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Community News For The Valley Edition

CT Soccer Hall Of Fame

WEST HARTFORD — The West Hartford Girls Soccer League congratulated Mario Gilardini on his induction into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame.

Gilardini was inducted on Jan. 28, in a ceremony at the Radisson in Cromwell. He is deeply involved in both the Avon and West Hartford soccer community and has been officiating high school soccer for more than 25 years.

Gilardini has been president of the West Hartford Youth Soccer Association since 1990 and he also serves as the referee assignor for the Avon Soccer Club and the West Hartford Girls Soccer League.

As a player, Gilardini played for Triestina Soccer Club in the Connecticut Soccer League from 1962-64. He was a board member of the Italian American Stars in the mid-1960s.

Simsbury Student Wins Scholarship

SIMSBURY — Ethel Walker School senior Brea Austin was chosen by Bank of America to be a part of its 2016 Student Leaders® Program. Only 225 high school students from across the country received this honor and were selected because they demonstrated a driving passion for improving their communities.

Student Leaders received paid summer internships with nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, where they further developed their passion and skills.

Austin interned at the Boys and Girls Club in Hartford. Her job was to guide 5- to 13-year-olds who wanted to help other Hartford nonprofit organizations. After she led a brainstorming session with her young charges, they chose several area nonprofits to work with: homeless shelters, the Salvation Army, FoodShare, and local animal shelters.

Austin's overall mission is to improve the number of education and life opportunities for inner-city youth, especially those who are targeted by the school-to-prison pipeline. Her initial efforts have been focused on students in her hometown of Hartford, she said.

As a BOA scholarship recipient, Austin attended a week-long Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. this past summer, where she and other scholarship recipients learned how government, the private sector and the public sector can intersect to address community issues.

She also received a Bank of America Community Service and Leadership scholarship that made it possible for her to be a volunteer in China, where she worked with fellow scholarship recipients to find ways to address Beijing's serious pollution issues. 

Austin is currently working on a proposal to generate funds that would allow a group to go to Washington, D.C. again, to tour the African American Museum. She also hopes to institute a Hartford Community Day to bring Hartford police and neighboring communities together.

Upon graduation from Walker's, Austin hopes to live in Washington, D.C., attend Georgetown University, study international business, and eventually work with a program like Horizons, or be a diplomat for education.

Canton Library Events

CANTON — Maggie Carchrie and Friends will perform traditional Scottish music and dance in a free program at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Canton Public Library and Community Center, 40 Dyer Ave.

Traditional songs will be sung in English, Gaelic and Scots, pipe tunes played, and agile feet will dance around swords. The Callanish Scottish Dancers will also perform soft and hard shoe dancing. The program is free, and no registration is required.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., author and retired teacher Marty Podskoch will give an illustrated talk to show the vision and the broad, long-lasting effects of the Depression-era Connecticut Civilian Conservation camps as explained in his new book, "Connecticut Civilian Conservation Camps: History, Memories and Legacy."

Attendees will see a photographic presentation and learn about the people, places, and works of the CCC. After the talk, participants may ask questions and share CCC lore and Podskoch's books will be available for purchase and signing.

The program is free, although registration is requested for seating set-up. For information or to register, call 860-693-5800, email kbunn@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

KO Students Capture Awards

NEW HAVEN — Continuing its 14-year winning streak, Kingswood Oxford students captured a number of top awards at Yale's Model United Nations, held on Thursday, Jan. 19 through Jan. 22. Olivia Rossi '18, of Middle Haddam (pictured), won Best Delegate in Arab League. YMUN is a simulation of the United Nations where students collaborate with one another, discuss pressing issues and resolve their disputes. Over 1,500 students from across the globe participated in the event.

Five other Kingswood Oxford students won awards. Commendations went to Alec Rossi '17 of Kensington and Ben Small ' 19 of Ellington in Press Corp, and to Adam Ovian '18 Wethersfield in Security Council. Ariba Memon '17 of South Windsor won Outstanding Delegate in Security Council. Hannah Bash '18 of West Hartford won Honorable Delegate in Arab League.

