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 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:


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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:


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{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 51

Monday, December 19th:

10am: Sensory-friendly Pinkalicious the Musical This is the tale, based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, of Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament. Pinkalicious the Musical is about learning the power of self-control and the importance of moderation. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Visit AC Petersen Farms before or after the show receive a free “Pinkalicious Ice Cream Cup” with the purchase of a kid’s meal! Make your own special cupcake by printing out this coloring page and bringing with you to the theatre! Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

10 – 11:15am: Mommy and Me Christmas Tree and Ornament Decorating Come decorate a miniature Christmas tree to bring home and display. We will also be making a Christmas ornament as a keepsake. Ages 1-5 with caregiver. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

1:30 – 3pm: Homeschool Days: Process vs. Product Contemporary artist Sanford Biggers’s installation will provide an opportunity to talk about several compelling topics, including cross-cultural connections, different reasons for creating art, and process versus product. We will visit the installation as well as a selection of other contemporary works, then delve into the practice of meditative art-making in the studio. By beginning our drawings with focusing on small details instead of a big idea, our artwork will expand outward, focusing on process rather than product. Ages 5–14. $10 non-Members. Half-price for members. Children under 5 are free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

4:30 – 5:45pm: After School Christmas Tree and Ornament Decorating Come decorate a miniature Christmas tree to bring home and display. We will also be making a Christmas ornament as a keepsake. Ages 4-8. Drop-off class. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

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Monday, 12/19 – Saturday, December 12/23:

Monday-Friday from 3-6pm and Saturday from 1-5pm: 31st Annual Santa’s Workshop A free event sponsored by Wickham Park. Children of all ages enjoy visits with Santa and his elves and refreshments with Mrs. Claus. Santa’s Workshop provides a chance for children to enjoy an uncommercialized Christmas experience. Guests are welcome to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to area food pantries. Wickham Park, Manchester

Monday, 12/19 – Saturday, December 12/24:

Monday – Friday from 10am – 9pm and Saturday from 8am – 4pm: 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. December 24th: Guests must be in line to receive a ticket by 4pm when line closes. West Farms Mall, West Hartford

Monday – Friday from 9am – 9pm and Saturday from 9am – 5pmPhotos with Santa Make a reservation to see Santa and spend less time in line. Plus, save 30% on your photos by pre-ordering a package online. Visit before December 9 to save an extra $5. Santa may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer. Save over 30% on your photos by pre-purchasing online. Christmas Eve: Break: 12:30-1:30pm. Santa may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester

Monday – Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 2:30pm: A Wonderful World After an election season that put decency and cooperation to the test, it is the perfect time to reconnect with Frank Capra’s movie about community values vs. individual gain. James Stewart plays a small town guy who’s put his own dreams on hold to help others, only to see his optimism eroded by greed of a privileged few. It takes an angel-in-training named Clarence to reveal what Bedford Falls would have become without his sacrifice and commitment. More than just a holiday classic, Capra’s film is a powerful vote for the hope – and change – we need. 129 minutes. Cinestudio, Hartford

Monday, 12/19 – Sunday, 12/25:

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Sunday – Thursday from 5 – 9pm and Friday – Saturday from 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. Come visit Santa Saturday and Sundays in the park Clubhouse from 5pm – 8pm. Admission $15 per car. Visit their website for a $3 off coupon. Military Appreciation Night is on Tuesday, December 27th. Free admission to veterans and active service personnel when they show a valid military or veteran association issued ID. Goodwin Park, Hartford

Monday, 12/19 – Sunday, 1/8:

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Monday-Friday from 11am – 8pm and Saturday-Sunday from 12-4pm: 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

Tuesday, December 20th:

10am: PJ Library Storytime Stop by with your children to listen to PJ Library Chanukah stories and do some holiday shopping, as well! Free and open to the community. Toy Chest, West Hartford

10 – 11:15am: Mommy and Me Gingerbread Houses Come decorate a gingerbread house to bring home! Ages 1-5 with a caregiver. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

12:45pm: PJ Chanukah Celebration Join us for Chanukah crafts and stories. Create your own Chanukah snack. Free and open to the community. Register in advance. Congregation Kol Haverim, Glastonbury

1 – 2:15pm: Preschool Gingerbread Houses Come decorate a gingerbread house to bring home! Ages 3-5. Drop-off class. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

3:30 – 5:30pm: LEGO Holiday Sing-A-Long Join us to celebrate the holidays… Snapology style! Children will be provided blocks and bricks to build holiday-theme LEGO builds. We’ll sing songs, nibble sugar cookies, sip some egg-nog, and share stories. If you wish to bring anything, please do; just no nuts due to possible allergies. This event is free for all to attend; but does require registration in advance just so we can plan appropriately. Thank you for helping making 2016 such a great year! Happy Holidays! Ages 3 and up. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

4 – 4:45pm: Holiday Cooking for Kids Kids ages 8 -11 will learn to prepare creative and delicious recipes. A healthy take on traditional holiday treats from a variety of cultures are on the menu. Cookshop Plus, West Hartford

4:30 – 5:45pm: After School (Family) Gingerbread Houses Come decorate a gingerbread house to bring home! All ages. $25 per family. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

6 – 8pm: Growing Food Indoors Fresh greens, herbs, sprouts, and more can be grown indoors all winter long. Demonstrations on techniques and basic gardening skills. $10 for non-residents, $5 for residents. Recreation Department, Manchester

