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Chester Human Library Forum, March 6

In Chester CT Events on February 25, 2016 at 11:53 am

human library poster VNNThe town of Chester will be the home of a “first” in Connecticut – the first Human Library Forum – on Sunday, March 6.

Born in Denmark and brought to the Chester Public Library in 2014 by Sue Zirlen, the Human Library provides a place where the “books” are living people who volunteer to share their stories, passion and/or life experiences with members of the community.

On March 6, the Human Library Forum invites attendees to experience the world of “human books” first-hand by providing an opportunity for one-on-one conversations with a “book” that piques their interest.

The forum is being held at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester, in conjunction with the synagogue’s Books & Bagels monthly programs, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Following a brief introduction to the Human Library concept, attendees will have an opportunity for several 20-minute conversations with the “books.” The “book” titles are:

The Buzz in Chester – Backyard Beekeeping

Surviving and Thriving as an Adult College Student

The Ukelele

Patchwork and Quilting

Tap Your Trees!

Why Isn’t Our Economy Growing Faster?

Fantasy Sports

Nonviolent Communication

Eating Wheat and Gluten Free

Girl – Woman – Widow

The Human Library and Me

Sustainable Buddhist

Refugee – Filmmaker – Photographer

The Human Library Forum is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served during the morning. The forum will conclude around 11:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ) is at 55 East King’s Highway, off Rte. 154, in Chester.

For more information, call Chester Library at 860-526-0018 or CBSRZ at 860-526-8920 or visit Facebook.com/ChesterCTPublicLibrary.

Chester Kids Share Their Love of Knitting, Feb. 28

In Chester CT Events on February 17, 2016 at 11:33 am

When Anne Winslow was age seven, her grandmother taught her how to knit. Now this Chester grandmother teaches children how to knit at the Chester Public Library on Saturday afternoons. kids knit with anne

The group has been growing and the 100-year-old library can get crowded. So the Kids Knitting group decided to share the art and fun of knitting with their friends.  They will hold a knitting event on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Chester Museum at The Mill, during Chester’s “Always on Sunday” happenings.kids knit resize

The event is free and open to all. All children must have parental supervision.  Assistance will be provided for new knitters. Beginner supplies will be available, or please bring your own.

knitted squaresThis event also gives the Kids Knitting group a chance to spread the word about their Knitted Squares Blanket project. They are collecting their knitted squares to be sewn into a blanket, which they will donate to a charity.

For more information, call Chester Library at 860-526-0018 or visit Facebook.com/ChesterCTPublicLibrary.

Always on Sunday in Chester – Valentine’s Day

In Chester CT Events on February 8, 2016 at 6:23 pm

Chester always loves a celebration, and what better day to celebrate than Sunday, Feb. 14, or before, so you can scoop up that perfect gift for your Valentine! Here are just a few possibilities. You can find more all week long on Facebook.com/VisitChesterCT.

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Dina Varano Gallery

Say Amore with Dina Varano’s Amore collection at her Main Street gallery as well as online . Dina says, “The Amore collection is a collection of pendants I create with a complimentary hand painted card. It’s always a favorite and a great gift for your Valentine.”

The Lori Warner Gallery has roses that last forever by Erika Barratt. “Each rose is thoughtfully made by hand and painted in watercolor on Kozo paper. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.” Don’t wait to purchase; contact the gallery at 860.322.4265 or  gallery@loriwarner.com.

Lori Warner Studio/Gallery

Lori Warner Studio/Gallery

On Valentine’s Day itself, give yourself a gift. Come to Maple and Main Gallery of Art where mimosas and chocolates will be served, and you will be transported and inspired by the beautiful art in two new shows on the two floors of the gallery. Gift certificates are available as are many small paintings and unframed original art.

Mimosas and chocolates at Maple & Main Gallery

Mimosas and chocolates at Maple & Main Gallery

 

“Chester Cares” – New Water Bottle Initiative – on Jan. 31

In Uncategorized on February 8, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Celebrate Ecological Sunday on Sunday, Jan. 31, in Chester Center to participate in a new initiative to reduce the use of plastic water bottles. The initiative, which was started by Chester resident and former science teacher Felise Cressman, includes a launch of Chester’s own aluminum logo water bottle.felise water bottle

Did you know that Americans used approximately 30 billion plastic water bottles in 2015 and in 10 years there could be 1 ton of plastic for every 3 tons of finfish in our oceans? These are just two of the plastic facts cited by Felise in a new brochure.

On Jan. 31, anytime between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit Maple & Main Gallery of Fine Art at the corner of Maple and Main Streets, to educate yourself about the harmful effects of plastic on our land and waterways. View the short film celebrating this initiative, which was created by Nick Lepore, a Valley Regional senior interested in film studies. See the display of Chester’s “top 10” items of garbage collected in less than five visits along Chester’s Connecticut River shoreline.

All of the items in this sculpture were found along Chester’s riverfront. Come add to it on Jan. 31 at Maple & Main Gallery.

Also, check out at the sculpture at the Maple & Main Gallery that Felise and her fellow volunteers created from the collected debris; you can even add to it.

The water bottle is made in America by veterans and previously unemployed Americans from recycled aluminum cans and BPA-free materials. The logo is the newly designed “Chester, Connecticut -We’re a Walking Town” logo by Janet Cummings Good.

The bottle will be available for purchase that Sunday at Maple & Main as well as at Compass Rose and Simon’s Marketplace.  Check out a “boxed water” alternative to plastic at various merchants in town.  Proceeds from sales will be used to purchase more logo bottles and to support protection and cleanup of oceans through the Rozalia Project (www.rozaliaproject.org).

For more information or to become involved in this initiative, email ChesterWaterBottle@gmail.com.