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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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November 2015

 Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM–9:30 AM
At Platt High School

Description: This Committee provides school-to-career opportunities for students of all ages, educators and businesses. It promotes business education and training partnerships in the greater Meriden area. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: Coe Ave., Meriden

Contact Info: RSVP to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Festival of Silver Lights Lighting Ceremony

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 5:30 PM
At Hubbard Park

Description: Don't miss the Festival of Silver Lights Lighting Ceremony. Kick off the season with festivities, Costumed Characters, Cookies and Hot Chocolate, Holiday Light Displays. Singing will commence at 5:30 and the lights will be turned on at 6:00 pm.

Location Info: West Main St., Meriden, CT

 Festival of Silver Lights

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 through Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Description: Enjoy a spectacular display of festive lights throughout the holiday season at Meriden's historic and beautiful Hubbard Park. No fee.

Location Info: West Main St., Meriden

 Meriden Public Library - Closed

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Description: The Meriden Public Library will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The library will reopen on Friday, November 27th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

 Meriden YMCA Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM
At Meriden YMCA

Description: Come and enjoy a free Thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings and we deliver meals to the home bound. Donations of turkeys, canned goods, monetary contributions, and volunteers are all needed to help us come together to create a brighter holiday for our neighbors.

Location Info: 110 W. Main St., Gymnasium, Meriden

Contact Info: Please contact Carmen if you would like to donate, or Phylis to sign up to volunteer or to request a meal delivery. Contact us 203-235-6386. Thank you.

 Gallery 53 Holiday Fair

Friday, November 27, 2015 through Thursday, December 24, 2015

Description: Mark your calendar for Gallery 53's Holiday Fair. An exciting shopping experience awaits you here. Gat that one of a kind gift, reasonably priced made by regional artists.

Runs from Nov. 27th through Dec. 24th. Hours are Tues through Fro. From 12 noon to 4:00 pm, Sat. from 10 am to 2:00 pm, Sunday (Dec. 6th, 13th, and 20th) from 12 noon to 3:00 pm. Dec. 23th hours from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Opem house on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Wine & cheese Shopping Night on Thursday, Dec. 17th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Location Info: 53 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: For more information, call 203.235.5347 or click here to visit their website.

 Celebrate Small Bussiness Saturday with us!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Description: We're asking shoppers to support their neighborhood businesses like never before, continuing to embrace the day as a holiday shopping tradition. SHOP LOCAL on November 28th!

You can vsit https://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday/?fref=ts&_cldee=cy5tb29yZUBtaWRzdGF0ZWNoYW1iZXIuY29t for more details or visit www.midstatechamber.com to find our LOCALS!!

 Open House and Sale at Lupack Rare Books

Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
At Lupack Rare Books

Description: Please support "Small Business Saturday". With books starting at $5 there is something for every budget - Quality Books at Modest Prices. Stephen and Kathy Lupack will be hosting an Open House & Sale. Come and purchase rare books & first editions especially 19th & 20th century literature, fine bindings, art books, children's, albumen photos, embossed 100-yr.-old postcards, some original art. Fine Books make Fine Gifts for the Holiday Season. Take 1/3 off books above $300; 1/2 off books up to $300.

Location Info: 449 New Hanover Ave., Meriden

Contact Info: Enjoy some of Kathy's baked goods and Steve's fresh ground coffee. For more information call 203.237.9198 or e-mail.

 Movies at the Meriden Public Library

Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 2:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: The Meriden Public Library will be showing the movie "Pixels."

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

 4th Annual Huffing of Stuffing 5k Run

Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM
At John Wallace Middle School Trails

Description: The Lupus Foundation of America, Connecticut Chapter, is inviting all to their annual race. Race starts at 11:00 am.

Location Info: 71 Halleran Dr., Newington, CT

Contact Info: On-line registrion is required by November 24th or race day registration with a $30 registration fee. Click here to register on their website and click on the events tab or call 860-269-6240.

 Mangu Restaurant Grand Opening Celebration - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Monday, November 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM–6:00 PM
At Mangu Restaurant

Description: The Midstate Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Mangu Restaurant will hold a grand opening / Ribbon Cutting Celebration! ALL are WELCOME and invited to the celebration to connect with the attendees and community leaders in attendance and meet the owners of the business - and enjoy some samples too! Cutting Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Mangu Restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will also have specials for you to enjoy regularly.

