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EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St., is offering the following events. For more information, visit www.easthamptonct.gov or call 860-267-4426.

Transportation applications are available at the East Hampton Senior Center. Please allow two weeks for the application to be processed, prior to scheduling a ride. If you need a ride to the doctor, grocery shopping, hairdresser or barber, or activities at the senior center, please call the MAT Transit Authority in Middletown at 860-347-3313, 48 hours in advance to reserve your seat. Cost per ride is $3.50.

The Senior Community Café, sponsored by CRT, Community Renewal Team, will be serving meals Monday-Friday. Call 860-267-4426 at least 24 hours in advance or stop in to sign up for meals.

Upcoming Trips and Events: Payment for trips and events are due at signing, except for $3 Senior Van Donation. Exact change please.

Muffins for the Mind: Monday, Feb. 26, starting at 11 a.m. Spend an hour sharpening your brain with riddles, puzzles, trivia, and hidden figures. Coffee and tea will be offered, along with muffins provided by the Marlborough Health and Rehab Center. Sign up in activity book.

February Birthday Bash: Monday, Feb. 26, starting at noon. If you were born in the month of February, let the center know and lunch, cake and ice cream is complimentary. Guests are asked to sign up with the CRT Café Manager, Janet. Hot dogs and beans served with sauerkraut will be the menu. A $2.50 donation is asked to be paid the day of the lunch for non-February birthday attendees.

Learn American Mahjong: The East Hampton Senior Center is offering instructional classes for adults 60 and over on how to play American Mahjong. The class will begin on Wednesday, March 14, and then every Wednesday thereafter until the end of April 2018, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Stop by the Senior Center to sign up at front desk or call to have your name put on the list. 860-267-4426.

T'ai Chi for Seniors at East Hampton Senior Center: Tuesdays, March 6 through April 24 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the East Hampton Senior Center. Tom Cushing will be teaching a fun and relaxed T'ai Chi class for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Cushing is certified as a T'ai Chi Fall Prevention Instructor through an Evidence Based program endorsed by the CT collaboration for Fall Prevention, Yale University and the Center for Disease Control. Learn and move at your own pace in a fun environment of positive energy. Space is limited, sign-up is required and payment of $50 due per participant. No drop-ins once the session begins. Sponsored by the East Hampton Senior Center and Parks and Recreation. Call 860-267-4426.

AARP Smart Driver's Course: On Monday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., AARP will sponsor the Smart Driver Course at the East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St. Senior vehicle operators will receive information to extend their safe driving abilities. Participants will be rewarded with a certificate that may reduce their auto insurance. AARP trained instructors will conduct this four-hour course. Pre-register by check or money order (AARP members $15 non-members $20) payable to AARP. No cash please. Sign up and pay at the Senior Center.

Richmond Library Events For Adults

MARLBOROUGH — Got a case of the winter doldrums? Richmond Library, 15 School Drive, has planned some programs for adults to get you out of your winter funk.

Almost a year ago, Sam Ducharme set off to hike the Appalachian Trail . As he thru-hiked, he documented what he saw and on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m., he will share his adventures as he recounts the challenges, the people he met, the culture of the trail and more. Registration is required, by calling 860-295-6210. If you need full accessibility or more information, contact Nancy Wood at 860-295-6210.

Library Programs For Children

MARLBOROUGH — Richmond Library, 15 School Drive, is hosting the following programs for children.

Feb. 23: Not-Too-Old for Storytime. Recent Storytime grads, those in grades kindergarten through second grade, are invited to come to the library from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. for stories, snacks, games and fun. Library staff walk registered children from school and parents or caregivers pick their child up at the library at 4:30 p.m. Please provide a note to the school the day of the program that your child will be walked down to the library after school and make sure your child is registered, as this one fills up fast.

Spring Sessions of Storytime start on March 5 and run through April 6. Ages 9 months through 20 months meet Thursdays at 10 a.m.; 2-year-olds meet Mondays at 10 a.m. and ages 3 through 5 meet Fridays at 10 a.m. Register your child by contacting the library at richmondlibrary.info or call 860-295-6210.

