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Farmington Valley and Beyond • Connecticut 2024 Events + Programs

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Info is accurate to our knowledge, but please confirm • Past Events: 2022-23

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Painting Party – Avon Historical Society

Derrin House – Avon

• Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday – 8:00am-12:00

• ​7/16​–7/18​–7/20 •​ 8/6​–8​/8​–8​/1​0 • 8/13–8/15–8/17​

Free • Info – 860-678-7621 – info@avonhistoricalsociety.org

• Join the fun by painting the exterior of the historic Derrin House​ at 249 West Avon Road​ – paint and supplies provided​ – no bathroo​ms or water on property​


Habitat Ambassador Workshops 

• Thursdays • 7/18 • 8/15 • 9/12 – 12:00 noon

Free • Register • Info – 860-541-2208 – volunteer@hfhncc.org

• One-hour mission overview about ongoing volunteer opportunities

• Today Magazine cover story – Homegrown Hope

• Today Magazine follow-up – Local Habitat Celebrates 35th Birthday


Gallery on the Green – Fine Art Shows 

Canton Green Road – Canton – between Dowd Avenue + Route 44

• Gallery Hours – Fridays-Saturdays-Sundays – 1:00-5:00 pm

64th Anniversary Exhibition + Solo Exhibit: Cynthia Cooper

• Thru Saturday 8/3

Free • Art from Farmington Valley artists and beyond – Gallery on the Green is operated by the Canton Artists’ Guild – cantonartistsguild@gmail. com

Small Works Juried Exhibition 2024

Kalaveshi Arts – Avon

• Thru Saturday 7/27 • ​Tuesdays thru Saturdays – 11:00am-4:00pm

Free • Info • Featuring the work of 25 local artists

• Today Magazine cover story – From War-Torn To Art Reborn


Walkie Talkies

LaSalle Market & Deli – Collinsville

• Tuesdays – 1:00 pm • 7/23 • 8/27 • 9/24 • 10/22

Free • Info – Avon-Canton COC 

• Brief health-based talk followed by 45-minute walk – bad-weather venue: LaSalle or Canton Town Hall auditorium – fourth Tuesdays: holiday exceptions


Habitat Youth Advocacy & Engagement Conference

Rockville High School – Vernon

• Wednesday 7/31 – 9:00am-3:00pm – register by 7/17

Free • Register + Info • 860-541-2208 – volunteer@hfhncc. org

• Ages 11-18 – lunch and snacks provided free-of-charge

• Habitat 101 overview – Habitat homeowner story session – picnic table building project for Habitat homeowners – youth and school groups welcome

• Countless volunteers from the Valley have invested in Habitat's win-win mission


Simsbury High School

• Thursday 8/1 + Friday 8/2 – 7:00 pm

• Saturday 8/3 – 2:00 pm + 7:00 pm

$10-$15Tickets

• Iconic show directed by David Addis, theater pro and Simsbury High grad


9 Tens on 44 – Playhouse 44

Avon High School Auditorium

• Friday 8/9 + Saturday 8/10 – 7:30 p.m.

• Sunday 8/11 – 2:00 p.m.

$8-$10Tickets + Info

• Series of quirky, reflective 10-minute plays – in one, Bill Shakespeare deals with a theater manager who has issues with the language of Hamlet

Pine Grove Schoolhouse

Avon – corner of West Avon Road aka Route 167 + Harris Road

• Address: 3 Harris Road – Harris Road becomes Brickyard Road

  – Schoolhouse open – May thru September – Sundays • 2:00-4:00 pm

  – Schedule visits at other times by appointment

Free • Listed on National Register of Historic Places – built in 1865

Avon Historical Society • 860-678-7621


Roaring Brook Nature Center

Summer 2024 – Discovery Days Programs

RBNC – Canton

• Weekly thru 8/23

$165-$315 • Register + Info • 860-693-0263

• Unique blend of education and recreation for students of various ages

• Today Magazine cover story – Nature and Nurture •


Intro to Artificial Intelligence & Applicable Business Use

Holcomb ​Farm –​ Granby

• ​Monday 8/19 + Tuesday 8/20 – 5:30-7:00​ pm​

$50 • Register + Info –​ ​mary.mcpheat@groundedlogic.​ com​

•​ AI ​specialist Mary McPheat on AI​ history​, practical business applications​, more


