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Tag Sales, Easter Plant Sales, Easter Egg Hunt and more this weekend

Saturday April 23

CANTERBURY VFW TAG SALE
The Canterbury VFW will hold a tag sale at the Post Home, Route 169, Canterbury from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m.

PREPARED CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASS
Windham Community Memorial Hospital offers an all-day “mara­thon” childbirth education class from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the hospital’s education center. Cost is $65 for families delivering their babies at WCMH and $75 for families delivering elsewhere. Information/registra­tion: (860) 456-6894.

EASTER PLANT SALE – HEBRON
Hebron Volunteer Fire Department Co. 1 Fire Station, 44 Main St. (Route 66), Hebron, will host an Easter plant sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sale will also be held Sunday, April 24, from 8 to 11 a.m. (while supplies last).

TAG SALE – WINDHAM
The Franco- American Civic & Social Club, 116 Club Road, Windham, will hold a tag sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the pavilion. Rain or shine.

EASTER PLANT SALE – ANDOVER
Andover Volunteer Fire Department, School Road, Andover, will host an Easter plant sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Collecting non-perish­able food items and pet food for the Andover Food Pantry.

ANDOVER LAKE SPRING LITTER WALK
Lake community residents will meet at 9 a.m. at the Andover Lake dam off Lakeview Drive. The group will split into two groups that will walk and pick up litter along the roadway to the ALPOA Beach. Bring a plastic bag and gloves. Rain date April 30. Info: Dianne Grenier (860) 742-3033 or Anna Galvin (860) 742-8727.

EASTER EGG HUNT – AMSTON
Christ Lutheran Church, 330 Church St., Route 85, Amston, will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Ages 1 through 12 are invited to join the festivities. Children should bring their own baskets, bags or contain­ers to carry the eggs they find. Easter baskets will be awarded to the winners in each age group.

READINGS BY CERTIFIED MEDIUMS
First Spiritualist Church of Willimantic, 268 High St., Willimantic, will host mediums from noon to 4 p.m. $20 per 15-minute reading or $35 for 2 readings. Proceeds benefit the church. For more information, call (860) 423-5774.

HORSE AUCTION AND TAG SALE
The University of Connecticut’s Animal Science Department will hold the spring horse auction starting at 1 p.m. Preview is at 11 a.m. Event held in the Horsebarn Hill Arena, Storrs Campus. Info: (860) 486-2034 or visit www.animalscience.uconn.edu.

EASTER MUSICAL ‘RAISE THE CROWN’
Baptist Fellowship, 195 Route 6, Columbia, will feature an Easter musical, “Raise the Crown,” at 7 p.m.

ELIZABETH DEVEAU IN CONCERT
Canadian gospel award winner, songwriter and recording artist Elizabeth Deveau will be appearing at the Salvation Army Church Community Center, 316 Pleasant St., Willimantic, at 7 p.m. Free admis­sion. Info: (860) 423-0977.

RISE UP SINGING CONCERT
Annie Patterson and Peter Blood, creators of the best-selling song book ‘Rise Up Singing,’ are returning to perform at the Storrs Friends Quaker Meetinghouse, corner of Hunting Lodge and North Eagleville roads, at 7 p.m. Donation of $10 suggested.

EASTER VIGIL, ADULT CHOIR SERVICE
Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church, 46 Valley St., Willimantic, will host an Easter vigil and choir performance at 8 p.m. Info: (860) 423-5835.

Sunday April 24

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE/BREAKFAST – FRANKLIN
The Franklin Congregational Church will host its annual outdoor Easter Sunrise Service at the church at 6 a.m. It will take place on the rocks overlooking the valley below as the sun rises on Easter morning. A full breakfast will follow.

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE – CHAPLIN
Chaplin Congregational Church, 43 Chaplin St., Chaplin, will host an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. in front of the church, followed by a breakfast and fellowship for all. For information, call (860) 455-9708.

EARLY WORSHIP SERVICE – COLUMBIA
Baptist Fellowship, 195 Route 6, Columbia, 8 a.m. Early worship service with Pastor Brian.

