FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. For more information contact Patrice Celli at 860-673-9712 ext. 234. The Avon Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. Thursday, Dec. 20, 12:15 to 1:45 pm

WINTER SOLSTICE CANDLELIGHT YIN YOGA: Friday evening, December 21, Cynthia will lead her favorite class of the year, Winter Solstice Candlelight Yin Yoga from 6:00 - 7:15. PM Yin Yoga is a very slow-moving, deeply meditative style of yoga that stems from the Taoist tradition and is extraordinarily grounding. Beginners welcome. Suggested donation for this class is $20 and any amount is welcome. All classes take place in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street. Ample off-street parking is available behind the church. If you have questions, please email Cynthia at cjwolcott@hotmail.com.

CONNETIC DANCE: The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy. Friday, Dec. 21 - Saturday, Dec. 22, 8pm & Sunday, Dec. 23, 2pm. CONNetic Dance puts a contemporary twist on this holiday classic, featuring a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, and a sense of humor!For information and tickets, visit www.conneticdance.com or call (860) 251-9194. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org.

DRAG BRUNCH: Babs for the Holiday. Sunday, Dec. 23, 10:30am & 12:30pm. Join us for this holiday-inspired Drag Brunch in the Untitled Bistro with “Barbra Streetsand,” starring Tony Di Pietro. After, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, brunch, and one complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30 am and one at 12:30 pm; tickets are $38/$28 members. Purchase tickets at https://bit.ly/2PfWzTE. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org.

Town offices, most businesses closed.

WOMENS’ NETWORKING: West Hartford Women in Networking meeting. Thursday December 27, 7:30AM-9:30AM at Chatfield/Brookdale, One Chatfield Drive, West Hartford. West Hartford Women in Networking invites interested businesswomen to our Goal Setting session- last meeting of 2018. We will have Introductions, Networking, Small Groups, and breakfast snacks. Feel free to bring your promotional materials to display. Presenter will be business coach Gina Johnson. Determine your effectiveness by paying attention to what is working and what’s not working. If you are like most, you are overwhelmed with Goal Setting. She will walk you through setting goals for the new year so that you can start 2019 off right. Meeting fee: $2 For more information visit https://bit.ly/2pAttna.

JAZZ BRUNCH: Sarah Hanahan Quartet. Sunday, Dec. 30, 10:30am & 12:30pm An a la carte brunch in the Untitled Bistro featuring live music by the Sarah Hanahan Quartet. Tickets $38/$28 members; includes museum admission. Purchase tickets at thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org.

PRAYER: New Year’s Day: Prayers for World Peace, 11am — 12:30pm, with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Khyenwang at Odiyana Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford. No cost, by donation only. A peaceful world begins with a peaceful mind. Celebrate the New Year with a positive intention to deepen your compassion and wisdom and become part of the solution heading toward world peace. Everyone is welcome to this special class, which will include a beautiful guided meditation, brief advice on how to increase our love, compassion and wisdom, and chanted Prayers dedicated to world peace. Light refreshments served after. Followed by an Open House: Drop in any time from 1-3pm to check out the center, ask questions, or to browse the bookstore & gift shop, or listen to a guided meditation. For more info: email to info@odiyana.org, call 860.266.6041 or visit meditationinconnecticut.org.

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. For more information contact Patrice Celli at 860-673-9712 ext. 234. The Avon Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. Thursday, Jan. 3, 12:15 to 1:45 pm

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Thursday, January 3, 1:30 PM Faxon Library Branch, Lower Level, 1073 New Britain Ave, West Hartford. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles.

HAPPY HOUR: Jan. 4 (Friday) Singles Happy Hour at Wood-N-Tap, 1274 Farmington Ave., Farmington at 5 pm. Join us after work for a super time! It’s a nice way to end the week and to mingle and make new friends. Reduced prices for drinks and appetizers until 6 pm. We’ll meet in lounge. There is no charge. For info, call Gail at 860-463-6906. Singles Social Connections

INTERNATIONAL BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: South Africa. Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, 2:00 PM: “Hum If You Don’t Know the Words” by Bianca Marais. This is a book discussion featuring fictional books set in South Africa. Led by Cyndi Larsen 860-673-9712 clarsen@avonctlibrary.info. Free and open to the public. No registration. Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon.

TAX TALK: Income Tax Law Changes Tuesday, January 8, 6:30PM Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law in December, 2017, has dramatically changed many of the basic tax laws we have all become accustomed to. Not only have many of the laws changed, many of the basic forms, including the federal form 1040, have had major changes as well. Join us on Tuesday, January 8, at 6:30 PM to learn about many of the changes we will all encounter when we sit down to prepare our 2018 income tax returns. Register at www.westhartfordlibrary.org. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

ART CLASS: Intro to drawing/painting portraits. Level: Beginning - Intermediate. Instructor: Tiago Finato. Tuesday, January 08, 2019-Tuesday, March 12, 2019 West Hartford Art League, Upper Schoolhouse (Brick Building), 37 Buena Vista Road, West Hartford. Time: 6 to 9 PM Tuition: $240 Member Tuition: $220. Tiago recently had two pieces accepted into the prestigious Portrait Society of America exhibit, where he received two awards for his work.

ONE WORLD LECTURE SERIES: Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford. Eminent university professors from around Connecticut visit the Noah Webster Library to talk on some of their favorite topics. Jan. 9, 2019, Wed., 7PM - Prof. Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Wesleyan University - “God and the Multiverse: A Melodrama” Register at www.westhartfordlibrary.org. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

WEIGHT LOSS HYPNOSIS: Weight Loss & Nutrition Hypnosis In Three Nights At New England Hypnosis “Weight Loss In Three January Nights” at New England Hypnosis & Weight Loss center at 1436 Berlin Turnpike in Berlin, Thursdays January 10, 17 and 24 at 7 PM. Dr. William McEvoy will offer integrated weight loss and nutritional education programs in small groups to help participants become empowered to lose weight and take an active role in their day-to-day health and wellbeing. In under 10 hours, participants are given the emotional and psychological tools, willpower, and ongoing support to have a positive and practical weight-loss experience. For more information, visit https://www.nehypnosis.com, or call Dr. McEvoy at 860-438-8788 or email to info@nehypnosis.com.

BOOK TALK: Classics of Modernism: “Catch 22.” Thursday, January 10, 7 PM. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford. This course is a unique opportunity to deconstruct the nuances and implications of influential texts; to debate what things mean and hear other perspectives in discussions guided by the questions and suggestions of a university professor. January 10th & 17th. Register at www.westhartfordlibrary.org. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

BOOK TALK: Novelist Keith Scribner, a member of the Loomis Chaffee Class of 1980, will speak at Loomis Chaffee School on Friday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. “Old Newgate Road,” Keith’s soon-to-be-released novel set in the tobacco fields of northern Connecticut, will be the topic of his presentation which will take place in the school’s Gilchrist Auditorium, in the Clark Center for Science & Mathematics, located at 4 Batchelder Road, Windsor, Connecticut. The public is invited to attend the book talk and signing, and admission is free of charge. Copies of “Old Newgate Road” will be available for purchase at the event.

SINGLES DANCE: Jan. 11 (Friday) Singles Snowflake Dance at Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central Street, Bristol from 7 to 11 pm. Be sure to come and bring your friends. Enjoy the evening and dance the night away to our DJ Tasteful Productions. There will be a delicious buffet from 7 to 8 pm to enjoy. This is our first dance after the holidays. Join us for a fun night! Dress to impress and door prizes. Members $15, Guests $20. For info, call Gail at 860-463-6906. Singles Social Connections.

FVSO CONCERT: Tchaikovsky & Dvorak, Jan. 12. Returning to the FVSO for the third time on Saturday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m. at the University of St. Joseph’s Hoffman Auditorium, will be the exciting young cellist Leland Ko. The 20 year-old musician from Weston, MA, now studying at Princeton University, will perform the dramatic Dvorak “Cello Concerto in B Minor.” In his young career he has studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, the Perlman Music Program in New York and has toured across Europe. Also on the program will be the beautiful ballet music to “The Sleeping Beauty” by Tchaikovsky. Concert-goers are invited to a Complimentary Champagne Reception with Hor d’ouvres, beginning at 3:00 pm.

CONFERENCE: Campus Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention Conference. Tuesday, January 15, 8 am to 4 pm at UCONN Law, 55 Elizabeth Street, Hartford. This one-day conference will bring together campus communities and anti-sexual violence advocates to bolster our collective efforts to address and prevent sexual violence on Connecticut’s campuses. Workshops will cover topics such as the proposed changes to Title IX, the investigation and adjudication process, healthy sexuality as a means of prevention, self-care and supportive techniques, student engagement, and more. This conference is open to the public. We encourage advocates, teachers, and college employees to attend. Help us spread the word. Registration will open up soon. Save the date and stay tuned!

BOOK TALK: An Analysis of the Book “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott Tuesday, January 15, 6:30PM Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford. Gender roles, women’s aspirations, sibling rivalry and familial relationships are just a few of the themes that Louisa May Alcott incorporates. We will touch upon the biographical elements of the book and reflect on why they sometimes mirror and sometimes contradict the actual experiences of the author. Register at www.westhartfordlibrary.org. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

PLAY: “Murder For Two” January 16 - February 3, 2019 Everyone is a suspect in Murder For Two, a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: One actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects. And they both play the PIANO! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this 90-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. Visit www.playhouseonpark.org for tickets and more information.

MORNING BOOK CLUB: The informal group meets once a month on Wednesday mornings at the Avon Free Public Library. Everyone is welcome, no registration required. Books are available ahead of time at the Reference Desk. Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 10:30 a.m. “The Commoner” by John Burnham Schwartz. A novel about the first commoner to enter the mysterious world of Japanese royalty in 1959. The library is at 281 Country Club Road in Avon. For further information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 ext. 4 or visit us online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. For more information contact Patrice Celli at 860-673-9712 ext. 234. The Avon Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. Thursday, Jan. 17, 12:15 to 1:45 pm

WEIGHT LOSS HYPNOSIS: Session 2. Weight Loss & Nutrition Hypnosis In Three Nights At New England Hypnosis “Weight Loss In Three January Nights” at New England Hypnosis & Weight Loss center at 1436 Berlin Turnpike in Berlin, Thursdays Jan. 17 and 24 at 7 PM. Dr. William McEvoy will offer integrated weight loss and nutritional education programs in small groups to help participants become empowered to lose weight and take an active role in their day-to-day health and wellbeing. In under 10 hours, participants are given the emotional and psychological tools, willpower, and ongoing support to have a positive and practical weight-loss experience. For more information, visit https://www.nehypnosis.com, or call Dr. McEvoy at 860-438-8788 or email to info@nehypnosis.com.

BOOK TALK: Classics of Modernism: “Catch 22.” Thursday, January 17, 7PM. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford. This course is a unique opportunity to deconstruct the nuances and implications of influential texts; to debate what things mean and hear other perspectives in discussions guided by the questions and suggestions of a university professor. January 17. Register at www.westhartfordlibrary.org. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

HSO MASTERWORKS SERIES: Bach & Beyond. January 18-20, 2019. Featuring Leonid Sigal conductor and HSO concertmaster; Lisa Rautenberg conductor and HSO associate concertmaster; Carlos Fittante Baroque dancer “Air on the G String,” the second movement in Bach’s Suite No. 3 in D Major, is unquestionably one of the most famous melodies in the Baroque era. Lully was the master of the lyric tragedy, and his Phaeton is a warning against excessive pride. This intricate tale, nicknamed “the people’s opera” in 1683, focuses on Phaeton, the son of Apollo, who drives his chariot too close to the sun. Plus, Baroque dancers take the stage for Geminiani’s La Follia. The second half of this performance presents Baroque music interpreted through a modern lens; Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9 was inspired by Bach’s compositional style, while Ibert’s Divertissement reimagines the Baroque ballet suite genre. Visit www.hartfordsymphony.org. for tickets and information.

PLAY: “A Doll’s House, Part 2” By Lucas Hnath. January 18 - February 24 Written by Tony Award nominee Lucas Hnath, A Doll’s House, Part 2 explores, in uproarious fashion, the emotional chaos that results when Nora Helmer (of Henrik Ibsen’s classic) returns to the home from which she exited fifteen years earlier. Nominated for 8 Tony Awards in 2017, including best new play, A Doll’s House, Part 2 is a whip-smart, contemporary comedy. Ibsen never could have imagined a Nora with as much humor and sharp wit. Visit www.theaterworkshartford.org for tickets and more information.

SINGLES DINNER: Jan. 19 (Saturday) Singles Dinner Evening at Portofinos Restaurant, 246 New Britain Road, Berlin at 6:30 pm. They have a great menu and nice atmosphere. This is an opportunity to meet old and new friends. Come join us! You buy your dinner. To reserve, call Gail at 860-463-6906. Sponsored by Singles Social Connections.

WEIGHT LOSS HYPNOSIS: Session 3. Weight Loss & Nutrition Hypnosis In Three Nights At New England Hypnosis “Weight Loss In Three January Nights” at New England Hypnosis & Weight Loss center at 1436 Berlin Turnpike in Berlin, Thursday Jan. 24 at 7 PM. Dr. William McEvoy will offer integrated weight loss and nutritional education programs in small groups to help participants become empowered to lose weight and take an active role in their day-to-day health and wellbeing. In under 10 hours, participants are given the emotional and psychological tools, willpower, and ongoing support to have a positive and practical weight-loss experience. For more information, visit https://www.nehypnosis.com, or call Dr. McEvoy at 860-438-8788 or email to info@nehypnosis.com.

SINGLES WALK/LUNCH: January 27 (Sunday) Singles Walk & Lunch at Walnut Hill Park, Park Place, New Britain at 11 am. This is a nice place for a Sunday morning walk. Afterward, we’ll go nearby for lunch. Come join us! No charge for walk. For info, call Gail 860-463-6906. Singles Social Connections.

YOGA: 3 weekly classes on an ongoing basis: Monday evenings, 6:00 - 7:15 PM, All Levels Yoga; Wednesday and Friday mornings, 9:30 - 10:45 AM, Gentle Yoga. Beginners welcome. These classes are ongoing and the suggested donation is $15 - $18 and any amount is welcome. All classes take place in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street. Ample off-street parking is available behind the church. If you have questions, please email Cynthia at cjwolcott@hotmail.com.

WESLEYAN POTTERY SHOP: Wesleyan Potters Gallery Shop reopens with extended hours for all your holiday shopping needs. The extended Gallery Shop is open Wednesday, through Christmas Eve, December 24. The hours are 10-6 daily, including Saturdays and Sundays; 10-4 on Christmas Eve. Wesleyan Potters is located at 350 South Main Street, Middletown. For more info, call the office 860-347-5925, visit us at https://bit.ly/2BmVAMq or find it on Facebook, Istagram, Twitter and YouTube.

BOOK DRIVE: Greater Hartford Holiday Book Drive provides new and gently used books to at-risk elementary school students across our region. The book drive will run through December 21, with three drop-off locations in West Hartford, and an online donation option. All new book donations are presented to at-risk students and all used book donations are given to libraries at Children’s Reading Partners’ participating schools and partner organizations. Donated books should be appropriate for grades pre-K through 4. They may be hardcover or paperback, new or very lightly used. Drop-off locations include: Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, 860.233.9696; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, 860.233.8215; Keller Williams Realty, 29 South Main Street, West Hartford, 860.977.3176. Financial contributions are also welcome at bit.ly/GHBookDrive2018; all proceeds are used to purchase new books for at-risk students.

PLAY: “Christmas On The Rocks.” TheaterWorks Hartford through December 23. An offbeat collection of twisted holiday tales by John Cariani, Jeffrey Hatcher, Jenn Harris & Matthew Wilkas, Jacques Lamarre, Theresa Rebeck, and Edwin Sanchez. www.theaterworkshartford.org for tickets and information.

DONATE YOUR CAR: Donate your car, truck or van and help raise funds for a local private school. Free, Fast, Tow Away. Running or Not Running. Can be used for a charitable tax deduction. Call Charter Oak Education dba Sterling Education at 860-643-1100.

OPEN ENROLLMENT: Find us on Mondays - Fridays, 10:30AM-5:30PM at health centers and libraries across the state during Open Enrollment. We’re here to answer your questions and help you enroll. Open Enrollment Ends December 15. We are happy to offer 20% off Lyft rides to all enrollment fairs and enrollment locations. Use LYFT CODE: WESTHARTFORDOE for West Hartford. Noah Webster Library, 20 S Main Street, West Hartford.

ATLANTIC MAGAZINE DISCUSSION: Tuesdays 7 PM. Noah Webster Library Board Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford. Grab your free copy of The Atlantic magazine (at the Information Desk) and join the library-sponsored discussion at 7:00pm on the third Tuesday of most months in the Noah Webster Library Board Room, 20 South Main Street. All you need is a penchant for current affairs and thirst for lively discussion. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for more information.

