October 3, 2022

Community Calendar

‘Designing to Share’ Hosted by Old Lyme-PGN Library @ Zoom meeting
Apr 8 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Local Community-Building Graphic Designers Share Tips with Youth

In a heavily visual and virtual world, good design and curation is key to making an impact.

On April 8, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in partnership with Region 18 is offering Designing to Share, a panel for Youth audiences discussing the ins and outs of graphic design – particularly in the fields of arts, culture, and independent media. 

The program features Juanita Austin, founder of Cultured AF, New London, CT and Andre Salkin, founder of @leftnortheast, Lyme-Old Lyme High School ’20. They will share how they got started, their current projects, and how their design skills have helped them accomplish their goals. The panel, Designing to Share, will be moderated by Nike Desis, Young Adult Librarian, Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.

Discussion will also cover topics such as free design software, establishing an audience and a “look,” using and citing credible sources, with time for Q&A with the presenters.

Juanita Austin is a curator and cultural producer, born and raised in New London, Conn. A graduate from the University of Connecticut, with a B.A. in Digital Media & Design, she has served as a leader on many grassroots community arts initiatives and now runs her own arts collective, Cultured AF.

She’s passionate about building community and creating experiences that brings art into everyone’s lives. Cultured AF’s headquarters are located at Cultured Studios, a gallery, arts boutique, and community event space in downtown New London.

Austin notes, “My work centers on supporting underrepresented artists and creating safe and equitable spaces for those artists to thrive.”

Andre Salkin is a co-admin of the grassroots, journalistic, justice-centered resource for young people known as @leftnortheast on Instagram. Attracting 52K followers in less than a year, @leftnortheast is “committed to discourse, education, and solidarity.”

Currently studying journalism at Boston University since matriculating from L-OL High School in 2020, Salkin’s academic studies inform his social media output, and the rigorousness and success of his social media platform help inspire his studies.

Commenting on corporate ownership of media he says ”I think sources of alternative media … can have a huge impact on how people see the world.”

Desis comments, “Youth who are at all curious about the creation of helpful and inspiring graphics seen on social media – especially as a tool for grassroots community building- will have a unique opportunity to get behind the scenes with the founders of impactful arts and media platforms.” –

To attend or find about more about the program, contact Nike Desis at ndesis@oldlymelibrary.org

‘Butterflies: Monarchs, Migrations and Conservation’: Virtual Interview Hosted by RTPEC @ Virtual hosted by RTPEC
Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, April 8, 6:30pm:

Butterflies: Monarchs, Migrations and Conservation” with Robert Pyle, Xerces Society Founder, interviewed by Evan Griswold.

Part of the free 2021 Connecticut River Lecture Series offered by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center.

Register at https://www.ctaudubon.org/rtp-programs-events/

Red Cross Blood Drive @ First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friends of Whalebone Cove Annual Meeting via Zoom @ FOWC & virtual
Apr 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
LYME — The featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of Whalebone Cove (FOWC) will be Margot Burns, who serves as an Environmental Planner for the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG),
In the last three years, underwater invasive hydrilla vines have been spreading rapidly throughout the Connecticut River, choking its coves, bays, and tributaries and making them almost impassable for kayaks, canoes, motor boats, and many fishermen.
Last September an inspection of Whalebone Cove found 60 to 70 percent of the waterways clogged with hydrilla vines. (See picture above.)
Burns will discuss the worrisome spread of hydrilla and what steps need to be taken to mitigate its effect on the Connecticut River watershed and prevent its spread elsewhere in the State.
The Zoom link for the meeting is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88212665835?pwd=bHBRZ1lLTDV0eENaU0hWN2dkMnl3Zz09
Meeting ID: 882 1266 5835
Passcode: 838868

Membership of FOWC is: Single – $15; Household – $25. To renew or become a member, send payment to FOWC, PO Box 333, Hadlyme, CT 06439.For more information about membership, volunteering, or FOWC goals & mission, send email to: fowchadlyme@gmail.com

Virtual Conversation on Creating Stronger Police Department Cultures Through ABLE™ Program @ Virtual
Apr 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

LOL Partnership for Social Justice & FCCOL Sponsor Zoom Presentation by Nationally Recognized Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE)™ Program Developed by Civil Rights Activists & Law Enforcement at Georgetown Law Center

LYME/OLD LYME – On Sunday, Apr. 11, at 5 p.m., residents from across Connecticut are invited to participate in a conversation via Zoom on creating stronger police department cultures through the Georgetown Law Center’s nationally recognized Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) program.

