Events

Opera Preview: Rusalka

Tuesday, February 21

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a Metropolitan Opera Preview of Dvorak’s Rusalka, with Marc Verzatt, recently retired from the faculty of the Yale School of Music. Sponsored by Shoreline Village Connecticut.

Marc, who recently retired as Lecturer in Voice and Opera at the Yale School of Music, will discuss Antonin Dvorak’s ‘Rusalka’.

Rusalka, Op. 114, is an opera by Antonín Dvořák. The Czech libretto was written by the poet Jaroslav Kvapil based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová. The title character of Rusalka is an immortal water nymph who falls in love with a mortal man, a prince who finds himself repeatedly drawn to the quiet lake where Rusalka lives. Rusalka decides to give up her immortality to pursue true love. The prince ultimately leaves Rusalka, leaving her to a hellish life of eternal solitude.

This talk is presented prior to the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” movies series, which will be shown at Branford’s Regal Cinemas on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at noon.

Registration required. To register, please click here.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, February 22

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a weekly knitting group. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Meets in the Lucy Hammer Room each Wednesday. No registration required. For more info, please call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Branford Land Trust: LIS Blue Plan

Wednesday, February 22

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Long Island Sound Blue Plan

Join Nathan Frohling, Director of CT Coastal and Marine Initiatives at The Nature Conservancy for an evening to learn about and discuss the Long Island Sound Blue Plan – a new State and stakeholder initiative to better guide future uses of the Sound. The Blue Plan is intended to protect the Sound’s natural resources and its traditional human uses such as boating, fishing, recreation and maritime commerce.  Come learn about the Blue Plan process, watch the short documentary film Ocean Frontiers II, and join the conversation about what the Plan will accomplish.

 

All lectures are held at the Blackstone Memorial Library and are free to the public.

Nuts & Bolts of the Responsive Grant Application

Thursday, February 23

8:30 am - 11:00 am

Nuts & Bolts of the Responsive Grant Application – Examine the applications for Project, Operating and Capacity Building support in the combined 2017 Responsive Grant process for The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the Valley Community Foundation. This session is a complement to the Grantseeker Information Webinar, which focuses on the process and requirements.

Medical Coding

Thursday, February 23

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

The library will open at 1:30 pm

Friday, February 24

1:30 pm

The library will open at 1:30 pm so that all staff members can participate in training.

Saturday Cinema: Manchester By the Sea

Saturday, February 25

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lee Chandler is a grumpy handyman working in Boston and living a secluded life. After his brother suddenly passes away from heart failure, Lee is named the legal guardian of his teenage nephew. On top of the emotions that Lee faces from losing his brother and having to unexpectedly raise a teenager, returning to his hometown of North Shore means Lee must face past tragedies and a broken marriage that he had previously left behind.

Rated R by the MPAA for language throughout and some sexual content.

Registration required. To register, please click here.

Bestsellers Book Club: Hidden Figures

Saturday, February 25

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This month we’re reading Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Registration required. To register, call Reference at 203-488-1441 x 318

Fresh Start: Enhance Your Life with Tea

Sunday, February 26

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Phil Parda of Savvy Tea will be here to discuss the pleasures and benefits of tea. The “Fresh Start” tea program is all about taking steps to make the new year a healthier and more enjoyable one by enhancing your life with tea.  It is a great program for those new to tea, but also for those that have been drinking tea for years, and want to know more and go further into the benefits this amazing plant can offer their lives. Most don’t realize we grow up with a paradigm of tea that is probably much different than the reality of tea, and that it is much more fascinating and beneficial than we ever dreamed.

Registration required.

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 1

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Knitting Group

Wednesday, March 1

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a weekly knitting group. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Meets in the Lucy Hammer Room each Wednesday. No registration required. For more info, please call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Medical Coding

Thursday, March 2

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

Discovering Opera: Elements of Opera

Saturday, March 4

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This three part series will walk you through the many elements of opera, expose you to great opera scenes and broaden your appreciation of the art form. Join Charlotte D’Aniello on the first Saturday of each month at 1:00 pm.

Part 1: Elements of Opera – March 4  @ 1:00 pm
Part 2: Murder and Mayhem – April 1 @ 1:00 pm
Part 3: Those Special Moments – May 6 @ 1:00 pm

Registration required. To register, please click here.

Branford Forum: Capitalism & Inequality

Sunday, March 5

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Yale University Professor of Management & Political Science, Douglas W Rae, PhD presents Capitalism and Inequality

Since the middle of the 1980s, there has been a widening gap between what the best-paid Americans earn and what everyone else in the country earns.  Only a modest portion of this gap can be attributed to high incomes of innovators.  Professor Rae will discuss the extent to which the gap is an inevitable consequence of capitalism, explore its potential consequences for the future of the US economy, and examine its political ramifications.  He will also explore the long-term effect on income distribution of high and low earners choosing marital partners who have similar educational and work-related credentials.

Professor Rae is a student of the interface between business and government. He has served on the Yale faculty since 1967, chairing the Political Science department during the 1980s.  He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and was a fellow of Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.  He has consulted to the parliaments of Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands Antilles, to select corporate leaders, and to numerous American cities and universities.

Branford Public Schools Art Show Installation

Monday, March 6

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Using the auditorium and Lucy Hammer Room to prepare works for installation.

Health Care Career Info Session

Tuesday, March 7

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

You could be eligible for FREE Short-term Job-related training in the Healthcare field through the Health Careers Advancement Project. Presented by American Job Center Workforce Alliance (formerly CT Works).

