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100th Birthday

WETHERSFIELD — Long-time Wethersfield Art League teacher Diane Marinaro was honored Aug. 16 on the occasion of her 100th birthday. Her students, former students and friends gathered at the Little Red Schoolhouse to celebrate this notable and gracious lady who has taught and inspired for many years. The Wethersfield Art league offers classes at the Little Red Schoolhouse at 193 Welles Road. For more information, call Mikki at 860-667-2974.

Children's Theatre Season 55

NEWINGTON — The Newington Children's Theatre Company's 55th season was recently announced. Act Out classes for children 8-16 leads participants through rehearsals culminating in a fully-produced one act. No audition is required to enroll. Everyone enrolled is cast in the production.

Session one: Saturdays, 9 to 11 a.m., Frankenstein Slept Here, Sept. 9 through Oct. 21, with performances Oct. 27 and 28.

Session two: Mondays, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; A 21st Century Christmas Carol, Oct. 2 to Dec. 11, with performances Dec. 15 and 16.

Session three: Mondays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., The Fairy Tale Network, Jan. 29 through April 16, with performances April 20 and 21.

For ages 8 to 18, take to the NCTC stage in one of their school-year musicals. All shows are double cast, with rehearsal one to two nights a week and some Saturdays. Every cast member receives a free show T-shirt. Annie Jr. auditions are Sept. 12 and 13, with performances Dec. 1 through 10. A Year with Frog and Toad Kids: auditions are Jan. 5 and 6, with performances March 16 to 25. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. auditions are March 21 and 22, with performances June 1 through 10.

Not quite 8-years-old? In Performance gives kids the opportunity to learn and strengthen their musical theatre skills, while becoming more comfortable with being on stage. Throughout the class, children learn blocking, music and choreography in preparation to become part of the upcoming production. Every cast member receives a free show T-shirt. There are three sessions to choose from.

Take your musical theatre skills to the next level with NCTC's NEW program just for teens, ages 13 to 18. Teen Scene meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 to 9 p.m., and selected Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants must be 13 by the start of the program. Every cast member receives a free show T-shirt. The first production will by "13! The Musical." Auditions are Jan. 9 and 10, with performances May 4 to 12.

NCTC's Got Talent, 3rd Annual Talent show and fundraiser, is slated for Nov. 4, with auditions Oct. 16 and 17, by appointment. All kids, ages 7 to 25, are invited to share their talent on the NCTC stage for this one-night only event. This event is free to participate.

Classes, rehearsals and performances are held at NCTC, 743 North Mountain Road. Space is limited and registration is required for all programs. Visit www.NCTCArts.org for fees and registration.

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, Pennsylvania, 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.

Mead's one-hour presentation kicks off the 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.

OSHA Meeting

WETHERSFIELD — The purpose and progress of the South Hartford Conveyance and Storage Tunnel, a four-mile long deep rock tunnel being constructed to help collect excess wastewater and stormwater during rain events, will be the topic of the Sept. 19 Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group meeting, taking place from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the agency's Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard.

Brian J. McCarthy of C.D. Smith in East Hartford, program manager for the Metropolitan District Corporation's Clean Water Project, will detail the South Hartford Conveyance and Storage Tunnel project and its route from MDC's Water Pollution Control Facility on Brainard Road in Hartford, through the southern part of the city to Talcott Road, West Hartford.

Admission to the breakfast is free, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Able at john.able@ct.gov to register or for additional information.

Craft Fair

OLD WETHERSFIELD — The 36th annual Old Wethersfield Craft Fair for the benefit of Wethersfield Historical Society will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cove Park on State Street, rain or shine.

Over 100 juried artisans will display their handmade wares. Food will be available for purchasing and the Wethersfield Historical Society will hold a bake sale. The Society's Attic Treasures booth will be present and the Round Hill Alpacas will be returning. Face painting for children will be available.

Admission is $6 for adults and free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult. For information about the event, email oldwethersfieldcraftfair@gmail.com or call 860-559-5560.

Remembering G. Fox

WETHERSFIELD — General Federations Women's Club Newington/Wethersfield invites all to fondly Remember G. Fox & Co., at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St.

Tickets are $10 per person. A silent auction, finger food and 50/50 raffle will take place. For more information, call Donna at 860-986-9707 or Pat at 860-310-7015.

Byron Releases Statement

NEWINGTON — Rep. Gary Byron released the following statement on education cuts to Newington.

"I am prepared to go to the State Capitol on a moment's notice to advocate for the families and children of Newington and its outstanding education system. The state is currently being run by Governor Malloy through executive order.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of a state budget the Governor has enacted devastating cuts to Newington and severely hurts Newington families.

Newington's municipal aid from the state will be cut from $16,180,706 down to $1,335,681 with a majority of the cut ($11,685,425) being our state education grant.

These cuts are outrageous and I urge House leadership to vote on a budget which reverses the cuts immediately!

Although I am always willing to work in a bipartisan manner, I have a tremendous level of apprehension over raising taxes to balance the state budget. The practice of continually increasing taxes has wreaked havoc on Connecticut's economy in recent years, with many state residents and businesses fleeing for lower tax states.

I represent all people of Newington and I believe that the quality of education that our students receive is paramount.

The Speaker of the House is the only member of the General Assembly who can call the House of Representatives into legislative session for a vote on the state budget and as of today he has not done so."

Call To Artists

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Academy for the Arts issued a call to artists to submit their new work for a juried fine art competition. The competition will be juried by Douglas Hyland, Director Emeritus of the New Britain Museum of American Art. Awards will be given in several categories. The deadline for registration and submission is Sept. 25.

The exhibition will run from Oct. 7 to 21. For details, go to www.wethersfieldarts.org, e-mail info@wethersfieldarts.org or call 860-436-9857.

Farm To Table Dinner

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Farmers Market's fifth annual Farm to Table dinner will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Webb Barn, 211 Main St.

The menu will feature beef and vegetarian choices with meats, vegetables, and ingredients supplied by local farmers and vendors of the market. Entree courses will be prepared by local chef Roy Riedl of Mercado Food Truck and El Pollo Guapo. The five-course meal begins with a cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $95. Beer, wine and signature CT cocktails are all included. Table of six discounts are available. For information or ticket purchase, visit www.wfmarket.org or call 860 578-8650.

Leather Tooling Demonstration

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Art League's September meeting and artist demonstration at Silas Deane Middle School, Media Center, 551 Silas Deane Highway, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7.

Kevin Gilbert will demonstrate leather tooling. Wethersfield Art League demonstrations are free and open to the public. All meetings and demos are held on the first Thursday of the month. The business meeting is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the demo.

Members are invited to join a painting group on Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at The Little Red School House, 193 Welles Road. For membership inquiries, contact Celestine Bernard at 860- 666-9992 or Pat Yagmin at 860-306-2079.

Car Show

ROCKY HILL — The Kickflips and Flywhips car show will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Elm Ridge Park, 376 Elm St. The rain date is Sept. 17.

The event includes a car show, food, vendors, trophies, face painting, a DJ and more. The event will raise funds for the Rocky Hill Senior Center.

La Piastra Open House

ROCKY HILL — La Piastra, 1975 Silas Deane Highway, will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, after residing for 10 years in Cromwell. A ribbon cutting will take place at 1 p.m.

A variety of family meals will be available for purchase. Activities include samples, door prizes, face painting and balloon making. Contact info@lapiastra.com for more information or call 860-757-3052.

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

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.

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.

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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