Oct 24, 2018 8:30 AM

Join us at the SeeClickFix Fall Workshop 2018! On October 24th and 25th, we will be continuing our SeeClickFix workshop tour in our hometown of New Haven, CT! Don’t miss this opportunity to collaborate with other cities and organizations around best practices in work and request management, pro-tips on how to implement and scale SeeClickFix as tool for public and organizational communication, and discover new and innovative ways you can improve your community. AGENDA HERE Breakfast, lunch, and a happy hour will be provided on Wednesday and then breakfast on Thursday morning. If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know by emailing [email protected]  Hope to see you there! --- Travel by Plane TweedNew Haven, CT BradleyWindsor Locks, CT LaGuardiaNew York, NY John F. Kennedy InternationalNew York, NY Newark Liberty InternationalNewark, NJ Philadelphia International*Philadelphia, PA *Pro tip: If you can fly through Philly then you can get to New Haven easily via US Air. Highly recommended! Travel by Train Amtrak Metro North Lodging New Haven Hotel 229 George StNew Haven, CT 06510Phone: 800-644-6835 We have a group rate available of $159 plus tax per night at the New Haven Hotel.  Call their reservations line at 1800-644-6835 to make reservations and use the group code “SEE CLICK FIX”.  Note that the code will not be valid for online bookings and can only be used through our central reservations line listed above. The deadline for discounted hotel rooms is Tuesday, October 9th.  Questions? Reach out to [email protected] at any time.

Oct 23, 2018 12:00 PM

***Event open to outdoor industry employees only*** GORE-TEX Brand and The North Face present a special afternoon of gear trials, product education and memorable experiences. Come play with us and get an opportunity to purchase and take home a super pro-deal-ridiculously-inexpensive Apex Flex 2.0 jacket. Additionally, be the first to own (that's right we are giving them away) the brand new GORE-TEX Infinium™ TNF CloseFit Tricot glove with articulated Windstopper™ technology. That's pretty cool, eh? What can I expect if I come? We are going to have 4 stations for you to rotate between, each with its own unique and fun challenge. Race to set up a tent in our Aconcagua encroching storm simulator while wearing TNF Summit Series Gear. Stroll through an urban squal while completing everyday tasks in wind and mist. Walk through water and test out the Ultra Fastpack 3 and Hedgehog Fastpack 3 shoes. Dive deep with our GORE-TEX Brand pros on what makes GORE-TEX technology different from other technologies in the market. Pick up some great gear on the way. How much time will this take? That depends on you but we expect the total time to be around 2 hours. RSVP for an expected timeslot below. We won't hold you to it, but just want to get an idea for when folks will show up. Who is putting this event on and who is it for? This is a joint project between GORE-TEX Brand and The North Face. It is exclusively for people (like you) who work in a retail shop in the outdoor industry. It's gonna be both fun (play with lots of gear in rain rooms and such) and techie (deep dive into GORE-TEX technologies to help you understand what is going on under the hood). Where exactly is it? We are going to be in the bandshell in the park. Specifically, here. Will I be able to pick up my jacket right away? Yes, we will be travelling with an inventory. Sizes are first come first served but we will try to have a lot. What if I have to work but still want to get an super good deal on the Apex Flex jacket? That's ok. We will let your co-worker pick up two Apex Flex jackets (one for her and one for you). But please don't just buy two jackets unless it is for a co-worker. We don't want to run out.

