Events Calendar

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

Now through March 14
Exhibition: Finding Home: A Campaign for Sanctuary. A group exhibition organized by Stephen Kobasa. In support of the ongoing campaign by Unidad Latina en Acción (ULA) to have New Haven legally declared a sanctuary city, includes photographs by Marc Hors taken in the Ellinikon Refugee Camp in Greece, sculptures by Jason Noushin, and posters created by Paul Bloom, Robert Brush, Joy Bush, Eric Epstein and Margaret Roleke. Hours: M-F: 10-6 / Th. until 7 / Sa.: 10-2. The Upstairs Gallery, Institute Library, 847 Chapel St.

Now through March 20
Exhibition: Raíces sin Fronteras / Roots Without Borders – Works by Miguel Angel Mendoza. Ives Gallery, New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St. *

Saturday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
CT Post Mall Lunar New Year Celebration. Celebrate the Year of the Rat with fun for the whole family, including Chinese cultural performances, crafts, live performances, face painting, storytime, giveaways and more. Tai Chi and Health Qigong demonstrations; kung fu, Chinese folk and classical dances, Chinese musical instruments. Center Court of the CT Post Mall, 1201 Boston Post Rd., Milford. *
Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Special gathering of the CT Energy Network to focus on what we can all do to transition our schools to zero energy. Registration and info: Rockfall Foundation, 27 Washington St., Middletown.

Saturday, Feb. 1
Volunteer CAR POOL to collect signatures for Lisa Savage for Maine! Green Independent Party Candidate, Lisa for Senate (against Susan Collins) to get on the ballot in Nov. Ranked Choice Voting election. Leaving from Southeast CT areas, departure day, place and time is flexible; planning to leave Fri. and stay over in Portland/Southern ME area to do all day canvassing. Starting Sat., Feb. 1 and other times in Feb. Hosted by Shoreline Green Party. Sign up for info, additional dates to canvass: Owen, or on Facebook:
Sunday, Feb. 2, 2:30-5 p.m.

Animated film screening: The Tower. Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, lives with her whole (extended) family in the Palestinian refugee camp where she was born. Admission: Adult: $8. Students & Seniors (65+): $5. Max. fee per family $20. Children 12 or under free. Palestine Museum US, 1764 Litchfield Turnpike, Woodbridge. *

Monday, Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m.
Film screening with Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and Project Longevity. Reconstruction: American after the Civil War (Part 3). Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St. *

Monday, Feb 3, 6 p.m.
Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice marks the cost of the continuing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East by placing the Jan. stone on the Memorial Cairn at the intersection of Broadway, Elm and Park sts., inscribed with the Jan. death toll of US military personnel and the approximate numbers of civilians killed. This endless unwinnable war has gone on for eighteen years.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 5:30-7 p.m.
NH Climate Movement monthly meeting. All welcome to plan upcoming actions, public climate education. Info: Chris at Blue State Coffee, 84 Wall St.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m.
Democracy in America: Conversations with New Haven Scholars: Race and The New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity, with Professors Daniel HoSang and Joe Lowes. NHFP Library, 133 Elm St.*

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 12-1:30 p.m.
Rally against Killingly fracked gas power plant. Demand Gov. Lamont cancel the proposed plant! Protest at DEEP Headquarters, 79 Elm St., Hartford, followed by a March to the Capitol (0.2 mi. west on Elm to rear of State Capitol Building, 210 Capitol Ave.). Rally to stop the dirty new gas plant and DEEP’s fracked gas expansion plan. Feb. 5 is opening day of the legislative session! Your presence will make a difference! Sponsors: Sierra Club CT, Central CT DSA, Sunrise CT, 350 CT, Promoting Enduring Peace, Sustainne, No More Dirty Power Killingly, and many more.

Friday, Feb. 7, 2-4 p.m.
Fri. Movie: Green Book. NHFP Library, 133 Elm St. *

Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Gardening Workshop: Garden Planning & Season Extenders. Ensure a long and productive growing year with row covers, organic mulch, cold frames! Neighborhood Housing Services, Building 3, 333 Sherman Ave. (203) 562-0598, ext. 226.

Saturday, Feb. 8, events 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lunarfest: celebrate the Lunar New Year and Chinese culture, offering arts and cultural programs for adults and children. Lion and Dragon Dance parade, 10 a.m., Church St. and Whitney Ave. (between Elm and Trumbull streets). Special activities and programs in various locations, featuring food, art, music, literature, performances, workshops, crafts, dance; from 1-2 p.m. Tai Chi and Health Qigong demos and mini-workshops in the NH Museum, 114 Whitney Ave. Info:
Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m. Learn about NH Scholarship Fund: Free $ for College. Scholarships can be used at any college or trade school and based on family income. Breakfast will be served. Register: (203) 946-8117. Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St. *

Saturday, Feb. 8, 1–4 p.m.
Putting Out the Fires for Australian Wildlife–Emergency Fundraiser to help put out the blazing fires in Australia. 100% of all money raised will be donated to legitimate organizations who are in need of financial assistance to keep fighting the flames and to continue caring for the injured wildlife. Open House, come any time between 1 and 4 p.m.; there will be live ambassador animals, music, foods, beverages, slideshows, crafts for kids, and more. Sponsors: Eli Whitney Museum, New England Brewing Co., Koffee?, Menunkatuck Audubon, etc. Eli Whitney Museum Carter-Hull Building, 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m.
Film screening with Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and Project Longevity. Reconstruction: American after the Civil War (Part 4). Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Ave. *

Saturday, Feb. 8, 4-6 p.m.
Eco-Art and Open Mic. Call for musicians and spoken word performers. Do you write original music or poetry?  Runoff Art, a street-art project for storm drains, is creating a roster of talented writers and performers for school and community presentations. Storm Drain Art raises awareness that local waters need to be protected from the pollutants in stormwater runoff and uninformed dumping. Project info session during open mic. Info: NeverEnding Bookstore, 810 State St.

