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. Nov. 14, 2:00 PM - Rita Dove moderated by Maria Sassi. Maria Sassi, who was the first Poet Laureate of West Hartford, Connecticut, is a prize-winning poet and playwright. Her first poetry collection, “Rooted in Stars,” now in its second printing, is part of The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Her chapbook “What I See” presents ekphrastic poems, three of which have won international poetry prizes: the René Magritte Prize and the Salvatore Dali Prize. For many years, Maria Sassi taught creative writing with an emphasis on poetry at Hartford College for Women/University of Hartford.

GRADES 6-8 OPEN HOUSE: Nov. 14, 9-10:30 AM Please join us for an informative discussion with Director of the Upper School, Kara Ashley, and our impressive faculty, followed by a campus tour. Come and discover the Renbrook Difference. RSVP www.renbrook.org. Renbrook School, 2865 Albany Ave., West Hartford.

SIERRA CLUB MEETING: Thursday Nov. 14th at 7:30 pm. Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Rd. West Hartford. “Ongoing Water Quality Projects in CT Watersheds” Holly Drinkuth, Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Outreach and Watershed Programs will speak on the TNC's water projects in CT and efforts and strategies to continue to restore and protect clean water and healthy habitats in Connecticut. Doors open at 7:00 for refreshments and letter signing. $5 donation requested. Questions: mchawigirl@yahoo.com

GALLERY TALK: Afrocosmologies and African American Art. Friday, Nov. 15, Noon. Learn about the cosmological aesthetics that shape African American art in Afrocosmologies: American Reflections with Berrisford Boothe, professor of art at Lehigh University and curator of the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection. Free with admission. Meet at the Museum Shop. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

AUTHOR VISIT: with Susan Ware, author of “Why They Marched: Celebrating the Centennial of Women's Suffrage.” Saturday, November 16, 3 pm, Avon Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon. A pioneer in the field of women’s history and a leading feminist biographer, OAH Distinguished Lecturer Susan Ware is the author and editor of numerous books on twentieth-century U.S. history. This event is the launch for Avon’s year-long celebration of the suffrage centennial.

PLAY: "DeNovo" A new play by Jeffrey Solomon – This acclaimed documentary play, crafted entirely from immigration court transcripts, interviews and letters, tells the gripping true story of a 14 year old Edgar Chocoy and his legal struggle to be allowed to stay in the United States - Saturday, November 16 @ 7:30 PM at Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford and is being co-sponsored by Charter Oak and Neshama Center - $20 general admission/$15 seniors/$10 students; tickets must be ordered through Charter Oak. Go to www.CharterOakCenter.org/events

WRITING PROGRAM: Writing a Series in the Age of Netflix. The streaming video market is the fastest growing in the world. On Saturday, November 16 at 10:15AM, screenwriting teacher Scott Anderson will talk about the types of scripts they’re looking for (anything and everything!) and where to submit. As a bonus, we're also announcing the winners of our CT Screenwriters contest! Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

CT LYRIC OPERA: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2pm. Told in three acts, this music drama by Richard Wagner—set to a German libretto by the composer—explores themes of love, death, and redemption. For more information and tickets, visit thevirtuosi.ticketleap.com. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

DANCE PERFORMANCE: Dimensional Dance’s athletic artists bring Ballet to Breakdancing to the stage on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Theater for the Performing Arts, 359 Washington Street, Hartford. This interactive performance bridges ballet and hip hop cultures with Fierce Like Frida, a collaboration between ballet dancer Matisse as surrealist painter Frida Kahlo and breakdancer Savage Henry as Diego Rivera. Included in the performance is an explanation of the elements of hip hop and guest artist Tiger who made the top 40 in SYTYCD will perform.

JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING: hosts Stephen Denker on Sunday, November 17, at 1:30 pm, at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Rd, Newington. The topic of the presentation is " How to Design and Construct a Family History Book Entirely by Yourself". The presentation covers, in detail, how to design and construct a book for self-publishing, including aesthetic considerations and organization of subject matter. Included will be ways to prepare, repair and enhance documents, and other research materials for publication, including specific examples to illustrate techniques and options. The program is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.jgsct.org

ONE WORLD LECTURE: “The Not-So-Secret Life of Trees” Monday, Nov. 18 7PM Marlyse Duguid, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University. People have always been fascinated by the idea that trees can be more than just static members of the landscape. Are trees sentient; do they feel, smell, hear, remember, communicate? What does the current science tell us about how trees interact with each other and other organisms in the landscape. And what does it mean for the trees in our forests, yards, and landscapes. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

INDOOR HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Monday, November 18, from 3pm-6pm, in the Avon Library's Community Room, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. Shop for seasonal fruits and vegetables, pies, cheese, olive oil, baked goods, gifts, pet treats, and soap–everything you need to create a lovely holiday. Full vendor list available here: www.avonctlibrary.info/farmers-market/ . The library is handicapped accessible and ample free parking is available.

