Week 45

Monday, November 7th:

7pm: Healing the Rift: An Election Eve Vigil for the Well-Being of the Nation The evening will feature brief readings of inspirational text and space for personal reflection. Regardless of what election-year issues that bring you to the event – concern about gun violence, terrorism, gender injustice, racism – “Healing the Rift” will offer a safe, reflective space to consider our connectedness and participate in community. “We want to offer participants an opportunity to reflect both individually and with community on the issues that are troubling our community, our nation and our world,” Cody Daigle-Orians, Charter Oak’s programming coordinator, said. “But we also believe it’s important to offer people ways to act.”

7:30pm: Embrace Join us for a screening of Embrace. Embrace has been described as a “social impact documentary that explores the issues of body image.” Embrace is told from the point of view of Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street, and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions. After 24 months of travelling, interviewing, production and post production, Taryn and the Embrace team have created a film that is relevant, relatable, highly engaging – but above all life changing. Embrace had its world premiere at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, where it made it into the festival directors’ top 5 picks and was nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Best Documentary.

Tuesday, November 8th:

9:30 – 10:30am: Winding Trails Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. $25 for the series. Discount for members. Reoccurs until November 15.

10am – 4pm: Houses & Homes for Fairies & Gnomes What ‘magical’ creatures are living in our woods and gardens? Drop in and tour the custom-built fairy and gnome homes on our trails and then, using only natural materials and your imagination, create your own small dwelling for the ‘wee folk’ right on the forest floor! Costumes encouraged. No need to pre-register.

4:30 – 5pm: Wind Sock! A Thanksgiving Windsock! Come create with Peggy and make this windsock with a variety of fun materials! A great way to greet your guests at the door! Cost $15.

7:30pm: Talkback Tuesday: Relativity Talkback Tuesday is getting philosophical. Tonight we’re tackling morals, individual responsibility, and prioritizing the greater good.

Tuesday, November 8th – Sunday, November 13th:

Tuesday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: The Piano Lesson In August Wilson’s powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a fractured family comes together to consider the legacy of their father, as his grown son and daughter argue over the heirloom he left behind.  A ghost story with traditional African-American songs, The Piano Lesson exposes the family’s struggles as they attempt to exorcise the demons of the past and bring forth a new hope for the future. The Piano Lesson represents the 1930s decade in Wilson’s “The American Century Cycle” of 10 plays, each one representing African-American life over a decade in the twentieth century. Other titles include Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Two Trains Running, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Seven Guitars. Wilson died in 2005. Ticket prices: $25-90. All Regular Season Student Seats $20.

Tuesday, November 8th – Sunday, November 20th:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Relativity In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904, she was never seen or spoken of again. When a young reporter confronts Einstein years later in Princeton, Einstein must face his greatest challenge: his past. Relativity explores the bonds of family and the cost of genius. To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man? From the playwright that brought you Freud’s Last Session, Dance Lesson and Becoming Dr. Ruth. Runtime: 90 minutes (no intermission). Seats: $60-75, student rush $15. Runs until November 20th.

Wednesday, November 9th:

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4:45 – 6:30pm: Dance Classes for Children on the Autism Spectrum Students learn the basic elements of dance technique including alignment, musicality and rhythm, discovering their relationships to space and time, while growing emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively. Class is specifically designed for children on the Autism Spectrum. Runs until November 23rd.

5:30 – 7pm: Fall Wreath Social Mix, mingle, and get creative at our first DIY event in The Art Room! Join us to create your own festive fall wreath with our 2016 Featured Artist, Katherine Tolve. Using felt materials, Katherine will guide you through the process of creating colorful fall motifs that will make your wreath pop for Thanksgiving. We’ll provide all the materials, cheese, and cider; just bring yourself and a friend! Please register below; space is limited. $25 per person.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Painting in the Park When you walk through the park, you enjoy so many beautiful and breathtaking views…and here is an opportunity to capture them on canvas! At each session, you will receive instruction from a local artist on how to paint many of the beautiful treasures you walk by. At our first session, we will be capturing the State Capitol, which was completed in 1879 and stands proudly over Bushnell Park. During the painting session, we will have breaks for you to see how your fellow artists are doing while enjoying light refreshments in the cozy environment of the Pump House Gallery. Built in 1945, the building is an actual functioning pump house and is part of the Connecticut River Flood Control Project. It is the only public gallery in a municipal park in Connecticut. Painting in the Park is a new way to enjoy the park, so sign up today! Space is limited. $35 per person.

7:30pm: AfterWords Discussion Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following the performance.

8 – 9:30pm: Respite: Sounds for Post-Election America The Hartt School’s Composers Ensemble and Chorus presents “Respite: Sounds for Post-Election America” a concert of new music featuring premieres of Hartt composers Avery, Cupo, Harrington-Verb, Lundgren, Mykolenko, Osterman, Prevedini, and Smith. Also works by Oliveros and Riley. The Hartt Composers Ensemble and Chorus, now in its 12th year, is dedicated to the performance and study of contemporary music and to providing a place for student composers to workshop compositional ideas in a performance environment. The group plays a wide variety of works from the contemporary repertoire in a diversity of styles. HCE&C presented a festival of John Cage’s music celebrating his centennial in 2012. Recent concerts have included works by Louis Andriessen, the Beatles, Morton Feldman, Witold Lutoslawski, Fredric Rzewski, Erik Satie, Stephen Sondheim, La Monte Young, John Zorn, and numerous brand new scores by Hartt composers.

Wednesday, November 9th – Sunday, November 13th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Unnecessary Farce Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.

Thursday, November 10th:

9 – 10am: Mommy and Me Apple Pie Baking We’ll have fresh apples to cut with child-safe knives (caregivers will help), add some spices and other ingredients and put them into our pre-rolled pie crust. There is nothing like fresh apple pie on a cool fall day! Ages 2-5 with caregiver (may be appropriate for older or younger children depending on the child). $20 per family.

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5pm: The Trouble Begins: Mark Twain and American Presidents Mark Twain’s frank observations about American culture in the Gilded Age often ring true today. His take on the Presidents of his day are funny, insightful and could still be applied to the modern presidency. Join Mark Twain House employees Mallory Howard and Jason Scappaticci as they explore Twain on the American Presidency, two days after our next election. Jason Scappaticci is from Manchester, CT, where he works as Director of New Students and First Year Programs at Manchester Community College. Mallory Howard is the Assistant Curator at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford and has worked at the museum for over 8 years

5 – 7pm: The Human Body-Bones, Brains, & Boogers Included is an optional educational Lab Series enrichment program for K-3 from 6-6:45 pm. Admission is $10, includes exploration of the Museum Studios. The Lab Series has limited spaces! It’s recommended to call prior and reserve your spot for one class or the entire series before they are filled. Reoccurs 17th.

5:30 – 7pm: Mindful Self Health with Essential Oils Have you ever wanted to know more about meditation, mindfulness practices, and the use of essential oils? Join Linda Pountney, owner of Mindful Self Health, in a discussion and presentation toward physical and mental wellness using certified therapeutic essential oils. Essential oils have been used throughout history in several cultures for their powerful cleansing and holistic natural elements, leaving users feeling stress-free and with peace of mind. Inspired by the themes and inspirations presented in Sanford Biggers’s NEW/NOW installation Mantra, the program will end in the Batchelor Gallery with a guided walking meditation while viewing the work. Complimentary light refreshments will be served from 5:30-6pm, followed by a program from 6-7pm. $15 per person. Discount for members.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Cultural Cocktail Hour Join us on the second Thursday of the month, Oct. – Dec, for art exhibitions by local artists! Free with a suggested $5 food and per beverage donation.

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6 – 8pm: Romeo & Juliet Teen Workshops Shakespeare’s tragic love story will be performed outdoors in June 2017 at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the play will be set in 1967, the “Summer of Love.” In a three-week workshop, we will explore characters, language, and themes of the teen tragedy. We’ll give special attention to understanding the characters and plot, and discussing the language and poetry of the text. We’ll also read and have the opportunity to perform scenes from the play, all in preparation for February auditions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own copy of the play, but may also share or borrow a copy at the workshops. Participation is encouraged, but not required, for anyone planning to audition in February. We also plan to hold audition workshops in January or February, and a stage combat workshop to be announced. $10 for all three weeks. Reoccurs on November 17th.

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6 – 8pm: Family Resource Fair The Resource Fair is a drop-in event for families to connect with local businesses, professionals and organizations that provide services and assistance to children and their families. Vendors Participating: Children First CT, Creative Development, Focus Center for Autism, Futures Planned LLC, Spirit Horse in Canton, We Play Too, Talcott Center for Child Development, Unified Sports, Unified Theater, Educational Advocacy LLC, YMCA’s Adaptive Sports Programs, The Miracle League of CT, The Farmington Valley Transition Academy, Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, Kings Speech & Learning Center, April Smolski, LMFT, Speakology, Creative Interventions, LLC, Infinity Music Therapy Services, CzepigaDalyPope, GoBabyGo CT and more…

6 – 8pm: Success Energetics: An Inside-Out Approach to Rapid Results in Business In this fast-paced changing world, many of us are faced with re-inventing ourselves on a daily basis to achieve professional success and advancement. What worked smoothly and consistently yesterday seems daunting and demanding today. In this experiential workshop, you will learn how to awaken your natural success zone and go from the challenge to the transformation. Discover three internal drivers that always energize action and results; learn the foundational three elements to apply when you run up against overwhelm; and, tap into your true potential. Take away simple, yet profound, daily practices that will move you forward faster.

6 – 9pm: A Make Ahead Thanksgiving We know that timing your turkey can be a stressful part of your holiday, so stress less and prep these make-ahead friendly dishes. We’ll even show you a make-ahead pie that’s sure to impress. Menu: Butternut Squash Soup with Cashew Cream, Multi-Grain Apple Stuffing Squash and Cherry-Stuffed Turkey, No-Bake Creamy Pumpkin Pie. What to Expect: Learn how to make a dairy-free cream from cashews. Need a gluten-free side dish? We have you covered with our apple stuffing. Find out tips for making a no-bake pie crust.

6:30pm: Simply Ancient Grains Dinner Metro Bis will welcome the return of Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains for a five course wine dinner featuring recipes from her latest work. From black rice to red quinoa to golden Kamut berries, ancient grains are showing up on restaurant menus and store shelves in abundance. Yet in home kitchens, many fear that whole grains are too difficult and time-consuming to prepare. In Simply Ancient Grains, Maria makes cooking with these fascinating and nourishing staples easy and accessible with sumptuous recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Her family-friendly dishes are Mediterranean-inspired and delicious, such as Spicy Honey and Habanero Shrimp with Cherry Couscous; Farro Salad with Roasted Eggplant, Caramelized Onion, and Pine Nuts; and Red Rice Shakshuka with Feta Cheese. Maria’s tips and simplified approach take whole grain cooking to the next level by amplifying the flavor and enduring beauty of these nutritious grains.

7pm: The Real Science of Time Travel The theoretical and experimental results range from black holes, wormholes, cosmic strings to elementary particle physics. Prof. Ronald Mallett’s research breakthrough is based on a little-known aspect of Einstein’s general theory of relativity that light as well as matter can warp space and time. By solving Einstein’s gravitational field equations Mallett showed that a circulating beam of laser light can cause a twisting of space and time that leads to the possibility of time travel to the past. Mallett discusses his motivation resulting from a family tragedy that led to his lifelong research into the possibility of traveling through time. He also discusses the paradoxes associated with time travel.

7:30pm: Women of the World: 2nd Annual Chapel Series Women of the World perform original and traditional folk music with a contemporary twist, in 29 languages! The four singers are Ayumi Ueda (Japan), Annette Philip (India), Debora Pierre ( Haiti/United States), Giorgia Renosto (Italy). Despite differences in their upbringing, language, religion, ethnicity, food and music, they are bound by one unique desire: to explore sounds, rhythms and musical vocabulary from all over the world. The popular and versatile Women of the World have dedicated their careers to performing the music of diverse cultures, integrating their own unique heritages and musical styles in beautiful harmony. General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Friday, November 11th:

9am – 12pm: Veteran’s Day Camp: Cooking and Science Camp We have an exciting Science and Cooking Camp planned for Veteran’s Day. Join us to make some yummy pretzels and then use the extra yeast in a fun balloon experiment! The cost for the camp is $45 per child. Kids can bring a nut-free lunch and stay for an extended day for an extra $10.

9:30am – 5pm: Veterans Day Veterans and active duty military personnel gain free admission on Veterans Day. Tours step off on the half hour with the last tour at 4:30pm.

1 – 4pm: Family Day This Veterans Day get warm inside and out with Family Day activities at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Check out our Art Studio for a drop-in weaving activity and add a piece to a collaborative artwork! At 1pm, Roman Baca’s Ballet Theatre Company + Exit 12 Dance Company will weave together a medley of excerpted original pieces that celebrate personal and communal triumphs. November artist-in-residence, Diane Cadrain will lead a pre-registered needle felting workshop on the wet-felting technique. This workshop is suitable for ages 8 and up and space is limited. Roman Baca is the Artistic Director and General Manager of Ballet Theatre Company, West Hartford, CT, Artistic Director of Exit12 Dance Company in NYC, and also served in the Marines and is an Iraq War Veteran. He is also the Artistic Director of Exit12 Dance Company in NYC. After a career in dance, Mr. Baca served as an US Marine and was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq from ‘05-’06. Mr. Baca has choreographed several major works relating to the military and their families, writes and lectures about his experiences.

6 – 7pm: Kids Poetry Night This event provides an opportunity for students to share original poetry or read something by a favorite author. Contact Lutz if your child is between the ages of five and twelve and would like to appear on stage. Just provide his or her full name, age, the title, and the author of your poem. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us as a performer or as a member of the audience.

7 – 9pm: Read It and Sleep: Chicken In Space Our monthly literacy program, “Read It and Sleep,” returns for the fall! Cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies, and listen as a children’s book is read by a guest reader. The first 25 kids receive a free copy of the book! Enjoy art activities and games, as well! November’s book is Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt (Author) and Shahar Kober (Illustrator). Zoey isn’t like the other chickens. She has dreams. She has plans. And she has a best friend, Sam the pig, who will join her on her wild adventures… if he gets to eat some pie along the way. How will Zoey and Sam get from the barn to the stars? Will Zoey be the first chicken in space? Will Sam get a snack? One thing is certain: Zoey always finds a way. Author Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrator Shahar Kober bring out-of-this-world energy and humor to this bright, funny tale of imagination, friendship, determination… and one truly adventurous chicken.

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8 – 9:30pm: Veterans Day Concert Asylum Hill Congregational Church Sanctuary Choir presents a concert in honor of Veterans Day, featuring heart-stirring music by Dave Metzger, Jeffrey Van, Sarah Kyder, Michael Horvit, and James Mulholland.

Friday, November 11th – Saturday, November 12th:

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Friday, November 11th – Sunday, November 13th:

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Oklahoma! Rodgers and Hammerstein’s masterpiece Oklahoma! is set in the frontier days of the old West, providing a colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. This beautiful and dramatic show features a score filled with landmark songs such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and of course, “Oklahoma!” $29 for VIP seating and $25 for general admission seating.

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Bewitching Brahms The Hartford Symphony Orechestra celebrates one of the most captivating masters of musical form with a full program of Johannes Brahms’ music. His Hungarian Dances No. 5 in G minor and No. 7 in A Major are lively, evocative and among his most popular works. The Concerto for Violin in D Major is a favorite of virtuoso violinists – the technical demands are formidable, with lyrical melodies and rich orchestration. And Brahms’ final symphony is a monumental, complex and powerful piece with nods to Beethoven. Please join us for a pre-concert talk, led by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, one hour prior to curtain each day.

Friday, November 11th – Saturday, December 24th:

Saturday, November 12th:

9:30am – 5pm: Imagine Nation Loves Bristol All Bristol families are invited to visit and participate in Imagine Nation Loves Bristol. Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center located at One Pleasant Street in Bristol will be open with free admission for all Bristol residents.(proof of residency is required).

10 – 11am: Baby’s First Christmas Join Us on the Saturday corresponding to your baby’s birth month so you can meet other local parents with babies the same age. Participate in fun holiday activities including turning a Koala Baby bodysuit into baby’s first “ugly Christmas sweater” and creating Baby’s First Wish List. Plus, find great gift ideas and more! Reservations preferred, but walk-ins are always welcome. For babies born April – July 2016 and on November 19th, for babies born August – November 2016. Can’t make your date? Feel free to come to one you can! Siblings welcome, too.

10 – 11:30am: Winding Trails Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. $25 for the series. Discount for members. Reoccurs until November 15.

10am – 4pm: Veterans Day Tribute Visitors will have the opportunity to meet military veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. There will also be representatives from local veteran organizations at the event including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the New Haven Veteran Center offering service and support to active servicemen, servicewomen, their families and veterans. Finally, the New England Air Museum will be collecting personal care items such as disposable razors, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, eye drops, etc., to be donated to active military serving overseas. Veterans and active duty military are free and military families will receive 50% off admission.

10:30am and 1:30pm: New ‘Digging Deeper’ Tour Examines Revolutionary Soldier’s Life Seconds after the nine-pound musket is raised to Anthony Riccio’s shoulder onlookers are momentarily riveted by a brilliant flash, billowing smoke and a resounding blast. As the scent of gunpowder clears, a connection with the past is made; the sense of living history is complete. Riccio’s 18th-century musket demonstration serves as the finale of the new “Revolutionary Soldier” Digging Deeper Tour at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum. Offering an in-depth view of the life of a typical Continental soldier, upcoming tours for “A Soldier’s Life.” Admission is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended.