8pm: Hark! The Harold Angels Sing Sea Tea Improv and accompanist Kevin Scott are going to give you exactly what you want for Christmas: the complete and total absence of planning. Join us at Sea Tea Comedy Theater for the Opening (and Closing) Night of a totally made-up Christmas musical that has never been performed before and never will be again! This is a perfect fun & funny way to take a break from it all and enjoy the holiday in the moment. The lyrics, the music, the story, the choreography — all improvised on the spot based on suggestions from, you, the audience! Who doesn’t love brand new Christmas songs, right? Sea Tea Comedy Theater, Hartford

Tuesday, 12/20 – Friday, 12/23:

CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm and Friday at 8pm: Christmas on the Rocks It’s Christmas Eve in a rundown local bar. Expecting a silent night, the bartender finds himself mixing drinks for a parade of surprising guests – children from your favorite Christmas specials and movies – now all grown up! Tiny Tim, Charlie Brown, Cindy Lou Who and a host of others pour out their Christmas woes in this delightful parody. Theaterworks, Hartford

Tuesday, 12/20 – Saturday, 12/24:

Tuesday – Friday at 7:30pm and Friday – Saturday at 2pm: A Christmas Carol The magic of Charles Dickens’ heart-warming classic returns for its 19th season. Come see Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. It’s perfect holiday entertainment! 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 entire run. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Tuesday, 12/20 – Saturday, 12/31:

12pm: 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. Note: Closed Christmas Day. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 1-5pm: Home for the Holidays Scavenger Hunt Hike our trails in December and learn which animals have chosen to spend the upcoming holidays in Werner’s Woods. Outdoor scavenger hunt maps included with the cost of admission to the Nature Center. Note: Closed Christmas Day. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Tuesday, 12/20 – Wednesday, 1/11:

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. Note: Closed Christmas Day. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

Tuesday, 12/20 – Tuesday, 1/31:

Tuesday – Friday at 10am and Saturday at 11am: 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. Note: Closed Christmas Day. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Wednesday, December 21st:

4 – 5:30pm: Celebrate Hanukkah Come celebrate Hanukkah at TLGT! Kids will make their own latkes and decorate a menorah. Ages 3-9. Drop off class. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

 

Thursday, December 22nd:

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Cookies for Santa Come decorate some cookies to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. We’ll make enough for you to sneak one or two as well. Ages 2 – 5 with a caretaker. $25, $20 for each additional sibling. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

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

4 – 5:15pm: After School Cookies for Santa Come decorate some cookies to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. We’ll make enough for you to sneak one or two as well. Ages 3 – 9. Drop-off class. $25, $20 for each additional sibling. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

5:45 – 7pm: Family Cookies for Santa Come decorate some cookies to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. We’ll make enough for you to sneak one or two as well. All ages. $20 per family. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

6 – 9pm: Winter Solstice: Astronomy Workshop Come celebrate the shortest day of the year. Using the power of the planetarium we’ll explore the history and traditions of the winter solstice, study the many jewels found in the winter sky, see the yearly and daily motions of the sky and gaze through our telescopes. Test your sky knowledge with our “Constellation Shoot Out.” This is a perfect way to transition into the new season and year. Glastonbury/East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium, Glastonbury

7pm: Ugly Sweater Party! Join us at Muse for our Ugly Sweater Party. Those who wear an ugly sweater will receive a coupon for 50% off of their next reservation for a public session. Muse Paintbar & Eatery, West Hartford

7 – 8:30pm: It’s Lit Glass Painting Impress your family with your ” Let’s get Lit” Personalized Holiday wine glass. BYOB to this class and make this glass for yourself or as a gift! Ages 21 and up. My Own Masterpiece Studio, Rocky Hill

Friday, December 23rd:

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5:30 – 8pm: Parents Night Out We are hosting a night out for parents of children ages 5 and up. Drop your child off and get that last-minute shopping and wrapping done or just enjoy dinner out before the hectic holiday weekend. The kids will have fun and you will get a few hours to yourself. Cost: $25 per child Includes: pizza, juice, games, and two minifigures to bring home. Age: 5 and up Call our stop by to pre pay and register. Spots are limited and are first come first serve. Bricks & Minifigs, Southington

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. Make your own Edible Olaf. Ages 2.5 and up. Non-Members pay $40 1st child, half-off siblings. My Gym, West Hartford

6 – 8pm: Snowman Snow Globe Canvas Drop off class for kids ages 7+. Need to do some Holiday grocery shopping? We’re here to help! This fun little snowman can decorate the home for Christmas and winter. This design is great for tweens to do and hang in their bedrooms. Who doesn’t love snow globes? You could even add a bit of glitter to make it sparkle. Kids will paint and enjoy snacks with a movie. $25 per child. My Own Masterpiece Studio, Rocky Hill


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Friday, 12/23 – Friday, 12/30:

Saturday, December 24th:

9am – 12pm: Christmas Eve Camp Kids will make a gift for a special person in their life. Ages 4-10. Drop-off camp. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

10am – 12pm and 1 – 3pm: Family Fun: Sweet Holiday Gifts Join us for a fun-filled class of laughter, learning and plenty of scrumptious holiday treats. Kids and adults alike will have a wonderfully sweet time practicing techniques for tempering chocolate and transforming marshmallows into adorable gifts. Plus, we’ll walk you through creating delicious and beautiful gingerbread cookies—from preparing dough to rolling, cutting and decorating. This year, make the holidays extra special for your little loved ones by making homemade gifts—and precious memories—together. Menu: Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallow Pops, Gingerbread Snowflakes, Cranberry and White Chocolate Bark. This class is for children and their special adult to cook and learn together. Class price is per person and children must be accompanied by a paying adult. $49. Sur La Table, Canton

Saturday, 12/24 – Sunday, 1/1:

Saturdays from 10am – 4pm and Sundays from 1 – 4pm: Three Centuries of Christmas The 2015 season kicks off with the lively Webb-Deane-Stevens Holiday Preview Party on Friday, December 11, from 5 to 8pm. Guests will delight in a candlelight preview of the dazzling holiday decorations throughout the museum, stroll from house to house enjoying delicious food, wine, ale, and live holiday music, and chat with Mr. and Mrs. Silas Deane, Mrs. Claus, and guides in period dress. Admission is $30 at the door. Evening-candlelight tours of the three elegantly appointed, historic houses—featuring guides in period dress sharing the fascinating history of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $12 adult, $6 children, $28 family (2 adults, 2 children). Webb-Deane-Stevens, Wethersfield

Sunday, December 25th:

4 – 6pm: Chanukah Celebration Fire on Ice Children (up to age 13) are encouraged to write an essay on “What Chanukah Means to Me”, the winner will read their essay at the lighting ceremony. The grand prizes include a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, a Garmin Vivo fit Fitness Band and a Mini-Drone The essay has a 300 word max and should be submitted to info@ChabadHarford.com with subject line “Essay Contest” by Dec 20. Collect as much chocolate gelt coins as you can, as it “rains” down from above! Participants are asked contribute cans of food, which will then be constructed into a large menorah. The food will be donated to local food pantries. In addition, the program will feature a grand fire show, the interactive construction of a huge Lego “Dreidel,” live Jewish music, an entertainer, activities for all ages, and free raffles and prizes. Blue Back Square, 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:

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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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Week 45

Monday, November 7th:

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

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

Tuesday, November 8th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 9th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 10th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 11th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, November 12th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, November 13th:

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, September 12th:

7:30pm: Women in the Combat Zone: What it Means to be a Woman in the Military Join us for an engaging moderated discussion surrounding the issues raised in T.D. Mitchell’s Queens for a Year and what it means to be a woman serving in the military. Mitchell wrote Queens for a Year when she realized that the stories of women who have served in the military were missing from public understanding. From World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom, Mitchell’s play lifts the veil on the struggles women face in the armed forces, both during and post-deployment – including the response to veterans returning from Vietnam, PTSD, the repercussions of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, military sexual assault, and servicewomen on their tours of duty in Iraq.

Tuesday, September 13th:

8am – 9pm: 5% Community Giving Day Whole Foods Markets at Bishops Corner in West Hartford is hosting a 5% Community Giving Day to benefit Real Art Ways! Save your weekly shopping till that day and help RAW while you fill your fridge. RAW staff will be on site between 11 AM and 6 PM to thank shoppers and talk about the history, programs and impact of Real Art Ways. Thanks to Whole Foods Market for this generous program!

1 – 1:45pm: Baby & Me Yoga Kara Simard is your guide as you explore fun ways to interact and bond with your baby! This series class is designed for any caregiver and their baby ages 6 weeks to pre-crawling. We will focus on infant developmental techniques and poses as well as ways for us caregivers to squeeze some precious yoga into our baby-filled days. Reoccurs on 9/20 and 9/27.

7pm: Evenings@7 offers free presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these one-night only performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists.  This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical groundbreaking drama, was one of the first pieces of theater to address the subject of the HIV-AIDS epidemic when it premiered Off-Broadway in 1985.

Tuesday, September 13th – Sunday, September 18th:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Queens for a Year Molly Solinas, a young Marine Corps Officer, unexpectedly returns to her family home in Virginia, bringing with her an even younger female Private. Four generations of women who’ve served their country in the Marines clash during what at first appears to be a post-deployment vacation – but is revealed to be much more. An arresting new play from one of the writers of the TV series ‘Army Wives.’ Recommended for ages 14 and up. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, plus intermission. Tickets $25-90. All Regular Season Student Seats $20. Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice. Student tickets by phone only, please. Please call for Student Matinee Rates. Runs until October 2nd. Special Events: Thursday at 6pm: LGBT Night Out Free pre-show nosh and complimentary wine, soda and coffee (plus drink specials at a cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons and allies. Sunday after the 2pm matinee: Sunday Afternoon Discussion Best known as a writer and story editor for the acclaimed TV series “Army Wives,” Mitchell’s award-winning play scripts include A Gray Matter, In Dog Years, and Beyond the 17th Parallel (being adapted as a feature film). A prominent speech writer for non-profit and philanthropic organizations (US Fund for UNICEF, Feminist Majority, the Rolex Institute, ex.), her travelogue essays for Verbal Supply Company and, next year, a nonfiction book, exemplify her multi-format, cross-genre passion for storytelling.

Wednesday, September 14th:

10:30am – 12pm: Open Play is designed to supplement your child’s day with some good old fashioned play time in a fun, friendly and super clean environment. Caregivers and children ages 1 to 5 will enjoy exploring art with our sticky paint and “Fundough.” You and your child will also engage in unstructured activities such as dramatic play, puzzles, doll house, cars, train table, tunnels, dress up, bubbles, dancing and more! $15 per child. Reoccurs until October 19th.

Wednesday, September 14th – Thursday, September 15th:

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

Thursday, September 15th:

5:30pm: The Trouble Begins Noted Twain Scholar Karen Lystra, formerly Professor of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, will speak about Mark Twain’s youngest daughter, Jean Clemens, in this season’s inaugural edition of our popular lecture series The Trouble Begins at 5:30. In conjunction with our current exhibit In Their Father’s Image: Susy, Clara, and Jean Clemens, Dr. Lystra will explore how Jean’s epilepsy affected Twain and his family. Jean played a pivotal role in Twain’s late years. His last major autobiographical writing involved his realization of how much he had misunderstood and neglected her. The virulent prejudice against people with epilepsy in this era will also be examined. The lecture will be preceded by a light reception with wine and appetizers. Free event but reservations are highly suggested.

