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.
HEAL WITH WISDOM: A beginner’s retreat on Emptiness, August 30 — Sept. 1 at Odiyana Buddhist Center, 36 Main Street, East Hartford. All pain and suffering come from not understanding clearly the way things really exist. Because of this misconception, we go about our daily life blaming external objects, difficult situations, other people or our self for problems. This retreat will include teachings, guided meditations, time for discussion and Q & A related to the topic. Cost: $10 per session | $25 Saturday only | $40 for entire retreat. No one turned away for lack of funds. For retreat schedule, visit our website at meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.
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 .
SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM: Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 6:30pm - 8:00pm. This is a great opportunity to learn key conceptsyou need to know beforeapplying for Social Security. Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com Questions? Call 860-561-6990.
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
SCAVENGER HUNT: On Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10:00 am to noon, Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation will host its 12th Annual Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Participants learn about Cedar Hill while deciphering creative clues that direct them around the historic sections of the cemetery. Teams of up to four people each compete in the fun. Prizes (and bragging rights) are awarded to teams who solve the mystery the fastest. The entry fee is $5.00 per person and reservations are required. Please call 860-956-3311 to reserve.Cedar Hill Cemetery is located at 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford. 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 about future programs and events.
PICNIC: Trout Unlimited riverside picnic Saturday, Sept. 7, 10:30 a.m. at the pavilion at Matthies’ Grove in People’s State Forest, Barkhamsted. Activities include demonstrations by special guests, discussion of local conservation efforts and available education programs, stream sampling for aquatic insects and discussions with anglers. Admission and lunch are free and the public is invited. Check www.fvtu.org for details and if weather is uncertain. RSVP to 860-539-7200.
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.
COOKBOOK CLUB: Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford, Monday, Sept. 9, 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Do you enjoy trying new recipes? Do you like tasting new things and discussing them with others? Then come to one of our Cookbook Club events! Register at www.westhartford.librarymarket.com. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.
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., Tuesday, 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 email@example.com.
TALK: Poles in their homeland and Connecticut: History and Culture. Tuesday, 9/10/19, 6:30 pm. Presented by Renata Vickrey, University Archivist and Outreach Librarian at CCSU. A lecture on the history and culture of Poles who emigrated from Poland to the US, from mid-19th century until the present. Food from Little Poland (New Britain) will be served. The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MENTAL HEALTH SERIES: The Avon Library and Avon Senior continue there “Take Care of Yourself: A series of programs and training on mental health” with two programs in September. The events are free, and both will be held at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon. More details on the series can be found at www.avonctlibrary.info. Saturday, Sept. 14, 10:30 am. Trauma Informed Communities. Justine Ginsberg, R.N., will teach us about the following: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s); How trauma affects the brain; Trauma Informed Communities — what does this mean?; What are the components of trauma informed communities and how can we all play a role.
TALK: The Story of American Immigration as told through maps Saturday, 9/14/19, 2:00 pm. Dr. Francis Coan, History Professor at Tunxis, and part of the Civic Engagement Institute on campus, will present the story of American immigration through maps. This is a very visual way to understand how the populations, cultures, and time periods have evolved throughout the geography of America. The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.
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.