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Posted on December 15th, 2017


Posted on December 14th, 2017


Posted on December 14th, 2017

​JANUARY 2018 EVENTS AT BLACKSTONE LIBRARY
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 
First Friday Game Group
BRANFORD: Join us for game night! We’ll be playing all types of board games, from fast-paced, hilarious party games to highly strategic games that will leave your head spinning! F2G2 is all about having fun, learning new games, and making friends. We’ve got games for everyone, no matter your experience level. Feel free to bring your own games too. Adults of all ages welcome. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Friday, January 5 at 6:00 pm. To RSVP, call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit www.blackstonelibrary.org.
  
Gmail 101
BRANFORD: Learn the basics of Gmail in this intro class. To RSVP, visit www.blackstonelibrary.org or call 203-488-1441 x 318. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Thursday, January 11 at 2:00 pm.

Intro to 3D Printing
BRANFORD: Learn how to create your own 3D files using the free 3D modeling software 123Design, from the makers of AutoCAD.  For all ages. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Thursday, January 11 at 6:00 pm. To RSVP, call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit www.blackstonelibrary.org.
 
Uncover Branford
BRANFORD: Get up, get out and uncover Branford! We’re bringing you and your neighbors together to share your favorite Branford places and stories. Then, plan a group outing to a special spot! As you go out into the community to explore and uncover new places, you’ll make new friends, have lots of fun, and discover the hidden gems of Branford. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Saturday, January 13 at 1:00 pm. To RSVP, call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit www.blackstonelibrary.org.
 
Fiction Writing Workshop
BRANFORD: Award-winning novelist, Susan Strecker, will host a three-part workshop on January 13th, 20th and 27th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Topics covered will include eight tips and tricks for writing a novel, the essential elements of successful books and the importance of hooking the reader. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. To RSVP, call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit www.blackstonelibrary.org. Please note that you are registering for ALL sessions.

Posted on December 14th, 2017

​Try Something New at “Open Arts Day” at Guilford Art Center
                                  
Guilford, CT — Guilford Art Center is pleased to invite all community members to the 6th annual, FREE Open Arts Day on Sunday, January 7, 2018, 1-3pm.
 
The Art Center’s studios and classrooms will be open with instructor artists demonstrating their crafts and offering hands-on art projects.  Visitors are invited to try out a variety of art forms that they would like to learn more about, including, Pottery, Blacksmithing, Painting, Drawing, Stone Carving, Kids’ classes and more.
 
Open Arts Day coincides with the final day of the holiday sale in The Shop at Guilford Art Center, which will be open 12-5pm.  All merchandise is on sale!
 
No reservations or registration are necessary, and all activities are free of charge.
 
Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street (Route 77), Guilford, across from the police station.
 
For more information call 203-453-5947 or visit www.guilfordartcenter.org.
 
About Guilford Art Center

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.

Posted on December 8th, 2017

Guilford, CT - Guilford Art Center announces a special shopping event for men on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 5-8 pm.  Shoppers will enjoy scotch whiskey and oyster tastings and shop for jewelry, accessories, ceramics, leather goods, home décor, ornaments, baby gifts, men’s items and much more. Friendly shop assistants will be on hand to help with selections and gift wrapping.  This event is free to the public. All shoppers are welcome.
 
The Shop at Guilford Art Center, open year-long, is almost doubled in size during the Artistry holiday sale, creating a bountiful selection of fine craft work for shoppers to peruse.  This year features many new artists, both local and national, as well as new work by ongoing favorite artists.  New items are added throughout the course of the show, so visitors will always have fresh shopping experiences every time they visit.   
 
Proceeds from Artistry benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Thursday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 12-5pm.

Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut (exit 58 off I-95). For more information call 203-453-5947 or contact www.guilfordartcenter.org.
 
About Guilford Art Center

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  It receives support from the Connecticut Dept. of Economic and Community Development.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.

Posted on December 8th, 2017

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL FOR UNICEF 
 
Buy tickets for a chance to win!  All funds go to UNICEF
  
Boxwood Tree/Pick a toothpick and win the following:

1) $1 off     2) $5 off    3) FREE Purchase  

​Every toothpick is a winner!
 
Wreath ring toss:

Win from $1 to $10 off your purchase
 
Enter a raffle to win your purchase for free! 

