April 25 – May 1

Scroll below to find what to do and where to go this week in Hartford County!

Monday, April 25th:

10am – 3pm: Homeschool Day We’re opening the Museum exclusively for homeschoolers and their families! Featured Activities Include: open cockpit experiences, hands-on build and fly challenges, interactive flight science demos, flight stimulators, aircraft quests and more. ~ Windsor Locks

6:30 – 8pm: Yarn Class – Finger Crochet Scarf You won’t believe how easy it is to crochet a fluffy scarf with just your fingers. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $7. ~ Michael’s Stores

{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. ~ Hartford


Monday, April 25th – Wednesday, April 27th:

Monday – Tuesday at 6:35pm and Wednesday at 10:35am: New Britain Bees versus Long Island Ducks Monday: Fans will attempt to match the last six (6) digits of their driver’s license against the VIN of a featured vehicle. If they match, that lucky fan will win $20,000! Tuesday: Fans purchasing tickets to any Tuesday home game can receive a special buy one, get one free offer by entering the promo code “BOGO” when buying tickets online on the day of the game (max four total tickets per transaction). Wednesday: Throughout each Wednesday home game, the Bees will designate a specific occurrence during each inning. If the event occurs during that inning, one lucky fan will win $10,000! Simply sign up at the Bees Ticket Window on the concourse to be eligible to win. Wednesday: School Day Game The first Bees’ School Day Game with a special 10:35am start time!

Tuesday, April 26th:

7:30 – 9:30am: 2016 STEM Achievement Awards Breakfast Join the Connecticut Science Center as we present the awards for achievement in STEM innovation & education to: Jonna Gerken of Pratt & Whitney, Walter Nakonechny of the Jackson Laboratory and Connecticut Invention Convention in recognition for their outstanding contributions in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and STEM education in Connecticut. Networking breakfast is from 7:30 – 8:30am and the Awards Presentation is from 8:30 – 9:30am. ~ Hartford

9:30 – 10:30am: Healthy Eating with Lisa Lynn & Stew Leonard’s Join celebrity fitness and health expert Lisa Lynn for a healthy cooking class for kids at Stew’s Newington store on April 26th at 9:30 am. Lynn will read her best seller “The I Love My Body Book” which helps kids build self esteem and love the body they are in! Kids will get a copy of the book and hands-on experience preparing nourishing snacks including strawberry gelato and veggie spaghetti. Ages 2-5. $15 per child. ~ Newington

10:30am: Where My Feet Go Meet Little Panda. He’s awake and ready for adventure. But where do his feet go? Do they walk a normal street? Or is there more out there than meets the eye? Maybe a tree branch can be a shaky bridge. A sandbox a desert. There’s a whole world to explore! ~ Enfield

6:30 – 8:30pm: Floral Class – Boho Arrangement Customize a floral arrangement with a wooden letter and blooms of your choice. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $59. ~ Michael’s Stores

7pm: The Statesman & The Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain & The Rise of American Imperialism with author Mark Zwonitzer In the tradition of the bestselling historical works of David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Stephen Ambrose, and Walter Isaacson, award-winning documentarian Mark Zwonitzer brings two extraordinary American figures–and friends–into the spotlight at a time when their country was taking center stage in the world. John Hay, famous as Lincoln’s private secretary and later as secretary of state under presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, and Samuel Langhorne Clemens, famous for being “Mark Twain,” grew up fifty miles apart, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in the same rural antebellum stew of race and class and want. This shared history helped draw them together when they first met as up-and-coming young men in the late 1860s, and their mutual admiration never waned in spite of sharp differences in personality, in worldview, and in public conduct. In The Statesman and the Storyteller, the last decade of their lives plays out against the tumultuous events of the day, as the United States government begins to aggressively pursue a policy of imperialism, overthrowing the duly elected queen of Hawaii; violently wresting Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines away from Spain, and then from the islands’ inhabitants; and finally encouraging and supporting a revolution to clear a path for the building of the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal. Rich in detail, The Statesman and the Storyteller provides indelible portraits of public figures such as Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge. Stunning in its relevance, it explores the tactics of and attitudes behind America’s earliest global policies and their influence on U.S. actions for all the years to follow. But ultimately it is the very human rendering of Clemens and Hay that distinguishes Zwonitzer’s work, providing profound insights into the lives of two men who helped shape and define their era.

