7-Day Happenings: 11/5-11

Below we have highlighted our weekly Momecast™ – a mom’s 7-day forecast of what to do and where to go across Hartford County. Scroll all the way down as we added a Plan Ahead section too!

See a show; with the kids such as the Three Little Pigs at Playhouse on Park or without the kids like Rear Window at Hartford Stage or Third at TheaterWorks. Get started on Holiday shopping by checking out the Scholastic Book Fair happening at Imagine Nation Museum. Get out for some Parental Time Out – our version of the PTO! Enjoy a night out at the museum, especially when it’s designated for adults only. Museums not your thing? (said no one ever); we list many guiltless options below.

Thursday, November 5:

2pm: 5th Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back Come and join us for our annual Halloween Candy Buy Back to support Operation Gratitude. Mitchell S. Katz DDS and Associates, Avon.

5 – 8pm: First Thursday – Studio 54 Dress up in your best 70’s garb and get down to the sounds of Dyn-O-Myte Disco Review. Need a little help getting your feet moving? Join a disco dance lesson at 6 or 7 pm. Or, take a 3 in 30 tour of Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls at 6 pm, take part in an art activity, and stick around to see if you’ve won a “best dressed” prize! Tickets available at the door: $5 but free for Hartford residents. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

5:30 – 9pm: BBQ n’ Beer Fireworks Fundraiser We are excited to host the first annual BarBeQue and Beer fundraiser to benefit the Wethersfield Fireworks 2016. This is a country themed event. BBQ provided by Black Eyed Sallys, Wings from Buffalo Wild Wings of Wethersfield, Mac and Cheese from Max Bibos. Ten Penny Ale will be there, along with seasonal favorites from Sammys Buy Rite Liquors! RSVP on Facebook. $30 per person, limited number of tickets are available. The Webb Barn, Wethersfield.

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5:30 – 7:30pm: Grand Opening In celebration of our recent grand opening, we will be celebrating with food, beverages, entertainment and awesome raffle prizes! KISS 95.7 will be in the building giving away a pair of concert tickets that you would not want to miss! Please RSVP in advance. BodyRoc, West Hartford.

Thursday, November 5 – Saturday, November 7:

{Last Call} 10am – 4pm: Scholastic Book Fair Book Fairs are family events. We know inspiring a love of reading begins at home, so we offer resources to support parents with the reading development of their children. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Thursday, November 5 – Sunday, November 8:

Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: Jimmy and Lorraine is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Writer Talvin Wilks through his research and collaboration with HartBeat Ensemble members, including director Brian Jennings, will develop this new work and explore the lives of these two artists and social activists. Through insights from Jimmy and Lorraine, this new play hopes to hold up a mirror to America’s history and shed light on the issues of race, art and politics in an ever-changing multicultural society. $25 general admission, $20 students. Runs through Sunday, 11/22. On Sunday, 11/8 only: Join the artists of Jimmy & Lorraine for a special talkback after the show. Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, great food and conversation about the world of Jimmy & Lorraine. $50 for the Sunday, 11/8 2pm show and dinner at Black Eyed Sally’s. Details here. Carriage Theater, Hartford.

Thursday, November 5 – Sunday, November 8:

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{Last Call} Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Third College professor Laurie Jameson’s well-ordered life is thrown into disarray when she accuses a student of plagiarism. In the wake of her accusation, she is forced to question her aggressively feminist ideology and family relations. A witty and wry cautionary tale about the danger of becoming the very thing you fear most. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Friday, November 6:

5:30 – 8pm: First Friday Held monthly, each First Friday offers a dose of something fresh and exciting for your Friday night out. With the galleries as your backdrop, First Friday gives partygoers the opportunity to dance to local musicians, taste food and drink from some of the area’s best vendors, participate in engaging activities, and shop handmade goods from an array of Makers Market vendors. Chat with friends while listening to a variety of music in club-style seating near the dance area. Beer, wine, and cocktails are available for $5 at two cash bars located throughout the galleries. Admission includes entrance to our galleries and special exhibitions, complimentary light hors d’oeuvres, soda and water. Tickets are available online and at the door. NBMAA, New Britain.

