Community News For The Wethersfield Edition

Coffee With Newington Residents

NEWINGTON — State Representative Gary Byron, R-27, will be hosting a coffee and conversation hour for Newington residents from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at King Donuts, 289 Main St.

Anyone with questions may email Gary.Byron@housegop.ct.gov or contact Rep. Byron's office at 860-240-8700.

Carcinoid Initiative Support Group

WETHERSFIELD — The Connecticut Carcinoid Initiative is a support group of patients with carcinoid or other neuroendocrine cancers and their family members. The next meeting is 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, in the lower level Community Room at the Wethersfield Public Library, 505 Silas Deane Highway. Newly diagnosed patients are especially welcome. Visit www.ctcarcinoid.org for more information.

Scarecrow Contest

NEWINGTON — The Newington Parks and Recreation Department announces for the first time ever, a scarecrow contest held outside the Mortensen Community Center on Garfield Street.

There will be two categories of judging. The first is Business/Non-Profit Organizations and the other is Family/Friends. People will be asked to be as creative as they can be and build and stuff their own scarecrow.

The Newington Parks and Recreation Department will provide numbered poles set into the ground. Each scarecrow group will pre-register in the Newington Parks and Recreation office by noon Friday, Oct. 6, and be given a number, which will identify their spot on the curbside.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., everyone can bring their scarecrow and install it to the pole. The prize is a free business card advertisement in the winter brochure to the business/non-profit winner valued at $250.

The other category, family/friends, will receive a $100 gift certificate for first prize and a $50 gift certificate for second prize to any program that the Newington Parks and Recreation Department offers.

Joe Harvey, the Newington Parks and Recreation Special Event Coordinator, will set up a Facebook poll for people to vote for their favorite scarecrow. Coffee and donuts will be provided for the families on Saturday, Oct. 14, while they decorate the street with their scarecrows. The scarecrows will be left up until Wednesday, Nov. 1.

The entry fee is a $5 donation to go towards the 2018 Life. Be in it. Extravaganza Firework Show.

For more information, visit www.newingtonct.gov/parksandrec or call the Newington Parks and Recreation Department at 860-665-8666.

Exercise The Right Choice

NEWINGTON — For the second year, the Newington Parks and Recreation Department is providing an after school program called Exercise the Right Choice. This program is geared towards helping families out on the early release days or "Teacher Tuesdays" at all four of the Newington Elementary Public Schools.

Exercise, recreation and cultural art activities are provided as well as a snack and homework help. Special entertainers such as magicians and drummers make surprise visits throughout the year. There is still room left; contact 860-665-8566 for more information.

Lantern Light Tours

WETHERSFIELD — Wethersfield Historical Society will be hosting Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours on Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21. The tours begin and end at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St., with hot cider and cookies.

Hour long tours begin at 6:30 p.m. and will leave every 15 minutes until 8 p.m. Timed tickets are sold prior to the event, with remaining tickets at the door; however, tickets sell out early and group sizes are limited, so it is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance.

Beginning Sept. 19, tickets can be purchased at www.wethersfieldhistory.org or at the Old Academy, 150 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Tours are appropriate for ages 13 and up. Tickets are $20 per person. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 22.

This year's theme is "Forgotten Residents of Wethersfield." Find out more about the history of people who have often been overlooked by formally recorded history: those of Native and African descent, women, and more recent immigrants to the community.

This program is made possible in part by the generous support of the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, ShopRite of Manchester and East Hartford and members of Wethersfield Historical Society.

For more information about the Lantern Light Tours, contact the Society at society@wethersfieldhistory.org or call 860-529-7656.

Deconstructing The "Hamilton!" Phenomenon

WETHERSFIELD — Though fans of the musical "Hamilton!" may be familiar with the song, "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)," they may not realize the groundwork for the rebel victory at Yorktown was planned in the home of Joseph Webb, of Wethersfield, by George Washington and French General Rochambeau.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, Variety theater critic and Connecticut arts writer Frank Rizzo will give a lively multimedia presentation on the phenomenon that is "Hamilton!" at 6:30 p.m. at 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.

Rizzo's lecture will be followed two weeks later with an appearance by Alexander Hamilton himself, as portrayed by veteran actor and historian, Ian Rose, on Oct. 12.

The WDS Fall Lecture Series opens with a lecture by Phillip Mead, director of curatorial affairs and chief historian at the recently opened Museum of the American Revolution, in Philadelphia, on Sept. 21. The series will conclude on Oct. 26 as members of Public Archeology Survey Team, Inc. discuss the initial findings of a recent archeological survey at the WDS site.

Blood Pressure Screenings

WETHERSFIELD — A free blood pressure screenings will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Wethersfield Senior Center, 30 Greenfield St. Cedar Mountain Commons and Jefferson House sponsor the monthly screenings that are held on the fourth Thursday of the month.

5K Run And Walk

WETHERSFIELD — Mikey's Place's 19th annual 5K Run & Walk will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Mikey's Place on Garden Street.

