Friday, July 31, 2009

Something Else... do this weekend! And next too!

Beardsley Zoo - Chris Rowlands "Farmin' Fever" at the Country Fair. Free with zoo admission.

Take Dan Fogelberg, John Denver, James Taylor and sprinkle a little Robin Williams on top and you have Chris Rowlands! Chris travels around the country entertaining and teaching audiences about science and nature with his innovative and interactive programs. Chris creatively blends music, art, comedy and education into a high energy, exciting show that is loved by young and old alike! Chris makes all of his incredible puppets and his artwork has been featured in scientific journals, shows, prints and murals-and now he is performing LIVE at our Zoo!

Shows are Aug. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.

What's Going On This Weekend?

...Sadly, not much.

As usual, if you know of anything we're not posting, or if you find out about a great event that you think CT should know about, please either leave a comment or send us an email:

July 31 – Aug 2 - Wallingford
Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Fest at Mountain Ridge, 350A High Hill Rd.
Features live popular music from early America, including New Orleans-style jazz, swing and big band sounds. Weekend outing for the entire family with swimming pool, outdoor activities and continuous live jazz in four venues. Admission. (800) 468-3836

August 1 - Norwalk
Stepping Stones Museum has two great events happening this Saturday.
11:00am Meet Author and Creator of Biscuit!Join local author Alyssa Satin Capucilli as she reads from her collection of Biscuit books. Children will be able to meet both Biscuit and his creator during this special presentation.
2:30pm Creative Kids Art. Be inspired by Africa by creating a wild animal collage framed with colorful stamp designs. Feel the texture of the animal prints paper and see the patterns around the frame!

August 3 – North Haven
Tom Sieling - Howl at the Moon. Picnic and Performance on the library lawn. North Haven Library, 17 Elm Street. Tom Sieling, widely acclaimed singer and songwriter will perform a participatory family program consisting of humorous songs about our world. Free family programs sponsored by the Friends of the North Haven Library. In case of inclement weather, the programs will be held in the Community Room (in which case space is limited and admission is first come-first served). 7:00p.m. (203) 239-5803

Also, don't forget about $5 Yoga at Fresh and the Upper State Street Farmers Market Grande Opening.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Upper State Street Farmers Market!

The new New Haven farmers market is opening this weekend! Can I get a "woo-hoo!"?

Here is the general info: 1006 State Street, between Lawrence and Edwards is the official location, so basically head to the parking lot near the Pantry on State Street on Saturdays from August 1 onward to Thanksgiving. The market is open from 10 am to 2 pm.

Rumor has it they're hoping to have a bunch of kid-friendly type things as this goes on. Check out their website for details.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Save The Date: Free Music Together Class!

Our local Music Together teacher, Liz of Musical Folk, is planning a FREE Music Together class on Thursday, August 13th at 9:30 am.

Here are the details:

Come and join us for a free demonstration class!

Please RSVP to 203-691-9759 , or e-mail if you wish to attend.

Each semester demo classes will be held for families who wish to preview a class. Whether you’re coming to Music Together for the first time, or you want to return with your new little ones, demos are held approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to the next semester. Moms, Dad’s, grandparents, and nannies are welcome to attend our demos and our classes. Just come prepared to participate, and to have fun making music and dancing with your child.

Please note: Location has changed!
New Haven - Westville area
Revive Wellness Center, 867 Whalley Ave, New Haven , CT 06515

For more info on Music Together, click here or visit their website.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

$5 Yoga at Fresh Yoga!

For the moms and dads out there...

This weekend at Fresh Yoga, Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher trainees will be teaching $5 classes the following days and times:

Friday night, July 31st 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturday afternoon, August 1st 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Sunday afternoon, August 2nd 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Each separate class costs $5 and all proceeds will be donated to charity. If you have a yoga mat, bring it with you. If you do not, there are studio mats you can use. Please visit their website for more info.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Our Apologies...

We were on vacation last week, and while I'd planned to update from my beachy oasis...well...let's just say the so-called internet access was a bit dodgy. I'm sorry to all of you who came looking for something fun to do last weekend. (And thank you for your emails--I had no idea just how many of you are out there! *blush*).

But, now we're back and we've got a ton of stuff to tell you about, so come back often this week! We promise to make it up to you.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

What's Going On This Weekend?

July 17-19, 22-26 - Bridgeport
Connecticut Free Shakespeare presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo 1875 Noble Ave. Connecticut Free Shakespeare celebrates its 10th anniversary at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo by presenting William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” All shows at the Peacock Pavilion; rain location: the Carousel. FREE. Performance at 8:00 pm, Zoo opens for picnics at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit or call (203) 393-3213.