March 2: Stuffed animal sleepover. Children are invited to come for stories and fun at 3:30 p.m. and bring a stuffed animal. (Drop off continues until 5 p.m. Tuck in your animal and say good night and let them sleep over in the library. See if they get into any mischief while at the library and pick them up on Saturday, March 3.

March 2: Special edition of TAB, or Teen Advisory Board, at 4:30 p.m. Mark and Sheri Dursin, authors of the newly published, "Labors of an Epic Punk," a mythological adventure which takes place in a high school in ancient Greece, are guests at the meet-up to share their writing adventures, talk about getting published and answer questions from guests, ages 10 to 18. For more information or to register, contact 860-295-6210. If full accessibility is needed, contact Nancy Wood at 860-295-6210 or nwood@richmondlibrary.info prior to any program.

Vendors Wanted

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Dog Park Committee is looking for vendors that sell dog-related items for their 7th annual Spring Bark for the Park.

The event will be held on the Colchester Town Green on Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, June 3. A lucky duck egg hunt for the dogs will take place, as well as May baskets, a blessing of the dogs, and other canine entertainment. Vendor slots are available at $25 per booth. There is no charge for nonprofit organizations. Reply by April 24. The event is sponsored by The Colchester Parks and Recreation Department. Email tagnobark@gmail.com with questions.

Vegetarian Society

COLCHESTER — The Vegetarian Society of Eastern Connecticut will be having its next monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave. The meeting will be a veg potluck and presentation. The meeting is open to adults and children and there is no cost to participate.

The topic is Cooking with Curry by Jeff Koonankeil, of the Colchester Curry House. He will speak about the various spices and cooking techniques used when using curry with vegetables. There will also be samples of the spices to smell to provide a better sense of aromas and their flavors.

Potluck attendees are not required to be active vegetarians, but when bringing a dish to share, it should be vegan (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy or honey) or vegetarian (no meat or fish). Simple foods are welcome. Please bring utensils, place setting, and beverage, along with list of ingredients and recipe used. Visit www.vegsocietyofeasternct.com for more information.

Exploring Spirituality

MANCHESTER — At 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, Exploring Spirituality will hold the second presentation in its series "Finding Calm in Chaos," to explore simple techniques to help people choose peace, relieve stress and some ways to be calm in even the most tense situations.

With the help of presenter Erin Day, guests will practice breathing techniques, gentle movement, shared experience and written meditation. Day is a yoga instructor, writer and energy worker with 17 years of professional experience. She owns Ten Summit Yoga & Earth Based Wellness, a studio in East Hampton.

The workshop will be held in the Fr. Hussey Hall, St. Bartholomew Church, 80 Main St. For questions or additional information, contact Chris Seethaler at chris122042@gmail.com or call 203-578-5123.

College Scholarships Available

EAST HADDAM — The East Haddam Community Lions will award two $2,500 scholarships to deserving graduating seniors who meet the following criteria.

The candidates must be high school seniors at Nathan Hale-Ray High School or residents of East Haddam who attend another high school with plans to attend college or further his/her education in a planned program in the 2018-2019 year.

Recipients will be selected based on academic standing, financial need, extra-curricular activities and other criteria established by the East Haddam Scholarship Committee.

Applications can be obtained from area high school guidance counselors or contact the Nathan Hale-Ray guidance department at 860-873-5065. Applications must be received by April 27.

5K & 1/2 Marathon Races

MOODUS — Race into spring with a 5K run/walk or 1/2 marathon. The races will be held on Saturday, April 7, with a start/finish at the East Haddam Senior Center, 15 Great Hillwood Road.

Online registration fees are $25 for the 5K run or 5K walk challenge, and $50 for the half-marathon. Mail-in and race day fees are $30 and $55. Register early and save. T-shirts will be handed out to the first 200 who register. The races are USATF certified with chip timing, mile splits, scenic routes, water stops and food for runners.

Volunteers and police will be along both routes to direct runners and traffic. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and both races start at 9:30 a.m. Register online at https://racewire.com email ehclrace@yahoo.com for more information.

WCC Winter

WESTCHESTER — Westchester Congregational Church, 449 Westchester Rd., announced its current schedule of worship and upcoming events.

