7-Day Happenings: January 15 – 21

Welcome to your 7-day Momecast™ a event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County! Kids have off of school on Monday but don’t worry I have plenty of options if you are stuck at home. Get out and celebrate the Holiday!

Friday, January 15:

6 – 9pm: Family Frozen Festival We are inviting families to join us at the Canton Community Center Recreation Room for a special Frozen Festival! There will be frozen arts and crafts, hot cocoa, meet and greet, and autographs with the characters from Frozen and then families will enjoy the feature length hit Disney film: Frozen. Admission is $5 per child (adults are free). Pre-registration is required. Canton Community Center; Park & Rec Room, Canton.

6:30 – 8pm: Sweaty Girls Night Out Get dressed for a night out! Move, laugh, and sweat the night away as we take you through a variety of group exercise classes. Lite refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Preregistration required. JCC; Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

7 – 8:30pm: Read It and Sleep is our monthly children’s book reading event. Snuggle in for the reading of a wonderful children’s book, while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. Read It and Sleep begins at 7pm in the Charter Oak gallery. Free. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

Friday, January 15 – Saturday, January 16:

7:30pm: Violet On a cross country bus trip in search of a minister to heal her disfigured face, Violet discovers the true meaning of beauty, courage, and love. Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students. Reoccurs on 1/22-23. Black Box Theater, Hartford.

Friday, January 15 – 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.

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.

Friday, January 15 – Thursday, January 21:

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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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, Feburary 14. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

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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. January 19, 20 and 26: Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 pm performances on Tuesday or 2 pm Wednesday matinees. January 17: Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2pm matinee. January 21: Join Hartford Stage after the 7:30pm show for an insightful panel discussion with representatives from  several local veterans groups as they discuss the various issues concerning veterans upon their return home. Runs through Sunday, January 31. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Saturday, January 16:

7am – 1pm: Citizen’s Winter Triathlon: Run, Snowshoe and Ski Looking to try a new challenge? This event will test your winter skills. Join us for a 2K run, followed by a 2K snowshoe, and a 2K classic ski. There are plenty of ski rentals and limited number of snowshoe rentals. First come, first serve. Non-Members $20. Winding Trails, Farmington.

9am – 2pm: Demo Day with Never Summer Snowboards Never Summer is back with an awesome collection of boards for you to demo!  They start at 9am and the last boards go out at 2:00pm. Say hi to Georges, then try before you buy and take these sweet boards for a ride! Ski Sundown, East Hartford.

9am – 4:30pm: First 50 Giveaway Dinosaur State Park is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discovery of dinosaur tracks in Rocky Hill in 2016. As part of the celebration, the Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum (FDPA) are sponsoring a year-long giveaway of free prizes that kicks off on January 16, 2016. Once a month on a Saturday, the park will give away 50 prizes to the first 50 families that pay admission to the Park that day. Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill.

10am – 5pm: Open Cockpit & Scale Model Display Visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 10 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and two static flight simulators. These include the Vietnam era “Huey” helicopter; the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter; the Coast Guard HH-52 rescue helicopter; the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter and many more. As an added feature, the Wings & Wheels Modelers Club will present a plastic scale model show featuring hundreds of model airplanes, military vehicles, figures, ship and cars. There will be ongoing demonstrations by modelers who will be working on and building models throughout the day. There also will be hands on activities for the enjoyment of the younger visitors during the event and the Flight Sim Spot full-flight simulator experience will be available from 11am to 3pm. For the convenience of all, a food vendor will be on site. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

10am – 3:30pm: Tell A Friend Day presented by The Ski Monster is landing at Ski Sundown!! Hit the parks with Andy Parry and friends, major prize tossouts and of course ending with ‘zza, courtesy of Pizza Pete’s New Hartford,CT! Ski Sundown, New Hartford.

6 – 9pm: Fun Night features in-ground Trampoline, Zip line, huge foam pit, tumble track rope swing, obstacle course, bounce house, games including Earth-Quake, pizza, dessert and drinks. $30 per child. Please pre-register and pre-pay ($5 siblings discount) $40 if not pre-registered and pre-paid. For ages 5 – 12. Register on-line or call us to reserve your spot! Air Time Gymnastics, Enfield.

Saturday, January 16 – Sunday, January 17:

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.

Saturday, January 16 – Monday, January 18:

10am – 5pm: Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Celebrate the new year and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Connecticut Science Center! We will be open Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18 with a special offer: everyone pays kids’ price all weekend long! Please note that no other coupons or discounts may be applied. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Sunday, January 17:

9am – 2pm: Demo Day with Suburban Sports Always great to try before you buy with our friends from Suburban Sports. Look for the tents in the base area. Demo is free; please bring a valid driver’s license and credit card as ID so you can demo skis from  Atomic, Rossignol, K2, Volkl, Icelantic, Head and more! Ski Sundown, New Hartford.

