Week 12 of 52

Monday, March 20th

Minifigure Swap Monday Bring one of your own Minifigures, or visit the Build a Minifigure station to create and buy new ones! Then, you’ll get to meet up with other fans and trade for new Minifigures. It’s a fun way to switch up your collection! Plus, get one FREE minifigure when you buy a Build A Minifigure 3 pack! Offer available only at the LEGO Store on March 20. Open to kids ages 6-14 only. LEGO Stores

1:30 – 3pm: Homeschool Days Making Maps and Laying Out Landscapes By exploring our featured exhibition Vistas del Sur: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, we will decipher the similarities and differences between map-making and the subject genre of landscape art. In the studio, we’ll then creatively think about map-making, and which aspects of a landscape are important to include as we make our own with pencil, crayon, and marker! $10/child. One adult free with each child registrant, $15 for additional adults, children under 5 are free. New Britain Museum of American Art

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Woven Clutch Learn how to use a loom to weave a stylish tartan clutch. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $54. Michaels

Monday, March 20th – Sunday, March 26th:

Tuesday, March 21st

The Art Room Open House

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5:30 – 7:30pm: Irish Pub Grub You don’t have to be Irish to appreciate this menu. We’ll turn our kitchens into pub-food central with these twists on traditional Irish fare. Menu: Irish Soda Bread, Beef and Cabbage Roll-Ups and Baked Fish and Chips. ShopRite, Bristol

6:15pm: Amore Amari: Love the Dark Side of the Cocktail The word amaro literally means “bitter” in Italian. And that’s just what we are celebrating, to varying degrees. Made by infusing a neutral spirit or wine with a blend of botanicals, Amaro is always aged in either a barrel or a bottle. Each expression uses a very specific recipe of ingredients like herbs, flowers, bark, and citrus peels to create its own unique character, which varies greatly based on where it’s produced. Tempered by adding sugar, some Amari are sweeter than others, but all have an underlying herbal bitterness, creating the intense and refreshing flavor that has made it such a popular drink in Europe, and now is highlighted as a key cocktail ingredient by the modern bartender. While many countries have their own versions of the liqueur, Italy produces some of the best. This menu is designed to highlight the best of both worlds, with Amari cocktails by Anthony DeVito and a pairing menu to match by Chef Michael Touranjoe. $85 per person plus tax and gratuity. Max’s, Glastonbury

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Daisy Floral Arrangement Arrange brightly colored daisies and ranunculus in a container of your choice. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $52. Michaels

6:30pm: A Napa Valley Wine Dinner Dubbed “one of the world’s greatest wineries” by wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr., Shafer Vineyards was established in 1972, by John Shafer. Later joined by his son Doug and winemaker Elias Fernandez, this team has created some of the most iconic and consistent wines to come out of Napa for the past 40 years. We are very pleased to present this selection of current releases, showcased alongside Chef Hunter Morton’s menu. $120 per perosn plus tax and gratuity. Max’s Oyster Bar, West Hartford

Wednesday, March 22nd:

10-11am: Budding Naturalists Preschool children ages 1-4 are not too young to be aware and inspired by the world around them, so start your child on the right foot with a love of nature. As a mom, dad, grandparent or caregiver, you can experience the joy of exploration with your child – a joy you can continue at home. Dress for the weather; we will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. These are the ideal ages for nature to impact the health benefits on children’s brain development, eyesight, and disposition. Studies show that children who spend time outdoors are happier, healthier, and smarter. Reoccurs on 3/29. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

10am – 12pm: Outdoor Adventures Each class will feature an exciting new topic from insects to farm animals. There will be crafts and stories too! Dress to be outdoors in all weather conditions. Child must be 3 and toilet trained on the first day of class. $22 per child. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

10:45 – 11:45am: Stroller Hike These guided nature walks will open new doors to discovery for you and your child to share. Bring a stroller or wagon for a walk outside. Dress to be outdoors in all weather conditions. $11 per parent/child pair, 1/2 price for second child. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

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3:30 – 5pm: After School Nature Club We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child. Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data. Studies show that spending time outdoors increases children’s test scores and creativity, improves focus and is great for their health – plus they will be awed by the world around them. Dress them for the weather; they will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. Students ages 5 -9. Reoccurs on 3/29. $15 per child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

