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This is the combined event calendar for the Business and Community events so you can best plan your activities in the Greater Meriden area. In addition, Business and Community Events which have been sanctioned by the Bicentennial Steering Committee appear on the Official Bicentennial Calendar for the City of Meriden.

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May 2015

 Gifts For All Occasions Fair

Saturday, May 02, 2015 through Saturday, June 13, 2015

Description: Gallery 53 invites you to their Gifts For All Occasions Fair which will include one of a kind gifts for showers, graduations, weddings, birthdays, Mother;s Day, Father's Day, confirmations/Holy Communion, garden decorations and more.

Location Info: 53 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: Admission is free and the public is welcome. Store hours are Tues. - Fri. from 12 noon to 4 pm and on Sat. from 10 am to 2 pm.

 QuickBooks Training

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 through Tuesday, June 02, 2015 at 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: The Midstate Chamber, the Small Business Administration, Liberty Bank, and the City of Meriden Economic Development Dept. present this 4 part QuickBooks Training class. Classes will be held on May 12th, 19th, May 26th, and June 2nd. QuickBooks is a set of software solutions designed to manage payroll, inventory, sales and other needs of a small business. The software's features include marketing tools, merchant services, product and supplies, and training solutions.

Instructor Julio Casiano, Deputy District Director of Small Business Administration, will teach you how to use the system, enter data that will help you when you need financial assistance, be ready for taxes, and prepare reports like cash balance sheets, profit and loss statements, projections & actuals, pay bills, balance accounts, and much more.

This program is designed for small businesses and organizations. It is open to ANY business person or their representative that wants to have a better understanding of QuickBooks through this special partnership.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

Contact Info: The workshop is free. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring your own personal laptop. Space is limited. Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Meriden Library will be Closed

Saturday, May 23, 2015 through Monday, May 25, 2015

Description: The Meriden Public Library will be closed. The library will be open on Tuesday, May 26th for regular hours of 9:00 am to 8:30 pm.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

 Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Education/Technology Committee provides school-to-career opportunities for students of all ages, educators and businesses. It promotes business education and training partnerships in the greater Meriden area. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

Contact Info: RSVP to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Chamber Golf Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Chamber Office

Description: The Golf Committee will be planning for the 28th Annual Tournament to be held June 3rd, 2015! This is a FUN, "short-term" committee to assist in coordinating this SIGNATURE event to raise funds for the Chamber's Annual Education Awards.

Location Info: 3 Colony Street, Suite 301 Meriden, CT 06451

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

 Chamber Young Business Leaders Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: As one of the newest committees affiliated with the Chamber, members of the Young Business Leaders come together to engage in community life and expand professional and social opportunities. This group is geared toward professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 however the young at heart are always welcome. All committee chairs and officers must be between the ages of 21-39. We welcome new members to serve as ambassadors for the Central Connecticut area.

YBL meetings are held twice per month, including a morning business meeting held at the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and an evening social meeting held at various restaurants throughout the local area. Each meeting poses the opportunity to meet new people and develop projects that enrich our community.

For more information, contact the YBL chairman, Trey Bongiovanni, or any other member. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you have, and of course, tell you why you should become the newest member!

Location Info: 3 Colony Street Suite 301

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

 Meriden Public Library Presents Writers Network

Wednesday, May 27, 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., Griffin Rm., Meriden

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

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

Thursday, May 28, 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

 Free Marketing Toolkit Workshop

Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM–11:00 AM
At CEDF

Description: Community Economic Development Fund presents this Marketing Toolkit Workshop. April Woodcock, owner of Touching Clients, will present this workshop. Many small businesses and organizations find theimselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important. This presentation is designed to uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way.

Location Info: 965 E. Main St., Meriden

Contact Info: Click here for more information or to register.

 Pause and Paint at the Augusta

Thursday, May 28, 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 "Daffodils". 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.

 Princess and the Knights - Musical Program

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

Description: Join us for some wonderful music performed by "Princess and the Knights". This five piece band consists of Howard Hill, bassist, who has played back up for famous performers such as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole and many more; Greg Butko, on saxophone, who was a featured soloist in the Rabat Jazz Festival; Lora Chan, vocalist and accomplished keyboard performer, who can soothingly croon love songs as well as she can belt out R&B standards; Paisley Ramirez, pianist, a full time musician who has taught music and performed with the Hartford Jazz Orchestra and has conducted a number of community bands; and Tom Palinko, drummer, who has performed since the age of eight and has toured with a wide range of world famous entertainers from Rodney Dangerfield to the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

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

Contact Info: This program is free and all are welcome. It is funded by the Friends of 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.

 Movies at the Meriden Public Library

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 6:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

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

Location Info: 105 Miller St., 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.

June 2015

 Chamber Government and Business Development Committee

Monday, June 01, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Government & Business Development Committee monitors local, state (in coordination with CBIA) and federal (in coordination with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) legislative issues impacting business and considers programs to add value for Chamber members dues investment.

This committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Meriden Public Library Scrabble Session

Monday, June 01, 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.

 Digital Workshop

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Description: The Record-Journal is presenting this Digital Workshop with Speaker Shannon Kinney of DreaLocal Digital. Join this special event to learn more about social media tools and techniques you can use to grow your business, build your brand and manage your reputation.

There will be 2 sessions: 8:00 am - Continental Breakfast 8:30 am - Presentation or 11:30 am - Lunch 12:00 pm - Presentation

Location Info: 275 Research Parkway, Meriden

Contact Info: For more information and to RSVP, call Jackie LaPak at 203.317.2271 or e-mail.

 30th Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet and Silent Auction

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 at 5:30 PM–9:30 PM
At Aqua Turf Club

Description: Franciscan Life Center will hold their 30th Annual Sports Banquet & Silent Auction. Emcees for the evening are Al and Tony Terzi of Fox CT News. Special Guests include Dan Gooley, Former Head Baseball Coach at Quinnipiac University, Jim Calhoun, Former Men's Basketball Head Coach at the University of Connecticut, and Athletes from CT Special Olympics.

Awards and award winners who will be honored are: - St. Francis Award - Bill Raftery, National Basketball Analyst Emerta and 2015 NCAA Final Four Announcer - St. Clare Award - Carolun Vanacore, Professor at Southern Connecticut State University - Jim Calhoun, Community Service Award - Ray Reid, Head Men's Soccer Coach at the University of Connecticut - Dean of Sports Award - Scott Gray, Retired Sports Announcer at WTIC

Some Silent Auction Items include: Derek Jeter limited edition frames photo with framed "dirt" from shortstpp at a 2014 Yankees-Rangers game; Signed baseballs from 4 Phillies Hall-of-Famers from the 1960's to the present; Signed 16 x 20 photo of Shabazz Napier in a 2014 Uconn final four game; Football used by Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl 2014.

Proceeds benefit Franciscan Life Center and Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care.

Location Info: 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville

Contact Info: Tickets are $60 per person or $600 per table. To learn more about sponsorship opportunties, have any questions, or to receive reservation forms, please click here or call Gretchen at 203.237.8084 or e-mail.

 Survivors Swing Band

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 at 6:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Remember when you listened, sang, and danced to the great old tunes of the 1920's through 1940's? Has it been a while? Come and let the Survivors Swing Band revive those memories for you.

A 7-piece professional jazz band, based in Connecticut, the Survivors Swing Band plays the classic melodies from an era gone by--hot tunes and soothing ballads of the Swing Era-- plus many of the wonderful melodies from the two decades that followed.

The "Big Bands" played this music with a high degree of rigid orchestration. The Survivors render it with a greater tilt towards improvisation, thus giving each pass at a tune somewhat of a new flavor while still keeping true to the original melodies.

Location Info: 105 Miller St., Meriden

Contact Info: This program is free and all are welcome. It is funded by the Friends of 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.

 The Chamber's 28th Annual Golf Tournament - The Ray Parmentier Classic

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 10:30 AM–8:00 PM
At Hunter Memorial Golf Course

Description: SAVE THE DATE AND call the Chamber today for details.

