7-Day Happenings: January 8 – 14

Welcome to your 7-day Momecast™ a event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County! Enjoy a night out, without the Kids – to see a comedy show or play or see a family production! Now that the temperatures are cold enough for most ice skating and skiing to have finally set in – so get going! In need of some adult conversation – we have many options below. Disney on Ice hits the XL Center this week, get your tickets for this popular family production. Please check back as we update this area of our site regularly.

Friday, January 8:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Book and a Bite Today we will bake yummy dog bone-shaped treats! While we munch on our creations, we will sit back and relax as we read the book “Harry the Dirty Dog,” written by Gene Zion. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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10 – 11:30am: World’s Largest Ski and Snowboard Lesson Be a part of a record setting event while having some fun on the slopes. Yes – this involves the Guinness Book of World Records and the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Organization. It only costs $10 to take a beginner lesson and be part of the action. Why not take a lesson and love skiing and riding for life. Mount Southington, Plantsville.

5 – 10pm: Family Paint Night For a discounted paint time per person plus the cost of pottery, parents and children can enjoy a fun night of quality and creative entertainment enjoying paint time for an extra-affordable price. Make a reservation today and we will have a table saved for you and your family! We have also have a drawing for some awesome pottery painting prizes, free popcorn and soda. The Pottery Piazza, Plainville.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parents Night Out Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! That’s why we created Kid’s Night Out. Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party. A perfect evening indeed… Ages 2 through 5. Children do not need to be potty trained. Romp n’Roll, Wethersfield.

6 – 10pm: Dinner and a Movie Join us for this wintry mix on our summer movie series. Bring the whole family out for a great dinner served up in front of our big screen movie. A dinner of ziti with red sauce, meatballs, cheesy garlic bread, and salad will be served up family style. Dessert and beverages are also included. Reserve your seats today as seating is limited to only 80 persons. Tables of six will be filled from front to rear of theatre in order of registration. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the program. Movie: Minions Synopsis: Who doesn’t love a plot to take over the world and secret organizations that recruit agents for black-ops? It’s the stuff that real life is made of. The Minions must stop a super-villain who plots to take over the world with the perfect partner: her inventor husband. With all the bumps, mishaps and around the corner surprises that accompany his mission, our heroes manage to foil the dastardly plot and somehow save the world in the process. 91 minutes. Rated: PG. $25 per non-member family. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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7:15pm: Wolf Pack vs. Springfield Falcons XL Center, Hartford.

8pm: History of the Future vs. Knucklepuck vs. Romantic Baby A no holds barred competition where three improv teams compete head-to-head for a cash prize — and you decide the winner! Only one team will be victorious and your vote counts! The winner returns to defend their title at the next show of the series. Bring your friends and come vote for the best improv team in this one to one matchup. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. BYOB. $10 general admission. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Friday, January 8 – Sunday, January 10:

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Friday, January 8 – Thursday, January 14:

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11am – 8pm: Winterfest Hartford Free ice skating and skate rentals return to Bushnell Park. Learn to skate program on Saturdays at 10-11am. Children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by an adult. The Bushnell Carousel from Friday – Sunday from 11am – 5pm. Runs through Sunday, January 24. Bushnell Park, Hartford.

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm (Closed Monday), Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm: Buyer & Cellar An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs. An under-employed Los Angeles actor goes to work in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu basement. Hilarity ensues as we puzzle over the solitude of celebrity and the melancholy that lurks beneath it. Runs until Sunday, February 14. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm, (Closed on Monday) Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm: The Body of an American “If you do this, I will own you forever.” Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson is haunted by the words he heard a dead soldier say as he took the photo that would win him the Pulitzer Prize and reshape American foreign policy. Playwright Dan O’Brien, struggling with ghosts of his own, reaches out to Watson, and the two forge a friendship as they reckon with the traumas that have shaped their lives. The Body of an American is a bold, radically theatrical and poetic true story that ranges from Afghanistan and Iraq to the Canadian High Arctic. Runs through Sunday, January 31. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Saturday, January 9:

9am – 2pm: Demo Day with Colorodo Ski Shop Join us for a season full of awesome events, competitions, and equipment demos! An opportunity to try before you buy, with our friends from Colorado Ski Shop!  This ski demo is free, but please plan to supply a valid photo I.D. and credit card in order to demo the equipment. Ski Sundown, East Hartford.

