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New Canaan Library set to reopen on Monday, March 4!

<p>The Library will open with limited services on Monday, March 4th.&nbsp;<strong>The Rees Family Children's Room will remain closed until repairs are complete.</strong></p><p>While our collections were not damaged, some items will be temporarily unavailable while we complete work. You may continue to place holds and request books online or at the front desk. Our staff will email registrants with any changes to program schedules and locations. We appreciate your patience as we work towards reopening the children’s area as quickly as possible.</p><p>We can’t wait to see everyone again!</p><p>Visit the New Canaan Library online <a href="https://www.newcanaanlibrary.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.newcanaanlibrary.org/</a> to find out about the many upcoming events and programs!</p>

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New Canaan Nature Center Great Egg Hunt & Spring Celebration March 28-30

<h2>The Great Egg Hunt 2024</h2><p><strong>March 28th, 29th, and 30th</strong></p><p><strong>Times Vary (See Below)</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.classy.org/event/great-egg-hunt-2024/e555690" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Register Here</strong></a></p><p>Perfect for children, ages 2-10, our egg hunts are designed for smaller groups (approximately 25 per hunt). In addition to the hunt, enjoy an animal meet &amp; greet and self-guided spring scavenger hunt. Just BYOB (bring your own basket) for collecting eggs (which contain nature-themed prizes and nut-free sweets).</p><p><strong>THURSDAY, March 28th</strong></p><p>Session A: 12:15-1:00pm</p><p>Session B: 1:15pm-2:00pm</p><p>Session C: 2:15-3:00</p><p>Session D: 3:15-4:00pm</p><p><strong>FRIDAY, March 29th</strong></p><p>Session E: 9:00-9:45am</p><p>Session F: 10:00am-10:45am</p><p>Session G: 11:00am-11:45am</p><p>Session H: 12:45-1:30pm</p><p>Session I: 1:45-2:30</p><p>Session J: 2:45-3:30pm</p><p><strong>SATURDAY, March 30th</strong></p><p>Session K: 9:00-9:45am</p><p>Session L: 10:00am-10:45am</p><p>Session M: 11:00am-11:45am</p><p>Session N: 12:45-1:30pm</p><p>Session O: 1:45-2:30</p><p>Session P: 2:45-3:30pm</p><p>*Rain or shine*</p>

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New Canaan Photo Contest Through May 1, Stunning Image Here by Elaine Lloyd!

<p>Editor's note: the following information is courtesy of <a href="https://cms3.revize.com/revize/canaan/Newsletters/News%20From%20Town%20Hall.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Town of New Canaan Newsletter</strong></a> and the photo is<em> </em>by Elaine Lloyd.</p><p>New Canaan’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) Sub-Committee is launching a photography</p><p>contest as part of its 10-Year Plan update. This is the next phase of a yearlong community engagement plan that</p><p>started with a survey that received over 2,000 responses and was followed by multiple public hearings to share</p><p>feedback directly with the sub-committee.</p><p>Today, we are tapping into the creative side of our townspeople and are seeking current photos of New Canaan</p><p>that highlight what makes our town special. The contest is open to all ages and anyone in town who has a</p><p>camera or smartphone. Photos submitted should avoid including people’s faces, and focus on the town’s land</p><p>and buildings.</p><p>The POCD Subcommittee and staff will select as many photos as possible to include throughout the final plan,</p><p>and the Winner’s Photo will be clearly showcased. Please note that not every photo submitted to the contest will</p><p>make it into the plan. The Town will also keep these photos and may use them for future purposes. Submitting a</p><p>photo conveys permission for the Town to publish it.</p><p>Please submit your photos by email to sarah.carey@newcanaanct.gov before May 1,2024. In your email,</p><p>reference the Photo Contest and include the photographer’s name and address.</p><p><br></p>

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Town of New Canaan Launches "News for Town Hall" Online Newsletter

