18th Annual Citizens Bank 5K Summer Fun Run and Middletown Festival Tonight

The Citizens Bank 5K Summer Fun Run and Middletown Festival will take place tonight. Citizens Bank and The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce are working together to create the annual family-oriented festival and road race. Community members and groups, including the YMCA and the Downtown Business District, help to make the festival a success. Last year, thousands of people came to the event and runners enjoyed extensive crowd support during the race.   The event also features a popular Kids Fun Run.

“Citizens Bank is proud to be the title sponsor for the 5K Summer Fun Run again this year, which brings the community together for an incredible evening of entertainment and athleticism,” said John Pitarra, Regional Manager of Citizens Bank. “We look forward to another great turnout as we work together to raise money to support so many deserving causes and organizations in our community.”

Race participants are encouraged to support Citizens Bank’s Gear for Grades program by bringing donations of new, unused school supplies. The Gear for Grades program is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program for contributing to the economic vitality of communities. School supply donations collected at the race will help ensure children return to school with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.

The festival features live entertainment for Run for Cover, Oddfellows street performers, a moonwalk and giant slide, clowns, balloon arches, face painting, a DJ along the 5K race course. This year’s race also features a number of team competitions including the Pratt & Whitney Corporate Team Challenge, Urgent Ortho Healthcare Challenge, Courthouse Challenge and School Team Challenge.   For team inquires please call (203) 481-5933.

This year’s 5K course again showcases Main Street and incorporates the historic Wesleyan campus. The first 500 5K entrants will receive a technical running shirt. The noncompetitive ½ mile Kids Run will precede the 5K race. Entry fees for Middletown children will be waived and all participants will receive a t-shirt and finisher’s ribbon. Oddfellows street performers will join the kids running the fun run.

The event schedule for tonight is as follows:

Raceday Schedule (Citizens Bank, Main St.)

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.            Raceday Registration & Packet Pickup
5:00 – 7 p.m.                   Clowns, Oddfellows street performers
5:00 – 9 p.m.                   Moonwalk; Giant Slide
6:30 p.m.                           ½ mile Kids Fun Run
6:45 p.m.                           5K Road Race
7:00 – 8 p.m.                   Post race snack
7:30 p.m.                           Awards
7:30 – 9 p.m.                   Main Street Festival continues with music &
entertainment

Race President Tom Cartelli states, “The support from local businesses, City Hall, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business District, and other groups have been even better than we could have imagined.” Cartelli expects this year’s event to give a record amount to local charities. Over the last 17 years, the nonprofit event has given over $100,000 to many charities. Last year’s proceeds were donated to Chamber Mentor Program, North Middlesex YMCA, Oddfellows Playhouse, Kiwanis Club, Middletown Warm the Children, Art Farm, Amazing Grace and The Connection.

Major event sponsors include: Citizens Bank, The City of Middletown, Greater Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, Pratt & Whitney, Urgent Ortho, Middletown Teachers Federation, iluvaballoon, Radio 104.1 WMRQ, Bomba 97.1, Downtown Business District, Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC, Price Chopper, Fortuna & Cartelli, PC Attorneys and Connecticut Rental Center.   To register for the 5K race or fun run, visit www.jbsports.com or pick up an application at any Citizens Bank branch. Participants can also get information by visiting www.jbsports.com or calling (203) 481-5933.

Protecting Trees from Asian Longhorn Beetles Lecture

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn, presents “Protecting Trees from Asian Longhorn Beetles and Emerald Ash Borers,” a lecture by Katherine Dugas, Entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. The lecture will be held at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History on the UConn Storrs Campus, Saturday, August 2 at 10 am.

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) are two invasive forest pests that threaten Connecticut’s urban and rural forests. While the Asian Longhorned Beetle has not yet been found in CT, it is in Worcester, MA (35 miles from the CT border). The Emerald Ash Borer was first detected in CT in July 2012, and has since been found in 15 towns spanning the four westernmost counties of CT. The rapid spread of both of these forest pests can be prevented by limiting the long-distance movement of firewood.