MEDICARE CHOICES: Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is holding free CHOICES counseling sessions during Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period. Individuals will meet one on one with a CHOICES counselor to discuss Medicare benefit options. CHOICES is Connecticut’s program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, and Eligibility Screening. CHOICES counselors advise, educate and empower individuals to navigate the increasingly complex Medicare program and help beneficiaries make choices among a vast array of options to best meet their needs. The sessions will be held Wednesdays, Nov. 28, and Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Ave. Spaces are limited and appointments must be made. To register, call Elmwood Senior Center, 860.561.8180.

DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP: Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is presenting a free dementia support group at the West Hartford Senior Center. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the senior center located at 15 Starkel Road, West Hartford. Those who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia will be able to learn useful skills while voicing their concerns. Topics include communication techniques, caregiver support, safety issues, benefits of activities and daily routine, family dynamics, stages of the disease process, behavior management and more. Facilitators are Michelle Wyman, LSW, CDP, dementia specialist, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, and Elaine Reid, CDP, director of client services, Companions for Living. For more information or to register for the dementia support group, call Wyman at 860.666.7258, email Michelle.Wyman@hhchealth.org; or Reid at 860.712.4614, email Ereid@companionsforliving.com.

THE FERN STREET COMMUNITY KITCHEN: has upcoming dates for Free Community Breakfasts, Food Pantry and Mobile Foodshare Distribution for neighbors in need. The Mobile Foodshare will be distributing food in the back parking lot of the Community Kitchen at the Universalist Church at 433 Fern Street in West Hartford from 9:15 — 9:45 a.m.. Breakfast is served from 9:00 — 10:00 a.m.. The dates are December 31; January 14 & 28; and February 11 & 25. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., January 19, and February 16. For more information about the Fern Street Food Ministry, contact: communitybreakfast@westhartforduu.org, foodsharemobile@westhartforduu.org, FoodPantry@westhartforduu.org or 860-233-3669 x109.

FRIDAY NIGHT LECTURES: Friday Night Lectures with Gen Khyenwang of Odiyana Buddhist Center. Develop mental peace through meditation. Held at Popover Bistro, 928 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury. Lecture: 7:00 — 8:15 pm | Social 8:15 — 9:00pm. $12 per class. No one turned away for lack of funds. For info, visit our website at: www.meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE SUPPORT GROUP: A free open support group for parents concerned about substance abuse will begin weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings. The group will meet every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the offices of The Next Right Thing. LLC, 345 North Main St., Suite 306, West Hartford. Any parent concerned about their late teens’ marijuana or other substance use may join and participate in one or more sessions. The group is free and open. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is advised. To register, or for information contact: The Next Right Thing at (860) 233-8803 or info@TheNextRightThing.net.

WRITERS GROUP: Saturday Morning Writers’ Lounge (SaMoWriLo) Every Saturday from 10am to Noon Noah Webster Library, Gallery Area Hang with other writers every Saturday morning and write, write, write. Set up shop in the comfortable confines of the library’s Gallery area, main level. If you like, bring your own covered beverage or quiet snack. And let your writing flow: 10 am to noon, every Saturday. www.westhartfordlibrary.org/. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE DISCUSSION GROUP: Meets Fridays at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Noah Webster Library Board Room If you have read the issue, then please attend. Attendees may pick up a free copy of The New Yorker every week at the Information Desk at the Noah Webster Library (attendees only, as long as they last). This is a popular discussion series and the room fills up fast, so please arrive on time to obtain a seat. This 90-minute discussion is relaxed and conversational. It’s all made possible by the West Hartford Library Foundation, Thomas F. Kilfoil Bequest. Library cardholders can use Zinio to read The New Yorker on their iPads and other tablets every week.

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM: Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. Held at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. www.cbict.org / bethisrael@cbict.org / 860-233-8215 Presented by the Reform rabbis of the greater Hartford area. Curriculum offers comprehensive study including basic Hebrew, Jewish history, liturgy, holidays, lifecycle events and the Jewish perspective on spirituality, values and community. $180 per person / $230 per couple. Contact Cheryl Goldberg, cgoldberg@cbict.org or 860-233-8215 ext. 2230 to obtain more information or to register.

