$10
JCC of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Rd
Woodbridge
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Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:00am

NHFPL Closed

Sponsored by: New Haven Free Public Library

NHFPL Closed

Admission: Free
All Locations
133 Elm St
New Haven
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Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:00am – 3:00pm

American Job Search Career Coach: Job Search Assistance

Sponsored by: Derby Public Library

Your choice of 2 sessions: 10AM-Noon or 1:00-3:00 PM. This class is open for registrations or “walk-ins.”  The Career Coach provides free computer and internet access for job related activities.  CT Works staff offer suggestions of the more popular internet job search sites as well as resume critique for those with existing resumes.

Free.  Registration is requested online or by calling the Reference Desk at 203-736-1482.

Admission: Free
Derby Public Library
313 Elizabeth Street
Derby
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Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am

Tech Time - Bring All Your Tech Related Questions!

Sponsored by: Derby Public Library

A staff member will be on hand to answer all your tech-related questions and concerns. Whether you are having trouble downloading e-books, searching databases, completing on-line job applications, scanning/sending documents and photos, etc., your problems will be addressed.  No registration is needed.

Admission: Free
Derby Public Library
313 Elizabeth Street
Derby
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Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Tech Time - Bring All Your Tech Related Questions!

Sponsored by: Derby Public Library

A staff member will be on hand to answer all your tech-related questions and concerns. Whether you are having trouble downloading e-books, searching databases, completing on-line job applications, scanning/sending documents and photos, etc., your problems will be addressed.  No registration is needed.

Admission: Free
Derby Public Library
313 Elizabeth Street
Derby
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Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:00am

MUSICAL MONDAYS (Ages 2-6)

Sponsored by: DERBY PUBLIC LIBRARY

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED; you may now register by clicking on the “More Info.” link below, or you may still go to the library Web site at http://www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

The library invites children ages 2-6 along with a caregiver to bring a little music into their world during this interactive music and movement program presented by Sandi Schuchmann, who also presents our Turn It Up! ongoing event.  There is no fee to attend, and it is suggested that participants wear comfortable clothing.

Admission: Free
CHILDREN'S DEPT.
313 ELIZABETH STREET
Derby
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Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:00pm

Kaczmarek & Kane

Sponsored by: City Gallery

New Haven’s City Gallery presents KACZMAREK & KANE. This exhibition by Sheila Kaczmarek and Kathy Kane featuring Kane’s paintings and Kaczmarek’s sculptures demonstrates the balance and counterbalance between their work. on view from November 1 - December 23, with an Opening Reception on Friday, November 9, 5:00 - 7:00pm, and an Artists Talk on Sunday, December 16, 2pm, at 994 State Street in New Haven. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. City Gallery is located at 994 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Gallery hours are Thursday - Sunday, 12 noon - 4pm. For further information, please contact City Gallery, info@city-gallery.org, www.city-gallery.org.

Admission: Free
City Gallery
994 State Street
New Haven
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Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:30am – 1:30pm

Derby Historical Society Cookie Walk & Holiday Fair

Sponsored by: Derby Historical Society

Come to our Cookie Walk and Holiday Fair.  Home baked cookies are 13 for $5.  Shop for unique hand crafted items and historical toys and books in our gift shop

Admission: Free admission
David Humphreys House
37 Elm Street
Ansonia
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Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:00pm

Winter Performance Party

Sponsored by: Music Haven

Join the Music Haven community as we celebrate the accomplishments of our 80 young students! Hear performances by Music Haven students and their teachers, the Haven String Quartet. 

Admission: Free
John C. Daniels
569 Congress Avenue
New Haven
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Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Broke?  Need a Gift?  Make One Here!

Sponsored by: Milford Public Library

All the supplies you need to make a gift!
Free!

Admission: Free
Milford Public Library
57 New Haven Ave.
Milford
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Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:00pm

Coastal Chordsmen

Sponsored by: Milford Public Library

Hymns and holiday songs done barbershop!

Admission: Free
Milford Public Library
57 New Haven Ave.
Milford
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Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:00pm

CRAFTY KIDS- Ages 4-11

Sponsored by: DERBY PUBLIC LIBRARY

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED; you may register at the More Info. link below, or at the library web site.

The Derby Public Library has scheduled an after-school winter-themed Crafty Kids program.  The program, which is open to kids ages 4-11, offers an opportunity to explore their creativity with a different art or craft project each class.  Participants will be working on themed creations to embellish the Children’s Room wall mural. There is no fee to attend and materials will be supplied.  Snacks will also be provided.

Admission: Free
CHILDREN'S DEPT.
313 ELIZABETH STREET
Derby
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Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Holiday Concert: Bob Hennessy and the World of Harmonica

Sponsored by: Derby Public Library

And one simple reason could be its SIZE. What has intrigued many in the music community is its ability, when played by masters, to encompass all genres of musical style, from Classical to Jazz to Near Eastern to Irish to Blues to Country, etc. Using storytelling, historical facts and playing the instrument in many styles, Bob Hennessy tells the story of “The World of Harmonica”.

Seating is limited, so registration is required starting November 9, online or at the Reference Desk at 203-736-1482.

Admission: Free
Derby Public Library
31
Derby
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Sun Dec 9, 2018 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Free Christmas Dinner

Sponsored by: Master's Table Community Meals, Inc

Come join us in celebrating the Holiday Season with a home cooked delicious meal and dessert. Bring your family and friends. Santa Claus here to take pictures from 1pm-2pm (bring your own camera). No RSVP required.

Admission: Free
Assumption Church Hall (handicap accessible)
61 North Cliff Street
Ansonia
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Sun Dec 9, 2018 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Holiday Open House

Sponsored by: Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Visitors will have an opportunity to view the holiday exhibit, A Magical Christmas Eve, take memorable family portraits, and enjoy the music and dance performances surrounded by the shimmering lights throughout the first floor of the Mansion.

During the event, the Mansion’s Café will offer complimentary refreshments served by the Museum’s costumed interpreters. There will be mini-tours of the first-floor period rooms.