KO alumnus Ben Waldman was one of the YMUN chairs. Waldman created a brand new committee called the International Court of Justice, although none of the KO delegates sat in his committee.

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.

Author Reading

SIMSBURY — Non-fiction writer Howard Axelrod will give a reading at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Westminster School, 995 Hopmeadow St., as part of the school's Friday Nights in Gund series.

Axelrod is the author of The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude, named one of the best books of the year in 2015 by Slate, the Chicago Tribune and Entropy magazine, and one of the top 10 memoirs by Library Journal.

The reading is free, open to the public and will take place in the Gund Reading Room of the school's Armour Academic Center. Refreshments will be served after the presentation and ample parking will be available in the parking lot adjacent to Armour Academic Center.

The Friday Nights in Gund series is made possible by generous grants from The Ensign Bickford Foundation and the Ford-Goldfarb English Department Enrichment Fund.

Amy's Angels Sets Fundraising Record

SIMSBURY — A spectacular year for Amy's Angels came to an end in record-breaking fashion. In 2016, Amy's Angels raised $262,277, over $100,000 more than in 2015, and was able to provide $144,449 in direct assistance to those in need.

Since its inception three years ago, Amy's Angels has provided more than $300,000 in immediate financial aid to those experiencing hardship.

Amy's Angels was established in 2014 in loving memory of Amy (Fiondella) Bochman, a dedicated mother who lost her battle with breast cancer before her son Ethan reached the age of six. Read more about Amy and her Angels at www.amysangels.org.

Amy's Angels deliver a host of services, including financial support, patient advocacy, information resources, volunteer services and fundraising assistance.

Finding Joy After Trauma

AVON — A workshop for women titled 'Finding Joy After Sexual Trauma' will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main St.

Lindsay Gibson, Interim Director of Children's Ministry, tells her story of forgiveness, courage, and hope. Find out more about Lindsay on her website at www.lindsaymariegibson.com. For additional information about Avon Congregational Church, contact the church office at 860-678-0488 or visit www.avon-church.org.

Land Trust Activities

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Land Trust is hosting the following events.

Hiking Club Hike through Town Forest and Ethel Walker Woods: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Meet at the parking lot at Town Forest Park, 86 Town Forest Road. The hike will cross the stream into Ethel Walker Woods and around a four-and-a-half-mile loop. There will be ups and downs, nothing steep, but good footwear for possible slippery conditions is recommended.

The hike is easy and will take about two hours. Worried about possible cancellation? Call Don or Sally at 860-604-5522.

A viewing of Tapped and a discussion of the movie will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Simsbury Public Library, Program Room B, 725 Hopmeadow St. Tapped is an award-winning documentary about the bottled water industry and its effects on health, climate change, and pollution.

Linda Pagani from Save Our Water CT will be present for a Q&A after the showing and will provide an update on efforts to protect Connecticut's water from more incursions by the water bottling industry. Eileen Fielding from the Farmington River Watershed Association will also be on the panel. The event is co-sponsored by FRWA and Save Our Water CT.

Images From Southern Africa by Chris Fisher will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at the Simsbury Public Library.

The next Hiking Club hike will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at a to-be-determined location. For up-to-date information or to join the SLT Hiking Club contact the SLT office via phone at 860-651-8773 or email amyzeiner@aol.com.

A showing of Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the Simsbury Public Library. The documentary focuses on how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.

Hometown Habitat features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss.

Simsbury Land Trust's annual membership dinner will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at The Riverview, 10 Winslow Place, Weatogue. Guest speaker Jay Kaplan will speak on the Farmington Valley's birds and habitats.

A birdhouse contest and auction will take place at the dinner. Members may each take one free of charge to decorate and enter in the birdhouse decorating contest and auction. All bird houses become property of the SLT and will be auctioned at the dinner.

For more information, contact Amy Zeiner at 860-651-8773 or amyzeiner@aol.com.

First Friday Dinner

AVON — First Friday Dinner at Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main St., will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3.

The menu features homemade stuffed manicotti, served with meat sauce or marinara, salad and crusty bread. The renowned dessert buffet will round out the meal and includes coffee and tea.

The dinners are $13 per adult and $7 per child 10 and under. Diners may purchase tickets at the church office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, or at the door.

