Monday, March 27th:
Monday, March 27th – Tuesday, March 28th:
Monday, March 27th: – Saturday, April 15th:
Tuesday, March 28th:
1 – 2:30pm: Easter Bunny Egg Hunt Children and their caregivers will decorate an Easter egg basket. After they are done decorating, they will do an Easter egg hunt. At the end of the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny will stop in to visit with the children and take pictures. $30 per child, $20 for siblings. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton
6 – 9pm: Spring Berry Tiramisu Bring a Spring twist to the traditional Italian Dessert by adding a kiss of Strawberry Liqueur. $10 grocery fee, $19 per person. Windsor High School
Wednesday, March 29th:
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. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury
3:30 – 5pm: After School Nature Club 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. $15 per child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury
4:30 – 5:30pm: Firehouse Friends Club is a program for preschoolers and features a weekly story, safety topic, and age appropriate craft activity. $7 per day or $30 for the whole series. Participants can register in advance for the entire program or attend as a drop-in on a weekly basis if there is space. Reoccurs weekly until April 26th. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol
5:30 – 6:30pm: Mix-it-Up is designed for elementary school aged children and each week students will learn a new art technique or material. All art supplies are included and children who register in advance for the full program will receive a free sketch book. $12 per day or $60 for the whole series. Participants can register in advance for the entire program or attend as a drop-in on a weekly basis if there is space. Reoccurs weekly until April 26th. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol
6 – 7:30pm: DoTerra Essential Oils As is evident with the weather we have been experiencing, Spring is just around the corner. As we shed our winter coats in favor of the warmer weather in New England, we also must prepare ourselves for what is to come. Do picnics, baseball games & hikes in the woods come to mind? What about insects, allergies & sunburns? Please join us on for this informational class where you’ll learn how to use doTERRA essential oils to survive spring and summer. Gain confidence and peace of mind knowing you can care for your family with safe, cost effective and non-toxic alternatives to the products you use every day. Imagine Studio, West Hartford
6 – 9pm: Women’s Evening Retreat Many of us suffer from being self-critical, over-scheduled, over-worked, and sleep deprived. How do we manage to be kind living under such stress? Self-care is one answer and begins exactly where we are in our ordinary routines and tasks. Gunilla Norris will give a talk and mini workshop showing how, in accepting God’s love for us, self-care becomes an act of gratitude and is a spiritual cornerstone for growing an ability to be more kind. This evening, filled with nourishing food, storytelling, laughter, teaching, discussion and poetry, will draw insights from Gunilla’s new book entitled, Embracing the Seasons. The evening will conclude with a prayer service in the chapel and a book signing with Gunilla. $40 per person. Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford
Wednesday, March 29th – Sunday, April 9th:
Thursday, March 30th:
1 – 6pm: The American Red Cross holds a blood drive at the Mandell JCC, West Hartford
4:30 – 6pm: After School Egg Hunt Children will decorate an Easter egg basket. After they are done decorating, they will do an Easter egg hunt. Suggested ages 3-9 (drop off), $30 per child ($20 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton
6pm: The Women’s Seder Join women from all facets of the community to celebrate together. Friends, sisters, mothers, grandmothers, and daughters will partake in the Passover Seder rituals and readings, enjoy a delicious dinner, and sing and dance with Michelle Citrin and her band. $50 per person, students $36. Mandell JCC, West Hartford
6 – 7:30pm: Stowe Prize Book Club: “Just Mercy” Join us to discuss Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Author Bryan Stevenson was recently named 2017 Stowe Prize winner for this unforgettable memoir. A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, Just Mercy is a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
Thursday, March 30th – Saturday, April 1st:
Thursday, March 30th – Sunday, April 2nd:
Thursday, March 30th – Sunday, April 23rd:
Friday, March 31st:
10am – 12pm: “Reclaim your Professional Self” Are you seeking to return to professional work after opting out as a caregiver? Trying to craft a niche for yourself professionally while you focus on your family? Join us for this exploratory session. Untapped Potential works to remove career re-entry barriers during your care-giving years. 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. $50 per person. Reoccurs on April 4th at 7pm. Untapped Potential, Canton
3:45 – 5:15pm: Spring Cookie Decorating Class A special one-day-only class where kids will learn and participate in the outline and flood method of cookie decorating. Think bunnies, chicks, Easter eggs, bonnets, flowers, carrots, birds, birdhouses, butterflies, watering cans and more! All participants will learn various techniques such as polka-dotting, feathering, and secondary decoration. All materials such as prepared icings, decorating sugars, will be provided. And most importantly…everyone will be able to take their creative confections home with them at the end of the class! $30 per child. Canton Community Center
6:30pm: Prelude to the Planets: A Symphony of Stars, Light & Music Join the Talcott Mountain Science Center and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for an exciting and enlightening evening celebrating the planets with music, a light show and observing the night sky from the top of Talcott Mountain. We’ll kick off the evening with fun, hands-on activities that explore music and sound, then head into the planetarium to learn about the night sky and watch a dazzling light show that combines music, light and movement, choreographed to excerpts from Holst’s symphonic masterpiece “The Planets.” The evening culminates outdoors with telescopes and iPads to view Mars, Jupiter and other gems in the night sky. $15 per person. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon
7 – 9pm: The MOuTH Storytelling Series: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” Whatever experience the saying “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” makes you think of, come hear and tell stories about that very thing at The MOuTH, organized and hosted by Chion Wolf, at The Mark Twain House & Museum. Tickets are $12; each storyteller and his or her plus-one get in free.
