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Tuesday, September 19th:


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Women Winemakers at Millwright’s in Simsbury from 6-7:30pm

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Tuesday, September 19th – Sunday, October 8th:


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Wednesday, September 20th:


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Wednesday, September 20th – Sunday, October 8th:



Thursday, September 21st:


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Thursday, September 21st – Saturday, September 23rd

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Thursday, September 21st – Sunday, September 24th



Friday, September 22nd:


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World of Snacks (September 2017)
World of Snacks Kids Cooking Class at ShopRite in Manchester from 6:30-8:30pm

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Friday, September 22nd – Saturday, September 23rd



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Friday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 24th


Writers Weekend


Friday, September 22nd – Saturday, September 30th


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Saturday, September 23rd:


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Batman Day


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Fall Community Day: Surprises/Sorpresas from 10am – 5pm

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Sibshops from 10:30am – 1pm

Big Words for Little Geniuses
Storytime & Activities at 11am

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Tour Modern Art Meets L.A. Cool School from 1-2pm

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Octoberfest 2017


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Saturday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 24th


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Week 12 of 52

Monday, March 20th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 22nd:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 23rd

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


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

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


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

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

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

Friday, March 24th

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

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

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


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

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


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Saturday, March 25th

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

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



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

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

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

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



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


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

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



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

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



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

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


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




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


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Sunday, March 26th

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



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

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



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Week 11 of 52

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

Monday, March 13th

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

Monday, 3.13 – Friday, 3.17:

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

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Tuesday, March 14th

Snow Day

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

Wednesday, March 15th:

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 3.15 – Sunday, 3.19:

Thursday, March 16th

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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



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Thursday, 3/16 – Saturday, 3/18:

Pops 'n Jazz 2017

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



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

Thursday, 3/16 – Sunday, 3/26:



Friday, March 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:

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

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


Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:


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


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

Saturday, March 18th

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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


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


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


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

Saturday, 3/18 – Sunday, 3/19:


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

Sunday, March 19th

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



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


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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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Week 36

Monday, September 5th:

9 – 11am: Big Wheel Derby Help find a “cure for sure” for Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD), a rare Jewish genetic disease. All proceeds benefit Alyssa’s Angel Fund. The morning includes: Ride around the track, martial arts demo, dance-a-thon with DJ Paul and crafts. $18 per family.

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Tuesday, September 6th:

12:45 – 3pm: Adult Coffee Club: The Life of Leonardo da Vinci Join us to learn about Leonardo da Vinci’s life through a presentation and a tour of the Science Center’s traveling exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. Afterwards, participate in a sketching activity, or feel free to explore the other galleries on your own. Event price includes coffee & tea, presentation, guided tour, sketching and admission to all the Science Center galleries. The Life of Leonardo da Vinci presented by Dorothy Keller, Arts Professor and Historian at the University of Saint Joseph. $15 per person. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

1 – 1:45pm: Baby & Me Yoga Kara Simard is your guide as you explore fun ways to interact and bond with your baby! This series class is designed for any caregiver and their baby ages 6 weeks to pre-crawling. We will focus on infant developmental techniques and poses as well as ways for us caregivers to squeeze some precious yoga into our baby-filled days. Reoccurs on 9/13, 9/20 and 9/27.

1 – 2pm: Art Exploration This is a drop-off class but parents are also welcome to stay. $20 per child. Kids ages 3-5.

5:30 – 6:30pm: Salons by Stowe: Food Justice Join the Stowe Center and the West End Farmer’s Market in a facilitated conversation on food justice on Clemens Green. What is food justice? How can we challenge inequities in our food system? How does food access connect to other social justice issues? What can you do to take action? Food for Thought: Food + Justice= Democracy Ladonna Redmond, Building the case for racial equity in the food system, and Why food belongs in our discussions of race. Raindate: 9/27.

