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.

TALK: Thursday, Oct. 17: History of Climax Fuse: A Step into the Fuse Industry (6:30pm. Join us for a talk concerning the history of the Climax Fuse Company, one of Avon’s most notable corporations and Ensign Bickford’s local competition. Luke Villani will explain why and how the two companies became one, and describe Climax Fuse’s social and economic impact on Avon and Simsbury. He will also explain how the massive fuse fire of 1907 affected Climax Fuse. The brownstone buildings on Route 44, which now house Avon’s town hall, will mean much more to you once you know their history. As an added bonus, Luke will give some details about a planned excavation of an illegal metalworks site in Simsbury from 1750. Free. To reserve a seat, call 860-408-1336, or email programs@simsburyfreelibrary.org. 749 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury.

SHAKESPEARIAN GATHERING: An annual gathering of top Shakespeare researchers, scholars, and published authors from around the globe will take place Oct. 17 — 20 at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford. “The Launch of the Pen Name: Who Knew What and When?” 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Emmy Award-Winning writer and published author Hank Whittemore will present “The Launch of the Pen Name: Who Knew What and When?” An exploration of the use of “Shake-Speare” as a pseudonym. Free admission. The Mark Twain House and Museum is at 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford. Additional information is available at www.ShakespeareOxfordFellowship.org.

NOTABLE STATE TREES: Did you know one of Connecticut’s most notable trees is a white oak with a 297-inch circumference near Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford? On Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7PM, Frank Kaputa from Connecticut’s Notable Trees project will talk about how his group finds and measures some of the state’s most remarkable trees. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

USED BOOK SALE: Oct. 18 - 20 Please join the Friends of the Avon Library for its annual Used Book Sale on Friday, Oct. 18 through 20 at the Avon Library in the Community Room. Hours are: Friday, Oct. 18 from 4 - 8pm: Preview Sale, $5 Admission; Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9am to 4pm, No admission fee; and Sunday, Oct. 20 from 12 - 3pm, No admission fee, Bag Sale $5 per bag. No strollers, please. Credit cards accepted. 281 Country Club Road Avon, For more information please call the Library at 860-673-9712.

SHAKESPEARIAN GATHERING: An annual gathering of top Shakespeare researchers, scholars, and published authors from around the globe will take place Oct. 17 — 20 at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford. “Did Shakspere Write Shake-Speare? — Internal and External Meanings of Pen Names.” 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Richard Waugaman, professor of psychology at Georgetown University, will present “Did Shakspere Write Shake-Speare? — Internal and External Meanings of Pen Names.” A study of the use of pseudonyms in literature. Free admission. The Mark Twain House and Museum is at 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford. Additional information is available at www.ShakespeareOxfordFellowship.org.

TOWER TOOT: The 31st Annual Heublein Tower Toot will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 & 20 from 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM at Talcott Mountain State Park. All are invited to this event, timed so visitors can enjoy the Farmington Valley’s spectacular fall foliage. Free tours of the Heublein Tower, built in 1914, will be offered throughout the weekend. Delicious food will be for sale including traditional German bratwurst, hotdogs, hamburgers, beverages and snacks. Visitors will also be treated to Bavarian folk songs performed by local duo Scha Musi. All entertainment and events are free, but donations are greatly appreciated. All proceeds benefit The Friends of Heublein Tower, Inc. For more information visit www.friendsofheubleintower.org.

SHAKESPEARIAN GATHERING: An annual gathering of top Shakespeare researchers, scholars, and published authors from around the globe will take place Oct. 17 — 20 at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford. “Mark Twain and Shake-Speare: Soul Mates.” 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, James Norwood, PhD, retired humanities professor from the University of Minnesota, will present “Mark Twain and Shake-Speare: Soul Mates.” An in-depth look at the connection between these two famous writers. Free admission. The Mark Twain House and Museum is at 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford. Additional information is available at www.ShakespeareOxfordFellowship.org.

MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS: Saturday, Oct 19th, 10am — 1pm at Odiyana Meditation Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford. Meditation has many benefits that we can use in daily life. Learn to meditate and apply these methods to experience happiness, a sense of purpose and harmony in your relationships. Although a beginner course, it is also applicable to those with meditation experience. Open to everyone. Meditations will be guided and there will be time for discussion and Q & A. Cost: $25 pre-registered online or $30 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds. Info and registration at: meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

CT LYRIC OPERA: “Rameau’s Daphnis et Eglé.” Sunday, Oct. 20; 2pm. For information and tickets visit WWW.thevirtuosi.ticketleap.com. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

SHAKESPEARIAN GATHERING: An annual gathering of top Shakespeare researchers, scholars, and published authors from around the globe will take place Oct. 17 — 20 at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford. “Connecting the Dots: How Shakspere turned into Shake-Speare.” 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, published author Bonner Miller Cutting presents “Connecting the Dots: How Shakspere turned into Shake-Speare.” A study of how a man who could barely write his own name, became known as the greatest writer of all time. Free admission. The Mark Twain House and Museum is at 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford. Additional information is available at www.ShakespeareOxfordFellowship.org.

JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF CT: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut hots Jennifer Zinck on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at 1:30 pm, at Temple Sinai, 4 West Hartford Road, Newington. The topic of the presentation is “Genealogical Resources to Grow Your Family Tree.” The program is free and open to the public. Visit www.jgsct.org for more information.

SHAKESPEARIAN GATHERING: An annual gathering of top Shakespeare researchers, scholars, and published authors from around the globe will take place Oct. 17 — 20 at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford. “Was It Really William? — an overview of the Shakespeare Authorship Question.” 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, Robert Meyers, retired journalist from the Washington Post, presents “Was It Really William? — an overview of the Shakespeare Authorship Question.” Details about the greatest literary mystery of all time. Free admission. The Mark Twain House and Museum is at 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford. Additional information is available at www.ShakespeareOxfordFellowship.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.

CONCERT: 7:00 pm to 9:00 am on Oct. 22. St James Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Cost: $25-$55. Hailed as “flawless,” “exquisite,” and “audacious,” the 8-voice British ensemble VOCES8 has taken the music world by storm with its faultless presentation and artistically-inspiring interpretations of choral music, with repertoire spanning the ages from medieval to contemporary. Program to be announced; to receive updates on this concert and other events from Concerts at St James, visit https://bit.ly/2mviH3F

OPEN HOUSE: Tunxis Community College in Farmington will hold an Open House on Oct. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the 600 Building. All are welcome to tour the campus and learn about Tunxis degree programs, financial aid, community scholarships and transfer opportunities. Faculty and Tunxis students will be available to answer questions. To register for the event and view an online map of campus, visit tunxis.edu/openhouse. On-the-spot acceptances will be granted for those who bring proof of high school completion, immunization records, unofficial transcript and have completed an online application. For more information, call 860.773.1490 or email tx-admissions@tunxis.edu.

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, Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. “All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner. The story of a woman’s slide into addiction and her struggle to find her way back up. 281 Country Club Road Avon, For more information call 860-673-9712.

GALLERY TALK: Artfully Designed. Thursday, Oct. 24; noon. Color, texture, shape, and decoration. How does furniture reflect cultural values and trends of the past? Join Brandy Culp, curator of American decorative arts, for a gallery talk in Design in the American Home, 1650 to 1850. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

AUTHOR TALK: Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tickets are available at West Hartford Public Library beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6 PM. World-famous author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visits West Hartford on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 PM for West Hartford READS 2019! This town-wide initiative encourages everyone to read the works of one notable author, and culminates each year with the author visiting West Hartford, in Oct.. Tickets to see Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are available beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6:00PM, on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are general admission, free, and will be distributed in-person at the West Hartford Public Library (20 South Main Street) during regular library business hours, until they are gone. Please bring an official form of identification (such as a driver’s license or ID card) to acquire tickets. Maximum two tickets per person.

STORIES FROM WWI: Thursday, Oct. 24: Simsbury Students Share Stories from the Trenches of WWI (6:30p) High School Seniors Katy Hitson and Josh Picoult spent three weeks in France restoring the trenches dug by French soldiers in 1914 and occupied by CT soldiers in 1918 during World War I. The pair will share their experience, from how they got accepted to the program, to what it was like being the only two American French speakers on the trip, their interactions with the people of Seicheprey, and their time in the trenches. They also have some artifacts that they brought back from their amazing adventure. 749 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury.

NO LIMITS PRESENTS SILENT NO MORE SHOWCASE: 7:30 to 10:30 pm on Oct. 24. Herbert Gilman Theater, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. Cost: 25. Join the national nonprofit No Limits for Deaf Children and Families and its partner Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Herbert Gilman Theatre as the two organizations come together to present, Silent NO MORE. The original live theatrical performance is an intimate storytelling event comprised of witty, inspiring and raw stories of growing up with hearing loss, highlighting both the struggles and success of living in the modern world. An ASL Interpreter and Live Captioning will be available.