10am – 6pm (Academy) and 7pm – Midnight (Cabaret): Brass Ring Academy Polish your brass goggles, check your corset lacing and meet us in Bristol for a day of marvels! Come join us as we dance, learn, and raise money for our beautiful home, the New England Carousel Museum. Brass Spring Academy $20 per adult, $10 ages 11-16, children under 10 are free. 7pm – Midnight: Brass Ring Cabaret Ages 18 and up. $20 per person. Special for day and evening together is $35. Come to Brass Ring on Saturday and Your Minicon, a local science fiction convention, on Sunday with a combined weekend package price only $45! Carousel Museum, Bristol.

11am – 3pm: Creative Classes Open House Stop in on January 9th, from 11am-3pm for Open House. Meet our talented instructors and sign up to take a class. Save 50% when you sign up on January 9th. Michael’s locations.

12pm: Join us for a Maximized Living Makeover! How many times have you tried to change things? How many years have passed, and with them, your dreams of a healthy and vibrant life? Most disease is preventable, yet only eight percent of people achieve their (mostly health-related) resolutions. Make sure you are one of them. It’s imperative that you make this year different. Bring your friends, and together you will: replace your aggravation with motivation, learn why your resolutions keep duping you, and how to conquer self-limiting beliefs. Get the plan, challenge, and support you need, so that by this time next year you won’t still be saying “next year it’ll be different.” Free. Talcott Family Chiropractic, Farmington.

4 – 10pm: Acoustic Music Stop in between 4-7pm to hear Samantha and Dave, the voices of Bad Penny, as they sing acoustic rock hits before the band joins them. Bad Penny is a variety dance band playing all your favorite dance tunes from the 80’s, including Journey and The Police. You will also hear a good mix of current rock hits thrown in as well! Ski Sundown, Planstville.

6 – 8pm: Camp Shalom Summer in Winter Social Free and open to both current and prospective Camp families. Includes: gym activities, special film festival of videos from the summer, DJ, refreshment. The first 100 registrants for Summer 2016 will receive a special backpack! JCC; Zachs Campus, Hartford.

5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Join us for tons of the fun!  Open gym, games, pizza, and a big screen movie!  Don’t forget to bring a pillow and a blanket to cuddle up with during the movie. For children 4 years and older (children need not be currently enrolled). Cost: $30 per child. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walk Miss Judy invites you to bring your friends and family for a fun night of learning about the great outdoors. The general format includes an inside introduction to the evening program, an outside walk, a warm fire with Smores or something baked in the fire, a short walk outside to check the night sky, and of course family socializing with other night explorers. Dress in layers for the weather conditions that day it can get very cold on these winter nights. Because of unknown winter conditions, the Winter Exploration outside walk format will vary based on snow and ice conditions during January and February. Hopefully we can include some snowshoeing and ice skating each evening. The Welcoming Spring program in March will have us exploring the wetlands and forest for the sounds of spring peepers and wood frogs along with glimpses of early spring plants. Registration is required 3 days before the date of the event. $25 per non-member family. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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7pm: Wolf Pack vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers Red Out T-Shirt Giveaway: We’re going to red out the rink! The first 5000 fans will receive a red Wolf Pack T-shirt. Presented by CT-DOT. XL Center, Hartford.

