August 26 – September 2

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! We do all of the work so you can have all of the fun! We list it because its worth the mention, your time and the drive!

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Aim, Focus, Click! Photographers of all ages are invited to enter Hill-Stead’s Summer Photo Contest. Enjoy the beautiful grounds of Hill-Stead—and discover new perspectives using your camera. Submit 3 to 5 of your favorite photographs to photocontest@hillstead.org. Three winning photos will be selected and posted on the museum’s Facebook page and website. Winners will receive a free family membership and a $10 gift certificate to the Museum Gift Shop! The contest ends August 31, 2015.

Wednesday, August 26th:

12 – 1pm: Stowe Salons At Lunch This week’s topic: School Integration/Segregation Food for thought: The Problem We All Live With, by Ira Glass, This American Life and Class Notes: What’s Really at Stake When a School Closes? by Jelani Cobb.  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.

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6 – 7pm: Pickle Like a Pro Join us to learn how to make pickles! Leif, our pickling pro will show you how to make a couple different kinds of pickles for only $5 a person! All proceeds benefit the Whole Kids Foundation – to learn more click here! Sign-up at our customer service booth to reserve your spot! Adults and kids welcome! Whole Foods, West Hartford.

7:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Bowie Baysox Promotion: Latino Heritage Day.

Thursday, August 27th:

4pm: Easy After School Snacks Join healthy eating specialist, Alexandra, to make some delicious and nutritious after school snacks. Kid’s and their adults are welcome in this hands on class, but space is limited so register soon by calling. Whole Foods, Glastonbury.

6 – 9pm: Gabriella’s Scoop Night Come out and enjoy a scoop of ice cream to support a local child who is raising money for the Cardiovascular Care Center to be built at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Gabriela once a patient at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center wants to thanks everyone there and needs your help. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, West Hartford.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make It with Michaels Personalize a Charmalong charm bracelet. $15 per bracelet, including supplies. Michaels locations.

Thursday, August 27th – Sunday, August 30th:

Thursday – Saturday at 7:05pm and Sunday at 1:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Portland Sea Dogs Promotions: Thursday: Order (in person or on the phone only) before Thursday and get 4 hot dogs, 4 waters, 4 popcorns and 4 reserved tickets for $40. Friday: Super Hero Night Come to the game dressed as your favorite Super Hero character. Friday – Sunday: Amnesty Night A great opportunity to exchange any unused 2015 regular season tickets for tickets of equally or lesser value. Don’t let unused tickets go to waste! Sunday: Fans 12 and under are invited to run the bases like the pros after the game concludes.

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Thursday from 7:30 – 10pm, Friday – Saturday from 7 – 9:30pm and Sunday from 5 – 7:30pm: Paint Nights Thursday: Butterfly, Friday: Daisy Days, Saturday: Starry Night and Sunday: Wine Anyone? 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 28th:

9:30 – 10:30am & 11:30am – 12:30pm: Toddler Class on 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.

1 – 4pm: Mini Olympics Hula hooping, jump roping, obstacle course, non-competetive challenges and more. Walnut Hill Park, New Britain.

5 – 7pm: Open House Our instructors will lead super-fun activities in our gym, we’ll be giving away great raffle prizes, and our Wethersfield Romp n’ Roll team will be available to answer questions about our classes too! The Romp n’ Roll Fall Open House will cover all of our fall programs including: classes, birthday parties, Kid’s Night Out, and Parent’s Morning Out! This event is for kids 3 months up until their 6th birthday. Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield.

Friday, August 28th – Saturday, August 30th:

6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for summer chills. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear about these investigations — and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. $22 with discounts available for members and children. Purchase tickets online or by calling Tsunami Tsolutions. The Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford.

Friday, August 28th – Sunday, August 31st:

Friday from 4 – 11pm, Saturday from 8am – 11pm and Sunday from 8am – 6pm: The 67th Annual Terryville Country Fair The Fireworks Extravaganza will be two nights on Friday and Saturday. Fireworks blast off at 10pm! Admission: Friday $8, Saturday – Sunday $9, children under 10 are free. Three-day pass $20, two-day (Sat/Sun) $15. Ride bracelets are $25 for Saturday – Sunday from 10am – 3pm.

Friday at 5pm, Saturday – Sunday at 5:30am: Plainville Fire Company Hot Air Balloon Festival Fireworks Friday at 9:15pm, Hot Air Balloon launches Saturday at 6am and 6pm and Sunday at 6am. Three-day festival features music, car show, balloon glow, entertainment, crafts, food and more. Norton Park, Plainville.

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 29th:

10am: Junior Chef Class Who doesn’t love pizza! Kids will have a blast rolling out the dough and topping their pizzas as they please. We’ll bake them off and dig in to the best pizza ever! In this class we’ll be featuring Golden Boy Pizza’s San Francilian-style focaccia pizza. Suitable for ages 5–13. Free. Registration is required. West Farms Mall; Williams-Sonoma, Farmington and Promenade at Evergreen Walk, South Windsor.

10am: Hartford Landmarks & Legacy Tour From the Goodwins to Colts, Keneys and Popes, Cedar Hill Cemetery is the final resting place for many of the namesakes of Hartford’s landmarks. Explore the connections between these prominent residents and the cemetery with former Cedar Hill staff member Mellissa Craig.  $5 per person. Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, Hartford.

