August 19 – 25

Below we have highlighted our weekly Momecast™ – a mom’s forecast of what to do and where to go for the next seven days across Hartford County. We promote things for Moms to do; as well as events and activities for couples, kids and for the entire family!

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Wednesday, August 19:

10am – 12pm: Make Your Own Soap Colonial folk made their soap from some surprising ingredients. Learn about traditional soap-making while crafting your own soap to take home. For children ages 8 years and older. Admission is $10. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

11am – 2pm: Field Day Jump & Jam Head outdoors for field day, complete with a bounce house, games, activities and face painting. $5/person for non-members. Free for members. Museum admission is not included. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

12 – 1pm: The Mutual Interest in Ending Racism Join guest facilitators Jason Fredlund and Derek Hall from The Discovery Center as we discuss the mutual interest in ending racism. Food for thought: The Cost of Racism to White People by Paul Kivel. Stowe Salons at Lunch meet Wednesdays at Noon in July and August. We’re talking about social justice issues making news. Please join us and share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

4 – 8pm: Sunken Garden Poetry Festival: CT Young Poet’s Day In the historic Sunken Garden on the beautiful grounds of Hill-Stead, one of America’s most important poetry events has delighted audiences since 1992. Come join us and experience remarkable performances of live music and poetry in the midst of an exquisite natural setting. The Sunken Garden Poetry season concludes Wednesday with CT Young Poet’s Day. Beginning at 4:30 pm, the Young Poets reading will feature students representing eight Connecticut poetry programs. In addition to finalists from the museum’s own Fresh Voices Competition, participants will include students from Poetry Out Loud, Connecticut Young Writers Trust, Connecticut Poetry Circuit, Student Poets Laureate at the Arts Café Mystic, OneWord CT/National Youth Poetry Slam Team and ASAP After School Arts Program. Following the Young Poets reading, audiences will enjoy performances in The Garden by Fresh Voices winners, music and reading by poets Natalie Diaz and Aja Monet. Gates open at 4pm; student poets read in the Makeshift Theater at 4:30 pm; at 5:30 pm, the winners of the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition will perform in the Sunken Garden; Aja Monet and her band perform at 6:15pm; at 7pm Natalie Diaz performs in the garden. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating in and around the garden. Purchase discounted tickets online: $12 advance on-line purchase, $15 at the door, ages 18 and under free. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

5:15pm: Up and Active Family Activity Class Get up and moving in this active class! This class promotes health and exercise through a variety of fun, physical activities. Learn line dances like the Cotton Eye Joe and the Cupid Shuffle. Cooperate to complete scavenger hunts and relay races. Use agility and flexibility to explore different aerobic exercises. This class will allow you to enjoy a cardio workout at your own pace! This group is funded by a generous donation from Dr. Susan Adeyinka. This program is only open to families with children ages 4 to 18. Parent and child are both welcome to participate. Free. Bristol Hospital, Hughes Auditorium, Bristol.

7pm: The Flood of 1955: Ryan Hanrahan Ryan Hanrahan, a meteorologist at NBC30, will show the “Flood StorySpecial, produced by WKNB Channel 30 in 1956. The film features stories from around the state after the devastating flood that affected Connecticut in August of 1955. After the film screening, Hanrahan will discuss the meteorological circumstances behind the flood. Each lecture is free for museum members and $5 for the general public. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

7 – 8:30pm: Fishers (Often Mis-called Fisher Cats) Among Us The population of fishers (martes pennanti) in Glastonbury and surrounding areas continues to increase. Please join Connecticut DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist Ray Hardy to learn about these fascinating creatures (often mis-called fisher cats) from the weasel family. Learn about their diet. Ray will also be speaking on the natural history of fishers as well as providing tips for avoiding conflicts. $10; children under 12 half price. Call to reserve your seat. Pay by credit card on the phone or with cash or check at the door. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

7:30 – 8:45pm: Wednesday evening walks provide a relaxing end to a busy summer day and an opportunity to observe a wide range of animals that become more active in the cooler evenings. In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks. What will we find this summer?! Cost: $6 adults, $3 for children. Long sleeves, a flashlight and insect repellent are recommended. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Wednesday, August 19 – Sunday, August 23:

Tuesdays – Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm and 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm: 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. Theaterworks, Hartford.

Thursday, August 20:

10am – 12pm: Open Playtime Feel free to come in with your children and spend some time playing with toys, have a snack, and participate in a story or craft. Free. Family Wellness Centers of Connecticut, New Britain.

