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New Milford Artist Diane Dubreuil Teaches Plein Air Watercolor Workshops

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Flanders is excited to announce that watercolor artist Diane Dubreuil (www.dianedubreuil.com) will be leading a three-session plein air watercolor class on May 8, 9, and 10 meeting from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM each day on the Van Vleck Farm &amp; Sanctuary. This adult class is designed for those who wish to begin painting </span><em style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">'en plein air'</em><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> with watercolors or for those with some experience who may need help redirecting his/her creative thinking. The class will be held outside, or in the Studio if the weather is inclement. Bring your art supplies and a bag lunch. Following registration, a materials list will be emailed to participants.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">A resident of New Milford, Diane is a signature member of the International Plein Air Painters WORLDWIDE, a juried member of the New England Watercolor Society, a member of the CT Plein Air Painters, a member of the NH Plein Air Painters and Plein Air Painters of Maine, and several local CT and ME art organizations.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Class size is limited. Interested parties can register online on the Flanders website </span><a href="https://flandersnaturecenter.org/program-events" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://flandersnaturecenter.org/program-events/</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> or by calling the office at 203-263-3711.&nbsp;</span></p>

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WCSU to host Senior Portfolio Exhibition

<p>DANBURY, Connecticut — The Senior Portfolio Exhibition, featuring works by 24 <a href="http://www.wcsu.edu/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Western Connecticut State University</a> undergraduate <a href="https://www.wcsu.edu/admissions/programs/art/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">art</a> majors who are candidates this year for the Bachelor of Arts degree, will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on <strong>Thursday,</strong> <strong>April 18, </strong>in the <a href="https://www.wcsu.edu/art/gallery/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Gallery</a> at the <a href="http://www.wcsu.edu/svpa/svpa-center.asp" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Visual and Performing Arts Center</a> on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.</p><p>Viewing of the exhibition will be offered at the gallery from <strong>Friday, April 19, through Sunday, May 5. </strong>Gallery hours will be from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free to the reception and the exhibition, and the public is invited. An RSVP is requested at <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/o/visual-amp-performing-arts-center-at-wcsu-6275173871" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com</a>.</p><p>The WCSU <a href="http://www.wcsu.edu/art/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Department of Art</a> presents the Senior Portfolio Exhibition each spring as a capstone experience for students pursuing the B.A. in Art in one of four areas of concentration: graphic design, illustration, photography and studio arts (painting). This year’s exhibition will feature six art majors with a concentration in graphic design, 11 in illustration, six in photography, and one in studio arts. The following 2024 B.A. in Art candidates will show selected works:</p><p><strong>Graphic Design</strong>: Ashley Faraco and Genesis Gonzalez, of Norwalk; Simran Lamba, of Stamford; Denise Sweeney and Jack Teplica, of New Milford; and Riley Weaver, of Danbury</p><p><strong>Illustration</strong>: Cailey Brochero Sarrazola, of Vernon; Celine Demers and Reagan Sorenson, of New Milford; Maren Dion, of Brookfield; Georgianna Eckley and Daniel Lippman, of Hopewell Junction, New York; Olivia Escalera and Nyla Sok, of Danbury; Gavin Golisano, of Stormville, New York; Owen Hernandez, of Watertown; and Jadon Richardson, of Ansonia</p><p><strong>Photography</strong>: Barry Andrew Collins, of Morris; Marnie De La Rosa, of Southington; Melanie Liptak, of Elmwood Park, New Jersey; Krysty McDonnell, of Carmel, New York; Alison Rotty, of Brookfield; and Colin Smith, of Purdys, New York</p><p><strong>Studio Art:</strong> Nyla Sok, of Danbury</p><p>For more information, contact the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403 or WCSU Communications and Marketing at <a href="mailto:pr@wcsu.edu" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">pr@wcsu.edu</a>.&nbsp;</p>

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Historic Merwinsville Hotel 7th Annual Spring Arts & Fine Craft Show

