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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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August 2019

Sales Tax Free Week

Sunday, August 18, 2019 through Saturday, August 24, 2019

Description: Governor Lamont Reminds Connecticut Residents That Sales Tax Free Week Runs August 18 to 24

(HARTFORD, CT) Governor Ned Lamont is reminding consumers in Connecticut that the state's sales tax-free week begins Sunday, August 18 and runs through Saturday, August 24, 2019. During this one-week sales tax holiday, retail purchases of most clothing and footwear items priced under $100 are exempt from the sales and use tax. This exemption applies to each eligible item under $100, regardless of how many of those items are sold to a customer on the same invoice.

Sales tax free week was included as part of the biennial budget that was supported by House and Senate Democrats and signed into law this summer by Governor Lamont. It is estimated that Connecticut shoppers will benefit from approximately $4.9 million in savings during the sales tax holiday, which coincides with the busy back-to-school shopping season.

Having this tax-free holiday helps working families stretch their dollar a little bit more during the busy back-to-school season while giving businesses an extra boost to their bottom line, Governor Lamont said. I also encourage residents during this busy shopping week to consider locally-owned retailers and supporting Connecticut's small business community.

Sales tax-free week offers real savings at an opportune time, when families are planning for the school year and shopping for new clothing and footwear, Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Commissioner Scott D. Jackson said. In addition to promoting Connecticut's retail sector, the sales tax holiday helps stretch shopping budgets something we can all appreciate and look forward to.

Connecticut retailers work diligently throughout the year to be responsive to their customers and provide outstanding customer service, Timothy G. Phelan, president of the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association, said. Retailers are also actively involved in their communities and play a pivotal role in the strength and vibrancy of the Connecticut economy. Connecticut sales tax free week provides an opportunity for customers to shop at local retail businesses and save money on their purchases, which can be especially helpful for families preparing for the upcoming school year.

Many retailers in Connecticut frequently offer additional clothing and footwear discounts during sales tax free weeks, resulting in even more savings for shoppers.

Additional information on Connecticut's sales tax free week, including examples of individual items that are exempt or taxable as well as specific statutory information, can be found by visiting the DRS website at ct.gov/drs and clicking the 2019 Sales Tax Free Week link.

Franciscan Golf Classic

Monday, August 19, 2019

Description: The 24th Annual Franciscan Golf Classic includes 18 holes of golf, lunch on the course, an outdoor dinner, and 4 chances to win a hole in one: $15,000 in cash 2019 Hyundai Kona Trip for two Pebble Beach Resort, CA Trip for two Pinehurst Resort, NC This event benefits the counseling and educational programs of the Franciscan Life Center and care of the sick and end of life care services of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care.

Cost to play $180/person. Sponsorship Opportunities are Available.

Location Info: Tunxis Country Club Farmington, CT

Contact Info: Call 203-237-8084 or visit flcenter.org for more information.

Current Drug Trends Presented by Rushford and the Meriden Healthy Youth Coalition

RSVP Now Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
At Meriden Health & Human Services Dept.

Description: Our office, Rushford and the Meriden Healthy Youth Coalition are hosting a presentation on Current Drug Trends on Wednesday, August 21, from 5:30-7. Join us and learn about the current drug trends among our youth. Adults will learn the signs of potential problems and what to do for prevention. Potential paraphernalia will be on display.

This presentation is open to adults only! Parents/guardians, community leader, educators and counselors are encouraged to attend. This presentation is FREE and open to Meriden and non-Meriden residents!!

Pizza dinner will be served 5:30-6; the presentation is from 6-7pm. Several medication lock boxes ($35 value) will be raffled off. We will also have lots of other give-aways and information.

Location Info: 165 Miller Street, Meriden

Contact Info: We highly encourage registration so we order enough pizza; please call Megan at 203-630-5357 or email her at megan.fitzsimons@hhchealth.org.

