Week 12 of 52

Monday, March 20th

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 21st


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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 22nd:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 23rd

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


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

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


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

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

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

Friday, March 24th

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

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

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


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

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


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Friday, March 24th – Sunday, March 26th



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


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


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Saturday, March 25th

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

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



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

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

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

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



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


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

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



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

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



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

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


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




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


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


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Sunday, March 26th

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



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

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



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Week 11 of 52

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

Monday, March 13th

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

Monday, 3.13 – Friday, 3.17:

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

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Tuesday, March 14th

Snow Day

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

Wednesday, March 15th:

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, March 16th

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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



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Thursday, 3/16 – Saturday, 3/18:

Pops 'n Jazz 2017

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



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

Thursday, 3/16 – Sunday, 3/26:



Friday, March 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:

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

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


Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:


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


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

Saturday, March 18th

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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


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


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


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

Saturday, 3/18 – Sunday, 3/19:


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

Sunday, March 19th

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



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


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

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



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

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

2017 Shad Derby Family Bowling Fundraiser

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


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

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

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Week 7 of 52


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


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Monday, February 13th:


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


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



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


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


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


Monday, 2/13 – Monday, 2/20:


The Great Trade-In gear & furniture event


Tuesday, February 14th:


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



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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


Tuesday, 2/14 – Sunday, 2/19:


SUNSET BABY


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



Wednesday, February 15th:


10 – 11am: Budding Naturalists Preschool children ages 1-4 are not too young to be aware and inspired by the world around them, so start your child on the right foot with a love of nature. As a mom, dad, grandparent or caregiver, you can experience the joy of exploration with your child – a joy you can continue at home. Dress for the weather; we will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. These are the ideal ages for nature to impact the health benefits on children’s brain development, eyesight, and disposition. Studies show that children who spend time outdoors are happier, healthier, and smarter. Additional program dates are March 1, 15, 29. $15 per child. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury 


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


3:30 – 5pm: After School Nature Club for Junior Naturalists Nurture your child’s natural curiosity in our new After School Junior Naturalist Program. We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child. Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data. Studies show that spending time outdoors increases children’s test scores and creativity, improves focus and is great for their health – plus they will be awed by the world around them. Dress them for the weather; they will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. This program reoccurs on March 1st, 15th & 29th. Students ages 5-9. Admission is $15/child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury


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


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


Wednesday, 2/15 – Sunday, 3/5:



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


Thursday, February 16th:

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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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Friday, February 17th:


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


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


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



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


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Friday, 2/17 – Saturday, 2/18:



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


Friday, 2/17 – Sunday, 2/19:


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


Saturday, February 18th:


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


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


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


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10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D “Thunderbolt,” the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, Sikorsky CH-54B “Skycrane,” as well as, supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 “Super Sabre,” and Lockheed F-104C “Starfighter.” In addition, re-enactors will depict a WWII Army Air Corps group placed around the Douglas A-26C Invader and the P-47D Thunderbolt. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. All activities are included with the cost of admission. Adults $12.50, children ages 4-11 $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks RSVP on Facebook


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



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


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


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


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


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


Saturday, 2/18 – Sunday, 2/19


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


Sunday, February 19th:

10:30am – 2:30pm: Jazz Brunch: Atla & Matt DeChamplain Trio Enjoy a delicious brunch in the Museum Café, set to the music of the Atla & Matt DeChamplain Trio. After, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets will be available online soon, and include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30 am and one at 12:30 pm. $35 per person plus gratuity. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford


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


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


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


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


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



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


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Week 3 of 52

Monday, January 16th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 17th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNSET BABY

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

The Comedy of Errors

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

Wednesday, January 18th:

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

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

6 – 8pm: Wednesday Night Cross Country Skiing for Adults Novice to expert, young or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, for an evening of skiing. You have the option of racing others, racing for personal time, or simply skiing for your own fitness. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Please pay at ski center. $12 per person. Reoccurs weekly until 2/22. Winding Trails, Farmington

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 19th:

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

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

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

 

