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Habitat For Humanity Home

GRANBY — Granby resident and Hartford Habitat board member emeritus Don Shaw congratulated Habitat for Humanity homeowner-to-be Yusuf Ahmed on completion of his family's 500 hours of sweat equity at the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Edmonton, Alberta this July.

The work project celebrated Canada's 150th anniversary helping build 150 houses, and highlighted Canada's welcoming commitment to diversity and inclusion. Edmonton was Shaw's seventh Carter project having served previously in South Africa, Mexico, India, Thailand, and twice in Haiti after its 2010 earthquake.

On The Wine Trail

SIMSBURY — The final stop on the Simsbury Public Library's Farmington Valley Wine Trail series will take place on Monday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. at Rosedale Farms and Vineyard, 25 East Weatogue St.

The evening will begin with a lecture by Dr. Brian J. Sommers of Central Connecticut State University, author of "The Geography of Wine." Calling wine 'geography in a bottle', Dr. Sommers will talk about the environmental factors as well as the human element in the making of wine.

Following the lecture, guests will have an opportunity to sample Rosedale's wines, with commentary provided by Rosedale's assistant vintner.

The cost of this program, which should be paid at the event, is $15 per person. This includes the lecture, snacks, and a wine tasting. You must be 21 years of age to purchase samples.

Seating is limited; reserve seats at www.simsburylibrary.info or by calling 860-658-7663.

Artist On Display

CANTON — During the months of August and September, the artwork of Sally Sargent Markey will grace the walls of Canton Public Library's gallery space. Granby watercolor artist and book illustrator Markey has been exhibiting and winning prizes in Connecticut and around New England for over 40 years. Her beautiful watercolors feature images from many area locations that may be familiar to viewers.

Canton Public Library is located at 40 Dyer Ave.For more information, call 860-693-5800.

Markey got her start in commercial art at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri, right out of college at the University of Connecticut. After that she experimented as a freelance commercial artist in many types of media, including mural like paintings on clients' walls and children's books. She is a member of the Kent Artists Association, Canton Gallery on the Green, and the Granby Artists Association.

Markey now engages in plein air style painting with Granby friends on Monday afternoons. Many of the small works in this show are a result of several years of plein air painting. Also included are a few larger gicleé copies of favorite paintings. Most of the works may be purchased by arrangement with the artist.

Coloring For Adults

AVON — The Avon Free Public Library presents Coloring for Adults on Wednesdays this fall. All supplies will be provided. The program will be held in the first floor atrium on Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, and Oct. 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

No registration; just drop in. The library is at 281 Country Club Road. For more information, call 860-673-9712, ext. 246.

Golf Tournament

AVON — The Granby UNICO Club will be holding its 11th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 11 at Blue Fox Run, 65 Nod Road.

Cost for players is $135, which includes carts, lunch, dinner, premium open bar, drink tickets on the course, driving range and raffle prizes at the evening banquet. Format will be a scramble, with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Prizes will be awarded for closest to the pin and straightest drive,

For information, contact Bob Marx at bmarx@lmtours.com, 860-653-3663 or 413-977-6305.

Kiss Carlo Book Talk

AVON — The Avon Library and Prince Thomas of Savoy Italian Club will be hosting Adriana Trigiani and her new book, "Kiss Carlo," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road. There is no cost to attend. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and books will be for sale.

RFK And MLK Book Talk

AVON — The Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, will host a book talk and signing featuring Connecticut author Philip A. Goduti, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. Goduti will discuss his newest book, "RFK and MLK: Visions of Hope, 1963 – 1968," which examines the parallel lives of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

His talk will address how RFK and MLK helped millions of Americans recover from the assassination of John F. Kennedy and inspired hope for a more peaceful society. Through their shared vision, they addressed the pervasive issues of the era--poverty, war and civil rights, and encouraged young people and the disadvantaged throughout the United States and the world.

Goduti, Jr. is an adjunct assistant professor of history at Quinnipiac University and teaches U.S. history at Somers High School, where he is the 2017 Somers Public Schools Teacher of the Year. He has also written "Robert F. Kennedy and the Shaping of Civil Rights, 1960-1964."

The book will be available to purchase at the program. No registration is required, all are welcome. For more information, call 860-673-9712.

Symphony Orchestra Seeks Players

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra seeks additional players for all string sections for the forthcoming 2017-18 season. Alternate and sub positions are available for all winds and brass.

The all-volunteer orchestra will resume weekly rehearsals on Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Porter Memorial Hall, 75 Main St. No membership fees or dues are required. Contact Music Director Jonathan Brennand at jonathan@fvso.org or 508-333-6747.

Pollinators Talk

SIMSBURY — Pollinators and Their Effects On Our Eco System with Cathy Wolko will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St.

Wolko is the owner of The Humble Bee Honey Company, the only North American Beekeeper that is True Source Honey certified in Connecticut. She will provide free beekeeping information and resources for beekeepers and there will be a raffle and a door prize. She will have tools, hives and suits displayed.

