Less than one week since the Orlando nightclub shootings — and within 48 hours of another death in Hartford resulting from gun violence — the Hartford Police Department is holding a gun buyback event at the Johnson Stewart Community Center, located half a mile from that most recent fatal shooting and about one block from a double homicide that occurred in March.
From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on June 18, working firearms can be turned in anonymously and in exchange for gift cards. (more…)
It used to be highly controversial to ask families to pay for their children to participate in public school sports, but the visceral anger has more or less dwindled as practicality has won out. In the same way, some of the “freebies” in Hartford that have become traditions — parades, summer movie nights, ice skating — have been revealed as costing more than is fair to pass along to the taxpayer in a time when important services have been slashed.
The reactions have varied. Some did little more than create a hashtag. Others have taken more vocal and fruitful actions.
In April, Real Hartford suggested that events like Envisionfest and Winterfest charge a modest admission fee for out-of-town users. No word on if anyone will take up that suggestion, but it stands. Meanwhile, those hoping to hang on to Winterfest activities, like ice skating in Bushnell Park, have started a crowdfunding campaign. As of publication, it has collected $200 toward its $200,000 goal.
The Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition is offering to the public training in how to reverse an opioid (OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Heroin, Fentanyl) overdose. Participants will receive free Naloxone (Narcan) kits, which have the potential to prevent overdose deaths.
The GHHRC says Naloxone “does NOT encourage people to increase use of opiates” and that “goals, such as decreasing drug use, can only be accomplished if the user is alive.”
For the foreseeable future, GHHRC is hosting free training sessions every Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. at its office, 1229 Albany Avenue in Hartford. GHHRC requests that those intending to attend get in touch with the date they want to attend on.
This monthly event listing includes arts and entertainment, civic engagement, academic, cultural, wellness, and other types of activities happening in Hartford during June. There is no intent to include all events — it’s curated, with preference given to what the widest range of Hartford residents can afford (free or low cost) and what sounds most interesting to us.
This information is accurate as of publication to the best of our knowledge. Keep in mind that events are sometimes cancelled or postponed, and that incorrect details are at times given to us. Verify with the venue if you are concerned about last minute surprises.
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- The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet will be giving a free lunchtime concert in Liam E. McGee Memorial Park (formerly “HartBeat Park– Garden Street, Frazer Place, and Myrtle Street ) 12-1 p.m. If it rains, this will take place on June 3rd.
- Community Matters: Wrestling with Public Restroom Use & Other Laws Aimed at Excluding LGBTQs— YWCA Hartford Region (135 Broad Street) is hosting a conversation on this topic. Catherine Blinder will moderate. Dan Barrett, Legal Director at ACLU CT, and Cesar Aleman, Community Outreach and Education Coordinator at CT Fair Housing Center, will be participating in the discussion. This free event starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Soromundi Room.
- Free yoga in Bushnell Park at 5:30 p.m. Bring your own mat and water; wear comfortable clothing. Meet on the lawn between the pond and Pump House.
- Get HYPEd: gather at Firebox (539 Broad) for this month’s networking event for young professionals and entrepreneurs. Show up whenever, stay as long as you’d like. No cover. Bring business cards and money for your own drinks. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
- At 10 a.m. take a free tour of the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden. Meet at the Cottage.
- Billings Forge Farmers’ Market is from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Broad Street, between Capitol Avenue and Russ Street.
- Art on the Streets: from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., check out what Justin O’Brien (Asylum and Trumbull) and Tang Sauce (Phoenix Gateway [you probably know this area as Constitution Plaza]) have to offer. Free. (Can we stop with the Hxxxford nonsense now? Patently false! It never left.)
- Take a free tour of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park. Drop by from 12-1:30 p.m. Call 860-232-6710 to confirm that rain has not cancelled.
- Free yoga in Elizabeth Park at 5:30. Bring your own yoga mat and water; wear comfortable clothing. Meet on the lawn near the rose garden.
- hARTford Art Show: artwork on the themes of identity, community, and Hartford, created by Hartford middle and high school students, will be on display at Butler-McCook House & Garden (396 Main), 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free.
- The POSSM and Now for Ages will play at Peppercorn’s Grill (357 Main) starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.
- Witness the Puerto Rican Flag Raising Ceremony at the Connecticut State Capitol at 12:30 p.m.
- Opening reception for Headstrong by Marc-Yves Regis at ArtWalk Gallery, located in Hartford Public Library (500 Main Street). 6 p.m. Free.
- Me, Myself and Her kicks off this year’s Connecticut LGBT Film Festival at Cinestudio (300 Summit Street). $20 general admission includes some short films. This begins at 7:30 p.m.
It’s been a tough few weeks for the police, perhaps tougher for those who have made questionable moves.
Budget cuts have eliminated the Mounted Police, effective at the beginning of July. A few mounted police made an appearance at the Zunner Building opening ceremony on Wednesday, where the governor, mayor, and other elected City and State politicians were present. Though well attended, the need for crowd control at this event was not apparent.
The Animal Control Unit has been significantly reduced; ACO Sherry DeGenova, who has earned the reputation of being valuable for her non-stop passion and commitment to her work, was among those cut. Responding to this decision, the community — including many people from beyond Hartford’s borders who adopted dogs that would have otherwise been killed — has marched, petitioned, filled City Hall during a Council meeting, and gone very public with its discontent over a budget cut that some are claiming will actually cost the City of Hartford more money in the long run. (more…)
Saturday’s BIKE LIFE festival at Heaven did not start until noon, but kids were at the park hours in advance awaiting their new-to-them bikes.