Community News for the Farmington Valley Edition – Hartford Courant

Avon – AVON – Avon Free Public Library will present Connecticut Farms and Farmers Markets: Tours, Trails and Attractions on Tuesday, July 19 at 2 p.m.

Join authors Amy Nawrocki and Eric D. Lehman to learn about farms, farmers’ markets, and other visiting opportunities throughout the state. Their new book, “Connecticut Farms and Farmers Markets: Tours, Trails and Attractions” describes hundreds of local markets, festivals, pick-your-owns, museums, tree farms, fairs, and more. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $20 and personally signed.

The Avon Free Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road. The program will take place in the Community Hall. Registration is required and masks are recommended. To register for this program in person or for more information, visit or call 860-673-9712.

NEWINGTON — The Newington Parks and Recreation Department is adding a new attraction to the four-day Extravaganza show. From 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, a live animal zoo, sponsored by Tony Palermino, will take place at Mill Pond Park, 123 Garfield St. The petting zoo will include rabbits, pygmy goats, llamas, donkeys , etc.

Carnival hours Thursday, July 14, 5-10 p.m. The cost of the wristband is $16 per person to allow unlimited rides. Other nighttime attractions include the Tiki Falls waterslide, trackless train rides, a Monster color-in mural, and free on-stage entertainment by Cody Bondra & The Contraband. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., a Bring your own cheese evening will take place.

The 40th anniversary of Life. Be in it. The Extravaganza celebration will take place on Friday, July 15. B&M Tree Service, LLC sponsors the Aerial Pursuits Parachuting Team. Three skydivers will free fall over 6,000 feet above the ground. Two of the skydivers will draw geometric shapes with colored smoke.

Craft Beer Night will take place from 6-8pm, sponsored by Flood Law Firm LLC, featuring 10 different breweries and 33 different beers and malt beverages. Tickets are on sale now for $25. Tickets will cost $40 at the door. Call 860-665-8666 or visit for more information.

SIMSBURY – The Friends of the Simsbury Public Library collect used books from the Simsbury Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., for its annual book sale. The book sale will take place October 1 and 2 at Simsbury High School.

Donations are accepted on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They collect books, games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs and computer software; all in good clean condition.

Discs, magazines, encyclopaedias, manuals, video/audio cassettes or books in poor condition are not accepted.

Those with questions or interested in volunteering can call Charmaine Glew at 860-651-4192 or Annie Wallack at 860-658-7781.

SIMSBURY – The Simsbury Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., runs the following programs. Call 860-658-7663, ext. 2, for more information or to register.

A summer ukulele concert will take place from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19. The Kinetic Ukes Ensemble provides a fun and relaxing vibe to timeless songs. Registration is mandatory.

Child of the Holocaust with Dr. William Reszelbach, a virtual event, will take place from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20. Reszelbach, a child of Holocaust survivors, will share his family’s harrowing experiences at the hands of the Nazis, coupled with Holocaust history. Dr. Reszelbach will discuss his parents’ will to survive and how these traumatic events affected their new life in the United States, as well as his own life and views on modern anti-Semitism. Registration is mandatory.

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