Join Katherine Dugas, from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, and learn about the history and biology of Asian Longhorn Beetles and Emerald Ash Borers, current survey methods, host tree identification, control and eradication efforts for both insects, and ways that the public can help to detect and prevent the spread of these and other destructive forest pests. Then step outside as we identity and examine some of the host trees found around the Museum.

This program is open to adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free and advanced registration is not required. To contact the Museum, visit http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call 860-486-4460.

Presented by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn

Groton City Weekend!

GROTON CITY WEEKEND
Take it from the folks at SUMMER IN THE CITY. Groton City is a great place to be as the summer heats up and moves from July into August!
The four-day City Celebration begins on Thursday, July 31, when the internationally acclaimed COAST GUARD BAND performs at Washington Park. The concert begins at 6:30pm, so pack your chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and come on down to the park to pick your favorite spot on the hill! Washington Park concerts are always free and open to the public.
Festivities continue on Friday August 1st with the 30th ANNUAL CITY DAY celebration for City residents at Washington Park. Starting at 5pm, enjoy all kinds of City trucks and equipment up close – highway, fire, police, and more – along with Water Quality & Treatment and other displays, even a Police Divers Boat! There are fun activities for children and a variety of cool rides, including a bungee jump and rock wall. Gabriel’s Karate/Kickboxing will provide a demonstration and everyone is invited to be part of the City’s 50th Anniversary Photo at 7pm. At 7:30 the Annual Community Service Award will be presented, as will the very first City Pride Award. Groton City Day is FREE and open to all City residents and their guests, with food available at nominal cost.
Saturday, August 2, the sun rises on an all day FOOD TRAIL. Groton City restaurants will offer one-day-only specials – special menu items, special pricing or a percentage off your total bill. There is NO FEE TO PARTICIPATE in the Restaurant Trail; you pay only your restaurant checks. Discover new restaurants; visit that one you’ve been wondering about for so long; try some new ethnic food. You can eat three meals on the road and snack all day long! Participating restaurants are: the Arc General Store & Bakery, Benneditto’s Grinders, Buford’s Family Restaurant, Friendly Thai, Green Submarine Deli, the Jerk Center, Norm’s Diner, Ortega’s Mexican Restaurant, Par Four Restaurant & Sports Bar, Pizza Today and Ralph’s Coffee & Donut Shop. A complete list with Restaurant Trail Specials, links and a map is available on the Summer in the City website.
Complete your City Weekend with an outdoor concert featuring The Outriggers at the season’s second BOOGIE IN THE BACKYARD at the Groton Elks Club. The event takes place under the trees on the edge of Baker’s Cove with a view of small planes taking off and landing at Groton-New London Airport. It’s a great place for some live music, dancing and … it’s FREE! Bring you own chairs and wear your dancin’ shoes. There is also food available at low-cost and a ‘beer tent’ for those over 21.
Find more information on these and other Groton City events at www.summerinthecitygroton.com Join us in the City of Groton for a great Celebrate the City Weekend. One summer… one City… so much to do!
For confirmation or additional information please contact:
Susan Bailey
summerinthecity@cityofgroton-ct.gov

SENATOR MAYNARD TO HOLD PUBLIC OFFICE HOURS SUNDAY IN MYSTIC AND MONDAY IN PLAINFIELD

State Senator Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington) will hold public office hours this Sunday, July 20th, from Noon until 2 pm at the Mystic Denison Farmers’ Market located at 120 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic, and then again on Monday, July 21, from 6 pm until 8 pm at the Plainfield Town Hall Auditorium located at 8 Community Avenue, Plainfield.

The public is invited to attend and talk with Senator Maynard about the issues that are most important to them and their family.

“I look forward to hearing from constituents about the work that has been accomplished this session,” said Sen. Maynard. “As always, it is important that I hear from the community about what matters most to them so I can properly represent them in Hartford.”

State Representative Mae Flexer (D-Plainfield) will join Sen. Maynard during office hours Monday in Plainfield.

Summer Soundwaves Concert Series at Esker Point Beach Presents Branded

Get ready for country night as the 25th annual Summer SoundWaves Concert Series at Esker Point Beach presents Branded, “country that rocks,” at 6 pm on Thursday, July 17. The 2014 concert series is presented by Groton Parks and Recreation and Thames Valley Communications.

