Community News For The Colchester Edition

Marijuana Legalization Forum

HARTFORD — Approximately 100 people joined State Rep. Melissa Ziobron, R-34, in the Nathan Hale-Ray High School auditorium, for an open community forum to discuss the potential effects of the legalization of marijuana in Connecticut.

Ziobron moderated the forum, which included a panel comprised of professionals on both sides of the issue. The panel included: Charles Feldmann, Esq. of Feldmann Nagel, LLC, John Daviau of Connecticut Association of Prevention Professionals, Erik Williams of MiNDFUL and Toni McCabe of East Haddam Youth and Family Services.

Those unable to attend the forum who have questions may email Melissa.Ziobron@housegop.ct.gov or call 800-842-1423.

Colchester Woman In Need

COLCHESTER — A 64-year-old Colchester woman with a rare form of leukemia is in need of a stem cell transplant and presently has no match in the national or international banks.

A donor drive took place at The Colchester Federated Church in January, but anyone who could not attend may register at https://www.dkms.org/en and the organization will send a swab kit in the mail.

Vegetarian Society

COLCHESTER — The Vegetarian Society of Eastern Connecticut will host its next monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Jack Jackter Intermediate School, 215 Halls Hill Rd., in Room #79.

A potluck will take place, followed by a presentation by Catherine O'Rourke, R.N., on making informed medical decisions. With her certification in plant-based nutrition, she counsels people about plant-based diets and optimal lifestyle habits.

The fee for the meeting is $7 per adult and free for children 12 years and younger. Attendees are asked to bring a vegan or vegetarian dish to share and are not required to be active vegetarians. Organizers ask that guests bring utensils, place settings and beverages, along with a list of ingredients and the recipe used.

For more information, call 860 537-7297, email parksandrec@ colchesterct.gov or visit vegsocietyofeasternct.com.

The Year of Harry Potter

COLCHESTER — On Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. the Cragin Memorial Library is hosting a an all-ages book discussion on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For further information, call the Library at 860-537-5752.

Jekyll & Hyde

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Community Theatre will present Jekyll & Hyde in February, at Bacon Academy High School Auditorium, 611 Norwich Ave.

Performance dates are 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children, ages 12 and younger. Preferred seating tickets (a maximum of 50 each performance) are available for $25 each. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. All ticket sales are final.

Online ticket sales (credit card only) are available through ShowTix4U. In-person ticket sales (cash and check only) will be available at Copies Plus between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 31 Halls Hill Road.

Credit card sales by phone will be available through CCT by calling 860-462-1077. Leave a name and phone number and calls will be returned within 24 hours. Tickets will be available at the door on performance days, subject to availability.

Colchester Community Theatre is selling advertisement space in the show program and offering sponsorships that may include free tickets and preferred seating. All monies raised are used to offset the cost of the costume rentals, sets and props construction.

For sponsorship or advertising information, contact Producer Donna Brown at 860-639-9315.

In case of inclement weather, call 860-462-1077 for updates. For additional information, visit www.colchestercommunitytheatre.com.

Parks And Rec

COLCHESTER — Colchester Parks and Recreation is offering the following winter session classes. Register online at www.colchesterct.gov/rec or call 860-537-7297 with questions.

Zumba for ages 16 and older will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, from Feb. 28 through April 4, for six weeks. Cost to attend is $36 per resident and $46 per non-resident.

Start Smart Multi-Sport for ages three to five will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, from March 6 through April 17, at the CES Gym. The program runs for six weeks and parent participation is required. Cost is $40 per resident and $60 per non-resident.

Little Dragons, for children ages five to six years old, will help children develop more focus during structured activities. The class will meet for five weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays, from Feb. 13 through March 15, from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. Cost to attend is $40 per resident and $60 per non-resident.

New Barre Fitness will take place for six weeks, from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 22 to March 29 and/or Fridays, Feb. 24 to March 31. No dance experience is needed and the class is for all fitness levels. The class will take place at the Colchester Academy of Dance in Noel's Plaza, 15 Broadway. Cost to attend is $45 per resident and $65 per non-resident.

Kindergarten Story Time

COLCHESTER — Colchester Elementary School, 315 Halls Hill Road, will host kindergarten storytime for 4- and 5-year-old Colchester children who will be entering kindergarten during the 2017-18 school year. Children will listen to books read by kindergarten teachers, while parents learn about the registration process, the curriculum and more. A Q&A period will be available at each session.

The children's program will be held each month from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the CES Media Center. No pre-registration is required. Storytime will take place on the following Tuesdays: March 6, April 3, and May 8.

