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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!

 Community Events  |   Business Events

October 2023

High School Night for all area families with students in Grades 5-8

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
At Saint Paul School Gymnasium

Description: Saint Paul School invites all area parochial, private, and public school students and their families to attend our High School Fair Night! Visit with admissions representatives from Catholic High Schools. Representatives from St. Paul High School, East Catholic, Northwest, Mercy, Xavier and Sacred Heart Academy will be in attendance.

Location Info: 461 Alling St. Kensington, CT 06037

WBDC Coffee & Conversation Networking Event

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 2:00 PM–3:30 PM
At WBDC New London

Description: We hope you'll join us for an opportunity to meet and mingle with the WBDC team and members of our community of CT-based small business owners! We'll provide coffee and ample opportunity for you to connect in person and share ideas with fellow entrepreneurs.

Location Info: 61 Bank St., New London

Contact Info: Registration is required. There is no fee to participate in this event. Click here to register.

Coffee & Connections with Hubcap

Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 7:30 AM–9:00 AM
At Hubcap Wallingford

Description: Grow your network! Join us to connect with fellow community members and organizations to talk about happenings here in Wallingford. This monthly gathering fosters collaboration, knowledge sharing, and expanding networks!

Location Info: 128 Center Street, Wallingford

Contact Info: RSVP by email!

Membership & Ambassador Committee

RSVP Now Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 9:00 AM
At Chamber Office

Description: Join us as we plan our Meet the Chamber monthly events to grow our membership! All are welcome to become an ambassador! Share your Chamber experiences with prospective members as you grow your business as well.

Location Info: 546 S. Broad St., Ste. 2C, Meriden

YBL Meeting

RSVP Now Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 3:30 PM–4:30 PM
At 174 State Street, Meriden

Description: Join the Midstate Chamber in welcoming back the Young Business Leaders group! This event is for networking, connecting and learning more about YBL! Must RSVP.

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

Books & Brews

Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 5:00 PM–8:00 PM
At 168 York Street Café

Description: A used book sale to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven.

Location Info: 168 York Street, New Haven, CT

Bradley Home Business After Hours

RSVP Now Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 5:00 PM–7:30 PM
At Bradley Home

Description: Join fellow community business members for an eventing of networking! Tour new spaces, enjoy light refreshments, and participate to win raffle prizes.

Be sure to bring colleagues, friends and plenty of business cards!

Location Info: 320 Colony Street, Meriden

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

11th Annual Latino Winemakers Wine Tasting

Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 5:30 PM–8:30 PM
At The Farms Country Club

Description: You're invited to SCOW's 11th Annual Winemakers Winetasting Fundraiser! Be sure to invite your colleagues, friends, and family to enjoy a night of networking, celebration & the discovery of your new favorite wine! This annual wine tasting event will include tastings of a variety of wines from South America, Spain, and Califormia, delicious food and dessert options, music and dance performances, raffles, and more!

Location Info: 180 Cheshire Road, Wallingford

Contact Info: Tickets are $75 in advance, $85 at the door. Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Adriana Rodriguea at 203-265-5866. Buy tickets by clicking HERE!

WBDC Effective Interviewing for Hiring with Confidence

Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 1:00 PM–2:00 PM
At Your Computer

Description: Confidently select the best candidates for your business by mastering the art of effective interviewing. Missy Lafferty from Beam Talent will share how to use structured interviews to uncover a candidate's true potential, build a team that aligns with your company's vision, and elevate your team culture. Acquire expert tips on asking the right questions, gauging behavioral responses, and making informed hiring decisions.

Contact Info: Registration is required. There is no fee to participate. Click here for more information or to register.

1st Annual Silver City Spooktacular

Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 4:00 PM–8:00 PM
At Camp Cuno

Description: Come out and enjoy:

Carnival Boo-Bash (Family friendly, not at all scary) - Kid-Centric atmosphere with lots of candy, pumpkin painting station, interative games, cotton candy & popcorn, costume contest, Book-Mobile

Party Under the Paviliion (Glow Party) with DJ Derek spinning ghoulishly dancy tunes, 21+ only area for drinks, bewitchingly good food and snacks, get zombified with special FX makeup artist Syd Martin (Wickedbeauty)

Run or Dye Moonlit Mile - Color Fun Run starts at 6:30 pm. Cost is $20 (includes a T-Shirt) if you register by September 30th. Fun or walk this one-mile trail through the dark. You will receive commemorative swag for all participants (white shirt & glow sticks included). Color Zones run through non-toxic environmentally friendly color powder. Features scare actors from the Wallingford Trail of Terror.

All proceeds benefit: Boys & Girls Club of Meriden, Wallingford Trail of Terror, the Rotary Club of Meriden and the Meriden Running Club.

Location Info: 1 Beaver Lake Rd., Meriden, CT

Contact Info: It is free to attend this event but donations are encouraged.

A Heartwarming Fundraiser

Thursday, October 12, 2023 through Thursday, November 9, 2023

Description: Gallery 53 is bringing back their popular yearly soup + bowl fundraiser. This 5 week program will feature delicious soups from different area restaurants. Every week you can order soups in 12 oz. containers Your order includes bread and a dessert snack. Plus you can select a beautiful hand painted mug or bowel decorated by Gallery 53 artists!

The "Soup-er Bowl Thursday Lineup!October 12th - Tomato Bisque or Chicken NoodleOctober 19th - Corn Chowder or Chicken VegetableOctober 26th - Pasta Fagioli or Chicken NoodleNovember 2nd - Cream of Broccoli or Chicken VegetableNovember 9th - Butternut Squash or Chicken Noodle

Location Info: 53 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06451

Contact Info: Cost is $15 for 1 bowl or $25 for 2 bowls. Please order by 2:00 pm on Tuesday for a Thursday pickup. Pickup your order at Gallery 53 on Thursday between 12 noon and 5:45 pm.