<p>The Town of New Canaan Office of the First Selectman launched an online newsletter,&nbsp;<em>News From Town Hall</em>, on Feb. 28.</p><p>In a letter to readers in the first issue, First Selectman Dionna Carlson wrote, “I am pleased to fulfill a campaign promise by launching this newsletter as a means to enhance transparency and communication between Town Hall and our community. It is my hope that this regular communication will provide you with valuable insight into the workings of your local government and offer you the opportunity to voice your feedback and concerns.</p><p>Each issue of&nbsp;<em>News Form Town Hall</em>&nbsp;will carry a personal letter from the First Selectman along with news of initiatives and special projects by various Town departments, governing boards, commissions, etc.</p><p>The first edition may be found at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.newcanaan.info/Newsletters/News%20From%20Town%20Hall.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">newcanaan.info/newsfromtownhall</a>&nbsp;.</p><p>Carlson added, “I am eager to hear from you about the topics you would like to see covered in future newsletters. Your input will help shape the content and ensure that this newsletter remains relevant and informative to our community. You may email your comments and suggestions to:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:firstselectman@newcanaanct.gov" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">firstselectman@newcanaanct.gov</a>.”</p><p>Members of the New Canaan community are invited to sign-up to receive each issue of&nbsp;<em>News From Town Hall</em>&nbsp;by going to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.newcanaan.info/online_services/emergency_call_out_system/index.php" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">newcanaan.info/alerts</a>&nbsp;</p>

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Spring for Abilis Gala on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Greenwich Country Club!

<p><strong>Abilis</strong>, the nonprofit organization providing services and support to more than 800 individuals with special needs and their families, is pleased to announce its annual&nbsp;<strong><em>Spring for Abilis Gala&nbsp;</em>on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Greenwich Country Club!</strong>&nbsp;This wonderful, fun-filled night features&nbsp;<strong>Billy Blanks Jr.</strong>&nbsp;as the celebrity emcee with music provided by&nbsp;<strong>ETA Music</strong>. Dinner, dancing and a silent auction will also be part of the fun evening. To become a sponsor or purchase tickets,&nbsp;visit&nbsp;<a href="https://jhowardpr-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/2m80J6irbYWJdQJLu8MqSV7i_JHL8RR5xiXFChnUKfrTEAS3xjQFxBRvkqQz3yCdeiVKynTAMeNHDL9a_pPtNgFBB3Nrp7q1ag8A49vkKAPLwrigkxlXFzJqsAVfIUjVQdKIq0gTgqVP685yJS4B78aLJN7wbiMn8c_AtO9221lT3G53jZ9nEXgwfVYpVefaOlvGVpp2tT5gKboWderx4EaikmT7G81yTaQV2QdzRky9dbHqRkBrE7vmc0oUAZuVZaYX3vNe194WQMqCGBPE0YiUI-oHwmUN0jkaGVxkaoG46YlRWeu4kmv4IIFUpPK07k4dCmVK6DDP082UpkFBiqj33soaxP0BFVwRWRhK3fhY7NCvosg-cs8P2TJ6K6exk" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://AbilisGala2024.givesmart.com</a></p><p>This year’s 2024&nbsp;<em>Spring for Abilis</em>&nbsp;Gala co-chairs are&nbsp;<strong>Afton Fraser of Greenwich, Gena Mann of Weston, and Hillary Sollinger of Fairfield</strong>, who are all parents of young adults with disabilities living in one of Abilis’ newest residences and participate in Abilis’ day support programs. These families have directly experienced the important work that Abilis does throughout lower Fairfield County and are thrilled to support the organization in such a meaningful way. Funds raised at the 2024 Spring for Abilis event will support new initiatives at Abilis.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“We are so excited for this year’s&nbsp;<em>Spring for Abilis</em>&nbsp;Gala,” noted Amy Montimurro, CEO and president of Abilis. “<em>Spring for Abilis</em>&nbsp;will be at a new location this year at the Greenwich Country Club, a longtime supporter and partner of Abilis. Greenwich Country Club has been part of the Abilis Competitive Employment program, employing several of our Abilis community members, and we are excited to hold our favorite springtime Gala at their beautiful club.”</p><p>Those wishing to support&nbsp;<em>Spring for Abilis</em>&nbsp;can purchase tickets online by visiting&nbsp;<a href="https://jhowardpr-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/2mMHx6Ol6UnutkSt9YjYBMzPPYA-Ui5wASsv0Pf7uXuXOAS3xjQFyNcH6SVno5PhtMKZmRh2vzqYYpW-oyH_yDWzE-luQw-7wa504DCKLR1xa0ujDMqUq7kQ4f0cH8Z9foL6Vtu4oP3uyX5ToNQeAzlTDx0EZgDTgZ6CbD4FakNWZvT8" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">abilis.us</a>&nbsp;and clicking on the&nbsp;<em>Spring for Abilis</em>&nbsp;banner. Stay tuned for exciting updates on supporting the Abilis Giving Garden, where supporters can purchase much-needed items for Abilis’ programs, such as diapers, books and educational games for Abilis’ Birth to Three program, and other needed items for Abilis’ lifespan programs. The Abilis Art Gallery will also be available online to bid on wonderful, one-of-a-kind artwork created by Abilis community members. There will also be a fabulous silent auction as part of this special evening. More information on the opening of the Giving Garden, Art Gallery and silent auction will be coming soon.</p><p>Special thanks to&nbsp;<em>Spring for Abilis</em>&nbsp;sponsors The Halper Family, Gena &amp; Billy Mann, Evan Merberg, Kristine &amp; Glen Braden, Cathy &amp; Lou Paglia, Hillary &amp; Jonathan Sollinger,&nbsp;and Greenwich Magazine/Moffly Media.</p><p>To purchase&nbsp;<em>Spring for Abilis&nbsp;</em>tickets, sponsor or learn more, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://jhowardpr-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/2lxEB5F0eZyi4LJZJPJ-_-sekZVzOAhbR1WwNGnuqXc_VAS3xjQE42TuYkp07i98VaScj8e80zu_5UDKzoTeCdu-PUMMFYpJQ7voF7NKAgEpFavaP7dul5-StQjpBT-dBJH0ydUwmgmuYFazGJ0_wkcmkuceRE1m1w4M0DzUIFDJcQ2urJwwt3QV769rFJpq2mV2f1JN1fb_6QqdMrlNDXqs_ZjjpygdWV48aoaRbqKB5f3hYV-loxqaYvcyx323PR2lbYusQwmQgVLf8oxQSnXwg4ip9wNwJRSH5Y_rBmQuQ17RRukbFsoqrJ4qMS34j4SRq2yjlqTQN1sEdB9ODSi4ZKK47SDwAEcRoWHPJYsGg8KLcsMSFhWlWxSRTxgdN" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://AbilisGala2024.givesmart.com</a></p><p><br></p>