Summer SoundWaves concerts are free and open to the public. Convenient parking is available at Esker Point Beach for $10 per car and $5 per motorcycle, and free parking and shuttle service is available at Fitch High School. Concerts are alcohol free events. In the event of inclement weather, please call the Groton Parks and Recreation info line at (860) 441-6791 or visit Facebook.com/GrotonParksandRec for cancelation information.

Sponsorships are still available for select concerts and other Groton Parks and Recreation special events. For more information, please contact Kate Bradley at kbradley@groton-ct.gov or (860) 536-5007 or visit GrotonRec.com.

The Groton Parks and Recreation Department’s Mission is to provide quality leisure opportunities in a safe and healthy atmosphere and to enhance the quality of life of the community through the responsible management of fiscal and natural resources.

Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember Scheduled for October 11 & 12, 2014

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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund announced today that the fourth annual Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Rememberwill take place on October 11 & 12, in the Washington, DC area. This fun, community-oriented athletic event is designed to raise awareness of the service and sacrifice law enforcement officers make every day and to generate funds in support of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The Memorial Fund released this easy-to-share video to get folks involved.

The Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember will feature:

  • 55- and 30-mile Bicycle Rides starting and ending at National Harbor, MD;
  • 5K Run starting and ending at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial;
  • 2K Walk also starting and ending at the Memorial; and
  • Post-event celebrations at both locations.

Starting and ending at National Harbor (located along the Potomac River, in Oxon Hill, MD), bike riders will make their way through Maryland, passing by military forts and winding through beautiful park lands—including the Henson Creek Trail—before returning to National Harbor to complete the ride. (Please note the bike route is not a closed course and riders will be expected to follow the rules of the road.)

The 5K Run and 2K Walk will start and end near the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Runners will pass by the U.S. Capitol and other iconic DC landmarks before making their way back to the Memorial to complete the race. (Please note the 5K run and 2K walk routes are closed courses and runners will be expected to maintain a pace of 15 min/mile or less.)

For our riders and runners, we are again offering the Road Warrior category for participants who want to both bike (either distance) and run. Our Road Warrior option is sure to test your strength and endurance.

Virtual Participant category applies to folks who would like to participate but cannot make it to Washington, DC to attend the events. Though Virtual Participants take part in the events from their local areas, they receive the same participant amenities and are eligible for the same fundraising awards as on-site participants.

New this year, the Memorial Fund is partnering with the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance to hold a free VALOR training, in Washington DC, on Friday October 10, 2014. The training is designed for frontline law enforcement to help prevent injuries and line-of-duty deaths. The training will include the following sessions: Today’s Threat Picture, Pre-Incident Indicators of Violent Attacks, and Officer Down: Surviving Deadly Encounters.

“The Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember is a perfect opportunity for the entire community to show its support for America’s peace officers and thank them for all they do to keep our families and neighborhoods safe,” said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman & CEO of the Memorial Fund.

The Ride & Run to Remember is designed to support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s mission to tell the story of American law enforcement and make it safer for those who serve. Participants are required to raise a minimum of $72—symbolic of the 72 peace officers killed on September 11, 2011, the deadliest day in law enforcement history.

More information about the event is available at www.RideandRuntoRemember.org.

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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.

Anne Assists with Rescue

Story & Photo

by Robert J. O’Shaughnessy

Captain Geof Jones and his father Stephen Jones had no idea they would be providing assistance to a disabled boater when they set out to watch the Morgan’s journey to New London.Upon returning to Mystic from New London Captain Jones heard a call from Stan Wells’  vessel, the Blue Chip off Avery Point in Groton.  Geof responded and reached the 25-foot vessel just as did the USCG and the Mystic Fireboat. The Anne then towed Blue Chip to Noank where Stan and Nancy Wells keep their vessel.  Another job well-done by Captain Geof and the Anne.

ACROSS THE AREA MAY 28TH – JUNE 10TH

May 28
Flicks @ Six. Saving Mr. Banks. 6pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.537.5752.

Get Real! Wise Women Speak. 6pm. La Grua Center, Stonington. 860.535.2300.

Classic American Films, Then and Now. 6-8pm. Brainerd Memorial Library, Haddam. 860.345.2204.

