Week 27

Tuesday, July 5th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Hawaiian Luau (Toddler Class) Aloha! What better way to kick off summer than with a Hawaiian luau? Today we will listen to island music and create some delicious Hawaiian recipes, such as juicy Hawaiian chicken served it over a bed of rice. For dessert, we will make mini pineapple upside down cakes! We will wash down our meal with a fresh, non-alcoholic piña colada! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Reoccurs on Thursday, July 7th from 9:30-10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm and Saturday from 9-10am. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

1 – 2:30pm: Snow White: Growing Up at the Movies We asked you to vote for your favorite childhood movies and we’re showing the winners on Tuesday afternoons in July. Movies are free with admission. Popcorn provided. For the Silent Generation, the winner was the first animated full-length Disney feature — Snow White (1937). It is just like you remember it — beautiful heroine, 7 dwarves, scary witch. Watch it again with your kids and grandkids! Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

Tuesday, July 5 – Wednesday, July 6th:

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Wednesday, July 6th:

9:30 – 10:30am: Healthy Eating with Lisa Lynn & Stew Leonard’s (Toddler Class) Join celebrity fitness and health expert Lisa Lynn for a healthy cooking class for kids at Stew’s Newington store. Lisa will read her best seller “The I Love My Body Book,” which helps kids build self-esteem and love the body they are in! Kids will get a copy of the book and hands-on experience preparing nourishing snacks, including strawberry gelato and veggie spaghetti. Ages 2-5. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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10:30am – 12pm: Open Play We will have a super fun indoor and outdoor open play today!  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 – 1pm: Stowe Salons at Lunch: Race in Pop Culture With the controversy surrounding Jesse Williams’ Humanitarian of the Year speech at the BET awards and the subsequent Twitter firestorm in response to Justin Timberlake’s tweet about Williams’ speech, join us for an examination of our current Pop Culture climate. Share your thoughts on cultural appropriation, race, entertainment and political correctness. 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. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

Wednesday, July 6 – Sunday, July 10th:

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 Sunday, July 31st. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, July 7th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Hawaiian Luau (Toddler Class) Aloha! What better way to kick off summer than with a Hawaiian luau? Today we will listen to island music and create some delicious Hawaiian recipes, such as juicy Hawaiian chicken served it over a bed of rice. For dessert, we will make mini pineapple upside down cakes! We will wash down our meal with a fresh, non-alcoholic piña colada! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Reoccurs on Saturday from 9-10am. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

12 – 1pm: Walking Talk: Gothic Revival Architecture in Hartford Join Jared Edwards, principal architect at Smith Edwards McCoy Architects, for a walking excursion to study three significant Gothic Revival examples in Hartford’s architecture. Beginning with the façade of the Wadsworth Atheneum (Town & Davis, 1842), the group will walk to the Church of the Good Shepherd (Edward Tuckerman Potter, 1869) and its Caldwell Colt Parish House (Edward Tuckerman Potter, 1896). Free with museum admission. Meet by the Museum Shop. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

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6:30 – 7:15pm: Olympic Builders Attention, all master brick builders! Join us as each week you are given one Olympic sport as your building theme. Use your imagination and our bricks to make your Olympic creation come to life. For children ages 6 – 12. No registration required. Farmington Library, Farmington

6:30pm: Einkorn Cookbook Dinner at Metro Bis Metro Bis is pleased to welcome Carla Bartolucci, author of Einkorn: Recipes for Nature’s Original Wheat for a five course, wine dinner featuring recipes from her book. Einkorn shares 100 delicious recipes for working with the grain and its flour in a wide variety of flavorful dishes, such as Yogurt Blueberry Muffins, Spinach Lasagna Bolognese, Neapolitan Pizza Margherita, and Soft & Chewy Ginger Cookies as well as sourdough and yeasted breads like Classic French Boule and buttery Sweet Potato Rolls. This book also explores einkorn’s history, unique genetics, and superior nutrient content while sharing Carla’s tips for using einkorn to its full baking and cooking potential. Einkorn will introduce you to a delicious ancient grain that can transform the way you eat for the better by adding more nutrition and flavor to the foods you love. Born and raised in New England, Carla is the founder of Jovial Foods, Inc. and has been involved in the organic food industry for nearly twenty years. She carries a strong passion for organic food and has deep roots in Italy where she has lived for many years with her Italian-born husband and their children. Carla is passionate about food and loves to cook. Metro Bis, Simsbury

