Community News For The West Hartford Edition

Classical Family Concert

WEST HARTFORD — The mischievous woodwinds of "Peter and the Wolf" and the thundering lower brass of "Night on Bald Mountain" will fill the Roberts Auditorium at Kingswood Oxford School, 170 Kingswood Road, at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 4, as the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents a Classical Family Concert.

Children under 12-years-old will be admitted to the concert free of charge. Tickets are priced at $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. Tickets for the Classical Family Concert may be purchased in advance online at WHSO.org or by calling 860-521-4362.

The concert will feature narrators Michael Dunn and Mary Dombroskas and sololists Elliott Davis, violin; Patrice Knight, cello; Bruce Rothschild, double bass; and Kai Vestergaard, cello.

Riverwood Poetry Series

WEST HARTFORD — The Riverwood Poetry Series will feature a collaborative poetry performance, presented by The American School for The Deaf and The Greater Hartford Academy of Arts.

Twenty-one students will perform. Adult mentors, teachers, poets and interpreters will attend. Two separate groups of students from very different cultural worlds present their original poetry from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern St. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Visit riverwoodpoetry.net for more information.

Climate Change: All Hands On Deck

WEST HARTFORD — Participants will explore climate change issues in this two-week program to be held at the West Hartford Libraries' Faxon Branch in Elmwood, 1073 New Britain Ave.

March 7, 6 p.m.: Watch the movie An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, followed by a brief discussion.

March 14, 6:30 p.m.: Discuss the book Truth to Power and create doable individual action plans.

Discussion Leader, Deborah Roe. She is a librarian with a Masters in Environmental Studies. She has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and various environmental education centers. Currently, she volunteers with the Sierra Club on their People Over Pipeline program.

Girls Lacrosse

WEST HARTFORD — Registration is open for the spring season of West Hartford Girls Lacrosse. Visit whgirlslax.com to sign up. The league is open to girls in West Hartford in grades 1 through 8.

Diabetes Workshop

WEST HARTFORD — LiveWell Diabetes Self-Management Workshop, sponsored by the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District, is for individuals with type 2 diabetes or their caregivers. The 6-session series will take place at Sedgwick Middle School, Room 212, 128 Sedgwick Road.

This workshop focuses on eating well while following diabetic guidelines, blood sugar, setting small achievable goals and problem solving to meet those goals. This 2.5 hour, weekly workshop is being offered on Wednesdays in the evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Class dates are April 18 & 25, May 2, 9, 16 and 23. The workshop is conducted by Debbye Rosen, BSN, MS. Register through West Hartford Continuing Education https://www.whlifelearn.org/ or call 860-561-6900. The cost is $25 for residents of West Hartford and $35 for non-residents for all six weeks.

Living In Spirit Lecture Series

WEST HARTFORD — Diana Butler Bass will be the speaker at the first-ever John P. Webster Library Living in Spirit Lecture Series, taking place at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at First Church, West Hartford, 12 South Main St.

Dr. Bass also will be the guest preacher on Sunday, March 4, at 10 a.m. Bass is a noted author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the award-winning author of 10 books, including "Grounded: Finding God in the World —A Spiritual Revolution." Enter the parking lot from Farmington Ave. Saturday evening's talk will be held in the auditorium, enter at the rotunda doorway. Space is limited so register at whfirstchurch.org and follow the links.

Holy Family Events

WEST HARTFORD — The following Holy Family events for March and April will take place. Visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org for more information or call 860-760-9705.

Women's Weekend Retreat: Friday through Sunday, March 2 through 4. Enjoy a weekend of peace and reflection exploring the theme "Grace Enough" and discovering the many ways God's presence empowers us and supports us through life's journey. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, uplifting music. $320; more if you can, less if you can't. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Dreams: God's Nighttime Visits, with Andree Grafstein. Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. Uncover the gifts God offers to each of us through our dreams. Each class will cover some dream work theory, dreamwork technique on one of your own dreams, and group work. $125. 860-760-9705.

Men's Weekend Retreat: Friday through Sunday, March 9 to 11. Enjoy a weekend of peace and reflection exploring the theme "Grace Enough" and discovering the many ways God's presence empowers us and supports us through life's journey. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, uplifting music. $320; more if you can, less if you can't. 860-760-9705.

Contemplative Harp: Blessings, Prayers, and Harmony, with Marcie Swift, M.Ed., CMP. Saturday, March 10, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Join Marcie Swift, psychologist and certified therapeutic musician of the harp, as she weaves stories, images, prayers and blessings between deeply healing harp tones. $30.

Who Do You Say That I Am? with Andree Grafstein. Monday, March 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Our images and experiences of who Jesus is change as we mature and our life experiences unfold. Themes from St. John of the Cross, Cynthia Bourgeault's book Wisdom Jesus, and Thomas Merton's poetry will guide the discussion. $65, includes lunch.

Men's Weekend Retreat: Friday-Sunday, March 16 through 18. Enjoy a weekend of peace and reflection exploring the theme "Grace Enough" and discovering the many ways God's presence empowers us and supports us through life's journey. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, uplifting music. $320; more if you can, less if you can't.

Men's Weekend Retreat: Friday-Sunday, March 23 through 25. Enjoy a weekend of peace and reflection exploring the theme "Grace Enough" and discovering the many ways God's presence empowers us and supports us through life's journey. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, uplifting music. $320; more if you can, less if you can't.

Contemplative Enrichment Day: Teresa of Avila: Agony and Ecstasy, with Susan Komis. Saturday, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Teresa of Avila is one of Christianity's great mystics and teachers. Together we will reflect on her timeless insights into the human soul and how her teaching is relevant to our own spiritual journeys. $65, includes lunch.