The conversation, which will take place on Zoom, is being sponsored by the Lyme-Old Lyme Partnership for Social Justice and the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL).

All are welcome to register for this free program by sending an email to lolpartnership4sj@gmail.com. Zoom invitations will be sent out Saturday, April 10.

Building upon a training developed by Dr. Ervin Staub, the founding director of a program on the psychology of peace and violence at the University of Massachusetts, ABLE was developed by academics, civil rights activists and police officers working together to explore innovative  and evidence-based ways to reduce harmful behavior.

The ABLE program leverages social science and real-world experience to teach practical skills to intervene in another officer’s conduct in order to prevent misconduct (be it an unlawful search or a knee on a neck), reduce mistakes, and promote officer-health and -wellness. In doing so, ABLE seeks to instill a culture within police departments where it becomes the norm to intervene before harm takes place.

Other professions, including the medical profession, already have benefited from similar training, but it has never been applied to law enforcement – until now.

In announcing the event, FCCOL Senior Minister Rev. Steve Jungkeit said, “As the murder of George Floyd once  again enters the news cycle, there is renewed interest in measures to prevent police violence. One quite promising model for reform can be found in ABLE.”

While the program has been operational in New Orleans since 2016 under a different name, ABLE was given a national stage by Georgetown University Law Center and the global law firm Sheppard Mullin LLP in late 2020. The first national ABLE training took place in September 2020, and in the months that followed, more than 100 agencies have committed to the program, including Boston, the New  York City Police Department and Old Lyme.

Panelists expected to speak during the presentation include:

  • Jonathan Aronie, Partner, Sheppard Mullin; Chair, ABLE Project Board of Advisors
  • Brett Parson, Lieutenant, DC Metropolitan Police Officer (retired); Lead Training Instructor,  ABLE Project
  • Greg Guiton, Director of Strategic Partnerships, FBI National Academy; Captain, Ocean City  Police Department (retired)
  • Greg Hanna, Captain, Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police (retired)
  • Deirdre Jones, Deputy Chief and LGBTQ Liaison, Cleveland Division of Police
  • John Thomas, Deputy Chief, Field Operations, New Orleans Police Department
  • Matt Weber, Resident State Trooper, Old Lyme

“The ABLE Project was created to ensure every police officer in the United States has the opportunity to receive meaningful, effective active bystandership training while helping law enforcement agencies transform their approach to policing,” said Professor Christy Lopez, co director of Georgetown Law’s Innovative Policing Program, which runs ABLE.

She added, “Having duty-to intervene policies on the books isn’t enough. Building a police culture that supports and  sustains the successful use of proven peer intervention strategies is key to preventing harm.”

During the community conversation, residents will be able to learn about the origin of the  program, hear from civil rights activists, who shaped the program, and from police departments that have adopted it, and learn about ways to bring this important training to Connecticut communities.

Pollinator-Friendly Lawns: Webinar Hosted by Pollinate Old Lyme! @ Virtual hosted by Pollinate Old Lyme!
Apr 14 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am

Wednesday, April 14:

Pollinator-Friendly Lawns

Join a free webinar with garden author Tom Christopher, host of Growing Greener podcasts.

Sponsored by Pollinate Old Lyme!

Zoom link to be provided after April 10.

Sign up at PollinateOldLyme@gmail.com

Presentation on Pollinator-Friendly Lawns via Zoom @ Virtual
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn how to create a pollinator-friendly lawn on Wednesday with Tom Christopher. Photo by Petar Tonchev on Unsplash.

OLD LYME — Zoom signups are now open for a free presentation on Pollinator-Friendly Lawns with Tom Christopher. All are welcome to the presentation, which begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14.

Email PollinateOldLyme@gmail.com to request the Zoom link.