Homeschooling Workshop. 6-7:45pm. Westerly Library, Westerly, RI. 401.596.2877 x 3.

May 29
Video Game Night, 6-12 graders. 6pm. Bill Memorial Library, Groton. 860.445.0392.

“A Song of Whales & Men” traditional Maritime Songs. 6pm. Bill Memorial Library, Groton. 860.445.0392.

Time Out! Book Club. 10:30-11:30am. New London Public Library. 860.447.1411.

Let’s Look at Insects. 9:15am. Children’s Museum SE CT. 860.691.1111.

May 30
Friday Nite Live: Braiden Sunshine & Band. 7-9pm. Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe, Old Lyme.  860.434.1961.

Author Matthew Goldman Q & A. 5:30pm. Friends of Rathbun Free Library, East Haddam.  860.873.8210.

Closet/White Elephant Sale. 9am-noon & 4:30-6pm. St. Mary’s Church, Groton.  860.445.1446.

Twilight Trail Run Benefit for Safe Futures. 6pm. Bluff Point, Groton.  twilighttrailrun@hotmail.com.

May 31
Town-Wide Tag Sale. 8am-2pm. Wheeler Library, N. Stonington. 860.535.0383.

Honky Tonk Dance Party. 6-10pm. Greenvale Vineyards, Portsmouth, RI. 401.847.3777.

June 1
Choral Club of Clinton Spring Concert. 4pm. United Methodist Church, Clinton. 860.669.2702.

Guided Tour of Stonington Borough. 2pm. Start at Old Lighthouse Museum, Stonington. 860.535.8445.

June 2
Scottish Talk by Jeff Robertson. 6:30pm. Henry Carter Hull Library, Clinton. 860.669.2342.

CT High School Musical Awards. 6pm. Palace Theater, Waterbury. 203.346.2000.

June 3
Nerds to Go Talk: Computer Viruses. 6pm. Henry Carter Hull Library, Clinton. 860.669.2342.

New singer auditions. 4-6pm. Kent Performance Hall, Westerly, RI. 401.596.8663.

June 4
Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. 10am-5pm. Several locations and times. Call 203.230.1201.

The Fault in Our Stars Trivia Challenge. 5-6:30pm. New London Public Library. 860.447.1411.

The Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini. 7pm. Garde Arts Center, New London. 860.444.7373 x 1.

Flicks @ Six. American Hustle. 6pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.537.5752.

June 5
Garden Talk with Giddix and Reil. 6:30pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.205.5898.

Deadline for registration for Men Against Domestic Violence. Contact Safe Futures at  860.447.0366 x 203.

The Smithereens. 8pm. The Kate Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook. 877.503.1286.

Intro to Internet Class. 6:30-7:30pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.205.5898.

Driving Miss Daisy Live Performance. 2, 4 & 7pm. The Kate Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook. 877.503.1286.

June 6
Week-long Book Sale Preview Party. 5-7pm. Sale is June 7-14. Mystic & Noank Library, Mystic.  860.536.7721.

8th Annual Auction. Begins 6:30pm. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia Orthodox Church, Norwich.  860.822.9955.

Flowers & Fantasy/Into the Wild. Art Opening. 5-8pm. Artists Cooperative Gallery, Westerly, RI.  401.596.2221.

Madonna Place Wine Tasting and Auction. 6pm. Holiday Inn, Norwich.  860.698.6267.

June 7
Friends of Mystic & Noank Library Spring Fair. 9:30am-2:30pm. 40 Liberty St., Mystic. 860.536.7721.

Dr. Joe & Friends Jazz. 8pm. The Kate Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook. 877.503.1286.

Walk With Naturalist, Ranger Russ Miller. 1pm. Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Westbrook. 860.399.0136.

June 8
Guided Tour of Stonington Borough. 2pm. Start at Old Lighthouse Museum, Stonington. 860.535.8445.

June 9
Blood Pressure Clinic. 9-10am. CVS Pharmacy, Waterford. 860.444.1111.

Chip Tasting. 4-6pm. Henry Carter Hull Library, Clinton. 860.669.2342.

Science Fiction Book Discussion. 7pm. Bill Memorial Library, Groton. 860.445.0392.

