Thursday, May 9, 2024

Relief in 4 Minutes for Chronic Hip Pain

*Snake Hips Tucker
(1920s-30s dancer)

Worth a Try: Exercise
for Easing Hip & Leg Pain

If you're of a certain age and have spent much of your working life at a desk, chances are you'll eventually experience tight hips, with symptoms of tightness or pain, a change in your gait (the way you walk) or both. And frustration because you don't know know how this happened or how to fix it.

Resolution for hip & leg pain may be less complicated than you think. My recent discovery and practice of targeted exercise videos on youtube (Silver Sneakers & others) has resulted in an apparent complete recovery from what seemed on its way to debilitating pain in legs and hips. I also have an inclination to spread the good word of something that might help.** 

Try these exercises, click to view: 
4-Min Stretch Routine for Hip Mobility  

Lower Body Workout for Active Exercisers**

About Tight Hips (from What does it mean to have tight hips? A feeling of tightness across the hips comes from tension around the hip flexors. The hip flexors are a group of muscles around the top of the thighs that connect the upper leg to the hip. These muscles allow you to bend at the waist and raise your leg. (Some of the main hip flexors are the Iliopsoas, rectus femoris, tensor fasciae latae, sartorius.)

Many people have tight hips, including both people who spend several hours a day sitting as well as regular gym-goers and professional athletes. Some people are more prone to tightness in that area of their body, too. Tight hips may put you at increased risk for injury due to the increased demands on tissues that aren’t moving properly. Before going to a physical therapist or doctor for treatment, try some of these exercises and see how you respond. Practice slowly and carefully at first, and see your doctor if you feel a need for reassurance.

More advanced stretches**
7 Stretches to loosen up tight hips

 *If you've found relief with these moves, look to for Silver Sneakers' exercise routines. If your insurance plan offers Silver Sneakers, take a look & see if you can log in to get
started at

*Snake Hips Tucker
(1920s-30s dancer)

Earl 'snake Hips' Tucker (1905-1937)

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Teen Repertory Company Presents: As You Like It

Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company presents Shakespeare’s As You Like It May 16 - 25. All performances will be held at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown.

As You Like It, written in 1599,  is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and accessible comedies. The play mostly takes place in the mythical Forest of Arden, and director Dic Wheeler has placed the production in a world which he refers to as “Clown Contemporary”. The fast-paced production features politics, love, exile, cross-dressing, great music, misplaced passion, wrestling, and includes some of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches ( including “All the world’s a stage…”) and, in the protagonist Rosalind, the largest role that he wrote for a female character.


The play, which features a cast of 19 performers ages 14 - 20,  is directed by Oddfellows Artistic Director Dic Wheeler, with original choreography by Marcella Trowbridge. Costume Design is by Christian Milik, Scenic Design by Tina Hurlbert, Sound and Music by Joseph Getter, Lighting Design by Aaron Wescott, and Properties Design by Pam Lang, 

Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for kids and students. “Big Heart” tickets are available for $25 for anyone who really loves and values theater and its impact on the lives of young people.

Thursday, May 16 is a “Pay-What-You-Can” Preview

Tickets may be purchased at

For more information, call (860) 347-6143, email, or go to


Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Earth Day News: The Ocean Cleanup Bags 10,000,000 kg of Trash!


Yes, you read that right! Last week, on Earth Day, we achieved a significant milestone: surpassing the 10,000,000 kg*

(≈ 22,046,200 lbs) mark of trash extracted from oceans and rivers worldwide! As we prepare for a global scale-up, this groundbreaking achievement reflects the hard work and progress of our team since we removed our first million kilograms of trash in 2022. 

*Approximately the same weight as the Eiffel Tower! Read more about this achievement in our latest press release. 

10,000,000 kg of trash has been removed from oceans and rivers | Our biggest catch in Guatemala | New Podcast Episode: Relationship Building | Global Plastics Treaty: the stakes of legacy plastic 
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Yes, you read that right! Last week, on Earth Day, we achieved a significant milestone: surpassing the 10,000,000 kg* (≈ 22,046,200 lbs) mark of trash extracted from oceans and rivers worldwide! As we prepare for a global scale-up, this groundbreaking achievement reflects the hard work and progress of our team since we removed our first million kilograms of trash in 2022. 

