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    Spring in New Haven means cherry blossoms and daffodils, and you guessed it, pothole patching and street sweeping! Street sweeping schedules resumed last week, so please obey parking signs to avoid getting ticketed and towed. With the warmer temperatures, Department of Public Works crews have also begun patching potholes throughout the city. Because of the warmer winter, potholes are not as deep and as numerous as they were last year, but nonetheless, DPW expects to be filling thousands of potholes this year. Crews aim to patch potholes within two weeks of receiving a complaint. To report a pothole, you can call the pothole hotline at 203-946-7700. Or, you can report a pothole online through www.seeclickfix.com, or on their new mobile phone app at www.seeclickfix.com/apps .

    Summer Youth Guide

    Spring daffodils and cherry blossoms are still blooming, but it's not too early to start thinking about summer. The 2012 Summer Youth Guide is now available and describes a wealth of summer programs for children and youth of all ages. Visit the Youth Department website (http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/CSA/Departments/youth.asp) to view the guide.

    From soccer and basketball to rock climbing and music classes, there are programs to match the interests of every youth. Many of the programs in this guide are free to low-cost. There is also a convenient listing of dozens of sites across the City for the free summer meals program.

    If you need further information about summer youth programs in New Haven, please call the City's Youth Resource Center at 203-946-7582. We encourage you to contact the program sites directly. Hours of operation and other details are subject to change based on their discretion. Also visit us on-line at newhavenyouthmap.com for the most up-to-date program listings.

    Rock to Rock Fundraiser this Earth Day

    The annual Rock to Rock fundraiser will be held on Earth Day this year, April 21. The community bike ride supports 20 local environmental organizations that do great work to promote a healthier and greener New Haven. Hundreds of riders will travel from West Rock to East Rock this Earth Day, with celebrations on both sides of the city. Along the way, riders will eat tasty food, hear great music, take on environmental service projects, and explore our city's parks and neighborhoods. Several City departments including the Office of Sustainability and the Transportation, Traffic, and Parking Department will be helping this year. Transportation, Traffic and Parking staff will be joining the Yale New-Haven Hospital Trauma Center to promote Street Smarts traffic safety and to check that all helmets are properly fitted.

    Last year the event included more than 500 riders and 50 volunteers, and raised more than $50,000 for local environmental organizations.

    Supported organizations include: 350CT.org, CitySeed, Common Ground, CT Folk, Elm City Cycling, the Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association, Friends of Beaver Pond, Friends of Edgewood Park, Friends of East Rock Park, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, The Nature Conservancy Connecticut Chapter, New Haven Bioregional Group, New Haven Environmental Justice Network, New Haven Inner City Outings, New Haven Land Trust, New Haven Parks, New Haven-Leon Sister City Project, the Student Conservation Association, Solar Youth, the Urban Resources Initiative, and the West River Watershed Partnership. I encourage you to visit www.rocktorock.org for more information.

    Other fun things happening in the Elm City…

    Apr 11. Author Tom Andersen: "Exploration, Discovery, Mutiny and Money: Captain Adriaen Block and the 400th Anniversary of His Journeys to Long Island Sound." New Haven Museum. 6pm. www.newhavenmuseum.org

    Apr. 12. New Haven Symphony Orchestra performs America the Beautiful. Woolsey Hall. $10-65. 7:30pm www.NewHavenSymphony.org.

    Apr. 13. Fitness and History: Hike the Forts. Hike the famous forts of New Haven with ranger Terry McCool. A good way to exercise and learn about the city! Meet at Fort Nathan Hale on Woodward Avenue. 10-11 am.

    April 13: Basic Dress Making Workshop. Neville's Fashion Design Studio. 2-4pm call for appt 203-772-2788

    Apr. 13. Firehouse 12. Steve Lehman Trio. $18 8:30pm./ $12 10pm. http://firehouse12.com

    Apr. 13. Bach's Lunch: "Bach and the Cello". Neighborhood Music School Recital Hall. 12:10pm. www.neighborhoodmusicschool.org.

    Apr. 13. Creative Career Guidance with Arts Council Debbe Hesse and Shola Cole. Mitchell Library. 2-5pm. For appointment call 203-772-2788.

    Apr. 13. Faculty Friday: "Ragtime Treasures by Joseph Lamb and Scott Joplin". Neighborhood Music School Recital Hall. 4:30pm. www.neighborhoodmusicschool.org.

    Apr. 15. Exhibition Reception: "Variations", encaustic + etchings by Amy Arledge. City Gallery. 2-5pm. On view thru April 29. www.city-gallery.com

    Apr. 15. 39th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Live music, food, and more. 12- 5 p.m. http://www.historicwoostersquare.org/

    Apr. 15. Alters & Shrines P2 w/Robin Gilmore Jopp. 756 Studio Project Storefronts 1-4:30pm. $20. Enroll at artistsandfindings@gmail.com

    April 15: Basic Dress Making Workshop. Neville's Fashion Design Studio. 2-4pm call for appt 203-772-2788

    April 15. Faculty Sunday: "The Modern Recorder". Neighborhood Music School Recital Hall. 7pm. www.neighborhoodmusicschool.org.

    Apr. 15-20. New Haven Restaurant Week. www.infonewhaven.com

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200


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