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Gallery on the Green – Fine Art Shows

5 Canton Green Road – Canton – corner of Dowd Avenue + Route 44

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

Themed Exhibit – Icebreaker

Solo Show – Don Sexton

– Thru Saturday 2/5

Themed Exhibit – Be Mine!

Solo Shows – Stephanie Rogers + Susan Bradley

– Friday 2/11 thru Saturday 3/12

Free Fine art from artists across the Farmington Valley

Info – https://www.galleryonthegreen.org

Blazing Orange Sunset — by Stephanie Rogers

Free Tax Help – AARP Foundation

Canton Community Center – Room D

Canton Senior & Social Services

• Tuesdays – from 2/1 thru 4/12

Free • Register + Info – 860-693-5811

AARP volunteer tax counselors offer free income tax prep

• For residents of all towns, not just Canton


Senior Self-Defense Workshop

Canton Senior Center

• Monday 2/7 + Monday 2/14 – 10:30 am

$10 for two classes • Register – 860-693-5811


Online: Race in America

From the Civil War to 21st Century America

Avon Public Library, Avon Historical Society, Avon Congregational Church

• Tuesday 2/15 – 6:00 pm

Free • Register – www.avonctlibrary.info

Webinar with famed Civil War re-enactors and historian


UNEARTHING HISTORY2022 History Series

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

Free • Five Online Webinars

• Register – www.avonctlibrary.info

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

• Thursday 3/10 – 7:00 pm

#2 – Ice Age Animals of New England

• Thursday 4/7 – 7:00 pm

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

• Thursday 5/12 – 7:00 pm

#4 – Looking into the Past with Ancient DNA

• September – date TBA

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

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

• Thursday 10/13 – 7:00 pm

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


Online: Master Gardener Symposium

Connecticut Master Gardener Association • Farmington

• Saturday 3/12 – 9:00 am

$90 non-CMGA • $60 CMGA members • $30 CMGA interns

• Register – ctmga.org

International + regional speakers discuss "Gardening For Good"


TableScapes Fundraiser

Benefit for Avon Historical Society

North House Restaurant – 1 Nod Road, Avon

• Friday 3/18 + Saturday 3/19 – 10:00 am-5:00 pm

$20 in advance • $25 at doortickets for canceled 2020 event to be honored

• Register – www.avonhistoricalsociety.org

Proceeds for adaptive reuse of 1823 Schoolhouse as Avon history museum


Blood Pressure + Blood Sugar Clinic

Canton Senior Center – 40 Dyer Avenue

• Wednesdays – 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Free • Sponsored by Farmington Valley VNA – appointments not required

• For residents of all towns, not just Canton


Veterans Coffee Hour

Canton Community Center

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

Free • Coffee and tea provided

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

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


Simsbury Public Library Free • Events + Programs

• Info – click here

Online: Poetry Group

• Third Tuesday of each month – 6:30-8:00 pm

• Register — click here > then find and click "Poetry Group" link

Write and share poems with the group for constructive feedback


Online: Intermediate Pilates

• Mondays – 9:00-10:00 am

• Wednesdays – 8:30-9:30 am

Eccentrics — gentle exercise movement class

• Tuesdays – 9:30 am

Gentle Beginner Yoga

• Tuesdays – 11:00 am

Host: Magna Physical Therapy • Avon + Canton locations

• Register + Info – 860-679-0430


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

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

• Award-winning Today Magazine cover story — Their Dream: MLK Memorial


Online: Stroll Through Granby History

Salmon Brook Historical Society • Granby

Free • View 24/7 – Virtual Tour of Historic Homes + More

Online tour of historic houses, classic buildings and more


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

• Register – Simsbury Let's Talk: Series > 1st Thursday in Library Calendar


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


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


Online: Autism Programs

Autism Families CONNECTicut

• Fridays + Saturdays

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


50th Reunion: Simsbury High Class of 1970

• Postponed until 2022 – May 18-22, 2022

Info – Doug Cramphin – dcramphin@renbrook.org

Karen Lachmayer DiMenna – kld324@aol.com

• Original reunion was scheduled for 2020 but rescheduled for May 2021 due to the COVID shutdown, and postponed again due to COVID until May 2022


UNEARTHING HISTORY2021 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


Coping With Grief & Loss During the Holidays – Online

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

Video Recordingclick 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 locations:

• Avon • Granby • Hartford • Rockville • South Windsor

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


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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


Wagin'tines Day Grand Opening

Camp Bow Wow • Bloomfield

• Friday 2/12 – 1:00-5:00 pm

• Saturday 2/13 – 10:00 am-2:00 pm

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

• Sunday 2/21 – 4:00 pm – YouTube premiere

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

• Saturday 3/20 – 9:00 am-4:30 pm

$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

• Saturday 4/17 – 10:00-2:00

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

• Wednesday 4/21 – 7:00 pm

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

• Thursday 5/6 – 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets

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


Avon-Canton Chamber – Community Shred Event

Arden Courts, 100 Fisher Drive • Avon

• Saturday 5/15 – 10:00 am-1:00 pm

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

• Saturday 5/22 – 8:30 am-1:00 pm

Free to attendwebsite


SIMSBURY MEADOWS Performing Arts Center – 2021 Events

Simsbury Meadows

Info – SMPAC website + social media

Memorial Day Ceremony + Celebration

Monday 5/31 – 11:00 am-4:30 pm

• Info – SMPAC website + Simsbury Parks and Rec website

DARIUS RUCKER – Concert Saturday 8/28 – 6:00 pm

• Tickets – Eventbrite – presented by Trantolo & Trantolo

Labor Day Soiree Saturday 9/4 – 1:00-6:00 pm

Info – SMPAC website

United States Coast Guard Band

Sunday 9/12 – 2:00 pm

Info – SMPAC website

Simsbury-Granby Rotary River Run – 25th annual • Saturday 9/25

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


Author Events

Avon Public Library

Free • Register – www.avonctlibrary.info

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


"Beyond The Garden Gate" – Garden Tour

Simsbury Garden Club

• Saturday 6/19 – 10:00 am-4:00 pm

$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

Hartford Symphony Orchestra – aka HSO

Fridays 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 – website


Friday Drive-In Movie + Concert

Shops at Farmington Valley • Canton – behind Barnes & Noble

Friday 8/20

• 7:00 – Pre-Movie Concert: Acoustic MarshPit

• 8:00 – Live Animal Display by Roaring Brook Nature Center

• 8:45 (or at dusk) – Movie: Moana

$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

• Wednesday 8/25 – 5:30-7:30 pm

$10 per pup • All proceeds benefit Canton Dog Park

• Register – click here • Rain date: 8/26 – 5:30-7:30 pm


Leadership & Libations

Simsbury – venue address disclosed after you register

• Wednesday 9/8 – 5:30-7:30 pm

• Sponsored by Reloveution, a business consulting firm

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


SeptemberFEAST – at Simsbury Meadows

Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

Info – SMPAC website

Friday 9/10 – 2:00-10:00 pm

Saturday 9/11 – 10:00 am-10:00 pm

Health Expo

Friday 9/10 – 2:00-6:00 pm – SeptemberFEAST open thru 10:00 pm

Host: Simsbury Chamber of Commerce

Simsbury Junior Woman’s Club Arts & Crafts Fair Friday 9/10 – 2:00-6:00 pm – SeptemberFEAST open thru 10:00 pm

Saturday 9/11 – 10:00 am-6:00 pm – SeptemberFEAST

Business Expo

Saturday 9/11 – 10:00 am-10:00 pm

Host: Simsbury Chamber of Commerce


Simsbury Open Studio Weekend

Over 10 different locations

• Saturday 9/18 – 10:00 am-4:00 pm

• Sunday 9/19 – 10:00 am-4:00 pm

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

• Saturday 9/18 – 9:00 am-12:00 noon

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

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


Farmington River Clean-Up – 34th Annual

Various sites in Farmington Valley

• Saturday 9/25 – 9:00-11:30 am

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

• Saturday 10/9 – 10:00 am-2:00 pm

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

• Wednesday 10/20 – 7:00 pm

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

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


Candidates Q&A – Simsbury First Selectman

Q&A on YouTube – click here

Host – Simsbury Chamber of Commerce

Government Affairs meeting – 10/19

• Election Day – Tuesday 11/2/2021


Puttin’ on the Ritz – Art Exhibit

Bodytalk Boutique – 51 East Main Street, Avon

• Thru 11/15

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

In-Person – Simsbury Public Library

Online – Facebook Live

• Monday 11/29 – 1:30 pm

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