Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Paint the Town Pink | Stamford Downtown - This is the place!

Paint the Town Pink | Stamford Downtown - This is the place!

Join Stamford Hospital & Stamford Downtown, as we paint the Downtown pink! The kickoff event will take place September 27th, at 11:00am in Commons Park, with a Mile of Pink. To honor the kickoff of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Downtown merchants will offer special deals to all customers wearing pink on Saturday, September 27th.  Some merchants will honor through out the month of October.  Check out the list of participating merchants  Click here..
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Save the date....The UBS Parade Nov, 23

Save the date!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

More signal box art...

 Signal box art on Division Street, painted by Stacy Ellis.  She donated her proceeds to Trinty Catholic School.








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Thursday, September 25, 2014

There's a new yoga in town, Harmony Yoga at Old Town Hall...



Harmony Yoga Studio Relocates to Downtown Stamford

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Carol Shwidock, owner of Harmony Yoga Studio in Stamford, CT, is excited to announce that Harmony Yoga Studio relocated to 175 Atlantic Street, a shared space with Ballet School of Stamford (entrance on Bank Street) as of September 7, 2014. Harmony Yoga Studio is a Kripalu based practice where students learn to cultivate the breath to help find light, openness, space, peace and harmony. Harmony Yoga Studio has been voted Best Yoga Studio by Stamford Plus Magazine (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and Stamford Magazine (2011).

Carol Shwidock is a Yoga Therapist/Reiki Master and is a Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor since 2004 with additional certifications in Restorative Yoga (Jillian Pransky), Five Elements Yoga (Jennifer Reis), Embodying the Flow and Yoga for Emotional Balance (Bo Forbes) and has studied with Shiva Rea, and more. Carol has worked in the field of rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist for over 25 years and has successfully worked with students healing from diagnoses such as Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis, Back Pain, Migraines, ALS, Guillain Barre, Arthritis, Hip Replacements, Breast Cancer and Chronic Tension.

Schedule of group classes at Harmony Yoga Studio as of September 7:
Monday: *no classes offered*
Tuesday: 7pm-8pm, Beginners Yoga
Wednesday: 8am-9am, Moderate Yoga Hour
9:30am-10:30am, Gentle Yoga
Thursday: 8:30am-9:30am, Moderate Yoga Hour
Friday: 8am-9am *at Cove Island Park (ends September 30th)
Saturday: 8am-9am, Moderate Yoga
Sunday: 4pm-5pm, Yoga Dance *starting Winter 2015

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FTMA Film Festival - Thursday, September 25th through Sunday, September 28th - FREE to the public!

Sacred Heart University Presents

FTMA Film Festival

Sponsored by the Avon Theatre

FREE to the public!

Thursday, September 25th through Sunday, September 28th


The first annual FTMA Film Festival! Screenings which will take place at the Avon Theatre are below. Please visit www.ftma.sacredheart.edu for the full schedule of fantastic events.

ABOUT THE AVON: The Avon Theatre is a member-supported, non-profit cultural hub, dedicated to presenting film in its highest form, and thriving because of the support of our patrons and community. In addition to an exciting slate of new releases, The Avon brings you one-of-a-kind special events and monthly programs. We are proud to provide a forum for in-person, community dialogue with directors, actors and other luminaries in a vibrant “Main Street America” setting.

Thursday, September 25th
 6:30 - 7:30pm Cocktail Reception at the Avon Theatre with Jazz Trio, Red Carpet Photos, Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres, and a pre-screening slide show.
            
7:30 - 9:30pm Opening Night Awards Gala with FREE popcorn and soda, Short Film Screening, Screenplay Readings, Awards for Student Filmmakers, and a Tribute Video for Anthony Tambakis, screenwriter of WARRIOR.

Friday, September 26th
 12:00 - 2:00pm At the Avon: LUCKY THEM screening with a post-film Q&A with screenwriter Emily Watchel


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LUCKY THEM Synopsis: More interested in partying and flirting with young musicians than work, veteran rock journalist Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) has one last chance to prove her value to her magazine's editor: a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long lost rock god Matthew Smith, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Teaming up with an eccentric amateur documentary filmmaker (Thomas Haden Church in a delightful performance), Ellie hits the road in search of answers.

