Week 5 of 52

Monday, January 30th:

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; pro-rated if you join late. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. Playhouse on Park, Hartford

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

Tuesday, January 31st:

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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. Reoccurs until February 7th. Winding Trails, Farmington

9:30 – 10:30am: Super Bowl Party at Stew’s (Toddler Class) Join us for the most delicious Super Bowl party of 2017! We will prepare some of your game day favorites, including mini corn dog bites, bubbly cheesy garlic bread, and meatball pizza bites. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Friday (same times) and Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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. 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. Winding Trails, Farmington

4:30 – 5:15pm: After School Gliders Learn the sport of cross-country skiing. This fun based 6-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, poles and boots will be provided. Classes meet at Garmany Hall Ski Center weather permitting. Registration is required by 3 days prior. Ages 6-10. $60 per session. 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; 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

6:30 – 8:30pm: Cupcake Decorating Class Decorate sweet Valentine’s Day treats with buttercream icing and sprinkles. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $26. Michaels locations

7:15pm: Author Signing With Abby Fabiaschi Join us as we welcome Connecticut author Abby Fabiaschi to the store for a signing of her debut novel I Liked My Life. Barnes & Noble, Blue Back Square, West Hartford

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 7th and 14th. Theaterworks, Hartford 

Tuesday, January 31st – 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. Jan 24: Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Feb 1 TheaterWorks OUT Help us make TheaterWorks the newest destination for LGBT friends and family. With specialty cocktails, food to grub on… and maybe a few extra curricular activities? Let loose and see an awesome show. Runs until February 19th. 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. February 1st: AfterWords Discussion Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following the performance. February 4th: Audio Described Performance at 2pm. For patrons who are blind or have low vision. Included with the ticket cost. Runs until February 12th. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Wednesday, February 1st:

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 15th and March 1st, 15th, 29th. Admission is $15 per child. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury  

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 15th, March 1st, 15th and 29th: a total of 7 classes. Admission is $15 per 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 until March 8th; pro-rated if you join late. $15 Annual registration fee. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

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

6:30pm: Crochet Flowers Learn to make these super fun flowers with Caroline Huey! This is a beginner’s crochet lesson and you will learn: How to: Chain, single crochet, double crochet and create a scalloped edge. All materials included. Adults/Parents, BYOB if you like! Please call to let us know you can make it. Recommended for ages 10 and up. $25 per person. Scraptivity, Berlin

7 – 8pm: Connecticut’s Last Slave? Nancy Toney’s Life and Legacy Join Loomis Chaffee School Archivist Karen Parsons for a program about Windsor’s Nancy Toney, a woman of African descent owned by three Connecticut families over the course of her 83 years. She lived through the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and passed away in 1857 shortly before the Civil War. Seldom portrayed in art or photographs, enslaved household members like Nancy Toney were supposed to be invisible whenever guests came calling, yet they worked in kitchens, washed and ironed and spun, emptied chamber pots, and kept households running smoothly. Although sometimes referred to as Connecticut’s last slave, Nancy Toney is listed as a free person in Windsor’s 1830’s census records long before slavery was officially outlawed in Connecticut in 1844. She remained with the Loomis family in Windsor until her death, and is buried in Palisado Cemetery. Her gravestone is a stop on the Connecticut Freedom Trail. A small oil portrait of Toney by Osbert Loomis and a recently discovered daguerreotype image are among the treasures held by the Loomis Chaffee School archives. Come learn more about Nancy Toney’s life, legacy, and community, the way she was portrayed in rare visual images of her that survive, and interfaces between art, photography and science in the middle years of the nineteenth century. $6 adults, $5 students. Snow date: 2/2. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

7:30pm: Sunset Baby TheaterWorks Out Help us make TheaterWorks the newest destination for LGBT friends and family. With specialty cocktails, food to grub on… and maybe a few extra curricular activities? Let loose and see an awesome show. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Theaterworks, Hartford

Thursday, February 2nd

6 – 8am: Groundhog Prediction Will it be an early spring or a long winter? Only Connecticut Chuckles Knows! “Chuckles” is keenly aware of her celebrity status as Connecticut’s official groundhog. You may only see her sleeping, but that is because she is up all night consulting with meteorologists, examining satellite photos and reading her farmer’s almanac. Please join museum members, local dignitaries and the media as Chuckles makes her annual prediction at sunrise. We will open our doors promptly at 6am. Stay for a bite to eat before heading off to work or school. Admission is free! Lutz Museum, Manchester


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2:30 – 3:30pm: Mommy and Me Canvas Class Bring your children for our monthly Mommy and Me gathering. This month we are featuring our love themed canvas. Kids will enjoy painting on their handprints while parents assist. Please dress for mess, this project is great for babies and toddlers. Chose canvas size: 12×12 $25 or 16×20 $35. Register in advance. My Own Masterpiece Studio, Rocky Hill

4 – 5:15pm: Snapology Celebrates: The SuperBowl In this session of Snapology Celebrates, we celebrate the togetherness, teamwork, and sportsmanship that comes from shared experiences like sporting events. Students learn about the game of football; who some of the teams are; the different positions; and develop an appreciation of Sunday’s upcoming big game. Kids express their understanding of the game of football through the building of Mosaic Art using LEGO Bricks. Ages 4 and up. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

5:30 – 7pm: Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance Join us for our first ever Father and Daughter V-Day Dance. There will be dancing, a choreographed Zumba Dance, Snacks, Picture Station, Valentine’s Craft Station and much more… So put on that party dress and treat your little girl like a princess for the evening! $15 per couple, siblings $5. My Gym, West Hartford




5 – 8pm: Art After Dark: The Lure of Japan Celebrate the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan after hours, with music, activities, food, cash bar, and a film! Enjoy performances by Taiko drummers, music by NYC-based DJ Keiichiro Nakajima, Origami and Japanese lessons, and a Kimono dressing workshop. Plus, visit the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Izakaya—our Pop-Up Sake Bar! Curator Oliver Tostmann will give a 30 minute tour of Utamaro and the Lure of Japan at 6pm, and artist Valeska Soares will give a talk about her MATRIX 176 installation in Avery Court at 7pm. A screening of the Japanese comedic drama Shall We Dance (1996) begins at 8pm, and is included with Art After Dark admission. Tickets are $10, and will be available at the door. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