Call the church office at 860-678-0488 for more information.

Community Hymn Sing

AVON — The community hymn sing at Avon Congregational Church, 6 W. Main St., will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.

In keeping with the welcoming musical spirit of Avon Congregational Church, the director of music ministries invites all voices for a joyous singing of hymns in unison or harmony. Those who attend may bring their favorite hymns. Other churches and the unaffiliated are welcome.

Anyone with hymn requests is asked to email them in advance to musicdirector@avon-church.org. For further information, contact Dianne Rechel, Director of Music Ministries at 860-678-0488 or email musicdirector@avon-church.org

Farmers Market Accepting Applications

AVON — The Avon Library Farmers Market, entering its fourth year, is now accepting applications for the 2017 season. The market runs on Mondays in July and August from 4 to 7 p.m. and is held on the Avon Library's grounds, 281 Country Club Road.

Applications are due by April 1 and are available at: http://www.avonctlibrary.info/farmersmarket.html.

Morning Book Club

AVON — The Morning Book Club at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd., will take place on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome. No registration is required. Upcoming titles to be discussed are A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, The Dinner by Herman Koch, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, and The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. For further info, call the library at 860-673-9712.

Avon Taxpayers Meeting

AVON — "The State Giveth and the State Taketh Away" will be one of the subjects discussed at an Avon Taxpayers Association meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Avon Free Public Library's Community Room, 281 Country Club Road.

Tom Harrison, chairman of the Avon Board of Finance, will examine the legislative process, including the latest decrees, decisions and pronouncements that might impact Avon's 2017-18 budget requests. The meeting will also reflect on and discuss the Avon Taxpayers Association's history and its future role in the community.

The public is encouraged to ask questions, enjoy refreshments, and actively participate in this information-packed meeting.

Garden Club Meeting

CANTON — The Cherry Brook Garden Club meeting will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Canton Senior Center, 40 Dyer Ave. The meeting will feature a talk by Ceil Rossi, a juried artist specializing in the Art of the Southwest. Guests are welcome to attend. For more info, contact 860-693-4376.

Trout Unlimited

UNIONVILLE — Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited will hold its February meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Farmington Community and Senior Center, 321 New Britain Ave.

Lou Zambello has fly-fished northern New England for over 30 years. A guide and author, he will present a program on 20 great places to fish in New England.

Admission and parking are free and the public is welcome. For more details, visit www.fvtu.org or contact Don at 860-666-3447.

Easter Invitation

FARMINGTON — St. Patrick Church, 110 Main St., Farmington, is sponsoring a seven week program for anyone interested in learning about the Catholic faith.

The seven sessions, led by a team of parishioners, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, from Feb. 23 through April 6, in the basement church hall. For more info or to register, contact David Edwards at 860-677-4183 or e-mail eugeneedwards5468@icloud.com.

Ukulele Workshop

FARMINGTON — As part of its winter Sunday special programming, the Farmington Libraries will host an afternoon ukulele workshop at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Main Library, 6 Monteith Drive. Instructor Julie Stepanek will lead beginners through a lesson, strum-along, and Q&A about the instrument.

This event is free and open to the public, ages 12 and up. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 860-673-6791 for details or register at www.farmingtonlibraries.org.

U.S. Flag Collection

AVON — The Gildo T. Consolini VFW Post 3272 of Avon and the Avon Free Public Library, 281 County Club Rd., 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.

Jazz Vocalist Performs

AVON — Marlene VerPlanck, the "Doyenne of Cabaret and Jazz Vocals," will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, as part of the Sundays at Three music series.

VerPlanck will appear along with pianist Darren Litzie and bassist Jeff Fuller in a program highlighting the music of Irving Berlin.

Doors open at 3 p.m. There is no cost to attend. The concert is presented by the Friends of the Avon Library. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists follow the program.

Library Survey Open

AVON — The survey for the Avon Free Public Library's 2017 Local Author Festival is now open. The theme for the summer is "Conversations" and closes on St. Patrick's Day. The details and survey link are available here: http://www.avonctlibrary.info/localauthorfest.html

Managing Finances

AVON — The Hartford Dental Society is hosting a seminar titled "Practice Management: You Are Your Greatest Asset," at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the North House, 1 Nod Road.