Sunday services continue at 10 a.m. every Sunday, led by Pastor Ron Thompson with scripture readings, hymns, and music from the choir. The first Sunday of each month includes the Service of Communion, which is open to everyone. All are invited to coffee hour following the service in the fellowship hall.

The choir participates in weekly worship with anthems and performs Cantatas and other special music throughout the year led by Music Minster Betty Ous. They are always looking for more choir members. Choir practice is on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.

Thursday night adult Bible Studies led by Pastor Ron meet from 6 to 7 p.m. in the downstairs church hall. The special Lenten Bible Study will be across the street in the parsonage beginning Feb. 15. New participants are welcome any time. Call 860-267-6711 to check the schedule.

The growing Kids and Toddlers Worship Program continues. It is held during the church service downstairs in the fellowship hall starting at 10 a.m.

Men's Breakfast Group holds monthly breakfast meetings usually on the third Saturday, either at a local restaurant or in the church hall.

Ladies Lunch Bunch meets the first Thursday of each month at different area restaurants.

Boy Scout Troop 109 meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the church's fellowship hall. Cub Scout Pack 109 meets one Friday a month at 7 p.m., also in the fellowship hall. Venturing Crew 710 meets every other Thursday at 7:15 p.m., beginning Sept. 7.

Al-Anon holds weekly meetings in the church's fellowship hall on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Community outreach opportunities are available at the community luncheons held each week at St. Andrews or Colchester Federated Church.

Westchester Congregational Church is affiliated with The National Association of Congregational Churches, and all are welcome. For more information on the church and its programs and fundraisers, visit westchestercongchurch.org, email westcongchurch@gmail.com or to speak with the minister, call the church at 860-267-0480.

Museum Seeking Board Members

EAST HAMPTON — The Joseph N. Goff House Museum invites members of the community to serve as board members. The museum, located on the first floor of the building at 2 Barton Hill Road in the historic Village Center of East Hampton, stands as proud testament to the community's cultural, civic, and architectural heritage.

Additional board members are needed to help plan cultural and enrichment programs aimed at adding quality and depth to community life. The facility houses artifacts and memorabilia of Connecticut's 84th Governor and East Hampton native son, William A. O'Neill. Planned events for the summer include a gazebo concert series in the village center and exhibits in the museum space, which is also available to rent for small events. Board meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. For information on becoming a board member, call Dean Markham at 860-918-4400.

Cragin Book Club

COLCHESTER — The Cragin Book Club will meet Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. The book for February is "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead. Books are available for check-out at the adult circulation desk at the Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave.

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

Flicks @ Six

COLCHESTER — Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., presents Flicks @ Six, a free series of newly released films on Wednesdays. During February, the following screening will take place: Feb. 28, 6 p.m., Suburbicon. This program is free and open to the public. For further information, call 860-537-5752.

Richmond Library Events

MARLBOROUGH — The Richmond Memorial Library, 15 School Drive, is hosting several programs to help combat the winter doldrums. Email Nancy Wood at nwood@richmondlibrary.info or call 860-295-6210 for more information. If noted that a program takes place in the upstairs meeting room and you need full accessibility, let the library know as soon as possible prior to the event.

Registration for winter spring storytimes is now open and there is still time to join. Session I began Jan. 22 and ends Feb. 23. Session II starts March 5 and ends April 13. Two-year-olds meet Mondays at 10 a.m., wee ones ages 9 to 20 months meet Thursdays at 10 a.m., and children ages 3 through 5 years old meet Fridays at 10 a.m. Storytime room, first floor.

Not too Old for Storytime, for those in grades kindergarten through second grade, convenes at the library. Eileen from the library will walk children down from school to share books, crafts, snacks and fun on Feb. 23. Registration is required. Upstairs meeting room.

Local Artist Exhibit

COLCHESTER — Erica L. Bibee, Bacon Academy 2011, will exhibit her artwork at the Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., during February. Bibee won a coveted first place award at the Mystic Outside Arts Festival in 2014. She graduated from ECSU in 2015 with a major in Biology and a minor in art. She has recently completed the National Park Ranger Program at Northern Arizona University with certification from the U.S. Department of the Interior. A majority of her art focuses on the animals she wishes to protect.