To be eligible, you must be committed to succeed AND:

  • Have High School Diploma or GED
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Able to pass drug screen and criminal background check

Assistance may be available for:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Training-related clothing
  • Choose from these Career Training Offerings:
    • N.A. (Certified Nursing Assistant
    • Phlebotomy Technician
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Human Services Assistant
    • Medical Coding & Billing
    • HIM (Health Information Management
    • Medical Office Assistant
    • EMT
    • Patient Navigator
    • Patient Care Technician

    Stop Dreaming! Your future career begins today! Registration required. To register, please click here.

Friends Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 7

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Knitting Group

Wednesday, March 8

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a weekly knitting group. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Meets in the Lucy Hammer Room each Wednesday. No registration required. For more info, please call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Board of Education Meeting and Art Show Reception

Wednesday, March 8

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Shoreline Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Committee

Thursday, March 9

8:00 am - 10:30 am

Intro to Word

Thursday, March 9

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Learn the basics of word processing in this introductory class. This class will cover formatting text, saving a file, how to copy and paste, as well as other useful fundamentals.  Familiarity with using computers and mice is necessary. You may bring your own laptop (with Word already installed) or use one of ours.

Registration required. To register, please call 203-488-1441 x 318 or click here.

Medical Coding

Thursday, March 9

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

Tilde Cafe: The Physics of Bird Nests

Saturday, March 11

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Presented by Corey O’Hern, Professor, Departments of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Physics, and Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Yale University

Jolly Beggars Concert

Sunday, March 12

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to modern day audiences. Based out of Connecticut, their traditional songs and musical arrangements have exposed many to the joys of Celtic music. They tell traditional stories from Irish folklore and intersperse their musical arrangements with traditional reels and jigs. Characterized by their tight harmonies and use of guitars, mandolin, tin whistles, octave mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo, double bass, bodhran, spoons, and more, The Jolly Beggars have quickly built a solid following and continue to spread their music around the east coast.
The band performs music that is largely Celtic in origin (Irish and Scottish), with some pieces coming from an extension of that music in other cultures.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Making Google Work for You: Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map

Tuesday, March 14

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Making Google Work for You workshop is a Google presentation hosted by Shoreline Pixels.  The Workshop will demonstrate exactly how to get your own Google My Business page, and verify the page so it can be listed on Google Search Engine.  We’ll cover the basics of Google Search, touch upon the free analytics available to help monitor the performance of your website, and help get a better understanding of how to make Google’s incredible search engine work in your favor. Visit www.gybo.com to learn more about the program and get involved.

Shoreline Pixels assists small businesses along the Shoreline put their best face forward, by enhancing their presence on the Web.  Certified for Google Street View Photography program, we offer the ability to put interactive, Virtual Tours onto your website, and across all of Google platforms ( Streetview, Maps, Search, Google My Business), as well as any other social media platform you may be using.  www.shorelinepixels.com

Sponsored by Shoreline Networking Associates and Professionals (SNAP). Registration required. To register, contact Dawn Carlson at dawncarlsonrealtor@comcast.net.

Knitting Group (meeting in Large Print)

Wednesday, March 15

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a weekly knitting group. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Meets in the Lucy Hammer Room each Wednesday. No registration required. For more info, please call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Crash Course Life Skills: Banking & Financial Literacy

Wednesday, March 15

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This interactive program will introduce you to banking basics, and give you tips on how to use banks, managing your money, using credit wisely, and protecting yourself against identity theft. Presented by Shalonta Ford of Guilford Savings Bank. Registration require. To register, click here.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, March 16

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Have a legal question? Get a free consultation with a lawyer, brought to you by the New Haven County Bar Association. Each month, lawyers visit area libraries to provide free consultations. Consultations are first-come, first-served. Sign up at Reference up to 30 minutes before program begins. Free and open to the public.

Medical Coding

Thursday, March 16

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

Instant Presentations Workshop

Saturday, March 18

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ever had to any of these? Make a presentation as part of a job or college application. Challenge a decision at work, in your condo, or church. Support a suggestion for change to a zoning board, a political interest group, or service club.
Any of these involves a presentation, perhaps to one person, perhaps to a group. Tom Laurenson’s workshop on Instant Presentations will outline a simple way to set up an effective presentation, and give participants the opportunity to put it into practice. Later workshops will go into more detail on the design and delivery of presentations.
Presented by Tom Laurenson. Registration required. To register please click here or call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Masaccio to Raphael: The Development of the Italian Renaissance Portrait

Wednesday, March 22

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The panel portrait in Italy evolved from early silhouettes, probably based on Roman coins, to full face portraits by the 1480s. Important artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Leonardo contributed to the format and the vision of portraiture in their works for nobles and wealthy merchants.Raphael, although he died young, set the precedent for image-makers of the sixteenth century, which also saw a thirst for information and images of the artists themselves. Presented by Marcie Slepian, Ph.D.

Marcie F. Slepian holds a Ph.D in the History of Art from Yale University, and has taught courses at Fairfield University, Wesleyan University, and the Chautauqua Institution. Her field is Italian Art.

Sponsored by Shoreline Village CT.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, March 22

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a weekly knitting group. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Meets in the Lucy Hammer Room each Wednesday. No registration required. For more info, please call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Branford Land Trust Meeting: LIS Lobsters

Wednesday, March 22

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Other than that it tastes delicious with butter, what do you know about the knobbily-armoured, scarlet creature staring back at you from your fancy dinner plate? From ocean to stock pot, there are two sides to every animal story. To answer these questions on behalf of lobsters is Richard J. King, a former fishmonger and commercial lobsterman, who has chronicled the creature’s long natural history. Richard will have books for sale and signing.  This lecture is free to the public.