Norwalk's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:28:09 -0400 HamletHub.com FREE Intro to Yoga 3 Week Session http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43682-free-intro-to-yoga-3-week-session-149037288843682-free-intro-to-yoga-3-week-session-1490372888 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43682-free-intro-to-yoga-3-week-session-149037288843682-free-intro-to-yoga-3-week-session-1490372888

Please join us for a 3 week Intro to Yoga Series that is FREE to anyone. Starts first week in April at Kaia Yoga

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assistant@kaiayoga.com (Kaia Yoga) Life Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:25:57 -0400
Broadway Smash "End of the Rainbow" Makes Connecticut Premiere at MTC MainStage http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43684-broadway-smash-end-of-the-rainbow-makes-connecticut-premiere-at-mtc-mainstage43684-broadway-smash-end-of-the-rainbow-makes-connecticut-premiere-at-mtc-mainstage http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43684-broadway-smash-end-of-the-rainbow-makes-connecticut-premiere-at-mtc-mainstage43684-broadway-smash-end-of-the-rainbow-makes-connecticut-premiere-at-mtc-mainstage

"End of the Rainbow," a play with music by Peter Quilter. It's December 1968 and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback...again. In a London hotel room, with both her new young fiancé and her adoring accompanist, Garland struggles to get "beyond the rainbow" with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit. Featuring some of Garland's most memorable songs, this savagely funny play with music offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American history. “Sensational—in every sense of the word!” says Ben Brantley of "The New York Times."
 
April 7-23. Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm.
 
MTC MainStage, 509 Westport Avenue (behind the Nine West Outlet) in Norwalk, CT.
 
$30-$55. Reservations suggested.
 
RESERVATIONS/ INFO: Call 203.454.3883 or visit musictheatreofct.com.
 
 
ABOUT MUSIC THEATRE OF CONNECTICUT and MTC MAINSTAGE
Music Theatre of Connecticut was founded in 1987 by Directors Kevin Connors and Jim Schilling. MTC’s professional mainstage company is celebrating its' 30th anniversary of critically-acclaimed productions, including new works and buried treasures of the American musical theatre. MTC is recipient of the Connecticut Critics' Circle's highest honor, the Tom Killen Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Connecticut Professional Theatre and was presented with a Connecticut State Legislative Citation to commemorate this award. Productions presented at MTC have been nominated for Best Musical of the Connecticut theatre season and several others have gone on to have successful productions in New York and at other regional houses. The New MTC boasts a state-of-the-art black box theatre, rehearsal studios, scenic and costume design shops, dressing rooms, and beautiful lobby and public spaces. MTC is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. For more information, visit musictheatreofct.com.
 
 
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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Life Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:11:24 -0400
Save the Date! Cocktails & Clams Coming June 3rd http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/43662-epndc-1490037683-149003768443662-epndc-1490037683-1490037684 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/43662-epndc-1490037683-149003768443662-epndc-1490037683-1490037684

June 3 5-7PM

Norm Bloom & Son / Cops Island Oyster

7 Edgewater Place in Norwalk

Join us for a dockside celebration of clean water to benefit Harbor Watch, with an unlimited raw bar straight off the fishing boat, a signature cocktail, wine and beer, live music, and more! Tickets are $75/person. Adults only please. Visit harborwatch.org for more details.

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j.richardson@earthplace.org (EPNDC) Charities Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:05:54 -0400
Highlight: New Canaan Coming to Silvermine Arts Center http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/43680-highlight-new-canaan-coming-to-silvermine-arts-center43680-highlight-new-canaan-coming-to-silvermine-arts-center http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/43680-highlight-new-canaan-coming-to-silvermine-arts-center43680-highlight-new-canaan-coming-to-silvermine-arts-center

Silvermine Arts Center is pleased to present Highlight: New Canaan. This exhibition is guest-curated by Paul Efstathiou, a second generation art dealer and recent Southport resident, and organized by Eleanor Flatow, an art consultant and New Canaan resident.

