Community Events
TODAY, Tue Oct 13, 2015
Need to File Taxes?
HARTFORD | Jun 19 to Nov 17
For those who need to file tax returns for 2014 or previous years, the Community Renewal Team is offering assistance. Every Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., a certified tax assistant will be completing state and federal income tax returns at the CRT Multi-Service Center, 330 Market St., Hartford. The free service is offered through Nov. 17. Call 860-560-5149 for an appointment and a list of documents to bring with you.
Rocky Hill Youth Theatre
ROCKY HILL | Aug 24 to Oct 14 | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
The Rocky Hill Parks and Recreation Youth Theatre will be having sign-ups for the musical Grease. Students in Grades 3-12 are invited to participate. Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. from Aug. 24-Oct. 14. Tuesday, Oct. 13, and Thursday, Oct. 15 will be dress rehearsals. Performances are Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. All rehearsals and performances will be at the Rocky Hill Community Center. Fee: $100. Auditions Aug. 3 & 5 at 6:30 p.m. Call 860-563-3471 or 860-258-2726 for more information.
| Sep 15 to Oct 31
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the largest free, volunteer–run tax preparation program in the nation with more than 35,000 volunteers serving more than 2.6 million taxpayers at more than 6000 sites nationally. Our teams of volunteers give a few hours each week during the tax season to help low-moderate income taxpayers prepare and file their federal and state tax returns ensuring that they receive the tax credits and deductions they deserve! We have a variety of positions from greeters to counselors and electronic return originators just to name a few. Our sites operate weekdays during the tax season and while personal tax return preparation is helpful, training is provided. To learn more, please visit . Once your registration is received a volunteer in your area will contact you to discuss the program and answer any questions you may have.
| Oct 01 to Oct 20
The Health District offers preservative-free vaccine to anyone ages 4 years and older, no residency requirements. There are 2 types of vaccination: nasal spray vaccine (available to any healthy person age 4 through 49) or injectable vaccine. Your participation in these clinics helps us to be prepared and test our plans for a public health emergency. Participants are asked to wear short sleeves or loose-sleeved clothes to the clinic according to the following schedule: Berlin Community Center, 230 Kensington Road, Berlin: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. – noon; Thursday, Oct. 15, 2:30 – 6 p.m. Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., Newington: Friday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. – noon; Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2:30 – 6 p.m. Rocky Hill Community Center, 55 Church St., Rocky Hill: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. – noon; Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2:30 – 6 p.m. Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield: Thursday, Oct. 1, 9 am – noon; Thursday, Oct. 8, 2:30 – 6 p.m. We bill all Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA Healthcare, ConnectiCare, Healthy CT and Medicare Part B insurances. For all others, the cost is $25 cash. Participants must bring their ID card from one of these plans to the clinic to receive their flu vaccination at no charge. No one will be denied vaccination for flu because of an inability to pay. Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield residents who are homebound may call the Health District at 860-721-2818 to arrange for a home visit. A recorded message with Health District clinic dates is also available by calling 860-721-2822 and choosing option 1. Information and forms will be available at the clinic and .
WETHERSFIELD | Oct 05 to Oct 21
A call to artists to submit their new work for our juried 2015 Fine Art Competition at Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, Wethersfield.  Deadline for registration and submission of work is Sept. 15.  Art exhibition from Oct. 5 – 21.  Best of Show award is $1,000.  Other monetary awards for Best Botanical, Best Drawing, Best Landscape, Best Portrait, Best Still Life, Best Youth.  For details, go to ; email or call 860-436-9857.
GFWC: Newington/Wethersfield Womens Club
NEWINGTON | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
We welcome all women in our area to join us at our New Comers Tea Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Newington Senior Center on Cedar Street. We are a non-profit community service organization. Come discover all the projects that we are involved in. Our club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Newington Senior Center. Our social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and our meetings start at 7. Dr. William McEvoy will be our guest speaker at our October meeting. His topic will be “Secrets to Healthy Living.”
