Week 12 of 52

Monday, March 20th

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 21st


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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 22nd:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 23rd

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


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

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


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

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

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

Friday, March 24th

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

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

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


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

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


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Friday, March 24th – Sunday, March 26th



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


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


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Saturday, March 25th

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

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



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

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

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

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



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


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

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



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

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



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

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


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




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


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


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Sunday, March 26th

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



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

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



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Week 11 of 52

This week is chock full of fun things to do across the county – some events worth the mention are: Meet the Cast of Next to Normal premiering at Theaterworks in Hartford on the 24th – April 30th, Cirque Du Soleil at the XL Center, March Madness Fundraiser at Thomas Hooker Brewery, A Taste of Ireland at Noah Webster House, Celebrate St. Patty’s at Playhouse on Park, City Steam March Madness Brewfest, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and Theresa Caputo LIVE at the Bushnell, Maple Sugaring at Westmoor Park, Children’s Safety Fair at the Children’s Museum, O’Hartford 5K, The Ballet Ball and Pink Party at the Hill-Stead Museum, Wild Kratts Animal Exhibition at CT Science Center, Princess Tea at Bushnell Park Carousel, All Things Green at Barnes Nature Center and Susy’s Birthday Party at the Mark Twain House.

Monday, March 13th

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

Monday, 3.13 – Friday, 3.17:

10am – 1pm: DUPLO Building Inspiration How many ways can you use LEGO DUPLO bricks? Whether you’re planning a birthday party or taking a road trip, drop into the LEGO Store before 1pm for 10 minutes of DUPLO building inspiration. Just for attending, you’ll receive a special DUPLO set and Inspiration Guide! LEGO, West Farms, Farmington

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Tuesday, March 14th

Snow Day

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Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Cloud 9 Unexpected trysts. Gender swaps. Role reversals. Power plays. Victorian repression clashes with liberal expression as we follow a British family from colonial Africa to London in the 1970s. Caryl Churchill’s provocative comedy explores the ever-changing world of sexual politics as it asks what it takes for each of us to reach our own Cloud 9. Cloud 9 was Caryl Churchill’s first international hit. Some of the British playwright’s other works include Top Girls, Mad Forest, Love and Information, A Number and Serious Money. The Guardian recently wrote that Churchill “now shares with Tom Stoppard the title of Britain’s most significant living dramatist.” Runs until Sunday, March 19th. Recommended for ages 17 and up. Special Event: Tuesday: AfterWords Discussion Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following the Tuesday 7:30pm performance. Saturday: 2pm: Audio Described Performances For patrons who are blind or have low vision. Hartford Stage

Wednesday, March 15th:

10-11am: Budding Naturalists Preschool children ages 1-4 are not too young to be aware and inspired by the world around them, so start your child on the right foot with a love of nature. As a mom, dad, grandparent or caregiver, you can experience the joy of exploration with your child – a joy you can continue at home. Dress for the weather; we will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. These are the ideal ages for nature to impact the health benefits on children’s brain development, eyesight, and disposition. Studies show that children who spend time outdoors are happier, healthier, and smarter. Reoccurs on 3/22 and 3/29. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

11am – 12:30pm: Adult Coffee Club: Brain Fitness Dr. Sarah Raskin, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Trinity College joins us at the Connecticut Science Center to discuss activities to help maintain cognitive functioning while enjoying coffee, puzzles, and games. From games to music to diet, learn how to maintain mental sharpness. Following the event, enjoy full access to our hands-on exhibits. Presented by AARP. Registration is $15 per person; coffee and tea are included. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

3:30 – 5pm: After School Nature Club We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child. Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data. Studies show that spending time outdoors increases children’s test scores and creativity, improves focus and is great for their health – plus they will be awed by the world around them. Dress them for the weather; they will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. Students ages 5 -9. Reoccurs on 3/22 and 3/29. $15 per child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

6:30pm: An Evening with Rabbit Goody, Textile Historian Join us for an evening with Rabbit Goody, an internationally-known textile researcher, lecturer and teacher, who will give a short, informal talk on the 19th-century arts & crafts aesthetic. Wine and light bites will be served before the program. While the 18th-century saltbox cottage has changed significantly over the years of private ownership, photos from the 1890s will be on display to show how it looked in Theodate’s day. This program will be held in Theodate Pope’s former home at 13 High Street, Farmington. To attend, join the DASG today! Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Collar Necklace Create an on-trend necklace featuring natural stone beads. The first 15 guests will receive a special gift! Buy the strung beads and the rest of your supplies are free. Michaels

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Thursday, March 16th

10:30am – 12pm: Thistle Hill Weavers Goes to the Movies featuring Rabbit Goody Textile Historian Join Rabbit Goody, Owner, Designer, and Master Weaver of Thistle Hill Weavers, a custom weaving mill providing historical reproductions to the museum field, the film industry, designers and homeowners, and custom woven textiles to designers. Thistle Hill Weavers’ commissions include film and televisions projects such as Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Cinderella Man, John Adams, Boardwalk Empire, Transformers, No Country for Old Men and Indiana Jones. For Indiana Jones, Rabbit developed 15 identical versions of the doctor’s cape, each distressed to varying degrees to represent the character’s wear and tear over the course of the story! $15 per person. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

5:30 – 6pm: St. Patrick’s Day Kids Cookie Decorating Come and have the kids join us for some simple and delicious cookie decorating for St Patrick’s Day. Kids love cookies and being creative so come join us for a little of both. Cost is only $2.00 per cookie. RSVP. Comstock Ferre, Wethersfield



6 – 8pm: Author Visit: Pachinko Min Jin Lee will appear “in conversation” with WAMC’s Joe Donahue at this event. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase. The White Hart, Salisbury


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6:30pm: Film & Speaker: “Moonlight” Join us for the third in a series of films and speakers on Shaping Social Change: Moonlight. The 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough Miami neighborhood. Rated R. Running Time: 111 minutes. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

6:30 – 8pm: Learn to Build a Vertical Herb Garden Learn to build a vertical herb garden. Join our associate -lead demonstration and watch as we demonstrate how to use carpenter’s tools to measure and cut the wood to create a beautiful and space-saving veritcal herb garden. In addition, the associate will also demonstrate the safe use of common project tools like saws, nail guns and sanders. When we are done, we will help you shop for everything you need to create your own project at home. The Home Depot Workshops are designed to provide a mix of associate led instruction, demonstration, and some hands-on learning. Materials can be purchased to make your own project. Home Depot

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make an Instax Frame Use decorative paper and stickers to personalize a frame for your favorite instant photo. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $19. Michaels

6 – 8:30pm: M&R Ladies Night Craft Beer Event Dave Herlicka from White Birch Brewery coming from New Hampshire to sample us on his assortment of Berliner Weisse. Other breweries in the mix will be Allagash, Ballast Point, Lord Hobo and our special guests, Outer light Brewing out of Groton. Happy to announce that O’live a Little will be pairing a variety of cheeses to pair with your beer, and Heather from the Bee’s Knees of Avon will be providing the food. $10 at the door. M&R Liquors, South Windsor

6:30pm: Not My Mother’s Kitchen Dinner at Metro Bis Metro Bis looks forward to welcoming Rob Chirico author of Not My Mother’s Kitchen: Rediscovering Italian-American Cooking through Stories and Recipes for a five course, wine dinner featuring recipes from his book. Metro Bis Restaurant, Simsbury



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Thursday, 3/16 – Saturday, 3/18:

Pops 'n Jazz 2017

7:30pm: Pops ‘n Jazz The 59th annual production of Pops ‘n Jazz, featuring Hall High School’s acclaimed jazz bands, dancers, and singers, will open on Friday, March 10, with additional performances March 16, 17 and 18.



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7:30pm: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man This romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man. $19.50-69.50. The Bushnell, Hartford

Thursday, 3/16 – Sunday, 3/26:



Friday, March 17th

Purchase your Beauty and the Beast Movie Tickets – On Sale Now!

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: St. Patty’s Day Celebration (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the luck of the Irish! Today we will prepare homemade Irish Shepherd’s Pie and decorate festive cupcakes! Each child will create a Shamrock craft to take home as well. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday 9-10am and 11am – 12pm. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

12 – 1:30pm: Sweet Tweets This little bunny loves his feathered friend. The simple design is easier for young artists to paint, and the background color can be changed to match room decor. $25 per canvas. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill

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5 – 8pm: Kid’s Night Out – Spa Party Kids (boys welcome too of course) will enjoy sipping smoothies while they soak their feet in the tub. They will giggle with delight as we gently scrub their little toes and feet with a homemade, all natural sugar scrub! We’ll let them prepare an oatmeal facial which they will get to remove with hot towels! Kids will also get their fingernails painted if they want (please remove polish before arriving), do a craft, dance, do yoga and more! If that isn’t enough, they will also learn how to make home-made pasta and will all get a chance to roll out the noodles and we’ll cook up some delicious pasta for dinner! Bread and salad will be served as a side dish along with an apple and an ice cream sundae for dessert. Suggested ages 5-10 (drop off). $45 per child ($35 for siblings). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

5:30 – 7:30pm: Party for St. Paddy Celebrate the Irish with a St. Patrick’s Day menu filled with good-for-you greens. From basil to spinach, we’ll use great green ingredients that little leprechauns will love. Menu: Pot-of-Gold Pesto Pasta Green Beans with Creamy Chipotle Dip Green Velvet Pancakes. What to expect: Learn how to cook pasta like a pro. Discover the standard breading procedure. What gives red velvet its distinctive flavor? Find out now. ShopRite, Manchester

6pm and 8pm: Tavern Night: A Taste of Ireland Sláinte! The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will offer its annual St. Patrick’s Day Tavern Night. A Taste of Ireland includes a traditional dinner, drinks, and live entertainment. Sittings will be offered at 6 and 8pm. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal including homemade Guinness Steak Pie, green beans, pickled beets, Irish soda bread, and apple pandowdy for dessert. New this year, the Coogan School of Irish Dance of West Hartford, CT will demonstrate some traditional Irish step dancing for the crowd. After dinner, singer Tom Hooker Hanford will regale the audience with “A Rovin’”eighteenth-century tavern songs and Irish selections. Musician, artist, storyteller, and performer extraordinaire, Hanford not only has a beautiful voice, but also plays violin and guitar. At the end of the evening, guests will be invited to play historic tavern games such as Skittles, Captain’s Mistress, and Shove Ha’penny in the lantern-lit circa 1748 birthplace of Noah Webster. Tickets are $35 per person. The price includes dinner, one complimentary drink (beer or wine), live entertainment, and tavern games. Additional beer and wine will be available for purchase. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

