August 14 – 20

Monday, August 14th

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: Despicable Me Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

{Reoccurs} 10am: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Secret Life of Pets featuring $1 movies in Enfield and Manchester (Runs until 8/23)

10am – 4:30pm: East Windsor Day Half price admission special for East Windsor residents. Proof of residency required. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

{Reoccurs} 11am: Storytime Mondays Join us for storytime featuring stories about the adventures of trolleys and trains. (Runs until August 28th). Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

{Last Call} 6pm – 9pm: Monday Night Jazz: Allen Lowe and Darius Jones at Bushnell Park in Hartford 

6:30 – 8:30am: Make Cactus Art Paint a quartet of cartoon cacti. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $48. Michaels


{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Musical Cavaliers (Polish) in Manchester (Runs until 8/21) 

7pm: Simply Swing, a 10-piece orchestra. Simply Swing specializes in the music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie; vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall; and high-energy swing dance favorites. These concerts are a wonderful opportunity for families, friends and neighbors to enjoy time together in their own communities. The concert series is free and open to the public. Walnut Hill Park, New Britain

Monday – Sunday (except Friday) until October 9th:



Tuesday, August 15th:

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: Despicable Me Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford

10am – 4:30pm: Enfield Day Half price admission special for Enfield residents. Proof of residency required. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

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. Cost: Admission to the Nature Center (members free). Pre-registration not required.

{Reoccuring} 6pm: Sun is Shining Concert Series: Still Kickin’ and the Big City Horns at First Church, West Hartford (Runs until 8/29)

{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

6:30pm: August Solar Eclipse Presentation Are You Ready for the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse? Dubbed “The Great American Eclipse,” this amazing celestial event will be visible from Connecticut as a partial, not total, eclipse. This means that you need proper preparation to view it safely. CCSU astronomy professor Dr. Kristine Larsen will speak on this important topic Eclipse Resources: What the (partial) eclipse will look like in Connecticut. How to safely view the partial eclipse in Connecticut (or anywhere else) Plan ahead for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse (visible from parts of New England). What’s it like to experience a total solar eclipse? Listen to Dr. Larsen’s enthusiastic comments in this video taken during the total solar eclipse in the Faroe Islands (her 4th total solar eclipse). $10 per person. The Connecticut Audubon Society Center, Glastonbury

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make with Dylan’s Candy Bar Make candy-topped cupcakes using goodies from Dylan’s Candy Bar. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $28. Michaels

7pm: Lecture: Luna Park West Hartford’s original amusement park, Luna Park, is perhaps the most seasonally-appropriate topic for a summer lecture. This talk on the short turbulent life of West Hartford’s only amusement park will begin with the story of how and why such places got started at Coney Island in the 1890s. Dr. Leach will then describe in detail how West Hartford’s Luna Park appeared in a corner of the Charter Oak Racetrack grounds, roughly where Home Depot now stands on New Park Avenue, in 1906. Photographs and postcards will illustrate the mechanical rides, games, shows, contests, and concessions that drew many thousands to Luna every summer – but never enough thousands to make the park profitable. A series of owners struggled to sell more tickets by remodeling the park from season to season. But respectable West Hartfordites never welcomed this risqué venue in their midst and finally, in 1910-1911, the hostility of town leaders contributed to shutting it down. This event is free to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Noah Webster House, West Hartford


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{Reoccurs} 7 – 8:30pm: Summer Concert Series: Southern Voice (Country) at Rockwell Park in Bristol (Runs until 8/22)

{Reoccurs} 7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Runs until August 22nd. Theaterworks, Hartford

Tuesday, August 15th – Wednesday, August 16th:

{Last Call} Tuesdays – Wednesdays (until 8/16) at 10am: Free Summer Movies: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theater capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

Tuesdays – Sundays until August 27th



Wednesday, August 16th:


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10am: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Secret Life of Pets $1 movies in Manchester (Runs until 8/23)

9am – 1:30pm: Mobile Mammography Those eligible are women age 40 and over who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months and one day. Windsor Town Hall

10am: Discover Cedar Hill Bob Chudy leads this introductory tour about Cedar Hill’s most prominent residents. Hear about the discoverer of anesthesia and his tragic life, the woman behind the management of Colt Manufacturing, and the man who saved the country from bankruptcy twice. $5. Cedar Hill, Hartford

10am – 4:30pm: Windsor Day Half price admission special for Windsor residents. Proof of residency required. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor


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{Last Call} 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

{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. Free. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford


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{Reoccurs} 5:30 – 6:30pm: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Wednesday evening throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Free. Runs until August 23rd. Eisenhower Park, West Hartford


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6pm: Wheels on Wednesdays MaryEllen will lead an 18-mile ride through West Hartford linking many of the hidden connectors. All those wishing to participate in rides will be required to have a helmet and sign a liability release waiver. Lights on bikes are strongly encouraged. Town Hall, West Hartford

{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! Free. Runs until August 30th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

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

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Patti and the Percolators (Blues/Swing) in Manchester (Runs until 8/23). (Weather permitting)

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

Thursday, August 17th:

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: Despicable Me Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

11am – 12pm: Trash to Tunes Show for Kids Join us for a unique musical performance on Thursday, August 18th at 11am for kids! Using a wide array of instruments, indigenous and homemade, Dennis Waring weaves fun and fascinating tales of the origin of music and how all cultures through time have utilized their natural environments to make fantastic sound-making devices. Kids will get to check out evocative instruments like the bull roarer, mouth bow, animal horn, sea shell trumpet and bamboo flute! 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


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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 refreshingly cold beer, wine, and craft cocktails amidst the warm summer weather on our Pritchard Family Terrace. Overlooking Walnut Hill Park, each night will also includes various activities—this week offers a Paint Night, so come ready to drink AND create! Drinks are cash-only. Activity is for adults only and is available at cost (materials included). Entry to pop-up bar is free, Museum admission not included Cash bar, $4 well drinks, $6 calls, and $8 top shelf.

6pm: Cruisin’ on the River Love movies, improv comedy, and not getting seasick? Then this is the “cruise” for you! There’s no boat involved: this is a show all about TOM CRUISE! Sea Tea Comedy Theater will help us create a dramatic action movie inspired by lines, ideas, and ridiculousness straight from any Tom Cruise movie. Any and all suggestions will come straight from you, the audience! Enjoy this fully improvised movie and collaboration between Riverfront Recapture & Sea Tea Comedy Theater. Free Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford


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6 – 8pm: Noah Webster Backpack Bash The Noah Webster House in West Hartford is thrilled to announce the inaugural “Backpack Bash” to collect backpack donations for West Hartford students in need. The Backpack Bash will feature food tastings from area restaurants, including: Black Bamboo, David Alan Catering, Lindsay Culinary, Noble, Rockin’ Chicken, and Seoul BBQ, as well as wine and beer samples from Maximum Beverage, a kids play area, live music by Band2, raffle prizes and more. The entrance fee is either a new backpack or a donation ($20 for adults, $10 for kids 8+, 7 and under free.) Backpacks will be donated and delivered to the Town That Cares at their annual backpack donation event on the August 22nd. Larger backpacks for middle and high school students are especially appreciated. Monetary donations will support the Town That Cares and the educational mission of the Noah Webster House. Guests are encouraged to pre-register by calling the Noah Webster House or visiting the website as the entrance fee will increase to $25 per person at the door. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

{Last Call} 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series: Sister Funk at Mills Pond Park in Canton (Runs until 8/17)

{Reoccuring} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts: Southern Voice at Windsor Town Green (Runs until August 24th with raindates on the following Tuesday)




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7 – 10pm: Museum After Dark Celebrate the dog days of summer at Museum After Dark: Endless Summer, where guests can groove to 1960s surf rock by The Clams! This three-piece group, complete with Go-Go dancers, offers surf classics, twangy tunes, and “surfed-up” rock favorites. Kick off your weekend with drinks, dancing, and access to our galleries and featured exhibition California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston & Ed Ruscha. Come dressed in your 1960s “California-best”—surfers, go-go dancers, beatniks, and hippies welcome! Tickets purchased online are redeemed onsite at the prepaid check-in table. Online ticket sales end one week prior to the event. Admission includes Museum entrance to galleries and exhibitions, live music, beer, wine, and light snacks. $30 per non-member. NBMAA, New Britain

Friday, August 18th:



9:30am: Farmington Chamber & East Farmington Volunteer Fire Dept Golf Tournament Farmington Woods Golf Course, Avon

10am – 4:30pm: Science Day Learn about the circuitry, mechanics, and pneumatics that allow trolley cars to operate safely for the transportation of passengers and supplies. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

10am – 4:30pm: Windsor Locks Day Half price admission special for Windsor Locks residents. Proof of residency required. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

12 – 1:30pm: {Reoccurs} Pratt Street Music Series: The Auburn Mode There’s music in the air on Pratt Street. Enjoy free, live music every Friday. Grab your lunch and hit the bricks. Runs until 8/25. Pratt Street, Hartford


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5:30 – 7:30pm: Beat the Heat Hot and thirsty? Cool down with these no-oven required recipes for smoothie bowls and guacamole with a twist. Shop Rite, Manchester

6 – 7:30pm: Kid’s Monster Face Catch-All Bowl Workshop! Want to squeeze in the last bit of summer fun for your kids? So do we! Join us on Friday, August 18th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for our monster face catch-all bowl painting workshop! Each child will create their own unique monster using different shapes, colors, and designs. Pre-registration is required, cost is $28 (plus tax) per child. Kids ages 8 and up. The Claypen, West Hartford



{Last Call} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Shaded Soul in Manchester (Runs until 8/18)

7pm: Simply Swing, a 10-piece orchestra. Simply Swing specializes in the music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie; vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall; and high-energy swing dance favorites. These concerts are a wonderful opportunity for families, friends and neighbors to enjoy time together in their own communities. The concert series is free and open to the public. Weather permitting. Bicentennial Bandshell, MCC, Manchester

8pm: Free Movies in the Park: Moana Free movies in the parks are back. All movies start at sundown. Keney Park, Hartford


Friday, August 18th – Saturday, August 19th:



Friday, August 18th – Sunday, August 20th


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Saturday, August 19th:

{Reoccurs} 8 – 9am: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Saturday morning throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Runs until August 23rd. Free. Fernridge Park, West Hartford

8am – 4pm: The Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival, now in its 17th year, invites community and club teams for a day of fun competition on the Connecticut River. Over 80 teams will paddle our 500m course in three heats, and spectators (and paddlers) can enjoy the Asian Festival on the upper plaza between races, complete with dancing, music, and an excellent selection of Asian beer and food. Admission to the Dragon Boat & Asian Festival is free. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

9am: Member Appreciation Ride & BBQ The Farmington Valley Trails Council Board of Directors invites you to join us for our third Annual Membership Appreciation Ride and Cookout to be held at Tunxis Mead in Farmington. Last year’s event was a great success as we watched our members have an opportunity to get to know each other better after their rides. Whether you chose the 10 or 30 mile option or just take to the trail to do your own thing, when you get back you will find the members of the board there to greet you with smiles, food, drink and conversation. Every rider must be wearing a helmet. A $20 donation is requested per non-member rider. – Farmington

10am: Farmington’s Freedom Trail Tour The Farmington Historical Society offers an introductory lecture followed by a guided walking tour to the various sites throughout the village which were part of the Mendis stay in Farmington, as well as several sites which were part of the Underground Railroad. The introduction is presented by historical interpreter, Kim A. Silva, in English and American Sign Language. Prices are $5 per adult, $1 per child. First Church of Christ, Farmington