Thu Oct 15, 2015
Fig Yoga Classes
Ready for a new twist on Yoga? Come gather under the FIG Tree for some yoga in authentic community. FIG Yoga, named after Newton (“Fig”) Campbell, allows you to experience peace, strength, grace, and freedom in body, mind and spirit. All levels ages 12 and older are welcome. Dori Sargent recently completed her training in this specialized style of yoga and is now a certified instructor. She will be teaching a six-week class on Thursday evenings beginning Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at CenterPoint Community Church, 840 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield, in the Marcus Insurance Building. Registration is required. Call Dori at 860-559-7737.
Arthritis Lunch & Learn
NEWINGTON | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Jefferson House,1 John H. Stewart Dr., Newington, will present a Lunch & Learn program Thursday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m., focusing on arthritis and joint replacement. Guest speaker Dr. Mark Shekhman will provide an overview of arthritis and innovative approaches to joint replacement care and surgical options. A complimentary lunch will be served.
Sat Oct 17, 2015
NHS 1969-72 Reunion
NEWINGTON | 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
NHS Classes of 1969-1972 will be having a combined reunion Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Marriott, Day Hill Road, Windsor, from 7 p.m.-midnight. Cost is $65 per person. No tickets sold at the door. Any NHS classes of that era are welcome to attend. For further information, visit Facebook @ Newington High School Reunion: CLasses 1969-1972 or call Sue Ginn Tine at 860-667-0763. Class of '72 is holding a raffle for a memorial scholarship for the Class of 2016.
Incarnation Pasta Dinner
Incarnation Church in Wethersfield is having a Pasta Dinner Saturday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in the church hall, 544 Prospect St., Wethersfield. Entertainment by John Paolillo, singer/guitarist. Cost: $10/adults, $5/children. Friends and guests welcome. Reservations in advance only by Oct. 13. Call Laura at 860-721-8284.
ROCKY HILL | 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Performance artist Kandie Carle will portray the fashion, life, and etiquette as an Edwardian Lady in “Downton Abbey Tea” Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Rocky Hill High School. Presented by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Connecticut Affiliate. Tickets are $35 (pre-sale only) which includes performance and light afternoon tea served with sandwiches, scones and desserts. For questionsm email anita or . For registration, visit . Bring your own tea cup. Prizes awarded to best hat and best dressed! All proceeds to benefit AAFCS/CT Scholarship Fund.
Organ Dedication Concert
NEWINGTON | 5:00 pm
The public is invited to attend a free concert Saturday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. to dedicate the new Rodgers 599 Artist Series digital organ recently installed at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 183 Church St., Newington. The featured performer will be Rodgers organ representative John Rose, organ virtuoso and professor of music at Trinity College in Hartford. He will be joined by Holy Spirit Music Director David Dyson in a few works for violin and organ.
Boating Safety Class
ROCKY HILL | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a class about boating safely at Rocky Hill Town Hall, 761 Old Main St., Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Taught by qualified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members. This 8-hour, beginner boating class and test qualifies a participant to obtain a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate, which anyone must obtain to legally operate any size boat with a motor in Connecticut waters. Course textbooks will be provided. Students should bring a lunch, pencil and pen. Those who successfully finish will receive a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Certificate of Completion. The cost is $65 for individuals, $55 for each additional family member taking the class at the same time and $40 for military members, who must have identification to show the class instructor. Pre-registration is required. Call 860-910-9013 or email .
Cromwell Registrar of Voters
CROMWELL | 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Town of Cromwell Registrar of Voters will be holding a special registration session Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 41 West St. for anyone wishing to become a voter and anyone needing to make changes to their existing registration.
