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GBS Closes 78th season with "A Bridge to Beethoven" April 13 at The Klein

<p>The Greater Bridgeport Symphony (GBS) will close out its 78th season with "A Bridge to Beethoven" on Saturday, April 13 at The Klein in Bridgeport, 8:00pm. The final concert of the season, "Building Bridges," will be led by Principal Guest Conductor Eduardo Leandro and will feature a dramatic cello solo by Dr. Nicholas Hardie.</p><p>This fifth concert will mark the beginning of “Round Two” of GBS’ continuing search for a new Music Director. Leandro is one of four candidates vying to fill the vacant position that was held by Eric Jacobsen from 2014 to 2023. "A Bridge to Beethoven" will be Leandro’s final concert and will be the last chance the audience has to participate in the decision and rate his performance for the season.</p><p>A highlight of the concert will be the appearance of cellist Dr. Nicholas Hardie on the Shostakovich “Cello Concerto No. 1.” Hardie is in demand as a soloist nationally and has been GBS’ Principal Cellist for many years. “GBS has had the gift of Nick’s amazing musicianship leading our cello section for some time, and now we’ll get to see and hear him right up front,” says GBS’ President Mark Halstead. “We’re exceptionally fortunate to have great players like Nick in our musician family.” GBS’ March concert also featured a soloist from within the orchestra; flautist Keith Bonner who has been GBS Principal Flautist since 2016.</p><p>The concert will begin with a movement from Prokofiev’s “Symphony No 1,” and end with Beethoven’s celebratory “Symphony No. 8.” “We’ve spent the season showing the bridges between different types of music, between different cultures and different eras,” says GBS President Mark Halstead. “In this concert, we’ll be drawing parallels between Beethoven and these two Russian masters, who revered Beethoven. We hope you’ll all enjoy!”</p><p>“This is always an exhilarating time in our season as plans are underway to bring a wealth of talent and excitement to the GBS stage as we look forward to premiering our 79th season of extraordinary performances for the whole family,” says GBS Executive Director Phyllis Cortese.</p><p>There will be a Pre-Concert Talk before the show at 7:00pm to learn more about the music of the concert. Tickets are $18.00 to $65.00 (all fees included), available through <a href="http://www.gbs.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: var(--link);">www.GBS.org</a> or by calling (203) 576-0263. Group rates and Family Pack Deals are available by calling GBS. All kids under 19 get in for just $10.00, and accompanying adults get 15% off their ticket purchases.</p>

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Make-A-Wish® CT Partners with Chaz and AJ to Make Guilford Girl’s Wish Come True

<p>TRUMBULL, CT (April 4, 2024) Make-A-Wish Connecticut has teamed up with Chaz and AJ, the co-hosts of Connecticut’s most popular morning show “Chaz and AJ in the Morning,” heard on 99.1 WPLR FM and 95.9 WFOX FM to help grant a child’s wish.</p><p>Six-year-old Camryn from Guilford bravely battles leukemia. Her one true wish was to have a playhouse in her backyard – “a place for her and her sister to play and hangout without their parents.”</p><p>“I’m proud to be part of something that will put a smile on Camryn’s face while shining a light on the great work that Make-A-Wish Connecticut does every day, while also making AJ suffer at the same time,” said Chaz.</p><p>“I’m thrilled to once again be a part of making a child’s wish come true by working with the Make-A-Wish organization,” added AJ.Starting on Thursday, April 4th, Chaz and AJ will begin accepting donations at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wplr.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">wplr.com</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.959thefox.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">959thefox.com</a>. The show hopes to raise $10,000 to pay for Camryn’s playhouse. On Friday, April 5th, to help generate excitement and donations, AJ will be traveling across Guilford throughout the day dressed as Taylor Swift, Camryn’s favorite singer, for ‘The Errors Tour.” AJ will visit local businesses and entertain the community, singing Taylor Swift karaoke.</p><p>&nbsp;“Chaz and AJ’s commitment to giving back and the support of their community is amazing,” said Pam Keough, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Connecticut. “We are grateful to them and their listeners for their passion for our mission and their generosity to help make life-changing wishes come true.”</p><p>&nbsp;“The Errors Tour” on Friday begins at 9 a.m. at Premiere Subaru in Branford.</p><p><br></p>