July 18 - Norwalk
Stepping Stones Museum. Roots Jazz Fun! Join trombonist Jim Fryer and banjoist Cynthia Sayer for a lively and educational jazz concert for the whole family. 2:30 pm.

July 18 – Middlefield
Berry Fest at Lyman Orchards, Jct. Rtes. 147 & 157. Bushels of berries and loads of family fun. Frisbee golf, live entertainment, breakfast on the deck, horse drawn wagon rides, pick-your-own blueberries and raspberries. Admission: Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (866) 349-6015

July 19 – Guilford
KAZOO - - Fun For Kids & Families Too! Featuring Steve Roslonek ~ SteveSongs at 4pm followed by hands-on interactive activities on the Guilford Green. Presented by the Shoreline Arts Alliance and Women & Family Life Center this fun afternoon program presents music and activities for children and the whole family. Bring the chairs and blankets. Free. 4 p.m. (203) 453-3890

July 20 – North Haven
Keith Michael Johnson's JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT. Picnic and Performance on the library lawn. North Haven Library, 17 Elm Street. A program of spinning plates, funny jokes, wacky tricks, guest stars, top-hat juggling, yo-yos, flying slime, tossed toilet paper and razor sharp-fiery hot juggling balls. Keith Michael Johnson is a graduate of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Clown College and Rogers Williams University. Free family programs sponsored by the Friends of the North Haven Library. In case of inclement weather, the programs will be held in the Community Room (in which case space is limited and admission is first come-first served). 7:00p.m. (203) 239-5803

Thursday, July 9, 2009

East Rock Farmer's Market

Some of you may have already heard that there are plans to begin a farmer's market on State Street in East Rock (New Haven).

I think I can hear the collective cheers already.

In preparation for this fantastic idea, the brains behind the venture have asked the community to participate in an online survey. I assure you, this took me all of two minutes--and your input would really help them out.

Please take two minutes (seriously...I promise) and click here.

What's Going On This Weekend?

Unfortunately, there isn't much going on this weekend. We recommend that you take advantage of all the free concerts in the area! For a reminder, look HERE and HERE TOO.

Also, Stepping Stones museum has a fun creative cooks event on Saturday (7/11) at 2:30 pm. Your kids can learn to make their own homemade ice cream!

As usual, if there is anything we've left out, don't hesitate to leave a comment or email us at

Buck Howdy at Beardsley Zoo

Noggin Entertainer Buck Howdy has been called "the nexus of Roy Rogers, Will Rogers and Mr. Rogers," described as "a cross between Roy Rogers and Shrek," or "Gene Autry meets Dr. Demento!" And while there's a nugget of truth in each of those depictions, they miss the obvious: Buck Howdy is simply an overgrown kid with an over-sized talent for entertaining.

Buck has performed multiple times at The White House, at the Grand Ole Opry, and in hundreds of concerts at schools, state fairs and performing arts centers from coast to coast. Now he is here in Bridgeport, performing for families at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo!

You can see Buck perform at the Beardsley Zoo for free (with regular Zoo admission) on Saturdays and Sundays during July at 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm.

Monday, July 6, 2009

For those who like music...

Which, honestly, is just about everyone. Click here for a schedule of all the 2009 summer concerts occuring "under the stars," "on the greens," or "by harbor lights" in the greater New Haven area. Rock on people.

Friday, July 3, 2009

OneWorld Community Playgroup

OWC Playgroup (formally RWW) will meet in East Rock park this morning from 9:30-11:30. Come join us and enjoy this beautiful morning!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

July Events at Beardsley Zoo

  • Our Zoo Patrol summer program for kids takes place 7/6-10, 7/13-17, 7/20-24, and 7/27-31.
  • Cowboy singer/entertainer Buck Howdy performs 7/11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26.
    Enjoy CT Free Shakepeare 7/17-19, 22-26.
  • Our free Evening Lecture Series on 7/15 features a talk about Mexican/SouthWestern plants and landscape alteration
  • We offer Exotic Animal Amnesty Day on 7/25
  • Watch the results of the Stratford BioBlitz on 7/31 and 8/1

For more information, check out their website.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What's Happening On The Fourth?

If we left anyone out, please send info to!

July 4- New Haven
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Long Wharf Park, New Haven Harbor
Celebrated Independence Day at Long Wharf Park with friends, family, food, music and fireworks. Fireworks display after dusk. Free. Rain date: Sunday, July 5.