Pollinate Old Lyme! presents gardener, author, and podcast host Tom Christopher. Christopher will give practical advice about sustainable lawns, including different grasses, clover and grass mixes, how to reduce chemical inputs and change mowing practices.
The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.
A graduate of the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture, Christopher has spent the last 45 years designing and tending gardens, authoring and editing gardening books, magazine features and giving talks. Most recently he launched the Growing Greener weekly podcast. Having lived for years in Middletown, Conn., Christopher and his wife Suzanne now do most of their gardening in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts.
Learn more about Christopher at https://www.thomaschristophergardens.com
SECWAC Presents ‘The Politics of Epidemics:’ Speaker Eileen Hunt Botting
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Eileen Hunt Botting presents“The Politics of Epidemics, from Thucydides to Mary Shelley to COVID-19”

When: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

Where: Registration required. The link to join us will be emailed with your registration confirmation. We will be using Zoom meetings. https://scwac.wildapricot.org/event-4232302

If you are new to Zoom virtual meetings and would like to learn more about how to join us, visit zoom.us for more information. Also, feel free to call us at 860-912-5718 for technical advice prior to the event. We will not be able to resolve issues during the meeting. A link to the recording will be shared via email following the meeting.

Presenter: Eileen Hunt Botting, University of Notre Dame

The Topic: Eileen Hunt Botting will review our perceptions of pandemics through the writings of Greek historian and general Thucydides (of “The History of the Peloponnesian War” fame), Mary Shelley (of “Frankenstein” and “The Last Man” fame), and more contemporary writers like Mike Davis (“The Monster at Our Door” and “The Monster Enters”). In her recent essay in “Current History”, Professor Botting points out that plague has been “depicted as escalating within wider and deeper patterns of human social and political conflict”, arguing that “we ought to pause and consider the responses of past thinkers to the contagions that beset them”. In this way, perhaps, we may, to paraphrase Georges Santayana, avoid repeating past mistakes by learning from history, rather than being condemned to repeat it.

You can access her essay HERE.

Cost: Free for members, guests $20

OL Historical Society Presents ‘Down on the Farm’ Lecture
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Historical Society presents the second lecture in its Spring Series, Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

Markham Starr presents, “Down on the Farm: The Last Dairy Farms of North Stonington.’ At the end of WWII, there were over 4000 dairy farms in Connecticut. Currently there are less than 100 farms still making milk commercially. This talk follows the operation of four family-owned farms thoughout the course of a year.

For log in info email the OLHS.

Halls Road Clean-Up Party
Apr 17 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Follow-up Work Party
Saturday, April 17
Join volunteers on the old bridge access road between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
(Rain date Saturday, April 24th)

Come help detangle the wooded lot next to the old bridge abutment off Halls Road. Bring gloves, clippers, loppers, rakes, and hand-saws and be ready to do some bush-whacking.

Wear your protective clothing, & use tick repellant, it’s a jungle in there!

In the fall of 2018, the Halls Road Improvements Committee began the work to remove trash and untangle the wooded lot leading to the old bridge abutment on the Lieutenant River. It’s time to finish the project near the river and collect up any litter in the lot.

This is a fun way to get to know your neighbors and contribute to the efforts of Halls Road improvements.

Work in small socially-distanced groups, with masks on, to pull all the dead wood, trash, and invasive plants out to the access road.

Later, Old Lyme Public Works crew will dispose of the piles and do any final chain-sawing needed.

Forest Bathing Along the Artists’ Trail: Hosted by FloGris Museum @ Florence Griswold Museum
Apr 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, April 17,

10:30 am:

Forest Bathing along the Artists’ Trail

Enjoy an outdoor experience with certified forest bathing guide Regan Stacey at the Florence Griswold Museum, ($45, for on-site event).

Register at https://florencegriswoldmuseum.org/calendar/mindfulness-event-forest-bathing-along-the-artists-trail-3/

Nip the Knotweed: Webinar hosted by OL-PGN Library @ Virtual hosted by OL-PGN Library
Apr 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Japanese Knotweed

Nip the Knotweed with Master Gardener, Suzanne Thompson

Wed. April 21 6:30 PM

Join Gardener/Writer Suzanne Thompson in her Nip the Knotweed campaign – an organic method of starving back the encroaching plants and releasing and reintroducing desired native plants and ecosystems. Taking on Japanese Knotweed this way can be therapeutic exercise and a good reason to get out into nature.

Learn some interesting history about how this and other invasive plants got here and why, plus tips on how to combat them and help restore native ecosystems for the benefit of pollinators, wildlife and people.

Nip the Knotweed” is a free webinar offered by the Old Lyme-PGN Library.

