May 23 – 29

Monday, May 23rd:

10:30 – 11:30am: Babies & Bagels If you are a parent with a little one and would like to meet other parents and their children, join us for a play date and get-together. Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Yarn Class Use easy embroidery techniques to craft up a canvas display trio. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $16. Michaels Locations

Tuesday, May 24th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Memorial Day Picnic Favorites Today we will make our favorite Memorial Day picnic foods! On the agenda: mouthwatering BLT pasta salad, ham and cheese pinwheel bites, berry hand pies, and strawberry lemonade! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Reoccurs on Friday, 5/27. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

11:30am – 1:30pm: Art on the Streets We’re partnering with Aetna to bring the arts to you! Join us to celebrate the arts and experience interactive works from local artists. Dance along to live acoustic music by local musician, Tang Sauce at Phoenix Gateway. Have an engaging conversation with two artists in a dining room setting with Zoe Allison at State House Square. Try on a wearable camera and view Hartford through the lens of photographer, Justin O’Brien at the corner of Asylum Street and Trumbull Street. Free. Hartford

12 – 1pm: The 1843 Petition: Gaining Religious Freedom for Connecticut Jews Connecticut’s State Constitution of 1818 deliberately excluded Jewish congregations. Mary M. Donohue, Assistant Publisher for Connecticut Explored magazine, will explain the Jewish community’s 1843 petition to the Connecticut General Assembly for full religious equality, as they fought for the right to own property and build synagogues. Afterwards, enjoy a panel discussion with Donohue, the University of Hartford’s Dr. Bilal Dabir Sekou and Dr. Walter Woodward, Connecticut’s State Historian, on how Connecticut residents, both past and present, have used petitions to effect change. Connecticut’s Old State House, Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Floral Class – Tranquil Arrangement Create a lush arrangement that evokes tranquility. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $46. Michaels Locations

7:30pm: The History of Memorial Day (including its Glastonbury Root), presented by Marshall S. “Mike” Berdan. This is one of four free presentations open to the public which the HSG sponsors throughout the year. Memorial Day, America’s most solemn holiday, originated 150 years ago this month in Waterloo, New York, or so decreed Congress in 1966 on the eve of its centennial. If so, then the father of the commemoration originally as “Decoration Day” is none other than Henry C. Welles, a relative of Glastonbury’s own Gideon Welles (Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy), who had himself been born here in 1820.Writer, historian, and Historical Society of Glastonbury board member Marshall S. “Mike” Berdan will speak about Henry C. Welles, that first Memorial Day, and the subsequent history of the holiday. This presentation is free and open to the public. First Church Congregational, Glastonbury

Tuesday, May 24th – Sunday, May 29th:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Dirty Dancing The classic story on stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart stopping “I’ve Had The Time of My Life.” Recommended for Ages 12 and up. The Bushnell, Hartford

Anastasia

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: 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. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Tuesday – 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. Promotions this week: Tuesday: Stick around for a post-show chat with the cast of The Call. Wednesday: Post-show party moves across the street to Bin 228 for great cocktails and good eats. Gay or straight, all are welcome. Join the fun and see an awesome show; included in the price of your theater ticket. Saturday: All free student matinée: This is how TheaterWorks shows love for education! Runs until June 19th. TheaterWorks, Hartford

Wednesday, May 25th:

7:30 – 8:30am: 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. Free. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol.

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10:30am and 2:30pm: Junie B. Jones It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend Lucille doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher Mr. Scary thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal”, and first grade has never been more exciting.  Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your  heart just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. 1-hour run time. Recommended for students in grades K-5 but offers fun for the entire family. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

7pm: Car Seats 101 All about Car Seats from infant carriers, to convertible and boosters Learn the features and benefits of each type with our Experts. Babies R Us, Manchester.

