Upcoming Events

This posts are written over time, listing upcoming events that I hope to attend, write about, or encourage others to consider.

Upcoming Events

I have now updated the Upcoming Events section of my blog. Initially, I would write a blog post about once a year talking about the major upcoming events of the year, and key conferences that I hoped to attend. I haven’t done that in a while, and instead have been writing more short term orient posts about upcoming events.

With that, I’ve changed my UpcomingEvents link to include all articles about upcoming events and I hope to add to this list on a much more frequent basis.

With that, let me get to some upcoming events.

Cable Related

The Sound View Community Media Board will be having the next quarterly meeting Monday at 8:30 at Sound View headquarters. The Woodbridge Government Access Television Commission will have their monthly meeting Monday evening at 6 PM at the Woodbridge Town Hall and the Milford Government Access Television committee will meet Tuesday at 7 PM at the Platt Tech media library.

On Saturday, November 7th the Northeast Region of the Alliance for Community Media (ACM-NE) will hold a Video Festival and Workshops at the West Hartford Town Hall. Currently the planned tracks for the workshop are on Advanced Production Skills and Public Policy, Grassroots Organizing and Lobbying.

Woodbridge Events

Jonathan Gorham of the Woodbridge Clean Energy Initiative (WCEI) will present the CT Energy Efficiency Fund’s Home Energy Solutions energy audit and retrofit program. Woodbridge residents can get a $25 rebate (off a regular $75 co-pay) to have certified, trained energy professionals identify and repair leaks in your home. These contractors also test air ducts, replace incandescent light bulbs, check insulation and examine appliances. This could save at least $350 in the first year. Gorham will also discuss the town’s commitment to International Climate Action Day, October 24, 2009. (I hope to write more about this soon).

The Massaro Community Farm, in collaboration with the Woodbridge Conservation Commission, will hold its 1st Annual Massaro Farm Family Fun Day on Saturday October 24th from 1 to 4:30pm

Pet Related

As noted in my previous Upcoming Events post, the Amity Animal Rescue Fund will have their annual Goods and Services Auction September 24th from 6 to 9:30 PM at the Country Club of Woodbridge.

Pumpkins & Pooches will take place Oct. 4 from 9-4 on the Colchester Green.

The Connecticut Underhound Railroad is currently planning their first adoption day to be held at the Doggie Castle in Cromwell. Current plans are for the event to take place Oct. 10 from 10 to 2.

Politics

Rep. Rosa DeLauro will hold a Seniors Health Care Forum On Monday September 21st at 10:30 AM at the Bridgehouse Auditorium, Masonicare at Ashlar Village Cheshire Road in Wallingford, CT.

The CT Citizens Action Group (CCAG), will have a fundraiser next Saturday Sept 26 - 4-6pm. It is almost across the street from us at 826 Fountain St. Woodbridge, CT 06525

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz will conduct a Public Service Awards ceremony honoring a more than 300 World War II veterans from West Hartford taking place at Conard High School on Saturday September 26, 2009 9:00 a.m.

The kick off rally for Abolition Day sponsored by the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty will take place Sunday, October 4th at the Capitol Building in Hartford, starting at 2 PM. Then, on the 5th, there will be an event at the Faith Missionary Tabernacle in Stamford talking about “Faith and Law: Perspectives on Repealing the Death Penalty”

The Democratic State Central Committee’s will hold its 6th Annual Ella Grasso Women’s Leadership Awards breakfast on Friday, October 16 from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

Conferences

The New York Games Conference will take place September 30th at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. I attended the conference last year and will see if I can make it this year.

The Association of Internet Researchers will hold their 10th annual meeting in Milwaukee starting on October 7th. I’ve attended a few AoIR conferences, but won’t be able to make it to this one.

Digital Media West also starts on October 7th. I go to their conferences in New York when I can, but not to the conferences on the West Coast.

Ad:tech New York will take place November 4-6 at the Javits Convention Center. I’ve been to ad:tech other years and need to decide if I want to try and make it this year.

However, at the same time is the National Association of Dance Therapy annual conference in White Plains. Two years ago, I went to the American Group Therapy Association annual conference in Washington, which was a great conference. I’m seriously consider both the NADT annual conference, and if I can work things out, traveling to San Diego for the AGPA conference next February.

Other Stuff

Michael Dooling will discuss and sign his book, Milford Lost and Found at Collected Stories Bookstore, 12 Daniel Street, Milford, Ct on October 1 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

On October 9th, there will be a fundraiser for United Church on the Green, in New Haven. It will take place from 6 to 8:30 in the Church Parish house. The host committee is a list of some of the most influential political and religious figures in the state.

On October 10th, the Friends of East Rock Park will have their second annual Chili Cook-Off as part of their Oktoberfest II. It will take place at College Woods in East Rock Park starting at 4 PM.

I still have many emails flagged for follow-up in my inbox and many more that I haven’t even gotten a chance to review, so there are probably more conferences and other upcoming events that should go on this list. Check back again later.

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Upcoming Events

As we get ready to head back to school, there are a lot of great events starting to pop up on the calendar. Here are a few that have particularly caught my interest:

Connecticut Gymkhana Association August 23rd Benefit Horse Show

The Connecticut Gymkhana Association August 23rd Benefit Horse Show will take place August 23 at the Bethany Airport. The Western/English Pleasure classes are scheduled to start at 8 AM, with the Gymkhana classes starting at noon. All proceeds from the show, which will also include a silent auction, food and a tag sale will go to The Shriners Hospital for Children. You can get more information at the Connecticut Gymkhana Association website.

