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These are the upcoming area events with a community, family or entertainment theme. These include visual arts and performances, cultural and sporting events, fairs and festivals, tours and more.

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May 2015

 Gifts For All Occasions Fair

Saturday, May 02, 2015 through Saturday, June 13, 2015

Description: Gallery 53 invites you to their Gifts For All Occasions Fair which will include one of a kind gifts for showers, graduations, weddings, birthdays, Mother;s Day, Father's Day, confirmations/Holy Communion, garden decorations and more.

Location Info: 53 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: Admission is free and the public is welcome. Store hours are Tues. - Fri. from 12 noon to 4 pm and on Sat. from 10 am to 2 pm.

 QuickBooks Training

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 through Tuesday, June 02, 2015 at 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: The Midstate Chamber, the Small Business Administration, Liberty Bank, and the City of Meriden Economic Development Dept. present this 4 part QuickBooks Training class. Classes will be held on May 12th, 19th, May 26th, and June 2nd. QuickBooks is a set of software solutions designed to manage payroll, inventory, sales and other needs of a small business. The software's features include marketing tools, merchant services, product and supplies, and training solutions.

Instructor Julio Casiano, Deputy District Director of Small Business Administration, will teach you how to use the system, enter data that will help you when you need financial assistance, be ready for taxes, and prepare reports like cash balance sheets, profit and loss statements, projections & actuals, pay bills, balance accounts, and much more.

This program is designed for small businesses and organizations. It is open to ANY business person or their representative that wants to have a better understanding of QuickBooks through this special partnership.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

Contact Info: The workshop is free. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring your own personal laptop. Space is limited. Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Meriden Library will be Closed

Saturday, May 23, 2015 through Monday, May 25, 2015

Description: The Meriden Public Library will be closed. The library will be open on Tuesday, May 26th for regular hours of 9:00 am to 8:30 pm.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

 Meriden Public Library Presents Writers Network

Wednesday, May 27, 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.

 Open House for Preschool and for Kindergarten at Saint Joseph School, Meriden

Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 8:30 AM–9:30 AM
At Saint Joseph School

Description: Join us for a special Open House for Preschool and for Kindergarten onThursday, April 30 and May 28, 2015 from 8:30-9:30 am. This opportunity is for a parent and child to come and join a regular activity and learn more about SJS. Have an older child? Call for a personal tour and shadow day! Pre-K through Grade 8; We welcome those of all faiths. Call today to schedule your personal tour!

In the practice of their faith, our students begin to serve others. Armed with knowledge, our graduates become innovative thinkers. In living out our Christian values, the faculty prepares students for the future.


Location Info: 159 West Main Street, Meriden, CT 06451

Contact Info: Please call today to register. Space is limited. 203-237-6800. www.sjs-meriden.org

 Free Marketing Toolkit Workshop

Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM–11:00 AM

Description: Community Economic Development Fund presents this Marketing Toolkit Workshop. April Woodcock, owner of Touching Clients, will present this workshop. Many small businesses and organizations find theimselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important. This presentation is designed to uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way.

Location Info: 965 E. Main St., Meriden

Contact Info: Click here for more information or to register.

 Pause and Paint at the Augusta

Thursday, May 28, 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 "Daffodils". 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.

 Princess and the Knights - Musical Program

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

Description: Join us for some wonderful music performed by "Princess and the Knights". This five piece band consists of Howard Hill, bassist, who has played back up for famous performers such as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole and many more; Greg Butko, on saxophone, who was a featured soloist in the Rabat Jazz Festival; Lora Chan, vocalist and accomplished keyboard performer, who can soothingly croon love songs as well as she can belt out R&B standards; Paisley Ramirez, pianist, a full time musician who has taught music and performed with the Hartford Jazz Orchestra and has conducted a number of community bands; and Tom Palinko, drummer, who has performed since the age of eight and has toured with a wide range of world famous entertainers from Rodney Dangerfield to the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

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

Contact Info: This program is free and all are welcome. It is funded by the Friends of Meriden Public Library and the Meriden Foundation. To reserve a seat, contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email or click here to visit their website and sign up through the adult calendar.

