Events Calendar

CALENDAR – January 2020
Location is New Haven unless noted otherwise.
*=Wheelchair accessible

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 11 a.m.
Plunge for Parks 2020, fundraiser for NH parks. 11 a.m. brunch; 12 noon plunge. Fun for the whole family – crafts, raffle, live band, etc. Registration and tickets at the door. $25 to plunge (includes brunch); $10 brunch only. Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Rd.

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2 p.m.
Reconstruction: America after the Civil War (Part 2). The series explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change. Sponsored by SURJ and Project Longevity. Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St.*

Saturday, Jan. 4, 6-9 p.m.
1st Annual Vegan Mac & Cheese Cook Off! Compassion-fest, Please bring your own original or favorite vegan mac & cheese dish to share. Suggested serving 12-15 people. Entry requires a vegan mac & cheese dish. Two people coming with one dish works if they also bring beverages for others. First UU Society, 608 Whitney Ave.

Monday, Jan. 6, 6 p.m.
Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice will mark the cost of the continuing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East by placing the Dec. stone on the Memorial Cairn at the intersection of Broadway, Elm and Park streets, inscribed with the Dec. death toll of US military personnel and the approximate numbers of civilians killed. As of Oct. 7, this “endless war” has gone on for 18 years. *

Monday January 6, 6:30 p.m.
2020—How to Make It Meaningful. Forget the resolutions and feed the soul. Bring your real self to this gathering and Life Coach Millie Grenough, Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, will help you find practical ways to really enjoy these days. Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St. *

Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Informational outreach session about the grant application process. Some members of our Board of Directors will help answer questions about our application process. Whitneyville Cultural Commons, 1253 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

Saturday, Jan. 11, 1 p.m. & Monday, Jan. 13, 5 p.m.
Urban Life Experience Book Discussion Series: Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine by Emily Bernard. A discussion of this great book ahead of Dr. Bernard’s visit on Tuesday, Jan. 21, when she will give her lecture: “Writing Race in America: Black is the Body.” Wilson Library, 303 Washington Ave.

Saturday, Jan. 11, 1-5 p.m.
Friends, come celebrate Joe Taylor’s 70th birthday! Joe would be honored if you make a donation to the People’s Center or to the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO). IFCO/ Pastors for Peace sends shipments of goods and sponsors trips to Cuba. If you can, bring food to share. NH People’s Center, 37 Howe St. *

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m.
Reconstruction: America after the Civil War (Part 3). The twelve years that composed the post-war Reconstruction era (1865-77) witnessed a seismic shift in the meaning and makeup of our democracy, with millions of former slaves and free black people seeking out their rightful place as equal citizens under the law. Sponsored by SURJ and Project Longevity. Wilson Library, 303 Washington Ave.  *

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 11:30 a.m.
Home Care VNA will be giving high blood pressure screen-ings and helpful info. Walk-in, no appointment required. Learn more about Home Care’s skilled nursing services and certified home health aide program and receive an assortment of free personal health items. Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Ave.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Intro to the Local History Room. Learn about our print and digital collections, including books, documents, clippings files, maps, and photographs. Learn how to use the Library’s online history and genealogy resources: Ancestry, NewsBank, and America’s Historical Newspapers. Learn how to find what you are looking for. Hour introduction includes tour, hands-on practice, and Q&A. Register at Ives Library, 133 Elm St. Info: (203) 946-8130. *

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Celebrating 50th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Love March. Begins and ends at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 100 Lawrence St.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, noon-1 p.m.
Reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech. At the Amistad statue at City Hall, 165 Church St. In case of inclement weather, plans are to hold reading indoors. GNH Peace Council,, (203) 389-9547.

Wednesday, Jan. 15,  2-4 p.m.
Coalition for People monthly meeting. Open to all. Community room, lower level, Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Ave. *

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 4-6 p.m.
Youth Arts Journalism Book Launch Party. RSVP at Orchid Café at NHFP Library, 133 Elm St.  *

Saturday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m.
Mazin Qumsiyeh to give the Shafer Lecture of Promoting Enduring Peace. Qumsiyeh is the Director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History. Palestine Museum US, 1764 Litchfield Turnpike, Woodbridge. *

Sunday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 20
24th Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice. Sunday, noon-4 p.m., Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. World-class performances, a community open mic and poetry slam, and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Free admission, various locations.  *

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m.
Writing Race in America: Black is the Body with Prof. Emily Bernard. Part of the Democracy in Crisis series: Conversations with NH Scholars. Wilson Library, 303 Washing-ton Ave. *

Friday, Jan. 24, 5 p.m.
Applications for grants to the Greater New Haven Green Fund are due.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-noon
Winter garden workshop series at Neighborhood Housing Services. The 1st workshop is on soil and composting. The series will be held at NHS, Building 3, 333 Sherman Ave. (203) 562-0598, ext. 226. *

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m.
Timbuktu (Mali, Africa) Islamic militants occupy the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, imposing a regime of terror by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. Not far from there, cattle herder Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his family, spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly in this stunning film from a world cinema master. Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St.  *

Saturday, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, a benefit for Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter. Come be inspired by these films! Tickets are $23.85. For more information: The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport.

Monday, Jan. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Fundraiser for Venezuela Embassy Protectors. The forum is free and open to the public, although we will be fundraising. Info: Henry Lowendorf,, (203) 389-9547. This event has been moved from its previous time on Jan. 28, and from its previous location at the People’s Center. The fundraiser will be held in the Performing Arts space in the New Haven Free Public Library on Monday, Jan. 27, 5:30 to 7:30 (the library closes at 8).  *

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m.
Body and Soul are monthly programs on how to be healthier versions of ourselves with local experts and community members. This month’s topic: how debt impacts our health. Annie Harper from the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health is our featured speaker. Free dinner provided! Wilson Library, 303 Washington Ave. *


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Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
2nd Monthly Gardening Workshop: Garden Planning & Season Extenders – Ensure a long and productive growing year with row covers, organic mulch, cold frames and more! Get the most out of even a small garden space. NHS, Building 3, 333 Sherman Ave. (203) 562-0598, Ext. 226.  *