1:30 – 3pm: Summer in the Sanctuary: Mighty Mammals Befriend our furry friends and learn what it takes to be a mammal. Find out what adaptions have helped certain species thrive. Children ages 10 to 14 years. $25 per non-member. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

2pm: Snakes Alive! Join Nature Center Director Jay Kaplan for a demonstration featuring snakes. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

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4 – 6pm: Kids Fest It’s the last week before school is back in session so we have something big planned for all the kids this year! The Farmer’s Cow Ice Cream Truck with free mini ice cream cones. Westmoor Park with some of their furry, lovable animal friends. Free Kids Yoga with Imagine Studio – don’t forget your mat! Henry the Juggler – check him out with two free acts at 4:45pm and 5:30pm. Free Face Painting with Kaleidoscope Art & Entertainment, first come first serve! DJ Connie Carmona spinning records – perfect for dancing! The Terminator Obstacle Course! by Innovative Inflatables. Bring an unwrapped back to school item to be donated to The Town that Cares of West Hartford! All school supplies will go to a child in need this school year! Free entry with back-to-school supply donation. Whole Foods Market, West Hartford.

4 – 6pm: Printmaking on the Park with Jim Brunelle Create prints inspired by the Museum’s outdoor sculpture garden and Walnut Hill Park. You’ll start with a tour of the sculpture collection and make sketches from a variety of perspectives. Drawings will become plates for printing and all will be transferred to paper by the end of the class! Families are suggested to dress comfortably for outdoor exploration. Please note: Art materials in the studio may blemish clothing. $10 non-members. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

{Parents Time Out} 6pm: Creative Cocktail Hour represents the best of everything Real Art Ways has to give: innovative art, invigorating music, and hundreds of the most interesting and open-minded people to share the experience. This month, we are joined by the hugely popular West African rockers Tal National, a multi-ethnic band from Niger bringing a unique sound that is joyously hypnotic and rooted in its traditions. Expect a variety of guests including the good folks at Hartford Prints, Back East Brewing, Juniper Vintage, Glitter & Bold, and more for the maker fair. Tickets are $10. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

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6:30pm: Riverfront Scramble Series: 5K Enjoy our Thursday evening summer race series with a big bling bonus! The sparkly Grand Slam medal will be awarded to participants who register in advance and race all three Riverfront Scramble events. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

6:30 – 8pm: Do-it-Herself Workshop: Decorative Shelf Create a wooden shelf with power tools. Attach crown molding for a finished look. Free. Home Depot locations.

Thursday, August 20 – Sunday, August 23:

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Thursday from 7:30 – 10pm, Friday – Saturday from 7 – 9:30pm and Sunday from 5 – 7:30pm: Paint Nights Thursday: The Crow, Friday: Lighthouse, Saturday: Wine Pour and Sunday: Pair of Pears 5 – 7:30pm. Perfect for when your flying solo, a girls night 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 canvas. Scene Art Bar, Unionville. Savings Alert: Book your September session by August 31st and save 20% on adult public painting sessions; enter promo code SEPOFFER20 when you register online.

Friday, August 21:

10:45am – 11:30am: Summer Workshop Series: Great Chefs In chef hats and aprons, you’re ready to prepare, cook and enjoy pizza kebabs! Workshops for ages 3-8, encourage and support literacy, music, science and art. Adult must be on site, participation is optional. $5 for non-members, $3 for members. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Note: Imagine Nation will be shutting down for its annual week and re-open on 9/2.

12pm: Last Butterfly Release of the Season Guests are invited to help us release butterflies in their new home at noon on Friday, August 21st. While the butterfly house will remain open for a few more weeks, this will be our last shipment of butterflies for the 2015 year. Join us for this fun and memorable occasion and thanks to everyone who has visited our butterflies throughout the summer. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

6 – 9pm: Taste by Spellbound Grand Opening Stop by for free samples, music, laughs and sugar! The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk; Taste by Spellbound, South Windsor.

7:30pm: Movie Night: Pat and Mike Bring a blanket and your favorite candy for a movie under the stars at Cedar Hill Cemetery! Enjoy Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Pat and Mike (1952). Hepburn, a brilliant athlete and Tracy, an unscrupulous sports promoter face mobsters, a jealous boxer and a growing attraction in this romantic comedy. Raindate: Saturday, August 22. Admission $5. Cedar Hill Cemetery & Foundation, Hartford.

Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23:

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Friday from 6 – 9:30pm, Saturday from 12 – 9:30pm and Sunday from 12 – 4pm: 35th Annual Lobsterfest Friday – Saturday enjoy live music from 6 – 10pm, Saturday: Touch-a-truck from 12 – 4pm. Click here for the flyer. $20 includes one full lobster, corn, clam chowder, and a beverage! Canton Volunteer Fire Department, Canton.

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Barefoot in the Park Sweet and funny, this slice of life was written by one of our favorite playwrights, Neil Simon. Corie and Paul Bratter are newlyweds. You’ll see their first home — an apartment on the top floor of a brownstone in New York City. During the course of four days, they learn to become a married couple, facing the usual daily ups-and-downs and facing the question of “do opposites attract?” Corrie dreams of Paul becoming more easy-going, to, for example, run “barefoot in the park.” $19 for general seating. Cheney Hall, Manchester.

Saturday, August 22:

8:30am – 2pm: 1st Member Appreciation Ride and Cookout There will be several different ride lengths to choose from. Beginning at 8:30am there will be an approximately 45 mile ride heading out. So if you are up for a longer jaunt you may find yourself tugged to join in this and ride the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail heading North to Southwick and returning to Tunxis Meade. Perhaps 28 miles is more to your liking; then our “Loop Ride” is sure to inspire you. This ride will leave Tunxis Meade at 9:30am. You will ride along the Farmington River Trail through Collinsville and over to Simsbury where you will connect to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and follow it back over to Tunxis Meade. For those of you who may be looking for an off trail adventure and a shorter distance of about 10 miles you might want to join in on the trip into Farmington along Meadow Road and travel along scenic historic Farmington roads while taking in some of the town’s best known landmarks. Take time to stop and soak them in if you wish…there’s no hurry! This ride will head out at 11am. And of course for those who may be new to cycling and just looking for a short ride or who have young ones along there are always the option to take to the Trails at whatever time you choose and for as long or as short as you wish. Later, as everyone begins to file in from their rides, you will find many of the Farmington Valley Trails Council’s board members waiting to greet you and preparing food for you alongside some of our wonderful volunteers. The cookout will begin at 12:30pm and will go until 2pm. $20 per non-member. Members are free. Tunxis Meade, Farmington.

9am – 2pm: Annual Family Health & Wellness Day There will be medical and community service representatives present such as: Hartford Hospital Digital Mobile Mammogram Truck for those who need mammograms, free for those who don’t have insurance; Prostrate Screening: St. Francis Hospital: The Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity;Windsor Fire Department; Bloomfield Chiropractic Center; Charter Oak Health Mobile Medical Van (including dental screenings); Veteran Affairs Representative – information and service available for veterans. All are welcome. Holy Temple, Windsor.

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Times VarySlide the City Embrace your inner child and get ready for the slide of your life! Slide the City is bringing the biggest water party of the summer to your city. Grab your swimsuit and speed down this one of a kind 1,000 ft slip and slide. There will be music, dancing, food, drinks, and even some swag for sale so you can soak up the sun in style. There is an age limit of 5 years old and a minimum height restriction of 46 inches. We slide rain or shine; a little rain only means more slip for our slide! Trinity Street between Jewell Street and Capital Avenue, Hartford.

10am: Sensory-friendly Film: Shaun the Sheep 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! Matinee pricing. AMC Loews, Plainville.

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10am: Build & Grow: Thor’s Chariot Thor has come to Lowe’s to end our “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” Summer! Register your child so they don’t miss the final clinic! Don’t miss Avengers Assemble Sunday Mornings on Disney XD! Lowe’s Home Improvement locations.

10am: Jr. Chef Classes: Pressed Italian Sandwiches Toasty on the outside with a warm filling inside, pressed Italian sandwiches are always a favorite. Our kid-friendly combos will hit the spot—how about salami and cheese, Nutella and strawberry, or ham, tomato and cheese. Young chefs will have fun making and eating them. Note: Nuts will be served in this class. Suitable for ages 5–13. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations; Farmington and South Windsor.

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10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Pencil Topper They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Michael’s locations.

1:30 – 2:30pm: Does this Animal need my Help? Join us for a discussion on native CT wildlife and the resources available to help them. What does it take to care for wildlife? What do you need to know if you find an animal in need of help? There are various reasons wildlife may need this type of care. Wildlife rehabilitation is the treatment and care of injured, orphaned, or sick animals so that they can be released back in the wild. In CT, a group of volunteers are specially trained and licensed to care for these animals. Free. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

11am – 2pm: Family Food Demo Kids can enjoy a make it and take it crafts, face painting and a bounce slide (weather permitting). $5 per child. Brown’s Harvest, Windsor.

