GALLERY TALK: MATRIX 184. Thursday, February 13; noon. Artist Sonya Clark uses hair as a conduit into history, biography, and identity in MATRIX 184. Curator Patricia Hickson leads a tour of the installation. Free with admission. Meet at the Museum Shop. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

DOWNTON ABBEY FILM AND TEA PARTY: Saturday, February 15; 2pm tea party, 3pm film; Sunday, February 16; 2pm film “Downton Abbey” Excitement levels are high at Downton Abbey when the Crawley family learns that King George V and Queen Mary are coming to visit. But trouble arises when Mrs. Patmore, Daisy, and the rest of the servants find out that the king and queen travel with their own chefs and attendants—setting the stage for an impromptu scheme and other shenanigans. 2019. UK. 126 min. Rated PG. Saturday, Food & Film: $40; $38 members. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Sunday, Film only: Regular film admission applies. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut invites you to in interactive afternoon at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Road, Newington, on Sunday, February 16, 2020, from 1:30 until 3:00 pm. We are pleased to have our presenter, Jennifer Mendelson, share her knowledge and experiences in “Thinking Like a Reporter to Avoid Rookie Mistakes” via webinar from her home in Maryland. This program is free and open to the public. In the event of poor weather, information on connecting directly to the webinar will be sent via email.

FILM: Black In Space: Breaking the Color Barrier Presented by Smithsonian Channel, Tuesday, February 18, 6 pm-8:30 pm. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. Free | RSVP Only. 6:00pm - 6:45pm: Doors Open & Reception. Light refreshments will be served. 6:45pm - 8:15pm: Screening & Panel Discussion RSVP at https://form.jotform.com/200065948171151

MEDITATIONS FOR A PEACEFUL MIND: Classes: Feb 18, Feb 25, March 3, 7:15-8:30pm with at Be.Yoga, 136 Simsbury Rd, Avon.Learn how to manage distractions, negative thoughts and worry. Includes guided meditations and advice on how to have a peaceful mind in daily life.Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Cost: $12 per class | $30 for the entire series. No one turned away for lack of funds.For info, visit meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

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.

AUTHOR READING: West Hartford Libraries will host a special author event with Amy Bonnaffons at Hartford Baking Co., 965 Farmington Ave., West Hartford on Wednesday, February 19 at 6 p.m. Bonnaffons is the founding editor of literary journal 7x7.la and author of the acclaimed short story collection, The Wrong Heaven. She will read from her debut novel, The Regrets, which will be released February 4 by Little, Brown and Company.

RESCHEDULED CONCERT: The Musical Club of Hartford’s Jolidon Series concert scheduled for February 6, will now take place on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Time and location are the same: the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, at 10:00 am. DeCaprio and Yang will be performing works by Mendelssohn, Janáček, Debussy and Rachmaninov. This program is made possible, in part, by the Jolidon Fund of the Musical Club of Hartford. Admission is $10 for the general public, free for students and for members of the Musical Club.

LECTURE: The Murder of Jane McCrea. Friday, February 21; 5pm reception, 6pm lecture. The slaying of young Jane McCrea marked a fundamental turn in the American Revolution. Paul Staiti, alumnae professor of art history at Mount Holyoke College, offers fresh perspectives about this legendary event and the enduring fascination with McCrea, based on John Vanderlyn’s 1804 oil painting of the violent scene, held in the Wadsworth’s collection. Free. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

JAZZ BRUNCH: Acute Inflections. Sunday, February 23; 10:30am & 12:30pm. Enjoy a buffet brunch in the Untitled Bistro with live jazz by Acute Inflections. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30am & one at 12:30pm. $39; $29 members. Tickets must be purchased online, in advance. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

SUFFRAGE SONGS: Music! 2:00 pm, February 21, 2020: From Seneca Falls to the 19th Amendment: Songs of the Woman Suffrage Movement. Held at the Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Road, Avon. Music presented by Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle. The struggle for woman suffrage was an important and hard-fought step toward gender equality. Music was one of the significant tools used in the crusade for a woman’s right to vote. Songs were composed to advance (and to oppose) the agenda that culminated in the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. This program presents some of the most engaging and interesting songs of the movement, with historical commentary, in commemoration of the approaching centennial of a woman’s right to vote. Please note that due to the 72 year struggle for woman suffrage, (1848-1920) this program runs 70 minutes. (snow date: Friday, February 28. 2020, 2:00 pm).

