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This is our combined event calendar for the Business and Community events so you can best plan your activities in the central Connecticut community.  We want you to know what a vibrant and active community looks like!

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October 2018

Get Going On The Green

RSVP Now Friday, October 5, 2018 through Friday, November 2, 2018 at 12:00 PM–12:45 PM
At Meet at the Meriden Green Amphitheater

Description: Get Going On The Green!

Try it before you buy it: FREE class Tuesday, October 2nd 12:00pm-12:45pm

Join certified personal trainer John Zvonek on your lunch break for a low impact total body workout using the Meriden Green as our gym!

Tuesdays from 12:00pm-12:45pm. October 9th thru November 2ndCost: $40.00 for 5 weeks (only $8.00 per class) Wear comfortable clothing and bring a water!

Location Info: State Street, Meriden, CT

Contact Info: Sign up at the Parks & Rec office (460 Liberty St., Meriden, CT 06450) or on Meridenct.myrec.com. (cash or check only please) 203-630-4259

1st Annual Gala Breakfast & Silent Art Auction & Raffle

RSVP Now Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM–1:00 PM


Joan Dylan, 100.5 WRCH is the MC for the event! Tickets are limited - $25.00 - All medium of art are welcome. To donate an auction item, complete the form at https://tricircleinc.com/events/.


Contact Info: Contact Ana M. Gopoian (203) 213-0329 or ana@tricircleinc.com.

Take CONTROL: Bongiovanni Insurance presents Captive Medical Insurance Programs

RSVP Now Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7:45 AM–9:15 AM
At Four Points by Sheraton

Description: If you are a larger business (20 or more employees) then you likely have a large medical insurance bill. Hear how to mitigate costs and exposure while saving money with the new Captive Insurance programs offered exclusively through CT Chambers of Commerce to Chamber members.

Agenda is:

7:45 - 8:00 Arrival
8:00 - 8:45 Program w/ Q & A
8:45 beyond - one on one Q & A

Location Info: 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450

Contact Info: Call the Chamber at 203.235.7901 or email us at info@midstatechamber.com to RSVP!

Instant Decision Day at Albertus Magnus College

RSVP Now Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM–6:30 PM
At Albertus Magnus College

Description: Albertus Magnus College will be hosting an Instant Decision Day on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at our New Haven and East Hartford locations. Stop in and meet with our Admissions Counselors to discuss our programs, the admissions process, and requirements.

Interested in applying? We will be waiving the application fee on this day! Here is how it works: If you are interested in our Undergraduate Degree Programs: Make an appointment (call 203-672-6767); Bring high school and previously attended college(s) transcripts (official or unofficial). You will complete an application (fee waived) and transcripts will be evaluated on the spot! If you qualify, a provisional acceptance will be granted - pending your official transcripts.

If you are interested in our Graduate Degree Programs: Make an appointment (call 203-672-6767); Complete a free application Get the information you need to continue your education Please Note: Provisional acceptances do not apply to Graduate level students. Graduate files must be reviewed by a Program Director.

Location Info: New Haven and East Hartford locations


RSVP Now Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM
At Berlin, CT Train Station


On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new CTrail Hartford Line Berlin Station!

The station is located at 51 Depot Road in Berlin, adjacent to the former site of the historic station. The new station opened partially in June, prior to construction completion, in order to accommodate CTrail Hartford Line passengers.

The fully-completed station features amenities aimed at providing a high-quality passenger experience, including high-level platforms, an overhead pedestrian bridge, overhead canopies, an automatic snow melting system, a passenger information display system, electric vehicle charging station, and bicycle racks. The station includes a 235-space surface parking lot for use by Hartford Line passengers and the public.

In the event of inclement weather, view the New Haven – Hartford – Springfield Rail Program's Facebook event page or Twitter page. Any changes to the event will be posted.

Location Info: 51 Depot Road, Berlin

Business After Hours *and* Ribbon Cutting: Downtown Coffee Shop

RSVP Now Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
At Downtown Coffee Shop

Description: All are invited to come out to celebrate the grand opening of this new business - it's more than great coffee: sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries. Come out and sample some of their treats while mingling with fellow members. Ribbon Cutting will take place at 5:15pm. Come out and network with chamber members, friends and dignitaries and meet the owner of the downtown Meriden business.

Location Info: 33 West Main Street, Meriden

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

AAC Recovery Allies Group!

