Week 5 of 52

Monday, January 30th:

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; pro-rated if you join late. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. Playhouse on Park, Hartford

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; pro-rated if you join late. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Tuesday, January 31st:

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10 – 10:45am and 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 session. Reoccurs until February 7th. Winding Trails, Farmington

9:30 – 10:30am: Super Bowl Party at Stew’s (Toddler Class) Join us for the most delicious Super Bowl party of 2017! We will prepare some of your game day favorites, including mini corn dog bites, bubbly cheesy garlic bread, and meatball pizza bites. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Friday (same times) and Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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. 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. Winding Trails, Farmington

4:30 – 5:15pm: After School Gliders Learn the sport of cross-country skiing. This fun based 6-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, poles and boots will be provided. Classes meet at Garmany Hall Ski Center weather permitting. Registration is required by 3 days prior. Ages 6-10. $60 per session. 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; pro-rated if you join late. Classes run until May 30th. (No class 2/21, 4/11). Snow days: 3/21, 6/6. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Cupcake Decorating Class Decorate sweet Valentine’s Day treats with buttercream icing and sprinkles. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $26. Michaels locations

7:15pm: Author Signing With Abby Fabiaschi Join us as we welcome Connecticut author Abby Fabiaschi to the store for a signing of her debut novel I Liked My Life. Barnes & Noble, Blue Back Square, West Hartford

7:30pm: Sunset Baby Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Reoccurs Feb 7th and 14th. Theaterworks, Hartford 

Tuesday, January 31st – 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. Jan 24: Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Feb 1 TheaterWorks OUT Help us make TheaterWorks the newest destination for LGBT friends and family. With specialty cocktails, food to grub on… and maybe a few extra curricular activities? Let loose and see an awesome show. Runs until February 19th. 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. February 1st: AfterWords Discussion Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following the performance. February 4th: Audio Described Performance at 2pm. For patrons who are blind or have low vision. Included with the ticket cost. Runs until February 12th. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Wednesday, February 1st:

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 15th and March 1st, 15th, 29th. Admission is $15 per child. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury  

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 15th, March 1st, 15th and 29th: a total of 7 classes. Admission is $15 per 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 until March 8th; pro-rated if you join late. $15 Annual registration fee. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

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 February 22nd. 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 eight. Six-week writing workshop runs Wednesdays until February 22nd. $300. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

6:30pm: Crochet Flowers Learn to make these super fun flowers with Caroline Huey! This is a beginner’s crochet lesson and you will learn: How to: Chain, single crochet, double crochet and create a scalloped edge. All materials included. Adults/Parents, BYOB if you like! Please call to let us know you can make it. Recommended for ages 10 and up. $25 per person. Scraptivity, Berlin

7 – 8pm: Connecticut’s Last Slave? Nancy Toney’s Life and Legacy Join Loomis Chaffee School Archivist Karen Parsons for a program about Windsor’s Nancy Toney, a woman of African descent owned by three Connecticut families over the course of her 83 years. She lived through the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and passed away in 1857 shortly before the Civil War. Seldom portrayed in art or photographs, enslaved household members like Nancy Toney were supposed to be invisible whenever guests came calling, yet they worked in kitchens, washed and ironed and spun, emptied chamber pots, and kept households running smoothly. Although sometimes referred to as Connecticut’s last slave, Nancy Toney is listed as a free person in Windsor’s 1830’s census records long before slavery was officially outlawed in Connecticut in 1844. She remained with the Loomis family in Windsor until her death, and is buried in Palisado Cemetery. Her gravestone is a stop on the Connecticut Freedom Trail. A small oil portrait of Toney by Osbert Loomis and a recently discovered daguerreotype image are among the treasures held by the Loomis Chaffee School archives. Come learn more about Nancy Toney’s life, legacy, and community, the way she was portrayed in rare visual images of her that survive, and interfaces between art, photography and science in the middle years of the nineteenth century. $6 adults, $5 students. Snow date: 2/2. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

7:30pm: Sunset Baby TheaterWorks Out Help us make TheaterWorks the newest destination for LGBT friends and family. With specialty cocktails, food to grub on… and maybe a few extra curricular activities? Let loose and see an awesome show. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Theaterworks, Hartford

