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Ribbon-cutting for Willington’s new athletic complex is June 4

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The official ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating Phase II of Willington, CT's River Road Athletic Complex project will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011. Photo source: Town of Willington

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating Phase II of the River Road Athletic Complex project will be held Saturday, June 4.

Speeches, games and events will be held from noon to 5 p.m. (The rain date is Sunday, June 5, same hours.)

The ceremony, dedication and speeches by local dignitaries will start promptly at noon, so plan to arrive a little early to park your vehicle and find a good spot (bring your own lawn chair).

If you liked to play in the 3 vs 3 Basketball Tournaments, there’s a $5 per player fee. The tournaments divisions are middle school, high school and over-18. Please contact Greg Suchy at gsuchy47@charter.net to register.

Other events will include scheduled WAM Soccer and Little League Baseball games.

There will be DJ music throughout the event. You can join a pick-up game of volleyball or join in an inaugural lap around the walking path. There’s also a great playscape for the little ones.

Food and beverages will be available for sale.

It’s going to be a great day – wear your Willington T-shirt and show your town pride!

Posted June 1, 2011

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Annual Plant Sale, 5K run and more this weekend

Ed. note: Memorial Day events and parades are listed in a separate article.

Saturday May 28

SPRING PLANT SALE
A spring plant sale by the women’s guild and bell choir of the Columbia Congregational Church will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Route 87, Columbia. Info: (860) 228-3757.

BAKE AND TAG SALE – ASHFORD
Kidderbrook Montessori School will hold its 21st annual bake and tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will be the last tag sale in the school’s Ashford location on 22 Kidderbrook Road before it is relocated to Ellington. Info: (860) 429 0061.

GOODWIN STATE FOREST HIKE
The Goodwin State Forest will host a hike that will feature a variety of trails and wildlife. The guided interpretive hike will follow sections of the Natchaug Trail and the Airline Trail and take in views of Pine Acres Pond. Participants should bring binoculars, insect repellant, and water. The walk will take place at 9 a.m. leaving from the conservation and education center, located at 23 Potter Road off Route 6 in Hampton. For more information or to register to join the hike, call the center at (860) 455-9534.

DRAWING WORKSHOP WITH REBECCA MONTGOMERY
Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild is sponsoring a drawing work­shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Creamery Brook Retirement Village, 36 Vina Lane, Brooklyn. Pre-registration is required. Information is at grancy5252@gmail.com

REPUBLICANS TO HOLD CHICKEN BARBECUE
Lebanon Republican Town Committee will host a chicken barbecue after the Lebanon Memorial Day parade behind the public library. Cost is $9 for a half chicken and $6 for a quarter chicken. Tickets available from Lebanon Republican Town Committee members.

Sunday May 29

ROUND THE LAKE 5K
The Marlborough Lions Club is holding its 27th annual Round The Lake 5K starting at 10:30 a.m. Start and finish at Blish Memorial Park. Entry fee, $15 pre-registration, $20 race day until 10 a.m., $50 maxi­mum per family. Info: (860) 295-9150 or (860) 295-8374.

Posted 5-27-2011

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Memorial Day 2011 weekend events and closings

american-flag-drybrushThe following are locally scheduled Memorial Day weekend parades, ceremonies and remembrances:

Sunday, May 29

Coventry will conduct a brief memorial service beginning at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Main Street and will continue to the New Cemetery on Lake Street, North Cemetery on Grant Hill Road, Center Cemetery, Silver Street Cemetery and Wrights Mill Road Cemetery.

Monday, May 30

Columbia‘s annual ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on the town green near the intersection of routes 66 and 87. The Memorial Day Parade, with numerous town organizations, including Little League, the high school band, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, kicks off at 10 a.m. Marchers will convene at George H. Robertson Intermediate School at 227 Cross St. From there, participants will head to the Veteran’s Green on Lake Street for a brief service, and then down Lake Street to Main Street, ending at Bradbury Lane.

