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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 2014

 Southington Arts & Crafts Annual Member's Show

Saturday, April 12, 2014 through Friday, April 25, 2014

Description: Gallery 53 will host the Soutington Arts & Crafts Annual Member's Show. A variety of Arts and Crafts will be on display and for sale. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Saturday, April 12th from 1-3 pm. The Artisan gift shop is open during all events and dureing business hours.

Location Info: 53 Colony St., Meriden, CT.

Contact Info: For more information call 203-235-5347

 Meriden Public Library Scrabble Session

Monday, April 21, 2014 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.

 Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program: Preventing Foreclosure Forum

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Are you struggling financially and at risk of losing your home? Are you behind on your mortgage payments? Come to the Meriden Public Library and get information about the Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program.

This Connecticut program might be what you need to increase your earnings. The Mortgage Job Training Program helps borrowers increase their job skills and become more financially stable. This program is for Connecticut residents who meet the following requirements: 60 days or more past due on your mortgage; mortgage is for primary residence in Connecticut; household income is less than $120,000; and referred by the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), or can demonstrate an imminent need for services.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

Contact Info: All are welcome to this free program. Please contact Alisha at (203) 610-8570 to register to attend.

 Save the Date CT Conference on Tourism

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM–5:00 PM
At CT Convention Center

Description: Come to the 5th Annual State-Wide Convention.

Location Info: Hartford

Contact Info: Visit their website for details.

 Teen Animee Club at the Library

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Are you a fan of anime, manga, or just like Japanese culture? Then come and join the Teen Anime Club. At every meeting we learn about a different aspect of Japanes culture and then watch an anime of the members choosing.

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

Contact Info: All are welcome whether you're an otaku or just discovering it. This program is geared for teenagers 13-18. Registration is not required. Food and drink will be provided. If you have any questions contact Melissa via e-mail or call (203) 238-2347.

 Spring Back the Music for the Kids

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM–2:00 AM
At Reserve Public House

Description: Concerts with Causes presents Spring Back the Music for the Kids featuring Chaser 8, Far From Here, 6 Train Soldier, the Royal Din, Grey Negative, Logue and more.

Location Info: 16 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: Tickets are $15 per person in advance or $20 at the door. For more information contact Lisa Catherine at 203-213-8355 or e-mail.

 Disney Junior Live On Tour!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Description: Grab your tiaras and doubloons and join us for Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure. Mickey and Minnie are taking their seats too at this never-before-seen live show featuring your favorite characters from Disney Junior's hit series, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Get swept up in the excitement as Sofia and her family prepare for a royal celebration that helps us all learn the true meaning of being a princess with a special appearance from Cinderella. Then it's off to Never Land where Jake and his swashbuckling friends Izzy and Cubby, with a little help from Peter Pan, battle Captain Hook to unlock treasure hidden inside a mysterious volcano. It's danger and dueling on the high seas as Jake discovers what it takes to be a true hero. Filled with new music, amazing effects, thrilling action and endless surprises, your whole family will sing, shout, and soar into the action when Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure sails into your hometown.

Special bonus! Starting ten minutes before every performance join loveable Doc McStuffins for a special pre-show! You can help Doc take care of one of her beloved toys with her own special brand of love and magic. Free to all ticket holders.

Location Info: 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Contact Info: For more information call 203-345-2400.

 CT Mission of Mercy - FREE Dental Clinic

Friday, April 25, 2014 through Saturday, April 26, 2014

Description: Many of you have heard to the CT Mission of Mercy, an annual two day free dental care event that has taken place in various parts of the state for the past 6 years. The dental care is provided on a first come first serve basis and is open to all ages.

Location Info: One Civic Center Plaza, Hartford

Contact Info: For more information or to donate or volunteer, contact Linda J. Ferraro, R.D.H., B.S., Director, Office of Oral Health, CT Department of Public Health at (860) 509-8203, fax (860) 509-7855 or e-mail.