EASTER PLANT SALE – HEBRON
Hebron Volunteer Fire Department Co. 1 Fire Station, 44 Main St. (Route 66), Hebron, will be selling Easter plants from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (while supplies last).

EASTER PLANT SALE – ANDOVER
Andover Volunteer Fire Department, School Road, Andover, will host an Easter plant sale from 10 a.m. to noon. Collecting non-perish­able food items and pet food for the Andover Food Pantry.

FOLK MASS – WILLIMANTIC
Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church, 46 Valley St., Willimantic, will host a folk Mass at 8:30 a.m. Call (860) 423-5835 for more informa­tion.

WORSHIP SERVICE – COLUMBIA
Baptist Fellowship, 195 Route 6, Columbia, 10:15 a.m. Worship service with Pastor Jack.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES – STORRS
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Storrs, 10:30 a.m., will host an Easter celebration. Info: (860) 429-6088.

CHILDREN’S MASS WITH CHILDREN’S CHOIR
Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church, 46 Valley St., Willimantic, will host a children’s Mass and choir at 11 a.m. For more information, call (860) 423-5835.

PASSOVER SEDER
Temple Bnai Israel, 345 Jackson St., Willimantic, will host a Passover seder at 5:30 p.m. $15/adult; $10/child under 10 years. Contact Marilyn Moir at (860) 429-5259 or mmoir01@yahoo.com for more information.

Posted 4-22-2011

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Coming up at the Windham Theatre Guild – auditions, Oscar Wilde, prizes

aida-elton-john-and-tim-rice-windham-theatre-guild-2011Mark your calendar for these exciting events coming up at the Windham Theatre Guild, located on Main Street in the downtown Willlimantic Arts District.

Auditions for Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida

If you’d like a chance to be a part of the pop-rock musical adaptation of this classic, penned by Elton John and Tim Rice, then make a date for auditions to be held on Monday and Wednesday, May 16 and 18th at 7 p.m. in the Windham Middle School Auditorium, Quarry Street, Willimantic.

A classic tale explodes with contemporary energy as the rich colors of Elton John’s music and Tim Rice’s lyrics bring to life this Tony Award winning musical, Aida

An epic story of love, loyalty and betrayal, Aida is majestic, passionate, powerful and extremely entertaining.

Seeking male actors, singers and dancers age 16-50-plus, as well as female actors, singers and dancers age 16-40. (Note: dancers must be able to sing.)

Auditions will include vocal, dance, movement and acting.

Please prepare a musical number (30 to 40 seconds) for the vocal audition and bring sheet music. Piano accompaniment will be provided. Dress comfortably for the dance/movement activities.

Character descriptions are available at www.windhamtheatreguild.org

This production will be directed by Laura DeBrincat LaCour; produced by Robin Rice, choreographed by Rachel Leigh Roccoberton and the music director will be Ken Clark.

Production dates are Friday, Saturday, Sunday July 15, 16, 17, and Friday, Saturday, Sunday July 22, 23, 24 and Thursday, Friday and Saturday July 28, 29 and 30, 2011.

Questions? Contact Laura DeBrincat LaCour at 860-428-1749 or shankstress@gmail.com

The Importance of Being Earnest

From the writer who once said, “The only thing worse than being talked about is… not being talked about,” and the creator of the Portrait of Dorian Gray, comes this well-loved, fast paced comedy full of verbal jousting.

Performance times at the Burton Leavitt Theatre will be 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday May 20, 21, and Friday-Saturday June 3, 4 and Thursday-Saturday, June 9, 10 and 11, as well as a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, June 5.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors (60+), $10 for UConn/ECSU/QVCC students and $8 for children under 12.

Make your reservations today by calling 423-2245 or visiting www.windhamtheatreguild.org (no refunds). Tickets will also be available at the door.

A Year of Dining Out

Buy a Windham Theatre Guild raffle ticket ($5 per ticket) and you could win:

First Prize -

$25 gift card redeemable at Aero Diner;

$25 gift card redeemable at Angellinos Restaurant;

$25 gift card redeemable at Apollo Restaurant;

$65 gift card redeemable at Blue Oak Cafe;

$25 gift card redeemable at Fred’s Brickhouse Cafe;

$25 gift card redeemable at Greg’s Pizza;

$30 gift card redeemable at Log Cabin Restaurant;

$25 gift card redeemable at Main Street Cafe;

Two $25 gift cards redeemable at Nita’s Restaurant;

$35 gift card redeemable at Olympic Restaurant;

$20 gift card redeemable at That Breakfast Place;

$15 gift card redeemable at Thread City Diner;

$50 gift card redeemable at Willington Pizza

… for a total value of $415.

