Week 2 of 52

Monday, January 9th:

6:30 – 8:30pm: Planner Dashboard Step up your planner skills with a personalized dashboard insert. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $23. Michael’s locations

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Monday, January 9th – Tuesday, January 10th:

6 – 9pm: Auditions for The Vagina Monologues Auditioners are asked to bring a selection from The Vagina Monologues to read. Monologue material will be available at the audition for those who need it. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Tuesday, January 10th:

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9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Peanut Butter Madness (Toddler Class) Join us as we prepare nutty recipes using: peanut butter. We will make chocolate peanut butter whoopee pies and homemade peanut butter cups! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class! $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. Reoccurs on Friday and Saturday (one session from 9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

10 – 11am: Learn to Skate Your 4 and 5 year olds can begin to learn the sport of skating. This fun based 4-session class will involve getting your children up and around on skates. The basics of forward and backward skating, turning, and stopping will be covered. Children must have their own skates or rent. (If you need to rent skates please call ahead to arrange for them.) Single blade skates only please, and don’t forget to have them sharpened! Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Walton Pond warming hut. Weather permitting. $20 per child. Reoccurs on Tuesday and Thursday through 1/19 and again on Monday starting 1/23 through Wednesday through 2/1. Winding Trails, Farmington

4 – 5pm: Learn to Skate Clinic Your 6 thru 9 year olds can begin to learn the sport of skating. This fun based 4-session class will involve getting your children up and around on skates. The basics of forward and backward skating, turning, and stopping will be covered. Children must have their own skates or rent. (If you need to rent skates please call ahead to arrange for them.) Single blade skates only please, and don’t forget to have them sharpened! Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Walton Pond warming hut. Weather permitting. $20 per child. Reoccurs on Tuesday and Thursday through 1/19 and again on Monday starting 1/23 through Wednesday through 2/1. Winding Trails, Farmington

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6pm: Does Some Bunny Want to Be on Stage? New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions in January for young aspiring actors ages 6 through 9 for Peter Rabbit Is Lost! Auditions are on Tuesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 12, at NBYT’s new space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center in Berlin. Audition times both days begin at 6pm. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on March 31st, April 1st and 2nd. Peter Rabbit Is Lost is an original adaptation based on characters in Beatrix Potter children’s books including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, and others. All levels of experience are welcome, and auditions are open to children from any town. No audition preparation is necessary, but those auditioning will meet as a group with the directors, will play some introductory drama games, and will be asked to take direction and read or repeat lines from the play. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. New Britain Youth Theater, Berlin

6:30 – 8:30pm: Tassel Necklace and Earrings Make an elegant winter tassel necklace and matching drop earrings. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $25. Michaels locations


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Tuesday, January 10th – Friday, January 14th:

1-5pm: 21st Annual Our Natural World Photography Contest We invite you to enter as many as two nature photographs! The photos must fit into one of the following seven categories: Plants, Animals, Birds, Butterflies and Bugs, Landscapes, Nature’s Miracles and People in Relationship with Nature. Official rules, including maximum sizes, entry forms and other information is available here. The entry fee is $25 per photograph. There will be a Teen division at $10 per framed photo. Pre-teen photographers (ages 12 and under) should submit their photos without matting or frames. A $10 charge for each photo is required. The opening reception will be held on Friday, January 27th from 4-7pm. Admission is $5. All photos will be on exhibit January 31 – February 25 from 1-5pm. Admission is $3. Connecticut Audubon Center, Glastonbury

Tuesday, January 10th – Tuesday, January 31st:

Tuesday and Friday at 10am, Saturday at 10:30am and Saturday – Sunday at 3:30pm: Lars the Little Polar Bear is a story about a young polar bear who explores his arctic home, meeting friends along the way. Children will learn about the arctic climate, the animals that live here, and how to find the Big and Little Dipper in the night sky. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Tuesday – Friday at 12pm and Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Oasis in Space: A Solar System Adventure Take a journey through the beautiful Solar System. Your exploration starts on Earth, with its vast oceans that make life possible. You’ll fly by the other planets and their moons, learning about their characteristics such as atmosphere, temperature, and composition. See why water is a key to life here. Oasis in Space is a production of Spitz Creative Media. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Wednesday, January 11th:

10 – 10:45am and 12:30 – 1:15pm: Little Gliders Your 4 and 5 year olds can begin to learn the sport of cross country skiing. This fun based 5-session class will be a group cross-country ski lesson specially designed for kids. Your child will learn the basics of cross-country skiing on level terrain and become familiar with the snow. Skis and boots will be provided. Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Garmany Hall Ski Center. Weather permitting. Reoccurs until 1/23. Winding Trails, Farmington

10am – 3pm: De-Stress and Nurture Yourself Back by popular demand and for a longer day, Adele Mary Caruso will share ways to help us de-stress our lives. Find out how certain foods reduce stress and cleanse the body. Learn how to relax, say no and set boundaries. Listen to your inner child, enjoy life more, and discover ways to schedule more time to nurture yourself each day. Adele will offer a morning and an afternoon presentation. Includes lunch. $45 per person. Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center, Farmington



6 – 8pm: Wednesday Night Cross Country Skiing for Adults Novice to expert, young or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, for an evening of skiing. You have the option of racing others, racing for personal time, or simply skiing for your own fitness. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Please pay at ski center. $12 per person. Reoccurs weekly until 2/22. Winding Trails, Farmington

7pm: Nursery 101 – Sleepy Time Let us help you create the dream nursery. From Cribs to Combo to Mattresses, let our experts help guide you in the decision process. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

7 – 9pm: Open House In honor of Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman’s site-specific installation “Open House: Hartford,” Charter Oak Cultural Center is hosting a panel discussion inspired by the installation called “Art as Social Justice: Considering ‘Open House: Hartford’.” The panel, which will include the artists, will explore the many uses of art as a tool to further the values of social justice and, specifically, how “Open House: Hartford” illuminates the meaning of home and issues surrounding homelessness in Connecticut. The discussion begins at 7pm in the Charter Oak sanctuary. The installation will be on view in the gallery beginning at 6pm. This event is free. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Wednesday, January 11th – Sunday, January 29th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: [title of show] Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration. Opening Night, 1/13 Wine/Cheese reception before the show. Open Mic Saturday, 1/14 after the show. Talk back with the cast following the Sunday matinee. Previews on January 11 – 12; all seats $17.50. Tickets $35-50. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, January 12th:

10am – 1pm: Learn, Ski and Lunch Come for a cross country ski program and stay for lunch. If you have never cross country skied or need a refresher this is a great program for you. This program includes rental equipment, a lesson, and lunch. Space is limited and program is held weather permitting. Lunch will be provided from our snack bar. Adults only. $20 per person. Winding Trails, Farmington. 

5 – 7pm: Layers of Home Exhibit Opening Join us for a free public opening featuring artwork created by Windsor High School’s Pre-AP Art students who have been inspired by the historic architecture of Windsor’s Palisado Green, Palisado Cemetery, and Farmington River bridges. Each student has created a collage incorporating layers of their hometown. Meet these talented Windsor students and celebrate the connections they have made between Windsor’s past, present, and future through their art. WHS Education and Outreach Manager John Mooney and Windsor High School art teacher Marjorie Renno guided the 11th grade students as they toured their town this past fall, took digital images, and worked in the studio to craft their works of art. Each work will include representations of architectural elements discovered on their walk through town as well as maps, sketches, and photographs. Each is accompanied by an artist’s statement outlining how Windsor’s landscape and architectural features contribute to their personal sense of home. Rainbow Bus donated the transportation to and from Windsor High School and Rabbett Insurance Agency is sponsoring refreshments for the exhibit opening. The 2D, 3D, and photographic artworks will be exhibited in the Society’s meeting room from January 12th through March 1st. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

5:45 – 7:15pm: Dance Your Sillies Out Family Night Bring your family and have a silly time at TLGT. Ms. Suzanne will lead families in some silly dancing, silly songs and even have some silly snacks. At the end of the evening, families will unwind with a silly story read by Ms. Suzanne. 3-10 with caregiver, $25 per family. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