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New Canaan Pop Culture Trivia Night on March 1!

<p>Join us for an exciting in-person event where you can test your knowledge and have a blast with friends this Friday, March from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the New Canaan Museum.</p><p>Emceed by local celebrity Christian Murphy and NCM&amp;HS Board of Governors, Allison Zinczenko and Jackie Shapiro. Come and show off your knowledge of all things New Canaan and compete for awesome prizes! Pizza and wine will be served. Don’t miss out on the New Canaan Pop Culture Trivia Night! </p><p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-canaan-pop-culture-trivia-night-tickets-807229975587?aff=oddtdtcreator" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>TICKETS</strong></a> ($25(</p>

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New Canaan High School’s Winter Musical “The Drowsy Chaperone”

<h2>New Canaan High School’s Winter Musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” on stage March 14-16 at 7 pm, with a 2 pm matinee on March 16!</h2><p>Purchase tickets <a href="https://www.newcanaanhighschooltheatre.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.newcanaanhighschooltheatre.com/</a></p><p>The Drowsy Chaperone is a delightful celebration of musical theater, ingeniously wrapped in a comedy that parodies and pays homage to the Golden Age musicals of the 1920s. The show’s narrator, a true musical theater lover, shares his favorite record, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” with the audience. The show miraculously springs to life in his apartment, blending fantasy with reality. Its self-aware humor, catchy tunes, intricate dance numbers, and eccentric characters (a bride who’s giving up the stage for love, her debonair bridegroom, a harried producer, jovial gangsters posing as pastry chefs, an eccentric wedding host, a Latin lothario, an aviatrix, and the Drowsy Chaperone) offer heartfelt moments that emphasize the transformative power of theater, making it a must-see for both seasoned theater-goers and newcomers alike. </p><p>Bring the whole family! Performances are March 14-16 at 7 pm, with a 2 pm matinee on March 16. All in the NCHS Auditorium.</p>

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