Sunday, Feb. 9, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Valentine Fun–Children’s fun Valentine Card and heart mobile making class! Ages 6 and up! Mixed media card making, fancy folding, envelope decorating, heart mobiles. Choose from festive papers, ribbons, string, lace cutouts. $5 donation. EcoWorks, 89 State St., North Haven.*

Sunday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m.
St. Luke’s Steel Band in concert to benefit Christian Community Action. Free; donations taken to benefit CCA. A reception follows. St. Luke’s Steel Band is renowned as one of the area’s most exciting ensembles, performing soca, calypso, reggae, classical, sacred, jazz, popular and island folk music. Info: Bethesda Lutheran Church, 450 Whitney Ave.*

Monday, Feb. 10, 5:30-7 p.m.
Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride Launch Party. Come for youth climate leaders speeches, food, live music, drinks… celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Info:, or email Chris, Atrium of City Hall, 2nd floor, 165 Church St. *

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m.
Make a Visual Memory Collage book: Led by Author Deborah Hare whose graphic novel Mixed Messages chronicles her slavery ancestry. Discussion and workshop seeks to inspire others. Open to age 13+. Stetson Library, 200 Dixwell Ave. *

Friday, Feb. 14, 2-4 p.m.
Fri. Movie: Do The Right Thing. NHFP Library, 133 Elm St. *

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m.
Free screening of 11 Flowers (China, 2011). 11-year-old Wang lives in a remote village in China. Life is tough, but his family makes the most of what little they have. Wang is selected to lead his school’s daily gymnastics; his teacher recommends he wear a new shirt, which forces his family to make a great sacrifice. When Wang encounters a wounded man on the run, their fates are intertwined. (In Chinese with English subtitles). Info: (203) 946-8117, Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St. *

Saturday, Feb. 15, 3-5 p.m.
Free Workshop: Make Music to Make Change. Activist Songbook offers a toolkit for combining civil rights organizing and music to inspire change. Program room, NHFP Library, 133 Elm St.  *

Saturday, Feb. 15, 4-6:30 p.m.
Artists’ talk at ‘Nakupenda (I Love You)’ exhibit. City Lights Gallery, 37 Markle Court, Bridgeport. Info:

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2-3:30 p.m.
Branford Forum: American Mideast Policy: Recent Developments on the Turkey/Syria Front. Speaker: Mito Mardin, Institute for Learning in Retirement/Albertus Magnus. Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library, 146 Thimble Islands Rd., Branford.*

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m.
Democracy in America: Conversations with New Haven Scholars: Global Food Challenges to Health and Environment, with Prof. John Wargo. Wilson Library, 303 Washington Ave. *

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2-4 p.m.
Coalition for People monthly meeting. Community room lower level, Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Ave.*

Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.
Screening of Iron Jawed Angels. Part of Milford’s year-long commemoration of the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment. Sponsored by Milford Public Library and Milford Suffrage Centennial Committee. Info: Cindy, or Karen, Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Ave., Milford.*

Friday, Feb. 21, 2-4 p.m.
Fri. Movie: Their Eyes Were Watching God. NHFP Library, 133 Elm St. *

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m.
I AM SHAKESPEARE: The Henry Green Story, film screening and discussion with writer/director Stephen Dest, chronicling the true-life story of 19-year-old Henry Green–living a dual life as a brilliant young actor and inner-city gang member–brutally shot and left for dead just after his inspiring performance in Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet.” Dest received the 2012 “Artist of the Year” award from the GNH Arts Council. Sponsored by The Westville Village Renaissance Alliance. (203) 946-8117, Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St. *

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2-4 p.m.
Opening reception for ”Landscapes Near and Far” by area photographer Victoria Navin. Exhibit starts Mon., Feb. 3. Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 E. Main St., East Haven.*

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m.
Film screening with SURJ and Project Longevity. Reconstruction: American after the Civil War (Part 4). Wilson Library, 303 Washington Ave. *

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2:30 Motorcade, 4 p.m. program
46th Annual People’s World African American History Month Event. 2:30 p.m.: Dump Trump Unity March & Motorcade, NH Peoples Center, 37 Howe St. 4 p.m.: Panel, competition prizes, performances, Troup Middle School, 259 Edgewood Ave. Info:, (203) 624-8664  *

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Mardi Gras annual fundraiser to support the NHFP Library. Food, drinks, music. $80. NHFP Library, 133 Elm St. *

Friday, Feb. 28, 2-4 p.m.
Fri. Movie: BLACKkKLANSMAN. NHFP Library, 133 Elm St. *