POETS ON POETRY: Sept. 12, 2:00 PM. Jane Hirshfield moderated by Ginny Connors. Ginny Lowe Connors is the author of several poetry collections, including Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village. Her chapbook, Under the Porch, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. Free, no registration. Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon.

LEADING WITH PURPOSE: Searching for Civic Spirit. A leadership breakfast with Lee Bolman, Ph.D. Thursday, Sept. 12, Infinity Hall, 32 Front Street, Hartford. 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. At this leadership breakfast, Lee Bolman, Ph.D., will encourage you to explore your personal path to leadership and your quest for depth, meaning and joy. Laws of kashrut observed. Breakfast by Abel Catering. $40 for Leadership Greater Hartford members, $60 for Leadership Greater Hartford non-members. Use this code to receive $20 off: JLA20. Register at www.leadershipgh.org/event/leading-with-purpose/

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Masonicare seeks hospice volunteers in Greater Hartford area. Masonicare Home Health and Hospice is seeking veterans, certified pet therapy teams, music lovers, and anyone with a little time and a good heart to volunteer with our hospice patients, or help in our office. Free training and ongoing support is provided, and no experience is necessary. Hours are flexible and duties include offering company and comfort to patients in their home or care facility. High school and college students, retirees, and anyone in between are encouraged to apply. Our fall training session in East Hartford runs September 12-26, Thursday afternoons from 2-5:30pm. Please call 860-500-4016 for information and to register.

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

CITIZEN’S ACADEMY CLASS: Apply today to join our FREE Citizen’s Academy Class, starting on 9/18! The purpose of this academy is to have our residents become familiar with the procedures and challenges that face our law enforcement officers. Applications due on Sept. 12, can be obtained here: https://bit.ly/2m7udCd For any additional questions, please contact the Community Relations Division at 860-570-8820 #westhartfordpolice #whpdcitizensacademy

SHABBAT UNDER THE STARS: Friday, September 13th, 5:30p-7pm. Enjoy a Shabbat Under the Stars at Beth El Temple! Join us for a BBQ dinner and outdoor family service. RSVP by September 10 at noon. Family BBQ starts at 5:30pm and the outdoor service begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $12/adult, $8/ages 4-12, FREE under age 4 & Prospective Members. Details and registration at www.bethelwesthartford.org. Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford.

SECOND SATURDAYS FOR FAMILIES: Frame Game. Saturday, Sept. 14, 10am-1pm. How many different frames can you find in the Wadsworth? Look for the colors, carvings, and shapes that make each frame as special as the work of art it holds. Then decorate a unique frame for yourself. Admission is free during Second Saturdays activities. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

DROP IN GENEALOGY: Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 am — 2 pm. 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.

MENTAL HEALTH SERIES: The Avon Library and Avon Senior continue there “Take Care of Yourself: A series of programs and training on mental health” with two programs in September. The events are free, and both will be held at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon. More details on the series can be found at www.avonctlibrary.info. Saturday, Sept. 14, 10:30 am. Trauma Informed Communities. Justine Ginsberg, R.N., will teach us about the following: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s); How trauma affects the brain; Trauma Informed Communities — what does this mean?; What are the components of trauma informed communities and how can we all play a role.

TALK: The Story of American Immigration as told through maps Saturday, 9/14/19, 2:00 pm. Dr. Francis Coan, History Professor at Tunxis, and part of the Civic Engagement Institute on campus, will present the story of American immigration through maps. This is a very visual way to understand how the populations, cultures, and time periods have evolved throughout the geography of America. The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

BEER TASTING: West Hartford Firefighters. Saturday, Sept. 14, 5 - 9 pm West Hartford Town Hall Lawn. FREE Parking in Town Hall Lot. Donation: $20. Includes 10 Samples of Beer. Food available at an extra charge. 21+ with valid ID. All Proceeds Benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association.

PROGRAM: Decolonizing the Mind Through Conversations We Were Never Meant to Have. Sunday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Auditorium of First Church, West Hartford, 12 South Main Street. Parking access from Farmington Ave. and enter through lower level entrance from parking lot. Claudia Fox Tree, Native American (Arawak/Yurumein) educator, joins Debby Irving onstage for an open conversation to explore how U.S. narratives shape our understanding of ourselves, one another, and the increasingly complex world we live in. This event is free and open to the public. Please register at http://bit.ly/FoxTree.

ALIVE! AT THE ATHENEUM: Sunday, Sept. 15, 3-7pm. Enjoy hot summer afternoons with cool music and chilled cocktails in our outdoor courtyard. A team of DJ’s will play complementary genres of music joined by a live musician—saxophonist Corey Staggers—who will perform one set along with the DJ’s. Cash bar and snacks for purchase. Single tickets: $10 online/$20 at the door; Table for 4 (limited): $50 online/$75 at the door. Purchase at thewadsworth.org. Presented in collaboration with Breakfast Lunch & Dinner and Cafeteria Radio. Rain date: Sept. 16. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF CT: An afternoon with Steve Morse on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 1:00 — 3:45 PM, at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Road, Newington. There will be two presentations: One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools, followed by The History of the Geography of New York City. The program is free and open to the public. Visit www.jgsct.org for more information.

ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: The Simsbury Woman’s Club, in partnership with the Simsbury Junior Woman’s Club, will host its 50th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. Over 100 artists and craftspeople will display and sell their works on Iron Horse Boulevard in Simsbury Center, a unique New England setting. Sept. 14 and 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission And Parking Are Free. Iron Horse Boulevard, Simsbury. For more information, go to www.simsburywomansclub.org

MEDITATION TALK: A Very Special Event: The Joy and Beauty of a Life of Service: Becoming a Bodhisattva. Sunday, September 15 10:30am — 3:30pm at Odiyana Meditation Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford. In the morning, Gen Khyenwang will give teachings on how to be a “friend of the world”, living as a Bodhisattva in modern daily life. After lunch, she will give teachings on understanding the vows and then granting the vows for those who wish to receive them or renew them. Everyone is welcome. Cost:$30 for the day — $15 for Full Members — Free for Benefactors - Introductory teaching only: $15 For more information: info@odiyana | 860.266.6041 No one turned away for lack of funds.

BLOCK PARTY: St. John’s Episcopal Church will hold its third annual block party on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 12 — 3pm following an outdoor Eucharist at 10:30 am. All ages are welcome to this FREE event, featuring food trucks, a bounce house, children’s activities, and historic church tours. Bring a picnic or purchase lunch at the party. Hot dogs, pizza and ice cream will be available. Enjoy live music. Admission is free and the event will be rain or shine. For more information about this and other upcoming events, visit www.reddoormusic.org; call 860-523-5201, or e-mail music@sjparish.net.

FILM: Sept. 17, 1:30PM “Calendar Girls” Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, and Linda Bassett star as members of a refined women’s club who raise money by selling a risqué calendar. (2003 ; 1 hr. and 48 min. ; Rated PG-13) The Avon Free Public Library is at 281 Country Club Rd. in Avon, CT. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

END OF SUMMER GARDEN PARTY: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5:30 to 8:30 pm. 59 South Prospect Street, Hartford. Join us in honoring the life and work of landscape designer Cynthia Dodd at the End-of-Summer Garden Party! Enjoy late summer fare from Inspired Catering by Lisa Cole, signature cocktails featuring Hartford Flavor Company’s Wild Moon Liqueurs, wine, and beer from City Steam Brewery. Rock out with surf-rock trio The Aquatudes, and partake in house and garden tours, an auction, and the opportunity to support the purchase of Victorian plants to restore the historic Butler-McCook garden. Individual Ticket: $75; Individual Patron: $150, Couple Ticket: $125; Patron Couple: $250. Patron tickets include a tax-deductible donation, & special recognition in the program & on CTL’s website. For more information & to purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2Hd54O1, or call 860.247.8996 x 23. Proceeds benefit the historic Butler-McCook Garden. Purchase tickets by Mon., Sept. 9.

IMPROVING YOUR LIFE THROUGH MEDITATION: Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 - 8:00pm. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

SUMMER BOOK CLUB: Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. “The Tattoist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris. An international bestseller based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor and the woman he fell in love with. The Avon Free Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call the library at 860-673-9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

HAVANA NIGHTS: Celebrate DELAMAR West Hartford and Artisan’s 2nd anniversary with a Havana Nights Anniversary Party. Event will feature Cuban themed stations and passed hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soda, and a signature cocktail created by Artisan’s mixologist. Cocktail attire is required and bright colors and florals are encouraged. Attendees can enter to win a staycation package valued at $1000. Package includes an overnight stay at the boutique luxury hotel, dinner for two at Artisan, and a Vitality of Glacier’s Facial at DELAMAR Spa. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased online at https://bit.ly/2NgC6k6. Wednesday, September 18, 6:00pm - 10:00pm. DELAMAR West Hartford, 1 Memorial Road, West Hartford.

ART IN FOCUS: Wednesday, Sept. 18, noon, Marcel Breuer’s Desk, “B 21”Spend 20 minutes exploring Marcel Breuer’s Desk, “B 21” with a docent. Free with admission. Meet at the Museum Shop. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

TALK: How Does the Immigration Process Work? Wednesday, 9/18/19, 1:30 pm. Erika Taylor, of the Hartford Field Office, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, will speak on how the current process of immigration works. The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.

LUNCHEON, CONCERT: Wednesday, September 18th, 12p-3pm. Beth El Temple Chai Society invites the community to a luncheon and concert. Temple Beth Israel’s Cantor Stephanie Kupfer and organist/pianist Natasha Ulyanovsky will perform a variety of songs from Broadway, the Yiddish Theater and cantorial favorites. Tickets for the program are $10 and include lunch. RSVP by Monday, Sept. 16 to Roz Rachlin (860-233-4764 or jrachlin@sbcglobal.net) or Allan Geetter at (860-651-8022 or allan.geetter@gmail.com). Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford.

HAVANA NIGHTS ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6-10 PM. Artisan West Hartford, 1 Memorial Road, West Hartford. For more information about this event and future happenings visit www.artisanwesthartford.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONCERT: Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra. 8: to 10 P.M. on Sept 27. Trinity College Chapel, 300 Summit Street, Hartford. Cost: $35-$55. www.hartfordsymphony.org. Acclaimed concert organist Christopher Houlihan joins the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Carolyn Kuan conducting, in the Opening and Closing Concerts of the 2019 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford. Carolyn Kuan and Dr. Lisa Wong, an expert on the life and work of Albert Schweitzer, will join Houlihan in presenting a 30-minute talk an hour before each performance in the Admissions Building, near the Chapel.

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

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

THE FERN STREET COMMUNITY KITCHEN: has upcoming dates for Free Community Breakfasts, Food Pantry and Mobile Foodshare Distribution for neighbors in need. The Mobile Foodshare will be distributing food in the back parking lot of the Community Kitchen at the Universalist Church at 433 Fern Street in West Hartford from 9:15 — 9:45 a.m.. Breakfast is served from 9:15 — 10:00 a.m.. The dates are Sept. 23, Oct. 7 & 21, and Nov. 4 & 18. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., Sept. 21, Oct. 19, and Nov. 16. For more information about the Fern Street Food Ministry, contact: communitybreakfast@westhartforduu.org, foodsharemobile@westhartforduu.org, FoodPantry@westhartforduu.org or 860-233-3669 x109.

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.

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

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

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

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