Community News For The West Hartford Edition

Waking Up White

WEST HARTFORD — The John P. Webster Library and First Church, West Hartford welcome Debby Irving for a day long workshop of reflection and dialogue. Irving is the author of the unsettling memoir "Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race"

This day long event is Saturday Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the auditorium at First Church, 12 South Main St. Free parking in lot, enter from Farmington Ave. Use the rotunda entrance to find auditorium. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required; visit http://bit.ly/2CVgW3o to register.

By sharing her own often cringe-worthy story, Irving offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance; she is an experienced guide in the exploration of systemic racism and how it perpetuates long-held racialized belief systems.

Soil Sense And Sustainability

WEST HARTFORD — The CT Horticultural Society presents 'Soil Sense and Sustainability' with Dawn Pettinelli. CHS meets at Emanuel Synagogue Auditorium, 160 Mohegan Drive.

A drop-in fee of $10 is collected at the door from non-members. The speaker starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, but come by 7 p.m. to socialize, browse CHS library books, participate in the raffle, see travel fliers and ask plant questions.

Reclaiming Human Connection

WEST HARTFORD — Chabad of Greater Hartford seeks to reclaim the lost art of human connection in a world surrounded by technology. Rabbi Shaya Gopin of Chabad of Greater Hartford is offering 'Communication: Its Art and Soul,' beginning Monday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. He will present the first part of this new six-session series from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute.

Medical and mental health professionals, including social workers and family therapists, can earn continuing education credits for attending Communication: Its Art and Soul. Like all JLI programs, this course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public.

Interested students may call 860-232-1116 or visit www.ChabadHartford.com/Course for registration and for other course-related information. The first session is open to the public for free without any need to commit to the entire series.

The sessions take place at Chabad of Greater Hartford, 2352 Albany Ave. The fee for the series is $99.

Special Education Law Workshop For Parents

WEST HARTFORD — A special education workshop for parents at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, will focus on reviewing the importance of evaluating a child's behavior by conducting a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), the procedures for conducting an FBA, using information from the FBA to develop a comprehensive Behavior Support Plan (BSP), requesting an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) when the parents are not in agreement with the evaluation, and 10 quick tips to prepare for a Parent Placement Team (PPT) to review an FBA.

The speaker will be Jeffrey L. Forte, Esq. from Forte Law Group, LLC, an education law and child advocacy law firm. Registration requested. Visit http://bit.ly/libparking for parking information.

This event will be held at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St.

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Series

WEST HARTFORD — The Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Series will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 21, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, at Hebrew Senior Care Senior Day Center, 1 Abrahms Blvd.

Plan to attend all three sessions if you are able. Park on the left side of the building and proceed to the Senior Day Center Entrance. Refreshments will be served. Contact Heather Dobbert at 860-920-1810 or hdobbert@hebrewseniorcare.org to register.

FVSO To Present Gifted Young Soloists

WEST HARTFORD — The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra will introduce three gifted young musicians as soloists in the Beethoven "Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major," Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the Hoffman Auditorium, University of St. Joseph, 1678 Asylum Ave. A pre-concert complimentary champagne reception will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Violin soloist Natalie Hodges from Colorado is a junior at Harvard University concentrating in English and Music. She won the Denver Young Artists Concerto Competition in 2013, performed at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and has studied and performed at the Aspen Music Festival for several summers. She is concert master of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.

Cello soloist, Leland Ko, from Weston, Mass., is a student at Princeton University where in addition to his music he is a dedicated tennis player having played on the USTA circuit for much of his youth. He toured across Europe as co-principal cellist of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and has studied at the New England Conservatory and the Perlman Music Program in New York.

The piano soloist, Simon Peter Varallyay, was born in Budapest in 1997 and began piano studies at the age of 6 in Hungary. Last year he was a student at the Franz Lizst Academy of Music in Budapest and won numerous prizes in music competitions in Europe before coming to the United States.

The three young soloists, presented in cooperation with the WISE Foundation, will be featured in the Beethoven "Triple Concerto," an unusual combination of violin, cello and piano as solo instruments for a concerto with orchestra that no other major classical composer used.

The concert, to be conducted by FVSO Music Director Jonathan Brennand, will also present Haydn's "Overture to Armida" and "Prelude to Winter from the Seasons," Mozart's "Overture to the Abduction from the Seraglio" and Beethoven's "Leonore Overture No. 3."

