Weekly Happenings: January 26 – February 1

Reoccurs through 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

{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. We have been invited to check out this production and can’t wait to share our recap with you. 

{PTO: Parent Time Out} Reoccurs through March 1 Dancing Lessons A new and quirky romantic comedy Starring Andrew Benator and host of TV’s Trading Spaces, Paige Davis. A man with Asperger’s seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries. As their relationship unfolds, they’re caught off-guard by surprising discoveries – both hilarious and heartwarming. A touching story about finding love in unexpected places from the author who brought us Becoming Dr. Ruth and Freud’s Last Session. We have been invited to Press Night and can’t wait to share our recap with you.

Monday, January 26, 10:30 – 11:30 am: Theater Playdate Toddlers learn the art of expression through activities and games designed to stimulate their hearts and minds! Led by New Britain Youth Theater. Free. New Britain, CT.

Tuesday, January 27:

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Meet, Greet, Read & Create A pre-school learning literacy, animal and craft program. New Britain, CT.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Healthy Bites A fun learning experience where toddlers and parents can learn about nutrition and take part in a nutritious food prep demo (which you then get to eat)! Free. New Britain, CT.

7:00 pm: West Hartford History Series: Dr. Tracey Wilson Town Historian Wilson will give an overview of West Hartford’s colorful history through 10 documents that made a big difference in town. $5 for non-members. West Hartford, CT.

Wednesday, January 28:

9:30 am – 5:00 pm: Little Learners In recognition of National School Choice Week make pinwheels to celebrate pride for Imagine Nation and our Early Learning Center. Join us at 10am for a pep rally and 4pm for a talent show! Bristol, CT.

3:30 pm – 4:30pm: Children ages 8-13 can learn how to draw popular cartoons. Space is limited, reserve your child’s space. New Britain, CT.

5:30 pm – 6:30pm: Free Qigong Class Calm your mind and energize your body with the deep breathing and slow, flowing movements of these ancient Chinese healing exercises. Free. Bloomfield, CT.

7:30 pm: Camp Shalom Information Session In the market for a Summer Camp? Come and check out the JCC, meet Camp Director, Karen Wyckoff and other core staff and learn about Camp Shalom. West Hartford, CT.

Thursday, January 29:

9:45 am – 10:45 am: Children’s music class Come enjoy playing instruments and singing songs with your child! (Children and parents of all ages). Free. New Britain, CT.

8:45 am – 11:00 am: Renbrook School Open House Our Open House event showcase how Renbrook brings learning to life. Parents and students are invited to join tours of the school, tailored to specific grade levels, meet faculty and see classes in action. Members of the Admission Office will be available to answer questions about the application process and financial aid. Free. West Hartford, CT.

5:30 pm – 7:00pm: Crazy 8s Math Club Kids can come join us for fun activities and games that promote math skills. Free. New Britain, CT.

Friday, January 30:

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Meet, Greet, Read & Create A pre-school learning literacy, animal and craft program. New Britain, CT.

Special Needs} 11:30 am – 2:20 pm: Playing on the Spectrum This breakthrough program integrates a variety of developmentally appropriate play, sensory and social skill activities, targeted towards the specific needs of children on the autism spectrum. Three age groups and times: Ages 3 to 6: 11:30 am -12:20 pm; Ages 7 to 9: 12:30-1:20 pm; and ages 10 to 13: 1:30-2:20pm $40/participant. Siblings are invited to attend a separate Sibling Group featuring arts and crafts and games: $10/sibling. New Britain, CT.

{Special Needs} 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Friday Night Teen Social Teen Night is music-based with activities for everyone! Limited number of openings, registration is required! $10 per teen. Wethersfield, CT.

7:00 pm: Hartford Wolf Pack vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers Join the Wolf Pack as we celebrate 40 years of hockey in Hartford. The first 3000 fans will receive a Hartford Hockey Heritage Poster. Hartford, CT. 

Saturday, January 31:

{ATO: Adult Time Out} 9:00 am – 10:30 am: Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic Take a behind the scenes look into the Wildlife Rehabilitation Program at the Roaring Brook Nature Center! Find out about the hundreds of injured and orphaned wild animals that find their way to the Nature Center each year and the specialized care we provide. This program is geared for anyone who is 18 and up and has an interest in wildlife rehabilitation. Free but donations are accepted. Canton, CT.