Melissa Feliciano
203-838-9799 x.115
info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com

Admission: $5
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Ave
Norwalk
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Sat Dec 8, 2018 7:30pm – 7:30pm

Restless Melodies

Sponsored by: Music Haven

This HSQ concert features two pillars of the 20th century quartet literature, as well as a wonderfully evocative composition by American composer Erica Ball. After Germany broke their non-aggression pact and invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, Prokofiev and many other artists were evacuated to the Caucasus, where they came across a rich world of folk music native to the region. Encouraged to write something using these novel folk melodies, Prokofiev gives us a quartet that is equally defiant, sweet, whimsical, and forceful. Bartók’s haunting sixth quartet comes from a time of extreme stress and anxiety for the composer; as Europe churned towards conflict in the late 1930s and with his mother extremely ill, Bartók chose to stay in Budapest with her through the end of her life even though he was frequently in conflict with the pro-Nazi leanings of his native Hungary. Much of his anxiety and deep sadness at the loss of his mother permeates the sixth quartet - one of the last works of Bartók - including a twisted, limping military march, a sneering, sarcastic burlesque, and a profoundly mournful final movement. 

Admission: $25
Unitarian Society of New Haven
700 Hartford Turnpike
Hamden
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Sat Dec 8, 2018 10:30am

TUNES-N-TALES with Mrs. Claus (Ages 2-6)

Sponsored by: DERBY PUBLIC LIBRARY

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED; you may register at the More Info. link below, or at the library’s web site.

Join us in the holiday fun listening to a story read by Mrs. Claus, participate in a sing-along, and create a holiday craft. The program is geared for children ages 2-6, but siblings are also welcome to attend.

This is also an opportunity for children to bring a letter to Santa for Mrs. Claus to bring to him on her return to the North Pole. Children may also pose with Mrs. Claus for a picture during her visit, so parents, be sure to bring your camera or phone to take pictures.  There is no fee to attend.

Admission: Free
CHILDREN'S DEPT.
313 ELIZABETH STREET
Derby
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Fri Dec 7, 2018 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Winter Concert

Sponsored by: New Haven Oratorio Choir

The NHOC will present its winter concert “Angels & Challengers” featuring the music of Randall Thompson and Alice Parker.  A festive reception and carol sing-along will follow the performance.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or at https://squareup.com/store/NHOC

Admission: $15-20
Church of the Redeemer
185 Cold Spring St.
New Haven
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Fri Dec 7, 2018 7:30pm

CT Folk presents Magpie

Sponsored by: CT Folk

Since 1973, Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner have brought their unique sound and remarkable versatility to audiences everywhere, featuring traditional and vintage Americana to contemporary and stirring original compositions. They play a variety of instruments, and are wonderful storytellers.

Admission: $25/$20 in advance
First Presbyterian Community Hall
704 Whitney Ave
New Haven
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Thu Dec 6, 2018 7:00pm

Smiles of a Summer Night / Wild Strawberries

Sponsored by: Yale Film Study Center

Bergman looks back at bygone summers in the final two films in “Through Bergman’s Lens: Ingmar Bergman Centenary Film Series.” Bosley Crowther asked of SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT, “Who would have thought that august Sweden would be sending us a film comedy as witty and cheerfully candid about the complexities of love as any recent French essay on l’amour?” Our closing film, WILD STRAWBERIES, was called by Geoff Andrew “one of Bergman’s warmest, and therefore finest films.” Introduction by Professor John MacKay. 35mm prints from the Yale Film Archive.

7pm SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT (1955, 108 mins)
9pm WILD STRAWBERRIES (1957, 91 mins)

Series Page: library.yale.edu/film/bergman

“Through Bergman’s Lens” is presented by the Yale Film Study Center and Films at the Whitney with support from Paul L. Joskow ‘70 M.Phil., ‘72 Ph.D.

Admission: Free
Whitney Humanities Center
53 Wall Street
New Haven
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Thu Dec 6, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Artist Reception: Exhibit – The Artist’s View: Traveling the Merritt Parkway

Sponsored by: Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

The exhibition features new paintings inspired by the artist’s road trips along the historic thoroughfare. Connecticut artist Cynthia Mullins’ painting roots run deep, as she is the great-great granddaughter and great-great niece of renowned Hudson River School painters Aaron Draper Shattuck and Samuel Colman. Ms. Mullins has had a strong and continuous thread of art making, interest, and exposure in college, museums, and workshops focusing on pottery, pastel, and oil painting.

Ms. Mullins has exhibited her work in many solo, juried and group shows in such Connecticut venues as Nylen Gallery, Carriage Barn Arts Center, Silvermine Arts Center, Merritt Parkway Museum, and Rockwell Gallery.

Admission: Free
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Avenue
Norwalk
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Thu Dec 6 – Sun Dec 9, 2018 5:00pm

Blackstone Holiday Basket Sale

Sponsored by: Friends of Blackstone Library

Holiday gift baskets are available for sale in different themes, like a spot of tea, pet lover’s package, and epicurean delights, with a range in prices for all pocketbooks. Why go to a mobbed mall or buy online where you can’t see the merchandise? Come to the Blackstone Library for your shopping needs and benefit the library at the same time! One stop shopping for teachers, caregivers, and those others who are difficult to buy for during the holidays. 
Beginning on Thursday, December 6, 5-8 pm, baskets will be on display and for sale during the “Sip & Stroll” event with the Main Street Merchants. The sale continues through Sunday, December 9, 9 am-5 pm.  Shop early and avoid disappointment by supporting the Blackstone Library, 758 Main Street. Cash and checks, please. For more info:  203/488-1441. https://www.facebook.com/pg/JBMLfriends/events/

Admission: Free
James Blackstone Memorial Library
758 Main Street
Branford
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Tue Dec 4, 2018 6:00pm

Quinnipiac East Management Team

Sponsored by: Quinnipiac East Management Team

On the Agenda
NHPD- LT.RENTKOWICS
19 Wheeler Street – Proposed Municipal Solid Waste Transfer Station.
LCI
ALDERS Wards 11,12, and 13.