Sign up for the Zoom link at http://oldlymelibrary.org.

Earth Day:  Backyard BioBlitz Sponsored by CT Audubon
Apr 22 all-day

Thursday, April 22:

Earth Day! 

Get in on the count with CT Audubon’s annual Backyard BioBlitz and help count nature’s species including birds, insects, fungi, and plants with iNaturalist ID app.

Learn more at www.ctaudubon.org

Drug Take-Back Day @ Lyme Street Firehouse
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
International Sculpture Day @ Sculpture sites all over the US including Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
RTP Estuary Center Open House at Former Bee & Thistle @ Former Bee & Thistle Inn
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ceremony to Celebrate Installation of New Benches on Halls Rd. Old Bridge Abutment @ West abutment of old bridge at Halls Rd.
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Old Lyme Inland Wetlands Commission Regular Meeting @ Webex only
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

OLD LYME — This meeting will include the continuation of the Public Hearing regarding Big Y’s gas station/convenience store proposal at 99 Halls Rd. and 25 Neck Rd.,

SECWAC Presents ‘US-Europe Relations in the Context of Brexit’ @ Virtual
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Public Hearing on Proposed 2021-22 Town of Lyme Budget @ Virtual via Zoom
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Lyme Board of Finance will hold a Public Hearing (via zoom) for the proposed 2021/2022 budget for the town.

RTPEC Presents ‘The Secret Life of Plankton: The Base of the Marine Food Web’
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

OLD LYME — A small but mighty single cell organism, plankton, pictured above, is the base of the marine food web.

Dr. Hans Dam

In a free lecture presented by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center on April 29 at 6 p.m. via Zoom, Hans Dam, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut, will speak about the evolutionary ecology of plankton and its vulnerability to climate change. His lecture is titled, The Secret Life of Plankton: The Base of the Marine Food Web.

Register to obtain the Zoom link for the presentation at ctaudubon.org/RTPEClectures or call 860-598-4218.

Dr. Dam is a biological oceanographer interested in the ecology and evolution of planktonic organisms: the tiny creatures that control the biology of the sea.

He will describe the macro-power of these microorganisms and help attendees to improve their understanding of the invisible life teeming in a tablespoon of river or Sound water.

Dr. Dam’s current research focuses on how copepods, the most abundant animals on Earth, adapt to the ocean’s warming and acidification.

Another area of his work is the evolutionary “arms race” between grazers and toxic plants.

Dr. Dam has published more than 100 papers and trained a generation of oceanographers. He has also spent 20 years advising the State of Connecticut about water quality in Long Island Sound.

Included with participation in the lecture is a special offer: a dinner available for pick-up on the day of the event prepared by renowned chef Ani Robaina, formerly chef at the Microsoft Conference Center and the Pond House in Hartford and currently owner and chef at Ani’s Table. The cost is $75.

This is the third and final presentation in The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center’s Connecticut River Lecture Series, now  celebrating its seventh year with presentations that feature prominent scientists focusing on critical environmental issues. Named for the internationally and locally renowned artist, scientific illustrator, environmental educator, and conservation advocate, the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center is known for its work in environmental education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

For the past year and continuing in 2021, the Center has served young people and adults across the region with small group programs like bird walks and owl prowls, virtual CT River ecology and other courses, seasonal nature crafts and activities for kids via Zoom, as well as an upcoming multi-disciplinary, summer camp program.

More information is available at https://www.ctaudubon.org/rtp-programs-events/

Café Flo Opens @ Florence Griswold Museum
May 1 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
LOL Schools Budget Meeting @ Center School BOE Conference Room & virtual
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser. (File photo)

LYME/OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Board of Education (BOE) will hold their District Budget Meeting Monday evening, May 3, in the Board of Education Conference Room at Center School starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Budget Meeting will also be live-streamed at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF2_W7yYtFwx067Ici9776Q/videos?view=57

Public comment can be made in person or virtually via this Zoom link:  https://region18.zoom.us/j/83527766795  and using Meeting ID: 835 2776 6795.

Those choosing the virtual option to make public comment will be required to follow the same expectations as those commenting in person, i.e., after being recognized by the chairperson, participants must state their name and place of residence before making their comments to the board.

The proposed budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year totals $34,874, 548 representing a 0.47 percent increase over the current year’s budget. When this total is combined with last year’s decrease of 1.06 percent, the total change over two years is -0.6 percent or $210,210.

