July 9 – 16

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Monday, July 10th



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10am – 5pm: Summer Scout Appreciation Days Individual scout families who do not have a group of 10 or more can visit this summer during our new Scout Appreciation Days! All scouts and their guests will pay discounted admission and receive a fun scavenger hunt and patch. $15 per person per day for scouts and their guests. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford


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{Reoccurs} 6pm – 9pm: Monday Night Jazz at Bushnell Park in Hartford (runs until 8/14)

6:30 – 7:30pm: Nutrition the Easy Way How’s a person to eat a nutritious diet when modern marketing would have us believe the catchiest label equals the best nutrition? It doesn’t have to be complicated! Learn how to make simple but meaningful changes to your diet: The myth of counting calories Enjoy lots of fats and proteins … but only the right ones Lose weight and feel amazing on Ketosis The benefits of intermittent fasting How to add juice to your week TFC Health Foods, Farmington

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make An Organization Board Create a clever way to keep homework organized in the new school year. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $33. Michael’s locations

7:30pm: An Evening with Neil Gaiman “I make things up and write them down” is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. Today, as one of the most celebrated, bestselling writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages. In his live event, Neil will tell stories and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight. Gaiman will be interviewed on stage by Paul Holdengräber, Director of New York Public Library’s Public Programming and frequent interviewer of authors and artists. Holdengräber will interview Gaiman about his extensive writing career, his creative process, and more. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience. Tickets: $19.75-59.75. The Bushnell, Hartford

Monday, July 10th – Monday, October 9th:



Tuesday, July 11th

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Book and a Bite: Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham Today, we will prepare breakfast inspired by Dr. Seuss’s book, Green Eggs and Ham! We will whip up green scrambled eggs and ham and potato hash browns. Then, kids will sit back and listen to this all-time favorite children’s book. $15 per child, Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington



2 – 3pm: Ask a Naturalist Have a strange bug, plant, bone, or rock that you would like to know more about? Bring it to Roaring Brook and the Nature Center staff will try their best to figure out what it is. Pre-registration not required. Included with the cost of admission. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton


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{Reoccurs} 6 – 7pm: WIP into Shape Looking for a different way to work out? We’re bringing WIP Fitness to the plaza for free, weekly workouts. Their motivating instructors will show you how to build muscle in this anything but traditional boot camp style class using bands, body weight, and the plaza itself. This class is accessible to all levels. Free, Tuesdays through August. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

6:15 – 8:15pm: Self-Defense Workshop for Women & Teens Workshop will include both discussion and physical practice of important self-defense skills and techniques. Participants will learn tactics to both diffuse and exit from potentially dangerous situations. Please wear workout attire/clothes that are easy to move in. Class fee is $20. Lisa Matias Dance Centre, West Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Beaded Bracelets Add some sparkle to your look with a stack of stretchy beaded bracelets. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $35. Michael’s locations


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Tuesday, July 11th – Wednesday, August 16th:


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Wednesday, July 12th:

10am: Butterfly Talk & Walk Learn the basics to butterfly identification, including tips on distinguishing the various butterfly families. Indoor program & outdoor walk. Free. Sessions Woods WMA, Burlington


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{Reoccurs} 11am – 12pm: Camp Spirit Days We have spirit, yes we do. We have spirit, how ‘bout you? Get ready for a spirited good time as Camp Spirit Days comes back to the Connecticut Science Center this summer! Explore over 165 interactive exhibits, make some fun camp crafts, and then head outside to rally with other camps from around the state at our camp jamboree on the plaza with an interactive DJ, games, and prizes! Join in the fun and feel the camp spirit every Wednesday in July. Weather permitting. Reoccurs July 19 and 26. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford


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{Reoccuring} 11:30am – 12pm: Gallery Story Hour Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their little ones to join NBMAA Education staff for story time in the galleries! Each week, the Museum will feature a different story book and gallery to introduce children and families to the power of fusing literature with art. Appropriate for ages 7 and younger; drop-in participation is welcome. Runs until 8/16. NBMAA, New Britain