6pm: Peanuts Movie Premiere Come see the premiere on the New Peanuts Movie and help support Newington Parks and Recreation! At the premiere you will get to meet Newington Native and the co-author/producer of the Peanuts Movie, Cornelius Uliano! Plus there will be contests giveaway and prizes! Tickets are just $10 and are available from the Newington Parks and Recreation Department. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

6 – 9pm: Goods & Services Auction Please join us for an enjoyable evening with friends, music, great food and drinks. Find thoughtful gifts to give or keep for yourself (we won’t tell). Refreshments and silent auction begin at 6:00 PM. The live auction, hosted by Scot Haney from WFSB-3, begins at 8:00. Get your tickets early and invite a dozen of your closest friends to join you! Proceeds help to support educational programs at the museum. Advance Tickets $25, at the door $35. The Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

6:30pm and 9:30pm: Chasing Shadows The 66th annual winter sports film from Warren Miller Entertainment, is a celebration of why we commit ourselves every winter to a passion that’s guaranteed to melt away every spring. Warren Miller once said, “A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom,” and this year, we’re chasing storms, snow, lines that live on the world’s highest peaks, and the freedom that these things grant us. Follow the world’s biggest names in skiing and snowboarding on a breathtaking cinematic journey as they push toward the edge, where the mountain’s shadow cast below is all that leads the way. Watch JT Holmes, Seth Wescott, Caroline Gleich, Steven Nyman, Marcus Caston and more as they pursue turns on the mountains of their dreams: Chamonix, Alaska’s Chugach, Utah’s Wasatch and the mightiest range of them all: the Himalaya. Explore what it means to be inspired, and what it is about exotic locations and snow-covered summits that motivate us to keep searching for more. As skiers and snowboarders we chase a feeling, a memory, a storm, a turn — we’ve been chasing it our whole lives and we’ll keep chasing it a lifetime more. The Bushnell, Hartford.

7pm: Mark My Words Explore a galaxy far, far away with five of the world’s top Star Wars writers: Timothy Zahn, Ryder Windham, John Ostrander, and Michael A. Stackpole, and moderator Jason Fry. Together, they’ll discuss the experience of writing for one of pop-culture’s most cherished phenomena. $45 per person. $85 includes after party at Mark Twain House & Museum. Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford.

Friday, November 6 – Saturday, November 7:

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8pm: Campfire Come sit around an improvised campfire and see a group of campers spin spooky true stores into horrifically funny campfire tales. Watch as your real-life scary stories are played out before your eyes with hilarious twists and surprises! One weekend only so be sure not to miss it. BYOB. $10 general admission seating. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8:

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Shrek the Musical Based on the Oscar-winning film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning adventure featuring all the characters you love from the film. In this not-so-traditional fairy tale, Shrek discovers the value of friendship and realizes that true love is more than skin deep. Irreverently fun, this show has something for kids and adults to enjoy! $24 for general seating. Reoccurs 11/13-15, 11/20-22. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, Manchester.

Friday, November 6 – Wednesday, November 11:

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Monday – Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Westfarms to Celebrate the Holidays with Beloved ‘Peanuts Gang’ To celebrate the launch of The Peanuts Movie, in theaters everywhere on Friday, November 6, a special family-friendly holiday experience is being offered exclusively at Westfarms from November 6 through December 24. Developed in partnership with 20th Century Fox, the iconic Peanuts characters will take center stage within its unique, interactive Ice Palace. The indoor holiday display will feature a 30-foot dome complete with falling snow, a light show and other activities for the entire family. In addition, kids can watch special scenes from the new movie, create and compare their icy handprint alongside Snoopy and Woodstock, have their photo taken with a life-size graphic of Snoopy and his dog house and much more. Westfarms will also offer the opportunity for families to visit with Santa Claus as part of the Ice Palace experience. Those who visit Santa will receive a complimentary gift. Westfarms Center Court, West Hartford.

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday 2pm, Sunday at 7:30pm, Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm: Read Window Murder is in the eye of the beholder. A sweltering New York summer. A man confined to his wheelchair spends hour after hour watching his neighbors. Is he imagining things, or has he witnessed a murder? A thrilling adaptation of the classic crime story—“Rear Window” by Cornell Woolrich—that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film. Keith Reddin’s plays include Frame 312, Life and Limb and Rum and Coke. Show runs until Sunday, 11/15. Sold out but standing room only tickets are available online only. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Saturday, November 7:

9:30am: Freedom Run 5K The measured 5K course will run on well maintained park trails, starting and finishing in beautiful Riverside Park. This event is run to honor the men and women who serve our country. All active duty military personnel and veterans participating in the race will receive this hat in addition to race shirt as a show of appreciation for your service to our country. Bring your nonperishable food donation and drop it in the HMF Can trailer. Riverside Park, Hartford.