Location Info: 688 Westfield Rd., Meriden, CT

 Note New Time! Chamber Marketing & Publicity Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Marketing & Publicity Committee develops, directs & promotes the marketing efforts of the Chamber and Community. Among its tasks are brochures, ads, web site and the annual membership directory. It coordinates with other local, regional and statewide marketing efforts. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste, 301, Meriden

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

 Community Workshop Planning for Downtown Meriden and Open House

Thursday, June 04, 2015 at 5:00 PM–8:30 PM
At Lincoln Middle School Auditorium

Description: The Choice Neighborhood Planning Team invites ALL Meriden residents to attend for your chance to share your thoughts and ideas for the tranformation of Meriden's downtown. Come and see the draft of a comprehensive plan for Downtown Meriden entitled the HUD Choice Neighborhood Transformation Plan.

In the history of the Silver CIty, there has never been a better time to plan for the future of downtown Meriden. After years of planning for the flood control, construction is nearly complete at downtown’s new HUB Park. Ground has been broken at 24 Colony - a $22 million mix-use, mix-income development in the heart of downtown. Additionally in 2016, Meriden will have a new train station with increaed rail service to Hartford and New Haven. HUD recognized this opportuinity when it awarded the Housing Authority and the City of Meriden a Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant to develop a Neighborhood Transformation Plan. This plan leverages all of Meriden’s assets and embodies the vision of the entire community.

Schedule
5:00 p.m. - Free Dinner Served
6:00 p.m. - Presentation (Bilingual)
7:00 p.m. - Workstations
8:15 p.n. - Closing Remarks

There will be a Raffle & Door Prizes which will include a $200 voucher for home heating oil, gift cards and more!

Childcare is provided during this event (BOE-Approved).

Location Info: 164 Centennial Ave, Meriden

Contact Info: For questions, inquiries or child care, contact Florence at 203.630.4105 or e-mail.

 Meriden YMCA Martini & Massage Charity Benefit

Thursday, June 04, 2015 at 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
At YMCA Arts Center

Description: Martini & Massage Charity Benefit will be held on Thursday June 4th 2015 from 6:00PM to 9:00 PM at Art Center. Tickets are $50/Person $90/Couple $60 at Door.

Location Info: 14 W. Main St., Meriden

Contact Info: Call Carmen or Carrie at 203 235 6386 for more information or to reserve your tickets!

 Shred Cancer Nationwide Event

Saturday, June 06, 2015 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Westfield Meriden

Description: Bring any old paperwork that you want shredded and your piggy bank to this Shredding Event presented by PROSHRED Security to help support the American Cancer Institute. You can bring any paperwork, file folders, hanging files, notepads, envelopes and more to be shredded. No need to remove staples, paperclips, fasteners or rubber bands.

Location Info: 470 Lewis Ave., TJ Maxx Parking Lot, Meriden

Contact Info: For more information call 203.303.8500.

 Kiwanis Club Anniversary Gala Celebration

Saturday, June 06, 2015 at 6:30 PM
At Villa Capri

Description: On February 24, 2015, the Kiwanis Club of Meriden marked its 85th Anniversary. In 2015, Kiwanis International will mark its Centennial (100th Anniversary). The Kiwanis Club of Meriden invites you to join them as they roll out the red carpet for an evening with friends, community members, and Kiwanians for a memorable commemoration of Kiwanis' decades of service to children and the community.

Proceeds will benefit The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis's global campaign to end maternal/neonatal tetanus.

Location Info: 906 N. Colony Rd., Wallingford

Contact Info: Cost is $55 per person or $400 per table. To reserve your seat, please call 203.530.2095 or e-mail.

 2nd Annual Jack Fontanella Memorial Kids Fishing Derby

Sunday, June 07, 2015 at 9:00 AM–11:00 AM
At Red Bridge

Description: The Meriden Lions Club will hold its 2nd Annual Jack Fontanella Memorial Kids Fishing Derby.There will be prizes.

Location Info: Oregon Rd., Meriden

Contact Info: Registration starts at 8:30 am.

 21st Annual Duck Race

Sunday, June 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM–2:30 PM
At QRWA Facilities

Description: The Meriden Lions Club will hold their 21st Annual Duck Race with 10 top prizes. The top prize is $1,000 cash. All proceeds benefit the Lions Charitable Projects.

Location Info: Oregon Rd., Meriden

Contact Info: Food and beverages will be available. Tickets are $5 each and ticket sales stop promptly at 2:15 pm. The race starts at 2:30 pm.

 National Trail Days on Meriden Linear Trails

Sunday, June 07, 2015 at 11:00 AM–2:30 PM
At Red Bridge

Description: Join in the fun on National Trails Day at the Meriden Linear Trail.

Days activities are as follows: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - The Maloney High School Leo's Club (High School Lions Club) will have a Pet Walk to behefit the Humane Society at the Linear Trail. 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Canoe rides on the Q River, launching from Red Bridge, courtesy of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Assoc. 1:00 pm - Gathering at Meriden's Historic Red Bridge - The Linear Trail Committee will be on h and celebrating national Trails Day and showcase educational exhibits. Committee members will answer questions on Meriden's plans for trail expansion for the next segment of trail to be developed. 1:15pm to 2:15 pm - Furnished with a full color Trail Tree Guide, families are invited to participate in a guided tour led by Jeffrey S. Ward, of the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, on the mile-long, stroller-friendly, Gorge Linear Trail. With 18 numbered stops highlighted, it adds greatly to the beauty of the Gorge area while identifying the Sycamore and Sassafras Trees, among others.

Location Info: Oregon Rd., Meriden

Contact Info: If you have any questions, call 203.237.7689.

 6th Annual Cut-a-thon at Salon Nathaniel benefits United Way of Meriden - Wallingford

Sunday, June 07, 2015 at 12:00 PM–3:00 PM
At Salon Nathaniel

Description: The 6th Annual Cut-a-thon at Salon Nathaniel will be held on Sunday, June 7th from noon-3 p.m. benefitting the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford which, last raised, raised $2,325 in three hours! Haircuts are $20 which includes shampoo plus for $5, you can get a hot dog or hamburger and chips and drink. There are great raffle prizes - $500 Teeth Whitening by Advanced Dental in Berlin, a one-hour Swedish Massage at Salon Nathaniel, a 3M basket valued at $150 and many other great raffle prizes.

Location Info: 1247 East Main St., Meriden

Contact Info: Call: 203-630-0181

 Basics of Financial Aid Presented by CONNTAC

Monday, June 08, 2015 at 6:00 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Margarita Aiken from CONNTAC will present the workshop Basics of Financial Aid. This workshop will include a short PowerPoint presentation presenting the differences between grants and student loans, the myths about financial aid and what information is needed to complete a FAFSA/Financial Aid application. If you have your documents ready, Margarita will help you fill out the FAFSA form.

CONNTAC is a federally funded educational organization and our primary goal is to help people start or return to college. Their target population are low income, first-generation, and under-represented populations. Seventy-five percent of our clients have to be low-income, but people who are not low income can also be helped. CONNTAC offers FREE services to help with the entire admissions process. This can include: applying to college, helping clients collect all of the necessary documents to start college, helping our clients with their FAFSAs/Financial Aid applications, and CONNTAC can provide college application fee waivers for those who are income eligible.

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 if you have questions.

 "Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Connecticut History" Presented by Ray Bendici

Tuesday, June 09, 2015 at 6:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Meriden Historical Society and Meriden Public Library rescheduled author Ray Bendici to discuss his book Speaking ill of the dead: jerks in Connecticut history. This book"“features 15 short biographies of Connecticut’s most notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief and other colorful antiheroes from the history of the Constitution State. From nefarious murderers and charming criminals to ruthless industrialists and legendary showmen, Connecticut has withstood its share of misguided and misunderstood characters, many of whom were critical to the development of the state."

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

Contact Info: This program is free and open to the public.

 New Date Chamber Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Board of Directors is made up of business leaders from different sectors who meet monthly to provide oversight to the Chamber’s program of work and set policy for the organization. The Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

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

 Open the Door to Government and More!

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:00 AM–3:00 PM
At University of Hartford

Description: Small businesses will have the opportunity to meet with Matchmakers (including prime contractors, municipalities, government agencies and companies interested in increasing their supplier/subcontractor lists) to present their goods and services in a series of 10 minute one-on-one interviews. This event is open to small, established connecticut businesses.

Location Info: Gengras Student Union, Hartford

Contact Info: Early Bird rate of $50 if you register between May 1st and May 16th. Beginning May 17th, registration fee is $65. Click here to register. If you have any questions, call the Entrepreceurial Center or 860-768-5681 or e-mail.