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11am: National Aviation Day – Double Header 11am Roger Van Dyke, former U.S. Naval Commander shared his experiences on life aboard an aircraft carrier as a A-4 Skyhawk carrier pilot during the Vietnam War. 1pm Retired General Jim Skiff; from combat pilot to Bradley Air National Guard base commander to the modern world of drone warfare. $15 per person. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

1pm: Family Series: Improvised Tom Sawyer You know the classic Tom Sawyer story, but now you can put your own spin on it! Sea Tea Improv, Hartford’s favorite comedy company, will update this classic work based on YOUR ideas! What if Tom Sawyer didn’t paint a fence — but a giant billboard instead? What if he & Becky didn’t get lost in a cave — but in an amusement park? This retelling of a classic boyhood tale will be fun, funny, creative, and family-friendly! Don’t miss this once-in-lifetime event! Tickets are $5. Mark Twain House, Hartford


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1 – 3pm: Ice Cream and Face Painting Social Stop by for free Tulmeadow Farm ice cream and face painting, and to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Simsbury Historical Society. This event is rain or shine. In case of rain, join us in Phelps Tavern. Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury

3-3:45 and 4:15-5pm: Pee Wee Pro’s is an instructional program designed to introduce golf to young children 3-6 years of age. The primary objective is to instill a message that golf is fun and share with parents and care-givers how they can best support this objective. No golf equipment is necessary…we provide all children with Start New At Golf (SNAG) golf equipment to use during the clinics. SNAG equipment is designed to make learning golf easy. The clubs and balls are oversized and brightly colored to increase the likelihood that our Pee Wee Pro’s will meet with success. The only thing we ask is that each child be accompanied by an adult to share in the fun and help with safety. $20 per clinic. Willow Brook Golf Course, South Windsor





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Saturday, August 19th – Sunday, August 20th


 Educator Appreciation Days


Saturday, August 19th – Monday, August 21st


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Summer Scout (Solar Eclipse Weekend) Come on a special just for Scouts (Scout Day) or take advantage of Scout Group Pricing and come any day with your troop for a visit full of hands-on fun. Individual scout families who do not have a group of 10 or more can visit this summer during our new Scout Appreciation Weekends. 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. Proof of scouting is required (Either wear a piece of your uniform or a tee-shirt, or recite the pledge/promise”). Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

Saturday, August 19th – Sunday, August 27th


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Sunday, August 20th:

9 – 4:30pm: Dinosaur State Park Day – Rocky Hill

9:30am: Goat Yoga Join us for a delightfully silly yoga practice outdoors at Bradley Mountain Farm, with a few very special guests, the goats of Bradley Mountain Farm! The goats are very friendly, and will love to cuddle and play as you flow through an all levels yoga sequence. We will guide you through an upbeat, hour-long yoga practice tailored for all levels, right outdoors on the picturesque Bradley Mountain Farm. The goats will roam and romp amongst us, as we flow through this unique and playful class. Come stretch, laugh, and cuddle with the Bradley Mountain goats, for a yoga class unlike any you’ve experienced before! Once class is complete, you’ll have an extra hour to cuddle with the herd, tour our store, or take a stroll around the beautiful Crescent Lake. Please keep in mind that you’ll be practicing with live animals and some degree of messiness (and a lot of silliness) may be involved! Please dress accordingly. Bradley Mountain Farm, Southington

11am – 2pm: Summer Send Off Enjoy the beautiful weather and explore various activities throughout the Museum’s grounds at Summer Send Off! An all-ages outdoor party, this afternoon will ignite 1950s nostalgia with classic cars from Tri-Town Cruzers, music, a paint party on the Robert Lehman Entrance Terrace, and ice cream. Paintable items for the art activity are available for purchase for $1 (cash only) while supplies last. All other activities are free. Included with the cost of admission. Rain date: Sunday, August 27th. NBMAA, New Britain

2pm: Free Women’s Self Defense Seminar It’s time to go back to school, or simply back to work (like every other day) and with that means more human interaction and, unfortunately, more instances where violence could rear its ugly head. Instructors at The Deep, part of Adaptive Movement Parkour, are here to help you learn to navigate the situations you could face in a real situation. As the saying goes, “hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” Taught by Scott Hoffman, an instructor with over 20 years in the martial arts, you will learn to defend yourself in multiple scenarios, and come armed with experience and confidence. We won’t fool you into thinking you can win the UFC after this seminar, but we will help you develop the skills and mindset to resist, overcome, and escape a bad situation. This seminar is open to women ages 13 and up, but especially for college age females who are heading back to campus soon. AMParkour, New Britain

2 – 3:30pm: Free Kids’ Yoga Introduction Looking for something to help focus your child, or simply looking for a new healthy outlet? Why not try it out? It’s free! This 90-minute introductory class will feature mindfulness training, traditional yoga practice, games, and crafts. Adaptive Movement Parkour, New Britain

{Reoccurs} 4 – 5pm: Summer Fun Party Visit one of our summer fun parties, happening all summer long! This is a parent-supervised event open to all ages. 1 month to 11 years. Runs until August 27th. My Gym, Glastonbury


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8pm: Free Movies in the Parks: Goonies Free movies in the parks are back. All movies start at sundown. Colt Park, Hartford

Sunday, August 20th – Saturday, August 27th

Annual Tax Free Week Click here for examples of clothing and footwear that are exempt from sales free week.

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August 7 – 13

Monday, August 7th

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: The Lego Movie Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

{Reoccurs} 10am: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Sing featuring $1 movies in Enfield and Manchester (Runs until 8/23)

1 – 4pm: Slooh Airstream Bus Launches Transcontinental Road Trip In anticipation of the celestial event of the century, Slooh, the CT-based leading media brand in outer space, is trekking across the country in the Slooh Mobile Observatory, from Connecticut to Stanley, ID, where they will capture and broadcast the total solar eclipse live on August 21st. Slooh will kick off their incredible journey from the Connecticut Science Center! During their journey west, Slooh will share their excitement and educate the public about the eclipse. Come check their unbelievable telescopes and the air stream bus that will take them on their journey. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

{Reoccurs} 6pm – 9pm: Monday Night Jazz: Matt and Atla DeChamplain and Clifton Anderson at Bushnell Park in Hartford (Runs until 8/14)

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Little Big Band in Manchester (Runs until 8/21) 

Monday, August 7th – Friday, August 16th:

1 – 5pm: Park Art Making art in the park. Neighborhood kids have been making art, music and friends since 1990. Now in it’s 27th year, Park Art takes place at George Day Park, located just across from 56 Arbor Street. Real Art Ways offers free hands-on summertime art workshops for kids. There’s a different project every day, from paper making to painting, pottery and collage. Along with art classes, the park is home to regular basketball games and tournaments, a fun spray pan for staying cool, jungle gym, and raised bed community gardens. Park Art concludes with our finale and exhibit on August 16th, 2017. Classes run Monday through Friday, 1-5 PM. Elementary school teacher and veteran Park Art teacher Lauren will be joining us for her 5th summer. Runs until 8/16. Real Art Ways, Hartford

Monday – Sunday (except Friday) until October 9th:



Tuesday, August 8th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Crazy Homemade Donuts Today, we will prepare homemade donuts from scratch with yummy flavored icing! We will bake and decorate them with a variety of toppings. $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: The Lego Movie Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford



1:30 – 3pm: Teddy Bear Picnic & Story Time Bring your favorite teddy bear & a bagged lunch/snack for a picnic in our butterfly garden — we will supply the lemonade and cookies. Make a bear craft, learn what our local bears are doing this time of the year, and more…. Admission to the Nature Center is included with admission. Pre-registration not required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

4pm: Winding Trails Kids Triathlon is a friendly event where the seeds of our sport start to grow. Ages 5-7 and ages 8-10. $5 non-members. Winding Trails, Farmington

5 – 9:30pm: Pediatric First Aid American Heart Association Heartsaver Courses are classroom, video-based, instructor-led courses designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (for example, OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. Students receive a course completion card that is valid for 2 years. This course teaches students to respond to and manage illnesses and injuries in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid course completion card that is valid for 2 years. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center UTC Family Resource Center, Hartford

{Reoccuring} 6pm: Sun is Shining Concert Series: We Happy Few First Church, West Hartford (Runs until 8/29)

{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 – 8pm: Casual Croquet Join us for some casual croquet on the West Lawn along with fabulous sunset view (weather permitting). BYO picnic and beverages if you would like to lay on the grass in between swings or just relax and be a spectator. Register in advance. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Bling Out Accessories Add bling to sunglasses. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $34. Michaels

{Reoccurs} 7 – 8:30pm: Summer Concert Series: Johnny Tripps & The Revelators (Blues/Rock) at Rockwell Park in Bristol (Runs until 8/22)



{Reoccurs} 7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Runs until August 22nd. Theaterworks, Hartford

Tuesdays – Wednesdays until August 16th:

Tuesdays – Wednesdays (until 8/16) at 10am: Free Summer Movies: Hotel Transylvania 2 Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theater capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

Tuesdays – Sundays until August 27th



Wednesday, August 9th:

10am: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Sing featuring $1 movies in Manchester (Runs until 8/23)

10am – 12pm: Animals that Scurry Among Us This walk and talk includes fun facts about woodchucks, beavers, squirrels, chipmunks, and more! Geared toward families with children ages 5 years and older. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Education Center. An adult must accompany children under 12 years old, no pets allowed. Session Woods WMA, Burlington

10am – 12pm and 2 – 4pm: Canvas and Cookies-Emoji Style Today, our instructors will teach us how to paint an emoji canvas step by step. In addition, we will make and decorate homemade sugar cookies to match our canvas! $20 per child. Ages 5-12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

{Reoccurs} 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

12 – 1pm: Salons at Lunch Join the conversation on immigration: Who “deserves” to immigrate to America? Join the conversation about social justice issues making news. Share your perspectives and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. A great opportunity to network with other change makers. Previous topics have included “Talking to Kids About Race and Racism,” “Why are we reluctant to address slavery?”, “Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter,” “Race in Popular Culture,” and “The Confederate Flag.” Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum.



{Last Call} 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. Free. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

2:30 – 3:30pm: A Musical Journey Join us for a multi-cultural journey with exotic instruments from around the globe! 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


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{Reoccurs} 5:30 – 6:30pm: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Wednesday evening throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Free. Runs until August 23rd. Eisenhower Park, West Hartford

{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! Free. Runs until August 30th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

6pm: Wheels on Wednesday Bike West Hartford, Inc. will be leading group bicycle rides on selected Wednesday evenings through August to acquaint cyclists with popular local cycling routes and promote community cycling in a non-competitive atmosphere. Rides will generally be between 10 – 20 miles with a few shorter rides suitable for families and longer rides for more experienced cyclists. Most rides will be exclusively within West Hartford, with some exceptions, including a ride to Duncaster Road in Bloomfield. Riders with varying levels of experience and pace will be grouped to promote safe and enjoyable cycling. No one will be left behind without the benefit of a ‘sweep’ rider. All those wishing to participate in rides will be required to have a helmet and sign a liability release waiver. Lights on bikes are strongly encouraged. All rides will start in the early evening at Town Hall parking lot outside the main entrance in the rear of the building.