June 10
Teen Terrific Tuesday. 3:30-4:30am. New London Public Library. 860.447.1411.

Autism…Continuing the Conversation. 7-9pm. 46 Plaza Court, Groton. 860.445.7626 x 115.

Ongoing Events
Boy Scout Venturing Co-Ed Program. Ages 14-21. 2nd Friday each month. 6:30-8:30pm. The Lighthouse, Niantic. To join, call 860.445.7626 x 115.

Norwich VFW post 594 meets the 2nd Tues. of each month 7pm. 860.892.1400.

Joseph’s Living Center offers a monthly bluegrass jam. 7 – 9 p.m. Monthly on third Tues. Windham. 860.455.9400.

Full Throttle Biker Church meets the second Friday at Seaport Community Church 28 Great Brook Road Groton 860.448.6224.

Open computer time for practice and projects. Mon – Thurs 1:30-5pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

Toddler Time.  Wednesday Mornings. 10am. Groton Public Library. 860.441.6750.

Preschool Stories. Thursday Mornings. 10am. Groton Public Library. 860.441.6750.

Tiny Tots Table. Fridays. 10am-2pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.537.5752.

Discussions about simplifying our lives. 3rd Monday of the month. 10am. Niantic Community Church. 860.739.6208.

Transitional Skills Workshops for young adults identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ages 16+. Weekly M-F. Niantic. livectaprograms@lvcenter.com. 860.691.2546.

Caregiver Support Group. First Tuesday of the Month. 2:30-4pm. Griswold Senior Center, Jewett City. 860.376.2604.

Caregiver Support Group. Last Tuesday of the Month. 2-3:30pm. Ross Adult Day Center, Norwich. 860.887.3561×124.

Relative Caregivers of Children Meeting. Last Tuesday of the Month. 9-11am. Rose City Senior Center, Norwich. 860.887.3561×124.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 10 Meeting. Buckingham Building, Norwich. Call for info. 860.546.9754.

Sign up for the Groton Fourth of July Parade! Groton Parks & Recreation. 860.536.5682.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of SE CT meets 1st and 3rd Wed. 7:30pm. 401 W. Thames St Bldg 301, Norwich. 860.537.3073.

Gentle Yoga By the Sea Sundays. 10am. Stonington. 860.572.9642.

Free Vinyasa Flow Yoga for Veterans. Fridays. 5:30pm. Stonington. 860.572.9642.

Call to artists: Art on Groton Bank. Apply early for July 19 show. Grounds of Bill Memorial Library, Groton. 860.445.7626 x 108.

Lyme Junior Women’s Club Art Show & Benefit. April 18-June 1. Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme. 860.663.3095.

Greasy Luck: The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan. Through June 8. Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London. 860.443.2545.

Yoga Dance. Tuesdays 6pm. New London Healing Arts Center. 860.574.3572.

Common Ground Acoustic Open Mic. Wednesdays 7-11pm. Bulkeley House Saloon, New London.  860.444.7753.

Register for Groton Fall Festival, October 11, Groton. Deadline July 18.  860.572.9578.

From Stage to Screen and Back AgainMay 16- June 8. Granite Theatre, Westerly, RI.  401.596.2341.

Pine Point School Art Show.  April 30 – June 1. Artists Cooperative Gallery, Westerly, RI.  401.932.6728.

American Folk Art from the Fenimore Museum.  June 7 – September 21. Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme.  860.434.5542.

Thistles and Crowns: The Painted Chests of The CT Coastline.  June 7 – September 21. Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme.  860.434.5542

Call for Artists. Nautilus 60th Anniversary exhibit.  Deadline August 29. For more info, visit www.summerinthecitygroton.com. 

Across the Area

Across the Area: May 14-27

May 14
Flicks @ Six. The Book Thief. 6pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.537.5752.

Coast Guard Band plays Mozart. 7pm. Park Congregational Church, Norwich. 860.701.6826.

World Premiere New London Light Cube. 8pm. Hygienic Art Gallery, New London. 860.443.8001.

Elisabeth von Trapp in concert. 7pm. St. Anne’s Church, Old Lyme. 860.434.1621.

