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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or (860) 956-3311. Visit the Foundation’s website, www.cedarhillfoundation.org, for information.
SATURDAY REGISTRATION: Tunxis Community College will hold a Super Saturday walk-in registration event on August 24 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, or upload them using the application portal at tunxis.edu/apply. 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.
CT VIRTUOSI: Vivaldi: Le Quattro Staggioni, Brunilda Myftaraj. VMI Orchestra, Adrian Sylveen, director For information and tickets, visit WWW.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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
VOICE AUDITIONS: The GMChorale invites interested singers in all voice parts to audition to join the ensemble as it prepares for its 43rd concert season. The 90-voice GMChorale, led by Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, performs two major concerts each season, often with full orchestra, and is often invited to perform with other ensembles, including the Hartford Chorale, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and others. The GMChorale rehearses in Cromwell on Tuesday evenings. Singers interested in joining the Chorale may participate in open rehearsals from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Tuesday, Sept. 10, before scheduling a private audition with Maestro D’Eugenio. To register for the open rehearsal and/or schedule an audition, please contact audition coordinator and scheduler, Margie Livengood at email@example.com or 860-633-6198. More information, including audition requirements, is available at https://bit.ly/2Z7qPF6 .
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.
GALLERY TALK: Rediscovering Van Gogh. Thursday, Sept. 5, noon. Beneath the surface of Vincent van Gogh’s Vase with Poppies (1886) an earlier painting lingers. Examine the recently authenticated work with Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art, and Allen Kosanovich, associate paintings conservator. Free with admission. Meet at the Museum Shop. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.
FREE BLOOD SUGAR TESTING AND BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. For more information contact Tina Panik at 860-673-9712 ext. 235. The Avon Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. Thursday, September 5, 2019, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm
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.
INSPIRATIONAL TALK: Chris George (Executive Director of IRIS, in New Haven) will be speaking about refugees in Connecticut at The Emanuel Synagogue 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford, on Sept. 8 at 7:30 pm. The event is to raise awareness and funds for the Greater Hartford Refugee Resettlement Coalition to resettle a family this fall. Free.
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.
DROP IN BOOK CLUB: “Before the War” (11:15a.M., Tuemsday, Sept. 10. 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, “Before the War” by Fay Wheldon. For more information, call 860-408-1336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 10:00am — 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 email@example.com.
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.
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, The Dirt Salon arts venue founder, and Hartford arts supporter 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE BLOOD SUGAR TESTING AND BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. For more information contact Tina Panik at 860-673-9712 ext. 235. The Avon Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. Thursday, Sept. 19, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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., Sept. 21, Oct. 19, and Nov. 16. For more information about the Fern Street Food Ministry, contact: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.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 / email@example.com / 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, firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
DONATE YOUR CAR: Donate your car, truck or van and help raise funds for a local private school. Free, Fast, Tow Away. Running or Not Running. Can be used for a charitable tax deduction. Call Charter Oak Education dba Sterling Education at 860-643-1100.
COFFEE & CONVERSATION: 9:30am to 10:30am at Panera in Bishops Corner. The first Friday of the month, parents of children receiving special education services meet for coffee and a chance to talk & make new friends in a casual setting. We generally meet in the back of the restaurant.
LUNCHTIME MEDITATION IN EAST HARTFORD: Learn to Meditate, ongoing Thursdays from 12:15pm — 12:45 p.m. at Odiyana Center, 36 Main St, East Hartford. Take a break from your day and learn to meditate. These 30 minute guided meditations will give you a chance to experience the many benefits of meditation.No experience necessary. Cost: $5 — No one turned away for lack of funds. For info, visit Odiyana website at: meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.
LUNCHTIME MEDITATION IN HARTFORD: ongoing Wednesdays from 12:15-1pm at Center Church, 60 Gold Street, with Resident Teacher, Kelsang Khyenwang of Odiyana Center. Meditation functions to make the mind calm and peaceful. If the mind is peaceful all the time, we will be happy all the time. Class includes guided meditation and practical advice on how to maintain a positive, clear mind in daily life. This class is perfect for beginner and experienced meditators alike. Cost: $10 — no one turned away for lack of funds. Info at: www.meditationinconnecticut.org | 860-266-6041
LEARN TO MEDITATE: ongoing Tuesday mornings, 10am — 11am, at Odiyana Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford, with Resident Teacher Kelsang Khyenwang.Guided Meditations for Daily Life using the New Meditation Handbook. In this class, learn the basic skills of meditation and learn what objects we can focus on that keep our mind peaceful and positive. Meditations will be guided and brief advice shared on how to maintain a peaceful mind during our daily life.This class is perfect for beginners and advanced meditators alike.No experience necessary. Everyone welcome.Cost-$10 per class. No one turned away for lack of funds.For info, visit our website at: www.meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.
LEARN TO MEDITATE: ongoing Wednesdays from 7 — 8:15pm at Odiyana Center, 36 Main St, East Hartford with Resident Teacher Kelsang Khyenwang.Meditation is a method to improve our own inner qualities and is the best method to help ourselves and to bring benefit to others.Each class will include guided meditations to experience inner peace and clarity, practical instructions from Buddhist teachings, and time for contemplation, discussion and questions.Leave each class with a more peaceful mind and practical methods to maintain that positive mind in daily life.This class is perfect for beginners or advanced meditators alike. Everyone is welcome. $10 per class- No one turned away for lack of funds.For more info, visit our website at meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.
THE ART OF MEDITATION: ongoing Tuesdays 7 pm at Odiyana Meditation Center, 36 Main Street, East hartford Improve your attitude and develop a peaceful mind and good heart. Experience the practical benefits of meditation, learn to overcome your problems and find profound meaning in your life. Classes include guided meditations, practical wisdom on how to maintain the experience of inner peace in daily life and time to discuss the teachings presented. Classes are ongoing and drop-in. Cost- $10 per class. No one turned away for lack of funds. For more info, visit Odiyana Meditation Center website at: meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.
GUIDED MEDITATIONS: weekly, Tuesdays 10am at Odiyana Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford. Give yourself the gift of meditation and get familiar with a more peaceful, positive state of mind. By learning to let go of busyness, worry and distractions, the stress and tension from within naturally disappears. What remains is a calm, peaceful mind from which all our good intentions, joy and happiness arise. All are welcome. Cost: $8. No one turned away for lack of funds. Info at: meditationinconnecticut.org | 860-266-6041.
THE PRACTICE OF MEDITATION: ongoing Sundays, 10:30am-12pm at Odiyana Meditation Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford. Meditation functions to make the mind calm and peaceful. If the mind is peaceful all the time, we will be happy all the time. Each class includes guided meditation and practical advice on how to maintain a positive, clear mind in daily life. This class is perfect for beginner and experienced meditators alike. Everyone welcome!Cost: $12 — no one turned away for lack of funds. Info at: meditationinconnecticut.org | 860-266-6041