11am – 2pm: “Drag” Brunch: Barbra Joan Streetsand In celebration of Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls, join us for a drag performance by diva Barbra Joan Streetsand! Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seating’s, one at 11 am and one at 12:30 pm. The brunch buffet features the Chef’s egg dish of the day, homefries, thick cut bacon, sausage, and ham, NY bagels and lox, stuffed French toast, Belgian waffles with fixins’, assorted breakfast pastries, seasonal fruit, freshly brewed coffee, and tea. $35 for non-members. Tickets are available online only. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

12:30 – 3:30pm: Hearthside Afternoon Warm yourself by the fire, play a board game or read a book, and enjoy a warm winter beverage. Games and toys will be on hand for adults and children, including our pint-sized Colonial fireplace and Tunxis wigwam. Self -guided tours of the 1720 historic house will be available. Admission is free. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

1 – 4pm: Warm up America Knit or crochet a 7”x 9” rectangle, then bring it to our joining party where we’ll join them together to make colorful, cozy afghans to be donated to homeless shelters, hospices, veteran homes and social service agencies. Michael’s locations.

1:30 – 3pm: Martin Luther King Children’s Program A children’s movie about the Reverend King and the values he worked for, followed by a conversation with Education Coordinator Joann Zeisner. The movie will be Our Friend, Martin, an animated magical adventure for children inspired by the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Free admission and popcorn. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

1:30 – 3pm: Jewish Genealogical Assisted Research Genealogy experts will be available to help with research. Temple Sinai, Newington.

7 – 9pm: Sea Tea Improv’s Free Comedy Show Eat, drink, laugh, and shout suggestions as Sea Tea Improv’s team of professional comedians host an evening of improvised comedy. Their work has been featured on ESPN, NPR, WFSB, and more. Best of all, admission is free! the comedy club doors open at 6pm for seating and food. Call ahead to City Steam to reserve seats. All ages are welcome. Due to the sale of alcohol, those under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Steam Brewery Cafe, Hartford.

Monday, January 18:

9am – 4pm: Day Camp: Bridge the Gap Getting from Point A to Point B is not always easy. Campers will be faced with several challenges to transport items and themselves across various obstacles. We will work in teams to build bridges and test how much weight they can hold. Non-members $70. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

8am – 5pm: Preschool Day Camp: Movin’ & Groovin’ Get ready to make some noise! Campers will create their own musical instruments, sing songs, and learn silly dances. We will also visit our Museum and see what sounds we can make in our Tech City exhibit. $85 per non-member. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: MLK Camp My Gym Camp is 3-hours of non-stop fun for kiddos 2.5 years and up (potty trained please)! My Gym, West Hartford.

9:15am – 5:30pm: Public Skating Sessions The Veterans Memorial Skating Rink will have special public skating sessions on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Adult Session: 9:15-11:15am. Public Sessions: 12:30-2pm, 2:15-3:45pm and 4-5:30pm. Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, West Hartford.

9:30am – 5pm: Martin Luther King Jr. Day In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Day we will be open, join us to explore Dr. King’s vision of a world without limitations! Share your dreams and visions with us, and participate in special activities inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

9:30am – 5pm: Martin Luther King Day Open House The Stowe Center will open its doors free of charge in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Free tours will be offered all day. At noon join us, along with The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and individuals and organizations around the world, in ringing bells for nonviolence and peace. Following the noontime bell ringing, join the conversation in a Stowe Salon at Lunch on “The Beloved Community,” where participants will engage in dialogue on how King’s work relates to today and ways to work towards justice. Bring your lunch and bring your ideas for a thought-provoking discussion with staff and fellow visitors. The Stowe Visitor Center will be open for free hands-on activities for all ages. Visitors can examine and discuss historic documents from Stowe’s time in the “Conversation of a Nation” activity, contribute to the “Words that Changed the World” display, and learn more about King through writing and craft projects. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

10 – 11:30am: 20th Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us for the 20th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life on Monday, January 18, 2016 in the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium, 50 South Main Street, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Each year the event that pays tribute to Dr. King’s ideals and vision grows more popular and inspiring. The event draws nearly 400 people each year. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Constance Belton Green, a renowned consultant on diversity and race. Ms. Green is the first African American woman to receive a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut, School of Law. Her passion for social justice and education led her to a second career in education; including as Coordinator of the Legal Assistant Program at Manchester Community College, education consultant for the Connecticut Department of Education, and as Chief Diversity Officer at Eastern Connecticut State University. In 2003 she received her doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is one of the founders of Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), and has served as a Commissioner of the Connecticut African American Affairs Commission. The celebration is free and is open to the public. Town Hall Auditorium, West Hartford.