New London Main St. Spring Food Stroll. 5:30-8:30pm. 860.287.4346.

Book Signing/Talk. Woodstock Author Patrick M. Smith. 7pm. Canterbury Public Library. 860.546.9022.

May 15
Stonewall Preservation Lecture. 6pm. La Grua Center, Stonington. 860.535.2300.

Book Discussion: The Global Achievement Gap. 7pm. Groton Public Library. 860.441.6750.

Book Discussion: Classic Diners of CT. 6:30pm. Groton Senior Center. 860.441.6750.

May 16
Madame Butterfly. 8pm. Garde Arts Center, New London.  860.351.3135.

Friday Nite Live: Ev Horan. 7-9pm. Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe, Old Lyme.  860.434.1961.

Salt Marsh Opera presents Gianni Schicchi. 2pm. Mashantucket Pequot Museum Auditorium, 888.788.4188.

May 17
A Poet at Home: James Merrill in Stonington Village. 5pm. La Grua Center, Stonington. 860.535.2300.

Annual Chicken Barbecue. 4-6pm. $10 adult, $5 kids 12/under. Finnish Hall, Canterbury. 860.887.4192.

Bike Run/Blessing of the Bikes Pasta Supper. Events from 1-7pm. Bethel Community United Methodist Church, Griswold. 860.319.4622.

Spring Foliage Cruise. 5:30pm. $30. Riverquest Expeditions, Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam. 860.662.0577.

“Gardener’s Delight” benefit for Alliance for Living, Inc. 9am-2pm. $20. Kentford Farm, Stonington. 860.447.1239 x 233.

Plant and Seedling Sale. 9am-1pm. Rain or shine. United Church, Stonington. 860.599.1984.

Ledyard Garden Club Plant Sale. 8:30am-Noon. Ledyard Congregation Church Hall. 860.464.5584.

Country Store Fundraiser. 9am-2pm. Wheeler Library, North Stonington. 860.535.0383.

Touch a Truck! Family event. 9am-2pm. McCook Point Park, Niantic. 860.443.2896 x 1403.

Civil War Exhibit. 10am-4pm. Ashbel Woodward House Museum, Franklin. 860.642.6042.

May 18
Occum School Reunion. 2-5pm. All former students welcome. Holy New Martyrs Church Hall, Norwich. 860.887.3145.

Tono Dolce Spring 2014 Concert. 7pm. St. Luke Lutheran Church, Gales Ferry. 860.739.7609.

Norwich Lions 75th Anniversary Pancake Breakfast. 8am-Noon. Rose City Senior Center, Norwich. 860.237.4330.

30 yrs of Prudence Crandall Museum. 2pm. Canterbury. 860.546.7800 x 8.

Waterford Community Band. 2pm. Community Center, Waterford. 860.444.5884.

Camino de Santiago: Lecture with Paul Janssens. 5pm. La Grua Center, Stonington. 860.535.2300.

Madison Chamber First Annual Bed Race. 1pm. Madison Town Green. 203.245.7394.

Basic Boating and Safety Class. 8am-4pm. $60 (additional fees may apply)Mystic YMCA. 860.536.3575.

May 19
Teddy Bear Picnic. 11am-1pm. $8 per family. Childrens Museum of SE CT, Niantic. 860.691.1111.

May 20
Coast Guard Academy Regimental Review. 9am. CG Academy, New London. 860.444.8270.

Red Cross Blood Pressure Clinic. 1-2pm. New London ShopRite. 860.444.1111.

May 21
Bells of Fire performance. AARP 1004, Mohegan Chapter. 1:30pm. Rose City Senior Center, Norwich. 860.889.5960.

May 22
Writer’s Block 10 yr. Anniversary. 6-9pm. Evans Hall, Conn. College, New London. 860.44.BLOCK.

May 23
Friday Nite Live: Teddy Gudis. 7-9pm. Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe, Old Lyme.  860.434.1961.

The Mousetrap. 7pm. $10 adv./$12 door. Andrews Memorial Theatre, Clinton.  860.510.1668.

May 24
Kids Cruises. 10am. $5 12/under, $10 over 12. Riverquest Expeditions, Haddam. 860.662.0577.

