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Nancy Tucker To Perform March 20

GLASTONBURY — The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main St., will hold a concert on Sunday, March 20, when Nancy Tucker blends outrageous, squeaky-clean comedy, spirited guitar instrumentals, and moving songs of human experience in a show for people of all ages. Upcoming Sunday concerts include: April 24 — Bill Dougal's original songs entertain and educate about underwater life in "Fish Song Fun." May 15 — Greg Wilfrid. See more at: www.ctaudubon.org/center-at-glastonbury/#sthash.ZLlD3Yfq.dpuf.

Pictured is Nancy Tucker.

Local Residents Recognized At KRANE Karate Banquet

GLASTONBURY — Glastonbury residents Casey Gallagher and Jenna Bazow from Rick Kohler's Elite Karate Studio, 40 Mai St., East Hartford, recently were honored with several awards at the KRANE karate banquet held in Warwick, RI. The pair were first in Connecticut in their respective age and belt divisions in point sparring, forms and weapons.

Pictured are instructor Kevin Maska with Casey Gallagher, Jenna Bazow and instructor Kevin Tallerdy.

Matthew J. Guanci, Jr. Appointed To National Conference

GLASTONBURY — Matthew J. Guanci, Jr. a resident of Glastonbury and partner at Robinson & Cole has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Conference for Community and Justice Connecticut/Western Massachusetts chapter. The NCCJ is a human relations organization that promotes inclusion and acceptance by providing education and advocacy while building communities that are respectful and just for all. Through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education, it advocates understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures. As the first NCCJ region established in the country, the Connecticut/Western Massachusetts chapter has a strong 80-year history. For more information, visit https://nccj.org.

Connecticut Audubon Summer Camps

GLASTONBURY — What better way to start the summer than by exploring our wetland habitats at summer camp? Participants will learn where our water comes from and where it goes and have fun splashing in the pond and stream. A walk to the Connecticut River is on the list of activities.

The first week of Summer Camp at the Glastonbury Connecticut Audubon Society's 2016 Summer Camp will be the week of June 27 through July 1, open to children ages 3-5. Classes with fewer than four children will be canceled, so register as soon as possible by emailing cbartholomew@ctaudubon.org.

All sessions are at the Connecticut Audubon Center, 1361 Main St., Glastonbury. Call 860-633-8402 for more information or visit www.ctaudubon.org/center-at-glastonbury.

Events At Welles Turner Library

GLASTONBURY — The Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main St., is hosting the following programs:

Paul Colburn, master wildlife conservationist, presents "Black Bears in Connecticut," on Wednesday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m., in the Friends Room. His presentation focuses on the natural history of black bears in Connecticut, an overview of black bear habitat, diet, behavior, and provides recommendations for coexistence with our local black bear population.

On Monday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m., Welles-Turner Memorial Library's Friends Room. When the U.S. Marine Fifth Regiment's Recoilless Rifle Platoon acquired a small Korean pony to haul ammunition up the steep hills to the front lines, what they got was a real-life hero, Reckless, the courageous and indomitable warhorse who stood with her buddies for two years during the Korean War, saving many lives, raising spirits, and winning the love and respect of all who knew her. Come hear author Janet Barrett talk about the spirited horse that drew her to write this amazing tale. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the end of the event.

On Tuesday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m., in the Friends Room, join the coloring craze for enrichment and relaxation. Come by yourself or bring your friends for a peaceful evening with other coloring enthusiasts. We will provide assorted decorative pages, colored pencils, and restful background music. You may bring your own pencils or crayons if you prefer. This program is for adults only. If there is enough interest, we will run it monthly.

Registration is required to give us an idea of the level of interest for each of these programs. Go to www.wtmlib.info or call 860-652-7720.

East Glastonbury Library Book Sale Is March 19

GLASTONBURY — East Glastonbury Library, 1389 Neipsic Road, also known as Little Red, will be holding its annual "Book, Bake, Bric-a-Brac and Beyond" sale on Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with free general admission. For those interested in getting the first glimpse of the treasures, a preview sale starts at 8 a.m. with a $10 admission.

The sale includes bargains on used hardback and paperback books, children's books, puzzles and games. Most books are $1 and under. Unique Bric-a-Brac treasures include antiques, jewelry, artwork, china, and linens, household items, and toys will also be for sale. Bring your sweet tooth for our popular homemade goodies.

The sale is organized each year by the Friends of the Library. Proceeds from the sale go toward the purchase of books and equipment for the library. Call East Glastonbury Library at 633-5637 for details.

