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

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

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

BOOKS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD: What 1939 book started the modern self-help movement? What 1890 treatise helped turn the U.S. into a world power? Alan Bisbort, writer, editor and teacher will examine the how and the why these books have made us who we are on Thursday, October 3 at 6:30PM. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford, Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

GALLERY TALK: Sailing on the Sound, Friday, October 4; noon Join Brenda Milkofsky, former director of the Connecticut River Museum, for a discussion about sailing as an industrial pursuit and an American pastime. In connection with the exhibition Sport and Leisure: Sailing on the Sound. Free with admission. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

LEARN TO DRAW TREES: Join the fun and learn to draw trees using charcoal and soft pastel on paper. Artist Karen Israel will conduct the class on Friday, Oct. 4 at 4PM. Supplies included. Registration is required. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford, Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

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

PARK ROAD PARADE: Park Road Parade on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at 10:30 AM. The parade begins at South Highland and Park Road and ends at South Quaker Lane and lasts about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

CEMETERY TOUR: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10 am for the new walking tour When Disaster Strikes. Foundation Director Beverly Lucas leads the tour about local and national disasters as seen through the eyes of Cedar Hill residents. Stories include the Titanic, 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Fales & Gray Explosion (1854), Norwalk Train Wreck (1853), 1911 Heat Wave, Hartford Circus Fire (1944), and the 1938 Hurricane. Cedar Hill Cemetery is located at 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford. Admission to the program is $5.00 and free for Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation members. Advanced reservations are not required. The tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive. For more information contact Beverly Lucas at blucas@cedarhillcemetery.org or (860) 956-3311. Visit the Foundation’s website, www.cedarhillfoundation.org, for information about future programs and events.

TREES OF WEST HARTFORD: Walking Tour with Arborist John Kehoe - Saturday, 10/5 at 10:30AM. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford, Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

GALLERY RECEPTION: Artist Laura Marks - Saturday, 10/5 at 12PM. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford, Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

LECTURE: In recognition of the 175th anniversary of the discovery of anesthesia, Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, will present the illustrated lecture “Lost in a Laughing-Gas World: The Life of Horace Wells in Fact and Fiction” on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 pm. Michael Downs, author of “The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist,” will discuss the tragic life of Hartford dentist Horace Wells whose obsession with pain and its destruction threatened his family, his finances, and his sanity. Downs will chronicle the saga and significance of Wells’ discovery of nitrous oxide as an anesthetic. Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield. Admission is $15 (nonmembers) and $12 (members) and will include a copy of The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist: A Novel. Reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made online at www.cedarhillfoundation.org or www.bushnellpark.org. Or call Beverly Lucas at (860) 956-3311.

WALK TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Sunday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford. Join Interval House on Sunday, Oct. 6, on the campus of the University of Saint Joseph for the first annual Walk to End Domestic Violence. At the same time as several other agencies around the State, we will gather to walk for victims—those who suffer in silence and those who have had the courage to leave their abusers. Adults $25, students free; register by Sept. 30 at https://www.crowdrise.com/walk-to-end-domestic-violence

DROP IN BOOK CLUB: Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine Tuesday, October 8 11:15am New members in search of great book discussions and even better company are always welcome at the Simsbury Free Library’s Drop In Book Club any time they are interested in the monthly selection. This month’s selection is the acclaimed novel, Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. For more information, call 860-408-1336 or email programs@simsburyfreelibrary.org. 749 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury.

FLU VACCINE CLINIC: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Avon Library Community Room, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon. Please bring your medical insurance card. Vaccines include: High Dose for adults over 65 years and Quadrivalent for ages 5 years & older. Call the Farmington Valley VNA: 860-651-3539 to make an appointment & to verify insurance. Walk-Ins also welcome.

