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Community News For The Valley Edition

CT's Secretive Bobcat

CANTON — The Bobcat: Connecticut's Secretive Wildcat is the subject of a talk at the Canton Library by DEEP certified Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 40 Dyer Ave.

Colburn will speak on the natural history of bobcats in Connecticut, providing an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts. Learn about citizen science, the role of the public in helping with field data collection. See artifacts related to bobcats and discuss the controversial claims of mountain lion sightings.

Colburn is a certified graduate of DEEP's Master Wildlife Conservationist program, trained in wildlife management, natural history, and interpretation. The program is free, although registration is requested for seating set-up.

Email kbunn@cantonpubliclibrary.org, visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org or call 860-693-5800 for more information.

Avon Newcomers Club

AVON — The Avon Newcomers Club is hosting its first general meeting of 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at a location to be given upon RSVP. This meeting will feature Avon Newcomers member Dr. Christine Lang, a nationally Board Certified, Licensed Behavior Analyst and Associate Professor of Education. Dr. Lang works collaboratively with families and school programs through her practice of behavior consultation and therapy and she will be speaking on how to get the behaviors you desire out of your children while maintaining a peaceful household.

This event is open to members, those interested in joining the club, and the public. Email Suzanne Szekeres at phillysuz@gmail.com or Pran Grunin pranitankulhom@gmail.com to RSVP or to ask questions.

The Avon Newcomers Club is a non-profit social organization whose purpose is to welcome newcomers to our beautiful town, to provide programs and social activities of interest to the membership, foster new friendships and to encourage community involvement.

Kids Fest

AVON — The Avon Congregational Church presents Kids Fest, taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at 6 W. Main St. The snow date is Jan. 27. This free event is open to the community and festivities include an author meet-and-greet, story time, crafts, a drum circle and more.

Take a tour of the church's pipe organ with music director Dianne Rechel, who will let visitors of all ages sit at the keyboards and try the stops. The staff from KidsPlay Children's Museum of Torrington will offer a construction workshop. Teddie Bruno, director of religious education, will lead some crafty activities. The music room will be the drummers haven, where there are some percussion instruments available but guests are welcome to bring their own.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit www.avon-church.org or call 860-678-0488, ext. 13, for more information.

Musical Club Of Hartford Presents Concert of Scholarship Competition Winners

WEST HARTFORD — The Musical Club of Hartford will offer a concert by the young winners of the club's scholarship competition at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

In early January, the Musical Club held its 42nd annual scholarship competition for high school students living or studying music in Connecticut. At the winners' concert the first, second and third place winners in the piano, strings, winds and voice categories will perform.

Piano Competition Winners: 1st place winner, Prairwaa Madden of Glastonbury. Concert performance piece: Hungarian Rhapsody in E Major- Franz Liszt. This 9th grade student at Kingswood Oxford school in West Hartford has an already extensive musical bio. A piano student of Tamila Azadaliyeva, Prairwaa began her piano studies at the age of six at the Hartt Community Division in Hartford. At age nine she won first place in the Crescendo Piano Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall. In the summer of 2016 she was chosen by audition to perform with Orchestra Giovanile Napolinova in Italy. She was invited to participate in master classes and perform in concert at the XXI International Chopin Festival, Poland, in summer of 2015.

At 13 years of age, Prairwaa won the first place in the Danbury 15th Concerto Competition and performed with the Danbury Symphony in January 2017. She also won the CT Youth Symphony (CYS) Concerto Competition 2016, playing with the orchestra in March 2017.

Recently, she received a Watson Morrison Scholarship (2017-2018) from the Hartt School Community division Piano Honors Program, and the 2016 Music Scholarship award sponsored by the First Church of Christ in Glastonbury for talented young students.

Both scholarships apply towards private piano lessons at the Hartt School Community Division.

Other honors include CT state winner of the 2015 MTNA Junior Piano Competition, second prize in the 2015 Chopin International Competition, and four-time first place winner of the all-CT Audrey Thayer competition. Prairwaa has already received master-classes from renowned teachers: Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Alexander Korsantia, Eduardo Delgado, Younjie Chen, Margarita Nuller, and others.

