May 31 – June 5

Tuesday, May 31st:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: It’s Raining Donuts! (Toddler Class) In honor of National Donut Day, today we will be creating our very own homemade donuts! This year, we will make donuts with a variety of glazes and toppings. You will be able to choose from a basic glaze, chocolate glaze, or strawberry glaze! Each child will leave with 4 homemade donuts! Reoccurs on Friday. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

Tuesday, May 31st – Sunday, June 5th:

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. Promotions: AfterWords Discussion Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30pm performances on Tuesday 5/31. Saturday, 6/4 at 2pm: Audio Described Performances For patrons who are blind or have low vision. 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. Runs until June 19th. TheaterWorks, Hartford

Wednesday, June 1st:

9:45 – 10:30am: Sleep Well Baby Clinic Sleep is not a luxury; it is an essential component of good health. Each member of your family deserves healthy sleep and not getting enough rest can have serious implications on your physical and mental well being. Join us at the TLGT for a sleep clinic with Kim Williams, local Simsbury mom and certified child sleep consultant with SleepWell Baby. Kim will give discuss infant and child sleep and answers your pressing sleep questions. You don’t have to live tired – come and learn how to get rest for your whole family! Registration is required. Open play for ages 1-5 immediately follows from 10:30am-12pm for just $15 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

12pm: Lunchtime Lecture: Clybourne Park Join local writer and historian David Garnes and cast members for a talk about LTM’s upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park. We are especially excited to hear what he shares about our June production of Clybourne Park, a show that takes on complex issues of race and gentrification in a bitingly funny play.” Guests are invited to bring a lunch; beverages will be served. Silk Room at Cheney Hall, Manchester

2nd Annual HHNE 5K Unity Color Run

7 – 8:30pm: Wine Tasting Class Just in time for the summer entertaining season, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will offer a course in wine tasting. The classes are hosted and sponsored by Steve Leon of Wine Cellars 4. Can you tell the difference between a domestic wine and one from abroad? What’s the difference between a California vintage and one from France or Italy? Participants will taste different types of wines to learn terminology and perfect their palate. Five wines will be tasted each week from California and comparable international brands. The fee is $20 for a single class or $30 for two. Registration is required. Reoccurs on June 8th. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

Wednesday, June 1st – Sunday, June 5th:

Celebrate Bloomfield Wednesday: Painting on the Green from 5:30-8:30pm on the Town Hall Lawn ($15 fee for materials) and a Concert on the Town Stage at 6pm. Thursday: Concert on the Green featuring Bloomfield High School Choral at 6pm. Friday: Concert from 6-8pm at Sacred Heart Church. Saturday at 6pm: Community Dinner at Tap Inn. $30 per person incudes buffet, music, beer and wine. Special Guest Anika Noni Rose. Friday – Sunday: Hikes by the Wintonbury Land Trust. Saturday from 9am – 4pm Arts & Craft Fair on the Town Green including a Author’s Showcase until 5pm. Town Center Walk/Talk at 10am. Sunday: Open House at Auerfarm from 10am – 4pm with farm tours, hayrides, visit with the animals also Narrated Bus Tours of Bloomfield from 12-4pm.

Thursday, June 2nd:

5:30 – 7:30pm: Hartford Art Show Butler-McCook is teaming up with Public Allies Connecticut to showcase art works by local youth in the Aetna Gallery. The students explore themes of identity, community, & Hartford in this multimedia display. The show represents the oft-ignored voice of the city’s youth & their experiences. Help us welcome these new artists with a reception! Free. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford

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Eblast June 2

6 – 9pm: 6th Annual Big Tent Jubilee The Student Stowe Prize recognizes outstanding writing by U.S. high school and college students that motivates action for positive social change. Congratulations to the two student winners: Martese Johnson, University of Virginia and Nina Sachs, Francis W. Parker School. Mr. Johnson, the college winner, was selected for this entry “Reflections After a Trending Hashtag – Criminal Justice and the Events of March 18, 2015,” advocating against anti-black violence, published in Vanity Fair. Ms. Sachs is the high school winner for “Empowering Women, Period,” published in Teen Ink. Author Andrew Aydin will present the awards and offer remarks. All ticket levels include farm-to-table dinner and award ceremony. Patron level tickets also include a private reception with the Student Stowe Prize winners and featured speaker and award presenter, Andrew Aydin.