CONCERT: The WHSO kicks off the 2019-2020 Concert Season with the return of Norman Malone, To be held on Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. in Kingswood Oxford’s Roberts Theater in West Hartford. Norman will be performing Benjamin Britten’s “Diversions,” “Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio,” Sibelius’ “Finlandia” and Bizet’s “L’Arlesienne Suite #2.” https://bit.ly/2m4HP1a for tickets. or 860-521-4362.

MEDITATION FOR KIDS: Sunday, Oct. 27th, 10:30-11:45 at Odiyana Meditation Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford. Meditation has many benefits that we can use in daily life. Both kids and adults simply want to be happy and free from those negative minds that make relationships uncomfortable. Families begin the class together in the main meditation room. Kids then, go to their own classroom with the kids’ teacher to engage in a child-centered activity while the adults receive a teaching. $12 adults / $3 kids No one turned away due to lack of funds. For more information call 860.266.6041 or email info@odiyana.org or visit www.meditationinconnecticut.org

PRESENTATION: Understanding Dyslexia from Identification to Intervention. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Noah Webster Public Library, 20 S Main St, West Hartford. Parents of struggling readers may wonder if their child’s difficulties with reading are the result of dyslexia but might not be sure what to look for, or how the school team identifies and supports students with dyslexia. In this presentation, Migdalia Fletcher, M.S. CCC-SLP and Melissa Caballero will discuss learner characteristics and dyslexia risk indicators, explore the district’s dyslexia screening, assessment, and intervention processes, and share practical strategies and resources for parents to support all students who struggle with reading.

GALLERY TALK: Josef and Anni Albers and Latin America. Wednesday, Oct. 30; noon An impromptu drive to Mexico inspired Josef and Anni Albers’s enduring fascination with Latin American culture. Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, curator of education and academic outreach at the Yale Center for British Art, discusses the Latin American influences on the work of both artists. Free with admission. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

PERFORMANCE: by Adama Delphine Fawundu. Thursday, Oct. 31; 6pm Nature and ritual come together in the visual and performance art of Adama Delphine Fawundu as she explores geography and history. Fawundu’s performance will be accompanied by a viewing of her film the cleanse. Free. Reception and Afrocosmologies exhibition viewing begin at 5pm. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

CRAFT FAIR: The 37th Annual Christmas Cottage Craft Fair will be held this year at the First Company Governor’s Horse Guard, 280 Arch Road, Avon. Please note this is a new location. This event runs on: Thursday, Oct. 31st, 9 AM - 5 PM; Friday,Nov. 1st, 9 AM - 7 PM; Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 9 AM - 3 PM. Come see a full showcase of beautiful crafts and fine arts for sale by over30 local juried artisans! Free admission, homemade cookies and warm cider for all shoppers. Cash or check only accepted. (No cards!) Find us on Facebook! ChristmasCottage/CC

CANDY BUYBACK: Trick-or-Treaters will earn $2 per pound of unopened, individually wrapped candy for up to a 3-lb limit. Candy can be weighed at the office on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 from 7 am to 4 pm and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 8 am to 11 a.m. Everyone who donates will also receive a free oral hygiene goodie bag. Elmwood Dental Group is located at 1132 New Britain Ave. in West Hartford. All candy collected will then be donated to a local food pantry.

BLINDNESS CONVENTION: The National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut is holding its 48th Annual State Convention the first weekend in Nov. at the Four Points Meriden, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden. On Saturday, Nov. 2 starting at 9 AM, there will be speakers on a variety of topics of interest to the visually impaired. These include technology, recreation as well as motivating achievements. After lunch, there will be a Vendor Fair with goods and services of interest to the blind and low vision community. To register, please contact our Outreach Office at 860-289-1971 or at info@nfbct.org.

WEEKEND WALK-IN: Nov. 3. The Renbrook community welcomes you for an afternoon of discovery and fun. Find out how Renbrook provides the areas premier Preschool-Grade 8 educational experience. Middle School (Gr. 6-8) Open House: 1:00-2:30 p.m. Preschool-Grade 5 Open House: 2:00-3:30 p.m. Renrook School, 2865 Albany Ave., West Hartford.

