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These are the upcoming area events with a community, family or entertainment theme. These include visual arts and performances, cultural and sporting events, fairs and festivals, tours and more.

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May 2022

Adventures in Pastel Painting - Summer 2022

Monday, May 23, 2022 through Monday, July 25, 2022

Description: May 23rd - July 25th. 6 Session Course. Mondays, May 23 - July 25 1:00 - 3:00 PM. All Skill Levels With Christine Ivers, PSA-MP, IAPS/MC, PSWC, CPS

Explore the many paths that this beautiful and versatile medium has to offer. These classes will cover a world of different techniques that you can use to not only paint a beautiful painting from reference photos, it will expand your horizons to bring you to possible new directions in your work. This is an all levels class and is taught in a relaxing and encouraging environment. And best of all. It's going to be fun!

If you have any questions about the class, supplies or anything, please give Christine Ivers a call at 203-645-6779. Christine looks forward to meeting you!

REGISTER: https://www.gallery53.org/store/p565/iverspastel.html

$150 members l $160 non-members

Location Info: 53 Colony St, Meriden, CT 06451

Beginner Watercolor Class - Summer 2022

Monday, May 23, 2022 through Monday, July 25, 2022

Description: 6 Session Course Mondays, May 23 - July 25 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM5/23, 6/6, 6/13, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25. Beginners + All Skill Levels.

Are you captivated by the freshness, spontaneity, vibrancy of watercolor? In our 6-session workshop with Christine Ivers you can explore this medium with guidance from a master artist and teacher!A materials list will be provided prior to the class. REGISTER: https://www.gallery53.org/store/p568/beginnerwatercolor.html

$150 Members $160 Non-Members.

Location Info: 53 Colony St, Meriden, CT 06451

Hand Built Pottery - Summer 2022

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 through Thursday, June 30, 2022

Description: 10 sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.5/31, 6/2, 6/7, 6/9, 6/14, 6/16, 6/21, 6/23, 6/28, 6/30 With Nancy Scilipote.

Learn to create amazing ceramic items using just your hands, fingers, and simple tools! Potter Nancy Scilipote will teach you ancient hand building techniques such as coil building, slab building and pinch pots and how to enhance your creations with surface textures and glazes. No experience needed. Classes will be held in Gallery 53's fully-equipped ground level pottery studio. If you've always wanted to try making pottery but have been intimidated by the wheel, this is a great way to dive in. Come and have fun, get your hands dirty, and discover why clay's the way!

REGISTER: https://www.gallery53.org/store/p566/handbuiltpotterysummer22.html

$125 members l $135 non-members +$30.00 for Materials

Location Info: 53 Colony St, Meriden, CT 06451

June 2022

Realistic Drawing - Gallery 53

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 through Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Description: 7 Weeks: Tuesdays, June 7 - July 19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19 No Experience Needed l Beginner & Intermediate Levels With Anthony Ruggiero.

This ultimate true-to-life graphite pencil drawing class is a sure-fire approach to drawing any subject in a 3-dimensional, realistic way. Learn or firm up the essential skills of accurate "measuring," proportionality, perspective, shading and textures. An additional bonus will be your increased ability to find and fix your drawing mistakes. Beginner and intermediate level class for adults. Expect significant improvement and watch your drawings go from ordinary to extraordinary. Ultimately you will have more enjoyment and satisfaction from your drawing experience. All supplies are included.

REGISTER: https://www.gallery53.org/store/p569/realisticdrawing.html

$165 Members $175 Non-Members

Location Info: 53 Colony St, Meriden, CT 06451

The 34th Annual Rushford Golf Classic

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 10:45 AM–7:00 PM
At Lyman Orchards Golf Club

Description: Connecticut is facing a substance abuse epidemic that is taking the lives of our loved ones and community members. Come golf with us and be part of the solution!

Proceeds from the 2022 Rushford Golf Classic will be used to help support Rushford's Ridge Recovery Center.

To register now or to receive advance notice of sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kate McNulty at 860-819-0353.

