Community News For The Wethersfield Edition

Greater Hartford Rabbinical Association Releases Statement

AREA — The following statement was released by the Greater Hartford Rabbinical Association.

"We the undersigned rabbis of the Greater Hartford Rabbinic Association express our outrage and deep pain with respect to the terrible violence, murder and displays of racism and anti-Semitism in Charlottesville this past weekend. The sickening hatred expressed by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK must be named and condemned by all. There can be no moral equivalence between those who actively promote hate and those who oppose it. We also condemn the vile acts of terrorism that spread death and suffering in Spain this week as well. As Jews we are guided by a tradition that enshrines the words of Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel in Pirkei Avot, the Teachings of our Ancestors:

"The world rests on three things:

On Justice, On Truth and On Peace"

Let us all do our part to create this world.

Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman, Temple Beth Hillel, South Windsor, President GHRA

Rabbi Tuvia Brander, Beth David, West Hartford, Vice President GHRA

Rabbi Randall Konigsberg, BSBI, Manchester, Secretary GHRA

Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett, Temple Sinai, Newington

Rabbi Donna Berman, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Rabbi Daniel Braune Friedman, Hebrew Health Care, West Hartford

Rabbi Jeremy Bruce, Hebrew High School of New England, West Hartford

Rabbi Michael G. Kohn, Temple B'Nai Abraham, Meriden

Rabbi Andi Fleigel, Beth Israel, West Hartford

Rabbi David Fried, HHNE, West Hartford

Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, Beth Israel, West Hartford

Rabbi Ilana C. Garber, Beth El Temple, West Hartford

Rabbi Rebekah Goldman, FVJCES, Simsbury

Rabbi Andrew Hechtman

Rabbi Gary Karlin, Beth Hillel Synagogue, Bloomfield

Rabbi Alan Lefkowitz, Beth Ahm, Windsor

Rabbi Michael Pincus, Beth Israel, West Hartford

Rabbi Richard Plavin, BSBI, Manchester

Rabbi Jim Rosen, Beth El, West Hartford

Rabbi Dr. Kari Tuling, Congregation Kol Haverim, Glastonbury"

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.

An adult evening book discussion will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. This month's title is "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Friends of the Library Mini Media Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Items include DVDs, Blu-ray, books on CD, CDs, vinyl and VHS tapes.

The Library Board annual meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11. The meeting will feature local author Katherine Spada Basto. After a brief business meeting, Basto will speak about her book, "Days to the Gallows," a historical novel about the 1662 Hartford witch panic. Books will be available for purchase.

The Changing Brain, a Caregiving Affair, featuring three programs will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. Dementia Specialists Michelle Wyman and Patty O'Brian of the Hartford Health Care Center for Healthy Aging will discuss brain health and brain illness, provide information on professional intervention, and suggest practical caregiving and self-care strategies and tips. Guests may register for one or all of them.

September 18 – Let's Talk About the Brain: Normal brain changes, four tasks of the brain, keeping your brain healthy, signs and symptoms of dementia and staying engaged for brain health.

September 25 – Something is Just Not Right: Understanding memory loss, how and who to see for a diagnosis, different types of dementia and symptoms of each.

October 2 – The Health Caregiver, Accepting Help: Accessing resources and paying for care, daily challenges, long-distance caregiving, and community resources available, avoiding/ managing depression, isolation, frustration; preparing for good, meaningful visits with your loved one.

The Joy of Coloring, An Adult Coloring Group: Registration required. Thursday, Sept. 7, from 10

Soapmaking and Body Scrubs: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20. Create unique homemade soaps and body scrubs using tea's lavender, apricot seed, shea butter, fragrances and more with Sue Raybine. Registration required.

Brown Bag It with a Book Discussion: Thursday, Sept. 28, noon. "Heat and Light" by Jennifer Haigh. Bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages and desserts will be provided. No registration necessary.

Friends Bus Trip – New York City will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30. Join the Friends for a day in New York City where you may spend the time as you wish. The cost of the trip is $43, payable at the Adult Information Desk.

Tech 4 U Thursdays will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a Facebook or Twitter account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45-minute session with a librarian.

PowerPoint 2013 Essentials: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. Registration is required.

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.