1 – 3pm: Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience Master Class Falconer, Lorrie Schumacher will provide a unique, innovative and interactive falconry experience. Her mission is to reconnect families with nature through a once in a lifetime experience and to further the understanding and appreciation of raptors and ravens/crows and their roles in their ecosystems, through fun and interactive programs.

1 – 5pm: 15th Connecticut Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest Official Rules: Must be between 5-15 years old. Sneakers must be worn to the contest. Sneakers must be naturally worn or torn, no sign of cuts by scissors or knives allowed. Sneakers only. Contestants must be wearing their own sneakers. One pair of sneakers per contestant. Winner must be able to attend the National Contest at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in NYC next Spring. The winner of this regional contest will receive lots of fame, Odor-Eaters Products, $200, and the Golden Sneaker Award. The winner will also compete in the National Contest to be held at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in New York City. Registration will be accepted the day of the event at Imagine Nation prior to the start of the event.

2 – 5pm: The Good Adoptee by Suzanne Bachner Can you imagine not knowing your own identity? That’s the reality for millions of adoptees and the focus of Suzanne Bachner’s award-winning show, The Good Adoptee, which will tour Connecticut this fall to help garner support for restoring Connecticut adoptees’ access to their original birth certificates. Tickets cost $25, $20 for students and military veterans.

2 – 5pm: Videography Class Ted Johnson, a professional photographer and videographer who specializes in documentary media for corporate customers and independent productions, will help you enhance your camera skills. $25.

3pm: Stowe House Preservation Tour Explore behind the scenes of the $3.3 million preservation project in Hartford’s Harriet Beecher Stowe House, an 1871 National Historic Landmark where the internationally famous author lived from 1873-1896. Learn about project planning, packing, moving and storing historic collections, and new discoveries about Stowe’s interiors. $12 per person.

4pm: Gifts of Gratitude Learn how to make beautiful, all natural gifts for loved ones, or yourself. We will provide all of the supplies needed to make a Lemon Rosemary Essential Oil Sugar Scrub and Apple Pie Scented Room Spray. Come see how simple it is to make your own non-toxic scented bath and home products. $18 per person.

5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Parents, this is your chance to have an evening to yourselves while we entertain your kids. They will have a blast doing… Open gym, games, pizza, and a big screen movie! Don’t forget to bring a pillow and a blanket to cuddle up with during the movie. For Children 4 years and older. $30 per child, sibling discounts.

6 – 9pm: Explore the Nights Walk Get outside on Saturday evenings with Miss Judy, Winding Trails’ naturalist, for an educational walk that includes some hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation about the night findings. Once it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared with walking shoes, clothes for the weather. Bring your binoculars and/or telescopes for night viewing; and red light flashlights, so we can see as we walk and not disturb the wildlife. $25 per family.

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6 – 11:30pm: Connecticut Children’s 20th Anniversary Gala This year’s Gala is the centerpiece of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s 20th anniversary celebration and promises to be an exceptional evening for all who attend. In addition to dining, dancing and bidding, guests will enjoy an Emerald Cirque Wizard of Oz theatrical production featuring aerial artistry. All proceeds will help ensure that all children, from infants to adolescents, receive the highly specialized medical and surgical services Connecticut Children’s offers.

7:30 – 9pm: Owl Prowl! Give a hoot about these magnificent birds with an informative session on the lives of Connecticut’s native owls. This program includes a live owl presentation and an hour-long owl walk with an owl calling session. Recommended for ages 6 and above. Registration required. $5 Windsor residents, $8 non-residents.

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Saturday, November 12th – Sunday, November 13th:

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11am – 5pm: Open Studio Hartford is a free, city-wide event, when art studios, galleries, educational institutions, art-related businesses and other creative group locations open to the public. It is a collaboration designed to promote the local arts community, the artists themselves and their work and to bring people into the neighborhoods of our capital city for an enjoyable, educational and inspiring event.

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Sunday, November 13th:

9:30 – 11:30am: Great Children’s Read Bring your children for this free day of fun for book-loving families. Children’s classics and PJ Library books will be read aloud by local personalities. There will be an interactive art activity, scholastic book fair and more. Great fun you won’t want to miss. PJ Library Book Swap: Donate a new book or books your children have outgrown. Take a book you don’t have at home. Free and open to the community.

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12 – 3pm: Thanksgiving is Here! For the people of colonial New England, the most exciting holiday of the year was Thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated the harvest, their blessings, and renewed family ties and friendships. Just as today, families traveled from afar to join together on this special day and people spent many hours and days in preparation for reunions and feasting. And, just as today, a focal part of the celebration was a great Thanksgiving meal! At a typical Glastonbury home, one would find people eating a small turkey and chicken pie (beef and pork would not be on the table since the weather was still too warm to preserve butchered cows and pigs). Many pies would grace the table: mince, squash, cranberry, and a favorite, Marlborough pudding. There would be vegetables, fruits, cheeses and breads, and the meal would be ended by a variety of sweets. Come join us in the celebration! Tour our beautiful 1755 house, the barns and the property. Our colonial cooks, Lin, Annika, and Rosalie will be preparing several dishes in the fireplace. Sample chicken pie, cranberry pie and the tasty Marlborough pudding – a lemon custard with apples. We look forward to your visit! $5 per person.

1 – 2:30pm: Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands Join us for a 90-minute program on how the native people lived in the eastern woodlands 600 years ago. We will visit our longhouse, prepare a Native American snack, examine our collection of Native American tools, and play the ‘Deer & Hunter’ game. Cost: $6 members, $8 nonmember. For ages 6 years and up. Pre-registration required.

1 – 3:30pm: Harvest Family Day Celebrate the harvest season with fall-inspired refreshments, open-hearth cooking, tours of the historic house “dressed” for autumn, and family-friendly games such as herding “sheep” and sack races. Don a Colonial apron or vest and help our costumed interpreters harvest the last of the garden’s bounty for preserving and for the cooking pot. $3 a person.Registration is not required.

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5 – 7pm: Kristallnacht Commemoration Our yearly commemoration event of Kristallnacht brings the community together with local artists to mark “The Night of Broken Glass.” This multi-faith event is a meditation on the horrors of war and a call for peace. This event is part of the 12th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture, our yearly exploration of the historical and contemporary expressions of Jewish identity in art.

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Monday, October 17th:

10am – 1:15pm: Homeschool Day at the Connecticut Historical Society offer programs specifically designed for homeschool families. These events give families the opportunity to enjoy engaging, educational workshops, tour our galleries, and connect with other homeschool families. Short workshops around a variety of topics are taught throughout the day. Families may sign up for as many or as few classes as they like, and workshops appropriate for different ages are available at each session. Workshops are hands-on and participatory, and many include a take-home element. Throughout the day, our auditorium space will be available with drop-in, self-led toys, crafts, and coloring sheets for siblings ages 4 and under. Each workshop is $5 per student for CHS members and $8 per student for non-members. For the full day (three workshops), the fee is $12 for CHS members and $20 for non-members. The fee for parents is $4 for the day. Parents must remain in the building at all times. Maximum cost of $75 per family. Workshops offered for three age ranges: ages 5-7, 8-12 and 13 and up.

1 – 3pm: Super Hero Training Your little one is going to go through super hero training camp. They will learn how to dress, act and play the part of their favorite super hero. $30 per child. Ages 3-5 (drop off).

7:30pm: An Evening with Dr. Neil degrasse Tyson Award winning-astrophysicist, author, and host of FOX’s Cosmos, is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine in 2000. Join Dr. Tyson for an evening of engaging conversation on science, exploration and the world as we know it. Pit seats include a post-show meet and greet with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. VIP ticket buyers should proceed to Customer Relations after the show where they will be checked in and escorted backstage.

Tuesday, October 18th:

9:30 – 10:30am: Winding Trails Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. $25 for the series. Discount for members. Reoccurs until November 15.

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Warm Autumn Recipes Today, we will warm up and prepare some cozy autumn recipes. We will create a delicious homemade butternut squash soup. In addition, each child will create a gooey grilled cheese with their favorite fix-ins on brioche bread.  For dessert, we will enjoy freshly baked cinnamon twists! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child).

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6pm: Friends’ Fall Membership Meeting Please Join us for the Friends of the Mark Twain House Fall Membership Meeting at the Mark Twain Museum Center, Hal Holbrook Hall & Lincoln Financial Auditorium. Sara Bronin will be our guest speaker. Sara Bronin is a Professor of Law at UCONN Law School.  She is the faculty director for the UCONN Center for Energy and Environmental Law and has authored and co-authored over a dozen articles and several books, including two books on historic preservation law and a zoning law treatise. Among other public service positions, Sara chairs Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission, serves as vice chair of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and also serves as a committee chair of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Sara will talk about historic preservation in Hartford, which will include her home.

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7:30pm: Talkback Tuesday Stick around for a post-show chat with the cast and creative team of Relativity as we discuss what went into transferring this play from the page to the stage.

Tuesday, October 18th – Sunday, November 13th:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Relativity In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904, she was never seen or spoken of again. When a young reporter confronts Einstein years later in Princeton, Einstein must face his greatest challenge: his past. Relativity explores the bonds of family and the cost of genius. To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man? From the playwright that brought you Freud’s Last Session, Dance Lesson and Becoming Dr. Ruth. Runtime: 90 minutes (no intermission). Seats: $60-75, student rush $15. Runs until November 13th.

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm: The Piano Lesson In August Wilson’s powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a fractured family comes together to consider the legacy of their father, as his grown son and daughter argue over the heirloom he left behind.  A ghost story with traditional African-American songs, The Piano Lesson exposes the family’s struggles as they attempt to exorcise the demons of the past and bring forth a new hope for the future. The Piano Lesson represents the 1930s decade in Wilson’s “The American Century Cycle” of 10 plays, each one representing African-American life over a decade in the twentieth century. Other titles include Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Two Trains Running, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Seven Guitars. Wilson died in 2005. Ticket prices: $25-90. All Regular Season Student Seats $20. Runs until November 19th.

Wednesday, October 19th:

9:30 – 10:15am: Halloween Mini Music Come join us with your little one for some music, dancing and bubbles. We’re going to sing our favorite Halloween songs! Ages 0-5 with caregiver. $10 per child.

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1:30 – 2:45pm: Preschool Pumpkin Painting We provide everything your little one will need to decorate a pumpkin.  They can go into our garden to pick the pumpkin they want and then come inside to it paint with our homemade, nontoxic paint. Ages 3-6 (drop off class). $15 per child.

4:45 – 6:30pm: Dance Classes for Children on the Autism Spectrum Students learn the basic elements of dance technique including alignment, musicality and rhythm, discovering their relationships to space and time, while growing emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively. Class is specifically designed for children on the Autism Spectrum. Runs until November 23rd.

7:30pm: Relativity: Pay What you Can Pay Night This special performance means you decide the price! Call the box office to reserve your seats and see a great show on any budget. About the Play: In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904, she was never seen or spoken of again. When a young reporter confronts Einstein years later in Princeton, Einstein must face his greatest challenge: his past. Relativity explores the bonds of family and the cost of genius. To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man? From the playwright that brought you Freud’s Last Session, Dance Lesson and Becoming Dr. Ruth.

Thursday, October 20th:

9 – 10:15am: Mommy and Me Pumpkin Painting We provide everything you need to decorate pumpkins with your little one.  They can go into our garden to pick the pumpkin they want and then come inside to it paint with our homemade, nontoxic paint. $20 per person. Stay for the open play after which runs until 12pm for an additional $15.

9 – 10:30am: Adult Nature Walk Come join Miss Judy for a casual exploration as we walk along some of our many trails. We’ll talk about what we see or some nature topics in the news. Sometimes we’ll stop to gawk at an interesting find alongside a trail. A different route and topic is planned for each day. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. $18 per person for series. Reoccurs on Thursday, October 27.

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Warm Autumn Recipes Today, we will warm up and prepare some cozy autumn recipes. We will create a delicious homemade butternut squash soup. In addition, each child will create a gooey grilled cheese with their favorite fix-ins on brioche bread.  For dessert, we will enjoy freshly baked cinnamon twists! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child).

5:30pm: Film: Chi-Raq is a 2015 American satirical musical drama directed and produced by Spike Lee and co-written by Lee and Kevin Willmott. Set in Chicago, the film focuses on gang violence prevalent in neighborhoods on the city’s south side, particularly the Englewood neighborhood. Pronounced “shy-rack,” the title is a blend of “Chicago” and “Iraq”, as well as a term commonly used by some Chicago residents to liken the area to a war zone due to its extremely high crime rates. The story: after the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the ongoing violence in Chicago’s Southside, creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world. The film is a modern-day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. Join us for a the film and talk with guest speakers to be announced. 127 min. Rated R. Starring Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Cusack. Directed by Spike Lee.  Tickets available at the door. Admission: $10; $8 for Wadsworth or Stowe members.

6 – 10pm: October Creative Cocktail Hour Celebrate Autumn at RAW’s Creative Cocktail Hour with swinging jazz, special effects makeup demonstrations and brew-tastings from Hog River Brewing Co. We’ll also have an opening reception for a new sculptural exhibit, Kurt Steger: Scribing the Void. $10 per person, discount for members.

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

Thursday – Friday from 4 – 9pm, Saturday 11am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 8pm: Our 9th Annual Haunted Miniature Golf Event to benefit the Farmington Valley Visitor Association features: 19 holes of Halloween fun! Wander through a Haunted Graveyard, visit Dracula’s Fountain and the Haunted Pirate’s Tavern, and try to catch a mysterious moving doughnut at the 18th hole.

Friday, October 21st:

4 – 7:50pm: Halloween Party Join us for our Epic Halloween Bash. This year we have decided to go all out and throw the Halloween party of the century. Complete with trick or treat stations, hay rides, spooky zip line rides, games, puppet shows, dancing, snacks, your favorite My Gym teachers in costume. We will have 4 different party spots to choose from. Members are free. Non-members pay $5 per child.

6pm: Skygazing: Halloween Edition Join us at the Talcott Mountain Science Center 
for an exciting and enlightening evening observing the night sky from the top of Talcott Mountain. Join us at the Talcott Mountain Science Center for an evening of fun and learning atop Talcott Mountain. Celebrate the season with hands-on activities for all ages! Begin the night with glow-in-the-dark activities; get a close look at skeletons; touch bones from different animals; and watch the sunset over the Farmington Valley. Afterwards, we’ll explore the night sky in our planetarium, culminating with celestial observation from our breathtaking location atop Talcott Mountain. With a wide array of telescopes at our disposal, we’ll be viewing Mars, Saturn, Venus and other celestial gems. Rain/cloud date is Friday, October 21.

6 – 8pm: Warm Autumn Recipes Today, we will warm up and prepare some cozy autumn recipes, including a delicious homemade butternut squash soup. In addition, each child will create a gooey grilled cheese with their favorite fix-ins on brioche bread and cheesy butternut squash pasta! For dessert, we will whip up some warm toasted marshmallow S’mores bars! Ages 6-12. $25 per child.

6 – 8:30pm: Night of 1001 Pumpkins Join us for fall crafts, fun games, a bounce house, music, face painting, a puppet show, and lots of fun for all ages. Wander through our Haunted Gym for frighteningly good fun. There are separate areas of activities for young children so there is plenty to do even if you don’t want to experience the fright fun. We will also have both a scarecrow and a pumpkin carving contest with prizes for creativity! Food items are available for sale in our “festival café” and there are complimentary goody bags for children. $3 per person or $8 per family.

6 – 9pm: Parents’ Night Out is a 3-hour drop off program designed to keep your kids active and entertained while you have a night out to yourself! Pizza dinner for the kids is included! $35 for the 1st child, siblings are $15 each. Discounts for members.

7pm: Halloween Hay Bale Theater Stew’s Garden Shoppe will be transformed into a Hay Bale Theater to show a free children’s Halloween-themed movie! For movie titles and additional information, please see in-store. The movies begin at 7pm, with seating opening at 6:30pm. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Kids can also dance to Halloween music with their favorite Stew’s characters before the movie starts! The movies will be also be shown on Friday, October 28th.

7 – 9pm: Goblin’s Grove This event is for our friends with special needs, high school and older. Wear your best costume to celebrate Halloween at Elmwood Community Center. There will be lots of treats including fantastic DJ Marc spinning all of your favorite tunes. $14 per person.

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Friday, October 21st – Saturday, October 22nd:

5 – 9pm: Haunted Corn Maze Our two-acre Corn Maze will be transformed for Halloween to include a ghoulish theme and frightful props with costumed creepies ready to greet you with a good scare. Don’t miss this perfect Halloween combination of trick and treat. A mini-scare for the younger ghosts and goblins takes place 5-6pm. The full scare takes place from 6:30-9pm.

6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for Halloween month fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales — and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Prior to the tour, we’ll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House. Reoccurs October 27-29.

6:30 – 9pm: Flashlight Maze Join us this fall for another not so spooky adventure through the night maze! If you thought the maze was difficult in the daylight try your luck in the dark! $10 per person. Reoccurs on the weekend of October 28-29.

6:30 – 9:30pm Trail Side Tales Take a guided lantern walk through our nature trail to hear stories of Connecticut legends! Not a scary hike. Great for kids of all ages!