Tri-County Baseball League

AREA — Tri-County Babe Ruth will be sponsoring spring and summer baseball leagues for players ages 13 to 19. For the spring, Tri-County is partnering with Glastonbury baseball and will have teams for the 13 and 14 and 15 and 16-year-old age group. This recreational program will feature a 14 to 16 game schedule and be played at RHAM Middle School and various fields in Glastonbury.

For the summer, a separate program will involve the Farmington Bank/Vantis Life league. In this competitive league, which runs from June 5 through the end of July/the first week of August, teams are expected to be entered in their 13-year-old prep, 14 to 15-year-old junior, and 16 to 19-year-old senior divisions. Games will be played at RHAM and various towns in the greater Hartford area. For additional information or questions, visit tricountybaberuthct.org and click "Contact Us."

NYC Baseball Trip

EAST HAMPTON — On Sunday, July 1, the East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St., is sponsoring a trip to see the Boston Red Sox vs. the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium's through Friendship Tours. There will be reserved seating of 15 total on the Main Level Section, 205 and 206. Game time is TBD. All times are subject to change.

The cost is $135/pp which includes tickets to the game, deluxe motor coach, along with the driver's gratuity. Departing time is TBD from the East Hampton Stop & Shop, 11 East High St. A deposit of $65 is due immediately. Final payment is TBD. Ask for staff when inquiring about this trip. Call 860-267-4426. No over the phone reservations.

Trip To See Boston Pops

EAST HAMPTON — At 10:15 a.m. Sunday June 24, at the East Hampton Stop & Shop, a deluxe motor coach will travel to the grounds of Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass., to enjoy Audra McDonald's performance. With the Boston Pops, she presents a program of songs ranging from Sondheim, Rodgers, and Gershwin to the sounds of today.

There will be time prior to the performance to eat and walk on the grounds. There is a moderate amount of walking on this trip.

The cost is $98. A deposit of $25 is due now or payment in full. The final payment date is TBD. To make reservations for this trip arranged by Friendship Tours, stop in at the East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St., with your deposit or full payment. Ask for a staff member. Anyone with questions may call 860-267-4426. No over the phone reservation.

Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue Continues To Raise Funds

EAST HAMPTON — When volunteers at the Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue got the news in early 2017 that they could no longer stay at the farm in Haddam Neck, they immediately began searching for other options to continue helping horses in need. In April, the nonprofit found a plot of land on Chestnut Hill Road in East Hampton to lease, but they had to start from the ground up.

CDHR is dedicated to saving the lives of draft horses that were abused, bound for slaughter, or neglected. CDHR Founder and Executive Director Dr. Stacey Golub, along with volunteers, care for the horse's physical and mental well being, help train and rehabilitate them. When the horses have recovered and are stable, they are put up for adoption and placed in loving homes. Since its inception in 2011, CDHR has rescued and placed more than 70 horses and is currently caring for 15 others.

The property was nothing but a hayfield and brush, said CDHR volunteer Kim Weglinski. The land had to be cleared and the fencing and paddocks built. It hasn't only been a physical challenge but a financial one too. Eversource supported CDHR's initiatives with a donation to help complete their goals at the new farm.

With the help of volunteers and community donations, CDHR is almost settled in its new location, but Golub said she wants to make Chestnut Hill Road their forever home. To do that, CDHR is continuing their fundraising efforts with a new campaign called Drive for 85. They hope to raise $85,000 needed as a downpayment to purchase the land and after that, build a brand new barn. Visit www.ctdraftrescue.com for more information.

Colchester Historical Society Calendars, Ornaments

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Historical Society 2018 Calendars are now available and can be purchased locally or by mail. The Parks and Recreation Department 2017 limited edition Holiday Ornament features the Colchester History Museum.

The 2018 calendar, "Historic Images of Colchester Schools," is filled with rare photos and prints of schoolhouses and classrooms throughout Colchester's history. The 2017 limited edition ornament showcases the former Reverend Ballard House, home of the Colchester Historical Society.