12pm: The Street on which I live, Farmington Avenue Frank Hagaman, Executive Director, Hartford Preservation Alliance, will begin his tour in front of Ahern’s Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue, which is on the northeast corner of Farmington Avenue and Sigourney Street, and he’ll head west along Farmington Avenue as far as he can get in an hour. Along the way, he’ll point out some of the notable history and architecture of the street, and he’ll also discuss some of the plans for Farmington Avenue currently in the hopper. He won’t shy away from any of the challenges that confront Farmington Avenue, either, and you can feel free to ask him any questions about Farmington Avenue as you experience it.

12:30 – 1pm: Midday Meditation Take a few moments for yourself with some midday meditation on the Riverwalk. Learn the practice of mindfulness from instructor Liz Bacon. To get to this location, proceed from Mortensen Riverfront Plaza down the terrace stairs, turn left and follow the walkway under the Founders Bridge. Class will be held on the grass near the Howard Fromson sculpture, Amie. Free. Riverwalk North, Hartford

{Reoccurs} 12:30 – 1:30pm: Potter on the Plaza Join us on the plaza for a magical summer read-aloud of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Muggles welcome. Runs through August 30th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford


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{Reoccurs} 6 – 7pm: Yoga Flow on the River We’ve partnered with Hartford Sweat to bring free yoga to the riverfront! Join us every Wednesday night for Yoga Flow on the River. Stretch and strengthen your body and mind in this class designed to link movement with breath, allowing you to unwind and connect. This class is accessible to all bodies. Please bring your yoga mat! Runs until August 30th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

{Reoccurs} 6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series at the Southington Drive-In in Plantsville (runs until 8/22)

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series (runs until August 16th with raindates on Thursdays) at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford

7 – 8:30pm: Summer Book Club Our summer reading is Midwives, a novel by Chris Bohjalian (1997). A gripping story of a contemporary midwife who takes desperate measures to save a baby’s life, unleashing the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the pangs of her own conscience. For our gathering in July, we will read through Chapter 12. Stanley-Whitman Museum

{Reoccurs} 7 – 9pm: Music on the Green in Southington (runs until September 6th with new acts each week)




7:30 – 8:45pm: Wednesday ‘Crepuscular’ Walks Many animals become more active in the cooler crepuscular (twilight) hours. In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks. What will we find this summer?! Flashlight and long sleeves recommended (It will be buggy!) Pre-registration not required. Adults $6, Children $3. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Wednesday, July 12th – Saturday, July 15th

Wednesday – Friday from 5-10pm, Saturday from 10am – 10pm: The 36th Annual Life Be in it Extravaganza at Mill Pond Park in Newington

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Thursday, July 13th:



10am – 2pm: Kids Water Carnival Beat the summer heat with outdoor water carnival games and activities! Be dazzled as you watch the making of a gigantic ice sculpture! We recommend wearing your swim suits under your clothes and bringing a change of clothing. Our unique Museum Studios and events are best for youth ages 2-8. This event is included in the $10 per person admission fee. Imagine Nation, Bristol

11am – 12pm: Camp Spirit Days We have spirit, yes we do. We have spirit, how ‘bout you? Get ready for a spirited good time as Camp Spirit Days comes back to the Connecticut Science Center this summer! Explore over 165 interactive exhibits, make some fun camp crafts, and then head outside to rally with other camps from around the state at our camp jamboree on the plaza with an interactive DJ, games, and prizes! Join in the fun and feel the camp spirit every Wednesday in July. Camp spirit activities are weather permitting. Reoccurs July 19 and 26. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