2nd Place winner: En-Hua Holtz of East Lyme. Concert performance piece: Sonata No. 13 in B flat Major, K.333, Allegro. En-Hua is a student at East Lyme High School. She has been playing piano since she was seven, having studied with John Metz, Vicki Reeve and, currently, Maggie Francis. She has performed in many recitals, both as a soloist as well as accompanist for her brother, a cellist.

En-Hua placed second in the 2016 Jumy Festival and was a finalist in the 2016 Fischer competition. She also performed a 4-hand piece at the 2017 Elm City Music Festival, and performed at the first CT Bach Festival in 2017. She is also the accompanist for her HS orchestra and performed in a recital at the 2017 Pipe Organ Encounter in Hartford.

3rd Place winner: Kelly Zheng of Avon. Concert performance piece: Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op.109. Mov.I: Vivace ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo.

Starting classical piano at the age of four, Kelly Zheng currently studies with Sima Brodsky at the Hartt School of Music. Her recent awards include second place in the Connecticut Bach Competition, first place in the Virtuoso Piano Competition, and the Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship. She also received first prize and the Judges' Distinction Award in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, and performed at Carnegie Hall. Besides competing, Kelly enjoys performing with her quintet and in the Hartford Symphony pre-concert series. As a senior, Kelly plans to double major in biochemistry and music in college.

An honorable mention was awarded to Tristan Wong, who is a junior at Farmington High School, and is currently studying piano with Malgosia Lis at the Hartt School Community Division.

Vocal Competition Winners: First place winner. Emily Steele, Soprano, Simsbury.

Concert Performance Pieces: Widmung (Myrthen, Op. 25 no.1) - Robert Schumann (2:20), Will There Really Be a Morning - R. I. Gordon (3:10).

The first place winner in the Musical Club of Hartford's High School Vocal Competition is Emily Steele. Emily is a junior honors student at Simsbury High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, the Tri-M, the Simsbury Singers and No Fella' A Cappella. She has performed in the CMEA Honors Choir, the OAKE Youth Choir, the CT Northern Regionals Choir and the Berkshire Chorale International. Musical theater performances include: Annie, The Music Man, Aladdin, 42nd Street and Mary Poppins. Emily sings with the CCC Primi Voci, is the Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship first alternate and is the recipient of the HCD Bel canto award. Emily was also awarded the title of Most Promising Sophomore at the the Schmidt Vocal Competition.

2nd Place Winner: Camille Hoheb, Soprano, Farmington. Concert Performance Pieces: Kiss Me Not Goodbye - Robert Schumann. Lascia ch'io Pianga - George Frederic Handel. The second place winner in the vocal competition is Camille Hoheb, is a junior at Farmington High School. Camille was recently awarded first place in the High School Musical Theater sector of the NATS Competition as well as second place in the Upper High School Classical Competition. This past fall, she played Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible with Farmington High School's Drama program. She is also a fellow with the Ensign Darling Vocal Fellowship program at the Bushnell.

3rd Place Winner: Sarah Lewis, Soprano, West Hartford. Concert Performance Pieces: Nuit D'etoiles (L 4) - Claude Debussy. Sure on This Shining Night, Op. 13 - Samuel Barber

The third place winner in the vocal competition is Sarah Lewis, a junior at Hall High School in West Hartford. Sarah has auditioned for and performed with the CMEA Northern Regionals choir for the past five years. She is a member of the Hall High School Choraliers, Hall's most prestigious and selective choir.

She performed in a (Hall HS) choral tour of Ireland in 2017. Sarah also was the second place winner in West Hartford's Town Wide Talent Show in 2015 and in 2014, when she placed first for singing and playing the ukulele. While participating in Midfest 2014 she has a solo at the Bushnell. In addition to all of her choral activities, Sarah has acted and sung in several school theater productions.

There were three vocal honorable mention winners.

Rebecca Clark, Soprano: Rebecca is a junior who is homeschooled and studies with Rachel Morris at the Hartt Community Division.

