Editor’s note: Most, if not all events in West Hartford, as well as other towns are canceled until at least March 31. Please call the event organizer before you go!

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 19, at 2:00 PM The Owls of Connecticut. Join raptor expert Larry Fischer for an in depth look at owls found in Connecticut. This program, illustrated with slides of owls and owlets, focuses primarily on the species that breed in our backyards and back woodlots. Larry will talk about how common or how rare each species is, what their habitat requirements are, and about nest site selection, and how to encourage some species to nest where they might be easily observed.

CT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY MEETING: Fronds with Benefits; Ferns from the Wild to the Garden. Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. with Leslie Duthie, horticulturalist. CT Hort meets at Emanuel Synagogue Auditorium (entrance and parking at BACK of building), 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford. A drop-in fee of $10 is collected at the door from non-members. Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. but come early — by 7:00 p.m. — to socialize, participate in the raffle, see travel fliers and ask plant questions. For more information visit www.cthort.org .

A LITTLE HARMLESS FUN: with Michael Alago. Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. Legendary record company executive, Michael Alago, will talk with arts writer Frank Rizzo about sex, drugs, rock & roll, and his life in all three as reflected in his new memoir I am Michael Alago: Breathing Music, Signing Metallica, Beating Death. A book sale and signing will follow the talk. Tickets are only $10! Visit marktwainhouse.org/michaelalago for tickets and more information.

BUSINESS LEADERS BREAKFAST: On Friday, March 20, the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce will present its 12th annual Business Leaders Breakfast, from 7:30 to 9:30 A. M. at The Simsbury Inn, 397 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury. Tickets are $38.00 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and businesses can reserve tables for eight. To purchase tickets or obtain more information, visit the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce website at www.simsburycoc.org and click on the Event Calendar, or call (860) 651-7307.

BOATING COURSE: Hartford Power Squadron announces its America’s Boating Course, ABC-Bristol Library (one day courses), Sponsored by the Bristol Library. Offered Saturdays: 3/21 or 4/18 starting at 8:30am The cost is $50 which includes the full manual, morning coffee, and lunch. Please call Cliff McKibbin at 860-655-4623 or e-mail him at Cliff99.mckibbin@comcast.net for further information and to reserve your spot.

BANQUET: Trout Unlimited annual fund-raising banquet Saturday, March 21, 6 p.m. at the USS Chowder Pot on Brainard Road in Hartford. An evening of dining, fellowship and entertainment for those who support conservation, clean water, Trout in the Classroom for schoolchildren and Project Healing Waters for veterans. Tickets are $45 each, there is plenty of free parking and the public is invited. Visit www.fvtu.org or Don LaChance at (860) 930-0184.

STAGE READING: On Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. First Church, West Hartford presents a free stage-reading of “Day of Tears,” Julius Lester’s riveting novel in dialogue. “Day of Tears” tells the story of the biggest slave auction in American history, when a Georgia plantation owner sold over 450 people to cover his gambling debts. This is a free community event, open to the public, but please be advised that strong language and allusions to violence are present in the performance and may not be suitable for certain audiences, including young children. For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/DayOfTears. This event is co-sponsored by WH Witness Stones, the Noah Webster House, and First Church’s John P. Webster Library. Please call or email Jennifer at 860-232-3893 or jpwebsterdir@whfirstchurch.org with questions. SNOW DATE: Sunday, March 29, 2:00 p.m. Permission to present this reading has been granted by Julius Lester.

FUNDRAISER: Boys and Girls Club of Hartford is partnering with Hartford’s oldest brewery, City Steam, to sponsor a public Cornhole for a Cause tournament fundraiser on March 22, with proceeds to benefit the local nonprofit organization. Registration is open for the Cornhole for a Cause tournament. For more information and to sign up, visit https://citysteambrewery.com/fundraiser/.

RUSSIA BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: Tuesday, March 24, 7 PM: “I Was Anastasia” by Ariel Lawhorn. This is a book discussion led by librarian Cyndi Larsen featuring fictional books set in Russia. 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. Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon.