10 – 11am: Join us for our 14th Annual Wild About Animals Festival to celebrate a variety of furry, feathered, and scaly creatures, and learn about their habitats! There will be live animal demonstrations, cool animal crafts, and face painting! The festival is included in normal admission. ACM and Library Passes are not valid for this event. Children under 1 are free! Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

10 – 10:45am: Free Tumbling Trial Class This class will allow your little gymnast to learn the proper and safe way to do forward rolls, backward rolls, cartwheels, walkovers, aerials, etc. Open to students under 18. All age groups will be divided into smaller groups. Spotlight Dance Studio, Unionville.

11am – 12pm: Tellabration An International Celebration of Story Join us for Tellabration, a world-wide celebration of storytelling from the Connecticut Storytelling Center that happens each November at sites around the state. Come listen to stories told by Connie Rockman, a children’s literature consultant and a storyteller. With 30 years of experience as a children’s librarian in Pittsburgh, Stamford, and Stratford, she has a rich background in library story times and interactive programs with children of all ages. Connie enjoys telling folktales and myths from around the world and close to home. CT Historical Society, Hartford.

11:45am – 12:30pm: Dance with Your Doll Your doll will be part of the class and participate like everyone else! Four student minimim participation to run this class so please register in advance. $10 per class. Spotlight Dance Studio, Unionville.

1 – 3pm: Front Street Walking Tour Come explore the history of Hartford’s Front Street district! Join us, and special guest Don Poland, to discuss how Front Street’s and the surrounding district’s past of continual redevelopment (dating back to the early 19th century) will lead to the  future of the neighborhood and the city. Don Poland, AICP, PhD Candidate, specializes in Urban Geography and currently lectures at Central Connecticut State University. This not-your-average walking tour will end with light refreshments at CT Landmarks’ new home adjacent to the Front Street District- the Amos Bull House. $15 Reservations required. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford.

1 – 3pm: “21 Days to Write a Novel” Writing Workshop with Mike Stackpole This course is a collection of exercises which will set any writer up to successfully start and complete that novel they’ve been dreaming about. The exercises hit hard on the critical areas of book design: characterization, world building, plotting, description, dialogue and more. $25. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

1 – 4pm: Writing Workshop Although there are many components to songwriting, the focus of this class will be on lyric writing. We will cover meter and form, rhyme schemes, strong starts and development techniques. Skills of clarity, the use of imagery and metaphor will also be included. It will be helpful if students come prepared with several ideas about what they’d like to write about. There will be time to create a lyric and then share it in a caring workshop setting to explore how the work can be further developed. Students will need to bring their own writing materials. What a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift idea! $40 per person. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

6 – 9pm: Raise a Glass Admission includes beer tasting, brewery tour, 3 raffle tickets and light refreshments. This is a fundraiser for Connecticut Hands & Voices. Connecticut Hands & Voices, Inc. is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. We’re a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on empowering children who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to reach their highest potential. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Thomas Hooker Brewery, Bloomfield.

6pm – 8am: Overnight Excursion Don’t miss this robo-tastic overnight experience! Take part in special robot building and programming sessions that are only available during this Overnight. Plus, you’ll experience exciting science challenges and activities, meet some of our favorite LIVE animals, see a 3D movie, and more. Explore our 10 exhibit galleries and settle in for the night in your favorite exhibit! More information about our Overnights, including our Overnight Survival Guide, can be found here. Overnights are $55 per person and are open to families and groups with children ages 5–12. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

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6:30pm: Wine and Laughter Join us for wine tastings and live comedy show, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions and live music. Tickets are $50. West Hartford Town Hall, West Hartford.

7pm: ConnectiKids Annual Ball Please join us for a fun night of friends, music and great food at the Baltic Restaurant. Find thoughtful gifts to give or keep for yourself from our silent auction. Proceeds help to support educational programs at ConnectiKids, Inc. $40 per person, $70 per couple.