7 – 10pm: Haunted Hayride World famous spooky Halloween hayride! With a cast of 100 creepy characters trying to scare you! Raindate is Sunday. Reoccurs on 10/28-29.

7:30 – 9:30pm: Spirits at Stowe: An Otherwordly Tour Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe attended séances and visited mediums to communicate with departed family members? Like many 19th-century Americans, she had an open mind about connecting with those who were no longer living. Stowe’s interest in spiritualism helped to ease the pain of losing four of seven children during her lifetime. The paranormal occasionally showed up in her writing as well; she included a ghost story in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her most famous work written in 1852. During the “Spirits at Stowe” tour, an interpreter will share stories about the famous author and describe unexplained events from past and present, all conducted in the dark by flashlight. Visitors will learn about the five reported deaths in the 1871 Gothic Revival home in which she lived for 23 years. Stowe herself died in an upstairs bedroom in 1897 at age 86. In one small room off the main hall, battery-operated candles will illuminate photos of Stowe family members, as if a séance was about to begin. A “planchette,” which pre-dates the ouija board, will be set up to show what Stowe and her fellow spiritualists used to receive what they believed were messages from the dead. This is a 45-minute tour and is recommended for ages 12 and up. Runs until October 29th.

8pm: Rocky Horror Show Do the Time Warp Again at Trinity-on-Main! It was a dark and stormy night… Straight-laced all-American lovebirds Brad and Janet are driving down a deeply-wooded road when their car gets a flat near the foreboding castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. They knock on the door seeking help and discover that the mad genius is having a party. But this is no ordinary party, no ordinary night. This is the unveiling of the doctor’s greatest creation: Rocky; A man-made Adonis who is designed to give…absolute pleasure. It is a night that both Brad and Janet will remember for a very, very long time… whether they want to or not! The Phoenix Production of Rocky Horror is a traditional interpretation of the stage and screen cult classic including all of the audience-participation of the movie with the fun and excitement of a live stage show! Rose-tint your world and Let’s Do The Time Warp Again! The Rocky Horror Show is back at Trinity-on-Main for three weekends in October! Complete with three midnight shows! Don’t miss your chance to see this cult classic live! Reoccurs October 28-29.

9:30pm: Rails to the Darkside The museum is founded on the roadbed of the Old Hartford and Springfield Street Railway branch line that ran from Warehouse Point to Rockville. When the line was constructed in 1905, a small cemetery was moved to make way for the Trolley Line. This cemetery was located in the present location of the museum’s Newberry siding. The decision was made and the cemetery was purportedly moved to a location not far from the trolley line on a dry piece of land close to the dirt road that would eventually become Route 140. The cemetery after the move was always a bone chilling place and the locals soon abandoned the upkeep of the cemetery and nature reclaimed her own. When the museum was established in 1940, the land was available and purchased at a low price. Only recently during the construction of the visitor center was the old cemetery discovered hidden in the woods. The gravestones were found, but it was discovered that there were no coffins or bodies under the gravestones. The gravestones were moved, but the coffins and bodies never were. Now during the dark nights, the mournful cries of the abandoned dead are heard in the woods of East Windsor along the tracks of the museum. Come and experience Rails to the Darkside, beware. Not recommended for children. Reoccurs until 10/29.

Friday, October 21st – Sunday, October 23rd:

Friday 10am – 3:30pm, Saturday 10am – 4:30pm and Sunday 11am – 4:30pm: Pumpkin Patch Enjoy a ride through the beautiful Connecticut countryside in the crisp fall air aboard one of our antique trolley cars. Then, hop out at the Pumpkin Patch and search for a pumpkin that’s just right for you. Every child admission includes a free pumpkin! Keeping your pumpkin safe on your lap, you ride back to the Visitor Center where you can participate in pumpkin decorating activities, contests, games, and other activities. Reoccurs Friday – Sunday until October 30th.

Friday – Saturday from 6-8:45pm and Sunday from 6-7:45pm: West Hartford Hauntings This October, West Hartford Hauntings, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society’s spooky theatrical cemetery tours, will once more take guests on a tour to meet those souls who met some of West Hartford’s strangest ends. The lantern-lit tours will take place on Friday-Saturday, October 21-22 and Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29 (rain dates October 23 & 30). Tours will leave every 15 minutes from 6-8:45pm (Sunday 5-7:45pm). Guests will be escorted through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey.

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8pm: Rocky Horror Show Do the Time Warp Again at Trinity-on-Main! It was a dark and stormy night… Straight-laced all-American lovebirds Brad and Janet are driving down a deeply-wooded road when their car gets a flat near the foreboding castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. They knock on the door seeking help and discover that the mad genius is having a party. But this is no ordinary party, no ordinary night. This is the unveiling of the doctor’s greatest creation: Rocky; A man-made Adonis who is designed to give…absolute pleasure. It is a night that both Brad and Janet will remember for a very, very long time… whether they want to or not! The Phoenix Production of Rocky Horror is a traditional interpretation of the stage and screen cult classic including all of the audience-participation of the movie with the fun and excitement of a live stage show! Rose-tint your world and Let’s Do The Time Warp Again! The Rocky Horror Show is back at Trinity-on-Main for three weekends in October! Complete with three midnight shows! Don’t miss your chance to see this cult classic live! Occurs again on October 28-29.

Saturday, October 22nd:

8am – 1pm: Latimer Lane All-4-Kids Consignment Sale Our annual Fall consignment sale features clean, gently used children’s items from 100 consignors including children’s fall and winter clothing, outerwear, and shoes and a huge selection of toys, books, games, outdoor play equipment, sports equipment, baby items (strollers, carriers, nursery décor) and more. Our sale benefits Latimer Lane Elementary School and Cradles to Crayons. Free admission.

9 – 10am: Warm Autumn Recipes Today, we will warm up and prepare some cozy autumn recipes. We will create a delicious homemade butternut squash soup. In addition, each child will create a gooey grilled cheese with their favorite fix-ins on brioche bread.  For dessert, we will enjoy freshly baked cinnamon twists! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child).

9:30 – 11am: Adult and Child Explorations This program is for an adult with their child or children to explore different aspects of nature and seasons with Miss Judy, the Winding Trails naturalist. Dress with good walking shoes and choose clothes that can get dirty and appropriate for the weather, rain or shine. $10 per family.

10 – 11:30am: Winding Trails Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. $25 for the series. Discount for members. Reoccurs until November 15.

10am: NEDA Walk The National Eating Disorders Association is delighted that you have decided to support the mission of NEDA to raise awareness about the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment by participating in a NEDA Walk.

11am: Halloween Storytime Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is back and picking up his animal friends for a costume party. And in I Need My Monster, a unique under-the-bed story, Ethan checks under his bed for his monster Gabe and finds a note from him instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week.” Join us for a fun-filled Halloween Storytime!

11am – 2pm: Saturday Science: Super Science Girls This impressive group of aspiring young female scientists who participated in the 2016 Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair will demonstrate their winning projects and share their enthusiasm for science.

12 – 6pm: Acoustic Festival Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This festival will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area, as well as songwriting (1-2:30pm) and vocal workshops (3-4:30pm) and a fiddle contest (12-2pm). Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. Central Connecticut Acoustic Music Society founder John Root will be at the Garmany Hall hosting an open mic. Bring your instrument for an open jam. Sign up will be taken on the day of the event. Gates open at 11am. Tickets in advance $10 per adult, $5 per child. Discount for members. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $15 for adults and $8 for children. An additional $10 per workshop.

12 – 6pm: Firefly Hollow 3rd Anniversary Party Come celebrate with us!  We are celebrating our 3rd anniversary and want you to join us!  We can’t think of a better way to spend this day than with all of you. Enjoy live music throughout the day and your favorite Firefly Hollow brews. Your ticket gets you: free Parking and free Shuttle provided by CT Beer Tours to the brewery (parking in our driveway and parking lot will not be allowed). Guests are asked to park in the North Main Street Lot across from City Hall and will be shuttled to and from the event beginning at 11am. Three beer tickets, including our four limited release barrel aged beers. Live bands performing throughout the day: Dizzyfish and The Johnny I Band with special guest drummer Jaimoe founding member of the Allman Brothers! One food ticket, food will be provided by The Whey Station Food Truck! Our limited release 3rd anniversary glass to bring home, be the envy of your friends, this is a sweet glass! Additional beer and food will be available for purchase. This is a 21+ event so please leave the kids and pets home.

12:30 – 1:30pm: Halloween No Bake Treats! Spooky witches hats and Oreo Spider cookies are on the menu today! Wear your play clothes! Even with smocks this could get messy! $20 per child.

1 – 2pm: Pie Eating Contest Kids and adults are invited to belly on up to the picnic table on October 22 at Stew Leonard’s in Newington to participate in a classic family event: a pie eating contest! All registered contestants will have 2 minutes to eat as many freshly baked Stew Leonard’s pumpkin or blueberry pies as they can. There are two categories in the pie eating contest and two separate prizes. Kids ages 6-11 will complete for a Jumbo Fall Gift Basket, which includes a Toys R Us gift card, Beanie Babies, Halloween treats, and more. Contestants age 12 to adult will compete for a $100 gift card to Stew Leonard’s.Contestants must register in advance at Stew Leonard’s Customer Service Desk in Newington. It is free to register and there is a limit of 25 participants per division. Customers are also invited to cheer on the participants and enjoy the bite-by-bite color commentary as provided to the crowd by a Stew Leonard’s Team Member. For every pie eaten during the contest, Stew Leonard’s will donate one pie during Thanksgiving week to the Department of Human Services in Newington to be distributed to families in need.

1 – 2pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: CHS Gets Creepy History gets creepy with this spooky look behind the scenes. Tales of vampires, corpses on ice, and death portraits haunt the storage vaults of the CHS. Come and get the history scared out of you! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut. Tours last approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. $10 for CHS members, $15 for non-members.

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2 – 3:30pm: Saturday Family Nature Walks Join Miss Judy, the Winding Trails naturalist, for an afternoon family nature walk once a month that will explore a different topic and location appropriate for the changing fall season. Some walks will travel to a location where an activity will be held while other walks will observe seasonal wildlife and participate in activities during the course of the walk. These informal programs are for all ages so come prepared with good walking shoes and clothes that can get dirty. $15 per family.

2 – 3:30pm: Hands-On History Workshop: Faces of the Revolution Discover the stories of real men and women who experienced the tumultuous American Revolution. Take on the character of a Connecticut figure, such as a Patriot soldier, a Loyalist supporter, a young woman on the home front, or a runaway slave who joined the British army. We’ll uncover the story of each person as we investigate the letters and artifacts they left behind, and trace their steps through the colonies’ war for independence. This program is designed for students ages 10-14. The cost is $8 per student for CHS members and $10 per student for non-members (parents or guardians are free).

2 – 4pm: Pumpkin Painting! Bring your pumpkin and come paint with Samantha Jenkins! You will have 3 designs to choose from. You will have time to do one design. $25 per person.

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2 – 5pm: Hartford on Tap This three-hour premium event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Attendees will receive an unlimited sampling of beers, in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase and great vendors. Purchase the VIP experience which starts at 1pm so you  will get an extra hour of fun. VIP $55, General Admission $45.

5:30 – 9pm: Parents Night Out Parents, this is your chance to have an evening to yourselves while we entertain your kids. They will have a blast doing…Open gym, games, pizza, and a big screen movie! Don’t forget to bring a pillow and a blanket to cuddle up with during the movie. For children 4 years and older.  $40 per child, sibling discount. Discounts for members.

6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walk Get outside on Saturday evenings with Miss Judy, Winding Trails’ naturalist, for an educational walk that includes some hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation about the night findings. Once it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared with walking shoes, clothes for the weather. Bring your binoculars and/or telescopes for night viewing; and red light flashlights, so we can see as we walk and not disturb the wildlife. $15 per members family, $25 per non-member family.

7pm: Music in the Meetinghouse Rising classical guitarist Jaclyn Jones will be playing a selection of works by Bach, Torroba, Pujol Mertz and others. Admission is free with donations suggested.

7pm: Fisk Jubilee Singers The Mark Twain House & Museum has presented the Fisk Jubliee Singers several times over the years, most notably as the inaugural performance in its Museum Center over a decade ago. This year, the Museum is thrilled to partner with the Farmington Historical Society for a memorable collaborative celebration. The Fisk Jubilee Singers are vocal artists and students at Fisk University in Nashville, TN, who sing and travel worldwide. Join us as we pay tribute to the 175th Anniversary of the Amistad Captives coming to Farmington, Connecticut. A limited number of tickets are available for a post concert dessert reception at Porter Memorial Hall at 8:30pm. Tickets: $20 students, $35 adults or $75 for the VIP Reception following the concert. Note: Venue is the First Church of Christ Congregational in Farmington.

7 – 8:30pm: Legendary Farmington: An Evening of Local Ghost Stories for Adults Why let the kids have all the Halloween fun? Join us for an evening of adult ghost stories, drawn from local Farmington folklore and supernatural tales. Sit in a room lit by firelight and candlelight and sip a glass of wine, beer or cider while you listen to stories read in semi-darkness…if you dare! Registration required.

7:30pm: Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton explores the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling, and its importance in the filmmaking process. Composer Danny Elfman and visionary Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton have created a unique concert experience, blending music and visuals to celebrate the three decades-long partnership of two of Hollywood’s top creators. This live concert features Danny Elfman’s celebrated film scores brought to life on stage by orchestra and choir, enhanced by the stunning visuals of Tim Burton’s original sketches, drawings, story boards, and film clips rendered in exquisite detail on the big screen. Featuring music from Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, and more – plus, the superb CONCORA choir! Come in costume and be entered to win HSO tickets! Tickets: $32.50-$86.

Saturday, October 22nd – Sunday, October 23rd:

10am – 4pm: Witches and Tombstones Tour The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will offer an up-close and creepy examination of all things macabre during their annual Witches and Tombstones Tours on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for the 90-minute tour is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance tickets may be purchased below. Witches and Tombstones Tours include walking on uneven ground and the use of stairs. $15 per person.

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10am – 5pm: Spooktacular Science Weekend The Connecticut Science Center will get a little spooky and a little kooky for our annual Spooktacular Science Weekend! Visitors will be treated to extra special fun for the whole family, including trick-or-treating, a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, and Halloween arts and crafts. Spooktacular Science Weekend is sponsored by Big Y World Class Markets. All activities are included free with Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission. Kids under 3 are always free! Costumes are encouraged! Adult masks are not permitted. Activities are tentative and subject to change.

Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm: Fire or Ice Sonia Plumb Dance Company’s “Fire or Ice” is an original production that blends modern dance with ballet, breakdancing and salsa; Eastern European melodies and Latin rhythms; and much more. This spectacular new performance will showcase 14 dancers and 12 musicians, all live on one stage, including Hartford’s classical Spanish guitarist Daniel Salazar, Jr., Hartford Symphony Orchestra cellist Eric Dahlin and award-winning composer and pianist Cory Gabel. “Fire or Ice” will meld the earthiness of salsa, the energy of hip hop, the freedom of modern, and the classical moves of ballet. And, musical performances will also cross borders with pieces by J.S. Bach, Arvo Part, and Isaac Albéniz, as well as original works by Daniel Salazar, Jr. and Cory Gabel. Along the way, dancers and musicians will break down walls between styles and cultures. Be sure to stay after each performance for a special discussion about related themes, such as conversations with our musicians or with local social and political leaders. Full-length dance performance with one intermission. $10 off for students (18 years or younger and college students with valid ID cards) at the box office only. Tickets $33-43.

Sunday, October 23rd:

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1pm: Jewish Book Festival New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Weiner, debuts her much-anticipated memoir, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love and Writing. In her first work of nonfiction, no subject is off-limits as Jen tells the stories of her life. Tickets $40 (includes book and meet the author reception).

1:30 – 3pm: Lost in the Woods? Map, compass, or GPS? Which would be most helpful if you lost your way in the woods? Learn how to use a map and compass together and how to use GPS coordinates. For eight years old and up. Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers.

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2pm: Imagination Movers Flying toilet paper! Smoking trash cans! Catchy pop-rock music! It can only mean one thing: the coolest kid’s rock band in the world is coming to Infinity Hall Hartford! The Emmy-winning Imagination Movers will embark on their first U.S. concert tour in two years to support their new CD/DVD release “Licensed to Move.” The New Orleans-based Movers (Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott “Smitty” Smith) are known around the world for their hit preschool TV series seen on the Disney Junior cable channel and they are currently developing a new animated TV series called “Super Movers” in collaboration with 9 Story Entertainment. The Movers deliver a highly exhilarating and exciting rock concert experience where Kids and parents will sing along with the Movers’ hooky choruses, learn ridiculous dances and have a blast doing it! Tickets: $25. Also, attend a special meet-and-greet party before the show where you can chat with the Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty, take pics and get autographs! Remember to bring your camera or smart phone. $30 per person. Meet and Greet is an additional ticket and does not include the show. A meet and greet ticket is required for everyone age 1 and up.

2pm: Sunday Afternoon Discussion Enjoy a lecture from Director Jade King Carroll immediately following the matinée.

2pm: “Connecticut Valley Tobacco” Book Signing & Talk Author and Director of the Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum, Brianna Dunlap, will give a book signing and talk about her new book on the long and vivid history of tobacco-growing in the Connecticut Valley. Books will be available for purchase.