Mansfield‘s Memorial Day Parade on Monday begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Route 195 and Bassetts Bridge Road. It then proceeds down Route 195 toward Cemetery Road to the new Mansfield Center Cemetery. Music will be provided by bands from E. O. Smith High School and Mansfield Middle School.

In the event of inclement weather, an abbreviated ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. in the Mansfield Middle School gymnasium. Tune in to WILI radio by 7:30 a.m. for any weather-related cancellation information.

Windham‘s annual Memorial Day pilgrimage begins at 7 a.m. Monday from the VFW building located at 1415 Main St. in Willimantic, with everyone invited. The stops will be at the New Willimantic Cemetery, Old Willimantic Cemetery, South Windham memorial, Windham Center Cemetery, Windham Center memorials, North Windham Cemetery, St. Joseph Cemetery, Russian Orthodox Cemetery and Windham Veteran’s Greenway.

Following the pilgrimage, the group will return to the VFW on Main Street for coffee and doughnuts at approximately 9 a.m.

At 10 a.m., the Memorial Day Parade will form at Jillson Square and then march to Memorial Park where there will be an observance at Memorial Park on Main Street with a speaking program featuring Willimantic Police Lt. Raymond Evans. Following that program, the parade will resume and march to the American Legion headquarters on Bricktop Road.

Hebron‘s Memorial Day parade lines up at 10:30 a.m. at RHAM High School and steps off at 10:45 a.m. down Wall Street to Main Street, where it will conclude.

The Willington Memorial Day parade will be held on Monday, May 30, at 8:30 a.m. beginning at the town green, proceeding down route 74 to Willington Hill Cemetery where a short service will be held.

Memorial Day closings

The following will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day unless otherwise noted:

  • Government offices: Federal, state and local offices closed.
  • Schools: Closed.
  • Postal service: Closed.
  • Banks: Most closed.
  • Business offices: Most closed.
  • Food, retail stores: Most open.
  • Stock exchange: Closed.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles: Closed Saturday and Monday.
  • Bus service: Will not run.

Posted May 27, 2011

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Come out and celebrate Willington Day 2011 on May 28

Drawings courtesy of the Town of Willington.

Drawings courtesy of the Town of Willington.

Get ready for a day of fun with family, friends and neighbors on Saturday, May 28 – Willington Day!

Events run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held at the Center School field and the Willington Hill Fire Department.

And they are all free.

The day concludes with a fishing derby from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Thompson’s Pond.

For details about events, call 429-1597 before offices close on Friday, May 27 (before noon).

The Willington Day schedule includes:

11 a.m.   Horseshoe registration

11:30 a.m. Horseshoes (sponsor: Bill Navratil)

11:30 a.m. Frog Jumping Contest (sponsor: Fish & Game Club)

Noon Chalk Drawing (sponsor: WYFSS)

1 p.m. Pizza Eating Contest (sponsor: Willington Pizza)

1:30 p.m. Cheer Stunt Clinic & Demo w/Sondra Reid

2 p.m. Hula Hoop Contest (sponsor: Willington Pizza)

2:30 p.m.  Karate Demo (sponsor: Hidden Dragon Karate)

4-5:30 p.m.  Fishing Derby at Thompson’s Pond

Throughout the day, there will also be a number of ongoing events such as: Music, Spin Art, Sand Art, Bounce House, Face Painting, Dunking Booth, Horse and Pony Rides, Go-Kart Display, Fortune Teller, Football Throw and other games, Silent Auction, food booths, vendor and information booths.

Posted May 27, 2011

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Plant sales, spring clean up, bottle drive & more this weekend

Saturday May 21

LIBRARY BOOK, BAKE AND PHOTOGRAPHY SALE
The Fletcher Memorial Library, 257 Main St., Hampton, will hold a book, bake and photography sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: library@hamptonct.org.

PLANT SALE
Chaplin Elementary School, 240 Palmer Road, Chaplin, will host a plant sale in the school gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Chaplin PTO.

ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
St. Philip the Apostle Church, Route 44, Ashford, will hold its annual used book sale from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission.

