Community Events
TODAY, Tue Feb 09, 2016
CROMWELL | Jan 24 to Feb 28
First Congregational Church of Cromwell, Main Street, Sunday services begin with “Praise & Worship” Music at 9:15 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. service includes “Children’s Story” followed by Sunday school to learn to live the Christian life. Fellowship Coffee Hour is at 10:45 a.m. Communion is the first Sunday of the month. Other programs are Youth group events, Men’s/Women’s Bible Study, Men’s breakfast. Join us in Praise & Worship each Sunday. Childcare space is available. For more information, call 860-635-4806 or visit www.fcccromwell.org .
Volunteers Needed to Teach English
NEW BRITAIN | Jan 25 to Feb 29
Are you willing to give an hour each week to help an adult learn to speak English? No experience is necessary. Siena Learning Center in New Britain is seeking adult volunteers who are looking for a way to give back. We provide training and books. Come join us in a warm and welcoming environment and experience the gratification of helping people who want to learn the English language and become participants in the community. Call Sister Virginia at 860-348-0622, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Volunteer Receptionist Needed
NEW BRITAIN | Jan 25 to Feb 29 | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Siena Learning Center in New Britain, which provides a literacy program for adults, is seeking volunteers to help cover their office on Mondays and Thursdays from 4–6 p.m.Please contact Sr. Virginia at 860-348-0622. Duties include answering the phone, making necessary phone calls and greeting clients and tutors.
Cromwell Presidential Primary/Election
CROMWELL | Jan 26 to Apr 26
This is just a reminder that the cut off date for changing parties in order to be eligible to vote in the April 26, 2016, Presidential Primary is Jan. 26 2016. You must be registered in a major party in order to vote in the Presidential Primary. You must be registered as a Republican to vote in the Republican Primary or as a Democrat to vote in the Democratic Primary if there is one. The November Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, which is the second Tuesday of November, not the first Tuesday as usual.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
PORTLAND | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Trinity Church, 345 Main St., Portland, will hold its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 5-7 p.m. The menu will include pancakes (plain or blueberry), with a selection of syrup, fruit toppings, confectioner's sugar, and whipped cream. There will also be bacon, sausage, coffee, tea and dessert. Trinity Church has been offering this dinner in preparation for Lent for more than 40 years. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reservations can be made by calling the parish office at 860-342-0458.
Wed Feb 10, 2016
Prostate Cancer Program
BERLIN | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Hartford HealthCare Senior Services is presenting a free program exploring the myths and facts about prostate cancer Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. The event will be held at Berlin Senior Center, 33 Colonial Drive. Dr. Paul Pyo, urological surgeon, will lead the discussion. Registration is required. To RSVP, call toll-free, 855-442-4373.
Fri Feb 12, 2016
Singing Valentines 
NEWINGTON | Feb 12 to Feb 14
Surprise your sweetheart with a Singing Valentine performed by an authentic barbershop quartet from the Insurance City Chorus. Singing Valentines will be delivered to homes, nursing homes, offices, restaurants or schools in West Hartford/Newington and adjoining towns Friday, Feb. 12, Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14.  A Singing Valentine costs $45 and includes a song sung in barbershop harmony style, a personalized card, chocolates and a rose. To place an order for a Singing Valentine, call 860-985-8008.
WETHERSFIELD | 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
The Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Valentine’s DJ Dance Party, to benefit the Fireworks at the Cove 2016 Fund, Friday, Feb. 12, from 7-11 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Wethersfield Community Center, 30 Greenfield St. BYOE—ice, cups, soda mixers and coffee will be provided. Get your groove on with DJ services provided by Entertainment Unlimited. Teacup raffle, donations wanted! $25 per person. Reserve a table of 6-8 people. For tickets, contact Joe Marrero at josephmarrero@bhhsne.com or 860-306-1235, or visit www.wethersfieldchamber.com .
Sat Feb 13, 2016
Valentines Day Dinner and Dance
NEWINGTON | 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
A Valentine Dinner Dance will be held at Saint Mary School Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7- 11 p.m. in the school gym, 652 Willard Ave., Newington. The evening will feature a buffet with a French flair, including beef bourguignon and chicken piccata as the main dishes. Rounding out the meal will be roasted potatoes, pasta, salad, roasted vegetables and more. Dessert and coffee are included. Guests are invited to bring their own wine or beer. The dance floor will be open all evening with a DJ providing non-stop entertainment. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased before Feb. 10. Call 8600-666-3844 for tickets.
Boy Scout Bottle Drive
NEWINGTON | 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Boy Scout Troop 347 in Newington is raising money for their trip to Washington, D.C., in June. Please bring your bottles and cans to Firehouse No. 1 on Main Street in Newington between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. All proceeds will go directly to our trip, including helping some scouts with scholarships who might not otherwise be able to attend. Call Mitch Page at 860-667-3141 with any questions.
Sun Feb 14, 2016
NEWINGTON | Feb 14 to Mar 13 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Everyone is welcome to join in our lively Lyceum (an open discussion on Spiritualism) led by Pastor Allen Noddin from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Service is held 10:30 a.m.-12 noon(followed by Coffee Hour and Membership Meeting). This Sunday, our lecturer and message medium is Arleen Barlow. Upcoming Services: Feb. 14: Daiva Morales Feb. 28: Risa Rogers; Workshop: Pyramid Energy March 13: Verline Eldridge; Workshop: Hands-on Healing For more information, visit www.newingtonspiritualistchurch.org .
