MINDFULNESS: On Thursday, August 8, at 6:30 pm, Amanda Votto of Copper Beech Institute will present “Mindfulness for Skeptics” at the Avon Senior Center. This discussion will explore the science & application of mindfulness, and describe the multiple approaches to the practice of mindful pausing. The Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, teaches mindfulness practice and contemplative wisdom to inspire purposeful living and awaken our full potential for compassionate action. The Avon Senior Center is located at 635 West Avon Road, Avon.

SUNSET CEMETERY TOUR: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Thursday, August 8, at 6:30 pm for the Sunset Notables Tour. Stops include General Griffin Stedman, Gilbert Heublein, John Pierpont Morgan, and Katharine Hepburn. Participants will enjoy watching the sun set over Cedar Mountain during the walk. Cedar Hill Cemetery is located at 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford. Admission to the program is $5 and free for Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation members. The walking 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.

EXPLORING CONNECTICUT’S ICONS: In this entertaining collection of photos, anecdotes, and little-known facts, Charles Monagan, prior editor of Connecticut Magazine, presents dozens of his favorite things in Connecticut—from the Connecticut lobster roll to the Yale Bowl, the U.S.S. Nautilus to the Merritt Parkway—and shows native and newcomer alike the independent spirit and local pride at the heart of this great state. Thursday, August 8 at 6:30PM. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

MINDFULNESS FOR SKEPTICS: Thursday, August 8, 6:30-8:00 PM, Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Road, Avon. This session, led by Amanda Votto of Copper Beech Institute, will discuss how we are affected by stressors, clarify what mindfulness is and explore the benefits, learn about the science and application of mindfulness, experience multiple approaches to practice mindful pausing. Copper Beech Institute teaches mindfulness practice and contemplative wisdom to inspire purposeful living, awaken our full potential for compassionate action, and encourage a healing shift in how we relate to one another and our interconnected world. This program is part of the “Take Care of Yourself” series presented by the Avon Library and Avon Senior Center:

GALLERY TALK: Sitting Pretty in Early America. Friday, August 9; Noon. Ornamental and supportive, the design of early American leather and upholstered chairs illuminate aspects of personal life not conveyed in historical documents. Join Erik Gronning, senior vice president and head of the Americana Department at Sotheby’s New York, for insights about the chairs in Design in the American Home, 1650 to 1850. Free with admission. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND FOR A CURE FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER: In a continuing effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer, the West Hartford Health and Rehabilitation Center, 130 Loomis Drive, will host a lemonade stand on August 9, 10 AM to 3:30 PM. The event is being held in memory of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott who was just four-years-old when she held her first lemonade stand to raise money for safer, less toxic research for children with cancer like herself. In addition to lemonade, the event will feature a bake sale with treats donated from professional bakers; ice cream sundaes; a $5 car wash; fresh lemon sale (3 for $1) and a raffle. Raffle items include: Moo Yah Burger gift cards, an overnight stay at the Public House in Massachusetts, a $100 gift card from J’s Crab Shack, a $100 Target gift card, lunch for four at Pond House Café and more!

PERSPECTIVES: LGBTQ+ Health Advocacy. Saturday, August 10, 10am-noon. Explore topics of health and well-being in relation to themes of sexual orientation and gender identity visualized in Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall. Speakers Sheldon Raymore and Cindy Dubuque-Gallo lead this two-hour program which includes small group dialogues and question-and-answer-style conversation in response to short readings provided in advance. Coffee and refreshments included. Participants are welcome to view Be Seen. Free with RSVP to faculty@wadsworthatheneum.org. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

ARCHITECTS CEMETERYTOUR: Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:00 am for the new walking tour Notable Architects. Mary Falvey, Director of Hartford Preservation Alliance, will share the life and times of prominent Hartford architects while highlighting their impact on the greater Hartford area. Notables include Walter P. Crabtree, Edward Hapgood, William Scoville and more. 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 and Hartford Preservation Alliance members. 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.

SECOND SATURDAYS FOR FAMILIES: Giants and Miniatures. Saturday, August 10, 10am-1pm. Discover oversized and tiny treasures in the Wadsworth’s collection with a docent. Afterward design your own sculpture, big or small, to take home. Free. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

SATURDAY REGISTRATION SESSION: Tunxis Community College will hold a Saturday registration session on August 10 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. One winner will be chosen at random for free Yard Goats tickets. Prospective students who have not yet applied for admission should apply online before the event at tunxis.edu/apply, and upload a high school diploma or GED, immunization records, and unofficial college transcripts. Those who are not able to upload documents can bring them in person. 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. The Advanced Manufacturing Technology programs will also have tours and information available. Continuing Education & Workforce Development will be open and offering a $100 discount on any class over $300. Credit fall semester classes start August 27, with day, evening, online, Saturday and accelerated class options. For more information, please call Tunxis Admissions at 860.773.1490. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.

CROQUET & ROSÉ PARTY: On The Artisan Event Lawn, Monday, August 12, 6:00-8:00 pm. New to Croquet? Impressionists Council members will be joining us for tips, tricks, and a little fun as you sip on a glass of Artisan’s Rosé! Tickets include game play on the event lawn, two tickets for beer, wine or soft beverages, and Artisan’s hand crafted hors d’oeuvres. In the case of inclement weather the rain date is August 26. Please register in advance to secure your spot to play. Tickets $25 per person. https://bit.ly/2T2csQZ

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. Streetlight Shakers - Rock/Soul/Blues August 13.

BUILDING HARTFORD: August 13, 6:30pm. With four centuries of human habitation, Hartford is rich in architectural evidence. Every generation left its mark on this highly image-conscious city. This lecture explores Hartford’s architectural grandeur from the 17th century to today, from its historic churches to its shiny reflective glass towers. This is the story of Building Hartford. Illustrated lecture by author, photographer, historian William Hosley. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

HEALTH CAREERS OPEN HOUSE: Tunxis Community College in Farmington will hold a Health Careers Open House on August 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the 700 Building hallway, adjacent to Tunxis Library. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to stop in at any time during the event to learn more about Tunxis healthcare career certificate programs, meet the instructors, and learn about payment options. For more information on the open house and Continuing Education & Workforce Development programs, visit www.tunxis.edu/healthcareers, or call 860.773.1450.

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 14, 7 P.M, “Purple Hibiscus.” Facilitator: Michele Penn, Law Librarian, New Haven Law Library. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

GALLERY TALK: Conrad Ventur and Montezland. Wednesday, August 14, Noon. Multimedia artist Conrad Ventur discusses his collaborative photographs of drag performer Mario Montez on view in Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall. Montez first rose to fame in films by Andy Warhol and Jack Smith. Free with admission. www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., August 17. For more information about the Fern Street Food Ministry, contact: communitybreakfast@westhartforduu.org, foodsharem 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.

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 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

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