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Date Event Description Time / Location

The N.I.C.E. Center After School Tutoring Program

Telephone Contact for Information: (203)479-0056
Description of Event: The N.I.C.E. Center After School Tutoring Program is running a free after school tutoring for children in grades 3rd through 8th, free bus transportation from any New Haven Public Schools, free nutritious snacks, and the program is run by certified teachers, certified school administrator, and a freelance writer/business entrepreneur.
INFO 3:45p - 5:45p M-F, 410 Howard Avenue, New Haven

Winter Wonderland Holiday Toy Drive

Winter Wonderland Holiday Toy Drive

Unwrapped Toys for local disadvantaged children will be collected from Now until December 16 at the United House of Prayer For All People, 100 Dixwell Avenue New Haven, CT.  Please RSVP with Ms. Greenwood by calling 203-850-0600 or email ighi03@yahoo.com.

INFO Drop Off Times 4p - 7p Daily, United House of Prayer for All People 100 Dixwell Ave New Haven, CT

Goodwill of Southern New England's Fantasy of Lights

INFO 5pm, Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven


HAMDEN, CT - The Hamden Arts Commission will present an all-new cavalcade of talent in its 2017-2018 Saturday Afternoon Family Entertainment Series. The series, which offers an exciting array of programs for adults and children to share, will showcase a variety of homegrown CT and visiting artists from a musical journey through four continents, a cycling acrobat, a springtime romp with magical marionettes to an acrobatic Sir Isaac Newton and Emilie du Chatelet. Admission is $2 for children; $3 for adults; CASH ONLY. All shows begin at 1pm, except for December 2nd, which begins at 2:30pm

The Commission will launch its season on Saturday, October 21st when Middletown’s ARTFARM makes its Hamden debut with “The Little Apple Circus”. ARTFARM circus artists playfully embody Sir Isaac Newton and the 18th century French physicist and feminist Emilie du Chatelet. These two giants of science present a series of circus skills including juggling, plate spinning, partner acrobatics, diabolo, and the balancing of all kinds of objects (including peacock feathers, long poles, chairs, and one another). The real fun begins as members of the audience are brought on stage to help demonstrate the principles of Newtonian Mechanics.

Next up on Saturday, November 18th, join Surcari, to learn interactive games and songs in Spanish, based on the musical styles and traditions of the Andes, Spanish Caribbean, Central and South America, Spain and Mexico. Audiences will delight as Surcari invites members to join them on instruments, dance, create a rainforest soundscape, and play. Their colorful performances engage audiences of all ages as they are introduced to irresistible instrumental and vocal music from different Spanish-speaking cultures.

On December 2nd, join the Hamden community for the Annual Silverbells Celebration and the Hamden premiere of Wayne Martin PuppetsTM, “Martin’s Magical Musical Review” at 2:30pm. Wayne Martin uses parody, mime, dance, mask and musical theatre in presenting his various styles of puppetry. Full of comedy and pathos, vignettes of human emotions and fantasy set against a backdrop of dramatic lighting and theatrical effects, this act is designed to have no age or language barrier.

On January 20, 2018, Mikata African Drumming and Dance will ring in the New Year! Mikata means “all of us” in the Ewe language of Ghana! Everyone is invited to participate on a musical journey from West Africa to the Caribbean and Brazil. Mikata will make your pulse quicken as they chant, clap and dance to powerful rhythms from Ghana, Nigeria, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti and Brazil. Garbed in colorful traditional cultural clothing, the artists of Mikata perform on an array of authentic drums, bells, rattles, flutes and xylophones. Families will dance, sing and clap to the rhythms of Mikata as they learn about the cultures of the African nations, Caribbean and South American countries

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Arts Commission is proud to present Li Liu and the Traditions of Chinese Acrobats, on Saturday, February 17th. The exciting performance will include hand balancing, plate spinning, trick cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing and Chinese water bowl manipulation. Li also touches on various aspects of Chinese language, geography and culture while sharing her work and travel experiences with the audience.

The season finale on March 17th will feature Tanglewood Marionettes’ “The Fairy Circus”. Featuring over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, The Fairy Circus is a showcase for turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. This show is perfect for younger children and family audiences.

The Saturday programs will be held in the handicapped accessible Thornton Wilder Hall in the Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, 06518. All shows start at 1 pm, except on Dec. 2nd, which starts at 2:30pm. Tickets are $2 for children, $3 for adults, available at the door only and cash only. For details: www.hamdenartscommission.org or call the Department of Arts & Culture at (203) 287-2546. Or visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HamdenArtsCommission 

INFO Varies, Thorton Wilder Hall, 2901 Dixwell Avenue

Hamden Arts Commission Announces 2017- 2018 Sensational Sunday Performance

The Hamden Arts Commission is pleased to announce its 2017 - 2018 season of the "Peter C. Hereld Sensational Sunday Performance Series."

