March Community Newsletter

The Wesleyan Community newsletter includes upcoming events, K-12 resources, and job and volunteer opportunities that are most relevant for our community partners in Middletown. You can keep up to date with the Allbritton Center on the Wesleyan ENGAGE blog.

Upcoming Events

Middletown Recreation’s Book Drive: Donate your gently used or new books for ages 12-18 to Middletown Recreation. We are starting Youth programming this year and want to have books on hand for the kids to read. Please Drop them off at 140 Wilderman’s Way, Middletown, CT. Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Zumba Glow: Get your GLOW on at the YMCA’s first Zumba Glow event! Sign up online or at the Welcome Center.  March 24, 6:30-8:00pm

One Village Healing

  • Guided Meditation on Mondays
  • Yoga For Black Womxn & Girls on Thursdays
  • Activate: Reiki + Meditation on Thursdays

Everyone Outside: Save the Date: WoW 15th Anniversary Celebration, Sat, April 29, 1-4:30pm, More details coming soon!


K-12 Opportunities

Oddfellows Playhouse Theater

  • March 16-18: Junior Repertory Company presents The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Buy tickets here
  • March 25: Spring classes start, including Circrobatics on Saturdays for ages 3-5 and 6-8, Circus I for ages 6-8 on Tuesdays, Circus II for ages 9-11 on Tuesdays, and Circophony Teen Circus spring training for ages 12-20 on Tuesday evenings.

Mad Science Spy Academy: Look out 007- the Mad Science Spy Academy is in session! Use edible messages and other ways of secretly communicating as the children decode clues to journey into the world of espionage. Communicate like a real spy with your Secret Code Breaker take-home. For ages 5-11. $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Read more and register. March 18, 11:00am-12:00pm, 140 Wilderman’s Way, Middletown

Comic Book Drawing: Ready to make your story come to life! This is your opportunity to create and demonstrate your comic art and writing skills. The Comic Book Drawing with Middletown Recreation and Abrakadoodle will work with you to help you create your masterpiece. For ages 11-15. Thursdays, March 30th-May 4th, 3:30-4:30pm, 140 Wilderman’s Way, Middletown

The Children’s Circus summer camp registration is open now for Middletown Residents! This unique, immersive arts performance-based enrichment program serves children ages 5-15. Space is available to city residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration opens on April 10 for non-residents. 


Community Resources

The Second Annual Clinton Arts Festival is calling all emerging artists! On June 24 from 10am-5pm, the festival will celebrate artists with live music, live mural painting, arts & crafts, food trucks, and more! Sign up to be a vendor, display your work, or host an art activity. Please reach out to Eileen O’Donnell at

The Middletown Arts Office is accepting submissions for community events to add to their public calendar. To be considered for publication, an event must:

  1. Be open to all members of the Middletown community
  2. Sponsored by a non-profit organization or the City itself
  3. Take place within Middletown

Additionally, they ask that organizations limit their submissions to 3 events per month. To submit an event for review, please use this form.

Living a Good Life: Course Taught by Wesleyan University Students

*Please read the full description on our website*

How often, in your daily life, do you get the chance to consider the meaning of it all and engage deeply with others about what matters to you? In this free 8-week intergenerational (open to anyone over 12) course, community members will engage in activities and facilitated discussions designed to help them use ancient philosophies to reflect on their own lives and what gives lives meaning. Meetings will take place on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm beginning March 29th, with breaks for MPS and Wesleyan vacations. Meetings will be held in the Hazen Room of the YMCA. Please contact Amy Grillo at to participate or for more information.