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April 2021

Sensational: The Hidden History of America’s “Girl Stunt Reporters”/Virtual Author Event with Kim Todd

Monday, April 19 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Join us for a virtual author event with Kim Todd! About Sensational: In the waning years of the nineteenth century, women journalists across the United States risked reputation and their own safety to expose the hazardous conditions under which many Americans lived and worked. In various disguises, they stole into sewing factories to report on child labor, fainted in the streets to test public hospital treatment, posed as lobbyists to reveal corrupt politicians. Inventive writers whose in-depth narratives made headlines…

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Birding 101 with The Audubon Society

Tuesday, April 20 at 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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“Hope is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all -" ~Emily Dickinson Join Anne Swaim, Executive Director of Saw Mill River Audubon, to learn about birding (aka birdwatching), an activity joyfully shared by over 45 million people worldwide! With stunning images, sounds, and videos, Ms. Swain  will show you how to find and identify birds year-round, where to go birding, and how…

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Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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April is National Poetry Month, 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness, and pure delight of poetry. Please join in the celebration with our three-part Zoom series! #1 – Tuesday, April 13,  2PM – 3PM  Share your favorite poem! Do you write your own poetry? Do you have a favorite poem by another poet?  Do you like to listen to poetry?  This is the perfect opportunity to share your love of poetry with others! Please join us whether you’d like…

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Virtual Film Discussion Series: The American West

Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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The American West For more than a century the idea of the American West has captivated the world. Unsettled territories, wide open spaces, the promise of riches and a new life have created the myths and legends. Join us for four films that explore the spirit and the people of the American West. View the films at home (check https://www.justwatch.com) for options) and join us for a Zoom discussion, led by Bob Kagan, at 7:00 pm on the following dates. …

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Current Events Club (virtual meeting)

Thursday, April 22 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, December 31, 2020

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, February 25, 2021

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Friday, April 30, 2021

Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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This is a freewheeling discussion of current affairs, culture, and anything else on our minds. There are never any shortage of topics to explore, and opinions to voice. Plan on about an hour or so of conversation and debate, organized by Avon residents. Please register and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event.

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Turtles are Treasures

Thursday, April 22 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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What's the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? How many kinds of turtles live in Connecticut? When did the first turtle appear on Earth? Turtles are Treasures is a presentation about these charming shelled reptiles, from the first turtles to modern-day species, and their viral role for a healthy planet. Master Wildlife Conservationist Maureen Heidtmann will discuss these, and other, turtle topics. Presenter: Maureen Heidtmann is a Certified Wildlife Conservationist and licensed wildlife caretaker for the state of Connecticut. Her…

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A Glimpse of Traditional and Bollywood Indian Dances

Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Join us for a showcase of traditional and Bollywood Indian dances.  Please register and a Zoom link will be sent out before the event. Layavinyasa Dance will present dances in Kuchipudi style, a form that originates from Southern India. P&P Dance Crew will be showcasing two different dance styles: Bollywood Bhangra and Bollywood Raas Garba. The Bhangra piece features Co-Founder Prachi Shah, and is a mashup of traditional Punjabi songs, Bollywood songs, and American songs. Throughout this dance, Prachi moves…

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Blueberry and Strawberry Love: Virtual Author Event with Cynthia Graubart

Saturday, April 24 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Avon, CT 06001
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Join us for a virtual author event with Cynthia Graubart! Prized for their taste and nutrition, blueberries are a favorite for eating by the handful and as an ingredient in cooking and baking. Blueberry Love celebrates this sweet-tart summer fruit with 46 recipes for enjoying blueberries, fresh or frozen. From breakfast treats (Blueberry Bread Pudding and Blueberry Granola) to salads (Blueberry, Watermelon, Feta, and Mint), from main courses (Skirt Steak with Blueberry Port Sauce) to desserts (Whoopie Pies with Blueberry Cream Filling),…

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Peace Corps and the United Nations– Complementing One Another

Monday, April 26 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. The United Nations is the most representative intergovernmental body on earth, but also the world's best hope for peace and security, sustainable development and the promotion and protection of human rights and social progress. Randy Hobler, having served in the Peace Corps, has extensively explored its work among colleagues…

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Meet Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson!

