Week 34

Monday, August 22nd:

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

4 – 6pm: The Pooch Plunge! Everyone’s favorite dog swim returns, the day after the Town pools close for the season. Dogs must be currently licensed with tags. $5 entrance fee per dog, per session. Dogs must be accompanied and controlled by their owners.

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6:30 – 8:30pm: No-Sew Tasseled Tote Pillow Turn a plain tote into a pillow with just a needle, yarn and some fabric paint. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $21.

Tuesday, August 23rd:

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6 – 9pm: Farm, Field, Faith & Food; A Farm Field Trip and Cooking Class Bloom is teaming up with Chef Cathy for a fun and educational night out at the Farm. Our evening will begin with a field trip to L.E.A.F (Leaf Educational Agricultural Farm) in Southington. We will meet farmer Mark, take a mini tour of the farm, do a little “pick your own,” and create a bountiful basket full of fresh and unique farm foods just for you! We will then head over to Bloom where we will prep, cook, and package our farm fresh goodies. The evening will be full of cooking tips and tricks, tastings, recipes, and much more. You’ll discover new and refreshing methods for preparing your old favorites. Plus, you’ll learn to expand your palette as Chef Cathy introduces you to some of the more unfamiliar and obscure veggies – including how to purchase, prep, and cook these uncommon, yet wonderful foods. We will conclude our evening with a “Thank You Mother Earth” Meditation. Come experience and savor the earth’s bounty as together we practice love of the Earth, love of Self, and love of each other with some of nature’s most beautiful gifts.web_openhouse

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6:30 – 8:30pm: Fall Floral Dried Arrangement Learn floral-arranging basics and make a gorgeous fall centerpiece with dried florals. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $47.

Tuesday, August 23rd – Wednesday, August 24th:

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Wednesday, August 24th:

10am – 12pm: Open Play Back to School Bash Can you believe how fast this Summer went by? It’s just about time for some serious back to school shopping, and to enjoy the last days of summer as much as we can- We’d like to help! Miss Emily will host a special drop off open play so that kids can enjoy full access to all the toys at TLGT, music, dancing, a light show a bubble machine, and outside time in our beautiful garden while caregivers can shop for school supplies! This event is open to all children who are potty trained and comfortable with being dropped off! $25 per child.

10am – 2pm: Dog Days of Summer Beat the heat and come indoors to meet a variety of tail wagging friends and learn about the loveable canine.

{Free} 10:30am: Pollinators Take a look into the world of pollinators! Learn about important bees, butterflies, moths, flies, and beetles visiting flowers here! Laura.rogers-castro@ct.gov Details: Children and their caregivers are welcome to join Wildlife Division Natural Resource Educator Laura Rogers-Castro for a look into the world of pollination! Participants will learn about the important bees, butterflies, moths, flies, and beetles visiting the flowers at Sessions Woods. This program is most appropriate for children over 10 years old and will include a 1-mile walk. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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{Free} 5 – 7pm: Carnival Traditions Dr. Milla Riggio, James J. Goodwin Professor of English, Trinity College, will present an illustrated lecture and lead a discussion of Carnival traditions examining the roots, significance, and activities of Carnival in the Caribbean and its expressions in Hartford over the 53 years of community celebrations here. Registration is required for this free program.

5 – 8pm: End of Summer Adventure Pre-register online and enter into raffle! Win Back to School Treasure Chest filled with school supplies!

Wednesday, August 24th – Sunday, August 28th:

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

Thursday, August 25th:

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

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6:30 – 8:30pm: Fire & Hops The evening will feature four courses of food, each paired with a beer specifically picked to enhance the culinary experience. The evening begins with a welcome beer cocktail and then moves through four courses. Local craft beer from Black Hog Brewing Co. of Oxford will be featured. Iron & Grain Co. founder, Tate Norden, selected Black Hog for many of the pairings because they are “talented and innovative brewers” with an eye toward pairing beer with food. Iron & Grain Co. is one of West Hartford’s newest mobile food establishments. The food truck is housed in a refurbished 1959 Chevy Viking and comes complete with a wood fired oven to cook fresh and locally sourced foods over an open flame. Chef Adam Belward is a veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan is a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America. Tickets are $60, and the price includes all food and drink during the evening. Seating is limited for this one-night-only event. You must be 21 years or older to participate in the event and valid ID will be required. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. RSVP on Facebook. Buy tickets online today! $60

6:30 – 8:30pm: Inspired Bowls The latest trend in food isn’t even an ingredient—we’re talking about bowl food. Together we’ll whip up soba noodle bowls, and even make dessert in bowls. Menu: Chicken Power Bowls with Tahini Dressing, Vanilla Bean–Quinoa Pudding, Steak and Soba Noodle Bowls. What to Expect: Learn all about soba noodles and the health benefits of buckwheat. Discover how to use a vanilla bean. Find out how to make pudding from scratch (with a secret ingredient).

7 – 8pm: Windsor Woman’s Club Membership Open House The Windsor Woman’s Club of Connecticut and GFWC is looking for new members who are interested in being involved in serving our community, making new friends, reacquainting with old, and enjoying a variety of social activities. We welcome members from as far away as 15 miles from Windsor who are not a member of another GFWC woman’s club.

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7:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Holiday In this romantic comedy, a young man (Grant) falls in love with a girl (Doris Nolan) from a wealthy family. His unusual plan to go on an extended holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée’s eccentric sister (Hepburn) and long-suffering brother (Lew Ayres). Well-received by critics, Holiday is the third of four films featuring Hepburn and Grant. The movie will be shown on an outdoor screen on the sprawling lawn between the community mausoleums. Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the show. Raindate: Friday, August 26th.

8pm: Mary Chapin Carpenter with Lucy Wainwright-Roche Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Infinity Hall’s Hartford stage for a one night only performance with her band. For over thirty years Mary Chapin Carpenter has been a beloved staple of the popular music scene with 14 albums, several that have gone gold and multi-platinum, and her two dozen hits including “Shut Up And Kiss Me,” ”Passionate Kisses,” “I Feel Lucky” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her.” She has numerous CMA, ACM and Grammy awards and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame. She is the only artist to win four Grammys in a row for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Carpenter’s new album ‘The Things That We Are Made Of’ is receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Friday, August 26th:

12 – 2pm: Mud Pie Bakery Experience mud-pie making fun and create a variety of pies in all shapes and sizes in our outdoor bakery!

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5 – 8pm: Kids Night Out Kids ages 3-10 will make their own pizza from scratch and have it for dinner! While our creations are in the oven, we’ll do fun art activities, dance to music and a light show, play with bubbles, and more!

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

Sunset: Free Movies in Riverside Park: Big Join us for free movies in Riverside Park, presented by Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ! Movies will begin at sunset, arrive early and order your dinner from Bear Force One, the Bear’s BBQ food truck.

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Friday, August 26th – Saturday, August 27th:

6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales — and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Prior to the tour, we’ll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House. $22 with discounts available for members and children.

8pm: Improvaganza Two nights jam-packed with improv! Come see your favorite groups and new performers take the stage at Playhouse on Park. Featuring improv groups from around Connecticut and beyond, it is sure to be a riotous romp of comedy.

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

Friday, August 26th – Sunday, August 28th:

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

Saturday, August 27th:

10am: Mushroom Walk Join Joe Lenoce of Connecticut Valley Mycological Society in search of mushrooms at Cedar Hill. During this educational hunt, Joe will discuss the basic types of fungi, where to find them and proper methods of collecting. After the walk, he will review identification resources while identifying any fungi collected.

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10am – 1pm: Mindfulness Painting Class Join artist Noel G. Coonce for this mindfulness-themed painting workshop. Discover how painting can be used for mindfulness practice. The focus of this three hour class will be painting in acrylic. The materials are included in the course cost. This is a one-time workshop class. Registration is greatly encouraged so that we can make sure there are enough materials available. Class cost is $50.00, includes all materials.

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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 pom pom paper clip.

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6 – 8pm: 67th Annual Peach Festival The proceeds for this event are used to support the mission of the Utilities Fire Department. The event would not be possible without the community involvement in the annual tradition of the peach peeling, which marks the beginning of this event. Your $5 Peach Festival ticket provides you with a delicious bowl of mouth-watering peach shortcake, admission to the event, and the opportunity to win one of several door prizes.

6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walk Get outside on Saturday nights with Miss Judy for an educational walk with 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. On those nights when 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 for the weather by wearing a pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended.

7:30pm: Speak Up is an evening of true stories centered on a common theme, told by storytellers chosen for their skill and expertise. This remarkable event, brought to Real Art Ways by Matthew and Elysha Dicks, celebrates the craft of live storytelling in the Greater Hartford area. All stories are 5-10 minutes long, and may not be suitable for young kids. The theme of the evening is “Power.”

Saturday, August 27th – Sunday, August 28th:

Sunday, August 28th:

8:30am: The Old Wethersfield 5K and 10K are USAT&F certified courses that run along the historic streets of Old Wethersfield. The 10K is a double-loop course and the 5K is one-loop. Both finish along the scenic Wethersfield Cove.

9am – 12pm: Cycle and Stroll Residents of all ages are invited to “take to the streets” for a car-free summer morning in West Hartford Center. The town’s first-ever “Center Streets” event will close traffic on four roads that form a rectangular loop around the central business district: Farmington Avenue, South Main Street, Memorial Road Extension, and LaSalle Road. Ride your bicycle or scooter, or take a stroll down the street, without automobiles. Families with young children are especially welcome. Participating stores will be open, there will be food for sale, and live music will be performed all morning.

5pm: Jinta La Mvta East meets West with Jinta La Mvta, Tokyo’s Premiere Klezmer Band. Considered the “epicenter of the Tokyo underground scene,” Jinta La Mvta combines Japanese street music chindon and jinta as its backbone.

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Week 33

Monday, August 15th:

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

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

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Tuesday, August 16th:

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 17th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 18th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 19th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 20th:

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

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

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

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

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

{Free} 10am: Bottles, Bottles, and more Bottles Where to begin? Let us help you in the process of understanding all the different options. Picking a bottle type, choosing a bottle shape, selecting a nipple size and flow.