7pm and 10pm: Comedy Night Linda Belt, is a New Jersey native, she moved to CT in 1987 where she became a suburban pillar of the community attending PTO meetings and baseball games. Linda became very tired holding up that pillar and instead holds her own as a professional stand up comic. Her humor touches on the absurdities of modern life and explores marriage, sex, parenting and social mores, in other words: any subject she feels like discussing! Eddie Clark, old enough to remember the sixties yet young enough to enjoy the new millennium, Eddie Clark is still one of the hardest working comics on the circuit today. His quick wit and funny stories, combined with his masterful characters, are a hit with audiences all over. This former Carson Long Military Institute graduate, U.S. Marine, Mount Vernon N.Y. police officer and security officer for the U.S. State Dept. was born in Jamaica, Queens, NY and raised in the city of Mount Vernon, NY, where he developed his ability to induce laughter from total strangers. Eddie’s humor is a blend of personal experiences and everyday life. Whether talking about moving from the projects to a middle class neighborhood, being a police officer setting up a speed trap, acid reflux or why you can’t win an argument with a woman, Eddie brings his vast experiences to all his performances. 90 minutes of laughs! Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show. $15 reserved seating. BYOB. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

7:30pm: Coffee House Concert Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters offer a toe-tapping acoustic blend of country music and bluegrass, with soaring harmonies and red-hot picking. Admission to this latest in the Center’s Coffee House Series is $15 for CT Audubon Society members and $20 for non-members, with children under 12 half-price. Please call the Audubon Society at 860-633-8402 to reserve your seats. The Connecticut Audubon Society Center, Glastonbury.

Saturday, January 9 – Sunday, January 10:

Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 10am – 4pm: Papermania Plus Considered the largest show of its kind in the Northeast, boasts quality dealers from throughout the east coast and Canada with collectibles around from A-Z: movie star posters, concert posters, post cards, photography, rare books, stamps, sheet music, tins, vintage valentines, world war ephemera, social and political items, news print, zodiac signs and much more! XL Center, Hartford.

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11am – 5pm: Connecticut Bridal Show With a proven format of combining fashion shows with a huge vendor presence, our bridal shows offer couples the unique opportunity to shop for every facet of their wedding needs in one location. What a time saver for busy working people, to find everything they need in one weekend and at one bridal show! And not just one, but several of each bridal product or service, providing a wide variety of styles and prices to suit every taste and budget. Meet Heidi Elnora, wedding dress designer and TLC’s star of “Bride By Design” on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm. $12 per person. Connecticut Convention Center. Hartford.

1:30 – 3:30pm: Family Walk This winter join Miss Judy for a fun weekend afternoon of learning something new about the great outdoors. The program format is an indoor introduction about the days topic followed by a hands-on outdoor activity to try out what you learned. Dress in layers so you can be comfortable for the indoor introduction and to be warm enough for the outdoor activity. Saturday programs include an Introduction to Ice Fishing in January for those that are curious about the sport. Sunday programs include Winter Tracking in January to discover whose making those trails in the snow. $10 per non-member family. Winding Trails, Farmington.

8pm: The Last 5 Years This modern emotionally, powerful and intimate musical chronicles the five year life of a young couple who fall in and out of love, from meeting to break-up and from break-up to meeting. The Last Five Years uses an unique form of storytelling; Cathy, the woman, tells her story at the end of the relationship and works backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his side of the story from the beginning of the relationship and goes forward. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. It ask the questions can time heal or does healing take time? Runs through 2/13. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin.

Sunday, January 10:

9:45 – 10:30am: Babies & Bagels If you are a new parent and would like to meet other parents and their children, join us in the Family Room for a play date and get-together. We want to hear what kind of things you are looking to do with your baby, and we would love to tell you what we offer. Free and open to the community. JCC; Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

11am – 12pm (Ages 5 – 9) and 12 – 1pm (Ages 9 – 14): Cheerleading Workshop Ever wanted to learn how tough cheerleading really is? It’s not just about the pom poms and can-can kicks! These days, some colleges offer scholarships for cheerleading up to almost $10,000 a year! This sport develops your child into a well-rounded individual who learns the value of teamwork and the meaning to work towards a common goal. Come to Imagine Studio to learn the basics of cheerleading, taught by former Conard High School Cheerleading Captain, Cassidy Kotyla. We will do everything from cheers, jumps, dances, motions, and maybe even some stunting! Ages 5-14 welcome! Please wear comfortable work out clothes and bring clean sneakers and a water bottle.

