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This is the combined event calendar for the Business and Community events so you can best plan your activities in the Greater Meriden area. In addition, Business and Community Events which have been sanctioned by the Bicentennial Steering Committee appear on the Official Bicentennial Calendar for the City of Meriden.

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April 2015

 Chamber Health and Wellness Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Description: The Health and Wellness Council of Midstate Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices in community and employee health and wellness through advocacy for healthcare access, literacy, policy and programs, building healthier communities in the workplace and beyond.

Location Info: Gaylord Farm Rd., Wallingford

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Note New Time! Chamber Marketing & Publicity Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Marketing & Publicity Committee develops, directs & promotes the marketing efforts of the Chamber and Community. Among its tasks are brochures, ads, web site and the annual membership directory. It coordinates with other local, regional and statewide marketing efforts. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste, 301, Meriden

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Meriden Public Library Chess Club

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 at 6:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Is Chess your game? The Meriden Public Library Chess Club welcomes new players. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring your chess board and play against a new opponent.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Seminar Rm., Meriden

Contact Info: Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 if you have questions about the chess club.

 Chamber Business Workshop: Referral Strategies

Thursday, April 02, 2015 at 7:45 AM–9:15 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: Bruce Anesi, CFP, Canoga Wealth Management, will present this workshop on Referral Strageties. Every business owner wants a steady, reliable source of new and repeat customers and clients. In this companion program to our Networking Strategies Program, we will discuss how to convert your business networking contacts into referral partners. We will also discuss when, how and what to say when asking for referrals so that the referral source will not feel pressured or uncomfortable about being asked for referrals. Lastly, we will present a method to gracefully exit a referral request with someone who is unwilling to make referrals, without damaging the existing relationship.

Program Schedule: 7:45 to 8:00 am - Arrival, Snacks, Minglings 8:00 to 8:45 am - Program 8:45 to 9:15 am - Q&A, More Networking

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Ribbon Cutting - Grand Opening Celebration at Dot's Thrift Shop

Thursday, April 02, 2015 at 4:30 PM–5:30 PM
At Dot's Thrift Shop

Description: ALL are WELCOME to celebrate the new location of Dot's Thrift Shop. The ribbon cutting with Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson will be at 5:00 p.m.

Location Info: 60 Church Street, Wallingford

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Martini Madness Tasting

Thursday, April 02, 2015 at 6:30 PM–9:00 PM
At Ryder’s on Main

Description: Martini Madness Tasting - YOU will get to sample a number of different martinis AND vote on ones to be offered at the June Martini & Massage Charity Benefit for the Meriden YMCA on June 4th. . Tickets are $25 and numbers are limited.

Martini & Massage Charity Benefit on Thursday June 4th 2015 – 6:00PM to 9:00 PM at Art Center Tickets are $50/Person $90/Couple $60 at Door

Location Info: 467 West Main Street, Meriden

Contact Info: Contact Carrie or Carmen or another Meriden YMCA representative: (P) 203 235 6386

 Meriden Library will be Closed

Friday, April 03, 2015

Description: The Meriden Public Library will be closed in observance of Good Friday on April 3rd. The library will be open on Satursay, April 4th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

 Movies at the Meriden Public Library

Saturday, April 04, 2015 at 2:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: The Meriden Public Library will be showing the movie "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb".

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

Contact Info: This program is free and all are welcome. Contact the Community Services Department at 203-630-6349 if you have questions about this program.

 Easter Brunch Buffet at Villa Capri

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Description: The Villa Capri invites you to their Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet with seatings at 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, or 2:00 pm

Menu includes: - Scones, bagels, danish, muffins, breakfast breads accompanied with jams, cream cheese and butter. - Champagne, Mimosas, assorted juices and fresh brewed coffee - Salads - crisp garden salad, cucumber & apple salad, fresh fruit with raspberry yogurt dip, rigatoni roast chicken with tennel & candy walnuts, sweet potato salad arugula & feta, or carrot & raisin salad - Breakfast: pancakes & waffles with fresh fruit toppings, cheese blintzes topped with vanilla sauce, quiche, scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, maple breakfast sausage, red roasted potato home style or maple peach glazed ham steak - Dinner: baked salmon with citrus vinaigrette, chicken marsala, herb crusted pork loin topped with bing cherry glaze, tender orast leg of lamb with mint jelly demi,, penne ala vodka and fresh vegetable

Popovers will be served at your table.