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10am – 4pm: Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland Looking for some fun winter activities? Visit the Nature Center for a guided hike through the woods. See whose tracks we can find around the Nature Center and in the woods. Warm up inside with animal crafts and quizzes to test your tracking skills. Hike and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center. Guided Hikes are at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Crafts all day. No need to preregister. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

10am – 4pm: Martin Luther King Day Activities Cockpit Experiences: Get up close and personal as you climb aboard selected aircraft from our incredible collection. From helicopters to jets this is your chance to take the stick, check the instruments, and create your imagination-powered adventure. Our Build & Fly Challenge will spark the imagination and challenge the inquisitive mind. You even get to take your new creations home with you for future flying fun. Flight Science Demonstrations: Discover the science of flight through hands-on demonstrations lead by our NEAM Team educators. Take Control! NEAM has an assortment of flight simulators which allow you to fly a variety of aircraft through the virtual skies. Experience how airplanes move in three-dimensions with your hands and feet at the controls including yokes, throttles, and rudder pedals. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

10am- 5pm: Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day: Inner Strength Where does your strength come from? Find your own inner strength and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through art-making, performances, and tours for all ages. Performances & Workshops: 10:30am and 11am Guided Gallery Meditation with Downtown Yoga in Morgan Great Hall, 12-12:15pm “I Have a Dream” Live Reading, 1– 1:30pm Studio 860 Dance Performance.  – 2:45pm Freedom: In Three Acts Developed in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Freedom: In Three Acts tells three stories of African American history through music and dance. Performance followed by a Q&A with Bated Breath Theatre Company. All Day Activities: Create your own peace stone with the Hartford Seminary International Peacemakers, explore abstract color-scapes, join artists and art instructors from the Art Connection Studio in creating a collaborative community mandala, sketch in the galleries, and more! Tours: 11am Inner Strength Family Tour, 1pm Collection Highlights Tour, 2:30pm Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls Tour and 3:30pm Inner Strength Family Tour. Free admission and activities all day long!

11am – 12pm: Nonviolence: A Reawakening of Our Nation’s Consciousness will be the theme of the University of Hartford’s 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, in the University’s Lincoln Theater. The program will feature an inspirational program of music and reflections commemorating the life and legacy of the civil rights leader, highlighted by an address by actor, singer, composer, producer, and minister Clifton Davis, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Hartford at Commencement in May 2015. Free, open to the public. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day event will also feature a monologue performed by students from the University High School of Science and Engineering. Musical selections will include a performance by pianist and Hartt School alumnus Mark Templeton and Hartt student Jordan Young. Prelude music at the beginning of the observance will be performed by Hartt student Montre Dewayne Lewis. And Hartt student Kenneth James will give a vocal performance of Lift Every Voice and Sing, which is often referred to as the “Black American National Anthem.” University of Hartford, West Hartford.

11am – 1pm: Basket Challenge Stew’s chefs will challenge our young chefs to a basket challenge! Kids will have the opportunity to create their very own recipes out of our selected items that will be revealed at the beginning of the class. $25 per child. Ages 6 – 12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

11am – 5pm: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his unending legacy with free admission for all, tours, art activities, and film. Create an inspiration badge in the American Savings Foundation Art & Education Center with your favorite MLK quote, and watch his historic speech “I Have a Dream” as it loops in Studio C all day. At noon and 2 p.m., meet in the lobby for a docent-led tour of African-American artists in the Museum’s collection (suitable for all ages.) Enjoy a day with friends and family uplifted by Dr. King’s message of love, courage, and acceptance. Free admission for all. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

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1 – 2:30pm: Kidz Art Scene – Snowman Come join us and bring the kids for a step-by-step painting class. We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. Our teaching artist will guide the children, step-by-step, through the painting and will make sure they stay on track and complete their masterpiece by the end of class. Doors open at 12:30pm, instruction begins at 1pm. Price is per canvas. For little ones under the age of 6 you may want to have them help an adult painter and make a masterpiece together! Parents are required to be in attendance at the event. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

1 – 3pm: Open Gym Time Children under the age of 10 must have a parent on site at all times while in the facility. Individual $10, Family $18. Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center, Canton.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Painting Class Explore basic acrylic painting techniques, brushstrokes, color selection and more. Michael’s locations.

