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He joins UConn from Boston University School of Medicine, where he served as a professor of medicine, and Boston Medical Center, where he served as chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases, founding director of the Center for HIV/AIDS Care and Research, and program director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program. The Department of Medicine includes 13 divisions that provide primary and specialty care services to the community. In addition, the Department of Medicine supports a robust and collaborative array of educational programs for physicians and physicians-in-training, including graduate medical education, undergraduate medical education and continuing medical education. Im looking forward to joining the department and the UConn Health Center community as it continues moving forward in great ways. This is a wonderful time to help further expand and strengthen the educational, research and clinical programs of the UConn Health Center, Skolnik added.

Free bladder cancer support group, Saturday, June 25, 3 p.m., UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room. Patients, mily members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health Center patients) are invited to join others whose lives have been touched by bladder cancer. This support group, established in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, is the only group of its kind in New England. Call 860-679-7820 or email psnixon@uchc.edu for more information.

Free Moms Morning Out, June 2, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., UConn Health Partners, 65 Kane St., West Hartford. Learn more at or call 860-679-4114.

Free hospital maternity tours, Saturday, July 9, 3:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Main Lobby. A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. The free tours are held every other Saturday. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Visitors to the Museum on Sunday, June 12 can enjoy two more activities. From 1-5 p.m., join in the fun with Sketching with Pastels. Materials provided for sketching in the garden. Be sure to also design a colorful square to add to our Garden Patch Quilt and make a second one to take home. This activity is also free with Museum admission.

Designed in partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education, the forums are a variation of a program first established by Earl J. Yancy, head of Yancy Management Group of Connecticut, for business leaders to improve their skills, abilities and attitudes in ways that help them strengthen both their business operations and their personal lives.

Without natural allies or peers, school leaders often feel isolated and alone in trying to balance discordant public and professional expectations, said George Coleman, acting commissioner of education in Connecticut. Through FELP, school principals can convene to collaborate, strategize and collegially critique each others plans for school improvement and professional success.

Zolot is a practicing labor lawyer for more than 60 years, and is well-regarded among his colleagues and peers in the bar association and beyond.

The Mad River Pony Club is currently welcoming new members. Serving the greater Winchester area, they have mounted meetings (lessons) each week at Shoemaker Stables, located on Route 8 at the Colebrook/Winsted line. They also participate in a wide variety of regional Pony Club events such as rallies, quizzes, clinics, and much more. The Mad River Pony Club is part of the New York/Upper Connecticut Pony Club region, the largest region in the United States Pony Clubs, which provides many opportunities for activities all year long in both Connecticut and eastern New York state. Already this year they have participated in several dressage clinics with CDA-certified Level 4 instructors, a games rally, mounted meetings, and several rally practice sessions. Coming soon on their agenda are a rating in Bristol, a rally in Glastonbury, a tetrathalon competition in Wilton, and a cross-country schooling day at Frazier Farm in Woodbury. Three of the members are hoping to compete in the Quiz and Tetrathalon events at the nationals in Kentucky in July.

Skolniks appointment follows a national search led by Dr. Denis Lafreniere, the Health Centers Interim Chair of the Department of Surgery. Skolnik succeeds Dr. Joseph Palmisano, who will continue seeing patients and mentoring students, residents and fellows.

Innt care class, June 13, 7 to 9 p.m., UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room. Classes primarily are held on the second Monday of every month. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart, Wednesday, July 6, 2 to 4 p.m., UConn Health Center, Dowling North Building. The UConn Health Centers Healthy Nutrition program invites you on a journey to a lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol and healthier weight. This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month. Registration fee is $30. Call 800-535-6232 for more information.

Breast-feeding class, June 2, 7 to 9 p.m., UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Free hospital maternity tours, June 11, 3:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Main Lobby. A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. The free tours are held every other Saturday. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

We are committed to excellence in everything we do, and we believe the states education system will be strengthened by this new partnership, said Jeff Butler, president and chief operating officer of CL&P. Like business leaders, principals and superintendents need opportunities for continuous learning, but especially from their peers. Were very pleased to be part of this new partnership.

Free IVF information session, Thursday, June 23, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013. Specialists with the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services lead an informational session about current treatments for infertility, specifically in vitro fertilization (IVF). Each program includes an in-depth explanation of the IVF process, discussion of some of the emotional issues surrounding IVF, and discussion of options for financial planning. Registration is required: 860-679-4580 or www.uconnfertility.com.