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

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

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

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

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

Farm to Table Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 27 – August 2

Welcome to the last days of July and to the beginning of August! Below we have highlighted what to do over the next week in Hartford County! All of the events listed below are one-time events or events that have an expiration date, for re-occurring activities click here. Check back often as we update daily.

Monday, July 27:

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Monday from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for three sessions. Michael’s locations.

Mondays (until 8/10) from 6 – 9:30pm: Monday Night Jazz the nation’s longest-running free jazz concert series, returns to downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 48th consecutive season. Bushnell Park, Hartford.

Tuesday, July 28 – Wednesday, July 29:

Tuesdays – Wednesdays (until 8/19) at 10am: Free Summer Movies Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theater capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

Tuesday, July 28 – Thursday, July 30:

Tuesdays – Thursdays (until 8/27) at 10am: Free Summer Movies: The Book of Life Doors open at 9am. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

Tuesday – Thursday from 10am – 12pm and 1 – 3pm: Free YouthSpark Summer Camps at Microsoft Kids ages 8 and older get hands-on experience with the latest technology as they learn how to code, create games, and use their creativity and imagination. This summer’s four camps are all-new, with two designed for coding beginners and two for intermediates looking to take their skills to the next level with Project Spark, Kodu, and TouchDevelop, and more. Each camp run four consecutive days, and last two hours per day. While your child is in camp, parents can learn about online safety for their kids, try out a Surface 3, get a PC tune-up, and more. Please note: The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant under 18 must sign a Participation Agreement on the first day of camp and remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event. West Farms Mall; Microsoft Store, Farmington.

Tuesday, July 28 – Sunday, August 2:

{Parents Time Out} Tuesdays – Thursdays at 7:30pm: Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm and 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm (until 8/23): I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers For more than 20 years, Hollywood “superagent” Sue Mengers’ clients were the talk of the town – Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway and Burt Reynolds to name a few. In this funny new play, Sue invites you into her Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish and all the inside showbiz stories that only she could tell. More names will be dropped and secrets divulged as this wickedly brash woman reveals how she went from a non-English speaking Jewish immigrant to a film industry power-broker. It was a fabulous career while it lasted. Tuesday (7/28) is no reserved seating. Tuesdays (8/4 – 8/18) is Talk Back Tuesdays. Wednesday, 8/5 is pay what you can pay day. Wednesday (8/5) Pay what you can pay Wednesdays. Theaterworks, Hartford.

Tuesday, July 28:

Tuesday from 10am – 12pm: Summer Workshop Series: Clay Play Using authentic clay tools, learn to seam, score, smooth and vent your very own sculpture! Workshops are for ages 3-8, encourage and support literacy, music, science and art.$10 per child. Children under one year are free.  Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Tuesdays (until 8/18) from 1 – 3pm: Join us this summer at the Noah Webster House for a Bookworm Adventure workshop where children explore language and literacy through storytelling, the use of a felt board to illustrate what they have learned, and activities that will make the story come to life. This is a teacher-led program using Noah Webster’s House, the Museum, and our hands-on discovery space to inspire children to love to read at this critical stage of learning! Children must be toilet trained. Ages 3–6. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

Tuesdays (until 8/18) from 6 – 8pmKid’s Entertainment Series Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. All ages are welcome! Rain location. Free. Community Pavilion, Plantsville.

Tuesday at 7pm: Get Pop-Cultured: What Pet Should We Get? In celebration of the newest from Dr. Seuss, fans of all ages are invited to help us decide what pet we should get. Storytime with activities to follow. Select Barnes & Noble locations.

Tuesday at 7pm: The Two State Delusion The Mark Twain House & Museum and the World Affairs Council of Connecticut presents an evening about the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. A leading reconciliation expert argues that a two-state solution is no longer a viable path to create lasting peace in Israel and Palestine. Author Padraig O’Malley will be on hand to launch his new book The Two-State Delusion: Israel and Palestine – A Tale of Two Narratives. This program will be moderated by Norton Mezvinsky, Professor of History Emeritus from Central Connecticut State University. This book launch, which is followed by a book sale and signing, is a free event. Reservations are required. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Tuesdays (until 8/18) from 7 – 8:30pmOutdoor Concerts Bristol Parks and Recreation invite families and people of all ages to come out and enjoy the wide variety of music offered each week! There are plenty of seats at the amphitheater but we encourage you to bring lawn chairs, a blanket and snacks to enjoy a picnic in the park to the backdrop of amazing bands. Free. Memorial Boulevard, Bristol.

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Wednesday, July 29 – Friday, July 31:

Wednesdays – Fridays (until 8/7) from 9 – 10:30am: Interactive Storytelling Join us at Apple Camp for three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. And each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Register online. Space is limited. The Apple Store, West Farms Mall; Farmington.

Wednesdays – Fridays (until 8/7) from 11am – 12:30pm: Stories in Motion Join us at Apple Camp for three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. And each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Bring a digital camera or digital video camera if you’re coming to the Stories in Motion with iMovie workshop. If you don’t have your own, we can provide one. Register online. Space is limited. The Apple Store, West Farms Mall; Farmington.

Wednesday, July 29:

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Wednesday from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for three sessions. Michael’s locations.

Wednesday from 10am – 12pm: Colonial Games Let’s play! Colonial families made their own toys, from clay marbles to corncob checkers. We’ll try out many of them and have a good time! Then you’ll make a “cup and ball” toy of your own to take home. For ages 8 years and younger. $10 per child. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

Wednesday from 11am – 12pm: Secrets of the Veeder House Tour When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

Wednesday from 11am – 2pm: Connecticut Sun Day Learn some new moves during a day of hands-on FUN with professional WNBA players and coaches! It’s a rare chance to interact with our awesome Connecticut Sun players in the Connecticut Science Center’s galleries. Tickets are $22 per person and include a Connecticut Sun Voucher to redeem for any available 2015 home game! Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Wednesdays from 12 – 1pm: Stowe Salons at Lunch meet Wednesdays at Noon in July and August. We’re talking about social justice issues making news. This week, we’ll look at race and racism in popular culture. Here is one instance: Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj Do you know of others? Please join us and share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

Wednesday from 2 – 3pm: Story and Craft at the Museum Beat the heat this summer with story-time at the Connecticut Historical Society! Children will listen to a reading of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and make an Eric Carle-themed craft to take home. After the program, try out the hands-on activities in the museum galleries. Children 5 and under and Connecticut Historical Society members are free. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

Wednesday from 2 – 3:30pm: Nature Games Day Join us for an afternoon of indoor and outdoor nature games for the whole family. Water games, camouflage games, silly games – there will be games galore! Door prizes! Dress for the weather, bring water if the weather is hot. Included with the cost of admission. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Wednesday at 5pm: Speed Build Challenge Participate in a LEGO Minifigure Speed Build Challenge! See if you can build the most LEGO Minifigures in one minute. The fastest builder will win a Build A Minifigure 3-pack! Plus, bring your passport book to receive a special stamp. This event will begin at 5pm and is open to children ages 6-14 only. No purchase or sign-up necessary. See a Brick Specialist for details. LEGO store locations.

Wednesdays (until 8/12) at 6:30pm: Fun Runs These runs are a great way for the whole family to keep in shape! We offer two course lengths: a traditional 5k (3.1 miles) and a shorter 3k (about 2 miles) for younger kids and beginners. Both races are free. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign the program waiver. Cross Country Trails (behind John Wallace Middle School), Newington.

Wednesday from 6 – 7:30pm: Canvas and Cupcakes Come on down to our painting class and decorate a cupcake to go with the theme. This evening’s painting will be the moon and stars. Ages 5 – 12. $30 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Wednesday from 6 – 7:30pm: Evening Walking Tour: The Beautiful Mile Enjoy a walking tour down the “beautiful mile” – Farmington’s Main Street – and see how the historic buildings and streetscapes tell the stories of this remarkable town. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water for drinking!  Admission is $10 a person. Meet at the gazebo on the Farmington Village Green (at the corner of Route 4 and Route 10).

Wednesdays (until 8/12) from 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concerts Raindate: Thursday night. Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.

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Thursday, July 30 – Friday, July 31:

Thursday – Friday at 7:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Erie SeaWolves

Thursday, July 30 – Sunday, August 2:

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{Parents Time Out} Thursday from 7:30 – 10pm, Saturday – Sunday from 7 – 9:30pm, Sunday from 5 – 7:30pm: Paint Nights Thursday: Lighthouse, Friday: Kissing in the Rain, Saturday: Rainbow Tree, Sunday: Roses. Perfect for when your flying solo, girls night out or couples night out. If you have a few friends, include a note when you register to reserve a table or seating together. $25–$40 per painter. Scene Art Bar, Unionville. Savings Alert: Book your August paint session by July 31st and save 20% on all adult public painting sessions just enter promo code AUGOFFER20.

Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays (until 8/9) at 5:30pm: Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet Capital Classics Theatre Company celebrates its 25th anniversary season with a new festival name and the staging of Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers), which will run for three weekends, outdoors on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph. Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy is set “in a world where violence is a virtue and cruelty is currency, and where two loving souls find hope in each other and desperately try to survive,” said Director Geoffrey Sheehan about the play. The Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival will also feature pre-show entertainment, including the Elizabethan Consort, lectures by local professors and more. Plus, on Thursday nights, the Festival will feature its Youth in Community Arts program with pre-show performances by local student arts organizations. Tickets can always be purchased without reservations at the box office starting 60 minutes before our shows. Be sure to bring your blanket and picnic basket to really enjoy the outdoor experience. Snacks and drinks are also on sale before each performance and during the intermission. Shows will always go on – rain or shine. If it rains, before or during the performance, the show will be moved inside the University’s Hoffman Auditorium. Tickets: $15 Adult, $10 Student, $10 Military.

Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm: West Side Story Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs: the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is both heart-wrenching and relevant as it is told through iconic songs such as, “Something’s Coming,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Somewhere”. With a powerful and poignant book by Arthur Laurents and a score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim that is widely regarded as one of the best ever written, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Tickets are $16 each and all seating is reserved. Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford.

Thursday, July 30:

Thursday from 10am – 2pm: Summer Workshop Series: Mobile Masters Manipulate wire and assorted materials into a free-hanging work of art. Workshops are for ages 3-8, encourage and support literacy, music, science and art. Adult must be on site, participation is optional. Registration required. $10 per child. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Thursdays (until 8/20) from 1 – 3pm: Join us this summer at the Noah Webster House for a Bookworm Adventure workshop where children explore language and literacy through storytelling, the use of a felt board to illustrate what they have learned, and activities that will make the story come to life. This is a teacher-led program using Noah Webster’s House, the Museum, and our hands-on discovery space to inspire children to love to read at this critical stage of learning! Children must be toilet trained. Ages 3–6. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

Thursday from 5 – 7pm: Ice Cream Social I scream, you scream, did someone say FREE ice cream? The Summer heat is on its way, but we’ve got you covered (in sprinkles,that is)! The Mark Twain House & Museum invites everyone in for its 7th annual free Ice Cream Social on the Nook Farm Nook patio. Come on down and enjoy delicious frozen treats, sundaes with your favorite toppings ,and maybe some old fashioned lemonade from ‘Huck’s Lem’nade Stand’ served up by The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum! If that’s not enough, how about a triple scoop of entertainment? There will be music by local artists Horizon Blue, face painting, and a bubble making station too! Top it all off with arts and crafts and a story time for the little ones, and you’ve got a cool, fun filled recipe fit for the whole family! Mark Twain House & Museum; Nook Farm, Hartford.

Thursdays (until 8/6) from 6 – 8pm: East Hartford Sounds of Summer Concert The Town of East Hartford Parks and Recreation Department brings the Sounds of Summer Concerts to East Hartford’s Great River Park amphitheater this summer. Grab a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic and watch the river roll by as you enjoy live music in this family-friendly atmosphere. Rain location: East Hartford Community Cultural Center. Great River Park, East Hartford.

Thursdays (until 8/27) from 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts Windsor Town Green, Windsor.

Thursdays (until 8/6) at 7pm: Concerts on the Green Bloomfield Town Green (across from town hall), Bloomfield.

Thursday at 7pm: Clue Tours will be offered in a special, one-night-only edition at The Mark Twain House & Museum, using the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house — and some of the author’s favorite literary characters — as part of the game. Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain’s beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours! Reservations are required. Tickets are $22 per person, children ages 6 – 17 are $15. Tours step off every 15 minutes.  Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

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Friday, July 31 – Saturday, August 1:

Friday – Saturday from 6 – 10pm: The Wilson Carnival sponsored by the Wilson Volunteer Fire Company on the Wilson redevelopment sight across the street from the Roger Wolcott School. The carnival will have the traditional rides, games, and everyone’s favorite Wilson Fire Company cook shack.

{Parents Time Out} Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm: SLAG The capital city’s freshest choreographic endeavor, The Now Unboxing Project, is proud to announce SLAG, a culmination of summer residency pieces in its first ever evening length showing. GUNK (World Premiere) explores life as a gay man in present times. Audiences are challenged to learn a new perspective to the sounds of queer artists. With group dances inspired by dancing at the club, statements on political power and focus on the LGBT community, GUNK is a non-linear commentary on current events, encouraging self-love and love for others. PAS DE DRAG (World Premiere) takes a look at the Grand Pas structure found in classical ballet and translates it to the world of vaudeville jazz and beyond. Comedic, sharp, and swiftly upbeat, this vaudevillian duo promises to leave onlookers laughing. Performances are recommended 16 and up! $15 per ticket. $5 seats for those who cannot afford more. The Dirt Salon, Hartford.

Fridays – Saturdays (until 9/5) at 8pm: I Left my Heart A jazzy new musical revue tribute to the man Sinatra called “the greatest singer in the world,” Tony Bennett. Go wild over the four decades of music that Bennett recorded, from his early top-40 hits, jazz recordings with Basie, Stan Getz, and Bill Evans, to his torch songs, film scores, all the way to his now infamous MTV unplugged, which introduced him to a whole new generation of listeners. I Left my Heart promises to be an unforgettable walk down memory lane, and a don’t miss for anyone who ever loved the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hart, or Cole Porter! A thrilling score of 40 standards all recorded by Bennett, including “Stranger In Paradise,” “Top Hat, White Tie And Tails,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “The Good Life,” “Rags To Riches,” and his best-known hit, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” Bring your own beverages and food. No performances 8/14 – 15. $30 per ticket. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin.

Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2:

{Reoccurs} Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday – Sunday at 1:05pm and 7:30pm: Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary Since the birth of their trademark toy in 1958, The LEGO Group has produced over 400 billion bricks. But more and more, LEGO bricks aren’t just for kids, and some take them very seriously. Adult Fans of LEGO around the globe are unashamedly declaring their love of the brick, brick artists are creating stunning and surprising creations, and LEGO master builders are building human scale and larger structures. LEGO bricks are being used educationally, therapeutically, and have provided a universal system for human creativity and our innate desire “to build.” This documentary playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick, its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that has sprung up around the world. On Friday, from 6:30 – 7:30pm enjoy a brick and brews event; play and create with the world of Legos and then at 7:30pm watch Beyond The Brick: A Lego Brickumentary! On Saturday, August 1 after the 1:05 PM screening, Play-Wells TEKnologies will bring barrels of Legos to build with plenty of hands-on components for the whole family. There will also be a free raffle for a LEGO set valued at $30! Friday $5, Saturday – Sunday $11 per person. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: Beyond the Picket Fence Three best friends watch their parents struggle with issues of justice in the workplace – and are forced to make some hard choices of their own. Tickets are $5. Hartbeat Ensemble; Carriage House Theater, Hartford.

Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: Seussical The Musical $15 per ticket. $12 per child under the age of 12. East Hartford Middle School, East Hartford.

Friday, July 31:

Friday from 9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Toddler Class Tired of the same old cereal for breakfast? It IS the most important meal of the day, so this morning we will give you a couple new ideas to bring to the table in the morning, including Breakfast Banana Pops and Juicy Peach Muffins, made from local, in-season peaches! Ages 2 – 5. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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Friday from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for three sessions. Michael’s locations.

Friday at 5:45pm: Shabbat Dinner Enjoy Shabbat dinner on the back porch. Guests can enjoy the facility after dinner. All families invited. $10 per adult, $8 for children under 10. Mandell JCC Swim & Tennis Club, West Hartford.

{Parents Time Out} Friday from 6 – 9pm: Friday Night Lights Come join our “Friday night lights” movie night event ! Take a night off while your kids have a blast with us Snacks and activity during our showing of lilo and stitch in our luau lounge. Little Ms. Bella Boutique, Farmington.

Fridays (until 8/21) from 6:30 – 9:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Mrs. Doubtfire Rated PG-13. Free. Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.

Friday at 7pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Dr. Seuss Spectacular Join us in our final celebration of Get Pop-Cultured as we celebrate the beloved Dr. Seuss. Fans young and old are welcome, there’s fun to be done! Storytime with craft and activities to follow. Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character! Note: Farmington is at 6pm. Select Barnes & Noble locations.

Fridays (until 8/26) from 7 – 9pm: Summer Concert Series Manchester Band Shell, Manchester.

Tip: Scroll up to things happening Thursday – Sunday and/or on Friday and Saturday. 

Saturday, August 1 – Sunday, August 2:

Saturday – Sunday: Museums on Us Bank of America Cardholders can get in free to participating museums.

Saturday, August 1:

Saturday from 9am – 12pm: Chalkboard Door Hanger Come learn how to make a chalkboard door hanger. Free hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Home Depot locations.

Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30am: Toddler Class Tired of the same old cereal for breakfast? It IS the most important meal of the day, so this morning we will give you a couple new ideas to bring to the table in the morning, including Breakfast Banana Pops and Juicy Peach Muffins, made from local, in-season peaches! Ages 2 – 5. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Saturdays at 10am: Kids Cooking Class Tomatoes are ripe and ready for eating and cooking this summer! Join us and learn to make some delicious dishes that are sure to impress your family. You’ll also learn some fun facts about tomatoes. Suitable for ages 8–13. Suitable for ages 5 – 13. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

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Saturdays from 10am – 12pm: Kids Club Drop in and take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up. $2 per child, Michaels locations.

Saturday from 10am – 12pm: CFPA Ramble: Interior Sand Plains Adventure Join us on an adventure as we walk through upland forest and wetlands to unusual interior sand plains. We will look for rare insects and vegetation not common in interior Connecticut. This little used park is home to interesting wildlife that we may encounter or see signs of them such as tracks in the sand. We will also examine pitch pines for evidence of the new insect invader, southern pine beetle. We will meet in the commuter lot located just west of the I-291 junction with Rt. 218 (Putnam Hwy) in the back of the lot near a bus shelter where a trail leads us about 1.5 miles to the sand dunes. This trail is fairly level but can be overgrown in places. This trail can be muddy as well so dress appropriately. Free. RSVP recommended. Matianuck State Park, Windsor.

Saturday at 10am – 2pm: Family Program: Toys and Treats Backyard Party Join us on the Connecticut Historical Society lawn for all your favorite childhood games! Enjoy everything from hopscotch to hula hoop, and play them with your kids, parents or grandparents. From 11am to 2pm, an ice cream truck will be available to purchase a frozen treat to finish off a classic summer day. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

Saturday at 11am: If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! Bring in the little ones and enjoy a rousing tale of why it might not be a good idea to bring an alligator to school for show-and-tell! Activities to follow; all ages welcome. Select Barnes & Noble locations.

Saturday from 1 – 11pm: Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival Authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms bring a festive Caribbean atmosphere to the Riverfront. Raindate: 8/2. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

Saturday from 1:30 – 3:30pm: 1st Saturday Attic Tours Join us once again this year for our ever-popular attic tours with Jack Cown. On the first Saturday of each month, Jack will lead guests on a rare, behind-the-scenes look of the Phelps’ servant & attic spaces. View objects and collections from the 18th-early 20th century. Regular admission applies. Phelps-Hathaway House & Garden, Suffield.