*Approximately the same weight as the Eiffel Tower! 

Read more about this achievement in our latest press release
Another achievement was accomplished recently: Interceptor 006 captured our biggest river catch ever – allowing us to cross the threshold of 10,000,000 kg. Our 2-boom Interceptor Barricade in Guatemala prevented 1,400,000 kg (≈ 3,100,000 lbs) of trash from flowing into the Caribbean Sea in one single evening.  

You can watch the impressive footage of the trash flood right here: 
Youtube thumbnail of a river in Guatemala filled with trash
You can also learn more about Interceptor 006’s catch in this article
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Charlotte de Jong, Business Development Manager at The Ocean Cleanup shares the challenges she faced, working on the deployment of Interceptor 019 in Thailand (deployed in March). 
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Government officials from around the world gathered in Canada last week to continue discussing the UN Global Plastics Treaty, aimed at defining solutions to plastic pollution. We at The Ocean Cleanup fully support this effort and offer data, expertise, and insights for an ambitious treaty that tackles not only plastic production but the whole lifecycle of plastic. 

Read our blogpost to discover why cleaning up ocean plastic is an essential part in solving plastic pollution.
Thank you for your continued interest in our mission to rid the world's oceans of plastic. Stay tuned for more updates on our progress.


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Help us scale our cleanup operations in rivers and oceans.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Oddfellows Playhouse presents "The Storm in the Barn"


Oddfellows Playhouse Maplewood Senior Troupe is staging Matt Phelan’s novel The Storm in                 the Barn May 2 through 4. The production will be presented at 7 pm nightly at Oddfellows                         Playhouse, located at 128 Washington Street in Middletown. 

The Storm in the Barn is a tale of a farming family struggling to survive the Dust Bowl and

the Great Depression. Jack, our young hero, discovers that the disappearance of the rain may not be of normal circumstances, but something much more sinister and supernatural. He must face his fears and find confidence within himself to save not only his family, but perhaps the world. This production of The Storm in the Barn             is brought to life by a cast of 7 young actors, ages 11 -16. 

Directed by Allegra Green and Jakeis Jenkins, The Storm in the Barn                         features scenic design by Dan Schmidt,             costume design by Christian Milik, lighting design by Aaron Westcott, sound design by

Trey Moore, properties design by Pam Lang, and technical direction by Myke Halpin.

The dramatic adaptation was written by Eric Coble.

The Storm in the Barn is produced by special arrangement with


Performances will be at 7 pm on May 2  - 4. Tickets for The Storm in the Barn are

$5 for students and $10 for adults. “Big Heart” tickets for $25 are available for anyone

wanting to support Oddfellows’ work with young people, the arts and social justice.             Tickets may be purchased at

Additional information is available at or by emailing             or calling (860) 347-6143. 

The Storm in the Barn               is made possible thanks to generous support from the City of Middletown,

Thomas J. Atkins Memorial Trust Fund, George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation,

American Savings Foundation, Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD,

Middletown Commission on the Arts, Middlesex County Community Foundation,

The Fund for Greater Hartford, Liberty Bank Foundation, Middletown Youth Services Bureau,

State of Connecticut Judicial Branch (Youth Violence Prevention), Middlesex United Way,

many generous individual donors, and you, supporting youth arts in Connecticut by

purchasing a ticket for this performance.

ZOOM Genealogy Club - Saturday, April 27, 2024


Presenter:  Pam Vestal

Topic:  Tracking Down Your Eastern European Ancestors, Part II

Time:  1:30 PM

Pam gave the first part of this presentation in March.  There is still plenty you can learn from this session, even if you don’t have any Eastern European ancestors!

Pam comes to us from Oregon, thanks to the wonders of Zoom.  Here is her description of her presentation:

In spite of the many wars, boundary changes, and political and natural catastrophes, an astonishing number of records exist for our Eastern European ancestors, both here and abroad. We'll explore strategies for finding their places of origin, uncovering their original names, finding and requesting records, extracting and understanding their information, and dealing with foreign languages.

Please register by 4:00 PM Friday, April 26.  The invite will be sent out on that Friday.

Godfrey Premium members can register for free at the following email:

If you are not a Godfrey Premium member and want to attend the presentation, you can pay $10 via PayPal ( with the payment sent to Godfrey Memorial Library.  Then register using the above email.


