Week 17 of 52

Monday, April 24th

10am – 3pm: Homeschool Day We’re open exclusively for homeschoolers and their families, and featured activities include: hands-on build and fly challenge activities, interactive flight science demonstrations, open cockpit experiences in historic aircraft, aircraft quests, flight simulators, and more! Virtual Flight Center access available for additional $5 per person. Tickets available for purchase on the day of your visit on a first come, first served basis. $10 for adults, $6 for kids (ages 4-11), children ages 3 and under are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks



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Tuesday, April 25th

7:30am – 9:30am: STEM Achievement Awards Our Women in Science Committee and STEM Awards Committee had the privilege of reviewing the significant accomplishments of all of our award finalists as well as the challenge of selecting the honorees in each category. The committees were humbled and inspired by the work being done by Connecticut individuals and organizations in the service of STEM, STEM education, and the participation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math. We will celebrate the honorees, and all of the finalists, at the STEM Achievement Awards Breakfast at the Connecticut Science Center on Tuesday, April 25. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

7:30am: Day Art Tour: MFA Boston Visit the Museum of Fine Arts to view Matisse in the Studio, the first major international exhibition to examine the importance of Henri Matisse’s studio collection. Matisse, who revolutionized twentieth-century art, believed that a treasured group of objects was instrumental to his studio practice. Enjoy an hour-long, docent-led tour of the objects, many on loan from private collections and publicly exhibited for the first time. Following the tour, you will have ample free time to explore the exhibition on your own, or visit other offerings such as Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross; New Women for a New Age: Japanese Beauties, 1890s-1930s; and Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey. Lunch will be on your own. There are four dining options within the museum: Bravo, New American Café, Taste, and the Garden Cafeteria. Information on nearby restaurants will be provided for those who wish to venture outside. Tickets: $85; $75 members. Includes transportation, admission, guided tour, and gratuities.



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6 – 7pm: FAQ’s For the Organic Vegetable Garden Join us for a series of open discussions in the Vegetable Garden at Westmoor Park. Bring your questions, concerns, puzzles, and queries, along with photos of your garden, and photos of any problems, insects, or diseases, and we will tackle them in order. Each session will have a timely seasonal topic, such as which plants to plant when, but any questions or discussion would be welcome. For adults and families. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must be registered. April 4: Starting seeds under lights and soil testing. No class July 4. Runs until August 1st, co class July 4th. $9 a class, $36 a session. Westmoor Park, West Hartford



6:30pm: Rock Your Life Teen Workshop Did you know that Emotional Intelligence is more predictive of success than IQ? Relating in a positive way to people and your environment will serve you well in all aspects of your life from work to family to relationships of all kinds. In this workshop, specifically designed for teens, you will learn skills and strategies to majorly boost your EQ. You will gain knowledge and understanding of yourself and others that will mean more success in school, satisfaction and contentment with your own life and ensure lasting and strong bonds with loved ones and friends. Learn the things that adults wish they learned when they were your age! This is your call to harness this time in your life and become the best you can be. Learn the skills and strategies now that will help you Rock Your Life! The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays: Next to Normal An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Theaterworks, Hartford



Tuesday, April 25th – Wednesday, 26th


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Tuesday, April 25 – Sunday, April 30th


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Tuesday, April 25th – Sunday, May 7th



Wednesday, April 26th – Sunday, May 14th:



Wednesday, April 26th:

9:30 – 10:15am: Mommy & Me at Nature for 2’s & 3’s First discoveries with nature are meant to be an exploration using one’s senses in the outdoors. Join Miss Judy as you and your child take a short expedition outside and explore. A story with nature objects to touch will be part of the activity. Dress with good walking shoes and clothes that can get a little dirty so we can explore, rain or shine. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the program. Register the child only, adult registration is not needed. $9 per child. Winding Trails, Farmington

