January 2022 – vol. 84
Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of the info new haven e-newsletter. The holidays are over, winter has arrived, resolutions are underway (dry January anyone?) and we are all taking things one day at a time. Don’t let the chill keep you away from downtown this winter. Warm up with some comfort food and sizzling post-holiday shopping deals. Keep scrolling to learn more!

What’s our favorite part of the winter months? Indulging in delicious comfort food from our favorite Downtown New Haven restaurants. From brunch to lunch, dinner and to-go – you’ve got options. Don’t forget to call head for reservations and to ask about limited time offer menu items!


Downtown New Haven is a shopper’s dream: plenty of parking, easy walkability, endlessly diverse shopping options and post-holiday sales.  Insider tip:  now is the time to hit the racks and score some deals for your personal and gifting closets.


Yale Peabody Museum’s 26th Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Social and Environmental Justice offers a line-up of inspiring and thought-provoking virtual events kicking off today and running through January 17.
Happening Around Town

There’s always something happening in the Cultural Capital of Connecticut here are some highlights for January.
January Activities
College Street Music Hall
January 2022 Lineup
January 2022 Shows
New Haven in the News

New Haven is foodie destination and we’re thrilled to share the New Haven winners from Connecticut Magazine’s Best Restaurants Awards. Congratulations to all who placed in the readers’ and experts’ categories.
Easy Parking

When visiting New Haven, you’ll never have to worry about where to park, thanks to the city’s numerous public lots and parking garages, offering 8,000 economical parking spaces.
Market New Haven supports the growth of jobs, taxes, visitation and economic activity in Downtown New Haven. Our work is made possible through the generous support of our funders and partners:
*Information listed subject to change

Online Organ Improv Workshops Jan. 23 & Feb. 20

posted by Robbin
January 13, 2022

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Improvising at the organ in 17th- and 18th-century style

Online, interactive workshop

Improvising at the organ in

17th- and 18th-century style

with organist and composer Ethan Haman

Part I: Sunday, Jan. 23 from 5–7pm

Part II: Sunday, Feb. 20 from 5–7pm

Learn more and register
Ethan Haman

On Sunday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 20, from 5–7 pm, the New Haven Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will be hosting an online, two-part workshop, “Improvising at the Organ in 17th- and 18th-century style.”

Presenting the two sesions will be organist and composer Ethan Haman, who is currently pursuing graduate study in organ at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

This interactive improvisation workshop begins with simple counterpoint and progresses to ground bass forms and chorale preludes. A PDF handout will be provided — have a keyboard handy to play along!

The event will be held via Zoom. Registration is required. The workshop will be recorded. Visit newhavenago.org to learn more and register.

Write to info@newhavenago.org with questions.

American Guild of Organists, New Haven Chapter | 194 Fountain StNew Haven, CT 06515-1902

MAKE music, pajamas, knives, cutting boards & more!

posted by Robbin
January 13, 2022
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Huge thanks to all who gave to MakeHaven’s scholarship fund in the past weeks. We exceeded our goal, raising over $25,000! We are thrilled to be able to continue to support makers facing financial hardship. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you!


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Making Music at MakeHaven Online Meetup and Discussion

TOMORROW! Thursday, January 13, 2022 – 7:30pm

What will our media room become and how can we best use it?

MakeHaven member Jay Johnson is enthusiastic about introducing how other cities have built supportive communities of music lovers to embraced song writing and music creation.

This meetup will focus on identifying needed capabilities and building community to make music recording more accessible.


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Sew Cozy: Make a Set of Winter Pajamas

Saturday, January 15, 2022 – 12:00pm to 4:00pm

(Future classes will be $70)

In this class you will learn a variety of garment skills by creating a set of pajamas. Jen will walk the class through a step-by-step process from choosing the correct size based on measurements to finishing touches.

Participants should be familiar with sewing machine operations, but no significant skill is required. All materials will be provided. However, if you have a fabric that you would like to use you are welcome to bring that.

IN-PERSON, ALL ARE WELCOME, $35 Standard ticket with supplies, $15 Bring your own material


Bridgeport Mill Training

Sunday, January 16, 2022 – 10:00am to 5:00pm

Hands-on learning of the fundamentals of safe and practical use of a Bridgeport Milling Machine.

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Annual MakeHaven Member Meeting (online)

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Grab a snack and join us online to look back on the year we made at MakeHaven in 2021.

The Annual Member meeting is an opportunity to connect with other members and the board of directors.

Staff and Board will present an overview of the state of MakeHaven and outline future plans. A Q&A provides members an opportunity to suggest ideas and feedback on the direction of the organization. We hope all members will join us online!

Session will be conducted in an online tool that enables organic socializing (details to follow when you register)


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Intro to Inkscape

Thursday, January 20, 2022 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

In this class for Inkscape newbies, learn to build and edit an SVG using the free software, Inkscape. SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) files are used for our laser cutters, are the base files for the vinyl cutter, and have many other applications.


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VCarve for CNC

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

VCarve Pro is a powerful but intuitive software for creating and cutting parts on a CNC Router. VCarve Pro gives you the power to produce complex 2D patterns with profile, pocket, drill and inlay toolpaths, plus gives you the ability to create designs with v-carving textures as well as import and machine unlimited Vectric 3D clipart or single model files.

In this class you will learn the basics of VCarve by designing a project that includes shapes, text, and imported bitmaps.

Once the design is completed you will learn how to assign tool paths and review which bits and cutting speeds to use. In addition you will learn some tips/tricks which include keyhole path, double sided milling and texturing.

