March 28 – April 4

Monday, March 28th:

5pm: Hartford Arts & Activism Fair Hartford Public Library, RiseUp, Knox, and Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner are partnering to create an arts and activism festival and invite you to this lead-up event. This fair will feature a meet and greet hour, light refreshments, a raffle, participatory art projects, spoken word performances, live painting, activist and community groups and a panel discussion about arts and activism.

Tuesday, March 29th:

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5:30 – 9pm: Teaching Music to Young Children Workshop An In-Depth Look: A workshop for early childhood professionals with Jane Roets of Arts from the Heart. Dinner at 5:30, workshop from 6-9pm.

7 – 8pm: Refugees, Asylees & Immigrants in West Hartford Why They Are Here and What We Can Do to Help will: help explain the difference between the terms refugee, asylee, and immigrant; take a look at what is happening in the world that is causing people to leave their homes; and discuss measures being taken by West Hartford organizations and individuals to help the situation. This Community Forum will be moderated by Dr. Janet Bauer, Associate Professor of International Studies and Coordinator of Global Studies at Trinity College. Member​s of the panel will each give a short presentation, followed by a question and answer period. Panelists include: Megan Clark Torrey, Executi​ve Director of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut; Linda Scacco, who works with Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) of New Haven to bring refugees to West Hartford; and another person.This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. The program is co-sponsored by the West Hartford Human Rights Commission and West Hartford One Book, One Town.

Tuesday, March 22 – Sunday, March 27:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Sex with Strangers Olivia is an attractive 30-something with a writing career that never took off. Ethan is a young writer whose online journals of “sexcapades” are the buzz of the blogosphere. As their attraction heats up, both confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing yourself when the past is only a click away. This show contains two characters with intense physical chemistry. 2 hours (including intermission). $40-65 per tickets. Runs until April 17th. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Wednesday, March 30th:

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11am: Night at the Stadium Storytime A baseball stadium comes to life in this magical picture book written by Phil Bildner and illustrated by Tom Booth from the publishing imprint of legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter. Join us for Storytime featuring Night at the Stadium. Click here to learn more about this book. Barnes & Noble, Farmington.

11am: Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat Local author Lauryn Alyssa Wendus will be reading her book Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat. An activity will follow the reading. Lauryn’s book will be available in-store and she will hold a signing. Click here to learn more about this book. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills; Barnes & Noble, Manchester.

12pm: Little Theatre of Manchester’s Lunchtime Lecture Local theater historian, writer, and Little Theatre member David Garnes will lead a Lunchtime Lecture about the theatre’s upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Joining Mr. Garnes will be the musical’s director, Michael Forgetta, and Randy Ronco who plays the show’s lead, Bobby. Hilarious, resonating and thoroughly enjoyable, the Tony-winning musical comedy Company, book by George Furth and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, runs April Friday – Sundays from 4/8-4/24. Friday and Saturday evening performances will be held at 8pm and Sunday matinees will be at 2pm. Tickets are $25-$29, and discounts are available for students. The Lunchtime Lecture is a free event. Guests are invited to bring a lunch; beverages will be served.

4 – 7pm: Family Cooking Class Join us for a free cooking class utilizing Manchester’s Produce of the Month for March, Pineapple! Registration is required. Class size is limited to 12 families so register early!

5 – 8pm: Calling All Startup Entrepreneurs Let’s celebrate startup entrepreneurship in Hartford like it has never been before! Join us for the first networking event for StartUp Hartford! Come and meet other startup entrepreneurs, influencers and mentors in a casual networking environment. Our first event is free to the startup community, thanks to the gracious donation of space by the Mark Twain House & Museum. Come and meet your fellow Connecticut startup entrepreneurs at our first networking event. Guests to members of the startup community are welcome to attend and are asked to pre-pay $10 per person ($15 at the door) to help cover some of the expenses for the evening.

6 – 7pm: Women in Media Columnist, teacher, and author Susan Campbell will moderate a free-ranging discussion of women who are reporting, editing and broadcasting in news venues in Hartford. Panelists are: Diane Alverio, publisher of CTLatinoNews.com; Renee Dinino, show host on The River, 105.9 and community relations for iHeartMedia; Marie Shanahan, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut, and former regional editor of AOL/Patch and Deputy Online Editor of The Hartford Courant; Diane Smith, author, broadcaster, and an anchor on CT-N; and Sasha Allen, managing editor of the Northend Agents Newspaper.