6pm: LGBT Night Out Free pre-show nosh and complimentary wine, soda and coffee (plus drink specials at a cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons and allies.

6 – 10pm: September Creative Cocktail Hour Live Music by Mission Zero. Munchies by Camilla’s Latin Restaurant. Join in a Lantern Construction Workshop with Night Fall – the lanterns will be used at this year’s Night Fall event on October 8 at Elizabeth Park.“Greekin’ Out” food truck will be on site. Held on the third Thursday of every month, CCH represents the best of everything Real Art Ways has to give: innovative art, invigorating music and hundreds of the most interesting and open-minded people to share the experience!

Friday, September 16th:

Run for the Riverfront

7:30pm: The MOuTH: Marked for Life: Stories of How You Got That Scar Here’s how to submit your story for consideration: Speakers are selected one week before the event, so email your name and a short description of what your story is about. Submissions close once we get overwhelmed with submissions, so overwhelm us! Your story must last fewer than 10 minutes. Stories are told without notes. You just get up there and tell the tale off the top of your head. Stories are real. Not that we’ll be doing any fact-checking, but this event features true stories. If you don’t get on the list, don’t take it personally! It’s our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future MOuTH event. There is also a “Wild Card.” After the fifth speaker finishes, Chion asks volunteers to raise their hands and holler out a number. Those numbers are put into a hat and the chosen one has a 5-minute limit to tell his or her story on that night’s theme before the final speaker goes on. Only $5 to get in, speakers get in free. These events are recorded , well audio only! Profanity is allowed.

Friday, September 16th – Saturday, September 17th:

Saturday, September 17th:

8 – 11am: Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Come enjoy pancakes and support a good local cause! Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under here at Bart’s Drive In Restaurant.

10am – 4pm: The 34th Annual Country Fair Come enjoy some good old fashioned fun for the entire family including entertainment, hay rides, pony rides and games galore. Decorate a pumpkin, build a scarecrow. Take a riding tour of the park. Enter the crafts, flower and kitchen & garden competitions. Visit the food court for a variety of items presented by local civic organizations. New this year will be a Silent Auction, proceeds from the auction will be dedicated to the upgrade and expansion of the sugar shack. Rounding out the day will be many demonstrations by local organizations and students as well as the popular “Child Identification Program” CTChip. Rain Date: Sunday, September 18th from 12 noon-4pm.

1 – 4pm: Curiosity Day with Curious George In the spirit of literacy, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is hosting free fun Curious George themed kid’s activities. At 1, 2 and 3pm, there will be a Curious George story time, followed by fun crafts, a snack, and Curious George videos on a big movie screen! Free Curious George books will be available to 100 families (books handed out at each time slot, first come, first served; one book per family), courtesy of Reach Out and Read Connecticut and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Curiosity Day is free and open to the public; no registration required.

2pm: The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest! Do people say you look like Albert Einstein? And do you counter with, “No! I look like Mark Twain!” If so, you’re a great candidate for The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest to be held in Mark Twain’s hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. You can show up with a wig or without, with a real mustache or fake, in a white suit, ivory suit, or birthday suit (just kidding – you need clothes!), strut on the stage, deliver one Mark Twain quote (verified! – not attributed!), and our panel of distinctive, ornery, and un-bribable judges will determine if YOU are the winner of The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest! Yes, there will be prizes!

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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! Children ages 4 years and up are welcome.

6:30pm: Riverfront Swing Night is part of the Farmington Bank Community Concert Mini Series featuring Simply Swing. The series includes three riverfront performances, June 4 & July 16 in Great River Park, and September 17 at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza for Unforgettable, Simply Swing’s salute to Natalie & Nat “King” Cole.

2nd Annual 'KICK OFF' Party

Sunday, September 18th:

9:30 – 11am: Sketching the Nude Visitors are invited to set-up their drawing boards in the galleries for the rare opportunity to draw from live nude models posing among masterworks by such artists as Graydon Parrish, Christopher Gallego, and Julie Heffernan. Beginners and seasoned artists alike are welcome to join this studio class. This class will be moderated by Museum staff. This is not an instructed class, but gentle suggestions will be offered. Learn new skills and techniques on your own, all within the inspirational setting of the Museum. Sketching the Nude takes place in the Museum galleries; permissible art materials are limited to: Graphite pencils or colored pencils Erasers Drawing Boards (23 x 26 in. or smaller).

Animals the whole family will enjoy at our annual farm festival

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Week 33

Monday, August 15th:

Robbie Brisco Open - A vie for the kids Golf Tournament

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Zucchini Muffins Kids and caregivers will bake delicious zucchini muffins and decorate a box to bring their goodies home in.  Our recipe is one of the best, and even kids who refuse to touch vegetables have gobbled these right up! $35 per child. Reoccurs with Muffins on Friday.

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11am – 3:30pm: Make a Paper Trolley Model Make a Paper Model of our People Movers. This is a make and take craft activity and is included with the cost of museum admission. Reoccurs on 8/22 and 8/29.

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Tuesday, August 16th:

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

7 – 8pm: Why did Eleanor Roosevelt visit Beatrice Fox Auerbach at Auerfarm: A Presentation by Historian Tracey Wilson This presentation by West Hartford Historian Dr. Tracey Wilson explores the friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and G. Fox C.E.O Beatrice Fox Auerbach and is co-sponsored by the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society. “Both women were strong, independent humanitarians who shared many of the same beliefs,” said Wilson. “Over the years they stayed in touch through visits and by exchanging 187 letters.” Their correspondence reveals both the mundane—scheduling visits, thank you’s for farm fresh eggs from Auerfarm—and the more profound connection between two women who were leaders and public figures and understood the difficulties of being pioneers. From 1946 to 1962, the First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the First Lady of Hartford, Beatrice Fox Auerbach, developed a friendship that resonated with visits, letters, and advice. Find out more about the women on whose shoulders we stand today as Dr. Wilson chronicles how these two female leaders interacted in the 1950s and 1960s. The Patricelli painting of Eleanor Roosevelt will be brought out of private collection and displayed the night of the lecture. Patricelli’s self-portrait, in the collection of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, and a copy of the portrait of Beatrice Fox Auerbach will also be on display. The artist’s daughter, Susan Regan, will be in attendance to recall her memory of her mother’s portrait painting sessions at Auerfarm.