Tuesday, April 27 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Meet Margaret Gibson, Connecticut State Poet Laureate, 2019-2022! She will be reading her poetry as well as talking about what it's like to be a Poet Laureate. Margaret Gibson is the author of 12 books of poems, most recently Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (2018.)  Her new book, The Glass Globe, will be coming out later this year. She has won numerous awards, including the Lamont Selection for Long Walks in the Afternoon (1982) the Melville Kane Award (co-winner) for…

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Virtual Film Discussion Series: The American West

Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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The American West For more than a century the idea of the American West has captivated the world. Unsettled territories, wide open spaces, the promise of riches and a new life have created the myths and legends. Join us for four films that explore the spirit and the people of the American West. View the films at home (check https://www.justwatch.com) for options) and join us for a Zoom discussion, led by Bob Kagan, at 7:00 pm on the following dates. …

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Current Events Club (virtual meeting)

Thursday, April 29 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, December 31, 2020

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, February 25, 2021

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Friday, April 30, 2021

Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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This is a freewheeling discussion of current affairs, culture, and anything else on our minds. There are never any shortage of topics to explore, and opinions to voice. Plan on about an hour or so of conversation and debate, organized by Avon residents. Please register and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event.

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Majestic Monarchs

Thursday, April 29 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Join us for Majestic Monarchs presented by Maureen Heidtmann. Learn about Monarch butterflies and how to help them survive and prosper in the modern world. Presenter: Maureen Heidtmann is a Certified Wildlife Conservationist and licensed wildlife caretaker for the state of Connecticut. Her focus is on the conservation of bats, but the health of all wildlife is of major importance to Maureen. Please register and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event. Sponsored by the Friends of the…

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May 2021

“Let Kindness Bloom” Rock Painting with Lindsey’s Craft Studio

Monday, May 3 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Join Lindsey's Craft Studio and learn to paint this spring daisy design onto any rock you find in nature. Steady hands a plus, but not a must! Ages 12 and up. For this activity, you will need a rock you can hold in your hand (washed clean of any dirt, and fully dried), a very small brush for details and lettering, a water cup for rinsing, paper towels or a rag for blotting, and the following colors of acrylic or…

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Friends of the Avon Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 5 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:30 am on day First of the month, repeating until Thursday, May 6, 2021

One event on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:30 am

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Secret London: A Virtual Tour with Dr. Richard Benfield

Wednesday, May 5 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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“He who is tired of London is tired of life itself” said Dr. Johnson in 1777. This of course suggests that there is a myriad of attractions and events for the visitor to London to see. But most visitors only see the more famous Tower of London, royal palaces, royal parks, and the world-class museums. On this tour we will look at twenty historic places and attractions that most visitors to London are not only unaware of but also whose…

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For Goodness Snakes!

Thursday, May 6 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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How many kinds of snakes call Connecticut home? How to ID a venomous snake. What good are snakes, anyway? Maureen Heidtmann will present For Goodness Snakes! a program about snakes, with a focus on Connecticut's scaly residents. Presenter: Maureen Heidtmann is a Certified Wildlife Conservationist and licensed wildlife caretaker for the state of Connecticut. Her focus is on the conservation of bats, but the health of all wildlife is of major importance to Maureen. Please register and a Zoom link will be sent…

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Unearthing History: Virtual Lecture #3: Connecticut Before History: The Deep Story of Human Settlement of the Farmington Valley

Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Unearthing History: The discovery of a 12,500 year old Paleo-Indian site along the Farmington River in Avon. Join us for a virtual series of lectures, sponsored by a grant from Farmington Bank Community Foundation that will cover the archaeology, geology, and anthropology of life along the Farmington River, including the Brian D. Jones Paleo-Indian discovery in Avon. Times are EST: Eastern Standard Time.  Events are free to attend. Webinars will be recorded and posted to the Avon Library's YouTube Channel. Connecticut…

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The Artful Dickens: Virtual Event with London Author John Mullan

Monday, May 10 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Discover the tricks of a literary master in this essential guide to the fictional world of Charles Dickens. From Pickwick to Scrooge, Copperfield to Twist, how did Dickens find the perfect names for his characters? What was Dickens's favourite way of killing his characters? When is a Dickens character most likely to see a ghost? Why is Dickens's trickery only fully realised when his novels are read aloud? In thirteen entertaining and wonderfully insightful essays, John Mullan explores the literary…

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Winning Independence: Virtual Author Event with John Ferling

