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ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 AT 2PM COME JOIN KEVIN SISSON AT THE MYSTIC & NOANK LIBRARY TO DISCUSS HOW YOU CAN STAY BOTH EMOTIONALLY AND MENTALLY HEALTHY AS YOU AGE. MS. SISSON IS A THERAPIST WHO SPECIALIZES IN WORKING WITH PEOPLE OVER 60. SHE INFUSES HER PRESENTATIONS WITH JOY AND EXCITEMENT AS SHE ADDRESSES HOW RICH THE LAST DECADES OF ONE’S LIFE CAN BE.   THIS PROGRAM IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

MUSICIAN JEFF SNOW LEADS THE SOFTER SIDE OF CELTIC AT THE MYSTIC NOANK LIBRARY ON THURSDAY, MARCH 23RD AT 6PM. THE SOFTER SIDE OF CELTIC COMBINES THE MUSIC, STORIES AND HISTORY FROM SCOTLAND, IRELAND AND ENGLAND INTO A PROGRAM THAT WILL KEEP EVERYONE ON THE EDGES OF THEIR SEATS. THERE WILL BE SINGING, LAUGHING, CLAPPING AND EVEN A BIT OF FOOT STOMPING. THE CONCERT IS INTERACTIVE; QUESTIONS AND INPUT FROM THE AUDIENCE ARE ENCOURAGED AND EVEN BECOME PART OF THE EVENT. SUGGESTED DONATION IS $10. NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

THE CT ACCORDION ASSOC PROUDLY PRESENTS A JAZZ EVENT ON SUNDAY, MARCH 26TH AT 1PM AT THE WAVERLY TAVERN, 286 MAPLE AVENUE IN CHESHIRE. $5 PER PERSON FOR CAA MEMBERS AND $10 FOR NON MEMBERS. 16 AND UNDER ARE FREE. RSVP TO MARILYN AT 203-272-1202 BY MARCH 24TH COME AND JOIN THE FRIENDS OF THE PRESTON LIBRARY AS THEY WELCOME A STAFF MEMBER FROM HART’S GREENHOUSE TO GUIDE YOU IN PLANNING AND GROWING A BEAUTIFUL, BOUNTIFUL GARDEN TO SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE POQUETANUCK FIREHOUSE, 87 ROUTE 2A, PRESTON, SATURDAY, MARCH 25 AT 1:30 PM. PLEASE REGISTER BY CALLING 860-886-1010.

THE CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH AT 78 WASHINGTON STREET IN NORWICH IS HOSTING A DOWNTOWN OPEN MIC ON SATURDAY, MARCH 25TH FROM 7-9PM. DONATION OF $5 OR A COUPLE OF CAN GOODS FOR THE FOOD PANTRY.

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN YANTIC WELCOMES ALL TO ITS FAMOUS SPRING CHICKEN PIE SUPPER ON SATURDAY, MARCH 25TH, FROM 4:30 TO 7 PM. TRADITIONAL CHICKEN PIE COMES WITH GOLDEN MASHED POTATOES AND GRAVY, CRISP, TASTY VEGETABLES, CRANBERRY SAUCE AND A DINNER ROLL. THEN, SELECT FROM AN ASSORTMENT OF PIES AND CAKES AND YOUR CHOICE OF COFFEE, TEA, SOFT DRINK OR JUICE. ALL THIS FOR A DONATION OF JUST $10, $8 FOR SENIORS, AND $5 FOR CHILDREN AGES 5 TO 12.  TAKE OUT ORDERS ARE WELCOME. THE CHURCH IS LOCATED OFF WEST TOWN STREET ON CHAPEL HILL ROAD ACROSS FROM LAZIZAH BAKE SHOP. FOR MORE INFO VISIT WWW.GRACECHURCHYANTIC.ORG

A SPECIAL MOVIE NIGHT PRESENTED BY THE FINNISH AMERICAN HERITAGE SOCIETY AND THE CANTERBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29TH AT 7PM. RECEPTION STARTING AT 6PM. ORIGINALLY SHOWN ON PBS, THIS FILM TAKES A TOUR OH SAARINEN’S ICONIC BUILDINGS FROM THE ST LOUIS ARCH TO THE TWA FLIGHT CENTER AT JFK TO THE INGALLS RINK AT YALE. ENJOY A RECEPTION WITH TRADITIONAL FINNISH FOODS AND COMMENTS BY LOCAL BUILDER NICK LEHTO.

