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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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March 2015

 CT Pastel Society Show at Gallery 53

Saturday, March 07, 2015 through Saturday, March 28, 2015

Description: Gallery 53 will showcase the CT Pastel Society Show. The reception will be on March 7th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Demonstrations will be on March 28th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Location Info: 53 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: For more information call the Gallery at 203-235-5347.

 Home, Garden & Business Expo

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM–2:00 PM
At Cheshire High School

Description: Enjoy the day at the Home, Garden & Business Expo. Breakfast, lunch, entertainment, raffles, demonstrations, Easter Bunny & Hunt will also be available.

Location Info: 525 S. Main St., Cheshire

Contact Info: For more information, call the Cheshire Chamber at 203-272-2345 or click here to visit their website.

 26th Annual Walk/Run for Warmth Benefits NOGM Fuel Assistance

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
At First Congregational Church

Description: New Opportunities of Greater Meriden (NOGM) is hosting its 26th Annual Walk/Run for Warmth event which raises funds to provide emergency fuel assistance for the Greater Meriden area residents. The Fuel Assistance Program is designed to assist low and middle income working families, needy elderly, the disabled and others in the midst of a financial crisis, such as a job loss or a medical emergency, who may not qualify for Federal or State heating assistance. These dollars are especially needed after the turn off moratorium expires in April.

Every year NOGM hosts the Walk/Run for Warmth to give the community an opportunity to get involved through sponsoring, volunteering, walking or donating to the event. We received USAFT sanctioning.. The event will be held on March 28th at First Congregational Church in Meriden located at 62 Colony St. from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Please consider volunteering , walking or running or sponsoring!

Location Info: 62 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: Ola Brown, NOGM Assistant Director, obrown@newoppinc.org, 203-639-5060 ext 25.

 Women Breaking Loose: a Century Ago

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: You are invited to the program "Women Breaking Loose: A Century Ago" performed by Michèle LaRue. Ms. LaRue will explore the dilemmas women still face today of who comes first: my family or me? and where do I belong: at home or at work with Kate Chopin’s "A Pair of Silk Stockings" and Edna Ferber’s "Representing T. A. Buck."

Michèle LaRue is a transplanted Midwesterner: raised in Illinois and Iowa, she makes her home in New Jersey - just across the Hudson from Broadway, NYC. Upon graduating with a degree in Acting from the University of Kansas, she followed her late, then-soon-to-be-husband, Warren Kliewer, to Princeton. Her earliest East Coast roles included Julia in The Philanderer, at the University’s Theatre Intime; Viola in Twelfth Night, at Bucks County Playhouse; and one-fourth of a touring musical revue - Jerz - in which she shared the spotlight with a hyperkinetic young comedian named Joe Lane . . . later called "Nathan."

In addition to "making the rounds" in New York City, Michèle freelanced in graphic design and/or promotional writing for Off-Off-Broadway’s Amas Repertory, Joseph Jefferson, Harold Clurman, and South Street theatre companies; began writing for Back Stage: The Performer’s Weekly, and managing the studio of famed scenic designer Eldon Elder. Her subsequent offstage theatre jobs included marketing research and editorial work for the prestigious Theatre Projects [design] Consultants, writer editor for Theatre Crafts magazine, senior editor at Back Stage, and editor of ten theatre-related books. Onstage, Michèle collaborated with her husband on her first solo performance - The Yellow Wallpaper - and other projects. It was through working with Kliewer, and later with his East Lynne Company, that she fell in love with American literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

Contact Info: All are welcome to this free program. This program is funded 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 click here to visit their website and sign up through the adult calendar.

 Meriden Lions Club Present Community Palm Sunday Brunch

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Platt High School Cafeteria

Description: The Meriden Lions Club presents their Annual Palm Sunday Brunch. The community is invited to this terrific event that supports the community service efforts of the Meriden Lions Club. The extensive brunch includes much more than eggs and toast! You will not leave hungry. Fresh flowers are also available for sale.

There are 2 parking areas available for use during the construction - the side parking by the main entrance through Oregon Rd & the other is the front door on Coe Ave. with plenty of parking in front.

Location Info: Coe Ave., Meriden

Contact Info: Tickets available at the Door. Adults & Children ages 12 & up are $10.00; Children ages 5 to 11 are $4.00; & Children ages 4 & under are FREE. For more information, contact Vin Mule at 203.237-6856.

 Riverboat Ramblers Spring Dixie Land Jazz Fest

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3:30 PM
At First Congregational Church

Description: John Banker and The Riverboat Ramblers will presents their annual Mardi Gras Jazz Fest. The Riverboat Ramblers perform an engaging mix of New Orleans jazz, Cajun, calypso, ragtime, swing and Mardi Gras party music. The versatile group performs with an infectious rhythmic style, with audience participation and great humor.

