Community News For The Valley Edition

Norman Rockwell: An American Original

SIMSBURY — A lecture and discussion on Norman Rockwell, an American original, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St. This program will include a short lecture, followed by discussion of some of his best-known works.

Presenter David Garnes has had and continues to have a varied career as a librarian at Columbia and University of Connecticut, author of three books with another in the works, teacher within the CT State University system, guide at the Emily Dickinson Museum, book and film discussion leader for CT Humanities, archivist at the Bushnell, and he is a member of Little Theatre of Manchester.

Registration is required at www.simsburylibrary.info or 860-658-7663. The talk is free and open to all.

FVSO Family Holiday Pops Concerts

FARMINGTON-SIMSBURY — The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Family Holiday Pops Concerts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Farmington High School, 10 Monteith Drive, Farmington, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Eno Memorial Hall, 754 Hopmeadow St. #1, Simsbury.

Jonathan Brennand will serve as musical director. Special guests from the Travelers Chorale will be in attendance at the Dec. 16 program. Tickets may be purchased online for $18 or at the door for $20. Children under 12 attend for free. Visit www.fvso.com for more information.

Healthy Holiday Season

SIMSBURY — At 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. at the Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., Kristin Pomeroy, Wellness & Life Coach, and Karen McLaughlin, Certified Mindfulness Coach, will speak about tools you can use to have a happy, healthy and joyful holiday season.

Topics include techniques to avoid holiday overwhelm, nutritious holiday menu planning, avoiding the holiday blues, staying healthy during the holidays and putting perfection in perspective.

Kristin Pomeroy is the founder of Joyfully Nourished Life. She is certified in Plant Based Nutrition and Clinical Aromatherapy. She is also a certified Success Principles Trainer and holds a Masters degree in Education. Karen McLaughlin is a creative talent development professional recognized for leadership and coaching expertise. As a certified professional coach employing a solution-based approach coupled with an emphasis on mindfulness, she focuses on helping her clients live their life with greater intention.

Registration is required at www.simsburylibrary.info or 860-658-7663. The talk is free and open to all.

Poet Philip Metres To Give Reading

SIMSBURY — Poet Philip Metres will give a reading at Westminster School at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, as part of the Friday Nights at Westminster series. The student reader will be senior Ian Dardani, who won the school's This I Believe Essay Contest.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Gund Reading Room of Armour Academic Center, 995 Hopmeadow St. Ample parking will be available in the parking lot adjacent to Armour Academic Center. The event is made possible by a grant from the Ford-Goldfarb English Department Enrichment Fund.

PJ Day For The Kids

STATEWIDE — On Friday, Dec. 8, students and business partners all across Connecticut will don PJs, standing together in support of patients at Connecticut Children's Medical Center who wear their PJs for days, weeks or longer while fighting cancer and serious illness. All funds raised benefit the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Connecticut Children's.

PJ Day was started by a 7-year-old boy who was forever grateful for lifesaving cancer treatment his baby sister received at Connecticut Children's. While the event was intended to be a local show of gratitude and support, it has become a viral sensation, gaining wide support throughout the state.

Students and staff at over 180 Connecticut schools will be joined by 50 plus Dunkin Donuts, Aetna, all Highland Park Market locations, Connecticut Children's Medical Center staff and numerous businesses, religious organizations and civic groups. The Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital has even created at team, showing support for the brave kids who often receive radiation treatments there as a part of their cancer treatment.

Led by State Representatives Tim Ackert and Christie Carpino, legislation was also proposed, naming the second Friday of each December as PJ Day. Nick Wesoloskie, now 13, who started PJ Day in 2011, spoke at the Capitol on behalf of public act 17-204 and it was passed this year. PJ Day is an official way for everyone across Connecticut to stand a stand against childhood cancer and illnesses that affect children in the state.

Donations of $1 or more will be accepted in exchange for the chance to wear PJs to school or work. Visit give.connecticutchildrens.org/pjday for online registration. Business sponsorship opportunities are also available and individuals can make donations at the above URL.

Friends' Fundraisers

CANTON — The Friends of the Canton Public Library are holding two fundraisers this holiday season. The volunteer group is selling the new 2018 Greater Hartford Edition Dining and Entertaining TASTE Books. These books have hundreds of money saving coupons for area restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, museums and so much more. The books cost $25 and $10 from the sale of each book goes directly to the Friends to help enrich the library. The books are currently on sale at the circulation desk of the library at 40 Dyer. Ave.

The Friends are also holding their annual holiday book sale in the lobby of the library from Nov. 29 through the holidays. Holiday-themed books, fiction and nonfiction for all ages, DVDs and CDs are featured. These books are in pristine condition and reasonably priced. All proceeds are used to provide resources and programs for the library.

