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Boys & Girls Club of Stamford is Impact Fairfield County Grant Finalist

<p class="ql-align-center"><strong>Impact Fairfield County Names 2024 Grant Finalists</strong></p><p>GREENWICH, CT, April 17, 2024 – Impact Fairfield County (“Impact FFC”), one of the County’s leading female giving organizations, is pleased to announce its five finalists for this year’s Impact FFC Grants. The finalists include:&nbsp;<strong>Boys &amp; Girls Club of Stamford</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Filling in the Blanks</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Jewish Family Services of Greenwich</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>OPTIMUS Health Care</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Teaching Matters</strong>.&nbsp;With its record-breaking membership this year, Impact FFC will donate $280,000 to the nonprofits.&nbsp;</p><p>The finalists were selected from nearly 60 applicants and a lengthy review process which included written applications and in-person visits. To be considered for a grant, each applicant must demonstrate strong leadership, impactful results, financial stability, a primary focus on needs within Fairfield County and the transformative nature of the proposed use of funding. The finalists will present their proposed project at the Grant Awards Celebration on May 8th, 2024 at the Woodway Country Club in Darien, CT. The Impact FFC membership will then vote to determine the two winners who will receive over $100,000 in an Impact FFC Grant. The three runner-ups will receive an operating grant.&nbsp;</p><p>“We’re thrilled to be able to present our largest amount of funding to Impact FFC grantees this year, due to the dedication and passion of our growing membership.,” said Impact FFC Co-President Kristen Rosenbaum. “We’re excited to celebrate another successful year of transformative philanthropy with our finalists, corporate partners and membership on May 8th.”</p><p>For more information about the Corporate Partnership Program<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;or to join Impact FFC, please contact </span><a href="mailto:info@impactffc.org." rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">info@impactffc.org.</a></p>

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: The Aquatic Apothecary

<h2><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(50, 55, 61);">Why Small Businesses Matter</strong></h2><p><em style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Shop small, do big things for your community</em></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Meet Jorge Aguilar founder of </span><a href="https://www.theaquaticapothecary.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">The Aquatic Apothecary</a></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">“I am a passionate individual who is dedicated to providing our reefers and aquarium enthusiasts with Corals and customer service. My goal is to provide people with healthy corals. Also, to provide knowledge and insights that can help them make informed decisions and lead to amazing looking reef tanks.”</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Tell me a bit about The Aquatic Apothecary</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">We provide expert Coral consultation, installation, and maintenance services for saltwater reef aquariums.</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Why did you start your business?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">It started as a hobby and a passion and I wanted to turn it into my personally owned business.</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">What is your best-selling product/service?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I sell Coral for saltwater tanks and provide installation and maintenance for saltwater aquariums.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Visit The Aquatic Apothecary online </span><a href="https://www.theaquaticapothecary.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://www.theaquaticapothecary.com/</a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> and</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">follow along on Instagram </span><a href="https://www.instagram.com/theaquaticapothecary" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://www.instagram.com/theaquaticapothecary</a></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">HamletHub thanks</strong><a href="http://www.jkinfordbeautygroup.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong> </strong></a><a href="https://www.fairfieldcountybank.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Fairfield County Bank </strong></a><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!</strong></p><p><br></p>

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Edgehill Earns Top Marks in CT in U.S. News & World Report Senior Living Issue

<p><a href="https://www.edgehillcommunity.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Edgehill</a> has been rated Connecticut’s best senior living community in the Best Senior Living issue of <a href="https://health.usnews.com/best-senior-living/edgehill-1091" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>U.S. News &amp; World Report.</em></a> It is the only community in the state to be was awarded in each of the publication’s four categories for the second year in a row—independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement community (CCRC). In November 2023, Edgehill’s health center was also recognized for excellence in short-term rehabilitation by <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report.</em>&nbsp;</p><p>As a top senior living community, Edgehill demonstrates excellence in safety, staff &amp; hospitality, management, care services, value, and other attributes. Residents and family members who were surveyed noted, “All of the staff and associates are warm and friendly, and make living here comfortable, familiar, and safe,” and “It is like a local club/resort with all of the facilities anyone would like to have in one location. Superb in all ways.”</p><p>“Our associates are inspired to provide the best for our residents because of the special relationship we have with them,” said Edgehill Campus Executive Director Chris Cilano. “It is truly humbling to again be recognized for that work and to know that our residents truly appreciate the life they have at Edgehill.”</p><p>As a CCRC, Edgehill provides a full continuum of care for those who need it, when they need it. In addition, the community takes advantage of its picturesque location and proximity to Manhattan to offer rich cultural experiences, stimulating activities, and a luxurious, comfortable lifestyle.&nbsp;</p><p>This year’s <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report B</em>est Senior Living issue includes survey data from thousands of senior living communities across the country, including 178 surveys from the residents of Edgehill and their family members.</p><p>Edgehill, a Benchmark Senior Living CCRC, has been recognized by <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em> for excellence in senior living multiple times since 2016. It is a six-time award recipient for its skilled nursing and rehabilitation care. <span style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36);">Forty-four Benchmark communities throughout the Northeast were recognized by </span><em style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36);">U.S. News &amp; World Report</em><span style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36);"> this year, far outpacing the industry average for achieving “Best” status.</span></p><p>For more information about the <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em> Best Senior Living program or to review Edgehill’s profile, <a href="https://health.usnews.com/best-senior-living/edgehill-1091" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">click here</a>.&nbsp;</p>

