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December Newsletter 2012, Volume 2, Number 12
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Fall Sports and Recreation Programs


Open Schools Program 2012-2013

Community Recreation will be starting the week of November 13, 2012 in the following locations.

In this Issue:

Career - 100 Legion Ave
Monday - Thursday 5-8pm

Offering a variety of excise options for adults:
- Walking track
- Weight Room
- Aerobics (includes a fee)
Wexler Grant - 55 Foote St
Monday - Thursday 5-8pm
Enter building on Dixwell side behind old Q-House
Beecher - 100 Jewel St
Fridays 5-8pm
Sheridan - 191 Fountain St
Fridays 5-8pm
John Martinez - 100 James St*
Monday - Friday 5-8:30pm
Enter building by doors next to cafeteria
Roberto Clemente - 360 Columbus Ave
Monday - Thursday 5-8:30pm
Enter from backside of school
Ross Woodward - 185 Barnes Ave
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5-8pm
King Robinson - 150 Fournier St
Monday - Friday 5-9pm
Enter upstairs gym - go down far left doors to gym

Troup School - 259 Edgewood Ave
Monday - Fridays 5-9pm
Enter from parking lot path down to doors, gym is on the right

*They also will be operating on Saturdays 10am - 2pm

Please check with the building Supervisor in your area to get time and activities in your neighborhood
**PLEASE NOTE: No Programs will operate on school vacations and inclement weather.

For more information please contact:
Felicia C. Shashinka, Recreation Supervisor, New Haven Parks & Recreation,
fshashinka@newhavenct.net, Phone: (203) 946-8088, fax: (203) 946-2861


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Candle and Wreath Making Workshops

Wreath and Candle Making WorkshopsCandle Making Workshop - East Rock Ranger Station
Dec 2, 2012, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Wreath Making Workshop - Barnard Nature Center
Dec 2, 2012, Noon - 4:00 PM

A perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Learn how to make and decorate a wreath or how to dip a candle. This program is offered at East Rock and Edgewood parks. For more information, contact the East Rock/Trowbridge Environmental Center at (203) 946-6086, the Edgewood Park Ranger Station at (203) 946-8028.


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Outdoor Adventure Club

GeocoachingJudge's Cave Hike
December 1, 2012, 10 am - 12 noon
Location: West Rock Nature Center
1080 Wintergreen Ave
Family Hike. Ages 6+
Free

Winter Birds
December 12, 4-5 pm
Location: Mitchell Library
Ages 5+
Free
Learn about birds that winter locally. We will take a short walk outside to find birds and then come back in and make pine cone bird feeders to participants to take home.

Winter Hike
December 15, 2012, 10 - 11:30am
Location: Edgewood Park Ranger Station
Look for winter birds and signs of wildlife in the park. Family Hike. Ages 6+ Free

To register or for information: call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net


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New Haven's Annual Tree Lighting Celebration

NH Tree LightingJoin the us on Thursday, December 6 for New Haven's Annual Tree Lighting Celebration on the downtown Green from 4-8pm. The event is the City's traditional kick-off to the holiday season and is free for the entire family. Enjoy a host of family oriented activities including live musical performances, carousel rides, holiday crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, letter writing to the North Pole and more! Take a photo in the "winter wonderland", with Rudolph or other costumed characters and visit with Santa.*

The 5:30pm Ceremony is hosted by Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and WTNH/MyTV 9's Gil Simmons with special guest Ronald McDonald. Live performances by the Celentano Museum Academy, Wexler-Grant School Choir, Brennan-Rogers School Choir and Educational Center for the Arts Vocal Ensemble.

The Tree Lighting Celebration is presented in collaboration with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees plays a part of the city's larger holiday celebration featuring late night shopping, and other festive activities.

Rain date is Friday, December 7.
*Visits with Santa end at 7:30pm


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Nature PalsNature Pals

Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:00
September 12 through October 24
New Location: Edgewood Park Ranger Station

Join us as we explore nature with stories, crafts, and walks through Edgewood Park. Children ages 2 to 5 with a parent or caregiver (younger siblings welcome). Kosher snack provided. We meet rain or shine!

$42 for 7 week session ($6/week).
$7/week drop-in rate.
Register for the whole session and save $$$!

Email naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com for more information and to pre-register, or
check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NaturePalsFOEP


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Hawk Watching at Lighthouse Point Park

HawkMost people are unaware that LHPP offers some of the best hawk and songbird observation opportunities in the entire Northeast during autumn season Annually hawks, falcons, eagles, songbirds as well as some species of Butterflies and Dragonflies move through this park on their journey south.

For over 27 years, trained volunteers have kept binoculars to the sky to record in order to record this passage of birds for Scientific research. This year, over 12,000+ Birds of Prey were counted from the mid-field observation area in the park. Count period runs from September 1st to November 30th and hawk watch volunteers can be found there daily, except for rainy days.

A new addition to this migratory hotspot, the establishment of a small coastal grassland habitat , located across the street from the butterfly garden. Along with the bird feeding station, this small urban oasis, has attached a number of new species to Lighthouse Point Park.

We, at New Haven Parks and Recreation, encourage taking some time to visit Lighthouse this fall, to observe for yourself , this seasonal miracle of migration.

