Week 15 of 52

Monday, April 10th

9am – 12pm: Make a Terrarium and Birdhouse For both boys and girls. Spring has sprung! Grow your own herbs from seed in clay pots painted in chalkboard paint. Use chalk to identify what you’ve planted. Paint a pet rock for your garden and make a birdhouse or birdfeeder too! Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

10am – 2pm: LEGO Flying Machine Contests Children ages 3-12 will construct a futuristic flying machine using the New England Air Museum’s collection of LEGOs. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories, and winners need not be present to win. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. Reoccurs on Friday, 4/21. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

12 – 3pm: Monarch butterflies There are approximately 20,000 species of butterflies in the world, but the Monarch butterfly, with its brilliant orange and black wings, is among the most easily recognizable of the species. Learn what makes this species unique, and create your own butterfly to take home. Adults $14.75, children ages 2-12 $13.75, under 2 is free. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1 – 4pm: Press-and-Dry Spring Flowers What a better way to preserve the beautiful blooms of spring than to press them into pictures to keep inside all year round! Flower pressing is very simple, and fun! Make a bookmark out of dried flowers too! Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

4 – 8pm: Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny Dick’s Sporting Goods Court at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester 

Monday, April 10th – Thursday, April 13th

9am – 12pm: Spring Fever! Join us for a week of morning fun & exploration in forest, field, and pond looking for wildlife at Roaring Brook Nature Center. Learn how animals know that spring has arrived. $40 per child. Grades K-5. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Monday, April 10th – Friday, April 14th

10am – 4pm: Spring Vacation Time Take as many trolley rides as you would like operated by period dressed motormen. Learn historic information about each car you ride and how the museum began. Inside the Visitor Center you will find more static trolley cars and artifacts, a theater showing a short film about trolleys and a gift shop to buy that ‘special’ souvenir. You will be able to make your own Jr. Motorman Hat. Self navigate through the Visitors Center using a Scavenger Hunt procedure. Dress-up as a Motorman in the Imagination Center! On the same grounds is the Connecticut Fire Museum complete with antique fire trucks and apparatus. Adults, children (ages 4-12) $10, children 3 and under are free. The Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

Monday, April 10th – Saturday, April 15th

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Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm, Sunday: 11am – 6pm: Visit the Easter Bunny Visit Bunnyville in Center Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny through April 15. Photo packages start at just $23 and everyone who visits receives a free gift! Click here for a review of our recent visit. Westfarms Mall, West Hartford

Monday – Thursday from 11am – 8pm, Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Hop on in for Easter Bunny Photos He’s soft, he’s fluffy and he’s ready for his close-up! Come meet the Easter Bunny and pose for an unforgettable photo. Our convenient online reservations make it easy to enjoy this annual family tradition. No need to stress or hunt for the best deal — just book online and pre-purchase a photo package to save over 30% and get double the prints. Plus, for a limited time, you can save even more on Easter pictures by visiting early! Runs until April 15th. Dick’s Sporting Goods Court at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester 

Tuesday, April 11th

9am – 12pm: Hearth Cooking A child’s favorite. Young cooks will use colonial recipes and cook over an open hearth the old-fashioned way! Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

9:30 – 10:30am: Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. Ages 13 and up. $25 per person. Meet at the Lodge. Runs until Tuesday, May 23rd. Winding Trails, Farmington

10am – 2pm: Constellation Viewer Make & Take Workshop Discover the secrets of the night sky, learn the history of constellations, and build your own paper portal to the stars. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. Reoccurs on Tuesday, 4/18. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

10am – 3pm: Colonial Cooking and Playtime for Children Hearth cooking class for kids 8 to 14, who prepare and enjoy a simple meal together. A variety of colonial toys and games will later be enjoyed. Reservations required. $20. Welles-Shipman-Ward House, Glastonbury

10:30am – 12pm: Drop off Open Play While Ms. Suzanne is away, Mr. Josh and Ms. Hailey will open up the studio for a fun morning of Open Play at TLGT. Drop of your child to play with the toys, paint beautiful masterpieces and see what other fun things Mr. Josh and Ms. Hailey have planned. Suggested ages 4-8, $20 per child ($15 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

12 – 3pm: Dinosaurs Did you know Stegosaurus dinosaurs were about the size of a bus but their brains were only the size of ping pong balls? Join us as we bring dinosaurs back to life and create our own dinosaur collages with paint and collage materials. Adults $14.75, children ages 2-12 $13.75, under 2 is free. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1 – 4pm: Colonial Ragdolls Hand make a traditional colonial rag doll out of scraps of material or fabric. They are one of the most ancient children’s toys in existence. Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

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2 – 4pm: Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Woven Wonders Kids can weave through our exhibits and find the woven treasures hidden in our museum. Create your own woven ART-ifact from yarn or paper. This drop-in program is great for ages 6 to 10. $4 for students. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

4 – 5:30pm: Easter Extravaganza Children age 8 and under will be given a map of Stew Leonard’s and a bag to collect Easter treats from costumed characters throughout the store, including Wow the Cow, Cynthia Chick, and Daphne Duck among others. After the Extravaganza is complete, parents are invited to take photos of their children with the Easter Bunny. Each child will receive prizes ranging from candy and board games to toys and gift cards. Four lucky children will win the Extravaganza’s top prizes: four $50 gift cards to Build-A-Bear, The LEGO Store, Barnes & Noble, and Toys-R-Us! Parents please note: some of the candy included in the eggs may contain peanuts. The Easter Extravaganza is free to the community; however, due to the popularity of this event in years past, this will be a ticketed event. Customers may pick up their complimentary tickets at the customer service desk at Stew Leonard’s in Newington starting March 1, 2017. The event is limited to a maximum of 500 children age 8 and under. Parents and caregivers do not need tickets. Stew Leonard’s, Newington



