Week 23 of 52

Monday, June 5th


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6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Card for Dad Make a Father’s Day card and learn a fun paper crafting technique in the process. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $8. Michaels

6 – 9:30pm: Auditions for Violet for Opera House Players in Broad Brook (Reoccurs on Monday, June 5th from 7-9:30pm)


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Tuesday, June 6th

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8:30 – 9:30am: Walk to Wellness Meet new friends, hear the latest health news and enjoy a complimentary breakfast – all at Westfarms. Hartford HealthCare presents Walk to Wellness monthly seminars. Doctor will speak followed by Q&A, then a light breakfast at California Pizza Kitchen. Topic: Understanding Kidney Stones presented by Dr. Abram D’Amato, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group. Learn more about signs and symptoms, risk factors and treatment options for kidney stones. Registration is required. West Farms Mall, Farmington

9:30 – 10:30am: Wacky for Watermelon Join us as we prepare yummy recipes featuring watermelon! We will prepare watermelon cupcakes, fresh and healthy watermelon pizza, and watermelon lemonade. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington


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6 – 7:30pm: Dragon Boating 101 at Riverside Park in Hartford (runs until June 13th)

6:30pm: Plainville Summer Concerts at Norton Park (Reoccurs until August 1st)



6:30 – 8:30pm: Make A Leather Key Chain Learn how to make a stamped leather key chain and personalize it for Dad. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $23 Michaels

7:30pm: FADE Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests at Theaterworks (Reoccurs June 13, 20 and 27)

Tuesday, June 6th – Monday, October 9th



Tuesday, June 6th – Sunday, June 11th



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Tuesday, June 6th – Thursday, June 15th



Tuesday, June 6th – Friday, June 30th



Wednesday, June 7th:



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6:30pm: Solstice Sprint 5K in West Hartford

6:30 – 8:pm: The Big Run at Great River Park in East Hartford

6:30 – 9pm: Local/Social Food-Truck Pop-Up Join us for a celebration of local food craft beer! Four food trucks teamed up with a local craft brewery and a farm to create a one-of-a-kind craft beer pairing event. A portion of proceeds to benefit the Noah Webster House & Historical Society. Four locally inspired dishes accompanied by local craft beer pairings. Dessert by Lets Start from Scratch. Tunes by Connie Carmona. $65 per person. 

Thursday, June 8th:


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10 – 11am: Museum and Me In this program, parents and caregivers learn how to share art with their babies by recognizing and responding to signs of visual stimulation. Led by Museum educators and docents, Museum & Me features guided gallery explorations and a sensory play session. Parents and caregivers will participate at every stage, so come ready to enjoy a special museum visit with your little one. Your Museum admission is good all day, and includes a “coffee break” during our play session. Strollers are welcome, and the spacious Stanley Works Center will be available for the duration of the class for anyone needing a break with their child. Front carriers are suggested for babies. NBMAA

11:30am – 12:30pm: Wacky for Watermelon Join us as we prepare yummy recipes featuring watermelon! We will prepare watermelon cupcakes, fresh and healthy watermelon pizza, and watermelon lemonade. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington


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5 – 7pm: Open House at YMCA Camp Chase in Burlington

5 – 8pm: June Know Good Market in Hartford

5:30 – 7:30pm: Cultural Cocktail Hour Art Connection Studio’s exhibition “Curious Creatures” is presented in the Butler-McCook House’s Aetna Gallery. Enjoy music by The Ríos-Chávez Duo, wine and light refreshments. Butler-McCook House & Garden and Amos Bull House, Hartford

6 – 7pm: Prospect Cafe Summer Wine Soiree Start your evening off with a welcome cocktail. Followed by some light Hors d’oeuvres and a tasting of Whites & Roses. Vote for your favorite wines to be added to our Summer Menu! Tickets are $30. 

6 – 7:30pm: Dragon Boating 101 at Riverside Park in Hartford (runs until June 15th)

6 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series at Mill Pond Park in Newington (reoccurs until July 27 – with raindates on August 3rd and 10th)

6 – 9pm: Master Makeup Skincare Edition Tainted Inc. is back at Hartford Prints! for a small group workshop with Co-Founder Zachary Kelly! Zachary is an Industry Insider and holds over 10 years’ experience in the skincare industry! Bring with you your current skincare products; product you use on a regular basis or have intent to use, and together we will dive deep and asses and discuss your skincare needs and concerns. Come to us with any questions regarding your skin, sensitivities, allergies or product concerns. We will send you home with a customized list of products and a newfound sense of skincare knowledge! Hartford Prints, Hartford

6:30pm: My French Family Table Dinner Metro Bis is pleased to welcome Béatrice Peltre, author of My French Family Table, for a five course dinner paired with wines. Click here for the menu. $90 per person. 