Saturday, September 27th
 11:00am - 1:30pm At the Avon: ROPE Screening with post screening Talk Back with Hitchcock historian, Sidney Gottlieb (Editor, Hitchcock on Hitchcock).

ROPE Synopsis: One of Hitchcock’s most innovative films, Rope tells the story of two young men who strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

The Film and Television Masters program (FTMA) at Sacred Heart University is a one –year conservatory dedicated to the art of storytelling. Students engage in dynamic classroom workshops and lectures focusing on directing, screenwriting, producing, and new media arts. Based in Stamford, FTMA draws from talent and resources in the area and neighboring New York City. Each student produces a cinematic portfolio and rounds out their experience with industry internships. For more information please visit FTMA.sacredheart.edu.


Avon Theatre Film Center
272 Bedford St
Stamford, CT 06901
Box Office: (203) 967-3660


Website: avontheatre.org | Twitter: @avontheatre | Facebook: facebook.com/avontheatre

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blogshare: Stamford group transforms parking spots into public space

Stamford group transforms parking spots into public space

Emily Provonsha, left, makes a poster asking passers-by for their opinions as Andrew Pezzimenti, center, and Mike Norris, right, play chess at a parklet in front of Lorca on Bedford Street in Stamford, Conn., on Friday, September 19, 2014. The parklet it set up in a parking space and is intended to encourage people to think about how best to use public space.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Need a photographer?



Looking for a photographer?  Try our downtown specialist, Wah at happyhaha.com


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MarcUS for Change 5K run/walk | Stamford Downtown - This is the place!

MarcUS for Change 5K run/walk | Stamford Downtown - This is the place!

MarcUS for Change 5K

Sunday October 5, 2014

Stamford, CT US 06902
Schedule of Events
9:00-9:45 am Sign-in & Registration
10:00 am Run/Walk Begins
10:30 am Celebration Begins!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Arts & Crafts on Bedford - Sept 20 & 21

  

  Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend.  Dine at our number of extended sidewalk cafes.
Hours: Saturday September 20, 11am-8pm and Sunday September 21, 10am-5pm
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

There's new signal box artwork popping up around town...

There's a new decorated signal box in town -
Greyrock Place and East Main Street by Taryn Pelli




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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Laurel House is offering the public 4 free Seminars for family members affected by mental illness

 Laurel House Family Seminar Series

Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30   6:30-8:00 pm
Doors open and light refreshments served at 6:00 pm. Seminars begin at 6:30 pm.
Free of charge and open to all aged 18 and older, but donations are welcome.

Join then Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as Laurel House staff and guest speakers from the area provide important information on mental health and the available treatment options in our community. Lived experience as well as professional expertise will be shared. Seminar topics vary and a question and answer session is included at the conclusion of each presentation. The Seminars also provide a forum for families to meet and engage with other families.

Laurel House is offering the Family Seminar Series at no charge. RSVP is requested. For more information or to reserve a seat at one or more of the sessions, please call Barbara Rossi at
203-324-7734 or brossi@laurelhouse.net.

September
National Recovery Month
National Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 7-13

Family Seminar Series
Thursday evenings, Sept, 18, Oct. 2, 16, 30   6:30-8:00 pm

About Laurel House, Inc.
Laurel House, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Stamford, serving 8 towns in lower Fairfield County from Westport to Greenwich. Laurel House has been in operation since 1984 and provides resources and opportunities for people living with mental illness to lead fulfilling and productive lives in their local communities throughout Fairfield County. To make a donation or for more information visit www.laurelhouse.net

Laurel House’s new initiative, Resources to Recover (RtoR), is a gateway website offering families affected by mental illness guidance, support and information on best practices in recovery-oriented mental health care. A unique feature of RtoR is the Family-Endorsed Provider directory. RtoR, a free service, covers the region of NJ, NY, CT and southern MA. Please visit www.rtor.org to learn more.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mayor and City Leaders Launch Stamford Street Smart Initiative



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office of the Mayor

September 3, 2014

CONTACT:
Tom Dec

Mayor and City Leaders Launch Stamford Street Smart Initiative
Public Safety & Awareness Campaign


STAMFORD, CT – Mayor David Martin, joined by city leaders, launched the Stamford Street Smart Initiative, a major initiative focused on improving pedestrian, driver and cyclist safety and awareness throughout the City of Stamford. The initiative, coordinated through the Mayor’s Office, will involve several city departments and collaboration with community organizations, and focus on enforcement, engineering and education. The initiative is the first cohesive effort to improve pedestrian, driver and cyclist safety throughout the city in many years.

