Week 20 of 52

Another fantastic week full of event offerings in our beautiful county; from, history talks, walks, theater(re), to outdoor yoga, open houses, outdoor concerts, ample feel good charity happenings (eat out or play for a good cause), to birthday parties, touch-a-truck, music & dance, gardening, plein air, art exhibit openings, kids night in, playing with dogs to a wildlife baby shower and much more!

Monday, May 15th

National Chocolate Chip Day!

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Sunflower Art Use art pencils to create a summery floral drawing on a wooden plaque. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $33. Michaels

7:30pm: From Avarice to Apathy–An Exploration of the Political Satire of George Bernard Shaw and Mark Twain Join us for an in-depth look at George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House and Mark Twain’s The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. Dr. James Golden, Director of Education for The Mark Twain House & Museum, and David Staller, Founding Artistic Director of the Gingold Theatrical Group in New York, will discuss Twain’s themes of greed and corruption in the years following the American Civil War and Shaw’s contemplation of apathy in the moment preceding the First World War in England. The themes that appear in both are more relevant than ever in today’s ever-changing political landscape. Hartford Stage

Monday, May 15th – Friday, May 19th:

5 – 7:30pm: American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Class This class will prepare youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. The training will help participants to develop leadership skills, learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave. We will also cover basic child care and basic first aid. All participants must be 11 years of age or older by the start of the class. $75-85. Winding Trails, Farmington

Monday, May 15th – Monday, October 9th



Tuesday, May 16th

National Piercing Day!

9am and 12pm: The Giver by Lois Lowry This Literature to Life Award winner was adapted in 2009 and marked the first young adult novel on the Literature to Life roster. The production features sixty minutes of solo-performance focusing on the relationship between young Jonas and his mentor, The Giver. As Jonas trains to become the Receiver of Memories, the buried truth about the world that he was born into becomes hauntingly clear to both Jonas and his audience, who have the opportunity to explore relevant themes, including Individuality, Ethics and Social Construct during a pre and post-show interactive discussion. Grades: 6 – 8 Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Drama, Ethics, Social Studies, Competitive Speech. The Bushnell, Hartford

4 – 6:30pm: Odyssey Course Days This new element if the first of its kind in Connecticut. Comprised of ten telephone poles at 40 feet high with a series of multiple elements that will challenge and thrill all ages. This element is unique because it is designed to be climbed in a group. This allows for an individual challenge while having the support of a group to help you through each activity. $20-30. Winding Trails, Farmington



6:30 – 8pm: Westmoor Park Organic Gardening Techniques Just what is organic gardening? The term can be confusing. In this class you will learn how to enhance your soil, how to prevent and control insects and diseases, how to attract beneficial insects and pollinators, the basics of composting, and much more. AGes 14 and up. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

Tuesday, May 16th – Thursday, May 18th:



Tuesday, May 16th – Saturday, May 20th

6 – 10pm: 51st Anniversary Jamboree in Collinsville 

Tuesday, May 16th – Sunday, June 11th

Heartbreak House

Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday-Saturday at 8pm and Saturday-Sunday at 2pm: Heartbreak House is Shaw’s comic and caustic masterpiece about the venerable Captain Shotover, his daughters, one liberal, the other conservative, and a household full of bickering guests in a home that’s like a ship – or a country – charting uncertain waters. When the beautiful but impoverished Ellie Dunn arrives, she gets a lesson in romance, politics, and the art of navigation. Shaw’s most ambitious and prophetic achievement, Heartbreak House is set in England in 1914, but its themes and concerns reach across the twentieth century well into our own age. Other works by Shaw include Pygmalion, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Saint Joan, Major Barbara and Arms and the Man. Students $20, Tickets: $25-90. Special Events: Wednesday at 6pm: LGBT Night Out Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. Sunday Afternoon Discussion Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2pm matinée. Hartford Stage

Tuesday, May 16th – Thursday, June 15th



Wednesday, May 17th:

National Walnut Day!

