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5/26
Reconstruction Revisited, Discussion Series at Prosser Public Library
Tonight, discuss: "Sojourner Truth: A Life, a Symbol," by Nell Painter (1996), facilitated by Dr. Roberta Tansman. Sojourner Truth: ex-slave and fiery abolitionist, figure of imposing physique, riveting preacher and spellbinding singer who dazzled listeners with her wit and originality. Straight talking and unsentimental, Truth became a national symbol for strong black women.
5/28
Chill Out & Knit at Prosser Public Library
Knitters are invited to bring their project in progress. New members of all ages and experience are welcome to drop in and join this group of knitters in the Community Room. Knitters will guide one another with creative new projects or tinkering with an old one. Knitters at all levels are welcome.
5/28
Conversations in Color @ Prosser Public Library
Bloomfield artist Stanwyck Cromwell will speak about Caribbean art, and its relevance to art in multicultural America. Enjoy a visual kaleidoscope of this artist's rich and abundant memories of his native Guyana as expressed in his art. Caribbean American Heritage week is the first week in June.
5/29
Baby Bounce Storytime @ Prosser
11 AM
5/29
Toddler Time Storytime @ Prosser
10:15 AM
5/30
Click Here to register for our 2nd Annual GRUB CRAWLChamber Events
Join us for a taste of Bloomfield on the Town Green from 1:00 to 4:00 pm as local restaurants and breweries offer participants a delicious array of samples.
6/1
CELEBRATE BLOOMFIELD EVENT : Devon Harris Visits Town
Jamaican Olympic athlete, Devon Harris will speak at Bloomfield High School in the auditorium on June 1, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. His visit to Bloomfield is sponsored by Prosser Public Library, Bloomfield Public Schools and the Friends of the Bloomfield Public Libraries in conjunction with CELEBRATE BLOOMFIELD a week of special events in town. Books for sale and autographs to follow!
6/2
Bloomfield Chamber BAH Hosted by the Jewish Community Center Swim & Tennis ClubChamber Events
Join the Bloomfield Chamber Board of Directors and our Membership for a Night of Networking!
6/4
Talk It Up Toastmasters Club Meeting - Guests Welcome
Interviewing for jobs?
Giving a business presentation?
Leading a seminar?
Need confidence?

TOASTMASTERS IS THE ANSWER!

Toastmasters will help you to:
- Speak and present compellingly.
- Think quickly and clearly.
- Become a strong leader.
- Listen effectively.

You will learn these skills and more in a supportive, self-paced, fun atmosphere.

Join us at Talk It Up Toastmasters! Guests are Welcome.
We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 12:00pm.
Website: talkitup.toastmastersclubs.org
Email: contact-8045@toastmastersclubs.org

Detailed directions to our location and meeting room can be found on our website above.

JOIN OUR CLUB TODAY AND BEGIN TO DISCOVER YOUR CONFIDENCE.
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The Bloomfield Chamber & Community Calendar of Events

The Bloomfield Chamber & Community Calendar of Events
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Today is: 5/25/2015

5/1
Baby Bounce Storytime @ Prosser
11 AM
5/1
Book Slae @ Prosser Public Library
Friends of the Bloomfield Public Libraries' Spring Book Sale
5/1
Toddler Time Storytime @ Prosser
10:15 AM
5/2
Book Slae @ Prosser Public Library
Friends of the Bloomfield Public Libraries' Spring Book Sale
5/3
32nd Annual Foodshare Walk Against Hunger
The Foodshare Walk Against Hunger is now the largest anti-hunger event of its kind in the state of Connecticut and this year we need your help more than ever to meet our goal of raising $650,000! Register online at www.foodsharewalk.org today!
5/4
GREAT WORKS OF THE LOUVRE DISCUSSED AT DUNCASTER’S APRIL AND MAY GREAT COURSESChamber Events
“Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre” will be featured in 12 discussions during April and May. Part of Duncaster Retirement Community’s Great Courses series, the six sessions will be held on Mondays from April 13 through May 18, at 2:00-3:30. They are being held at Duncaster and are open to the public. Members of the surrounding community may enroll in the whole series or individual courses with pre-registration required.

The course will be moderated by expert art critic and historian Richard Brettell who will provide a framework for comprehending and appreciate the works in the Louvre. Discussions will focus on various artistic time periods, regions, and schools. The lectures will cover art from Spanish, French, Flemish, Dutch, and German cultures. The second half of the course focuses heavily on French painters from the seventeenth century through the early nineteenth century.

