Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition

NeCt Art Guild Open House

PUTNAM -- The NeCt Art Guild Open House, in partnership with Arts and Framing, 136 Main St., will take place on Saturday Jan. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. Meet the artists, learn about the Guild and view their work. Free refreshments will be served. Call Amy with questions at 860-942-2264. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the arts, foster growth and extend appreciation into the community. Pictured is "Victoria Station" by artist Elaine Turner.


Children’s Library Programs

JEWETT CITY -- Slater Library, 26 Main St., is hosting the following events for children. Contact the Slater Library’s Children’s Department at 860-376-0024 for sign-ups and any questions.

On Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., Wee Play will take place, a drop-in playgroup and craft for ages five and under.


On Feb. 1 at 11 a.m., Saturday Stories with Miss Gen will take place. Drop-in for stories and craft on the first Saturday of the month. Geared for ages six and under, siblings are always welcome.

On Feb. 8 at 11 a.m., the library will celebrate "Purple Crayon Day" in honor of Take Your Child to the Library Day. A reading of Harold and the Purple Crayon, followed by Harold inspired crafts, will take place. Participants will receive their own copy of the book to take home. Sign-ups appreciated.

On Feb. 15 at 2 p.m., an American Girl Tea for ages four to 10 will take place. This year, storyteller Mary Jo Maichak returns with stories and song, followed by refreshments. Registration and library card required. Griswold and Lisbon residents sign up beginning Jan. 27 and others may sign up as space allows on Feb. 10.

On March 7 at 12:30 p.m., a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party will take place with crafts, activities and refreshments in celebration of Dr. Seuss's 116th birthday, culminating in the reading of The Cat in the Hat. Sign-ups appreciated.

Canterbury Library Events

CANTERBURY -- The Canterbury Public Library, 1 Municipal Drive, is hosting the following events. Visit or call 860-546-9022 for more information.

Anime Club: Saturday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watch anime, play games and eat snacks. All ages welcome.

Intro to Beekeeping: Monday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. Byron Martin of Logee’s Greenhouse will discuss the basics of beekeeping including bee biology, the cost to get involved in the hobby and what equipment is needed to start, and current challenges of beekeeping. Sign-up requested.

Caregiver Support Group: Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. Are you a caregiver or family member of someone who is living with Alzheimer's Disease or dementia, cancer, or other illnesses? Join this community-lead support group at the Canterbury Public Library.


AARP Tax Preparation: Mondays starting on Feb. 10. Sign-up for tax preparation help. You do not need to be an AARP member to use this service. Call to sign-up and for a list of materials you need to bring.

Drop-In Games: Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Stop by for some socialization and games. Play new games or bring some old favorites.

Choosing Kind Book Club

DANIELSON -- The Choosing Kind Book Club at the Killingly Public Library, 25 Westcott Road, will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and on Feb. 26, March 25 and April 29.

The CT Humanities Council Book Voyager Program will feature the following books: El Deafo by Cece Bell, One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Wonder by R.J. Palacio and Rules by Cynthia Lord. This is for ages eight to 12. Participants will receive a copy of each book to keep. Registration is required. Register at and call 860-779-5383 for more information.

Author Talk

DANIELSON -- The Friends of the Killingly Public Library, 25 Westcott Road, will host Kimberly Newton Fusco, author of Tending to Grace, at the Friends Annual Social on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. The public is cordially invited. Light refreshments, a talk with the author and learning about the many ways the Friends support the library will take place.

Dinner, Bluegrass Bands

DAYVILLE -- The Killingly Grange’s beef stew dinner, followed by two bluegrass bands, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 801 Hartford Pike. The beef stew dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and there is a $10 cost to attend. Shady Creek, accompanied by Restless Mountain, will perform at 7 p.m. Cost to attend is $12.


Vanilla Bean Hosts Benefit Show

POMFRET -- The Red Hot Banjo Wizard, Howie Bursen, will be joined by John Bailey, Martin Grosswendt and Bennett Hammond at the Vanilla Bean Café, 450 Deerfield Road, on Saturday, Jan. 25, for their 28th year performing to benefit Access’s Northeast Connecticut Food Pantries.