Highlight: New Canaan, the sequel to Efstathiou’s successful Hollis Taggart Galleries Show, Highlight: Summer One, unites eleven professional contemporary artists based in New York City and Los Angeles. Each artist has had noteworthy exhibitions, has forthcoming shows and has been highlighted and reviewed by national and/or international art publications. Efstathiou brings them together to create a dynamic and diverse show, in accordance with Silvermine’s 96-year history of showcasing such innovative artists as Elaine de Kooning, Mary Frank, Helen Frankenthaler, Sol LeWitt. Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Richard Pousette-Dart, and James Rosenquist connecting the community to broader discussions and explorations occurring in the art world.

Silvermine Arts Center’s mission is to provide experiences that expand the mind, nourish the soul and connect people through the universal language of art. A nearly 100-year-old, 501(c) (3) organization, Silvermine is comprised of a Guild of over 300 professional artists; five galleries presenting new exhibitions every six weeks and sponsoring prestigious regional and national competitions; a School of Art providing a wide range of classes for all levels of experience from ages 2 to 102; public programs; and outreach programs in the Norwalk and Stamford schools. As Fairfield County’s preeminent visual arts center, Silvermine welcomes annually more than 4,500 enrollments at the School of Art and 12,000 visitors to the award-winning galleries. The center provides its artist members, faculty, students and visitors with a common location where they can share ideas, work on projects, teach, explore new areas and grow in their creativity and talents.

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Events Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:24:36 -0400
Parenting Practices: 7 Skills All Students Need in the New Academic Year at Pequot Library http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/43675-parenting-practices-7-skills-all-students-need-in-the-new-academic-year-at-pequot-library-tuesday-april-25-2017-7-00-8-30-p-m-149020353143675-parenting-practices-7-skills-all-students-need-in-the-new-academic-year-at-pequot-library-tuesday-april-25-2017-7-00-8-30-p-m-1490203531 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/43675-parenting-practices-7-skills-all-students-need-in-the-new-academic-year-at-pequot-library-tuesday-april-25-2017-7-00-8-30-p-m-149020353143675-parenting-practices-7-skills-all-students-need-in-the-new-academic-year-at-pequot-library-tuesday-april-25-2017-7-00-8-30-p-m-1490203531

Parents of approaching middle or high school students are invited to Pequot Library for this free seminar, "7 Skills All Students Need in the New Academic Year." It is designed to help give families tactics to successfully transition their student to the next grade. During this informative and highly interactive workshop, parents will learn seven evidence-based techniques to help their student stay focused, complete homework with purpose and crispness, achieve higher confidence, and get better results.

Michelle Sagalyn, president of S4 Study Skills, will help attendees learn the answer to these questions and more:

• What are the 7 skills all students need to be successful in school?

• How should they prepare for tests?

• How can your student eliminate distractions when they study?

• How can your student avoid feeling overwhelmed?

• Should your student study for a subject all in one shot, or over time?

• What can you do as a parent support your student?

The workshop is free, but registration is requested.

For additional information, please visit S4StudySkills.com/pequot, or call Successful Study Skills 4 Students at 203-307-5455.

About S4

S4’s mission is to unlock the power of learning to improve, enhance, and support students’ academic careers. We provide strategies, and study skills needed to build successful academic careers. By teaching logical, easy-to-implement study skills, S4 helps students establish and build habits for a foundation for learning and academic success. More than 3,500 students, reflecting over 70 schools and community venues, have participated in S4’s evidence-based workshops in Connecticut and New York.

Please visit pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Adair) Events Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:24:00 -0400
Free Reiki Talk & Healing http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43679-free-reiki-talk-healing43679-free-reiki-talk-healing http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43679-free-reiki-talk-healing43679-free-reiki-talk-healing

Do you want to feel more centered? Seeking clarity and peace in your daily life? Are you under stress or trying to get healthier? Suffering from chronic pain?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy, vital and healthy. The goal of Reiki healing is to assist the body in restoring energetic balance for the well-being and health of mind, body and spirit.