 Chamber Health and Wellness Council Meeting

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Meriden Senior Center

Description: The Health and Wellness Council of Midstate Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices in community and employee health and wellness through advocacy for healthcare access, literacy, policy and programs, building healthier communities in the workplace and beyond.

Location Info: 22-26 W. Main St., Meriden

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

 SCORE - Counseling Sessions for Businesses

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Chamber of Commerce

Description: Looking for FREE business advice? Perhaps you are looking to expand your services or are considering a new product - or something else! Call or email to make an appointment for this free and confidential 1 hour Business Counseling session. Chamber members get first preference for appointments. SCORE is a group of volunteer business people - more info on them may be found here at their website.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Ambassadors - Membership Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM–5:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Ambassadors are the Membership Committee. It is an organization of Chamber members who serve existing and new members of the Chamber.

The Ambassadors have traditionally had the role of retaining and increasing membership of the Chamber, and in recent years have been developing a network for welcoming new businesses to the area and thanking businesses that continue their membership on an annual basis.

The Ambassadors Membership Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

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

 June Chamber Breakfast Club with College Presidents

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7:30 AM–9:00 AM
At Villa Capri

Description: Join us for a discussion with some CT College Presidents. More information to come.

Location Info: 906 N. Colony Rd., Wallingford

Contact Info: Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $30 for non-members. Call the Midstate Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Meriden Historical Society Tag Sale

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Description: The Meriden Historical Society will hold a Tag Sale with a rain date of the Saturday following each originally scheduled date. 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.

 Spring CAP Conference

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 8:15 AM
At Four Points by Sheraton

Description: Register now for the Spring CAP Conference (Congregation Assistance Program / Community Awareness Program).

8:15 am - Registration & Continental Breakfast 9:30 am to 3:00 pm - Speaker Topics include: Tom Broffman, PhD. - It's All About the Brain; Harm Reduction Panel - When Just Say NO Doesn’t Work; rev. Dorian Gray Parker - Spiritualilty

There will also be sessions on: Emerging Drug Trends - What We All Need to Know; What's The Buzz - Marijuana in CT; What's Happening in the Real World - Local Success Stories

CAP provides addiction training for people in faith-based and community organizations. Our curriculum covers prevention, intervention, community resources, and support services.

Sponsored by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Problem Gambling Services and the South Central CT Substance Abuse Council in Wallingford.

Location Info: Research Parkway, Meriden

Contact Info: There is no charge to attend the conference. For more information or to register, call 203.303.3391 or e-mail.

 Masonicare's Family Festival

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
At Masonicare

Description: You are invited to Masonicare's Family Festival with fun for all ages including a lively and colorful parade starts at 10:30 am and features Shriner clowns, the Sphinx Highlanders and Chanters, the Gaelic Highland Pipe Band, the Yalesville Sr. Ancient Fife & Drum Corps, Connecticut Alumni Senior Drum & Bugle Corps, and more. There will be outdoor activities for young and old including free "kiddie" rides, a petting zoo, mobile gaming bus, Touch-A-Truck with local firefighters, a buble table, tattoos, make-a-necklace, horse & carriage rides, caricaturist, music, tours, a book sale, sand art truck, and handmade crafts and ceramics available for purchase. Activities indoors include a visit to the model railroad room. The Connecticut Freemasons will provide their Child Identification Program. A Community Health Fair will take place from 11am to 2pm in the Medical Office Building where you can hear doctors speak on hot health topics, get free screenings, chair massages, giveaways, and more.

Location Info: 22 Masonic Ave., Wallingford

Contact Info: All activities including rides are FREE. Food and Drink will be available for purchase including hot dogs & hamburgs, fried dough, assorted pies and old-fashioned cotton candy. Parking and continuous free shuttle bus service available from the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford. For more information call the Masonicare HelpLine at 888-679-9997.

 Casa Boricua Second Annual Mohegan Sun Casino Bus Trip

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
At Lewis Avenue Commuter Lot (in front of Midstate Medical Center)

Description: Casa Boricua will hold its 2nd Annual Mohegan Sun Casino Bus Trip fundraiser! Proceeds to benefit Casa Boricua de Meriden, Inc.

The bus leaves promptly at 10:00 am from the Lewis Ave Commuter Lot and returns by 6:00 pm.

Contact Info: Cost is $32 per person and includes a $15 meal voucher and $10 betting ticket. For more information or to reserve your seat call 203.235.1082, ext. 12 or stop by 204 Colony St., Meriden.

 Drive Only License Seminar

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Meriden Public Library has scheduled a Drive Only License seminar. The Drive Only program is for undocumented individuals who are 16 and older and cannot establish their legal presence in the US or may not have a Social Security number. The program hopes to improve public safety by trying to ensure that all drivers are tested, know how to drive and understand the rules and laws of driving.

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

Contact Info: This seminar will assist people with the documents they need to have in order to apply for this license. There will also be computer help to navigate the various sites that are required to be checked before applying for a drivers license permit. You will also have help studying for the written exam. Contact the Community Services Department at (203-630-6349 if you have questions.

 Get Out & Play - Family Health Fitness Fun Day

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM–4:00 PM
At Mountain Mist Outdoor Center

Description: The Meriden-Wallingford NAACP Health Fair Committee presents Get Out & Play, A Family Helth Fitness Fun Day. Enjoy games, music, food, activities, health prevention information.

There will also be a Basketball Tournament, Dodgeball Tournament, Volleyball Tournament and NFL Punt Pass & Kick. Registration with the Meriden Raiders

Held in partnership with: Meriden 2020, Meriden Raiders, MidState Medical Center, Meriden Department of Health & Human Services, Meriden YMCA, MPS, Change in Play.

Location Info: 576 High Hill Rd., Meriden

Contact Info: This event is free to attend. Click here for more information.

 Movies at the Meriden Public Library

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 2:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: The Meriden Public Library will be showing the movie "SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water."

Location Info: 105 Miller St., 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.

 L.A. Hair Cut-A-Thon

Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
At L.A. Hair & Company

Description: L.A. Hair & Company will hold a cut-a-thon to benefit the Spanish Community of Wallingford. Adult hair cuts are $20 and children are $10. This event also includes a moonwalk, face painting, raffle, music and more!

Location Info: 209 Center St., Wallingford

Contact Info: Proceeds will be used to fund SCOW's !Adelante! American youth Leadership Program which provides guidance to high schools students in college preparation, leadership development and career exploration.

 Meriden Public Library Scrabble Session

Monday, June 15, 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.

 Monday Night Duels With Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon or Magic

Monday, June 15, 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., 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.

 Gallery 53 Exhibit in June

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 through Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Description: For June, Gallery 53 will exhibit works from their Portrait Group, their Wednesday Open Studio and their Thursday Art Classes.

Location Info: 53 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: The Gallery is open Tues. through Fri. from 12 noon to 4:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 Medical Marijuana: Clearing the Smoke on Fact from Fiction

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7:30 AM–4:15 PM
At Zandri's Stillwood Inn

Description: The Connecticut EAPA Chapter presents Medical Marijuana: Clearing the Smoke on Fact from Fiction.

Agenda is as follows: 7:30 to 8:15 - Registration & Hot Breakfast (included) 8:15 o 8:30 - Welcome by EAPA President Rebecca Harris 8:30 to 9:30 - Cannabis: Madness or Medicine? By Uma Dhanabalan, MD 9:30 to 10:30 - Patient & Producer - A Look at CT's Medical Marijuana Program by Ethan Ruby, CEO of Theraplant & President of CMCC 10:45 to 11:45 - Medical Considerations for Certifying a Patient for Medical Marijuana by Jonathan Kost, MD, Medical Director of the Hartford Hospital Pain Treatment Center and The Spine & Pain Institute at Midstate and State of CT Department of Consumer Protection, Medical Advisory Board 11:45 to 12:45 Lunch (included) 12:45 to 1:45 - Seeing through the Smoke - the Legal Issues of Medical and Recreational Marijuana and the Impact on CT's Workplace by Keynote Speaker Atty. Robert Noonan, Founder of Robert Noonan & Assoc., a law firm advising on employer-employee issues 1:45 to 2:45 - CT's Medical Marijuana Dispensary Experience - A Pharmaceutical Model by Geri Ann Bradley, Owner/Dispensary/Pharmacist 3:00 to 4:00 - Open Discussion facilitated by Jason Bannon with Alicia Farrell, Ph.D., cognitive Psychologist and Founder of Clearview Consulting and Tracey Gamer-Fanning, 8.5 yr. Brain Cancer Survivor, Founder of MMJ Partners, Brain Tumor Alliance Co-Founder, Civilian Advisor to Military for PTSD, Medical Marijuana Advocate 4:00 to 4:15 - Closing Remarks

Location Info: 1074 S. Colony Rd., Wallingford

Contact Info: For information about exhibiting, contact Vivien Bergl at 860.972.5309 or e-mail. For information about the event, contact Carolyn Singer at 203.530.8985.