7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays Stick around for a post-show chat with the cast of MIDSUMMER (a play with songs).

Tuesday, August 16th – Sunday, August 21st:

{Last Call} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Midsummer (a play with songs) Midsummer in Edinburgh turns into a weekend of abandon when Bob, a small-time crook and Helena, a high-powered divorce lawyer meet in a basement wine bar. With a wad of ill-gotten cash in hand and a local gangster on their heels, the unlikely pair goes on an alcohol and adventure-filled romp, discovering that there are second chances at life—and love. Runs until August 21st.

Wednesday, August 17th:

10am: Kids’ Tie Dye Bandanas Learn to tie dye fabric using different techniques. Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class, click on the link above to download the supply list.

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{Free} 12 – 1pm: Audio Feed Ten consecutive Wednesdays of free, lunchtime music on Constitution Plaza (by the big fountain). You bring a lunch and we’ll supply the music. Reoccurs until 9/13.

1pm: Kids’ Dyed Paper Mobile Learn to spray dye paper using fabric paint, then assemble a mobile. Intended for children 8 years and older. Supplies are required for this class, click on the link above to download the supply list.

1pm: Kids Knitting 201: Knit A Bow Learn to knit, cast on & bind off. Supplies are required for this class, click on the link above to download the supply list.

1 – 2pm: Easy Made Jewelry for Kids In this class you will learn how to make a bracelet using memory wire and variety of beads from plastic to glass. Chloe will guide you through making a simple, fun and easy bracelet.

Poetry2016_logo{Last Call} 5 – 8:30pm: Hill-Stead Museum’s renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington. The community cherishes this series of readings and music concerts in the informal outdoor setting of the Hill-Stead estate. Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails, or attend the prelude conversations with headlining poets. Picnics are welcome and food and wine can be purchased from festival vendors. Guests bring their own chairs and blankets and relax among the flower beds in the historic Sunken Garden, surrounded by eight foot stone walls and the sounds of nature.

6- 8pm: Achievement Day The students in our Early Learning School celebrate the culmination a year of inquisitive and imaginative learning.

{Free} 7pm: Learning the Benefits of Infant Massage One on one quality time, relief of gas/colic and constipation, relaxation improves sleep and more. Informational only, all visuals will be conducted on demo dolls.
{Free} 7pm: Nursery 101- Sleepy Time Let us help you create the dream nursery. From Cribs to Combo to Mattresses, let our experts help guide you in the decision process.

{Free} 7 – 8:30pm: Terrapin is Connecticut’s #1 Grateful Dead experience playing an authentic mix of Grateful Dead and more in theaters, nightclubs, and corporate & private events. Drawing upon a broad and varied experience, together the players in the group enlighten and entertain both the true “Dead-Head” and the newly acquainted listener. Each show presents an original interpretation of songs that many have loved and listened to for decades

Wednesday, August 17th – Sunday, August 21st:

11am – 3:30pm: Make a Paper Trolley Model Make a Paper Model of our People Movers. This is a make and take craft activity and is included with the cost of museum admission. Reoccurs from 8/24-28 and 8/31.

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{Hop, Skip & a Jump} Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7pm: Cirque Eloize’s Saloon at Foxwoods A gathering and meeting place: it quickly becomes the theatre of all stories. In Cirque Eloize’s Saloon, the infectious energy of folk music sets the tone to an acrobatic comedy that sweeps the spectators away in a mad rush. Enigmatic and colorful characters come together and reveal themselves. The result is a series of unexpected situations, unfolding to the rhythm of acrobatic prowess and original choreographies. Never before has a piano tuner kicked up so much dust. Under the spell of the Saloon’s beautiful Belle, he sets off a chase worthy of the greatest Westerns. The lovebirds on the run wreak havoc everywhere on their path; from the deserted plains to the depth of the mines until the ultimate acrobatic duel. Walking through the Saloon doors means entering a mythical atmosphere created by live music and the exhilarated pace of spectacular performances.

Thursday, August 18th:

1 – 2pm: Sculpture Garden Tour Join Melanie Carr, Director of Visitor Experience, for a guided tour of the Museum’s grounds to explore and examine the outdoor sculptures in relationship to the site. The NBMAA sits on three acres of land adjacent to the 100-acre, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Walnut Hill Park, making the outdoor sculpture garden a must-see. Enjoy walking the grounds as we discover the Museum’s outdoor treasures—including the landscape! Tour occurs every third Thursday May to October. Hats are strongly encouraged; there will be some walking. In the event of rain, the tour will be cancelled.

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5:30 – 7pm: Olympic Appetites Calling all little athletes. The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are here! Bring the fun home with this collection of fun- and flavor-packed Olympic-inspired recipes, including dessert. Menu: Olympic Bagel Rings, Stars and Stripes Salad, Pineapple Gold Medal Rings What to Expect: Uncover what it means to eat the rainbow. Discover “what is an emulsion?” Learn how to temper chocolate.