A LITTLE HARMLESS FUN: Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m. The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago Record label executive, photographer, and author Michael Alago, whose new memoir, “I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death,” comes out Nov. 15. 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.

WORKSHOP: CRASH Theory: How Change Happens with Rabbi Benay Lappe. Tuesday, November 19, The Mark Twain House, 385 Farmington Avenue, Hartford. 6 p.m. registration, networking & light apps | 6:30 p.m. program. In this interactive workshop, Rabbi Benay Lappe will give us a framework for "crash theory": a simple but elegant model of how all change happens - whether societal, religious, organizational or personal. Free and open to the public. Registration required. Laws of kashrut observed Register by Tuesday, November 12 at https://bit.ly/326G0zI . To learn more, call 860.727.6151 or email info@jlahartford.org

FILM: “Rebel Without a Cause” on Tuesday, November 19, at 1:30 p.m. starring James Dean as a rebellious new kid on town with a troubled past. The film also stars Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. 1955. Avon Free Public Library is at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

LECTURE: Erudite Antiquity: Decoding a Blue and White Kangxi Porcelain. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019; 6:30pm. Focusing on a crisp blue and white porcelain jar in the Wadsworth’s collection, Yunchiahn Sena, professor of art at Trinity College, will consider erudition and the production of porcelain under the Kangxi Emperor (1654-1722), the longest reigning emperor of China. Preceded by a gallery viewing and reception at 5:30pm. Free. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

AUTHOR VISIT: Join author Michael Fine, who will be reading from his debut novel, “Abundance” at the West Hartford Public Library on November 20 at 6:30pm. About Abundance: Two young Americans go to Liberia in 2003, looking to find something missing in themselves. They find one another, are separated by war, and then struggle to find one another again. Registration is required, online at https://bit.ly/2K82lXo or by phone, 860-561-6990. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford.

FREE BLOOD SUGAR TESTING AND BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. Nov. 21, 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: Stories in Cloth and Color. Thursday, Nov. 21, Noon. Hartford artist Ed Johnetta Miller shares stories about the design of her quilt Spirit of the Cloth (1993) and other quilts from her personal collection. In connection with Afrocosmologies: American Reflections. Free with admission. Meet by the Museum Shop.

CT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY MEETING: Saving the Bees: The Sweet Life of a Beekeeping Entrepreneur, with C. Marina Marchese, Red Bee Honey. Thursday, November 21, 7 P.M. : 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 .

BAKE SALE: Holiday bake sale with Classic Greek treats to benefit Hartford’s St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, will be held November 22, 23 and 24. Trays of homemade spanikopita, and the same made-from-scratch pastries offered at our spring Greek festival: baklava, kourambiedes, koulouria, finikia. All are available for preorder by November 18. Or purchase in person at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 433 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford, on Friday, November 22, 1pm-7pm, Saturday, November 23, 10am-5pm, Sunday, November 24, 11am-2pm. Cash, checks, or credit card accepted. Email: elainestgeorgecathedral.org or call (860) 956-7586.

FILM: Saturday, Nov. 23. 4pm; $10; $9 seniors & students w I/D; $8 members, free for Film Stars. Food & Film “Soul Food.” Matriarch Mama Joe has held her family together for 40 years around a Sunday dinner of soul food. When she is hospitalized, the dinners stop and tensions among her three daughters start to break the family apart. Mama Joe’s grandson plots to reunite the family. Take a 3:15pm tour of Afrocosmologies: American Reflections before the screening. At 6pm enjoy dinner in Morgan Great Hall prepared in consultation with a special guest chef. Tour, film, and dinner: $69; $65 members. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Regular film admission applies for those who only wish to attend the screening. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

FIRST CHURCH HOLIDAY FAIR: 75 Main Street, Farmington. Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Porter Memorial, rain or shine. Baked goods and unique items hand-made by members and new specialty vendors. Free, with plenty of parking behind the Barney Library. 860-677-2601.

LECTURE: Overcoming Worry and Anxiety, Saturday, November 23, 10:00am – 1:00pm at Odiyana Meditation Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford. In modern life, almost everyone experiences some degree of fear, worry and anxiety. By training in simple meditation techniques, we can learn to become more familiar with positive, solution-orientated thoughts that lead to a calm, clear and peaceful mind. Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary. Class includes guided meditations, practical advice and time for discussion / Q & A. Cost: $25 preregistered | $30 at the door- No one turned away for lack of funds. For info, visit meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

PRE-THANKSGIVING ECUMENICAL SERVICE: Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford will host a pre-Thanksgiving ecumenical service on Monday evening, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. Members of the community from all religious and cultural backgrounds are invited to come together in Holy Family’s main chapel to pray and worship in a spirit of unity, gratitude and love. The evening will include scripture, music, and reflections by the various speakers celebrating the diversity and friendship espoused by people of faith. Refreshments will be served following the service. There is no charge to attend and no registration required. Holy Family Retreat Center is located at 303 Tunxis Road in West Hartford. For more information, call 860-760-9705 or visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org.