 Save the Date 6/18/2015
Chamber Summer Outing at the Airport

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM–7:30 PM
At Meriden-Markham Airport

Description: We want our airport to be formerly known as Meriden's & Wallingford's best kept secret! Check out this unique location and busisness resource right in South Meriden… asccessible from Main Street in South Meriden or Rte 68 in Wallingford.

LOTS of prizes and surprises to be announced VERY SOON!

Location Info: Evansville Ave., South Meriden, CT.

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

 "Sizzlin' Summer" Membership Drive 2015 at PNA Park

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:30 PM
At Polish National Alliance Park

Description: The Polish National Alliance invite you to join them for their "Sizzlin' Summer" Membership Drive 2015.

Features/Benefits of memership include: - Discounts on Park Rentals - Scholarship Awards - Christmas Party, Easter Egg Hunt, and More!

Location Info: 17 North Plains Industrial Rd., Wallingford

Contact Info: Pizza, Beer, Wine, and Soda will be provided. For more information call John Zielinski at 203.804.0170 or Ed Zavaski at 203.269.1249.

 Chamber Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action Meeting

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The expected Objectives of the Hispanic Outreach Leaders In Action are:

- Encourage participation in the Chamber
- Encourage participation in the Community
- Grow leadership from the Hispanic Community
- Improve business connections
- Participate in promoting Hispanic Heritage including in Meriden’s Bicentennial and in October which is Hispanic Heritage Month
- Share success stories of the group
- Encourage and mentor the youth by providing excellent Hispanic role models
- Have some fun!

Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 First Time Homebuyer Seminar

Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Haven of Hope

Description: First Time Homebuyers are invited to this special seminar to guide them onto the Path to Home Ownership. Guest Speaker will be Stephen Robert from Bedrock Credit to discuss Credit Education and Restoration. Also available will be Liz Sargeant from Norcom Mortgage, Kathleen Magliochetti from Calcagni Real Estate, and Cecil Austin from Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Location Info: 884 Grand Ave., New Haven

Contact Info: Bagels and Coffee will be served. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Gerry Brownell at 203.641.4262 or e-mail.

 Movies at the Meriden Public Library

Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: The Meriden Public Library will be showing the movie "McFarland, USA."

Location Info: 105 Miller St., 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.

 Spring Mixer Wine & Vodka Tasting

Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM–11:00 PM
At YMCA Mountain Mist Facility

Description: Platt High School Panther Football Booster Club presents this Spring Mixer Wine & Vodka Tasting. All proceeds will benefit the PHS Football Booster Club. Food will be donated by Stew Leonard's. Enjoy food, raffle, cash bar, and music.

The Booster Club isaccepting all forms of donations for our raffle table, gift cards, raffle items or baskets, monetary donations, & sponsorships are available..

Location Info: 576 High Hill Rd., Meriden

Contact Info: Tickets are $25 or $40 per couple and may be purchased at the door. Must be 21 years old to attend. For tickets call Brian Frederick at 203.631.8113, Lori D'Avanzo at 860.919.5384, Jason Birdie Nelson at 203.927.2571, Nelson Rocky Winston at 860.712.6585 or e-mail.

 Hubbard Park Charity Race Series: Hewitt Run for a Cause

Sunday, June 21, 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! (5K and 1K) Raising funds for charities serving the Meriden Community.

Contact Info: Click here for more iinformation or to register.

 Romance Readers Group at the Meriden Public Library

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 3:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: If romance books are your favorite, join the Romance Readers Group. They meet monthly on the third Monday. Joins us to see what we are talking about.

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.

 Travelers Championship PGA Tournament AND VOLUNTEER with the Midstate Chamber Team!

Monday, June 22, 2015 through Sunday, June 28, 2015

Description: Be on-course at hole #12 with the Midstate Chamber Volunteer Team! We are there volunteering on Thursday, June 25 and Sunday, June 28.

Travelers Championship, which will be held at TPC River Highlands from June 22-28.

About the Travelers Championship: As the only PGA TOUR event in the Northeast in early summer, the Travelers Championship is one of the region's premier sporting events. The tournament proudly supports the PGA TOUR's Tradition of Giving Back by donating 100 percent of net proceeds to charities. The title sponsor of the event is Travelers, a leading provider of property casualty insurance for home, auto and business. Travelers has been doing business in the community for more than 150 years and today has more than 7,000 employees in Connecticut. The Official Property Casualty Insurance Provider of the PGA TOUR, Travelers has been a corporate sponsor of this event each year since its inception in 1952, becoming title sponsor in 2007.

Location Info: Cromwell, CT

Contact Info: To volunteer on course at Hole 12 on Thursday, 6/25 and/or on Sunday, 6/28, call Rosanne at the Chamber: 203.235.7901. Click here to learn more about the tournament, concerts and other special events.

 Chamber Young Business Leaders Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: As one of the newest committees affiliated with the Chamber, members of the Young Business Leaders come together to engage in community life and expand professional and social opportunities. This group is geared toward professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 however the young at heart are always welcome. All committee chairs and officers must be between the ages of 21-39. We welcome new members to serve as ambassadors for the Central Connecticut area.

YBL meetings are held twice per month, including a morning business meeting held at the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and an evening social meeting held at various restaurants throughout the local area. Each meeting poses the opportunity to meet new people and develop projects that enrich our community.

For more information, contact the YBL chairman, Trey Bongiovanni, or any other member. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you have, and of course, tell you why you should become the newest member!

Location Info: 3 Colony Street Suite 301

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

 3rd Annual Pizza War

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 5:00 PM–7:30 PM
At Augusta Curtis Cultural Center

Description: Come out and sample pizzas from Meriden Restaurants like: Andrea's Pizza, Bella Luna Pizza & Restaurante, Zorba's Restaurant & more. Proceeds will benefit the August Curtis Cultural Center's programs and events. Many thanks to the 2015 Title Sponsor The Meriden Foundation for their continued support of the ACCC and their dedication to the well-being of the citizens of Meriden, Connecticut and its surrounding area.

Location Info: 175 E. Main St., Meriden

Contact Info: Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and under. This is a rain or shine event.

 Meriden Public Library Chess Club

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Is Chess your game? The Meriden Public Library Chess Club welcomes new players. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring your chess board and play against a new opponent.

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

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

 Meriden Public Library Presents Writers Network

Wednesday, June 24, 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., Griffin Rm., Meriden

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

 Animee Club at the Library

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 2:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

Description: Are you a fan of anime, manga or just like Japanese culture? All are welcome whether you’re an otaku or just discovering anime and manga.

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

Contact Info: This program is geared for teenagers 13-18. Registration is not required. Food and drink are provided. If you have any questions contact Melissa via e-mail or call (203) 238-2347.

 Dennis DeYoung and Music of STYX: Travelers Championship Concert

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM
At TPC River Highlands

Description: DENNIS DeYOUNG AND THE MUSIC OF STYX TO HEADLINE POWERSTATION EVENTS CONCERT SERIES AT THE TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP

As part of the 2015 Travelers Championship festivities, legendary musicians Bret Michaels and Dennis DeYoung will headline the Powerstation Events Concert Series. DeYoung will perform on Friday, June 26, playing songs made famous by the rock band STYX. Bret Michaels will rock the crowd on Saturday, June 27, as part of the True Grit Tour presented by Overstock.com and sponsored by PetSmart, with songs made famous by the metal band Poison. The concerts will begin at approximately 7 p.m. - after the last golfer finishes his round - and will be held in the MetroHartford Alliance Fan Zone located near the center of the course.