Tickets at $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors can be purchased in advance by visiting www.fvso.org; All ticket purchases at the door will be $20. Further information is available on the website or by calling 800-975-FVSO.

Classic Movie Night

WEST HARTFORD — A free classic movie night at West Hartford United Methodist Church, 1358 New Britain Ave., will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. The movie shown is the 1956 classic, "The Searchers."

Musical Club Of Hartford Presents Concert of Scholarship Competition Winners

WEST HARTFORD — The Musical Club of Hartford will offer a concert by the young winners of the club's scholarship competition at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

In early January, the Musical Club held its 42nd annual scholarship competition for high school students living or studying music in Connecticut. At the winners' concert the first, second and third place winners in the piano, strings, winds and voice categories will perform.

Piano Competition Winners: 1st place winner, Prairwaa Madden of Glastonbury. Concert performance piece: Hungarian Rhapsody in E Major- Franz Liszt. This 9th grade student at Kingswood Oxford school in West Hartford has an already extensive musical bio. A piano student of Tamila Azadaliyeva, Prairwaa began her piano studies at the age of six at the Hartt Community Division in Hartford. At age nine she won first place in the Crescendo Piano Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall. In the summer of 2016 she was chosen by audition to perform with Orchestra Giovanile Napolinova in Italy. She was invited to participate in master classes and perform in concert at the XXI International Chopin Festival, Poland, in summer of 2015.

At 13 years of age, Prairwaa won the first place in the Danbury 15th Concerto Competition and performed with the Danbury Symphony in January 2017. She also won the CT Youth Symphony (CYS) Concerto Competition 2016, playing with the orchestra in March 2017.

Recently, she received a Watson Morrison Scholarship (2017-2018) from the Hartt School Community division Piano Honors Program, and the 2016 Music Scholarship award sponsored by the First Church of Christ in Glastonbury for talented young students.

Both scholarships apply towards private piano lessons at the Hartt School Community Division.

Other honors include CT state winner of the 2015 MTNA Junior Piano Competition, second prize in the 2015 Chopin International Competition, and four-time first place winner of the all-CT Audrey Thayer competition. Prairwaa has already received master-classes from renowned teachers: Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Alexander Korsantia, Eduardo Delgado, Younjie Chen, Margarita Nuller, and others.

2nd Place winner: En-Hua Holtz of East Lyme. Concert performance piece: Sonata No. 13 in B flat Major, K.333, Allegro. En-Hua is a student at East Lyme High School. She has been playing piano since she was seven, having studied with John Metz, Vicki Reeve and, currently, Maggie Francis. She has performed in many recitals, both as a soloist as well as accompanist for her brother, a cellist.

En-Hua placed second in the 2016 Jumy Festival and was a finalist in the 2016 Fischer competition. She also performed a 4-hand piece at the 2017 Elm City Music Festival, and performed at the first CT Bach Festival in 2017. She is also the accompanist for her HS orchestra and performed in a recital at the 2017 Pipe Organ Encounter in Hartford.

3rd Place winner: Kelly Zheng of Avon. Concert performance piece: Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op.109. Mov.I: Vivace ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo.

Starting classical piano at the age of four, Kelly Zheng currently studies with Sima Brodsky at the Hartt School of Music. Her recent awards include second place in the Connecticut Bach Competition, first place in the Virtuoso Piano Competition, and the Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship. She also received first prize and the Judges' Distinction Award in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, and performed at Carnegie Hall. Besides competing, Kelly enjoys performing with her quintet and in the Hartford Symphony pre-concert series. As a senior, Kelly plans to double major in biochemistry and music in college.

An honorable mention was awarded to Tristan Wong, who is a junior at Farmington High School, and is currently studying piano with Malgosia Lis at the Hartt School Community Division.

Vocal Competition Winners: First place winner. Emily Steele, Soprano, Simsbury.

Concert Performance Pieces: Widmung (Myrthen, Op. 25 no.1) - Robert Schumann (2:20), Will There Really Be a Morning - R. I. Gordon (3:10).