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CT's Beardsley Zoo's Wild Wine, Beer & Food Safari Set for June 1

<p><strong>Bridgeport, CT</strong>&nbsp;– Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is thrilled to announce that tickets are now on sale for the party of the year: the Wild Wine, Beer, and Food Safari, happening on Saturday, June 1st. This much-anticipated event invites you to a unique experience where you can sample tastings from dozens of restaurant favorites, caterers, and enjoy a wide selection of wines and beers. All of this is set against the backdrop of live music, exciting games, a silent auction and the presence of incredible zoo animals.</p><p>The Wild Wine, Beer and Food Safari stands as one of the Zoo's most significant fundraisers. Every sip and taste contributes to the care of endangered species, the expansion of exhibits and educational programming at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Imagine tasting a Malbec with monkeys or sipping a pilsner with prairie dogs – it’s an experience like no other, rain or shine.</p><p>The vendor list is currently growing and includes community favorites such as: The Blind Rhino, The Bites Company, Caribe Soul, Dave Grant Caters, Fortuna's Catering, Garden Catering, Hot Monkey Nuts, Lesser Evil Snacks, Little Pub, Luna Azzurra Italiano, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Nuovo Pasta, Open Door Tea, Rose Sisters Chips, Taco Loco and Vazzy's!</p><p>The Zoo is calling on local vendors and sponsors who share its passion for wildlife conservation to join them in making this event a success. As a vendor, showcase your culinary delights to over 1,200 guests, gaining exposure and impressing with your best sellers. Sponsors and donors, your generosity will be prominently recognized, contributing significantly to the Zoo’s mission while enjoying visibility among supporters.</p><p><strong>Tickets:</strong></p><p><strong>General Admission</strong>&nbsp;($100) includes entry from 6 p.m. and a souvenir tasting glass.</p><p><strong>VIP Admission</strong>&nbsp;($150) offers early access at 5 p.m., entry to a VIP area, animal encounters and a souvenir tasting glass. Only 100 tickets available for this exclusive experience!</p><p>This is an adults-only event, with all ticket holders required to be 21+ and present a valid ID at the entrance.Don't miss out on this extraordinary evening of gastronomy, libations and lively entertainment, all in support of a vital cause. Participation helps the continued work in conservation, education and the care of the animals who call Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo home.</p><p>Tickets are limited, so secure yours today and join in making a difference, one toast at a time.</p><p>For tickets, vendor, sponsorship, and donation information,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.beardsleyzoo.org/wild-wine.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(70, 120, 134);">click here</a>.</p><p>Thank you to the sponsors who make this event possible: Generous Guinea Sponsors M&amp;T Bank. VIP Sponsor Liberty Bank. Big Hearted Bear Sponsors Aquarion, Coca-Cola, Diageo. Opulent Otter Sponsors: Industrial Health &amp; Safety Consultants, Sikorsky Credit Union, Stratford Mayor's Charity Golf Tournament, Webster Bank. Kind Condor Sponsors: Robinson &amp; Cole LLP.</p><p>For tickets and more information visit the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.beardsleyzoo.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(70, 120, 134);">Zoo’s website</a>.</p>

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Milford Garden Club Event on April 6: Take Great Photos on your Smart Phone

<p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">Please join the Milford Garden Club at the D.A.R. building at 55 Prospect Street in Milford on Tuesday, April 9 and learn how to take great photos with your smart phone.&nbsp;Our instructor is Io Escu Smith, Commercial Photographer and Videographer and owner of Io ESCU Studio based in Milford.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">&nbsp;The program begins at 1:00 pm and the session is free.&nbsp;To reserve your table space, please text or call Membership Chair Bunny Elmore by April 7th at 203-848-7459.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">&nbsp;The Milford Garden Club’s mission is to advocate for the preservation and restoration of our natural environment, and to beautify and educate our community through programs and civic projects.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;We meet monthly on Tuesdays from September through June.&nbsp;If you are interested in joining the Milford Garden Club please contact Bunny Elmore at 203-848-7459.&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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Roaring for Spring with Tons of Great Events at CT Beardsley Zoo!