The discussions will include:

April 13 - Palace to Museum—The Story of
the Louvre
Leonardo and the Origins of
the Collection
April 20 - Italian Renaissance and
Baroque Painting
Spanish School of Painting
April 27 - Rubens and Flemish Painting;
Early German
Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Dutch
Painting
May 4 - De La Tour, Le Nain, and 17th-
century Painting
Claude and Poussin—French
Painters in Rome
May 11 -Watteau and Chardin
Boucher, Fragonard, and the
Rococo in France
May 18 -Jacques-Louis David and His
School Delacroix and
Ingres—The Great Dialectic

The Great Courses program began at Duncaster in 2009, as part of Duncaster’s dedication to lifelong learning.

Duncaster’s Great Courses are free and open to the public, however pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, contact Fran Kent, fKent@Duncaster.org or 860-380-5006.
5/5
Celebrate Bloomfield @ Prosser Public Library
Cool Runnings, Film Showing. See the movie based on Jamaican athlete Devon Harris's story, then meet him on June 1 at BHS
5/5
Delights of Music @ Prosser Public Library, Film & Conversation with Jack Brin
Beethoven, a biographical film
5/6
Bloomfield Annual DinnerChamber Events
We are pleased to announce our 2015 award winners! Join us in congratulating our community leaders.
5/6
Osteoporosis Program at Duncaster May 14Chamber Events
As people age, so do their bones. These changes will be the subject of Duncaster’s May 14 Art and Science of Graceful Aging program.

Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease, and is most prevalent in women over the age of 50. The disease causes bones to become so brittle and weak that even a mild stressor such as coughing can cause a fracture. For those over the age of 50 it is crucial to become aware of symptoms, effects of the disease on the body and methods of prevention.

These issues are among those that will be featured in a program on Thursday, May 14 that is part of Duncaster’s Art & Science of Graceful Aging series. The session begins at 3:00 p.m. at Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield. It will be presented by Rohini Becherl, MD, a member of the medical staff at Hartford Hospital Senior Primary Care at Duncaster. Attendance is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

Dr. Becherl will also discuss related topics such as the different degrees of osteoporosis, how to strengthen bone health, who is most at risk and what to expect when dealing with the disease. Becherl will talk about changes and advances in knowledge and treatment in the last ten years with an eye towards prevention and treatment.

In her discussion of treatment and prevention methods, Becherl will speak about the debate regarding calcium versus vitamin D intake. While osteoporosis is often associated with low intake of calcium, the problem may lie in a vitamin D deficiency. Becherl will also touch upon the decision to seek treatment from a specialist or a general practitioner.

Dr. Becherl has been with Duncaster for the past 15 years. She graduated from Lady Hardinge Medical School in India. Her residency was at John F. Kennedy Medical Center with a focus on family medicine. She completed her fellowship at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine with a focus on geriatrics. Her practice and specialty are geriatric medicine.

To register or get more information about Duncaster’s May 14 Art & Science of Graceful Aging presentation about this topic contact Fran Kent at (860) 380-5006 or fKent@Duncaster.org.
5/7
Classical Guitar Concert @ Prosser Public Library
Hartt graduate and undergraduate students present this free concert at the library.
5/7
Talk It Up Toastmasters Club Meeting - Guests Welcome
Interviewing for jobs?
Giving a business presentation?
Leading a seminar?
Need confidence?

TOASTMASTERS IS THE ANSWER!

Toastmasters will help you to:
- Speak and present compellingly.
- Think quickly and clearly.
- Become a strong leader.
- Listen effectively.

You will learn these skills and more in a supportive, self-paced, fun atmosphere.

Join us at Talk It Up Toastmasters! Guests are Welcome.
We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 12:00pm.
Website: talkitup.toastmastersclubs.org
Email: contact-8045@toastmastersclubs.org

Detailed directions to our location and meeting room can be found on our website above.

JOIN OUR CLUB TODAY AND BEGIN TO DISCOVER YOUR CONFIDENCE.
5/8
Baby Bounce Storytime @ Prosser
11 AM
5/8
Celebrate Bloomfield @ Prosser Public Library
See the film, Cool Runnings, based on the story of Jamaican athlete Devon Harris, then meet him on June 1 at BHS
5/8
Toddler Time Storytime @ Prosser
10:15 AM
5/9
Diabetes Academy Device Training
Free injectable device training: learn about meal-based dosing, recognizing and treating low blood sugar and much more. Spanish translation available.
5/11
Free Diabetes Education Classes
Classes by Certified Diabetes Educators about managing your diabetes and living a healthier life- completely free at Reliance Pharmacy.
5/11
GREAT WORKS OF THE LOUVRE DISCUSSED AT DUNCASTER’S APRIL AND MAY GREAT COURSESChamber Events
“Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre” will be featured in 12 discussions during April and May. Part of Duncaster Retirement Community’s Great Courses series, the six sessions will be held on Mondays from April 13 through May 18, at 2:00-3:30. They are being held at Duncaster and are open to the public. Members of the surrounding community may enroll in the whole series or individual courses with pre-registration required.

