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Maritime Aquarium Explores Long Island Sound's Salt Marshes in New Exhibit

<p>Norwalk, CT – The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is inviting guests to explore&nbsp;<em>Life Among the Grasses,&nbsp;</em>its new exhibit dedicated to salt marshes. The immersive experience features creatures of Long Island Sound's tidal habitats and examines ways these habitats have inspired culture.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“We are proud and excited to welcome guests to our newest exhibit. Its ambitious design conveys not only how vital salt marshes are for our environmental and economic well-being, but also how central salt marshes are to our culture and identity over the millennia, stretching from Native American folklore to Grateful Dead albums,”&nbsp;<strong>said President and CEO Jason Patlis.&nbsp;</strong>“We are thankful for our many partners who helped us create this multicultural and multidisciplinary experience.”&nbsp;</p><p><em>Life Among the Grasses&nbsp;</em>is the first exhibit to open at the Aquarium since the launch of its new strategic plan in January and follows the July 2023 opening of its Sturgeon Touch Tank. It aims to ignite a passion in people and inspire them to protect salt marshes – beautiful but threatened&nbsp;ecosystems that protect coastal communities from storm damage, remove nutrients and pollutants from runoff and store high levels of carbon below ground.&nbsp;</p><p>As guests walk down the boardwalk and into the bilingual gallery, they will encounter diamondback terrapins, a species of concern in the State of Connecticut, and learn about the threats these turtles face as they move from brackish water to nesting grounds. They will also see over a dozen additional species including longwrist hermit crab, tautog and lined seahorse.&nbsp;</p><p>Moving further into the exhibit, guests will have the opportunity to touch&nbsp;<em>Spartina</em>, the type of grass that grows in salt marshes, to understand what these areas feel like. They will also see how animals react to changes in water levels as they observe the exhibit’s dynamic tidal tank, which moves from high tide to low tide every seven minutes.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>In addition to live habitats, the space features art inspired by salt marshes from nineteenth century paintings to Grateful dead album covers. The "Marshing Through Time!” digital kiosks allow visitors to take an even deeper dive into the ecological and sociological aspects of New England’s salt marshes through film, storytelling, historic photos and games.&nbsp;After leaving the Aquarium, guests can continue to enjoy the experience at home by&nbsp;<a href="https://about:blank/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">watching a live stream</a>&nbsp;of the Sturgeon Touch Tank. This feature will also provide educators with a unique tool to showcase these prehistoric creatures outside of the Aquarium's walls during school programs.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Life Among the Grasses&nbsp;</em>was made possible through funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and CT Humanities. To plan a visit to see the new exhibit, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.maritimeaquarium.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.maritimeaquarium.org.</a>&nbsp;</p>

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Norwalk Symphony & Shakespeare on the Sound on Sunday, March 17

<p><strong>Annual Music for All Ages Concert: SHAKESPEARE COMES TO THE SYMPHONY on Sunday, March 17, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM</strong></p><p>Immerse yourself and your whole family in an afternoon that brings Shakespeare to life through music, acting, and jest. We will dive into both Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev’s gorgeous settings of Romeo and Juliet, interspersed with the play’s most famous moments. These scenes from “R+J4evr” are interpreted by gifted actors from Shakespeare on the Sound, our own local troupe. Meanwhile, witty Mr. Shakespeare (a.k.a. Philip Callen) will travel through time to add his insightful repartee. This unforgettable fusion of music and theater will transport you to a unique musical Shakespearean realm.&nbsp;</p><p>The concert also features violinist Gia Lin, winner of our 12th Annual Concerto Competition. With the full orchestra backing her up, she will perform the piece that won her top honors, the first movement of <em>Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto. </em></p><p>As is the tradition with March concerts, young musicians from the Norwalk Youth Symphony’s Principal Orchestra will play side-by-side with our Norwalk Symphony musicians. And - as an added treat – Chris Bell, Norwalk Symphony’s Board President, takes up the baton to conduct <em>Procession of the Nobles </em>from Mlad by Rimsky-Korsakov. </p><p>Performance is at the Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue. Individual tickets, which range from $10 for students and children, and $25, $<a href="37.50" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">37.50</a>, and $50 for adults, can be purchased online at the Symphony’s website <a href="https://www.norwalksymphony.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.norwalksymphony.org/</a> or by calling the Symphony office at 203 956-6771.</p>

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Run Like A Mother 5K in Ridgefield on Mother's Day! Registration is OPEN!