7:30pm: Tellabration is the world-wide celebration of storytelling and its happening in Connecticut. Every November, thousands of tellers and listeners gather on every continent except Antarctica to celebrate the joys of storytelling and it all started right here in Connecticut. Adults only. $15 per person. Cast Theater, Manchester.

Saturday, November 7 – Sunday, November 8:

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{Last Call} 1 and 4pm: The Three Little Pigs Embark on a charming and witty adventure with three little pigs as they battle the big bad wolf!   From Stiles and Drewe, the award-winning musical team behind Honk! and Broadway’s Mary Poppins, comes The Three Little Pigs, a “very curly musical tail” that is perfect for the whole family! This new version of the classic story is full of catchy songs, clever rhymes and silly charm, but also has some very smart things to say about home and family. When the pigpen starts to look like a real sty, Mama says it’s time to leave and build something new. Help Cha, Siu and Bao watch for wolves while they use hay, sticks and bricks to make it in a big, bad world. Runtime is approximately 55 minutes. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Sunday, November 8:

7:30am: Jamie’s Run The mission of Jamie’s Run is to honor the memory of baby Jamie Knotts by supporting the search for a cure to pediatric cancers while lessening the financial and emotional burdens of kids and families fighting these diseases. Registartion opens at 7:30am, 5K and Walk begin at 9am and the Kids K Fun Run starts at 10am with awards to follow. Standfish Park, Wethersfield.

10am – 5pm: Veteran’s Day Event Visitors to the Air Museum will have the opportunity to meet and talk one-on-one with veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. They can tour the Museum’s three hangars with its extensive collection of vintage including many military aircraft. Additionally, there will be on hand representatives of numerous organizations including Department of Veterans Affairs, New Haven Veteran Center and many more that offer service & support to active servicemen, servicewomen, their families and veterans. They will provide detailed information about their programs. They will also have the chance to sit in the cockpits of a number of combat aircraft including the North American F-100A Super Sabre, the WWII Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, the Bell UH-1B Huey helicopter, Kaman SH-2 Seasprite, Sikorsky HH-52 Seaguard, Republic RC-3 Seabee and more. Museum educators will provide hands-on activities for younger visitors. For an additional fee, visitors can also fly the museum’s state-of-the-art Flight Sim Spot virtual flight simulators. Veterans and active service personnel will be admitted free of charge all weekend and on Veterans Day. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

12 – 2pm: Thankful & Thoughtful Family Sundays are designed to give children and families a chance to flash their creativity in a fun and educational setting. In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we will be taking time to focus on what we are thankful for. Visitors will be able to create their own thankful turkeys to take home, using colorful papers and various textures. They will also enjoy a ride on the Museum’s working carousel and a trip through the Museum’s exhibits, including a collection of over 100 antique carousel pieces and the Museum of Fire History. Adults $6, children $5. All admissions include access to all Museum exhibits and a free ride on the Museum’s working carousel. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol.

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12 – 4pm: Join us for the First Annual Collinsville Chili Fest sponsored by Lisa’s Crown & Hammer. Sample chili entries from local restaurants and businesses. 100% of the event proceeds will be donated to the Canton Food Bank! $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door.

12:30pm: Veteran’s Day Parade The parade steps off at 12:30pm at the intersection of Buckingham and Washington Streets, near the State Capitol, Travel north on Trinity Street through the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, onto Ford Street, turn right on Pearl Street, right onto Main Street where it passes a reviewing stand across from the Wadsworth Atheneum, and right onto Capitol Avenue, where it ends. Total distance: 1.3 miles.

1 – 2:30pm: Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands November is Native American Heritage Month. Join us for a 90-minute program on how the native people lived in the eastern woodlands 600 years ago. We will visit our longhouse, prepare a Native American snack, examine our collection of Native American tools, and play the ‘Deer & Hunter’ game. $8 per person. For ages 6 years and up. Pre-registration is required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

1 – 3pm: Colonial Family Day – Bringing in the Harvest Want a preview of Thanksgiving to get in the spirit? Join us for an afternoon of family fun! Take a harvest tour of the historic house and gardens to see what Colonial fold did with apples, pumpkins and corn; get a snapshot of yourself in Colonial garb in our “Historical Photo Booth” to take home; watch open-hearth cooking and sample food cooked on the open hearth; and, play in the mini-kitchen and wigwam. Free children’s activities and harvest refreshments. $3 per person. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

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1 – 3pm: Our Open House events showcase how Renbrook brings Learning to Life. Parents and students are invited to join tours of the school tailored to specific grade levels, meet current parents and students,  and hear from our Head of School and educational leaders.  Members of the Admission Office will be available to answer questions about the application process and financial aid. Please complete the short form here to let us know you are attending. Renbrook School, West Hartford.