Wednesday, September 7th:

9:30 – 10:30am: Toddler Time This is not a drop-off class. $20 per child (babies welcome to join siblings at no additional cost). Ages 18 months- 2.11 years.

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

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{Last Call} 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.

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3 – 5pm: Become a Museum Guide! Do you enjoy art, architecture, history, and sharing stories and information with people? If so, you might have what it takes to become one of our marvelous Museum Guides! Registration is currently being accepted for the Hill-Stead Museum Guide Training Course.  Learn about our Museum Guide program at this Information Session. While training and materials are free, guides are required to become Hill-Stead Museum members. New guide training starts September 12. Required training sessions will be held on Mondays from 9am to 12pm.

5:30 – 8:30pm: HYPE Get HYPEd is a casual event that offers an opportunity to network with other young professionals. Join us for Get HYPEd at The Polish National Home and bring your business cards for your chance to win a prize! Registration is not required for this free event.

Thursday, September 8th:

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Messy Cupcakes! Join us with your toddler or preschooler for a morning filled with baking, dancing, art, play and cupcake decorating! Registration is required.

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5:30 – 7pm: An Evening with Maya Jeffereis Listen as artist Maya Jeffereis discusses her current installation, Fallout Shelter, which is based upon a found United States Navy training exercise. This video installation explores moral values through the decision of choosing six of ten people to survive in a post-apocalyptical hypothetical scenario. After some discussion, she will invite the audience to take on the roles of members in this fictional society and participate in the same experiment.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Veranda Views and Cocktails Join us at Hill-Stead to mingle with friends and watch the sun set from the Veranda. Celebrate the last days of summer with savory samplings from Cure Restaurant, signature cocktails from Hartford Flavor Company, plus wine, beer, and other refreshing beverages. Space is limited, so register early. This is a free event for Hill-Stead Museum Members.

5:30 – 8:30pm: 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 through September on the Richard P. Garmany Fund Music & Education Terrace 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 and funk. Taking over in August, Amy Gallatin & the Stillwaters play rocking bluegrass blended with jazz and 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. All concerts are free and open to the community.

6 – 8pm: Make it Now, Freeze for Later Forget all about weeknight dinner stress, and stock your freezer with our weekend-made meals. We will share our easiest tips for safely storing pre-made dishes. Menu: Homemade Frozen Burritos Make-Ahead Cauliflower Chowder Freezer Spinach–Artichoke Pasta What to Expect: Find out about cooking and handling leftovers safely. Work side-by-side with chefs to create a soup from scratch. Learn important pasta cooking tips.

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6:30pm: Quick-Fix Gluten Free Dinner at Metro Bis Join Metro Bis for a five course, wine dinner featuring Robert M. Landolphi, author of Quick-Fix Gluten Free. Divided into nine sections delving into everything from appetizers and breakfast to hearty, internationally inspired dishes, fan favorite comfort foods and decadent sweets and treats, Quick-Fix Gluten Free offers 100 fast and easily prepared recipes for crave-worthy dishes like Cinnamon Dusted French Toast, Kickin’ Paella, Gnocchi with Roasted Garlic Butter and Parmesan Cheese, and Aunt Lil’s Rich and Creamy Cheesecake. With a focus on fast, fresh and flavorful, these contemporary dishes are simple enough for everyday meals and delicious enough to serve to anyone–whether they are on a gluten-free diet or not.

7 – 8:30pm: Author Talk & Book Signing Join us as author Amy Hughes discusses Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in 19th Century America. In the nineteenth century, long before film and television brought us explosions, car chases, and narrow escapes, it was America’s theaters that thrilled audiences, with “sensation scenes” of speeding trains, burning buildings, and endangered bodies, often in melodramas extolling the virtues of temperance, abolition, and women’s suffrage. Amy E. Hughes scrutinizes these peculiar intersections of spectacle and reform, revealing the crucial role that spectacle has played in American activism and how it has remained central to the dramaturgy of reform. Hughes is Assistant Professor of Theater History and Criticism, Brooklyn College (CUNY).

