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July 2018

Farmers Market!

Monday, July 16 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, August 27, 2018

Library Parking Lot, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Monday in July and August, from 4pm-7pm, in the library's parking lot. The market is held rain or shine! View our vendor list here Check Facebook and Instagram for updates before each market!

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Local Author Festival: Lifestyle Authors

Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
AFPL Local Author Festival

Meet authors who write about topics that can improve your life! Lifestyle Author Panel featuring Elizabeth M. Adler, Amy Alamar, Janet Verney, Judith Dreyer, Cynthia Mazzaferro, Katherine Hauswirth, Elizabeth Hill

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Mac classes with Sue Werner

Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Spent Tuesday nights with us this summer, learning how to get the most out of our Macintosh devices.

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The Last Mrs. Parrish: Author Liv Constantine returns!

Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

The Constantine sisters are back with the paperback release of their best-selling book! Join us for this author interview and book signing. We first hosted Lynn & Val when The Last Mrs. Parrish was released. In the year since we’ve hosted the Constantine sisters, The Last Mrs. Parrish has become a national bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, a People Magazine Best Pick, a New York Post Must Reads, a “Best Of Skimm Reads 2017” selection, and a Library Reads selection, and…

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Freedom of the Press Film Series: The Post

Friday, July 20 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Join us for a film series that examines Freedom of the Press. Films start at 1:30; those that include a discussion afterwards are noted. Film discussions will be led by Bob Kagan, Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford. 7/20 The Post, (Rated PG-13) 8/3 Broadcast news, with discussion, (Rated R) 8/10 Network, with discussion (Rated R) 8/17 Newsies (Rated PG, musical) 9/20 (Thursday @ 6:30 pm!) All the President’s Men, with discussion, (Rated PG)…

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Farmers Market!

Monday, July 23 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, August 27, 2018

Library Parking Lot, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Monday in July and August, from 4pm-7pm, in the library's parking lot. The market is held rain or shine! View our vendor list here Check Facebook and Instagram for updates before each market!

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Local Author Festival: History Author Panel

Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
AFPL Local Author Festival

Hear from talented history writers! History Author Panel featuring Arthur Pope, Ira Spar MD, Joseph Williams, Patrick Nolan

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Mac classes with Sue Werner

Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Spent Tuesday nights with us this summer, learning how to get the most out of our Macintosh devices.

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“Freedom of the Press” Film Series: Broadcast News

Friday, July 27 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Presented by Bob Kagan, details to follow Rated R, 132 minutes  

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Farmers Market!

Monday, July 30 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, August 27, 2018

Library Parking Lot, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Monday in July and August, from 4pm-7pm, in the library's parking lot. The market is held rain or shine! View our vendor list here Check Facebook and Instagram for updates before each market!

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Author William Martin visits

Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Author William Martin visits to celebrate the launch of his new book!

Rare-book dealer Peter Fallon returns in a thrilling historical novel about the California Gold Rush, by New York Times bestselling author William Martin. Books will be for sale at this event.

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Mac classes with Sue Werner

Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Spent Tuesday nights with us this summer, learning how to get the most out of our Macintosh devices.

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August 2018

Freedom of the Press Film Series: Broadcast News

Friday, August 3 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Join us for a film series that examines Freedom of the Press. Films start at 1:30; those that include a discussion afterwards are noted. Film discussions will be led by Bob Kagan, Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford. 8/3 Broadcast news, with discussion, (Rated R) 8/10 Network, with discussion (Rated R) 8/17 Newsies (Rated PG, musical) 9/20 (Thursday @ 6:30 pm!) All the President’s Men, with discussion, (Rated PG) This is one of the…

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Farmers Market!

Monday, August 6 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, August 27, 2018

Library Parking Lot, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Monday in July and August, from 4pm-7pm, in the library's parking lot. The market is held rain or shine! View our vendor list here Check Facebook and Instagram for updates before each market!

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Mac classes with Sue Werner

Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Spent Tuesday nights with us this summer, learning how to get the most out of our Macintosh devices.

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Author Kristan Higgins and comedian Lisa Lampanelli

Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Explore the power of female  friendships and the importance of self-acceptance with these two successful women! New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins is here with her summer release, Good luck with that.

