Information on accidental, fatal drug overdoses in Hartford shows an increase over the same time period (January 1-June 30) of the previous two years, when such data became available.
- An event? You tell me. There will be a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint in the vicinity of 90 Brainard Road starting at 5 p.m. today. It is funded through a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation DUI Enforcement Program, so don’t waste your time blaming Obama or Bronin. Also, if you lived here, you could just walk home and never need to concern yourself with DUIs.
- Albanian Festival: dance, music, and food at the Albanian Community Center, 161 Franklin Avenue. 6-11 p.m.
- The Naked Magic Show: For 18+, just like it sounds. There’s a show at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Bushnell. Ticket prices start around $40.
- Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society (1 Elizabeth Street) galleries from 9-5. Currrent exhibits include “Girl Scouts of America” and “Growing Up in Connecticut.”
- Free Yoga in Pope Park at 11 a.m. Bring your own mat and water; dress for exercise. Instruction will be in Spanish and English. Meet by the pond.
- Albanian Festival: dance, music, and food at the Albanian Community Center, 161 Franklin Avenue. 4-11 p.m.
- There will be a dual video release party for Tang Sauce and Zulynette Morales at the Studio at Billings Forge (539 Broad Street), 5-9 p.m. The evening will also include live music, poetry, and visual art. $10 at the door.
- Free yoga in Colt Park at 11 a.m. Bring your own mat and water; wear comfortable clothing. Meet on the lawn near the Wethersfield Avenue entrance.
- There will be free walking tours of Coltsville National Historical Park at 2 p.m. Meet by the Colt monument near the Wethersfield Avenue entrance to Colt Park.
- If you’d like to celebrate Independence Day in a true community fashion, where the entertainment showcases local creativity, leave Hartford for the day and go to Willimantic’s W.I.L.I. Boom Box Parade. Bring your own boom box and lawn chairs. Parade starts at Jillson Square at 11 a.m. and heads down Main Street. It’s free, wacky, spirited, and not being paid for by Hartford residents’ tax dollars.
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Twelve people were arrested in an announced Black Lives Matter rally late Monday afternoon when they blocked Albany Avenue at Bloomfield Avenue, one of the major roads used for commuters leaving Hartford for West Hartford and beyond during rush hour.
There were two non-violent action trainings provided for participants before this latest rally, trainings that were also announced and should have clued in anyone paying any attention that a detour might have been in the stars for Monday afternoon. (more…)
- North End Farmers’ Market: every Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 80 Coventry Street.
- Stowe Salons at Lunch: free discussion from 12-1 p.m. on race and racism. The first talk will be inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michelle Alexander’s writing. Bring your own lunch. This is at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Visitor Center.
- Get HYPEd at The Hartford Club: Casual networking for young professionals, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free, no registration required. The Hartford Club is located at 46 Prospect Street. Bring your business cards.
- Free Chamber Music from Jesse Irons & Sylvia Berry, Violin and Forte Piano at 6 p.m. in the Chapel at Trinity College.
- MakeHartford Open House with Show & Tell. Take tours of the space, participate in Show & Tell, or just hang out with geeks, weens, and others – 6-9 p.m. Free. MakeHartford is at 30 Arbor Street, #B-7
- Free yoga: take a beginners class for free thanks to Bikram Yoga Downtown Hartford. Except this won’t be at the studio. Instead, go to the Marriott Residence Inn (942 Main St). Bring a mat, water, towel, and wear comfortable clothing. 6:30-7:45 p.m. No registration necessary.
- The 1st Connecticut Governor’s Foot Guard Band performs on the Rose Garden Lawn at Elizabeth Park from 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Rain date: July 2nd.
- The Summer Carillon Series continues with Joey and Vera Brink performing at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, and picnic to listen from the Main Quad at Trinity College. Free. (more…)
Thursday’s actions in Hartford and New Haven were portrayed by organizers in a press release as a “walk off,” but that term does not seem to fit with what actually went on. At noon on Airport Road in Hartford, there was no dramatic exit of employees from the Dunkin’ Donuts as had been implied; instead, there was one employee from that location present at the rally, who had simply not gone in to work.
A few minutes before the announced start time of noon, protestors were actually across the street, on the sidewalk near Burger King. Two police cruisers were on the south side of the street, with officers telling activists repeatedly to get out of the drive-thru area.
The group, before the announced noon start time, apparently attempted to enter the Dunkin’ Donuts. I was informed that the door had been locked. America might run on Dunkin’, but this one was willing to cut off that fuel supply in Hartford as long as a few dozen people with a drums and a megaphone were nearby. The door was seen opening to allow a patron out, only to be immediately locked again. (more…)
With artists from Haiti, South Africa, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Spain, Mozambique, UK, Cape Verde, Korea, Canada, India, Philippines, Czech Republic, and the United States, the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival celebrated its ninth year. The event’s main draw is the concert, but over several days there are lectures and workshops, films, dance, live graffiti art, and more. (more…)
Morgan Wienberg was unfazed by the cheers coming from the bar on the other side of Wood-n-Tap each time the Red Sox moved one base closer to the championship; without so much as a pause, she continued telling the Torah on Tap group about the work she has done in Haiti to reunite children with their parents.
Wienberg, originally from Whitehorse, moved to Haiti almost immediately after graduating from high school; while spending five months living in a for-profit orphanage, she began to notice the children there were being exploited and abused. When people would donate shoes, she said, there would be a big show about it, but after the donors left, the children would again be in their bare feet and the shoes would be sold for the personal gain of the orphanage’s owner. (more…)
To celebrate the International Day of Peace on Saturday, Hartford’s Elizabeth Park will play host to the first Peace, Love, & Music Together festival.
Bells will be rung and drums will be drummed. West Hartford Yoga will lead a community meditation and yoga class. Then, there will be more drumming as part of a rally for peace.
Governor Malloy, West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka, and Connecticut State Senator Beth Bye are all scheduled to speak, along with Kenneth K. Guilmartin, the Founder and Director of Music Together.
Music Together, the sponsor, is a decades’ old music program for “babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, first and second graders, and the adults who love them.” (more…)