The first place winner in the Musical Club of Hartford's High School Vocal Competition is Emily Steele. Emily is a junior honors student at Simsbury High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, the Tri-M, the Simsbury Singers and No Fella' A Cappella. She has performed in the CMEA Honors Choir, the OAKE Youth Choir, the CT Northern Regionals Choir and the Berkshire Chorale International. Musical theater performances include: Annie, The Music Man, Aladdin, 42nd Street and Mary Poppins. Emily sings with the CCC Primi Voci, is the Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship first alternate and is the recipient of the HCD Bel canto award. Emily was also awarded the title of Most Promising Sophomore at the the Schmidt Vocal Competition.

2nd Place Winner: Camille Hoheb, Soprano, Farmington. Concert Performance Pieces: Kiss Me Not Goodbye - Robert Schumann. Lascia ch'io Pianga - George Frederic Handel. The second place winner in the vocal competition is Camille Hoheb, is a junior at Farmington High School. Camille was recently awarded first place in the High School Musical Theater sector of the NATS Competition as well as second place in the Upper High School Classical Competition. This past fall, she played Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible with Farmington High School's Drama program. She is also a fellow with the Ensign Darling Vocal Fellowship program at the Bushnell.

3rd Place Winner: Sarah Lewis, Soprano, West Hartford. Concert Performance Pieces: Nuit D'etoiles (L 4) - Claude Debussy. Sure on This Shining Night, Op. 13 - Samuel Barber

The third place winner in the vocal competition is Sarah Lewis, a junior at Hall High School in West Hartford. Sarah has auditioned for and performed with the CMEA Northern Regionals choir for the past five years. She is a member of the Hall High School Choraliers, Hall's most prestigious and selective choir.

She performed in a (Hall HS) choral tour of Ireland in 2017. Sarah also was the second place winner in West Hartford's Town Wide Talent Show in 2015 and in 2014, when she placed first for singing and playing the ukulele. While participating in Midfest 2014 she has a solo at the Bushnell. In addition to all of her choral activities, Sarah has acted and sung in several school theater productions.

There were three vocal honorable mention winners.

Rebecca Clark, Soprano: Rebecca is a junior who is homeschooled and studies with Rachel Morris at the Hartt Community Division.

Samantha Scheidel, Soprano: Samantha is a junior at Farmington High School ads studies with Joanne Scattergood-Reeves.

Brian Farrell III, Tenor: Brian is a senior at Xavier High School in Middletown who studies with Matthew Campisi.

Winds Competition Winners: 1st Place winner: Grace Helmke, South Windsor. Concert performance piece: Sonatine (1943), Henri Dutilleux.

The first place winner in the Musical Club of Hartford's High School Winds Competition was Grace Helmke, a junior at South Windsor High School. She studies with Greig Shearer. Grace has been playing in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras for three years, as principal flute. For the past two summers, she has played in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Wind Ensemble. In 2013, she won the Hartt Community Division Honors Recital.

In 2015, she received honorable mention in this competition. Grace has received three honorable mention awards in the New York Flute Club Young Musicians Contest, and an honorable mention in the BYSO's Repertory orchestra Concerto Competition. Grace has been accepted by audition into the Eastern Region Band and Orchestra for the past three years, twice as principal flute, as well as being principal flute in Ct All State Orchestra last year. She was principal flute of the New England Music Festival Orchestra for two years, as well.

2nd Place winner: Steven Mustakos of Guilford. Concert performance piece: Solo De Concours, Opus 10 (1901) - Henri Rabaud. The second place winner in the Winds Competition was Steven Mustakos, a senior at Guilford High School. He studies with Andrew Grenci. Steven is principal Clarinet in his High School Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and Lead Alto in the Jazz Ensemble.

He is also principal clarinet in the Hartt Community Division Youth Symphony, and the Neighborhood Music School Greater New Haven Youth Wind Ensemble. Steven plays e flat clarinet in the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble, as well. He has been accepted into the Southern Region Band and Orchestra, and the Ct All State Band. He plans to attend a conservator and major in clarinet performance with a minor in woodwind repair.

3rd Place winner: Trevor Shultz of New Haven. Concert performance piece: Fantasie Sur un Theme original (1860) - Jules Demersseman. The third place winner in the Winds Competition was Trevor Shultz, a senior at Hamden Hall County Day School. He studies with Shane Rathburn at the Neighborhood School, where he currently is in honors programs for both Alto saxophone and piano. He is principal alto saxophone in the Greater New Haven Symphonic Wind Ensemble, as well as the Hamden Day School Orchestra, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble. He performs with several Jazz ensembles.