7 – 8:30am: Warbler Wednesdays Join us to explore the world of birds on this guided bird walk around the prime bird habitat at Indian Rock Nature Preserve. Learn songs and how to identify some of the common, and not so common, bird species with experts in the field of ornithology. Bring your binoculars! Free.  Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol 




12 – 2pm: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will be at Blue Back Square fundraising and building awareness of this organization that supports childhood cancer. Webster Walk at Blue Back Square, West Hartford


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6pm: Heartbreak House: LGBT Night Out Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. About the show: Heartbreak House is Shaw’s comic and caustic masterpiece about the venerable Captain Shotover, his daughters, one liberal, the other conservative, and a household full of bickering guests in a home that’s like a ship – or a country – charting uncertain waters. When the beautiful but impoverished Ellie Dunn arrives, she gets a lesson in romance, politics, and the art of navigation. Shaw’s most ambitious and prophetic achievement, Heartbreak House is set in England in 1914, but its themes and concerns reach across the twentieth century well into our own age. Other works by Shaw include Pygmalion, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Saint Joan, Major Barbara and Arms and the Man. Students $20, Tickets: $25-90. Hartford Stage


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6:30pm: Ride of Silence Bike West Hartford, Inc. is hosting a ‘Ride of Silence’ on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 as part of a national event to remember those who have been killed or injured while cycling and to raise awareness of the need to promote safe cycling conditions on public roadways. West Hartford’s event is one of hundreds being held throughout the country. The 8-mile West Hartford ride will begin and end in the parking lot behind the rear entrance of the West Hartford Town Hall, pass through the Town Center, then proceed north through the Town, principally along less travelled residential streets. The ride will last approximately one hour. Participants are asked to wear a white t-shirt as a display of solidarity . The ride will be at a leisurely pace. No one will be left behind. Cyclists are asked to remain silent throughout the ride. West Hartford Town Hall

Wednesday, May 18th – Saturday, May 20th

Wednesday from 5-8pm (adults only), Thursday from 9am – 2pm and Friday from 2-7pm, Saturday from 8am – 12pm: Cute Kids Consignment Sale New and gently used items for infants, young children, tweens, teens, and expectant moms. If you need it, we have it! Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Hartford

Thursday, May 18th

International Museum Day! 


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11 – 11:45am: Arts & Crafts for Preschoolers Come join us for a fun-filled creative class that will stir your preschooler’s imaginations. Every week your child will enjoy an hour of creative arts and crafts projects that they will be able to take home and show off to the entire family. $20-30. Ages 3-5. Winding Trails, Farmington



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 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. WInding Trails, Farmington

6 – 7:30pm: How to Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform According to President Barack Obama, “How we treat citizens who make mistakes (even serious mistakes), pay their debt to society, and deserve a second chance reflects who we are as a people and reveals a lot about our character and commitment to our founding principles. And how we police our communities and the kinds of problems we ask our criminal justice system to solve can have a profound impact on the extent of trust in law enforcement and significant implications for public safety.” The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population but almost 25 percent of the total prison population. A significant percentage of the more than 2 million Americans incarcerated today are nonviolent offenders. African-American men are far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms than white men found guilty of the same offenses. How do we advocate for criminal justice reform, strengthen the bonds of trust between our communities and our police, end the era of mass incarceration, and ensure a successful transition of individuals from prison to home? Join the conversation at a workshop with Melvin Medina, Advocacy and Outreach Director, ACLU of Connecticut and Lara Herscovitch, Deputy Director, CT Juvenile Justice Alliance. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

6 – 8pm: Fever will perform a free concert at Blue Back Square, the band plays Funk, Jazz, and Rock. Webster Walk at Blue Back Square, West Hartford

6 – 8pm: Jazz Masters: Portraits by Pierre Sylvain Charter Oak Cultural Center welcomes award-winning artist, Pierre Sylvain for the inaugural exhibition in our spring celebration of Jazz, Jazz Masters: Portraits by Pierre Sylvain. In this premiere exhibition, Pierre Sylvain’s paintings evoke a pop-surreal journey through the history of Jazz in America. Sylvain’s Haitian background informs each portrait with abstract color and charm. Join us for a complimentary wine and cheese reception in our Gallery, and meet the artist! Exhibit runs through June 30th. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

