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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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October 2015

 91st Open Member Show at Gallery 53

Saturday, October 03, 2015 through Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Description: Gallery 53 will be hosting their 91st Open Member Show. Reception will be Saturday, October 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Location Info: 53 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: Click here to visit their website for more information or call 203.235.5347.

 Meriden Historical Society Tag Sale

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Description: The Meriden Historical Society will hold their last Tag Sale of the Season with a rain date of October 17th. The cost is a $15.00 ($10.00 for members) donation to the Society per set-up. Donations of items to the Society's Table, such as decorative items, collectibles, paintings, photos, jewelry or small household items in working condition, can be dropped off at the Society’s Research center on any Wednesday between 2:00 and 4:30 pm.

Location Info: 1090 Hanover Ave., South Meriden

Contact Info: For more information call 203-639-1913. Please leave a message. We’ll get back to you.

 Document Shredding Event hosted by Meriden's Council of Neighborhoods

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At W. Main & Butler St. Parking Lot

Description: Meriden's Council of Neighborhoods is hosting a document shredding event with PROSHRED Security. Bring you documents and watch them being shredded in a PROSHRED truck while you wait.

Location Info: Corner W. Main & Butler St, Meriden

Contact Info: This event is free of charge to Meriden residents. For more information call Holly Wills at 203.634.1248 or Justine Swedock at 203.235.8582.

 New Date 10/10/2015
2015 Meriden-Markham Fly-In Festival

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
At Meriden-Markham Airport


The 2015 Fly-In Festival will have Aircraft Judging, Display of Aircraft, Aviation Seminars, Yankee Clippers Flight Demonstration, Life Star Air medical Transport, Eagle One Search & Rescue Helicopter, Food, Music, Entertainment, Vendors, Bounce House, Face Painting, Meriden Police Department Vehicles, Meriden Fire Department Vehicles, Amber Alert Child Identification Registration, Antique Police and Fire Vehicles, Hunter's Ambulance, Meriden Fire Department, So. Meriden Volunteer Fire Department, and more.

Sponsored by: Meriden Fly In Committee in collaboration with the Civil Air Patrol, E.A.A., Chapter 27, Silver City Flying Club, and the Meriden Aviation Commission.

Location Info: 213 Evansville Ave., So. Meriden

Contact Info: Free admission. Rain date IS October 10, 2015. Sponsorship opportunities are available. All proceeds will help maintain our airport. Donations happily accepted. To register your plane for judging or for more information, click here to visit their website.

 AJ's Oasis Café 1st Annual Golf Tournament

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
At Farmingbury Hills Golf Course

Description: AJ's Oasis Café will be holding their 1st Annual Golf Tournament. Lunch from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Scramble start 1:30 pm. 3 prize holes - closest to line, closest to hole and longest drive. Dinner includes salad, baked potato and choice of Steak, Chicken or Stuffed Sole.

AJ's Oasis Café is located at 142 Hanover St., Meriden.

Location Info: 141 East St., Wolcott

Contact Info: Cost is $50 per person and includes lunch at AJ's, gift pack, 9 holes of golf with a cart at Farmingbury Hills Golf Course, and dinner at 5:30 pm at AJ's with presentation of awards. Dinner only will cost $15 per person. Payment due by October 3rd. For more information call 203.634.4912.

 Therapeutic Horse Encounter at Gaylord

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
At Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Description: FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC. Therapeutic Horse Encounter: interact with these beautiful horses - hoof ball, demos, therapeutic horse rides, horse education, horse painting.

Location Info: Gaylord Farms Road

Contact Info: 866-429-5673

 Meriden Public Library - Closed

Monday, October 12, 2015

Description: The Meriden Public Library will be closed in observance of Columbus Day. The library will o pen on Tuesday, September 8th with regular fall hours which are Monday through Wednesday, 9:00 am to 8:30 pm; Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and closed on Sunday.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

 College Financial Aid with Jennifer Phillips

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Jennifer Phillips, former Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Fairfield University for 6 years, brings a wealth of knowledge to parents and students (of all ages) on understanding the intricacies of the financial aid process. Jennifer’s seminar, "Simplifying the Financial Aid Process," will provide parents and students of all ages with tips on securing the best possible financial aid package. Throughout the presentation, Jennifer will explain the various student loans, grants and scholarships available, the critical financial aid forms and deadlines, the various components of a financial aid offer and how to best compare and appeal offers in extenuating circumstances.