Rob P. Tarantino, senior vice-president at The Tarantino Group, will speak on managing your practice's finances. Visit https://hartfordds.site-ym.com/ for more information, or to register.

Build Your Own Chocolate Bark

SIMSBURY — Join an interactive workshop to make healthy chocolate bark at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St.

Presenter Alissa Monteleone will have a copy of the newly published second edition of her book, Everybody Eats, for sale at the workshop. Realizing she needed to take her health seriously after having her first child at 36, Monteleone took control over her lifelong struggle with food.

This free workshop for adults and teens age 16 and older is limited to 40 participants. Nuts will be on-site. Pre-registration is required by calling 860-658-7663 or visiting www.simsburylibrary.info.

Deciphering Nutrition Labels

BLOOMFIELD — Duncaster will present a free program on nutritional supplements and food labels at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 40 Loeffler Road.

Eric R. Secor, Jr., will present the material and lead the discussion as part of Duncaster's monthly series, "The Art and Science of Graceful Aging." The event is open to the public, however, pre-registration is required.

To register or get more information about Duncaster's Art and Science of Graceful Aging presentations, contact Fran Kent at 860-380-5006 or fKent@Duncaster.org.

Comedy Night

SIMSBURY — Comedians Liz Miele and Lauren Hope Krass will provide a night of fun and laughter at the annual Night of Comedy and Community at The Ethel Walker School, 30 Bushy Hill Rd., on Saturday, February 11, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Comedy Night is appropriate for adults 18-plus. Funds raised at the event will benefit Walker's Horizons program for Hartford girls. There will be a silent auction, cocktails and appetizers.

Auction items include private flying lessons, piano or voice lessons, a weekend getaway in Westport, Massachusetts and more.

Tickets are $50 and include cocktails and appetizers, provided by Simsbury's Harvest Café.

Purchase tickets at www.ethelwalker.org/horizons.

'Urinetown: The Musical'

SIMSBURY — The Westminster School Drama Association, 995 Hopmeadow St., will present Urinetown: The Musical in the school's Werner Centennial Center.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19. They are free and open to the public with general admission seating. Parking will be available in the lot adjacent to Armour Academic Center.

Voice Of Democracy Winners

AREA — At a ceremony recently, the Department of Connecticut Veterans of Foreign Wars announced the top winners in the 2016-2017 Voice of Democracy (VOD) contest.

Contestants record a three to five-minute essay based on an annual patriotic theme, which is submitted to their local sponsor VFW Post. The post winners move on to a district level, and those winners to a statewide competition during the fall of the academic year.

This year's theme was "My Responsibility to America." The top essay winners are:

First Place - Meghan Hebert, senior, Killingly High School, Killingly. She was sponsored by VFW Post & Auxiliary 1523 of Putnam.

Second Place – Rachael Weakley, of Canton, senior at The Master's School, West Simsbury. She was sponsored by VFW Post & Auxiliary 3272 of Avon.

Third Place – Alyssa Varesio, senior, Woodland High School, Beacon Falls. She was sponsored by VFW Post 8075 of Prospect.

All three were presented plaques and a monetary award at a Jan. 15 ceremony in Rocky Hill, at the 46th annual awards dinner by the Department of Connecticut Veterans of Foreign War and its Auxiliary.

Hebert, will move on to compete with all other state winners across the country for a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient's American university, college or vocational/technical school. Hebert will submit a recording of her reading her essay for the national competition.

In addition, Hebert will be invited to attend the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge's Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program held in June 2017.

Patriot's Pen Essay Winners

AREA — At a ceremony recently, the Department of Connecticut Veterans of Foreign Wars \announced the top winners in the 2016-2017 Patriot's Pen essay contest. Patriot's Pen is a nationwide youth-essay writing competition that gives students in grades 6, 7 and 8 the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy.

This year's theme was "The America I Believe In." Contestants write a 300-400 word essay based on an annual patriotic theme which is first judged by their sponsoring VFW Post. Post winners move on to the District level and those winners to a statewide competition during the fall of the academic year.