Samantha Scheidel, Soprano: Samantha is a junior at Farmington High School ads studies with Joanne Scattergood-Reeves.

Brian Farrell III, Tenor: Brian is a senior at Xavier High School in Middletown who studies with Matthew Campisi.

Winds Competition Winners: 1st Place winner: Grace Helmke, South Windsor. Concert performance piece: Sonatine (1943), Henri Dutilleux.

The first place winner in the Musical Club of Hartford's High School Winds Competition was Grace Helmke, a junior at South Windsor High School. She studies with Greig Shearer. Grace has been playing in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras for three years, as principal flute. For the past two summers, she has played in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Wind Ensemble. In 2013, she won the Hartt Community Division Honors Recital.

In 2015, she received honorable mention in this competition. Grace has received three honorable mention awards in the New York Flute Club Young Musicians Contest, and an honorable mention in the BYSO's Repertory orchestra Concerto Competition. Grace has been accepted by audition into the Eastern Region Band and Orchestra for the past three years, twice as principal flute, as well as being principal flute in Ct All State Orchestra last year. She was principal flute of the New England Music Festival Orchestra for two years, as well.

2nd Place winner: Steven Mustakos of Guilford. Concert performance piece: Solo De Concours, Opus 10 (1901) - Henri Rabaud. The second place winner in the Winds Competition was Steven Mustakos, a senior at Guilford High School. He studies with Andrew Grenci. Steven is principal Clarinet in his High School Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and Lead Alto in the Jazz Ensemble.

He is also principal clarinet in the Hartt Community Division Youth Symphony, and the Neighborhood Music School Greater New Haven Youth Wind Ensemble. Steven plays e flat clarinet in the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble, as well. He has been accepted into the Southern Region Band and Orchestra, and the Ct All State Band. He plans to attend a conservator and major in clarinet performance with a minor in woodwind repair.

3rd Place winner: Trevor Shultz of New Haven. Concert performance piece: Fantasie Sur un Theme original (1860) - Jules Demersseman. The third place winner in the Winds Competition was Trevor Shultz, a senior at Hamden Hall County Day School. He studies with Shane Rathburn at the Neighborhood School, where he currently is in honors programs for both Alto saxophone and piano. He is principal alto saxophone in the Greater New Haven Symphonic Wind Ensemble, as well as the Hamden Day School Orchestra, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble. He performs with several Jazz ensembles.

Trevor has been accepted into the Southern Region Middle and High School Festivals. Last summer he studied with Ken Randolfsky at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He is hoping to pursue a dual degree in music/alto sax performance and math/statistics/data science in college.

An honorable mention was awarded to Mariel Christiana, a senior at Berlin High School. Her teacher is Dr Barbara Hopkins.

Strings Division: 1st place winner: Sofia Gilchenok, viola, Columbia. La Campanella (1952). Niccolo Paganini. Violist Sofia Gilchenok is a student of Hsin-Yun Huang, Molly Carr, and Yi-Fang Huang in the Juilliard School's Pre-college Program, which she has attended since 2013, and where she serves as co-principal of the Pre-college Symphony. In 2016, Sofia was chosen as the winner of the American Viola Society's Solo Competition, Junior Division, and in 2015 she was the recipient of the NFMC's National Wendell Irish Viola Award, Northeastern Division. Sofia has performed Paganini's La Campanella with the Ocala Symphony and has also appeared as soloist with the Willimantic Symphony. Sofia, of Columbia, CT, is in the tenth grade and is home-schooled. She is passionate about chamber music and considers her participation in Music@Menlo among her favorite musical experiences.

2nd place winner: Lillian Yim, cello, Farmington. Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68 (1956) - David Popper. Lillian Yim, a current sophomore at Farmington High School, has been studying cello with Katie Kennedy for six years. Yim has been principal cellist of the Connecticut Youth Symphony for two consecutive years, as well as being principal cellist of the Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra, which she attended this summer. She was also principal cellist of the Northern Regional High School orchestra last year and a member of the All State Orchestra. Yim has participated in masterclasses with Rick Mooney, Jonathan Spitz, members of the Juilliard String Quartet, West End String Quartet, Norman Fisher, and Lynn Harrell.