Location Info: 70 Lyman Road, Middlefield, CT

LIVE WEBINAR: Budgeting Tips for a New or Young Business

Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 1:00 PM
At Online

Description: LIVE WEBINARBudgeting Tips for a New or Young Business-- Stephen Mahoney, SCORE Greater Hartford

Lots of attention is paid to personal credit scores and lenders consider yours to be a proxy for your character. But your business can have its own credit scores and reports which may be used in a variety of credit and business decisions, however, many business owners don't know how business credit works.You'll learn: Which credit bureaus compile business credit reports and how they are used. Business credit scores and the factors that help build strong scores. Key ways business credit is different from personal credit. Quick steps you can take now to build business credit (even if you have no business credit or poor personal credit).

Register here: https://www.cedf.com/training/2022/06/30/budgeting-tips-for-a-new-or-young-business/

July 2022

Twilight Concert Series: The Coconuts

Friday, July 8, 2022 at 7:00 PM–9:00 PM
At Meriden Green

Description: The Twilight Concert Series presents The Coconuts!

Location Info: 77 State Street, Meriden, CT 06450

LIVE WEBINAR: How to Set Your Prices and Know if You're Right

Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 1:00 PM
At Online

Description: LIVE WEBINARHow to Set Your Prices and Know if You're Right-- Tom Maier, Principal, ActionCoach

For the first time in a generation, price inflation is raging. It may seem obvious that businesses have to keep their prices in line against their costs but not every sector has quickly recovered from the pandemic. What do you do when your customers still aren't buying at the levels they used to? Is there a systematic approach to the timing, magnitude and method of price adjustments? Learn the smart way to set prices in your business: Understand how to price considering the prices of competition. The effects of applying a fixed percentage across the board. Understand the meaning of perceived value. When a surcharge added to an invoice makes sense. Why understanding your gross margin is crucial.

Register here: https://www.cedf.com/training/2022/07/14/how-to-set-your-prices-and-know-if-youre-right/

Cocktails & Salsa: An Evening FUNdraiser

Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM
At Gallery 53

Description: Dance the night away at Gallery 53! A Dance Instructor from Arthur Murray in Hamden will teach Salsa and Rumba Dancing. Salsa is a fun, energetic, and sociable dance with Caribbean and African roots. Rumba is a Latin dance that focuses on hip movements and footwork.

Come at 7:00 pm, enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and great company in our second floor working art studio and gallery/event space! Dancing and dance lessons begin at 8:00 pm.

Tickets available online or in the gallery, single ticket - $20, couple ticket (2) - $35.

Proceeds benefit Gallery 53's general operating fund.

TICKETS: https://www.gallery53.org/store/p573/salsanight.html

Location Info: 53 Colony St, Meriden, CT 06451

SUMMER ART CAMP Directed by Paul Iezzi

Monday, July 18, 2022 through Friday, August 5, 2022

Description: Looking for a creative and social outlet for your child this summer? G53's Summer Art Camp is designed for kids ages 9 to 14 to explore their creativity with hands-on projects, connect with like-minded peers, and grow artistically and socially.

Led by Artist and Art Educator Paul Iezzi, your child will be exposed to different media and methods of expression while working on independent and group projects. If you feel your teen or tween may have been impacted by the isolation imposed by COVID, this is a fantastic opportunity for them to move beyond those experiences in a screen-free environment focused on positive self-expression!

3 Sessions:Session 1 - July 18th - July 22nd 9am- 12 noonSession 2 July 25th - July 29th - 9am- 12 noonSession 3 - August 1st - August 5th -9am- 12 noonAges: 9 - 14Cost: $125 first child - $100/each additional child

Location Info: 53 Colony St, Meriden, CT 06451

LIVE WEBINAR: Are Sweat Equity Shares Right for Your Company?

Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 1:00 PM
At Online

Description: LIVE WEBINARAre Sweat Equity Shares Right for Your Company?-- Cliff Ennico, Esq.

