BOOK TALK: The Connecticut 169 Club: Exploring CT. Thursday, July 11, 1:00 PM Author and historian Marty Podskoch returns to Manross with a presentation and book signing of Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport & Guide to Exploring Connecticut. This travel book encourages people to visit all of the towns and villages of our beautiful and unique state. Short descriptions written by locals highlight each town. Travelers can journal about their experiences and get the book stamped or signed by a resident or business.... People who visit all 169 towns will receive the Leatherman Award patch at a luncheon or dinner held at a different town each year. Register in advance: 860-584-7790, Manross Library, 260 Central Street, Forestville. Free.

MEMORY SCREENINGS: Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is conducting free, confidential memory screenings on Thursday, July 11, 9:30 to 11 a.m., at Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Ave. These confidential memory screenings average 10 minutes and consist of questions and tasks to assess memory. They do not diagnose any illness, but can indicate whether someone should follow up with a full medical exam. The memory screenings will be facilitated by Amina Weiland, CDP, CDCP, resource coordinator, with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, the screening sponsor. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, call the senior center at 860.561.8180. For more information about Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, visit www.hhccenterforhealthyaging.org or call 877-424-4641.

MENTAL HEALTH TALK: Could you or a loved one be at greater risk of addiction after a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorder? Find out about the connection between these diseases at a program by Judith Stonger, Vice President of Prevention, Wellness and Recovery at Wheeler Clinic, on Thursday, July 11 at 6:00 P. M. at Eno Memorial Hall in Simsbury. The public is invited to the program, and pre-registration is requested, but not required. Email info@apromisetojordan.org or call Lisa Gray at (860) 305-0605.

FILM: Friday, July 12 at 1:30 pm “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic” Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the beloved 1939 classic with this documentary about the making of the movie. Hosted by Angela Lansbury, this fun and entertaining 2017 film includes rare behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, and fascinating reminiscences from cast members. (2017 ; 51 min. ; Not Rated) All movies are free and open to the public. No need to register. Movie munchie snacks will be served. The Avon Free Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call the library at 860-673-9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

STORIES IN STONE CEMETERY TOUR: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 pm for the walking tour, Stories in Stone. Learn about monument styles often found in 19th-century cemeteries such as Hartford’s historic Cedar Hill. From the sarcophagus to the obelisk, Celtic cross, pyramid and more, Foundation Director Beverly Lucas will discuss the artistic and architectural design of the cemetery’s illustrious memorials. Cedar Hill Cemetery is located at 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford. Admission to the program is $5.00 and free for Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation members. Advanced reservations are not required. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive. For more information contact Beverly Lucas at blucas@cedarhillcemetery.org or (860) 956-3311. Visit the Foundation’s website, www.cedarhillfoundation.org, for information about future programs and events.

OPEN RING CIRCUS: Charter Oak Cultural Center announceS a performance of Open Ring Circus’ Coated - The Hartford 1944 Circus Fire Project to be held on Friday, July 12 at 8 pm. The group, comprised of Connecticut-based circus artists, will commemorate the tragic fire that turned a popular family outing into a raging inferno that claimed the lives of 167 people and injured hundreds more. The event forever changed the city of Hartford, the circus industry, and fire safety throughout the United States. Tickets for Coated are $20 to $40 and can be purchased at www.CharterOakCenter.org. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Charter Oak Cultural Center is located at 21 Charter Oak Avenue in downtown Hartford. Tickets will be available at the door, subject to availability. In addition to the performance, Open Ring Circus will be offering a free all-levels circus and juggle jam on the same day (July 12th) from 11am- 1pm at the Charter Oak Cultural Center. The public is invited to attend and learn some circus basics. 21 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford.

RUN/WALK FUNDRAISER: With a goal of inspiring the community to be physically active and health conscious, while raising awareness and funding for cancer research, a group of professionals launched Everyone Ride/Run Against Cancer Everyday (ERRACE) a decade ago. On Saturday, July 13, the group will host an anniversary ride, run and walk fundraiser at the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, part of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, at 40 Fisher Drive, Avon. On-site registration starts at 6 a.m., with rides starting at 7 a.m. and going throughout the morning. The day includes 24-, 50- and 100-mile bike rides, a 10-mile mountain bike ride, a 5K walk/run, chance to see a Ferrari Concorso in the exotic car corral, wellness tents, family friendly activities and food. www.bikereg.com/errace.

SECOND SATURDAYS FOR FAMILIES: Mother Time. Saturday, July 13; 10 am-1 pm. View Giorgione’s La Vecchia with a docent and discuss how this painting, created 500 years ago, inspires us to think about the passage of time. Then create a portrait of your future self in the galleries. Admission is free during Second Saturdays activities. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

GALLERY TALK: Out on View with Andrew Lear. Saturday, July 13; Noon. Get to know the LGBTQ+ histories of the Wadsworth’s collections from antiquity to today with Dr. Andrew Lear, classicist and historian of gender and sexuality known for his popular Gay Secrets tours of the Met and MFA Boston collections. This 1¾-hour tour is intellectually stimulating and culturally rewarding. Free with admission. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

TWAIN CEMETERY TOUR: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Saturday, July 13 at 10 am for the walking tour Mark Twain’s Companions & Cohorts. While Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, is laid to rest in Elmira, New York, many of his Hartford companions and cohorts are interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Learn about Twain’s life and his many Nook Farm friends, neighbors, and colleagues during this popular walking tour led by author and historian Steve Courtney. Cedar Hill Cemetery is located at 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford. Admission to the program is $5.00 and free for Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation and Mark Twain House & Museum members. Advanced reservations are not required. The tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive. For more information contact Beverly Lucas at blucas@cedarhillcemetery.org or (860) 956-3311. Visit the Foundation’s website, www.cedarhillfoundation.org, for information about future programs and events.

MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS: Saturday, July 13, 10am — 1pm at Odiyana Meditation Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford. Meditation is simply gaining familiarity with a positive state of mind. It has many benefits that we can experience in daily life. In this course, learn how to apply these methods in your everyday life, leading to peace, happiness and a sense of purpose and harmony in your relationships. Meditations will be guided and there will be time for discussion and Q & A. Cost: $25 pre-registered online or $30 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds. Info and registration at: meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

FRIENDS OF YIDDISH: Sunday, July 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford . for more information contact Barbara Katzman at barbaralenore@yahoo.com or 860-666-6751 or call B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom at 860-243-3576 or office@btsonline.org

BIKE RIDE: Emanuel Synagogue Centennial Bike Ride. 8 am to 5 pm on July 14. The Emanuel Synagogue 160 Mohegan Drive West Hartford. Join us on a bike tour to various locations in and around the Hartford Connecticut area, that are associated with The Emanuel Synagogue’s 100-year rich history! A fun ride with three distance options available to choose from: 15 mile, 30 mile, and a ‘Metric Century’ (approximately 100 km or 63 miles).All rides will visit the following locations: Original Emanuel, Main Street, Hartford; Old Emanuel, Greenfield Street, Hartford; Old Beth Shalom, Cornwall Street, Hartford, Beth Hillel, Bloomfield. The 30 mile ride will also include a visit to the Beth Hillel Cemetery in East Granby; the Metric Century ride will also include a visit to the Beth Hillel Cemetery and a trip to The Emanuel Cemetery in Wethersfield. Pre-Registration (ends 7/12/2019)- $36.00 Same Day Event Fee - $54.00

EXPLORING CONNECTICUT’S NATURAL WONDERS: Brendan Hanrahan of www.CTtrips.com will explore Connecticut’s natural wonders in this popular slideshow program that explains how our state’s small size and intriguing past make it one of the best places in the world to explore natural wonders. Join us on Tuesday, July 16th at 6:30PM. Noah Webster Library, 20 south Main Street, West Hartford. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com

SUMMER BOOK CLUB: Wednesday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. “Asymmetry” by Lisa Halliday. An exploration of inequities in age, power, wealth, fame, geography, and justice told through overlapping stories. The Avon Free Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call the library at 860-673-9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

DOCUMENTARY FILM: “White Right Meeting the Enemy” - a documentary film by Deeyah Khan — Wednesday, July 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield Cosponsored by the Farmington Valley League of Light, Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning and BTS — Please RSVP by calling 860-243-3576 or office@btsonline.org

CEMETERY TOUR: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 10:00 am for Discover Cedar Hill — A Highlight Tour. Bob Chudy will lead this introductory tour about Cedar Hill’s most prominent residents. Hear about the discoverer of anesthesia and his tragic life, the woman behind the management of Colt Manufacturing, and the man who saved the country from bankruptcy twice. Cedar Hill Cemetery is located at 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford. Admission to the program is $5.00 and free for Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation members. Advanced reservations are not required. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive. For more information contact Beverly Lucas at blucas@cedarhillcemetery.org or (860) 956-3311. Visit the Foundation’s website, www.cedarhillfoundation.org, for information about future programs and events.

GALLERY TALK: Conserving and Preserving the Past. Friday, July 19; Noon. What happens when an artwork starts to show its age? Allen Kosanovich, associate paintings conservator, discusses the restoration of Renaissance and Baroque paintings in the Wadsworth’s collection. Free with admission. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

REMARKABLE WOMEN CEMETERY TOUR: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:00 am for the walking tour Remarkable Women. Meet the extraordinary women of Cedar Hill Cemetery who inspire with their stories of purpose and engagement, compassion and generosity, and strength and determination. Featured residents on this walking tour include Emily Parmely Collins, Katharine Seymour Day, and Annie Warburton Goodrich. Cedar Hill Cemetery is located at 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford. Admission to the program is $5.00 and free for Cedar Hill Cemetery members. Advanced reservations are not required. The tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive. For more information contact Beverly Lucas at blucas@cedarhillcemetery.org or (860) 956-3311. Visit the Foundation’s website, www.cedarhillfoundation.org, for information about future programs and events.

REALITY TV AUDITIONS: Reality TV is everywhere and so are the multitudes of opportunities for men and women of all ages to be become the next reality phenomenon. And now the wait is over for Connecticut artists to audition for the new hit reality pilot The Cast’n Couch© on Sunday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 24 from at 6:30 to 9:00 pm at Jim Murkette’s Valley Fitness Conference Room, 45 S Main St, Unionville, CT http://www.valleyfitnessct.com/ and Monday, July 29 from 6:30to 8:30 pm at Finnegan’s Tavern 292 Spielman Hwy, Burlington. http://finneganstavernct.com. Auditions are by appointment only. Email: castncouch@gmail.com

GALLERY TALK: See and Be Seen. Friday, July 26; Noon. Learn how artists have used portrait photography to explore gender norms and sexuality in a gallery talk with Emily Handlin, Marsted Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Art and co-curator of Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall. Free with admission. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

VAN GOGH’S TABLE: Friday, July 26; 4:15 pm. 4:15 pm: View Van Gogh’s “Vase with Poppies” and “Self-Portrait” 5pm: Talk. 6pm: Wine dinner. Drawing on her book Van Gogh’s Table at the Auberge Ravoux, culinary historian Alexandra Leaf shares a lesser-known aspect of Van Gogh’s oeuvre: his works that relate to food and dining. These include still lifes of fruits and vegetables; sketches done on restaurant menus; and paintings of Provençal vineyards, olive groves, flowering fruit orchards, and interiors of restaurants the artist frequented in Paris, Provence, and Auvers. Following the talk, eat like an Impressionist at a wine dinner featuring dishes from Leaf’s book The Impressionists’ Table: Recipes and Gastronomy of 19th-Century France. $120; $100 members. Purchase at www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

PERUVIAN FIESTAS PATRIAS: Saturday, July 27; 2-4pm. Celebrate Fiestas Patrias—Peru’s Independence Day—at the Wadsworth. A docent-guided tour highlights Peruvian artworks in the museum’s collection, and the fiesta includes live music, Peruvian dancers, complimentary snacks, and cash bar. Free. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

ALIVE! AT THE ATHENEUM: Sunday, July 28; 3-7pm. Enjoy hot summer afternoons with cool music and chilled cocktails in our outdoor courtyard. Cash bar and snacks for purchase. Tickets start at $20. Purchase at www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

FREE CONCERT: Free outdoor concerts at First Church, 12 S Main Street, West Hartford, Sun is Shining Concert Series 5:30-7:30 p.m. All concerts are Tuesday nights. In the event of rain, concerts with be on Thursday. Chat Noir - Gypsy Jazz August 6.

MINDFULNESS: On Thursday, August 8, at 6:30 pm, Amanda Votto of Copper Beech Institute will present “Mindfulness for Skeptics” at the Avon Senior Center. This discussion will explore the science & application of mindfulness, and describe the multiple approaches to the practice of mindful pausing. The Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, CT teaches mindfulness practice and contemplative wisdom to inspire purposeful living and awaken our full potential for compassionate action. The Avon Senior Center is located at 635 West Avon Road, Avon.

FREE CONCERT: Free outdoor concerts at First Church, 12 S Main Street, West Hartford, Sun is Shining Concert Series 5:30-7:30 p.m. All concerts are Tuesday nights. In the event of rain, concerts with be on Thursday. Streetlight Shakers - Rock/Soul/Blues August 13.

FREE CONCERT: Free outdoor concerts at First Church, 12 S Main Street, West Hartford, Sun is Shining Concert Series 5:30-7:30 p.m. All concerts are Tuesday nights. In the event of rain, concerts with be on Thursday. Dan Liparini Jazz Quartet - Mellow Jazz August 20.

SUMMER BOOK CLUB: Wednesday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. A novel based on the true scandal of a Memphis adoption organization that kidnapped children and sold them to wealthy families. The Avon Free Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call the library at 860-673-9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

CASSATT LECTURE: The Avon Free Public Library and The Hill-Stead Museum will present “A Celebration of Cassatt” on Wednesday, August 21 at 2:00 pm. Gabrielle Gaulin, Hill-Stead Education Specialist, will talk about the renowned artist Mary Cassatt, the lasting importance of her work, her relationship with Farmington’s Pope Family, and the museum’s collection of Cassatt’s paintings. The program will be held in The Community Room of the Avon Free Public Library at 281 Country Club Road in Avon. Open to all, no registration required. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

WOODSTOCK: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. Curious about the iconic four-day festival that drew a half million people to a dairy farm in Bethel, New York and was headlined by such legendary performers as Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Santana, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young? Then come to Woodstock : A 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Avon Free Public Library on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm for a multimedia presentation by musician, author, photographer, and radio host Craig Harris. Experience the “Summer of Love” through rare recordings, archival video, live music, and great stories. The program is for adults and teens. Feel free to wear your love beads and flowers in your hair! Free of charge and no need to register. The Avon Free Public Library is at 281 Country Club Rd. in Avon, CT. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

FREE CONCERT: Free outdoor concerts at First Church, 12 S Main Street, West Hartford, Sun is Shining Concert Series 5:30-7:30 p.m. All concerts are Tuesday nights. In the event of rain, concerts with be on Thursday. Still Kickin’ with the Big City Horns - Horn Band Favorites August 27.

SUMMER BOOK CLUB: Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. “The Tattoist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris. An international bestseller based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor and the woman he fell in love with. The Avon Free Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call the library at 860-673-9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

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/All Levels 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. Questons: call 860.324.7051 or email cjwolcott@hotmail.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 9:15 — 10:00 a.m.. The dates are July 15 & 29, August 12 & 26. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., July 20 and August 17. For more information about the Fern Street Food Ministry, contact: communitybreakfast@westhartforduu.org, foodsharem or 860-233-3669 x109.