Teen Kayaking Trip: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. For grades 6-12. Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union. The facilitators are trained and certified paddling instructors. Teens must register by Sept. 23. Waiver forms will be available at the Adult Information Desk.

Children's Library Card Sign-Up Month: Calling all children from birth through 8th grade who live in Newington. Come to the Children's Department anytime between Sept. 1 through 30 to sign up for a library card and receive a free goody bag. New registrants only.

Play with Us: Tuesdays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Join library staff for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. Meet with birth to three-year-old resource professionals and socialize with peers.

Pajama Music: Mondays, Sept. 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 6 p.m. Children ages 2-4 and a caregiver are invited to experience music together.

Dahl's Birthday Fun: Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Come celebrate Roald Dahl's Birthday with cake, games and crafts. Call to register children in grades K-6.

Cookbook Club: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. To celebrate, staff will make one of Roald Dahl's revolting recipes, based on his many stories. Chefs in grades 3-6 may call to register.

Tales to Tails will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 15-minute session, reading to a certified therapy dog. Call to register. The event is sponsored by Cold Noses, Warm Hearts, Inc.

Fall Drop-in Weekly Storytimes: Sept. 18 through Nov. 16, for ages nine months through six years. Visit www.newingtonct.gov/library for more information.

Stories and Art: Tuesday, Sept. 19, noon, for children ages 2–4 and a caregiver. Call to register.

Summer Reading Recognition Assemblies: Wednesday, Sept. 20, Anna Reynolds and Elizabeth Green Schools; Friday, Sept. 22, John Paterson and Ruth Chaffee Schools. Children who read for 200 minutes or more for Build a Better World will receive a certificate at special school assemblies these days. All students will enjoy a performance of comedy and juggling by Bryson Lang. Assemblies funded by the PTA/PTOs of Ruth Chaffee, Elizabeth Green, John Paterson and Anna Reynolds Schools.

Lucy's Chess and Checkers Club: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m. Snacks will be available.

Cinema City: Thursday, Sept. 21, 1 p.m. Snacks will be available.

Building with LEGO® Bricks: Saturday, Sept. 23, 1 to 2 p.m. Due to safety concerns, infants and toddlers will not be allowed in the room.

100th Birthday

WETHERSFIELD — Long-time Wethersfield Art League teacher Diane Marinaro was honored Aug. 16 on the occasion of her 100th birthday. Her students, former students and friends gathered at the Little Red Schoolhouse to celebrate this notable and gracious lady who has taught and inspired for many years. The Wethersfield Art league offers classes at the Little Red Schoolhouse at 193 Welles Road. For more information, call Mikki at 860-667-2974.

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, Sept. 9 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. Annie Jr. auditions are Sept. 12 and 13, with performances Dec. 1 through 10. 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.

Confessions Of A Curator

WETHERSFIELD — Phillip Mead, director of curatorial affairs and chief historian at the new Museum of the American Revolution will present: "Confessions of a Curator: A History of the New Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Webb Barn at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main St. The free event will be preceded by a wine reception, by donation, at 6 p.m.

Mead holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. His published scholarship has focused on the literature, material culture, and memory of the American Revolutionary War. He has taught in the History and Literature Department at Harvard, and has worked at Fort Ticonderoga, The Connecticut Historical Society, The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and Valley Forge National Historical Park. He is currently director of curatorial affairs and chief historian at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he has been part of the exhibit development team since 2011, and co-curated the core exhibit of the new museum that opened on April 19.

Mead's one-hour presentation kicks off the 2017 Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Fall Lecture Series. The second presentation in the series will feature Frank Rizzo deconstructing the musical "Hamilton!" on Sept. 28, followed by an appearance by Alexander Hamilton himself, as portrayed by veteran actor and historian, Ian Rose, on Oct. 12. On Oct. 26, members of Public Archeology Survey Team, Inc., will discuss the initial findings of a recent archeological survey at the WDS site.

OSHA Meeting

WETHERSFIELD — The purpose and progress of the South Hartford Conveyance and Storage Tunnel, a four-mile long deep rock tunnel being constructed to help collect excess wastewater and stormwater during rain events, will be the topic of the Sept. 19 Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group meeting, taking place from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the agency's Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard.

