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CT Curator In The President's House

WETHERSFIELD — When you're the senior curator at George Washington's Mount Vernon, you live with the knowledge that heads of state and royalty drop by when they're in town, most recently, the Trumps and Macrons. What's a curator to do? Rally the staff and speed clean the entire mansion in three hours. Pictured is the Blue Room at Mount Vernon, courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.

In 2010, Susan P. Schoelwer, former curator at the Connecticut Historical Society, departed New England for Mount Vernon. Much like Twain's Connecticut Yankee, she quickly learned that things were vastly different there. On Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m., Schoelwer will regale an audience with, "Mount Vernon: A Connecticut Curator in the President's House," at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main St.

The free event in the Webb Barn will be preceded by a wine reception, by donation, at 6 p.m. During her presentation, Schoelwer will reflect on some of the challenges of curating America's most iconic historic house, and how her experiences in Connecticut had unexpected connections to the home of the nation's first president.

Stand Down 2018

ROCKY HILL — Veterans' Services staff with the Connecticut Department of Labor will offer workforce assistance, including employment and training guidance, to veterans during Stand Down 2018, taking place 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. The event will be held on the grounds of the Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs main campus, 287 West St.

More than 30 government agencies and social service organizations are taking part in Stand Down 2018, which is open to the more than 200,000 veterans in this state. Organized by the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, the event offers information and services related to education and workforce needs, state and VA benefits, and legal or motor vehicle issues, as well as housing referrals, and medical, dental and mental health screenings. Free clothing is also distributed.

Veterans needing transportation to Stand Down 2018 can use the free bus service provided by the Connecticut Department of Transportation from a number of locations around the state. Bus stops will be in Bridgeport, Bristol, Danbury, Danielson/Killingly, Derby, East Hartford, Ellington, Enfield, Hartford, Manchester, Middletown, Milford, Naugatuck, New Britain , New Haven, New London, Newington , Norwalk, Norwich, Orange, Stamford, Suffield, Terryville/Plymouth, Torrington, Vernon/Rockville, Wallingford, Waterbury, Westport, West Haven and Willimantic. For information about transportation or other Stand Down questions, call 860-616-3808.

NCTC's Teen Scene

NEWINGTON — Auditions for NCTC's Teen Scene, ages 13-18, for Urinetown the Musical are Sept. 18 and 19, by appointment. Teen Scene rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 to 9 p.m., and selected Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants must be 13 and no older than 18 by the end of the program to participate. Every cast member receives a free show T-shirt. While there is no cost to audition, if cast, there is a $275 participation fee.

Rehearsals for Urinetown are Oct. 2 through Jan. 10. Performances are Jan. 11 to 13, Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The show may be double cast.

Interested teens are asked to prepare a comedic monologue, not to exceed two minutes, and a musical theatre song of their choice. Prepare the entire song and bring sheet music in appropriate key, as well as a current headshot.

Auditions, rehearsals and performances will take place at NCTC, located at 743 North Mountain Road. Visit www.NCTCArts.org for more information.

Belden Library Events

ROCKY HILL — The Cora J. Belden Library, 33 Church St., will host the following programs. Call 860-258-7623 for more information.

OLOGY Science That Rocks will take place on Monday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Career Coaching will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Creation Station Drop-In Family Craft will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Which Vaccines Do I Really Need with Kathy's Urgent Care will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Video Chat Basics for Adults is offered on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Tech Club for Grades K-5 will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Health and Wellness with Dr. Klughers: Healthy Weight Loss will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Escape Room Puzzle Chests for Grades 3-6 will occur on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Berlin Parks And Rec Offerings

BERLIN — The Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is offering the following programs. Call 860-828-7009 for more information. Register online through the Web-Trac program or in person at 230 Kensington Road. Visit www.town.berlin.ct.us or www.berlinschools.org for much information.

Fall preschool and youth programs include Learning Adventure with M.S.M.A. R.E. (Learning Adventure with Math, Science, Music, Art, Reading & Exploration) for ages 3 to 5; Exploring Dance for ages 3 – 5; Dance Elements for ages 5 to 8; Painting with Peggy, K – 5th grade on Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sept. 29, with a dragon, unicorns, and dinosaur theme; Saturday, Oct. 20, and Nov. 17 with a Halloween and Thanksgiving theme; and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 8, with a Christmas theme.

Adult and youth programs include yoga, tai chi for osteoporosis and fall prevention, dog obedience, pumpkin decorating, a scarecrow festival and more.

WEF Open House

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Education Foundation invites all residents to its Founding Donors Campaign inaugural event, taking place at at Wethersfield High School, 411 Wolcott Hill Road.

The Wethersfield Education Foundation was established in 2018 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to enhancing and enlivening the academic programs and initiatives of the Wethersfield Public Schools.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Wethersfield Education Foundation will host an open house in the high school's technology wing to highlight its 2018-19 goal to bring the technology department up to 21st century standards, emphasizing the STEM disciplines and encouraging entrepreneurship.

The MAC Lab, the CAD Lab, the Wood Shop, the Auto Shop and the Robotics/Engineering rooms will be open for student led tours and demonstrations. Faculty will be available to discuss the current programs and the future needs of the Technology Department. Visit wethersfieldeducationfoundation.org for more information.

Track It Forward Presentation

NEWINGTON — The GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman's Club will host Shannon Richard, president of the Greater New Milford Woman's Club and winner of GFWC/CT Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership for her initiative with the Track It Forward program.