Riverfront Community Center Upcoming Events

GLASTONBURY — The Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles St, is hosting the following programs:

Art with Karen: Saturdays, April 23 and 30, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. You will be guided step-by-step in a relaxed atmosphere as you relive and reminisce while creating a past scene from Glastonbury. Instructor is Karen Williams. No artistic experience necessary.

Fundamentals of Photography: Tuesdays, April 5 through June 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Coloring for Stress Relief: Thursdays beginning March 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

American Museum of Tort Law, Winsted: Monday, April 11. Leaving the center at 10:15 a.m. for an 11:30 a.m. tour, with lunch at 1:30 p.m. at Mario's Tuscany Grill, Winsted, and returning at 4 p.m.

Vaughan's Public House, Hartford, Tuesday, March 22, leaves at 11:15 a.m. and returns at 1:30 p.m. With bona fide Irish accents and the perfect amount of authenticity, the true appeal of Vaughn's Public House is the robust Irish food.

Call 860-652-7638 for details.

Relax At The Adult Coloring Craze Event

GLASTONBURY — On Thursday, March 17, at 2 p.m., in the Welles-Turner Memorial Library's Friends Room. Join the coloring craze for enrichment and relaxation. Come by yourself or bring your friends for a peaceful evening with other coloring enthusiasts. Assorted decorative pages, colored pencils, and restful background music will be provided. You may bring your own pencils or crayons if you prefer. This program is for adults only. If there is enough interest, it will run monthly. Registration is required to give an idea of the level of interest at www.wtmlib.info or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Planetarium Tickets Available

GLASTONBURY — In the coming weeks, the Glastonbury East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium is featuring Saturday matinees, live music, and general shows — including a celebration of the first human flight into space. Public shows feature a live dome tour of the Connecticut night sky, a full dome presentation, an open-ended question and answer session, and guided night sky viewing through planetarium telescopes, weather permitting.

Saturday matinees

Saturdays, April 9 and May 14

Cocomong — A Space Adventure: For younger children and families.

General Shows

Thursdays, March 24 and May 19: We Are Aliens takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life.

Tuesday, April 12: Yuri's Night, Dawn of the Space Age. Yuri Gagarin became the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961, come be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of humanity's first steps into space.

Tickets to shows are only $4.25 but live musical performances are priced differently.

Visit www.glastonburyplanetarium.org to purchase tickets. Call 860-652-4910, Ext. 364 or email planetarium@glastonburyus.org.

Upcoming Land Heritage Coalition Dates

GLASTONBURY — The Land Heritage Coalition focuses on local land use issues, seeking ways to foster support of farming, to acquire open space and to protect wetlands, flood plains, and surface and ground water sources. Founded in 1985 as the Red Hill Coalition, the LHC is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to support farming, open space preservation, and water and wetlands protection. The LHC sponsors free and open educational programs and outdoor group activities that bring together citizens in Glastonbury.

Events include:

Tuesday, March 22: The annual meeting at the South Glastonbury Public Library, 80 High St., beginning at 7 p.m. Following a short business meeting, an update on last year's lawn care program that will focus on effective sustainable methods you can use on your lawns will be presented.

Call for 860-297-8221 or visit www.lhcglastonbury.org for details.

Connecticut Audubon Center Events

GLASTONBURY — The Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main St., is adjacent to Earle Park, and overlooking the Holland Brook river, with trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding, the center offers programs focusing on the natural world. Some of the upcoming events include:

Morning Bird & Nature Walks: Hear the burry song of the first returning eastern phoebe when you join master birder, Annette Pasek, to spot new migrating birds at the next Friday morning guided bird and nature walks, meeting at the society, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., in Earle Park. Bring your binoculars if you have some; otherwise, come 15 minutes early to borrow a pair. Call the center during business hours to let us know you are coming, since walks with insufficient registrants may be canceled. Rain cancels.

Call 860-633-8402 or visit www.ctaudubon.org for details.

Historical Society Of Glastonbury Presents Supper At The Welles Tavern April 2

GLASTONBURY — The Historical Society Of Glastonbury will present "Supper at the Welles Tavern" on Saturday, April 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Historical Society of Glastonbury's 1755 Connecticut River Valley Mansion, the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main St., South Glastonbury.

The evening will be reminiscent of the hotel and tavern in the 18th century. The kitchen in the Welles-Shipman-Ward house will be transformed into the taproom of the Welles Tavern for the evening. Attendees will be welcomed as they arrive by Joseph and Susannah Welles and their daughter, Lucy. Guests will experience how colonial Americans ate and socialized, relive American history, and warm up by the fire of one of the largest known period fireplaces in the state. Guests will receive light authentic 18th-century supper of ham, hot slaw, cheese, and homemade bread and apple pie made to colonial receipts, and cider as it was served in colonial times.

