August 5 – 11

Welcome to the first full week of August! Below we have highlighted what to do over the next 7 days in Hartford County! All of the events listed below are one-time events or events that occur for a short run; for summertime events that reoccur with an expiration date, click here, for activities that always run, click here. Check back often as we update daily.

Tuesday – Sunday:

Tuesdays – Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm and 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm (runs until 8/23): I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers For more than 20 years, Hollywood “superagent” Sue Mengers’ clients were the talk of the town – Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway and Burt Reynolds to name a few. In this funny new play, Sue invites you into her Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish and all the inside showbiz stories that only she could tell. More names will be dropped and secrets divulged as this wickedly brash woman reveals how she went from a non-English speaking Jewish immigrant to a film industry power-broker. It was a fabulous career while it lasted. Tuesdays (8/4 – 8/18) is Talk Back Tuesdays. Wednesday, 8/5 is pay what you can pay day. Theaterworks, Hartford.

Wednesday, August 5:

10am – 12pm: Tell a Story with Puppets! Listen to an enchanting story about puppets and make puppets of your own using a treasure trove of materials. Then put on a play using your puppets as the “actors!” Your puppets will go home with you. For children ages 8 years and younger. Admission is $10. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

10am – 4pm: Build-A-Thon Day As a Partner in Play, we have an abundance of Imagine Nation Blocks to let your creativity loose on. To enter into the Build-A-Thon Day contest submit a photo of your photo of your build! Non-members $5 per child, Members $3 per child. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

1 – 1:45pm: Free Toddler Yoga Class This is a supportive, fun-loving, and active yoga class for crawling babies to 2 year old toddlers and their parent/caregiver. This class is all about your new mover. Crawlers and walkers learn poses, songs, and games while they explore new movement and social skills. Crawler – 2 years old. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

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2:30 – 4:30pm: Lovable Puppy Kids Painting We provide all of the paint and supplies your child will need to make their own masterpiece. Our teaching artist will guide your child, step-by-step, through the painting and will make sure they stay on track and complete their masterpiece by the end of class. Doors open at 2pm, instruction begins at 2:30pm. Price is per canvas. For little ones under the age of 6 you may want to help and make a masterpiece together! Parents are required to be in attendance at the event. $20 per child. Space is limited, register in advance. Art Bar, Unionville.

Wednesday (until 8/12) from 7 – 8pm: Free Barre Class Barre is where ballet meets yoga and pilates. Develop the legnth of a dancer and the strength of an athlete with this 60 minute workout. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

{Single Parents} 7pm: Speed Dating with the Date Doctor This event is for singles in their 30’s and 40’s who are looking for a match. The evening will begin with a fun creative activity to break the ice. This will lead into your first speed date lasting a brief 5 minutes. When the bell rings the men rotate to the next single lady. And this continues every 5 minutes until you have had a chance to meet everyone. If you like your date, just check their name off on your dating scorecard. When both sides check yes, our matchmakers will send you an email with all your matches and their contact information within 24 hour the rest is up to you! $30 per person. The Maple Tree Cafe, Simsbury.

Wednesday, August 5 – Thursday, August 6:

Wednesday at 7:05pm and Thursday at 12:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Altoona Curve Promotions: Wednesday: Tie Dye Night Come to the game all decked out in your tie dye! Thursday: Order before Thursday (in person only) and get 4 hot dogs, 4 waters, 4 popcorns, and 4 reserved tickets for $40. All packages purchased the night of the game will be $48.

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm: Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary Since the birth of their trademark toy in 1958, The LegoGroup has produced over 400 billion bricks. But more and more, lego bricks aren’t just for kids, and some take them very seriously. Adult Fans of lego around the globe are unashamedly declaring their love of the brick, brick artists are creating stunning and surprising creations, and lego master builders are building human scale and larger structures. Lego bricks are being used educationally, therapeutically, and have provided a universal system for human creativity and our innate desire “to build.” This documentary playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the lego brick, its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that has sprung up around the world. On Friday, from 6:30 – 7:30pm enjoy a brick and brews event; play and create with the world of Legos and then at 7:30pm watch Beyond The Brick: A Lego Brickumentary! On Saturday, August 1 after the 1:05 PM screening, Play-Wells TEKnologies will bring barrels of Legos to build with plenty of hands-on components for the whole family. There will also be a free raffle for a lego set valued at $30! Friday $5, Saturday – Sunday $11 per person. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

Thursday, August 6:

10:45am – 11:30pm: Summer Workshop Series: Pond Pals Experience water play as we investigate life in & around a pond and create a dragon fly! This workshops for ages 3-8, encourages and supports literacy, music, science and art. Adult must be onsite, participation is optional. Non-members $5 per child, Members $3 per child. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