7:45pm: The Dream Concert’s Country Music Festival features some of country’s youngest and hottest music acts today! Join us for an outdoor concert benefiting Special Olympics and other charitable organizations in our communities. Doors open at 7pm. Concert starts 7:45pm. Ticket prices are $20, children under 12 are free. Farmington Club, Farmington.

Saturday, August 22 – Sunday, August 23:

11am – 3pm: Super Back to School Bash Meet your favorite superheroes and wear your favorite superhero costume to join in the fun! Enjoy arts & crafts, tons of kids’ entertainment, and more. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Teacher Savings: Fall Field Trip Special K–12 educators: book your fall field trip to Connecticut Science Center by September 16 to receive $2 off per person! Make curriculum connections to reinforce classroom learning and see our fall traveling exhibit; Wild Music. Trips must be taken by December 31.

11am – 3pm: Scout Weekend: Superhero Edition Join fellow scouts and their families for a day of fun, hands-on exploration at The Connecticut Science Center. Meet Superman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Captain America and Spiderman in person and navigate a scouts-only scavenger hunt to earn a super cool Science Center patch!  Scout Day is $12 per person for scouts and their guests who pre-register and $14.95 at the door on the day of the event. This offer is valid for scouts and their guests. Those who do not pre-register must come in uniform, recite the scout promise or show other proof of participation. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Sunday, August 23:

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8:30 – 10amThe Old Wethersfield 5K and 10K are USAT&F certified courses that run along the historic streets of Old Wethersfield. The 10K is a double-loop course and the 5K is one-loop. Kids Fun Run at 10am. Both finish along the scenic Wethersfield Cove.

12:30 – 4pm: Historical Trade Demonstration: Open Hearth Cooking Historical interpreter Becky Hendricks will cook on the 18th-century hearth, using traditional Colonial ingredients and methods. Drop by any time between 12:30-4 pm to observe and ask questions. Admission is Free, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

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1pm: Finders Keepers Kids paint the rocks, kids find the rocks! Westmoor Park, West Hartford.

1pm: Technique Class: Pressed Italian Sandwiches Discover the secrets to making perfect panini. In this class we’ll create pressed Italian sandwiches using some of our favorite ingredients, including pesto, roasted bell peppers and other summer vegetables, along with meats and cheeses. The options are endless! Free. Registration is required. Some class times can vary by location. Williams-Sonoma, Farmington.

2 – 3pm: Herbs Past and Present: Truths and Myths Which prehistoric herb was used to clean pewter? What herb was utilized for carding wool and led to the development of Velcro? What herb grown for centuries is known as the “Queen Mother of Poisons”? Learn about colonial herbs and their uses, and about the 1930’s gardener who influenced all modern herb garden design. Potted herbs from the Society’s herb garden will be offered for sale, and delicious herb-infused refreshments will be served. Cost: $6 adults, $5 students. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

Monday, August 24:

6pm: Screening of the Film: Breach For all who care about whales and who care about the condition of the Oceans and for all of you who think that whales are no longer hunted: Cetacean Society International in cooperation with the New Children’s Museum in West Hartford, is presenting a screening of the documentary film Breach. The New Children’s Museum in West Hartford, CT.

6:30pm: Art Night at the Ballpark This special event will take place in one of our private picnic areas, and feature personalized painting instruction from artist & local gallery owner Bri Dilla of Art.Lab. All painting materials are included in the $40 Art Night package, as well as one complimentary drink voucher, reserved level seats to use after the session has completed, and satisfaction of leaving the ballpark with a unique and personally-customized souvenir! Space is limited.

Monday, August 24 – Tuesday, August 25:

7:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Bowie Baysox Promotions: Monday: 90-minute pre-game ballpark buffet for an additional $11 per person. Buffet starts one hour before game time. Tuesday: Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be part the Rock Cats Front Office Staff? Well now’s your chance. All kids 12 and under will have the opportunity to apply to be part of the Rock Cats Front Office Staff for the game. Order (in person or on the phone only) before Tuesday and get 4 hot dogs, 4 waters, 4 popcorns and 4 reserved tickets for $40.

Tuesday, August 25:

9:30 – 10:30am & 11:30am – 12:30pm: Toddler Class: Back to School Snacks Let’s start the school year off on the healthy track. First, we will make our very own hummus from scratch and cut up some pita bread and fresh veggies to dip in it. Next is homemade guacamole with chicken quesadillas. Ages 2-5.  $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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