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State and Town of Southbury Partner for Larkin Bridle Trail Upgrades

<p>On Monday, First Selectman Manville met with Connecticut DOT and DEEP at the Larkin Bridle Trail to discuss potential improvements to the trail path and crosswalk on Route 67.</p><p>The trail and Route 67 are both owned and maintained by the State. The Town of Southbury and the State are partnering to evaluate, fund, and implement appropriate upgrades.</p><p> The State is requiring further studies to be conducted at the site to determine if blinking lights are appropriate there.</p><p>Visit the Town of Southbury online to learn more <a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.southbury-ct.org/</a></p>

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Plein Air Watercolor Workshops  on the Van Vleck Farm & Sanctuary

<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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Team Up to Clean Up and More Upcoming Events in Southbury!

<p><strong>Team Up to Clean Up</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/13/2024 | 10:00am-12:00pm</span></p><p>A Clean Town Starts with You! Organizer: Southbury Land Trust and Southbury Conservation Commission.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9016" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>"Kocktails &amp; Kitties" Benefiting Whiskers at the Corner Tavern</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/13/2024 | 4:00pm</span></p><p>A fundraising event to benefit Whiskers Pet Rescue in Southbury. Organizer: Whiskers Pet Rescue &amp; The Corner Tavern.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8996" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>Spring Wildflowers with Pete and Barb Rzasa</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/18/2024 | 10:00am</span></p><p>Spring Wildflowers and Ephemerals at the Bent. Organizer: Bent of the River Audubon Center.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9009" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>ONGOING</strong></p><p>Your Own Team Up to Clean Up</p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">April 2024</span></p><p>Celebrate Earth Day All Month Long! schedule your own Team Up to Clean Up with friends, family and neighbors on your own, in your free time, in your own neighborhood and enter into drawing for Southbury Land Trust har or t-shirt. Organizers: Southbury Land Trust.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9026" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p>Friday Birding at the Bent</p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">Fridays in April 2024</span></p><p>Birding Events that are accessible to Everyone. Organizers: Bent of the River Audubon Center.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8894" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p>COMING SOON</p><p>4/20/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9021" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Blues Café Presents Mark Cosgrove with Good Medicine</a></p><p>4/27/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9024" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs</a></p><p>4/27/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8958" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Deacon Chuck Dietsch Memorial 5K Run &amp; Walk for Haiti</a></p><p>4/27/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8993" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection</a></p><p>5/2-5/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9027" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">The Friends of the Southbury Public Library Book Sale</a></p><p>5/2-4/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9010" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Spring Rummage Sale</a></p><p>5/3/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9022" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">B &amp; P Art Exhibition</a></p><p>5/4/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9012" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Whiskers Pet Rescue's new "Whiskers TOO" Ribbon Cutting &amp; Housewarming</a></p><p>5/4/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9013" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">3rd Annual Spring Fling Shopping Event</a></p><p>View more future events:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.southbury-ct.org/events" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Upcoming Events Listing</a></p><p>Submit your organization's event to the Town of Southbury listing:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/submitevent" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Submit Event</a></p>

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Southbury Police Department New Program: Linked- Autism Safety Project

<p>The Southbury Police Department is excited to announce a new and innovative program called&nbsp;<a href="https://linkedasp.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Linked- Autism Safety Project</a>.</p><p>LINKED was created by an Autism mom, Ashley McClain to build a relationship between emergency responders and the members of the Autism and special needs community. This project was created as a collaborative effort with a network of public safety professionals, autism professionals, and autism parents.</p><p>This program is a voluntary registration for the Southbury’s official Autism Alert System. Caregivers of the Southbury autism and special needs community can access the registration form by stopping into the Southbury Police Department to fill out a hard copy of the registration form. This information will provide police with important individualized information about the person with autism and within the special needs community. This will allow the police to create a pre-arrival plan to best assist those within the community. All registrations are secure and confidential and used only for the response of Southbury Police Department.</p><p>Each family that registers for the LINKED program will receive a Family Emergency Planning Folder with individualized instructions and a guide that includes tips and tools to navigate this program and an emergency situation. Additionally, the Family Emergency Planning Folders provide an emergency preparedness social story, created by professionals, which is a personalized learning tool containing text and illustration that supports the safe and meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals, and people within the special needs community of all ages.</p><p>Police Officers will be equipped with a sensory pack in every emergency vehicle which contains a variety of sensory products provided by recommended by professionals in the field. To accompany the sensory packs, LINKED- Autism Safety Project is providing Emergency Picture Exchange Communication System, which is a picture communication tool for non-verbal residents developed by professionals to assist in the dialogue between the child and police.</p><p>The Southbury Police Department is committed to the Autism and special needs community and developing best practices and increasing the quality of services to all our residents. Southbury Police Department will also participate in Autism specific training through LINKED- Autism Safety Program to better understand and support the needs of the Autism community.</p><p>This program is free and open to all Southbury residents. Please share this information with your neighbors and friends.</p>

