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 www.oddfellows.org.

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 www.oddfellows.org, email info@oddfellows.org, 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.

Saturday, March 9, 2024

ZOOM Genealogy Club - Saturday, March 23, 2024


Presenter:  Pam Vestal

Topic:  "Tracking Down Your Eastern European Ancestors"

Time:  1:30 PM (ET)

Pam comes to us from Oregon, but thanks to the wonders of Zoom, she will join us to share her presentation. She lectures on a number of topics.  For this time around we have chosen "Tracking Down Your Eastern European Ancestors." Here is her description:

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, March 22.  The invite will be sent out on that Friday.

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) with the payment sent to Godfrey Memorial Library.  Then register using the above email.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Restorative Housing: Renovating Lives, One House at a Time

Offering employment & housing opportunities. It worked in New York--Brooklyn, Queens, & the Bronx.

Could it work even in Middlesex County?
Find out more: Restorative Housing

"Turning distressed waterfront properties into affordable housing, providing employment opportunities onsite to
formerly incarcerated New Yorkers."

"For the renovation, we chose to hire justice-impacted contractors,
and then offer up the rentals to government housing voucher holders through the Section 8 program.... That equation worked, so we did it again ... "


Tuesday, March 5, 2024

What’s In, What’s Out Recycling Workshop to be held in Middletown

 Managing waste and knowing what to recycle can be confusing. What goes in your recycling bin? What happens when you put the wrong item in the bin? What's the story with plastics? Do we really have a trash crisis? Should you be concerned? Get all your recycling and waste questions answered by the experts!

Contact the City Recycling Coordinator at 860-638-4855 or recycling@middletownct.gov for more information