Mike DelGuidice​ – Under The Stars​: An Encore Performance​

Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center – aka SMPAC

•​ Friday​ 9​/6​ – 7:00 ​pm

$10​-$45Info + Tickets

•​ ​Featuring covers of Top 40 faves by Billy Joel, Elton John, John Denver, Paul McCartney and more – DelGuidice tours​ with Billy Joel worldwide: Joel isn't ​booked for this concert – all proceeds benefit Canton-based Favarh •​


After the Roses

Equine Rescue Fundraiser

US Horse Welfare & Rescue – Avon

• Saturday 9/7 – 5:30-9:30 pm

$40-$80 • Register + Info

• Concert: Manchester Symphony Orchestra + Marston Smith, Lord of the Cello


Unearthing History – 2024 History Series • Online 

• Internationally significant find in Connecticut's Farmington Valley

•​ Thursdays – 7:00 pm​ ​

Free –​ 5 Webinar​s • Register + ​Info 

• Thursday 9​/12 or ​9/19​: TBD – Microscopic Evidence for Stone Artifacts​

• Thursday 10​/10 or ​10/17: TBD – Update on Brian D. Jones site in Avon CT

– On the discovery in Avon of a 12,500-year-old Paleo-Indian site

• Sponsors: Avon Historical Society, Avon Public Library, Avon Senior Center


American Parkinson Disease Association​ – Connecticut Chapter​

Free • Various locations – ongoing

• Click the above links to find a group or class near you

• Today Magazine cover story – Parkinson Puzzle •


CT Freedom Trail Program • Online

Three Firsts – Pvt. Leverett Holden – Civil War veteran

Free On-Demand Video 

• Holden served and fought in CT's 29th Regiment Volunteer Infantry: Colored

• His gravesite is on the Connecticut Freedom Trail – a first for Avon CT

• Presented by Avon Historical Society president Terri Wilson 

• Wilson's award-winning Today Magazine story:


Avon VFW – ongoing meetings

• BeanZ & Co. – Avon

   Mondays + Thursdays – 9:00am-12:00

• Prince Thomas of Savoy club – Avon

   Fourth Wednesday – monthly dinner + meeting – 5:30 pm

Free • Info – VFW website • Commander Tim Healy: tim.healy@comcast.net

• VFW Post 3272 invites veterans from all towns for conversation and support


Photo Exhibit – Wendy Rosenberg

Roaring Brook Nature Center – Canton

Free • Info – RBNC website • 860-693-0263

• View wildlife images by an award-winning Canton photographer who has displayed numerous photo exhibits across the Farmington Valley

• Rosenberg-connected Today Magazine cover stories:

  • Wild Wonder 

Wendy ​received an SPJ award for this photo​ in Today Magazine:

Avon Historical Society – 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Avon Public Library

• Thru December 2024

Free • Info – AHS website – Library website 

• The Avon Historical Society is 50 years old this year – view new artifact display from 700-item collection – in the library's History Room


Apply for Free Tuition – CT State Community College

• Thousands have received free tuition at Tunxis in Farmington and statewide

• “It sounds too good to be true, but this is real" – CT State rep


Antique Appraisals

ANTIQ’S – Farmington

• Saturdays – 11:00am-4:00pm

Free • Info • 860-676-2670 • info@antiqs.com

• Free-of-charge appraisal of your antiques – every Saturday

Autism Programs

Autism Families CONNECTicut

• Register – https://www.autismfamiliesct.org 


New Avon History Museum – Buy A Brick 

• Ongoing fundraising campaign

$100-$250 • Purchase – click here 

• Help pave the way and transform a 200-year-old schoolhouse into a museum – tax-deductible – anonymous $15,000 donation jumpstarted fundraising drive


Open Mic Night – Talcott Collective

• Tuesdays – 7:00-9:30 pm

Free to play and listen • Register on social media: FacebookInstagram

• Space limited: advance online sign-up advised – walk-ins if time allows – hosted by Michael Sasportas Music


Blood Pressure + Blood Sugar Clinic

Canton Senior Center – 40 Dyer Avenue

• Wednesdays – 11:30-1:00 pm

Free • Sponsored by Farmington Valley VNA – appointments not required

• For residents of all towns, not just Canton


Canton Café – Dine-In Lunch Program

Canton Community Center – 40 Dyer Avenue

• Wednesdays + Fridays – 12:00-1:00 pm

$5 – senior citizens • $7 – town employees

• Reservations required two days in advance – call 860-693-5811


Open Mic Night – LaSalle

LaSalle Market & Deli – Collinsville

• Fridays – 6:00 pm

Free to play and listen • Register + Info • 860-693-8010

• Space limited: advance online sign-up advised – walk-ins if time allows


Kala Farnham – Concert Schedule

 Connecticut State Troubadour • Award-Winning Songwriter • 

Info + Tickets – some shows Free – Kala's website • Tour Schedule 

• Kala Farnham has opened for Don McLean, Tony Bennett and other notables –​ she has performed​ across Connecticut and the East Coast