Monday, May 10 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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From celebrated historian John Ferling, the underexplored history of the second half of the Revolutionary War, when, after years of ­fighting, American independence often seemed beyond reach. It was 1778, and the recent American victory at Saratoga had netted the U.S a powerful ally in France. Many, including General George Washington, presumed France’s entrance into the war meant independence was just around the corner. Meanwhile, having lost an entire army at Saratoga, Great Britain pivoted to a “southern strategy.” The army would…

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America’s Scenic Drives: Virtual Travel Program

Tuesday, May 11 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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America's Scenic Drives This program will introduce you to lesser-discovered gems along America's byways. You'll learn about stops along each drive, the best time to visit, what makes each area special and more all complimented by beautiful photography. About our presenter: Lisa Phillips of Bella Europa Travel began working in travel in 2001 before moving to Italy and starting her own travel business upon her return. Lisa specializes in travel agency services for those in search of a personalized, hand-crafted specialty…

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Homebrewed Vinegar: Virtual Author Event with Kirsten Shockey

Tuesday, May 11 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Join us for a virtual author event with Kirsten Shockey! Apple cider vinegar has a long history as a folk remedy for a variety of health conditions and, as a result, has achieved something akin to cult status among natural health enthusiasts. But many people don’t realize that there is a whole world of options beyond store-bought ACV or distilled white vinegar. In fact, vinegar can be made from anything with fermentable sugar, whether leftover juicing pulp or brown bananas,…

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Celebrate New England Nature with David Leff and Eric Lehman

Wednesday, May 12 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Join us for an afternoon with David Leff and Eric Lehman as they discuss New England Nature, a new anthology that celebrates our natural world. Since its founding four hundred years ago, New England has been a vital source of nature writing. Maybe it’s the diversity of landscapes huddled so close together, or the marriage of nature and culture in a relatively small, six-state region. Maybe it’s the regenerative powers of the ecosystem in a place of repeated exploitations. Or…

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The Sting and I: Mosquitoes

Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Do all kinds of mosquitoes bite humans? Are some mosquitoes pollinators?  Join us for The Sting and I, a presentation by Maureen Heidtmann about these pesky insects and ways to safely control them using natural methods, including predators. Presenter: Maureen Heidtmann is a Certified Wildlife Conservationist and licensed wildlife caretaker for the state of Connecticut. Her focus is on the conservation of bats, but the health of all wildlife is of major importance to Maureen. Please register and a Zoom link…

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No Recipe, No Problem: Virtual Author Event With Phyllis Good

Saturday, May 15 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Cook anything without a recipe—just let the ingredients lead the way! Author Phyllis Good of Fix-It and Forget-It fame and her circle of friends who love to cook are here to help. No Recipe? No Problem! offers tips, tricks, and inspiration for winging it in the kitchen. Each chapter offers practical kitchen and cooking advice, from an overview of essential tools and pantry items to keep on hand to how to combine flavors and find good substitute ingredients, whether it’s sheet pan chicken,…

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The Surrogate: Virtual Author Event with Lynn Katz

Monday, May 17 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Join us for an author event with Avon author Lynn Katz, as we discuss her debut, The Surrogate. About The Surrogate: Connecticut high school teacher, Jenn Cooper, falls under the spell of her more stylish double, a woman she encounters in a Key West bar. After a weekend of martinis and makeovers, Jenn is tricked into swapping lives for one month. She uncovers clues about her doppelganger’s obsession with guns and the family’s twisted dynamics.  Jenn discovers dark secrets about Martin,…

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The Silk Road: Spiders

Thursday, May 20 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Do you have arachnophobia? You are not alone, but there is no reason to fear (most) spiders. Join us for The Silk Road, presented by Maureen Heidtmann, and learn about these creepily fascinating, and vital, inhabitants of our planet. Presenter: Maureen Heidtmann is a Certified Wildlife Conservationist and licensed wildlife caretaker for the state of Connecticut. Her focus is on the conservation of bats, but the health of all wildlife is of major importance to Maureen. Please register and a Zoom…

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Ticks and Tick-associated Diseases

