Community News For The West Hartford Edition

Halloween Organ Recital

WEST HARTFORD — The Phantom of the First Church Crypt, Jim Boratk, will celebrate Halloween with all of your organ favorites of the season, on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at First Church 12 South Main St. Visit whfirstchurch.org for more information.

The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra will open the new season with "Magnificent Mahler," joined by Farmington High Chamber Orchestra, on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m., at Lincoln Theater at University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. Tickets may be purchased in advance at fvso.org or at the door. Call 800-975-FVSO for details.

Town Uses Bright Idea Grant On Light Bulb Swap

WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford residents recently participated in two light bulb swaps, with each contributing resident receiving a new, energy-efficient LED bulbs, saving more than $50 in annual energy costs per bulb. The town used a $15,000 Bright Idea Grant for the exchange, earned through their participation in Clean Energy Communities. For more information on how to save energy and money at your home or business, please visit EnergizeCT.com or call 877-WISE-USE.

Edward Jones Hosts Recruiting Event For Women

WEST HARTFORD — Financial services firm Edward Jones is looking to hire more financial advisors in the greater Hartford area to serve individual investors by hosting a recruiting event for women at noon on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, 44 S. Main St. Call 413-259-1189 or visit www.careers.edwardjones.com for details.

Leadership Greater Hartford's Quest Program

HARTFORD — Seven West Hartford residents, Valeria Alfano, Carin Buckman, Carroll Conway, Aaron Levy, Neha Parekh, Erin Smith, and Matthew Southworth are poised to graduate from Leadership Greater Hartford's Quest Program. In January 2016, they set off on a journey towards greater accomplishment and engagement by embarking on Quest, LGH's signature ten-month leadership development program. A core component of the Quest program is community engagement where participants connect with the community to identify needs and form diverse task forces to address those needs, food production, and green spaces throughout the City of Hartford.

Growing Great Schools

WEST HARTFORD — In coordination with the community based non-profit group Growing Great Schools, West Hartford students will celebrate foods of the fall harvest with student run farmers markets held at West Hartford elementary schools on Thursday, Oct. 20, when parents and staff are invited to stop by their school's market at dismissal and purchase fresh, organic produce, as well as local honey and breads. Suppliers include Oxen Hill Farm, Urth Farm, Sub-Edge Farm, George Hall Farm, High Hill Orchard, Stonewall Apiary, Hartford Baking Company and La Petite France in West Hartford Center. As part of the farmers markets GGS has made a commitment to donate at each fall and spring market $600 toward food bags to be sent home with children of families in need.

Ten Week Leaf Bag Collection

WEST HARTFORD — The Town of West Hartford's leaf bag collection service begins on Monday, Oct. 24, and will continue until Dec. 30. Only 30-gallon, biodegradable leaf bags weighing less than 60 pounds will be collected. Public Works offers a residential leaf voucher disposal program free of charge to eligible residents allowing contractors to dump leaves, generated from residential property only, free of charge. Residents may use as many vouchers as needed during the 10-week collection period to dispose of their leaves. The leaf voucher guidelines and documents are found at www.westhartfordct.gov/publicworks.

Residents may dispose of bagged leaves at the Recycling Center at 25 Brixton St. Extended hours start Saturday, Oct. 29, with the facility open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays until the end of December. Call the Leaf Collection hotline at 860-561-7954 for daily updates.

Halloween Stroll

WEST HARTFORD — The Moms & More Club of West Hartford's Annual Halloween Stroll, held on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., invites little ghouls, goblins, princesses and heroes are to trick or treat at participating merchants throughout West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. There will be musicians, face painting, cupcakes, a fire truck to climb aboard, local sports team mascots, crafts, games, and other activities throughout the Center, and of course, candy.

Halloween Playbill Display At West Hartford Library

WEST HARTFORD — Halloween themed playbills from New York stage productions are being exhibited at the West Hartford Public Library's Noah Webster branch through Oct. 31. Items in the display are from the personal collection of West Hartford resident Stuart Brown. Go to westhartfordlibrary.org/about/hours.

