This Week in Westville : 
Lyric For Sale, The Well For Women, Edible Book Party + Author Talk: Rebekah Fraser  @Mitchell, DaSilva Show, Keith Johnson, 2018 @KLG!

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January Programs
Mitchell Library
Click  HERE  for Event Calendar
Check HERE for updated weekly events.

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
SOHO Hair Group And Day Spa

SOHO Hair Group And Day Spa, 916 Whalley Avenue, (203) 387-6799

Vintanthro's expertly curated vintage, modern and small batch handmade goods can be found at 895 Whalley Avenue in Westville, New Haven, CT. 

Monday + Tuesday + Wednesday - CLOSED Thursday - Friday 12-5 Saturday/Sunday 10-5

Vintanthromodern, 895 Whalley Avenue  
Strange Ways

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

Strange Ways, 910 Whalley Avenue, 
Odeon Boutique

Odeon Boutique, 918 Whalley Avenue, (203) 389-8704
Order your Next Dessert!

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.

Chip In A Bottle, 837 Whalley Avenue
Whimsies and Wishes

Take a walk down Memory Lane at 
Whimsies and Wishes!  With an extensive collection of vintage jewelry along with an eclectic blend of old and new gifts, you'll surely find something for yourself and everyone else on your gift-giving list this holiday season!

Whimsies and Wishes, 865 Whalley Avenue
Available Properties

$237,500 Classic Westville! Gleaming hardwood floors, landscaped garden full of perennial blooms all season long, a welcoming eat-in kitchen, full dining room, and double-size living room with fireplace.  This is the perfect home for family and friends, quet evenings and entertaining, all an easy walk from Westville Village Center, Edgewood Park, Mitchell Library, or West Rock Park. Easy on/off access to route 15.  About 5 min drive from SCSU, or 15 min drive from Yale. COMPLETE DETAILS HERE
Through March 15

Works by Dan Gries on view in the Ives Gallery.
The images in Art from Code are archival inkjet prints of digital images created from computer code (known as "generative art") written by Dan Gries. The pieces selected show a range from his portfolio, and are connected by the common theme of aesthetic imperfection and irregularity.

New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St

January 16, 2019, the New Haven Independent, by Markeshia Ricks- "After a spate of burglaries, Westville Village businesses are on the lookout for people trying to break into their stores and offices, while moving ahead with a revival of the commercial neighborhood. Westville/West Hills top cop Lt. Rose Dell told neighbors at the most recent community management team meeting that someone broke into CT Braces and New Haven Orthodontics on Whalley Avenue and made off with a bank bag containing deposits from the previous week. The burglary happened during day time hours and the culprit appeared to get in with something as simple as a screwdriver, she said. It's just the latest in a series of recent burglaries that have hit the village, which has seen a wave of new store-openings as well. Surveillance footage shows a tall man prying open the rear door of the business on Jan. 2 wearing a black baseball cap, sunglasses, a large black hooded jacket and ripped, faded blue jeans, according to Dell..." Click HERE to comment and read full article.

"Women will now have a trusted resource for massage, wellness classes and community right here in Westville. Tucked into a the Blake St. Center between Westville Village and West Rock, The Well for Women is an expansion of Westville Massage, the private practice of Julie Robbins, LMT. While The Well for Women will continue to specialize in prenatal massage as Robbins has for 20+ years, it aims to serve women across the age spectrum. "We'd like to be there for athletes and dancers in their 20's, women of childbearing age, professionals at the top of their game, and those living with issues of aging. I believe that women of all ages need a sanctuary where they can get support for their self-care journey and develop caring community with other women." The Well will have three therapy rooms, a fireplace lounge-yes, you can actually lounge in the pillow-filled, oversized fireplace-and a spacious reception area with a wall of windows looking out to West Rock. The yoga studio space is light-filled, wood-beamed and vaulted. It would be remiss not to mention the almost unlimited, easy parking available. Initial class offerings will include yoga, pilates, Dancing thru Pregnancy (™), and belly dance. "That last one surprises people," says Robbins. "Belly dance was originally practiced in cloistered women's settings in the middle east to prepare for childbirth, rather than for performance. We'd like to reclaim this as a chance for women to enjoy belly dance for themselves, as the playful, sensual, and strengthening movement practice that it once was." In addition to the classes Irene Cullough, known as a lactation consultant legend in New Haven, will be offering a free weekly breastfeeding support group. Other possibilities include a general postpartum support group and a women-only Codependents Anonymous 12-step meeting. You can support The Well for Women by pre-purchasing services with perks through their Founding Women of the Well campaign." Look for future announcements about advance scheduling on their website for after the grand opening in early February.

January 10, 2019, The New Haven Independent, by Brian Slattery- The two images in David Roth's Serigraph are in many ways identical. Same size. Same pattern of dots of changing hues, creating the same shapes, the same shifting fields of light and dark. But in terms of color, they depart radically. One employs only blacks and whites, shades of gray. The other, a vivid palette of the six primary and secondary colors.
It's a study of color, but more important, a study of the effect of color on the viewer. "What can color do? What is it doing for you?" said gallery owner Gabriel DaSilva. "Does it speak to you differently?" That a black and white image and a color image can make you feel differently has a subtle but powerful point to make about how color can affect our moods, even beyond art, from winter to summer, from urban to rural environments. And it's DaSilva's attention to the pieces' effects on the viewer that makes "Revisit the '70s," on view now at the DaSilva Gallery through Feb. 16., a kaleidoscope for the eyes. The title also refers to the interesting origins of many of the pieces in the exhibit. "One of my clients' friends had a gallery in New York in the '70s," DaSilva said. When the gallery closed, much of its collcetion was put away in storage - for decades, as it turned out..."Click HERE to comment and read full article.

