Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance (CIRA) and Connecticut Immigrant Voices Coalition (CIVIC) sponsored a rally and festival in Bushnell Park this weekend, with the afternoon’s events including musical performances, dance, and the telling of personal challenges with the immigration experience. Continue reading 'Multicultural Festival Promotes Immigration Reform'»
Sunday’s Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival del Coqui were lively and well-attended. Continue reading 'Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival del Coqui 2013'»
Keney Park was one of the sites for this year’s Connecticut Trails Day. Informative and fun, the event was less about the actual trails here in Hartford, and more of a celebration of what the city’s largest park has to offer.
“The pond is like a toilet,” Continue reading 'Connecticut Trails Day: Keney Park'»
For those unaware, Park Street is the venue of an unofficial procession-of-sorts the night before the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. There are as many opinions on this event as there are people, from those who embrace and participate in the ruckus, to those who pull their hair out over it, to those who shrug it off as the equivalent of drunken block parties downtown that now seem to span the entire month of March. Continue reading 'Park Street, Parade Eve'»
By the looks of the XL Center on Wednesday morning, it’s hard to believe that the 1.5 mile Ringling Bros train only arrived late the night before. Within twelve hours of reaching Hartford, the crew had assembled a major piece of the stage.
A few blocks away, at the Old State House, a crowd grows restless as the elephants are late to make an appearance. Most, seemingly affiliated with CRT, are not privy to the knowledge that the train was delayed three hours Tuesday night, meaning that it was not until almost midnight when the convoy from railroad tracks-to-civic center happened.
Behind-the-scenes, horses and elephants milled about quietly in their respective areas, which seemed more spacious than those found at county fairs. With elephants pacing behind him, Ryan Henning, an Animal Care Specialist with Ringling Bros, says he could never work a desk job. Being outdoors, traveling, and working with the animals he says he loves are preferred to the standard 9-to-5 fare. Continue reading 'Ringling Bros. Brings Controversy, Clowns, and a Cannonball'»
Re:Create CT, the first holistic and green living event in Hartford’s Elizabeth Park, made an impact. Continue reading 'Holistic, Green Living Event Proves Popular'»
- The Hartford Public Library will be hosting a community program on planning for sustainability. The HPL says, “This workshop offers in partnership with the Hartford Foundation for Public giving. Sustaining your initiatives requires leadership, persistence and a plan. This workshop will enable you to think and act more strategically in demonstrating the sustainability of your initiative and will offer suggestions on planning for program continuation.” 10am-12pm in the Downtown Youth Program Room.
- Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival, founded by Public Allies Connecticut, “aims to engage and unite Hartford youth in telling their stories and the stories of their city through film.” Films created by youth living in Hartford will be screened tonight at Cinestudio. Doors open at 5:30pm, programming begins at 6. There will be an awards ceremony and reception. This is free and open to the public.
- Also at 5:30, young professionals are welcomed to the Connecticut Convention Center for the free networking event, Get HYPEd. This goes until 8:30pm. It’s casual. No rsvp required. Bring business cards!
- Ever wanted to try drawing with a live model as the subject? Who hasn’t? Studio N111 is offering a Life Drawing workshop with a different theme every month. For tonight, JaVon will model as artists of all skill levels wrangle with “proportion.” There is a $15 fee that includes materials. 7pm. Studio N111 is located at 75 Pratt Street, #301. No need to rsvp — just drop in. Continue reading 'May 2013 Events'»