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Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

  • | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, Film, Film Series, WPA Murals, Great Depression, Norwalk
    - In May 1935, as part of the great return-to-work effort known as the Works Progress Administration (the WPA), President Franklin Delano Roosevelt returned Americans back to work in the service of the rebuilding of a society staggering under the weight of the Great Depression.

    Under the Federal Art Project of the WPA, these workers included artists, writers, actors, and musicians; for Roosevelt believed that in order to lift ourselves out of economic stagnation we would also need to rebuild the culture of America at the grass roots level.

    On Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30pm, Norwalk Community College will screen “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” as the concluding film in its Movies-of-the-Month free film series. Ashford, Connecticut independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will introduce the film and take questions following the screening.

    “Enough to Live On” tells the story of how Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal moved art in America out of the rarified atmosphere of the elite and brought it directly to the American people as an inspiration and catalyst for change and recovery in the 1930s.

    “Roosevelt’s vision for the WPA is as relevant today as it was then, ‘We are trying to construct a more inclusive society.  We are going to make a country in which no one is left out,’” said Susan Wallerstein, chair of the Norwalk Arts Commission.  “When people think of the WPA, they usually think of visual arts.  In fact, the WPA supported many art forms – from music to dance to live theatre. This film includes an example of WPA theatre, including film footage of the performance.”

    “Enough to Live On” features more than 70 works of art from this period, including notable works by Rockwell Kent, Dorothea Lange, Stuart Davis, and Reginald Marsh, as well as rare footage of WPA artists at work.

    The section focused on Harlem includes the groundbreaking work of the great muralist Aaron Douglas; introduced with the poetry of Langston Hughes and featuring a composition by African American composer William Grant Still and an appearance by the remarkable blues singer Juanita Hall.  View a clip at this link:
    Diane Jellerette, Executive Director of the Norwalk Historical Society, noted that while nationally many pieces of WPA art have been lost or destroyed, “Norwalk has saved and conserved over 50 murals, many of which are in Norwalk City Hall.  There are a number of restored murals in most if not all towns and cities in Fairfield County.  Norwalk has one of the largest collections of restored WPA murals in the United States.”

    Excerpts from the film can be viewed at this link:
    This screening is sponsored by Norwalk Community College, the Norwalk Arts Commission, Norwalk Historical Society, and Westport Historical Society.

    WHAT: Screening of 217 Films’ “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA”
    Connecticut filmmakers, director Michael Maglaras and executive producer Terri Templeton, will introduce the film and take questions following the screening.

    Wednesday, May 4
    5:30 PM Reception
    6:30 PM Screening

    Norwalk Community College
    PepsiCo Theater on NCC’s East Campus
    188 Richards Ave.
    Norwalk, Connecticut

    COST: Free and open to the public

    About 217 Films: 217 Films is an independent film company located in Ashford, Connecticut. “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” is the sixth film by director Michael Maglaras and executive producer Terri Templeton.

    In ten years of filmmaking, and by employing a concept which he originated -- the idea of an “essay in film” – Maglaras has asked us to stop, look, appreciate and recognize the importance of our collective American cultural life through films about artists as diverse as Marsden Hartley, John Marin and Lynd Ward, and events such as the world-changing 1913 Armory Show and the arts of the American Depression.

    Maglaras and Templeton hold the distinction of having been invited to present four of their films at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. where the Director of Film, Peggy Parsons, has described their work as “virtuoso filmmaking.”

    The Sacramento Bee called Maglaras a film maker of "Bergman-like gravitas." His films have been described as "virtuoso filmmaking" (National Gallery of Art) "alive and fresh" (Art New England) "elegiac and insightful" (Naples Daily News) "unforgettable" (Journal of American History) and “comparable to that of the widely acclaimed Ken Burns” (New Britain Herald).

    In December 2016, 217 Films’ new documentary titled “America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age.” will be released. This film highlights the arts of the American renaissance…what Mark Twain described as “The Gilded Age.”

    Read more about 217 Films’ work in InkCT Magazine:
    Norwalk Community College
    188 Richards Ave. Norwalk CT 06854
    Norwalk Historical Society 203.846.0525

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Mexican National Holiday recognizing the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
  • | NATL - Historical
    - Other than the Great Depression of the 1930's, this was the worst economic crisis in US history.
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families. The Task Force represents a Judeo-Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.

Friday, May 6th, 2016

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - May 6-12. Honoring the efforts of nurses to strengthen the health of the nation.
  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Moon enters New Moon phase at 3:29PM, EDT.

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

  • | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | Kids, Norwalk, Colonial history, ice cream truck, free, family event, kids event,
    - Celebrate the Colonial days at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 2:00PM – 4:00PM. The Colonial History Day Celebration is a free family event that features a variety of activities, including a performance by local children's theatre, Crystal Theatre and a special visit from Jim's Ice Cream Truck. Hunt for History Scavenger Hunt clue booklets will also be collected at the event up until 3:00pm for those who would like to be submitted into a drawing for prizes.

    Explore Colonial life in Norwalk! From 2:00pm – 3:00pm visit Hannah Hall Fitch at the Governor Fitch Law office and learn how the colonists lived and worked. Step back in time with School Mistress Benedict and experience school life in the 1826 Little Red Schoolhouse. Write with quill and ink, practice your arithmetic on a slate and try to avoid wearing the dunce cap! Relax during Colonial Story time as you listen to a tale about a colonial child and her many grueling chores and don't forget to visit Jim's Ice Cream Truck to purchase a sweet treat!