Admission: Free
at Ross/Woodward school library 6pm 185 Barnes Ave, New Haven, CT 06513
185 Barnes Ave
New Haven
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Sun Dec 2, 2018 5:00pm

Huntington Green Tree Lighting

Sponsored by: RJS Designs, LLC

The Annual Tree Lighting is being held on The Huntington Green

Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 5 PM

RJS Designs, LLC (Holiday Decorators) is hosting the event. There will be Christmas music entertainment By: Music Teachers Network, LLC, caroling, cocoa and cookies. A visit from the Shelton Mayor. Santa will be stopping by on the Firetruck from the Huntington Fire Company No.3. TD Bank Shelton Branch will be handing out goodies.

So bring the kids to this most wonderful fun annual holiday event this year!!
FREE Admission to Attend

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Admission: Free
Huntington Green / Huntington Center
Huntington Street
Shelton
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Sun Dec 2, 2018 2:00pm

The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy

Sponsored by: New Haven Museum

Join the New Haven Museum for a free screening of The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy, a documentary by New Haven freelance writer and film maker Steve Hamm, who dwells in Wooster Square.

The Village captures the memories of long-time and former Wooster Square residents, including Frank Carrano, Theresa Argento, Congresswoman Rosa DeLaura, and restaurateur Claire Criscuolo, among others. Hamm pays homage to some of the neighborhood’s most beloved, traditional characteristics—food, work, family, religion, and politics—using interviews, photos from family albums, and historic films and photographs.

This memorable film explores the power of ethnic identity and reaffirms the importance of immigration to American society. Today, few descendants of the immigrants still live in Wooster Square, but vestiges of their community remain—in the church, the ethnic societies and their festas, and the pizza joints and pastry shops.

Hamm is a freelance writer and documentary film maker living on New Haven’s Wooster Square. He was a journalist for many years, working for the likes of BusinessWeek magazine and the San Jose Mercury News. Later he worked for IBM and Yale University School of Medicine as a writer and editor. He is the author or co-author of four books, most recently “Smart Machines,” about the revolution in artificial intelligence. He has made a number of short films, some of which have been published on the Web sites of the New Haven Register and the New Haven Independent. Most of his films are community-building projects; he does the work on a pro bono basis.

Admission: free
New Haven Museum
114 Whitney Avenue
New Haven
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Sun Dec 2, 2018 2:00pm

Kim Ki-duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring

Sponsored by: Treasures from the Yale Film Archive

Join us for a 15th anniversary screening of Kim Ki-duk’s chamber drama SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER…AND SPRING, with an introduction by Young Sun Park. Set entirely at a floating monastery, the film chronicles the life of a Buddhist monk from childhood to old age. Critic Derek Elley called it “a sublime, witty, gritty, and transcendental movie,” while Andrew Sarris said it “probably represents the purest and most transcendent distillation of the Buddhist faith ever rendered on the screen.” 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

A presentation of the Yale Film Study Center and Films at the Whitney with support from Paul L. Joskow ’70 M.Phil., ’72 Ph.D.

Admission: Free
Whitney Humanities Center
53 Wall Street
New Haven
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Sun Dec 2, 2018 2:00pm

A Christmas Carol

Sponsored by: Milford Public Library

Gary Poholek performs a one-man “A Christmas Carol”, incorporating all of the characters.

Admission: Free
Milford Public Library
57 New Haven Ave.
Milford
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Sun Dec 2, 2018 10:30am – 12:00pm

Amalia Hoffman, “Dreidel Day” with PJ Library at JCC Craft and Gift Fair

Sponsored by: JCC of Greater New Haven

Dreidel Day is a 9 word board book for babies and toddlers. When Cat spins 1 dreidel on the first day of Chanukah, she embarks on an amusing 8 days adventure. Cat and Dreidels interact by spinning, bouncing, tumbling, hopping, balancing, hiding, resting and finally, lighting the menorah with another cat friend. Turn the pages and see how much fun counting from 1 to 8 can be as more dreidels appear on each additional day.

Admission: Free
JCC of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Rd
Woodbridge
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Sat Dec 1, 2018 2:00pm

Side by Side: The Nutcracker Swings!

Sponsored by: Yale University Bands

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 2:00 PM in Yale University’s Woolsey Hall (500 College St), the Yale Concert Band and the Yale Jazz Ensemble (Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director) will present “Side by Side: The Nutcracker Swings.” In this performance, the Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite, as arranged for concert band by Mayhew L. Lake, will be performed alongside the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn setting for jazz band. Celebrate the holiday season with this study in interpretation, in two classic arrangements of The Nutcracker Suite. Leroy Anderson’s traditional favorite, Sleigh Ride, also will be performed. Admission is free and no tickets are required, but donations will be collected to support IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services). Call 203-432-4111 for more information.

Admission: Free
Woolsey Hall
500 College St
New Haven
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Sat Dec 1, 2018 11:00am

All About Electric Cars

Sponsored by: Milford Public Library and Milford's Energy Advisory Board

Models will be outside the library.  Q & A with Milford’s Energy Advisory Board

Admission: Free
Milford Public Library
57 New Haven Ave.
Milford
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Sat Dec 1 – Sun Dec 9, 2018 10:00am – 5:00pm

Ronald McDonald House of CT’s 29th Annual Trees of Hope

Sponsored by: Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut

The Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut is pleased to announce the 29th Annual Trees of Hope to be held at the Maritime Center in New Haven on December 1st - December 9th, 2018. Trees of Hope is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This event transforms the lobby and hallways of the building into a wonderland of over 140 beautifully adorned trees, festive baskets, dream presents, and table settings all donated by the community to help benefit the families and children of the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut. Raffle tickets are sold for $1/ticket onsite and each display is raffled off to lucky winners at the conclusion of the event. The event also features a holiday boutique, which is open to the public from 10am-5pm daily, with musical performances and appearances from Santa on the weekends.