RSVP Now Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM–8:30 PM
At Middlesex Community College, ROOM 808A

Description: Be a part of our Recovery Allies Group. Recovery Allies is a welcoming, honest support group created just for the families and friends of people struggling with addiction.

Recovery Allies is a free community service offered by American Addiction Centers. With coast-to-coast treatment options and a "whole person" approach to long-term recovery, American Addiction Centers has spent decades helping people recover from drug and alcohol addiction in specialized healing environments across the country. Learn More.

Doors open at 6:30
Group meeting 7:00 - 8:30*
*Group begins promptly at 7:00

Meets every other Tuesday.

Location Info: 100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown, CT.

Contact Info: Questions? Email us at recoveryallies@contactaac.com

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, please call 860-573-4408

Session 2: "Ready, Set, Go!" Small Business / Entrepreneurship Workshop Series

RSVP Now Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: SBA - Small Business Administration and the Midstate Chamber of Commerce present this business workshop - "Entrepreneurship in 3 Easy Steps: Ready, Set, Go!".

$30 covers all 3 sessions, materials and refreshments.

This workshop series lays the groundwork for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business idea and understand the steps to building a business that is credit ready. The information is laid out simply in three modules. Come to all three or attend the ones that fit your needs. The three modules focus on:

10-17: Ready - Basics of Business Startup - Covers what you need to consider and prepare for in the early stages - Gain a basic understanding of the key steps to getting your business off the ground.

10-24: Set - Essential of becomng credit-ready - Learn about various financing options and what banks look for when lending money.

11-7: Go - : How and where to find additional small business support and educational resources. (Learn about the local resources available to assist you in starting and growing a small business)

Location Info: 546 South Broad St., Suite 2C., Meriden

Contact Info: Please RSVP your attendance to this free workshop by calling the Midstate Chamber at 203.235.7901 or e-mail r.ford@midstatechamber.com.

 New Date 10/25/2018

Meriden Public Safety Awards Program

RSVP Now Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
At Westfield Meriden Mall

Location Info: 470 Lewis Ave., Meriden, CT.

 Save the Date

ATTENTION JOB SEEKERS - Come to the Job Fair at the Westfield Meriden Mall

RSVP Now Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 1:30 PM–4:00 PM
At Westfield Meriden Mall

Description: Employers looking to hire can find the talent onThursday October 25th, 2018 at the 2018 Job, Employment and Career Fair at Westfield . Meriden Mall.

Employers can visit the website for details or call 203-235-7901.

The mall will be transformed into a networking space from 1:30 p.m. through 4:00 p.m. And feature 25 employers or more.

At Noon there will be a Public Safety Awards Program which will draw another crowd into the area!

The job fair is co-hosted by Workforce Alliance, the American Jobs Center and the Midstate Chamber of Commerce.

This is one of a series of job fairs held this spring/summer in South Central Connecticut to bring together jobseekers and employers in the region. Workforce Alliance runs four American Job Centers in New Haven and Middlesex Counties…including the one right at 85 West Main St., Meriden CT.

Jobseekers can get more information at the American Job Centers in Meriden, New Haven, Middletown or Hamden, or visit www.workforcealliance.biz/business-services/recruiting-hiring.

Additional Employer and Job Seeker resources will be onsite during the Job Fair including the Business Services Unit of the Workforce Alliance and a photographer to take LinkedIn profile photos.

Chamber Member Employer registration is $300 and includes lunch and a reception following the job fair. Plenty of free event parking for employers and jobseekers will be provided on site.

Location Info: 470 Lewis Ave., Meriden, CT.

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

Master of Fine Arts in Writing Information Session

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 5:30 PM
At Albertus Magnus College - Aquinas Hall, Professional and Graduate Studies Conference Room

Description: Meet Albertus professors and have the opportunity to ask questions about the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program and career. Student application fee will be waived.

Location Info: 305 Huntington St., New Haven, CT 06511

Contact Info: https://admissions.albertus.edu/register/?id=6eeb63b7-443c-4f3d-a4b1-b2b3ab8a4bc2

Chamber Breakfast Celebrates Hispanic Heritage:Karla Medina, Entrepreneur, Veteran

RSVP Now Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM–9:30 AM
At Il Monticello

Description: The HOLA committee of the Midstate Chamber invites ALL members to this special program as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage and are INSPIRED by special guest speaker, Karla Medina. Karla is an entrepreneur, fitness guru, veteran, retired police sergeant, motivational speaker and more!