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Stamford Downtown Hosts Touch-A-Truck event this Thursday, April 17

<p>Stamford Downtown, in conjunction with various City of Stamford departments, will host a free event during the school spring break. Head to Veterans Memorial Park this Thursday, April 17 from 10am to 2pm.</p><p><strong>Touch A Truck</strong>&nbsp;is a family-friendly event designed to allow children to explore, climb and touch vehicles of all shapes and sizes. The Stamford Fire Department, Stamford Police Department, Stamford Emergency Services, City of Stamford Operations Department will bring vehicles featuring emergency and rescue vehicles as well as other city vehicles.</p><p>This hands-on event is an opportunity for children to see, touch and explore their favorite big trucks, heavy duty equipment and large vehicles.</p><p>Admission Cost: FREE</p>

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The Palace Brings Original Works to Life for Local High School Playwrights

<p>On April 22, three high school students will experience the joy of live theatre in a whole new way – as playwrights. Dylan Alter (of Ossining, NY), Myli Bruno (of Mamaroneck, NY), and Ben Souza (of Shelton, CT) were named winners of The Palace Theatre’s 2024 Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Awards for their writing of an original one-act play. All three will witness their voices and visions come to life with a staged reading by professional actors at The Palace in Stamford.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ben Souza, a junior at Shelton High School, was awarded $500 for his play, “Casual Sex in a College Dorm,” becoming the first student in the program’s fifteen-year history to be selected twice as a winner. The Palace also recognized Ossining High School sophomore Dylan Alter for his play, “The Definition of Bravery,” and Myli Bruno, a sophomore at Rye Neck High School, for “The Dream Experiment.” Alter and Bruno also both received $500 for their winning submissions.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Palace brought in award-winning international director, choreographer, and educator Luis Salgado to serve as artistic coordinator and mentor for the Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Awards. He, along with a panel of nine additional adjudicators, evaluated all submissions before selecting Alter, Bruno, and Souza’s work.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“This program is not only about the young playwrights, but the ongoing commitment to new voices and leaders among our community,” said Salgado. “I am grateful to Carol Bryan and The Palace Theatre for the commitment to it and I am thrilled to have selected the winners with an intense debate process between our upcoming female directors and the Salgado Productions Art with a Purpose scope in mind.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Three guest directors from Salgado Productions, Frances Tirado, Claudia Mulet, and Thalia Ranjbar, will direct the staged readings, which will be attended by the playwrights’ parents, teachers, and friends as well as Stamford Center for the Arts board members. The three plays will feature professional actors Aimara Torres, Juanita Dilia Olivo, Andrés Gallardo Bustillo, Jeremy Fuentes. This year's stage manager is Majo Ferrucho.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“Congratulations to Dylan, Myli, and Ben on their outstanding achievements,” said Michael Moran, President and CEO of The Palace. “We are delighted to welcome Luis Salgado, our three amazing guest directors, and five talented actors, as they collaborate to bring the unique vision of each young playwright to life.”</p><p><span style="color: rgb(26, 26, 26);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(26, 26, 26);">The Emerging Young Artist Award was established in 2010 and is open to all high school students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Winners have included instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, actors and playwrights. In 2015, the award was renamed for Ernie DiMattia, former president of The Ferguson Library in Stamford and a longtime Stamford Center for the Arts board member.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Palace’s Arts in Education programs are year-round and strive to educate, challenge and inspire area youth by offering opportunities in performing, choreography, master classes and intensives in acting, voice, writing, music and dance. Students learn skills that are important in academic and life success such as confidence, problem solving, teamwork, perseverance and focus.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The staged reading on April 22 will begin with beverages and charcuterie at 6:00pm followed by the performance at 6:30pm. It is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Maggie Brennan at <a href="mailto:mbrennan@palacestamford.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">mbrennan@palacestamford.org</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ThePalaceTheatreStamford" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and @PalaceStamford on <a href="https://twitter.com/PalaceStamford" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/palacestamford/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>About The Palace Theatre</strong></p><p>The 1,600-seat <a href="https://palacestamford.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Palace Theatre</a> is dedicated to performing arts of all genres – music, dance, theatre and comedy. In addition to hosting world-renowned performers in each of those fields, the Palace partners with arts organizations like Orchestra Lumos and the Connecticut Ballet for their performances. The Theatre’s three floors encompass a deeper-than-typical Broadway-size stage, a café, a Learning Center, a theatre-long art gallery and a magnificent glass-walled promenade. The Palace is dedicated to providing exciting entertainment that enriches the cultural, educational, economic, and social life of the community. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>PHOTO CAPTION:</strong> Luis Salgado, Artistic Coordinator &amp; Mentor of The Palace’s Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Awards</p>

