April 18 – 24

We put the ♥ into where you live! Scroll below to find what to do and where to go this week in Hartford County! We are looking for one undercover mother in each city and town of Hartford County to help spread the word about our wonderful community resource and to help us find more fun things to do where you live. Inquire today!

M♥nday, April 18th:

10am – 3pm: LEGO Flying Machine Free Build Create a fantastic fantasy flying machine. ~ Windsor L♥cks

11 – 11:45am: Monkey Monkey Music is a one of a kind, upbeat, interactive and educational performance which gets kids moving! Get ready to play “Air Guitar”, “Jump High” and really “Shake it Loud.” Monkey Monkey Music is seen on nationwide public television on over 100 PBS stations. Both kids and adults have a blast. ~ Glast♥nbury

1 – 2pm: Adventure Story Hour Adults and children can participate in a shared story with a craft and short walk. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a charge of $3 per child; maximum $6 per family. The courtesy of pre-registration is requested. ~ Cant♥n

6 – 7:30pm: Raising a Child of God: Nurturing the Spiritual Life of Children How can we, as parents, foster spiritual awareness in our children? In this workshop, we will talk about home-life rituals and traditions that are deeply nurturing to children’s spiritual life. We will touch on ordinary routines of daily life, as well as special transitions in the life of a child. ~ Farmingt♥n

{National} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Painting Class Explore basic acrylic painting techniques, brushstrokes, color selection and more. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $28. ~ Michael’s St♥res

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Writing Children’s Books with Pegi Deitz Shea Dr. Seuss, Judy Blume, John Green, Shel Silverstein. Who can forget the joy of reading a book as a child? Do you want to capture that feeling of discovery and excitement for a new generation of readers? We want you to write for children and teens! Pegi Deitz Shea will show you the range of children’s fiction, nonfiction and poetry, help you write your book, and teach you how to use constructive critique to improve your skills. Come away from the course with at least one manuscript ready to submit to an agent or editor. $300 for the 6 week course. ~ ♥ford

Tuesday, April 19th:

10am – 1pm: Kids in Jerusha’s Kitchen: Colonial Cooking for Kids This April vacation, sign the kids up for a culturally rich activity presented by the Historical Society of Glastonbury. Children ages 8 through 12 are invited to prepare and enjoy a simple colonial style meal with their fellow peers. Leading this hands on class will be HSG curator Lin Scarduzio. She’ll be dressed in her colonial best portraying Jerusha Welles, wife of original owner of the 1755 Connecticut Valley River mansion, known today as the Welles-Shipman-Ward House. When children will arrive at 10am they’ll begin preparing their lunch -which will be an ancient 18th century macaroni and cheese recipe. Macaroni and cheese was a highly fashionable food in late 18th century Paris. This hands on cooking class that lets children see and feel what it’s like to prepare and enjoy a meal in during Revolutionary times. Admission is $15 and advance registration for this event is required. Space is limited.  First come, first served. ~ Glast♥nbury

10am – 4pm: Mini Open Cockpit Climb aboard real aircraft including helicopters, jet fighters and WWII era aircraft. ~ Windsor L♥cks

10 – 10:30am: Planet Earth Together we will read stories about the earth and its creatures, learn about the planet, sing songs, and make musical instruments from repurposed materials! In this series, we will discover what it means to be a Recycling Superhero. ~ Manchester

2pm: Tails of Joy Program Meet Beau the adorable therapy dog and his trainer who will share a story for an entertaining visit. Open to the public. Call to reserve your spot. ~ Simsbury

4:30 – 6:30pm: Barney Graduate Open House – Happy Hour Join the Barney School of Business at our upcoming Open House. Faculty representatives from both the MBA and MSAT program will be present to answer your questions. The staff can assist you regarding the admission process, class schedules and getting started for the next semester. ♥ford

5 – 8:30pm: Flatbread Pizza Night Fundraiser for the Nature Center Bring your friends, bring your family for dinner at Flatbread’s at The Shoppes at the Farmington Valley. A percentage of the pizza sales supports the Nature Center. ~ Cant♥n

{National} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Drawing Class Learn basic techniques, including how to use fine art drawing pencils and erasers. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $18. ~ Michael’s St♥res