Posted on December 8th, 2017

​Whiskey, Oysters & Shopping at Men’s Night in
The Shop at Guilford Art Center

 
Guilford, CT - Guilford Art Center announces a special shopping event for men on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 5-8 pm.  Shoppers will enjoy scotch whiskey and oyster tastings and shop for jewelry, accessories, ceramics, leather goods, home décor, ornaments, baby gifts, men’s items and much more. Friendly shop assistants will be on hand to help with selections and gift wrapping.  This event is free to the public. All shoppers are welcome.
 
The Shop at Guilford Art Center, open year-long, is almost doubled in size during the Artistry holiday sale, creating a bountiful selection of fine craft work for shoppers to peruse.  This year features many new artists, both local and national, as well as new work by ongoing favorite artists.  New items are added throughout the course of the show, so visitors will always have fresh shopping experiences every time they visit.   
 
Proceeds from Artistry benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Thursday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 12-5pm.

Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut (exit 58 off I-95). For more information call 203-453-5947 or contact www.guilfordartcenter.org.
 
About Guilford Art Center

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  It receives support from the Connecticut Dept. of Economic and Community Development.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.
Guilford, CT — Guilford Art Center announces a special shopping event for men on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 5-8 pm.  Shoppers will enjoy scotch whiskey and oyster tastings and shop for jewelry, accessories, ceramics, leather goods, home décor, ornaments, baby gifts, men’s items and much more. Friendly shop assistants will be on hand to help with selections and gift wrapping.  This event is free to the public. All shoppers are welcome.
 
The Shop at Guilford Art Center, open year-long, is almost doubled in size during the Artistry holiday sale, creating a bountiful selection of fine craft work for shoppers to peruse.  This year features many new artists, both local and national, as well as new work by ongoing favorite artists.  New items are added throughout the course of the show, so visitors will always have fresh shopping experiences every time they visit.   
 
Proceeds from Artistry benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Thursday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 12-5pm.

Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut (exit 58 off I-95). For more information call 203-453-5947 or contact www.guilfordartcenter.org.
 
About Guilford Art Center

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  It receives support from the Connecticut Dept. of Economic and Community Development.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.
  
Photo courtesy of Guilford Art Center
Caption: Dick Whelan finds unique handmade items for hosting parties

Posted on December 4th, 2017


Posted on December 4th, 2017


Posted on November 30th, 2017

Connex Stands Up to Cancer With More Than $700 Donation to Carl's Crusaders
Funds Were Collected Through Coins-for-Change Charitable Initiative
Connex Guilford Branch manager Kerry Perrotta (left) presents members of Carl's Crusaders (right) with a check worth $703.53. These funds were raised through the Coins-for-Change program which donates 100 percent of the fees collected at Connex's coin-cashing machines. 
GUILFORD, Conn (Nov. 28, 2017) - Connex Credit Union recently donated more than $700 dollars to Carl’s Crusaders in support of the organization’s mission to help families affected by cancer. These funds were raised through Coins-for-Change, Connex’s philanthropic program that contributes more than $13,000 annually to local charitable organizations as part of the ConnexCares initiative.

Carl’s Crusaders is a cycling team honoring former Guilford Volunteer Firefighter Carl Hubbard who passed away from cancer in 2011 at the age of 40. The group participates in the annual Closer to Free bicycle ride raising money for the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital where Hubbard was treated.

“We would like to thank Connex Credit Union for supporting Carl’s Crusaders in its mission to give back to the Smilow Cancer Center and assist families in their care,” said Heidi Schoenfeldt, a representative of Carl’s Crusaders.

To learn more about Carl’s Crusaders, or to donate to the Closer to Free ride, please visit rideclosertofree.org.

With the Coins-for-Change program, Connex charges a five percent fee to members, and a seven percent fee to non-members, to use its coin-cashing machines. Each fiscal quarter, 100 percent of this money is donated to deserving organizations in the local community.

Local non-profit or charitable organizations interested in participating in the “Coins-for-Change” program, are encouraged to contact Roquita Johnson at Connex Credit Union, at 1-800-CR-UNION or rjohnson@connexcu.org.

About ConnexCares:

ConnexCares is Connex Credit Union’s charitable and philanthropic program. The mission through ConnexCares is to promote financial literacy, well-being and understanding to our members and the greater communities Connex serves.

About Connex Credit Union:

As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 50,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.