Submitted by Ranger Daniel Barvir , East Rock Park, 203-946-6086


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Ranger Program Schedules

New Haven Park Rangers
Left to right: Harry Coyle, Martin Torresquintero, Joe Milone, Wray WIlliams, Dan Barvir

Trowbridge Environmental Center at East Rock Park
Staff: Dan Barvir & Wray Williams, Park Rangers

Day Date Time Program Leader
Sun 2 11am to 3pm Traditional Candle Making - Fee : $1.00 per candle Staff
Wed 7 10am to 11:30am Bird Walk Dan
Sat 8 10am to 1pm Trail work and Cleanup with the Friends of East Rock Park Dan
Thu 13 12 noon Cocoa & Critters - Celebrate National Cocoa Day
with Hot Chocolate and Animal Crackers
Wray
    3pm Cocoa & Critters - Celebrate National Cocoa Day
with Hot Chocolate and Animal Crackers
Wray
Fri 14 10am to 11:30am Bird Walk at East Shore Park Dan
Wed 19 10:30 to 12noon Last Hike of Autumn Wray
Fri 21 10am to11:30am Winter’s First Bird Walk Dan
Wed 26 9:30am Winter Animal Tracking - look for signs of Woodland Animals Wray
    2:30pm Winter Animal Tracking - look for signs of Woodland Animals Wray
Thu 27 10am to 12noon Winter Walk for Children Dan
    1pm to 3pm Make a Pine Cone Birdfeeder - Fee: $1.00 per feeder Dan
Fri 28 12 noon Last Hike of 2012 - Toss out the Bad and bring in the New Wray

Registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at 946-6086 for directions, more information, and to register for these programs. Trowbridge program calendar is available on the web at: http://newhavencity.webship.com/Parks/ranger/eastrock.asp All programs meet at the Trowbridge Environmental Center/Ranger Station and are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $2 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. The Trowbridge Environmental Center/Ranger Station is located on the corner of Cold Spring & Orange Streets, opposite Wilbur Cross High School.

Barnard Nature Center at West River Memorial Park
Staff: Harry Coyle, Park Ranger

Day Date Time Program Ranger
Sun 2 12-4 pm Annual Wreath Making Workshop (Barnard Nature Center) Harry&Wray
Tue 13 3 - 4:30 pm Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Wed 5 9:30 - 11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) * Harry
  5 3:30 - 4:30 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 6 3:30 - 4:30 pm Autumn Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Fri 7 10 - 11 am Autumn Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Mon 10 3:30 - 4:30 pm Reptile and Amphibian Slideshow (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 12 9:30 - 11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) * Harry
Thu 13 3:30 - 4:30 pm Autumn Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Mon 17 1 - 2 pm Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Tue 18 10 - 11 am Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Wed 19 9:30 - 11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) * Harry
Wed 19 1 - 2 pm Autumn Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Thu 20 3:30 - 4:30 pm Pinecone Birdfeeder Making Workshop (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Fri 21 10 - 11 am First Day of Winter Nature Walks (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
    1 - 2 pm First Day of Winter Nature Walks (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
    3:30 - 4:30 pm First Day of Winter Nature Walks (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry

Pre-registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at (203) 691-3539 directions, more information, and to register for these programs. The ranger program calendar is available on the web at: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/parks/. All programs meet at the Barnard Nature Center are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $2 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. The Barnard Nature Center is located on the corner Route 34 and Ella T Grasso Boulevard. The park entrance is located on Route 34.

* Fee required, For information please contact: naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com.

 


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Edgewood Park Farmers Market

DECEMBER MARKET SCHEDULE:
The Edgewood Park Farmers Market will be open every Sunday from 10am-2pm through December 16. There will be no markets on 12/23, and 12/30 before returning in January for the Winter Markets! (see below for schedule)

GUEST VENDORS THIS WEEK:
Best Buddy Biscuits, with holiday gifts for both dogs and cats. Great hostess gifts for the pet lover, Massaro Farm from Woodbridge will continue to join us in December with fresh local produce. Waldingfield Farm joins the market for the winter starting this week, with Organic produce, heirloom tomato products, holiday gift baskets featuring CT grown treats, and more!

Holiday Tree SoughtVendors:
Bodhichitta Farm
The Butterfield Farm
Chaplin Farms
Colton's Corner Farm
Four Mile River Farm
Riverbank Farm
Roses Berry Farm
Sankow's Beaver Brook Farm
Sixpence Pie Company
Stone Gardens
Sticky Nuts
Whole G Bread

Go to the CitySeed website for a full list of products and vendors.

WINTER MARKET SCHEDULE:
The Winter Market Season runs from January-April.
The Wooster Square Winter Market will be open every Saturday January-April, from 10am-1pm.
The Edgewood Park Market will be open every other Sunday from 10am-1pm: January: 1/6, 1/20, February: 2/3, 2/17, March: 3/3, 3/17, closed Easter Sunday (3/31), April: 4/7, 4/21.


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Monthly Photo Gallery

Wreath and Candle Making Workshops

Wreath and Candle Making workshopsWreath and Candle Making workshops
Wreath and Candle Making workshopsWreath and Candle Making workshops


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