2 – 4pm: Spooktacular Halloween Treats for Kids Menu: One-Eyed Monster Cookies – Chocolate Spider Web Cookies – Witches Fingers. In this special hands-on class, kids will enjoy working alongside classmates learning to create a variety of yummy Halloween sweets. Our instructor will walk your child through the steps of making cookie dough, rolling it out, cutting spooky shapes and decorating with delicious icing. This Halloween, treat your young chef to a fun and unforgettable cooking experience. Ages 8 – 14. $49 per child.

5 – 6:30pm: Squishy Town Asylum See Sea Tea Comedy Theater’s only house team comprised only of teen geniuses, Squishy Town Asylum! They’re squishy, they’re funny, they’re trained by New Britain Repertory theater! We’ll cap off this awesome night with a cool, family-friendly set by Sea Tea Improv!

5pm: Hartford Wolf Pack vs. the St. John’s IceCaps Pack fans are encouraged to grab their skates and come down to the XL Center for a Sunday afternoon open skate before this game.  A game ticket plus a pass to the pregame open skate on the XL Center Ice is only $25, and Pack Members can purchase the skate pass for only $10. The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $40.

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Halloween Happenings

All Month Long:

8am – Dark: Kids Hay Maze Kids of all ages will delight in Stew Leonard’s Hay Maze, located under the tent in the Pumpkin Patch. – Newington

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Wednesday, October 5 – Sunday, October 16th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Little Shop of Horrors From the creators of hit Broadway musicals Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, comes Little Shop of Horrors, a mad cap, delightfully scary and quirky joy of a musical, that’s a treat for the whole family. Seymour is a nerdy floral clerk with a knack for plants, but not much else. However, one peculiar plant he’s tending might just be his ticket to fame, fortune and the girl of his dreams. Little Shop of Horrors is the screamingly funny, gleefully twisted, out-of-this-world hit musical. Runs until October 16th. – West Hartford

Friday, October 7th:

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Friday, October 7th – Friday, October 28th:

7pm: Halloween Hay Bale Theater Stew’s Garden Shoppe will be transformed into a Hay Bale Theater to show a free children’s Halloween-themed movie! For movie titles and additional information, please see in-store. The movies begin at 7pm with seating opening at 6:30pm. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Kids can also dance to Halloween music with their favorite Stew’s characters before the movie starts! The movies will be also be shown on Fridays 10/7-28. – Newington

Friday, October 7th – Saturday, October 29th:

6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for Halloween month fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales — and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Prior to the tour, we’ll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House. Reoccurs October 14-15, 21-22, 27-29. – Hartford

7:30 – 9:30pm: Spirits at Stowe: An Otherwordly Tour Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe attended séances and visited mediums to communicate with departed family members? Like many 19th-century Americans, she had an open mind about connecting with those who were no longer living. Stowe’s interest in spiritualism helped to ease the pain of losing four of seven children during her lifetime. The paranormal occasionally showed up in her writing as well; she included a ghost story in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her most famous work written in 1852. During the “Spirits at Stowe” tour, an interpreter will share stories about the famous author and describe unexplained events from past and present, all conducted in the dark by flashlight. Visitors will learn about the five reported deaths in the 1871 Gothic Revival home in which she lived for 23 years. Stowe herself died in an upstairs bedroom in 1897 at age 86. In one small room off the main hall, battery-operated candles will illuminate photos of Stowe family members, as if a séance was about to begin. A “planchette,” which pre-dates the ouija board, will be set up to show what Stowe and her fellow spiritualists used to receive what they believed were messages from the dead. This is a 45-minute tour and is recommended for ages 12 and up. Runs until October 29th. – Hartford

9:30pm: Rails to the Darkside The museum is founded on the roadbed of the Old Hartford and Springfield Street Railway branch line that ran from Warehouse Point to Rockville. When the line was constructed in 1905, a small cemetery was moved to make way for the Trolley Line. This cemetery was located in the present location of the museum’s Newberry siding. The decision was made and the cemetery was purportedly moved to a location not far from the trolley line on a dry piece of land close to the dirt road that would eventually become Route 140. The cemetery after the move was always a bone chilling place and the locals soon abandoned the upkeep of the cemetery and nature reclaimed her own. When the museum was established in 1940, the land was available and purchased at a low price. Only recently during the construction of the visitor center was the old cemetery discovered hidden in the woods. The gravestones were found, but it was discovered that there were no coffins or bodies under the gravestones. The gravestones were moved, but the coffins and bodies never were. Now during the dark nights, the mournful cries of the abandoned dead are heard in the woods of East Windsor along the tracks of the museum. Come and experience Rails to the Darkside, beware. Not recommended for children. – East Windsor

Saturday, October 8th:

10am – 4pm: Pumpkin Carving Demo Pumpkin carver Lenny Calvin will be at the store to bewitch shoppers with his elaborate Halloween-themed etchings on the store’s pumpkins. The carving will take place from 10am– 4pm for customers to see and enjoy as they pick out their own pumpkins. The carver will use knives, chisels, and X-Acto knives to create a spooky scene on the pumpkins. – Newington

Tuesday, October 11th:

9:30 – 10:30am & 11:30am – 12:30pm: “P” is for Pumpkin! Get in the autumn spirit by joining us for our pumpkin class! We will prepare homemade pumpkin pie French toast with whipped topping, and pumpkin snicker doodle cookies! In addition, each child will be able to paint and decorate a mini pumpkin to take home! $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Ages 2-5. – Newington

Friday, October 14th:

9:30 – 10:30am & 11:30am – 12:30pm: “P” is for Pumpkin! Get in the autumn spirit by joining us for our pumpkin class! We will prepare homemade pumpkin pie French toast with whipped topping, and pumpkin snicker doodle cookies! In addition, each child will be able to paint and decorate a mini pumpkin to take home! $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Ages 2-5. – Newington

Friday, October 14th – Saturday, October 15th:

6 – 8pm: “P” is for Pumpkin! Get in the autumn spirit with joining us for our pumpkin class! We will prepare homemade pumpkin pie French toast with whipped topping, homemade pumpkin cream cheese cupcakes, pumpkin spice cake balls, and pumpkin spice white hot chocolate! In addition, each child will be able to paint and decorate a pumpkin to take home! $25 per child. Ages 6-12. – Newington

Friday, October 14th – Saturday, October 29th:

8pm: Rocky Horror Show Do the Time Warp Again at Trinity-on-Main! It was a dark and stormy night… Straight-laced all-American lovebirds Brad and Janet are driving down a deeply-wooded road when their car gets a flat near the foreboding castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. They knock on the door seeking help and discover that the mad genius is having a party. But this is no ordinary party, no ordinary night. This is the unveiling of the doctor’s greatest creation: Rocky; A man-made Adonis who is designed to give…absolute pleasure. It is a night that both Brad and Janet will remember for a very, very long time… whether they want to or not! The Phoenix Production of Rocky Horror is a traditional interpretation of the stage and screen cult classic including all of the audience-participation of the movie with the fun and excitement of a live stage show! Rose-tint your world and Let’s Do The Time Warp Again! The Rocky Horror Show is back at Trinity-on-Main for three weekends in October! Complete with three midnight shows! Don’t miss your chance to see this cult classic live! October 14-15, October 22-23, October 28-29. – New Britain

Saturday, October 15th:

9 – 10am: “P” is for Pumpkin! Get in the autumn spirit by joining us for our pumpkin class! We will prepare homemade pumpkin pie French toast with whipped topping, and pumpkin snicker doodle cookies! In addition, each child will be able to paint and decorate a mini pumpkin to take home! $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Ages 2-5. – Newington

10am – 6pm: The Power of a Pumpkin to Save a Life is an event to encourage Connecticut residents to become organ, eye and tissue donors. The farm will donate $2 from every full price admission and $1 from every popcorn purchase to LifeChoice. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win gift cards and other great prizes! Special activities include: – Windsor

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

Times Vary: Our 9th Annual Haunted Miniature Golf Event to benefit the Farmington Valley Visitor Association features: 19 holes of Halloween fun! Wander through a Haunted Graveyard, visit Dracula’s Fountain and the Haunted Pirate’s Tavern, and try to catch a mysterious moving doughnut at the 18th hole. 2016 Haunted Miniature Golf dates of operation: Thursdays October 20th-27th and Fridays October 21st-28th from 4-9pm, Saturdays October 22nd-29th from 11am-9pm and Sundays October 23rd-30th from 11am-8pm. – Farmington

Friday, October 21st:

7 – 9pm: Goblin’s Grove This event is for our friends with special needs, high school and older. Wear your best costume to celebrate Halloween at ECC. There will be lots of treats including fantastic DJ Marc spinning all of your favorite tunes. $14 per person. – West Hartford

Friday, October 21st – Saturday, October 22nd:

6:30 – 9:30pm Trail Side Tales Take a guided lantern walk through our nature trail to hear stories of Connecticut legends! Not a scary hike. Great for kids of all ages! – Bristol

7 – 10pm: Haunted Hayride World famous spooky Halloween hayride! With a cast of 100 creepy characters trying to scare you! Raindate is Sunday. Reoccurs on 10/28-29. – West Simsbury

Friday, October 21st – Friday, October 28th:

 

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Friday, October 21st – Saturday, October 29th:

Friday – Saturday from 6:30 – 9pm: Flashlight Maze Join us this fall for another not so spooky adventure through the night maze! If you thought the maze was difficult in the daylight try your luck in the dark! $10 per person. Reoccurs on the weekend of October 28-29. – Windsor

5 – 9pm: Haunted Corn Maze Our two-acre Corn Maze will be transformed for Halloween to include a ghoulish theme and frightful props with costumed creepies ready to greet you with a good scare. Don’t miss this perfect Halloween combination of trick and treat. A mini-scare for the younger ghosts and goblins takes place 5-6pm. The full scare takes place from 6:30-9pm. – South Glastonbury

Friday, October 21st – Sunday, October 30th:

West Hartford Hauntings This October, West Hartford Hauntings, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society’s spooky theatrical cemetery tours, will once more take guests on a tour to meet those souls who met some of West Hartford’s strangest ends. The lantern-lit tours will take place on Friday-Saturday, October 21-22 and Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29 (rain dates October 23 & 30). Tours will leave every 15 minutes from 6-8:45pm (Sunday 5-7:45pm). Guests will be escorted through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey. – West Hartford

Saturday, October 22nd:

11am: Halloween Storytime Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is back and picking up his animal friends for a costume party. And in I Need My Monster, a unique under-the-bed story, Ethan checks under his bed for his monster Gabe and finds a note from him instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week.” Join us for a fun-filled Halloween Storytime! – West Hartford & Glastonbury

7 – 8:30pm: Legendary Farmington: An Evening of Local Ghost Stories for Adults Why let the kids have all the Halloween fun? Join us for an evening of adult ghost stories, drawn from local Farmington folklore and supernatural tales. Sit in a room lit by firelight and candlelight and sip a glass of wine, beer or cider while you listen to stories read in semi-darkness…if you dare! Registration required. – Farmington

Saturday, October 22nd – Sunday, October 23rd:

10am – 5pm: Spooktacular Science Weekend The Connecticut Science Center will get a little spooky and a little kooky for our annual Spooktacular Science Weekend! Visitors will be treated to extra special fun for the whole family, including trick-or-treating, a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, and Halloween arts and crafts. Spooktacular Science Weekend is sponsored by Big Y World Class Markets. All activities are included free with Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission. Kids under 3 are always free! Costumes are encouraged! Adult masks are not permitted. Activities are tentative and subject to change. – Hartford

Monday, October 24th:

4 – 5pm and 6 – 7pm: Halloween Workshop: No Tricks, Just Treats! Today we will decorate Halloween themed cookies and create our own personal pumpkin patch dirt cups! Ages 2-12. $10 per child. – Newington

Tuesday, October 25th:

4 – 5pm and 6 – 7pm: Halloween Workshop: Candy Apples! Join us as we create our very own candy apples! Each child will get to hand dip 3 whole apples and decorate them in a variety of toppings! Ages 2-12.  $10 per child. – Newington

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Halloween Cupcakes! Let’s create some spooky cupcakes to get in the spirit of Halloween! Today, we will decorate four Halloween themed cupcakes as well as a candy corn punch! Then, we will each create a silly monster hand puppet to take home! $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Ages 2-5. – Newington

Wednesday, October 26th:

4-5:30pm: Trick-or-Treat with the Stew Leonard’s Characters Children are invited to dress in their costumes and come to Stew Leonard’s in Newington to go trick or treating. Children can come with their own bags or Stew Leonard’s will provide one for them. Stew Leonard’s famous characters, including mascot Wow the Cow, will be available for taking photos with the children. – Newington

Thursday, October 27th:

4 – 5pm and 6 – 7pm: Pumpkin Painting and Decorating! Today, each child will be able to decorate a large pumpkin to take home! A variety of supplies such as paint, glitter, glue and gemstones will be provided. Ages 2-12.  $10 per child.- Newington

5 – 7:30pm: An Old Fashioned Halloween for Children The museum will be transformed into a spooky labyrinth for this special Halloween event for the younger set! Open the creaky door and enter a Halloween maze of spooky sights, sounds and experiences…listen to a story in the dungeon…meet ghostly characters…try your hand at tricks and grab a treat! Be sure to wear your costume! For children ages 12 and younger. – Farmington

Friday, October 28th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Halloween Cupcakes! Let’s create some spooky cupcakes to get in the spirit of Halloween! Today, we will decorate four Halloween themed cupcakes as well as a candy corn punch! Then, we will each create a silly monster hand puppet to take home! $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Ages 2-5. – Newington

3 – 6:50pm: Halloween Party Join us for our Epic Halloween Bash and this year we have decided to go all out and throw the Halloween party of the century. Complete with trick or treat stations, hay rides, spooky zip line rides, games, puppet shows, dancing, snacks, your favorite My Gym teachers in costume. We will have 4 different party spots starting at 3pm and running until 6:50pm, running every hour on the hour for 50 minutes each. Non-members pay $15 per child. Member and sibling discount. – West Hartford

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6 – 8pm: Halloween Dance Party Come dressed in your Halloween best and join us for a dance party! Children 10 and under will enjoy live music, a costume contest, games and a special treat! – South Windsor

7 – 9pm: Monster Mash This event if for our friends with special needs, high school and older. Come back for a 2nd round of spooky fun celebrating Halloween at ECC! The tricks will be few and the treats plentiful so put on your costume and be ready to dance to DJ Paulie spinning the tunes. $14 per person. – West Hartford

8 – 11pm: 10th Annual Halloween Bash Please join us, if you dare, for our 10th Annual Halloween Bash; the most spooktacular party in the state of Connecticut! Witches and wizards, monsters and magicians—all are invited to haunt our galleries and special exhibitions, dance to local musicians and DJs, and unwind with other young professionals in a creative environment. The 10th Annual Halloween Bash will feature tracks spun by DJ zErp and DJ Jon Eastman, bites available for purchase from local food trucks, and a reading by Beth M. Caruso from her novel One of Windsor: America’s First Witch Hanging, a story based in Windsor, Connecticut. Admission includes entrance to the Museum, beer, wine, entertainment and activities. – New Britain

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

6 – 7:30pm: Halloween Cupcakes Join us for one of our most popular cupcake classes! Tonight we will be creating four ghoulish cupcakes to get in the spirit of Halloween! In addition, kids will make a Halloween rice krispy pumpkins and will decorate a box to take home. A Halloween punch and snack will be served! $20 per child. Ages 6-12. – Newington

Friday – Saturday from 6:30 – 9pm: Flashlight Maze Join us this fall for another not so spooky adventure through the night maze! If you thought the maze was difficult in the daylight try your luck in the dark! $10 per person. – Windsor

7 – 10pm: Haunted Hayride World famous spooky Halloween hayride! With a cast of 100 creepy characters trying to scare you! Raindate is Sunday. – West Simsbury

Friday, October 28th – Sunday, October 30th:

Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: The War of the Worlds Prepared to be scared with this radio theatre performance of H. G. Well’s classic “The War of The Worlds”!  Watch as the Capital Classics performers and a sound effect specialist put on a show made for radio right in front of your eyes. “The War of the Worlds” tells the story of an invasion of Earth by inhabitants of Mars. It was very famously done as a radio play for Halloween 1938, which caused widespread panic as many listeners thought the broadcast was relaying real events.  “The War of the Worlds” was also been made into a films in the 1950s and again by Steven Spielberg in 2005. – Hartford

Saturday, October 29th:

9 – 10am: Halloween Cupcakes! (Toddler Class) Let’s create some spooky cupcakes to get in the spirit of Halloween! Today, we will decorate four Halloween themed cupcakes as well as a candy corn punch! Then, we will each create a silly monster hand puppet to take home! $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Ages 2-5. – Newington

10am – 12pm or 1 – 3pm: Hobgoblin Fair What “critters” will appear on our trails this Halloween? Join us for our annual Hobgoblin Fair held the Saturday before Halloween. The Fair features the ‘Track & Treat’ Walk, children’s crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, a Country Kitchen of yummy homemade items, and a delicious lunch of homemade soup, bread and apple cider. Children are encouraged to wear costumes IF suitable for walking in the woods and participating in the craft activities. Parents should plan to stay with their children. Please note that there are no refunds and participants should attend the session for which they register. – Canton

10:30am – 12:30pm: Halloween Stroll & Trunk Or Treat Our annual Halloween Stroll and Trunk or Treat! Bring your little goblins dressed up for some treats, live music and fun at Blue Back Square. WTIC 96.5 FM will be there along with candy and fun treats for the kids. – West Hartford