Second Prize – $200 Gift Certificate redeemable at the East Brook Mall

Third Prize – $200 Gift Card redeemable at Stop & Shop

Fourth Prize – Two Season Show Tickets redeemable at WTG for 2011-2012 (Value $168)

Fifth Prize – $50 Gift Card redeemable at Cumberland Farms

The drawing will be held at 8 p.m. on July 21 in The Courtyard at Burton Leavitt Theatre (winner need not be present).

Prizes are not redeemable for cash and exclude alcoholic beverages.

To get your ticket, See a WTG Member or call 423-2245.

Posted April 19, 2011

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Gov. Malloy and humanitarian Mia Farrow to speak at UConn Commencement

Mia Farrow in Darfur with one of the thousands of starving children. Farrow will speak at the School of Fine Arts commencement at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 in the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.  Photo copyright by Mia Farrow, used by permission.

Mia Farrow in Darfur with one of the thousands of starving children. Farrow will speak at the UConn School of Fine Arts commencement at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 in the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. Photo copyright by Mia Farrow, used by permission.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will be joined by Mia Farrow an acclaimed actress and outspoken champion of human rights, as well as Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, and a host of other speakers during 2011 commencement exercises at the University of Connecticut in May.

Most of the more than 7,000 graduating students will take part in commencement ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8 on the Storrs campus.

Gov. Malloy

Malloy, who became Connecticut’s 88th governor in the November 2010 elections, was formerly mayor of Stamford, and played a critical role in the construction of UConn’s downtown Stamford campus, which opened in 1998.

He has earned accolades – and brickbats – since he took office and began a whirlwind tour of the state to explain his plan to erase a more than $3.3 billion deficit in the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Malloy will be the keynote speaker at UConn’s May 7 graduation ceremony, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Mia Farrow

Farrow, selected by Time magazine in 2008 as one of the most influential people in the world, has traveled to the Darfur region of the Sudan many times since 2004.

She has written extensively about the genocide on her Web site (http://www.miafarrow.org/ ) and speaks regularly about human rights throughout the United States and Canada.

Farrow will speak at the School of Fine Arts commencement at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 in the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

William E. Trueheart

On May 8, during twin ceremonies starting at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m., nearly 3,000 students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will receive their degrees after a keynote speech by William E. Trueheart, president and chief executive officer of Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count.

Trueheart, who earned a Bachelor’s degree from UConn in 1966, formerly led The Pittsburgh Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation, and he served as president and CEO of Reading is Fundamental Inc., America’s oldest and largest children’s and family literacy organization.

Trueheart also served as president of what was then Bryant College in Rhode Island, and held several administrative posts at UConn from 1966 to 1972, including dean of undergraduate affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, assistant to the president, and American Council of Education Fellow.

Mayor Pedro Segarra

Another inspiring keynote speaker will be Mayor Pedro Segarra of the City of Hartford, who will address the School of Social Work’s recognition ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, in the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. Segarra earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from UConn.

Dr. Henry Lee

Dr. Henry C. Lee (http://drhenrylee.com/about/), a professor at the University of New Haven and founder of its forensic science program, will speak during ceremonies at the UConn Health Center on Sunday, May 15.

