Garden Club Meeting
WEST HARTFORD — The West Hartford Garden Club will meet at noon Thursday, Sept. 6, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Ave.
Speaker Carol Barber will deliver a presentation titled 'The Role of Herbs in the Early American Household: The Way They Were Used in Healing.' Barber's areas of expertise are vast. She is an herbalist, historian, scholar, writer, photographer, artist, pastry chef, gardener, beekeeper and entrepreneur.
Cost to attend is a guest donation of $10. A light lunch will be served and reservations are required. Visit www.westhartfordgardenclub.org or call 860-305-6370 for more information.
Dementia Support Group
WEST HARTFORD — Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is presenting a free dementia support group at the West Hartford Senior Center, 15 Starkel Road, on the first Tuesday of every month from 10 to 11 a.m. The next meeting is Sept. 4.
Those who care for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia will be able to learn useful strategies while voicing their concerns. Topics include communication techniques, caregiver support, safety issues, benefits of activities and daily routine, family dynamics, stages of the disease process, behavior management and more. Facilitators are Michelle Wyman, LSW, CDP, dementia specialist, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, and Elaine Reid, CDP, director of client services, Companions for Living.
COPD Support Group
WEST HARTFORD — The Hebrew Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 1 Abrahms Blvd., will host a new health education support group called Better Breathers Club. The introductory meeting will occur on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and afterwards on the first Wednesday of the month for the rest of 2018.
Better Breathers Clubs are free support groups associated with the American Lung Association. The clubs offer support to people with COPD and other chronic lung diseases, to help them and their families better manage their condition.
Meetings are facilitated by Mary Ann Couture, MS RRT-ACC, who is a respiratory therapist associated with the University of Hartford and Hartford Hospital . The first meeting will cover an overview of healthy and diseased lungs. Pre-registration is requested by leaving a message with Mary Ann at 860-966-0190 or Rebecca Sears from the health center at 860-955-0171.
Labor Day Trash Collection
WEST HARTFORD — Due to the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 3, trash, recycle, bulk and metal collections during the week of Sept. 3 through Sept. 7 will be one day late.
Monday's collections will be done on Tuesday; Tuesday's collections will be done on Wednesday, with each remaining day of the week during this week being one day later. Visit www.painesinc.com or call Paine's, Inc. at 860-844-3000 with any questions.
My Sisters' Place 5K Run And Walk
WEST HARTFORD — Pre-registration is ongoing for the My Sisters' Place 5K Run & 2 Mile Walk, taking place on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m.
The walk to end homelessness is presented by Hartford Toyota Superstore and will be held at the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave. Registration is also available the day of the race.
The race will be held rain or shine. The first 150 participants to sign up receive a free race T-shirt. Awards will be presented for the top three male and female finishers overall and the top three male and female finishers in different age groups. Prizes also go to the biggest team: Most registered runners/walkers; The fastest team: cumulative score of top three runners; The most generous team: team that reaches the highest level of fundraising; and the most playful team. Excited to wear that Halloween costume again? Use your playful imagination and judges will choose the team that displays the most playful spirit.
Families can join the fun by participating in the free Kid's Fun Run before the race at 8:30 a.m. Fun Run participants are encouraged to bring a donation of diapers, bathroom tissue or laundry supplies. The donated items will help the women and families living at My Sisters' Place who are starting over or experiencing independent living for the first time.
Pre-race registration is $30 and race day registration is $35. Visit http://www.mysistersplace5k.com/registration to register. For more information about My Sisters' Place, Inc. and sponsorship availability for the 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk, contact Robert Dunbar at RobertD@sistersplacect.org or 860-895-6629.
WEST HARTFORD — The Park Road Association invites the West Hartford community to sign up for the 20th Park Road Parade, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10:30 a.m.
The parade draws over 7,000 people each year from West Hartford and beyond and comprises about 100 contingents, including clubs, organizations, schools, churches, bands, neighborhood groups, sport leagues, clowns, businesses, antique cars, and public officials.
Awards are given to best float, best overall performance, best costume, best musical performance and best community spirit. The parade begins at South Highland and Park Road and ends at South Quaker Lane and lasts about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Fern Street Ministry Schedule
WEST HARTFORD — The Fern Street Food Ministry's upcoming dates for free community breakfasts, food pantry and mobile foodshare distribution for neighbors in need are as follows.
The Mobile Foodshare will be distributing food in the back parking lot of the Community Kitchen at the Universalist Church at 433 Fern St. from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. Breakfast is served from 9 to 10 a.m.. The dates are Sept. 10 and 24, Oct. 8 and 22, and Nov. 5 and 19. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.
Poet Laureate Creating Poem With Public's Input
WEST HARTFORD — This summer, West Hartford's poet laureate, Julie Choffel, will write a poem based on words submitted by the public for the first ever West Hartford READS! Poetry Challenge. Anyone can drop a word or two into the word drop boxes located at the Noah Webster, Faxon and Bishops Corner libraries in August.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, Choffel will reveal and read her poem in the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main St., and give attendees a chance to write their own poem from the submitted words. Choffel's poem and the poems created by attendees will be on display in the Noah Webster Library until Oct. 4 when Billy Collins reads at the West Hartford Town Hall.
Choffel teaches creative writing at the University of Connecticut. She was named the sixth poet laureate of West Hartford in July 2017. She is the author of a poetry collection "The Hello Delay" and chapbook "Figures in a Surplus."
The challenge is part of a series of West Hartford READS! events hosted by the West Hartford Libraries. Other events include Wallace Stevens readings and discussions on Sept. 13; and Billy Collins book discussions on Sept. 6. Visit http://bit.ly/westhartfordreads for more information.