Saturday, May 12, 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] Fairfield: Dogwood Festival
Celebrate Mother's Day and the beauty of the dogwood blossoms. The weekend-long festival includes more than 60 vendors, live music, children's games, food, raffles, and a tag/treasure sale. Special event includes Friday luncheon at noon. In 1938, after a weekend visit to Connecticut, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt writers in her "My Day" column (there) "is an avenue of pink and white dogwood on Greenfield Hill such as I have never seen anywhere else in this country."

[10:00am] Fairfield: Make & Take Saturdays
Drop in at either Fairfield Main Library or Fairfield Woods Branch Library every Saturday to create, make & take, take & make, or craft a special holiday project! For children in grades K and up.

[10:00am] Hartford: Second Saturdays for Families
As always, museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities! Free Family Tours: ABCs: Art, Books, Connections, 10:30-11am Ask About Art, 11am-noon Eyes on Art Family Tour, 11:30am-noon

[10:00am] North Haven: Fairy Town
A sprinkle of fairy dust will get you started following the fairy wings on the enchanted route to find the fairy doors and houses hidden on the Town Green and in the library. Also, activities including fairy crafts, a face painter, and more. Begins on the green and ends at the library. More info: 203-239-5803

[10:10am] Rocky Hill: Playgroup
Join us at 10:15 am for stories, songs and more with Miss Cathy. Stay for free play with a special set of toys in the Stepney Room. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers with an adult. Registration not required.

[10:30am] Windsor: Kidspace Maker Day
Families can come and try out some of the amazing offerings that were explored during the Full STEAM Ahead program. More info: 860-285-1910

[11:00am] Bloomfield: Mother's Day Craft
Come and enjoy creating a special Mother's Day craft. Ages 12 and under. More info: 860-242-0041

[11:00am] Branford: Muffins with Mom Storytime
Enjoy songs, rhymes, activities, and stories all about this special day. Kids will make something special, and share in some one-on-one time by eating muffins and having juice. Ages 5 and under with an adult. Pre-register: 203-488-1441

[11:00am] Forestville: Craft & Crunch
Create a unique glass gem or two and a special folded envelope. Ages 9 and up. Pre-register: 860-584-7790

[11:00am] Torrington: CFPA Field Day
This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Enjoy a day chock-full of guided hikes, trail maintenance, forestry and wildlife education, food, fun, and camaraderie. As this excerpt from the history book Connecticut Woodlands - A Century's Story of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association explains: "Field trips were an early and continued Association activity. They were held in the spring and fall and went to sites where developments relevant to forestry were taking place. The first of these, on May 18, 1907, was typical. It was held at the Portland (now Meshomasic) State Forest. Participants presumably came by train to Middletown, and then by trolley and horse-drawn stage to the forest. A photograph taken on that occasion shows a group of eight men, clad in jackets, vests, hats, and ties, walking along a muddy cart path through a sprout land of gray birch. The purpose then envisioned by the Association and the state foresters was that the state forest, few in number (only three) and small in acreage (4,277) in 1907, should primarily be demonstration plots, used to educate landowners in forestry and to encourage them to practice it on their own lands. This objective was partly realized, as the list of field trips shows, with visits to private estates, industrial woodlands, farms and water company holdings. The meetings were often in the form of picnics, and one of their valuable by-products was a sense of acquaintance and camaraderie among the people who shared a common interest in Connecticut woodlands." Many things have changed since 1907. DEEP now manages 110 state parks, 32 state forests, 92 wildlife management areas, 5 wildlife sanctuaries, 7 natural area preserves, 117 boat launch ramps, 140 miles of shoreline, 9 miles of sandy beach, and one coastal preserve that together span over 255,000 acres in Connecticut. At the same time, CFPA has continued to encourage landowners to utilize science-based forestry practices and has expanded to include stewardship of the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails, support of Friends of State Park/Forest groups, land conservation, and educational programs aimed at connecting people to the land.

[1:00pm] Cos Cob: Falconry Show
Christine Peyreigne will present a special bird show on the library's lawn. The program focuses on falconry (hunting with a bird of prey). She will bring a falconry bird and other raptor ambassadors. More info: 203-622-6883

[8:00pm] Madison: Astronomy Night
Learn about the night sky with members of the Astronomical Society of New Haven. Take a close look at Jupiter and other objects in the spring sky. All ages. More info: 203-245-5623