Mark Your Calendars!

Here’s a sampling of upcoming events around the region and beyond, and some exciting announcements!


  • 2018 AARP Community Challenge Awards Announced

    The AARP Community Challenge is awarding grants to fund quick-action projects — in areas such as housing, transportation, and public space — that spark change and build momentum toward improved livability for all residents. If your idea is big, no project is too small! Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. Applications are due May 16, 2018.

    For the 2018 AARP Community Challenge, AARP will prioritize projects that aim to achieve the following outcomes:

    • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability and/or access to public and private transit.
    • Create vibrant public places in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
    • Support the availability of a range of housing in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options.
    • Other community improvements. We want to know the most important needs in your community and the best quick-action ideas you have to address them.

    For program details, eligibility requirements and to apply online, visit https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/about/info-2017/aarp-community-challenge.html.

  • 5th Annual Bicycle Festival/Show/Swap Meeting Scheduled for June 10th

    The Wethersfield High School Bicycle Club is hosting its 5th Annual Bicycle Festival / Show / Swap Meet on Sunday, June 10th from 8-12:30.  The event includes all styles and vintages of bicycles. There is something for every cycling enthusiast, and a great place to swap, sell, or buy extra parts and bicycle-related items. Also, there are people showing off their bikes, sharing stories, and generally having a good time.

    Riding groups, clubs, and organizations can also come to connect with folks in the cycling community.  Some groups have organized rides afterwards as Historic Old Wethersfield is a great place to start a bicycle ride of any length.

    It is family-friendly and includes workshops for changing flat tires, a “problem sad bike” where kids can spot the problems to earn a mechanic’s moustache sticker, a carnival-like sideshow display of unusual and notorious bicycle parts, and we’re planning a safety activity for kids.  We have had folks from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and Rhode Island attend. The event is rain or shine.

    It is FREE for visitors, and only $25 dollars for a seller’s spot. If you would like to promote your club/organization you can set up a space for free (but if you are selling things, we’d ask for the $25 donation as this is our only fundraiser for the year).

    Youtube Video Link

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uULUmZOdic&t=1s

    Facebook Event Page

    https://www.facebook.com/events/234857720414156/

    For more information, contact Thomas Brown, Wethersfield High School Teacher and Bicycle Club Advisor at 860-944-8436 (cell) or tbrown@wethersfield.me.

  • CRCOG to Host Public Forums for Capitol Region Complete Streets Plan

    The Complete Streets Planning Team is holding an open house as part of a two-day Open Planning Studio. Come by reSET (1429 Park Street Hartford, CT) between 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM on May 16, or between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM on May 17, to learn more about the study, explore our draft regional network map, provide input on the study, and work with experts on our team to draft conceptual plans for improvements to a corridor in the region. The event will feature walking tours, an interactive design exercise, and presentations by nationally known experts Ian Lockwood and Mike Lydon.

    Click here for a copy of the press release.

  • Public Input Wanted on Preparing for Natural Hazards

    The Capitol Region is active in planning for natural hazards mitigation to help reduce our vulnerabilities to natural disasters and enable our communities to minimize losses and recover more effectively when disasters do occur.   CRCOG is currently updating the Capitol Region Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.

    We want to hear from you. Please take a few moments to complete a survey – your input will help shape the plan.

    Also, please attend one of the public workshops we will be holding throughout the region in May. At these meetings, you can learn about the plan, ask questions, and provide input.  Members of the public may attend any of the meetings, regardless of which community they are from.  The same information will be presented at each meeting.

    • Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 PM at the Ellington Town Hall (55 Main Street)
    • Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 PM at the Coventry Parks and Recreation Facility “Mill Brook Place” (near 1267 Main Street and across from Bidwell Tavern)
    • Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 PM at the Simsbury Public Library (725 Hopmeadow Street)
    • Thursday, May 24 at 5:00 PM at the Hartford Public Safety Complex (253 High Street)
    • Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 PM at the Plainville Public Library (56 East Main Street)

    Comments or questions can also be emailed to Lynne Pike DiSanto at lpikedisanto@crcog.org

  • CRCOG Announces Call for Regional Sustainability Awards Program Nominations

    The Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) will again recognize member towns for policies, plans, programs and projects that help promote a more sustainable Capitol Region via its annual Regional Sustainability Awards Program. This year, CRCOG has teamed up with Sustainable CT and will award additional points to nominees who have registered to participate in the new, statewide certification program.

    Have you already implemented Complete Streets, invested in brownfield remediation and development, encouraged business creation and growth, taken steps to grow affordable housing options, or committed to reducing energy use in your municipal buildings?  If so, we want to know (and you might qualify for Sustainable CT points too)! Let us showcase your sustainability successes, build a library of best practice examples, and reward you for progressive and innovative practices that can be replicated by other communities.

    Details on CRCOG’s awards program, including the target project achievement areas (Access and Mobility, Affordable Housing, Economic Growth, Environment,  Food Security and Green Infrastructure), the nominations process, eligibility and award criteria, can be found here.  Note that nominations will be accepted until May 23, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. and awards will be made at CRCOG’s Annual Meeting on June 13th.  Awarded initiatives will be spotlighted on CRCOG’s Green Clearinghouse.  For more information, please contact Hedy Ayers at hayers@crcog.org.

  • Tour des Farms Bike Rides Scheduled for October 6, 2018 in Scenic Litchfield Hills

    Since 2003, thousands of riders and volunteers have participated in numerous Connecticut Tour des Farms bicycle rides. Tour des Farms is designed to raise awareness and funding to implement Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development’s agricultural and conservation projects.

    This year’s rides will be held in Connecticut’s Northwest Hills on October 6, 2018. The tour will visit numerous farms in Goshen, Litchfield, and Morris. Ride this scenic route during the height of fall foliage, visit farms, buy your produce, pumpkins, chocolates, and wine. There is a choice of two routes: 26 miles or 16 miles.  A van travels to the farms, picks up riders’ purchases, and delivers them back to riders at the starting point. This fundraising celebration for Connecticut RC&D’s 50th Anniversary will conclude with PieFest, music, and activities at the White Memorial Conservation Center.

    Those interested can find out more or register at: https://ctrcd.org/tourdesfarms/.

  • Upcoming Remediation Roundtables

    The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) hosts quarterly remediation roundtables—open forums to exchange ideas and information on site cleanup in CT and to solicit opinions, advice and information.  The forum also serves as a means for DEEP to provide information and updates on regulatory matters affecting the cleanup of contaminated sites. The remaining sessions for 2018 will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at DEEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, Gina McCarthy Auditorium, on  June 19th and October 16th.   For more information, visit DEEP’s website.