Admission: Free
Maritime Center
555 Long Wharf Drive
New Haven
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Sat Dec 1, 2018 9:00am – 2:00pm

First Baptist Church of Branford Christmas Fair

Sponsored by: First Baptist Church of Branford

Shoppers will find a large selection of gifts to please everyone, including baked goods, crafts, and Christmas items, with breakfast sandwiches from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. and lunch available from 11:30.  There will be holiday music by pianist Michael Cretella and Santa will visit with children and be available for pictures.  There will also be a huge Tag Sale.
Chances for two door prizes will be available to all who visit, with the prizes being awarded at 2 P.M. that day.
The church is on the Branford Town Green at 975 Main Street.  Call the church office at 203-488-9777 for additional information.

Admission: Free
First Baptist Church of Branford
975 Main Street
Branford
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Sat Dec 1, 2018 9:00am – 4:00pm

St. Margaret Mary Holly Fair

Sponsored by: St. Margaret Mary Church

Join us for shopping a variety of craftors & vendors, a cookie walk, raffle, santa, and a bake sale. Check our FB page for more info https://www.facebook.com/events/261032347913049/

Admission: Free
Shelton, CT
50 Donovan Lane
Shelton
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Fri Nov 30 – Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:30pm – 2:00pm

Glitz! The Little Miss Christmas Pageant Musical

Sponsored by: Pantochino Productions

Award-winning Pantochino Productions acclaimed musical, having played hundreds of performances around the country returns home to Milford for the holidays! Everything’s coming up tinsel and tiaras in this ridiculously funny holiday musical where ten little girls with big hair, and their outlandish mothers with big mouths vie for the title and crown. But its the Christmas spirit that is the true winner in this heartwarming holiday classic. Perfect for the entire family! Performances November 30 through December 22 (Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm) at the MAC (Milford Arts Council), 40 Railroad Avenue South in Downtown Milford. Free parking in railroad lots. Cabaret seating at all performances. Bring your own food and drink. All seats $22.00 online, $25.00 at the door. www.pantochino.com

Admission: $22 online, $25 at d
Milford Arts Council
40 Railroad Avenue
Milford
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Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The Hops Company Hosts 3rd Annual “Road Home for the Holidays”

Sponsored by: The Hops Company

The Hops Company, Connecticut’s only authentic beer garden, will host its 3rd annual “Road Home for the Holidays” charitable event on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 6pm until 9pm.  Partnering with Two Roads Brewery for the third year, the event will be a memorable night filled with fun, food, great beer, games, raffles and contests including ugly holiday sweater contest to benefit military service men and women.  The Hops Company and Two Roads will donate $1 from the sale of each Two Roads pint of beer to the Fisher House Foundation.  The Fisher House Foundation reunites families of injured veterans while they’re in the hospital. It uses donations to build large, multi-family homes where loved ones can stay without charge while their heroes heal. For more details, please check out: www.fisherhouse.org.

Admission: Free
The Hops Company
77 Sodom Lane
Derby
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Fri Nov 30 – Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Twilight Tours at Osborne Homestead Museum

Sponsored by: Connecticut Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection

Enter a world of wonder and explore your favorite fairytales and fables!  Visit the Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby, Connecticut and enjoy “A Storybook Holiday”!  From Aesop’s Fables to “The Snow Queen”, this season each room represents the most popular children’s tales in Western literature.  On Fridays, November 30, December 7, and 14, the museum will present “Twilight Tours” to display the shimmering glow of the decorations from 4PM to 7PM. 

For more than thirty years, volunteers have created the gorgeous holiday decorations at the museum.  These talented and committed volunteers are Derby Garden Society, Derby Neck Library & Hubbell Farm, Garden Club of Orange, Long Hill Garden Club, Naugatuck Garden Club, Olde Ripton Garden Club of Shelton, Jen Plasky of AIFD, Women Redefining Retirement Milford, Woodbridge Garden Club, and Ye Olde Kellogg Garden Club. 

This year’s holiday theme will pay tribute to the Osborne family and children’s literature.  The family promoted literacy in various ways.  Major Wilbur Osborne along with local teachers and neighbors founded Derby Neck Library.  Later on his daughter Frances Osborne Kellogg became president of the board of directors and donated gifts to the library.  Also Frances’ aunt Helen Krehbiel wrote stories and poems with moral lessons. 

Visit the Osborne Homestead Museum and open a page into the wonderful world of “Storybook Holiday”!  The holiday tours will run from November 23 through December 16.  Tours will be offered Thursdays through Sundays from 10AM to 4PM with special “Twilight Tours” on Fridays from 4PM to 7PM.  Admission is FREE and donations are accepted. The Osborne Homestead Museum, operated by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is located off Route 34 on 500 Hawthorne Avenue in Derby, CT.  To register for group tours and for more information, please call (203) 734-2513 or email donna.kingston@ct.gov.

Admission: Free
Osborne Homestead Museum
500 Hawthorne Ave
Derby
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Fri Nov 30 – Fri Nov 2, 2018 10:00am – 3:00pm

Learn Microsoft Excel Level 1 and 2 from the Career Coach

Sponsored by: Connecticut Works Career Coach

Learn Microsoft Excel from the CTWorks Career Coach. The class is offered in 2 sessions with an one hour break between sessions. Must be 18 years or older. Class is limited to ten. For more information or to register please contact the Library at 203-888-3903.

Admission: Free
Seymour Public Library
46 Church St
Seymour
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Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:00am – 2:00pm

STEM/Advanced Manufacturing & Tech Expo

Sponsored by: Waterbury Regional Chamber

info@waterburychamber.com, 203-757-0701, http://www.waterburychamber.com

Admission: Free
Naugatuck Valley Community College
83 Bank Street
Waterbury
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Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:30pm

Beethoven!

Sponsored by: New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Explore Beethoven’s genius in an all-Beethoven program featuring the heroic Symphony No. 3 and innovative and groundbreaking Piano Concerto No. 4 with Yale Faculty member, pianist Boris Berman.