Carving stations are herb crusted roast top sirloin of beef and glazed ham.

And of course a dessert station which includes assorted cakes, pies lemon bars, pastries, cream puffs, apple crisp, ricotta pie, carros cake, cookies, rice pudding, and much, much more.

Location Info: 906 North Colony Rd., Wallingford

Contact Info: Reservations are a must by calling 203-265-7174. Cost is $29.95 per person and $14.95 for children under 10 years old. Price does not include Gratuity or Sales Tax.

 Chamber Government and Business Development Committee

Monday, April 06, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Government & Business Development Committee monitors local, state (in coordination with CBIA) and federal (in coordination with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) legislative issues impacting business and considers programs to add value for Chamber members dues investment.

This committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06450

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 New Zealand: Land of Boundless Treasures presented by Joan & Rich Hamel

Monday, April 06, 2015 at 1:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Join Joan and Rich Hamel for their multimedia presentation New Zealand: Land of Boundless Treasures. New Zealand is comprised of two main land masses. Spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hills, subtropical forest, and beautiful beaches - all of this is New Zealand. We will view mountain peaks at Mt. Cook, breathtaking scenery in Queenstown, and acclimate our sense of smell to the sulphur odor at Rotorua’s mud pits, thermal pools and geysers. Visit an independent winery, sheep farm, follow us into the depths of the Ruakuri Caves and view awe inspiring scenery at Fiordland National Park.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Griffin Rm., Meriden

Contact Info: All are invited to this free program. This program is cosponsored by the Castle Craig Adult Learning Center. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 if you would like to reserve a seat.

 Meriden Public Library Scrabble Session

Monday, April 06, 2015 at 2:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: The Meriden Public Library hosts sessions for people who enjoy playing Scrabble. Come to learn to play Scrabble or just to practice or maybe just to meet new people. All skill levels are welcome. Scrabble boards will be provided.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Cook Rm., Meriden

Contact Info: All are invited. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 for more information.

 Meriden Public Library Presents Writers Network

Monday, April 06, 2015 at 7:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Are you writing a book? Just getting started or need some encouragement to finish? Join the Writer’s Network at Meriden Public Library. The Writer’s Network invites anyone who is serious about writing fiction or nonfiction, wants to learn the process of getting published, or needs support for writing a book proposal or query letter is welcome to attend.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Griffin Rm., Meriden

Contact Info: Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 if you have questions about any library program.

 Save the Date 4/7/2015
Midstate Chamber 119th Annual Meeting, Dinner, Awards & Silent Auction

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 at 4:30 PM
At Four Points by Sheraton

Description: Save the date for THE event of the year where you can rub elbows with THE Who's Who of the Business Community. This event is a great way to meet our Leaders in the Region. Come and help us celebrate our Award Honorees. Sponsorships available or place an ad on our program booklet.

Join us in congratulating the 2015 AWARD WINNERS to be HONORED at Chamber's 119th Annual Meeting, Dinner & Silent Auction:

19th Annual Large Business Leadership Award: Batista Companies - Dunkin Donuts

14th Annual Business Leadership Award: PROSHRED Security and East SideVeterinary Clinic, LLC

2nd Annual Innovation Award: Hancock’s Pharmacy & Surgical, Inc.

23rd Annual Community Partnership Award: Lawrence Kendzior and Robert E. Kosienski, Sr.