This year's top essay winners are:

First Place – Rachel Coppinger, 8th grade, Henry James Memorial School, Simsbury. She was sponsored by VFW Post 1926, Simsbury.

Second Place – Brendan Holleck, 8th grade, Rochambeau Middle School, Region 15, Southbury. He was sponsored by VFW Post 1607, Southbury.

Third Place – Brendan Owen, 8th grade, East Hampton Middle School, East Hampton. He was sponsored by VFW Post 5095, East Hampton.

All three were presented plaques and a monetary award at a ceremony on Jan. 15 in Rocky Hill at the 46th Annual Awards dinner by the Department of Connecticut Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Auxiliary.

Coppinger's first place essay will be sent to a national competition where she will be competing with 53 other state winners for individual awards ranging from $500 to $5,000. The top national winner is also provided an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. with a parent or guardian.

Tax Help

AVON — Free tax help for all ages is available at the Avon Library, 281 Country Club Road. One hour appointments are available on Wednesdays through April 12, at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Drop-ins and appointments are accepted on Saturdays, through April 15, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and running until 1:30 p.m., on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 860-673-9712, ext. 4, for more information.

Coloring For Adults

AVON — The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, presents coloring for adults on Wednesdays in February. All supplies will be provided. The program will be held in the first floor atrium from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 22. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 860-673-9712.

Simsbury Library

SIMSBURY — Trinity Professor Abigail Fisher Williamson will discuss the history of U.S. immigration law, how today's immigrants differ and are similar from immigrants of the early 20th century, and explain various proposals for immigration reform, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the library. There is no cost to attend. Registration is suggested by calling 860-658-7663 or visiting www.simsburylibrary.info.

Valentine Workshop

AVON — Show your love by making a valentine to honor local police, firefighters, veterans and loved ones from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main St.

Card-making supplies will be provided and light refreshments served. The cards will be distributed to local police, firefighters and veterans. The event is sponsored by the Outreach Ministry of Avon Congregational Church. Visit www.avon-church.org for more details or call the church office at 860 678-0488. No advance sign-up is required.

Moonlight Hike

CANTON — The Canton Land Conservation Trust invites those of all ages to its most popular event, a moonlit and candle-lit hike through the woods, followed by a hot meal and roaring bonfire.

The hike will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Hikers will begin at the Breezy Hill Farm Preserve, no earlier than 5:30 p.m., and will follow a luminaria-lined trail leading the way to a horse barn for a festive gathering, chili dinner and hot cocoa.

There is no cost to attend; donations to the land trust are appreciated. Hikers are invited to bring side dishes or desserts to share.

The trail will be packed down, but winter footwear or snowshoes are suggested. Organizers requested that dogs be left at home.

Those seeking additional information or to check on weather cancellations are asked to visit www.cantonlandtrust.org.

Hummingbirds Of The World

FARMINGTON — Naturalist and educator John Root will present a lecture on hummingbirds at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive. Root will discuss myths and legends about hummingbirds, special adaptations for flight and how to attract hummingbirds with feeders and gardens.

The event is free and open to the public. Call 860-673-6791 for details or register through the library's website at www.farmingtonlibraries.org.

Avon's Historical Homes

AVON — As part of his Eagle Scout project, Micah Rahardjo spent the past few months digitizing a survey of Avon's historic homes in an effort to raise awareness of their stories. Rahardjo scanned documents, took new photographs of the homes, which were in black and white, and more.

For more information on the homes, visit http://manage.ctdigitalarchive.org.

Talk On Opioids

AVON — All are welcome to attend a talk on opioids, taking place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb.26, in the Avon Library Community Room, 281 Country Club Road.

Dr. Charles McKay will present information on the human toll of this epidemic, pain and treatment of pain, the pharmaceutical industry and current patterns of use. McKay is a medical toxicologist, interim medical director of the Connecticut Poison Control Center and president of the American College of Medical Toxicology. The library can be reached at 860-673-9712.

'42nd Street'

SIMSBURY — Students at Simsbury High School will present the Tony Award winning musical 42nd Street on Feb. 10 to 12 (snow date Feb 13) in the school's auditorium, 34 Farms Village Rd. The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. The Sunday performances will begin at 2 p.m.