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Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons City News and Events

<p class="ql-align-center"><strong style="color: rgb(0, 112, 192);">CITY NEWS</strong></p><ul><li><strong>2024 Community Micro Grant:&nbsp;</strong>The 2024 Community Microgrant application is now available. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm May 3rd, to view the application and for more information visit&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LnN0YW1mb3JkY3QuZ292L2dvdmVybm1lbnQvbWF5b3Itcy1vZmZpY2UvMjAyNC1jb21tdW5pdHktbWljcm9ncmFudC1wcm9ncmFtIyEvIiwiYnVsbGV0aW5faWQiOiIyMDI0MDQxMi45MzI5NzgwMSJ9.KNS50rn5HX-bPn6e6GZIxWLs9nzPH0nVrn3nEP2FMSY/s/1435731300/br/240669365701-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">here</a>.</li><li><strong>Parking Garage Demolition:</strong>&nbsp;The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) initiated the demolition of the Stamford Transportation Center's 1985 Parking Garage and Pedestrian Bridge. For further details, click&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDIsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vcG9ydGFsLmN0Lmdvdi9ET1QvQ1RET1QtQ29uc3RydWN0aW9uLUFkdmlzb3JpZXMvMjAyNC9EZW1vbGl0aW9uLW9mLXRoZS0xOTg1LVBhcmtpbmctR2FyYWdlLWFuZC1QZWRlc3RyaWFuLUJyaWRnZS1hdC10aGUtU3RhbWZvcmQtVHJhbnNwb3J0YXRpb24tQ2VudGVyIiwiYnVsbGV0aW5faWQiOiIyMDI0MDQxMi45MzI5NzgwMSJ9.meHYqQT6gJmVxNmuMVRB2YQJPvpvmmSQGWAcSpkF3EE/s/1435731300/br/240669365701-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">here</a>.</li><li><strong>Beach Passes Available for Purchase:</strong>&nbsp;Beach passes are now available for purchase online or in person. Click&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDMsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LnN0YW1mb3JkY3QuZ292L2Fyb3VuZC10b3duL3BhcmtzL2JlYWNoLXBhcmtpbmctcGVybWl0cyIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyNDA0MTIuOTMyOTc4MDEifQ.8mhWW7axK3IvsPPbY9D4q5PaeEyu5g24fiQVUGmCAL8/s/1435731300/br/240669365701-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">here&nbsp;</a>for more information and to purchase your pass.</li><li><strong>Learning In Retirement Registration:</strong>&nbsp;Learning Retirement, Inc, a nonprofit organization for continuing education of retired people and senior citizens has released their Spring 2024 catalog. Go to&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDQsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHA6Ly9saXJzdGFtZm9yZC5vcmcvIiwiYnVsbGV0aW5faWQiOiIyMDI0MDQxMi45MzI5NzgwMSJ9.vPE4_iAbKydqfwT8jvplwPEjtb1VHySidAENh8dClUw/s/1435731300/br/240669365701-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">LIRStamford.org</a>&nbsp;to view the course offerings and register for classes.</li><li><strong>Shop Local Spring Campaign:</strong>&nbsp;Are you a Stamford resident with a small business? We want to highlight you during our Shop Local spring campaign. Send your business details to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:calexander@stamfordct.gov." rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>calexander@stamfordct.gov.