The course will be moderated by expert art critic and historian Richard Brettell who will provide a framework for comprehending and appreciate the works in the Louvre. Discussions will focus on various artistic time periods, regions, and schools. The lectures will cover art from Spanish, French, Flemish, Dutch, and German cultures. The second half of the course focuses heavily on French painters from the seventeenth century through the early nineteenth century.

The discussions will include:

April 13 - Palace to Museum—The Story of
the Louvre
Leonardo and the Origins of
the Collection
April 20 - Italian Renaissance and
Baroque Painting
Spanish School of Painting
April 27 - Rubens and Flemish Painting;
Early German
Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Dutch
Painting
May 4 - De La Tour, Le Nain, and 17th-
century Painting
Claude and Poussin—French
Painters in Rome
May 11 -Watteau and Chardin
Boucher, Fragonard, and the
Rococo in France
May 18 -Jacques-Louis David and His
School Delacroix and
Ingres—The Great Dialectic

The Great Courses program began at Duncaster in 2009, as part of Duncaster’s dedication to lifelong learning.

Duncaster’s Great Courses are free and open to the public, however pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, contact Fran Kent, fKent@Duncaster.org or 860-380-5006.
5/11
Nero Wolfe Book Discussion at Prosser Public Library
Discuss "Prisoner's Base," by Rex Stout with mystery enthusiast Dr. Marilyn Schaffer.
5/13
Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors MeetingChamber Events
5/13
Reader's Theater Play Reading @ Prosser Public Library
See "Charles Ives Take Me Home," a play by Jessica Dickey. A father’s love of music and a daughter’s passion for basketball are at odds. Thankfully they have modernist composer Charles Ives playing referee.
5/13
Reader's Theater Play Reading @ Prosser Public Library
See "Charles Ives Take Me Home," by Jessica Dickey, a dramatic play reading. A father’s love of music and a daughter’s passion for basketball are at odds. Thankfully they have modernist composer Charles Ives playing referee.
5/14
Chill Out & Knit at Prosser Public Library
Knitters are invited to bring their project in progress. New members of all ages and experience are welcome to drop in and join this group of knitters in the Community Room. Knitters will guide one another with creative new projects or tinkering with an old one. Knitters at all levels are welcome.
5/14
Thriller Book Discussion at Prosser Public Library
Join mystery enthusiast Dianne Harrison to discuss "The Secret Place," by Tana French, a powerful, haunting exploration of friendship and loyalty set at a girls' boarding school.
5/15
Baby Bounce Storytime @ Prosser
11 AM
5/15
Toddler Time Storytime @ Prosser
10:15 AM
5/16
ISIS & Islam, Panel Presentation at Prosser Public Library
Does ISIS represent Islam or Muslims? Learn the tenets of Islam, the religious justification ISIS uses to kill Muslims and people of other faith groups, as well as the answer to those justifications from a practicing Muslim’s perspective.
Presenters:
Sammy Aziz is a student of Muslim-Christian relations at Hartford Seminary and a member of the Bloomfield Muslim Community Center.

Vjosa Aziz works for the Madina Academy Islamic School in Windsor and is a member of Bloomfield Muslim Community Center.

John Parent is a student of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality at Hartford Seminary.

5/18
GREAT WORKS OF THE LOUVRE DISCUSSED AT DUNCASTER’S APRIL AND MAY GREAT COURSESChamber Events
“Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre” will be featured in 12 discussions during April and May. Part of Duncaster Retirement Community’s Great Courses series, the six sessions will be held on Mondays from April 13 through May 18, at 2:00-3:30. They are being held at Duncaster and are open to the public. Members of the surrounding community may enroll in the whole series or individual courses with pre-registration required.

The course will be moderated by expert art critic and historian Richard Brettell who will provide a framework for comprehending and appreciate the works in the Louvre. Discussions will focus on various artistic time periods, regions, and schools. The lectures will cover art from Spanish, French, Flemish, Dutch, and German cultures. The second half of the course focuses heavily on French painters from the seventeenth century through the early nineteenth century.

The discussions will include:

April 13 - Palace to Museum—The Story of
the Louvre
Leonardo and the Origins of
the Collection
April 20 - Italian Renaissance and
Baroque Painting
Spanish School of Painting
April 27 - Rubens and Flemish Painting;
Early German
Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Dutch
Painting
May 4 - De La Tour, Le Nain, and 17th-
century Painting
Claude and Poussin—French
Painters in Rome
May 11 -Watteau and Chardin
Boucher, Fragonard, and the
Rococo in France
May 18 -Jacques-Louis David and His
School Delacroix and
Ingres—The Great Dialectic

The Great Courses program began at Duncaster in 2009, as part of Duncaster’s dedication to lifelong learning.

