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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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April 2015

 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.

 Hubbard Park Charity Race Series: Meriden Rotary Daffodil 5K Road Race/Walk & Fun Run

Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM
At Hubbard Park, Meriden CT

Description: Register (by April 1, 2015) to run in all six races to receive discount pricing. Incentives and prize drawings for registering for four or more of these races! All Races $25 Advance, $30 Same Day. Raising funds for the charitable programs of the Meriden Rotary Foundation.

Contact Info: www.racehubbardpark.org

 Meriden Public Library Scrabble Session

Monday, April 20, 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.

 Romance Readers Group at the Meriden Public Library

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 3:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Do you enjoy reading romance books? Join the Romance Readers Group to share your thoughts on the authors and books you have enjoyed. This is not a traditional reading group with assigned books to read each month, but a group of like-minded fans of romance literature who meet to discuss the genre in all it's aspects.

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

Contact Info: Please contact Becky at 203-630-6350 if you have any questions about the group.

 Monday Night Duels With Yu-Gi-Oh!

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Do you play Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon or Magic: The Gathering? Come and play with your friends at our monthly Trading Card Game Night.

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

Contact Info: Snacks and drinks will be provided. Bring your own deck or learn how to play from one of our members. If you have any questions, contact Melissa at 203-238-2347 or e-mail.

 Couponing 101 with Gina Juliano

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: As part of our Money Smart Week, Gina Juliano will be back to present her class "Couponing 101." Everyone knows about coupons and how to use them, but not everyone knows how to use them effectively. In this two hour course, participants will learn how to maximize their savings and use coupons to shop for FREE. In addition, participants will learn how to find coupon savings and deals online and in stores. Several tips and tricks for "frugalizing" your pets and home will also be discussed.

Participants will be able to: cut their grocery bill by at least half (within two months of taking this class), use couponing vocabulary, read a blog list of grocery and drug store deals, create an effective shopping list, understand stockpiling, effectively organize coupons, and use coupons to obtain items for free.

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

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

 Buying Your First Home by Christopher Blum

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Christopher Blum from William Raveis Mortgage Company will present the seminar "Buying your first home". If you are thinking about home buying, come to this seminar to get the steps to purchasing a home that is affordable and right for you.

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

Contact Info: This program is free and all are welcome. To reserve a seat, contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349.

 Disrupt Infections: Creating a Community of Prevention

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM
At Masonicare at Ashlar Village

Description: Advancing Excellence presents Disrupt Infections: Creating a Community of Prevention. This is a 2 hour NAB CEU-Approved Workshop that explores how creating community immunity in the care setting can help break the web of infection in simple, practical ways. It also describes a continuum of organizational infection prevention, raising awareness of how acceptance of some current practices inhibits additional practical actions that would better disrupt infections. Attendees will have an opportunity to start developing an organizational plan for infection prevention with elevated steps to apply to their usual infection care routines. This workshop is a part of the Age of Disruption 2015 Tour.

Location Info: 70 Cheshire Rd., Wallingford

Contact Info: Cost is $79 for the 1st person, $69 for the 2nd person, $59 for the third person, and the 4th person is free. Click here to register on-line.

 IT Security Seminar

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM–5:30 PM
At ASG Information Technoligies

Description: ASG invites all local CT busineses to their free IT Security Seminar for business owners, C-level executives and those who want ot ensure they are making the best decisions regarding their IT security. This seminar will present what every business owner must know about cyber-criminals & how they target your business to steal your data, cash & clients' personal information. You will also learn why internal security is just as important as external security and the differences and also the top 5 things you can do to protect your business. Presenter is David Dempster, Senior Engineer & Security Specialist at ASG Information Technologies.

Location Info: 477 S. Broad St., Meriden

Contact Info: Appetizers, wine and beer will be served. Attendees can register to win a Network Vulnerability Test valued at $700. Door prizes also. Seats are limited. To register call 203.440.4413 or e-mail or click here to register through ASG's website.

 Protecting Your Money: Tips for Managing Your Debt & Avoiding Scams

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Up to your knees in debt? It doesn’t have to go from bad to worse. Please join Kathleen Titsworth, from the State Department of Bankin. Ms. Titsworth will discuss ways to manage your debt and repair your credit the right way and avoid common mistakes. She will also provide information about financial scams and fraud and how to avoid them.

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 would like to reserve a seat.

