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Valley Town Sites • AvonCantonFarmingtonGranbySimsbury

Valley Libraries • AvonCantonFarmingtonGranbySimsbury


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Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center – 2023 Season

SMPAC – Iron Horse Boulevard – Simsbury

• May thru November

Info + Tickets + Register – SMPAC events website

Highlights – Hartford Symphony Orchestra: Talcott Mountain Music Festival

• Little River Band • Ultimate Disney Tribute Band • U.S. Coast Guard Band

• Circus Smirkus • Dancing Under The Stars • Juneteenth Celebration

• Walk MS Simsbury • UConn Health Half Marathon • Donny's Dash


Nutrition Events with Hannah

ShopRite of Canton – Joseph Family Markets

• Ongoing – various days each month

Free • Register + Info – click here > enter zip code 06019

More Info – 860-693-3666 x3001 • ShopRite website

• Registered dietitian Hannah Waxler aims to help you live your healthy best


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

Great Escapes 3

Two Solo Shows: Deborah and Michael Sacks + Donna Davis

– Shows open 5/26 thru Saturday 6/24

Opening Reception – Saturday 6/3 – 6:00-8:00 pm

• Free – Fine art from artists across the Farmington Valley

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


Action Forum

Avon Aspires Community Dialogue Series

Avon Public Library

• Wednesday 5/31 – 6:00 pm

Free • Info – Sponsor website: Avon Friends for Equity

• All Avon residents invited — the goal: unify our community via mutual understanding and valuing our cultural differences


CT State Community College

• Apply for Free College Tuition

Free • Info + Apply – click here

• 5,000+ students have received free tuition

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


UConn Health Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

• Saturday 6/3 – start times staggered – 7:15-7:30 am

$20-$71 • Register + Info – race website

• Participants receive technical short-sleeve shirts and race finisher medals — race-day volunteers also welcome • UConn Health website


Pine Grove Schoolhouse – Open House

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

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

• Open House – Sunday 6/4 – 2:00-4:00 pm

– Schoolhouse open – June 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

• Info – click here • Avon Historical Society: 860-678-7621

Magna Walk & Talk

Collinsville – in front of LaSalle Market

• Tuesday 6/6 + Tuesday 7/12 – 1:00 pm

Free • Register – call 860-679-0430 – landline

• Walks are 30-60 minutes — walking conversation topics are your choice, with a goal of building community and growing in health-and-fitness knowledge

HostMagna Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center


Life-Saving Narcan Training Host – A Promise To Jordan

Simsbury Library

• Wednesday 6/7 – 6:00 pm

Free • Register + Info – click here • More Info – 860-390-1391 – info@apromisetojordan.org

• Two-hour training — learn about CT opioid overdoses and drug-supply trends,

and how to use Narcan to save a life — receive a FREE Narcan kit


Lunch & Learn – Chiropractic Can…

First & Last Tavern – Avon

Host – Nardi Family Chiropractic

• 12:30 pm • Saturday 6/10 – Tuesday 7/11 – Thursday 8/10 – Friday 11/10

Free • Register – 860-677-6401 • email: tammy@nardifamilychiropractic.com

• Meet Dr. Brian Nardi and learn how to solve your health concerns naturally


Granby Celebrates Juneteenth

Salmon Brook Park – Granby

• Saturday 6/17 – 10:00am-9:30pm – rain date: 6/18

Free • Info – click here

• Arts + education festival celebrates the newest federal holiday, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans — live music and much more


Juneteenth Celebration

Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center • SMPAC

– Multi-town sponsors – Avon, Canton, Farmington, Simsbury

• Saturday 6/17 – 12:00-4:00 pm

Free • Info – SMPAC website

• Celebrate culture, diversity, equity — live music, storytelling, children’s activities

• Bring a picnic lunch and take a seat at “The Longest Table” to foster ideas, initiatives and relationships


Habitat Ambassador Workshops

Habitat for Humanity: North Central Connecticut – Hartford

• Thursdays: 6/22 – 7/20 • 12:00-1:00 pm

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

• Mission overview and offering of ongoing volunteer positions with Habitat


Artifact Identification Day

Avon Senior Center

• Saturday 6/24 – 1:00-4:00 pm

Free • Register – required for 15-minute time slots – click here

• Bring up to 12 artifacts and objects for identification – with archaeologists from Institute for American Indian Studies and CT archaeology experts