4:30 – 5:30pm: Firehouse Friends Club is a program for preschoolers and features a weekly story, safety topic, and age appropriate craft activity. $7 per day or $30 for the whole series. Participants can register in advance for the entire program or attend as a drop-in on a weekly basis if there is space. Reoccurs weekly until April 26th. The New England Caousel Museum, Bristol

5:30 – 6:30pm: Mix-it-Up is designed for elementary school aged children and each week students will learn a new art technique or material. All art supplies are included and children who register in advance for the full program will receive a free sketch book. $12 per day or $60 for the whole series. Participants can register in advance for the entire program or attend as a drop-in on a weekly basis if there is space. Reoccurs weekly until April 26th. The New England Caousel Museum, Bristol

5 – 7pm: The Changing Face of War: Windsor Responds to World War I Exhibit Opening and Talk This exhibition covers life on the battlefront and on the home front. At its center are six recently-donated recruitment posters, complementing the Society’s rich World War I-era collections of photographs, postcards, correspondence to and from the battlefront, uniforms, and gear. Discover the stories of Windsor residents like Harold Loomer who etched the names of all of the bases where he served onto his mess kit. Hudson Pelton kept the guidebook he was issued, orienting soldiers to Camp Merritt in New York, where he trained before serving overseas. Infantryman Fred Kibbe’s letters document his disillusion with the realities of warfare. When Reverend William B. Cornish died of influenza while serving as a chaplain at Camp Devens, MA, his wife received a black armband with an embroidered gold star and laurels. Their stories and more will show how Windsor residents responded to and were affected by the Great War. View the exhibition, enjoy refreshments, and hear Curator Kristen Wands, Librarian and Archivist Michelle Tom, and Education and Outreach Coordinator John Mooney who will speak briefly at 6pm. Windsor Historical Society

6pm: March Cookbook Club Food, Health and Happiness by Oprah Winfrey On the menu: Garden Greens with Lemon Vinaigrette, Chef Mei Lin’s Turkey Lasagna, and Coconut Lime Sorbet $75 per person includes a copy of Food, Health and Happiness by Oprah Winfrey and a special gift! Williams-Sonoma

6:30 – 8:30pm: ECCS Workshop – Brain Development in Early Childhood The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington is holding this free workshop for parents and childcare providers. Join us to learn about brain development in early childhood. The latest brain research on young children from birth to age 4. Toxic stress and adversity and it’s effect on brain development. Techniques and activities that can be done to support early brain development in home and in the classroom.  Presented by Allison Logan, the Early Childhood Project Manager of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. Childcare will be provided for those who register online in advance. Hatton School, Media Center, Southington

Wednesday, March 22nd – Sunday, March 26th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 1pm, Friday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Jersey Boys This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! Jersey Boys is not recommended for children under the age of 12 due to strong “profane, authentic Jersey” language. The show contains smoke, gun shots, strobe lights, drug references and sexual situations. $22.50-78.50. The Bushnell, Hartford 

Thursday, March 23rd

10:45 – 11:45am: Gentle Touch Learn with your child to approach critters with a “gentle touch.” We will introduce you to the various animals on our farm and in the Discovery Room. $11 per parent/child pair, 1.2 free for additional children. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

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5:30pm and 7pm: To Space and Back The international award-winning To Space & Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. Space — our greatest adventure, is shaping our daily lives. It’s shrinking the world into a gadget that fits into the palm of your hand — but it doesn’t stop there. This is the amazing story of how space exploration is now part of our everyday life. What’s happening above is coming back down to Earth! The show explores the way each of us has been changed by the discoveries made by the international space program. From the devices we use every day to the tools that are breaking new ground in medicine and engineering, we can thank space exploration for making our modern lives possible. Discover how space exploration is shaping your world… discover To Space & Back. Glastonbury Planeterium

5:30 – 8pm: America Rising: The Arts Of The Gilded Age Connecticut filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films return to the NBMAA for the CT premier of their latest film, America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age. This film tells the story of the painting, sculpture, music, and literature of America’s renaissance period and the tremendous outpouring of artistic endeavors that occurred between and related to the deaths of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and Mark Twain in 1910. Employing more than 90 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture by important American artists such as John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Alfred Stieglitz, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, writer/director Michael Maglaras tells the story of the rising of American society through the voices of some of its most creative spirits. $25 for non-members. New Britain Museum of American Art

