Week 4 of 52

Monday, January 23rd:

11am – 1pm: Seminar: Reclaim Your Professional Self Are you seeking to return to professional work after opting out as a care-giver? Let Untapped Potential’s esteemed Coaches guide you! With the help of our moderators, Kelley Biskupiak and Susan Rietano Davey, you will dig deep to begin clarifying where you are now and where you want to go. This Session includes Who Am I?, a strengths and values exercise to remind participants who they are beyond caregiver; and Stories of Hope, unique real-life returners’ stories from firsthand experience shared to inspire participants with confidence that ‘it can be done.’ Using leading industry evaluation tools, you’ll perform a personality assessment and discuss how personality influences the way you work. You’ll also complete an aptitude assessment and discuss why and how to play to your natural aptitudes when making career choices. This Stand-alone Session will kick-start your return-to-work journey! It also serves as a sampling of our full Prepare To Launch Program: Launch with Confidence in 2017! Participating will give you an overview of what to expect throughout. $50 per person. Canton Gateway Office Park, Building #5, Floor 2, Canton

4:30 – 6:45pm: Creative Kids Children will be introduced to theatre through creative play. Exercises and games will focus on acting, story telling, puppetry, music, and movement. A story will often be included. By the end of the class, students should be using their bodies and voices to start to create characters. Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present a short script. The 4:30 – 5:30pm class is for all kindergarteners and for first grade students who are new to the program. The 5:45 – 6:45pm class is for first grade students who have already participated in the program, and for all second grade students. Classes run weekly until March 20th. No class 2/20. Snow day 3/27. Fee: $120 for 9 classes. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. Playhouse on Park, Hartford

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6pm: Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper Audition New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions for children ages 8 through 14 for Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on May 5, 6 and 7. The Prince and the Pauper, adapted by R. Rex Stephenson, is a theatrical version of the Mark Twain novel which takes place in the attic of Twain’s home. When a group of neighborhood girls and boys visit Twain, he narrates the story and passes out parts, and the children act out The Prince and the Pauper. Happening alongside this action, Twain meets with a person who he had selected to take dictation as Twain recalls the events of his life for his autobiography. The play will be directed by Rae Johnson. 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 and will read from the play. To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. Older children age 13 and up may also call with interest in helping backstage. Holmes Elementary School, New Britain

7 – 10pm: Intermediate Improvisation This class continues work on the fundamental principles of improvisation while introducing more short-form improv games. We will focus on concepts such as status, tilt and re-incorporation and we will explore using the environment and non-linear narrative. The emphasis will be on character work, creating narratives and playing with commitment. Performance at the end of class. Introduction to Improv or permission form the instructor. For ages 18 and up. Classes runs until March 6th. Class Show: March 7th. $200 for semester. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Tuesday, January 24th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year! (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the Year of the Rooster with some authentic Chinese recipes! Today we will make homemade dumplings, vegetable lo mein, and sugary sweet Chinese donuts. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Friday and Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

12:30 – 1:15pm: Winter Little Adventures Join the fun! This 5-session program is designed for your 4 – 5 year olds. Each week your child will spend 45 minutes doing a variety of activities such as the outdoor bouldering wall, snow fort building, cross country skiing, ice skating or tubing as well as participating in team building activities and other winter themed programs. (Activity choice will depend on weather). Registration is required by 3 days prior to start of session. $60 per sesson. Reoccurs until 2/7. Winding Trails, Farmington

10 – 11am: Learn to Skate Clinic 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

12:30 – 1:15pm: Winter Little Adventures Join the fun! This 5-session program is designed for your 4 – 5 year olds. Each week your child will spend 45 minutes doing a variety of activities such as the outdoor bouldering wall, snow fort building, cross country skiing, ice skating or tubing as well as participating in team building activities and other winter themed programs. (Activity choice will depend on weather). Registration is required by 3 days prior to start of session. $60 per sesson. Reoccurs until 2/7. Winding Trails, Farmington

1-3pm: Snow Day Camp Get the kids out of the house to do some dancing, playing and baking! Ms. Suzanne and the kids will bake some brownies. While the brownies are baking the kids will have a chance to play, dance and sing. Ages 4-10. Drop-off. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