“I am proud to launch the Stamford Street Smart Initiative and bring together city departments, community organizations and residents to champion safer streets throughout the city. There is no single silver bullet that will solve these issues, which is why we are taking a multi-faceted approach through the Street Smart Initiative,” said Mayor David Martin. “In the coming weeks and months we will be pursuing a number of projects to improve safety and raise awareness of pedestrian, driver and cyclist safety throughout the community.”

In advance of the announcement, the Mayor held multiple planning meetings with Office of Public Safety, Health & Welfare; Office of Operations; Board of Education; Grants Office and others. The Mayor also conducted an analysis of city traffic data, met with independent traffic engineers and conducted independent research to explore possible solutions and find best practices.

Although Stamford’s overall rate of pedestrian injuries over the past several years compares favorably to other Connecticut cities, residents, elected officials and community groups have all voiced concerns over pedestrian and driver safety in recent months. Year to date, Stamford has experienced three pedestrian fatalities, an increase from prior years.

“There are 130,000 people who live in Stamford. In addition, there are tens of thousands of people who drive to Stamford on a daily basis to work, shop and enjoy our great city. We need to practice safety on our roadways and I am fully supportive of this initiative,” said Police Chief Jon Fontneau.

Ted Jankowski, Director of Public Safety, Health & Welfare, made a direct appeal to residents, stating “Whether you are a driver, cyclist, or pedestrian, the Office of Public Safety urges you to be Street Smart, to be focused and attentive, to obey the rules of the road, and to be vigilant. Safety is all of our responsibility. Your actions may be the difference between life and death.”

 Specific steps being taken as part of the Stamford Street Smart Initiative include:

Engineering

Ø  Reviewing all intersections to ensure signage is clearly mounted and visible for drivers and pedestrians
Ø  Improving crosswalk visibility throughout the city
Ø  Synchronizing the city’s traffic signals
Ø  Supporting the implementation of a Complete Streets Ordinance

Education

Ø  Working with the Board of Education and Health Department to educate residents and students on pedestrian, driver and cyclist safety
Ø  Supporting the Safe Routes to School Program
Ø  Hosting a Google Hangout to review in greater detail key statistics and to provide a more in depth discussion of the actions being undertaken
Ø  Working in collaboration with community organizations to build awareness

Enforcement

Ø  Anti-Distracted Driving Campaign (month of September)
Ø  Enforcement operations of the Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit (DUI, seatbelt violations, speeding, etc.)
Ø  Crackdown on jaywalking throughout the city
Ø  Focus on school bus safety; catching drivers who drive past stopped buses

The first component of the initiative, the Stamford Police Department’s Anti-Distracted Driving Campaign, began this morning. During today's enforcement, the Police Department issued 43 handheld electronic device tickets, 10 red light tickets, and 2 failure to wear seat belt tickets.

Additional components of the initiative will be announced on an ongoing basis. More information can be found at www.StamfordCT.gov/StreetSmart. #stamforddowntown

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Friday, September 5, 2014

URBAN SCAVENGER RACE Get To Know Your City... One Clue At A Time! Sept 13



Stamford Urban Scavenger Race
Event Start Date

09/13/2014

Event Start Time

11:00 am
Address

6 Harbor Point Rd
Stamford, CT 06901
Map It
Event Admission Cost

$25-50
Email

  Event Flyer

 Description

Get to know your city...one clue at a time! Teams of 2 to 4 members solve clues, take on dares and get to know their city in a fun and unique way! Prizes for best team costumes and first place.
Website

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Arts & Crafts on Bedford on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, 2014

