Colored fabrics, purple bowls full of scissors, and multicolored skeins of yarn crowd tables at 83 West Workshops. Here, art therapy workshops and retreats help attendees navigate the emotional landscapes of their lives. Participants make collages and connect with others during the instructor-led sessions.
In Connecticut’s northwest hills, summer blooms alongside the white-and-pink blossoms of its state flower, the mountain laurel. Cyclists in The Village Ride may just catch its faint fragrance as they churn along the country roads that slice through Litchfield County.
The three custom course routes vary by length to accommodate riders of any age and ability. No matter their route, cyclists wind past scenic towns and natural wonders such as lakes, rivers, and state forests. Elevation changes, which lie in wait at most every hill, offer an added heart-friendly challenge. The 25K route nears 700 feet, and the 100K route peaks at about 1,700 feet. After crossing the finish line at Ski Sundown, participants grab a catered lunch (available 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.) or some brews from event sponsor Thomas Hooker Brewing Company while soaking in live entertainment.
Ride proceeds benefit The Village for Families & Children, a child-safety and family-resource organization. In 1809, The Village began its mission “to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children.” Now, more than 200 years later and helping some 7,000 children each year, the organization maintains that goal through foster services, academic and socialization care, parental-skills programs, and family-crisis prevention and management services.
Each of the five participating Connecticut Landmarks offers a glimpse inside the domestic lifestyles of the state's early settlers, patriots, and prominent citizens. Grab a three-cornered hat and a nerf musket before storming the grounds of any one of the landmarks with a compatriot, or choose the individual membership for admittance to each house as many times as desired throughout the year. Members also receive a free subscription to the Landmark News newsletter, invitations to special events, a 10% discount on all museum shops, and a discount subscription to Connecticut Explored, a magazine that chronicles Connecticut's history.
Five tennis matches in two days decide the winner of the first round of the 2012 Fed Cup, where the 17-time champion U.S. team attempts to rebound from last season. Saturday's pair of singles matches and Sunday's one doubles and two singles bouts help fans forget about the weather outside the DCU Center's walls and look forward to the return of geese laying tennis balls in city parks. The U.S. team, featuring Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Christina McHale, Liezel Huber, and Sloane Stephens, face the world's No. 3–ranked Victoria Azarenka and her Belarusian brethren. Serena's vicious serve has scooped up 498 career singles victories and 27 Grand Slam titles and forged her status as a legend of the hard court. The team keeps its fingers crossed that her famously strong forehand and deft network can bag the U.S. one of the three wins needed to bury the Belarusians and convince Italy to stop making fun of its sweatbands.
Founded in 1919, Save the Children focuses on healthcare, education, food, and protection for youth worldwide and provides tangibles such as nutritious fare and school supplies to address these necessities. Wielding a multitude of resources such as trained health workers, patient teachers, safe play kits, and vaccinations, the organization grants vulnerable young ones healthier lives, positive futures, and the tools to cope with Earth's impending pronoun shortage. Programs in 120 countries—in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eurasia, and the United States—allow Save the Children to cover the globe like a planetary duvet quilted by galactic grandmothers. All donations made via this Groupon support Save the Children's Global Action Fund and are matched up to $225,000 by a small group of private donors, many of whom are former children themselves.
As part of its Youth Engagement Zone (YEZ) program, buildOn will host three school-wide service days at Mott Hall High School in The Bronx, New York. The program will integrate service learning into the classroom and coordinate afterschool programming for at least 150 young people who will perform community service in their neighborhoods, with ongoing weekend and weekday opportunities throughout the year. The service-learning activities build relationships between students and adults and foster a connection to the broader community. Through the YEZ program, students will perform more than 10,000 hours of community service. With funding aid, buildOn can support student-led projects with transportation and supplies such as paintbrushes and tools.