Run, Walk & Roll will take place to benefit the preservation of the wheelchair accessible playground built in memory of Michael James Daversa. Mikey passed away just before his third birthday from the neuromuscular disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. In the fall of 2000, hundreds of community volunteers united to help the Daversa/Huffman families construct the 25,000 square foot playground designed for children of all abilities.

This year's participants will also be helping to continue a scholarship fund with Wethersfield's Dollars for Scholars program, which was created in 2003.

All individuals are invited to participate in this wonderful community event. It is a flat course suitable for wheelchair participants. There is an entry fee, however, runners and walkers are being asked to take pledges.

The entry fee is waived for any entrant who raises a minimum of $20 in pledges. Registration will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Hanmer School Gym. There will be division awards and a professional timing service will be on hand to record times at the finish line.

Visit www.mikeysplace.org for more information. If you would like to volunteer to help on the day of the race or to obtain a pledge form, please contact the Daversa's at ddavfamily26@gmail.com or 860-529-2711.

Pledge forms are also available at Village Pizza, Aroma Bistro, Premier Cleaners, Shop-Rite Hardware, The Run In, Mikey's Place and in The Rare Reminder.

Parks And Rec Events

BERLIN — The Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for the following programs: Fit Toddlers, Painting with Peggy: Halloween Theme, Exploring Dance and the Pilates 30 Day Movement Challenge.

Participants can register online through the Web-Trac program or in person at 230 Kensington Road. Visit www.town.berlin.ct.us for more information. Fees are charged for all programs.

The 13th annual Scarecrow and Fall Foliage Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in Volunteer Park. Scarecrows will be displayed until Sunday, Oct. 29. Online scarecrow registration is available. Fall foliage children's activities include face painting and fall crafts.

The Monster Bash and Pumpkin Decorating Contest will be held at Willard School, 1088 Norton Road, on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m., for children Pre-K – 5 grades. This family event includes a DJ, arts and crafts, games, halloween bingo, with members of the UpBeat Program. Willard PTO's Trunk or Treat will be occurring at the same time 6:45 to 8 p.m.

Art Group Seeks Members

BERLIN — The Berlin Art Group seeking new members, any level and any medium but oil. The group is facilitated by a professional instructor and is low cost. Call Mary at 860-223-7869 for information.

Lucy Robbins Welles Library Events

NEWINGTON — The following events are taking place at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St.

The Changing Brain, a Caregiving Affair, featuring three programs will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. Dementia Specialists Michelle Wyman and Patty O'Brian of the Hartford Health Care Center for Healthy Aging will discuss brain health and brain illness, provide information on professional intervention, and suggest practical caregiving and self-care strategies and tips. Guests may register for one or all of them.

September 25 – Something is Just Not Right: Understanding memory loss, how and who to see for a diagnosis, different types of dementia and symptoms of each.

October 2 – The Health Caregiver, Accepting Help: Accessing resources and paying for care, daily challenges, long-distance caregiving, and community resources available, avoiding/ managing depression, isolation, frustration; preparing for good, meaningful visits with your loved one.

Brown Bag It with a Book Discussion: Thursday, Sept. 28, noon. "Heat and Light" by Jennifer Haigh. Bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages and desserts will be provided. No registration necessary.

Friends Bus Trip – New York City will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30. Join the Friends for a day in New York City where you may spend the time as you wish. The cost of the trip is $43, payable at the Adult Information Desk.

Tech Troubleshooting with Teens: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Attention all adults! Stop by with the gadgets that drive you crazy and let teen techies help you. This list can include: cell phones & text messaging, E-readers, social media, email, tablets, and iPods. Registration is required.

Teen Kayaking Trip: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. For grades 6-12. Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union. The facilitators are trained and certified paddling instructors. Teens must register by Sept. 23. Waiver forms will be available at the Adult Information Desk.

Children's Library Card Sign-Up Month: Calling all children from birth through 8th grade who live in Newington. Come to the Children's Department anytime between Sept. 1 through 30 to sign up for a library card and receive a free goody bag. New registrants only.

Play with Us: Tuesdays, Sept. 26, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Join library staff for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. Meet with birth to three-year-old resource professionals and socialize with peers.

Pajama Music: Mondays, Sept. 25 and October 2, 6 p.m. Children ages 2-4 and a caregiver are invited to experience music together.

Fall Drop-in Weekly Storytimes: Sept. 18 through Nov. 16, for ages nine months through six years. Visit www.newingtonct.gov/library for more information.

Summer Reading Recognition Assemblies: Friday, Sept. 22, John Paterson and Ruth Chaffee Schools. Children who read for 200 minutes or more for Build a Better World will receive a certificate at special school assemblies these days. All students will enjoy a performance of comedy and juggling by Bryson Lang. Assemblies funded by the PTA/PTOs of Ruth Chaffee, Elizabeth Green, John Paterson and Anna Reynolds Schools.

Building with LEGO® Bricks: Saturday, Sept. 23, 1 to 2 p.m. Due to safety concerns, infants and toddlers will not be allowed in the room.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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