GALLERY TALK: Afrocosmologies: American ReflectionsThursday, January 9; noon. Before the landmark exhibition Afrocosmologies: American Reflections closes, delve into the ways history, spirituality, and the struggle for equality guide contemporary African American artists with curator Frank Mitchell. Free with admission. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

LOTUS FLOWER LANTERN WORKSHOP: Learn to make your own lotus flower lantern with members of The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project. Using colored paper and wire frames, you’ll make your very own lantern for yourself or to give as a gift. Join us on Saturday, January 11 at 11AM. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. Visit www.westhartford.librarymarket.com/events/month for more information or call 860-561-6950.

SECOND SATURDAYS FOR FAMILIES: International Style. Saturday, January 11; 10am-1pm. Explore The Bauhaus Spirit at the Wadsworth Atheneum with a docent and learn how the principles of design can transform furniture into art. Then create a work of art that tests the limits of color and line. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

GALLERY TALK: American Rococo Furniture. Saturday, January 11; 1pm. Curator Brandy Culp and master carver Will Neptune examine the exquisite carving and delicate ornamentation on an eighteenth-century high chest designed by the celebrated Connecticut furniture maker Eliphalet Chapin. Free with admission. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

SPEAK UP!: Still Life: Stories of Stopping and Slowing Down. Saturday, January 11; 7pm. Seven amateur and professional storytellers share true stories based on the still life theme. Cash bar opens at 6pm, performances begin at 7pm. Tickets: $20; $15 members. Purchase at thewadsworth.org. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

TUNXIS REGISTRATION: Tunxis Community College will hold a Saturday walk-in registration event on January 11 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the 700 Building to help new and continuing students apply and register for fall semester. The Saturday event will offer one-stop assistance in the admission and registration process, and with class schedules, course selection, financial aid, placement testing (for those who arrive by 12 p.m.) and other matters. Prospective students who have not yet applied for admission should apply online before the event at tunxis.edu/apply. They should also bring a high school diploma or GED, immunization records, and unofficial college transcripts. Students who haven’t already applied for financial aid are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid immediately. The FAFSA can be submitted online at www.fafsa.gov, and TCC’s school code is 009764. Continuing Education & Workforce Development will be open and offering a $100 discount on any class over $300. Continuing Education offers career training for professions such as certified nurse aide, registered medical assistant, phlebotomy technician, pharmacy technician, certified sterile processing technician, veterinary assistant, certified medical administrative assistant, legal secretary, massage therapy and patient care technician. Final walk-in registration is January 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Credit fall semester classes start Jan. 22, with day, evening, online, Saturday and accelerated class options. For more information, please call Tunxis Admissions at 860.773.1490.

SINGER AUDITIONS: Farmington Valley Chorale seeking new singers. Open rehearsals January 12 and January 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation, 55 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury. Visit www. farmingtonvalleychorale.org.

FRIENDS OF YIDDISH: Sunday, January 12 @ 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

CARIBBEAN BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020 2 PM: “The Farming of Bones” by Edwidge Danticat. This is a book discussion led by librarian Cyndi Larsen featuring fictional books set in the Caribbean. Copies will be available behind the reference desk. For more information, contact Cyndi Larsen clarsen@avonctlibrary.info 860-673-9712. Free and open to the public. No registration. 281 Country Club Road Avon.

COOKBOOK CLUB: Jan. 13, 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Do you enjoy trying new recipes? Do you like tasting new things and discussing them with others? Then come to one of our Cookbook Club events! What do you need to do? Check out a copy of the cookbook of the month (see list below) at our circulation desk and find your favorite recipe. Come to the program on that specific date with your prepared dish and come ready to discuss your experience and what others would expect if they made the same dish. Paper plates and utensils will be provided, however please bring your own serving spoon and drink, if needed. 1/13: “Slow Cooker and Casseroles.” www.westhartford.librarymarket.com for more information, or by phone, 860-561-6990. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford.

FILM: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 1:30 pm: “The Help” with Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer (2011 ; 2 hrs. and 26 min. ; Rated PG-13) All movies are free and open to the public and will be shown in the Library Community Room. No need to register. Movie munchie snacks will be served. The Avon Free Public Library is at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

AUTHOR VISIT: Karen Walsh: “Geek Heroines.” Join author Karen Walsh, who will be reading from her book, Geek Heroines at the West Hartford Public Library on January 14 at 6:30pm. Registration is required, online at https://westhartford.librarymarket.com/events/geek-heroines-author-talk-karen-walsh-nwl or by phone, 860-561-6990. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford.

WORKSHOP: Emotion in Motion: The Dynamics of Emotional Intelligence for Leaders With Ellen Feldman Ornato & Jenny Drescher, Founding Partners of The Bolder Company, Tuesday, January 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mandell JCC Innovation Center, |335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, Free and open to the public | Registration required, Light refreshments | Laws of kashrut observed. Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. During this experiential session you’ll build your self-awareness and tune into facets of emotional intelligence that will help you better navigate challenging leadership, business, and personal situations. This focus will support your ability to manage your emotional responses and to choose how you respond to others. This learn-and-apply session will teach you a fresh, results-oriented approach to handling the emotional side of all relationships. RSVP by Thursday, January 9 to info@jlahartford.org

ARTHRITIS TALK: Older adults sometimes consider that arthritis is inevitable. After all there are more than 100 types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis — one of the most common. A free program, “Understanding Arthritis,” will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Ave. Topics will include how dietary factors, free radicals and trauma can cause arthritis, how it is diagnosed and prevention. Presenter will be Kaitlyn McKenzie, exercise physiologist, GoodLife Fitness. Hartford HealthCare Senior Services is sponsoring. Seating is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, call Elmwood Senior Center, 860.561.8180.

FILM: Jan. 22, 6:15 P.M. Halloween (1978) — The malevolent Michael Myers returns home in the horror classic that inspired a legion of imitators, none of which could get within slashing distance of its accomplished and scarily beautiful visual storytelling. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov

ART SHOW RECEPTION: Trees Of West Hartford Gallery Reception And Awards Ceremony. Noah Webster Library Gallery, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. Thursday, January 16, 7PM to 8PM [Awards at 7:15PM]. Reservations Requested, All Are Welcome. www.westhartford.librarymarket.com

GALLERY TALK: Italian Works on Paper. Friday, January 17; noon. Accompany curator Oliver Tostmann on an exploration of Italian works on paper by Giorgio Vasari, Salvator Rosa, and Giambattista Tiepolo, among others. Free with admission. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

ARTIST TALK AND SCREENING: Kahlil Joseph. Saturday, January 18; 5pm reception, 6pm screenings, 7pm conversation.A conversation between MATRIX artist Kahlil Joseph and curator Helen Molesworth follows a selection of Joseph’s short films and video commissions featuring music by artists including Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, and Alice Smith. Free. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

ANNUAL MLK SHABBAT LUNCH & LEARN: “We cannot walk alone.” How Personal Stories Inspire Our Struggle for Social Justice — Saturday, January 18, 11:30 a.m. following 9:30 a.m. at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield — Cosponsored with the Charter Oak Cultural Center and GHIAA (the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance) — Come be a part of the conversations as we share personal stories and reflect on how our experiences have moved us to try to build a better community and a more just, peaceful, loving and democratic society. Free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Please RSVP to BTS at office@btsonline.org or by calling 860-243-3576.

BUDDHIST MEDITATION RETREAT: Saturday, January 18 — Monday, January 20, at Odiyana Meditation Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford with Resident Teacher, Gen Khyenwang. These meditations are the special presentation of Buddha’s teachings, presented in a sequential and easy to follow manner. This retreat is perfect for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Come for one session, one day or the entire retreat. Schedule:Saturday, Jan. 18 | 9am, 11:30am, 4pm, 6:30pm., Sunday, Jan. 19 | 8:30am, 10:30am, 4pm, 6:30pm., Monday, Jan. 20 | 9am, 11:30am, 4pm, 6:30pm., Cost: $8 per session | $25 per day | $65 for entire retreat. For more information, visit our website at www.meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

MIRROR VISIONS ENSEMBLE: This Land is Ours. Sunday, January 19; 2pm. A sung celebration of urban, suburban, and rural life—the moods, landscapes, and sounds that characterize each setting—This Land Is Ours features music by well-known American composers as well as immigrants, women, and other historically marginalized American groups. Pride, wonder, comfort, bewilderment, and excitement unite in the message that this land is ours. Composer B.E. Boykin, faculty member at Spelman College, joins Mirror Visions Ensemble to discuss her song “Secret”, a setting for a poem by Gwendolyn Bennett. Preceded by a 1pm tour of Afrocosmologies. $25; $20 members. Purchase at thewadsworth.org. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

SINGER AUDITIONS: Farmington Valley Chorale seeking new singers. Open rehearsal January 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation, 55 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury. Visit www. farmingtonvalleychorale.org.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. COMMUNITY DAY: Monday, January 20; 10am-4pm. Create alongside Afrocosmologies featured artists Ed Johnetta Miller and Carl Joe Williams in two collaborative art-making experiences. Live music, performances, and tours for all ages celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Museum admission is free all day, 10am-5pm. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

FILM: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 1:30 pm: Fences with Best Supporting Actress Viola Davis (2016 ; 2 hrs. and 19 min. ; Rated PG-13) All movies are free and open to the public and will be shown in the Library Community Room. No need to register. Movie munchie snacks will be served. The Avon Free Public Library is at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

COOKING CLASS: Anti-Inflammatory Cooking Classes are set for Tuesday, January 21, each from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute’s Center for Musculoskeletal Health Demonstration Kitchen on the first floor at 32 Seymour St., Hartford. The class is $60 and parking is free with validation. To register, call 1.855. HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373) or go to HartfordHealthCare.org/Events.

BOOK DISCUSSION: “Little Faith” by Nickolas Butler. Noah Webster Library Gallery, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. Thursday, January 21, 1-2 P.M. No Reservations. All Are Welcome. www.westhartford.librarymarket.com for more information.

OPEN HOUSE: Renbrook School, 2865 Albany Ave., West Hartford. WALK-IN WEDNESDAYS Walk in on any of the dates below between 9:00-11:00 a.m. We will provide a tour of Renbrook and you will have the opportunity to learn more about the school during an informal conversation with an admissions representative. No RSVP required. Jan. 8 and 22

MORNING BOOK CLUB: Wednesday, January 22, 10:30 a.m. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah. A family seeks a new beginning in the Alaskan wilderness. The informal group meets once a month on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Copies will be available behind the reference desk. For more information, call 860-673-9712. Free and open to the public. No registration. 281 Country Club Road Avon,

CARPENTER FILM SERIES: Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. at Noah Webster Library. Jan. 22 - “Halloween” (1978) — The malevolent Michael Myers returns home in the horror classic that inspired a legion of imitators, none of which could get within slashing distance of its accomplished and scarily beautiful visual storytelling. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov

TALK: How to Navigate the World of Assisted Living and Memory Care on Thursday, January 23 at 6:30PM. This program will explain the differences between skilled nursing homes, independent and assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities and memory care communities. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov

GALLERY TALK: MATRIX 183. Friday, January 24; noon. Kahlil Joseph’s genre-defying multimedia broadcast BLKNWS garnered high praise at the Venice Biennale. Curator Patricia Hickson discusses the stakes of Joseph’s immersive work. Free with admission. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

JAZZ BRUNCH: Drag Brunch featuring Tony DiPietro in “Babs Over Easy” Sunday, January 26; 10:30am & 12:30pm. This drag brunch in the Untitled Bistro features Tony DiPietro in “Babs Over Easy”. Tickets include museum admission, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings: one at 10:30am & one at 12:30pm. $39; $29 members. Purchase at thewadsworth.org. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

FILM: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 1:30 pm: A Star is Born with Best Song by Lady Gaga (2018 ; 2 hrs. and 16 min. ; Rated R) All movies are free and open to the public and will be shown in the Library Community Room. No need to register. Movie munchie snacks will be served. The Avon Free Public Library is at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

GALLERY TALK: Noguchi’s Sesshu. Thursday, January 30; noon The recently conserved Sesshu (1958) by Isamu Noguchi exemplifies the Japanese American artist’s commitment to synthesizing disparate cultures through his work. Curator Patricia Hickson shares insights about Noguchi’s work. Free with admission. For more information, visit www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

TALK:19th Amendment: A Tale of Suffrage, Sacrifice & Success with Mariann Millard. Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 2:00 PM. Snow date: Thursday, February 13, 2020, 2:00 pm. This presentation is designed to better understand and appreciate how difficult and how long the fight was for all women to become fully-fledged citizens of America. Free and open to the public. No registration. The Avon Free Public Library is at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM: Every two years, the Connecticut Horticultural Society (CT Hort) takes a full Saturday in February and turns it into a day of gardening nirvana. The 2020 Symposium will focus on turning your little corner of the world into a natural space that not only speaks to you but will also benefit other creatures that depend on our planet — and that we depend on to keep our planet in balance. Register early as a sellout is anticipated. Registration must be received by January 10 to receive the best rate. Registration closes January 22. Fee includes all programs and demonstrations, breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks catered by Billings Forge Catering, and a vendor market. For more information visit www.cthort.org. To register, visit https://conta.cc/36rhXyH

FILM: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 @ 1:30 pm: The Favourite with Best Actress Olivia Colman (2018 ; 1 hr. and 59 min. ; Rated R) All movies are free and open to the public and will be shown in the Library Community Room. No need to register. Movie munchie snacks will be served. The Avon Free Public Library is at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

TALK: ‘Ending Loneliness: Finding a Meaningful Life’ The free program, “Ending Loneliness: Finding a Meaningful Life,” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Simsbury Senior Center, 754 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury. Seating is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, call Simsbury Senior Center, 860.658.3273. To learn more, visit http://hhccenterforhealthyaging.org or call 1.877.424.4641.

GARDEN CLUB: Thurs. Feb. 6 noon — West Hartford Garden Club welcomes Carol Quish, Horticulturalist and Program Aide at UCONN Home and Garden Education Center. Carol presents: “ Animals and Pests in the Yard”. Having trouble with animals eating your precious vegetables and flowers? Carol will offer solutions for woodchucks, chipmunks, voles, mice and more. Brief business meeting at 12:30 followed by speaker. Saint John’s Episcopal Church,679 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Park on So. Highland St. and in any of the church parking lots. Meeting room entrance is at the RAMP DOOR in the rear of the church. Fee: $10 guest donation includes a light buffet lunch at noon. Reservations preferred — contact Susan at 860-305-6370 or reserve online at www.WestHartfordGardenClub.org. **Program meeting is automatically canceled when West Hartford Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

COMMON SLEEP DISORDERS: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatments. Sleep problems can increase the risk for high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and other health problems. They can also be a safety risk — 200,000 reported automobile accidents each year are sleep-related. The free program, “Common Sleep Disorders — Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatments,” will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m., at Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. Information will include recognizing sleep disorders, various sleep studies and treatment options including sleep hygiene tips. Seating is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, call Elmwood Senior Center, 860.561.8180.

CARIBBEAN BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020 2 PM: “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez. This is a book discussion led by librarian Cyndi Larsen featuring fictional books set in the Caribbean. Copies will be available behind the reference desk. For more information, contact Cyndi Larsen clarsen@avonctlibrary.info 860-673-9712. Free and open to the public. No registration. 281 Country Club Road Avon.

PODCAST WORKSHOP: Librarian Andrew Piro will host a workshop on how to find and follow great podcasts at Noah Webster Library on Tuesday, February 11, at 2 p.m. Attendees will learn how to discover and subscribe to podcasts that match their interests. They will also learn about some of the most popular podcasts available today. Registration is required and seating is limited to 20. Go to bit.ly/WHLpodcasts for more information. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov

MORNING BOOK CLUB: Wednesday, February 19, 10:30 a.m. “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. Discover the surprising power of introversion.. The informal group meets once a month on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Copies will be available behind the reference desk. For more information, call 860-673-9712. Free and open to the public. No registration. 281 Country Club Road Avon.

FILM: Feb. 19 - “The Thing” (1982) — Long before The X-Files warned us to “trust no one,” Carpenter took that paranoid idea to extremes in a tense and visceral remake of his idol Howard Hawks' work of cosmic horror, set in a snowbound Antarctic research outpost. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. (860) 561-6950. whpl@westhartfordct.gov.

TALK: ‘Ending Loneliness: Finding a Meaningful Life’ The free program, “Ending Loneliness: Finding a Meaningful Life,” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m., at at Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. Seating is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, call Elmwood Senior Center, 860.561.8180.

CBD IN PAIN TREATMENT: Seems like more businesses are popping up touting CBD to treat a variety of health problems. A free program, “Pain Treatment and CBD,” will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, 10 to 11 a.m., at Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. Presenter Michael Peshka, RN, of Hartford HealthCare Pain Treatment Center, will discuss topics including pain, conditions and treatment, including the role of CBD. Hartford HealthCare Pain Treatment Center is sponsoring the program. Seating is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, call Elmwood Senior Center at 860.561.8180. Visit Hartford HealthCare at www.hartfordhealthcare.org.

MORNING BOOK CLUB: Wednesday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. “All You Can Ever Know” by Nicole Chung. A memoir for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong. The informal group meets once a month on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Copies will be available behind the reference desk. For more information, call 860-673-9712. Free and open to the public. No registration. 281 Country Club Road Avon,

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 — 10 a.m.. The dates are January 13 & 27, and February 10 & 24. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., January 18, and February 15. For more information about the Fern Street Food Ministry, contact: communitybreakfast@westhartforduu.org, foodsharemobile@westhartforduu.org, FoodPantry@westhartforduu.org or 860-233-3669 x109.

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

ANTIQUE APPRAISAL: Free verbal appraisal of your antiques. Every Saturday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. ANTIQ’S, 1839 New Britain Avenue (at the corner of Hyde Rd.) Farmington. 860-676-2670.

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

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

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

ETIQUETTE BOOT CAMP: Give your child the gift of manners this year with Etiquette Boot Camp. Presented by The Etiquette Academy of New England, the course is designed for ages 7 to 12 and will teach them basic manners, table manners, conversation skills, friendships, family etiquette, social graces for public spaces, cell phone and social media etiquette, and much more. The 3-hour program is taught in an entertaining setting with their peers, and is specifically developed for two different age groups targeting the social challenges affecting today’s youth. Etiquette Boot Camp is a 3-module program. Each module is 3 hours, 9 hours total, and modules can be taken independently or together. The fee ranges from $155 to $175 per module. The program will take place on Sunday, 1/12, 1/26 & 2/9 at Hilton Hartford Hotel. For more information visit TheEtiquetteAcademy.org.

ATLANTIC MAGAZINE DISCUSSION: Tuesdays 7 PM. Noah Webster Library Board Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford. Grab your free copy of The Atlantic magazine (at the Information Desk) and join the library-sponsored discussion at 7:00pm on the third Tuesday of most months in the Noah Webster Library Board Room, 20 South Main Street. All you need is a penchant for current affairs and thirst for lively discussion. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for more information.

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

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

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

WRITERS GROUP: Saturday Morning Writers’ Lounge (SaMoWriLo) Every Saturday from 10am to Noon Noah Webster Library, Gallery Area Hang with other writers every Saturday morning and write, write, write. Set up shop in the comfortable confines of the library’s Gallery area, main level. If you like, bring your own covered beverage or quiet snack. And let your writing flow: 10 am to noon, every Saturday. www.westhartfordlibrary.org/. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE DISCUSSION GROUP: Meets Fridays at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Noah Webster Library Board Room If you have read the issue, then please attend. Attendees may pick up a free copy of The New Yorker every week at the Information Desk at the Noah Webster Library (attendees only, as long as they last). This is a popular discussion series and the room fills up fast, so please arrive on time to obtain a seat. This 90-minute discussion is relaxed and conversational. It’s all made possible by the West Hartford Library Foundation, Thomas F. Kilfoil Bequest. Library cardholders can use Zinio to read The New Yorker on their iPads and other tablets every week.

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

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

CLASS: Drop-in downloading every Tuesday, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Noah Webster Library learning lab. For more information call 860-561-6950.

CLASS: Tech Therapy every Tuesday, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Noah Webster Library. For more information call the library at 860-561-6950.

WRITING GROUP: The West Hartford Library writing group meets the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the general public and no reservations are needed.

POETS MEETING: Faxon Poets meet on the third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Faxon Branch Library. The library is located at 1073 New Britain Avenue in the Elmwood section of West Hartford.

SCREENWRITERS: CT Screenwriters meet on the last Wednesday of every month (except December) at 7 p.m. at the library meeting room, lower level, at Noah Webster Library. For more information call the library at 860-561-6990.

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

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

DONATE YOUR CAR: Donate your car, truck or van and help raise funds for a local private school. Free, Fast, Tow Away. Running or Not Running. Can be used for a charitable tax deduction. Call Charter Oak Education dba Sterling Education at 860-643-1100.

COFFEE & CONVERSATION: 9:30am to 10:30am at Panera in Bishops Corner. The first Friday of the month, parents of children receiving special education services meet for coffee and a chance to talk & make new friends in a casual setting. We generally meet in the back of the restaurant.

LUNCHTIME MEDITATION IN EAST HARTFORD: Learn to Meditate, ongoing Thursdays from 12:15pm — 12:45 p.m. at Odiyana Center, 36 Main St, East Hartford. Take a break from your day and learn to meditate. These 30 minute guided meditations will give you a chance to experience the many benefits of meditation.No experience necessary. Cost: $5 — No one turned away for lack of funds. For info, visit Odiyana website at: meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

LUNCHTIME MEDITATION IN HARTFORD: ongoing Wednesdays from 12:15-1pm at Center Church, 60 Gold Street, with Resident Teacher, Kelsang Khyenwang of Odiyana Center. Meditation functions to make the mind calm and peaceful. If the mind is peaceful all the time, we will be happy all the time. Class includes guided meditation and practical advice on how to maintain a positive, clear mind in daily life. This class is perfect for beginner and experienced meditators alike. Cost: $10 — no one turned away for lack of funds. Info at: www.meditationinconnecticut.org | 860-266-6041

LEARN TO MEDITATE: ongoing Tuesday mornings, 10am — 11am, at Odiyana Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford, with Resident Teacher Kelsang Khyenwang.Guided Meditations for Daily Life using the New Meditation Handbook. In this class, learn the basic skills of meditation and learn what objects we can focus on that keep our mind peaceful and positive. Meditations will be guided and brief advice shared on how to maintain a peaceful mind during our daily life.This class is perfect for beginners and advanced meditators alike.No experience necessary. Everyone welcome.Cost-$10 per class. No one turned away for lack of funds.For info, visit our website at: www.meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

LEARN TO MEDITATE: ongoing Wednesdays from 7 — 8:15pm at Odiyana Center, 36 Main St, East Hartford with Resident Teacher Kelsang Khyenwang.Meditation is a method to improve our own inner qualities and is the best method to help ourselves and to bring benefit to others.Each class will include guided meditations to experience inner peace and clarity, practical instructions from Buddhist teachings, and time for contemplation, discussion and questions.Leave each class with a more peaceful mind and practical methods to maintain that positive mind in daily life.This class is perfect for beginners or advanced meditators alike. Everyone is welcome. $10 per class- No one turned away for lack of funds.For more info, visit our website at meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

THE ART OF MEDITATION: ongoing Tuesdays 7 pm at Odiyana Meditation Center, 36 Main Street, East hartford Improve your attitude and develop a peaceful mind and good heart. Experience the practical benefits of meditation, learn to overcome your problems and find profound meaning in your life. Classes include guided meditations, practical wisdom on how to maintain the experience of inner peace in daily life and time to discuss the teachings presented. Classes are ongoing and drop-in. Cost- $10 per class. No one turned away for lack of funds. For more info, visit Odiyana Meditation Center website at: meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

GUIDED MEDITATIONS: weekly, Tuesdays 10 am 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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