7pm: Skygazing Join us for an upbeat and enlightening evening observing the night sky from the top of Talcott Mountain. Begin the evening with an assortment of fun, family-friendly, hands-on activities and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Farmington Valley. Afterwards, we’ll move into the Captain Alan M. Bean Hypospherium for a tour of the celestial bodies that will be visible to us in the night sky. Then, when the skies have darkened, we’ll head to our final skygazing destination atop Talcott Mountain. With a wide array of telescopes at our disposal, we’ll be looking for stars, planets (including Mars and Jupiter) and other celestial gems. In the event of inclement weather, all activities will be rescheduled to Friday, May 19th. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon




Friday, May 19th:

National Bike to Work Day and National Pizza Party Day! 


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10:30am – 12pm: Gardening Open Play Come to a special TLGT Gardening Open Play! In addition to our fun toys and art, we will have flowers out to plant in special planters to bring home. We will also have a delicious snack for the kiddos and coffee for the grown ups. Suggested ages 1-5 with caregiver. $15 per child ($10 for each additional sibling) to drop in. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton




5 – 8pm: 90 Cent Night Calling all West Hartford residents to join the Children’s Museum celebrate its 90th year celebration! The Children’s Museum will be open extended hours from 5 to 8pm just for you!  West Hartford residents can pay 90 cents each or make a donation for the Museum. Bring the family and tour our latest exhibit “Dinosaurs in your Backyard: A Portal to Past Worlds.” Meet the animals of our Wildlife Sanctuary, take in our planetarium shows, and learn about all we have to offer year round – including hands-on exhibits, planetarium shows, vacation camps, birthday parties, scout activities, field trips, traveling science education programs and special events. The Children’s Museum continues its legacy as a premier S.T.E.A.M. education center integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.  Thank you to our sponsors for the event Harry’s Bishop’s Corner and Luna Pizza.


5 – 8pm: Preschool Open House The Children’s Museum Preschool will also be open for tours from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Join the excitement as children at our preschool explore and participate in a variety of activities which are designed to awaken their curiosity and facilitate discovery of the world around them. Learn about the play-based philosophy with experienced educators, weekly museum lessons and visits, flexible full-day and part-day options, S.T.E.A.M. focused with effective student/teacher ratios. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford


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5:30 – 7:30pm: Super Seeds Not all seeds are for soil. Join us as we create recipes with power-packed sunflower, pumpkin and chia seeds. Menu: Spring-y Spring Rolls with Sunflower Sauce Chicken Kabobs with Pumpkin Power Dip Chocolate Chip–Chia Cookies. What to Expect: Learn all about the health benefits of sunflower, pumpkin and chia seeds. Discover how to create your own spring rolls. Revamp cookies with chia seeds, rolled oats and Greek yogurt. Shop Rite, Manchester

6 – 10pm: Kid’s Night Out This is the ultimate night out for any kid! Tons of games, pizza, an ice cream sundae bar, a big screen movie, and endless amounts of fun await you here at the Trails. This program has evolved into a very popular kid’s event and space fills up quickly. So parents plan your night out and send the kids here for theirs. Head on over to the Trails for a night out that you will never forget. Sorry, parents not allowed! Please bring clothing that is appropriate for outdoor (weather dependent) and indoor play as well as provide a sleeping bag/blanket and pillow for the movie. Ages 6-11. $15-25. Winding Trails, Farmington

6:30 – 8pm: Jake Kulak & the LowDown will perform at Blue Back Square, the band plays blues rock music. Webster Walk at Blue Back Square, West Hartford

7 – 9pm: Pajama Jam Dance This event is for our friends with special needs, high school and older. DJ Dani always chooses the best music for our Pajama Jam dance. Wear your most festive jammies and get your groove on to all your favorite hits while you munch on chips and soda. Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford



Friday, May 19th – Sunday, May 21st:



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Saturday, May 20th

National Learn to Swim Day! – Visit Farmington Field Club which offers ample opportunities to learn to swim from lessons to swim teams. 

