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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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November 2015

 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

 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.

December 2015

 Warmth Drive at Valentin Karate

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Description: Join 102.9 The Whale this holiday season as we collect donations of new gloves, mittens, and scarves to donate to the needy this winter season.

Location Info: 75 S. Colony St., Meriden

 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.

 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.

 Annual Wreath Stroll

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 4:30 PM–6:30 PM
At Village at Kensington Place

Description: The Village at Kensington Place proudly presents their Annual Wreath Stroll to benefit the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at MidState Medical Center. All are welcome to stop by and get in the holiday spirit!

Location Info: 511 Kensington Ave., Meriden

Contact Info: Walk in's are welcome. RSVP appreciated to Gale Mastrofranceco via e-mail.

 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 RESOURCES: 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!

Sponsored by MEDCO, H & R Block, TD Bank, and the Silver City Sports Bar & Grill

Location Info: 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT.

Contact Info: Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $30 for non-members. 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

 Christmas in the Village

Saturday, December 05, 2015 at 2:00 PM–5:30 PM
At South Meriden

Description: Come and enjoy a wonderful day at Christmas in the Village with the Santa Parade which starts at 2:00 pm. There will also be Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Tree Lighting, Bonfire, Entertainment, Baked Apples, Hot Chocolate, Cider, Popcorn, Hot Dogs, Doughnuts, Pictures with Santa, and much more. Please bring a canned food donation for the Meriden Soup Kitchen and you'll have a chance to win a prize from our special raffle.

Location Info: Main St., So. Meriden

Contact Info: Free parking at ACG, Hanover School, and Habershon Field. This event is free and everyone is welcome.

We are also looking for people to help volunteer or become a committee member for this year's event and plan future events. Please contact April at 203.213.9308 or e-mail.

 Holiday Fair Open House

Saturday, December 05, 2015 through Sunday, December 06, 2015

Description: Stop buy the Gallery for their annual Holiday Fair Open House and celebrate the holidays! The Gallery is filled with unique gifrs from regional artists and this year is more spectacular than last! Items are going fast. You do not want to miss it!

Location Info: 53 colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: Saturday's hours are 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday's hours are 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

 Women's Leadership Breakfast - Heart Disease & Beneficial Effects of Flu Vaccination

Monday, December 07, 2015 at 7:30 AM–9:30 AM
At Protein Sciences Corp.

Description: Jill Hummel, President of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, & Manon Cox, President & CEO of Protein Sciences Corp., invite you to this special breakfast about the risks of Influenza with Heart Disease and Stroke

When those with heart disease get vaccinated against influenza, they are 50% less likely to have a heart attache and 24% less likely to have a stroke. Heart Disease includes: coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, hypertensive heart disease, pulmonary heart disease, heart valve disorder, arrhythmais, and peripheral vascular disease.

Location Info: 875 Research Parkway, Meriden

Contact Info: Coffee and a light breakfast will be served. Please RSVP by December 4th, 2015 to 203.686.0800, ext. 303 or e-mail.

 Christmas in the Park

Tuesday, December 08, 2015 at 4:30 PM–7:30 PM
At Hubbard Park

Description: The holiday spirit will surround you at this special event to include: entertainment, Santa Claus, horse drawn carriage rides, face painting, ice carving demos, UCONN woodsmen, refreshments.

Location Info: West Main St., Meriden

 Avoiding Slips, Trips and Falls

Wednesday, December 09, 2015 at 11:30 AM
At Wallingford Senior Center

Description: Are you concerned about your risk of falling? Cheryl Olson, Masonicare at Home's program manager of mobile health technologies, will present "Slips, Trips and Falls" - a discussion about what you can do to prevent falls in the home.

Masonicare is not for profit and provides educational programs for adults and caregivers as a public service to the community.

Location Info: 238 Washington St., Wallingford

Contact Info: This free presentation will be followeded by a complimentary lunch. Please RSVP to the Wallingford Senior Center at 203.265.7753 by December 3rd.

 What's Your 30 Second Commercial? - FREE Workshop

Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM–10:00 AM

Description: Unsure about how to describe your community's or organization's unique selling points, and as a result, missing lucrative business opportunities? Worried that not everyone on your team is giving the same clear, concise message? Concerned that your "marketing pitch" is not attracting the right clients?

CERC and Sandler Training are offering a FREE workshop on the "30 Second Commercial." A great 30 Second Commercial, carefully crafted with the focus on your listener, will dramatically increase your impact and differentiate you from others. Learn to use this invaluable tool to: - Introduce yourself at a networking event or trade show - Start off a meeting or interview - Answer the question: "So what do you do exactly?" - Transition from conversation to why you're meeting with someone.

Location Info: 805 Brook St., Bldg. #4, Rocky Hill

Contact Info: Attend our FREE session. Please RSVP to Natalie Rosenbaum at 860-571-7136 or e-mail.

 Movies at the Meriden Public Library

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 2:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

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

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.

 Blue Line Paint Night

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM
At Wepa Art Studio

Description: A paint night to honor those who serve and protect the City of Meriden and for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice! Wepa Art Studio will donate 50% of the profit to the Meriden Police Department. Great giveaways during the painting session.

Location Info: 35 West Main Street, Meriden

Contact Info: BYOB, light snacks will be provided. Cost is $45 per person.

 Save the Date Augusta Curtis Concert Band Holiday Concert

Monday, December 14, 2015

Description: Save the Date. More information to come.

Location Info: 1225 N. Broad St., Auditorium, Meriden

Contact Info: For more information, call 203.639.2856.

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