10am: The House at Pooh Corner Whether we are very young or wise to the ways of the world, every so often each of has to “get back to the House at Pooh Corner” to spend some tender time with faithful friends. You know their names by heart: Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and Roo, Rabbit, Christopher Robin, and of course, that lovable bear called Winnie-the-Pooh. This production is faithfully based on the A.A. Milne classic of the same name. Featured stories portray the building of Eeyore’s house, Tigger’s arrival in the Hundred Acre Wood, the origin of the game of Pooh Sticks, Rabbit’s plan for reducing Tigger’s bounce, and Christopher Robin’s growing up and leaving for school. Curriculum Connections: Art, Language Arts, Music, Self-Esteem. Grades Pre-K to 2. The Bushnell, Hartford

10:30 – 11:30am: Nature Rangers for 4’s & 5’s Miss Judy takes your children on a journey of active outdoor exploration to new places. Learn about spring flowers, wood frogs and tadpoles, trees and more. These plus many other activities will be offered during each session. Dress them with good walking shoes, bring water boots and choose clothes that can get dirty so we can explore, rain or shine. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of each session. $10 per child. Winding Trails, Farmington

10:30am – 2:30pm: Work Together Wednesday 10:30am: Building a Community – Kinetic Studio: What buildings are in your neighborhood? Build a model of your community out of blue blocks. 11:30am: Can you fix it? We have a problem and we need your help to fix it! Bring your engineering skills and some imagination to complete the challenge! 1:30pm: Familiar Art Studio: Using the supplies in our “Beautiful Stuff” bins you can create a work of art your whole family can enjoy! Imagine Nation, Bristol



1:30 – 3:30pm: Rock Your Life Teen Workshop Did you know that Emotional Intelligence is more predictive of success than IQ? Relating in a positive way to people and your environment will serve you well in all aspects of your life from work to family to relationships of all kinds. In this workshop, specifically designed for teens, you will learn skills and strategies to majorly boost your EQ. You will gain knowledge and understanding of yourself and others that will mean more success in school, satisfaction and contentment with your own life and ensure lasting and strong bonds with loved ones and friends. Learn the things that adults wish they learned when they were your age! This is your call to harness this time in your life and become the best you can be. Learn the skills and strategies now that will help you Rock Your Life! The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

{Last Call} 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. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol



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{Last Call} 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. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

6pm: A Revolution in Color Investigate painting and politics in the age of the American Revolution with Jane Kamensky, Professor of History and Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University. Free admission, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

6pm: American Girl Breakfast & Brunch On the menu: Perfect Scrambled Eggs, Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing, Pineapple Peach Smoothies. $50 per person includes a copy of American Girl Breakfast & Brunch. Williams Sonoma locations

6 – 7pm: Soil, it’s Not Dirt! Come and learn what soil is, how it is formed, what it does and why it is so important. Learn how to evaluate what kind of soil you have and ways to improve it. This informative class will be presented by our friend, UConn Master Gardener Barry Avery and will answer all the questions you might need to know about your soil for a successful planting season. Barry Avery comes to us with a B.S. in Biology from Humbolt State University, he earned a NOFA certification in Organic Lawn and Turf Care and is a member of the Connecticut Horticultural Society. He is a native of Kansas and has been an earth friendly, organic gardener since the 1970’s. He is also a U.S Navy Veteran that farms on 2 acres in North Granby CT. Free. Heirloom Market at Comstock Faire, Wethersfield

6 – 7:30pm: Preserving History in Hartford and Beyond: Issues & Solutions What does preservation mean for a city? How does preservation intersect with issues of housing, sustainability, and economics? As a state with a nearly 400-year history, Connecticut faces significant choices about historic preservation. The City of Hartford in particular faces pressing issues of preservation, blight and urban design. Join the conversation with Leah Glaser, Associate Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University and Laura Settlemyer, Blight Director for the City of Hartford. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

6:30 – 7:30pm: Girls in Stride is a new running program for girls ages 6 to 14. It’s a non-competitive training program designed for all levels of runners to introduce girls to the sport of running, help them gain confidence, build self-esteem and lead them to a path of health and fitness. This fun and empowering training program will prepare the girls for the Shad Derby 5K Road Race in May. The program includes a t-shirt and training journal and it meets Wednesdays through May 17th. $75. L.P. Wilson Community Center, Windsor