Wednesday, March 30 – Sunday, April 4th:

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Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Superstition Explore the world of black cats, pinky swears, ladders and sidewalk cracks as Playhouse On Park’s dance company-in-residence presents their annual music and dance extravaganza. Runs until April 10th.

Thursday, March 31st:

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5:30 – 7:30pm: Car Seat Check Up Event There’s a 4 out of 5 chance your child is not as secure as you think. Be sure that yours isn’t one of them! Have your car seat checked by an experienced car seat technician! Call to make your free appointment.

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6pm: Stacy Schiff’s The Witches: A Tertulia In recognition of Women’s History Month, we’re closing out March with a conversation about Stacy Schiff’s The Witches, facilitated by Alice Henton, visiting assistant professor of English at Trinity College. Coffee and biscotti will be served. Contact the CAPP office for a copy of The Witches.

6 – 7:30pm: Hartford Mayor Ann Uccello: A Connecticut Trailblazer Former Hartford Mayor Ann Uccello joins us for the event! In 1967, Antonina “Ann” Uccello became the first woman elected as mayor in Hartford and the state. One of five sisters and the child of Italian immigrants, her journey toward the American dream advanced innovative solutions for the economic and social problems of the city. Faced with poverty, unrest and a shrinking tax base, Ann was a dynamic leader who dealt with the city’s issues directly and pragmatically. She championed better housing and job training and even went into the heart of riots to calm the crowds. She was reelected mayor in 1969, lost an extremely close election for Congress in 1970 and in 1971 joined the Nixon administration as consumer affairs director at the Department of Transportation. Working closely with Mayor Ann Uccello, author Paul Pirrotta looks back on her life and remarkable legacy.

6:30pm: Story Time Join us for a fun story time event! Activities include story time, coloring, and much more! One lucky child will win the book we read together! Recommended for children ages two to five. Babies R Us, Manchester.

7pm: 1st Five Things to do when you are Pregnant Michal will help you make important decisions early in pregnancy, such as place of birth, the choice of health care providers. And an introduction to the medical and business aspects of maternity care that you will encounter. Free. Babies R Us, West Hartford.

7:30 – 10pm: Raising Our Voices Girlcott celebrates Women’s History Month with an exciting evening of documentary theatre, “Raising Our Voices: An Evening of Story and Song to End Gender Injustice.” Created entirely through a series of workshops with Hartford-area women, “Raising Our Voice” looks at gender injustice through an intimately personal lens. Story, poetry, interview, song and self-revelation come together to explore how gender shapes us, divides us, holds us back and lifts us up. A piece of documentary theatre with a podcast aesthetic — think “This American Life” crossed with “The Vagina Monologues” — “Raising Our Voices” will be a powerful, funny and insightful evening of theatre.“Raising Our Voices: An Evening of Story and Song to End Gender Injustice” will take place at 7 p.m. at Charter Oak Cultural Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students.

Thursday, March 31st – Sunday, April 10th:

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Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm: Having Our Say 103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany were the daughters of a former slave, grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance, and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist, respectively. While they make dinner to remember their father’s birthday, the two sisters tell us the story of the last century, as they lived it. History at its most immediate, and poignant. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Running time: 2 hours, including 2 intermissions. Runs until Sunday, 4/24.

Friday, April 1st:

9am – 1pm: Autism Conference Higher Education & Students with Autism: What We Know, What We Need to Know & How We Get There Together. A half-day conference for college and university faculty and staff to learn about strategies for improving the success of college students with Autism. Keynote Presentation by Jane Thierfeld Brown, Director of Student Services, UConn School of Law.Includes Student/Parent Response Panel, Universal Design Panel: Evidence-Based Practices and Implementing Universal Design:  Interactive Session and  Expert Panel. Free of charge. Registration required. Presented by CHERE, the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, University of Saint Joseph. With support from Aetna. A copy of “Students with Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel” will be included in conference materials.

6 – 7pm: Kid’s Poetry Reading This event provides an opportunity for students to share original poetry or read something by a favorite author. Contact the Lutz Museum if your child is between the ages of five and twelve and would like to appear on stage. Just provide his or her full name, age, the title, and the author of their poem. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us as a performer or as a member of the audience.