<p class="ql-align-center"><strong>Six days of shopping offered at Spring Arts and Fine Crafts Show</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Mother’s Day gifts and local art is a focus at the seventh annual Spring Arts and Fine Crafts Show at the historic Merwinsville Hotel in Gaylordsville, CT. The organization will offer six days to shop over two weekends before Mother’s Day. The show will again be on two weekends, April 26-28 and May 3-5, for three days each weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Over 90 local artists and artisans will have work on display at the show and all is for sale. A portion of all sales benefit the Merwinsville Hotel Restoration, a 100 percent volunteer nonprofit that has worked to restore the building for over 50 years. The 181-year-old building needs constant maintenance and renovation.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The show features artwork in glass, photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, woodwork, pottery and paintings in watercolors, oil and acrylic. Locally grown plants are also available for sale from Meadowbrook Garden in New Milford and The Village Farm Shop and Greenhouse in Gaylordsville.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">One of the features of the spring show is live artist demonstrations during both weekend days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Past years have included spinners, weavers, jewelry making, wood carvers and many more. </span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">There is a suggested $2 donation per person for the Spring Show. Children under 10 are free. Members are admitted free and those at the sponsor level and above will receive a discount on art purchased at one of the three annual shows. </span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The Merwinsville Hotel is a national historic landmark located at 1 Browns Forge Road in Gaylordsville, CT, only 15 minutes from Kent, Sherman, New Milford and the Harlem Valley/Wingdale Railroad Station. For further information, call 860-350-4443 or visit </span><a href="http://www.merwinsvillehotel.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.merwinsvillehotel.org</a></p>

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The Gospel of Peace author talk May 2 at Wisdom House Retreat Center, Litchfield

<p class="ql-align-center"><strong>“The Gospel of Peace” Author Talk May 2 At Wisdom House Retreat Center In Litchfield</strong></p><p class="ql-align-justify">&nbsp;On Thursday, May 2, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Wisdom House Retreat &amp; Conference Center in Litchfield will host an Author Talk and Book Signing with peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Rev. John Dear, author of his newest book, “The Gospel of Peace: A Commentary on Matthew, Mark and Luke from the Perspective of Nonviolence” (Orbis Books).</p><p class="ql-align-justify">&nbsp;“The Gospel of Peace” is Rev. Dear’s first-ever original commentary that offers a fresh new approach to the Synoptic Gospels from the perspective of active nonviolence written to help everyone carry Jesus’ global campaign of nonviolence for justice, disarmament, and peace. “John Dear is one of the few towering figures in the Christian nonviolent freedom and peace movement in our time. This powerful book should not be missed,” commented Cornel West.&nbsp;</p><p class="ql-align-justify">Author of over forty books, for over four decades Rev. John Dear has been working for justice and disarmament and teaching peace and nonviolence. During his May 2nd&nbsp;talk, he will speak about “The Gospel of Peace”, Jesus, the Gospels, and nonviolence, and what it all might mean for all people of today.&nbsp;</p><p class="ql-align-justify">“No living person has done more to root Jesus’ message of nonviolence and peace in scripture than John Dear. Follow John’s lead through Matthew, Mark, and Luke and, like those disciples on the Emmaus Way, your heart will be set afire with excitement to tell others the Good News,” wrote Wes Howard-Brook, author of&nbsp;<em>“Come Out, My People!”: God’s Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p class="ql-align-justify">Rev. Dear wrote “The Gospel of Peace” to walk readers through every line of the three Synoptic Gospels pointing out Jesus’ practice and teachings of nonviolence each step of the way. He wrote to invite readers to become practitioners of creative nonviolence like Jesus, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Jesus was nonviolent to the core, a disarming, healing presence toward those in need, and a revolutionary disrupter of the unjust status quo. He was a political threat to the ruling authorities who succeeded in killing him, only to push him to the heights of nonviolence through his death and resurrection,” wrote Rev. Dear.&nbsp;</p><p class="ql-align-justify">Executive director of the non-profit, Beatitudes Center in Morro Bay, CA (<a href="http://www.beatitudescenter.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: black;"><u>www.beatitudescenter.org</u></a>), Rev. Dear hosts Zoom sessions about Jesus, the Gospels, and peacemaking. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize numerous times, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. To learn more, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.johndear.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: black;"><u>www.johndear.org</u></a>.&nbsp;</p><p class="ql-align-justify">Celebrating its 75th&nbsp;Anniversary in 2024, Wisdom House is an interfaith retreat and conference center presenting programs in spirituality, wellness, the arts, and ecology, and offering hospitality to academic, civic, nonprofit, and business organizations. “We are committed to welcoming people of all backgrounds and beliefs,” stated Wisdom House Executive Director Deborah Kelly. “In this alarming time of unrelenting global turmoil, we are especially delighted to welcome Rev. Dear and his exceptional insights into peace and disarmament.”</p><p>“The Gospel of Peace” books will be available for $20 each at Rev. Dear’s May 2 Author Talk at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center at 229 East Litchfield Road. There is no cost for the event, however, donations will be appreciated. Reservations are encouraged and appreciated and can be made by visiting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisdomhouse.org/programs" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: black;"><u>www.wisdomhouse.org/programs</u></a>&nbsp;or calling 860-567-3163.</p>

