This Week in Westville: 
Opening Reception: The Rise and Fail of the N Word @Kehler LiddellLaraaji Celestial Music @Lyric Hall, Mantras for the Revoloution @Lotta Studio!

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PO Box #3004
Westville Station
New Haven, CT 06515 
 Early Spring Registration
REDUCED PRICE 2018 SPRING LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL REGISTRATION 

Walter Pop Smith Little League offers baseball instruction, team play and competition for children ages 4-12. 

Cost is $70. If you sign up after April 1, 2018, the cost will be $75.  If you have multiple players, you will automatically get a 10 dollar discount per player at check out!  Click here to register 

For further information, go to walterpopsmithlittleleague.org
or contact President Lynair Walker 203-676-3782
Soccer Sign Up
NEW HAVEN YOUTH SOCCER REGISTRATION

New Haven Youth Soccer (NHYS) Is offering Winter Camps REGISTRATION is Officially Open. 


COST: $60.00 (NO Financial Aid available for this program)  Age Eligibility is: U8: born 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2011 U10: born 1/1/2008 - 12/31/2009 U12-U14: born 1/1/2004 - 12/31/2007 For more information nhysregistrar@gmail.com

Schedule and full details HERE.
February Programs
MITCHELL LIBRARY  
Mitchell Library
Events for February  HERE

Board Game Saturdays
New! Board Game Saturdays in January at Mitchell Library! From 2-4pm Adults, teens, kids!

Check HERE for updated weekly events.

LIBRARY HOURS:
Mon 12-8 |Tue 12-6| Wed 10-6 | Thu 10-6 | Fri CLOSED | Sat 10-5 | Sun CLOSED

Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison Street, 203-946-8117
Through March 31
THROUGH THE EYES OF THREE  @MITCHELL
Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison Library, (203) 946-8117
Soho Hair Group and Day Spa
MEN'S CLASSIC BARBERING AND GROOMING @SOHO 

We are excited to announce Men's Classic Barbering & Men's Grooming Services Performed in the privacy of our VIP Room by our ´╗┐Master Barber "Brad" "Introductory Offer" take 20% OFF any of the services from our menu below... Ladies don't the men in your life deserve a little special pampering? Why not surprise him with a Gift Certificate to enjoy something exclusive from our men's classic menu of services! Schedule Now

Soho Hair Group & Day Spa, 916 Whalley Avenue, (203) 387-6799, www.sohohair.com
Order your Next Dessert!
CHIP IN A BOTTLE

Small batch confectionery where all items are made in house. Over 100 flavors of chocolates, gelato, and macarons are available. Chip In A Bottle also hosts chocolate creation parties.  Chipinabottle.com

Chip In A Bottle, 837 Whalley Avenue
Strange Ways

STOREFRONT HOURS
Monday * Closed 
Tuesday-Sunday * 10AM-5PM 

Strange Ways, 910 Whalley Avenue, 
Mondays, 5:30pm
TRAP YOGA MONDAYS

Trap Yoga is now every MONDAY at 5:30pm. So Come thru at Alisa's HouseofSalsa in Westville. 

Let's align mind, body, spirit AND get it in!! Walk ins welcome!  $15 and bring your own mat... 

912 Whalley Avenue New Haven
E-mail: alisashouseofsalsa@gmail.com 
Tel: 203-562-5472
ADOPT A TREE WITH URI

The Urban Resources Initiative (URI), the City of New Haven is offering FREE TREES to be planted along the street in front of your home or business. Renters and owners are eligible. Trees beautify the city, improve the air, reduce flooding, help wildlife, and increase property values. Adopting a tree also supports the local workforce. All you have to do is water your tree with 25 gallons per week and watch it grow!

To make a request, call URI at 203-432-6189, email uri@yale.edu, or fill out  this online form. You can view a catalog of street trees here, and URI staff will work with you to select a tree that suits your preferences. Each tree and location is reviewed by a certified arborist before planting.
February Programs
BARNARD NATURE CENTER

Click HERE 
for full February Calendar .

Barnard Nature Center, 200 Derby Avenue, (475) 220-3539
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS


8 MINUTE MEALS: SOUTHWESTERN VEGAN BUDDHA BOWL-February is American Heart Month. Certified health and wellness coaches Christina Yaworowski and Drew Lewis from Active Wellness LLC make a heart healthy Southwestern Vegan Buddha Bowl. Click HERE to watch full video!
AVAILABLE NOW!

EXCLUSIVE CLUELESS AND MEAN GIRLS MERCHANDISE @STRANGE WAYS!

Strange Ways is excited to announce that they've teamed up with Paramount Pictures to produce official movie merchandise! They're totally proud to introduce both our Clueless and Mean Girls collections-officially licensed and available now only at Strange Ways. The enamel pins and iron-on patches feature popular slang from some of our favorite lines in the movies. Both Clueless and Mean Girls took girl gangs to a whole new cultural level, and we're proud to be a part of their cult phenomena. It's so fetch!
SAVE THE DATE!
ARTWALK 21 FRIDAY, MAY 11  + SATURDAY, MAY 12

We're Looking forward to Artwalk 21! Our vendor applications are now up, click links below:

Artist, Artisans and Crafters Application HERE
Food Vendors Application HERE
Wednesday, February 21, 6:00-9:00pm

OPENING RECEPTION THE RISE AND FAIL OF THE N WORD: IMPLICIT BIAS AND THE N WORD LIVING IN OUR SUBCONSCIOUS

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund presents: "The Rise and Fail of the N-Word: Implicit Bias and the N-Word Living in our Subconscious," by Rhinold Ponder, February 15th - March 18th, 2018.

