CT Science Center: Insider Tips

We visited the Connecticut Science Center recently and wanted to share with you some insider information that we took away from our visit.

Did You Know:

  • The quietest time to visit, is when the weather is nice outside and in the late afternoons (school/camp groups who are visiting, usually arrive around 10am and leave around 2pm) so anytime after 2pm would be ideal, please note closing time is at 5pm. 
  • You can bring your own lunch (check out the gorgeous outdoor seating)! Milk your visit and take a stroll on the Riverfront!
  • Psst, while you are there, check out the Solar and Wind Powered Air Monitoring Station. You can also order lunch at Subway (located inside the Science Center) and try the Subway app for convenient ordering (downtime is uptime). 
  • Bike Racks are available, which you can also use for a stroller – just remember to bring a lock. Note: There are also small indoor lockers available during your visit. 
  • Save room for dessert because there is a Froyo World on site.
  • Over the Summer also be sure to stop and enjoy the rooftop garden – perfect time to get some sun, while little one’s nap. 
  • You can just see a movie! No need to pay for admission to the Science Center to do so. 
  • Did you know they have overnights? Yes, and the next one is on Friday, October 20th.

Have you seen their new Butterfly Exhibit yet?

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Their Alien Worlds & Androids Exhibit opens this Saturday!

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The kids have no school on Columbus Day, come check it out!

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The Science Center recognizes: 

  • Homeschoolers: Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm and admission is $11 per person (proper homeschool identification is required) and movies are $6 per person. Discovery Center Programs for K-9 are also available for 10 students for an additional $7.50 per person and they can be run at 9:45am, 11am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm and 2:45pm. Homeschoolers also save 15% on all memberships.
  • Scouts: Come on a special just for Scouts (Scout Day) or take advantage of Scout Group Pricing and come any day with your troop for a visit full of hands-on fun.
    • Scouts Day: Scouts visiting on special days will experience additional fun programming including Live Science. Complete the scout activity for the day and receive a brand new Connecticut Science Center Fun Patch. New patches are created for each event. Collect them all. The next Scout Day will be on December 9-10th and it’s on Robotics. 
  • Group Outings: Come any day with 10 or more participants and benefit from group pricing. Invite your child’s classmates or organize a group playdate!
  • Special Needs: Sensory-friendly days for those with special needs. The next sensory friendly day is on Wednesday, October 4th. You will also save $2.95 if you purchase your ticket in advance and online. 

General admission is $23.95 for an adult and $16.95 for a child (ages 3-17). Children under 2 are always free. 

Membership Tips:

  • If you plan on visiting the Science Center at least three times in one year, a membership may be worth it.
  • If you want to experience your first visit before deciding, pay normal admission and you have 30 days to decide to become a member and just pay the difference.
  • If you decide the day off you will save $10 if you become a member before you leave. 

The Science Center also has many perks for its members

  • unlimited admission all year with no extra charge for special events;
  • your membership is fully tax-deductible as the Science Center in a non-profit organization;
  • you receive flat rate parking which is $5 no matter how long you stay;
  • the Science Center has rotating reciprocals with other museums; now until October 2017 it is the Connecticut Beardsley Zoo, so you can get in there for free; the future reciprocal museum is Mystic Aquarium at Norwalk in January 2018, then in March it’s the Mystic Aquarium. 
  • the Science Center hosts previews of new exhibits exclusively for members;
  • express entry – skip the line even during the busiest times;
  • movies are $2 less at $5;
  • if you decide to sign up for a camp, birthday party or purchase something from the gift shop or Froyo World you will save 10% with your membership card.
  • you also get discounts at local area restaurants: Bear’s Smokehouse, City Steam Brewery, The Blind Pig, Qdoba, Ted’s Montana Grill and Vivo Seasonal Trattoria. 

Hartford residents got free admission to the Science Center for the month of August, which was available through the Hartford Public Library. 

There is a gift shop on site, and a few interesting things about it are:

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They carry an exclusive collection for Science Centers only. 

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They are currently carrying an exclusive Hello Kitty Collection.

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One of their biggest sellers is the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamps!

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Take a selfie with their LEGO statue – yes they also sell LEGO products.

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As part of the Dino Trail, they carry hundreds of dinosaur related products!

We thought the Venus Fly trap was pretty cool and it reminded me of the Little Shop of Horrors! 

Another tip:

I visited on a Monday afternoon and was able to find two-hour street parking for $2. 

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The parking meter kiosks also display local event info – or of course you have Momford County!

The Connecticut Science Center also offers ample programs for adults including workshops, luncheons, teacher training, as well as an annual gala and a quarterly Museum After Dark Program, which they call Liquid Lounge

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Week 16 of 52

Monday, April 17th

10am – 2pm: Delta Dart Model Building Workshop Build and fly a balsa Delta Dart airplane with help from our team of experts! Ages 8 and older, all children must be accompanied by an adult, and there is a $5 cost per model kit. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

5 – 7:15pm: A Celebration of International Women’s Day The World Affairs Council and the University of Saint Joseph’s Women’s Leadership Center are celebrating global women’s leadership. Join us and a panel of distinguished women leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women in our international landscape as well as the role women’s advancement will play in shaping our global future. Featuring The Honorable Nancy Johnson and K. Riva Levinson. Free. University of Saint Joseph, The Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities, West Hartford

Monday, April 17th – Saturday, April 22nd:


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Tuesday, April 18th

10 – 10:45am: Fun with Friends Organized playtime in the Family Room where children will “Explore, Experience and Engage.” Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

10am – 2pm: Constellation Viewer Make & Take Workshop Discover the secrets of the night sky, learn the history of constellations, and build your own paper portal to the stars. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

10:30am – 2:30pm: Tasty Tuesday 10:30am: Taste Bud Test- Farm to Table: Did you know your tongue’s taste buds change about every two weeks? Join us and test out your taste buds with sweet, salty, and sour foods! Please check in with front desk for allergy concerns. 11:30am: Eating Plant Parts- Farm to Table: Plants make up a large part of our diet but have you ever eaten a root? Do you prefer eating leaves? Find out what you’re eating when we take a look at our favorite vegetables. 1:30pm: Chef’s Recipe- Farm to Table: Help us follow a recipe and make one of our favorites. After it’s finished, you’ll have a chance to taste our creation! Please check in with front desk for allergy concerns. Imagine Nation, Bristol

1 – 2pm: Walk-in Tour: All About Frames Every painting tells a story, and so do the frames that surround them. Join this tour to explore the changing tastes and design of selected American frames, which can often be considered a masterwork in their own right. Reoccurs on 4/25. NBMAA, New Britain

5:30 – 8pm: Flatbread Pizza Night Fundraiser for the Nature Center Bring your friends, bring your family for dinner at Flatbread’s at The Shoppes at the Farmington Valley. Dine in or take out! A percentage of the pizza sales supports the Nature Center.

6 – 7pm: FAQ’s For the Organic Vegetable Garden Join us for a series of open discussions in the Vegetable Garden at Westmoor Park. Bring your questions, concerns, puzzles, and queries, along with photos of your garden, and photos of any problems, insects, or diseases, and we will tackle them in order. Each session will have a timely seasonal topic, such as which plants to plant when, but any questions or discussion would be welcome. For adults and families. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must be registered. April 4: Starting seeds under lights and soil testing. No class July 4. Runs until August 1st, co class July 4th. $9 a class, $36 a session. Westmoor Park, West Hartford



6:30 – 8:30pm: Spring Forward From asparagus to mint to rhubarb, spring brings a bounty of versatile fruits and vegetables. Get inspired for the warmer months with these produce-packed dishes. Menu: Lamb Loin Chops with Mint Gremolata, Asparagus with Freekeh and Yogurt Dressing Strawberry–Rhubarb Crumble. What to Expect: Find out tips for cooking lamb loin chops. Discover how to prepare and cook rhubarb. What is freekeh? Find out here. ShopRite, Bristol


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7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays: Next to Normal An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Reoccurs on 4/25. Theaterworks, Hartford

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

Tuesday, April 18 – Sunday, April 23


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Tuesday, April 18th – Sunday, May 7th



Wednesday, April 19th:

9:30 – 10:15am: Mommy & Me at Nature for 2’s & 3’s First discoveries with nature are meant to be an exploration using one’s senses in the outdoors. Join Miss Judy as you and your child take a short expedition outside and explore. A story with nature objects to touch will be part of the activity. Dress with good walking shoes and clothes that can get a little dirty so we can explore, rain or shine. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the program. Register the child only, adult registration is not needed. Reoccurs on 4/26. $9 per child. Winding Trails, Farmington

10 – 11am: Westmoor Park Stroller Hike Explore the natural world with your child. We will take a nature walk through our trails and enjoy a visit to the farm! You may bring a stroller or wagon for the walk outside. $11 fee is per parent/child pair. One additional child at ½-fee. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

10am – 2pm: Pinwheel Props Make & Take Workshop What do pinwheels and propellers have in common? Find out by building your own paper pinwheel with the NEAM Public Programs Team. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

10:30 – 11:30am: Nature Rangers for 4’s & 5’s Miss Judy takes your children on a journey of active outdoor exploration to new places. Learn about spring flowers, wood frogs and tadpoles, trees and more. These plus many other activities will be offered during each session. Dress them with good walking shoes, bring water boots and choose clothes that can get dirty so we can explore, rain or shine. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of each session. Reoccurs on 4/26. $10 per child. Winding Trails, Farmington

10:30am – 2:30pm: Work Together Wednesday 10:30am: Building a Community – Kinetic Studio: What buildings are in your neighborhood? Build a model of your community out of blue blocks. 11:30am: Can you fix it? We have a problem and we need your help to fix it! Bring your engineering skills and some imagination to complete the challenge! 1:30pm: Familiar Art Studio: Using the supplies in our “Beautiful Stuff” bins you can create a work of art your whole family can enjoy! Reoccurs 4/26. Imagine Nation, Bristol

1:30 – 3:30pm: Rock Your Life Teen Workshop Did you know that Emotional Intelligence is more predictive of success than IQ? Relating in a positive way to people and your environment will serve you well in all aspects of your life from work to family to relationships of all kinds. In this workshop, specifically designed for teens, you will learn skills and strategies to majorly boost your EQ. You will gain knowledge and understanding of yourself and others that will mean more success in school, satisfaction and contentment with your own life and ensure lasting and strong bonds with loved ones and friends. Learn the things that adults wish they learned when they were your age! This is your call to harness this time in your life and become the best you can be. Learn the skills and strategies now that will help you Rock Your Life! Reoccurs on 2/25 (at 6:30pm) and 2/26. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

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 Carousel 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 Carousel Museum, Bristol

6:30 – 7:30pm: Girls in Stride is a new running program for girls ages 6 to 14. It’s a non-competitive training program designed for all levels of runners to introduce girls to the sport of running, help them gain confidence, build self-esteem and lead them to a path of health and fitness. This fun and empowering training program will prepare the girls for the Shad Derby 5K Road Race in May. The program includes a T-shirt and training journal and it meets Wednesdays through May 17th. $75. L.P. Wilson Community Center, Windsor



7 – 8:30pm: Author Talk & Book Signing Join us for an Author Talk & Book Signing with Manisha Sinha, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition. The Slave’s Cause is a groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African-Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Author Manisha Sinha recasts abolition as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground. Drawing on extensive research including newly discovered letters and pamphlets, the book illustrates how the abolitionist vision ultimately linked the slave’s cause to the struggle to redefine American democracy and human rights across the globe. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

Thursday, April 20th

9 – 10:30am: Walk, Talk & Gawk – Adult Nature Walks 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. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program. Reoccurs until April 27th. $6 per person. Winding Trails, Nature’s Porch, Farmington

10am – 2pm: Rocket Balloons Discover the history of rocketry by designing, building and racing your own rocket balloon down our rocket race track. Reoccurs on Thursday, 4/20. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

10:30am – 2:30pm: Artsy Thursday 10:30am: Special Performance by T-Bone Camp Muckalucka: An interactive musical program where children participate in a fun-filled imaginary day at summer camp with T-BONE, their camp counselor. 10:30am: Printmaking: Learn about mono prints and relief prints and create your own to take home! 11:30am: Kaleidoscope – Light and Reflection: Learn how a kaleidoscope works, test out some kaleidoscopes in our Kaleido-Lab, and try your hand at patterning. 1:30pm: The World of Paul Cezanne: Learn about artist Paul Cezanne and create a still life with oil pastels in his style! Reoccurs on 4/27. Imagine Nation, Bristol

2 – 3pm: Film Screening Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America The plan for Walnut Hill Park in New Britain was conceived in 1870 by Olmsted, Vaux & Co., the office of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (one of only five Connecticut parks to be so honored). Frederick Law Olmsted was among the first to regard landscape architecture as a profession and a fine art. With his enormous contributions to the field, Olmsted is regarded as the father of American landscape architecture. He was co-designer of Central Park, head of the first Yosemite commission, leader of the campaign to protect Niagara Falls, designer of the U.S. Capitol Grounds, site planner for the Great White City of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, and planner of Boston’s Emerald Necklace” of green space and park systems.” NBMAA, New Britain

4 – 5pm and 6 – 7pm: DIY Mason Jar Flower Arrangement Class for Kids Let’s Celebrate what we can grow on this beautiful planet! Today kids will create their very own mini flower arrangement to take home, choosing from a variety full of colorful flowers to display in their arrangements. In addition, kids will decorate a reusable canvas bag to take home. Ages 4-12 Stew Leonard’s, Newington

5:30pm: Skygazing Celebrates Earth Day Join us at the Talcott Mountain Science Center to celebrate Earth Day with hands-on activities, demonstrations, discussions and observing of the night sky from the top of Talcott Mountain. Learn about our planet, how our actions impact the environment, and what we can do to protect it for future generations. Participate in fun, hands-on activities for all ages using science and technology to foster a better understanding of our environment. Attend and engage in an environmental-themed discussion with a panel of local experts: Dan Amarante, Fox61 Meteorologist Gerri Griswold, White Memorial Conservation Center and Kirsten Martin, Biologist, University of St. Joseph To cap off our Earth Day festivities, we’ll venture beyond our planet and explore the night sky from our breathtaking location atop Talcott Mountain. With a wide array of telescopes along with digital displays on iPads (provided), we’ll be viewing Mars, Jupiter and other celestial gems. $10 general admission. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited.

5:30 – 8pm: American Red Cross Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid Class This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving children and infants. This is a blended learning course including an online portion and one instructor-led classroom skill session. Please register for the day you would like to participate in the classroom skill session. The online portion must be completed prior to attending the in-class portion and must be taken on a PC or tablet with a high-speed Internet connection. Allow approximately 2 hours 30 minutes to complete the online portion. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate for Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. Once you register for this course you will receive an email from the instructor with instructions to complete the online portion and what to bring to class. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the class. $70 per person. Reoccurs on 4/27. Ages 13 and up. Winding Trails, Farmington

6 – 8pm: Form and Color – Opening Reception Hidden beneath the chaos of pure abstraction is a call to order. To be mindful, to find balance, to quiet the moment. This exhibit is an exploration of color and composition. The interplay of color, light and movement, when balanced, creates a rhythmic visual narrative. Strong lines, patterns and bold colors result in a modern and striking image. Geometric elements, spherical and linear, come together to create a meditative and harmonious visual experience.