Thursday, February 2nd

6 – 8am: Groundhog Prediction Will it be an early spring or a long winter? Only Connecticut Chuckles Knows! “Chuckles” is keenly aware of her celebrity status as Connecticut’s official groundhog. You may only see her sleeping, but that is because she is up all night consulting with meteorologists, examining satellite photos and reading her farmer’s almanac. Please join museum members, local dignitaries and the media as Chuckles makes her annual prediction at sunrise. We will open our doors promptly at 6am. Stay for a bite to eat before heading off to work or school. Admission is free! Lutz Museum, Manchester


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2:30 – 3:30pm: Mommy and Me Canvas Class Bring your children for our monthly Mommy and Me gathering. This month we are featuring our love themed canvas. Kids will enjoy painting on their handprints while parents assist. Please dress for mess, this project is great for babies and toddlers. Chose canvas size: 12×12 $25 or 16×20 $35. Register in advance. My Own Masterpiece Studio, Rocky Hill

4 – 5:15pm: Snapology Celebrates: The SuperBowl In this session of Snapology Celebrates, we celebrate the togetherness, teamwork, and sportsmanship that comes from shared experiences like sporting events. Students learn about the game of football; who some of the teams are; the different positions; and develop an appreciation of Sunday’s upcoming big game. Kids express their understanding of the game of football through the building of Mosaic Art using LEGO Bricks. Ages 4 and up. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

5:30 – 7pm: Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance Join us for our first ever Father and Daughter V-Day Dance. There will be dancing, a choreographed Zumba Dance, Snacks, Picture Station, Valentine’s Craft Station and much more… So put on that party dress and treat your little girl like a princess for the evening! $15 per couple, siblings $5. My Gym, West Hartford




5 – 8pm: Art After Dark: The Lure of Japan Celebrate the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan after hours, with music, activities, food, cash bar, and a film! Enjoy performances by Taiko drummers, music by NYC-based DJ Keiichiro Nakajima, Origami and Japanese lessons, and a Kimono dressing workshop. Plus, visit the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Izakaya—our Pop-Up Sake Bar! Curator Oliver Tostmann will give a 30 minute tour of Utamaro and the Lure of Japan at 6pm, and artist Valeska Soares will give a talk about her MATRIX 176 installation in Avery Court at 7pm. A screening of the Japanese comedic drama Shall We Dance (1996) begins at 8pm, and is included with Art After Dark admission. Tickets are $10, and will be available at the door. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

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Friday, February 3rd:

9:30 – 10:30am: Super Bowl Party at Stew’s (Toddler Class) Join us for the most delicious Super Bowl party of 2017! We will prepare some of your game day favorites, including mini corndog bites, bubbly cheesy garlic bread, and meatball pizza bites. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6 – 8pm: Young Adult Hangout Autism Families CT has officially launched our Young Adult Hangout program! We are excited to bring young adults on the spectrum together to develop friendships and socialize while engaging in a variety of structured activities. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity practice multiple daily living skills! For the month of February, participants will be making Chicken Quesadilla and playing a variety of board games! To help up plan, please respond to the following questions. Also, as with all of AFC’s programs, a parent or caregiver will need to remain in the building for the duration of the program. $15 per child. Autism Families CONNECTicut, Newington


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7 – 10pm: Evening Ski Tours for Adults Skiing under the stars! Does this atmosphere sound good to you? If you answered yes, then you’ll want to join us for this unique program. Weather permitting, fellow skiers will gather the 1st Friday of the month for a special guided ski tour of our trail system. The warmth of a roaring fire, light fare and conversation will follow this nocturnal trek. This program is not for beginner skiers. (Weather permitting) Registration is required by noon, Thursday prior to the event. $25 per person. Winding Trails, Farmington

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Friday, February 3rd – 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. Runs until February 18th. $20 adults, $15 students. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain

Friday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 19th:

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Calendar Girls This revealing comedy, inspired by the Hollywood hit movie, opens LTM’s 2017 Season. When your husband dies, Annie and her Yorkshire Women’s Institute members come together to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room by posing for a calendar…completely in the nude. Positioned behind flowers, cakes, and knitting projects, the women discover what it means to be confident in their own skin and the shining beauty within themselves and each other. Based on a true story, this hilarious play will leave you feeling better about life than when you entered the theater. Both the VIP and General seating sections are first-come, first-served. VIP seats are in the first six rows of the house. Single tickets for comedies and dramas are $25 VIP or $19 for general section seating. Opening Night: from 7- 7:30pm Join us for dessert and champagne to celebrate the opening performance. RSVP for Opening Night Reception. Little Theatre of Manchester, Manchester