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

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Irish Night in Manchester (Runs until 8/23)

7:30 – 8:45pm: Wednesday ‘Crepuscular’ Walk 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?! Cost: $6 non-members, children $3 non-members. Flashlight and long sleeves recommended. Pre-registration not required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Thursday, August 10th:

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: The Lego Movie Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

2:30 – 3:30pm: Hula Show for Kids Join us for an interactive Polynesian Hula Show by our friend Kawai who was born and raised in Hawaii! 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

4 – 7pm: Pop Up Bar Visit the pop up bar and join tours of the two summer special exhibitions beginning at 5pm. Brandy Culp, Richard Koopman Curator of American Decorative Arts, will lead a tour of Simply Splendid: Rediscovering American Design. Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, will lead a tour of Hand-Painted Pop! Art and Appropriation, 1961 to Now. Free admission, tours, and snacks, with drinks available for purchase. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford


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5 – 8pm: Know Good Market Food, music, vendors. Parkville, Hartford




{Reoccurs} 6pm: Sounds of Summer Concerts: Soul Sound Revue 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

6 – 7pm: Amazing Reptiles & Amphibians Winding Trails is pleased to invite Adam Harris, the seasoned herpetologist and owner of Harris in Wonderland, to visit us this summer. He will bring a selection of amazing reptiles and amphibians from all corners of the globe. Experience a visit with a giant land tortoise from Africa, learn amazing facts about frogs, see the special features of the Australian bearded dragon and more! This is a free program provided by monies donated through the Trails Fund. Winding Trails, Farmington

6 – 9pm: Open House Are you new to Yoga and want to try it out? Do you love Yoga and want to try out a new studio? Join Soma for nine [free] Yoga, Ayurveda, and wellness classes at our Open House! Reserve your spot in class or by phone. Soma Movement Studio, Unionville

6:30 – 8pm: Sunset Notables Tour Foundation Director, Beverly Lucas leads this evening walking tour through the historic memorial grounds featuring some of Cedar Hill Cemetery’s most notable residents and monuments. Highlights include the monuments of General Griffin Stedman, Katharine Hepburn and Mark Howard. Participants will enjoy watching the sun set over Cedar Mountain during the walk. $5 per person. The tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive. Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, Hartford



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

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts: Farmington Valley Band at Windsor Town Green (Runs until August 17th with raindates on the following Tuesday)



6:30 – 10:30pm: BBQ, Bluegrass & Brews A casually elegant home-style dinner on the farm featuring Max’s version of Southern (CT) Hospitality, with local brews, great food and a good dose of Bluegrass. On Thursday, August 10th, join us for BBQ, Brews & Bluegrass. Explore hyper-local craft beer and dine on sinfully good BBQ, exquisitely prepared on the farm by Max’s Oyster Bar’s Executive Chef Hunter Morton. This is one pickin’ party that you don’t want to miss! Tickets are $99 and all-inclusive except for Eventbrite processing fees. By purchasing this ticket, you are also making a donation to the CT Farmland Trust. Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury


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



Friday, August 11th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Crazy Homemade Donuts Today, we will prepare homemade donuts from scratch with yummy flavored icing! We will bake and decorate them with a variety of toppings. $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

10am – 4:30pm: Passengers from the Past Take a ride back in time and enjoy the trolley experience as it was during the heyday of the trolley era. Guests will be invited to partake in the historical recreation of the trolley era by coming dressed for the part. Come dressed as if you were living in any decade from 1890-1920. Adults $10, children $7 (ages 4-12). Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

11am – 12pm: Drum Circle with Jami Ray Feel and hear the rhythm and beats with an interactive drum circle led by Jami Ray. Jami show and teaches the participants different techniques to create different sounds on the drum. Imagine Nation, Bristol

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.

{Reoccurs} 12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunchtime Drive Bring your golf club 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 28th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

2pm: Living Dragons Brian Kleinman of Riverside Reptiles will be on hand with some very special guests for a presentation on lizards. Cost: $4 children, $6 adults Pre-registration is not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 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. Deerfield Park, Windsor

5pm: Summer Sizzle: Dial M for Murder This summer’s outdoor film series celebrates the exhibition Hand-Painted Pop! Art and Appropriation, 1961 to Now. Enjoy live music and à la carte dinner service prepared by the Museum Café beginning at 5 pm, with films beginning at sundown (approximately 8:15 pm). Please note that portable chairs and coolers are prohibited. The program will move indoors during inclement weather. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford


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5:30 – 8:30pm: Glow Stick Dance Party Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too!! Ages 2.5 and up. $30 per child. Half-off siblings. My Gym, Enfield & West Hartford


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6 – 8pm: Crazy Homemade Donuts Today, we will prepare homemade donuts from scratch with yummy flavored icing! We will bake and decorate them with a variety of toppings. $20 per child. Ages 6-12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington


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{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Shaded Soul in Manchester (Runs until 8/18)

7 – 7:45pm: Clue Mystery Murder 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. Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope? Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15. Mark Twain House, Hartford




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Saturday, August 12th:

{Reoccurs} 8 – 9am: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Saturday morning throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Runs until August 23rd. Free. Fernridge Park, West Hartford

9 – 10am: Crazy Homemade Donuts Today, we will prepare homemade donuts from scratch with yummy flavored icing! We will bake and decorate them with a variety of toppings. $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

10 – 11:30am: Going Native Many invasive plants are garden plants that have escaped into the wild. Learn why native plants are better for our gardens and our wild areas. Cost: Admission to the Nature Center (members free). Preregistration required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton


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10am – 1pm: Second Saturdays: Cut & Paste Create a new work of art using images from magazines and comic books, then explore the special exhibitions with a docent to discover more cut-and-pasted patterns. As always, museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities! Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

11am – 12pm: Baby’s First Birthday Is your baby turning one soon? Join us in store to celebrate this milestone with free activities, giveaways and great gift ideas for planning baby’s big day. Plus, meet local parents—and their babies, too! Our Baby’s First Birthday events are held the second Saturday of every month! Can’t make it to this one? Be sure to come to the next! Babies R Us


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Saturday, August 12th – Sunday, August 13th


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Sunday, August 13th:

7:45am: 5th Annual Bristol Half Marathon and 10K in Bristol

10 – 11:30am: Take a Walk Learn what plants from grasses to flowers are found within the one year old field at Winding Trails. Winding Trails, Farmington

1 – 3pm: Princess Tea Hear ye, hear ye! All little princesses across the land are invited to enjoy an afternoon of magic and fantasy at The Bushnell Park Carousel’s Princess Tea. This enchanted tea party for children and their parents will feature cookies and juices, wand craft, story time, carousel rides, magic, balloons and a guest Princess. The Princess Tea is priced at $15 per child and $5 per adult. Prince Charmings, Tiaras and royal dress is highly encouraged. Bushnell Carousel, Hartford



{Reoccurs} 4 – 5pm: Summer Fun Party Visit one of our summer fun parties, happening all summer long! This is a parent-supervised event open to all ages. 1 month to 11 years. Runs until August 27th. My Gym, Glastonbury 

3 – 5pm: Auditions for Bunnicula at The Arts at Angeloria’s, Southington


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July 31 – August 6

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{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: Shrek Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

{Reoccurs} 10am: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The Angry Birds featuring $1 movies in Enfield and Manchester (Runs until 8/23)

12:30pm: Magic Mondays Blaise Serra is an actor and magician with an original perspective on magic. Every show he performs is a never before seen experience that heavily involves his audience members, which makes his illusions even more unbelievable. His magic takes place in the most impossible location, within your hands! Even those spectators that are not brought up to the stage as volunteers are an important part of, and directly impact, the show due to Blaise’s unprecedented combination of magic and mind-reading. Every show is shaped by those in the audience, which will leave everyone wondering afterwards, “What if I had thought of something else? What if I had changed my mind? What if he had chosen someone else? What Would Have Happened?” Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford


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

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: 102nd Army National Guard in Manchester (Runs until 8/21) 

Monday – Friday (until August 16th):

1 – 5pm: Park Art Making art in the park. Neighborhood kids have been making art, music and friends since 1990. Now in it’s 27th year, Park Art takes place at George Day Park, located just across from 56 Arbor Street. Real Art Ways offers free hands-on summertime art workshops for kids. There’s a different project every day, from paper making to painting, pottery and collage. Along with art classes, the park is home to regular basketball games and tournaments, a fun spray pan for staying cool, jungle gym, and raised bed community gardens. Park Art concludes with our finale and exhibit on August 16th, 2017. Classes run Monday through Friday, 1-5 PM. Elementary school teacher and veteran Park Art teacher Lauren will be joining us for her 5th summer.

Monday – Sunday (except Friday) until October 9th:



Tuesday, August 1st:

{Last Call} 10am: $2 Summer Movies: Dolphin Tale at Cinépolis in West Hartford

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: Shrek Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

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. Cost: Admission to the Nature Center (members free). Pre-registration not required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton



{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

{Last Call} 6:30pm: Summer Concerts: Old Tyme Fiddlers at Norton Park in Plainville

{Last Call} 6:30pm: Fun Runs Grab your sneaks and run some extra miles this summer. Children jog for one mile around the Smith Middle School Soccer field. Adult courses are 2.4 and 3.5 miles in length. Register at the Smith Middle School Upper Soccer Field starting at 6:30pm for a 6:50pm start. Divisions include male and female 35 and up, 19 – 34, 15-18, 13-14, 10-12, 7-9, and 6 and under. No fee. Smith Middle School, Glastonbury

{Reoccurs} 7 – 8:30pm: Summer Concert Series: Reggae at Rockwell Park in Bristol (Runs until 8/22)

{Reoccurs} 7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Runs until August 22nd. Theaterworks, Hartford


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Tuesdays – Wednesdays until August 16th:

Tuesdays – Wednesdays (until 8/16) at 10am: Free Summer Movies: Kung Fu Panda 3 Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theater capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

Tuesdays – Sundays until August 27th



Wednesday, August 2nd:

10am: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The Angry Birds Movie featuring $1 movies in Manchester (Runs until 8/23)

10 – 11am: Storytime with Author Donna LeBlanc Meet author Donna LeBlanc and listen as she reads her new book Sir Walter Farluba! Since Sir Walter, the Earl of Karother, is never invited to play in the town band, he assumes that none of his subjects like him. And the townsfolk, never seeing Sir Walter, assume that he doesn’t care about them. Then one day, a horrible noise filters down from the Earl’s castle. And it takes one brave young girl to find out what it is! From the award-winning author of the Commander Josh series and Escape into the Mall, Donna LeBlanc explains to young readers the importance of being honest and caring and most importantly, of not making any assumptions! 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

{Reoccurs} 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



{Reoccurs} 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. Runs until August 9th. 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. Free. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford


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4 – 7:30pm: Taste of Southington Sample food from some of Southington’s best restaurants, listen to great music and tour the Barnes Musuem. The Barnes Musuem, Southington

{Reoccurs} 5:30 – 6:30pm: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Wednesday evening throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Free. Runs until August 23rd. Eisenhower Park, West Hartford

{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! Free. Runs until August 30th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford



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

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts Screamin’ Eagles in Manchester (Runs until 8/23) 

7:30pm: TheaterWorks Out Help us make TheaterWorks the newest destination for LGBT friends and family. With specialty cocktails, food to grub on… and maybe a few extra curricular activities? Let loose and see an awesome show. Theaterworks, Hartford

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Thursday, August 3rd:

{Last Call} 10am: $2 Summer Movies: Dolphin Tale at Cinépolis in West Hartford

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: Shrek Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

10am – 12pm: West Coast Art with NBMAA Join us for a unique workshop for kids ages 2-8 led by the New Britain Museum of American Art! They will be bringing the quintessential vibe of the West Coast to Imagine Nation and combining learning about natural and built environments while using different textural elements to create collages that invoke a Los Angeles landscape. 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

10am – 12pm: and 2 – 4pm: Hawaiian Luau Aloha! Take a quick trip to the Hawaiian Islands as we prepare chocolate covered pineapple pops, pineapple mango lemonade, and Hawaiian chicken kabobs with coconut lime rice. Ages 6-12. $20 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington



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2 – 2:45pm: Turtles Big and Small Turtles come in many shapes and sizes. Join us as we visit with these ancient animals. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

{Last Call} 4 – 8pm: Thursday Nights on the Plaza Turn rush hour into happy hour — join us at Upper Mortensen Riverfront Plaza for gorgeous views, cold beer, music and good company, every Thursday night this summer. 