3rd place winner: Matthew Hill, violin, West Hartford. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 (1878) - Pablo de Sarasate. Hill is a sophomore at Conard High School in West Hartford. He studies violin with Kyoko Horowitz in Boston, Mass., and has also studied at the Hartt School Community Division with Teri Einfeldt. This summer he participated in a masterclass given by Kyu Young Kim (Principal Violin and Artistic Director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra), and was featured as a soloist in the University of Hartford's Annual Hartt Gala (2016), performing Kreisler's Praeludium and Allegro. He is co-principal second violin of I Giovani Solisti (an internationally-touring chamber orchestra made up of the most advanced high school string players from West Hartford high schools) and is also a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Honorable Mention went to Jisoo Kim, violinist, of Avon, who is a junior at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Mass.

Nominations Of Extraordinary CT Residents Over Age 60 Now Open

BLOOMFIELD — Nominations for the 2018 Class of 60 Over 60 are now open. For the second year, the 60 Over 60 awards are looking for 60 Connecticut individuals over age 60 who make a difference with their businesses; in their communities and for their families.

Duncaster created this award-winning program in 2017 as a way to recognize the state's movers and shakers over the age of 60. Last year's honorees came from

26 towns across the state of Connecticut. They included leaders in the fields of business, medicine, sports and nonprofit organizations; activists; artists; inventors; politicians; volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Those wishing to nominate someone or themselves can go to the Duncaster website at www.Duncaster.org/60-Over-60; to nominate by email, contact ewest@aomc.com for a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 13 at midnight.

A panel of judges, including three of last year's recipients, will pick the members of the 2018 Class of 60 Over 60. Winners will be notified by the end of March. They will be featured in a special statewide newspaper supplement, showcased on the Duncaster site and honored at a celebration in May.

For the second year, we are launching a search for 60 people over age 60 who best represent the doers and dreamers of Connecticut; those whose everyday acts of kindness or achievements make an impact on the lives of others, said Carol Ann McCormick, Duncaster's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. McCormick was recognized by LeadingAge Connecticut for creating the program in 2017.

Anyone may nominate someone who is age 60 or better by Feb. 13. Nominees must live in the state of Connecticut at least five months a year. Nominators need not be from Connecticut. Self-nominations and multiple nominations are encouraged. For more information, see Duncaster.org or call 860-380-5006.

Jewelry Hospital

CANTON — Does your favorite jewelry need some attention? At 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, Canton Public Library offers Jewelry Hospital, a free workshop to help you repair and restore your less-than-whole costume jewelry. Bring your own item to clean, repair and/or modify and staff will guide you to make your best-loved jewelry healthy and sparkling once again.

Assessment will take place first, allowing for necessary set-up, and repair materials to be selected. Bring costume jewelry only for this program; no expensive pieces, please. The group size is limited to eight participants to allow personalized attention. Registration is required to provide enough supplies. Canton Public Library is located at 40 Dyer Avenue in Canton. For more information, email bvanness@libraryconnection.info, visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org or call 860-693-5800.

Coup de Brass Performs

SIMSBURY — Coup de Brass, Yale's premier undergraduate all-French horn ensemble, will perform at Westminster School on Jan. 19 as part of the school's Friday Nights at Westminster, a series of concerts and readings held at Westminster during the academic year.

Coup de Brass features the finest hornists from all of Yale's musical ensembles. Founded in 2012, it has performed at a variety of venues and made countless public appearances, from the Miami Heat's American Airlines Stadium to Yale's own Dwight Hall. The ensemble showcases a wide variety of horn literature, ranging from jazz selections, movie medleys and classical music to other popular tunes.

Coup de Brass' Westminster School performance is free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Gund Reading Room of the school's Armour Academic Center. The school is located at 995 Hopmeadow St. Ample parking will be available in the parking lot adjacent to Armour Academic Center.