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6 – 7:30pm: Unpacking Islamophobia What is Islamophobia? How is it harmful? What can we do about it? In the wake of an increase in hate crimes against U.S. Muslims, join the conversation with featured guests: Aida Mansoor, Muslim Coalition of Connecticut; Imam Sami Aziz, Wesleyan University and Common Ground Services; and Vjosa Qerimi, Common Ground Services. Sosical time begins at 5:30pm, Program starts at 6:15pm. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

6 – 8pm: Where are the Women Architects Book discussion, Meet the Author: Despina Stratigakos, Architectural Historian, University of Buffalo Join Despina Stratigakos for an engaging discussion of her new book, Where Are the Women Architects? She will delve into the story of women’s stagnating numbers in a profession that remains a male citadel, and explore how a new generation of activists is fighting back, grabbing headlines, and building coalitions that promise to bring about change. For a century and a half, women have been proving their passion and talent for building and, in recent decades, their enrollment in architecture schools has soared. Yet the number of women working as architects remains stubbornly low, and the higher one looks in the profession, the scarcer women become. Law and medicine, two equally demanding and traditionally male professions, have been much more successful in retaining and integrating women. So why do women still struggle to keep a toehold in architecture? This program is part of the Connecticut Science Center’s Women in Science initiative. Founding Sponsor: Petit Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Voya Financial, and TD Charitable Foundation. Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Members, Corporate Members, Seniors, Students. There will be a cash bar. Admission includes access to the Engineering Earth exhibit and one drink ticket. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

7 – 9pm: Adrianne Greenbaum: “Farewell To the Homeland: Poyln” The 12th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture continues with flutist Adrianne Greenbaum and Fleytmusik performing the program “Farewell to the Homeland: Polyn.” The concert is being presented in collaboration with the UCONN Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. A tiny shtetl in Dubiecko, Poland; three generations of a family klezmer band; post shabbos torchlight parade to Belzer rebbe; 1934 Bar Mitzvah on a boat to America; family members live or die in Holocaust; Jewish music manuscripts found in family violin case. Fast forward to 2009, Adrianne Greenbaum and Sharon Frant Brooks make a miraculous shidduk/shidduch, Greenbaum transcribes the many scribbled pages of music, travels to Poland and performs a few of the tunes at the cemetary, and finally, “FleytMuzik’s” musicians perform these works that were alive in early 19th c. Poland, with the full musical story coming to fruition today. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Friday, March 24th

5 – 8pm: Kid’s Night Out – Carnival Step right up! Come enjoy a TLGT Carnival! After dinner we’ll enjoy some carnival treats like popcorn and snow cones (made with juice, no artificial dyes). We will also play lots of fun carnival games and enjoy bubbles and dancing. Ages 4-10. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

6 – 10pm: Orice Jenkins Hartford native, singer-songwriter, Orice Jenkins’ credits growing up in a Black Catholic church as the source of his love for unorthodox arrangements. Orice’s first love was Hip-Hop. His second love was Jazz. He identifies with soul music above all, but studies classical music. When he allows himself to make music without restrictions, the result strikes a chord in the hearts of all kinds of people and enables him to be on stage with musicians such as Stanley Jordan, Jane Monheit, Eddie Henderson, and Doug Wimbish. Now in his early 20’s, Orice’s new album, “Soar”, branches out to neo-soul interpretations of jazz classics, arrangements of songs written by public figures extending from James Weldon Johnson to Drake and Kanye West, and traditional covers of Stevie Wonder tunes and American Songbook masterpieces. Orice possesses a broad and diverse musical vocabulary far beyond his years that is steeped in the African-American tradition, while leading an equally gifted group of young talented musicians and vocalists. Admission is $15 at the door.

6:30 – 9pm: Dudes’ Night Out Join us in your favorite sports team apparel for sports themed games, march madness brackets, a free photo booth and more! Geared for boys ages 5-12. All positive role models are welcome, not just Dad! $25 per pair, $10 extra guest. Boys & Girls Club of Bristol

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8pm: The 100 Women of Color Black Tie Gala & Awards will celebrate the power of Family, Friends, and the Community as we honor the past, present, and the future. This gala will recognize the contributions that Women in business, education, entrepreneurship, entertainment, government, and service have made to impact the lives of those throughout their communities from Stamford, CT to Springfield, MA. $53.50-68.50. The Bushnell, Hartford

Friday, March 24th – Saturday, March 25th:

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Friday, March 24th – Sunday, March 26th

Friday, March 24th – Saturday, April 15th:


Friday, March 24th – Saturday, April 30th:

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Saturday, March 25th

8am – 11am: Friends of Northwest Park Pancake Breakfast Bring an appetite for a full breakfast of pancakes and sausage smothered in 100% pure maple syrup made right at Windsor’s very own Northwest Park. Refreshment choices include orange juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years of age and children under 3 are free. Northwest Park, Windsor

9am – 3pm: Dinosaurs From chicken-like “compys” to giants who could dwarf your house, dinosaurs are still some of the coolest creatures who have ever lived. We’ll cast tracks, see how they lived, uncover some “fossils” and you’ll get to take home some hand-crafted and decorated paper dinosaurs or dinosaur parts (warning – you may need a bigger refrigerator door!) Grades K-3. $200 for three sessions. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon

9:30 – 11:30am: Intro to English Paper Piecing Have you jumped into the hexie craze yet?! English Paper Piecing (EPP) is a great sewing skill to have, requiring no more than some fabric scraps, thread, needle and paper templates. It’s the perfect project to do in front of the tv or on the go. We’ll learn the basic hexagon shape that’s so popular in Grandmother’s Garden. $45. Hartford Stitch

9:30am – 3:30pm: “Money Matters” Youth Summit is a conference for high school teenagers. Money Matters will feature interactive workshops exploring banking (including electronic banking), applying for auto and student loans, understanding your paycheck and taxes, an introduction to investing, and much more. Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for a checking account. This conference will include breakfast, door prizes, lunch, and many take home lessons about how to manage your money. This program is free and registration is limited to the first 70 people. Windsor Community Center

10 – 11:30am: Installing Wall Tile Get the skills you need to install wall tile. This workshop will show you the tools and supplies you need to install wall tile. Then, an Associate will guide you through developing a plan for tiling, preparing the wall to set the tile in place. Lastly, you’ll see how to mortar in the tile and seal it like a pro. Home Depot

10am – 12pm: Easter Bunny Breakfast Bring the kids to meet the Easter Bunny! We will cook a delicious brunch while families do an Easter craft. The Easter Bunny will drop in for a visit to meet the children and take pictures. This is a great opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny in a small, low-key setting and take some beautiful pictures to show friends and family. $30 per child ($20 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

10:30am – 12pm: Intro to Indoor Rowing Indoor rowing is “the workout you won’t stop hearing about in 2017,” and our community rowing program, Riverfront Recapture Rowing, is doing their part by offering a free intro to erging class. If you’re interested in learning the correct techniques and getting in a great total body, low impact workout, this is the class for you. No experience necessary. $10 suggested donation. Riverfront Boathouse, Riverside Park, Hartford

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11am – 12pm and 1 – 2pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: 100 Years of Connecticut Fashion Whether it is a yellow silk dress worn to Lincoln’s inaugural ball, or a psychedelic maxi dress from the 1960s, our costume collection tells the story of women’s fashion in Connecticut. We’ll share that story with everything from wedding dresses to corsets, but we’ll also explore how women worked to secure their health, freedom, and political participation, a story that shouldn’t be eclipsed by what they wore. 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. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Connecticut Historical Society., Hartford

11am – 2pm: Baby’s First Easter Event Come celebrate with us in store! Bring your little bunny in for fun, free activities, including crafts, ideas for creating Baby’s First Easter basket, giveaways and photo ops! Reservations preferred, but walk-ins are always welcome. Babies R Us

1pm: Citizen Science Workshop: Project BudBurst Join Master Naturalist Lea Kessler Shaw and Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Howard Becker for a workshop, Project BudBurst: People Watching Plants, Contributing to Research. Learn about the project’s goals and procedures, go outside to observe plants in the Center’s native plant garden and beautiful adjacent Earle Park, and learn how to report your observations on the Project BudBurst website. Connecticut Audubon Society Center, Glastonbury

1pm: The Cold War Above and Below Paul Giguere, a former Major with the U. S Air Force and member of the Strategic Air Command, navigator on the B-29 and B-52, and Carl Stidsen, retired Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander of the Titan II Missile Squadron, discuss their personal experiences with nuclear weaponry during the Cold War. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks


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4pm: Celtic Fire! Through a blend of song, poetry and instrumental music, CitySingers of Hartford will celebrate the timeless Celtic soul. A perpetual flame burning in every church and monastery in Celtic Ireland, Scotland and Wales symbolizes a sense of the Divine that is present in all areas of life and nurtures a passion for language, literature and music. Our program brings a broad spectrum of music spanning from ancient Eastern chant to indigenous melody, including sacred and devotional music that have their roots in original folksongs. Selections will reflect not only Celtic music from the British Isles, but melodies originating in the Celtic region of Galicia (northern Spain), Norway and other parts of Europe. Instrumental tunes and accompaniments (including reels and jigs!) will feature Celtic musicians known throughout our region for their mastery of Irish harp, wooden flute, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, concertina, bodhrán, double bass, pipe organ and highland pipes. Devotional poetry focused on daily life rhythms and visual effects will enhance a multi-dimensional experience for descendants from this heritage and those entranced by the Celtic culture. We invite the richness of this tradition to ignite your soul as the Celtic fire burns on… St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford

4-7pm: Pasta Supper Come support your local volunteer fire company and have a great pasta dinner. Adults $8, children $5 (ages 12 and under). Tunxis Hose Company, Unionville

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6 – 9pm: The 9th Annual Wine Tasting Benefit Sample over 50 varieties of wines, spirits & beers! Enjoy live music from Brutunes while eating foods from J Restaurant, Little Mark’s Big BBQ and many more. Meet your favorite radio personality, Rachel Lutzker. This event sells out every year, so plan on buying your tickets early. You must be over 21 to attend this event. $40 per person. Riverfront Community Center, Glastonbury

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Saturday, March 25th – Sunday, March 26th:

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Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm: The Connecticut Spring Antiques Show The annual Connecticut Spring Antiques Show has long been the premier destination for those interested in quality early American furniture and decorative arts. The show, which has continuously attracted serious buyers, is a great venue for novice collectors and visitors interested in learning about the outstanding merchandise offered. Most of the dealers have been exhibiting at the show for years and they are always willing to impart their expertise and passion for Americana. The show’s exhibiting dealers are among the most distinguished and well-known in the industry. Tickets are $15 and are good for both days of the show. There is an on-site tea room and bar and free secure parking. Adults age 35 and under free admission on Sunday.

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Sunday, March 26th

10:30am: Johnny’s Jog for Charity is inspired by the short but powerful life of Johnny Moran. Johnny was born with Wieacker Wolff Syndrome, a rare debilitating condition that affects the central and peripheral nervous systems. Johnny’s spirit of strength and love rose far above his many limitations. His positive attitude toward life affected all who came to know him. The goal of Johnny’s Jog for Charity 5K is to continue to share Johnny’s spirit by bringing the community together with a grand St. Patrick’s Day themed event benefiting 3 local non-profit children’s charities. Blue Back Square, West Hartford

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1pm: The Cold War “Above and Below” Paul Giguere, a former Major with the U. S Air Force and member of the Strategic Air Command, navigator on the B-29 and B-52, and Carl Stidsen, retired Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander of the Titan II Missile Squadron, discuss their personal experiences with nuclear weaponry during the Cold War. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

1 – 3pm: Planning with Michaels We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the creativity and your planner to personalize – and learn how to make a washi tape bookmark. Do you have extra planner gear you’re not using? Bring it to our classroom and share with your fellow makers! Michaels

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moderated by Kenji Yoshino w/ panelists Jacques Lamarre and Dr. Gary Rhule

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January 29 – February 4

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 schooler or high schooler 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 a boating show, to graveyard shift tours, 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. Check back often as we update on the regular.


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.

Friday, January 29:

5:30 – 7:30pm: Kids Night Out Kids will enjoy a night of dancing, play, and art activities while their grown ups enjoy a night out!  A pasta dinner will be served! Ages 4-8. Drop off. $35 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, North Canton.

5:45pm: PJ Library Pasta Shabbat Together we will light the candles and say the blessings over wine and challah to welcome in Shabbat. Enjoy a warm pasta dinner with family and friends. PJ stories will be read. RSVP to Member Services by Wednesday, January 27. $10 per adult; $5 per child. Mandell JCC;  Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

7pm: Biscuit Time for bed, Biscuit! Woof, woof! It’s Biscuit’s bedtime, but this little yellow puppy doesn’t want to sleep. He thinks it’s time to play. Before Biscuit gets into bed, he wants one more thing – a snack, a story, a hug, a kiss. When will Biscuit fall asleep? Barnes & Noble, Enfield.


