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An Afternoon With Classical Guitarist Francesco Barone

GLASTONBURY — An afternoon with classical guitarist Francesco Barone at the Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main St., will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22.

The program will feature the music of Andrew York. American guitarist and composer who compositions are inspired by American music styles, Nikita Koshkin, Russian composer who draws influence from American jazz, and Alexandre Tansman, A Polish composer who incorporated jazz harmonies into his works. Seating is limited so reservations are required online or at the library's Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Grange Breakfast, Attic Sale

EAST HARTFORD — Hillstown Grange is holding a pancake breakfast and Grandma's Attic sale on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 617 Hills St. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the Grange will be cooking and selling until 11 a.m.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea and juice, all for just $5 or $3 for kids ages 14 and younger. This month's special features apple cinnamon pancakes with special sauce. For more information, contact Frank at hillstowngrange@aol.com or 860-690-2945. Visit www.HillstownGrange.org for more information on the Grange.

Dinner In Jerusha Welles' Kitchen

SOUTH GLASTONBURY — Ever wonder what it was like to live back in the late 1700s and what it might have been like to cook your daily dinner meal? Your chance to have some fun, eat good food and experience cooking in one of the largest known period fireplaces in Connecticut is Sunday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Jerusha Welles' kitchen at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main St.

You'll be guided through preparing an 18th century meal that Jerusha Welles might have made for her family. Your entree will be beef a la mode, a beef similar to today's pot roast. Accompanying the main dishes will be heirloom vegetables grown onsite at the Welles-Shipman-Ward kitchen garden. In the beehive oven located in the grand fireplace, guests will bake artisanal bread and apple pie. As the fire begins to warm the kitchen and the fragrance of your dinner cooking on the hearth fills your nose, you'll set the table and enjoy pounded cheese and crackers with Glastenbury cyder.

Only a small group of people may partake in this dinner so everyone gets to participate completely. Reservations are required. Cost to attend is $55 per person; call 860-633-6890 for reservations. All proceeds benefit Historical Society of Glastonbury Education and Preservation Projects.

Bread And Beer Demonstration

SOUTH GLASTONBURY — The Historical Society of Glastonbury is once again brewing up history. On Sunday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., a demonstration of colonial bread making and beer brewing will take place at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main St.

Not so different from today, beer was a central part of colonial life. Untrusting of local water sources, English settlers continued the England household tradition of making beer for all members of the family. These low-alcohol table beers were manufactured from malted barley supplemented by additives such as molasses or even beans, to keep down the cost.

The demonstration will introduce you to traditional 18th century beer-making techniques that were conducted in most colonial households. We will mash the malt, add our hops to the boil kettle while we discuss the joys and challenges of colonial brewing. Samples will be available for tasting.

Glastonbury residents Mark Packard and Brian Jones will serve as hosts. Packard is the bread demonstrator and Jones is the brewmaster. Bread will be baking in the beehive oven and there will be samples to enjoy. The house, barns and shed will be open to tour. Admission is $5 per person. Parking is available onsite, with overflow parking at St. Augustine's Church, 55 Hopewell Road.

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.

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.: 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.

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.

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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