FILM: Film intro & post film discussion will be led by local film expert, Bob Kagan, Professor of Communication at CCSU and University of Hartford. Snacks to share are welcome! The films are free and open to the public, registration is not required. For more information call the Avon Public Library 860-673-9712 or visit The Avon Public Library is at 281 Country Club Rd. Avon. Thursday, October 25 at 6:30 pm. “The Counterfeiters,” 2007, Rated R - This German film depicts Operation Bernhard, a plan by the Nazis to use concentration camp counterfeiters to forge British currency with the aim of destabilizing England’s economy. The high octane pace of this drama sheds light on a little known aspect of Hitler’s strategy to conquer the world. Suspenseful from the first minute to the last. This film will be shown with subtitles. 1 hour, 38 minutes.

FILM: Avon Free Public Library Community Room, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. For more information, call 860.673.9712 or visit Thursday, October 25 @ 1:30 PM “Towering Inferno” Rated PG ; 2 hrs. and 45 min. A massive fire threatens to destroy a newly constricted office tower and everyone in it. Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and William Holden star.

FLU VACCINE CLINIC: Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 11 Hartford Avenue, Granby. 10:00 am — 12:30 pm The available vaccines are: Quadrivalent for ages 5 and over, and High Dose for ages 65 and older. The following types of insurance are accepted: Medicare (Part B as Primary Carrier); ConnectiCare (Regular & Medicare); CIGNA; Aetna (Regular & Medicare); Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield (but no Anthem Medicare); Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare; Wellcare and United Healthcare (CT State Retiree Plan only). For more information or to make an appointment, please call the Farmington Valley VNA at 860-651-3539, Monday — Friday from 8:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. Appointments are encouraged; walk-ins are also welcome. Participants must be 18 years or older.

ART TALK: “The Marketing of Surrealism” Thursday, Oct. 25, 5pm Reception, 6pm LectureLearn more about the advertising and design enterprises of the Surrealist artists including Salvador Dalí in a lecture by Sandra Zalman, professor of art history at the University of Houston. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

CONCERT: The New England Jazz Ensemble announced today that it will perform a CD release concert of the big band’s reinterpretation of Prokofiev’s iconic “Peter and the Wolf” on Thursday October 25, in West Hartford. The concert begins at 7:30pm, at the Roberts Theater Center, which is located on the grounds of the Kingswood Oxford School (170 Kingswood Street). Tickets are general admission for $10 and will be available at the door on the evening of the concert.

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. Oct. 25, Thur., 7PM - Prof. Cheryl Greenberg, Trinity College - “Why Not Restrict Hate Speech? (An Historical Perspective)” Register at Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

OPERA TALKS: with Jeffrey Engel. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford. Music historian Jeffrey Engel will explore five operas of the Metropolitan Opera’s fall season in this interactive discussion series. Oct. 25 - Thursday, 1:30PM - Giacomo Puccini / La Fanciulla del West Register at Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

HALLOWEEN BASH: Friday, October 26 from 7 to 11 PM. Connecticut Family Theatre Inc.,58 South Street, West Hartford. DJ, dancing, photo booth, finger foods, refreshments, candy bar, costume contest, raffle prizes and more! Family Friendly! Ages 1 -99! Tickets: Single $30 each. Couple: $25 each. Family of 3 or more $20 each. (Youth 14 and over can attend without an adult.) Tickets can be reserved online: or mail w/payment to CFT, 58 South Street, West Hartford.

GALLERY TALK : “Monsters & Myths” Friday, Oct. 26, 12pm. As WWII caused devastation and displacement in Europe, surrealists produced powerfully disturbing artwork. Tour the first major exhibition to focus on the relationship between Surrealism and war with curator Oliver Tostmann. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

PERFORMANCE — ‘FRANKENSTEIN’: Capital Classics Theatre Company brings radio-theater performances of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” to The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford this Halloween week. Performances will also include radio-theater style readings of a story by Mark Twain to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. (Listen to the audio live on The Mark Twain Facebook Page, Sunday, October 28, 2 p.m.) Performances are held on Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 28, at 2:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Financial Auditorium at The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue in Hartford. Audience members of all ages are welcome for a scary good time. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for MTH&M members and Lets GO Arts! cardholders. To reserve tickets, call 860-280-3130.

CEMETERY TOUR: Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation presents its annual Hallowed History Lantern Tour on Friday, October 26, from 6 to 9 pm. History comes alive on this lantern-led tour of Hartford’s Cedar Hill Cemetery. Character actors share tantalizing true stories of some of our notable and not-so-notable residents. This year guests will meet Virginia Dox who reminisces about her 1891 Grand Canyon trek; Albert Pitkin who recounts his tale of a horrible railroad accident; and Emma Allen who recalls the 1911 heat wave; among others. Cedar Hill Cemetery is located at 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford. Tickets are $15.00 per person. To ensure your participation, reservations are required for specific time slots. The event often sells out, so book early by calling Beverly Lucas at 860-956-3311.

CONCERT: Charlie King live in concert at The Unitarian Society of Hartford 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford. Friday October 26th at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7. Charlie King is a musical storyteller, labor historian and political satirist. He sings passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. He is currently touring with his latest recording Life & Love, Tears & Laughter, a 15 song, eclectic mix of classic folk songs. Tickets are $20 at the door/$14 for students with ID. Children under age 12 are free with paying parent. Tickets are also available through brown paper tickets -

WHISKEY & WINE DINNER FOR A CAUSE: Join Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse on Friday, October 26 and the local chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, for a night aged to perfection. Enjoy paired hand-crafted cocktails, straight pours, & whiskey barrel-aged wine alongside a decadent five-course Chef’s dinner. Fleming’s will be donating $20 from every dinner sold for this evening— up to $25,000, to benefit the Association of Junior Leagues International. Tickets are $100 and guests can RSVP by calling 860-676-9463. 6:30 p.m. 44 South Main Street, West Hartford.

MUSICAL: Frank, Dean and Sammy are up in heaven, but God tells them they left some unfinished business back on earth. It seems Frank made an unfulfilled promise to Vic, the owner of the Rat Pack Lounge. Now he and the boys have one night to make things right. The Rat Pack Lounge runs every Friday and Saturday at 8 pm through Nov. 3. Doors open at 7:15 pm. Tickets are now on sale. ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS are accepted. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 860-829-1248. Reservations are recommended. Ticket price $34.00. For more information, visit our website: The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre is located at 31 Webster Square Road, visit the website for detailed directions. Patrons are welcome to bring whatever they like to eat or drink with them.

LIVING IN SPIRIT LECTURE: Dr. Diana Butler Bass will discuss “Gratitude as Resilience: Why we Need to Be Grateful Now” at the John P. Webster Library’s Living in Spirit Lecture Saturday evening, October 27, at 7 p.m. in the First Church, West Hartford Auditorium, 12 South Main Street, West Hartford. Nearly everyone knows that gratitude is good, but why is it often so hard to practice? With the upcoming season of thanksgiving — and our political moment — in mind, Dr. Bass will explore the misconceptions we bring to gratefulness. She suggests the radical possibility that gratitude is just what we need right now to live together with joy and hope. Dr. Bass also will be the guest preacher on Sunday, October 28 at 10 a.m. in the First Church Meeting House. Both events are free, but registration is required at the Saturday evening event, using this link: Free parking available in church parking lot, enter from Farmington Ave. Additional parking available in paid lots and on street. Use rotunda entrance to building for the auditorium which is on first level.

TREE TOUR: Join Arborist John Kehoe for an informative Tree Tour through Elizabeth Park. RSVP to by October 24. 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Oct 27. Elizabeth Park 1561 Asylum Avenue West Hartford

AUTHOR TALK: Saturday, Oct. 27, 7 PM: Author Diana Butler Bass. First Church, 12 S Main Street, West Hartford. 860-233-9605.

GALLERY TALK: “Monsters & Myths” Sunday, Oct. 28, 12pm. As WWII caused devastation and displacement in Europe, surrealists produced powerfully disturbing artwork. Tour the first major exhibition to focus on the relationship between Surrealism and war with curator Oliver Tostmann. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

CONCERT: “Notes from Russia” The concert features violinist Elliott Davis and will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 3 p.m. in Kingswood Oxford’s Roberts Theater. Performances include Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Korsakov’s Cortege from Mlada, Prokofiev’s Lt. Kije Suite, Shostakovich’s Waltz #2 from Jazz Suite, Ivanov’s Caucasian Sketches and much more! Sunday, October 28 at 3 p.m. KO’s Roberts Theater, 170 Kingswood Road, West Hartford. for tickets.

HISTORIC STORYTELLING: Eva Schloss, the stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank, will be speaking at 7 p.m. on October 29 at The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave. in Hartford. Her compelling story of surviving the holocaust, rebuilding her life and establishing herself as an internationally respected humanitarian is gripping and enheartening. The gathering will be suitable for teenagers and adults of all faiths. The visit brings added significance as this year marks 80 years since Kristallnacht. Tickets are $50 for orchestra seating, $36 for mezzanine seating and $18 for students (premium seating and VIP tickets are available as well). Signed copies of Schloss’ autobiography “Eva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale” are available as well. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit .

WAR OF THE WORLDS BROADCAST: On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles shocked the nation with a “fake news” radio broadcast about Martians invading the United States. The realistic radio play terrorized listeners and created widespread panic before Welles went on the air and explained to listeners that it was just fiction. On the 80th anniversary of that event, the Avon Free Public Library will be re-playing the original radio broadcast in the Library Atrium, complete with a 1936 GE radio console on loan from the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of CT. The program will be held on Tuesday October 30, at 3 pm. There is no charge and no registration required. The library is at 281 Country Club Rd., Avon. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit

STATEWIDE VOTER REGISTRATION SESSION: October 30, all Registrars of Voters’ offices in Connecticut will hold a statewide voter registration session on October 30, 2018, from 9 AM to 8 PM. Please call your local Registrars’ office for details.

WALK-IN WEDNESDAYS: No appointment or RSVP needed for our popular Walk-In Wednesdays. Simply come in between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for a guided tour and conversation with an admission representative. 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Oct 31. Renbrook School 2865 Albany Ave., Stedman Auditorium West Hartford

PLAY: Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road, West Hartford. “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” Oct. 31 - Nov. 18. When a brash new inmate arrives, the rigid program of the ward, which is headed by the tyrannical Nurse Ratched, is thrown up for grabs. A powerful exploration of both the beauty and the danger of being an original. for more information, tickets and showtimes.

HALLOWEEN CANDY & WINE PAIRING EVENT: Grab your costume and kick your Halloween up a notch by heading to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in West Hartford on Wednesday, October 31 for a night of Halloween Candy & Wine Pairings. Guests will indulge in a wide variety of pairings and will learn what candy combinations treat and which ones will trick. Tickets are only $35 and guests can RSVP by calling 860-676-9463. 5-7 p.m. 44 South Main Street, West Hartford.

FILM: Avon Free Public Library Community Room, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. For more information, call 860.673.9712 or visit Thursday, November 1 @1:30 PM “Ladder 49” Rated PG ; 1 hr. and 55 min. An injured firefighter suffers flashbacks while trapped in a burning building awaiting help. Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta star.

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, Nov. 1, 12:15 to 1:45 pm

HSO CONCERT: Brass & Brahms, November 2-4. Nielsen Little Suite, Op. 1, Schumann Concertstück for Four Horns in F Major, Op. 86, Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90. Featuring Thomas Wilkins conductor, Barbara Hill HSO principal horn, John Michael Adair HSO assistant principal horn, Hilary Ledebuhr HSO horn, Nick Rubenstein HSO horn. Our fabulous horn section takes the spotlight with Schumann’s lively and compelling Concertstück for Four Horns. Written in 1849, it is an exceptional masterpiece for the instrument. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell, Hartford. Tickets: call 860-987-5900 or visit

OPEN HOUSE: Preschool-Grade 8 Weekend Walk-In November 4, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. No RSVP is needed. Staff will be on hand for campus tours and to answer your questions about curricular and co-curricular options, application process, and financial aid and scholarships. Renbrook School 2865 Albany Ave., Stedman Auditorium West Hartford.

CONCERT: The Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra kicks off the season with an Italian flair. The concert features Cimarosa’s “Overture to Il Matrimonio Segreto”, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Guitar Concerto (with renowned guitar soloist Tariq Harb), Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco, Mascagni’s beloved “Intermezzo”, and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien. 3 to 5 pm on Nov. 4. Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., West Hartford.

PLAY: Ben Engel’s new play, “Philospher King,” at The Emanuel Synagogue on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at 7:00 pm explores the many conflicting facets of King Solomon, a legend of history and the Bible.“Philosopher King” refers to Plato’s ideal ruler, one who uses the education and love of knowledge of a philosopher to craft a vision of good for his country and skillfully steer the “ship of state.” Ben Engel combines a playwright’s storytelling skill with a scholar’s research to reveal the drama in the life of a man that slaughtered his political enemies yet wrote some of history’s most beautiful love poetry. “Philosopher King” is the third staged and costumed reading from The Emanuel Players, as part of “The Arts at Emanuel” initiative. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $18 at:, and through the synagogue’s website,, or they can be purchased at the door for $25. The Emanuel Synagogue is located at 160 Mohegan Drive in West Hartford.

YOGA: Hours for ongoing Yoga classes offered by donation at the Universalist Church of West Hartford will be changing slightly effective immediately. Monday evening’s All Levels class will still be offered from 6:00 -7:15 pm; Wednesday morning’s Gentle class will still be offered from 9:30 - 10:45 am. Friday’s class will now be Gentle; it, too, is offered from 9:30 -10:45 am. Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford. The classes are offered on an ongoing basis and are all offered by donation. Suggested donation is $12 - $15 per class, and any amount is welcome. If there are any questions, Cynthia can be reached at

ATLANTIC MAGAZINE DISCUSSION: Tuesdays 7PM. 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 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. 7 and 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; or Reid at 860.712.4614, email

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 Nov. 5 & 19. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., Nov. 17. For more information about the Fern Street Food Ministry, contact:,, 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. Sept 21 — Living Fearlessly in Modern Life; Oct 19 ~ Diffusing Conflict with Patient Acceptance and Nov 30 ~ The Art of Harmonious Relationships.$12 per class. No one turned away for lack of funds. For info, visit our website at: 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

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. 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.

TINNITUS SUPPORT GROUP: The Greater Hartford Tinnitus Support Group will hold its first series of monthly meetings on the last Wednesday of the month at the Noah Webster Library at 20 South Main Street in West Hartford. The meeting will take place in the Board Room from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The Greater Hartford Tinnitus Support Group will meet the last Wednesday of every month at the Noah Webster Library. For more information please contact the group leader, David Richman, at For more information visit the American Tinnitus Association online at

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM: Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. Held at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. / / 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, 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

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 or call 860-263-2554 with any questions or to register.