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Community News For The Wethersfield Edition

Student Composition Selected

WEST HARTFORD — Kingswood Oxford student and Wethersfield resident David Marottolo's musical composition, "Chanson d'automne," has been selected for performance at the Young Composer Concert at the Eastern Division Conference of the National Association for Music Education on Thursday, April 6, in Atlantic City, N.J. Only 13 compositions were selected for the concert.

Playing the piano since he was approximately six years old, Marottolo favors classical music, from the baroque to 21st century classical works and credits his early introduction to the genre from his piano lessons. In later years, Marottolo learned the clarinet and the organ.

The piece was last performed at the Kingswood Oxford choral concert.

Brain Bee Winner

WETHERSFIELD — Wethersfield High School Senior Jack Breton won the Brain Bee, held at Trinity College of Neuroscience. The competition, open to all high school students, was on Feb. 5.

Trinity awarded Breton with a summer internship in the field of neuroscience at Trinity College. He will graduate from Wethersfield High School this June and plans to pursue degrees in the field of science, engineering and music. He has not yet made his college choice.

Students were asked a series of questions about the brain. Brain Bees test one's knowledge of the human brain including such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, addictions and brain research.

The championship competition usually involves a neuroanatomy laboratory practical with real human brains, neurohistology with microscopes, brain imaging identification and patient diagnosis with patient actors.

NARFE Meeting

WETHERSFIELD — The next meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Salmon and Wells House, 220 Hartford Ave. Deborah Herget from Blue Cross will be the guest speaker.

Kensington Garden Club

BERLIN — The Kensington Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Berlin Community Center, 230 Kensington Rd. Renowned landscape designer Maureen Haseley-Jones, "The English Lady," will speak on how to create gardens organically without harmful poisons. She will also discuss how, through the gardens, people can connect to the meaning and purpose of Mother Nature. Refreshments will be served. There is a $10 guest donation.

Flower Collage Workshop

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Art League's April meeting and art demonstration will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the Silas Deane Middle School Media Center, 551 Silas Deane Highway. The guest artist is Martha Winslow, who will demonstrate how to make flower collages using hand-made watercolor collage paper.

Demonstrations are free and open to the public.

Wethersfield Academy For The Arts

WETHERSFIELD — The following events will take place at the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, 431 Hartford Ave.

A lecture titled 'A Review: 20 Recent Additions to the Collection of NBMAA,' will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, with Douglas Hyland, recent director of the New Britain Museum of American Art. Cost to attend is a suggested donation.

The following workshops will be offered: Portrait Master Copy in Oils Workshop with Christine Mastrangelo, Painting Best Practices Workshop with George O'Hanlon, and Classical Art for Teens Workshop. For more info, visit www.wethersfieldarts.org, e-mail info@wethersfieldarts.org or call 860-436-9857.

Taste Of Wethersfield

WETHERSFIELD — The 12th annual Taste of Wethersfield, for the benefit of the Wethersfield Historical Society's educational and cultural programs, will be held on Saturday, April 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St.

Spend an evening in picturesque Old Wethersfield with family and friends enjoying fine food and drink from area restaurants and entertainment by the Hot Cat Jazz Band. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Patron tickets are $55 per person, with a 6 p.m. admission and a special drawing.

For tickets, purchase online at www.wethersfieldhistory.org, www.eventbrite.com or in person at Old Academy, 150 Main Street, Wethersfield, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

For more information, contact the society offices at 860-529-7656, society@wethersfieldhistory.org, or visit www.wethersfieldhistory.org. This event is only open to attendees 21 and over.

Art League

WETHERSFIELD — All Wethersfield Art League demonstrations are free and open to the public. Meetings/demos are held on the first Thursday of the month at Silas Deane Middle School, Media Center, 551 Silas Deane Highway, at 6:30 p.m. Demonstrations take place after a short business meeting.

Members are invited to join a painting group that meets from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays at The Little Red School House, 193 Welles Road.

Children's Theatre Company

NEWINGTON — The Newington Children's Theatre Company, 743 North Mountain Road, has opened enrollment for Explore-A-Story classes for ages 5-7, on Tuesdays, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call 860-666-NCTC for details.

