Week 26

Monday, June 27th:

10am – 12pm: Camp Creativity – Life On Pluto Ready for blast-off? Travel to outer space with Crayola Model Magic aliens, UFO-making, painting planets and more! Parent or guardian must remain on the premises during Camp Creativity. Michael’s locations

12:05pm: Sleep Clinic Sleep is not a luxury; It is an essential component of good health. If your children aren’t sleeping well, chances are you aren’t either. Join us at My Gym Enfield for a sleep clinic with Kim Williams, local Simsbury mom and Certified Child Sleep Consultant with Sleep Well Baby. She will discuss infant and child sleep and answer your pressing sleep questions. You don’t have to live tired – come and learn how to get rest for your whole family! Register on the link above. My Gym, Enfield

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Tuesday, June 28th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Shark Week at Stew Leonard’s Join us at Stew’s as we celebrate the best week of the year: Shark Week! We will make some fishy recipes, including homemade fish and chips, edible shark teeth, edible shark tank aquariums, and a shark bite punch! These recipes are so delicious that you’ll want to take a bite out of them! Ages 2-5.  $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Reoccurs on Friday at the same times and Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

10:30 – 11am: My Gym West Hartford visits the Noah Webster Library Participate in circle time, interactive songs and dances and learn an introductory gymnastics skill. For children ages 2-5 and their parents. Register on the link above. Noah Webster Library, West Hartford

6pm: Network After Work Unwind and socialize with hundreds of local professionals and entrepreneurs right after work. You’ll make great connections in a fun and relaxed atmosphere while expanding your network of contacts to help fuel your own career or business goals. Russian Lady, Hartford

6 – 8pm: HYPE Anti-Networking Networking You walk into a networking event and begin a conversation with the person next to you. After asking their name, the next question you typically ask is “So what do you do for work?” But is this really the best way to network, to stand out among the crowd? Join the Personal and Professional Development Committee for Anti-Networking Networking, a sort of “speed dating” event where the one rule is you cannot discuss what you do for work. Topics will be provided as you rotate through the room and learn how to communicate and network with others in a different way. All attendees will also have the opportunity to take a new headshot! Light appetizers will be served, and there will be a cash bar. Russian Lady, Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Cupcake Decorating Class Make beautiful, edible creations on cupcakes. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $13. Michael’s locations

6:30 – 9pm: Outdoor Movie: The LEGO Movie The original computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Autorino Garden, West Hartford

7 – 8:30pm: Summer Concert Series featuring the Redline Band We invite families and people of all ages to come out and enjoy the wide variety of music offered each week ranging from country, swing, Pop and so much more! There are plenty of seats at the amphitheater but we encourage you to bring lawn chairs, a blanket and snacks to enjoy a picnic in the park to the backdrop of amazing bands. Ultimate Wireform, Forestville

7:30pm: Playwrights on Park Reading Series is a new and exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. General admission includes talk back with playwright and cast along with the opportunity to complete an audience response card. $5 general admission. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

7:30pm: Curtis Brothers Quartet: Latin Jazz on the Front Lawn For nearly 20 years, members of the Curtis Brothers Quartet have been actively exploring the Latin Jazz idiom and refining their signature sound in concerts around the world. Richie Barshay began with the group in 1997 and is excited to bring them to the Emanuel for an unforgettable night of toe-tapping rhythms. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Free. Inside if it rains. Congregation Emanuel, West Hartford

Tuesday, June 28th – Wednesday, June 29th:

Summer Kids Series is back for 2016!

Wednesday, June 29th:

10am – 12pm: Camp Creativity – Life On Pluto Ready for blast-off? Travel to outer space with Crayola Model Magic aliens, UFO-making, painting planets and more! Parent or guardian must remain on the premises during Camp Creativity. Michael’s locations

11am – 12pm: Kids Yoga Yoga is not just for grown-ups! Give your little yogi a taste of all that yoga has to offer – fitness, fun, self-soothing, relaxation and more. At Kids Yoga your daughter or son will: develop strength and flexibility, improve their balance and breathing, reduce stress and counter pressures from daily life, increase self-image and body awareness, improve their concentration, develop a sense of calmness and relaxation. $10 per child in advance, $12 at the desk. Journey of Yoga, Simsbury

5:30 – 8pm: Business After Hours Networking Event This networking event is open to all professionals, current and future business owners and will feature a special presentation, “Is Your Business Tech-Savvy,” that focuses on social media marketing, merchant service integration, and long-term brand marketing. Farmington Bank, Farmington