 Movies at the Meriden Public Library

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 6:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

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

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.

June 2015

 Meriden Public Library Scrabble Session

Monday, June 01, 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.

 Digital Workshop

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Description: The Record-Journal is presenting this Digital Workshop with Speaker Shannon Kinney of DreaLocal Digital. Join this special event to learn more about social media tools and techniques you can use to grow your business, build your brand and manage your reputation.

There will be 2 sessions: 8:00 am - Continental Breakfast 8:30 am - Presentation or 11:30 am - Lunch 12:00 pm - Presentation

Location Info: 275 Research Parkway, Meriden

Contact Info: For more information and to RSVP, call Jackie LaPak at 203.317.2271 or e-mail.

 30th Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet and Silent Auction

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 at 5:30 PM–9:30 PM
At Aqua Turf Club

Description: Franciscan Life Center will hold their 30th Annual Sports Banquet & Silent Auction. Emcees for the evening are Al and Tony Terzi of Fox CT News. Special Guests include Dan Gooley, Former Head Baseball Coach at Quinnipiac University, Jim Calhoun, Former Men's Basketball Head Coach at the University of Connecticut, and Athletes from CT Special Olympics.

Awards and award winners who will be honored are: - St. Francis Award - Bill Raftery, National Basketball Analyst Emerta and 2015 NCAA Final Four Announcer - St. Clare Award - Carolun Vanacore, Professor at Southern Connecticut State University - Jim Calhoun, Community Service Award - Ray Reid, Head Men's Soccer Coach at the University of Connecticut - Dean of Sports Award - Scott Gray, Retired Sports Announcer at WTIC

Some Silent Auction Items include: Derek Jeter limited edition frames photo with framed "dirt" from shortstpp at a 2014 Yankees-Rangers game; Signed baseballs from 4 Phillies Hall-of-Famers from the 1960's to the present; Signed 16 x 20 photo of Shabazz Napier in a 2014 Uconn final four game; Football used by Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl 2014.

Proceeds benefit Franciscan Life Center and Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care.

Location Info: 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville

Contact Info: Tickets are $60 per person or $600 per table. To learn more about sponsorship opportunties, have any questions, or to receive reservation forms, please click here or call Gretchen at 203.237.8084 or e-mail.

 Survivors Swing Band

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 at 6:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Remember when you listened, sang, and danced to the great old tunes of the 1920's through 1940's? Has it been a while? Come and let the Survivors Swing Band revive those memories for you.

A 7-piece professional jazz band, based in Connecticut, the Survivors Swing Band plays the classic melodies from an era gone by--hot tunes and soothing ballads of the Swing Era-- plus many of the wonderful melodies from the two decades that followed.

The "Big Bands" played this music with a high degree of rigid orchestration. The Survivors render it with a greater tilt towards improvisation, thus giving each pass at a tune somewhat of a new flavor while still keeping true to the original melodies.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

Contact Info: This program is free and all are welcome. It is funded by the Friends of Meriden Public Library and the Meriden Foundation. To reserve a seat, contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email or visit their website and sign up through the adult calendar.

 The Chamber's 28th Annual Golf Tournament - The Ray Parmentier Classic

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 10:30 AM–8:00 PM
At Hunter Memorial Golf Course

Description: SAVE THE DATE AND call the Chamber today for details.

Location Info: 688 Westfield Rd., Meriden, CT

 Community Workshop Planning for Downtown Meriden and Open House

Thursday, June 04, 2015 at 5:00 PM–8:30 PM
At Lincoln Middle School Auditorium

Description: The Choice Neighborhood Planning Team invites ALL Meriden residents to attend for your chance to share your thoughts and ideas for the tranformation of Meriden's downtown. Come and see the draft of a comprehensive plan for Downtown Meriden entitled the HUD Choice Neighborhood Transformation Plan.