GARDEN CLUB OF WINDHAM PLANT SALE
The annual plant sale fundraiser for the Garden Club of Windham will be held at the Windham High School cafeteria, 355 High St., Willimantic, from 9 a.m. to noon. Part of the sale proceeds will be con­tributed to Windham Middle School in support of special enrichment programs and activities.

ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 220 Valley St., Willimantic, is holding its annual spring plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: (860) 423-8455 or e-mail office@stpaulswillimantic.org.

THRIFT SHOP AND KID’S BOUTIQUE
The Thrift Shop and Kid’s Boutique is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon at the First Congregational Church on 199 Valley St,, Willimantic. New items every week. Spring items have arrived. The shops will be closed Saturday, May 28, and Saturday, July 2, for the holiday weekends. Info: (860) 423-6827 or visit www.churchw.org.

E.O. SMITH SAFE GRAD BOTTLE DRIVE
E.O. Smith High School will hold a Safe Grad bottle drive in the school parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. All proceeds to go to a safe and fun graduation night for the school’s graduating seniors in June. Bring rinsed cans and bottles and volunteers will do the rest. Sponsored by the parents of Ashford, Mansfield and Willington. Info. Sandy (860) 429-2246

ANDOVER MONUMENT PARK SPRING CLEANUP
Andover residents will assemble at the Veterans Monument Park located on the corner of Routes 6 and 316 in Andover to do some spring cleaning. Volunteers will meet from 9 a.m. until noon to weed, rake, leaf blow and, perhaps, do some mulching. Rain date is May 28. Info: (860) 742-3033.

GOODWIN FAMILY FUN FAIR
Goodwin Elementary School, 321 Hunting Lodge Road, Storrs, will conduct its Family Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission, though 20 percent of proceeds of other events will be donated to the Hurlock Family Fund in honor of Julie Hurlock, a member of the school staff. Silent auction, cake walk, games, prizes, basket raffles, food, a visit from Life Star, a Rock Cats mascot and more are expected. Info: (860) 429-6316.

Sunday, May 22

BIGG PLAY BREAKFAST
Bigg Play will be hosting a break­fast at the Elks Home, Pleasant St., Willimantic from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. $7/person, $6 seniors.

BUFFET BREAKFAST
Knights of Columbus Council 14, 41 Club Rd., Windham will host a Buffet Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adults over 12, $6.50, seniors, $6, ages 6-12, $5.50 and children under 5 free.

ANNUAL SPRING TEA
The Prudence Crandall Museum, Rtes. 14 & 169, Canterbury hosts its annual Spring Tea from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. $12/person; Pre-registration required. Tickets/info: (860) 546-7800 or crandall.museum@ct.gov.

FAMILY COMEDY & MAGIC SHOW FEATURING MATT ROBERTS
Church of the Holy Family, 185 Church St., Hebron will be hosting a Family Comedy & Magic Show at 2 p.m. Tickets $7 per person with a $30 per family max. Contact (860) 228-0096 or www.holyfamilyhebron.org.

“OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY”
Columbia Congregational Church, 323 Rte. 87, Columbia will host a concert of George Gershwin and Cole Porter music, Celebrating the life of Barbara S. Stannard at 2 p.m. Info. (860) 228-9306.

SPRING DANCE SHOWCASE
EASTCONN’s Capitol Theater Arts Academy (CTAA) will pres­ent its annual Spring Dance Showcase, featuring young danc­ers from 13 area towns, at 2 p.m., at EASTCONN’s Capitol Theater, 896 Main St., Willimantic. General admission $10, and $8 for students and seniors. For tickets and informa­tion, contact the Capitol Theater’s Jessica Folta (860) 465-5636.

COLUMBIA LIONS WINE TASTING
The Columbia Lions will host a Wine Tasting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Log Cabin Restaurant & Lounge 383 Trumbull Highway, Lebanon. To Benefit Lions Low Vision Center of Eastern Connecticut. Tickets $20/ person. Info/tickets Lion Jim Blair (860) 228- 0489 or Lion Dan Osmond (860) 228-0032.