 Castle Craig Players presents "Messiah on the Frigidaire"

Friday, April 25, 2014 through Sunday, April 27, 2014

Description: Messiah on the Frigidaire - The small town of Elroy, South Carolina is thrust into the evangelical spotlight, when what seems to be the image of Jesus appears on a refrigerator in a trailer park.The discovery by Lou Ann Hightower, her husband Dwayne, and her best friend Betsy, sets into motion a frenzy of conflict, communion and good old fashioned commerce. When the National Investigator turns the appearance into front page headlines, their trailer park becomes a mecca for miracle seekers, soul searchers and disciples with a decidedly political agenda. At the urging of the towns business leaders, Betsy pretends to get messages from the appliance-based apparition, and the crowds multiply like loaves and fishes. Through the ordeal, the three undergo an evolution in their relationships with each other, and they are forced to come to grips with their lowly status in the caste system of the rural south. In a region where religion is as much a part of life as grits and cotton fields, God surely moves in mysterious ways.

(Age appropriate for children over 13)

Directed by Donna L Wolther and featuring seasoned local community theater performers: Barbara Harvey, Jessica Bruenn, Pat Petipas, Marc Cerbie, Stu Wolther and Amy Cerbie. The cast is rounded out with newcomer Jeff Elmer!

When: April 25th, 26th 7:30pm (doors open at 7p), April 27th 1pm (doors open at 12:30)

Tickets are $15.00 at door, $13.00 on-line advance purchase.

Location Info: 59 West Main St., Meriden, CT.

Contact Info: Call 203-238-3912 or email dwolt61@gmail.com or visit: Http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/609720

 Movies at the Meriden Public Library

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

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

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.

 36th Annual Daffodil Festival and 2014 Chamber Business Expo

Saturday, April 26, 2014 through Sunday, April 27, 2014

Description: Save the date for the 2014 Business Expo presented by the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by: Liberty Bank, Marinello Schools of Beauty, and Season's Federal Credit Union. Held in conjunction with the 36th 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.

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

 Yu-Gi-Oh! Meet Up

Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Come and duel with your friends at our monthly Yu-Gi-Oh! Meet Up.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Seminar 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.

 Former Senator Len Suzio speaks at MxCC's Meriden Center,

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM–4:30 PM
At Middlesex Community College -Meriden Center

Description: Former Senator Len Suzio will be speaking to Lisa Moody’s American Government class in the Community Room on the first floor of MxCC’s Meriden Center. All are welcome.

Part of his talk will be about what a State Senator actually does - in the district, at home and at the Capitol - giving students a real sense of the hours involved and breadth of responsibilities.

Senator Suzio represented the 13th district of Meriden, Middletown, Middlefield, and Cheshire before his defeat by Senator Dante Bartolomeo. Mr. Suzio is running for the Senate seat again, and is currently a member of the Office of Victim Advocate Advisory Committee.

Location Info: 55 West Main Street

 Rose Porto Goes on the Hunt for "Tormented Souls"

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 6:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Paranormal investigator Rose Porto will be discussing her new book "Tormented Souls". There is something strange in the neighborhood, paranormal activities that can be seen firsthand, and when a person ends up in a ghost story, it might be time to start believing in them. In her new book, Ms. Porto presents a collection of alleged close encounters with "Tormented Souls."

According to Porto, the most frightening ghost stories are not fiction; they are the true experiences some families must endure. Continuing her quest, this paranormal investigator lives her life hunting down ghosts, spirits, and demons while helping many families on the way find solutions and peace to their haunting.

"Tormented Souls" contains cases of purported paranormal activity; it also educates on how and why some of these ghostly phenomena occur. The author takes a look at different paranormal theories, entities, and how to protect oneself from unwanted, invisible, and sometimes, evil intruders. The book also covers some basic information on how to properly ghost hunt.

Rose Porto is a paranormal investigator/researcher, small-business owner and founder of T Spirit Investigators and Researchers. She lectures on the paranormal and teaches classes about the extraordinary world of the supernatural. She is also the author of "Mingling with Spirits- a paranormal awakening."

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

Contact Info: All are welcome to this free program. If you would like to reserve a seat, contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email, or visit our website and sign up through the adult calendar

 Meriden Public Library Presents Writers Network

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: We invite 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 to attend.