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New Milford High School Winter Guard and Percussion are SWC Champions!

<p>Congratulations to the NMHS Winter Guard and Percussion for their performance at the Musical Arts Conference competition at Bunnell High School in Stratford on Saturday, March 16th. Both groups placed first in their class and were SWC Champions!</p><p>Now in its 12th season, the Musical Arts Conference is an organization comprised of local Connecticut music educators dedicated to education. </p><p>Learn more about the Musical Arts Conference <a href="https://www.musicalartsconference.com/2024-schedule" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.musicalartsconference.com/2024-schedule</a></p>

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Danbury's 11 Year Old Autistic Content Creator Caio Ninja Launches New Podcast

<p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Caio Ninja, an 11-year-old autistic content creator and popular YouTube personality, has announced the launch of his new project, the Caio Talks podcast, on This World Autism Acceptance Week (April 2 to April 8, 2024).</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">In the podcast, Caio Ninja talks to entrepreneurs, politicians, CEOs, teachers, parents, kids, activists, and everyday people who share his experience of going against the grain.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Through belly laughs and in-depth conversations, Caio encourages his guests to share their insights, experiences, expertise, and lessons learned from taking the road less traveled and making an impact in their own way.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">"Caio Ninja News was fun, but Caio Talks helps me answer questions I have now as I grow older. By interviewing my guests, I get to meet new people, talk to old friends, get inspired by how they have overcome their challenges, and get to share that inspiration with others," said Caio Ninja, adding, "Being an Autistic person is not easy, and acceptance is a process; some people and places accept us, and others don't. By hosting my podcast, I want the world to know that I accept myself, that ALL people have challenges, and that ALL people can forge their own path."</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">The opening episode of Caio Talks, "The Art of Getting Back Up," will be available on April 7. It features AJ Galante, former owner of the Danbury Trashers hockey team, co-host of the Talkin Trash podcast, and owner of the Champs Boxing Club. In the episode, Caio and AJ discuss taking hits, getting knocked down, and having the strength and determination to get back up again.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Future episodes of Caio Talks will feature Mark and Emily Kilpatrick of Affinity Esports, former Mayor Dean Esposito, Chelen Reyes, CEO of Union Savings Bank, and Danbury Mayor Roberto Alves, among others.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Caio Talks, produced by Creative Evolution Studios, will be available on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. New episodes will be released weekly on Sundays at 7 PM Eastern.</span></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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Hillside Food Outreach Hosts 15th Annual Dancing with Our Stars on April 13