7pm: Hartford in WWI When the United States Congress declared war in April 1917, Connecticut answered the call to arms. As the capital, Hartford was the hub of the state’s war effort. The city hosted major rallies and recruitment drives, and leaders from Hartford directed efforts to inspire patriotism and sacrifice. Allied needs for war material and goods were insatiable, and local manufacturers like Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company worked around the clock to meet the demand. Men and women from the greater Hartford area (including Windsor) battled in the trenches, volunteered in the hospitals and canteens, and served in the air and on the high seas. A century later, this legacy of service and sacrifice is memorialized by local monuments and images which trace the extraordinary story of our area during World War I. $6 adults and students. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

7pm: “Of Beards & Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair” with author Chris Oldstone-Moore Take a look around: from hip urbanites to rustic outdoorsmen, well-groomed metrosexuals to post-season hockey players, facial hair is everywhere. The New York Times traces this hairy trend to Big Apple hipsters circa 2005 and reports that today some New Yorkers pay thousands of dollars for facial hair transplants to disguise patchy, juvenile beards. And in 2014, blogger Nicki Daniels excoriated bearded hipsters for turning a symbol of manliness and power into a flimsy fashion statement. The beard, she said, has turned into the padded bra of masculinity. This fascinating and erudite history of facial hair cracks the masculine hair code, shedding light on the choices men make as they shape the hair on their faces. Oldstone-Moore adeptly lays to rest common misperceptions about beards and vividly illustrates the connection between grooming, identity, culture, and masculinity. To a surprising degree, we find, the history of men is written on their faces. Free. Mark Twain House, Hartford

Thursday, May 26th:

Meet & Create

6:30 – 8:30pm: Remake Fashion Fix Workshop Bring your jewelry to mend, restyle or refresh it in the workshop. Our team member will help show you how. Supplies not included. Michaels Locations

7pm: 9th Annual Parenting Conference The Mandell JCC and the Family Room Parenting Center bring you the best in parenting. This year’s Parenting Conference features Amy Alamar, EdD, author of Parenting for the Genius. $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

TBA: Skygazing: Rhythm, Sound & Stars Join us at the Talcott Mountain Science Center for an upbeat and enlightening evening observing the night sky from the top of Talcott Mountain. Begin the evening with an assortment of fun, family-friendly, hands-on activities that explore rhythm and sound; and try your hand at drumming on the sundial with our special guest, Susan Strand, while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Farmington Valley. There’ll be instruments to share and we encourage everyone to join in. No rhythm required! Afterwards, we’ll move into the Captain Alan M. Bean Hypospherium for a tour of the celestial bodies that will be visible to us in the night sky. Then, when the skies have darkened, we’ll head to our final skygazing destination atop Talcott Mountain. With a wide array of telescopes at our disposal, we’ll be looking for stars, planets (including Saturn, Mars and Jupiter) and other celestial gems. Tickets are $8. This event will be held rain or shine. If sky conditions preclude viewing, all attendees will receive free passes to join us at a future event. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon.

Thursday, May 26th – Saturday, May 28th:

{Hop, Skip + A Jump} 7pm: The Wiz This fantastic Broadway musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul music. For its spring production, Oddfellows Playhouse presents “The Wiz.” This fantastic Broadway musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul music. The Junior and Teen Company actors performing in “The Wiz” range in age from 12 to 19. The cast includes youth from Middletown, Portland, Meriden, West Hartford, Glastonbury, Rocky Hill, East Hampton, and East Windsor. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater, Middletown

Friday, May 27th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Memorial Day Picnic Favorites Today we will make our favorite Memorial Day picnic foods! On the agenda: mouthwatering BLT pasta salad, ham and cheese pinwheel bites, berry hand pies, and strawberry lemonade! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 8pm: Memorial Day Picnic Favorites Today we will make our favorite Memorial Day picnic foods! On the agenda: mouthwatering BLT pasta salad, ham and cheese pinwheel bites, and strawberry lemonade! For dessert, delicious berry hand pies and patriotic cake pops! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6pm – 8am (Saturday): Overnight Excursions at the Connecticut Science Center Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the Connecticut Science Center at night? Find out at our next Overnight Excursion! Explore our 10 exhibit galleries and settle in for the night at your favorite exhibit. You’ll experience exciting science challenges and activities, meet some of our favorite LIVE animals, see a 3D movie, and more. Overnights are $55 per person and are open to families and groups with children ages 5–12. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