5 – 8pm: Art After Dark: Caribbean Block Party Join us on our front lawn to celebrate Caribbean food and culture! Groove to the steel drum sounds and delight in live music, dancing, and stilt walking. Enjoy complimentary food, a cash bar, dominoes, and an art activity—and cool off inside the museum with a docent-guided 3-in-30 tour of artworks depicting the water. Stay for an 8pm screening of the 2016 film Hidden Figures in the Aetna Theater. Tickets are $10/$5 for members, and are available at the door. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

5:30 – 7pm: Genealogy 101 Just starting out? Experienced but stumped? Want access to Ancestry.com and other genealogy databases? Society staff members have been helping family history researchers with queries like yours for many years, and most genealogy researchers are helpful individuals who love to share strategies and success stories. Windsor Historical Society

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 refreshingly cold beer, wine, and craft cocktails amidst the warm summer weather on our Pritchard Family Terrace. Overlooking Walnut Hill Park, each night will also includes various activities—this week offers live music by Brian MacDonald! Drinks are cash-only; music is for all ages.Entry to the Pop-up Bar is free. Museum admission not included. Cash bar. NBMAA, New Britain

{Reoccurs} 6pm: Sounds of Summer Concerts: Badlands 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

6 – 7:30pm: Museum After Hours: Coney Island The Coney Island style is known for being very beautiful, flashy, and loud with gems, gold-leafing, and attitude. Explore the heyday of this iconic style with a talk and question and answer period. Then take in a magic show that is reminiscent of those along the famed Coney Island Boardwalk. Join scholars and experts as we learn about the art and history of carousels, their carvers, the artists, and your favorite carousels. Admission to this series is included with general admission, and as always museum members are free. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol


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6:30pm: A State of Mind Dinner Series Highlighting the current state of the wine industry and featuring wines produced by one of the Rhone Valley’s most prestigious wine families, the Perrins. $85 per person not including tax or gratuities. Max Fish, Glastonbury

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series: 102nd Army Rock Band at Mills Pond Park in Canton (Runs until 8/17)

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts: Nekita Waller Band at Windsor Town Green (Runs until August 17th with raindates on the following Tuesday)

{Last Call} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concert Series: Amish Outlaws at Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Rocky Hill



{Last Call} 7pm: Concerts on the Green: The Larry Stevens Band in Bloomfield


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

8pm: Family Movie: Trolls Come visit our new Boathouse Pavilion for a drop in movie during the summer. This is a great way to wind down your day at Winding Trails with a family movie in our newest pavilion with a view. Come on down and join us watching a movie on the big screen. This is a drop in event and no registration is required. Winding Trails, Farmington

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10 – 11am: Magic Pete & Incredulous Chris Join us for a two-man kid’s comedy show that will be sure to make your belly laugh! 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

10am – 4:30pm: Fare Friday Design your own ticket at the Connecticut Trolley Museum! Fares during the trolley era consisted of tickets and now’s your chance to create your own logo and ticket for your trolley company. Additional 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, Children (ages 4-12) $7, children (ages 3 and under) are free. This event will run continually throughout the day. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

{Reoccurs} 12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunchtime Drive Bring your golf club 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 28th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford


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{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Flamingo in Manchester (Runs until 8/18)

Sunset: Free Movies in the Parks: Trolls at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

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Friday – Saturday 5pm – 11pm, Sunday 5 – 10pm: 92nd Annual Italian Festival Admission $3, children 12 and under are free. Food, carnival rides, entertainment and more. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Enfield


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{Reoccurs} 8 – 9am: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Saturday morning throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Runs until August 23rd. Free. Fernridge Park, West Hartford

9am – 12pm: Canoe Adventure Visit Northwest Park for an adventure with nature and canoeing, learn about our local waterways and the plants and animals that call them home. No canoeing experience is necessary, however, there will not be a staff member in your canoe. The staff will be available before and during canoeing to observe and assist you with your paddling abilities. Canoes, paddles and PFDs will be provided. Ages 6 and above. $15 per person (residents) $20 (non-residents). Northwest Park, Windsor

9:30am – 12pm: Stand Up Paddleboard Soak in the summer as you work at your own level and progress as you create balance on the board and within your mind and body. Wear water gear or swim suit. Hats and SPF are recommended. Weather permitting. $45 is your ticket to launch onto the Farmington River with your SUP Squad for an action-packed 90-Minute Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Class! Pricing includes all associated rentals, fees and class time. Collinsville Canoe & Kayak, Collinsville

10 – 11am: Historical Tour of Bushnell Park Join us for a one hour tour of Bushnell Park, the first publicly funded park in the country. Meet at the carousel at 10am. Bushnell Park, Hartford

10 – 11:30am: Shinrin Yoku-Forest Meditation Walk Shinrin Yoku is a gentle, guided walk that supports well-being through sensory immersion in forests and other naturally healing environments. Shinrin Yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. This session is open to adults and space is limited to 10 adults per session. $10 per person. Register in advance. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

10am – 12pm: Ready, Set, Registry Event Here’s your chance to create or update your registry with ease. You’ll take a tour of the store with a Personal Registry Partner, test drive everything you’ll need and get answers to all your questions. Plus, meet & mingle with other parents-to-be. Enjoy giveaways and special bonus savings, too! Plus, it’s Breastfeeding Awareness Month! Receive a calendar of our events and classes, and discover all the in-store breastfeeding classes taught by lactation consultants from local hospitals. Looking for the perfect pump? Choose to purchase from over 15 models, rent a hospital-grade breast pump or obtain a breast pump through your insurance company with our hassle-free Breast Pump Solutions Program. You’ll also learn about our vast nursing accessory collection…find the solutions that’ll make your experience comfortable and convenient. Reservations preferred, but walk-ins are always welcome. Babies R Us Locations

11am – 12:15pm: Spaghetti Cake Performance Enjoy an awesome performance by Spaghetti Cake, an original rock band for the whole family. Their performance is high-energy, wholesome, and fun for all ages! The music of Spaghetti Cake spans the entire range of musical styles from rock to country, bluegrass to blues, reggae to world grooves. Children who attend a Spaghetti Cake concert get the opportunity to move, dance, sing along, even perform with the band! Spaghetti Cake consists of six professional musicians who are all experienced educators. Their music delivers a positive message of believing in who you are, and celebrates the kid in us all. 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


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2 – 4pm: Writing Workshop, Reading & Book Signing Join Katherine Hauswirth, author of The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail, for a nature writing workshop (including a free copy of her Getting Started with Nature Writing workbook), reading and book signing. The session will start with a brief reading from the book and some thoughts & resources on nature writing; then the group will part ways to so that attendees can spend some reflective time outdoors. We will meet back to write and optionally share what we’ve written. $8 per person. Reserve your seat today. CT Audubon, Glastonbury


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Saturday, August 5th – Sunday, August 6th

Educator Appreciation Days Pre-K through Grade 12 educators join us every Saturday and Sunday in August to do your back-to-school shopping and enjoy 25% off most books, toys, games, movies, music, and 10% off Café consumables and select NOOK devices. Plus, special giveaways on Saturday, August 5, while supplies last. Barnes and Noble locations

10am – 5pm: Corporate Member Appreciation Weekend We love our corporate members and their employees! As a special thank you, we are opening our doors to all employees of our corporate members for a special weekend promotion. As the employee, you will enjoy free General Admission all weekend. In addition, bring along your family for half-off regular rates. Mark your calendars now for a weekend of hands-on fun. Proof of employment is required. Click here to see if your employer is a corporate member. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford



Sunday, August 6th:

8:30 – 10am: Quiet Time in the Libraries at Hill-Stead Poets and writers are invited into the historic libraries at Hill-Stead for an hour of quiet time to reflect and compose original work while viewing the summer exhibition Boundless: Altered Books in Contemporary Art. Don’t miss this inspiring opportunity to write while surrounded by the museum’s 3,300-volume collection, including works by Pope family friends and Pulitzer Prize-winners, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Archibald MacLeish and Henry James. Participants must be at least 15 years of age. $20 members; $25 non-members; advance registration required. Limited to 12 participants. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

10am – 12pm: Mark Doty Poetry Writing Workshop I and You, Me and Him, I and She: Writing Poems from Non-Traditional Relationships. For about 900 years, listeners or readers of poetry could safely assume that if an “I” spoke to a “you” in a love poem, the speaker was male, and he addressed a female beloved. Poets have often used the genderless character of “you” and “I” to create a safe space, and even our first more-or-less openly same-sex-loving poet, Walt Whitman, changed pronouns in his published work — at least some of the time. To write from a relationship outside the old parameters (even non-sexual ones, like friendship between women, or being close to an ex) raises lots of interesting questions. How do we describe ourselves and our beloveds? Can readers see a poem with a nontraditional couple as a love poem, or does it become a poem “about” being lesbian, or gay, bisexual or questioning, polyamorous, cross-generational trans or whatever self-description you might embrace? Can a poem be “queer” and “universal”? In this exploratory workshop, we’ll read some poems which avoid, approach or tackle this question in a number of ways, talk about them, and do some writing aimed at investigating the territory. $60 adults, $40 college students. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

10am – 12pm: Eileen Myles Poetry Writing Workshop How to Write a Poem, A Workshop For All. Eileen Myles says, “My favorite thing is a poem, I think you can enter or re-enter the practice of writing poetry from any point and often inexperienced poets are more adept in picking up new things and employing them than more experienced practitioners. So this is an advanced beginners session. Come as you are. I love the fact that every workshop is a collective and together we will be making something. A poem, of course, is a room of sorts, and this workshop room is very LGBT friendly and while we’re making stuff we will be chucking all kinds of things in and out. We’ll look at poems by John Wieners, CA Conrad, Fred Moten, Lucille Clifton and Judy Grahn. We’ll see if we can tear off a piece of their process and make something new. We’ll write at least one if not more poem(s) in our meeting. I will too. I look forward to us.” $60 adults, $40 college students. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington


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1 – 4pm: First Sundays for Families On the first Sunday of every month, families are invited to explore Hill-Stead. Take part in these First Sundays for Families activities! Museum Educators lead art projects in the Education Stations at 1 pm. Free self-serve crafts for all ages. Explorer Backpacks will also be available during regular museum hours from April through October. Self-guided tours run from 1 – 4 pm. Browse the collection at your own pace and engage in the ever-popular scavenger hunt challenge. Enjoy beautiful melodies on the Steinway piano as you tour the house between 2 – 3 pm. Romp in Hill-Stead’s own natural playground of hiking trails, gardens and walking paths. Purchase a treasure in our Museum Shop, stocked with art supplies, toys, children’s books and much more. Free with Museum admission or membership. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

1 – 9pm: The Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival brings authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Enjoy a full day of music, children’s activities and huge selection of food vendors. Rain date: 8/6. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza

2pm: First Sunday Estate Walk Join us for a friendly estate walk to explore the magnificent Hill-Stead estate! The grounds and gardens are worth an intimate visit: Learn about lesser know aspects of the upper grounds, from the elms to the carriages. Afterward, stroll to the barns or walk the trails. Individuals may leave the walk whenever they choose. Included with the cost of museum membership or admission. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

3 – 4pm: Boundless Panel Discussion Join Carole Kunstadt, artist and guest curator of Boundless: Altered Books in Contemporary Art, along with fellow artist Chris Perry for a panel discussion about transforming found books into works of art. Following the discussion, Chris Perry will demonstrate his altered book construction methods for the audience. Included with the cost of museum admission and for members; free for all Sunken Garden Poetry Festival ticket-holders. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

3 – 8pm: Taino Farm to Smokehouse Dinner Delicious smokehouse cooking from Chef Van Hurd of Taino Smokehouse, using ingredients grown right here on the farm, mouth-watering dessert made especially for you by NoRA Cupcake using our homemade jams as well as live music of John Maze, hayrides, wine tasting, SoG Coffee, and fabulous, family-style service! $90 per person. Killam & Bassette Farmstead, South Glastonbury

{Reoccurs} 4 – 5pm: Summer Fun Party Visit one of our summer fun parties, happening all summer long! This is a parent-supervised event open to all ages. 1 month to 11 years. Runs until August 27th. My Gym, Glastonbury 



{Last Call} 7pm: Music in the Park: ETA at Riverfront Park in Glastonbury

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Passport to Summer Fun in Windsor

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual Summer event called Passport to Summer Fun, every June 23rd – August 31st.

