Weekly Happenings 11/3-11/9

Saturday, November 1 – Sunday, November 9 | Hartford Busytown Play by Kevin Kling Music by Michael Koerner Busytown is always buzzing with activity. But what do people do all day? That’s where Huckle Cat comes in—he’ll take us on a tour of his great neighborhood. And there is so much to see and do, so many wonderful friends to visit. Huckle shows us how Farmer Pig and Grocer Cat work together to bring food to the town. Construction Worker and his crew build new houses, and Firechief and the gang keep them safe. Isn’t it wonderful how everyone works together to keep Busytown busy.

Monday, November 3; 8:30am-5:30pm | West Hartford Halloween Candy Buy Back For every pound of candy your child brings in, they’ll receive $1 and a surprise gift! We send the candy to Operation Gratitude which, in turn, sends the candy as part of care packages to U.S. troops overseas..

Monday, November 3 through Thursday, November 6; 8:30am-5:30pm | Avon 1st Halloween Candy Buy Back $1 per pound, $5 max per child. All candy will be donated to our troops.

Monday, November 3 through Friday, November 7; 8am-4pm | Bloomfield Operation Halloween Candy Buyback Too much candy for your children? Get a few dollars for their piggy bank and help out our troops at the same time. Come on in. All welcome; you don’t have to be a patient! $1 per pound up to $5 per child.

Monday, November 3 at 6:30pm | Simsbury Open House at Westminster School Co-ed Boarding & Day School for grades 9-12.

Tuesday, November 4; 8:45am-11am | West Hartford Open House at Renbrook School.

Tuesday, November 4 | Manchester Visit the Lutz Children’s Museum for a variety of activities.

Tuesday, November 4 | Bristol Visit the Imagine Nation Museum while they remain open for Election Day!

Tuesday, November 4; 10am-4pm | Canton All About Owls Join us at the Nature Center and learn about owls. Watch an owl video, get to know our resident owls, make an owl craft, go on an owl scavenger hunt, dissect an owl pellet, and more. Program and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center. Scavenger Hunt Maps $2 each. No need to pre-register.

Wednesday, November 5 | Online Tickets go on sale for Kids on Broadway in NYC. On Kids’ Night on Broadway, young people age 6-18 can see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult.

Wednesday, November 5; 7-10pm | Hartford School Day Game: Hartford Wolf Pack vs Albany Devils When the Wolf Pack takes on the Albany Devils things could get ugly. In theory, the Devils could melt the ice, and if that happens, no one wins.

Wednesday, November 5; 7-8:30pm | Farmington Stress and Your Health Whether it’s dealing with traffic woes or pressures at work, stress can affect your health. Join UConn Health expert Bradley Biskup, PA-C and learn about: How to recognize common stress triggers, how stress affects your health, and coping strategies and relaxation techniques.

Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30pm | Simsbury Open House at Saint Mary’s School.

Wednesday, November 5 at 7pm | Hartford An Evening with Anne and Christopher Rice at Hartford Stage A hair-raising visit with gothic novelist Anne Rice and her son Christopher, a New York Times-bestselling author in his own right. We celebrate Anne’s return to the scene of her greatest success, Interview with a Vampire, with her new novel Prince Lestat. Christopher will tell us about his new paranormal thriller, The Heavens Rise. Of course, we hope to learn more than a little about their shared bond as writers and family.

Wednesday, November 5 – Sunday, November 23 | Hartford Wicked opens at the Bushnell Back by “popular” demand. Variety calls Wicked “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records across North America. Winner of over 100 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – musical in a long time” (USA Today). Recommended for children 8 and older. Children under 4 not permitted.

Wednesday, November 5-Friday, November 7 at 10am | Hartford Warriors Don’t Cry is a one-woman play adapted from the Little Rock Nine memoir of the same name by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals who integrated Central High School in 1957. The inspiring performance chronicles the arduous and violent year in which nine black students risked their lives in pursuit of a good education. In the post-show Q&A, students explore themes of bullying, hate speech, and other issues of contemporary relevance.