This local tradition is an evening of singing, laughter, hot licks on guitar, fiddle and banjo, desserts, and beverages ranging from cappuccinos to fine wines. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $20.

All proceeds from this concert will be used to buy food from the Connecticut Food Bank. Each $1 donated is used by the Access Community Action Agency to buy more than $10 worth of food from the CT Food Bank for distribution to those in need throughout northeast CT. Last year, the concert raised over $1,000.

The Access Community Action Agency is designated by the federal and state government as the anti-poverty agency in northeast Connecticut. Access provides food, affordable housing, job readiness services, and other pathways to economic self-reliance for vulnerable limited-income families and individuals throughout the region.

For more information about the services Access provides, visit; or call 860-450-7400 in the Willimantic area or 860-412-1600 In the Danielson area.

Nuclear Engineering Technology Scholarships

NORWICH -- Three Rivers Community College, the College Foundation and Dominion Energy Nuclear Connecticut/Millstone Power Station are again offering 16 full scholarships for the Three Rivers Community College Nuclear Engineering Technology Degree program. It is the only program of its kind in New England and is considered the best in the nation.


Through classroom, laboratory, and simulator instruction, this program educates students in the theories underlying the safe operation of nuclear power generating stations. For students interested in beginning the program in the fall of 2020, the application deadline for the scholarship is Feb. 15.

The scholarships cover the full cost of tuition, books, and fees for a two-year associate degree program, starting with the fall 2020 semester. Additionally, students receive a guaranteed $150 per month stipend during the nine-month academic year and have a 12-week paid internship experience at the Millstone Nuclear Power Station during the summer between their first and second academic year. This gives the students the opportunity to see nuclear utility operations first hand and develop significant practical work experience.

Those opting to enter the workplace as technicians have found their education and experience in strong demand by Connecticut business and industry. Other scholarship recipients, upon completion of the program, have successfully transferred to nuclear engineering and health physics baccalaureate degree programs in state and nationally.

To learn more about the scholarship and the Nuclear Engineering Technology program curriculum, call Professor James Sherrard, Nuclear Program Chairman, at 860-215-9472. Or, visit to read more and complete the online application.

Fidelco Fundraiser

AREA -- Yun Li-Potter, member of the Glastonbury Centennial Lions Club, presents a fundraiser for the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. For a donation of $10, participants will receive an Asian Moments discount card that provides up to 10-percent off per visit at the following businesses, valid for six months.

The participating businesses are: Bonchon Storrs, 1232 Storrs Road, Mansfield; Chosen 1 Cajun Seafood 2074 Park St., Hartford; Chuan Du Hot Pot, 27 Temple St., New Haven; Gourmet Wok 2856 Main St., Glastonbury; Ichiro Hibachi & Sushi, 962 Farmington Ave., West Hartford; Feng Chophouse, 93 Asylum St., Hartford; Royal Buffet & Grill, 410 Middle Turnpike W, Manchester; Sichuan Pepper 435 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon; Tang, 33 Wilbur Cross Way, Storrs; Taste of China, 954 Chapel St., New Haven; Thai Palace, 18 Wintonbury Mall, Bloomfield; Nummy, 1160 New Britain Ave., West Hartford; Uncle Chow Asian Bistro, 179 Park Road, West Hartford; Wang Palace 1914 Silas Deane Hwy, Rocky Hill; and Natural Nails & Spa, 2047, 45 Welles St., Glastonbury.


Obtain the card at restaurants by cash donation or check, payable to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc. Visit to make an online donation.

The fundraiser is sponsored by the Glastonbury Centennial Lions Club & 微信公众号:康州大道. Discounts and promotions vary per restaurant. Each Asian Moments Card will be valid for six months. You may purchase additional cards when expired.