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Friday, February 3rd:

9:30 – 10:30am: Super Bowl Party at Stew’s (Toddler Class) Join us for the most delicious Super Bowl party of 2017! We will prepare some of your game day favorites, including mini corndog bites, bubbly cheesy garlic bread, and meatball pizza bites. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6 – 8pm: Young Adult Hangout Autism Families CT has officially launched our Young Adult Hangout program! We are excited to bring young adults on the spectrum together to develop friendships and socialize while engaging in a variety of structured activities. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity practice multiple daily living skills! For the month of February, participants will be making Chicken Quesadilla and playing a variety of board games! To help up plan, please respond to the following questions. Also, as with all of AFC’s programs, a parent or caregiver will need to remain in the building for the duration of the program. $15 per child. Autism Families CONNECTicut, Newington


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7 – 10pm: Evening Ski Tours for Adults Skiing under the stars! Does this atmosphere sound good to you? If you answered yes, then you’ll want to join us for this unique program. Weather permitting, fellow skiers will gather the 1st Friday of the month for a special guided ski tour of our trail system. The warmth of a roaring fire, light fare and conversation will follow this nocturnal trek. This program is not for beginner skiers. (Weather permitting) Registration is required by noon, Thursday prior to the event. $25 per person. Winding Trails, Farmington

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Friday, February 3rd – 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. Runs until February 18th. $20 adults, $15 students. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain

Friday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 19th:

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. Opening Night: from 7- 7:30pm Join us for dessert and champagne to celebrate the opening performance. RSVP for Opening Night Reception. Little Theatre of Manchester, Manchester

Friday, February 3rd – Saturday, February 4th:

6 – 8pm: Super Bowl Party at Stew’s! Join us for the most delicious Super Bowl party of 2017! We will prepare some of your game day favorites, including mini corndog bites, bubbly cheesy garlic bread, tater tot skewers, and meatball pizza bites. We will also make a homemade dip to go along with your favorite chips! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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! Doors open at 7:15pm. Ticket price $30 (plus tax). CT Cabaret Theatre, Berlin

Friday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 5th:

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Saturday, February 4th:

8am – 4pm: Two-Gen Parent Academy Two-Generational Practice (Two-Gen) helps children and parents succeed, keeps the family together and economically strong. At the Two-Gen Parent Academy parents will learn new skills and understand the power of our stories to effect public policy. Mothers and fathers will learn about school and workforce success for our children and ourselves. There will be great workshops, awesome speakers, free lunch, childcare and books for children. Registrations & Light Breakfast begins at 8am. Interactive workshops. Free. Legislative Office Building, Hartford

9 – 10am: Super Bowl Party at Stew’s (Toddler Class) Join us for the most delicious Super Bowl party of 2017! We will prepare some of your game day favorites, including mini corndog bites, bubbly cheesy garlic bread, and meatball pizza bites. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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10am – 1pm: Family Program: Valentines for Kids Instead of buying your Valentine’s Day cards this year, come to CHS to create old-fashioned, hand-made Valentines! Get inspired by Valentines from long ago, then use your creativity to make Valentine cards to give to your friends and family. This program is great for all ages! This program is free and open to the public. PS Come early or stay later because this is the first free Saturday; where guests get free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

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



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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, hot dogs, 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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Sunday, February 5th:

11:30am – 12:30pm: Educator Day! Bristol early childhood educators will receive one free admission to Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center. Bring a friend and tour our unique museum studios that are designed to enhance the State of CT ELDS. Come and see how Imagine Nation can support learning in your classroom. Show your School ID when you check in at the Admission Desk. Imagine Nation, Bristol

11:30am – 2:30pm: Playing on the Spectrum Playing on the Spectrum is starting February 5th! This gym program provides children on the spectrum with the opportunity to develop new skills, engage in developmentally-appropriate play, and build social connections. This program features a concurrent siblings program, too! Cost: 11:30am – 12:30pm: ages 3-6. 12:30-1:20pm: ages 7-9 and 1:30 – 2:30pm: ages 10-13. $50 per participant, $10 per sibling. Runs until Sunday, 2/26. Autism Families CONNECTicut, Newington

12:30pm: Pipes Alive! Back by popular demand, the Pipes Alive! series resumes with St. John’s own Scott Lamlein playing the mighty Austin organ on Sunday, February 5 at 12:30 p.m. Works include J.S. Bach’s monumental Prelude and Fugue in E-flat (St. Anne), and compositions by local composers Peter Niedmann and Christa Rakich, who will be playing later on this series. Join us for half-hour organ concerts featuring St. John’s magnificent Austin pipe organ, on the first Sunday of the month, January through June, 12:30 p.m. with local organists. Free! Sacred Music at the Red Door, West Hartford

1 – 3pm: Celebrate Tu B’Shevat with Sifryat Pijama Bring the family and listen to stories in Hebrew followed by a craft and light snack, all to celebrate Tu B’Shevat. Sifryat Pijama is the Hebrew equivalent of PJ Library. Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

1 – 4pm: Wildlife Super Sunday Bears vs Cardinals? Eagles vs Buffalos? Ravens vs Rams? Join us at the Nature Center to learn about the animal sports mascots and who you would want to have on you dream team. What other animals would you want as mascots for your team? Turtle racing, games, and treats. No need to preregister. Included with the cost of admission. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

3:30 – 5pm: His & Her Mugs Say I love you with a warm cup of whatever your heart desires! Paint this with your sweetie or for your sweetie. Personalize this with your choice of colors and names. Price: Starting at 13.50/mug. Register in advance. My Own Masterpiece Studio, Rocky Hill

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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:

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, 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 2 of 52

Monday, January 9th:

6:30 – 8:30pm: Planner Dashboard Step up your planner skills with a personalized dashboard insert. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $23. Michael’s locations

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Monday, January 9th – Tuesday, January 10th:

6 – 9pm: Auditions for The Vagina Monologues Auditioners are asked to bring a selection from The Vagina Monologues to read. Monologue material will be available at the audition for those who need it. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Tuesday, January 10th:

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9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Peanut Butter Madness (Toddler Class) Join us as we prepare nutty recipes using: peanut butter. We will make chocolate peanut butter whoopee pies and homemade peanut butter cups! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class! $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. Reoccurs on Friday and Saturday (one session from 9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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

