Summer is in full gear and this week New Haven offers a variety of unique outdoor and cultural activities that you shouldn’t miss. Saturday will be a particularly exciting day as we start the day off with our first ever cycling festival and end the day with what promises to be a spectacular concert by Squirrel Nut Zippers as part of Music on the Green presented by Yale New Haven Hospital. Today, I will swear-in our new Chief of Police, James Lewis during a ceremony at 2p.m. Chief Lewis comes to us with a wealth of experience successfully leading police departments in California and Wisconsin.
Annual Senior Outing at Lighthouse Park
On Tuesday July 15th, between 10am and 3pm, the Department of Elderly Services invites seniors a day of fun in the sun with great food and entertainment at the Carousel at Lighthouse Park. Free Transportation will be provided. For tickets call Filomena at the Atwater Senior Center 203 946-8558 (The cost to participate in this event is $12).
Cycling festival Puts Ferris Wheel on Top of East Rock Park
This Saturday New Haven premieres an exciting cycling celebration for the whole family at East Rock Park. This event promotes cycling in our city and encourages residents and visitors to travel New Haven by bicycle. The festival will start at 10 am with a race “against the clock” to the top of East Rock. Registration begins at 9am at College Woods on Orange Street across from Wilbur Cross High School. Between noon and 5pm East Rock Park will be closed to motorized vehicles so that cyclists may utilize the park roads. Festival activities will be held at both the North Meadow, located at the Davis Street entrance on Hamden site, and the Summit of East Rock. The North Meadow area will feature kite-flying, guided mountain bike rides, street performers, food vendors and information about CT Transit’s “Bikes-on-Board” program.
This new celebration will include activities for the whole family such as salsa music, food vendors, a rock climbing wall, bicycle decoration along with a parade for kids, and a presentation of the musical Bicycling for Ladies. For additional information and updates please visit www.bikenewhaven.org.
Scantlebury Park Ground Breaking
On Saturday, between 10am and 2pm, we celebrate the hard work of the Dixwell neighborhood as we break ground for an improved Scantlebury Park. This event will include music, refreshments, face painting, and arts and crafts. This also represents an important collaboration between the City of New Haven, Yale University, the Dixwell Enterprise Community/Management Team, and other members of the community. For additional information please call Roxanne H. Condon, DEC/MT Chair at 675-4575.
Here’s what’s happening at New Haven Free Public Library this week:
The Mitchell Branch Library presents “Movies and popsicles!” at 3 p.m. every Wednesday this month. This week’s movie will be “Spiderwick Chronicles.” Bring your children out for this fun afternoon at the Mitchell Library! Every Monday at 10 a.m. this month, the Mitchell Library also offers “Stay and Play,” an opportunity for parents and children age 3 and under to enjoy stories, songs and playtime together. Pre-School story time takes place at this library on Tuesday mornings at 10a.m.
The Library offers plenty of fun and educational events for teens including “Insect Arts & Crafts” at the Fair Haven branch this Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. and upcoming “Techno-morphosis” and “Flash-bug Party,” at all branches. There are many more opportunities at all branches of the New Haven Free Public Library, makes sure to stop in this summer and take advantage of innovative programming.
I hope you have a happy and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.