Friday, April 29, 2016

Celebrate Turtle Day at Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby

This is a tortoise
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection plans to celebrate "all things turtle" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 at the Kellogg Environmental Center,  500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, according to a release..
Speakers, displays, and activities are all planned for the Kellogg Environmental Center and Osbornedale State Park, the release said.
"Learn about the challenges facing these reptiles and the current work being done to protect them.  A variety of turtles from educational centers will be on hand throughout the event to help you learn about local challenges for turtles in the wild."

The release also noted: The event will include "a turtle viewing station at the pond, a reading corner for turtle and related stories, and a self-guided art activity on turtles.  The Osborne Homestead Museum will be open for tours and will have a unique scavenger hunt challenge of 'Find Phoebe the Turtle'” in the rooms and on the grounds." 
The schedule, unedited here, is as follows
This is a snapping turtle
Presentations in the Kellogg Environmental Center
11:00 a.m.
A representative from Mystic Aquarium will speak about sea turtles and their protection.  Local turtle ambassadors from the Norwalk Maritime Museum and Aquarium, White Memorial, Beardsley Zoo and others will also attend.
1:00 p.m. 
Anthony Pierlioni from the TurtleRoom, an organization with a mission to advance survival of the world’s turtles and tortoises through collaborative education, conservation, and research programs will present a program focused on global turtle issues. He will also have a display of exotic turtles and tortoise showing the adaptations and diversity of these reptile favorites.

2:00 p.m.
A pool side turtle feeding demonstration will close the day with explanations about our resident turtles and the food they eat.
DEEP also noted: "The day has something for everyone to enjoy.  You are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the day.  There is no fee to participate in the programs or events, but donations are greatly appreciated."
For more information, directions, or to register please phone the Kellogg Environmental Center at (203) 734-2513 or email
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

'Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University digitizes' historic news edition of Rising

Credit to Quinnipiac University
Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University "has digitized the first issue of “The Weekly Irish Times” to be published in Dublin immediately following the Easter Rising," according to a release
"The first issue is featured in the institute’s exhibit, 'The Seed of the People: 1916 Remembered,' which runs from March 23-Sept. 30 in the Lender Family Special Collection Room, located in the Arnold Bernhard Library, on the Mount Carmel Campus," the release said.
"Christine Kinealy, director of the institute, worked with Mary Glynn, information analytics manager at Quinnipiac, to make all 12 pages of the newspaper available for viewing and research at"
Image from Ireland's Great Hunger Museum - Helen Bennett
“Newspapers provide a fascinating window into the past,” Kinealy said, also in he release. “This edition is particularly poignant as it brings the first news of the men executed for taking part in the Rising. We are delighted to make it freely available to anybody interested in learning more about the Rising and its immediate aftermath.”
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland, "a rebellion that changed the course of modern Ireland and led to its independence."
 The exhibit honors one of the most pivotal years in Irish history, when a small group of men and women in Dublin rebelled against the British Empire.
Image from Ireland's Great Hunger Museum - Helen Bennett
The institute’s exhibit also "features both a full Proclamation of the Irish Republic, which is being loaned to the institute by Jim Callery of Strokestown House in County Roscommon, Ireland, and a rare half copy of the Proclamation, considered to be one of the most important documents in Irish history, which is on loan from Todd Allen of New Jersey," the release said.
Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Also noted in the release:
In addition to “The Seed of the People: 1916 Remembered,” Quinnipiac will screen the documentary film, “1916: Irish Rebellion,” on Sept. 29 from 4-7 p.m. in the Mount Carmel Auditorium in the Center for Communications and Engineering. A panel discussion will follow with faculty from Quinnipiac and the University of Notre Dame.   
All events are open to the public. For more information about institute events, call 203-582-7809.
"Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University is a scholarly resource that uses lectures, conferences, courses and publications, to provide a deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of the Irish Famine, also known as An Gorta Mór. The Institute also fosters an appreciation for Irish culture and history."
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Farm-to-Table Cooking Series in Greater New Haven

Suzanne Beck, photo by Noel Furie
Chef Suzanne Beck will present nights of cooking instruction at 7 p.m. on  Monday May 16, July 11 and Sept. 12, according to a release.
"Learn new recipes with seasonal produce from Massaro Farm, then enjoy the fruit of your labors with each other when the meal is ready to eat," the release notes.
Space is limited; RSVP to JCC Program Director Mara Balk at or (203) 387-2522 x300.
Cost is $18 for JCC members or $21 for the community, the release said.
Register for the full series for $50 for JCC Members or $60 for the community.
Classes will be held at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge.
 "Beck, a 10 year cook at Bloodroot vegetarian restaurant, is passionate about cooking and sharing just how fun it is to prepare delicious, healthy meals. She has cooked for individuals and families, catered events, and has participated in farmers markets, community events, and the annual Compassion Festival. Suzanne looks forward to sharing the joy of cooking with you," release said.
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Friday, April 8, 2016

Images of America exhibit being held at Gateway Community College in New Haven

Jeffrey Fletcher’s thought provoking exhibit, Images of America, will be on display in the NewAlliance Foundation Art Gallery at Gateway Community College from through April 13, according to a release.
"The collection features decades of memorabilia that reflects the African-American experience throughout American history," the release said. 
The exhibit opens at 11 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday  with narrated tours every hour until 7 p.m. Tours will also run on  April 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. Mr. Fletcher will begin each tour with a brief presentation followed by a guided tour of the collection, the release said.
 “The key to the future is the past,” said Fletcher, CEO of the African American Collection, also in the release. “African American history is no longer a topic of conversation in most homes, schools or churches across our country. This collection/exhibition will give everyone an opportunity to experience a powerful visual display of what motivated the trailblazers and pioneers who forged the way for equality as well as freedom for African Americans today.”

Images of America is a free exhibit and is open to the public.  There will be a closing reception from 2 to 3 p.m. April 13.  The exhibit is made possible with support from the Gateway Community College Black Student Association and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs, the release said.

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