Cub Scout Bottle Drive
NEWINGTON | 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Pack 345 of Newington is conducting a bottle and can drive Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Cub Scouts will be collecting returnable bottles and cans in the St. Mary school parking on Willard Avenue to help support the costs of their activities such as camping, museum visits and other outings. They will also be collecting old and worn out American flags that need to be retired.
Sun Oct 18, 2015
Antique Appraisal Fair
NEWINGTON | 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Newington Historical Society and Trust will hold its Antique Appraisal Fair Sunday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Kellogg Eddy House, 679 Willard Ave. Limit four items per person, $5 per item. Photographs, $5 per item. No written appraisals will be issued. Bring your furniture, art, jewelry, clocks, textiles, ceramics, literature, toys, ironware, etc. For more information, call 860-666-7118.
Mikey’s Place 5K
On Sunday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m., the 16th Annual Mikey’s Place 5K Family Run, Walk & Roll will take place to benefit the preservation of the wheelchair accessible playground built in memory of Michael James Daversa. Mikey passed away just before his third birthday from the neuromuscular disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. In the Fall of 2000, hundreds of community volunteers united to help the Daversa/Huffman families construct the 25,000 square foot playground designed for children of all abilities. This year’s participants will be helping to continue a scholarship fund with Wethersfield’s Dollars for Scholars program which was created in 2003. All individuals are invited to participate in this wonderful community event. The Run, Walk and Roll will begin at Mikey’s Place on Garden Street in Old Wethersfield. It is a flat course suitable for wheelchair participants. There is an entry fee, however, runners and walkers are being asked to take pledges. The entry fee is waived for any entrant who raises a minimum of $15 in pledges. Registration will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Hanmer School Gym. There will be division awards and a professional timing service will be on hand to record times at the finish line. New this year, there will be online registration at or search for Mikey’s Place on Facebook! If you would like to volunteer to help on the day of the race or to obtain a pledge form, please contact the Daversas at 860-529-2711 or . Pledge forms are also available at Village Pizza, Premier Cleaners, Shop-Rite Hardware, The Run In, Mikey’s Place, as well as via Facebook.
Professional Pianist/Entertainer
BERLIN | 2:00 pm
Linda Wentz will be preforming a free piano concert on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. at Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, Berlin. Linda is a master of improvisation with dazzling renditions of favorite songs in her “The Way We Were” concert. A free-will offering will be accepted during the concert.
CONN-MEN A Capella
BERLIN | 4:00 pm
The CONN-MEN from the University of Connecticut A Capella Chorus will perform at the Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St., Berlin, Sunday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. The group has been recognized by the Contemporary A Capella Society as one of the best collegiate groups in the country. Free-will offering; childcare provided; reception to follow.
Church Sunday Service
BERLIN | Oct 18 to Oct 25 | 10:00 am
At Berlin Congregational Church service begins at 10 a.m. with full communion every first Sunday of the month. Our Communion Circle is at 9:45 a.m. all the other Sunday mornings. Our church features a staffed nursery & the building is handicap accessible. Please join us at 878 Worthington Ridge, Berlin. 86-828-6586.
Thu Oct 22, 2015
Tag and Treasure Sale
HARTFORD | Oct 22 to Oct 24
Avery Heights Auxiliary, 705 New Britain Ave., Hartford, will hold its semi-annual Tag & Treasure Sale Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22, 23 and 24. Hours: Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 Bag Sale Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Women's clothing, handbags, lingerie, men's clothing, linens, furniture, household items, small appliances, crafts, pictures, books, elegant elephant items and more. Look for the maroon canopy. Shop in our new display area at canopy entrance for clothing boutique and jewelry.
Sat Oct 24, 2015
South Catholic High School
The South Catholic High School Class of 1965 will hold its 50th reunion Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Farmington Country Club. Seeking updated contact information on all classmates. For further details or information, please email or call Ray at 860-563-4820.