6 – 8pm: Let’s Celebrate Spring Let’s welcome spring time with a menu full of fun, refreshing food! On the menu: springtime veggie pasta primavera, tomato cucumber avocado salad, lemon crumble bars, and homemade watermelon lemonade. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6:30 – 8:30pm: Date Night: Ireland Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day–invite your special someone to a hands-on class where you’ll explore classic and contemporary Irish cuisine. Our instructor will show you techniques for everything from braising cabbage and making fluffy mashed potatoes to enhancing salmon with a Guinness and maple glaze. You’ll enjoy working alongside your date and other couples, honing knife skills as you prepare a traditional Irish soup. When it’s time for dessert, we’ll share secrets for making a decadent chocolate cake spiked with Irish whisky. Menu: Irish Apple and Parsnip Soup – Guinness and Maple Glazed Salmon – Potato Mash with Braised Cabbage (Colcannon) – Bittersweet Chocolate Irish Whiskey Cake. $79 per person. Sur La Table, Canton


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7 – 9pm: 4 Lead Clover Dance Come share your lucky clovers, rabbits feet and other lucky charms with all your friends at ECC as we celebrate Irish culture in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Green and gold are the colors for tonight and we’ll have a DJ playing all your favorite tunes. No blarney! Ages 18 and up. $14 per person. Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford

7 – 9pm: Read It and Sleep: Ada Twist, Scientist Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should. Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters, and they have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their dreams and passions. Now in her own charming and witty picture book, determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?,” is destined to join these two favorites. The book is the perfect tool to remind both young girls and women that they have the intelligence and perseverance to achieve their dreams. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford


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7:30pm: Theresa Caputo LIVE! The Experience “The Experience” brings Theresa face-to-face with her fans, as she lets spirit guide her through the audience. $39.75-79.95. The Bushnell, Hartford


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Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:

6 – 8pm: St. Patty’s Day Celebration Let’s celebrate the luck of the Irish! Today we will prepare homemade Irish Shepherd’s Pie and corned beef sliders as well as bake and decorate festive cupcakes. Ages 6-12.  $25 per child, Stew Leonard’s, Newington

7:30pm: Martha Redbone’s Bone Hill Band Presented as a dramatic musical work with a cast of 8 actors/musicians, Bone Hill: The Concert is a devised, interdisciplinary theater work inspired by Martha Redbone’s family lineage in the Appalachian Mountains. An epic story of one woman’s return to her homeland on Black Mountain and the coal mines of Harlan County, KY where her family have dwelled for centuries. $25 adults, $15 youth. Autorino Center for the Arts, Hoffman Auditorium, West Hartford


Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:


8pm: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Six spellers enter: one speller leaves victorious! With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Avon


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7pm: Cinderella Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner”, “Impossible/It’s Possible”, and “Ten Minutes Age”, as performed by Conard students. Tickets $15-18. Conard High School Auditorium, West Hartford

Saturday, March 18th

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9 – 10am and 11am – 12pm: St. Patty’s Day Celebration (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the luck of the Irish! Today we will prepare homemade Irish Shepherd’s Pie and decorate festive cupcakes! Each child will create a Shamrock craft to take home as well. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9:15am: 15th Annual Shamrock Run & Walk at Chippens Hill Middle School in Bristol

9:30 – 10:15am: Family Yoga Come do Yoga at Imagine Studio and bring the whole family! We will practice our breathing, do a basic yoga flow and stretch, play some games and have some fun! No previous yoga experience necessary! $12 for the whole family! Imagine Studio, West Hartford

10 – 11:30am: Maple Sugaring Participate in one of the oldest New England traditions. This class will take you through the whole process of making maple syrup from beginning to end, so you can do it at home. We will identify maple trees, tap a tree, collect and boil sap, and even taste the finished product. Must be at least 5 to attend; all children must be accompanied by a pre-registered adult. $10 per person. Outdoor Program; dress for the outdoors. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

10 – 11:30am: Installing Ceiling Fans Get the skills you need to tackle ceiling fan purchase and installation. We will get you up to speed on fan styles and features, including the energy star options currently available. Then you will learn the basics of installing ceiling fans both with and without light kits. Last, you will get valuable safety tips around wiring ceiling fans. Home Depot


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12:30pm: O’ Hartford 5K This 3.1 mile moving party through downtown Hartford starts and ends in Bushnell Park where a craft brew pub featuring four Connecticut breweries welcomes runners and spectators. Get your Irish up with bagpipers, Irish Step Dancers, refreshments and beer! O’Hartford 5K and Wee Mile o’fficially caps off St. Patrick’s festivities – costumes encouraged! Prizes awarded to the most uniquely dressed participants.

1pm: Hartford Men’s Lacrosse vs. UMass Minutemen at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium in West Hartford 

1 – 2pm: Artist Talk with Gus Mazzocca The Windsor Art Center is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition entitled MULTIPLES: Printmaking featuring Gus Mazzocca with works by Michael Siporin Levine and Matthew Clay-Robison, which will run March 11 through April 22nd. This exhibition includes works from the career of UConn Professor Emeritus Gus Mazzocca, an internationally-exhibited printmaker-artist, as well as two of his former UConn printmaking students and current working artists, Michael Siporin Levine and York Gallery Director and artist, Matthew Clay-Robison. Windsor Art Center

1 – 2:45pm: CFPA Ramble: Highland Park History Hike Come learn about the history of the Highland Park area and the Case Brothers National Historic District while visiting properties protected by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. We will visit the paper mill and mansion areas. Starting at the trailhead on Spring Street, we will plan to hike 1.5 miles. For participants who want a more strenuous event, we will make the bumpy and steep hike to the summit of Case Mountain; where, on a clear day, Heublein Tower is visible to the west. Be sure to bring water and wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots. No dogs, please. Free. Case Mountain Trails, Manchester

1 – 3pm: Doll Spa Party Bring your favorite doll to TLGT for a doll spa party! We’ll have doll “baths”, a hair style station for dolls and kids, nail painting, a tea party and cupcake decorating. Come pamper your doll and yourself for an afternoon at TLGT! Suggested ages 4-9 (drop off), $35 per child ($25 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

2pm: Audio Described Performance: Cloud 9 For patrons who are blind or have low vision. Hartford Stage

6pm: The Magic of Trinity Our 3rd Annual Excellence Dinner is a wonderful night filled with great food and entertainment. You can learn about Trinity Academy. Be entertained with a magic show from Four-Handed Illusions, Boston’s #1 rated Theater Group. $150 per person. Bond Ballroom, Hartford

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6pm: You Can’t do That at NBYT! The evening will include performances, games, desserts, a cash mocktail bar, raffles, and lots and lots of fun! One raffle prize will even be for the full cost of participation in NBYT’s summer musical, The Lion King Jr! Admission is free, donations will be accepted. New Britain Youth Theater, Berlin

6 – 8pm: Tale as Old as Time Capture this timeless moment of love. Inspired by the Beauty and the Beast movie, come and paint the beast’s rose with friends at My Own Masterpiece. $35 per canvas. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill




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7 – 11pm: Chaparrals The Chaparrals play a blend of country and country rock music from the 50’s & 60’s that is fun and danceable. Whether you bring a friend or come alone, you will enjoy a nice night out with good music and great people. Are you celebrating a birthday? Anniversary? Retirement? Just want to get together with friends? This is a perfect, affordable event to do just that. Admission is $12 per person. Doors open at 6:15pm. Dance all night long or just sit and toe tap, either way, it is a great evening. Snacks and set-ups are available for sale, BYOB. Reservations are strongly suggested as this is a very popular event. Pre-paid tables of 8 people may be reserved; walk-ins are welcome if there is space. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol


7:30pm: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe When four English children step through an old wardrobe, they discover a magical world where it is always winter and never Christmas. There in Narnia, the children meet talking animals and mythical creatures who reveal that it is the White Witch who keeps the country under her icy thumb. With the help of Aslan, the great lion and true king, the Pevensies must fight to end the Witch’s reign and restore summer to Narnia. C.S. Lewis’ classic tale of good versus evil is brought to life in this whimsical and moving stage adaptation. The Master’s School, West Simsbury


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7:30pm: The Music of U2 Singer Brody Dolyniuk and conductor Brent Havens lead the band and the HSO through a classic night of U2 performed as you’ve never heard it before! $25-75. The Bushnell, Hartford


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8pm: Comedy Night Vicky Kuperman is a Moscow-born Boston native, New York City rat-packer and recently named “one of 12 new comedians to watch” on The Huffington Post. In 2014, she published her debut (comedic) novel, “The Russian Drop,” and released her debut comedy album “When I Could Feel,” out on iTunes, streaming on Pandora, Spotify and playing on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog comedy channel. She performed her Off-Broadway one-hour solo stand-up show to packed houses for five nights at the 2014 United Solo Theatre Festival, where she won “Best Stand-up of the Fest.” Tommy Gooch was born in Brooklyn, & was raised and still resides in Staten Island, NY. His ranting self-deprecating, family-oriented style of comedy has traveled & succeeded with audiences for years. Tommy’s natural loveable off the cuff comedy always makes him a favorite for a Feature Act & Headliner. Tommy’s specialization in audience interaction, always makes him a crowd favorite. BYOB. $15 for floor and $35 for seating. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford


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8pm: Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Theatre in West Hartford

Saturday, 3/18 – Sunday, 3/19:


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11am – 3pm: Wild Kratts Animal Expedition Prepare for a wild adventure! Flex your creature powers with Wild Kratts-themed activities like animal face painting, a meet-and-greet with Jimmy and Aviva, and animal arts and crafts with the Art Truck. Don’t miss a larger-than-life stage show with Wildlife Encounters, where you’ll see animals you’ve never seen before. They’re so wild,you won’t believe they’re real! Animals may vary by show. The Wildlife Encounters show requires a separate ticket. Show times are 11am, 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Please note that the Kratt brothers will not appear at this event. $21.95 adults and $14.95 youth (3-18). Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

Sunday, March 19th

10 – 11am and 12 – 1pm: Gallery Talks Please join the Museum and Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro to enjoy an in-depth look into our current featured exhibition Vistas del Sur: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. Pérez-Barreiro holds a Masters of Art in Latin American Studies and Art History and a PhD in Latin American Art History. $20 for non-members, $8 for members. New Britain Museum of American Art



11am – 1pm: Barbie You Can Be a Chef: Sweet Treats Barbie teaches her friends that “You Can Be Anything” and we’ve created a special class to inspire young bakers (ages 7 – 12) to discover their talents. First, our instructor will teach class attendees a few kitchen fundamentals: following recipes, measuring, mixing, and working safely in the kitchen. Then kids will get hands-on in the kitchen, discovering secrets for working with puff pastry, expressing their creativity baking and frosting colorful confetti cupcakes and, finally, making a yummy homemade chocolate sauce; perfect for dipping fresh, seasonal fruit. That’s not all! Each student gets to take home a Barbie goodie bag, including a perfect pink apron and measuring cups for young bakers to create delicious treats and practice their newly learned skills at home. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite Barbie to join in the fun because You Can Be Anything with your friends by your side! Menu: Braided Apple Pastries – Rainbow Confetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting – Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Ages 7-12. $49 per child. Sur La Table, Canton