FILM: Tuesday, November 26 at 1:30 p.m. “Enough Said.” James Gandolfini shines in this grown-up romantic comedy about second chances, co-starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. 2013. Avon Free Public Library is at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

FESTIVAL OF TREES & TRADITIONS: Nov. 29 - December 8; 10am-5pm every day. Beautifully crafted trees, wreaths, and topiaries fill the galleries with holiday cheer for our most festive fundraiser of the year. All decorations are available for purchase, and profits help fund exhibitions and education programs. Live music and performances throughout the museum create a spirited atmosphere that the whole family will enjoy. For more information, visit thewadsworth.org. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. Please note: $3 fundraising surcharge is added to all museum admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions.

GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET: The Hartford Saengerbund presents its biennial Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) over the three-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend of Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. Enjoy the many holiday customs of Germany while perusing the imported and handcrafted items for sale. This event features traditional music and pageantry. Dine on authentic German food and homemade desserts while enjoying beverages including imported German beer and Gluhwein (warm mulled wine), a holiday favorite. Admission is $2. Event hours are 1-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. For more information visit www.hartfordsaengerbund.org, call 860-953-8967, or see us on Facebook.

EXHIBIT: Wesleyan Potters 64th Annual exhibit and Sale opens Friday, November 29 and runs through Sunday, December 15. The Annual Exhibit and Sale is one of the oldest juried craft shows in the country and features the work of our members as well as invited craftsmen. Our premier collection of fine arts and crafts includes pottery, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, wood, paper crafts, photography, printmaking, toys and more. Sale hours are Saturday thru Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-9. Wesleyan Potters is located at 350 South Main Street, Middletown. For more info, call our office 860-347-5925, visit us at https://bit.ly/2ryqvUV or find us on Facebook, Istagram, Twitter and YouTube.

LIQUEUR WORKSHOP: The Avon Free Public Library and The Hartford Flavor Company will be presenting “Luscious Liqueurs” on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 2:00 pm. (Snow date is Sunday, Dec. 8.) Liqueurs are fun and flavorful, strong and sweet, and are usually served after a meal. You’ll learn about the history of the Hartford Flavor Company and how they create their unique, artisanal, flavors using ingredients such as fresh cucumbers, lavender, rose petals, cranberries, birch bark, spices and herbs. The program also includes an opportunity to sample the liqueurs. Please note: The program is open to all, but you must be 21 or older to participate in the sampling. The library is at 281 Country Club Road in Avon. Please call 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary for more information.

WEIGHT LOSS SEMINAR: “Weight Loss & Nutritional Guidance In Three December Nights” at New England Hypnosis & Weight Loss center at 1436 Berlin Turnpike in Berlin during sessions that begin at 7:00 PM on Wednesdays, December 4, 11 and 18. Integrated weight loss and nutritional education program in a small group setting provided in under 10 hours total. Directed by Dr. William McEvoy, participants become empowered to lose weight and take an active role in their day-to-day health and wellbeing. Participants are given the emotional and psychological tools, willpower, and ongoing support during and after the sessions to have a positive, practical and sustainable weight-loss experience. Registration required. Reduced fee when register via Facebook. For information, visit https://www.nehypnosis.com, call Dr. McEvoy at 860-438-8788 or email to info@nehypnosis.com.

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.

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.

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.

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 date is Nov. 18. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., 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.

KINDNESS PROJECT: West Hartford Libraries will collect donations for those in need between Oct. 16 and Nov. 16 as part of our 3rd annual Kindness Project. Inspired by the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio — a story of learning to show compassion and kindness toward others — the Children’s Department at Noah Webster Library created the Kindness Project in 2017 to help children and adults in the community. The project has grown each year. In 2017, we collected more than 3,500 personal hygiene items and last year we almost cracked 4,000. Due to the needs of our community, this year we are expanding our list of needed items to include school supplies. For more information, go to bit.ly/TheKindnessProject

WRITING WORKSHOP: Using poetry, the essay, short story and long-form approaches, this four-week course is designed to help you create and organize your story. A combined craft class/workshop, it will be taught by a longtime New York Times writer, essayist and Creative Writing MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. 6:30 p.m., four consecutive Tuesdays, through Nov. 26. River Bend Bookshop, 2217 Main St., Glastonbury. Cost: $150 / Space is limited. Register now: Send an email to janegordonjulien@gmail.com. For more information visit janegordonjulien.com and click on Candlelight Writing Workshops.

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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