First Friday Dinner at Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main St., Oct. 4. 5:30-7 p.m., chicken Parisienne, rice pilaf, vegetables, $15 adults, $7 children 10 and under, take-out available, portion of dinner proceeds going to Hands on Hartford (860-678-0488)

Avon Volunteer Fire Department second annual 5k Run/Walk Saturday, Oct. 5 at Pine Grove School, 151 Scoville Road, race at 9 a.m., registration at 8 a.m., race day adults $30, children 12 and under $10

Senior Citizens of Avon organization meetings at 635 West Avon Road:

• Monday, Oct. 7, board meeting at 10:30 a.m., pizza, salad and dessert at noon, guest speakers: Dr. Diane Hayden, Ph.D., and James Osborne, M.S., LPC, BCBC, for discussion on many benefits of meditation and positive mindset for older individuals

• No meeting Monday, Oct. 14, Columbus Day, center closed

• Anniversary Luncheon Oct. 21, birthday cake and ice cream, with entertainment by the 11-member Bennett family, reservations required at 860-673-9883

Avon Library and Avon Senior’s “Take Care of Yourself” series, When a child comes out: support for families, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. at the library, 281 Country Club Road – workshop focusing on evidence-based strategies that families and caregivers can use to help their LGBTQ+ children live happy, healthy, productive lives

Vendors needed for Avon Health Center craft fair to be held Nov. 23, table cost $35, contact Lisa Barie at 860-321-2181 for application form