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CULI­NARY LUNCH: The East Hamp­ton Se­nior Cen­ter in­vites mem­bers to a Wind­ham Tech Culi­nary Lunch-Friday, April 21 leav­ing at 10:15 a.m. Lunch is $12 and a $3 Trans. Do­na­tion asked. Pay­ment due at Sign-up. For in­for­ma­tion, go to www.east­hamp­tonct.gov and click on Se­nior Cen­ter or call 860-267-4426. FUN FRI­DAYS: Fun Fri­days at the Deep River Pub­lic Li­brary, for all ages, will be held April 7, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m. Preschool­ers can play, sing songs and hear sto­ries, with open play time to fol­low. ABC Ami­gos visit April 21 for a Span­ishthemed story time. For more in­for­ma­tion on any of these pro­grams, call 860-5266039 or email at dr­plchil­drens­dept@gmail.com. ELEC­TRON­ICS COL­LEC­TION: In sup­port of Earth Day, Port­land’s Gilder­sleeve School and PTO is col­lect­ing used elec­tron­ics for re­cy­cling April 17-22. Drop-off lo­ca­tions are (dur­ing busi­ness hours): Gilder­sleeve School of­fice, Val­ley View School of­fice, CT Val­ley School of Mu­sic, Savvy Swap Con­sign­ments, Port­land Pub­lic Li­brary, and the Port­land Board of Ed Of­fice. On April 22, col­lec­tions will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at TriTown Foods and Gilder­sleeve School bus cir­cle. A com­plete list of col­lec­tion items is avail­able on the Port­land CT PTO Face­book page. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Abbi at 860-712-2857 or ab­bi­nori@ aol.com. BUD­GET FO­RUM: State Reps. Devin Car­ney and Melissa Zio­bron will meet with con­stituents on Friday, April 21 at the Had­lyme Pub­lic Hall, 1 Day Hill Road, Lyme, 6-7:30 p.m. Car­ney, a mem­ber of the leg­is­la­ture’s Fi­nance Com­mit­tee and Zio­bron, the Rank­ing Mem­ber of the Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee will pro­vide an over­view of Con­necti­cut’s bud­get and fis­cal sit­u­a­tion. For in­for­ma­tion, call 800842-1423. POET’S COR­NER: Poet’s Cor­ner with Mid­dle­town Poet Lau­re­ate, Su­san Al­li­son, will be held April 21, 1 p.m. in the Hub­bard Room, Rus­sell Li­brary, 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town, in honor of Na­tional Po­etry Month. Al­li­son will be shar­ing her fa­vorite po­ems. Par­tic­i­pants are in­vited to bring their fa­vorite po­ems. All ages are wel­come; drop-in, no reg­is­tra­tion. ART PARTY: An Art Party for grades K-3 will be held April 21, 4 p.m. in the Ac­tiv­ity Room, Rus­sell Li­brary, 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town. Come and cel­e­brate your artis­tic side by cre­at­ing some­thing beau­ti­ful. Bring your imag­i­na­tion and a will­ing­ness to get messy. Drop-in, no reg­is­tra­tion. FOR­GOT­TEN FE­LINES: For­got­ten Fe­lines will hold its 25th An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion on Friday, April 21 at The WoodWinds in Bran­ford, fea­tur­ing a wine-tast­ing, silent auc­tion and din­ner. Tick­ets are $50 per per­son and must be pur­chased in ad­vance on­line at www.for­got­ten­fe­li­nes­store.com. More de­tails on Face­book or visit www.for­got­ten­fe­li­nesct.org. IM­MI­GRANT AN­CES­TRY: The Godfrey Me­mo­rial Li­brary, 134 New­field St., Mid­dle­town, holds on­go­ing in­for­mal ses­sions fo­cused on skills for ge­neal­o­gists seek­ing an­ces­tors in their coun­tries of ori­gin. This month’s meet­ing is April 21 at 9:30 a.m. Ses­sions are free to Godfrey Pre­mium Mem­bers or $10 a ses­sion. No pre-reg­is­tra­tion is nec­es­sary. Call 860-346-4375 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Satur­day, April 22

