May 2 – 8

Monday, May 2nd:

10:35am: New Britain Bees vs Sugar Land Skeeters Monday School Day Game ~ New Britain

6pm: Hike through History will be an excursion to explore the industrial remains around the historic site known as “Smut.” Glastonbury native, Dr. Brian Chiffer will lead you on a hike that will begin at the old Hopewell Mill site on Matson Hill Road and continue upstream along Roaring Brook to our destination. Along the way you will be crossing water at two points, the first at Slab Gut Brook, a tributary of Roaring Brook, then Roaring Brook itself at “Flat Rock.” Depending on conditions, the water may be high, making these two crossings more difficult. Participants should therefore wear hiking shoes that they won’t mind getting wet. Hiking poles are also strongly recommended, as wet moss-covered rocks can be extremely slippery. The route is not flat, with leaf-covered uphill and downhill stretches. Only hikers in good physical condition should consider this hike. The tour will be approximately 90-minutes followed by an optional dinner at Olympic Pizza. Attendees will meet at 6pm at the mill site on Matson Hill Road. Reservations are required. The walk, talk, and pizza dinner is $20. Walk alone $10. ~ Glastonbury

Tuesday, May 3rd:

9 – 10am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Mother’s Day Tea Party (Toddler Class) Today we will be cooking breakfast for Mom! We will prepare homemade pancakes with fresh fruit topping, personalized breakfast egg cups and a breakfast banana split! At the end of the class, we will sit back and enjoy our meal on our fine china! Coffee, tea and juice will be served. $20 per child (must be accompanied by an adult).  $20 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Ages 2-5. ~ Newington

6 – 8pm: All Art, All Heart Community Art Show You are cordially invited to attend the opening reception of an exhibit of artwork created by our Early Learning Center and community preschools. The spring art show will feature a “Gallery Walk” featuring children’s art work. Free healthy snacks will be provided by the Bristol School Readiness Council and The Bristol Early Childhood Alliance. All preschool and kindergarten students attending the show at Imagine Nation will receive a small gift while supplies last. Participants are invited to cross the street to the Bristol Board of Education, to view the artwork created by Bristol Public School students in grades kindergarten to twelve. ~ Bristol

{National} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Cookie Decorating Class This is an introduction to cookie decorating: you will learn how to fill a decorating bag, color icing, and decorate cookies with a round tip. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $20. ~ Michael’s Stores

6:35pm: New Britain Bees vs Sugar Land Skeeters Tuesday Promotion: 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) ~ New Britain

 

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7pm: Summer Reading Three books for perfect summer reading with Elyssa Friedland, Pam Jenoff and Emily Liebert. Moderated by Julia Pistell . $20 per person. ~ West Hartford

Wednesday, May 4th:

9:15am: You, Your Baby, and the Senses Join Sarah Laub, Certified Aroma Touch Technique Therapist and Wellness Consultant, to learn how to use many senses to soothe your baby, relieve stress for parent and baby, and bond together using a variety of calming oils and techniques.  ~ West Hartford

1 – 2:30pm: Art & Literature The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a novel by Alice Hoffman Discussion led by Museum docent Terry Gianzinetti, author will not be present. A new novel by Alice Hoffman, The Museum of Extroardinary Things tells the tale of love between two unique and young souls Coralie and Eddie, in a volatile New York City after the turn of the 21st century. Daughter of the Director of the Museum of Extraordinary Things, Coralie is an excellent swimmer and appears as the Mermaid in her father’s Museum to amaze and amuse crowds alongside the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and more. One night, her path crosses that of Eddie, a Russian immigrant photographer who has deserted his father’s Lower East Side Orthodox community. Hoffman weaves romance, history, art, and more with masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a spellbinding tale that will leave readers delightfully enchanted! Included with the cost of admission. ~ New Britain

6:35pm: New Britain Bees vs Sugar Land Skeeters ~ New Britain

7pm: Disconnect – Conversation in the Digital Age Has our increasing connectivity led to a decreasing level of conversation? In conjunction with the Connecticut Forum, will host three nationally-recognized digital experts to discuss how social media and our ubiquitous devices have impacted the art of authentic conversation. If conversation is how we truly connect to others, what happens when face-to-face communication decreases? Featuring Dr. David Greenfield from the Center for Internet & Technology Addiction, Slow Tech Movement founder Janell Burley Hofmann and tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar. This evening promises to be an entertaining and engaging conversation. Put down your smartphone for the night and join us as we explore the other type of connection–human connection. Janell Burley Hofmann will be signing copies of her book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up. Tickets: $10.  ~ Mark Twain House