5:30 – 8pm: Pop-up Bar During the months of July and August, join the NBMAA on Thursdays for a Pop-up Bar on the Park! Enjoy refreshingly cold beer, wine, and craft cocktails—inspired by works in our collection—amidst the warm summer weather on our café terrace. Overlooking Walnut Hill Park, the night also includes various lawn/board games, so come ready to drink and play! Drinks are $5, cash bar only. Reoccurs until 8/25.

5:30 – 8pm: Sunset Sounds Garden Concert Series Bring a picnic dinner & enjoy music in the lovely setting of the Butler-McCook historic garden on the 2nd Thursday of the month from June through September on the Richard P. Garmany Fund Music & Education Terrace (made possible by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving) at the Amos Bull House. Tours of the first floor of the Butler-McCook House & Garden are available, as well as tours of the Amos Bull House. River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs will kick-off the series. The Hartford natives blend R & B with Gulf-Coast blues to bring an authentic Louisiana zydeco sound to the Northeast. July brings the Red Hot Horns who use many different musical genres, from soul, pop, R&B, to jazz, Motown & funk. Taking over in August, Amy Gallatin & the Stillwaters play rocking bluegrass blended with jazz & influenced by country singers such as Loretta Lynn & blues singers like BB King. Hartford’s very own Professors of Sweet Sweet Music will wrap up the season. Note: Re-scheduled from last Thursday due to rain.

6 – 7:30pm: Outdoor Concert Series: Hartford Steel Symphony The CHS Third Thursday concert series celebrates the 25th anniversary of Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP), a statewide initiative that documents diverse cultural traditions and shares the artistic creations and community cultural practices of folk artists living throughout Connecticut. The August 18 (rain date August 19) concert features Hartford Steel Symphony, the area’s premier Caribbean steel band who play widely across Connecticut and are headliners at the annual Taste of the Caribbean and West Indian Independence Day Parade and Festival. The band performs under the musical direction of Kelvin Griffith who also makes many of their steel pans. Group members number from 6-12 all playing steel pan plus one drum. All concerts are free. Grounds open at 5pm and concerts will play from 6 – 7:30pm. Please bring your own camp chairs and picnics.

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{Free} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts The Windsor Chamber of Commerce and First Town Downtown invite you to the summer concert series Thursday evenings. Reoccurs until 8/18.

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{+21} 6:30 – 9:30pm: Hadley + Occum presents a Farm Dinner featuring A’Vert Chef Jared Posocco will be our featured chef for this second installment of our DORO Restaurant Group Farm Dinner Series. The cost is $99 (including tax and gratuity) per ticket! Dietary restrictions can be accommodated when you email the chef. Hadley and Occum is the type of rich, mineral soil which creates such amazing produce in Connecticut. Sub Edge Farm has some of the finest around, and we are honored that they are hosting our dinner. We are also partnering with YardBird & Co. $99

8pm: Outdoor Movie Night At Sunset -My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from snobbish, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady in high society. Does the rain in Spain fall mainly in the plains? Professor Higgins, “There even are places where English completely disappears; in America they haven’t used it for years.”

Friday, August 19th:

9 – 11am: Back to School Scavenger Hunt Don’t miss this back to school special! Enjoy 1 and a half hours of bouncing, followed by 15 minutes in a party room while we hide fun back to school themed items in the bounce rooms. Kids get 15 minutes to hunt and collect all items on their list! Reservations are required for this special event.

10am – 5pm: National Aviation Day Celebration Celebrate National Aviation Day at the New England Air Museum! This year’s celebration marks the 145th anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday. National Aviation Day became a federally recognized holiday in 1939, and our celebration includes a variety of activities and programs for aviators of all ages.

1pm: Learn to Crochet for Kids Crochet passion begins here with these personalized monogrammed tags. Intended for children 8 years and older. Supplies are required for this class, click on the link above to download the supply list.

5:30 – 7pm: Olympic Appetites Calling all little athletes. The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are here! Bring the fun home with this collection of fun- and flavor-packed Olympic-inspired recipes, including dessert. Menu: Olympic Bagel Rings, Stars and Stripes Salad, Pineapple Gold Medal Rings What to Expect: Uncover what it means to eat the rainbow. Discover “what is an emulsion?” Learn how to temper chocolate.

{+21} 6-8pm: Historic Libations How did Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain boys fortify themselves before their famous assault on Fort Ticonderoga? Rumor has it that liberal quantities of a hard cider and rum-based stone fence were imbibed. How did Connecticut’s gin-crazed city dwellers cool off on a hot summer night? A delicious gin, lemon, and soda-based gin-sling might do the trick. Come sample these concoctions as well as a wine-and-brandy-based alderman and a non-alcoholic, extremely refreshing fruit-based shrub. Recipes provided! Society archivist Michelle Tom and educator John Mooney will briefly regale you with the origins of these concoctions and some of the colorful laws governing the operations of Connecticut inns and taverns in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

{Free} 8:30pm: Free Movie in the Park – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie is East side of Bushnell Park by the Pump House. Raindate: Sunday, August 21st.

Friday, August 19th – Saturday, August 20th:

8pm: The Fantasticks There’s always time to remember this funny and romantic tale about a boy, a girl, their two fathers and a love that grows with each season. At the heart of this breathtaking show lies poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication with purity and simplicity. The Fantasticks is a timeless tale — full of magic and moonlight — of a young boy and girl who fall madly in love, but soon grow restless and disillusioned. Matt, played by Jordan Duvall, and Luisa, played by Jillian Caillouette, are in love and find their relationship challenged by their intruding fathers, played by Russell Fish and George Lombardo, and a bandit narrator known as El Gallo played by Jon Escobar. Two corky theatrical actors Henry and Mortimer, played by Dave Wall and James J Moran, and a Mute, Sue Emond, complete the cast of characters. This tender coming-of-age story with beautiful music and a dose of nostalgia is a guaranteed treat for parents and children alike. Runs until September 24th.