January 7, 2019, The New Haven Register, Randall Beach-"In the 13 years since John Cavaliere defied some of his friends' warnings and bought a rundown antiques store on Whalley Avenue in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven, he has restored a historic theater there, taken up residence on a couch in the balcony and welcomed thousands of people into his home for eclectic performances. But now the place he transformed into a pleasure palace for himself and the public is for sale. Cavaliere, perhaps inevitably, can't afford to keep it all going. "I never thought I'd be selling 'the dream,'" he said. "I've worked so hard on this place. " When you walk through it, you could easily imagine you have entered a small museum or grand old historic home. The furniture fixtures, almost all of them restored by Cavaliere, are mixed with fine paintings mounted on the walls..." Click HERE to comment and read full article.

January 2, 2019, The New Haven Independent, by Bran Slattery- "From its art galleries to its warren of studio spaces to its live music and theater venue at Lyric Hall, "Westville is seen as an arts center in New Haven," said Elizabeth Antle-O'Donnell. An initiative she's helping to build is making sure it stays that way, and grows.Antle-O'Donnell serves as program coordinator of theArtEcon Initiative, now entering its third full year of programming.ArtEcon was founded by Thea Buxbaum and other members of the Westville arts community in March 2016 as an outgrowth of Art Lofts West, the Westville program that provides affordable housing to artists.The idea behind ArtEcon was to "provide arts and community programs in Westville free or at very low cost," Antle-O'Donnell said..." Click HERE to comment and read full article.

NOW is the time to adopt a tree to be planted this spring! Through a partnership with 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, 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.
Friday, January 18, 6:30pm-8:00pm


"Homeland InSecurity" - an exhibition of works by artist Mohamad Hafez that reflect the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint, and scrap metal - will be on display at Westover's Schumacher Gallery from January 14 through March 1. Open to the public, a reception will take place on Friday, Jan. 18th starting at 6:30 p.m in the School's Louise B. Dillingham Performing Arts Center.

In addition to Hafez's own works, a new piece will be revealed that was created in collaboration with Westover visual art teacher Sara Poskas and her Exploration and Expressions class.

Learn more HERE.

Westover School, 1237 Whittemore Rd, Middlebury, CT, 06762
Saturday, January 19, 2:00-3:00pm


Make some food inspired by your favorite book!

Edible book drop-off and book-making craft for adults and children.

3:00-4 :00pm
Edible book tasting and tea party! Edible books are made of something you can eat and look like the book or something related to the story or characters, or they can be a pun on a book title. Edible books can be sweet or salty, be made of vegetables, fruit, candy or any other food. Use your imagination!

Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison Street, (203) 946-8117
Sunday, January 20, 2:00-5:00pm 


January 17th - February 10th. Live music at the opening reception on Sunday, January 20, 2:00-5:00pm.

Keith Johnson looked out his window one afternoon and had an aha moment. The town was repairing the road, filling in the cracks with tar. "That's a picture!" Johnson said. He had not picked up his camera since an unfortunate medical set-back two years earlier, but in that moment, he was back. A series taken over the course of several months, time continues to be an important theme to his work. However, Johnson also points to a more simple motivation. In the spirit of one of his former professors, Harry Callahan, quoted above, Johnson says his recent works are created from a desire to simply pick up the camera and see what happens. 

A group photography show will run concurrently, featuring: Penrhyn Cook, Rod Cook, Matthew Garrett, Kate Henderson, Sven Martson, Mark St. Mary, Roy Money, Hank Paper, Michael Pressman, Alan Shulik, Kim Weston, Marjorie Wolfe.

Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue
January Programs


January 31, 3:30-4:30pm
Pinecone Bird Feeder Making Workshop FREE  Barnard Nature Center

January 22, 3:30-4:30pm
Owl Pellet Program $5-Residents / $10 Non-Resident Barnard Nature Center

Tuesday's in January 22 and 29
Nature Pals(Edgewood Ranger Station) contact Holly Jermyn

Pre-registration for programs is Mandatory for planning purposes. Contact Ranger Harry at:
(475) 220-3539 or

Barnard Nature Center or Ranger Station

Thursday, January 24, 7:00-10:00pm
THABISA WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: GIVING BACK- BREGAMOS COMMUNITY THEATER- Click HERE for more info. Bregamos Theater, 491 Blatchley Avenue.

Friday, January 25, 5:30pm
LITERARY HAPPY HOUR- Click HERE for more info. Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue

Saturday, January 26+Sunday, January 27, 9:00am
PASTEL WORKSHOP WITH KATE HENDERSON- Click HERE for more info. Kehler LIddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue, TICKETS

Sunday, January 27, 5:30-6:30pm
BYO-PICNIC INDOOR WINTER CONCERT SERIES-Click HERE for more info. Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue.

Monday, January 28, 6:30pm
AUTHOR TALK: A FARMERS GUIDE TO CLIMATE CHANGE- Click HERE for more info. Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison Street, (203) 946-8117

Tuesday, January 29, 1:00pm
NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME AND SAFTEY- Click HERE for more info. Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison Street, (203) 946-8117

Thursday, January 31, 7:30pm
KALLOS CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES @LYRIC- Click HERE for more info. Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Avenue, (203) 389-8885

Friday, February 1, 7:00pm
MIDWINTER FREAK OUT LYS GUILLORN- Click HERE for more info. Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Avenue, (203) 389-8885

Sunday, February 3, 1:00pm to 3:00pm +Sun., March 3, 1-4:00pm 
COPPER ETCHING WORKSHOP- Click HERE for more info. Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue

Wednesday, February 6- Wednesday, March 13, 7:00-9:00pm
HOW TO SEE/TAKE PHOTOPGRAPHS- Click HERE for more info. Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue, TICKETS


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