7pm: Signing With Editor Timothy Boyce In 1942, Norwegian Odd Nansen was arrested by the Nazis and spent the remaining years of World War II in concentration camps. Through it all he secretly kept a diary and smuggled it out. Published in 1949, the diary soon fell out of print. Timothy Boyce discovered the diary in 2010 and has published a new edition with extensive annotations and selections never before translated into English. Blue Back Square; Barnes & Noble, West Hartford

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Thursday, July 7th – Saturday, July 9th:

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Friday, July 8th:

10 – 11:30am: Move and Groove Ballerina Camp Just because your little one isn’t ready to be dropped off (or maybe you are not ready to drop them off:), doesn’t mean that can’t enjoy TLGT Summer Camps! Taught by Ms. Emily, this camp is designed for kids and a caregiver and will include ballet, snack time, parachute play, dance, outdoor play, art and more! For caregivers and children ages 2-4. Registration and parent participation required. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

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5pm: Summer Sizzle: Love Me Tonight 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). Please note that portable chairs and coolers are prohibited. A Parisian tailor finds himself posing as a baron in order to collect a sizeable bill from an aristocrat, only to fall in love with an aloof young princess. 1932. 104 min. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Starring Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald. Free for Hartford Residents, $9 Regular Admission. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

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. Sibling discount. Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield

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7pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Finding Dory Come dive into the fun as we celebrate family and all things Dory! Join in a swimmingly fun scavenger hunt as well as other activities and giveaways. Barnes & Noble Locations

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7:30pm: Starlets – The Women of Song Get ready for a concert of hits from the most popular divas over the past five decades! Starlets – The Women of Song features top female vocalists performing fan favorites from Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Adele, and more in one jam-packed evening. Starlets – The Women of Song celebrates the legendary female singers of the last 50 years in a powerful and inspiring evening of music that will have audiences on their feet! Conducted by HSO Assistant Conductor Adam Kerry Boyles. Raindate: Saturday, July 9th.

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8pm: The Driftwoods: Beach Boys Tribute Break out your sandals, wax up that surfboard, and catch a wave with The Driftwoods as they perform a night full of Beach Boys hits to celebrate the summer season. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds, The Driftwoods will perform songs like “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows,” as well as other Beach Boy favorites, including “Good Vibrations.” Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, Manchester

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8:30pm: Tito Puente Jr. & His Latin Jazz Ensemble Billboard Music Award winner, Tito Puente Jr. is a little more than just a chip off the ole’ block.  While carrying the torch of his Father’s musical legacy with energetic performances and a similar larger-than-life onstage presence, Tito and his killer line-up of musicians have fast-become festival, casino and theater favorites all over the world.  Be there as Tito makes his Infinity Hall debut!! Price: $24-39. Infinity Music Hall, Hartford

Friday, July 8th – Saturday, July 9th:

11am – 3pm: Wild Kratts Animal Expedition Prepare for a wild adventure with PBS Kids! Flex your creature powers with Wild Kratts-themed fun with Aviva and Jimmy Z. You can make your own Wild Kratts Adventure Passport and Communicator with the Art Truck, enjoy a Jurassic bounce house, and strike a pose in the photo booth. Plus, meet furry friends and discover that animals can take you anywhere in science! Don’t miss a larger-than-life stage show with Wildlife Encounters, where you’ll see animals you’ve never seen before. Animals may vary by show. The Wildlife Encounters show requires a separate ticket. Please note that the Kratt brothers will not appear at this event. General Admission: $19.95 Adults, $12.95 Youth (3-18). Combo (includes animal stage show): $24.95 Adults, $17.95 Youth. Online ticket sales shut off at 9am each day. Each wildlife Encounters Animal Stage Show is 30 minutes long and features 5 high-end exotic animals. CT Science Center, Hartford

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Friday – Saturday from 6-8pm: Hawaiian Luau! Aloha! What better way to kick off summer than with a Hawaiian luau? Today we will listen to island music and create some delicious Hawaiian recipes. To begin, we will make juicy Hawaiian chicken served over a bed of rice. Then, we will make yummy pineapple mango salsa and mini pineapple upside down cakes for dessert! We will wash down our meal with a fresh, non-alcoholic piña colada. Lastly, each child will get to create and take home their very own paper lei! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10th:

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Friday – Saturday from 9am – 9pm and Sunday from 9am – 5pm: ConnectiCon is a fandom convention for fans of all things pop-culture – video games, board games, card games, roleplaying games, anime, animation, comic books, TV/movies, science fiction, fantasy. ConnetiCon offers dozens of events to participate on an hourly basis. ConnectiCon also offers after hours programming, ConVivial Fest, for 18 and 21 and over members at local downtown Hartford venues, featuring live music, dance parties and other entertainment. All Weekend – $75, Friday only – $40, Saturday only – $50, Sunday only – $30. Kids 10 and under are free. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

Friday 5pm – Midnight, Saturday 11am – Midnight and Sunday from 11am – 11pm: The Taste of Enfield Whatever your preferences are, you will find something delicious at the Taste of Enfield! Sample some of the fare from one of the many Enfield and other local area restaurants that will be setting up booths along the midway to serve up great food to Fourth of July celebrants. Food and drink tokens may be purchased at the booths located at the end of the midway and on the upper parking lot of the green.