Wed Feb 17, 2016
NEWINGTON | 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
What does it mean to be a Toastmaster? Come meet a few members of Cedar Hill Toastmasters of Newington. They'll inform you about their meetings, their work manuals, and how being a member of Toastmasters has changed their lives. You'll learn about instructions for speaking in front of a group as well as leadership skills useful in the workplace. The free drop-in event will be held at Lucy Robbins Wells Library, 95 Cedar St., Newington, Feb. 17 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Refreshments served. Cedar Hill Toastmasters in Newington is one of many Toastmasters Clubs worldwide. Its purpose is to teach speaking and leadership skills in a supportive and educational environment. Visit www.5520.toastmastersclubs.org .
Lenten Bible Study
BERLIN | 7:00 pm
Lenten Bible Study at Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, begins Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. and will continue for four weeks. Our study is titled “Prayer is a Powerful Weapon” based on the movie War Room. The needed study guide, at the one time cost of $8, is available at our church office. Our free dinner before each Bible session begins at 6 p.m. & includes dessert & beverage. 860-828-6586.
Fri Feb 19, 2016
Beauty and the Beast at CHS
CROMWELL | Feb 19 to Feb 20 | 7:00 pm
Cromwell High School's Music/Drama department is presenting the musical Beauty and the Beast Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20 at Cromwell High, Evergreen Road, Cromwell. Showtime is 7 p.m. each night.  Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. Based on the 1991 film of the same name, which was in turn adapted from the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways, and an adventurous young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. In order to become human again, the Beast must earn Belle's love before it's too late. To order tickets, please call 860-632-4841, ext. 24900. 
Sun Feb 21, 2016
CROMWELL | 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The DeSoto Council #6 of the Knights of Columbus in Cromwell is hosting a bowling fundraiser to benefit the Cromwell Food Bank, Sunday Feb. 21, from 12– 3 p.m. at Bowl-O-Rama in Newington. $20/bowler ($10 kids 12 & under) includes two games, shoes, pizza & soda. Prizes and raffles as well. This is a great family-friendly event to support those in need! Advanced registration is preferred. Please visit www.cromwellkofc.com/charitybowl.htm . Inquiries can be sent to cromwellkofc@yahoo.com .
UNICO Macaroni Dinner
WETHERSFIELD | 11:30 am to 4:00 pm
Wethersfield UNICO presents the 37th Annual “Famous” Macaroni Dinner, Sunday, Feb. 21, from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Wethersfield Community Center on Greenfield Street. Wethersfield UNICO’s all-volunteer staff will offer a meal of macaroni with home-made sauce and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, refreshments and ice cream. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children (12 and under) and can be purchased at the door or from any UNICO member. We will also be selling macaroni dinner t-shirts and cannoli. For more information, please contact Chairman Joe Spinoso at 860-538-8758 or joseph.spinoso@yahoo.com .
Mon Feb 22, 2016
Live Well with Diabetes
NEWINGTON | 9:00 am to 11:30 am
One in four people aged 65+ have diabetes. Are you the one? With the tools and skills to manage the disease, you can live well. A new session of Live Well with Diabetes, a six-week, free and fun program developed by Stanford University, will be offered at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center on Mondays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Feb. 22. Call 860-665-8778 or email srcenter@newingtonct.gov to register.
Mon Feb 29, 2016
Griefshare
WETHERSFIELD | 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Are you or a loved one struggling with the loss of a loved one? Griefshare is a seminar/support group of individuals who understand what you are going through and will help you to find your "new normal" in a safe, accepting and non-judgmental environment. A new 13-week cycle begins Monday, Feb. 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Morgan House at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St., Wethersfield. Call 860-529-1575 ext. 210 with questions or to register.
Tue Mar 01, 2016
Is Your Child Ready for School?
NEWINGTON
Saint Mary School in Newington has created a unique program for 3-year-olds and almost 3-year-olds to start attending a pre-Kindergaten program beginning March 1. If you feel your child is ready for school and some structured learning and socialization, you want to look into this new class, designed for children who may not have been ready for school in September, but are ready now. Rather than waiting for September, this class will give children a chance to get to know the school routine, get a head start on group activities and learning to listed to directions as just a few examples. When they begin pre-K 3 in September, they will be ready to hit the ground running. Children entering this program must be 3 by March 1. Call the school at 860-666-3844 or attend one of our scheduled Open Houses for more information on this new and innovative program. Open Houses are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31, from noon to 2 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Sat Mar 05, 2016
Pasta Dinner and Auction
BERLIN | 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, will hold its all-you-can-eat pasta dinner Saturday, March 5, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and an auction at 6:30 p.m. Adults, $8; kids, $5; & tots (5 & under) are free. All proceeds benefit Christian Educational Programs. For reservations, call 860-828-6586.
Sun Mar 13, 2016
Sunday Afternoon at Mohegan Sun
WETHERSFIELD
Join us for a fun filled day, Sunday, March 13, to Mohegan Sun Casino. $30 per person and receive $30 in vouchers. Round-trip bus transportation from the DOT commuter lot, Wolcott Hill Road, Wethersfield. Bus departs at noon with a 7 p.m return. Benefits The Sunshine Kids. Call Ivana at 860-778-8086.
Thu May 19, 2016
NEWINGTON | 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Newington Parks and Recreation is excited to announce our first annual Motorcycle Madness event to be held on Thursday, May 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mill Pond Park in Newington. Please join us at this new and thrilling event, which will feature hundreds of motorcycles, food and beverage trucks, live music provided by ‘In The Groove’, friendly contests and more! General Admission is $5 or if you want to enter the contests, the Bike Show Contest Entry Fee is $10! The show bikes will be judged for the contest categories which include Perfect Paint, Terrific Tank, Crazy Chrome, Sponsors Choice and one winner will receive the Mayor’s Motorcycle Madness Award! The rain date will be Thursday, May 26. All proceeds go towards the fireworks show at the 35th Annual Extravaganza, held on Saturday, July 16. For more information, call 860-665-8666 or visit www.newingtonct.gov/parksandrec .