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

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

LECTURE ON COLT: Thursday, October 10; 6pm Samuel and Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt: Uniting Art and Commerce. During his rise as an international arms manufacturer, Samuel Colt continuously collected art. Elizabeth Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses the development of Colt’s art collection and his widow Elizabeth’s quest to form one of the finest picture galleries in the United States before she donated the Colt collection to the Wadsworth. Free. Reception begins at 5pm. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

SIERRA CLUB MEETING: Thursday Oct. 10 at 7:30 pm, Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Road, West Hartford “Wild Utah: America’s Red Rock Wilderness” a short film produced by Utahns who want to protect the beautiful public lands of Utah’s red rock wilderness. Travis Hammill, Grassroots Organizer for Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance will discuss current legislative issues facing the Utah wilderness movement and what citizens across the United States can do to help preserve this region. Refreshments provided. $5 donation requested Questions: Renee at mchawigirl@yahoo.com

ENCOUNTERS: The Black Church and Social Justice. Saturday, October 12; 10am-1pm. Participate in mediated discussions focusing on the Faith/Talcott Congregational Church in Hartford and the Amistad trials of 1839-41. Short readings will be provided in advance. This event takes place at the Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford. Free. www.thewadsworth.org.

SECOND SATURDAYS FOR FAMILIES: Community Connections Saturday, October 12; 1-4pm Create alongside Afrocosmologies featured artist Maren Hassinger in a collaborative art-making experience and discover what can be accomplished when we work together. Live music and performances throughout the afternoon celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Please note: Activity times are different this month due to the Hartford Marathon. Museum admission is free all day. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

DROP IN GENEALOGY: (10:00a — 2:00p) Saturday, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26. Researching your family tree and don’t know where else to look to find missing ancestors? Bring any information you have and let genealogist Alison Watson Maston help. Alison has over 40 years of experience. She specializes in researching vital records, land records, immigration and naturalization records as well as probate records. She has particular expertise in New England, New York City and Ireland. Free for members; $5 for non-members. To make a reservation or for more information, call (860) 408-1336 or email programs@simsburyfreelibrary.org. 749 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury.

OPIOID LECTURE: The opioid epidemic: where are now? Saturday, October 12, 11:00 am Avon Free Public Library. Find out where we are within the opioid epidemic: What are the current patterns of use? How are doctors handling pain management? How has fentanyl changed the landscape? Dr. Charles McKay is the Associate Medical Director of the Connecticut Poison Control Center. The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

FRIENDS OF YIDDISH: Sunday, Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford — for more information contact Barbara Katzman at barbaralenore@yahoo.com or 860-666-6751 or call B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom at 860-243-3576 or office@btsonline.org

PARTNERS IN CREATION: “Pri Etz Hadar”: The Fruits of the Beautiful Tree — Sunday, October 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield with Melinda Wright & Rabbi Debra Cantor — co-sponsored with the JCC and the Charter Oak Cultural Center $10; Free for Neshama Patrons — Please RSVP to 860-243-3576 or office@btsonline.org

A.J. JULIANI “EMPOWER: What Happens When Students Own Their Own Learning” Oct. 15. Renbrook School, 2865 Albany Ave., Middle Dining Room in Heather Commons, West Hartford. A.J. Juliani is the Director of Learning and Innovation for Centennial School District. Join the Renbrook School Community on October 15th at 7:00 PM at Renbrook School for a discussion. RSVP at www.renbrook.org.

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

CELEBRATE HISTORY: Collections, Preservation, and Projects for the Future. Wednesday, October 16; 3-5pm Throughout our 175-year history, the Wadsworth has been home to a number of important educational and cultural institutions. Learn how various organizations preserve their historical collections and make them accessible to current and future generations. Light refreshments included. Free. RSVP to archives@wadsworthatheneum.org. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

NETWORKING BREAKFAST: Tunxis Community College Foundation invites the community to “Security: Global, Cyber and You,” at its Annual Economic Breakfast and Networking Event on October 16, 7:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol. The panel will discuss trending topics and field questions about the everyday threats and risks corporations and individuals face today. Individual admission is $70 and is tax-deductible. Tickets and sponsorships must be reserved by Oct. 4, which can be purchased online at tunxis.edu/donate, or www.tunxisfoundation.org. For more information, please call 860.773.1357; or email mrussano@tunxis.edu.

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. 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.

BREAKFAST WITH CHAMPIONS: Thursday, Oct. 17, 7:30 — 9 a.m., The Riverview, Simsbury. Breakfast With Champions is an annual awareness- and fund-raising event for Interval House, Connecticut’s largest domestic violence organization. This year’s event honors the members of Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence, who have worked since 2009 to raise awareness and spread the message that there is never any excuse for abuse. Breakfast is free to attend; guests will instead be asked to give a gift to support life-saving services for victims. Call Amanda Delaura at (860) 838-8461 or email Amanda.young-delaura@intervalhousect.org to reserve your seat by Oct.9.