Connecticut Characters: Personalities Spicing Up The Nutmeg State

SIMSBURY — Author Lennie Grimaldi will be at the Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, to discuss some of Connecticut's high profile personalities and trailblazers from the past 40 years, including actress Linda Blair, politicians John Rowland, Joe Ganim and Ella Grasso, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, as well as former Grimaldi client Donald Trump. Using some unusual techniques, including crashing a wake, camping out by a public restroom and sending a singing telegram, Grimaldi gained interviews with many reluctant but intriguing characters.

Grimaldi is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, TV Guide, Yankee Magazine and Connecticut Magazine. He also served as a media consultant to Donald Trump in the mid/late 1990s. He is the founder and host of the webzine Only In Bridgeport, devoted to government and politics in Connecticut's most populous city.

The event is co-sponsored by Simsbury Public Library at 860-658-7663 or www.simsburylibrary.info and the Simsbury Senior Center at 860-658-3273. You may register at either location. The talk is free and open to all.

Talk On Fake News

SIMSBURY — A talk with University of Hartford Professor in the School of Communication Dr. Roger Desmond, titled 'Fake News: It's Growing, Spreading and Threatening,' will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St.

Dr. Desmond received his Ph.D. in communication research at the University of Iowa. At the University of Hartford, he teaches courses in media, communications and journalism. Registration is required at www.simsburylibrary.info or 860-658-7663, ext. 4. The event is free and open to all.

Holiday Concert

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Community Band will hold a free holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 124 Old Farms Road. The concert is family friendly. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Now in its 45th season, The Simsbury Community Band, under the musical direction of Ertan Sener, has more than 50 musicians from a dozen surrounding towns. Visit www.simsburyband.org for more information.

Belden Forest Court Holiday Events

SIMSBURY — From music to dogs to a Santa visit, Belden Forest Court, 40 Firetown Road, is jam-packed with holiday activities and events for residents and Simsbury community members this December.

The residents decked the halls on Dec. 1 at their annual Christmas tree decorating party in the community room to prepare for their huge annual gathering and Secret Santa gift exchange. All of these free events are open to the public and all Simsbury seniors are welcome. Those interested in attending should call 860-651-0438. Reservations are required as there is limited seating.

2 p.m. Dec. 12: Guitarist and singer Mike Armentano will return for his annual performance with residents.

1 p.m. Dec. 14: Therapy Dogs Beau and Bella from Tails of Joy will stop by for a Holiday visit.

11 a.m. Dec. 15: Squadron Line Chorus will return for their annual Christmas Carol performance.

2 p.m. Dec. 17: Christmas carolers from United Methodist Church will return for Christmas caroling.

10 a.m. Dec. 23: Local students will perform Christmas music to spread holiday cheer. These children play the violin, cello, viola, and double bass.

Tunxis Gallery Exhibitions Showcase Student, Faculty Works

FARMINGTON — The public is invited to the following free exhibitions in December at Tunxis Community College's Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery. Tunxis is located in Farmington at the junction of Routes 6 and 177.

"The 100's Show," a selection of works from 100 consecutive days of drawing and painting by 60 Tunxis art students, will be on display from Dec. 12 to 15. Students in "Drawing I" and "Color Theory" courses taught by Tunxis art professors Carianne Garside and Jackie Decker, were each challenged to create 100 small works over the 15-week semester. An opening reception will be held Dec. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery. Refreshments will be served.

The Annual Farmington Public Schools Faculty and Alumni Art Show will be held Dec. 21 to Jan. 19. The show opens with a reception on Dec. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and by appointment. Email Arthur Simoes at asimoes@tunxis.edu for more information.

Climate Change Community Discussion

FARMINGTON — In partnership with ForwardCT, the Farmington Libraries will host a community discussion on how individuals can combat climate change and promote sustainability. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Farmington Main Library, 6 Monteith Drive.

Following a screening of the short film "Forget Shorter Showers," a community discussion addressing ways to approach climate change and sustainability on a local level will take place. This event is free and open to the public. Please register. Call 860-673-6791 for details or visit www.farmingtonlibraries.org to register.

Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited Holiday Meeting

NEW BRITAIN — Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited's holiday meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Back 9 Tavern at the Stanley Golf Course, 245 Hartford Road. Neal Hagstrom will talk about the state of the Farmington River, DEEP actions taken and what everyone can look forward to next spring. This holiday gathering will also feature hot hors d'oeuvres. Admission and parking are free and the public is welcome. Visit www.fvtu.org or call 860-930-0184 for more information.

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.

Avon Boy Scouts are also holding their quarterly can and bottle drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec.16. All proceeds benefit the Scouts' trips.

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 info@avonhistoricalsociety.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.

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.

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.

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, 9 and 16, and with a sharing of learning experiences with parents on 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 tx-finaid@tunxis.edu or call 860-773-1422 to reserve a spot: Dates are 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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