Community Events
TODAY, Tue Dec 01, 2015
Service Award Nominations Sought
WETHERSFIELD | Nov 11 to Dec 29
The Wethersfield chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian-American service organization in the country, is seeking nominations for its “Medaglia di Servizio” Service Award. The 5th annual event will be held in March honoring those that represent UNICO’s motto of “Service Above Self”. Include why you feel this person deserves the award along with your contact information. Nominations can be sent to Wethersfield UNICO, P.O. Box, 290370, Wethersfield, CT, 06129-0370, or to . Deadline for nominations is Dec. 29.
Zacharys Table
WETHERSFIELD | Nov 16 to Dec 15 | 5:00 pm
Zachary's Table, a free community pasta dinner, will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 371 Wolcott Hill Rd., Wethersfield starting at 5 p.m. Transportation can be arranged by calling 860-721-9080 any time. All are welcome.
Free Soup to Those in Need
ROCKY HILL | Nov 19 to Dec 31 | 9:00 pm
During the holiday season, there are so many people in need and food banks can’t always fill that need. That is why through Dec. 31, Town Line Diner in Rocky Hill will be offering free soup after 9 p.m. to those in need.
Wethersfield adult residents who want to pursue a GED, Credit Diploma or National External Diploma courses to complete their education may do so free of charge through Wethersfield Adult Education. All new students must attend an Orientation session. Register for the Dec. 1 orientation at or call 860-870-6060. The next semester of classes at Wethersfield High School begins in January.
Coffee with the Mayor
WETHERSFIELD | Dec 01 to Dec 03 | 7:00 am to 9:00 am
Join Wethersfield Mayor Montinieri and other councilors Dec. 1 at Wethersfield Diner, 718 Silas Deane Highway, from 7 to 9 a.m. for Coffee with the Mayor. Join Mayor Montinieri and other councilors on Dec. 3 at Old Town Cafe, Main Street, handicapped accessible, also from 7 - 9 a.m.
Thu Dec 03, 2015
Newington EDC Holiday Event
NEWINGTON | 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
The Newington Economic Development Commission will host a holiday event to celebrate the town’s business community and offer a unique networking opportunity Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Portuguese Club of Hartford, 730 North Mountain Rd. The EDC will present the town’s Business of the Year award and plans to recognize other long-standing businesses in town. Nominations for both awards are encouraged. Admission is free. An RSVP is requested, but not required. For nominations, information, or to RSVP, contact Craig Minor, Newington Town Planner, at 860-665-8575 or .
Fri Dec 04, 2015
Project Grad “Shop ’till You Drop”
CROMWELL | 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cromwell High School’s Project Safe Graduation is hosting its second annual Shop ‘til You Drop event Friday, Dec. 4, at Woodside Intermediate School, 30 Woodside Rd., Cromwell from 5 to 9 p.m. This event will feature T-shirts, gifts, jewelry, accessories and holiday items for adults and children. Parking and admission are free. This event promises to offer unique gifts for the holiday season. The CHS Safe Graduation Committee sponsors fundraising activities to provide a safe graduation celebration for graduating seniors. For more information, contact .
“Shop ’til You Drop” Vendors Wanted
CROMWELL | 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Vendors and crafters are wanted for Shop ‘til You Drop, an evening shopping event sponsored by Cromwell High School’s Project Safe Graduation. Scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4, at Woodside Intermediate School from 5 to 9 p.m., this event will feature gifts, jewelry, skin care, accessories and holiday items. Cost for an 8-foot space is $45. For information or an application, contact . Deadline for applications is Nov. 20.
Sat Dec 05, 2015
Calling All Crafters!
Church of the Holy Trinity's Holiday Fair Saturday, Dec. 5, is fast approaching. We are looking for crafters of all kinds. The fee is $35 for a 6-foot table. We are located on Main Street in Middletown, and there are lots of shoppers out and about participating in the Holiday on Main Street activities, so you are sure to get a good crowd to peruse your wares! Please contact the church office at 860-347-2591 or to get an application form. We are limited to about 40 crafters, so first come, first served.
Hilltop Church Cookie Walk
CROMWELL | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
The sixth annual Cookie Walk will be held at Hilltop Covenant Church, 82 Hicksville Rd., Cromwell, Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m.-noon. You’ll be greeted at the entrance by friendly elves. Enter the seasonally decorated sanctuary and stroll down the center aisle, which will be lined with dozens and dozens of homemade cookies and other baked goods, craft items, and gift baskets available for purchase. Enjoy a complimentary cup of hot cider or coffee. Questions? Call 860-635-4032.
Woodrow Wilson Craft Fair
MIDDLETOWN | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Middletown is hosting it’s annual Craft Fair Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m The event will support the Wilson sports program. Admission is free, food and raffles will be available. Jewelry, baskets, wooden toys, dog treats and more. Vendor spaces still available. If interested, call 860-347-8594.