<p><strong>Bridgeport, CT</strong>&nbsp;– Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is thrilled to release its&nbsp;<a href="https://www.beardsleyzoo.org/calendar.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(70, 120, 134);">2024 spring calendar</a>.&nbsp;There’s something fun, fabulous and unique for everyone - like Author Day on April 6th&nbsp;and Party for the Planet on April 20!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;See the full list of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.beardsleyzoo.org/calendar.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(70, 120, 134);">events here on the website</a>.&nbsp;There are numerous Zoo events and activities to plan a family trip for outdoor fun and breathe in the fresh air.</p><p><u>Here are just a few highlights to kick off the season in April:</u></p><p><strong>April 6th, Week of the Young Child Kickoff, 10am-1pm</strong></p><p>In partnership with Read to Grow, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo will be hosting an author signing, book giveaway and story time!&nbsp;Meet Randy Houk, author of&nbsp;<em>Ruffle, Coo and Hoo Doo</em>; a book about animal protection and environmental preservation set right here in Bridgeport! Zoo guests will receive a signed copy of his book and listen to a story time by the author himself! Other animal themed books will also be distributed, and all books are available on a first come first served basis.&nbsp;&nbsp;This event is presented by Connecticut Children’s Pediatric Care Alliance with Hartford HealthCare.</p><p><strong>April 20th and 21st, Party for the Planet, 9am-12pm</strong></p><p>Join the Zoo on Saturday, April 20 for our Party for the Planet!&nbsp;Registered volunteers will participate in cleaning up Beardsley Park and receive free admission to the Zoo on their volunteer day.&nbsp;The Zoo will feature fun, green-themed activities such as an Art Sculpture Show. As part of our collaborative efforts with the AZA SAFE program, the students of One River School of Art &amp; Design will create sculptures of endangered animals using recycled materials that will be displayed at the Zoo.&nbsp;Plus, our friends from AVANGRID will be onsite with their Energy In Action Mobile Interactive Exhibit!</p><p>The Zoo will also feature a DIY seed ball table where visitors can create seed balls to take home and plant in pollinator gardens to help support local ecosystems. The Zoo plans fun, educational, and special events with seasonal programs for the entire family.&nbsp;Most of these seasonal activities are included with the cost of admission. Please note that the calendar may be subject to change without notice.&nbsp;Attendees are encouraged to visit our website to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.beardsleyzoo.org/guest-info.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(70, 120, 134);">plan your visit</a>and view or download a copy of our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.beardsleyzoo.org/guest-info.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(70, 120, 134);">Zoo Map</a>.&nbsp;Be sure to follow us on Facebook @ConnecticutsBeardsleyZoo for zoo-tastic news and updates.</p><p>Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is located at 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut.&nbsp;</p><p>Parking at the zoo is FREE of charge.&nbsp;Click here for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.beardsleyzoo.org/tickets.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(70, 120, 134);">admission tickets</a><span style="color: rgb(70, 120, 134);">.</span></p><p>Zoo Hours:&nbsp;9am-4pm Daily.</p><p>Peacock Café:&nbsp;9am to 2pm Monday-Wednesday | 9am-4pm Thursday-Sunday.</p><p>Carousel:&nbsp;9am-3pm Thursday &amp; Friday | 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.</p><p>About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo</p><p>Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating 102 years, features 350 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Andean bear, maned wolves, Mexican gray wolves, and red wolves. Other highlights include our Spider Monkey Habitat, and a new prairie dog exhibit that we’ll cut the ribbon on soon! As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participant in its Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs, the non-profit Zoo is committed to the preservation of endangered animals and wild habitats.</p>

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Pantochino's New Musical "The Executioner's Wife" to Open in Milford