7pm: SquishyTown Asylum Improv The improv group, which performs short comic scenes without a script (often based on audience suggestions), is made up of eight performers who have previously taken an improv class with the youth theater company. Despite their young ages—ranging from 12 to 16—each of the members have been performing on stage for years. The group describes their improv performances as “crazy,” “pandemonium,” and “both silly and slightly terrifying.” Performances are appropriate for all ages. A donation of $5 is suggested for admission, and tickets will be available at the door only. New Britain-Berlin YMCA, New Britain.

7pm: Projector 1.4 is the final installment of a series that has incorporated the manipulation of light, sound, space, and the human form into performances across the city and state. Using projected images and original scores, the interaction between the dancers, the projected image, and the audience blurs the boundary between performer and viewer. Blending original music, fashion, visual media, light and sound installation with contemporary dance, Hartford-based performance group TNMOT AZTRO‘s Projector series is an utterly unique mix of elements that originate with local artists. $10 per person, $5 students. Also on Sunday at 5pm. Real Arts Ways, Hartford.

7:30pm: LEGO Skyline and Architecture Studio Build Adults and teenagers (ages 14 and up) are invited to help build our new LEGO Skyline in-store display and enjoy a LEGO Architecture build with Architecture Studio bricks afterward. Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Friday, January 29 – Saturday, January 30:

Friday – Saturday from 6 – 9pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter 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. Tickets are $22 for adults; $17 for members; and $15 for children 16 and under (recommended ages 10 and up.) Click here for tickets. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Friday, January 29 – Sunday, January 31:


Friday 12 – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 9pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm: Hartford Boat Show Boats to Fish, Ski, Cruise, Sail and Paddle are all under one roof on two levels. From Center Consoles to Cruisers, Personal Watercraft to Pontoons Find the latest in power options, service centers and marinas, and accessories to take home! Experience a weekend of special events and special characters. Meet authors who share their best in nautical adventures. Let the Annapolis School of Seamanship broaden your boating skills and enter contests that test your boating trivia or your fishing prowess. Fish against your friends and other Show guests to hook Sailfish, Mahi, Salmon, Bass & Trout! Adults and Kids categories. Like to be powered by your own strength? Check out the great selection of paddle sports – new to the Hartford Boat Show! Watch how they work in the new Paddler’s Paradise Demo Pool. Yoga demonstrations, Stand Up Paddling techniques and more. General Admission $10 online. $12 on-site, Dual Day Pass $18 online, $24 on-site. Kids 12 and under are free with an adult. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.


Thursday – Friday 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: 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. Reoccurs on 2/5-6 and 2/12-13. The Friday, 1/29 performance is our Pay What You Can Night. Free parking is available in the Chestnut Street garage next to the new police station. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain.


{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: The Body of an American “If you do this, I will own you forever.” Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson is haunted by the words he heard a dead soldier say as he took the photo that would win him the Pulitzer Prize and reshape American foreign policy. Playwright Dan O’Brien, struggling with ghosts of his own, reaches out to Watson, and the two forge a friendship as they reckon with the traumas that have shaped their lives. The Body of an American is a bold, radically theatrical and poetic true story that ranges from Afghanistan and Iraq to the Canadian High Arctic. Runs through Sunday, January 31. Hartford Stage, Hartford.


{PTO} 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.

Friday, January 29 – Sunday, February 7:


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.

Friday, January 29 – Sunday, January 31:


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. Reoccurs on 2/5-6 and 2/7. $15 per ticket. Simsbury High School, Simsbury.

Friday, January 29- Sunday, January 31 & Tuesday, February 2 – Thursday, February 4:


{PTO} Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm and Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm: 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.

Saturday, January 30:


9:30am – 2:30pm: Daring Daisy Day “Wow, look at all those other Daisies? I’m really a part of something really big!” This is what girls will say at this Level Day. In small groups, girls practice making new friends, try some Girl Scout Traditions, dabble in S.T.E.M., play games, and have fun! Girls will leave with memories, new skills, ideas to continue the fun, and a special patch for the day.Grown-ups, we didn?t forget about you! For half of the event you’ll be with the girls, assisting and seeing what they’re doing. The other half you?ll be able to do your own networking and choose from various workshops. Topics will vary, but will help you guide the girls further in these areas and in life. A snack and patch are included in this event. Bring a bag lunch. $15 girls and $12 adults. Lincoln Culinary Institute, Hartford.

