Weekly Happenings: January 12 – January 18

{PTO: Parent Time Out} Reoccurs through Sunday, February 8 | Hartford, CT | Private Lives | Amanda: vivacious, sexy, sophisticated. And Elyot: virile, charming, seductive. The epitome of a 1930′s cosmopolitan couple. Until the divorce. Five years later, they are horrified — yet intrigued — to bump into each other while honeymooning in a French hotel with their new spouses. With its stinging barbs and clever wit, Private Lives is Noel Coward’s finest and funniest comedy. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Reoccurs through Thursday, January 15 | Hartford, Ct | Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted scientists, technicians, and craftsmen who live there year-round. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth. Tuesday Night Post Film: Emily Woodward, who you might know as the owner and head baker at Get Baked, spent three winters living at McMurdo Station in Antarctica – and she’s going to stay after the screening and tell you all about her experiences at the base, and with the filmmaker!

Reoccurs through Thursday, January 15 | Hartford, CT | The Great Invisible is the result of the four years that Alabama-born director Margaret Brown spent traveling in the small towns and major cities all around the Gulf, talking to those affected. On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in a blaze of fire that could be seen 35 miles away, killing 11 workers and causing the worst oil spill in American history.

Tuesday, January 13 at 1011am | New Britain, CT | Polish Playgroup | Polish language playgroup. Storytime, craft, and playtime. Free.

Tuesday, January 13  Thursday, January 15 from 1011am | Farmington, CT | Learn to Skate Clinic | 4 and 5 year olds can begin to learn the sport of skating. This fun based 2-session class will involve getting your children up and around on skates. The basics of forward and backward skating, turning, and stopping will be covered. Children must have their own skates or rent. If you need to rent skates please call ahead to arrange for them. Single blade skates only please, and don’t forget to have them sharpened! Helmets must be worn. Weather permitting. $20 per non-member.

Tuesday, January 13 at 45pm | New Britain, CT | Little Scientists | Come participate in wacky and entertaining experiments that incorporate science lessons and fun! Free.

Tuesday, January 13  Thursday, January 15 from 45pm | Farmington, CT | Learn to Skate Clinic | 6 through 9 year olds can begin to learn the sport of skating. This fun based 2-session class will involve getting your children up and around on skates. The basics of forward and backward skating, turning, and stopping will be covered. Children must have their own skates or rent. If you need to rent skates please call ahead to arrange for them. Single blade skates only please, and don’t forget to have them sharpened! Helmets must be worn. $20 per non-member.

Tuesday, January 13 at 7pm | Hartford, CT | The Mark Twain House & Museum presents an evening with author Robert M. Dowling discussing his just-published new biography Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts. This free event takes place at The Mark Twain House Museum Center. This is a major new biography of the Nobel Prize-Winning playwright whose brilliantly original plays revolutionized American theater. Robert M. Dowling is professor of English at Central Connecticut State University. He is the author of Slumming in New York: From the Waterfront to Mythic Harlem (2007) and author and editor of the two-volume Critical Companion to Eugene O’Neill: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work (2009). Free.

Wednesday, January 14 from 79pm | Avon, CT | An Evening With Jane Green At Boyles | Jane will be sharing her brand new novel, Saving Grace with us. Join us for a cozy evening with NYTimes Bestselling author, Jane Green! The program will include a talk by Jane followed by a brief question and answer. There will be an opportunity to have your book signed and several of Jane’s other titles will also be for sale. Please arrive around 6:30pm for registration and a wine and cheese reception. The program will begin promtly at 7pm. Free.

Wednesday, January 14 – Sunday, January 18 | Hartford, CT | Disney on Ice comes to the XL Center. Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt comes to your hometown! Disney On Ice sets the gold standard with a skating spectacular filled with classic Disney moments. Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your favorite Disney princesses: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora, Tiana, Mulan and, of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook & his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice & the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards. You won’t want to miss this show full of Disney treasures to remember. Congrats to Lindsey S who won our giveaway for a family pack of four tickets to Opening Night. Check out our review of Opening Night.

Thursday, January 15 at 9:45am | New Britain, CT | Little Hands in Harmony | This is a children’s music program. Come enjoy playing instruments and singing songs with your child! Free.

Thursday, January 15 at 5:45pm | New Britain, CT | Family Hip Hop Dance | This is a fun, active hip-hop dance class led by a dance instructor! Families are welcome to get some exercise and have some fun dancing! Free.

Friday, January 16 from 10 am  4 pm | Canton, CT | Winter Wonderland | Looking for some fun winter activities? Visit the Nature Center for a guided hike through the woods. Visit our bear cave and learn about our ‘Super Hibernators’. See whose tracks we can find around the Nature Center and in the woods. Make a winter animal craft. Hike and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center. Guided hikes at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm and crafts all day. Note: Reoccurs on Monday, January 19th, 2015.

Friday, January 16 at 10am | New Britain, CT | I Made it Myself Crafts | A craft project using objects found around the house! Something the children can say they made themselves. Free.

