Pet Adoption, Supply Drive
CANTON — Subaru of America and its retailers are committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy. This month, through the Subaru Loves Pets initiative, team members from Mitchell Subaru support The Simon Foundation, Inc. by collecting basic pet supplies to improve the quality of life for animals staying at the shelter.
As part of the Subaru Loves Pets initiative, volunteers from The Simon Foundation, Inc. will bring adoptable pets to an event on Saturday, Oct. 28, to the Canton showroom, 71 Albany Turnpike. The month-long program is part of the larger Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment effort dedicated to making a positive impact on the world.
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 2017-18 Season of the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series will begin at 4 p.m. Oct. 22. Jazz bassist Nat Reeves and poet Kate Rushin will open the 2017-2018 season of the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series. They will be joined by the musicians of the State of Emergency Quartet from the Artist's Collective in Hartford.
The events in this series are free and open to the public, with donations gratefully accepted for the continuance of the series.
At 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, the New England Ringers will present music of the season on a six-octave set of Schulmerich Handbells and six-octave set of tubular bells called Choirchimes. For those who are unfamiliar with the repertoire of the handbell choir, this will be a beautiful introduction to the magical sounds of bells by one of New England's finest ensembles.
At 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, 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.
Lights On Canton
CANTON — Lights On Canton announced two fundraising events coming up in October. Lights On Canton seeks to raise $250,000 to install permanent lighting at the Canton Middle/High School Track & Field Athletic Complex. Over $103,000 has been raised to date.
The new "BIG C" patio was installed last summer, but Phase II of brick donations opened on Oct. 1 and will continue until Dec 1. Visit www.polarengraving.com/lightsoncanton to order a brick.
Lights On Canton will be hosting a fundraiser called "Bucket Bailout" on the evening of Oct. 21, starting at 5 p.m. at the CHS Athletic Complex. Come see some of your favorite Canton principals, teachers and coaches take a wild ride in a cherry picker truck bucket. Your donation decides whether they go up or down.
Enjoy the CHS Varsity Boys & Girls Soccer teams in action "under the lights" and BAILOUT CMS/CHS Math Teacher Extraordinaire Patty Canny, the popular Principal Andy Robbin, CHS LAX and youth soccer coach Chris Weller and the irreplaceable PE Teacher/Coach Bill Phelps.
Visit www.lightsoncanton.org for more information.
Belden Forest Court Halloween Party
SIMSBURY — The active adult residents at Belden Forest Court, 40 Firetown Road, are welcoming back local Girl Scouts and Marilyn Douglas with her dog Beau from the animal therapy organization Tails Of Joy, for a Halloween celebration on Oct. 27 at 4:15 p.m. The Scouts will wear their costumes and enjoy crafts with the residents. The event is open to Simsbury seniors. Register at 860-651-0438 as seats are limited.
In addition to hosting public events at Belden Forest, the residents are always lending a hand to the larger Simsbury community. Tony Uanino Jr., Director of Operations at Belden Forest Court, not only served on the Board of Directors for the Simsbury Chamber, he is also the co-chair of the Simsbury Chamber Spooktacular Chili Challenge, taking place on Oct. 28. Uanino is also the chair of the event's new Touch-a-Truck area.
Visit www.beldenforestcourt.com or call 860-651-0438 for more information.
Italian Sunday Dinner
WEST HARTFORD — Farmington UNICO 's 48th Anniversary Sal DiMauro Italian Sunday Dinner will take place from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Holy Family Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road.
The menu features pasta, meatballs, Italian bread, salad, lemonade, coffee and homemade desserts. Cost to attend is $12 per adult, $6 per child ages six to 12, and free for children under five. Visit www.farmington-UNICO.org for more information.
AVON — At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, Edee Tenser will present a film screening and discussion of the documentary "The Ruth Gruber Story" at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road.
Based on the book "Haven" by Ruth Gruber, Edee Tenser will talk about true, inspiring story of the efforts of Ruth Gruber to save almost a thousand Christian and Jewish refugees from war by bringing them across the Atlantic to New York and granting them a safe haven from the Holocaust. When the refugees arrive in New York they are forced to live in an internment camp where they live in fear of deportation and despair of ever having a home. Ultimately, Ruth must fight for the refugees' rights to belong and to have a permanent home in the United States.
Edee Tenser is an educator, college professor, and English teacher who specializes in social justice, humanities and human rights, and the lessons of the Holocaust. Presented in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, the program will be held in the Community Room.
International Film Series
AVON — The Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, continues its International Film Series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, with Footnote, directed by Joseph Cedar. The film introduction and post film discussion is led by local film expert, Bob Kagan, Professor of Communication at CCSU and University of Hartford. Snacks to share are welcome. The series is sponsored by The Friends of the Avon Public Library.
The films are free and open to the public; registration is not required. For more information, call the Avon Public Library at 860-673-9712.
Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. The Guard, 2011. What happens when an FBI agent, played by Don Cheadle, travels to Ireland to assist with investigating an international drug ring? Laughs and drama abound.