Admission: $15 – $74; KidTix Fr
Woolsey Hall
500 College Street
New Haven
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Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:00pm

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Sponsored by: Yale Film Study Center

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with CPTV, the Yale Native American Cultural Center, and the Yale Film Study Center at an Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCLED THE WORLD. This new documentary by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana will be followed by a discussion with Yale’s Kelly Fayard and Jay Gitlin.

RUMBLE brings to light a profound and missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, Taboo, and many more, RUMBLE shows how Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Learn more about the film: rumblethemovie.com

Featuring upcoming documentaries from the Peabody Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Indie Lens Pop-up is presented in Connecticut by the Yale Film Study Center, CPTV, and PBS’s Independent Lens.

Admission: Free
Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102
63 High Street
NEW HAVEN
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Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:30pm

Climate Change & Regreening the Emerald Planet

Sponsored by: Terry Lecture series

The challenge of climate change. How is it affecting the Emerald Planet? How much might be too much? Is the 6th extinction at hand? How can ecosystem restoration help us address climate change and how that might change our perceptions of how our planet works? And how it might best nurture human aspiration? What is the role of awe?

Admission: Free
Kroon Hall
195 Prospect Street
New Haven
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Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Teen Maker Space

Sponsored by: Derby Public Library

Available resources include 3D design programs, 3D printer, 3D doodle pens, Legos and more!

Light refreshments will be provided.  Registration is requested!

Admission: Free
Derby Public Library
313 Elizabeth Street
Derby
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Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:00pm

Clutter, Clutter Everywhere

Sponsored by: Milford Public Library

Clutter, Clutter Everywhere – Make Your Life Free and Simple                                 at Milford Library                                                                               November 28 at 7pm                                          

With the holidays approaching, and a new year right around the corner, it’s a good time to free yourself from “stuff.”  Whether it’s downsizing or organizing, we all need a little help at some point.  Professional Organizer Anita Taylor will show you the how and why of organizing all your stuff. Systems are the answer! Find easy solutions and simplify your life with Anita’s help.
Anita Taylor has been helping clients simplify their lives for more than 20 years with her business, Anita & Company. Copies of “Anita’s Book,” a workbook solution to organizing important papers, will be available to purchase for $40 (cash or check) after Anita’s presentation.
This free workshop consists of a lot of show and tell, useful containers, a handout with an easy exercise, as well as practical and easy solutions to control clutter.
Brought to you by the generosity of the Friends of Milford Library

Admission: Free
Milford Public Library
57 New Haven Ave.
Milford
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Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:00pm – 7:30pm

FRIENDS, FOOD, AND BOOKS

Sponsored by: DERBY NECK LIBRARY

307 HAWTHORNE AVE.

Admission: Free
DERBY NECK LIBRARY
307 HAWTHORNE AVE.
Derby
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Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Nov/Dec Lunchtime Book Discussion at the Derby Public Library

Sponsored by: Derby Public Library

Featured book is A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. This novel is a New York Times bestseller—a Yuletide classic about small-town America and larger-than-life wonders. With the same incomparable style and warm inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.

Oswald T. Campbell leaves behind the cold and damp weather of the oncoming Chicago winter to spend what he believes will be his last Christmas in the warm and welcoming town of Lost River.

There he meets the postman who delivers mail by boat, the store owner who nurses a broken heart, the ladies of the Mystic Order of the Royal Polka Dots Secret Society, who do clandestine good works. And he meets a little redbird named Jack, who is at the center of this tale of a magical Christmas when something so amazing happened that those who witnessed it have never forgotten it.

Lunchtime Book Discussions are held the last Wednesday of the month and are free and open to the public. Multiple copies of the book will be available at the circulations desk.  Drop-ins are welcome—no registration required.  For further information contact the Reference Desk at 203-736-1482.

Admission: Free
Derby Public Library
313 Elizabeth Street
Derby
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Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:00pm

Democracy in Crisis: Conversations with New Haven Scholars

Sponsored by: New Haven Free Public Library

Corporations and Democracies: Doug Rogers, Professor of Anthropology, Yale University.
Join us for this year-long series in partnership with Yale University’s Public Humanities department. Stop by G Café before it starts for a quick bite, then enjoy a treat at the event provided by our sponsors.

Admission: Free
Ives Main Library
133 Elm Street
New Haven
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Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:30pm

Instagram for Your Small Business

Sponsored by: New Haven Free Public Library

Join an Instagram expert Linda Kavanagh of the Women’s Business Development Council to learn how to build your brand, perfect your message and generate referrals through Instagram. Topics will include tips and tricks for gaining followers, perfecting brand messaging, ideas for using pictures and video, and tips to utilizing the right hashtags. Register at the link provided.

Admission: Free
Ives Main Library
133 Elm Street
New Haven
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Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm

S.T.E.M. Construction Zone (Ages 4-11)

Sponsored by: DERBY PUBLIC LIBRARY CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Children ages 4-11 are invited to stop by the library for an interactive science program! In this month’s continued topic, Construction Zone, kids will have an opportunity to stretch their imagination and explore endless possibilities building with Legos, Keva planks, a variety of interlocking building blocks, and other materials. All supplies will be provided for this hands-on program.  Don’t miss out on the fun!

Admission: Free
MEET AT CHILDREN'S DEPT.
313 ELIZABETH STREET
Derby
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Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm

EVENING BOOK CLUB

Sponsored by: DERBY NECK LIBRARY

307 HAWTHORNE AVE.

Admission: Free
DERBY NECK LIBRARY
307 HAWTHORNE AVE.
Derby
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Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

“A Christmas Carol” LIVE!

Sponsored by: Valley Shakespeare Festival

JOIN VALLEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL ON A TRIP BACK IN TIME TO VICTORIAN ENGLAND
TO BEGIN YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON

Charles Dickens wrote his holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” in London in 1843 in the midst of England’s industrial revolution.  It was originally written to be published as a pamphlet to inspire social reform.  At the time, London was teeming with problems: in only 80 years its population quadrupled from 1 million to 4.5 million; crime was rampant-the police estimated that 20,000 children were being trained in thievery; the city’s water supply was polluted; housing was sparse and cramped with entire families living in one small room; and education for children was at an all-time low.