12 – 1pm: Salons at Lunch: Fake News When Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin many said the story was fabricated. Stowe defended her work in A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, providing evidence of the sources she used to construct her novel. How do we know who to believe or what sources are trustworthy today? When claims are made without factual support and facts are called into question, how do you separate truth from fiction? How does claims of “fake news” impact our ability to make decisions as community members or active citizens? Join the conversation about fake news. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford



2 – 3pm and 4-5pm: Homemade Dog Treats Today we will prepare homemade treats for our furry friends. We will prepare bacon cheddar cookies, peanut butter treats, and pup-cakes. These recipes will have your dog wagging its tail for more! Ages 6-12. $20 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Farmington

3 – 5pm (Workshop) 5:30 – 7:30pm: (Open Mic): Sunset Sounds Story Slam Join us for a youth-focused Story Slam night on the 2nd Thursday of each month, June through August. Connecticut Landmarks will partner with Hartford-based (needs a Host) to host storytelling and spoken word poetry workshops, followed by open mic style performances. Workshop themes we will explore include racism, labor issues/the working class, women’s rights, and the immigrant story. Sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford

5 – 8pm: Tag Sale at Congregation Emanuel in West Hartford


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5:30 – 8pm: Pop-up Bar This summer, join the NBMAA on Thursdays for a Pop-up Bar on the Park! Patrons ages 21+ can enjoy refreshing cold beer, wine, and craft cocktails amidst the warm summer weather on our Pritchard Family Terrace. Overlooking Walnut Hill Park, each night will also include various activities—this week offers live music by Donna Martin! Drinks are cash-only, music is for all ages. NBMAA, New Britain

{Reoccurs} 6pm: Sounds of Summer Concerts The Sounds of Summer concert series brings six free, family-friendly concerts to Great River Park this summer! Runs through August 10th. Great River Park, East Hartford


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


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{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series at Mills Pond Park in Canton (reoccurs until 8/17)

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts at Windsor Town Green (reoccurs until August 17 – with raindates: the following Tuesday)


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{Reoccurs} 7 – 9pm: Music on the Green in Southington (Runs until September 6th with a raindate on Thursday)



Thursday, July 13th – Sunday, July 30th:

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Friday, July 14th:

9am: Park & History Tour of Elizabeth Park Gardens in West Hartford

9am – 3pm: Tag Sale at Congregation Emanuel in West Hartford

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Book and a Bite: Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham Today, we will prepare breakfast inspired by Dr. Seuss’s book, Green Eggs and Ham! We will whip up green scrambled eggs and ham and potato hash browns. Then, kids will sit back and listen to this all-time favorite children’s book. $15 per child, Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9am – 12pm: Summer Sampler Experience a sampling of all that summer has to offer! We’ll explore engineering, robotics, animation, STEM, and themed classes all in one fun filled week. Each day will be something new to try, all incorporating LEGO bricks, motors and other building tools. $39 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford


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10:30am – 12pm: Touch Tank with Cedar Island Marina Join us for an interactive introduction to Long Island Sound animals! Cedar Island Marina will be showcasing the vertebrate and invertebrate found in that area .After the presentation, guest will be invited to get up close and personal with the marina touch tank! Our unique Museum Studios and events are best for youth ages 2-8. This event is included in the $10/person admission fee. Imagine Nation, Bristol

11am – 1pm: Children’s Book Reading Join us and meet Marie Betts Bartlett, author and illustrator of The Little Yellow Trolley Car & Poppy’s Purpose. The Little Yellow Trolley Car (recommended for ages 2-8) reading will be held at 11am. Poppy’s Purpose (recommended for ages 4-12) reading will be held at 12pm. Join one or Both! Additionally, enjoy Hula Hooping, Bean Bag Toss games & Potato Sack Races. Other activities include Trolley Rides, Trolley Experiences, Crafting Station, Dress-up Station, Scavenger Hunt, Guided Tours and visiting the Fire Truck Museum on property. Admission prices are $10 for Adults, $9 for Seniors (62+), Children (ages 4-12) $7, children (ages 3 & under) and Museum Members free. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

