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The next four previews include: Hector Berlioz's La Corsaire Overture, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 and Claude Debussy's La Mer. Concert dates at The Bushnell: March 9, 11, 2018; Shostakovich's Tahiti Trot, Cello Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 5. Concert Dates: May 4, 6, 2018; and Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (with the Hartford Chorale). Concert dates at The Bushnell: June 8, 10, 2018.

These Hartford Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Previews are free and open to the public.

Pierce is an adjunct professor of music at UConn and a member of Kingswood Oxford's Creative Arts Department. He has served as music director of Simsbury Light Opera and Manchester Symphony and guest conductor of Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra and Hartford Symphony Orchestra. The FVSO premiered his Symphony No. 1: Psalms and Dances for orchestra, chorus and soloists during its 30th anniversary concert.

The Kindness Project

WEST HARTFORD — Did you ever read the book "Wonder," by R. J. Palacio? Do you hope to see the movie? The story is one of learning to show compassion and kindness towards others. In that spirit, The West Hartford Public Libraries present The Kindness Project for children of all ages.

The library will collect personal hygiene item donations for men, women and children from the public from Nov. 20 through Dec. 15. Suggested items include: Toothpaste, Floss, Mouthwash, Deodorant, Hair brush, Combs, Shampoo, Hair conditioner, Hairspray, Lotion, Hand sanitizer, Hair accessories, Band-Aids, First aid cream, Aspirin, Cough drops, Powder, Q-tips, Hand wipes, Razors, Shaving cream, Lip balm, Single rolls of toilet paper, Small Kleenex, Unscented liquid soap, Make-up items, Nail care, Tweezers and Small scissors.

On Saturday, Dec.16, at 11 a.m., organizers invite everyone to come back to the Children's Department to help assemble the cases with the donated items and get them ready for delivery to the West Hartford Food Pantry.

Congregation Beth Israel Events

WEST HARTFORD — Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., is hosting the following events. Visit www.cbict.org for more information.

Torah Study will take place every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. The clergy lead a spirited exploration and discussion of the sacred text. All are welcome to attend.

Tot Shabbat: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 10:30 a.m. Dec.16. Tot Shabbat services precede general Shabbat morning services at 11 a.m. Young children sing along with clergy, hear stories, and receive special blessings. Services are held in the Library Children's Room.

Micro WHTY: Sundays monthly at 10 a.m. Dec. 17. Tots under three and parents gather in the CBI Playroom for socialization and connection on one Sunday morning each month. Siblings under four can attend.

CBI Sisterhood Annual Potluck and Pocketbook Auction: Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. Join the CBI Sisterhood for a celebration of Channukah. Donations of new or gently used pocketbooks, gloves, or mittens for a woman or child will be donated to local women's shelters. Sign up with Gayle Wintjen, gaylewin@gmail.com or Mari Maidman maidman3@att.net. Guests are welcome.

Social Justice Shabbat: Friday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Sara Salomons, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is the Director of Development and Communications at Journey Home, an advocacy group for the homeless in the Hartford area. Rev. Salomans will help lead a discussion on the topic of homelessness in our community following our Shabbat service.

Annual Chinese Dinner: Friday, Dec. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the end of the secular year with a dinner catered by Black Bamboo. Cost of $20 per adult and $10 per child under 13. Walk-ins are an additional charge of $10 per person. RSVP at cbict.org/events/Shabbat-dinner by Friday, Dec. 22.

Leaf Bag Collection

WEST HARTFORD — The Town of West Hartford's leaf bag collection service began on Monday, Oct. 23, and will continue for 10 weeks until Dec. 29.

Only 30-gallon, biodegradable leaf bags will be collected; no plastic bags. Leaf bags should be free of grass, twigs, rocks and trash, and should not weigh more than 60 lbs. There is no limit to the number of bags a resident can place at the curb. Simply place your leaf bags at the curb by 6 a.m. on your trash collection day, or sooner, and a truck will come by to pick them up. Crews will advance into other collection areas once they have completed their day's assignment and may pick-up your bags before your trash day.

Leaf bags are commonly found at hardware and grocery stores. Public Works offers a residential leaf voucher disposal program free of charge to eligible residents. The voucher program is available during the ten-week leaf collection season. Vouchers allow your contractor to dump leaves, generated from your residential property only, free of charge. Residents may use as many vouchers as needed during the ten-week collection period. Visit www.westhartfordct.gov/publicworks for the leaf voucher guidelines and documents.

Note leaf bags and leaf piles cannot be placed in the street because they pose a hazard to traffic, clog storm drains and impede snow plowing operations. The Town's Compliance Officer routinely monitors collection areas and will issue written warnings and then fines for each day that the leaves remain in the street.

Leaf bags and piles should not block pedestrian sidewalks, as well. There are other options to bagging leaves. Consider mulching your leaves with your mower. Make a couple of passes over your lawn until leaves are ground down into a fine leaf mulch. The end product is a good source of nitrogen for spring growth. Leaf compost also enriches the soil in gardens and flower beds.

If you don't want to wait for the weekly pick up, residents may bring their bagged leaves to the Yard Waste and Recycling Center at 25 Brixton Street and dispose of them there. Leaves in plastic bags will need to be emptied in the appropriate area.

Extended Saturday hours for fall yard material drop-off at the Yard Waste and Recycling Center began Saturday, Oct. 28. The facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays until Dec. 16. Weekday hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Yard Waste Permits may be purchased at the Recycling Center, 25 Brixton St., Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday beginning Oct. 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Permit pricing is as follows: Passenger Vehicles, SUVs, CUVs & Mini-Vans w/o trailer - $10; Passenger Vehicles, SUVs, CUVs, and Mini-Vans with trailer - $15; Pick-up trucks, Full size vans, without trailer - $25; and Pick-up trucks, Full size vans w/ trailer - $ 35.

Source : http://www.courant.com/community/west-hartford/hc-wh-1214-communitynews-20171211-story.html

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