It is into this world that Valley Shakespeare Festival will take its audiences. Presented without elaborate period costuming and staging, VSF’s production puts the emphasis on the true meaning of the story.

Tom Simonetti, the company’s Executive and Artistic Director (and Bob Cratchit), explains his reasoning this way:

“The story is powerful enough on its own not to need all kinds of embellishment.  I love to see the children’s and families’ reactions to Jacob Marley’s chains, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge’s last speech.  It’s a story that needs to be told because it reminds us of the kind of people we should be all year long.  It’s exactly what we need.”

Audience members will join Ebenezer Scrooge on his transformational journey through his own personal darkness of bitterness and disillusion on that fateful Christmas Eve and emerge with him on that brilliant Christmas morning with renewed faith in God and humanity.

Mr. Jeremy Funke, who has portrayed Scrooge in the company’s productions from the very beginning, explains why the experience is new for him each year:

“… for myself personally, a sense of not knowing what comes next – I think Scrooge approaches his first Christmas with such a childlike energy precisely because he doesn’t know what comes next, and there’s a genuine excitement that comes along with that.”

Valley Shakespeare Festival will present its staged dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol” at Seymour’s Strand Theater, 165 Main Street, on Saturday, November 24th at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Anyone wishing to come and experience this memorable moment in history may purchase tickets by calling Valley Shakespeare Festival at 203-513-9446 or by visiting www.vsfestival.org. 

Tickets for the event are $10 per person in advance, $15 at the door. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged.

Valley Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit theater company serving the communities of the lower Naugatuck Valley.

Admission: $10 advance/$15 door
Strand Theater
165 Main Street
Seymour
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Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:00pm

World Cinema Film Screening: Waltz with Bashir

Sponsored by: New Haven Free Public Library

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman wrote, directed and stars in this autobiographical animated movie that was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. It depicts Folman in search of his lost memories of his experience as a soldier in the 1982 Lebanon War. Rated R.

Admission: Free
Fair Haven Library
182 Grand Ave
New Haven
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Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:00am – 4:00pm

Shop Small, Give Well Holiday Market

Sponsored by: The Perpetual You

Shop Small, Give Well allows women in Connecticut to shop from their favorite New England artisans in a single location and on a single day. Presented by The Perpetual You & mActivity, the market will feature 20+ makers selling jewelry, art, paper goods, pottery, candles, and skincare.

Supporting women creatives is critical during this time of growth & awareness in our country. Shopping small batch this holiday season means you’re giving back to your community, supporting the work of a fellow woman, AND you’re giving a beautiful, handmade gift to the special person in your life.

Admission: Free
mActivity Fitness Center
285 Nicoll Street
New Haven
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Fri Nov 23 – Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:00pm – 2:05am

Hillhouse Class of the 80s Reunion

Sponsored by: Hillhouse Class of 1982

Hillhouse Class of the 80s Reunion, Donation:  $15.00 or $20.00 at the door. Contact Charlene Minder (203) 466-9835 or any Class of 82 members for tickets. Class t-shirts can be purchased from Whalley Tees.

Admission: $15.00
Elks Club
, 87 Webster Street
New Haven
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Fri Nov 23 – Sun Jan 6, 2019 12:00pm – 4:00pm

A Magical Christmas Eve at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Sponsored by: Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

The exhibit, A Magical Christmas Eve at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, curated by Trustee Mimi Findlay and the LMMM Curatorial Committee will capture the enchantment and excitement of the night before Christmas and explore Christmas Eve as it was celebrated by the Lockwood and the Mathews families.

The Mansion will also feature 21st century holiday decorations with magnificent trees and seasonal displays by Trustee and renowned interior designers Victoria Vandamm of Vandamm Interiors, Marcia Taylor-Reid of Taylor Reid Design and Danna DiElsi owner of The Silk Touch, who will adorn the Herter Brothers’ grand Victorian staircase with white poinsettias and shimmering gold and silver garlands.

Admission: $15 Adults
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Ave
Norwalk
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Fri Nov 23 – Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:00am – 4:00pm

A Storybook Holiday

Sponsored by: Connecticut Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection

Enter a world of wonder and explore your favorite fairytales and fables!  Visit the Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby, Connecticut and enjoy “A Storybook Holiday”!  From Aesop’s Fables to The Snow Queen, this season each room represents the most popular children’s tales in Western literature.  The holiday tours will run from November 23 through December 16.  Tours will be offered Thursdays through Sundays from 10AM to 4PM.  On Fridays, November 30, December 7 and 14, the museum will present “Twilight Tours” to display the shimmering glow of the decorations from 4PM to 7PM. 

For more than thirty years, volunteers have created the gorgeous holiday decorations at the museum.  These talented and committed volunteers are Derby Garden Society, Derby Neck Library & Hubbell Farm, Garden Club of Orange, Long Hill Garden Club, Naugatuck Garden Club, Olde Ripton Garden Club of Shelton, Jen Plasky of AIFD, Women Redefining Retirement Milford, Woodbridge Garden Club, and Ye Olde Kellogg Garden Club. 

This year’s holiday theme will pay tribute to the Osborne family and children’s literature.  The family promoted literacy in various ways.  Major Wilbur Osborne along with local teachers and neighbors founded Derby Neck Library.  Later on his daughter Frances Osborne Kellogg became president of the board of directors and donated gifts to the library.  Also Frances’ aunt Helen Krehbiel wrote stories and poems with moral lessons. 

Visit the Osborne Homestead Museum and open a page into the wonderful world of “Storybook Holiday”!  Admission is FREE and donations are accepted. The Osborne Homestead Museum, operated by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is located off Route 34 on 500 Hawthorne Avenue in Derby, CT.  To register for group tours and for more information, please call (203) 734-2513 or email donna.kingston@ct.gov.