6 – 7:30pm: Startup Hartford June Mixer Startup founders are invited to come together to meet their peers and comrades for our monthly mixer. Guests will enjoy a happy hour in a private area of Hot Tomato’s. No matter the age or stage of your startup, all are welcome. The cost to attend is $20 per person which includes lite apps, domestic beer and house wine – provided by Hot Tomato’s from 6 – 7:30pm, this includes sales tax and gratuity. Register in advance. Hot Tomato’s, Hartford

7pm: West Hartford Farms Executive Director Jennifer DiCola Matos will discuss several of the most influential farms from West Hartford’s agricultural past. Although now a well-known residential suburb, West Hartford began as a rural agricultural town and remained so into the 1930s. Local residents such as Charles Beach (of Beachland Park), Philip Corbin (of Corbin’s Corner) and Wilton W. “Mike” Sherman (founder of Rockledge Golf Course) farmed hundreds of acres of land throughout town. At one time, West Hartford was home to more cows than people. During the 1920s, many farmers began to sell off their property to developers, said Matos, The town quickly quadrupled its population and became an important commuter community for Hartford.  A $5 donation is recommended for West Hartford History Series lectures. Noah Webster House, Hartford

7:30pm: Startup Hartford Jr. Fundraiser 10% of the proceeds from drinks or dinner will be donated to Startup Hartford Jr, a new initiative under Startup Hartford – created to try and capture Hartford’s youth future founders. Mention Startup Hartford Jr. to ensure the proceeds comes our way.

Wednesday, June 29 – Sunday, July 3rd:


 Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm and Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: A Chorus Line The musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this singular sensation is one of the longest running Broadway musicals ever. A CHORUS LINE is a stunning musical-vérité about the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway chorus dancers to land a job in the show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. Memorable musical numbers include I Can Do That, At the Ballet, Dance: Ten; Looks: Three, The Music and the Mirror, What I Did for Love, One (Singular Sensation) and I Hope I Get It. It is a brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama. Parental Discretion Advised due to language, recommended for ages 13 and up. Runs until July 31st. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, June 30th:

1:30pm: Art & Film: Possession Based on A.S. Byatt’s bestselling novel, two young scholars researching the lives of Victorian poets uncover a secret love affair. USA/UK. 102 min. Rated PG-13. Directed by Neil LaBute. Free. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

5pm: Summer Sizzle: Trouble in Paradise Enjoy an outdoor screening of an American classic comedy or drama from the 1930’s in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s outdoor courtyard. Live music and à la carte dinner service prepared by the Museum Café begin at 5 pm, and the movies begin at sundown (approximately 8:15 pm). A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies throw the scheme into chaos. 1932. 83 min. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Starring Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall. Please note that portable chairs and coolers are prohibited. Summer Sizzle film tickets are free for Hartford residents! $9 Regular Admission, $8 Students with ID. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

7pm: Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing and the Power of Their First Celebrity Crush You never forget your first celebrity crush even if you’re James Franco, Stephen King or Jodi Picoult. These are just a few of the luminaries who share their stories of heartbreak and hilarity in Crush by West Hartford native Cathy Alter. Join us as Alter sits down with Connecticut author Matthew Dicks to discuss this star-studded collection of swoon-worthy essays! Barnes & Noble, West Hartford

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Thursday, June 30th – Friday, July 1st:

Thursday – Friday at 7pm and Friday at 9:30pm: The Naked Magic Show Following sold out shows and rave reviews in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA the world’s boldest and cheekiest magic show “The Naked Magic Show” is coming to Hartford for two nights only! The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to “now you see it”. This boisterous R-rated magic show, strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. Good magicians don’t need sleeves and great magicians don’t need pants. 18+ only. Includes coarse language, sexual references and nudity. The Bushnell, Hartford

Thursday, June 30th – Sunday, July 3rd:

Friday, July 1st:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Shark Week at Stew Leonard’s Join us at Stew’s as we celebrate the best week of the year: Shark Week! We will make some fishy recipes, including homemade fish and chips, edible shark teeth, edible shark tank aquariums, and a shark bite punch! These recipes are so delicious that you’ll want to take a bite out of them! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Reoccurs on Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

10am – 12pm: Camp Creativity – Life On Pluto Ready for blast-off? Travel to outer space with Crayola Model Magic aliens, UFO-making, painting planets and more! Parent or guardian must remain on the premises during Camp Creativity. Michael’s locations

10:30 – 11:30am: A story-time and art club for Preschoolers! Join Museum Staff and special guests as they read and discuss firehouse tales and safety tips for preschoolers. Each week will focus on a different safety topic and participants will make and take an age appropriate hands-on activity. Included with the cost of general admission. Space available to bring a brown bag lunch and ride our indoor carousel. One free ride with admission. Adults $6, children (ages 4-14) $3.50 and (ages 1-3) $2. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol Note: This will be added to our activities page next week, since it reoccurs.