Wednesday, May 4th – Saturday, May 8th:

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{Last Call} Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm: 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. ~ West Hartford

Thursday, May 5th:

{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

5:30 – 7pm: Redlining and Housing Discrimination Redlining is a discriminatory practice by which financial institutions refuse or limit loans, mortgages, or insurance within specific geographic areas, especially inner-city neighborhoods. Despite gains, housing discrimination continues today. How can we take a stand against housing discrimination? How can we create inclusive communities? Join the conversation with featured guests: Professor Jack Dougherty, Trinity College and Maria Cuerda, CT Fair Housing Center. The event is free and will take place in the Stowe Visitor Center. 5:30 – 5:34pm: Refreshments and 5:45 – 7pm: Discussion. Reservations are encouraged. ~ Hartford

6:30pm: Favorite Flavors of Ireland Dinner Metro Bis will be welcoming Margaret McGlew Johnson and featuring her book, Favorite Flavors of Ireland during a five course dinner paired with Thomas Hooker beers. Curt Cameron, President of Thomas Hooker Brewery, will be present to speak about the Connecticut produced beers featured throughout the evening. Margaret is the author of 11 cookbooks. ~ Simsbury

6:30 – 8pm: Word Art & Wine: Bauble Bookmarks This program will feature creative crafts reusing jewelry pieces.  Participants will make a bauble bookmark. Workshop leader Beth Ryan said, “This is a great way to recycle that old earring that has lost its match, the drop on a necklace you no longer wear, or the old charm you’ve been holding onto ‘just because’.” Attendees who don’t bring their own bauble can choose one provided by the instructor. Ribbon, beads, embellishments and other materials will be provided. ~ West Hartford

6:35pm: New Britain Bees vs Sugar Land Skeeters ~ New Britain

8pm: Speak Up Fresh off of selling out their first show at Infinity Hall, we are excited to present the second installment of our series of amazing storytelling shows with Speak Up!! Speak Up Co-Founder and Moth storyteller Matthew Dicks, NPR radio personality and columnist, Colin McEnroe and host of NPR’s “Ask Me Another,” Ophira Eisenberg come together on our Hartford stage for another incredible night a storytelling centered around the theme of “Should’ve Known Better.” ~ Hartford

Thursday, May 5th – Saturday, May 14th:

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Friday, May 6th:

9 – 10am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Mother’s Day Tea Party (Toddler Class) Today we will be cooking breakfast for Mom! We will prepare homemade pancakes with fresh fruit topping, personalized breakfast egg cups and a breakfast banana split! At the end of the class, we will sit back and enjoy our meal on our fine china! Coffee, tea and juice will be served. $20 per child (must be accompanied by an adult).  $20 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Ages 2-5. ~ Newington

4:30 – 6pm: Free Student Jazz Workshop Stay for the Jaxx Concert after. Gary Bartz has been known to many as a trail blazer in the music business from the moment he started playing with Art Blakey at his father’s jazz club in his hometown of Baltimore, MD to his own music throughout the 57 years as a professional musician. As if his Grammy Award with McCoy Tyner in 2005 wasn’t enough to carve out a place for Bartz in the jazz genre, he has broken the mold with more than 40 solo albums and over 200 as a guest artist. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students $5. ~ Hartford

5:30 – 7:30pm: Art Walk Welcome spring and Connecticut Landmarks’ 2016 season! The Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden is honored to have oil paintings depicting the bucolic landscapes of Suffield by renowned plein air artist Christine MacClintic in our Visitor’s Center from May through October. Christine’s work captures the beauty of the barns, pastures, homes and gardens in Suffield, where she has lived and painted for the last sixteen years. Guests are invited on an Art Walk following the reception, along Suffield’s historic South Main Street to Pentimento Flowers at 175 South Main Street and Lily House Bed and Breakfast at 13 Bridge Street. ~ Suffield

Friday, May 6th – Saturday, May 7th:

10am – 4pm: May Market Hill-Stead Museum celebrates the arrival of spring with May Market, its signature home, garden and gourmet benefit event featuring more than 65 artisan exhibitors and specialty plant vendors, as well as a Museum Open House with complimentary tours of the Museum at the May Market Open House. Saturday, is Family Day! May Market offers a full schedule of children’s activities on Saturday, including crafts, a scavenger hunt, a visit with Hill-Stead’s lambs, kid-friendly food and an afternoon performance by the KC Sisters, a local, family-friendly band.  The KC siblings are putting a fresh new spin on the term “Sister Act.” They harken back to the heyday of family groups, with a rootsy, Americana sound that incorporates folk, country, gospel, R&B and jazz. Special offerings on Friday include demonstrations on bread-baking by restauranteur Ann Howard, owner of Farmington’s much-loved landmark Apricots Restaurant & Pub; and quick and easy arrangements by May Ann Haar. Continuing a longstanding tradition, Hill-Stead volunteers will also offer a fine selection of unique perennials sourced from leading local nurseries, Hill-Stead’s own Sunken Garden and gardening friends. Throughout the two days, visitors can enjoy music, New Haven Morris and Sword dancers and delicious food and volunteer-baked treats. Treasure hunters should be sure to visit Theodate’s Attic (new location: Hill-Stead’s Stone Garage) to enjoy a large selection of donated linens, artwork, glassware, gardening books, jewelry and more. Two-day admission tickets are $12 when purchased online before May 6th or $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. ~ Farmington

2 – 4pm: Fashion & Flowers You are invited to afternoon tea at the Noah Webster House. Six rarely seen dresses from the 1840s to the 1920s from the museum’s collection will be on display. Each will inspire a floral arrangement that complements the elegant table settings. Refreshments will include savory and sweet morsels and tea both hot and cold. After tea, Tracy Weed will give a brief presentation on Fashion from Victorians to Flappers. ~ West Hartford

7:30pm: West Side Story Students at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School will perform “West Side Story,” a classic musical that changed American theater more than 50 years ago. The cast will feature more than 40 students from more than 25 Connecticut towns. Tickets to “West Side Story” are $25 and $15 for adults and $15 and $10 for students. ~ Hartford

Friday, May 6th – Sunday, May 8th:

Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. To mark the eagerly awaited return of the show to North America, ending a four-year absence, Riverdance 20 Years: The Anniversary Tour will feature new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an acapella hard-shoe number. ~ Bushnell

Saturday, May 7th:

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. Cost: $5. ~ Canton

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9 – 10am: Mother’s Day Tea Party (Toddler Class) Today we will be cooking breakfast for Mom! We will prepare homemade pancakes with fresh fruit topping, personalized breakfast egg cups and a breakfast banana split! At the end of the class, we will sit back and enjoy our meal on our fine china! Coffee, tea and juice will be served. $20 per child (must be accompanied by an adult).  $20 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Ages 2-5. ~ Newington

9am – 2pm: Tag Sale on Windsor Town Green The Windsor Food and Fuel Bank is sponsoring a tag sale on the Windsor Town Green. Stop down to view and purchase a variety of bargains! ~ Windsor

9am – 3pm: May Market Goodbye winter, hello spring! Now in its 39th year, the Suffield Garden Club’s May Market officially marks the beginning of the planting season.  Beautify your garden with a variety of plants, trees & shrubs.  Win the teacup raffle, take home homemade desserts, or find a unique Mother’s Day gift home décor & local crafts to chase away the winter blues.  Free. ~ Suffield

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10 – 11am: West Hartford History Series and History Tours Discover Park Road – one of West Hartford’s most charming and quirky commercial areas. Park Road includes landmarks like the Art Deco-style A. C. Petersen’s Ice Cream Shop, the vintage Quaker Diner, and the duplex neighborhood of Washington Circle. Take a look at some of West Hartford’s signature triple-deckers and learn the fascinating backstory of the Playhouse on Park building. Each tour is $15 per person and $12 per museum member. Pre-register for all three tours for $40. Registration is available online. Cash tickets may be available each tour day for walk-ins, but are not guaranteed. ~ West Hartford