<p><em>Empower. Inspire. Enable. Run Like A Mother® Isn’t Just a Race, It’s Our Way of Life.</em></p><p>National organization Run Like A Mother® announces its 2024 5K race in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Participants will run the memorable race on Sunday, May 12th.</p><p><strong>Register </strong><a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Ridgefield/RunLikeaMotherRidgefield" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>HERE</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p><p> The point-to-point looped course starts at The Ridgefield Playhouse and finishes in the heart of town, Ballard Park. Runners, along with their family and friends, will enjoy a post-race party.</p><p>Run Like A Mother Ridgefield is proud to support the Noreen L Papa: Mothers Live Your Life Fund at the Ridgefield Library, which helps provide programming and other Library resources to encourage health and wellness.</p><p>Race participants will have several unique opportunities to support this important community charity. Runners can make a donation when they register for the race, or they can choose to donate during the registration process, which automatically enters them to win items and experiences provided by partners of Run Like a Mother.</p><p>A celebration of women, Run Like A Mother was founded in 2008 by Ridgefield, CT resident, owner of Ridgefield and Darien Running Companies, and author of <em>See Mom Run- Every Mother’s Guide to Getting Fit and Running Her First 5k</em>, Megan Searfoss. Since its start, Run Like A Mother has encouraged more than 25,000 women in all stages of motherhood (novice, new, and experienced) across the country to make running a part of their life.</p><p>“Run Like A Mother encourages women to step out the door and move,” said Searfoss. “The race gives women an opportunity to run a race with their family cheering them on from the start to the finish and post-race celebration.”</p><p>Registration is currently open for the race. Additional information on the race, charity partner, and post-race party can be found at <a href="https://chat.openai.com/c/www.runlikeamother.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.runlikeamother.com</a>. </p>

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Pickleball for All - A Charity Event for ElderHouse

<p>Tickets are on sale now for “Pickleball for All – A Charity Event for ElderHouse”. This exciting new fundraising event will take place on Thursday, March 21 from 6pm-9pm at Pickleball America, one of the largest indoor pickleball venues in the US, located at The Stamford Town Center. This fabulous event space is perfect for all levels of play, and even for those who do not wish to play, but would like to enjoy great food, drink, and friends while supporting ElderHouse. There will be a silent auction with “Opening Day” Baseball tickets (great seats!) and much more….</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Although guests do not need to be pickleball players to attend, this action-packed evening includes instruction for beginners, pro-led clinic for all levels, round-robin play, giveaways, prizes, auction baskets, and 50/50 raffle. Food and beverages provided by Bridges by Epoch / Waterstone on High Ridge. All proceeds will support ElderHouse, an award-winning adult day center serving lower Fairfield County.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“Come out and enjoy an exciting evening while supporting older adults in Fairfield County. ElderHouse truly enables people and families to navigate what can be a challenging time in their lives.” said Julia Schwartz-Leeper, Executive Director of ElderHouse.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Tickets are still available. Please visit EventBrite <a href="https://elderhouseevent2024.eventbrite.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>https://elderhouseevent2024.eventbrite.com</strong></a> or call, <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=elderhouse&amp;oq=elder&amp;aqs=chrome.0.69i59l2j46i10i433i512j46i10i131i433i512j69i60l2j69i61j69i65.1443j0j7&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">(203) 847-1998</a>. Payment by check for $150 per ticket can be mailed to ElderHouse, 7 Lewis Street, Norwalk CT 06851.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>ElderHouse would like to thank its generous sponsors to date, including Fairfield County Bank, Webster Private Bank, Garavel Auto Group, First County Bank, EFA Partners, The Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane, and Bridges by Epoch / Waterstone on High Ridge.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>About ElderHouse</strong></p><p>ElderHouse,&nbsp;a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit certified adult day center, is a leader in providing services to older adults with full days of social engagement, memory care, enjoyable activities, and personal care with compassion and dignity. While aging adults attend ElderHouse, family caregivers benefit from reliable, affordable, high-quality care for their loved ones, knowing that their loved ones are enjoying their day, in a safe, stimulating environment. Visit <a href="http://www.elderhouse.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.elderhouse.org</a> or call (203) 847-1998&nbsp;for more information.</p><p><br></p>

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Governor Lamont Taps Rachel Lenda To Serve as Connecticut Tourism Director