Coffee Hours

AREA -- State Rep. Pat Boyd invites residents of the 50th Assembly District to join him for pre-session coffee hours as he prepares for the 2020 legislative session. Coffee hours will be held throughout the month of January up until the 2020 legislative session, which begins Feb. 5.

The coffee hour dates and locations are as follows: Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Hank’s Restaurant, the Killingly Room, 520 Providence Road, Brooklyn; and Sunday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m., Sweet Evalina’s Stand, 688 CT-169, Woodstock.

Residents who cannot attend the coffee hours may email with questions or concerns.

Free Braille Calendars

STATEWIDE -- The Community Outreach Office of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut has 2020 Braille calendars, free of charge. For more information, email or 860-289-1971.


Warming Shelter Open, Seeking Volunteers

DANIELSON -- Communities of Putnam, Killingly, Brooklyn, Woodstock, Pomfret, Plainfield, Sterling, and Thompson are boosting their capacity to keep the area’s homeless population safe this winter with the Northeast No Freeze Project. New winter shelter capacity next to the Access Emergency Shelter in Danielson is currently being renovated after an outpouring of support from the community.

St. Albans Church’s Rectory on 254 Broad St. will open as soon as renovations are done to accommodate up to 30 individual men and women per night as needed through March 31. Families with children will be sent to the Access Emergency Shelter on Reynolds Street.

Access operates one of only two year-round Family Emergency Shelters in northeast Connecticut, with 40 beds to shelter individuals and families. Over the past three years, the Access Shelter which is located in Danielson has also allowed as many as 15 additional people who are not residents of the Shelter to stay overnight in the first floor community room.

A group of local nonprofits in collaboration with local town government, faith communities and concerned residents came together and formed the Northeast No Freeze Project to create a space to shelter people experiencing homelessness during the winter in northeast Connecticut.

Ashley Vienneau is the new Volunteer Coordinator for the project and is taking applications for volunteers. The Northeast No Freeze Project will need as many as 30 individuals willing to volunteer for one night per month or 15 volunteers for two nights per month. Contact Ashley Vienneau at 860-207-4279 or for more information or to get an application.

Guests are allowed to enter the shelter each night between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. if sufficient staff coverage is available. No guests will be admitted to the shelter after 10 p.m. Guests will be asked to present an ID but will not be denied shelter for lack of ID. Guests with felony convictions will be allowed in the shelter. The shelter closes each day at 8 am., at which time all guests must leave the property, unless they have an appointment scheduled with an Access staff member helping guests find housing. Each guest is allowed to bring into the shelter one bag or backpack of personal belongings. No food is allowed in the shelter. The Northeast No Freeze is simply a warm place for the night.


Fish Fry

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NORTH GROSVENORDALE -- The Knights of Columbus Club 2087 will host a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1017 Riverside Drive. The menu will consist of fish & chips ($11); baked haddock ($12); fried bay scallops or fried shrimp ($13); fried clams ($16); and a seafood platter ($18). Eat-in or take-out is available. Call 860-923-2967 or email for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous

PUTNAM -- Overeaters Anonymous meets every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m at Day Kimball Hospital, conference room 1, 320 Pomfret St. Call Bruce at 508-864-0593 for more information.

Christian Healing Services

BROOKLYN -- Christian healing services, formerly held at St. Philip’s Church in Putnam, will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 Providence Road.

Prayer teams will be available to pray with individuals for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. The service will include praise and worship music at a celebration of the Eucharist. Healing services will be held every fourth Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. For more information, visit or call 860-774-9352.

Sprague Library Events

BALTIC -- Sprague Public Library, 76 Main St., is hosting the following events. Call 860-822-3012 for more information.

Weekly Drop-in Programs: No registration required. Children’s Story Times: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. Age-appropriate stories, early literacy activities and social time. Prefer a mid-day program before nap time? Bring your lunch on Wednesday to enjoy with friends. The same program runs both days.


On Wednesdays at noon, the Crochet & Knitters’ Club meets. Want to learn or like to knit? Help is always available.