6pm: Does Some Bunny Want to Be on Stage? New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions in January for young aspiring actors ages 6 through 9 for Peter Rabbit Is Lost! Auditions are on Tuesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 12, at NBYT’s new space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center in Berlin. Audition times both days begin at 6pm. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on March 31st, April 1st and 2nd. Peter Rabbit Is Lost is an original adaptation based on characters in Beatrix Potter children’s books including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, and others. All levels of experience are welcome, and auditions are open to children from any town. No audition preparation is necessary, but those auditioning will meet as a group with the directors, will play some introductory drama games, and will be asked to take direction and read or repeat lines from the play. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. New Britain Youth Theater, Berlin

6pm: A Starry Tale An eternal story of gods and humans has begun. Beautiful, poetic and philosophical. In the Golden Age, Heaven and Earth were the one world, where Gods and people had been living together. Constellations were created thousands years ago and they have been handed down generation after generation up to now. This show focuses on this great fact. In the show, you will see the world of constellations and the movement of the sun, moon and planets against constellations. An associated story from Greek myths is provided with beautiful CG including the tale of Astraea, the goddess of justice, who is closely related to the constellation Libra. Enjoy an epic story with the fantastic and vivid images. All ages. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury

7pm: Preparing for Baby Bag We’ve got lots of fun in store for you at our Preparing for Baby Bag Prep Class. Come join us and our certified product experts as we discuss everything you need to know about your baby bag: from types of bags to selecting items to fill your bag and must-have essentials – we are your baby bag experts! Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

7 – 8pm: Homemade Cleaning Part 1: DIY Cleaning 101 Homemade cleaning products are chemical free, eco-friendly, budget friendly, and they really work! In this class you will learn how to use a few basic items (you probably have most of them at home already!) to replace most of your commercial cleaning products and save hundreds of dollars each year. We will be making laundry detergent, all-purpose spray cleaner and a chemical free air freshener to bring home, along with additional recipes and methods for natural cleaning. Those who took last year’s class come back and make refills of your favorite products! $20 per class. Scraptivity, Berlin

7:30 – 8:45pm: Under the Wolf Moon Family Night Hike The full moon this month was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon because this was the time of year when hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps. Join us for a guided hike through Werner’s Woods. We won’t hear any wolves but we may hear owls and other creatures of the night. Pre-registration is required. $7 non-members. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton. 

Thursday, January 12th – Monday, January 16th:

Thursday – Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 11am, 3pm and 7pm, Sunday at 1pm, 4:30pm and Monday at 1pmDisney on Ice Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales live on ice. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget. Opening Night: $15-70, Othere nighst range from $20-98. XL Center, Hartford

Thursday, January 12th – Sunday, February 19th:

SUNSET BABY

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday Matinee at 2:30pm: Sunset Baby A powerful and honest story of one woman’s journey from a hard existence to her own liberation. Sunset Baby is an energetic, daring look at the point where the personal and political collide. From one of the most exciting young voices in American theater, this dynamic new play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom and the politics of freedom. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Theaterworks, Hartford

The Comedy of Errors

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Comedy of Errors A Madcap, Midwinter, Musical Extravaganza! 22 actors. 2 pairs of twins. 1 crazy day. Shake the midwinter blues away with Shakespeare’s zaniest comedy, performed by a lively ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, musicians and acrobats. Opa! Tresnjak sets The Comedy of Errors on a sun-kissed island off the coast of Greece in 1965. The production will feature both international songs from the era and exotic dance numbers. The Bard’s zaniest comedy, in which two sets of twins separated at birth find themselves in the same city on the same day, leads to a string of mistaken identities, over-the-top slapstick and false accusations. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 90 minutes with no intermission. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Friday, January 13th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Peanut Butter Madness (Toddler Class) Join us as we prepare nutty recipes using: peanut butter. We will make chocolate peanut butter whoopee pies and homemade peanut butter cups! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class! $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. Reoccurs on Saturday (one session from 9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s Night Out Theme: Finding Dory Pajama Movie Night. Drop your little ones off for 3-hours of non-stop fun! We will be playing games, doing arts and crafts and much much more! Pizza Dinner always included! Pizza Dinner Included! Ages 2.5 and up, potty trained please. $40 per child. Siblings half off. My Gym, West Hartford