6:30pm: CT Farm Table Cookbook Dinner at Metro Bis Metro Bis will welcome Christy Colasurdo for a five course wine dinner featuring her book, The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook. This regional cookbook is packed with 150 recipes from the area’s top chefs and local farmers and offers a window into the world of Connecticut’s farm-to-table movement, brought to life through vivid farmer and chef profiles, local lore, and stunning photographs. The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook is culinary travelogue that shines a light on the state’s cherished food producers, and features seasonal, local recipes. Co-authors Tracey Medeiros and Christy Colasurdo present the best of Connecticut’s local, sustainable dining scene—from seafood and sugar shacks to four-star farmhouse restaurants. Metro Bis Restaurant, Simsbury.

Thursday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 5th:

Friday, June 3rd:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: It’s Raining Donuts! (Toddler Class) In honor of National Donut Day, today we will be creating our very own homemade donuts! This year, we will make donuts with a variety of glazes and toppings. You will be able to choose from a basic glaze, chocolate glaze, or strawberry glaze! Each child will leave with 4 homemade donuts! Reoccurs on Friday. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

10am – 3pm: Winged Wonders Butterfly House Open for the Season Step inside and prepare to be amazed when you find yourself immersed in a world of butterflies. This summer, The New Children’s Museum introduces you to a mesmerizing exhibit that will give families an experience like no other. Functioning as a home for these beautiful creatures, the Butterfly House also exhibits a garden and landscape that act as a natural environment for the butterflies. Take a seat and enjoy the view or read the signs to learn more about the creatures and plants that surround you. Family members of all ages will enjoy the breathtaking displays of color and nature. Closed in inclement weather. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

6 – 8pm: It’s Raining Donuts! In honor of National Donut Day, today we will be creating our very own homemade donuts! This year, we will make whole donuts AND old fashioned donut holes. You will have a variety of glazes and toppings to choose from. Each child will leave with 4 whole donuts and a half dozen donut holes! Ages 6-12. Ages 6-12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

7:30 – 9:30pm: Concrete Tomato and Friends Improv Show We are happy to announce that Concrete Tomato is hosting a two-part improv comedy show on Friday, June 3rd. The 7-8pm show will feature: History of the Future, Concrete Tomato and SHED. The 8:30-9:30pm show will feature: A mixed group with Ashley Trix Hamel, Karyn Burns, Bob Chase and members of Concrete Tomato, Winnipeg and Bryan and Nate from Knucklepuck.  One show is $6, or come to both for a reduced cost of $10! The Carriage House, Hartford

Friday, June 3rd – Saturday, June 4th:

 

Friday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 5th:

Friday – Saturday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 1:35pm: Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at New Britain Bees Sunday Family Day: New Britain Stadium is the place to bring the whole family on Sundays! 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! Promotions: Friday: The second of seven postgame Pyrotechnics Shows. Saturday: The second 2016 Collector’s Pin will be given to the first 1,000 fans through the gates! and Sunday: Superhero Day – Up, up, and away! Celebrate your favorite Superheroes with the Bees!

Saturday, June 4th:

8am: FVTC National Trails Day Ride In conjunction with National Trails Day, the Farmington Valley Trails Council will hold a bicycle ride and walk. The event helps to promote public awareness of the rails-to-trails initiative in the Farmington Valley, attracting new and existing fans of the multi-use trail system. The northern part of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail now has 28 continuously paved miles from southern Farmington through Westfield, MA. The Farmington River Trail is complete from southern Farmington to Route 44 in Canton and has 10.2 miles of paved trail. This family-oriented event is designed for trail users of all abilities, and is fully supported until 2pm. Club Ride (44-mile) starts at 8:30am and Fun ride (21-mile) starts at 9:30am. Family walk (5-mile) starts at 10am, family ride (10-mile) at 10:30am. Adults $20, kids under 12 are free. Raindate: June 5th. Iron Horse Boulevard and Jim Gallagher Way Parking Lot, Simsbury

