Second Chance Shop, 12 Station St., 50 percent off Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

CarFit event at McLean, 75 Great Pond Road, Burkholder parking lot, Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-noon, call 860-431-0897 to schedule free 20-minute CarFit checkup, sponsored by AARP, AAA and McLean Outpatient Rehabilitation

Simsbury Land Trust calendar of events:

• Trail and Property Work Day Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m., meet at SLT Office, 10A Phelps Lane, questions at 860-658-7317

• Saturday Bird Walk, Oct. 5, 9-10 a.m., Meadow Pond Park off Hedgehog Lane, for children ages 4-12 and their families, RSVP to

• SLT annual business meeting Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., at the Simsbury Historical Society Ellsworth Visitor Center, RSVP requested to

• Hike and Hops! Sunday, Oct. 13, noon, SLT Owen-Mortimer Trail – 2-hour hike followed by option of hops at the end

Blessing of the Animals in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi Sunday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m., at St. Albans Episcopal Church, 197 Bushy Hill Road, all pets welcome, but must be leashed or crated (no retractable leads); accepting canned pet food for free pet food pantry at Dogology and monetary donations for animal rescue teams of the HSUS

Red Cross blood donation opportunity Monday, Oct. 7, 1-6 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 991 Hopmeadow St., appts. by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) – donors of all blood types, races and ethnicities needed to help increase the diversity of the blood supply, donors during the month of October automatically entered for a chance to win one of five $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants, courtesy of Tango Card (terms apply, see

At the Simsbury Senior Center, 754 Hopmeadow St., 860-658-3273,

• Veterans coffee round table Monday, Oct. 7, 10-11 a.m., register

• Café Lunch every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., soup $2, sandwich $2, eat in or take out, call ahead or just stop by: Oct.8, chicken noodle soup and sliced ham sandwich; Oct. 15, minestrone soup and sliced turkey sandwich; Oct. 22, beef noodle soup and oven-roasted chicken sandwich

• Bird Watchers Wednesday, Oct. 9, 8 a.m., at the parking lot at The Pointe at 55 Dorsett Crossing, info at 860-416-3958

• Lunch @ Eno Wednesdays at noon, $3.50 for Simsbury residents, $4.50 Simsbury residents under 50 and nonresidents, register by noon the Friday before with payment: Oct. 9, Swedish meatballs with egg noodles; Oct. 16, baked cheese ravioli; Oct. 23, BBQ chicken quarters

• Investment Club Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2-4 p.m., drop in

• Fashion & Food, annual luncheon and fashion show, Thursday, Oct. 10, lunch at noon, show at 1 p.m. in Eno Memorial Hall auditorium, sign up

• Jewelry-Making Workshop Monday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $5 plus materials, sign up by Wednesday, Oct. 9

• Jump on Board! Trips, register up until a week before trip date: Monday, Oct. 14, Lyman Orchards in Middlefield; Monday, Oct. 21, Buckland Hills Mall in Manchester

• Chair Massage Thursday, Oct. 17, appts. starting at 11:15 a.m., $10 for 15 minutes, $20 for 30 minutes

• Hearing Clinic Monday, Oct. 21, appts. every 15 minutes between 10 and 11:15 a.m.

• Halloween Friday Flick Oct. 24 at the Simsbury Library: pumpkin pie at 12:30 p.m., movie at 1 p.m., register by Oct. 22

• Actor to perform “Frankenstein” Sunday, Oct. 27, 2-2:30 p.m., at the Simsbury Library, register by Oct. 23 at either location

Simsbury Woman’s Club meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Apple Barn, 60 Old Farms Road, West Simsbury, lunch at 11:30 a.m. (bring a sandwich; tea, coffee and dessert served), followed by business meeting, with program beginning at 1 p.m., Mallory Howard, assistant curator at the Mark Twain House, speaking about Lincoln’s assassination

Simsbury Free Library, 749 Hopmeadow St. 860-408-1336:

• Drop In Book Club Tuesday, Oct. 8, 11:15 a.m., “Elinor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman

• Drop In Genealogy Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $5 for non-members, call to make a reservation

• History of Climax Fuse: A Step Into the Fuse Industry Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Events at Storyteller’s Cottage, 750 Hopmeadow St., 860-877-6099, pre-registration required:

• Travel Writing Retreat Saturday, Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., cost $125, registration online at

• Author Networking Brunch: Fantasy Authors Sunday, Oct. 6, noon-1:30 p.m., $10, pre-registration required

• Evolving with Spunk: Writing Workshop for Seniors Wednesdays, Oct. 9 and 23, 11 a.m.-noon, $15 per meeting, pre-registration required

• “Local Flavor” Monthly Book Club Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1-3 p.m., free, pre-registration required

• Being Thoreauvian: Writing About Nature Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m., $120 for 6 weeks, pre-registratiion required

• Author Night with Shelby C. Davis, “Everything My Parents Taught Me in 6 Steps,” Thursday, Oct. 10, 7-8:30 p.m., $5, pre-registration required

• Yarn Tale Club Fridays, 5-7 p.m., free, pre-registration required

• “Moonlight and Mysteries” Monthly Book Club Friday, Oct. 11, 7-9 p.m., October’s book: “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie, free, pre-registration required

• Author Talk with Allia Zobel-Nolan, “Laugh Out Loud,” Saturday, Oct. 12, 2-3 p.m., $5, pre-registration required

• Hogwarts at Night (for adults) Saturday, Oct. 12, 8-10 p.m., $50, pre-registration required

• Fall All Access Authors Thursday, Oct. 17, 7-8:30 p.m., $10, pre-registration required

• Art Macabre: Ghoulish Drawing by Candlelight Friday, Oct. 18, 8-9:30 p.m., $25, pre-registration required

• NaNoWriMo Plotting Workshop with Roman Godzich Saturday, Oct. 19, 1-2:30 p.m., $30, pre-registration required

Children’s activities

• Friday Night Mystery Writer’s Club, 4:30-6 p.m., $10 per meeting or $35 for 4 meetings

• Tea Party Club (great for ages 5-9) Sunday, Oct. 6, 2-
3 p.m., “The Witches,” $15, pre-registration required

• Dungeons & Dragons Day Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. How to Play Session for $10, play from 2-6 p.m. $20, pre-registration required

• Dumbledore’s Army Sunday, Oct. 13, 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m., $20 per meeting, pre-register

Simsbury Chamber of Commerce events:

• Annual Open House Thursday, Oct. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at MedSpa CT, 928 Hopmeadow St., fun, food and giveaways, doing a live Trusculpt ID demo, must RSVP to attend, 860-651-7307

• Member Orientation Luncheon at Manny’s Friday, Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company Open Houses Sunday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Bushy Hill station, 345 Bushy Hill Road; Firetown station, 344 Firetown Road; Main station, 871 Hopmeadow St.; Weatogue Station, 251 Hopmeadow St.; West Simsbury station, 235 Farms Village Road – fire prevention programs, safety literature, displays and demonstrations, fire trucks and equipment on display

Blood Drive hosted by Covenant Presbyterian Church-The Barn and the American Red Cross Friday, Oct. 18, 1-6 p.m. at the church, 124 Old Farms Road

Latimer Lane School PTO’s All-4-Kids Consignment Sale Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19 in the school gym and cafeteria, 33 Mountain View Road, Weatogue. Friday pre-sale from 6:30-9 p.m. for $10 per person paid cash admission at the door, children not permitted; Saturday sale open to the public free from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., children welcome, and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. any white tagged item marked half off the original price

St. Catherine of Siena Women’s Club Ministry’s Holiday Vendor Craft Fair Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Russell Hall, 265 Stratton Brook Road, West Simsbury, to benefit “Hands of Christ” service awards