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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

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

Saturday, July 9th:

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9 – 10am: Hawaiian Luau (Toddler Class) Aloha! What better way to kick off summer than with a Hawaiian luau? Today we will listen to island music and create some delicious Hawaiian recipes, such as juicy Hawaiian chicken served it over a bed of rice. For dessert, we will make mini pineapple upside down cakes! We will wash down our meal with a fresh, non-alcoholic piña colada! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9 – 11am: From Idea to Complete Manuscript: Develop an Action Plan to Finish your Novel with Jane Haertel Do you have an unfinished novel you’d like to finally finish? A story you’ve always wanted to write, but you can’t seem to get words on the page? In this workshop, led by mystery author and freelance editor Jane Haertel (writing as Susannah Hardy and Sadie Hartwell), you’ll get a solid handle on your characters and your story. More important, you’ll identify what’s holding you back. You will come away with a personalized, step-by-step action plan that will enable you to finish the book, as well as take-home worksheets you can use over and over for every new project, and a list of suggested reading and other resources. $50 per person. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

10am: Mark Twain’s Companions & Cohorts While Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, is laid to rest in Elmira, New York, many of his Hartford companions and cohorts are interred at Cedar Hill. Learn about Twain’s life and his many Nook Farm friends, neighbors and colleagues during this tour led by Steve Courtney. $5 per person. Cedar Hill Cemetery & Foundation, Hartford

10 – 11am: Bridges and Boats for Kids with Captain Bob Windsor Historical Society’s meeting room and outdoor courtyard will be transformed with boat and ferry models, Legos for building bridges, and outdoor wading ponds for a toy balloon boat race. “Captain” Bob Bell leads the fun. He’ll show families bridges in our area and different types of boats and how they move. Make a sailor hat, build a bridge, see how the Windsor Locks Canal worked, and race your own balloon-powered boat outside in the courtyard. You may get just a bit wet! Appropriate for families with pre-K through grade 3 children. Limited enrollment. Raindate: July 10th at 3pm. ~ Windsor

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11am: Daisy-Head Mayzie Storytime When a daisy suddenly sprouts from the top of Mayzie McGrew’s head, she is faced with her classmates’ taunts and her parents’ dismay, and a publicity agent’s greed. How Mayzie learns that love is more important than fame and fortune makes an endearing morality tale for our time. Join us for the storytime that is vintage Seuss! Activities to follow. Barnes & Noble Locations

11am – 12pm: Secrets of the Veeder House Tour When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. And at the conclusion of the tour, enjoy refreshments on the terrace, weather permitting. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. $15 non-members, $10 for members. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

3pm and 8pm: Suessical Jr. Parts with be pulled by random by audience members before the shows! Our cast is learning every part just in case. Both shows promise to be different and entertaining. $15 per person. Cast Studio, Manchester

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9:30pm: Annual Fireworks Display The WLFD annual Fireworks Display is one of the best and most popular in the area and is also part of our annual carnival. Veterans Memorial Park, Windsor Locks

Sunday, July 10th:

12:30 – 3:30pm: Tending the Colonial Garden Costumed Historical Interpreters will be tending the Dooryard Gardens, so stop by to see what they are up to and ask questions. If you are lucky, you may take some herbs and vegetable home with you. Admission to the program is free. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington

1 – 3pm: Family Hike Day First of four Sunday hike days! Each hike on the nature center trails will touch on different topics or activities. $15 per non-member. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

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9:45 – 10:30pm: Fireworks Extravaganza Following our traditional concert by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, directed by Carolyn Kuan on the Main Stage, join us for the Grand Finale of the Enfield Fourth of July Town Celebration! Set beautifully to a one-of-kind soundtrack, join thousands of friends and family for the largest fireworks display in Northern Connecticut. It’s recommended you show up early to grab a seat up front for this can’t-miss show! The display will be filled with all the color and fanfare America’s Independence Day deserves. Choreographed by the “World Famous Zambelli’s Family”, Enfield’s big blast is guaranteed to please all who attend!

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