Tuesday, January 19:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Around the World: Italy First country on the list: Italy! Kids will whip up some homemade ravioli and tomato sauce. We will also make mini cannoli cups for dessert! Ages 2 -5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Reoccurs on Friday, 1/22. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 8pm: Discussion of Proposed Future Plans for UConn’s West Hartford Campus The New Children’s Museum will offer a presentation and public discussion on its proposed plan to relocate to UConn’s West Hartford property. The proposed plans will focus on creating a family-friendly cultural campus, driving local economic development, and preserving green space. The Museum’s Interim Executive Director, Michael J. Werle, will provide details and drawings of two potential concepts for the campus, followed by an open discussion and a question and answer period. Area residents are encouraged to attend this free public event, which will take place at the West Hartford Senior Center at Bishops Corner. The West Hartford Senior Center at Bishops Corner, West Hartford.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Drawing Class Learn basic techniques, including how to use fine art drawing pencils and erasers. Michael’s locations.

Wednesday, January 20:

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. 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. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

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. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

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

6 – 8pm: Cross Country Skiing for Adults Novice to expert, young or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, for an evening of skiing. You have the option of racing others, racing for personal time, or simply skiing for your own fitness. The ski center will be open for your convenience. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Runs until 2/24. $12 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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7pm: WBB vs UCF Women’s Basketball Game XL Center, Hartford.

7 – 9pm: LeatherCraft Class – Build A Bag You’ll be guided through the process of making your own small leather bag. This breezy 2 hour class will be a blast! Bring a friend, sip on some wine or beer, create a cool and useful leather bag that you get to take home and use forever! Leather and hardware included in the price of the class! Choose from: off white – cowhide leather, camel – moccasin suede or black patent – designer goatskin. Please email party@sceneartbar.com with your material choice after you register. Doors open at 6:30pm and the class begins at 7pm. $25 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

7:15 – 9:30pm: Ladies Night Out! What happens when you give a woman two hours a month to focus on herself? This unique style workshop is a great way to take some time out for yourself to learn, reflect, and grow right along side a group of like-minded women. Life is full and has us in constant motion, “Ladies Night Out” is designed to give women the opportunity to slow it all down,  focus on topics that can be a challenge and then determine how they want to bring changes into their lives. Each workshop is facilitated by Certified Personal and Professional Life Coach Kelley Biskupiak. Some workshops feature guest experts. $40 per person. The Pasta Company, Avon.

Thursday, January 21:

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, 2/25. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

6pm: Creative Cocktail Hour We’re bringing some relaxing vibes your way to ease the post-holiday pain. There will be free 5-minute chair massages courtesy of Jennifer at Living Hands Massage from 6-8pm, so be sure to arrive early! We’ll also have a make-your-own essential oil salt scrub station and tea samples from Whole Harmony tea, all set to the mesmerizing grooves of our DJ, Hypnotic Satellite. Finally, there will be a sneak preview of Tnmot Aztro’s upcoming Projector 1.4 performance. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

6 – 8pm: White Line Print Art Party While the landscape outdoors is bleak with frigid temps in the depths of stick season, find a way to immerse yourself into a creative realm with an art party of printing with artist Jim Brunelle. Working in the ‘White Line’ print technique, participants will sketch and design compositions on plates and create prints from water soluble inks. Much like the early settlement of the Provincetown Artist Colonies, the results are sure to set a standard for having fun while expressing oneself! Fee: $35 includes materials, wine and refreshments. Register online. Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon.

6 – 8pm: Sip + Sew Afraid of your sewing machine? Never fear-Hartford Stitch is here to help you create an adorable fold over clutch of your very own! Your sewing machine won’t seem so intimidating after this fun, no-fuss sip + stitch workshop. Class includes all supplies and refreshments. $65 per person. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

6:30 – 8pm: Do-It-Herself Workshop: Build a Beverage Crate With just a few tools and a little know-how, you can build a beautiful wood beverage crate. We teach you to properly measure, use a jigsaw to make grid cuts, and customize with paints and stains. The Home Depot Workshops are designed to provide a mix of associate led instruction, demonstration, and some hands-on learning. Materials can be purchased to make your own project. Home Depot locations.

7pm: State of the Political Union Join us as MSNBC political analyst Steve Kornacki talks with WNPR’s Colin McEnroe. $20 per person. $15 for students. Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford.

Thursday, January 21 – Sunday, January 24:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Battle of the Batons Three finalists will conduct the HSO as part of the selection process for the new Assistant Conductor position!

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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