USED BOOK SALE: October 18 - 20 Please join the Friends of the Avon Library for its annual Used Book Sale on Friday, October 18 through 20 at the Avon Library in the Community Room. Hours are: Friday, October 18 from 4 - 8pm: Preview Sale, $5 Admission; Saturday, October 19 from 9am to 4pm, No admission fee; and Sunday, October 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.

CT LYRIC OPERA: “Rameau’s Daphnis et Eglé.” Sunday, October 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, October 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.

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. 7 & 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.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Farmington Continuing Education welcomes the West Hartford Life Learn students who participated in enrichment programs to continue their life long learning here in Farmington. You will find some of the same instructors and course offerings as well as many NEW ones. Adult offerings include mosaics, Microsoft Word, social media, cheese making, food tours with Prudence Sloane, yoga, financial, languages, bridge, line dancing, mind & body, trips and more. Youth offerings include drivers ed, SAT Preparation, LEGO, theatre, break dancing, robotics, coding, rock climbing, sewing, babysitting, arts & crafts and more. View the complete catalog of courses and register online at www.fpsct.org/fce, visit us at 1 Depot Place in Unionville, or call (860) 404-0290

DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP: Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is presenting a free dementia support group at the West Hartford Senior Center. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the senior center located at 15 Starkel Road, West Hartford. Those who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia will be able to learn useful skills while voicing their concerns. Topics include communication techniques, caregiver support, safety issues, benefits of activities and daily routine, family dynamics, stages of the disease process, behavior management and more. Facilitators are Michelle Wyman, LSW, CDP, dementia specialist, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, and Elaine Reid, CDP, director of client services, Companions for Living. For more information or to register for the dementia support group, call Wyman at 860.666.7258, email Michelle.Wyman@hhchealth.org; or Reid at 860.712.4614, email Ereid@companionsforliving.com.

FRIDAY NIGHT LECTURES: Friday Night Lectures with Gen Khyenwang of Odiyana Buddhist Center. Develop mental peace through meditation. Held at Popover Bistro, 928 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury. Lecture: 7:00 — 8:15 pm | Social 8:15 — 9:00pm. $12 per class. No one turned away for lack of funds. For info, visit our website at: www.meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE SUPPORT GROUP: A free open support group for parents concerned about substance abuse will begin weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings. The group will meet every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the offices of The Next Right Thing. LLC, 345 North Main St., Suite 306, West Hartford. Any parent concerned about their late teens’ marijuana or other substance use may join and participate in one or more sessions. The group is free and open. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is advised. To register, or for information contact: The Next Right Thing at (860) 233-8803 or info@TheNextRightThing.net.

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM: Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. Held at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. www.cbict.org / bethisrael@cbict.org / 860-233-8215 Presented by the Reform rabbis of the greater Hartford area. Curriculum offers comprehensive study including basic Hebrew, Jewish history, liturgy, holidays, lifecycle events and the Jewish perspective on spirituality, values and community. $180 per person / $230 per couple. Contact Cheryl Goldberg, cgoldberg@cbict.org or 860-233-8215 ext. 2230 to obtain more information or to register.

LUNCH AND LEARN: Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, offers this series Tuesdays at 12 p.m., Join Rabbi Rosen as he explores the Hebrew Bible. He has been going through the entire book, chapter by chapter, and newcomers are welcome at any time. Call 860-233-9696 or visit www.bethelwesthartford.org.

SELF ADVOCACY GROUP FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITES: Every month on the first Wednesday. Room 29, Elmwood Community Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. Come join this brand new self advocacy group currently forming. We will have fun learning self advocacy and independent living skills. Topics discussed will vary every month but include: Healthy Relationships, Employment, Transportation and Housing. We will also learn who our legislators are and how to contact them. This group will be run by Yana Razumnaya, Self Advocate Coordinator with the CT Department of Developmental Services. Come Have Fun, meet new people and Learn how to Speak up, speak out loud!Please Contact Yana at yana.razumnaya@ct.gov or call 860-263-2554 with any questions or to register.

MUSIC UNIVERSITY: Mondays at 12:00 pm or Wednesdays 7:30 pm. Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford. Join Cantor Ness to learn how words and music work in harmony. This event is free to attend. For Monday afternoon sessions, please bring a dairy ‘brown bag’ lunch. For more information email BEMA at bema@betheltemplemusic.com.

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