IMPROVED ORDER OF RED MEN CONVENTION. Friday begins at 4 p.m. and includes public opening ceremonies, memorial service, past Great Sachems Association meeting, and more. Saturday begins with 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. convention meetings, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. complimentary lunch break, 1:30 p.m. meetings resume, 6:30 p.m. banquet. For tickets or info, contact David Perlot, (860) 628-0831.
TUESDAY, MAY 23
ORCHARD VALLEY GARDEN CLUB. 9:45 a.m. to noon at the American Legion hall, 64 Main St. Lea Anne Moran of the Hill-Stead Museum will present information about historic gardens in the state at 10 a.m. Business meeting at 11 a.m. Guest ($3) are always welcome. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, MAY 25
SACA MEETING AND ART DEMO. 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Gallery at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St. Meeting is followed at 7 p.m. by a free oil painting demonstration by Jim Laurino. He studied design and color theory at the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts.
THURSDAY, MAY 25
‘SAME OLD STORY BUT EVERYTHING SEEMS DIFFERENT.’ 11:30 a.m. registration at Hawk’s Landing CC, 201 Pattonwood Dr. Free luncheon and lecture sponsored by the Southington Economic Development Department and the Southington Chamber of Commerce. Asst. director of research and information at the Connecticut Department of Labor Patrick J. Flaherty will provide insight on employment and job creation both locally and throughout the nation. He will discuss trends, staffing, the health of the economy. RSVP email@example.com or call (860) 276-6246.
CHAMBER IN THE MORNING. 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St. on the third Wednesday of the month. Sponsored by the Southington Chamber of Commerce. Seminar offers business-building information, networking. Attendees encouraged to bring business cards and literature. Contact: Southington Chamber at (860) 628-8036.
ORCHARD VALLEY GARDEN CLUB. 9:45 a.m. to noon on the 4th Tuesday of every month at the American Legion hall, 64 Main St. Starts with a presentation at 10 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 11 a.m. Guest ($3) are always welcome. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTHINGTON GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY. 7:30 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except December) at the community room at the Orchards, 34 Hobart St. No admission charge.
ROTARY CLUB. Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. (except evenings for the last Tuesday of each month). Wednesday meetings at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St. Contact: Dolores Fanelli (860) 681-9548 or Christie Kuriger, (860) 426-0025.
CASTLE CRAIG CAMERA CLUB MEETINGS. First and third Tuesdays from September through June, 7:30 p.m. at Gallery 53, 53 Colony St., Meriden. Monthly programs, techniques, field trips and competitions. Competition photos need to be submitted by 7 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. More info on Facebook page, Shutterfly or email email@example.com