Miles for Miracles 5K Family Walk/Run on June 4, 2016

8:30am: Race for the Cure is a 5K (3.1 mile) run and walk. Participants can chose whether they want to be timed or not. Youth under 16 years of age should register for the 5K or 1K under the youth category. Participants under the age of 16 can register as Youth if they will be running or walking in the 5K. The Kids’ Fun Run is a 1K course and registration is not required. The 5K run begins at 8:30am and the 5K walk begins at 9:45am. Bushnell Park, Hartford

Nate's Junior Warrior Run at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards

9:30 – 10am: It’s Raining Donuts! (Toddler Class) In honor of National Donut Day, today we will be creating our very own homemade donuts! This year, we will make donuts with a variety of glazes and toppings. You will be able to choose from a basic glaze, chocolate glaze, or strawberry glaze! Each child will leave with 4 homemade donuts! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9 – 11:30am: Rocky Hill Educational Walk Take a 3 mile walk and explore the archaeological sites on this 68-acre parcel. Dividend Pond Trails is the home of Rocky Hill’s first Industrial Park that grew and flourished, producing shears, chisels, hoes, toys, chandeliers, horseshoes, lumber  and more. Rain or shine. Free. Dividend Pond Trails, Rocky Hill

9am – 12pm: East Granby Hike Moderate 4-mile hike along the Metacomet Trail in East Granby, roughly two to three hours. We will meet at 8:45am at the Community Center and carpool to the trailhead. We will stage several cars at the hike’s end, as well. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water to drink. Heavy rain cancels. Pre-registration is recommended. Free. East Granby Community Center, East Granby.

9am – 12pm: Burlington Hike Join Jan Gatzuras and CFPA Trail Manager & Board Member Jeff O’Donnell for a 5-mile hike that will travel over varied terrain on the Blue-Blazed Tunxis Trail. This pretty woodland loop includes the Great Wall, a steep rock escarpment nearly 70 feet high. Bring water and snack. Heavy rain cancels. Free. Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area, Burlington

9am – 2pm: Suffield Educational Walk The towpath offers awesome views of the CT River, wildlife habitat, bird watching and is a window into CT’s history. Walk or bike. The trail is paved, level and 4 miles long. Cyclists should be able to ride confidently in a straight line. Certain sections of the path have a steep grade either side of the trail. The trail is wheelchair friendly. Rain cancels. Pre-registration is appreciated. Free. Windsor Locks Canal State Park and Trail, Suffield

9:30 – 11:15am: Farmington Educational Walk Take a scenic hike on Farmington’s newest historic trail and learn about Unionville’s dam history. Four dams on the Farmington River had a significant effect on Unionville’s industrial growth. The Power Dams Trail takes you to three of these locations, including a partial survivor of the Flood of 1955. The Trail follows a 1,000 foot long earthen dam which has a kiosk with maps and photos of Unionville’s industrial past. It then continues to the west abutment of the Big Dam built in 1856. Pre-registration is recommended. Free. Power Dams Trail, Farmington

9:30am – 1pm: West Hartford Hike Partially flat along reservoir 6, moderate climb to the lookout tower. Tower should be open for 360 degree scenic views. Bring light lunch and water. Hike is 6.8 miles. Rain postpones. Raindate: June 5th at 9:30am. Pre-registration is appreciated. Free. Metacomet Trail, West Hartford

10 – 11:30am: Windsor Nature Walk Come enjoy this beautiful, paved walking trail that winds its way down the scenic Connecticut River. This peaceful walk is perfect for families of all ages. Nature walk is 1 mile. Rain cancels. Registration is appreciated. Free. East Barber River Trail, Windsor

