Gala Means Fun, Food, Festivity

Share cocktails with your friends, bid on our silent auction items and dance the night away, all in support of Charter Oak’s vital programming.

You can bid on a weekend in a private home in Provincetown near the beach and a 10-minute walk from the center of town (pictured). Or enjoy at week in St. Thomas in the Virgin islands in a condo that sleeps four located 50 feet from the beach or a short walk to secluded Neltjeberg beach on the north side of the island. Or gather your party of eight for a special dinner paired with wines for each course created  by Executive Chef Chris Sheehan at Max Downtown.

Original work by Canadian artist Guy Duguay will be featured as centerpieces and will be for sale at the gala.

Enjoy entertainment from our student musicians and by Latanya Farrell and the Bookman Styles Band.

Join us at the Hartford Downtown Marriott May 18 at 5:30. Tickets are $150. Buy them here.


Check out our new kitchen!

A very special thank you to Diane Boxer, Janet Mrozowski-Boxer and friends for renovating our kitchen.

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Read It & Sleep

Friday|May 8| 7 to 8 pm

This month’s reader is Akinlawon Tripp, coach of the Hartford Hurricanes football team in the Tiny Mites League.  The book is Bill Cosby’s “The Meanest Thing To Say, from his Little Bill series.  It’s a story about resisting peer pressure.  When a new boy in his second grade class tries to get the other students to play a game that involves saying the meanest things possible to one another, Little Bill shows him a better way to make friends.

Wear your cozy clothes and bring your favorite adult. Snacks are served. The first 25 families can take home a free copy of the book.
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Funky Dawgz Teach Two Brass Band Camps

Classes Run Weekdays, July 14 through July 24 Free to Hartford Residents

The Funk Dawgz will teach two, two-week  classes this summer.  The group met as members of the University of Connecticut Marching Band, and now play professional shows featuring the music of New Orleans. They also give back to the community.

Learn from these high energy players. Beginners (ages 10 to 14) meet daily from 9 am to noon. Instruments include saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba or percussion.

Intermediate plays with two years of experience (ages 14 to 18) meet daily  from 1 to 4 pm. Instruments include saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, flute and clarinet.

Bring your own instrument or borrow one from us.

Contact Susan Mazer, smazer@charteroakcenter.org or register on EventBrite and we will contact you.
Eventbrite - Funky Dawgz Run Free Brass Band Camps


Charter Oak, Police, Partners In Music Classes For Boys

In mid-March, Charter Oak Cultural Center in partnership with the Hartford launched Good Vibrations, a program designed to improve the relationship between the police and the community through the magic of music.  Good Vibrations includes two free courses;  a Rap Poetry/CD production class, and a guitar class. All the materials are free, including the guitars which students get to keep. (Guitars donated by Music & Arts.)

Pictured here, a guitar student teaches Hartford police officers how to play the chords he has learned in the first few classes.


New Montessori Parent/Infant Class

Classes Begin Friday, April 24|Free to Hartford Residents
A Montessori education is among the best in the world. Charter Oak’s Montessori program will encourage ways to promote language, movement, independence and self-discipline. Help to support your child’s natural curiosity and developmental needs.

Charter Oak with the support of Christ Church Cathedral is offering free classes to Hartford parents and their infants. Each class will provide 12 instructional hours for parents and their infants.

The two-hour classes run weekly beginning Friday, April 24 through Friday, May 29, 9 to 11 am.
Information: Susan Mazer, 860-310-2590 or susan.mazer@charteroakcenter.org.
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Change the World: Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students

Charter Oak Cultural Center Invites Jewish Students To Change the World
The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford is offering Bat and Bar Mitzvah students in Greater Hartford a chance to change the world.  Any young person who spends six hours working for Charter Oak will be inducted into the “Anne Frank Society.” As Anne Frank said, “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Recipients receive a certificate and special candle that can be used during their simcha, as a reminder that there are people in need and that the Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a beacon in the community.
The Anne Frank Society is about giving young people a chance for hands-on social justice work like:  being a practice buddy for a student in its youth orchestra, collecting gently used musical instruments in good working order, raising money to support Beat of the Street, Connecticut’s first street paper, read to children in Charter Oak’s monthly Read It & Sleep program, raise money to support the BOTS Pots gardening program that provides vegetables to those in need, or become a server at its monthly dinner for Charter Oak children and families. Charter Oak provides free art and music lessons to 1100 Hartford children each year. New programs include free Montessori classes for Hartford infants and parents, “Good Vibrations,” a program Charter Oak is presenting in partnership with the Hartford Police Department, that provides free guitars and guitar lessons and free rap poetry classes to at risk children.
Students who want to become a member of the Anne Frank Society should contact Charter Oak at 860-310-2580 or tianna.glass@charteroakcenter.org.

The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford is offering Bat and Bar Mitzvah students in Greater Hartford a chance to change the world.  Any young person who spends six hours working for Charter Oak will be inducted into the “Anne Frank Society.” As Anne Frank said, “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Recipients receive a certificate and special candle that can be used during their simcha, as a reminder that there are people in need and that the Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a beacon in the community.

Students who want to become a member of the Anne Frank Society should contact Charter Oak at 860-310-2580 or tianna.glass@charteroakcenter.org.

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