7pm: The Inventor’s Dilemma: The Remarkable Life of H. Joseph Gerber – Jewish Book Festival The extraordinary life and career of the iconic twentieth-century inventor, technologist, and business magnate, H. Joseph Gerber, is described in a fascinating biography written by his son, David, based on unique access to unpublished sources. In conversation with Dan Haar, The Hartford Courant. ~ West Hartf♥rd

Wednesday, April 20th:

10am – 4pm: Parachute Drop Design a parachute that will take the longest to reach the ground with a given weight. ~ Windsor L♥cks

12 – 1pm: Lunchtime Lecture: Thomas Hooker Thomas Hooker – Connecticut’s founder and brilliant Puritan theologian – comes to life in a presentation that describes his life, his spiritual journey, and his commitment to his faith, while putting him in the context of his time and the world in which he lived. Admission is $3 for non-members Bring a sandwich for lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.~ Farmingt♥n

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{National}  6:30 – 8:30pm: Planner’s Night Out Come learn about Happy Planners and use our classroom to create and personalize your very own planner! Supplies not included. ~ Michael’s St♥res

Wednesday, April 20th – Sunday, April 24th:

{Last Call} Wednesday – 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. ~ ♥ford

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Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Wit Margaret Edson’s powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize–winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence’s unifying experiences—mortality—while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships. With her first play, Edson has created a work that is as intellectually challenging as it is emotionally immediate. Exquisitely written, affecting and often humorous, WIT follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor as she undergoes an experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research. Recommended for ages 14 and up due to brief non-sexual nudity. Runs until May 8th. ~ West ♥ford

Thursday, April 21st:

10am – 4pm: Extreme Paper Airplanes Put your paper airplane folding skills to the test! Using only a single sheet of paper, visitors will construct and fly a paper airplane for distance. ~ Windsor L♥cks

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. Registration is required at least 3 days to the start of the session. Runs until Thursday, May 19th. $30 per child. ~ Farmingt♥n

2pm: Friendly Frog Kids Painting Class Bring your kids for a step-by-step painting class along with music and lots of fun. We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. Our teaching artist will guide you, step-by-step, through the painting and will make sure that you stay on track and complete your masterpiece by the end of class. Our goal is for you to have fun, relax and enjoy – and our teaching artists love to help you make the painting uniquely yours! Doors open at 1:30pm, instruction begins at 2pm. ~ Uni♥nville

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5:30 – 7pm: Combatting Environmental Racism From Hurricane Katrina to the Flint water crisis, we have witnessed the unequal impact of environmental hazards on communities of color. How can environmental racism be combatted? How does it intersect with other types of discrimination? What is the human impact? Join the conversation with Rev. Kari Nicewander, Immanuel Congregational Church, Pastor Steve Camp, Faith Congregational Church and Sharon Lewis, Coalition for Environmental Justice. ~ ♥ford

6pm: April Creative Cocktail Hour This month’s event features Campaign Limericks, Voter Registration, music by DJ Connie Carmona, and food by The Kitchen at Billings Forge. On view in the galleries: Alina Gallo, Keleti Station; Mohamad Hafez, Desperate Cargo; Heidi Lau, Vestiges from a Dream Pool; Multiple Impressions, 5th Connecticut Printmakers Invitational. ~ ♥ford

6:30 – 8pm: One Book, One Town Celebration West Hartford’s special event will feature keynote speaker Christine Ieronimo, author of A Thirst for Home: A Story of Water Across the World, emcee Brad Drazen, news anchor at NBC Connecticut, and sports speaker Steve Boyle, founder of 2-4-1 Sports. The special event concludes with a multi-media presentation by Connecticut author Christine Ieronimo who will share global messages about hungry children and the value of clean water. Her book, A Thirst for Home: A Story of Water across the World, chronicles the journey of a young girl from her impoverished homeland in Ethiopia — where chronic hunger and long treks for water are daily realities — to a new home in Connecticut. A hands-on water exhibit in which participants can experience the difficulty of carrying water a distance will be available. West ♥ford