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6pm: Does Some Bunny Want to Be on Stage? New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions in January for young aspiring actors ages 6 through 9 for Peter Rabbit Is Lost! Auditions are on Tuesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 12, at NBYT’s new space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center in Berlin. Audition times both days begin at 6pm. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on March 31st, April 1st and 2nd. Peter Rabbit Is Lost is an original adaptation based on characters in Beatrix Potter children’s books including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, and others. 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, will play some introductory drama games, and will be asked to take direction and read or repeat lines from the play. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. New Britain Youth Theater, Berlin

6:30 – 8:30pm: Tassel Necklace and Earrings Make an elegant winter tassel necklace and matching drop earrings. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $25. Michaels locations


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Tuesday, January 10th – Friday, January 14th:

1-5pm: 21st Annual Our Natural World Photography Contest We invite you to enter as many as two nature photographs! The photos must fit into one of the following seven categories: Plants, Animals, Birds, Butterflies and Bugs, Landscapes, Nature’s Miracles and People in Relationship with Nature. Official rules, including maximum sizes, entry forms and other information is available here. The entry fee is $25 per photograph. There will be a Teen division at $10 per framed photo. Pre-teen photographers (ages 12 and under) should submit their photos without matting or frames. A $10 charge for each photo is required. The opening reception will be held on Friday, January 27th from 4-7pm. Admission is $5. All photos will be on exhibit January 31 – February 25 from 1-5pm. Admission is $3. Connecticut Audubon Center, Glastonbury

Tuesday, January 10th – Tuesday, January 31st:

Tuesday and 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

Wednesday, January 11th:

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

10am – 3pm: De-Stress and Nurture Yourself Back by popular demand and for a longer day, Adele Mary Caruso will share ways to help us de-stress our lives. Find out how certain foods reduce stress and cleanse the body. Learn how to relax, say no and set boundaries. Listen to your inner child, enjoy life more, and discover ways to schedule more time to nurture yourself each day. Adele will offer a morning and an afternoon presentation. Includes lunch. $45 per person. Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center, Farmington



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

7pm: Nursery 101 – Sleepy Time Let us help you create the dream nursery. From Cribs to Combo to Mattresses, let our experts help guide you in the decision process. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

7 – 9pm: Open House In honor of Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman’s site-specific installation “Open House: Hartford,” Charter Oak Cultural Center is hosting a panel discussion inspired by the installation called “Art as Social Justice: Considering ‘Open House: Hartford’.” The panel, which will include the artists, will explore the many uses of art as a tool to further the values of social justice and, specifically, how “Open House: Hartford” illuminates the meaning of home and issues surrounding homelessness in Connecticut. The discussion begins at 7pm in the Charter Oak sanctuary. The installation will be on view in the gallery beginning at 6pm. This event is free. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Wednesday, January 11th – 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 matinee. Previews on January 11 – 12; all seats $17.50. Tickets $35-50. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, January 12th:

10am – 1pm: Learn, Ski and 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. Adults only. $20 per person. Winding Trails, Farmington. 

5 – 7pm: Layers of Home Exhibit Opening Join us for a free public opening featuring artwork created by Windsor High School’s Pre-AP Art students who have been inspired by the historic architecture of Windsor’s Palisado Green, Palisado Cemetery, and Farmington River bridges. Each student has created a collage incorporating layers of their hometown. Meet these talented Windsor students and celebrate the connections they have made between Windsor’s past, present, and future through their art. WHS Education and Outreach Manager John Mooney and Windsor High School art teacher Marjorie Renno guided the 11th grade students as they toured their town this past fall, took digital images, and worked in the studio to craft their works of art. Each work will include representations of architectural elements discovered on their walk through town as well as maps, sketches, and photographs. Each is accompanied by an artist’s statement outlining how Windsor’s landscape and architectural features contribute to their personal sense of home. Rainbow Bus donated the transportation to and from Windsor High School and Rabbett Insurance Agency is sponsoring refreshments for the exhibit opening. The 2D, 3D, and photographic artworks will be exhibited in the Society’s meeting room from January 12th through March 1st. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

5:45 – 7:15pm: Dance Your Sillies Out Family Night Bring your family and have a silly time at TLGT. Ms. Suzanne will lead families in some silly dancing, silly songs and even have some silly snacks. At the end of the evening, families will unwind with a silly story read by Ms. Suzanne. 3-10 with caregiver, $25 per family. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

6pm: Does Some Bunny Want to Be on Stage? New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions in January for young aspiring actors ages 6 through 9 for Peter Rabbit Is Lost! Auditions are on Tuesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 12, at NBYT’s new space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center in Berlin. Audition times both days begin at 6pm. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on March 31st, April 1st and 2nd. Peter Rabbit Is Lost is an original adaptation based on characters in Beatrix Potter children’s books including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, and others. 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, will play some introductory drama games, and will be asked to take direction and read or repeat lines from the play. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. New Britain Youth Theater, Berlin

6pm: 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. All ages. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury

7pm: Preparing for Baby Bag We’ve got lots of fun in store for you at our Preparing for Baby Bag Prep Class. Come join us and our certified product experts as we discuss everything you need to know about your baby bag: from types of bags to selecting items to fill your bag and must-have essentials – we are your baby bag experts! Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

7 – 8pm: Homemade Cleaning Part 1: DIY Cleaning 101 Homemade cleaning products are chemical free, eco-friendly, budget friendly, and they really work! In this class you will learn how to use a few basic items (you probably have most of them at home already!) to replace most of your commercial cleaning products and save hundreds of dollars each year. We will be making laundry detergent, all-purpose spray cleaner and a chemical free air freshener to bring home, along with additional recipes and methods for natural cleaning. Those who took last year’s class come back and make refills of your favorite products! $20 per class. Scraptivity, Berlin

7:30 – 8:45pm: Under the Wolf Moon Family Night Hike The full moon this month was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon because this was the time of year when hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps. Join us for a guided hike through Werner’s Woods. We won’t hear any wolves but we may hear owls and other creatures of the night. Pre-registration is required. $7 non-members. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton. 

