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    Dear Friends

    On Tuesday, November 30, I will be participating in an education forum, featuring reform expert Diane Ravitch. At this event, New Haven Public School students, teachers, parents and administrators will discuss school reform with Ravitch as part of a national dialogue on school reform. The forum begins at 7 p.m., and you can participate by attending in person at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School or by logging on to www.newhavenindependent.org or www.wtnh.com. The discussion will be streaming on these sites and I, along with other political figures and journalists, will be live blogging. Virtual audience members will have the opportunity to join our online conversation, and Ravitch will take questions at the end of the hour-long discussion.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    Menorah Lighting on the Green

    Come to the New Haven Green on Wednesday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the start of Hanukkah with the lighting of the menorah.

    World AIDS Day

    On Wednesday, December 1 at noon, the Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS will observe the 22nd anniversary of World AIDS Day at the United Center Church of Christ on the Green. The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day event is, “Universal Access and Human Rights.” All are welcome to attend this event, which seeks to raise awareness around the challenges of HIV/AIDS as well as to emphasize importance of prevention, early diagnoses and advocacy to stop the spread of this global pandemic.

    Tree Lighting on the Green

    The City of New Haven will present its annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on the historic Green Thursday, December 2. The free family-fun event kicks off downtown’s holiday season at 5:30 p.m. with live performances by Katherine Brennan School, Mauro/Sheridan School, Nathan Hale School, Bishop Woods School and the New Haven Chorale. This year’s tree sponsored by Peoples United Bank is a 65-foot-tall Norway spruce donated by John Gagne in Northford. The tree will be illuminated with 20,000 sparkling energy-efficient LED lights in an array of colors. From 4-8 p.m., there will be a host of free activities for children to enjoy, sponsored by Yale-New Haven Hospital and Covidien.

    Family Day at Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery

    Families are invited to explore the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery on December 5 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The afternoon includes fun for the whole family. Come to the Center for drawing activities, children’s films, and an experience with architecture. Visit the Gallery for art-making activities, storytelling in the galleries, and tours for children ages 4–10. Enjoy the collections and learn more about the museums right here in New Haven. Free and open to the public.

    Wreath and Candle Making Workshops

    The City of New Haven’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees will be hosting two workshops on December 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A wreath making workshop will be held at the Barnard Nature Center (corner of Route 34 and Ella T. Grasso Blvd.) and a candle making workshop will be held at the East Rock Ranger Station (corner of Cold Spring and Orange Streets). Wreaths are $8-10 and candles are $1 each.

    Non-Toxic Air Sealing and Insulation Demonstration Project

    On Wednesday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a live demonstration project, bringing together a group of Owens Corning leaders, real estate developers, AIA and HBA association leaders, green building program managers, utilities, state housing officials, architects, specifiers, builders, building code officials, distributor and contractor partners. The demonstration will include a live non-toxic air sealing and insulation installation training as well as a discussion on how Owens Corning and its partners can build stronger and mutually beneficial alliances with the Connecticut Affordable Housing Community. The demonstration will take place at 57 Truman Street, New Haven, CT 06511 a property acquired through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. To RSVP, contact Michlle Roberts at michelle.ann.roberts@owenscorning.com by December 7.

    Cultural Events

    December 1 at 5:45 p.m., Main Library—Wednesday Classics: EAST OF EDEN (1955).

    December 2 at 7 p.m., Book Trader Café—Listen Here! Short Story Reading Series: Mere Children. For more information: www.newhavenreview.com/.

    December 2 at 7:30 p.m., Woolsey Hall—Kavafian Plays Mozart. For more information: www.newhavensymphony.org.

    December 3 from 1 to 9 p.m., 71 Orange Street—P roject Storefronts Holiday Open House. For more information: www.projectstorefronts.com.

    December 3 at 12:10 p.m., Neighborhood Music School—Bach's Lunch Concert: Music for 233 Strings. For more information: http://neighborhoodmusicschool.org.

    December 3 at 7:30 p.m., Marchegian Club—Parranda & Coquito Contest. For more information: www.arte-inc.com.

    December 3 at 8 p.m. at John Lyman Center for Performing Arts—A Peter White Christmas. For more information: http://tickets.southernct.edu.

    December 3-5 at the Shubert—Sisters Late Night Catechism. Fri. 8pm, Sat. 4pm/8pm, Sun. 2pm. For more information: www.shubert.com/.

    December 3 at 8:30 and 10 p.m., Firehouse 12—Tim Berne's Los Totopos. For more information: http://firehouse12.com.

    December 4 at 7 p.m., 397 Ferry Street—Baroque Chamber Music Concerts at Saint Francis Church. For more information, contact: britt.wheeler@yale.edu.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor

    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

    [12/4/2010]


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