Come learn why Reiki energy healing is administered more than 800 hospitals and cancer centers nationwide. And why Dr Oz believes Reiki is the number one alternative healing therapy. Pre-Registration Required by 3/25.  LifePath Yoga & Wellness, 430 Main Avenue in Norwalk. 203-354-7070. lifepathyoga.net

 

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nina@lifepathyoga.net (Nina Antolino) Life Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:19:13 -0400
9th Annual Pacific House Dessert and Chocolate Tasting on March 31 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/43678-9th-annual-pacific-house-dessert-and-chocolate-tasting-on-march-31-149027326743678-9th-annual-pacific-house-dessert-and-chocolate-tasting-on-march-31-1490273267 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/43678-9th-annual-pacific-house-dessert-and-chocolate-tasting-on-march-31-149027326743678-9th-annual-pacific-house-dessert-and-chocolate-tasting-on-march-31-1490273267

Come to the 9th Annual Pacific House Dessert and Chocolate Tasting Event on Friday, March 31st from 7-10pm at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.  This spectacular community tradition offers the chance to indulge in incredible desserts and chocolate from the area’s finest artisanal bakeries and chocolatiers.   In addition, guests will enjoy live music at the To Each His Home benefit concert.  This inspirational musical event will bring together talented student musicians from area high schools to raise funds for the new Pacific House Young Adult program. 

The result: an extraordinary evening of delicious sweets, great music and a spectacular example of young adults helping young adults.  Please plan to join this special evening to help end young adult homelessness.  Tickets begin at $50, and may be purchased by visiting pacifichouse.org/dessert-and-music-event or by texting ‘sweets’ to 88202.

“This event will make a meaningful difference for those young adults who have nowhere to call home,” said Rafael Pagan Jr., Executive Director of Pacific House.  “Attendees will enjoy chocolate and music, and will also feel good knowing they’re helping kids in need.”

Last year, Pacific House, a Stamford, CT based nonprofit organization that operates an emergency shelter for men and young adults from Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and beyond, began a Young Adult Program in response to the significant number of young adults they were seeing coming into the shelter.  These young men, ages 18-24, have nowhere to live and are currently calling the shelter home.  Whether they’re still in high school and doing their homework at the shelter each day, or getting help with support services, the Pacific House Young Adult Program connects these kids with housing, employment, education and services that can prevent a lifetime of homelessness.

“The problem is bigger than we initially realized, said Andrew Barer, Director of Development & Communications for Pacific House.  “We’ve hired a specialized case manager, initiated new programs, and created a dedicated living space for these kids at the shelter, and the spots were quickly filled.  This event is a great way to raise awareness about the program and empower kids to help their peers, all while giving the community an enjoyable evening with friends and neighbors.”

Guests will leave the event with a hand-made cookie by Janie Bakes of New York City.  The sweet creations are baked by owner Janie Deegan, herself a survivor of homelessness in her early twenties.  “I’m thrilled to participate in this event which is closely connected to my own experience,” said the entrepreneur who also teaches baking to underprivileged and homeless children.

Pacific House would like to thank the evening’s generous event sponsors: Olympus Partners, Debby & Mark Blackman, Harbor Point, Stamford Hospital Foundation, First County Bank, The Fred & Joan Weisman Fund, The Francis J. Connor Family, NEBCO, Purdue Pharma, L.P., Shoprite and Laurence & Michelle Allen, as well as media partners: Fairfield County Look, Stamford Magazine, 95.9 the Fox, CTbites and Hey Stamford.  Additional thanks are extended to all the schools and students who are participating in the event, those schools include: Brunswick School, Darien High School, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich Country Day, Greenwich High School, King School, Sacred Heart Greenwich and Stamford High School. 

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Nutmegers@optonline.net (Laura Roberts) Charities Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:17:18 -0400
West Norwalk Neighborhood Walk http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/43651-west-norwalk-neighborhood-walk43651-west-norwalk-neighborhood-walk http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/43651-west-norwalk-neighborhood-walk43651-west-norwalk-neighborhood-walk

Join the Healthy for Life Project and local residents for a walk in South Norwalk on Saturday, March 25, 2017! Please meet your fellow walkers at Fox Run Elementary School by 8:30am and enjoy a walk through the neighborhood. All are invited to attend!