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

5:30 – 7pm: Actor Performance Training Program This class is for middle school students who are interested in improving their acting and performance technique. This class will be broken into three units to allow for in-depth study of various acting topics. Students will first study improv and ensemble building, then will move on to an in-depth study of creating a character using techniques for voice and body. For the final unit, students will be asked to incorporate what they have learned throughout the year into a devised theatre piece. The program will conclude with a showcase where they perform their original ensemble-generated performance. This class is for fifth graders who have already taken a Playhouse on Park acting class and have permission from the instructor, plus all sixth through eighth grade students. Fee: $600. Classes run until 5/30. (No class 2/21, 4/11). Snow days: 3/21, 6/6. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

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7pm: Counting Sheep and Other Sleep Stuff Join Dr. Scott Kallor for a conversation on sleep issues geared toward families with young children. Topics will include children falling asleep on their own, frequent nighttime awakenings, sleep terrors, and other phobias. Scott Kallor is a pediatrician and partner in Pediatric Partners LLC in Bloomfield. Free and open to the community. RSVP required by Friday, January 20. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

7:30pm: Playwrightes on Park Reading Series is an 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. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work. A reading of a new play by professional actors; a talk back following the reading with with the playwright, the cast and the director; and opportunity for audiences members to complete a response card pertaining to the play/musical. Human Rites After receiving a complaint from a group of students, an African American dean at a major American university summons a renowned (Caucasian) professor of cultural psychology into her office to discuss his controversial research on female genital mutilation. But it is the extra-marital affair these two academic heavyweights engaged in years ago, along with a surprise visitor, that brings their battle over science, privilege and cultural pluralism to a boil. $5 general admission. Playhouse on Park. West Hartford

Tuesday, January 24th – Tuesday, January 31st:

Tuesday – 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

Tuesday, January 24th – 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, Wednesday at 2pm, 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. 1/24 & 1/25: AfterWords Discussion Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30pm performances on Tuesday or 2pm Wednesday matinees. Free for ticketholders. 1/29: 2pm and 7:30pm: Open Captioned Performances For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Wednesday, January 25th:

10 – 11am: Budding Naturalists Preschool children ages 1-4 are not too young to be aware and inspired by the world around them, so start your child on the right foot with a love of nature. As a mom, dad, grandparent or caregiver, you can experience the joy of exploration with your child – a joy you can continue at home. Dress for the weather; we will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. These are the ideal ages for nature to impact the health benefits on children’s brain development, eyesight, and disposition. Studies show that children who spend time outdoors are happier, healthier, and smarter. This program will continue February 1, 15 and March 1, 15, 29. Admission is $15/child. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury  

11am – 12:30pm: Entrepreneur Vision Board As an Entrepreneur this is a great time to create your 2017 Vision Board! Jump start your year with a beautiful piece of art that empowers you and sets the stage for success! Things to Bring: Images, printed words, scrapbook materials, inspiring quotes that you love! Bring the stuff (you can add to your board) that brings you joy and inspiration! Ask yourself: When I am living my vision, what am I doing? What does you vision feel like? What does my vision look like? Rebecca will guide you and all materials are included (aprons, surface board, supplies, & also instruction). $25 per person. Axis901, Manchester

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3:30 – 5pm: After School Nature Club for Junior Naturalists Nurture your child’s natural curiosity in our new After School Junior Naturalist Program. We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child. Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data. Studies show that spending time outdoors increases children’s test scores and creativity, improves focus and is great for their health – plus they will be awed by the world around them. Dress them for the weather; they will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. Students ages 5-9. This program will continue February 1st & 15th and March 1st, 15th & 29th: a total of 7 classes. Admission is $15/child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

4 – 6:15pm: Young Actor Training Students will participate in games, exercises, and scenes to allow them to gain comfort and technique in portraying a character onstage. Topics will include basic scene work, story telling, puppetry, and movement. Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present poems, monologues, or scenes. 4-5pm: Grades 3-4. 5:15-6:15pm: Grades 4-5. Fee $120 for winter session, runs January 11 – March 8. $15 Annual registration fee.