Friday, January 20th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 21st:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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7 – 9:30pm: Couples Painting: Wine Pour! Relax and enjoy an instructor-led painting class, a bit of wine and a bite to eat while you discover your muse and unlock hidden talents. Classes are approximately 2 – 2.5 hours and we provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. Doors open at 6:30pm, instruction begins at 7pm. $35. Scene Art Bar, Unionville

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

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

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

Saturday, January 21st – Sunday January 29th:

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

Sunday, January 22nd:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Week 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:

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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

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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 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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February 8 – 15

Welcome to the second full week of February. Once again we have scoured our rolodex and the internet for all of the fun things happenings this week across Hartford County! This week is extra special because it is Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day, so get out and celebrate – with the kids or without the kids; either way make it memorable. No School on Monday for President’s Day with many schools also closed on Tuesday or some the whole week through – we have many options for those parents who work and may need a camp day or those just looking for something to do – we’ve got you covered! Check the links provided for weather delays and cancellations before heading out.

Monday, February 8:

4:15 – 5pm: Paint like Pollock We will learn a little bit about the artist Jackson Pollock and his famous splatter painting before making some ourselves. $20 per child. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

6 – 8:30pm: Boards and Commissions on Tap This panel discussion will offer information on how to get involved in shaping your community by joining a local town Board or Commission, as well as the roles and responsibilities of these entities. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with town representatives from various Boards and Commissions in the Metro Hartford region. Mayor Dan Drew of Middletown and Mayor Luke Bronin of Hartford will both speak briefly on the need for increased participation of young professionals in public service, as well as the positive impacts this participation can have on policy. Registration is encouraged for this free event. City Steam Brewery, Hartford.

Monday, February 8 – Friday, February 12:

10am – 5pm: Love our Animals Join us as we celebrate Valentine’s Week with our wonderful animals. Each day we will make special Valentines for our animals and loved ones. Special visit with the animal of the day. Monday – Frogs, Tuesday – Lizards, Wednesday – Raptors, Thursday – Turtles and Friday – Snakes. Crafts and animal demo included with the cost of admission to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Tuesday, February 9:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Mardi Gras Party for Toddlers Join us as we celebrate Mardi Gras at Stew Leonard’s! We’ll make some traditional New Orleans recipes, including homemade beignets and Jambalaya. ages 2 -5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10:30 – 11:15am: February Family Playtime! Looking for a fun indoor activity to do with your1-5 year old on these cold winter days? Then why don’t you join us for our Family Playtime. This is an open gym forum where children accompanied by a caretaker can explore the many obstacle courses on the floor, the balance beam, the vault, the bars and the pit. Family Playtime is for children ages 1-5 years of age with caretaker participation. Non-members are welcome. Reoccurs on Tuesday; 2/16 and 2/23. $10 per child and $5 for siblings. A general release form is required for non-members. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

4:30 – 6pm: School Age Cookie Baking Budding Chefs will bake our famous chocolate chip cookies from scratch! Ages 6-12. Drop Off. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

{PTO} 7:30pm: Playwrights On Park is a new and exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work. Let it Come Down by Eve Lederman Inspired by deposition transcripts from a malpractice case, Let It Come Down portrays the relationship between patient and therapist as a seductive love more powerful and volatile than any romance. Rachel is exploring family secrets with her maternal therapist, but when the doctor faces a lawsuit for abruptly terminating treatment, she paints Rachel as violent and an explosive, life-altering battle ensues. This tale of betrayal ignites a dialogue about the dynamics of therapy and the blurry line between obsession and love. $5 general admission. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Tuesday, February 9 – Sunday, February 14:

{PTO} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Love Letters Andrew Makepeace Ladd III wrote his first letter to Melissa Gardner to tell her she looked like a lost princess. They were both seven years old. For the next fifty years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they poured out the secrets of their hearts to each other. They defied a fate that schemed to keep them apart, and lived for the one most meaningful thing, their undying love for each other. Starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, directed by Gregory Mosher and written by celebrated playwright A.R. Gurney. Don’t miss this enduring romance about first loves and second chances. The Bushnell, Hartford.