12 – 3pm: Sifryat Pijama B’America Story Time Bring the family and listen to stories in Hebrew followed by fun activities for different ages! RSVP. Sifryat Pijama is the Hebrew equivalent to PJ Library. JCC; Zacks Campus, West Hartford.

12:30 – 3:30pm: Shadow Boxes with Sarah Segovia It’s the perfect time of year for a family art afternoon! Join mosaic and stained glass artist Sarah Segovia to create miniature shadow boxes encrusted in a glittering mosaic of your own design. Sarah will guide all ages through the mosaic process, from planning a design to filling it in with a myriad of colorful stained glass pieces. In three short hours, everyone will go home with a unique shadow box to fill with a small photograph or other treasure. Pre-registration is required. $20 non-member. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

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3pm: Wolf Pack vs. Albany Devils XL Center, Hartford.

3 – 4pm: Drumming Circle Join Early Childhood Center music teacher Susan Kirschner-Robinson for drumming, chants, dance, and songs. This active music class uses shakers, rhythm sticks, and drums. Register with Member Services, 860-236-4571, by January 7. $5 per family in advance and $10 at the door. JCC; Zacks Campus, West Hartford.

3:30 – 4:30pm: Kids Yoga Yoga is not just for grown-ups! Give your little yogi a taste of all that yoga has to offer — fitness, fun, self-soothing, relaxation and more. Yoga is not just for grown-ups! Give your little yogi a taste of all that yoga has to offer — fitness, fun, self-soothing, relaxation and more. Ages 4 and up. Single Session: $10 per child in advance online, $12 at the desk. Journey of Yoga, Simsbury.

Monday, January 11:

6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Paper Crafting Class Surprise your Valentine with a sweet, stylish and surprisingly simple accordion card. Michael’s locations.

7:30pm: A Conversation with Paul Watson and Dan O’Brien Dr. Harold I. Schwartz, Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Hartford Hospital’s The Institute for Living, will join Paul Watson and Dan O’Brien for an in-depth discussion surrounding The Body of an American. The Institute for Living is nationally-recognized for treating trauma, including combat-related PTSD. Dr. Schwartz is a past president of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society where he has served as legislative chair for 20 years. Dr. Schwartz is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Free. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Tuesday, January 12 – Wednesday, January 13:

6 – 9pm: Auditions: The Vagina Monologues Auditioners are asked to bring a selection from The Vagina Monologues to read. Monologue material will be available at the audition for those who need it. There will be four mandatory rehearsals (full-cast) January 20, 21, 27, and 28 and one tech and one dress rehearsal on February 3-4. Performances are at 7 pm on February 5-6. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

Tuesday, January 12 – Thursday, January 17:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes. Runtime 2 hours and 30 minutes. The Bushnell, William H. Mortensen Hall, Hartford.

Tuesday, January 12:

6pm: Into East Africa Acclaimed Wildlife Photographer Paul Fusco will thrill the audience with beautiful scenes of the land and wildlife of East Africa. Paul visited Serengeti National Park, Ndutu, and the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Tanzania. He also will offer a discussion on some of the important conservation issues facing wildlife in East Africa. Free. Sessions Woods WMA, Burlington.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Jewelry Class Build your jewelry-making skills with this charming three-tiered necklace project. Michael’s locations.

Wednesday, January 13 – Sunday, January 17:

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Wednesday – Saturday at 7pm, Saturday at 11am and 3pm and Sunday at 1pm and 4:30pm: Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Presented by YoKids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with your favorite Disney Princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Tiana; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivities from around the globe. Come join the celebration you’ve been waiting for when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! skates into Hartford! XL Center, Hartford.

