FREE BLOOD SUGAR TESTING AND BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. Dec. 5, 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.

HARTFORD GAY MEN’S CHORUS: Making Spirits Bright! Friday & Saturday, December 6 & 7; 8pm, Sunday, December 8; 3pm. This annual concert is sure to spark your holiday spirit. Five narrated holiday tales are accompanied by classic songs and new selections. For information and tickets, visit www.hgmc.org. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

ART EXHIBIT: Art In The Family Of Kenneth Larson At Art League Of New Britain. Liz Winchester-Larson is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition “Art in the Family — A Retrospective and Current Work”, at the Art League of New Britain, 30 Cedar Street, New Britain, CT on Friday December 6, from 6 — 8 pm. This exhibition will include artworks by Kenneth Larson in private collections, including works in oils, and pastels, as well as current artworks by Liz Winchester-Larson, and their daughter Sarah Larson. The exhibition runs through December 22. Gallery Hours are: Saturdays and Sundays 1 - 4 pm

AUERBACH ART LIBRARY BOOK SALE: Saturday, December 7; 10am-4:45pm. Browse fantastic titles at great prices. Books for sale are duplicates of editions already owned by the library. All proceeds benefit the library and the preservation of its collections. Please note, payment forms accepted include cash or check only. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: St. John’s Episcopal Church will begin the Christmas season with their annual Christmas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shop for unique hand-decorated fresh evergreen wreaths, artwork, gifts, jewelry, books, hand-knit accessories and other Christmas goodies, join in signing favorite Christmas carols led by the St. John’s Choir, and take a tour of the historic church and stained glass. St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 679 Farmington Ave., near Prospect Avenue, in West Hartford. For more information about this and other upcoming events, please visit https://bit.ly/2CXPjYx ; call 860-523-5201, or office@sjparish.net .

BOOK SALE: The Friends of the New Britain Public Library announce their Fifth Annual Holiday Pop-Up Sale on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10 am — 4 pm in the Main Lobby of the Library on 20 High Street in New Britain. New this year, in addition to gift books, CDs, DVDs, holiday decorations, cards, small gifts and other unique items, and home-made baked goods is Precious Jewels, a specially curated selection of costume jewelry to suit all tastes. The public is invited to come share in the holiday spirit and help the library at the same time. All proceeds directly benefit the New Britain Public Library. For information, call 860-224-3155 ext 125

POP UP SHOPPING: Shop the Halls Pop-up shopping event. December 7th 10am-3pm. Hall High School Cafeteria, 975 N. Main Street, West Hartford.

A GUIDED DAY RETREAT: Saturday, December 7 at Odiyana Kadampa Buddhist Center With Resident Teacher Gen Khyenwang. This practice is a scientific method to purify our mind and transform it from an impure mind into a pure mind using Tantric technology. In this guided retreat, we will put these instructions into practice following the simple, but profound method of “Meditation and Recitation of Solitary Vajrasattva.” Everyone is welcome. Session Times:10 -11am; 12 -1pm; 2 — 3pm; 4 — 5pm. $20 day | $8 per session | Free for Full and Benefactor members. No one turned away due to lack of funds. For more info, visit Odiyana Meditation Center website at: meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

BLUE BACK MITTEN RUN: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Dec. 8. Blue Back Square 65 Memorial Road West Hartford. Website: https://bit.ly/37aUwKN Description: This festive family 5K tradition welcomes runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to celebrate the season as a community. The 5K winds through West Hartford neighborhoods, lined with homes decorated for the holidays and festive shop windows. Bring the kids to participate in the HMF FitKids run- a ½ mile or one mile dash to Blue Back Square.All participants receive a warm knit beanie. High-fives from Santa, gourmet hot chocolate and holiday cookies await finishers for post-race merriment in Blue Back Square.

HOLIDAY CONCERT: Sunday, December 8, 3:00 PM. On December 8, spend the afternoon in West Hartford with family and friends, enjoying classical and holiday pop favorites including: Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride; Nigel Hess’ “A Christmas Overture”; Adolphe Adam’s “O Holy Night”; Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and “An Overture for Hanukkah” by Christopher Tew. Opera singer, voice teacher and church cantor, Kate Callahan-Hardman. The spirit of the holiday season starts in West Hartford’s Town Hall! west Hartford Symphoney Orchestra. www.whso.org. 860-521-4362 for tickets and info.