SWC Adult Woman's Scholarships

STATEWIDE — The Simsbury Woman's Club offers a $2,000 scholarship to a Connecticut woman who has completed at least 60 credits of undergraduate work with a 3.0 or higher GPA and is currently enrolled in an institute of higher learning. In addition the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut (GFWC/CT) offers $2,000 and $1,000 Memorial scholarships. Only one application is needed to apply for all scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of future promise, financial need and scholastic ability. Deadline for the receipt of fully completed applications with all supporting materials is February 10, 2018. Applications can be obtained at www.SimsburyWomansClub.org. Email SWCScholarship@gmail.com with any questions.

Permaculture 101

FARMINGTON — In partnership with ForwardCT, the Farmington Libraries will host a lecture with an expert on the principles of permaculture and how to bring it into your daily life. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Farmington Main Library, located at 6 Monteith Drive.

Connor Stedman of Appleseed Permaculture will share insight, answer questions, and offer suggestions on incorporating permaculture into your home and community. Stedman is a field ecologist, agroforestry specialist, and educator based in western New England and the Hudson Valley. He holds an M.S. in Ecological Planning from the University of Vermont and is a lead organizer of the internationally recognized Carbon Farming Course. Connor offers consulting and design for multi-productive forest management at AppleSeed Permaculture, including silvopasture, forest understory crops, productive buffers, and wildlife habitat.

This event is free and open to the public. Visit www.farmingtonlibraries.org to register. Call 860-673-6791 for more information. The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association. If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

Avon Student Donates To Tunxis Food Pantry

AVON — Tunxis Community College's food pantry received a special donation from an Avon third-grader on Nov. 13. For her ninth birthday, Emily Lamar asked her fellow students to bring food donations to her celebration instead of gifts. Her classmates from Roaring Brook School joined her for a party at a trampoline park where they donated over 80 pounds of food for those in need.

"I just thought of all the people who are hungry, and it made me want to donate the food," said Lamar, whose mom works at Tunxis.

Research shows rates of food insecurity for college students continues to exceed the national average. One in five students experience some form of food insecurity, which has a negative effect on student success in the classroom, and ultimately on students' ability to complete their degree programs.

One of over 300 college pantries across the country, the pantry at Tunxis opened in fall 2016 to provide short-term food assistance to those Tunxis students who may be experiencing financial difficulties. The pantry seeks to alleviate the barriers and challenges associated with food insecurity, not being able to afford nourishing meals, and hunger so that students can remain in school and earn their degrees.

The Tunxis food pantry is a volunteer effort of employees and students throughout the college. Tunxis students are able to access non-perishable food, household, and personal care items twice a month and receive a total of 20 items per month by showing a valid Tunxis student ID.

The pantry is consistently in need of food and grocery store gift cards. A list of requested donation items is posted on the pantry website at tunxis.edu/pantry, and can be donated to the pantry during open hours. Donation boxes are also located in the 100 Building main entrance and in the 700 Building lobby. Donations may be in the form of nonperishable food, personal care items or gift cards to local grocery stores. Cash donations are also accepted through the Cashier's Office at 860-773-1315). Contact afeest@tunxis.edu or call 860-773-1631 with any questions about donations.

Avon Fire Department Celebrates 75 Years

AVON — The Avon Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2018. Events scheduled to take place throughout the year include a 5K race, open houses, and library exhibits. The main event marking the AVFD's 75th anniversary will be its hosting of the 135th Annual Connecticut State Firefighters Association Convention and Parade along with a carnival featuring food trucks the weekend of Sept. 14 to 16.

"We are honored to have been selected by the Connecticut State Firefighters Association to host its annual convention and parade in honor of our 75th anniversary," says AVFD Chief Michael Trick.

The 135th Annual Connecticut State Firefighters Association Convention and Parade will take place from Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16. The weekend's events will kick off on Friday morning with an executive luncheon held at George's Pizza & Restaurant in Unionville at 11:30 a.m. There will be an Irregulars Dinner meeting at AVFD Company 1, 25 Darling Drive, that evening at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the Convention meeting will take place at Avon High School, 510 West Avon Road. Following the meeting will be a President's Reception at Company 1. On Sunday, a parade will step off promptly at noon. Line up will begin at 8 a.m. at Avon High School, and the parade route will follow West Avon Road South to Thompson Road and end at the M.H. Rhodes property across from Thompson Brook School. Shuttle buses will run from Thompson Brook School to Avon High School from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Visit www.avonvfd.org or www.facebook.com/AvonVFD for more information.