Saturday at 6pm: Summer Sizzle Under the Stars! Live music and an à la carte dinner in the Gengras Courtyard, followed by a classic comedy at sundown – all starring couples possessing great onscreen chemistry. Music and dinner begin at 5 pm, followed by the movie at approximately 8:15 pm. Held indoors in the event of inclement weather. Admission: $9, students $8. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

Saturdays (until 8/22) from 6 – 8pmOutdoor Movie:  Toy Story Come early for pre-show entertainment. The movies starts at sunset. Free. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

Tip: Scroll up to things happening Thursday – Sunday and/or on Friday and Saturday. 

Sunday, August 2:

Sunday from 11am – 4pm: Cruisin’ on Main Street is a one-day cruise and show for antique and classic cars, trucks, sports cars and street rods twenty-five years old and prior. A one-mile stretch of Main Street in historic Downtown Manchester, CT closes for Cruisin’ creating a plaza-like viewing area where attendees can stroll the street and take-in the art and engineering of our automotive history. While the cars are clearly the stars, Cruisin’ on Main Street strives to provide a full range of activities and amenities to event attendees. Food, music, sponsors exhibits and shopping enhance the experience of strolling Main St. to view a magnificent mile of vintage vehicles. The Cruisin’ Bazaar will return to the Forest Street Lot this year. Cruisin’ 2015 offers more music and fun then ever before with 3 DJ locations, live performances by surf bands and a jazz/contemporary music duo, and dance demos. The Cruisin’ Committee added two new special attractions that will provide fun photo ops for all ages: the Bigfoot Monster Truck and the 28 foot tall Michelin Man, ”Mr. Bib”.

Sundays at 1pm: Technique Class Summer gardens are at their prime in August, offering a wealth of inspiration in the kitchen. Tomatoes are ripe and ready at last, and we’re hungry to use them in everything! Join us for homemade Zucchini, Tomato and Ricotta Herbed Lasagna, plus tomato sauce prepared two ways. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Sunday from 1 – 3pm: Sunday Gardens On the 1st Sunday of each month join our staff in the Jacob Weidemann designed-garden at 1 and 2 pm. Learn about the history of the garden, its importance to Mrs. McCook and what is currently blooming. $12 per person. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford.

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July 20 – 26

Welcome to the last full week of July! Below we have highlighted what to do over the next week in Hartford County! Check back often as we update daily.

Monday, July 20 – Wednesday, July 22:

Monday – Tuesday at 7:05pm and Wednesday at 12:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Binghamton Mets

Monday, July 20:

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Mondays (until 7/27) from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Fringed Bell Anklet Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for three sessions. Michael’s locations.

Monday from 1 – 1:45pm: Yoga Demo This class is a blend of yoga-inspired movement, songs, baby play, and massage especially for newborn to pre-crawling babies as well as gentle yoga for parents. Join Imagine Studio teachers Miss Karla & Miss Courtney for these free Baby & Toddler Yoga classes as part of their ChildLight Yoga Baby & Toddler certification. You will be asked to fill out a short survey at the end of each class. Imagine STudio, West Hartford.

Monday from 2 – 3pm: Crafts & Popsicles: Beat the heat and bring the kiddos to create some fun summer crafts, and enjoy a cool treat! Must sign up with customer service to hold spot, space is limited! Free. Whole Foods; Bishops Corner, West Hartford.

Tuesday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 22:

Tuesdays – Wednesdays (until 8/19) at 10am: Free Summer Movies: Penguins of Madagascar. Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theatre capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

Tuesday, July 21 – Thursday, July 23:

Tuesdays – Thursdays (until 8/27) at 10am: Free Summer Movies: Penguins of Madagascar open at 9am. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

Tuesday, July 21:

Tuesday from 10am – 12pm: Bounty of Blueberries On July 21st we will be offering a Bounty of Blueberries Program in our Farm To Table Studio. Children will learn all about this nutritious fruit, and enjoy creating and tasty some yummy recipes. The program is included with museum admission, the program will be held at 10:00 and 11:00am. This program is presented by the Bristol Pediatric Center, a participating practice of ProHealth Physicians. Check out our new Soda Fountain menu and our featured blueberry special of the day! Imagine Nation Musuem, Bristol.

Tuesdays (until 8/18) from 1 – 3pm: Join us this summer at the Noah Webster House for a Bookworm Adventure workshop where children explore language and literacy through storytelling, the use of a felt board to illustrate what they have learned, and activities that will make the story come to life. This is a teacher-led program using Noah Webster’s House, the Museum, and our hands-on discovery space to inspire children to love to read at this critical stage of learning! Children must be toilet trained. Ages 3–6. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

Tuesday from 5 – 8pm: Please join us for an evening discussion on the future of the Butler – Mc Cook House & Garden and Connecticut Landmarks place in the Hartford community. Amos Bull House, Hartford.

Tuesdays (until 8/18) from 6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series featuring Bryson Lang. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. All ages are welcome! Rain location. Free. Community Pavilion, Plantsville.

Tuesdays (until 7/22) at 6:30pm: Keeney Kooler Concerts: Number Nine Bring your lawn chair, blanket and a snack to enjoy live music on a summer evening. In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Keeney Ballroom. Free. Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Wethersfield.

Tuesday at 6:30pm: Art Night A ballpark painting session will take place in one of our private picnic areas, and feature personalized painting instruction from artist & local gallery owner Bri Dilla of Art Lab. All painting materials are included in the $40 Art Night package, as well as one complimentary drink voucher, reserved level seats to use after the session has completed, and satisfaction of leaving the ballpark with a unique and personally-customized souvenir! Space is limited, reserve your spot.

Tuesday from 6:30 – 7:15pm: Free Outdoor Yoga Join Imagine Studio and West Hartford Art League in outdoor family yoga. Instructors will guide families through an all levels, all ages outdoor yoga class on the beautiful ground of West Hartford Art League. Bring a mat, blanket or towel to practice on. Free. West Hartford Art League, West Hartford.

Tuesday at 7pm: “The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio” with author Andrea Mays The Millionaire and the Bard tells the miraculous and romantic story of the making of the First Folio, and of the American industrialist whose thrilling pursuit of the book became a lifelong obsession. The Millionaire and the Bard is a literary detective story, the tale of two mysterious men—a brilliant author and his obsessive collector—separated by space and time. It is a tale of two cities—Elizabethan and Jacobean London and Gilded Age New York. It is a chronicle of two worlds—of art and commerce—that unfolded an ocean and three centuries apart. And it is the thrilling tale of the luminous book that saved the name of William Shakespeare “to the last syllable of recorded time.” This program will be moderated by Matthew Waterhouse. Matthew is a professional actor and writer. This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Tuesdays (until 8/18) from 7 – 8:30pm: Outdoor Concerts: Country Bristol Parks and Recreation invite families and people of all ages to come out and enjoy the wide variety of music offered each week! There are plenty of seats at the amphitheater but we encourage you to bring lawn chairs, a blanket and snacks to enjoy a picnic in the park to the backdrop of amazing bands. Free. Rockwell Park Amphitheatre, Bristol.

Wednesday, July 22 – Friday, July 24:

Wednesdays – Fridays (until 8/7) from 9 – 10:30am: Interactive Storytelling Join us at Apple Camp for three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. And each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Register online. Space is limited. The Apple Store, West Farms Mall; Farmington.

Wednesdays – Fridays (until 8/7) from 11am – 12:30pm: Stories in Motion Join us at Apple Camp for three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. And each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Bring a digital camera or digital video camera if you’re coming to the Stories in Motion with iMovie workshop. If you don’t have your own, we can provide one. Register online. Space is limited. The Apple Store, West Farms Mall; Farmington.

Wednesday, July 22 – Sunday, July 26:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm: HAIR puts rock music and the culture that went with it on stage. The show has a strong effect on everyone, and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos. Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life and What a Piece of Work is Man. This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in America. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Recommended for ages 16 and up due to strong language, nudity and drug use. Tickets start at $15. Sunday is Talk Back with the Cast after the show. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Wednesday, July 22:

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$5 Crafts

Wednesdays (until 7/29) from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Pinch Pot Monster Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for three sessions. Michael’s locations.

Wednesday from 1 – 1:45pm: Yoga Demo This is a supportive, fun-loving, and active yoga class for crawling babies to 2 year old toddlers and their parent/caregiver. This class is all about your new mover. Crawlers and walkers learn poses, songs, and games while they explore new movement and social skills. Free but you will be asked to fill out a short survey at the end of each class. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

Wednesdays (until 7/29) from 2 – 3pm: Story and Craft at the Museum Beat the heat this summer with story-time at the Connecticut Historical Society! Children will listen to a reading of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and make an Eric Carle-themed craft to take home. After the program, try out the hands-on activities in the museum galleries. Children 5 and under and Connecticut Historical Society members are free. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

Wednesday from 2 – 3pm: Free Kids Cooking Class: Italian with a Healthy Twist Healthy Eating Specialist Jaime will help kids create an amazing veggie pizza, learn to make veggie “pasta” and banana gelato! Space is limited, please sign up with Customer Service to hold your spot! Free. Whole Foods; Bishops Corner, West Hartford.

Wednesdays (until 8/12) at 6:30pm: Fun Runs These runs are a great way for the whole family to keep in shape! We offer two course lengths: a traditional 5k (3.1 miles) and a shorter 3k (about 2 miles) for younger kids and beginners. Both races are free. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign the program waiver. Cross Country Trails (behind John Wallace Middle School), Newington.

Wednesdays (until 8/12) from 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concerts Raindate: Thursday night. Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.