8 – 11pm: Museum After Dark Inspired by our featured exhibition Vistas del Sur: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, guests can become immersed in Latin American culture at Museum After Dark: Vistas Del Sur! Have a drink with friends, explore our galleries and special exhibitions, dance to local musicians and DJs, and unwind in a creative environment. Dance to tracks spun by DJ Cajar and live samba from Os Clavelitos, and enjoy Brazilian and Spanish food available for purchase from Sabor a Kmpo. Admission includes entrance to our galleries and special exhibitions, beer and wine, and activities. $30 for non-members, $20 for members. $5 cash bar mixed drinks. New Britain Museum of American Art
Friday, March 31st – Saturday, April 1st:
Friday from 6-9pm and Saturday from 9am – 1pm: 35th Annual Rummage Sale The Rummage Sale features quality items and unbeatable prices: furniture, jewelry, collectibles, housewares, books, toys, linens, sporting goods, and more (no clothing). There may be antiques among the tables stocked high with bargains. Drop off your donations on Monday, March 27 through Wednesday, March 29, from 9am to 3pm and 6-8pm. On Friday, admission is $5 from 6pm to 7pm, and $2 from 7 to 9 pm. On Saturday, admission is $2 and items are half-price. Avon Congregational Church
7:30pm: Lomax Project Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboratory brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and re-imagine traditional music. University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford
Friday, March 31st – Sunday, April 2nd:
Saturday, April 1st:
8:30am – 11am: Pancake Breakfast Take a break from spring cleaning and come relax and enjoy pancakes, sausage, bottomless cups of coffee, tea and juice for just $5, children under 14 just $3. Special “kid-cakes” will be available with chocolate chips. We will be featuring “cinnamon bun” pancakes. Hillstown Grange, East Hartford
9am – 1pm: 22nd Semi-Annual Children’s Consignment Sale at Nomads Adventure Quest in South Windsor
10am – 4:30pm: Opening Day at The Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor. Adults $12, children $10, under 3 are $3.
11am – 3pm: Scouts Day and NASA Space Day combine for a day of intergalactic scouting fun and space activities. Complete the intergalactic scouts-only scavenger hunt to earn your exclusive out-of-this world Science Center patch. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16.95 at the door.
12- 5pm: Community Days Celebrate with us our 114th birthday by taking advantage of free Museum admission all day! With activities inspired by our current exhibition Vistas del Sur: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin American from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, there will be something for the whole family. Drop-in art activities, including nature-rubbings, landscape collages, and gallery sketching, are available throughout the event, but stick around all day to not miss a thing! Guests can also practice their salsa moves with Rey Bermudez of Hartford-based Dance with Rey, complete a Museum-wide “passport” scavenger hunt for a prize, and join a guided tour of Vistas del Sur. Detailed schedule below: Noon-5pm: Drop-in art activities Noon-1pm: Complete your passport and bring it to Studio A for a prize 1-2 pm: Family salsa workshop, led by Dance with Rey 2-3pm: Guided tour of Vistas del Sur. Free admission for all. New Britain Museum of American Art
2:30pm: Free Student Matinee You read that right! There’s no catch. If you have a valid student ID then we want you to come see Next To Normal – on us. Call the box office to secure your seat.