Hartford Art School's Auerbach Lecture Series

WEST HARTFORD — Artist Jennifer Liston Munson will present a lecture entitled "Exhibition Design: Art Objects in Context," on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m., in the Harry Jack Gray Center's Wilde Auditorium, at the University of Hartford, as part of the Hartford Art School's Auerbach Lecture Series. Contact Karen at 860-768-4392 for details.

Classes Offered At Elmwood Community Center

WEST HARTFORD — Elmwood Community Center offers activities, programs and events. Register at 1106 New Britain Ave., go to westhartfordct.gov/leisureservices, or call 860-561-8160 for more details.

Fire Department Offers Free Smoke Alarms To Hearing Impaired

WEST HARTFORD — The West Hartford Fire Marshal's Office is reaching out to the deaf community by offering Gentex 7109 photoelectric smoke alarms to residents with hearing impairment. These smoke alarms not only sound when smoke is detected, but also have visual signaling with a high intensity strobe. Contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 860-561-8320.

West Hartford Clothing Book Drive

WEST HARTFORD — A clothing and book drive will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 to 1 p.m., in the Price Rite parking lot, 983 New Britain Ave. Contact Susan at 860-236-2401 for details.

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra Concert

WEST HARTFORD — The West Hartford Symphony Orchestra , will open their 15th anniversary season with Ravel's Piano Concerto, "Triumphant 15," performed by piano soloist Norman Malone, at the Roberts Theater, 170 Kingswood Road, on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. Mr. Malone is a 78-year-old retired music teacher who lost the use of his right hand at age 10 and went on to learn how to play the piano with only his left hand. For tickets, call 860-521-4362 or go to http://whso.org/order-tickets-2/order-online.

Connecticut Horticultural Society

WEST HARTFORD — On Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Connecticut Horticultural Society will present Karen Bussolini, at Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, presenting a program on choosing garden bulbs that require no fuss yet will deliver plentiful blooms for years to come. The annual bulb sale will also occur that evening. Vvisit www.cthort.org.

Musical Club Of Hartford Concert

WEST HARTFORD — The third concert of the Musical Club's 2016-17 season will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard.

National Take-Back Day

WEST HARTFORD — On Saturday, Oct. 22, the West Hartford Police Department, the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration will coordinate a collaborative effort to remove unwanted and unused pharmaceutical-controlled substances and other medicine during National Take-Back Day, in the Town Hall parking lot from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The program is anonymous and free of charge. For more information, contact the West Hartford Police Department at 860-570-8845.

Birth Announcement

Manchester Memorial Hospital

Graham Caldwell, son, to Melissa Drye and Daniel Becce, of West Hartford, Oct. 1.

Connecticut Science Center Partners with Wadsworth Atheneum Museum Of Art

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Science Center has joined forces with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art to offer 2 unique joint field trip experiences. One trip is geared toward students in grades 6 through 8, while the other is best for students in grades 9 through 12. Reservations for these field trips will only be taken through the science center by calling 860-520-2150 or by visiting CTScienceCenter.org/fieldtrips before Thursday, Dec. 15.

Connecticut Veterans Parade

STATEWIDE — The Connecticut Veterans Parade will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, in downtown Hartford.

UConn Extension Master Gardener Program

STATEWIDE — The UConn Master Gardener Program, begins January 2017, with classes in West Hartford, Brooklyn, Haddam, Bethel, and Stamford. Download applications at mastergardener.uconn.edu. Completed application must be postmarked by Friday, Oct. 28, and submitted to the appropriate location. Contact Gail at 860-345-4511, gail.reynolds@uconn.edu for details.

Bring On The Turkey

MIDDLETOWN — The West Hartford Rotary Club is participating in the 2016 Liberty Bank Rotary Club Thanksgiving Dinner Drive. Bring On the Turkey was first conceived by the Middletown Rotary Club, the drive now consists of 42 clubs, covering every town where Liberty has an office. Donations may be made at any Liberty Bank offices or online at www.MiddlesexUnitedWay.org/ThanksgivingDrive through Saturday, Nov. 19. Every dollar donated will be matched with 25 cents from the Liberty Bank Foundation. On Nov. 21, the Rotary Clubs will withdraw the funds and either purchase and deliver food for needy families, or donate the funds to a local human services agency that provides Thanksgiving food.

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