Weekly Update and Local Happenings

June 23, 2023

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Hey Neighbors,

I hope this email finds you in good spirits and ready for a fantastic summer ahead. While we cherish the enjoyment that summer brings, let us not overlook the importance of prioritizing safety in our pursuits. 

I am thrilled to inform you that the 5th District has an array of incredible events lined up. From vibrant local festivals and captivating outdoor concerts and thrilling sports events, there is something for everyone. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to connect with fellow community members, explore new interests, and make great memories.

I am planning the community conversations in the district on various topics to hear what is important to you. If you are interested in participating, please fill this out so I can invite you to the appropriate conversation– https://forms.gle/Ezr6HF8WDUhu9cTU6

I hope to see you at some community events this weekend! Stay cool, stay hydrated!

This email has updates on events in the district, what I've been up to, and other important information. Below are some helpful links to click on to jump between sections.

The Community Calendar
  • Do you need to find enriching activities this summer for your child? Tomorrow, June 24, from 4-7 pm, there will be a Summer Youth Activities Fair at the Trinity Health Stadium that is free to all Hartford residents. This informational event provides on-site registration opportunities for summer programs, has events at the stadium, and even provides a free ticket to a Hartford Athletic game that same day! This event is a great chance to plan out your summer, and I hope to see you there!
This Sunday, June 25, from 11 am - 4 pm will be Hartford's first DominGO! Sunday of the year, held in the Northeast of the city. Streets are closed to cars, turning them into public spaces where you can explore neighborhoods, visit small businesses, enjoy local artists and musicians, and spend time outside. Experience all that the Northeast has to offer—from local DJs and steel drum bands to cricket demonstrations and youth sports programs!

See the list below for all the open sites that are providing Summer Meals this summer. Anyone 18 and under can participate at these sites. They do not need to be a Hartford resident or a HPS student.

(There are no grab and go meals available this year.)

For more information, please visit:

Food & Nutrition | Hartford Public Schools

The Windsor Public Schools Summer Food Program 2023 runs from June 19 to August 18, and is closed July 3 and 4. There are two locations this year to pick up lunch:
Sharshon Park (38 Skitchewaug Street) Monday - Friday from 11:30 - 12:15 pm
John Fitch Park (156 Bloomfield Avenue) Monday - Friday from noon - 12:45 pm

Due to changes in Federal Regulations for the Summer Food Service Program:

  • The child must be present to be eligible for a meal - no parent or guardian pick-up is permitted
  • The child's meal must be consumed on site - grab and go meals are no longer permitted
  • Each child or teen 18 and under is eligible for one lunch per day
Summer Concerts on the Windsor Town Green on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 PM from July 6 through August 24, 2023. Rain dates are always the following Tuesday. 
Join Windsor Public Library for the annual Summer Reading Kickoff. There will be a visit from a llama and its owner on the Town Green. The program is outside and will run from 10 am to noon. 
South Windsor
South Windsor Parks and Recreation Department presents the 2023 Summer Concert Series at The Shops at Evergreen Walk. Join for live music in The Park every Thursday from 7-9 starting June 29. 
The District Diary
Juneteenth Celebration
Juneteenth celebrations in Windsor, Hartford, and Bloomfield, and an event with Representatives Jahana Hayes and John Larson hosted by the Connecticut Federation of Democratic Women. Great seeing everyone this weekend #freedomday
National Safer Communities Summit
I attended the National Safer Communities Summit hosted by Senator Chris Murphy; it was great to hear from President Joe Biden and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, and I was honored to meet and speak to Lucy McBath and Gabby Giffords, both courageous women who themselves were personally impacted by gun violence and fight tirelessly for safer communities #safercommunitiessummit
Bonus Bytes
Overturning of Roe: 1 Year Later
1 year ago today..

Safe, legal abortion, which was a recognized federal constitutional right nationwide for nearly 50 years, suddenly...wasn't. Fast-forward 365 days, and more than 1/4 of states have banned abortion outright, and several more have severely restricted access. 

Here in Connecticut, the right to an abortion has been codified in state law since 1990, and we're not backing down. This past year, we took steps to protect those seeking abortions and their providers, and just this week, Attorney General William Tong appointed a special counsel to protect abortion access. 

Learn more about abortion access in Connecticut: tinyurl.com/4s453tmv
Funding for Ebony Horsewomen Equestrian and Therapeutic Center
I was thrilled to see the Ebony Horsewomen Equestrian and Therapeutic Center receive nearly $50,000 in a state grant for cultural and historic sites in Connecticut. The funds will go to creating public access to a transformative, educational, and rotating collection of multi-sensory historical artifacts, biographical profiles, photos, and interactives exploring the lives of the named and countless unnamed Black men and women whose underrepresented – yet distinct and substantial contributions shaped the foundation of the “Old West.” This is a great upgrade for an already great organization, and I can't wait to see the final result.
Community Investment Fund Deadline
A reminder that the Community Investment Fund grant deadline is next Friday, June 30. You can click here to watch an informational session on the program and what it entails. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a 1:1 meeting with CIF staff, you can request to do so here.
Families in the Park Program
Do you know about the Families In The Parks Program? Enjoy time together and reconnect with the outdoors, nature and each other with FREE & FUN activities like:

🦅 Birding/Wildlife
🥾 Hiking
Nature Centers
🏛️ Historic Building and Museums
Family Day in the Park
& more!

Learn more about the Families In The Park and  #NoChildLeftInside programs here: portal.ct.gov/NCLI
If you have any issues, concerns, or feedback, I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact me at 860-240-8585 if you ever need anything or by email at maryam.khan@cga.ct.gov.


Maryam Khan


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