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Meet Galileo

AVON — Meet Galileo, portrayed by Michael T. Francis, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road. All ages are welcome to attend.

Galileo is on a book tour promoting his most recent treatise, Sidereus Nuncius. Using the gifts of a storyteller and actively involving the audience, Galileo takes his audience through the discoveries that changed the very nature of science in 'Galileo Galilei, the Starry Messenger.' Francis has been performing as Galileo for 25 years.

Storyteller's Cottage's Literary Events

SIMSBURY — The Storyteller's Cottage, 750 Hopmeadow St., is hosting the following literary events. Every Tuesday will feature book club meetings, Thursdays will be creative writing class days and Fridays are set aside for immersive fantasy activities.

Every Tuesday in the fall, Storyteller's Cottage will host a wide range of book clubs for adults and children. Groups that meet weekly include: Fairisle Detectives, who knit and read mysteries populated with knitters, at 4:30 p.m.; the Great British Baking Club, who discuss novels set in culinary settings, at 4:30 p.m.; and the Homefront Literary Society, featuring vintage clothing and novels set in WWII Britain, at 7 p.m.

Groups that meet once a month include Hugo's Nebula Literary Society, on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., to discuss award-winning sci-fi, fantasy and horror novels; the International Intrigue Literary Society, on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., featuring novels by international authors; The Grand Tour Revisited, on the third Sunday of the month at noon, which combines a novel with a charming international setting and a potluck brunch of foods from that setting.

Children's book clubs include The Pickwick Society for children in grades K to 3, which meets on the first Tuesday of the month; Inkheart Adventures for grades 4 to 6, which meets on the third Tuesday of the month; and In BeTWEEN the Lines for grades 7 to 8, which will meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Thursdays are creative writing day at the Storyteller's Cottage, and will feature an array of imaginative workshops taught by talented local authors. For adults, class offerings include Writing Your Memoir or Novel, Intro to Travel Writing, The Hero's Journey, Finding a Writing Residency, Writing to Heal, and more.

For children, the Storyteller's Cottage will launch its unique homeschool writing academy on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, featuring local authors teaching topics like journalism, writing comedy, creating characters, visual storytelling, and more. Several one-day weekend writing retreats are also in store, including "Write That Novel" and "Small Business Tools" for adults, and "The Passionate Page" and "Funky Non-Fiction" for teens.

Storyteller's Cottage will host intimate author salons on Thursday nights at 7 p.m., which offer guests a chance to hear a local author read from their latest work, then participate in a casual discussion of the writing process and enjoy a light reception afterward.

On Fridays, The Storyteller's Cottage will focus on unique, immersive fantasy events. The Mysterious Pendragon Society for children meets at 4 p.m. in the secret castle room and features an opportunity to learn popular strategy card and dice games like Magic:The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Pokemon, and more.

Friday nights will also feature two sessions of Dungeons & Dragons gameplay at 6 p.m. on alternating weeks, one for kids 8 to 15 and the other for adults.

On the first Friday of each month, Poetry Bistro Night will feature local writers reading their poetry and/or short stories in an open mic format at charming bistro tables. The second Fridays will see SuperFan trivia nights and adult board game nights will occur on the fourth Friday nights each month.

Weekends, the Storyteller's Cottage will host its signature literary activities for children and adults. Local children's authors read from their latest books during storytimes on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. On the first Saturday of the month, Storyteller's Cottage will host Outloud!, a live storytelling series at 8 p.m. Carol Birch kicks off the fall season on Sept. 8.

Elegant Vintage Nights Out transport guests to fantastical literary worlds on Saturday nights. On Sept. 22,, the Great Gatsby martini tasting will feature live jazz from the Green Jazz Band and 1920s themed food, drinks, music and clothing.

On Oct. 13 at 8 p.m., Fine Parlor Magic will combine a formal Victorian cocktail party with professional close-up magic by a local illusionist. Stay tuned for a vintage Halloween masquerade ball, a Fantastic Beasts premiere party, and a live murder mystery party called the Ivory Tower Holiday Soiree.