7 – 8pm: Earth Day Talk Saving Our Wild Areas, One Yard at a Time The spring gardening season is upon us and there are many things we can do in our own yard to help our local wildlife and habitats. Join us to learn how you can make a difference. Pre-registration required. Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

7 – 8:30pm: Timely Topics: Preservation in Windsor You are invited for a free discussion about what historic preservation is and why it matters in Windsor, and statewide. Windsor Historical Society


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Friday, April 21st

10am – 2pm: LEGO Flying Machine Contests Children ages 3-12 will construct a futuristic flying machine using the New England Air Museum’s collection of LEGOs. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories, and winners need not be present to win. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

10:30am – 2:30pm: Family Friday 10:30am: Animal Families- Wildlife Studio: Animals can be furry, scaly, or covered in feathers. Figure out which of the animals at Imagine Nation are closely related when we study what animal family they belong to. 11am: Join us for an interactive hand-drumming session including a wide variety of drums provided by Jami Ray Circle of Beats. 11:30am: Story Cubes- Playbox Theater: Do you ever ask for a bedtime story? Which story is your favorite? Learn some creative ways that you or your family can become the storyteller! 1pm: Family Yoga with Heather Tartarelli 1:30pm: My Family Tree- Art Studio: Families can be very different but the one thing they all have in common is that they care for you. Join us in the art studio today to talk about your family and create a project that represents them! Blick art materials will be providing art programs and activities during this time. Imagine Nation, Bristol



4 – 5:30pm: The Jr. Farm Apprentice Program offers an opportunity for students ages 8-12 years old to experience a connection between raising healthy livestock, growing a variety of plants and eating well. Experience Spring on the farm at Northwest Park! Students will learn homesteading skills such as feeding livestock, collecting eggs, spinning wool, growing and harvesting vegetables and cooking. Runs until May 26th. $65 Windsor residents, $75 non-residents. Northwest Park, Windsor

5 – 8pm: Rockin’ Kid’s Night Out Drop the kids off for a rockin’ night out at TLGT. We will decorate fun t-shirts and even sing karaoke. A dinner suited for rock stars will be served as well. $45 per child. Ages 4-10. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

5:30 – 7:30pm: Eat the Rainbow There are so many wonderful colors in food, so why not use them? Together, we’ll create natural food coloring from surprising ingredients. Menu: Natural Food Coloring, Crazy-Colored Cheesy Orecchiette, Eat Your Colors Salad What to Expect: Find out how to make food coloring from natural ingredients. Discover how to make pasta from scratch. Join us as we hone our knife skills by cutting different vegetables. ShopRite, Bristol and Manchester

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parents’ Night Out! Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too!! Pizza dinner is always included and siblings are always half off! $40 per child. My Gym – West Hartford, Glastonbury and Enfield.

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6:30 – 8:30pm: Silk Scarf Dyeing Art Party Gather with friends and other creative folks to learn a fun and fabulous way to apply vibrant dyes to pure silk with Lis-el Crowley. While sipping libations and nibbling on goodies, you will be shown a freeform and easy technique for applying a rainbow of beautiful dyes to a sumptuous silk scarf. Scarves can be folded, pleated, knotted, etc. to create unique and interesting patterns. Then dye is applied in your choice of colors. The scarves are steam set in the microwave, rinsed and ironed revealing your stunning work of wearable art. Scarves are a generous 14 x 72 inches, pure silk habotai. Whether you are a “creatively challenged” individual or an experienced artist, you will find new ways to express yourself with this fantastic medium and technique. Fee: $35 includes materials fee for one scarf, glass of wine and refreshments. Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon

6 – 8:30pm: Hill-Stead Uncorked! An evening of wine tasting, wine pulls, generous hors d’oeuvres and fabulous new friends. Experience small group tours of Hill-Stead’s best kept secret – the Wine Cellar. Tickets: $20. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington


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7 – 9pm: One Big Home Film Screening Gentrification comes in many forms. On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island’s unique character. Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter’s journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, Thomas Bena takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size. Join us just in time for Earth Day 2017 for this thought-provoking film. Tickets are $5. Purchase tickets online and in advance. Mark Twain House, Hartford

7:45 – 8:45pm: Westmoor Park Family Spring Peeper Hike Join Westmoor Park Naturalists as we take a hike at sunset. We will be on the lookout for Spring Peeper frogs, and other early arrivals to our woodlands. We will also listen for owls, search for “night-shift” mammals, and explore the woods after the sun goes down. Dress to be outside. All participants must be registered. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6 per person. Westmoor Park, West Hartford



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Friday, April 21st – Saturday, April 22nd

Friday 7 – 8pm and Saturday 8am – 1pm: CLG MOPS Consignment Sale Gently used items for babies and children. Everything from clothing, baby gear, books, toys and more! Rain or shine, this is an indoors event and open to the the public. Come early for the best selection! Church of the Living God, Manchester

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Friday, April 21st – Sunday, April 23rd

{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Godspell Parables vibrantly come to life in this most beloved family-friendly musical based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. Follow Jesus and his disciples as they create a community and teach tolerance and kindness through lessons intertwined with an eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville. The 2012 revival version is updated with contemporary references and features dazzling new arrangements of Stephen Schwartz’s (composer of Wicked and Pippin) score, include the songs “Day by Day,” “All Good Gifts,” and “Beautiful City.” $25 General admission, $30 VIP. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall

Saturday, April 22nd

8 – 10am: Youth Fishing Derby Compete for the biggest, smallest, first and most trout caught, or just enjoy a morning of fishing with your child on Saturday, April 22, 8:00-10:00 a.m. at J.B. Williams Pond. Prizes raffled every 15 minutes. Four age categories: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15. No bait restrictions. No physical parental assistance allowed except baiting and casting. Youth ages 4-15. Pre-registration not required. Free. Williams Park, Glastonbury



9 – 11am: Westmoor Park Basics for the Vegetable and Fruit Garden We will spend the morning discussing the basic steps to starting a vegetable and fruit garden on your property. We will visit our greenhouse, our new fruit orchard and our vegetable garden. We will be discussing the advantages of starting from seed versus plants. We will cover the best time to start your seeds, planting times, soil conditions, harvesting and maintenance. Please come with your questions and dress for the weather. Ages 18 and up. $22 per person. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

9am – 3pm: Certified Babysitter Training is designed to teach 11-15 year olds how to: respond to emergencies with first aid, rescue breathing and more, make good decisions under pressure, communicate effectively with parents, recognize safety and hygiene issues, manage young children, feed, diaper and care for infants, and start a babysitting business! Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a certification card. $90.00 per participant. Windsor Community Center

9am – 5pm: Bus Trip to the Finnish American Heritage Society CHS will offer a bus trip to the Finnish American Heritage Society in Canterbury, where participants will tour the Hall, enjoy a Finnish lunch, and then visit several sites of historical significance to the community in eastern Connecticut. Commentary for the tour will be provided by historians Rachel Carley and Burton Jernstrom. The bus will depart from the CHS at 9am and return at 5pm. The trip costs $40 for CHS members, $45 for non-members, and $25 for those who meet at the Hall at 10:30am. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

10am – 12pm: Citizen Science Workshop: Earth Day Action Participants will learn to use the Creek Critters phone app to collect and identify freshwater invertebrates. Participants will learn to use the Creek Critters phone app to collect and identify freshwater invertebrates. In small teams, we’ll collect critters before gently returning them in the wetlands of beautiful adjacent Earle Park and the nearby Connecticut River (and we’ll pick up any trash we may find). Back at the Center, we’ll share our findings, snack on yummy treats and learn about how we can continue to monitor and take care of our freshwater wetlands throughout the year. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet – and be prepared for a splashing good time. RSVP is required as space is limited. CAS members $8, non-members $10. Connecticut Audubon Society Center, Glastonbury

10am – 12pm: Earth Day Poetry Hike Explore the cultural and natural history of the park and trail and the traprock ridge on which they sit. We’ll stop to read poems along the way and have a brown-bag lunch with more poems and conversation. Bring your own work or favorites by others to read, if you want. We will be joined by fine nature poets and writers Amy Nawrocki, Eric Lehman and Virginia Shreve who will read and gladly respond to questions about writing and publishing. Bring a brown-bag lunch. 2.5-4.5 mile hike, will be moderate and not rushed. Registration is not required, but greatly appreciated. Penwood State Park, Bloomfield

10am – 2pm: Spend Earth Day weekend outside with us! Environmental Learning Center, Bristol

10:30am and 1:30pm: “Textile Treasures II” Digging Deeper Tour Brilliantly colored and richly detailed clothing, shoes, and linens dating from the 1700s and mid-1800s will be featured during the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum “Textile Treasures II” Digging Deeper Tour. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended for this behind-the-scenes view of an historic and well-preserved collection! $20 general admission. This is an updated version of last year’s tour, with additional materials.

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11:30am – 1pm: Book Signing with Tracy Nelson Maurer Writer and children’s literature super-fan Tracey Nelson Maurer travels from Minnesota to join us in West Hartford for a special book signing and talk about her new book, Noah Webster’s Fighting Words. She will be at the Blue Back Square Barnes and Noble from 11:30am to 1pm and will give a talk, have kids activities, and sign books. A Book Fair to support the Noah Webster House will also take place that day.

1 – 2:30pm: Fairy Fun Join us for an afternoon of fairy fun at TLGT! Each child will decorate their own fairy house to add to the fairy garden they create. They will each create a container fairy garden complete with their fairy house, plants and decorations they choose. After creating their own fairy gardens, they will hunt for fairy stones. $30 per child. Ages 5-10. Drop-off class. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton


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April 22

2pm: The Trevor Project Fundraiser Join actor/writer James Lecesne for a screening of his Academy Award-winning short film, Trevor. We will follow the film with a raffle, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. All proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project, founded by Mr. Lecesne. The event is free with admission to the performance. 

2pm: Audio Described Performances For patrons who are blind or have low vision. Hartford Stage


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5:30 – 8:30pm: Kids Night Out Kids will enjoy a variety of different sports , games, challenges and contests,  crafts and board games,  pizza and snacks. $30 per child. K-6. Mandell JCC, West Hartford


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8pm: Comedy Night: Eddie Brill is a well-respected and exceptionally funny stand-up comedian here in the USA and abroad. Brill has been a regular on the comedy scene in England since 1989, and has since worked in Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, France, Holland, and Hong Kong. Brill has taped more than 100 TV shows in six different countries…including ten appearances on “The Late Show” and an appearance on the FX hit series, “Louie.” Has has been the audience warm-up guy for many shows, including the “Dana Carvey Show,” “Madigan Men,” “This is Your Life,” and early episodes of “Saved By The Bell,” and appeared in numerous films…most recently “30 Years To Life” with Tracy Morgan. Brill has also lent his vocal talents in many animated series including Comedy Central’s “Dr Katz” and ABC’s “Science Court.” Along with Norman Lear in 1978, Brill helped create one of the first ever college comedy writing departments in the country at Emerson College in Boston. He also helped create the Emerson Comedy Workshop, which was founded in 1976 and continues to thrive today. He currently teaches a highly acclaimed stand-up comedy workshop worldwide that helps comics young and old take their comedy work to the next level. 41 Bridge Street, Collinsville

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

Saturday 8:30pm – 2am and Sunday from 8:30am – 9:30pm: CT Barber Expo Over 450 Barbers will compete in a variety of categories ranging from Freestyle with Color, Freestyle Without Color, Speed Challenge, Theme Challenge and Self Haircutting Challenge. Attendance at last years battle was over 5,800 people. This years Barber Expo will feature an incredible Barber Battle with several categories, Educational classes by the industry’s top barbers, vendor booths, product demonstrations, barbershop quartet, platform artists and giveaways. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford


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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:

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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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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 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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Week 6 of 52

Monday, February 6th:

4:30 – 6:45pm: Creative Kids Children will be introduced to theatre through creative play. Exercises and games will focus on acting, story telling, puppetry, music, and movement. A story will often be included. By the end of the class, students should be using their bodies and voices to start to create characters. Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present a short script. The 4:30 – 5:30pm class is for all kindergarteners and first grade students who are new to the program. The 5:45 – 6:45pm class is for first grade students who have already participated in the program and for all second grade students. Classes run weekly until March 20th. No class 2/20. Snow day 3/27. Fee: $120 for 9 classes; pro-rated if you join late. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. Playhouse on Park, Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Paper Crafting Class Make a clever Valentine’s Day card featuring a bouquet of paper roses. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $31. Michael’s locations

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7 – 10pm: Intermediate Improvisation This class continues work on the fundamental principles of improvisation while introducing more short-form improv games. We will focus on concepts such as status, tilt and re-incorporation and we will explore using the environment and non-linear narrative. The emphasis will be on character work, creating narratives and playing with commitment. Performance at the end of class. Introduction to Improv or permission form the instructor. For ages 18 and up. Classes runs until March 6th. Class Show: March 7th. $200 for semester; pro-rated if you join late. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

10pm: 86’D-A Culinary Collision 16 Chefs,8 Battle Rounds, Secret restaurants with open kitchens (all located within a 5 mile radius of Hartford). 2 Surprise Chefs battle it out at each round. Portion of the proceeds will be given to End Hunger CT. Three guest judges will choose one winner per round. Judging is based on originality, flavor, plating, and cleanliness of their station. You, our guests, get to watch the whole thing unfold. Cheer them on while enjoying cocktails and apps. $20 (plus online fees), $25 at the door. Savoy Pizza, West Hartford

Tuesday, February 7th:

{Last Call} 10 – 10:45am and 12:30 – 1:15pm: Winter Little Adventures Join the fun! This 5-session program is designed for your 4 – 5 year olds. Each week your child will spend 45 minutes doing a variety of activities such as the outdoor bouldering wall, snow fort building, cross-country skiing, ice skating or tubing as well as participating in team building activities and other winter themed programs. Activity choice will depend on weather. Registration is required by 3 days prior to start of session. $60 per session. Winding Trails, Farmington

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12pm: Meet the Experts Class Come join us and our department experts as we discuss everything you need to know about creating and finishing your registry. Our experts will inform you about all the products baby will need from every department in our store. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

5:30 – 7pm: Actor Performance Training Program This class is for middle school students who are interested in improving their acting and performance technique. This class will be broken into three units to allow for in-depth study of various acting topics. Students will first study improv and ensemble building, then will move on to an in-depth study of creating a character using techniques for voice and body. For the final unit, students will be asked to incorporate what they have learned throughout the year into a devised theatre piece. The program will conclude with a showcase where they perform their original ensemble-generated performance. This class is for fifth graders who have already taken a Playhouse on Park acting class and have permission from the instructor, plus all sixth through eighth grade students. Fee: $600; pro-rated if you join late. Classes run until May 30th. (No class 2/21, 4/11). Snow days: 3/21, 6/6. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

6 – 8pm: Mixology 101 Come to our first ever Mixology 101 class at the distillery next Tuesday from 6-8pm! Mixologist extraordinaire Dave Rudman from Drinking Things will lead everyone through the basics of making a great cocktail. You ‘ll also enjoy cocktail samples and pizza bites. This will be great fun, educational, and delicious! $20 per person. Hartford Flavor Company, Hartford [Event on Facebook]

6:30 – 8:30pm: Jewelry Class Make a bohemian chevron necklace with aqua and amber glass beads. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $18. Michael’s locations

Wayne's World 25th Anniversary February 7th in select theatres. Featuring a discussion with the director and select cast.