7 – 9am: Weekend Bird Walks An early morning walk through Werner’s Woods provides welcome sights and sounds for beginning birders as well as those with more experience in the field. Bird walks are not geared for younger children. Bring binoculars and dress for wet ground underfoot. Pre-registration is not required. $5 per person. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

8 – 9:30am: Bird Walk Join us to explore the world of birds on this guided bird walk around the prime bird habitat at the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center. Learn songs and how to identify some of the common, and not so common, bird species with experts in the field of ornithology. Bring your binoculars! Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

9am: Reid’s Run at Winding Trails in Farmington

9am – 1pm: Open House At the event children can sit in big trucks, while adults learn about disposing of household hazardous waste, safely shred confidential papers, and get all their questions answered. Attendees can enter a free drawing for 5 yards of color-enhanced mulch from Supreme Forest Products, West Hartford’s Recycling Center operators. The winner may have the mulch picked-up or delivered. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the West Hartford Food Pantry and help a neighbor in need. During the Open House, Covanta Energy will hold a free residential paper shredding event for West Hartford residents. Held nearby on the Oakwood extension, confidential papers can be disposed of properly.

9am – 12pm and 1 – 4pm: Open House! My Gym invites you to explore our immaculate, state-of-the-art facility. We’ll have games, music, puppet shows, giveaways, raffles, and more! My Gym, Enfield


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9:30am – 3pm: C.A.R.E. Family Fishing Class Join us for a free basic fishing class geared for families with children ages 9 and up. This free class will teach you about basic fishing tackle, how to set up a rod, proper bait, and more. It is being presented jointly by the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education program and Winding Trails. Bring your own lunch to enjoy between the class and practice. Winding Trails, Farmington


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10 – 11:30am: Moderns Walking Tour View a model unit at this award-winning building then join us to discover the architecture and history of the Hartford Moderns on Constitution Plaza and Main Street. Free. Spectra Boutique Apartments, Hartford


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10am – 2pm: Touch-A-Truck Children will enjoy climbing into construction, rescue, military and other vehicles, face painting, music and more. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The Southington Conservation Commission will also be on site handing out free seedlings (while supplies last). Raindate: 5/21. Southington Drive-In, Plantsville

10am – 2pm: A Celebration of Music & Dance Join us for a day revolved around appreciating the sounds of music, and expressing yourself through dance. Experience live performances derived from a variety of different genres and get inspired to create your own moves! Imagine Nation, Bristol



10am – 4:30pm: 2nd Annual Fire Truck Show Do you have a love of fire engines and trolleys? A warm spring day in May? Then we have just the exceptional fun time planned for you… During your visit you will learn about the Connecticut Fire Museum’s Truck collection along with local Fire Departments equipment & vehicles. Don’t miss your opportunity to sit in a real fire trucks, try on fireman’s turnout gear, watch fire hose demonstrations and take home a souvenir kids fire hat. Shaker Pines Fire Department will have on our property their “Kid’s Smoke Trailer Simulator”. Shaker Pines will teach simulation drills of how to handle a fire in the home. Our Fire Truck Show gives visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with all aspects of the firefighting industry including over twenty fire trucks to view. Additionally, ride selected trolleys from our incredible collection, navigate through the Visitors Center packed full of historic trolleys using a scavenger hunt, dress up as a junior motorman and watch a trolley themed movie in the theater. You can ride the Trolley cars as many times as you would like! For the convenience of all, food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Adults $10, children (ages 4-12) $7, children under 4 are free. The Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor


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12 – 5pm: Our Annual Old Barkhamsted Day will be held at Squire’s Tavern with food and soft drinks for sale. Join us for a variety of live demonstrations featuring some of the domestic skills our ancestors used in their daily lives. We will have a blacksmith with his portable forge showing how a number of iron items were produced that were needed around the farms, as well as craft demonstrations including: weaving, spinning, candle making, basket weaving, rush chair seat weaving, corn husk dolls and old hand tools and games to try. This year we will again have a sheep shearing demonstration and some friendly goats roaming around. Returning this year will be an encampment on the grounds by the Lebanon Towne Militia. We will be able to see how they lived while being ready to defend their town. These activities will take place on the Tavern grounds and the Tavern will be open for touring. ~ Presented by the Barkhamsted Historical Society



3 – 8pm: En Plein Air at Stanley-Whitman House Release your inner artist! Create a painting in the open air at Stanley-Whitman House, using the spectacular gardens and scenery as your inspiration. Your guide will be Nicole Bastiaanse-Fritch, West District School art teacher and Connecticut Art Teacher of the Year. Paint from 3:00 until 5:00, enjoying the comaraderie of fellow painters while you learn. Everyone’s work will then be put on display for a artists’ wine and cheese reception from 6-8pm, attended by you and a guest of your choice. As a special treat during the reception, Mrs. Bastiaanse-Fitch will auction her painting and paint brush to benefit the museum. Tickets are $55 a person, with proceeds benefitting children’s programming at the museum. Ticket price includes guided instruction, all art supplies, and two tickets to the wine & cheese artists’ reception. Stanley Whitman House, Farmington


Meet The Artists is cancelled due to winter storm Stella. Stay tuned for what's next.


5:30/6:30pm: The Big Mo’ at UConn Hartford Support Riverfront Recapture and welcome UConn to Hartford at The Big Mo’ on Saturday, May 20! Enjoy tours of the campus, music, food from Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, Billings Forge, Blind Pig Pizza Company, The Capital Grille, Front Street Bistro, Infinity Bistro, NIXS, QDOBA, Riverhouse Catering, Ted’s Montana Grill, Vivo, as well as UConn Dairy Bar ice cream and drinks from Hartford Flavor Company, Thomas Hooker Brewing Company and Olde Burnside Brewing. The dress code for The Big Mo’ is construction casual — definitely no high heels! Support Riverfront Recapture and welcome UConn to Hartford at The Big Mo’ on Saturday, May 20! Enjoy tours of the campus, music, food from Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, Billings Forge, Blind Pig Pizza Company, The Capital Grille, Front Street Bistro, Infinity Bistro, NIXS, QDOBA, Riverhouse Catering, Ted’s Montana Grill, Vivo, as well as UConn Dairy Bar ice cream and drinks from Hartford Flavor Company, Thomas Hooker Brewing Company and Olde Burnside Brewing. The dress code for The Big Mo’ is construction casual — definitely no high heels! Proceeds from this event bring the mo’mentum home – supporting Riverfront Recapture’s parks, free public events and youth programs and enhancing the quality of life for all who live, work, stay and learn in Metro Hartford. $150-250. UConn, Hartford

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5:30 – 8pm: Kid’s Night Out – Test Kitchen You do not want your little one to miss this event! It’s awesome for so many reasons… You get a night out and we’ll make sure your kids are safe, well fed and are having a blast. Your kids will be able to mess around in the kitchen making a few new recipes! You would never let them do that at home!! The kids will come home with some really awesome recipes that they can make for their family! #4 You get a night out! I know I said that! Ages 4-10 (drop off). $35 ($30 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton



6 – 8:45pm: Kids Night Out Party Elmwood Community Center is the place for your kids to enjoy a Luau party while you take the night off. Our experienced staff will take care of everything! Pizza, ice cream, prizes, Limbo and Dance-Off. Tickets are $18 per child. Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford

6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walks: Fishing Get outside on Saturday nights with Miss Judy for an educational walk with hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation. On those nights when it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared for the weather by wearing a pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended. Winding Trails, Farmington

7 – 9:30pm: CT Youth Concert This youth concert group plays Christian music. Webster Walk at Blue Back Square, West Hartford

