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The Stamford Piano Art & Music Project CALL FOR ARTISTS Deadline February 16 ~Connecticut~

Each year Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit designed to attract both local and regional audiences. Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture exhibit features artwork lining the sidewalks and parks of the Downtown.

The 2021 exhibit, The Piano Project, will bring both art & music to the streets of Stamford Downtown!

The fun and interactive exhibit will feature 20+ upright pianos designed and painted by local artists. The pianos will be on display all summer for the public to interact with and play!

SOURCE: http://stamford-downtown.com

Location: Stamford Downtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut

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Virtual: Tap Your Own Maple Tree in Wilton, CT Orientation Workshop January 30 & 31

Learn the science and history of maple sugaring by being a hands-on part of the process. While we are not able to hold our traditional informational workshops this season due to state regulations, we will provide virtual resources and a Zoom call to answer your questions. Then on January 30th or 31st (provided the sap is running), we invite your family out to Ambler Farm to choose your Maple tree and hang your bucket to collect sap. Choose the day and time that works best for you.

Then, each week we will send regular updates on the running of the sap so that your family can come out to the Farm to collect sap from your tree. We will boil down the sap in our sugar shack and send each family home with their very own bottle of Ambler Farm Dark Maple Syrup.

SOURCE: https://amblerfarm.org

Location: Ambler Farm, 257 Hurlbutt Street, Wilton, CT

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MLK/FBI Documentary at the Avon Theatre Film Center January 15 ~Stamford, CT~

MLK/FBI is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Sam Pollard, from a screenplay by Benjamin Hedin and Laura Tomaselli. It follows Martin Luther King Jr. as he is investigated and harassed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org

Location Avon Theatre Film Center, 272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Socially Distant Art: Creativity in Lockdown Juried Art Exhibition DEADELINE February 15 ~Norwalk, CT~

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is calling for artists for a juried exhibition titled, Socially Distant Art: Creativity in Lockdown. The submission deadline is February 15, 12 p.m. The exhibition will open on April 8 and run through Aug 29, 2021. Artist and Trustee Gail Ingis together with Trustee Julyen Norman will select approximately 30 works from digital submissions. Works should be no more than five feet (sixty inches) on all sides.

This exhibition will be an interpretation on the pandemic experience filtered through the eye, mind, and creativity of the artist, who will be asked to submit works that relate to social distancing, isolation, the erosion and transformation of social interactions, and the multi-faceted challenges to themselves and/or the people around them caused by or in reaction to the pandemic.

Whether it’s a reflection on the yearning for a Covid-free life, or an interpretation on the adversities the world has experienced and continues to endure, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will welcome entries in the following categories: all fine arts media, watercolor, oil, acrylic, drawing, pastel, small sculpture, mixed media, photography, monotype, monoprint, and fiber art. A fee of $35 for 4 images inclusive of a one-year membership will be required to enter.

SOURCE: https://www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com

Location: Lockwood-Matthews Mansion, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT

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Super Succulents Workshop for Kids January 31 ~Stamford, CT~

Succulents are incredibly popular lately! Learn about some of the common types of succulents, decorate two pots, and plant
two non-cactus succulents to take home!

SOURCE: https://www.stamfordmuseum.org

Location: Stamford Museum, 151 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT

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Family Night Hike & S’mores January 22, 23 & 29 ~Stamford, CT~

From the bright stars to the refreshing crisp air, night is one of the best times to explore nature in the winter. Discover some common constellations, learn the phases of the moon, look and listen for nocturnal animals, and learn a trick to make your head look like it has disappeared!

SOURCE: https://www.stamfordmuseum.org

Location: Stamford Museum, 151 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT

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Family Apothecary Workshop January 24 ~Stamford, CT~

Try your hand at two great FIY projects – Herbal Foot Soak and Peppermint CoconutMint Scrub – that we’ll make and take home. Each participant or family will have their own distanced workspace and ingredients to discover how to make some amazingly easy products to use or give as gifts! Program includes all materials to create and take home each product.

SOURCE: https://www.stamfordmuseum.org

Location: Stamford Museum, 151 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT

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Virtual: Print Making Art Workshops January 6, 13 & 20

This January the Bruce Museum is pleased to offer a series of printmaking workshops led by teaching artist Nancy McTague-Stock and inspired by the exhibition “She Sweeps with Many Colored Brooms:” Paintings and Prints of Emily Mason.

