POETRY NOW: Perhaps the World Ends Here “The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live,” begins U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s “Perhaps the World Ends Here.” To read and discuss new poems like that one, join West Hartford Poet Laureate Julie Choffel for this year’s first meeting of Poetry Now! on Thursday, January 16 at 7PM. All are welcome! Noah Webster Library Gallery, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. www.westhartford.librarymarket.com for more information.

WESLEYAN POTTERS: Wesleyan Potters Student Show opens in our Gallery/Shop, runs through February 2. Opening for the Show will be on Saturday the 18 from 2-4pm. 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.

GALLERY TALK: Italian Works on Paper. Friday, January 17; noon. Accompany curator Oliver Tostmann on an exploration of Italian works on paper by Giorgio Vasari, Salvator Rosa, and Giambattista Tiepolo, among others. Free with admission. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

ARTIST TALK AND SCREENING: Kahlil Joseph. Saturday, January 18; 5pm reception, 6pm screenings, 7pm conversation.A conversation between MATRIX artist Kahlil Joseph and curator Helen Molesworth follows a selection of Joseph’s short films and video commissions featuring music by artists including Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, and Alice Smith. Free. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

ANNUAL MLK SHABBAT LUNCH & LEARN: “We cannot walk alone.” How Personal Stories Inspire Our Struggle for Social Justice — Saturday, January 18, 11:30 a.m. following 9:30 a.m. at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield — Cosponsored with the Charter Oak Cultural Center and GHIAA (the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance) — Come be a part of the conversations as we share personal stories and reflect on how our experiences have moved us to try to build a better community and a more just, peaceful, loving and democratic society. Free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Please RSVP to BTS at office@btsonline.org or by calling 860-243-3576.

BUDDHIST MEDITATION RETREAT: Saturday, January 18 — Monday, January 20, at Odiyana Meditation Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford with Resident Teacher, Gen Khyenwang. These meditations are the special presentation of Buddha’s teachings, presented in a sequential and easy to follow manner. This retreat is perfect for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Come for one session, one day or the entire retreat. Schedule:Saturday, Jan. 18 | 9am, 11:30am, 4pm, 6:30pm., Sunday, Jan. 19 | 8:30am, 10:30am, 4pm, 6:30pm., Monday, Jan. 20 | 9am, 11:30am, 4pm, 6:30pm., Cost: $8 per session | $25 per day | $65 for entire retreat. For more information, visit our website at www.meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

MIRROR VISIONS ENSEMBLE: This Land is Ours. Sunday, January 19; 2pm. A sung celebration of urban, suburban, and rural life—the moods, landscapes, and sounds that characterize each setting—This Land Is Ours features music by well-known American composers as well as immigrants, women, and other historically marginalized American groups. Pride, wonder, comfort, bewilderment, and excitement unite in the message that this land is ours. Composer B.E. Boykin, faculty member at Spelman College, joins Mirror Visions Ensemble to discuss her song “Secret”, a setting for a poem by Gwendolyn Bennett. Preceded by a 1pm tour of Afrocosmologies. $25; $20 members. Purchase at thewadsworth.org. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

SINGER AUDITIONS: Farmington Valley Chorale seeking new singers. Open rehearsal January 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation, 55 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury. Visit www. farmingtonvalleychorale.org.

MEETING: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut invites you to an interactive afternoon at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Road, Newington, on Sunday, January 17, 2020, from 1:30 until 3:30. We are pleased to have our presenter, Judi Gyory Missel, share her knowledge and experiences via webinar from her home in Arizona. Researching Hungarian relatives offers wonderful records with language and landscape challenges. Even if your ancestor(s) came from a town now in Slovakia, there is a good chance the records are in Hungarian archives! This session will provide information about what Hungarian records look like, and where to find Hungarian Jewish records in a variety of locations and years. This program is free and open to the public.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. COMMUNITY DAY: Monday, January 20; 10am-4pm. Create alongside Afrocosmologies featured artists Ed Johnetta Miller and Carl Joe Williams in two collaborative art-making experiences. Live music, performances, and tours for all ages celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Museum admission is free all day, 10am-5pm. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

FILM: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 1:30 pm: Fences with Best Supporting Actress Viola Davis (2016 ; 2 hrs. and 19 min. ; Rated PG-13) All movies are free and open to the public and will be shown in the Library Community Room. 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, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

COOKING CLASS: Anti-Inflammatory Cooking Classes are set for Tuesday, January 21, each from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute’s Center for Musculoskeletal Health Demonstration Kitchen on the first floor at 32 Seymour St., Hartford. The class is $60 and parking is free with validation. To register, call 1.855. HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373) or go to HartfordHealthCare.org/Events.

BOOK DISCUSSION: “Little Faith” by Nickolas Butler. Noah Webster Library Gallery, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. Thursday, January 21, 1-2 P.M. No Reservations. All Are Welcome. www.westhartford.librarymarket.com for more information.