7:30pm: Playing with Dogs Get ready for a fabulous night with our favorite furry friends! Conducted by Hartford Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Adam Kerry Boyles, with Creative Direction by the legendary Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni, the HSO brings together music and mutts like you’ve never seen before. On-stage action will include incredible canine performers, dazzling choreography, filmed sequences and heartwarming stories of our unique bond with man’s best friend – all set to music inspired by our very special love of dogs! Tickets: $25 – 66. The Bushnell, Hartford

8pm: Emin: Love is a Deadly Game Tour Emin will be joined in Hartford with special guest Nile Rodgers! The tour will feature songs from Emin’s newly released CD “Love Is A Deadly Game” and current PBS TV Concert Special and select shows will include special guests including music legends David Foster and Nile Rodgers. The Love Is A Deadly Game Tour will kick off in Miami at the luxurious FAENA Theater, before heading to Hartford, Connecticut – where EMIN will be joined by Nile Rodgers at The Bushnell. Nile will again be the special guest along with 16 time Grammy winning musician David Foster when Emin appears in New York City at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center. David Foster also joins Emin in Los Angeles for the show at the iconic Wiltern Theater, before Emin rounds out the tour in Chicago at City Winery. The shows will take Emin fans on a journey of more than a decade of his music both Russian and international hits – and will include many tracks off his new CD including classics such as “Mack The Knife”, “Unchained Melody”, “You Are So Beautiful” and “ If You Go Away”. Tickets: $58.50. The Bushnell, Hartford



Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 21st:

10am – 5pm: Family Gardening Weekend Our Rooftop Garden will be open on weekends starting on Earth Day, weather permitting. Join us there to plant seeds and participate in other green hands-on activities the whole family will enjoy. Family Gardening Weekend is presented by the Petit Family Foundation and is free with the purchase of General Admission or with a Connecticut Science Center Membership. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford


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11am – 7pm: Buy One Get One Admission Available for purchase online only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Both tickets must be used the same day. Lake Compounce, Bristol



3pm: Be Our Guest Be our guest and enjoy the 1991 Disney animated classic on the big screen in our theater! In this beautiful musical, a young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell. Audiences young and old will delight in seeing this classic movie come to life on the big screen. Please note: This is the classic animated 1991 version, not the 2017 version. Only 1 showing at 3PM each day. A separate ticket required for the theater and seating is limited. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford



Sunday, May 21st

Happiest 8th Birthday to the light of my life, my daughter Sofia – who is not only the inspiration for this site but the reason I keep trudging day in and day out. We are celebrating two times; first with classmates at Snapology West Hartford and second with family and close friends at Farmington Field Club.

8am – 1pm: Walton Pond Trail Half Marathon This year Winding Trails will host its first trail half marathon.The race will take place solely on Winding Trails property.With 380 acres of prime woodland, Winding Trails has some of the most beautiful scenery in the Farmington Valley.The trails are not technical which makes it a good first half marathon trail course. It will be a fast race for more experienced trail runners. There are some climbs and single tracks. It’s the perfect race to prepare yourself for the upcoming season! Registration begins at 7am, race starts at 8am. $50-60. Winding Trails, Farmington


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9am – 2pm: C.A.R.E. Family Bass Fishing Class & Practice This Family Fishing Class is for families with girls and boys that are 9-years and older and individuals that already have some fishing experience and want to learn how to target bass. It is being presented jointly by Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (C.A.R.E.) program, the CT B.A.S.S. Nation, and Winding Trails. This free class expands your knowledge of large- and small-mouth bass and provides techniques needed to catch these predator fish. The C.A.R.E. program has taught over 185,000 people since 1986. Certified volunteer instructors will pass along their knowledge and expertise that has been learned through years of bass angling. This all day program offers an introduction in the morning to get you ready for the fishing practice held that afternoon. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite fishing rod and reel for the event. Free. Winding Trails, Farmington



