COLLINSVILLE — The Canton High School Bands are hosting a performance of Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at 76 Simonds Ave.
Jingle Bell Jubilee Yuletide Open House
UNIONVILLE — Unionville's 7th annual Jingle Bell Jubilee holiday celebration and carol sing will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. in downtown Unionville.
Co-sponsored by the Unionville Village Improvement Association and Unionville Museum, this free event kicks off the season by bringing together Unionville's holiday traditions in one festive event for all to enjoy.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m. at the Unionville Museum at 15 School St. with their annual Yuletide Open House. View holiday tree displays and gingerbread houses and creations designed by local businesses and civic groups. Enjoy complimentary refreshments sponsored by Unionville Lions Club and Unionville Auto-Body. and refreshments.
Local children's author and illustrator Rick Labadia will also be on hand to sign copies of his fourth book "Gingerbread Surprise," along with local author Richard Quinn, whose fiction book "The Seedling Papers" will be on hand for book signing.
For the children, stop by across the street to the First Church of Christ Congregational Unionville at 61 Main St. for children's activities and holiday craft making sponsored by the church and Union School PTO from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Make sure to take a family photo in front of the holiday backdrop while you are there.
At 5:30 p.m., all are invited to gather at the Gazebo in Alice Clover Pinney Park on School Street for a traditional carol sing led by First Church of Christ Choir, followed by a special visit from Santa at 5:45 p.m.
The event is free, and is supported by contributions, in-kind donations and volunteers from UVIA, the Town of Farmington, First Church of Christ Congregational Unionville, Unionville Lions Club, and the Tunxis Hose Fire Company, and Unionville Auto-body. Parking is available at Union School. Visit www.UVIACT.org for more information.
Holiday Craft For Adults
AVON — Adults are invited to make a holiday pomander at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road.
Avon crafter and gardener Linda Jensen will show how to make a handmade decoration using citrus, cloves and spices. All supplies are provided. The event is free and no registration is required. Call 860-697-9712 for more information.
AVON — The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, will show "Elf" at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. Free, no registration required, and snacks will be provided. For more information, visit www.avonctlibrary.info or call the library at 860-673-9712.
Holiday Historic House Tour
SIMSBURY — A holiday historic house tour will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Houses include 100 Hoskins Road, 8 and 14 St. John's Place, 9 Eno Place, 20 Tariffville Road and 750 Hopmeadow Street. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on Dec. 3.
First Friday Dinner
AVON — December's First Friday Dinner at Avon Congregational Church, 6 W. Main St., will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. The menu will feature roast pork, side entrees and dessert. Eat-in or take-out is available.
Dinners are $13 per adult and $7 per child, 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the church office or at the door. A portion of the proceeds benefit ShelterBox, an organization that provides international and U.S. disaster relief by proving temporary shelters and supplies to displaced families.
Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms
AVON — At 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Stephanie Plunkett, Deputy Director/Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum,will discuss the transformation of FDRs Four Freedoms from optimistic rhetorical concepts into living statements of human rights and dignity through the power of art.
Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms is part of an upcoming exhibition that will travel nationally and to Normandy, France, beginning in May 2018. Co-sponsored by the Avon Library and Avon Senior Center, this series of five programs explores the themes of Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" paintings. Look for a bus trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum in late winter to conclude this series.
All ages are welcome. Visit https://avonctlibrary.info for more information on the full line-up.
Christmas Tree Sale
AVON — Featuring freshly cut trees from Canada and Vermont, the Avon Boy Scout Christmas Tree sale will take place outside J. Foster Ice Cream Shop on the corner of Bailey Road and Route 44.
Scouts will be selling trees every Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Dec. 22. Avon Boy Scouts will be prepared to help you pick out the perfect tree, wrap it up, and tie it to your vehicle. All proceeds from the Christmas tree sale go directly to scouts attending Boy Scout High Adventure Trips to Florida Sea Base, Washington, D.C., and the Blue Ridge Mountains this summer. While in Washington, D.C., Scouts will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
Industrial Revolution Talk
AVON — A Tapestry of Topics lecture series continues with 'Industrial Revolution in Avon, Unionville & Collinsville: Examining the transition from agrarian to manufacturing towns,' will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Avon Senior Community Center, 635 West Avon Road.
This program will be presented by Gene Macy, Social Studies teacher at Avon Middle School. The presentation will take the audience on a journey to examine the changes as Avon, and surrounding towns, evolved from an agrarian era to enter the machine age, more commonly known as the Industrial Revolution.