8pm: The 100 Future Leaders of Color Gala & Awards Honoring 100 High School Seniors in the state of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts who will be attending a College or University. 50 young women and 50 young men will receive a book scholarship and award for outstanding academic work and community service. The Bushnell, Hartford

Friday, May 27 – Saturday, May 28th:

8pm: Improv 2016 is the 30th anniversary of the release of the movie “Pretty in Pink”, so let’s go back to that era for a night of improv. Based on the classic John Hughes movies of the 1980s, like “Pretty in Pink”, “Some Kind of Wonderful”, “Sixteen Candles”, and the iconic “The Breakfast Club”, an Improvised ’80s Teen Movie brings the genre to life on stage. Improvisers will take audience suggestions to inspire the recreation of a ’80s Teen Movie. Live improvisers spin a new tale of teenage angst, drama and romance each night, so if you like the first night, come back again, since the second show will be completely different. Be prepared to see: cool kids, rich kids, misfits, jocks, rockers, and stoners navigate through the trials and tribulations of high school life. Dodging clueless parents, meddlesome teachers, and the rough waters of high school social hierarchy you’ll feel like Molly Ringwald might appear at any moment. $15 per person, $10 for students. General Admission Seating. BYOB. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Saturday, May 28th:

8am – 7:30pm: Trip to USS Intrepid Visit the Intrepid Museum, which is centered on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (CVS-11), one of the most successful ships in U. S. history, and now a national historic landmark and one of the most-unique attractions in New York City. In 1943, the Intrepid was commissioned and served proudly in World War II. She went on to serve as one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA, three tours of duty off Vietnam, and surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War. View the museum’s exciting exhibits, which range from thrilling historical recreations to the newest thrilling exhibit, the Enterprise Space Shuttle. You can also ride in the A-6 Cockpit Simulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone, and tour the inside of the Growler submarine. Trip includes motor coach transportation, escort, admission to the USS Intrepid, including general tours of the museum. Specialized tours of the museum exhibits, such as the Concord, you may book personally on your own by visiting their website, www.intrepidmuseum.org. Maps of the area will be distributed, as well as restaurant/meal recommendations (on your own). There is a catering facility available at the museum. DOT Commuter Lot, New Britain

9:30am – 5pm: Blue Star Museums Military families will be offered free admission with proper identification. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol

10am: Nursery 101- Sleepy Time Let us help you create a nurturing nest for your new arrival. All about the nursery, cribs and combos, infant bedding and accessories. Reserve your spot online. Babies R Us, West Hartford

10am – 4pm: Revolutionary War Encampment Visitors can interact with the 5th Connecticut Regiment, in full colonial dress and enjoy entertaining demonstrations of 18th-century medicine, horsemanship, bayonet techniques, open-fire cookery, camp life, marching and musket firing, music and more. Children are invited to learn to march and perform drills with wooden muskets. The encampment also includes members of the 54th Regiment of Foot, a dashing band of British redcoats whose safety is uncertain once they commence their attack on the Continental soldiers at 1 pm. The ever-popular Big Bear Trading Company will return with reproduction 18 and 19th-century wares for soldiers and civilians alike. Admission to the encampment is free; regular admission charged for optional tours of the museum. Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield

11am: Our Great Big Backyard Storytime To help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this special Storytime explores Our Great Big Backyard. #1 New York Times bestselling authors’ former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager have created an exuberant picture book tribute to our national parks and the importance of connecting with nature. Coloring and activities to follow. Barnes & Noble of Farmington, West Hartford, Manchester and Glastonbury

1 – 3pm: Chalkboard and Lettering Workshop Turn almost any surface into a chalkboard! Buy the clay pot or a canvas and the supplies are free. Michaels Locations

7 – 9pm: Riverfront Summer Pops The Middletown Symphonic Band kicks off the Summer Pops series with a Memorial Day weekend performance, returning again on 7/23 and 9/10. Rain date: 5/29. Visit the Middletown Symphonic Band website for more information about their music. Free. Great River Park Amphitheater, Hartford