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

6 – 8pm: Super Bowl Party at Stew’s! Join us for the most delicious Super Bowl party of 2017! We will prepare some of your game day favorites, including mini corndog bites, bubbly cheesy garlic bread, tater tot skewers, and meatball pizza bites. We will also make a homemade dip to go along with your favorite chips! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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! Doors open at 7:15pm. Ticket price $30 (plus tax). CT Cabaret Theatre, Berlin

Friday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 5th:

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Saturday, February 4th:

8am – 4pm: Two-Gen Parent Academy Two-Generational Practice (Two-Gen) helps children and parents succeed, keeps the family together and economically strong. At the Two-Gen Parent Academy parents will learn new skills and understand the power of our stories to effect public policy. Mothers and fathers will learn about school and workforce success for our children and ourselves. There will be great workshops, awesome speakers, free lunch, childcare and books for children. Registrations & Light Breakfast begins at 8am. Interactive workshops. Free. Legislative Office Building, Hartford

9 – 10am: Super Bowl Party at Stew’s (Toddler Class) Join us for the most delicious Super Bowl party of 2017! We will prepare some of your game day favorites, including mini corndog bites, bubbly cheesy garlic bread, and meatball pizza bites. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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10am – 1pm: Family Program: Valentines for Kids Instead of buying your Valentine’s Day cards this year, come to CHS to create old-fashioned, hand-made Valentines! Get inspired by Valentines from long ago, then use your creativity to make Valentine cards to give to your friends and family. This program is great for all ages! This program is free and open to the public. PS Come early or stay later because this is the first free Saturday; where guests get free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

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2 – 4pm: Family Winter Survival What do you do if you get lost in the woods in winter? Learn what basic supplies you may need to survive a night outdoors. Includes shelter construction and fire building (and maybe make S’Mores). Dress for winter weather. Not geared for children under 9. Pre-registration required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton



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6:30 – 8pm: Family Skate Night Join us on Walton Pond for an evening of family fun under the lights. There will be a hockey shoot out and skating games for all ages. Or just come out to enjoy a night on the ice with music, a roaring fire, hot chocolate, hot dogs, and more. This program will be held weather permitting. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the program. $15 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

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Sunday, February 5th:

11:30am – 12:30pm: Educator Day! Bristol early childhood educators will receive one free admission to Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center. Bring a friend and tour our unique museum studios that are designed to enhance the State of CT ELDS. Come and see how Imagine Nation can support learning in your classroom. Show your School ID when you check in at the Admission Desk. Imagine Nation, Bristol

11:30am – 2:30pm: Playing on the Spectrum Playing on the Spectrum is starting February 5th! This gym program provides children on the spectrum with the opportunity to develop new skills, engage in developmentally-appropriate play, and build social connections. This program features a concurrent siblings program, too! Cost: 11:30am – 12:30pm: ages 3-6. 12:30-1:20pm: ages 7-9 and 1:30 – 2:30pm: ages 10-13. $50 per participant, $10 per sibling. Runs until Sunday, 2/26. Autism Families CONNECTicut, Newington

12:30pm: Pipes Alive! Back by popular demand, the Pipes Alive! series resumes with St. John’s own Scott Lamlein playing the mighty Austin organ on Sunday, February 5 at 12:30 p.m. Works include J.S. Bach’s monumental Prelude and Fugue in E-flat (St. Anne), and compositions by local composers Peter Niedmann and Christa Rakich, who will be playing later on this series. Join us for half-hour organ concerts featuring St. John’s magnificent Austin pipe organ, on the first Sunday of the month, January through June, 12:30 p.m. with local organists. Free! Sacred Music at the Red Door, West Hartford

1 – 3pm: Celebrate Tu B’Shevat with Sifryat Pijama Bring the family and listen to stories in Hebrew followed by a craft and light snack, all to celebrate Tu B’Shevat. Sifryat Pijama is the Hebrew equivalent of PJ Library. Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

1 – 4pm: Wildlife Super Sunday Bears vs Cardinals? Eagles vs Buffalos? Ravens vs Rams? Join us at the Nature Center to learn about the animal sports mascots and who you would want to have on you dream team. What other animals would you want as mascots for your team? Turtle racing, games, and treats. No need to preregister. Included with the cost of admission. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

3:30 – 5pm: His & Her Mugs Say I love you with a warm cup of whatever your heart desires! Paint this with your sweetie or for your sweetie. Personalize this with your choice of colors and names. Price: Starting at 13.50/mug. Register in advance. My Own Masterpiece Studio, Rocky Hill

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