Habitat Youth Advocacy & Engagement Conference

American Mural Project – Winsted

HostHabitat for Humanity • North Central Connecticut

• Thursday 7/27 – 8:30am-3:30pm

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

• Future leaders from ages 11-18 are invited for education sessions and service

• Habitat will provide bus and/or carpool transportation


U.M. ARMY Mission Weeks

• U.M. ARMY = United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth

Methodist churches – Farmington Valley + beyond

• July 9-15 – July 16-22 – July 23-29

InfoU.M. ARMY Northeast – Director Gina Grubbs • ginagrubbs@umarmy.org

• Mission opportunity for 6th-12th grade youth, young adults and adult mentors

• Local contact: Memorial United Methodist Church • Avon – 860-673-2111


Wheeler Health – 38th Annual Golf Classic

Country Club of Farmington

• Wednesday 9/13

Infowebsite • Sue O’Connell • 860-609-1583 • soconnell@wheelerclinic.org

• Fundraiser for Wheeler's Family Health & Wellness Centers in Bristol — registration is open — sponsors, players and prize donors are welcome


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

Thursday 9/21 7:00 pm – see below for webinar topic

Friday 10/13 • 7:00 pm – see below for webinar topic

Free Register – to receive Zoom link – click here

• Five online webinars – previous webinar links available here:

#1 – LIDAR Revolution in Earth Surface Mapping3/23

#2 – Hunting Techniques of the Paleo-Indian • 4/20

#3 – Big Importance of Small Things 5/11

Microscopic and Blood Residue Analysis of Ancient Stone Tools

#4 – Thursday 9/21 – Paleo-Indian Sites, Site Patterning & Travel Corridors

#5 – Friday 10/13 – Update on Brian D. Jones site in Avon CT

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

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


Open Mic Night @ LaSalle

LaSalle Market & Deli – Collinsville

• Fridays – 5:00-10:00 pm

Free • Info – click here • 860-693-8010

• Enjoy an evening of music and sometimes poetry, comedy and more — space is limited, so call ahead to secure your spot


"We Are Very Likely To Die"

Incredible True Story of Sinking of Sea Surveyor

Free – On-Demand Video – click here

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


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


Simsbury Public Library – Recurring Events + Programs

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

Lawyers in Libraries

• Various Mondays – 6:00 pm

• Receive free legal advice from volunteer attorney

Online: Poetry Group

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

• Write and share poems for constructive feedback

Online: Spanish Conversation Group

• Wednesdays – 11:00 am

• Practice speaking Spanish with others

English Conversation Club

• Fridays – 10:30 am

• Practice your English with others


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


Red Cross Blood Drives

Numerous locations in Farmington Valley

• Various 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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Coping with Grief and Loss During the Holidays

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

On-Demand ​Video click here

Helpful talk begins at 21:20 mark on video – after musical introduction

• Speaker – Joe Colletti • author + bereavement consultant

Free • 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)


UNEARTHING HISTORY – 2022 History Series

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

• Internationally significant find in Connecticut's Farmington Valley

Free 2022 Online Webinars — available on-demand 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

Dr. David Leslie – Part 1 Part 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

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

Free 2021 Online Webinars — available on-demand here:

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

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

#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 On-Demand VideoUnveiling 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:

Summers of Freedom: The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. in Connecticut


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Avon Memorial Day Parade

Host — Avon VFW Post 3272

Free • Starts at 34 Old Farms Road Avon: Board of Ed Annex

Ends at Avon Town Green — followed by ceremony at Veterans Memorial


Simsbury Duck Race

Simsbury Flower Bridge

Free • Info – www.SimsburyDuckRace.com

• Family event — duck races, carnival games, food, music — accepting sponsorships and prize donations


Armed Forces Day

New England Air Museum – South Windsor

Info – Rose Vigdal • Simsbury American Legion • marketingpost84@gmail.com

• Learn about American Legion’s effort to reduce the veteran suicide rate via the Be The One campaign — aimed at eliminating mental-health-related stigma

• Websites • Simsbury American Legion Post 84American Legion: Be The One


The Victorian Lady + Dress-Up Tea Party

Avon Congregational Church

• Fashion-and-lifestyle journey into the Edwardian era — with audience interaction and humor — plus afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones, desserts


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Black Comedy – by Peter Shaffer

Farmington Valley Stage Company – Collinsville

• Tickets + Info – www.fvstage.org


Boost Your Brain Health With Lifestyle and

Nutrition Choices You Can Make Today

Simsbury Public Library

Free • Register + Info – Library website

• Co-speakers — award-winning nutritionist Erika Dworkin and consultant Liz Cornish, owner of New Season in Life • 860-841-9504


Kid-Friendly Vernal Pool Exploration

Canton Land Trust – Uplands Preserve

Free • Info – CLCT website

• See springtime life emerging in these seasonal pools


Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra

Spring Concert – Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Lewis Mills High School Auditorium – Burlington

Free – but donations are accepted

The Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra is in the Avon-Canton Chamber of Commerce