11am: Grand Opening of b. good Enjoy smoothie samples, games, music and more. Visit their website to join the b. good Family before August 6th, and they’ll send you a free burger, salad or kale & grain bowl! The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

5 – 8pm: First Thursday Block Party: One Love The party is back outside on the Alfred E. Burr McManus Memorial (AKA Burr Ball) this month between the museum and City Hall, for live Caribbean music, body art by Amazing Face Art, complimentary snacks, Reggae dance lessons, and more! Music for the evening includes De Four Ah Wee Steel Drum Band, the Hartford Hot Several, and a special appearance by the latest sensation, boy band NK5, presented by Maurice Starr and Joe Young Studios. $5 general admission; free for members! August First Thursday is also free for Hartford residents! Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

6 – 8pm: Annual Children’s Carnival Admission and all activities are free. Fermi High School, Enfield.

Thursday – Sunday:

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Thursday from 7:30 – 10pm, Friday from 7 – 9:30pm, (closed this Saturday for a private event) Sunday from 5 – 7:30pm: Paint Nights Thursday: Wave Friday: White & Silver Daisies and Sunday: Monets Water Lillies Perfect for when your flying solo, girls night out or couples night out. If you have a few friends, include a note when you register to reserve a table or seating together. $35–$40 per painter. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Friday – Saturday:

Fridays – Saturdays (until 9/5) at 8pm: I Left my Heart A jazzy new musical revue tribute to the man Sinatra called “the greatest singer in the world,” Tony Bennett. Go wild over the four decades of music that Bennett recorded, from his early top-40 hits, jazz recordings with Basie, Stan Getz, and Bill Evans, to his torch songs, film scores, all the way to his now infamous MTV unplugged, which introduced him to a whole new generation of listeners. I Left my Heart promises to be an unforgettable walk down memory lane, and a don’t miss for anyone who ever loved the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hart, or Cole Porter! A thrilling score of 40 standards all recorded by Bennett, including “Stranger In Paradise,” “Top Hat, White Tie And Tails,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “The Good Life,” “Rags To Riches,” and his best-known hit, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” Bring your own beverages and food. No performances 8/14 – 15. $30 per ticket. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin.

Friday, August 7:

4:30 – 7:30pm: Summer Fun Days in the Parks Join us for food and fun at Deerfield Park where the Youth Services Bureau will be providing activities for families of all ages. Enjoy carnival games, crafts, face painting, music, basketball hoops contest, a bounce-house and prizes and giveaways. Admission is free and hot dogs, chip and salsa, soda, and snacks will be available for sale. Deerfield Park, Windsor.

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6 – 9pm: Friday Night Lights Drop your kids off for a night under the BIG TOP! The children will enjoy popcorn & cotton candy, try their luck with various carnival/circus games, and get their faces painted or a temporary tattoo applied before choosing a comfy seat in our movie lounge for our feature presentation. $20 per child, $5 off for siblings. Registration is required. Little Ms. Bella Boutique, Farmington.

Saturday, August 8:

9 – 11:30am: A “Canoe Adventure” at Northwest Park Learn about our local waterways and the plants and animals that call them home. No canoeing experience is necessary. There will not be a staff member in your canoe, however, the staff will be available before and during canoeing to observe and assist you with your paddling abilities. Canoes, paddles and PFDs will be provided. Ages 6 and up. $16 per person. Northwest Park, Windsor.

9am – 2pm: Super Saturday The Admissions, Registrars, Bursars, Advising and Financial Aid offices will be open. Assessment testing will begin 9 am. A photo ID is required. Manchester Community College, Manchester.

9:30am – 5pm: Wacky Water Day Get wet and wacky n the water all day long in our outdoor learning park! There will be water table stations, shower sprays, a splash down parachute activity, and a water balloon toss! Admission: Adults and children $10, babies under 1 are free. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

10am: Wipeout Run This is an untimed event open to anyone 18 and up of any athletic ability! $71 per runner. Rentschler Field, Hartford.

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10am: Hulk’s Tank Our “Marvel Avengers Assemble” Summer continues this week with Hulk’s Tank. Register your child and they can build this awesome project! Watch the Animated Series Sunday Mornings on Disney XD! Lowe’s Home Improvement locations.

10am: Kids Cooking Class Fresh Pasta & Pesto It’s lots of fun to create homemade pasta. We’ll make the dough and roll it out with a hand-cranked machine. You’ll also watch us make dough in a machine that mixes and extrudes the pasta for you. Then we’ll whip up some basil pesto in a food processor. Finally, we’ll toss the cooked pasta with the pesto and eat. Super-simple and yummy! Suitable for ages 8–13. Suitable for ages 5 – 13. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

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10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Duck Tape Pencil Pouch Drop in and take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up.  Michaels locations.

