Weekly Happenings: January 20 – January 25

{PTO: Parent Time Out} Reoccurs through Sunday, February 8: 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. Hartford, CT.

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. Hartford, CT.

Monday, January 19 – Thursday, January 22 at 5:30 pm: 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! Hartford, CT.

Wednesday, January 21:

10:00 – 10:45 am: Little Gliders Your 4 and 5 year olds can begin to learn the sport of cross country skiing. This fun based 5-session class will be a group cross-country ski lesson specially designed for kids. Your child will learn the basics of cross-country skiing on level terrain and become familiar with the snow. Skis, poles and boots will be provided. Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Garmany Hall Ski Center. Weather permitting. Farmington, CT.

10:00 – 11:00 am: Birds and Feeders It’s time for the bird feeder count! Get your feeders filled and your eyes ready to count the birds at your feeder. Learn to be a citizen scientist as you count the different birds at your feeder. We will learn to identify birds by the color, size and their favorite foods. Glastonbury, CT.

12:30 – 1:15: Little Gliders (see above for details)

Thursday, January 22:

9:30 am – 5:00 pm: Winter Wonderland Indulge your senses in the wonders of the winter season!- Create paper snowflakes, touch icy cold snow slime, sniff delicious spices and listen for woodland animal sounds! Participate in our Penguin Parade at 10:00am. Bristol, CT.

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Arts & Crafts for Preschoolers. Farmington, CT.

5:00 –7:00 pm: Has Racial Inequality Reached The Tipping Point? The fight for racial equality continues. What can we learn from the past and what can we do differently to create lasting change? Join the conversation. Featured guests are Rev. Henry Brown, Founder, and Henrietta Beckman, President, Mothers United Against Violence and Aswad Thomas, gun violence survivor and student organizer, 2014 March in Solidarity: Never Forgetting Ferguson. Hartford, CT. Free.

{MTO: Mommy Time Out} 7 – 9pm: Come join a “Ladies Night Out“at Barre 44! This unique style workshop is a great way to take some time out for yourself to learn, reflect, and grow right along side a group of like-minded women. Life is full and has us in constant motion, “Ladies Night Out” is designed to give women the opportunity to slow it all down, focus on topics that can be a challenge and then determine how they want to bring changes into their lives. Each workshop is facilitated by Certified Personal and Professional Life Coach Kelley Biskupiak.  Some workshops feature guest experts. Workshop Cost $35. Avon, CT.

Friday, January 23:

9:30 – 10:30 am & 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Toddler Class: Book and a Bite – “Little Monsters Went to School.” We will make some fun monster cheese snacks and then finish off with silly monster cupcakes. Ages 2-5. $15 per Child. Newington, CT.  

4:30 – 7:30 pm: Enjoy a night our (or in) since take out is available, Italian Style while supporting the New Britain Youth Museum. Adults $12, Seniors $10, Children (Ages 2-11) $5, Children under 2 are free.  New Britain, CT.

Friday, January 23, 12:00 – 8:00 pm, Saturday, January 24, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday, January 25, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Connecticut RV Show The show will feature over 140,000 square feet of the latest in recreation vehicles, travel trailers, pop-up campers, camping supplies, accessories, campgrounds and travel information centers. Adults $11, Children 14 and under. Click here for a $1 coupon. Hartford, CT.

Friday, January 23 – Saturday, January 24 at 7:30 pm: 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. Hartford, CT

Saturday, January 24:

10:00 am: Paddington The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! Plainville, CT.

10:00 am: Fun Finger Foods Hey, kids! We can show you how fun and easy cooking can be: Learn to make delicious recipes,from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way. In this class, it’s A-OK to eat with your fingers—no forks required! We’ll teach you how to make scrumptious finger foods that are great for snacks, lunch and dinner. What could be more fun? Suitable for ages 9–13. Williams Sonoma – Farmington & South Windsor, CT. Free.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm: The Trash Museum will be open to the public visitors can explore the many exhibits on waste management. See MIRA’s single-stream recycling plant and attend a presentation on recycling by a MIRA educator. Do scavenger hunts in the Temple of Trash. Discover the energy-recycling connection. Operate a toy conveyor belt and discover new exhibits iin the Discovery Room. See a ten-minute Disney movie, “Recycle Rex” and more. Be inspired to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink ways to care for the earth. Fun for all ages. Groups of 5 or more are requested to pre-register. The cost is $4 per person; children younger than 2 years old and scout leaders are free admission. Harford, CT.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Soup-er Saturday It’s cold outside, so come warm up in our cozy kitchen as we make some comfort food. What’s better than Swedish Meatballs and special gourmet brownies for dessert! Ages 6 and up. $25 per child. Newington, CT.

6:00 pm & 8:00 pm: Tavern Night: A Taste of Culture Try three fresh flavors! A three-course meal will feature cuisines and entertainment from three prominent West Hartford cultures. Enjoy Asian, South American, and Russian foods, music, and dancing. $40 per person, $35 for museum members. Reservations required. West Hartford, CT.

7:00 pm: SquishyTown Asylum, a new improvisational theater troupe debut its first performance. New Britain, CT.

Saturday, January 24 – Sunday, January 25 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm: Hearthside Afternoon Warm yourself by the fire, play a board game or read a book, and enjoy a winter beverage (games & beverages provided). Games and toys will be on hand for children, including our pint-sized Colonial fireplace and Tunxis wigwam. You can also take a self -guided tour of the 1720 historic house. Farmington, CT. Free.

Sunday, January 25:

8:00 – 10:00 am: Penguin Plunge Are you ready to take the Plunge? Brave souls with warm hearts will run, jump and dive into Dunning Lakes’ chilly waters donning only a swimsuit, and their courage to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Penguins solicit donations from family, friends and local business to “Take the Plunge.” Incentive prizes for different levels of money raised and awards will be given for creativity in a number of categories. Farmington, CT.

1:00 – 4:00 pm: Bread Making Class In this hands-on cooking class, we will discuss the differences between dry and fresh yeast.  You will learn to proof yeast and mix yeast dough.  Using the dough, you will learn how to shape and bake breads and rolls.   You will leave equipped with the knowledge and techniques that you too can be an accomplished bread maker. $40 Non-members. Bristol, CT.

1:30 pm & 2:30 pm: In a Preternatural Way: The Witchcraft Trial of Mary Barnes produced by Stanley-Whitman House. 39 minutes long. Farmington, CT. 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.

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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