Thursday, January 12th – Monday, January 16th:

Thursday – Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 11am, 3pm and 7pm, Sunday at 1pm, 4:30pm and Monday at 1pmDisney 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. Opening Night: $15-70, Othere nighst range from $20-98. XL Center, Hartford

Thursday, January 12th – 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, 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. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Friday, January 13th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Peanut Butter Madness (Toddler Class) Join us as we prepare nutty recipes using: peanut butter. We will make chocolate peanut butter whoopee pies and homemade peanut butter cups! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class! $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. Reoccurs on Saturday (one session from 9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s Night Out Theme: Finding Dory Pajama Movie Night. Drop your little ones off for 3-hours of non-stop fun! We will be playing games, doing arts and crafts and much much more! Pizza Dinner always included! Pizza Dinner Included! Ages 2.5 and up, potty trained please. $40 per child. Siblings half off. My Gym, West Hartford

6 – 8pm: Peanut Butter Madness Join us as we prepare nutty recipes using peanut butter! We will make everyone’s favorite peanut butter kiss cookies, chocolate peanut butter whoopee pies, and homemade peanut butter cups! We will also snack on a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class! $25 per child. Ages 6 -12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6 – 10pm: Dinner and a Movie Join us for this wintry mix on our summer movie series. Bring the whole family out for a great dinner served up in front of our big screen movie. A dinner of ziti with red sauce, meatballs, cheesy garlic bread, and salad will be served up family style. Dessert and beverages are also included. Reserve your seats today as seating is limited to only 80 persons. Tables of six will be filled from front to rear of theatre in order of registration. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the program. Movie: The Secret Life of Pets Synopsis: Max is a dog who lives a happy life with his owner in a Manhattan apartment complex. Max has made friends with all of the pets in the building, and he even has friends in the building across the street. Max’s owner disrupts life by bringing home the sloppy and inconsiderate dog, Duke. Max and Duke do not get along, but they have to put all of that behind them when they find out that an abandoned bunny pet is gathering all of the other pets together to take revenge on the pets with homes. Seems like kitty does a lot more than sleep when you are at work all day. Run time 87 minutes. Rated: PG. $25 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

7 – 8:30pm: Read It and Sleep Cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies, and listen as a children’s book is read by a guest reader. The first 25 kids receive a free copy of the book! Enjoy art activities and games, as well! Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

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7:30pm: John Cleese and the Holy Grail Living comedy legend, John Cleese, is heading in your general direction for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A. Absurd and ridiculous questions only are requested, please. John will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before John silly walks his way on to the stage, the excitement will build at the audience will get to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen. Don’t miss your chance to see the man who has achieved nothing short of comedy royalty in this thrill-of-a-lifetime evening. VIP tickets include a photo-op with John Cleese. Tickets $49.50-110, VIP $250. The Bushnell, Hartford 

Friday, January 13th – 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 13th – 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

Saturday, January 14th:

7am – 1pm: Citizens Winter Triathalon: Run/Snowshoe/Ski Looking to try a new challenge? This event will test your winter skills. Join us for a 2K run, followed by a 2K snowshoe, and a 2K classic ski. There are plenty of ski rentals and limited number of snowshoe rentals. First come, first serve. Day of registration is $30. $20 per person in advance. Winding Trails, Farmington

9 – 10am: Peanut Butter Madness (Toddler Class) Join us as we prepare nutty recipes using: peanut butter. We will make chocolate peanut butter whoopee pies and homemade peanut butter cups! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class! $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9 – 11am: Open House Come and try a complimenary yoga class including a kids’ yoga class. Space is limited. Register online. Journey of Yoga, Simsbury

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. Reoccurs next week. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon

9am – 5pm: Drop-in DIY Crafts Once a month, we will make craft projects available in self-contained “art boxes” to be borrowed from the children’s desk for use in the room during opening hours. Kids and caregivers, join us to make something cool together at the library! Each month will feature different DIY craft projects, suitable for all ages. No registration required. Ask at the desk for details when you arrive. Farmington Library, Farmington

10am: Ready, Set, Registry Event Create or update your registry with personalized help, learn about the newest must-haves, meet & mingle with other parents-to-be plus enjoy games, giveaways and raffles. Free. Babies R Us, West Hartford


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10am – 2pm: Create your Imagination Adventure Join us for a journey through the Museum Studios where you will use your imagination to create your very own adventure story book to take home! $10 per visitor. Imagine Nation Musuem, Bristol

10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day and Wings & Wheels Model Show Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D “Thunderbolt,” the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100A “Super Sabre” and the Lockheed F-104C “Starfighter.” lso on that day, there will be a plastic scale model show courtesy of the Wings and Wheels Modelers Club. Hundreds of beautifully crafted scale models will be on display for the enjoyment of the Museum’s visitors and will include aircraft, military vehicles, ships, automobiles and dioramas. Club members will run instructional demonstrations throughout the day. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. Adults $12.50 and children ages 4-11 $7, under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks 

11am: We’re Having a Baby Shower Just for you! Please come join us for our very own Baby Shower just for you! We will be having fun games, laughs and raffle prizes!! Get great ideas on hosting a baby shower and more! Free. Babies R Us, West Hartford

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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 – 4pm: Creative Building Use your imagination and our bricks to build amazing creations. For ages 6 and up. No registration required. Farmington Library, Farmington

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

5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Big fun on the big screen including 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! Children ages 4 years and up are welcome. $30 per child. Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury



7 – 9pm: Grand Opening All you need are sneakers and a waiver that can be filled out on premises. You will take a sample class. Meet Drew Drechsel, Joe Dubuc, Yancey Quezada and other famous Ninjas. Autographs, pictures, free Real Life Ninja Academy tshirt and more.Teens ages 16 to adults. Real Life Ninja Academy, Windsor

8pm: Bohemian Brotherhood Two outstanding young soloists, with emerging careers in Boston and New York City, will be introduced to Connecticut concert-goers in the Brahms “Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor” by the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Jonathan Edward Brennand. Please join us for champagne and finger food prior to the performance at 7pm to meet our soloists, conductor and musicians. Reception is included in the price of your ticket. Tickets at $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, can be purchased in advance by visiting the website. All ticket purchases at the door will be $20. Hoffman Auditorium, University of St. Joseph, West Hartford

8pm: Master of the Mics Hosted by Kid Capri, the evening also includes Ghostface Killah, Keith Murray and Mr. Cheeks. Plus, more special guests to be announced. It’s a reunion of your favorite hip hop greats bringing fire and memories to the mic. Join Redman and Method Man, Keith Murray, and Mr. Cheeks, hosted and music by DJ Kid Capri. Tickets $47.50-117.50. The Bushnell, Hartford

