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Enrichment Classes from Stratford/Trumbull Continuing Education

Have you ever wanted to craft your own stained glass window?

Do you think you could learn to knit or crochet while watching your favorite mini-series on NetFlix?

If you are interested in expanding your life skills check out the 2022 classes being offered by the Stratford/Trumbull Continuing Education.

Stratford/Trumbull Continuing Education also offers you the ability to finish your high school education, obtain your GED, learn English, and prepare for your citizenship test – all for Free!

For further information call 203-385-4270, or email continuingeducation@stratk12.org

“Meet-the-Author” on Zoom Platform January 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Joe Diorio will discuss “A Few Words About Words”

The Stratford Library will host Joe Diorio for a special “Meet-the-Author” program on Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30 pm.   Diorio will discuss his “A Few Words About Words”, on the Library’s Zoom platform.  The program is free and open to the public.

Penned by a writer who had to teach himself the rules of English grammar, “A Few Words About Words” offers an easy and accessible approach to understanding and using the English language. In a world dominated by countless print media and social media outlets, written communication is king. Writing “your” when you mean “you’re” and “there” when you mean “they’re” can make the difference between getting or not getting new business. A missing comma can result in a PR catastrophe, and a well-written line can be remembered for generations. And yet, many native speakers struggle with the English language.

Spawned from the widely-circulated and beloved newsletter of the same name, Joe Diorio’s “A Few Words About Words” blends quick-witted anecdotes from more than 30 years of newsletter entries that highlight the common, uncommon, and surprising grammar mistakes most English speakers make. The result is a digestible, all-encompassing look at English grammar. For anyone who has ever wondered whether “also” should follow or precede the verb; if there’s a difference between ‘preventive’ or ‘preventative’; or whether the Oxford comma is as important as everyone says it is, “A Few Words About Words” provides relief for many common grammar anxieties. Humorous, enlightening, and completely comprehensible, “A Few Words About Words” will be the go-to grammar guide you pick up and can’t put down.

To register for the free January 12 Zoom program and receive an invitational link: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/8495430.

For further information, call the Library at: 203.385.4162.

Raymark Removal of Waste

Virtual Public Meeting

January 12th at 6:30 p.m.

2022 Resolution?

Become a Volunteer Tutor for Adult English Language Learners

Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut will hold a free, online program, starting Monday, January 24th, to train tutors to work with adult English language learners. In Stratford about 20 percent of residents speak a language other than English at home — and improving their English skills is often a key to better jobs, greater participation in their children’s education, and more involvement in their community.

Prospective tutors need only empathy, curiosity, openness, and a few hours of time per week. Literacy Volunteers will supply materials and training. Our next five-week training will be held online on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., beginning on Monday, January 24th.

Contact Suzanne Solensky, executive director of LVSCT, at director@lvsct.org to sign up or get more information.

The Perfect Christmas Gift

A Stocking Stuffer for Theatre Lovers in Your Family

The Stratford-based playwright group, SquareWrights, has been writing and producing original plays in town and all over the globe for almost two decades.

The group, combining artistic endeavors with community service, has raised funds for the library, Perry House and the Food Pantry at Sterling House in addition to national and international disaster relief efforts.

This year, SquareWrights responded to the pandemic and its effect on our residents in two ways. The group published a book of original plays about resilience, a needed trait in these turbulent times, and designated the proceeds from the sale of the book to help Sterling House’s food pantry.

The book, Resilience Plays, can be purchased for $15 at:

www.sterlinghouse.org/resilience-plays

or in-person at Sterling House Community Center, 2283 Main Street, Stratford, with an additional fee, books can be shipped for $20.

Books will also be available at the Sterling House booth at the Shakespeare Market on Sunday, December 19th.

“Resilience,” The Gift That Keeps Giving.

Shop Small Shop Local Support our Playwrights Group

Resilience has been at the forefront of our response to the COVID as individuals, families and as a community. In our town, the dedicated staff at Sterling House Community Center and its Food Pantry rose to the occasion, serving hundreds of residents in need of food. To help, Stratford based playwrights group. SquareWrights, has published a book of short original plays on Resilience. All proceeds from the sale of this original work will support Sterling House food pantry.

It is indeed the gift that keep giving.

Books can be purchase for $15 at www.sterlinghouse.org/resilience-plays or in-person at Sterling House Community Center, 2283 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06615.

With additional fee, books can be shipped for $20. Books also will be available at the Sterling House booth at the Shakespeare Market on December 19th.

 

And last, but definitely not least, let’s not forget to support our budding playwrights in Town.

Rumor has it there will be wine! (and live entertainment)

Sunday beginning at 6 p.m

 

Tree Time at Sterling House Community Center

Buy Early for Best Buy on Trees and Wreaths!

On-line purchase options offered this year.

Monday Matinee

Minari

Stratford Library
December 13th
Noon in the Lovell Room

The Monday Matinee series presents recent, popular films on monthly Monday afternoons, is free and open to the public. Minari is the last film to screen in 2021!!

Minari is a tender and sweeping story that follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother (Oscar winner Youn Yuh-jung).

Set during the 1980s The film, which was also nominated for “Best Picture” and “Best Actor”, is rated PG-13 and 115 minutes.

Movies in the “Monday Matinees” series are shown uncut on widescreen in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room.  Due to town mandates, patrons are required to wear a mask inside the Library.

For further information, call the Library at 203-385-4162 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org.

 

 

 

 

A Celebration of Resilience!!!

Sterling House Community Center and SquareWrights Playwright Group will celebrate plays written during the height of COVID-19, explore various aspects of human resilience in the face of isolation and the challenges of physical and emotional health.