Thursday, November 6 – December 24 | West Hartford Experience the Ice Palace at West Farms Mall In celebration of the November 18 release of the Disney Frozen Sing-Along Edition on DVD & Digital HD, West Farms presents a Frozen Ice Palace experience.  The Ice Palace will feature characters from the number one animated film of all time, Disney Frozen.  This much-loved, interactive holiday display features the art of Anna, Elsa and their friends Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, plus a 30 foot Ice Palace with falling snow, a light show and other activities for the whole family.  Interactive globes will showcase scenes such as Anna & Elsa ice skating with Olaf, plus Anna, Kristoff & Sven on their quest to find Elsa on the North Mountain.  Adults & children alike will enjoy leaving their hand print in ice at The Icy Hand Print experience, seeing how they compare in size to Sven & Olaf and having their photo taken with Olaf at the Ice Throne. End your magical journey at the Ice Palace with a visit to Santa and a special Disney Frozen Look-and-Find book!

Friday, November 7-Sunday, November 9, 11/13-16, 11/21-23 | Manchester South Pacific Our November production will be the first-ever LTM staging of the classic musical, South Pacific. Based on James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book, Tales of the South Pacific, the play features wonderful, memorable music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, including the classic “Some Enchanted Evening.” Way ahead of its time, the play was one of the first to explore the topic of interracial romance and prejudices, but doing so with humor and great compassion. Still popular today, the play was revived on Broadway in 2008 and was a critical success, winning seven Tony Awards.

Saturday, November 8 from 9am-12pm | West Hartford & East Hartford WIN Workshop WIN Workshops provide attendees with powerful information that can guide them through legal, emotional and financial processes associated with divorce. We have professionals that can help you answer a variety of questions you will face throughout your transition. It is an invaluable service.

Saturday, November 8; 9:30am for ages 5-11 & 10am for ages 12-16 | Middletown, NY Hot Shot Contest Win a frozen turkey at this basketball Hot shot contest! $10 per child.

Saturday, November 8 at 10am | Babies R Us Baby’s First Christmas for babies born December 2013 – March 2014 Enjoy fun activities including story time, crafts and more! Meet other parents celebrating Baby’s First Christmas. Remember to share your event photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag it with #BRUChristmas #Sweeps to be automatically entered into our sweepstakes.

November 8; 11am–2pm | Hartford Celebrating Women in Science Join us to meet real scientists, learn how they became interested in science as young women, and find out where science has taken them—and where it could take you! Programs will feature hands-on science activities.

Saturday, November 8; 1pm – 3pm | West Hartford Hartford Stage Barnes & Noble Book Fair featuring the author of Inventing Scrooge at West Hartford Barnes & Noble Join Hartford Stage and author Carlo DeVito for an afternoon of merriment to usher in the holiday season! The afternoon will include caroling by Hartford Stage’s Musical Theatre Cabaret, a children’s book reading of A Christmas Carol from actress Johanna Morrison (Ghost of Christmas Past), and a discussion/book signing of Inventing Scrooge with Carlo DeVito. Enjoy children’s activities, delicious treats and free goodies! Enter to win tickets to see A Christmas Carol at Hartford Stage with any size purchase (during the in-store event only)!

Saturday, November 8 at 4pm | Canton American Girl Meeting: Who Is Your Favorite American Girl at Canton Barnes & Noble Join us in the Children’s Department for our monthly American Girl Meeting! We will be talking about your favorite American Girl.

Saturday, November 8 from 6-9pm | Farmington Explore the Walk Night at Winding Trails Get outside on Saturday nights with Miss Judy, Winding Trails’ naturalist, for an educational walk with hands-on activities with your family and friends. Each month bring a fresh and different venue to explore. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation about the night findings. Once it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared with walking shoes, clothes for the weather. Bring your binoculars and/or telescopes for night viewing; and red light flashlights, so we can see as we walk and not disturb the wildlife.

Sunday, November 9; Kids Run at 9:30am, 5K at 10:00am | Hartford Freedom Run 5K The measured 5K course will run on well maintained park trails, starting and finishing in beautiful Riverside Park. This event is run to honor the men and women who serve our country.

Sunday, November 9; 9:30am-11:30am | West Hartford 5th Annual Great Children’s Read Local personalities will spend their morning at the Mandell JCC reading children’s classics and PJ Library favorites aloud to young children and their families.

Sunday, November 9; 10am-5pm | Windsor Locks Veterans Day Event Visitors to the New England Air Museum will have the opportunity to meet and talk one-on-one with veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. They can tour the Museum’s three hangars with its extensive collection of vintage including many military aircraft.

Sunday, November 9; 1pm-3pm | Canton Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands November is Native American Heritage Month. Join us for a two-hour program on how the native people lived in the eastern woodlands 600 years ago. We will visit our longhouse, prepare a Native American snack, examine our collection of Native American tools, and play the ‘Deer & Hunter’ game. Cost: $6 members, $8 non-members. For six year olds and up. Pre-registration is required.

