Friday, May 18, 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!

[10:30am] 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: Lego Free Play
Program Room Come into the library for free play with LEGOs & DUPLOs. Held the 3rd Friday of every month! Registration not required. For ages 2 and up with an adult.

[11:00am] Hartford: Art Museum Day
Free museum admission and extra public tours

[8:00pm] Litchfield: Star Party
The Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club promotes the enjoyment of amateur astronomy through public star parties, education, and meetings. We host 10 public star parties each year at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield. Most star parties begin with a talk on an interesting topic, followed by a discussion of what’s visible tonight. Then, if the weather is cooperative, we do some star and planet gazing. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. All are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Planets: Venus shines brightly low in the western sky this month, joined by Jupiter, rising a bit earlier each night. The best views of the giant planet are early in the morning, when it's well above the horizon. With binoculars you can just make out the four large moons discovered by Galileo in 1610. Mars, still a morning planet, brightens steadily throughout April, as Earth catches up to it. Saturn, also rising in the wee hours, is a pale yellow-tan dot. The rings are a spectacular sight in a telescope. Evening constellations: The spring constellations like Leo, kite-shaped Bootes, and Virgo are rising. Gemini (the Twins), which was directly overhead last month, is farther west. Its two bright stars, Castor and Pollux, still appear well above the horizon, but Orion is low in the west. Event is free, but donations are accepted.