May 9 – 15

Monday, May 9th:

5pm: Mark Twain Kills a Boy A detailed investigation into the truths and half-truths surrounding a burglary in the 1890s that resulted in the death of a teenage boy, who, according to an outraged newspaper editor, had been inspired to organize a gang of robbers based on Tom Sawyer’s Gang. Mac Donnell is a bookseller and collector from Austin, Texas, whose generosity and scholarship is well known in Twainian circles. This is a free event, but a $5 donation is requested and reservations are recommended. ~ Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Paper Class – Be Happy & Free Canvas Craft up some inspiration with an easy, beautiful creation with paper on canvas. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $9 ~ Michaels.

7pm: The First 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. Register online. Free.  ~ West Hartford

Tuesday, May 10th:

10am – 6pm: Theater Auditions Hartford Stage will hold Equity Principal Auditions for its 2016-17 season today. In the event that all the slots on Tuesday, May 10 fill to capacity, an additional day auditions will be held on Wednesday, May 11. Actors are asked to prepare two contrasting monologues and bring two headshots and resumes to the audition. Equity Actors should email to arrange for an appointment. Please include contact information, phone, email, and preferred audition appointment time. All Equity actors without an appointment will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. Non-Equity actors cannot make appointments but will be seen, as time permits, on a first come, first serve basis. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply. ~ Hartford

10:30am: Raybot Storytime Raybot doesn’t have a best friend. Actually, he doesn’t have any friends at all. After learning that puppies make good best friends, Raybot decides to go find one … but what does a puppy look like? Raybot has never seen one before. All he knows is that they go, “bark!” ~ Enfield

11:30am – 1:30pm: Art on the Streets Help create a piece of clothing out of trash items with Trashion Fashion designer, Amy Merli at Phoenix Gateway. Square Dance along to live acoustic music by local musician, Tang Sauce at State House. Listen to a poetry slam and learn how to create your own poem with the guidance of local poet, Khaiim Kelly at Church & Main. ~ Hartford


6 – 7:30pm: Basics of Fermenting Workshop Come join TFC Health Food’s Traditional Nutrition instructors Lauren Jadovich and Hunter Bahre. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to: create your very own jar of “real pickles” to take home, Learn the process of fermenting vegetables and the benefits of consuming fermented foods, Sample a variety of fermented foods. Get a head start on your journey as a vegetable fermentologist. Admission is $10 at the door. ~ Farmington

6:30 – 8:30pm: Jewelry Class – Vintage Layered Charm Necklace Create a beautiful vintage inspired layered charm necklace. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $21. ~ Michaels

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7pm: Evenings@7: Proof offers free presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these one night only performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists.  This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. The May 10 reading of Proof is produced and directed by Alysa Auriemma and will begin at 7pm in the Silk Room at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester. The event is free, although donations to support this type of work are gladly accepted.~ Manchester

Wednesday, May 11th:

8 – 10am: Bird Walk Join us for an early spring bird walk. All ability levels are welcome.  Wear appropriate clothing and bring binoculars, if you have them. If not, we have a few loaner binoculars available. ~ Bristol

12 – 1pm: Stowe Salons at Lunch We’re talking about social justice issues making news. Please join us and share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. A great opportunity to network with other change makers. Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum. ~ Hartford

6 – 8pm: Natural Lawn Care Workshop Aimee Petras, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Farmington River Watershed Association wants you to get your lawn in shape without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Join us as Aimee outlines tips for mowing, seeding, watering and ways to manage common weeds and pests that can complicate natural lawn care. Free event. ~ Bristol

6 – 8pm: Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism Before there was Maureen Dowd or Gail Collins or Molly Ivins, there was Mary McGrory. She was a trailblazing columnist who achieved national syndication and reported from the front lines of American politics for five decades. From her first assignment reporting on the Army–McCarthy hearings to her Pulitzer-winning coverage of Watergate and controversial observations of President Bush after September 11, McGrory humanized the players on the great national stage while establishing herself as a uniquely influential voice. As the center of the Beltway in a time when the newsrooms were dominated by men, McGrory makes for a powerfully engrossing subject. Laced with juicy gossip and McGrory’s own acerbic wit, John Norris’s colorful biography reads like an insider’s view of latter-day American history—and one of its most enduring characters. ~ Hartford