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

Wednesday, February 10:

9:15 – 10:15am: Valentine’s Day Cupcake Decorating Join us for a morning of decorating delicious cupcakes! Registering for this event entitles you to $5 off admission to Open Play running afterward. $25 per child. All ages. Parent participation is required. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

12 – 1pm: The Super Bowl: Advertising, Masculinity & Sports Culture Stowe Salons at Lunch meet monthly at Noon. We’re talking about social justice issues making news. Please join us and share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. A great opportunity to network with other change makers. Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

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

Wednesday, February 10 – Sunday, February 14:

{Last Call} Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Chosen A standing-room-only hit wherever it has played, this award-winning adaptation from the award-winning novel is the story of two boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities—”five blocks and a world apart”—in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the 1940s. Set against the backdrop of WWII, the revelation of the Holocaust, and the desperate struggle of Zionism, The Chosen remains not essentially political or religious but deeply human. This is a story of friendship, family and difficult choices that we must all make on the path to understanding, respect and reconciliation. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Thursday, February 11:

4:30 – 6pm: Valentine’s Day Chocolate Making Your little love with have a blast dipping all sorts off yummy foods in chocolate and packaging them in a fancy box! Drop off Ages 6-12, younger siblings welcome. $35 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

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5:30 – 8pm: Make a Valentine for Hartford! Join Hartford Preservation Alliance at Hartford rints for Happy Hour and make a Valentine for one of Hartford’s endangered historic buildings. Suggested donation: $25. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

6 – 8pm: BYOB and Paint a Pair of Champagne Flutes for Valentine’s Day Learn the art of painting on glass while designing a pair of champagne flutes with the help of talented Art Truck staff. We provide everything needed so you can enjoy a fun, creative evening with friends. BYOB and snacks and relax in our no-pressure studio filled with paints, stencils, paint pens and lots of fun samples. Our studio is your studio. $30 per person. The Art Truck Party Studio & Creativity Lounge, Glastonbury.

Thursday, February 11 – Sunday, February 14:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Romeo & Juliet Director Darko Tresnjak follows up his spectacular production of Hamlet with Shakespeare’s most popular play. The intense feud between the Montague and Capulet families devastates the city of Verona and foreshadows tragic consequences for young Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, passion and a secret marriage lead the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers to a harrowing end. Runs until March 20. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Love Notes Musical love tales and beautiful choreography take center stage in this program that will feature romantic selections and dancers, both human (dancers from the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory) and puppet (created by the masterful minds of the UConn Puppet Arts Program). Visual artist Maria Rud will create astounding art right before your very eyes.  The program features works by Wagner, Prokofiev, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. Bring your loved one for a special Valentines’ night out! Belding Theater at The Bushnell. Hartford.

Friday, February 12:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Let’s Celebrate Valentine’s Day Let’s celebrate this sweet holiday with some sweet treats! We will make red velvet whoopee pies and heart shaped fruit dipped in chocolate. Kids will also roll and decorate homemade truffles! Ages 2 -5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10 – 11am: Valentine’s Day Party Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with a party at the museum! We will play games, enjoy a treat, meet an animal, and make a card for someone you love. Enjoy the activity stations at your own pace. Let’s all wear red and pink too! Ages 2-5 with caregiver. $6 per non-member. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

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4 – 5pm: Valentine’s Day Celebration Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the ones you love: your friends at LCM of course! Join us for a fun-filled hour of activities, games, crafts, treats, and meeting an animal too. You can wear red or pink to be festive. Ages 4-10 with a caregiver. $6 per non-member. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s 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! Ages 2.5 and up. Non-Members pay $40 per child, half off siblings! My Gym, Enfield.

