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Antiques 101 Tour

WETHERSFIELD — The Antiques 101 Digging Deeper Tour at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main St., will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.

During this workshop-style tour, guests will learn the basics of how to distinguish authentic colonial furniture from reproductions. Tickets are available at http://webb-deane-stevens.org/furniture-digging-deeper-tour and cost $20. Pictured are WDS guides Helena Reilly and Bruce Henley, searching for clues to determine if a table is a true antique.

The tour includes a short period of classroom instruction with thoughtful details designed for the antiques novice, such as small, handcrafted examples of joints and dovetailing created by the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking for handling and close examination. Participants will receive pointers on comparing colonial furniture styles, features and construction—using pieces from the museum's prized collection—and will have the chance to apply what they've learned by diagnosing the authenticity of furniture at the museum. Other extras include helpful, take-home handouts with titles such as "Know Thy Drawers."

The Antiques 101 Digging Deeper Tours will be offered again on Nov. 11. Advance tickets are available at http://webb-deane-stevens.org/furniture-digging-deeper-tour

Confessions of a Curator

WETHERSFIELD — Phillip Mead, director of curatorial affairs and chief historian at the new Museum of the American Revolution will present Confessions of a Curator: A History of the New Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Webb Barn at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main St. The free event will be preceded by a wine reception, by donation, at 6 p.m.

Mead holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. His published scholarship has focused on the literature, material culture, and memory of the American Revolutionary War. He has taught in the History and Literature Department at Harvard, and has worked at Fort Ticonderoga, The Connecticut Historical Society, The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and Valley Forge National Historical Park. He is currently director of curatorial affairs and chief historian at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, where he has been part of the exhibit development team since 2011, and co-curated the core exhibit of the new museum that opened on April 19, 2017.

Mead's one-hour presentation kicks off 2017 Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Fall Lecture Series. The second presentation in the series will feature Frank Rizzo deconstructing the musical "Hamilton!" on Sept. 28, followed by an appearance by Alexander Hamilton himself, as portrayed by veteran actor and historian, Ian Rose, on Oct. 12. On Oct. 26, members of Public Archeology Survey Team, Inc. will discuss the initial findings of a recent archeological survey at the WDS site.

Berlin Recreation Offerings

BERLIN — The Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for the following programs. Guests can register online through the Web-Trac program or in person at 230 Kensington Road. Visit www.town.berlin.ct.us for more information.

Power Yoga : Tuesdays, from Sept. 5 through Dec. 19, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Can register for full session or two shorter sessions available.

Introduction to Yoga: Thursdays, Sept. 7 through Dec. 21, from, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Can register for full session or two shorter sessions available.

Tai Chi for Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention: Wednesdays, Aug. 16 through Sept. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pay in full or drop in rates available.

Kangoo Power: Tuesday's, Sept. 5 through Oct. 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Must be at least 13-years-old.

Kindergarten Puppy Training: Thursdays, Sept. 14 through Oct. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. For dogs up to six-months-old.

Basic Dog Obedience: Tuesdays, from 6 to 7 p.m. Session one runs from Sept. 12 through Oct. 24. Session two runs from Nov. 7 through Dec. 19. Dogs should be at least six-months-old.

Dog Obedience Challenge Course: Wednesdays, Sept. 20 through Oct. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. Must have completed Basic Dog Obedience class.

Better Basic Dog Obedience: Wednesdays, Nov. 8 through Dec. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. Must have completed Basic Dog Obedience class.

Dog Days Of Summer Swim

NEWINGTON — The Dog Days of Summer Swim will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. All ages, breeds and sizes are welcome. Dogs must be under their owner's control the whole time and a responsible individual over age 16 must accompany each dog. Owners must provide proof of dog's rabies vaccination at the door and dogs must be wearing a current dog license from their town of residency. The fee is $5 per dog.

For more information and a location, contact the Newington Parks and Recreation Department at 860-665-8666.

Tax-Free Week

NEWINGTON — With the start of school just around the corner, State Rep. Gary Byron wants to remind Newington residents to take advantage of the upcoming tax-free week which runs from Sunday, Aug. 20, through Saturday, Aug. 26.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut's 6.35-percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Additionally, new and used college textbooks are exempt from the state 6.35-percent sales tax for students who present a valid college ID at the time of purchase.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free. This benefit has been substantially reduced from previous years and will only apply to clothing and footwear that costs less than $100, Byron stated in the press release.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to: Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.;and accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

Remembering G. Fox

WETHERSFIELD — The GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman's Club invites the public to join them as they stroll down memory lane and remember G. Fox & Co. Presented by The Connecticut Historical Society, the event will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St.

Tickets are $10 per person. A teacup auction, 50/50, finger sandwiches and dessert served are some of the festivities. Anyone with questions may contact Donna at 860-986-9707 or Pat at 860-310-7015.

Dog Swim

WETHERSFIELD — The annual dog swim sponsored by Wethersfield Parks and Recreation Department will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Mill Woods swim pond on Prospect Street. The rain date is Aug. 20. Only dogs are allowed in the water.

The event is open to all licensed friendly dogs and their owners. Admission is $5 a dog and $1 per person. Food donations will be accepted in lieu of admission. For more information, contact Wethersfield Parks and Recreation at 860-721-2890.

Vendors Wanted

NEWINGTON — Grace Episcopal Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., is seeking vendors for its annual fall festival, taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Artisans, crafters and vendors may register for $35.

Registration forms are available through the church office at 860-666-3331, ext. 3, or by downloading it from our website at www.gracechurchnew.org

Vendors will provide their own table, with a maximum size of eight feet in length. Two chairs will be provided; more or less may be requested. Grace's Café will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch items and live music will be offered throughout the day.

Pool Passes

BERLIN — The Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is accepting in-person registration only for summer pool passes and swim programs at the Berlin Parks and Recreation Office, 230 Kensington Road. For more information, call 860-828-7009. Fees are charged for residents for all programs.

Pool passes are offered for residents, individuals 18 years and older or a family pool pass which includes free swim lessons for children 6 months to 18 years for the Percival Pool, Highland Ave., Kensington and Demore, Dinda, Bittner Jr. Memorial, Wilcox Court and East Berlin.

Daily admission is available for residents and nonresidents. All non-residents must be accompanied by a Berlin resident 18 years or older. A driver's license or other form of ID that includes a Berlin address must be presented at the time of pool pass purchase. Swim class information, pool hours can be obtained on the town's website www.town.berlin.ct.us in the summer brochure.

Discounted Amusement Park, Science Center Tickets

BERLIN — The Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is offering discounted tickets for Six Flags, Connecticut Science Center and Lake Compounce, Tickets can be purchased in person at the Berlin Parks and Recreation Office, 230 Kensington Road.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, Aug. 21, at 4:30 p.m. More detailed information and registration forms can be obtained on the town's website www.town.berlin.ct.us or by calling 860-828-7009.

Woman's Club Donation Drive

NEWINGTON-WETHERSFIELD — The GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman's Club is currently collecting soft goods, including clothing, bedding, linens, shoes, pocketbooks and more, for its 2nd annual Savers Donation Fundraiser to benefit community programs and donations

No donation is too small and the club will pick-up items. For more information, call Donna at 860-986-9707 or Pat at 860-310-7015.

Farmers Market

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield farmers market is open for the ninth season. It will run every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., rain or shine, through Oct. 19, at Solomon Welles House, 220 Hartford Ave. For more information, visit www.wfmarket.org.

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.

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.

Operation Fuel Offering Energy Assistance

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 November 1, 2017.

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.

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