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All state community colleges – including Tunxis in Farmington

Free • Info + Apply – www.ct.edu/apply

• 5,000+ students have already received free tuition – “It sounds too good to be true, but this is real," says a state college rep


Author Event: Patricia Schultz

Avon Public Library

• Wednesday 9/28 – 7:00 pm

Free • Register + Info – click here

• Celebrate new book – Why We Travel: 100 Reasons to Get Up and Go!


Simsbury Public Library

Free • Info – www.simsburylibrary.info • 860-658-7663

Author + Poet Visit

• Thursday 9/29 – 7:00 pm

• Register – click here

• Connecticut poet Patricia Mason-Martin

Learn the Sewing Machine

• Friday 9/30 – 1:00 pm

• Register – click here

Friday Afternoon at the Movies:

Films Honoring Hispanic Stars

• Fridays in September – 1:00 pm

• No registration required

• For movie titles, see our September event calendar

English Conversation Club weekly meetings

• Fridays – 10:30 am

• Register – click here

• Practice your English with others


Collinsville Street Fair

Trinity Episcopal Church – 55 River Road aka Route 179

• Saturday 10/1 – 10:00am-3:00pm

Benefit – Canton Food Bank + Fuel Bank, Trinity Nursery scholarship fund

• Church lawn transformed into delightful outdoor marketplace

• Beautiful fall wreaths, autumn arrangements, other decor

• Homemade candies, baked goods, pulled pork, delicious frozen soups

• Games + activities for children and young at heart

• Gently used books + teacup auction of premium treasures

• Enjoy a fall day and know you're making a difference in your community


Mattress Sale Fundraiser

Canton High School

• Saturday 10/1 – 10:00am-5:00pm

Info – click here

Mattresses, bases and bedding for sale to benefit CHS music students


Open House – Intuitive Counseling LLC

39 East Main Street #1 – Avon

• Saturday 10/1 – 1:00-3:00 pm

Info – 860-941-2667


Simsbury Public Library

Free • Info – www.simsburylibrary.info • 860-658-7663

Music in the Afternoon: Peter Biedermann

• Sunday 10/2 – 2:00 pm

• Register – click here

• Original songs by instrumental guitarist

Cybersecurity: Security in Unsecure World

• Tuesday 10/4 – 7:00 pm

• Register – click here

• Protect yourself and your devices from internet predators

Online: Simsbury Camera Club

Making Competitive Nature Images

• Thursday 10/6 – 7:00 pm

• Register – click here

• Tips for winning images

Online: Bats Are Good Guys

• Thursday 10/6 – 7:00 pm

• Register – click here

• Learn about this very beneficial mammal

Spooktacular Movie Series

• Fridays in October – 1:00 pm

• No registration required

• For movie titles, see our October event calendar


Shop A Latte Market

The Coffee Spot – Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury

• Every other Saturday – 10/8 • 10/22 – 10:00am-2:00pm

• Rain date: Sunday

Outdoor vendor booths featuring local artisans and makers


Simsbury Public Library

Free • Info – www.simsburylibrary.info • 860-658-7663

Ukulele Hoot

• Sunday 10/9 – 2:00 pm

• Register – click here

• Bring your ukulele and sing-along voice

Mystery Book Group

• Monday 10/10 – 12:00 noon

• Register – click here

• Discuss Playmates by Robert B. Parker

Medicare and Beyond

• Monday 10/10 – 6:30 pm

• Register – click here

• Navigating the complexities of Medicare

COVID, Inflation and the Federal Reserve

• Wednesday 10/12 – 5:30 pm

• Register – click here

• Effects of COVID on economy and financial markets

Online: Culture of Coffee

• Wednesday 10/12 – 6:30 pm

• Register – click here

• Learn about all kinds of coffee facts and details

Adult Book Discussion Group

• Thursday 10/13 – 7:00 pm

• Register – click here

• Discuss Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McGinty


UNEARTHING HISTORY – 2022 History Series

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

• Next Webinar – Thursday 10/13 – 7:00 pm

Free • Five Online Webinars

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

• Videos of webinar talks that occurred earlier this year are linked here:

#1 – What Genetics Teaches Us About the Peopling of North America

#2 – Ice Age Animals of New England

#3 – Paleo-Indian Foodways with Trade & Network Exchange

#4 – Looking into the Past with Ancient DNA

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

• Thursday 10/13 – 7:00 pm

• Dr. David Leslie – senior archaeologist for Avon site discovered in 2019

Today Magazine cover story by Dr. David Leslie:

Can You Dig It – Archaeological Dig Reveals Valley’s Paleo-Indian Secrets

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


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


Gallery on the Green – Fine Art Shows

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

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

Member Exhibition – September’s Song

Group Show – Quintet

– Shows open thru Saturday 10/1

Open Juried Exhibition – 54th Annual

Solo Exhibit – Donna Namnoum

– Shows open Friday 10/14 thru Saturday 11/12

• Free – Fine art from artists across the Farmington Valley

Info – www.galleryonthegreen.org • cantonartistsguild@gmail.com

Autumn Canyon — by Mary Louise Pech

Veterans Coffee Hour

Canton Community Center

• Fourth Monday of each month in 2022 – 10:00 am

Free • Coffee and tea provided

• Register – requested but not necessary – 860-693-5811

For veterans from all towns, not just Canton – one-hour meeting


Simsbury Public Library

Free • Info – www.simsburylibrary.info • 860-658-7663

Yoga on the Lawn

• Saturday 10/15 – 10:30 am

• Register – click here

• Morning yoga with Simsbury-based Journey of Yoga

Online: Poetry Group

• Tuesday 10/18 – 6:30 pm

• Register – click here

• Share poems for constructive feedback

Tapping Into the Past:

Tavern Life in Early Connecticut

• Wednesday 10/19 – 1:00 pm

• Register – click here

• Why taverns were essential to Connecticut towns

Simsbury and Salem: The Tales and The Truth

• Thursday 10/22 at 7:00 pm

• Event location – Simsbury Historical Society, 800 Hopmeadow Street

• Register – call 860-658-2500

• With author and professor Kara LaBella

Lawyers in Libraries

• Monday 10/24 – 6:00 pm

• Register – call 860-658-7663 x2 • Info – click here

• Receive legal advice from volunteer attorney

The Importance of Focus

• Tuesday 10/25 – 7:00 pm

• Register – click here

• Avoiding distractions to achieve more – with Gregory Dwyer

Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight

• Wednesday 10/26 – 7:00 pm

• Register – click here

• Stories about curses, death and immortality


Pine Grove Schoolhouse – built in 1865

Avon – corner of West Avon Road (Route 167) and Harris Road

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

Summer Hours:

Sundays – 2:00-4:00 pm – June thru September

– Other times by appointment

Free • Schoolhouse listed on National Register of Historic Places

• Info – click here • 860-678-7621


Online: Poetry Group

Simsbury Public Library

• Third Tuesday of each month – 6:30-7:30 pm

Free • Register – click here – Search > Poetry Group

Write and share poems for constructive feedback


Canton Café – Dine-In Lunch Program

Canton Community Center

• Wednesdays + Fridays – 12:00-12:45 pm

$3 for Canton residents – $3.50 for non-residents – $5 for Canton town staff

• Call 860-693-5811 to sign up – fresh + local food


Red Cross Blood Drives

Numerous locations in Farmington Valley

• Numerous days + times

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


Autism Programs

Autism Families CONNECTicut

Register – https://www.autismfamiliesct.org


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UNEARTHING HISTORY – 2021 History Series

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

Free • View 24/7 — Online Webinars Archive:

#1 – Digging into Deep History: Archaeology, Artifacts, Avocation

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

#3 – CT Before History: Deep Story of Valley's Human Settlement

#4 – Connecticut Native American Communities: Past and Present

#5 – Connecticut’s Paleo-Indian Sites: Avon Site + More

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

• Dr. Zachary Singer – Research Archaeologist + UConn Grad

• Today Magazine cover story by Dr. David Leslie:

Can You Dig It – Archaeological Dig Reveals Valley’s Paleo-Indian Secrets

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


MLK in CT Memorial

Simsbury Free Library

Free • View 24/7 – Video of 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 — Summers of Freedom: The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. in Connecticut


Coping With Grief & Loss During the Holidays – Online

Carmon Funeral Home • 301 Country Club Road • Avon – 860-673-8610

Video Recording click here > program begins at 21:20 mark on video

(after musical introduction)