Brian J. McCarthy of C.D. Smith in East Hartford, program manager for the Metropolitan District Corporation's Clean Water Project, will detail the South Hartford Conveyance and Storage Tunnel project and its route from MDC's Water Pollution Control Facility on Brainard Road in Hartford, through the southern part of the city to Talcott Road, West Hartford.

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

Craft Fair

OLD WETHERSFIELD — The 36th annual Old Wethersfield Craft Fair for the benefit of Wethersfield Historical Society will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cove Park on State Street, rain or shine.

Over 100 juried artisans will display their handmade wares. Food will be available for purchasing and the Wethersfield Historical Society will hold a bake sale. The Society's Attic Treasures booth will be present and the Round Hill Alpacas will be returning. Face painting for children will be available.

Admission is $6 for adults and free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult. For information about the event, email oldwethersfieldcraftfair@gmail.com or call 860-559-5560.

Remembering G. Fox

WETHERSFIELD — General Federations Women's Club Newington/Wethersfield invites all to fondly Remember G. Fox & Co., at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St.

Tickets are $10 per person. A silent auction, finger food and 50/50 raffle will take place. For more information, call Donna at 860-986-9707 or Pat at 860-310-7015.

Call To Artists

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Academy for the Arts issued a call to artists to submit their new work for a juried fine art competition. The competition will be juried by Douglas Hyland, Director Emeritus of the New Britain Museum of American Art. Awards will be given in several categories. The deadline for registration and submission is Sept. 25.

The exhibition will run from Oct. 7 to 21. For details, go to www.wethersfieldarts.org, e-mail info@wethersfieldarts.org or call 860-436-9857.

Farm To Table Dinner

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Farmers Market's fifth annual Farm to Table dinner will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Webb Barn, 211 Main St.

The menu will feature beef and vegetarian choices with meats, vegetables, and ingredients supplied by local farmers and vendors of the market. Entree courses will be prepared by local chef Roy Riedl of Mercado Food Truck and El Pollo Guapo. The five-course meal begins with a cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $95. Beer, wine and signature CT cocktails are all included. Table of six discounts are available. For information or ticket purchase, visit www.wfmarket.org or call 860 578-8650.

Car Show

ROCKY HILL — The Kickflips and Flywhips car show will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Elm Ridge Park, 376 Elm St. The rain date is Sept. 17.

The event includes a car show, food, vendors, trophies, face painting, a DJ and more. The event will raise funds for the Rocky Hill Senior Center.

La Piastra Open House

ROCKY HILL — La Piastra, 1975 Silas Deane Highway, will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, after residing for 10 years in Cromwell. A ribbon cutting will take place at 1 p.m.

A variety of family meals will be available for purchase. Activities include samples, door prizes, face painting and balloon making. Contact info@lapiastra.com for more information or call 860-757-3052.

Antiques 101 Tour

WETHERSFIELD — The Antiques 101 Digging Deeper Tour at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main St., will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.

During this workshop-style tour, guests will learn the basics of how to distinguish authentic colonial furniture from reproductions. Tickets are available at http://webb-deane-stevens.org/furniture-digging-deeper-tour and cost $20. Pictured are WDS guides Helena Reilly and Bruce Henley, searching for clues to determine if a table is a true antique.

The tour includes a short period of classroom instruction with thoughtful details designed for the antiques novice, such as small, handcrafted examples of joints and dovetailing created by the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking for handling and close examination. Participants will receive pointers on comparing colonial furniture styles, features and construction—using pieces from the museum's prized collection—and will have the chance to apply what they've learned by diagnosing the authenticity of furniture at the museum. Other extras include helpful, take-home handouts with titles such as "Know Thy Drawers."

The Antiques 101 Digging Deeper Tours will be offered again on Nov. 11. Advance tickets are available at http://webb-deane-stevens.org/furniture-digging-deeper-tour

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, from Sept. 5 through Dec. 19, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Can register for full session or two shorter sessions available.

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

Tai Chi for Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention: Wednesdays, Aug. 16 through Sept. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pay in full or drop in rates available.

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

Kindergarten Puppy Training: Thursdays, Sept. 14 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, Sept. 20 through Oct. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. Must have completed Basic Dog Obedience class.

Better Basic Dog Obedience: Wednesdays, Nov. 8 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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