6pm: Darwin Day – Natural Selection February 12, 2016 is International Darwin Day. Ever since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species it has changed our view of biology, cosmology and the scientific process. We’ll honor Charles Darwin’s work with a showing of the visually stunning Natural Selection. Witness the thrill of scientific discovery by seeing the world through Darwin’s eyes, make observations of exotic natural scenery and let the pieces of the scientific puzzle slowly but surely fall into place. Follow Darwin’s reasoning to reveal this simple and beautiful mechanism that explains the evolution of life on Earth. Using the dome we’ll will also learn the basics of navigation and how sailors and explorers have used the stars to travel across great distances just as Darwin did on his voyage. In addition, we’ll features some fun hands-on activities and live interaction during the show. Recommended ages: 8 and up. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

6 – 8pm: Valentine’s Day Workshop Let’s make a special treat for a special someone! This workshop will be held in 30 minute intervals. Each child will create half dozen chocolate covered strawberries with yummy toppings. In addition, you will be able to create a personalized Valentine’s Day greeting card! Ages 4-12. $10 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 10pm: Valentine’s Day Parents’ Night Out Celebrate your Valentine’s Day with no kids and no worries. Canton Parks and Recreation is providing an evening of activities for your kids while you enjoy a night out. Kids will be supervised and entertained for the evening with arts and crafts, games and more! Valentine snacks and refreshments included. Ages 5-13. $25per child. Canton Community Center, Canton.

6:30 – 8pm: Therapeutic Thai Massage for Couples Thai massage and partner yoga combined can enrich our relationships, deepen our connection and help us feel more radiant and open-hearted. Therapeutic Thai massage is a yoga-like form of bodywork practiced fully-clothed on a mat. We will explore a Massage sequence which can be practiced almost anywhere with minimal equipment, and incorporate a fun and easy series of partner yoga practices. Students will both give and receive Thai massage as we embrace lightheartedness, grounding, and loving-kindness. Supporting our partner through Thai Massage we will be guided into some opening therapeutic stretches. Learn how you and your partner can ease each others tensions, cleanse and align the body, mind, heart & practice metta & love and kindness with each other through Partner Thai Massage. $24 per person. Yoga Center of Collinsville, Collinsville.

6:30 – 9pm: Mommy Son Valentine Dance Mom, bring out your best dress, have your son(s) put on his best clothes, and come enjoy desserts, games, dancing and a photo booth! Ideal for ages 5-12 years old. Adults $10, youth $5. Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center, Bristol.

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{PTO} 8 – 11pm: Museum After Dark: Mardi Gras Enjoy a drink with friends, explore our galleries and special exhibitions, dance to local musicians and DJs, and unwind in a creative environment. M.A.D. Mardi Gras will include tracks spun by DJ zErp, live music from River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs, and food available for purchase from The Cheese Truck and Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes. Admission includes entrance to our galleries and special exhibits, music, dancing, and beer and wine. $25 per person. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Friday, February 12 – Saturday, February 13:

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

{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm: Lint! The Musical Phoebe’s got a problem… No matter where she goes, no matter what she does, she is constantly finding herself in a musical. While this wouldn’t be a problem to some folks, Phoebe tries to escape by taking a job in a laundromat. Everything is fine until one day Phoebe looks up and sees the audience, the lights, everything. Biz, Fab, and Cheer; three muses rise up out of the washers and explain to Phoebe that there is no escaping this musical until she finishes the show and follows the rules to get there. Reluctantly, and with more than a little sarcasm, Phoebe enlists the help of Gary, a pathetic cuckold who was just minding his own business. Jack and Jill enter and the race to finish the musical begins. Along the way, they encounter Heinrich von Baddie, Phoebe’s boss and the representation of villainy in the play. Faced with impending doom (and marriage) Phoebe and her new friends sing themselves through many different emotions and stories, culminating in the classic confrontation of good and evil: a landlord wearing lederhosen and a government agent wearing a jet-pack. Free parking is available in the Chestnut Street garage next to the new police station. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain.

Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14:

Friday from 12 – 8pm, Saturday from 10am – 7pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm: 19th Annual Fishing & Hunting Show Bring the whole Family for a fun filled day of entertainment! Fly casting lessons, kids bass casting competition by The Connecticut Bass Federation, Archery Range plus hunting safety information. There will be hundreds of booths lining the aisles containing the latest products for both fishing and hunting enthusiasts.  Learn about the newest equipment from some of the top manufacturers and reps, retail vendors, public service exhibits, charter boat captains, plus fishing boats and more! Adults $12, children $4, under 5 are free. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Boeing Boeing Bernard, living in Paris, is engaged to Gabriella…and to Gloria…and to Gretchen. With his housekeeper reluctantly playing romantic air-traffic controller, he successfully juggles three gorgeous flight attendant fiancées. But when a new double-speed Super Boeing arrives and changes flight schedules, we quickly learn that one woman is all Bernard can handle! Fasten your seatbelts for the Tony Award-winning comedy! Runs until 2/21. $19 for General Seating. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, Manchester.