The season launches on October 22nd when the popular, local group Triple Vision takes the stage in Thornton Wilder Hall. Triple Vision delights in performing "The Great American Songbook". This trio brings to life the songs of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, The Gershwin Brothers and other iconic composers of the era. Audiences delight in hearing this wonderful music and revisiting the fond memories associated with it.

On November 19th, local jazz legend, Jeff Fuller, will present Jeff Fuller & Friends play Swing Music of the 30s and 40s. Jeff Fuller & Friends is a swingin' jazz combo made up of some of the most outstanding musicians in Connecticut. Jeff Fuller has built an international reputation as one of the finest bassists anywhere, and he is joined for this show by "Connecticut's premier jazz couple," singer Atla DeChamplain and pianist Matt DeChamplain. Their skill and dedication have quickly launched them into the top rank of CT's jazz scene. In addition to Fuller on bass, they will be joined by Hamden's own Tim Moran on saxophones, and the ubiquitous Ben Bilello on drums.

On January 21st, we’re working on bringing you a special treat that’s still under wraps, so stay tuned for updates!

To warm up even the coldest of mid-winter days, February 18th will feature "Serenata Italiana: From Neapolitan Classics to the Rat Pack" by singer Rich DiPalma. DiPalma’s mastery of beloved Italian songs and magnetic personal charm have made him one of the region’s most popular performers.

The series finale on March 18th will feature Hamden’s very own Brennan-Lucey Dancers & Friends. World Champion Stephen Brennan and National Champion Meghan Lucey, both of Riverdance fame, will be joined by other musical guests to present a rollicking afternoon of Irish dance, music and history. This performance is not to be missed!

All performances begin at 2 pm and are held in the handicapped-accessible Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. Admission is $7 general admission/ $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Tickets are sold at the door only and are CASH ONLY. The series is presented with generous support from the estate of former Commissioner Emeritus Peter C. Hereld. For details, contact the Department of Arts & Culture at (203) 287-2546 or www.hamdenartscommission.com

INFO Performances Begin at 2 pm, Thorton Wilder Hall, 2901 Dixwell Avenue

Fearless Vision Board Experience

Ladies It's time to breakthrough fear to walk boldly into your DIVINE DESTINY! 

Register NOW for the FEARLESS VISION BOARD EXPERIENCE- Fri Dec 15 @ Cielo Banquet Ballroom 85 Chase Lane, West Haven, CT @7pm 


LEVEL UP in ALL areas of your life:


  • Set GOALS for 2018 and get the Blueprint from SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WOMEN on how to MAKE THEM MANIFEST
  • CREATE your very own VISION BOARD
  • Learn how to PROTECT your brand by an entertainment and busines ATTORNEY
  • NETWORK with over 300 GOAL ORIENTED women from the TRI-STATE AREA

Hosted by Tashesha Rickett-Kidd aka Miss Divine Lady 

REGISTER NOW at www.missdivinelady.com for more call (203) 941-0032 

INFO 7p, Cielo Banquet Ballroom 85 Chase Lane, West Haven, CT

St. Luke's Steel Band Spanish Calypso Christmas Concert

Ticket price will be: $15.00 General Admission and $12.00 for Seniors and children under 12 years. For advance tickets call203-931-1632

Bring in the Christmas Spirit with the sweet sound of the Steel Pan

INFO 5p - 6:30p, Bucknall Theatre, University of New Haven 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven CT

Santa's Sleigh Holiday Toy Distribution

INFO 9am-1pm, Faith Baptist Church, West Haven

Faith Baptist Santa's Sleigh (Annual Holiday Toy Distribution)

Faith Baptist Santa's Sleigh Ministry Project

Annual Holiday Toy Distribution

December 16, 2017    9a - 1p

No child should be without a gift for the Holidays. Bring the children to enjoy Santa and Generosity of Giving.

Children ages 12 and under will recieve a Toy of their choice and those ages 13 - 17 will receive a Gift Card.

Please contact Trustee Nancy Jordan for more information (203) 933 - 8363

INFO 9am - 1pm, Faith Baptist Church, 39-41 Emma St, West Haven

Whitney Players 9th Annual Holiday Cabaret

The Whitney Players Theater Company is presenting their 9th annual Holiday Cabaret, Sunday, December 17 at the Knights of Columbus Lodge, Whitney Avenue in Hamden. The night starts out with a dinner at 5p - pasta, meatballs, salad, eggplant, cookies and coffee.

The show will follow dinner and feature performers from Whitney Players shows from the past fifteen years singing holiday tunes as well as songs from past shows. Seating is limited. Tickets are $30 for dinner and the show and must be purchased in advance. This is a fund-raiser for the Whitney Players, a non-profit Hamden community theater company. To reserve seats or for more inof, call 203-281-6007.

INFO 5p - Until, Knights of Columbus Lodge, Whitney Ave in Hamden

Winter Wonderland & Coat Distribution

INFO 12-4pm, Floyd Little Athletic Center, New Haven

Robert Saulsbury Basketball Invitational

INFO 12pm-9pm, Wilbur Cross High School