</em></a></li><li><strong>Stamford Transportation Center Master Plan:&nbsp;</strong>Our administration has been meeting with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and city transportation officials to continue to make progress on the Stamford Train Station Master Plan. To view the Stamford Transportation Center Master Plan, visit:&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDUsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LnN0YW1mb3JkY3QuZ292Lz9zcGxhc2g9aHR0cCUzYSUyZiUyZnN0Y21hc3RlcnBsYW4uY29tJTJmJl9fX19pc2V4dGVybmFsPXRydWUiLCJidWxsZXRpbl9pZCI6IjIwMjQwNDEyLjkzMjk3ODAxIn0.3hTn3klb6Z2UR1aJJdCDhUitBra8jUmSDfSjmAIplaE/s/1435731300/br/240669365701-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">stcmasterplan.com</a>.</li><li><strong>Paving Update:</strong>&nbsp;Click&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDYsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LnN0YW1mb3JkY3QuZ292L2dvdmVybm1lbnQvb3BlcmF0aW9ucy9yb2FkLW1haW50ZW5hbmNlL3JvYWQtcGF2aW5nIyEvIiwiYnVsbGV0aW5faWQiOiIyMDI0MDQxMi45MzI5NzgwMSJ9.vTlJXzAm01lxEtEJLTKV3dFx2wKk-qRAgUqJNS-vjfg/s/1435731300/br/240669365701-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">here</a>&nbsp;for the priority list for paving operations established in response to a city-wide road assessment in 2022.</li><li><strong>Safe Boating Class:&nbsp;</strong>The Stamford Regional Fire School is now offering State of Connecticut safe boating courses. The first class will be on Saturday, April 13th. Get your safe boating certificate before the boating season begins! Class size is limited to 24 students. Additional dates will be added based on demand.&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDcsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LnN0YW1mb3JkY3QuZ292Lz9zcGxhc2g9aHR0cHMlM2ElMmYlMmZkb2NzLmdvb2dsZS5jb20lMmZmb3JtcyUyZmQlMmZlJTJmMUZBSXBRTFNmMXdNbi1oc1haTkJHUTlEYVI1eU5KMG5JU095UHhaT01VQkNwWUF4WHN1Z2dSZHclMmZ2aWV3Zm9ybSZfX19faXNleHRlcm5hbD10cnVlIiwiYnVsbGV0aW5faWQiOiIyMDI0MDQxMi45MzI5NzgwMSJ9.NGbcLz0c8I8fpHWH4IaTHgzT6soC9gOloED51kzYGzM/s/1435731300/br/240669365701-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">You can sign up here</a>.&nbsp;</li></ul><p class="ql-align-center"><strong style="color: rgb(0, 112, 192);">CITY EVENTS</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Calling all Vision Zero Heroes:</strong>&nbsp;The City of Stamford has initiated a Vision Zero Action Plan to work towards eliminating roadway fatalities by 2032. The Action Plan will put forth prioritized strategies for advancing roadway Quick Build and capital projects and other strategic initiatives for reach this goal. Public engagement for the plan started this month, and the next pop-up event will be on Tuesday May 7 in Glenbrook.</li><li><strong>Northeast Sports Card Expo:&nbsp;</strong>Connecticut’s biggest card show is back! On Saturday, May 4th&nbsp;from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday, May 5th&nbsp;from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Chelsea Piers Athletic Club. See the flyer below for more details.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

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FC Buzz Weekend of Art and Culture in Fairfield County April 12-14