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Events Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:07:22 -0400
Enjoy Chocolate and Strawberries While Learning About Breast Health at Norwalk City Hall on March 29th http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/43600-enjoy-chocolate-and-strawberries-while-learning-about-breast-health-at-norwalk-city-hall-on-march-29th43600-enjoy-chocolate-and-strawberries-while-learning-about-breast-health-at-norwalk-city-hall-on-march-29th http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/43600-enjoy-chocolate-and-strawberries-while-learning-about-breast-health-at-norwalk-city-hall-on-march-29th43600-enjoy-chocolate-and-strawberries-while-learning-about-breast-health-at-norwalk-city-hall-on-march-29th

The City of Norwalk in collaboration with Norwalk Hospital’s Smilow Family Breast Center and CancerCare Inc. invite the community to attend a “Chocolate, Strawberries and Breast Health” program on Wednesday, March 29, at 5 pm. The program takes place at Norwalk City Hall’s Community Room where breast health experts from Norwalk Hospital and CancerCare will discuss topics focused on breast health and awareness for women and men.

Opening remarks will be delivered by Lucia C. Rilling, “First Lady” of the City of Norwalk. Featured topics and presenters include:

  •          Screening Recommendations led by Jeanne Capasse, MD, Surgical Director, SFBHC, Norwalk Hospital
  •          Dispel Myths and Fears led by Mary Heery, APRN, Breast Health Specialist, Norwalk Hospital
  •          Navigate Health Barriers led by Zarek Mena, CPN, Certified Patient Navigator, Norwalk Hospital
  •          Maintain Breast Health and Access Services led by Susan Beno, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, CancerCare Inc.

Questions, answers and testimonials follow the presentations, and breast health advocates will be available to connect attendees with appropriate breast care services.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to win a $50 gift certificate for a massage, Reiki or other services offered by Norwalk Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Department, and other prize giveaways.

For more information and to register, please call Zarek Mena at (203) 852-2300.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, and their affiliated organizations. The continuum of care offered includes numerous Western Connecticut Medical Group medical and sub-specialty practices, home health care services, a nationally renowned biomedical research institute, the Danbury Hospital & New Milford Hospital Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation and other affiliates. For more information, visit WCHN.org. Share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital; Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital and/or Facebook.com/NorwalkHospital.

About CancerCare®

Founded in 1944, CancerCare® is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

CancerCare’s Connecticut office was opened in 1988 to ensure that Connecticut residents have full access to all CancerCare services. To learn more, visit cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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diane.burke@danhosp.org (Diane Burke) Events Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:48:00 -0400
Night at the Library Sleepover http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/43667-night-at-the-library-sleepover-149010251443667-night-at-the-library-sleepover-1490102514 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/43667-night-at-the-library-sleepover-149010251443667-night-at-the-library-sleepover-1490102514

Fifth and sixth-graders are invited to spend a memorable overnight at Pequot Library on the evening of Sunday, April 9, hosted by Public Programs Manager, Tracy Steneken, and Teen Librarian, Christine Catallo. Enjoy an evening of fun-filled adventure and mystery. Hunt for treasures, share stories, and pop popcorn for your viewing of “The Librarian.” The cost is $50 per child. Registration Required.

The sleepover will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a tale-telling ice breaker. A captivating tour of the library and the Pequot Founders: Building a Library and a Legacy exhibition will follow, wherein kids will learn the significance of this architectural gem and have fun experiencing our vivid history, from looking through a stereoscope to walking on a glass floor. Afterwards, pizza will be served and popcorn will be popped over a roaring fire in the Reading Room while kids participate in a story-telling activity.

Then a scavenger hunt will begin throughout the library, a desperate search for a “missing” artifact. Using the information they gain from the tour, the kids will work together to solve riddles that lead to the lost item. Once the location is revealed, they’ll unwind with a showing of ”The Librarian” in the historic Auditorium. Afterwards it’s lights out and pickup by 9:00 a.m. Early risers will have the opportunity to read independently or play a group game.

Please visit pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterPequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:15:00 -0400
Connecticut Closet & Shelf & A2Z Organizing Solutions ‘Spring Initiative’ a Huge Win for Clients http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43671-connecticut-closet-shelf-a2z-organizing-solutions-spring-initiative-a-huge-win-for-clients43671-connecticut-closet-shelf-a2z-organizing-solutions-spring-initiative-a-huge-win-for-clients http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43671-connecticut-closet-shelf-a2z-organizing-solutions-spring-initiative-a-huge-win-for-clients43671-connecticut-closet-shelf-a2z-organizing-solutions-spring-initiative-a-huge-win-for-clients

Connecticut Closet & Shelf, Fairfield County’s unique family owned and operated custom storage design, manufacture and installation firm, is partnering with Norwalk-based A2Z Organizing Solutions, LLC for a ‘Spring Initiative’ that offers clients a complimentary professional organizing consultation.