Trevor has been accepted into the Southern Region Middle and High School Festivals. Last summer he studied with Ken Randolfsky at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He is hoping to pursue a dual degree in music/alto sax performance and math/statistics/data science in college.

An honorable mention was awarded to Mariel Christiana, a senior at Berlin High School. Her teacher is Dr Barbara Hopkins.

Strings Division: 1st place winner: Sofia Gilchenok, viola, Columbia. La Campanella (1952). Niccolo Paganini. Violist Sofia Gilchenok is a student of Hsin-Yun Huang, Molly Carr, and Yi-Fang Huang in the Juilliard School's Pre-college Program, which she has attended since 2013, and where she serves as co-principal of the Pre-college Symphony. In 2016, Sofia was chosen as the winner of the American Viola Society's Solo Competition, Junior Division, and in 2015 she was the recipient of the NFMC's National Wendell Irish Viola Award, Northeastern Division. Sofia has performed Paganini's La Campanella with the Ocala Symphony and has also appeared as soloist with the Willimantic Symphony. Sofia, of Columbia, CT, is in the tenth grade and is home-schooled. She is passionate about chamber music and considers her participation in Music@Menlo among her favorite musical experiences.

2nd place winner: Lillian Yim, cello, Farmington. Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68 (1956) - David Popper. Lillian Yim, a current sophomore at Farmington High School, has been studying cello with Katie Kennedy for six years. Yim has been principal cellist of the Connecticut Youth Symphony for two consecutive years, as well as being principal cellist of the Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra, which she attended this summer. She was also principal cellist of the Northern Regional High School orchestra last year and a member of the All State Orchestra. Yim has participated in masterclasses with Rick Mooney, Jonathan Spitz, members of the Juilliard String Quartet, West End String Quartet, Norman Fisher, and Lynn Harrell.

3rd place winner: Matthew Hill, violin, West Hartford. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 (1878) - Pablo de Sarasate. Hill is a sophomore at Conard High School in West Hartford. He studies violin with Kyoko Horowitz in Boston, Mass., and has also studied at the Hartt School Community Division with Teri Einfeldt. This summer he participated in a masterclass given by Kyu Young Kim (Principal Violin and Artistic Director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra), and was featured as a soloist in the University of Hartford's Annual Hartt Gala (2016), performing Kreisler's Praeludium and Allegro. He is co-principal second violin of I Giovani Solisti (an internationally-touring chamber orchestra made up of the most advanced high school string players from West Hartford high schools) and is also a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Honorable Mention went to Jisoo Kim, violinist, of Avon, who is a junior at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Mass.

Nominations Of Extraordinary CT Residents Over Age 60 Now Open

BLOOMFIELD — Nominations for the 2018 Class of 60 Over 60 are now open. For the second year, the 60 Over 60 awards are looking for 60 Connecticut individuals over age 60 who make a difference with their businesses; in their communities and for their families.

Duncaster created this award-winning program in 2017 as a way to recognize the state's movers and shakers over the age of 60. Last year's honorees came from

26 towns across the state of Connecticut. They included leaders in the fields of business, medicine, sports and nonprofit organizations; activists; artists; inventors; politicians; volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Those wishing to nominate someone or themselves can go to the Duncaster website at www.Duncaster.org/60-Over-60; to nominate by email, contact ewest@aomc.com for a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 13 at midnight.

A panel of judges, including three of last year's recipients, will pick the members of the 2018 Class of 60 Over 60. Winners will be notified by the end of March. They will be featured in a special statewide newspaper supplement, showcased on the Duncaster site and honored at a celebration in May.

For the second year, we are launching a search for 60 people over age 60 who best represent the doers and dreamers of Connecticut; those whose everyday acts of kindness or achievements make an impact on the lives of others, said Carol Ann McCormick, Duncaster's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. McCormick was recognized by LeadingAge Connecticut for creating the program in 2017.

Anyone may nominate someone who is age 60 or better by Feb. 13. Nominees must live in the state of Connecticut at least five months a year. Nominators need not be from Connecticut. Self-nominations and multiple nominations are encouraged. For more information, see Duncaster.org or call 860-380-5006.

Congregation Beth Israel Events

WEST HARTFORD — Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., is hosting the following events. Visit www.cbict.org for more information.

