Community News For The West Hartford Edition

Elmwood Senior Center Member Celebrates 90th Birthday

WEST HARTFORD — Barbara Portman's friends and family gathered for her 90th birthday celebration at Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., recently. In attendance were her daughter, grandchildren and many friends. The ambience was set by music from her long-time friend, pianist David Eberly.

Pictured is Barbara Portman.

Emanuel Synagogue Installs Officers

WEST HARTFORD - The Emanuel Synagogue,160 Mohegan Dr., installed its officers for the coming year and welcomed two new members to the Board of Trustees.

Pictured are back row: David Bomzer, 3rd Vice President; Lisa Behan, Treasurer, Rabbi David Small, Elysa Graber-Lipperman, First Vice President, Meyer Frankel, new Board member, front row: Dr. Wendy Amblo, Secretary. Becky Azia, 2nd Vice President, Dr. Sheila Silverman, President, Andrea Goldenberg, Assistant Secretary, Dr. Louis Brown, new Board member.

Mandell JCC Elects New Board Members

WEST HARTFORD - The Mandell Jewish Community Center, 335 Bloomfield Ave., held annual elections which brought in eight new Board members: Harvey Goodman, Deborah Mehlman, Joseph Schwartz, Scott Wallquist and Ellen Woodruff all from West Hartford; Tricia Meltser of Avon and Debbie Shmerling of Hartford. Newly elected as Teen Representative was Amber Raisner.

Labor of Love: The Invention Of Dating

WEST HARTFORD — On Thursday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m., at the Noah Webster Library, 20 S. Main St., learn about the invention of dating. Today, the authorities tell us that courtship is in crisis. But when Moira Weigel dives into the history of sex and romance in modern America, she discovers that authorities have always said this. Ever since young men and women started to go out together, older generations have scolded them.

Weaving together over 100 years of history with scenes from the contemporary landscape, the book Labor of Love offers a fresh feminist perspective on how we came to date the ways we do. Weigel helps us understand how looking for love shapes who we are, and hopefully leads us closer to the happy ending that dating promises.

To register, call the reference desk at 860-561-6990 or go to http://bit.ly/weigeldating4aug and be sure to bring your Isham garage ticket for validation.

Bus Service Available To Camp Merrie-Wood

MANCHESTER — It's summertime, so that means that Girl Scouts of Connecticut's summer camps are getting ready for a summer of fun. Camp Merrie-Wood in Manchester has all of the opportunities girls can gain from summer camps with free bus service so girls to be picked up and dropped off to camp each day. Camp Merrie-Wood is a day camp for girls. Bus services for Camp Merrie-Wood includes the following towns: East Hartford, Enfield, Glastonbury, Hartford, Manchester, South Windsor, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Ellington, Tolland and Vernon.

Camp Merrie-Wood caters to all girls K-12 and they do not need to be Girl Scouts to come to our camps. Being outdoors is incredibly important for anyone of any age, but recent studies find that being outdoors can help improve one's sense of self and overall self esteem.

American Red Cross Totes Of Hope Project

WEST HARTFORD — The West Hartford Senior Center in Bishops Corner is excited to commence a Totes of Hope project for the American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces. The center plans to fill 10 totes with collected donations of new personal care products for totes that will be distributed to agencies helping homeless vets. To help the senior center fulfill its commitment to the American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Totes of Hope project, place your new items in the designated collection box at the senior center at 15 Starkel Road. The filled totes will be delivered to the local American Red Cross office in September. To learn more about the Totes of Hope project, visit redcross.org/local/connecticut/totes-of-hope.

Call 860-561-7583 for details.

Community Conversations At West Hartford Libraries

WEST HARTFORD — Community Conversations will be held at libraries in July and August. All Town residents, ages 13 and up are invited to participate. Visit westhartfordlibrary.org/about/focusgroups for more information about these focus groups and about registering.

Monday, July 18, Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 28, Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Saturday, July 31, Faxon Branch Library Meeting Room, 10:30 – noon.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, Bishops Corner Library Story Room, 10:30 - noon.

Hoarding Presentation Is July 14

WEST HARTFORD – A free educational discussion called, "Everything You Need to know about Hoarding," will be presented by hoarding expert Dr. David Tolin, on Thursday, July 14, from 6 to 7:45 p.m., at the Hartford Hospital Wellness Center,Blue Back Square, 65 Memorial Rd.

West Hartfrd Senior Center Charter Trips

WEST HARTFORD – The West Hartford Senior Center has planned a tour as we visiting the USS Intrepid in New York on Saturday, Nov. 12. The Intrepid is one of 24 aircraft carriers built during World War II. Learn about the history of Intrepid from 1943 to 1974 and beyond during our private 60-minute tour. Explore the hangar deck, where aircraft were maintained and stored, and the flight deck, where thousands of aircraft were launched. Tour guides will share stories from Intrepid's history.

After the tour, we will have lunch in the mess hall. When we're done with lunch, attendees will have time to visit the Intrepid Museum, the Vietnam War exhibition, the Space Shuttle Pavilion, the submarine Growler and the British Airways Concorde. This tour requires long periods of walking and standing. The Intrepid Museum offers seating on the hangar and flight decks. Lightweight portable stools are available upon request. The departure time will be at 8 a.m. and the estimated return time is 6 p.m. Advance registration required. Call trip leader Deborah Kennedy at 860-561-7583 for details.

Races at Saratoga Park:

On Monday, August 22 the West Hartford Senior Center has planned a tour to Saratoga Park in Albany, NY, departing the center at 8 a.m. and returning at 8:30 p.m. We will have reserved grandstand seats for the afternoon races as well as admission to the park. There is an average amount of walking, mostly from the bus yard to your seat in the park. There will be a fast food stop on the return trip.

Call trip leader Ned Skinnon at 860-561-7583 for details.

Shrek The Musical Jr.

WEST HARTFORD – This summer, everyone's favorite ogre is back as the Mandell JCC's Theater Camp performs the hilarious Shrek The Musical, Jr., Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 at 1 p.m. at the Mandell Jewish Community Center's Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave.

Shrek The Musical, Jr. stars Maxx Smith-Rapaport (Shrek), Sadie Margolis (Fiona), Lena Madonick (Donkey), Noah Lerner (Lord Farquaad), Summer Neiditz (Dragon), Dov Geoghegan (Pinocchio) Danielle Kursman, Jordan Lang, and Sophie Kudler (Story Tellers), Julia Madonick (Mama Ogre), Rachel Siegel (Papa Ogre), Allie Keith (Gingy), Katie Chaletsky (Young Fiona), Katherine Lurie (Teen Fiona), Samantha Epstein (Witch), Tziyona Goldfischer (Big Bad Wolf), Mollie Hall (Peter Pan), Allie Jones (Pied Piper), Miriam Newman, Kayli Wahl Cox, Sofia Figueroa (Three Pigs), Veronica Safryn (Mama Bear), Leah Berey, Gavi Bruce, Hannah Epstein, Talia Geoghegan, Rachel Horenstein, Nicholas Jones, Sadie Kritzman, Julie Levy, Jeremy Safryn, Clara Sorkin, Benjamin Spaeth, Emmet Spaeth, Alyssa Temkin, Lily Temkin, and Austin Torino (Fairy Tale Ensemble).

New SAT Math Review Book

WEST HARTFORD – The Graduate Group has published a new SAT Math Review Book.

For more information go to graduategroup.com or email robertwhitman518@gmail.com.

Kingswood Oxford School Honor Roll

WEST HARTFORD – The Honor roll for Kingswood Oxford School, 170 Kingswood Road, may be found at courant.com/community/westhartford.

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