"The Powerstation Events Concert Series is an annual highlight of our tournament, bringing top musicians to Connecticut for our fans to enjoy as part of their admission," said Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube. "Our goal is to make the Travelers Championship an experience that the whole family can enjoy, and we are excited to have Bret Michaels and Dennis DeYoung perform this year."

Bret Michaels is a Multi-Platinum global superstar who started his rise to fame as the front man of glam metal band Poison. With songs including "Nothin' but a Good Time," "Fallen Angel," "Your Mamma Don't Dance," "Something to Believe In," and others, Poison sold over 45 million records worldwide and had 10 singles in the top-40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Michaels has been equally successful in his solo career, having recorded multiple hit albums. His album "Custom Built" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock list. Michaels announced in April that he is recording a new solo album titled "True Grit."

Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of the group STYX, and the lead singer and writer on seven of the band's eight top-10 hits. STYX released four consecutive albums from 1977 to 1981 that have been certified Multi-Platinum, for at least 2 million units sold each. His live concert will feature all of STYX's greatest hits spanning the 70s, 80s, and 90s, including classic top-10 songs like "Lady," "Babe," "Come Sail Away," "Mr. Roboto," "Renegade," and more. DeYoung is an accomplished singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer, and record producer, with a career spanning more than 40 years.

Fans can attend the Powerstation Events Concert Series by purchasing an "Any One Day" ticket, which provides access to the tournament and all of the entertainment throughout that day. Powerstation Events is the premier name in event entertainment and production in Connecticut. Since 1983, Powerstation Events has served more than 20,000 events of all sizes and types throughout the state.

"We're thrilled to present the Powerstation Events Concert Series at the Travelers Championship for the fourth consecutive year," said Al Vagnini, president of Powerstation Events. "Working with the Travelers Championship offers us an opportunity to support dozens of charities impacted by the tournament, as well as bring Connecticut fans top national acts. We're proud of how this partnership has grown."

The Powerstation Events Concert Series is just one of the many featured events of the 2015 Travelers Championship, which will be held at TPC River Highlands from June 22 to 28. This year features another strong player field that includes Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker, Hunter Mahan, reigning champion Kevin Streelman, and more. Click here to learn more about the concerts and other special events.

About the Travelers Championship: As the first PGA TOUR event of the season in the Northeast, the Travelers Championship is one of the region's premier sporting events. The tournament proudly supports the PGA TOUR's Tradition of Giving Back by donating 100 percent of net proceeds to charities. Travelers, a leading provider of property casualty insurance for home, auto, and business, is the Official Property Casualty Insurance Provider of the PGA TOUR, and became the tournament's title sponsor in 2007. The company has been doing business in the community for more than 150 years and has been a corporate sponsor of this event each year since its inception in 1952. Click here for complete details.

Location Info: Cromwell, CT

Contact Info: Click here to learn more about the concerts and other special events.

 2nd Annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K

Saturday, June 27, 2015

 Hubbard Park Charity Race Series: Central CT Pet Fair Dog Walk & 5K

Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Hubbard Park, Meriden CT

Description: Register (by April 1, 2015) to run 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. (5K at 8:30 AM, Dog Walk at 9:30 AM) Raising funds for CT Humane Society shelter pets & programs of the Meriden Rotary Foundation.

Contact Info: Click here for more information.

 Movies at the Meriden Public Library

Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 2:30 PM
At Meriden Public Library

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

Location Info: 105 Miller St., 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.

 Bret Michaels: Travelers Championship Concert

Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM
At TPC River Highlands

Description: DENNIS DeYOUNG AND THE MUSIC OF STYX TO HEADLINE POWERSTATION EVENTS CONCERT SERIES AT THE TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP

As part of the 2015 Travelers Championship festivities, legendary musicians Bret Michaels and Dennis DeYoung will headline the Powerstation Events Concert Series. DeYoung will perform on Friday, June 26, playing songs made famous by the rock band STYX. Bret Michaels will rock the crowd on Saturday, June 27, as part of the True Grit Tour presented by Overstock.com and sponsored by PetSmart, with songs made famous by the metal band Poison. The concerts will begin at approximately 7 p.m. - after the last golfer finishes his round - and will be held in the MetroHartford Alliance Fan Zone located near the center of the course.

"The Powerstation Events Concert Series is an annual highlight of our tournament, bringing top musicians to Connecticut for our fans to enjoy as part of their admission," said Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube. "Our goal is to make the Travelers Championship an experience that the whole family can enjoy, and we are excited to have Bret Michaels and Dennis DeYoung perform this year."

Bret Michaels is a Multi-Platinum global superstar who started his rise to fame as the front man of glam metal band Poison. With songs including "Nothin' but a Good Time," "Fallen Angel," "Your Mamma Don't Dance," "Something to Believe In," and others, Poison sold over 45 million records worldwide and had 10 singles in the top-40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Michaels has been equally successful in his solo career, having recorded multiple hit albums. His album "Custom Built" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock list. Michaels announced in April that he is recording a new solo album titled "True Grit."

Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of the group STYX, and the lead singer and writer on seven of the band's eight top-10 hits. STYX released four consecutive albums from 1977 to 1981 that have been certified Multi-Platinum, for at least 2 million units sold each. His live concert will feature all of STYX's greatest hits spanning the 70s, 80s, and 90s, including classic top-10 songs like "Lady," "Babe," "Come Sail Away," "Mr. Roboto," "Renegade," and more. DeYoung is an accomplished singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer, and record producer, with a career spanning more than 40 years.

Fans can attend the Powerstation Events Concert Series by purchasing an "Any One Day" ticket, which provides access to the tournament and all of the entertainment throughout that day. Powerstation Events is the premier name in event entertainment and production in Connecticut. Since 1983, Powerstation Events has served more than 20,000 events of all sizes and types throughout the state.

"We're thrilled to present the Powerstation Events Concert Series at the Travelers Championship for the fourth consecutive year," said Al Vagnini, president of Powerstation Events. "Working with the Travelers Championship offers us an opportunity to support dozens of charities impacted by the tournament, as well as bring Connecticut fans top national acts. We're proud of how this partnership has grown."

The Powerstation Events Concert Series is just one of the many featured events of the 2015 Travelers Championship, which will be held at TPC River Highlands from June 22 to 28. This year features another strong player field that includes Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker, Hunter Mahan, reigning champion Kevin Streelman, and more. Click here to learn more about the concerts and other special events.

About the Travelers Championship: As the first PGA TOUR event of the season in the Northeast, the Travelers Championship is one of the region's premier sporting events. The tournament proudly supports the PGA TOUR's Tradition of Giving Back by donating 100 percent of net proceeds to charities. Travelers, a leading provider of property casualty insurance for home, auto, and business, is the Official Property Casualty Insurance Provider of the PGA TOUR, and became the tournament's title sponsor in 2007. The company has been doing business in the community for more than 150 years and has been a corporate sponsor of this event each year since its inception in 1952. Click here for complete details.

Location Info: Cromwell, CT

Contact Info: Click here to learn more about the concerts and other special events.

 Summer Luau Food Truck Fest at Westfield Meriden Mall

Saturday, June 27, 2015 through Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM–7:00 PM
At Westfield Mall

Description: Come and enjoy food from the top gourmet food trucks from the state along with entertainment,specialty merchant vendors, and more. We'll be giving away leis until we run out ;) Luau Theme, come out and enjoy the fun. FREE GENERAL ADMISSION.

Location Info: 470 Lewis Ave., Meriden

Contact Info: For more information please e-mail.

 Meriden Public Library Scrabble Session

Monday, June 29, 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.

 Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

July 2015

 Chamber Health and Wellness Council Meeting

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Health and Wellness Council of Midstate Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices in community and employee health and wellness through advocacy for healthcare access, literacy, policy and programs, building healthier communities in the workplace and beyond.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Note New Time! Chamber Marketing & Publicity Committee Meeting

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Marketing & Publicity Committee develops, directs & promotes the marketing efforts of the Chamber and Community. Among its tasks are brochures, ads, web site and the annual membership directory. It coordinates with other local, regional and statewide marketing efforts. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste, 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Government and Business Development Committee

Monday, July 06, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Chamber Board Room

Description: The Government & Business Development Committee monitors local, state (in coordination with CBIA) and federal (in coordination with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) legislative issues impacting business and considers programs to add value for Chamber members dues investment.

This committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06450

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

 Chamber Ambassadors - Membership Committee Meeting

Thursday, July 09, 2015 at 8:30 AM–9:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Ambassadors are the Membership Committee. It is an organization of Chamber members who serve existing and new members of the Chamber.

The Ambassadors have traditionally had the role of retaining and increasing membership of the Chamber, and in recent years have been developing a network for welcoming new businesses to the area and thanking businesses that continue their membership on an annual basis.

The Ambassadors Membership Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

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

 SCORE - Counseling Sessions for Businesses

Thursday, July 09, 2015 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Chamber of Commerce

Description: Looking for FREE business advice? Perhaps you are looking to expand your services or are considering a new product - or something else! Call or email to make an appointment for this free and confidential 1 hour Business Counseling session. Chamber members get first preference for appointments. SCORE is a group of volunteer business people - more info on them may be found here at their website.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action Meeting

Friday, July 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The expected Objectives of the Hispanic Outreach Leaders In Action are:

- Encourage participation in the Chamber
- Encourage participation in the Community
- Grow leadership from the Hispanic Community
- Improve business connections
- Participate in promoting Hispanic Heritage including in Meriden’s Bicentennial and in October which is Hispanic Heritage Month
- Share success stories of the group
- Encourage and mentor the youth by providing excellent Hispanic role models
- Have some fun!

Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Meriden Historical Society Tag Sale

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Description: The Meriden Historical Society will hold a Tag Sale with a rain date of the Saturday following each originally scheduled date. 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.

 Vietnam 50th Celebration Weekend Honor and Remember

Saturday, July 11, 2015 through Sunday, July 12, 2015

Description: The National commemoration period for commemorating the 50th year Anniversary of the Vietnam War is from 2011 to 2025 in each state. Connecticut's event will take place at the CT Air national Guard Base in East Granby and the new England Air Museum in Windsor Locks and will include the Veterans History Project at CCSU, the CT National Guard, the CT Department of Veterans' Affairs, and the New England Air Museum.

Location Info: Each Granby

Contact Info: For more information contact Eileen Hurst at 860-832-2976 or via e-mail. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

 Art & Flower Show at Gallery 53

Saturday, July 11, 2015 through Friday, July 31, 2015

Description: For July, Gallery 53 will feature the Wallingford Garden Club's interpretation of painting in their Art & Flower Show.

Location Info: 53 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: The Gallery is open Tues. through Fri. from 12 noon to 4:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 Small Business Taxes-CT and Federal

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 through Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 6:30 PM–9:00 PM
At Community Economic Development Fund

Description: CEDFpresents this 2 night workshop for Entrepreneurs, Start-Up Businesses and Existing Businesses. You will learn: about current tax laws to make resonable business decisions; the different business entities; tax planning opportunities; compliance issues and deadlines for Federal and State of Connecticut Taxes.

Location Info: 965 E. Main St., Meriden

Contact Info: Cost is $40 per person. Attendance is required for both nights. No refunds. Workshop starts promptly at 6:30 pm. Seating is limited.

 Chamber Human Resources Roundtable

Friday, July 17, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Hunter's Ambulance

 Gallery 53 Summer Camp Showcasing Mixed Media - Session 1

Monday, July 20, 2015 through Friday, July 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM–11:30 AM
At Gallery 53

Description: Gallery 53 will host a Summer Camp for Children ages 11-14 entitled Mixed Media. Students will explore wood, wire, foam core, mosaics and more. Instructor is Chris Webster.

Location Info: 53 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: Cost is $80 per student. Space is limited. For more information or to register call 203.235.5347, e-mail, or visit their website.

 Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Education/Technology Committee provides school-to-career opportunities for students of all ages, educators and businesses. It promotes business education and training partnerships in the greater Meriden area. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

Contact Info: RSVP to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Chamber Young Business Leaders Committee Meeting

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: As one of the newest committees affiliated with the Chamber, members of the Young Business Leaders come together to engage in community life and expand professional and social opportunities. This group is geared toward professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 however the young at heart are always welcome. All committee chairs and officers must be between the ages of 21-39. We welcome new members to serve as ambassadors for the Central Connecticut area.

YBL meetings are held twice per month, including a morning business meeting held at the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and an evening social meeting held at various restaurants throughout the local area. Each meeting poses the opportunity to meet new people and develop projects that enrich our community.

For more information, contact the YBL chairman, Trey Bongiovanni, or any other member. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you have, and of course, tell you why you should become the newest member!

Location Info: 3 Colony Street Suite 301

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

 July Chamber Breakfast Club Celebrates Education

Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:30 AM–9:00 AM
At Four Points by Sheraton

Description: The Midstate Chamber, Workforce Alliance, and the Meriden Health & Human Services Summer Youth Employment Program invite all members and their staff to attend this special breakfast to honor the Chamber's Sanford S. Shorr Education Award Winners.

Program is as follows: 7:30 to 8:00 - Arrival, Full Buffet Breakfast, Networking 8:00 to 8:30 - Chamber Announcements, Recognition 8:30 to 9:00 - Education Award Presentation.

Sponsored by Workforce Alliance, TD Bank and Silver City Sports Bar & Grill. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Location Info: 275 Research Parkway, Meriden

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.

August 2015

 Chamber Government and Business Development Committee

Monday, August 03, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Chamber Board Room

Description: The Government & Business Development Committee monitors local, state (in coordination with CBIA) and federal (in coordination with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) legislative issues impacting business and considers programs to add value for Chamber members dues investment.

This committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06450

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

 Gallery 53 Summer Camp Showcasing Drawing - Session 2

Monday, August 03, 2015 through Thursday, August 06, 2015 at 9:00 AM–11:30 AM
At Gallery 53

Description: Gallery 53 will host a Summer Camp for Children ages 11-14 entitled Drawing, Drawing, Drawing. Students will hone their drawing skills using pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, scratchboard and more. Instructor is Chris Webster.

Location Info: 53 Colony St., Meriden

Contact Info: Cost is $80 per student. For more information 203.235.5347, e-mail, or visit their website.

 Chamber Health and Wellness Council Meeting

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Health and Wellness Council of Midstate Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices in community and employee health and wellness through advocacy for healthcare access, literacy, policy and programs, building healthier communities in the workplace and beyond.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Note New Time! Chamber Marketing & Publicity Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Marketing & Publicity Committee develops, directs & promotes the marketing efforts of the Chamber and Community. Among its tasks are brochures, ads, web site and the annual membership directory. It coordinates with other local, regional and statewide marketing efforts. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste, 301, Meriden

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

 Meriden Historical Society Tag Sale

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Description: The Meriden Historical Society will hold a Tag Sale with a rain date of the Saturday following each originally scheduled date. 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.

 New Date Chamber Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Board of Directors is made up of business leaders from different sectors who meet monthly to provide oversight to the Chamber’s program of work and set policy for the organization. The Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

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

 SCORE - Counseling Sessions for Businesses

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Chamber of Commerce

Description: Looking for FREE business advice? Perhaps you are looking to expand your services or are considering a new product - or something else! Call or email to make an appointment for this free and confidential 1 hour Business Counseling session. Chamber members get first preference for appointments. SCORE is a group of volunteer business people - more info on them may be found here at their website.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Ambassadors - Membership Committee Meeting

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM–5:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Ambassadors are the Membership Committee. It is an organization of Chamber members who serve existing and new members of the Chamber.

The Ambassadors have traditionally had the role of retaining and increasing membership of the Chamber, and in recent years have been developing a network for welcoming new businesses to the area and thanking businesses that continue their membership on an annual basis.

The Ambassadors Membership Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action Meeting

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The expected Objectives of the Hispanic Outreach Leaders In Action are:

- Encourage participation in the Chamber
- Encourage participation in the Community
- Grow leadership from the Hispanic Community
- Improve business connections
- Participate in promoting Hispanic Heritage including in Meriden’s Bicentennial and in October which is Hispanic Heritage Month
- Share success stories of the group
- Encourage and mentor the youth by providing excellent Hispanic role models
- Have some fun!

Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Education/Technology Committee provides school-to-career opportunities for students of all ages, educators and businesses. It promotes business education and training partnerships in the greater Meriden area. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

Contact Info: RSVP to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Chamber Young Business Leaders Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: As one of the newest committees affiliated with the Chamber, members of the Young Business Leaders come together to engage in community life and expand professional and social opportunities. This group is geared toward professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 however the young at heart are always welcome. All committee chairs and officers must be between the ages of 21-39. We welcome new members to serve as ambassadors for the Central Connecticut area.

YBL meetings are held twice per month, including a morning business meeting held at the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and an evening social meeting held at various restaurants throughout the local area. Each meeting poses the opportunity to meet new people and develop projects that enrich our community.

For more information, contact the YBL chairman, Trey Bongiovanni, or any other member. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you have, and of course, tell you why you should become the newest member!

Location Info: 3 Colony Street Suite 301

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

 Business After Hours - Colonial Floor Plus

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
At Colonial Flooring Plus

Description: Colonial Flooring Plus invites you to their special Business After Hours to view hear their fabulous news and view their newly renovated showroom. Enjoy Networking, Refreshments, Door Prizes, and more.

Location Info: 1116 N. Colony Rd., Wallingford

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

September 2015

 Chamber Health and Wellness Council Meeting

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Health and Wellness Council of Midstate Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices in community and employee health and wellness through advocacy for healthcare access, literacy, policy and programs, building healthier communities in the workplace and beyond.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Note New Time! Chamber Marketing & Publicity Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Marketing & Publicity Committee develops, directs & promotes the marketing efforts of the Chamber and Community. Among its tasks are brochures, ads, web site and the annual membership directory. It coordinates with other local, regional and statewide marketing efforts. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste, 301, Meriden

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

 New Date Chamber Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, September 09, 2015 at 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Board of Directors is made up of business leaders from different sectors who meet monthly to provide oversight to the Chamber’s program of work and set policy for the organization. The Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Ambassadors - Membership Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM–9:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Ambassadors are the Membership Committee. It is an organization of Chamber members who serve existing and new members of the Chamber.

The Ambassadors have traditionally had the role of retaining and increasing membership of the Chamber, and in recent years have been developing a network for welcoming new businesses to the area and thanking businesses that continue their membership on an annual basis.

The Ambassadors Membership Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

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

 SCORE - Counseling Sessions for Businesses

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Chamber of Commerce

Description: Looking for FREE business advice? Perhaps you are looking to expand your services or are considering a new product - or something else! Call or email to make an appointment for this free and confidential 1 hour Business Counseling session. Chamber members get first preference for appointments. SCORE is a group of volunteer business people - more info on them may be found here at their website.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

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

 United Way of Meriden & Wallingford 2015-2016 Campaign Kickoff BAH

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
At TBA

Description: Come join us for this Annual Busines After Hours and United Way of Meriden and Wallingford Campaign Kickoff. This is one of those dynamic agencies and special events that really connect the great communities of Meriden and Wallingford.

 Business After Hours - 2015-2016 United Way of Meriden&Wallingford Campaign Kick-Off

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
At TBA

Description: Please join the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford for their 2015-2016 LIVE UNITED Community Campaign Kick-Off. Enjoy Networking, Door Prizes, Refreshments, and more. More information to come.

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

 Chamber Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action Meeting

Friday, September 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The expected Objectives of the Hispanic Outreach Leaders In Action are:

- Encourage participation in the Chamber
- Encourage participation in the Community
- Grow leadership from the Hispanic Community
- Improve business connections
- Participate in promoting Hispanic Heritage including in Meriden’s Bicentennial and in October which is Hispanic Heritage Month
- Share success stories of the group
- Encourage and mentor the youth by providing excellent Hispanic role models
- Have some fun!

Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Meriden Historical Society Tag Sale

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Description: The Meriden Historical Society will hold a Tag Sale with a rain date of the Saturday following each originally scheduled date. 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.

 Hubbard Park Charity Race Series: Region 9 Run/Walk for Knowledge

Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 9:30 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 World Tang Soo Do Foundation educational scholarships.

Contact Info: www.racehubbardpark.com

 Chamber Government and Business Development Committee

Monday, September 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Chamber Board Room

Description: The Government & Business Development Committee monitors local, state (in coordination with CBIA) and federal (in coordination with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) legislative issues impacting business and considers programs to add value for Chamber members dues investment.

This committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06450

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

 Chamber Human Resources Roundtable

Friday, September 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The HR Roundtable will be an interactive forum for anyone who has Human Resources/personnel responsibility, including small business owners, office manager, and front line supervisors.

Our objective is to: • Provide a forum to exchange ideas • Offer guidance regarding employee related concerns (Hiring, Firing, FMLA, Performance Reviews, etc…) • Discuss current HR trends • Stay informed regarding legislation • Provide chamber members with another avenue for professional development and networking

Join the conversation!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Business After Hours Hosted by Masonicare

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
At Masonicare

Description: Masonicare would like to invite all Chamber members and their staff to their Business After Hours. Enjoy Tour, Door Prizes, Networking and Refreshments!

Location Info: 22 Masonic Way, Wallingford

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

 Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Education/Technology Committee provides school-to-career opportunities for students of all ages, educators and businesses. It promotes business education and training partnerships in the greater Meriden area. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

Contact Info: RSVP to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Chamber Young Business Leaders Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: As one of the newest committees affiliated with the Chamber, members of the Young Business Leaders come together to engage in community life and expand professional and social opportunities. This group is geared toward professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 however the young at heart are always welcome. All committee chairs and officers must be between the ages of 21-39. We welcome new members to serve as ambassadors for the Central Connecticut area.

YBL meetings are held twice per month, including a morning business meeting held at the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and an evening social meeting held at various restaurants throughout the local area. Each meeting poses the opportunity to meet new people and develop projects that enrich our community.

For more information, contact the YBL chairman, Trey Bongiovanni, or any other member. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you have, and of course, tell you why you should become the newest member!

Location Info: 3 Colony Street Suite 301

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

October 2015

 Business After Hours - John L. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home

Thursday, October 01, 2015 at 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
At Violi's Restaurant

Description: The Ferry Family would like to invite you to this special Business After Hours. More information to come. Enjoy Networking, Refreshments, Door Prizes, and more.

Location Info: 688 Westfield Rd., Meriden

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

 Chamber Government and Business Development Committee

Monday, October 05, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Chamber Board Room

Description: The Government & Business Development Committee monitors local, state (in coordination with CBIA) and federal (in coordination with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) legislative issues impacting business and considers programs to add value for Chamber members dues investment.

This committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06450

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

 Chamber Health and Wellness Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 07, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Health and Wellness Council of Midstate Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices in community and employee health and wellness through advocacy for healthcare access, literacy, policy and programs, building healthier communities in the workplace and beyond.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Note New Time! Chamber Marketing & Publicity Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 07, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Marketing & Publicity Committee develops, directs & promotes the marketing efforts of the Chamber and Community. Among its tasks are brochures, ads, web site and the annual membership directory. It coordinates with other local, regional and statewide marketing efforts. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste, 301, Meriden

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

 SCORE - Counseling Sessions for Businesses

Thursday, October 08, 2015 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Chamber of Commerce

Description: Looking for FREE business advice? Perhaps you are looking to expand your services or are considering a new product - or something else! Call or email to make an appointment for this free and confidential 1 hour Business Counseling session. Chamber members get first preference for appointments. SCORE is a group of volunteer business people - more info on them may be found here at their website.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Ambassadors - Membership Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 08, 2015 at 4:00 PM–5:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Ambassadors are the Membership Committee. It is an organization of Chamber members who serve existing and new members of the Chamber.

The Ambassadors have traditionally had the role of retaining and increasing membership of the Chamber, and in recent years have been developing a network for welcoming new businesses to the area and thanking businesses that continue their membership on an annual basis.

The Ambassadors Membership Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

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

 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament by Nucor Steel Connecticut

Friday, October 09, 2015 at 8:30 AM–5:00 PM
At Lyman Orchards Golf Club

Description: Nucor Steel Connecticut presents the 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament with this year's proceeds to benefit the Wallingford Fire Department and the Spanish Community Center of Wallingford.

8:30 am - Registration, breakfast 9:30 am - Scramble Start 2:20 pm - Banquet, Awards, Raffles

Each player will receive a 6" Lyman Orchards "Best in CT" Apple Pie.