“We have noticed that many of our clients are overwhelmed by their storage needs,” says Cindy Bernier, president & owner at Connecticut Closet & Shelf.   “Partnering with A2Z Organizing Solutions seemed a natural progression to what we do. We specialize in creating efficient, well-designed storage spaces like closets, pantries, garages, etc, but we do not organize the stuff of people's lives.  Our ‘Spring Initiative’ means some of our clients will be able to take advantage of a free consultation with a professional organizer and learn how to attain and maintain greater clarity in their home...how great is that! “

Ann Zanon, owner at A2Z Organizing Solutions, agrees that her firm and Connecticut Closet & Shelfwork in perfect tandem. “I have a heart for serving people, enjoy working hard, and helping my clients achieve their goals of reducing the clutter in their lives. Working with a locally owned business like Connecticut Closet & Shelf is great because having that local source will give clients better options for their closet needs.”  

So how will the partnership actually work? “Before or after our installation some of our clients will choose to schedule a consultation with A2Z Organizing Solutions at their home to discuss their problems,” says Bernier. “Once the organizing team gets clear on the quantities that are being kept, our firm will design and create the appropriate storage structure.”

Zanon looks forward to offering a complimentary consultation to Bernier’s customers. “It is my goal to help my clients clear out the excess so that true focus can be on the things, experiences and (most importantly) the PEOPLE that truly matter to them," she says.

Bernier hopes that her Spring Initiative, which runs from March 21 through June 21, will not only introduce clients to a select, local member of the National Association of Professional Organizers for future needs etc., but also help them further appreciate all Connecticut Closet & Shelf has to offer.

For more information visit ctcloset.com or call 203.838.9089

About Connecticut Closet and Shelf

Connecticut Closet and Shelf ctcloset.com provides customized home office storage solutions, basement storage, attic storage, garage storage, linen storage, pantry storage, storage shelving, closet accessories and more. Founded by Cindy Bernier in 1987 the family owned and run company has provided top-shelf closet design, their own closet manufacturing, and expert closet installation. Customers include builders, decorators, designers, architects and homeowners from lower Fairfield County, CT and parts of Westchester County, NY including Westport, Weston, Darien, Fairfield, Trumbull, Ridgefield, Monroe, Shelton, Wilton, New Canaan, Stamford, Greenwich and Pound Ridge.

About A2Z Organizing Solutions, LLC

A2Z Organizing Solutions, LLC www.a2zorganizingsolutions.com serves Fairfield County Connecticut and surrounding areas. Ann works directly with each client to clear out duplicate, unneeded, unwanted items. Together, they then sort and organize the remaining items and reposition them to suit the needs and lifestyle of the client.

Ann Zanon, CPO® (Certified Professional Organizer®) has extensive experience and knowledge of, and is sensitive to, the needs of chronic "pack rats", hoarding, senior citizens, ADHD, depression, recently widowed, chronic illness, moving, home offices, minimalist, downsizing, new baby, home and commercial offices, storage, and more.

Member of BCPO®, NAPO, NAPO-CT, ICD, The Connecticut Hoarding Working Group, and fully bonded and insured with NAPO-SURE, she is one of just 3 Certified Professional Organizers® in CT.

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susan@write-for-you.com (Susan W. Capparelle) Life Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:44:15 -0400
How to be an Ethical Tourist in Costa Rica http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43676-how-to-be-an-ethical-tourist-in-costa-rica43676-how-to-be-an-ethical-tourist-in-costa-rica http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43676-how-to-be-an-ethical-tourist-in-costa-rica43676-how-to-be-an-ethical-tourist-in-costa-rica

Volunteering abroad can be a confusing and overwhelming undertaking. It's difficult to sift through thousands of organizations and charities and find one that's right for you.