The Great Scott! Mystery Rooms at the Storyteller's Cottage allow guests to become characters in their favorite detective stories as they spend an hour in an immersive themed room finding clues and solving a mystery. Three scenarios are available: The Detective's Dinner Party, The Dame Disappears and The Legend of the Fairy Queen, and games run every afternoon and evening. Pre-registration is required, and can be arranged at www.StorytellersCottage.com/mystery-rooms, or by calling 860-877-6099. Games are suitable for both adults and children and can be an activity for birthday parties and family gatherings.

Visit www.StorytellersCottage.com/calendar for a listing of events and email info@StorytellersCottage.com to receive the newsletter. To register, email info@StorytellersCottage.com, visit www.StorytellersCottage.com/book-online, or call 860-877-6099.

Mason Jar Craft

CANTON — The Canton Public Library, 40 Dyer Ave., is hosting a mason jar lantern craft at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. There is no cost to attend.

Make your own lantern from a heat-resistant, glass mason jar and design it for wax candles or battery-operated ones. Build a shaped, decorative hangar to suspend or move the lantern using cut and bent metal wire. Organizers will show guests how and provide all materials.

Registration is necessary for the program in order to provide enough supplies. For more information, visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org, email bvanness@libraryconnection.info or call 860-693-5800.

Shingles, Pain And The Vaccine

BLOOMFIELD — Duncaster is hosting a program about shingles, pain and the vaccine to cope with these issues. The discussion will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. The program is a part of Duncaster's monthly series, The Art and Science of Graceful Aging.

This program will take place on Duncaster's campus, located at 40 Loeffler Road. The event is open to the public, however pre-registration is required.

Susan Woodson, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant from the Hartford Hospital Pain Treatment Center and will lead the discussion. To register for the program, contact Fran Kent at fKent@Duncaster.org or 860-380-5006.

Learn The Ukulele

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Libraries will host an evening ukulele workshop for teens and adults on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library, located at 6 Monteith Drive.

Instructor Julie Stepanek will lead beginners through a lesson, strum-along, and Q&A about the instrument. Feel free to bring your own instrument, but if you don't have one, it will be provided for you. This event is free and open to the public ages 16 and up. Space is limited and registration is required. Visit www.farmingtonlibraries.org or call 860-673-6791 for more information or to register.

Ireland Trip

CANTON — The Canton Chamber of Commerce invites its members and the community to a nine-day trip to Ireland taking place from March 19 to 27, 2019, for $2,899 with an early booking savings of $100 by Oct. 1, 2018.

The price includes all airfare to and from Dublin, seven nights in first class hotels, 11 meals, sightseeing, a professional tour manager and all hotel transfer fees. A one-hour trip audio-visual presentation will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Canton Community Center, 40 Dyer Avenue. The presentation is open to all interested parties. Park and enter through the lower level rear entrance. Register for the presentation at https://tinyurl.com/Best-of-Ireland or call the Canton Chamber Office at 860-693-0405.

For additional information and a free trip brochure, contact the Canton Chamber office at gary@cantonchamberofcommerce.com or 860-693-0405.

Charity Golf Tournament

AVON — St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Unionville will hold its third annual charity golf tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Blue Fox Run, 65 Nod Road.

All proceeds from the tournament benefit The House of Bread in Hartford, which offers food, shelter, education, and medical and legal services to the underserved community and the children of St. Therese de L'Enfant Jesus in Lilavois, Haiti, who will receive a daily hot meal and educational opportunities.

The tournament begins at noon with a shotgun scramble, followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Fees are $125 for an individual player; $500 for a foursome or $40 for dinner only. For additional information about tournament registration or sponsorship opportunities, contact Carol at 860-675-1403, Dave at 860-675-8884, or George at 860-674-0844.

RTC Barbeque

WEST HARTFORD — The West Hartford Republican Town Committee will be hosting its 'Real New England BBQ' on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. at 20 Cliffmore Road. Guests can meet the 2018 candidates for State Representative and State Senate for West Hartford, Farmington, and Burlington. Visit www.whgop.org to RSVP online.