The following individuals will be presented with Shining Star Awards:

Rosie Agudo, Chrysalis Domestic Violence Services for her commitment to HOLA and her dedication to community and volunteerism.

And, for their tremendous work, dedication, community outreach and selfless service in assisting victims of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria here and abroad, we will honor: Anabel Beltran Roman, Casa Boricua de Meriden, Inc. *and* Danny Torres, Retired Meriden Firefighter.

And, many thanks to our sponsors to date: Eversource, Liberty Bank and MidState Medical Center. We will continue to accept sponsorships and part of the sponsorship of the event will go into the 2019 HOLA Education Award Fund!!!

Program is as follows: 8:00 - 8:45: Arrival, Registration, Full Buffet Breakfast, Networking 8:45 - 9:00: Chamber announcements, recognition, awards 9:00 - 9:30: Presentation by Karla Medina, including Q&A

Location Info: 577 So. Broad St., Meriden

Contact Info: Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $30 for non-members. Call the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203.235.7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

Boy Scout Troop 43 50th Anniversary Gala Sponsorship Form

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 6:30 PM–10:30 PM
At Il Monticello Banquet Facility

Description: You may purchase a gala ticket or sponsor a Scout's attendance, advertise in ther program booklet, or donate an item to the Silent Auction.

Location Info: 577 S Broad St, Meriden, CT 06450

Contact Info: (203) 235-5542

TriCircle, Inc. Symposium for Guardians & Loved Ones Impacted by Addiction

RSVP Now Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
At Brooker Building at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Description: TriCircle, Inc. Symposium - This Symposium focuses on Parents, Guardians, and the Loved Ones who have someone in their lives affected by the disease of addiction and the professionals who provide them services.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI080816-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Location Info: Gaylord Farms Road, Wallingford


Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At H. C. Wilcox Technical High School 298 Oregon Rd, Meriden, Ct 06451


Location Info: 298 Oregon Rd, Meriden, Ct 06451

The Assisted Technology Training Center of CT Open House

RSVP Now Monday, October 29, 2018 at 4:00 PM–8:00 PM
At The Assisted Technology Training Center of CT

Description: The Assisted Technology Training Center of CT is a place for all providers who support people with barrier issues to gain knowledge and skills in the use of Assisted Technology. The Center also has a show room and a Lending Library. The Center will have an open house on October 29, 2018 4-8pm - all are invited to attend.

Location Info: 260 Pratt Street, Meriden

Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

RSVP Now Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: This Committee provides school-to-career opportunities for students of all ages, educators and businesses. It promotes business education and training partnerships in the greater Meriden area. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Open to ALL!

Location Info: 546 So. Broad St., Suite 2C, Meriden, CT 06450

Contact Info: RSVP to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or info@midstatechamber.com.

November 2018

Chamber Human Resources Roundtable

RSVP Now Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 8:30 AM
At Record-Journal

Description: The HR Roundtable is an interactive forum for anyone who has Human Resources/personnel responsibility, including small business owners, office manager, and front line supervisors.

Our objective is to: • Provide a forum to exchange ideas • Offer guidance regarding employee related concerns (Hiring, Firing, FMLA, Performance Reviews, etc…) • Discuss current HR trends • Stay informed regarding legislation • Provide chamber members with another avenue for professional development and networking

Join the conversation!

Location Info: 500 South Broad St., Meriden

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

Dementia Learning Series: How to "Live Well with Dementia."

RSVP Now Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM–1:30 PM
At The Village at Kensington Place

Description: Join us during our series to learn more about Dementia while enjoying lunch. With such a strong impact Dementia has in people's lives, there is still so much we can learn about caring for those in need. Helpful tips on recognizing signs and behaviors for your loved one will be shared.

Location Info: 511 Kensington Avenue, Meriden, CT

Contact Info: RSVP to Edesa Ciscar

Mental Health First Aid Training

RSVP Now Thursday, November 1, 2018 through Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 12:00 PM–4:00 PM
At Department of Health and Human Services

Description: Mental Health First Aid Training Class pertaining to Mental health conditions in the U.S. Two part series- November 1st and November 8th. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an Internationally recognized 8-hour certification course that educates the public about mental health issues. Like CPR training for a training for a non-medical profffessional assisting someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Location Info: 165 Miller Street, Meriden, CT (in the Teen Conference Room)

Contact Info: Register to Erica Skoutas at 203-630-5261 or email Erica,.Skoutas@hhchealth.org