ONECO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AT 1128 PLAINFIELD PIKE IN ONECO IS HAVING A SMORGASBORD SUPPER AND BAKE SALE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST FROM 4:30 – 6PM. SERVED BUFFET STYLE, ADULTS ARE $12 AND CHILDREN UNDER 12 ARE $5 AND PRE-SCHOOLERS EAT FREE.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF LEBANON AT THE JCT. OF RT. 87 & 289 IS HAVING A RUMMAGE/TAG SALE ON FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST FROM 9AM – 5PM AND SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST FROM 9AM – 2PM.

LEDYARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL BEGIN SCHEDULEING APPOINTMENTS FOR KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION ON APRIL 3RD. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.LEDYARD.NET AND CLICK ON THE KINDERGARTEN LINK.

THE NORWICH ROSE CITY CHORUS PRESENTS ITS 68TH HARVEST OF HARMONY FEATURING THE CONN COLLEGE CONNCHORDS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS LEDYARD HIGH SCHOOL CHAMBER CHOIR ON SUNDAY, APRIL 2ND AT 2PM AT THE LEDYARD HIGH SCHOOL AT 24 GALLUP HILL ROAD IN LEDYARD. FOR TICKET INFORMATION CALL 860-437-3029.

SUPPORT THE EAST LYME HIGH SCHOOL “DINE OUT” TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE SENIOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE POST GRADUATION PARTY. STOP BY THE SHACK RESTAURANT IN EAST LYME ON TUESDAY, APRIL 4TH BETWEEN 4 AND 8PM AND A PORTION OF PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO EAST LYME HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR CLASS.

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH, AT 95 ROUTE 2A IN PRESTON WILL BE COOKING UP THEIR TRADITIONAL LENTEN FISH AND CHIP FELLOWSHIP DINNERS FROM 3:30 TO 7:00 P.M. EVERY FRIDAY DURING LENT, MARCH 3 THROUGH APRIL 7. THIS IS THEIR 52ND YEAR OF OFFERING FRESH COD FISH (BAKED OR FRIED) ALONG WITH THEIR FAMOUS COLESLAW, FRENCH FRIES, AND INCLUDES HOMEMADE DESSERTS. FAMILY STYLE DINING AT AFFORDABLE FAMILY-FRIENDLY PRICES AND PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN EAT FOR FREE. PLEASE CALL AHEAD 860-889-0150 FOR TAKEOUT AND FOR MORE INFORMATION.

SURFSIDE 8 SQUARE DANCE CLUB WILL HOLD A DANCE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 7TH FROM 8 – 10:30 PM WITH CALLER, BOB BUTLER AND CUER, MARGENE JERVIS. THE THEME IS EASTER BONNETS PRIZE. WE DANCE AT THE WESTERLY SENIOR CENTER, 39 STATE STREET, WESTERLY. DONATION IS $7.00 FOR DANCERS AND OBSERVERS ARE FREE.