This is when for-profit companies capitalize on well-intentioned travelers, and aide in finding worthy causes -- however, they charge extraordinarily high fees to both the volunteers and the organization/charity.

It is best for all involved to avoid using a service like this and donate your money and time directly to the cause. Of course, you'll have to do some digging on your own, but if your philanthropic dreams are rooted in Costa Rica, here are some wonderful causes that accept volunteers on a case by case basis.

Conservation of the Sea Turtles Program

The Ostional National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most important areas in the world for nesting of the Olive Ridley turtle. For three to five days each month, hundreds of thousands of sea turtles appear (totaling 1 million each year) and begin nesting on the beach. 

Since 2009, volunteers have helped with census work, egg excavation, beach cleanup and night patrol (to guard the eggs). 

To learn more about volunteering, call the Volunteers Association ASVO 506-8843-2324, email wendyplus@gmail.com, or contact the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge directly at 2682-0400.

Mar Viva Foundation Program 

In 2000 the Mar Viva Foundation fought to implement responsible fish practices in an experiencing gross overfishing. Together, with the fisherman, they formed a co-op and brainstormed ideas for many of the outstanding issues.

The foundation provides housing and requests volunteers stay 8-10 days. For more information, visit marviva.net.

Play Time Project

Of course, since "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", you'd be remiss not explore the beautiful Tico terrain before or after your volunteering experience.

Some must stops are...

Jungle Crocodile Safari. Cruise over the Tárcoles River on a relaxing boat ride to see these mysterious living dinosaurs.  A knowledgeable bilingual guide is on board to provide information about the fauna and flora of the river while facilitating you the opportunity to photograph and film the wildlife at close range -- and please, avoid the tours that feed the crocodiles! 

Search for wildlife. Whether you're looking to spot monkey, macaws, or their famous sloths, wildlife can be found just about everywhere, so keep your eyes open and your camera ready!

Macaw Lodge. I could spend weeks at this hotel, and still not want to leave. It is one of the most beautiful and relaxes places I've ever visited. The attention to sustainability and detail is truly amazing (the finished project took nearly two decades to complete!), and if you ever get the chance to visit, make sure you give my tree some water :)

Zipline. Ziplining was invented in Costa Rica, so pick any one of the many scenic tours and face your fear of heights!

Have you volunteered abroad? I'd love to hear about your experience!

 

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit ) Life Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:08:00 -0400
Why Traveling to Puerto Vallarta is More Important Than Ever http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43677-why-traveling-to-puerto-vallarta-is-more-important-than-ever43677-why-traveling-to-puerto-vallarta-is-more-important-than-ever http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43677-why-traveling-to-puerto-vallarta-is-more-important-than-ever43677-why-traveling-to-puerto-vallarta-is-more-important-than-ever

Recently, Travel Weekly reported that U.S. travelers are increasingly canceling trips to Mexico due to the current political climate. This is unfortunate, and frankly a mistake for so many reasons. Despite what may be happening in Washington, traveling to Puerto Vallarta is more important than ever because we the people have the power to make a statement with our purchases and where we choose to frequent. A visit to our southern neighbor is a statement of support and friendship in a time when projecting kindness is vital.

I traveled to Puerto Vallarta both in 2015, and last fall, and have answered the safety question before, so now, politics, aside, here are more reasons why you should put Puerto Vallarta on your travel list:

My first visit was eco-based and we spent our time ziplining above the canopy, exploring the Malecón, enjoying the gorgeous untouched island of Yelapa, and my favorite, watching majestic beluga whales breaching in the waters of the glass-like Bay of Banderas.

This time around, we embarked on an evening taco tour, got in some much-needed R&R at our resort, saw a Michael Jackson impersonator performance, and upgraded our Bay on Banderas outing by renting a yacht. 

There is so much to do and see in Puerto Vallarta, whether you're a nature lover, food fanatic, fitness buff, or party animal, so start planning your trip today!

