This Week at Common Ground

November 30th - December 6th

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Excited for the holiday season? And snow? And general merriment?

Join us for our annual Winter Festival on Saturday, December 12th from 9:30am - 2:30pm!

There will be wreath making, vendors selling local crafts, and a bake sale & tag sale! Admission to the event is free-- all are welcome!

Winter Festival

Saturday, Dec. 12th, 9:30am-2:30pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Common Ground’s 18th Annual Wreath Making from the Farm & Forest
Celebrate nature’s ornaments with a beautiful wreath made from fresh greens, vines, pinecones, and other natural materials from the farm and forest. Hot cider will be provided- food will be for sale at the event. Wreath or swag: $8, all tools, materials, and instructions provided. 10AM -2PM.

Craft Fair, Bake Sale & Tag Sale
to benefit Common Ground High School, organized by our parents

All Common Ground’s classrooms will be full with local artisans & crafters of all kinds. There will be handmade jewelry, clothing, ornaments, keepsakes and more! There will be a tag sale offering a fun array of holiday items. In addition, there will be baked goods and food for purchase to enjoy while you’re at the festival or to take home. There will also be an area for children’s activities, so please bring the family!

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Winter Home School Adventures

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 9:30am-12pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Join us this winter for any or all of our winter drop-in classes. Invite a friend – this is great time for new families to check out our program in advance of our spring session!

  • Tuesday, December 15: Fiber Arts
  • Wednesday, January 6: Cooking & Nature
  • Wednesday, February 17: Winter Survival
  • Wednesday, March 9: Maple Sugaring

Who: Children ages 3 and up with a parent or caregiver (no drop-off option available for winter classes). Program fee: $15 for the first child ages 3 and up, $10 for each additional child (ages 3 and up). No charge for children ages 2 and under who are attending with a sibling.

Questions? Call 203-389-4333 x 1213 or email

or find more information HERE.

Opportunities in our community!

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Connecticut Food Systems Alliance Winter Gathering

Saturday, Dec. 5th, 10am-2pm

99 Broad Street

Bridgeport, CT

On Saturday, December 5th the Connecticut Food System Alliance will be holding it's winter gathering in Bridgeport.

The gathering will explore how social justice and systems of oppression intersect with food access. We also hope to shine a light on some of the great work happening around food justice in Bridgeport. Join us for a story telling panel featuring local food justice activists, food, entertainment by Youth Creative Productions, the launch of our new mini-grant program and various workshops! We hope to see you there!

To RSVP send an email to

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Deeper Change Forum

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 8:30am-3pm

4 Science Park

New Haven, CT

Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations (CEIO) happily welcomes Enroue Halfkenny to facilitate the December 8th Deeper Change Forum at ConnCat:


8:30 Refreshments & Registration

9:00 Presentation Begins

12:00 Lunch

1:15 - 3:00 Afternoon Workshop

For more information or to register:;; or 203-584-8027.

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Intro to Gardening Workshops

Saturday, Jan. 23rd 2016 at 10am to Saturday, March 26th 2016 at 12pm

333 Sherman Avenue

New Haven, CT

Join Rachel Ziesk, Advanced Master Gardener, for a series of classes that will cover everything you need to be a successful gardener come Spring 2016!

This series is being co-hosted by Common Ground and Neighborhood Housing Services with support from the USDA Risk Management Agency, UCONN, and the CT Dept. of Agriculture.

Soil & Garden Planning -- Saturday, January 23
Cool Weather Crops -- Saturday, January 30
Warm Weather Crops -- Saturday, February 13
Container Gardening & Seed Starting -- Saturday, February 27
Edible Landscaping & Edible/Invasive Weeds -- Saturday, March 12
Pests, Disease & Organic Controls -- Saturday, March 26

Note: Discounts may be available. If you'd like to inquire, please call 203-562-0598. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

If you'd like to pay for the workshop(s) in person, you may bring a check or money order to Norma Pantoja at Neighborhood Housing Services (333 Sherman Avenue, New Haven) before the date of the class.

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