Historical Society Launches New Website
AVON — The Board of Trustees of the Avon Historical Society announces the launch of a newly designed website, www.avonhistoricalsociety.org, provided by funding from the William A. Yandow Trust.
Terri Wilson, president of the society, encourages everyone to view the site and send back comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new website is the anchor of a new branding campaign for the society to bring attention to local history. The society has created new marketing materials to match the historic colors and logo including a tri-fold brochure, letterhead, newsletter, business cards, a news release template, and more. All this will be more visible in the coming months. The new website was designed by PairDesign of Avon, with photographs and text provided by members of the Society.
Coming soon to the website will be the addition of the gift shop with e-commerce capabilities, not only for the purchase of items, but also for payment of annual membership and donations.
Holiday House Tour
AREA — The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum will hold its 37th annual holiday house tour on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The tour will feature Mark Twain's 25-room home at 351 Farmington Ave. in Hartford, the Wadsworth Atheneum's Austin House at 130 Scarborough St. in Hartford and three private homes, which will be decorated according to their homeowners' holiday traditions. The Mark Twain House will be decorated for a late 19th century Christmas. Visit www.marktwainhouse.org for more information.
Advance tickets are $30 each and will be $35 each on the day of the tour. To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2x7LpLK or call 1-860-280-3130. Tickets also can be purchased at the following local businesses: Emmy Lou's in Glastonbury; Floral Expressions in South Windsor; Flower Box in Wethersfield; Haworth's Flowers in Farmington; Horan's Flowers in Simsbury; and Moscarillo's in West Hartford.
The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum is a volunteer organization that has supported the museum for the past 50 years. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the continued restoration, preservation, and educational programs of The Mark Twain House & Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.
High School Athletic Banner Auction
CANTON — Canton High School Alumni: Did you play on a winning sports team in the years between 1973 and 2002? Lights On Canton is auctioning the large banners which previously hung in the Canton High School Gym.
These NCCC and State Championship banners include basketball, soccer, softball, baseball, cross country, tennis, wrestling and field hockey teams. Constructed of heavy felt with white and gold trims, the banners would make a unique gift or nostalgic collectible ready to hang in your home or office. To view the photos of the banners or place a bid, go to www.32auctions.com/LightsOnCanton or contact Kimberly Marze at 860-693-6717.
Christmas Tree Sale
CANTON — The Canton Land Trust Christmas tree and greenery sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Smith Christmas Tree Farm on Doyle Road.
Hike into scenic, small fields to choose just the right Christmas tree, then cut it down and take it home. There will be dozens of spruce and fir trees to choose from, priced from $25 to $35, and bundles of pine greens for $5. Hot cocoa and cookies are available.
There will be help available to cut your tree and lift it onto your car roof. Remember to bring rope to assist with tying. The Land Trust welcomes everyone to stay and hike the property, and to take this time to join the Land Trust or renew membership. Visit www.cantonlandtrust.org for more information.
Explore Former Farmland
CANTON — The historical use of Canton land for farming is the focus of a hike of the Canton Land Conservation Trust's Barbour Woods Trail at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.
Hike leader and Land Trust Director Nate Cantwell will discuss the history of the several former farms hikers will traverse, including distributing historical research and maps. This is a moderately difficult, one-and-a-half hour hike.
Wear sturdy walking shoes, and please leave dogs at home. In case of heavy rain, check www.cantonlandtrust.org for possible postponement. Directions: The hike will start at the Capen cabin parking lot on Breezy Hill Road. Take Barbourtown Road north to Breezy Hill Road. Bear left onto Breezy Hill Road. Proceed to the top of the hill where the pavement ends and park there.
Cookie Platter Sale
CANTON — The holidays are approaching and the Friends of the Canton Public Library are launching a new fundraising event to help ease the stress of this busy season. The volunteer group is holding a holiday cookie platter sale.
Each platter is a two-pound assortment of home baked, holiday favorites selling for $13 a platter. Quantities are limited so pre-ordering is recommended. Orders can be made at the circulation desk of the Canton Public Library at 40 Dyer Ave. during normal library hours. Cash payments can be made at that time. The platters will be available for pick up on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room E of the Canton Public Library/Community Center.
All proceeds from this event will further the Friends mission of providing programs and resources to the local library. For more information, visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org or call the library at 860-693-5800.
Light Bulb Swap
EAST GRANBY — Eversource and the Town of East Granby will host a free community-wide light bulb swap from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Town Hall, 9 Center St.
