Saturday, February 26, 2011

North End Artists Co-Op Treasure Sale

Today at 11:00am - Tomorrow at 3:00pm

MAC 650 Gallery, 650 Main St, Middeltown, CT 06457

North End Artist Cooperative, 650 Main St., Middletown

Come shop our Treasure Sale this Saturday and Sunday to see what treasures you can find! Many thanks to everyone who donated the various items from decorative goods and cookware to small appliances, furniture and art suppllies. Lots of great finds!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Alondra Hernandez Memorial Fund

About the Alondra Hernandez Memorial Fund:

Alondra Hernandez, age 8, has passed away at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, after experiencing an aneurysm on Tuesday while at school. Alondra was a sweet and wonderful young lady who touched the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her. She is the beloved daughter of Mayra Sanchez, stepmother Nydia Marrero, and father Andres Hernandez, and leaves behind her older brothers and sister, and an extended family of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

A third grader in Miss Morello's class at Middletown's Macdonough Elementary School, Alondra will be remembered as a treasured friend, an exceptional young artist, and an enthusiastic member of Oddfellows Playhouse. She earlier attended both Moody Elementary and Bielefield Elementary in Middletown.

This tragic loss is felt deeply by the school community and throughout Middletown. Those who wish to contribute financially to help the family at this difficult time are welcome to make contributions to an account that the Macdonough PTA has established at Liberty Bank, with details listed below. Any proceeds that are raised will help with funeral and family costs, as well as establishing a memorial for Alondra. Information about funeral services for Alondra will be forthcoming. Thank you for supporting this family through this sorrow.

Regarding donations to the Memorial Fund for Alondra Hernandez

Credit Cards

•A facebook page has been set up with a link for making credit card donations online. Search facebook for the page called "Alondra Hernandez Memorial" or click on this link:

•For those who do not use facebook, credit card donations can be made at the following link: website


•Checks can be made out directly to the "Memorial Fund for Alondra Hernandez", and can be delivered to the office at Macdonough, or sent directly to the bank, c/o Peta-gaye Manuel, Liberty Bank, 315 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Homeownership Classes Starting Soon

Time Homeowner and Credit Counseling with Rosa Carrero of Liberty Bank
WEDNESDAYS, March 9, 16, 23, 30
6:30 to 8pm | FREE
Rosa Carrero from Liberty Bank presents four info sessions designed to help people take the first steps toward buying a home. Topics include credit counseling (Session 1), finding the right home (Session 2), the lending process (Session 3) and understanding legalities (Session 4). Participants in all four will receive a certificate of completion that meets one eligibility requirement for The City Of Middletown grant and down payment assistance, CHFA and CHFA down payment assistance programs.

Call NEAT to register: 860-346-4845 or email

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Spring into the Arts at Green Street

Keep Minds And Bodies Active this Season!

Spring is the season of growth and beginnings, and Green Street is providing many opportunities to plant the seed of inspiration! With new class session starting on Monday, February 21, now is the time to break out of comfort zones to try something new. Transform stick figures into masterful oil paintings, evolve from "the Robot" and "the Macarena" to more complex dance moves, or learn how to shed some convincing tears in an acting class. If you have little ones at home, get silly with them in a Wiggle Worms music session or help them become graceful ballerinas in Children's Ballet.

This season, Green Street will host the Sunday Salon Discussion series of stimulating lectures that touch upon a wide variety of issues and interests. From politics to pop music, the Queer Arts Series will be addressing many pertinent topics that the queer community faces today. Join in the discussion about the ethics of stem cell research or discover the parallels between Yiddish and Anglo-American folk music at one of our Sunday Salons. Click here to view all our classes and events this spring.

All classes and events are held at Green Street Arts Center located at 51 Green Street in Middletown. For more information or to register call 860-685-7871, click here, or visit

We'd love for you to stop by and register in person! Green Street will be open:
Thursday, 2/17 9am-8pm
Friday, 2/18 9am-5pm
Saturday, 2/19 10am-3pm.

Green Street Arts Center of Wesleyan University is a vibrant arts education center committed to serving the community. Located at 51 Green Street, Green Street has served over 20,000 people since opening in 2005. GSAC offers a variety of workshops, classes, and events that explore international and local topics and cultures. Green Street enables people from all walks of life to come together and learn more about our world, while respecting who we are as individuals.

NEAT Mentors Celebrate Valentine's Day

On Saturday, Feb. 12, the NEAT mentors and mentees celebrated Valentine's Day at the Community Service House. We played games, made cards for our friends and family, learned some Valentine's Day-related sign language (thanks, Sign Language House!), made crepes and decorated cookies. Happy Valentines' Day from NEAT mentoring!

Wesleyan Upward Bound/ConnCAP

Get Prepared for College! Wesleyan Upward Bound is here and recruiting for its program.

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for Middletown, Meriden and Portland High School students who represent the first generation of their family potentially to earn a bachelor's degree and/or whose family income does not exceed federal income guidelines.

Highlights of the Program:
*Two-week rite of passage at Great Hollow Wilderness School
*Six-week nonresidential summer program at Wesleyan University
*Academic tutoring and counseling throughout the School Year
*Assistance in the College Application Process
*SAT Critical Writing and Math classes

For more information and to get signed up please contact:
Phone: 860-685-2970
Fax: 860-685-3115
You can also contact Bobbye Knoll at the NEAT Office at 860-346-4845.

Around the world in 45 minutes! Courtesy of Dennis Waring.

At the end of our session last Saturday, Rakesh asked me “how long do you think it took to travel around the world and get all those instruments? Do you think he did it in 80 days?” Our workshop leader Dennis brought instruments from Africa, Cuba, and folk USA - I’m pretty sure it’s taken him his whole lifetime to collect them and learn about them! On Saturday, we were lucky enough to have him share his knowledge, his instruments, and his enthusiasm with us.

Dennis Waring – demonstrating!

We sang, we danced, and we got to try a whole lot of cool percussion. Best of all, we got to see how music from different countries can be closely connected – even when those places are oceans apart.

Latin band – check out the maracas and the claves!

Our next event is February 26th 10:30-1:00 at the Green Street Arts Center. The workshop will be on Song-dances from Folk USA! Come learn some fun group dances that have been around FOREVER in our very own U.S.ofA. Bring your singing voices and your stomping feet… and a little something for the potluck lunch.

For more info on CMI in general, please take a look at our page on the NEAT website: