GARDEN SERIES: at the Avon Free Public Library. Programs are free and open to all, no need to register. The library is at 281 Country Club Road in Avon. Thursday, June 20, 6:30 pm. Thieves, Charlatans, and James Bond: The Shady History of Ten Plants that Gave Us Health and Happiness. Presented by Prof. Richard Benfield, CCSU. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

BLOOD SUGAR, BLOOD PRESSURE TESTING: Free Blood Sugar Testing (New!) and Blood Pressure Screening Dates at the Avon Public Library Thursday, June 20, 12:15 to 1:45 pm. 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.

CT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY MEETING: A Guide to Restoring the Little Things that Run the World. Thursday, June 20 With Doug Tallamy, Ph.D., University of Delaware. Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play, and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and yes, on our plants. Emanuel Synagogue Auditorium, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford. A drop-in fee of $10 is collected at the door from non-members. Speaker starts at 7:30 p.m. but come early — by 7:00 p.m. — to socialize, participate in the raffle, see travel fliers and ask plant questions. For more information visit www.cthort.org

FILM: Friday, June 21 at 1:30 pm “Mary Cassatt: A Brush With Independence” Celebrate the 175th anniversary of Mary Cassatt’s birth with a viewing of the film “Mary Cassatt: A Brush with Independence.” The film tells the story of one of the foremost 19th century Impressionist painters. (2003; 57 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 at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call the library at 860-673-9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL AT BISHOPS CORNER: Kick-off summer reading for adults, teens and children! Drop-in, all ages. June 21, 11:00am - 1:00pm. 15 Starkel Road, West Hartford.

DROP IN GENEALOGY: (10 a.m. — 2 p.m.) Saturday, June 22. Bring any information you have and let genealogist Alison Watson Maston help. Alison has over 40 years of experience. She specializes in researching vital records, land records, immigration and naturalization records as well as probate records. She has particular expertise in New England, New York City and Ireland. Free for members; $5 for non-members. To make a reservation or for more information, call (860) 408-1336 or email programs@simsburyfreelibrary.org. Simsbury Free Library, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury.

CEMETERY TOUR: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Saturday, June 22, at 10:00 am for the guided tour Lest We Forget: Infectious Diseases. Cholera infantum, the bloody flux, ague, putrid fever, filth disease, consumption — and the treatments sometimes sounded just as scary. Evelyn Bollert explores the fearsome infectious diseases that afflicted Cedar Hill families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries on this walking tour of the cemetery. Admission to the program is $5.00 and free for Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation members. Advanced reservations are not required. Meet at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive. Cedar Hill Cemetery is located at 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford. 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.

ENTERTAINMENT: Varla Jean Merman’s Under a Big Top. Sunday, June 23; 7pm. In conjunction with Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall, drag superstar Varla Jean Merman pitches a tent for one night only at the venerable Wadsworth Atheneum. This daffy diva delights with jaw-dropping videos, high-flying notes, and death-defying wigs. Varla Jean’s circus-themed extravaganza is a PETA-approved show that is best enjoyed without children. Collaboration between the Wadsworth and TheaterWorks. For tickets, visit http://www.twhartford.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org.

OPEN HOUSE / TEA TASTING: The Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust will hold an Open House starting at 1 pm at the Franklin Johnson Mansion, 153 South Main Street, Wallingford, on Sunday, June 23. Docents will be available for house tours. Also, beginning at 2:00pm, The Trust will host “Tea Tasting at the Franklin Johnson Mansion.” Betty Johnson from the Bigelow Tea Company will present a talk on “The History of Tea” and “How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea”. She will explain how tea is processed and the health benefits of tea. Each participant will receive a goody bag of Bigelow Tea. A sampling of tea along with sweet goodies will be enjoyed after the talk. A $5 donation would be graciously accepted. All donations go to the preservation of the Franklin Johnson House and the Nehemiah Royce house.

JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING: The Annual Meeting of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford will take place on Monday, June 24, at 7 p.m. in The Innovation Center of the Mandell Jewish Community Center, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. The evening is an opportunity to learn about the Society’s past year and upcoming projects. The guest speaker will be Dr. Tracey Wilson, West Hartford Town Historian and retired Conard High School teacher, whose talk is titled: Excerpts From A Travel Diary: Around The World With Mrs. Auerbach. For questions, please contact jhsgh@jewishhartford.org or call 860 727-6170. Free to the Public. All are welcome.

TALK: Avon Free Public Library and Avon Senior Center continue their “Take Care of Yourself” series of public programs on mental health with “Dementia: What You Need to Know” presented by Amina Weiland, at the Avon Senior Center on Tuesday, June 25, at 6:30 pm. Weiland is a certified dementia practitioner and resource coordinator for Hartford Healthcare Center for Healthy Aging. This presentation will define dementia, identify the warning signs, explain why it is not part of normal aging, share communication techniques, and define what encompasses Alzheimer’s. Caregivers are encouraged to attend this presentation. The Avon Senior Center is located at 635 West Avon Road, Avon.

SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY: Want to learn how to turn your favorite photo into a work of art? Now you can! On Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 PM, learn basic tips on how to take better photos and editing techniques using the free editing app Snapseed with your smartphone. Then turn your images into photo paintings using the free painting app Prisma. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. 860-561-6950. Register at https://bit.ly/31np5K0.

CEMETERY TOUR: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Tuesday, June 25, at 10:00 am for the walking tour College Ties — Hartford’s Trinity College. Founded in 1823, Trinity was the second college established in Connecticut. Starting at the final resting place of principal founder and first president Bishop Thomas Church Brownell, Debbie Alter will introduce you to Trinity alumni, faculty, and benefactors who now reside at Cedar Hill. 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 will begin at the Brownell Monument on Section 2. Follow the signs once you enter the cemetery. 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.

TALK: George E. Moulthrop, Amateur Photographer & Bristol Visual Historian. 6:30 to 7:30 pm on June 25. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central Street, Bristol. 860-584-7790. Bristol/Forestville Historian, Tom Dickau, will present the second in a series of multi-media programs utilizing an extensive collection of negatives, glass slides and other artifacts donated to the presenter. Bristol/Forestville images (400-500 or more), many never seen before, will be utilized. Program Two will start with a brief review of the first, then go on to cover more of Moulthrop’s self-described personal life, depicted in ten years of diary recordings. The program will also describe the industrial and educational development of our community, as seen through the lens of his camera. Please preregister by calling the Manross Library.

CONCERT: Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Lawn, 1561 Asylum Ave., West Hartford. Mass-Conn-Fusion kicks off the 16th Annual Summer Concert Series on June 26! Mass-Conn-Fusion draws its talent from both sides of the Massachusetts-Connecticut border. The band’s extensive repertoire includes Motown, R&B, Funk and hits of the 60’s right up to the present, and features two female lead vocalists, horn section and solid rhythm section. Musicians:James Healy, bass; Susan Duncan, vocals; Charmagne Tripp, vocals; Liz Roberts, saxophone; Larry Gareau, trumpet; Gianni Gardner, guitar; Tim Urso, drums; Michael Blancaflor, percussion. Before the concert, order from the Pond House Cafe’s Grab & Go Menu! Call 860-231-8823 or order online at pondhouseorders.com ahead of the show, and your meal will be ready when you arrive. Every purchase made at the Pond House supports the Elizabeth Park Conservancy and the beautiful gardens. Rain Date is Thursday, June 27.

TALK: Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places (6:30 p.m.) Thursday, June 27. Christopher Wigren, author, architectural historian, and Deputy Director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, will discuss his well-received new book “Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places.” Connecticut boasts some of the oldest and most distinctive architecture in New England, from Colonial churches and Modernist houses to refurbished nineteenth-century factories. In his guide to this rich and diverse architectural heritage, Wigren introduces readers to 100 places across the state. Free to members. $5 for non-members. Books are available for sale for $40 each. To reserve a seat, call 860-408-1336, or email programs@simsburyfreelibrary.org. Simsbury Free Library, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury.

GALLERY TALK: Be Seen. Friday, June 28; Noon. Curator Patricia Hickson leads a gallery talk in Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall. Free with museum admission. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org.

