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COMMUNITY NOTES: Living Dragons At The Beekley Library On Friday; NH Garden Club SPROUTS Contribute To Club Fundraiser; Community Connections Funds Available To Area Non-Profits

Living Dragons Program At The Beekley Library


Frilled lizard. Image: Riverside Reptiles

Brian Kleinman of Riverside Reptiles returns to the Beekley Library tomorrow, Friday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. for a “Living Dragons” program.

Dragons?! No, not real dragons ~ lizards! Meet many different species of lizards: geckos that can climb glass, skinks with bright blue tongues, a legless lizard, a cousin of the Komodo Dragon, and a lizard with an impressive frill. Meet these and many more as we venture into the realm of living dragons.

This program is free and open to the public. Please stop by the library or call 860-379-7235 to register.

For more information about the Beekley Library visit the library’s website.

To  learn about the creatures that will be part of this program visit Riverside Reptiles’ website.

Garden Club’s SPROUTS Contribute to Community Fundraiser

The following is a press release from the New Hartford Garden Club regarding two upcoming SPROUTS events:

The youth division of the New Hartford Garden Club (SPROUTS) is gearing up to assist members in providing plants for the annual fundraising plant sale. Newly formed this year, SPROUTS have already increased their membership with youths from 3 years to 12 years actively contributing to the non-profit’s community service programs.

A young SPROUT hard at work

SPROUTS will be bringing novel merchandise to the New Hartford Garden Club’s annual plant sale on May 12 at the New Hartford Town Hall. In addition to the SPROUTS creations, the plant sale will have Vegetable Plants with over 300 Tomato plants, pepper, eggplant, pumpkin, herbs, etc, and Perennials, as well as a favorite for Mother’s Day -Hypertufa Planters. All monies from the plant sale are used to fund community projects.

Two SPROUTS work and play dates are planned in preparation for the sale:

The Decorating Program

When: Saturday, April 21st at 1:30pm
Where: South End Fire House, New Hartford
What: We will be decorating pots to use for planting some lovely spring flowers. The goal is for the kids to decorate at least 2 pots.
Details: Please wear old clothes that you wouldn’t mind getting dirty and/or have kids in a smock. We will be painting/gluing/stamping/coloring and doing other decorative fun on clay & plastic pots. These pots will be used to plant some pretty spring flowers, maybe some herbs as well. If you have some old pots at home, please bring them.
Play: The kids will have some time to play after the decorating is over.

The Planting Program

When: Saturday, April 28th at 10:30am, RAIN DATE, Sunday, April 29th at 10:30am
Where: Brodie Park, New Hartford
What: We will be PLANTING the pots that we decorated the week before. Please dress appropriately (there will be dirt). If you have small garden tools that the kids can use please bring them as well. Program participants will be able to take a planted pot home with them and the other one they decorated & potted will be sold at our Plant Sale on Saturday, May 12th. We will have a section at the plant sale featuring our Sprouts Creations.
Play: Please join us for some play time at the park.

You do NOT have to be a New Hartford Garden Club member to enjoy the SPROUTS programs with your children or grandchildren. Please join us by RSVPing by email;

Learn more about the New Hartford Garden Club on the Club’s Facebook page.

The New Hartford Garden Club seeks to promote and encourage education and appreciation of the preservation of our community through sharing knowledge of gardening, beautification, conservation, ecology, wildlife habitat and environmental responsibility.

Community Connections Grants Available for Area Non-Profits


Cover photo by Phil LaFave

Community Connections, the New Hartford phone book publishers, is again seeking applications for allocation of funds. All non-profit organizations within or serving the town of New Hartford are invited to submit an application.

Funds requested are to be for specific needs (e.g., special programs or projects, special purchase of item(s) appropriate to the organization). Funds are not to be used for general operating expenses.

Application must be received by Saturday, May 1, 2011.

To download a copy of the application, visit the New Hartford Community Connections website.

If you have any questions, you may contact Wally Lugli at 860-489-9339, or e-mail us at

All requests will be reviewed by New Hartford Community Connections, Inc. and are subject to the availability of NHCC, Inc. funds and the discretion and approval of the Board of Directors.

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  • Jlafave

    The date for the Community Connections grants has not been set.  The info on the website will be updated soon.


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