ELEC­TRON­ICS COL­LEC­TION: In sup­port of Earth Day, Port­land’s Gilder­sleeve School and PTO is col­lect­ing used elec­tron­ics for re­cy­cling. On April 22, col­lec­tions will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at TriTown Foods and Gilder­sleeve School bus cir­cle. A com­plete list of col­lec­tion items is avail­able on the Port­land CT PTO Face­book page. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Abbi at 860-712-2857 or ab­bi­nori@ aol.com. SPRING FLING: A Spring Fling with In­ter­act Group will be held Satur­day, April 22, 12-2 p.m. at the East Hamp­ton Se­nior Cen­ter. En­joy a pot luck lunch, danc­ing, fin­ger paint­ing. Sign up in Ac­tiv­ity book and state what dish you will be shar­ing. For in­for­ma­tion, go to www.east­hamp­tonct.gov and click on Se­nior Cen­ter or call 860-267-4426. OPEN HOUSE: Vista Life In­no­va­tions, a na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited post-sec­ondary pro­gram for in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties, is host­ing an open house on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at its West­brook cam­pus. To RSVP, reg­is­ter on­line at www.vistal­ifein­no­va­tions.org/open­house or con­tact the Ad­mis­sions Of­fice at 860-399-8080 ext. 106 by April 19. Vista’s West­brook cam­pus is lo­cated at 1356 Old Clin­ton Road, West­brook. SPRING FLING FAIR: The Henry Carter Hull Li­brary will hold its an­nual Spring Fling Craft Fair on Satur­day, April 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All items are hand made and lo­cal. There will be a va­ri­ety of jewelry, gar­den troughs, fab­ric art, wrought iron, goat milk prod­ucts, bath bombs, baked goods, and more. hch­li­brary. org. MERCY COLOR CRAZE: The Mercy Alum­nae As­so­ci­a­tion is host­ing a the Mercy Color Craze, a col­or­ful and fam­ily-ori­ented day in­clud­ing a 5K Cross Coun­try Run (self-timed), Fun Color Run for chil­dren and adults, food trucks, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, a DJ, and a live con­cert by Mercy’s own ris­ing coun­try mu­sic duo, Pres­ley and Tay­lor. Reg­is­tra­tion for the 5K is $20 and in­cludes a com­mem­o­ra­tive T-shirt. All other ac­tiv­i­ties are free; reg­is­ter in ad­vance. For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter on­line visit www. mer­cy­high.com. All pro­ceeds

will ben­e­fit the Mercy High School Schol­ar­ship Fund. The school is lo­cated at 1740Ran­dolph Rd. Mid­dle­town and can be reached at 860-346-6659. EARTH DAY CEL­E­BRA­TION: The Killing­worth Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion cel­e­brates Earth Day on Satur­day, April 22, with events at Chat­field Hol­low Farm, 10 Fire­tower Road, Killing­worth. The two-ses­sion event, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. 1:30-4:30 p.m. is or­ga­nized by the Killing­worth Women’s Or­ga­ni­za­tion to ben­e­fit the li­brary. Ticket are $10, free un­der age 5, and are avail­able at the Li­brary. Tick­ets in­clude one food item and a bev­er­age. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude mush­room in­oc­u­la­tion and for­ag­ing, a com­post­ing sta­tion, wet­lands in­for­ma­tion, a bee sem­i­nar, a Tai Chi demon­stra­tion, chil­dren’s crafts, mu­sic, read­ing and ac­tiv­i­ties with Dr. Seuss’ The Lo­rax, s’mores, Zen­tan­gling, med­i­ta­tion and face paint­ing. The Killing­worth Gar­den Club will be sell­ing plants and the li­brary will be sell­ing en­vi­ron­ment-re­lated books. SWING BAND:A con­cert by the Sur­vivors Swing Band will be held April 22, 1:30 p.m. in the Hub­bard Room, Rus­sell Li­brary, 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town, play­ing clas­sic melodies from the Swing Era for lis­ten­ing and danc­ing. Bring a dance part­ner, or come with friends and fam­ily to en­joy some of Amer­ica’s most beloved songs. Fam­i­lies with chil­dren are wel­come. Spon­sored by The Friends of the Rus­sell Li­brary. GI­ANT AUC­TION: The Killing­worth Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany An­nual Gi­ant Auc­tion will be held April 22, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Fire Head­quar­ters, 333 Route 81. The auc­tion fea­tures house­hold items, an­tiques, tools, fur­ni­ture, small equip­ment and much more. The auc­tion will be held rain or shine. Re­fresh­ments will be avail­able all day. For