FILM: Friday, June 28 at 1:30 pm. “Stonewall Uprising” Honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with a viewing of the PBS film that examines the beginning of the gay rights movement. Veteran filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner explore the dramatic events that took place on June 28, 1969 that launched a world-wide human rights movement. (2011 ; 90 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 at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call the library at 860-673-9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

THIS FILTHY WORLD: An Evening with John Waters. Saturday, June 29, 7 pm. In conjunction with Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall, legendary filmmaker, screenwriter, author, actor, visual artist, and art collector John Waters graces the Wadsworth’s stage. In his inimitable and wonderfully outrageous style, Waters offers observations on life and fame, his perspective on Stonewall, and recollections of his films. His book Mr. Know- It-All (2019) will be available for purchase. Book signing begins at 8:30pm immediately followed by a screening of Cecil B. Demented. $85; $75 members. Purchase at www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

CONCERT: Goza Latin Band in Concert at Elizabeth Park, 1561 Asylum Ave., West Hartford. 6:30 to 8 pm on July 3. Goza performs music and dance rhythms from Latin America, Brazil and Spain. Goza Salsa presents music by well-known performers such as Tito Puente, Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista, Rollins and Dizzy, The Beatles, Santana, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Guns & Roses, and Rodrigo y Gabriela. Concert is FREE and takes places on the Rose Garden Lawn. Picnics are welcome. There is no rain date because of the July 4th holiday. Order from the Pond House Cafe’s Grab & Go Menu! Call 860-231-8823 or visit www.pondhouseorders.com ahead of the show, and your meal will be ready when you arrive. Every purchase made at the Pond House supports the Elizabeth Park Conservancy and the beautiful gardens. Every purchase made at the Pond House supports the Elizabeth Park Conservancy and the beautiful gardens.

FILM: Friday, July 5 at 1:30 pm. “The Circus Fire” Honor the 75th anniversary of the horrific circus fire with this CPTV original documentary. The Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus Fire was one of the worst fires in the history of the United States, claiming the lives of 167 people in Hartford Connecticut on July 6, 1944. (2006 ; 60 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 at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call the library at 860-673-9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

LECTURE: Revealing the Mysteries of La Vecchia. Wednesday, July 10; 6 pm. Preeminent scholar of Italian Renaissance art John Paoletti, Emeritus William R. Kenan Professor of the Humanities at Wesleyan University, discusses Giorgione’s La Vecchia. Giorgione was an innovator, experimenting with the new technique of oil painting evolving in Venice around 1500, and he was the first to employ the concept of poesia — something akin to our modern notion of “poetry” — in his paintings. La Vecchia exists between portrait and allegory, between realistic detail and painterly surface. Its small size requires close looking, and its visual clues, both obvious and disguised, call for imaginative interpretation. By examining the multiple possibilities of interpretation, Paoletti untangles the paradoxes of La Vecchia. Free. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

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.

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

CALL FOR ARTISTS: An opportunity to show and sell your work. Art Fair, June 22 at West Hartford Art League, 37 Buena Vista Road, West Hartford. For more info visit https://bit.ly/2VgYo5v. Rain date: Sunday, June 23. Placement is outside on our grounds (blacktop). Iron and Grain food truck will be on site from 11-3 p.m. Categories of artwork to be displayed include: Paintings, Pastel, Mixed Media Art, Sculpture, Prints, Photography, Graphics, Ceramics, Fiber, Wood, Glass, Mixed Media Craft, Jewelry. Artists are solely responsible for their art and display. We assume no responsibility for loss or damage to any art work, display or personal injury. All work must be original fine art or hand-made craft created by the exhibiting artist.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Registration is open for Vacation Bible School (VBS), Summer 2019. Held at First Church, 12 South Main Street, West Hartford Center, VBS is a town-wide ecumenical program open to children and youth from any denomination. The morning will be filled with games, songs, snacks and opportunities to learn. Open to children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade, the program will be held June 24-July 28, 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. Middle school and high school students are welcome to register as crew or assistant leaders. Learn more about this exciting summer program and register at the church website, whfirstchurch.org or call Lauren Dube, 860-233-9605 x 106.

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 1, 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: “Actually” By Anna Ziegler Directed by Taneisha Duggan. through June 23. At a raucous party during their freshman year at Princeton, Tom and Amber connect in ways that seem innocent enough at first. But as things progress, they find themselves in murky territory, with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives. What actually happened between them? Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this play explores the intersection of gender and race on campus today. This deeply felt, funny and thought-provoking play comes from fast-rising playwright Anna Ziegler. TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl Street, Hartford. For stage times, tickets and more information, visit https://bit.ly/2nDK7Dq

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/

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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