Tuesday April 26th – Wednesday, April 27th:

9am – 5pm: Kid Stuff Tag Sale Donate toys, books, games, bikes, sporting equipment, clothes…almost anything related to children and in good condition. Bring your items to the museum during normal business hours throughout the month of April.  You will receive a tax receipt and the knowledge that your outgrown items will help to support educational programming at the museum. ~ Manchester

Tuesday April 26th – Sunday, May 1st:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Matilda The Musical The Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Rolling Stone calls the show “hands down the best musical of the season.” Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda has won 47 international awards, and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End. The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of Matilda have done the impossible – triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.” ~ Hartford

Wednesday, April 27th:

11am: Patrick Wants a Dog Join us while we read Patrick Wants a Dog. Activities will follow the reading. ~ Manchester

5pm: American Gothic What did it mean to be “Gothic” in the Romantic Era? How did this manifest itself in America more broadly and Hartford specifically? Lynne Bassett, guest curator of Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion & Its Legacy, explores perceptions of the Gothic and its links to history, religion, nature, imagination, and behavior, in a talk that places a transcontinental movement in local perspective. 5pm: Public Reception & Gothic to Goth Exhibition Viewing. 6pm: Talk. Free and open to the public. ~ Hartford

5:45 – 7pm: The Importance of Social Identity: Embracing Diversity and Difference Do you wonder if you have subconscious biases that affect your workplace interactions? Explore gender communication and social diversity with members of the Emerging Leaders Society for part two of a three-part Professional Development Mini-Series led by ELS member Amanda Denes, PhD., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Connecticut. ~ Hartford

6pm: Author Event with Margaret Ellen Newell In Brethren by Nature, Margaret Ellen Newell reveals a little-known aspect of American history: English colonists in New England enslaved thousands of Native Americans. Massachusetts became the first English colony to legalize slavery in 1641, and the colonists’ desire for slaves shaped the major New England Indian wars, including the Pequot War of 1637, King Philip’s War of 1675–76, and the northeastern Wabanaki conflicts of 1676–1749. When the wartime conquest of Indians ceased, New Englanders turned to the courts to get control of their labor, or imported Indians from Florida and the Carolinas, or simply claimed free Indians as slaves. Drawing on letters, diaries, newspapers, and court records, Newell recovers stories of those enslaved and how they influenced New England society in crucial ways. Indians lived in English homes, raised English children, and manned colonial armies, farms, and fleets, exposing their captors to Native religion, foods, and technology. Some achieved freedom and power in this new colonial culture, but others experienced violence, surveillance, and family separations. Newell also explains how slavery linked the fate of Africans and Indians. The trade in Indian captives connected New England to Caribbean and Atlantic slave economies. Indians labored on sugar plantations in Jamaica, tended fields in the Azores, and rowed English naval galleys in Tangier. ~ Hartford

6:30 – 9:30pm: Spring Fling Drinks, Hors d’oeuvres, Comedian Performance at 7:30pm and Basket Drawing Tickets $65 per person. Ticket includes entrance to Comedian’s performance, hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. Proceeds benefit the Farmington Village Green and Library Association A 501(c)(3) Community Associations. ~ Farmington

7 – 8pm: Connecticut Homes through the Centuries: An Architectural History Architectural historian William Hosley will present Connecticut Homes through the Centuries: An Architectural History. He will talk about how Connecticut’s citizens housed themselves from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and show how home styles, construction techniques and social trends evolved. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. ~ Windsor

Wednesday, April 27th – Sunday, May 1st:

Wednesday at 5:30pm, Thursday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Sedgwick Drama Club Presents: The Lion King Jr Ticket $12.50 for adults and $10 students. Sneak peek dress rehearsal Wednesday April 27th only $5 “Remember your Pride.” Click here to purchase tickets. ~ West Hartford


{Reoccurs} 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 Hartford

Thursday, April 28th:

{Reoccurs} 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. ~ Farmington

Thursday, April 28th – Sunday, May 1st:


Friday, April 29th:

7:30 – 8:30am: Friday Morning Bird & Nature Walk Join us for these Friday morning guided bird and nature walks. All experience levels welcome! Bring your binoculars if you have some; otherwise, come 15 minutes early to borrow a pair. Important: please call to let us know you are coming, since walks with insufficient registrants may be canceled. $10 (cash only) at the door. ~ Glastonbury

8am – 5pm: CT Tourism Conference It’s “the” don’t-miss industry event of the year for everyone who’s interested in attracting visitors, guests or attendees: hotels. restaurants, casinos, tourist attractions, entertainment venues, historic sites, cultural and arts institutions. Come share best practices and learn from national tourism and travel experts at this one-of-a-kind conference. Enjoy a day of inspiring and insightful workshops led by national leaders in their fields. You’ll learn how to maximize your investment in marketing, enhance your social media, attract international travelers and group tours, get more media coverage and much more. There’s something for every level of professional across every aspect of the industry! ~ Hartford

9:30 – 11:30am: Playful Learners There will be toddler activities for ages 3 and under, including: gross motor activities geared toward the younger child, special studio workshops each week such as; art, light and reflection, sensory science or music and stories and free exploration of all museum studios and toddler activities. ~ Bristol

5 – 8:30pm: Free Family Fun Night – Mother’s Day Celebration Family fun drop-in activities will be held at the Nathan Hale School Building from 6-7:30pm, and will feature of variety of activities focused around honoring mothers. At the EastSide Neighborhood Resource Center, a Poetry and Dance Workshop will be held from 5pm – 6:30pm, while the Write Out Loud Open Mic will run from 6:45-8:30pm. All are welcome, not just mothers, to both these events which serve as a time of celebration. ~ Manchester

6pm: Webster’s War of the Words is the new definition of dinner and a show! Emceed by NBC CT’s Brad Drazen, our signature fundraiser includes dinner by Rizzuto’s, unlimited beer and wine, and both a live and silent auction. The main event is a lively and interactive word-based game show featuring two teams of local celebrities. Game show host Peter Sokolowski (Merriam-Webster, Inc. Editor at Large) will referee a battle of wits between the Blue Team: Rick Green (Hartford Courant), Jennifer LaRue (Connecticut Explored), and Self Suffice (the RapOet), and the Red Team: Rob Kyff (Hartford Courant), Brad Drazen (NBC CT) and Chion Wolf (WNPR). Tickets are $60 on and after April 25 or at the door. Preferred seating for $75 allows you to sit with one of our celebrity contestants for dinner (advance sale only). ~ West Hartford

6:30pm: Drop In Movie Night Come join us for a showing of Disney’s ‘Inside Out’. Come as you are, or in pajamas with your blanket! Popcorn will be served, but feel free to bring your own snacks if you like! This is event is free and open to the public. ~ East Windsor

7pm: The Cow Who Climbed a Tree Tina is a very curious cow who believes the sky is the limit and anything is possible. She’s always dreaming up wonderful things to do but her sisters think her ideas are very silly. They’d rather eat fresh and juicy grass than go on one of Tina’s crazy adventures. ~ Enfield

Friday, April 29th – Sunday, May 1st:


Friday – Saturday from 9:30am – 5pm and Sunday from 12 – 5pm: Stand Against Racism The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center has partnered with the YWCA Hartford Region to Stand Against Racism. Join us as together we raise awareness of the interpersonal, social, political, and economic effects of racism and devise action steps to counter racism in our communities. Enjoy the new Stowe Center tour that connects the past to the present and includes a facilitated conversation on contemporary issues surrounding race and discrimination. Let us know what you will do to combat racism! ~ Hartford

Saturday, April 30th:

6:30 – 9am: Fishing Derby 2016 Make the Catch of the Day at Westmoor Park! Admission Tickets $5 only available through the Westmoor Park Office. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Limited to the first 200 entrants, pre-registration required. For children only – ages 5 to 15. No admittance without ticket. ~ West Hartford

7 – 9am: Weekend Bird Walk An early morning walk through Werner’s Woods provides welcome sights and sounds for beginning birders as well as those with more experience in the field. Bird walks are not geared for younger children. Bring binoculars and dress for wet ground underfoot. Pre-registration is not required. $5 per person. ~ Canton