Live Stream Link—Bach's Mass in B Minor on Saturday, from Yale's Institute of Sacred Music

Live Stream Bach's Mass in B Minor from Woolsey Hall,  
Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

For more information see

Friday, April 19, 2024

Jugalbandhi - North & South Indian Classical Music by Raga Club

Raga Club of Connecticut invites you to a special North & South Indian Classical Music Jugalbandhi concert with four master musicians: 

K.J. Dileep - Carnatic violin

Shadaj Godkhindi - Hindustani Flute

V.S. Raghavan - Mridangam

Anubrata Chatterjee - Tabla

4pm Sunday, April 21, 2024
CVHTS Narayana Auditorium
11 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457

Annual membership and information about events hosted by Raga Club:
Tickets for non-members are $30 at the door or here:

Thursday, April 4, 2024

PEACE Resource Project: Symbols, Prayers, & Invocations in Rainbow Colors

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Symbols, Prayers, & Invocations

for Peace in our Time.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Ruins of a Holy Land, Photography Exhibit.

 "Ruins of a Holy Land," a photography exhibit by Joy Bush will be on display at City Gallery at 994 State Street in New Haven from April 5-28. 

A reception for the artist, Joy Bush, will be held on
April 13 at 2pm.

Ruins of a Holy Land, Photos by Joy Bush

Monday, April 1, 2024

Reduce Food Waste

Food Waste Solutions Workshop, April 9, 6pm at Russell Library.

Learn how to reduce food waste, save money and take action to battle the trash disposal crisis.

Registration here:

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Spring classes start March 23 at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown!

An 8 week Spring session of classes in theater, circus and dance starts March 23 at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown. Classes are available for ages 15 months to age 20 and registration is now open at

Circophony Teen Circus, open to ages 12 - 20, offers “Spring Circus Training” on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, March 26 - May 21. This is a chance for teens to work on acrobatics, flexibility, juggling, balancing, unicycling and other circus skills in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Prior circus experience is not required.

After-School classes for ages 6 - 14 begin March 25 and will run for eight weeks this spring, culminating in a “Share Week” May 20 - 23. (No classes the week of April 8 due to school vacation).

Stage One classes for ages 6 - 8 include Complete Actor I, Circus I, Movement for Actors, Theater is Make Believe and Musical Mentoring (up to age 12). All Stage One classes run 4:50 to 5:50pm

Stage Two classes for ages 9 - 11 include Complete Actor II, Circus II, Broadway Bound, Myths and Legends, Hip Hop Dance (open to ages 9 - 14), and Musical Mentoring (up to age 12). All Stage Two classes run 4:50 to 5:50pm

Stage Three classes for ages 12 - 14  include Advanced Scene Study, Intro to Shakespeare (both run 4:30 to 6:00pm) and Hip Hop Dance (for ages 9 - 14, 4:50 to 5:50pm)

Students may complement their class experience with Oddbridge, an extended day program. Oddbridge provides snacks and supervised arts activities, games and social time before classes begin. Oddbridge extends throughout the school year, providing special programs and field trips on early dismissal days or days when regular Oddfellows’ classes are not in session. Oddbridge also provides transport from school to the Playhouse for all Middletown Public Schools students.

Saturday Classes with Meg Berritta begin on March 23 and serve ages 15 months through twelve. Classes include Acrobabies (ages 15 months - 3 years with caregiver; 9:15 - 9:55 am); Circrobatics (ages 3 - 5, 10 - 10:45 am); Faerie Tale Theater (ages 3 - 6, 10:55 - 11:40 am); Circrobalance (ages 5 - 7, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm); Juggle, Spin, & Flow (7 - 12, 12:30 - 1:30 pm). Weekly classes continue through a Share Day on May 25 (10 weeks total).

Tuition for most classes is $160 for the session, and each class culminates in a “Share” for parents and friends at the final class. Financial Aid is available for all programs. It is Oddfellows policy not to turn anyone away for lack of funds. Oddfellows Playhouse is located at 128 Washington Street in Middletown.

For more info, and to register, go to, email, or call (860) 347-6143. Oddfellows Playhouse is a non-profit youth theater, founded in 1975, with a commitment to artistic excellence, inclusivity and social justice. Everyone is welcome here.