Friday, May 4, 2018
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  [All day event] Various Locations: Spring Outdoors
Spring Outdoors runs from the Spring Equinox on March 20 until the Summer Solstice on June 21. This program connects you to lands, waters, and trails in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, including some properties not normally accessible to the public. Enjoy interesting features and stories during Spring Outdoors, which is like the Walktober program, but is held as nature springs forth in The Last Green Valley. All the walks, bike rides, paddles, tours, events and more will be listed on our website's Spring Outdoors page and on our facebook page.

10:00am [10:00am] Branford: Mini-Maker Table
Join us every Friday and Saturday for a mini-maker project from our MakerLab! Every month we will feature a quick project or new piece of equipment to mess around with. The results may have you leaving with something to physically take home OR just the satisfaction that you were able to create a circuit, power on an Arduino or thread a sewing machine. The projects are easy, meant for all ages and 100% drop-in. It is just up to you to find out which floor we are featuring the project on and drop on by. Registration for this table is not required – just come ready to tinker, play and create!

[10:00am] Bristol: Star Wars Day
May the 4th be with you! Enjoy Jedi training, story time, crafts, games, and more. More info: 860-584-7787

[10:30am] Bloomfield: Zumba
This is a preschool fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Get ready to move. Ages 7 and under. More info: 860-243-9721

[10:30am] Rocky Hill: Art Start
Visit the library for an art story and project. Ages 2 and up.

[2:30pm] North Haven: I <3 Penguins
Find out fascinating facts about penguins, then make a "cool" craft. Ages 6-10. Pre-register: 203-239-5803

[3:30pm] Simsbury: May the Fourth Cookie Decoration
Celebrate May the Fourth by decorating Star Wars-themed cookies. Teens. More info: 860-658-7663

[4:00pm] Fairfield: LEGO Architects Club
Do you love designing with Lego® bricks? Are you inspired by tall buildings, fancy cars, or animals? Put your imagination to work and join us for a fun-filled afternoon where a new story each week sets the theme for our creativity to bloom. For children in grades K-5. Parent or caregiver must remain in the Library during the program. Drop-in program. Fridays, 4:00-4:45 pm Small Meeting Room, Fairfield Woods Branch Library

[4:10pm] Easton: May the Fourth
Celebrate Star Wars Day with crafts to make and take home. Grades K-5. Pre-register: 203-261-0134

5:00pm [5:30pm] Greenwich: Pajama Shabbat
Families with children in kindergarten and younger can attend a spirited Shabbat celebration filled with singing, dancing, and storytelling. A family-friendly dinner served afterward. Kids can wear their pajamas. Pre-register: 203-869-7191

[6:00pm] Putnam: First Fridays
This year’s theme, First Fridays Mill Town Mosaics, is a celebration of the cultural heritage of the Quiet Corner of northeast Connecticut. Throughout the season, each event will serve as a way to explore the mosaic of diverse local history and culture. May through October, downtown Putnam will be filled with art, music, crafts and costumes, focusing on a different culture each month. The "Cultural Celebration Station" is a must-visit each month! Driving through the scenic towns of the region, it is commonplace to pass brick and stone mill buildings set alongside powerful rivers. Some mills have been revitalized, but many have been lost to time. These structures represent more than just a bygone era of industrialism; they symbolize much of our local cultural heritage. At the turn of the 19th century, Samuel Slater introduced the concept of inviting entire families to move to factory towns. Next to the factories, houses were built for the new workers. Company stores and company-financed civic buildings filled the streets of the towns. Many current residents of the community are a product of our small mill towns, with roots and deep memories extending to Canada, Poland, Greece, Finland, and other parts of the globe. Each month, First Fridays will celebrate the mosaic of our Quiet Corner Heritage, with art, music, food, dance, family memories and more! May 4 – Polish-Americans: Come and dance the polka! Bring your recipes for Pierogi and Gobalki. June 1 – African-Americans July 6 – French Canadian-Americans: Come stand side by each to drool over memories of your memere's toutiere. August 3 – Greek-Americans: Come dressed up and ready to dance again this month! September 7 – Native-Americans: Did you know: the name "Connecticut" is an Algonquian Indian word Quinnehtukqut meaning "beside the long tidal river" or "long river" and refers to the Connecticut River. October 5– Scandinavian-Americans First Fridays invites you to “Discover” why Putnam is such a great place to work, live, and visit - combining a vintage feel with modern appeal. Every month during First Fridays you will experience something new to see, and hear. Be on the lookout for dynamic performance art and featured artists while participating in family-friendly community art projects. There will be something for everyone to enjoy. While you are in town, choose from a variety of wonderful restaurants, visit the many shops, galleries and boutiques. Listen to the local musicians play lively music or take in a live show at the theater.