10am – 12pm: Granby Hike Two hike options will be conducted. The eastern trails are a combination of fields and woods and are relatively gradual in elevation change. A leisurely 4 mile hike is planned for this terrain. The western trails offer a continuous, but not strenuous climb which connect to Granby Land Trust and McLean Game Refuge properties which include overlooks (Peterson Preserve) and Carpenter Waterfalls. The western hike will cover approximately 6 miles. Both hikes are family oriented. Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. Bring a water bottle, and appropriate footwear. Hiking poles are optional. Rain or shine. Pre-registration is recommended. Free. CSA Barn, West Granby

10am – 12pm: New Britain Bike We’ll follow the Stanley Parks Multi-use Trail. The trail starts in Stanley Quarter Park near the skate park. It travels over to neighboring A.W. Stanley Park and then loops back to the starting point in Stanley Quarter Park. I’ll point out various natural features and describe some historical aspects of the parks. There are a few brief sections with uneven terrain that we’ll walk our bikes to cross safely. There is one steady incline of around 0.4 mile on the return, but it is easily walked for bikers that need to. We’ll travel as a group, waiting for slower riders at various stopping points. Bring your bike, helmet, water bottle, and snacks for quick energy. Cameras and binoculars are useful if you have them. I have binoculars I can share. Bike is 4-miles. Rain postpones. Raindate June 5th at 10am. Pre-registration is required. Free. Stanley Parks Trail, New Britain

10am – 12pm: Hartford Educational Walk Tree expert John Kehoe will lead this 2-mile educational walk featuring Cedar Hill Cemetery’s rare and notable trees. The tour, through the ornamental foreground and historic memorial sections, will highlight trees such as the beautiful European weeping beech, the unusual (for the Northeast) umbrella magnolia, and the Huss hemlock named for a resident of Cedar Hill. Rain or shine. Pre-registration is appreciated. Free. Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford

10am – 12:30pm: Manchester Hike Take a hike around Laurel Marsh over well-groomed trails and via boardwalks. The terrain is mostly flat with a few short climbs. Many scenic views. Bring water, a snack, and hiking boots. Hike is 3.5 miles. Rain postpones. Raindate June 5th at 10am. Free. Laurel Marsh Trails, Manchester

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10am – 3pm: A Sporting Chance for Youth Day Head to Riverside Park to try rowing, fishing, volleyball, football, soccer, our climbing wall, orienteering, golf, baseball, basketball, cricket, mountain biking, and more. This event is free and open to kids of all ages (even the grown-up kind). Free. Riverside Park, Hartford

10am – 3:30pm: Plainville Rock Climbing Join us at the First Crack at Pinnacle Rock for a fun chance to do some rock climbing to the summit, which is traversed by the Blue-Blazed Metacomet Trail (part of the New England Trail, NET). Stop by anytime between 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM to get started. Gear will be provided for new climbers. Please dress for the weather. Kids must be age 6 or older and be accompanied by a legal guardian. Pinnacle Rock is located 1-2 miles round trip from the trailhead. Rain postpones. Raindate June 5th at 10am. Pre-registration is appreciated. Free. Pinnacle Rock, Plainville

10am – 4pm: The Windsor Flea is an indoor/outdoor flea market featuring antiques, arts and crafts, jewelry and home décor. Visit our Made In Connecticut Boutique where you will find the best that Connecticut has to offer! There will also be a mini food truck festival with about 3-5 food trucks outside. Admission is free and so is parking. Central Street Antiques and Auctions, Windsor

10am – 3pm: Wildlife Activity Day Visit Sessions Woods during “Wildlife Day” for some outdoor fun! Learn survival skills all day, such as how to make a shelter and start a fire. Go on an insect hunt at 10:30 a.m.! Try an archery activity from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Take a hike in honor of National Trails Day. Learn about wildlife, animal tracks, and more! Friends of Sessions Woods, Burlington

10am – 5pm: Manchester Nature Walk Flash After School Program will be hosting a nature walk for any Manchester residents. Rain postpones. Raindate: June 5th at 10am. Pre-registration is recommended. Free. Case Mountain, Manchester.

