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In Willimantic, annual Trick or Treat on Main Street

Thread City Development presents the 27th annual Trick or Treat on Main Street from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 in downtown Willimantic.

Thread City Development presents the 27th annual Trick or Treat on Main Street from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 in downtown Willimantic.

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Thread City Development presents the 27th annual Trick or Treat on Main Street from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 in downtown Willimantic.

Thread City Development, Willimantic Downtown merchants and local organizations will once again welcome the area’s little ghouls and goblins and their parents to Main Street for a safe, fun-filled event.

Church Street to High Street will be closed to traffic and more than 30 merchants and friends of downtown will offer treats and entertainment.

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Windham Theatre Guild presents long-running favorite of London audiences, Blood Brothers

First opening in 1988, Blood Brothers ran for 24 years, earning the honor as the third longest running work of musical theatre in the West End District of London. It opens Nov. 1 2013 in Windham, CT.

First opening in 1988, Blood Brothers ran for 24 years, earning the honor of the third longest running work of musical theatre in the West End District of London. It opens Nov. 1 2013 in Windham, CT.

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The Windham Theatre Guild proudly presents a haunting, award-winning, record breaking musical that’s rarely performed.

Opening Friday, Nov. 1 at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, it’s Blood Brothers, with book, music and lyrics by Willy Russell.  First opening in 1988, Blood Brothers ran for 24 years, earning the honor of the third longest running work of musical theatre in the West End District of London.

Blood Brothers is the story of Mickey and Edward, two twin brothers who are separated at birth and raised in different homes.

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Notable Civil Rights movement figure speaks at Eastern

Bernard Lafayette spoke about his role in the Civil Rights Movement at Eastern Connecticut State University on Oct. 9 2013. To encourage young people to exercise one right in particular – the right to vote – he suggested holding a public birthday party for eighteen-year-olds where the cost of admission would be to show their voter registration cards. ECSU contributed photo.

Bernard Lafayette Jr. spoke about his role in the Civil Rights Movement at Eastern Connecticut State University on Oct. 9 2013. To encourage young people to understand the importance of  their right to vote, he suggested holding a public birthday party for eighteen-year-olds where the cost of admission would be to show their voter registration cards. ECSU contributed photo.

By Akaya McElveen | Eastern Connecticut State University student

Bernard Lafayette Jr., a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement, spoke on “Reaching Beyond Your Grasp” as part of Eastern Connecticut State University’s “University Hour Series” on Oct. 9.

More than 200 Eastern students, faculty and staff  heard Lafayette say – in response to a question asked by a student – that he was “glad” and “shocked” to still be alive today… Lafayette’s life has been threatened on many occasions, he said.

Lafayette told the audience that before he and his peers decided to take part in the Freedom Rides, he created a will.

Having made that level of commitment, Lafayette said his philosophy was, “No one can take your life if you’ve already given it.”

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Guilford Smith Library in October – ice cream, belly dancing and how to be a zombie

Zombies typically exhibit very poor dental hygiene... to express your inner Zombie, visit the Guilford Smith Memorial Library in South Windham CT on Oct. 24, 2013.

Zombies typically exhibit very poor dental hygiene… to express your inner Zombie, visit the Guilford Smith Memorial Library in South Windham CT on Oct. 24, 2013.

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Look what’s shakin’ in October at the Guilford Smith Memorial Library…

This month’s promotion – Free Friendly’s ice cream coupon with checkout of library books!

And… Sign up for the popular 4-H Babysitting course.  This 6-week course is at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 15 and is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders. $5 payable for a booklet accompanying the course. (male and female babysitters welcome!)

Shake it up… Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. with Belly Dancing with the dancers of Studio Desmeen. Come prepared to learn the history of Belly Dancing, see a presentation set to music, and learn some Belly Dancing moves in an Arabic line dance.

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UConn has a case of Big Love

Actors in upcoming production of Big Love at Connecticut Repertory Theatre at UConn. Publicity photo.

Actors in upcoming production of Big Love at Connecticut Repertory Theatre at UConn. Publicity photo.

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The Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut presents “Big Love,” by Charles Mee, opening Thursday, Oct. 3 and playing through Oct. 13 in the Nafe Katter Theater.

