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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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December 2022

Fused Glass Jewelry with Lynn Fisher

Thursday, December 1, 2022 through Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
At Gallery 53

Description: Join us at Gallery 53 for this exciting evening of jewelry creation.

Discover the fire and multicolored beauty of Fused Glass Jewelry. When you look at this glass, it appears to have more than one color at the same time, especially when viewed under different lighting. The effects achieved when fired in a special kiln are reminiscent of the rainbow patterns in a soap bubble or the colors of dragonfly wings.In one of Gallery 53's most popular classes, Lynn Fisher will demonstrate how easy it is to make beautiful, one-of-a-kind, fused-glass jewelry creations that you can give as gifts . . . or wear yourself! Register today; space is limited and seats fill quickly.

3 Sessions: Thursdays, 12/01, 12/08 & 12/15 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

$65.00 - members, $70.00 - non-members. + $60 materials fee

Location Info: 53 Colony St, Meriden, CT 06451

Contact Info: register here.

for more information call 203-235-5347

Castle Craig Players presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told (amd then some!)

Friday, December 2, 2022 through Sunday, December 11, 2022

Description: "EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD… (AND THEN SOME!)"WHO: Presented by The Castle Craig Players.

WHEN: December 2-11, 2022 (Thursday-Saturdays at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm)
WHERE: The Almira F. Stephan Memorial Playhouse, 59 West Main Street, Meriden, CT
TICKETS: All seats are $25 ($20 for Seniors ages 65+). Tickets may be purchased online at www.CastleCraigPlayers.org.

Presented Cabaret Style with table seating, patrons are invited to bring their own dinner, drinks and snacks to enjoy!

Laugh your way through the holidays at Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)

It's that time of year: the holidays are coming, and everyone wants to get into the mood. Most of us will check out local stages to see various productions of A Christmas Carol or It's a Wonderful Life. We could stay in and stream Miracle on 34th Street or How the Grinch Stole Christmas... Or we can head to downtown Meriden to see all these and more in one show!

The Castle Craig Players continue their 30th Anniversary Season with Every Christmas Story Ever Told… (and then some!), running December 2-11 at their intimate Meriden venue. Written by Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez, the show is a comic retelling of every iconic pop culture holiday story, all wedged into less than two hours!

What begins as an annual production of A Christmas Carol soon devolves into an irreverent look at all of our favorite beloved holiday classics, including It's a Wonderful Life, Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, and the mathematical truth behind Santa! Three actors send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss in an evening of high-octane jollity and frivolity.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told… (and then some!) features Bobby Schultz (CCP's The Drowsy Chaperone and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]), as well as newcomers Rick Bennet and Chris Brooks. "This is a silly, endearing and a bit chaotic retelling of everyone's favorite Christmas stories and traditions, both new and old," said co-director Carleigh Schultz. "It's the perfect date night or holiday gathering with friends!"

All seats are $25 ($20 for Seniors ages 65+). Seating is extremely limited - so patrons are encouraged to buy in advance! Tickets are sold exclusively online at www.CastleCraigPlayers.org. Presented Cabaret Style with table seating, patrons are invited to bring their own dinner, drinks and snacks to enjoy!Castle Craig kicked off its 30th Anniversary Season in October with Neil Simon's California Suite. After the holidays, it continues with: the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play Doubt, running March 10-19, 2023; the latest incarnation of the musical about everyone's favorite girl group, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On, running May 5-20, 2023; and finally, the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine classic Into The Woods, running July 28-August 12, 2023. Tickets for ALL shows are on sale now!s.

Location Info: 59 West Main St, Meriden, CT

Contact Info: Tickets sold exclusively online, Purchase tickets here.

Tinsel Fun Run

Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 11:00 AM
At Berlin High School

Description: Join us for the 38th Annual Tinsel Fun Run proudly presented by the Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA & Berlin Parks and Recreation Department. Holiday costumes are encouraged!

10 divisions have been set up accordingly by age as awards will be given to the top 3 finishers in each category. A raffle will also take place for everyone who enters.

Costumes are strongly encouraged!

Click HERE for the event flyer.

Preregister thru December 2, HERE:.

Location Info: 139 Patterson Way, Berlin, CT

Contact Info: Berlin Parks and Rec., 860.828.7056 or

Ecommerce: Get started with Online Selling

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 5:30 PM–8:30 PM
At Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce

Description: While brick & mortar businesses have been around for a long time, online selling has quickly grown from an interesting idea to a mandatory part of the selling process. Post Covid, even businesses that had resisted getting into online selling found that it was time to expand into the digital marketplace. However, e-commerce isn't as easy as it sounds!