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7:30pm: The MOuTH: April Fools – Stories About Getting Duped Come hear & tell stories on the theme “April Fools: Stories about Getting Duped.” Here’s how it works to submit your story for consideration: We pick our 6 speakers one week before the event, so right now, email with your name, and a short description of what your story is about. Submissions close once we get overwhelmed with submissions, so overwhelm us! Your story must be fewer than 10 minutes (note – it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!). During the event, you’ll see Chion in the front row with a fancy pants iPad that will count you down. If you go over the time limit, she’ll tackle you in front of everybody (in her mind). Stories are told without notes! You just get up there and tell the tale off the top of your head. Stories are real. Not that we’ll be doing any fact-checking, but this event features TRUE stories*** If you don’t get on the list, don’t take it personally! It’s our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future MOuTH event. There is also a “Wild Card”! After the fifth speaker finishes, Chion asks volunteers to raise their hands and holler out a number. Those numbers are put into a hat, and whoever is chosen has a 5 minute limit to tell their story before the final, featured speaker goes on. Only $5 to get in, speakers get in free! These events are recorded – Audio only! I have no idea how the stories will be used in the future, but i know it’s a damn good idea to have them. Profanity is allowed, dammit!

7:30 – 9pm: Owl Prowls Listen and look for barred owls and other nocturnal creatures along our trails. This hike is not geared for very young children. Pre-registration is required for this program as space is limited. $7 per person.

Friday, April 1st – Saturday, April 2nd:

Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm: Aladdin Kids Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin Kids is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her.  But will his plan be ruined by the villainous Jafar?  In his journey to defeat Jafar and win Jasmine’s heart, Aladdin discovers a “whole new world” in this musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love. $10 per person.

Friday, April 1st – Sunday, April 4th:

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Friday at 7pm, Saturday – Sunday at 1:30pm: Disney’s The Aristocats Kids! The Universalist Players is the intergenerational theatre company from the Universalist Church in West Hartford, who has staged a family-friendly theatre production for the past 33 years. Based on the beloved 1970s animated film, “Disney’s The Aristocats Kids” takes place in the heart of Paris. It’s the story of a kind and eccentric millionairess, who wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. When the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper, it’s up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O’Malley, and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 16.Tickets are available at the door. Universalist Church, West Hartford.

Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat The musical tells the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford.

Saturday, April 2nd:

8 – 11am: 27th Annual Pancake Breakfast Wake up and head to Northwest Park for breakfast. Bring an appetite for a full breakfast of pancakes and sausage smothered in 100% pure maple syrup made right at Windsor’s very own Northwest Park. Beverage choices include orange juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Children under 3 eat free.

8am – 1pm: Latimer Lane All-4-Kids Consignment Sale Our biannual Spring consignment sale features clean gently used children’s items from 100 consignors including children’s spring/summer clothing outerwear and shoes; and a huge selection of toys books games outdoor play equipment sports equipment baby items (strollers carriers nursery decor) and more. The Friday Presale (April 1st from 7:30 – 9 pm) is open to registered First-Time Parents (expecting 1st child or first child under 1 year). Registration is limited to the first 50 and closes on March 30th. Please contact us to register. Sale benefits Latimer Lane Elementary School and Cradles to Crayons. Free admission. Cash and local checks accepted. First 100 registered consignors accepted. Consignors earn 60% of their sales or they may earn 70% if they also volunteer for the sale. Consignors and volunteers receive tickets to the Friday Pre-sale.

9am – 3pm: Richard C. “Dick” Petersen Reptile Day Rare Reptiles of New England and why they are important. There is no cost for this event. For a program schedule, click here.

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10am: Open House Located on a unique mountaintop site in Avon, Connecticut, Talcott Mountain Academy (TMA) is a co-educational, independent day school for students in grades K-8. Since 1983, TMA has offered an exciting, multi-faceted and integrated curriculum which is dedicated to preparing intellectually excited young people for a full and productive life in a technologically-oriented world. Our diverse student body is racially and culturally mixed, and the ratio of students to teachers is less than 8:1.Experience the TMA difference first hand. RSVP required.