Other distinguished speakers

  • Connecticut Atty General George Jepson, who will deliver the keynote speech at the UConn School of Law commencement, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 22 on the grounds of the Law School;
  • Kelci Stringer, founder and CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute, a research center based in UConn’s kinesiology program in the Neag School of Education, who will speak at that school’s commencement, at 9 a.m. on Sundya, May 8 in the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. The Institute is named after Stringer’s late husband, who died of complications from heat stroke in 2001 while playing for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

Commencement for the School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine is 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 15 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

More information, including the dates and times of all UConn’s celebrations, is available at the commencement Website http://www.commencement.uconn.edu/may/index.html

Posted April 19, 2011

Related links: Mia Farrow’s videos from Darfur, etc. http://www.miafarrow.org/videos.html

Pedro E. Segarra bio (prior to becoming Mayor) http://www.hartford.gov/government/council/COUNCILMAN_PEDRO_SEGARRA.htm

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At Windham Hospital – Your Health and Intuition

albert-einstein-intuitionThe popular Integrative Health lecture series continues at Windham Hospital at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 with a presentation entitled, “Your Health and Intuition: The Essential Connection.”

The talk, led by Kimble Greene, Ph.D., will be in the Hospital’s Education Center.

“You know what is happening within you better than anyone else – even if you are not currently conscious of it,” says Greene.

“Your health and well-being are in a constant state of renewal and you have the power within you to create the health you desire. All aspects of your being – mind, body, emotions, spirit – operate in tandem,” she adds. “When something happens on one level, it is simultaneously happening on all levels.”

This talk will focus on “fine-tuning” our intuitive senses, increasing inner power, and attaining health and wellbeing.

Kimble Green, Ph.D. will lead a talk about health and one's own intution at Windham Hospital as part of the Integrative Health lecture series. Courtesy photo

Kimble Green, Ph.D. will lead a talk about health and one's own intution at Windham Hospital as part of the Integrative Health lecture series. Courtesy photo

Greene, who is a Connecticut resident, is a transpersonal counselor, author, speaker and consultant.

Her career as an administrator and counselor for nonprofit human services/juvenile justice agencies, between 1980 and 2006, focused on improving the quality of child/youth services, advocating for children’s rights and educating and training professionals who work directly or indirectly with children and youth.

Today, she supports people in understanding the nature of human and spiritual development, social and emotional development, and grief and trauma, as well as the nature of spirituality, energy and healing.

For more than 30 years, she has offered her services in the areas of transpersonal counseling, alternative healing and holistic health.

In 2010, she published her first book, “ ONE…Embracing Life and Illuminating Your Spirit .”

Greene believes in the power of love and faith in creating wellbeing and realizing one’s dreams.

This talk is one of a series of free lectures hosted by the Integrative Health Services Department at Windham Hospital.

Future programs in the nine-part series include:

  • “Skin Cancer Awareness” on May 25, 2011 presented by the World Skin Project Group;
  • “Eating Healthy: From Refined to Raw Foods” on July 27, 2011;
  • “Tai Chi” on Sep. 28, 2011;
  • “Flower Essences” on Oct. 26, 2011, and
  • “Mind-Body Connections to Stress” on Nov. 30, 2011.

Questions? Please call 860-456-6002 or visit www.windhamhospital.org and click on “services,” then “integrative health.”

The educational programs presented by Integrative Health Services are provided as a community service, and are not necessarily endorsements of a particular health regimen or practitioner by Windham Hospital.

Posted April 18, 2011

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This Weekend – Bargain hunting, food, worship and more

Saturday April 16

FISHERMAN’S BREAKFAST
S. A. L. Post 19, American Legion, Windham, will host a fisherman’s breakfast at its Bricktop Road headquarters (Route 14) Windham, from 4:30 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $ 6. For information, call (860) 456-1404.

FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST
The Hebron Women’s Club will host an Easter breakfast in the RHAM High School cafeteria, 85 Wall St., Hebron, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Diners should bring their own cameras for a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny. Tickets available at the door or by calling (860) 559-7571 in advance.

BAKE SALE – LEBANON
The Lebanon Baptist Church on the Lebanon green will host a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

TAG AND BAKE SALE – COVENTRY
The Second Congregational Church Community House in Coventry will host a tag and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

GIANT TAG AND BAKE SALE – MANSFIELD CENTER
First United Methodist Church, 29 Puddin Lane, Mansfield Center, will host a “giant” tag and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (860) 423-6418 for more information.

ANNUAL SPRING BAZAAR
Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, will host its annual spring bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All kinds of treasures will be avail­able.