Saturday, January 14th – Monday, January 16th:



New England Winterfest is the largest volleyball tournament in New England. It is designed to showcase female volleyball players – ages 12 to 18 – to college coaches and recruiters from throughout the Northeast. $13 for a one-day pass. $25 for tournament pass. Children 10 and under are free for both weeks. Convention Center, Hartford

Saturday, January 14th – Sunday January 29th:

Saturday – Sunday at 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 15th:

10am – 6pm: Grand Opening All you need is sneakers and a waiver that can be filled out on premises. You will take a sample class. Meet Drew Drechsel, Joe Dubuc, Yancey Quezada and other famous Ninjas. Autographs, pictures, free Real Life Ninja Academy tshirt and more. Ages 5.2 – 7.9 (must in kindergarten) from 10am – 12pm. Ages 8 – 10.9 from 1-3pm. Ages 11 – 15 from 4-6pm. Real Life Ninja Academy, Windsor

1pmFrom 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

1pm: Science on Screen: How to Build a Time Machine From film-making to physics, controlling mortality has long been a creative and scientific pursuit. Fixated on the possibility of conquering time, two men find inspiration by bringing facets of H.G. Wells’ 1895 novel The Time Machine to life. University of Connecticut’s theoretical physicist Dr. Ron Mallett has dedicated his lifetime of research to better understanding black holes and their time portal potential. Meanwhile, animator Rob Niosi has devoted years to obsessively replicating the time machine prop from the 1960 feature film adaptation. Both are driven by personal tragedies that time won’t heal. Using Niosi’s meticulous construction of his replica machine set against archival material where he describes the mechanics of motion pictures, Jay Cheel crafts an entertaining exploration of the power of film to act as a gateway to the fourth dimension. These cinematic visuals entwine with Mallett’s compelling explanation of how science fiction might not be that far-fetched after all. Stay after the film for a Q&A and discussion with Dr. Ron Mallett as he discusses the real promise and possibilities of time travel! $11 per person. Real Art Ways, Hartford


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3pm: New World Trio For more than three decades, the New World Trio has brought the excitement and intimacy of chamber music to live audiences throughout New England. Founded in 1985 by violinist Anhared Stowe, New World provides a unique experience for music lovers with its mix of both standard repertoire and contemporary works. Over the years, NWT expanded its basic configuration to include horn, voice, oboe, harp, clarinet, guitar, percussion, or strings in order to provide a varied and stimulating concert experience; there have been duos, trios, quartets, quintets, and even sextets! With each performance, New World brings new vitality to established masterworks; these are paired with contemporary pieces, with each complementing the other in depth and beauty. First Church of Christ, Farmington

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7-Day Happenings: January 8 – 14

Welcome to your 7-day Momecast™ a event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County! Enjoy a night out, without the Kids – to see a comedy show or play or see a family production! Now that the temperatures are cold enough for most ice skating and skiing to have finally set in – so get going! In need of some adult conversation – we have many options below. Disney on Ice hits the XL Center this week, get your tickets for this popular family production. Please check back as we update this area of our site regularly.

Friday, January 8:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Book and a Bite Today we will bake yummy dog bone-shaped treats! While we munch on our creations, we will sit back and relax as we read the book “Harry the Dirty Dog,” written by Gene Zion. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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10 – 11:30am: World’s Largest Ski and Snowboard Lesson Be a part of a record setting event while having some fun on the slopes. Yes – this involves the Guinness Book of World Records and the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Organization. It only costs $10 to take a beginner lesson and be part of the action. Why not take a lesson and love skiing and riding for life. Mount Southington, Plantsville.

5 – 10pm: Family Paint Night For a discounted paint time per person plus the cost of pottery, parents and children can enjoy a fun night of quality and creative entertainment enjoying paint time for an extra-affordable price. Make a reservation today and we will have a table saved for you and your family! We have also have a drawing for some awesome pottery painting prizes, free popcorn and soda. The Pottery Piazza, Plainville.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parents Night Out Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! That’s why we created Kid’s Night Out. Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party. A perfect evening indeed… Ages 2 through 5. Children do not need to be potty trained. Romp n’Roll, Wethersfield.

6 – 10pm: Dinner and a Movie Join us for this wintry mix on our summer movie series. Bring the whole family out for a great dinner served up in front of our big screen movie. A dinner of ziti with red sauce, meatballs, cheesy garlic bread, and salad will be served up family style. Dessert and beverages are also included. Reserve your seats today as seating is limited to only 80 persons. Tables of six will be filled from front to rear of theatre in order of registration. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the program. Movie: Minions Synopsis: Who doesn’t love a plot to take over the world and secret organizations that recruit agents for black-ops? It’s the stuff that real life is made of. The Minions must stop a super-villain who plots to take over the world with the perfect partner: her inventor husband. With all the bumps, mishaps and around the corner surprises that accompany his mission, our heroes manage to foil the dastardly plot and somehow save the world in the process. 91 minutes. Rated: PG. $25 per non-member family. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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7:15pm: Wolf Pack vs. Springfield Falcons XL Center, Hartford.

8pm: History of the Future vs. Knucklepuck vs. Romantic Baby A no holds barred competition where three improv teams compete head-to-head for a cash prize — and you decide the winner! Only one team will be victorious and your vote counts! The winner returns to defend their title at the next show of the series. Bring your friends and come vote for the best improv team in this one to one matchup. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. BYOB. $10 general admission. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Friday, January 8 – Sunday, January 10:

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Friday, January 8 – Thursday, January 14:

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11am – 8pm: Winterfest Hartford Free ice skating and skate rentals return to Bushnell Park. Learn to skate program on Saturdays at 10-11am. Children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by an adult. The Bushnell Carousel from Friday – Sunday from 11am – 5pm. Runs through Sunday, January 24. Bushnell Park, Hartford.