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12 – 3pm: All Things Green Wear your green today and help us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Join us in a scavenger hunt to find the treasure under the rainbow! Fun Irish facts, crafts and yummy desserts are all part of this day! $5 per child. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

1 – 2:30pm: Susy’s Birthday Party! Registered guests will attend a special birthday celebration in the Carriage House Barn and meet costumed characters, including Mark Twain, his wife Livy, and their daughter and birthday girl Susy Clemens. Party activities include Victorian parlor games, crafts, birthday cake, story time, and mini-tours of the Mark Twain House. Tickets are $5 per person. This event is geared to elementary school-aged children, grades 3 to 6, and their caregivers. Reservations are required. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford



2pm: Connecticut Youth Symphony Please join us to hear one of New England’s finest youth orchestras perform advanced repertoire under the direction of Daniel D’Addio. This performance is free and open to the public but tickets must be reserved. University of Hartford, Lincoln Theater, West Hartford

2 – 3pm: Maple Sugaring in Your Own Backyard Our annual demonstration teaches you how to make maple syrup the easy way. We’ll cover the entire process from identifying the tree to the best part – tasting the final product. Cost: $6 adults, $4 children. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

2017 Shad Derby Family Bowling Fundraiser

2 – 4pm: Pink Party Hill-Stead Museum invites everyone ages 4 and up to a Pink Party—inspired by French artist Edgar Degas’ Dancers in Pink. Wear your favorite pink outfit and learn more about Degas’ famous dancers. This family friendly event features a performance by dancers from the acclaimed Albano Ballet and a tour of Hill-Stead Museum, including rarely seen prints by Degas. Light refreshments included with program fee. $15 per person, includes admission to the Museum. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington


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4pm: Making the Old New CONCORA returns to Trinity College Chapel, where last year a sold-out audience thrilled to the acoustic miracles of Renaissance motets and masses sung by a small choral ensemble beneath the soaring arches of the Chapel’s Gothic cathedral-esque architecture. This year’s program offers more Renaissance motets and madrigals paired with newer music inspired by the originals. Motets and madrigals by Renaissance “top forty” composers such as Morley, Vecchi, and Tallis will contrast with and complement choral music by renowned contemporary composers William Hawley, Eric Whitacre, and Martin Sedek. The concert features Eleanor Daley’s haunting Requiem, perfectly suited to this remarkable space. Trinity Chapel at Trinity College, Hartford

4pm: The Jolly Beggars are back by popular demand for an afternoon of Celtic music, storytelling, reels and jigs. Tickets are $12, or $10 for historical society members. This concert is presented bistro style, so BYO drinks and snacks. Wethersfield Historical Society

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Week 7 of 52


Welcome to the second full week of February! Once again we have scoured our rolodex, inbox and the world wide web for all of the fun things happening this week across Hartford County! This week is extra special because it is Valentine’s Day, so get out and celebrate – with the kids or without the kids; either way just make it memorable and a lovely one!


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Monday, February 13th:


10 -11:30am: Valentine’s Open Play Come and join us for an extra lovely Valentines themed open play! We will have Valentine’s Day themed crafts and activities in addition to the regular open play fun! $8 per child. Imagine Studio, West Hartford


4 – 5pm and 6 – 7pm: Valentine’s Day Workshop: Chocolate Covered Strawberries In today’s workshop, each child will hand-dip and decorate a half-dozen chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate covered pretzels to take home! Ages 2-12. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington



5:30 – 8pm: Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis Get in the Way is the first biographical film about Lewis, a respected legislator and elder statesman who continues to practice nonviolence in his determined fight for justice. The film is a riveting portrayal of John Lewis’ personal journey of courage, searing disappointments and hard-won triumphs, as over the decades he inspires others to stand up and Get in the Way. Free. UConn School of Social Work, Zachs Community Room, West Hartford RSVP on Facebook


5:45 – 7:15pm: Sweetheart Dance Bring your family to TLGT for an evening of dinner and dancing. We will prepare dinner while you and your kids dance and do a Valentine’s craft. After dinner, each family will prepare chocolate fondue for dessert. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton


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


Monday, 2/13 – Monday, 2/20:


The Great Trade-In gear & furniture event


Tuesday, February 14th:


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



1 – 2:30pm: Kitty Love Need a sweet gift for Valentine’s Day? This little kitty might be the best Valentine you receive. It’s easy for younger painters to create and give to a special friend or family member or to decorate their own walls. Canvas Size: 12″ x 12″ Price: $25. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill


1:30 – 3pm: Mommy and Me Candy Making Come to TLGT and make some delicious Valentine’s chocolates with Ms. Suzanne. While the chocolates are cooling, we will make a fun heart craft. After the chocolates have cooled, we will put them in beautiful heart-shaped boxes for Valentine’s Day. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton


3 – 5pm: Couples Glass Painting Bring your honey to paint your own glasses. Paint “his & her” glasses in any design. BYOB to this paint class and enjoy the fun! Price: Glasses Start at $16. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill


4 – 6pm: Valentines Day Toast – An Evening Experience Looking for a unique and romantic pre-dinner date on Valentine’s Day? Share a meaningful experience at Hill-Stead Museum with your special someone! Begin with a toast of sparkling wine in the Carriage Porch before strolling through the historic house to view its Impressionist Masterpieces. You and your date will learn about Hill-Stead love stories from the past and view “objects of affection” on display just for Valentine’s Day. $15 per person. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington RSVP on Facebook


5 – 8:30pm: Kids Night at the Museum For parents looking to have a romantic night out for Valentine’s Day, Northwest Park presents: Kids Night at the Museum! Whether your plans for the night include a candle lit dinner at your favorite restaurant or a nice, quiet evening at home, we’ll be having a wild time at the nature center! This special event will include arts and crafts, games, a delicious dinner of make your own pizza and, of course, some of our renowned live animal programming. For children ages 5 and up. $10 per child. Registration is needed and space is limited so reserve your spot today! Northwest Park, Windsor



5:30pm and 7pm: Sky Show: Romancing the Stars Celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning some of the many love stories told in the tapestry of the stars of the night sky. Hear the heroic story of Perseus and Andromeda, the Japanese story of Orihime and Hikoboshi, and the classic Native American tale of Algon and the Pleiades. Feel the romance between Orion and Artemis and the jealous love of Zeus and Callisto. Join us under the stars for romance, storytelling and myth. Ages 8 and up. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury


6:30 – 9:30pm: Valentine’s Day Parents’ Night Out Drop the kids off for a fun filled night of bouncing on our awesome inflatables, activities, games and dinner! You want a night out, they just want to have fun! It’s more fun and probably less expensive than hiring a sitter! Dinner will be served at 7pm. All children will receive 2 slices of pizza and unlimited juice boxes and water! Snacks will also be available throughout the night. Pre-registration and payment are required for this special event. $25 per child. Bounce U, Rocky Hill


7 – 9pm: Love Trees, Champagne & Chocolate Grab your paint date and spend a night sipping, painting and celebrating! This painting can be done on a double canvas with your paint date or a single canvas if you prefer – the choice is yours. A complimentary glass of champagne and chocolates will be provided. $40 per canvas. Scene Art Bar, Unionville


7:30pm: Sunset Baby Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. 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


Tuesday, 2/14 – Sunday, 2/19:


SUNSET BABY


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



Wednesday, February 15th:


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. Additional program dates are March 1, 15, 29. $15 per child. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury 


1 – 3pm: Rodin’s Lover by Heather Webb Join the Museum for a lively discussion about Heather Webb’s 2015 non-fiction novel Rodin’s Lover. The story brings to life the stormy love affair between French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) his apprentice Camille Claudel, whose passions inspired groundbreaking works together. However, Claudel became obsessively jealous of Rodin’s success, ultimately crossing the line to madness. Copies of Rodin’s Lover are available for purchase in the Museum Store. Included with the cost of admission. Adults $15, youth (ages 13-17) $10, students $10, children under 12 are free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain 


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. This program reoccurs on March 1st, 15th & 29th. Students ages 5-9. Admission is $15/child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury


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


7 – 8:30pm: Author Talk & Book Signing: Mixed Feelings: An Illustrated Guide for Biracial & Multiracial Kids And Their Families Teja Arboleda, M.Ed. is a living example of diversity: Multiracial, multicultural and multiethnic, with a mixed family, having grown up in three countries, and having traveled around the globe. His personal and professional mission is to harness the power of diversity to create educational media and live events for a multicultural planet. He firmly believes that we don’t have to think outside of the box… because there is no box! Arboleda is a nationally acclaimed speaker on diversity, inclusion and cultural conflict resolution through entertainment and multimedia platforms. He will share stories of America’s struggle to tackle complex issues of race in the shadow of 911, Black Lives Matter, the Whitest Oscars in history, the N-word, freedom of speech and immigration. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford


Wednesday, 2/15 – Sunday, 3/5:



Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm: A Moon for the Misbegotten Following the events of O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey into Night, Moon for the Misbegotten brings James “Jamie” Tyrone, Jr., to the home of his tenant farmer, Phil Hogan, a salty Irish geezer. There he encounters, after years, Hogan’s daughter, Josie. During one moonlit night, as the lovestruck Josie seems to claim him as her own, the truculent, drunken Jamie drowns in a wave of self-pity and remorse. This Tony Award winning play by America’s greatest playwrights is considered one of the best plays of all time. Runs until March 5th. Special Events: Previews on February 15 & 16; all seats $17.50. Sunday maintee followed by a talkback with the cast. Tickets: $25-40. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford


Thursday, February 16th:

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Tea Party Come to TLGT for a tea party! Children and their caregivers will make tea sandwiches to enjoy with a cup of tea (or milk). We will also have a fun tea party craft, music and playtime. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton


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


5:30 – 7:30pm: Salons at Stowe #OscarsSoWhite? Representation in Hollywood Why does media representation matter? What is its impact? In 2016 the Academy Awards drew criticism when no actors of color were nominated for major awards. In advance of the 2017 Oscars, join the conversation on race and gender representation in film and popular culture with featured guest: Pedro Bermudez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema, University of Hartford and independent filmmaker. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford


6 – 10pm: February Cultural Cocktail Hour Open-minded, friendly people make Real Art Ways home for innovative art, independent film, and all sorts of new ideas. At Creative Cocktail Hour we do it all at once, on the third Thursday every month. Music: Sorg & Napoleon Maddox – Electronic Hip Hop duo from France, Munchies: Camilla’s Latin Restaurant, Brew Samples: Hanging Hills Brewing Company. $10 per person. Real Art Way, Hartford RSVP on Facebook


6:30 – 8pm: Learn to Build a Cupcake Stand Learn to build a cupcake stand. Join our associate-lead demonstration and watch as we demonstrate how to use carpenter’s tools and pre-cut wood corbels to fashion a beautiful cupcake stand. When we’re done, we’ll help you shop for everything you need to create your own project at home. Free. Home Depot