Nov 04, 2018 10:00 AM

Fat Girls Hiking, On The Road is coming to New Haven!  I am hoping to find 1-2 folks interested in being a FGH ambassador/hike leader for the New Haven, CT chapter.  Please read more here on what it takes to be an ambassador: https://fatgirlshiking.com/fgh-chapters/ & come talk to me at the hike I'm leading in the New Haven area.  It's important that I meet all potential ambassadors in person! --Summer, Fat Girls Hiking founder The Hike:  2.2 mile loop with 383ft elevation gain. East Rock Loop Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New Haven, Connecticut that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/connecticut/east-rock-loop-trail http://scrcog.org/wp-content/uploads/trails/new_haven/alt/RecTrails_NH1_Alt_6-2-16.pdf ***Please Note****Fat Girls Hiking's Body Positive group hikes are open to ALL genders, ALL sizes, ALL skill levels. Please choose a hike that will meet your needs/abilities. During all of our hikes, we go at a pace that feels good for everyone. No one is left behind! We love to share our lived experiences with one another on the trail and hope to create a space where ALL feel welcome! We ask that anyone who joins our group events refrain from diet talk, body shaming or weight loss talk. We don't allow sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia or any other form of bigotry. Getting There: 883 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06511  This is the address that AllTrails gives for the trailhead.  I don't see any info on parking or ammenities at the trailhead.  If you know the area & have more info, please email me so I can update this info.  [email protected]  Thank you! Land Acknowledgement: This hike takes place on the ancestral territories of the Paugussett & Quinnipiac nations. Fat Girls Hiking acknowledges that this hike is on stolen land and our hikers may be guests, settlers & immigrants to this land. We recognize that outdoor recreation is rooted in colonialism and commit ourselves to undoing these dynamics while we’re on the trail. Fat Girls Hiking group hikes are always free. However, we ask that if you are financial able to, consider making a donation to Fat Girls Hiking by purchasing a ticket to this hike. OR support the growth of FGH by donating to one of our accounts.  This helps us to sustain the Fat Girls Hiking community. Funds go toward travel expenses to create new Fat Girls Hiking chapters, to purchase hiking gear & equipment for community members and so we can offer scholarships (for events that do cost money). FGH founder, Summer, is currently On The Road in her 1996 Toyota Carolla to open FGH chapters across North America.  If you're able to donate via Go Fund Me, here's the link for Fat Girls Hiking, On The Road: https://www.gofundme.com/fat-girls-hiking-on-the-road Pay Pal: [email protected] or Venmo @fatgirlshiking are other ways to donate.  We thank you so much for helping us sustain this community!

Oct 28, 2018 5:00 PM

The production is MICStores.com - This abbreviation stands for Made In Connecticut. The ultimate vision is to bring together local food and beverage Manufacture and Craft makers.  Event product participation although community-based attendees travel from the near and far to attend the unique collection of products all in one central location.  The tickets can be purchased online at TheBallRoomevents.com This Includes the day of the event admittance for one. The show will celebrate Beers Made In CT. We will watch a documentary about making craft beer. You can learn from craft beer makers and taste beers. We look forward to seeing you on the day of the show. We will be sending updates to the email you provided just sign up when you enter to win A bicycle from College Street Bicycle type “I AM A WINNER” on the contact page TheBallRoomevents.com

Nov 11, 2018 12:00 PM

Fat Girls Hiking is coming to New Hampshire!  I am hoping to find 1-2 folks interested in being a FGH ambassador/hike leader for this area.  Concord, NH? Manchester, CT? Montpelier, VT? Portland, ME?  Where in this area is a FGH chapter needed?  Please read more info about being an ambassador here: https://fatgirlshiking.com/fgh-chapters/ and join me for this hike! The White Mountain National Forest in eastern New Hampshire and western Maine ranges from mountainous hardwood forests to majestic alpine peaks. Come experience the breathtaking scenery, clear mountain lakes and streams, wildlife, and outdoor recreation opportunities year round. https://www.fs.usda.gov/whitemountain The Hike: Mount Willard Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Carroll, New Hampshire that features a waterfall.  The hike is an out & back with 905 feet of elevation gain. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-hampshire/mount-willard ***Please Note****Fat Girls Hiking's Body Positive group hikes are open to ALL genders, ALL sizes, ALL skill levels. Please choose a hike that will meet your needs/abilities. During all of our hikes, we go at the pace of the slowest hiker. No one is left behind! We love to share our lived experiences with one another on the trail and hope to create a space where ALL feel welcome! We ask that anyone who joins our group events refrain from diet talk, body shaming or weight loss talk. We don't allow sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia or any other form of bigotry in our community. Getting There:  Mount Willard Trail Head in Google Maps.  From I-93 exit 35 near Franconia Notch, follow US Route 3 (North) about 11 miles to the junction of US Route 302 in Twin Mountain, turn right on US Route 302 (East) about 8.7 miles. Trailhead is located behind the railroad depot (AMC Crawford Notch Visitors Center). https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/new-hampshire/mount-willard Land Acknowledgement: This hike takes place on the ancestral territories of the Wabanaki and Abenaki/ Abenaquis nations. Fat Girls Hiking acknowledges that this hike is on stolen land and our hikers may be guests, settlers & immigrants to this land. We recognize that outdoor recreation is rooted in colonialism and commit ourselves to undoing these dynamics while we’re on the trail. Fat Girls Hiking group hikes are always free. However, we ask that if you are financial able to, consider making a donation to Fat Girls Hiking by purchasing a ticket to this hike. OR support the growth of FGH by donating to one of our accounts.  This helps us to sustain the Fat Girls Hiking community. Funds go toward travel expenses to create new Fat Girls Hiking chapters, to purchase hiking gear & equipment for community members and so we can offer scholarships (for events that do cost money). FGH founder, Summer, is currently On The Road in her 1996 Toyota Carolla to open FGH chapters across North America.  If you're able to donate via Go Fund Me, here's the link for Fat Girls Hiking, On The Road: https://www.gofundme.com/fat-girls-hiking-on-the-road Pay Pal: [email protected] or Venmo @fatgirlshiking are other ways to donate.  We thank you so much for helping us sustain this community!