10am: West Hartford Freedom Run The 5K run is a scenic, flat course that begins at West Hartford Town Hall, winds through local neighborhood streets, and ends back at Town Hall. All proceeds from the event benefit Team Red, White and Blue, Inc. Team RWB is a national 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their local communities through physical and social activity. West Hartford Town Hall




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11am: 7th Annual Shine On 5K Race/Walk/Kid’s Fun Run at Lewis Mills High School, Burlington

{Hop, Skip & a Jump} 11am: Martial Arts Day Local and area martial arts/karate teams to do demonstrations at the Carousel Theatre. Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury



12pm: The Hartt School of Music Quartet will perform at Blue Back Square, the quartet plays classical, Beethoven, Shostakovich music. Webster Walk at Blue Back Square, West Hartford

1 – 2:15pm: Westmoor Park Yogurt-Making for Adults and Children Farm-to-Table has never been easier! Making your own yogurt is easy, wholesome, delicious, and cost-effective, too. You will learn the process (there are several different methods to use at home), make some yogurt, and enjoy tasting a delicious yogurt dip. If you would like to take your yogurt home, bring a good-quality, clean, wide-mouth thermos. All ingredients will be provided, however, yogurt-making “kits” will be available for sale, (payable to the Instructor after class), so you can easily continue making yogurt on your own. For adults and children 8-years or older. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent. (Discount for a parent/child pair.) $18-20. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

1 – 3pm: Flower Arranging Workshop with Haley Billip A workshop with Farmer Florist Haley Billip of Eddy Farm, Newington. Participants will use flowers from Eddy Farm and from the museum’s historic gardens to create their own arrangements in a handcrafted vase to take home. Browse the historic gardens at the museum before or after the workshop. Admission is $90 a person and registration is required. Fee includes demonstrations, guidance, flowers, materials and a handcrafted vase. Stanley Whitman, Farmington

1 – 4pm: Springtime Garden Day The Historical Society of Glastonbury is teaming up with the Glastonbury Garden Club and Glastonbury Partners in Planting to present an educational event centered on two of our gardens; a backdoor herb garden and kitchen garden. Glastonbury Partners in Planting will also be onsite demonstrating how to plant an organic garden. Children of all ages are welcome to help plant seeds and then can bring home their own lettuce plant to nurture and grow. As an added treat, Mrs. Jerusha Welles will be cooking in the fireplace, one of the largest colonial fireplaces in the state, using seasonal period recipes. Samples will be available. $5 admission per person includes food samples, and entrance and tour of the Welles-Shipman-Ward house, property, shed and barns. Welles-Shipman-Ward House, South Glastonbury




2pm: Heartbreak House: Sunday Afternoon Discussion Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2pm matinée. About the show: Heartbreak House is Shaw’s comic and caustic masterpiece about the venerable Captain Shotover, his daughters, one liberal, the other conservative, and a household full of bickering guests in a home that’s like a ship – or a country – charting uncertain waters. When the beautiful but impoverished Ellie Dunn arrives, she gets a lesson in romance, politics, and the art of navigation. Shaw’s most ambitious and prophetic achievement, Heartbreak House is set in England in 1914, but its themes and concerns reach across the twentieth century well into our own age. Other works by Shaw include Pygmalion, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Saint Joan, Major Barbara and Arms and the Man. Students $20, Tickets: $25-90. Hartford Stage






3 – 4pm: Play it Forward Community Event Our Spring “Play it Forward” event is designed to help people of all ages celebrate outdoor play. We welcome families to bring friends from multiple generations whether that includes grandparents or neighbors of different ages; we hope to represent how important play is to us all. Adults from parent and grandparent generations will have the chance to share their favorite memories of outdoor play from childhood. All generations will work together to create a beautiful and fun nature art project and make a pledge to protect our green spaces and time in our lives for nature play. This May, families and neighbors will be “Playing it Forward” with us on the same weekend across the country. We are thrilled to see your community join in the tradition! Please welcome friends and neighbors to join us, as the more people who celebrate play, the stronger our communities and our kids. Free. Register in advance to attend. Center Springs Park, Manchester

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