Thursday, September 8th – Sunday, September 11th:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Queens for a Year Molly Solinas, a young Marine Corps Officer, unexpectedly returns to her family home in Virginia, bringing with her an even younger female Private. Four generations of women who’ve served their country in the Marines clash during what at first appears to be a post-deployment vacation – but is revealed to be much more. An arresting new play from one of the writers of the TV series ‘Army Wives.’ Recommended for ages 14 and up. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, plus intermission. Tickets $25-90. All Regular Season Student Seats $20. Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice. Student tickets by phone only, please. Please call for Student Matinee Rates. Runs until October 2nd.

Friday, September 9th:

5pm: Harvest Dinner Under the Stars Proceeds from this celebration of Connecticut-grown foods will help support our mission to conserve Connecticut’s environment through science-based education that focuses on the state’s bird populations and their habitats, by enabling us to continue to offer a dynamic mix of nature programs, classes and events where people of all ages learn about environmental awareness, conservation and respect for our natural world.

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

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7pm: Acoustic Night Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. Registration is not required.

7pm: Read It and Sleep:”Spaghetti on a Hot Dog Bun” Read It and Sleep is our monthy children’s book reading event. Snuggle in for the reading of a wonderful children’s book, while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. September’s book is ‘Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun” by Maria Dismondy and Kim Shaw.

Sunset: Free Movies in Riverside Park: The Bee Movie 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.

Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 11:

Saturday, September 10th:

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9:30am: FVTC Farm to Farm Tour Join us for our third annual Farm To Farm Tour as we travel the scenic back roads of Simsbury for about 30 miles and stop at local farms. You will be given the opportunity to purchase goodies along the way. A sag wagon to carry your purchases back to your vehicles will again be available. FVTC Farm to Farm Tour Date: 9/10/2016 Time: 9:30:00 AM Rain date: September 11. Join us for our third annual Farm To Farm Tour as we travel the scenic back roads of Simsbury for about 30 miles and stop at local farms. You will be given the opportunity to purchase goodies along the way. A sag wagon to carry your purchases back to your vehicles will again be available. This is a casual ride appropriate for all levels of cyclists. A $20 donation is requested. The ride will depart promptly at 9:30 AM from Iron Horse Blvd and Jim Gallagher Way. Registration open at 8:45. Must complete waiver to ride. Raindate: 9/11.

9:30am – 4:30pm: Speak Up at CHS: All-Day Beginning Storytelling Workshop with Matt Dicks Speak Up co-founder and 23-time Moth StorySLAM and 4-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks will be teaching a day-long workshop on the art of storytelling. This is a workshop designed for people with little or no any previous storytelling experience and seeks to meet the goals of a wide range of participants. While many workshop graduates have gone on to tell stories on stage for Speak Up, The Moth, and other storytelling organizations, most students take this beginner-level workshop with no desire to ever take the stage. People want to learn about storytelling for personal and professional development, to meet new people, to improve communication skills, to develop their writing ability, to challenge themselves, to finally get the attention of grandchildren and colleagues, and to try something new.

10am – 12pm: Mystery Scavenger Hunt It’s time to solve another mystery! Learn about Cedar Hill while deciphering creative clues that direct you around the historic sections of the cemetery. Teams of up to four people each compete in the fun. Once teams have collected all the clues, it’s time to solve the mystery. It’s a race to the finish, as prizes (and bragging rights) will be awarded to teams who solve the mystery the fastest. Reservations are required. $5 per person.

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

11am: Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticut State Archaeologist, will speak at the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead. The program “Connecticut’s Earliest European Settlers: Recent Finds from Windsor and Glastonbury” includes excavations for the exact location of the palisade built in Windsor in the 1600s and a possible site of the trading post constructed in 1633. Tour the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead after the presentation ($5).

