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    October 7th is Walk to School Day! The City of New Haven is committed to providing kids with safe routes to school so that they have the option of walking or biking to school. To show our commitment to creating safe routes to school, I will be joining the students at Edgewood as they walk to school this Wednesday morning. We will begin our walk at the Yale Bowl at 8:30 a.m.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    Mayor’s Night In

    On the first Tuesday of every month, I hold Mayor’s Night In at City Hall. This event is an opportunity for residents to meet with me to discuss you your questions, concerns, and suggestions for our City. I encourage residents to stop by Tuesday, October 6th at 5p.m.

    Celebrate Italian Heritage

    Celebrate Columbus Day on Thursday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m. with a free concert at the Main Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library. The concert will feature music performed by an ensemble from the New Haven Oratorio Choir and Orchestra. On Saturday, October 10th at 11 a.m., there will be a Columbus Day Wreath Ceremony at St. Michael’s Church.

    Media Tours of Hooker and Metropolitan Schools

    On Thursday, October 8th, the media is invited to join me as I tour the progress of construction at Metropolitan Business and Worthington Hooker Schools. The tour of Hooker will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the Metropolitan tour will begin at 10 a.m.

    New Haven Restaurant Week

    Restaurant Week returns from November 8th-November 13th! In addition to great dining at affordable prices, Restaurant Week will feature a series of special events including a Culinary Walking Tour and street performances. For more information, visit: infonewhaven.com.

    Green Tip

    Consider raking the leaves in your yard this fall rather than using a leaf blower. One leaf blower emits the same amount of smog-forming emissions as 80 cars.

    New Haven is the Cultural Capital of the region. Enjoy a number of arts and culture events in the City this week:

    October 7. I BREAK FOR ART! Artist talks. Wednesdays. 12noon. Creative Arts Workshop.

    October 8. Film: The Billboard from Bethlehem. Bruce A. Barrett invites Israeli soldiers and Palestinian resistance fighters with children from both sides to paint a giant peace mural in the West Bank. Artist talk to follow. 7 pm. Creative Arts Workshop.

    October 8: Listen Here! Short Story Reading Series- “Shock Treatment”. Koffee on Audubon. 7-8pm. www.koffeenewhaven.com.

    Oct. 8, 6:30-7:45pm--Celebrating Italian Culture, featuring concert with ensemble from the New Haven Oratorio Choir and Orchestra and reception, presented in cooperation with GNH Columbus Day Committee and New Haven Sons of Italy Lodge #37. At Main Library. No charge; free parking. Reservations at http://www.italiancelebration.eventbrite.com/. Watch NHOC on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJoNjgujlSE

    October 9-18. New Haven Music Week. http://www.eastrockwestrock.com/home.html. Celebration of local music venues and organizations of all types and sizes.

    October 9, from 2-8pm and October 10, from 10am-2pm at the High Lane Club (40 High Lane, North Haven)New Haven Theater Company (NHTC) will hold open auditions for Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas. Seeking actors of all ages and types.. Appointments recommended nhtc@newhaventheatercompany.com. Walk-ins are welcome as time permits.

    Oct 10, 2009. Urban Garden Series #3. Rachel Ziesk, Certified Master Gardener, will discuss and give great tips of closing your garden and how to maximize your garden for the fall/winter and early spring. Q&A following discussion. Light refreshments shared. 10:30am - 12:00pm Pre-registration is suggested. Contact barbara@newhavenlandtrust.org, 203-562-6655.

    New Haven Free Public Library - Main Branch

    October 10. Ocktoberfest. College Woods @ East Rock Park. 4-8pm. http://www.friendsofeastrockpark.org/

    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.



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