As the evening progresses, traveling visitors will appear at the door, seeking a meal and lodging for the night. The Lebanon Militia will also be dining, and members may be encouraged to talk about their experiences in the Revolutionary War.

There is a limited amount of seats available for this event. $35 per person. Make your reservation today by calling 860-633-6890. Proceeds from Tavern Night benefit the Historical Society of Glastonbury.

 

GLASTONBURY — The Land Heritage Coalition of Glastonbury, Inc. will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the South Glastonbury Public Library, 80 High St. The LHC is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to support farming, open space preservation, and water and wetlands protection. Each year it holds a public annual meeting for the purpose of electing officers, updating the public about its activities, and providing a short educational program. The public is invited to this free program and there will be light refreshments served.

Following the short business meeting, there will be a two-part update on last year's lawn care program that focused on effective, sustainable lawn care methods. Jackie Callahan Parente, master gardener and LHC board member will give a brief overview of easy, inexpensive, and effective ways that the average homeowner can improve the quality of their lawn without using dangerous chemicals.

The second part of the lawn care update will be a short presentation by Glastonbury's Melzen's Farm & Pet Supply on the various organic lawn care products that are available and the most effective ways of using them.

Visit www.lhcglastonbury.org for more details.

Easter Egg Hunt Will Be March 19

GLASTONBURY — Glastonbury Health Care Center together with Brookdale Mountain Laurel, Hebron, will be holding their annual, fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt for area children of all ages on Saturday, March 19, at 10:30 a.m.. The event takes place at 1175 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, and don't forget to bring your basket. Enjoy cotton candy, face painting, a visit from a live bunny, snacks and treats. Find an egg with a golden coin and win a prize. There will also be a special appearance by Peter Cottontail for a great photo opportunity.

Comedy Showcase & Fundraiser Is April 9

GLASTONBURY — The Congregation Kol Haverim, 1079 Hebron Ave., will welcome three New York City comedians for an adults-only night of appetizers, beer and wine, desserts, silent auction, raffles and lots of laughs, on Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m.

This Comedy Showcase & Fundraiser is an important fundraiser for the community and is open to all 21 and older. Please bring your friends. Advance tickets are $60, $75 at the door. Purchase online on Eventbrite or call the Kol Haverim office at 860-633-3966.

World Water Week

GLASTONBURY — One billion people in this world will never have a drink of clean water, and every 15 seconds a child dies due to this crisis. Next week, the Glastonbury High School community will continue its ongoing effort to raise awareness about this worldwide tragedy.

Members of the school community will be encouraged to donate $1 to "A Drop in the Bucket." The funds raised will help build sustainable water sources in Africa.

"This project is dedicated to the memory of Capt. Benjamin Sklaver, who was killed in Afghanistan in October 2009," said Assistant Principal Thomas Neagle. "A Connecticut native, Capt. Sklaver was moved by the high rate of child mortality he experienced while stationed in Uganda to found ClearWater Initiative." This non-profit charitable organization is "dedicated to providing clean water to populations affected by natural or man-made humanitarian emergencies."

"We are bringing our school community together in Ben Sklaver's memory," Neagle said. "If each one of us does their part, our impact on this global problem can be significant."

"Student organizations are working together to make this one of the most successful community-service projects at GHS," said Nicole Martin, a junior. "For example, the Art Club is helping to create our bucket display. Representatives from many of our clubs are pitching in for this school-wide effort."

In addition, the Key Club, FFA and many other clubs will be packaging meals in collaboration with Kids Against Hunger on Friday evening, March 18. This year's Pack-A-Thon goal is to package 85,000 nutritious, life-saving meals that will feed starving and malnourished children and their families in developing countries and the United States.

This is Glastonbury High School's seventh year observing World Water Week, raising awareness about the worldwide water crisis and collaborating with ClearWater Initiative to help bring clean water to the people of Uganda.

Connecticut's Earliest European Settlers: Recent Finds from Glastonbury and Windsor

GLASTONBURY — "Connecticut's Earliest European Settlers: Recent Finds from Glastonbury and Windsor" presented by Professor Brian Jones, Connecticut's state archeologist, a presentation sponsored by the Historical Society of Glastonbury will be held on Tuesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Church Congregational, 2183 Main St.