Wednesday from 7 – 10pm: Outdoor Movie: Apollo 13 Inspired by the Space Suit displayed in the exhibit, we’ll take our own trip to the Moon with Tom Hanks in this classic tale of space adventure. Rated PG. Join us on the lawn, and bring a picnic. Come early for free admission to Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories at 7:00 pm. The movie will start at dusk. Raindate is Wednesday, July 22. Admission is free. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

Wednesday from 7:30 – 8:45pm: Wednesday Evening Walks provide a relaxing end to a busy summer day and an opportunity to observe a wide range of animals that become more active in the cooler evenings. In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks. What will we find this summer?! Long sleeves, a flashlight and insect repellent are recommended. Adults $6, children $3. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Thursday, July 23 – Sunday, July 26:

Thursday – Saturday at 7:05pm and Sunday at 1:35pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Reading Fightin Phils

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{Parents Time Out} Paint Nights Thursday from 7:30 – 10pm, Saturday – Sunday from 7 – 9:30pm, Sunday from 5 – 7:30pm: Thursday: Poppies Friday: Rainbow Tree, Saturday: Beach Cottage, Sunday: Spring River. Perfect for when your flying solo, girls night out or couples night out. If you have a few friends, include a note when you register to reserve a table or seating together. $25–$40 per painter. Scene Art Bar, Unionville. Savings Alert: Book your August paint session by July 31st and save 20% on all adult public painting sessions just enter promo code AUGOFFER20.

Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays (until 8/9) at 5:30pm: Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet Capital Classics Theatre Company celebrates its 25th anniversary season with a new festival name and the staging of Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers), which will run for three weekends, outdoors on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph. Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy is set “in a world where violence is a virtue and cruelty is currency, and where two loving souls find hope in each other and desperately try to survive,” said Director Geoffrey Sheehan about the play. The Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival will also feature pre-show entertainment, including the Elizabethan Consort, lectures by local professors and more. Plus, on Thursday nights, the Festival will feature its Youth in Community Arts program with pre-show performances by local student arts organizations. Tickets can always be purchased without reservations at the box office starting 60 minutes before our shows. Be sure to bring your blanket and picnic basket to really enjoy the outdoor experience. Snacks and drinks are also on sale before each performance and during the intermission. Shows will always go on – rain or shine. If it rains, before or during the performance, the show will be moved inside the University’s Hoffman Auditorium. Tickets: $15 Adult, $10 Student, $10 Military.

Thursday, July 23:

Thursday, July 23rd is National Hod Dog Day!

Thursdays (until 8/20) from 1 – 3pm: Join us this summer at the Noah Webster House for a Bookworm Adventure workshop where children explore language and literacy through storytelling, the use of a felt board to illustrate what they have learned, and activities that will make the story come to life. This is a teacher-led program using Noah Webster’s House, the Museum, and our hands-on discovery space to inspire children to love to read at this critical stage of learning! Children must be toilet trained. Ages 3–6. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

Thursday from 2 – 2:45pm: Frogs & Friends – Animal Demonstration Find out about the secretive lifestyles of frogs, toads and salamanders. Program features live and mounted animals and a brief power point presentation. Cost: $4 children, $6 adults. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Thursday from 5 – 7pm: Free Mini-Facials by Shamanuti! Enjoy a free facial for a mid-summer treat for yourself! Each session should take 20 minutes. By appointment only, please sign up at customer service. First come, first serve! Free. Whole Foods; Bishops Corner, West Hartford.

Thursdays from 6 – 8pm: East Hartford Sounds of Summer Concert The Town of East Hartford Parks and Recreation Department brings the Sounds of Summer Concerts to East Hartford’s Great River Park amphitheater this summer. Grab a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic and watch the river roll by as you enjoy live music in this family-friendly atmosphere. Rain location: East Hartford Community Cultural Center. Great River Park, East Hartford.

Thursdays (until 8/27) from 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts Windsor Town Green, Windsor.

Thursdays (until 8/6) at 7pm: Concerts on the Green Bloomfield Town Green (across from town hall), Bloomfield.

Friday, July 25 – Saturday, July 26:

Friday – Saturday from 6 – 9pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear about these investigations — and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism. Tickets $15-22. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Fridays – Saturdays at 8pm (until 9/5): I Left my Heart A jazzy new musical revue tribute to the man Sinatra called “the greatest singer in the world,” Tony Bennett. Go wild over the four decades of music that Bennett recorded, from his early top-40 hits, jazz recordings with Basie, Stan Getz, and Bill Evans, to his torch songs, film scores, all the way to his now infamous MTV unplugged, which introduced him to a whole new generation of listeners. I Left my Heart promises to be an unforgettable walk down memory lane, and a don’t miss for anyone who ever loved the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hart, or Cole Porter! A thrilling score of 40 standards all recorded by Bennett, including “Stranger In Paradise,” “Top Hat, White Tie And Tails,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “The Good Life,” “Rags To Riches,” and his best-known hit, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” Bring your own beverages and food. No performances 8/14-15. $30 per ticket. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin.

Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26:

Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition Join us over the rainbow with Dorothy and Toto as they meet the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion on the Yellow Brick Road and go off to see the Wonderful Wizard of Oz to find Dorothy a way home all while battling against the Wicked Witch of the West for her sister’s ruby slippers! Based on the 1939 blockbuster film, The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition is a slightly shortened adaptation for young performers and audiences. $15 per adults, $13 per child. Enter to win our giveaway for a family four pack of tickets to see this show. NBYT at Holmes Elementary School, New Britain.

{Parents Time Out} Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm and 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm (until 8/23): I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers For more than 20 years, Hollywood “superagent” Sue Mengers’ clients were the talk of the town – Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway and Burt Reynolds to name a few. In this funny new play, Sue invites you into her Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish and all the inside showbiz stories that only she could tell. More names will be dropped and secrets divulged as this wickedly brash woman reveals how she went from a non-English speaking Jewish immigrant to a film industry powerbroker. It was a fabulous career … while it lasted. Saturday Matinee is free for students, faculty and staff. Tuesdays (8/4-8/18) is Talk Back Tuesdays. Wednesday, 8/5 is pay what you can pay day. Theaterworks, Hartford.

Friday, July 24:

Michaels Friday

Fridays (until 7/31) from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for three sessions. Michael’s locations.

Friday at 1:30 and 6:30pm: Seussical Jr Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, families and friends for live musical theater performances. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved to Nathan Hale School. Free. Center Memorial Park, Manchester.

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Friday from 3 – 5pm: Family Fun Night Pack up your pirate gear, chairs, blankets, and some grub if you like! Join us for some merry making as part of our special guest performers, the Picaroon Princess Crew! We’ll sing songs as we sail the high seas alongside the captain, first mate and purser. Grub will also be available to purchase from food trucks parked on site. $10 per family (up to 4) $3 per additional person. Museum admission is not included. RSVP. Members and children under 1 are free. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

Friday from 4:30 – 7:30pm: Summer Fun Day in the Park Lancaster Park, Windsor.

{Parents Time Out} Fridays from 6:30 – 9:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Rocky Horror Rated R. Free. Pope Park, Hartford.

Fridays (until 8/26) from 7 – 9pm: Summer Concert Series Manchester Band Shell, Manchester.

Friday at 7:30pm: Outdoor Concert: The Music of Queen Get ready to dance to the disco hits of the 1970s – complete with bell-bottoms, big hair, wild polyester suits, and some of the coolest platform shoes this side of the Milky Way. It’s a feel-good musical extravaganza conducted by Hartford Symphony Orchestra Music Director Carolyn Kuan! Raindate: 7/25. Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows, Simsbury. Click here to enter our giveaway for a family four pack of tickets to see this final performance.

Friday at 8pm: SL Benefica vs. ACF Fiorentina will face off as part of the 2015 International Champions Cup North America. Parking is $20, cash only. Lots open at 5pm, gates will open at 6:30pm. Tickets $ 32 and up. Click here to enter our giveaway to win a family four pack of tickets to the game. Rentschler Field, East Hartford.

Saturday, July 25:

Saturday from 8 – 9:15am: Yoga in the Street West Hartford Yoga is bringing yoga to the street! Join Barbara Ruzansky, owner of West Hartford Yoga, as she leads a 75-minute yoga class for all-levels on LaSalle Road in West Hartford center. Last year a thousand people turned out for this joyous community event—come be a part of the fun this year! Join us to celebrate yoga in the community! Rain date August 8th. No registration required. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to secure your space!

Saturday starting at 9am: Saturday at 9am: Collinsville Hot Join your family and friends in Collinsville on Saturday, July 25, for a sizzling day of entertainment, artisans, food and children’s activities capped by a spectacular water fire display! Start at 9 a.m. with an outdoor Yoga class. Shop our Artisans Fair, starting at 10am. Watch the Chalk Walk art competition. Artists: Win $250 in our Chalk Walk competition! Enjoy 20 performers on two stages starting at 11am.

Saturdays at 10am: Kids Cooking Class: DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches This summer, impress your friends by whipping up ice cream sandwiches from scratch! We’ll show you how to make the outside layer-our delicious brownies and cookies-and then the delicious ice cream filling and toppings. Suitable for ages 5-13. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Saturday at 10am: Hawkeye’s Quinjet Hawkeye never misses and your child won’t want to miss this clinic! Bring your child to Lowe’s to build this Quinjet as part of our Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” Summer! Don’t miss Avengers Assemble Sunday Mornings on Disney XD! Free. Lowe’s Home Improvement locations.

Saturday at 10am: A Walking Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery with Steve Courtney Our annual collaboration with the Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation explores Hartford’s extraordinary Victorian burial ground, an outdoor museum of the Gilded Age. While Mark Twain is buried in Elmira, N.Y., many of his Hartford friends and associates found their final resting place in Cedar Hill’s beautiful grounds. On this hour-and-a-half walking tour, hear the extraordinary stories of some brilliant individuals, some feisty characters and a crank or two. Featured “residents” will include Reverend Joseph Hopkins Twichell, Charles Dudley Warner and Isabella Beecher Hooker. $5 per person. Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

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Saturdays from 10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Button Frame Drop in and take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up. $2 per child, Michaels locations.