HAVURAH GROUP: A new Havurah (small Jewish social group) is forming for older widows and widowers. Please join us for coffee, tea and pastries, and a getting-to-know-you gathering on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Community Service Building (333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford). Please contact Jennifer Schwartzman at jewishhartford.com, or 860-727-6117.

CHRISTMAS SERVICE: “A Season of Hope.” The Trinity College Chapel will continue its tradition of ‘Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols’ at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 at the college chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

LECTURE: Happiness is a Choice at Noah Webster Library on Dec. 10 at 6:30 PM. Gen Khyenwang, Resident teacher at Odiyana Center in East Hartford, will give a program at the Noah Webster Library regarding happiness as a choice. Happiness and suffering are states of mind and so their main causes cannot be found outside the mind. Everyone is welcome to attend this free talk, which will include guided meditations and time for Q&A. Registration is required, online at https://bit.ly/2Qp7FtD or by phone, 860-561-6990. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford.

GAMES FILM SERIES: “Queen of Katwe” on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo. Based on a true story of a Ugandan girl whose life changes forever when she discovers she has an amazing talent for playing chess. (2017 ; 2 hrs. and 4 min.; Rated PG)The library is at 281 Country Club Road in Avon. Please call 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary for more information.

TALK: Happiness is a Choice. Happiness and suffering are states of mind and so their main causes cannot be found outside the mind. If we really want to be happy, we have to choose which thoughts and intentions we want to follow and which ones we want to let go of. Join us on Tuesday, December 10, 6:30 P.M. to learn about being happy. Registration is required, www.https://westhartford.librarymarket.com/ or by phone, 860-561-6990. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford.

IMPROV TO IMPROVE: A networking & improv workshop with Sea Tea Improv. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sea Tea Comedy Theater, 15 Asylum Street, Hartford. Free, Light kosher apps, Cash bar (kosher wine & canned beer) Free on-street parking. Improv isn’t just for fun - it improves your communication, leadership and networking skills. Join JPN at Sea Tea Comedy Theater in downtown Hartford for networking and light apps followed by a high-energy, on-your-feet workshop with the Sea Tea Improv performing company... some of Hartford’s smartest, funniest, friendliest folks. Space is limited. Registration required. RSVP by December 5 to Jody Angell. jangell@jewishhartford.org | 860.727.6151

GALLERY TALK: Thrill of the Chase. Wednesday, December 11, noon. Historian and sailor John Rousmaniere speaks about the history of yachting and the importance of silver trophies in connection with the exhibition Sport and Leisure: Sailing on the Sound. Free with admission. Meet by the Museum Shop. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

PLAY: Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. The story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Performed by the J Center Stage Teen Theater. Performance Dates: December 11, 7:00 p.m.; December 14, 7:00 p.m.; December 15, 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $12 Students/ $14 Adults Tickets are available at www.mandelljcc.tix.com, or by calling Member Services at 860-236-4571

Code Your Hero at the West Hartford Libraries

Join millions of people around the globe by doing a one-hour coding activity during CS Education Week. Using Scratch you will choose an everyday hero from your own life and build a story or game using code that gives your hero superpowers. No coding experience necessary. Grades 4-8.

About Scratch: with Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.

CODE YOUR HERO: at the West Hartford Libraries. Join millions of people around the globe by doing a one-hour coding activity during CS Education Week. Using Scratch you will choose an everyday hero from your own life and build a story or game using code that gives your hero superpowers. No coding experience necessary. Grades 4-8. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. Wednesday, December 11 at 4PM: Noah Webster Library Learning Lab or Wednesday, December 18 at 5:30PM: Faxon Library Community Room. Noah Webster Library Learning Lab, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford, 860.561.6993. Faxon Library Community Room, 1073 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford. For more information call 860.561.6993

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 Road, Avon. Dec. 12, 2:00 PM - Jane Kenyon moderated by Christine Beck. Christine Beck holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from Southern Connecticut State University and is the author of “Blinding Light” (Grayson Books 2013), “I’m Dating Myself,” (Dancing Girl Press 2015) and “Stirred, Not Shaken” (Five Oaks Press 2016). She is the poetry editor of The Perch, a journal of The Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. Christine Beck teaches poetry, creative writing and literature at The University of Hartford and in private workshops. She is a former president and current secretary of the Connecticut Poetry Society and directs its monthly Poets on Poetry series at which poets moderate a discussion about a well-known poet at area libraries. She was Poet Laureate of the town of West Hartford, from 2015-17.

