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    Community Bulletin Board for April 7, 2024

    ‘Silence on the Streets’ film shown April 13

    Community Speaks Out presents the drug-addiction documentary "Silence on the Streets" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Garde Arts Center in New London, followed by a forum on the issues raised. For free tickets, go to www.gardearts.org/events/silence-on-the-streets/.

    "Silence on the Streets," filmed in New London, Norwich, New Haven, Meriden and Hartford, is a call to action for people to rethink their approach to addiction and recovery, emphasizing the need for compassion, understanding and systemic change. For information, visit communityspeaksout.org.

    Calligraphy group meets April 10

    Mysticalligraphers will hold its monthly meeting, featuring guest artist Adam Paul Heller, from 5 to 7 p.m. April 10 at the Mystic & Noank Library, 40 Library St., Mystic.

    For more information, call (860) 536-8477. All who love art and letters are welcome. This is a free event.

    Game Night for tweens and teens at Otis Library

    Board games will come out from 4 to 6 p.m. April 24 at Otis Library in Norwich. Feel free to bring your own or join in on chess, checkers, Sorry, Battleship, Ticket to Ride and other games. For grades 6-12. Drop in; no registration required.

    For more information, visit or call the Young Adult Department, (860) 889-2365, ext.107.

    Manga Club at Otis Library April 17

    The Manga Club at Otis Library meets from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Young Adult Room

    Come talk about your favorite manga, participate in fun activities and help vote on what mangas to read and animes to watch. Snacks will be provided. For grades 6-12. Drop in; no registration required.

    For more information, call or visit the Young Adult Department, (860) 889-2365, ext.107.

    Teen events at Groton library

    Teen activities for those in grades 6-12 are upcoming at Groton Public Library.

    Teen Take & Make is held from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 29. Stop by the library to pick up a bag of supplies to complete the mystery craft; available while supplies last.

    STEM in a Bag starts at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. Each bag has a hands-on experiment. Teens can complete the STEM challenge at the Groton Public Library or take their bag to go.

    For more information, call (860) 441-6750 or visit grotonpl.org.

    American Bell Association meets April 22

    Bell collectors from around the Northeast will gather in Norwich from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the parish hall at Grace Episcopal Church, Yantic. A donation of $25 includes lunch. Reservations must be received by April 22.

    “Bell enthusiasts from as far away as Missouri and Florida come to these get-togethers to show and talk about their bells,” said Groton resident Tammy Paradis, who joined the group in 2023. “Some folks sell and trade bells, there’s a bell raffle and it’s just a whole lot of fun.”

    The American Bell Association has chapters around the world for those who enjoy small, decorative bells. The New England chapter formed in 1962 and holds semiannual meetings at various locations from Connecticut to Maine. If you have a favorite bell, bring it along.

    For more information and to make reservations, call Kevin Harkins, (860) 886-0762.

    Garden themes in Waterford on April 11

    To celebrate the arrival of spring, the Waterford Historical Society will offer two garden-themed presentations at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Waterford Public Library Meeting Room downstairs. The presentations are free and open to the public.

    The society’s monthly members meeting precedes the talks, beginning with a business meeting at 6 p.m. and social time at 6:30 p.m. New members are welcome to join at the meeting.

    Margie Sydney, a member of the Thames River Garden Club, will first present “The Terry Wilmot Herb Garden at the Beebe-Phillips House, Rediscovered,” speaking on the history and features of this attractive herbal and floral focal point located in front of the historic Beebe-Phillips House on Jordan Green. Kayla Mullen, an avid gardener and local beekeeper who maintains a pollinator garden, will then offer a short talk, answer questions and display her both fanciful and practical beeswax creations, which will be available for sale.

    View the list of some of the herbs planted in the garden on the Society’s website: https://www.waterfordcthistoricalsociety.org/wilmot-garden.html. Visit the Waterford Historical Society’s Facebook page and website (https://www.waterfordcthistoricalsociety.org/membership-.html) for further details.

    Harris sisters celebrated in Norwich

    Otis Library will host a series of programs in April to celebrate the Harris sisters, Norwich natives and students at Prudence Crandall’s school for young African-American women from 1833 to 1834. Harris Sisters Month recognizes the courage and achievements of Norwich natives Sarah and Mary Harris, whose interest in education sparked a national debate on integration in the 1830s.

    Each April, Otis Library has presented new information about the Harris sisters with a series of events. To check out the dates and times, visit https://www.otislibrarynorwich.org/harris-sisters-month/ or call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

    Trillium Garden Club holds plant sale

    The Trillium Garden club will hold its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon May 11 at the Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton. A vast selection of plants from members’ gardens will be offered, including heirloom tomatoes, herbs, perennials and annuals. Proceeds benefit local gardens and scholarships. For more information, visit https://trillium87.wordpress.com.

    Exploratory playwriting class registration

    Classes in Exploratory Playwriting at the Thames Club on State Street, New London, are gearing up for a new series that begins May 2.

    The program is run in coordination with the Garde Arts Center and Flock Makerspace and has done presentations throughout southeastern Connecticut. It is taught by produced playwright Nicholas Checker. Focus is on the crafting of single-character stage works that can be produced simply and for submission to theater companies.

    Classes run in eight-week increments, meeting 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. It is open to adults throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island. Further details and to register, contact nickchecker@aol.com or call (860) 444-8711.