Saturday, May 28th – Sunday, May 29th:

10am – 5pm: Memorial Day Weekend: Honoring Those Who Serve Treat your favorite service member to free general admission to the Connecticut Science Center! Enjoy 165+ hands-on exhibits, including the new Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion traveling exhibit. This offer applies to all active, reserve, veteran, and retired military and all active or retired fire, police, state troopers, or EMS personnel. Accompanying family members are half price, too! Please bring proof of service. Please note that the Connecticut Science Center is closed on Monday, May 30. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

11am – 3pm: Special Appearance by Chase and Ryder Younger visitors will be racing to the Connecticut Science Center to meet their favorite pup Chase and his trusty friend Ryder. They will be walking around shaking hands and posing for photos as they patrol the Science Center. This special event is compliments of the Miracle League of Connecticut and is included with the cost of general admission. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

1pm and 4pm: Junie B. Jones It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend Lucille doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher Mr. Scary thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your  heart just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. 1-hour run time.  Recommended for students in grades K-5 but offers fun for the entire family. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

{Hop, Skip & a Jump} 2 – 8pm: The Ridge Food Truck Festival Food trucks will be traveling Curbside to Mountainside for this extraordinary Memorial Day Weekend event. Family fun and live music are also on the menu. Local bands, craft vendors, chairlift rides, beer and wine garden and kids activities are just the start of a fun filled day at the mountain. Then close out the night in the lodge with an all-time family favorite flick! Bring your blankets for a spot in front of our movie screen. Entrance fees: Includes free access to all activities! Two days of top bands, lift rides to the top of the Mountain, kids zone with 2 bounce houses and their favorite characters. Shop the craft and vendor village. Admission Adults $12-27, Kids $6-13. Powder Ridge, Middlefield

Sunday, May 29th:

10am – 5pm: Miracle League Day at the Connecticut Science Center The Miracle League of Connecticut is happy to invite families to the second annual Connecticut Science Center Miracle League Day. Families will enjoy a day of family fun at the deeply discounted rate of just $10 per person for General Admission. The Miracle League of Connecticut provides an accessible, nurturing, and non-competitive environment where families cultivate new friendships and experience the joy of play. This special event is one of many opportunities that the Miracle League offers to children with physical and cognitive challenges in Connecticut. Miracle League Day is open to all friends of the Miracle League and to the general public. General Admission includes all 4 floors of hands-on exhibits including the new traveling exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. Those who wish to participate must purchase these discounted tickets in advance through the Miracle League’s website. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis (as available). Please note that this is not a sensory-friendly event. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

1pm: Enfield Memorial Day Parade The parade kicks off in front of the Old Town Hall Museum. Roads along the parade route, including Route 5 at the Old Town Hall, will close to traffic shortly before the parade starts and remain closed until the parade passes. The Old Town Hall Museum will open immediately after the parade and remain open until the normal closing time of 4:30pm. Old Town Hall Museum, Enfield

2 – 4pm: Goat Walk and Farm Tour Spend time with the Bradley Mountain Farm Goat Herders and meet our dairy goats!  Learn about the milking breeds, and take a walk in our pasture. You will tour the farm and take a leisurely stroll through our pastures and next to the trail at Crescent Lake.  The walk and tour are 2 hours long. You will receive an informational packet on goats, and goat milk soap samples from our soap shop. Walking sticks are available at no charge. Please wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes to the walk with the goats. We will be outdoors for two hours, and the trails can be rocky. $20 per person. Bradley Mountain Farm, Southington.

4pm – 1:30am (Sunday): Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets You are invited to join us as we travel to Citi Field in Queens for a Sunday night ESPN feature game with the Los Angeles Dodgers led by Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Pugi and other stars.  They will take on last year’s World Series runner-up, the New York Mets, with their great young pitchers and stars like David Wright and Lucas Duda. Our seats are in the lower section just beyond left field. There will be no rest stops on this trip. The cost is $92 per person. Our trip leader is Ned Skinnon. West Hartford Senior Center, West Hartford

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