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This year, we couldn't keep the fun all in one place! There are fun events happening all over Mansfield this September, some in person (with masks on and six foot distances maintained) and some virtually.

We'll continue to update this list as the month goes on, so be sure to check back for more fun to enjoy!

Remember to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth and to maintain a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others when you attend in-person events. Please also respect and follow any additional health and safety measures event hosts have in place. 

Every Saturday!

Storrs Farmers Market is open from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM every Saturday from May through October. The Market takes place on the front lawn of the Mansfield Town Hall (4 S. Eagleville Road - across the street from Price Chopper in Downtown Storrs). Everything at the Market is grown and produced right here in Connecticut, so the offerings change with the season. Sign up for their weekly emails for sneak peek at what's fresh and make plans to stop by and stock up!

Any time!

The William Benton Museum of Art invites you to take a self-guided art and sculpture hunt! Using your mobile phone, learn about public art and enjoy a walk on UConn’s beautiful campus. There are two walks from which to choose, and each takes about 40-minutes, although times will vary based on your walking pace and time spent admiring the artworks. Learn more about this any-age activity and choose your walk here.

RSVP by Sept. 11

The Mansfield Senior Center will host a special drive-through Maple Road Cafe on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 10:00 AM! Mark the changing of the seasons with cider and donuts!

The drive through offerings are limited to seniors, and prior sign-up is required. Please sign up by September 11. Call 860.429.0262 to sign up.

Please be sure to wear a mask and stay in your vehicle.

Wed, Sept. 16

Join Taste of Mansfield for a virtual event to learn about the many "Ways to Enjoy Fresh Food and Support Local Farms in Mansfield." Jiff Martin, UConn Extension Educator in Sustainable Food Systems, will talk about the many options to buy local nearby, what's a CSA, and hear about some events in our community where we come together to celebrate local food and farms. The event is free but registration is required. Register here.

To find out about more Taste of Mansfield initiatives, visit their website and sign up for their emails.

Sept. 16 at 6:00 PM via Facebook Live

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

September 15th is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

Tune in to UConn School of Social Work's Facebook page on Wednesday, September 16th at 6 PM! Join us for an affair with Ocho Cafe as we prepare pico de gallo, guacamole, and ceviche. It's a celebration!

Register to receive an update following the event. Come, and celebrate with us! 

Sat, Sept. 19

Be a part of a wonderful tradition, The Nutcracker 2020! The Mansfield Community Nutcracker provides an exciting and positive experience for youths age 2-17. Presented by Mansfield Parks & Recreation and Miss Kelly Productions, this Nutcracker is inclusive to all and welcomes dancers, gymnasts, and theatre-lovers to join us in creating an unforgettable holiday season production!

Auditions will be Saturday, Sept 19 by video submission. Find more information about auditioning, rehearsal schedules, and fees here.

Sign up by Sept. 21

Join ecologist Laura Cisneros for an evening walk through Moss Sanctuary and learn all about bats! Using portable acoustic monitoring devices, participants will learn about bats echolocation calls, which can tell what species are present, their activity patters, and foraging behaviors.

Participation in this event is limited, and registration is required. Register at mansfieldcc.com by Sept. 21. The walk will take place Friday, Sept. 25

Info coming soon!

The friendly folks at the Mansfield Senior Center have some fun plans in the works! Check back for details, which will be available soon.

Sept. 24, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM via Zoom

It's no secret that social disparities are prevalent in marginalized communities. The current climate of racism, white supremacy, anger, fear and divisiveness in America is having significant impact on many children and adults.

 

Join UConn Alumni for the inaugural installment of our #ThisIsAmerica social justice series for a stimulating discussion as we learn about and analyze systems of oppression that affect minority communities.

 

Topics covered range from ​​​​​​how students of color living in poverty are supported by their community, the mental health disparities among minority communities and racial profiling of African Americans during COVID-19 to the issues of obesity and food insecurity among minority communities, especially for African American women, and the ways racial equity supports nutritional health.

This event is sponsored by: 

  • UConn Alumni

  • UConn African American Alumni Council

  • UConn School of Social Work

  • UConn College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

  • UConn Women's Center

For more information, and to register, click here.

Enjoy a stay-cation at the newest accommodations in town: Graduate Storrs is now open!

Nestled in the heart of the University of Connecticut campus, Graduate Storrs celebrates UConn greats and the beauty of the Connecticut countryside throughout. A life-size sculpture of Jonathan the Husky welcomes guests upon arrival, while reclaimed basketball court floors and a leather basketball textured front desk radiate with school pride.

Opening later this fall, Trophy Room will be located off the hotel's lobby and will offer coffee and grab-and-go items throughout the day and light bites, wine, beer and refreshments in the evening.

To celebrate their opening, Graduate Storrs invites you to book a stay at up to 25% off plus free parking!

This offer runs until the end of November.

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