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6pm: Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper Audition New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions for children ages 8 through 14 for Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on May 5, 6 and 7. The Prince and the Pauper, adapted by R. Rex Stephenson, is a theatrical version of the Mark Twain novel which takes place in the attic of Twain’s home. When a group of neighborhood girls and boys visit Twain, he narrates the story and passes out parts, and the children act out The Prince and the Pauper. Happening alongside this action, Twain meets with a person who he had selected to take dictation as Twain recalls the events of his life for his autobiography. The play will be directed by Rae Johnson. 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 and will read from the play. To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. Older children age 13 and up may also call with interest in helping backstage. Holmes Elementary School, New Britain

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



6 – 8pm: Winter Writers Workshops with Hank Herman Is your New Year’s Resolution to wrap up that writing project you put on hold when the holidays hit? Have an idea you’ve been meaning to get started on, but haven’t gotten around to? Need a little push from a classroom structure to get you going? Appreciate feedback from other motivated writers, and from a professional instructor? Here’s your answer! Whether you’re working on memoir, essay, kids fiction, humor — or anything else; Winter Writers Workshop is perfect for you. Registration limited to 8. Six-week writing workshop – Wednesdays from January 18 – February 22. $300. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

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7 – 9pm: Bird Nerd Trivia Think you have what it takes to call yourself an Avian Authority? Then join us to start the New Year right with our first Bird Nerd Trivia of 2017. Test your avian knowledge against bird enthusiasts from around the state! We’ll have refreshments, great company and trivia on topics ranging from bird identification to birds in pop culture. It’s also a great opportunity for you to explore our beautifully renovated center and see what’s new! $8 for non-members. The CT Audubon Center, Glastonbury

Wednesday, January 25th – 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. Tickets $35-50. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, January 26th

10am – 1pm: Learn Ski 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. Registration is required by 3 days prior. $20 per adult. Winding Trails, Farmington

12 -1pm: Gallery Talk: Visualizing American Independence Explore the creation of an early American visual lexicon with Erin Monroe, Robert H. Schutz, Jr., Associate Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, in the permanent collection installation John Trumbull: Visualizing American Independence. Included with the cost of admission, $15 per adult, Students with school ID $5, children under 18 are free. . Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

3 – 4pm: Reservation Required: Austin House Visit Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. Click here for a complete description and photos of the house. With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required, and groups are limited to 12 visitors. The Austin House, Hartford

4:15 – 6pm: An Afternoon at the Spa Ms. Suzanne will be hosting a spa event at TLGT! We will be doing facials, foot scrubs and yoga. Ms. Suzanne and the kids will also make some delicious smoothies. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle with you. $30 ($20 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

5:45 – 7:15pm: Family Art Wars Ms. Suzanne has been collecting a bunch of recyclables and other art supplies. She wants to see what each family can create from her collection. Each family will have 25 minutes to make a masterpiece using the supplies at hand. After the 25 minutes, our panel of judges will choose their favorite creation. Snacks will be served. Please note that there will not be any toys out in the studio for younger siblings to play with. $25 per family. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

5:30 and 7pm: Full Dome Film: 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. $5 per person. The Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium, Glastonbury

6 – 8pm: Mandell JCC Rental Showcase Showcase featuring the Mandell JCC’s newly revamped rental facilities, including our new Innovation Center. The evening includes drinks, a sampling of hors d’oeuvres from local caterers, tours of the new facilities, discounts on booking and more. RSVP required to Mitch Shakun, 860-231-6323, mshakun@mandelljcc.org by Thursday, January 19. Free admission. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

6 – 9pm: Writing in Mark Twain’s Library Not a writing class, not a writing workshop, just three hours of uninterrupted writing time in Mark Twain’s own library. Join a select handful of fellow scribblers, including a special guest writer, to write, reflect, and plot whatever piece of literature you’re working on. The space is quiet, except for the burbling fountain in the nearby conservatory, and infused with Mark Twain’s spirit. Don’t miss this once-in-a-life opportunity –and bring a friend to sit and share the experience with. Laptops welcome, but make sure you charge up before you come, as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only; no pens permitted! Cost is $50. Mark Twain House, Hartford

7pm: Film: After the Storm Part of The Lure of Japan film series, presenting Japanese cinema in celebration of the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan. After the Storm: Resting on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota gambles away the money he makes as a private detective and barely pays child support. After the death of his father, he tries to renew contact with his distrusting family and ex-wife to find a place in the life of his young son. Comedic Drama. 2016. Japan. 117 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Reoccurs on Saturday-Sunday at 2pm. Thursday only: Arrive early and visit the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Izakaya—our Pop-Up Sake Bar!—before this screening! $9 regular admission. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