10am – 1pm: Second Saturdays for Families Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round! Free Family Tours: 10:30 – 11 am – ABCs: Art, Books, Connections, 11 am – noon- Ask About Art and 11:30 am – noon – Eyes on Art Family Tour. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

10am – 8pm: 53rd Annual Greater Hartford West Indian Independence Celebrations The parade will take place on Saturday, August 8th with the route beginning at Main and Battles Streets, filtering on to Asylum Street then finally gathering inside Bushnell Park. The event will end with a free concert in the park featuring a host of locally based talent as well as international artists. Bushnell Park, Hartford.

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11am: The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School Storytime When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he’s a smart cookie! Join us for our special hero Storytime featuring The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School. Barnes & Noble locations.

Sunday, August 9:

12 – 9pm: Hartford Latino Fest Join us as MetroHartford celebrates the region’s rich Latino cultures. Live entertainment, comida (food), cultural food and beverage, children’s games and activities, exhibitors, and more. Free to the general public; all ages welcome. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

1pm: Technique Class: Pairing Fresh Pasta with Sauces It’s easier than you might imagine to make fresh pasta at home. We’ll demonstrate everything, from preparing the dough to rolling it through a hand-cranked machine and showcase techniques for pasta extruding as well. Then we’ll create some simple sauces. Take home smart shortcuts for getting a pasta supper on the table even when time is short. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Monday, August 10 – Wednesday, August 13:

7pm: Breakdancing Shakespeare Hamlet is the story of a young prince faced with a truth he finds intolerable: he learns that his uncle/new step-father is the one responsible for his father’s recent death, and what’s perhaps worse, this smiling murderer is now King.  How do we face the intolerable? What do we do when hypocrisy and injustice seem to surround us?  How do we know what’s true and do what’s right in a world where appearances are all that matter? $5 per ticket. University of St. Joseph, West Hartford.

Tuesday, August 11:

9:30 – 11am: Snow Day Summer Taping With your help, we will be creating a series of mini videos to use this winter as snowy day activities.  Participants must be age 4 – 9 and be interested in participating in a variety of art, dance and yoga programs. All participants are giving Imagine Studio LLC the right to use their child in these exclusive short films that will be used for marketing and on youtube.  No last names will be used, but first names might be said. Please bring a snack and water bottle and come dressed in comfortable clothes for activities. When possible, please avoid wearing green. Free. Register in advance. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30 – 12:30pm: Toddler Class: Veggie Mac & Cheese We will make a deliciously healthy version of everyone’s favorite dish: Mac & Cheese! We are going to add lots of yummy veggies! Some you will see, some you won’t! $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington. Note: Reoccurs on Friday, 8/14 from 9:30-10:30am. 

10:30am – 12pm: Super Heroes Read to Dogs Come dressed in your favorite super hero costume and ready to listen to stories with some super pups! Admission: Adults and children $10, babies under 1 are free. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

10:45 – 11:30am: Summer Workshop Series: Puppetry Design a paper bag puppet and tell a story about it! Workshops for ages 3-8, encourage and support literacy, music, science and art. Adult must be onsite, participation is optional. Non-members $5 per child, Members $3 per child. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

12 – 1pm: A Conversation with Dr. Dianna Wentzell, Commissioner of Education How do we prepare the more than half a million Connecticut students for future success? Does testing work in assessing students’ progress? What does the future of Connecticut’s education system look like? On Tuesday, August 11 at Connecticut’s Old State House, the Connecticut Network (CT-N)’s Diane Smith will sit down for a one-on-one interview with the state’s newly appointed Commissioner of Education, Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell. After a 25 year career in education, comprised of 12 years in the classroom and a number of administrative positions – including Hartford Assistant Superintendent of Schools and Chief Academic Officer of the State Department of Education – Dr. Wentzell officially took over Connecticut’s top education post in April after briefly serving as Interim Commissioner. During her sit down with Smith, she will discuss her goals as Commissioner, the state’s new Social Studies Frameworks, using feedback from new student assessments, capacity building for teachers and leaders, the School Based Diversion Initiative and the efforts needed to help all of Connecticut’s students attain future success. This installment of Conversations at Noon is free to the public and begins at noon. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch and join the conversation. Connecticut’s Old State House, Hartford.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Intro Class: Jewelry Combine natural materials with a pop of color and a bit of bling to make this stylish wrapped cord necklace. Michael’s locations.

7:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Trenton Thunder Promotion: Order before Tuesday (in person only) and get 4 hot dogs, 4 waters, 4 popcorns, and 4 reserved tickets for $40. All packages purchased the night of the game will be $48.

We always provide the links for your convenience and encourage you to check the event listing directly for any changes, re-schedules or typos (we are not robots), before heading out.

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