10 – 11am, 11am – 12pm and 1 – 2pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Treasures from the CHS Collection Don’t miss a minute of history on our upcoming Behind-the-Scenes tours. We offer four themed tours, so that every tour covers different time periods and interests. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

{Adults Only} 10am – 12pm: Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic This program is designed for certified CT rehabilitators or people seeking certification who are 18 and up. This clinic will be focusing on birds. We will go over their anatomy, different medical procedures, wing wrapping and wildlife rescue techniques. By invitation only. Call the Nature Center to receive an invitation. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

{Boy Scouts Only} 10:30am – 1pm: Geologist Pin Program for Webelos Scouts The Connecticut Audubon Society in Glastonbury is offering a three hour program on Geology for scouts. Webelos Scouts will earn all the requirements for the Geologist Activity by participating in a 2 or 3 hour program from a BSA National Camp School Certified, Ecology and Conservation Instructor. Scouts will have the experience of matching minerals and to their popular public products based on properties, and many hands on experiences with the materials. This program is limited to the first 15 scouts that sign up. You may bring snacks and lunch but please do not bring peanut or tree nut based foods. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

11am: Groundhog Storytime At this Storytime we will feature two titles Groundhog’s Dilemma and Groundhog’s Day Off. Groundhog’s Dilemma: After Groundhog announces six more weeks of winter, half his animal friends are disappointed, while the other half are excited. Each animal asks Groundhog to make his prediction in their favor the following year. Rather than being truthful about the fact that he just “calls it like he sees it,” he leads them to believe he can control the weather, accepting their gifts of food and favor. On the next Groundhog Day, he finally admits he made promises he couldn’t keep because he was trying to please everyone and makes amends. Groundhog’s Day Off: Every year, people ask Groundhog the same, boring old question. Is spring around the corner? Or are we doomed to more winter? Sure, they care about his shadow, but what about him and his interests? He’s had enough! Groundhog packs his bags and sets out for a much-needed vacation. Now the town is holding auditions to find someone to fill his spot. None of the animals seem right for the job, though. Not Elephant, not Ostrich, and most certainly not Puppy. No one has Groundhog’s flair for the dramatic, but is it too late to woo him back into the spotlight? Free. Barnes & Noble of Canton, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Manchester and West Hartford.

1 – 3pm: Wilton Valentine Candy and Cupcake Event Discover how easy it is to create sweet Valentine cupcakes topped with colorful icing and delicious candy decorations that you can make yourself. Michael’s locations.

1 – 3pm: CFPA Ramble: Cheney Railroad History Walk Join us for an easy walk along this former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, this was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will meet at the North End of Main Street in Manchester, on the north side (right) of Farr’s Sporting Good store. From there, we will hike along the 1-mile portion owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and, depending on the weather, on to Center Springs Park, and to the new footbridge overlooking Broad Street, which will take about two hours round trip. Come discover the history of the railroad, including a chance to see maps and historic pictures. A railroad favor will be given to children participating in the walk. No dogs, please. Extreme weather cancels. Free. Cheney Railroad Trail, Manchester.

1 – 3pm: Menopause Gracefully Hot topics! Night sweats, memory glitches, weight gain, hot flashes, insomnia and missing libidos. Join us for this informational workshop on navigating naturally and gracefully the journey through peri-menopause and menopause and beyond. You will learn: Natural remedies for common peri-menopausal and menopausal symptoms. Yoga techniques for easing anxiety, depression and for calming the nervous system. Bio-Identical Hormones, the risks, the benefits and when it may be an appropriate choice. Breath work for cooling the body, bringing joy, calming anxiety and balancing the nervous system. This workshop is appropriate for any woman over 40 and with any level of yoga experience. You’ll leave with a renewed confidence and understanding of what you may be experiencing and the knowledge of a health practitioner who has guided hundreds of women through this life transition. Be Yoga, Avon.