Students Donate To Charity

COLCHESTER — Jack Jackter Intermediate students in the JACKTER (Jackter Arts and Crafts Kids: Teaming, Encouraging, Recycling) Production Company are doing a great deed with the profits from their business.

The student entrepreneur group, directed by teachers Jennifer Totten and Helen Desrochers, are making and selling crafts to the community. At a recent school concert, JACKTER sold crafts and earned enough money to donate half of the proceeds to a charity of their choice, keeping the other half to invest back into supplies. The students chose the Connecticut Humane Society after seeing the need on their website.

Chocolate And Romance

COLCHESTER — Kim Larkin, from Klassic Kreations Gourmet, presents Mighty Aphrodite: Pairing Chocolate and Romance, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave. Space is limited for this free event. Registration is required.

Larkin will talk about romantic dynamic duos throughout history, the history of chocolate, poetry and more. Samples of reputed aphrodisiac foods, including dark chocolate, will be offered.

For additional info, contact the library at 860-537-5752.

Jazz & Wine

SOUTH WINDSOR — Quintessential, a student-organized and directed jazz combo of five from the Hebron RHAM High School, for Friday Night at The Wood: Jazz & Wine, taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Wood Memorial Library, 783 Main St. The snowdate is Saturday, Jan. 28.

Quintessential gives their own flair to the jazz classics of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and other greats. The talented band members from local towns include Garrett Masotti on piano, Olivia Knightly on bass, Jacob Ouellette on drums, Aaron Ouellette on trumpet, and Paul Tamburro on trombone.

Cassidy Hill Vineyard, a local Coventry winery, will provide a sampling of their well-rated wines for tasting. Light refreshments will be served.This event is for adults only. Pre-registration is required. The fee for this event is $15 per person or $25 per couple, payable in advance to Wood. Payment can be made by cash, check, Visa or MC.

To register, call 860-289-1783 or visit the library on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Start Smart Parent Meeting

COLCHESTER — Colchester Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for preschool start smart multi-sport where children rotate through four stations and skills become more challenging each week. Register online colchesterct.gov/rec or call 860-537-7297.

Cragin Memorial Library

COLCHESTER — The Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., is offering Game On Game Club on Wednesdays, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., for children in grades 3-5. Call 860-537-7201 for details.

2017 Calendars

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Historical Society 2017 calendars are filled with historic Images of Colchester's inns, hotels and resorts. The Colchester Historical Society 2017 Calendars may be purchased locally at Colchester Parks and Recreation office, Copies Plus, Cragin Memorial Library, Louie's Seafood Market, Mark's United Auto Parts, Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques and Tim's Bistro.

Calendars may be ordered and sent by mail. To have your calendar mailed, please send a check for $14.50 to: Colchester Historical Society, Box 13, Colchester, CT 06415 or place an order via email mail@colchesterhistory.org or by phone, 860-537-3588.

Westchester Congregational Church

COLCHESTER — Westchester Congregational Church, 449 Westchester Road, Route 149, has announced the upcoming schedule. Adult Bible Studies, led by Pastor Ron, meet every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Gospel of Matthew is the point of discussion for the advent season.

Gentle Yoga Classes

EAST HAMPTON — The Middlesex YMCA and the East Hampton Senior Center are offering a Gentle Yoga Class. This will be an eight week course every Monday at 1:45 p.m. Perfect for all levels and is a great way to relax from head to toe. The class includes sitting and standing yoga moves that are directed by a Certified YMCA Instructor. Classes are $5 per class or $40 for the 8 week session. Payment due at sign up or each session you attend. If you are a YMCA member or have Silver Sneakers with your insurance, the classes are free. For more information call 860-267-4426.

Meals On Wheels Volunteers

EAST HAMPTON — East Hampton Senior Center and Community Renewal Team are in need of volunteers to deliver meals. At 11:30 a.m. the meals are delivered to the senior center at 105 Main St. and are then disbursed to the volunteers who will then deliver them to Homebound Seniors within town. If you are interested in volunteering, call JoAnn at 860-267-4426.

East Hampton Senior Center

EAST HAMPTON — East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St., now has current events, trips and lunch menus detailed at easthamptonct.gov.

The Middlesex YMCA and the senior center are offering a gentle yoga class that started on Monday, Jan. 2, at 1:45 p.m. The 8-week course includes yoga moves that are directed by a Certified YMCA Instructor. Classes are $5 per class.

The Senior Center is selling a cookbook, with proceeds going to the senior center. Purchase the cookbook at the Senior Center for $10 during business hours. Call 860-267-4426 for details.

Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter energy assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

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