THE ONECO FIRE DEPARTMENT IS HOSTING THEIR ANNUAL FISHERMAN’S BREAKFAST ON SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH, STARTING AT 5AM. LOCATED AT 1146 PLAINFIELD PIKE IN ONECO. $7 FOR ADULTS AND $5 FOR CHILDREN. BREAKFAST INCLUDES JUICE, COFFEE/TEA, DONUTS, BACON, SAUSAGE, EGGS, TOAST, AND HOME FRIES

LEDYARD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE GRAMMA’S ATTIC, AN INDOOR TAG SALE AND BAKE SALE TO BE HELD RAIN OR SHINE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH AT THE CHURCH’S HALL AT 722 COLONEL LEDYARD HIGHWAY IN LEDYARD CENTER. GRAMMA’S ATTIC WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 9AM TIL 1PM AND WILL INCLUDE HOLIDAY ITEMS, BOOKS, CDS, FURNITURE, SPORTING GOODS, KIDS TOYS, CLOTHES, AND A BAKE SALE.

THE CITY CABARET HOSTS AS TIME GOES BY, A SWING BAND, ON SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH. ALL CITY CABARET 2017 CONCERTS ARE HELD IN THE CITY OF GROTON AUDITORIUM AT 295 MERIDIAN STREET IN GROTON ON SUNDAY’S AT 3PM, JANUARY THRU APRIL. CONCERTS ARE FREE. FOR MORE INFO CALL THE CONCERT LINE AT 860-446-4129.

THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ANNUAL BOOK SALE IS BEING HELD ON SATURDAY, APRIL 9TH FROM 9AM-1PM AT THE POQUETANUCK FIREHOUSE, 87 ROUTE 2A IN PRESTON. DONATIONS MAY BE DROPPED OFF IN THE COLLECTION BOX IN FRONT OF THE PRESTON PUBLIC LIBRARY. FOR LARGE DONATIONS, PLEASE CALL 860-887-5828.

ON GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 14TH, BEGINNING AT 5:00 P.M. EKONK COMMUNITY GRANGE AND THE STERLING GIRL SCOUT CADET TROOP #65016 WILL SERVE A PUBLIC, ALL YOU CAN EAT CHOWDER N’ CLAM CAKE SUPPER. ADULTS $10.00, CHILDREN AGES 12 AND UNDER, $6.00 AND PRESCHOOLERS ARE FREE. CHOICES OF CLAM OR CORN CHOWDER WILL BE AVAILABLE. THE GIRL SCOUTS WILL OFFER SPECIAL DESSERTS FOR SALE, WITH ALL PROFITS GOING TO KAYCEE CHESTERS AND HER FAMILY OF STERLING, CT. KAYCEE IS A 6TH GRADER AT STERLING COMMUNITY SCHOOL WHO IS FIGHTING OSTEOSARCOMA. QUESTIONS ON THIS FUNDRAISER, CALL 860-564-2131. THE COMMUNITY GRANGE HALL IS LOCATED AT 723 EKONK HILL ROAD IN STERLING.

GOOD FRIDAY, WAY OF THE CROSS ON APRIL 14TH AT 6PM AT CHELSEA PARADE. IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE WAY OF THE CROSS WILL BE HELD AT THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PATRICK.

SHORELINE SWING HOSTS DANCING WITH LIVE MUSIC AT THE EAST LYME COMMUNITY CENTER AT 41 SOCIETY ROAD ON SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH FROM 8 – 11PM, WITH A FREE BEGINNER LESSON FROM 7-8PM.   THE DANCE INCLUDES A GREAT MIX OF DANCES AND NO PARTNER IS NECESSARY. ADMISSION IS $8 FOR STUDENTS AGE 22 AND UNDER, $11 FOR SENIORS AND MEMBERS, AND $15 FOR NON MEMBERS. FOR MORE INFO VISIT WWW.SHORELINESWING.ORG

THE 60TH ANNUAL MYSTIC OUTDOOR ART FESTIVAL, HOSTED BY THE GREATER MYSTIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ITS UPCOMING FESTIVAL. THE TWO DAY EVENT WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 12TH FROM 10A – 6P AND SUNDAY, AUGUST 13TH FROM 10A – 5P ALONG THE STREETS OF HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MYSTIC. APPLICATIONS FOR INTERESTED ARTISTS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT ZAPPLICATION.COM OR BY VISITING THE LINK ON THE MYSTIC CHAMBER’S WEBSITE.  APPLICATIONS MUST BE REVEIVED BY APRIL 15, 2017.