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

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm, (Closed on Monday) Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm: The Body of an American “If you do this, I will own you forever.” Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson is haunted by the words he heard a dead soldier say as he took the photo that would win him the Pulitzer Prize and reshape American foreign policy. Playwright Dan O’Brien, struggling with ghosts of his own, reaches out to Watson, and the two forge a friendship as they reckon with the traumas that have shaped their lives. The Body of an American is a bold, radically theatrical and poetic true story that ranges from Afghanistan and Iraq to the Canadian High Arctic. Runs through Sunday, January 31. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Saturday, January 9:

9am – 2pm: Demo Day with Colorodo Ski Shop Join us for a season full of awesome events, competitions, and equipment demos! An opportunity to try before you buy, with our friends from Colorado Ski Shop!  This ski demo is free, but please plan to supply a valid photo I.D. and credit card in order to demo the equipment. Ski Sundown, East Hartford.

10am – 6pm (Academy) and 7pm – Midnight (Cabaret): Brass Ring Academy Polish your brass goggles, check your corset lacing and meet us in Bristol for a day of marvels! Come join us as we dance, learn, and raise money for our beautiful home, the New England Carousel Museum. Brass Spring Academy $20 per adult, $10 ages 11-16, children under 10 are free. 7pm – Midnight: Brass Ring Cabaret Ages 18 and up. $20 per person. Special for day and evening together is $35. Come to Brass Ring on Saturday and Your Minicon, a local science fiction convention, on Sunday with a combined weekend package price only $45! Carousel Museum, Bristol.

11am – 3pm: Creative Classes Open House Stop in on January 9th, from 11am-3pm for Open House. Meet our talented instructors and sign up to take a class. Save 50% when you sign up on January 9th. Michael’s locations.

12pm: Join us for a Maximized Living Makeover! How many times have you tried to change things? How many years have passed, and with them, your dreams of a healthy and vibrant life? Most disease is preventable, yet only eight percent of people achieve their (mostly health-related) resolutions. Make sure you are one of them. It’s imperative that you make this year different. Bring your friends, and together you will: replace your aggravation with motivation, learn why your resolutions keep duping you, and how to conquer self-limiting beliefs. Get the plan, challenge, and support you need, so that by this time next year you won’t still be saying “next year it’ll be different.” Free. Talcott Family Chiropractic, Farmington.

4 – 10pm: Acoustic Music Stop in between 4-7pm to hear Samantha and Dave, the voices of Bad Penny, as they sing acoustic rock hits before the band joins them. Bad Penny is a variety dance band playing all your favorite dance tunes from the 80’s, including Journey and The Police. You will also hear a good mix of current rock hits thrown in as well! Ski Sundown, Planstville.

6 – 8pm: Camp Shalom Summer in Winter Social Free and open to both current and prospective Camp families. Includes: gym activities, special film festival of videos from the summer, DJ, refreshment. The first 100 registrants for Summer 2016 will receive a special backpack! JCC; Zachs Campus, Hartford.

5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Join us for tons of the fun!  Open gym, games, pizza, and a big screen movie!  Don’t forget to bring a pillow and a blanket to cuddle up with during the movie. For children 4 years and older (children need not be currently enrolled). Cost: $30 per child. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walk 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 January and February. Hopefully we can include some snowshoeing and ice skating each evening. The Welcoming Spring program in March will have us exploring the wetlands and forest for the sounds of spring peepers and wood frogs along with glimpses of early spring plants. Registration is required 3 days before the date of the event. $25 per non-member family. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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7pm: Wolf Pack vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers Red Out T-Shirt Giveaway: We’re going to red out the rink! The first 5000 fans will receive a red Wolf Pack T-shirt. Presented by CT-DOT. XL Center, Hartford.

7pm and 10pm: Comedy Night Linda Belt, is a New Jersey native, she moved to CT in 1987 where she became a suburban pillar of the community attending PTO meetings and baseball games. Linda became very tired holding up that pillar and instead holds her own as a professional stand up comic. Her humor touches on the absurdities of modern life and explores marriage, sex, parenting and social mores, in other words: any subject she feels like discussing! Eddie Clark, old enough to remember the sixties yet young enough to enjoy the new millennium, Eddie Clark is still one of the hardest working comics on the circuit today. His quick wit and funny stories, combined with his masterful characters, are a hit with audiences all over. This former Carson Long Military Institute graduate, U.S. Marine, Mount Vernon N.Y. police officer and security officer for the U.S. State Dept. was born in Jamaica, Queens, NY and raised in the city of Mount Vernon, NY, where he developed his ability to induce laughter from total strangers. Eddie’s humor is a blend of personal experiences and everyday life. Whether talking about moving from the projects to a middle class neighborhood, being a police officer setting up a speed trap, acid reflux or why you can’t win an argument with a woman, Eddie brings his vast experiences to all his performances. 90 minutes of laughs! Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show. $15 reserved seating. BYOB. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

7:30pm: Coffee House Concert Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters offer a toe-tapping acoustic blend of country music and bluegrass, with soaring harmonies and red-hot picking. Admission to this latest in the Center’s Coffee House Series is $15 for CT Audubon Society members and $20 for non-members, with children under 12 half-price. Please call the Audubon Society at 860-633-8402 to reserve your seats. The Connecticut Audubon Society Center, Glastonbury.

Saturday, January 9 – Sunday, January 10:

Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 10am – 4pm: Papermania Plus Considered the largest show of its kind in the Northeast, boasts quality dealers from throughout the east coast and Canada with collectibles around from A-Z: movie star posters, concert posters, post cards, photography, rare books, stamps, sheet music, tins, vintage valentines, world war ephemera, social and political items, news print, zodiac signs and much more! XL Center, Hartford.

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11am – 5pm: Connecticut Bridal Show With a proven format of combining fashion shows with a huge vendor presence, our bridal shows offer couples the unique opportunity to shop for every facet of their wedding needs in one location. What a time saver for busy working people, to find everything they need in one weekend and at one bridal show! And not just one, but several of each bridal product or service, providing a wide variety of styles and prices to suit every taste and budget. Meet Heidi Elnora, wedding dress designer and TLC’s star of “Bride By Design” on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm. $12 per person. Connecticut Convention Center. Hartford.