• Speaker – Joe Colletti • author + bereavement consultant

• Hosts • Mary’s Place – A Center for Grieving Children and Families

Carmon Community Funeral Homes – 860-688-2200

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

• Suffield • Vernon • Windsor • Poquonock (also in Windsor)


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PAST EVENTS – 2022

• The events below were listed previously in the main Calendar above

• The links still contain helpful info, to our knowledge


Simsbury UnTapped – Recovery-Friendly Festival

Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

• Info – www.simsburymeadowsmusic.com

• Sponsor – A Promise to Jordan


Celebrate the Valley – Fall Festival

Salmon Brook Park – Granby

• Business Fair • Car Show • Health Expo

Info click here • 860-651-7307 • info@simsburycoc.org

• Live music, craft fair, food, carnival, fireworks, kids activities

• Hosted by Granby-Simsbury Chamber of Commerce


Annual River Run

Iron Horse Boulevard – Simsbury

Info click here • Hosted by Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club


Abstract Collage & Painting Demo

Freewww.AvonArts.org

• Info – avonartsassociation@gmail.com


Diamonds & Denim – FUNdraising Event

Benefit for – Mary’s Place: A Center for Grieving Children and Families

Farmington Gardens – Farmington

$75 • Info + Tickets – www.marysplacect.org/diamonds • 860-688-9621


Summer Photo Contest

Canton Land Trust

Free • Info – click here


Sunset Concert Series

Salmon Brook Park – Granby

Info + Ticketswww.sunsetconcertseries.rocks


Avon Veterans Memorial Wall Update

Avon Veterans of Foreign Wars – VFW Post 3272

• VFW invites Avon residents to inspect list of names to be added to Veterans Memorial Wall on Town Green

• Corrections and documented additions are welcome – list of names available at Town Hall, Avon Public Library and Post Office

• Info – Post Commander Bob Nardiello • bob.nardiello@microtrain.com


Online: Intermediate Pilates

Eccentrics — gentle exercise movement class

Gentle Beginner Yoga

Host: Magna Physical Therapy • Avon + Canton locations

• Register + Info – 860-679-0430


Celebrate Juneteenth at Hill-Stead

Hill-Stead Museum – Farmington

Free

Celebrate regional Black artists, organizations and businesses with visual art, food and family activities – co-sponsored by ShopBlackCT.com


Artifact Identification Day with Institute of American Indian Studies

Avon Senior Center

Free • Bring up to 12 archaeological materials for identification

• Register – www.avonctlibrary.info

Hosted by Avon Historical Society, Avon Public Library and senior center


Juneteenth Celebration

Salmon Brook Park • Granby

Free • Open to all – music, dance, art, more

• Info – GranbyRacialReconciliation.com/juneteenth


Simsbury Celebrates Juneteenth

Simsbury Public Library lawn

Free • Open to all

• Educational + entertaining – top talent performing on stage


Bloomin’ Art – Art Exhibit

Bodytalk – 51 East Main Street, Avon

Large group of local artists exhibit bold and contemporary art


Celebrate National Trails Day

Canton Land Trust

Tour – Collinsville Pollen Trail Dyer Avenue

Hike – Sun, Wind and Woodland Preserve 200 Breezy Hill Road

• Picnic + Annual Meeting – Pratt Place, Cherry Brook Road

• Info – www.cantonlandtrust.org


Summer Courses at Tunxis – Register

Tunxis Community College – Farmington

Numerous classroom and online courses – transfer credits to your bachelor’s degree, but first confirm that summer courses will be accepted

• Register + Info – www.tunxis.edu/apply • 860-773-1490


Women’s Ride and Wine

U.S. Horse Welfare & Rescue – Avon

Register – click here • Info – 860-593-4298 • USHorseWelfare@gmail.com


National Day of Prayer

Simsbury Events

Info – www.nlicf.com • 860-658-7320

America needs your prayers – all are welcome


Apply Community Grants

Canton Community Health Fund

Info – www.cantoncommunityhealthfund.org


Spring Book Sale

Canton Public Library

Free to browse • Info – www.cantonlibraryfriends.org

Fundraiser for library – sponsored by Friends of Canton Public Library


Gather + Get Inspired

Farmington Valley Young Professionals Collaborative

North House, Avon

Free • Register – click here


TableScapes Fundraiser

Benefit for Avon Historical Society

North House Restaurant – 1 Nod Road, Avon

• Register – www.avonhistoricalsociety.org

• Proceeds for renovating 1823 schoolhouse as Avon history museum


Apply for College Scholarships

Canton Dollars for Scholars

Free to apply • Info – www.canton.dollarsforscholars.org

• For high school seniors who live in Canton or attend Canton High


Tunxis Open House & Academic Expo

Tunxis Community College – Farmington

• Register – www.tunxis.edu/openhouse • Info – tx-admissions@tunxis.edu

Free – learn about Tunxis degree programs, scholarships, etc.