2nd Annual Excellence in Education Award: St. Joseph’s School and Meriden Public Schools & Meriden Federation of Teachers - Expanded Learning Time Program

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: There are a number of ways to promote your business OR shout out - recognize- honor the honorees at this regional celebration. Choose from the options below. Please note, that these are not "exclusive" - multiple sponsors are welcome at every level!

Title Sponsors: $1,500: Reserved 1 Table of 10; TOP Web Banner Ad for 6 months; Recognition in Press Releases; Sponsorship Plaque; Banner Displayed; Web/E-Minder Recognition; Premium Display Table; Representative presents 2 minute remarks; Full Page Ad in Program

Premier Sponsors: $1,000: Reserved Table of 10; Recognition in Press Releases; Recognition with a Plaque; Banner Displayed; Web/E-Minder Recognition; Premium Display Table; ½ Page Ad in Program.

Silver Sponsors: $450: Reserved Table of 5; Shared Display Table; Pre-Event Web Promotion; Logo on Screen at Event; ¼ Page Ad in Program.

FULL COLOR PROGRAM ADS: Full Page Ad: $200- (5"W x 8"H); ? Half Page Ad: $125 (5"W x 4"H); Quarter Page Ad: $65 - (5"W x 2"H)

Individual admissions are $65 per person or $600 for a table of 10.

Location Info: 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT.

Contact Info: Cost to attend is $65. For more information call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Blackout Poetry Workshop at the Meriden Library

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 at 4:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Meriden Public Library Teen Center will host a Blackout Poetry workshop. Come and learn how to make poetry using just book pages, a Sharpie and a little creativity.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Cook Rm., Meriden

Contact Info: Click here to sign up online or contact Melissa via e-mail or by calling (203) 238-2347.

 Anxiety Workshop Series

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 through Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM–8:30 PM
At Franciscan Life Center

Description: Franciscan Life Center is offering this Educational Opportunity presented by Thomas Finn, Ph.D. This workshop series will offer tools to help overcome fear and to relieve stress.

Location Info: 271 Finch Ave., Meriden

Contact Info: Cost is $40 per session. Other sessions of this workshop series will be held on April 14th, 21st, 28th, May 5th, and 19th, 2015. For more information of to register, please call 203-237-8084 or visit their website.

 SCORE - Counseling Sessions for Businesses

Thursday, April 09, 2015 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Chamber of Commerce

Description: Looking for FREE business advice? Perhaps you are looking to expand your services or are considering a new product - or something else! Call or email to make an appointment for this free and confidential 1 hour Business Counseling session. Chamber members get first preference for appointments. SCORE is a group of volunteer business people - more info on them may be found here at their website.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Classics Group at the Meriden Library

Thursday, April 09, 2015 at 1:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Do you enjoy classic novels and authors? Join the Meriden Library Classics Group. The selection is "Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Griffin Rm., Meriden

Contact Info: Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 if you have questions about any library program.

 Chamber Ambassadors - Membership Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 09, 2015 at 4:00 PM–5:00 PM
At El Condado Grill Restaurant

Description: The Chamber Ambassadors are the Membership Committee. It is an organization of Chamber members who serve existing and new members of the Chamber.

The Ambassadors have traditionally had the role of retaining and increasing membership of the Chamber, and in recent years have been developing a network for welcoming new businesses to the area and thanking businesses that continue their membership on an annual basis.

The Ambassadors Membership Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

Location Info: 105 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Pause and Paint at the Augusta

Thursday, April 09, 2015 at 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
At Augusta Curtis Cultural Center

Description: Come and Celebrate your inner Artist! Get ready to Relax & Express your untapped artistic abilities. We make it simple - reserve your seat, bring our own wine and creative energy and we do the rest. We will guide you step by step in creating a one of a kind painting. Each week will feature a specific painting. This week's painting by Nathalie is "Lovely Rain". No art experience required.

Location Info: 175 E. Main St., Meriden

Contact Info: Cost to attend is $45 per person. For more information call 203.639.2856.

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