In addition to his singing prowess, Ronan is one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the United States. He has overcome much adversity, and inspired many people with his perseverance. At the age of 20, he underwent a double amputation below the knee after suffering injuries in a car accident. Despite the physical setback, he earned a medical degree, and became an athlete in the Paralympics Games for disabled athletes. From 1981 to 1984, he won 18 gold medals and set 14 world records. It wasnt until he was in his 30s that Tynan took singing seriously.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship and residency in internal medicine, Skolniks career has focused on infectious diseases since completing his fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Before joining Boston University School of Medicine in 2001, he was on the culty of Tufts University School of Medicine-New England Medical Center, where he served as associate program director of the General Clinical Research Center, among other responsibilities.

Tickets for the concert, An Incredible Evening of Music With Ronan Tynan, range from $45 to $125. A VIP reception with Tynan will be available before the concert at 6 p.m. with the purchase of a $125 ticket. Call the Palace Box Office at 203-326-2000 for reservations or the FACS office at 860-761-7499 for more information on sponsorship opportunities, or visit Facshartford.org.

And, at 2 p.m., a second lecture, Birdscaping: Native Plants for Our Native Birds with birder Michael Corcoran shows how to turn a landscape into an inviting sanctuary where birds nest, raise their young, and seek shelter for the winter. There is a $7 fee for each program; register online.

Free diabetes support group, June 9, 5 to 6 p.m., UConn Health Center, Friends Lecture Room (LM034). The group meets the second Thursday of every month and is open to the public. No registration required. Call 860-679-7692 or 800-535-6232 for more information.

By re-energizing educators on a peer-basis, this program will help minority principals and superintendents achieve personal and professional goals that will better their school and surrounding community, Coleman added.

Twenty-four African-American and Hispanic principals will participate in four distinct Forum Educational Leadership Programs (FELP) to be held at the Berlin campus of CL&P and Yankee Gas through July. The educators are from Stamford, Greenwich, Hartford, Bloomfield, New Britain, West Hartford, Waterbury, West Haven and New Haven. The program culminates with a two-day retreat for the educators.

Were proud to support education leaders with programs we believe will produce long-term benefits, said Rod Powell, president and chief operating officer of Yankee Gas. By developing a network of peers, forum participants will have the opportunity to enhance both their skills and their schools.

Free hospital maternity tours, Saturday, June 25, 3:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Main Lobby. A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. The free tours are held every other Saturday. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Patrons may also purchase raffle tickets for a Red Robin Gift Basket, which includes $30 in Red Robin Meal Cards. Raffle tickets at the event will be available for 3 for $1, or an arms length for $5. Call or e-mail Beth at 860-253-9935 or emangan@erfc.us for more information and advance coupons.

On June 10, 11, 12, a group of talented floral artists display the stunning arrangements that they created to interpret works of art in the special exhibition. The floral interpretations in Blooms with a View play off the colors, line, shapes, and subject matter of the works that inspired them in masterful ways.

Diners presenting a coupon to their server will have 10 percent of their guest check donated to ERfCs Summer Escape Scholarship Fund by Red Robin. Coupons are available in advance from ERfC, 50 Post Office Road in Enfield, or from the ERfC Representatives that will be at Red Robin that evening from 5 – 9 p.m. Coupons will be distributed at the door by request only.

Your Reader-Submitted Articles_eastern conn,The United States Pony Club differs from many other horse organizations in that it stresses safety and horse management, while providing specific standards of proficiency. The USPC is unique because its educational programs place equal emphasis on the teaching of riding skills, horse-care fundamentals, and team participation with sportsmanship.

Numerous research studies have shown there is a correlation between happiness and productivity. The forums are unique in that they do not only focus on work but also allow members to share their aspirations.

A devout Catholic, Tynan attributes his success to his ith. Its worth mentioning that Tynan sang at the installation Mass of New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan at St. Patricks Cathedral at the request of the Archbishop.

Ready to Lose weight management program, June 7, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room. Registration fee is $70. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 for more information.

Skolnik is a standing member of the NIH AIDS Immunology and Pathogenesis Study section and has a substantial record of serving as a mentor for successful basic and clinical research trainees on NIH-funded awards. His clinical research interests include studies of HIV-related therapeutics, adherence and retention in care. He has been site leader for the Clinical Research Site of the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at BMC. His current basic research interests include Toll-Like Receptor (TLR)-mediated innate immune responses, modeling of cytokine and chemokine networks, and the interactions of microRNAs with the innate immune system in the lungs of HIV-positive patients.