 Meriden Public Library Presents Writers Network

Wednesday, April 22, 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., Cook Rm., Meriden

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

 Welcome to the Real World by UCONN Exension Program

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 4:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Teens: On the road to financial independence? Curious about your life in the future? Come to participate in the program "Welcome to the Real World." This program by the UCONN Extension Program, gives young people (ages 13-18) the opportunity to imagine their lives as young employed adults. They select occupations, find out their incomes and estimated taxes, and open checking and savings accounts. They then visit tables and interact with adult volunteers as they make common spending decisions. Through the learning exercise, they learn about managing money, living within their incomes, identifying spending priorities, saving and dealing with unexpected expenses.

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

Contact Info: This program is free and all are welcome. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email, or click here to visit their website and reserve a seat through the adult calendar.

 4th Annual Culinary Extravaganza by My City Kitchen

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
At Villa Capri

Description: My City Kitchen presents the 2015 Culinary Extravaganza - Cooking with Passion!. This year's event will feature students who have a story of passion.Jocelyn Maminta, Medical/Health Reporter for WTNH News 8, will serve as the event's MC. We will also hear some words from parents. A raffle wil close out the festivities.

Location Info: 906 North Colony Rd., Wallingford

Contact Info: Tickets are $55 per person and includes open bar, social hour, sit down dinner and dessert by MCK. For more information call 203-630-2870 or e-mail or click here to register on-line.

 37th Annual Daffodil Festival and 2015 Chamber Business Expo

Saturday, April 25, 2015 through Sunday, April 26, 2015

Description: Save the date for the 2015 Business Expo presented by the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by: Liberty Bank and Season's Federal Credit Union. Held in conjunction with the 37th Annual Daffodil Festival, this event features up to 60 vendors under one tent. The Festival's activities include a 2 hour parade Saturday morning, a huge variety of food vendors, over 30 continuous musical performances at 3 separate stages, an Arts & Crafts Section, and Carnival Amusements. FREE ADMISSION.

Location Info: W. Main St., Meriden, CT.

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or click here for Business Expo info or for info on the Daffodil Festival schedule, activities, etc. click here!

 4th Annual Ion Bank Cheshire Half Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K & Ion Ins. Kids Fun Run

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Description: Save the date for the 4th Annual Ion Bank Cheshire Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 5K, & Ion Insurance Kids Fun Run. Also there will approximate 80 vendors partaking in the UnitedHealthcare Healthy & Active Living Festival.

The event produces a 60 page magazine for the benefit of supporters that is mailed to every home in Cheshire and surround Cheshire in mid-April. Ad deadline is March 15, 2015.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Volunteers are needed for race day.

Contact Info: For more information, contact Bill Costello at 203-565-2814 or e-mail.

 Free College Financial Planning Night by College3Less

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Is college in your child’s future? Come to the Meriden Public Library for a free college financial planning night by College4Less.

The 2 hour workshop will discuss the FAFSA form, CSS Profile form along with other important information parents need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid they are eligible to receive. This workshop is about Financial Literacy and educating families on the process of getting their student into the best fit college.

College4Less is an independent Connecticut firm offering guidance and assistance to parents and students to better position themselves to get into the colleges of their choice at the least possible cost. Dorothy A. Mautte, Owner and Advisor of the firm, brings her 30+ years of experience in the financial planning field to the table assisting those who choose to work with the firm in developing a cost-efficient method of paying their out-of-pocket share of college costs.

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

Contact Info: This program is free and all are welcome. Registration is required. Contact College4Less at (203) 288-4207 or 1-800-234-0511 to reserve a seat.

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

Thursday, April 30, 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.

www.sjs-meriden.org

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

 Pause and Paint at the Augusta

Thursday, April 30, 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 "Eleanor". 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.

May 2015

 Save the Date 5/1/2015
Women and Families " Night to Remember" Annual Fundraiser

Friday, May 01, 2015 at 5:30 PM
At The Cascade

Description: A Night to Remember. We hope you join us this year when we recognize the Honorable Mayor Toni Harp as the 2015 Connecticut Woman in Leadership.

And there is even more to be excited about--Inspiring women, a beautiful new location, fabulous silent and live auction items, and a sumptuous three course meal with complimentary champagne. New in 2015: Top Shelf Open Bar!

On behalf of the WFC Board of Directors, I invite you to Save the Date: May 1, 2015.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Best Regards, Robyn-Jay Bage, M.P.A., Chief Executive Officer

Save the date and details will follow!

Location Info: Hamden, CT

 Hubbard Park Charity Race Series: CHC Race for Mental Health

Saturday, May 02, 2015 at 9:00 AM
At Hubbard Park, Meriden CT

Description: Register (by April 1, 2015) to run in all six races to receive discount pricing. Incentives and prize drawings for registering for four or more of these races! All Races $25 Advance, $30 Same Day. 10K starting at 9 AM, 5K starting at 9:30 AM. Raising funds for the programs of the Community Health Center.

Contact Info: www.racehubbardpark.com

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