Saturday from 12 – 2pm: Free Local Sampling We love Local! Join us for some free sampling as we showcase our favorite local companies! Free. Whole Foods; Bishops Corner, West Hartford.

Saturday from 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. Starting at the trailhead on Spring Street, we will plan to hike 1.5 miles, but depending on the participants’ interest we may make the bumpy and steep hike to the summit of Case Mountain. Be sure to bring water and consider sun-screen and bug repellent. Wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots. No dogs, please. Extreme weather canceles. Free. Case Mountain Trails, Manchester.

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Saturday from 1 – 4pm: Make It with Michaels: Maker Party Craft Pinterest inspired projects perfect for Back To School. Free with the cost of supplies. Michaels location.

Saturday from 2 – 6pm: Car Show July proceeds will go to CT Fisher House for Veterans—providing “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. Admission is free but donations are welcome! 50/50 raffle, DJ entertainment, food, cars and fun! Pleasant Valley Drive-In, Barkhamsted.

Saturdays (until 8/22) from 6 – 8pm: Outdoor Movie: Planes: Fire & Rescue Come early for pre-show entertainment from 6–8pm. The movies starts at sunset. Rated G and run time 103 minutes. Free. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

Saturday at 6:30pm: 1st Farm to Table Dinner Republic, one of the region’s finest restaurants, is presenting a very special dinner to benefit the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm! Please take a look at the exceptional menu in the above link and call Republic at (860) 216-5852 for reservations. All the profits from the $140 dinner come to Auerfarm. Auer Farm, Bloomfield.

Saturday from 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Performance featuring Connecticut Ballet Summer Dance Company Raindate: 7/26 Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.

Sunday, July 26:

Sundays at 1pm: Technique Class: Non-stick Cooking Food that is perfectly sautéed boasts a crisp interior and juicy interior. We’ll show you how to achieve both using a nonstick pan, cooking everything from the most delicate fish to seasonal vegetables. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Sunday from 1 – 3pm: Inside/Out: Drawing at the Art Gallery Inspired by the landscapes in our current exhibition Shin Hanga Landscapes: 20th Century Japanese Prints, this Sunday afternoon program of drawing in the Art Gallery, will explore techniques for rendering landscape. Led by artist Scott Nikola, participants will look at selected pieces of artwork and compose their own landscape drawings. Weather permitting, part of this class will take place outdoors. Participants should bring compressed charcoal and/or pencils as well as a 16 x 22 inch pad of charcoal drawing paper. Cost is $15 per person and advance registration is required. Art Gallery, West Hartford.

Sunday from 3 – 7pm: Local Indie Market Come and meet, shop and support local and hidden talent. Harvest Country Store, West Hartford.

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July 6 – 12

Welcome to the first full week of July! Below we have highlighted what to do over the next week in Hartford County! Check back often as we update daily.

Monday, July 6:

{National} Mondays from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Patterned Pinwheel Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Michael’s locations.

Mondays from 6 – 8pm: Main Stage Mondays First and third Mondays nights at A.C. Petersen’s is musical. While you enjoy your favorite meal and/or ice cream, you’ll be entertained by performers from past productions at Playhouse on Park. The performers will sing their favorite show tunes, while helping to wait on your tables. There is no additional fee for the entertainment but tips are encouraged. AC Peterson Farms, West Hartford.

Tuesday, July 7 – Wednesday, July 8:

{National} Tuesdays – Wednesdays at 10am: Free Summer Movies From June 23rd to August 19th Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theatre capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

Tuesday, July 7 – Thursday, July 9:

{Free} Tuesdays – Thursdays at 10am: Free Summer Movies: Rio 2 Doors open at 9am. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

Tuesday, July 7:

Tuesday from 9:30am – 5pm: Extreme Ice Cream Day Enjoy a single scoop sugar cone for $1. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Tuesday at 11am: A Surprise for Giraffe and Elephant Storytime Join us for Storytime where we will be reading A Surprise for Giraffe and Elephant by Paul Gude and Bulldozer’s Big Day by Candace Fleming. Coloring activities will take place immediately after the story! Free. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Barnes & Noble, Canton.

Tuesdays from 1 – 3pm: Join us this summer at the Noah Webster House for a “Bookworm Adventure” workshop where children explore language and literacy through storytelling, the use of a felt board to illustrate what they have learned, and activities that will make the story come to life. This is a teacher-led program using Noah Webster’s House, the Museum, and our hands-on discovery space to inspire children to love to read at this critical stage of learning! Children must be toilet trained. Ages 3 – 6. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

Tuesdays from 6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series: The Steve Taylor Puppets and The Amazing Andy Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. All ages are welcome! Rain location. Free. Community Pavillion, Plantsville.

Tuesdays at 6:30pm: Keeney Kooler Concerts: Tirebiter Bring your lawn chair, blanket and a snack to enjoy live music on a summer evening. In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Keeney Ballroom. Free. Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Wethersfield.

Tuesdays from 7 – 8:30pm: Rockin Out: 80’s Dance Party Bristol Parks and Recreation invite families and people of all ages to come out and enjoy the wide variety of music offered each week ranging from country, high energy rock & pop, classic motown and so much more! There are plenty of seats at the amphitheater but we encourage you to bring lawn chairs, a blanket and snacks to enjoy a picnic in the park to the backdrop of amazing bands. Free. Rockwell Park Amphitheatre, Bristol.

Tuesday from 7 – 9:30pm: Vision Collage Workshop: “Your Essential Self.”  Join us for a journey toward self-discovery through collage. We’ll will begin with a gentle, guided meditation to help you connect with your inner voice. Following, you will create a visual representation of your authentic self, your innate gifts and unique vision. What qualities do you bring to the world? How can you express yourself more authentically? Is there an aspect of yourself that longs to awaken? Practice the art of allowing during this judgment free and playful experience and meet your amazing and creative self. $25 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Wednesday, July 8 – Sunday, July 12:

{Parents Time Out} Wednesdays – Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm: HAIR puts rock music and the culture that went with it on stage. The show has a strong effect on everyone, and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos. Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life and What a Piece of Work is Man. This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in America. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Recommended for ages 16 and up due to strong language, nudity and drug use. Tickets start at $15. Sunday is Talk Back with the Cast after the show. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Wednesday, July 10:

Wednesday from 10am – 12pm: Making Jewelry Women and men wore jewelry in Colonial times. Make your own jewelry from an assortment of materials to take home for yourself or for a gift. Admission is $10. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

{National} Wednesdays from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Travel Memory Game Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Michael’s locations.

Wednesday from 2 – 3pm: Butterfly Tea Party You are invited to a Butterfly Tea Party in the Butterfly Garden at Roaring Brook Nature Center from 2pm to 3pm  Dress in your butterfly attire, make a set of antennae to match, then waltz out to the Butterfly Garden for some tea, lemonade and cookies!  Meet our resident butterflies and caterpillars, make a butterfly craft, and more. Free with the cost of admission. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Wednesdays from 2 – 3pm: Story and Craft at the Museum Beat the heat this summer with story-time at the Connecticut Historical Society! Children will listen to a reading of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and make an Eric Carle-themed craft to take home. After the program, try out the hands-on activities in the museum galleries. Children 5 and under and Connecticut Historical Society members are free. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

Wednesday at 6:30pm: Fun Runs These runs are a great way for the whole family to keep in shape! We offer two course lengths: a traditional 5k (3.1 miles) and a shorter 3k (about 2 miles) for younger kids and beginners. Both races are free. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign the program waiver. Cross Country Trails (behind John Wallace Middle School), Newington.

Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concerts Raindate: Thursday night. Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.

Thursday, July 9 – Saturday, July 11:

Thursday – Saturday: Windsor Locks Fire Department Annual Carnival

Thursday, July 9 – Sunday, July 12:

Thursday from 4 – 12pm, Friday from 8am – 2am, Saturday from 8am – 2am and Sunday from 8am – 6pm: ConnectiCon is a multi-genre pop culture convention, the convention’s focus is on all things pop culture and does every genre of pop culture in as big a way as possible. Adults Friday: $40, Saturday $50 and Sunday $30, children ages 6 –12 are half price and children under 6 are free. $10 off with Military ID. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

Thursday from 11am – 8pm, Friday – Saturday from 11am – 10pm: Riverfest Food Truck Festival Almost every major city has a Food Truck Festival! Now the food truck explosion comes to Hartford at Riverfront Recapture’s annual Riverfest.This three-day event will feature some of the best mobile culinary cuisine in the region accompanied by live entertainment, family fun, and of course spectacular fireworks! Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

Thursday, July 9:

Thursday from 10 – 11:30am or 12:30 – 2pm: Summer Workshop Series: Insect Mania Investigate the unique characteristics of insects as we hover, hiss and hop. Workshops for ages 3 – 8, encourage and support literacy, music, science and art. Adult must be onsite during workshop, participation is optional. Registration required. $10 per child, does not include museum admission. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Thursdays from 1 – 3pm: Join us this summer at the Noah Webster House for a “Bookworm Adventure” workshop where children explore language and literacy through storytelling, the use of a felt board to illustrate what they have learned, and activities that will make the story come to life. This is a teacher-led program using Noah Webster’s House, the Museum, and our hands-on discovery space to inspire children to love to read at this critical stage of learning! Children must be toilet trained. Ages 3 – 6. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30pm: Sunset Sounds Concert Series If you dig the sound of driving, twanging guitar instrumentals and vocals that sing about surf, sand, and sunny weather, The Aquatudes are sure to delight with their classic surf-rock, rockabilly, and early rock ‘n roll favorites. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford.

Thursday at 6pm: Walk Around Old Wethersfield Our popular walking tours are back. All tours are free to members and children under 16; $5 for non-members. Tours are cancelled if it rains. Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Old Wethersfield.

Thursday from 6 – 9pm: Open House Join us for a wine tasting and come see what we are all about! Wine tasting available for $5 per person. Face painting will be available for the kids for $5 per child. It’s carnival week for Tunxis Hose Company No. 1 and a portion of the proceeds will go to Tunxis Hose Company No. 1. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts Windsor Town Green, Windsor.

