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July 2019

Family Adventure Days: A Storm is Coming!

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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Free

Join the CHS as we investigate the history of weather! Learn about some of the largest storms to ever hit Connecticut, and then create your very own “Storm in a Jar” by performing a special science experiment! This program is free with admission and great for children ages 4 and up. For more information, please contact Katerina Mazzacane, Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs, at 860-236-5621 x222, or email Katerina_mazzacane@chs.org.

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Laughter Yoga

July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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(Hosted by Myléne on 1st Tuesdays; Dawn on 3rd Tuesdays)
The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457 United States
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Donations Welcomed

Hosted on the first Tuesday of the month by local healer, Mylene, and the third Tuesday of the month by local healer, Dawn Tyson, Laughter Yoga is a class that enables you to practice laughing so that when life happens and it gets difficult, you can laugh and change your perspective and state of mind. It involves child-like play with meditation and breathing exercises and laughing (no yoga mats needed). Some benefits of laughter yoga include: Easy and fun exercise for health and happiness, reduces stress instantly, strengthens immune system, keeps you in a good mood and cheerful throughout the day, oxygenates your brain and makes you feel more energetic, keeps positive mental attitude in difficult times, burns calories and even increases memory. See what the Hartford Courant had to say recently Dawn Tyson is a Case Manager full time at TCI for SHF. She’s a single mom of an adult son. In everyday life she uses laughing as a coping skill to deal with the stresses of everyday life. She recently became certified as a Laughter Yoga Instructor November 5, 2017. Laughter Yoga was discovered in India by Dr. Katuria and his wife and was brought to the United States in the early 90’s. Get more laughter into your own life! Laughter has proven to help with anxiety, blood pressure, and decreasing stress. Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine, which combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can laugh without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is initially simulated as physical exercise while maintaining eye contact with others in the group and promoting childlike playfulness. In most cases, this soon leads to real and contagious laughter. Science has proven that the body cannot differentiate between simulated and real laughter. Laughter Yoga is the only technique that allows adults to achieve sustained hearty laughter without involving cognitive thought. This powerful experience often leads to a healthy emotional catharsis and a feeling of release and joyfulness that can last for days.

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Crystal Bowl Sound Healing w/ Lou Sorrentino

July 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457 United States
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Donations Welcomed

Every third Tuesday, Crystal Bowl Sound Healing is held at 7:30pm! Hosted by Lou Sorrentino, sound healing combines psychological therapies with music to heal the body. With instruments such as Crystal Bowls crafted for perfect resonance, Lou restores energy flows to their proper states and bring peace to our bodies.

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A Brief History of Connecticut’s LGBTQ Community: A Traveling Exhibit and Digital Timeline

July 17
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 3, 2019

Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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Developed by the Connecticut Historical Society in partnership with Central Connecticut State University, this traveling exhibit consists of eight pop-up banners. The exhibit explores the idea of the LGBTQ community becoming a community, finding its voice, moving from invisibility to visibility, and moving from an underground existence to a claimed communal identity. A digital timeline contains additional stories from Connecticut’s LGBTQ history. The timeline is currently in test phase and will be updated throughout the summer. Questions or comments about the timeline? Contact Exhibit Developer Ben Gammell at ben_gammell@chs.org or call 860-236-5621 ext. 252.

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A Brief History of Connecticut’s LGBTQ Community: A Traveling Exhibit and Digital Timeline

July 17
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 3, 2019

Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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Developed by the Connecticut Historical Society in partnership with Central Connecticut State University, this traveling exhibit consists of eight pop-up banners. The exhibit explores the idea of the LGBTQ community becoming a community, finding its voice, moving from invisibility to visibility, and moving from an underground existence to a claimed communal identity. A digital timeline contains additional stories from Connecticut’s LGBTQ history. The timeline is currently in test phase and will be updated throughout the summer. Questions or comments about the timeline? Contact Exhibit Developer Ben Gammell at ben_gammell@chs.org or call 860-236-5621 ext. 252.

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Take Note! 75 Years of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

July 17
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 10, 2019

Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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Drawing from archival materials from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and CHS collection, Take Note! 75 Years of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra celebrates the vibrant history of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra during their 75thanniversary year. The exhibit highlights the decades-long history of HSO, the people behind the music, and the important collaborations that have musically shaped the Greater Hartford community. It also explores HSO’s Listen, Share, Celebrate! initiative, which is a multi-season community music initiative that studies and then shares the diverse sounds of the Hartford region’s wide array of cultures, religions, and neighborhoods.

