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Community News For The Glastonbury Edition

Diva Tribute Show Benefits Hurricane Victims

GLASTONBURY — The heartbreaking images of devastation in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey touched the hearts of people nationwide. Tribute Artist/Celebrity Impersonator Joni Lambert was moved to organize a fundraiser concert presenting her show, "Barbra & Celine: Double the Divas."

The show will take place at The Hilton Garden Inn, 85 Glastonbury Blvd., on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Lambert brings two great divas to one show as she performs as both Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion. One hundred percent of the money collected will go directly to Samaritan's Purse, an organization with an A grade from CharityWatch.org, for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The Hilton Garden Inn has donated the use of their facility for this event.

Those wishing to attend the benefit concert may visit www.classy.org/fundraiser/1105686 and donate at least $20 per person, print their receipt and bring it to the door. The receipt will act as the ticket. With only 90 seats available, those wishing to attend are advised to act quickly.

Angry Orchard 5K Road Race

GLASTONBURY — The Apple Harvest Festival's Sunday 5K Road Race has become a fall tradition, as a part of the festival's conclusion. Having Angry Orchard Hard Cider as a corporate sponsor has also added a larger element to the community race, especially since 21+ runners all receive a complimentary hard cider in the festival's Harvest Pub, as well as free admission, after the race.

The 2016 Angry Orchard 5K attracted over 900 runners, a new record for the event. This year, the CT River Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the race will officially be chip timed, so a precise finishing time will be recorded for runners. Runners of all abilities register every year, though younger children are encouraged to participate in the Kid's Fun Run at 10 a.m. Visit http://bit.ly/2pTCwxm or at crvchamber.org for more information or to register.

Flu Clinics

GLASTONBURY — The Health Department is gearing up to provide three walk-in flu clinics for all town residents aged nine years and older. The clinics will be held on the following Thursdays in the Academy School Cafeteria located at 2143 Main St.: 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 28; 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19; and 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 16.

This year, the Health Department is partnering with the Healthy Choices program to administer the Flublok Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine for those 18 years and up. Flublok is manufactured using modern recombinant DNA technology, meaning that it contains no egg proteins, gluten, thimerosal, antibiotics or latex. For those 9-17 years old, Flucelvax and Fluarix will be available. Both are quadrivalent vaccines.

What you will need to bring with you to the clinic: Your insurance card(s), a photo ID and a short sleeve/sleeveless shirt to allow easy access to your shoulder for the vaccine.

Visit http://www.glastonbury-ct.gov/home/showdocument?id=22031 to fill out the consent form prior to attending the clinic.

Hindu Event

SOUTH GLASTONBURY — Discover ancient Hindu wisdoms for a connected world in a lecture by Dr. Amrutur V. Srinivasan at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Congregational Church, 949 Main St. The talk is free and open to the public.

The presentation will explore the rich history of Hinduism and its impact in America. The relevance of basic tenets of Hinduism and its practice in the modern world will provide a basis for further discussion with a focus on history, core beliefs and values, sacred texts and Hinduism in Practice. Visit www.AVSrinivasan.com for more information.

Tag Sale

SOUTH GLASTONBURY — The Historical Society of Glastonbury proudly presents its annual tag sale in the tobacco shed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1.

The tag sale and consignment sale will take place at 1755 Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main St. The event is rain or shine and admission is free. An early bird special will be held Friday, Sept. 29, between 7 and 8 a.m. Admission to the early bird event is $10.

Parking is available on site, with overflow parking at St. Augustine's Church, 55 Hopewell Road. Parking on Oct. 1 is only available at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House. For more information, visit www.hsgct.org or contact the society at HSGlastonbury@sbcglobal.net or 860-633-6890.

Apple Harvest Festival

GLASTONBURY — The Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival will take place Friday, Oct. 13, through Sunday, Oct. 15, at Welles Street Riverfront Park, 300 Welles St.

Festivities include three days of live music, vendor booths, food trucks, amusement rides, the Angry Orchard 5K Road Race, a Harvest Pub and more.

The daily schedule is Friday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 15, from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is $5 per person. Children three feet tall and under may attend for free. Dogs are not allowed, with the exception of service dogs.

Anyone interested in volunteering may visit http://www.crvchamber.org/apple-harvest-festival and sign up for which duty you would like.

Greatest Pumpkin Weigh-In

GLASTONBURY — The 3rd annual Greatest Pumpkin Weigh-In will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30. The pumpkin check-in will start at 1:30 p.m. at 100 Oak St. Only those who have registered and planted the official seeds will be eligible for prizes. The free event is open to all. The official weigh-in will start at 2:15 p.m. Guests are invited for games, activities, and refreshments. Come and learn about organic gardening techniques used to grow the pumpkins.

People who have pumpkins too heavy for one person to carry that require a forklift may bring them to Melzen's the morning of Sept. 30. Prizes are awarded in the four categories: family, adult, junior and farm.

This event is sponsored by Melzen Farm Supply and the Land Coalition of Glastonbury. For further information, contact the Land Heritage Coalition at GGPP@lhcglastonbury.org or Melzen Farm Supply at 860-633-9830.

Second Chance Shop Reopens

GLASTONBURY — Second Chance Shop, 730 Hebron Ave., has reopened. Quality clothing, accessories, footwear, jewelry, housewares, Memory Lane/Vintage, toys and books are for sale all at bargain prices. All proceeds benefit The Village for Families and Children. For more information, call 860-633-5188.

Energy Assistance

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.

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