1 – 3pm: Doll & Me Tea The day will include afternoon tea, games and crafts for 18” dolls. Each child will create a lace crown or pirate hat for themselves and their doll and some delicious looking clay food for their doll. After crafts, a tea party will take place in the museum’s reproduction 18th-century kitchen.  Children can try tea or have some old-fashioned lemonade along with some delicious cookies.  They will also try historic games like Lookabout, Pass the Slipper, and Change Seats. All children ages 6-11 and their dolls are invited to attend this program. The Doll and Me Tea is $20 per child. Children are invited to wear a fancy outfit or costume. Registration is required. Click here to register. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

1 – 4:30pm: Cabin Fever Festival The event will kick off with a large bonfire to warm everyone up. This is a wonderful winter event for the whole family, which includes contests, games and prizes, such as, snowball throwing, miniature snowman building and the popular adult/child sled pull race. Cross country skis and snowshoes will be available for rent at $5.00/each. Hamburgers, chili and other refreshments will be for sale. Tell your friends and family. The cost is $3.00 per person (Windsor residents), $5.00 per person (non-residents), children age 2 and under are free. Northwest Park, Windsor.

2pm: LEGO Skyline and Architecture Studio Build Adults and teenagers (ages 14 and up) are invited to help build our new LEGO Skyline in-store display and enjoy a LEGO Architecture build with Architecture Studio bricks afterward. Free. Barnes & Noble of Farmington and Manchester.

2pm: Music to Warm the Winter Away Concert Join us for this eclectic concert for audiences young and old. Hear a variety of music including classical works, pop/rock arrangements, traditional folk songs and more! Tickets are $15, children 12 and under are free. East Granby High School, East Granby.

7pm: Hartford Wolf Pack Family Outing Join us for a fun-filled family activity at a Hartford Wolf Pack game. Be ready to cheer on our home team! Game against the Saint John’s Ice Caps. Tickets: $21 per adult, $10 per child (12 and under). Contact the JCC to get in on their group tickets. XL Center, Hartford.

8pm: Cesar Millan Live! During his nine-season run as host of the hit series “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan,” he rehabilitated hundreds of aggressive, scared, lazy, compulsive and jealous dogs, as well as the families that were usually in the dark about how their own behavior contributed to their dogs’ quirky traits. Tickets $58.50-$85. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Saturday, January 30 – Sunday, January 31:


{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.

Sunday, January 31:



10am – 4pm: A Jewish Book Festival Signature Event 3 inspiring authors. 1 motivational day. An ASL Interpeter will be present for the entire day. Tickets: $20. Purchase tickets online. Mandell JCC; Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

{Last Call} 12:30 – 3:30pm: Hearthside Afternoon Warm yourself by the fire, play a board game or read a book, and enjoy a warm winter beverage. Games and toys will be on hand for adults and children, including our pint-sized Colonial fireplace and Tunxis wigwam. Self-guided tours of the 1720 historic house will be available. Admission is free. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

1:30 – 3pm: Groundhog Day Hike Will the Groundhog see his shadow and what does it really mean? Walk gently through the forest to uncover the mysteries of wildlife habitats in mid-winter. $6 non-members; half-price for children. Pre-registration is not required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.


2pm: Biscuit the Dog Visits Farmington Barnes & Noble! Please bring the little ones for a special Sunday Storytime. Biscuit the Dog that everyone loves will be here. Story time is accompanied by a costume character and a special craft, no sign up necessary! Barnes & Noble, Farmington.

3pm: LEGO Skyline and Architecture Studio Build Adults and teenagers (ages 14 and up) are invited to help build our new LEGO Skyline in-store display and enjoy a LEGO Architecture build with Architecture Studio bricks afterward. Free. Barnes & Noble, Canton.

3 – 5:30pm: Personalized Wood Sign Class Join us to create your own 15.5 X 22.5 Monogram Established Wood Sign! We customize the materials for you and take you step by step to create a gorgeous piece for your home or for a gift!   Choose from a variety of paint colors in the workshop. Doors open at 2:30pm, instruction begins at 3:00pm. $60 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

7pm: Projector 1.4 is the final installment of a series that has incorporated the manipulation of light, sound, space, and the human form into performances across the city and state. Using projected images and original scores, the interaction between the dancers, the projected image, and the audience blurs the boundary between performer and viewer. Blending original music, fashion, visual media, light and sound installation with contemporary dance, Hartford-based performance group TNMOT AZTRO‘s Projector series is an utterly unique mix of elements that originate with local artists. $10 per person, $5 students. Real Arts Ways, Hartford.

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 – Monday, February 29:


Tuesday, February 2:


10:30 – 11:15am: February Family Playtime! Looking for a fun indoor activity to do with your1-5 year old on thesecold 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: February 3, 7-8pm. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

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.

Wednesday, February 3 – Thursday, February 4:


{PTO} 7:30pm: 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.

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.

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.