1:30 – 3:30pm: A Ride to Remember A Bus Tour of Hayden Station, Rainbow and Poquonock with historian Beverly Garvan and Windsor icon Sterling Viets, and Windsor Historical Society Director Christine Ermenc. Where did these villages of Windsor get their names? Who were the people who lived in these areas and what were the significant landmarks and businesses? Hop on a school bus and find out.  Each participant will receive a packet of historic maps, photographs and images from Windsor Historical Society collections to compare with the features they see as the tour progresses. Evocative stories about the area from the Windsor Storytellers books will be shared. Spaces are limited; our bus tours sell out fast. School bus will meet participants at the Society. $10 adults, $9 students. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

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2pm: Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing The history of the frothy beverage in Connecticut dates back to early colonists, who used it to quench their thirst in the absence of clean drinking water. Author Will Siss will present some of the research from his book on the history of breweries in Connecticut including the recent trend toward small craft breweries. Beer Samples will be available from Old Burneside Brewery and Simsbury’s own Hopmeadow Brewery. Free. Ages 21+. Space is limited so reservations are required. RSVP to (860) 658-7663.  Ellsworth Visitor Center, Simsbury.

3:30pm: Jeepers Creepers Brian Kleinman, from Riverside Reptile, will bring some creepy-looking creatures. During this “mixed bag” program, you will encounter and touch a variety of reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, insects and more!  Don’t worry, we won’t bite! $20 per family in advance, $25 per family at the door. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

Monday, November 9:

10 – 11:15am: Free Open Play Join us for dancing, bubbles, sensory play, art, gross motor play, dress up, socializing and more! Monday mornings every Monday in November. Perfect for ages 10 months – 5 years. Pre-registration not required.  Each play time is free (in November) with the donation of a canned food item for the West Hartford Food Bank. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

Monday, November 9 – Sunday, November 15:

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Grand Opening Celebrate barre3’s grand opening on Monday, November 9 with giveaways, raffle prizes, refreshments & more! Free classes will also be offered all week long (some with complementary childcare) until November 15.

Wednesday, November 11:

11am – 3pm: Tell Me A Story Narrate your November with a very special Veterans’ Day Family Day. At 11am, master storyteller Tom Lee brings the CT Storytelling Center’s Tellabration to the Museum, bringing artworks to life with captivating tales. The Art Studios open at noon where you can stop by to make a story stone with Museum educators. At 1pm, New York’s Exit 12 Dance Company and West Hartford’s Ballet Theatre Company will perform an original ballet that tells of the trauma of war, and the healing that can be found in the arts, through the eyes of a military veteran. Poetry, music, and dance will illuminate this touching story in a performance suitable for all ages.

Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page. These are usually fun things that reoccur each week or month – we just don’t want to cloud up this page with redundancy – but these are some awesome things to do too.

Have you entered our giveaway to see Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny at the Bushnell on Saturday, November 14th? What are you waiting for? We have a family-four pack of tickets to giveaway. Enter now by clicking here.

Plan Ahead:

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Friday, 11/13 from 6 – 9pm: Third Annual Beer Garden at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford.

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Saturday, 11/14 at 10am and 12:30pm: Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny at The Bushnell in Hartford.

Friday, 11/20 at 4pm and 7pm: Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales at the XL Center in Hartford.

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Friday, 11/20 – Saturday 11/21 at 7pm and Sunday, 11/22 at 2pm: Winnie the Pooh at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA in New Britain.

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Friday, 11/20 – Saturday, 11/21 at 7:30pm, Saturday 11/21 – Sunday, 11/22 at 1:30pm: Rogers & Hammerstein’s Carousel at Hall High School Theater in West Hartford.

Check back often as we update on the regular!

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