Free Tax Assistance

Tunxis Community College library – Farmington

Register – www.hranbct.org/vita860-356-2000

Free – only for incomes less than $58,000 in 2021 – by appointment


Egg My Yard Fundraiser

Exchange Club of Farmington – website

$25-$50 • Info + order – 860-384-3800 > text only please

For Farmington residents only


PAST EVENTS – 2022

• The events immediately above were listed previously in the main Calendar

• The links still contain helpful info, to our knowledge


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PAST EVENTS – 2021

• The events below were listed previously in the main Calendar above

• The links still contain helpful info, to our knowledge


Online: Simsbury Chamber Health & Wellness TV Show

• SCTV show – My Wellness Journey: Managing Stress + Imagine Float

Free • COC director Morgan Hilyard hosts on Simsbury Community TV


Wagin'tines Day Grand Opening

Camp Bow Wow • Bloomfield

Free • Adoption, tours and more • Simsbury Chamber of Commerce member


Reflections on 4 Principles of Social Justice thru Music + Spoken Word

P.A.R.E. = Participation, Access, Rights, Equity

Free • Featuring UConn School of Dental Medicine students + faculty

• Info – https://health.uconn.edu


Online: Symposium – Gardening Any Time, Any Place

Connecticut Master Gardener Association

$60 CMGA members + guests • $90 nonmembers • national + regional experts

• Register – https://ctmga.org/symposium-event-2021 • fee includes coupons+


April Showers — Dog Adoption Event

Camp Bow Wow

West Dudley Town Road, Bloomfield

Free to attend • View dogs up for adoption:

https://yappytails.org

https://doubledogrescue.org

Camp Bow Wow Bloomfield is part of the Simsbury COC


Online: Nameless and Faceless Women of Civil War

Free • Listen to Civil War women via Avon resident Lisa Samia's poetry

• Info + other speakers – http://www.cwrtcongress.org/speaker.html

Plant Sale Fundraiser

Benefit – Gardeners of Simsbury

Gresczyk Farm, Rt. 202 • New Hartford

Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets

• Info – https://www.facebook.com/GardenersOfSimsbury


Avon-Canton Chamber – Community Shred Event

Arden Courts, 100 Fisher Drive • Avon

Free (with the donation of a nonperishable food item)

• Shred up to three copy paper-size boxes of information professionally

• Info – www.avonchamber.com


Cherry Brook Garden Club

Annual Plant Sale

Masonic Hall, Route 179 • Canton

Free to attendwebsite


SIMSBURY MEADOWS Performing Arts Center – 2021 Events

Simsbury Meadows

Info – SMPAC website + social media

Memorial Day Ceremony + Celebration

• Info – SMPAC website + Simsbury Parks and Rec website

DARIUS RUCKER – Concert • Tickets – Eventbrite – presented by Trantolo & Trantolo

Labor Day Soiree Info – SMPAC website

United States Coast Guard Band

Info – SMPAC website

Simsbury-Granby Rotary River Run – 25th annual • Info – SMPAC website + Rotary website