Belden Library Programs

ROCKY HILL — The Cora J. Belden Library, 33 Church St., will host the following programs: Career One-on-One: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, call for an appointment; Knitting Group: Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; English as a Second Language: Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call 860-258-7621 for additional information.

Preschool Volunteers Sought

NEWINGTON — Volunteer with the Newington Parks and Recreation Department's Creative Playtime Preschool in Congregational Church, 1075 Main St., where children ages 3 and 4, read, make puzzles, and play. Visit newingtonct.gov/parksandrec or call 860-665-8666.

MS Support Group

NEWINGTON — The Newington MS Support Group meets in the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., from noon to 2 p.m., on the second Thursday of each month. Call Charlie at 860-667-1314 or Tom at 860-236-2751 for details.

Psoriasis Support Group

NEWINGTON — The Newington Psoriasis Support Group meets for free on the second Thursday of the month from 7 to 8:45 p.m., at the Lucy Robbins Wells Library, 95 Cedar St. Call Marjorie at 860-888-6669 for details.

Liberty Bank Scholarship

AREA — Liberty Bank is seeking applications for the 2017 Donald B. Wilbur Scholarship. The scholarship will be presented to a graduating high school senior who is enrolling in an accredited college, university, or other institution of higher education (two-year or more) with the goal of majoring in engineering or a technology-related field.

The scholarship recipient will be selected by Wilbur, past chairman of the board of directors of Liberty Bank, and will be given a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must be graduating from a high school in a town served by Liberty Bank. See www.liberty-bank.com for locations.

Application forms with scholarship guidelines are available on the Liberty Bank Foundation web site at https://www.libertybankfoundation.org/programs/. Nominations for the Donald B. Wilbur Scholarship must be submitted no later than Friday, April 28. For more information, call 860-704-2181.

Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter energy assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

Scholarships Available

STATEWIDE — The Wethersfield-based Connecticut Funeral Directors Association is accepting applications from across the state for its 2017 college "Family Support Services Scholarship" program.

The CFDA scholarship awards support graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in a profession that provides emotional or medical support for families. This includes fields such as counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology, or funeral service. A total of eight $500 college scholarships will be presented, one to a student in each of the state's eight counties.

To be eligible for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association's Family Support Services Scholarship program, candidates must be a high school senior who will graduate in June 2017, be a legal resident of the State of Connecticut, be pursuing a career that provides emotional, medical or physical support for families, and have maintained at least a B grade point average in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

All candidates must submit the application form and a current high school transcript and essay responding to the question: Why did you decide to pursue a profession that supports families? The application form must be neat and legible, and filled out completely.

The deadline for applications for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association's Family Support Services Scholarship program is Friday, April 14.

To download an application and get contest rules, go to www.CTFDA.org. Anyone with questions may call the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association at 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332.

Softball Umpires Sought

STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. The board provides services to schools, youth and adult recreational leagues in the greater Hartford area. No experience necessary. For more information or to join, contact Al at prez798@aol.com or call/text 860-205-1688.

Race For College Scholarships

STATEWIDE — The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program recently launched the Dr. Marc Eisen Scholarship Award, a statewide indoor cycling competition for high school students that will award the male and female champion a scholarship to college.

The CCAP will be traveling to schools around Connecticut and host indoor school cycling events on stationary trainers. To earn a chance to win the Dr. Marc Eisen Scholarship Award, check with your cycling club to learn the time the CCAP will be holding races in your school. The championship event will take place in May 2017 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

The fastest male and female high school student from each indoor school cycling competition throughout the season will earn a spot in the season championship finals at the end of the school year.

The season championship finals will bring together all of the fastest riders from around the state. The male and female winners that record the fastest time that day will be awarded a $500 scholarship for college.

The winner's school club will also receive a separate $125 award to encourage continued success of the club. All students are eligible for a $250 leadership award, including students who do not reach the season finals. All finalists must submit a one-page essay prior to the season championship finals event describing their participation in their CCAP school club. Essays must describe the student's regular season participation in club practices and race events, demonstrate a commitment to team success and illustrate an impact cycling has made on the student.

For more information, visit CTCyclingadvancement.org.

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