PARTNERS IN CREATION: Turning Everything Upside Down — Sunday, February 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield with Rabbi Debra Cantor and Terry Wolfisch Cole — co-sponsored with the Mandell JCC and the Charter Oak Cultural Center — “When Adar begins, joy increase.” We’ll celebrate the beginning of the Jewish Month of Adar (during which the holiday of Purim occurs) by exploring the notion of turning everything inside out and upside down. We’ll see how this idea plays out in “Purim Torah”, experiment with some abstract art and even invite you to move around a bit (but only if you want). No experience necessary - $10; Free for Neshama Patrons — Please RSVP to 860-243-3576 or office@btsonline.org

LECTURE: Wednesday February 26, 2020 at 6:30 pm, Meet Isabella Beecher Hooker: one of Connecticut’s suffragettes. Held at the Avon Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. “Tempest-Tossed” is the first full biography of the passionate, fascinating youngest daughter of the “Fabulous Beecher” family—one of America’s most high-powered families of the nineteenth century. Older sister Harriet Beecher Stowe was the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Brother Henry Ward Beecher was one of America’s most influential ministers, and sister Catherine Beecher wrote pivotal works on women’s rights and educational reform. And then there was Isabella Beecher Hooker—”a curiously modern nineteenth-century figure.”

LENTEN PROGRAM: Join Liza Peters, retreat team member at Holy Family Retreat Center, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, for an Ash Wednesday reflection titled “Longing to be Transformed.” A day session will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and an evening session from 6-9 p.m. Both programs will include Mass and the distribution of ashes. The day program includes the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Participants will examine the Gospel readings from the six weeks of Lent and discuss how these readings lead our hearts to be opened and transformed. The cost to attend either session is $40 and includes lunch or dinner. Holy Family Retreat Center is located at 303 Tunxis Road in West Hartford. For more information on any of these events, visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org/lent or call 860-760-9705.

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.

WILDLIFE SERIES: All programs are free and open to the public. All events will be held at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. Thursday, February 27, at 2:00 PM - The Bobcat — Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat presentation focuses on the natural history of bobcats in Connecticut, an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts. Bobcat artifacts are shared with the audience. Mountain lions are discussed.

WINE & CHEESE OF SICILY: Benefiting the West Hartford Art League. In partnership with CT Eats Out we bring you a wine and cheese tasting in our Clubhouse Gallery. Peruse the Members Juried Exhibit while eating your way through Sicily. Thursday, February 27, at 6:30pm. Wines by The Wise Old Dog. Cheese by Dom’s Cheese Shop. Bread by Atticus. ALL proceeds from the evening will benefit the West Hartford Art League. Tickets are $65 per person and include tastings of five cheeses and five wines, along with accoutrements and locally baked bread. Get tickets at www.cteatsout.com/supper-club

BASIC BOATING COURSE: Hartford Power Squadron announces its America’s Boating Course, To be given at Irving Robbins Middle School, Farmington. Thursday, February 27 at 6:30pm. This is an 8 week course that includes Piloting. Pre-registration is required. Call 860-404-0290. The cost $69 and includes the manual and plotting tools. There is also a fee from the Farmington Continuing Education Department.. Please call Cliff McKibbin at 860-655-4623 or e-mail him at Cliff99.mckibbin@comcast.net for further information.

LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP: Thursday, February 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mandell JCC Board Room, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Successful development begins with a thoughtful blueprint, a versatile toolkit, and a convincing case for support. During this interactive program, national nonprofit development consultant Dirk Bird will share the most impactful strategies to drive meaningful donor conversations and inspire gifts of all levels. Free & open to the public | Reservations required | Seating is limited. Light kosher refreshments will be served. RSVP by February 20 to info@jlahartford.org

OPEN MIC: FREE Open Mic Coffeehouse February 28 from 7-9 p.m. Back by popular demand! Come share your talent, song, poetry reading, dance, tell jokes, juggle, play an instrument... Or come with a friend and sit back, relax and have fun! All ages are welcome. Flagg Road UCC, across from Westmoor Park, building community where all are welcome!

JAZZ NIGHT AT BTS: on Saturday, February 29 Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Two 45 minute sets from “The Great American Songbook” with jazz vocalist Corinne Thurstan & pianist Bill Groth - $45 per person for reservations made by Thursday, February 20; $50 for reservations made thereafter, or for payment at the door — Please note snow date is March 7 — Some Jazzy Details: Wine, hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served (dairy-free, gluten free & vegan options will be available), art show with artwork from local artists and a silent auction. To make reservations go to http://bit.ly/BTZ_Jazz or mail your check, made out to B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom with “Jazz” on the memo line to: B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002 - If reserving by check, your check is your reservation.