OPEN HOUSE: Renbrook School, 2865 Albany Ave., West Hartford. WALK-IN WEDNESDAYS Walk in on any of the dates below between 9:00-11:00 a.m. We will provide a tour of Renbrook and you will have the opportunity to learn more about the school during an informal conversation with an admissions representative. No RSVP required. Jan. 8 and 22

MORNING BOOK CLUB: Wednesday, January 22, 10:30 a.m. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah. A family seeks a new beginning in the Alaskan wilderness. The informal group meets once a month on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Copies will be available behind the reference desk. For more information, call 860-673-9712. Free and open to the public. No registration. 281 Country Club Road Avon,

CARPENTER FILM SERIES: Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. at Noah Webster Library. Jan. 22 - “Halloween” (1978) — The malevolent Michael Myers returns home in the horror classic that inspired a legion of imitators, none of which could get within slashing distance of its accomplished and scarily beautiful visual storytelling. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov

TALK: How to Navigate the World of Assisted Living and Memory Care on Thursday, January 23 at 6:30PM. This program will explain the differences between skilled nursing homes, independent and assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities and memory care communities. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov

GALLERY TALK: MATRIX 183. Friday, January 24; noon. Kahlil Joseph’s genre-defying multimedia broadcast BLKNWS garnered high praise at the Venice Biennale. Curator Patricia Hickson discusses the stakes of Joseph’s immersive work. Free with admission. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

JAZZ BRUNCH: Drag Brunch featuring Tony DiPietro in “Babs Over Easy” Sunday, January 26; 10:30am & 12:30pm. This drag brunch in the Untitled Bistro features Tony DiPietro in “Babs Over Easy”. Tickets include museum admission, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings: one at 10:30am & one at 12:30pm. $39; $29 members. Purchase at thewadsworth.org. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

FILM: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 1:30 pm: A Star is Born with Best Song by Lady Gaga (2018 ; 2 hrs. and 16 min. ; Rated R) All movies are free and open to the public and will be shown in the Library Community Room. 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, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

GALLERY TALK: Noguchi’s Sesshu. Thursday, January 30; noon The recently conserved Sesshu (1958) by Isamu Noguchi exemplifies the Japanese American artist’s commitment to synthesizing disparate cultures through his work. Curator Patricia Hickson shares insights about Noguchi’s work. Free with admission. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

TALK:19th Amendment: A Tale of Suffrage, Sacrifice & Success with Mariann Millard. Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 2:00 PM. Snow date: Thursday, February 13, 2020, 2:00 pm. This presentation is designed to better understand and appreciate how difficult and how long the fight was for all women to become fully-fledged citizens of America. Free and open to the public. No registration. The Avon Free Public Library is at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM: Every two years, the Connecticut Horticultural Society (CT Hort) takes a full Saturday in February and turns it into a day of gardening nirvana. The 2020 Symposium will focus on turning your little corner of the world into a natural space that not only speaks to you but will also benefit other creatures that depend on our planet — and that we depend on to keep our planet in balance. Register early as a sellout is anticipated. Registration must be received by January 10 to receive the best rate. Registration closes January 22. Fee includes all programs and demonstrations, breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks catered by Billings Forge Catering, and a vendor market. For more information visit www.cthort.org. To register, visit https://conta.cc/36rhXyH

AUTHOR TALK: Saturday, February 1 at 1:30 pm at the Avon Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon. An Afternoon with Historian and Author Tom Shachtman. Tom Shachtman, historian and author of the forthcoming book THE FOUNDING FORTUNES: How the Wealthy Paid for and Profited from America’s Revolution. In The Founding Fortunes, historian Tom Shachtman offers an in-depth look at a time when money became as vital as guns in securing victory in the American Revolution and establishing the new republic. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

AUTHOR TALK: Have a conversation with Avon author Joel Samberg on Sunday, February 2nd at the Storyteller’s Cottage in Simsbury, 3:30 p.m., about his new novel, “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Follow Daniel and his family from the day President Kennedy is killed to the night he scours Greenwich Village looking for drugs to give to Bob Dylan as a present. If Daniel’s journey proves anything at all, it’s that life can be as hard as having your insides kicked out by circumstances beyond your control, or as easy as wishing on a dandelion. Storyteller’s Cottage, 750 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury • 860-877-6099 www.StorytellersCottage.com/book-online. Sunday, February 2nd, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the English Kitchen. Tickets $5. You can register online, call, or just come down on event day

FILM: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 @ 1:30 pm: The Favourite with Best Actress Olivia Colman (2018 ; 1 hr. and 59 min. ; Rated R) All movies are free and open to the public and will be shown in the Library Community Room. 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, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

TALK: ‘Ending Loneliness: Finding a Meaningful Life’ The free program, “Ending Loneliness: Finding a Meaningful Life,” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Simsbury Senior Center, 754 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury. Seating is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, call Simsbury Senior Center, 860.658.3273. To learn more, visit http://hhccenterforhealthyaging.org or call 1.877.424.4641.