Wednesday, January 13:

10 – 10:30am: A Trip to South America Listen to Spanish music and stories while learning about the animals and art of the region. Discover the Cave of Hands in Argentina, the folk art of Panama and the Butterflies of Brazil. Create your own artwork based on your discoveries. Ages 2-3. Reoccurs on 1/20. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

11 – 11:45am: The Art of South America Take a trip to South America! You will see artifacts, hear music, and listen to some folk tales from the region. Explore artwork and create your own masterpiece based on this vibrant culture. Ages 3-5. Reoccurs on 1/20. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

12 – 1pm: Stowe Salons at Lunch: Racism as a follow-up to The Connecticut Forum event on the same topic. The event will feature video highlights from the December 3 Connecticut Forum which featured Morris Dees, civil rights advocate and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center; Antonio Villaraigosa, former mayor of Los Angeles; Wes Moore, social justice advocate and author of The Other Wes Moore; and Jessica Williams, Daily Show correspondent, actress and comedian, in conversation with Michele Norris, NPR Host and Special Correspondent. Topics discussed at the Forum included institutional racism, white privilege, mass incarceration, and the Black Lives Matter movement. The Salon will continue the conversation to discuss ways to move conversation into action. Share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. A great opportunity to network with other change makers. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

5:45pm: No Excuse Moms Workout Class Join us for a free Mommy and Me (baby, child, kid, teen) workout class. YMCA, Plainville.

5:30pm: Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks Walk in the footsteps of Frederick Law Olmsted, Hartford native, visionary urban planner and landscape architect, and learn more about the man who shaped our nation’s parks, including Hartford’s Keney Park and Elizabeth Park. Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks examines the formation of America’s first great city parks in the late 19th century through Olmsted’s enigmatic eyes. Donald Poland, urban geographer and Olmsted expert, will briefly discuss Olmsted’s connection to Riverfront Recapture before the film, in addition to leading a post-screening discussion. Admission includes pre-screening reception with hors d’oeuvres, beer, Connecticut wine, and soft drinks. Pre-screening Reception: 5:30pm, Movie: 6:30pm. Two complimentary beverages are included with each ticket. Featured wines will represent each film’s locale. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

4 – 4:45pm: The Art of South America Take a brief trip to South America. Look at maps and artifacts from the region. Listen to music and folk tales from a few of the countries there. Discover the Cave of Hands in Argentina, the folk art of Panama, and the Butterflies of Brazil. Create your own artwork based on your discoveries. Ages 5-10. Reoccurs on 1/20. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

5:30 – 7pm: Farmington Business After Hours Scene Art Bar is an alternative to the traditional bar scene – a paint and sip studio offering a relaxed and fun night out. Their painting parties combine a step-by-step painting class, music, beer and wine, offering a festive, fun and stress-free atmosphere. Paint nights offer a new destination for Date Night, Girls’ Night Out, Moms’ Night Off or come on your own and meet new friends! No artistic experience is required! Culteavo Tea Shop in Unionville is a local gourmet tea shop offering over 100 kinds of loose-leaf tea, including black, green, oolong and white teas, as well as herbal infusions and tea blends. They also offer made-to-order deli sandwiches and fine pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. They recently launched their brand new collection of designer tea tins, perfect for giving as a gift or as a keepsake! Chambers members are free, non-members are $25.

7pm: I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies” with author and actress Illeana Douglas In 1969 Illeana Douglas’ parents saw the film Easy Rider and were transformed. Taking Dennis Hopper’s words, “That’s what it’s all about man” to heart, they abandoned their comfortable upper middle class life and gave Illeana a childhood filled with hippies, goats, free spirits, and free love. Illeana writes, “Since it was all out of my control, I began to think of my life as a movie, with a Dennis Hopper-like father at the center of it.” I Blame Dennis Hopper is a testament to the power of art and the tenacity of passion. It is a rollicking, funny, at times tender exploration of the way movies can change our lives. With crackling humor and a full heart, Douglas describes how a good Liza Minnelli impression helped her land her first gig and how Rudy Valley taught her the meaning of being a show biz trouper. From her first experience being on set with her grandfather and mentor-two-time Academy Award-winning actor Melvyn Douglas-to the moment she was discovered by Martin Scorsese for her blood-curdling scream and cast in her first film, to starring in movies alongside Robert DeNiro, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke, to becoming an award-winning writer, director and producer in her own right, I Blame Dennis Hopper is an irresistible love letter to movies and filmmaking. Writing from the perspective of the ultimate show business fan, Douglas packs each page with hilarious anecdotes, bizarre coincidences, and fateful meetings that seem, well, right out of a plot of a movie. I Blame Dennis Hopper is the story of one woman’s experience in show business, but it is also a genuine reminder of why we all love the movies: for the glitz, the glamor, the sweat, passion, humor, and escape they offer us all. Free. Mark Twain House, Hartford.