Tuesday, May 25 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Tick-borne diseases are posing increasing risk to public health, where in 2018, 2234 and 47,743 human disease cases have been reported from Connecticut and the U.S., respectively, with actual numbers estimated to be 10 times greater than reported. Lyme disease is now the most prevalent vector-borne disease in the U.S., with an estimated 330,000 human cases occurring annually. Connecticut is among the 14 states from which nearly 95% of Lyme disease cases in the U.S. are reported, and it had…

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Cocktails in the Garden with Jana Milbocker

Wednesday, May 26 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Pour yourself a cocktail or a glass of iced tea, relax,  and enjoy a virtual tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in the Northeast! If you enjoy touring beautiful gardens, join us for this virtual cocktail hour with  garden designer and author Jana Milbocker.  She will show us the best public gardens, nursery display gardens, and private gardens open to the public in the Northeast. Learn about each garden's highlights, ideal times to visit, and enjoy a virtual…

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Meditation Healing Time

Thursday, May 27 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Dr. Manish Saggar an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine has been practicing meditation for many years. He will discuss how meditation can improve our physical, and mental health. This evening you will have a chance to practice this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth. Presenter : Dr. Manish Saggar is an Asst. Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine.…

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June 2021

The Vanishing Half: A Literary Discussion

Tuesday, June 1 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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A literary discussion of The Vanishing Half, led by Dr. Aimee Pozorski, CCSU English Department. More details soon!

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Should We Stay Or Should We Go? Virtual Author Event with Lionel Shriver

Thursday, June 10 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Join us for a virtual author event with Lionel Shriver, joining us from London! About Should We Stay or Should We Go: When her father dies, Kay Wilkinson can’t cry. Over ten years, Alzheimer’s had steadily eroded this erudite man into a paranoid lunatic. Surely one’s own father passing should never come as such a relief. Both medical professionals, Kay and her husband Cyril have seen too many elderly patients in similar states of decay. Although healthy and vital in…

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The Gardens of Cornwall and Devon

Tuesday, June 22 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the magical gardens in Cornwall and Devon are home to some of the most exciting, rare, and beautiful plants in the British Isles. Enjoy an armchair tour of twelve historically and horticulturally important gardens of this region, from the tropical Abbey Gardens of Tresco to the mystical Lost Gardens of Heligan and the futuristic biomes of the Eden Project. Presenter: Jana Milbocker is a garden designer, speaker, and author. She combines horticulture, design, and travel…

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Mindful Eating

Wednesday, June 30 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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The key to eating delicious food healthfully and happily is Mindful Eating! Mindfulness and mindful eating is the most important skill you can learn to improve your health AND improve your life.  Join Marisa your very own dietitian from the ShopRites of Southington and Wallingford in a presentation on the coolest "diet" you could follow... Mindful Eating! And improve your life today! Please register and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event.

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July 2021

Meditation for Health and Wellness

Tuesday, July 13 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Meditation is being prescribed by many medical practitioners and has been widely recognized as a means to enhance one’s health and reduce stress. Throughout the nation meditation has become a positive force for health and wellbeing. Join Dave Buck long time meditator for this lively and engaging workshop. There will even be a chance to practice this technique. Presenter: Dave Buck and his wife, Nora, have lived in South Florida for almost 18 years. He is a Senior Manager of…

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September 2021

Unearthing History: Virtual Lecture #4: Connecticut Native American Communities Past and Present

Thursday, September 9 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Unearthing History: The discovery of a 12,500 year old Paleo-Indian site along the Farmington River in Avon. Join us for a virtual series of lectures, sponsored by a grant from Farmington Bank Community Foundation that will cover the archaeology, geology, and anthropology of life along the Farmington River, including the Brian D. Jones Paleo-Indian discovery in Avon. Times are EST: Eastern Standard Time.  Events are free to attend. Webinars will be recorded and posted to the Avon Library's YouTube Channel. Connecticut…

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October 2021

Unearthing History: Virtual Lecture #5: Connecticut’s Paelo-Indian Sites

Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online (Zoom), 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
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Unearthing History: The discovery of a 12,500 year old Paleo-Indian site along the Farmington River in Avon. Join us for a virtual series of lectures, sponsored by a grant from Farmington Bank Community Foundation that will cover the archaeology, geology, and anthropology of life along the Farmington River, including the Brian D. Jones Paleo-Indian discovery in Avon. Times are EST: Eastern Standard Time.  Events are free to attend. Webinars will be recorded and posted to the Avon Library's YouTube Channel. Connecticut's…

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