Community News For The Wethersfield Edition

Source To Sea Cleanup Of Wethersfield Cove

WETHERSFIELD — The MDC hosted the annual Source to Sea Clean-Up of Wethersfield Cove on Sept. 23. The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system all along the four-state watershed -- New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut -- rivers and streams, shorelines, parks, boat launches, trails and more.

The multi-state cleanup is coordinated by the Connecticut River Conservancy, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to conserve and protect water quality, habitat and recreational access across the entire Connecticut River Watershed.

Approximately 100 volunteers came out for the event in Wethersfield, which included volunteers from MDC, Town of Wethersfield, Connecticut River Conservancy, Great Meadows Trust, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department, environmental organizations, students, boy scouts as well as local businesses.

Volunteers filled a dumpster with over a ton of garbage as well as over 250 pounds of hard plastic, glass and aluminum that were recycled separately.

Shudder Season

WETHERSFIELD — Wethersfield High School Drama presents "The Shudder Season" on Nov. 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. at 411 Wolcott Hill Road.

This series of one act plays, one a Hartford Stage "Write On" winner, celebrates the spookiest of seasons. Tickets are only sold at the door; cost is $10/$5 students and seniors. The space is handicapped accessible.

Call 860-721-9075 for more information.

GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Women's Club

NEWINGTON-WETHERSFIELD — GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Women's Club wishes to thank those who supported us with our Saver's FunRaiser. The club released the following notice: We have decided to stop collection until the spring. We will resume this FunRaiser starting April 1, 2018.

Pink Ribbon Bagel Benefits Connecticut Cancer Foundation

AREA — Panera Bread has partnered with Rebecca Lobo, basketball analyst, Olympic athlete, former WNBA and UCONN player, to support the Connecticut Cancer Foundation (CCF), formerly the Connecticut Sports Foundation, during its 16th annual 'Pink Ribbon Bagel' promotion.

Local participating restaurants are 3120 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, and 1129 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield. Throughout the month of October, a portion of proceeds from all Pink Ribbon Bagels sold will go toward helping the CCF assist local families battling breast cancer with rent/mortgage, utilities, transportation, medications and more. Patients are referred to CCF through a network of oncology social workers at Connecticut hospitals and cancer centers.

The Lobo partnership, now in its fifth year, kicked off Oct. 1 to commemorate national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lobo, a recent inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, is the daughter of RuthAnn Lobo, a long-time breast cancer survivor who lost her battle in 2011 after living with the disease for 18 years. In 2001, Lobo launched the RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship for Hispanic students admitted to the UCONN School of Allied Health. As part of the Panera Bread partnership, the RuthAnn Lobo Award in Social Work was established in 2013 to support educating the next generation of hospital-based social workers working with cancer patients.

During the month-long fundraiser, a portion of the proceeds from every Pink Ribbon Bagel purchased at Panera Bread cafes in Connecticut will go directly to the Connecticut Cancer Foundation. Pink Ribbon Bagels are baked fresh daily in each Panera Bread café, formed by hand into a ribbon shape, and feature dried cherries, cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar.

Participating Connecticut locations are located in Bristol, Canton, Enfield, Farmington, Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Glastonbury, Groton, Hartford, Lisbon, Manchester, Newington, Southington, South Windsor, Waterford, West Hartford, and Wethersfield.

Additional beneficiaries of the Pink Bagel promotion include the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Sue Stees, one of Panera Bread's first franchisees and a breast cancer survivor, developed the idea for the Pink Ribbon Bagel in 2001 as a way to help support the cause.

Visit https://www.panerabread.com for more information on the fundraiser and locations of participating restaurants. Visit www.sportsfoundation.org for more information on the CT Sports Foundation.

Jim Calhoun Featured Speaker At Annual Kennedy Dinner

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Democratic Town Committee announced that Jim Calhoun will be the featured speaker at the annual Kennedy Dinner. Coach Calhoun is a legend in Connecticut, a three time National Champion, and a leading philanthropist. Coach Calhoun's charity work is unrivaled. He and his wife, Pat, helped to establish the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, and he also organizes the annual Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride. Coach Calhoun is a leading member of the Coaches vs Cancer program that was established by the American Cancer Society.

The Kennedy Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St. Contact Patty Tiberio at ptiberio@att.net or 860-436-2652 for more information.

Floral Design For The Holidays

BERLIN — The Kensington Garden Club will meet on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Berlin Community Center, 230 Kensington Road. There will be a business meeting at 11:30 a.m., followed by a program at 1 p.m. which is open to the public.

Trish Manfredi, Floral Designer and NSG Flower Show Judge, will present "Floral Design with Holiday Fun and Flair." She will share ways to brighten fall and winter days with easy and unique flower arrangements for the holidays and in between, adding fruits, vegetables and everyday items. She will create five designs.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

Storytime

NEWINGTON — Storytime is taking place at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St. 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 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.

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.

Basic Dog Obedience: Session two runs from Nov. 7 through Dec. 19. Dogs should be at least six-months-old.

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

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.

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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