In the history of the Silver CIty, there has never been a better time to plan for the future of downtown Meriden. After years of planning for the flood control, construction is nearly complete at downtown’s new HUB Park. Ground has been broken at 24 Colony - a $22 million mix-use, mix-income development in the heart of downtown. Additionally in 2016, Meriden will have a new train station with increaed rail service to Hartford and New Haven. HUD recognized this opportuinity when it awarded the Housing Authority and the City of Meriden a Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant to develop a Neighborhood Transformation Plan. This plan leverages all of Meriden’s assets and embodies the vision of the entire community.

5:00 p.m. - Free Dinner Served
6:00 p.m. - Presentation (Bilingual)
7:00 p.m. - Workstations
8:15 p.n. - Closing Remarks

There will be a Raffle & Door Prizes which will include a $200 voucher for home heating oil, gift cards and more!

Childcare is provided during this event (BOE-Approved).

Location Info: 164 Centennial Ave, Meriden

Contact Info: For questions, inquiries or child care, contact Florence at 203.630.4105 or e-mail.

 Shred Cancer Nationwide Event

Saturday, June 06, 2015 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Westfield Meriden

Description: Bring any old paperwork that you want shredded and your piggy bank to this Shredding Event presented by PROSHRED Security to help support the American Cancer Institute. You can bring any paperwork, file folders, hanging files, notepads, envelopes and more to be shredded. No need to remove staples, paperclips, fasteners or rubber bands.

Location Info: 470 Lewis Ave., TJ Maxx Parking Lot, Meriden

Contact Info: For more information call 203.303.8500.

 Kiwanis Club Anniversary Gala Celebration

Saturday, June 06, 2015 at 6:30 PM
At Villa Capri

Description: On February 24, 2015, the Kiwanis Club of Meriden marked its 85th Anniversary. In 2015, Kiwanis International will mark its Centennial (100th Anniversary). The Kiwanis Club of Meriden invites you to join them as they roll out the red carpet for an evening with friends, community members, and Kiwanians for a memorable commemoration of Kiwanis' decades of service to children and the community.

Proceeds will benefit The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis's global campaign to end maternal/neonatal tetanus.

Location Info: 906 N. Colony Rd., Wallingford

Contact Info: Cost is $55 per person or $400 per table. To reserve your seat, please call 203.530.2095 or e-mail.

 2nd Annual Jack Fontanella Memorial Kids Fishing Derby

Sunday, June 07, 2015 at 9:00 AM–11:00 AM
At Red Bridge

Description: The Meriden Lions Club will hold its 2nd Annual Jack Fontanella Memorial Kids Fishing Derby.There will be prizes.

Location Info: Oregon Rd., Meriden

Contact Info: Registration starts at 8:30 am.

 21st Annual Duck Race

Sunday, June 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM–2:30 PM
At QRWA Facilities

Description: The Meriden Lions Club will hold their 21st Annual Duck Race with 10 top prizes. The top prize is $1,000 cash. All proceeds benefit the Lions Charitable Projects.

Location Info: Oregon Rd., Meriden

Contact Info: Food and beverages will be available. Tickets are $5 each and ticket sales stop promptly at 2:15 pm. The race starts at 2:30 pm.

 National Trail Days on Meriden Linear Trails

Sunday, June 07, 2015 at 11:00 AM–2:30 PM
At Red Bridge

Description: Join in the fun on National Trails Day at the Meriden Linear Trail.

Days activities are as follows: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - The Maloney High School Leo's Club (High School Lions Club) will have a Pet Walk to behefit the Humane Society at the Linear Trail. 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Canoe rides on the Q River, launching from Red Bridge, courtesy of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Assoc. 1:00 pm - Gathering at Meriden's Historic Red Bridge - The Linear Trail Committee will be on h and celebrating national Trails Day and showcase educational exhibits. Committee members will answer questions on Meriden's plans for trail expansion for the next segment of trail to be developed. 1:15pm to 2:15 pm - Furnished with a full color Trail Tree Guide, families are invited to participate in a guided tour led by Jeffrey S. Ward, of the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, on the mile-long, stroller-friendly, Gorge Linear Trail. With 18 numbered stops highlighted, it adds greatly to the beauty of the Gorge area while identifying the Sycamore and Sassafras Trees, among others.

Location Info: Oregon Rd., Meriden

Contact Info: If you have any questions, call 203.237.7689.

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