READING PARTNER TRAINING: Children’s Reading Partners is seeking volunteers to read with at-risk preschoolers in Bloomfield, East Hartford, and Hartford. Interested volunteers are asked to register for one of the training sessions. They can then sign up for a weekly, 30-minute time slot to read with a child. Daytime and evening reading sessions are available. The program lasts 10 weeks and runs from March 30 through June 5, 2020. Training sessions will take place Wednesday, February 5 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the East Hartford Public Library, 840 Main Street, East Hartford and Thursday, February 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Services Building, Zachs Campus, 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. In the event of inclement weather, the snow date will be Thursday, February 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Community Services Building. To learn more or to register, please contact Ronni Breiter at 860.727.6129 or rbreiter@jewishhartford.org.

GARDEN CLUB: Thurs. Feb. 6 noon — West Hartford Garden Club welcomes Carol Quish, Horticulturalist and Program Aide at UCONN Home and Garden Education Center. Carol presents: “ Animals and Pests in the Yard”. Having trouble with animals eating your precious vegetables and flowers? Carol will offer solutions for woodchucks, chipmunks, voles, mice and more. Brief business meeting at 12:30 followed by speaker. Saint John’s Episcopal Church,679 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Park on So. Highland St. and in any of the church parking lots. Meeting room entrance is at the RAMP DOOR in the rear of the church. Fee: $10 guest donation includes a light buffet lunch at noon. Reservations preferred — contact Susan at 860-305-6370 or reserve online at www.WestHartfordGardenClub.org. **Program meeting is automatically canceled when West Hartford Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

COMMON SLEEP DISORDERS: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatments. Sleep problems can increase the risk for high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and other health problems. They can also be a safety risk — 200,000 reported automobile accidents each year are sleep-related. The free program, “Common Sleep Disorders — Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatments,” will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m., at Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. Information will include recognizing sleep disorders, various sleep studies and treatment options including sleep hygiene tips. Seating is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, call Elmwood Senior Center, 860.561.8180.

CARIBBEAN BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020 2 PM: “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez. This is a book discussion led by librarian Cyndi Larsen featuring fictional books set in the Caribbean. Copies will be available behind the reference desk. For more information, contact Cyndi Larsen clarsen@avonctlibrary.info 860-673-9712. Free and open to the public. No registration. 281 Country Club Road Avon.

PODCAST WORKSHOP: Librarian Andrew Piro will host a workshop on how to find and follow great podcasts at Noah Webster Library on Tuesday, February 11, at 2 p.m. Attendees will learn how to discover and subscribe to podcasts that match their interests. They will also learn about some of the most popular podcasts available today. Registration is required and seating is limited to 20. Go to bit.ly/WHLpodcasts for more information. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov

MORNING BOOK CLUB: Wednesday, February 19, 10:30 a.m. “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. Discover the surprising power of introversion.. The informal group meets once a month on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Copies will be available behind the reference desk. For more information, call 860-673-9712. Free and open to the public. No registration. 281 Country Club Road Avon.

FILM: Feb. 19 - “The Thing” (1982) — Long before The X-Files warned us to “trust no one,” Carpenter took that paranoid idea to extremes in a tense and visceral remake of his idol Howard Hawks' work of cosmic horror, set in a snowbound Antarctic research outpost. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov.

TALK: ‘Ending Loneliness: Finding a Meaningful Life’ The free program, “Ending Loneliness: Finding a Meaningful Life,” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m., at at Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. Seating is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, call Elmwood Senior Center, 860.561.8180.

CBD IN PAIN TREATMENT: Seems like more businesses are popping up touting CBD to treat a variety of health problems. A free program, “Pain Treatment and CBD,” will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, 10 to 11 a.m., at Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. Presenter Michael Peshka, RN, of Hartford HealthCare Pain Treatment Center, will discuss topics including pain, conditions and treatment, including the role of CBD. Hartford HealthCare Pain Treatment Center is sponsoring the program. Seating is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, call Elmwood Senior Center at 860.561.8180. Visit Hartford HealthCare at www.hartfordhealthcare.org.

MORNING BOOK CLUB: Wednesday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. “All You Can Ever Know” by Nicole Chung. A memoir for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong. The informal group meets once a month on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Copies will be available behind the reference desk. For more information, call 860-673-9712. Free and open to the public. No registration. 281 Country Club Road Avon,

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

BOOK DRIVE: The Sixth Annual Greater Hartford Holiday Book Drive is under way and will continue through December 22. The drive collects new and very lightly used books for at-risk elementary school students in Hartford, Bloomfield, East Hartford, New Britain and West Hartford. There are 12 drop-off locations in five towns (West Hartford, Manchester, Bloomfield, Glastonbury, and Newington) and an option to donate online. All monetary donations are used to buy new books for students in need. Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Zachs Campus, 333 Bloomfield Ave., Suite C, West Hartford

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 — 10 a.m.. The dates are January 13 & 27, and February 10 & 24. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., January 18, and February 15. For more information about the Fern Street Food Ministry, contact: communitybreakfast@westhartforduu.org, foodsharemobile@westhartforduu.org, FoodPantry@westhartforduu.org or 860-233-3669 x109.

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