PLAY: “The Scottsboro Boys” June 26 to August 4 by John Kander, Fred Ebb & David Thompson. “The Scottsboro Boys” has been hailed as one of the most visionary pieces ever to grace the Broadway stage. Nominated for a staggering twelve Tony Awards, “The Scottsboro Boys” will have you tapping your toes and hollering for justice as the tables are turned on one of the most infamous events in American history: nine African-American men accused of a crime they did not commit. Playhouse on Park, 860-523-5900, For more information visit www.playhouseonpark.org/

SUMMER THEATER CLASSES: Playhouse Theatre Academy offers professional educational programming in partnership with Playhouse on Park. Programs, workshops and master classes are offered in special topics that allow teens and adults to connect with professional artists and expand their skill set. Past topics have included Improvisation, Broadway Dance: FOSSE, the Art of Clowning, and Contemporary Musical Theatre Auditioning. General Info: Classes are $30 each or $100 for all four. Observation fee $10. For complete class descriptions and registration forms visit www.PlayhouseOnPark.org. For more information call 860-523-5900 x 10

ARTISTS, CRAFTERS SOUGHT: The Simsbury Woman’s Club will host its 50th annual Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15. Over 100 artists and craftspeople will be displaying and selling their works on Iron Horse Boulevard in Simsbury Center. Admission and parking is free, and demonstrations, food and a bake sale are included. Proceeds enable the Club to grant scholarships and contribute to a number of area non-profit organizations. The club seeks vendors for the event. https://bit.ly/2I2imhq

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LUNCHTIME MEDITATION IN HARTFORD: ongoing Wednesdays from 12:15-1pm at Center Church, 60 Gold Street, with Resident Teacher, Kelsang Khyenwang of Odiyana Center. Meditation functions to make the mind calm and peaceful. If the mind is peaceful all the time, we will be happy all the time. Class includes guided meditation and practical advice on how to maintain a positive, clear mind in daily life. This class is perfect for beginner and experienced meditators alike. Cost: $10 — no one turned away for lack of funds. Info at: www.meditationinconnecticut.org | 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: www.meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

LEARN TO MEDITATE: ongoing Wednesdays from 7 — 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.

THE ART OF MEDITATION: ongoing Tuesdays 7 pm at Odiyana Meditation Center, 36 Main Street, East hartford Improve your attitude and develop a peaceful mind and good heart. Experience the practical benefits of meditation, learn to overcome your problems and find profound meaning in your life. Classes include guided meditations, practical wisdom on how to maintain the experience of inner peace in daily life and time to discuss the teachings presented. Classes are ongoing and drop-in. Cost- $10 per class. No one turned away for lack of funds. For more info, visit Odiyana Meditation Center website at: meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

GUIDED MEDITATIONS: weekly, Tuesdays 10am at Odiyana Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford. Give yourself the gift of meditation and get familiar with a more peaceful, positive state of mind. By learning to let go of busyness, worry and distractions, the stress and tension from within naturally disappears. What remains is a calm, peaceful mind from which all our good intentions, joy and happiness arise. All are welcome. Cost: $8. No one turned away for lack of funds. Info at: meditationinconnecticut.org | 860-266-6041.

THE PRACTICE OF MEDITATION: ongoing Sundays, 10:30am-12pm at Odiyana Meditation Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford. Meditation functions to make the mind calm and peaceful. If the mind is peaceful all the time, we will be happy all the time. Each class includes guided meditation and practical advice on how to maintain a positive, clear mind in daily life. This class is perfect for beginner and experienced meditators alike. Everyone welcome!Cost: $12 — no one turned away for lack of funds. Info at: meditationinconnecticut.org | 860-266-6041

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