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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Historical American Girl Doll Camp in August

The Orange Historical Society will present a Summer Historical American Girl Doll Camp at the Stone-Otis House , 615 Orange Center Road, from 9:30 a.m. to noon August 17, 18 &
19.
The camp is for ages 7 to 12, the release said.
The camp will allow participants to "come join with Historical American Girls as they travel through American history," the release said, and read, write and create.
"Learn about their everyday lives by reading their stories, hear about when they
lived, write in your own journal, make crafts, play games from the doll's
time period and sample food from recipes they would have used." 
The cost is  $60 and includes project materials. Participants also may bring theirown American Girl Doll.  The camp is limited to 10 girls so make your reservations early by sending a check to Orange
Historical Society PO Box 784, Orange, 06477.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sneaker drive to help New Haven youths

NEW HAVEN >> Pastor Brenda Adkins and her husband, John, through their church, His Divine Fellowship Ministry, are in the midst of their "Cover Thy Brethren’s Feet" campaign, with a goal of collecting 1,000 pairs of sneakers by Sept. 20 to be given away in the James Hillhouse High School gym.
The couple, involved in many street ministries through the years, including for a Feed the Children food truck visit in November, has been working with other volunteers through the summer to collect donations.
 
 
The effort is in part inspired by learning that children can be made fun of over their footwear, Brenda Adkins has said.

Donations also can be mailed or dropped off at the couple’s home, 330 Munson St., second floor, New Haven, 06511.

The Adkinses have been active in the community for years, feeding the hungry, educating people about HIV/AIDS, counseling newly released prisoners and clothing the needy; after a few years working in another city, they returned to New Haven.

In photo:
From left, Deacon Melvin Bowman, Bishop John Adkins, Pastor Brenda Adkins and Elder Barbara Lawhorn collect donations for the “Cover Thy Brethrenís Feet” campaign, to buy sneakers for youths, outside Stop & Shop at the Amity plaza in New Haven.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Who wants to learn all about owls?


DERBY - Join other owl lovers and find out what each one sounds and looks like at 10 a.m. on July 18 at the Kellogg Environmental Center, according to a release.   
The presentation by Education Staff from Kellogg will "teach you about these magnificent aerial hunters all the way from an egg to an adult. You will get the chance to make your own owl mask at the end," the release said  
All ages are welcome to attend  and it is free program and registration is not required, the release said.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

The CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s Kellogg Environmental Center is at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.  The program is offered free but donations accepted. For more information, directions, or to register, call the Kellogg Environmental Center at (203) 734-2513 or email donna.kingston@ct.gov

 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

'NHSO to Offer Free Family Concerts at Public Schools'

 
NEW HAVEN  -  The New Haven Symphony Orchestra received a $50,000 special designation in the state budget that allows it to offer free admission for adults and children to its 2016 and 2017 Family Concert Series, according to a release.
 
Further, through the NHSO KidTix program children under the age of 18 may attend all NHSO concerts free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult, the release said.

 
 “Performing arts organizations such as the New Haven Symphony Orchestra contribute tremendous public value to our communities, making them vital and engaging places to live and work," NHSO Executive Director Elaine C. Carroll said, also in the release. "The NHSO enhances New Haven’s reputation around the world through ASCAP Awards for Innovative Programming, nationally recognized funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, rave reviews in Gramophone Magazine for our latest album.

"The NHSO reaches 80,000 audience members each year and 30,000 children will benefit from our 220 concerts and education programs which are offered in conjunction with 42 Connecticut school districts," she said.

 
Carroll also noted, “We thank our local (state) Representatives, Patricia Dillon and Toni Walker, for their tireless advocacy of our programs to the Connecticut legislature and are proud to offer free KidTix and Family Concert Series to local citizens.”

 “I am excited to support NHSO and their community programming. NHSO’s commitment to providing access to the arts for all families regardless of income is a noble endeavor," Dillon said in the release.."The Davis School series was a well-attended success. I want to thank the Appropriation Committee chairs, Rep. Toni Walker and Sen. Beth Bye, for their support.”

 
Also in the release:

"The NHSO Family Concert Series provides a lively introduction to the orchestra through interactive concerts designed just for children. Each January – March the NHSO presents three Family Concerts at Davis Street School in New Haven and Shelton Intermediate School. This year, the series’ theme will be “Once Upon a Time”; NHSO ensembles will celebrate centuries of fairy tales through music and finish "happily ever after" with a beautiful lullaby sing along. Students are also encouraged to participate in an Instrument Discovery Zone in the lobby before the concerts where they can touch and play real orchestral instruments. To learn more, visit NewHavenSymphony.org/Family."  

 
(KidTix must be purchased by phone by calling the NHSO box office at 203.865.0831 x20. The KidTix corporate sponsor is Frontier Communications. )

 

In 2015 – 2016, its 122nd season in operation, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra continues to fulfill its mission of increasing the impact and value of orchestral music for its audiences through high quality, affordable performances and educational programming. The NHSO presents more than 55 concerts per season throughout the region and reaches more than 30,000 students through its award-winning educational and community programming. For more information, visit NewHavenSymphony.org.

 

PHOTO Top, NHSO performing at the Shubert Theater with NHSO music director William Boughton conducting and the audience at an NHSO Family Concert program performed at Davis Street School in New Haven on Jan. 10, 2015. Photo Credit: Joe Crawford.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

East Haven Community Kitchen Serving Lunch July 18

 
The East Haven United Community Kitchen will serve lunch on July 18 to any member of the community wishing to enjoy a free meal alongside neighbors, according to a release.
Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at Christ and The Epiphany Church, 39 Park Place, on the East Haven Green.
All are welcome, the release said. 
 
For more information or to learn how you can help, contact ehucommunitykitchen@gmail.com or call 203-397-6409.