Location Info: 29 West Main St., Meriden

Contact Info: RSVP to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

December 2015

 Boscov's Special Needs Shopping Day

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 at 9:00 AM–11:00 AM
At Boscov's in Westfield Mall

Description: Do you belong to an organization of people with special needs, or perhaps have a loved one that needs extra help while shopping? Our Annual Special Needs Shopping Day is a fun-filled day for those friends and family members.

Join us and enjoy shopping without crowds, without problems, and with our undivided attention to our special needs shoppers. We'll have lots of extra helpers to hold doors, carry packages and assist in making choices!

Free holiday gift wrapping and refreshments will be provided.

Location Info: 470 Lewis Ave, Meriden, CT 06451

Contact Info: Please RSVP by Monday, November 23, 2015, so that we may accommodate your group. Contact Kathy Horsky, Public Relations Manager at (203) 235-4144, ext 1202 or e-mail.

 Chamber Health and Wellness Council Meeting

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

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: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Note New Time! 12/2/2015
Chamber Marketing & Publicity Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: This 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.

 Celebrate CT with CERC

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 4:30 PM–8:00 PM
At The Bushnell

Description: The Connecticut Economic Resource Center invites you to Celebrate CT. Come and help celebrate our regions' and state's economic development successes! Celebrate CT will once again bring together economic development professionals to acknowledge the many successes in growing our communities, regions and the state. This annual event recognizes the hard work of hundreds of public officials, economic development professionals and business leaders. And we will highlight recent accomplishments across the state helping to make Connecticut a more competitive business environment.

Location Info: 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford

Contact Info: Click here to RSVP and to view the list of award honorees. Cost is $95 per person.

 Eve of Remembrance

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
At MidState Medical Center

Description: Join us for a quiet evening to honor your deceased loved ones and the comfort your spirit.

Location Info: 435 Lewis Ave., Horwitz Center, 2nd Floor, Meriden

Contact Info: Registration is preferred to 203.694.8631.

 Save the Date 12/3/2015
Latino Winemakers - Benefits the Spanish Community of Wallingford

Thursday, December 03, 2015 at 6:00 PM
At Villa Capri

Description: A wonderful wine tasting event to benefit the Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW). This event is an excellent friend raiser tool You will be very glad that you attended.

Location Info: 906 North Colony Rd., Wallingford, CT.

Contact Info: Tickets are $25 wach and are available at SCOW by calling 203.265.5866

 Breakfast Club Celebrates City and State Incentives for Small Businesses

Friday, December 04, 2015 at 7:30 AM–9:00 AM
At Four Points by Sheraton

Description: Come learn about the alphabet soup of doing business in Connecticut: SBA, CEDF, HEDCO, MEDCO, SBDC, SAMA, SCORE and MORE (BTW: that last one was NOT an acronym).

The breakfast starts at 7:30, program is from 8:00 until 9:00 including general Q & A and our presenters will stay around a bit to answer any of your specific one-to-one questions after the formal program.

Get ready to make some New Years resolutions to get these resources working for your business!

Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $30 for non-members. Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 for details.

Location Info: 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT.

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

 Bring A Smile Foundation Christmas Dinner Party & Fundraiser

Friday, December 04, 2015 at 6:00 PM–11:30 PM
At Nina's Café

Description: Fellow member Anthonia Ubaike from Bring A Smile Foundation, Inc. invites all area businesses and friends to this special Christmas dinner party and fundraiser to benefit programs and scholarships for students in Meriden, CT and Nigeria, West Africa. Enjoy networking, dinner and dancing. (Bring business cards and brochures to promote your business) Prizes include lots of terrific gift cards and other prizes. NO ADMISSION FEE - donations are requested to support the scholarship fund.

Location Info: 39 West Main Street, Meriden CT 06451

Contact Info: RSVP with Anthonia Ubaike at (203) 631-3772 or click here to reserve your seat for this special event.

 Polish National Alliance Christmas Sing-a-long

Friday, December 04, 2015 at 7:00 PM
At Polish National Alliance

Description: Celebrate the holidays with a Christmas Sing-a-long featuring Mayor Elect, Kevin Scarpati of Meriden on vocals and RBO Music Band leader & violinist extraordinaire, June Ingram.

A delicious "home style" cooked Pot Roast dinner will be available from guest Chef Brian Tabanski, featuring Roaster Garlic & buttermilk mashed potatoes, Winter Salad with apple cider vinaigrette and vegetable succotash featuring a medley of fresh veggies.

The Bar will be open with bartenders ready to serve your favorite beverage (s)! So plan on joining us for a special celebration of Christmas Carols and Polish Koledy songs. **Food is sold seperately for this event & is $10.00 per plate.

Location Info: 15 Prince Street, Wallingford CT

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