NEW CANAAN — The state’s average gas prices are down 2 cents compared to a week ago and down a dime compared to this time last month. Connecticut’s average gas price registers $2.69, compared to last week’s $2.71 and last month’s $2.79. Nationally, however, prices continue to fluctuate because of a volatile market in some regions of the country. The national average of a gallon of regular is $2.47, up a penny compared to this time last week, but down 9 cents compared to this time last month. Experts attribute the regional volatility to a recent trend where demand is increasing; inventory is dropping and crude oil prices are fluctuating. Despite the volatility, AAA expects national gas prices to continue to drop as the holidays approach.

NEW CANAAN — New Canaan Library will choose an artist for its biannual Artist in Residence program. The artist will have their work on display in the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery April 9 to May 2, and will participate in library-sponsored events that engage the community with their art. The artist will work with library staff to create learning experiences for the community. Artists will be contacted by Nov. 15 to be notified of their application status. For information, contact Emily Oumano at eoumano@newcanaanlibrary.org or 203-594-5079.