Friday, June 9th:

6 – 7pm: Grilling Plate Come and see exactly how to make this adorable plate for Father’s Day. We’ll lead you through the process (along with your little ones) step-by-step, but you can always make the design your own! The price of the class is just the price of the piece (the instruction is free!) and that includes all of your glazes, studio time, and firing! All in all, depending on the size of the piece you pick out, plates range from $20+. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill

6 – 8pm: Historic Libations of the Roaring Twenties Come to a fascinating “Drinks of the Roaring Twenties” program at Windsor Historical Society. Sample “Corpse Revivers” (gin, lemon, triple sec), “French 75s” (gin, champagne, lemon) Mary Pickfords (rum, grenadine, pineapple juice) and root beer floats for our non-alcoholic offering. Discover more about moonshine, bathtub gin, and the sometimes frustrating world of Windsor Constable Maurice Kennedy from Education and Outreach Coordinator John Mooney, and Librarian/Archivist Michelle Tom. Over 21 only. $15 adults, $14 members, $1 off admission if you arrive in 1920s costume.



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7pm: Acoustic Night Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. No registration is required. Winding Trails, Farmington

7:30pm: The MOuTH: Take My Advice! We could use your advice! And stories about advice – What led up to the helpful hint? What happened after? Was it good advice, or terrible? Hear and tell stories on the theme “Take My Advice.” $12 to get in (speakers and their plus-one get in free!) Mark Twain House, Hartford

Friday, June 9th – Saturday, June 10th



Friday, June 9th – Sunday, June 17th:



Friday, June 9th – Sunday, June 18th


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Saturday, June 10th

Today is Connecticut Open House Day, click here for a listing of all the events happening in our county. 

7 – 11am: Citizen Science: Summer Bird Count Join birder Andrew Dasinger on his route in the Hartford area, including Riverfront Park, to participate in the annual summer bird count. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury


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9 – 10am: Wacky for Watermelon Join us as we prepare yummy recipes featuring watermelon! We will prepare watermelon cupcakes, fresh and healthy watermelon pizza, and watermelon lemonade. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington


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9am – 5:30pm: Strawberry Festival & Craft Fair at Nevers Park in South Windsor

9:30am: Life Without Limits 5k Run, Walk, & Roll in Manchester (registration at 8am)

9:30 – 10:30am: Saturday Morning Family Nature Walks Join Miss Judy, Winding Trails’ naturalist, for a morning family nature walk. This walk is geared toward families with young children, six years and younger. Each month the walk will take your family to a different location so a new topic can be explored. Be prepared to watch for animals and listen for fun sounds. Wear good walking shoes and dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Session 2: Crayfish. Ages 6 and under. $15 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

10am – 12:30pm: Climbing Tower Days This 2.5-hour program introduces the bouldering wall, climbing tower and zip line. The climbing tower and zip line are designed to provide a more individual challenge and to build self-confidence while still relying on the group support system. The tower activities include the 8′ x 30′ bouldering wall for practice before the climbing tower. The climbing tower is 40′ high consisting of 3 sides; a 15′ beginner wall with incline, a 40′ intermediate vertical wall, a 40′ advanced wall with incline and over hangs. The 300′ long zip line is located at the top platform of the tower. A safety system (belay system) is used with the Tower and 2 Extreme Engineering auto belay system. Winding Trails, Farmington


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10am – 3pm: Strawberry Festival One of the highlights of the year here at New Horizons Village, the Strawberry Festival is now in its 60th year. The experience and entertainment are always fun, from the Antique Car Show to magicians and musicians, Beatles Forever will be performing in 2017. There are many children’s games and activities, and, of course, wonderful food including our signature Strawberry Shortcake. The Arts and Crafts is central to the Festival, offering many excellent opportunities to buy unique gifts. This is one of the most significant days of our year, as it is not only a great community event but is an important fundraising program. New Horizons Village, Unionville

10am – 4pm: Tom Sawyer Day is our annual family event, featuring free music, games, activities, ice cream and more! We’ll also offer discounted tours of the Mark Twain House. Mark Twain House, Hartford

10am – 4pm: The Magic of Nature In celebration of Museum Magic, the Barnes Nature Center presents the “Magic of Nature”. Stop by for a hike, pond study, ongoing crafts, and a scavenger hunt. Barnes Nature Center, Bristol

10am – 5pm: Juneteenth Family Day: Celebrating the Legacy Celebrate freedom, equality, and African-American history. Experience song and dance performances, create art, take a tour, and more! Free admission. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

{Hop, Skip & A Jump} 11am: 13th Annual School Music Festival Elementary, middle and high school bands, choruses and orchestras will perform at the Carousel Theatre at Quassy in Middletown


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 Oh the Places You'll Go Storytime


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12 – 3pm: Community Day For the last 17 years, the Museum has celebrated Juneteenth with a night filled with art, comedy, music, and, of course, Juneteenth Punch. This year we will open the celebration to all ages, with programming for children, families, and adults at a commemorative Community Day, featuring FREE admission all day! The rich history of Juneteenth will be honored with food from Hartford’s Black Eyed Sally’s, performances by Grace Church Choir and Queen Ann Nzinga Center of New Britain, special workshops by Karima Robinson and Renée Soares (preregistration is required, please click link above for more details), and more. NBMAA

