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Avon — AVON — The Matías Rosado Memorial Golf Tournament will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at Avon Golf Club, 160 Country Club Road.

Matías Rosado died on July 17, 2021, at the age of 19. He was a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill. He is missed by his family and friends every day as they try to find comfort in loving memories.

The Matías Rosado Foundation is committed to educating young people about the mental health crisis through support, education and advocacy.

Lunch, registration and opening of the practice areas will begin at 11:30 a.m. A shotgun start will take place at 1 p.m. for more information.

HARTFORD – The 2nd Annual Mocktail Tasting will take place on Sunday, May 22 at The Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St.

Organized by A Promise to Jordan, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of substance use disorders, brings together restaurant owners and bar owners to showcase their best non-alcoholic drinks and appetizers and compete to be named the best.

In addition to enjoying delicious non-alcoholic drinks and hors d’oeuvres, participants will learn how to help someone struggling with addiction through literature and discussion.

New to the event is a powerful video presentation of people in recovery describing the positive benefits of their recovery journey.

All proceeds from the event benefit APTJ in its mission to eliminate the stigma of substance use disorders and give Connecticut families hope that recovery is possible by connecting them to treatment programs.

The fundraiser, which is a cool alternative to typical beer or wine tastings, will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the art gallery parking lot, barring any COVID-19 restrictions in place at that time. . The charity contest is expected to attract hundreds of guests to sample the mocktails and appetizers, participate in the silent auction and raffles, and enjoy an afternoon of fun. Tickets are $50. To visit to buy tickets.

APTJ frequently hosts community education programs, NARCAN, QPR (Question, Persuasion, Reference) and CRAFT trainings, designed to reduce substance use and help people seeking recovery programs. Gray founded A Promise to Jordan after losing her son, Jordan Arakelian, to an overdose in 2018. for more information or if you are interested in donating to the organization.

AVON – The inaugural banquet of the Avon High Athletic Hall of Fame is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Golf Club of Avon, 160 Country Club Road.

After a thorough evaluation of the nominees during the Hall’s first year of existence, the men and women honored this year are: Martin DeLivron (1978-2014; baseball and soccer coach); Jason Fox (Class of 1991; football, baseball, basketball, track); Lindsay Horbatuck (Class of 2009; soccer, basketball, lacrosse); Madison Kennedy (Class of 2005; swimming); Victor Krasij (Class of 2001; soccer); Kelly McCollum Sheetz (Class of ’91; field hockey, basketball, softball); Kia McNeill (Class of 2004; football, basketball, track)

Richard Migli (Class of 1970; football, basketball, baseball); Robert Summers (1958–1995; athletic director; football, basketball, and baseball coach; physical education teacher, assistant principal); Bonnie Tyler (1969–2002; field hockey and basketball coach; physical education teacher); and the 1968 varsity baseball team.

Tickets to attend the banquet, as well as options to advertise in the event program, can be purchased online at, with seats and advertising space still available. The Avon High School Booster Club will be supporting the inaugural event, but program donations and advertising, available at various levels, are essential to maintaining the continued success of this community celebration. Email for more information.

AVON – The Avon/Canton Chamber of Commerce will host its community shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, in the parking lot of the People’s United Route 44 branch at 302 West Main St.

Bring your old invoices, confidential mails and other sensitive documents to be destroyed by File Shred. There is a limit of three 17″ x 12″ x 10.5″ paper size boxes for personal shredding only. No commercial element.

Place the boxes in your trunk or in your back seat. Stay in your vehicle. Acceptable personal shredded documents are bank statements, canceled checks, credit card statements, medical records, legal documents, social security numbers, investment data, address book, addressed mail , etc.

Staples, paper clips and rubber bands are all acceptable. Three-ring binders, large binder clips, plastics, or metals should be removed. No certificate of destruction will be issued. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Gifts of Love and the Salvation Army of Greater Hartford.

AREA – Max Cares Foundation, Inc. is now accepting applications for the charity’s scholarships for high school graduates or currently enrolled students pursuing a high school education in culinary arts or hospitality/restaurant management for the school year 2022-23.

Students residing in the Greater Hartford and Greater Springfield areas are encouraged to apply. Consult the Foundation’s website for the list of eligible municipalities. Application, requirements and more information are available online at an application deadline of May 15.

Applicants are eligible to receive up to $2,500 in funds to be used for their culinary arts or hospitality education expenses. In 2021, 13 students received scholarships.

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AVON – A perennial plant sale will be held Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the parking lot of Sainte-Anne Church, 289 Arch Road. A variety of plants from members’ gardens will be offered to you.

Knowledgeable gardeners will be available to answer questions regarding plant selection. The sale benefits the Social Outreach Committee scholarship program. Payment is by cash or check only.

AVON – Dr. Bill Richards, author of Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences, will come to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 224 Lovely St., to give a talk about his book.

This free presentation will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Dr. Richards is an internationally respected leader in the field of psychedelic-assisted therapy and research. To visit for more information.

AREA – In partnership with UNICEF, Willowbrook Health Center is hosting a virtual silent auction and raffle to support the international organization’s efforts in Ukraine. Using, all proceeds will go directly to UNICEF to provide clean water, sanitation, and mental and physical health resources to Ukrainian children and families. The event will run until May 14.

Items include tickets to the WNBA Connecticut Sun and Hartford Yard Goats games, a gift certificate to Connecticut Valley Brewing Company, a two-month subscription to ReCoup Organic Juices, and a comprehensive initial chiropractic patient evaluation by Dr. Lauren Zolnowsky.

To visit to learn more about fundraising, buy tickets or place a bid.


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