<p>Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc., a professional not-for-profit theatre company in Milford will debut it’s new musical comedy, “The Executioner’s Wife” April 26 through May 12 at the MAC, Milford Arts Council on Railroad Avenue in Downtown Milford.</p><p><br></p><p>“The Executioner’s Wife” is a wildly funny new musical by Bert Bernardi and Justin Rugg. Set in the fictitious village of Dungwich in the middle ages, the story follows a queen with a secret, a new executioner with a yellow streak, and his wife who will stop at nothing to gain fame and fortune.</p><p><br></p><p>“It’s very Mel Brooks meets Monty Python,” says Bernardi. “And the story is told using the framework of an I Love Lucy episode,” he added. Co-producer Jimmy Johansmeyer said “It’s laugh-out-loud funny, and this is definitely for adults.” “Leave the kids at home for this one,” Bernardi chuckled.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>The cast includes Mary Mannix, Justin Rugg, Shelley Marsh Poggio, Maria Berte, Killian Meehan, Josiah Rowe, Susan Kulp, Katie Durham, George Spelvin and Johansmeyer.</p><p><br></p><p>“The Executioner’s Wife” features setting by Von Del Mar, costumes by Johansmeyer, lighting by Jeff Carr and sound by Tyler Kittleman. Mary Pelkey is stage manager.</p><p><br></p><p>Now in its fourteenth season, Pantochino Productions is widely acclaimed for its innovative, original musical theatre offerings, Summer Theatre Camps, Classes, After School Drama programs and Teen Theatre. The multi Award winning company is recipient of two “Best of Milford” Awards, many Broadway World Connecticut Awards and the Cultural Contribution Award presented by the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce.</p><p><br></p><p>Performances of “The Executioner’s Wife” are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Seating is cabaret-style and audiences are invited to bring their own food and drink to enjoy during the performance. The Milford Arts Council, The MAC is located at 40 Railroad Avenue in Downtown Milford. Parking is free at showtime in all train station lots. Tickets are available online at<a href="http://www.pantochino.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> www.pantochino.com.</a> Note, tickets are not available at the Milford Arts Council.</p><p><br></p>

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The Bets are ON in Bridgeport: Fanatics Sportsbook comes to Total Mortgage Arena

<p>The Connecticut Lottery, in partnership with Fanatics Betting and Gaming, the online and retail sports betting subsidiary of Fanatics Holdings, Inc., will open a new retail sportsbook location today at Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.</p><p>The Fanatics Sportsbook serves as the Connecticut Lottery Corporation’s (CLC) exclusive sports betting partner for mobile and retail betting. Opening on Monday, March 25, patrons can now enter the Fanatics Sportsbook at Total Mortgage Arena near the main parking garage entrance at the site of the former Limerick Pub. Hours of operation will be 11:30 am - 10 pm seven days a week, including days when arena events occur.</p><p>This exciting new location is more than 2,300 square feet and features betting windows, self-service betting kiosks from Suzohapp, and high-definition TVs situated all around the sportsbook. The full-service restaurant will have food and drink options for sports fans to enjoy while watching the games. The Fanatics Sportsbook at Total Mortgage Arena will offer viewing experiences and betting markets for all major sports, including professional and college football, basketball, hockey, baseball, alongside tennis, soccer, golf, MMA, and boxing.</p><p>Sports fans in Connecticut can download the Fanatics Sportsbook on<a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fanatics-sportsbook/id1616738407" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: initial; color: var(--paragraphLinkColor);">&nbsp;iOS</a> and<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.betfanatics.sportsbook.android" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: initial; color: var(--paragraphLinkColor);">&nbsp;Android</a> or visit any of the ten retail sports betting locations to begin their Fanatics experience. Fanatics Sportsbook online customers in Connecticut have been enjoying earning up to 5% back in FanCash on every bet. Now retail customers can earn FanCash by creating a mobile account and signing up for a free Fanatics Player Card at a retail counter. Placing a bet at retail can now earn customers FanCash that can be used for bonus bets or team merchandise at<a href="http://www.fanatics.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: initial; color: var(--paragraphLinkColor);">&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.fanatics.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: initial; color: var(--paragraphLinkColor);">www.fanatics.com</a>.</p><p>Fanatics Betting and Gaming recently upgraded the ten CLC-run retail locations in Connecticut with new signage, enhanced odds screens and brand-new self-service betting kiosks. The CLC sportsbooks are located in the following great establishments:</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The XL Center in Hartford</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Bobby V’s in Stamford and Windsor Locks</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Sports Haven in New Haven</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Winners in Hartford, Manchester, Milford, New Britain and Waterbury&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Fanatics Betting and Gaming and CLC believe that responsible gaming is a core tenet and a part of each organization’s DNA. Online customers in Connecticut have access to Responsible Gaming tools to manage their time and money and on-site retail staff have received responsible wagering training and can offer support services to customers when needed. The Fanatics Sportsbook also offers online customers in Connecticut a best in class Help Center, chat experience and knowledgeable agents with 24/7 coverage.</p>

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