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Summer is a great time for casual dining and family fun! Windsor offers a wide variety of restaurants, shops and fun attractions. Have loads of summer fun going out and eating out with family and friends, while earning stamps towards this year’s great prizes valued over $1,000! Prizes: Amazon Echo Dot, Kindle Fire and many restaurant and attraction Gift Certificates! Get 10 Passport stickers and you’ll be entered to win one of several great prizes!

Steps to Enter:

1. Pick up a Passport at the Chamber office or at any of the participating restaurants, shops or attractions or request online.

2. Register your Passport online or by phone. Passports must be registered to win.

3. Go to the restaurants, shops and attractions in the Passport and get its Passport sticker at each location.

4. Bring your Passport to the WCC Tourist Information Center to be entered into the prize drawing! You must have a certain number of stickers to be entered. (Get all the stickers and get a $10 Chamber Gift Certificate too!) Winners will be notified in early September and will be posted on the website. (The deadline to enter the drawing is September 2nd).

Activities

1. Fair Street Crafts 55 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor

2. Jan’s Sewing Room 261 Broad Street Windsor

Follow them on Facebook

Hours: Tuesday – Friday from 11am – 6pm and Saturday from 11am – 3pm

Event: The Big Craft Sale on Sunday, July 30th from 9am – 5pm which will be held indoors at LCN Kitchen and Bath at 1695 Poquonock Avenue.

3. Northwest Park and Nature Preserve (860) 285-1886

Follow them on Facebook and check out their Trail Map.

Coupon: Save $10 off of a family membership or $5 off of a individual membership. 

Upcoming Events

All Summer: Visit The Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum this summer Wednesday through Friday 12 – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm for an art show.  This show will unravel the social and physical cultural landscape changes over the last century. 

July 29th: Firefly Presentation/Book Signing & Evening Walk Join us from 7–9pm presented by noted biologist and firefly expert Sara Lewis. Sara dives into the fascinating world of fireflies and reveals the most up-to-date discoveries these beloved insects. Discoveries about these beloved insects are covered in Sara’s recently published book, Silent Sparks, will be available for sale and signing. Following the presentation will be an evening walk in search of fireflies. Free. 

August 4th: Join our Paint Party with Irene Hilbert! We have limited availability and will register 15 painters. This painting is a “Cape Cod Beach” acrylic painting on 16″ by 20″ canvas. Paint Night is from 6:30 to 9pm. BYOB. Light snacks are provided. RSVP in advance. Cost $40. 

August 5thCanoe Adventure Visit Northwest Park from 9am – 12pm for an adventure with nature and canoeing, learn about our local waterways and the plants and animals that call them home. No canoeing experience is necessary, however, there will not be a staff member in your canoe. The staff will be available before and during canoeing to observe and assist you with your paddling abilities. Canoes, paddles and PFDs will be provided. Ages 6 and above. $15 per person (Windsor residents) $20 (non-residents). 

4. Town of Windsor Recreation Department

Events:

Friday, July 21st and August 4th: Grab the whole family for our Float Night & Dive In Movie Night at Goslee Pool from 7:-8pm. Don’t forget your favorite pool float so you can lounge in the pool and spend the night relaxing. Following Float Night just after sunset, stay and enjoy a movie on our 22-foot portable inflatable screen on the deck at the pool. Snacks and soft drinks will be available for purchase but bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Movies are family-friendly, PG rated. Free. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter

5. Summer Concerts The Windsor Chamber of Commerce and First Town Downtown invite you to the summer concert series Thursday Evenings 6:30-8:30pm July 6th through August 24th. Rain dates are the following Tuesday. 

6. Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut, 115 Pierson Lane, Windsor (860) 683-2903

Hours: Thursday – Friday from 10am – 3pm, Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 1-4pm. 

7. Windsor Art Center 40 Mechanic Street Windsor (860) 688-2528 Follow them on Facebook and Twitter. See image below for upcoming event. 

8. Windsor Historical Society 96 Palisado Avenue, Windsor (860) 688-3813 Hours: Wesnesday – Saturday from 11am – 4pm.

Events:

Tours to historic houses Wednesday – Saturday at 11am and 1pm. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instragam. Sign up for their email list on their website.  

First Thursdays Genealogy Support Group on August 3rd from 5:30-7pm and The Colonial Kitchen Garden on August 27th from 2-3pm.

Retail:

1. Ace Hardware 296 Broad Street, Windsor (860) 688-8373 – Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

2. James Selig Estate Jewelry & Antiques 161 Broad Street, Windsor (860) 798-4105 –Hours: Wed-Sat from 10am to 3pm. Follow them on Facebook.

Events: Free Appraisal Saturdays from 10 – 3pm. August 3-5 Gold Buying Event from 10am – 3pm. 

3. Jordan Florist 10 Palisado Avenue Windsor (860) 683-0680 – Click here for a coupon for a free gift when you spent $25 or more (new customers). Follow them on Facebook

4. The Blue Dragonfly Gift Shop 144A Broad Street, Windsor (860) 580-7928

5. The Farmer’s Market Thursdays, June 29th – October 19th from 3:30-6:30pm Featuring locals: Farmers of Southern New England, Forgotten Acres Farm, One Song Biscotti, Stefan Farms, Summer’s Sweetest Watermelon, Windsor Garden ClubWindsor Public Library and the Windsor Woman’s Club, and Beckett Farm (Glastonbury), Beldotti Bakery (Stamford), Blessed Creek Soaps (Suffield), Fanciful Flowers (Windsor Locks), RL Apothecary,  Sweet Harmony Cafe & Bakery (Middletown), Sweet Pea Cheese (North Granby), Walter Murkowicz’s Seasonal Produce (Windsor Locks). 

Food

1. Bamboo Gardens (Chinese/Japanese Cuisine) Day Hill Village Shoppes, 555 Day Hill Road, Windsor – Click here for their menu. Follow them on Facebook.

2. Bart’s Drive In Restaurant (Beanery & Lunchonette) 55 Palisado Avenue, Windsor Click here for a coupon for a free cookie, coffee or tea for new customers only. Follow them on Facebook or sign up for their newsletter

3. Chili’s 1035 Kennedy Road Windsor (860) 687-1388 – Click here for their menu. Curbside pickup is available. A rewards program is also available. 

4. Dom’s Broad Street Eatery (American) 330 Broad Street, Windsor (860) 298-9758 – Click here for a coupon for $10 off breakfast/lunch for two. Follow them on Facebook. 

5. Jim’s Pizza 124 Poquonock Ave, Windsor (860) 688-5442 Follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 9pm

6. Menchie’s Windsor Court 1095 Kennedy Road, Windsor (860) 683-2236 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Hours: Mon-Sun: 12pm – 9pm | RewardsFundraisers 

7. Track 139 (American/Mediterranean) 139 Broad Street Windsor (860) 688-1390 Like their fanpage on Facebook and follow them on Instagram. Hours: 11am – 10pm

8. Union Street Tavern 20 Union Street, Windsor (860) 683-2899 Click here for their Menu. Like their fanpage on Facebook. Join their mailing list for updates and promotions. 

Events: Kids Eat Free Sunday’s from 4-8pm. Sunday, September 17th 11th Annual Tavern Trot

Lodging:

1. Homewood Suites by Hilton 65 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks (860) 627-8463 Amenities: Pet-friendly and Free Parking

July 24 – 30

Monday, July 24th

Happy National Tequila Day and National Drive-Thru Day! If you are out celebrating either national holiday, please let us know by tagging us on social media!

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: SING Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

{Reoccurs} 10am: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse featuring $1 movies in Enfield and Manchester (Runs until 8/23)


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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

3:30 – 5:30pm: Needlephobia Open House Do you or your child feel afraid when it comes to blood tests or immunizations? You are not alone! One out of five people (both grown-ups and kids) experience needlephobia. Visit our Open House and learn how you can manage fear of procedures that involve needles. Please call 860.545.8116 to reserve your spot today! There is no charge to attend. Registration is requested but drop-ins are welcome. Each child can create a coping bag with complimentary comfort items when they visit the various Open House stations. There will be no needles of any kind! Additional resources will be provided to caregivers along with information on the importance of the flu vaccine. UTC Family Resource Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Main Campus, Hartford

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

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts in Manchester: In Deep (Runs until 8/21) 

Monday, July 24th – Friday, July 28th

11:30am – 12:30pm: Introduction to Boats This class will provide instruction in the basics of our watercrafts including canoes & kayaks. Students will also learn some basic water safety skills. Skills and exercises will be presented with the emphasis on fun! Registration is required at least three days prior to the start of each session. Ages 7 and up. $45 per child. Winding Trails, Farmington

2 – 4pm: American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding Junior Lifeguarding is a newly revised program which is designed to guide youth to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. This program focuses on building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes, and skills for future lifeguards. Please note that this program does not provide any type of certification. Ages 13-14. Free. Winding Trails, Farmington



Monday, July 24th – Sunday, July 30th:


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Monday – Friday (until August 16th):

1 – 5pm: Park Art Making art in the park. Neighborhood kids have been making art, music and friends since 1990. Now in it’s 27th year, Park Art takes place at George Day Park, located just across from 56 Arbor Street. Real Art Ways offers free hands-on summertime art workshops for kids. There’s a different project every day, from paper making to painting, pottery and collage. Along with art classes, the park is home to regular basketball games and tournaments, a fun spray pan for staying cool, jungle gym, and raised bed community gardens. Park Art concludes with our finale and exhibit on August 16th, 2017. Classes run Monday through Friday, 1-5 PM. Elementary school teacher and veteran Park Art teacher Lauren will be joining us for her 5th summer.

Monday – Sunday (except Friday) until October 9th:



Tuesday, July 25th:

{Reoccurs} 10am: $2 Summer Movies at Cinépolis in West Hartford (runs until 8/1)

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: SING Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

12pm: Inside: West Middle Community School Get an inside look at the newly renovated West Middle Community School! Nicole Rodriguez, who coordinates community and volunteer activities at the school, will take you around the building and show you this wonderful new educational facility in the neighborhood. The tour starts at the Niles Street entrance to the school, which is 44 Niles Street directly across from the Niles Street community garden.

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. Cost: Admission to the Nature Center (members free). Pre-registration not required. 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



6:30pm: {Reoccurs} Summer Concerts: 102nd Arms Band at Norton Park in Plainville Runs until August 1st.