Vendors, Craft Artists Wanted
Grace Episcopal Church – Newington will be holding its annual Fall Fair Saturday, Oct. 24, in the church hall located at 124 Maple Hill Ave., Newington. Vendor spaces are $35 for an 8-foot table. For more information, please contact L. Belyea at 860-666-3959.
WETHERSFIELD | Oct 24 to Oct 25 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will offer an up-close and creepy examination of all things macabre during their annual Witches and Tombstones Tours Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for the 90-minute tour is $13 per person. Space is limited and reservations are strongly advised. *Please note - Witches and Tombstones Tours include walking on uneven ground and the use of stairs. For more information, visit or call 860-529-0612 and like at .
Rocky Hill Country Fair
ROCKY HILL | 9:00 pm
Come to the Country Fair Saturday, Oct. 24, starting at 9 a.m. at Rocky Hill Congregational Church, UCC, 805 Old Main St. Featuring Snack Shack, Candy Shoppe, Silent Auction (closes at 2 p.m.), Sew Country, Quilt Raffle, Jewelry Boutique, Mainly Media, tea room (opens at 11 a.m.), Holiday House, Out of the Attic, Face Painting, Farmer’s Market and Bake Shoppe. Also “save the date” Saturday, Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m. to reserve tickets to our Country Dinner & Quilt Raffle Drawing!Please call 860-529-4167.
Cromwell Democrat Meet & Greet
CROMWELL | 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Please join the Cromwell Democratic candidates as we introduce ourselves to you, our Cromwell residents at a complimentary breakfast Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9-11 a.m. at the Theresa A. Rook Retirement Community Social Hall, 501 Rook Rd. Enjoy good food and conversation and let us know what you are thinking as we enter the Nov. 3 election process. Reserve your spot for the free event by contacting Shirley at 860-365-0871 or .
Pork Roast Dinner/Harvest Fest
MIDDLETOWN | 4:00 pm
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1055 Randolph Rd., Middletown, will be hosting a Pork Roast Dnner & Harvest Fest Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at 4 p.m. Kids’ activities & hay wagon ride and a bonfire at 7 p.m. Dinner donation: $10 adults; $5 kids 5-12; free for kids under 5. Proceeds to benefit youth attending National Youth Gathering 2016. For tickets, contact Lydia Asante or Kerry Hart at 860-346-2641 or .
Sun Oct 25, 2015
Fight Like a Girl
WETHERSFIELD | 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Amanti Salon, 1281 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield, will be holding a “fight for the cure” styling event Oct. 25, from 12-4 p.m. featuring $10 pink hair extensions, $15 washes and blowouts and $15 curls with pink glitter spray. The Wethersfield Fire Department will be filling a boot for the event and there will be raffle prizes from local businesses. Curls and blowouts must be pre-booked by calling 860-257-1700. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Mon Oct 26, 2015
Mens Garden Club
The Men's Garden Club of Wethersfield will meet Monday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. in the Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield. Arborist Bruce Graver of Graver's Tree Care will speak about tree and shrub pruning. Please bring your pruning questions. The talk is free and open to the public. For information, call Jim at 860-529-0876.
Tue Oct 27, 2015
Bullying Awareness Program
WETHERSFIELD | 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
“If I Could Have a Do-over: A Father’s Hard-Earned Lessons About Cyberbullying, Depression and Suicide,” presented by John Halligan, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Silas Deane Middle School Auditorium. Parents will be empowered with strategies to take preventative actions with their own children. For more information, call 860-571-8300.
Sat Oct 31, 2015
NEWINGTON | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cedar Mountain Church, 207 Deming St., Newington, will hold a free Trunk or Treat event Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m., featuring family fun, candy and games. For more information, visit .
Sun Nov 01, 2015
The Three Sopranos Concert
ROCKY HILL | 4:00 pm
St. Andrew's Church of Rocky Hill will present an operatic concert Sunday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. Sopranos Joy O'Sullivan, Julie Duggan and Theresa Pilz will be singing selections from Vivaldi, Andrew Lloyd Webber and other composers, as well as three versions of “Ave Maria.” The concert is free, but a free-will offering is accepted. For information, contact or 860-810-6521.