Oct 27, 2018 1:00 PM

Join Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guide staff for a one-way, mostly downhill guided hike on the scenic Cumberland Trail on Saturday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m. This is one of 12 different short section hikes (4-7 miles each) on the Cumberland Trail being offered as part of our Cumberland Trail Hiking Series. (See schedule below)The Cumberland Trail is known for its beauty, mountain streams, and remote setting. The trail is single track, traveling mostly downhill (a couple short climbs) where hikers may need to high step over rocks, deadfall, and other obstacles. New hikers should expect this route to be challenging but certainly attainable. Guides and a shuttle will be provided for the one way, mostly downhill trek so you can enjoy the scenic views and sounds of nature without the worry of getting lost.Cost: FREE. Registration is required in advance as space is limited in the shuttle vehicle. All details about the section hikes are given to participants upon registration via email. The CT is a remote trail over rugged terrain. We ask participants have some hiking experience and be in good physical shape to hike 4-7 miles continuously on sections rated as moderately strenuous. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating parent or responsible adult.For more information and to get registered for this hike call (423) 643-6888.CT Hiking Series Schedule -- Details given with registrationJanuary 13- Saturday January 26- FridayFebruary 3- SaturdayMarch 2- FridayMarch 10-11 Saturday to Sunday (backpack)April 14-15 Saturday to Sunday (backpack) April 27 FridayMay 11– FridayJune 8– FridayOctober 27– SaturdayNovember 10-11 Saturday to Sunday (backpack)December 1– Saturday

Dec 01, 2018 1:00 PM

Join Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guide staff for a one-way, mostly downhill guided hike on the scenic Cumberland Trail on Saturday, December 1 at 1:00 p.m. This is the final of 12 different short section hikes (4-7 miles each) on the Cumberland Trail we offered as part of our Cumberland Trail Hiking Series. (See schedule below)The Cumberland Trail is known for its beauty, mountain streams, and remote setting. The trail is single track, traveling mostly downhill (a couple short climbs) where hikers may need to high step over rocks, deadfall, and other obstacles. New hikers should expect this route to be challenging but certainly attainable. Guides and a shuttle will be provided for the one way, mostly downhill trek so you can enjoy the scenic views and sounds of nature without the worry of getting lost.Cost: FREE. Registration is required in advance as space is limited in the shuttle vehicle. All details about the section hikes are given to participants upon registration via email. The CT is a remote trail over rugged terrain. We ask participants have some hiking experience and be in good physical shape to hike 4-7 miles continuously on sections rated as moderately strenuous. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating parent or responsible adult.For more information call (423) 643-6888.CT Hiking Series Schedule -- Details given with registrationJanuary 13- Saturday January 26- FridayFebruary 3- SaturdayMarch 2- FridayMarch 10-11 Saturday to Sunday (backpack)April 14-15 Saturday to Sunday (backpack) April 27 FridayMay 11– FridayJune 8– FridayOctober 27– SaturdayNovember 10-11 Saturday to Sunday (backpack)December 1– Saturday