Kindergarten Search

CANTON — Children who turn 5 years old by January 1, 2019, are eligible for kindergarten next fall. Parents are asked to call Cherry Brook Primary School at 860-693-7721 or email tring@cantonschools.org for info.

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.

Historical Society Launches New Website

AVON — The Board of Trustees of the Avon Historical Society announces the launch of a newly designed website, www.avonhistoricalsociety.org, provided by funding from the William A. Yandow Trust.

Terri Wilson, president of the society, encourages everyone to view the site and send back comments to info@avonhistoricalsociety.org.

The new website is the anchor of a new branding campaign for the society to bring attention to local history. The society has created new marketing materials to match the historic colors and logo including a tri-fold brochure, letterhead, newsletter, business cards, a news release template, and more. All this will be more visible in the coming months. The new website was designed by PairDesign of Avon, with photographs and text provided by members of the Society.

Coming soon to the website will be the addition of the gift shop with e-commerce capabilities, not only for the purchase of items, but also for payment of annual membership and donations.

High School Athletic Banner Auction

CANTON — Canton High School Alumni: Did you play on a winning sports team in the years between 1973 and 2002? Lights On Canton is auctioning the large banners which previously hung in the Canton High School Gym.

These NCCC and State Championship banners include basketball, soccer, softball, baseball, cross country, tennis, wrestling and field hockey teams. Constructed of heavy felt with white and gold trims, the banners would make a unique gift or nostalgic collectible ready to hang in your home or office. To view the photos of the banners or place a bid, go to www.32auctions.com/LightsOnCanton or contact Kimberly Marze at 860-693-6717.

Special Needs Hockey Team Recruiting New Players

AREA — The Connecticut Chasers, an ice hockey team for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities, is recruiting new players for the 2017-18 season, running from Nov. 4, through March 10, 2018.

Weekly practices are at Simsbury Farms Skating Rink in Simsbury from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The team is looking for players of all abilities and skill levels ages 8 and up. "Learn to Skate" sessions are offered for those new to the ice.

Prospective players and their families are invited to attend a practice to see the fun for themselves. Some equipment is available to borrow for anyone who wants to try a practice session before joining.

Athletes from throughout the Greater Hartford Area and beyond are welcome. Current players are from Avon, Canton, Ellington, Farmington, Glastonbury, Simsbury, South Windsor, and Windsor.

The Chasers were founded in 1997 by former Hartford Whaler Kelly Chase and the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress to provide a team experience for the players while helping them improve their self-esteem, social skills, gross motor skills and coordination. The team is a proud member of the American Special Hockey Association and Special Hockey International.

Last season, the Chasers had the honor of serving as "Blue Line Buddies" for the Hartford Wolf Pack, standing on the ice with the team during the National Anthem before a game at the XL Center. The Chasers are looking for similar opportunities this season.

The team also has scrimmages with the Southern Connecticut Storm of Bridgeport and the East Coast Jumbos of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Email Ctchasershockey@gmail.com for more information.

Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series

GRANBY — Supported by a grant from the Granby Education Foundation and the music ministry at South Congregational Church, the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series concerts are held at South Church, 242 Salmon Brook St. The church is wheelchair accessible from the side-door. For more information call 860-653-7289.

The events in this series are free and open to the public, with donations gratefully accepted for the continuance of the series.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, the BPMMS will host the fifth annual Family Night at the Movies. The screening of a classic black-and-white silent film with live improvised accompaniment by Jason Roberts, organist, has become an annual tradition on the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series.