TEA AND TALK
The Windham Textile and History Museum will be hosting “Tea and Talk at 4 p.m. The lec­ture, given by historian Bev York, will focus on local and state inven­tions and innovations. Learn about the amazing Fourdrinier machine. Suggested donation of $10 to sup­port the Museum. Reservations (860) 456-2178.

Posted 5-20-2011

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Native American Exhibits, Fundraising, Car Cruise and more this weekend

Saturday, May 14

ANNUAL SPRING FAIR – STORRS
Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, will hold its annual spring fair from 9 a m. to noon.

GIANT TAG SALE
Chaplin Elementary School is sponsoring a tag sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spaces still available: 10×10 outdoor space $10; indoor space $15. Add $5 for table. We are also accepting donations on Thursday & Friday May 12 and 13 between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact (860) 455-9593 for more info.

CAR WASH/ PLANT SALE
First Baptist Church of Mansfield, 945 Storrs Rd., Storrs from 9 a. m. to Noon. Proceeds will go to summer camperships for Camp Wightman.

USED BOOK SALE – ASHFORD
St. Philip the Apostle Church, Route 44, Ashford, will host a used book sale through May 22 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

MAY FRIENDSHIP DAY
May Friendship Day, sponsored by the Greater Willimantic Unit of Church Women United, will take place at the Hampton Congregational Church, 265 Main St. (Route 97), Hampton. Gathering at 9: 30 a. m. fol­lowed by the program at 10 a. m. called “Living Our Friendship, Passing on the Key.” A Valiant Woman Award recipient will be honored and the Key Women will be recognized. Bring a salad to share for the potluck lunch. Contacts: Karen at (860) 455-0647 or Carole at (860) 228-9099.

YOUTH ART EXHIBIT AND HAITI FUNDRAISER
Storrs Community Church, 90 Tolland Turnpike, Route 195, Coventry, is celebrating the arts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local artists and artisans will be exhibiting and selling their art. The “Youth Arts” event will feature students exhibiting from Coventry, Tolland, Willington and Mansfield and CSA, a community-based program supporting the arts sponsored by The School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut. Proceeds from pizza, bake sale and silent auction will be sent to Haiti. For more information, contact Susan Collin at susanmitchellcollin@gmail.com.

SATURDAY BEREAVEMENT GROUP
Hospice of Eastern Connecticut will hold its Saturday bereavement group. The group is held from 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 34 Ledgebrook Drive, Mansfield. Group is appropriate for those who are grieving a year or more. Group is open to the community. Info: (860) 456- 7288, ext. 293.

NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIFACTS EXHIBIT
The Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House opens for the season with an exhibit of Native American artifacts. Items on display include beaded bags and fancy baskets made by Penobscot, Passamaquoddy and Iroquois people, primarily made for the Victorian tourist trade. The artifacts are from the collection of Charles and Barbara Adams, antiques dealers from South Yarmouth, Mass. The museum, owned by the town of Lebanon, is locat­ed at 780 Trumbull Highway (Route 87), Lebanon. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 p. m. Admission is free. Info: (860) 642- 7987.

PROGRAM ON ALGONQUIN CULTURE
David and Lynn Mathieson portray an immigrant Scot and an Algonquin medicine woman couple during the fur trade era at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House, 780 Trumbull Highway (Route 87), Lebanon, from noon to 4 p.m. American Indian clothing and regalia, authentically reproduced by the Mathiesons, will be on display. They will also sell their handmade Indian crafts, including drums and jewelry. Free admission. Info: (860) 642- 7987.

‘ FREEDOM’S JOURNEY’ POETRY READING
The Prudence Crandall Museum, Routes 14 and 169, Canterbury, will host a ” Freedom’s Journey” poetry reading at 1 p.m. Cost is $6 adults, $5 seniors and youth ages 5 and under free.