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

Contact Info: If you are interested in joining the Writers Network, contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 or email us.

 How To Setup Your Business Finances & Analyze the Financial Health of Your Business

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 through Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 6:30 PM–9:00 PM

Description: In this workshop you will learn the importance of good record keeping, what a balance sheet is, a profit and loss statement, plus how to read and analyze these reports and so much more. This basic workshop is designed for any business whether you are a start-up or have been in business awhile. We teach you the basic components needed for tracking and analyzing the financial needs of your business so you can be set up for success.

Location Info: 965 E. Main St., Meriden

Contact Info: Special Rate of $189 for this workshop PLUS Beginners QuickBooks Pro 2014 on May 7th, 8th, 14th, & 15th. Please make sure that you can attend ALL the dates. This workshop is a pre-requisite to Beginners Quickbooks Pro 2014 (purchased separately for $30). For more information or to register and pay online, click here.

May 2014

 National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 8:00 AM
At New Life Church

Description: This marks the 63rd Annual National Day of Prayer. More information to come.

Location Info: TBA

Contact Info: For more information, contact Natalie Thomas at 203-630-3012 or e-mail.

 Child Guidance Tenth Annual Comedy Night and Auction

Friday, May 02, 2014 at 6:00 PM
At Fantasia Wedding & Banquet Facility

Description: Save the date for the 10th Annual Comedy Night and Auction presented by Child Guidance Clinic for Central Connecticut. Master of Ceremonies will be Al Terzi. Enjoy the comical show of Alexandra McHale and more along with a Silent and Live Auction and a 50/50 Raffle.

Location Info: 404 Washington Ave, North Haven

Contact Info: For more information call 203-235-2815 or visit their website.

 Save the Date 5/3/2014
2nd Annual CHC 5K AND 10K AND Kids Race for Mental Health AND Health Fair

Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 7:45 AM–12:00 PM
At Hubbard Park

Description: We are proud to announce that the 2nd Annual Community Health Center of Meriden 5k and 10k: Race for Mental Health will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Hubbard Park in Meriden! The day will feature a 5k run (3.1 miles), a 10k run (6.2 miles) a Health Walk, and a Kid’s\Fun Run. All proceeds from the race will benefit United Way of Meriden & Wallingford, which will then provide the funds specifically to mental health services. Last year over 200 people attended this event, raising $5,500!

We are inviting your organization to participate in this year’s event. You can either: 1. Form a team to run/walk, or; 2. Set up an interactive display table during the health fair portion of the event, sharing information on your organization, offering product samples, and/or demonstrating services. This is an outdoor event that will be held rain or shine; please come prepared with tables and chairs (we will provide the tent), and other equipment you will need for the morning, or; 3. Do both! ,p> Registration for the races begins at 7:45am. The health fair will be from 8:00am-12 noon. Please feel free to set up any time before 8:00am.

If you are interested in setting up a table, please complete the form below and fax it to 203-639-0039, or you can directly contact me before April 25, 2014 If you are interested in running or walking the event registration information can be found at www.fasttrackcoaching.net. Thank you and we hope to see you on May 3! In good health,

Location Info: West Main Street, Meriden, CT.

Contact Info: For more information call: Lea Crown, MPH, CHES, Associate Director of Health and Human Services, Meriden Department of Health and Human Services, Phone: (203) 630-4238

 Anxiety Management Seminar-Overcoming Anxiety

Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
At Franciscan Life Center

Description: The Franciscan Life Center is offering two Anxiety Management Seminars presented by Thomas Finn, Ph.D. This is the first seminar entitled Overcominig Anxiety. The second seminar will be on May 31st entitled Helping Children Overcome Anxiety and is for adults over the age of 18.

Dr. Finn is a clinical psychologist on staff at the Franciscan Life Center. He has over 35 years of experience treating anxiety with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Interactive and innovative techniques/topics will include: - Biology of fear and anxiety - Controlled breathing and relaxation techniques - Thinking patterns that trigger anxiety and how to change them - Building self-esteem

Location Info: 271 Finch Ave., Meriden

Contact Info: Cost is $90.00. For more information call 203-237-8084 or visit our website.

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