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Simsbury - "A Christmas Carol" Dessert Gala with Storytelling
Posted on: 2019-11-11
What: "A Christmas Carol" Dessert Gala with Storytelling
Where: The Storyteller's Cottage, 750 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT 06070
When: Thursday December 12th from 7:00-9:00 pm.
Enjoy a festive night out with a charming reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" by Great Britain native Jennifer Munro, accompanied by live Christmas carols sung by the Simsbury High School Singers, mulled cider, and traditional British Christmas pudding! Nationally acclaimed storyteller Jennifer Munro will bring the real spirit of Christmas alive with her dramatic reading of the timeless classic. "A Christmas Carol" is a story that, in its creation, Dickens wept over, laughed over, and wept over again - and you will too, as Munro, using a multitude of voices, breathes life into the miserly Scrooge, the ghosts, and the rogues and rascals in the "low-browed beetling shop." This is theater at its simplest and most eloquent. You may also wish to BYOB. Come celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas by the fire in a beautiful Victorian library! Thursday December 12th from 7:00-9:00 pm. Cost: $30 (includes your entertainment, dessert, and non-alcoholic drinks) Pre-registration is required
To register click here! 

 
Avon - "The Games" a film series
Posted on: 2019-10-22
What: "The Games" a film series
Where: Avon Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon, CT 06001
When: Beginning December 3, 2019
The Avon Free Public Library presents "The Games" a film series featuring fun and fascinating movies about jigsaw puzzles, chess, and a crossword puzzle competition.
First up is Puzzle on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. A beautiful film that tells the story of a young woman who finds something she's truly passionate about - jigsaw puzzles! Starring Kelly MacDonald and Irrfan Khan. (2018 ; 1 hr. and 43 min. ; Rated R)
Next is Queen of Katwe on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. starring Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo. Based on a true story of a Ugandan girl whose life changes forever when she discovers she has an amazing talent for playing chess. (2017 ; 2 hrs. and 4 min.; Rated PG)
The series concludes on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. with Wordplay. Comedian Jon Stewart, filmmaker Ken Burns, Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina, former US Presidents - they all do it! Discover why every week 50 million Americans are addicted to doing crossword puzzles! (2006 ; 1 hr. and 15 min.; Rated PG)
This film series is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Avon Senior Center. All movies are free and open to the public and will be shown in the Library Community Room. No need to register. Movie munchie snacks will be served. The Avon Free Public Library is at 281 Country Club Road, Avon, CT. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info. 

 
Avon - Poets on Poetry at Avon Free Public Library
Posted on: 2019-09-20
What: New series! Poets on Poetry: local poets discuss poets that inspire them.
Where: Avon Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon, CT 06001
When: Tuesday, Oct. 1 and Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
New series! Poets on Poetry: local poets discuss poets that inspire them. Presented by the CT Poetry Society. Programs start at 2pm. Free, no registration. Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon, CT 06001

Oct. 10, 2019, 2:00 PM - William Carlos Williams moderated by Mark Sheridan
Mark Sheridan is the Treasurer of the Connecticut Poetry Society, where he has been instrumental in fund-raising and expanding the Poets on Poetry series to five area libraries in addition to the flagship Hartford Public Library. Mark Sheridan was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of J.P. Morgan for over twenty-five years. After retiring, he taught at risk inner-city students in Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey. Sheridan has created an interactive poetry program which he leads on college campuses.

Nov. 14, 2019, 2:00 PM - Rita Dove moderated by Maria Sassi
Maria Sassi, who was the first Poet Laureate of West Hartford, Connecticut, is a prize-winning poet and playwright. Her first poetry collection, Rooted in Stars, now in its second printing, is part of The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Her chapbook What I See presents ekphrastic poems, three of which have won international poetry prizes: the Rene Magritte Prize and the Salvatore Dali Prize. For many years, Maria Sassi taught creative writing with an emphasis on poetry at Hartford College for Women/University of Hartford, and she has sponsored and hosted poetry events at several venues including the Noah Webster House, Hartford's Old State House, and the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Her work has been much anthologized and published by many literary journals.

Dec. 12, 2019, 2:00 PM - Jane Kenyon moderated by Christine Beck
Christine Beck holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from Southern Connecticut State University and is the author of Blinding Light (Grayson Books 2013), I'm Dating Myself, (Dancing Girl Press 2015) and Stirred, Not Shaken (Five Oaks Press 2016). She is the poetry editor of The Perch, a journal of The Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. Christine Beck teaches poetry, creative writing and literature at The University of Hartford and in private workshops. She is a former president and current secretary of the Connecticut Poetry Society and directs its monthly Poets on Poetry series at which poets moderate a discussion about a well-known poet at area libraries. She was Poet Laureate of the town of West Hartford, CT from 2015-17 

 
Avon - Free Blood Sugar Testing (New!) and Blood Pressure Screening Dates
Posted on: 2019-09-20
What: Free Blood Sugar Testing (New!) and Blood Pressure Screening Dates at the Avon Public Library
Where: Avon Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon, CT 06001
When: Dates from now until Dec. 19, 2019 (see below)
Free Blood Sugar Testing (New!) and Blood Pressure Screening Dates at the Avon Public Library - A community service of the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurses Association. Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in.
Upcoming Blood Sugar Testing and Blood Pressure Screening Dates:

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm
Thursday, December 19, 2019, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm

For more information contact Tina Panik at 860-673-9712 ext. 235. The Avon Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001. 

 
Branford - Meditation in Daily Life
Posted on: 2019-05-03
What: Meditation in Daily Life
Where: The Nest, 1008 Main St., Branford
When: Ongoing Thursdays, 6:30pm-8pm
Meditation in Daily Life with Teacher, Kaitlyn Brayton, of Odiyana Center. Ongoing Thursdays, 6:30pm-8pm at The Nest, 1008 Main St., Branford. Discover the deep joy and confidence that comes from getting to know your mind and establishing a basis for deep, lasting happiness. Experience your potential for peace and learn how to carry this positive feeling into your daily life. Classes include guided meditations, practical advice, and time for discussion and questions. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary. $10 per class - No one turned away for lack of funds. Info:
meditationinconnecticut.org
info@odiyana.org
860-266-6041
Odiyana Kadampa Buddhist Center is a local non-profit dedicated to bringing peace to our communities through giving instruction in meditation and developing positive qualities of mind. We would greatly appreciate if you would post the below weekly Branford meditation class in your publication. 

 
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