Saturday, February 13:

9:30 – 10:30am: Let’s Celebrate Valentine’s Day Let’s celebrate this sweet holiday with some sweet treats! We will make red velvet whoopee pies and heart shaped fruit dipped in chocolate. Kids will also roll and decorate homemade truffles! Ages 2 -5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10am: Open House Located on a unique mountaintop site in Avon, Talcott Mountain Academy (TMA) is a co-educational, independent day school for students in grades K-8. Since 1983, TMA has offered an exciting, multi-faceted and integrated curriculum which is dedicated to preparing intellectually excited young people for a full and productive life in a technologically-oriented world. Our diverse student body is racially and culturally mixed, and the ratio of students to teachers is less than 8:1. Experience the TMA difference first hand. RSVP. Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon.

10 – 11am: Valentine The Clown Valentine will entertain children with Valentine stories, silly games and face painting. Refreshments will be served. Space will be limited to 40 children with parents. $6 per child. Registration is required. Town Hall Auditorium, Burlington.

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10am – 4pm: Make a Valentine Children will create a Valentine Giving Tree for Mom or Dad that can be treasured for years. Create a Valentine for the one you love! Older children and adults can make a Rustic Valentine Wall Hanging that is sure to make anyone feel loved! $10 per person. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day Get up close and personal as you climb aboard selected aircraft from our incredible collection. From helicopters to jets this is your chance to take the stick, check the instruments and create your imagination-powered adventure. Open aircraft include the Vietnam War era “Huey” helicopter; the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter; the Coast Guard HH-52 rescue helicopter; the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter, and many more. Visitors can also meet a re-enactor portraying Professor Silas Brooks from 11am to 3pm, Connecticut’s most famous aeronaut who first flew over Hartford in a giant hot air balloon in 1854. Brooks became nationally known and made over 180 balloon flights before retiring from the skies in 1894, nine years before the Wright Brothers first flight. Brook’s 1854 balloon basket is on display at the museum, and is the nation’s oldest aviation artifact. Visitors can also experience our spectral imaging mini-theater in which Brooks travels through time to observe a century of aviation innovation in Connecticut. From hot air ships to the space age, it’s all here at the New England Air Museum! In addition, visitors can also participate in hands-on activities, take a flying lesson on the Flight Sim Spot high tech flight simulators or fly the Ercoupe full-motion flight simulator built from a real aircraft. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

11am: Hartford Art Sled Derby Build a one of a kind artistic snow sled and get together with a few hundred of your closest friends! Share, encourage, and cheer each other on as we all go sledding together! Here’s how to build an Art Sled. Step 1: Grab an already existing sled, or anything that will slide on the snow. Step 2: Be Creative! Add decorations, sculpture, lights, flags, banners, fabric, construction, anything you want! Step 3: Bring your Art Sled to the park. Step 4: Slide down the Hill! There will be judges and awards, in many different categories, we’re open to suggestions. Elizabeth Park Overlook on Prospect Ave, Hartford.

11am – 1pm: Valentine Crafts for Kids Gather up your littlest loves and head over to Hartford Prints! for our Valentine’s Day edition of Crafts for Kids. Kids can create their own special Valentines while mom and dad take a minute to do grab some Valentines of their own. All supplies included; $5 suggested donation. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

1 – 2:30pm: History Bites: Chocolate! Chocolate has a long and ancient history, including an association with love. Here’s your opportunity to learn about chocolate in all its wonderful aspects AND make an assortment of chocolate truffles to  give to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day! We’ll also taste different varieties of hot chocolate. $12 per person. Registration required. Stanley Whitman House, Farmington.

