Warm Clothing Collection
COLCHESTER — The 3rd annual Drive Away the Cold warm clothing collection will run from Oct. 22 through Nov. 4. A kickoff event will take place outside Stop & Shop, 99 Linwood Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22.
Bacon Academy senior Ryan Lawrence and his sister Paige Lawrence, a freshman, will be kicking off the third annual drive. Last year's effort proved to be successful, with the community donating over 650 warm items for those in need in Colchester.
The Lawrences are working in collaboration with Colchester Social Services to distribute the needed items and are taking over the effort from Class of 2017 Bacon Academy graduates Chase Hathaway and Jordin Longo, who organized the first drive.
The following items are needed: new or gently used coats and jackets, warm hoodies and sweatshirts, winter hats, gloves, and socks. All sizes are needed to help both children and adults. It is requested that no items other than those listed above be donated. Collection sites for the duration of the drive include: Stop & Shop, Noel's Market, and the offices at Bacon Academy, William J. Johnston Middle School, Jack Jackter Elementary School, and Colchester Elementary School. Collection bins will be brightly wrapped boxes with the Drive Away the Cold poster.
Community members are invited to come by to make donations, clothing or monetary. For more information, email Ryan Lawrence at email@example.com or contact Amy McClafferty of Colchester Social Services at 860-537-7235.
Cabinetmaker Presents Free Forum
COLCHESTER — Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques is hosting a free forum titled Inlays, Stringing and Veneers' from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at 168 South Main St.
Decorative string, banded and decorative inlays and choice hardwood veneers have long been highly valued embellishments reserved for the finest furniture. A guest cabinetmaker demonstrates techniques and will discuss style, design and fine examples. The forum is part of the Invitation to Learn series and is appropriate for the interested beginner, the expert collector, and everyone in between.
Forums are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served, featuring Cato Corner cheese and Snickers bars. All are welcome, and no reservations are required.
For more information, call 860-537-2409.
SALEM — The Congregational Church of Salem's Apple Festival occurs for the 48th time on Saturday, Oct. 28, beginning at 9 a.m. and running until all pies and baked goods are sold. The location spans both sides of Route 85 on the Salem Green, just north of the Rte 82/85 Roundabout. There is no admission charge and parking is free.
The Apple Festival venues include both sides of Route 85 in Salem. The Christian Community Center is the location of the Apple Cafe, where breakfast and apple pancakes, apple pie, apple betty and apple crumb pies will be served.
Handmade frozen pies, baked goods and bulk cheddar cheese are for sale at the center. Music featuring talented musicians from the region is also a part of the day's festivities. Quilts will be displayed at the historic Meeting House.
Church elders and deacons along with Pastor Tim Dubeau are available for folks who want to chat about the church or any matters of faith. The church will be collecting gently used, clean adult and children's coats at the Meeting House/Church.
All booths and service areas are staffed with members and volunteers with profits currently going to the Missionary Benevolence Fund and Property Fund of the Congregational Church of Salem.
Senior Center News
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 $2.
Weekly Shopping Schedule with M.A.T Dial-A-Ride. Portland Tri-Town Plaza/Dollar Store - Every Tues 11:30 a.m. East Hampton Stop and Shop Every Friday 10 a.m. Transportation Provided from Bellwood Court and Chatham Acres.
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.
Meet the Candidates Dinner: Friday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. The Democratic candidates will be cooking and serving a roasted boneless chicken dinner with all the fixings and assorted desserts.
Muffins for the Mind: Monday, Oct. 23, starting at 10:30 a.m. Come spend an hour of sharpening your brain. There will be puzzles, riddles and other brain teasing games. Light refreshments and muffins provided by Marlborough Health Care.
Mystery Trip: Tuesday, Oct. 24, leaving at 9:45 a.m. The mystery is free, Lunch is on you at "On the Rocks" and a $3 transportation donation is asked. Sign up at the front desk is required.