In this seminar you'll learn how to transition your business to online sales and you'll discover the different aspects of the sales process that change when you shift from in-person to virtual including web marketing, growing your customers, building online shopping carts, and payment processing.
Instructor: Prati Kaufman

Location Info: 59 Field St Torrington, CT 06790

Contact Info: Register here

Canvas Creations Workshop - Winter 2022

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 through Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
At Gallery 53

Description: Create colorful shoes--or tote bags--in this 2-evening workshop.

Instructor Kathy Gorman will guide you in creating a unique design and then applying it to a pair of canvas shoes using permanent markers.

Enjoy two fun evenings out with great people, great conversation . . . and leave with shoes that are sure to be a conversation starter wherever you go this Fall!

BYOB and snacks.

Participants supply their own pair of canvas shoes or tote bag.

Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members

PLEASE NOTE: This is a 2 part class! 12/6 AND 12/7

Location Info: 53 Colony Street, Meriden, CT

Contact Info: Click To REGISTER.

How to Get a Small Business Loan - LIVE WEBINAR

Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 1:00 PM–2:00 PM

Description: LIVE WEBINAR hosted by Frederick Welk, CEDF Director of Business Education

Understanding how things look from the lender's point of view can help prepare a small business for a successful effort to raise debt capital, whether from a community lending source like CEDF or from a bank or credit union. Lack of knowledge of certain principles can cause loan applicants to waste time, effort and emotions. With a grasp of these concepts, small business owners can focus on what's truly important to move toward to secure lending support.

Contact Info: Registration is free but also required

For more Info. and to register, click HERE.

Holiday Business After Hours With The Nutmeg State Chamber Alliance

RSVP Now Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 5:00 PM–8:00 PM
At Farms Country Club

Description: Don't miss out as The Midstate Chamber of Commerce and the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce are ringing in the holidays together for a Business After Hours at the Farms Country Club!

Join us for a night of mingling, merriment and Candy Cane Networking!

Dinner to be served with a menu including a pasta station, turkey carving station, salad station, beverage and dessert.

Cash bar available

Cost is $45 per person. Please register and submit your payment by December 2nd 2022.

Visit our page for more details, sponsorship opportunities available and registration.

Click HERE

Location Info: 180 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492

Contact Info: Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

Cyber Security: Protect your business and your customers

Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Virtual

Description: Every day, cyber security becomes more important as the majority of our lives are slowly moved online. Every day you can read of another virus, hack, ransom, and 'glitch' that causes chaos for businesses. In this seminar you'll review the threat landscape for business that use technology and learn tools to protect yourself against phishing, malware, vulnerabilities in your network, mobile devices, servers, and IOT devices, and you'll get an overview of the laws that cover protecting user privacy.Instructor: Harry Morrow LongRegister here

Bead Earrings Workshop

Friday, December 9, 2022 at 6:30 PM–8:00 PM
At Gallery 53

Description: Bead Earrings Workshopwith Laurie-Lynne Zlotowski1 session / eveningFriday, December 9th / 6:30 - 8:00 PM30.00 members, $35.00 - non-members. + $15 materials fee

If you're the kind of person who can never have too many earrings, why not learn to make your own? In this workshop you will make three different pairs of beaded earrings that are perfect for holiday gifts! Instructor Laurie-Lynne will have everything you need including tools and a bazillion bead options! She'll demonstrate fabrication techniques and show you how to avoid common problems. All skill levels, $15 materials fee payable to instructor at the class.

REGISTER: https://www.gallery53.org/store/p618/earrings.html

Location Info: 53 Colony St, Meriden, CT 06451

Meriden YuleFest

Friday, December 9, 2022 through Sunday, December 11, 2022

Description: The Meriden YuleFest Market opens Fri. Dec. 9th from 3-7pm, inside 24 Colony St.

Meriden YulePass starts and ends Sunday Dec. 11th. Visit all YulePass locations to receive your stamp. YulePass can be picked up and dropped off inside 24 Colony St. Grand Prize drawing will be announced soon and winner will be picked on Sun. Dec. 11th.

Meriden YuleFest Gingerbread Houses for our 1st Annual competition will be on displayed.

Saturday Dec. 10th from 11am-5pm.Colony St. will be filled with outdoor family activities, music, local on-street performers, food trucks, vendors will be inside and outside 24 Colony Street and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be coming to town via train again this year.

Sunday Dec. 11th from 11am-3pm. Vendors will be inside 24 Colony St. selling their goods.Meriden YulePass winner will be picked and announced.Gingerbread House competition winners will be picked and announced.Click here for more information.

Location Info: 24 Colony St., Meriden CT

Holiday Health and Wellness Expo

RSVP Now Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
At Upper Level Meriden Mall near the Food Court

Description: Please Join the Health and Wellness Council of the Midstate Chamber of Commerce as we have fun getting you Healthy for the Holiday Season and Beyond.