July 4 - Madison
30th Independence Day Parade. Downtown Madison – Boston Post Road. 30th Annual Madison 4th of July parade promises to be a great event with a special focus on “Health and Wellness, Let’s Get Fit”. The parade begins at 11 am and winds its way from the Stop and Shop parking lot, through the center of downtown Madison and into the Surf Club. The parade features approximately 100 community groups, floats, bands, clowns, antique cars, trucks, bicycles and a number of professional performance groups. It has been recognized as one of the best parades in Connecticut. 11 a.m. (203) 645-2147

July 4- Darien
10:30 AM to 1:00 PM Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Highway
The fifth annual YWCA Push-n-Pull Parade will take place on Saturday. The patriotic parade steps off from Goodwives Shopping Center in Darien at 10:30 a.m. sharp, where Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children will entertain the waiting crowd starting at 10:00a.m. Decorate yourself and your non-motorized vehicle, and parade down the Post Road to Tilley Pond Park. Join us in the park for live music by Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band, food and ice cream vendors, and a craft fair. Don’t miss this great free event, which will again kick off Darien’s Independence Day celebrations. Donations will be gratefully accepted in the park and will benefit the many community service programs of the YWCA.
The parade route proceeds up Brookside Road to take a left on the Post Road through downtown, and then takes a right onto West Ave to enter Tilley Pond Park opposite the railroad station.
For more information, or to get involved with this committee, contact the YWCA Darien/Norwalk at 655-2535.

July 4- East Lyme
Downtown East Lyme, Cove Road, Route 156
Old-fashioned parade at 11 a.m. followed by a free picnic sponsored by the Reynolds family, celebrating Reynolds? Garage & Marine of Lyme 150th anniversary. 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM 860-767-8269

July 4- East Woodstock
11:00 AM, East Woodstock Congreational Church, 220 Woodstock Road.
The Fourth of July Jamboree has been held on East Woodstock Common since July 4, 1957. It is a celebration of our independence featuring a chicken barbeque at 11:30am, and a parade at 2pm.
The Jamboree is a much anticipated event every year. This old-fashioned celebration reminds us of a simpler time. So come with us and step back in time as we celebrate the brave people who have gone before us.
The public is invited to come and enjoy live entertainment, children's games, contests, food, and much more. The Jamboree is a major fundraiser for the church; all the money raised supports our programs of Christian education, music, and community outreach.

July 4- Madison
8 Campus Drive
Parade @ 11:00am
(departs from Samson Rock Dr., ends at the Surf Club)
July 4th Concert on the Green
Youth Concert @ 5:00pm
Wallingford Symphony @ 7:00pm

July 4- Meriden
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Westfield Meriden, 470 Lewis Avenue
Live music concert featuring The Nifty Fifties Band, one of New England’s favorite bands often featured at major regional events and festivals and as an opening act for classic groups like The Drifters, The Coasters, The Mamas and the Papas, and more. - Performance by new Pop sensations Nick Larson and the up-and-coming duo - Chelsea and Cameron; Choreographed Fireworks Display; Interactive family exhibits including a classic car show, New Britain Rock Cats and more; Tribute Honoring Local Heroes: Police, Fire, EMS; Portion of the proceeds benefiting United Way of Meriden & Wallingford’s Live United campaign.

July 4- Middlebury
Quassy Amusement Park, 2132 Middlebury Road
Have a blast this July 4th at Quassy. Special "3-D" fireworks presentation after dark to benefit Prevent Blindness Tri-State. Viewing glasses will be sold for $1. Parking $7 on July 4th.

July 4- Milford
4:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Westfield Connecticut Post, 1201 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT
Live concert featuring The Landsharks, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band that has played with Jimmy Buffet and is the only cover band endorsed to play at Buffet’s Margaritaville at Universal Studios Performance by new Pop sensations Nick Larson and the up-and-coming duo - Chelsea and Cameron; Choreographed Fireworks Display; Safety activities with the Milford Police Department including equipment displays, canine demonstrations and car seat safety inspections, 4pm to 7pm; Participation from military branches with equipment displays and interactive activities; A VIP tent with premium seating and a gourmet barbeque. Tickets available at the Westfield Concierge Center or through the Milford Chamber of Commerce - $25 for adults and $10 for kids under 10 years. Official veterans recognition ceremony presented by James L. Richetelli Jr, Mayor, City of Milford, which will include participation by the US Navy Sailing Squadron which is visiting Milford with their sailing vessels for the July 4th weekend. Summer carnival Supporting Give2TheTroops and the Milford Chamber of Commerce.