East Granby residents, with identification, may bring up to five incandescent light bulbs in any condition and exchange them for new, energy-efficient Energy Star LED bulbs, free of charge while supplies last. Additional LEDs and lighting products will be available for purchase at a discounted rate.
Eversource experts will be at the event to connect customers with additional resources, including Home Energy SolutionsSM, a popular in-home energy improvement service provided by Eversource. To learn ways to save energy and money at your home or business, visit EnergizeCT.com or call 877-WISE-USE. For more information on the event, call the selectmen's office at 860-413-3301.
Community Action Agencies Accepting Energy Assistance Applications
AREA — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just released $67,255,113 in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. This amount is 90-percent of LIHEAP funds allocated for the State of Connecticut.
Connecticut residents struggling to pay their utility bills this winter can apply for home heating assistance through Connecticut's Community Action Agency Network. The Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are the only nonprofit agencies administering LIHEAP, which provides home heating assistance to Connecticut's most vulnerable residents. Each CAA has application intake sites throughout their service regions. Some sites may include local town halls, and customers should check with their local CAA for a complete site listing.
In Connecticut this program is called the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and is housed under the Department of Social Services (DSS). The state's Community Action Agencies administer the $74M+ program locally in all 169 cities and towns. CAAs are now accepting CEAP applications for the 2017-2018 winter season and expect more applications in the coming weeks, especially as temperatures begin to drop. Homeowners and/or renters may apply, and funds may be used to pay for whatever source of heating residents have in their homes. This includes wood, electric, oil, kerosene, or natural gas.
CAAs will certify oil deliveries starting Wednesday, Nov. 15, for those who heat with oil, propane, and deliverable fuels. May 1, 2018, is the last day households can apply for benefits unless the household is utility heated and has a shut off notice for its primary source of heat. May 15, 2018 is the last day a utility heated household with a shut off notice for its primary source of heat can apply for benefits.
Another protection for Connecticut's struggling families is the utility moratorium, or winter hardship, which provides protection for eligible households against heat source shut-offs between November 1st and May 1st. Gas and electric utilities cannot be shut off (summer or winter) if lack of the utility creates a life-threatening situation. If a customer is having trouble paying their utility bills during the winter moratorium period, Community Action Agencies will work with them on affordable utility payment programs, including the Matching Payment Program (MPP) and Below Budget Payment Plans. MPP is a payment incentive program that allows eligible utility customers to maintain year-round electric and gas service and pay an agreed-upon amount each month to pay down the balance on their heating bill. If customers cannot afford the utility payment plan, CAAs work with the customer and can submit a Below Budget Payment Plan based on the household income and expenses.
A CEAP benefit to a household automatically makes that household eligible for weatherization services. So, in addition to heating assistance, CAAs will refer customers to those agencies providing weatherization services, which helps minimize energy-related costs and fuel usage in homes through retrofits and home improvement measures. Additionally, there are funds available this year through the CAA for heating system repair and replacement if such services are deemed necessary and as the amount of funds allocated allow. Lastly, when a customer comes to a CAA for energy assistance, the agency will also assist customers in accessing other benefits for which they may be eligible including SNAP and other food programs, financial counseling, child care, and case management.
Connecticut's poorest families struggle each and every year to heat their homes in this a state with one of the highest utility rates in the country; customers many times having to choose between heating and eating or heating and paying for their medicines. CEAP allows them to not only cover high home energy costs and keep warm during the cold winter months, but gives low-income families the opportunity to address other critical, basic needs, rather than having to choose between them. Any resident who needs help paying their heating bill this winter should contact their Community Action Agency immediately.
For more information on Connecticut's Energy Assistance Program, how to find your local CAA to apply, or to make a donation, visit www.cafca.org or contact the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA), 144 Clinton Street, New Britain, CT, 06053, 860-832-9438.
Multicultural Arts Saturday Program
FARMINGTON — The Multicultural Arts Saturday Program at Tunxis Community College is now in its second year. It is open to all students grades 2-8 in the Hartford region who have an interest in the arts.
Sponsored by Farmington Continuing Education in collaboration with Tunxis Community College, the program promotes learning through the arts. Activities include visual art, African and Chinese drumming, Chinese string instrument instruction, dance and creative writing. Taught by certified teachers and professional artists, the six session Saturday program occurs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec, 2, 9, 16 with a field trip to the Mark Twain Museum Dec. 2 and with a "sharing" of learning experiences with parents Dec. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Farmington art teachers Nicole Bastiaans-Fritch and Andrew Minor lead a staff of professional artists and performers to offer "hands on" learning experiences with a variety of art media. Jane DePole-Bogucki who has taught art at The Mattatuck Museum specializes in art for young people.