Arts & Crafts on Bedford in Stamford Downtown, Stamford, CT
 Stamford Downtown along Bedford Street will
come alive with color, flavor and sound for Arts & Crafts on Bedford on Saturday,
September 20 and Sunday, September 21, 2014.
Over 100 juried artisans from throughout the Northeast will display and sell
juried works including Ceramics, Fine Art, Photography, Natural and Organic Body
Products, Original Oil Paintings and Watercolors, Candles, Beewax Goods, Metal
Sculpture, Fiber Arts, Wearable Art, Quilts, Home Decor and more.
A List of artisans is attached.
Festival hours are Saturday from 11am to 8pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Don’t miss the Imagination Station with “hands on” activities for kids presented
by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and the Bartlett Arboretum including
farm animals and crafts.
Arts & Crafts on Bedford is held rain or shine, handicap accessible.
Admission is free!  Rain or Shine.  Directions: From Route 95 take Exit 8.
Arts & Crafts on Bedford is presented by Stamford Downtown Special Services
District and is sponsored by Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, Agora Spa, The Stamford
Advocate, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Bartlett Arboretum, 95.9 The Fox,
Star 99.9, WEBE 108 radio stations, Simply Signs and Happyhaha Photography.
For more information please visit www.stamford-downtown.com 






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Arts & Crafts on Bedford – 2014 Artist Listing as of September 3

Business Name
Art/Craft
A Greater Grater
Pottery
Abilis
Body Products
Alex Kalish Glass Design
Glass
Allan Tuttle
Mixed Media
American Princess & Associates
Jewelry
Art Just Art
Fine Art
Athalia Originals
Jewelry
Barns of Connecticut
Painting
bonseye design
Fiber
Boobis-Chanin Sculpture
Metal
Carli Bruno
Jewelry & Leather
Charle Hull Photography
Photography
D & M Images
Photography
Daisy and Honeybee
Fiber/Photography
Danladi Designs NYC
Jewelry
Dasken Designs
Glass
Designs by Sam
Jewelry
Domenico Belli
Metal
Don Hutchinson Fine Art Images
Photography
Doug Hockman Photography
Photography
eden rocks!
Jewelry
Eric Sturtevant Illustrations
Mixed Media
Feathers & Fins Carvings
Wood Carvings
Gemstones & Sterling by Carol
Jewelry
Great Paper Caper
Polymer Clay
Green Silver
Mixed Media
Grosbeak Gardens
Soap & Candles
Harp Stone
Jewelry
I Crave Jewels
Jewelry
iDazz Custom Designs
Jewelry
Impression Jewelry
Jewelry
Jean's Closet
Crochet Crafts
JK Woodworking
Wood
Jonathan's Spoons
Wood
Kate Laine Jewelry
Jewelry
Khaos Designs
Jewelry
Kif Jewelry
Jewelry
Kindled Dreams Soy Candle
Candles
Kizmet Yogawear
Wearable Fiber
KMC Jewelry Designs
Jewelry
Komfort Zone LLC
Natural Soaps
Kosmatology
Soaps/Lotions
L'Harmonie Creative Jewelry
Jewelry
ladeDah!
Jewelry
Lakonia Greek Products
Specialty Foods
Larry Reitz-Fine Art Photography
Photography
Lighthouse Portraits by Cam Chapman Photography
Photography
Lola Richards Design
Jewelry
Malka Ronen Creations
Jewelry
Mary Risley Jewelry
Jewelry
MimiMade Designs
Fiber
Najda Adman
Fiber
Nurabella Jewelry
Jewelry
OMI by Lise
Jewelry
On The Wing Bird Photography
Photography
Optical Jewels
Eye Glass Holders
Peaceful Places
Photography
Perfect Duo
Jewelry
Phyllis Lurie Urso Jewelry Design
Jewelry
Relish
Jewelry
Riverstone
Jewelry
Rodriguez Woodworks
Wood
Ron Stattner Originals
Wire Sculpture
Roxies Studio
Ceramics
ruth kole cargill art
Fine Art
Saskia de Vries Designs
Jewelry
Sea Salt Design
Jewelry
Sergio Wood Turning
Wood
Sharp Chef by yucandu
Wood
Somrod Creative
Fine Art
Spiderweb Glass
Glass
Sport Hill Honey Farm
Beeswax Goods
Steven Daniel
Photography
Storyteller Creations
Jewelry
Sumaq Design by Eduardo
Jewelry
Swift Farms
Other-beeswax
Sylvia Jewelry
Jewelry
Taryn Pelli
Painting
That's Lovely/From Dump to Diva
Jewelry
Three Bluebirds
Fiber
Toon-A-Tix, Inc
Mixed Media Cartooning
Treasures of the Vine
Glass
Trezana Jewelry
Jewelry
Vintage Times
Vintage Maps
Wagman Designs
Jewelry
Woodcraft Arts
Wood


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