12pm: Trunk or Treat is a fun, safe, interactive Halloween event! People gather in a large parking lot (Simsbury Farms!), go all out decorating the trunks of their car, and kids are able to trick or treat by going from trunk to trunk! Like trick or treating in your own neighborhood, but the houses are so much closer! Trick or Treating will begin at 1:30pm. This is a free event! Guests will be responsible for bringing candy for their own vehicles. – Simsbury

1 – 3pm: Walking Tour of Memento Mori Cemetery Tour Farmington’s ancient burying ground and learn how this historical treasure holds the secrets to our town’s hidden history. Cider and donuts will be served at the conclusion of the tour. – Farmington

Saturday, October 29th – Monday, October 31st:

Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour Tour the Stowe Center in the dark and learn about 19th century spiritualism and the paranormal in Hartford. Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe attended séances and visited mediums to communicate with departed family members? Like many 19th-century Americans, she had an open mind about connecting with those who were no longer living. Stowe’s interest in spiritualism helped ease the pain of losing four of seven children during her lifetime. The paranormal occasionally showed up in her writing as well; she included a ghost story in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her most famous work written in 1852. Appropriate for ages 12+. – Hartford

Sunday, October 30th:

12 – 2:30pm: Halloween Magic (Family Day) Bring your family, friends or come on your own.  Relax and enjoy an instructor-led painting class while you discover your muse and unlock hidden talents.  Classes are approximately 2 – 2.5 hours and we provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. Our teaching artist will guide you, step-by-step, through the painting and will make sure that you stay on track and complete your masterpiece by the end of class. Doors open at 11:30am, instruction begins at 12pm. – Farmington

7pm: Halloween Organ Recital He’s back….the Phantom of the First Church Crypt will be making a repeat appearance to celebrate Halloween with all of your organ favorites of the season. He’ll be joined by his merry band of players presenting selections from Little Shop of Horrors. The evening will end with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. – West Hartford

Monday, October 31st:

5:30 – 7:30pm: Nightmare on Broad Street First Town Downtown and presenting sponsor Windsor Federal Savings invite you to Windsor Center for some ghoulish treats and fun at Nightmare on Broad Street! Windsor businesses will be giving out treats to the youngsters and more. Broad Street will be closed to traffic. – Windsor

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April 25 – May 1

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Monday, April 25th:

10am – 3pm: Homeschool Day We’re opening the Museum exclusively for homeschoolers and their families! Featured Activities Include: open cockpit experiences, hands-on build and fly challenges, interactive flight science demos, flight stimulators, aircraft quests and more. ~ Windsor Locks

6:30 – 8pm: Yarn Class – Finger Crochet Scarf You won’t believe how easy it is to crochet a fluffy scarf with just your fingers. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $7. ~ Michael’s Stores

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Writing Children’s Books with Pegi Deitz Shea Dr. Seuss, Judy Blume, John Green, Shel Silverstein. Who can forget the joy of reading a book as a child? Do you want to capture that feeling of discovery and excitement for a new generation of readers? We want you to write for children and teens! Pegi Deitz Shea will show you the range of children’s fiction, nonfiction and poetry, help you write your book, and teach you how to use constructive critique to improve your skills. Come away from the course with at least one manuscript ready to submit to an agent or editor. $300 for the 6 week course. ~ Hartford

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Monday, April 25th – Wednesday, April 27th:

Monday – Tuesday at 6:35pm and Wednesday at 10:35am: New Britain Bees versus Long Island Ducks Monday: Fans will attempt to match the last six (6) digits of their driver’s license against the VIN of a featured vehicle. If they match, that lucky fan will win $20,000! Tuesday: Fans purchasing tickets to any Tuesday home game can receive a special buy one, get one free offer by entering the promo code “BOGO” when buying tickets online on the day of the game (max four total tickets per transaction). Wednesday: Throughout each Wednesday home game, the Bees will designate a specific occurrence during each inning. If the event occurs during that inning, one lucky fan will win $10,000! Simply sign up at the Bees Ticket Window on the concourse to be eligible to win. Wednesday: School Day Game The first Bees’ School Day Game with a special 10:35am start time!

Tuesday, April 26th:

7:30 – 9:30am: 2016 STEM Achievement Awards Breakfast Join the Connecticut Science Center as we present the awards for achievement in STEM innovation & education to: Jonna Gerken of Pratt & Whitney, Walter Nakonechny of the Jackson Laboratory and Connecticut Invention Convention in recognition for their outstanding contributions in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and STEM education in Connecticut. Networking breakfast is from 7:30 – 8:30am and the Awards Presentation is from 8:30 – 9:30am. ~ Hartford

9:30 – 10:30am: Healthy Eating with Lisa Lynn & Stew Leonard’s Join celebrity fitness and health expert Lisa Lynn for a healthy cooking class for kids at Stew’s Newington store on April 26th at 9:30 am. Lynn will read her best seller “The I Love My Body Book” which helps kids build self esteem and love the body they are in! Kids will get a copy of the book and hands-on experience preparing nourishing snacks including strawberry gelato and veggie spaghetti. Ages 2-5. $15 per child. ~ Newington

10:30am: Where My Feet Go Meet Little Panda. He’s awake and ready for adventure. But where do his feet go? Do they walk a normal street? Or is there more out there than meets the eye? Maybe a tree branch can be a shaky bridge. A sandbox a desert. There’s a whole world to explore! ~ Enfield

6:30 – 8:30pm: Floral Class – Boho Arrangement Customize a floral arrangement with a wooden letter and blooms of your choice. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $59. ~ Michael’s Stores

7pm: The Statesman & The Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain & The Rise of American Imperialism with author Mark Zwonitzer In the tradition of the bestselling historical works of David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Stephen Ambrose, and Walter Isaacson, award-winning documentarian Mark Zwonitzer brings two extraordinary American figures–and friends–into the spotlight at a time when their country was taking center stage in the world. John Hay, famous as Lincoln’s private secretary and later as secretary of state under presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, and Samuel Langhorne Clemens, famous for being “Mark Twain,” grew up fifty miles apart, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in the same rural antebellum stew of race and class and want. This shared history helped draw them together when they first met as up-and-coming young men in the late 1860s, and their mutual admiration never waned in spite of sharp differences in personality, in worldview, and in public conduct. In The Statesman and the Storyteller, the last decade of their lives plays out against the tumultuous events of the day, as the United States government begins to aggressively pursue a policy of imperialism, overthrowing the duly elected queen of Hawaii; violently wresting Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines away from Spain, and then from the islands’ inhabitants; and finally encouraging and supporting a revolution to clear a path for the building of the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal. Rich in detail, The Statesman and the Storyteller provides indelible portraits of public figures such as Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge. Stunning in its relevance, it explores the tactics of and attitudes behind America’s earliest global policies and their influence on U.S. actions for all the years to follow. But ultimately it is the very human rendering of Clemens and Hay that distinguishes Zwonitzer’s work, providing profound insights into the lives of two men who helped shape and define their era.

Tuesday April 26th – Wednesday, April 27th:

9am – 5pm: Kid Stuff Tag Sale Donate toys, books, games, bikes, sporting equipment, clothes…almost anything related to children and in good condition. Bring your items to the museum during normal business hours throughout the month of April.  You will receive a tax receipt and the knowledge that your outgrown items will help to support educational programming at the museum. ~ Manchester

Tuesday April 26th – Sunday, May 1st:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Matilda The Musical The Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Rolling Stone calls the show “hands down the best musical of the season.” Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda has won 47 international awards, and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End. The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of Matilda have done the impossible – triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.” ~ Hartford

Wednesday, April 27th:

11am: Patrick Wants a Dog Join us while we read Patrick Wants a Dog. Activities will follow the reading. ~ Manchester

5pm: American Gothic What did it mean to be “Gothic” in the Romantic Era? How did this manifest itself in America more broadly and Hartford specifically? Lynne Bassett, guest curator of Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion & Its Legacy, explores perceptions of the Gothic and its links to history, religion, nature, imagination, and behavior, in a talk that places a transcontinental movement in local perspective. 5pm: Public Reception & Gothic to Goth Exhibition Viewing. 6pm: Talk. Free and open to the public. ~ Hartford

5:45 – 7pm: The Importance of Social Identity: Embracing Diversity and Difference Do you wonder if you have subconscious biases that affect your workplace interactions? Explore gender communication and social diversity with members of the Emerging Leaders Society for part two of a three-part Professional Development Mini-Series led by ELS member Amanda Denes, PhD., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Connecticut. ~ Hartford

6pm: Author Event with Margaret Ellen Newell In Brethren by Nature, Margaret Ellen Newell reveals a little-known aspect of American history: English colonists in New England enslaved thousands of Native Americans. Massachusetts became the first English colony to legalize slavery in 1641, and the colonists’ desire for slaves shaped the major New England Indian wars, including the Pequot War of 1637, King Philip’s War of 1675–76, and the northeastern Wabanaki conflicts of 1676–1749. When the wartime conquest of Indians ceased, New Englanders turned to the courts to get control of their labor, or imported Indians from Florida and the Carolinas, or simply claimed free Indians as slaves. Drawing on letters, diaries, newspapers, and court records, Newell recovers stories of those enslaved and how they influenced New England society in crucial ways. Indians lived in English homes, raised English children, and manned colonial armies, farms, and fleets, exposing their captors to Native religion, foods, and technology. Some achieved freedom and power in this new colonial culture, but others experienced violence, surveillance, and family separations. Newell also explains how slavery linked the fate of Africans and Indians. The trade in Indian captives connected New England to Caribbean and Atlantic slave economies. Indians labored on sugar plantations in Jamaica, tended fields in the Azores, and rowed English naval galleys in Tangier. ~ Hartford

6:30 – 9:30pm: Spring Fling Drinks, Hors d’oeuvres, Comedian Performance at 7:30pm and Basket Drawing Tickets $65 per person. Ticket includes entrance to Comedian’s performance, hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. Proceeds benefit the Farmington Village Green and Library Association A 501(c)(3) Community Associations. ~ Farmington

7 – 8pm: Connecticut Homes through the Centuries: An Architectural History Architectural historian William Hosley will present Connecticut Homes through the Centuries: An Architectural History. He will talk about how Connecticut’s citizens housed themselves from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and show how home styles, construction techniques and social trends evolved. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. ~ Windsor

Wednesday, April 27th – Sunday, May 1st:

Wednesday at 5:30pm, Thursday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Sedgwick Drama Club Presents: The Lion King Jr Ticket $12.50 for adults and $10 students. Sneak peek dress rehearsal Wednesday April 27th only $5 “Remember your Pride.” Click here to purchase tickets. ~ West Hartford

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{Reoccurs} Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Wit Margaret Edson’s powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize–winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence’s unifying experiences—mortality—while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships. With her first play, Edson has created a work that is as intellectually challenging as it is emotionally immediate. Exquisitely written, affecting and often humorous, WIT follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor as she undergoes an experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research. Recommended for ages 14 and up due to brief non-sexual nudity. Runs until May 8th. ~ West Hartford

Thursday, April 28th:

{Reoccurs} 11 – 11:45am: Arts & Crafts for Preschoolers Come join us for a fun filled creative class that will stir your preschooler’s imaginations. Every week your child will enjoy an hour of creative arts and crafts projects that they will be able to take home and show off to the entire family. Registration is required at least 3 days to the start of the session. Runs until Thursday, May 19th. $30 per child. ~ Farmington

Thursday, April 28th – Sunday, May 1st:

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Friday, April 29th:

7:30 – 8:30am: Friday Morning Bird & Nature Walk Join us for these Friday morning guided bird and nature walks. All experience levels welcome! Bring your binoculars if you have some; otherwise, come 15 minutes early to borrow a pair. Important: please call to let us know you are coming, since walks with insufficient registrants may be canceled. $10 (cash only) at the door. ~ Glastonbury

8am – 5pm: CT Tourism Conference It’s “the” don’t-miss industry event of the year for everyone who’s interested in attracting visitors, guests or attendees: hotels. restaurants, casinos, tourist attractions, entertainment venues, historic sites, cultural and arts institutions. Come share best practices and learn from national tourism and travel experts at this one-of-a-kind conference. Enjoy a day of inspiring and insightful workshops led by national leaders in their fields. You’ll learn how to maximize your investment in marketing, enhance your social media, attract international travelers and group tours, get more media coverage and much more. There’s something for every level of professional across every aspect of the industry! ~ Hartford

9:30 – 11:30am: Playful Learners There will be toddler activities for ages 3 and under, including: gross motor activities geared toward the younger child, special studio workshops each week such as; art, light and reflection, sensory science or music and stories and free exploration of all museum studios and toddler activities. ~ Bristol

5 – 8:30pm: Free Family Fun Night – Mother’s Day Celebration Family fun drop-in activities will be held at the Nathan Hale School Building from 6-7:30pm, and will feature of variety of activities focused around honoring mothers. At the EastSide Neighborhood Resource Center, a Poetry and Dance Workshop will be held from 5pm – 6:30pm, while the Write Out Loud Open Mic will run from 6:45-8:30pm. All are welcome, not just mothers, to both these events which serve as a time of celebration. ~ Manchester

6pm: Webster’s War of the Words is the new definition of dinner and a show! Emceed by NBC CT’s Brad Drazen, our signature fundraiser includes dinner by Rizzuto’s, unlimited beer and wine, and both a live and silent auction. The main event is a lively and interactive word-based game show featuring two teams of local celebrities. Game show host Peter Sokolowski (Merriam-Webster, Inc. Editor at Large) will referee a battle of wits between the Blue Team: Rick Green (Hartford Courant), Jennifer LaRue (Connecticut Explored), and Self Suffice (the RapOet), and the Red Team: Rob Kyff (Hartford Courant), Brad Drazen (NBC CT) and Chion Wolf (WNPR). Tickets are $60 on and after April 25 or at the door. Preferred seating for $75 allows you to sit with one of our celebrity contestants for dinner (advance sale only). ~ West Hartford

6:30pm: Drop In Movie Night Come join us for a showing of Disney’s ‘Inside Out’. Come as you are, or in pajamas with your blanket! Popcorn will be served, but feel free to bring your own snacks if you like! This is event is free and open to the public. ~ East Windsor

7pm: The Cow Who Climbed a Tree Tina is a very curious cow who believes the sky is the limit and anything is possible. She’s always dreaming up wonderful things to do but her sisters think her ideas are very silly. They’d rather eat fresh and juicy grass than go on one of Tina’s crazy adventures. ~ Enfield

Friday, April 29th – Sunday, May 1st:

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Friday – Saturday from 9:30am – 5pm and Sunday from 12 – 5pm: Stand Against Racism The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center has partnered with the YWCA Hartford Region to Stand Against Racism. Join us as together we raise awareness of the interpersonal, social, political, and economic effects of racism and devise action steps to counter racism in our communities. Enjoy the new Stowe Center tour that connects the past to the present and includes a facilitated conversation on contemporary issues surrounding race and discrimination. Let us know what you will do to combat racism! ~ Hartford

Saturday, April 30th:

6:30 – 9am: Fishing Derby 2016 Make the Catch of the Day at Westmoor Park! Admission Tickets $5 only available through the Westmoor Park Office. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Limited to the first 200 entrants, pre-registration required. For children only – ages 5 to 15. No admittance without ticket. ~ West Hartford

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

9am: Hidden Houses is a local art hunt in West Hartford brought to you by the WeHa Artists Emporium. Finders will hunt for house related pieces of art and get to keep them. One piece of art per finder, please. Location will be announced on the day of the hunt. Free event! ~ West Hartford

9 – 10:30am: Natural Lawn Care The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) and Winding Trails are teaming up for this timely workshop. Aimee Petras, the Education & Outreach Coordinator at the FRWA, will present this program that covers how to manage your lawn without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. We will outline the steps you need to take including getting a soil test through mowing techniques. Additionally, we’ll delve into common lawn problems such as grubs and thatch. Miss Judy will have some family activities after the workshop to discover what can happen to a watershed that has runoff from lawns which receive too many nutrients. ~ Farmington

9am – 5pm: The Simsbury Flea and Smorgasbord is an outdoor flea market featuring antique dealers, arts and crafts, jewelry, home décor, and vendors. There will also be a Food Truck Festival with some of the best food trucks in CT, live music and other entertainment at the Simsbury Meadows. Come out for a fun day of shopping, eating, music and more! Admission is $3, Kids are free. Free parking. ~ Simsbury

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10am – 3pm: 26th Annual Earth Fair Our Earth Fair is a family oriented, environmentally educational day with a wide variety of displays, activities, demonstrations, booths, entertainment and of course, baked goods, food and drink!  See snake,  live birds of prey and falconry demonstrations and a performance of selected scenes by the children’s theater group Peter Pan Players ~ Glastonbury

10am – 4pm: Annual Spring Fair! Live music, nature hikes, live animals, pond discovery, carnivorous plant display and more! Bristol Gem and Mineral Club will have exhibits and will be on hand to identify your rocks, minerals and fossils. ~ Bristol

10am – 4pm: Simsbury’s Innovation Fair A day full of engaging and educational activities for the whole family taking place in three great locations. Simsbury Public Library Innovative activities and exhibits at Simsbury Public Library. Simsbury High School Demonstrations and Exhibitions of current student projects in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) classes. Simsbury Historical Society Demonstrations in Innovation. ~ Simsbury

