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Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Wild About Reading
10:30 a.m. - Noon Charlestown

Preschool Story Hour
11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Carolina

Mah Jongg
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Quilting Group
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

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Chariho High to hold open house Wednesday

RICHMOND — Chariho Regional High School will hold an open house for parents and guardians on Wednesday from 5:45 to 8 p.m.

Parents and guardians will follow their son or daughter’s schedule and have an opportunity to meet with teachers to hear important information about what students will be learning in each of their classes during the school year. Parents will learn about grading, major assignments, times teachers will be available for extra help, and other important information related to teacher expectations. Student schedules will be provided.

There will also be a technology preview event starting at 5 p.m. in the high school library for parents and guardians to learn more about the new technology in the school. Registration is available at Walk-ins are welcome.

Applications being accepted for Master Gardener Program

STORRS — The University of Connecticut Extension System is accepting applications for the Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program for 2014.

The program provides horticultural training to individuals who want to expand their gardening interests and share knowledge with the public. The program consists of 14 class sessions (one full day per week) beginning Jan. 3, and 60 hours of volunteer service. Individuals successfully completing the program will receive a University of Connecticut Master Gardener certification. The charge is $415. Partial scholarships may be available, based on financial need.

Locally, classes will be held at the New London County Extension Center in Norwich. Susan H. Munger is the county coordinator. For more information or an application, call 860-887-1608 or visit

Conn. lottery officials authorize keno funding

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lottery officials are moving a little closer to establishing keno.

The Connecticut Lottery Corporation’s board of directors on Thursday approved spending $5.4 million over two years to bring keno to at least 600 locations and offer it to the 2,800 retailers that sell lottery tickets.

The Malloy administration must reach agreement with the state’s two Indian tribes that have an exclusive right to offer gambling on their reservations. The agreement would establish state policy that keno does not void the compacts between the state and the federally recognized Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribal nations.

The compacts authorize gambling on tribal reservations in exchange for 25 percent of slot machine revenue. The tribes insist that Keno is gambling, not a lottery game and may only be offered on their reservations.

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