Knitting Retreat Day: Your "Extra" Yarn, with Beth Malley. Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In this retreat, we'll create scarves to be given to those in need as we share ideas about our own charity projects and how we use our extra yarn. $65, includes lunch.

The Path of Transformation: Holy Week Triduum Retreat. Thursday through Saturday, March 29 to 31. This retreat for men and women offers solitude and peace to enter deeply into the most sacred days of the Christian year. Silence is optional. $320 to stay through Saturday brunch; $350 through Saturday dinner and the 8 p.m. Easter Vigil.

Holy Week & Easter Sunday Schedule: Holy Thursday, March 29, Commemoration of the Lord's Supper, 8 p.m. Good Friday, March 30, Commemoration of the Lord's Passion, 3 p.m. Taize Evening Prayer Service, 7:30 p.m. Holy Saturday, March 31, Easter Vigil, 8 p.m., followed by reception. Easter Sunday, April 1, Mass at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome, free will offering.

Men's Weekend Retreat: Friday through Sunday, April 6 to 8. Enjoy a weekend of peace and reflection exploring the theme "Grace Enough" and discovering the many ways God's presence empowers us and supports us through life's journey. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, uplifting music. $320; more if you can, less if you can't.

Men's Evening Retreat: Brewing and Blessing, with Dr. Brandon Nappi. Wednesday, April 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. To be courageous and spiritually awake is our greatest calling as men and as human beings. In our festive evening featuring fellowship, laughter, learning and a beer tasting, we'll explore how we can support one another as we cultivate a stronger and deeper life in the Spirit. $40, includes dinner.

Men's Weekend Retreat: Friday through Sunday, April 13 to 15. Enjoy a weekend of peace and reflection exploring the theme "Grace Enough" and discovering the many ways God's presence empowers us and supports us through life's journey. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, uplifting music. $320; more if you can, less if you can't.

Contemplative Enrichment Day: Howard Thurman and the Mystical Heart of Non-Violence, with Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown. Saturday, April 14, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. As a mystic, theologian, and spiritual adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Howard Thurman encouraged the use of nonviolent responses to what was often very violent confrontation. Throughout this day, we will witness how the mystical heart of non-violence that Thurman advocated can be utilized to free others and ourselves. $65, includes lunch.

Women's Weekend Retreat: Friday through Sunday, April 20 to 22. Enjoy a weekend of peace and reflection exploring the theme "Grace Enough" and discovering the many ways God's presence empowers us and supports us through life's journey. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, uplifting music. $320; more if you can, less if you can't.

Alive with Beauty Weekend Retreat: A Summons to Spirituality through Art, with Sister Cor Immaculatum Heffernan, IHM. Friday through Sunday, April 20 to 22. Discover how God speaks to us through the beauty of art. We will reflect on several paintings from around the world and from Holy Family's collection that call us to a sense of awe and awaken us to prayer, reverence and transcendence. $320; more if you can, less if you can't.

The Joy of Easter: A Concert. Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the beauty and joy of the Easter season with Holy Family, known for its exceptional music and peaceful, welcoming atmosphere. $40. Reception follows. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Author Talk

WEST HARTFORD — Narrative non-fiction author Paul Kix will discuss his critically acclaimed and best-selling book, "The Saboteur," about the path an aristocrat took to become France's bravest commando during World War II. The story of Robert de La Rochefoucauld's war is one of death-defying sabotages and cross-dressing escapes. And it's all true.

The reading will be held on Tuesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m., in the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main St. Registration is suggested by calling the library at 860-561-6990. Park in the nearby Isham Garage and bring your parking ticket to the event for validation. Kix is a deputy editor at ESPN the Magazine.

Registration Open For Girls Lacrosse

WEST HARTFORD — Registration is open for the spring season of West Hartford Girls Lacrosse. Visit whgirlslax.com for more information. The league is open to girls in West Hartford in grades 1 through 8.

Garden Club Meeting

WEST HARTFORD — The West Hartford Garden Club meeting will take place at noon Thursday, March 8, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Ave.

Speaker Sandra Lamo of A Special Place Floral Design Studio will show floral arrangements that have a spring theme. A light lunch will be served. Cost to attend is a guest donation of $10. Reservations are required by calling 860-561-0724. Visit www.westhartfordgardenclub.org for more information.

Registration Open For Girls Soccer

WEST HARTFORD — Visit whgsl.org now to sign up for the West Hartford Girls Soccer League spring season. The league is open to West Hartford residents in K through 12th grade. The last day to register is March 17.

Substance Abuse Support Group

WEST HARTFORD — A free open support group for parents concerned about substance abuse will host weekly meetings every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the offices of The Next Right Thing. LLC, 345 North Main St., Suite 306. Any parent concerned about their late teens' marijuana or other substance use may join and participate in one or more sessions. The group's leader is Julian N. Hartt Jr., MSW, LCSW.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Previews

WEST HARTFORD — Join music educator and composer Dr. Wayne Pierce for informative and interactive preview presentations of Hartford Symphony Orchestra's 2017-18 Masterworks Series concerts. These one-hour discussions, approximately two weeks prior to the concerts, will provide historic and cultural background of the works to be performed and provide Q and A and commentary on the concert repertoire from HSO musicians.

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.

The previews include Stravinsky's Jeu de Cartes (Game of Cards), Symphony in Three Movements, and Tchaikovsky's music from Swan Lake, Concert dates at The Bushnell: March 9 to 11; Shostakovich's Tahiti Trot, Cello Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 5, Concert Dates: May 4 to 6; 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 to 10.

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.

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.

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.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Awareness

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.

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, March 12 and 26. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., March 17.

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

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.

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.

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