10am – 4pm: House Tour Get the inside scoop on three centuries of house-construction in Windsor by visiting six homes representing the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Informed guides will point out interesting architectural features in each home and you will be able to see how homeowners have creatively and beautifully adapted historic features of their homes to fit modern life. By purchasing an advance ticket for $30, you will save $5 from the day-of-tour ticket price of $35. ~ Windsor

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11am: Night at the Stadium Storytime A baseball stadium comes to life in this magical picture book written by Phil Bildner and illustrated by Tom Booth from the publishing imprint of legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter. Join us for Storytime featuring Night at the Stadium. ~ Barnes & Noble

12:30pm: Floral Tea Celebrate the 35th Annual Fine Art & Flowers with an elegant afternoon tea in the splendid Morgan Great Hall. Tickets include admission to the museum during Fine Art & Flowers, gourmet sweet and savory finger foods, various Bigelow teas plus a selection of premium teas provided by The Green Teahouse of West Hartford, choice of one mimosa or bellini, NoRA Cupcakes, performances by CT Lyric Opera, and a special gift from the museum! Advanced reservations are required. Tickets are available online only, click here to purchase. Parties will be seated together, but may be combined at tables with other guests as needed. Floral Tea guests should visit the Museum Shop to receive their complimentary edition of French Eighteenth-Century Porcelain at the Wadsworth Atheneum, an illustrated, hard-cover catalogue exploring one of the museum’s most prized collections. ~ Hartford

1 – 4pm: Celebrate Charter Oak A chance for former students and members of the community to share memories about their experiences at Charter Oak and see their old favorite spots before the move to the new building. ~ West Hartford

1 – 5pm: Exploring Prenatal Yoga: Asana, Education & Community First pregnant students and trainees will participate in an effectively structured, modified, and dynamic prenatal yoga class. Students will explore how asana, education and community can enhance the pregnancy and birth experience. Class includes “circle time”, prenatal vinyasa flow and an emphasis on pelvic floor toning and pregnancy-safe abdominal work. After a short break, class focus shifts to a didactic experience, answering questions and offering guidance. Discussion will include the importance of a well-aligned pelvis and pelvic floor for easier delivery, ways to encourage optimal fetal position, and crucial anatomical cues for pregnant students. Trainees will leave the workshop with the confidence to welcome pregnant students in to their classes, with a better sense of connection and an improved set of tools. Appropriate for women at any stage of pregnancy, prenatal yoga teachers/trainees, and health care professionals. No experience necessary. ~ West Hartford

1:30pm: Monogram T-Shirt Learn to trace, cut and color then transfer artwork to a T-shirt. Intended for children 5 years and older. Supplies are required for this class. ~ Newington

4pm: The Barnes & Noble Tabletop Gaming Meetup! Gather your friends and come in to check out the featured games and giveaways (while supplies last). ~ Barnes & Noble of Farmington, West Hartford and Glastonbury

5pm: The Barnes & Noble Tabletop Gaming Meetup! Gather your friends and come in to check out the featured games and giveaways (while supplies last). ~ Manchester

6pm – 12am: Boogie for Books Dance-A-Thon Don’t Miss a Beat! Emerging Leaders Society presents its first annual Dance-A-Thon! Join our Emerging Leaders Society by helping to improve education for children in our community. Individual participation and fundraising goals begin at $60. At the event, you’ll put on your dancing shoes and show off your best dance moves! No prior dance experience is needed. Event highlights include: 5 DJs and Emcee by My Life Your Entertainment, food by Black Bamboo and NoRA Cupcake Company. cash bar, lip sync battle, team dance off, open mic, drawings, Microsoft’s Kinect and Dance and Dance Revolution. Enter the Boogie for Books drawing for a chance to win gift certificates to. ~ Hartford

Saturday, April 30th – Sunday, May 1st:

9am – 2pm: Kid Stuff Tag Sale Find great deals on gently used kid stuff and help to support the museum at the same time. You will find tables and tents at the museum filled with everything you need for summer fun. You are likely to find the best selection on Saturday, but everything is 50% off on Sunday. You might decide to come both days! ~ Manchester

Saturday from 9am – 12pm and Sunday from 11am – 3pm: Open House Come in and play for free! My Gym invites you to explore our immaculate, state-of-the-art facility. We’ll have games, music, puppet shows, prizes, raffles, and more! ~ Enfield

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Sunday, May 1st:

8am – 2pm: Fishing Northeast’s Inaugural Casting with Kids Fishing is a fun, passionate outdoor activity that Fishing Northeast believes everyone should get the chance to learn and enjoy. This is an all inclusive event for the kids of Connecticut to learn hands on the workings of a fishing rod, reel, and all different types of tackle and bait. Fishing Northeast will be teaching all the basics, from tying a hook and casting, proper fish handling, to conservation and the importance of taking care of our fisheries. All gear the kids are given to learn on will be theirs to keep (while supplies last) in hopes of developing a lifelong hobby and ensuring the positive future of our fisheries. Center Springs Park is completely handicap accessible with many access points to the water. We want to teach any child that is willing to learn! This event is absolutely free. We will also have hot dogs, juice and water available to kids free of charge. ~ Manchester

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10am – 3pm: Pequabuck River Duck Race Craft Fair starts at 10am, block party at 11am. Food, vendors, children’s games, DJ, crafts and more. Duck Launch is at 2pm. $5 per ticket. Tickets will only be on sale at Nuchie’s Restaurant in Forestville and at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce ~ Forestville

1 – 2:30pm: Tea Tour Take a tour the ca.1720 historic house with knowledgeable guide, then enjoy traditional tea and weets in the Colonial-era Whitman Tavern. ~ Farmington

1 – 3pm: Camp Shalom Open House Meet administrative staff, tour the facility, family activities and refreshments. Rain or Shine! ~ Windsor

1 – 3pm: Touch-A-Truck Public Safety Day There will be plenty of trucks and other vehicles for you to explore on what is always one of the best days at Winding Trails. No registration required. Free. ~ Farmington

3:15 – 4pm: WHY Kids Yoga Brings the basics and benefits of yoga to your little ones as they have fun with “downward dog”, “tree”, “cobra” and more. A safe space for your kids to move and breathe, led by a yoga instructor specifically trained to work with youngsters and their needs. Calms and centers the growing body and mind. Ages 4 – 8. $10 per child. ~ West Hartford

4pm: Mister G in Concert Have a rocking good time celebrating PJ Library’s 10th birthday! Mister G, the 2015 Latin Grammy Award winner for his new children’s cd, will have everyone on their feet singing and dancing with his funky, fun music. $5 per child, $8 per adult in advance. $8 per child, $10 per adult at the door. ~ West Hartford

6:30pm: Rigoletto Connecticut’s most performing opera company, the Connecticut Lyric Opera returns to Infinity Hall to present “Rigoletto.” The fully staged production of Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece will feature The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro Adrian Sylveen. ~ Hartford

We are looking for one undercover mother in each city and town of Hartford County to help spread the word about our wonderful community resource and to help us find more fun things to do where you live. Inquire today!

April 11 – 17

We put the ♥ into where you live! Scroll below to find what to do and where to go this week in Hartford County! We are looking for one undercover mother in each city and town of Hartford County to help spread the word about our wonderful community resource and to help us find more fun things to do where you live. Inquire today!

Monday, April 11th:

10am – 2pm: Aeromodeling Workshop Fun Build and fly an AMA Delta Dart model airplane with help from our expert aeromodelers. Requires the purchase of a $5 Delta Dart kit. Modelers must be age 10 or older. ~ Winds♥r L♥cks

2 – 3:30pm: Cupcake and Canvas! Join us for a painting session! Today we will be painting a froggy themed canvas and then hop over to decorate frog themed cupcake! Ages 6-12. $20 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

Monday, April 11th – Tuesday, April 12th:

1 – 1:30pm, 2 – 2:30pm and 3 – 3:30pm: Captain and Mrs. Howard are at Home and Request the Honor of Your Presence History truly comes alive as you visit Windsor Historical Society’s Strong-Howard House museum and meet Captain and Mrs. Howard in their 1810 home.   Costumed actors portraying this historic couple will welcome you into their newly renovated historic house, where yes, you CAN touch everything!   Performances vary depending on audience interests and interactions.  Pre-registrations necessary since space is limited inside the house. Contact the Society at 860-688-3813 to make your reservation now!  Walk-ins will be accommodated only as space allows. Cost: $10. ~ Winds♥r

Monday, April 11th – Friday, April 15th:

9am – 12pm: Wildlife Wakes Up! How do animals know that spring has arrived? Join us for a week of morning fun & exploration in forest field and pond. Spend vacation mornings looking for wildlife at Roaring Brook Nature Center. $40 non-members. Pre-registration with payment is required. ~Cant♥n

10am – 5pm: The Connecticut Science Center will be open daily for April School Vacation (April 9–24) from 10AM to 5PM. Enjoy 165+ hands-on exhibits including the newest blockbuster traveling exhibit in our Saint Francis Care Traveling Exhibit Gallery, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. Be sure to check out our 3D movies and Vacation Exploration Camps, too! Plus, the first 25 kids who visit each day between April 11 and 15 will receive a complimentary premium item from Disney’s The Jungle Book, in theaters everywhere April 15. Please note: no purchase necessary, one item per child while supplies last. Click here for more info. ♥ford

1 – 4pm: Name that Nest! Many animals are busy preparing nests for the season ahead.  Find the hidden nests around the Nature Center. Join us for a guided spring hike through Werner’s Wood each afternoon at 2 pm. Guided hike free with admission to the Nature Center. ~ Cant♥n

Tuesday, April 12th:

9:30am: Music Together Demo Class This is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this important family music experience. ~ Uni♥nville

10am – 3pm: Paper Boomerangs Discover the science behind how boomerangs fly and build your own boomerang to take home. ~ Winds♥r L♥cks

2 – 4pm: Spring Break Vacation Program: A Day in the Life of a Native American Kids discover what growing up was like in early Native American Connecticut. Help out with a corn-grinding chore, try to “paddle” in a dugout canoe, and play a traditional Native American game. This drop-in program is free with general admission. ♥ford

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5:30 – 10:30pm: Benefit Night at Flatbread Restaurant Bring family and friends for dinner at Flatbread Restaurant in Canton and a portion of your bill will be donated to the museum. There will also be a “teacup auction” to tempt you. All proceeds will go to the museum’s programs for children and youth. ~ Cant♥n

6 – 8pm: Silly for Soft Pretzels! Today we will focus on creating some scrumptious homemade soft pretzels! We will create mini-pizza pretzel bites, dessert pretzels, traditional salted pretzels, and a cheesy sauce for dipping!  In addition, we will whip up some homemade lemonade to wash everything down! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

7:30pm: Evenings@7: The Boys in The Band offers free presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these one night only performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists.  This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. ~ Manchester

Tuesday, April 12th – Thursday, April 14th:

10:30am – 12:30pm: The Crazy Creatures of Salvador Dalí: Puppetry Workshop with Joan Shackford Looking for something to do this April Vacation Week? Immerse yourself in the wild and wonderful world of Salvador Dalí with puppeteer and teaching artist Joan Shackford! In this three-day session, you’ll create a surrealist puppet inspired by this famous artist’s fantastical creatures, and then bring it to life in a performance for family and friends in our new ArtLab Theater. ~ New Britain

Tuesday, April 12th – Sunday, April 17th:

{Last Call} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Sex with Strangers Olivia is an attractive 30-something with a writing career that never took off. Ethan is a young writer whose online journals of “sexcapades” are the buzz of the blogosphere. As their attraction heats up, both confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing yourself when the past is only a click away. This show contains two characters with intense physical chemistry. 2 hours (including intermission). $40-65 per tickets.  ♥ford

Wednesday, April 13th:

10am – 3pm: Pinwheel Helicopters How do pinwheels spin? How do helicopters fly? Learn how by building your own pinwheel helicopter. ~ Winds♥r L♥cks

11am- 2pm: Work Together Wednesday We will begin working together to create a collaborative recycled sculpture using a variety of materials. We are looking for a donation of plastic, wood, and metal. Bring your imagination and help us build our sculpture that will culminate at our Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23. ~ Brist♥l

12 – 1pm: Stowe Salons at Lunch meet monthly at Noon. We’re talking about social justice issues making news.Check back later for the topic to be discussed. Please join us and share your perspective 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.  ♥ford

2 – 4pm: Spring Break Vacation Program: A Day in the Life of a Patriot Kid Join the Patriot cause and see what growing up was like during the Revolutionary War. Help the Continental Army win the War of Independence by decoding a Patriot spy’s letter and making provisions for soldiers. This drop-in program is free with general admission.  ♥ford

3 – 4:30pm: Kids Favorite Breakfast Cereal Recipes! Who doesn’t love breakfast cereal! Today we will be making Lucky Charms crispy treats, Fruity Pebbles cookies and Cocoa Krispies peanut butter bars! Parents note: peanut butter will be used in today’s class. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

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6 – 8pm: STEAM: A Catalyst for Entrepreneurial Innovation A panel dialogue about fostering creativity in our everyday lives through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) moderated by Steven Dahlberg. Leonardo da Vinci epitomizes interdisciplinary, creative thinking and doing. He was able to imagine and visualize what is “not yet” and bring those ideas to life. He married art and science, as well as the natural world, with technology. Discover the accomplishments of individuals who work at the crossroads of creativity, community, science, and innovation and explore how to bring da Vinci’s creative genius into our everyday lives. Panelists include Kate Emery, CEO of reSET Social Enterprise Trust, and Founder & CEO of the Walker Group; Rich Hollant, Founder & CEO of CO:LAB; and Manon Cox, President & CEO of Protein Sciences. Tickets are $15 for Connecticut Science Center members, students, and seniors, or $25 for non-members; ticket includes admission to reception with light refreshments, one drink ticket, and panel discussion.  ♥ford

7:30pm: An Encore with The Reformed Whores Music & Comedy Duo After taking Hartford by storm with their sold-out engagement last year, Country-Western comedy duo The Reformed Whores return to the scene of the crime at The Mark Twain House & Museum on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30pm.  Hot on the heels of their debut album Ladies Don’t Spit, these two low-brow sweeties have unleashed their new album, Don’t Beat Around the Bush.  Obviously, this show is for (im)mature older audiences! To learn more and hear samples of their music, visit their website. Tickets are $20.  ♥ford

Wednesday, April 13th – Sunday, April 24th:

{Reoccurs} Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm: Having Our Say 103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany were the daughters of a former slave, grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance, and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist, respectively. While they make dinner to remember their father’s birthday, the two sisters tell us the story of the last century, as they lived it. History at its most immediate, and poignant. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Running time: 2 hours, including 2 intermissions. Runs until Sunday, 4/24.  ♥ford

Thursday, April 14th:

9:30am – 5pm: Artsy Thursday Our Art Studio will be stocked with lots of creative collage materials and famous artist inspirations.  Try your hand at painting on real canvas, and sign out a digital camera at our front desk to document your visit through photography.  ~ Brist♥l

10am – 3pm: Constellation Viewers Discover the secrets of the night sky, learn the history of constellations, and build your own paper portal to the stars. ~ Winds♥r L♥cks

11am: Volunteer Recruitment Open House Join our sterling group of volunteers! The Mark Twain house is currently looking for volunteers to help in various capacities within the museum. If you are looking for a challenging and engaging volunteer opportunity, The Mark Twain House & Museum might be the perfect match for you. We are always looking for volunteers and interns with the following skills: graphic design, videography and editing, record-keeping/filing, customer service and organizational skills.  ♥ford

12 – 1:30pm: Basket Challenge! Join us on your day off as we challenge our young chefs to a basket challenge!  Kids will have the opportunity to create recipes out of our selected items that will be revealed at the beginning of the class! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

2 – 4pm: Spring Break Vacation Program: A Day in the Life of a Factory Kid Explore the life of a kid growing up during the Industrial Revolution. See what immigrating children might have brought with them when they moved to Connecticut, try out a 19th-century factory job, and play with old-fashioned toys. This drop-in program is free with general admission.  ♥ford

7pm: Skygazing Celebrates ‘Reach as High as You Can’ Day Begin the evening with a variety of hands-on activity stations suitable for all ages that will have you exploring different ways to reach new heights–mentally and physically! Watch the sunset from the ridge atop Talcott Mountain and experience an enlightening tour of the night sky in the Captain Alan M. Bean Hypospherium (planetarium). Cap the evening off by skygazing atop Talcott Mountain and enjoy the best evening appearance of Mercury this year! With a wide array of telescopes at our disposal, we’ll also look for stars and other celestial gems. Tickets are $8. RSVP. ~ Av♥n

7 – 9pm: Music Series The HBH Band kicks off the first of the Barnes Nature Center Music Series and features our Director Scott Heth on the keyboard, Drummer Jay Bradley and Vocalist Wanda Houston. Their music covers a wide variety of styles including Jazz, Blues and old-style R&B. Join us for an intimate evening of soulful ballads, up temp swing, and sizzling blues. BYOB. Admission $10 per person. ~ Brist♥l

Thursday, April 14th – Saturday, April 16th:

Thursday – Saturday at 8am: First Robotics New England District Championship Culminating an intense season of qualifying events in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, 64 high school teams prepare to face off in the 2016 FIRST Robotics District Championship taking place on April 15-16. The event is free and open to the public. Teams participating in the NE FIRST New England District Championship Event have been working intensely since January 9 to design, build and program robots they then competed with in this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition game, FIRST STRONGHOLD. In FIRST STRONGHOLD, two alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. The New England District Championship will determine the NE FIRST champions and the 34 teams that will represent New England at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis at the end of April. ♥ford

