As I write this, workers are busy on the Green setting up for the 18th Annual International Festival of Arts and Ideas, which will kick off this Saturday, June 15th with a free concert by Aaron Neville.
We are fortunate to have the International Festival of Arts and Ideas here in New Haven--there is none other like it in the region and only a handful of festivals of its breadth and scale nationwide.
I encourage all residents to explore and attend some of the hundreds of performances and events the festival offers--a large majority of which are free! A circus on the Green, a Pizza Fest on the Green, 4,000 Years of Architecture in New Haven, Bike and Walking Tours, musical performances of many genres, history, children's events and much, much more.
View the Festival schedule here
NEW HAVEN POLICE DEPARTMENT RECRUITMENT-NEW INFORMATION SESSION DATES ADDED!
The New Haven Police Department (NHPD) began recruiting new officers on June 10th. For three weeks, from June 10th through June 28th , those who are interested in becoming a New Haven police officer will be able to apply online at www.Policeapp.com Applicants must be U.S. citizens who will be 21 years of age by December 31, 2013.
The New Haven Police Academy will be holding several informational sessions that will thoroughly explain the recruitment process and provide an opportunity for prospective applicants to ask any questions they may have. Individuals who are interested in applying to become a police officer are strongly urged to attend one of these informational sessions.
The following informational sessions will be held at the New Haven Police Academy, 710 Sherman Parkway, New Haven.
* Thursday June 13th, 4pm-7pm
* Friday, June 18th, 4pm-7pm
There will also be an Open House and informational session held at the Columbus Family Academy, 255 Blatchley Avenue, New Haven on Thursday, June 20th from 6-8:30 pm.
If you are interested in holding an informational session for your group or to request recruitment campaign materials, please call Officer Jackie Hoyte at the New Haven Police Academy, at 203-946-6119.
FREE URBAN GARDENING WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
The 2013 Summer schedule is here
Mayor’s Summer Youth Guide: This Guide is a great resource that features over 70 programs for New Haven youth of all ages (from preschool to young adult). The majority of programs in the Guide are free and many are low-cost. Activities range from sports and outdoor activities like basketball and hiking to theater, film and arts and crafts—there’s even sailing and scuba diving programs! The Mayor’s Summer Youth Guide also includes a convenient listing of dozens of sites across the City that offer the free summer meals program. You can find the Mayor’s Summer Youth Guide online here .
Camp New Haven is a completely free camp for any New Haven resident between the ages of 8 and 12. Camp New Haven runs July 1-August 2 from 8 am to 5 pm on Monday through Friday (no camp on July 4th). Camp New Haven features swimming, hiking, weekly trips and presentations by expert speakers. Transportation, breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are provided. Applications and medical forms must be completed and submitted by June 14th. For more information about Camp New Haven--and the application forms, click here .
Open Schools: Everyone knows there’s an Open Schools program during the school year, but did you know that nine schools are also open for recreation during the summer? The 2013 summer schedule for Open Schools can be found here .
Daily Events at New Haven's Parks: Events are held at various New Haven parks almost every day of the summer! So be sure to check out the Parks calendar, which can be found here and come back often for updated events!
Summer Reading Club: The New Haven Free Public Library has a free Summer Reading Club that runs from June 15 through August 16th. Children who complete the program win prizes and are entered to win a kindle! Last year 2,299 children completed the program! To find out how to sign up, go here .
Free activities at the New Haven Public Library:The library has wide range of fun activities, including a llama visit, storytelling, Afro-Brazilian dance and creating a community time capsule! View the schedule of events here: here .
Free Passes to Zoos, Museums and Theaters: The New Haven Free Public Library has them for you! For more information, go here .
Splash Pads: For a list of splash pad locations across New Haven, click here .
The New Haven Youth Map: This map, currently in beta mode, lists programming and activities by subject and geographic area and can be found here .
Winchester Revitalization Arts Project (WRAP): Live music, spoken word, open mike sessions, art instruction, a mobile City Seed market and more are held in the open space on Winchester Avenue (between Munson and Division Streets) on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-6pm, beginning on July 12th and running through August 23rd. The WRAP Facebook page can be found here .
Jun. 14. Ches Smith and These Arches. Firehouse 12. 8:30- 10pm. http://firehouse12.com
Jun. 14. 4 Little Girls. Whitney Humanities Center. 7pm. www.artidea.org
Jun 15-29. L'homme Cirque. New Haven Green. $35. www.artidea.org
Jun 15. Children's Film Festival. Yale Center for British Art. 10am/2pm. www.artidea.org
Jun. 15. Aaron Neville & The State of Connecticut Governor's Arts Awards. New Haven Green. 6:30pm. www.artidea.org
Jun. 15-29. Freewheelers by A Broken Umbrella Theatre. $35. www.artidea.org
Jun. 17-Jun 21.The String Quartet Truck. 12pm.
Jun. 20. David Byrne and St. Vincent. 8-10pm. www.shubert.com
Jun 15 - 23. A Midsummer Night's Dream. University Theatre. $30+ www.artidea.org
Jun 19.Twilight Concert Series. Pardee Morris House. 6-9pm. www.newhavenmuseum.org