7pm: Mark My Words An Evening with Gina Barreca Dr. Gina Barreca has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, NPR and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor, It’s Not That I’m Bitter, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League. Of the other six books she’s written or co-written, several have been translated into to other languages–including Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and German. Called “smart and funny” by People magazine and “Very, very funny. For a woman,” by Dave Barry, Gina was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine. Novelist Wally Lamb said “Barreca’s prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane.” Gina’s weekly columns from The Hartford Courant are now distributed internationally by the Tribune Co. and her work has appeared in most major publications, including The New York Times, The Independent of London, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cosmopolitan, and The Harvard Business Review. She’s Professor of English and Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut and winner of UConn’s highest award for excellence in teaching. Gina has delivered, often as a repeat guest, keynotes at events organized by The Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, the National Writers Workshop, the Women’s Campaign School at Yale and the National Association of Independent Schools, The Chicago Humanities Festival, Women In Federal Law Enforcement, Chautauqua and The Smithsonian–to name a few. The first 50 registrants will receive a free copy of Barreca’s most recent book, “If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?”: Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times! Barreca will sign books after her talk. $25 per person. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford


7 – 8pm: Museums and the Journey of Racial Understanding A generation ago, people of African descent were almost invisible in the day-to-day experience of American history museums, including southern plantations where enslaved people did most of the work and were the majority of the population, and historic house museums in northern states. A lot has changed. This program will show the role of museums in preserving and presenting African-American stories by taking you on a journey of discovery — from the Amistad collections at the Wadsworth Atheneum to inspirational Civil Rights museums of astonishing reach and ambition in Atlanta, Memphis, Birmingham, Baltimore, and Detroit. $6 Adults, $5 students. Snowdate: 2/17. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor



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Friday, February 17th:


9:30 – 10:15am: Mommy and Me Workout Come move, dance and sweat with your little one! Ms. Suzanne is a ball of energy as you all know! She’ll sing with her guitar while you dance, move, do yoga and have a blast! We will be moving the whole class! Of course we will enjoy instruments, bubbles and disco dancing as part of the class! We will end class with one last yoga dance and cool down song and a delicious strawberry/banana or plain vanilla smoothie. $10 per child. All ages. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton


12 – 1pm: Gallery Talk: SHE Take a closer look at SHE Images of Female Power from the Permanent Collection with Georgette Auerbach Koopman Director of Education Anne Butler Rice, and consider the questions these works raise about the portrayal of female strength across cultures and time. Adults $15, students $5, Youth (under 18) free. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford


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6 – 8:30pm: 4th Annual Craft Sippin’ in New Britain Beat the winter blues and join us for the tasting event of the season! Sample and sip craft beers and enjoy the Museum’s galleries at our 4th Annual Craft Sippin’ in New Britain! The Museum gives thanks to Hartford Distributors for lining up this year’s list of distinguished breweries that will be sure to please every type of beer fan. Each guest will receive a souvenir NBMAA Craft Sippin’ tasting glass upon entry for unlimited 2 oz. tastings of beer. In addition to the beer, food, and music, there will be a do-it-yourself studio component in which guests can get creative in making their own coasters. $35 per person. $20 for designated drivers. $5 cash bar. Click here for an article we wrote about this event. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain RSVP on Facebook



7 – 9:30pm: Reclaimed Wood Sign Class Relax and enjoy an instructor-led class to create a custom, reclaimed wood sign. Recreate one of many designs,including 2 all-new Valentine’s designs and the double-sided leprechaun and bunny! $60 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville


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Friday, 2/17 – Saturday, 2/18:



{Last Call} 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 RSVP on Facebook


Friday, 2/17 – Sunday, 2/19:


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


Saturday, February 18th:


9am – 5pm: Winter Carnival & Cardboard Box Race A great day of fun activities is planned for the entire family including a special visit from a balloon animal artist and face painter! You won’t want to miss our famous Cardboard Box Race – make a sled or be a spectator – either way you’re sure to have a blast! Line up at 3pm to have your decorated box judged by the experts at Alpine Haus in Wethersfield. The race begins at 4pm. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Construction, Fastest Time, and Overall Presentation (costumes are encouraged). The Grand Prize Winner will take home $100 in Cash and a Trophy. Prizes and giveaways provided to all participants. Rules for all Cardboard Box Racers: All participants must have a valid lift ticket or season pass and a helmet. You may participate individually or in teams, but the total weight carried in the box cannot exceed 400 lbs or 4 competitors. Each box is allowed up to 3 race starting assistants. Due to the popularity of this event and time constraints, we need to limit the number of boxes registered to 40. Race Waivers may be filled out the day of the race but early registration is recommended to ensure your place in the event. Every participant is required to sign a Race Release Waiver. Those under 18 years of age must have a Parent/Guardian signature on the Waiver. Final signed registrations must be received by 11am the day of the event. Helmets are required. The size of each vehicle is limited too; 7ft long, 5ft wide, & 7ft tall. All vehicles must be built solely of cardboard, tape, glue, paint, and paper. No industrial pressed cardboard, plastic, wood, staples, rope, twine, or wire will be permitted. Cardboard vehicles must have a front, rear, and at least 2 sides. No waxing the bottom of your cardboard box, however tape is acceptable. To qualify for prizes at least one box rider must complete the race course. Each team is responsible to clearing and removing their vehicle from Mount Southington Ski Area.


10am: Free Admission: Japanese Films Part of The Lure of Japan film series, presenting Japanese cinema in celebration of the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan. Enjoy free admission to all of the following films: Japanese Shorts 10–11:30am Drop in for a few or several Japanese short films, suitable for all ages. Miss Hokusai at 1pm This animated film portrays the life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, as seen through the eyes of his daughter. Pom Poko at 2:45pm A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggles to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development, in this comical animated drama. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford RSVP on Facebook


10am – 11:30am: Paint Trends and Tips Join this class to learn how to approach selecting a paint color, including how to navigate our color solution center and our paint color app. Finally, get an overview of the hottest color trends for 2017. Free. Home Depot


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10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day 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, Sikorsky CH-54B “Skycrane,” as well as, supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 “Super Sabre,” and Lockheed F-104C “Starfighter.” In addition, re-enactors will depict a WWII Army Air Corps group placed around the Douglas A-26C Invader and the P-47D Thunderbolt. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. All activities are included with the cost of admission. Adults $12.50, children ages 4-11 $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks RSVP on Facebook


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12 – 2pm: Rest Relax and Restore Join Nicole as she guides you through a Restorative Yoga class filled with gentle, supported postures designed to rejuvenate your nervous system and release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. In traditional Restorative Yoga practice, we use supportive props (blankets, bolsters, straps & blocks) to gently stretch and strengthen the body. This workshop will use these tools along with pure medicinal plant and tree essential oil essences to carry us into deeper relaxation and to re-balance our bodies; bringing blissfully deep rest and relaxation to all. David Ascenza from Gaian Rhythms will weave the restorative vibrations of singing bowls, bells and chimes into a blanket of relaxing energy. Through harmonious sound therapy, we experience a deep calming and relaxation that enables us to journey within and center ourselves during this beautiful, grounding winter workshop series. $40 per person. Hartford Sweat, Hartford RSVP on Facebook



12 – 2:15pm: Larks in Love Family Day: Bring the fam, your kid, or just yourself! Muse Family Days can be enjoyed by all. $29 per canvas. Muse, Glastonbury


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2 – 4pm: Barn Fun Get your horse and farm fix with our monthly Barn Fun sessions. Each two-hour session will include activities such as: grooming time with the horses, stall cleaning, feeding all the animals, and learning about seasonal activities on the farm. $15 per kid per session. Parents can drop off their 5-12 year old or stay and learn as well (younger kids are welcome but Parents need to stay with anyone under 5). Advance registration required. Maple View Farm, Granby


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


5 – 7pm: Hold Your Hand Time seems to speed up when you are a parent. All too soon, the pitter-patter of little feet disappears out the front door to go to college. Capture that magical moment, when his little hand still fits easily into yours, with this design. BYOB to this paint class and enjoy the fun! Canvas siz2: 16″ x 20” Price: $35. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill


7:30 – 10pm: Winter Village Mason Jar Paint a unique mason jar and use it as a decorative candle holder or vase! One mason jar per painter. $39 per person. Muse, Glastonbury


Saturday, 2/18 – Sunday, 2/19


Saturday 11am – 6pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm: 32nd Annual Bristol Home & Business Expo Some of the highlights of the 2017 Home & Business Expo are: Psychic Medium experience with Karen Kilmartin, over a hundred vendors, special kid’s alley activity section, touch a truck on Saturday with Bristol Hospital Ambulance, food and snacks, free door prize drawings for all attendees, plus a huge craft fair! $6 per person, children ages 12 and under are free. Bristol Eastern High School, Bristol RSVP on Facebook


Sunday, February 19th:

10:30am – 2:30pm: Jazz Brunch: Atla & Matt DeChamplain Trio Enjoy a delicious brunch in the Museum Café, set to the music of the Atla & Matt DeChamplain 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. $35 per person plus gratuity. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford


11am – 4pm: Jungle Jim’s Mousetrap Science Balloon Show Join Jungle Jim of Boston for Mousetrap Science – an engaging show that uses balloon artistry to teach children how simple machines work. This one of a kind show combines math, science, and art. Mousetrap Science teaches kids the science of simple machines at work. It also shows them that by using their imagination, they can build their own amazing inventions! This show will be presented four times daily at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm on Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20. Included with the cost of admission. Reoccurs on Monday, Feburary 20th. Adults $23.95, youth (ages 3-17) $16.95, children under 2 are free. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford


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11am – 4pm: The 16th Annual Hartford Bridal Showcase Expo Jenks Productions will transform the Hartford XL Center into a Bridal Wonderland with over 100 breathtaking displays to help you plan your wedding. DJs, food samplings from bakeries and caterers, vacation packages, photographers and videographers, day spas and beauticians, wedding consultants, jewelers, florists, stationers, banquet facilities and hotels, gowns and formal wear are just a few of the many companies with whom you can plan your dream wedding in just one visit to the Hartford Bridal Show Expo. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate affair or a lavish, extravagant event, you’ll find everything you need to make it special at the Hartford Bridal Expo! $8 per person. XL Center, Hartford


1pm and 3pm: Gallery Dance Performance DancEnlight performs a dance, inspired by Utamaro and the Lure of Japan and choreographed by Lorelei Chang and Mai Nakanishi, in the museum galleries. Performances are at 1pm and 3pm. Included with the cost of museum admission. Adults $15, students $5, Youth (under 18) free. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford


1 – 2pm: The River that Connects Us All David Sinich will speak about the Farmington River, focusing on the geography of the 14-mile “Wild & Scenic” section, and the ongoing efforts to preserve the river’s beauty and health. A fisherman and canoeist, David is active in the Farmington River Watershed Association and the Farmington River Coordinating Committee. Admission is free and no registration is necessary. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington


3 – 4:30pm: Mommy (or Daddy) and Me Spa Come enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the TLGT spa! We will make a relaxing oatmeal face mask, a beautiful smelling bottle of perfume, paint each others’ nails and enjoy some relaxing yoga. $25 per child. Suggested ages 4-10. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton



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6pm: Family Movie Day: Mary Poppins Relive your favorite movie as a child, and be there as your child experiences it for the first time! Our Family Movie Day is back on February 19th, showing “Mary Poppins”. Tickets are only $6, and include a small popcorn with your purchase! Tickets can be bought online now at our website. Parkade Cinemas & Entertainment, Manchester


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Week 6 of 52

Monday, February 6th:

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 7th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 2/7 – Sunday, 2/19:

SUNSET BABY

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

The Comedy of Errors

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

Wednesday, February 8th:

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

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

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

6 – 8pm: Wednesday Night Cross Country Skiing for Adults Novice to expert, young or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, for an evening of skiing. You have the option of racing others, racing for personal time, or simply skiing for your own fitness. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Please pay at ski center. $12 per person. Reoccurs weekly until February 22nd. Winding Trails, Farmington

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

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

Thursday, February 9th

10:45 – 11:45am: Gentle Touch Learn with your child to approach critters with a “gentle touch.” We will introduce you to the various animals on our farm and in the Discovery Room. Age infant – 3 with a parent. Fee is per parent/child pair, one additional child at half-fee. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 2/9 – Sunday, 2/11:

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

Friday, February 10th:

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

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

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


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



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

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

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6:30 – 7pm: Sips and Scripts: The Vagina Monologues UNCorked is getting a facelift this year — and a new name — and you’re invited to Sips and Scripts! You bring the wine, we’ll provide the glasses, hors d’oeuvres, works by local artisans, raffle items, music and mingling with members of the cast of The Vagina Monologues. Wear red to mark this V-Day event. $25 ticket includes admission to the Friday, February 10th opening night performance of The Vagina Monologues at 7:30pm. Limited space. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

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

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

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

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

Friday, 2/10 – Saturday 2/11:

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

7pm: The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play, The Vagina Monologues, is a series of monologues about women and their bodies, including texts on sex, love and rape. Adrienne Marie, a veteran of previous productions, signs on this year as director! V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Proceeds benefit My Sister’s Place, Interval House and Connecticut Trans-advocacy. Tickets: $5-15. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Friday, 2/10 – Sunday, 2/12:

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

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

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

Friday, 2/10 – Saturday, 2/18:

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

Friday, 2/10 – Sunday, 2/19:

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

Saturday, February 11th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, 2/11 – Sunday, 2/12

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

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

Saturday, 2/11 – Sunday, 2/12:

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Sunday, February 12th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Week 47

Thanksgiving week is here, which means most schools close early on Wednesday and families can enjoy a extended 4-day weekend! In case your staying local, we have a ton of fun options for things to do; whether as a family or just for the adults or kids. Santa has hit the pavements, which means you will see him and his entourage all over the place especially and most are starting this Friday. We have already experienced Santa and his flight academy at West Farms Mall, and it’s a not to miss experience. Avoid the lines (like we did) and make reservations in advance. Work off the turkey with a 5K, with many options available. Lots of Black Friday camp options for parents trying to get some shopping in; even if its online, we won’t tell.

Monday, November 21st:

10 – 11:30am: Open Play Come enjoy all the studio has to offer Monday Mornings. There will be dress up, gross motor equipment, art supplies, play dough and more! The cost for open play this year will be canned goods in November. Imagine Studio, West Hartford

1:30 – 3pm: Storytelling Across Traditions Join us for the November installation of our Homeschool class as we celebrate Native American History Month by learning about artistic traditions practiced by tribes represented in the Museum’s collection. We will visit our Hudson River School and Art of the American West galleries and discuss how different cultures create art that records history and tells stories. In the studio, we will create personal narratives borrowing from Plains American Indian traditions of record keeping. Ages 5–14. $10 per child non-Members. $5 per child Members. No charge for accompanying adults and children under 5. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

Monday, November 21st – Saturday, December 24th:

Santa’s Flight Academy Santa’s Flight Academy is a wholly interactive and magical hero’s journey that transforms children into key members of Santa’s Flight Crew. Create memorable and sharable moments for families, including the Flight Suit Visualizer and the Flight Navigation Station. Experience a powerful and magical snow and light show inside Santa’s sleigh, and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus. West Farms Mall, West Hartford

Tuesday, November 22nd:

11am – 1pm: Day of Thanks Celebrate the season of gratitude! Come and have a delicious Thanksgiving meal with your child in the Imagine Nation Cafe and take a trip to the museum art studio and make a leaf for our “Thankful Tree.” Members only. Imagine Nation, Bristol

6:30 – 8:30pm: Cookie Decorating Class Create classic holiday treats with gingerbread shapes and icing. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $5. Michael’s locations

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Tuesday, November 22nd – Wednesday, November 23rd:

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

Tuesday, November 22nd – Saturday, December 31st:

Tuesday – Thursday at 12pm (Closed Thanksgiving), Friday – Sunday at 12pm and 2:30pm: Let It Snow: A Christmas Musical Journey in the Planetarium combines animated holiday images with classic Christmas music under the Travelers Science Dome Planetarium. This is a family-friendly program and perfect for all ages. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Wednesday, November 23rd:

4 – 7pm: Kid’s Night Out We’ll make delicious pizza for dinner and a yummy dessert to bring home for Thanksgiving.  We will also make centerpieces to decorate the table with. This is the perfect opportunity for parents to finish any last minute errands or prep for Thanksgiving dinner! Ages 3-9 (drop off). $45,  The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

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8pm: Jeff Peva and Friends Back by extreme popular demand, one of CT’s favorite Six-String Slinging Sons, Jeff Pevar his bringing a crew of the area’s best musicians!! Before you stuff your gullet this Thanksgiving, make a little room grooving the night away. Those of you who’ve seen these shows, know that every time Jeff hits the stage, he leaves it all out there. Price: $24 – $39. Infinity Music Hall, Hartford

Thursday, November 24th:

6:45am: 12th Annual Malibu Fitness Thanksgiving 5K Malibu Fitness is happy to bring you the 12th annual Malibu Fitness Thanksgiving 5K to be held at Malibu Fitness in Farmington. We are proud to donate 100% of the proceeds to several charities including programs for injured veterans, Channel 3 Kids Camp, and various other local causes. We hope all of the families and returning individual runners will once again support us and come out to run or walk. Malibu Fitness, Farmington

10am: 80th Annual Manchester Road Race Beginning in 1927, the Manchester Road Race started with just twelve runners. Today, there are more than 15,000 registered runners and walkers. In 1961, the first woman ran the Manchester Road Race. Manchester, CT

Thursday, November 24th – Sunday, January 1st:

Friday, November 25th:

9am – 12pm: Black Friday Cooking Camp We will be having a pizza challenge!  We will have a number of different toppings that kids can use to make an amazing pizza. $45. Ages 4-10 (drop off). Extended Day: 12:-12:50, extra $10. Bring a nut-free lunch to enjoy. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

9am – 12pm: Black Friday Camp Go get that shopping done! We will be playing games, doing arts and crafts, eating snack and much more! $40 per child. My Gym, West Hartford

10 – 11:30am: In Junior Creator, kids participate in organized play activities designed to promote the development of creativity, social interaction, and expression. Kids utilize DUPLO bricks; engage in pretend situations; sing songs and nursery rhymes; learn letters, numbers, colors, and more. You’ll be amazed at the improvement you’ll see in your child’s fine motor skills after just a few visits to Snapology. Ages 3-6. $12 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

11am – 1pm: Family Fun: Holiday Tamales In this special hands-on class, little chefs will work alongside their special adult to learn all about this fun tradition. Together, you’ll learn secrets for creating authentic tamales—from making fresh masa (dough) and classic fillings to creating a creamy pureed sauce. Plus, our instructor will walk you through the steps for wrapping tamales and steaming them to perfection. Make the holidays extra special by creating amazing tamales—and precious memories—with your little loved ones. The recipes in this class are simplified to fit the skills of young learners. The class is for children and their special adult to work as a team learning this fun, family tradition. Class price is per person, children must be accompanied by a paying adult. $49 per person. Sur la Table, Canton

11am – 3pm: Santa Claus Visit & Behind the Scenes Tours Santa Claus will meet with children in a helicopter. Photos are encouraged, and Santa will distribute a special gift to each child. Children and families will also have the opportunity to create holiday cards for members of the U.S. military. All cards will be distributed to active military servicemen and women stationed overseas during the holiday season. Additional family fun activities include hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, Aircraft Quest Scavenger Hunts, and computerized Flight Simulators. The museum will also offer special “Behind the Scenes” tours of the Restoration Facility that day, giving visitors the rare opportunity to take a close-up look at current aircraft restoration projects. The Douglas DC-3 passenger aircraft, the wide bodied Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster, and vintage aircraft engines will be among the restoration projects on display. The New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

12 – 1:30pm: Snapology Engineers Build super-cool models like Race Cars, Catapults, and more that use gears, axles, and pulleys. Kids work in teams under guided instruction to build a different model using LEGO Technic bricks. This class is designed for children of all ages and building abilities to build together. Classes include free-building time to promote creativity. 1.5 hours. Ages 7-12. $20 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

1pm – 3pm: Black Friday Science Camp We will be making a volcano, bubbles and more! $30. Ages 4-10 (drop off). Extended Day: 12:15-1:00, $10, Bring a nut-free lunch to enjoy. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

2 – 5pm: Star Wars Animation Studio Create amazing movies with stop motion animation using LEGO bricks in this special 3-hour Camp on Black Friday. Participants will have access to premium Star Wars LEGO sets including the Death Star, Millennium Falcon, and swarms of Stormtroopers. We also have all of the newest Star Wars Rogue One sets. Participants will work in teams to produce their very own movie complete with dialogue and sound effects. Parents are encouraged to sign-up with their Child to share in their Star Wars movie-creation experience! All movies are then uploaded to a secure site for family and friends to see how cool they are! Limited to 20-seats. Ages 7 and up. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

4 – 6pm: Tree Lighting featuring Santa Claus Santa Claus will make his first appearance of the season and will arrive at Stew’s on a truck from the Newington Fire Department, which will be decked out in holiday trim. Join the Newington High School choir along with Wow the Cow, Cynthia the Chick and Daphne the Duck while Santa and his helpers greet children and distribute candy canes to families. Children will also enjoy complimentary face painting, cookies, and hot cocoa. Event begins at 4pm and the tree will be lit at 5pm. No sign up necessary as this is a free event. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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Friday, November 25th – Sunday, November 27th:

Friday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm: Turkey Daze! How well do you really know Meleagris gallopavo, the wild turkey from which the domesticated version at your Thanksgiving dinner was derived? What is a turkey’s snood? What is a Jake? Do turkeys have beards? Do turkeys have beards?  Outdoor scavenger hunt maps included with the cost of admission to the Nature Center. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

5 – 9pm: Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights Join hundreds of others and start a family tradition of coming for a trolley ride during the holiday season. Whether you ride a closed car or brave the cold to ride the open “electric sleigh,” we promise you a good time and one that you’ll remember for years. Join your motormen in singing traditional Christmas carols as the trolley makes its way through the “Tunnel of Lights”. When you return, head inside the Visitors Center which has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with model trains, decorations galore and you can even buy a delicious cup of hot cocoa to sip as you enjoy the entertainment. Additionally, meet and pose for a picture with Santa. Santa will also have a gift for each child. Reoccurs on Friday-Sunday in December as well as from 6-9pm Monday, 12/28-Friday, 12/30. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

Friday, November 25th – Sunday, December 18th:

Fridays 5 – 9pm, Saturdays & Sundays 4 – 9pm: It’s not The Holidays until you visit Holiday Lights! The park will be covered in lights, thousands of bulbs and spectacular light shows every half hour set to music. A selection of children’s and family rides will be open. Holiday Lights features a 100-foot-tall Christmas tree, the largest in Connecticut! And, there will be a nightly tree ceremony featuring special guests at opening each night. Lake Compounce, Bristol

Friday, November 25th – Friday, December 30th:

The production runs November 25 to December 30. Weeknight and evening performances begin at 7:30pm Saturday, Sunday, and select weekday matinees begin at 2pm. Hartford Stage will host “Tiny Tim’s Holiday Food Drive” to benefit Hands on Hartford’s MANNA Community Pantry and Backpack Nutrition Program . The food drive will begin on Thursday, November 17 and continue through the run of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – Friday, November 25 through Friday, December 30. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Friday, November 25th – Saturday, December 31st:

Friday – Sunday at 10:30am and 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. Select Friday showings: 11/25, 12/23. Schedule changes the week of Saturday, 12/24-12/31 with daily showings (except Christmas Day). The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Friday – Sunday at 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! Select Fridays: 11/25, 12/23 and 30. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Friday, November 25th – Wednesday, January 11th:

Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm: Hill-Stead for the Holidays Beginning the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through early January, the former Pope family mansion is decorated for the holidays. Hill-Stead’s holiday décor will feature thematic trees and lush greenery as well as a bit of “sparkle and glitz.” Included with the cost of admission. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

Starting Friday, November 25th:

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11am – 8pm: Winterfest presented by ConnectiCare, officially opens on Friday, November 25th. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day hours are 12 – 4pm. Stop by and enjoy free skating and free skate rentals in the beautiful Bushnell Park. Bushnell Park, Hartford

Saturday, November 26th:

9am – 12pm: Black Friday Picture Frame Ornament Take a shopping break and join our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a keepsake for your holiday memories! You’ll work together to create a picture frame ornament, perfect for adding some personalized decoration to your Christmas tree. Once the ornament is built, your child can decorate it with paint & add their own photo of family fun. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Home Depot locations

10am – 4pm: Kids Carnival This one-of-a-kind day of fun for children will feature carousel rides, magic shows, face painting, arts and crafts, carnival games, prizes, balloon animals, representatives from other Bristol non-profit organizations, and much more. The colorful displays of the Museum, the festive rainbow of games, balloons, various carousel animals, circus memorabilia, and magic will enchant the child in your hearts! Children are free, adults are $6, and all admissions include free access to all of the day’s activities. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

1 – 2:45pm: CFPA Ramble: Highland Park History Hike Come learn about the history of the Highland Park area and the Case Brothers National Historic District while visiting properties protected by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. We will visit the paper mill and mansion areas.Starting at the trailhead on Spring Street, we will plan to hike 1.5 miles. For participants who want a more strenuous event, we will make the bumpy and steep hike to the summit of Case Mountain; where, on a clear day, Heublein Tower is visible to the west.Be sure to bring water and wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots. No dogs, please. Case Mountain Trails, Manchester

2 – 3pm: Exhibit Tours of Connecticut Innovates! Join us for a guided tour of Connecticut Innovates presented by Connecticut Innovations. Free for members, included with the cost of admission for non-members. Reoccurs until March 25th. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

4:30 – 8pm: Simsbury Celebrates is a free Community Holiday Celebration, traditionally held the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  This year, we are Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the event with a variety of events, culminating with a spectacular fireworks show on Iron Horse Boulevard. Simsbury, CT

Saturday, November 26th – Sunday, November 27th:

Saturday, November 26th – Sunday, December 11th:

Sunday, November 27th:

10:30am – 2:30pm: Jazz Brunch: Nekita Waller Enjoy a delicious brunch set to the music of Nekita Waller. After, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30am and one at 12:30pm. 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. Gratuity not included. $35 per non-member, $25 per member. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

2pm: Film: Planes, Trains & Automobiles Two very different men, who are forced to travel together, struggle to get home for Thanksgiving. 1987. USA. 93 min. Rated R. Starring Steve Martin and John Candy. Directed by John Hughes. Film included with the cost of admission. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

3 – 5pm: Santa Sunday! Bring your letters to Santa and his Elf! Carousel Rides, Crafts and Games, Holiday Decorations and Take a photo with Santa. Free Admission. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

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Sunday, November 27th – Saturday, December 3rd:

Wednesday – Friday from 9am – 4pm and Saturday – Sunday from 12-4pm: Holiday Shop For unique and personal gifts, do your shopping at the museum’s Holiday Shop, which features handcrafted items and one-of-a-kind treasures. The Holiday Shop will open Sunday, November 27, from 11am-4pm with special activities such as free gift wrapping, refreshments and tours of the festively-decorated historic house. The shop will be remain open from November 27 through December 23 during regular public hours (as displayed above). Stanley-Whitman, Farmington

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7-Day Happenings: January 15 – 21

Welcome to your 7-day Momecast™ a event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County! Kids have off of school on Monday but don’t worry I have plenty of options if you are stuck at home. Get out and celebrate the Holiday!

Friday, January 15:

6 – 9pm: Family Frozen Festival We are inviting families to join us at the Canton Community Center Recreation Room for a special Frozen Festival! There will be frozen arts and crafts, hot cocoa, meet and greet, and autographs with the characters from Frozen and then families will enjoy the feature length hit Disney film: Frozen. Admission is $5 per child (adults are free). Pre-registration is required. Canton Community Center; Park & Rec Room, Canton.

6:30 – 8pm: Sweaty Girls Night Out Get dressed for a night out! Move, laugh, and sweat the night away as we take you through a variety of group exercise classes. Lite refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Preregistration required. JCC; Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

7 – 8:30pm: Read It and Sleep is our monthly children’s book reading event. Snuggle in for the reading of a wonderful children’s book, while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. Read It and Sleep begins at 7pm in the Charter Oak gallery. Free. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

Friday, January 15 – Saturday, January 16:

7:30pm: Violet On a cross country bus trip in search of a minister to heal her disfigured face, Violet discovers the true meaning of beauty, courage, and love. Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students. Reoccurs on 1/22-23. Black Box Theater, Hartford.

Friday, January 15 – 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.

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.

Friday, January 15 – Thursday, January 21:

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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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, Feburary 14. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

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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. January 19, 20 and 26: Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 pm performances on Tuesday or 2 pm Wednesday matinees. January 17: Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2pm matinee. January 21: Join Hartford Stage after the 7:30pm show for an insightful panel discussion with representatives from  several local veterans groups as they discuss the various issues concerning veterans upon their return home. Runs through Sunday, January 31. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Saturday, January 16:

7am – 1pm: Citizen’s Winter Triathlon: Run, Snowshoe and 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. Non-Members $20. Winding Trails, Farmington.

9am – 2pm: Demo Day with Never Summer Snowboards Never Summer is back with an awesome collection of boards for you to demo!  They start at 9am and the last boards go out at 2:00pm. Say hi to Georges, then try before you buy and take these sweet boards for a ride! Ski Sundown, East Hartford.

9am – 4:30pm: First 50 Giveaway Dinosaur State Park is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discovery of dinosaur tracks in Rocky Hill in 2016. As part of the celebration, the Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum (FDPA) are sponsoring a year-long giveaway of free prizes that kicks off on January 16, 2016. Once a month on a Saturday, the park will give away 50 prizes to the first 50 families that pay admission to the Park that day. Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill.

10am – 5pm: Open Cockpit & Scale Model Display Visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 10 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and two static flight simulators. These include the Vietnam era “Huey” helicopter; the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter; the Coast Guard HH-52 rescue helicopter; the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter and many more. As an added feature, the Wings & Wheels Modelers Club will present a plastic scale model show featuring hundreds of model airplanes, military vehicles, figures, ship and cars. There will be ongoing demonstrations by modelers who will be working on and building models throughout the day. There also will be hands on activities for the enjoyment of the younger visitors during the event and the Flight Sim Spot full-flight simulator experience will be available from 11am to 3pm. For the convenience of all, a food vendor will be on site. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

10am – 3:30pm: Tell A Friend Day presented by The Ski Monster is landing at Ski Sundown!! Hit the parks with Andy Parry and friends, major prize tossouts and of course ending with ‘zza, courtesy of Pizza Pete’s New Hartford,CT! Ski Sundown, New Hartford.

6 – 9pm: Fun Night features in-ground Trampoline, Zip line, huge foam pit, tumble track rope swing, obstacle course, bounce house, games including Earth-Quake, pizza, dessert and drinks. $30 per child. Please pre-register and pre-pay ($5 siblings discount) $40 if not pre-registered and pre-paid. For ages 5 – 12. Register on-line or call us to reserve your spot! Air Time Gymnastics, Enfield.

Saturday, January 16 – Sunday, January 17:

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.

Saturday, January 16 – Monday, January 18:

10am – 5pm: Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Celebrate the new year and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Connecticut Science Center! We will be open Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18 with a special offer: everyone pays kids’ price all weekend long! Please note that no other coupons or discounts may be applied. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Sunday, January 17:

9am – 2pm: Demo Day with Suburban Sports Always great to try before you buy with our friends from Suburban Sports. Look for the tents in the base area. Demo is free; please bring a valid driver’s license and credit card as ID so you can demo skis from  Atomic, Rossignol, K2, Volkl, Icelantic, Head and more! Ski Sundown, New Hartford.

11am – 2pm: “Drag” Brunch: Barbra Joan Streetsand In celebration of Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls, join us for a drag performance by diva Barbra Joan Streetsand! Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seating’s, one at 11 am and one at 12:30 pm. The brunch buffet features the Chef’s egg dish of the day, homefries, thick cut bacon, sausage, and ham, NY bagels and lox, stuffed French toast, Belgian waffles with fixins’, assorted breakfast pastries, seasonal fruit, freshly brewed coffee, and tea. $35 for non-members. Tickets are available online only. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

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

1 – 4pm: Warm up America Knit or crochet a 7”x 9” rectangle, then bring it to our joining party where we’ll join them together to make colorful, cozy afghans to be donated to homeless shelters, hospices, veteran homes and social service agencies. Michael’s locations.

1:30 – 3pm: Martin Luther King Children’s Program A children’s movie about the Reverend King and the values he worked for, followed by a conversation with Education Coordinator Joann Zeisner. The movie will be Our Friend, Martin, an animated magical adventure for children inspired by the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Free admission and popcorn. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

1:30 – 3pm: Jewish Genealogical Assisted Research Genealogy experts will be available to help with research. Temple Sinai, Newington.

7 – 9pm: Sea Tea Improv’s Free Comedy Show Eat, drink, laugh, and shout suggestions as Sea Tea Improv’s team of professional comedians host an evening of improvised comedy. Their work has been featured on ESPN, NPR, WFSB, and more. Best of all, admission is free! the comedy club doors open at 6pm for seating and food. Call ahead to City Steam to reserve seats. All ages are welcome. Due to the sale of alcohol, those under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Steam Brewery Cafe, Hartford.

Monday, January 18:

9am – 4pm: Day Camp: Bridge the Gap Getting from Point A to Point B is not always easy. Campers will be faced with several challenges to transport items and themselves across various obstacles. We will work in teams to build bridges and test how much weight they can hold. Non-members $70. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

8am – 5pm: Preschool Day Camp: Movin’ & Groovin’ Get ready to make some noise! Campers will create their own musical instruments, sing songs, and learn silly dances. We will also visit our Museum and see what sounds we can make in our Tech City exhibit. $85 per non-member. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: MLK Camp My Gym Camp is 3-hours of non-stop fun for kiddos 2.5 years and up (potty trained please)! My Gym, West Hartford.

9:15am – 5:30pm: Public Skating Sessions The Veterans Memorial Skating Rink will have special public skating sessions on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Adult Session: 9:15-11:15am. Public Sessions: 12:30-2pm, 2:15-3:45pm and 4-5:30pm. Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, West Hartford.

9:30am – 5pm: Martin Luther King Jr. Day In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Day we will be open, join us to explore Dr. King’s vision of a world without limitations! Share your dreams and visions with us, and participate in special activities inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

9:30am – 5pm: Martin Luther King Day Open House The Stowe Center will open its doors free of charge in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Free tours will be offered all day. At noon join us, along with The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and individuals and organizations around the world, in ringing bells for nonviolence and peace. Following the noontime bell ringing, join the conversation in a Stowe Salon at Lunch on “The Beloved Community,” where participants will engage in dialogue on how King’s work relates to today and ways to work towards justice. Bring your lunch and bring your ideas for a thought-provoking discussion with staff and fellow visitors. The Stowe Visitor Center will be open for free hands-on activities for all ages. Visitors can examine and discuss historic documents from Stowe’s time in the “Conversation of a Nation” activity, contribute to the “Words that Changed the World” display, and learn more about King through writing and craft projects. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

10 – 11:30am: 20th Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us for the 20th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life on Monday, January 18, 2016 in the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium, 50 South Main Street, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Each year the event that pays tribute to Dr. King’s ideals and vision grows more popular and inspiring. The event draws nearly 400 people each year. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Constance Belton Green, a renowned consultant on diversity and race. Ms. Green is the first African American woman to receive a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut, School of Law. Her passion for social justice and education led her to a second career in education; including as Coordinator of the Legal Assistant Program at Manchester Community College, education consultant for the Connecticut Department of Education, and as Chief Diversity Officer at Eastern Connecticut State University. In 2003 she received her doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is one of the founders of Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), and has served as a Commissioner of the Connecticut African American Affairs Commission. The celebration is free and is open to the public. Town Hall Auditorium, West Hartford.

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10am – 4pm: Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland Looking for some fun winter activities? Visit the Nature Center for a guided hike through the woods. See whose tracks we can find around the Nature Center and in the woods. Warm up inside with animal crafts and quizzes to test your tracking skills. Hike and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center. Guided Hikes are at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Crafts all day. No need to preregister. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

10am – 4pm: Martin Luther King Day Activities Cockpit Experiences: Get up close and personal as you climb aboard selected aircraft from our incredible collection. From helicopters to jets this is your chance to take the stick, check the instruments, and create your imagination-powered adventure. Our Build & Fly Challenge will spark the imagination and challenge the inquisitive mind. You even get to take your new creations home with you for future flying fun. Flight Science Demonstrations: Discover the science of flight through hands-on demonstrations lead by our NEAM Team educators. Take Control! NEAM has an assortment of flight simulators which allow you to fly a variety of aircraft through the virtual skies. Experience how airplanes move in three-dimensions with your hands and feet at the controls including yokes, throttles, and rudder pedals. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

10am- 5pm: Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day: Inner Strength Where does your strength come from? Find your own inner strength and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through art-making, performances, and tours for all ages. Performances & Workshops: 10:30am and 11am Guided Gallery Meditation with Downtown Yoga in Morgan Great Hall, 12-12:15pm “I Have a Dream” Live Reading, 1– 1:30pm Studio 860 Dance Performance.  – 2:45pm Freedom: In Three Acts Developed in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Freedom: In Three Acts tells three stories of African American history through music and dance. Performance followed by a Q&A with Bated Breath Theatre Company. All Day Activities: Create your own peace stone with the Hartford Seminary International Peacemakers, explore abstract color-scapes, join artists and art instructors from the Art Connection Studio in creating a collaborative community mandala, sketch in the galleries, and more! Tours: 11am Inner Strength Family Tour, 1pm Collection Highlights Tour, 2:30pm Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls Tour and 3:30pm Inner Strength Family Tour. Free admission and activities all day long!

11am – 12pm: Nonviolence: A Reawakening of Our Nation’s Consciousness will be the theme of the University of Hartford’s 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, in the University’s Lincoln Theater. The program will feature an inspirational program of music and reflections commemorating the life and legacy of the civil rights leader, highlighted by an address by actor, singer, composer, producer, and minister Clifton Davis, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Hartford at Commencement in May 2015. Free, open to the public. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day event will also feature a monologue performed by students from the University High School of Science and Engineering. Musical selections will include a performance by pianist and Hartt School alumnus Mark Templeton and Hartt student Jordan Young. Prelude music at the beginning of the observance will be performed by Hartt student Montre Dewayne Lewis. And Hartt student Kenneth James will give a vocal performance of Lift Every Voice and Sing, which is often referred to as the “Black American National Anthem.” University of Hartford, West Hartford.

11am – 1pm: Basket Challenge Stew’s chefs will challenge our young chefs to a basket challenge! Kids will have the opportunity to create their very own recipes out of our selected items that will be revealed at the beginning of the class. $25 per child. Ages 6 – 12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

11am – 5pm: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his unending legacy with free admission for all, tours, art activities, and film. Create an inspiration badge in the American Savings Foundation Art & Education Center with your favorite MLK quote, and watch his historic speech “I Have a Dream” as it loops in Studio C all day. At noon and 2 p.m., meet in the lobby for a docent-led tour of African-American artists in the Museum’s collection (suitable for all ages.) Enjoy a day with friends and family uplifted by Dr. King’s message of love, courage, and acceptance. Free admission for all. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

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1 – 2:30pm: Kidz Art Scene – Snowman Come join us and bring the kids for a step-by-step painting class. We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. Our teaching artist will guide the children, step-by-step, through the painting and will make sure they stay on track and complete their masterpiece by the end of class. Doors open at 12:30pm, instruction begins at 1pm. Price is per canvas. For little ones under the age of 6 you may want to have them help an adult painter and make a masterpiece together! Parents are required to be in attendance at the event. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

1 – 3pm: Open Gym Time Children under the age of 10 must have a parent on site at all times while in the facility. Individual $10, Family $18. Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center, Canton.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Painting Class Explore basic acrylic painting techniques, brushstrokes, color selection and more. Michael’s locations.

Tuesday, January 19:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Around the World: Italy First country on the list: Italy! Kids will whip up some homemade ravioli and tomato sauce. We will also make mini cannoli cups for dessert! Ages 2 -5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Reoccurs on Friday, 1/22. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 8pm: Discussion of Proposed Future Plans for UConn’s West Hartford Campus The New Children’s Museum will offer a presentation and public discussion on its proposed plan to relocate to UConn’s West Hartford property. The proposed plans will focus on creating a family-friendly cultural campus, driving local economic development, and preserving green space. The Museum’s Interim Executive Director, Michael J. Werle, will provide details and drawings of two potential concepts for the campus, followed by an open discussion and a question and answer period. Area residents are encouraged to attend this free public event, which will take place at the West Hartford Senior Center at Bishops Corner. The West Hartford Senior Center at Bishops Corner, West Hartford.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Drawing Class Learn basic techniques, including how to use fine art drawing pencils and erasers. Michael’s locations.

Wednesday, January 20:

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. 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. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

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. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

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

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

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7pm: WBB vs UCF Women’s Basketball Game XL Center, Hartford.

7 – 9pm: LeatherCraft Class – Build A Bag You’ll be guided through the process of making your own small leather bag. This breezy 2 hour class will be a blast! Bring a friend, sip on some wine or beer, create a cool and useful leather bag that you get to take home and use forever! Leather and hardware included in the price of the class! Choose from: off white – cowhide leather, camel – moccasin suede or black patent – designer goatskin. Please email party@sceneartbar.com with your material choice after you register. Doors open at 6:30pm and the class begins at 7pm. $25 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

7:15 – 9:30pm: Ladies Night Out! What happens when you give a woman two hours a month to focus on herself? This unique style workshop is a great way to take some time out for yourself to learn, reflect, and grow right along side a group of like-minded women. Life is full and has us in constant motion, “Ladies Night Out” is designed to give women the opportunity to slow it all down,  focus on topics that can be a challenge and then determine how they want to bring changes into their lives. Each workshop is facilitated by Certified Personal and Professional Life Coach Kelley Biskupiak. Some workshops feature guest experts. $40 per person. The Pasta Company, Avon.

Thursday, January 21:

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, 2/25. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

6pm: Creative Cocktail Hour We’re bringing some relaxing vibes your way to ease the post-holiday pain. There will be free 5-minute chair massages courtesy of Jennifer at Living Hands Massage from 6-8pm, so be sure to arrive early! We’ll also have a make-your-own essential oil salt scrub station and tea samples from Whole Harmony tea, all set to the mesmerizing grooves of our DJ, Hypnotic Satellite. Finally, there will be a sneak preview of Tnmot Aztro’s upcoming Projector 1.4 performance. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

6 – 8pm: White Line Print Art Party While the landscape outdoors is bleak with frigid temps in the depths of stick season, find a way to immerse yourself into a creative realm with an art party of printing with artist Jim Brunelle. Working in the ‘White Line’ print technique, participants will sketch and design compositions on plates and create prints from water soluble inks. Much like the early settlement of the Provincetown Artist Colonies, the results are sure to set a standard for having fun while expressing oneself! Fee: $35 includes materials, wine and refreshments. Register online. Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon.

6 – 8pm: Sip + Sew Afraid of your sewing machine? Never fear-Hartford Stitch is here to help you create an adorable fold over clutch of your very own! Your sewing machine won’t seem so intimidating after this fun, no-fuss sip + stitch workshop. Class includes all supplies and refreshments. $65 per person. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

6:30 – 8pm: Do-It-Herself Workshop: Build a Beverage Crate With just a few tools and a little know-how, you can build a beautiful wood beverage crate. We teach you to properly measure, use a jigsaw to make grid cuts, and customize with paints and stains. The Home Depot Workshops are designed to provide a mix of associate led instruction, demonstration, and some hands-on learning. Materials can be purchased to make your own project. Home Depot locations.

7pm: State of the Political Union Join us as MSNBC political analyst Steve Kornacki talks with WNPR’s Colin McEnroe. $20 per person. $15 for students. Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford.

Thursday, January 21 – Sunday, January 24:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Battle of the Batons Three finalists will conduct the HSO as part of the selection process for the new Assistant Conductor position!

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.

7-Day Happenings: January 1 – 7

Welcome to your 7-day Momecast™ a event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County! School is back in session on Monday so I wanted to give you a head start to get that family time in. Happy New Years from our family to yours; we hope it is a happy, healthy and wealthy one!

Friday, January 1:

{Last Call} 12pm and 2:30pm: Let It Snow: A Christmas Musical Journey in the Planetarium combines animated holiday images with classic Christmas music under the Travelers Science Dome. This is a family friendly program and perfect for all ages. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

1pm: Scantic River First Day Hike East Windsor American Heritage River Commission hosts their 6th annual New Year’s Day hike, a 2.5 mile loop trail, family and dog friendly. Scantic River State Park Broad Brook, East Windsor.

1:30 – 2:30pm: Walk in the Park Meet at the Cottage. Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.

{Last Call} 5-10pm: Holiday Light Fantasia is a much-loved Greater Hartford tradition and this season’s destination. The 2-mile show transforms Goodwin Park into a drive-through wonderland of holiday spirit with a beautiful collection of over 1 million lights. Whimsical holiday scenes, familiar characters and local tributes shine bright in larger-than-life lighted scenes and 200 individual displays. Lighted animations celebrate not only Christmas, but Hanukkah, New Years and Three Kings Day. Click here for a $3 coupon. Military Appreciation Night is on Tuesday, December 29th where free admission is given to veterans and active service personnel when they show a valid military or veteran association issued ID. Goodwin Park, Hartford.

Friday, January 1 – Wednesday, January 6:

{Last Call} 4pm – Midnight: 44th Annual Hartford Festival of Lights Hartford Festival of Light has become a not-to-be-missed event for the thousands who turn out on Constitution Plaza each year to sing carols, enjoy musical entertainment and witness the spectacle that is the illumination of more than a quarter of a million tiny white lights. Constitution Plaza, Hartford.

Friday, January 1 – Thursday, January 7:

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.

Saturday, January 2  – Sunday, January 3:

{Last Call} Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm: The Three Centuries of Christmas enchanting, historic view of holidays past begins in the Silas Deane House, circa 1770, where New Year’s Day was the main holiday, rather than Christmas, due to the Puritanical customs that lingered in New England. It was also the day when individuals who owed the family money would meet privately with the master of the house to settle their debts or make a New Year’s resolution to provide goods or services to settle their accounts in the coming year. The Isaac Stevens House is decorated to depict the holiday celebrations of a middle-class household during the early to mid-1800s, when many of the Christmas traditions known today were adopted in New England. At the Joseph Webb House visitors are dazzled by decorations typical of the early 20th century, a period of stunning decoration and celebration. Admission is $12 adult, $6 children, $28 family (2 adults, 2 children). Webb-Deanne Stevens Museum, Wethersfield.

Saturday, January 2:

9am – 12pm: Kid’s Monthly Workshop: Kung Fu Panda 3 Spinning Box Join our hands-on workshop and build a Spinning Box toy. Then, decorate your finished box with stickers featuring characters from the upcoming Dreamworks movie Kung Fu Panda 3. Home Depot locations.

10am – 1pm: Family Program: Let’s Build a City! Calling all builders! Join other families at the CHS as we build our own community on our giant floor map. We’ll provide the boxes (and other supplies), while kids will use their creativity to turn boxes into buildings and help our city come to life. This free program is great for all ages. CT Historical Society, Hartford.

11am: Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast Storytime Enjoy the funniest “food fight” story ever! Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship – until they discover that there’s only one drop of maple syrup left. Join us to see who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory! Activities to follow. Barnes & Noble of Farmington, Canton, West Hartford, Glastonbury, Manchester and Enfield.

7pm: Hartford Wolf Pack vs Albany Devils Promotions: Winter Clothing Drive: Donate a winter hat, jacket or scarf and receive a buy one, get one free ticket voucher for any 2015-16 Wolf Pack home game. Travel Mug Giveaway: The first 2000 fans will receive a Wolf Pack travel mug. XL Center, Hartford.

8pm: Franklin’s Peaches & Friends Come celebrate the New Year with a laugh! Franklin’s Peaches returns to Playhouse on Park for a night of improv comedy. Franklin’s Peaches, renowned for their confident, high-energy style, will be joined by some of Hartford’s best improv artists for a one night only performance. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show. BYOB. $10 admission. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Saturday, January 2 – Sunday, January 3:

Saturday from 10am – 4:30pm with Story Time at 1:30pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm: Frozen Fun Make six-sided snowflakes, learn how animals survive winter cold, snow and ice, and hike the trails around the Nature Center to find frozen treasures. Register for story time with Anna and Elsa only. Activities and crafts are free with admission to the Nature Center. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Sunday, January 3:

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8am – 3pm: Fitness Frenzy Day Start your New Year with fitness and activities for the whole family. For one day only we are opening our doors to the entire community to share in the fitness and fun. Work out in our state-of-the-art Fitness Center with cardio equipment and weight room. Bring your swim suit and splash around in our 25-yard indoor lap pool, training pool, and whirlpool. Try out one of our renowned Group Exercise classes, or two, or three including Spinning, Zumba, Yoga, Body Pump and more. Shoot hoops in our gymnasium, complete with basketball courts. Return of Superhero Fitness for children. Free and open to the community. No registration required. JCC, Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

11am – 2pm: Jazz Brunch Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to The 2nd Line Jazz Quartet perform a fresh, toe-tapping spin on the Great American Songbook! Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings; one at 11am and one at 12:30pm. The brunch buffet features the Chef’s egg dish of the day, home fries, thick cut bacon, sausage, and ham, NY bagels and lox, stuffed French toast, Belgian waffles with fixings, assorted breakfast pastries, seasonal fruit, freshly brewed coffee, and tea. Tickets are available online only, click here to purchase. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

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1 – 4pm: Open House See all the new and exciting programs the Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center has to offer! Free and open to the community! Click here to RSVP on Facebook. Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center, Canton.

3pm: Hartford Wolf Pack vs Scranton Penguins Promotions: Winter Clothing Drive: Donate a winter hat, jacket or scarf and receive a buy one, get one free ticket voucher for any 2015-16 Wolf Pack home game. Sonar’s Birthday: You’re officially invited to Sonar’s Birthday Bash! Hang out with mascots from around the league and from some of your favorite local teams. XL Center, Hartford.

3 – 4pm: Frozen Party Dress as your favorite character from Frozen, and join in the “frozen” fun with Whimsical Wishes! Feel free to bring a friend to this family event. $10 per child in advance or $15 at the door. JCC, Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

Monday, January 4:

6 – 7pm: Free Yoga Monday nights never felt so good as they do with your yoga buddies at Hartford Sweat at ArtSpace in Downtown Hartford! Join Abbey for a fierce, fabulous and free Bikram Yoga class set in a “room temperature” environment (so be sure to dress appropriately)! Grab a mat, water, towel and a buddy and come see what the buzz is all about! Ample free parking is located behind the building. Doors open at 5:30pm. Hartford ArtSpace Gallery, Hartford.

Monday, January 4 – Tuesday, January 5:

Monday – Tuesday from 7-8:30pm and Monday 8:30-9:30pm: Auditions for “Fool for Love” combines music, poetry, comedy with the music of Broadway and American Standards such as “My Funny Valentine” and “Why Do Fools Fall in Love.” Cast includes 5 women and 5 men. Email for an appointment. Please state first and second choice of day and time in 30 minute increments every 30 minutes. Bring a current photo or headshot. Plan on arriving 10 minutes prior to your appointment. Prepare 32 bars of a song in either the Broadway or American Standards style, preferably memorized. Bring music, accompanist provided. No karaoke or a cappella. Rehearsals: Sunday, January 10, 17 and 24 from 3-6pm, January 31, February 1-3, 7-9, 10-11 from 7-10pm. Performances: Friday, February 12, Saturday, February 13 and matinée on Sunday, February 14. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Canton.

Tuesday, January 5:

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. Reoccurs on Friday, January 8. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

3 – 6pm: Get Hired is Connecticut’s largest insurance and financial services career fair for college students. Get Hired gathers regional, national and globally recognized insurance and financial services companies in a single Hartford venue to meet college students seeking opportunities in Connecticut’s Insurance Financial Services industry. Students from academic institutions across Connecticut turn out to market their talents and many attendees hail from colleges and universities beyond Connecticut’s borders. Register online. Hartford Marriott Downtown, Hartford.

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8pm: UConn Men vs. Temple at the XL Center, Hartford.

Wednesday, January 6:

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 with caregiver. Reoccurs 1/13 and 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 1/13 and 1/20. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

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 1/13 and 1/20. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

5:30pm: No Excuse Moms Workout Class Join us for a free Mommy and Me (baby, child, kid, teen) workout class. YMCA, Plainville.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Get HYPEd is a casual event that offers an opportunity to network with other young professionals. Join us and make sure to drop a business card for your chance to win a prize! Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

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

Thursday, January 7:

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 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 and 2/11. 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 – 9pm: Writing in Mark Twain’s Library Get your 2016 writing resolution off with a (quiet) bang! Spend some time writing in Mark Twain’s own library! Tickets for three quiet hours in Mark Twain’s Library are $50. Mark Twain House, Hartford.

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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, Feburary 14. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

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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.

7:30pm: Kathleen Madigan is one of the most respected comedians of her generation; over her 25 year career Madigan has performed on nearly every standup television show ever made. The Bushnell, Hartford.

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.