Grange Seeking Vendors

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Grange is looking for vendors and crafters that would fit with the country fair theme of the Simsbury Grange Agricultural Fair. The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15. Contact info@Simsburygrange.org with questions.

Fall Awareness Workshop

BLOOMFIELD — A public workshop on ways to deal with the hazards of falling will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Duncaster Aquatic and Fitness Center, 40 Loeffler Road.

The workshops, called "Get Up! Fall Awareness" will help older adults adapt their surroundings to prevent falls and teach how to recover in the event that they occur. The workshops are held monthly on the fourth Wednesday at 1 p.m. The workshops are open to the public but pre-registration is required.

Lucy Eyre, the Wellness and Fitness Coordinator at the Duncaster Aquatic and Fitness Center is one of the instructors in the workshops. Fitness Trainer John Hoadley and Physical Therapist Lauri McCrorey will join her in demonstrating and teaching practical strategies for preventing and dealing with falls. Participants will actually practice these strategies with the help of the trainers staffing the workshop.

The dates for upcoming Get Up workshops are: Sept. 26, Oct. 24 and Nov. 28. The $10 registration fee for the workshop also provides full access to the Duncaster Aquatic and Fitness Center, including use of the gym, pool, all classes and spa facilities. For more information or to make a reservation, call 860-380-5006.

Flu Vaccine Clinic

AVON — A flu vaccine clinic at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. Vaccines include High Dose for adults over 65 years and Quadrivalent for ages five years and older.

Bring your medical insurance cards. The clinic is sponsored by the Farmington Valley VNA. Call for an appointment at 860-651-3539. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Mini-Golf Benefit

FARMINGTON — Join the Guglielmo Family as they host the 37th annual miniature golf tournament to support the UCONN Children's Cancer Fund & Jimmy Fund on Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, at Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, 1048 Farmington Ave.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and tee-off is promptly at 8 a.m. Two rounds of miniature golf will be played on Saturday with the third round beginning on Sunday at 8 a.m. The two-tier tournament gives everyone an opportunity to win. Players and spectators will enjoy complimentary coffee and donuts each morning and top contestants will receive cash prizes.

The event is open to all ages. Registration is $30 per person in advance or $35 at the tournament. Pre-registration is suggested. Download the registration form at www.farmingtonminiaturegolf.com or for more information, call 860-677-0118.

Summer Film Series

AVON — The ongoing Summer Film series at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, will examine the theme, freedom of the press. The series is part of the "Revisiting the Founding Era" programming grant that explores the power of the media and its influence on American culture.

Professor Robert Kagan of CCSU and University of Hartford will provide commentary and post-film discussion of several of the films. Refreshments are provided by The Avon Historical Society.

The "Revisiting the Founding Era" programming grant was awarded to the Avon Free Public Library, Avon Historical Society and Avon Senior Center to offer book talks, historical reenactors, lectures, and the film series to examine the role of the media and press from the Founding Era to post-modern America. The events continue through September 2018. Avon High School is a supportive partner of this project and students are encouraged to participate in all events.

The grant was awarded from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, along with the American Library Association, the National Constitution Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The films are free and open to the public and registration is not required. For more information, visit www.avonctlibrary.info or call the Avon Public Library at 860-673-9712.

The lineup is as follows: Friday, Aug. 17, at 1:30 p.m., Newsies; and Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m., All the President's Men.

Book Drive

CANTON — The Friends of the Canton Public Library are holding a book drive through Saturday, Aug. 25. All donated books must be in good, saleable condition with no underlining, highlighting, torn pages, mildew or broken spines. The books can be dropped off at the library on 40 Dyer Ave. during normal library hours.

The Friends will be sorting the books throughout the summer in preparation for the fall book sale, to be held on Sept. 8 and 9. All proceeds from the sale provide resources and support programs for the library. For more information, call 860-693-5800.

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