10:30am – 12pm: Wethersfield Educational Walk Educational Walk for Little Kids! Bring your young naturalists (ages 4-6) for a short 1-mile hike and nature activity on this Great Meadows Conservation Trust property. We will cross the shiny bridge over the brook, follow the trail through the woods, pass the turtle pond, and follow the trail along the marsh. The route will skirt the edge of the corn field, site of the original “Pyquag” Native American summer camp, to the irrigation pond and back. Members of the Wethersfield High School Ecology Club will have a table set up with stickers and nature activities. Meet leader Jim Woodworth at the entrance to the Wood Parcel. Rain cancels. Pre-registration is appreciated. Free. Great Meadows Conservation Trust Wood Parcel, Weathersfield

11am – 2pm: Berlin Hike Join us for a hiking adventure that will follow a 6-mile route along Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails, including the Metacomet Trail (part of the New England Trail). We will stop for lunch along the traprock ridge and enjoy beautiful views of the reservoirs. Bring your food and water. The terrain will be steep and rugged at times. Rain cancels. Pre-registration is recommended. Free. Ragged Mountain Preserve, Berlin

1 – 2:15pm: Manchester Nature Walk This CFPA Ramble hike will follow a 1-mile loop trail in a 55-acre urban park in the center of Manchester. Come discover dramatic geographical features, including gorge and brook, as we walk at an easy pace. This historic park was a gift to the Town of Manchester by the Cheney and Hilliard families—who owned silk and woolen mills nearby. There was once a clock factory, which used a water wheel powered by Bigelow Brook. The trail is hilly and sometimes wet in spots. An extra 0.5-mile option to see the Cheney Railroad will also be offered. Rain or shine. Free. Center Springs Park, Manchester

1 – 10pm: The Robbie Glenn Band Jam for Childhood Cancer Live Music from local bands with sound provided by MJP Live Productions. Bounce house, dancing, raffles. Food donated by George’s and Formaggio Cheese. Ticket donation $25 per person, children 6-11 $15. and children 5 and under are free. Lion’s Club, Unionville

1:30 – 3pm: Bloomfield Hike This hike will start at the Oliver Filley House located in Bloomfield’s LaSalette Park. From there hikers will proceed to the Wintonbury Land Trust’s Hawk Hill property to see how the Land Trust is restoring the property to agricultural use. After visiting with the resident Highland cattle and seeing some notable trees, hikers will return to the start, experiencing gorgeous views of Hartford on a clear day. Approximately 2 mile hike. Rain cancels. Free. The Oliver Filley House, Bloomfield

1 – 4pm: Militia Day Ye Olde Lebanon Towne Militia Co. is taking over the Welles-Shipman-Ward House property to drill as the Historical Society of Glastonbury presents Militia Day! In addition to tours of the barns, sheds, lovely Connecticut River Valley “mansion” and a cooking demonstration in the grand fireplace, a train band will drill in the yard. Ye Olde Lebanon Towne Militia Co. will be in full costume portraying a local militia unit, something in which every able bodied man, ranging from young teen to seniors, was required to serve. The “milish” will be clad with muskets, cartridge boxes, hats, and canteens. Enjoy an afternoon of watching a battle unfold before your eyes, musket firing demonstrations and artillery demonstrations. Also on hand will be a merchant from Big Bear Trading Company of Rhode Island. Here is your opportunity to view and/or purchase goods that would have been available to people living in New England in the 18th Century. Watch history come alive, and be part of it! Admission is $5 per person. Parking for the event is available at South Church diagonally across from the Welles-Shipman-Ward House or at St. Augustine’s just around the corner on Hopewell Street. Welles-Shipman-Ward House, Glastonbury

2 – 3:30pm: Hartford Educational Walk Join Connecticut Landmarks’ Butler-McCook House & Garden staff for an opportunity to celebrate CT Trails Day. For 189 years the Butler-McCook Family participated in, witnessed, and recorded the evolution of Main Street between the American Revolution and the mid-twentieth century. Join us for a walking tour of historic Main Street in Hartford as the McCook’s experienced it. Tour ends in the McCook’s 150 year old Victorian Garden generously maintained by the West Hartford Garden Club. Street and Garden tours are free. Heavy rain cancels. Pre-registration is appreciated. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford

5 – 10pm: 3rd Annual Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Display Arrive at 5pm for a social hour, bring your picnic dinner, or buy from one of the food vendors. Dance to the DJ and visit the face painter. Fireworks will be ready to go at 9pm. Raindate: June 11th. Cove Park, Wethersfield

6 – 8pm: It’s Raining Donuts! In honor of National Donut Day, today we will be creating our very own homemade donuts! This year, we will make whole donuts AND old fashioned donut holes. You will have a variety of glazes and toppings to choose from. Each child will leave with 4 whole donuts and a half dozen donut holes! Ages 6-12. Ages 6-12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6pm: Party On Pearl Celebrate with us — from the theater to the rooftop! Join us as we celebrate TheaterWorks’ 30th Anniversary with a show-stopping party that you don’t want to miss! No auction – it’s not a gala – it’s a fabulous party! An extraordinary celebration connecting our past to our vision for the future. We’re throwing the doors wide open. Party with us — from the theater to the rooftop. This is a night to celebrate 30 years with special performances featuring memorable guests. 6pm: Champagne Reception by Bin 228 in the theater. 7pm: Performance with special guests to be announced. 8pm: Explore all four floors of City Arts on Pearl with TheaterWorks themed rooms, dinner, desserts, drinks, and dancing! Food by the Max Restaurant Group. Space is limited to 200 people. TheaterWorks, Hartford

6:30pm: Swing Dancing by the River Swing Dancing by the River will include plenty of high-energy swing dance and blues favorites along with a pair of professional dancers, as well as mini dance lessons. This concert is part of the Farmington Bank Community Concert Mini Series featuring Simply Swing. The series includes three riverfront performances, returning to Great River Park for Ballroom Dancing by the River, a night of ballroom dancing with a live band, on July 16 and to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza on September 17 for Unforgettable, Simply Swing’s salute to Natalie & Nat “King” Cole, led by vocalist Vivian LaRosa. Raindate: June 5th. Free. Great River Park. Hartford

7pm: Into the Wild We invite you to experience a WILD evening of ferociously fun dancing! Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Contemporary and African. Animals, Insects, and Reptiles! Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at the door before the show. The Ethel Walker School, Simsbury.

Saturday, June 4th – Sunday, June 5th:

Saturday from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 12 – 6pm: The 30th Annual Celebrate West Hartford The two-day community fair presents businesses, civic and service organizations, recreation groups and charitable foundations a way to increase public awareness of their important work.  Attracting over 35,000 people each year from the greater Hartford area, Celebrate West Hartford also provides festival attendees with a wide range of family activities – a highly rated juried arts & crafts show, great food, entertainment, games, carnival rides, and a certified 5K road race.  There is no admission charge for the event and many of the activities are free. Entertainment on Saturday includes performances by numerous local school jazz ensembles.  Professional bands perform on Sunday afternoon. West Hartford Town Hall, West Hartford

Sunday, June 5th:

9 – 11am: Burlington Nature Walk Join Burlington Land Trust Directors to explore this newly acquired 105 acre Taine Mountain Preserve II. Hikers will explore the new area and follow the Blue Trail with the Red Dot to Perry’s Lookout. From the Lookout, hikers will view Burlington to the South and West. Then, all will walk on the Blue Trail with the Red Dot and Tunxis side trails through Taine Mountain Preserve I. Hikers will also connect with a trail created by the Boy Scouts and pass through a birding area. Hikers will also learn about the three landowners that had the vision to preserve this magical spot. Rain cancels. Pre-registration is recommended. Free. Taine Mountain Preserves, Burlington

9 – 11am: Wethersfield Paddle Join the Connecticut River Watershed Council Lower River Steward Alicea Charamut and GMCT’s Tim Lewis. Launch in scenic Wethersfield Cove, paddle upriver to Hartford and back. Explore the beauty of the river—view eagles, ospreys, learn about clean water efforts. Experienced Paddlers. Limit 20 boats. Registration is required. Life vests are required. Heavy rain or high water cancels. Suggested donation to cover insurance fee: $5. Rain cancels. Wethersfield Cove, Weatherfield