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

Contact Info: All are welcome to this free program. Funding for this program is provided by the Friends of the 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.

 CEDF Presents Business Financial & QuickBooks Workshops

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 through Monday, November 02, 2015 at 6:00 PM–8:30 PM
At Community Economic Development Fund

Description: This series consists of 2 nights for Business Finance and 4 nights of hands-on QuickBooks Finance. Our professional instructors will explain why it is so important to keep good records, how to read financial statements, how to setup your business in QuickBooks and show you how easy it connects to your bank and your business account. The education will not only save you time and money it will help you with decision making, because you will know where your busi-ness stands anytime with just a push of a button to get the report you need. You have a bookkeeper/accountant? That great. But. . . It’s your business not theirs. You need to have the financial knowledge to communicate and understand what they are doing with your books. So no excuses. If your own your own business this workshop series is a must for you. Class sizes are limited to 10. So don’t hesitate. Classes fill fast.

Classes are Oct. 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th, Nov. 2nd, 2015.

Location Info: 965 E. Main St., Meriden

Contact Info: Cost of all 6 sessions is $189 and includes a copy of QuickBooks. Click here for more details and registration on our Financial Series Workshops or call 888-835-2333 ext. 2040.

 Community Chat with Access Health CT

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
At Hartford City Hall

Description: Access Health CT invites you to join them for a Community Chat. Staff will provide a brief overview on their accomplishments and lead a discussion on what's next as they relate to your community. You will learn how we can work together to build healthier communities.

Location Info: 550 Main St., Function Rm, 2nd Floor Hartford

Contact Info: Refreshments will be provided. Click here to register for the Hartford Community Chat. Space is limited, so please register early.

 ConnectHome - a CONVENING of Community Stakeholders

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library - Griffin Room

Description: ConnectHome is a platform for collaboration between local governments, public housing agencies, Internet service providers, philanthropic foundations, nonprofit organizations, and other relevant stakeholders that will produce local solutions for narrowing the digital divide. MERIDEN is one of 28 communities in the country to be a part of this initiative to bring low-cost, affordable broadband internet access to low income families in our area.

As a community stakeholder in this initiative, the meeting will provide a broad overview, and a breakout of working groups to plan for local implementation of the program, timeline and goals to include in Meriden's strategic plan. It is IMPORTANT that you attend to represent your business / organization.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden, CT.

Contact Info: Please RSVP to fvillano@meridenct.gov or call 203.630.4015

 Quinnipiac University's 32nd Annual Career Fair

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 1:30 PM–4:30 PM
At Quinnipiac University

Description: Quinnipiac University is pleased to invite you to participate in its premier networking event of the year - the 32nd Annual Career Fair. There is no fee to attend. Participating is a time and cost efficient opportunity to promote your organization to over 8,000 students. Your registration will include: the opportunity to connect with students from Business, Communications, Health Sciences, and Arts & Sciences, and Arts & Sciences; an exhibit area consisting of 1 8' table and 2 chairs, electricity may be requested but not guaranteed (please bring your own table cloth); a lising in the Career Fair Company Contacts which will include the name and address of your organization, the name, title, and telephone number of your representative, and your organization's website address. In addition, the program will include a listing of the disciples from which your organization selects candidates, and thepotential availability of internships as well as full-time, part-time or summer employment opportunities.

Location Info: 275 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden

Contact Info: 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Booth/Table set up 1:30 to 4:30 pm - Career Fair 4:30 to 5:00 pm - booth/Table Breakdown & Departure Click here to register or call Jill Ferrall, Associate Dean, School of Business Career Development at 203.582.3655 or Lindsay Falcone at 203.582.3645 or e-mail.

