Friday, February 1, 2008

Stuff to do!

Recorderists Paul Van Loey and Rachel Begley, shown at left, will perform a concert Saturday night, Feb. 2, after teaching a workshop on the instrument today, Feb. 2 at Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon St., New Haven. The workshop runs 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m., and the concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and workshop participants. For more information: (203) 202-6202 or (203) 624-5189.

NEW HAVEN - Neighborhood Music School will hold a Chinese New Year Celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Neighborhood Music School Recital Hall, 100 Audubon St. It will include a free intergenerational event with music, crafts, and a potluck dinner to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Participants are urged to come and play and sing traditional Chinese folk and children's songs, with music provided. Bring your erhu, bamboo flute, xiao, pipa, violin, flute, or cello. There also will be art activities such as calligraphy and paper crafts. Bring a Chinese or other dish to share. No reservations necessary. Families welcome.
For more information, call Neighborhood Music School at 203-624-5189.

At one of the Elm City Express favorite places (ok, full disclosure: that was said by Helen, who belongs the JCC and works out there):

WOODBRIDGE — The new Family Center at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, offers a variety of programs.
A free open house, featuring a performance by the Airborne Jugglers, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10.
Programs include Pop-In Playtime, Mondays, 10-11 a.m.; story time, Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.; Little Crafters, Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.; baby massage is 9:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 21.
Also offered are Sunday socials and Hebrew Sunday socials, infant swim sampler, pee-wee sports sampler, tiny tots tennis sampler, Sunday splash, and giant video game day.
There’s also Pampered Parents and a 30-minute workout for busy parents.
For all class samplers, registration is required.
Call Merav Canaan, JCC director of Youth and Family Services, at 387-2522, ext. 276, for details or go to

— The state Department of Environmental Protection Boating Division, in cooperation with ConnYak, the New Haven Department of Parks and Recreation, and the U.S. Coast Guard, will present an afternoon of safe paddling demonstrations and information sessions from 1 to 4 p.m. March 1, at Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive.
All demonstrations take place at the indoor pool. The event is free and will feature in-pool demonstrations and other topics, including self-rescue, choosing the right craft and communications. Professionals from the Coast Guard, certified canoe and kayak instructors from the city, a variety of representatives from the paddling industry, and the DEP Boating Division will be on hand to answer questions. Inquiries can be directed to the DEP Boating Division at (860) 434-8638 or Martin Torresquintero at New Haven Parks & Recreation, by calling (203) 946-6768 or emailing

WOODBRIDGE — The Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road (Route 63), holds ongoing classes for mobility impaired people, including those in wheelchairs.
The Sit and Get Fit program is designed to give the mobility impaired an opportunity to engage in aerobics, strength training, and stretching exercises. The light-to-moderate exercises will be modified for safety. Classes are held 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, and are sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The instructor is Regine Bence.

And, if you like to sing or are otherwise musically inclined:
NEW HAVEN — The Greater New Haven Community Chorus is beginning rehearsals for the spring concert that will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the chorus.
The concert will showcase music with historical and cultural links to New Haven, including Broadway pieces that made their debut at the Shubert Theatre.
Membership is open to men and women of all ages who enjoy singing. Auditions are not required.
The group meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Center Church Parish House, 311 Temple St. For more information, go to

NEW HAVEN — The Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary is seeking musicians for its summer "Notes at Noon" concert series.
The event will kick off at noon June 6, and run Fridays through July 11 in the Hunter Courtyard on Cedar Street.
The auxiliary is seeking all types of music performers: folk, jazz, rap, rock, blues, country, gospel, a capella and steel drum.
Send a demo tape by March 24, to the Y-NH Auxiliary, 20 York St., WP 127, New Haven 06510-3203, or call 688-5717 for more information.

CHESHIRE — Cheshire Community Chorus rehearsals for the spring concert are being held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Highlands Health Care Center, 745 Highland Ave, Route 10.
All voices are needed, especially tenor, baritone and bass. Auditions are not required and nonresidents may join.
The chorus began in 1980. It presents a concert in early December and a spring concert in early Mayeach year. It presents hit songs and medleys from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Lisa Zolkiewicz-Ives is the conductor; Colette Switaj is piano accompanist.
For more information, call Fran Liedke, president, at 272-7164 or Marianne Eagleson, membership chairwoman, at 271-2850.

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