10:30am – 12pm: Summer Open Play This Friday, we will have a super fun indoor and outdoor open play! Kids will get to play with our toys, paint using non-toxic edible paint safe for even the littlest Leonardo and play outside with bubbles and sensory tables in our beautiful garden! As always, free coffee will be available for the adults! $15 per child, registration is required. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

12 – 3pm: Lo’s Sweet Treat Day “Bristol Shows Its Colors” with American Flag weaving honoring Betsy Ross featuring a variety of art provocations. Join us in kicking off National Ice Cream Month with a single scoop of ice cream for $1. Imagine Nation, Bristol

6 – 8pm: Shark Week at Stew Leonard’s Join us at Stew’s as we celebrate the best week of the year: Shark Week! We will make some fishy recipes, including homemade fish and chips, edible shark teeth, edible shark tank aquariums, and decorate shark cupcakes. We will then wash everything down with a shark bite punch! These recipes are so delicious you’ll want to take a bite out of them! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9pm: Illuminate the Night Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays July 1st through August 21st Lake Compounce will “illuminate the night” with our laser light show. Produced by Lasertainment in Minnesota, a 50-foot water wall will veil across the lake with simultaneous synchronized music, projections and lasers. Lake Compounce, Bristol

Friday, July 1st – Sunday, July 3rd:

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Friday – Saturday at 6:35pm and Sunday at 1:35pm: Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at New Britain Bees Promotions: Friday: The first 1,000 fans will receive the third 2016 Collector’s Pin of the season. Saturday: Celebrate an early Independence Day in the Constitution State with a post game Fireworks Show – the fourth of the season! Sunday: Show your patriotic pride and wear Red, White and Blue to the stadium! New Britain Bees Stadium, New Britain

Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Once on This Island was written by the TONY Award-winning songwriting team, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime). This Caribbean adaptation of The Little Mermaid earned eight TONY nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Ti Moune is unaware that the gods who preside over the island make a bet with each other over which is stronger, love or death. The stakes? Ti Moune’s life. After Daniel returns to his people, Ti Moune pursues him but is shunned because of her lowly status. Will Ti Moune’s determination and love for Daniel be enough to break through the class separation on the island and win her love Daniel’s heart? Connecticut Theatre Company, New Britain

Saturday, July 2nd:

9 – 10am: Shark Week at Stew Leonard’s Join us at Stew’s as we celebrate the best week of the year: Shark Week! We will make some fishy recipes, including homemade fish and chips, edible shark teeth, edible shark tank aquariums, and a shark bite punch! These recipes are so delicious that you’ll want to take a bite out of them! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

11am: Hello, My Name Is Octicorn Storytime Octicorn is the funny, sweet and disarming character who is a champion for anyone who has ever felt a little bit different. And isn’t that everyone? Join us for Storytime featuring Hello, My Name Is Octicorn. Activities to follow. Barnes & Noble locations

2 – 10pm: Food Truck & Fireworks Extravaganza Join us for a fun-filled event with local food trucks and a fireworks display! Fireworks begin around 9pm. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester

7pm: Annual James Dutch Fogarty 4thof July Celebration Manchester Community College Bandshell, Manchester

7:30pm: Celebrate America! Join us for one of Connecticut’s favorite Independence Day celebrations! Introducing the HSO’s new Assistant Conductor, Adam Kerry Boyles and featuring the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Choir, this program will include all of your patriotic favorites. Plus, we’ll have your fingers snapping and toes tapping with some swinging jazz favorites, and more. The Annual Red, White and Blue Tradition with Fireworks! Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, Simsbury

9:30-10pm: Fireworks for the Fourth! Celebrate America at America’s longest running amusement park! Join us for our annual Independence celebration as we illuminate the night with fireworks and a laser light show for the fourth. The fireworks will be launched between 9:30 and 10pm from across the lake, get a spot on the beach for early for the best view. Raindate 7/8. Lake Compounce, Bristol

Saturday, July 2nd – Sunday, July 3rd:

11am – 5pm: Roaming Railroad Hop aboard the Roaming Railroad, and take a spin around the plaza. The Roaming Railroad is considered to be “New England’s Nicest Trackless Train” and is appropriate for all ages with seating for up to 27 people including wheelchair access. The train ride requires a separate ticket available for purchase on the train. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

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