{Last Call} 6:30pm: Keeney Koolers Our summer concerts are free and attendees may bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and food and drink to enjoy. Shaded Soul Band returns to our series with their powerful vocals and soulful rhythm section. Their repertoire includes R & B, Motown, Funk Soul, Jazz, Pop, Disco and more. Keeney Center, Wethersfield

{Reoccurs} 6:30pm: Fun Runs Grab your sneaks and run some extra miles this summer. Children jog for one mile around the Smith Middle School Soccer field. Adult courses are 2.4 and 3.5 miles in length. Register at the Smith Middle School Upper Soccer Field starting at 6:30pm for a 6:50pm start. Divisions include male and female 35 and up, 19 – 34, 15-18, 13-14, 10-12, 7-9, and 6 and under. Tuesdays, August 1. No fee. Smith Middle School, Glastonbury

6:30 – 8pm: Summer Party Appetizer Class Spend an evening at Cookshop Plus making appetizers that are inspired by the fruits and vegetables of the season! Bring a friend, a bottle of wine, and join Chef Educator, Lindsay Perkins, for a fun and informative culinary experience in the heart of West Hartford Center. Cookshop Plus, West Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Floral Wreath Decorate an embroidery hoop with yarn, eucalyptus leaves, and rose buds. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $37. Michaels’ locations

{Reoccurs} 7 – 8:30pm: Summer Concert Series: The Larry Stevens Band at Rockwell Park in Bristol (Runs until 8/22)

Tuesday – Wednesday until August 16th:

Tuesdays – Wednesdays (until 8/16) at 10am: Free Summer Movies: Trolls. Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theater capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

Tuesday – Sunday until August 27th



Wednesday, July 26th:

8am – 6pm: Shatterproof Rappel at Hartford Hilton

10am: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse featuring $1 movies in Manchester (Runs until 8/23)

10 – 11am: Picky Eaters Workshop Join us for a special workshop for picky eaters! Diane Lombardi from ProHealth Physicians will guide us through an interactive workshop for kids and parents that will teach us all about taste buds! Diane has some awesome tips to share with you about trying new foods! 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


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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. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

11:15am – 5pm: Blood Drive Make an appointment to donate and join a nationwide family of generous donors in a lifesaving cause. In the hour it takes to donate blood, you can help save the lives of patients in your community and across the country. Use Code: LTM. The first 30 blood-drive donors can receive one free ticket to the Ticket to Ride: The Ultimate Tribute to The Beatles! Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 8:00 PM. Cheney Hall, Manchester

{Reoccurs} 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

11:30am – 12:30pm: Storytime Pottery Hour This summer we are hosting a very unique Story Time for our guests! Select mornings, we will be reading a short children’s story and then painting a piece of pottery that relates to the subject of the book! All our glazes are lead free, non-toxic and food safe, once fired making this art form; both fun and functional! Any age child is welcome to participate with a parent. $24 plus tax. Pottery Piazza, Plainville

12pm: Gospels in Stone: The Churches on the Hill Tour guide Mary Falvey will take you around to four of the most historically and architecturally significant churches in Asylum Hill. Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford

12 – 1pm: Salons at Lunch Join the conversation about social justice issues making news. Share your perspectives and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. A great opportunity to network with other change makers. Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

{Reoccurs} 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. Free. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

1 – 2pm: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream at The Children’s Museum in Hartford

1 – 2:30pm: CFPA Ramble: In the Tracks of Dinosaurs Connecticut is home to one of the largest dinosaur track sites at the Dinosaur State Park. Join us in this unique park for this CFPA Ramble. The park hosts a swamp, an upland forest, an old lava bed, and an area that was once farmed but is now returning to forest. Enjoy interpretive signs along the trail that point out interesting features of the area. We will experience a variety of plants and a likely a few animals. Parking and the hike itself are free. After the hike, participants who want to add a visit to the park’s museum to experience the fossils and learn more about the history will be charged an admission fee to the building. This will be a 1.5-mile hike suitable for families, as well as those who spend a lot of time in the woods. Most of the terrain is flat or gently sloped, but there are rocks on the trail, so sturdy sneakers or boots are recommended. No dogs, please. Please come prepared with insect repellent, sunscreen, and water. Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill


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{Reoccurs} 5:30 – 6:30pm: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Wednesday evening throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Free. Runs until August 23rd. Eisenhower Park, West Hartford



{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! Free. Runs until August 30th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

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

6:30 – 7:30pm: Wacky Wednesday: Tanglewood Marionettes Featuring beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, this performance of The Fairy Circus will showcase turn-of-the-century style puppetry. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, and fly through the air, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. No registration required. These programs are best suited for ages 5 and up. Farmington Library

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

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts in Manchester: Harbor Moon (Runs until 8/23) 



8pm: Skygazing Join TMSC staff for an enlightening evening observing the night sky from the top of Talcott Mountain! Arrive on campus and begin the evening learning about the stars, constellations and the night sky in the Captain Alan M. Bean Planetarium. Then, when the skies have darkened, we’ll head outdoors 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 Jupiter and Saturn) and other celestial gems. $8. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be postponed to Thursday, July 27th. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon

Wednesday, July 26th – Sunday, July 30th:



Thursday, July 27th:

Happy National Crème Brûlée Day, National Chili Dog Day and National Scotch Day! And we are not talking about the Scotch in Hop Scotch!  If you are out celebrating anyone one or all of these national holidays, please let us know by tagging us on social media!


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{Reoccurs} 10am:$2 Summer Movies: The Lego Movie at Cinépolis in West Hartford (runs until 8/1)

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: SING Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

10am – 12pm: Railroad Day at Imagine Nation Hop aboard the Roaming Railroad and take a spin around our parking lot at Imagine Nation, in Bristol, CT! Enjoy a special story time of “The Little Red Engine that Could”. The Roaming Railroad is known to be “New England’s Nicest Trackless Train” and is appropriate for all ages. Admission on the Railroad is $3 per ride. General admission into our Museum Studios $10/person. Our unique Museum Studios and events are best for youth ages 2-8. Imagine Nation, Bristol

11:30am – 2:30pm: Storytime Pottery Hour This summer we are hosting a very unique Story Time for our guests! Select mornings at 11:30am we will be reading a short children’s story and then painting a piece of pottery that relates to the subject of the book! All our glazes are lead free, non-toxic and food safe once fired making this art form both fun and functional! $18 per person. Pottery Piazza, Plainville

1 – 2:30pm and 4 – 5:30pm: Film Screening: The Cool School The Story of the Ferus Art Gallery Narrated by Academy Award Nominee Jeff Bridges, The Cool School tells the story of Los Angeles’s Ferus Art Gallery, its proprietors Walter Hopps and Irving Blum, and the “beatnik” artists they groomed into a coterie of competitive, brilliant creators. Included in this film are interviews with Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston, and Ed Ruscha. Included with the cost of admission. NBMAA, New Britain

{Reoccurs} 4 – 8pm: Thursday Nights on the Plaza Turn rush hour into happy hour — join us at Upper Mortensen Riverfront Plaza for gorgeous views, cold beer, music and good company, every Thursday night this summer. Runs until August 4th. 

5 – 6pm: Kids Hour: Making Movies Together This Kids Hour is dedicated to exploring creativity through movie making for both kids and parents. We’ll start with brainstorming ideas. Then kids will practice basic camera techniques and shoot footage using iPad Pro. They’ll finish by creating a professional movie trailer with iMovie. Kids can bring their own iPad or we’ll provide one. Recommended for ages 6-12. West Farms Mall, Apple Store, Farmington


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5 – 8pm: Thrive A College Preparation Program A fun and interactive college prep program for those entering their freshman year of college or senior year of high school. How ready are you feeling for this next chapter in your life? We want to help you feel as prepared as possible.This program will cover critical life skills needed to feel confident in college life. Topics covered: Making new connections. How to keep yourself and others safe. Maneuvering new responsibilities. Managing stress. Staying Healthy. Includes self-defense. South Windsor Youth & Family Services


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5:30 – 8pm: Pop-Up Bar This summer, cool off at our Pop-up Bar on the Park! Patrons ages 21+ can sip on refreshingly cold beer, wine, and cocktails. Each night will feature a different activity; from live music and performances, to art activities and film. To participate in the activity on Tie Dye Night, please bring your own dyeable items and $10/person (fee also includes one drink ticket). Entry to the Pop-up Bar is free. Museum admission not included. Cash bar. NBMAA, New Britain

5:30 – 8:30pm: FLOW Happy Hour Calling all Future Leaders of West Hartford! FLOW is taking over the rooftop at Elbow Room you’re invited to join for signature cocktails, boozicles and apps. Fingers crossed for great weather otherwise we will move downstairs to the bar area. This event is free for Chamber and FLOW members or $20 for non-members. The Elbow Room, West Hartford

{Reoccurs} 6pm: Sounds of Summer Concerts: Full Crew 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

{Last Call} 6 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series: 102nd Army Band at Mill Pond Park in Newington (Raindate on August 3rd and 10th)

6 – 8pm: Pasta Making Class Learn how to make fresh pasta! Chef David Borselle will teach you how to knead, roll and cut pasta. Bring a friend, have fun, learn how to make fresh pasta AND take some home with you! Tickets are $40 per person and include small bites and a glass of wine… Space is limited. Park & Oak, West Hartford


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6:30pm: Riverfront Scramble Series Get ready to Scramble this summer! Runners battle wet sand, dirt paths, rocky hills, grassy knolls, stair climbs and even a little asphalt, followed by beer, food and live music. Super Heroes – Throw on that cape, put on your Clark Kent glasses, and don’t forget your utility belt. Run in costume and you could win the coveted best costume prize. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

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

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts: The Big City Horns at Windsor Town Green (Runs until August 17th with raindates on the following Tuesday)

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concert Series: The Sounds of Frank at Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Rocky Hill (Runs until 8/3) 

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Concerts on the Green: Caribbean Music Night in Bloomfield (Runs until 8/3)

7 – 8pm: Pajama Family Yoga Night Come in your pajamas and have fun while listening to yoga stories! Meditation and a relaxing bedtime snack too! All Ages Welcome. Just $5 for the entire family. South Windsor Youth & Family Services

7 – 8:30pm: Author Talk: Kory Stamper The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will host author and lexicographer Kory Stamper this summer. Stamper will present a talk on her debut book, Word by Word. This event is free to the public. Copies of Word by Word will be available for purchase at the museum the night of the event. Space for this program is extremely limited. Reservations are required. Noah Webster House, West Hartford


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



Thursday, July 27th – Saturday, July 29th


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


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Friday, July 28th:

Happy National Milk Chocolate Day and National Talk in an Elevator Day!  If you are out celebrating either national holiday, please let us know by tagging us on social media!


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11am – 12pm: Mad Scientists Fire & Ice Show Join us and be dazzled and entertained as you interact with the Mad Scientist! Foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air, and so much more will amaze children as they learn about chemical reaction and more! 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

{Reoccurs} Lunchtime Drive Bring your golf club 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


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5pm: Summer Sizzle Under the Stars: Undercurrent Enjoy live music and à la carte dinner service prepared by the Museum Café beginning at 5pm, with films beginning at sundown (approximately 8:15pm). Please note that portable chairs and coolers are prohibited. The program will move indoors during inclement weather. Middle-aged bride Ann Hamilton soon begins to suspect that her charming husband is psychotic and has plans to murder her. 1946. USA. 116 min. Not Rated. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Starring Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, and Robert Mitchum. Pre-film music by guitarist and singer Hiroya Tsukamoto. $9 admission. Wadsworth Athenuem, Hartford

6pm: Music Among the Memorials Enjoy an evening of music at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the New Haven-based bluegrass band Five in the Chamber. Voted Fan Favorite at the 2016 Podunk Bluegrass Festival, the band’s tight arrangements and unique harmony vocals bring a fresh interpretation to the bluegrass songbook. Bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners for an evening to remember. The concert is held on the sprawling lawn between the community mausoleums – follow signs once you enter the cemetery. Free. Raindate 7/29.