7pm: Freshly Squeezed Because everyone loves a juicy conversation. Hartford boasts a small, nimble, personal, participatory forum. “Freshly Squeezed with Colin McEnroe,” hosted at Watkinson School, offers great debates and discussions you can dive into. Parents, community leaders, educators—everyone who cares about the challenges we’re facing these days—will love the opportunity to think and talk together.  And all of the profits benefit the education programs of three shining Hartford institutions: Billings Forge, Hartford Stage and the Mark Twain House. What’s So Funny About Connecticut? Some people would say “nothing,” but we’re not so sure Connecticut deserves its reputation for humorlessness. In the bleak midwinter, we think you might need a dose of laughter, so we’re rounding up comedians, writers and improv performers to help you develop your own comic instincts, especially regarding the place you live. Tickets are $20 each or buy the series for a total of $40. Ticket holders enjoy a complimentary pre-show light meal on Watkinson’s campus prepared by Chef Jon Birney. All events are held in the Foisie Family Amphitheater at Watkinson School. Seating is very limited and general admission, so order today.

Thursday, January 14:

11 – 11:45am: Arts & Crafts for Preschoolers Come join us for a fun filled creative class that will stir your preschooler’s imaginations. Every week your child will enjoy an hour of creative arts and crafts projects that they will be able to take home and show off to the entire family. Ages 3-5. Non-members $30 per child. Reoccurs until 2/4. Winding Trails, Farmington.

4 – 4:45pm: Young Scientists Join us to explore the mysteries of biology! We are about to dive into science and ask questions about the world around us. Using the steps of the scientific method we will answer questions like: how do plants grow? How do animals stay warm outside in winter months? We will explore these questions and many more in Young Scientists! Ages 5-10. Reoccurs until 2/4. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

6pm: From Earth to the Universe This stunning, 30-minute voyage through time and space conveys, through an arresting combination of sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. Reoccurs on Thursday, 1/21 and 2/25. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Family Ice Fishing Clinic This DEEP sponsored clinic is taught by state certified volunteer instructors through the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Program. It is designed to introduce you to the wintertime sport of ice fishing. All those who attend are invited to join the DEEP at their Annual Family Ice Fishing Derby on Coventry Lake, January 30th. The Derby is only open to those who attend an Ice Fishing class and is free. All ages-children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Gideon Welles School, Glastonbury.

7pm: After War: What Happens Next In a first-time collaboration, three of Hartford’s cultural institutions are joining together to present a conversation on a subject that affects us all: WAR. Writers will discuss the aftermath of US entanglements from Iraq to Afghanistan to Somalia, and the consequences that reverberate both abroad and at home, in the political landscapes of recovering countries, and in the psyches of returning soldiers. The panelists include Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist David Finkle, author of The Good Soldiers and Thank You For Your Service; acclaimed poet and playwright Dan O’Brien, author of War Reporter and Hartford Stage’s production of Body of an American, winner of the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play; and U.K. author Emma Sky, who wrote The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq and has been named an Officer of the British Empire. WNPR reporter Lucy Nalpathanchil will moderate an engaging and incisive conversation on the impact war has had on these writers, their work, our nation, and our world. Free. Mark Twain House, Hartford.

7 – 9pm: PJ Library Parents Nite Out Schedule that babysitter and enjoy a night out with other PJ Library parents. Get to know other PJ parents over a glass of wine, and paint your own wine glass. Art Truck Studio, Glastonbury.

Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page. These are usually fun activities 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.

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