Taco & Tequila Tour in Puerto Vallarta

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit ) Life Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:13:00 -0400
Spend Spring Break at the Maritime Aquarium http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43672-spend-spring-break-at-the-maritime-aquarium43672-spend-spring-break-at-the-maritime-aquarium http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43672-spend-spring-break-at-the-maritime-aquarium43672-spend-spring-break-at-the-maritime-aquarium

Children ages 6 to 12 can plunge into the world of sharks and aquatic mammals, do the real work of marine biologists and lots more in a series of fun programs during the upcoming school vacation week April 10-14 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The Maritime Aquarium’s “Spring Vacation Adventures” invite younger students (ages 6 to 8) to explore a different topic involving our watery world each day. And ages 9 to 12 can go behind the scenes for a deeper, hands-on look at how science and technology are critical to how the Aquarium cares for its animals.

But act fast: programs are filling, and the sign-up deadline of April 3 is approaching quickly.

All programs meet from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To accommodate parents’ busy schedules, the Aquarium offers pre-care from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and post-care from 4-5:30 p.m.

For ages 6 to 8:

Younger kids can sign up for one, some or all five days. Each will be full of animal encounters, age-appropriate crafts and hands-on activities and experiments that make learning fun. Cost is $100 per day or $500 for the full week ($90 / $450 for Maritime Aquarium members).

The daily schedule and topics are:

Mon., April 10 – “Water Wonders.”

Tues., April 11 – “Mini Engineers.”

Wed., April 12 – “Junior Aquarist.” 


Thurs., April 13 – “Shark Safari.”


Fri., April 14 – “Ocean Mammals.”

For ages 9 to 12:

April 10-14 – “Behind-the-Scenes Science.”

Students go backstage to learn how the Aquarium cares for some of its larger animals and how its life-support systems are engineered. Other highlights: a study cruise aboard the Aquarium’s unique hybrid-electric research vessel, working with a remotely operated vehicle, and more. Special 9 a.m. drop-off time on Wed., April 12 for the cruise. Cost of this five-day program is $500 ($450 for members).

For both age groups, pre-care is $20 additional per day or $85 for the week. Post-care is $40 per day or $170 for the week. Maritime Aquarium members receive discounts.

Children should bring a snack, a bag lunch and an appetite for adventure.

As a Connecticut state-certified camp, the Aquarium requires health exam forms for every child enrolled.

Space is limited and advance registration is required by Mon., April 3. For reservations or more details about “Spring Vacation Adventures,” call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or go online to maritimeaquarium.org and click on “Public Programs.”

Of course, you can give your child a memorable day during his or her spring break just by visiting The Maritime Aquarium! All exhibits in the popular Connecticut family attraction will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Life Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:42:29 -0400
Maritime Aquarium Lighthouse Cruises Return this April http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43674-maritime-aquarium-lighthouse-cruises-return-this-april43674-maritime-aquarium-lighthouse-cruises-return-this-april http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/43674-maritime-aquarium-lighthouse-cruises-return-this-april43674-maritime-aquarium-lighthouse-cruises-return-this-april

Venture out for on-the-water close-ups of historic lighthouses on Long Island Sound during special cruises on Sat., April 1 and Sat., April 15 offered by The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

From April through October, The Maritime Aquarium offers separate monthly outings to see and photograph lighthouses in central Long Island Sound and also in the western Sound. Maritime Aquarium educators will offer details, histories and anecdotes about the lighthouses, and also point out the Sound’s waterfowl and other sights.

New this year is The Maritime Aquarium’s participation in the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s “Lighthouse Passport” program, a fun way to log your lighthouse pursuits. Aquarium staff now can stamp the books of “Lighthouse Passport” holders for every lighthouse seen during a cruise. (Bring your “passport” or buy one onboard.) Plus, members of the U.S. Lighthouse Society receive 10 percent ticket discounts for Aquarium lighthouse cruises.

The Aquarium’s Lighthouse Cruise options in April are:

• Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise

Sat., April 1; departing at 9 a.m., returning at 4 p.m.

These seven-hour cruises make close passes by eight lighthouses off Connecticut and New York:

• Greens Ledge Lighthouse, a cast-iron “sparkplug” lighthouse southwest of the Norwalk harbor (and south of the Five Mile River). It was built in 1902 and automated in 1972.