1 – 3pm: Inversion Workshops: Forearm Balance and Tripod Headstand Inverted poses, where your head is below your heart, are considered to be among the most powerful poses for daily practice due to their profound effect on your body’s physical and emotional health.

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

3:15 – 4:45pm: Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink Grand Re-Opening Bring your family to check out our newly renovated ice surface, lobby, pro shop, and party rooms. Face painting, giveaways, and balloons for the kids! Skate rental fees apply.

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7 – 9pm: Riverfront Summer Pops The Middletown Symphonic Band is committed to the preservation of live concert band music. The band was established to give both professional and amateur musicians an opportunity to practice and perform together. They perform in Great River Park on 9/10. Rain date: 9/11.

Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 11th:

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Sunday, September 11th:

9:30 – 11:30am: Wild, Edible, Useful and Medicinal Plants The 2-hour walking tour of the grounds is suitable for adults and kids. With cultivated areas, meadows, fields, disturbed habitats, woods, plus a river, all with their own flora, there will be plenty of surprises in store on this tour.

10 – 11:30am: Take a Walk to Discover Moses & Liverworts Come join Steve Messier, Winding Trails’ volunteer botanist, to discover more about the mosses and liverworts that inhabit Winding Trails property. Visit areas along the Poplar Swamp Brook to discover luxuriant poodle moss growth on white oaks and many varieties of sphagnum mosses and liverworts in the hemlock grove above Trout Pond. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes.

10am – 2:30pm: Adult and Teen Mountain Bike Skills Clinic Take your riding to the next level. Get faster times on your bike course at the Triathlon Series, and transition to your run with more energy. We will focus on the 5-mile course. Experience course recon, technical drills and transition practice. Bring your questions! Mountain Bikes only please (no hybrids). Clipless pedals recommended. Helmet is mandatory. Jimena Florit Dolzadelli is a two time Olympian, and four time NORBA Champion. Registration is required by three days prior to event. Ages 13 and up. $15 per person.

11am – 12:30pm: HYPE Intro to Yoga Join us for an intro to yoga with HYPE’s very own Personal & Professional Development Committee member Aaron Eicoff! A certified yoga instructor, Aaron will lead attendees in an invigorating vinyasa flow in one of Hartford’s most beautiful public spaces. Prepare to sweat as you integrate movement and breathe with a creative, eclectic blend of many yogic traditions and styles. Modifications of postures are made to accommodate everyone, allowing both beginning and advanced students the opportunity to enjoy a satisfying, accessible, and energetic experience. Perfect for those who want it all! All you’ll need is a mat or towel, and a bottle of water. Space is limited, so please email RSVP to reserve your spot today!

1 – 4pm: Family Day: Grandparents Day Celebration Bring your family to the Museum to celebrate Grandparents Day! Festivities will include drop-in art activities, a live animal show by The Children’s Museum, and music by the Bedlam Brothers String Band. By using a variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects The Children’s Museum will educate audiences about warm- and cold-blooded creatures and the interactions between different members of the animal kingdom. Kids can get inspired by the lizard presentation for the following chameleon-inspired camouflage collage! The Children’s Museum will bring their animal show on the road to delight multiple generations of visitors here at the NBMAA. Anytime during the day, join us for a drop-in art activity in the American Savings Foundation Art & Education Center to create a ’Camouflage Collage!’ Explore the temperature of color using color-changing reptiles and works from our collection as inspiration. Learn about warm and cool colors, and how to use them to create a wild collage made of various shapes, textures, and hues. With your little ones, color and collage your way to depict a cool-blue chameleon or a red-hot reptile in this multi-media workshop! Stop by the Stanley Works Center to listen to the Bedlam Brothers String Band play an eclectic mix of great old-time American roots music, Celtic music, fiddle tunes, and a mix of traditional and contemporary folk music. The Brothers play a wide mix of instruments, including banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, hammered, dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, accordion, slide guitar, bones, concertina, and more. The varied mix of instruments will delight audience members of all ages.

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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:

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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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