6:30pm: Dark Glamour Dr. Valerie Steele, author of Gothic: Dark Glamour and director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), will speak about Gothic themes in high fashion and in sub cultural style, charting their relationship with art, film, literature, and music. Free and open to the public. ~ Hartford

7pm: Bottles, Bottles & More Bottles Where to begin? Let us help you in the process of understanding all the different options, such as picking a bottle type, choosing a bottle shape, selecting a nipple size and flow. Free. Register in advance. ~ Manchester

7 – 8:30pm: Uncorked Attend a final dress rehearsal of The Call (with a glass of wine) and get an inside look at our creative process as we get ready to “uncork” the show. Food by Black Eyed Sally’s. $20 per person, $15 for subscribers. ~ Hartford

7 – 8:30pm: Bird Walk Join us for an early spring bird walk. All ability levels are welcome.  Wear appropriate clothing and bring binoculars, if you have them. If not, we have a few loaner binoculars available. ~ Bristol

7:30pm: American Dreams The Travelers Chorale invites you to join them for their 91st annual Spring Concert, “American Dreams” with special guest, the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra. Celebrate as the Chorale takes you on a musical Journey through history with American Trilogy and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot as well as the patriotic My Country Tis of Thee. Enjoy the Jazzed up traditional lullaby All The Pretty Little Horses and Pop songs He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother and Bridge Over Troubled Water. Broadway fans will be treated to Impossible Dream and Being Alive. Admission and parking are free. As a service to the Greater Hartford community, audience members are asked to bring one or more nonperishable food items, which will be collected on behalf of Chrysalis Center-Freshplace. ~ Hartford

Wednesday, May 11th – Sunday, May 15th:

Thursday – Saturday at 7pm, Friday at 10:30am, Saturday at 11am and 3pm and Sunday at 1pm and 5pm: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the extraordinary things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by unexpected circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth. Get ready for an exhilarating  adventure with extraordinary circus artists and magnificent exotic animals, like our big cats!  It’s time to awaken the spirit of children of all ages and stir the imagination of your family! ~ Hartford

Thursday, May 12th:

{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

11:30am – 1:30pm: Art on the Streets Help create a piece of clothing out of trash items with Trashion Fashion designer, Amy Merli at Santander Bank.

3 – 4pm: Austin House Visit Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. Click here for a complete description and photos of the house. With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required, and groups are limited to 12 visitors. Guests will meet their docent at the Austin House, located at 130 Scarborough Street, Hartford. ~ Hartford

4:30 – 7pm: Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with a large community-wide festival and party! Enjoy games, crafts, inflatables, Gaga, basketball, music, dancing, a photo booth, and more. Celebrate like the Israelis do with a BBQ and other Israeli favorites – dinner for the whole family! Food available for purchase. Free and open to the community. ~ West Hartford

5 – 8pm: Spirit Night for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Dave & Buster’s is putting the fun in Fundraising for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center! Just show the flyer in the following link or the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Logo and 10% of your total purchase up to $500 goes to Connecticut Children’s! ~ Manchester

6 – 8pm: Stylish Theme Parties to Throw This Summer Everyone loves a good summer party! Join us as we share three fun party ideas to kick off your summer. ~ Williams Sonoma

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6 – 9pm: Whet Your Palette A Celebration of Food, Wine, and Art! Join us for a fun night in our two galleries as you enjoy small plates from some of your favorite restaurants and chefs! Thank-you to the following chefs and restaurants:Hartford Baking Co., Cafe Louise, The Pond House Cafe, Costa Del Sol, Salute, The Canoe Club, The Rooster Company, Black Bamboo, OnFire Grill, Fish Hook Vineyards, Thomas Hooker Beer, Wine Cellars 4 and Angelos on Main at Rockledge. $30 per person. ~ West Hartford

7pm: Learning the Benefits of Infant Massage Learn the benefits of Infant Massage such as: one on one quality time, relief of gas/colic and constipation, relaxation including improved sleep and more. Informational only, all visuals will be conducted on demo dolls. Free. Register in advance. ~ West Hartford

