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, the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Women's Auxiliary thrift shop seeks donations of seasonal clothing, housewares, linens, costumes jewelry, shoes, boots, lingerie and other useful items. Items may be dropped off at the shop, at 140 Woodland St., Wed. - Fri. 10am - 4pm. 714-4125.

Ongoing Spin & Sculpt
Saint Francis Care Fitness Center
now offers Cycle Reebok classes to public. Increase endurance or burn fat with 10 classes for $42. Personal Training also offered. Get individual attention to help you reach goals for strength, weight and endurance. Located in Saint Francis Care Center for Health Enhancement, 95 Woodland St. Hartford. For schedule of classes or to register, call 714-4414.

Through September 4
Registration for classes
in Basic Literacy, ESOL, Citizenship ansd Spanish Literacy offered by Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford. 233-3853.

Tuesday, September 8
AIDS interfaith Healing Service
with prayer, music, and reception for all affected by AIDS. Families, friends and caregivers also invited. Refreshments. First Presbyterian Church, 136 Capitol Avenue, 7:30pm. Info at 951-4833.

Through October
Bushnell Park Trees and Memorial Arch Tours
. 15 minute tours offered from 12 noon to 1:30 pm every Thursday and by appointment for school group tours. Bushnell Park Memorial Arch, Trinity Street, Hartford, Free, 232-6710.

Sunday, August 30
Polish Picnic
at 12 noon until 8pm at Elks Club, Roberts St., East Hartford. Exit 58 off I-84. "Swingin' Brass," dancing from 2-8pm. $5, kids under 16 free. Shuttle Bus Service every half hour from noon - 7:30pm from Park Charter Oak Avenue-side of the Polish National Home. Polish & American cuisine. Children's activities. Tix & info at 522-9157.

Tuesday, September 1
A special session for voter registration and/or party enrollment will be held in the Registrar's office, 550 Main St. Office open from 8:30am to 7pm. Use Arch St. entrance after 5pm. Applicants must furnish either a birth certificate, driver's license, social security card or another form of legal indentification. Registrar will also hear requests for adding names to list by persons previously removed from the registry list. 543-8585 for info.

Saturday, September 5
Assegai Books
presents a slide show and discussion about the upcoming Journey to the Motherland, February Black History Month tours to Senegal and Gambia. Discussion centers around passport assistance, installment payment plans and recent trips to Africa. 4pm at Assegai Books, 1229 Albany Ave., Hartford. Free. Info at 1-888-728-7473.

Tuesday, September 8 through Friday, September 11
Self-Employment-Is it for Me?
is a workshop for prospective small business owners and is offered at the Entrepreneurial Center at Hartford College for Women. Morning workshops on 9th & 11th 9-noon. Evening workshops on 8th & 10th 6 to 9pm. $20 for two-day workshop. Info and registration at 768-5681.

Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30
Farmington Valley Chorus
, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, presents 4 free voice lessons for women on above evenings. At FCC (Palmer Hall), Junction Rte. 10 & 167 in Simsbury. Info and times at 675-5710 or 568-1144.

Wednesday, September 9-13
Trinity College hosts First World Conference on Carnival. International
cultural performances planned in conjunction with academic conference. Includes a carnival-inspired play, concert featuring calypso performers, festival to showcase ethnic community and culture. Info at 297-4248.

Thursday, September 10 - 12
The North American premiere of the play, "The Dragon Can't Dance," adapted from the classic carnival novel by Earl Lovelace, directed by Tony Hall, takes place at 8pm at Austin Arts Center, Trinity College in Hartford. $12. Call 297-2199 for tix.

Saturday, September 12
Trust House Family Learning Center
in their third annual Recognition Day at the Learning Center, 155 Wyllys Street, 11 am, 278-8387.

Saturday, September 12
4th Annual "Dreams Can Come True,"
gala at the Hastings International Conference Center in Hartford. 7pm black-tie event with cocktail reception and silent auction. Dinner at 8. Dessert, dancing with Mass-Conn Fusion and Live Auction at 9:30pm. 724-7988 for info and tix for Mercy Housing and Shelter Corp. Fundraiser. Tix must be purchased by Sept. 4.

Sunday, September 13
2nd Annual Hill-Stead Classic Car Festival
, 10am to 3pm. 200+ cars. Includes family concert by Farmington Valley Symphony, magic, games, balloon sculptures, face painting, petting zoo, food. Free parking and shuttle at Otis Elevator, Farm Springs Rd., Farmington, Exit 37 off I-84. Only cars with handicap permits can park at Hill-Steam museum. $5, members, $7 nonmembers. Info at 677-8384.

Monday, September 14
CT Voices for Children
invites you to attend the "First Mondays" presentation on Successful Learning Experiences, the fifth in a series of reports on the six themes of Connecticut's Promise: First for Kids. Speakers include: Chris Collier on "Historical Overview of Public Education in Connecticut."

Ben Barnes, "Education-related Disparities." Carol Wallace, "Why Business Cares about Public Education." Theodore Sergi, "Looking Ahead." Stepen Pelletier, recent statewide poll results. 9am - 12 noon at State Capitol bldg., room 310., Hartford.

Friday, September 18
Singles Dance Party
to benefit March of Dimes from 8pm-1am at The Gallery, 141 New London Turnpike in Glastonbury. $12 in advance & $15 at the door. Live band - popular dance music by "Night Moves." DJ Greg LeBeau - top 40 and soft rock. Door prizes, raffle, cash bar. Dressy attire or creative black. Hors d'Oeuvres, buffet with pasta, carving, and stir-fry stations, salad, coffee, dessert. Advance tix through Sept. 13 at Sunday night Gallery dances or call Gale or Rosemary at 290-5440.

Through Friday, September 18
The H.O.M.E Program is accepting applications for their women's adult education program. Classes are free and open to all Hartford area women 18 years and older. Call and sign up today for GED prep, english, and/or computer at 522-3144.

Friday, October 30
State of Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission
holds annual gala event awards ceremony. Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden. 7pm-midnight. For info and directions, call (860)-240-8330.

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