<p>Governor Ned Lamont today announced that Rachel Lenda will serve as the new director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism. Lenda brings a wealth of tourism and hospitality experience to the team and holds the distinction of being the first Connecticut born and raised resident to occupy this position in a generation.</p><p>Her background includes leadership roles at Hard Rock Café International and the Eastern Regional Tourism District. In her most recent position, Lenda played a pivotal role in leading the organization towards a new brand identity.</p><p>“With Rachel’s extensive background in the tourism industry and her forward-thinking approach, she is well equipped to lead Connecticut tourism toward sustained growth,”&nbsp;Governor Lamont said. “Given the record-breaking numbers of the past two years, my optimism for the future of Connecticut’s tourism industry has never been stronger.”</p><p>The Connecticut Office of Tourism is a division of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.</p><p>“What a privilege it is to have the opportunity to contribute to a team that has transformed Connecticut from a drive-through state into a must-visit destination,”&nbsp;Lenda said. “I grew up here and made my home in Connecticut, so to now be in a position to champion the state as a destination to visit fills me with excitement. I am really looking forward to collaborating with my colleagues and partners throughout the state to build upon this impressive momentum and further enhance Connecticut’s vibrant tourism landscape.”</p><p>“Rachel is the embodiment of a true Connecticut ambassador,”&nbsp;Anthony Anthony, chief marketing officer for the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, said. “Her love and enthusiasm for the state combined with her extensive tourism experience makes her a wonderful asset to the team, and I am confident that under Rachel’s leadership, our tourism office will continue to grow and thrive.”</p><p>Lenda’s arrival coincides with an exciting period for the Connecticut Office of Tourism, marked by record-breaking visitation to the state and to its tourism website,&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail20.com/t/j-l-shuudkl-tlluktttuu-u/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>CTvisit.com</strong></a>. In 2023, the state achieved an unprecedented milestone, welcoming nearly 68 million visitors, resulting in an impressive occupancy revenue of $1.173 billion – a 6.7% increase from the previous year. Simultaneously,&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail20.com/t/j-l-shuudkl-tlluktttuu-o/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>CTvisit.com</strong></a>&nbsp;reached new heights, reaching an all-time high of 9.4 million visitors – a remarkable 32% increase from the previous record year. This achievement positions&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail20.com/t/j-l-shuudkl-tlluktttuu-b/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>CTvisit.com</strong></a>&nbsp;among the top 10 most organically trafficked state tourism websites in the nation, surpassing not only its New England neighbors but even outpacing New York.</p><p>Following its record-breaking visitation in 2023,&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail20.com/t/j-l-shuudkl-tlluktttuu-q/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>CTvisit.com</strong></a>&nbsp;has undergone enhancements to elevate the design and user experience. These upgrades are designed to streamline the discovery of all there is to see and do in Connecticut, making it more convenient for visitors to explore a myriad of experiences. Moreover,&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail20.com/t/j-l-shuudkl-tlluktttuu-a/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>CTvisit.com</strong></a>&nbsp;has revamped its branding to align seamlessly with the state's recent rebrand, presenting a unified visual identity and narrative. This cohesive approach not only emphasizes Connecticut as a prime vacation spot but also highlights its appeal as a place to establish a home, pursue a career, or grow a business.</p><p>For more information about the Connecticut Office of Tourism or for inspiration on travel destinations and attractions around the state, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail20.com/t/j-l-shuudkl-tlluktttuu-f/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>CTvisit.com</strong></a>.</p><p><br></p>

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City of Noralk camp early bird registration opens on Friday!

<p>Attention: Norwalk Camp Parents and guardians: Camp early bird registration opens on Friday, March 1st, 2024 at noon!</p><p>If you are looking to set up a payment plan for camp this year, please contact Johanna Giraldo, our Systems Coordinator in the Department of Recreation and Parks at <a href="mailto:jiniguez@norwalkct.gov." rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">jiniguez@norwalkct.gov.</a></p><p>Our Department of Recreation and Parks will send you a list of questions and create a customized payment plan based on reasonable requests and needs. </p><p><strong>Please note: </strong></p><p>All payments must be completed by the first day of camp! </p><p>Camp session sign-ups are first come first served. Once a camp session is full, we will not be able to open additional spots.</p><p>If you have any questions, please email <a href="mailto:jiniguez@norwalkct.gov" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">jiniguez@norwalkct.gov</a></p>

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Norwalk Public Library for a Chinese New Year Celebration on March 3!

<p><br></p><p> Come to the Norwalk Public Library for a Chinese New Year Celebration next Sunday, March 3, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Chinese New Year began on February 10 and this year is the year of the Dragon. The Dragon represents good luck, intelligence, charisma, optimism, and strength and is predicted to bring evolution, improvement, and abundance!</p><p>At this festive and educational event, participants will get the chance to explore the customs of the Chinese New Year and hear about the “Big Race - a Zodiac story.” You will also get the chance to enjoy a dance performance by Li Garden Dance Company and the Connecticut Chinese Education Association (CCEA) dance group.</p><p>Following the dance performance, a family fun station will be available, which will include Chinese calligraphy, ancient Chinese toys to play with and traditional Chinese costumes to try on!</p><p>To register for the Chinese New Year Celebration, please click <a href="https://www.norwalkpl.org/FormCenter/Online-Registration-Form-5/Chinese-New-Year-Celebration-759?fbclid=IwAR3xchKIyMH3xHydFjnt5wkfJFlUxhSqBkW9oUuvp2kdrmHzoNd5auBXAP0" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a></p>

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