The Ramblers present more than 500 programs annually and their music is appropriate for all ages. The First Church Music Outreach Series is open to all who enjoy a rousing, foot stomping good time. It is cabaret seating with light refreshments provided. Bring your party hats and check your cares at the door.

Location Info: 62 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: ‘Free’ parking for this event will be the upper deck of the Church St. parking garage. There will be a ‘Free’ continuous shuttle bus directly to the church starting at 3:00pm. For ticket and additional information, call Bruce Burchsted at (203) 631-8423.

 Financial Reality Fair

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:30 AM–1:00 PM
At Central CT State University

Description: The Financial Reality Fair is a hands-on experience in which students, after identifying their career choice and starting salaries, are provided a budget sheet requiring htem to live within their mntly salary while paying for basics such as housing, utilities, transportation, clothing, and food. And some not-so-basics like entertainment and travel. Over 700 hundred students from 23 different high schools are scheduled to attend.

Location Info: 1615 Stanley St., New Britain

Contact Info: Volunteers are needed for this year's event. Volunteers will help station a booth to "sell" goods and services to the students and/or help out with the fair's logistics. If you would to volunteer contact Dillon Tardiff of Seasons FCU via e-mail. Click here for additional information at the Credit Unioni League of CT's website.

 Meriden Children's Librarian Kathie Matsil Retirement Reception

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 4:30 PM–6:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Meriden Public Library invites the public to a reception being held in honor of retiring Children’s Librarian Kathie Matsil. Kathie will be retiring after 33 years at the Library. She guided the Children’s Library through significant growth and touched the lives of many children in the community. All are welcome to share memories and well wishes as Kathie celebrates her retirement and looks ahead to the future.

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

Contact Info: Refreshments will be served. Please contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 if you have questions.

April 2015

 Ribbon Cutting - Grand Opening Celebration at Dot's Thrift Shop

Thursday, April 02, 2015 at 4:30 PM–5:30 PM
At Dot's Thrift Shop

Description: ALL are WELCOME to celebrate the new location of Dot's Thrift Shop. The ribbon cutting with Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson will be at 5:00 p.m.

Location Info: 60 Church Street, Wallingford

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Easter Brunch Buffet at Villa Capri

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Description: The Villa Capri invites you to their Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet with seatings at 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, or 2:00 pm

Menu includes: - Scones, bagels, danish, muffins, breakfast breads accompanied with jams, cream cheese and butter. - Champagne, Mimosas, assorted juices and fresh brewed coffee - Salads - crisp garden salad, cucumber & apple salad, fresh fruit with raspberry yogurt dip, rigatoni roast chicken with tennel & candy walnuts, sweet potato salad arugula & feta, or carrot & raisin salad - Breakfast: pancakes & waffles with fresh fruit toppings, cheese blintzes topped with vanilla sauce, quiche, scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, maple breakfast sausage, red roasted potato home style or maple peach glazed ham steak - Dinner: baked salmon with citrus vinaigrette, chicken marsala, herb crusted pork loin topped with bing cherry glaze, tender orast leg of lamb with mint jelly demi,, penne ala vodka and fresh vegetable

Popovers will be served at your table.

Carving stations are herb crusted roast top sirloin of beef and glazed ham.

And of course a dessert station which includes assorted cakes, pies lemon bars, pastries, cream puffs, apple crisp, ricotta pie, carros cake, cookies, rice pudding, and much, much more.

Location Info: 906 North Colony Rd., Wallingford

Contact Info: Reservations are a must by calling 203-265-7174. Cost is $29.95 per person and $14.95 for children under 10 years old. Price does not include Gratuity or Sales Tax.

 Save the Date 4/7/2015
Midstate Chamber 119th Annual Meeting, Dinner, Awards & Silent Auction

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 at 4:30 PM
At Four Points by Sheraton

Description: Save the date for THE event of the year where you can rub elbows with THE Who's Who of the Business Community. This event is a great way to meet our Leaders in the Region. Come and help us celebrate our Award Honorees. Sponsorships available or place an ad on our program booklet.

Join us in congratulating the 2015 AWARD WINNERS to be HONORED at Chamber's 119th Annual Meeting, Dinner & Silent Auction:

19th Annual Large Business Leadership Award: Batista Companies - Dunkin Donuts

14th Annual Business Leadership Award: PROSHRED Security and East SideVeterinary Clinic, LLC

2nd Annual Innovation Award: Hancock’s Pharmacy & Surgical, Inc.

23rd Annual Community Partnership Award: Lawrence Kendzior and Robert E. Kosienski, Sr.