12 – 3pm: Touch a Truck at Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester



1-4pm: Ginfest Hartford at the Society Room

1:30 – 3pm: Saturday Afternoon Family Nature Walks Join Miss Judy for an afternoon family nature walk. This walk is geared toward families with children that enjoy exploring all around the property. Each month the walk to will take you to a different area to explore. These informal programs are for all ages so come prepared with clothes that can get dirty. A pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended. Session 2: Crayfish. $15 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

1:30 – 5:30pm: Open Sketch This popular drawing session is monitored, but no instruction. A model (dressed) holds one pose for 4 hours with breaks. Bring your own supplies, we have easels. RSVP. The Wethersfield Academy for the Arts


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3 – 5pm: Lavender Inspired Catered Luncheon: Celebrate the Lavender Make plans on celebrating all things lavender! Tea tasting, with food, oils, dried lavender, skin care and more. Take home recipes you can add into your daily life. Register in advance. $20. Bridge Healing Arts Center, Farmington

5:30 – 8pm: Kid’s Night Out – Dinner in the Garden Italian Night Drop the kids off at TLGT for a fun Kid’s Night Out! We will be preparing a delicious Italian dinner to enjoy in the garden (weather permitting). Kids will make pasta and garlic bread from scratch, prepare a vegetable side dish and make tiramisu for dessert! $35 per child. pin Show Map The Little Green Tambourine, Canton


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6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walks 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. Session 3: Crayfish, $25 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

6:30 – 8:15pm: Riverfront Swing Nights Riverfront Swing Night returns to the Great River Park Amphitheater in East Hartford with Simply Swing’s Salute to the Big Bands. Led by musical director/drummer Joe LaRosa, the popular, 10-piece swing orchestra will perform danceable favorites from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and Woody Hermann. In addition, featured vocalist Vivian LaRosa will perform several numbers commemorating the Ella Fitzgerald Centennial. Rain date: June 11.


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7 – 7:45pm: CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house — and some of the author’s favorite literary characters — as part of the game. Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15. Mark Twain House, Hartford 


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Saturday, June 10th – Sunday, June 11th

Saturday from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 12 – 6pm: 31st Annual Celebrate West Hartford The two-day community fair presents businesses, civic and service organizations, recreation groups and charitable foundations a way to increase public awareness of their important work. Attracting over 35,000 people each year from the greater Hartford area, Celebrate West Hartford also provides festival attendees with a wide range of family activities – a highly rated juried arts & crafts show, great food, entertainment, games, carnival rides, and a certified 5K road race. There is no admission charge for the event and many of the activities are free.


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Sunday, June 11th


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11am – 4pm: Monarchs & Milweed Each month, we will explore a different theme with educational demonstrations, hands-on activities, and fun take-away projects to encourage learning at home. Many of our days will feature guest educators, scientists, artists and other professionals within their fields.The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

12 – 5pm: Farmington River Canoe Trip The Farmington River is consider one of CT’s most scenic waterways. Join the Winding Trails staff on the “flats” of the Farmington. This a trip for all skill levels. If you have never canoed, we will teach the basics. Winding Trails will provide gear and transportation. Registration is required by three days prior to the start of each session. Session 1: For all skill levels. $25 per child, $35 per adult. Ages 8 and up. Winding Trails, Farmington

12:30 – 1:30pm: Dad-and-Me Fitness Dads, connect with your children in our new Dad-and-Me Fitness program. Build strength and have fun together! Free and open to the community. Mandel JCC, West Hartford

1 – 3pm: Tea and Textiles at the History Center featuring a textile exhibit, door prizes, silent auction, and guest speaker Carol Cheney, who will talk about Cheney Brothers silk empire, and provide a glimpse into the family that founded America’s largest silk mills. Carol is the great-granddaughter of one of the founders of Cheney Brothers. Enjoy an abundant tea with a large variety of treats, both savory and sweet, along with hot tea in china cups. $30 per person. Register in advance to attend. Manchester Historical Society

1:30 – 3pm: Slavery in Suffield Although we often think of it as a Southern custom, slavery was a part of many households in New England & Suffield. Lead Interpreter Jan Peake will take visitors on a tour of the house & discuss her findings on the topic. She will identify an item from the collection that may have been used during this most challenging period in town’s history. All ages welcome. Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield


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2 – 4pm: Wallop School Open House in Enfield



4 – 6:30pm: Dinner Lecture We’ll be at the home of Joe & Jean Greene in the historic Red Hill area. Joe and Jean have been collecting pattern glass goblets for many years and have acquired 3500, one of the most extensive collections in the United States. A large portion of their collection is on display in a room with custom cabinetry, designed to enhance their unique features. The Greene’s lovely home will also be open for your enjoyment. A talk about the history of pattern glass in America will be given Joe Greene. $60 per person. 


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Plan Ahead


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