LUNCH AND LEARN: Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, offers this series Tuesdays at 12 p.m., Join Rabbi Rosen as he explores the Hebrew Bible. He has been going through the entire book, chapter by chapter, and newcomers are welcome at any time. He is currently in the Book of Second Kings and would love to have you join. Call 860-233-9696 or visit www.bethelwesthartford.org.

CLASS: Drop-in downloading every Tuesday, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Noah Webster Library learning lab. For more information call 860-561-6950.

CLASS: Tech Therapy every Tuesday, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Noah Webster Library. For more information call the library at 860-561-6950.

WRITING GROUP: The West Hartford Library writing group meets the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the general public and no reservations are needed.

POETS MEETING: Faxon Poets meet on the third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Faxon Branch Library. The library is located at 1073 New Britain Avenue in the Elmwood section of West Hartford.

SCREENWRITERS: CT Screenwriters meet on the last Wednesday of every month (except December) at 7 p.m. at the library meeting room, lower level, at Noah Webster Library. For more information call the library at 860-561-6990.

SELF ADVOCACY GROUP FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITES: Every month on the first Wednesday. Room 29, Elmwood Community Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. Come join this brand new self advocacy group currently forming. We will have fun learning self advocacy and independent living skills. Topics discussed will vary every month but include: Healthy Relationships, Employment, Transportation and Housing. We will also learn who our legislators are and how to contact them. This group will be run by Yana Razumnaya, Self Advocate Coordinator with the CT Department of Developmental Services. Come Have Fun, meet new people and Learn how to Speak up, speak out loud!Please Contact Yana at yana.razumnaya@ct.gov or call 860-263-2554 with any questions or to register.

MUSIC UNIVERSITY: Mondays at 12:00 pm or Wednesdays 7:30 pm. Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford. Join Cantor Ness to learn how words and music work in harmony. This event is free to attend. For Monday afternoon sessions, please bring a dairy ‘brown bag’ lunch. For more information email BEMA at bema@betheltemplemusic.com.

COFFEE & CONVERSATION: 9:30am to 10:30am at Panera in Bishops Corner. The first Friday of the month, parents of children receiving special education services meet for coffee and a chance to talk & make new friends in a casual setting. We generally meet in the back of the restaurant.

LUNCHTIME MEDITATION IN EAST HARTFORD: Learn to Meditate, ongoing Thursdays from 12:15pm — 12:45 p.m. at Odiyana Center, 36 Main St, East Hartford. Take a break from your day and learn to meditate. These 30 minute guided meditations will give you a chance to experience the many benefits of meditation.No experience necessary. Cost: $5 — No one turned away for lack of funds. For info, visit Odiyana website at: meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

LEARN TO MEDITATE: ongoing Tuesday mornings, 10am — 11am, at Odiyana Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford, with Resident Teacher Kelsang Khyenwang.Guided Meditations for Daily Life using the New Meditation Handbook. In this class, learn the basic skills of meditation and learn what objects we can focus on that keep our mind peaceful and positive. Meditations will be guided and brief advice shared on how to maintain a peaceful mind during our daily life.This class is perfect for beginners and advanced meditators alike.No experience necessary. Everyone welcome.Cost-$10 per class. No one turned away for lack of funds.For info, visit our website at: meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

LEARN TO MEDITATE: ongoing Wednesdays from 7:00pm — 8:15pm at Odiyana Center, 36 Main St, East Hartford with Resident Teacher Kelsang Khyenwang.Meditation is a method to improve our own inner qualities and is the best method to help ourselves and to bring benefit to others.Each class will include guided meditations to experience inner peace and clarity, practical instructions from Buddhist teachings, and time for contemplation, discussion and questions.Leave each class with a more peaceful mind and practical methods to maintain that positive mind in daily life.This class is perfect for beginners or advanced meditators alike. Everyone is welcome. $10 per class- No one turned away for lack of funds.For more info, visit our website at meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

LEARN TO MEDITATE: Ongoing Tuesdays, 7-7:45 p.m., with Teacher Anita Petruzelli of Odiyana Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford. Drop in to this weekly class and learn how to meditate. Meditation is a scientific method that functions to make the mind peaceful and positive. Through guided meditations and brief advice on how to maintain the peaceful minds that we do cultivate, our daily life becomes a means to improving our compassion and wisdom. Cost: $10 per class- no one turned away for lack of funds.For info, visit our website at meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.