SCOTLAND RABIES CLINIC
Scotland Firehouse, 47 Brook Road, Scotland, will hold a rabies clinic from 2 to 4 p. m. Cost is $12 per pet, cash only. Mobile grooming also on site for nail trimming and ear cleaning from 1 to 4 p. m. $ 7each or $ 10/both.

RHYTHMIC UNIVERSE – WILLIMANTIC
Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main St., Willimantic, from 3 to 5 p.m. Workshop by author of “River of Life: How to Live in the Flow” and other books, Spiritualist teacher, lecturer, medium, spiritual adviser, the Rev. Marilyn Awtry. Cost is $30/person, $20 for CT State Spiritualist Association/CSSA members at the door.

ROAST PORK DINNER
The First Congregational Church of Coventry will host a roast pork dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1171 Main St., Coventry. Cost is $8 adults, $7 seniors, $4 children ages 6-12 and chil­dren under six free.

HAM AND BEAN SUPPER
Echo Grange No. 180 will hold a ham and bean supper at the Grange Hall, 483 Storrs Road (Route 195) in Mansfield Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Proceeds from the supper will be used to further community service projects. Tickets will be sold at the door. Cost is adults $8, seniors $7, children aged 4-12 $5 and children under 4 are free. Takeouts are avail­able.

BENEFIT FUNDRAISER – E. O. SMITH FOUNDATION
E. O. Smith High School Foundation is hosting a benefit fundraiser at The Sports Bar, 157 Boston Post Road, North Windham at 6 p.m. Live entertainment with live and silent auctions. Admission includes full dinner from the grill and late night pizza. Tickets are $25. Info: Call Matt Raynor at (860) 428- 5444.

‘ DINNER, MAGIC & BEYOND’
Church of the Holy Family, 185 Church St., Hebron will host a “Dinner, Magic & Beyond” show featuring illusionist David Garrity. Dinner 6:30 p.m. and show at 7:30 p. m. Tickets $ 25/person. Info: (860) 228-0096 or www.holyfamilyhebron.com.

ONE SIGHT FUNDRAISER LATIN SOCIAL DANCE PARTY
Grasshopper Arts Dance Studio, 25 Meadow St., Willimantic will hold a fundraiser Latin social dance party from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission $15.

SUMMER HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS
The University of Connecticut, Storrs, is offering summer horseback riding lessons. Open to children age 11 or older and adults. Three-week ses­sions available. Cost is $210 to $315 per session. Visit www.animalscience.uconn.edu for details.

Sunday, May 15

SUNDAY E.O. SMITH SAFE GRAD BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
A fundraiser breakfast for a sub­stance-free graduation party for E.O. Smith graduates this year is slated at the Willington Pizza House, Route. 32, Willington from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost is $7/person.

SPRING BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Saxton B. Little Free Library will hold a used book sale to raise funds for the library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is open and free to all. The book sale will be held at the Chapel on the Green, Route 87, Columbia (right next to the library). Info: (860) 228-0350.

SECOND ANNUAL CAR CRUISE
The Ashford Senior Center, 25 Tremko Lane, Ashford, will host its annual car cruise from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date May 22.

NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIFACTS EXHIBIT
The Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House opens for the season with an exhibit of Native American artifacts. Items on display include groupings of  beaded bags and fancy baskets made by Penobscot, Passamaquoddy and Iroquois people, primar­ily made for the Victorian tourist trade. The artifacts are from the collection of Charles and Barbara Adams, antiques dealers from South Yarmouth, Mass. The museum, owned by the Town of Lebanon, is located at 780 Trumbull Highway (Route 87), Lebanon. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Info: (860) 642-7987.

TREES THAT INSPIRED FAMOUS WRITERS
Richard Horan will discuss natu­ral history, an homage to trees, liter­ary gossip, adventure and a dose of travel writing in his new book “Seeds: One Man’s Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton.” UConn Co-op, Storrs Campus at 1 p.m. Free but call to ensure a seat at (860) 486-5027.