in­for­ma­tion go to www. killing­worth-fire.org.

EPOCH ARTS PLAY: Join the Epoch Arts cast of the orig­i­nal 20-year play, Un­fin­ished Peo­ple, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. The cast serves a pasta din­ner to guests, then per­forms skits, mu­si­cal num­bers and Wack­adoo­dles —on the spot per­for­mances — dur­ing cof­fee and dessert. Tick­ets are $10. To spon­sor a skit or mak­ing a reser­va­tion, email el­iz­a­beth@epocharts.org. Reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended. Epoch Arts is lo­cated at 27 Skin­ner Street, East Hamp­ton. Learn more at www.epocharts.org.

Sun­day, April 23

JEWISH WAR VET­ER­ANS: Jewish War Vet­er­ans of the U.S.A., Ma­jor Gen­eral Mau­rice Rose Post 51, will meet on Sun­day, April 23, 9:30 a.m., at Con­gre­ga­tion Adath Is­rael in the meet­ing room at the Nestor Cen­ter in Mid­dle­town. All vet­er­ans, whether they served in war or peace time, are in­vited. Fol­low­ing a break­fast of fried mat­zoh and eggs, in honor of the Passover hol­i­day, the mem­bers will dis­cuss the talk by Jeff Blanken­ship at their March meet­ing, about what tech­nol­ogy can do for vet­er­ans and se­niors. EARTH DAY: Tri-Town Youth Ser­vices in­vites the com­mu­nity to cel­e­brate Earth Day and ex­plore the great out­doors to­gether, April 23, 1-3 p.m. at Bushy Hill Na­ture Cen­ter, 253 Bushy Hill Road, Ivory­ton. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a guided hike at 1:30 p.m. and a bow drill demon­stra­tion at 2 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $5. DAF­FODIL DAY: The Wadsworth Man­sion will host Daf­fodil Day April 23, from 1-4 p.m. at the Wadsworth Man­sion at Long Hill Es­tate, 421 Wadsworth Street, Mid­dle­town. This fam­ily event will be held rain or shine and there is no charge for ad­mis­sion, although do­na­tions are wel­come and ap­pre­ci­ated. FARRAND FILM: Doc­u­men­tary film­maker and six-time Emmy Award win­ner, Karyl Evans will screen her lat­est film and dis­cuss Beat­rix Farrand’s work with land­scape ar­chi­tect Shavaun Tow­ers, April 23 at 3 p.m. in The Cube at Cen­ter­brook Ar­chi­tects’ of­fice, 67Main St., Cen­ter­brook. This event is free and open to the pub­lic. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion is re­quested; call the Es­sex Li­brary for more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter at 860-7671560.

Mon­day April 24

WON­DER­FUL ONES: Won­der­ful Ones, Mon­days, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 10:30 a.m.. Ac­tiv­ity Room, Rus­sell Li­brary, 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town. Play, craft, mu­sic, sto­ries and more for one-year-olds and their care­givers. Drop-in, no reg­is­tra­tion. STEM BUD­DIES: Stem Bud­dies with the Teen Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil will meet April 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Ac­tiv­ity Room, Rus­sell Li­brary, 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town. Whether or not you like sushi, you will like Candy Sushi made with rice ce­real, fruit rolls, gummi worms, and Swedish Fish. Mem­bers of the Teen Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil will be here to help. For grades 2-5. Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired, in per­son or call 860-344-8479.

