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Avon — AVON – The Avon Free Public Library will present Connecticut Farms and Farmers Markets: Tours, Trails and Attractions on Tuesday, July 19. at 2 pm

Join authors Amy Nawrocki and Eric D. Lehman to learn about farms, farmers markets, and other visiting opportunities throughout the state. Their new book, “Connecticut Farms and Farmers Markets: Tours, Trails and Attractions” profiles hundreds of local markets, festivals, pick-your-owns, museums, tree farms, fairs, and more. Copies of the book will be available to purchase for $20 and have personally signed.

The Avon Free Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road. The program will take place in the Community Room. Registration is required and masks are recommended. To register for this in-person program, or for more information, visit www.avonctlibrary.info or call 860-673-9712.

NEWINGTON – The Newington Parks and Recreation Department is adding a new attraction to the four-day Extravaganza Spectacular. From 5 to 8 pm Thursday, July 14, a live animal petting zoo, sponsored by Tony Palermino, will take place at Mill Pond Park, 123 Garfield St. The petting zoo will include rabbits, pygmy goats, llamas, donkeys, and more.

Carnival hours on Thursday, July 14, from 5 to 10 pm Wristband cost is $16 per person to grant unlimited rides. Other attractions for the night include Tiki Falls Water Slide, trackless train rides, a color-in Monster Mural, and free stage entertainment by Cody Bondra & The Contraband. From 6 to 10 pm, a Bring Your Own Cheese Party will take place.

The 40th anniversary of Life. Be in it. Extravaganza celebration will take place on Friday, July 15. B & M Tree Service, LLC is sponsoring the Aerial Pursuits Skydiving Team. Three skydivers will be free-falling from over 6,000 feet above the ground. Two of the skydivers will draw geometric shapes with colorful smoke.

Craft Beer Night will take place from 6 to 8 pm, sponsored by Flood Law Firm LLC, with 10 different breweries and 33 different beers and malt beverages. Tickets are now on sale for $25. The tickets will cost $40 at the door. Call 860-665-8666 or visit www.newingtonct.gov/parksandrec for more information.

SIMSBURY – The Friends of the Simsbury Public Library are collecting used books at the Simsbury Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., for its annual book sale. The book sale will take place on Oct. 1 and 2 at Simsbury High School.

Donations are accepted on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am to noon and on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm They are collecting books, games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs and computer software; all in good, clean condition.

Not accepted are records, magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks, video/audio tapes, or books in poor condition.

Those with questions or interested in volunteering may call Charmaine Glew at 860-651-4192 or Annie Wallack at 860-658-7781.

SIMSBURY – The Simsbury Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., is hosting the following programs. Call 860-658-7663, ext. 2, for more information or to register.

A summer ukulele concert will take place from 7 to 8 pm Tuesday, July 19. The Kinetic Ukes Ensemble delivers a fun, relaxing vibe to timeless songs. Registration is required.

Child of the Holocaust with Dr. William Reszelbach, a virtual event, will take place from 7 to 8 pm Wednesday, July 20. Reszelbach, a child of Holocaust survivors, will share his family’s harrowing experiences at the hands of the Nazis, coupled with Holocaust history. Dr. Reszelbach will discuss his parents’ will to survive and how these traumatic events affected their new life in the USA, as well as his own life, and his perspective on modern-day anti-Semitism. Registration is required.

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