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6:30 – 8:30pm: Market Bags & Coin Purse Art Party Join artist Nancy Doherty for a relaxed, enjoyable evening dyeing 2 all cotton market bags, and hand painting a matching coin purse. Keep them for yourself or give as a special gift. Bags are 100% cotton. Dyes are colorfast when fixed, and last for years after repeated washings. $45 includes 2 market bags, 1 coin purse, all materials, glass of wine, and refreshments Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon

7pm: Butterfly Gardens are for the Birds Based on results from our annual butterfly count—find out which butterflies have done well this summer and how you can garden to attract these lovely creatures to your yard. Cost: $3 members, $6 nonmembers Pre-registration requested. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

7pm: Friday Night Music Series G. Rockwell, a 15-year-old multi-instrumentalist plays locally in Southern Connecticut venues including Stamford’s Palace Theatre, Two Boots Bridgeport, and The Acoustic Cafe. With a style fusing bluegrass and classic rock, G Rockwell’s influences range from banjo great Tony Trishcka to the Grateful Dead. His repertoire ranges from traditional fiddle tunes to originals, written for banjo and guitar. $10 per person. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Undercover in Manchester (Runs until 8/18)


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{Last Call} Dusk: Summer Movies: SING in the Park at Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Rocky Hill


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Sundown: Free Movies in the Park: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Raindate 7/30) Bushnell Park, Hartford

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


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Friday, July 28th – Saturday, August 5th:



Saturday, July 29th:

Happy National Lasagna Day, National Lipstick Day, National Chicken Wing Day and National Dance Day!  If you are out celebrating either of these national holidays, please let us know by tagging us on social media!

{Reoccurs} 8 – 9am: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Wednesday evening throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Runs until August 23rd. Free. Fernridge Park, West Hartford

10am: Civil War POWs More than 175 Civil War soldiers, some of whom endured horrific conditions as prisoners of war, are buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Evelyn Bollert leads visitors on a tour of the final resting places of prisoners of the Civil War and tells their stories of bravery, resilience and heartbreak. The tour will begin near the pond between Sections 2 & 10 – follow the signs once you enter the cemetery. $5 per person. 



10am – 2:30pm: 4th Annual Project S.T.E.M Field Day Hosted by Pratt & Whitney’s Project S.T.E.M team, this is the 4th annual event whereby middle school aged children have the opportunity to have fun learning about science and engineering. Check-in is at 9am and lunch will be provided. Kids ages 7-14. Click here for a flyer. RSVP. Manchester Community College, Manchester


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1 – 2:30pm: CFPA Ramble: Cheney Railroad History Walk Join us for to trace the route of the former railroad, built-in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, it was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will start our hike in the South End of Manchester, heading north toward Center Springs Park, where we will see a foot-bridge over Bigelow Brook. Some of the hike will be along roads overlooking the old railbed, and after we cross Center Street, the terrain is a bit difficult and hilly. Depending on the weather, the hike may continue to Middle Turnpike or beyond, so could be up to 5 miles round-trip. Extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please. Cheney Railroad Trail Manchester

1 – 3pm: Bling It Out For Back To School Buy a pencil box, clutch, notebook, mirror or T-shirt, and the rest of your supplies. Michaels’ locations

2 – 3pm: Lecture: Gallery of the Louvre History Professor James Crawford is the author of the essay James Fenimore Cooper and His Family in Samuel Finlay Morse’s Painting: The Gallery of the Louvre. During this lecture, Crawford will compare and contrast the lives and works of James Fenimore Cooper (a prolific American writer of the early 19th century who is featured in the painting) and Samuel F.B. Morse. After almost 14 years of curating at museums in Vermont and New York, James Crawford turned his attention to teaching and currently serves as a history professor at various universities and institutions in North Carolina. Included with the cost of admission. NBMAA, New Britain


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3 – 3:45pm and 4:15 – 5pm: Pee Wee Pros is an instructional program designed to introduce golf to young children 3-6 years of age. The primary objective is to instill a message that golf is fun and share with parents and care-givers how they can best support this objective. No golf equipment is necessary…we provide all children with SNAG golf equipment to use during the clinics. SNAG (Start New At Golf) equipment is designed to make learning golf easy. The clubs and balls are over-sized and brightly colored to increase the likelihood that our Pee Wee Pro’s will meet with success. The only thing we ask is that each child be accompanied by an adult to share in the fun and help with safety. Willow Brok Golf Course, South Windsor

4 – 5pm: Kids Hour: Sphero Maze Challenge Kids Hour is designed to spark imagination and creativity through fun, hands-on projects. Kids will explore coding with Sphero robots by programming simple movements, loops, and more. Then they’ll design a maze and navigate their robot through the obstacles. Kids can bring their own iPad and Sphero Sprk+ robot, or we’ll provide them. Recommended for ages 6-12. West Farms Mall, Apple Store, Farmington

5 – 6pm: Kids Hour: Sphero Maze Challenge Kids Hour is designed to spark imagination and creativity through fun, hands-on projects. Kids will explore coding with Sphero robots by programming simple movements, loops, and more. Then they’ll design a maze and navigate their robot through the obstacles. Kids can bring their own iPad and Sphero Sprk+ robot, or we’ll provide them. Recommended for ages 6 to 12. Evergreen Walk, Apple Store, South Windsor


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6:30pm: Max’s Chef to Farm Dinner “Dinner & A Movie Under The Stars” Join us for Dinner and a Movie Under the Stars. The film, award winning “La La Land” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. You may have seen it in the theaters, but you’ve never seen it on the big screen in the moonlight! And from Max’s Oyster Bar, star Chef Hunter Morton will be creating a farm fresh menu inspired by California cuisine. Reception begins at 6:30pm, followed by a multi-course tasting menu paired with wine by Rosedale Farms & Vineyards. Popcorn, cash bar, and other theater treats will be available after dark for the screening, which is slated for 9pm with a runtime of 128 minutes. Pack a picnic blanket, chairs, or pillow for the film – you will have time to retrieve these before the opening credits. Join us for the ultimate date night! Tickets are $99 and all-inclusive, except for Evenrbrite fees. By purchasing this ticket, you are also making a donation to the CT Farmland Trust. Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury



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7 – 9pm: Riverfront Summer Pops: Pop, Rock & Roll Get ready to Pop, Rock, and Roll. Hear some classic favorites from the Beatles and more performed on woodwind, brass, and percussion. Great River Park, East Hartford

7 – 9pm: Firefly Night Join us for a Firefly Presentation/Book Signing and an Evening Walk presented by noted biologist and firefly expert Sara Lewis. Sara dives into the fascinating world of fireflies and reveals the most up-to-date discoveries these beloved insects. Discoveries about these beloved insects are covered in Sara’s recently published book, Silent Sparks, will be available for sale and signing. Following the presentation will be an evening walk in search of fireflies. Free. Northwest Park, Windsor


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Saturday, July 29th – Sunday, July 30th

Saturday 9am – 2pm and Sunday after 9:30am Appalachian Craft Fair Residents living in the coalfields of southeastern Kentucky have few opportunities for employment but we are doing its part to help artisans in the Cumberland Mountains earn a living. In an effort to alleviate a real unemployment rate approaching 50% in the Red Bird Valley, Red Bird Mission Crafts markets a wide selection of high quality crafts for as many as 100 different crafters living within an 80-mile radius of the mission. Shoppers will find beautiful handmade traditional crafts developed in an age when total self-sufficiency was necessary for those living in the isolated mountains. Many handmade items include jewelry, hand-painted gourds, woven place mats, and brooms for use or decoration. Doll collectors will have opportunity to purchase a variety of handmade dolls, and several varieties of corn shuck flowers will delight flower lovers. Wooden crafts consist of toys, games, kitchen utensils, cooling racks, stools, and benches. Adorable wood and cloth Christmas ornaments, an assortment of nativity sets, and the one-of-a-kind Santa dolls add to the colorful display. Trinity Church, Windsor


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Sunday, July 30th:

Happy National Cheesecake Day! If you are out celebrating, let us know by tagging us on social media. 

10 – 11:30am: Kid’s Cookie Class In this hands-on class, kids 12 and under will make icing and decorate Summer-themed sugar cookies! This fun class has been designed to get kids in the kitchen and involved in decorating treats to bring to the next BBQ, camp, or sporting event! Grab some friends and enjoy a morning of fun with local chef educator, Lindsay Perkins. $30 per child. Ages 12 and under. Cookshop Plus, West Hartford






2 – 4pm: Visit the Old Stone Schoolhouse The Old Stone Schoolhouse, located at Red Oak Hill and Coppermine Roads, is open to visitors today. You can learn more about the Schoolhouse and its long history by clicking here. The Old Stone Schoolhouse, Farmington

5 – 6pm: Kids Hour: Making Movies Together This Kids Hour is dedicated to exploring creativity through movie making for both kids and parents. We’ll start with brainstorming ideas. Then kids will practice basic camera techniques and shoot footage using iPad Pro. They’ll finish by creating a professional movie trailer with iMovie. Kids can bring their own iPad or we’ll provide one. Recommended for ages 6-12. West Farms Mall, Apple Store, Farmington


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{Reoccurs} 7pm: Music in the Park: ETA at Riverfront Park in Glastonbury (Runs until 8/6)

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July 17 – 23

Monday, July 17th



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

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Painted Wooden Sign Decorate a wooden sign with craft paint, shells and a beach-themed message. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $33. Michaels locations



Monday, July 17th – July 21st:

9am – 4pm: Archaeology Dig The public is invited to the historic Oliver Ellsworth Homestead the week of July 17 – 21 to view the archaeological investigation under the direction of Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticut State Archaeologist. Dr. Jones will use ground penetrating radar to search for additional buildings that may have existed on the Ellsworth property. Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, Windsor

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5:30 – 6:30pm: Yoga in the Garden Relax after work with free yoga at KNOX’s Earle Street Community Garden. Entrance to the garden is on the corner of Barbour Street and Naugatuck Street. Street parking available. RSVP in advance to reserve your spot. KNOX, Hartford

{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 – 8pm: Casual Croquet – A Swinging Good Time Challenge your friends to a modern take on an old-fashioned game of croquet on the West Lawn – fabulous sunset views included (weather permitting). BYO and come ready for sharable moments! $10 per person. The Hillstead Museum, Farmington

6:30pm: Simply Swing, a 10-piece orchestra, specializes in the music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie; vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall; and high-energy swing dance favorites. These concerts are a wonderful opportunity for families, friends and neighbors to enjoy time together in their own communities. The concert series is free and open to the public. Visit Simply Swing music for more information including rain dates. Norton Park, Plainville

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Marbled Art Learn how to create a marbled look on any surface using craft paint and a marbling medium. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $31. Michaels locations




Tuesday, July 18th – Wednesday, August 16th:


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10am: Discover Cedar Hill Bob Chudy leads this introductory tour about Cedar Hill’s most prominent residents. Hear about the discoverer of anesthesia and his tragic life, the woman behind the management of Colt Manufacturing, and the man who saved the country from bankruptcy twice. $5.