Click here to order your soup for Oct. 12th.

Click here to order your soup for Oct. 19th.

Click here to order your soup for Oct. 26th.

Click here to order your soup for Nov. 9th.

Manufacturing Day Celebration

Friday, October 13, 2023

Description: Join us at Hubcap Wallingford as we celebrate Manufacturiung Day on October 13th!

An exciting event dedicating to showcasing the innovation and craftsmanship that power our manufacturing processes.

More information on presentations and special guests to come!

Location Info: 128 Center Street, Wallingford

Beyond the Veil: A Paranormal Event

Friday, October 13, 2023 at 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
At Gallery 53

Description: All the forces are converging . . . it's Friday the 13th, right before Halloween in a 129-year-old building where there've been some pretty strange, inexplicable events!

Join us for "ParaExperience," a paranormal event, featuring Connecticut's leading paranormal practitioners, Thomas Patrick Gormley and Jenna Beth Rush. Together, this talented duo has over 30 years of experience going beyond the veil to communicate with spirits and using that communication to counsel the living and the dead. Their unique approach combines scientific equipment and counseling.

This spooky 2-part evening will feature a talk and tour. Tickets are available for the lecture only or for the lecture + tour. In the talk, Tom and Jenna Beth will relate their hair-raising experiences investigating paranormal activity and hauntings right here in Connecticut. This includes their investigation of and intervention for "Murder House," scene of a grisly murder years ago.

The talk will be followed by a Spirit Investigation Tour of 53 Colony Street to answer the question "is Gallery 53 haunted?" This will be an in-depth follow-up to a 2021 investigation that uncovered significant spirit activity, particularly in the basement. Participation in the tour is very limited and available for an additional cost.

As part of this otherworldly experience, we will feature several mediums, a tarot card reader, and an artisan showcase of paranormal-inspired handcrafted objects! Doors will open early, so you'll have plenty of time before the main event to meet and mingle with the practitioners. You'll also be able to browse the artisan showcase so you can buy your own little piece of "paranormalia" to take home.

Location Info: 53 Colony St., Meriden, CT

Contact Info: The cost is $20 for the lecture or $53 for the lecture + ghost investigation. Seating is limited. Click here for more information or to register.

Meriden Farmer's Market

Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 8:30 AM
At Meriden Farmer's Market

Description: The Meriden Farmer's Market will be hosting farmers selling their fresh produce every Saturday from July 8th thru Oct. 14th. Their Doubling Dollars Program is back! Rain or shine.

They will be following all CDC and State of CT protocols regarding COVID-19

Location Info: Mill St., Meriden Green, Meriden

Contact Info: They accept SNAP/EBT, FMNP coupons, cash & debit.

Angelina's Fall Festival

Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 9:00 AM
At Angelina's Appiza Meriden

Description: Join Angelina's Appiza Meriden for their Fall Festival! Pumpkin painting (while they last), bounce house and family fun. Free to the public! All day!

Location Info: 994 W Main St. Meriden, CT 06451

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MxCC Foundation's Annual Red Moon Gala

Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
At CT State Middlesex

Description: McCC Foundation would like you to join them for their signature annual Red Moon Gala. Enjoy live entertainment, culinary delights, wine & beer tasting, and engage in a silent and live auctions! This event raises funds for student scholarships while shining a spotlight on the college's parternship with the Meriden GEAR UP program.

Location Info: Chapman Hall, Room 808, 100 Training Hill Rd., Middletown, CT

Contact Info: Tickets are $75 pp. Click here to purchase tickets!

Walking Tour - West Cemetery

Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
At Meriden's West Cemetery

Description: Join the Meriden Historical Society for their 3rd walking tour at Meriden's West Cemetery which dates from 1845. Tours are approximately 2 hrs. long.

Location Info: 202 Hanover St., Meriden, CT

Contact Info: Each tour is limited to 20 participants. Tickets are $10 for each individual tour. Registration is required. Click here to register.

Saint Paul School Open House for Preschool to Grade 8

Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
At Saint Paul School

Description: Saint Paul School invites you to join them for an Open House for Preschool through Grade 8. They would love to meet you and your family.

Location Info: 461 Alling St., Kensington, CT 06037

Contact Info: For more information call 860-828-4343.

13th Annual Hamden Restaurant Week

Monday, October 16, 2023

Description: Join us in celebrating Hamden's 13th Restaurant Week set for the week of October 16-October 22 2023.

More event details including participating restaurants and menus to be released closer to event dates.

Location Info: Hamden, CT

Contact Info: Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce - 203-288-6431

WBDC: Financial Foundations - QuickBooks Online

Monday, October 16, 2023 through Monday, October 30, 2023 at 12:00 PM–1:30 PM
At Your Computer

Description: Join Sherry Konwerski, WBDC Business Advisor and Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor, for a 3-part hands-on course to learn how to manage your business finances with QuickBooks. In this series, you'll learn a broad range of bookkeeping functions, from setting up QuickBooks, to handling money in/money out, banking, payroll, and much more. If you've decided to use Quickbooks Online to manage your business finances but need help getting started, this class is for you!

This series is designed for business owners with 1+ years of sales. You must have a QuickBooks Online account to attend this class. A trial account is sufficient.

Contact Info: Registration is required. The cost is $30 for a non-childcare business or $0.00 for a Childcare Business. Click here for more information or to register.