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Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour

July 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until October 16, 2019

Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Avenue
Hartford, CT 06114 United States
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$5.00

Bob Chudy leads this introductory tour about Cedar Hill Cemetery’s most prominent residents. Hear about the discoverer of anesthesia and his tragic life, the woman behind the management of Colt Manufacturing, and the man who saved the country from bankruptcy twice. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

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Behind the Scenes Collections Spotlight: Fashions of our Friends and Neighbors

July 17 @ 10:00 am
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$4 – $6

Please join us at Windsor Historical Society on July 17, 2109 at 10 a.m. for a close look at some pieces from our costume collections with Curator Kristen Wands. Her focus will be on clothing and accessories worn by people who lived within a few doors of the museum. The pieces date from about 1795 to around 1900. You will become acquainted with individuals from the Nelson, Morgan, Ellsworth, Stiles, and Chaffee families. Examine their garments (wedding garb and shoes, a tea gown and other dresses, shirts, hair bracelets, a hat, and a cloak) and learn about construction and stylistic change over time. Sometimes, family history passed down with collections items is not quite right. Wands will present forensic evidence that led her to slightly different conclusions about a few of the items you will study. Enrollment is limited to fifteen people and reservations must be made by July 16. If we cannot accommodate everyone interested at the July 17 session, we will hold another session the day following. Cost for the program is $6 for adults, $5  for seniors, and $4 for Windsor Historical Society members. Contact windsorhistoricalsociety.org to register online or 860-688-3813 for information and registration.

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Wednesday Morning Book Club

July 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd.
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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Free

Interested in meeting new people? Looking for an opportunity to engage in interesting discussions? Want to explore books you might not ordinarily choose? If the answer is yes, consider joining the Wednesday Morning Book Club.  The informal group meets once a month on Wednesday mornings at the Avon Free Public Library. Everyone is welcome, no registration required. Books are available ahead of time at the Reference Desk. The Summer 2019 schedule is as follows: Wednesday, July 17 @ 10:30 a.m. Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday. An exploration of inequities in age, power, wealth, fame, geography, and justice told through overlapping stories. Wednesday, August 21 @ 10:30 a.m. Before We Were Yours  by Lisa Wingate. A novel based on the true scandal of a Memphis adoption organization that kidnapped children and sold them to wealthy families. Wednesday, September 18 @ 10:30 a.m. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. An international bestseller based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor and the woman he fell in love with. The library is at 281 Country Club Road in Avon. For further information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 ext. 4 or visit us online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

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Eight to the Bar in Concert

July 17 @ 6:30 pm
Elizabeth Park, 1561 Asylum avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117 United States
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Free

Eight To The Bar was founded in 1975 by Cynthia Lyon, principal songwriter and arranger. The band is known for its swing, boogie-woogie, and close vocal harmonies, but they also perform country, pop, and jazz. They were voted Best Overall Band in the CT NOW 2018 Readers’ Poll. Colin Tilton, sax & flute, played on Van Morrison’s classic album Moondance. He also played with the Etta James band, and opened for the Rolling Stones on their Some Girls tour in 1978. He joined ETTB in 1989 and has recorded and produced the band’s last eight CDs at this own Barnone Studio in Northford, Connecticut. Cynthia Lyon, band leader, vocals, & keyboard, founded and leads the band. She has also played with Amyl and the Icons and the Dirty Blondes of New York City. Shawn Meehan, drums & percussion, a graduate of the Berklee School of Music, teaches drums in Boston. He has toured extensively throughout the US and Europe, and has played with a number of swing and classic R&B bands, including Tony Lynn Washington, Eddie Kirkland and Johnnie Marshall. Brinna Jones, vocals & percussion, began singing professionally in 2002 in the Boston area. In 2005 she sang big band and jazz numbers, opening for the Bob Newhart Show. She then joined Souled Out and opened for The Drifters, The Pointer Sisters, and The Temptations. Brinna has written some songs for ETTB. Ralph Delucia, guitar & vocals, is well known throughout New England for his performances with many bands, including The Dogs, Little Anthony, Think Ice, Christine Ohlman, and Colin Hay. Eric Kuhn, bass guitar & vocals, the newest member of ETTB, has been performing and composing in Connecticut since the late 1970s. In 1988 he founded The Bus, a beloved Middletown rock trio, with Michael Cleary and Paul Bozzi. Eric is known for his vocal dexterity, which can range from do-wop bass to swing soprano as part of the vocal trio. Concert is FREE and picnics are welcome. Rain Date is Thursday, July 18 Order from the Pond House Cafe's Grab & Go Menu! Call 860-231-8823 or visit pondhouseorders.com ahead of the show, and your meal will be ready when you arrive. Every purchase made at the Pond House supports the Elizabeth Park Conservancy and the beautiful gardens.

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