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10am – 4pm: Space Expo Explore the farthest reaches of the universe at the New England Air Museum’s eighth annual Space Expo. Born in Stockbridge, MA, Story Musgrave was an NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflight missions including the first shuttle spacewalk on the Space Shuttle Challenger, two classified Department of Defense missions, and repairing the Hubble Telescope in 1993. Dr. Musgrave will give a talk entitled Spaceflight: The Beauty, the Glory and the Sacred at 11am and 1:30pm. Meet life-sized droids and intergalactic characters from the R2 Builders Club of CT. View planetarium shows with Starlab: The Portable Planetarium. Try-on a real spacesuits from the Johnson Space Center and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Make a comet and touch a space rock from the Aldrich Astronomical Society. Examine a Mars spacesuit from UTC Aerospace Systems. View objects that have flown in space from One Giant Leap, Inc. Build a rocket during the Build & Fly Straw Rocket Challenge. Fly the Space Shuttle at the Flight Sim Spot (additional fee applies) and more!

10am – 5pm: A Very Merry Un-Birthday! Celebrate the Museum’s 113th year at our un-birthday party, inspired by the Alice in Wonderland series of Salvador Dalí! Decorate a silly top hat during Family Open Studios (11am -2pm in Art Studio A) and sport it while you draw and color along to music at a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the Stanley Works Center. At noon, youth musical groups from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford will provide background tunes as you get creative on a banquet table filled with drawing paper, coloring pages, and art supplies. Finish the day with a visit to the ArtLab, where the 1951 Disney classic Alice in Wonderland will play on loop to delight and inspire all ages. Free Museum admission for all.

11am: I Wish You More Storytime Whether celebrating life’s joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet, uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age. Join us for Storytime featuring I Wish You More. This is the special value title of the month, only $7.99 with the purchase of any kids’ book (sold separately $14.99). Click here to learn more about this book. Barnes & Noble locations.

11am: Story time Join us for a fun story time event! Activities include story time, coloring, and much more! One lucky child will win the book we read together! Recommended for children ages two to five. Babies R Us, West Hartford.

11am – 3pm: NASA Space Day It’s a day of super spacey fun! Taste astronaut ice cream, participate in galactic Live Gallery Science demonstrations, build a Bubble Powered Rocket with STEM Scouts (a Boy Scouts of America Program), see a NASA space suit, and much more. Younger space fans will love space-themed stories at 1:15pm and 3:30pm.

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4pm: Festival of Women’s Voices Collaborative Concert In this third annual Festival of Women’s Voices, the West Hartford Women’s Chorale welcomes Gwnyeth Walker as our guest composer and performs some of her works with other local women’s choruses. Walker’s music is beloved by performers and audiences alike for its energy, beauty, reverence, drama, and humor. Following Dr. Walker’s workshop, all groups will perform in a concert open to the public.

4pm: American Girl Doll Club Join us every month on the first Saturday for our American Girl Doll Club! Bring your doll and enjoy a story, discussion, snack and crafts. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley; Barnes & Noble, Canton.

5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Big fun on the Big Screen. Inflatables, zany games, gymnastics, pizza and a movie on our 9 foot screen keep your children entertained while you enjoy an evening out! Don’t forget to bring your pillow and blanket to cuddle up in for the movie! Children ages 4 years and up are welcome. $30 per child. Sibling discount. Gymnastic Training Center, Simsbury.

6 – 8pm: DIY Party Favor Demo Let our experts show you how to make your spring celebrations extra special with delightful DIYs. Free. Michael’s Locations.

6 – 9pm: Explore the Nights Walk Get outside on Saturday nights with Miss Judy for an educational walk with hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation. On those nights when it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared for the weather by wearing a pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended.