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10am – 12pm: Kids Club 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.

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10am – 12:45pm: Open House We invite you to visit us at Open House and try a free class. We’re celebrating the opening of our beautiful new studio, as well as our new expanded class offerings!  In addition to our full roster of ballet classes, BTC now offers Beginning to Advanced Jazz, Modern, Creative Movement, Fitness, Pilates, and Mommy and Me classes. Open House hours are: ages 3 – 5 from 10 – 10:30am, ages 5 – 7 from 10:30 to 11am, ages 7 – 9 from 11 to 11:45am and ages 10 and up 11:45am – 12:45pm. Ballet Theatre Company, West Hartford. Note: Reoccurs on 9/5.

10am – 2pm: Writing Nature Poetry Workshop Join poet and essayist David K. Leff for a nature poetry writing workshop.  There will be lively readings, discussion, a walk outdoors with acute observing, and a writing assignment with feedback.  Participants can expect an emphasis on sharpening all the senses to better perceive the world around them and more readily translate that experience into words.  Come dressed to go outdoors for a period of time regardless of the weather, and bring lunch to munch on while you write. Beginners and well published authors are equally welcome for a supportive learning experience. $40 per person. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

10am – 3pm: Sidewalk Sale Hosted by First Town Downtown and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. Shops, restaurants and other Windsor businesses will be offering great summer specials all over town this weekend only! Don’t miss it!

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12 – 4:35pm: The Hike to the Mic -“Music and Arts Happening” will reward hikers to the Heublein Tower with great musical entertainment, food vendors and family fun.   Scheduled for the afternoon until sunset on the NEW DATE 8/29/2015, this event will be a great way to celebrate summer and enjoy the “royal view” from one of Connecticut’s premier hiking destinations. The Heublein Tower and the Hike to the Mic event will be accessible only on foot through the Talcott Mountain State Park. The Park closes at sunset. Raindate: 8/30. Heublein Tower, Simsbury.

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2pm: Happy Bonding Get breastfeeding tips & learn about products & solutions to fit your life. Meet & share ideas with expecting & new moms. Plus, enjoy giveaways & prizes. While supplies last. Babies R Us locations.

5 – 10pm: Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival This free event, presented by Guakia, Inc. and hosted by Riverfront Recapture, is a showcase for the most talented international artists in Latin Jazz and Salsa, and is headlined by Ray González. Begun in 2007, the festival’s mission is to heal with music the soul of the community and nourish its yearning for music of excellence. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

Sunday, August 30th:

1pm: Technique Class With the abundance of garden-fresh ingredients, summer is the perfect time to make pizza. We’ll demonstrate how to prepare a classic pizza with a crisp crust as well as a focaccia-style one. We’ll share some of our favorite tips for making savory pizza any night of the week. In this class we’ll be featuring Golden Boy Pizza’s San Francilian-style focaccia pizza. Free. Registration is required. Class time can vary by store. West Farms Mall; Williams-Sonoma, Farmington and Promenade at Evergreen Walk, South Windsor.

4 – 6pm: Members and Friends Picnic Join us on the West Lawn (or the Kitchen Garden Tent in case of rain), to celebrate summer at the Members and Friends Picnic. Enjoy live music by Tangerine Trio, a private Asian art tour, and a wine bar. Bring your own picnic, or sample gourmet vendors’ fare. Tables and chairs will be provided. RSVP as space islimited. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

4 – 8pm: Farm Fest A great event for the whole family!$45 for adults, $15 for children (not including tax & 18% house fee)Price includes food & entertainment. Cash Bar. Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury.

4 – 7pm: Summer Birthday Bash Close out the summer season with a free celebration for the whole family, including: live music, food trucks, water-themed inflatables, over-seized lawn games, swimming and more. RSVP is required. The Swim & Tennis Club, Bloomfield.

Tuesday, September 1st – Wednesday, September 2nd:

5pm: Lego Diver Visit your local Lego Store on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Register online. Due to safety and build experience standards, builders must be between the ages of 6-14 to participate. The mini model must be completely built in store. Registration is on a first come first serve basis and quantities are limited. Lego Stores.

6 – 9pm: Community Theater Auditions Get ready to raise the curtain and take center stage as the spotlight is on the Mandell JCC’s Theater Program. This year’s show is a community theater production of Fiddler on the Roof. Callbacks will be Wednesday, September 9th. Register online for the audition. Rehearsals are Sunday from 1- 4:30pm and Wednesday and Friday from 7 – 9:30pm. Performances 12/3-12/12 with nightly rehearsals the week before. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

Wednesday, September 2:

9am – 12pm: Parent’s Morning Out is a 3-hour drop off program each week for busy moms and dads to grocery shop, workout, or relax with a cup of coffee and friends! While you’re out getting your errands done, the kids will have a blast creating fun art projects, playing instruments, doing parachute activities, singing songs, dancing…and who knows what else Rompy has in store for them?Ages 2 through 6. Children do not need to be potty trained. $30 per child, sibling discounts available. Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield.

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.

If you don’t mind getting outside of Hartford County, click here to be directed to our state-wide site, Momecticut – where we list it because it’s worth the drive!

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