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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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January 2019

Spanish Classes Offered at SCOW

Monday, January 28, 2019 through Monday, March 4, 2019 at 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
At Spanish Community of Wallingford - SCOW

Description: How many times have you wanted to learn or improve your Spanish? Well, here is your chance to start! We will be holding our first 5-week session, beginning January 28th, 2019. Come in to register at SCOW as soon as possible, because space is limited.

Instructor is Diana Grippen. $30 pp for 5 sessions. First Come, First Served as space is limited to 12 people.

Location Info: 284 Washington St., Wallingford

Contact Info: Call (203)265-5866, for more information.

February 2019

Community CPR Class - 2 Different Days - 2 Different Times to Choose!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 through Friday, February 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM–8:00 PM
At Meriden Department of Health and Human Services

Description: Community CPR Class

WHAT: American Heart Association Heartsaver Adult/Child CPR/AED course

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, 5-8pm

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, 9am - 12pm

WHERE: Meriden Dept. of Health and Human Services 165 Miller Street, 2nd Floor, Meriden, CT

REGISTER: Course is open to Meriden residents over the age of 16. Cost is $25 and includes certification (upon successful completion of the course), course book, and keychain mask.

Pre-registration is required and is first come, first serve. Cash or check accepted. Call 203-630-4221 for information

Location Info: 165 Miller St., Meriden, CT 06450

Contact Info: Call 203-630-4221 for information

Chamber Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action Meeting

RSVP Now Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 9:00 AM–10:15 AM
At United Way of Meriden & Wallingford

Description: The Chamber's Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action Committee invite all members regardless of nationality to attend their monthly meetings. HOLA's Objectives are: Encourage participation in the Chamber; Encourage participation in the Community; Grow leadership from the Hispanic Community; Improve business connections; Participate in promoting Hispanic Heritage including in Meriden's Bicentennial and in October which is Hispanic Heritage Month; Share success stories of the group; Encourage and mentor the youth by providing excellent Hispanic role models; Have some fun!

Open to ALL!

Location Info: 35 Pleasant St., Meriden

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

Casa di Roma Fundraising Day for Franciscan Life Center, Home Care & Hospice Care

RSVP Now Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
At Casa di Roma | (203) 235-0905

Description: Franciscan Life Center, Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care invites the community to dine (eat in or take out) at Casa di Roma on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 (11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

20 % of All Orders will be donated back to FLC's programs. Take Out or Eat In

Location Info: 103 Main Street, South Meriden

Contact Info: For more details on the organizations visit flcenter.org or franciscanhc.org

Chamber Ambassadors - Membership Committee Meeting

RSVP Now Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM
At Casa di Roma Restaurant

Description: The Ambassadors have traditionally had the role of retaining and increasing membership of the Chamber, and in recent years have been developing a network for welcoming new businesses to the area and thanking businesses that continue their membership on an annual basis.

The Ambassadors Membership Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

Location Info: 103 Main St., South Meriden, CT 06451

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

Creating a Strong Estate Plan: An Instruction Manual for YOUR Personal Care.

RSVP Now Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
At The Village at Kensington Place

Description: Everyone, both young and old, needs an estate plan. Your life circumstances can change in an instant! If you don't have a plan in place, the State of Connecticut will make some of these decisions for you.

At this event, Czepiga, Daly & Pope will present information about important estate planning documents like Powers of Attorney and Healthcare Directives that can be created to make sure your wishes are met. This is also important, so your family knows how to care for you when you can't care for yourself.

*This information is offered for general educational and informational purposes. It is not intended to be legal advice and should not be used in place of consultation with appropriate professionals.*

Also be on the lookout for our second session: Planning for Long-term Care: Understanding Medicaid and How to Protect Your Assets; COMING SOON!!

Location Info: 511 Kensington Drive, Meriden, CT 06451

Contact Info: Please RSVP to Edesa Ciscar via email, Eciscar@benchmarkquality.com, or telephone by calling 203-235-018, or simply click on the RSVP button in the upper right hand corner of this event posting.

Young Business Leaders of CT Meeting

RSVP Now Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 8:30 AM–9:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Young Business Leaders of Connecticut invites all young professionals between 21 and 39 years old to come and be Involved in this group affiliated with the Midstate Chamber of Commerce that offers personal and professional growth opportunities to all. TELL US what you want / need to achieve your goals for 2018, 2019 and beyond.

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

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

37 Shakespeare classics in 90 hilarious minutes!

Friday, February 22, 2019 through Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM
At Almira F. Stephan Memorial Playhouse

Description: Come and see 37 Shakespeare classics in 90 hilarious minutes!