7pm: 10 Steps to Matering Maternity This ten-step system helps parents learn how to advocate for themselves to get their needs met while navigating the maternity system. Michal will teach expectant families important skills and tools to help them find their birth community, build their birth team, and make informed healthcare decisions. Free. Register in advance. ~ Manchester

7 – 8:30pm: Let There Be Water Discussion with national best-selling author, Seth Siegel, author of Let There Be Water – Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World. Book sale and signing immediately following event. Free and open to the community. ~ West Hartford

7:30pm: Pay What You Can Night This special performance of The Call means you decide the price! Call the box office to reserve your seats and see a great show on any budget. Student prices are normally: $15 and adults are $40-65. Reoccurs on Wednesday, May 18th. ~ Hartford

Thursday, May 12th – Saturday, May 14th:


8pm: Sex Please, We’re Sixty is a laugh a minute farce exploring the libidos and trysts of men and women over a certain age who are still trying to prove they have what it takes to be—ahem—amorous! When someone swaps Bud’s Viagra with Venusia for women, we soon discover it has a strange effect on men. It gives them all the symptoms of a menopausal woman, complete with hot flashes, mood swings, uncontrollable weeping and irritability. ~ Collinsville

Thursday, May 12th – Sunday, May 15th:


Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Anastasia From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical Anastasia is the romantic and rousing story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past while finding a place for herself in the rapidly changing world of a new century. Runs until June 19th.

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Saturday-Sunday at 2:30pm: The Call Annie and Peter have decided to adopt a baby from Africa. When they receive surprising news from the adoption agency, an unexpected choice puts their marriage to the test as they struggle with their fears and understanding of parenthood. A startling account of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home. Runs until June 19th. ~ Hartford

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Romantic Rachmaninoff Wrote Sergei Rachmaninoff, “I try to make my music speak simply and directly, that which is in my heart.” The public was already familiar with Rachmaninoff’s second and third piano concertos before he revised his first, begun at age 18. Using an acquired knowledge of harmony, orchestration, piano technique and musical form, he transformed it into a spirited work that maintains its youthful freshness. Rachmaninoff’s second symphony combines the intense emotions of opera with the luscious sounds of a full symphony orchestra. Although written more than 100 years ago, its sweeping melodies still speak to the hearts of audiences today, pop singer Eric Carmen even borrowed the melody for his hit, “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again!”. ~ Hartford

Friday, May 13th:

5:30 – 8:30pm: Kid’s Night Out Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! That’s why we created Kid’s Night Out. Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party. A perfect evening indeed… Ages 2 through 5.  Children do not need to be potty trained. $25 for one child, discount for siblings. ~ Wethersfield

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s Night Out Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too! Ages 2.5 and up. $40 per child, siblings half-off. ~ West Hartford

6pm: Manchester High School Bookfair Come support Manchester High School by visiting their bookfair on May 13! Ask any bookseller how you can show your support for Manchester High. Author Caragh O’Brien will be present to sign her books. Summer reading suggestions will also be available for students. ~ Manchester

6 – 8pm: Shad Derby Sheila Schmidt Family Fishing The always popular family fishing night out will take place at Washington Park. The Windsor Jaycees are stocking the pond with trout and are inviting families to come fish, have some dinner and enjoy springtime in Windsor. The Jaycees will supply the fishing poles, bait, and dinner. Free. ~ Windsor

6 – 10pm: Kid’s Night Out This is the ultimate night out for any kid! Tons of games, pizza, an ice cream sundae bar, a big screen movie, and endless amounts of fun await you here at the Trails. This program has evolved into a very popular kids event and space fills up quickly. So parents plan your night out and send the kids here for theirs. Head on over to the Trails for a night out that you will never forget. Sorry, parents not allowed! Please bring clothing that is appropriate for outdoor (weather dependent) and indoor play as well as provide a sleeping bag/blanket and pillow for the movie. $25 per child. ~ Farmington