LEBANON EARTH DAY AND PLANT SALE
Lebanon will celebrate Earth Day with a trash pickup event/plant sale at the Lebanon town green from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gloves and trash bags will be provided and participants are asked to bring a rake, shovel or trowel. Residents may bring bagged roadside trash to the truck in the library parking lot. Info: Stacey Whitney at (860) 642-4898 or (860) 208-6255 or jwhitney01@charter.net.

ANNUAL HEBRON ROAD RACE
This annual event is a certified 5K race, looping from the inter­section of Wall Street and Route 66 to Route 85 to Kinney Road to Millstream Road to Main Street to Wall Street. The race is held rain or shine. The run begins at 9 a.m. with check-in between 7:45 and 8:30 a.m. in the RHAM High School gymnasium, 85 Wall St. Registration at the site is $24. Registration forms available online at www.hebronct.com. Info: (860) 530-1281.

SATURDAY BEREAVEMENT GROUP
Hospice of Eastern Connecticut will hold its Saturday Bereavement Group from 11 a.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.

PYSANKY EGG DECORATING WORKSHOP
Babcock Library, 25 Pompey Hollow Road, Ashford, will host an egg decorating workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $5 materials fee and pre-registration is required. Info: (860) 487-4420

4-H CAMP OPEN HOUSE
The Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp is holding an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. at 326 Taft Pond Road, Pomfret. Also, at 1 p.m., join us for an informational parent panel on the benefits of Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp for you and your child. Hosted by Heather Logee, camp director, and Daryn Tenenbaum, LCSW. Information/registration: (860) 974-3379 or e-mail windham4h@earthlink.net.

ROAST BEEF DINNER – LEBANON
Goshen Congregational Church, 157 Church Road, Lebanon, will host a roast beef dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Adults $10, seniors $9, 12 and under $5, under 5 free. All proceeds to go to local/national/international missions.

COMMUNITY DINNER – HEBRON
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 30 Church St. (Route 85), Hebron, will host a community dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. For details, call (860) 228-3244 or visit the church web site at www.StPetersHebron.com.

EASTERN TO PRESENT ‘WORKING, THE MUSICAL’
Eastern Connecticut State University’s theater program will present “Working, the Musical,” in the Harry Hope Theatre in Shafer Hall at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call the box office at (860) 465-5123.

Sunday April 17

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES – STORRS
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Storrs, 10:30 a.m. “The Four Paths” will introduce the concept of creation spirituality. Service lead by Rev. Darrick Jackson. Info: (860) 429-6088.

WILLIMANTIC ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT

The Willimantic Orchestra, with David Vaughan as its conduc­tor, will present its spring concert with the Eastern Connecticut State University Concert Chorale, featur­ing David Belles as conductor, at 3 p.m. at Shafer Auditorium, cor­ner of Windham and Valley streets, ECSU, downtown Willimantic. Free to the public, but donations are appreciated. Info: www.willimanticorchestra.org or Fred Wengrzynek, president, at (860) 228-4008 and/or fred.wengrzynek@charter.net.

EASTERN TO PRESENT “WORKING, THE MUSICAL”

Eastern Connecticut State University’s theater program will present “Working, the Musical,” in the Harry Hope Theatre in Shafer Hall at 4 p.m. For reservations, call the box office at (860) 465-5123.

PALM SUNDAY – WILLIMANTIC

Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church, 46 Valley St., Willimantic, will host a Palm Sunday service at 6 p.m. Inter-Parochial Adult Penance Service will be held at St. Joseph Church. Info: (860) 423-5835

Posted 4-15-2011


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This weekend – Easter Egg hunt, tag sale, Soup cook-off and more

Saturday April 9

PASSPORT FAIR
South Windham Post Office, 12 Main St. (for GPS use Machine Shop Hill Road), South Windham, will host a passport fair for those looking to obtain passports from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Info: (860) 456-0169

CANTERBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: BIG TAG SALE
The Canterbury Historical Society will host a tag sale in the com­munity room of Canterbury Town Hall, 1 Municipal Drive, Canterbury, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free admission. To donate items, call (860) 546-9062.