After the day of the class, Phil will be available (within reason) to answer questions and assist with issues if they arise as you work on your next project.

Note: Please be aware that the class will take place in the Learning Room and focus on the software side of a CNC. Badging for the Shapeoko or other CNC are separate.


An image of a vaccine and gloved hand with the words: Interested in building your knowledge? Community Vaccine Confidence, a vaccine hesitancy and informational update session. January 27th, 7pm

Covid Vax Facts: Info and Q&A Session

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – 7:00 to 7:30pm

Have questions about the vaccine? Wondering just what’s different about Omnicron? We know, it’s hard to keep up sometimes.

Join Paige Brown from Community Health Center Association of Connecticut for an informational session on Covid and the vaccine. This will be a roughly 20 minute presentation with the opportunity for Q&A afterwards.


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Knife-Making with Darryl

Saturday, January 29, 2022 – 9:00am to 5:00pm

Learn to make your own knife in this all-day workshop with MakeHaven facilitator Darryl. All materials included, no experience needed.


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Make a Cutting Board

Sunday, February 27, 2022 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

In this introductory class, you’ll learn to use the planer, table saw, chop saw, and sander, then finish your cutting board with mineral oil. It’s a great opportunity for those looking to get started in the wood shop but who may feel initially intimidated, or for those who prefer directed learning.




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What do YOU want to see?

We have several workshops in the works to help you through winter so stay tuned to makehaven.org/events for the latest.

Is there a workshop you want to see or teach? Fill out this new, improved, much shorter form to get the ball rolling.

Members: Pretty Please?

Thanks for reading. You’re my favorite.

Surprise someone special with a GNHCP Valentine’s Day card they’ll be sure to love!

Click on the link and order yours today —www.gnhcp.org/valentine


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Children in Placement | 155 East StreetNew Haven, CT 06511

We are offering a special vacation program on Monday, January 17th. This program runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and costs $70.
See below for more information.
Monday, January 17th
Ages 6 – 12
Educator: Kiran Zaman
Collage, quilt, and illuminate, forge a friendship and bring community together for MLK Day 2022.
This year we pay homage to two African-American artists, Alma Thomas and Bisa Butler.
Help us honor artist Alma Thomas, the first African-American woman to have a solo art exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 1972. Bring shapes and colors to life by recreating an illuminated collage that stirs the senses when lit up by an LED. Light up your window or room with shadows you create and learn how Thomas crafted her beautiful expressionist pieces.
Next become inspired by the quilting art of Bisa Butler. Design your own framed quilt as a metaphor for the interwoven fabric of a community. Tell the story of children’s dreams being nurtured and their hopes becoming a reality energized by the children’s book Dream Street by Tricia Elam Walker & Ekua Holmes, (Anne Schwartz Books).
Convert your fabric collaging skills into a group project. Come together with your friends and create a larger quilt, symbolizing a metaphor for peace and working together piece by piece.
If you have any questions or experience any issues during registration, please call 203.777.1833 or email manager@eliwhitney.org.
We strive to make our programs accessible to all. Please give us a call at 203.777.1833 to discuss opportunities for financial aid. You can also sponsor a scholarship by making a donation.
The Whitney Workshop @ EWM | 203.777.1833 | www.eliwhitney.org
The Workshop @ EWM | 915 Whitney AvenueHamden, CT 06517

The Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus is holding auditions for new singers on Tuesday, January 25! 


Visit ctgmc.org for information.

Just moved here? The CTGMC is a great way to meet new people.

Looking for a way to challenge yourself artistically and creatively? Our season features two concert series filled with eclectic music as well as guest performances throughout the season.

Want to make a difference? We aim to portray the very best of the gay community in an authentic way. And, to further our mission of building bridges between the gay community and the community at large, we now welcome men of all orientations, 18+ to join us in song and fellowship.

We’re a group of unique singers from all over Connecticut and beyond, and together we form one amazing chorus. If you have a passion and talent for singing and believe in our mission, you’ll be a perfect fit!

Join us!


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COVID Test and Mask Distribution Sites TODAY and Friday 


The City of New Haven has planned two more COVID-19 at-home rapid testing kit and N-95 mask distributions for TODAY, Thursday, January 13 and Friday, January 14 from 3–4 pm. The plan is to distribute 5,400 test kits at 10 distribution sites throughout the City, while supplies last. Folks must provide proof of New Haven residency (i.e., your driver’s license with a New Haven address, a piece of mail that lists your current New Haven address, etc.) in order to obtain a test kit. Here are the details:

When: Thursday, January 13 from 3–4 pm
Who: New Haven residents (make sure to bring proof of residency)
District 2 / Westville – 329 Valley Street
District 3 / Hill South – 410 Howard Avenue
District 4 / Dwight/Chapel – 150 Edgewood Avenue
District 6 / Dixwell – 28 Charles Street
District 9 / East Shore – 830 Woodward Avenue

When: Friday, January 14 from 3–4 pm
Who: New Haven residents (make sure to bring proof of residency)
District 5 / Hill North – 90 Hallock Street
District 7 / Newhallville – 596 Winchester Avenue
District 8 / Fair Haven – 295 Blatchley Avenue
District 10 / Beaver Hills – 332 Whalley Avenue
Quinnipiac Meadows / Ross Woodward School – 185 Barnes Avenue

Please note: COVID-19 testing will not be offered at these sites – only at-home rapid COVID-19 test kit pick-up will be available. We know that the demand for tests and masks is very high, so anticipate long lines and please be patient. If you can’t make it to these test distributions or need to get tested at another time, please visit this link to find more information about testing options in New Haven.

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