6 – 8pm: Peanut Butter Madness Join us as we prepare nutty recipes using peanut butter! We will make everyone’s favorite peanut butter kiss cookies, chocolate peanut butter whoopee pies, and homemade peanut butter cups! We will also snack on a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class! $25 per child. Ages 6 -12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6 – 10pm: Dinner and a Movie Join us for this wintry mix on our summer movie series. Bring the whole family out for a great dinner served up in front of our big screen movie. A dinner of ziti with red sauce, meatballs, cheesy garlic bread, and salad will be served up family style. Dessert and beverages are also included. Reserve your seats today as seating is limited to only 80 persons. Tables of six will be filled from front to rear of theatre in order of registration. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the program. Movie: The Secret Life of Pets Synopsis: Max is a dog who lives a happy life with his owner in a Manhattan apartment complex. Max has made friends with all of the pets in the building, and he even has friends in the building across the street. Max’s owner disrupts life by bringing home the sloppy and inconsiderate dog, Duke. Max and Duke do not get along, but they have to put all of that behind them when they find out that an abandoned bunny pet is gathering all of the other pets together to take revenge on the pets with homes. Seems like kitty does a lot more than sleep when you are at work all day. Run time 87 minutes. Rated: PG. $25 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

7 – 8:30pm: Read It and Sleep Cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies, and listen as a children’s book is read by a guest reader. The first 25 kids receive a free copy of the book! Enjoy art activities and games, as well! Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

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7:30pm: John Cleese and the Holy Grail Living comedy legend, John Cleese, is heading in your general direction for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A. Absurd and ridiculous questions only are requested, please. John will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before John silly walks his way on to the stage, the excitement will build at the audience will get to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen. Don’t miss your chance to see the man who has achieved nothing short of comedy royalty in this thrill-of-a-lifetime evening. VIP tickets include a photo-op with John Cleese. Tickets $49.50-110, VIP $250. The Bushnell, Hartford 

Friday, January 13th – Saturday, January 21st:

8pm: Raw: a Musical Cabaret An original musical revue exploring our “Raw Emotions,” whether it’s feeling awkward, jilted, stalked, infatuated, desperate or in love! Raw is an “emotional” musical revue featuring a cast of 7 talented performers. RAW focuses on songs that convey emotion from “insecure” (What do you do with your arms?), to “smitten” (Taylor the Latte Boy), to “disheartened” (Where in the World is my Prince?), and “desperate” (He Ain’t Mr. Right), to name a few. We know that the songs in “RAW” will evoke emotions from humor to nostalgia in our audience as well. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $18 for students if purchased online or $22 for adults and $20 for students at the door. Run time is 2 hours with an intermission. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Collinsville

Friday, January 13th – Saturday, February 4th:

8pm: Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post in this raucous comedy! Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage puts the audience in the middle of a live session with Miss Abigail, played by Julie Lemos, the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars. With the help from her sexy sidekick Paco, played by Jon Escobar, they’ll answer any and every one of your questions as they offer up Miss Abigail’s outrageously funny “how-to’s” on dating, mating and marriage including – how to perfect your kiss (it’s all about lip position), what you should and should not talk about on a date (don’t mention you’re a dungeon master until the third or fourth date) and much more. Kick back and relax as Miss Abigail provides the expertise she honed before booty calls and speed-dating ruled – before the divorce rate wasn’t 50% and when ‘fidelity’ was more than an investment firm! You’ll improve your love life and strengthen your relationships well beyond her session. Oh, and you’re sure to be laughing about love all night long – that’s the Miss Abigail guarantee! Runs until 2/4. Doors open at 7:15pm. CT Cabaret Theatre, Berlin

