WALKS AND DISCUSSION: Rescuing stray cats discussed at Manchester Library | Free time

Staff from Our Companions Animal Rescue Manchester will be at the Manchester Public Library at 7pm on Monday for a program on how to help cats in the community.

Staff will answer questions such as: Have you ever wondered about stray cats in your neighborhood? Who do they belong to? Who takes care of them? Where do they eat and sleep? What happens if they are sick or injured? How to prevent more kittens from being born outside?

The animal rescue panel will share their expertise and ways people can get involved.

This is a free in-person program for adults. No registration is required.

• The Manchester Public Library Recipe Readers Cookbook Club will start a new season on Saturday 9th April at 12.30pm.

The club meets monthly on Saturday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. Each month a theme, an author or a cookbook will be chosen.

April’s selection is “Cook with me: 150 recipes for the Home Cook” by Alex Guarnaschelli.

Participants are invited to choose a recipe from the book and come to the program with a dish in hand, ready to discuss their experience. Dishes should arrive fully prepared and ready to share.

Registration is required for both programs. Call the library at 860-645-0821, stop by 586 Main Street or visit:

Ghost tours of the Mark Twain House Cemetery and Museum resume on Friday.

The visits will take place between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Step into the Victorian spiritual realm with a limited-time paranormal nighttime tour of Mark Twain’s former estate, which has been featured on TV shows ‘Ghost Hunters’, ‘Ghost Hunters Academy’ and ‘My Ghost Story’.

The tour will be filled with spooky stories and exclusive tales of unexplained encounters at the Clemens family home.

Tickets are $29.50; $21.50 for children 10 to 16 years old. The tour is not recommended for children under 10 years old.

Tickets must be reserved in advance.

The Mark Twain House is located at 385 Farmington Ave., Hartford.

Interval House and Bank of America will host Stephanie Land, the New York Times bestselling author behind the hit Netflix series “Maid,” today at 6:15 p.m. at the Bruyette Athenaeum at Saint Joseph’s University, 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford.

Land will speak about her experience of domestic violence and poverty and how she gives voice to those struggling to raise a family while experiencing food and housing insecurity in America.

There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. and a book signing following the program.

Secure a spot with a $50 donation to Interval House. For an additional $25 donation, receive a copy of Land’s book “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive” to autograph at the event.

For tickets and information, call 860-838-8451 or visit:

Victims of the Triangle factory fire

A sidewalk chalk activity to commemorate the 146 victims who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire on March 25, 1911 will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Memorial Park, Main and Watson Streets, Willimantic.

Participants will tell the story and spit the names and ages on the sidewalk.

The victims of the fire were mostly teenage immigrant seamstresses who died in New York’s worst industrial accident.

The event is sponsored by The America Museum, a project of Windham Arts. The museum is inside the Eastern Connecticut Veterans Community Center, 1320 Main Street, Suite 27, Willimantic. For more information, leave a message at 860-423-1878 or email Bev York at bevishistory@yahoo.com.

Voices of Concinnity will host a virtual panel discussion on the injustice of skies that aren’t dark enough for stargazing on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

“Are the stars for all who look up? is in conjunction with the choir’s live concert titled “The Stars Are For All Who Seek,” which will be presented Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford.

The concert will also feature guest choir Unitus Ensemble and celestial projections. Both choirs are based in Mansfield.

The Kent Memorial Library in Suffield will host ‘Haiku: Capturing Moments in Nature’ via Zoom on Monday, April 4 at 6 p.m.

Poet Jennifer Y. Montgomery will talk about the history of haiku and other forms of Japanese micro-poetry, from frogs to Zen meditation to underground feudal love letters.

She will then guide participants through the basics of haiku writing. It’s more than counting lines and syllables – each haiku features a unique season and moment in nature.

Before the presentation, think about your favorite season and get ready to write your own haiku.

Registration is mandatory. Call the library at 860-6683896 or go to:

The Connecticut Horticultural Society will host Amy Ziffer on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in person and virtually, who will present “Structure and Ornament in the Garden.”

Ziffer will provide insight into the importance of often overlooked functional and ornamental design details

The conference will take place at the Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford and on Zoom. A question-and-answer session will follow the conference.

The conference is free for members and $10 for non-members.

For more information and for non-members to register, visit:

Ziffer will provide insight into the importance of often overlooked functional and ornamental design details

such as boundaries, vertical accents, focal points and embellishments composed of non-living elements that shape the garden.

Ziffer is the author of “The Shady Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening” by Cornell University Press.

The conference is free for members and $10 for non-members.

For more information and for non-members to register, visit: cthort.org

Jessica C. Bell