1:30 – 3:30pm: Family Walk 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 days 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 to be warm enough for the outdoor activity. Saturday programs include an Introduction to Ice Fishing in January for those that are curious about the sport. Sunday programs include Winter Tracking in January to discover whose making those trails in the snow. $10 per non-member family. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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

Sunday, January 10:

9:45 – 10:30am: Babies & Bagels If you are a new parent and would like to meet other parents and their children, join us in the Family Room for a play date and get-together. We want to hear what kind of things you are looking to do with your baby, and we would love to tell you what we offer. Free and open to the community. JCC; Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

11am – 12pm (Ages 5 – 9) and 12 – 1pm (Ages 9 – 14): Cheerleading Workshop Ever wanted to learn how tough cheerleading really is? It’s not just about the pom poms and can-can kicks! These days, some colleges offer scholarships for cheerleading up to almost $10,000 a year! This sport develops your child into a well-rounded individual who learns the value of teamwork and the meaning to work towards a common goal. Come to Imagine Studio to learn the basics of cheerleading, taught by former Conard High School Cheerleading Captain, Cassidy Kotyla. We will do everything from cheers, jumps, dances, motions, and maybe even some stunting! Ages 5-14 welcome! Please wear comfortable work out clothes and bring clean sneakers and a water bottle.

12 – 3pm: Sifryat Pijama B’America Story Time Bring the family and listen to stories in Hebrew followed by fun activities for different ages! RSVP. Sifryat Pijama is the Hebrew equivalent to PJ Library. JCC; Zacks Campus, West Hartford.

12:30 – 3:30pm: Shadow Boxes with Sarah Segovia It’s the perfect time of year for a family art afternoon! Join mosaic and stained glass artist Sarah Segovia to create miniature shadow boxes encrusted in a glittering mosaic of your own design. Sarah will guide all ages through the mosaic process, from planning a design to filling it in with a myriad of colorful stained glass pieces. In three short hours, everyone will go home with a unique shadow box to fill with a small photograph or other treasure. Pre-registration is required. $20 non-member. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

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3pm: Wolf Pack vs. Albany Devils XL Center, Hartford.

3 – 4pm: Drumming Circle Join Early Childhood Center music teacher Susan Kirschner-Robinson for drumming, chants, dance, and songs. This active music class uses shakers, rhythm sticks, and drums. Register with Member Services, 860-236-4571, by January 7. $5 per family in advance and $10 at the door. JCC; Zacks Campus, West Hartford.

3:30 – 4:30pm: Kids Yoga Yoga is not just for grown-ups! Give your little yogi a taste of all that yoga has to offer — fitness, fun, self-soothing, relaxation and more. Yoga is not just for grown-ups! Give your little yogi a taste of all that yoga has to offer — fitness, fun, self-soothing, relaxation and more. Ages 4 and up. Single Session: $10 per child in advance online, $12 at the desk. Journey of Yoga, Simsbury.

Monday, January 11:

6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Paper Crafting Class Surprise your Valentine with a sweet, stylish and surprisingly simple accordion card. Michael’s locations.

7:30pm: A Conversation with Paul Watson and Dan O’Brien Dr. Harold I. Schwartz, Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Hartford Hospital’s The Institute for Living, will join Paul Watson and Dan O’Brien for an in-depth discussion surrounding The Body of an American. The Institute for Living is nationally-recognized for treating trauma, including combat-related PTSD. Dr. Schwartz is a past president of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society where he has served as legislative chair for 20 years. Dr. Schwartz is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Free. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Tuesday, January 12 – Wednesday, January 13:

6 – 9pm: Auditions: The Vagina Monologues Auditioners are asked to bring a selection from The Vagina Monologues to read. Monologue material will be available at the audition for those who need it. There will be four mandatory rehearsals (full-cast) January 20, 21, 27, and 28 and one tech and one dress rehearsal on February 3-4. Performances are at 7 pm on February 5-6. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

Tuesday, January 12 – Thursday, January 17:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes. Runtime 2 hours and 30 minutes. The Bushnell, William H. Mortensen Hall, Hartford.

Tuesday, January 12:

6pm: Into East Africa Acclaimed Wildlife Photographer Paul Fusco will thrill the audience with beautiful scenes of the land and wildlife of East Africa. Paul visited Serengeti National Park, Ndutu, and the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Tanzania. He also will offer a discussion on some of the important conservation issues facing wildlife in East Africa. Free. Sessions Woods WMA, Burlington.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Jewelry Class Build your jewelry-making skills with this charming three-tiered necklace project. Michael’s locations.

Wednesday, January 13 – Sunday, January 17:

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Wednesday – Saturday at 7pm, Saturday at 11am and 3pm and Sunday at 1pm and 4:30pm: Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Presented by YoKids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with your favorite Disney Princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Tiana; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivities from around the globe. Come join the celebration you’ve been waiting for when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! skates into Hartford! XL Center, Hartford.

Wednesday, January 13:

10 – 10:30am: A Trip to South America Listen to Spanish music and stories while learning about the animals and art of the region. Discover the Cave of Hands in Argentina, the folk art of Panama and the Butterflies of Brazil. Create your own artwork based on your discoveries. Ages 2-3. Reoccurs on 1/20. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

11 – 11:45am: The Art of South America Take a trip to South America! You will see artifacts, hear music, and listen to some folk tales from the region. Explore artwork and create your own masterpiece based on this vibrant culture. Ages 3-5. Reoccurs on 1/20. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

12 – 1pm: Stowe Salons at Lunch: Racism as a follow-up to The Connecticut Forum event on the same topic. The event will feature video highlights from the December 3 Connecticut Forum which featured Morris Dees, civil rights advocate and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center; Antonio Villaraigosa, former mayor of Los Angeles; Wes Moore, social justice advocate and author of The Other Wes Moore; and Jessica Williams, Daily Show correspondent, actress and comedian, in conversation with Michele Norris, NPR Host and Special Correspondent. Topics discussed at the Forum included institutional racism, white privilege, mass incarceration, and the Black Lives Matter movement. The Salon will continue the conversation to discuss ways to move conversation into action. Share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. A great opportunity to network with other change makers. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

5:45pm: No Excuse Moms Workout Class Join us for a free Mommy and Me (baby, child, kid, teen) workout class. YMCA, Plainville.

5:30pm: Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks Walk in the footsteps of Frederick Law Olmsted, Hartford native, visionary urban planner and landscape architect, and learn more about the man who shaped our nation’s parks, including Hartford’s Keney Park and Elizabeth Park. Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks examines the formation of America’s first great city parks in the late 19th century through Olmsted’s enigmatic eyes. Donald Poland, urban geographer and Olmsted expert, will briefly discuss Olmsted’s connection to Riverfront Recapture before the film, in addition to leading a post-screening discussion. Admission includes pre-screening reception with hors d’oeuvres, beer, Connecticut wine, and soft drinks. Pre-screening Reception: 5:30pm, Movie: 6:30pm. Two complimentary beverages are included with each ticket. Featured wines will represent each film’s locale. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

4 – 4:45pm: The Art of South America Take a brief trip to South America. Look at maps and artifacts from the region. Listen to music and folk tales from a few of the countries there. Discover the Cave of Hands in Argentina, the folk art of Panama, and the Butterflies of Brazil. Create your own artwork based on your discoveries. Ages 5-10. Reoccurs on 1/20. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

5:30 – 7pm: Farmington Business After Hours Scene Art Bar is an alternative to the traditional bar scene – a paint and sip studio offering a relaxed and fun night out. Their painting parties combine a step-by-step painting class, music, beer and wine, offering a festive, fun and stress-free atmosphere. Paint nights offer a new destination for Date Night, Girls’ Night Out, Moms’ Night Off or come on your own and meet new friends! No artistic experience is required! Culteavo Tea Shop in Unionville is a local gourmet tea shop offering over 100 kinds of loose-leaf tea, including black, green, oolong and white teas, as well as herbal infusions and tea blends. They also offer made-to-order deli sandwiches and fine pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. They recently launched their brand new collection of designer tea tins, perfect for giving as a gift or as a keepsake! Chambers members are free, non-members are $25.

7pm: I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies” with author and actress Illeana Douglas In 1969 Illeana Douglas’ parents saw the film Easy Rider and were transformed. Taking Dennis Hopper’s words, “That’s what it’s all about man” to heart, they abandoned their comfortable upper middle class life and gave Illeana a childhood filled with hippies, goats, free spirits, and free love. Illeana writes, “Since it was all out of my control, I began to think of my life as a movie, with a Dennis Hopper-like father at the center of it.” I Blame Dennis Hopper is a testament to the power of art and the tenacity of passion. It is a rollicking, funny, at times tender exploration of the way movies can change our lives. With crackling humor and a full heart, Douglas describes how a good Liza Minnelli impression helped her land her first gig and how Rudy Valley taught her the meaning of being a show biz trouper. From her first experience being on set with her grandfather and mentor-two-time Academy Award-winning actor Melvyn Douglas-to the moment she was discovered by Martin Scorsese for her blood-curdling scream and cast in her first film, to starring in movies alongside Robert DeNiro, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke, to becoming an award-winning writer, director and producer in her own right, I Blame Dennis Hopper is an irresistible love letter to movies and filmmaking. Writing from the perspective of the ultimate show business fan, Douglas packs each page with hilarious anecdotes, bizarre coincidences, and fateful meetings that seem, well, right out of a plot of a movie. I Blame Dennis Hopper is the story of one woman’s experience in show business, but it is also a genuine reminder of why we all love the movies: for the glitz, the glamor, the sweat, passion, humor, and escape they offer us all. Free. Mark Twain House, Hartford.

7pm: Freshly Squeezed Because everyone loves a juicy conversation. Hartford boasts a small, nimble, personal, participatory forum. “Freshly Squeezed with Colin McEnroe,” hosted at Watkinson School, offers great debates and discussions you can dive into. Parents, community leaders, educators—everyone who cares about the challenges we’re facing these days—will love the opportunity to think and talk together.  And all of the profits benefit the education programs of three shining Hartford institutions: Billings Forge, Hartford Stage and the Mark Twain House. What’s So Funny About Connecticut? Some people would say “nothing,” but we’re not so sure Connecticut deserves its reputation for humorlessness. In the bleak midwinter, we think you might need a dose of laughter, so we’re rounding up comedians, writers and improv performers to help you develop your own comic instincts, especially regarding the place you live. Tickets are $20 each or buy the series for a total of $40. Ticket holders enjoy a complimentary pre-show light meal on Watkinson’s campus prepared by Chef Jon Birney. All events are held in the Foisie Family Amphitheater at Watkinson School. Seating is very limited and general admission, so order today.

Thursday, January 14:

11 – 11:45am: Arts & Crafts for Preschoolers Come join us for a fun filled creative class that will stir your preschooler’s imaginations. Every week your child will enjoy an hour of creative arts and crafts projects that they will be able to take home and show off to the entire family. Ages 3-5. Non-members $30 per child. Reoccurs until 2/4. Winding Trails, Farmington.

4 – 4:45pm: Young Scientists Join us to explore the mysteries of biology! We are about to dive into science and ask questions about the world around us. Using the steps of the scientific method we will answer questions like: how do plants grow? How do animals stay warm outside in winter months? We will explore these questions and many more in Young Scientists! Ages 5-10. Reoccurs until 2/4. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

6pm: From Earth to the Universe This stunning, 30-minute voyage through time and space conveys, through an arresting combination of sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. Reoccurs on Thursday, 1/21 and 2/25. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Family Ice Fishing Clinic This DEEP sponsored clinic is taught by state certified volunteer instructors through the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Program. It is designed to introduce you to the wintertime sport of ice fishing. All those who attend are invited to join the DEEP at their Annual Family Ice Fishing Derby on Coventry Lake, January 30th. The Derby is only open to those who attend an Ice Fishing class and is free. All ages-children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Gideon Welles School, Glastonbury.

7pm: After War: What Happens Next In a first-time collaboration, three of Hartford’s cultural institutions are joining together to present a conversation on a subject that affects us all: WAR. Writers will discuss the aftermath of US entanglements from Iraq to Afghanistan to Somalia, and the consequences that reverberate both abroad and at home, in the political landscapes of recovering countries, and in the psyches of returning soldiers. The panelists include Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist David Finkle, author of The Good Soldiers and Thank You For Your Service; acclaimed poet and playwright Dan O’Brien, author of War Reporter and Hartford Stage’s production of Body of an American, winner of the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play; and U.K. author Emma Sky, who wrote The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq and has been named an Officer of the British Empire. WNPR reporter Lucy Nalpathanchil will moderate an engaging and incisive conversation on the impact war has had on these writers, their work, our nation, and our world. Free. Mark Twain House, Hartford.

7 – 9pm: PJ Library Parents Nite Out Schedule that babysitter and enjoy a night out with other PJ Library parents. Get to know other PJ parents over a glass of wine, and paint your own wine glass. Art Truck Studio, Glastonbury.

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