Saturday, Aug. 20
WILLIMANTIC FARMERS MARKET
The Willimantic Farmers Market, located under the pavilion at the corner of Jackson and Main streets, is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through October.
NRA BASIC PISTOL SAFETY COURSE FUNDRAISER
First Congregational Church of Coventry will host an NRA basic pistol safety course fundraiser at 8:30 a.m. $100 donation. All proceeds benefit the Raise the Roof (and paint the steeple) fund. A $25 deposit/ balance upon arrival at class. Info: (860) 202-2821 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAR WASH EVENT TO BENEFIT THE WINDHAM CHAMBER
Chamber of Commerce is holding a benefit car wash from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of 361 Boston Post Road, North Windham, across from WalMart. Cost is $12 per ticket, includes lunch. Register early online for early bird discount and pay only $8 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at The Windham Chamber or online. We are also looking for sponsors to be recognized on the chamber’s sponsor banner at the event.
HEBRON FARMERS MARKET
The Hebron Farmers Market, located on the grounds of Church of Hope streets and the Red Barn at the intersection of routes 66 and 85 in Hebron, is held every Saturday through Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
CFC CHURCH TAG SALE
Christian Fellowship Church, Route 97, Scotland will hold a tag sale to benefit missions from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $3 admission.
LEBANON FARMERS MARKET
The Lebanon Farmers Market located on the Town Green, 579 Exeter Road, Lebanon, is held every Saturday through Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon
THRIFT SHOP AND KID’S BOUTIQUE
The Thrift Shop and Kid’s Boutique is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon at the First Congregational Church on 199 Valley St., Willimantic. New items every week. Donations of new or gently used clean adult (men’s and women’s) and children’s clothing and other children’s items accepted. Info: (860) 423-6827 or visit www.churchw.org.
TAG AND BAKE SALE
Chaplin Congregational Church, 43 Chaplin St., Chaplin, will be holding a tag and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: (860) 455-9078 or to donate items (860) 465-9073.
HAMPTON TAG SALE
Hampton Community Center at “Little River Grange,” 178 Main St., Hampton, will hold a tag sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Benefits Moonlight Cat Rescue. Donation of sale items welcome. Contact Kate at (860) 889-2351.
SATURDAY BEREAVEMENT GROUP
Hospice of Eastern Connecticut, 34 Ledgebrook Drive, Mansfield, will hold its Saturday bereavement group from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Group is appropriate for those who are grieving a year or more. Group is open to the community. Info: (860) 456-7288, ext. 293.
SCOTLAND HUNTINGTON HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE
Tour guides lead visitors through the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, signer of the Declaration of Independence, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust opens the Homestead on the first and third Saturdays of each month through October and is located on Route 14 just west of the Scotland town center. Free admission, donations welcome. Info: (860) 423-1547.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL PARTY – NATCHAUG SCHOOL
A back-to-school party for all Natchaug School students will be held in the parking lot of Christian Life Church at 143 Windham Road, Willimantic. The event offers free haircuts, school supplies, backpacks, games and drawings for bicycles, gift cards and more. The church is having a cookout with hamburgers and hot dogs as well. The event starts at 11 a.m. All students and their families are invited to attend. The church is accepting pre-registration by calling (860) 423-4923 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
AMERICAN PATTERN GLASS EXHIBIT
Join collector Deb Jani for a reception and exhibit opening of Great Grandma’s Sugar Bowl: Early American Pattern Glass 1840-1915 at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House. Jani will be available from 1 to 4 p m. to discuss collecting these “affordable” objects, many of which were passed down as treasured heirlooms. The museum, owned by the town of Lebanon, is located at 780 Trumbull Highway (Route 87). Admission is free and the house is air conditioned. For information, call Alicia Wayland at (860) 642-7987.
TEA AND SCONES SERIES
The Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main St., Willimantic, will feature a monthly Tea and Scones program on the third Saturday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m. $15/person. Bev York will talk on the origins and history of taking tea. For reservations, call (860) 456-2178.
ANNUAL CHICKEN BARBECUE
Eastford Independent Fire Co. No. 1, 6 Westford Road, Eastford will be holding a chicken barbecue from 4 to 6 p.m. Featuring drive through service. Eat-in or take-out. $10 for all dinners. Tickets John Paquin at (860) 974-0256 or Jeaninne Spink at (860) 974-1678.
Local band The Blackburns will perform on the Scotland Town Green, located at the center of town at the intersection of Route 14 and Route 97, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets and a picnic supper during the concert.
Sunday, Aug. 21
LITTLE HEARTS TO BENEFIT FROM MOTORCYCLE RIDE
The Columbia chapter of the Harley Owners Group (Columbia HOG) sponsors a benefit ride each year in honor of a 10-year-old Columbia girl named Daena, who was born in 2001 with a congenital heart defect. Daena and her family are members of Little Hearts, a nonprofit that supports families affected by CHDs – the number-one birth defect and leading killer of infants and newborns. Registration is from 9 to 11 a.m. Event starts at TSI Columbia Harley-Davidson, 8 Commerce Drive, Columbia. Lunch begins at noon and event concludes at 1 p.m. at the Franco-American Club, Club Road, North Windham. Participants can register, donate online and purchase event T-shirts at www.daenasrun.com. The registration fee is $25 per rider, $15 per passenger. Participants can also donate money and/or purchase T-shirts at www.littlehearts.org. For more information on Columbia HOG, visit www.columbiahog.com.
ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET
The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park, off Route 44 across from Ashford Town Hall. The market will run every Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: Loretta at email@example.com.
COVENTRY FARMERS MARKET
The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coventryfarmersmarket.com.
ANNUAL CHICKEN BARBECUE
The Columbia Lions Club will be hosting a chicken barbecue from noon to 3 p.m. at Recreation Park, Hennequin Road, Columbia. Adults are $9.50 ($10 at barbecue), seniors (62 and over) $8.50 ($9 at barbecue), Children under 12 $6.50 ($7 at barbecue). For tickets, call any Columbia Lions Club member.
STEAK BARBECUE, CAR CRUISE AND OPEN HOUSE
The Moriah Lodge No. 15, 220 Providence Road, Brooklyn, will host a day of events which include an open house, car cruise and steak barbecue from 1 to 6 p.m. Cost is $14/person. Trophy awarded for best car.
‘IMAGERY AND WRITTEN WORD’
The Windham Regional Arts Council presents ‘Imagery and Written Word’ at Windham Community Memorial Hospital Corridor Gallery, Mansfield Avenue, Willimantic, through Aug. 31. Images, photos or graphics combined with words to create a visual statement.
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