Sat Nov 07, 2015
Vendor Space Available
MIDDLETOWN | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Trinity Church will host its annual Vendor Sale Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be African jewelry, a silent auction, bake sale, and White Elephant. For vendor space please contact Alicia at 860-982-5416 or . Several other churches and organizations will hold holiday events on this same day. To be included on a combined map please contact Marjorie at 860-342-2417 or .
Craft Space Available
PORTLAND | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Trinity Church, 345 Main St., Portland, will host it's annual Holiday Craft and Vendor Sale Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be African jewelry, silent auction, bake sale, and White Elephant. For craft space, contact Alicia at 860-982-5416 or . Several other churches and organizations will hold Holiday events on this same day. To be included on a combined map please contact Marjorie at 860-342-2417 or .
Sun Nov 08, 2015
Jamie’s Run, a 5K benefitting the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, will be held Nov. 8, at 9 a.m. in Standish Park in Old Wethersfield. Runners, walkers and kids of all ages can join in to help raise money for childhood cancer research at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at an event being held in honor of baby Jamie Lynne Knotts. In addition to a 5K Run, Charity Walk and Kid’s Fun Run, there will be music, giveaways, bounce houses, games, face painting, tattoos, vendor and charity booths, and refreshments for the whole family. To Register, visit or . Registration is $28 for adults, $19 for students, $9 for the Kid’s Fun Run. The 5K and walk begin at 9 a.m. with the Kids' Fun Run starting at 10 a.m. For more information or to be a sponsor, contact Kurt Knotts at 860-614–5045 or .
Wed Nov 11, 2015
Cromwell Honors Veterans
CROMWELL | 11:00 am
The Town of Cromwell will honor residents who have served or who are currently serving in the armed forces in its annual Veterans Day Program, Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Cromwell Town Hall, 41 West St. and will be followed by a buffet luncheon. The Town’s recognition of its servicemen and veterans is held annually and commemorates the date and time in 1918 that the armistice ending World War I took effect. Town residents who have served, or who are currently serving, in the armed forces are invited to attend. For more information contact Commander Lou Gagnon of the American Legion Post in Cromwell at 860-982-1565 or Richard Anderson at 860-785-4371.
Sat Nov 14, 2015
St. John’s Craft Fair
NEW BRITAIN | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
The St. John's Ladies Guild will hold their annual craft fair Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church Hall, 33 Newington Ave., New Britain. Bring your friends, have lunch and get your holiday shopping done early! There are many vendors with beautiful crafts to sell! Free admission! For more information, please call 860-827-0433 or 860-628-8362.
CROMWELL | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Central Connecticut Community Women’s Club (formerly he Cromwell Junior Women’s Club) is looking for crafters for its 41st Annual Holiday Craft Fair held Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit or contact us at . The Club's Annual Holiday Craft Fair is a successful event held at the Cromwell Middle School.
Sat Nov 21, 2015
WHS Fruit Sale
WETHERSFIELD | Nov 21 to Nov 22
The Wethersfield High School Instrumental Music Boosters annual fruit sale has begun. Band, orchestra, and color guard students will be selling oranges and grapefruit in October. All profits will benefit the music program. The fruit is purchased from a well-known and established fruit company in Florida, and is fresh, ripe and juicy. Prices range from $21 to $35. If you would like to place an order, please call Terri Hrdy at 860-563-2387 or email . Fruit orders can be picked up at the Silas Deane Middle School Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sun Nov 29, 2015
Christmas Craft Fair
NEWINGTON | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
St. Mary Women’s Club in Newington is looking for crafters and vendors for its annual Christmas Craft Fair Sunday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call Joanne Andrews at 860-666-8927 to reserve your space or for more information.
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.
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.