The Arts & Recreation Committee of Healthy Valley 2000 has published the first ever Guide to Arts & Recreation for the 6 Valley towns.
The Guide is a comprehensive listing of all the leisure options in the Valley. The purpose of the Guide is to have one information resource that people can turn to for their arts and recreation needs. "When we started listing all the things there are to do in the Valley we began to realize just how much we have in our own back yard," said Judy Augusta of the Derby Neck Library, a member of the Arts & Recreation Team. "This will be the type of publication that people should keep on their coffee tables, and refer to on a Saturday afternoon to find an enjoyable activity for themselves and their families to do," Augusta added.
The Guide contains "something for everyone," according to Jack Walsh, Director of Valley United Way, and Chair of the Arts & Recreation Team. It will list all the state parks, music and dance studios, historic sites, pools, tracks and tennis courts, and much more. The Arts & Recreation Team hopes that by increasing awareness of whats available in the Valley, people will get more involved in their communities.
The Guide was funded in part through a grant from the Katharine Matthies Foundation, and was printed free of charge by the students of the Graphic Arts Technical Education Department of the Gates Correctional Institution in Niantic. In addition, 25,000 additional copies of the Guide were made available through the generosity of Hometown Publications, as a special insert to the Valley Gazette and Huntington Herald newspapers. Hometown Publications was honored at Healthy Valley's four year anniversary celebration for printing the insert free of charge.
You can view the Guide on line at electronicvalley.org/artsguide.htm Anyone interested in receiving a free copy of the Guide should contact their town or city hall, library, the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, or Healthy Valley 2000.
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