SIERRA CLUB MONTHLY MEETING & PRESENTATION: Thursday Dec. 12 at 7:30 pm. Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Road, West Hartford. “Fishers” Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn will discuss the history of fishers (a member of the weasel family) in Connecticut. An overview of fisher habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and aggression towards domestic animals. Fishers have made a comeback in this state due to loss of habitat and overhunting. $5 donation requested. Questions: mchawigirl@yahoo.com

SECOND SATURDAYS FOR FAMILIES: Winter Celebrations. Saturday, December 14; 10am-1pm. A day of winter fun. Learn about seasonal customs from around the world and enjoy live music performances. Admission is free during Second Saturdays Activities. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

STAR WARS TRIVIA COMPETITION: Fans of Star Wars, the galaxy spanning tale of good-vs-evil that has captivated generations for over 40 years, are invited to test their knowledge of the original 9 films against teens from other towns at a trivia tournament happening Saturday, December 14 from 12:00-4:00pm at the Farmington Library at 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington . A snow date is scheduled for January 11. Sign in will begin at 12:00 and trivia will begin at 12:30pm. Snacks and activities will be enjoyed. Costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded to tournament winners. The competition is open to students in grades 5-12. Interested teens should go online and visit the Farmington Library website to reserve their spot and receive an email reminder. More information can be found on the Farmington Libraries website at WWW.farmingtonlibraries.org or by calling 860-673-6791.

JAZZ BRUNCH: Charmagne Tripp. Sunday, December 15; 10:30am & 12:30pm. Enjoy a buffet brunch in the Untitled Bistro with live jazz by Charmagne Tripp. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complementary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30am & one at 12:30pm. $39; $29 members. Purchase at thewadsworth.org. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

FILM: Sunday, December 15; 2pm. “Remember the Night” A New York district attorney moved to pity by the Christmas season lets a shoplifter out on bail and offers her a ride home to Indiana. Complications ensue along the way.

TALK: Are Jews White? Yes. No. Maybe. And Why It Matters. — Sunday, December 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with Amelia Mae Paradise, Jewish Bridge Project of New Mexico Co-sponsored by B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom and the Charter Oak Cultural Center — $50; $36 for Neshama patrons and students; includes lunch - Register by Tuesday, December 10 — please send your check made out to “Neshama” with “Are Jews White?” on the memo line to BTS, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield. Be sure to include your email address and phone number.

MEETING: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut will meet on Sunday, December 15, 2019 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Road, Newington. Nosh ‘n Knowledge: An Opportunity to Network with Each Other! One of the most important benefits of belonging to JGSCT is the chance to learn from each other. Enjoy a little nosh while sharing your successes, brick walls, and questions. This informal session will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their stories and perhaps get some guidance on strategies to break brick walls. You are encouraged to send topic ideas or questions ahead of time to the coordinator of this program, Deb Holman: deborah.holman@sbcglobal.net. The program is free and open to the public. For more info, visit www.jgsct.org

CARIBBEAN BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019 2 PM: The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman 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,

GAMES FILM SERIES: “Wordplay.” Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Comedian Jon Stewart, filmmaker Ken Burns, Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina, former US Presidents — they all do it! Discover why every week 50 million Americans are addicted to doing crossword puzzles! (2006 ; 1 hr. and 15 min.; Rated PG) The library is at 281 Country Club Road in Avon. Call 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary for more information.