JUDY, JUDY, JUDY: a three-part Judy Garland movie series. The series begins on Tuesday, March 3 at 1:30 pm with the new award-winning biopic “Judy” starring Renée Zellweger. The film examines Garland through the prism of a late-in-life UK engagement peppered with flashbacks to key moments in her early years as a child star. (2019 ; 2 hrs., PG-13) Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: All programs are free and open to the public. All events will be held at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. Are You Recycling Right? Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Avon Library Community Room Deciding to recycle items is just the first step. You also want to make sure the items are recycled properly. Join Sherill Baldwin, from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and Paul Welsh, from the Department of Public Works in Avon, and learn the recycling basics including: What you can recycle? What goes in the bin and what stays out?

WILDLIFE SERIES: All programs are free and open to the public. All events will be held at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 2:00 PM - Bald Eagles in Connecticut. Bald eagles were once so endangered that many considered whether to replace them as America’s national symbol. The ongoing story of their recovery as a species and CT’s healthy eagle population is a comeback story worth hearing. Join Ginny Apple, a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, for a talk about these magnificent birds.

AUTHOR TALK: “They Said ‘No’ to Nixon: Republican’s Who Stood up to the President’s Abuses of Power” uncovers those within President Richard Nixon’s administration - including his own appointees - who quickly blocked Nixon’s attacks on the IRS, the Justice Department, and other sectors of the federal government. Come hear this politically-moving talk and discussion on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov.

MEDITATION AS MEDICATION: A Doctor’s Perspective. Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:30 PM Can meditation improve high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, or pain? If a doctor told you to meditate, would you hesitate? Learn how meditation can have a profound effect on your life. Dr. Raider is a co-author of the book, “Meditation as Medication for the Soul” a best seller. For more information please contact Anna Korkus akorkus@avonctlibrary.info 860-673-9712 ext. 234

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.

CARPENTER FILM SERIES: Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. at Noah Webster Library. March 18 - “Big Trouble in Little China” (1986) — Carpenter re-teams with Kurt Russell in a cult-classic action comedy that’s as rollicking as they come, as Russell’s wisecracking trucker Jack Burton gets caught up in a mystical war between good and evil that’s packed with martial arts and practical special FX. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov

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 — 10 a.m.. The date is February 24. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., 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.

CLASS REUNION: The 50th Year Reunion for Central High School, Bridgeport, CT, has been set for September 26, 2020 at the Stone Barn at Whitney Farms, Monroe, CT. Alumni may obtain further information by sending an email to CENTRALBPT1970@GMAIL.COM or by joining the Facebook group Bridgeport Central High School Class of 1970.

ANTIQUE APPRAISAL: Free verbal appraisal of your antiques. Every Saturday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. ANTIQ’S, 1839 New Britain Avenue (at the corner of Hyde Rd.) Farmington. 860-676-2670.

ACCELERATED CLASSES: Tunxis Community College in Farmington will offer late-start courses and accelerated online offerings this spring in addition to its traditional semester classes. Students can register for late-start and accelerated classes until the first day their class begins. A variety of accelerated 7-week classes begin Jan. 27 and March 24. For details, visit tunxis.edu/latestart, call 860.773.1490, or email tx-admissions@tunxis.edu.

FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AT TUNXIS: Free tax assistance is available at Tunxis Community College in Farmington through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program on Fridays from through April 3, by appointment, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Tunxis Library Computer Lab. No services will be available Feb. 14 when the college is closed for a holiday. VITA offers free tax preparation for individuals and families who earned less than $56,000 in 2019. All information is kept strictly confidential. For appointments, call 860.356.2000. For a map of campus, see tunxis.edu/map.

TOY DRIVE: Elmwood Dental Group LLC in West Hartford is once again collecting toys for the annual Connecticut Children’s Medical Center “Spread the Love” toy drive. Last year, the compassionate dental practice contributed 75 toys to the cause. The public is invited to drop off a toy from Monday, through Friday, March 6, 2020 in a donation box conveniently located in the reception area. Carlson notes hospital guidelines require new, unwrapped toys that are appropriate for hospitalized infants, children, adolescents or teenagers (toy guns and other weapons are not appropriate). The toys must not pose a safety hazard, such as those with sharp edges or small, removable or easily breakable parts. The practice is located at 1132 New Britain Ave. in West Hartford. Donations can be dropped off Monday — Friday starting at 7:30am. Daily hours can be found on the website www.elmwooddentalllc.com. The toy drive is one of many charitable community campaigns the practice spearheads throughout the year. For more information, visit www.elmwooddentalllc.com or call (860) 331-8748.

JEWELERS OF WESLEYAN POTTERS: on display Feb. 5- March 8 showcasing a diverse selection of metal, lapidary, and glass art pieces created by our very own jewelry members. Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 7, 5-7. 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.

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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