Connecticare Presentation: Thursday, Oct. 26 starting at 1 p.m. Learn about the various programs Connecticare has to offer. Register by calling the center or sign-up in the Activity Book.
Genealogy: Friday, Oct. 27, starting at 10 a.m. Brian can help you start your journey of finding about your family's history. Sign up in Activity Book.
Halloween Birthday Bash and Dance: Monday, Oct. 30, starting at noon. Come celebrate the October Birthday Babes in a spooky way. All that are born in the month of October will enjoy lunch, cake and ice cream on behalf of the center. All others are welcome to attend lunch. A donation of $2.50 is asked for non-October birthday guests. Sign-up is required. Following the Birthday Bash, there will be the annual Halloween Hop, an afternoon of dance, comedy and light refreshments. Costumes are preferred but not mandatory. A $1 donation is asked for the Halloween Hop to help cover the entertainment and refreshments that are all put together by senior volunteers. Sign up at front desk for both.
Halloween Bingo: Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. Come wearing a costume and win a prize.
Modern Riffs Performs
MARLBOROUGH — The Marlborough Arts Center's 4th Friday @ the Arts Café will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in the Charles W. Hall Art Gallery, 231 North Main St. The Modern Riffs is a classic rock, jazz, and funk group showcasing high school musicians. The group was founded in 2008 and currently consists of the following Bacon Academy and RHAM musicians. From Bacon Academy there are Annie Hageman, trumpet; Dawson Bertrand, alto saxophone; and Ethan Puetzer, drums. From RHAM are Erica Day, vocals; Garrett Masotti, keyboard; Joel Earhart, trombone; and Liam Calhoun, guitar. The group is led by bassist Kim Dubois of Colchester and Bruce Phelps of Marlborough.
Although this is a concert for people of all ages, each member of the group will be available during intermission for a meet and greet to answer questions from young, aspiring musicians.
The admission is $10 per person at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments are available. The building is fully accessible and there is ample parking. For details about the Marlborough Arts Center and its many events and classes, visit www.marlborougharts.org or leave a phone message at 860-295-9389.
COLCHESTER — Join the Colchester Historical Society and the Cragin Memorial Library for a new collaborative book discussion program, "Storied History," which looks at history through the lens of literature. To commemorate the Centennial of World War I, two books related to the war have been selected for discussion, one classic and one contemporary. The last month will feature Phil R. Devlin, offering a presentation examining the long-term effects of WWI, and will discuss CT's involvement in the Great War. No reservations necessary, and all are welcome to attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thursday, Oct. 26: Book: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear; Monday, Nov. 6, Talk: "WWI: "The War that Won't Go Away" with Phil R. Devlin. Thursday events starts at 6:30 p.m.; Monday talk starts at 6 p.m. The location is Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave. There is no cost to attend.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Sing-A-Long
COLCHESTER — A Buffy the Vampire Slayer sing-along will take place at Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Props will be provided and cosplay is encouraged.
This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For further information, call the Library at 860-537-5752.
Richmond Library Events
MARLBOROUGH — Richmond Memorial Library, 15 School Drive, has a full calendar of programs this fall for all ages.
Create Lab, a drop-in craft night for adults in the storytime room will meet Oct. 23 for a Halloween edition. Drop in anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. for self-guided creative expression.
On Oct. 20, the Not Too Old for Storytime for children in grades K through 2 will meet after school from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Storytimes continue for children with Session II starting Oct. 23. Oct. 25 will be family Halloween storytime night with stories, games, costumes and in-library trick or treating. Registration is required for all these events.
October ends with a cemetery Walk for teens and adults. Local historian and author Roman Ghirlanda will lead a walk at 6:30 p.m. through two of Marlborough's cemeteries, both near the library, discussing their history and notable graves. Registration is required.