Dr. Stuart Younse is the artistic director for SHS's musical production. Lead roles in the show are played by Grace Sullivan (Dorothy Brock), Lauren Cassot (Peggy Sawyer), Zoë Eisenhaure (Maggie Jones), Ava Rooney (Anytime Annie), Tim Amarell (Julian Marsh), Jacob Lill (Billy Lawlor), David Black (Bert Barry), Brian Hanshaw (Andy Lee), William Shaw (Oscar), Breanna Pryzbek (Maxine), Cam DeLo (Pat Denning), and Brendan Barnard (Abner Dillon).

Robert Tomasulo returns as the vocal music director and orchestral director. Kate Morran returns as the assistant director and choreographer. Adult creative contributors include Kate Morran (assistant director and choreographer), Robert Tomasulo (vocal music director and orchestral director), Linda Milton (costume design), Timothy Reed (lighting design), Michael Hunter (set design and technical director), Josh Berman (technical director, Joel Silverstro (wig design), Angela Griffin (producer) and Carole Twohig (associate producer).

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens and students. Reserved seating is available by purchasing tickets online through the Simsbury High School website: www.simsbury.k12.ct.us. Tickets can also be purchased in the lobby 45 minutes prior to the start of each show, on a first come-first served basis. Those in need of assistance may call 860-658-0451, ext. 991, and leave a message.

The Mechanization Of Warfare Exhibit

AVON — The Avon Historical Society invites the public to view an exhibit entitled The Mechanization of Warfare – WWI outside the Marian Hunter Local History room of the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road.

The exhibit will take place through February, in conjunction with a statewide centennial observance of the United States' entry into the "Great War." As part of the state's observance, the Avon Historical Society and Avon Free Public Library teamed up to mark the occasion with several events.

While the theme of the exhibit focuses on air, sea and land warfare, the society has items on loan from local residents incorporated into the display. A special part of the exhibit will be the handwritten honor roll of the 69 men from Avon who served which has many longtime family names from town such as Bonesio, Eddy, Manion, O'Neil, Volovski, and Zaugg. All came back to Avon when the war ended.

The library will screen WWI themed movies during their 1:30 p.m. Thursday Movie Matinee Series: The Lost Battalion, on Feb. 9; and All Quiet on the Western Front, on Feb. 16.

A large collection of books about WWI will be available on the shelves in the exhibit area. Patrons are welcome to browse the exhibit, watch a movie, loan a book and explore the Great War of 100 years ago. For information on the national World War I observance, visit www.ww1cc.org.

Simsbury Woman's Club 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 institution of higher learning. In addition, we are offering a $750 Nancy Bird Scholarship, and The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut offers $2,000 and $1,000 Memorial scholarships. Only one application is needed for review. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of future promise, financial need and scholastic ability. Deadline for receipt of fully completed applications with all supporting materials is February 10, 2017. Applications may be obtained at www.SimsburyWomansClub.org For details email SWCScholarship@gmail.com

Lights On Canton

CANTON — Lights On Canton, the committee raising funds for permanent lights for the CMS/CHS track & field athletic complex, has announced new sponsorship opportunities for local businesses and organizations. Lights On Canton is offering new field signage for increased exposure at the track & field as well as bold new stadium spirit flags for the top of the home bleachers.

The field signage offers sponsors space to showcase their business logo and company messaging in a 4X6 or 3X5 format. We look forward to working with local businesses and organizations to promote their Canton Warriors spirit and raise funds for lights to illuminate the next generation of Canton athletes. If interested, contact Christy at dcmitchell06@comcast.net

Buy-A-Brick Fundraiser

CANTON — Lights On Canton, the committee raising funds for permanent lights for the CMS/CHS track & field athletic complex, has announced the opening of its "Leave A Legacy" patio brick fundraiser. This large, gorgeous new patio will be placed at the heart of the athletic complex and will feature a dramatic "BIG C" design in Warriors colors.