{National} 6:30 – 8pm: Do-It-Herself Workshop: Hanging Gutter Planter Learn to build a hanging gutter planter. Join our workshop and learn to use a power drill and other tools to create a simple planter from vinyl gutters and caps. Then, personalize your project with paint and, with the addition of rope and hooks, the space-saving design can be used to grow and display a variety of plants. 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. H♥me Dep♥t

6:30 – 8:30pm: Silk Scarf Dyeing Art Party Gather with friends and other creative folks to learn a fun and fabulous way to apply vibrant dyes to pure silk with Lis-el Crowley. While sipping libations and nibbling on goodies, you will be shown a freeform and easy technique for applying a rainbow of beautiful dyes to a sumptuous silk scarf. Scarves can be folded, pleated, knotted, etc. to create unique and interesting patterns. Then dye is applied in your choice of colors. The scarves are steam set in the microwave, rinsed and ironed revealing your stunning work of wearable art. Scarves are a generous 14×72 inches, pure silk habotai. Whether you are a “creatively challenged” individual or an experienced artist, you will find new ways to express yourself with this fantastic medium and technique. $35 includes materials fee for one scarf, glass of wine and refreshments. ~ Av♥n

7pm: Book Talk and Author Signing “Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain’s Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour” with author Richard Zacks In 1895, at age sixty, Mark Twain was dead broke and miserable-his recent novels had been critical and commercial failures, and he was bankrupted by his inexplicable decision to run a publishing company.  His wife made him promise to pay every debt back in full, so Twain embarked on an around-the-world comedy lecture tour that would take him from the dusty small towns of the American West to the faraway lands of India, South Africa, Australia, and beyond. Richard Zacks’ rich and entertaining narrative provides a portrait of Twain as complicated, vibrant individual, and showcases the biting wit and skeptical observation that made him one of the greatest of all American writers. Twain remained abroad for five years, a time of struggle and wild experiences – and ultimately redemption, as he rediscovered his voice as a writer and humorist, and returned, wiser and celebrated. As he said in his famous reply to an article about his demise, “the report of my death is an exaggeration.” Weaving together a trove of sources, including newspaper accounts, correspondence, and unpublished material from Berkeley’s ongoing Twain Project, Zacks chronicles  a chapter of Twain’s life as complex as the author himself, full of foolishness and bad choices, but also humor, self-discovery, and triumph. Moderated by Cindy Lovell, Executive Director of The Mark Twain House & Museum. ~ ♥ford

Thursday, April 21st – Sunday, May 1st:

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Friday, April 22nd:

10am – 4pm: Straw Rocket Competition Using a compressed air launcher, design a rocket built around a drinking straw and launch it to a specific target. ~ Windsor L♥cks

4 – 7pm: Earth Day Celebration Come celebrate the planet! We will learn how to protect the Earth and all of its living creatures. We will practice planting a garden; make some crafts; and meet an endangered animal. Ages 5-10 with a caregiver. ~ Manchester

6 – 7:30pm: Let’s Celebrate Earth Day! Join us as we learn about Earth Day and focus on foods that grow from the earth. We will prepare homemade fruit jam and granola bars! In addition, kids will make homemade bird feeders and plant our own vegetable in a recyclable container. Ages 6-12. $20 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

{National} 6 – 8pm: Fun Family Craft Time: Tie-Dye Shirt You and your little makers can create matching tie dye shirts in the classic bulls eye pattern. Buy the t-shirt and the supplies are free. ~ Michael’s St♥res

7:30pm: From Refugee Camp to Project Cambodian refugee Sokeo Ros takes us on his journey from Asia to America, from housing projects to artistic projects, and an epic return to the Cambodian village his family was driven from in the 1970s. The piece uses the rich artistic vocabulary that Sokeo developed as a means of self-expression, beginning with a documentary video that sets the historical background and introduces us to his parents. Sokeo’s live performance goes on to combine hip-hop choreography, traditional Khmer dancing, breakdancing, popping, and krumping, intertwining these dance and movement forms with personal narrative and spoken word poetry. It is a story of struggle, pain and progress, a story of how self-expression and art helped Sokeo Ros surmount his past and discover the beauty in life, becoming an artist that is passionate about giving back to the community, locally and globally. West ♥ford

Friday, April 22nd – Saturday, April 23rd:

9 – 10am: Let’s Celebrate Earth Day! (Toddler Class) Join us as we learn about Earth Day and focus on foods that grow from the earth. We will prepare homemade fruit jam and granola bars! In addition, kids will plant their own vegetable in a recyclable container and learn about the importance of gardening. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). ~ Newingt♥n

Friday, April 22nd – Sunday, April 24th:

Friday – Saturday at 6:35pm and Sunday at 1:35pm: New Britain Bees Promotions Friday: The first 1,000 fans will recieve a 2016 Schedule Poster! Saturday: The first of six postgame Fireworks Displays. Sunday: The first annual Pink in the Park game presented by CT Breast Health Initiative. ~ New Britain

{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Company Hilarious, resonating and thoroughly enjoyable, the Tony-winning musical comedy Company, book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, debuted in 1970. Featuring some of Sondheim’s best-known songs, the original production was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and won six! It is his 35th birthday, and Bobby is still single, unable to commit to a serious relationship though he is clearly desirous of one. Enter five couples—all at different stages of marriage—who are his best friends, and three girlfriends. In the hilarious array of interactions, Bobby has to consider one of life’s greatest questions: “What’s it really all about?” Company, one of the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships, is stylized as a concept musical, composed of short vignettes following no specific chronological order but all linked back to Bobby’s 35th birthday party. With a quirky, funny storyline, a refreshingly different approach, and some of Sondheim’s best work in musical comedy, Company is sure to light a spark in your lives this April. ~ Manchester

Saturday, April 23rd:

Earth Day Petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides, live music, green vendors, bounce house and face painting. Admission $3 includes a cup of grain. ~ Simsbury

32nd Annual Fishing Derby Children 16 and under are invited to come and enjoy trout fishing at Dzen’s Tree Farm Pond on Barber Hill Road. This event, co-sponsored by the Super Sixty Sportsman’s Club, the Human Services Department, and the South Windsor Parks and Recreation Department, will feature great fishing, contests for all ages, and refreshments! ~ S♥uth Winds♥r

9:30am – 3pm: C.A.R.E. Mom & Me Fishing Class & Practice Fishing is fun for mom and kids! So Moms, grab your kids and learn a fun life skill that will have you and your kids out and about in nature. Come join Miss Judy and other certified fishing instructors from the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (C.A.R.E.) program for a fun day of learning how to fish. We will teach you about the basic fishing tackle, how to tie a strong knot, proper bait selection, rules and regulations, how to identify your catch, and conclude the day with a fishing trip at Walton Pond. We provide fishing equipment to borrow free of charge. Schedule for the day: 9:30am to 11:30am Class, 11:30am to 12pm Lunch break and 12pm to 3pm Fishing practice. ~ Farmingt♥n

10am – 1pm: Earth Day Our Earth Day celebration for families features a wide variety of special guests and activities designed to help children care for the planet.  Join us for a special performance at 11am From Trash to Tunes, Dennis Waring. ~ Brist♥l

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10am – 2pm: Earth Day Weekend Open House Spend Earth Day weekend outdoors with us! Enjoy hikes and hayrides, farm tours and programs, as well as activities related to Earth Day: arts and crafts, nature stations, farm animals, archery demonstrations, tree climbing demonstrations, hay rides and info on Summer Camp. Participants can learn more about Indian Rock Summer Camp, see camp demonstrations, take a tour of our facilities and meet our camp staff. ~ Brist♥l

(National) 11am: Where’s the Party? Storytime A heartwarming story with adorable art, this irresistibly charming picture book debut invites readers to meet Georgie and friends and find the answer to the most important question of the day: Where’s the Party? Join us to find out at Storytime featuring Where’s the Party? Activities to follow. ~ Barnes & Noble Stores

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1 – 2:30pm: Tea Tour Take a tour the ca.1720 historic house with knowledgeable guide, then enjoy traditional tea and weets in the Colonial-era Whitman Tavern. ~ Farmingt♥n

{National} 1 – 3pm: Wilton Tie-Dye Treats Demo In this free demo, our instructors will show you how to use fondant and buttercream icing to decorate tie-dye T-shirt cookies and swirled cupcakes. ~ Michael’s St♥res