THE VERSAILLES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, ACROSS FROM THE OCCUM DAM AT 4 CHURCH STREET, IS HOSTING AN ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST ON SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH FROM 7 – 10AM. ADULTS ARE $8 AND CHILDREN ARE $3.

SHAKE OFF THOSE WINTER BLUES AND JOIN PROJECT OCEANOLOGY FOR A BOAT EXCURSION TO OBSERVE THE HARBOR SEALS IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT. THE TRIP BEGINS WITH A BRIEF PRESENTATION ABOUT THESE MARINE MAMMALS THAT VISIT FISHER’S ISLAND SOUND EACH WINTER. EXCURSIONS LEAVE FROM GROTON ON WEEKENDS IN FEBRUARY THROUGH APRIL. FOR SCHEDULES, PRICING AND MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.OCEANOLOGY.ORG.

THE GROTON ROTARY CLUB IS HOSTING A FUN FILLED EVENING OF COMEDY ON FRIDAY, APRIL 21ST AT 7PM AT THE SHENNECOSSETT YACHT CLUB IN GROTON. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE GROTON ROTARY CLUB’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND. TICKETS ARE $30 AND INCLUDE HOUS D’OEUVRES. BEER AND WINE MAY BE PURCHASED DURING THE EVENT. FOR MORE INFO GO TO WWW.GROTONROTARY.ORG

POQUONNOCK BRIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH AT 1241 POQUONNOCK ROAD IN GROTON IS HAVING A TAG SALE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 21ST FROM 9AM – 2PM AND SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND FROM 9AM – 2 PM. ON THURSDAY, APRIL 20TH YOU CAN COME EARLY FROM 8-10AM FOR A $3.00 EARLY BIRD FEE. BE FIRST TO SEE THE UNIQUE ITEMS. CLOTHES, COLLECTABLES, FURNITURE, JEWELRY AND MUCH MORE. BAKE SALE ON FRI. AND SAT. ONLY

ASHFORD SENIOR CENTER IS HOSTING A SPRING FAIR ON SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND FROM 9AM – 2PM AT 25 TREMKO LANE IN ASHFORD. CRAFTERS, TAG SALE, 50/50, BAKE SALE AND MUCH MORE. SPACES ARE AVAILABLE WITH 6′ TABLE FOR $25. CALL PAULINE FOR MORE INFO AT 860-428-6502

THE UNITED CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH AT 87 BROADWAY IN NORWICH IS HOSTING A SPRING FLING VENDOR FAIR FRIDAY, MAY 19TH AND SATURDAY, MAY 20TH FROM 9AM – 4PM.  THEY ARE LOOKING FOR VENDORS. $10 A DAY FOR A 10X10 SPACE WITH YOUR OWN TABLE. AN ADDITIONAL $5 TO RENT A TABLE. DEADLINE TO BOOK A SPACE IS APRIL 27TH. PLEASE CONTACT VALERIE IN THE OFFICE AT 860-889-1363 OR UCCNORWICH@GMAIL.COM

GET IN THE READING SPIRIT THIS SPRING AT THE MYSTIC & NOANK LIBRARY WITH A FRIENDLY READING CONTEST. READ BOOKS, RECORD YOUR EFFORTS, WIN PRIZES! SIGN-UP AND GET YOUR READING LOG IN THE CHILDREN’S ROOM AT THE END OF MARCH OR ANY TIME DURING APRIL. THE READING CATEGORIES INCLUDE READ-TO-ME, EARLY READERS, AND INDEPENDENT READERS. READERS WILL RECORD THE NUMBER OF MINUTES THEY READ, OR ARE READ TO, EACH DAY DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL.  COMPLETED READING LOGS ARE TO BE RETURNED BY NOON ON APRIL 29TH WITH READER CATEGORY INDICATED AND MINUTES RECORDED AND TOTALED. THE SPRING READING CONTEST IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL CHILDREN AND IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE FRIENDS OF THE MYSTIC & NOANK LIBRARY.

