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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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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

Chamber Health and Wellness Council Meeting

RSVP Now Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 8:30 AM
At Chamber Office~ Place TBD

Description: The Council is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices in community and employee health and wellness through advocacy for health care access, literacy, policy and programs.

Location Info: Address TBD

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

Government and Business Development Committee

RSVP Now Friday, July 8, 2022 at 9:00 AM–10:00 AM
At Chamber Board Room

Description: The Government & Business Development Committee monitors local, state (in coordination with CBIA) and federal (in coordination with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) legislative issues impacting business and considers programs to add value for Chamber members dues investment.

This committee generally meets at on the second Tuesday of each month. Open to ALL!

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

Contact Info: Call the Meriden Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@meridenchamber.com.

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

CBN-Alliance Networking Group

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 8:00 AM–9:00 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: CBNAlliance OPEN Networking Group Meeting: Join Chamber Business Network Alliance which is an OPEN LEADS Group comprised of members from the Midstate Chamber and the Hamden Chamber. All industries welcome (and multiple individuals from the same industry are welcome). Network and make new connections!

Location Info: 546 South Broad Street, Meriden, CT 06450

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

Midstate Chamber Board of Directors Meeting

RSVP Now Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
At Chamber Board Room

Location Info: 546 So. Broad St., Meriden, CT

Contact Info: Call the Meriden Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@meridenchamber.com.

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/

Chamber PICNIC - Midstate & Hamden Chambers

RSVP Now Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 4:30 PM–7:00 PM
At PNA Park

Description: Enjoy a great after work picnic with your friends of the Nutmeg State Chamber Alliance - the Hamden & Midstate Chamber members!

$25 pp includes great food by Czapigas - including burgers, dogs, kielbasa, salad and more. Cash bar for beer, wine and adult seltzers. Entertainment provided by Bernie Gagliardi.

Location Info: North Plains Industrial Rd., Wallingford

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

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

Human Resources Roundtable

RSVP Now Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 9:00 AM
At Record Journal

Description: This Chamber Committee has focused discussions in relation to various HR issues/topics. Chamber members are invited to attend for discussion, networking, best practices, etc. The group meets every other month at 9:00am.

Location Info: 500 South Broad Street, Floor 2, Meriden, CT 06450

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

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/

Get to know the Midstate Chamber of Commerce

RSVP Now Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 4:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: Join us to chat and gather information on how the Midstate Chamber can help YOUR BUSINESS GROW! Learn about our variety of programs as well as our phenomenal Committees. This event is FREE and we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity!

This program is designed for "not-yet members" - feel free to invite other friends in business.

Location Info: 546 South Broad Street, Suite 2C, Meriden 06450

Contact Info: Call the Meriden Chamber at 203.235.7901 or info@meridenchamber.com.

CBN-Alliance Networking Group

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 8:00 AM–9:00 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: CBNAlliance OPEN Networking Group Meeting: Join Chamber Business Network Alliance which is an OPEN LEADS Group comprised of members from the Midstate Chamber and the Hamden Chamber. All industries welcome (and multiple individuals from the same industry are welcome). Network and make new connections!

Location Info: 546 South Broad Street, Meriden, CT 06450

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

Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

RSVP Now Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 8:30 AM–9:30 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.