LITTLE ANGELS BICYCLE DRIVE
The Mansfield Community Center, 10 South Eagleville Road, Storrs, will host a bicycle drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bicycles that are received are evaluated and then repaired if necessary by Little Angels staff before being distributed. Bikes are distributed through the Little Angels Bicycle Program in Willimantic after the date of this event. Mansfield residents in need of bikes should contact either Jay O’Keefe at Mansfield Parks and Recreation or Little Angels directly at (860) 429-4290 or freebi­cycles@littleangelsbicycles.com. Additionally, Little Angels will offer tax-deduction receipts upon request.

PARTY OF GOLD FUNDRAISER
Hampton Congregational Church, Main Street, Hampton, will host a gold fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Exchange broken, unwanted gold/silver jewelry, etc., for payment on the spot. For information or to make an appointment, call (860) 530-1171.

CAR SEAT CHECK UP
The Eastern Connecticut State University Police Department park­ing lot, 44 Charter Oak Road, (across from Windham High School) Willimantic, will host a car seat check up program from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Average car seat education and installation per safety seat is 30 minutes. Bring your child. For informa­tion, call Safe Kids Windham County at (860) 456-6978 or visit www.ctsafekids.org.

MULTI MEDIA WORKSHOP WITH NANCY SHAY

Creamery Brook Retirement Village, 36 Vina Lane, Brooklyn, will host a multimedia workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $50/person and registration required. Make check payable to NECTAG and send to Judy Doyle, 19 Beckwith St., Danielson 06239. Info: (860) 774-4250 or e-mail to perennialherb@sbcglobal.net.

TOTAL RELAXATION: PUTTING THE MIND ON HOLD
A workshop in Storrs with mystic meditation will allow participants to totally relax. Event is free from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Details/reg­istration information are at (860) 487-3597. Held at Friends Meeting House, 57 Hunting Lodge Road, Storrs.

UKRAINIAN EGG DECORATING CLASS
Swift Waters Artisans’ Cooperative, 866 Main St., Willimantic, will host a Ukrainian egg decorating class from 1 to 4 p.m. Pre-registration and prepayment are required. $10 includes all materials. Register by calling the gallery, (860) 423-1898. Class size limited, age 8 and up please.

APRIL KIDS CLUB ACTIVITY
The Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main St., Willimantic, will host its April Kids Club Activity from 1 to 2:30 p.m. In conjunc­tion with “Willimantic Reads,” children will read and make books in Willimantic’s oldest Library, Dunham Hall Library, which is located inside the Mill Museum. Also included will be the museum’s Easter activity: painting Easter eggs. Kids Club members are free. General admission is $5 for children and $2 for adults.

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 at 1171 Main St., Coventry. Cost is $8 adults, $7 seniors, $4 children ages 6-12 and free for children under age 6. Info: For more information, call (860) 742-5689 or (860) 742-8487 or www.firstchurchcoventry.org.

2ND ANNUAL SOUP COOK-OFF
First Congregational Church of Lebanon, corner of Route 87 and 207, Lebanon, will host its second annual soup cook-off at 5 p.m. Admission is $5. Admission is $2 for those bringing soup. Register your soup at kst0128@yahoo.com. Contact: (860) 642-6179.

FREEDOM GOSPEL CHOIR
The Voices of Freedom Gospel Choir, under the direction of Rev. Lisa Clayton, will be performing at the University of Connecticut’s von der Mehden Recital Hall, 875 Coventry Road, Storrs at 6 p.m. General admission $7 and free for students and children. Info: (860) 486-2969 or visit www.sfa.uconn.edu.

ACT’S ‘HERE AND NOW’ DANCE PERFORMANCE
“Here and Now,” which is the 2011 title of ACT’s annual DanceFest, is open to the public, and will take place at 7 p.m., at EastConn’s Capitol Theater, 896 Main St., Willimantic. Tickets $5 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at the Capitol Theater box office on the day of the show, or reserved by calling the box office at (860) 465-5636.

Sunday April 10

SECOND ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
An Easter egg hunt – sponsored by the Hebron Parks and Recreation Department and the Hebron Interfaith Human Services Bureau – will be held at Burnt Hill Park, 150 East St., Hebron at 10 a.m. The Easter Bunny will make an early visit. Photographs can be taken of the bunny with your own camera. There is no charge for this event.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES – STORRS
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Storrs, 10:30 a.m. “Singing As Worship.” UU musician, Verne McArthur will lead the service. Info: (860) 429-6088.