Region 18 Board of Education Chairman Diane Linderman

In the Letter of Transmittal accompanying the printed budget, LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser and Region 18 Board of Education Chairman Diane Linderman say, “We have developed a budget that continues to support all of our award-winning academic and curricular offerings, which are commensurate with, and often superior to, both public and private schools throughout Connecticut.”

Members of the BOE are expected to vote at the meeting to move the public vote to approve the budget to an in-person referendum the following day, Tuesday, May 4.

Voting will take place from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School for Old Lyme residents and Lyme Town Hall for Lyme residents.

Information on absentee ballot and voter information is available at the following links:

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School will not be closed during voting hours — students will be following a regular school day.

LOL Schools Budget Referendum @ LOL Middle Scool (OL voters), Lyme Town Hall (Lyme voters)
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Voting will take place from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School for Old Lyme residents and Lyme Town Hall for Lyme residents.

Information on absentee ballot and voter information is available at the following links:

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School will not be closed during voting hours — students will be following a regular school day.

OL-PGN Library Presents Kindness Cards with Tracie Larson @ Virtual
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join an evening of kindness card creation.

In this free presentation, professional designer and local resident Tracie Larson will demonstrate some creative techniques to improve your card-making skills.

After registering, you will receive instructions regarding collection of your card-making kit at the Library.

You will also need the following materials:

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • A coloring tool; colored pencil, marker or paint

Register here to receive the Zoom link.


Youth, Gaming & Gambling Webinar @ Virtual hosted by LYSB, LOL Community Coalition
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Can video gaming be dangerous for kids?

On Tuesday, May 4, from 7 to 8 p.m., Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau and the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Community Coalition are sponsoring a Zoom presentation  on youth gaming and gambling. The Parent Teacher Organizations of Lyme, Mile Creek and LOL Middle School are co-sponsoring the event.

This free, interactive workshop will discuss an overview of youth gaming and gambling. Learn from experts about risk factors, and protective factors for prevention, treatment, and recovery. All are welcome.

The presenters are Kaitlin Brown and Kelly Leppard, who both have extensive experience in this field.

Brown is Director of Programs & Services with CT Council on Problem Gambling. Kaitlin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor, and holds and International Gaming Disorder Certificate.

Leppard serves as the Primary Prevention Services Coordinator for Problem Gambling Services with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Certified Prevention Specialist.

Register for the presentation at this link.

Watch Rock Hike @ Watch Rock, Old Lyme
May 5 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Photo by Pratik Gupta on Unsplash.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Land Trust (OLLT), the Old Lyme Open Space Commission and the Old Lyme Inn are sponsoring a “Hiker’s Happy Hour” on Wednesday, May 5.

Hikers should meet at 4:15 p.m. at the Old Lyme Land Trust’s Watch Rock Preserve, in the parking lot at the end of Joel Road. All are welcome.

From Rte. 156, turn off onto Noyes Road, take an immediate right on Caulkins Road and when it bends to the left, take another quick right turn onto Joel Road and follow it to the end.

The pleasant hike will wend its way though the Preserve where hikers will look at coastal forest, a reclaimed meadow, and attempts to restore the native understory vegetation.  Spectacular views of the Connecticut River are also to be found.  The hike is flat and easy and will take 45 minutes.

Hikers should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring insect repellent.

Post-Hike Happy Hour at Old Lyme Inn @ Old Lyme Inn
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Photo by Pratik Gupta on Unsplash.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Land Trust (OLLT), the Old Lyme Open Space Commission and the Old Lyme Inn are sponsoring a “Hiker’s Happy Hour” on Wednesday, May 5.

Hikers can enjoy a friendly happy hour at the nearby Old Lyme Inn but you need not hike to enjoy the event! The happy hour at the Inn will begin at 5 p.m. for hikers and others alike.

The public is invited to join the hike and/or the happy hour.

A Watch Rock Preserve trail map may be found at the Old Lyme Land Trust website.

P.S. In the event of rain, meet at the Old Lyme Inn for Happy Hour instead of Watch Rock.

Duck River Garden Club Hosts Annual Plant Sale @ Old Lyme Shopping Center
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Duck River Garden Club Hosts Annual Plant Sale @ Old Lyme Shopping Center
May 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm