CONTEMPLATIVE COLLAGE CIRCLE: August 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Anam Cara Room, Spiritual Life Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford. You are invited to attend a series of group meetings called “Creative Ways to Pray”. Different media will be featured on the various dates. The first program, held on August 15, will feature a Contemplative Collage Circle. Everyone is welcome. Pre-registration $20 (or $25 at the door). Register at https://conta.cc/2ZxlvM6.

A LITTLE HARMLESS FUN: Arts writer Frank Rizzo continues his “A Little Harmless Fun” series with Gerard Alessandrini, creator of Spamilton, who will talk about the art of parody, the phenomenon of Hamilton, and his long-running “Forbidden Broadway” revues in a 7 p.m. talk on Thursday, August 15, at The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., in Hartford. The nationwide tour of “Spamilton” stops at West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park August 14 to Sept. 8, presented in association with The Bushnell. Admission to all “Harmless Fun” events is $10. Book signings and sales follow the talks. https://bit.ly/2Kigm5H

CELEBRATE TU B’AV: The Holiday of Love Friday, August 16 - Kabbalat Shabbat Services at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield at 7 p.m. followed by Champagne, Strawberries & Chocolate. Please RSVP by calling 860-243-3576 or office@btsonline.org.

GALLERY TALK: Spirit of the Bauhaus. Friday, August 16, Noon. Explore works that emerged from the Bauhaus—the influential school of art and design—with Robert Wiesenberger, associate curator of contemporary projects at the Clark Art Institute. Free with admission. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

RECITAL: Friday August 16, 7 PM. Jurate Svedaite — recital. Tunxis Room, Tunxis Community College 271 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington. Admission to all concerts is by suggested donation ($15 - $25)

ARTS & LETTERS CEMETERY TOUR: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Saturday, August 17 at 10 a.m. for the Arts & Letters Tour. Meet Cedar Hill’s creative residents including our most distinguished artists, actors, and authors on this walking tour of the historic cemetery. Debbie Alter will introduce you to lesser-known personalities such as Nicholas Hudson Holt, Fern Andra, and Frances Laughlin Wadsworth, as well as the noteworthy William Glackens, Wallace Stevens, and Katharine Hepburn. 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.

ALIVE! AT THE ATHENEUM: Sunday, August 18, 3-7pm. Enjoy hot summer afternoons with cool music and chilled cocktails in our outdoor courtyard. Cash bar and snacks for purchase. Tickets start at $10. Purchase at www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. Rain date: Monday, August 19.

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, August 18, 1-3PM. The Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust invites you to an Open House on Sunday, August 18, from 1 to 3 pm, at the American Silver Museum at the Johnson Mansion, 153 South Main Street, Wallingford. Docents will be available for tours of this historic 1866 home, with its collection of important Wallingford and Meriden-made silver items. The Open House is free. All contributions are gratefully accepted and assist in the upkeep of this historic building.

RECITAL: Sunday, August 18, 6 PM. Vocal recital — Mary McCue, soprano. Cyril & Methodius Church, 55 Charter Oak Ave. Hartford. Admission to all concerts is by suggested donation ($15 - $25)

BOOK DISCUSSION: Excited about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visiting West Hartford this fall? To prepare, librarians from around Connecticut will host six book discussions at Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford, beginning with a discussion of Monday, August 19, 7 P.M, “The Thing Around Your Neck.” Facilitator: Cindy Haiken, Reference and Readers Advisory Librarian, Wallingford Public Library. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

RECITAL: Monday, August 19, 7 PM. Luiz de Moura Castro — Piano Class Recital. McAuley Community, 2021 Albany Ave. West Hartford. Admission to all concerts is by suggested donation ($15 - $25)

FREE CONCERT: Free outdoor concerts at First Church, 12 S Main Street, West Hartford, Sun is Shining Concert Series 5:30-7:30 p.m. All concerts are Tuesday nights. In the event of rain, concerts with be on Thursday. Dan Liparini Jazz Quartet - Mellow Jazz August 20.

AUTHOR TALK: Kristan & Marilyn: An evening of contemporary writers! Marilyn Simon Rothstein interviews Kristan Higgins on Tuesday, August 20, 7 pm at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. Join us to celebrate the release of Kristan Higgins new book, Life and Other Inconveniences (Berkley (August 6, 2019). Books by both authors will be for sale at this event.

SUMMER BOOK CLUB: Wednesday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. A novel based on the true scandal of a Memphis adoption organization that kidnapped children and sold them to wealthy families. 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.

