Upcoming “Tuesday Treks”

On Tuesday mornings, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Lyme’s Open Space Coordinator Wendy Hill and others continue to lead “Tuesday Treks” – weekly walks through different Town preserves.  Trek leaders alternate between Sue Cope, Tony Irving, Kristina White and Wendy Hill. (To reserve a spot, contact the appropriate trek leader; see below.)  In the event of inclement weather, the treks are canceled. 

For full details, click here.

Four Area Organizations Offer “Propagating Pollinator Plants from Seed” Workshop Jan. 22

On Saturday, Jan. 22, at 3:00 p.m., at Lyme Public Hall, four area organizations will offer a workshop entitled “Propagating Pollinator Plants from Seed” with Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Education Coordinator Jim Sirch.  Sirch will teach participants the different germination requirements for different kinds of seeds, as well as how to plant a plastic milk jug with a seed selection to stratify over the winter.  The workshop is sponsored by Friends of the Lyme Public Library, the Lyme Land Trust, Lyme Public Hall and the Lyme Pollinator Pathway.  To register for the program, residents should send an email with their full name to education@lymelandtrust.org

Land Trust, Library Offer “Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut” Presentation Jan. 20

On Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7:00 p.m., the Lyme Land Trust and Friends of the Lyme Public Library are offering a presentation called “Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut” with master wildlife conservationist Paul Colburn at the library.  Colburn will discuss the history of coyotes in Connecticut and provide an overview of their habitat, diet and behavior.  For more information, contact programreg@lymepl.org. Registration is requested. To register, go here.

Library Offers “After-School Art & Storytime” for Grades K-5 Jan. 18

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Lyme Public Library will offer its “After-School Art & Storytime” program for children in Grades K-5.  The children’s librarian will read a story to the children; the children will then create an art project based on the story with local artist and educator Kristen Thornton. For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.

RiverCOG Holds Feb. 7 Affordable Housing Meeting for Town of Lyme

On Monday, Feb. 7, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom, the Lower Connecticut River Council of Governments (RiverCOG) will hold a meeting on affordable housing specifically for the residents of Lyme. 

During the meeting, a RiverCOG consultant will discuss the definition of affordable housing, provide an overview of an affordable housing plan and share survey results for Lyme that were gathered during the development of RiverCOG’s regional housing plan. 

All Lyme residents are encouraged to attend the meeting and share their visions, hopes and concerns for affordable housing in Lyme.  Click here for the Zoom link to the Feb. 7 meeting.

As a reminder, on Monday, Jan. 24, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom, RiverCOG is holding a second presentation on its regional housing plan, during which it will wrap up its work on the regional piece of the plan and initiate the creation of the state-mandated affordable housing plans for area municipalities, including Lyme’s.  To register to participate in Jan. 24 virtual presentation and workshop, click on this link.  After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email and meeting link.  To see the flyer for the Jan. 24 meeting, click here.

In November of 2021, RiverCog published its 10-year Regional Plan of Conservation & Development – a land-use plan that is intended to inform land-use decisions made by RiverCOG, land-use commissions, town governments and state agencies; and to encourage land-use coordination across municipal boundaries. To read or download a printed copy of this plan, click here. To peruse an electronic version of the plan, visit this website. 

Land Trust Offers “Winter Wonders Forest Bathing” Excursion Jan. 16

On Sunday, Jan. 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Lyme Land Trust will offer a “Winter Wonders Forest Bathing” excursion in the Pleasant Valley Preserve – a one-mile walk that ends with a wild-foraged tea. “Forest bathing” is a practice that invites people to engage with nature and take in the restorative health benefits of being in the forest. Participation in the walk is limited; registration is required. The cost is $32 per person; LLT members receive a 15% discount with code LLT15.  To register, go here.

Library Offers “How To Make a Junk Journal” Two-Part Workshop Jan. 15 & 22

On Saturday, Jan. 15, and Saturday, Jan. 22, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Lyme Public Library will offer a two-part workshop entitled “How To Make a Junk Journal,” during which Library Director Melissa Fournier will instruct participants in how to make a “junk journal” for the storage of mementos from an old book.  Supplies will be provided.  This two-part series is limited to 12 participants ages 17 and older.  For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.

Library Offers “Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement” Zoom Presentation Jan. 12

On Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom, the Lyme Public Library and Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library will present “Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement,” a virtual presentation by master flutist, jazz historian and educator Galen Abdur-Razzaq, in which he will explain how influential jazz music was in promoting and financing the American civil rights movement.  To register for the program and receive the Zoom link, send an email to register@oldlymelibrary.org.

Lyme Ambulance To Hold “Emergency 101” Class Jan. 22

On Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Hamburg Station, Lyme Ambulance will hold a free “Emergency 101” class for Lyme residents to help them prepare for an emergency. The class will explain not only when to call for emergency help, but what to do while waiting for first responders to arrive – e.g., how to perform hands-only CPR, stop bleeding, recognize a stroke, treat shock, etc.  For more information, see the flyer. Space is limited; registration is required.  To register, send an email to deputychief@lymeambulance.org.

Library Cookbook Club Meets Jan. 8

On Saturday, Jan. 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Library Cookbook Club will meet in the Community Room. This month, club participants will bring in items made from recipes from any Ina Garten cookbook. Copies of Garten cookbooks will be available at the library’s circulation desk for interested participants. For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.