Friday, August 19th – Sunday, August 21st:

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{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Boeing Boeing It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms.

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Brother and sister Viola and Sebastian—who are not only very close but look a great deal alike—have been shipwrecked in a violent storm, and both think the other dead. Now seemingly alone in a foreign country (Illyria—the ancient name for the coast of the Adriatic Sea), Viola dresses as her brother for protection and adopts the name “Cesario,” becoming a trusted friend and confidante to Count Orsino. Count Orsino is madly in love with Lady Olivia, who is in mourning due to her brother’s recent death, which she uses as an excuse to avoid seeing the count, whom she does not love. Orsino sends “Cesario” to do his wooing, but Viola’s a little too good at her job and finds herself in the middle of a messy love triangle: Olivia falls in love with “Cesario” (who we know is Viola), but Viola can’t return Oliva’s favors because she has fallen in love with the Duke! Things get more complicated when a moronic nobleman, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and a self-important servant, Malvolio, get caught up in the schemes of Lady Olivia’s uncle, the alcoholic Sir Toby Belch, who leads both Aguecheek and Malvolio to believe Olivia loves them. Furthermore, Sebastian, Oliva’s twin brother, surfaces in the area causing more confusion in this tale of mistaken identities! Runs until August 28th. Picnic on the patio before every performance.

Saturday, August 20th:

{+21} 8am and 11am: Beer Fit Hartford 8am: We’ve built our brand around our version of the beer mile but also offer a more endurance-focused running challenge: The Power Hour Run. 11am: The Brew Mile: 4 Beers. 1 Mile. 2 beers on us at the after-party. BeerFit is a national running series focused on delivering unique fitness events that blend our passions for beer and running. We find happiness in combining a workout with an ice cold beer or three among friends. Think you have what it takes? Here we ask the question – how many miles can you run in an hour?

{Free} 8 – 10am: Completion Event The big day is almost here! Have you gotten everything you need and want? We want to give you the opportunity to come in and make those final purchases at our exclusive event at the West Hartford Babies “R” Us, we are inviting in our registrants that have due dates in early August or September 2016! Bring in your 10% completion coupon to make your purchase with our assistance. We will open the doors exclusively for you and to add to the excitement we will throw in some great raffles and swag bags filled with free giveaways! If you have already used your completion coupon but have received this invitation you are still invited to join us! If you have not received your completion coupon yet but want to attend we will have one waiting for you at the store!

{Free} 8am – 4pm: The Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival celebrates its 16th year with a free family friendly event offering a unique celebration of Asian culture highlighted by the exciting sport of dragon boat racing. Festival highlights included authentic Asian music and dance performances, food and merchandise vendors, an Asian beer garden, martial arts expo, arts and crafts for the kids and more. In 2000, Riverfront Recapture held its first Dragon Boat Festival and recruited 30 local teams to compete in a 1-day, community-based race. Since then the Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival has come a long way, and we are proud to be considered one of the Top 10 Dragon Boat Festivals in the United States. In addition to dragon boat racing, our festival offers a variety of live Asian entertainment, abundant ethnic food, martial arts demonstrations, and authentic cultural programming.

9am: 2nd Annual Membership Appreciation Ride and Cookout The FVTC Board of Directors invites you to join us for our second annual Membership Appreciation Ride and Cookout to be held at Tunxis Mead in Farmington. Last year’s event was a great success as we watched our members have an opportunity to get to know each other better after their rides. Whether you chose the 10 or 30 mile option or just take to the trail to do your own thing, when you get back you will find the members of the board there to greet you with smiles, food, drink and conversation. Check in begins at 8:15am. Rides leave at 9am and 9:30am.

10am: Farmington’s Freedom Trail: The Amistad Story and the Underground Railroad The Farmington Historical Society offers an introductory lecture followed by a guided walking tour to the various sites throughout the village which were part of the Mendis stay in Farmington, as well as several sites which were part of the Underground Railroad. The introduction is presented by historical interpreter, Kim A. Silva, in English and American Sign Language.

{Free} 10am: 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} 11am: Mira Forecasts the Future and The Bot That Scott Built Storytime Join us for a fun-filled Storytime with a little science sprinkled in featuring Mira Forecasts the Future and The Bot That Scott Built. Coloring and activities to follow.

{Free} 11am: Sibling Registry Event Becoming a sibling for the first time is a very special event Include the big brother, sister when starting the Registry process and make them just as excited for your new family edition! Arts and crafts for the kids while Mom is learning about the Registry Process and completing paper work. Out and about scanning for that special blanket, toy or stuffed animal for the new baby. Once completed scanning for day, each child (3-8 years old) leaves with a craft for themselves and a little gift for their new sibling from them! Pre-registration required. Also in Manchester.

1 – 4pm: Dance Off & Masterclass Inspired by the “B-Boy Battles” from the 70s and 80s, the Sonia Plumb Dance Company’s two “Dance Offs” offer dancers of all ages and styles a chance to compete in a series of friendly “battles.” Events also include professional dance master classes with Artistic Director and Company members before each “Dance Off.” Here’s how the “Dance Offs work: Participants will not know what music they will dance to, as they compete head to head with just 30 seconds per battle to “show their stuff.” All dance styles are welcome: Modern, hip-hop, ballet, breakdancing, jazz, etc. During each battle, judges will decide winners based on creativity, musicality and artistic presence. In play-off style elimination, judges determine winners of each round, until the final head-to-head battle. In the end, the first place winner will take home 25% of the proceeds and receive two free tickets to the Company’s production of “Fire or Ice” at The Bushnell this October. The second place winner receives two tickets and a Company T-shirt. The remaining proceeds will benefit the Company’s new “Dance Apprenticeship Career Training Program.”