9am: Hidden Houses is a local art hunt in West Hartford brought to you by the WeHa Artists Emporium. Finders will hunt for house related pieces of art and get to keep them. One piece of art per finder, please. Location will be announced on the day of the hunt. Free event! ~ West Hartford

9 – 10:30am: Natural Lawn Care The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) and Winding Trails are teaming up for this timely workshop. Aimee Petras, the Education & Outreach Coordinator at the FRWA, will present this program that covers how to manage your lawn without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. We will outline the steps you need to take including getting a soil test through mowing techniques. Additionally, we’ll delve into common lawn problems such as grubs and thatch. Miss Judy will have some family activities after the workshop to discover what can happen to a watershed that has runoff from lawns which receive too many nutrients. ~ Farmington

9am – 5pm: The Simsbury Flea and Smorgasbord is an outdoor flea market featuring antique dealers, arts and crafts, jewelry, home décor, and vendors. There will also be a Food Truck Festival with some of the best food trucks in CT, live music and other entertainment at the Simsbury Meadows. Come out for a fun day of shopping, eating, music and more! Admission is $3, Kids are free. Free parking. ~ Simsbury


10am – 3pm: 26th Annual Earth Fair Our Earth Fair is a family oriented, environmentally educational day with a wide variety of displays, activities, demonstrations, booths, entertainment and of course, baked goods, food and drink!  See snake,  live birds of prey and falconry demonstrations and a performance of selected scenes by the children’s theater group Peter Pan Players ~ Glastonbury

10am – 4pm: Annual Spring Fair! Live music, nature hikes, live animals, pond discovery, carnivorous plant display and more! Bristol Gem and Mineral Club will have exhibits and will be on hand to identify your rocks, minerals and fossils. ~ Bristol

10am – 4pm: Simsbury’s Innovation Fair A day full of engaging and educational activities for the whole family taking place in three great locations. Simsbury Public Library Innovative activities and exhibits at Simsbury Public Library. Simsbury High School Demonstrations and Exhibitions of current student projects in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) classes. Simsbury Historical Society Demonstrations in Innovation. ~ Simsbury

10am – 4pm: House Tour Get the inside scoop on three centuries of house-construction in Windsor by visiting six homes representing the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Informed guides will point out interesting architectural features in each home and you will be able to see how homeowners have creatively and beautifully adapted historic features of their homes to fit modern life. By purchasing an advance ticket for $30, you will save $5 from the day-of-tour ticket price of $35. ~ Windsor



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. ~ Barnes & Noble

12:30pm: Floral Tea Celebrate the 35th Annual Fine Art & Flowers with an elegant afternoon tea in the splendid Morgan Great Hall. Tickets include admission to the museum during Fine Art & Flowers, gourmet sweet and savory finger foods, various Bigelow teas plus a selection of premium teas provided by The Green Teahouse of West Hartford, choice of one mimosa or bellini, NoRA Cupcakes, performances by CT Lyric Opera, and a special gift from the museum! Advanced reservations are required. Tickets are available online only, click here to purchase. Parties will be seated together, but may be combined at tables with other guests as needed. Floral Tea guests should visit the Museum Shop to receive their complimentary edition of French Eighteenth-Century Porcelain at the Wadsworth Atheneum, an illustrated, hard-cover catalogue exploring one of the museum’s most prized collections. ~ Hartford

1 – 4pm: Celebrate Charter Oak A chance for former students and members of the community to share memories about their experiences at Charter Oak and see their old favorite spots before the move to the new building. ~ West Hartford

1 – 5pm: Exploring Prenatal Yoga: Asana, Education & Community First pregnant students and trainees will participate in an effectively structured, modified, and dynamic prenatal yoga class. Students will explore how asana, education and community can enhance the pregnancy and birth experience. Class includes “circle time”, prenatal vinyasa flow and an emphasis on pelvic floor toning and pregnancy-safe abdominal work. After a short break, class focus shifts to a didactic experience, answering questions and offering guidance. Discussion will include the importance of a well-aligned pelvis and pelvic floor for easier delivery, ways to encourage optimal fetal position, and crucial anatomical cues for pregnant students. Trainees will leave the workshop with the confidence to welcome pregnant students in to their classes, with a better sense of connection and an improved set of tools. Appropriate for women at any stage of pregnancy, prenatal yoga teachers/trainees, and health care professionals. No experience necessary. ~ West Hartford