{Parents Time Out} 7pm: Dirty 30 Get turned on by a sensational bar crawl through four premiere Hartford destinations – Dish, Koji, Trumbull Kitchen, and Bin 228. Taste the custom dirty 30 specialty drinks. Hear the music of the night. Feel your curiosity stimulated. Catch a whiff of what TheaterWorks has in store. See yourself living life a little dirtier. If you can last then your inner voyeur will be rewarded. The secret is all you need to indulge all five senses in the second of this series of dirty deeds. ~ Hartford

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7:30pm: Listen to Our World Storytime Squawk! Hiss … Grr … Roar! Big, small, black, brown- all kinds of animals make their home in our world. From the jungle to the mountains or your own backyard, all you need to do is listen. You just might hear the animals all around. ~ Enfield

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8pm: Creative Artists An evening with storytellers, creators & entertainers A celebration of creative expression featuring a surprising combination of diverse artists who will share their work, their process, and their spark for creative inspiration. Doors open at 6:30pm for a Creative Artists Showcase featuring local CT artists! ~ Hartford

8:30pm: Louie Anderson On Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand Up Comedians of All Time,” you will find 2-time Emmy winning comedy legend, Louie Anderson. After debuting on Carson in 1984, and later Leno and Letterman, Louie went on to do television appearances on everything from “Comic Relief” to “Scrubs” and movie appearances in the classics “Coming to America” (opposite of Eddie Murphy) and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” The multi-talented performer and author starred in his own sitcom “The Louie Show” and comedy specials for both HBO and Showtime. Louie also hosted “Family Feud” and launched the animated series “Life with Louie.” ~ Hartford

Friday, May 13th – Sunday, May 15th:

Friday – Saturday at 6:35pm and Sunday at 1:35pm: New Britain Bees vs Bridgeport Bluefish Sunday Promotion: Sunday: Prior to the game, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the Bees. After the game, kids (and kids at heart) can take the field and run the bases!

Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3pm: Windsor Youth Theatre Presents: The Little Mermaid Meet and greet with Ariel following the Sunday performance! $15 adults, $12 students. ~ Windsor

Saturday, May 14th:

6:30am: Feathered Friends Walk Join Jay Kaplan from Roaring Brook Nature Center for his annual bird walk at Cedar Hill. Jay will lead participants through our ornamental foreground in search of resident birds. Hiking shoes & binoculars recommended. Meet near the bridge along the entrance drive. ~ Hartford

7am – 8pm: NYC Foodie Trip Join us as we eat our way through some fabulous neighborhoods full of scrumptious goodies in NYC. We will first visit Zabar’s, a gourmet grocery store on the Upper West Side, full of smoked fish, cheeses, in house roasted coffee, in-house bread, chocolate and an extensive Mezzanine full of cooking products. You will have time to visit Little Italy/Chinatown, for their selection of imported artisan pasta, olive oils, balsamic vinegar, pasta, polenta, bread, fresh and frozen pasta. You may browse Chinatown’s extensive produce and fish markets. We will then visit Kalustyan’s for their extraordinary selection of spices, grains, beans, nuts, oils, vinegars and specialty products from all over the world. You will be sure to find that spice you are looking for! There will be time on your own to browse/shop and have lunch in Little Italy. Lunch is at your own cost. Maps and meal recommendations will be provided. $69 per person. ~ New Britain

8am – 1pm: Cornerstone Spring Consignment Sale This sale will feature gently used items for babies and children. Clothing will include sizes from infants to juniors. ~ Manchester

8:30am – 12pm: Walk like Madd is your chance to do something about drunk driving in our community. This year, thousands of people in over 60 cities around the nation will participate in 5k events to eliminate drunk driving from our roadways. You can help MADD eliminate drunk driving by signing up for a Walk Like MADD event near you as a walker, team captain, or volunteer. You can even be involved without attending the event by signing up as a virtual walker or making a donation to another walker or team. We walk to end drunk driving.  ~ Hartford

9am: 1st Annual Southington Arc-A-Thon Walk at your own pace and your own distance! This event is suitable for all ages! Only $25 age 13 to adult. Children ages 7 – 12 only $10. Children 6 and under are free. ~ Southington

