A LITTLE HARMLESS FUN: Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. Author Lary Bloom on Artist Sol LeWitt. Author Lary Bloom talks about Sol LeWitt: A Life of Ideas, a new biography of the Hartford-born, New Britain-raised abstract, conceptual, and minimalist artist. Admission to all Harmless Fun events is $10. Book signings and sales follow the talks. The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave.,, Hartford. (860) 247-0998. www.marktwainhouse.org.

NEWGATE PRISON TALK: Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. As the first state prison, New-Gate was a trial and error experiment, one that included many prison escapes. Join Site Manager Morgan Bengel to explore how these exhilarating escapes shaped New-Gate’s history and contributed to the ever-evolving prison system. Free to members and students. $5 for non-members. To reserve a seat, call 860-408-1336, or email programs@simsburyfreelibrary.org.

FREE BLOOD SUGAR TESTING AND BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. Sept. 19, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm. For more information contact Tina Panik at 860-673-9712 ext. 235. The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

LECTURE: Democratic Competition: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Sept. 19, Thursday, 7 pm. Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University. Why are so many people are alienated from politics? Why do the often tried remedies only make the problem worse? And what sorts of reforms would be better? How can we save democracy? Dr. Ian Shapiro discusses the varieties of political competition across the democratic world. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

STARGAZING: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 pm for Stargazing at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Explore the night sky with the guidance of the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford. Participants will learn about telescopes and astronomy while viewing prominent objects such as the moon, globular clusters, planets, nebula, or galaxies. Cedar Hill Cemetery is located at 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford. Admission to the program is free but reservations are recommended. Contact Beverly Lucas at blucas@cedarhillcemetery.org or (860) 956-3311 to register.

MINDFULNESS IN THE MUSEUM: Friday, September 20; noon Elevate your enjoyment of the everyday and embark on a sensory experience in the Hudson River School galleries with a meditation practice led by Amanda Votto of Copper Beech Institute. Free, but RSVP to faculty@wadsworthatheneum.org. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

SERVICE AWARD DINNER: Sunday, Sept. 22, 5pm. The 2019 Beth El Temple Men's Club Annual Distinguished Service Award Dinner will honor Marci and Jonathan Alter for their many years of devoted service to Beth El Temple, the Men’s Club and the Community. David Waren will be the Keynote Speaker. Howard Weiner will be the Master of Ceremonies. Event is at Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford. Please RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 12 to Bruce Shein (860-677-8300 or bruceshein@comcast.net). Cost: $54 ($75 - Patrons; $100 - Sponsors).

A LITTLE HARMLESS FUN: Thursday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Octavio Solis Discusses “Quixote Nuevo” Author and playwright Octavio Solis will discuss Quixote Nuevo, a re-imagining of the first modern novel, “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes. The show, based on Solis’s book, opens the new season at Hartford Stage, running Sept. 19 through Oct. 13. Admission to all Harmless Fun events is $10. Book signings and sales follow the talks. The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave.,, Hartford. (860) 247-0998. www.marktwainhouse.org.

GALLERY TALK: Bauhaus at the Wadsworth. Wednesday, Sept. 25, noon. Hear how the principles that revolutionized art and design one hundred years ago inform daily life today with curator Erin Monroe, in connection with the exhibition The Bauhaus Spirit at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Free with admission. Meet at the Museum Shop. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

MENTAL HEALTH SERIES: The Avon Library and Avon Senior continue there “Take Care of Yourself: A series of programs and training on mental health” with two programs in September. The events are free, and both will be held at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. More details on the series can be found at www.avonctlibrary.info. “Creating a positive body image” Thursday, Sept. 26, 6:30-8:00 pm. This workshop is designed to offer a safe environment to learn about self-image. Here we will talk about why we become self-conscious and how it affects our day to day lives. By hearing each other’s stories, we will learn simple coping skills to build positive body image.