Admission: Free
Osborne Homestead Museum
500 Hawthorne Ave
Derby
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Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:00am

NHFPL Closed

Sponsored by: New Haven Free Public Library

NHFPL Closed

Admission: Free
All Locations
133 Elm St
New Haven
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Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:30pm

NHFPL CLOSING at 5:30 pm

Sponsored by: New Haven Free Public Library

All NHFPL locations will be closing at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 21st.

Admission: Free
New Haven Free Public Library
New Haven

Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm

READ to OLLIE (Ages 5-11)

Sponsored by: DERBY PUBLIC LIBRARY

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED; you can register at the More Info link below, or at the library web site.

Children ages 5-11 are welcome to be part of the popular B.A.R.K. program here at the library. This is a great opportunity for beginner or reluctant readers - as well as experienced readers - to build confidence, enhance literary skills achieved during the school year, and develop a love of reading.

Children will be given a 20 minute time slot to read and may select a book from Ollie’s Book Picks to share with him for the program.

Admission: Free
CHILDREN'S AREA
313 ELIZABETH STREET
Derby
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Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:30pm

Fall Open House at Wilson Library!

Sponsored by: New Haven Free Public Library

Join City Librarian Martha Brogan as we welcome Luis Chavez-Brummell, the new Wilson Branch Manager! Come by to learn about our new Strategic Framework 2018-2023: Growing Together. One City. One Future. and share your ideas for the neighborhood library!

Admission: Free
Wilson Library
303 Washington Ave
New Haven
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Author Talk with Eric Lehman

Sponsored by: Derby Public Library

Join Eric for a lively lecture about the remarkable story of “Connecticut Town Greens: History of the State’s Common Centers”. Town Greens are thought of as relics of another time, but as residents of Connecticut, they are part of our lives. In fact, over 170 public spaces remain on which we can walk where our ancestors and predecessors walked. Mr. Lehman will also be selling and signing copies of his book “Connecticut Town Greens” as well as his other books.

Eric D. Lehman is the director of creative writing at the University of Bridgeport and has stories, reviews, and essays in dozens of magazines and journals. His dozen books include “Connecticut Town Greens”, “A History of Connecticut Food”, the “Insiders’ Guide to Connecticut”, and “Becoming Tom Thumb”, which won the annual award from the Victorian Society of America. and was chosen as one of the top university press books of the year by the American Library Association. His novel “Shadows of Paris” won two independent book awards and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award.

Space is limited so registration is required beginning October 22 online or by calling the Reference Desk at 203-736-1482.

Admission: Free
Derby Public Library
313 Elizabeth Street
Derby
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm

CONNECTICUT 169 CLUB—MEET THE AUTHOR

Sponsored by: DERBY NECK LIBRARY

307 HAWTHORNE AVE.

Admission: Free
DERBY NECK LIBRARY
307 HAWTHORNE AVE.
Derby
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Derby Historical Society - 28th Annual Appeal

Sponsored by: Derby Historical Society

The Derby Historical Society is conducting our Annual Fundraising Appeal on Nov. 19th.  Entertainment by Gretchen Tucker, Soprano.  She will preform an 18th Century Music Concert.  Tickets are $45 and dinner will be served.  Cash Bar

Admission: $45 by November 15th
La Sala Banquet Hall
73 High Street
Derby
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:30pm – 1:30pm

WOMEN’S FORUM

Sponsored by: DERBY NECK LIBRARY

MEET GINNY, A RESCUED GREYHOUND—FORMERLY A RACER.  FEEL FREE TO BRING A LIGHT LUNCH.  WE SERVE COFFEE AND TEA. 203-734-1492

Admission: Free
DERBY NECK LIBRARY
307 HAWTHORNE AVE.
Derby
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:00pm

Richard Buckner

Sponsored by: Cafe Nine

With Ponybird (Solo)

Admission: $10-12
Cafe Nine
250 State Street
New Haven
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Fran Hawthorne, “The Heirs”

Sponsored by: JCC of Greater New Haven

After a serious injury, Eleanor Ritter’s mother, Rose, begins divulging secrets she has held for fifty years about her tumultuous childhood in Poland. Eleanor becomes obsessed with her mother’s past, only growing stronger when she meets her son’s soccer teammate’s Catholic family from Poland. The quest for answers to questions such as: how many generations does guilt carry on? What did your grandparents do to mine? , leads Eleanor into an unexpected friendship, strains her relationship with her mother, and puts her struggling marriage with a Y2K fearing IT technician at further risk.

“This is the story of immigrants — Jews, Catholics and all of us — whose children and grandchildren remain tied to the suffering and struggles which brought them to America.” — Joel Levy, longtime New York regional director of the Anti-Defamation League and former president of the Center for Jewish History

Admission: $5/$10
JCC of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Rd
Woodbridge
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:30am – 1:30pm

Senior Game Day

Sponsored by: JCC of Greater New Haven

All seniors are invited to join us for Game Day at the J! We’ll have a variety of games for seniors to enjoy with friends and family.

Event is FREE and open to the public.

Admission: Free
JCC of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Rd
Woodbridge
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:00am – 3:00pm

New Haven Comic & Collectible Spectacular

Sponsored by: The Hidden Base

this show will run on November 18th, 2018 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm; admission will be $5.00 per person, children 10 & under are always FREE!  We always have a great selection of comics, toys, and collectibles in a family orientated atmosphere with over 50 tables.  We’ll have everything from Golden and Silver Age comics to vintage and modern toys, you name it we’ll probably have it: Marvel, DC, Darkhorse, Image, GI JOE, Transformers, Star Wars, TMNT, Masters Of The Universe, Funko Pops, Kenner items, video games, and so much more!  Please tell all your friends and family, and share our spectacular event!