Three madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through ALL of William Shakespeares plays (give or take) in 97 witty, hilarious and delightfully irreverent minutes! The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is one of Londons longest-running comedies, has been seen at the Kennedy Center, Off-Broadway, and has toured the world to international praise for nearly 20 years. "If you like Shakespeare, youll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, youll LOVE this show!" -The Today Show

This production is presented in cabaret dinner theater style seating. Doors will open 60 minutes prior to show time.

Senior Citizen pricing is reserved for those 65 years of age and older. Age verification may be requested at the door.

For Show Times and Ticket Information Click Here.

Location Info: 59 west Main St. Meriden, CT 06451

Contact Info: www.castlecraig.org

Adult Choir Festival

RSVP Now Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM
At St. Rose of Lima Church

Description: The Waterbury Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will sponsor an Adult Choir Festival on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM at St. Rose of Lima Church on 35 Center Street in Meriden, CT.

The music will feature Sacred and Secular music with anthems presented by are individual church choirs. Andrew Brochu will direct the festival.

There is no charge to attend.

Location Info: 35 Center Street, Meriden, CT.

Contact Info: For further information call (203) 235-1644 or (860) 621-5145.

We Stand With ALICE Legislative Forum

Monday, February 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
At Legistlative Office Building (LOB) Room 2E

Description: On Monday, February 25, Connecticut United Ways and the Commission on Women,Children and Seniors will hold an ALICE legislative forum on working families that still struggle to make ends meet as well as strategies to help these families achieve financial security. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

The event will run from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), at 300 Capital Avenue in Hartford.

The forum is free and open to the public, though anyone planning to attend is asked to register at: Please Click Here.

Connecticut United Ways are committed to standing with ALICE households that, despite working hard, live paycheck to paycheck and experience financial hardship.

To learn more about ALICE or Click Here to download Connecticut United Ways 2019 Policy Agenda which focuses on policy recommendations aimed at helping ALICE households achieve financial stability.

Location Info: 300 Capital Ave, Hartford, CT

Castle Craig Players Open Auditions for "Lend me a Tenor"

RSVP Now Monday, February 25, 2019 through Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM
At Almira F. Stephan Playhouse

Description: The Castle Craig Players are looking for any aspiring actors or actresses to come on down and audition for our newest play "Lend me a Tenor" Written by: Ken Ludwig and Directed by: Pam Amodio.

No appointments required. Please arrive promptly at 7pm on the evening of your choice. Bring a copy of your resume & headshot (or recent photo), and be prepared to read from the script. Please email castlecraigplayers@gmail.com with any questions.

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Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

RSVP Now Tuesday, February 26, 2019 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.

Youth CPR Classes In Meriden

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
At Meriden Department of Health and Human Services

Description: CPR Classes for Meriden Youth WHAT: American Heart Association Heartsaver Adult/Child CPR/AED course

WHEN: February 26, 2019, from 5:30-7:30pm March 19, 2019, from 5:30-7:30pm April 15, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.11:15am

WHERE: Meriden Department of Health and Human Services, 165 Miller Street, 2nd floor, Teen Conference Room

WHO: For Meriden youth in grades 7 throught 12

MORE INFO: The cost of the course is $10 and a donation of 5 healthy nonperishable canned goods per class. Items will be donated to a local food pantry. Attend class and get your $10 back. The course is taught by a certified instructor. Everyone gets a course book, face shield key chain, and an electronic 2-year certificate (upon passing the class!). Students will need to provide a valid email for their certificate.

REGISTER: Important! Fill out the registration form and send your $10 in as soon as possible. We accept cash or check. You are not registered until we receive your payment. Class size is limited and is first come, first serve! Call 203-630-4221 with questions.

Location Info: 165 Miller St., 2nd Floor (Teen Conference Room), Meriden CT 06450

Contact Info: Call 203-630-4221 if you have any questions

AAC Complimentary Community Support Program for Family Recovery

RSVP Now Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6:30 PM–8:30 PM
At Middlesex Community College, ROOM 808A

Description: Be a part of our recovery group. We are a welcoming, honest support group created just for the families and friends of people struggling with addiction.

This 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

2019 Scrabble Challenge with Literacy Volunteers

RSVP Now Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:30 PM–8:00 PM
At Four Points by Sheraton

Description: Register your team of four (4) online at www.lvagnh.org.

Proceeds benefit the good work of Literacy Volunteers. $35 per player/$140 per table. Prizes for Highest Team Score and Best Literacy-themed Team Costumes!