1:30pm: Monogram T-Shirt Learn to trace, cut and color then transfer artwork to a T-shirt. Intended for children 5 years and older. Supplies are required for this class. ~ Newington

4pm: The Barnes & Noble Tabletop Gaming Meetup! Gather your friends and come in to check out the featured games and giveaways (while supplies last). ~ Barnes & Noble of Farmington, West Hartford and Glastonbury

5pm: The Barnes & Noble Tabletop Gaming Meetup! Gather your friends and come in to check out the featured games and giveaways (while supplies last). ~ Manchester

6pm – 12am: Boogie for Books Dance-A-Thon Don’t Miss a Beat! Emerging Leaders Society presents its first annual Dance-A-Thon! Join our Emerging Leaders Society by helping to improve education for children in our community. Individual participation and fundraising goals begin at $60. At the event, you’ll put on your dancing shoes and show off your best dance moves! No prior dance experience is needed. Event highlights include: 5 DJs and Emcee by My Life Your Entertainment, food by Black Bamboo and NoRA Cupcake Company. cash bar, lip sync battle, team dance off, open mic, drawings, Microsoft’s Kinect and Dance and Dance Revolution. Enter the Boogie for Books drawing for a chance to win gift certificates to. ~ Hartford

Saturday, April 30th – Sunday, May 1st:

9am – 2pm: Kid Stuff Tag Sale Find great deals on gently used kid stuff and help to support the museum at the same time. You will find tables and tents at the museum filled with everything you need for summer fun. You are likely to find the best selection on Saturday, but everything is 50% off on Sunday. You might decide to come both days! ~ Manchester

Saturday from 9am – 12pm and Sunday from 11am – 3pm: Open House Come in and play for free! My Gym invites you to explore our immaculate, state-of-the-art facility. We’ll have games, music, puppet shows, prizes, raffles, and more! ~ Enfield


Sunday, May 1st:

8am – 2pm: Fishing Northeast’s Inaugural Casting with Kids Fishing is a fun, passionate outdoor activity that Fishing Northeast believes everyone should get the chance to learn and enjoy. This is an all inclusive event for the kids of Connecticut to learn hands on the workings of a fishing rod, reel, and all different types of tackle and bait. Fishing Northeast will be teaching all the basics, from tying a hook and casting, proper fish handling, to conservation and the importance of taking care of our fisheries. All gear the kids are given to learn on will be theirs to keep (while supplies last) in hopes of developing a lifelong hobby and ensuring the positive future of our fisheries. Center Springs Park is completely handicap accessible with many access points to the water. We want to teach any child that is willing to learn! This event is absolutely free. We will also have hot dogs, juice and water available to kids free of charge. ~ Manchester


10am – 3pm: Pequabuck River Duck Race Craft Fair starts at 10am, block party at 11am. Food, vendors, children’s games, DJ, crafts and more. Duck Launch is at 2pm. $5 per ticket. Tickets will only be on sale at Nuchie’s Restaurant in Forestville and at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce ~ Forestville

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. ~ Farmington

1 – 3pm: Camp Shalom Open House Meet administrative staff, tour the facility, family activities and refreshments. Rain or Shine! ~ Windsor

1 – 3pm: Touch-A-Truck Public Safety Day There will be plenty of trucks and other vehicles for you to explore on what is always one of the best days at Winding Trails. No registration required. Free. ~ Farmington

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. ~ West Hartford

4pm: Mister G in Concert Have a rocking good time celebrating PJ Library’s 10th birthday! Mister G, the 2015 Latin Grammy Award winner for his new children’s cd, will have everyone on their feet singing and dancing with his funky, fun music. $5 per child, $8 per adult in advance. $8 per child, $10 per adult at the door. ~ West Hartford

6:30pm: Rigoletto Connecticut’s most performing opera company, the Connecticut Lyric Opera returns to Infinity Hall to present “Rigoletto.” The fully staged production of Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece will feature The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro Adrian Sylveen. ~ Hartford

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!

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