Three archeological digs this past summer unearthed clues about Connecticut's colonial past. One of the digs was conducted with Historical Society of Glastonbury Archaeology Day participants in a pasture alongside the Connecticut River in South Glastonbury. A ground penetrating radar survey was conducted and the large remains that were uncovered are very exciting, though it is likely that it will take a number of years of thorough study to fully document what is clearly a very significant find. Jones, the leader of these excavations, will talk about what they entail and what they tell us about Connecticut's earliest European settlers.

Jones is associated with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn. He has worked as an archaeologist since 1992 and received his Ph.D. in anthropology at UConn in 1998. Jones has a broad background in New England archaeology that spans the Paleoindian period through the industrial era. His special fields of interest include the peopling of the New World, lithic analysis and geoarchaeology. He has recently made the archaeology of 17th-century Connecticut one of his top priories. Jones has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia and lived and studied in Germany.

This free presentation is free and open to the public and is one of four free presentations open to the public which the society sponsors throughout the year. Parking is in the rear of the Church. Come in the bottom rear door or the side door facing the driveway

Denim, Diamonds & Drafts Dinner & Dance To Benefit The Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue

PORTLAND — Dust off those dancin' boots and join us for an evening of country dancing, dinner and drinks to support Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue on Saturday, April 2, at St. Clements Castle, 1931 Portland-Cobalt Road. There will be a full-catered buffet, raffles, live auctions, cash bar and more. Tickets are $50 per person and will not be sold at the door. Purchase your tickets by Wednesday, March 23, by calling Lori at 860-267-1542, via Paypal at ctdraftrescue@aol.com (reference Denim, Diamonds & Drafts) or via a CDHR volunteer. Event is snow or shine, tickets are non-refundable.

For more information contact ctdraftrescue@aol.com or www.facebook/ctdraftrescue.

Liberty Bank Seeks Nominations For 6th Annual Youth In Action Award

MIDDLETOWN — Liberty Bank is seeking nominations from the public for its sixth annual Youth In Action Award. The award is designed to recognize a young person in a town served by Liberty Bank who has distinguished himself/herself through volunteer service, philanthropy and/or advocacy for community organizations.

The award will be presented to a student in grades 6-12 who must live or have performed their community services activities in Liberty Bank's service area, which consists of Middlesex and New Haven counties, plus the towns of Andover, Berlin, Bozrah, Bristol, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, East Lyme, Franklin, Glastonbury, Groton, Hebron, Lebanon, Lyme, Mansfield, Marlborough, Montville, New Britain, New London, Newington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Plainville, Rocky Hill, Salem, Shelton, Southington, Sprague, Stonington, Waterbury, Waterford, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Windham. Candidates for the award must be nominated by a school, business, nonprofit organization, government agency or faith-based organization. Nomination forms with program guidelines are available in all 55 Liberty Bank branches, and on the bank's website at www.liberty-bank.com.

The award recipient will be selected by members of the Liberty Bank Volunteer Hall of Fame, and will be able to direct a $1,000 donation to the nonprofit organization or project of his/her choice. In addition, all nominees will receive a Youth In Action Award T-shirt and a certificate of appreciation.

Nominations for the Liberty Bank Youth In Action Award must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 25. For more information, call 860-638-2961.

The 2015 Liberty Bank Youth In Action Awards were presented to Cheyenne Shannon of Willimantic, and Sanford Bruce of Meriden. Shannon currently is a youth representative in the Windham Community Food Network, and continues to be a leader in GROW Windham's Windham Youth CORE, which engages high school students in promoting access to healthy food in their community. Bruce is involved with helping younger athletes hone their soccer skills at the Connecticut Football Club, and with the Meriden YMCA, working the Community Holiday Dinners on Christmas and Thanksgiving.

 

BEVERLY, MASS. — Christopher Puiia of Glastonbury has been named to the Dean's List at Endicott College.

Governor Malloy Proclaims March 20 Fresh Air Fund Day

STATEWIDE — In recognition of The Fresh Air Fund's 140th summer of bringing together New York City children and volunteer host families in Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proclaimed Sunday, March 20, "Fresh Air Fund Day."

Families who participate in The Fresh Air Fund's Friendly Towns Program open their hearts and homes to New York City children in the summer.

"Participants are given the opportunity to explore new environments, meet people from different cultures, and have enriching experiences," said Fatima Shama, executive director of The Fresh Air Fund. "On Fresh Air visits, children may visit a farm, milk a cow, engage in the arts, go swimming, learn about the wonders of the nighttime sky, and pick vegetables from a garden. Our participants discover and learn in an outdoor setting, building skills that can be utilized year-round, and unlock their limitless potential."

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children since 1877. For more information about hosting this summer, please call Nicole Johnston at 212-897-8953 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.

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