10am – 1pm: Spring into Healthier Hartford HealthCare and Westfarms invite you to a special event. 10-11am: Complimentary ZUMBA fitness class. Wear your sneakers and get ready for some fun.  All ages welcome! 11am – 1pm: Blood pressure screenings, skin cancer screenings, golf swing analysis, chair massages, pampering services, refreshments and giveaways. ~ West Hartford

11am: Mother’s Day Storytime In celebration of Mother’s Day, read about becoming an expert grandma sitter in How to Babysit a Grandma followed by Mom School. In Mom School a little girl imagines where her mom picked up all her amazing skills, like fixing a bike tire and baking cupcakes. Join us afterward to make a card for your mom or special caregiver. ~ Barnes & Noble Locations

11am – 6pm: Samba Fest Celebrate the region’s rich Brazilian culture at Samba Fest. Led by the rhythmic beat of Trinity College’s Samba Ensemble, the event features international and local music, creating a true multicultural celebration. This event is produced in partnership with Trinity College. The Samba Fest lineup includes Ginga Brasileira, Sambeleza, Sambusa Band, Grupo Ghettos, Conjunto Antillano featuring Ray Gonzalez, Hartford Steel Symphony, Hartford Hot Several Brass Band, Trinity Samba Ensemble, and Trinity Steel. ~ Hartford

1 – 2pm: Free Intro to Yoga Class Feel better. Get stronger. Breathe deeper. Start now! Not sure where to start? We offer a free Introduction to Yoga class one Saturday each month from 1:00-2:00 pm. Our teachers will introduce you to basic yoga postures and techniques, and you will have an opportunity to visit our warm and spacious studios. Bring a friend (or two!) and chill out afterwards in our lounge. No experience required and no registration required. Please arrive 15 minutes early to secure your space! ~ West Hartford

{National} 1 – 3pm: Fun Family Craft Time: Mother’s Day Craft Have fun crafting a card and a bracelet for Mom. Free event, supplies included. ~ Michael’s Stores

2pm: Connecticut Ballet Presents Cinderella Connecticut Ballet’s 34th season closes with a revival of Brett Raphael’s full-length production of Cinderella set to the famous Prokofiev score. Enjoy the magic of this rags-to-riches love story! Suitable for audiences of all ages. Meet the dancers in the lobby immediately following the performance! ~ Hartford

5:30 – 9pm: Parents Night Out Big fun on the big screen. Inflatables, zany games, gymnastics, pizza and a movie on our 9-foot screen, we will keep your children entertained while you enjoy an evening out! Don’t forget to bring a pillow and blanket to cuddle up in for the movie! Fee: $40 per child, discount for siblings. Children ages 4 years and up are welcome. ~ Simsbury

6 – 8pm: Mother’s Day Complete Dinner for Two! Tonight we will prepare dinner for mom in honor of Mother’s Day! Kids will learn how to set the dinner table and prepare an entire meal from scratch! The menu will contain: traditional Caesar salad to start, baked chicken breast with bacon wrapped asparagus and red roasted potatoes. We will finish off with fudge brownies à la mode for dessert! Moms are invited to arrive for dinner at 7:30! $30 per mother/child. Ages 6-12. ~ Newington

7:30pm: Candlelight Labyrinth Walk For millennia, walking the labyrinth has been used by seekers in the search for meaning, peace and connection. Celebrate World Labyrinth Day by joining in this ancient tradition with others in a candlelight labyrinth walk to foster compassion, generosity and peace in the world. The evening will include meditation, a talk by Copper Beech Executive Director and Founder, Dr. Brandon Nappi, a candlelight labyrinth walk along with tea and dessert (with ample gluten free options). The evening will also feature live music with harpist Marcie Swift. This event includes walking in the dark over uneven terrain. Please wear comfortable shoes. Admission Price is $40. ~ West Hartford

9:30pm – Midnight: Gala After Dark Dessert, drinks (open bar included in the cost of your ticket), and dancing featuring the sounds of NYC’s DJ Norbs! Tickets are $75 and limited. Tickets are only available through pre-sale, no tickets will be sold at the door! Semi-formal attire. Support our arts and education programming by dancing the night away! ~ New Britain

Saturday, May 7th – Sunday, May 8th:

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11am – 3pm: Spring Fling: Jungle with Curious George and PBS Kids Take a trip to the jungle inside the Connecticut Science Center! Meet Curious George, see live animals, create your own crafts with the Art Truck, pose in our photo booth and much more. Spring Fling activities are included with the cost of General Admission. Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat will be roaming the Science Center and greeting guests from 11am – 3pm. Entertainment includes: Jungle Crafts with The Art Truck: 11am – 3pm, Face Painting: 11am – 1:30pm (Ages 2–12 only), Live Science, Banana Pianos, Jungle Photo Booth: 11am – 3pm, Animal Show on the Go: 11am – 3pm, Storytime: 11:30am and 1pm. The Roaming Railroad runs from 11am – 5pm: Hop aboard the Roaming Railroad, and take a spin around the plaza. The Roaming Railroad is considered to be “New England’s Nicest Trackless Train” and is appropriate for all ages with seating for up to 27 people including wheelchair access. The train ride requires a separate ticket available for purchase on the train. Rides are $3 per person (infants not yet walking are free). ~ Hartford

Sunday, May 8th:

7am – 11:30am: Mother’s Day Breakfast at Tunxis Hose Company Treat your mother to a nice breakfast and join in some great community time. We have eggs to order, french toast, home fried potatoes, ham, sausage, rolls, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Adults $8, children $5. ~ Unionville

10:30am and 12:30pm: Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch Enjoy a delicious brunch set to the music of the Deborah Wang Trio. 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. 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. ~ Hartford

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11am – 5pm: Mother’s Day Free admission for Moms at Imagine Nation on their special day! ~ Bristol

11am – 5pm: Free Museum Admission for Mothers Celebrate Mother’s Day with us at a special brunch at our Café on the Park! Enjoy a choice between three sumptuous courses prepared by Riverhouse Catering while overlooking beautiful Walnut Hill Park with Mom. Also, be sure to buy her something special at the Museum Shop, which will offer an additional 15% discount on purchases all weekend! ~ New Britain

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12 – 3pm: Israeli Community Pot-luck Picnic Make the most of Sunday Funday with a picnic, lawn games, Sifryat Pijama story time, and more – all in Hebrew! Come with the family, bring a dairy/parve dish, and enjoy. Free and open to the community. ~ West Hartford

12 – 5pm: Free Admission for Moms on Mother’s Day Harriet Beecher Stowe was a working mother of 7 children, squeezing in time to write to help support her family. On Mother’s Day, we honor mothers who work inside and outside the home with special savings at the Stowe Center. Moms enjoy free admission for a Stowe Center tour. The whole family will be inspired by the life of the woman whose words changed the world. Last tour steps off at 4:30pm. Hartford

1 – 3:30pm: Annual Mother’s Day Wildflower Talk & Walk Connecticut has a myriad of spring wildflowers. Find out why they bloom in the spring, where to find them, how they got their names and what makes these plants so special. Join us for a special lecture from 1 to 2 pm. Join us at 2 pm for a guided walk through our woods and our native plant gardens looking for wildflowers. Geared for all ages. $6 adults; children half-price. Moms admitted free. ~ Canton

2 – 4pm: Tea with Mrs. Phelps Celebrate spring & our beautiful lilacs!  Mrs. Phelps will offer a light tea in the Summer House and speak of the significant social & political role that tea played during the Revolutionary War and the years that followed.  A tour of the house & gardens will conclude with a traditional tea service featuring savory sandwiches, scones with homemade lemon curd & jam, a festive cake and many pots of tea! Honor your mother or beloved with this unique experience at one of Connecticut’s most lovely settings; young guests are welcome to don a period costume. Registration required. $15,  $40 for group of three, children 12 and under $10. ~ Suffield

3 – 5pm: Mothers’ Day Afternoon Paint Class Mothers bring your daughter, son, husband, grandparent, or best friend for a fun afternoon paint class. Singles are welcome too! Each participant will have their own canvas to paint while an instructor guides your way to a beautiful masterpiece that can stand alone or be combined with your guest’s to make a whole painting.All ages can participate, but recommended for children over 5. Mother’s Day sweets available. $35 per couple. $25 per person. ~ Bristol

4:15 – 5:30pm: Mother’s Day Prenatal Yoga Specifically designed for expectant mothers, this class allows you to connect to your changing body and your inner wisdom as you prepare for childbirth. Free. ~ West Hartford

Sunday, May 18th – Sunday, May 15th:

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