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Author Event with Courtney Maum

Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Offsite: Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St.
Simsbury, CT 06085 United States
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This event will be held at the Simsbury Library, co-sponsor of this event. Now in paperback from Courtney Maum, the exceptionally acclaimed author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, TOUCH is a timely and satirical but also moving story about a leading trend forecaster who suddenly finds herself in the position of wanting to overturn her own predictions. Sloane Jacobsen was the foreseer of “the swipe,” among many other successful premonitions, and global fashion, lifestyle, and tech companies pay to hear her opinions on…

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“Freedom of the Press” Film Series: Network

Friday, August 10 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Join us for a film series that examines Freedom of the Press. Films start at 1:30; those that include a discussion afterwards are noted. Film discussions will be led by Bob Kagan, Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford. 8/10 Network, with discussion (Rated R) 8/17 Newsies (Rated PG, musical) 9/20 (Thursday @ 6:30 pm!) All the President’s Men, with discussion, (Rated PG) This is one of the many events in our "Examining Freedom of…

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Farmers Market!

Monday, August 13 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, August 27, 2018

Library Parking Lot, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Monday in July and August, from 4pm-7pm, in the library's parking lot. The market is held rain or shine! View our vendor list here Check Facebook and Instagram for updates before each market!

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The Handmaid’s Tale: the book, the show, the impact

Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Two professors, two perspectives.
Please read or watch The Handmaid’s Tale before attending this interdisciplinary analysis and discussion.

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Mac classes with Sue Werner

Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, August 14, 2018

281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001

Spent Tuesday nights with us this summer, learning how to get the most out of our Macintosh devices.

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Discovering Katherine Graham: a discussion of her biography, and The Post

Wednesday, August 15 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

This program will consider relevant sections of Katherine Graham's Pulitzer Prize winning biography, Personal History (1997) alongside the film adaptation, The Post . We will focus on Graham's representations of the Newspaper Guild and the pressman's strike, the Pentagon Papers, the Watergate Affair, and the Vietnam War in light how The Post depicts the struggle to uphold the principles of journalistic integrity when faced with adversity. Literature discussion will be led by Aimee Pozorski, CCSU English Department; film discussion will…

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Cuba: more than rum and revolution!

Thursday, August 16 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Cuba is a country that has been a mystery to many people in the United States. For decades, US tourism to Cuba has been illegal, and the importation of Cuban coffee, rum and other goodies has been banned. Why is that and should we care? Dr. Cynthia Pope, CCSU  Geography Department,  has been researching and traveling in Cuba for over 20 years and will argue that we should definitely care!  Cuba has been tied to the US because of its…

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Local Author Festival: Mystery Author Panel

Thursday, August 16 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
AFPL Local Author Festival

It's mystery author night! Mystery Author Panel featuring Dawn Leger, Steve Liskow, Penny Goetjen, Martin Herman, Marian Lanouette, and Chris Knopf

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Freedom of the Press Film Series: Newsies

Friday, August 17 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Join us for a film series that examines Freedom of the Press. Films start at 1:30; those that include a discussion afterwards are noted. Film discussions will be led by Bob Kagan, Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford. 8/17 Newsies (Rated PG, musical) 9/20 (Thursday @ 6:30 pm!) All the President’s Men, with discussion, (Rated PG) This is one of the many events in our "Examining Freedom of the Press" series designed in partnership…

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Farmers Market!

Monday, August 20 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, August 27, 2018

Library Parking Lot, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Monday in July and August, from 4pm-7pm, in the library's parking lot. The market is held rain or shine! View our vendor list here Check Facebook and Instagram for updates before each market!

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“We Hold These Truths”: The Declaration of Independence; A Single Page that Changed the World

Tuesday, August 21 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Join Bev York, historian and educator, for an interactive and illustrated discussion about the events  surrounding the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the second Continental Congress. Discover and digest the contents of the document and the Bill of Rights through excerpts of the text and the arts.  We’ll    consider and connect its relevance to America 242 year later. This is one of the many events in our "Examining Freedom of the Press" series designed in partnership by the Avon Free…

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Divergent: the books, the movies, the end of the world…

Tuesday, August 21 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Join our EPIC  Divergent
TEEN + Adult/Book + Movie
crossover discussion event led by Dr. Paul Karpuk, CCSU English Department.