Many vendors will be on hand to assist with Health and Wellness information and screenings.

Vendor information will be available soon.

Vendor opportunities are still available!

Click HERE To View Our Flyer For Participation and Sponsorship Opportunities!

Contact Info: If you're interested in registering as a vendor, Please call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or email at info@midstatechamber.com

HUBCAP Wallingford's Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
At HUBCAP Wallingford

Description: SAVE THE DATE!

HUBCAP Wallingford's Holiday Pop-Up is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th, 10am until 3pm.

Take advantage of the busy upcoming busy in-store shopping seasons.

Give online brands a physical presence and build word-of-mouth buzz.

Experience the benefits of a storefront without the commitment.

Boost revenue and your online marketing efforts.

Vendor Table Fee - $75 and based on a first come first served basis

Location Info: 128 Center St., Wallingford, CT

Contact Info: If you would like an application or have any questions, please contact Joe Mirra

Blockchain: Understanding the distributed ledger

Monday, December 12, 2022 at 5:30 PM–8:30 PM
At Virtual

Description: The blockchain and the development of Bitcoin may be one of the most significant developments in finance in the last 100 years. Understanding this fundamental technology as it goes through its early development can be difficult to follow.

This seminar will explain what blockchains are, what cryptocurrencies are and how to use them, what NFT technology is and what it means for tokens, and will provide a great overview of how these technologies interact as they create a brave new world of payment systems, trust, and security.
Instructor: Harry Morrow Long

Contact Info: Register here

Good Cause Gifts Shopping to Benefit Kuhn Employment Opportunities

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 4:30 PM–7:30 PM
At Good Cause Gifts

Description: Kuhn Employment Opportunities invites you to shop for the holidays today at Good Cause Gifts. A portion of your purchase will benefit programs serving adults with disabilities at Kuhm Employment Opportunities.

Light refreshments will be served while you shop Good Casue Gifts selection of apparel, home décor & gifts

If you cannot shop in person, click here to shop online on December 13th. Write "KUHN" in the comment box at checkout for your proceeds to go toward this fundraiser.

Good Cause Gifts is a non-profit social enterprise within Futures Inc. Their mission is to provide meaningful retail employment & training to individuals with disabilities.

Location Info: 384 Main St., Berlin, CT 06037

Social Media: Launch and grow your online brand

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 5:30 PM–8:30 PM
At virtual

Description: This seminar lays the groundwork for establishing and growing your brand online through social media. The course breaks down the creation of engaging content, how to navigate various social media platforms, common social media tactics, a review of common software and programs used by social media managers/influencers, and how to develop a social media strategy that's the best fit for your business. Those who attend this seminar should come away with the ability to identify the social channels their audience uses and create content for those channels in a way that works towards their marketing and business goals. The seminar also allows for Q&A and discussion components.Register here

January 2023

Felted Landscape Workshop - Winter 2023

Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
At Gallery 53

Description: Using a photograph as reference, participants will use the softest of materials, wool roving, as if they were paint, along with a special barbed needle to create a felted landscape on a backing of raw silk.

Students may bring their own landscape photographs (recommended size 8" x 10"), or use one provided by the instructor.

$20 materials fee payable to instructor day of workshop.

Diane Cadrain is a Connecticut artist who uses fiber to create unique and beautiful images. Her work includes hand-painted fabric, felted fibers, machine piecing and quilting, hand embroidery, and beading.

Cost is $100 for members, $110 for non-members + $20 materials fee.

Location Info: 53 Colony Street, Meriden, CT

Contact Info: Click To REGISTER

March 2023

I Love My Library Dinner

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Description: Join us at the "I Love My Library" dinner! Look online for the menu and forthcoming information. Tickets are $30/person and you can purchase by mailing checks to : Friends of the Library, c/o Meriden Public Library, 470 Lewis Ave, Uniot 4036, Meriden CT 06451. Put Library dinner in the Memo field. They will also be available Friday mornings at the Library at Frank Ridley's station. We will mail tickets to you if purchased by March 1st. If purchased after, you can pick them up at the dinner.

June 2023

20th Anniversary Latinas & Power Symposium

Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
At Marriott Hartford

Description: Tapping into your power. The 20th annual gathering of Latinas brings the symposium full circle with its very first keynote speaker from 2004- Deborah Rosado Shaw- AND returning speaker Andrea Navedo. Hosted by Marilyn Alverio. Learn more at their website and follow on social media!

Location Info: Downtown Hartford

Contact Info: Click here for information related to sponsorship opportunities for this event. Register here to register.