{Free} 2 – 3:30pm: Summer Courtyard Concerts: Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble Summer Courtyard Concerts will be featuring a multicultural slate of music styles and showcasing a diverse lineup of local musicians. These afternoon concerts run approximately 90 minutes each and are free to the public. Food will be served a half hour before showtime. This week we will feature Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble. About Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble: The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble is one of the best Flamenco fusion groups in the United States. The ensemble also performs with guest Flamenco dancers and other musicians from Spain and the United States.

{Free} 4pm: LEGO Build Event Kids ages 6 and up are invited to join us for our latest LEGO Build Event. Participants will get to explore their creativity on this entertaining, team-building occasion.

Farm to Table Fundraiser

{+21} 5:30 – 9pm Dish Restaurant Family Style Farm Dinner Join Dish Restaurant and Killam & Bassette Farmstead as they prepare a fresh from the farm family style evening for you. Chef William Carbone will send your taste buds soaring with his culinary talents. Hayrides, live music of South Glastonbury’s own Jeff Weiselberg and Tim Reed, wine tasting all evening and much more! RSVP on Facebook. Buy tickets online today! $85

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{+21} 8pm: Comedy Night Headliner: Peaches Rodriguez A nationally touring comic and regular in Las Vegas; Peaches has appeared on CBS’s Paula Abdul show, has been invited to perform at the world famous Apollo Theater and was asked to speak in February 2016 at Yale University’s “Women in Comedy” panel, quite an honor! She is a firecracker guaranteed to make the crowd explode with laughter! Host: Darren Sechrist’s bizarre and hilarious take on fatherhood, family, and the absurdities of life make him a hit with audiences of all types. He’s appeared at the Comic Strip Live, Comix at Mohegan Sun, the Comedy Connection, and other top clubs across New England and New York. Featured Comedian: Besides being the owner of Frank’s Comedy Safari , Frank Foley is also part of the morning show on WXLO in Worcester, MA. Frank has had them laughing at his own club as well as appearing at Comedyfest, Mt Wachusett and Country Club of Waterbury to name a few. Frank’s point of view on life and his personal experiences will have you roaring in your seats.

Saturday, August 20th – Sunday, August 21st:

10am – 3pm: Dinosaur Park Day Celebration Mark your calendar for the special 50th anniversary celebration of the discovery of tracks. Visitors will be treated to music, games, crafts, and live animal presentations. All outdoor activities will be free during the event which is made possible by funding from the Friends of Dinosaur Park and Arboretum and donations from our vendors and area businesses.

Sunday, August 21st:

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8am: Discover Glastonbury Bicycle Tour Riders can choose from 10, 25 and 50 miles routes with ride starts at 8:00 am, 9:00 am and 10:00 am respectively. Rest stops will include an opportunity to visit the Historical Society of Glastonbury museum on Hubbard Green as well as the South Glastonbury ferry slip. Bicycle routes are tailored for the novice or recreational rider as well as the avid cyclist. New bike rodeo event for youths 5 to 12 years old. This is a free, fun and educational event to learn about bike safety and an opportunity to practice their cycling skills; a program modeled from the League of American Bicyclists. Event will run from 12-3pm and include: bike safety tips, stations to test your bike skills and more. Registration for the Rodeo is required (the event is free, but we would love a headcount) and participants must furnish their own bikes and helmets.

8:30am: The 25th Annual Lobster Loop 5K road race and non-competitive health walk will be held on the Canton Town Green, at the corner of Route 44 and Dowd Avenue on Sunday, August 21, 2016. This event is hosted by the Canton Middle School PTO and all fund raising proceeds will benefit the educational, social and emotional growth of our children. Especially now, as states are cutting budgets, the Canton Middle School PTO fills in gaps for students that aren’t available through any other source. Registration will open at 7:30am; the race will start at 8:30am sharp.

{Free} 8:30am: Registry Completion Event The big day is almost here! Have you gotten everything you need and want? We want to give you the opportunity to come in and make those final purchases at our exclusive event. Bring in your 10% completion coupon to make your purchase with our assistance. We will open the doors exclusively for you and to add to the excitement and each guest will receive a swag bags filled with free giveaways! If you have not received your completion coupon yet but want to attend we will have one waiting for you at the store! You are able to bring friends and family with you as well. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

{Free} 8:30 – 11:30am: Outdoor Group Fitness Insanity from 8:30 – 9:20am, Zumba from 9:30 – 10:30am, Cardio Splash from 10:15 – 11am and Yoga from 10:30 – 11:30am.

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10:30am: Learn to Crochet for Kids Crochet passion begins here with these personalized monogrammed tags. Intended for children 8 years and older. Supplies are required for this class, click on the link above to download the supply list.

{Last Call} 12:30 – 3:30pm: Chores in the Dooryard The Dooryard was an outdoor work room where many household chores were undertaken. Today we will be preserving various foods harvested from the gardens with a variety of Colonial techniques, such as pickling. Stop by to help, learn and watch! Admission to the program is free. Drop in any time during the duration of the program.

1 – 3pm: Family Hike Day Each hike on the nature center trails will touch on different topics or activities.

4 – 6pm: Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies Performs Dizzy Wiz An adapted version of the Wizard of Oz with a West Indian flavor. The story was written for the 2016 summer program curriculum and lesson plans were developed to inspire youth to read, write and enhance critical thinking abilities.  The story also was used to engage youth in understanding other cultures and develop speaking and dance skills to perform in a theater production at the end of the summer program.

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