• Song Samples > YouTube > David • Connecticut Grown • A Little Ghost Story •


"We Are Very Likely To Die"

Incredible True Story of Sinking of Sea Surveyor

Free – On-Demand Video 

• Talk by survivor Walter Banzhaf, longtime Simsbury resident – presented at Simsbury Senior Center, Simsbury Library and elsewhere in CT


Red Cross Blood Drives

Numerous locations in Farmington Valley

• Various days + times

• Register + find a Valley blood drive – https://redcrossblood.org 


Simsbury Public Library – Recurring Events + Programs

Free • Register + Info • 860-658-7663

Online: Poetry Group

• Third Tuesday – monthly – 6:30-7:30 pm

• Write and share poems for constructive feedback

Spanish Conversation Group

• Wednesdays – 11:00 am • Practice speaking Spanish with others

English Conversation Club

• Fridays – 10:30 am • Practice your English with others


Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center – 2024 Season

SMPAC – Iron Horse Boulevard – Simsbury

• May thru November

Ticket prices vary • Info – SMPAC events website 

• Hartford Symphony: Talcott Mountain Music Festival – Fridays – 6/28 to 7/26

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Unearthing History – 2023 History Series • Online 

On the Discovery in Avon of 12,500-year-old Paleo-Indian Site

• Internationally significant find in Connecticut's Farmington Valley

Free • Five Webinars – available on-demand here:

#3 – Big Importance of Small Things

• Info – www.avonctlibrary.info – Search > Unearthing History

• Sponsors: Avon Historical Society, Avon Public Library, Avon Senior Center


Unearthing History – 2022 History Series • Online

On the Discovery in Avon of 12,500-year-old Paleo-Indian Site

• Internationally significant find in Connecticut's Farmington Valley

Free • Five Webinars – available on-demand here:

#5 – Update on Scientific Analysis of Brian D. Jones Site in Avon, CT

Dr. David Leslie – Part 1Part 2

• David Leslie is senior archaeologist for the Avon site discovered in 2019

• Info – www.avonctlibrary.info – Search > Unearthing History

• Sponsors: Avon Historical Society, Avon Public Library, Avon Senior Center


Unearthing History – 2021 History Series • Online

On the Discovery in Avon of 12,500-year-old Paleo-Indian Site

Free • Five Webinars – available on-demand here:

#2A Rift, not the River, Made the Farmington ValleyPart 1Part 2

• Dr. David Leslie – Senior Archaeologist for Avon CT Site

• Dr. Zachary Singer – Research Archaeologist + UConn Grad

Today Magazine cover story by Dr. David Leslie:

• Internationally significant find in Farmington Valley – in Avon, Connecticut


Coping with Grief + Loss During the Holidays • Online

Hosts – Carmon Community Funeral Homes – Avon

• Speaker – Joe Colletti • author + bereavement consultant

On-Demand ​Video – cogent talk starts at 21:20 mark after musical intro

Free • Info – visit above websites – 860-688-2200 • 860-673-8610

• Nine Carmon locations – Avon • Granby • Hartford • Rockville • South Windsor

• Suffield • Vernon • Windsor • Poquonock: also in Windsor


MLK in CT Memorial

Simsbury Free Library

Free • On-Demand Video – Unveiling Ceremony

Ceremony occurred on MLK Day 2021 – at Simsbury Free Library

• Award-winning Today Publishing coverage:

– Today Online feature – Unique memorial honors MLK's time in Valley

– Today Magazine cover story – Their Dream: MLK Memorial

• View award-winning documentary – produced by Simsbury High students:


Valley-based Chambers of Commerce – Avon-CantonGranby-Simsbury


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PAST EVENTS

• THE EVENTS BELOW were listed previously in the main Calendar above


Red Stone Pub – ongoing events

Red Stone Pub – Simsbury

Trivia – Tuesdays – 7:00-9:00 pm

   Eat – Drink – Think – Prizes

Live Music – Saturday evenings


Modern Day Monet​ – 1​st Annual Juried Exhibition​

Hill-Stead Museum – Farmington​

Info – 860-677-4787 – Artwork by Valley-connected artists Edith Skiba LaMonica​, Francie Brown Holmes​, Kate Emery​ and more — annual Hill-Stead memberships start at $25