Free IVF information session, Thursday, June 30, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013. Specialists with the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services lead an informational session about current treatments for infertility, specifically in vitro fertilization (IVF). Each program includes an in-depth explanation of the IVF process, discussion of some of the emotional issues surrounding IVF, and discussion of options for financial planning. Registration is required: 860-679-4580 or www.uconnfertility.com.

The Florence Griswold Museum is located on an 11-acre site in the historic village of Old Lyme at 96 Lyme St., exit 70 off I-95. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 students, and free to children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org or call 860-434-5542, Ext. 111.

Free diabetes support group, Thursday, July 14, 5 to 6 p.m., UConn Health Center, Friends Lecture Room (LM034). Taking care of your diabetes can be difficult. Meet and share some of your challenges and successes with other people who have diabetes. The group meets the second Thursday of every month and is open to the public, no registration required. Call 860-679-7692 or 800-535-6232 for more information.

ERfC, a community-based non-profit organization, has been providing innovative after-school programming since 1994 to the Enfield Community. ERfC programs are funded through grants and community donations. For more information about ERfC Learning Centers and how to enroll children, call 860-253-9935, e-mail info@erfc.us, or refer to the ERfC website at www.erfc.us.

Summer Escape is a four-week day camp that offers hours of recreational, cultural, academic, and enrichment activities for Enfield kids entering grades 1-8 in ll 2011. Summer Escape also provides breakst, snacks, lunch, and busing from locations throughout Enfield. The Summeastern connecticut health networker Escape Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to milies based on financial need.

At UConn, he will continue his research pursuits and will see patients in the Division of Infectious Diseases.

The talented designers use elements from the artwork as a catalyst for their creativity, states Jeff Andersen director of the Museum. From the nciful to the dramatic, the arrangements add another layer of depth and excitement to the works of art that inspired them. Blooms with a View is free with Museum admission.

Free Toddler Time, June 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m., UConn Health Partners, 65 Kane St., West Hartford. or call 860-679-4114.

Dr. Tynan, originally a singer in the group, the Irish Tenors, launched his solo career in 2004 and has catapulted into the spotlight. His most memorable performances include singing at the funeral of President Ronald Reagan, belting out New York, New York at the Belmont Stakes, performing at President H.W. Bushs 80th birthday celebration, and entertaining the ns at Yankee Stadium with God Bless America more than once.

If this sounds like something you would like to do, contact the Mad River Pony Clubs District Commissioner, Kasia Wilusz at 860-673-4630, or Joint District Commissioner Dale Denning at 860-379-2416.

In an environment of strict confidentiality and highly structured activities, small groups of eight to 12 educators will meet with Mr.Yancy as moderator to talk candidly about topics important to them, share access to their personal networks, and draw-out the collective wisdom of members to use as they see fit for their personal, business, career and milys benefit.

NBC Connecticut Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride and Walk, June 11, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows, 22 Iron Horse Boulevard, Simsbury. Choose bike rides of 10, 25, 50 or 75 miles, or a 5K walk or run. Register, donate, or learn more at www.calhounridewalk.com or 860-674-1500.

Free Moms Morning Out, Thursday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., UConn Health Partners, 65 Kane St., West Hartford. The Nurturing Families Network offers Moms Morning Out, a free drop-in social group for parents of innts and toddlers that meets on the first Thursday of the month. Parents and innts meet from 10 to 11 a.m., and parents and toddlers meet from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. No registration is required. Learn more at or call 860-679-4114.

Breast-feeding class, Thursday, July 7, 7 to 9 p.m., UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room. A certified lactation consultant leads a discussion of topics including the benefits of breast-feeding, how to get started, and how the rest of the mily can help the breast-feeding mother as well as how to continue breast-feeding and working. Classes usually are held on the first Thursday of the month. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Free IVF information session, Thursday, July 7, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013. Specialists with the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services lead an informational session about current treatments for infertility, specifically in vitro fertilization (IVF). Each program includes an in-depth explanation of the IVF process, discussion of some of the emotional issues surrounding IVF, and discussion of options for financial planning. Registration is required: 860-679-4580 or www.uconnfertility.com.

Free womens cancer support group, Thursday, July 7, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room. The Womens Cancer Support Group is open to women newly diagnosed with any cancer and women up to six months post active treatment. The group meets the first Your Reader-Submitted Articles_eastern connThursday of every month and is open to the public, no registration required. Call 860-679-7820 or e-mail psnixon@uchc.edu for more information.

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