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2:30pm: Zula Patrol – Down to Earth While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, The Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms who call it home. Recommended ages: 5 – 8 and their families. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

4 – 5:30pm: Partner Yoga With the assistance of our partners, we’ll playfully take turns within yoga postures to help deepen our experience. We’ll also learn postures to be in together using our bodies and sense of balance to support one another with ease. Bring a loved one, friend or family member! Partner yoga is a wonderful, easy way to deepen your own sensitivity to one another. Stay after class for a glass of wine, some snacks, and social time together. $24 per person. Yoga Center of Collinsville, Collinsville.

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5:30 – 8:30pm: Kids Night Out Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! That’s why we created Kid’s Night Out. Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party. A perfect evening indeed… Ages 2 through 5.  Children do not need to be potty trained. $35 per child, discount for siblings. Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield.

5:30 – 9pm: Valentines Day Parent’s Night Out! Join us for tons of the fun!  Open gym, games, pizza, and a big screen movie!  Don’t forget to bring a pillow and a blanket to cuddle up with during the movie. For children 4 years and older (children need not be currently enrolled). Cost: $40 per child. Discount for siblings. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

6 – 7:30pm: Let’s Celebrate Valentine’s Day! Let’s celebrate this sweet holiday with some sweet treats! We will make red velvet whoopee pies and heart shaped fruit dipped in chocolate. Kids will also roll and decorate homemade truffles! Ages 6 – 12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7:30pm: 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. Recommended ages: 9 and up. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury.

8pm: Titanic This show will not sink! We know, we know, you’ve heard THAT one before, but this time we mean it. You’ve seen the movie, maybe it made it you laugh, cry, cringe or all three. Now see our spin on it. In this original sketch show, our hearts will go on as writers and actors from Sea Tea Improv & the CT Improv community bring to life scenes that were perhaps just outside of James Cameron’s original scope for the movie. If you’re one of those “I’ve never seen Titanic” types, then take our word for it, this is exactly how things went down. The movie was rated PG-13, the show is too. $10 tickets. HartBeat Ensemble’s Carriage House Theater, Hartford.

8 – 10:30pm: Live Music, Wine Glass Painting and Optional Wine & Dessert Tasting Join us for a special event where you can create two hand-painted wine glasses for your Valentine or yourself!  You can even personalize them with a monogram if you choose.  The cost is $30.00 per person and includes 2 all purpose traditional wine glasses, an artist to help guide you along the way and a special treat of enjoying the sounds of live acoustic folk music by Trin and Travis.  Pre-registration required.  Grab your spouse, date or your girlfriends and enjoy a relaxing evening of art, wine and live music! Optional Wine Tasting and desserts – wine tasting and desserts will be offered for an additional $15 per person should you choose to enhance your evening.  Walk-in’s welcome! Just want to chill out and enjoy relaxing acoustic music?  Stop by anytime between 8-10pm to check out Trin and Travis Acoustic folk music. Doors open at 7:30pm. Wine glass instruction begins at 8pm. $30 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Saturday, February 13 – Sunday, February 14:

10am – 4pm: Open Sugarhouse at Northwest Park Learn the art and skill of maple sugaring from Chuck Drake, our sugarhouse expert. Admission is free. Reoccurs Saturday-Sunday until 3/26. Northwest Park, Windsor.

Sunday, February 14:

9 – 10am: Yoga for Couples A yoga session for couples, to celebrate together a special Valentine’s day. The basic definition of yoga is yoke or union — the work of uniting your mind, body and spirit. The benefits of practicing yoga with a partner are endless, including improved levels of communication, deeper expressions of postures and the encouragement of trust. $20. Culteavo, Unionville.