July 4- Norwalk
6:00 PM, Bayley Beach, 11 Pine Point Road, Norwalk, CT
Rowayton Fireworks will light up the sky offshore from Bayley Beach Saturday evening, July 4th; rain date is Sunday, July 5. The fireworks, sponsored by the RCA, will be launched from a barge beginning at 9:15pm. The performance will last approximately 30 minutes. Musical entertainment begins at Bayley at 6:00pm until dark. For more info, click here.

July 4-Washington
3:00 PM, Shepaug Valley High School, 159 South Street, Washington, CT
Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display and family entertainment. Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. Events include: 5K Road Race, Family Picnic and Fireworks. Picnic set up till 3 p.m. The gates for the fireworks close at 8:45 p.m. Charge $20. Passes may be purchased at the Parks & Rec office Washington Town Hall, Mon., Wed. & Thurs. 9 a.m. to noon, or Washington Market Fri., Sat. & Sun. 10-2 pm. (Rain date: July 5th)

July 4-Weston
Weston Middle School, 135 School Road.Once again it's time for fun, food and fireworks. Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy the food, music, fun and fireworks on Saturday.
11 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Free Resident Swim @ Bisceglie-Scribner Park
4:30 P.M. Gates Open Middle School Field
ADULT - $5.00 Children (AGES 3-17) $2.00
No Charge Children 2 Years And Under
5:00 - 9:00 P.M. * Barbecue* (Provided By Georgetown Saloon)
5:00 - 6:15 P.M. American Concert Band Music
6:15 - 7:15 P.M. Westport Community Band
6:15 - 7:15 P.M. The Magic Genie Performs
7:30 - 9:20 P.M. The Straight Note Chasers Band
9:20 P.M. Fireworks Display!
10:00 - 11:00 P.M. The Straight Note Chasers Band Returns!
Gates Open at 4:30 P.M.
Bring your blanket or chair & enjoy the fireworks! Food, fireworks, music & fun . . . Be there! No entry from Lords Highway after 6:30 PM. School Road and Route 57 only!
Fireworks display underwritten by Fairfield County Bank And Carnall Insurance Inc. There is a Charge for food items from the barbeque.

July 4- Woodstock
time:11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169
Celebrate the holiday at the home of Mr. Fourth of July. View historic American flags; enjoy an appearance by President Ulysses S. Grant. Location: Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169. Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free. Information: 860-928-4074.

What's Going On This (Long) Weekend?

July 2 – Clinton
NewAlliance Bank Concert Series - Long Island Sound. Vece Gazebo, Pierson School, Rte. 1, Clinton. Opening with the music of Long Island Sound, Music from the 1940's thru Today. Sponsored by Atty. Peter Sipples of Farrell, Guarino & Boccalatte, P.C. and Clinton Insurance Center. Free. Bring a lawn chair. In the event of rain, the concert will be cancelled. 6:30 p.m. (860) 669-3889

July 2 - Norwalk
Summer Reading Journey Begins. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave. The museum kicks off its summer reading journey with local author Nora Gaydos. Nora has written more than 30 books including the Now I’m Reading series, a proven step-by-step program that guides beginning readers from their first read-along books to the excitement of independent reading! Pick up your pilot’s log at the Resource Center to record your reading and begin your summer reading journey. 4 - 4:45 PM. Free with admission. 203-899-0606

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – North Branford
Summer Concert Series. Tokoket Valley Park, Rte. 22. Local bands perform in ball field with outdoor lights. 7 p.m. Free. (203) 315-6017

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Milford
Summer Nights by Harbor Lights, Rotary Pavilion, Fowler Field. Variety of music including big band, rock and roll, country and everything in between. Free. 7 p.m. (203) 878-0681

July 5 – Guilford
Marcel & Beyond the Sun Jazz Combo Concert on the Green. Guilford Green. Presented by the Shoreline Arts Alliance. Bring the chairs and blankets for night of music. Free. 6:30 p.m. (203) 453-3890

The Nurturing Families Network

The Nurturing Families Network offers you an experience to learn about your child’s development in their earliest stages.

A Hot Meal Is Always Provided!

Where: The Miller Memorial Library in The Friends Room ▪ 2901 Dixwell Ave ▪ Hamden, CT

When: Tuesdays ▪ June 30, 2009 – Sept 1, 2009

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Call Ashley Lowe, Nurturing Families Network

Nurturing Connections/ Parenting Group Coordinator

For more information please call: (203) 859-6060

The Nurturing Families Network is a program offered by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, with major funding provided by The Children’s Trust Fund and the support of individuals and corporations.

Visiting Nurse Association Of South Central Connecticut·1 Long Wharf Dr New Haven CT 06511