7:30 – 9pm: Ian Ethan Case Cosmic Concert Soar through the solar system, around nebulas and to distance star systems in the immersive space under the dome of the Glastonbury Planetarium while listening to live original music performed by Ian Ethan Case. Acoustic double-neck guitarist and Candyrat recording artist Ian Ethan Case fluidly combines a wide variety of self-invented playing techniques necessitated by his multi-layered compositions, further expanded by live sound designer Stephanie Case using real-time live looping technology. As part of a national tour in support of their forthcoming album “Earth Suite”, this event marks their first Connecticut performance with a never-before-seen custom instrument affectionately dubbed “The Beast”. Incorporating newly developed “acoustic synthesis” technology from American inventor Paul Vo, the instrument was co-designed by Case and private luthier Wade Sylvester and took over 7 years to build. With an array of tuning levers allowing for accessing hundreds of tunings on the fly, along with sophisticated electromagnetic technology that physically manipulates the vibration of the 12 strings, be prepared to hear other-worldly sounds you’ve never imagined coming from a guitar, double-neck or otherwise. Featuring special guests Yun-Yang Lin (cello) and Tony Connaway(bass) of the Hartford Symphony, indulge in this unique performance in which cutting-edge electronics and acoustic instruments pair with immersive large-scale visuals to transport you to worlds near and far. Show Time: Ages 12 and up.
Saturday, April 1st- Sunday, April 2nd:
10am – 4pm: Rooms in Bloom Fabulous, fresh floral arrangements created by local designers will be on view throughout the first floor of the museum. The museum will be open for self-guided tours on both Saturday and Sunday. Included with the cost of museum admission.
4pm: My Life as a Zucchini “Zucchini” is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. From its debut in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes to winning audience awards at festivals around the world, this accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script from acclaimed writer/director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), was nominated for both an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Feature. Brought to life through memorable character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart. $11, students $7. Real Art Ways, Hartford
Sunday, April 2nd:
9am – 12:15pm: Easter Egg Hunt Join us for our First Ever Easter Egg Hunt! $7 per child. My Gym, Enfield
10 – 11am: DIY Passover – All About Matzah Matzah, matzah, everywhere – stories, afikomen bags, and make your own chocolate covered matzah. Free and open to the community. Registration required by March 30. Mandell JCC, West Hartford
1 – 4pm: Engaged! A Weddings & Events Open House Planning a wedding or other milestone occasion? Join us at Engaged! Meet Sarah Wadsworth, Manager of Private Rentals. Learn how your special event can be unforgettable at Hill-Stead. Visit Rooms in Bloom, a display of fabulous, fresh floral arrangements created by local designers on view in Hill-Stead’s period rooms. Enjoy a tasting by Riverhouse Catering and a sparkling wine toast. Free admission. Hillstead Museum, Farmington
2 – 4pm: First Sunday for Families Take part in these First Sundays for Families activities: Museum Educators lead art projects in the Education Stations at 1 pm. Free self-serve crafts for all ages. Self-guided tours run from 1 to 4 pm. Browse the collection at your own pace and engage in the ever-popular scavenger hunt challenge. Included with the cost of admission. The Hillstead, Farmington
2pm: Post-Show Book Signings with James Lecesne James Lecesne will personally sign copies of his young adult novel, Absolute Brightness, following the Sunday, April 2, 2 m matinee; the Thursday, April 6, 7:30pm evening performance; and on Sunday, April 9, following the 2pm matinee’s post-show discussion. The novel inspired The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.
2 – 3pm: Maple Sugaring in Your Own Backyard Our annual demonstration teaches you how to make maple syrup the easy way. We’ll cover the entire process from identifying the tree to the best part – tasting the final product. Cost: $6 adults, $4 children; members half-price. Pre-registration is not required.
6 – 9pm: Twilight Tango! Join CONCORA and friends for Twilight Tango! — an evening of food, fun, music, and dancing! This is CONCORA’s most important fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to support our artistic and educational endeavors. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and cash bar, and indulge yourself with our tempting live and silent auction items. The evening will feature the dynamic music of InfiniTango, Greater Hartford’s leading tango ensemble, with a special appearance by the Men of CONCORA. $90 per person. Pond House Cafe, Hartford
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