MORNING BOOK CLUB: at the Avon Free Public Library. The informal group meets once a month on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome, no registration required. Copies of the books are available ahead of time at the library’s Reference Desk. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m. “Sold on a Monday” by Kristina McMorris. New York Times bestseller based on an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation. 281 Country Club Road Avon, For more information call 860-673-9712.

FREE BLOOD SUGAR TESTING AND BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. Dec. 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.

GALLERY TALK: A New Cosmos. Friday, December 20; noon. Marisely Gonzalez, Community and Youth Programs Manager, illuminates the ways artists redefine ideas about gender, family, and community in the exhibition Afrocosmologies: American Reflections. Free with admission. Meet by the Museum Shop. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

CONNETIC DANCE: Nutcracker Suite and Spicy. Three Days, Friday, December 20; 8pm, Saturday, December 21; 2pm & 8pm, Sunday, December 22; 2pm. Returning to the Wadsworth’s theater for the 10th year, this unique and totally entertaining twist on the classical ballet is choreographed and directed by Carolyn Paine. For information and tickets, visit www. conneticdance.com. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

BOOK TALK: Addiction and Recovery Through a Jewish Spiritual Lens Book Talk and Discussion — Sunday, December 22 from 11:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. with Rabbi Richard Eisenberg, Certified Addictions Counselor at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield. Co-sponsored with Jewish Family Services. $5; free for Neshama patrons. RSVP by calling 860-243-3576 or office@btsonline.org

JAZZ BRUNCH: The Burr Johnson Trio. Sunday, December 29; 10:30am & 12:30pm. Enjoy a buffet brunch in the Untitled Bistro with live jazz by The Burr Johnson Trio. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complementary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30am & one at 12:30pm. $39; $29 members. Purchase at www.thewadsworth.org. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

FILM: Sunday, December 29; 2pm. “Christmas in Connecticut” A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

THE LIFE, TIMES, AND MUSIC OF NAT REEVES: December, 30; 7pm. Famed jazz bassist and educator at the Hartt School of Music, Nat Reeves is honored during a tribute celebrating his talent, accomplishments, and dedication to the community. $25. For information and tickets visit firstnighthartford.org. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

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 Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. For more information about the Fern Street Food Ministry, contact: communitybreakfast@westhartforduu.org, foodsharemobile@westhartforduu.org, FoodPantry@westhartforduu.org or 860-233-3669 x109.

FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOPS: Representatives from Financial Aid Services at Tunxis will help those with questions about filing their FAFSA information and renewals. All current and prospective students, including high school seniors, are welcome to attend with their parents. Walk-in FAFSA sessions will be available in the Financial Aid Services Office, 100 Building, Room 1-083, on the following dates: Dec. 10, 12 p.m. — 4 p.m.; Jan. 7, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.; and Jan. 14, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. A Saturday Walk-in FAFSA Help Session will be held Dec. 7, 10 a.m. — 12 p.m. in Tunxis Library Computer Classroom. Individual 30-minute sessions are available by appointment on the following dates: Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Dec. 11 & 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; and Dec. 18 & 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. All sessions will be held in the Financial Aid Services Office, Room 1-083. To reserve a spot for individual sessions, and for information on documents to bring, visit tunxis.edu/fafsa-help. Institutional aid for undocumented students may be available for those students who qualify. All information is kept confidential. For more information, visit tunxis.edu/undoc, or call Financial Aid Services at 860.773.1423.

SPRING REGISTRATION: Credit registration for the spring 2020 semester is in progress at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. Classes start Jan. 22. For information on how to apply and register, contact the Admissions Office at 860.773.1490, or visit tunxis.edu/apply. Tunxis will have extended walk-in hours in Founders Hall from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays for those who would like to apply, receive advising, register for classes, ask about financial aid and make payments: Dec. 10, Dec. 17, Jan. 7 & Jan. 14. Final registration will take place Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tunxis Community College is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177. Visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu.

TREES OF WEST HARTFORD: We’re hosting a community art show about trees beginning next Tuesday. Each piece features a tree of West Hartford in some way, from photos or paintings of trees to mixed media collages made with actual tree branches — and even a clay vase fired with local pine cones and leaves! Swing by the Noah Webster gallery through February. 20 South Main Street, West Hartford.

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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