Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 7pm: "Art and Policy Salon - Acting on Climate Change"


Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 7pm
Wesleyan University's Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, 
287 Washington Terrace,
Middletown, Connecticut
and on Zoom

Artists help us imagine possible futures. How can they effect actual change? Wesleyan University Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Raquel Bryant, artist and researcher Dr. Katharine Owens, and Save the Sound’s inaugural Environmental Justice Specialist Alex Rodriguez will look at the potent relationship between imagined futures and mappable realities. Moderated by Strategic Advisor in the Arts Michael Feldman ’84.

Click here to read more about this event held in conjunction with the Connecticut premiere performances of PearlDamour’s "Ocean Filibuster," taking place in Wesleyan's Center for the Arts Theater from Thursday, May 4 through Saturday, May 6, 2023.

Friday, March 24, 2023

Kiss the Ground Film Screening, April 3, 2023

We are excited to announce the next film in The Elements: An Annual Environmental Film Series!  We'll be showing Kiss the Ground on Monday, April 3, 2023. As always, the film is open to the public and free of charge. 

The screening will be at 7pm at the Goldsmith Family Cinema, Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, Wesleyan University, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT.  Directions and parking information can be found here.

Kiss the Ground is about the importance of soil health and the positive role it can play in helping to combat/adapt to climate change. The film has received over 24 awards.  As stated on the Kiss the Ground website, by regenerating the world’s soils we can stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. With compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.

A facilitated discussion will follow the film.
Wesleyan is a vaccinated campus and all visitors are expected to be vaccinated. In addition, masks will be required in the theater.  Please preregister using this form, or contact ctrivercoastal@conservect.org.

We hope you can join us!  Please phone the Conservation District office for more information at 860-346-3282.

Also--please share/post this announcement.

The Elements: An Annual Environmental Film Series was begun in 2015. The series is co-sponsored by the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, Middlesex Community College, Middletown Garden Club, The Rockfall Foundation, and Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts, College of the Environment, and College of Film and the Moving Image. 

Monday, March 20, 2023

"It's Time To Rock Your Socks" For World Down Syndrome Day, Tuesday, March 21, 2023!


It’s Time To “Rock Your Socks!” For World Down Syndrome Day on Tuesday, March 21, 2023!

On this day people will be encouraged to "Rock Your Socks" meaning to wear colorful mismatched socks on each foot mainly blue & yellow because these colors are used to raise awareness for Down Syndrome according to WKTN Radio website of Kenton, Ohio. This day is "dedicated to raising awareness about Down syndrome and celebrating individuals around the world living with the genetic condition from the https://www.dsaatl.org/world-down-syndrome-day.  “According to the World Down Syndrome Day website the date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome," https://www.dsaatl.org.

Shanon M. McCormick, the  Executive Director for the Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut stated what her organization will be doing for World Down Syndrome Day right here in Connecticut.

“On Tuesday, March 21st, we will be joining Fox 61 morning show reporters Keith McIlvery and Rachel Piscatelli at Chapel Haven in New Haven for activities that include Community Zumba, a brain-healthy cooking demonstration, a wild sock fashion show, and more.  On Sunday, March 26th, the public is invited to celebrate with us at the New Canaan YMCA from 2-4 pm.  There will be dance and martial arts demonstrations, singing and signing, games, crafts, and a dance jam. Pre-registration for the celebration by emailing 21Strong2010@gmail.com is requested.  Throughout the week, three coffee shops -- Coffee for Good in Greenwich, Beanz & Co in Avon, and the Nest in Deep River -- will be giving out a special QR code that patrons can scan to enter to win a free cup of coffee.  We encourage everyone to grab a friend and raise a cup for awareness with us!” said McCormick.


For more information about World Down Syndrome Day on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 please see the following websites:




Enjoy the videos.






Saturday, March 18, 2023

Happy National Laughter Day-Sunday, March 19, 2023!

 Do you like to laugh? Well, Sunday, March 19, 2023 is your day. Happy National "Let's Laugh Day." 

According to the National Today website it states, "National Let’s Laugh Day is a 24-hour joke-fest on March 19 where we celebrate the uniting force of laughter." So if you have been feeling down and you need a mood lifter this day is for you. This is your day to laugh your worries away & cheer up. Life will get better with laughter. Laughter has health benefits too such as it lowers blood pressure, and ... releases endorphins and lowers the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body," according to National Today. Endorphins are the "feel good" chemicals that our bodies produces when we feel good," according to Random Acts of Kindness.org "Laugh Often". Just like kindness, laughter is contagious. When one person laughs it creates a domino effect. Soon everyone starts laughing.

Whereas frowns create wrinkles in your face, laughter is a way to turn that frown upside down. Laughter makes "adorable crinkles that are good for your muscles," from National Today. A good laugh is just like exercising at the gym. Not only do you get aerobic & cardiovascular exercise with laughing it helps you lose weight too by burning calories. The Mayo Clinic says, "“Laughter can: Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.” There you have it, laughter is the best medicine!

So, what are you waiting for? Start laughing positively. Never laugh at people's misfortunes. The National "Let's Laugh Day" is only a warm-up for "World Laughter Day" celebrated on Sunday, May 7, 2023. Please start adding humor to your daily life.

For more information about “National Let’s Laugh Day” please see the following websites:  




Enjoy the videos.








Sunday, March 5, 2023

ZOOM Genealogy Club - Saturday, March 18, 2023


Jill Morelli

Topic:  "Finding a Father for Molly Using DNA"

ZOOM Presentation:  1:30 - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Jill is a West-Coaster, but thanks to the wonders of Zoom, she will join us to share her presentation. She lectures on a number of topics, but for this time around we have chosen "Finding a Father for Molly." Here is her description:

Molly was born illegitimate and the name of the father had been forgotten. Using DNA, developing a strategy and applying the Genealogical Proof Standard resulted in identification. Successes and difficulties in identifying and contacting “cousins” will be discussed.

The Zoom presentation will take place at 1:30 pm (Eastern Time).

Godfrey Premium members can register for free at the following email: zoomregistration@godfrey.org

If you are not a Godfrey Premium member and want to attend the presentation, you can pay $10 via PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/us/home) and send to Godfrey Memorial Library.
Then register using the above email.

Please register by 4:00 PM Friday, March 17.