These programs, unless noted, will be held in the library's upstairs meeting room. There is no elevator to the second floor meeting room. If full accessibility is needed by a person or persons to attend a library-sponsored program, a request for relocation of event should be made as early as possible, preferably at least two weeks prior to the program. This notice should be made to the Library Director requesting relocation so that alternate space can be found. Contact Ms. Wood at 860-295-6210 or mail the Library Director at email@example.com; for more information or to register, call the library at 860-295-6210.
Gargoyles Of Yale University
COLCHESTER — A talk titled 'An Education in the Grotesque: The Gargoyles of Yale University' will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave.
Mathew Duman will speak on a selection of gargoyles and grotesques found throughout the buildings of Yale University's campus in New Haven. Using original photographs from his book, "An Education in the Grotesque," he explores the artistic, historic, architectural and even humorous significance of these decorative sculptures and their role in communicating the identity of Yale University as a place of learning and enlightenment.
Duman grew up in Bethany and works as a photographer and graphic designer at the Knights of Columbus in New Haven. He attended the gargoyle-free campus of Central Connecticut State University but while studying abroad, became fascinated with the architectural detail of the cathedrals of Britain.
This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For further information, call the Library at 860-537-5752.
Ahavath Achim Artisan Show
COLCHESTER — The work of artisans Shelly Drost, Jessica Eveleigh and Heather Galarneau will be on display and for sale along with the work of over 20 other artisans at the Ahavath Achim Artisan and Craft Show taking place Sunday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 84 Lebanon Ave.
This show also features locally made gourmet products including soups, spices and jams. Barbara Gibson of Souper Soups, Jeffrey Koonankeil owner of Colchester Spice House, which prepares Indian food spice blends, and Andrea and Peter Bouge from Bogue Farms will have their fresh, homemade jams. There will be a bake sale and light lunches. This is a handicap accessible building. Admission and parking are free. For additional information, contact Arlene Snyder at 860-603-2449.
Changes Coming To StoryWalk
COLCHESTER — The first phase of Boy Scout Jack Boyden's Eagle project at Cohen Woodlands has been completed with the setting of metal posts as the base for the durable manufactured StoryWalk® stations. The remainder of installation is planned for completion this year. In the meanwhile, families may enjoy the new story with the temporary station construction which has been moved to the new permanent StoryWalk® trail curving along the right side of the field from the parking lot then across the back of the field to its end near the Blue trailhead.
The latest Colchester StoryWalk® book, Sheep Take a Hike, by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Margot Apple, will appeal to preschoolers who can have the story read to them, as well as, elementary students who can practice reading the story aloud which has great rhyming text and beautiful illustrations. The book reviews say this book is a "wonderful way to introduce young children to poetry."
Another change is the inclusion of action captions to have children answer questions or do a simple physical activity related to the story. The action captions replace the activity sheets which had been available at the end of the StoryWalk®.
The StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. The Colchester StoryWalk® is a partnership of the Cragin Memorial Library, Collaborative for Colchester's Children's (C3), Colchester Garden Club, Colchester Land Trust and the Community Wildlife Habitat of Colchester. The Colchester StoryWalk® with its books focused on nature, wildlife, and gardening will provide points to help the Community Wildlife Habitat of Colchester remain certified with the National Wildlife Federation.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ferguson.
Directions to Cohen Woodlands: Only minutes from Colchester's Town Green, travel on South Main Street to the junction of routes 85 and 354. Bear left on route 354. Take a right on McDonald Road. Cohen Woodlands parking lot is on the right.
The Colchester StoryWalk® is now in its permanent location: from the parking lot, walk past the Community Wildlife Habitat sign to the right of side of the field and the newly mowed trail, then along the back of the field to end in the back left corner of the park's treeline. It is recommended that children wear sturdy shoes through the field.
Cohen Woodlands, with its 200+ acres of open space, has multiple hiking trails through the fields and woodlands. Visit http://www.colchesterct.gov/Pages/ColchesterCT_Dept/PR/parks/cohen to print out a park/trail map.
Flicks @ Six
COLCHESTER — Cragin Memorial Library presents Flicks @ Six, a free series of newly released films on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. During October, the following screening will take place: Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., "The Beguiled."