Handling Difficult Situations | Customer Service for Healthcare Situations

Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM–9:30 AM
At Village of Kensington Place Community Room

Description: Handling Difficult Situations - Presented by Marjorie Stoltenhoff, Vitas representative. Please joins us for breakfast.

One complimentary CE Credit will be awarded to nurses, social workers, and nursing home administrators depending on your State Regulations. Please bring your professional licence number.

Location Info: 511 Kensington Ave Meriden, CT 06451

Contact Info: RSVP by August 20 to Edesa Ciscar, Director of Community Relations 203.235.0181

Meriden's Twilight Concert Series Bad Dog

Friday, August 23, 2019 at 7:00 PM–9:00 PM
At Meriden Green

Description: Bad Dog Performance 8-9 PM Click here for full schedule.

Location Info: 77 State St, Meriden CT 06450

Contact Info: Dave dave.rwta@gmail.com & Carrie carrie.rwta@gmail.com

NO Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting

RSVP Now Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The committee will not be meeting in August.

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.

Chamber Ambassadors - Membership Committee Meeting

RSVP Now Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 8:30 AM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

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

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

Digital Marketing Challenges & ways to overcome them

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM–12:30 PM
At Web Meeting, see registration link

Description: Join us and the Homebase Digital team on August 27th at 12:00 PM for a 30-minute discussion on Digital Marketing Challenges and ways to overcome them. Register for this free, online-only meeting that will give you ideas, tactics, and strategies to help promote your business. Register here: ?http://bit.ly/2yY9h3r

Contact Info: Contact us at (203) 317 - 2219

Chamber Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action Meeting

RSVP Now Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
At AJ's Oasis Café

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: 142 Hanover St., Meriden, CT

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

Breakfast Club Celebrates Featuring Governor Ned Lamont

RSVP Now Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 7:30 AM–9:00 AM
At Il Monticello

Description: Celebrate SUMMER with the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and join us in welcoming Gov. Ned Lamont at his first address to our members. We've also invited members of the Hamden Regional Chamber and Cheshire Chamber, making for an AMAZING networking event. Sponsors to date include Eversource, MidState Medical Center, PROSHRED, RJ Media Group, MxCC - Middlesex Community College. There is plenty of room for more sponsors!

Program Timing: 7:45-8:15: Arrival, Networking, Breakfast 8:15-8:30: Chamber Announcements 8:30-9:00: Presentation including Q&A

$25 pp for MEMBERS in advance; $220 for a table of 10; $30 at the door; $40 for not-yet-members. To sponsor call the friendly chamber staff: 203.235.7901.

Location Info: 577 South Broad St., Meriden

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

The Roadway of Hope CT 4th Annual Rally

Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 1:00 PM–7:00 PM
At Hubbard Park Bandshell

Description: The Roadway of Hope CT 4th Annual Rally for Hope & International Overdose Remembrance & Awareness Day

Please come join us in a fun-filled day while we honor the lives we've lost and those in recovery & spreading awareness to stop opioid crisis.

Matt Butler, DJ John Bunnell, Memorial Poster Project, Cord West & Joe Yaccarino, Kelvin Young & Meditation Sound Bowls, KC Music & Jordan Meyer

Location Info: 999 W. Main St Meriden, CT 06451

4th Annual Rally for Hope & International Overdose Remembrance and Awareness Day

Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 1:00 PM–7:00 PM
At Hubbard Park Bandshell

Description: 4th Annual Rally for Hope & International Overdose Remembrance and Awareness Day.

Join us as we honor the lives of those we've lost and those in recovery and help spread awareness to fight the opioid crisis.

Featuring the music of: Cord West & Joe Yaccarino, Matt Butler, KC Makes Music, Jordan Meyer. Plus: DJ John Bunnell, Kelvin Young and meditation sound bowls, Narcan training, Today I Matter memorial poster project.