• Sheffield Island Lighthouse, one of Norwalk’s iconic structures. Built in 1868, the granite-block lighthouse with a white lantern tower was deactivated in 1902 upon the debut of Greens Ledge Lighthouse. The Norwalk Seaport Association bought the lighthouse in 1986 and re-lit it in 2011, though not for navigational purposes.

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Maritime Aquarium Lighthouse Cruises – April 2017

• Harbor Ledge Lighthouse, also a cast-iron “sparkplug” lighthouse, stands on Chatham Rock near the entrance to Stamford harbor. Built in 1882, the light was deactivated in 1953 but remains active with an automated light.

• Great Captain Island Lighthouse, a light off Greenwich with a two-story granite keeper’s home and white lantern tower (similar to Sheffield Island). This light was built in 1868, replacing a stone version erected in 1829. It was deactivated in 1970, but has flashed with a non-navigational light since 2012.

• Execution Rocks Lighthouse, which stands on a rocky island of legend between Sands Point on Long Island and New Rochelle. Made of granite and painted white, the light was completed in 1849, first lit in 1850, had a keeper’s house added in 1868 and got its central brown band in 1895. The light was automated in 1979.

• Stepping Stones Lighthouse, built in 1876 off North Hempstead in the Victorian Second Empire style. The square red-brick keeper’s dwelling is topped by a mansard roof and attached to a square tower. Lit for the first time in 1877; automated in the mid-1960s. It’s the westernmost lighthouse on Long Island’s north shore.

• Sands Point Lighthouse, an octagonal tower made of coursed brownstone on a peninsula in North Hempstead. Built in 1809 with an adjoining keeper’s house, it was deactivated in 1922 and its beacon was moved to an automated steel skeleton tower nearby. Large mansions on the lighthouse property were owned by – among others – William Randolph Hearst.

• Eatons Neck Lighthouse, an octagonal sandstone tower that is one of only two 18th-century lighthouses still standing in New York. The light was built in 1798, renovated in 1868, electrified in 1921 and automated in 1961. It stands on the grounds of an active U.S. Coast Guard station.

All but the Sands Point Lighthouse are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tickets for a Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise are $75 (or $65 for Aquarium members).

• Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise

Sat., April 15; departing at 10 a.m., returning at 3 p.m.

These five-hour cruises make close passes by five lighthouses between Norwalk and Stratford:

• Greens Ledge Lighthouse, a cast-iron “sparkplug” lighthouse southwest of the Norwalk harbor (and south of the Five Mile River). It was built in 1902 and automated in 1972.

• Sheffield Island Lighthouse, one of Norwalk’s iconic structures. Built in 1868, the granite-block lighthouse with a white lantern tower was deactivated in 1902 upon the debut of Greens Ledge Lighthouse. The Norwalk Seaport Association bought the lighthouse in 1986 and re-lit it in 2011, though not for navigational purposes.

• Peck Ledge Lighthouse, a cast-iron “sparkplug” lighthouse at the southeast approach to Norwalk Harbor. It was built in 1906 and automated in 1933. A recent online auction to place the lighthouse – but not the light’s operations – into private hands drew a top bid of $235,000.

• Penfield Reef Lighthouse, a charming granite-block lighthouse with a short lantern tower rising from the white mansard roof. It was built in the early 1870s and automated in 1971.

• Stratford Shoal Lighthouse (aka Middle Ground Light), a granite-block house whose location is still debated: is it actually in Connecticut or New York? Built about 8 miles off Bridgeport on the Sound’s dangerous Middleground Shoal in 1877, the light was automated in 1970.

All five lighthouses are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tickets for a Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise are $70 (or $60 for Aquarium members).

More Cruise Details:

On both cruises, binoculars will be provided. Maritime Aquarium Lighthouse Cruises are a special photo opportunity for both lighthouse buffs and bird-watchers, so bring your camera.

Participants can bring food and non-alcohohic beverages in a small bag or soft-sided cooler.

Cruises occur aboard R/V Spirit of the Sound™, a 64-foot catamaran that is the only research vessel in the country with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. She has a climate-controlled cabin but guests should dress for the weather because the best lighthouse viewing is outside on deck.

Advance reservations are required for all Maritime Aquarium Lighthouse Cruises. Reserve tickets online at maritimeaquarium.org or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

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