Outdoor Antiques Show. 9am-4pm. Rain or shine. Madison Town Green. 203.245.7394.

Friends of Rathbun Plant Sale. 9-11am. Rathbun Memorial Library, East Haddam. 860.873.8210.

Virtu Art Festival. Day 1. Wilcox Park, Westerly, RI. 401.596.7761.

Stonington Village Farmer’s Market. 10am-1pm. Velvet Mill, Stonington.For info,  jroboston@gmail.com.

May 25
Virtu Art Festival. Day 2. Westerly Library, Wilcox Park, RI. 401.596.7761.

May 26
Memorial Day Event at Wilcox Park. 10am-Noon. Westerly Public Library, RI. 401.596.2877.

Old Saybrook Memorial Day Parade. Begins 10am at Stop & Shop, ends Old Saybrook Town Green. 860.857.5300.

May 27
First Friends. 10am. Childrens Museum of SE CT, Niantic. 860.691.1111.

Little Chefs: Cooking with Kids. 11am-Noon. Childrens Museum of SE CT, Niantic. 860.691.1111.

Ongoing Events
Wii Wednesdays. 3-5pm. Teenscape. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

Boy Scout Venturing Co-Ed Program. Ages 14-21. 2nd Friday each month. 6:30-8:30pm. The Lighthouse, Niantic. To join, call 860.445.7626 x 115.

Norwich VFW post 594 meets the 2nd Tues. of each month 7pm. 860.892.1400.

Joseph’s Living Center offers a monthly bluegrass jam. 7 – 9 p.m. Monthly on third Tues. Windham. 860.455.9400.

Full Throttle Biker Church meets the second Friday at Seaport Community Church 28 Great Brook Road Groton 860.448.6224.

Open computer time for practice and projects. Mon – Thurs 1:30-5pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

Toddler Time.  Wednesday Mornings. 10am. Groton Public Library. 860.441.6750.

Preschool Stories. Thursday Mornings. 10am. Groton Public Library. 860.441.6750.

Tiny Tots Table. Fridays. 10am-2pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.537.5752.

Discussions about simplifying our lives. 3rd Monday of the month. 10am. Niantic Community Church. 860.739.6208.

Transitional Skills Workshops for young adults identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ages 16+. Weekly M-F. Niantic. livectaprograms@lvcenter.com. 860.691.2546.

Caregiver Support Group. First Tuesday of the Month. 2:30-4pm. Griswold Senior Center, Jewett City. 860.376.2604.

Caregiver Support Group. Last Tuesday of the Month. 2-3:30pm. Ross Adult Day Center, Norwich. 860.887.3561×124.

Relative Caregivers of Children Meeting. Last Tuesday of the Month. 9-11am. Rose City Senior Center, Norwich. 860.887.3561×124.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 10 Meeting. Buckingham Building, Norwich. Call for info. 860.546.9754.

Sign up for the Groton Fourth of July Parade! Groton Parks & Recreation. 860.536.5682.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of SE CT meets 1st and 3rd Wed. 7:30pm. 401 W. Thames St Bldg 301, Norwich. 860.537.3073.

Gentle Yoga By the Sea Sundays. 10am. Stonington. 860.572.9642.

Free Vinyasa Flow Yoga for Veterans. Fridays. 5:30pm. Stonington. 860.572.9642.

Call to artists: Art on Groton Bank. Apply early for July 19 show. Grounds of Bill Memorial Library, Groton. 860.445.7626 x 108.

Lyme Junior Women’s Club Art Show & Benefit. April 18-June 1. Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme. 860.663.3095.

Greasy Luck: The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan. Through June 8. Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London. 860.443.2545.

Yoga Dance. Tuesdays 6pm. New London Healing Arts Center. 860.574.3572.

Common Ground Acoustic Open Mic. Wednesdays 7-11pm. Bulkeley House Saloon, New London.  860.444.7753.

Register for Groton Fall Festival, October 11, Groton. Deadline July 18.  860.572.9578.

From Stage to Screen and Back AgainMay 16- June 8. Granite Theatre, Westerly, RI.  401.596.2341.

Pine Point School Art Show.  April 30 – June 1. Artists Cooperative Gallery, Westerly, RI.  401.932.6728.