Torah Study will take place every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. The clergy lead a spirited exploration and discussion of the sacred text. All are welcome to attend.

Tot Shabbat: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 10:30 a.m. Tot Shabbat services precede general Shabbat morning services at 11 a.m. Young children sing along with clergy, hear stories, and receive special blessings. Services are held in the Library Children's Room.

Micro WHTY: Sundays monthly at 10 a.m. Tots under three and parents gather in the CBI Playroom for socialization and connection on one Sunday morning each month. Siblings under four can attend. Sunday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m.

Shabbark Shalom: Saturday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 5 p.m. MDC Reservoir, Farmington Ave. Bring your dog or just enjoy the outdoors with members of our community.

Tots under three and parents gather in the CBI Playroom for socialization and connection on one Sunday morning each month. Siblings under four can attend.

Shabbat Service with Reverend Stephen Camp: Friday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Camp has served at Hartford's oldest black church since 2009, continuing a legacy of social justice. A wine-and-cheese "pre-neg" will precede the service at 7 p.m.

Book Club: All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. Jane Zande will lead the discussion of this novel that revolves around a love affair between an Israeli student and a Palestinian artist. Everyone is welcome. CBI Learning Center. Contact Jane Zande at jane.zande@gmail.com for more information.

Beth Israel Organ Sounds Concert: Friday, Feb. 9, at 6:45 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel's Music Director Natasha Ulyanovsky presents a concert featuring saxophonist Max Schwimmer. The concert includes romantic music for saxophone and organ by Claude Debussy and Astor Piazzolla as well as klezmer favorites. Shabbat service will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Annual Purim Shpiel and Carnival: Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. Purim is an annual Jewish holiday celebrating religious freedom. Watch the story of Purim come alive in an adaptation with your favorite animated-movie melodies. Following the shpiel, the Purim Carnival features family entertainment including pizza, hamentaschen (traditional pastries), bounce houses, games for children, balloon artistry, a young child room with face painting, a "Haman's Hideout" room for those over 21, and entertainment by the klezmer band in the lobby. Free and open to the public.

As Temperatures Drop, Risk Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Rises

STATEWIDE — Now that CT residents have turned on the heat in their homes, it is especially important to remember about the dangers of carbon monoxide gas. Everyone who uses oil, natural gas, liquid propane, or wood and pellet stoves should make sure that their heating system has been cleaned and inspected within the last year. If the burning of fuel is incomplete, carbon monoxide gas can form and build up in your home.

The deadly gas has no odor or warning properties. A carbon monoxide alarm is the only way to know if it is building up in your home. If you have a carbon monoxide alarm, it is important to test it to make sure that it works. If you don't have one, now is the time to purchase one. Make sure to place the carbon monoxide alarm in your living space, preferably close to bedrooms or where you spend the most time. You can also place another carbon monoxide alarm in the basement near the furnace as an early warning signal. Even if you heat your home with electricity instead of burning fuel, if you use a portable generator or a stationary home backup generator during a power outage, it is very important to have a working carbon monoxide alarm in your living space because the deadly gas can enter your home by getting in around window casings, door frames, and any penetrations through outside walls.

Sometimes it is hard to tell if you have early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, because those symptoms can resemble the flu- headache , feeling light headed, and sleepiness are common to both illnesses. If there are other people in the house and a number of them develop these symptoms around the same time, carbon monoxide gas may be seeping into your living space. The longer you are exposed, the more dangerous it is. Carbon monoxide quickly gets into the bloodstream, where it replaces oxygen. If not treated quickly, it can cause brain damage and death. If you think you may have carbon monoxide poisoning, get people and pets out of the house immediately. Once outside, call 911 from a cell phone or neighbor's house.

Carbon monoxide alarms are required in all Connecticut public and private school buildings and in certain one and two family homes that have a building permit for new occupancy issued on or after October 1, 2005. If you are buying or selling a one or two family home that has a building permit for new occupancy issued before October 1, 2005, the seller must provide an affidavit certifying that either the home is equipped with working carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment, or, that there is no exposure source- specifically, no fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.

Specific questions about required placement of carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment, and about battery vs. hardwiring or other technologies should be directed to your local building official or local fire marshal.

For more information about the dangers of carbon monoxide, contact your local health Department, visit http://www.ct.gov/dph/CO or call the CT Department of Public Health at 860-509-7740.