Fully customizable bricks make an amazing way to recognize family members, an organization name or an individual achievement. A brick also can serve as a lasting memorial to a loved one or a cherished veteran. A variety of clipart can be added to the brick to reflect a commitment to sports, the arts, our nation or Canton Warriors. Bricks also make outstanding gifts to recognize a parent, teacher or coach.

Standard size 4X8 richly hued red bricks are available for $100 and include three lines of customizable text. Larger size 8X8 red bricks are $250 and include 5-6 lines of text and the addition of optional clipart. Our premium, large grey bricks are featured in the center of patio inside the bold "BIG C" design. These limited bricks are available for $750 and include 6 lines of text.

For more information, or to purchase your brick, visit www.polarengraving.com/LightsOnCanton or contact Kimberly at kamarze@yahoo.com.

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.

Winter Financial Series

FARMINGTON — This winter, the Farmington Libraries will host an informational financial program, in partnership with Edward Jones at the Farmington Main Library, 6 Monteith Drive:

Health Care and Your Retirement: Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Register at farmingtonlibraries.org. or by calling 860-673-6791 for details.

Give The Gift Of History

AVON — The Avon Historical Society has some wonderful gifts for this holiday season from stocking stuffers to books and note card to prints that are suitable for framing, all for viewing at avonhistoricalsociety.org/AHSGiftShop.htm Orders may be placed through their e-mail at ahs.mail.1830@sbcglobal.net

Avon Free Public Library

AVON — The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road has an upcoming drop-in genealogy date at the Avon Public Library on Wednesday, March 1, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Farmington Valley VNA Blood Pressure Screening will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Registration is not necessary, just drop-in. Call 860-673-9712, ext. 234 for details.

Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter energy assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

Race For College Scholarships

STATEWIDE — The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program recently launched the Dr. Marc Eisen Scholarship Award, a statewide indoor cycling competition for high school students that will award the male and female champion a scholarship to college.

The CCAP will be traveling to schools around Connecticut and host indoor school cycling events on stationary trainers. To earn a chance to win the Dr. Marc Eisen Scholarship Award, check with your cycling club to learn the time the CCAP will be holding races in your school. The championship event will take place in May 2017 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

The fastest male and female high school student from each indoor school cycling competition throughout the season will earn a spot in the season championship finals at the end of the school year.

The season championship finals will bring together all of the fastest riders from around the state. The male and female winners that record the fastest time that day will be awarded a $500 scholarship for college.

The winner's school club will also receive a separate $125 award to encourage continued success of the club. All students are eligible for a $250 leadership award, including students who do not reach the season finals. All finalists must submit a one-page essay prior to the season championship finals event describing their participation in their CCAP school club. Essays must describe the student's regular season participation in club practices and race events, demonstrate a commitment to team success and illustrate an impact cycling has made on the student.

For more information, visit CTCyclingadvancement.org.

60 Over 60 Awards

STATEWIDE — The statewide search is on for 60 remarkable people over the age of 60 who will be honored in the state's first 60 Over 60 Awards, created by Hartford area LifeCare community, Duncaster.

The award was created by Duncaster as a way to showcase the lives of people 60 or better who have had a unique impact on their world, their communities or the lives of others. Nominations by others, self-nominations and multiple nominations are encouraged. Nominators need not live in Connecticut. Nominations are open until Feb. 13. Winners will be announced in May 2017 in a special supplement and honored at a reception.

Nominees must be age 60 or better by January 1, 2017 and must live in Connecticut at least five months a year. Nominations must include a fully completed nomination form; nomination forms must be for one person only.

Those wishing to nominate multiple people must complete individual nomination forms for each. Nominations must be typed in Word, or the equivalent. No handwritten nominations will be accepted. Nominations may be emailed to events@aomc.com or mailed to AOMC, 3 Regency Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002, ATTN: 60 Over 60.

Nominations may include additional attachments such as a resume, photograph or endorsements from others. For more information, visit Duncaster.org or call 860-380-5005.

Visit artscentereast.org to register or call 860-871-8222 for more information.

Softball Umpires Sought

STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. Our board provides services to schools, youth and adult recreational leagues in the greater Hartford area. No experience necessary, training is provided and classes begin in mid-January. For more information or to join, contact Al at prez798@aol.com or call/text 860-205-1688.

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