Location Info: 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT

Contact Info: For more information call (203) 235-1714 or e-mail scrabble@lvagnh.org

Chamber AM Networking: Business Before Hours

RSVP Now Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 8:00 AM–9:00 AM
At ISG Software Group

Description: Stop in on your way into the office and join us for some Morning networking! Meet Gary, the Owner of ISG and he'll take a few moments to inform us on private vs. public cloud solutions and data privacy/ownership.

Bring your smile and business cards & RSVP in advance. We hope to see everyone there!!!

Location Info: 65 North Plains Industrial Road, Wallingford, CT

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

Renaissance - Revive the Arts Program

Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM
At Silver City Ballroom

Description: Mission Statement- The Arts community coming together to help create an "Arts District" in Downtown Meriden.

"Renaissance" is a monthly event hosted by artists, for artists, in a venue that is like no other in Connecticut. Silver City Ballroom is an architectural masterpiece with an unbelievable lighting system that will showcase art in unimaginable ways. Renaissance will open your mind to future possibilities. A night filled with drinks, music, fashion, singing, dancing, and live art that will grow each month to become CT's most unique and exciting monthly event. THINK BIG! This is YOUR EVENT! TAKE CHARGE! COLLABORATE! The possibilities are endless!

With your support and $20 admission, you will get the chance to be awarded funding for a visual art project within the "Meriden Arts District". Awards are granted at each Renaissance event, including monthly exposure for your art at participating businesses, and be a featured artist at our next Renaissance event. This is your chance to meet other artists, get funding, get exposure and sell your art.

A short 5 minute presentation will start at 8pm.

Why Meriden? It's a blank canvas at the crossroads of Connecticut, easily accessible by highway or the new CT Rail. You have an opportunity to create a new identity, be at the forefront of this up and coming city, and make it your own. With many opportunities to showcase your talent, Meriden has the potential for many unique, artistic businesses like restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, music shops, galleries, clothing boutiques, etc.


Renaissance: a movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity!

Location Info: 16 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06451

March 2019

Leadership Academy of Meriden and Wallingford

Friday, March 1, 2019

Description: This program was made possible with grants from the James H. Napier Foundation and the CUNO Foundation.

Location Info: 128 Center Street, Wallingford, CT.

Certified Food Protection Manager Classes; Spanish translation dates also available!

RSVP Now Monday, March 4, 2019 through Monday, March 11, 2019 at 8:00 AM–1:00 PM
At Meriden Department of Health and Human Services

Description: Connecticut is in the process of adopting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Code.

This class will help prepare your food service establishment meet the new Certified Food Protection Manager requirements (formerly Qualified Food Operator).

This class will be facilitated by Environmental Health staff using Prometric training materials.

Classes are 8 hours total divided into 2 halfday trainings. Attendance at both days is required.

Early 2019 Class Dates: Classes in English will be on: March 4 (8:00am to 1:00pm) AND March 11 (8:00am to 11:00am)

Classes in Spanish will be on: March 18 (8:00am to 1:00pm) AND March 25 (8:00am to 11:00am)

Attendance at both days is REQUIRED.

COST: $100 per person. Includes book, thermometer, and Prometric test.

Classes will be held at: Meriden Department of Health and Human Services 165 Miller Street 2nd Floor,Teen Conference Room

Register by calling 203-630-4230.

Class size is limited, call today to reserve your seat!

Location Info: 165 Miller Street, 2nd Floor (Teen Conference Room), Meriden, CT 06450

26th Annual United Way NFL Players' Weekend Silent/Live Auction & Dinner Buffet

RSVP Now Friday, March 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
At Zandri's Stillwood Inn

Description: Join in "26 years" of celebrating the United Way NFL Players' Weekend. Come and Mingle with over 20 NFL players from the Patriots, Buccaneers, Bears, Ravens, Cowboys, and Redskins. Purchase some great NFL memorabilia, enjoy delicious food, and (most of all) HAVE FUN!!

This event is sponsored by:RJ Media Group, Pyramid Time Systems, Sound Spectrum Entertainment, Hunter Limousines, Webster Bank, Marcum Accountants & Advisors and The Montano Family.

Location Info: 1074 South Colony Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492

Contact Info: Early-Bird Discount by 2/15: $700 per table of ten, $350 per half-table of 5 or $70 per person. $800 per table after 2/15. for more information please contact The United Way of Meriden/Wallingford at 203-235-4403 or email us at www.unitedwaymw.org