Admission: $5.00
Annex YMA Club
554 Woodward Ave.
New Haven
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:00am – 2:00pm

Derby Aux. Police Stuff-A-Cruiser Holiday Food Drive

Sponsored by: Derby Auxiliary Police

The Derby Police Department’s Auxiliary Unit will hold its 3rd Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Derby on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 9am to 2pm at ShopRite located at 49 Pershing Drive, Derby. At the “Stuff-A-Cruiser” event, Officers will accept non-perishable food donations to feed needy Derby families.

According to data compiled by the Valley United Way, 12% of Valley adults reported experiencing food insecurity. Over the last two years with your help, this food drive stuffed a total of 13 1/2 cruisers and 8 large SUV cruisers with over $40,000 worth of food!

Give while you check your own Thanksgiving shopping off your to-do list. As you celebrate with your family and loved ones this holiday, know that you helped provide for families that might otherwise go hungry.

Admission: Free
ShopRite
49 Pershing Drive
Derby
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:00pm

Ideat Village Rock Lottery

Sponsored by: Cafe Nine

Drawn by lot, chosen at random, a few dozen fearless musicians step forward for an unforgettable one-off gig.

Admission: Free
Cafe Nine
250 State Street
New Haven
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:00pm

CT Contacts Singles Dance at Wyndham Hotel

Sponsored by: CT Contacts LLC

CT Contacts singles dance at the Wyndham Hotel. 200 - 300+ Singles Expected! Dancing to DJ’s Top 40, Dinner Buffet 8-9:30, Coffee & Dessert at 11:00.$30 Admission

Admission: $30
Wyndham Hotel Southbury
1284 Strongtown Rd
Southbury
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:00pm

John McCutcheon Benefit Concert for Connecticut Children’s Museum

Sponsored by: Connecticut Children's Museum

“The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.” - Johnny Cash

“He has an uncanny ability to breathe new life into the familiar. His storytelling has the richness of fine literature.” - Washington Post

“Calling John McCutcheon a folksinger is like saying Deion Sanders is just a football player.” - Dallas Morning News

“John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.” - Pete Seeger
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John McCutcheon / CT Children’s Museum Benefit - 11/17/18 - New Haven, CT
7 pm on Saturday, November 17, 2018
Center Church Parish House
311 Temple Street
(directly behind main library)
New Haven, CT

A benefit for the Connecticut Children’s Museum

Admission: $25
Center Church Parish House
311 Temple Street
New Haven
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Sat Nov 17 – Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Justin David, “Longing: Jewish Meditations on a Hidden God” at A Taste of Honey

Sponsored by: JCC of Greater New Haven

Justin David has been the Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton since 2002. During that time, he has helped the community grow through his commitment to social justice, inclusion, innovation in worship, Jewish education and interfaith work.
“Longing: Jewish Meditations on a Hidden God” weaves together personal narrative, Jewish mysticism, biblical stories and a range of Jewish thinkers to reflect on the hidden God at the heart of Jewish tradition. It elicits the universal experience of yearning for closeness to someone or some being that we feel we need, but are never sure exists. Along the way, the book takes us on a journey that has us think about our relationships to our parents, to those whom we love, to the sources of Judaism, to God, and ultimately to the “Nothingness” that is, in fact, everything.

Admission: $12/$18
JCC of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Rd
Woodbridge
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Maroon & Gold Gala

Sponsored by: St Joseph High School

The St Joseph High School Gala is a scholarship event that casts a spotlight on the school’s strong commitment to community service and leadership. It is a fabulous evening of friends, cocktails, dinner, and live music, along with live & silent auctions. The event is open to public and all proceeds benefit St Joseph High School’s Scholarship Fund. For tickets, sponsorship, donations, and additional information, visit: sjcadets.org/gala.

Admission: $150
The Waterview
215 Roosevelt Drive
Monroe
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Sat Nov 17 – Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:00pm – 10:00am

Dino-Snore Sleepover!

Sponsored by: Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Grab your pajamas and sleeping bags and head down to the Peabody for a night under the dinosaurs you and your kids will never forget! The evening includes a scavenger hunt, fun natural history activities, hands-on specimens, and fantastic snacks. Continental breakfast is served on Sunday morning. Open to children 5 years of age and older, and there must be at least one adult for every three children.

Admission: $49.50-$55
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
170 Whitney Avenue
New Haven
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:00pm

St. Joseph Church Women’s Guild, Ansonia,CT

Sponsored by: Women's Guild

St. Joseph’s Women’s Guild of St. Joseph’s Church, Ansonia, CT annual Turkey Bingo.

Admission: $6.00
St. Joseph Church
Jewett St.
Ansonia
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Sat Nov 17 – Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:00pm

Raptors & Rehabilitation:  Where Birds Meet People

Sponsored by: New Haven Free Public Library

Birds are hiding in plain sight in the cities, suburbs, and the natural places our paths take us. The photographs in this exhibit are of educational birds from A Place Called Hope (APCH), a non-profit raptor rehabilitation center in Killingworth, Connecticut.

Admission: Free
Ives Main Library, Ives Gallery
133 Elm Street
New Haven
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:00pm

Tony Dioguardi & Friends

Sponsored by: Cafe Nine

Jazz jam session

Admission: Free
Cafe Nine
250 State Street
New Haven
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm

BioRegional Group Meeting

Sponsored by: EcoWorks CT

Join us for a panel discussion featuring environmental group members from EcoWorks, Peels and Wheels, Urban Miners, Rainbow Recycling, and the NeverEnding Bookstore. Learn about fun new way to save the environment! Tours of EcoWorks will take place before the panel discussion from 2-3pm.

Admission: Free
EcoWorks CT
89 State Street
North Haven
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:00pm

Glance at the World Through Film: Grisgris (Chad, France, 2013)

Sponsored by: New Haven Free Public Library

Film Screening. Despite a paralyzed leg, Grigris, a young man dreams of being a dancer. But his dreams are shattered when his stepfather falls critically ill, and Grigris resolves to work for petrol traffickers in order to support his family. (In French and Arabic with English subtitles.) Join us for this film screening and discussion led by Debby Evans.

Admission: Free
Mitchell Library
37 Harrison Street
New Haven
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