Location Info: Middlefield, CT

Contact Info: Sponsorship opportunities available. Cost is $575 for a foursome or $150 per golfer. Cost includes green fee, cart, range balls, breakfast & banquet following the tournament. For more information contact Tracy Guyette at 203.265.0615 or e-maiol.

 Chamber Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action Meeting

Friday, October 09, 2015 at 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The expected Objectives of the Hispanic Outreach Leaders In Action are:

- Encourage participation in the Chamber
- Encourage participation in the Community
- Grow leadership from the Hispanic Community
- Improve business connections
- Participate in promoting Hispanic Heritage including in Meriden’s Bicentennial and in October which is Hispanic Heritage Month
- Share success stories of the group
- Encourage and mentor the youth by providing excellent Hispanic role models
- Have some fun!

Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Meriden Historical Society Tag Sale

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Description: The Meriden Historical Society will hold a Tag Sale with a rain date of the Saturday following each originally scheduled date. 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.

 New Date Chamber Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Board of Directors is made up of business leaders from different sectors who meet monthly to provide oversight to the Chamber’s program of work and set policy for the organization. The Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

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

 Business After Hours Featuring the Bradley Home

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
At Bradley Home

Description: The Bradley Home would like to invite all Chamber members and their staff to tour their newly renovated facility. Enjoy Tour, Door Prizes, Networking and Refreshments!

Location Info: 320 Colony St., Meriden

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

 Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Education/Technology Committee provides school-to-career opportunities for students of all ages, educators and businesses. It promotes business education and training partnerships in the greater Meriden area. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

Contact Info: RSVP to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Chamber Young Business Leaders Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: As one of the newest committees affiliated with the Chamber, members of the Young Business Leaders come together to engage in community life and expand professional and social opportunities. This group is geared toward professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 however the young at heart are always welcome. All committee chairs and officers must be between the ages of 21-39. We welcome new members to serve as ambassadors for the Central Connecticut area.

YBL meetings are held twice per month, including a morning business meeting held at the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and an evening social meeting held at various restaurants throughout the local area. Each meeting poses the opportunity to meet new people and develop projects that enrich our community.

For more information, contact the YBL chairman, Trey Bongiovanni, or any other member. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you have, and of course, tell you why you should become the newest member!

Location Info: 3 Colony Street Suite 301

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

 Hubbard Park Charity Race Series: Storm the Castle 10K & 5K

Saturday, October 31, 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 at 9:00AM, 5K at 9:30 AM) Raising funds for the charitable projects of the Dan M. Hunter Memorial Fund.

Contact Info: www.racehubbardpark.com

November 2015

 Chamber Government and Business Development Committee

Monday, November 02, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Chamber Board Room

Description: The Government & Business Development Committee monitors local, state (in coordination with CBIA) and federal (in coordination with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) legislative issues impacting business and considers programs to add value for Chamber members dues investment.

This committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06450

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

 Chamber Health and Wellness Council Meeting

Wednesday, November 04, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Health and Wellness Council of Midstate Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices in community and employee health and wellness through advocacy for healthcare access, literacy, policy and programs, building healthier communities in the workplace and beyond.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Note New Time! Chamber Marketing & Publicity Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 04, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Marketing & Publicity Committee develops, directs & promotes the marketing efforts of the Chamber and Community. Among its tasks are brochures, ads, web site and the annual membership directory. It coordinates with other local, regional and statewide marketing efforts. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste, 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Ambassadors - Membership Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 8:30 AM–9:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Ambassadors are the Membership Committee. It is an organization of Chamber members who serve existing and new members of the Chamber.

The Ambassadors have traditionally had the role of retaining and increasing membership of the Chamber, and in recent years have been developing a network for welcoming new businesses to the area and thanking businesses that continue their membership on an annual basis.

The Ambassadors Membership Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

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

 SCORE - Counseling Sessions for Businesses

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Chamber of Commerce

Description: Looking for FREE business advice? Perhaps you are looking to expand your services or are considering a new product - or something else! Call or email to make an appointment for this free and confidential 1 hour Business Counseling session. Chamber members get first preference for appointments. SCORE is a group of volunteer business people - more info on them may be found here at their website.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action Meeting

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The expected Objectives of the Hispanic Outreach Leaders In Action are:

- Encourage participation in the Chamber
- Encourage participation in the Community
- Grow leadership from the Hispanic Community
- Improve business connections
- Participate in promoting Hispanic Heritage including in Meriden’s Bicentennial and in October which is Hispanic Heritage Month
- Share success stories of the group
- Encourage and mentor the youth by providing excellent Hispanic role models
- Have some fun!

Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Young Business Leaders Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 12:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: As one of the newest committees affiliated with the Chamber, members of the Young Business Leaders come together to engage in community life and expand professional and social opportunities. This group is geared toward professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 however the young at heart are always welcome. All committee chairs and officers must be between the ages of 21-39. We welcome new members to serve as ambassadors for the Central Connecticut area.

YBL meetings are held twice per month, including a morning business meeting held at the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and an evening social meeting held at various restaurants throughout the local area. Each meeting poses the opportunity to meet new people and develop projects that enrich our community.

For more information, contact the YBL chairman, Trey Bongiovanni, or any other member. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you have, and of course, tell you why you should become the newest member!

Location Info: 3 Colony Street Suite 301

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

 Business After Hours - Farms Country Club

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
At Farms Country Club

Description: The Midstate, Cheshire, and Hamden Chambers of Commerce invite you to a Special Business After Hours and Table Top Demo.

Chamber Members can display their Company Information or your Products to Sell. Cost for Display Tables and Attendees includes 2 drink tickets per person (house beer or wine and soda) and food. Cash Bar is also available.

Location Info: 180 Cheshire Rd., Wallingford

Contact Info: Cost to attend will be $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Display tables are $60 and will include a draped 8' table for 2 people to attend. Space is limited. Call the Midstate Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

 Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Education/Technology Committee provides school-to-career opportunities for students of all ages, educators and businesses. It promotes business education and training partnerships in the greater Meriden area. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

Contact Info: RSVP to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

December 2015

 Chamber Health and Wellness Council Meeting

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Health and Wellness Council of Midstate Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices in community and employee health and wellness through advocacy for healthcare access, literacy, policy and programs, building healthier communities in the workplace and beyond.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Note New Time! Chamber Marketing & Publicity Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Marketing & Publicity Committee develops, directs & promotes the marketing efforts of the Chamber and Community. Among its tasks are brochures, ads, web site and the annual membership directory. It coordinates with other local, regional and statewide marketing efforts. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste, 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Government and Business Development Committee

Monday, December 07, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Chamber Board Room

Description: The Government & Business Development Committee monitors local, state (in coordination with CBIA) and federal (in coordination with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) legislative issues impacting business and considers programs to add value for Chamber members dues investment.

This committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06450

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

 New Date Chamber Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, December 09, 2015 at 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Board of Directors is made up of business leaders from different sectors who meet monthly to provide oversight to the Chamber’s program of work and set policy for the organization. The Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

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

 SCORE - Counseling Sessions for Businesses

Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Chamber of Commerce

Description: Looking for FREE business advice? Perhaps you are looking to expand your services or are considering a new product - or something else! Call or email to make an appointment for this free and confidential 1 hour Business Counseling session. Chamber members get first preference for appointments. SCORE is a group of volunteer business people - more info on them may be found here at their website.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Ambassadors - Membership Committee Meeting

Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 4:00 PM–5:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Ambassadors are the Membership Committee. It is an organization of Chamber members who serve existing and new members of the Chamber.

The Ambassadors have traditionally had the role of retaining and increasing membership of the Chamber, and in recent years have been developing a network for welcoming new businesses to the area and thanking businesses that continue their membership on an annual basis.

The Ambassadors Membership Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action Meeting

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The expected Objectives of the Hispanic Outreach Leaders In Action are:

- Encourage participation in the Chamber
- Encourage participation in the Community
- Grow leadership from the Hispanic Community
- Improve business connections
- Participate in promoting Hispanic Heritage including in Meriden’s Bicentennial and in October which is Hispanic Heritage Month
- Share success stories of the group
- Encourage and mentor the youth by providing excellent Hispanic role models
- Have some fun!

Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden

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

 Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Education/Technology Committee provides school-to-career opportunities for students of all ages, educators and businesses. It promotes business education and training partnerships in the greater Meriden area. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 3 Colony St., Ste. 301, Meriden

Contact Info: RSVP to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

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