VENDORS WANTED – ON SATURDAY MAY 20 FROM 9A.M.-3P.M. CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH IN NORWICH IS HOSTING AN OUTDOOR CRAFT & YARD SALE ON THE PLAZA IN FRONT OF NORWICH CITY HALL AND ON THE OPEN-AIR STREET LEVEL OF THE CITY HALL PARKING GARAGE ON BROADWAY. THERE ARE ABOUT 25 10’X10′ SLOTS AVAILABLE FOR $30 EACH. CALL 860 889-8313 TO RESERVE A SPACE. RAIN DATE JUNE 3.

THE CONNECTICUT HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND THE FINNISH AMERICAN HERITAGE SOCIETY OF CANTERBURY PRESENT AN EXHIBIT FROM MARCH 21ST TO MAY 6TH TO MARK THE 100TH YEAR OF FINLAND’S INDEPENDENCE FROM RUSSIA, AS WELL AS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOCIETY’S FOUNDING. ART WORKS, IMAGES AND DOCUMENTS FROM THE SOCIETY’S ARCHIVES ILLUSTRATE THE FINNISH COMMUNITY’S STORIES OF RESILIENCE, CREATIVITY, PRESERVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY. LOCATED AT THE CONNECTICUT HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY AT 1 ELIZABETH STREET IN HARTFORD.

THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH AT 199 VALLEY STREET IN WILLIMANTIC IS HOSTING A GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN SUPPORT GROUP ON THE 4TH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, SEPTEMBER THRU MAY. FROM 5:30 – 7P, THEY PROVIDE A LIGHT MEAL AND CHILDCARE AND A PLACE FOR GRANDPARENTS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES, CONCERNS, AND INFORMATION WITH EACH OTHER.

THE GROTON ROTARY CLUB’S ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY, JUNE 2, AT THE SHENNECOSSETT GOLF COURSE. PROCEEDS FROM THE TOURNAMENT WILL BENEFIT THE CLUB’S YOUTH SCHOLARS AND COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM. THE TOURNAMENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THE COST IS $125 PER PLAYER AND $100 FOR PLAYERS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE SHENNECOSSETT GOLF CLUB. THE FEE INCLUDES 18 HOLES OF GOLF, A GOLF CART, LUNCH, DINNER AND AWARDS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CHECK THE GROTON ROTARY CLUB WEBSITE AT WWW.GROTONROTARY.ORG. OR CONTACT JOHN SILSBY AT 860-383-3265 OR E-MAIL HIM AT JOHNPSILSBY@YAHOO.COM.

THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY IS LOOKING FOR SPONSOR FAMILIES FOR INCOMING CADETS. A CADETS’ FIRST YEAR AT THE ACADEMY IS A DRASTIC TRANSITION FROM A CIVILIAN TO A MILITARY WAY OF LIFE. THE SPONSOR PROGRAM PROVIDES CADETS WITH FAMILIES WHO CAN HELP PROVIDE SOME RELIEF, ADVICE, AND GUIDANCE. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SPONSOR PROGRAM, APPLICANTS, BOTH MILITARY AND CIVILIAN, MUST BE AT LEAST 28 YEARS OLD AND LIVE WITHIN 25 MILES OF THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR FAMILY OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM, GO ONLINE TO .USCGA.EDU/SPONSORFAMILYPROGRAM. IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, CONTACT THE SPONSOR PROGRAM OFFICE AT 860/701-6119 OR E-MAIL: LISA.K.JACOBSON@USCGA.EDU

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