This program is free and open to the public. For further information, call the library at 860-537-5752.
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.
EAST HAMPTON — The Wreaths across America program will kick-off its 10th year of sponsoring The National Wreaths across America Day, a non-profit organization whose mission is carried out each year by the laying of wreaths on veterans' graves on National Wreaths across America Day, which will be held on Dec. 16. Wreaths must be ordered by Nov. 19.
Sponsorships are $15 per wreath and forms are available at the VFW Post 5095, 20 North Maple St., The East Hampton Town Hall, the entrance to the East Hampton Library, VFW Auxiliary members and the Marlborough American legion Post 197. Contact Ann McLaughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 email@example.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.
On Saturday, Nov. 4, the church will be holding its annual Christmas fair, Snowflakes and Sugar Bazaar. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, the church will be holding an Election Day bake sale at Bacon Academy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-267-0480.
Richmond Memorial Library News
MARLBOROUGH — The Richmond Memorial Library is hosting the following events. Anyone with questions may call 860-295-6210.
Fall story times still have openings available. Session II runs from Oct. 23 through Dec. 8. Children may register for one session at a time and must be the appropriate age by the start of the session. Parents or caregivers must remain in the library during the program. Siblings may attend only at the discretion of the library staff member running the program.
Babies, ages 9 to 20 months, meet Thursdays at 10 a.m. accompanied by an adult; Two-year-olds will meet Mondays accompanied by an adult at 10 or 11 a.m.; Three, four and five year olds meet Fridays at 10 a.m.
Register online at richmondlibrary.info or in person at the circulation desk. Call 860-295-6210 for more information.
Thunderpants 5K Walk/Run
EAST HAMPTON — The first Thunderpants 5K Walk/Run will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Autumn Ridge, 113 Chestnut Hill Road.
This family-friendly race wraps around the outskirts of the farm where participants will enjoy the views of majestic draft horses during peak fall foliage season. The final stretch of the 5K is down the center of the farm, passing the infamous Teddy Mack von Thunderpants and his friends to the finish line. There, guests can attend CDHR's annual Oktoberfest, featuring local vendors, food, and crafts.
Weather-permitting, there will be carriage rides with Spencer and Oliver, the resident Percherons. Registration is $35 and will be limited to 125 participants. The event is rain or shine and proceeds benefit the CT Draft Horse Rescue.
Visit http://www.active.com/east-hampton-ct/running/distance-running-races/thunderpants-5k-2017?cmp=23-126 to register or to view more information.
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 email@example.com or call 860-537-4013.
Colchester History Museum Opens
COLCHESTER — The Colchester History Museum, 24 Linwood Ave., is open for the season. The Colchester History Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, except holiday weekends.
Formerly the Reverend Ballard home, the museum features unique exhibits about people and institutions associated with the town of Colchester. Tours of the museum during off-hours may also be arranged by appointment. For more information, visit www.colchesterhistory.org.
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 — Colchester Soccer Club is currently seeking applicants for the following positions: president (two-year term), vice-president (two-year term), travel soccer coaches for U9 girls and U9 boys and member-at-large.
Complete details can be found by contacting Tim Daniels through the Colchester Soccer Club website at ColchesterSoccer.org.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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, meets every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide network of fuel banks started taking energy assistance applications on Wednesday, July 5, from households that are in financial crisis and are in danger of having their utility services terminated.
Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211. The annual winter moratorium, which prevents households from having their electricity and gas shut off, ended on May 1 and will not resume until November 1, 2017.
Energy affordability is a year-round problem for more than 322,000 Connecticut households. Operation Fuel is Connecticut's only statewide nonprofit energy assistance program. For the fiscal year, which ends June 30, Operation Fuel has provided over $3.3 million in energy assistance to more than 7,830 households. This includes $2.1 million in energy assistance for the 2017 winter program and $1.2 million in energy assistance last summer.
Now in its 40th year, Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.
For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to www.operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.