Time for SoNo Library Summer Reading, LGBTQ Pride events

Once AroundNORWALK, Conn. – The SoNo Branch Library, 10 Washington St., will host its “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading 2015 kick-off from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13.

Children, all ages through grade 5, will see Jeff Boyer, the bubble trouble man, as he takes bubbles to the max with music, magic and comedy. The show includes a bubble volcano, a bubble roller coaster, fog-filled bubbles and more.

Children are welcome to come dressed in superhero costume.

Also Saturday will be the 11 a.m. unveiling of the “Take Flight” quilt designed by author/illustrator Lizzie Rockwell, with graphic and sewing help from the library community and the Peace by Piece Norwalk Community Quilt Group. (Quilt photo above courtesy www.facebook.com/PeaceByPieceTheNorwalkCommunityQuiltProject)

Children can register for summer reading before or after the program.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is available online or by calling 203.899.2790 ext. 15903.


Pride in the Park brings county’ LGBTQ community to Norwalk

Triangle Community Center and World Health Clinicians will sponsor Pride in the Park from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Mathews Park, 295 West Ave.  Haus of Edwards (Alyssa Edwards, Laganja Estranja, & Shangela) from RuPaul’s Drag Race, will perform at the event.


Melissa Slattery appointed curator for the Mayor’s Gallery

The Norwalk Arts Commission has selected Melissa Slattery as the curator for the Mayor’s Gallery.

The Mayor’s Gallery is one of the many public art programs that the Norwalk Arts Commission has initiated and oversees. Four shows planned for the Mayor’s Gallery in 2015-16 will focus on award-winning student artists; recognize Norwalk’s creative economy; celebrate the community’s diversity; and introduce some of Norwalk’s many cultural organizations.

Slattery’s background includes curating exhibitions nationwide for various municipalities and private interests. She is a Norwalk resident and attended Norwalk Public Schools. She is an artist, teacher and graphic designer and has extensive experience in marketing and advertising. She is currently a lecturer in interdisciplinary studies at Norwalk Community College, where she has served on various committees, including the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.

The Norwalk Arts Commission is continuing its efforts, through its tours and programs, to increase awareness and pride in Norwalk’s historic WPA mural collection, as well as the inventory of more than 100 works of public art.

“The Mayor’s Gallery is the gateway to the Mayor’s Office and represents Norwalk’s diversity in every sense. We decided it was time to hire a curator to dedicate and manage this very important public space,” said Susan Wallerstein, chairwoman of the Norwalk Arts Commission.

“I want to thank the Norwalk Arts Commission and particularly members Tony Velez and Jeffery Price for taking the time review and select the best person for such a visible public space,” Mayor Harry Rilling said.



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