Violin virtuoso Emlyn Ngai and the Hartt Collegium Musicum will be returning to the Series for their fourth appearance on the BPMMS on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 4 p.m. The Hartt Collegium has been delighting the audiences for the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series since it first began in 2012. Enjoy an afternoon of masterpieces by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Telemann played with precision and panache by an orchestra of violins, violas, cellos, basses, oboe, bassoon, flute and harpsichord.

Avon's World War II History

AVON — Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Avon Library, Katie Kukiolczynski, CCSU MA History graduate, was hired to process, scan, and summarize the World War II newsletter collection with the Marion Hunter History Room of the Avon Library.

Visit http://bit.ly/2vBxPMJ to view the collection, which consists of 14 resident-created newsletters spanning the years 1943-1946. The newsletters were intended for Avon soldiers, and were sent to them wherever they were stationed, either at home or abroad, as well as to their families in Avon. In addition to uploading the actual newsletters, Kukiolczynski detailed military commendations and created highlights of each issue. The newsletters also included some local town gossip and news for soldiers to stay up to date on current happenings around town, so Avon was always a part of them wherever they were.

Teen Job Center

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Public Library and Simsbury Main Street Partnership are proud to combine efforts and offer the Teen Job Center, a joint effort designed to match teens looking for work with area businesses looking for help. They are currently accepting both teen job applications and business help requests.

The positions available will depend on local business needs and may include summer or year-long employment, paid or unpaid internships, or work study opportunities. Sara Ray, Teen Services Librarian at the Simsbury Public Library, will match interests and availability based on the applications received.

Visit http://www.simsburylibrary.info/teen/teen-job-center/ to fill out a teen job application or a business application.

Teens may contact Sara Ray at 860-658-7663 or email sarar@simsburylibrary.info. Businesses can contact Sarah Nielsen, Executive Director, Simsbury Main Street Partnership, at simmainst@sbcglobal.net.

Rotary Club

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Granby Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at the Hop Meadow Country Club, 85 Firetown Road. For membership information contact Club President Ed LaMontagne at edjlam@comcast.net.

Christian Science Reading Room

WEST HARTFORD — The Christian Science Church (First Church of Christ, Scientist) announced the relocation of its Reading Room from the church building at 235 Scarborough St., Hartford, to 8 North Main St., West Hartford, marking its return to West Hartford Center.

The Christian Science Reading Room welcomes all who wish to spend quiet time in study or prayer. Bibles and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, may be read, borrowed, or purchased there, as well as other books, periodicals, and CDs about Christian Science, its founder, and the healing power of God. The Christian Science Monitor is also available. Attendants are on hand to assist and answer questions about Christian Science.

The Reading Room is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free parking available in the parking lot adjacent to the building. Those who wish to learn more may visit http://christiansciencect.org/hartford or http://www.christianscience.com, call 860-200-4710, or email csrrhartford@gmail.com.

Valley Veterans Meetings

AVON — Veterans may visit with members of VFW Post 3272 at Truffles on Main Restaurant, 300 West Main St., from 8 to 10 a.m., the first Saturday of the every month. To learn more about the Gildo T. Consolini VFW Post 3272, visit avonvfw.com.

U.S. Flag Collection

AVON — The Gildo T. Consolini VFW Post 3272 of Avon and the Avon Free Public Library, 281 County Club Road, have joined together to place a collection box in the library lobby for collection of worn U.S. flags.

The patriotic decorated wooden box was designed by Gary Kollberg, of Farmington, and was built by Brian Freeman, his wife, Charlotte, and daughters, Holly and Julia, pictured.

Residents of the valley are welcome to donate any and all worn U.S. flags during regular library hours. Members of the Avon VFW will pick them up on a regular basis for proper disposal.

Tabletop Game Nights

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Libraries will host a monthly tabletop game night on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., at the Main Library, 6 Monteith Drive. Pizza and snacks will be provided.

Games played will include Gloom, Munchkin, Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, chess, Apples to Apples, and more. Have suggestions for great tabletop games? Contact Anna at aboisvert@farmingtonlibraries.org. This event is free and open to the public, ages 12 and up. Space is limited. Registration required. Call 860-673-6791 for details or register through the library's website at farmingtonlibraries.org.

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