West Hartford Revenue Collection Update

WEST HARTFORD — The following press release was sent by the Town of West Hartford. On Friday, Dec. 15, the West Hartford Revenue Collection office sent second installment real estate, business personal property, and supplemental motor vehicle tax bills.

Nearly nine thousand people who registered a new car after October 1, 2016 and before August 1, 2017, have received a supplemental motor vehicle tax bill calculated at the original 32 mills.

The Town Council agreed not to increase the mill rate for vehicles, even though that was an option available to municipalities.

"The supplemental motor vehicle bill serves to capture those vehicles purchased after the October 1, 2016 Grand List," said Helene Lefkowitz, Revenue Collector. "These bills should not be confused with a mill rate adjustment," she said.

For real estate, tax bills are mailed twice each year. The first installment bills are mailed mid-to-late June and the second installment mid-December. The 2017-2018 mill rate for real estate and business personal property is 41.04 mills.

Payment is due Jan. 1, 2018. The last day to pay without penalty is Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

52 Travel And Animal Photos

BLOOMFIELD — Duncaster presents West Hartford artist Rachel Braver and her work, entitled, "52 Travel and Animal Photos," in the Duncaster Art Gallery during the month of January. The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Feb. 2.

Using photography to depict her experience during her travels, Braver's artwork reflects foreign culture to capture a glimpse of local lifestyle across the globe. Braver has enjoyed taking pictures as a hobby her whole life. She became a serious amateur photographer in the last 20 years when she joined a camera club.

For more information, contact Shelly Lombardo at sLombardo@Duncaster.org or 860-380-5006.

Free Braille Calendars

AREA — The Community Outreach Office of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut has 2018 Braille calendars, free of charge. For more information, contact info@nfbct.org or 860-289-1971.

Fern Street Community Kitchen Schedule

WEST HARTFORD — The Fern Street Community Kitchen has upcoming dates for free community breakfasts, food pantry and mobile foodshare distribution for neighbors in need.

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 every other Monday, Jan. 29, Feb. 12 and 26, and March 12 and 26. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Jan. 20, Feb. 17 and March 17.

For more information about the Fern Street Community Kitchen, contact: communitybreakfast@westhartforduu.org, foodsharemobile@westhartforduu.org or 860-233-3669.

Winter Clothes Donation

AREA — Jewish Family Services Tara's Closet and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford have donated hundreds of winter clothing items to the Centro de Ayuda Para Nuestros Amigos Caribeños, Help Center for our Caribbean Friends, a relief center managed by CREC and local community agencies. The relief center, located at 15 Van Dyke Ave., Hartford, opened on Nov. 1.

The relief center is dedicated to helping displaced families relocating to the Hartford region from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands as the result of recent hurricanes. Its goal is to help these families start their new lives in Hartford as quickly and seamlessly as possible with the aid of volunteer staff, support services, and supplies from community, state, and city partners. One basic necessity is clothing, particularly warm sweaters, coats, scarves, hats and gloves to help these families prepare for the cold winter weather in Connecticut.

In that spirit, Jewish Family Services Tara's Closet donated new and like-new winter clothing and outerwear for men, women, teens, and children. This donation is the result of a clothing drive which was organized throughout the fall. Island communities throughout the Caribbean are beginning a long road to recovery from several major hurricanes that have ravaged the Atlantic. Puerto Rico in particular is facing what local officials have described as a full-blown humanitarian crisis.

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, Jewish Family Services Tara's Closet, in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, orchestrated its most substantial donation yet to help Puerto Rico's hurricane victims.

Tara's Closet serves all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation. The mission is to help people advance along the path toward emotional well-being, self-reliance, more positive relationships, and a renewed sense of possibility. Clothing for men, women and children are provided at no cost. Tara's Closet provides clothing to individuals and families living in West Hartford, Bloomfield and the entire Greater Hartford area during temporary or long-term times of need.

The Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) donated space for the center at its former Two Rivers High School location and is coordinating the services. Attorney Jeffrey Dressler of Dressler Law generously provided transportation, coordinated logistics and informed the Latino community about the clothing donation and the services that will available through the relief center.

Boxes and packing supplies were donated by Connecticut Packaging Materials Inc., located at 85 South Satellite Road in South Windsor. For more information on Tara's Closet and Jewish Family Services, visit www.jfshartford.org or call 860-236-1927, ext. 7129. To learn more about the Jewish Community Relations Council or Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, visit www.jewishhartford.org or call 860-232-4483.

