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.

GOAL-SETTING WORKSHOP: Thursday January 30, Chatfield/Brookdale, One Chatfield Drive, West Hartford, 7:30 AM. Start the new year off with us on a positive note. There are plenty of other places where you can do goal-setting workshops so we are going to skip that in favor of interacting with someone who tries to be the change she wants to see in the world. We will be welcoming the new CEO of Interval House as our guest speaker. She will be speaking about Interval House, its history and services, and domestic violence or as it is often known, intimate partner violence. We will also have Introductions, Networking time, Breakfast Snacks etc. Meeting fee:$2 Info: www.westhartfordwomeninnetworking.com RSVP to dianne.rechel@westhartfordwomeninnetworking.com

OPEN MIC: FREE Open Mic Coffeehouse January 31 & 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 Rd UCC, across from Westmoor Park, building community where all are welcome!

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.

SHAKESPEARE BOOK CLUB: “The Winter’s Tale” - Monday, Feb. 3 at 7PM Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov

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.

OPEN HOUSE: Klingberg Family Centers are hosting an Open House for Potential Foster & Adoptive Parents on Tuesday February 4th from 4pm — 6pm. This event will be held at Genesis Healthcare, The Reservoir, 1 Emily Way, West Hartford. Come on down and get some information on how you can share your home as a safe place for a child in need of foster care and how you can provide stability as a Therapeutic Foster Parent. We have children and adolescents who are ready to become part of a family. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Nicolin Carr at (860) 832 5536 or nicolin.carr@klingberg.com. For more information, visit www.klingbergfosterandadoption.org.

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.

MOVIE: 1:30 pm, February 5, “Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony Two women, one allegiance” (2004 ; NR ; 3 hrs.) Held at the Avon Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon.

PANEL TALK: 20-20 Vision: A Race & Justice Panel. February 5th from 6-9 p.m. Flagg Road United Church of Christ, 134 Flagg Rd., West Hartford, across from Westmoor Park, with plenty of parking! Featuring four guest speakers to raise our awareness, help us have respectful conversations to build better understanding, strengthen community, and spur action: Rev. John Selders (Assistant Dean at Trinity & UCC Pastor), Rev. Mia Douglas will speak on the role of discipleship in justice work, Rev. Ashley Johnson (organizer for the Center for Leadership & Justice), and Dr. Lynn Clapham (who was in Selma) will speak about the evolution of non-violent resistance from MLK, Jr to the present. Prepare to listen, learn, discuss, and be awed about this important topic!

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.

WORKSHOP: Creating a Strong Estate Plan - Thursday, 2/6 at 6:30PM. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov

SIERRA CLUB MEETING: Sierra Club Greater Hartford Group Monthly Meeting & Presentation is Thursday Feb. 6th at 7:30 pm at The McAuley, 275 Steele Road, West Hartford, Storm Clouds Above the Timber Line - New England’s Iconic Mt. Washington, Samuel Lewbel speaker. His presentation will focus on his experiences and the unique history, geology, weather and ecology of Mt. Washington. Doors open at 7:00 for refreshments and letter signing. $2 suggested donation. Questions: email mchawigirl@yahoo.com

STROLLER TALK: Friday, February 7; 11am. Enjoy a tour of the museum with other adults, parents, and childcare givers. Fussy babies and breastfeeding welcome. Free with admission. Meet at the Museum Shop. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

WINTERFEST: The public is invited is join four of West Hartfords non-profit organizations Saturday, February 8 from 11-3 p.m for a day of outdoor (and indoor) winter themed activities at Westmoor Park. Winterfest is a brand new event produced by the West Hartford Land Trust, The West Hartford Art League, Westmoor Park, and the Kiwanis Club of West Hartford to celebrate winter! Activities will include an ARTSled derby, (weather permitting), guided nature walks, an art activity for young artists, a bake sale and a chance to learn more about each of the non-profits. Kids are invited to bring a sled decorated in the theme of their favorite children’s book for a chance to compete in the ArtSled Derby. Suggested donation: $5. The public is invited to bring snowshoes, X-Country skis or boots to take a guided nature walk around the park. Come inside and create a wonderful winter collage with instructor Lindsey Behrens from the West Hartford Art League from 11-1 p.m. Warm up around the campfire outside or come inside for treats at our bake sale. Westmoor Park is located at 119 Flagg Road. Please note: Parking is limited. Additional parking is available across the street at The Flagg Road United Church of Christ.

HSO CONCERT: Mozart and the Romantics, Sunday February 9, Gallery Talk: Love, 1pm Concert: 2 pm. Prepare for Valentine’s Day with an afternoon of soul-stirring music performed by Hartford Symphony musicians. The program includes Beethoven’s Serenade in D., Op 25, Loeffler’s Two Rhapsodies, and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, K. 581. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford. For subscription and ticket information, visit hartfordsymphony.org.

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.

WORKSHOP: Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road Avon. Filling our Hearts with Love through Meditation, Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 6:30 PM. Join long time meditator Clare Vidich, as she offers this engaging workshop on how to use the meditation practice to transform the heart. She will explore how to incorporate more love and peace in your life which can have a profound transformation on your overall well-being. This session will be devoted to integrating these practices into your daily life. Participants will learn to let go of anger, fear and worry in order to create a more harmonious relationships, better work and home environments and experience a deep sense of personal peace and love. For more information please contact Anna Korkus akorkus@avonctlibrary.info 860-673-9712 ext. 234

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.

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 Rd UCC, across from Westmoor Park, building community where all are welcome!

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 dates are February 10 & 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.

PLAY: A bookie, a trombone player, and a pizza delivery guy walk into a yard.....what do they have in common? A laundry basket full of laughs as the Farmington Valley Stage Company in Collinsville opens its first show of 2020 with “Hilda’s Yard,” Jan. 31, Feb. 1 at 8 pm and Feb. 2 at 2 pm. Hilda and hubby Sam are recent empty-nesters, keen to enjoy life after raising two children. Their hopes are symbolized by a brand-new television set Sam purchases, visions of cozy evenings on the couch dancing in his head, blissfully unaware of the chaos that is about to ensue. Suggested age: 13 and up. Performances are in the Canton Town Hall Auditorium, 4 Market Street, Collinsville, General seating tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the door. ($19.50-$23.00). For information on group rates of 10 or more: groupsales@fvstage.org The Farmington Valley Stage company is A.D.A. accessible. Call us at 860-404-3081. For more information or to purchase tickets: www.fvstage.org

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.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Farmington Continuing Education welcomes the West Hartford Life Learn students who participated in enrichment programs to continue their life long learning here in Farmington. You will find some of the same instructors and course offerings as well as many NEW ones. Adult offerings include mosaics, Microsoft Word, social media, cheese making, food tours with Prudence Sloane, yoga, financial, languages, bridge, line dancing, mind & body, trips and more. Youth offerings include drivers ed, SAT Preparation, LEGO, theatre, break dancing, robotics, coding, rock climbing, sewing, babysitting, arts & crafts and more. View the complete catalog of courses and register online at www.fpsct.org/fce, visit us at 1 Depot Place in Unionville, or call (860) 404-0290

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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