7pm: DIY Home Cleaning Part 2: Dust and Polish Homemade cleaning products are chemical free, eco-friendly, budget friendly, and they really work! In this class, I will show you how to replace that lemon scented dusting spray and bright blue glass cleaner with safe, natural, inexpensive DIY alternatives. I will also teach you my easy, natural method for keeping your kitchen sink sparkling, clean and germ odor free. Your whole house will shine after this class! Scraptivity, Berlin

7pm: Full Dome Film: 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. $5 per person. The Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium, Glastonbury

Friday, January 27th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year! (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the Year of the Rooster with some authentic Chinese recipes! Today we will make homemade dumplings, vegetable lo mein, and sugary sweet Chinese donuts. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

4 – 7pm: Our Natural World Opening Reception The photo entry period has ended and the exhibit is now being prepared for judging and for viewing. $5 per person. Reservations required. The CT Audubon Center, Glastonbury

6 – 8pm: Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year! Let’s celebrate the Year of the Rooster with some authentic Chinese recipes! Today we will prepare a Chinese meal from scratch, including homemade dumplings, vegetable lo mein, General Tso’s chicken and sugary Chinese donuts. Each child will leave today’s class with a red envelope containing a sweet surprise! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6 – 8pm: To Be Real: Portraits by Shona Curtis Shona Curtis has been making art her entire life. Although she works in many mediums, she is particularly drawn to photography. Through her portrait photography she brings to bear her 15 years’ experience as a psychotherapist, of seeing people in all their dimensions and beautiful contradictions. Through stunningly intimate portraits, photographer Shona Curtis illustrates how portraiture is not about the subject or the photographer, but the alchemy of the relationship between the two. To Be Real, an exhibit of film and digital photography, exposes what lies behind our masks when we feel safe enough to reveal it—a shared humanity—and demonstrates the fragility, beauty and perils of being human. “To Be Real: Portaits by Shona Curtis” will have its opening reception on January 27 at 6pm in the Charter Oak Gallery. The show runs through February. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

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Friday, January 27th – Saturday, February 18th:

8pm: Travesties What do you get when you combine Oscar Wilde, Monty Python, and the political and emotional turmoils of a century ago? If you’re the beloved playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, you get Travesties, a jubilant, poetically beautiful comedy celebrating how important the creative arts are to humankind. Hole in the Wall Theater is proud to invite you to this carnival of farcical hi-jinks, impassioned debates, vaudeville acts, and other theatrical surprises. $20 adults, $15 students. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain

Friday, January 27th – Sunday, January 29th:

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Friday, January 27th – 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. Ticket price $30 (plus tax). CT Cabaret Theatre, Berlin

Saturday, January 28th:

9 – 10am: Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year! (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the Year of the Rooster with some authentic Chinese recipes! Today we will make homemade dumplings, vegetable lo mein, and sugary sweet Chinese donuts. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9:30am – 5pm: Imagine Nation Loves Bristol All Bristol residents receive free admission with proof of Bristol residency. Imagine Nation, Bristol


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10am – 5pm: Engineering Earth Through a number of interactive exhibits, this hands-on experience invites visitors to understand the composition of raw earth, to study the behavior of the granular material and to discover ancient and contemporary construction techniques. From ancient examples such as China’s Great Wall and Iran’s Bam citadel to progressive models from international architects Martin Rauch and Rick Joy, Engineering Earth presents a perfect balance of art and science throughout the ages and for the future. Admission: $23.95 per adult, $16.95 per child (ages 3-17). Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

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12:30 – 4pm: Cabin Fever Festival Have the Winter blues set in? Looking for a fun way to get out of the house and make the best of the cold weather? Join us on Saturday January 28th for our annual Cabin Fever Festival! Cabin Fever Festival will kick off with a large bonfire to warm everyone up. The event features animal presentations by the CT Valley Siberian Husky Club and eagles from Horizon Wings. Additional animal encounters include real pelts and skulls for you to see up close and a wildlife tracking hike. Discover other winter traditions such as the historic practice of ice harvesting and observe a wildlife ice sculpture being carved. There will also be winter games and contests and much more! $5 for non-resident, $3 for resident. Children 2 and under are free. Northwest Park & Nature Center, Windsor