<p class="ql-align-center"><br></p><p>HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across 15 towns in coastal Fairfield County. Sign up to receive a free eBuzz newsletter with top picks and spotlight events from the hundreds of events posted on FCBuzz.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/ghost-the-musical/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Ghost the Musical</strong></a></p><p><strong>Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk</strong></p><p>FRIDAY 12 to Apr 28, 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm</p><p>Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) MainStage, Fairfield County's professional award-winning theatre company closes their 37th MainStage Season with the romantic and supernatural, Ghost the Musical. Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin, Ghost the Musical is a poignant romance that builds comedy, suspense, and deeply felt emotion to an ethereal climax that audiences will never forget. This production will run three weekends from April 12th through the 28th with performances on Fridays &amp; Saturdays at 8pm and Saturday &amp; Sundays at 2pm.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/miel-san-marcos/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Miel San Marcos</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Palace Theatre, Stamford</strong></p><p>FRIDAY Apr 12, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm</p><p>Join a powerful musical experience with Miel San Marcos. This event promises to be a night of praise and healing for the entire family. Don't miss it, come and receive your blessing.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/ftc-presents-graham-parker/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Graham Parker</strong></a></p><p><strong>StageOne, Fairfield</strong></p><p>FRIDAY Apr 12, 7:45 pm - 12:00 am</p><p>Since the 70s when he burst onto the London scene, Graham Parker has been slinging a signature sound across continents and airwaves that has rightly earned him a spot in the pantheon of truly original and influential figures in rock and roll. His early days with his band the Rumour (with whom he has two albums in Rolling Stone's 1987 "Top 100 Albums of All Time") Graham coupled punk's energy with his deeply rooted love of American R&amp;B, country, and soul music. The band built a reputation as</p><p>an incendiary live act, as well. He's got a snotty barroom brawler's rasp and sneer, a soul man's swagger, and an ear for indelible pop songcraft.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/the-magic-school-bus-lost-in-the-solar-system/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>An Evening with Judy Collins</strong></a></p><p><strong>Westport Country Playhouse</strong></p><p>FRIDAY Apr 12, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm</p><p>An award-winning singer-songwriter, esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. She’s garnered several top-ten hits gold- and platinum-selling albums.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/ftc-presents-kung-fu-with-canopy/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Kung Fu with Canopy</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Warehouse, Fairfield</strong></p><p>FRIDAY Apr 12, 8:00 pm - 12:00 am</p><p>Proud to be firmly installed in the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making fusion music "cool" again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters and Weather Report, and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. Imagine 70's funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/greenwich-symphony-orchestra-concerts-saturday-november-11-sunday-november-12/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Greenwich Symphony Orchestra Concerts</strong></a></p><p><strong>Greenwich High School</strong></p><p>SATURDAY Apr 13, 7:30 am - 9:30 am</p><p>Get ready for a groundbreaking concert which combine live musical performance with visual accompaniment. The Planets by Gustav Holst will be played by the orchestra while a video presentation, The Planets Live, created by Adrian Wyard will appear on screen. The presentation uses NASA images of the planets and original animation cued to follow the conductor. (Saturdays at 7:30 pm Sundays at 3:00 pm)</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/j-y-park-piano-competition-2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>J.Y. Park Piano Competition</strong></a></p><p><strong>MoCA Westport</strong></p><p>SATURDAY Apr 13, 8:00 am - 12:00 am and 12:00 am - 12:00 am</p><p>The Ninth Annual J.Y. Park Piano Competition, generously supported by the Jumy Foundation, is pleased to announce the ninth annual competition, to be held Saturday, April 13, 2024, at MoCA Westport.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/slipstream-elizabeth-gilfilen-solo-exhibition-at-silvermine-galleries-april-13th-may16th/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Slipstream – Elizabeth Gilfilens’ Solo Exhibition</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/slipstream-elizabeth-gilfilen-solo-exhibition-at-silvermine-galleries-april-13th-may16th/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>2024 Instructors Salon</strong></a></p><p><strong>Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan</strong></p><p>SATURDAY Apr 13, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm</p><p>The Silvermine School of Art Instructors are distinguished artist educators offering courses for students of all ages and levels of experience in a wide range of disciplines, while providing an environment and atmosphere in which art and artists can develop and flourish. All are welcome to attend the Artists Reception Saturday April 13th, both shows run until May 16.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/cinderella/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Cinderella</strong></a></p><p><strong>Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport</strong></p><p>SATURDAY Apr 13 to May 19, 12:00 am - 12:00 am</p><p>The timeless story of Cinderella and her journey to find love and happiness with the handsome Prince Charming, but this is unlike any Cinderella you’ve ever seen! Cinderella’s wicked stepmother and stepsisters try everything they can to keep Cinderella from attending Prince Charming’s Royal Ball, but with a little help from a magical fairy Godmother, Cinderella makes it to the Ball for a night she will never forget.