NEW HAVEN — National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020, according to a statement. Included is an Art Works award of $15,000 to Elm Shakespeare Company for educational and community engagement programs. This is one of 1,015 grants nationwide that the agency has approved in this category.

“These awards demonstrate the resilience of the arts in America, showcasing not only the creativity of their arts projects but the organizations’ agility in the face of a national health crisis,” said Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We celebrate organizations like Elm Shakespeare for providing opportunities for learning and engagement through the arts in these times.”

“We are honored to once again receive an NEA grant,” says Rebecca Goodheart, Producing Artistic Director, Elm Shakespeare Company. “These funds will support Elm Shakespeare’s work as a creative and emotional home for its students and community through accessible and inclusive theater and educational programs.”

For more information on Elm Shakespeare Company, visit https://www.elmshakespeare.org

For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit www.arts.gov/news

CT Folk concerts can be seen at home

The CT Folk at Home series seeks to bring music to a Connecticut audience through an online platform. The CT Folk Fest & Green Expo, typically held in Edgerton Park, New Haven, will be available to an expanded listening audience, with a multi-day virtual platform this September.

Learn more about upcoming virtual concerts and CT Folk Fest plans at CTFolk.org, and at Facebook/Instagram (@CTFolk).

Localpalooza postponed to August

BETHANY — Shelton-based music booking and promotion company, Adventures in Music Productions has announced that their annual music and art festival, CT Localpalooza has been postponed until Aug. 29.

The annual festival, which takes place at Three Saints Park in Bethany, focuses on original music in CT. With eight bands taking the stage to share their original music, live painting from CT artists, yoga classes, a songwriting workshop and games in the fields, this is a community event for all ages to come and enjoy the day.

The 2020 lineup of musicians is Riley Johnson, Shannon McMahon, Anne Marie Menta Band, Seth Adam Trio, Forgotten by Friday, John Spignesi Band, JOATA and Haunting Titans.

The event also offers food trucks and a kids corner with arts and crafts for the kids.

Produced by Adventures in Music Productions and sponsored by local businesses, Lock, Stock and Barrel, Caloroso Eatery and Bar and Special Events Screen Printing this is a single day event with gates opening at 11:30am and music ending at 10pm.

Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased now at, https://ctlocapalooza.bpt.me/ Tickets are also available at the gate on the day of the event for $20, with kids 12 and under being free for the day.

For more information about the event, please refer to the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CTLocalpalooza/

For businesses that may want to support this event with a sponsorship, contact aim@aimproductions.rocks for sponsorship levels.

Boating safety class offered in July

MILFORD — USCG Auxiliary Milford Flotilla is offering an online, three-session About Boating Safety course, 6:30-9 p.m. July 8-9 and 9 a.m.-noon July 11.

For advance registration, go to http://a0142403.uscgaux.info/. Participants can pay by credit card. After registration, instructions will be emailed to you. The cost is $60 per person.

The course will cover all the basic topics involved in the safe operation of recreational boating and seamanship. It will also cover safe personal watercraft operation. Successful completion of this 8 hour ABS course satisfies the Connecticut licensing requirements for both boats and Personal Watercraft (PWC). Family participation is encouraged. Cost $60.

For additional information about Coast Guard Auxiliary courses, call 203-530-3951, email: USCGAUX243@gmail.com or visit http://a0142403.uscgaux.info/

All students must have a state Conservation ID Number before taking the ABS/PWC class; go to www.ct.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales

CHS class reunion planned

The 50th Year Reunion for Central High School, Bridgeport, CT, has been set for Sept. 26, 2020, at the Stone Barn at Whitney Farms, Monroe. Alumni may obtain further information by sending an email to centralbpt1970@gmail.com or by joining the Facebook group Bridgeport Central High School Class of 1970.

Second Indianhead Division holding reunion

FOX LAKE, ILL - The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and the 99th annual reunion in Kansas City, Missouri, Sept. 23-27, go to www.2ida.org/99th-annual-reunion/ or contact Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net or call 224-225-1202.

Rotary cancels golf tournament

EAST HAVEN — The East Haven Rotary Club, Inc. has announced that this year’s scheduled “Pasquale Romano Memorial” Golf Fundraiser, scheduled for Aug. 12, has been cancelled due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The club has also felt the economic effects of Covid-19 upon the funds that it uses annually for scholarships; students of the month; donations of food and Thanksgiving meals and free Amber Alert ID cards, to name just a few. The pandemic has created a significant shortfall of funds for the Club and with no ability to fundraise, it is reaching out to those businesses and/or individuals that may have the means, to consider making a tax-deductible donation at this time. Checks may be made payable to the East Haven Rotary Club, Inc. and mailed to: East Haven Rotary Club c/o Frank Gentilesco, Jr., 195 Country Hill Drive, West Haven, CT 06516.