THE ART OF TREES: Trees have inspired artists for ages! Join us on Thursday, September 26 at 7PM to learn about trees in art from the permanent collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum, including paintings from Charles De Wolf Brownell (above), Georgia O’Keeffe and Marc Chagall. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford, Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

CONCERT: Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra. 8: to 10 P.M. on Sept 27. Trinity College Chapel, 300 Summit Street, Hartford. Cost: $35-$55. www.hartfordsymphony.org. Acclaimed concert organist Christopher Houlihan joins the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Carolyn Kuan conducting, in the Opening and Closing Concerts of the 2019 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford. The program, performed on September 27 and September 29, includes the thrilling and notoriously difficult “Symphonie Concertante “for grand organ and orchestra by Joseph Jongen. Houlihan, will also perform organ works by Bach and Widor (the opening movement of the Sixth Symphony, transcribed for organ and orchestra by the composer). The program also includes the fourth movement of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D Major and an orchestral portrait of Albert Schweitzer by Gene Scheer, narrated by John Nowacki. Carolyn Kuan and Dr. Lisa Wong, an expert on the life and work of Albert Schweitzer, will join Mr. Houlihan in presenting a 30-minute talk an hour before each performance in the Admissions Building, near the Chapel.

DROP IN GENEALOGY: Saturday, Sept. 28, 10:00am — 2:00pm. Researching your family tree and don’t know where else to look to find missing ancestors? Bring any information you have and let genealogist Alison Watson Maston help. Alison has over 40 years of experience. She specializes in researching vital records, land records, immigration and naturalization records as well as probate records. She has particular expertise in New England, New York City and Ireland. Free for members; $5 for non-members. To make a reservation or for more information, call (860) 408-1336 or email programs@simsburyfreelibrary.org.

FESTIVAL CHORAL EVENSONG: 5 to 6:30 pm on Sept. 28. Trinity College Chapel, 300 Summit Street, Hartford. www.asofhartford.org. This ancient service of sung evening prayer, which is part of the 2019 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford, is open to all. Come and hear the organ as liturgical art form, blending with our Festival Choir to present great choral music from the English cathedral tradition, including selections by Radcliffe, Stanford, and Gardiner. The Chapel Singers of Trinity College join with the choirs of St. James's Episcopal Church, and St. John's Episcopal Church (both in West Hartford) under the direction of Vaughn Mauren and Scott Lamlein, choirmasters. The service will be accompanied by Benjamin Straley, former Organist of Washington National Cathedral. An Evensong reflection will be offered by The Rev. Dr. Sidnie White Crawford.

CEMETERY TOUR: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10:00 am for We’ve Got the Cure: Notable Physicians. Len Oberg leads this walking tour highlighting prominent physicians buried at the historic cemetery. Hear about doctors, dentists, and surgeons and their associations to Hartford’s early medical institutions including Hartford Hospital and the Retreat for the Insane. Cedar Hill Cemetery is located at 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford. Admission to the program is $5.00 and free for Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation members. Advanced reservations are not required. The tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive. For more information contact Beverly Lucas at blucas@cedarhillcemetery.org or (860) 956-3311. Visit the Foundation’s website, www.cedarhillfoundation.org, for information

2019 KITCHEN TOUR: 10 am to 4 pm on Sept. 29. Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, 13 Sedgwick Road, West Hartford. Cost: $35/advance; $40/day of event Visit https://bit.ly/2NxAjao for more information. Tour beautifully distinctive kitchens created by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, including their unique showroom. All ticket sale proceeds will benefit The Hill-Stead Museum, a National Historic Landmark, designed by Pioneering female architect Theodate Pope-Riddle. No children under the age of 14 allowed, no pets, no photography, because these are private homes, they are not wheelchair accessible. Comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella are recommended.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Come celebrate the harvest with the Spiritual Life Center Community. Listen to the healing tones of harpist Marcie Swift. Enjoy the beautiful art display in the Monastery Gallery. Join in a nondenominational thanksgiving event with liturgical dance. Connect with other community members over delicious hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks. Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2 - 5 pm. Donation: $15‌. Monastery Art Gallery and patio and dining room near the gallery, Spiritual Life Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford.