7 – 9pm: Heart Needle Felting Workshop In this workshop you’ll learn how to create hearts by Needle Felting. You’ll be able to choose your wool color to make a heart and will be able to add designs to make it colorful and unique. A special barbed needle tool is used to create shapes from the wool. These hearts make great Valentine’s Day gifts. This special workshop is open to everyone age 9 and up. $35 per person. CT Art SChool STudio, South Windsor

7:30pm: Sunset Baby Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Reoccurs Feb 14th. Theaterworks, Hartford 

Tuesday, 2/7 – Sunday, 2/19:

SUNSET BABY

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday Matinee at 2:30pm: Sunset Baby A powerful and honest story of one woman’s journey from a hard existence to her own liberation. Sunset Baby is an energetic, daring look at the point where the personal and political collide. From one of the most exciting young voices in American theater, this dynamic new play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom and the politics of freedom. Runs until February 19th. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Special Event: Tuesday at 7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Reoccurs Feb 14th. Theaterworks, Hartford

The Comedy of Errors

{Last Call} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Comedy of Errors A Madcap, Midwinter, Musical Extravaganza! 22 actors. 2 pairs of twins. 1 crazy day. Shake the midwinter blues away with Shakespeare’s zaniest comedy, performed by a lively ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, musicians and acrobats. Opa! Tresnjak sets The Comedy of Errors on a sun-kissed island off the coast of Greece in 1965. The production will feature both international songs from the era and exotic dance numbers. The Bard’s zaniest comedy, in which two sets of twins separated at birth find themselves in the same city on the same day, leads to a string of mistaken identities, over-the-top slapstick and false accusations. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 90 minutes with no intermission. Runs until February 12th. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Wednesday, February 8th:

11am and 1pm: Living History Tours with George Griffin George Griffin, Mark Twain’s butler, is our “most requested” Living History character, and it’s easy to see why. Samuel Clemens said of George, “He was well-built, shrewd, wise, polite, always good-natured, honest, religious, a cautious truth-speaker, devoted friend to the family, champion of its interests, a sort of idol to the children … He had the respect, and I may say, the warm friendly regard of every visiting intimate of our house. There was nothing commonplace about George.” George served the Clemens family for seventeen years. Take a tour with George, and be prepared to be entertained! Reoccurs on 2/16, 2/23 and 2/26. Tickets are $25 for adults, $17 for children ages 6 to 16. Mark Twain House, Hartford

4 – 6:15pm: Young Actor Training Students will participate in games, exercises, and scenes to allow them to gain comfort and technique in portraying a character onstage. Topics will include basic scene work, story telling, puppetry, and movement. Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present poems, monologues, or scenes. 4-5pm: Grades 3-4. 5:15-6:15pm: Grades 4-5. Fee $120 for winter session, runs until March 8th; pro-rated if you join late. $15 Annual registration fee. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

5:30 – 7pm: Panel Discussion: Innovation Today Connecticut is home to cutting-edge industries, technologies, and business models. Join the discussion to catch up on the latest advances and find out why Connecticut is a good place for innovation to flourish. This program is presented in conjunction with our exhibit Connecticut Innovates! – Presented by Connecticut Innovations. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by February 3. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford [Event on Facebook]

6 – 8pm: Wednesday Night 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. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Please pay at ski center. $12 per person. Reoccurs weekly until February 22nd. Winding Trails, Farmington

6 – 8pm: Winter Writers Workshops with Hank Herman Is your New Year’s Resolution to wrap up that writing project you put on hold when the holidays hit? Have an idea you’ve been meaning to get started on, but haven’t gotten around to? Need a little push from a classroom structure to get you going? Appreciate feedback from other motivated writers, and from a professional instructor? Here’s your answer! Whether you’re working on memoir, essay, kids fiction, humor — or anything else; Winter Writers Workshop is perfect for you. Registration limited to eight. Six-week writing workshop runs Wednesdays until February 22nd. $300. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

7pm: Bottle, Bottles, and More Bottles Where to begin? Let us help you in the process of understanding all the different options. Picking a bottle type. Choosing a bottle shape. Selecting a nipple size and flow. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

Thursday, February 9th

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. Age infant – 3 with a parent. Fee is per parent/child pair, one additional child at half-fee. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

3 – 4pm: Austin House Visit Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required, and groups are limited to 12 visitors. Guests will meet their docent at the Austin House, located at 130 Scarborough Street, Hartford.

4 – 5pm and 6 – 7pm: Valentine’s Day Workshop: Sweetest Goodies Join Stew Leonard’s and celebrate this sweet holiday! In today’s workshop, we will make a chocolate dipped marshmallow wand and decorate three Valentine’s Day-themed cupcakes. Ages 2-12. $10 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

4:15 – 5pm: Valentine’s Day Candy Making Come to TLGT and make some delicious Valentine’s chocolates with Ms. Suzanne. After the chocolates have cooled, we will put them in a beautiful heart-shaped box for Valentine’s Day. $30 per child. Ages 5-10. Drop off class. The Little Green Tambourin, Canton

6pm: Full Dome Film: Habitat Earth Living networks connect and support life forms large and small — from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. In the California Academy of Sciences’ 2015 original planetarium show, Habitat Earth, discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. Through stunning visualizations of the natural world, dive below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks. The show details the ways humans fit into this ever-evolving story of connection. And along the way, audiences will learn more about what we can do to ensure that our cohabitation with the natural world leaves a healthy, sustainable planet for generations to come. All ages. Reoccurs on 2/23 at 5:30 and 7pm. $5 per person, plus online transaction fee of $1.25. GEHMS Planetarium, Glastonbury

6pm: My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond Enrichment, plasticity – capabilities of the brain we now take for granted – were the scientific battleground where Dr. Marian Diamond decisively challenged the old view and changed forever our paradigm for understanding the brain … and all our lives as well. What she revealed about the brain allows us to get the most out of our brain, not just as children but for our entire lives. Her YouTube lecture series has almost 2 million hits. She did the first-ever scientific analysis of the most famous brain ever, Albert Einstein. She is a beloved professor, worthy role model especially for women and girls in science, and all round brain-whisperer. The documentary is part biography, part scientific adventure story, part inspirational tale – filmed over 5 years. It will be launched on TV, on the web and with a public-engagement-in-science educational campaign centering on the brain, the delights of scientific curiosity and the possibilities of a life in science. Before the film, Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D., Professor of Neural Science and psychology at New York University, will speak on the effects of exercise on the brain. The film’s co-director Catherine Ryan will field Q&A after the film via Skype. $11 per person, $7 students with ID. Real Art Ways, Hartford

6 – 8pm: Adult Cooking Class: “Modern Mediterranean” Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Lentils, Brussels sprouts skewers with balsamic reduction, stacked beet salad, chocolate-fig truffles. Sign up at Customer service. Space is limited! $20 per person Shop Rite, Manchester

6:10 – 7:10pm: New My Gym Sports Class Our new Sports and Games class with Mr. Nate and Mr. Ashan starts February 9th and will run every Thursday from 6:10-7:10pm. This is a fundamental sports and games class for kids ages 4-8 years. And come on, it’s gonna be blast, it’s Nate and Ashan… My Gym, West Hartford

7pm: This Trip Will Change Your Life: Author Signing With Jennifer B. Monahan Join us as we welcome author Jennifer Monahan to the store to discuss and sign her new book This Trip Will Change Your Life: A Shaman’s Story of Spirit Evolution. Barnes & Noble, Blue Back Aquare, West Hartford

7 – 8:30pm: The Bobcat – Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat A presentation with Paul Colburn, Master Wildlife Conservationist. The program will focus on the natural history of bobcats in CT, an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts. Bobcat artifacts are shared with the audience. Free. Northwest Park, Windsor

Thursday, 2/9 – Sunday, 2/11:

Hartford Boat Show Over 250 Boats and Watercraft, 150 Exhibitors, Demonstration Pool, Boating Lifestyle Area and Boating Personalities to be Featured on Two Levels of the Connecticut Convention Center. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford [Event on Facebook]

Friday, February 10th:

8am – 1pm and 3 – 5pm: Taste of Tu B’Shevat Stop by the Member Services Center for a taste of traditional foods eaten on Tu B’Shevat. Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

8:45 – 9:15am: Free Pilates Reformer Demo Class Always wanted to try Pilates? The free introductory class will introduce you to the Pilates reformer while performing basic Pilates postures and exercises. We at The Posture Bar , want all of our clients to feel comfortable adjusting the foot bar and changing the springs during the group reformer classes and this class is designed to do just that . You will learn a few of the Basic Exercise series on the Reformer allowing you to feel longer leaner and stronger! Free. The Posture Bar, Farmington

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30 – 12:30pm: Valentine’s Day Treats (Toddler Class) Let’s get into the Valentine’s Day spirit and fall in love with today’s recipes! We will make cherry pie pops, red velvet cake balls, and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries! Each child will also create a love bug craft stick. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday, 2/11 from 9 – 10am and 11am – 12pm. Stew Leonard’s, Newington


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12 – 1pm: Lunchtime Lecture Love is in the air! Curator Kristen Wands will highlight a February 26, 1890 dance card owned by a mystery lady. Learn about the role of dances in courting, dance etiquette, and the young men with whom our lass danced. Bring your lunch & the museum will provide beverages & dessert. $3 for non-members. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington



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5:30 – 8:30pm: Parents’ Night Out! Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too! Pizza dinner is always included! $40 1st child, half off siblings! My Gym, West Hartford 

6 – 9pm: Parents’ Night Out Get your children ready to party with some of their favorite My Gym teachers! Treat your little one to 3 fun hours of games, activities, pizza, fun, and a movie! What a great chance for you to enjoy an evening out while your little ones are surrounded by their My Gym friends and teachers. Kids ages 2 and up. $35 per child, sibling discount. My Gym, Glastonbury 

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6:30 – 7pm: Sips and Scripts: The Vagina Monologues UNCorked is getting a facelift this year — and a new name — and you’re invited to Sips and Scripts! 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 10th opening night performance of The Vagina Monologues at 7:30pm. Limited space. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

6:30 – 9pm: Mommy Son Valentine’s Dance Join us looking your best for music, dancing, crafts and a free photo booth! The dance is geared for boys ages 5-12 years old. All positive role models are welcome, not just Mom! $20 per couple, $5 for each additional person. Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center, Bristol

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7 – 7:45pm: Clue Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House Clue Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house — and some of the author’s favorite literary characters — as part of the game. Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope? Play our live-action version of the classic board game Clue in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe Sea Tea Improv as Twain’s beloved characters/suspects. Clue Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show “Wackiest Tours!” Tickets are $24; children 6 to 17 are $15. Mark Twain House, Hartford

7 – 8pm: Owl Prowl in Earle Park We will walk our trails, call to the owls and see what hoots back! While we cannot guarantee a response from the wild owls, you will immerse yourself in owl habitat and learn about why owls are so cool and help keep our habitats healthy. And you do get to see Cookie, our resident barred owl! Please bring your flashlights and dress accordingly: appropriate footwear required, no dress shoes or sandals. Adults: $10, children under 12 half price. Space is limited; Please call to reserve your spot. Earle Park, Glastonbury

7:30 – 8:45pm: ‘Snow Wading” Moon – Family Night Hike Join us for a guided hike through the snowy woods. This month’s moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Snow Moon because the heaviest snows usually fell during this time of the year. If there is deep snow, bring your own snow shoes or borrow ours. $7 per person. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Friday, 2/10 – Saturday 2/11:

6 – 8pm: Valentine’s Day Treats Let’s get into the Valentine’s Day spirit and fall in love with today’s recipes! We will make cherry pie pops, red velvet cheesecake brownies, red velvet cake balls, strawberry white chocolate chip cookies, and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

7pm: 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. Adrienne Marie, a veteran of previous productions, signs on this year as director! V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Proceeds benefit My Sister’s Place, Interval House and Connecticut Trans-advocacy. Tickets: $5-15. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Friday, 2/10 – Sunday, 2/12:

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College Retreat: The Light of Simplicity The pace of college can often leave students with the need to rest and reflect in a sacred space. On this weekend retreat for college students, we explore the retreat season theme and offer a variety of workshops to strengthen faith through learning and small-group discussion. The retreat is centered on the liturgy of the Church and enhancing the experience of community among college students. The retreat begins on Friday evening with a buffet dinner from 6-7:30 p.m. and concludes with Sunday brunch at noon. $75 per person. Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford

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{Last Call} Friday – Saturday 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Simsbury High School Presents “42nd Street” Simsbury High School Presents “42nd Street”, an upbeat, funny, and flashy Broadway classic. Simsbury High School,  Simsbury

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Love Letters is the story of a 50-year correspondence between Melissa Gardner and her childhood-friend-turned-love-interest Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Simply staged, it is a touching romance shared through old-fashioned pen and paper. Tickets: $15-17. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Canton

Friday, 2/10 – Saturday, 2/18:

8pm: Travesties What do you get when you combine Oscar Wilde, Monty Python, and the political and emotional turmoils of a century ago? If you’re the beloved playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, you get Travesties, a jubilant, poetically beautiful comedy celebrating how important the creative arts are to humankind. Hole in the Wall Theater is proud to invite you to this carnival of farcical hi-jinks, impassioned debates, vaudeville acts, and other theatrical surprises. Runs until February 18th. $20 adults, $15 students. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain [Event on Facebook]

Friday, 2/10 – Sunday, 2/19:

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Calendar Girls This revealing comedy, inspired by the Hollywood hit movie, opens LTM’s 2017 Season. When your husband dies, Annie and her Yorkshire Women’s Institute members come together to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room by posing for a calendar…completely in the nude. Positioned behind flowers, cakes, and knitting projects, the women discover what it means to be confident in their own skin and the shining beauty within themselves and each other. Based on a true story, this hilarious play will leave you feeling better about life than when you entered the theater. Both the VIP and General seating sections are first-come, first-served. VIP seats are in the first six rows of the house. Single tickets for comedies and dramas are $25 VIP or $19 for general section seating. Little Theatre of Manchester, Manchester

Saturday, February 11th:

9 – 10am: Sensory Saturday Imagine Nation is open an hour early for children with special needs and their families. In addition to our multisensory interactive exhibits, which invite children to touch, discover and create, the museum is modified into a sensory friendly environment with lowered lighting and sound. Admission: $7, children under 7 are free. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol

9 – 10am and 11am – 12pm: Valentine’s Day Treats (Toddler Class) Let’s get into the Valentine’s Day spirit and fall in love with today’s recipes! We will make cherry pie pops, red velvet cake balls, and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries! Each child will also create a love bug craft stick. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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9:15am: Valentine Brownies Learn to personalize on a brownie using a decorator tip and icing. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $35 per kid. Jo-Ann, Newington and Manchester

10am: American Girl: Valentine’s Day Crepe Party Let’s have a crepe party! Crepes are super-fun to make, and you can finish them with whatever tasty fillings and toppings you’d like, such as chocolate, fresh fruit or jam. Then serve them to your family and friends on Valentine’s Day. Suitable for ages 8–13. Price: $30 (includes Crepe Pan Set). Williams-Sonoma

10 – 11:30am: Easy Bath Updates In this workshop, you will learn the skills to upgrade your bath, including how to place a vanity cabinet, adjust your plumbing connections, and set in the vanity top and caulk it into place. Additionally, you will learn to remove old vanity lights and install a new ones and then install wall-mounted bath accessories like towel and toilet tissue holders to complete the look. Free. Home Depot

10am – 1pm: Second Saturdays: Postcards from Japan Explore Japan’s past and present through a unique dance performance. Create a nature-inspired postcard to take home or send to a friend! As always, museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities! Free Family Tours: ABCs: Art, Books, Connections: 10:30–11am, Ask About Art, 11am–noon: Eyes on Art Family Tour: 11:30am–Noon. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford [Event on Facebook]

10am – 1pm: Happy Hearts Scavenger Hunt A fun-filled scavenger hunt around the museum studios using a list of clues that will get everyone’s brains working and hearts pumping! Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol [Event on Facebook]

Valentines Day Storytime

11am: Lars the Little Polar Bear is the beloved star of a children’s book “Little Polar Bear and the Whales” authored by Hans de Beer in 2008. It’s the perfect basis for a full dome show to teach young children about nature, climate change — and a little astronomy. What happens when a frisky little polar bear named Lars ventures out on the first day of spring? He explores his Arctic home, meets new friends, and saves some endangered whales. The first part of the show features illustrations from the book, enhanced by clever animations. Lars spends the first day of spring exploring near his home, discovering a ship wreck, and cavorting with a cormorant. Then, he makes friends with a group of beluga whales and a giant sperm whale. When Lars learns that the whales are being hunted by a whaling ship, he finds a place for them to hide in a nearby bay. After the whalers leave, melting ice traps the whales in the bay. It’s up to Lars to save them by coming up with a clever way to help them escape. The story ends with Lars and his friends making plans to meet again someday in the future. After the show brings Lars’s adventure story to life, it takes on a documentary flair, with a tour of the Arctic. We visit some of the animals who live there, through photographs taken by scientists on polar expeditions. We learn about how real polar bears live, why they have small ears and tails, what they eat, and how the melting of Arctic sea ice is affecting their habitat. A short star talk section introduces the Arctic night sky, the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, as well as Polaris, the North Star, and the star patterns of the Big and Little Dipper. Visually surrounded by icebergs as they explore Lars’s home, children are touched by the beauty of the Arctic. Throughout the show, young audiences gain a positive appreciation of nature and learn that the polar bear’s wonderful habitat is well worth preserving. All ages. $5 per person, plus online transaction fee of $1.25. GEHMS Planetarium, Glastonbury

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

11am – 1pm: Car Seat Check Up Have your car seat checked free of charge by an experienced car seat Technician! There’s 4 out of 5 chance your child is not as secure as you think. Be sure that yours isn’t one of them! Free. Babies R Us, West Hartford

11am – 3pm: Community Digitization Day for World War I Photographs and Artifacts Bring your family’s World War treasures to show us. We’ll record your family’s information, and scan and photograph your artifacts. The digital images will become part of the Connecticut Digital Archives for all to see. If your family was living in Windsor during World War I, scans or loans of your family photographs, records, or artifacts could become part of Windsor Historical Society’s upcoming exhibition. Learn about the best ways to preserve your family treasures from preservation specialist Donia Conn. Windsor Historical Society Curator Kristen Wands and Archivist Michelle Tom will also be available to answer your questions. Snowdate: 2/18. Adults $8, students $6, children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor 

12pm: Viscera: Author Signing With Gabriel Squailia Join us as we welcome author Gabriel Squailia to the store for a signing of his second novel. In Viscera, a woman with strange abilities travels across a bizarre war-torn land in an inventive and gruesomely comic fantasy tale. Barnes & Noble, Blue Back Square, West Hartford

1pm: Kids’ Valentine Fortune Cookies Learn to trace, cut and assemble paper fortune cookies. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $25 per child. Jo-Ann, Newington


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1 – 4pm: Doll and Me Tea Spend an afternoon with your favorite doll! You and a favorite friend will enjoy a snack, make a special Valentine and play games. Dress up is encouraged! This drop off program is recommended for children ages 6-11. $25 per child. Registration is required. Noah Webster House, West Hartford [Event on Facebook]

5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Big fun on the Big Screen. Inflatables, zany games, gymnastics, pizza and a movie on our 9-foot screen keep your children entertained while you enjoy an evening out! Don’t forget to bring your pillow and blanket to cuddle up in for the movie! $30 per child, discount for siblings. Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury

6pm: Hearts and Wine: Valentine’s Gourmet Dinner Join us for a delicious buffet dinner prepared by Holy Family’s talented chef, Joe Ethier. Along with dinner, local wine educator and Chief Grape Officer of WineTimeCT, Laureen Guerriero, will offer her expertise and include three wines to complement the meal courses. Appetizers begin at 6pm. View Menu. Couples and singles are most welcome. Offering: $150 per couple; $75 per person. Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford


6:30 – 8pm: Family Skate Night Join us on Walton Pond for an evening of family fun under the lights. There will be a hockey shoot out and skating games for all ages. Or just come out to enjoy a night on the ice with music, a roaring fire, hot chocolate, hotdogs, and more. This program will be held weather permitting. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the program. $15 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

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6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walks Miss Judy invites you to bring your friends and family for a fun night of learning about the great outdoors. The general format includes an inside introduction to the evening program, an outside walk, a warm fire with smores or something baked in the fire, a short walk outside to check the night sky, and of course family socializing with other night explorers. Dress in layers for the weather conditions that day it can get very cold on these winter nights. Because of unknown winter conditions, the Winter Exploration outside walk format will vary based on snow and ice conditions during February. Hopefully we can include some snowshoeing and ice skating each evening. Registration is required 3 days before the date of the event. Reoccurs on March 11th. $25 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

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7 – 9pm: Full Moon Snowshoe Hike Snowshoe through the moonlit trails and through the sparkling snow. The Nature Center will be open for evening snowshoeing. Headlamps and flashlights are permitted, but not a necessity. We will enjoy hot chocolate at the end of our adventure. Please register to reserve equipment, space is limited. $10 per Windsor resident, $15 per non-resident. Snow conditions permitting. Northwest Park, Windsor

7 – 9pm: George Washington’s Birthday Ball Wethersfield Historical Society will celebrate George Washington’s 285th birthday in the manner Wethersfield residents would have ball-logo in his heyday – with a ball! Join traditional dance caller Patricia Campbell in the Keeney Ballroom for authentic 18th century country dancing to live period music. This is a participatory event for reenactors and other interested participants. No prior dance experience is necessary! 18th century period clothing or festive attire is requested; BYOB. Tickets are $10 and are on sale either online here or in person at the Old Academy, 150 Main Street, 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday – Friday. Space is limited, so buy your tickets early!

7 – 11pm: Parents Night Out Light-fare dinner and two-bite desserts will be served. Coffee, water and soft drinks provided. BYOB. Raffles, auction and dancing with James & the Untold Riches! A fundraising event to benefit Conard Safe Grad. Tickets $25, $30 at the door. West Hartford Town Hall, West Hartford

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Saturday, 2/11 – Sunday, 2/12

Classes Open House Saturday & Sunday 2/11 - 2/12 from 11a - 3p. Browse Classes.

1:30 – 3:30pm: Nature’s Secrets on the Weekend This winter join Miss Judy for a fun weekend afternoon of learning something new about the great outdoors. The program format is an indoor introduction about the day’s topic followed by a hands-on outdoor activity to try out what you learned. Dress in layers so you can be comfortable for the indoor introduction and be warm enough for the outdoor activity. Saturday programs include Winter Twigs and Bark in February to learn how to identify common trees during the winter. Sunday programs include who’s out and about during winter in February to learn about the active winter animals. Registration is required 3 days before the date of the event. Reoccurs on March 11-12. $10 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

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10am – 5pm: Sensory Friendly Day The Science Center is an exciting place, bustling with loud sounds and bright lights…but we’re lowering the volume and dimming the lights for Sensory Friendly Day. Get ready for an exciting day of fantastic sensory-friendly fun courtesy of The Miracle League of Connecticut! Groups with special needs programs and families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities will enjoy tons of kids’ activities, arts and crafts, and live gallery science demonstrations. Tickets will be available online for $14 each or at the door for $16.95 each. 1:1 aides are always free. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

11am: Pack n Play Building Race Come and see who can build a pack-n-play the fastest and win a prize. Share baby stories and have fun. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

11am – 4pm: Families Learn Together: The Science of Small Each month, we will explore a different theme with educational demonstrations, hands-on activities, and fun take-away projects to encourage learning at home. Many of our days will feature guest educators, scientists, artists and other professionals within their fields. Admission: adults $14.75, children (ages 2-12) $13.75. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

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11:30am – 4pm: 38th Annual Famous Macaroni Dinner Wethersfield UNICO is holding our famous macaroni dinner to raise money for our amazing scholarship program. We award scholarships to high school seniors who reside in Wethersfield & Rocky Hill. Dinner includes pasta with homemade sauce and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and drinks! Cannoli’s are available for purchase as well. Adults $12, kids (12 and under) $7. Wethersfield Community Center, Wethersfield

12 – 4pm: Family Sunday: Victorian Valentines Discover the history of Victorian Era Valentines. Make & take your own love note home at this family event! Adults $6, children $5. All admissions include a free ride on our working carousel. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol [Event on Facebook]

1pm: Learn to Crochet for Kids Crochet passion begins here with these personalized monogrammed tags. Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $35 per kid. Jo-Ann, Manchester

1pm: Brisk Winter Walk Meet Jim Woodworth and Goodwin College’s Bruce Morton, Program Director of Environmental Studies to explore our Wilson-Carvalho and Hockanum Meadows parcels in the “Wethersfield Triangle” of land marooned on the east side by the meandering of the river. Goodwin College students are studying environmental science here, experimenting with invasive species control and habitat enhancement. Hockanum Park, East Hartford 

1pm: Kids’ Valentine Treats Learn to use a decorating bag and tip to create sweet messages on envelope-shaped cookies. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $35 per child. Jo-Ann, Manchester

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1 – 3:30pm: Hearts Galore! A Valentine Craft for Children. Drop in and make a fancy heart for a special someone! Free. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington

1:30pm: Learn to Crochet for Kids Crochet passion begins here with these personalized monogrammed tags. Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class, when you register online you will be prompted to download the supply list. $35 per kid. Jo-Ann, Newington

2 – 3:30pm: Teen Class Teens can learn a new embroidery stitch as they make cute emoji pins. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $5. Michael’s locations

4pm: Art & Music To celebrate the recent beautiful renovation of the Wadsworth Atheneum, CONCORA will present a program at the museum wih repertoire inspired by the artwork itself. Small ensembles will sing in the various galleries, with music related to the artworks in each room, such as choral music of Claude Debussy alongside Impressionist paintings, colonial songs by William Billings near art by 18th century American artists, and much more. The concert features the premiere of a commissioned choral work by Connecticut composer Ellen Gilson Voth, inspired by paintings of the Hudson River School, including Connecticut-born artist Frederic Church. The event concludes with a concert by the full choir in the stunning Morgan Great Hall. $10-55 per person. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

7pm: Jewish Book Festival – Melissa Fay Greene Melissa Fay Greene’s The Underdogs: Children, Dogs,and the Power of Unconditional Love, tells the story of Karen Shirk, felled at age 24 by a neuromuscular disease and who was turned down by every service dog agency in the country because she was “too disabled.” A thousand state-of-the-art dogs later, Karen’s service dog academy, 4 Paws for Ability, is restoring broken children and their families to life. Written with characteristic insight, humanity, humor, and irrepressible joy, The Underdogs is a compassionate exploration of our attachment to dogs, what constitutes a productive life, and what can be accomplished with unconditional love. $20 per person. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

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Week 4 of 52

Monday, January 23rd:

11am – 1pm: Seminar: Reclaim Your Professional Self Are you seeking to return to professional work after opting out as a care-giver? Let Untapped Potential’s esteemed Coaches guide you! With the help of our moderators, Kelley Biskupiak and Susan Rietano Davey, you will dig deep to begin clarifying where you are now and where you want to go. This Session includes Who Am I?, a strengths and values exercise to remind participants who they are beyond caregiver; and Stories of Hope, unique real-life returners’ stories from firsthand experience shared to inspire participants with confidence that ‘it can be done.’ Using leading industry evaluation tools, you’ll perform a personality assessment and discuss how personality influences the way you work. You’ll also complete an aptitude assessment and discuss why and how to play to your natural aptitudes when making career choices. This Stand-alone Session will kick-start your return-to-work journey! It also serves as a sampling of our full Prepare To Launch Program: Launch with Confidence in 2017! Participating will give you an overview of what to expect throughout. $50 per person. Canton Gateway Office Park, Building #5, Floor 2, Canton

4:30 – 6:45pm: Creative Kids Children will be introduced to theatre through creative play. Exercises and games will focus on acting, story telling, puppetry, music, and movement. A story will often be included. By the end of the class, students should be using their bodies and voices to start to create characters. Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present a short script. The 4:30 – 5:30pm class is for all kindergarteners and for first grade students who are new to the program. The 5:45 – 6:45pm class is for first grade students who have already participated in the program, and for all second grade students. Classes run weekly until March 20th. No class 2/20. Snow day 3/27. Fee: $120 for 9 classes. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. Playhouse on Park, Hartford

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6pm: Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper Audition New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions for children ages 8 through 14 for Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on May 5, 6 and 7. The Prince and the Pauper, adapted by R. Rex Stephenson, is a theatrical version of the Mark Twain novel which takes place in the attic of Twain’s home. When a group of neighborhood girls and boys visit Twain, he narrates the story and passes out parts, and the children act out The Prince and the Pauper. Happening alongside this action, Twain meets with a person who he had selected to take dictation as Twain recalls the events of his life for his autobiography. The play will be directed by Rae Johnson. All levels of experience are welcome, and auditions are open to children from any town. No audition preparation is necessary, but those auditioning will meet as a group with the directors and will read from the play. To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. Older children age 13 and up may also call with interest in helping backstage. Holmes Elementary School, New Britain