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm: Realish Housewives of West Hartford Call your best frenemies now and get tickets for this performance brimming with brawls, booze, and Botox. The Realish Housewives are fully loaded and ready to take on West Hartford…washed down with a big gulp of prosecco. Get ready for loony ladies Rovanka, Claudia Louise, Gwen, Desiree, Brooke and your host Randy to take on the current events and people making headlines in your hometown. The audience even gets in on the act! This is one reality trainwreck that’ll leave you laughing ’til you cry your false eyelashes off!  ♥ford

Thursday, April 14th – Sunday, April 16th:

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Friday, April 15th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30 – 12:30pm: “The Jungle Book” Release Party! “The Jungle Book” is being released today in theaters! In celebration, we will create some jungle themed recipes.  We will decorate monkey and giraffe cupcakes along with paw print cookies and tiger tails! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class. Ages 2-5. $15 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

9:30 – 11:30am: Family Friday We are celebrating families who are at the heart of supporting our youngest learners.  Bring in some family photos and create your very own family tree that you can take home. Everyone receives 1/2 price admission form 9:30am-11:30am.  Join us for a special family lunch from 11am-1pm for $3 per person. ~ Brist♥l

10am – 3pm: LEGO Flying Machine Contest Back by popular demand! Create a fantastic fantasy flying machine and enter to win a prize from our Wings ‘N Things Gift Shop. Contestants need not be present to win. ~Winds♥r L♥cks

2 – 4pm: Spring Break Vacation Program: A Day in the Life of a Groovy 70s Kid Learn what it was like to grow up in the groovy 70s! Try out different toys and games, help out with chores in a 1970s kitchen, and make your own hippie-inspired craft to take home. This drop-in program is free with general admission.  ♥ford

5 – 6pm: “The Jungle Book” Release Party! “The Jungle Book” is being released today in theaters! In celebration, we will create some jungle themed recipes. We will bake and decorate monkey and giraffe cupcakes along with paw print cookies, tiger tails and frozen banana treats! Pizza will be served for dinner! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

6 – 8pm: Everyday Genius: How Leonardo da Vinci Can Spark Our Creativity Join us on Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday and celebrate National Creativity Week with us! Work with Steven Dahlberg to take on da Vinci’s worldview, asking “what if?” Redefine your problems and brainstorm creative solutions. Apply creative thinking to bring your projects and dreams from ideation to invention. Bring imagination, a desire to learn, and openness to new ways of thinking. You’ll leave with new creative thinking skills, tools, and resources to apply to your life and work. Steven Dahlberg is director of the Connecticut-based International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, a firm dedicated to applying creativity to improve the well-being of individuals, organizations and communities. Dahlberg has more than 20 years of experience promoting and teaching creative thinking and problem solving in the United States, South Africa, Europe and Asia. Tickets are $25 for Connecticut Science Center members, students, and seniors, and $35 for non-members. Ticket includes workshop and materials, admission to reception with light refreshments, one drink ticket, and entry to the traveling exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. ♥ford

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7:30 – 9pm: Owl Prowls Listen and look for barred owls and other nocturnal creatures along our trails. This hike is not geared for very young children. $7 non-members. Pre-registration is required for this program as space is limited. ~ Cant♥n

Friday, April 15th – Sunday, April 17th:

{Reoccurs} Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Company Hilarious, resonating and thoroughly enjoyable, the Tony-winning musical comedy Company, book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, debuted in 1970. Featuring some of Sondheim’s best-known songs, the original production was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and won six! It is his 35th birthday, and Bobby is still single, unable to commit to a serious relationship though he is clearly desirous of one. Enter five couples—all at different stages of marriage—who are his best friends, and three girlfriends. In the hilarious array of interactions, Bobby has to consider one of life’s greatest questions: “What’s it really all about?” Company, one of the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships, is stylized as a concept musical, composed of short vignettes following no specific chronological order but all linked back to Bobby’s 35th birthday party. With a quirky, funny storyline, a refreshingly different approach, and some of Sondheim’s best work in musical comedy, Company is sure to light a spark in your lives this April. Runs until April 24th. ~ Manchester

Saturday, April 16th:

9am: Reid’s Run is a 5-kilometer run and walk through the pristine woods of Winding Trails in Farmington, Connecticut. Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to run in the trail race or take in the scenery on the non-competitive walk. Please be prepared for weather and ground conditions that are common to trail runs, as this event takes place rain or shine. Registration opens at 8:00am with music and refreshments. The run and walk start at 9:00am, and are followed by an awards ceremony in the outdoor amphitheater featuring age category awards and prizes. Reid’s Run is a wonderful, rewarding celebration that you will enjoy whether you are a serious athlete or simply enjoy the outdoors, supporting a wonderful cause. ~ Farmingt♥n

10am – 12pm: Felted Labyrinth Create a felted finger labyrinth, an effective meditation tool – both in creation and use, through instruction on the technique of needle felting with wool roving. Workshop fee: $30; materials fee: $10. RSVP. ~ Winds♥r

11am: Don’t Touch This Book Storytime Larry the lovable monster from Don’t Push the Button! is back with another hilarious, interactive adventure! I know what you’re thinking: this is a pretty cool-looking book. But… Don’t Touch This Book (Don’t even try it.) Join us for Storytime featuring Don’t Touch This Book! Coloring and activities to follow. ~ Barnes and N♥ble St♥res

11am – 3pm: Creative Classes Open House Learn about upcoming classes and events, meet our talented instructors, take advantage of a special deal, and register early for Camp Creativity. ~ Michaels St♥res

1 – 2:30pm: All About Amphibians! Join us and discover the exciting world of frogs and salamanders. Weather permitting we will go out with nets in hand and visit our pond. Non-members $8. ~ Cant♥n

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6pm: Mark My Words: An Evening with Larry Kramer Larry Kramer is an American playwright, screenwriter, public health advocate, and gay rights activist whose confrontational style of advocacy, while divisive, was credited by many with catalyzing the response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States. He’ll be in conversation about his life, his work, and his latest book The American People: Volume 1: Search for My Heart: A Novel a book he has been working on since 1981, and which was finally published as a novel in 2015. In the book, Kramer asserts that many iconic American historical figures, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Mark Twain, were gay. To learn more about Larry’s background click here. This event will be followed by a book sale and signing. Tickets are $25. ♥ford

6pm – 8am: Overnight Excursions at the Connecticut Science Center: Inventing Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the Connecticut Science Center at night? Find out at our next Overnight Excursion! Explore our 10 exhibit galleries and settle in for the night at your favorite exhibit. You’ll experience exciting science challenges and activities, meet some of our favorite LIVE animals, see a 3D movie, and more. Overnights are $55 per person and are open to families and groups with children ages 5–12. Click here to learn more about overnights. ♥ford

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7:30pm: Jake Shimabukuro’s Uke Nation In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined an under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed TV audiences on Kimmel and Conan, earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played for the Queen of England! “Uke” can’t miss this chance to catch Jake live, backed by the big-band rhythms of the HSO conducted by Carolyn Kuan! ♥ford

Sunday, April 17th:

10am – 2pm: FVTC Annual Trail Cleanup Day Volunteers will cover a specific 1-mile stretch of the trail starting from one of five staging areas: Brickyard Road in Farmington; Iron Horse Blvd. in Simsbury; the River Trail Pavilion at Route 4 in Unionville; Copper Hill Road in Granby; and Sperry Park in Avon. We are requesting that volunteers bring gloves, brooms, rakes and clippers. All volunteers are invited to a free barbeque after the clean-up at Flamig Farm in Simsbury from 12 – 3pm. The rain date is Sunday, April 24th. ~ Farmingt♥n, Uni♥nville, Granby and Av♥n

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1 – 2pm: Tea Tours Take a tour of the ca.1720 historic house with a knowledgeable guide, then enjoy traditional tea and sweets in the Colonial-era Whitman Tavern. ~ Farmingt♥n

3:30pm: Chocolate Seder Enjoy the highlights of a traditional seder with a chocolatey twist. This program promises delicious fun for the entire family. $18 per family. No walk-ins. RSVP. ~ West ♥ford

Some Bunny, Any Bunny?

In an effort to make every bunny’s life easier, we have created a central place to find all things bunny to do in Hartford County! Check back often as we update on the regular. If we missed an event, let this bunny know.

Daily through March 26th:

Monday – Saturday from 10am – 8pm and Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Photos with the Easter Bunny Stop by Bunnyville in Center Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny March 4 – 26. Photo packages start at just $22. West Farms Mall, West Farms.

Monday – Friday from 11am – 8pm and Saturday – Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Photos with the Easter Bunny Hop on over to visit with the Easter Bunny! Pre-order photos to get double the prints and save. See the Easter Bunny the smart way! Save over 30% on your photo package by pre-purchasing online. Plus, save even more when you make a reservation to visit before March 24. Photo purchase and reservations are not required to visit the Easter Bunny. Friday, March 25, Saturday, March 19 and 26 extended hours from 10am – 9pm. The Easter Bunny may take occasional carrot breaks. Pet Nights: Monday, March 14 and 21 from 5pm – close. Cats and dogs only, please. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester.

Saturday, March 12th:

11am: Too Many Carrots Storytime When Rabbit collects too many carrots which leave him unable to sleep in his cozy burrow, other animals offer to share their homes. Will Rabbit make his way back? Join us to find out at a special Storytime featuring Too Many Carrots. Activities and coloring to follow. Barnes & Noble, Farmington, Canton, West Hartford, Glastonbury, Manchester and Enfield.

2:30 – 4:30pm: Happy Bunny Bring your kids for a step-by-step painting class along with music and lots of fun. We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. The background and heart leaf colors of this fun and whimsical tree can be unique for each painting. Family members joining us can each leave with a unique creation and have a series of tree paintings of various colors to display at home. Our teaching artist will guide you, step-by-step, through the painting and will make sure that you stay on track and complete your masterpiece by the end of class. Our goal is for you to have fun, relax and enjoy – and our teaching artists love to help you make the painting uniquely yours! Doors open at 2pm, instruction begins at 2:30pm. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Monday, March 14th:

4:30 – 6pm: Easter Egg Dying, Basket Decorating and Egg Hunt! Ages 3 – 10. Drop-off. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

Friday, March 18:

9:30 -10:30am and 11:30am -12:30pm: Happy Easter! Toddler Class! It’s that time of year again! Kids will decorate bunny cookies and dye Easter eggs. Each child will also make a recycled bird house to take home! Ages 2-5. Reoccurs on Tuesday, March 22. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult) Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 8pm: Happy Easter! It’s that time of year again! Kids will bake and decorate bunny cookies, make chocolate bird nests, and dye Easter eggs. Each child will also make a recycled bird house to take home! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6:30 – 8pm: Flashlight East Egg Hunt Hop to it. For an Easter Egg Hunt in the dark! Bring the children and a flashlight to the Flashlight Egg Hunt and search for all of the eggs and candy. All children ages 1-12 are welcome. Enjoy an evening filled with joy, arts & crafts and games. Bring your own camera and get your picture with the Easter Bunny! Town Green, Windsor.

Saturday, March 19:

8 – 11am: Breakfast with the Bunny Ticket price includes: Breakfast Buffet, $5 Power Card, and visit with the Easter Bunny! $17.99 per person. Dave & Buster’s, Manchester.

8am – 12pm: Pancake Breakfast with the Bunny The Easter Bunny is hopping his way to the South Windsor Fire Department to make one of his final public appearances before the big day. In addition to a free picture with the Easter Bunny, there will be face painting, kids’ crafts and more. The event is sponsored by the South Windsor Jaycees. South Windsor Fire Department, South Windsor.

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9am and 10:30am: Bunny Breakfast Join the team at Stew’s for a special Bunny Breakfast hosted by the Easter Bunny and his friends! Stew Leonard’s chefs will offer a breakfast of seasonal fruit, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, french toast sticks with syrup, assorted bagels, doughnut holes, and juice and coffee. Each child will receive a complimentary copy of Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim, Easter coloring sheets, and will be able to take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Reservations for the Bunny Breakfast must be made in advance at Customer Service. Adults and children age 12 and over will be charged $9.99/each and children age 11 and younger will be charged $7.99/each. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

11am: When Spring Comes Storytime Spring is in the air … you can smell it, hear it and feel it – and you can read it! Join us to celebrate spring’s arrival featuring the title When Spring Comes. Activities will round out the fun. Barnes & Noble, Farmington, Canton, West Hartford, Glastonbury, Manchester and Enfield.

11am – 12pm: Baby’s First Easter Event Bring your baby in a cute Easter outfit & enjoy activities, giveaways, photo-op fun & more! Plus, learn creative ways to build baby’s first Easter basket. Sponsored by Pampers. Select Babies R Us locations.

1 – 3pm: Easter Egg Canvas Bring your little makers to this family-friendly Easter event to create a one-of-a-kind mixed media art piece. Buy the canvas and the rest of the supplies are free. Michaels Locations.

6 – 7:30pm: Easter Workshop Join us for our Easter workshop! This workshop will be held in 30 minute intervals. Each child will decorate Easter themed cookies. In addition, kids will be able to design and dye Easter eggs to take home. Ages 2-12.  $10 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Sunday, March 20th:

10 – 11:30: Mommy and Me Easter Egg Dying, Basket Decorating and Egg Hunt. All ages. $35. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

1pm: Spring Baking Spring is in the air, and that brings out the baker in all of us. We’ll whip up some sweet treats that will make wonderful additions to your springtime gatherings. We’ll also share tips and tricks that will take your baking skills to the next levels. Time can vary per location. Williams Sonoma Stores.

Monday, March 21:

5 – 8pm: Pet Nights Do you want your pet to have a picture with the Easter Bunny? Here is your chance. Cats and dogs only, please. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester.

Tuesday, March 22:

4 – 5:30pm: Easter Extravaganza Children age 8 and under will be given a map of Stew Leonard’s and a bag to collect Easter treats from costumed characters throughout the store, including Wow the Cow, Cynthia Chick, and Daphne Duck among others. Each child will receive prizes ranging from candy and board games to toys and gift cards.  One lucky child will win the Extravaganza’s top prize: a $200 gift card to Toys R Us! Parents please note: some of the candy included in the eggs may contain peanuts. After the Extravaganza is complete, parents are invited to take photos of their children with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Extravaganza is free to the community. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Friday, March 25th:

9 – 11:30am: Imperial Oil and Plumbing Egg Hunt 9am is for special needs participants. 10am for 2 year olds, 10:15am for 3 year olds, 10:30am for 4 year olds, 10:45am for kids in kindergarten, 11am for kids in first grade and 11:15am for kids in second grade. This is a free event! Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to South Windsor’s Food Bank. South Windsor High School, South Windsor.

10am – 1pm: Easter Egg Hunt Join us for an egg hunt!  Hunt for hidden eggs and trade them in for a prize!  Children’s activities, a small petting farm and games are all included in the admission price.  This is a candy-free event! $5 per child. Barnes Nature Center, Bristol.

11am – 1pm: Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Bunny Visit Children ages 1-10 are invited to participate. One adult is permitted to assist children ages 1-6. Limit of five eggs per child; parents are requested to monitor, observe and take photos, but encourage the kids to find eggs on their own. All participants need to bring their own bag/basket; strollers will not be allowed in the designated egg hunt areas. The Easter Egg Hunt is free with a paid admission. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny and pose for pictures from 11am to 3pm. A variety of activities will be offered including hands-on Build and Fly Challenges, open cockpit experiences aboard real aircraft, aircraft quests, and more! The Museum’s Flight Sim Spot will also be open between 11am and 3pm. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators using real cockpit controls and is suitable for ages 10 and up. The Museum’s Ercoupe full-motion flight simulator built from a real aircraft will also be open between 11am and 3pm. In addition, docents will be on hand to interact with the visitors. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

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Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27:

Friday- Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm: Eggs, Eggs & more Eggs! Scavenger Hunt Spring is the season of eggs – bird eggs, frog eggs, turtle eggs, fish eggs!Help us find them and learn about the animals that laid them.We have scattered egg clues around the trail (if weather permits) or inside the Nature Center for you to find. Scavenger Hunt Map will be sold in Nature Center Store for $2 plus admission to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Saturday, March 26:

10am – 4:30pm: Easter Bunny Fun Day Come and meet the Easter Bunny. How about an Easter Egg with a surprise and create a small craft. Have your face painted or a tattoo perhaps. Try our the bubble and train tables. Ride the trolleys! Children under 2 are $3, Children ages 2-12 are $8, adults $10. Admission includes trolley rides. CT Trolley Museum, Windsor.

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February 1 – 7

Welcome to your 7-day Momecast™ – an event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County; with the kids, without the kids and for the whole family! If you do not mind the drive, check out what to do across the state by visiting our parent site, Momecticut. Does your middle or high scholar like to write? Wouldn’t it be like killing two birds with one stone if they won a writing contest to add to their college application(s) and won their teacher a monetary prize? In addition, for all of the writers in us consider taking your stab at a Haiku for a share to win your partner (or yourself) a massage. The next 7 days features some fun happenings from the CT Kids Expo, to Monster Jam to the Taste Of Hartford. Fill your calendar in with all the fun, not-to-miss happenings in our area. Have a sitter? Consider seeing a show – with so many to choose from; scroll below for more Parent Time Out (our version of the PTO) opportunities. Check back often as we update on the regular.