WORKSHOP: On Wednesdays, starting March 25, at 6:00 pm, Janet Reynolds will run Write On! Using Writing to Heal at the Storyteller’s Cottage. Proceeds from this workshop will support Mental Health Connecticut’s Write On! program for young adults living with a mental health condition and community education events for the general public. The workshop costs $250 for 8 weeks, and spots can be reserved here: https://https://bit.ly/2TSC3MY. The Storyteller’s Cottage is located at 750 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. For more information, please call 860-877-6099 or visit www.StorytellersCottage.com.

OUTSTANDING FILM SERIES: Avon Free Public Library presents: “Outstanding” Film Series - Spring 2020. 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 26 @ 6:30 pm — “Volver” Raimunda and Sole are sisters who live in Madrid. They lost their parents in a fire years ago. Their aunt, Paula, still lives in the village and continues to speak about their mother as if she were still alive. When Paula dies the things change and the past returns in a story of mystery and suspense. Shown with subtitles.

HEALTH EXPO: Simsbury Chamber of Commerce has planned their third Community Health Expo to help you learn ways to improve your health by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 28, from 10 A. M. to 2 P. M. at the brand-new Anthology of Simsbury, 142 Cooper Avenue, Simsbury. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Simsbury Chamber of Commerce at (860) 651-7307.

JUDY, JUDY, JUDY: a Judy Garland movie series. “A Star is Born” on Tuesday, March 31 at 1:30 pm. The film, a remake of the 1937 picture of the same name, stars Garland as Esther Blodgett. Garland was nominated for a best actress Oscar, and Esther become one of her most iconic roles, though it would also be her last major movie role. (1954; 2 hrs. and 34 min.; Rated PG) Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. tickets and info at 860521-4362

SPEED NETWORKING EVENT: Attendees at the next Simsbury Young Professionals event will have an opportunity to improve their networking skills and expand their contact list. The “speed networking” event is presented by the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce and will be held from 5:30 to 7 P. M. on Tuesday, March 31 at Iron Horse Sports Pub, 21 Iron Horse Blvd., Simsbury. Guests will munch on pizzas and other delectable menu items as they rotate among themselves and are given three-minute intervals in which to exchange as much information about each other as they can. Pre-registration is encouraged by visiting the Events calendar at www.simsburycoc.org or calling (860) 651-7307.

TITANIC SERIES: Wednesday, April 8, at 12:00 PM. “Titanic” is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film by James Cameron. Including both historical and fictionalized aspects, the film is based on accounts of the sinking of the Titanic, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. Rated PG — 13. The movie is 194 minutes plus 15 — minute intermission. Snacks will be provided. All programs are free and open to the public. All events will be held at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon.

RETREAT: In preparation for Easter, Holy Family will again offer its Triduum Retreat, “The Path of Transformation,” from Holy Thursday, April 9, through Holy Saturday, April 11. Open to men and women, the retreat cost is $325 to stay through Saturday brunch and $350 through Saturday dinner and the 8 p.m. Easter Vigil. Holy Family Retreat Center is located at 303 Tunxis Road in West Hartford. For more information visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org/lent or call 860-760-9705.

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. Situational Awareness. Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Avon Library Community Room. Situational Awareness: Being Safe by Being Aware. Are you a runner, walker, or biker here in Avon? Love the rails-to-trails but feel less at ease these days about safety? Join Officer Eric Lundell in a conversation about how to feel safer in your daily activities by being situationally aware; i.e. learning to use all of your senses and powers of observation to empower yourself in your community.

TITANIC SERIES: Wednesday, Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM. “Titanic — A Date with Destiny” Come and listen to story of the Titanic - its celebrated construction, employing thousands during difficult times, its sailing, life on board and final hours. Join us as we share insights about a well-known story that might change your viewpoint of that fateful date with destiny. Few know that the Titanic’s plunge into the frigid Atlantic was predicted more than a decade before the disaster. For more information please contact Anna Korkus akorkus@avonctlibrary.info 860-673-9712 ext. 234 Snacks will be provided. All programs are free and open to the public. All events will be held at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon.