<p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">On Saturday, April 13,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://hillsidefoodoutreach.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">Hillside Food Outreach</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;will host its 15th annual&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Dancing with Our Stars</em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">, an evening of dancing and competition, at The Summit at Danbury. The event is Hillside's largest annual fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit and its mission to deliver high-quality, nutritious food to thousands of low-income and limited mobility families, seniors, and the chronically ill each month.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;Since its inception,&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Dancing with Our Stars</em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;has raised $300,000.&nbsp;The event features&nbsp;eight&nbsp;members of the community who take weekly dance lessons, donated by Arthur Murray of Danbury, for three months.&nbsp;Partnering&nbsp;with their&nbsp;Arthur Murray&nbsp;instructor,&nbsp;participants will showcase their skills&nbsp;in a&nbsp;live&nbsp;competition&nbsp;for attendees and a panel of judges.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;Hillside’s 2024&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Dancing with Our Stars</em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;participants&nbsp;include:&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><ul><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Billy Clifford, Student, Duchess Community College&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Tom Clifford,&nbsp;Supervisor,&nbsp;Mount Pleasant Water Department&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Stacey Cohen, CEO, Co-Communications&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Michael Grace, Esq., Senior Partner, Grace &amp; Grace&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Shelly Hardie,&nbsp;Managing Partner,&nbsp;Shelty Golf, LLC&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Izel Steinmann Obermeyer, Chief Clinical Officer, Westchester Institute for Human Development&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Celeste&nbsp;Pasciolla, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty Partners&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Joe&nbsp;Pasciolla, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty Partners&nbsp;</span></li></ul><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">In addition to their live performance,&nbsp;all&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Dancing with Our Stars</em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;participants&nbsp;are competing for online votes.&nbsp;Friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors are&nbsp;encouraged to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://hillsidefoodoutreach.org/Dancing-With-Our-Stars/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">vote for their favorite dancer</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;on the Hillside website&nbsp;ahead of time&nbsp;by making a&nbsp;$10&nbsp;donation per&nbsp;vote.&nbsp;On April 13, four champions will be named – a man and woman in each category. Two will receive the people’s choice award (most votes), and two will be selected by the judges&nbsp;based on their dancing&nbsp;that night.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span>“The&nbsp;unfortunate reality&nbsp;is&nbsp;that today,&nbsp;an increasing number of families, seniors, and vulnerable individuals in our community face the agonizing choice between healthy meals and meeting basic needs,”&nbsp;said Kathy Purdy, CEO and Founder of Hillside Food Outreach.&nbsp;“By supporting&nbsp;<em>Dancing with Our Stars</em>, whether by casting votes online or attending in person, you are helping to changes lives&nbsp;and offer hope&nbsp;to&nbsp;so many neighbors in need.”&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Hillside is a delivery-only food pantry providing high quality, nutrient-dense foods, staples and essentials to nearly 1,000 households and over 2,000 individuals across Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield Counties, including elderly residents who find it difficult to travel and carry grocery bags; those who are housebound due sickness or disability; and people with health conditions such as&nbsp;obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension who require nutritious diets.&nbsp;The nonprofit&nbsp;fills the nutrition need while establishing both connection and engagement with those feeling hopeless, alone,&nbsp;or forgotten.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<em>Dancing with Our Stars</em>&nbsp;begins at 6:00pm with dinner, followed by the competition and&nbsp;an&nbsp;after party.&nbsp;Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available.&nbsp;For additional information&nbsp;or to vote for your favorite dancer, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://hillsidefoodoutreach.org/dancing-with-our-stars" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">hillsidefoodoutreach.org/dancing-with-our-stars</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Hillside Food Outreach is headquartered in Mount&nbsp;Kisco, N.Y. and operates in Danbury, Conn. through its satellite location. It may be reached at 914-747-0095 or by visiting&nbsp;<a href="http://about:blank/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">hillsidefoodo</a><a href="utreach.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">utreach.org</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">.&nbsp;</span></p>

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