2nd Annual Excellence in Education Award: St. Joseph’s School and Meriden Public Schools & Meriden Federation of Teachers - Expanded Learning Time Program

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: There are a number of ways to promote your business OR shout out - recognize- honor the honorees at this regional celebration. Choose from the options below. Please note, that these are not "exclusive" - multiple sponsors are welcome at every level!

Title Sponsors: $1,500: Reserved 1 Table of 10; TOP Web Banner Ad for 6 months; Recognition in Press Releases; Sponsorship Plaque; Banner Displayed; Web/E-Minder Recognition; Premium Display Table; Representative presents 2 minute remarks; Full Page Ad in Program

Premier Sponsors: $1,000: Reserved Table of 10; Recognition in Press Releases; Recognition with a Plaque; Banner Displayed; Web/E-Minder Recognition; Premium Display Table; ½ Page Ad in Program.

Silver Sponsors: $450: Reserved Table of 5; Shared Display Table; Pre-Event Web Promotion; Logo on Screen at Event; ¼ Page Ad in Program.

FULL COLOR PROGRAM ADS: Full Page Ad: $200- (5"W x 8"H); ? Half Page Ad: $125 (5"W x 4"H); Quarter Page Ad: $65 - (5"W x 2"H)

Individual admissions are $65 per person or $600 for a table of 10.

Location Info: 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT.

Contact Info: Cost to attend is $65. For more information call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 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.

 Pause and Paint at the Augusta

Thursday, April 09, 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 "Lovely Rain". 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.

 So. Meriden Lion's Club's 7th Annual Wine Tasting & 2nd Annual Fundraiser-Garden Art

Friday, April 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
At Gallery 53

Description: Gallery 53 presents South Meriden Lion's Club's 7th Annual Wine Tasting & 2nd Annual Fundraiser entitled "Garden Art".

Location Info: 53 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: Tickets are available from any club member or at Gallery 53. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information call 203-235-5347 or e-mail.

 Open House at Lincoln College of New England

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM
At Lincoln College of New England

Description: Lincoln College of New England invites you to their Open House. Come and learn more about the wide range of degrees they have available for you to continue your education.

Location Info: 2279 Mount Vernon Rd., Southington

Contact Info: For more information call Jennifer at 860-628-4751.

 Comedy Night

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM–9:30 PM
At Lane Construction

Description: Bring your own food and drink and enjoy this evening of comedy. Show starts at 8:00 pm. Headliner is Tommy Koenig and featuring Howie Mason. Hosted by Cheshire's Rick Roberts.

Location Info: 90 fieldstone Ct., Cheshire

Contact Info: Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets, call the Cheshire Chamber at 203-272-2345 or click here to purchase tickets on-line.

 Franciscan Life Center & Franciscan Home Care & Hospice Care Fundraiser at Avanti's

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 11:30 AM–3:30 PM
At Avanti Restaurant

Description: The Franciscan Life Center and the Franciscan Home Care & Hospice Care is holding this fundraiser where a percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Franciscan Life Center, outpatient mental health, and Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, home health care and hospice care services. Take-out orders available. Tickets are needed

Location Info: 34 River Rd., Meriden

Contact Info: For more information call Gretchen at 203-237-8084, e-mail, or visit their website by clicking here. Reservations are required by calling Avanti Restaurant at 203-440-9990.

 Rescue of the Bounty: Diaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Why would a seasoned skipper sail an aging ship near the path of an approaching monster hurricane? Co-Author Michael Tougias will explore the harrowing story of the sinking and rescue of Bounty, the tall ship used in the classic 1962 movie "Mutiny on the Bounty", which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

Contact Info: This program is co-sponsored by the Meriden Historical Society and the Meriden Public Library. It is free to the public. For more information, contact Alexis Burgess at 203.238.2346.

 Soup, Soap & Hope Fundraiser for Salvation Army

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:00 PM
At Four Points by Sheraton

Description: Save the Date for the Salvation Army's annual Soup, Soap & Hope event. This special evening will help raise funds and awareness to support the Army's many programs in the Greater Meriden area. Several of the area's best restaurants and their chefs will be providing their special reciepes for distinctive soups and garnishes. Sponsorships are also available.

Location Info: 275 Research Parkway, Meriden

Contact Info: Cost is $250 for a table of 10 or $25 per person. For more information please contact Wilma Ramos at 203-213-5430 or e-mail.

 Helping Children Overcome Anxiety

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
At Franciscan Life Center

Description: Franciscan Life Center is hosting this day-long program offering children and parents the tools for managing anxiety effectively. Presented by Dr. Thomas Finn, Ph.D. who will incorporate problem-solving techniques including high and low ropes coures elements.

Location Info: 271 Finch Ave., Meriden

Contact Info: Cost is $120 per family. For more information or to register call 203-237-8084 or click here to visit their website for more information.

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