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7pm: From Bioinspiration to Innovation Explore a new way of thinking with Dr. Jeff Karp as he talks about developing world-leading technologies to solve problems in a range of medical fields. His approach? Turning to nature for inspiration. With millions and millions of years of research and development at our fingertips, all we need to do is look outside to the amazing creatures that inhabit our planet. Join us to explore medical technologies being developed that harness lessons from creatures such as geckos, spider webs, jellyfish, porcupine quills, snails, to spiny headed worms. Some of the technologies that will be described are rapidly advancing to the clinic and some are already on the market helping patients. Limited seating is available. Early registration is recommended. $10 per person. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon

7 – 8:30pm: Informational College Planning Night Get the edge on the college planning process! Lisa Goldstein is a College Consultant who works with teens and their parents as they embark on the college process. After this discussion, you and your child will leave with a roadmap on how to make the college planning process as stress-free as possible. Topics will include: viewing your child as an individual, factors that determine college admissions, college exploration and a timeline for students and parents for the college application process. Space is extremely limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible! Bring your kids– it’s only $50 per family! A Teen Edge, Canton



Wednesday, April 26 – Sunday, April 30th



Thursday, April 27th

9 – 10:30am: Walk, Talk & Gawk – Adult Nature Walks Come join Miss Judy for a casual exploration as we walk along some of our many trails. We’ll talk about what we see or some nature topics in the news. Sometimes we’ll stop to gawk at an interesting find alongside a trail. A different route and topic is planned for each day. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program. $6 per person. Winding Trails, Nature’s Porch, Farmington

10:30am – 2:30pm: Artsy Thursday 10:30am: Special Performance by T-Bone Camp Muckalucka: An interactive musical program where children participate in a fun-filled imaginary day at summer camp with T-Bone, their camp counselor. 10:30am: Printmaking: Learn about mono prints and relief prints and create your own to take home! 11:30am: Kaleidoscope – Light and Reflection: Learn how a kaleidoscope works, test out some kaleidoscopes in our Kaleido-Lab, and try your hand at patterning. 1:30pm: The World of Paul Cezanne: Learn about artist Paul Cezanne and create a still life with oil pastels in his style! Imagine Nation, Bristol

5 – 7pm: Exclusive Thank You Cocktail Party NIXS and Camp Courant will be hosting an exclusive thank you event for all of our loyal contributors and supporters. NIXS Hartford’s new Executive Chef, Phil Parise will be sampling out his new spring menu, being served with complimentary cocktails off of our Signature drink menu. We will also be featuring music, our full menu, and a raffle to support Camp Courant’s “Get out and Play” initiative which will focus on building a new playgrounds at the camp for Hartford’s kids. Free food and beverages for a great cause! Be sure to RSVP to reserve your spot today, capacity is limited! This event is free, however you must RSVP to attend. NIXS, Hartford


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5:30 – 8pm: American Red Cross Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid Class This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving children and infants. This is a blended learning course including an online portion and one instructor-led classroom skill session. Please register for the day you would like to participate in the classroom skill session. The online portion must be completed prior to attending the in-class portion and must be taken on a PC or tablet with a high-speed Internet connection. Allow approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the online portion. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate for Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. Once you register for this course you will receive an email from the instructor with instructions to complete the online portion and what to bring to class. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the class. $70 per person. Ages 13 and up. Winding Trails, Farmington


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7pm: Lies You Can Believe In Led by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, Lies You Can Believe In will be a special performance featuring HSO musicians performing in ensembles throughout the gallery spaces of Real Art Ways. This concert offers a unique blend of visual art and intriguing music, vibrant performers and an intimate and social audience experience, all at one of the coolest venues in Hartford. Real Art Ways, Hartford


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7 – 8:30pm: Screenagers Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance. Hall High School,, West Hartford

Thursday, April 27th – Sunday, April 30th:


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Friday, April 28th

10am – 12pm: Reclaim Your Professional Self… Are you seeking to return to professional work after opting out as a care-giver? Ready to craft a niche for yourself professionally while you focus on your family? Join UP for this exploratory session. With the help of our course 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. $50 per person. Canton Gateway Office Park