COLUMBIA ‘DEMOCRATS OF THE YEAR’ BRUNCH
Honoring Elaine Camposeo, Don Cianci, Ed Gallagher and Joan Lewis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beckish Senior Center on Route 66, Columbia. $15/person. Info: Hank Schwartz (860) 228-6885.

MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY LECTURE
The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History presents “The Promises and Pitfalls of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing,” a lecture by Linda Strausbaugh, internationally renowned geneticist and direc­tor of the Center for Applied Genetics and Technology at UConn. The lecture will be held in the biology/ physics building, Room 130, UConn Storrs Campus, at 3 p.m. Free and open to adults and children ages 10 and above. Info: http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call (860) 486-4460.

UCONN CHOIRS SPRING CONCERT
The UConn Choirs will perform their spring concert at von der Mehden Recital Hall, 875 Coventry Road, Storrs, on the University of Connecticut campus across from Mirror Lake at 3 p.m. $7 admission and free for students and children. Info: (860) 486-2969 or visit the web site www.sfa.uconn.edu.

Posted 4-8-2011

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At Jorgensen, Momix – Botanica – optical confusion

Momix performs "Botanica" at Jorgensen at UConn on April 15-16, 2011. Courtesy photo.

Momix performs "Botanica" at Jorgensen at UConn on April 15-16, 2011. Courtesy photo.

Momix, the Connecticut-based dancer-illusionists who have regaled audiences on five continents in the last 30 years will perform its natural mystery tour called “Botanica” on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, at 8 p.m. in Jorgensen’s popular Cabaret.

The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Storrs UConn campus.

Momix has been showcased on PBS’s “Dance in America” series, in one of the first 3D IMAX films “IMAGINE,” in the Emmy Award-winning film “Pictures at an Exhibition” with the Montreal Symphony, and even in a recent national ad for Hanes underwear and one for Target, which ran during the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Contemporary dance wunderkind Moses Pendleton has created a lush testimony to fertility, using inventive props, magical lighting, athletic dance and a touch of humor, plus a wide-ranging score that runs from Delirium to Peter Gabriel to Vivaldi.

Pendleton wants us to see the art in nature, and he does this through what he playfully calls “optical confusion.” He said it this way in Where magazine: “Like Michelangelo finding a sculpture in a hunk of marble, I think creativity is more about revealing what is already there.”

Pendleton is the director and choreographer of Momix, an offshoot of Pilobolus Dance Theater, which he founded with college friends at Dartmouth in the ’70s.

Momix was named for his first solo work, performed at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and called “Moses Mix.”

Pendleton’s connections to nature started early. He was raised on a Vermont dairy farm and was a champion cross-country skier.

His troupe now rehearses in a barn on the property he shares with Cynthia Quinn, Momix associate director, in Washington, CT. Their daughter Quinn Elisabeth dances professionally in Germany.

The ten dancers performing “Botanica” spring from such well-respected sources as Jacob’s Pillow, Joffrey Ballet, Pilobolus, Alvin Ailey, Dance Theater of Harlem, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Boston Conservatory, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Mark Morris and Moscow Ballet.

Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2132 Hillside Road on the UConn campus in Storrs.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Sandwiches, desserts, alcohol and other beverages are available for purchase, cash only.

Regular tickets are $45, $38 and $34, with some discounts available. For tickets and information, call the Box Office 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 860-486-4226, Monday through Friday, or order online at http://www.jorgensen.uconn.edu.

Convenient free parking is available across the street in the North Garage.

Posted April 6, 2011

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This weekend – indoor tag sale, rummage sale, book sale, breakfasts and more

Saturday April 2

ANNUAL INDOOR TAG SALE
Masonic Lodge Hall, 1534 Stafford Road (Route 32), Mansfield, will host its annual indoor tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 3. Info: (860) 684-3437 or (860) 429-9394.