CONCERT: Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra. 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sept. 29. Trinity College Chapel, 300 Summit Street, Hartford. Cost: $35-$55. www.hartfordsymphony.org. Acclaimed concert organist Christopher Houlihan joins the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Carolyn Kuan conducting, in the Opening and Closing Concerts of the 2019 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford. The program, performed on September 27 and September 29, includes the thrilling and notoriously difficult “Symphonie Concertante “for grand organ and orchestra by Joseph Jongen. Houlihan, will also perform organ works by Bach and Widor (the opening movement of the Sixth Symphony, transcribed for organ and orchestra by the composer). The program also includes the fourth movement of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D Major and an orchestral portrait of Albert Schweitzer by Gene Scheer, narrated by John Nowacki. Carolyn Kuan and Dr. Lisa Wong, an expert on the life and work of Albert Schweitzer, will join Mr. Houlihan in presenting a 30-minute talk an hour before each performance in the Admissions Building, near the Chapel.

NORTH KOREA BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7 pm. “Escape from Camp 14” by Blaine Harden. The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

TALK: The Irish in Connecticut. Thursday, October 3, 6:30 pm. Bruce Clouette, Senior Historian, Archaeological and Historical Services, Inc., will speak on the cultural conflicts, economic experiences (or lack thereof), and political roles that Irish immigrants assumed as they entered Connecticut. The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

FREE BLOOD SUGAR TESTING AND BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. Oct.3, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm. For more information contact Tina Panik at 860-673-9712 ext. 235. The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

LECTURE: Sea Turtles of Costa Rica with Gary Melnysyn. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2 PM Gary is a self-taught photographer, artist and an avid outdoor enthusiast. Gary spent a month on a sea turtle conservation project in Ostional, Costa Rica, where he observed, collected data and helped preserve adult turtles. No registration. For more information, contact Cyndi Larsen clarsen@avonctlibrary.info 860-673-9712. Free and open to the public. No registration. The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon.

CT LITERARY FESTIVAL: Join us for a celebration of the literary arts on Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Real Art Ways in Hartford. The inaugural festival will be a book-tacular day of panels, readings, food trucks, and a spectacular book fair. Visit www.connecticutliteraryfestival.org/ for more information.

LECTURE: "Feeling the Difference: Islamophobia and the Emotions of Intolerance in U.S. History" Oct. 10,Thur. 7PM, Contemporary Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment relies as much on negative emotions as they do on adverse ideas about Muslims and immigrants. As has been the case at specific moments in American history in regard to Catholics, Jews, and Native Americans, these feelings are carefully cultivated by politicians, organizations, and/or news sources. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

POETS ON POETRY: Local poets discuss poets that inspire them. Presented by the CT Poetry Society. Programs start at 2pm. Free, no registration. Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon. Oct. 10, 2:00 PM - William Carlos Williams moderated by Mark Sheridan. Mark Sheridan is the Treasurer of the Connecticut Poetry Society, where he has been instrumental in fund-raising and expanding the Poets on Poetry series to five area libraries in addition to the flagship Hartford Public Library. Sheridan has created an interactive poetry program which he leads on college campuses.

LUNCH AND BOOK IN THE SUKKAH: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 12 pm Beth El Temple Women’s Network proudly presents Lunch and Book in the Sukkah with author Dani Shapiro and her new book "Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love." Beth El member and author Marilyn Rothstein leads this conversation. This event is $18 for Women’s Network members, $25 non-Women’s Network members. Registration must be received by Monday, Oct. 7. Books will be available for purchase for $20 in the Beth El office after Sept. 2. Details and registration at www.bethelwesthartford.org. Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford.

FREE BLOOD SUGAR TESTING AND BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. Oct.17, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm. For more information contact Tina Panik at 860-673-9712 ext. 235. The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

FIRST LOOK PRESCHOOL AT RENBROOK SCHOOL: 9 to 10:30 am on Oct. 17. Renbrook School, 2865 Albany Ave. West Hartford. Come take a tour of our exceptional Early Learning Center and hear from our dynamic Head of the Lower School Julie Schlossinger about the value and quality our our 3-year preschool experience. RSVP at www.renbrook.org

A LITTLE HARMLESS FUN: Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. William Mann Discusses New Marlon Brando Biography. William Mann will discuss “The Contender,” his new biography of Marlon Brando. Admission to all Harmless Fun events is $10. Book signings and sales follow the talks. The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave.,, Hartford. (860) 247-0998. www.marktwainhouse.org.

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 9:15 — 10:00 a.m.. The dates are Sept. 23, Oct. 7 & 21, and Nov. 4 & 18. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., Sept. 21, Oct. 19, and Nov. 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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