7 – 10pm: Intermediate Improvisation This class continues work on the fundamental principles of improvisation while introducing more short-form improv games. We will focus on concepts such as status, tilt and re-incorporation and we will explore using the environment and non-linear narrative. The emphasis will be on character work, creating narratives and playing with commitment. Performance at the end of class. Introduction to Improv or permission form the instructor. For ages 18 and up. Classes runs until March 6th. Class Show: March 7th. $200 for semester. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Tuesday, January 24th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year! (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the Year of the Rooster with some authentic Chinese recipes! Today we will make homemade dumplings, vegetable lo mein, and sugary sweet Chinese donuts. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Friday and Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

12:30 – 1:15pm: Winter Little Adventures Join the fun! This 5-session program is designed for your 4 – 5 year olds. Each week your child will spend 45 minutes doing a variety of activities such as the outdoor bouldering wall, snow fort building, cross country skiing, ice skating or tubing as well as participating in team building activities and other winter themed programs. (Activity choice will depend on weather). Registration is required by 3 days prior to start of session. $60 per sesson. Reoccurs until 2/7. Winding Trails, Farmington

10 – 11am: Learn to Skate Clinic Your 4 and 5 year olds can begin to learn the sport of skating. This fun based 4-session class will involve getting your children up and around on skates. The basics of forward and backward skating, turning, and stopping will be covered. Children must have their own skates or rent. (If you need to rent skates please call ahead to arrange for them.) Single blade skates only please, and don’t forget to have them sharpened! Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Walton Pond warming hut. Weather permitting. $20 per child. Reoccurs on Tuesday and Thursday through 1/19 and again on Monday starting 1/23 through Wednesday through 2/1. Winding Trails, Farmington

12:30 – 1:15pm: Winter Little Adventures Join the fun! This 5-session program is designed for your 4 – 5 year olds. Each week your child will spend 45 minutes doing a variety of activities such as the outdoor bouldering wall, snow fort building, cross country skiing, ice skating or tubing as well as participating in team building activities and other winter themed programs. (Activity choice will depend on weather). Registration is required by 3 days prior to start of session. $60 per sesson. Reoccurs until 2/7. Winding Trails, Farmington

1-3pm: Snow Day Camp Get the kids out of the house to do some dancing, playing and baking! Ms. Suzanne and the kids will bake some brownies. While the brownies are baking the kids will have a chance to play, dance and sing. Ages 4-10. Drop-off. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

4 – 5pm: Learn to Skate Clinic Your 6 thru 9 year olds can begin to learn the sport of skating. This fun based 4-session class will involve getting your children up and around on skates. The basics of forward and backward skating, turning, and stopping will be covered. Children must have their own skates or rent. (If you need to rent skates please call ahead to arrange for them.) Single blade skates only please, and don’t forget to have them sharpened! Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Walton Pond warming hut. Weather permitting. $20 per child. Reoccurs on Tuesday and Thursday through 1/19 and again on Monday starting 1/23 through Wednesday through 2/1. Winding Trails, Farmington

5:30 – 7pm: Actor Performance Training Program This class is for middle school students who are interested in improving their acting and performance technique. This class will be broken into three units to allow for in-depth study of various acting topics. Students will first study improv and ensemble building, then will move on to an in-depth study of creating a character using techniques for voice and body. For the final unit, students will be asked to incorporate what they have learned throughout the year into a devised theatre piece. The program will conclude with a showcase where they perform their original ensemble-generated performance. This class is for fifth graders who have already taken a Playhouse on Park acting class and have permission from the instructor, plus all sixth through eighth grade students. Fee: $600. Classes run until 5/30. (No class 2/21, 4/11). Snow days: 3/21, 6/6. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

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7pm: Counting Sheep and Other Sleep Stuff Join Dr. Scott Kallor for a conversation on sleep issues geared toward families with young children. Topics will include children falling asleep on their own, frequent nighttime awakenings, sleep terrors, and other phobias. Scott Kallor is a pediatrician and partner in Pediatric Partners LLC in Bloomfield. Free and open to the community. RSVP required by Friday, January 20. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

7:30pm: Playwrightes on Park Reading Series is an exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work. A reading of a new play by professional actors; a talk back following the reading with with the playwright, the cast and the director; and opportunity for audiences members to complete a response card pertaining to the play/musical. Human Rites After receiving a complaint from a group of students, an African American dean at a major American university summons a renowned (Caucasian) professor of cultural psychology into her office to discuss his controversial research on female genital mutilation. But it is the extra-marital affair these two academic heavyweights engaged in years ago, along with a surprise visitor, that brings their battle over science, privilege and cultural pluralism to a boil. $5 general admission. Playhouse on Park. West Hartford

Tuesday, January 24th – Tuesday, January 31st:

Tuesday – Friday at 10am, Saturday at 10:30am and Saturday – Sunday at 3:30pm: Lars the Little Polar Bear is a story about a young polar bear who explores his arctic home, meeting friends along the way. Children will learn about the arctic climate, the animals that live here, and how to find the Big and Little Dipper in the night sky. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Tuesday – Friday at 12pm and Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Oasis in Space: A Solar System Adventure Take a journey through the beautiful Solar System. Your exploration starts on Earth, with its vast oceans that make life possible. You’ll fly by the other planets and their moons, learning about their characteristics such as atmosphere, temperature, and composition. See why water is a key to life here. Oasis in Space is a production of Spitz Creative Media. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Tuesday, January 24th – Sunday, February 19th:

SUNSET BABY

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday Matinee at 2:30pm: Sunset Baby A powerful and honest story of one woman’s journey from a hard existence to her own liberation. Sunset Baby is an energetic, daring look at the point where the personal and political collide. From one of the most exciting young voices in American theater, this dynamic new play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom and the politics of freedom. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Theaterworks, Hartford

The Comedy of Errors

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Comedy of Errors A Madcap, Midwinter, Musical Extravaganza! 22 actors. 2 pairs of twins. 1 crazy day. Shake the midwinter blues away with Shakespeare’s zaniest comedy, performed by a lively ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, musicians and acrobats. Opa! Tresnjak sets The Comedy of Errors on a sun-kissed island off the coast of Greece in 1965. The production will feature both international songs from the era and exotic dance numbers. The Bard’s zaniest comedy, in which two sets of twins separated at birth find themselves in the same city on the same day, leads to a string of mistaken identities, over-the-top slapstick and false accusations. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 90 minutes with no intermission. 1/24 & 1/25: AfterWords Discussion Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30pm performances on Tuesday or 2pm Wednesday matinees. Free for ticketholders. 1/29: 2pm and 7:30pm: Open Captioned Performances For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Wednesday, January 25th:

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. This program will continue February 1, 15 and March 1, 15, 29. Admission is $15/child. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury  

11am – 12:30pm: Entrepreneur Vision Board As an Entrepreneur this is a great time to create your 2017 Vision Board! Jump start your year with a beautiful piece of art that empowers you and sets the stage for success! Things to Bring: Images, printed words, scrapbook materials, inspiring quotes that you love! Bring the stuff (you can add to your board) that brings you joy and inspiration! Ask yourself: When I am living my vision, what am I doing? What does you vision feel like? What does my vision look like? Rebecca will guide you and all materials are included (aprons, surface board, supplies, & also instruction). $25 per person. Axis901, Manchester

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3:30 – 5pm: After School Nature Club for Junior Naturalists Nurture your child’s natural curiosity in our new After School Junior Naturalist Program. 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. This program will continue February 1st & 15th and March 1st, 15th & 29th: a total of 7 classes. Admission is $15/child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

4 – 6:15pm: Young Actor Training Students will participate in games, exercises, and scenes to allow them to gain comfort and technique in portraying a character onstage. Topics will include basic scene work, story telling, puppetry, and movement. Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present poems, monologues, or scenes. 4-5pm: Grades 3-4. 5:15-6:15pm: Grades 4-5. Fee $120 for winter session, runs January 11 – March 8. $15 Annual registration fee.

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6pm: Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper Audition New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions for children ages 8 through 14 for Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on May 5, 6 and 7. The Prince and the Pauper, adapted by R. Rex Stephenson, is a theatrical version of the Mark Twain novel which takes place in the attic of Twain’s home. When a group of neighborhood girls and boys visit Twain, he narrates the story and passes out parts, and the children act out The Prince and the Pauper. Happening alongside this action, Twain meets with a person who he had selected to take dictation as Twain recalls the events of his life for his autobiography. The play will be directed by Rae Johnson. All levels of experience are welcome, and auditions are open to children from any town. No audition preparation is necessary, but those auditioning will meet as a group with the directors and will read from the play. To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. Older children age 13 and up may also call with interest in helping backstage. Holmes Elementary School, New Britain

6 – 8pm: Wednesday Night 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. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Please pay at ski center. $12 per person. Reoccurs weekly until 2/22. Winding Trails, Farmington



6 – 8pm: Winter Writers Workshops with Hank Herman Is your New Year’s Resolution to wrap up that writing project you put on hold when the holidays hit? Have an idea you’ve been meaning to get started on, but haven’t gotten around to? Need a little push from a classroom structure to get you going? Appreciate feedback from other motivated writers, and from a professional instructor? Here’s your answer! Whether you’re working on memoir, essay, kids fiction, humor — or anything else; Winter Writers Workshop is perfect for you. Registration limited to 8. Six-week writing workshop – Wednesdays from January 18 – February 22. $300. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

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7 – 9pm: Bird Nerd Trivia Think you have what it takes to call yourself an Avian Authority? Then join us to start the New Year right with our first Bird Nerd Trivia of 2017. Test your avian knowledge against bird enthusiasts from around the state! We’ll have refreshments, great company and trivia on topics ranging from bird identification to birds in pop culture. It’s also a great opportunity for you to explore our beautifully renovated center and see what’s new! $8 for non-members. The CT Audubon Center, Glastonbury

Wednesday, January 25th – Sunday, January 29th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: [title of show] Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration. Tickets $35-50. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, January 26th

10am – 1pm: Learn Ski Lunch Come for a cross country ski program and stay for lunch. If you have never cross country skied or need a refresher this is a great program for you. This program includes rental equipment, a lesson, and lunch. Space is limited and program is held weather permitting. Lunch will be provided from our snack bar. Registration is required by 3 days prior. $20 per adult. Winding Trails, Farmington

12 -1pm: Gallery Talk: Visualizing American Independence Explore the creation of an early American visual lexicon with Erin Monroe, Robert H. Schutz, Jr., Associate Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, in the permanent collection installation John Trumbull: Visualizing American Independence. Included with the cost of admission, $15 per adult, Students with school ID $5, children under 18 are free. . Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

3 – 4pm: Reservation Required: Austin House Visit Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. Click here for a complete description and photos of the house. With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required, and groups are limited to 12 visitors. The Austin House, Hartford

4:15 – 6pm: An Afternoon at the Spa Ms. Suzanne will be hosting a spa event at TLGT! We will be doing facials, foot scrubs and yoga. Ms. Suzanne and the kids will also make some delicious smoothies. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle with you. $30 ($20 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

5:45 – 7:15pm: Family Art Wars Ms. Suzanne has been collecting a bunch of recyclables and other art supplies. She wants to see what each family can create from her collection. Each family will have 25 minutes to make a masterpiece using the supplies at hand. After the 25 minutes, our panel of judges will choose their favorite creation. Snacks will be served. Please note that there will not be any toys out in the studio for younger siblings to play with. $25 per family. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

5:30 and 7pm: Full Dome Film: A Starry Tale An eternal story of gods and humans has begun. Beautiful, poetic and philosophical. In the Golden Age, Heaven and Earth were the one world, where Gods and people had been living together. Constellations were created thousands years ago and they have been handed down generation after generation up to now. This show focuses on this great fact. In the show, you will see the world of constellations and the movement of the sun, moon and planets against constellations. An associated story from Greek myths is provided with beautiful CG including the tale of Astraea, the goddess of justice, who is closely related to the constellation Libra. Enjoy an epic story with the fantastic and vivid images. $5 per person. The Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium, Glastonbury

6 – 8pm: Mandell JCC Rental Showcase Showcase featuring the Mandell JCC’s newly revamped rental facilities, including our new Innovation Center. The evening includes drinks, a sampling of hors d’oeuvres from local caterers, tours of the new facilities, discounts on booking and more. RSVP required to Mitch Shakun, 860-231-6323, mshakun@mandelljcc.org by Thursday, January 19. Free admission. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

6 – 9pm: Writing in Mark Twain’s Library Not a writing class, not a writing workshop, just three hours of uninterrupted writing time in Mark Twain’s own library. Join a select handful of fellow scribblers, including a special guest writer, to write, reflect, and plot whatever piece of literature you’re working on. The space is quiet, except for the burbling fountain in the nearby conservatory, and infused with Mark Twain’s spirit. Don’t miss this once-in-a-life opportunity –and bring a friend to sit and share the experience with. Laptops welcome, but make sure you charge up before you come, as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only; no pens permitted! Cost is $50. Mark Twain House, Hartford

7pm: Film: After the Storm Part of The Lure of Japan film series, presenting Japanese cinema in celebration of the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan. After the Storm: Resting on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota gambles away the money he makes as a private detective and barely pays child support. After the death of his father, he tries to renew contact with his distrusting family and ex-wife to find a place in the life of his young son. Comedic Drama. 2016. Japan. 117 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Reoccurs on Saturday-Sunday at 2pm. Thursday only: Arrive early and visit the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Izakaya—our Pop-Up Sake Bar!—before this screening! $9 regular admission. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

7pm: DIY Home Cleaning Part 2: Dust and Polish Homemade cleaning products are chemical free, eco-friendly, budget friendly, and they really work! In this class, I will show you how to replace that lemon scented dusting spray and bright blue glass cleaner with safe, natural, inexpensive DIY alternatives. I will also teach you my easy, natural method for keeping your kitchen sink sparkling, clean and germ odor free. Your whole house will shine after this class! Scraptivity, Berlin

7pm: Full Dome Film: A Starry Tale An eternal story of gods and humans has begun. Beautiful, poetic and philosophical. In the Golden Age, Heaven and Earth were the one world, where Gods and people had been living together. Constellations were created thousands years ago and they have been handed down generation after generation up to now. This show focuses on this great fact. In the show, you will see the world of constellations and the movement of the sun, moon and planets against constellations. An associated story from Greek myths is provided with beautiful CG including the tale of Astraea, the goddess of justice, who is closely related to the constellation Libra. Enjoy an epic story with the fantastic and vivid images. $5 per person. The Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium, Glastonbury

Friday, January 27th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year! (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the Year of the Rooster with some authentic Chinese recipes! Today we will make homemade dumplings, vegetable lo mein, and sugary sweet Chinese donuts. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

4 – 7pm: Our Natural World Opening Reception The photo entry period has ended and the exhibit is now being prepared for judging and for viewing. $5 per person. Reservations required. The CT Audubon Center, Glastonbury