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/greater-bridgeport-symphony-a-bridge-to-beethoven/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Greater Bridgeport Symphony: A Bridge to Beethoven</strong></a><strong>The Klein, Bridgeport</strong></p><p>SATURDAY Apr 13, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm</p><p>Don’t miss the close of their 78th season with Beethoven’s joyful Symphony No. 8, and two great 20th-century Russian composers who revered Beethoven. Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, featuring Dr. Nicholas Hardie soloist, GBS’ own Principal Cellist – pay homage to Beethoven, a century and a half later and a thousand miles east.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/ftc-presents-scary-pockets-pockets-presents-david-ryan-harris/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Scary Pockets – Pockets Presents David Ryan Harris</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Warehouse, Fairfield</strong></p><p>SATURDAY Apr 13, 8:00 pm - 12:00 am</p><p>Scary Pockets are a rotating roster of world-class musicians who released live funk reimaginations of familiar songs every week from 2017-2023. Since their first recording session in 2017, Scary Pockets have released 400+ videos that have been watched over 400 million times for over 16 million hours on YouTube where their channel has 1M+ subscribers.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/gilded-age-house-tour/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Gilded Age House Tour</strong></a></p><p><strong>Fairfield Museum</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm</p><p>Experience the glamour of the Gilded Age and get a rare glimpse inside two extraordinary Fairfield mansions: the Sturges “White” House (1855) and the Sturges Cottage (1840) located on Mill Plain Green. In conjunction with Fairfield Museum’s special exhibition Money Talks: The Gilded Age in Fairfield, join us anytime between 12 and 4 pm to tour these two exclusive homes and hear about the Gilded Age families who called them home.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/tapestry-of-sound-a-concert-to-benefit-the-community-programs-at-the-meetinghouse/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Tapestry Of Sound – A Concert to benefit the community programs</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Meetinghouse, Ridgefield</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm</p><p>Join The Hat City Flutes; Cecilia Burns, Flute with Trombonist and Composer, Thomas Caprino, (whose new orchestral work “LvB: Variations, Extension and Collisions” recently premiered with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra); Singer/songwriter, Sara Vokes; Writer/Actress, Charlotte Hampden; Singer, Isabella Mosquera (recently seen as Dolly Levi in the musical “Hello Dolly”) and Singer, Shriya Kelkar performing a variety of musical styles and the spoken word.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/opening-reception-for-residency-showcase-exhibition/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Opening Reception Spring Exhibition: Taryn McMahon, WATERSHED</strong></a></p><p><strong>Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm</p><p>Celebrate the opening of our Spring Exhibition, "Watershed," an exhibition of layered monotype prints by artist Taryn McMahon in which she explores the entanglements between the human and nonhuman through Northeast Ohio’s waterways.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/grand-standing-iconic-19th-century-hotels/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Grand &amp; Standing</strong></a></p><p><strong>Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm</p><p>The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will kick-off its 2024 Lecture Series with, “Grand &amp; Standing: Iconic 19th Century Hotels,” featuring Deidre Dinnigan, a renowned archivist who has worked for the Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotels as well as with prominent New York City institutions and collections that reflect centuries of the city’s culture and change.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/re-creation-vol-2-with-pianist-marko-stuparevic/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Re-Creation of Vol. 2 with Pianist Marko Stuparevic</strong></a></p><p><strong>Wilton Library</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm</p><p>An afternoon concert program that will include selections from Schubert, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/flip-fabrique-in-blizzard/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>FLIP Fabrique in Blizzard</strong></a></p><p><strong>Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14 to Apr 15, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm</p><p>The show explores the question of whether a white-out is a catastrophe or a chance to start over and fix our mistakes. The performance features exciting circus performers, live original music, and breathtaking visual poetry, showcasing the Canadian troupe's talent and ability to create a new blank page.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/ftc-presents-a-dog-named-gucci-generously-underwritten-by-earth-animal/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>A Dog Named Gucci – Generously Underwritten by Earth Animal</strong></a></p><p><strong>StageOne, Fairfield</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14, 7:30 pm - 12:00 am</p><p>A DOG NAMED GUCCI tells the story of a 10-week old puppy named Gucci who was hung by his neck, doused with lighter fluid, and set afire. Doug James, standing on his porch nearby, heard the puppy’s cries and ran to help. He scared away the thugs and at the request of Gucci’s 15-year-old runaway owner, took the dog in for the night. Thus began a 16-year odyssey of devotion and perseverance. Together with local legislators, Doug and Gucci would see the “Gucci Bill” passed, changing the laws in Alabama, making domestic animal abuse a felony.</p><p>See these and discover hundreds more events on the&nbsp;<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/fcbuzz-events/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">FCBUZZ EVENTS</a>&nbsp;page at&nbsp;<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">https://culturalalliancefc.org</a>&nbsp;Sign up for the&nbsp;<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/resources/newsletter-sign-up/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">Cultural Alliance eBuzz</a>&nbsp;to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.</p><p><br></p>

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