6pm – Sunday at 8am: Overnight Excursions at the Connecticut Science Center Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the Connecticut Science Center at night? Find out at our next Overnight Excursion! Explore our 10 exhibit galleries and settle in for the night at your favorite exhibit. You’ll experience exciting science challenges and activities, meet some of our favorite LIVE animals, see a 3D movie, and more.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Root Beer with Paul Revere Enjoy a “Root Beer with Paul Revere” at the Green Dragon Tavern! The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society’s history club Noah’s New Americans will host an interactive family-oriented program. The evening will include supper, root beer floats, live music, tavern games, dancing, and a shadow play. This interactive event will give families the opportunity to join in on the excitement of the American Revolution. Participants will meet General Thomas Gage, Dr. Joseph Warren, and Paul Revere himself! These members of the Revolutionary era groups called the Committee of Safety, Sons of Liberty, and the Mechanics were leaders in the revolution. Guests will discuss the happenings in Boston before the night of Paul Revere’s ride and try to discover the spy amongst them. Participants are encouraged to wear colonial costumes. Tavern games will include Nine Men’s Morrice, checkers, cards, dominoes, and more. The event is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-10 and is recommended for children age 6 and up. There is a $30 price limit for families. The price includes all entertainment, popcorn, root beer and/or ice cream, and activities.

6:30 – 9pm: West Hartford’s Cookin’ Join celebrity chefs as they delight you with their signature dishes while you enjoy an evening of food sampling and fun with live and silent auctions. Funds raised support grants awarded to teachers to implement their creative and innovative ideas to West Hartford Public School students.

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Sunday, April 3rd:

All day: Autism Speaks, Max Listens Please join us at one of our 9 area restaurants and help raise money and awareness for Autism Speaks Greater Hartford. We are donating 10% of the day’s sales. Come and enjoy a relaxing Sunday #brunch or a fun family dinner and we’ll donate money to a great cause.

11:30am: Local Author Day Join us for book signings with five authors: John Banks, Georffrey Craig, Stacy DeKeyser, Shawn George and Glenn Rutland. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley; Barnes & Noble, Canton.

11:30am – 2pm: Playing on the Spectrum Autism Families CONNECTicut’s original, signature program. Each four-week session serves dozens of children with autism ages 3 to 13, as well as their siblings in their own Sibling Club. The goal is for children to exercise in a safe, appropriate environment where they can make friends, practice social skills and master basic sports skills. 11:30am – 12:20pm (ages 3-6) 12:30 – 1:20pm (ages 7-9) and 1:30 – 2:20pm (ages 10-13), simultaneous Sibling Club for each time slot. $40 per child, $10 per sibling. Runs Sunday’s until April 24th. American School for the Deaf, West Hartford.

12:30pm: Pipes Alive! Organist Ben Gessner, a student at Trinity College. Join us for half-hour organ concerts featuring St. John’s magnificent Austin pipe organ, on the first Sunday of the month, January through June with local organists. Free!

1pm: 3rd Annual East Farms Spring Ahead 5K Road Race and Fun Run Come inspire children and adults to develop and maintain healthy bodies and minds in the community, while having fun raising funds for the East Farms PTO. Challenge your family, grab a friend, but most of all encourage our youth to get up and get moving by participating in either the 5K, Fun Run or Fitness Walk. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend! 5K Race starts at 1:00pm. Fun Run and Fitness Walk begin at 12:15pm. Strollers are allowed on the course. Please line up at the rear of the starting area. 5K – $25, Fun Run/Fitness Walk – $15.

1 – 3pm: Children’s Doll Tea Party Bring your favorite doll to a tea party just for children! Guests will learn tea etiquette, such as how to fold napkins, pour tea, and pass the cream and sugar. Select never-before-seen dolls from the museum’s collection will be highlighted, and guests will enjoy poetry, a “tea cup race,” and other activities. $15 a person for children and adults (dolls admitted free). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for children 5 years and older. Registration Required.

1 – 3pm: Personalized Wood Sign Class Join us to recreate your very own 15.5 X 22.5 Monogram or Connecticut State Established Wood Sign! We customize the materials for you and take you step by step to create a gorgeous piece for your home or for a gift!   Choose from a variety of paint colors in the workshop. $60 per person.

1 – 4pm: Engaged! A Special Events Showcase The Hill-Stead will host a variety of vendors in the Makeshift Theater.  They are ready to help plan your event, whether a wedding—big or small—a family celebration, or a business/corporate event.

3:15 – 4pm: WHY Kids Yoga Brings the basics and benefits of yoga to your little ones as they have fun with “downward dog”, “tree”, “cobra” and more. A safe space for your kids to move and breathe, led by a yoga instructor specifically trained to work with youngsters and their needs. Calms and centers the growing body and mind. Ages 4 – 8. $10 per child.

Monday, April 4th:

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