11am – 9pm: Hero Appreciation Day! First Responders get into Lake Compounce FREE when a family member or a loved one buys a regular admission ticket. Must have valid ID. First Responders include: Firefighters, Police Officers, EMTs, and Dispatchers. Local emergency personnel will be at Lake Compounce, don’t forget to thank them for all of their hard work and dedication. Lake Compounce, Bristol



{Reoccurs} Lunchtime Drive Bring your a golf club to to work, or borrow one of ours and hit a fish food golf balls out of the park (and into the river). Cost: 2 balls for $5 or 7 for $15. (Runs until July 28). Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

12:30pm: Pop Up Improv Hartford’s own Sea Tea Improv will bring pop-up improv to the river this summer. They’ll put on a fully improvised comedy show based on your ideas– just like you might see on “Whose Line is It Anyway,” “Wildn’ Out,” or at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Come just to laugh, to jump on stage or to shout out your ideas and see them spun into comedy gold. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

1:30 – 3pm: Butterfly Tea Party & Story Time Dress in your butterfly attire and waltz out to the Butterfly Garden for some iced tea, lemonade and cookies! Meet our resident butterflies & caterpillars, make a butterfly craft, and more…. Pre-registration not required. Included with the cost of admission. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton



4:30 – 7:30pm: Community Block Party in the Park Enjoy carnival games, crafts, face painting, basketball hoops, music, bounce-house, Touch-A-Truck and food! There will also be some prizes and giveaways. Sharshon Park, Windsor

5:30 – 7pm: An Evening With… Tanya Pohrt, “Gallery of the Louvre” as a Single-Painting Exhibition Join Tanya Pohrt, Special Project Curator at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and author of “Gallery of the Louvre” as a Single-Painting Exhibition, to explore Samuel F.B. Morse’s monumental historical painting Gallery of the Louvre. She will focus on how the work was conceived as an exhibition piece, comparing the expectations and reception of Morse’s European and American audiences. $15 per person. $7 for members. NBMAA, New Britain

6-8pm: Homemade Tortillas Tonight we will prepare homemade tortillas from scratch. With our tortillas, we will whip up loaded quesadillas, apple pie tacos, and homemade nachos! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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7:30 – 8:30pm: Family Flashlight Hike Bring your flashlight and enjoy the beautiful trails at M.K. Wilcox Park located at 71 Hoskins Road. As a group, hike from the Wilcox house to the chimney where you will enjoy a campfire, s’mores, and a story. (Children must be 4 years of age or older and accompanies by a parent. Register online. $2 per person. M.K. Wilcox Park, Bloomfield


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Friday, July 14th – Saturday, July 15th


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Friday, July 14th – Sunday, July 16th




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Friday, July 14th – Saturday, August 5th:



Saturday, July 15th:


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8:30 – 10am: Palisado Cemetery Tour with Emphasis on World War I Stories Join Society Executive Director Christine Ermenc at the entrance of Palisado Cemetery for a tour commemorating Windsor residents who served on World War I’s battlefields and assisted at the home front. Discover the stories of Windsor residents like Harold Loomer who etched the names of all of the bases where he served onto his mess kit. Nearby is the grave marker of Dorothy Clark Hayden who served as a Red Cross nurse, and that of George E. Crosby Jr., who was appointed Director of Liberty Bonds and Thrift Stamps in Windsor during the wartime years Honor the memories of these and other veterans and Windsor home front workers by learning their life stories, then come inside to view The Changing Face of War exhibit in the cool of the Society. $6 adults. Windsor Historical Society