Saturday, January 14th:

7am – 1pm: Citizens Winter Triathalon: Run/Snowshoe/Ski Looking to try a new challenge? This event will test your winter skills. Join us for a 2K run, followed by a 2K snowshoe, and a 2K classic ski. There are plenty of ski rentals and limited number of snowshoe rentals. First come, first serve. Day of registration is $30. $20 per person in advance. Winding Trails, Farmington

9 – 10am: Peanut Butter Madness (Toddler Class) Join us as we prepare nutty recipes using: peanut butter. We will make chocolate peanut butter whoopee pies and homemade peanut butter cups! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class! $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9 – 11am: Open House Come and try a complimenary yoga class including a kids’ yoga class. Space is limited. Register online. Journey of Yoga, Simsbury

9am – 3pm: Inventions Find out what’s inside those busted devices at home. Bring in stuff for our take-apart lab, and while we can’t guarantee we can get it running, we will find out how it ticks. You’ll learn how to make simple machines and complex gadgets with LEGO and you can even earn a “PrimeTime Patent” for your invention! $200 for three weeks of classes. Reoccurs next week. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon

9am – 5pm: Drop-in DIY Crafts Once a month, we will make craft projects available in self-contained “art boxes” to be borrowed from the children’s desk for use in the room during opening hours. Kids and caregivers, join us to make something cool together at the library! Each month will feature different DIY craft projects, suitable for all ages. No registration required. Ask at the desk for details when you arrive. Farmington Library, Farmington

10am: Ready, Set, Registry Event Create or update your registry with personalized help, learn about the newest must-haves, meet & mingle with other parents-to-be plus enjoy games, giveaways and raffles. Free. Babies R Us, West Hartford


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10am – 2pm: Create your Imagination Adventure Join us for a journey through the Museum Studios where you will use your imagination to create your very own adventure story book to take home! $10 per visitor. Imagine Nation Musuem, Bristol

10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day and Wings & Wheels Model Show Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D “Thunderbolt,” the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100A “Super Sabre” and the Lockheed F-104C “Starfighter.” lso on that day, there will be a plastic scale model show courtesy of the Wings and Wheels Modelers Club. Hundreds of beautifully crafted scale models will be on display for the enjoyment of the Museum’s visitors and will include aircraft, military vehicles, ships, automobiles and dioramas. Club members will run instructional demonstrations throughout the day. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. Adults $12.50 and children ages 4-11 $7, under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks 

11am: We’re Having a Baby Shower Just for you! Please come join us for our very own Baby Shower just for you! We will be having fun games, laughs and raffle prizes!! Get great ideas on hosting a baby shower and more! Free. Babies R Us, West Hartford

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1pm: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Join two young space explorers and their talking astronomy book as they travel through the solar system in a magical cardboard rocket. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford



2 – 4pm: Creative Building Use your imagination and our bricks to build amazing creations. For ages 6 and up. No registration required. Farmington Library, Farmington

3pm: Stowe House Preservation Tour Explore behind the scenes of the $3.3 million preservation project in Hartford’s Harriet Beecher Stowe House, an 1871 National Historic Landmark where the internationally famous author lived from 1873-1896. Learn about project planning, packing, moving and storing historic collections, and new discoveries about Stowe’s interiors. $12 per person. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Big fun on the big screen including Inflatables, zany games, gymnastics, pizza and a movie on our 9-foot screen keep your children entertained while you enjoy an evening out! Don’t forget to bring your pillow and blanket to cuddle up in for the movie! Children ages 4 years and up are welcome. $30 per child. Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury



7 – 9pm: Grand Opening All you need are sneakers and a waiver that can be filled out on premises. You will take a sample class. Meet Drew Drechsel, Joe Dubuc, Yancey Quezada and other famous Ninjas. Autographs, pictures, free Real Life Ninja Academy tshirt and more.Teens ages 16 to adults. Real Life Ninja Academy, Windsor