Startup or young companies often are cash poor but rich in founder and employee energy, enthusiasm and devotion. Can issuing "sweat equity" shares of ownership serve as an effective means to compensating and retaining key talent while the organization stabilizes financially and grows to the point where money is not so tight?Find out how you can capitalize on the experience and commitment of team members with a compelling offer that's "good as gold." Learn why expert advice is needed to: Calculate the value of sweat equity contributions. Maximize the benefits of a sweat equity compensation approach. Understand and deal with the legal and tax issues of sweat equity. Be sure essential provisions are covered in the contract.

Register here: https://www.cedf.com/training/2022/07/21/are-sweat-equity-shares-right-for-your-company/

August 2022

Beginners Crochet Workshop - Gallery 53

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 through Thursday, August 4, 2022

Description: Tuesday, August 2nd, 6:15 7:45 & Thursday, August 4th, 6:15 7:45with Ariana D'Avanzo

Crocheting may look difficult, but when you learn step-by-step with expert guidance, you'll realize that anyone can learn to crochet! In this 2-night class with popular instructor Ariana D'Avanzo, you'll learn everything you need to get started crocheting: selecting yarn, holding your yarn and hook, basic crochet stitching and more. You'll create a lovely potholder to take home!

REGISTER: https://www.gallery53.org/store/p572/crochetsummer.html

40 - members / $45 - non-membersmaterials included

Location Info: 53 Colony St, Meriden, CT 06451

Meriden Puerto Rican Festival

Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 12:00 PM–8:00 PM
At Hubbard Park

Description: On Sunday, August 07, 2022, the 55th Meriden Annual Puerto Rican Festival will take place at Hubbard Park from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The goals of this festival are to promote pride in the Puerto Rican culture, share this culture with the wider community and bring families together.

There will be live Latin entertainment providing a variety of Latin music including Salsa and Merengue. A cultural tent will feature displays of Puerto Rican food, art, information about famous Puerto Ricans, cultural customs, and more. There will also be activities for children, families and the elderly. Numerous food vendors will be on hand to provide a wide offering of Spanish food.

The event is free to all Meriden and non-Meriden residents.

Location Info: 999 West Main Street, Meriden

LIVE WEBINAR: What Your Banker Wishes You Would Know

Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 1:00 PM
At Online

Description: LIVE WEBINARWhat Your Banker Wishes You Would Know-- Jill Wilson-Hromadka, Assistant Vice President, Citizens Bank

Building a productive relationship with a loan officer at a commercial bank can be a long journey for new and young small businesses that have not yet achieved substantial profits. Preparing to be bankable requires not just reaching financial milestones, but becoming savvy about other expectations your banker will have.Learn what a commercial lender wishes every potential small business customer would know about financial realities, communication, proactivity, your professionalism and polishing your reputation. Get direct answers to the questions that you might have felt afraid to candidly ask your banker.

Register here: https://www.cedf.com/training/2022/07/21/are-sweat-equity-shares-right-for-your-company/

September 2022

Boys & Girls Club of Meriden 32nd Annual Golf Tournament

Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 10:00 AM
At Hunter Golf Club

Description: The Boys and Girls Club of Meriden will be hosting their 32nd Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday September 1st 2022 at Hunter Golf Club.

Register today at www.bcgmeriden.org

Location Info: 688 Westfield Road, Meriden CT

Meriden Lions Club's 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Description: A message from the Meriden Lions Club 25th Anniversary Golf Committee: "We would love for you to save this date and seriously consider becoming a sponsor for this very special event. We have many forms of sponsorship and we are sure that one (or more) will fit your individual situation. Please also consider a donation of a prize for our famous Golf Raffle at the Aqua Turf and possibly a trinket with your company name for our golf bags. We welcome and appreciate any participation. Looking forward to seeing you in 2022.

October 2022

Midstate ARC Business After Hours!

Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 5:00 PM
At MidState Arc, Inc

Description: Please join us for this Business After Hours to commemorate MidState ARC's 75th Anniversary on October 6th!

Location Info: 200 Research Pkwy, Meriden, CT 06450-7171