 CT Financial Literacy Summit

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM–6:30 PM
At Rentschler Field

Description: Please join the CT Jump$tart Coalition and State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier for a summit on the financial literacy of Connecticut's youth. The summitt will bring together key stakeholders to plan a better financial future for our students. click here to het more information about the workshop and the speakers.

Objectives include: - Share what the latest research shows about the status of financial literacy in the United States and in Connecticut in particular; - Examine the current and future impact of continuing on the present trajectory; and - Begin a civic discourse on potential approaches/solutions to the problem of financial illiteracy among our youth.

Location Info: 615 Silver Ln., East Gate, 3rd Fl. Stadium Club, E. Hartford

Contact Info: Click here to register now.

 Martinis, A Medium and Masonicare

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 4:00 PM–6:00 PM
At Masonicare at Ashlar Village

Description: What do a martini, a psychic medium and Masonicare have in common? Absolutely nothing! But it's a fun way for senior-serving professionals to reconnect with fellow business acquaintances and make new contacts. Come and enjoy pumpkin and apple martinis, delicious hors d'oeuvres and learn what the future has in store for you!

Location Info: 22 Masonic Way, Pond Ridge Assisted Living Auditorium, Wallingford.

Contact Info: Please RSVP to this professional netowrking event to 203.679.6425 by October 12th.

 Educational Empowerment Forum-A Candid Conversation on Youth Substance in Meriden

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 6:30 PM–8:00 PM
At Lincoln Middle School

Description: Meriden Healthy Youth Coaliltion, Meriden Public Schools, and Rushford present this free community event - Educational Empowerment Forum - A candid conversation on youth substance use in Meriden. This forum will feature nationally recognized experts on substance use - Judge Jodi Debbrect and former DEA Agent Robert Stutman.

Location Info: 164 Centennial Ave., Meriden

Contact Info: This event is opent to all members of the public over the age of 18 including parents, teachers, coaches, and anyone who looks out for our children! For more information, contact Krystle Blake at 203.238.6800 or e-mail.

 Human Resources Roundtable by Employers Association of the NorthEast

Friday, October 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM–10:00 AM
At Yarde Metals

Description: Employers Association of the NorthEast invites you to participate in their 2015-2016 Human Resources Roundtable meetings on the third Friday of each month. Instructor will be Mark Adams, Esq., SPHR. Roundtables create an interactive environment for participants to exchange current practices in a confidential setting. Your willingness to share your insights in a peer-to-peer format will enhance the success of the roundtable.

Location Info: Southington

Contact Info: The cost for the season (October through May) is $200.00. For more information or to register on-line, click here or call Michelle Gneda at 877-662-6444 or e-mail.

 Labor Roundtable by Employers Association of the NorthEast

Friday, October 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM–10:30 AM
At Employers Association of the NorthEast

Description: Employers Association of the NorthEast invites you to participate in their 2015-2016 Labor Roundtable meetings. Instructors are Mark Adams, Esq., SPHR / Peter Brunault, Esq., SPHR.

EANE has partnered with the law firm of Skoler, Abbott & Presser P.C. to facilitate the labor roundtables for 2015 at our Agawam training facility. The series will be dedicated exclusively to labor relations issues that impact employers in both union and non-union environments. The Labor Roundtables will provide a unique opportunity for HR and labor relations professionals to engage in an interchange with colleagues and labor experts regarding: - significant labor relations developments, - current and future trends, - responsive implementation strategies, - practical insights regarding critical labor issues that ultimately affect the success of their organization.

Location Info: Agawam, MA

Contact Info: The cost for the season (October through May/June) is $100.00. For more information or to register on-line, click here or call Michelle Gneda at 877-662-6444 or e-mail.

 Family Health, Wellness, and Safety Expo

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
At Westfield Meriden Mall

Description: The Health & Wellness Council of the Midstate Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend and/or exhibit at our Annual Family Health, Wellness, & Safety Expo. Free admission to attend with oddles of fun, information & give-aways for all ages while learning about your physical health, home health, financial health, and more. Enjoy over 30 exhibitors. Flublok will be available (insurance accepted). Noon Public Safety Award Ceremony at Center Court to honor Public Service Workers includin Police & Fire and Hunter's EMS with appearances by Area Leaders and Elected Officials. Live demos in center court.