Announcements:

3rd Annual Haiku Contest: Write a haiku about love by February 12th for a chance to win a free 1-hr massage from Massage Envy in Canton for your sweetie. Need a haiku refresher? It’s a 17 syllable poem in three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables, like this: “Love is in the air Even the chill of winter Can’t lessen the warmth.” Visit Massage Envy’s Facebook fanpage to enter!

My Favorite Teacher Contest: Middle and High School Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English on 8.5″ x 11″ white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Participating schools will collect the essays and provide them to their local Barnes & Noble store representative. Deadline for entries is March 1, 2016. Winners are selected, and the local store and community celebrations begin! If your school is not participating in the contest and you would like your teacher to be considered for the local and regional award as well as the national Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year Award, please submit your signed entry form in person or by mail to your local store. Forms must be postmarked by March 1, 2016 and can be sent to any Barnes & Noble store near you (a complete list of stores is available here). A store representative will ensure it is entered into the pool of entries for the awards.

3rd Annual Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest Recognizing that Samuel Clemens (aka: Mark Twain) began writing at an early age and to encourage other young authors, we welcome submissions for two categories: Adult (age 18 and over at time of submission) at $23 per submission, and Young Author (age 17 and under at time of submission) at $13 per submission. Submissions fees go towards the preservation of The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. This contest is a whole new way for “Twainiacs” to support Mark Twain’s legacy. We thank you sincerely! Your deadline is Sunday, July 10, 2016. Word limit is 7,000 words. Further guidelines and the submission portal will be released on February 1st. Submit your original humorous essays and stories for a chance at a cash prize, and best of all – bragging rights! Last year’s winners took home $3,500+ in prizes.

Monday, February 2:

6am – 5pm: Groundhog Day Prediction The Lutz Children’s Museum is proud to be the home of the official Connecticut state groundhog. Hundreds of dedicated fans gather at the museum each year on Groundhog Day to hear her prediction. The museum will open to the public at 6am on Groundhog Day. Coffee and breakfast foods will be served while we await her arrival at about 6:4am. Admission is free from 6 – 9am. The museum will remain open to the public until 5pm so that everyone will have the opportunity to visit the celebrity groundhog. “Connecticut Chuckles VIII” is approximately three years old. She has lived at the Lutz Children’s Museum since she was discovered injured and orphaned as a baby. Her doctor determined that she would not be able to survive in the wild, opening the door to a new career in meteorology. The Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

6 – 7:30pm: Kennedy Middle School and Zing Fit Zumba are partnering for Zumba for a Cause to raise funds for Planting Pencils. Planting Pencils is the new educational, non-profit organization started by 13-year-old Ishaan Patel of Southington that is dedicated to the right of every child to have access to education. One pencil, one book, one child at a time… We can make a difference together! The class is fun for all ages! 100% of the proceeds will benefit the charity. Registration begins at 5:45 pm. $10 per person. Kennedy Middle School, Plantsville.

Monday, February 1 – Sunday, February 7:

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Taste of Hartford’s winter edition returns January 25 through February 7, with prix-fixe menus at several city restaurants. Participating restaurants will serve multi-course meals (lunch, dinner, or both) for $20.16 to $30.16, depending on the offering. Click here for a list of participating restaurants.

Monday, February 1 – Monday, February 29:

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Tuesday, February 2:

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10:30 – 11:15am: February Family Playtime! Looking for a fun indoor activity to do with your1-5 year old on these cold winter days? Then why don’t you join us for our Family Playtime. This is an open gym forum where children accompanied by a caretaker can explore the many obstacle courses on the floor, the balance beam, the vault, the bars and the pit. Family Playtime is for  children ages 1-5 years of age with caretaker participation. Non-members are welcome. Reoccurs on Tuesday, 2/9, 2/16 and 2/23. $10 per child and $5 for each additional child (in the same family). A general release form is required for non-members. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

3:30 – 4:45pm: Ooey Gooey Science Little Scientists will enjoy lots of sensory play as they make slime and play with goo! Ages 3-5. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, North Canton.

7 – 8pm: Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory The Logbooks: Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory. Come to this thought-provoking presentation by author Anne Farrow who paints a vivid picture of 18th-century Connecticut slave trading, using three long-neglected ship’s logbooks and other primary sources. Farrow explores the idea that if our history is incomplete, then collectively we have forgotten who we are – a loss similar to the dementia her mother battled as Anne was researching and writing this book. $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 members. Snowdate: 2/3, 7-8pm. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

Tuesday, February 2 – Sunday, February 7:

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{PTO} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Buyer & Cellar An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs. An under-employed Los Angeles actor goes to work in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu basement. Hilarity ensues as we puzzle over the solitude of celebrity and the melancholy that lurks beneath it. Runs until Sunday, February 14. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Wednesday, February 3:

{PTO} 6 – 8pm: Cross Country Skiing for Adults Novice to expert, young or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, for an evening of skiing. You have the option of racing others, racing for personal time, or simply skiing for your own fitness. The ski center will be open for your convenience. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Runs until 2/24. $12 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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{PTO} Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Chosen A standing-room-only hit wherever it has played, this award-winning adaptation from the award-winning novel is the story of two boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities—”five blocks and a world apart”—in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the 1940s. Set against the backdrop of WW II, the revelation of the Holocaust, and the desperate struggle of Zionism, The Chosen remains not essentially political or religious but deeply human. This is a story of friendship, family and difficult choices that we must all make on the path to understanding, respect and reconciliation. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Thursday, February 4:

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

9:15 – 10:30am: Messy Bubble Science Who doesn’t love bubbles?  Little Scientists will experiment with bubbles, make art with bubbles, and blow big bubbles! Ages 3-5. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, North Canton.

{Last Call} 4 – 4:45pm: Young Scientists Join us to explore the mysteries of biology! We are about to dive into science and ask questions about the world around us. Using the steps of the scientific method we will answer questions like: how do plants grow? How do animals stay warm outside in winter months? We will explore these questions and many more in Young Scientists! Ages 5-10. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

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7 – 9pm: PJ Library Parents Nite Out Meet up with other PJ Library parents for an evening of friendship. Enjoy a beer on us! Joe Pizza, Simsbury.

Thursday, February 4 – Sunday, February 7:

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{Last Call} Thursday – Friday 8pm: Lint! The Musical Phoebe’s got a problem… No matter where she goes, no matter what she does, she is constantly finding herself in a musical. While this wouldn’t be a problem to some folks, Phoebe tries to escape by taking a job in a laundromat. Everything is fine until one day Phoebe looks up and sees the audience, the lights, everything. Biz, Fab, and Cheer; three muses rise up out of the washers and explain to Phoebe that there is no escaping this musical until she finishes the show and follows the rules to get there. Reluctantly, and with more than a little sarcasm, Phoebe enlists the help of Gary, a pathetic cuckold who was just minding his own business. Jack and Jill enter and the race to finish the musical begins. Along the way, they encounter Heinrich von Baddie, Phoebe’s boss and the representation of villainy in the play. Faced with impending doom (and marriage) Phoebe and her new friends sing themselves through many different emotions and stories, culminating in the classic confrontation of good and evil: a landlord wearing lederhosen and a government agent wearing a jet-pack. Free parking is available in the Chestnut Street garage next to the new police station. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain.

Friday, February 5:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30 – 12:30pm: Mardi Gras Party for Toddlers Join us as we celebrate Mardi Gras at Stew Leonard’s! We’ll make some traditional New Orleans recipes, including homemade beignets and Jambalaya. ages 2 -5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Reoccurs on Tuesday, 2/9. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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5:30 – 8pm: First Friday featuring West End Blend and Bluegrass Pals Held monthly, First Friday offers you the use of our galleries as your backdrop as you enjoy local music, artisans, food, and more. A 10-piece musical group, West End Blend’s eclectic mix of jazz, funk, and soul pays homage to classic sounds while weaving in a distinct strain of contemporary style. The Bluegrass Pals are a duo of vocalist and guitarist Lindsey Fyfe (Hartford, CT) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dan Tressler (Easton, CT). Both performers were raised in musical families in Connecticut and met in the winter of 2014 at The Firebox Sunday Night Bluegrass Series. Their acoustic blend of Americana, folk, and bluegrass is sure to get audiences tapping their toes, swaying to the rhythm, and singing along with a smile. $15 non-Members. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

{PTO} 6 – 7pm: UNCorked! You bring the wine, we’ll provide the glasses, hors d’oeuvres, works by local artisans, raffle items, music and mingling with members of the cast of The Vagina Monologues. Wear red to mark this V-Day event. $25 ticket includes admission to the Friday, February 5th opening night performance of The Vagina Monologues at 7:30pm. Limited space. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

6 – 8pm: Mardi Gras Party! Join us as we celebrate Mardi Gras at Stew Leonard’s! We’ll make some traditional New Orleans recipes, including homemade beignets and fresh Jambalaya. We will also make colorful Mardi Gras cupcakes! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7 – 8pm: Owl Prowl at Earle Park Join teacher and naturalist Kasha Breau for a walk in Earle Park.  Bring your flashlight.  Weather is no deterrent as you’ll have a ‘hootin’ good time calling up the owls. Whooo knows, they may even hoot back. Afterwards, enjoy cocoa, coffee or tea to warm you up. Non-members: $10 per person, $5 children under 12. Proceeds from this event benefit the educational programs of The Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

{PTO} 7 – 10pm: Evening Ski Tour for Adults Skiing under the stars! Does this atmosphere sound good to you? If you answered yes, then you�ll want to join us for this unique program. Weather permitting, fellow skiers will gather the 1st Friday of the month for a special guided ski tour of our trail system. The warmth of a roaring fire, light fareand conversation will follow this nocturnal trek. This program is not for beginner skiers. Weather permitting. $25 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

{PTO} 7:30pm: The MOuTH: “Thanks, But No Thanks: Stories of Rejection” The Mark Twain House & Museum continues “The MOuTH,” a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf. The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country’s best storytellers. Submissions are now open. Here’s how it works: Email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, approximate story length of less than 10 minutes; note – it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!, and a short description of what your story is about. Wolf will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup. “If you don’t get on the list, don’t take it personally!” says Wolf. “It’s our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future ‘Mouth’ event.” There will also be a “Wild Card.” Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked. $5. Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Mardi_Gras_FlyerFriday, February 5 – Saturday, February 6:

{PTO} Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 10pm: The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play, The Vagina Monologues, is a series of monologues about women and their bodies, including texts on sex, love and rape. The Rev. Bridget Fidler  of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Suffield, returns as director, with Adrienne Wakeman as assistant director and Liz Ellsworth as stage manager. Proceeds benefit My Sister’s Place, Interval House and Connecticut Transadvocacy. Doors open at 7 pm Friday and Saturday. $5 – $15. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

Friday, February 5 – Sunday, February 7:

{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Into the Woods James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. One of Sondheim’s most popular works, Into The Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word. $15 per ticket. Simsbury High School, Simsbury.

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Boeing Boeing Bernard, living in Paris, is engaged to Gabriella…and to Gloria…and to Gretchen. With his housekeeper reluctantly playing romantic air-traffic controller, he successfully juggles three gorgeous flight attendant fiancées. But when a new double-speed Super Boeing arrives and changes flight schedules, we quickly learn that one woman is all Bernard can handle! Fasten your seatbelts for the Tony Award-winning comedy! Runs until 2/21. $19 for General Seating. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, Manchester.

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{PTO} 8pm: The Last 5 Years This modern emotionally, powerful and intimate musical chronicles the five-year life of a young couple who fall in and out of love, from meeting to break-up and from break-up to meeting. The Last Five Years uses a unique form of storytelling; Cathy, the woman, tells her story at the end of the relationship and works backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his side of the story from the beginning of the relationship and goes forward. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. It ask the questions can time heal or does healing take time? Runs through 2/13. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin.

Saturday, February 6:

Take Your Child to the Library Day!

5th Annual Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCLD) is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. Launched in 2011 right here in Connecticut by librarians Nadine Lipman (Waterford Public Library, retired) and Caitlin Augusta (Stratford Library) with artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, TYCLD raises community awareness about the importance of the library in the life of a child, and promotes library services and programs for children and families. TYCLD is officially held on the first Saturday in February – but the date is flexible! TYCLD celebrations may take place on any date(s) in February – it’s up to your library.

10am – 1pm: Valentines for Kids Instead of buying your Valentine’s Day cards this year, come to CHS to create old-fashioned, hand-made cards based on Valentines from long ago. Bring your own supplies or use those that we provide. This free program is great for all ages! Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

10am – 1pm: Elmo’s Birthday Bash Come meet loveable, huggable Elmo! Dance and sing in celebration of his birthday! Wear Elmo’s favorite color red and get a prize. The letter of the day is E the number of the day is 3 and the color of the day is Red. Decorate yummy Elmo cupcakes for $2. There will also be a special Sesame Street guest there to help celebrate. Members $5, non-members $10, children under 1 are free. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

12 – 4pm: The 4th Annual Chocolate Expo Chocolate samples, hand-crafted chocolate themed vendors, activities for the whole family. Adults $10, kids (ages 6-11) $3, kids under 5 are free. The Bristol Doubletree Hilton, Bristol.

1 – 3pm: Fun Family Craft Time: Chalkboard Frames Gather your family and friends and join us for an afternoon of fun. We will decorate sweet heart-shaped frames with chalkboard paint and chalk markers, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Supplies are included when you buy the frame. Michael’s locations.

2 – 4pm: Family Winter Survival What do you do if you get lost in the woods in winter? Learn what basic supplies you may need to survive a night outdoors. Includes fire building and shelter construction. Dress for winter weather. Not geared for children under 9. Cost: $7 non-members; $20 per family (non-members). Pre-registration required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

{PTO} 3pm: Boot Camp: Create Your Best Year Ever How many times have you tried to change things? How many years have passed, and with them, your dreams of a healthy and vibrant life? Most disease is preventable, yet only eight percent of people achieve their (mostly health-related) resolutions. It’s imperative that you make this year different. Replace your aggravation with motivation. Learn why your resolutions keep duping you, and how to conquer self-limiting beliefs. Get the plan, challenge, and support you need, so that by this time next year you won’t still be saying “next year it’ll be different.” $40 registration fee includes: tour of store, 10% off store purchases at event, sample T3 workout, create a vision board and war plan, complimentary30 minute Far-Infrared Sauna session ($20 Value) and lots of healthy food samples. RSVP. Talcott Family Chiropractic & TFC Health Foods, Farmington.

Saturday, February 6 – Sunday, February 7:

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10am – 3pm: Love is in the Air Market Our Love Local Market is back just in time for Valentine’s Day! Join us and the The Nutmeg Collective as well as oodles of other awesome vendors for a weekend full of fun and exciting artisan goods for sale. We will be highlighting some of our vendors here on this page to show you some of the amazing goodies that they will be bringing to us. Get Baked, LLC, Windsor.

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Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm: The 12th Annual Connecticut Kids Fair Fun, entertainment, exhibits, prizes and more are what you’ll get at the Connecticut Kids Fair at the Connecticut Convention Center this weekend. Here’s one-stop-shopping for the latest products and services for growing families, including national, state and local companies offering product samples and valuable information. Plus, we’ll present entertainment, celebrity appearances and loads of activities for families with busy babies and toddlers. Click here for a $1 coupon off of an adult admission and to enter our giveaway to get in for free.

10am – 5pm: Winter Wellness Expo Let’s take healthy to a new level! Learn, explore and shop conventional and alternative treatments and therapies and so much more! $5 admission or free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Holiday Inn, Enfield.

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Sunday, February 7:

Superbowl Sunday!

1:30pm: Painting Party Become an artist for a day and paint Winter Pines on an 16×20 canvas. Artist Irene Hilbert will guide you step-by-step in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Bring a friend or two! The cost is $30 per person and its BYOB. Snacks will be provided. Space is limited so reserve your spot. The Blue Dragonfly Gift Shop, Windsor.

2pm: Kids Stamp! Valentines Come with your kiddo(s) and make some super-cute and fun Valentines, great for passing out to friends, plus one super box that makes a cute grandparent or teacher gift. The class fee is $10 and includes 20 valentines (4 of each design) and 1 box. Each valentine has a joke that goes with the stamp on the front and the answer on the back, along with space for kids to embellish and write their names. I will have other animal choices for the box – the tiger is one example. I’ll have some other samples in another week or so, and your child may choose which animal box she or he would like to make. Anne’s Stampede, East Berlin.

2 – 3pm: SuperbOwl While Dad’s watching the superbowl, come and learn all about owls at our SuperbOWL event! The mysterious creatures of the night will make a live appearance thanks to Connecticut Audubon naturalist Kasha Breau along with Mary Beth Kaezer from Horizon Wings. Find out how owls see, hear and hunt for prey in winter. Learn their songs and visit with the live owls. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious ‘owl pellet’ snack. Non-members: $10 per person, $5 children under 12. Proceeds from this event benefit the educational programs of The Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page. These are usually fun activities that reoccur each week or month – we just don’t want to inundate up this page with redundancy – but these are some fun things to do too!

Plan Ahead:

Monday, February 8: 10 – 11:15am: Open Play! We will have gross motor toys, play dough, sensory, dancing and bubbles!  Perfect for little ones age 8 months and up! Drop in!  No need to register, $8 per child, $10 for siblings. Cash only please. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.