• Info – website • 860-940-0562 • music@nutmegsymphony.org •


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Simsbury Community Housing Forum

Henry James Memorial School – Cafeteria

Free • Receive DEI updates – click here

• Food provided, all invited — discussion of inclusive housing vis-a-vis age, disability and socioeconomic status — hosted by Simsbury DEI Council


Find Peace In This Moment

Bridge Healing Arts Center – Farmington

• Mindfulness series for parents of children with special needs — for those with financial hardship, please email for options


Tastes of the Valley

Host – Rotary Club of Avon-Canton

Golf Club of Avon – May 2023

• 16th annual Tastes event – area restaurants offering delicious fare, wine and beer from local breweries, live music – fundraiser benefits Rotary Club initiatives


May Bird Hike – with Canton Land Trust

Sun, Wind and Woodland Preserve – Canton

Free • Info – CLCT website

• Look for migrating songbirds with Jay Kaplan, director of Roaring Brook Nature Center and Canton Land Trust


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National Day of Prayer

Simsbury events – 5/4

• Covenant Presbyterian Church – barn sanctuary

• Eno Memorial Hall – in front outside • inside if it rains

• New Life in Christ Fellowship

Free • Info – Dana Jorgensen: 860-658-7320 – Joan Rogers: 860-970-4457

• This annual tradition predates the founding of the U.S. — evidenced by a Continental Congress proclamation in 1775


Lions Club Pasta Dinner – for Local Charities

Avon Senior Center

• Info – 860-335-0836

• Meatballs, salad, rolls, wine, coffee, dessert — Avon Lions have hosted their annual pasta dinner for 30+ years — all proceeds go to local charities


Spring Soiree Fiesta

Home Is Where The Heart Is​

Hilliard Mills • Building 4 – Manchester

• Tickets + Info – click here • info@journeyhomect.org

• Fundraiser for Journey Home – entertainment, Mexican-style food, silent auction and more – join Valley residents + others who aim to end homelessness


Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer

International Skating Center of Connecticut – Simsbury

• Info – click hereISCC website

• All proceeds go to Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation and Connecticut Children's Medical Center


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Footloose the Musical – presented by Avon High Theater

Avon High School – Auditorium Stage

• Based on the 1984 movie of the same name starring Kevin Bacon


Lively Lore & Legends – Fact or Fiction?

Bus Tour – begins: Avon Senior Center

Visit historic sites in Canton, Avon and Unionville – hear legends and stories of ghosts, crimes, oddities and war – box lunch at Avon Senior Center

• Info – Farmington Valley CT Heritage Network


Ballet Theatre Company presents Cinderella The Bushnell – Hartford • Info – click here • 860-570-0440 – dance@dancebtc.org

• Company includes various Farmington Valley residents


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Simsbury Light Opera Company – Spring 2023 Shows

Gilbert & Sullivan's The Sorcerer + Trial by Jury

Henry James Memorial School – Simsbury

• Info – www.sloco.org – 860-325-0766


Embracing Retirement

Holy Family Retreat Center – West Hartford

Learn practices of mindfulness, mindful self-compassion and more — co-led by longtime Avon resident and psychotherapist Angela Mazur


Farmington River Trail Cleanup

Meet behind Canton Public Works Department – 50 River Road

Free • Volunteers needed to help with Earth Day cleanup project


Healthy Cooking – Meal Planning and Batch Cooking

Healing Meals – Simsbury

Dr. Ayelet Connell – executive chef, blogger, natural health expert – on building simple, healthy menus to save time and energy


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Kala Farnham – Concert

• Connecticut State Troubadour 2022-25 • Award-Winning Songwriter •

Farmington Main Library – Jay Johnston Community Room • 860-673-6791

• Yes, a free-of-charge opportunity to see an amazing songwriter and storyteller

• Kala Farnham has opened for Don McLean, Tony Bennett and other notables

Song Sample – YouTube: David by Kala Farnham • Kala's website

2020 Limelight Music Awards – Video of Year (Solo Artist) nominee

2021 New England Music Awards – Performer of Year + Best in CT nominee


Welcoming Affordable Housing in Suburbs – Speaker Series

Free • Sponsor – Hartford Foundation for Public Giving • 860-548-1888

Four-part series — partly in Farmington Valley


Avon Aspires Community Dialogues

Avon Public Library • Sponsor – Avon Friends for Equity

Free • Register – click here

All Avon residents invited — the goal: unify our community via mutual understanding and valuing our cultural differences


Cannabis in CT and Its Impact on Our Youth

Simsbury Public Library – Tariffville Room

• Wednesday 4/5 – 6:00-8:00pm

Free • Register + Info – click here • 860-390-1391 • info@apromisetojordan.org

Sponsored by A Promise to Jordan and Governor's Prevention Partnership


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College Scholarships Offered