Duncaster’s Great Courses are free and open to the public, however pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, contact Fran Kent, fKent@Duncaster.org or 860-380-5006.
5/18
NAMI Book Discussion @ Prosser Public Library
Discuss "Annie's Ghosts" by Steve Luxenberg. The book traces the author's surprise discovery that his late mother had had a sister who was sent away under mysterious circumstances and never mentioned by the family again. He describes his efforts to research his long-lost aunt's story and whereabouts, and his struggles to understand the secrecy of her existence.
5/19
Delights of Music @ Prosser Public Library, Film & Conversation with Jack Brin
See a Biography of Mahler. Today we know him as the composer of massive symphonies and song cycles.
5/19
Free Financial Workshop @ Prosser Public Library
When Income Decreases, But the Bills Don't: Participants will learn how to cope during these challenging financial times by being financially prepared. This program will review how to set priorities, identify problem areas and establish a practical spending and saving plan.

5/20
Book Discussion @ Prosser Public Library
Discuss "The Orchardist" by Amanda Coplin, an engrossing tale of a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West, and the dramatic consequences of his actions.
5/20
Works of Renowned Photographer Jack McConnell on Display at Duncaster Art Gallery During MayChamber Events
The Duncaster Art Gallery has a new show opening on May 2, featuring the works of photographer Jack McConnell. The opening reception will be at 4 pm on May 3, with the featured artist speaking at 4:30 p.m. about his work. The May 3 reception and the exhibit are open to the public with RSVP. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until June 5. Duncaster Retirement Community has been showcasing Connecticut artists for more than 14 years.

Jack McConnell is an advertising/annual report photographer who travels the United States and Europe for Fortune 500 clients. His stock photo library, located in Wethersfield, contains 250,000 images and is marketed globally to clients via three websites that showcase his work. A few companies McConnell has worked for include Aetna Life and Casualty, United Technologies-Pratt and Whitney, the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, and the Mt. Washington Observatory.

McConnell has received awards from a variety of organizations, including the CT Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, Hartford Ad Club, New York Gold, and the CT Academy of Fine Art. His work is displayed at galleries and juried shows, including the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Mark Twain Museum, and the Mystic Art Association. His images are also displayed in corporate collections in Hartford Hospital, Pratt and Whitney, the Hartford Marriott, and MGM Grand Foxwoods.
Attendance at the Opening Reception is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Visitors are also welcome to visit the exhibit weekdays from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. through the month of May. For more information or to make a reservation to attend the Reception, contact Fran Kent at (860) 380-5006 or fKent@Duncaster.org.
5/21
Talk It Up Toastmasters Club Meeting - Guests Welcome
Interviewing for jobs?
Giving a business presentation?
Leading a seminar?
Need confidence?

TOASTMASTERS IS THE ANSWER!

Toastmasters will help you to:
- Speak and present compellingly.
- Think quickly and clearly.
- Become a strong leader.
- Listen effectively.

You will learn these skills and more in a supportive, self-paced, fun atmosphere.

Join us at Talk It Up Toastmasters! Guests are Welcome.
We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 12:00pm.
Website: talkitup.toastmastersclubs.org
Email: contact-8045@toastmastersclubs.org

Detailed directions to our location and meeting room can be found on our website above.

JOIN OUR CLUB TODAY AND BEGIN TO DISCOVER YOUR CONFIDENCE.
5/22
Baby Bounce Storytime @ Prosser
11 AM
5/22
Toddler Time Storytime @ Prosser
10:15 AM
5/26
Reconstruction Revisited, Discussion Series at Prosser Public Library
Tonight, discuss: "Sojourner Truth: A Life, a Symbol," by Nell Painter (1996), facilitated by Dr. Roberta Tansman. Sojourner Truth: ex-slave and fiery abolitionist, figure of imposing physique, riveting preacher and spellbinding singer who dazzled listeners with her wit and originality. Straight talking and unsentimental, Truth became a national symbol for strong black women.
5/28
Chill Out & Knit at Prosser Public Library
Knitters are invited to bring their project in progress. New members of all ages and experience are welcome to drop in and join this group of knitters in the Community Room. Knitters will guide one another with creative new projects or tinkering with an old one. Knitters at all levels are welcome.
5/28
Conversations in Color @ Prosser Public Library
Bloomfield artist Stanwyck Cromwell will speak about Caribbean art, and its relevance to art in multicultural America. Enjoy a visual kaleidoscope of this artist's rich and abundant memories of his native Guyana as expressed in his art. Caribbean American Heritage week is the first week in June.
5/29
Baby Bounce Storytime @ Prosser
11 AM
5/29
Toddler Time Storytime @ Prosser
10:15 AM
5/30
Click Here to register for our 2nd Annual GRUB CRAWLChamber Events
Join us for a taste of Bloomfield on the Town Green from 1:00 to 4:00 pm as local restaurants and breweries offer participants a delicious array of samples.


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