Friday, January 16, 5:30–8pm | Hartford, CT | Fire & Ice Party | It is winter in New England, and we are giving you a great way to enjoy it in Bushnell Park with ice skating, drinks and appetizers by the fire. You can bring your own skates or grab a pair provided by Winterfest, free of charge.  After being out in the cold, you will enjoy the warmth of the Pump House and the delicious fare provided by our friends at Salute. Non-skaters who just want the warmth of the fire are most welcome, too! Suggested donation – $10.

Friday, January 16 at 7 pm | Hartford, CT | Read It And Sleep | Wear your cozy clothes and bring your parents for our monthly “Read It and Sleep.” This month’s book is “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel, who grew up in Springfield, MA. His story is a warning about not respecting nature. Twin sisters Jillian and Nicole Selig of West Hartford are this month’s readers. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Each family can take home a copy of the book. RSVP. Free.

Friday, January 16 – Saturday, January 17 (Reocurrs on January 23–24) at 7:30 pm | Hartford, CT | Romeo & Juliet | Shakespeare’s most famous and tragic love story. Two families hate each other so completely and so blindly, that they simply cannot accept that their children have fallen in love. In this modern production, Romeo and Juliet will both be women. $10 Adult; $5 Children.

Friday, January 16  Sunday, January 18 | Friday/Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm | Hartford, CT | Sugar | Robbie McCauley’s autobiographical solo show about living with diabetes. SUGAR, directed by Maureen Shea, professor of Performing Arts at Emerson College, with music by Chauncey Moore and projections by Mirta Tocci, cracks open the silence about the diabetes epidemic in the U.S. that affects approximately 20 percent of adult African-Americans and is the fourth leading cause of death among African-Americans.

Friday, January 16 from 7:30-9:30pm | West Hartford, CT | Speak Up. True Stories. Real People | Join us for an evening of true stories centered on the theme of “Pride and Prejudice,” told by storytellers who have been chosen for their skill and expertise. Our goal is to bring the craft of live storytelling to the greater Hartford area while entertaining audiences with stories about the human condition. All stories are about six minutes long and are guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and think. $12 per person.

Saturday, January 17 from 9:30am3pm | Farmington, CT | Ice Fishing Class | The Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Program offers a free in-depth ice fishing class that introduces you to the wonders of water, fish and fishing during the winter. Miss Judy and other state certified volunteer instructors will pass along the knowledge they have learned through years of angling. The morning class includes a video, hands-on demonstrations, and activities that will teach and entertain youths and adults alike. If ice conditions are safe, outside ice fishing practice will be offered and all equipment is provided for your use. It is very important to dress in layers for the weather conditions and to wear boots for the afternoon practice, no sneakers are allowed. Free.

Saturday, January 17 – Sunday, January 18 from 10am–5pm | Enfield, CT | Winter Wellness Expo | Traditional, complementary,  alternative resources and treatments. Workshops, lectures, exhibits and raffles. $5 Admission but free with a non-perishable food item.

Saturday, January 17 from 1:30–2:30pm | Burlington, CT | The Bobcat: Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat | Visit Sessions Woods to learn about the natural history of bobcats, including diet, breeding habits, and habitat needs. Wather permitting. Free.

Sunday, January 18 from 10am4pm | Windsor Locks | Open Cockpit Day | The Museum will hold an Open Cockpit Day where visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 10 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and two static flight simulators. Museum educators will provide hands-on activities for younger visitors and the Museum’s Flight Sim Spot full-flight simulator experience will be available throughout most of the day.

Sunday, January 18 at 7pm | Hartford, CT | Free Comedy Show | Our shortform improv show! Similar to “Whose Line is it Anyway?”where we take tons of suggestions from the audience and use them (and a few audience volunteers here and there) in a variety of scenes, songs, and competitive games made up right on the spot! Free.

Please call ahead if the weather is inclement or temperatures are low, as I may not be notified of the cancellation to pass on to you.

Save the date:

Monday, January 19 – Sunday, February 1 | Taste of Hartford is back! Foodies and discount diners delight: the Greater Hartford Arts Council present Taste of Hartford 2015, the city’s premier restaurant event featuring two weeks of fine discount dining from January 19 thru February 1. Participating restaurants across Hartford will offer special multi-course, price-fixed tasting menus featuring their signature dishes.

Saturday, January 31 from 10am – 5pm & Sunday, February 1 {Super Bowl Sunday Alternative} from 10am – 4pm | 11th Annual Big Y Kid’s Fair | Fun, entertainment, exhibits, prizes and more are what you’ll get this day at the Connecticut Convention Center, in Hartford. Here’s one-stop-shopping for the latest products and services for growing families, including national, state and local companies offering product samples and valuable information. Plus, we’ll present entertainment, celebrity appearances and loads of activities for families with busy babies and toddlers. There will be Pony Rides and a Petting Zoo, magicians, a stage area featuring events like a kids fashion show, a kids play area, amusement rides and much, much more! $10 Adults, $5 Kids (Adults get $2 off with Big Y Express Savings Club or Silver Savings Club Card, limited to one per party).

 

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