6 – 8pm: Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year! Let’s celebrate the Year of the Rooster with some authentic Chinese recipes! Today we will prepare a Chinese meal from scratch, including homemade dumplings, vegetable lo mein, General Tso’s chicken and sugary Chinese donuts. Each child will leave today’s class with a red envelope containing a sweet surprise! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6 – 8pm: To Be Real: Portraits by Shona Curtis Shona Curtis has been making art her entire life. Although she works in many mediums, she is particularly drawn to photography. Through her portrait photography she brings to bear her 15 years’ experience as a psychotherapist, of seeing people in all their dimensions and beautiful contradictions. Through stunningly intimate portraits, photographer Shona Curtis illustrates how portraiture is not about the subject or the photographer, but the alchemy of the relationship between the two. To Be Real, an exhibit of film and digital photography, exposes what lies behind our masks when we feel safe enough to reveal it—a shared humanity—and demonstrates the fragility, beauty and perils of being human. “To Be Real: Portaits by Shona Curtis” will have its opening reception on January 27 at 6pm in the Charter Oak Gallery. The show runs through February. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

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Friday, January 27th – Saturday, February 18th:

8pm: Travesties What do you get when you combine Oscar Wilde, Monty Python, and the political and emotional turmoils of a century ago? If you’re the beloved playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, you get Travesties, a jubilant, poetically beautiful comedy celebrating how important the creative arts are to humankind. Hole in the Wall Theater is proud to invite you to this carnival of farcical hi-jinks, impassioned debates, vaudeville acts, and other theatrical surprises. $20 adults, $15 students. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain

Friday, January 27th – Sunday, January 29th:

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Friday, January 27th – Saturday, February 4th:

8pm: Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post in this raucous comedy! Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage puts the audience in the middle of a live session with Miss Abigail, played by Julie Lemos, the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars. With the help from her sexy sidekick Paco, played by Jon Escobar, they’ll answer any and every one of your questions as they offer up Miss Abigail’s outrageously funny “how-to’s” on dating, mating and marriage including – how to perfect your kiss (it’s all about lip position), what you should and should not talk about on a date (don’t mention you’re a dungeon master until the third or fourth date) and much more. Kick back and relax as Miss Abigail provides the expertise she honed before booty calls and speed-dating ruled – before the divorce rate wasn’t 50% and when ‘fidelity’ was more than an investment firm! You’ll improve your love life and strengthen your relationships well beyond her session. Oh, and you’re sure to be laughing about love all night long – that’s the Miss Abigail guarantee! Runs until 2/4. Doors open at 7:15pm. Ticket price $30 (plus tax). CT Cabaret Theatre, Berlin

Saturday, January 28th:

9 – 10am: Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year! (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the Year of the Rooster with some authentic Chinese recipes! Today we will make homemade dumplings, vegetable lo mein, and sugary sweet Chinese donuts. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9:30am – 5pm: Imagine Nation Loves Bristol All Bristol residents receive free admission with proof of Bristol residency. Imagine Nation, Bristol


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10am – 5pm: Engineering Earth Through a number of interactive exhibits, this hands-on experience invites visitors to understand the composition of raw earth, to study the behavior of the granular material and to discover ancient and contemporary construction techniques. From ancient examples such as China’s Great Wall and Iran’s Bam citadel to progressive models from international architects Martin Rauch and Rick Joy, Engineering Earth presents a perfect balance of art and science throughout the ages and for the future. Admission: $23.95 per adult, $16.95 per child (ages 3-17). Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

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12:30 – 4pm: Cabin Fever Festival Have the Winter blues set in? Looking for a fun way to get out of the house and make the best of the cold weather? Join us on Saturday January 28th for our annual Cabin Fever Festival! Cabin Fever Festival will kick off with a large bonfire to warm everyone up. The event features animal presentations by the CT Valley Siberian Husky Club and eagles from Horizon Wings. Additional animal encounters include real pelts and skulls for you to see up close and a wildlife tracking hike. Discover other winter traditions such as the historic practice of ice harvesting and observe a wildlife ice sculpture being carved. There will also be winter games and contests and much more! $5 for non-resident, $3 for resident. Children 2 and under are free. Northwest Park & Nature Center, Windsor

1pm: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Join two young space explorers and their talking astronomy book as they travel through the solar system in a magical cardboard rocket. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

3:30 – 5:30pm: Valentine Cookie Decorating Come learn how to decorate Valentines Day themed cookies with royal icing color flow techniques. Tina from Tina’s Cake Emporium will be teaching the class and will be sharing a supplies list shortly. Class fee is $20. The Playful Peacock & Friends, Windsor Locks

3:45 – 6pm: Family Day: Goodnight Moon Bring the family, your kid, or just yourself! Muse Family Days can be enjoyed by all. $29 per family. Muse Paintbar, West Hartford

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Saturday, January 28th – Saturday, January 29th:

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10am – 5pm: The 13th Annual The Connecticut Kids Fair Fun, entertainment, exhibits, prizes and more are what you’ll get at the Connecticut Kids Fair. 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. Rides, games, play areas,live stage entertainment, great for kids of all ages. Get the kids out of the house for some time at the Connecticut Kids Fair. Adults $10,  kids 12 and under $5. Free ride with kids admission. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

7pm: Film: After the Storm Part of The Lure of Japan film series, presenting Japanese cinema in celebration of the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan. After the Storm: Resting on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota gambles away the money he makes as a private detective and barely pays child support. After the death of his father, he tries to renew contact with his distrusting family and ex-wife to find a place in the life of his young son. Comedic Drama. 2016. Japan. 117 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. $9 regular admission. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

Saturday, January 28th – Sunday January 29th:

12pm: Wildest Weather in the Solar System Join National Geographic and The Children’s Museum on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you’ll be glad you live on Earth! Wildest Weather in the Solar System is packed with eye-popping visuals, high-end CGI and cutting-edge science. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Sunday, January 29th:

9am – 4pm: National Puzzle Day Visit our Puzzled exhibit and participate in some fun activities. Included with the cost of admission. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

10am: Penguin Plunge is the largest grassroots fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Plungers raise funds to Plunge into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 13,000 athletes and unified partners who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Plungers form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience. To join in on the fun, Plungers need to raise a minimum of $100. In addition to the awards for top fundraisers and best costumes, Penguins receive incentive prizes for their fundraising efforts. Take the Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut! Awards at 10am. Check-in at 8pm, Winding Trails, Farmington


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11:30am – 12:30pm: Barre Babies Join Maura for our in-house workshop series: Barre Babies. Bring your little one for a “baby-weight” barre class featuring core-strengthening exercises, innovative barre sequencing and, of course, a great playlist to carry you and your babes through this fun & challenging workout! Two months through crawling is the optimal age range for this workshop. Drop-in either day for $23 or purchase admission to both classes for $40! Remember: For this series, your “workout buddy” will be your weight for the exercises in class. Hartford Sweat, Hartford

1pm: From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet Journey to the year 2132 and follow a young woman named Carina as she studies geology on a future mars base. Her younger brother, Aidan, is back on earth preparing for an internship on the Lunar Base. Experience living on earth and Mars from the perspective of these siblings of the future. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1 – 3pm: A Boston Tea Party  Join us in the Whitman Tavern for tea,a special blend to duplicate what got dumped in Boston Harbor, Colonial sweets, and Early American hospitality as you learn about the “Boston Tea Party” and the lucrative and competitive tea trade that characterized the Colonial period. Registration is required. Admission is $12 a person. 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 habits in mid-winter. Take our groundhog day quiz. Watch a program on groundhogs. Make your predictions on when spring will really arrive and win small gift certificate to our store. Pre-registration is not required. $6 per person. Half-price for children. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

2:30 – 4:30pm: Improv For Kids! Give your child a space to exercise her or his imagination, develop and focus his or her theatrical flare, and make new friends in a fun, educational setting. In our Improv for Kids workshop, your child will learn the basics of improv, and how to apply these principals of improv to theatrical performance and positive, joyful play that celebrates teamwork and children’s naturally imaginative minds! Suggested ages: 7 to 14. Registration for this workshop includes free admission for 1 adult and 1 child to the Family Show at Sea Tea Comedy Theater at 5pm after this workshop! $35 per child & parent. Sea Tea Improv, Hartford

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Week 3 of 52

Monday, January 16th:

9:30am – 4:30pm: Free House Tours for Hartford Residents Hartford residents are invited to tour the Mark Twain House & Museum for free on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For this special occasion, visitors will have the chance to chat with Katy Leary and George Griffin, treasured members of the Clemens family’s household staff. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

9:30am – 5pm: Martin Luther King Day Open House The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will hold an open house in honor of Martin Luther King Day. The event features tours of the Katharine Seymour Day House, hands-on family activities, a film screening and discussion, and bell ringing for nonviolence and peace. All activities are free. In the spirit of giving, visitors can bring new bath towels and feminine hygiene products for donation to emergency shelters – a project of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. Learn about King’s work through writing and craft activities, discuss historic documents from Stowe’s time in the “Conversation of a Nation”, and contribute ideas for “Words that Changed the World.” Noon: Ring bells for nonviolence and peace. 1 – 2:45pm: Watch a screening of 13th, director Ava Duvernay’s in-depth look at the U.S. prison system and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. 2:45 – 4pm: Watch a screening of 13th , director Ava Duvernay’s in-depth look at the U.S. prison system and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. Katharine Seymour Day House, Hartford

10am – 4pm: Snow Much Fun! Looking for some fun winter activities? Visit the Nature Center for a guided hike through the woods. Weather permitting, we will look for tracks or other signs of animals who spend the winter in Werner’s Woods. Make a winter animal craft. Guided hikes at 11am and 2pm. No need to pre-register. $6 adults, $4 children. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

10am – 5pm: Community Day: What’s Your Story? Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with family-friendly music by the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and students from Charter Oak Cultural Center, hands-on art activities, and a theater performance about the Underground Railroad. Free admission and activities all day long. Docent guided tours at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2:30pm. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

10am – 5pm: Martin Luther King Jr. Day The Connecticut Science Center has been busy building a new look for the new year. Join us when we re-open to the public on Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day). Preview the all-new Science Alley and experience ten-stories of interactive and immersive exhibits from the depths of the deep sea to the far reaches of outer space. See the unseen and discover what lies beneath the skin of a life-size Sperm Whale or inside a Mercury-Redstone Rocket. Best of all, everyone pays kids price! $23.95 adults, $16.95 child. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

11am – 12pm and 1 – 2pm: Sushi Making at Stew’s Join us at Stew’s while we learn how to roll our very own sushi. We will make avocado rolls, California rolls and sweet potato rolls! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

11am – 5pm: Community Day On our annual Community Day: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, guests can enjoy free admission to the Museum all day and participate in a variety of activities! Traditionally on this holiday, people from all over the country come together to clean up neighborhoods, donate their time to food banks and soup kitchens, and perform services for others. At the Museum, guests can examine and explore the relationship between art and social justice in activism-themed artworks in our permanent collection during a walk-in tour at noon and 2 pm, enjoy a story reading of Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach in the Moser Library at 1 pm, and create art inspired by jazz (as M.L.K., Jr. once famously said “jazz speaks for life”) in the art studio from 3-4pm. Also, drop into the ArtLab anytime to illustrate your answer to M.L.K., Jr.’s question: “life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” Free admission for all. New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain

12pm: Wildest Weather in the Solar System Join National Geographic and The Children’s Museum on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you’ll be glad you live on Earth! Wildest Weather in the Solar System is packed with eye-popping visuals, high-end CGI and cutting-edge science. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1pm: The Sky Tonight Using the planetarium’s digital projection system, astronomy educators take visitors on a live tour of the current night sky. Learn how to find visible planets and star patterns. This show changes with the current season! Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1pm: Disney on Ice Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales live on ice. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget. Tickets: $20-98. XL Center, Hartford

1 – 4pm: Martin Luther King Day As part of our Extended Museum Hours, Hill-Stead Museum will be open to tour at your leisure from 1 to 4 pm. $15 adults, $8 for children ages 6-12, free under 6. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

1:30 – 3:30pm: Family Day: Tree of Hearts Join us for a step-by-step painting class along with music, perfect for the whole family, ages 7 and up! We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your 12×16 canvas masterpiece. Doors open at 12:30pm, instruction begins at 1pm. Price: $24.99 Scene Art Bar, Unionville

6:30 – 8:30pm: Painting Class Explore basic acrylic painting techniques, brushstrokes, color selection and more. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $28. Michaels Locations

7 – 10pm: Intermediate Improvisation This class continues work on the fundamental principles of improvisation while introducing more short-form improv games. We will focus on concepts such as status, tilt and re-incorporation and we will explore using the environment and non-linear narrative. The emphasis will be on character work, creating narratives and playing with commitment. Performance at the end of class. Prerequisite: Introduction to Improv or permission form the instructor. For ages 18 and up. Maximum 14 students. $200 for the semester, runs January 16th – March 6th. Class show on March 7th. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Monday, January 16th – Tuesday, January 31st:

Monday at 10:30am, Tuesday – Friday at 10am, Saturday at 10:30am and Saturday – Sunday at 3:30pm: Lars the Little Polar Bear is a story about a young polar bear who explores his arctic home, meeting friends along the way. Children will learn about the arctic climate, the animals that live here, and how to find the Big and Little Dipper in the night sky. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Monday at 2:30pm, Tuesday – Friday at 12pm and Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Oasis in Space: A Solar System Adventure Take a journey through the beautiful Solar System. Your exploration starts on Earth, with its vast oceans that make life possible. You’ll fly by the other planets and their moons, learning about their characteristics such as atmosphere, temperature, and composition. See why water is a key to life here. Oasis in Space is a production of Spitz Creative Media. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Tuesday, January 17th:

10 – 11am: Learn to Skate Your 4 and 5 year olds can begin to learn the sport of skating. This fun based 4-session class will involve getting your children up and around on skates. The basics of forward and backward skating, turning, and stopping will be covered. Children must have their own skates or rent. (If you need to rent skates please call ahead to arrange for them.) Single blade skates only please, and don’t forget to have them sharpened! Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Walton Pond warming hut. Weather permitting. $20 per child. Reoccurs on Tuesday and Thursday through 1/19 and again on Monday starting 1/23 through Wednesday through 2/1. Winding Trails, Farmington

4 – 5pm: Learn to Skate Clinic Your 6 thru 9 year olds can begin to learn the sport of skating. This fun based 4-session class will involve getting your children up and around on skates. The basics of forward and backward skating, turning, and stopping will be covered. Children must have their own skates or rent. (If you need to rent skates please call ahead to arrange for them.) Single blade skates only please, and don’t forget to have them sharpened! Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Walton Pond warming hut. Weather permitting. $20 per child. Reoccurs on Tuesday and Thursday through 1/19 and again on Monday starting 1/23 through Wednesday through 2/1. Winding Trails, Farmington

6:30 – 8:30pm: Drawing Class Learn basic techniques, including how to use fine art drawing pencils and erasers. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $18. Michaels locations

