Community News For The Wethersfield Edition

Stand Down At Veterans Hospital

ROCKY HILL — GFWC of Newington/Wethersfield attended the 25th annual Stand Down at the Veteran's Hospital in Rocky Hill. GFWC members handed out toiletries, toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to show our appreciation for CT Veteran's service. This event provides CT Veterans with access to a variety of federal, state and local services such as: veterans benefits, medical, dental, mental health, recovery services, legal, housing, employment, education and more. Over 750 Veteran's attended this event, many with family or friends. Over 250 volunteers were there to assist as needed.

Shown in picture are Veteran Gareth Davis and Dianne Mirabito-Hough.

NCTC's Got Talent

NEWINGTON — The Newington Children's Theatre Company invites area youth, ages 7-25, to showcase their skills and artistry in the third annual NCTC's Got Talent talent show and fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. This one-night only family friendly event will shine the spotlight on area youth, while raising money for future NCTC programming.

Soloists and group acts are welcome to audition. Each act is limited to four minutes and must be family friendly. Auditions are set for Oct. 16 and 17, by appointment. Each audition will last approximately five minutes. Free to participate. Visit www.NCTCArts.org for more information.

Drug Awareness Program

ROCKY HILL — Parents and age-appropriate youth and members of the community are invited to attend a free drug awareness educational forum hosted by Wethersfield-Rocky Hill Elks Lodge #2308. The forum will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at the Rocky Hill Community Center, 761 Old Main St. For more information, contact Rich Pawlich-Pagliccio at 860-257-8177.

"Talk Saves Lives" Suicide Prevention Program

WETHERSFIELD — The suicide prevention program known as "Talk Saves Lives" is the topic of the Oct. 17 Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group meeting sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA). The Roundtable will be held 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. at the Labor Department's Central Office, 200 Folly Brook BLVD.

Guest speaker Tom Steen, chair of the Northern Connecticut Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, will discuss the prevention program which covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. A Certified Safety Professional with a master's degree in public health, Steen has been practicing occupational safety and health for 26 years.

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

Sock Hop

BERLIN — Bethany Covenant Church's 4th annual 1950s-style sock hop and dinner will take place at 785 Mill St. from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. The event will raise money for the Feed My Starving Children Central CT mobile packing event scheduled for 2018.

The menu will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, root beer floats and milkshakes. Admission is $20 for adults, children under 10 years old are free, and a maximum cap of $50 per family. You may also reserve a table (seats 8) for $140.

Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., followed by music, games and contests. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kristen at Scrapcookie@aol.com or 860-798-9825.

Feed My Starving Children is dedicated to combating the problem of chronic malnutrition and starvation which affects millions of children worldwide by providing scientifically formulated, nutrition-packed meals. For the past several years, the Central CT Mobile Pack community has packed these nutritional meals and is now raising the funds necessary to purchase the raw materials for the next packing event. Visit www.CentralCTmobilepack.org for more information.

Fall Rummage Sale

NEWINGTON — The Sisterhood of Temple Sinai of Newington will hold its annual fall rummage sale on Sunday, Oct. 29, and Monday, Oct. 30. Sunday hours are noon to 3 p.m. Monday hours are 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Admission is $1.

Monday is bag day and two bag sizes are available. Temple Sinai is located at 41 West Hartford Road. For directions or additional information, contact sisterhood@sinaict.org or call the temple office at 860-561-1055.

Bud And Blossom Garden Club Meetings

WETHERSFIELD — The Bud and Blossom Garden Club of Wethersfield provides its members with a forum to develop and share their creative interest in gardening and provides opportunities to serve the community through educational, environmental and beautification projects.

The club is welcoming new members. Meetings are as follows: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m., Wethersfield Community Center, room S-2; Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 p.m., Wethersfield Community Center, room S-3; Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 p.m., Wethersfield Community Center, room S-2; and Wednesday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m., Wethersfield Community Center, room S-3.

Fife, Drum Corps Seeking New Members

WETHERSFIELD — The Col. John Chester Fife and Drum Corps is currently seeking new members. Boys and girls ages 8-18 are encouraged to stop by a rehearsal to learn more. Instruction is provided for fife, snare and bass drum as well as marching.

The Corps rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the A. W. Hanmer Elementary School, 50 Francis St.

Dinosaur State Park's New Hours

ROCKY HILL — From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, Dinosaur State Park, 400 West St., will be operating on a reduced schedule. The museum will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday only. The trails will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be no public access to the park on Sunday or Monday.

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.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., registered participants 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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, 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. 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.

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

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

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

Kindergarten Puppy Training: Thursdays 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 through Oct. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. Must have completed Basic Dog Obedience class.

Better Basic Dog Obedience: Wednesdays 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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