Thursday, Dec. 21: Under the Same Moon, 2007. This heartwarming story tells the tale of a young Mexican boy who travels to America to try to find his mother after his grandmother passes away. As his journey continues, his mother simultaneously begins to search for him. Subtitles.
Holly Boutique Craft Fair
NORTH CANTON — The 24th annual Holly Boutique Craft Fair at the North Canton Community United Methodist Church Hall, Route 179 and 3 Case St., will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.
More than 30 local juried artisans will present their wares. Admission is free. Cash or check are accepted for purchasing. Lunch and refreshments will be served Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SIMSBURY — November is National Novel Writing Month and Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., is again hosting events to support the budding novelists in the Farmington Valley.
On Nov. 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30. Local libraries, such as Simsbury, Granby and West Hartford, support this effort with programs and creative spaces.
The Simsbury Public Library will be offering a series of programs beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 28 with a workshop (lunch included) with Sarah Bradley on fundamentals of fiction writing.
On Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m., best-selling author of "Lilac Girls," Martha Hall Kelly, will talk about the writing process and her book. On Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., two local authors, D.H. Robbins and Stephen Kushman, will share their experiences with self-publishing. These three programs are at the Simsbury Public Library and registration is required.
This year, the library is also partnering with the new Storyteller's Cottage at 750 Hopmeadow St. in Simsbury, where there will be write-ins on Nov. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Nov. 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the last ditch effort marathon on Nov. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
At these events, guests will have the chance to work on their novel with other writers. All activities are free. Details and registration information for all events are on the library website, www.simsburylibrary.info, or by calling 860-658-7663, ext. 2200.
Cold Case Prosecutions
SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., will present a discussion of the prosecution of cold cases on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Visit www.simsburylibrary.info or call 860-658-7663, ext. 4, to register.
Michael Sullivan, Chief Inspector for the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice and a police officer for 33 years, will discuss cold cases from a police perspective. Michael Gailor, an Executive Assistant State's Attorney for the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice and a prosecutor for 24 years, will speak from a prosecutor's perspective. Both sides will discuss what steps are taken to solve and then prosecute a case.
Lenin And The Russian Revolution
SIMSBURY — Join presenter Ken Poppe at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, for the first in a series of occasional lectures at the Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St. One hundred years ago on October 25, 1917, the Bolsheviks under the leadership of Lenin staged a revolution that led to the formation of the Soviet Union. How and why did this happen? What role did Lenin play? Why was it successful? How did the U.S. react? How did it impact World War I? What was the long-term significance?
Poppe had a teaching career in the public schools of Westport, Farmington and West Hartford and at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury. He visited the former Soviet Union in the 1980s, studied the Russian language at CCSU and spent a sabbatical year at Trinity College focusing on Russian literature, language and history. He has developed high school Russian History curriculum, taught Russian History at several schools, presented at various Social Studies Conferences and presented lectures at the University of Hartford President's College.
Registration is requested at www.simsburylibrary.info or by calling 860-658-7663, ext. 4.
Belle Of The Fall
SIMSBURY — Enjoy an evening of acoustic folk music with Belle of the Fall at the Friends Coffeehouse, Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.
Tracy Walton, an accomplished bassist and songwriter was the 2014 and 2015 New England Music Award nominee Best Male Performer. Julia Autumn Ford, acoustic guitar, yukitar, occasional melodica, is a singer of rare talent.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will end by 9:30 p.m. Reserve a seat now at www.simsburylibrary.info or 860-658-7663, ext. 4. The event is free and open to all.
AVON — Preservation workshops for photos and documents will take place at the Avon Library Community Room, 281 Country Club Road. For more information, visit www.avonctlibrary.info or call 860-673-9712.
Photo Preservation Workshop: Saturday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. No registration required. Overwhelmed by shoeboxes of vintage photos? Not sure how to start scanning them, or even if you should? Join Archives Consultant Moira Conlan as she answers these and other questions to ensure that your family photographs will be around for generations to come. This workshop will cover storage and display options, best practices for handling different types of photographs and negatives, basic preservation techniques and tips for digitization. Bring your questions.
Documents and Old Maps Preservation Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. No registration required. Are you lucky enough to be entrusted with family documents or antique maps? Wondering how to store or display them? Join Conlan to learn how to care for these historic treasures. The workshop will discuss storage and display methods, beginning conservation techniques, and best practices to preserve other types of paper documents, including newspapers, scrapbooks, maps and more. Bring your questions.
Lennon And McCartney Dynamic
FARMINGTON — On Thursday, Oct. 26, the Farmington Libraries welcome back Aaron Krerowicz for a lecture on the dynamic between Paul McCartney and John Lennon. The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library, located at 6 Monteith Drive.
Professional Beatles scholar Krerowicz won a research grant through the University of Hartford in November 2011 to study the band and has the authored three books on the subject. This event is free and open to the public. Register by visiting www.farmingtonlibraries.org or calling 860-673-6791.
Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Chief Michael J. Jepeal Dies
SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company released the following notice.