9am – 1pm: Berlin Hike Event participants will enjoy a southern loop hike on the Ragged Mt Preserve and New England trails. Optional trail possibilities will present approximately 5 – 8 miles of fairly strenuous, rocky, up and down hiking in woods and along rocky outcrops. Outstanding viewpoints will be encountered! Pace may be varied if participants wish, for occasional interpretive dialog. Please bring water and lunch, hiking poles, binoculars, hat, bug repellent and wear sturdy footwear. Rain cancels. Pre-registration is recommended. Free. Ragged Mt Preserve, Berlin

9:30 – 11am: East Windsor Hike A great hike for families, this 2.6-mile loop trail in Broad Brook (East Windsor) follows the Scantic River and then meanders through the upland woods back to the trail head. The route takes an average hiker about 50 minutes. We will encounter area ecology that is rich and varied with beautiful wet meadow, vernal pools, hardwood forests, and swamp lands. Lots of wildlife abound, including active beaver communities, deer, turkeys, ducks, and a large owl. Suitable for young children and older adults. Dogs are very welcome. Wear proper footwear for hiking and bring water. Free. Scantic River State Park, East Windsor

10am – 11:30: Wethersfield Kayak and Canoe Paddle Join Boy Scout leader Denis Walter and GMCT’s Paul Woodworth in a paddle around the Cove. Explore the north side of the Cove and Folly Brook. View birdlife and learn about clean water efforts. Novice Paddlers. Limit 20 boats. Life vests are required. Heavy rain or high water cancels. Insurance Fee: $5. Pre-registration is required. Wethersfield Cove, Wethersfield

10 – 11:30am: Bloomfield Hike We will hike the Orchard Trail from the historic Apple Barn along Cider Hill Road to the High Orchard, where we’ll have great views of Hartford to the east and the Seven Sisters to the north. Hikers will descend from the orchard through farm fields to the Auer Farm Road Orchard and back to the Apple Barn. There will be an optional side trip to the unique Mushroom House on the north side of Auer Farm Road. Approximately 1-mile hike. Rain or shine. Free. The historic Apple Barn, Bloomfield

10am – 12:30pm: Suffield Hike Gentle woods walk with good views at the power lines. Bring water and snacks if desired. Rain cancels. Free. Metacomet Trail, Suffield.

10am – 12pm: Manchester Hike A hike at a town preserve using multiple trails with good views of Hartford and Manchester at the summit of Lookout Mountain and a walk by Case Pond. Somewhat steep initial climb with moderate ups and downs after that. Bring water. Rain cancels. Pre-registration is recommended. Free. Case Mountain, Manchester

10am – 2pm: Bristol Nature Walk Come and enjoy a few hours at one of our great outdoor program centers. This free event is designed to give you and your family the opportunity to bring a picnic lunch and then take a walk to enjoy some unplugged time in the fresh air. Site maps and scavenger hunt lists will be available. Terrain includes gravel camp roads and single track hiking paths. Pre-register online (PO16138) and the children in your group will receive a free patch! Rain cancels. Pre-registration is recommended. Free. Carlson Outdoor Program Center, Bristol

10am – 3pm: 4C’s Auto Show & Aircraft Exhibit On display will be antique, classic, special interest, sports cars and street rods. Featured is Chevrolet through the years with a Favorite Chevrolet awards. There will also be participant and People’s Choice awards. Dash plaques will be given out to the first 200 cars. Show car admission is $15 and includes the driver and passengers. For all others, the general Museum admission applies. All admissions include both the car show and Museum. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

11:30am – 2:30pm: Simsbury Hike Hike the Blue-Blazed Metacomet Trail north of the Route 189 bridge in T-Ville to the viewpoint above Tariffville Gorge on the Farmington River. Take a side trail down to the water’s edge to see where Spoonville Dam used to be and kayakers play. The hike will be short (2.5 miles), but it covers some steep and rocky terrain, so appropriate footwear is required. Rain cancels. Pre-registration is recommended. Free. Metacomet Trail, Simsbury.