CASSATT LECTURE: The Avon Free Public Library and The Hill-Stead Museum will present “A Celebration of Cassatt” on Wednesday, August 21 at 2 pm. Gabrielle Gaulin, Hill-Stead Education Specialist, will talk about the renowned artist Mary Cassatt, the lasting importance of her work, her relationship with Farmington’s Pope Family, and the museum’s collection of Cassatt’s paintings. The program will be held in The Community Room of the Avon Free Public Library at 281 Country Club Road in Avon. Open to all, no registration required. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

BOOK DISCUSSION: Excited about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visiting West Hartford this fall? To prepare, librarians from around Connecticut will host six book discussions at Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford, beginning with a discussion of Wednesday, August 21, 7 P.M, “We Should All Be Feminists.” Facilitator: Tina Panik, Reference & Adult Services Manager, Avon Library. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

ART IN FOCUS: Tom Burr’s Chicks. Wednesday, August 21; Noon. Spend 20 minutes exploring Tom Burr’s Chicks with a docent. Free with admission. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

WOODSTOCK: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. Curious about the iconic four-day festival that drew a half million people to a dairy farm in Bethel, New York and was headlined by such legendary performers as Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Santana, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young? Then come to Woodstock : A 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Avon Free Public Library on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm for a multimedia presentation by musician, author, photographer, and radio host Craig Harris. Experience the “Summer of Love” through rare recordings, archival video, live music, and great stories. The program is for adults and teens. Feel free to wear your love beads and flowers in your hair! Free of charge and no need to register. 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.

WHITE HOUSE MEMORIES: Alan DeValerio is a former White House butler and he’s coming to West Hartford on Thursday, August 22, 6:30 P.M. He’ll give you the inside details about all the preparations involved in White House entertaining. Not only will he relate his first-hand experiences with history, but he will pass on the stories from those people that he worked with who have been taking care of our First Families since the Franklin Roosevelt administration. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

SHEEPHERDING ADVENTURE: Thursday, August 22. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Westmoor Par, 119 Flagg Road, West Hartford. Try your hand at herding a small group of sheep and goats to understand why many Jewish leaders led animals before leading people. Agenda: 6:30 p.m. | Networking, kosher appetizers; 7 p.m. | Herding activity. Free | RSVP required. Casual waterproof or weather resistant footwear encouraged. RSVP by Thursday, August 15 to info@jlahartford.org. www.jewishhartford.org, Zachs Campus, 333 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite C, West Hartford.

CONCERT: Thursday, August 22, 7 PM Moniuszko Choir performance Tunxis Room, Tunxis Community College 271 Scott Swamp Rd. Farmington. Admission to all concerts is by suggested donation ($15 - $25)

MOVIE NIGHT: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Thursday, August 22, at 7:30 pm for its annual Movie Night featuring cemetery resident Katharine Hepburn in “On Golden Pond.” The Oscar-winning film also stars Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda. Cantankerous Norman and his appeasing wife Ethel spend summers on Golden Pond. 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. The movie will be shown on an outdoor screen on the sprawling lawn between the community mausoleums. Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the show. The rain date is Friday, August 23 at 7:30 pm. For more information contact Beverly Lucas at blucas@cedarhillcemetery.org or (860) 956-3311. Visit the Foundation’s website, www.cedarhillfoundation.org, for information

CONCERT: Friday, August 23, 7 PM. Final VMI Orchestra Performance, Adrian Sylveen, director Tunxis Room, Tunxis Community College, 271 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington. Admission to all concerts is by suggested donation ($15 - $25)

OUT ON VIEW WITH ANDREW LEAR: Saturday, August 24; Noon. Get to know the LGBTQ+ histories of the Wadsworth’s collections from antiquity to today with Dr. Andrew Lear, classicist and historian of gender and sexuality known for his popular Gay Secrets tours of the Met and MFA Boston collections. This 1¾-hour tour is intellectually stimulating and culturally rewarding. Limited space available. Email faculty@wadsworthatheneum.org to reserve your spot. Free with admission. Professor Lear’s mobile audio tour Out on View: LGBTQ+ Perspectives on the Collection is available anytime via tap.thewadsworth.org. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

MUSHROOM WALK: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Saturday, August 24, at 10 am for a mushroom walk. Joe Lenoce of Connecticut Valley Mycological Society will lead the search for mushrooms in Cedar Hill’s ornamental foreground. 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 walk begins near the bridge along 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

CT LYRIC OPERA: Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Sunday, August 25; 2pm. Based on the legends of Don Juan, Don Giovanni is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. For information and tickets, visit thevirtuosi.ticketleap.com. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

FREE CONCERT: Free outdoor concerts at First Church, 12 S Main Street, West Hartford, Sun is Shining Concert Series 5:30-7:30 p.m. All concerts are Tuesday nights. In the event of rain, concerts with be on Thursday. Still Kickin’ with the Big City Horns - Horn Band Favorites August 27.