OUTSTANDING FILM SERIES: Avon Free Public Library presents: Outstanding Film Series - Spring 2020. 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, April 16, 6:30 pm “If Beale Street Could Talk.” The story focuses on two young lovers in early1970’s Harlem. Tish, and her boyfriend Fonny, have plenty of time to plan their future. However, their plans are upended when Fonny is arrested and accused of a crime he did not commit.

FILM: “The Public” on Monday, April 20, at 6 pm. In “The Public,” an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library, where a group of homeless people turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging a “sleep-in.” What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgement by the media. 2019; 2 hrs; Rated PG-13. Open to the public, no charge, no need to register. Shown in the Library Community Room, Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon.

RUSSIA BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: Tuesday, April 21, 7 PM “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys This is a book discussion led by librarian Cyndi Larsen featuring fictional books set in Russia. 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. Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon.

CARPENTER FILM SERIES: Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. at Noah Webster Library. April 22 “They Live” Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov

BOOK TALK: The Avon Free Public Library hosts “Connecticut Icons: Classic Symbols of the Nutmeg State” on Thursday, April 23, at 2:00 pm. The program will be presented by Charles Monagan, the former editor of Connecticut Magazine. Monagan has spent years discovering and describing the people, places, and things that make our state special. Following the presentation, copies of Mr. Monagan’s book “Connecticut Icons: Classic Symbols of the Nutmeg State will be available to purchase for $20. Avon Library Community Room, 281 Country Club Road in Avon. No registration is required. For more information, please call 860.673.9712 or visit in person or online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

LOTUS LANTERN CRAFT WORKSHOP: Friday, April 24, at 2:00 pm. Members of KSCPP will show you how to make your own lotus flower lantern using colored paper and wire frames. You’ll leave with a beautiful paper lantern for yourself or to give as a gift. A short film will also be shown. Traditional homemade Korean desserts will be served at the end of the class! Please note: This program is for adults only and lantern making supplies will only be available for the first thirty people who arrive. Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. No registration is required. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712, stop by the library, or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

2020 SILENT SPRING FLING DANCE: Saturday, May 16 7-9:30pm., Elmwood Community Center, 1106 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford. The Silent Spring Fling is a silent dance party experience designed specifically for individuals with sensory sensitivities. Students (typical and non-typical) from West Hartford and neighboring towns from 5 to 21 years of age are invited to attend. Tickets are $10 each for students. No babysitting or one-on-one assistance will be provided. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend for free (no headphones included) and connect with other members of their community during the event.

RUSSIA BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: Tuesday, May 26, 7 PM “City of Thieves” by David Benioff. This is a book discussion led by librarian Cyndi Larsen featuring fictional books set in Russia. 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. Avon Public Library, 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

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 March 23, April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 -11:30 a.m., March 21, April 18, May 16. 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 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 through March 8 showcasing a diverse selection of metal, lapidary, and glass art pieces created by our very own jewelry members. 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.

FOODSHARE WALK: Registration for the 37th Annual Foodshare Walk Against Hunger is OPEN! Foodshare in partnership with their presenting sponsor, Stop & Shop, will host this year’s event on Saturday, May 9th at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. In addition to raising funds for an important cause, the Walk is fun-filled and family-friendly with live entertainment, giveaways and of course baby goats! The emcees for this year are the one and only Renee DiNino from I-Heart Media and The River 105.9 and Scot Haney, Meteorologist at WFSB. Funds raised from the Walk support Foodshare’s efforts to fight hunger year-round, as well as the 280 partner programs who help serve the 118,000 people in Hartford and Tolland counties struggling with food insecurity. For more information and to register please visit www.foodsharewalk.org. If you have additional questions, you can contact Foodshare at walk@foodshare.org.

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. 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.

FARMERS MARKET APPLICATIONS: The Avon Library’s summer farmers market applications are now open. The farmers market runs on Mondays in July and August from 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm, rain or shine. Applications are due on March 25, 2020 and are available at: https://www.avonctlibrary.info/farmers-market/

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 p.m. at the offices of The Next Right Thing. LLC, 345 North Main Streey, 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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