Tues­day, April 25

TWOS ARE TER­RIFIC: Twos Are Ter­rific, Tues­days, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:30 a.m. in the Ac­tiv­ity Room, Rus­sell Li­brary 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town. Play, craft and cir­cle time for two-year-olds and their care­givers. Twos Are Ter­rific will be held in the Hub­bard Room on Tues­day, April 11. Drop-in, no reg­is­tra­tion ALL SEWN UP: Learn ba­sic cloth­ing main­te­nance and re­pair in or­der to re­duce trips to the dry cleaner or tai­lor dur­ing All Sewn Up, April 25, 3-5 p.m. in the Hub­bard Room, Rus­sell Li­brary, 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town. For ages 14+ only. Reg­is­tra­tion sug­gested but not re­quired; call the In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices Desk at 860-347-2520. MONEY MONEY MONEY:

Money, Money, Money! for ages 3-6, will be held

April 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Ac­tiv­ity Room, Rus­sell Li­brary, 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town. Help Rus­sell Li­brary cel­e­brate Money Smart Week with mon­eythemed sto­ries and crafts. No cur­rency is nec­es­sary — you will cre­ate your own. Drop-in, no reg­is­tra­tion. YOUR FI­NANCES: Get­ting Your Fi­nan­cial House in Or­der will be held April 25, 6 p.m. in the Hub­bard Room, Rus­sell Li­brary, 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town. This free work­shop is of­fered dur­ing Money Smart Week, pre­sented by Kathryn Den­nen and Chad Bur­roughs, North­west CT Chap­ter mem­bers of the So­ci­ety for Fi­nan­cial Aware­ness and spon­sored by The Friends of the Rus­sell Li­brary. MYS­TERY DIS­CUS­SION: Clas­sic Mys­tery Book Dis­cus­sion: Whose Body?, will be held April 25, 12-1 p.m.OR 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Rus­sell Li­brary, 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town, dis­cussing Dorothy L. Say­ers’ first Lord Peter Wim­sey novel, Whose Body? Copies are avail­able at the li­brary’s Cir­cu­la­tion Desk 30 days prior. Con­tact the In­for­ma­tion Ac­cess & Adult Learn­ing De­part­ment at Rus­sell Li­brary: in­fodept@rus­sel­l­li­brary.org, or call 860-3472520 for more de­tails or to sug­gest a book. Drop-in, no reg­is­tra­tion. CHAM­BER NEXUS MEET­ING: The Clin­ton Cham­ber of Com­merce will hold its monthly Nexus meet­ing on Tues­day April 25, 7:45 p.m. in the Rose Room of Town Hall, Main Street, Clin­ton. The group is use­ful net­work­ing for small, in­de­pen­dent, store-front, or in-home busi­ness own­ers. The event is free; guests must be a mem­ber in good stand­ing of the Clin­ton Cham­ber of Com­merce. Pr­ereg­is­tra­tion is re­quired; call 860-669-3889 or email cham­ber@clin­tonct.com.

Wed­nes­day, April 26

BABY RHYME TIME: Baby Rhyme Time is held Wed­nes­days, April 5, 19, 26, 1:30 p.m. in the Ac­tiv­ity Room, Rus­sell Li­brary, 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town. Join us for an af­ter­noon of sto­ries, rhymes and play for ba­bies, birth to twelve months, and their care­givers. Drop-in, no reg­is­tra­tion. MYS­TERY TRIP: The East Hamp­ton Se­nior Cen­ter will host a Mys­tery Trip and Lunch at Brown­stone House on Wed­nes­day, April 26 Leav­ing at 9a.m. Mys­tery is $5 do­na­tion, plus $3 for trans­porta­tion. Pay­ment due at Sign up at front desk. For in­for­ma­tion, go to www. east­hamp­tonct.gov and click on Se­nior Cen­ter or call 860-267-4426.