10 – 11am: Good Things Happen Rockin’ Show Join us at Imagine Nation, in Bristol, CT for an upbeat fun and rockin’ show with musical performer and story teller, Les Julian. Hear the ‘Good Things Happen’ Rockin Story about the unlikely heroes who showed up and worked hard for their success. Les Julian has entertained thousands of children and adults through his programs in schools across the country! 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


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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: Asylum Hill Walking Tour Bushnell Park Corning Fountain, Bushnell Park

12 – 12:30pm: Art in Focus Spend 20 minutes exploring The Rescue (1963) by Rosalyn Drexler in depth with a docent. Included with the cost of admission. The Wadsworth, Hartford

12 – 3pm: Crafts for Kids Have fun with several craft projects that produce items to take home! Every days’ crafts will be different – it could be a fan, flower pot, toy or any number of wonderful things! No registration or fee is required. A donation of your choice is appreciated. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington



{Reoccurs} 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

1 – 3pm: Poetry Writing Workshop What does the poem want? This is a question that I’ll ask and explore with you—through exercises, examples and informed talk we’ll sort those drafts out. I read a lot—some of the manuscripts I’ve read for contests have turned into Nat’l Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners. I’ll bring that level of attention to your voice. Not to win prizes, but to help you along as you try to figure out how to sing better on the page. College Students: $40, Adults $60. The Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington


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4pm: Hike with Mike Get to know our President & CEO and our parks a bit better. Meet Meet Mike at the Greater Hartford Jaycees Community Boathouse at 4 pm for a 45-minute walk along the trails. Riverside Park, Hartford

5 – 8pm: Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Hill-Stead Museum’s renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington. The community cherishes this series of readings and music concerts in the informal outdoor setting of the Hill-Stead estate. Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails, or attend the prelude conversations with headlining poets. Picnics are welcome and food and wine can be purchased from festival vendors. Guests bring their own chairs and blankets and relax among the flower beds in the historic Sunken Garden, surrounded by eight foot stone walls and the sounds of nature. $12 advance online purchase, $15 at the gate, ages 18 and under free. The Hillstead Museum, Farmington

{Reoccurs} 5:30 – 6:30pm: Free Yoga in the Parks Join WHY every Wednesday evening throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Runs until August 23rd. Eisenhower Park, West Hartford

{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

6 – 7:30pm: Summer Wine Night Join us in our loft with Jason Sobocinski of Caseus & Mystic Cheese Company! We will be serving up five summer wines with tapas style dishes, featuring Cheese from Mystic Cheese Co. And as always, join us in our dining room or tavern for dinner afterwards and receive 10% off your total bill! $56.16. Millwright’s Restaurant and Tavern, Simsbury

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

6:30pm: Angels Among Us Get to know the angels and allegorical figures that grace the landscape of Cedar Hill Cemetery. From the angel Gabriel to representations of Faith, Hope and Memory, Foundation Director Beverly Lucas will acquaint you with the figural monuments in the historic cemetery. $5. 



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

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



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7:30pm: “The Mostly Baroque Players” will present a concert featuring 18th Century Masterworks for chamber orchestra and solo voice. Instrumental works to be performed include the Concerto in C, subtitled Alla Rustica, by Antonio Vivaldi and the wonderful but rarely performed Don Quichotte (Don Quixotte) Suite by Georg Philipp Telemann. An additional instrumental masterwork by JS Bach will also be performed but will remain un-named prior to the performance (you’ll just have to come to the concert to find out what it is!) The Bushnell, Hartford


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11am – 12pm: Celebrate Summer Create a crab or design a beach towel. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford


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12pm: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Nook Farm Beth Burgess, the Collections Manager at the Stowe Center, will take you on a walk through Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Nook Farm. Stowe Visitor Center, Hartford

2pm: Caring for Wildlife These special 45-minute programs feature live and mounted animals and a brief power point presentation. Each program will focus on a different theme, providing an opportunity to learn about the habits and habitats of various animal groups. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

{Reoccurs} 4 – 8pm: Thursday Nights on the Plaza Turn rush hour into happy hour — join us at Upper Mortensen Riverfront Plaza for gorgeous views, cold beer, music and good company, every Thursday night this summer. Runs until August 4th. 

5 – 6pm: Gallery Talks Get a behind-the-scenes look into the featured exhibition California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston & Ed Ruscha during an in-depth tour, led by a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff. Learn about the artists’ influences, intentions, and processes of their work with the opportunity for a Q&A at the end. Following the discussion, participants are encouraged to enjoy a drink at our weekly summer program, Pop-up Bar on the Park! Included with the cost of admission. NBMAA, New Britain

5:30 – 8pm: Pop-Up Bar This summer, cool off at our Pop-up Bar on the Park! Patrons ages 21+ can sip on refreshingly cold beer, wine, and cocktails. Each night will feature a different activity; from live music and performances, to art activities and film. To participate in the activity on Tie Dye Night, please bring your own dyeable items and $10/person (fee also includes one drink ticket). Entry to the Pop-up Bar is free. Museum admission not included. Cash bar. NBMAA, New Britain

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{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

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

6 – 8:30pm: Taste of Summer Join us for our first ever “Taste of Summer”! Much like our March event, there will be a variety of dishes cooked up by local Windsor restaurants! While you taste, enjoy music from ‘Jus US’ Motown Music & More! as they perform for the Summer Concert Series on The Green. This is a night you will not want to miss! Admission for Taste of Summer is $25, $20 for Seniors/Educators. Raindate: 7/25. Town Green, Windsor


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6 – 10pm: July Creative Cocktail Hour Dog owners are invited to bring their well-behaved pets to our outdoor area – water will be provided. Representatives from The Connecticut Humane Society will be on site with information about pet adoption, care and safety. Live music from Innov Gnawa, Moroccan music with a raw, hypnotic, pulsing groove. DJ Afropanther (#notjustadj) Afropanther DJ’ed our May and June Creative Cocktail Hours and kept people dancing all evening. So we’re bring Afropanther back for July and August.” Samba food truck will be here with their delicious Brazilian and Spanish fare. Molly Baker from Let’s Start From Scratch is bringing a selection of gourmet popsicles for people, and “pupsicles” for dogs. We’ll also have a selection of free pizza while it lasts. Real Art Ways, Hartford


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

6:30 – 8pm: Learn to Build a Crate End Table Join our demonstration workshop and watch as our Associate shows you how to use wood crates and PVC pipe on the way to creating a functional and fashionable table. In addition, our Associate will also demonstrate the safe use of common project tools including a drill and PVC cutter. At the end of the demonstration, Store Associates can help you shop for everything you need to create your own project at home. Home Depot locations

{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 20th – Sunday, August 27th


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Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 30th:


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10 – 11am: Exhibit Tour Join a CHS staff member and an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for a guided tour of the exhibition Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf. Please note that this program/lecture will be presented with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford


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12 – 1pm: Gallery Talk: Pop Art and Power Dynamics Tackle tough questions about appropriation, ownership, and power with Lauren Cross, Youth and Community Programs Manager. Featuring works from the Wadsworth Atheneum’s contemporary art collection and the special exhibition Hand-Painted Pop! Art and Appropriation, 1961 to Now.Included with the cost of admission. The Wadsworth, Hartford

{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

5pm: Summer Sizzle Under the Stars This summer’s outdoor film series celebrates the exhibition Hand-Painted Pop! Art and Appropriation, 1961 to Now. Enjoy live music and à la carte dinner service prepared by the Museum Café beginning at 5 pm, with films beginning at sundown (approximately 8:15 pm). Please note that portable chairs and coolers are prohibited. The program will move indoors during inclement weather. Forsaking All Others In this 1930’s comedy, Dill leaves Mary standing at the altar in order to marry his old flame, Connie, instead. Knowing that Mary still has feelings for Dill, Jeff keeps quiet about his own love for her. 1934. USA. 83 min. Not Rated. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Starring Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, and Robert Montgomery. Pre-film music by Novolette. $9 per person.



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5:30 – 7:30pm: Easy Cheesy (Beginner’s Cheese Making) Become a beginner cheese maker! In this protein-packed class, we’ll whip up a batch of fresh, creamy homemade ricotta. Shop Rite, Manchester & Bristol


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Sunset: Free Movies in the Parks: Princess Bride Enjoy a free screening of the 1987 classic, The Princess Bride, at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.


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Saturday, July 22nd:

7:30am: Farmington Valley Butterfly County The Nature Center will host the Farmington Valley Butterfly Count, a part of an annual survey sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association. To take part in the Butterfly Count meet in the Nature Center parking lot at 7:30 am. Participants in the Count should be prepared to travel throughout the Farmington Valley and be in good physical condition. Not geared for young children. There is no charge to attend the Count. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

7:30am: Bird Walk Walk along the trails and receive insight on easy ways to identify birds as the group visits many habitat types. Please bring binoculars and meet at the flagpole in front of the Education Center. An adult must accompany children under 12 years old, no pets allowed. Free. Session Woods WMA, Burlington

8 – 9:15am: Yoga on LaSalle West Hartford Yoga is bringing yoga to the street! Join Barbara Ruzansky, owner and director of WHY, as she leads a 75-minute yoga class for all-levels on LaSalle Road in West Hartford center. Last year over 2000 people turned out for this joyous community event–come be a part of the fun this year! Join us at 8am on LaSalle Road on July 22rd and celebrate yoga in the community! No registration required. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to secure your space! Live music by Cosmic Hue. Raindate: August 12th.

9am: Valley of Hartford 5K Road Race in Newington

9:30 – 11:30am: Intro to Veterans Rowing Are you a veteran or military service member interested in rowing or kayaking? Try either for free, thanks to a new initiative facilitated by the Connecticut Adaptive Rowing Program (CARP) and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital. Classes are free of charge, but registration is required.

10am: The Colts at Cedar Hill Elizabeth Colt erected the first major monument at Cedar Hill, one of her many efforts to commemorate her husband Samuel’s legacy in Connecticut’s capital city. Foundation Director Beverly Lucas will introduce you to Colt family members now residing at Cedar Hill as well as friends and associates of this influential couple. The tour will begin at the Colt Monument on Section 2 – follow the signs once you enter the cemetery. $5. 



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11am – 2pm: Women in Science Super Cool Scientists is a story and coloring book celebrating women in science and technology careers. Fields include everything from computer animation to paleontology to marine biology. Come learn about the super cool women in STEM featured in the book during your visit to the CT Science Center. Author, Sara MacSorley, will be there to tell you all about it and will have scientist illustrations available to color. Share your final coloring pages with the online #supercoolscientists community when you’re done! Books will be available for sale too if you want to take even more coloring home. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

11am – 4pm: Magical Encounter with Malik the Magic Guy Wildlife Encounters are taking a much deserved day off and we’ve got a magical replacement. Special guest, Malik the Magic Guy joins us for the day. Be witness to a series of mystifying illusions that’ll keep you at the edge of your seat. Join Malik as he takes you and your family on an amazing, amusing, and sometimes comedic magical journey.



1pm: Church of Good Shepherd Tour Senior warden Jack Hale will discuss Elizabeth Colt’s elaborate tributes to Sam, their children, numerous family members and civic leaders on this tour of the Church of the Good Shepherd & Caldwell Hart Colt Memorial Parish House. The church campus is located at 155 Wyllys Street. Free parking on site. $5. 

1 – 2pm: Walk-in Tours Led by a Museum docent, participants will get an in-depth look into the themes and ideas behind the works presented in our current exhibition California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston & Ed Ruscha. The tour will focus on West Coast modernism’s relationship to East Coast abstract expressionism—two artistic styles that rejected the nation’s ideals of art-making. Included with the cost of admission. NBMAA, New Britain


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Saturday, July 22nd – Monday, July 24th

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

Sunday, July 23rd:

1 – 3pm: Planning With Michaels We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the creativity and your planner — and learn how to make a dashboard page for back to school. Michaels locations

2:30 – 3:30pm: Tour: Simply Splendid & the American Art Collections Join a docent for a tour of the special exhibition Simply Splendid: Rediscovering American Design and highlights from the American Art collection. Included with the cost of admission. The Wadsworth, Hartford

4:30 – 5pm: Tour: 3-in-30 Highlights Join a docent for a 3-in-30 Highlights Tour—that’s three works of art to explore in 30 minutes! Free. Museum admission is free after 4pm. The Wadsworth, Hartford

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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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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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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)



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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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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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