RUMMAGE SALE
First Baptist Church of Lebanon, 694 Trumbull Highway, Lebanon, will host a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Clothing, household items and tag sale. Info: (860) 642-7975

FRIENDS OF THE MANSFIELD LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Road ( Route 89), Mansfield Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousands of quality, donated books for sale throughout the library for $1, sorted by topic; lots of children’s books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, etc.

SPAGHETTI/MEATBALL DINNER
St. Joseph Church Hall, 99 Jackson St., Willimantic, will host a spaghetti and meatball dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Adults $8, seniors and children $6. Benefit St. Mary-St. Joseph School.

SWEET ADELINES SING IN CHAPLIN
Chaplin Congregational Church, 43 Chaplin St., Chaplin, will host a sing-a-long from 5 to 6 p.m. Free will offerings accepted. Potluck sup­per to follow.

OAK GROVE MONTESSORI SCHOOL AUCTION
The Oak Grove Montessori School of Mansfield will host a goods and services auction at Wright’s Mill Farm, Canterbury, from 6: 30 to 10:30 p.m. For tickets, call (860) 456-1031 or email admin@ogms.org.

QUIET CORNER CONTRA DANCE
Storrs Congregational Church Hall, 2 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, will host the Quiet Corner contra dance. Church driveway is a short way down from the intersection of Route 195 on the University of Connecticut campus. Free lessons at 7:30 p.m., with dance beginning at 8 p.m. $10 non-member adults, members $8. High school and college students $5, children under 12, $3.

Sunday April 3

CANTERBURY VFW BREAKFAST
The Canterbury VFW will host a breakfast at the Post home on Route 169, North Canterbury Road, from 8 to 11 a. m. Cost is $ 5.50/ person, children 5 years old and under free.

VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST
VFW Post 1724, Main Street, Willimantic, will host a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Senior discounts available.

FRIENDS OF THE MANSFIELD LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Road (Route 89), Mansfield Center, will host a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thousands of quality, donated books for sale throughout the library for $1, sorted by topic. Lots of children’s books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, etc.

ANNUAL INDOOR TAG SALE
Masonic Lodge, 1534 Stafford Road, Route 32, Mansfield, will host an indoor tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: (860) 684-3437 or (860) 429-9394.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES – STORRS
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Storrs, 10:30 a.m., will host Sunday worship services. The Rev. Darrick Jackson will present a sermon entitled “Shadow Work.” Info: (860) 429-6088.

RICK SPENCER AND ‘OUTLAWS, VILLAINS AND ROUGES’
Lebanon Historical Society, 856 Trumbull Highway, Lebanon, will host “Outlaws, Villains and Rouges” at 2 p.m. Program is a musical presentation of songs that tell the stories of the villains we love to hate. Members free, Non-members $2. Info: (860) 642-6579.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY ‘TAKE NOTE’
First Baptist Church of Mansfield, corner of Route 195 and Spring Hill Road, Mansfield Center, 3 p.m. Donations accepted at the door. Info. www.fbcmansfieldct.com or (860) 429-6043.

HOPE 4 HAILEY DINNER & DANCE
Elks Club, Pleasant Street, Willimantic, will host a charity dinner/ dance from 4 to 9 p.m. Tickets $20. Benefit for Hailey, youngest daugh­ter of Floretta and Jeromy Sanderson, who is recovering from her third brain surgery. Info: (860) 710-8474.

‘TEA AND TALK’
The Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main St., Willimantic, will present its “Tea and Talk” program in conjunction with the current exhibit, “Polish Past in Willimantic and Windham,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The speaker will be Prof. M.B. Biskupski, the S.A. Blejwas Chair of Polish Studies at Central Connecticut State University. Tickets $10. Reservations/information: (860) 377-7755.

DR. ANTHONY G. ALESSI SPEAKS IN HEBRON
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will welcome Dr. Anthony G. Alessi who will present a talk entitled “Haiti: A Time for Change.” A pot-luck supper begins at 5 p.m. Talk begins at 6 p.m. in Phelps Hall, 30 Church St. (Route 85), Hebron. The public is welcome to attend the talk and the supper (bring a dish to share) or just the talk. If attending, call (860) 228-3244 or email stpetershebron@sbcglobal.net.

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