Church of Christ Cookie Walk
| 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Church of Christ Cookie Walk
Church of Christ, Congregational, 1075 Main St., Newington, will host a Cookie Walk Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Select from a huge variety of homemade cookies and treats! We will fill a box with your selections for $14. Most will be perfect to freeze for the holidays.
Rocky Hill UMC Holiday Fair
ROCKY HILL | 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Rocky Hill United Methodist Church, 623 Old Main St., will hold its annual Holiday Fair Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Handmade gifts & crafts, baked goods & candy, Grandma's Attic, snack bar & luncheon. Santa arrives at 11 a.m.! 860-529-2442.
MHS Project Grad Acution
Middletown High School Project Graduation is sponsoring a goods and services auction Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Italian Society, 72 Court St., Middletown. This event raises money of rate MHS Safe Graduation Party, a substance-free graduation party free to all graduating seniors. Any donation is appreciated, such as gift certificates, tickets to sporting events/theater, handcrafted items or donation of services. Please send or drop off your donation by Nov. 20 to MHS Project Grad, attn: Olivia Hornberger, 200 LaRosa Ln., Middletown, CT 06457 or email to coordinate a pick up or for questions.
Sun Dec 06, 2015
NEWINGTON | 4:00 pm
Church of Christ, Congregationa, 1075 Main St., Newington, will host Christmas by Candlelight Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. Choral music by Willcocks, Vaughan Williams, Schubert, Gjeilo, and more. Senior, junior, handbell choirs, soloists, chamber orchestra. Free-will offering and reception. For information, visit or call 860-666-4689.
Tue Dec 08, 2015
NAMI-CT Meeting
NEWINGTON | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Newington, CT Affiliate Join our monthly Family and Friends meeting for a community update on the status of mental health legislative advocacy issues in Connecticut and Washington D.C. The discussion will be very timely due to current state budget issues and the two mental health bills currently being debated in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.  Our expert speaker will be Daniela Giordano, Public Policy Director of NAMI-CT.  The meeting will be held Dec. 8 from 7-9 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Newington Senior Center at 120 Cedar St., Newington. For more information, call Pat O’Konis at 860-666-2751.
Thu Dec 10, 2015
Holiday Vendor Night
WETHERSFIELD | 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Emerson-Williams PTO will host a special holiday Vendor Night at the school Thursday, Dec. 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is open to the public; admission is free. The school is located at 461 Wells Rd., Wethersfield.
Fri Dec 11, 2015
WETHERSFIELD | Dec 11 to Dec 13 | 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Kick off your Christmas season at the “Night of Joy!” concerts at Wethersfield Evangelical Free Church, 511 Maple St. Concerts are Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 12, at 4 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. This year we feature many of our best in-house musicians including soloists, the WEFC band, as well as adult and kids choirs. The evening is topped off with a reception complete with delicious holiday treats. Admission is free, however, tickets are required. Call 860-563-8286 or visit . We will be accepting monetary donations for our Hands Open Wide food pantry.
Sat Dec 12, 2015
MIDDLETOWN | 12:00 pm
The Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is helping Wreaths Across America, an national effort to lay wreaths at the graves of veterans each year during the holiday season. You are invited to join us at noon on Dec. 12 for ceremonies at the Middletown Veterans Cemetery (CTMVCM) and at the Col. Raymond Gates Memorial Cemetery in Rocky Hill (CTCRGR). Please sponsor a wreath for $15 (buy 2 get 1 free). For more information, contact or . Use group code CT0016 and cemetery code above while making a donation.
Sun Dec 13, 2015
Festival of Lessons and Carols
ROCKY HILL | 4:00 pm
The St. James Music Ministry and Lectors are sponsoring a “Festival of Lessons and Carols” Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. at 767 Elm St., Rocky Hill. “Lessons and Carols” is an hour long service of nine short Scripture readings, which recount the fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol and brief prayer. Refreshments will be served.
SMWC Christmas Banquet
St. Mary Women’s Club will hold its annual Christmas Banquet Sunday, Dec. 13, at 12 noon at Portofino’s Restaurant, 246 New Britain Rd., Kensington. The $22 cost includes salad, pasta, dinner (choice of stuffed sole, stuffed chicken or veal Napolitano), dessert and coffee!  Please call Vicki at 860-667-2963 by Wednesday, Dec. 9, to reserve your place.  Also, please remember to bring a new stuffed animal to be donated to a hospitalized child. Thank you.
Mon Dec 28, 2015
Give a meaningful gift this holiday season. On Dec. 28, from 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m., the American Red Cross will be holding a Blood Drive at CenterPoint Community Church, 840 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield. To schedule your appointment, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767); visit , or contact Pastor Chris Skowronek at 860-571-8415. Walk-ins are welcome and encouraged to attend.