This program tracks hours and in-kind donations for volunteer work by club members. Richard will give a Track It Forward presentation at the Tuesday, Sept. 25, general membership meeting at Newington Rapid Recovery Rehab, 240 Church St. The program will begin at 6 p.m. with coffee, with the presentation and meeting taking place at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

NARFE Meeting

WETHERSFIELD — The next meeting of NARFE will be Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 1:30 p.m., at Solomon Wells House, 220 Hartford Ave.

CONN-OSHA Roundtable

WETHERSFIELD — The Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) is offering a Tuesday, Sept. 18, breakfast roundtable discussion group about 'Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories.' The roundtable will be held from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. at the agency's Wethersfield office, 200 Folly Brook Blvd.

Guest speakers Teresa D'Amelio, a certified school risk manager, and Dr. Ken Roy, director of environmental health and chemical safety for the Glastonbury public school system, will focus on the standard for school and workplace laboratories where chemical manipulation generally involves small amounts of limited chemicals.

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

Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair

OLD WETHERSFIELD — The 37th annual Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair, formerly the Old Wethersfield Fall Craft Fair, for the benefit of Wethersfield Historical Society, will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cove Park on State Street.

The fair is rain or shine and features more than 60 Connecticut River Valley artists and crafters, food and live music by Esperanto Duo. The Wethersfield Historical Society's tent will be filled with flowers and treats. Volunteers will offer sunflowers donated by Kim's Flower Shop of Wethersfield and a bake sale will take place. Attic treasures, gently used antiques and collectibles generously donated by society members will be available for purchase.

The OW Arts & Crafts Fair also welcomes other area non-profits, such as the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts and the CT Humane Society. New this year is a craft beer tasting featuring local favorites served by Sam Shah of Buy Rite Liquors. This is a 21 and older event and ID is required.

All proceeds from the fair help support Wethersfield Historical Society's free admission and low cost programming year round. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 with coupon or Wethersfield Historical Society membership. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

For information, visit www.wethersfieldhistory.org, email owaf4whs@gmail.com or call the society at 860-529-7656. The OW Arts & Crafts Fair is sponsored by Henkel Corporation.

Pictured is Kathy Senecal of Not Your Mother's Yarn. She will return to the OW Arts & Crafts Fair this year. For nearly five decades, Senecal has spun hand-dyed or natural wool and alpaca. All of her proceeds go to the FSH Society, to support research and education about muscular dystrophy.

No Boundaries Youth Theater

AREA — No Boundaries Youth Theater, which began in 2010 as New Britain Youth Theater, begins its ninth season with classes and auditions. The theater can be reached for questions or registration at info@nbyt.org or 860-515-8115.

Theater classes and homeschool enrichment programs will begin in September at NBYT. On Saturday mornings beginning Sept. 22, the theater will offer classes in stage play for ages 5-9, acting for ages 9-14, and improv for ages 10-16. Younger children will stage Central American Stories. Drama games and scenes based on Mexican and Central American folktales will be used to teach the basics of theatrical storytelling, character development, voice, and movement. Older students will focus their study on comic timing in a class titled Make 'em Laugh. Each eight-week class term ends with a short performance open to family and friends.

On Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 20, all-abilities classes begin and are open to all children ages 9 through 14, including those of any physical, mental, sensory, or emotional ability. The class begins with drama games and warm-ups, development of voice and movement skills to each student's abilities, ensemble building, and instruction of stage performance skills. The group then develops and rehearses an original play or short scenes for performance.

Homeschool enrichment programs begin on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and include a program for young actors ages 5 to 8, a performance program for ages 8 to 14, and classes in music for ages 8-16 and improv for ages 8-16. This term, the performance class will produce an original murder mystery, and will discuss and learn about some classic mysteries written for the stage. The term ends with a daytime and evening performance for family and friends.

Classes and homeschool programs are held at NBYT's Studio Theater space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in the Kensington Center of Berlin.

Walking Tours

WETHERSFIELD — Wethersfield Historical Society walking tours will resume for September and October. All tours are $5 or free to members. Reservations are recommended. In the event of rain, tours are cancelled. For more information or to make reservations, contact the society at 860-529-7656.

Burying Ground Tours with Martha Smart: Learn about gravestone carvers and customs, as well as stories of people buried there. Meet at the red barn in the First Church parking lot, 250 Main St. Dates: Thursday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m., and Oct. 13, at 10 a.m.

Walk Around Old Wethersfield with Dorene Ciarcia: Tour Old Wethersfield learning about architecture and the people who lived here long ago. Meet in front of the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St. Dates: Thursday: Sept. 13, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Program

WETHERSFIELD — A three-part series, Living with Alzheimer's for the Middle-Stage Caregiver, will be held on Oct. 13, 20, and 27, from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Church of Christ at 250 Main St. For questions or to register, call 860-529-1575.

Cemetery Walking Tour

ROCKY HILL — The Center Cemetery walking tour has been rescheduled to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Center Cemetery, 2480 Main St. There is no cost to attend. The difficulty of the walk is easy, with some uneven surfaces.

To park, drive into the cemetery from the corner of Pratt and Main Streets, just past CVS and across from the town green. Meet at the cemetery flagpole. Visit www.rhhistory.org or contact infoRHhistory@gmail.com or 860-563-6704 for more information.

Bake Sale And Raffle

NEWINGTON — GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman's Club will be at the Newington Waterfall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, holding a bake sale and raffle. The festival will take place on the Market Square streetscape.

The bake sale booth will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A raffle for a dollhouse built by club members from a kit with special touches added and furniture will take place. Tickets are $2 each. You must be 18 or older to purchase tickets. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. Profits from the raffle will benefit Elizabeth Green Elementary School, providing school supplies for its Literacy Night.

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