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.

REMEMBERING STONEWALL RIOTS: The Stonewall Riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 in New York City. Come to Noah Webster Library, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford on Thursday, June 27th to watch a film on the riots and listen to a panel discussion following the film. For more information or to register call 860-561-6950 or visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org/

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.

OPENING RECEPTION: Collaboration Conversation on display through July 8 in Wesleyan Potters Gallery Shop. Clay, metal and fiber artist collaborate to create innovative mixed media pieces. Opening reception Friday, June 28 at 5:00. Gallery/Shop hours are Wed., Fri. and Sat. 10-5, Thurs. 10-6 and Sun. 12-4. Wesleyan Potters is located at 350 South Main Street, Middletown. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 860-347-5925 or visit www.wesleyanpotters.com or find us on Facebook, Istagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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.

CONCERT: The Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues on Friday, July 5 with Celebrate America! The concert will take place at 7:30 pm at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center in Simsbury and will be led by HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan. Single tickets are on sale at hartfordsymphony.org. Grass passes and table subscriptions are available; call the Box Office at 860-987-5900. The rain date for this concert is July 6.

ROSE GARDEN TOUR: 10 to 11 am on Jul 9. Elizabeth Park, 1561 Asylum Avenue West Hartford. Join us for a tour of the Elizabeth Park Annual Garden led by Horticulturist Rosemary Aldridge. Tour is FREE and begins at the flagpole outside the green Cottage. No Registration is required. After your tour, enjoy lunch at the Pond House Cafe. Every purchase made at the Pond House supports the Elizabeth Park Conservancy and the beautiful gardens!

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.

CONCERT: Latanya Farrell. 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on July 10. Elizabeth Park 1561 Asylum Ave., West Hartford. Latanya Farrell, a singer-songwriter, was the champion of the 2003 Connecticut Star Search competition. Her performance, accompanied by The Bookman Styles Band, blends original compositions with popular cover songs. Concert is FREE and takes places on the Rose Garden Lawn. Picnics are welcome. Rain Date is Thursday, July 11 Order from the Pond House Cafe's Grab & Go Menu. Call 860-231-8823 or visit 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 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: “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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