9:30am – 3pm: CARE Family Fishing Class & Practice Session This Family Fishing Class is for families with children from 9 years-old and up and individuals that want to learn the basics of fishing. It is being presented jointly by the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program and Winding Trails. This free class introduces you, your family, and friends to the wonders of water, fish and fishing. The C.A.R.E. program has taught over 185,000 people since 1986. State certified volunteer instructors will pass along the knowledge and expertise that they have learned through years of angling. The class makes use of a DVD introduction, demonstrations and activities to explain where to fish, how to identify fish, what bait to use, and how to stay safe around the water. After the indoor classroom introduction, an outdoor fishing practice is held at Walton Pond. Bring your own lunch to enjoy between the class and practice. Children ages 9 and up. ~ Free. Register to attend. ~ Farmington

9am – 5pm: Race for a Cure Bike-A-Thon Lauren Marx will be peddling on a staionary bike in Webster Walk at Blue Back Square to raise money for the International Myeloma Foundation. ~ West Hartford

9:30am – 12pm: Explore CT Notable Trees Spend the morning at Northwest Park and explore Connecticut Notable Trees with Frank Kaputa, co-chairman of the Notable Tree Committee. There will be a brief presentation on notable trees, learn tree identification, and then set outside for the field study portion. Our State is blessed with a rich diversity of plants, animals, forests, and historic resources. We all share a concern for preserving this cultural landscape, the things that give our state its unique character. Trees are symbolic of our relationship with nature, a touchstone to the past and future. Light refreshments will be provided. The cost is $8 (Windsor Resident) and $10 (non-resident). Registration is required. ~ Windsor

10am: Bottles, Bottles & More Bottles Where to begin? Let us help you in the process of understanding all the different options, such as picking a bottle type, choosing a bottle shape, selecting a nipple size and flow. Free. Register in advance. ~ West Hartford.

10am: University High School of Science and Engineering Bookfair Join us as we welcome University High School of Science and Engineering students, parents, and staff to our store for their bookfair. ~ West Hartford

10am: Elmwood Walking Tour Trek through Elmwood and learn about Elmwood’s distinctive architectural history. The section of town was named for the elm trees planted in memory of the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga, 1777. Once West Hartford’s premiere industrial district, the area is now home to landmark churches, reused schools, and charming bungalows. $15 per person. ~ West Hartford

10am – 2pm: Digging Deeper Tour Seconds after the nine-pound musket is raised to Anthony Riccio’s shoulder onlookers are momentarily riveted by a brilliant flash, billowing smoke and a resounding blast. As the scent of gunpowder clears, a connection with the past is made; the sense of living history is complete. Riccio’s 18th-century musket demonstration serves as the finale of the new “Revolutionary Soldier” Digging Deeper Tour at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum. Offering an in-depth view of the life of a typical Continental soldier. Admission is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended. ~Wethersfield

10am – 12pm: Trail Running Clinics Need help with taking your trail running to a new level? Come out and check out our Trail Running Clinics with Andrea Buono. The first clinic will focus on an introduction to trail running. Learn how to transform from a road runner to a trail runner. Learn what the differences are between the two, proper gear, trail etiquette and trail footing. Each clinic will be followed by a 30 minute trail run. Andrea Buono is a certified running coach with years of experiences running trails from distances that range from a 5K to over 100miles. She has been recognized by National Track and Field for her accomplishments. Registration is required. $15 per person. Ages 16 and up. ~ Farmington

10am – 12:30pm: Climbing Tower Days This 2.5-hour program introduces the bouldering wall, climbing tower and zip line. The climbing tower and zip line are designed to provide a more individual challenge and to build self-confidence while still relying on the group support system. The tower activities include the 8′ x 30′ bouldering wall for practice before the climbing tower. The climbing tower is 40′ high consisting of 3 sides; a 15′ beginner wall with incline, a 40′ intermediate vertical wall, a 40′ advanced wall with incline and over hangs. The 300′ long zip line is located at the top platform of the tower. A safety system (belay system) is used with the Tower and 2 Extreme Engineering auto belay system. Ages 4 and up. Registration is required. $30 per person. ~ Farmington

