Applications are being accepted for the West Hartford Mayor’s Youth Council, an advisory group made up of ninth through 12th graders representing different schools, neighborhoods, backgrounds and interests.

Members will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday each month from September to May. They will plan and complete impact projects and work with town departments and organizations to help with local initiatives.

Interested students should submit an application, personal essay and letter of reference by May 31. They can be sent to Teen Services Librarian Kari Karp at teenvolunteers@westhartfordlibrary.org. Printed copies of the application may be brought to the teen room at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 1.

The West Hartford Republicans recently announced that Mary Fay will be the new minority leader on the Town Council replacing Lee Gold.

Lee Gold announced he left the Republican Party to join “A Connecticut Party.”

Music at the Red Door will present organist Sean McCarthy at 12:30 p.m. on June 6.

The concert completes this season’s “Pipes Alive!” series of organ recitals given by regional artists performing on the celebrated Austin pipe organ at St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford. This performance is available to a limited in-person audience. It can also be viewed on St. John’s YouTube channel or on St. John’s Facebook page. Reserve a seat, view the livestream, or learn more at reddoormusic.org/events/.

The program includes a work of McCarthy’s own composition, as well as a tribute to St. John’s member Bob Skeele, who died last year.

Admission is free to all events presented by Music at the Red Door; donations in any amount are accepted at reddoormusic.org/donate.

A West Hartford resident has accepted a $10,000 grant from the Petit Family Foundation on behalf of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, a statewide youth mentoring organization.

The grant will support the mentoring of area girls with a focus on science and the arts, as well as the roll-out of Nutmeg’s Social-Emotional Learning curriculum.

Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance announced Bouvier Insurance earned a 2021 Make More Happen Award, which recognizes its exceptional volunteerism with Community Speaks Out and demonstrates its commitment to making a positive change within their community.

The award includes a $5,000 donation with a chance to double the amount to $10,000 with votes on social media that will directly benefit Community Speaks Out, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the community by providing support and opportunities to individuals and families with access to recovery.

Rogers Park Band will perform a concert outside of West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, at 3 p.m. on June 6.

The concert is open to all and will honor the children, teens and young adults living with and without disabilities who joined together in friendship, fighting isolation during the pandemic. There will also be a chance to honor those who weren’t able to mark their Bar/Bat Mitzvah during the past year.

It is hosted by the Chabad of Greater Hartford’s Friendship Circle, which brings together toddlers and young adults with and without special needs for a variety of Judaic and social programming.

There will be Covid-safe seating and a drive-in option.

It costs $36 for adults and $18 for children. For more information visit www.FriendshipCircleCT.com/Celebrate, email Info@FriendshipCircleCT.com or call 860-833-4035.

The West Hartford Symphony Orchestra will hold a free outdoor concert at 4 p.m. on June 5 in the back of town hall. The raindate is June 13.

Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

It is being presented in collaboration with the West Hartford Arts & Culture Collaborative.

Anyone willing to volunteer to help at the concert should contact the orchestra at whsymphony@gmail.com.

The orchestra will continue to monitor and comply with safety guidelines that are in place at the time of the concert.

The Kingswood Oxford Public Speaking Center recently opened as a way to address students’ fears with public speaking.

It is being led by Kyle Reynolds, the school’s theater director. The program matches students with other students who serve as mentors.

The four main goals of the center are to encourage compassionate collaboration, to be helpful in supplying positive and constructive feedback, to enhance transformative risk-taking, and to get true, honest, constructive, criticism and support so that students are better at public speaking than one was the day before.

During Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Mental Health Connecticut is inviting residents, businesses and communities to invest in preventative measures that increase resiliency and wellness. It is bringing back #31DaysOfWellness with the theme of #31Tools2Thrive. The goal is to help individuals build their personalized self-care toolkits while helping to build MHC’s facility reserves through its MHC@Home Fund.

ConnectiCare, a leading health plan in Connecticut for 40 years, has signed on as the primary sponsor, promising to double the impact of the $31,000 fundraising goal. As a longtime partner of MHC, ConnectiCare chose to support the campaign as a cornerstone of celebrating their 40th anniversary and as its ongoing commitment to creating healthier futures for Connecticut residents.

Members of the Kingswood Oxford School Power of Women recently put together more than 125 tote bags for Dignity Grows, a local nonprofit. The mission of the organization is to provide individuals in need with essential comprehensive personal hygiene products, so they can attend school and work and participate in community life without interruption.

Totes included hygiene products, such as shampoo, toothpaste, sanitary pads.

In the organization’s first 22 months, they have distributed more than 10,000 Dignity Totes, their signature bag of products, for those in need.

Connecticut Media Group