Evening Light • oil on canvas • Edith Skiba LaMonica


AI Workshop – Lunch & Learn

Simsbury Library – Weatogue Room

Free • Info – ​mary.mcpheat@groundedlogic.​ com

• AI specialist​ Mary McPhea​t on integrating generative AI into your business​


Parkinson’s Wellness Fest

Carnival of Hope and Joy

Farmington Polo Club

Free • Register + Info • 860-679-3257 – parkinsons@uchc. edu

• Interactive activities: yoga, dance, boxing, art, games – lunch is free-of charge


PAST EVENTS – these events were listed previously in the main Calendar


Silent Trivia Night

American Flatbread – Canton

• Fundraiser for new Playhouse 44 nonprofit that plans to produce theater, music, comedy and storytelling events – join email list •


Book Sale

Free to attend • Info – click links


Driving Away Parkinson’s Golf Tournament​

American Parkinson Disease Association​ – Connecticut Chapter​ ​

Grassy Hill Country Club​ – Orange​

• All proceeds benefit APDA Connecticut​

• Today Magazine cover story – Parkinson Puzzle •


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Kingswood Oxford School – West Hartford

• Info – 860-255-7767 – admin@neballettheatre. com

• Ballet based on Shakespeare's magical comedy – NEBT is located in Avon


​National Trails Da​y – Three Hikes

Canton Land Conservation Trust​ • Free – CLCT website  Trail Info •


PAST EVENTS – these events were listed previously in the main Calendar


Play Auditions – Playhouse 44

Peachtree Village Clubhouse – Avon

Free • Register + Info 

• All roles available for brand-new theater venture – many age ranges


Kalaveshi Arts Exhibition

Duncaster – Bloomfield

Free • Info – Kalaveshi website 

• The Kalaveshi Arts gallery is located in the Riverdale Farms plaza in Avon — this art show was at the Bloomfield-based Duncaster retirement community


Habitat – Winter Warrior Public Build Days 

Free • For individuals and teams – support new-home construction and help families move into their new homes on schedule


Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra – Concerts

$20-$25 • Free 17 + under • Info: FVSO website – 1-800-975-FVSO


PAST EVENTS – these events were listed previously in the main Calendar


Heart-Healthy Living • Host Marie Cancellieri aims to help you incorporate small yet impactful habits for a heart-healthy lifestyle


CEA Job Fair for Educators

Derby High School

• Saturday – 10:00am-1:00pm

Free • Info + Register 

• Host: Connecticut Education Association – learn of districts with job openings


​Art Show: Out of the Ordinary​ – Contemporary Artists at Work​

Mandell JCC Chase Family Gallery​ – West Hartford

Free • Info – JCC website


Sundays at Three – Winter Music Concerts

Avon Public Library • Free tickets


PAST EVENTS – these events were listed previously in the main Calendar


TableScapes Fundraiser

Benefit – Avon Historical Society

North House – Avon • Info: click here – 860-670-3225​

• Benefit for new Avon History Museum​


​Theater – The Addams Family​: School Edition​

Canton High School • Info –​ ​website 


Canton Greater Together

Community Fund Grant Applications

Info • Application materials + FAQs – www.hfpg.org/cantoncf 

Grants of $500 to $10,000 available to Canton-based nonprofits

• Grants also offered for other Valley and CT towns


Online: Conquering Unforgiveness Mastermind

Free • Register – click here 

• With Dionne Nicholls-Germain: author of Conquering Unforgiveness Journal


PAST EVENTS – these events were listed previously in the main Calendar


Theater – Almost, Maine + Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End

Farmington Valley Stage Company

Canton Town Hall – Collinsville

• Tickets + Info – www.fvstage.org • 


Remembering Connecticut’s Colored Regiments

Film + Discussion

Avon Senior Center

Free • Info – click here 

• Watch award-winning short film “The Connecticut 29th” and another 29th documentary – followed by moderated conversation


Benefit Concert – Silk City Jazz Band

Afghan Refugee Project – fundraiser

Avon Senior Center – website 

• The humanitarian Afghan Refugee Project is sponsored by the Avon-based VFW – the 20-piece Silk City Jazz Band plays swing and big band music


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