10:30am – 12pm: Valentine’s Day Chocolate Fondue Party Because what’s better than dipping stuff in chocolate? All ages. Parent participation required. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

12 – 4 pm: The Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project that is easy and fun for all ages! Join us at the Barnes Nature Center as we count birds at our feeders and around our building.  We will keep a tally of the number of individual birds, by species, that we see throughout the day. The results will be entered on the board at the Center.  The information gathered by participants help scientists track changes in bird populations. Free. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

12:30 – 2:30pm: Valentine’s Family Day – Heart Tree Bring your kids, sweetheart, friends or come on your own for a step-by-step painting class along with music and lots of fun. We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. The background and heart leaf colors of this fun and whimsical tree can be unique for each painting. Family members joining us can each leave with a unique creation and have a series of tree paintings of various colors to display at home. Our teaching artist will guide you, step-by-step, through the painting and will make sure that you stay on track and complete your masterpiece by the end of class. Our goal is for you to have fun, relax and enjoy – and our teaching artists love to help you make the painting uniquely yours! Doors open at 12pm. $20 per canvas. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

1pm and 3pm: A SweetART Workshop to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Gather the family and head to our Glastonbury Studio & Creativity Lounge for a creative treat. Step up to our Valentine’s Photo Stage while wearing sweet & silly props. We’ll snap and print your family photo to take home in a hot pink or red frame. Next, paint edible artworks – two cookies and one marshmallow lollipop – to keep or give to your sweetheart. All ages are welcome. $25 per person. The Art Truck Party Studio & Creativity Lounge, Glastonbury.

1 – 3pm: Sweet ‘H’art’ Valentine’s Day Looking for a unique date idea for Valentine’s Day this year? Put the ’art’ in ’sweetheart’ and join us with your significant other in our galleries on February 14 for a private reception complete with lavish chocolate-covered strawberries, white caramel hot chocolate, champagne, and more. Following the reception will be a guided tour of works in our collection conveying love connections—guests will explore a variety of relationships in art. At 3 p.m. participants are welcomed to join our ongoing Sunday Music Series: this month will feature a special musical performance of love songs by Monika Krajewski and Natasha Ulyanovski. $30 for non-Members. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

2 – 2:45pm: Tea Pairing with Chocolate It is well known that chocolate is our friend in good and bad times, and that cocoa is rich in health benefits. When you pair chocolate with teas, you are in for a feast of antioxidants and vitamins, and the proper combination can enhance the taste of chocolate. Chocolate and tea lovers, don’t miss this event! RSVP. $15 per person. Culteavo, Unionville.

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4 – 6pm: Valentine’s Day Evening Open House Visit Hill-Stead Museum before Valentine’s Day dinner with your special someone! Enjoy a toast with sparkling wine in the carriage porch before you learn about Hill-Stead love stories from the past and view “objects of affection” on display just for Valentine’s Day. Included with the cost of admission. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

4 – 6:30pm: Art, Champagne & Chocolates Join us for a special Valentine’s Day Class where you will be inspired to create our couples Wine Pour painting accompanied by a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolates. For couples, the painting will be done on two separate canvases – one with the wine glass and the other with the bottle. This class is not just for couples – this painting can also be done on a single panel too. We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. Doors open at 3:30pm. $35 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

4 – 5:30pm: Chi Massage for Couples Join us for a fun and relaxing afternoon where you will learn how to feel your Qi (life force energy) activate your healing touch, and learn how to give your partner a deeply relaxing, energy balancing acupressure massage. You and your partner will enjoy learning and practicing several qigong methods that include: •Basic qigong exercises to calm your mind and melt away tension while energizing your body, fun Qi-feeling experiments to activate your healing touch, and techniques to give your partner a deeply relaxing and total body energy balancing treatment. No experience necessary. Dress comfortably and bring your love, a yoga mat, and some water. $24 per person. Yoga Center of Collinsville, Collinsville.

6:30 – 8pm: Partner Yoga Join Kathy and Jessie for a playful and relaxing evening of connection. Through movement, music, breath, play and touch, you and your partner will share an amazing experience of trust, communication and intimacy in a different way. Partner Yoga is a great way to strengthen a bond and dig deeper into a relationship. This style of practice explores and invites awareness, openness, patience, communication, and balance surrounding your relationship. No previous yoga experience is required; bring a friend, a loved one, a sibling or anyone you feel a connection with or want to begin or deepen a connection with. $45 per couple. Be.Yoga, Avon.