Registration is suggested at 860-658-7663 or www.simsburylibrary.info; the event is free and open to all.

Drop-In Genealogy

AVON — Free drop-in genealogy at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. Beginners are welcome. Marilyn Giese will provide assistance to those who attend.

Blood Pressure Screenings

AVON — Free blood pressure screenings at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, will take place from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. on the following days: Aug. 3 and Aug. 17.

Registration is not necessary, just drop-in. Screenings are provided by the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association. For more information, contact Patrice Celli at 860-673-9712, ext. 234.

Avon Historical Society Seeking Volunteers

AVON — The Avon Historical Society invites anyone interested in local history to join its Board of Trustees or to volunteer for a new subcommittee of its Special Projects Committee.

The Board of Trustees of the Avon Historical Society would like to add new members who are available to attend monthly meetings and assist with the many projects and activities that take place over the course of the year. Trustees are the stewards of local history and, as such, have an obligation to the mission of the organization and are the decision-making body of the society.

The society would like to create a subcommittee of its Special Projects Committee. This subcommittee would be primarily devoted to the design, layout and execution of at least three exhibits in 2018 at the Society's display cases outside the Local History Room at the Avon Free Public Library.

The society is seeking people who enjoy digging for historical facts, writing, those who are interested in display work, proof-reading, curating, working with photographs and mounting of same on exhibit boards. The hope is to bring together people with a variety of skill sets who enjoy local history, and working both individually and collaboratively.

A meeting of all Special Projects Committee volunteers will take place in August to share chosen exhibit topics and scheduling of exhibits and other projects.For information and to join the Special Projects Committee's new subcommittee, contact jcmousey@comcast.net.

Membership is open to the public. To volunteer for a position on the Board or to become a member, leave your name and number on the Society's answering machine at 860-678-7621.

Repair Café

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Public Library's first Repair Café will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at 725 Hopmeadow St.

Bring your small electrical appliance, torn clothing in need of mending or a button, small chair or table, broken crockery, bicycle, toy, or dull knife and a trade professional or handyman or woman will help you fix it. You must be able to carry the item you are bringing and it should be a repair that will take no more than about 15 minutes. Experts will also offer advice on items that cannot be fixed on the spot or that need more extensive repairs.

There will be a station with handymen who will consult with guests on DIY projects such as plumbing, tiling and carpentry. Visit www.simsburylibrary.info and click on the event calendar or call 860-658-7663, ext. 2200 for the most up-to-date list of services that will be offered.

This is a free, drop-in activity and anyone is welcome to attend. Registration will take place on the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free Meditation Workshop

FARMINGTON — This summer, meditation teacher Clare Vidich will return to the Farmington Libraries for a meditation program on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m., at the Main Library, located at 6 Monteith Drive.

Clare Vidich, longtime meditator, will facilitate the programs. She is the director of Kirpal Meditation Center and serves on the Integrative Health Committee at Windham Hospital.

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.

Artists, Crafters Sought

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Woman's Club is accepting applications from vendors for their 48th annual arts and crafts festival, to be held Sept. 16 and 17 on Iron Horse Boulevard, in downtown Simsbury. For information or to receive an application to Participate, go to www.simsburywomansclub.org or contact Liz Reynolds, festival chairman, at 202-288-3883. Proceeds from the festival fund scholarships and contribute to area non-profit organizations.

Chamber Hires High School Intern

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Chamber of Commerce has recently acquired Marco Bernasconi, a senior from Avon High School, as a marketing intern. Bernasconi was hired as part of his school-run internship program, Achieve. Achieve allows students to explore an area of interest outside of their formal education. He was hired to bring a fresh perspective to, and assist with, the Chamber's marketing of programs and events. This partnership with help provide him with valuable work experience, as well as help achieve the marketing goals of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce.

Bernasconi began work on June 26 and will continue to the end of the summer. One of the programs he will be working on is the Simsbury Young Professionals (SYP) group which was started in March. The mission of Simsbury Young Professionals is to create a platform that provides young professionals throughout the Hartford area with positive opportunities upon which to build professional networks, social relationships, and engage in volunteer activities that improve the economic vitality and quality of life in our community.

The next SYP event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16, at the new Attilio's at Simsbury Farms. The public is invited to attend. Bernasconi will be working out of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce office located at 749 Hopmeadow St.

Friends' Potluck Dinner

CANTON — The Friends of the Canton Public Library are always looking for new volunteers for the organization. Each Tuesday evening until the end of summer, volunteers will meet in the program room of the library, 40 Dyer Ave., from 7 to 8 p.m., to sort donated used books for the upcoming fall book sale, which will be held on Sept. 9 and 10.