Sunday, November 9; 1pm-3pm | Canton Seasons Eatings: Discover the Secrets to Healthier Eating for Happier Holidays! Healthy foods are good for your body, mind and soul AND can still be delicious! Join us for this yummy two-hour workshop! Healthy refreshments will be served. Cost is only $5.

Sunday, November 9; 1-3:30pm | Farmington Colonial Day It’s harvest time! Join us for a family afternoon of fun. Learn what Colonial folk did with apples, pumpkins and corn. Make sachets and hats, paint pumpkins, watch open-hearth cooking and sample food cooked on the open hearth. Also tour the historic house!

Sunday, November 9; 1pm-4pm | Kensington Town of Berlin Hiking Series For the fifth hike in the series, please join new hike leader and recently-designated Junior Conservation Ambassador Liam Flanagan-Brown for another look at the Hatchery Brook Conservation Area (off Orchard Road). This relatively easy hike will take us down to a stream, back up through the woods, and across a field. We’ll hike through the former Girl Scout Camp Meribrite site along the way. What will we see? Have all the leaves fallen off of the deciduous trees? Bring your curiosity and sense of adventure as we observe how animals are preparing for the winter, look for clues on what insects are up to, discuss the geologic history of the area, and work together to identify trees by looking at their falling leaves and bark.

Through Sunday, November 9 | Hartford Busytown Play by Kevin Kling Music by Michael Koerner Busytown is always buzzing with activity. But what do people do all day? That’s where Huckle Cat comes in—he’ll take us on a tour of his great neighborhood. And there is so much to see and do, so many wonderful friends to visit. Huckle shows us how Farmer Pig and Grocer Cat work together to bring food to the town. Construction Worker and his crew build new houses, and Firechief and the gang keep them safe. Isn’t it wonderful how everyone works together to keep Busytown busy.

Through Sunday, November 9 | Unionville Happy 75th Birthday Union School: 1939-2014 hours most Wednesday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s 2-4pm.

Sunday, November 9 at 2pm | New Britain “America’s Call to Freedom: War and Remembrance” at Central Connecticut State University. We begin our 27th concert season with the Tenth Annual Veteran’s Day Concert in Welte Hall of Central Connecticut State University. Sponsored by the University’s Veterans Affair Department, the concert is dedicated to all veterans and those presently serving in the military. As a long standing tradition, the concert will benefit the local Marine’s “Toys for Tots” program with Marines from the Naval and Marine Center of Plainville, Sea Cadets, Hardware City Detachment Marine Corps League and members of the Veteran’s Affair of CCSU, present to accept donations of a new toy at the door. Toys are needed for ages infants to teens. The concert is free and family oriented.

Tuesday, November 11 from 11am–1pm | Newington Veteran’s Day Basket Challenge for children ages 10 and up. This is the perfect activity for your budding chef. We will present your child with a basket filled with a variety of ingredients, and challenge them to use their imagination to create a tasty main course and a delicious dessert. Stew Leonard’s very own chefs will be on hand to assist the children. $25 per child.

Through Sunday, November 16 | Hartford Hamlet Following his critically-acclaimed productions of The Tempest, Twelfth Night and Macbeth, Darko Tresnjak takes on Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet. A Danish prince returns home to find his father killed, and his mother marrying the murderer. When his father’s ghost rises to demand retribution, Hamlet is put in an impossible situation. In this opulent, Elizabethan staging, Hamlet’s tragic tale of revenge gets the full-on, terrifying — and bloody — treatment.

November 6th through November 17th | Hartford Danny and the Deep Blue Sea The setting is a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society’s rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him “the animal,” seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their initial reserve begins to melt, and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them. In the end there are no facile, easy answers, but thanks to the playwright’s skill and compassion, both characters are able to probe within themselves to find an exorcism and forgiveness that, while painfully achieved, offers the hope of a future touched, at last, with more than the bitterness and loneliness that had been their lot before their fateful meeting.

Through Sunday, November 23 | Hartford Wicked Back by “popular” demand. Variety calls Wicked “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records across North America. Winner of over 100 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – musical in a long time” (USA Today). Recommended for children 8 and older. Children under 4 not permitted, Hartford.

Save the date: Disney Live! Saturday, November 15 with three showtimes at the XL Center.

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