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9 – 10am: Book and a Bite: Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham Today, we will prepare breakfast inspired by Dr. Seuss’s book, Green Eggs and Ham! We will whip up green scrambled eggs and ham and potato hash browns. Then, kids will sit back and listen to this all-time favorite children’s book. $15 per child, Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9am – 3pm: Voices Against Lyme Disease CT Tag Sale All proceeds will go to the organization to help pay for supplies, presentations and material used for free programs the organization provides across the state of CT. These educational programs for organizations, schools and businesses along with booths at wellness fairs etc. bring awareness and prevention recommendations about Lyme Disease and other tick borne illnesses. Windsor Town Green

9:30am: Northern Exposure Ride The FVTC will host a leisurely ride north from Iron Horse Blvd. in Simsbury to the Congamond Lakes in Massachusetts. Approximately 33 miles, the ride will use the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail north and a few quiet roads. We will stop for lunch (bring your own) at the lake and ride back to Simsbury. Raindate: 7/16. A $20 donation is requested. The ride starts on Iron Horse Blvd at Jim Gallagher Way. Registration opens at 9 am; ride departs at 9:30am. Bring adequate water and snacks.



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10 – 11:30am: On the Trail of Invasive Species Invaders! This exhibit focuses on the impact that various invasive plant and animal species have had on the Connecticut River and its environs. Featuring artwork by Michael DiGiorgio, a videography by WFSB, a learning laboratory and more! Free. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton


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2pm: Do Your Emotions Rule Your Life? Let Essential Oils Become Your Emotional Anchor, I will be showcasing specific oils that will help calm your mind and help you rediscover a place of inner-peace and serenity. My goal is to simply show you a better way so that instead of having your emotions controlling you, you take charge and allow Essential Oils to become your emotional anchor. They become your go-to solution for health while becoming life-changing for you – just like it has been for me. Talcott Family Chiropractic, Farmington


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4pm – 9am: Campout Under the Stars Join us for canoeing and guided hikes, enjoy a picnic style dinner, with the traditional roasting of marshmallows, and a light breakfast. Don’t have a tent? No problem. Tents are available on a first come, first served basis. $20 (Windsor residents), $25 (non-resident) Family $60 (Windsor residents), $70 (non-residents). Northwest Park, Windsor

11am – 3pm: Meet Daniel Tiger PBS Kids is bringing Daniel Tiger to the Science Center for a meet and greet. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood features 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original program’s Daniel Striped Tiger. Every day Daniel invites a new generation of preschoolers into the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. This is the first series inspired by Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

Sunday, July 16th:

9am – 3pm: Tag Sale at Congregation Emanuel in West Hartford

10am-2pm: Registry Completion Event Received your Completion Coupon but haven’t redeemed it yet? Now’s the perfect time to use your completion discount! Get all the items still on your registry, plus enjoy super bonus savings and expert product advice. Our Registry Completion Events are held on the third Sunday of every month. Can’t join us at this one? Come to the next one instead!


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11am – 9pm: BOGO Ice Cream Buy one ice cream, get one free all day long at Breyers Ice Cream Shoppe. Lake Compounce, Bristol

1pm: Finding Amelia with Hard Facts and Sound Science Ric Gillespie, Executive Director of TIGHAR has spent his adult life searching for Amelia Earhart and her plane. Ric Gillespie offers a very realistic picture of Earhart, her attempted world flight, the events surrounding her disappearance, and the U.S. government’s failed attempt to find her. Hear about his latest expedition to the South Pacific. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks


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1 – 3pm: Walking Tour: Historic Main Street, “The Beautiful Mile” Through its architecture, Farmington’s Main Street tells the story of its 17th-century beginnings to the dawn of the industrial age. Learn about the changing landscape of this beautiful and historic street and how it reflects the activities and challenges of the people who resided here. Admission is $12. Stanley-Whitman House




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3 – 6pm: Blueberry Jam! Bring a picnic or buy pizza. Delicious blueberry buckle and homemade ice cream for sale. Touch a truck, live music, ice cream making, and other kid friendly activities (including sprinklers!). Pick your own blueberries open too. $10 per family. 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm, Bloomfield

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