Thursdays at 7pm: Concerts on the Green Bloomfield Town Green (across from town hall), Bloomfield.

Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12:

Friday from 5 – 11pm, Saturday from 10am – 10:30pm, Sunday from 10am – 10:30pm: Enfield 4th of July Festival All children’s activities and concerts are free. Free Shuttle Bus Service, will run between the Enfield Square Mall and the Enfield Town Green.

Friday at 7:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats Promotion: Come celebrate the release of Minions movie with the Rock Cats. Post-game fireworks. Saturday at 7:05pm: Promotion: Appearance by Cailou. Sunday at 1:35pm: Promotion: Fans 12 and under are invited to run the bases like the pros after the game concludes.

{Parents Time Out} Paint Nights Fridays from 7 – 9:30pm, Saturdays from 8 – 10:30pm and Sundays from 5 – 7:30pm. Friday: Beach Chairs, Saturday: Beach Cottage and Sunday: Sunflower. Perfect for a Moms Night Out, a date night or date-less option. If you have a few friends, include a note when you register to reserve a table or seating together. $35 – $40 per painter. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Friday, July 10:

{National} Fridays from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Faux Stained Glass Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Michael’s locations.

Fridfay at 5pm: Summer Sizzle: It Happened One Night Live music and an à la carte dinner in the Gengras Courtyard, followed by a classic comedy at sundown – all starring couples possessing great onscreen chemistry. Music and dinner begin at 5 pm, followed by the movie at approximately 8:15 pm. Held indoors in the event of inclement weather. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Ar, Hartford.

Friday from 6 – 8pm: 50’s Sock Hop Party Come dressed in your favorite 50’s outfit and let’s get rockin’! We will prepare a “Burger and Fry Pot Pie,” Cherry Coke Cupcakes and of course, we will have to wash all that down with a milkshake. $25 gift card will be awarded to best 50’s-inspried outfit! Ages 6-12. $25 per Child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

{Parents Time Out} Fridays from 6:30 – 9:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Chef Rated R. Free. Goodwin Park, Hartford.

Friday at 7:30pm: 20 Seasons in Simsbury Celebrate two decades of summer music and memories with the best of the Talcott Mountain Music Festival conducted by Michael Lankester, former HSO Music Director and first-ever Talcott Mountain Music Festival conductor. Featured music will include all the fan-favorites – classical treasures, blockbuster movie soundtracks, the best of Broadway, and a few special surprises. Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows, Simsbury. Raindate: 7/11.

Friday at 9:30pm: The Windsor Locks Fire Department Annual Fireworks Display is one of the best and most popular in the area and is part of our annual carnival in July. Raindate 7/11. Veteran’s Memorial Park, Windsor Locks.

Saturday, July 11:

Saturday at 8am: Red Dress Run A 5K run/walk exclusively for women of all ages and abilities to celebrate women’s fitness. The 3.1 mile route starts and finishes in the beautiful Elizabeth Park Rose Garden (with over 15,000 roses in full bloom!) and travels through shade covered residential streets on wide, well paved roads. Bring your nonperishable food donation. Elizebeth Park, Hartford.

{National} Saturdays at 10am: Kids Cooking Class: Cooking with Salt Salt is an amazing way to bring out the flavors in everything you cook. We’ll teach you how to cook on a salt plate, from Chicken and Corn Quesadillas to Chocolate Chip Cookies! Then we’ll teach you how to use different flavored salts on your favorite foods, from popcorn to veggies skewers. Suitable for ages 8-13. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

{National} Saturday at 10am: Black Widow’s Sky Cycle Our Avengers Summer continues this week with Black Widow! Register your child and they can build this Sky Cycle inspired by “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble!” Watch the Animated Series Sunday Mornings on Disney XD! Lowe’s Home Improvement locations.

Saturday at 10am: Walk Around Old Wethersfield Our popular walking tours are back. All tours are free to members and children under 16; $5 for non-members. Tours are cancelled if it rains. Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Old Wethersfield.

{National} Saturdays from 10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Foam Printing Drop in and take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up. $2 per child, Michaels locations.

{Free} Saturday from 10am – 1pm: Second Saturdays: Paper Play Make a pulp paper sculpture and think about paper’s endless possibilities! Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round! Free family tours at 10:30am, 11am and 11:30am – tours last 30 minutes. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

Saturday from 10am – 2pm: Genealogy Road Show From 10 – 11am., Edwin Strickland will give an optional presentation in the Society’s library called “The Mythical Trunk in the Attic”. The program designed for beginners and anyone who wants a refresher is designed around an old trunk filled with some of his own family artifacts – things you are likely to find stored in your home: a family bible, copies of birth, death, and marriage certificates, obituary clippings, photograph albums, inscribed napkin rings. He will show you how these artifacts and documents are pieces of a fascinating puzzle that shows you where you came from and who you are. Each attendee gets an individual consultation with a one of the specialists. Cost for program includes one consultation and optional presentation. Cost is $6 for adults and $5 for students. Additional consultations are available and extra. Schedule your appointment in advance by calling Windsor Historical Society at (860) 688-3813. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

Saturday from 10am – 4pm: Open Studio During every first Saturday of every month the artists open their studios to everyone and anyone interested to see what goes on behind those doors at the Farmington Valley Arts Center. Step into the colorful world of a painter, illustrator, sculptor, potter, jeweler, photographer, chair caner, print- or furniture-maker and be swept away by their ingenious creations. Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon.

Saturday at 11am: A Surprise for Giraffe and Elephant Storytime Join us for Storytime where we will be reading A Surprise for Giraffe and Elephant by Paul Gude and Bulldozer’s Big Day by Candace Fleming. Coloring activities will take place immediately after the story! The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Barbes & Noble, Canton.

{National} Saturday from 11am – 7pm: Free Slurpee Day While supplies last get a free small slurpee at participating 7-Eleven locations.

Saturday from 1:30 – 3:30pm: Attic Tour Join us once again for our ever-popular attic tour! Jack will lead guests on a rare, behind-the-scenes look of the Phelps’ servant & attic spaces. View objects & collections from the 18th-early 20th century. Phelps-Hathaway House & Garden, Suffield.

Saturdays from 6 – 8pm: Outdoor Movie: The BoxTrolls Come early for pre-show entertainment from 6-8pm. The movies starts at sunset. Rated PG and run time 100 minutes. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

Saturday from 7 – 11pm: Cocktails, BBQ & Fireworks Celebrate summer with a fun, family-friendly evening at the Connecticut Science Center! Enjoy fantastic food and drinks as well as a one-of-kind viewing of the Riverfest Fireworks over the Connecticut River. Tickets are still available: purchase yours today! Cocktails, BBQ & Fireworks is presented by US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Sunday, July 12:

Sunday at 7am: Poker Bike Ride Participants choose from a 15-, 25-, or 50-mile bike ride through the Farmington Valley. The ride kicks off at our summer site, The Swim & Tennis Club. After the ride, enjoy a pasta lunch and use of The Swim & Tennis Club. $50 for adults, $$15 kids. Click here for the brochure. The Swim & Tennis Club, Bloomfield.

{National & Parent Time Out} Sunday at 1pm: Technique Class: Cooking with Salt Cooking on a salt plate can enhance the flavor of all types of food. We’ll show you the versatility of the salt plate by preparing Coconut Curry Shrimp Skewers, Beef Teppanyaki, and Tin Roof Sundaes. We’ll also share an overview of different types of salt and how to use them in your favorite recipes. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Sunday from 1 – 2pm: Mystic Paper Beasts Present Sky Tails Join the Windsor Art Center for masked performance theatre for all ages.  The tales told by the Mystic Paper Beasts Theatre Company are original and re-told dreams and myths of transformation expressed through humor and dance while wearing witty and whimsical masks. The Beasts invite viewers to join them for SkyTails, a one-woman performance of a series of Native Ameican stories having to do with the sky, with beginnings, and with flourishings. Geared for grades K-5 and appropriate for family audiences and the young at heart! A performance not to be missed! Suggested donation: $10 per family. Windsor Art Center, Windsor.

Sunday from 1 – 4pm: Poetry Festival Open House Join us for a special Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Open House. You can tour the collection at your own pace—linger in front of your favorite painting, examine the stairway prints in detail, or take in the many decorative arts objects that are not focused on during our regular guided tours. Museum Guides are always stationed throughout the period rooms to answer your questions and engage you in stimulating conversation. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

Sunday at 2pm: Connecticut Harp Circle Performance The Circle plays a blend of Celtic, a little bit of Swedish, Jewish and Turkish music as well. The Harp Circle is a musical ensemble featuring a variety of Celtic or Folk Harps played by a diverse group of 9 Harpers. Refreshments and light fair compliments of Artist Tree Tea House will be served as a High Tea including cucumber sandwiches and Jasmine and Lavender Iced Tea Lemonade. Museum admission is $6 per person for adults, $5.50 for Seniors, and $3.50 for children. Cookies and snacks will also be compliments of the museum to ensure a lovely afternoon. Join in the mood and wear a special hat if you like! Reservations are strongly suggested as this has a limit of seating for this event. The concert is free with admission. New England Carousel Museum, Bristol.

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Savings Alert:

Now through Labor Day save $10 when you sign up for a family membership. Member benefits include: discounts on classes, birthday parties and certain special events. Discount on tickets for our pumpkin trail walk. Free admission to Hungerford. New Britain Youth Museum; Hungerford Park, Kensington.

June 29 – July 5

June is ending and July is beginning all is the same week! This week we are celebrating Independence Day! Thank you to all of the women and men who serve and have served our country and to their families who standby while they are serving. Below we have highlighted what to do over the next week in Hartford County! Check back often as we update daily.

Monday, June 29:

Monday at 12:30 – 2:30pm: Magic Show First build a fairy house out of natural materials in our back yard enclosure. Plus learn how to make your own little fairy to take home. Then watch an exciting performance by Mr. Magic the Magician. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. $3 per person. New Britain Youth Museum, New Britain.