Substance Abuse Support Group

WEST HARTFORD — Turnbridge, an addiction recovery program for young men and women, is sponsoring a new free support group for parents looking to learn more about substance misuse and receive support from other parents of similar experience.

The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Mandell JCC Community Room, 335 West Bloomfield Ave.

This group is facilitated by nationally recognized family addiction and healing specialist, Diana Clark, JD, MA. Over Clark's 20-year career in behavioral health, she has authored and facilitated numerous workshops for family members of those struggling with substance use. She is a recognized force of clear speech, logic, and loving acceptance among her many clients and colleagues.

This group is free and open to any parent of a child with substance use concerns. To learn more, contact Diana Clark at dclark@tpaddictiontreatment.com or 802-236-0145.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Previews

WEST HARTFORD — Join music educator and composer Dr. Wayne Pierce for informative and interactive preview presentations of five of Hartford Symphony Orchestra's 2017-18 Masterworks Series concerts.

The previews will take place at the West Hartford Public Library, 20 South Main St. More information can be found at www.westhartfordlibrary.org or by calling 860-561-6990.

These one-hour discussions, approximately two weeks prior to the concerts, will provide historic and cultural background of the works to be performed, uncover details about the composers, explore important musical details through audio and video examples, provide Q and A and commentary on the concert repertoire from HSO musicians and prepare attendees for a more informative and immersive concert experience.

The next four previews include: Hector Berlioz's La Corsaire Overture, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 and Claude Debussy's La Mer. Concert dates at The Bushnell: March 9, 11, 2018; Shostakovich's Tahiti Trot, Cello Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 5. Concert Dates: May 4, 6, 2018; and Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (with the Hartford Chorale). Concert dates at The Bushnell: June 8, 10, 2018.

These Hartford Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Previews are free and open to the public. Pierce is an adjunct professor of music at UConn and a member of Kingswood Oxford's Creative Arts Department. He has served as music director of Simsbury Light Opera and Manchester Symphony and guest conductor of Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra and Hartford Symphony Orchestra. The FVSO premiered his Symphony No. 1: Psalms and Dances for orchestra, chorus and soloists during its 30th anniversary concert.

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. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month, from 10 to 11 a.m. Starting in September, the group will meet on the first Tuesday of the month.

Those who care for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia will be able to learn useful skills while voicing their concerns. Topics include communication techniques, caregiver support, safety issues, benefits of activities and daily routine, family dynamics, stages of disease process, behavior management and more. Facilitators are Michelle Wyman, LSW, CDP, life enrichment coach with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, and Elaine Reid, CDP, director of client services with Companions for Living.

For more information or to register for the dementia support group, call Michelle at 860-276-5399, ext. 4404, email Michelle.Wyman@hhchealth.org; or Elaine at Ereid@companionsforliving.com or 860-712-4614.

Public Works' Web App

WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford Public Works recently launched Mobile 311, a web application designed to easily report non-emergency public work problems and concerns via the web from the Town's website. Mobile 311 is replacing the current YourGov application.

Mobile 311 is available immediately and is free-of-charge to every Town of West Hartford citizen and available on the Town's homepage under the heading "How can we help you". To use, click on the text to "Report a Problem". From there, you can create an account and report a problem either by clicking on the map or by inputting an address, and selecting "Create Work Request" at the bottom of the map. You can then select a concern from the menu, and add other important information, and submit your request.

We hope Mobile 311 will engage the public in our operations, improve customer service, and respond faster to community issues and concerns. The application has a simple interface and the ability to communicate directly work order management system, so we're confident that we'll accomplish these goals and more. Visit: https://westhartford.mobile311.com to view the application.

Environmental Educators Needed

WEST HARTFORD — Part time seasonal instructors are needed to teach outdoor nature programs at Westmoor Park and off-site locations. Westmoor Park is a 162-acre environmental education facility with a demonstration farm and gardens, located at 119 Flagg Road.

Send resume, cover letter and three references to Christy Page, Assistant Park Naturalist, Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Road, West Hartford, CT 06117-2325.

Anyone with questions may call 860-561-8263 or email Christy.Page@westhartfordct.gov.

Copyright © 2018, CT Now
34°