We THANK our sponsors to date: Presenting Sponsor: MidState Medical Center and IDLife, Co-Sponsors: ProHealth Express Care, Healthmed Urgent Care and United Healthcare.

Every vendor and sponsor that registers by 9/15 will be listed on a huge banner to be displayed at center court (displayed at least two weeks prior to the big event!)

Location Info: 470 Lewis Ave., Meriden

Contact Info: Exhibitor commitment due by Sept. 15th to guarantee placement on banner and promotion for this event. Exhibitor space is $200 for members and Westfield Mall retailers, $500 for non-members. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

 American Treasures performed by the Karkowska Sisters

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 2:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Meriden Public Library is pleased to host the Karkowska Sisters Duo. The Karkowska Sisters Duo, will present the program "American Treasures." In this program you will hear the most beautiful and hauntingly familiar melodies that remain at the core of United States’ cultural heritage. From Broadway’s King’s, George Gershwin’s It ain’t necessary so (arr. of Jascha Heifetz), Banjo and Fiddle composed by lesser known Bostonian violinist William Kroll, Scott Joplin’s famous Entertainer, virtuoso variations on Stephen Foster’s Old Folks at Home (and more!) the program is interlaced with unforgettable stories, breathtaking virtuosity, and (some say Borge-like) humor. Karkowska Sisters Duo’s “American Treasures” is a great entertainment for the entire family!

The Karkowska Sisters, alumni of Chopin Academy (Kasha) and the Juilliard School (Anna), are an award winning, internationally acclaimed ensemble that performed to standing ovations, encores and rave reviews from Carnegie Hall (NYC) through Gusman Center of Performing Arts (Miami, FL) to Mexico National Center for Performing Arts. All are welcome to this free program. Funding for this program is provided by the Friends of the Meriden Public Library and the Meriden Foundation

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

Contact Info: 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. Click here for more information about the duo.

 5th Annual Evening of Wonder Gala

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 6:00 PM
At Hartford Marriott Downtown

Description: Wheeler Clinic presents their 5th Annual Evening of Wonder Gala celebrates recovery, health and growth at all stages of life and honors leaders who are committed to delivering integrated are and building health equity in underserved communities.

The honorees include Sharon D. Langer, M.Ed., J.D., Advocacy Director, Connecticut Voices for Children; Jose Ortiz, MBA, MS, LADC, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hispanic Health Council; Gregory Scott, Vice Chairman and National Sector Leader, Health Plans, Deloitte LLP; Adam R. Silverman, MD, FACP, Vice President for Ambulatory Strategy and Development, Saint Francis Care; and Brad Witte, Ph.D., Care Management Director, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

"Our honorees this year include an array of professionals and organizations who share a strong commitment to reducing health disparities and ensuring that health care is accessible to everyone, particularly our most vulnerable populations," said Susan Walkama, LCSW, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wheeler Clinic.

Proceeds from Evening of Wonder support Wheeler’s continuum of coordinated, integrated primary and behavioral health care services. Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman serves as the event’s Honorary Chair, and WFSB - Channel 3 Eyewitness News Anchors Dennis House and Kara Sundlun will serve as the event masters of ceremonies. Aetna returns as the Presenting Sponsor and has provided leadership support for this event since 2011. This year, additional top supporters include Broadcast Sponsor WFSB - Channel 3 Eyewitness News, Platinum Sponsors Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and Northwestern Mutual, and Print Sponsor C&R Marketing Services of Bristol. Jake Biscoglio and William D. Gombatz, Wheeler trustees, serve as event co-chairs.

Location Info: Hartford, CT

Contact Info: Reception and Silent Auction begins at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and a dynamic live auction at 7:00 pm along with dancing and live entertainment. Click here for details about sponsorship, donating an auction item and registration. For more information, call Jennifer McHale at 860-793-4214 or e-mail.

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