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Galileo visits Avon!

Thursday, August 23 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Meet Galileo! A dramatic portrayal by Michael T. Francis. Galileo is on a book tour promoting his most recent treatise, Siderius Nuncius. This book might just change the world… Galileo Galilei the Starry Messenger is suited for audiences of all ages, bringing the father of modern science back to discuss his most recent discoveries made with his wonderful telescope. Using the gifts of a storyteller and actively involving the audience, Galileo takes his audience through the discoveries that changed the very nature of science. Michael T.…

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Local Author Festival: Non-Fiction Writers Panel

Thursday, August 23 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
AFPL Local Author Festival

Non-Fiction Author Panel featuring Matthew Dicks, Brian Jud, Lisa G. Samia, Laura Noe, Dawn Hoffman, and Twinkle Shah

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Farmers Market!

Monday, August 27 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, August 27, 2018

Library Parking Lot, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Monday in July and August, from 4pm-7pm, in the library's parking lot. The market is held rain or shine! View our vendor list here Check Facebook and Instagram for updates before each market!

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September 2018

Trouble in the Land of Stead Habits: How we got to the Constitution of 1818

Monday, September 10 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Offsite: West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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Connecticut in 1818 was in many ways eerily similar to Connecticut in 2018: A troubled state, seeking a new direction.  This lecture, presented by Walter Woodward,Connecticut State Historian. Ph.D., Connecticut Associate Professor, Connecticut State Historian , will highlight the perfect storm of crises — environmental, economic, demographic, religious, and political — which converged in the middle of the eighteen-teens (1810s) to force the state to rethink the ways it had been conducting its affairs for the previous two centuries.  The…

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The Bill of Rights for High School Students

Wednesday, September 12 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

What can students say and do to exercise the First Amendment right of free speech and freedom of religion in schools?  How has the Supreme Court ruled on these issues, and what avenues of redress are open to students if they think that their rights have been violated?  These and other questions will be explored in this session. Geared for teens, adults are welcome, too! This program will be led by Stephen McGrath, CCSU History Department. This is one of the many events…

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The popularity of Alexander Hamilton

Thursday, September 13 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

    Discover the inspiring story of the Alexander Hamilton, who stood for American ideals. Bev York, historian and educator, will share an illustrated talk about his contributions, struggles, and tragic death.  After years of being perceived in a supporting role, Hamilton’s star has risen, confirming his belief that "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."

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Fabulous Fabrics and Fashions of India

Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Join us as local families model the different styles of Indian attire, representing numerous geographic states of India, while explaining the variety of fabrics used. Plus, we’ll offer a glimpse of a wedding celebration! A Saree is a garment from India that consists of a drape varying from five to nine yards in length and two to four feet in width. It is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff. We want your help!  If you would like…

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Social media, the press, and us

Monday, September 17 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

    The everyday reality of media use around the globe is changing rapidly due to the proliferation of smart phones, tablets and multiple screens that allow access to and immediate dissemination of news. The US President prefers to communicate via twitter feed while labeling mainstream journalism as "fake news"; Facebook data has been hacked to access personal information about users' likes and dislikes. Many teenagers communicate rather via text messages than in person, let alone speak on the phone. This…

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Freedom of the Press Film Series: All The President’s Men

Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

All the President's Men, 1976, Rated PG - It’s been over 40 years since the release of this movie but Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman still sizzle as two young reporters investigating the Watergate break-in that ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. If ever there was a movie that underscored the importance of a free press in American democracy this is it. The wonderful supporting cast includes Jason Robards and Hal Holbrook.  Run time is 120…

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Transgender 101-What’s it all about?

Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Co-sponsored with the Senior Center Jill is a 57 year old transgender woman who transitioned two years ago.  Her talk is a comfortable and informal presentation (it does not get into politics or religion) on what it means to be transgender. This will be done by sharing her personal journey, victories and hardships.  She will discuss: The coming out process The transition process (G-rated) The acceptance process Terms and definitions Right and wrong questions to ask other transgender people.  …

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October 2018

Standing Order of 1639-1818 lecture with Eugene Leach

Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Offsite: Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main St.
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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Join us for a lecture on Connecticut's history by Eugene Leach. This event will be held at the Avon Congregational Church, Avon. This event is made possible by a grant from CT Humanities

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Data Basics

Wednesday, October 3 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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Data Basics is the CTData Academy's introductory session designed to expand data literacy. Participants come away with a greater understanding of data collection and analysis and a more critical eye towards data encountered in everyday life. www.ctdata.org

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Firefighter Film Series: Backdraft

Thursday, October 4 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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Backdraft  Rated R, 1991, 2 hours and 17 min. Two Chicago firefighter brothers who don't get along have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose. Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Kurt Russell and Robert De Niro. This film is co-sponsored by the Avon Volunteer Fire Department in honor of their 75th anniversary.

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Witch of Willow Hall: author event with Hester Fox

Monday, October 15 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Atrium, First Floor Reference Area, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States
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The Witch of Willow Hall: When a scandal sends the affluent Montroses fleeing from their home in Boston and into rural seclusion at the stately Willow Hall, daughter Lydia resents the move. Especially when it becomes obvious that Willow Hall hides dark secrets that no one in the Montrose family anticipated. And when tragedy strikes, the sinister presence lurking in the house and its surrounding woods starts encroaching on the Montrose’s lives. Summoning powers she barely understands, Lydia must engage…

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Explore art from the Wadsworth Atheneum

Wednesday, October 17 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Explore Art from the Atheneum, an interactive discussion of highlights from the Atheneum’s collections for adults. Participants will learn more about the history of the museum and its diverse holdings through this hour-long exploration using poster reproductions of collection objects. About the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: Founded in 1842 by Daniel Wadsworth as a place for art on Main Street, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of art is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States. The…

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Firefighter Film Series: Burn

Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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Burn  Not Rated, 2012, 1 hour and 26 min. Documentary about Detroit told through the eyes of firefighters charged with the task of saving a city. Directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez. Executive producer Denis Leary. This film is co-sponsored by the Avon Volunteer Fire Department in honor of their 75th anniversary.

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Episcopalians in Connecticut: Religious freedom and education reform

Monday, October 22 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

Episcopalians in Connecticut: Religious freedom and education reform Monday, October 22, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Presented by Stephen McGrath, History Professor at CCSU. The Constitution of 1818 brought true religious freedom to Connecticut.  It ended the status of the Congregational Church as the state church, and freed local public schools from Congregational church control. It enabled dissenters such as Episcopalians, Methodists and Baptists to form their own schools.  With freedom to educate, Connecticut's religious minorities finally enjoyed religious freedom that they…

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Firefighter Film Series: Towering Inferno

Thursday, October 25 at 1:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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The Towering Inferno  Rated PG, 1974, 1 hour and 55 min. At the opening party of a colossal but poorly constructed office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it. Directed by John Guilermin. Starring Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and William Holden. This film is co-sponsored by the Avon Volunteer Fire Department in honor of their 75th anniversary.

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November 2018

Firefighter Film Series: Ladder 49

Thursday, November 1 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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Ladder 49  Rated PG-13, 2004, 1 hour and 55 min. An injured firefighter, trapped in a burning building, has flashbacks of his life as he drifts in and out of consciousness. Meanwhile, fellow firefighters led by the chief attempt to rescue him. Directed by Jay Russell. Starring Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta. This film is co-sponsored by the Avon Volunteer Fire Department in honor of their 75th anniversary.

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QPR training: suicide prevention

Tuesday, November 6 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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QPR training with Justine Ginsberg

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The People Have Sung: Popular Songs of 1818

Wednesday, November 7 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Offsite: Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Rd.
Avon, Connecticut 06001

The People Have Sung: Popular Songs of 1818  Wed., November 7, 2018, 2:00 pm  This program includes songs that were popular or familiar in CT during the period. The discussion will include background on the songs and how they reflected the cultural, political or "just plain human" sensibilities of the day.  Songs that were already well-known in the Colonial era were still widely popular in 1818.  More modern songs from the time of the 1812 war were entering the public domain. …

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