Monday, February 15:

8am – 4pm: Lights! Color! Science! “Hue” wants to investigate colors? We do! Explore the color spectrum, including those we normally cannot see. Take a spin on the color wheel and become a mixing master. Wear your brightest colors and come have a psychedelic time! Ages 6 – 12. $68 per child. $3 discount for Hartford employees. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

8am – 5pm: Preschool Camp: A Winter Wonderland Enjoy the beauty of winter without the cold. Create snowy landscapes that sparkle, learn about critters that love the cold and, if the weather permits, paint some snow. Campers will also enjoy a popular winter-themed Planetarium show. $85 per child. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

8:45 – 4pm: Vacation Science Camp: Desert Animals Many of the animals living in our animal sanctuary can be found in deserts around the world. Campers will meet our fennec foxes, bearded  dragons, desert tortoises, blue tonged skinks and learn about the adaptations that allow them to live in the desert. Children in grades 1-5. $70 per child. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: President’s Day Camp My Gym camp is simply the best! Children participate in energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active, as we emphasize physical development and personal success. Our themes and programs change daily, so no two camp days at My Gym are ever the same. $40 per child. My Gym, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: Knit, Knit, Knit! Spool knitting, finger knitting, and knit and purl! Basic knitting stiches to make a scarf and/or belt. All materials are provided. The museum offers this series of workshops for kids during February school vacation week. The program fee is $25 per child, per workshop. Bring a bagged lunch when registering kids for both sessions! We are a peanut free facility. Please pack your child a snack. Registration is required. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: Nature Carnival Fun with snow and ice, animal tracking and; depending upon weather conditions, snowshoeing or even maple sugaring will be part of this two-day vacation program. Grades K-5. $40 per child. Reoccurs on 2/16.

9:30am – 5pm: President’s Day Join us in celebrating President’s Day! We will be open all day with three floors to explore! Children will learn about this holiday and our country’s leaders.  A variety of educational activities will be held throughout the day in the studios. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

10am – 4pm: Candle-Dipping Entertain your children on Presidents’ Day  with Candle-Dipping at Windsor Historical Society. The Society’s Hands-On-History Learning Center will be open, and you can use your engineering skills to build toothpick and marshmallow structures. Afterwards, explore the totally-touchable Strong-Howard House, take a Scavenger Hunt through our main exhibit galleries, and view Layers of Home, an exhibition created by Windsor High School students. $6 adults, $4 children or $12 per family. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

10am – 5pm: Open for President’s Day Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

11am – 3pm: President’s Day at NEAM The New England Air Museum will hold family fun school vacation week programs from through February 21st. A variety of activities will be offered daily including hands-on Build and Fly Challenges, open cockpit experiences aboard real aircraft, aircraft quests, and more! The Museum’s Flight Sim Spot will also be open daily between 11am and 3pm. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators using real cockpit controls and suitable for ages 8 and up. In addition, docents will be on hand to interact with the visitors. Additional activities are scheduled for the following days: Aero Modeling Workshop Build and fly an AMA Delta Dart model airplane with help from our expert aero modelers. Requires the purchase of a $5 Delta Dart kit. Modelers must be age 10 or older. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

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12 – 3pm: Family Day with Arts for Learning Connecticut The Museum presents a fun and educational Family Day partnered with Arts for Learning Connecticut! The event will provide a variety of art activities for children of all ages and is free with Museum admission. Included with the cost of admission. Included with the cost of admission. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

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1 – 3pm & 3 – 5pm: Drop-in Gym Time Children ages 11 and up can enjoy some drop in gym time. $10 per child. The Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center, Canton.

1 – 4pm: No Sew Blanket & Pillow Making Create a fleece tie blanket to keep you warm and your own no sew pillow out of material and stuffing. Personalize it with decorations that you make. The museum offers this series of workshops for kids during February school vacation week. The program fee is $25 per child, per workshop. Bring a bagged lunch when registering kids for both sessions! We are a peanut free facility. Please pack your child a snack. Registration is required. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

1:30pm: The Family Tour A hands-on experience for kids 5-12 with an adult. Learn how Stowe’s words changed the world and how you can too! $12 per person. $5 per fifth person and greater (up to 10). Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page. These are usually fun activities that reoccur each week or month – we just don’t want to inundate up this page with redundancy – but these are some fun things to do too! Check back often as we update on the regular.