Mystic library accepting gift card donations for local family services

MYSTIC, Conn. - In lieu of the annual Giving Tree this year the Mystic & Noank Library will be accepting gift card donations to be given to Groton Human Services and Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. To maintain contactless interactions as much as possible, Groton Human Services and Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center will provide families with gift cards to purchase their holiday meal and toys for their children. Donations of gift cards to local stores such as Walmart, Target, Amazon, Stop & Shop, Big Y, and Aldi are encouraged.

Donation gifts cards should be dropped off at the circulation desk by Dec. 3 to allow time for distribution to each family.

The Mystic & Noank Library is located at 40 Library Street in Mystic. Library hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Coronavirus scams: How to avoid banking scams

GROTON, Conn. - Join the Groton Public Library for a free, virtual workshop presented by the State of Connecticut Department of Banking, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m.

From fake charities to offers of phony cures, the pandemic has given scammers new ways to get us to let our guard down. Scams all share a common goal: to access your personal financial information and steal your hard-earned money. Don't let con artists get the best of you. Learn what new scams are out there and learn tips to avoid being a victim. Knowledge is your best defense!

Register for all virtual programs through the Library’s online calendar. Zoom meeting information will be emailed to our newsletter subscribers, registered attendees, and by request.

For more information, visit Note that programming may be affected or cancelled due to COVID-19.

NAMI offers online support

NORWICH, Conn. - The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Southeast Connecticut offers Online Family Support Groups, for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness every Wednesday at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

To register for NAMI Zoom Meetings

- in advance, email to sign up for online support groups

- download the Zoom app

- as the meeting date approaches, check your e-mail for a Zoom meeting invitation from NAMI SECT

For more information, visit:

Senior Center looking for decorated houses

GROTON, Conn. – D you live in Groton and decorate your house for the holidays? Could your house be a fan favorite? The Groton Senior Center will be making a list of addresses (no names will be used) of houses participating. Register with the Senior Center (e-mail by 10 a.m. Dec. 1 and decorate your house by Dec. 3.

Maps of houses participating will be available for pickup outside of the Senior Center, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by visiting the Center’s Facebook page.

To cast your vote, write down your favorite decorated house’s address and drop your vote in the box located outside the Senior Center, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Facebook or e-mail

Voting closes Jan. 1 at 4:30 p.m. This event is open to all. For more information, call the center at (860) 441-6785.

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