1 – 2pm: Farmington Nature Walk There aren’t too many places in Farmington that were proposed as a home for a giraffe, but the Shade Swamp Sanctuary off route 6 near New Britain Avenue is full of surprises. The 800-acre state-owned preserve, which is now maintained by the Farmington Garden Club, was home to a small zoo for many years, and it boasts a rustic shelter built in the depths of the Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Expect to see streams, wetlands and a whole host of ferns. Naturalist Diane Tucker will lead the way. Rain cancels. Pre-registration is appreciated. Free. Shade Swamp Wildlife Sanctuary, Farmington

1 – 3pm: Glastonbury Nature Walk On this “I Spy” scavenger hunt, we’ll explore the sights, sounds, and smells of late spring as we walk through the forests and fields of town-owned Earle Park, pass by Holland Brook and Tom’s Pond, and view the Connecticut River. Plan to visit the Connecticut Audubon Center’s Discovery Room after the walk. Heavy rain cancels. Free. CT Audubon Society’s Center, Glastonbury

1 – 4pm: Connecticut Trails Weekend Come visit South Windsor’s Rye Street Park and celebrate Connecticut Trails Weekend with South Windsor Walk and Wheel Ways. Bring your bike and helmet, or wear your walking shoes to partake in geocaching. What is geocaching? Come and find out! Rye Street Park is the ideal place to get some exercise and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Check out the brand new mountain bike trail, winding through the woods. Rain cancels. Free. Rye Street Park, South Windsor.

1:30 – 3pm: Burlington Educational Walk Join Wildlife Biologist Peter Picone for an educational walk at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area. Mr. Picone has over 30 years of experience working in the wildlife field and will share with you his insights and knowledge about the natural world and how you may be able to enhance habitats for wildlife. This will be a family-friendly hike on the Beaver Pond Trail at Sessions Woods WMA which includes a portion of the Tunxis Trail system. The terrain is mostly level with one hilly spot. We will meet at the gazebo in front of the Sessions Woods Conservation Education building at 1:30pm. The hike is about 3 miles round trip. If it rains, Mr. Picone will give a slide presentation indoors and walk through conservation center’s educational exhibits. No pets are allowed on this hike. Pre-registration is recommended. Free. Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area, Burlington.

2 – 3:30pm: Farmington Educational Walk Take a scenic hike. Walk the Estate Trail to the Blue-Blazed Metacomet Trail (part of the New England Trail, NET) on the eastern ridge of Hill-Stead Museum’s spectacular grounds and learn the property’s rich history from museum interpreter Betty Collins. We will traverse up to 1.5 miles on this moderate level walk. Pre-registration is not necessary. Free. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

2 – 4pm: Canton Hike This hike on Canton Land Conservation Trust property, led by CLCT Co-President Jay Kaplan, is planned to follow the Ted Wright Trail toward the south, returning on the same path, possibly with a side-trail. Moderately strenuous. Hike is approximately 2 miles. Rain cancels. Pre-registration is not necessary. Free. Smith Christmas Tree Farm, Canton.

2 – 4pm: East Hartford Educational Walk Join co-leaders Craig Johnson and Ruth Shapleigh-Brown and see the second oldest burying ground in the Hartford area. Learn about the history of this site and some of the more notable people buried there. Also see the location of Fort Hill, an early stronghold of the Podunk Indians. Then we’ll take a stroll on the boardwalk along the Hockanum River Linear Park Trail and see some nice scenery and learn more about East Hartford history. We’ll also show the location of one of the town’s pest houses where victims of the dreaded small pox stayed. Bring bug spray. Rain cancels. Pre-registration is not necessary. Free. Hockanum River Linear Park Trail, East Hartford

4pm: American Salute Please join us for our annual June Lawn Picnic Concert! Sit back and enjoy the sounds of some classical American music by Sousa, Aaron Copland, John Williams and Leroy Anderson. This is a perfect event for families, as well as all ages. $20 per person. Save $2 in advance. Kids 12 and under are free. The Lawn at First Church of Christ, Farmington

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