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September 2018

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

You’re probably hearing the word “transgender” more and more, but do you really know what it’s all about?  Here’s your chance to learn what it means to be transgender, in a safe and comfortable space with an informal presentation co-sponsored by the Avon Library and Avon Senior Center

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October 2018

Current Events Club

Tuesday, October 2 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Atrium, First Floor Reference Area, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Tuesday Morning, until we run out of news.... How this group works: Bring a topic you'd like to discuss! The topics will be voted on by the members present at the session, and the top two will be discussed that morning. Plan on about an hour or so of conversation and debate, organized by Hamilton Freeman, Avon resident. Bring snacks to share with the group.

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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. Register here: http://ctdata.org/academy/oct2018dbavon/ www.ctdata.org

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Firefighter Film Series: Backdraft

Thursday, October 4 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 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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Current Events Club

Tuesday, October 9 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Atrium, First Floor Reference Area, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Tuesday Morning, until we run out of news.... How this group works: Bring a topic you'd like to discuss! The topics will be voted on by the members present at the session, and the top two will be discussed that morning. Plan on about an hour or so of conversation and debate, organized by Hamilton Freeman, Avon resident. Bring snacks to share with the group.

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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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Current Events Club

Tuesday, October 16 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Atrium, First Floor Reference Area, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Tuesday Morning, until we run out of news.... How this group works: Bring a topic you'd like to discuss! The topics will be voted on by the members present at the session, and the top two will be discussed that morning. Plan on about an hour or so of conversation and debate, organized by Hamilton Freeman, Avon resident. Bring snacks to share with the group.

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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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Current Events Club

Tuesday, October 23 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Atrium, First Floor Reference Area, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Tuesday Morning, until we run out of news.... How this group works: Bring a topic you'd like to discuss! The topics will be voted on by the members present at the session, and the top two will be discussed that morning. Plan on about an hour or so of conversation and debate, organized by Hamilton Freeman, Avon resident. Bring snacks to share with the group.

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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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2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement: From Breakdown to Breakthrough

Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States

While environmentalists fret over the looming prospect of global warming, rising sea levels, more intense hurricanes and typhoons, changed rainfall patterns, intensifying flood and drought risks – and the failure of the global community to respond to these threats with greater vigor, Professor Esty argues that the “outcome” of the recent Paris Climate Change (“CoP21”) Conference (which goes beyond the formal “Paris Agreement”) offers the foundation for a ramped-up global response to climate change. 

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Current Events Club

Tuesday, October 30 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Atrium, First Floor Reference Area, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Tuesday Morning, until we run out of news.... How this group works: Bring a topic you'd like to discuss! The topics will be voted on by the members present at the session, and the top two will be discussed that morning. Plan on about an hour or so of conversation and debate, organized by Hamilton Freeman, Avon resident. Bring snacks to share with the group.

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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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The Book Thief: an exploration of language and imagery

Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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Join us for a discussion and interactive art experience, for teens and adults! This title is part of PBS's Great American Read.

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Current Events Club

Tuesday, November 6 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Atrium, First Floor Reference Area, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Tuesday Morning, until we run out of news.... How this group works: Bring a topic you'd like to discuss! The topics will be voted on by the members present at the session, and the top two will be discussed that morning. Plan on about an hour or so of conversation and debate, organized by Hamilton Freeman, Avon resident. Bring snacks to share with the group.

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Roundtable Book Discussion: Playing with fire by Lawrence O’Donnell

Tuesday, November 6 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Atrium, First Floor Reference Area, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

About this book: The 1968 U.S. Presidential election was the young Lawrence O’Donnell’s political awakening, and in the decades since it has remained one of his abiding fascinations.  For years he has deployed one of America’s shrewdest political minds to understanding its dynamics, not just because it is fascinating in itself, but because in it is contained the essence of what makes America different, and how we got to where we are now. Playing With Fire represents O’Donnell’s master class in American…

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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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Current Events Club

Tuesday, November 13 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Atrium, First Floor Reference Area, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Tuesday Morning, until we run out of news.... How this group works: Bring a topic you'd like to discuss! The topics will be voted on by the members present at the session, and the top two will be discussed that morning. Plan on about an hour or so of conversation and debate, organized by Hamilton Freeman, Avon resident. Bring snacks to share with the group.

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Almost Sunrise: documentary film screening and discussion

Tuesday, November 13 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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Almost Sunrise is a story of veteran resilience and recovery. The film follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who struggle with depression upon returning home from service. Fearful of succumbing to the epidemic of veteran suicide, they seek a lifeline and embark on a 2,700-mile walk across America   as a way to confront their inner pain. The film captures an intimate portrait of two friends suffering from the unseen wounds of war as they discover an unlikely…

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Current Events Club

Tuesday, November 20 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Atrium, First Floor Reference Area, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Tuesday Morning, until we run out of news.... How this group works: Bring a topic you'd like to discuss! The topics will be voted on by the members present at the session, and the top two will be discussed that morning. Plan on about an hour or so of conversation and debate, organized by Hamilton Freeman, Avon resident. Bring snacks to share with the group.

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Movie: Saving Mr. Banks

Tuesday, November 20 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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The surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins! Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. 2004 2 hours and 5 min. Rated PG-13 No registration. Just drop in!  

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Current Events Club

Tuesday, November 27 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Atrium, First Floor Reference Area, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States

Every Tuesday Morning, until we run out of news.... How this group works: Bring a topic you'd like to discuss! The topics will be voted on by the members present at the session, and the top two will be discussed that morning. Plan on about an hour or so of conversation and debate, organized by Hamilton Freeman, Avon resident. Bring snacks to share with the group.

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December 2018

Holidays with Adriana Trigiani

Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Offsite: Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Rd.
Avon, Connecticut 06001
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Adriana Trigiani returns with her new book, Tony's Wife. Celebrate the holidays with us as we welcome her back to Avon.

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CUBA: more than rum and revolution!

Sunday, December 16 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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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!

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