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4 – 5:30pm: The Jr. Farm Apprentice Program offers an opportunity for students ages 8-12 years old to experience a connection between raising healthy livestock, growing a variety of plants and eating well. Experience Spring on the farm at Northwest Park! Students will learn homesteading skills such as feeding livestock, collecting eggs, spinning wool, growing and harvesting vegetables and cooking. Runs until May 26th. $65 Windsor residents, $75 non-residents. Northwest Park, Windsor


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Friday, April 28th – Saturday, April 29th:




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Friday, April 28th – Sunday, April 30th

36th Annual Fine Art & Flowers Celebrate spring at the Wadsworth Atheneum’s 36th Annual Fine Art & Flowers! Florists, garden clubs, and interior designers from across New England create floral arrangements and garden designs inspired by masterworks from the permanent collection to display during this museum fundraiser. Approximately 60 exceptional floral designs are expected this year, and will be showcased throughout the museum galleries beside the artworks that inspired them. The Wadsworth Atheneum usually waives admission fees every Wednesday–Sunday from 4–5 pm. Please note that guests visiting the museum at these times during the Fine Art & Flowers fundraiser will be charged $3 for their admission. Adults $18, students $8, children under 17 are $3.  Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford



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Saturday, April 29th



9 – 11am: Plant A Row For The Hungry Jane Gottier, the Westmoor Park Horticulturist, will hold this free orientation for anyone who may be interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunity and the Plant a Row campaign. We will discuss organic gardening, vegetable plants and learn about working in the garden from weeding to harvesting. Free seeds for all participants. Dress to be outdoors in all weather. Ages 18 and up. Westmoor Park, West Hartford


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9am – 4pm: Healthy Kids Day Nothing charges up kids like summer—and Healthy Kids Day® is the Y’s official start to the best summer ever! So make sure your kids get the most they can out of this summer…in spirit, mind and body. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the fun. Let’s charge into the best summer ever together! This event is free and open to the public! The Y and Delta Air Lines believe playing and learning shouldn’t take a break when school does. We believe that families everywhere can lead enriching lives all year long. Let’s partner up to fuel your child’s future through healthy meals, fun activities and new friends. Times vary by location. YMCA

9am – 5pm: Earth Day Did you know that Earth Day celebrations started in the 1970s as a way to celebrate the bounty provided us all by our beautiful planet, Mother Earth? For years, Flamig Farm has joined in that celebration, making Earth Day the official Grand Re-Opening of Flamig Farm each spring. The Farm’s Earth Day celebrations include fun and learning for guests of all ages. Come for the whole day or just sample the activities for a morning or afternoon. Your heart will be filled with new reverence for our planet, your tummy with delicious food and you will snap memorable photos capturing laughter and joy. Admission is half price at $3 per person (babies under one and adults at least 80 years old are free). All visitors will receive a free cup of grain to feed to our adorable and friendly animals. Here are some things about Earth Day you’ll experience: petting zoo, tractor hayrides, pony rides, live music, Kane’s Market will be selling food “Tower Gardens” which demonstrate food production of the future, environmental tours of solar displays and biodiesel, green vendors, bounce house and face painting. Raindate: 4/20. Flamig Farm, West Simsbury


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6:30 – 9pm: 2nd Annual Beer Fest & Chili Quest Fundraiser in support of Conard Baseball. $30 per person. Hanging Hills Brewery, Hartford


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7:30pm: Connecticut Ballet presents Thirty Something This ‘greatest hits program’ features Les Sylphides, a classical ballet in the Romantic style, Strays a commissioned work by Paul Taylor dancer, Lila York, and Steam Heat: The Best of Bob Fosse, from the choreographer who gave us Chicago!, Pippin, and Sweet Charity. A talk-back with the dancers immediately follows the performance. In honor of the 35th anniversary, all seats are $35 plus per ticket fees. The Bushnell, Hartford

7:30 – 9pm: Waves: Sound and Light Enjoy a tantalizing immersion into the sights and sounds of various cultures – from the cacophony of New York City to the mystery of moonlight! Hoffman Auditorium, West Hartford

Sunday, April 30th


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1 – 2:30pm: Children’s Tea A children’s tea, followed by making a traditional “May Day” basket to take home. Admission is $15 a person and registration is required. One registered adult for one or more registered children is required. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington




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