10:00 am: 52 New Foods: No-Bake Valentine’s Treats 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. Valentine’s Day treats are the tasty topic of the next class designed by Jennifer Tyler Lee, creator of the award-winning food game Crunch a Color and author of The 52 New Foods Challenge cookbook. Together we’ll make three easy, no-bake treats that are perfect Valentine’s Day! Suitable for ages 5–13. Free. Williams-Sonoma of West Hartford & South Windsor, CT.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: 11th Annual Big Y Kid’s Fair Fun, entertainment, exhibits, prizes and more are what you’ll get this day at the 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 and amusement rides! $10 Adults, $5 Kids. Hartford, CT.

10:30 am: Dirty Boots Kids Club Animal Tracking Join us to learn how to identify the tracks of native Connecticut animals and where to look for tracks. We will learn which animals are active in the winter. There will be some track molds available for making casts of tracks. Come prepared to spend time outdoors. $10 per child for non-members. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Simsbury, CT.

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Hearthside Afternoon Warm yourself by the fire, play a board game or read a book, and enjoy a winter beverage 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. Free. Farmington, CT.

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm: Cheney Railroad History Walk Join CFPA Ramble Guide Susan Barlow for an easy, but bumpy, walk along this former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, this was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will hike along the 1-mile portion owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and, depending on the weather, on to Center Springs Park, which will take about 1.75 hours round trip. Come discover the history of the railroad, including a chance to see maps and historic pictures. A railroad favor will be given to children participating in the walk. Free. Manchester, CT.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Medicine Cabinet Makeover with Dr. Allie Mendelson Essential oils are powerful, 50-70 times more powerful than herbs, and inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses. Learn how natural medicines can greatly enhance your physical and emotional health…naturally, cost-effectively…and without dangerous side effects. Free. Avon, CT.

7:00 pm: Hartford Wolf Pack vs. Springfield Falcons Join the Wolf Pack as we celebrate 40 years of hockey in Hartford. The first 2000 fans will receive a Wolf Pack Team Trading Card Set, presented by Team Ferrior. Come out in support of breast cancer research. Proceeds from the game benefit Komen Connecticut. Discounted tickets and special Scout Night patches for scout groups. Tickets and patches must be reserved in advance through a Wolf Pack Account Executive. Hartford, CT.

Sunday, February 1:

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: {PSBA: Pre Superbowl Alternative} 11th Annual Big Y Kid’s Fair (details above)

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Super Bowl Sunday Bingo The bingo will again be held at St. Stan’s Church hall, 510 West Street, in Bristol, to benefit the New England Carousel Museum, a non-profit, educational and fun organization. The bingo is scheduled as a pre-game event, ending in time to watch the Super Bowl football game. Packages will be sold for $20 at the door. Packages include: the entry fee and the paper package and paper specials for $10; two specials, purple and blue, with four strips at $1 each for $8 a package; and four quickies at 50 cents each for $2 a package. Come early and get your favorite seat, purchase lunch prepared by our volunteer group and enjoy free coffee. Door prizes will also be awarded. Bristol, CT.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Groundhog Day Hike Will the Groundhog see his shadow and what does it really mean? Walk gently through the forest to uncover the mysteries of wildlife habits in mid-winter. Pre-registration is not required. Cost: $6 Nonmembers: half-price children. Canton, CT.

2:00 pm: SuperbOwl will take place with a live owl presentation by Kasha Breau and representatives from Horizon Wings. Non-members $10, children’s and family pricing available. Glastonbury, CT.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: {Reoccurs February 8 & 22} Music Circle Let’s get together with good friends and connect through the universal language of music.

Plan Ahead:

Monday, February 2, 6:00 – 8:00 am: “Chuckles” is keenly aware of her celebrity status as Connecticut’s official groundhog. You may only see her sleeping, but that is because she is up all night consulting with meteorologists, examining satellite photos and reading her farmer’s almanac. Please join museum members, local dignitaries, and the media as Chuckles makes her annual prediction at sunrise. Free. Manchester, CT.

Save the Date:

Saturday, February 21, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm: The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the XL Center in Hartford, CT with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability). The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to beat the Globetrotters. The Generals, the last team to beat the Globetrotters, are now coached by a former member of that 1971 team. They are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win, with a new strategy that is sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money. Click here for details on the performances. Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets, subscribers only. Click here to become a subscriber now.

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