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Windham — WILLIMANTIC – Rock & Roll and Blues Hall of Famer Elvin Bishop will bring his Big Fun Trio featuring Bob Welsh on piano and guitar and Willy Jordan on cajón and vocals, to headline the Michael Finnigan Memorial Shaboo Reunion Concert at Shaboo Stage in Jillson Square, 533 Main St. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11, and is a benefit for the Covenant Soup Kitchen.

The Big Fun Trio’s Grammy-nominated Alligator Records release, Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here, is rootsy, spirited, humorous and soulful, performed by serious musicians hell-bent on having a good time. Bishop, a natural storyteller, is as slyly good-humored and instantly crowd-pleasing as he was when he was scoring Southern rock-styled hits during the 1970s or cutting award-winning blues albums over the last 30 years.

Ticket price is $30 in advance or $40 at the gate. A VIP ticket is $200. Visit for more information.

AREA – Windham and New London County high school students are invited to enter the Vaping Public Service Announcement (PSA) High School Video Contest. Entries are due June 15 and the winner will be announced on July 1.

Even though youth cigarette use continues to decline, e-cigarettes/vaping use is skyrocketing. SERAC is hosting a PSA contest. The winner of this contest will have their 30-second vaping prevention PSA spotlighted on Comcast Television and SERAC Wellness Televisions, as well as a check for $750 to the winning school.

Available topics can include: What are E-Cigarettes and why are they Harmful, E-cigarettes/Vapes and Nicotine, Youth Use and Addiction, Vape Availability and Marketing, and Attitudes and Perceptions of Peer Use.

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Each entrant must be enrolled as a student at a Windham or New London County high school. Students may work individually or as a team. Contest is limited to one entry per person/team. A parent/teacher must sponsor and be responsible for the supervision of the entrant(s).The parent/teacher sponsor or other adults may appear in the PSA video but shall not participate in the development or production of the video.

Creativity and original ideas are important. The PSA must be no longer than 30 seconds, submitted in .MOV or .MP4 file format, original student’s work – nothing copyrighted or trademarked, school appropriate and not include any offensive or illegal content. Email [email protected] with questions and submissions.

STORRS – Celebrate the UConn’s Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center 50th anniversary with Orlando Ortiz & Karibe Mambo Orchestra on Saturday, June 11. As part of the long-awaited return of Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts’ cabarets, Latin food, desserts and drinks will be available when doors open at 7 p.m.

DJ Nervioso will be mixing live from the moment the doors open until 10-piece Latin band Orlando Ortiz & Karibe Mambo Orchestra takes the stage at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 to $25 for the general public and $15 for students/youth. Visit or call the Box Office at 860-486-4226 for more information. Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2132 Hillside Road on the UConn campus.

STATEWIDE – Over 150 Connecticut tourism attractions, including museums, arts and cultural venues, historical sites, nature centers, shops and vineyards, will offer free or reduced admission or special offers to state residents and families on Connecticut Open House Day, taking place Saturday, June 11.

Organized by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, the 18th annual event celebrates the state’s diverse array of history, art, culture, nature and adventure. Visit for more information and participating locations.

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