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Upcoming events in Southbury: plants, recycle, pickleball, and more!

<p><strong>Heat Pump Considerations</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/4/2024 | 6:30pm</span></p><p>This event builds on our last heat pump event and provides more detail when considering a heat pump, helping you ensure they get a system that reduces energy use and increases the home's comfort. Organizer: Sustainable Southbury.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8991" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>&nbsp;Harnessing Plants to Solve Problems</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/5/2024 | 1:00pm</span></p><p>Make your backyard beautiful…the natural way! Organizer: Southbury Garden Club.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8992" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>EyeRecycle Bottle and Can Redemption Popup</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/7/2024 | 12:00-3:00pm</span></p><p>Earn cash back for your recycled bottles and cans - there’s no waiting in line to put the containers. Organizer: Sustainable Southbury.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8947" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>Pop Up Shop</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/8-13/2024 | 10:00am-2:00pm</span></p><p>Gently used men's and women's clothing and accessories for sale and an exclusive boutique section. Organizer: South Britain Congregational Church.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9011" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>&nbsp;Bullet Hill School Docent Workshop</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/10/2024 | 9:30am</span></p><p>Be a docent at Bullet Hill School! Organizer: Bullet Hill School.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9008" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>Pickleball Tournament - register by April 5, 2024</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/20/2024 | 9:00am-5:00pm</span></p><p>Register by April 5, 2024 for the first Pickleball Tournament on the Ballantine Park's courts! Organizer: Tribury Rotary Foundation.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8946" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>&nbsp;ONGOING</strong></p><p>Your Own Team Up to Clean Up</p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">April 2024</span></p><p>Celebrate Earth Day All Month Long! schedule your own Team Up to Clean Up with friends, family and neighbors on your own, in your free time, in your own neighborhood and enter into drawing for Southbury Land Trust har or t-shirt. Organizers: Southbury Land Trust.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9026" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p>&nbsp;Friday Birding at the Bent</p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">Fridays in April 2024</span></p><p>Birding Events that are accessible to Everyone. Organizers: Bent of the River Audubon Center.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8894" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>COMING SOON</strong></p><p>4/13/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9016" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Team Up to Clean Up</a></p><p>4/13/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8996" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">"Kocktails &amp; Kitties" Benefiting Whiskers at the Corner Tavern in Naugatuck</a></p><p>4/18/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9009" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Spring Wildflowers with Pete and Barb Rzasa</a></p><p>4/20/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8946" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Pickleball Tournament</a></p><p>4/20/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9021" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Blues Café Presents Mark Cosgrove with Good Medicine</a></p><p>4/27/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9024" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs</a></p><p>4/27/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8958" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Deacon Chuck Dietsch Memorial 5K Run &amp; Walk for Haiti</a></p><p>4/27/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8993" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection</a></p><p><br></p><p>View more future events:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.southbury-ct.org/events" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Upcoming Events Listing</a></p>

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April at Southbury Public Library: Book Sale, Legos, Passport to CT Libraries