• USATF 5K + 10K races • 1-mile kids race • live bands + food/drink vendors

Plus — many other events + programs that were listed previously


Avon Public Library

• Author Events + Other Programs

Free – unless noted

• Info – www.avonctlibrary.info • 860-673-9712 • tpanik@avonctlibrary.info


Simsbury Public Library

• Events + Programs

Free – unless noted

• Info – www.simsburylibrary.info • 860-658-7663


"Beyond The Garden Gate" – Garden Tour

Simsbury Garden Club

$20 in advance – $25 at the door • Tour six private Simsbury gardens

• Purchase tickets – www.simsburygardenclub.org


Online: New Retirement – Health, Family, Purpose and Finances

Edward Jones interactive webinar

• Available On Demand – website

Questions? Contact Peter Mowry at Edward Jones – 860-651-0849


Talcott Mountain Music Festival – 2021

Hartford Symphony Orchestra – aka HSO > website


Friday Drive-In Movie + Concert

Shops at Farmington Valley • Canton – behind Barnes & Noble

$20 per car • Proceeds benefit Roaring Brook Nature Center

• Buy tickets online – click here

Sponsored by Coldwell Banker realtor Odalys Bekanich


Online: The Retirement Gap – Women, We Have Work to Do

Edward Jones interactive webinar

• Available On Demand – click here

Questions? Contact Peter Mowry at Edward Jones – 860-651-0849


Pooch Plunge hosted by Friends of Canton Dog Park

Mills Pond – 14 East Hill Road, Canton

$10 per pup • All proceeds benefit Canton Dog Park

• Register – click here


Leadership & Libations

Simsbury – venue address disclosed after you register

• Sponsored by Reloveution, a business consulting firm

• Info — https://www.truereloveution.com


SeptemberFEAST – at Simsbury Meadows

Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

Info – SMPAC website

Health Expo

Host: Simsbury Chamber of Commerce

Simsbury Junior Woman’s Club Arts & Crafts Fair Business Expo

Host: Simsbury Chamber of Commerce


Simsbury Open Studio Weekend

Over 10 different locations

Free entry • Info – https://www.simsburyartists.org/map

Simsbury artists and artisans display their work


Hole in One Singular Sensation Mini Golf Tournament

Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor – Route 4

$20 per person – includes golf + ice cream • Info – nctcarts.org/special_events

• Benefit for Newington Children's Theatre Company, CT's longest-running youth theater


Farmington River Clean-Up – 34th Annual

Various sites in Farmington Valley

Free • Site Info + Register – click here

• Large group registration – contact Aimee Petras – apetras@frwa.org

Gloves + bags provided – Host: Farmington River Watershed Association


B-Well Festival

ShopRite of Canton – 110 Albany Turnpike

Free • Host: Avon-Canton Chamber of Commerce

20+ health-related member businesses of COC Health Council


Special Meeting – Town of Canton

Topic: New Firehouse

Canton High School

Free • To discuss proposed new fire station for Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS

• See story – October issue: Today Magazine > page 11


Candidates Q&A for Election Day 2021

Simsbury First Selectman

Q&A on YouTube – click here

Host – Simsbury Chamber of Commerce


Puttin’ on the Ritz – Art Exhibit

Bodytalk Boutique – 51 East Main Street, Avon

Curated by C. Dianne Zweig of Avon – exhibiting artwork by Avon residents Amy Goldbas, Peggy Dembicer and Heather Cohen Satlof plus eight others


Elder Justice + Senior Issues Forum

• Host – State Rep. John Hampton with Attorney General William Tong

Simsbury Public Library + Online – Facebook Live

Info – Marc-Yves.Regis@cga.ct.gov • 860-240-1359

• Other Panelists – Deb Bibbins​ of ​Simsbury-based ​For All Ages​ – ​Kathleen Marschall​ of ​Simsbury Senior Center​ – state ​​commissioner Stephen Hernandez​


Gallery of Trees – 14th Annual

Canton Historical Museum • 11 Front Street, Collinsville

• Hours: Sunday-Wednesday + Saturday • 10:00-4:00

Thursday-Friday • 10:00-8:00

Free • Open Daily – www.cantonmuseum.org


December Vacation – Innovative School Programs – Grades K-8

Talcott Mountain Science Center & Academy • Avon

• The Science of Magic – K-3

Some great science seems magical – some great tricks utilize science

• Crafty Science – 4-8

Experiments, models, art + more put the S (science) and A (art) in STEAM

• Passport to Mars – 4-8

$180 / $200 • Pre-registration required – no walk-ins – class size is limited

• Info – click here – jpellino@tmsc.org – 860-677-8571


Local First Campaign 2021

Avon-Canton Chamber of Commerce

• Various COC businesses – offering discounted deals

• Participating businesses + specific deals – Local First list


Online: Simsbury Let's Talk – Ongoing Series

Simsbury Public Library – hosts: Simsbury Social Services + SPIRIT Council

• First Thursday of each month – 6:30-8:00 pm

Free • Community conversations about diversity and inclusion


PAST EVENTS – 2021

• The events immediately above were listed previously in the main Calendar

• The links still contain helpful info, to our knowledge



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