Monday at 6 – 8pm: Bristol Blues Baseball Meet the Blues players and mascot. Bring an item to autograph or purchase merchandise here. $8 per child, adults are free. Call to RSVP. Jump-n-Jammin, Bristol.

Tuesday, June 30:

Tuesday at 10:30am: You Nest Here With Me Storytime Like a baby bird, your nest can be anywhere there’s you and me. Come join Ms. Sue and friends for Storytime. Click here to learn more about this book. Enfield Commons; Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 – 3pm: Join us this summer at the Noah Webster House for a “Bookworm Adventure” workshop where children explore language and literacy through storytelling, the use of a felt board to illustrate what they have learned, and activities that will make the story come to life. This is a teacher-led program using Noah Webster’s House, the Museum, and our hands-on discovery space to inspire children to love to read at this critical stage of learning! Children must be toilet trained. Ages 3 – 6. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

Tuesdays at 6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series: The Great Leone and Motion Man Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. All ages are welcome! Rain location. Free. Community Pavillion (pine Grove), Plantsville.

Tuesdays at 6:30pm: Keeney Kooler Concerts Bring your lawn chair, blanket and a snack to enjoy live music on a summer evening. In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Keeney Ballroom. Free. Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Wethersfield.

Tuesdays at 7 – 8:30pm: Rockin Out: 50’s and 60’s: Bristol Parks and Recreation invite families and people of all ages to come out and enjoy the wide variety of music offered each week ranging from country, high energy rock & pop, classic mowtown and so much more! There are plenty of seats at the amphitheater but we encourage you to bring lawn chairs, a blanket and snacks to enjoy a picnic in the park to the backdrop of amazing bands. Free. Rockwell Park Amphitheatre, Bristol.

Tuesday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 1:

{National} Tuesdays – Wednesdays at 10am: Free Summer Movies featuring How to Train Your Dragon 2 From June 23rd to August 19th Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theatre capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

{Parents Time Out} Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:30pm: Good People Welcome to Southie, a neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo and this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills. Margie Walsh has just lost another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, she thinks an old fling might be her ticket out. With humor and grace, Pulitzer Prize winner Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America. Talk back Tuesday’s, an insightful post-show conversation with the cast after the show. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Tuesday, June 30 – Sunday, July 5:

{Reoccurring & Parents Night Out} Tuesday at 2pm, Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm: HAIR puts rock music and the culture that went with it on stage. The show has a strong effect on everyone, and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos. Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life and What a Piece of Work is Man. This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in America. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Recommended for ages 16 and up due to strong language, nudity and drug use. Tickets start at $15. Tuesday is a special matinee. Saturday is Open Mic after the show and Sunday is Talk Back with the Cast after the show. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Wednesday, July 1:

Wednesday at 12pm: Conversation with Glennon Join us for a discussion and Q&A session with Glennon Doyle Melton, author of the New York Times Bestselling Memoir, Carry On, Warrior and founder of the on-line community at Momastery. Admission for the event is $40 and includes a paperback copy of Carry On, Warrior. Doors open at 10:30am and the event will begins noon, followed by a reception with Glennon at 1pm. Hartford Marriott Downtown, Hartford.

Wednesday at 7pm: “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House” with author Kate Andersen Brower A remarkable history with elements of both In the President’s Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas. America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family. Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members—many speaking for the first time—with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy’s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband’s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon’s resignation and President Clinton’s impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House. Followed by a book sale and signing. This is a free event but reservations are recommended. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Thursday, July 2 – Sunday, July 5:

{Parenting Time Out} Paint Nights Thursday – Friday at 7 – 9:30pm and Sunday at 5 – 7:30pm. Thursday: American Flag (family-friendly), Friday: Beach Chairs and Sunday: Golf Anyone. Perfect for a Moms Night Out, a date night or date-less option. If you have a few friends, include a note when you register to reserve a table or seating together. $25 – $40 per painter. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Thursday, July 2 – Monday, July 6:

Thursday at 9am: Bookfair Please join us for 2Moms on a Mission bookfair. Event will be held every day from Thursday July 2 to Monday July 6. Come support our local non-profit group achieve their goals. Enfield Commons, Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Thursday, July 2:

Thursday at 10am: Get Pop-Cutltured: Throwback Thursday 1950s Join us for a nostalgic journey and relive iconic moments in pop culture from the 1950s. Explore the books, toys, games, music, movies, TV and fashion that shaped the decade and participate in a fun-filled Hula Hoop contest. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley; Barnes & Noble, Canton.

Thursday at 11am: Get Pop-Cultured: Throwback Thursday 1950s Storytime Bring the little ones and join for a nostalgic Storytime. Children of all ages are welcome, Storytime will feature picture books published in the 1950s with a craft activity to follow. Barnes & Noble of Farmington and Glastonbury.

Thursday at 3pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Throwback Thursday 1950s Join us for a nostalgic journey and relive iconic moments in pop culture from the 1950s. Explore the books, toys, games, music, movies, TV and fashion that shaped the decade and participate in a fun-filled Hula Hoop contest. Somserset Square; Barnes & Noble, Glastonbury.

Thursday at 5:30pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Hip Hop/Sock Hop Demonstration by Amore Dance Studio Join us for a back to the 50’s sock hop dance performance by Amore Dance Studio of Enfield. Enfield Commons, Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

{Parents Time Out} Thursday at 5:45 – 8pm: Open Mic Night The first Thursday of every month, Open Mic Night invites poets, musicians, comedians, and performers to make our galleries your stage as you share your work in this mutually supportive community. Open Mic Night is free with general admission, and will be hosted by local artist the Poet Amin. Sign-ups will begin at 5:45pm and performances will start at 6pm and continue until 8pm. Each open mic slot is 20 minutes. Participants are required to bring any necessary equipment. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Thursday at 6pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Throwback Thursday Join us for a nostalgic journey as we relive the most iconic moments in pop culture from the 1950s. We will be featuring a hooping demonstration and hosting a Hula Hoop contest for all ages. Barnes & Noble of Enfield and Farmington.

Friday, July 3:

Friday at 4 – 10pm: The 32nd James Dutch Fogarty Independence Day Celebration The Mohegan Sun All-Stars will highlight the festivities that include children’s games, music, food and fireworks. Tickets for the annual Chicken BBQ ($10) are now on sale at the Town Hall Customer Service and Information Center. Price includes 1/2 chicken, cole slaw, roll, baked potato, watermelon and beverage. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm. The scheduled rain date is Sunday, July 5 (call 860-647-3162 for rain delay update). Manchester Community College, Manchester.

Friday at 5:30 – 8pm: First Friday features live music performed by local and nationally known musicians. Attendees have the opportunity to view the Museum’s premier permanent collection, which includes 300 years of American art. Experience art activities and have intriguing gallery talks while you mix and mingle with other art and musical performance lovers. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soda will also be served during the event. $15 non-Members, $3 for beer and wine, $5 specialty drinks, soda is free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Fridays at 6:30 – 9:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Sandlot Rated PG. Free. Goodwin Park, Hartford.

Friday at 7:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs. Reading Fightin Phils Come to the game in your red, white, and blue and celebrate the Fourth of July with the Rock Cats!

Friday at 7:30pm: Celebrate America: Led by guest conductor and Simsbury High grad Eric Dudley and featuring the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Choir, this program will feature such patriotic favorites as “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Armed Forces Salute,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Plus, music of the Americas including spirituals, South American folk music, Dixieland, and more. Stay for fireworks following the concert! $20 for lawn seating, $40 for table seating per person. Stop by the family tent for fun, music-themed activities before each concert (6pm – 7:15pm). Parking on-site is $10 per vehicle. Raindate: 7/4. Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, Simsbury.

Saturday, July 4:

Saturday at 9am – 12pm: Kids Workshop Learn to Build a Minions Scooter Come learn how to build a Minions Scooter. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Free hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12. Home Depot locations.

Saturday at 10am: Get Pop-Cultured: Magic Tree House-Dinosaurs Before Dark Welcome, young dinosaur hunters! At this dig site, fun will never go extinct, with activities, giveaways and a special offer. Barnes & Noble of Enfield, Glastonbury, Farmington and Canton.

{National} Saturdays at 10am: Jr. Chef Class: Berry Pies and Crisps Join us to make a lattice-crusted blueberry pie and a berry fruit crisp! Kids will learn how to roll out pastry dough, cut a lattice crust, and use seasonal fruit to create delicious filling for their favorite desserts. Suitable for ages 5-13. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Saturday at Sundown: Independence Day Fireworks Watch our legendary fireworks display over the lake, free with park admission! Lake Compounce, Bristol.

Sunday, July 5:

Sunday at 1pm: First Sunday Many, many years ago when you traveled someplace, you added a new sticker from your destination to your suitcase—an eventually it would be covered. Join us when we revive this old tradition and make travel stickers for today’s destinations. Prior to the activity gather in the museum to look at old luggage from the collection and see the world-wide travel stickers on Theodate’s husband’s suitcase and steamer trunk. Free with museum membership or admission. Hill-Stead Musuem, Farmington.

{National} Sundays at 1pm: Free Technique Class: The Perfect Roast Chicken Using a vertical chicken roaster creates juicy, perfectly cooked chicken every time. We’ll show you two easy recipes for cooking your chicken, as well as an easy side dish of roasted potatoes and veggies to serve with it. Times can vary by location. Williams Sonoma locations.

Sunday at 2pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Outlander Fans of Outlander are invited to be transported to the intriguing world of bestselling author Diana Gabaldon with trivia, giveaways and more. Barnes & Noble of Farmington, Glastonbury, Enfield and Canton.

Sunday from 2 – 4pm: Happy Birthday USA Patriotic sing-along honoring our veterans and celebrating the USA. Cake and refreshments served. Farmington Community Center, Unionville.

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Savings Alert:

Now through Labor Day save $10 when you sign up for a family membership. Member benefits include: discounts on classes, birthday parties and certain special events. Discount on tickets for our pumpkin trail walk. Free admission to Hungerford. New Britain Youth Museum; Hungerford Park, Kensington.