This provocative exhibition challenges the lack of a common language in our efforts to understand and communicate across perspectives about racism, and seeks to engage viewers in an emotional and often redemptive dialogue. 

Wednesday, February 21, 6:00-9:00pm
OPENING RECEPTION/DISCUSSION: Featuring a conversation with the artist moderated by Enroue Halfkenny at 7:30pm. 

Thursday, March 15th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION HOSTED BY LITERARY HAPPY HOUR: Literary Happy Hour is a radically inclusive rea ding and performance series featuring diverse New Haven writers curated and hosted by Hanifa Nayo Washington. 

Saturday, March 17th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
EXHIBITION CONCLUSION/ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Open to all those who have visited the exhibition. Moderated by Enroue Halfkenny.

All related events are free and open to the public, though reservations are required. Please visit www.wcgmf.org for more information and to make your free reservations.

NOTICE: Please be aware this exhibition contains sensitive material. Parental discretion is advised for guests under 18 years of age.


Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue 
Wed. February 21 + Thurs. February 22, 7:00pm

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES @SCSU























Engleman Hall A120, 501 Crescent Street
Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm

CLUB FUSION WITH LUIS ANTONIO 

Come get your groove on in this all-out dance party taught in a welcoming follow-along style. 

Class begins with a warm-up and conditioning, building to a high-energy dance jam that will leave you sweaty, happy and energized. No dance training necessary. Walk-ins welcome. $20 per class.  RSVP

Alisa's House of Salsa, 912 Whalley Avenue
Friday, February 23, 7:30pm 

LARAAJI CELESTIAL AMBIENT SOUNDSCAPES @LYRIC HALL

Shaki Presents/JMS Gems are so excited to announce this spectacular show. Please join us for a night of channeling Celestial Ambient Soundscapes... We are humbled to present this concert, a unique performance by the one and only LARAAJI.  TICKETS $15 - BUY TICKETS

Born in Philadelphia, he studied violin, piano, trombone and voice in his early years in New Jersey. He attended Howard University on a scholarship to study composition and piano. After studying at Howard, he spent time in New York City pursuing a career as a stand-up comedian and actor. In the early 1970s, he began to study Eastern mysticism and believed he'd found a new path for his music and his life. It was also at this time he bought his first zither from a local pawn shop. Converting it to an electronic instrument, he began to experiment using the instrument like a piano. By 1978, he developed enough skill to begin busking in the parks and on the sidewalks of New York. The following year he was "discovered" by Brian Eno while playing in Washington Square Park..." Continue reading bio HERE

Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Avenue, (203) 389-8117
Sunday, February 25, 5:00pm-8:00pm

LIBERATION SINGING WINTER SERIES FEAT. MANTRAS FOR THE REVOLUTION 

Join healing songtress Hanifa Nayo Washington on a journey of radical healing through song. You will be invited to learn and sing a song for each energy center. Hanifa will also gently lead you to experience authentic connection, sacred play, and deep release for an energetic whole system tune up! Have a song of liberation to lead/share? YOU will be invited to share as well! Each gathering is bookended by a silent meditation. Potluck to follow. SUGGESTED $10 @ the door PAY WHAT YOU CAN- NO ONE TURNED AWAY POTLUCK + BYOP (BRING YOUR OWN PILLOW) ALL AGES

Download the album at www.musicofhanifa.com

Lotta Studio, 911 Whalley Avenue
OPEN CALLS FOR ARTIST


LOCAL LIT @LOTTA STUDIO
Call for Authors: Local Lit @ Lotta is a bi-monthly literary reading series by and for New Haven area authors, starting April 2018. We are seeking short works of fiction, creative non-fiction, and memoir to be read aloud. Hear your work. Get feedback from a general audience (under the guidance of a moderator). Connect with other local authors and fans of literature. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: minimum 2,500 words, maximum 5,000 words. Fiction, Creative non-fiction, or Memoir only (we do not accept poetry, scripts, articles or other forms or genres). Prior publication is not necessary. You may submit pieces that have been published or that have not been published. Greater New Haven area authors only. 1st deadline is March 1st (for the April 3rd event). Click HERE to apply.
 
CALL TO ARTIST @KLG
"What is the point of making beautiful things, or of cherishing the beauty of the past, when ugliness runs rampant?" asks Alex Ross in the 2017 New Yorker magazine article "Making Art in a Time of Rage." Ross later references a London gallery that, in the midst of World War II, prefaced the exhibition catalogue for Jacob Epstein's flower paintings with a quote from  Shakespeare:  "How with this rage will beauty hold a plea?..."  Click HERE for full details and to submit.
UPCOMING EVENTS    

Tuesday, February 27, 5:30pm- 7:30pm
WESTVILLE - BEAVER HILL AREA ALUMNI BUSINESS AFTER HOURS SCSU- Click HERE for more info. Alumni House 131 Farnham Avenue 

Sunday, March 25, 1:00pm
PAINTING CLASS WITH CHRIS FERGUSON- Click  HERE for more info.  Lotta Studio, 911 Whalley Avenue

FOR A FULL CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT 
 

Go to westvilleCT.org for more information about Westville businesses and the broader neighborhood, or to learn about, join or volunteer for the Westville Village Renaissance Alliance (WVRA).