Oct 12, 2018 4:00 PM

Innovation and collaboration have become the mainstream of the era. There are numerous rapidly emerging high-tech landscapes in science and technology including information technology, internet security, machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data, biotechnology, pharmaceutical technology, disease prevention and care, green environment and energy, etc. All of those require broad and extensive scientific and technologic innovation, collaboration, and leadership across borders. The Chinese Association for Science and Technology, USA (CAST-USA), a non-profit and non-political organization founded in 1992 in New York, USA. It has grown into one of the most influential Chinese American professional organizations with over 10,000 members across 16 chapters and preparatory charters in US, and 12 representative offices in China. Its mission is to cultivate close collaborations among professionals from variants of scientific fields, and has been playing the role of bridging and providing a platform for communication and collaboration between the two nations. To further promote this goal, CAST-USA is proudly hosting the “The 26th Annual Convention of Chinese Association for Science and Technology USA and 2018 Global Innovation Summit” at Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, USA from October 12th to 14th, 2018. The summit is organized by CAST-USA and co-hosted by its Connecticut’s Chapter (CAST-CT), with close collaboration and direct support from all of its chapters and branches. We will be continuing inviting the prestigious scholars, such as Nobel Laureates, members of National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in both USA and China, world class scientists, and renowned entrepreneurs, venture capitalist, medical researchers and doctors, university presidents and professors to showcase their staler achievement or to seek opportunities for collaboration and partnership. Furthermore, we will be inviting the Chinese Ambassador and Consul Generals to the US, to the United Nations, and the related industrial leaders from interested organizations to join us at the event. The three days summit features a variety of activities. On the first day, it focuses on the cooperative development and investment forum. On the second day, the distinguished guests delivers speeches followed by the discussion on high-tech, cutting-edge technology, education, and economics. The popular program Contest of Innovation and Entrepreneurship also takes place. As a branding program, the three prestigious awards will be presented, “Outstanding Scientist Award”, “Extraordinary Science and Innovation Award”, and “Outstanding Enterprise Leadership Award”. We will also host an International Poster Contest for College and High School Students followed by the Outstanding Talent Awards ceremony. On the third day, the talent network and project partnership formation will be the primary attraction. Please refer to www.CAST-USA.org or www.CASTCT.org for more details about this event as it develops and how to register to participate. Recommended Booking Service for Flights, Cars: Priceline (Deals for Every Budget) (www.priceline.com) Transportation: Airport, JFK,  Air Travel Arrival: Tweed New Haven Airport; Bradley International Airport (BDL)    Car service: http://peopleslimousine.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzMDtuaDl3AIVQlmGCh1V9QAmEAAYASAAEgKopPD_BwE Train service from New York Metro Central Terminal to New Haven Union Station http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/planning/schedules/pdf/NH_SS_MAR_18_2018.pdf Yale University Free shuttle between New Haven train station and  Omni Hotel at Yale Visist Yale Campus Schedule: (https://admissions.yale.edu/tours)  schedule your Campus Tour Information Sessions (75 mins)  -Sat. 10:00a; Campus Tours (75 mins) -- Sat. 11:30a; Science Tours (60 mins) -- Sat. 11:30a; Engineering Tours (60 mins)  -Sat. 11:45a Student Forums (60 mins) -- Sat 9:15a Want to be volunteer for this meeting? http://signup.com/go/AbuRLJu We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/AbuRLJu2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com. Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Oct 12, 2018 4:00 PM

Innovation and collaboration have become the mainstream of the era. There are numerous rapidly emerging high-tech landscapes in science and technology including information technology, internet security, machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data, biotechnology, pharmaceutical technology, disease prevention and care, green environment and energy, etc. All of those require broad and extensive scientific and technologic innovation, collaboration, and leadership across borders. The Chinese Association for Science and Technology, USA (CAST-USA), a non-profit and non-political organization founded in 1992 in New York, USA. It has grown into one of the most influential Chinese American professional organizations with over 10,000 members across 16 chapters and preparatory charters in US, and 12 representative offices in China. Its mission is to cultivate close collaborations among professionals from variants of scientific fields, and has been playing the role of bridging and providing a platform for communication and collaboration between the two nations. To further promote this goal, CAST-USA is proudly hosting the “The 26th Annual Convention of Chinese Association for Science and Technology USA and 2018 Global Innovation Summit” at Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, USA from October 12th to 14th, 2018. The summit is organized by CAST-USA and co-hosted by its Connecticut’s Chapter (CAST-CT), with close collaboration and direct support from all of its chapters and branches. We will be continuing inviting the prestigious scholars, such as Nobel Laureates, members of National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in both USA and China, world class scientists, and renowned entrepreneurs, venture capitalist, medical researchers and doctors, university presidents and professors to showcase their staler achievement or to seek opportunities for collaboration and partnership. Furthermore, we will be inviting the Chinese Ambassador and Consul Generals to the US, to the United Nations, and the related industrial leaders from interested organizations to join us at the event. The three days summit features a variety of activities. On the first day, it focuses on the cooperative development and investment forum. On the second day, the distinguished guests delivers speeches followed by the discussion on high-tech, cutting-edge technology, education, and economics. The popular program Contest of Innovation and Entrepreneurship also takes place. As a branding program, the three prestigious awards will be presented, “Outstanding Scientist Award”, “Extraordinary Science and Innovation Award”, and “Outstanding Enterprise Leadership Award”. We will also host an International Poster Contest for College and High School Students followed by the Outstanding Talent Awards ceremony. On the third day, the talent network and project partnership formation will be the primary attraction. Please refer to www.CAST-USA.org or www.CASTCT.org for more details about this event as it develops and how to register to participate. Recommended Booking Service for Flights, Cars: Priceline (Deals for Every Budget) (www.priceline.com) Transportation: Airport, JFK,  Air Travel Arrival: Tweed New Haven Airport; Bradley International Airport (BDL)    Car service: http://peopleslimousine.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzMDtuaDl3AIVQlmGCh1V9QAmEAAYASAAEgKopPD_BwE Train service from New York Metro Central Terminal to New Haven Union Station http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/planning/schedules/pdf/NH_SS_MAR_18_2018.pdf Yale University Free shuttle between New Haven train station and  Omni Hotel at Yale Visist Yale Campus Schedule: (https://admissions.yale.edu/tours)  schedule your Campus Tour Information Sessions (75 mins)  -Sat. 10:00a; Campus Tours (75 mins) -- Sat. 11:30a; Science Tours (60 mins) -- Sat. 11:30a; Engineering Tours (60 mins)  -Sat. 11:45a Student Forums (60 mins) -- Sat 9:15a Want to be volunteer for this meeting? http://signup.com/go/AbuRLJu We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/AbuRLJu2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com. Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Oct 28, 2018 6:00 PM

Please join us for a moving discussion on the intersections of race, class, privilege and gender with the esteened Dr. Stacey Patton. Partial and full scholarship applications can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/zVuZ1Ujmmx02P3bx1 Discussion Summary: Dr. Stacey Patton will examine how the way that Black children are physically punished at home, coupled with the food deserts and food insecurity common in Black communities, impacts on the children’s mental, psychological and physical well-being and how the combination of these factors increases their risk of poor school outcomes, health disparities, aggressive behavior, and risks of entering the foster care and school-to-prison pipelines.  The toxic combination of corporal punishment and unhealthy food options weakens children, families and entire communities of color by harming brain development, physical health—including obesity and precocious puberty—and compounding multi-generational psychological trauma.  These growing racial disparities in health, education and criminal justice are by design, and call for communities to be educated, equipped and empowered to advocate for themselves.  If we are to produce healthier communities and achieve racial equity in the United States then we must raise up children who are intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually strong. Invited Groups, Associations and Organizations: (in no particular order) Connecticut Parents as Teachers Connecticut Parents Advocacy Center Connecticut Department of Children and Families Connecticut Depaetment of Public Health Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families The Center for Family Justice  Center for Children's  Advocacy Department of African Studies, Connecticut College Africana Studies Institute at University of Connecticut  Department of Black Studies, Fairfield University Department of African American Studies, Centsl Connecticut State University Department of African American Studies, Yale University  Connecticut Historical Society Africana Studies Program at University of Hartford Department of African American Studies, Weslyan University The Southern Connecticut Black Nurses Association The Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association National Alliance on Mental Health Connecticut National Association of Black Journalists, Region 1 Connecticut Commission on Human Rights  The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, Connecticut National Organization for Women, Connecticut Chapter Nathonal Organization of Women, Greater New York Chapter Connecticut Health Foundation National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut Chapter Perrin Family Foundation Greater Hartford National Association for the Advancment of Colored People New England Grassroots Environmental Fund End Hunger Connecticut! Grow Windham Farm to Institution New England Hartford Food Systems Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate Positive Tracks National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center The Governor's Prevention Partnership Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc. Children’s Rights Education Project, University of Connecticut The Underground Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Connecticut Coalition for Juidyice in Education Funding Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance Black Lives Matter New Haven National Conference for Community and Justice Vera Institute of Justice, New York Voluntown Peace Trust Peace Center of Connecticut  Connecticut Coalition for Peace and Justice Greater New Haven Peace Council Hartford Catholic Worker Love 146 Peace and Conflict Studies, Connecticut College The GroundTruth Project Table Underground The West Indian Social Club The Tow Foundation Connecticut Broadcasters Association Connecticut Farm Bureau Southern New England Association of Black Journalists Association of Health Care Journalists School of Communication, Media and the Arts at Sacred Heart University CT CORE - Organize Now! Agenda: TBD Dinner Menu: TBD Biography: Dr. Stacey Patton is an award-winning author and journalist who writes about race, politics, pop culture, child welfare issues, diversity in media and higher education. Through her workshops, keynote addresses, and multi-media presentations, Dr. Patton blends the power of her personal narrative with her expert knowledge of the history of American race relations.As an adoptee, child abuse survivor and former foster youth, she is also a leading child advocate who’s latest book is the acclaimed and best-selling, Spare The Kids: Why Whooping Children Won't Save Black America. Patton is also the author of That Mean Old Yesterday - A Memoir and the forthcoming book, Strung Up: The Lynching of Black Children and Teenagers in America, 1880-1968.Patton's writings have appeared in the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, Al Jazeera, BBC News, DAME Magazine and TheRoot.com. She has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CBS, Al Jazeera, The Tavis Smiley Show, Here and Now, and Democracy Now.  She has received reporting awards from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Scripps Howard Foundation, New York Women in Communications, National (and New York) Association of Black Journalists, The Education Writer's Association, and she is the 2015 recipient of the Vernon Jarrett Medal for Excellence in reporting on American race relations.   Dr. Patton has also received an award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children for using journalism to bring awareness to child welfare issues during the Adrian Peterson and "Baltimore Mom" controversies.In addition to her journalistic work, Dr. Patton is also the creator of Spare the Kids, an online portal designed to encourage parents and caretakers to use alternatives to hitting children. She travels the country delivering keynotes and professional trainings at universities, child welfare and juvenile justice organizations and agencies.   Her interdisciplinary trainings have benefited students and faculty in history, women and gender, Africana and African American studies, journalism and media studies, pediatrics, public health, child and human development, psychology, sociology, social work and criminal justice. Hidden Acres Farm, Inc. extends its gratitide to the following community agents for their ongoing guidance and support: New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

Jan 12, 2019 4:00 PM

           You do not want to miss this incredible opportunity to sail               onboard the BRAND NEW BEAUTIFUL Norwegian Bliss                                                            with                                            The Atlantic City Boys                                         and the Clark Barrios Band! When you book NOW - your 8 night package includes values equal to over $1461.05 per person in amentities!!! Exclusive tickets to Events with BOTH The Atlantic City Boys and The Clark Barrios Band onboard  Special photo opportunities with the bands 2 Amentities INCLUDING The Ultimate Beverage Package (a $747 per person value!!) and Free Gratuities (a $98 per person value!) Round Trip Motorcoach Transportation (a $100per person value) A FREE pre night stay (January 11) at the Miccosukee Casino Resort ($150 + value) 7 Night Cruise (January 12 - January 19) to the beautiful ports of Eastern Caribbean on the BRAND NEW Norwegian Bliss All taxes and fees included (a $366.05per person value) 2 TRAVEL REWARD points for every dollar you spend towards FREE future travel! (Value = WOW!) Hurry! these included values wont last You can ONLY book by calling 1-800-834-5183 Ext 207 or visit us at Expedia CruiseShipCenters 313 Colony Blvd The Villages Fl 32162 Want to know more about the Norwegian Bliss? We loved this article in the Villages News last summer about Clark! He may not be Frankie Valli, but when it comes to hitting high notes and entertaining Villagers, Clark Barrios is a singer for all seasons. Barrios and the Atlantic City Boys – Sammy Pawlak, Jeremy James and Dustin Fisher – delivered two, high-powered, thoroughly entertaining shows Monday in the Savannah Center. Clark Barrios hitting the high notes for the Atlantic City Boys Monday in Savannah Center. “Clarkie,” as the Atlantic City Boys like to call him, flashed his falsetto range on such Valli and Four Seasons’ classics as “Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Dawn” and “Rag Doll.”Barrios is a regular on The Villages entertainment circuit and one of the most versatile, talented and likeable singers here. He will be starring in “Forever Plaid,” running from Aug. 2 until Sept. 2, at the Studio Theatre in Tierra Del Sol.But let’s not forget the other fellas in the Atlantic City Boys, who played before a nearly-packed house on Monday. This is a group in every sense of the word. They have been performing together for years and their exquisite harmony, nifty choreography and comic interaction with each other and the audience is a joy to behold. The Atlantic City Boys shook things up at Savannah Center. These youthful and exuberant performers pay tribute to Valli and the Four Seasons, but their music goes far deeper than that group.The Atlantic City crew paid homage to The Five Satins,  “In Still of the Night;” The Beach Boys, “God Only Knows;” The Drifters, “Save the Last Dance;” Neil Diamond, “Sweet Caroline” and, last but not least, The Monkees with “I’m A Believer.” It was a nostalgic delight for those who remember those songs. Villager Jan Van Allen is serenaded by Jeremy James. “I loved it,” said Villager Jan Van Allen, who found herself as the fifth member of the Atlantic City Boys during one segment. The guys came out in the audience and, suddenly, Jeremy James and then Barrios were serenading Van Allen, during “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”She even joined in the singing and the choreography.“It was wonderful singing with these guys,” Van Allen said. “They’ve got so much energy and they’re so much fun.” James was digging the crowd.“It’s great to be back in The Villages; this is home for us and we love it,” he said. “And this crowd is a wild bunch.” The guys nearly tamed the rowdy bunch with a gorgeous acapella set but kept things rocking with such numbers as “Build Me Up Buttercup” and “Oh What A Night.” Put it all together and you have baby boomer’s jukebox stew of magical memories served up with style by the Atlantic City Boys. Your Itinerary  Day 1 Motorcoach transportation is included from The Villages Area to the Miccosukee Casino Resort! Day 2 Miami, Florida Transfer to your Cruise Ship The Norwegian Bliss Day 3 At Sea All - Special Band Events Included Day 4 At Sea All - Special Band Events Included Day 5 St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 8:00 AM → 6:00 PM (Watch for Group Shore Excursion Exclusives) Day 6 Tortola, British Virgin Islands 7:00 AM → 3:00 PM (Watch for Group Shore Excursion Exclusives) Day 7 At Sea All Day - Special Band Events Included Day 8  Nassau, Bahamas 12:00 PM → 7:00 PM (Watch for Group Shore Excursion Exclusives) Day 9 Miami, Florida Arrive 8:00 AM - MotorCoach Return to The Villages Area 9 Things loved about the BRAND NEW Norwegian Bliss! 1. Go-Kart Track Channel your inner racecar driver and put pedal to the metal on this two-level, nearly 1,000 foot-long Go-Kart racetrack. Whether you're a novice and want to stay at a mild 10 miles per hour or have logged lots of time on a Go-Kart and are ready to max out your electric car at 30 miles an hour, the Go-Kart adventure on Norwegian Bliss will be a blast for everyone who gives it a try. Available in four speeds and safe to operate in damp conditions (so even Alaska cruisers can give it a whirl), the electric cars run silently so as not to disturb other passengers. But speakers near the driver's headrest pipe in all the racetrack sounds you'd expect to hear. 2. Solo Cabins With a View Brand new to Norwegian Cruise Line is a category of 82 inside cabins designed and priced for solo travelers that feature virtual ocean views via a medium-sized faux window. Scenery reflects what's outside the ship, so you get all the benefits of an ocean-view cabin without the expense of one. And, as on other Norwegian ships with cabins built for one, the virtual view solo rooms are part of a dedicated Studio complex created just for solo cruisers; it's keycard accessible and includes access to a private lounge. 3. Freefalling, Looping Waterslides Another adrenaline-pumping top deck activity on Norwegian Bliss is the multi-waterslide Aqua Park, which includes the high-speed Ocean Loops freefall waterslide. The slide drops riders into two loops: both extend well over the side of the ship and have see-through sections so you can actually see how far from the ship you are. Across the way is the tandem Aqua Racer, which allows riders to "race" side by side on inner tubes for more than 360 feet. 4. Alfresco Dining Located on Deck 8, The Waterfront on Norwegian Bliss is a quarter-mile wraparound oceanfront promenade featuring outdoor seating for seven bars and restaurants including Cagney's Steakhouse, the Mexican eatery Los Lobos, Dolce Gelato, seafood specialty restaurant Ocean Blue, Sugarcane Mojito Bar, Italian trattoria La Cucina and The Cavern Club lounge. 5. Open-Air Laser Tag If the Go-Kart and waterslides weren't enough adrenaline-inducing fun, Norwegian Bliss also has an outdoor laser tag course to get your blood pumping. In this space-themed arena, human colonists have lost contact with Planet Earth and it's up to you to find them while searching their abandoned spaceship. But beware, others are on the course doing the same thing and it's their mission to stop you (just as it's your missions to stop them). The course is set up so that friends can play against each other in a private session or as a group versus another group during an open session. 6. Texas BBQ Extra napkins are a must at this authentic Texas barbecue joint where brisket, ribs, chicken and sausages are on the menu and pop-country music is played each night. Called "Q" for short, this new-to-Norwegian eatery smokes various meats over hickory, oak and pecan woods for a divinely aromatic atmosphere. Combine the meats with starters and sides that include such downhome delights as natural air-cured ham; fresh cheddar and breadcrumb-crusted mac 'n' cheese; and baked sweet potatoes smothered in pecan honey butter and cinnamon. You'll need to get up and start line dancing to burn off all the calories you just consumed! 7. Jersey Boys and Liverpool Boys You'll have an "Oh, what a night" experience seeing the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit "Jersey Boys" on Norwegian Bliss. This full-scale production, which tells the "true" story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, features hits like "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Sherry," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." If the Beatles are more your speed, then The Cavern Club is the place for you. Inspired by the real Cavern Club in Liverpool where The Beatles played some of their earliest gigs, this onboard version of the club features a Beatles cover band playing all your favorite hits from the Fab Four. 8. Observation Lounge Another first for Norwegian Cruise Line is the 20,000-square-foot Observation Lounge, which spans the entire forward section of Norwegian Bliss giving more people a chance to take in the 180-degree views the lounge provides. This is especially appreciated in Alaska, where panoramic views are a must, but not everyone wants to brave the cold. With more than 3,500 square feet of floor-to-ceiling windows, there's plenty of room for everyone to watch the wonders of Alaska or the Caribbean float by. And, in between all the sightseeing, you can take advantage of the free nibbles available morning, noon and night. 9. Expanded Haven Fans of Norwegian's The Haven, a ship-within-a-ship enclave for cruisers who want the full suite experience, will love The Haven on Norwegian Bliss. The largest in the Norwegian fleet, Bliss' Haven is three stories and features 80 suites, a private restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining space, a lounge with a dedicated mixologist, the two-story Horizon Observation Lounge, plus a courtyard with retractable roof, a pool, four hot tubs, a sauna and spa treatment room. Book now by calling 800-834-5183 Ext 207