African drumming instructor Assad Jackson recently received recognition as the outstanding performing group from Connecticut in the annual national drumming competition in Brooklyn, New York. Dance instructor, Oswaldo Tirano, from Columbia, South America specializes in a variety of Caribbean and Latin dance forms for children including the use of puppetry in dance. Professional musician Hsiu-Chi Liange from Tiwain and her assistants provide instruction in Chinese string instruments, Chinese drums and Chinese art. Register online www.fpsct.org/fce or by phone at 860-404-0290.
Special Needs Hockey Team Recruiting New Players
AREA — The Connecticut Chasers, an ice hockey team for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities, is recruiting new players for the 2017-18 season, running from Nov. 4, through March 10, 2018.
Weekly practices are at Simsbury Farms Skating Rink in Simsbury from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The team is looking for players of all abilities and skill levels ages 8 and up. "Learn to Skate" sessions are offered for those new to the ice.
Prospective players and their families are invited to attend a practice to see the fun for themselves. Some equipment is available to borrow for anyone who wants to try a practice session before joining.
Athletes from throughout the Greater Hartford Area and beyond are welcome. Current players are from Avon, Canton, Ellington, Farmington, Glastonbury, Simsbury, South Windsor, and Windsor.
The Chasers were founded in 1997 by former Hartford Whaler Kelly Chase and the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress to provide a team experience for the players while helping them improve their self-esteem, social skills, gross motor skills and coordination. The team is a proud member of the American Special Hockey Association and Special Hockey International.
Last season, the Chasers had the honor of serving as "Blue Line Buddies" for the Hartford Wolf Pack, standing on the ice with the team during the National Anthem before a game at the XL Center. The Chasers are looking for similar opportunities this season.
The team also has scrimmages with the Southern Connecticut Storm of Bridgeport and the East Coast Jumbos of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Email Ctchasershockey@gmail.com for more information.
The Night Before Christmas
AVON — The Avon Historical Society's holiday exhibit from the private collection of Society member Elisabeth Neff, entitled "The Night before Christmas: Antique Toys, Dolls, Books and Puzzles - 1904-1918."
It will be on display outside the Marian Hunter Local History Room of the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, from Nov. 1 through December. Neff has a family collection of books for display such as a 1913 book with Clement Moore's famous poem "Twas the night before Christmas" that belonged to her mother. All items on display are 100-years-old or older. Included in the display will be two feather trees from 1910, family antique ornaments and a Schoenhut piano with stool made in America in the early 20th century.
For those who love good books, there will be a first-edition Beatrix Potter book, seven of the "Five Little Pepper" books and a beautiful illustrated Mother Goose book. There will be puzzles, a small doll's trunk with two dolls and several dresses with hats from 1912, all with original clothing. Sitting with the dolls will be a Steiff teddy bear from 1909.
Also part of the display will be vintage postcards and the stories of legend of Santa Claus, the Christmas Tree, and the history of blown-glass ornaments will be available for reading.
International Book Discussion Series
AVON — The Avon Free Public Library's International Book Discussion Series will focus on India. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
This is a book discussion featuring books set in India, led by Cyndi Larsen. The series is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Tunxis Offers Free FAFSA Help Sessions
FARMINGTON — Tunxis Community College will host sessions this fall for those who need help filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Prospective and current students are welcome to attend with their parents.
Personalized sessions are available by appointment on the following Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Email email@example.com or call 860-773-1422 to reserve a spot: Dates are Dec. 1, Dec. 15 and Jan. 5.
Staff from the Financial Aid Services Office at Tunxis will be available to help those with questions about filing their FAFSA information and renewals. Visit tunxis.edu/fafsa-help for information on what to bring to the session.
Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series
GRANBY — Supported by a grant from the Granby Education Foundation and the music ministry at South Congregational Church, the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series concerts are held at South Church, 242 Salmon Brook St. The church is wheelchair accessible from the side-door. For more information call 860-653-7289.
The events in this series are free and open to the public, with donations gratefully accepted for the continuance of the series.
At 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.
International Film Series
AVON — The Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, continues its International Film Series, which 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.
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.
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 began 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. 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 a 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.
Free Career Workshops
FARMINGTON — The community is invited to a free career workshop at Tunxis Community College in the 700 Building, Tunxis Library Classroom, 271 Scott Swamp Road. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 5.
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 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.