10am – 4pm: Lyme Disease Awareness Day Join us on the Windsor Town Green by the Eagle for Lyme Disease Awareness Day! This is a free family event with lots of fun activities for kids!Story time, coloring, obstacle course, hula hoop and bubble time. Special guests such as the Fire Dept. Ladder truck, Windsor K9 unit along with a free raffle. Help us name our new tick mascot as well. Brochures and information for adults on Lyme Disease awareness, symptoms and prevention will be available. ~ Windsor

Daytrips and Destinations

10am – 4pm: Daytrips & Destinations Find the best places to go and things to see right here in CT, throughout the Northeast and beyond! ~ Plantsville

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10am – 4pm: Home, Garden, & Lifestyle Show The show offers free admission and plenty of free parking. Come to the free workshops and demonstrations led by industry experts on the year’s latest trends. With a block-party feel, the event features over 60 local businesses, including interior and exterior designers, artisans, crafters, and food trucks. There is something for the dreamer, designer, and decorator in everyone! In the Home Design District’s 10th anniversary year, you can find everything that you need to build, renovate, decorate, repair, or furnish a home. Sixteen businesses located within one mile make home projects more convenient and enjoyable. From flooring to roofing, from wall coverings to windows, kitchens and bathrooms, if its for the home, you’ll find it here. ~ West Hartford

10am – 5pm: Team Uniform Day Team sports are a great way to stay active and healthy. Celebrate your favorite sport with an exciting trip to the Connecticut Science Center! Wear your team uniform from a school or town team to show your team pride and to receive discounted General Admission. Test your strength and pitching speed in our Sports Lab, participate in a sports-themed scavenger hunt, see sports-themed Live Gallery Science demonstrations, and more. Discounted General Admission is available for kids in team uniform and their families, guests, and coaches. This year, adults in adult-league uniforms qualify for our special Team Uniform Day rate, as well! Pricing is $12 per person in advance and $14.95 per person at the ticketing counter on the day of the event. ~ Hartford

11am: If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t Storytime If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a boat, or a Frisbee or a shovel. She is NOT talking about the piano. But Magnolia is a little girl with a big idea, determination and one very heavy upright piano she insists she needs to take with her. What’s the worst that can happen, find out at our Storytime with activities to follow. Click here to learn more about this featured book. ~ Baenes & Noble in Farmington, Glastonbury, Canton and Manchester

11am – 1pm: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Join Alice, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare for an outdoor tea party. Make your own cupcake, and create your own wacky “Mad Hatter” hat.  Tea, lunch, and cookies will be served. For children ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult.  This is a free event but registration is required. ~ West Hartford

11am – 2pm: Hand Drawn Hartford Industrial Draw on Bartholomew Avenue. Please bring a $5 suggested donation. ~ Hartford

11am – 3pm: Farm Day is Westmoor Park’s annual open house celebration of farms and farm culture.  Fun for the whole family. ~ West Hartford

1 – 4pm: Hootenanny We’re so excited to be hosting our third annual afternoon of sheep shearing, live music, and a pop-up farmers’ market. We will be leading farm tours every hour and tours of the vet office every thirty minutes, or on demand. We’ll be celebrating the sheep shearing all afternoon with live music from our friends in The Dizzy River Band! ~ Glastonbury

1 – 5pm: Rising Pint Brewfest This event will showcase over 80 American Craft Breweries, Macro-Breweries, Ciders and imported beers from around the world. ~ East Hartford

1pm and 7pm: Speranza Ballet Theatre Company presents its eighteenth annual Spring Repertory Production. This year features the premiere of Speranza, excerpts from Abravenel and the wedding scene from Don Quixote. Speranza is the wonderful tale of a girl, her love interest, and her three sisters. It features an original musical score and real magical illusions. The wedding scene from the full-length classical ballet, Don Quixote, features the famous grand pas de deux. ~ West Hartford

1 – 3pm: A Walking Tour of Unionville Center Learn about Unionville’s unique history and architecture on a walking tour of the village center. Meet at the gazebo on Clover Pinney Park. Meet at the gazebo on Clover Pinney Park. $10 per person. ~ Unionville