Thurs­day, April 27

BABY RHYME TIME: Baby Rhyme Time is held Thurs­days, April 6, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m. Ac­tiv­ity Room, Rus­sell Li­brary, 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town. Join us for a morn­ing of sto­ries, rhymes and play for ba­bies, birth to twelve months, and their care­givers. Drop-in, no reg­is­tra­tion. VET­ER­ANS WRIT­ING GROUP: We Were There: Rus­sell Li­brary Vet­er­ans’ Writ­ing Group, will meet Thurs­days, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 6:30pm. Meet­ing Room 2, Rus­sell Li­brary, 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town. This se­ries in­vites Vet­er­ans to share their sto­ries and pho­tos in their own voices. Ques­tions? Con­tact Christy Billings at cbillings@rus­sel­l­li­brary.org or call 860-3472528 Ext 158. Drop-in, no reg­is­tra­tion. PRESCHOOL POWER: Preschool Power, Thurs­days, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 1:30 p.m. Ac­tiv­ity Room, Rus­sell Li­brary 123 Broad Street, Mid­dle­town. Sto­ries, rhymes and other lit­er­acy fun for ages 3-5 and their care­givers. Drop-in, no reg­is­tra­tion. BABY BOUNCE: Baby Bounce, for ba­bies to 24 months, will be held at the Deep River Pub­lic Li­brary, April 6, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m. No class April 13. For more in­for­ma­tion on any of these pro­grams, call 860-5266039 or email at dr­plchil­drens­dept@gmail.com. BIRTH­DAY BASH: The East Hamp­ton Se­nior Cen­ter’s April Birth­day Bash will be held April 27 at 12 p.m. En­joy pizza, cake and ice cream on us if you were born in April. All oth­ers are asked for $5 for pizza and bev­er­ages. Pay­ment due at sign up at front desk. For in­for­ma­tion, go to www.east­hamp­tonct.gov and click on Se­nior Cen­ter or call 860-267-4426.

Friday, April 28

FUN FRI­DAYS: Fun Fri­days at the Deep River Pub­lic Li­brary, for all ages, will be held April 7, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m. Preschool­ers can play, sing songs and hear sto­ries, with open play time to fol­low. ABC Ami­gos visit April 21 for a Span­ishthemed story time. For more in­for­ma­tion on any of these pro­grams, call 860-5266039 or email at dr­plchil­drens­dept@gmail.com GE­NEAL­OGY: Ge­neal­ogy, any­one? at the East Hamp­ton Se­nior Cen­ter will be­held Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. Have Brian help you nav­i­gate your fam­ily his­tory. Sign up in Ac­tiv­ity Book if in­ter­ested. For in­for­ma­tion, go to www.east­hamp­tonct.gov and click on Se­nior Cen­ter or call 860-267-4426.

Satur­day, April 29

SU­PER­HEROES: The Deep River Pub­lic Li­brary presents a Su­per­hero pro­gram for ages 2-5, all are wel­come, April 29, 10:30 a.m. Cel­e­brate caped cru­saders and masked he­roes. For more in­for­ma­tion on any of these pro­grams, call 860-526-6039 or email at dr­plchil­drens­dept@gmail.com

Wed­nes­day, May 3

PER­FOR­MANCE WORK­SHOP: Com­mu­nity Mu­sic School will be of­fer­ing a Per­for­mance Anx­i­ety Work­shop specif­i­cally for mu­si­cians on May 3, 7-9 p.m. Many mu­si­cians strug­gle with stage fright and this work­shop will ad­dress all the usual symp­toms in­clud­ing but­ter­flies, trem­bling hands, a rac­ing heart, or worse. The work­shop is open to the pub­lic; fee is $30. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, visit www.com­mu­nity-mu­sic­school.org or call CMS at 860-767-0026.

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