    Ferry begins its season April 13

    When the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry makes one of its inaugural 2024 round trips across the Connecticut River at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, a group of supporters intends to mark the occasion with a ribbon-cutting and celebration.

    Regional dignitaries will be on hand before a 15-minute scenic cruise for visitors. To be informed of weather reschedule of this event, sign up for the newsletter of the Friends of Gillette Castle at www.gillettecastlefriends.org.

    Shredding and hazardous household waste events

    A series of shredding and hazardous household waste events is being planned by the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resources Recovery Association in the coming months.

    Shredding is typically any paper with your Social Security number, financial account numbers, or other important financial information, while hazardous waste is defined as anything toxic, flammable, reactive or corrosive. Common items include oil-based paint, thinner, pool chemicals, pesticides, mercury fever thermometers and gasoline.

    Shredding-only events will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at 444 W. Main St., Norwich; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, at Old Saybrook Senior High School, 1111 Boston Post Road; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, at Chelsea Groton Bank in Groton, 904 Poquonnock Road, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at 391 Norwich-Westerly Road in North Stonington.

    The next event in which both shredding and hazardous waste disposal is available will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at New London High School. Another will be held at Norwich Public Works, 50 Clinton Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

    Next Coast Guard Band concert April 21

    The U.S. Coast Guard Band will host a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in Leamy Concert Hall at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

    "Voices Join Forces” is the theme, with favorite vocal works from opera, Broadway and the movies under the baton of Cmdr. Adam Williamson.

    Both the main gate and Deshon Street gate entrances will be open, and a state-issued photo ID must be presented upon entry. For more information, visit www.uscg.mil/Community/Band or call the Concert Information Line at (860) 701-6826.

    Amateur Radio Society hosts auction April 13

    The Southeastern Connecticut Amateur Radio Society will host its spring radio and electronics auction from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 1650 Route 12 in Gales Ferry. A $5 donation includes the privilege of bidding and having items auctioned.

    In addition to maintaining a radio repeater site on Plain Hill, SECARS offers online amateur radio license classes, seminars and demonstrations, social activities and hidden transmitter hunts for its members and those interested in obtaining an amateur radio license. SECARS members provide communications support for community events as a free public service and help the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service and other agencies through the Amateur Radio Emergency Services program.

    For more information, visit https://secars.org.

    Comedy and magic in Preston on April 11

    Ed Popielarczyk's Comedy Magic, Balloon Show and Flea Circus will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Preston Public Library, 389 Route 2. The audience participation event is free.

    Alewife Cove Conservancy art show May 11

    Internationally recognized artist Mark Shasha will return to his hometown when the Alewife Cove Conservancy Art Show holds its inaugural event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11 at Ocean Beach Park in New London.

    Shasha will conduct a master class from 10 a.m. to noon for the first 50 adult artists who register. Artists are then invited to “paint the cove” afterward.

    Tickets can be purchased at www.alewifecove.org. There will be free parking at Ocean Beach Park that day, which coincides with the park’s annual spring flea market.

    Coin club hosts annual show May 5

    The Pawcatuck Valley Coin Club will host its annual coin show at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 10 Laura Blvd., Norwich, exit 11 on I-395 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

    Admission and parking are free. Dealers will be buying and selling coins and currency. Club members will staff a reference table to help with identification and attributes of coins and currency. A professional coin grading service will also be available for submissions.

    A Kids Corner youth education program on Jefferson nickels will be offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with gifts and prizes for the young numismatists attending.

    Gigantic Tag Sale April 12-13 in Mystic

    Mystic Congregational Church will hold its annual Gigantic Tag Sale from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 12, and from 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday April 13.

    The sale will feature clothing, household goods, garden items, artwork, linens, jewelry, toys, books, records, small appliances and more. The boutique will feature jewelry, china, coats and dresses. A collection of naval/maritime books will be available.

    Profits go to regional social service agencies. To donate, call (860) 536-4259 for information about when the church will be open for their delivery.

    ‘Road to Revolution’ program April 20

    The Leffingwell House Museum will host a Road to Revolution event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at 348 Washington St., Norwich.

    The Leffingwell season-opening event costs $8 a person; email info@leffingwellhousemuseum.org for questions.

    The day begins with the “Bang’ Brown's Company of Artillery followed by the flag-raising by Norwich Scouting. At 11:30 a.m., discover more about ”The Road to Revolution in 1774,“ during a presentation by Dayne Rugh on the False Powder Alarm Muster.

    Living History presenters will be on the grounds for you to visit and experience the lifestyle of Early America with soldiers drilling, cannon, spinners, the traveling sutler and a taste of Colonial chocolate. Last tour at 2 p.m.

    Indoor yard sale April 13 in Pawcatuck

    An Indoor Yard Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, at UCC Westerly In Pawcatuck, 9 Castle Hill Road., Pawcatuck.

    Fill a grocery bag with your treasures for $5 a bag. Larger items will be priced separately. Unsold items will be donated to The Johnnycake Center of Westerly.

    Passport program at Bill Library in April

    To celebrate National Library Week during April, Bill Library in Groton City is participating in a Passport program inviting patrons to visit all of the participating Connecticut public libraries.

    At each visit, library staff will stamp your passport and may give you a small gift. If you visit at least five participating libraries and return your passport to the Bill Memorial Library or any other participating library by May 10, you will be entered into a statewide drawing for a chance to win a $200 gift card for adults (18 and older) or a $200 gift card for children (under 18). Visit BillMemorial.org for information.

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