6 – 9pm: Hartford Elks Wine Tasting Join us for a fun evening featuring fine wines, beer, coffee, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, music, and a raffle. Proceeds to benefit: Mayor Mike’s Foundation for Kids. Must be over 21 years old to attend. $35 per non-member. ~ Hartford

6 – 9pm: Explore the Night 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. This session covers: Fishing and How to Prepare Your Catch. All ages. $25 per person. ~ Farmington

6pm – Midnight: The Mayor’s Charity Ball Come out for an evening of fun, food, friendship music and dancing while supporting two of West Hartford’s local non-profit organizations, The Playhouse on Park and The Town That Cares! Tickets include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, sit down dinner with wine, entertainment, silent and live auctions and dancing. Dinner is provided by Max Catering and music provided by The Metropolitan Players ~ West Hartford

7pm: Clue Tours of The Mark Twain House Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope? Play our live-action version of the classic board game Clue in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain’s beloved characters/suspects. Clue Tours provide all the murder, mayhem and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours! Tours begin at 7pm and step off every fifteen minutes. Reservations required. $22 for adults and $15 for children. ~ Hartford

7 – 9pm: Taste & Toast Learn about the beautiful terrain of Israel and how it cultivates a variety of wines. Perfect opportunity for young professionals to meet and mingle. Ages 21–35. ~ Hartford

7:30pm: Hot Sauce in My Bag Kimberly Cannon takes her time to tackle and celebrate the complexities of the topic we can all relate to – The Human Condition. Kimberly creatively titles each component starting with her own family which she affectionately calls “A Box of Vanilla Wafers,” continues by addressing the heartache of love with “Relationship Chips and Dips;” religion with “Do These Beliefs Make Me Look Fat;” and aging with “Time To Lick The Bowl.” Written, produced and performed by an illustrator and mixed media artist, Kimberly Cannon holds nothing back as she brings her characters to life! $20 per person. ~ Hartford

7:30pm: A Freestyle Night To Remember featuring an all-star lineup including 3 freestyle legends Tony, Aby, & Angel, Shannon, SaFire, Lil Suzy, Planet Patrol, Soave, Shana, Fascination, and for the first time in Connecticut in over 20 years the ORIGINAL COVER GIRLS. ~ Hartford

Saturday, May 14 – Sunday, May 15:

Saturday from 9am – 4pm and Sunday from 11am – 4pm: Astronomy Day The Children’s Museum in West Hartford CT celebrates National Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 12, 2016 with special activities and programs that bring astronomy to the youngest people. On Astronomy Day, visitors will explore the universe on a starry safari! Activities include hunting moon phases, trailing shadows, connecting animals in the Wildlife Sanctuary with their constellation counterparts, story time reading safari, “camping out under the stars” in the planetarium and (weather permitting) outdoor activities including stalking the Sun safely (solar viewing) and making yourself into a constellation. The starry safari activities are designed for young children and families. ~ West Hartford

10am – 4pm: Open Studios Weekend Watch artists working in their studios, find out what inspires them, and learn more about their creative process. ~ Simsbury

11am – 2pm: Family Gardening Weekend Our Rooftop Garden will be open on weekends starting on Earth Day, weather permitting. Join us there to plant seeds and participate in other green hands-on activities the whole family will enjoy. Family Gardening Weekend is presented by the Petit Family Foundation and is included with the purchase of general admission or with a Connecticut Science Center membership. ~ Hartford

11am – 6pm: Made in Connecticut Expo Handmade crafts, food companies, drink makers, apparel and fashion designers, artists and artisans, farm producers, local authors doing book signings, health and beauty product companies, pet companies, top local gourmet food trucks, furniture makers, upcyclers and so much more! Come enjoy live demonstrations from a local acrobatic studio, free face paining and bounce houses for the children, wood working demos, chain saw art and other wood working demos, live painting from local artists. Admission is only $6 for adults, children under 12 are free and parking at the grounds is $3 per car. ~ Farmington

Sunday, May 15th:

9am – 2pm: CARE Family Bass Fishing Class & Practice Session This family fishing class is for families with girls and boys that are 9-years and older and individuals that already have some fishing experience and want to learn how to target bass. It is being presented jointly by Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program, the CT BASS Nation, and Winding Trails. This free class expands your knowledge of large and small mouth bass and provides techniques needed to catch these predator fish. The CARE program has taught over 185,000 people since 1986. Certified volunteer instructors will pass along their knowledge and expertise that has been learned through years of bass angling. This all day program offers an introduction in the morning to get you ready for the fishing practice held that afternoon. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite fishing rod and reel for the event. ~ Free. Register to attend. ~ Farmington

9:30 – 11:30am: Touch A Truck with a Salute to Israel Put your imagination in gear and go! Join us for a morning of exploration. Children will have the opportunity to climb aboard and get behind the wheel of their favorite vehicles, learn from the operators, and meet some of their hometown heroes. The morning will also include a salute to Israel, crafts, PJ Library stories, a train ride, and a simulated bike ride through Israel with Mrs. B., Mrs. Wells, and Coach Thai. Rain or Shine. $25 day of /$18 per family in advance.  Bring your own bikes. ~ West Hartford

11am – 1pm: Trail Running Clinic Need help with taking your trail running to a new level? Come out and check out our Trail Running Clinics with Andrea Buono. Session two will focus on how to run up and down hills, single tracks, crossing water. You will also learn about pacing and nutrition. Each clinic will be followed by a 30 minute trail run. Andrea Buono is a certified running coach with years of experiences running trails from distances that range from a 5K to over 100miles. She has been recognized by National Track and Field for her accomplishments. Registration is required. $15 per person. ~ Farmington

11am – 2pm: Sports & Play Day with the Hartford Yard Goats From the science of sports to fun games to play, we’ve got family fun planned throughout the day. Sports & Play day at the Museum will feature  games, activities, and special guests The Hartford Yard Goats. A mascot will be on site from 12 – 1:30pm for pictures. ~ West Hartford

12:30 – 3pm: Teen Gaga Tournament Come with or join a team for this first-ever teen Gaga tournament. Enjoy games and activities, including t-shirt making, treats and snacks, chocolate fountain, and more. ~ West Hartford

1pm: Happy Birthday Rufus Join is in celebrating Rufus’s 15thBirthday! From being abandoned in Conny the whale to being one of our start animals come hear his amazing story. Create special birthday toys with some hidden treats inside. Feel free to bring in some recycables from home to make him some enrichment toys. ~ West Hartford

1pm: Elegant Tea featured an elegant English-style tea, with sweet and savory food, an apron contest, and “Old Fashioned Gardens,” an illustrated talk by gardener Julie Harrison, whose floral business, Natural Elegance Design, is often featured on the television show “Better Connecticut.” Julie will create a floral arrangement as a door prize. Bring an apron and tell its story – you could win a prize! All are welcome to this entertaining afternoon – bring a friend and neighbor. Our recent teas have been very popular – with a large variety of treats, both savory and sweet, along with hot tea in china cups. This will be a fundraiser for the Society. $25 per person. ~ Manchester

1 – 4pm: Fresh From the Farm Tastings Join us in our farmyard on one of the following Sunday’s from 1:00-4:00 for free samples of our farm fresh goodies, wine tasting, local SoG Coffee, hayrides, a jam tasting bar, face painting, kids activities, & much more!  It’s a fun filled day for the whole family! ~ South Glastonbury

2 – 4pm: The Valley Celebrates Israel The Greater Hartford 2016 Israel Festival celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) with a ton of family friendly fun! Try out Gaga (Israeli style dodgeball) and Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball. Sample Israeli snacks, make your own hummus, and create an Israeli-inspired craft. Free and open to the community. ~ Canton

2 – 6pm: 4th Annual Farmington Car Show Free for spectators. $10 to show your car. Proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. Open to all cars; classic, antique, spors and muscle cars.

6pm: Theater Auditions Little Theatre of Manchester is seeking a multi-racial cast for its November 2016 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic Oklahoma. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s masterpiece Oklahoma is set in the frontier days of the old West, providing a colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. This beautiful and dramatic show features a score filled with landmark songs such as Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, People Will Say We’re in Love, and of course, Oklahoma! Re-occurs on Monday, May 16th at 7pm. ~ Manchester