Canton Dollars for Scholars

• Application deadline – Monday 4/3

Free to apply • Info – Canton Dollars for Scholars website

Open to all high school seniors who live in Canton and/or attend Canton High


Habitat Playhouse Ambassador Training

Habitat for Humanity: North Central Connecticut – Hartford

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

Unique building opportunity for teams to work together to build and decorate children’s playhouses – we will build two playhouses from kit to completion


Avon Public Library – Events + Programs

•​ ​Free • Register​ + Info – www.avonctlibrary • 860-673-9712

• email – avonref@avonctlibrary.info

If you don't see certain events at the library link above, click the +More button


Community Theater in Avon – Planning Meeting

Avon Public Library – Community Room

Free • Register + Info – email: Avonplayhouse44@gmail.com

Avon writer and resident Joel Samberg is looking to form a drama nonprofit – learn how you can help make this dream a reality • Samberg website


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How Can We Use Food As Medicine?

Healing Meals – Simsbury

Dr. Ayelet Connell — natural health expert, coach, blogger — speaks about how diet can improve wellness and prevent disease • Nourishing Ourselves series


TableScapes Fundraiser – Avon Historical Society

North House – Avon

• Info – avonhistoricalsociety.org or 860-670-3225

Showcasing creative table settings to inspire your own tabletop designs – proceeds to benefit renovations of Avon's historic 1823 Schoolhouse


Canton Greater Together

Community Fund Grant Applications

Free • Application materials and FAQs – www.hfpg.org/cantoncf

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

• The Canton Greater Together Community Fund is connected to the Hartford Foundation For Public Giving • Grants also offered for other Valley and CT towns • Info


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Fundraiser for Journey Home – Pub Night

The REC Hartford

Register + Info – click here

• More info – Journey Home website – email: info@journeyhomect.org

Drinks, pub food, karaoke, trivia, pool, foosball — to help end homelessness


Ballet Theatre Company presents UP Close

Ron & Nancy Compton Studio – West Hartford

Tickets + Info – click here • 860-570-0440 • dance@dancebtc.org

Mixed-repertoire performance, including new works by artistic director Stephanie Dattellas – company includes Farmington Valley residents


Avon Dollars for Scholars – Fundraiser #1

$25 donation – receive Scenes of Avon bag designed by Avon High art students

• Info – Avon Dollars for Scholars website – avon@dollarsforscholars.org


Veterans Coffee Hour

Canton Community Center

Free • Coffee and tea provided

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

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


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Pooch Playoffs – Photo Charity Event

Kindred & Crew – The Shops – Canton

$99 • Register + Info – hollyspencer.photography/poochplayoffs

• 860-840-7408 – email: contact@hollyspencer.photography Is your dog the cutest pup in town? Put your pup to the test with this bracket-style photo competition benefiting Fetching Hearts Rescue


Ash Wednesday Service

Trinity Episcopal Church – Collinsville


Avon Dollars for Scholars – Fundraiser #2

Avon Prime Meats

InfoDollars for Scholars website – avon@dollarsforscholars.org

• Portion of sales donated for scholarships for Avon residents

• If unable to attend – text ADFS to 44321 to donate


Learning to Love Yourself – Healing Meals

140 Nod Road – Simsbury

• Join author and coach Angela Silva Mendes for the Nourishing Ourselves series – aiming to restore your energy and feed your soul


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Historic 19th-Century Quilts on Display

Avon Congregational Church 

Free • one-time event

• Two remarkable quilts made in Avon can be viewed – but only for two hours

• In the early 1850s, 81 people came together to join their names and sentiments on a Signature Quilt – sponsored by Avon Historical Society


Online: Learn How to Use MyChart

Presented by UConn Health – Farmington

Free • Register – click here • Webinar Series Info – click here

Further info: Chris DeFrancesco – email: cdefrancesco@uchc.edu

• MyChart = UConn Health patient portal


Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Simsbury Inn

Simsbury Inn

• Sweetheart Dinner Specials – Tuesday 2/14

InfoValentine's specialsSimsbury Inn

• Reservations – Hotel: 860-651-5700 • Restaurant: 860-392-0309


Ballet Theatre Company – One Night in Hollywood West Hartford Town Hall

• Info – event website – 860-570-0440 – dance@dancebtc.org

Company includes various Farmington Valley residents


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Hempy Hour

Tri-It Taproom – Avon

• Wednesday 2/8 – 6:00-8:00 pm

Free • Info – Facebook link

Learn about CBD — includes refreshments, samples and raffle


Avon Public Library

• Events + Programs

Free – unless noted

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