Kucinskas Loop Dedication and PTO Ice Cream Social

The Kucinskas Loop Dedication will take place at Beecher Road School in Woodbridge, near the North Tennis Courts on Wednesday September 2 at 5 PM. This will be followed by the PTO’s annual Ice Cream Social at 5:30. There will be face painting and a DJ. It is a great time to reconnect with old friends as the new school year starts. As with all PTO events, volunteers are always appreciated.

CT Folk Festival and Tour Des Farms

The Connecticut Folk Festival will take place in New Haven September 11th through the 13th. There are many great events taking place during this time and I encourage you to visit the CT Folk website. Of particular interest to me is the CT Tour Des Farms. This is a bike tour of various local farms, greenhouses, orchards and other sites tied to local farming.

Amity Animal Rescue Fund’s Second Goods and Services Auction

On September 24, from 6 until 9:30 PM, the Amity Animal Rescue Fund will have their annual Goods and Services Auction. It is scheduled to take place at the Country Club of Woodbridge. This year’s guest speaker will be Bill Berloni who makes stars out of strays by training shelter dogs for movies and Broadway. He will also be signing his new book “Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars.” A portion of the book sales will be donated to AARF. In additional, AARF will be announcing its Special Recognition Award to a Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge (BOW) resident who has exhibited an extraordinary commitment to animals.

For advanced ticket sales send $40 per person to Amity Animal Rescue Fund, Inc. PO Box 1042 Orange, CT 06477.

Move The Muse Fest

One other even that I was very interested in was the Move The Muse Fest which was supposed to take place this coming Saturday. Unfortunately, I’ve received notice that the event has been cancelled. I do not know, at this time, if it will be rescheduled for a later date.

Upcoming Connecticut Political Events

Yesterday, I wrote about things going on here in Connecticut during the Presidential Inauguration. In particular, I want to highlight the National Service Day activities.

However, there are a lot of other things going on that I would also like to highlight and comment upon.

On Jan 8th, from 6 to 7 pm, there will be a forum on Healthcare for Everyone in the Community Room at the Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk. It is part of Healthcare4every1’s efforts this year, with another forum being held in Hartford on the 13th.

On Jan 10th, from 2 to 4 pm, there will be a “CT Forum for Clean and Affordable Energy” at the Branford Community House, 46 Church St, New Haven. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, State Sen. Ed Meyer, and State Representative-elect Lonnie Reed, D-Branford are scheduled to be among the speakers.

Then, at 7 pm on Sunday, MoveOn is sponsoring Congressional Action Training in the Harriet North Courtroom, West Haven City Hall.

Beyond that, there are all kinds of interesting clean election issues going on, but they deserve their own blog post, coming soon.

Upcoming Events in Connecticut

Tomorrow night, West Hartford Democracy for America and Connecticut Common Cause will show the movie “Democracy in America” with a discussion to follow at the West Hartford Senior Center, 15 Starkel Road starting at 7 PM.

Saturday, starting at 1 PM, the Human Rights Torch Relay will come to the New Haven Green.

On May 15th, the Woodbridge CT Clean Energy Initiative will host the seventh event of its year long lecture series. The lecture will be about how simple conservation efforts, costing less than $100 can save people up to $10,000 over the next five years. It will take place at the Center School Building at 7 PM.

On May 28th, David Sirota will be discussing his new book, The Uprising, at R.J. Julia Booksellers at 768 Boston Post Road in Madison. The event will take place at 7 PM. David will be joined by Ned Lamont, and they will talk about “Connecticut's 2006 senate race and how it contributed to the populist movement in America”.

Upcoming Events

As the first quarter of 2008 comes to an end, and hopefully March goes out like a lamb, there are plenty of political events going on that bear highlighting.

On Tuesday, the Shoreline League of Democratic Women will sponsor an Author-Book Event featuring "Chasing Justice" by exonerated death row inmate Kerry Max Cook. It will take place at R.J. Julia Bookstore on 768 Boston Post Rd in Madison.

On Wednesday at 7 PM at State Central Headquarters on 179 Allyn Street in Hartford, Delegates to the Democratic National Convention will gather to elect PLEO delegates and at-large delegates. At the same time at 55 Oak Street in Hartford, volunteers will gather at Common Cause offices to put Citizens Election Program candidate campaign kits. In Stamford, the Himes campaign will hold Pub Quiz III will take place at the same time at Bradford’s at 83 Bedford St.

Thursday, there will be an Art Show at the Ridgefield Community Center, 316 Main Street in Ridgefield. The art of Suzan Waldinger will be displayed and politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties have been invited.

On Saturday, the Woodbury Dems will have their "Reds, Whites, and the Blues!" wine tasting and silent auction. It will take place at the Woodbury Senior/Community Center, on 265 Main Street in South Woodbury starting at 5:30. Also on Saturday, the Bethany Democratic Party will have its Spaghetti Supper where it will present this year’s Citizen of the Year Award to Art Slicer. The dinner starts at 6 PM at the Bethany Town Hall.

Sunday, at 2 PM, there will be a Health Forum sponsored by the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition at The Unitarian Church in Westport at 10 Lyons Plains Road.

Then, to end off the month, on Monday, the 31st the Connecticut Delegation to the Democratic National Convention will meet to elect a chair, pages, and members of the standing committees, Credentials, Platform and Rules.

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