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    Dear Friends:

    The annual Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament is quickly approaching! Held from August 21st through August 29th, this event is a great opportunity for families to experience world-class athletes compete right here in New Haven. There will be many special events happening throughout the week, including the annual Kids Day, a food and wine festival, free tennis lessons and much more. For a schedule of events and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.pilotpentennis.com

    Hereís what else is happening in New Haven:

    Lewis Street Splash Pad Opening

    On Thursday, August 13th at 5 p.m., Mayor DeStefano and the Cityís Parks Department will be celebrating the opening of the Lewis Street splash pad in Fair Haven. New Havenís 12 splash pads and four swimming pools provide City youth with positive recreational opportunities and relief from the heat during summer months. Residents are encouraged to visit the Parks and Recreation website at: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/parks/ for pool and splash pad hours.

    Guided Tour of the Betts House

    Yale University invites the New Haven community on a guided tour of the recently renovated Betts House and the new Greenberg International Conference Center. The tour begins in front of the Betts House, 393 Prospect Street on Saturday, August 15th at 10 a.m. RSVP to gila.reinstein@yale.edu

    Conference on Social Security and the Latino Community

    The Agency of Aging of South Central Connecticut is sponsoring a free conference to discuss the importance of social security and its benefits within the Latino community. This conference will be held at Fantasia in North Haven on August 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and attendees will be serves breakfast and lunch.

    Blues, Berries, & Jam

    From now to August 26, New Haven has just the thing to get you through those summer Wednesdays: a farmer's market and blues concert series that will keep you in salad and smiles all week long. Bluzberry Pi will perform on August 12th, The Moody Blossom Band will play on the 19th, and The Langeley Project with close the series on the 26th. City Seed Farmerís Market will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the live blues music will begin at noon and run until 2 p.m. on the Green.

    The Babel Collections Exhibition

    The Babel Collections, on display now through September 7, is an installation created by Brooklyn-based sculptor Carolyn Salas in collaboration with the Artspace public high school Summer Apprentices. The exhibition, which features totem pole-like structures of varying height made from recycled materials found in the New Haven area, is on display at the pocket park and transit stop in downtown New Haven located at Chapel and Orange Streets.

    Jazz Haven 2009

    This yearís Jazz Haven will be held on August 22nd and will feature a diverse range of talent. Performing will be local groups from New Havenís St. Thomasís Episcopal Day School, Hamiet Bluiett, Shawnn Monteiro, Craig Hartley, Bobby Sanabria, and Candido Camero. Performance times begin at 3 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. on the New Haven Greenís Elm Street stage.

    Green Tip

    Going on vacation? Look for environmentally-friendly hotels that save water and energy and enjoy local cuisine and souvenirs that minimize transportation. Before leaving your home, turn down your thermostat and unplug electronic devices.

    Is someone you know interested in receiving the Mayor's Monday Message? To join this list, please send your name and email address to: jmayorga@newhavenct.net. An opportunity may exist down the line to receive messages specific to your neighborhood. For this purpose, in your email, please tell us what ward you live in.

    The Mayor's Monday Message list is not shared with any outside groups and is used solely for the purpose of delivering timely information about issues and events in the City from the Mayor's office to your inbox.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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