AMELIA EARHART, ONE WOMAN SHOW
Actress Karen Tracy will portray Amelia Earhart in this one-woman from 2 to 4 p.m., in the hangar at Windham Airport, 39 Airport Road, North Windham. Admission: $10/person, $25/family of four. Fundraiser to benefit Victorian Days in Willimantic. Call (860) 456-1666 for reservations.

POETRY READING AND ART EXHIBIT
The Town of Chaplin will spon­sor a poetry reading and art exhibit at the Chaplin Public Library, locat­ed on Chaplin Street, from 4 to 6 p.m. To read or to exhibit, e-mail ljwrench@snet.net or call (860) 455-9787.

Posted 5-12-2011

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This Weekend – Celebrate Moms! Plant sales, breakfasts & more

Saturday, May 7

POMFRET’S ANNUAL TOWN-WIDE TAG SALE
Celebrate spring in Pomfret with the annual Town Wide Tag Sale sponsored by the Pomfret Proprietors, a local merchants group. Starting at 7 a.m., visitors can purchase a map to guide them to the many partici­pating residences, businesses and organizations spread throughout town. Maps will be sold for $1 at Pomfret Community School, (20 Pomfret St., Routes 169 and 101). Profits from map sales and registrations benefit a Pomfret Proprietors’ Scholarship for local students to pursue education and careers in business. Info: www.VisitPomfret.com or call Martha Emilio (860) 974-1583.

LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST – PLAINFIELD
Pancakes, sausage and beverages by the Plainfield Lions Club from 7 a.m. to moon at the Senior Center, 482 Norwich Road, Plainfield. Adults $7, children $4. To benefit local Lions charities. Info: Ruth Bergeron at (860) 564-8561.

MAY BREAKFAST – ANDOVER
The annual May Breakfast is slated from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, Andover, located at the corner of Route 6 and Long Hill Road (at traffic light). Cost is $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $3.50 for children with a $20 per family maximum. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling Carolyn at (860) 228-1750.

BIRD AND WILDFLOWER WALK
Szegda Farm Preserve, 65 Szegda Road, Columbia, will host a bird and wildflower walk at 8 a.m. Walk will cover about a mile at slow pace over moderate terrain. Binoculars recommended. No dogs. Steady rain will cancel the event. Info: Joan Hill at (860) 228 2849 or jhill003@charter.net

PLANT AND BAKE SALE – MANSFIELD
First Church of Christ in Mansfield, at Routes 89 and 195, Mansfield, will host a plant and bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon. Home grown peren­nials, annuals, hanging baskets and delicious baked goods available.

ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY PLANT SALE – LEBANON
Lebanon American Legion Post No. 180 will hold its annual Moth­er’s Day Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Legion Hall, Rte. 207, Lebanon.

SPRING FLING
Scotland Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, 47 Brook Road, Scot­land will hold a Spring Fling from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space $15. Info: Melissa (860) 617-3677 or Joyce (860) 423-7073.

39TH ANNUAL PLANT SALE – HEBRON
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 30 Church St. (Route 85), Hebron, will host its 39th Annual Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale features hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, rose bushes, herbs and vegetables. Church will also have a large selection of home-grown perennials from the gardens of parishioners. Info: (860) 228-3244 or visit the church web site at www.StPetersHebron.com.

BOOK SALE
Guilford Smith Memorial Library, 17 Main St., South Windham will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: (860) 423-5159.

PLANT SALE – FRANKLIN
Janet Carlson Calvert Library will host a plant sale on Route 32 across from Stadium Motors in Franklin from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds to help support upcoming library programs. Info: (860) 642-6207 or www.calvertlibrary.com.

MOTHER’S DAY PLANT SALE – NORTH WINDHAM
Radiant Chapter No. 11 Order of the Eastern Star is holding its annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Masonic Center on Route 6 in North Windham (across from Wal-Mart).

PLANT AND BAKE SALE – BROOKLYN
The Federated Church, Route 6, Brooklyn, will host a plant and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

COVENTRY LIONS DOLL, TEDDY BEAR AND TOY SHOW
Coventry Lions will sponsor its annual doll, Teddy bear, toy and col­lectible show in Coventry at Coventry High School on Route 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 admission, children under 12 admitted free. Info: Joy Kelleher (860) 742-6359 or at specjoys@aol.com.