The calendar and ornament can 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,Tim's Bistro, Quality Consignments, and the Colchester Historical Society.

The calendar has generous writing space to record those important appointments and birthdays. Cost of the 2018 calendar is $12 and the ornament is for sale for $6. Both can be purchased together from the Colchester Historical Society for the discounted price of $15.

To place an order, contact CHS President Gigi Liverant by email at mail@colchesterhistory.org or by phone at 860 608-1207.

Eagle Scout Completes Colchester StoryWalk® Trail

COLCHESTER — The Colchester StoryWalk® is a place where children and families can enjoy the outdoors together, being physically active and building literacy. The original creator of the StoryWalk®, Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, had a vision and developed the StoryWalk® Project in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Visit http://www.kellogghubbard.org/storywalk for more information.

The Colchester StoryWalk® is at Ruby and Elizabeth Cohen Woodlands, 96 McDonald Road. The StoryWalk® is located on the side and back of the open space fields along the tree line. The Colchester StoryWalk® Committee set out the book in the stations with each page including Action Captions designed to engage children either physically, mentally or creatively experiencing nature each related to the particular page of the story.

An engraved commemorative bench was donated and placed in a new garden that also holds a signpost for the StoryWalk® and another nearby trail. Engraved donor stone markers have been placed at the base of each station.

The Colchester StoryWalk® is the result of the vision and collaboration of partners in that community: Cragin Memorial Library, Children's Collaborative of Colchester, Colchester Garden Club, Colchester Land Trust, Community Wildlife Habitat of Colchester and Colchester Public Works. The original temporary trail stations required the time-consuming construction of laminated book pages on cardboard then stapled to tomato stakes.

The vision of more durable, long lasting StoryWalk® stations was adopted by Jack Boyden, Boy Scout Troop 72, who quickly chose this as his Eagle Scout Project. After 18 months of researching, visiting other Connecticut StoryWalks®, planning, fundraising and doing the actual installation with his troop and volunteers, Jack's Eagle Scout project is now completed. On Veteran's Day, the new Colchester StoryWalk® Trail was opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony including a Boy Scout Flag ceremony, speakers and outdoor activities for families.

The Eagle Scout project included the purchase of manufactured stations from a woman-owned company in Wisconsin called Barking Dog Exhibits. Jack raised over $10,000 through car washes, station donor offering, presentations to community groups, mailing and letter writing, and publicizing the project at every opportunity.

Ruby and Elizabeth Cohen Woodlands is open year round and consists of 206 acres of natural space and includes 2 ponds, streams, forest, fields, wetlands, a butterfly-pollinator garden, gazebo, picnic tables, and hiking trails. Visit http://www.colchesterct.gov/Pages/ColchesterCT_Dept/PR/parks/Cohen_Woodlands_Park_and_Trail_Map_2017.pdf for a map of the area.

Free Braille Calendars

AREA — The Community Outreach Office of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut has 2018 Braille calendars, free of charge. For more information, contact info@nfbct.org or 860-289-1971.

Love Feast

MOODUS — Moodus United Methodist Church, 20 Plains Road, invites all to a Love Feast on the first Sunday of the month, followed by a free luncheon. Come renew your relationship with God, beginning at 10 a.m.

Senior Center Trips

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Senior Center presents 'Escorted Montreal & Canada New England Cruise in July 2018. A deposit of $700 pp due with reservation. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Final payment is due by April 9, 2018. A passport is required.

Contact Friendship Tours directly at 860-243-1630 or 800-243-1630 for payment and more information. Brochures can be picked up at the Senior Center, 105 Main St.

Penn Dutch, Lancaster: Monday, April 23, 2018 to Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Cost is $451 per person, double/triple and $561 per person, single. A deposit of $150 due by Jan. 29, 2018. Final payment is due March 2, 2018. No over the phone reservations, deposit or full payment due at sign up. Ask for staff when signing up or for any questions at 860-267-4426.

Youth Basketball Open

COLCHESTER — Colchester Youth Basketball online registration is currently open. CYB offers co-ed instructional clinics for grades kindergarten; first, second and third graders; and recreation leagues for third/fourth to 12th grade boys and girls.