<p>Happy April!</p><p>Get your Passport to Connecticut Libraries this month at the Southbury Public Library! If you visit five or more of the more than 150 participating library locations during the month of April, you can enter to win a $200 Visa Gift Card! Get started by picking up your passport, a list of participating libraries, and a small gift from either Circulation Desk! Click&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southburylibrary.org/blog-entries/passport-connecticut-libraries-april-1-30-2024" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">here</a>&nbsp;to learn more.</p><p>In anticipation of this month's Solar Eclipse, all ages are invited to join us on Saturday, April 6 to make an Eclipse Tote Bag! Stop by between 1 and 3pm to paint a canvas tote bag with a surprisingly easy eclipse design. No registration required.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southburylibrary.org/eclipse-tote-bags" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">See here</a>&nbsp;for more information.</p><p>Adults: join us from 2-3:30pm on Friday, April 12 for the talk&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southburylibrary.org/event/zoom-sir-arthur-conan-doyle-more-sherlock-37055" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: More Than Sherlock</a>, as Dr. Bill Thierfelder delves into Doyle's many other works, including fantasy, science fiction, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction, and historical novels.</p><p>Grades 6-12: join us from 6-7pm on Thursday, April 11 to make&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southburylibrary.org/event/pom-pom-cacti-craft-36767" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Pom-Pom Cacti</a>, as easy to make as they are to care for!&nbsp;</p><p>Ages 5-10: join us for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southburylibrary.org/event/lego-club-37971" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Lego Club</a>&nbsp;on Thursday, April 18 from 4:30-5:30pm. We’ll provide the LEGO bricks, and you bring the creativity!</p><p>To find out more about all our exciting events in April, see below!</p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southburylibrary.org/about-us/support-the-library/friends" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Friends of the Southbury Public Library's 2024 Book Sale</a>&nbsp;is Thursday, May 2, through Sunday, May 5, 2024! This year's Book Sale has more than 100,000 items organized into several dozen categories, including fiction by author, biographies, history, and more. Other categories include graphic novels, manga, children's books, and cookbooks. Additionally, there are thousands of Vinyl Records, DVDs, and CDs, as well as a broad selection of art, games, puzzles, and more! The sale includes used books, like-new books, as well as old and interesting antiquarian books. Checks, Cash and Credit Cards accepted. This is the Friends' biggest fundraiser of the year, and proceeds from this sale fund the majority of our events for all ages through out the year, so we hope you'll consider stopping by! Click&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southburylibrary.org/about-us/support-the-library/friends" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">here</a>&nbsp;to learn more.</p><p>If you know of friends or relatives who have trouble receiving this newsletter even though they signed up for it, information is available on our website&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southburylibrary.org/newsletter-signup" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">here</a>&nbsp;about how to make sure it goes through. Anyone with questions is also always welcome to contact us at 203-262-0626 ext. 2 for more information.</p><p>Best wishes,</p><p>The Staff of the Southbury Public Library</p><p><strong>Table of Contents</strong></p><ul><li><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Passport to Connecticut Libraries</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Spring Open House</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Adult Reading Challenge</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Adult Events</span></li><li class="ql-indent-1"><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Wednesday and Evening at the Movies</span></li><li class="ql-indent-1"><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Adult Book Clubs</span></li><li class="ql-indent-1"><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Technology Help</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Children and Teen Events</span></li><li class="ql-indent-1"><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Children and Teen Reading Challenges</span></li><li class="ql-indent-1"><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Children's Events</span></li><li class="ql-indent-1"><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Teen Events</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">The Friends of the Southbury Public Library</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Brinker Fireplace Room Display: Covered Bridges Display</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(105, 65, 151);">Artist of the Month: Susan Grisell</span></li></ul><p><br></p>

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Town of Southbury seeks volunteers to serve on Charter Revision Commission

<p>The Town of Southbury is looking for volunteers to serve on its Charter Revision Commission. </p><p>Every five years, a commission is formed to review the Town Charter, ask for input from the public and make recommendations for any changes to the document. The current process is intended to culminate with a vote on any revisions on Election Day in November 2025.</p><p>Any Southbury resident interested in serving on this Commission should forward a brief resume to the First Selectman’s office at&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(0, 102, 204);">selectoffice@southbury-ct.gov</span>&nbsp;by April 26th.</p>

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