Because true love has no conditions. That’s why it’s so awful to fall in love.” – Charles Mee (from Big Love)

Classical drama collides with modern-day excess in Charles Mee’s “Big Love,” a fiercely extravagant adaptation of Aeschylus’ “The Suppliants,” that The New York Times has described as “an MGM musical in Technicolor, a circus and, believe it, a Greek tragedy.”

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Could you outrun a zombie?

Promo YouTube video for www.zombiecharge.com

From promo YouTube video for www.zombiecharge.com

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

Back in the day, used to be zombies were pretty easy to get away from – unless you happened upon a hive – but today, the rules have changed. Now they can run and in the case of at least one popular zombie film, they can strategize and work as a team.

Those are the kind of zombies you will encounter if you take part in the Zombie Charge 5K run coming up Saturday, Sept. 7 at Bison Brook Farms on Button Road in North Stonington, CT.

The event is being promoted via a Groupon deal with a $55 discount for single entries; the final cost is $39 for a single entry or $75 for two, plus a $4 insurance fee and a processing fee (not specified in the offer) each, payable at registration.

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Still time to register your child for local triathlon

Kids Who Tri Succeed is hosting a triathlon Saturday, Aug. 24 2013 at Mansfield Middle School, CT. For safety reasons, some surrounding roads will be closed. Photo source: Kids Who Tri Succeed

Kids Who Tri Succeed is hosting a triathlon Saturday, Aug. 24 2013 at Mansfield Middle School, CT. For safety reasons, some surrounding roads will be closed. Photo source: Kids Who Tri Succeed

On Saturday, Aug. 24 2013 Kids Who Tri Succeed is hosting a triathlon at Mansfield Middle School, located at 205 Spring Hill Road. (In the event of rain, the triathlon will be held Aug. 31)

Kids Who Tri Succeed is a USAT-sanctioned triathlon for children ages 4-14. Now in its eighth year, this event shows kids how much fun working towards a fitness goal is, and increases their confidence as a result.

The triathlon consists of swimming, running and bicycling. (The swimming portion of the race is at Bicentennial Pond.) A map of the routes for the different age categories is available on the web site http://kidswhotrisucceed.com in PDF format.

This year’s event participation is capped at 150 entrants.

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BBQ and Klezmer – what a combo!

Klemenschen - YouTube video screen shot

Klezmenschen – YouTube video screen shot

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Come join Temple Bnai Israel on Sunday, Aug. 25 for their 2nd annual summer BBQ – with special guests Klezmenschen!

Admission is $10 each for adults, $5 each for children

The fun begins at 4 p.m. at the Temple at 345 Jackson St. in Willimantic.

Posted August 21, 2013

Related link: “Klezmer Music in a Few Words” http://borzykowski.users.ch/EnglMCKlezmer.htm

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Get a good shine on for a good cause

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Get your dusty car down to the car wash between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 17 at the North Eagleville Fire house on the corner of Routes 32 (heading toward UConn) and 275 (South Eagleville Road) in Mansfield, CT.

Proceeds benefit the Edwin O. Smith High School choral students who are heading to Carnegie Hall to perform next spring.

It takes MORE than practice to get to Carnegie Hall!

It’s only $7 each for cars, or $10 for trucks and SUVs.

Posted August 16, 2013

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Want the kids to eat more veggies? Check out this event

How about some vegetable-stuffed peppers?

How about some vegetable-stuffed peppers?

There’s lots more to veggies than a garden salad, or a slice of tomato on your burger… in fact, you can forgo the hamburger altogether and still cook up something delicious.

You can get some great ideas and learn a few techniques at the upcoming Vegan/Vegetarian Cooking Class this Sunday, Aug. 18.

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In Willimantic, annual Trick or Treat on Main Street

TRICK OR TREAT cropped sign

The family-friendly Haunted House at Arts at the Capitol Theater, the art magnet school at 896 Main St., is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come in costume and experience the Island of Misfit Toys, color spooky pictures and eat tasty treats.

Windham and Storrs microgrid power projects could get additional funding

electric micro grid image

Microgrids provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7, daily basis. They will also include a system of “trips” and “transfers” to isolate the microgrid and provide power within its network even when there is a large-scale outage.

Get a jump on toy shopping

Over the Rainbow Toys logo 10-30-2013

And between now and Nov. 2, shoppers will receive a 30 percent discount on all in-stock merchandise at the mall location – excluding Lego and Bruder toys.

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