Clinics began on Jan. 6 and recreation leagues began in mid-November. Parents, indicate at registration if you would like to be considered as a coach or for other volunteer roles. Contact CYB at eboard@colchesterbasketball.org or visit http://www.colchesterbasketball.org with any questions.

AHM's Youth Workers Help Local Seniors

MARLBOROUGH — There is a great way for local teens to get paid for work and help members of their community at the same time. Through AHM Youth and Family Services, the CHOREs program matches local teen workers up with area senior citizens.

For Andover, Hebron and Marlborough seniors, the decade old CHORES program helps local seniors in need of assistance with work around their homes. Youth workers help with chores that the seniors can no longer do on their own comfortably or safely. AHM staff assign local youth to each senior and in the process they provide services such as light house cleaning, weeding and gardening and other chores that seniors are unable to do on their own any longer. While providing much needed help to the seniors, the teens gain valuable work experience which they can put on their resumes when applying to college or their first job out of high school. The CHORES program is also a great way for teens to earn some money and save for college. Each year over 20 seniors from Andover, Hebron and Marlborough receive support services through the CHORES program.

Teens that would like to apply to become a CHORES Youth Worker must be at least 15-years-old and live in Andover, Hebron or Marlborough. For more information, call 860-228-9488 and ask for Mrs. Graham.

Veterans' Cemetery Mapping

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton V.F.W. Post 5095 Auxiliary would like to continue the work of the Boy Scouts to identify the veterans' graves in Lakeview Cemetery. Contact amclaug105@aol.com or 860-267-2316 for more information.

Westchester Congregational Church News

COLCHESTER — Westchester Congregational Church, 449 Westchester Rd., Route 149, in the Westchester section, holds services Sundays at 10 a.m. The pastor is Rev. Ron Thompson.

Sunday Morning Worship Service takes place at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Coffee hour follows in the Fellowship Hall.

The Men's Breakfast Group holds monthly breakfast meetings usually on the third Saturday, either at a local restaurant or in the church hall.

The Ladies Lunch Bunch meets the first Thursday of each month at different area restaurants.

Adult Bible Studies: led by Thompson, meets every Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Al-Anon: Weekly Wednesday night meetings at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Boy Scout Troop 109: Sponsored by the church, the troop meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. during the school year and Cub Scout Pack 109 meets one Friday a month at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Visit troop109ct.org or pack109ct.org for more information.

Choir: The WCC choir performs cantatas and other special music throughout the year, in addition to regular Sunday worship service music. New members are always welcome; rehearsals are 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings from September to May.

Kids' Worship: For children of all ages, meets in the Fellowship Hall during the adult church service. No registration necessary.

Mission Opportunities at: Colchester Community Luncheon every Friday, providing the meal, serving and clean-up at either St. Andrew's or Federated Church; The Covenant Food Kitchen meal service in Willimantic; Habitat for Humanity; reading volunteers to read with students at Colchester Elementary School. Contact Pastor Ron for more info.

Fellowship Hall rental: Canney Hall is available for private party rentals. Call the church at 860-267-0480 for more information.

For more information, visit westchestercongregationalchurch.com, email westcongchurch@gmail.com or call 860-267-0480.

Scout Joining Night

COLCHESTER — The Westchester Congregational Church is the only Colchester organization that sponsors three Boy Scouts of America scout groups: a Cub Scout Pack for boys ages 5-10, a Boy Scout Troop for boys ages 11-17, and a Venturing Crew for boys and girls ages 14-20. Any questions, email westcongchurch@gmail.com or call 860-537-4013.

Zumba Gold

COLCHESTER — Zumba Gold is offered at Colchester Senior Center, 95 Norwich Ave. Classes meet at 11 a.m. every Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. every Thursday, with Patty Flubacher. Call 860-537-3911 for cost and more information.

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.

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.

Westchester Congregational Church

COLCHESTER — Westchester Congregational Church, 449 Westchester Road, Route 149, has announced the upcoming schedule. Adult Bible Studies, led by Pastor Ron, meets every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

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