Morning Book Club

AVON — The Morning Book Club at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, meets at 10 a.m. one Wednesday a month. Everyone is welcome; no registration required. The July 19 meeting will be fan favorites. Bring a favorite book to share with the group for a fun, casual discussion.

The Aug. 16 discussion will feature "Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World," by Vicky Myron, followed by "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance on Sept. 27, and "Dreamland: The True tale of America's Opiate Epidemic" by Sam Quinones on Oct. 18.

For further information, visit www.avonctlibrary.info or call the library at 860-673-9712, ext. 4.

Moments In Avon History

AVON — The Avon Historical Society, in partnership with the Avon Free Public Library, announced the opening of an exhibit, Moments in Avon's History. It will be centered outside the Marian Hunter Local History Room and extend throughout the library and will remain open through August.

The exhibit will feature 12 colorful and educational portable banners, seven feet in height, each telling a different aspect of Avon's history, with historic and current photos, covering topics such as early education, agriculture, religion, and transportation. These portable banners will bring history on the road to town offices, businesses, schools and retail shops on a rotating basis to pique the interest of the general public about the town's rich heritage and history.

Exhibits and More of Liverpool, N.Y., a professional graphic arts firm, donated the design of each banner using specifications from the National Park Service. Research and writing of the text was done by members of the Avon Historical Society and the Avon Town Historian. Connecticut Humanities provided a grant for the production of the banners.

The banners will be unveiled at a public opening on Saturday, July 29, at 11 a.m. in Alsop Community Room of the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road. They will remain on display through August outside the Marion Hunter Local History Room and around the Library, and then appear around town beginning in September.

Anyone interested in having one or more of these banners on display, beginning in the fall, is asked to leave a message for the Avon Historical Society at 860-678-7621. Several of the banners will be on display in the Avon Historical Society's booth at Celebrate Avon on Saturday, Sept. 23, for the public to view up close.

Book Discussion: England

AVON — The Avon Free Public Library is hosting its international book discussion series, with the topic of England, on the following Mondays.

The schedule is as follows: July 31, at 1 p.m., with "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society;" Aug.14, 1 p.m., "Year of Wonders;" Aug. 28, at 1 p.m., "Innocent Traitor."

The discussion will be led by Cyndi Larsen. For more information, call 860-673-9712 or email clarsen@avonctlibrary.info.

Drop-In Genealogy

AVON -— Drop-In Genealogy at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 and Sept. 6. Guests will receive free help with genealogy research, provided by Marilyn Giese. Beginners are welcome.

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.

Fall Book Sale

CANTON — The Friends of the Canton Public Library are getting ready for the fall book sale, scheduled for Sept. 9 and Sept. 10.

The Friends will start taking donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks through Aug. 25. All materials should be in good, clean condition with no writing, highlighting or torn pages. Records, VHS tapes, homemade CDs, magazines, condensed books, Time-Life series or encyclopedias cannot be accepted. Items can be left in the Program Room of the library during normal library hours.

Throughout the summer on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m., the Friends and volunteers gather in the Program Room to sort books for the upcoming sale. The library is located at 40 Dyer Ave. For information, call 860-693-5800, email bvanness@libraryconnection.info or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Blood Pressure Screenings

AVON — Drop-in blood pressure screenings at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, will take place from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. on the following dates: Aug. 3 and Aug. 17.

The screenings are a free community service of the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association. All are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Patrice Celli at 860-673-9712, ext. 234.

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.

Watershed Inspections

AREA — The Metropolitan District Commission will be conducting its state-mandated annual watershed sanitary survey and inspection program in the towns of Barkhamsted, Hartland, New Hartford, Burlington, Harwinton, Torrington, Winsted, Avon, Simsbury, Bloomfield, and West Hartford.

The purpose of the program, which will continue through November, is to prevent contamination of the MDC's drinking water supplies as a result of, among other things, septic system failure, erosion, runoff, and other potential pollutants.

Routine watershed sanitary surveys are required by Section 19-13-B102(b) of the Connecticut Public Health Code.

Property inspections will take place in the towns of Barkhamsted and Hartland on the Barkhamsted Reservoir watershed; in New Hartford, Burlington, Harwinton, Torrington and Winsted on the Nepaug Reservoir watershed; and in the towns of Avon, Simsbury, Bloomfield, and West Hartford on the West Hartford/Reservoir No. 6 watersheds.

Routine field inspections take only a few minutes and will be conducted by MDC's Watershed Inspector who carries appropriate MDC identification and drives an authorized MDC vehicle. The Inspector does not enter homes; the inspection is limited to the exterior portions of the real property.

If a violation or an issue is detected, it is reported to the property owner and health officials as required by law.

Property owners may receive more information by contacting the MDC Watershed Management Unit, Barkhamsted Water Supply Division at 860-379-0916 extension 3103 or 860-278-7850 extension 3103.

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. For more information or to join, contact Al at prez798@aol.com or call/text 860-205-1688.

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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