ART TOUR: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Tuesday, August 27 at 10 am for the walking tour A Monumental Man: The Art of James Batterson. James Batterson, owner of New England Granite Works, played a key role in the establishment of Cedar Hill Cemetery. And monuments attributed to his prolific company are scattered throughout the cemetery. 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

AUTHOR EVENT: Charles McNair “Soldiers Of A Foreign War” August 28, @ 6:00pm. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. “Soldiers of a Foreign War” presents the Vietnam War in all its conflicted complexity. It is told from the enlisted soldiers’ perspective and deals with the American and Vietnamese’s, experiences as they leave their families and enter their countries’ respective armies. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

GALLERY TALK: Tom Burr / MATRIX 182 / Hinged Figures. Thursday, August 29; Noon. Burr’s mixed media representations of notable figures from queer history and Modernism evoke unexpected memory and emotion. Join curator Patricia Hickson for a gallery talk about the artist’s MATRIX exhibition. Free with admission. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

FILM: Sept. 3, 1:30 pm “Tea With the Dames.” Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins, four of the leading lights of British stage, screen, and TV meet at a country estate to reminisce about their careers, marriages, and families. (2018 ; 1 hr. and 24 min. ; NR) 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.

NORTH KOREA BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 7 PM: “Nothing to Envy” by Barbara Demick. 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.

BOOK DISCUSSION: Excited about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visiting West Hartford this fall? To prepare, librarians from around Connecticut will host six book discussions at Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford, beginning with a discussion of Thursday, Sept. 5, 7 P.M, “Half of a Yellow Sun.” Facilitator: Kate Byroade, Director, Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

WEST HARTFORD GARDEN CLUB MEETING: Sept. 5, Thursday, 12:00 noon “Native Gardens of the Northeast” Speaker: Mark Richardson, Director of Horticulture at Tower Hill Gardens. Mark, co- author of Native Plants for New England Gardens will present ways to enhance our gardens using native plants in new ways such as “living mulch” Fee: Guest donation of $10.00 includes a light buffet lunch at noon. Brief business meeting at 12:30 followed by our speaker. Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. Parking on So. Highland Street and in any of the church parking lots. Meeting room entrance is at the ramp door in the back of the church. Reservations preferred - contact Susan at 860-305-6370 or reserve online at www.WestHartfordGardenClub.org.

CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRINGS: 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 8. New Britain Museum of Modern Art, 56 Lexington Street, New Britain Join the Resident Musicians of Cuatro Puntos (Aaron Packard and Annie Trépanier, violins; Kevin Bishop and Steve Larson, violas; Allan Ballinger, cello) for an afternoon of beautiful chamber music for strings. The pieces performed are based on folk songs and ideas on the concept of home. The string quintet will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Phantasy Quintet”, David Macbride’s “Coming Home”, and Kevin Bishop’s “Kurdish Love Songs”. Free with admission to the museum. https://bit.ly/2ORLey9 Free with admission to the NBMAA

BOOK DISCUSSION: Excited about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visiting West Hartford this fall? To prepare, librarians from around Connecticut will host six book discussions at Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford, beginning with a discussion of Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7 P.M, “Americanah. Facilitator: Bridget Quinn-Carey, CEO, Hartford Public Library. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

FILM: Sept. 10, 1:30 pm “Ladies in Lavender” Judi Dench and Maggie Smith star as two sisters whose quiet lives change dramatically when they discover a badly injured man washed ashore near heir coastal home in pre-war England. (2005 ; 1 hr. and 44 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 August 12 & 26. Sept. 9 & 23, Oct. 7 & 21, and Nov. 4 & 18. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., August 17, 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.

ARTISTS, CRAFTERS SOUGHT: The Simsbury Woman’s Club will host its 50th annual Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15. Over 100 artists and craftspeople will be displaying and selling their works on Iron Horse Boulevard in Simsbury Center. Admission and parking is free, and demonstrations, food and a bake sale are included. Proceeds enable the Club to grant scholarships and contribute to a number of area non-profit organizations. The club seeks vendors for the event. https://bit.ly/2I2imhq

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.

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