    At 3:00pm Crystal Theatre will be presenting the musical, “Daughters of Liberty”, written by local playwright, Cheryl Kemeny. As Dame Raymond and her friends gather for the weekly sewing bee at Betts Tavern news arrives that the British are coming to Norwalk! With danger at their doorstep, how will the citizens of Norwalk protect the town from British General Tryon's torch? Performed by a talented cast of area high school students, “Daughters of Liberty” will bring the days leading up to the infamous Burning of Norwalk to life.

    For those who participated in the Hunt for History two week scavenger hunt, return completed clue books by 3:00pm to be submitted for a prize drawing which will take place at 3:30pm. You must be present to win! Don't know about the Hunt for History? Visit to download a clue booklet and begin your hunt!

    For more information on the Colonial History Day Celebration and Hunt for History visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525.

    The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For information: or 203-846-0525.
    Mill Hill Historic Park
    2 East Wall St. Norwalk CT 06851
    Norwalk Historical Society 203.846.0525
  • | Charity, Fundraiser, Race for the Cure, 5k, Susan G. Komen, Support, Volunteer, Family, Friends
    - Susan G. Komen Southern New England® is celebrating its 23rd annual Race for the Cure® in Fairfield County! The Race is a 5K (3.1 mile) run and walk open to people of all ages. All proceeds from the Race support the local fight against breast cancer through community grants and research. Participants are encouraged to create teams consisting of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. Breast cancer survivors are invited to join the Survivor Breakfast. Register at

    Sherwood Island Westport CT
  • | NATL - Historical
    - On the evening of May 7, 1789, the very first American Presidential Inaugural Ball was held in New York City. Celebrating the inauguration of George Washington.
  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Churchill Downs, KY. The 142nd running of America's premier Thoroughbred horse race.
  • | NATL - Trivia
    - A day to celebrate the cocktail made famous by the television series 'Sex in the City'. Typically made with vodka, cranberry juice and lime.

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

  • | NATL - National Holidays
    - Mother's Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers.

Friday, May 13th, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - First Quarter Moon Phase
  • | NATL - Historical
    - On this day in 1954 President Eisenhower signed legislation authorizing construction of a waterway that would make it possible for ships to reach the Great Lakes.

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Honoring police departments nationwide. Memorial ceremonies are held at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum. For information visit

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On this day in 1980 a major eruption at Mount St Helens volcano blew steaming ash more than11 miles into the sky.

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On this day in 1932 Amelia Earhart flew 2,026 miles from Harbor Grace Canada and landed near Londonderry, Ireland. The flight took 13 hours and 30 minutes, she was the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic.

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - May full moon phase

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - 23rd annual event to promote the value of fitness and exercise for older adults. Seniors across the country are involved in health-promotion activities.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

  • - To encourage the public to adopt a healthier diet and lifestyle, this day celebrates the health, taste and convenience benefits of fruits & vegetables.

Friday, May 27th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On the opening day in 1937, approximately 200,000 people crossed San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Founded on this day in 1892 by naturalist John Muir, promoting conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy. It is especially important in the founding and protection of our national parks.

Monday, May 30th, 2016

  • | NATL - National Holidays, National Holidays, Patriotic, US Military
    - Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.
  • | NATL - Public Interest, Win, Cash, Lucky, Address, Number
    - On the 30th day of January, March, May, July, September, and November we are giving $30 to 30 Lucky Number winners. Check out at Noon Eastern Time for the winning numbers! The first 30 people to claim their address wins $30 each. Over $5,000 given away to Lucky Number winners in 2016.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Founded in 1938 by the Salvation Army for fundraising during the Great Depression. During WWI, doughnuts were served to doughboys by the Salvation Army. This day now celebrates the donut itself annually the first Friday in June. For information visit

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Moon enters New Moon phase at 11PM, EDT.

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On this date in 1944, Allied Forces landed in Normandy the north coast of France.

Monday, June 6th, 2016

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - On this day in 1933 Richard Hollingshead opened America's first drive-in movie theater in Camden NJ. At the height of their popularity there were more than 4,000 drive-ins across the US.

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Final race of the "Triple Crown". Traditionally run on the 5th Saturday after the Kentucky Derby. For information visit

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - In 1987 standing at the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall, US President Ronald Reagan gave one of the most powerful speeches of his career. The wall was finally opened in 1989.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - A day to share folklore, legends and myths that connect us with our family history. For information visit

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - A day that focuses on the art of nature photography as a medium for inspiration, nature appreciation and environmental protection. For info visit

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - June 16-19, Oakmont Country Club. Established in 1895 the best golfers have competed at this major world championship. For information visit

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On this date in 1983, Dr. Sally Ride, physicist and pilot, became the first American woman in space when she began a six day mission aboard the space shuttle 'Challenger'.

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

  • | NATL - National Holidays, Fathers Day, Dad, Family
    - Annually the third Sunday in June we honor all Fathers. Be sure to give Dad and Grandpa a big hug and thank you!

Monday, June 20th, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - The full strawberry moon, so called by the Native American tribes of New England and the Great Lakes because of the time of year the strawberry ripened.
  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - In the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the summer season is the day of the year when the Sun is farthest north. This day is known as the Summer Solstice.

Friday, June 24th, 2016

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - A day to celebrate how great of a companion a dog is, as well as encouraging people to adopt from a shelter.

Monday, June 27th, 2016

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Focusing attention on the joy of couples deciding to get married. Based on the poem 'Decide to be Married'.

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - An important part of corporate America. A handshake can make or break a business deal, interview or other encounter.

Friday, July 1st, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - July1-31.Take the time to enjoy the fun and ease of cooking on the grill this month!

Monday, July 4th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - July 4th, 1776. The US commemorates adoption of the Declaration Of Independence by the Continental Congress.
  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Moon enters New Moon phase at 7:01AM, EDT.

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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