Location Info: 999 W. Main St. Meriden

Contact Info: Sue Willette 203-886-5130

September 2019

Chamber Health and Wellness Council Meeting

RSVP Now Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 8:30 AM
At Regency House Health & Rehabilitation

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: 181 E Main St., Wallingford, CT 06492

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

Boys & Girls Club of Meriden 29th Annual Golf Tournament

Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 9:00 AM
At Hunter Golf Club

Description: Boys & Girls Club of Meriden 29th Annual Golf Tournament Alumni Association Westaff - Providing Essential People

9am Registration and Breakfast by Dunkin', 10:15am Load Carts, 10:30am Shotgun Start, 11:30am Grilled burgers, hot dogs and soda served on the course, 4pm Dinner, Raffle and Silent Auction at Violi's Restaurant at Hunter Golf Club

Location Info: 688 Westfield Rd. Meriden

Contact Info: For more info, please call 203-235-8185

Business After Hours: Bongiovanni Ins. & Fin. & BSP Present Choose Love Fundraiser

RSVP Now Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
At Mountain Mist Outdoor Center (YMCA)

Description: Save The Date! Choose Love Fundraiser

The event will include a full dinner, beer & wine, raffles, door prizes, and guest speaker Scarlett Lewis. We will be honoring the Sandy Hook First Responders and all proceeds from the event will go to a Meriden Public School and the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement.

Visit BIFCT for more information. Tickets $20. Sponsored by Bongiovanni, Sloan & Paradiso Insurance and Bongiovanni Insurance & Financial.

Location Info: 576 High Hill Rd. Meriden, CT 06450

Contact Info: Please RSVP to Liz 203-237-7900 or liz@bifct.com

Government and Business Development Committee

RSVP Now Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 8:30 AM–9:30 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 8:30 am 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.

Hunter's Ambulance 30th Annual Golf Classic

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM
At The Farms Country Club

Description: Hunter's Amublance 30th Annual Golf Classic In Memory of William Lawton and Carol Gillooly.

Over $10,000 in Raffle Prizes We welcome donations for auction and raffle prizes. 100% of all proceeds benefit the Hunter's Scholarship Fund

(Rain or Shine) 10:00 a.m. Registration, 11:00 a.m. Lunch, 12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start, Awards Dinner Following Play

Location Info: 180 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford, CT

Contact Info: For more information or help contact Brittny Barnes at 203-514-5105 or Danielle Vailonis at 203-514-5108 Or Register On-Line at: www.huntersamb.com

Chamber Board of Directors Meeting

RSVP Now Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 3:30 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: The Chamber Board of Directors is made up of business leaders from different sectors who meet monthly to provide oversight to the Chamber's program of work and set policy for the organization. The Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month.

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

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

SCORE: Free Confidential Coaching for Small Business Folk

RSVP Now Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: Please call the chamber at 203.235.7901 to make your confidential appointment with a SCORE councilor.

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

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

Meriden Lions Club 23rd Annual Golf Classic

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM
At Tunxis Plantation Country Club

Description: Meriden Lions Club 23rd Annual Golf Classic Players Registration Fee $180 per golfer. Foursomes preferred. Tournament Format : Scramble. Fee Includes: 18 Holes of Championship Golf w/Cart, All you can eat lunch and beer on the course. Awards & Dinner att he Aqua Turf Open Bar and Gourmet Stations with Famous Lions Raffle.

For non-golfers, dinner is $70 per person - tickets required. Tournament Day Schedule 9:30am Registration. 11am shotgun start. 4:30 pm cocktails, awards, banquet & Raffle at The Aqua Turf.

Golf Awards: closest to the pin (men & women), Long Drive (men & women), Putting contest, & Raffle. Please register ASAP, there are limited number of spaces available. Sponsorship packages start at $125.

Contact Info: Dave Lohman 203-927-3375 Jim Bartolotta 203-537-6246 Bill O'Loughlin 860-301-0514