CONTRACTORS AND TRADESMEN FAIR
Ashford Economic Development Commission will host a contractors and tradesmen fair at Knowlton Memorial Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can meet local business people who are available to do repairs and maintenance on property damaged by a rough winter. Door prizes available. Info: (860) 429-6381.

SPRING FAIR – MANSFIELD
The Mount Hope Montessori School, 48 Bassetts Bridge Road, Mansfield, will host its Spring Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Day is filled with family fun, children’s entertainment, games, music and crafts for children of all ages. A truckload tag sale will run throughout the day. Learn about the school and enroll for 2011-12. No entrance fees.

Sunday, May 8

MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST – SCOTLAND
Mother’s Day Breakfast at St. Margaret’s Church Hall, Route 14, Scotland, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Adults $5; Children 5 to 11 $3; Children under 5 free. Maximum per household $20. Sponsored by St. Margaret’s Men’s Club.

MOTHERS DAY BREAKFAST – LEBANON
Lebanon Fire Safety Complex, Goshen Hill Road from 8 a.m. to Noon. $8 adults, $5 children under 12, under 6 Free. MOTHERS HALF PRICE! Raffle. Knights of Columbus, Council 9653, Lebanon, CT. Info: (860) 423-7789

ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY PLANT SALE – LEBANON
Lebanon American Legion Post #180 will hold its Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Legion Hall, Rte. 207, Lebanon.

BAKE SALE FOR CWS
First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., Willimantic, 11:30 a.m. Info: (860) 228-9658.

SUMMER HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS
The University of CT, Storrs is offering Summer Horseback Riding Lessons. Open to children age 11 or older and adults. 3 week sessions avail. $ 210 to $ 315 per session. Please visit www.animalscience.uconn.edu for details.

Posted 5-6-2011

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This Weekend – Tag Sales, Breakfasts, Dinners and more

APRIL 30 SATURDAY

SWAP MEET
The St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s Men’s Fellowship will hold a swap meet from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p. m. at the church on Route 85, Hebron, for machinery and antique vehicles. Proceeds benefit the church. Vendors can reserve indoor or outdoor spaces or take one that day. Reserved spaces, depending on size, cost $20 or $30. Spaces taken that day cost $25 or $35. To reserve a space, call (860) 208- 0131.

COVENTRY VILLAGE ROADSIDE CLEAN-UP
Join the Coventry Village Improvement Society to commemorate Earth Day 2011. Volunteers gather at the First Congregational Church on Main Street at 9 a.m. to begin the clean-up. Volunteers will be given trash bags. Info: Tim Ackert, (860) 742- 5287 or tackert@aol.com.

SPRING TAG SALE – COLUMBIA
The 16th annual Columbia Seniors Organization spring tag sale will include a plant sale and a bake sale. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Beckish Senior Center, 188 Route 66, Columbia.

TIMELINE TRADE FAIR – COVENTRY
Strong-Porter House Museum, 2382 South St., Coventry, will host a trade fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Benefits the Coventry Historical Society. Re-enactors (only) of all periods from Greek and Roman to WWII are invited to participate. Settlers are welcome. Period dress (whatever century that may be) is preferred. Vendor registration $25. Info: Jim Murphy at irishbrit1777@att.net or (860) 742-3054.

COLUMBIA’S FIRST ANNUAL TOWNWIDE TAG SALE
Columbia’s first town tag sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (unless otherwise noted on map). Residents and groups around town will be having tag sales. For more information, visit www.columbiact.org or stop by the Beckish Senior Center for maps. Sponsored by the Columbia Recreation Department.

SUCCESSFUL PAINTING IN OILS OR ACRYLICS
Killingly Public Library Community Room, 25 Westcott Road, Danielson, will host an oil painting program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The instructor will focus on composition, value placement and edge control. To register and for further information, workshop materials and costs, call (860) 774-4250.