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

3:30 – 5:30pm: Valentine Cookie Decorating Come learn how to decorate Valentines Day themed cookies with royal icing color flow techniques. Tina from Tina’s Cake Emporium will be teaching the class and will be sharing a supplies list shortly. Class fee is $20. The Playful Peacock & Friends, Windsor Locks

3:45 – 6pm: Family Day: Goodnight Moon Bring the family, your kid, or just yourself! Muse Family Days can be enjoyed by all. $29 per family. Muse Paintbar, West Hartford

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Saturday, January 28th – Saturday, January 29th:

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10am – 5pm: The 13th Annual The Connecticut Kids Fair Fun, entertainment, exhibits, prizes and more are what you’ll get at the Connecticut Kids Fair. Here’s one-stop-shopping for the latest products and services for growing families, including national, state and local companies offering product samples and valuable information. Plus, we’ll present entertainment, celebrity appearances and loads of activities for families with busy babies and toddlers. Rides, games, play areas,live stage entertainment, great for kids of all ages. Get the kids out of the house for some time at the Connecticut Kids Fair. Adults $10,  kids 12 and under $5. Free ride with kids admission. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

7pm: Film: After the Storm Part of The Lure of Japan film series, presenting Japanese cinema in celebration of the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan. After the Storm: Resting on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota gambles away the money he makes as a private detective and barely pays child support. After the death of his father, he tries to renew contact with his distrusting family and ex-wife to find a place in the life of his young son. Comedic Drama. 2016. Japan. 117 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. $9 regular admission. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

Saturday, January 28th – Sunday January 29th:

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 29th:

9am – 4pm: National Puzzle Day Visit our Puzzled exhibit and participate in some fun activities. Included with the cost of admission. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

10am: Penguin Plunge is the largest grassroots fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Plungers raise funds to Plunge into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 13,000 athletes and unified partners who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Plungers form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience. To join in on the fun, Plungers need to raise a minimum of $100. In addition to the awards for top fundraisers and best costumes, Penguins receive incentive prizes for their fundraising efforts. Take the Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut! Awards at 10am. Check-in at 8pm, Winding Trails, Farmington


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11:30am – 12:30pm: Barre Babies Join Maura for our in-house workshop series: Barre Babies. Bring your little one for a “baby-weight” barre class featuring core-strengthening exercises, innovative barre sequencing and, of course, a great playlist to carry you and your babes through this fun & challenging workout! Two months through crawling is the optimal age range for this workshop. Drop-in either day for $23 or purchase admission to both classes for $40! Remember: For this series, your “workout buddy” will be your weight for the exercises in class. Hartford Sweat, Hartford

1pm: From 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

1 – 3pm: A Boston Tea Party  Join us in the Whitman Tavern for tea,a special blend to duplicate what got dumped in Boston Harbor, Colonial sweets, and Early American hospitality as you learn about the “Boston Tea Party” and the lucrative and competitive tea trade that characterized the Colonial period. Registration is required. Admission is $12 a person. Stanley Whitman House, Farmington

1:30 – 3pm: Groundhog Day Hike Will the Groundhog see his shadow and what does it really mean? Walk gently through the forest to uncover the mysteries of wildlife habits in mid-winter. Take our groundhog day quiz. Watch a program on groundhogs. Make your predictions on when spring will really arrive and win small gift certificate to our store. Pre-registration is not required. $6 per person. Half-price for children. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

2:30 – 4:30pm: Improv For Kids! Give your child a space to exercise her or his imagination, develop and focus his or her theatrical flare, and make new friends in a fun, educational setting. In our Improv for Kids workshop, your child will learn the basics of improv, and how to apply these principals of improv to theatrical performance and positive, joyful play that celebrates teamwork and children’s naturally imaginative minds! Suggested ages: 7 to 14. Registration for this workshop includes free admission for 1 adult and 1 child to the Family Show at Sea Tea Comedy Theater at 5pm after this workshop! $35 per child & parent. Sea Tea Improv, Hartford

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