THE NAT REEVES EXPERIENCE: Sunday, Nov. 3, 3pm World renowned jazz bassist, Hartford’s own Nat Reeves is joined by Matt De Champlain, Josh Bruneau, and Kirk Woodard for a performance in celebration of the exhibition Afrocosmologies: American Reflections. Free with admission. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

ARTIST PANEL: moderated by Kimberly Drew. Wednesday, Nov. 6. 6pm. Afrocosmologies featured artists Radcliffe Bailey, Shinique Smith, and Carl Joe Williams discuss how history, nature, music, and spirituality take visual form in their work. Moderated by Kimberly Drew, author of the Tumblr blog “Black Contemporary Art,” as well as the forthcoming book Black Futures which investigates how creativity relates to black cultural identity. Preceded by an exhibition viewing and reception at 5pm. Free. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

LECTURE: Music historian Jeffrey Engel will explore the life of America’s most renowned composer, Leonard Bernstein, in this interactive discussion at Noah Webster Library on Wednesday, November 6, at 7p.m. Born in 1918 in Massachusetts, Bernstein was a virtuoso pianist and conductor, composer of music for Broadway and film, educator, lecturer, author and TV personality. There was very little he couldn’t do extremely well. Engel will play excerpts of Bernstein’s music and discuss his life and career. Registration is required, online at https://westhartford.librarymarket.com/events/leonard-bernstein-rise-fame-nwl or by phone, 860-561-6990.

FREE BLOOD SUGAR TESTING AND BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. Nov. 7, 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.

PERFORMANCE: The Small Glories. Thursday, Nov. 7; 7pm. Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, the powerhouse duo of Cara Luft and JD Edwards plays americana, folk, and bluegrass with a northern-prairie edge. With a stage banter that strikes a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, these veteran singer-songwriters have a way of making time disappear. Laugh, dance, and get caught up in a good ol’ fashioned sing-along. Cash bar opens at 6pm. Purchase tickets at thewadsworth.org. $28; $23 members. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

ESSENTIAL OILS: The Avon Free Public Library will present “Essential Oils 101” on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Join Certified Aromatherapist Susan Cote for an afternoon all about essential oils. In this presentation, Susan will talk about how essential oils are made, how to apply them, and how to choose the right ones for you. Make your own lavender sachet to bring home for yourself or for gift-giving. Avon Free Public Library at 281 Country Club Road in Avon. Open to all adults and teens, no registration required. For more informationcall 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

SECOND SATURDAYS FOR FAMILIES: Guiding Light. Saturday, Nov. 9, 10am-1pm. Explore the exhibition Afrocosmologies: American Reflections with a docent and learn how Black artists incorporate nature and faith into their art. Then create a work of art to showcase your connection to the environment. Additional activities include tours and performances. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

ENCOUNTERS: Afrocosmologies: American Reflections. Saturday, Nov. 9, 10am-1pm. Discuss Afrocosmologies: American Reflections and related themes about African-based religion and practice in the diaspora. Short readings will be posted in advance. Refreshments and lunch provided. Free with RSVP to faculty@wadsworthatheneum.org. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

FILM: “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Saturday, Nov. 9; 2pm. $10; $9 seniors & students w I/D; $8 members, free for Film Stars. In this screen adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel, a young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn’t commit. Preceded at 1:15pm by a tour of Afrocosmologies. Free with film admission. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

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, Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. “Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich. A life-changing book about the way America perceives its working poor.. 281 Country Club Road Avon, For more information call 860-673-9712.

JAZZ BRUNCH: Robert Lotrek Trio. Sunday, Nov. 10; 10:30 am & 12:30 pm. Enjoy a buffet brunch in the Untitled Bistro with live jazz by the Robert Lotrek 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 thewadsworth.org. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

GALLERY TALK: Design in the American Home. Sunday, Nov. 10, 1pm. Join a docent-led tour of Design in the American Home prior to the Sunday Serenades performance by the Hartford Symphony chamber musicians. Free with admission or concert ticket. Meet by the Museum Shop. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

SUNDAY SERENADES: Color & Texture: Beethoven and Ives. Sunday, Nov. 10; 2pm. The exhibition Design in the American Home shows how the quest for beauty, texture, and splendor propels artful design. Enjoy a performance by the Hartford Symphony chamber musicians that evokes the power of design through the music of Charles Ives and Beethoven. $30; $25 for HSO subscribers and Wadsworth members. For tickets and information visit hartfordsymphony.org or call 860-987-5900. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

NORTH KOREA BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 pm. “The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. The Avon Free Public Library is at 281 Country Club Rd. in Avon. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

FILM: “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Tuesday, Nov. 12; 5-10pm. $10; $9 seniors & students w I/D; $8 members, free for Film Stars. Meredith Monk Film Retrospective. A film retrospective in celebration of Meredith Monk’s legendary artistic life. A guest speaker introduces Monk’s film oeuvre before the screenings. Free. A collaboration of the Wadsworth and the Hartt School. Related programs take place on the University of Hartford campus throughout the month. Visit hartford.edu/hartt for more information. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 dates are Oct. 21, and Nov. 4 & 18. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., 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.

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, from Nov. 5 — 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 Ave., 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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