FREE COLLECTION AND SAFE DISPOSAL OF UNWANTED MEDICATIONS

AHM Youth and Family Services, through its Substance Abuse Task Force, will be hosting a local site for the second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – Federal Drug Enforcement Agency. The event will be held at 85 Wall St. in Hebron, the location of RHAM High School, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants wanting to dispose of unused, unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medi­cations will pull up in cars to a designated drop-off point. Info: (860) 228-9488.

EARTH DAY FAIR – ASHFORD
Horizon Wings will host an Earth Day Fair at Sand Hill Road, Ashford, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Earth Day Fair 2011 will feature tours of our aviaries, live birds of prey programs at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and a special story-telling starring Oscar, the group’s great horned owl at 1 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $2 children (children under 5 free). All funds collected will be used to care for the birds. Contact (860) 429-2181 or www.horizonwings.org

DISNEY MOVIE ‘TANGLED’
Willington Public Library, 7 Ruby Road, Willington, will host a showing of the Disney movie ‘Tangled’ at 12:30 p.m. This movie is 96 minutes long and is rated PG. All are welcome to attend and they should bring their own snacks to enjoy.

CULINARY DELIGHTS
Culinary Delights, a presentation of Finnish cooking and tast­ing event to be held at the Finnish Hall, 76 North Canterbury Road, Canterbury, at 1:30 p. m. Info: Call Linda or Patti at ( 860) 376- 8909.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS HUSKY CLASSIC
The University of Connecticut and Price Waterhouse Coopers will host the fifth annual Husky Soccer Classic, a Special Olympics event, at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. The opening ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and competition will begin at 2:30 p.m. It will last until approximately 7 p.m. Info: www.SOCT.org.

MANSFIELD COMMUNITY CONVERSTATION
Mansfield Advocates for Children will be hosting a follow-up “community conversation” from 2:15 to 4:45 p.m. This conversation will be focused on how residents can help others feel more connected to Mansfield. This event will be held at the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building in the council chambers. Interested community members should call (860) 429-3399, ext. 3933, by April 27.

SPAGHETTI DINNER AND RAFFLE – CHAPLIN
Chaplin Elementary School, 240 Palmer Road, Chaplin, will host a spaghetti dinner and raffle from 5 to 7 p.m. To benefit Dylan Harrison, a fifth-grade Chaplin student. Take-out available.

ART AND MUSIC SHOW
Sponsored by Grasshopper Arts and Dance Studio, 25 Meadow St., Willimantic. Donations accepted to benefit the studio and newly form­ing arts cooperative. Music and potluck start at 5 p.m. Dozens of local artists’ work on display.

SAXTON B. LITTLE FREE LIBRARY GALA
The board of directors of the Saxton B. Little Free Library are coming “Off the Page” to benefit the newly announced library fund. This first annual event – a costume gala where attendees will dress as their favorite character from literature – will be from 7 to 11 p.m. The benefit will take place in Columbia’s Yeoman’s Hall with dancing, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, costume contest and silent auction. Tickets are (860) 228-0350.

STORRS REGIONAL FFA SQUARE DANCE
E.O. Smith High School, 1235 Storrs Road, Storrs, will host a regional FFA square dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Cost is $5/person or 10 and under free. Fundraiser benefits: Storrs Regional FFA.

MAY 1 SUNDAY

LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The Willimantic Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast at the Elks Club, Pleasant Street, Willimantic, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Adults $6, seniors $5 and children under 12, $4.

CANTERBURY VFW BREAK­FAST

Canterbury VFW, Route 169 (North Canterbury Road), Canterbury, will host a breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $5.50 with children under 5 free.

TAG SALE – WILLIMANTIC
The First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., Willimantic, is having a tag sale as part of its Fun Fest on May 14 and is looking for donations of clean and usable items, including clothing, books, furniture, house­hold items, jewelry, toys, etc. No exercise equipment or electronics. Call the church at (860) 423-6827 to arrange for drop-off.

Posted 4-30-2011

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