"Michael J. Jepeal, Deputy Chief of the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company, died on September 24 in a car accident. He joined the Tariffville Fire Company 1974 and was a Captain when they merged with the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company in 1983. He rose through the ranks again and was appointed Deputy Chief, Training on January 5, 2005, with the call sign of S-21.
According to Chief James A. Baldis, "Mike had a passion for training and was instrumental in Simsbury's advanced training of high angle rope rescue needed for Talcott Mountain and swift water rescue needed for the Farmington River gorge at Tariffville." Jepeal was also responsible for specifications and procurement of new mobile fire apparatus and personal protective equipment and tools.
Jepeal worked in the Certification Division for the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control. In that capacity, he interacted with and was respected by firefighters throughout the state.
In 2001, Jepeal was named Instructor of the Year by the Connecticut Fire Department Instructors' Association. At the time, he was Lead Instructor for the Hartford County Fire School and Lead Instructor for the Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Program. In presenting the award at the Association's annual dinner, their President, David Bowen, cited Mike's dedication to training the firefighters of Connecticut. "His sincere dedication to a better fire service makes him a unique individual."
In his own department, he was known for cooking for any fire department event. He led the food booth at the carnival, grilled at the picnic, baked potatoes and prepared firehouse chili at Septemberfest and headed up the cooking at the retiree's dinner and Ladies Auxiliary dinner.
Simsbury firefighter Joseph Barrett spoke about his friend and said, "People have asked: 'How long did you know Mike?' Several answers present themselves: 1. I knew Mike about a third of my life; or 2. 19 years or so, or 3. (the one Mike would appreciate) Far, far too long. But the best and most truthful answer is, and ever will be: Not nearly long enough!"
Jepeal was born in 1954 and lived in Tariffville (CT) his entire life. He was married to the late Joan Aletha (Dahms) Jepeal and they had one son, Michael. He owned a landscaping business and was a certified water plant operator for the Tariffville Water Company. He also leaves behind the legions of fire service members he has trained."
FARMINGTON — On Thursday, Oct. 19, Angela Mazur and Theresa Nygren will hold an experiential workshop on mindful self-compassion meditation at 6:30 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library, located at 6 Monteith Drive.
Angela Mazur and Theresa Nygren return to guide participants through a number of mindful self-compassion meditations. This will be an hour-long immersion into mindful self-compassion meditation practice. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing—being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity. No experience is necessary.
Visit www.mindfulselfcompassionateway.com for more information. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. Visit www.farmingtonlibraries.org or call 860-673-6791 to register.
FARMINGTON — On Thursday, Oct. 19, Farmington Libraries will host a luncheon and tea to celebrate 100 years of continuous library service in Farmington. This event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Barney Library, located at 71 Main St.
Enjoy lunch and a presentation by Dr. Charles Leach illustrating the development of the libraries in Farmington. The program will also include a showing of "A Legacy Brought Forward: The Farmington Libraries, Then and Now." Tickets are $20 per person. Visit the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of the Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive to reserve your seat. Check, cash, and credit are accepted.
Celebrations for all ages will be held throughout the year. This will include concerts featuring music from different eras, a celebratory dinner, time capsule, and more. Call 860-673-6791 for details.
AVON — The Avon Historical Society is inviting all decorators, designers, florists and others who are creative to participate in Tablescapes, a fundraiser to be held on March 23 and 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic North House.
Tablescapes is an opportunity to create and display table settings of various themes for the public to enjoy. This local event is open to anyone in the Farmington Valley to show off their skill in table settings, fresh floral arrangements, centerpieces and accessories on one of 25 five-foot round tables in the Belle Ballroom of the historic North House at the bottom of Avon Mountain on Route 44.
There is no cost to rent a table, however there is criteria such as fresh flowers and a theme must be submitted prior to the event to avoid duplication. The society encourages individuals or groups such as garden clubs to participate in this first of its kind event in the Valley.
Artists who wish to explore a theme using a table setting and decorations as a canvas are encouraged to participate.
Free Career Workshops
FARMINGTON — The community is invited to the following free career workshops at Tunxis Community College in the 700 Building, Tunxis Library Classroom, 271 Scott Swamp Road. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
All workshops begin at 10 a.m. on the following dates: Oct. 24, Nov. 14, and Dec. 5. Topics are, in order of appearance, resume writing, interviewing skills, networking with LinkedIn, creating a resume with your iPhone and social media and your personal brand.
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.
Senior Bowling League Seeks New Members
SIMSBURY — The Farmington Valley Senior Bowling League invites all area bowlers ages 55 and older to join its Tuesday afternoon league, as a regular member or as a substitute. The team meets at Blue Fox Rock & Bowl on Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, near the Granby line, from 12:45 to approximately 3 p.m., from mid-September into May.
All levels of ability are welcome. For more information, call Carol Scoville at 860-676-2711.
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: Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. Beginners are welcome. Marilyn Giese will provide assistance to those who attend.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 860-205-1688.
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 Nov. 1.
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.