8pm: Bohemian Brotherhood Two outstanding young soloists, with emerging careers in Boston and New York City, will be introduced to Connecticut concert-goers in the Brahms “Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor” by the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Jonathan Edward Brennand. Please join us for champagne and finger food prior to the performance at 7pm to meet our soloists, conductor and musicians. Reception is included in the price of your ticket. Tickets at $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, can be purchased in advance by visiting the website. All ticket purchases at the door will be $20. Hoffman Auditorium, University of St. Joseph, West Hartford

8pm: Master of the Mics Hosted by Kid Capri, the evening also includes Ghostface Killah, Keith Murray and Mr. Cheeks. Plus, more special guests to be announced. It’s a reunion of your favorite hip hop greats bringing fire and memories to the mic. Join Redman and Method Man, Keith Murray, and Mr. Cheeks, hosted and music by DJ Kid Capri. Tickets $47.50-117.50. The Bushnell, Hartford

Saturday, January 14th – Monday, January 16th:



New England Winterfest is the largest volleyball tournament in New England. It is designed to showcase female volleyball players – ages 12 to 18 – to college coaches and recruiters from throughout the Northeast. $13 for a one-day pass. $25 for tournament pass. Children 10 and under are free for both weeks. Convention Center, Hartford

Saturday, January 14th – Sunday January 29th:

Saturday – Sunday at 12pm: Wildest Weather in the Solar System Join National Geographic and The Children’s Museum on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you’ll be glad you live on Earth! Wildest Weather in the Solar System is packed with eye-popping visuals, high-end CGI and cutting-edge science. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Sunday, January 15th:

10am – 6pm: Grand Opening All you need is sneakers and a waiver that can be filled out on premises. You will take a sample class. Meet Drew Drechsel, Joe Dubuc, Yancey Quezada and other famous Ninjas. Autographs, pictures, free Real Life Ninja Academy tshirt and more. Ages 5.2 – 7.9 (must in kindergarten) from 10am – 12pm. Ages 8 – 10.9 from 1-3pm. Ages 11 – 15 from 4-6pm. Real Life Ninja Academy, Windsor

1pmFrom the Blue Planet to the Red Planet Journey to the year 2132 and follow a young woman named Carina as she studies geology on a future mars base. Her younger brother, Aidan, is back on earth preparing for an internship on the Lunar Base. Experience living on earth and Mars from the perspective of these siblings of the future. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1pm: Science on Screen: How to Build a Time Machine From film-making to physics, controlling mortality has long been a creative and scientific pursuit. Fixated on the possibility of conquering time, two men find inspiration by bringing facets of H.G. Wells’ 1895 novel The Time Machine to life. University of Connecticut’s theoretical physicist Dr. Ron Mallett has dedicated his lifetime of research to better understanding black holes and their time portal potential. Meanwhile, animator Rob Niosi has devoted years to obsessively replicating the time machine prop from the 1960 feature film adaptation. Both are driven by personal tragedies that time won’t heal. Using Niosi’s meticulous construction of his replica machine set against archival material where he describes the mechanics of motion pictures, Jay Cheel crafts an entertaining exploration of the power of film to act as a gateway to the fourth dimension. These cinematic visuals entwine with Mallett’s compelling explanation of how science fiction might not be that far-fetched after all. Stay after the film for a Q&A and discussion with Dr. Ron Mallett as he discusses the real promise and possibilities of time travel! $11 per person. Real Art Ways, Hartford


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3pm: New World Trio For more than three decades, the New World Trio has brought the excitement and intimacy of chamber music to live audiences throughout New England. Founded in 1985 by violinist Anhared Stowe, New World provides a unique experience for music lovers with its mix of both standard repertoire and contemporary works. Over the years, NWT expanded its basic configuration to include horn, voice, oboe, harp, clarinet, guitar, percussion, or strings in order to provide a varied and stimulating concert experience; there have been duos, trios, quartets, quintets, and even sextets! With each performance, New World brings new vitality to established masterworks; these are paired with contemporary pieces, with each complementing the other in depth and beauty. First Church of Christ, Farmington

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