6pm – 8am: Overnights Can you imagine spending the day at the Connecticut Science Center? Now imagine being here when the lights go out! Enjoy a rare opportunity to stay at the Science Center at night. Explore the exhibits, discover special programs and set up camp in front of your favorite exhibit during this exclusive after-hours experience. Don’t miss this memorable overnight adventure! ~ ♥ford

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7 – 8:30pm: The Olden Globe Awards Capital Classics and The Mark Twain House & Museum collaborate on April 23 award show that’s 400 years in the making. Awards for Shakespeare’s most popular moments and staged readings of the works of Shakespeare (and Mark Twain) are just some of the festivities on deck for an event four centuries in the making!  Capital Classics Theatre Company, in partnership with The Mark Twain House & Museum, presents The Shakespeare “Olden Globes Awards” on Saturday, April 23, 2016 — the 400th anniversary of the date William Shakespeare “shuffled off [t]his mortal coil.” The Shakespeare Olden Globes Award Show” will be hosted by Chion Wolf (WNPR producer, announcer and photographer) and Jacopo Della Quercia (author of A License to Quill, a page-turning James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe).  There will also be a special appearance by the University of Hartford’s President Emeritus, Dr. Humphrey Tonkin. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for MTH members, seniors and students (18 and under). ~ ♥ford

Sunday, April 24th:

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1 – 4pm: Textiles, Tools and Technology No need to travel all the way to Williamsburg to experience early America. The Historical Society of Glastonbury is always bringing history back to life right here in Connecticut. The Historical Society of Glastonbury and guests from Sturbridge Village will be dressed in their colonial best, demonstrating 18th century textile crafts, tools and technology of the day. Demonstrations include shoe making, rope making, counted cross stitch, crewel embroidery, weaving, hand knitting and more. These crafts were anything but a pastime for folks in the 18th century. Learn about how people lived in the 18th century and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for life 200 years ago. Participation by children is welcome. Let the “young ones” try carding wool, use the cricket loom, finger knit, or make their own colonial choker. Other exhibitions include Native American technologies of flint knapping and spear throwing using a prehistoric atladl. Join Gary Nolf, atladl throwing champion (also seen on David Letterman) and try your hand at using an atladl to spear a target. The barns and shed will be open displaying the tools and technologies within. Spend an afternoon with the Historical Society of Glastonbury taking in demonstrations, enjoying the Connecticut River Valley mansion built in 1755, and learning the history of skills and technologies that our not so distance ancestors used on a daily basis. $5 admission per person includes demonstrations, entrance to the Welles-Shipman-Ward house, property, barns and shed. ~ S♥uth Glast♥nbury

2 – 3pm: Family Concert: Fish Song Fun The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury will host a family concert, Fish Song Fun, by Bill Dougal on Sunday, April 24, 2016, from 2-3pm. Bill Dougal’s original songs entertain and educate audiences about underwater life, including fun facts about how creatures of the sea live. He is also an artist and his jumbo cartoons serve to illustrate his points during the performance. Admission is $14 for non-members, with children half-price. Family maximums are $40 for non-members. ~ Glast♥nbury

{National} 2 – 3:30pm: Coloring Time For Adults Try your hand at the most relaxing trend in arts and crafts. We’ll provide the supplies; all you have to do is show up and color! ~ Michael’s St♥res

2 – 4pm: Color Run at St. Gabriel School The community is invited to join our school in getting fit, doused in color! St. Gabriel School will host a My School Color Run, engaging its student body and the community in a fitness initiative that encourages a life-long healthy way of living, while raising funds for the school. During this untimed, two-mile fun run/walk, participants will experience color splash zones where they will be doused in color. Register online through April 23rd. $20 per child, $27.50 per adult, and $92 per family of four.

8pm: Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. “Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” The follow-up to the smash “Edible Inevitable” tour, will hit the road in 2016. Fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings), but Brown is adding a slew of fresh ingredients including new puppets, songs and bigger and potentially more dangerous experiments.  Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans rave about the interactive fun when Brown invites an audience member on stage to serve as his assistant. According to Alton, “there will be plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but we’re also going to play a little game with the audience,” says Brown. ~ ♥ford

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