7pm: Complete Your Registry Event You received your registry completion coupon now have some fun putting it to good use! Join other local parents-to-be in getting some last-minute advice while adding some last-minute items to your registry. Babies R Us, West Hartford and Manchester

Tuesday, January 17th – Sunday, January 22nd:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Before she was Carole King superstar she was a teenage songwriter, her music would become the soundtrack to a generation. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. $38.50-122.50. The Bushnell, Hartford

Thursday, January 19th – Sunday, February 19th:

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Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday Matinee at 2:30pm: Sunset Baby A powerful and honest story of one woman’s journey from a hard existence to her own liberation. Sunset Baby is an energetic, daring look at the point where the personal and political collide. From one of the most exciting young voices in American theater, this dynamic new play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom and the politics of freedom. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Theaterworks, Hartford

The Comedy of Errors

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Comedy of Errors A Madcap, Midwinter, Musical Extravaganza! 22 actors. 2 pairs of twins. 1 crazy day. Shake the midwinter blues away with Shakespeare’s zaniest comedy, performed by a lively ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, musicians and acrobats. Opa! Tresnjak sets The Comedy of Errors on a sun-kissed island off the coast of Greece in 1965. The production will feature both international songs from the era and exotic dance numbers. The Bard’s zaniest comedy, in which two sets of twins separated at birth find themselves in the same city on the same day, leads to a string of mistaken identities, over-the-top slapstick and false accusations. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 90 minutes with no intermission. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Sunday: AfterWords Discussion immediately following the 2pm matinée.  Free for ticketholders. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Wednesday, January 18th:

10 – 10:45am and 12:30 – 1:15pm: Little Gliders Your 4 and 5 year olds can begin to learn the sport of cross-country skiing. This fun based 5-session class will be a group cross-country ski lesson specially designed for kids. Your child will learn the basics of cross-country skiing on level terrain and become familiar with the snow. Skis and boots will be provided. Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Garmany Hall Ski Center. Weather permitting. Reoccurs until 1/23. Winding Trails, Farmington

4 – 6:15pm: Young Actors Students will participate in games, exercises, and scenes to allow them to gain comfort and technique in portraying a character onstage. Topics will include basic scene work, story telling, puppetry, and movement. Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present poems, monologues, or scenes. 4-5pm: Grades 3-4. 5:15-6:15pm: Grades 4-5. Fee $120 for winter session, runs January 11 – March 8. $15 Annual registration fee.

6 – 8pm: Wednesday Night 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. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Please pay at ski center. $12 per person. Reoccurs weekly until 2/22. Winding Trails, Farmington

6 – 8pm: Winter Writers Workshops with Hank Herman Is your New Year’s Resolution to wrap up that writing project you put on hold when the holidays hit? Have an idea you’ve been meaning to get started on, but haven’t gotten around to? Need a little push from a classroom structure to get you going? Appreciate feedback from other motivated writers, and from a professional instructor? Here’s your answer! Whether you’re working on memoir, essay, kids fiction, humor — or anything else; Winter Writers Workshop is perfect for you. Registration limited to 8. Six-week writing workshop – Wednesdays from January 18 – 22. $300. Mark Twain House & Museum

7pm: Maple Sugaring 101 Rob Lamothe of Lamothe’s Sugar House will present a hands-on program designed to help local residents who hope to make their own maple syrup this year. The program will include information on tree identification, necessary equipment, how to tap as well as “sugaring” anecdotes gleaned from years of making maple syrup in Burlington, Connecticut! Snowdate: 1/19. Cost: $6. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

7 – 9pm: Seminar: Reclaim Your Professional Self Are you seeking to return to professional work after opting out as a care-giver? Let Untapped Potential’s esteemed Coaches guide you! With the help of our moderators, Kelley Biskupiak and Susan Rietano Davey, you will dig deep to begin clarifying where you are now and where you want to go. This Session includes Who Am I?, a strengths and values exercise to remind participants who they are beyond caregiver; and Stories of Hope, unique real-life returners’ stories from firsthand experience shared to inspire participants with confidence that ‘it can be done.’ Using leading industry evaluation tools, you’ll perform a personality assessment and discuss how personality influences the way you work. You’ll also complete an aptitude assessment and discuss why and how to play to your natural aptitudes when making career choices. This Stand-alone Session will kick-start your return-to-work journey! It also serves as a sampling of our full Prepare To Launch Program: Launch with Confidence in 2017! Participating will give you an overview of what to expect throughout. $50 per person. Canton Gateway Office Park, Building #5, Floor 2, Canton

7pm: Car Seats 101 All about Car Seats: Infant Carriers, Convertible, Boosters. Learn the features and benefits of each type with our Experts. Babies R Us, Manchester

Wednesday, January 18th – Sunday, January 29th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: [title of show] Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration. Opening Night, 1/13 Wine/Cheese reception before the show. Open Mic Saturday, 1/14 after the show. Talk back with the cast following the Sunday matinée. Previews on January 11 – 12; all seats $17.50. Tickets $35-50. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, January 19th:

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5pm: The Ghostlight Project Join the Wadsworth Atheneum and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture for The Ghostlight Project. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, The Ghostlight Project is a nationwide event pledging to protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Honoring the great tradition of performance at our own Aetna Theater, we will gather outside the museum to create a “light” for dark times ahead. Gather on the museum’s front steps (600 Main Street) at 5pm to enjoy good company, hot chocolate, and performances by Nzinga’s Daughters, CONNetic Dance, and Michael “CHIEF” Peterson. Dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight! At 5:30pm everyone will shine their lights together, in tribute to those who have fought for social justice and equity, and in renewed commitment to opening minds and changing lives through art and culture. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

5:15pm: The Ghostlight Project and the Bushnell Inspired by the theatrical tradition of keeping a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, we create light for all in our community. Gather with us in The Bushnell Courtyard as we join the theatrical community across the country to celebrate and affirm our shared commitment to the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion. Bring a light, After sharing our pledge, we will all shine our lights in unison at 5:30pm. Meet us in our Courtyard with a light source (like your phone or flashlight) that is off when you arrive. When we are all gathered at 5:30 pm, you’ll be asked to participate by turning on your light to create one giant blaze up into the sky. The Bushnell, Hartford

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6 – 7:30pm: Teacher Programs Teachers and administrators are invited to a preview of the Museum’s featured exhibition Vistas del Sur: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. Participants are encouraged to use this event as an opportunity to plan for upcoming student visits to the Museum, and gain information about special programming for schools. Light refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration required. $15 per person. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

 

Friday, January 20th:

6:30 – 8:30pm: Ladies Night Out Join women of all ages on Ladies Night Out and explore a variety of fun fitness classes. Lite refreshments will be served. $15 per person. Pre-registration required. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

7 – 9pm: Wine & Waxing Have you ever wished that you could wax you own skis? Did you know that all skis needed to be waxed, even waxless skis? In this program our staff will walk you through the process of waxing your skis while enjoying some wine and a fire. We will talk about glide wax and kick wax as well as answer any questions that you may have about general upkeep of your skis. $15 per person. Winding Trails, Farmington

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7:30pm: The MOuTH Do you have a story about the first time you did something? Or when you were there to see someone else give something a shot for once? Whatever experience the word “first” makes you think of, come hear & tell stories on the theme “First Things First” at The MOuTH at the Mark Twain House & Museum. Click here for more info on how to submit your story for consideration and rules. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

Friday, January 20th – Saturday, January 21st:

8pm: Raw: a Musical Cabaret An original musical revue exploring our “Raw Emotions,” whether it’s feeling awkward, jilted, stalked, infatuated, desperate or in love! Raw is an “emotional” musical revue featuring a cast of 7 talented performers. RAW focuses on songs that convey emotion from “insecure” (What do you do with your arms?), to “smitten” (Taylor the Latte Boy), to “disheartened” (Where in the World is my Prince?), and “desperate” (He Ain’t Mr. Right), to name a few. We know that the songs in “RAW” will evoke emotions from humor to nostalgia in our audience as well. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $18 for students if purchased online or $22 for adults and $20 for students at the door. Run time is 2 hours with an intermission. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Collinsville

Friday, January 20th – Sunday, January 22nd:

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Beethoven and Ravel Come hear why a German critic described Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge as “incomprehensible, like Chinese” and “a confusion of Babel.” Today, the work is considered one of the composer’s greatest achievements! Ravel’s exuberant and soulful Piano Concerto in G Major was influenced by jazz, which he called “a very rich and vital source of inspiration.” Like Brahms’ final symphony, Franz Schubert’s thrilling magnum opus, Symphony No. 9, “The Great C Major,” pays tribute to Beethoven’s Ninth and is an extraordinarily complicated piece for its time period. Please join us for a pre-concert talk one hour prior to curtain each day. Tickets $33-67. Belding Theater at the Bushnell, Hartford

Friday, January 20th – Saturday, February 4th:

8pm: Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post in this raucous comedy! Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage puts the audience in the middle of a live session with Miss Abigail, played by Julie Lemos, the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars. With the help from her sexy sidekick Paco, played by Jon Escobar, they’ll answer any and every one of your questions as they offer up Miss Abigail’s outrageously funny “how-to’s” on dating, mating and marriage including – how to perfect your kiss (it’s all about lip position), what you should and should not talk about on a date (don’t mention you’re a dungeon master until the third or fourth date) and much more. Kick back and relax as Miss Abigail provides the expertise she honed before booty calls and speed-dating ruled – before the divorce rate wasn’t 50% and when ‘fidelity’ was more than an investment firm! You’ll improve your love life and strengthen your relationships well beyond her session. Oh, and you’re sure to be laughing about love all night long – that’s the Miss Abigail guarantee! Runs until 2/4. Doors open at 7:15pm. CT Cabaret Theatre, Berlin

Friday, January 20th – Sunday, January 22nd:

Saturday, January 21st:

9am – 3pm: Inventions Find out what’s inside those busted devices at home. Bring in stuff for our take-apart lab, and while we can’t guarantee we can get it running, we will find out how it ticks. You’ll learn how to make simple machines and complex gadgets with LEGO and you can even earn a “PrimeTime Patent” for your invention! $200 for three weeks of classes. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon

9:30am – 3pm: C.A.R.E. Ice Fishing Class The Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Program offers a free in-depth ice fishing class that introduces you to the wonders of water, fish and fishing during the winter. Miss Judy and other state certified volunteer instructors will pass along the knowledge they have learned through years of angling. The morning class includes a video, hands-on demonstrations, and activities that will teach and entertain youths and adults alike. If ice conditions are safe, outside ice fishing practice will be offered and all equipment is provided for your use. It is very important to dress in layers for the weather conditions and to wear boots for the afternoon practice no sneakers are allowed. Ages 9 and up. Free. Winding Trails, Farmington

9:30am – 3pm: One Day Writing Workshop Whether characters have begun to whisper Hear me. Tell my story, or your own life has cracked wide open and the only way you can make sense of it is to let the words spill out on the page and order the chaos right before your eyes, this one-day workshop will help you identify the elements of story and shape story in your authentic voice. The day will include writing prompts and theory discussion about techniques to create strong voice on the page as author and through techniques of character, plot, dialogue, point of view and setting. Create a world on the page that makes people hungry to keep turning pages. This workshop is for both fiction and nonfiction writers.$60 per person. Registration limited to 20. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

11am: Babies and Kids Winter Fashion Show Please join us for our Winter fashion show. It’s going to be the most adorable and fun event yet! Show off you winter style and win great prizes. Babies R Us, West Hartford

11am: Diaper Derby Sign up your little crawler to compete against other babies at our Diaper Derby! Prizes will be given to the first baby to cross the finish line! Share experiences with other parents. Babies R Us, Manchester

11am – 12:30pm: Messy Cooking – Brownie Sundaes Join us for a special weekend Messy Cooking event. Children and their caregivers will make brownies and ice cream and Ms. Suzanne will provide the whipped cream and sprinkles. Bring along a nut free picnic lunch to enjoy before your brownie ice cream sundaes! Suggested ages 1-6 with caregiver. $25 per child ($15 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

12 – 3pm: Stage Combat and Fight Choreography Workshop In preparation for our spring production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, NBYT is offering a Stage Combat and Fight Choreography Workshop for ages 11 and up (adults are welcome if space allows). The workshop will cover some basic training of stage combat including safely fighting, falling, and using fake stage weapons. Connecticut actor and fight choreographer Rob Richnavsky will lead the workshop for NBYT. The cost is $20 per participant, and current and past NBYT actors and new participants are all welcome to register whether they intend to audition or participate in Romeo and Juliet or not. New Britain Youth Theater, Kensington

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1pm: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Join two young space explorers and their talking astronomy book as they travel through the solar system in a magical cardboard rocket. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford


2 – 3pm: Artist Talk with William Butcher and Jacob Murphy The Windsor Art Center is excited to be hosting a photography show entitled The Human Condition: New York City Humanity. Join us on Saturday January 21st from 2:00 – 3:00 to meet the two photographers featured in this exhibition – William Butcher and Jacob Murphy. Both artists live and work in New York City and, combined, their work boldly illustrates the contrasts and perspectives of our humanity and individuality. Due to the social consciousness theme of this show the Windsor Art Center will be accepting non-perishable food donations at the opening, as well as throughout the exhibit, to be donated to the Windsor Food Bank in the artists’ honor. WIndsor Art Center, Windsor

3 – 4pm: Austin House Visit Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. Click here for a complete description and photos of the house. With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required, and groups are limited to 12 visitors. Austin House, 130 Scarborough Street, Hartford.  

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6 – 9pm: Wine, Jazz, & Song The Friends of Bach invite you to enjoy an evening of Wine, Jazz, & Song. Enjoy fine wines and plentiful, delectable hors d’oeuvres in a casually elegant atmosphere, with a silent wine auction and write-your-own song dedications. Snowdate: 1/22. Tickets: $50 per person. Porter Memorial, Amistad Hall, Farmington

6pm – Midnight: Children’s Charity Ball The Children’s Charity Ball is our signature fundraiser and supports critical programming for children and families, including mental health counseling and substance-abuse prevention efforts. This annual black-tie gala features a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing for 375 guests to the popular Timmy Maia Band. Tickets range in price from $200-$400 per person. Hartford Golf Club, Hartford

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7 – 9:30pm: Couples Painting: Wine Pour! Relax and enjoy an instructor-led painting class, a bit of wine and a bite to eat 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. Doors open at 6:30pm, instruction begins at 7pm. $35. Scene Art Bar, Unionville

Saturday, January 21st – Saturday, January 22nd:

10am: Hartford Home Show The event features a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. The Home Show! At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement – whether it’s a minor renovation or a major remodel. Free admission. XL Center, Hartford

2pm: Film & Speaker: Hunter Gatherer Join us for the first in a series of films and speakers on Shaping Social Change. In Hunter Gatherer (2016), Ashley Douglas thinks everything should fall into place when he’s released from prison. His friends should come to his welcome home party and his girlfriend should greet him warmly. When things don’t go as planned, Ashley, a 40-something African-American, restarts his life with next to nothing. Not Rated. Running Time: 85 minutes. Tickets available at the door: $9. Students: $8. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

Saturday, January 21st – Sunday January 29th:

12pm: Wildest Weather in the Solar System Join National Geographic and The Children’s Museum on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you’ll be glad you live on Earth! Wildest Weather in the Solar System is packed with eye-popping visuals, high-end CGI and cutting-edge science. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Sunday, January 22nd:

10:30am – 2:30pm: Jazz Brunch: Jonathan Chatfield Trio Enjoy a delicious brunch in the Museum Café, set to the music of the Jonathan Chatfield Trio. After, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets will be available online soon, and include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30 am and one at 12:30 pm. The brunch buffet features the Chef’s egg dish of the day, homefries, root vegetable hash, bacon, sausage, bagels and assorted cream cheeses, Belgian waffles with fixins’, and assorted breakfast pastries. Please note that tickets do not include gratuity for brunch service. $25 – $35. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

11am: Sibling Event Do you have a child who is getting ready to be a big brother or a big sister? If so, join us with your future big brother or big sister at our Sibling event! Children will learn about baby care, helping at home, and the importance of becoming a big brother or sister. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, story time, and much more! Babies R Us, Manchester

12 – 3:30pm: Family Day Join the NBMAA for an exclusive opportunity to help “de-install” our site-specific work by Sanford Biggers and participate in the ultimate taboo experience of touching the artwork! Families are invited to take home a piece of the installation in an art activity. Break it down with JuS Hughes, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, in a dance workshop, emphasizing the movement of hip-hop. Help the Museum honor the artist’s vision to close this exhibition, while getting an exclusive chance to touch, dance, and bring a small piece home! New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain

1pm: From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet Journey to the year 2132 and follow a young woman named Carina as she studies geology on a future mars base. Her younger brother, Aidan, is back on earth preparing for an internship on the Lunar Base. Experience living on earth and Mars from the perspective of these siblings of the future. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

2pm: Sunday: AfterWords Discussion immediately following the 2pm matinee. Comedy of Errors A Madcap, Midwinter, Musical Extravaganza! 22 actors. 2 pairs of twins. 1 crazy day. Shake the midwinter blues away with Shakespeare’s zaniest comedy, performed by a lively ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, musicians and acrobats. Opa! Tresnjak sets The Comedy of Errors on a sun-kissed island off the coast of Greece in 1965. The production will feature both international songs from the era and exotic dance numbers. The Bard’s zaniest comedy, in which two sets of twins separated at birth find themselves in the same city on the same day, leads to a string of mistaken identities, over-the-top slapstick and false accusations. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 90 minutes with no intermission. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Free for ticket holders. Hartford Stage, Hartford

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3pm: Reptiles and Amphibians, Oh My! Explore the wonderful world of reptiles and amphibians! Meet various examples of these similar, yet different, groups of animals. Learn about their natural history and the importance of their conservation. You will also have a chance to pet a lizard, stare into the eyes of a huge toad, and touch a giant python! $5 per child in advance or $8 day of. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

3:15-4:15pm: Live Eagles Ever wish you could experience the thrill of being up close to a magnificent live eagle? Come to RAW and meet a Golden eagle and a Bald eagle. Learn about their lives, their habits and ways to protect them. Mary-Beth Kaeser, President of Raptor Rehabilitation & Education organization, Horizon Wings, will be on hand with her large feathered friends. Stay after the 1:25 PM showing of The Eagle Huntress, come early for the 5:25 PM showing, or just come in to meet the eagles. The event is free and open to the public. Real Art Ways, Hartford

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Week 38

Tuesday, September 20th:

1 – 1:45pm: Baby & Me Yoga Kara Simard is your guide as you explore fun ways to interact and bond with your baby! This series class is designed for any caregiver and their baby ages 6 weeks to pre-crawling. We will focus on infant developmental techniques and poses as well as ways for us caregivers to squeeze some precious yoga into our baby-filled days. Reoccurs on 9/27.

Tuesday, September 20th – Wednesday, September 21st:

3 – 6pm: Auditions for A Christmas Carol Hartford Stage will hold auditions for children of all ethnic backgrounds, ages five to 13, for the Tony Award-winning theatre’s 19th annual production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. A Christmas Carol is Connecticut’s premier holiday entertainment. Originally adapted and directed in 1998 by former Hartford Stage Artistic Director Michael Wilson, the show is enjoyed by tens of thousands of adults and children annually. This year’s production will be directed by Rachel Alderman, the Artistic Associate for Hartford Stage. Auditions will be on Tuesday, September 20, and Wednesday, September 21, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Callbacks for some roles will be on Thursday, September 22, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Children must be between the ages of 5 to 13 and may not turn 14 years of age until after December 31, 2016. Auditions are by appointment only, with a limited number of appointments available. Children must prepare a monologue, poem or speech that is under 1 minute long and will be expected to sing several bars of a song, preferably a Christmas carol, a cappella (without piano accompaniment). Children are asked to wear casual and comfortable clothing and shoes to the audition.

Tuesday, September 20th – Sunday, September 25th:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Queens for a Year Molly Solinas, a young Marine Corps Officer, unexpectedly returns to her family home in Virginia, bringing with her an even younger female Private. Four generations of women who’ve served their country in the Marines clash during what at first appears to be a post-deployment vacation – but is revealed to be much more. An arresting new play from one of the writers of the TV series ‘Army Wives.’ Recommended for ages 14 and up. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, plus intermission. Tickets $25-90. All Regular Season Student Seats $20. Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice. Student tickets by phone only, please. Please call for Student Matinee Rates. Runs until October 2nd.

Wednesday, September 21st:

Wednesday, September 21st – Sunday, September 25th:

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.

Thursday, September 22nd:

4:30 – 6pm: Make It & Take It Container gardens aren’t just for summer. Add some autumnal spice and glorious color to your fall landscape with a container (or basket) filled with cold-loving annuals, perennials, veggies, and/or grasses. Bring your own container or buy one from us. The cost of the workshop is based on the plants and materials you choose. Preregistration is required and class size is limited.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Separate and Unequal: How Do We Achieve Equity in Education? Though it has been more than 60 years since the Brown v. Board of Education decision ordered schools to desegregate, our educational institutions are still separate and unequal. How do we ensure everyone has the resources to succeed? Join the conversation with featured guests Jose Colon, Hartford Public High School; Robert Cotto, Trinity College and Hartford Board of Education, and Kate Busch Gervais, Executive Director, The Discovery Center.

6  – 9pm: Writing in Mark Twain’s Library Not a writing class, not a writing workshop, just three hours of uninterrupted writing time in Mark Twain’s own library. Join a select handful of fellow scribblers, including a special guest writer (Susan Campbell in September!), to write, reflect, and plot whatever piece of literature you’re working on. The space is quiet, except for the burbling fountain in the nearby conservatory, and infused with Mark Twain’s spirit. Don’t miss this once-in-a-life opportunity –and bring a friend to sit and share the experience with. Laptops welcome, but make sure you charge up before you come, as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only; no pens permitted!

Thursday, September 22nd – Sunday, September 25th:

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Friday, September 23rd:

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7:30 – 8:45pm: Fall Equinox Family Night Hike This guided evening walk provides a relaxing opportunity to observe a wide range of animals that become more active in the cooler fall evenings. In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks. Long sleeves, a flashlight and insect repellent are recommended. Pre-registration not required.

Friday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 25th:

5th Annual Writers Weekend This one-of-a-kind conference brings writers of all interests and abilities to Mark Twain’s home for a full weekend of workshops, panel discussions, guest speakers, and other events and activities designed to help them further their craft, deepen their understanding of writing, and enjoy the company and community of fellow writers. The weekend is planned in such a way that every writer feels like Twain’s writing colleague and a welcome guest in his home. The weekend will kick off on Friday, September 23, at 7:00 pm with the first of two keynote speakers, Lesley M.M. Blume. An accomplished journalist and writer, Blume’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times Style Magazine. Saturday evening’s keynote address will be offered by noted poet Ocean Vuong. Born in Saigon and raised in Hartford, Vuong will read from his work, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of his most recent book Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). Click here for a detailed schedule.

Saturday, September 24th:

7:30 – 9am: Saturday Morning Bird Walks Join us as we wander the trails through Werner’s Woods during the fall migration season. Binoculars and footwear for wet ground conditions are all you’ll need. Geared for all levels of birding expertise, but not for very young children. Pre-registration not required. Reoccurs on October 1.

9am – 12pm: My Gym Open House My Gym West Hartford invites you to explore our immaculate, state-of-the-art facility. We’ll have games, music, puppet shows, prizes, raffles, and more! My Gym West Hartford invites you to explore our immaculate, state-of-the-art facility. We’ll have games, music, puppet shows, prizes, raffles, and more! Plus, take advantage of exclusive Open House discounts! Free popsicles will be provided by Whole Foods.

9am – 5pm: Third Annual Wellness Day Fundraiser A day filled with interactive workshops and sessions dedicated to all aspects of wellness! $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event-link below to buy tickets! Light lunch included! Kids 10 and under free! Click here for more info on workshops that will be offered throughout the day.

10am – 4pm: Pay As You Wish Community Day The Connecticut Science Center is celebrating Community Day with free General Admission today.

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10am – 4pm: Make A Scarecrow Families are invited to build their own scarecrow to take home using frames, straw and clothing provided by the Historical Society. First Scarecrow costs $15.00. Additional scarecrows $10.00 each. Raindate: Sunday, September 25th.

11am – 2pm: Pop-up Market Join us on the fourth Saturday of each month (May–September) for our Pop-up shopping bazaar! Enjoy treats and produce from local food trucks and farmers, quality handmade goods made from local artists, and listen to the sounds of summer with local musicians. Beat the summer heat and spend it with us on our front terrace enjoying the festivities!

1:30am and 1pm: Da Vinci Saturday Youth Workshops: Supply Surprise Each engineer will have a limited amount of materials to solve a secret design challenge. Be resourceful, creative, and work together to achieve your goal and invent something new! Youth registration includes general admission for the day. Drop-off is 15 minutes before the workshop start; pick-up is immediately following the 90 minute session.

11am – 10pm: Pipes in the Valley Celtic Festival Experience the spirit of the Highlands, along with Celtic traditional and rock bands, Highland athletic games, step dancing, bag pipers, birds of prey, Highland cows, kids’ activities, puppetry and storytelling, sword demonstrations, Celtic food, and plenty of Ten Penny Ale at the 15th Annual Pipes in the Valley.  Pipes in the Valley is produced by The Olde Burnside Brewing in partnership with Riverfront Recapture.

Congratulations to Olde Burnside Brewery and Pipes in the Valley for making the BBC’s 10 British Things About Hartford, CT list.

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8 – 10pm: Coming Home CHS is excited to partner with Speak Up to bring their unique brand of engaging storytelling to our members and visitors for another performance. The theme of the evening is “Coming Home” to accompany our exhibit Growing Up in Connecticut which will be open from May 23 until October 15. Speak Up storytelling shows feature 6-8 storytellers who tell true stories from their lives on a predetermined theme. Shows include a blend of seasoned storytellers and people telling stories for the first time. Stories are 6-8 minutes in length. Shows are hosted by Speak Up producer Elysha Dicks, and storyteller, and producer Matthew Dicks serves as one of the storytellers for the evening.

Saturday, September 24th – Sunday, September 25th:

{Hop, Skip & A Jump} 11am – 5pm: 25th Annual Octoberfest Great German food, live music, dancing and more. Music starts at 12:30pm.

Sunday, September 25th:

7am – 3pm: Discover New Britain Bicycle Tour Join Bike Walk CT and Bike New Britain for the Discover New Britain Bicycle Tour. Riders may select from 10, 25 and 50 mile routes. A post-ride brunch follows at the New Britain Museum of American Art! Tour rides rain or shine!

10am and 2pm: The Magic of Bill Blagg comes to The Bushnell for two shows! Critics and audiences alike rave about his incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic & illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. People will float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! This is one show you can’t afford to miss! Witness live over 90 minutes of interactive, action-packed magic & illusion performed by the country’s most prominent magical star, Bill Blagg! The 10am performance is a sensory-friendly performance. Please use the code SENSE17 when purchasing online or via The Bushnell Box Office to access tickets for the Sensory Friendly Performance of The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues.

10am – 12pm: Stream Bugs & Pond Critters Discover the fascinating underwater life of the watershed with the Farmington River Watershed Association as we explore the Walton Pond and Poplar Swamp Brook at beautiful Winding Trails. Spend the morning pond-side and wading in the brook to observe, identify and marvel at the life histories and ecology of insects and other creatures that inhabit still and flowing waters. Learn how and why we use aquatic insects in our watershed-wide water quality monitoring. We will provide nets, buckets and expertise. We meet at Nature’s Porch and will go outdoors rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear to wade into shallow water. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

12 – 5pm: Unionville Festival Bring the family down to join fellow residents, business owners, and community groups rain or shine for an afternoon of fun activities, entertainment, food and more! DJ, live music, entertainment and demonstrations from local groups and artists. Food, beverages, popcorn, ice cream and more from local vendors and restaurants. Info booths, farm stand, displays from businesses, non-profits, and clubs. Free train rides, pony rides, and petting zoo for kids by Union School. Clowns, games, cookie decorating sponsored by Services for the Elderly. Pumpkin Decorating sponsored by Memorial United Methodist Church.

1pm: Community Garden Bus & Bike Tour Take an insider tour of KNOX’s community gardens. 20 different gardens grow throughout Hartford, along with thousands of trees and amazing landscapes handcrafted by KNOX’s crews. We’ll go to as many gardens as possible and still have you home in time for supper. For the extra adventurous, show up with your bike and take the bike tour! All others will have a cozy seat on the bus. Meet at 75 Laurel St in Hartford for refreshments before the tour. We will return back at roughly 4pm.

1pm: 5K Farmington Rotary Road Race The race course will follow the trail toward Collinsville before turning south to follow the route along the river back to Unionville. This beautiful course will challenge runners and walkers alike. A $100 prize for both the first man and the first woman to break the course record! The Lee Chisholm Award for the first Farmington finishers, male and female. Merchandise awards from local merchants for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in all seven age groups.

1 – 3pm: 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, which will take about 2 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.

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4 – 7pm: Winemaker’s Tour Sample more than a dozen Spanish and South American wines from the acclaimed T Edwards Imports portfolio, and taste with special guest winemakers Matias Mayol (Bodegas Mayol – Mendoza, Argentina) and Duncan Killiner (Jelu Estates – Argentina). This will be a casual, walk around tasting with passed tapas prepared by Executive Chef James Burge and our famous paella grande.

5:30 – 7pm: Generations of Struggle: Connecticut and Civil Rights Join us for a cross-generational conversation about growing up during the Civil Rights era and today. Panelists who grew up during the 1960s and in the early twenty-first century will share their memories of challenges, their experiences of activism, and their vision of what the future holds for the next generation.

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