Each class will begin with a closer look at Mason’s work for inspiration, and then explore the physical process by which students will create their own work. Classes will include a quick review of the optimal set-up, materials, and tools students will be using, followed by a demonstration. By the end of each of the three classes in this series, participants will have created at least one final product and have gained skills and techniques for future endeavors. Students will receive a materials list, and all materials will be available at Jerry’s Artarama in Norwalk, CT, where students will receive a discount on class materials.

SOURCE: https://brucemuseum.org

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Downtown Stamford Christmas Lights Program

Boasting over 300,000 miniature lights wrapped in trees throughout downtown Stamford, you surely will not be disappointed during your visit!

[The] downtown display begins with Bedford and Atlantic streets where we have over 80 trees awash in lights. This part of our display contains over 130,000 individual warm white mini lights wrapped on individual tree branches giving the downtown area a display worth making a trip to see by itself. Fortunately for our visitors, this is just the beginning of our display.

SOURCE: http://stamford-downtown.com

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Christmas Markets 2020

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Christmas Tree Farms in Fairfield and Westchester Counties

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Article-of-the Day #76: Popular Resistance-David Ruggles of Connecticut, an American Descended from Slaves, Led the Charge Against Police Violence in New York City during the 1830s

Black New Yorker David Ruggles, who spent his young and all-too-brief life battling against police violence in the 1830s, was just one of these ordinary people whose determination led to real change…As Ruggles’ writings show, his early experiences in the open and free communities in eastern Connecticut, combined with his immersion in the lore of the Revolution, rendered him unable to accept the racism, segregation and abuse that he saw white police officers inflict on Black people in his adopted home of New York City. Though he left behind few private letters, Ruggles was a prolific contributor to newspapers, including his own paper Mirror of Liberty.

SOURCE: https://popularresistance.org

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Municipal, State, & Federal Job Opportunities in the New York Tri-State Area

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Play Golf in Fairfield, Bergen, Rockland, & Westchester Counties

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Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland & Westchester Medical Industry Employment

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EMT/EMS Certification Education in Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland and Westchester Counties

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics typically complete a postsecondary educational program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics.

Both a high school diploma or equivalent and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification typically are required for entry into postsecondary educational programs in emergency medical technology. Most of these programs are nondegree award programs that can be completed in less than 1 year; others last up to 2 years. Paramedics, however, may need an associate’s degree. Programs in emergency medical technology are offered by technical institutes, community colleges, universities, and facilities that specialize in emergency care training. Some states have EMR positions that do not require national certification. These positions typically require state certification.

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics

NOTE: In many states you can start training for EMT/EMS as early as age 16!

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Plastic Free Shopping in the NYC Metro

Please use CONTACT form to provide information on businesses who are no longer using plastic packaging. I am not affiliated founders and/or employees of the following businesses on the list nor I do not receive any compensation. I am a customer dedicated to lowering my impact on the environment and believe in supporting those who believe the same. -Editor

  • Brooklyn: Package Free, 137 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • Manhattan: Package Free, 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
  • Hastings-on-Hudson: Refill Room, 42 B Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY 10706-1201

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Farms & Farmers Markets in Fairfield, Bergen, Rockland, and Westchester Counties

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Recycling is not the answer. You MUST reduce your consumption.

FACT: unless you’re reducing your consumption of plastic, recycling means nothing

PROBLEM: plastic is everywhere and part of everything-including clothing

SOLUTION: do what can, when possible. Don’t buy unless absolutely necessary and there is no alternative.

What I’ve done:

  • Buy used clothes, to reduce demand for new resources to manufacture brand new clothes. 60% of my current wardrobe is used, including shoes and sneakers
  • Carry reusable silverware to use at work
  • Use mug or reusable cup at work for drinks
  • Refuse straws
  • Refuse packet condiments/disposable silverware (especially if it’s take out, you got it at home)
  • Buy vitamins in glass bottles (glass can be recycled over and over)
  • Having a party? Buy aluminum cans instead of soda in gallon. Aluminum can be recycled multiple times.
    Stop buying products that use excessive packaging
  • Become aware of how much garbage- including recycling, you make per day. There are some days I don’t make any garbage.

I made a conscious effort to be aware of my impact. I don’t worry about others, I do what I can. I am among millions on this planet that got companies changing their ways because they’re loosing money by not being mindful of the garbage they’re creating with their products.

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