6 – 7pm: FAQ’s For the Organic Vegetable Garden Join us for a series of open discussions in the Vegetable Garden at Westmoor Park. Bring your questions, concerns, puzzles, and queries, along with photos of your garden, and photos of any problems, insects, or diseases, and we will tackle them in order. Each session will have a timely seasonal topic, such as which plants to plant when, but any questions or discussion would be welcome. For adults and families. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must be registered. April 4: Starting seeds under lights and soil testing. No class July 4. Runs until August 1st, co class July 4th. $9 a class, $36 a session. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

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7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays: Next to Normal An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Reoccurs on 4/18 and 4/25. Theaterworks, Hartford

7:30 – 10pm: Finding Absolute Brightness: How Today’s Youth Can Battle Bullying and Depression This panel discussion will highlight signs of depression, isolation, and bullying in adolescents and how family, friends and the community might spot risk factors before the teen makes negative, and sometimes irreversible, choices. Moderated by Laura M. I. Saunders, Psy.D. ABPP, staff psychologist for Young Adult Services at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital. Post show discussion. Show is at 7:30pm. Discussion is at 9pm. Hartford Stage

Tuesday, April 11th – Sunday, May 7th

Wednesday, April 12th:

9am – 12pm: Bath Bombs and Bath Salts Make your own bath bomb that is fragrant and colorful. To make your bath even more luxurious make a jar of bath salts. Both make awesome Mother’s Day Gifts. Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

10am – 2pm: Pinwheel Props Make & Take Workshop What do pinwheels and propellers have in common? Find out by building your own paper pinwheel with the NEAM Public Programs Team. Reoccurs on Wednesday, 4/19. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

12 – 3pm: Paper Marbling The art of marbling was started in the 1100’s when they were used for decorative purposes, and as a background for official documents. We’ll show you the science and art of how to create your own marbleized paper. Adults $14.75, children ages 2-12 $13.75, under 2 is free. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

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1 – 4pm: Dyeing Workshop Learn how dye was made in colonial times, then dye a handkerchief using Sharpie pens! Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

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2 – 4pm: Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Super Stencils Kids can learn about the stenciled designs found in the chairs, chests, and other wood ART-ifacts in the Making Connecticut exhibit. Use these designs or invent your own design and stencil a box to take home. This drop-in program is great for ages 6 to 10. $4 for students. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

4 – 7pm: Grandparents Bingo Dinner Grandparents are invited to bring their grandchildren to the Senior Center to enjoy dinner, bingo games, and prizes! Doors open at 4pm, and dinner will be served from 4:30-5:30. Bingo will be played from 5:45-7pm. Grandparents Bingo Dinner is free and registration is limited to the first 100 people. This event is sponsored by the Senior Services, Youth Services Bureau, and the Recreation Department. Register online or at the Recreation and Leisure Services Office. 

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 Carousel 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 Carousel Museum, Bristol

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6:30pm: Film & Speaker: “Loving” Join us for the fourth in a series of films and speakers on Shaping Social Change: Loving. Nancy Buirski, the film’s producer, will speak before the film. Loving is the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a married interracial couple whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest led to a legal battle ending at the U.S. Supreme Court.  Tickets available at the door: $9. Reoccurs on Sunday at 2pm. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

6:30 – 7:30pm: Girls in Stride is a new running program for girls ages 6 to 14. It’s a non-competitive training program designed for all levels of runners to introduce girls to the sport of running, help them gain confidence, build self-esteem and lead them to a path of health and fitness. This fun and empowering training program will prepare the girls for the Shad Derby 5K Road Race in May. The program includes a T-shirt and training journal and it meets Wednesdays through May 17th. $75. L.P. Wilson Community Center, Windsor

7 – 8pm: Animals in World War I Please join us for a special program about animals who served in World War I. The Great War (as World War I was called before the Second World War) was known for new and brutal techniques of warfare, made possible by tanks, machine guns, aircraft, and poison gas. Horses, essential to elite cavalry units in past conflicts, remained indispensable for transporting supplies and ammunition over roads that drivers of gasoline-powered vehicles found impassible. Wireless communication units existed but were bulky and sometimes unreliable. Homing pigeons were valued so much as messengers that imprisonment and heavy fines were imposed on those who wounded or killed them. Dogs served as messengers, Red Cross auxiliaries, sentries, rat killers in the trenches, and mascots. This program is being offered in conjunction with the exhibit “The Changing Face of War: Windsor Responds to World War I” partially supported by Connecticut Humanities, on view in the Society’s meeting room through September 20th. Join Society Director Christine Ermenc as she tells their stories at 7pm. Prepare to fall in love with “Sergeant” Stubby, Connecticut’s highly decorated canine World War I veteran who even received a medal of bravery from General Pershing. And starting at 6:30pm, representatives from local animal shelters including Windsor’s Connecticut Cat Connection and East Hartford’s Protectors of Animals will be available to talk with you about their good work and tempt you to enhance your life with a new animal companion. Come at 6:30pm to see the exhibition and speak with shelter representatives at no charge. Cost for the 7pm lecture is $6 adults, $5 students, and $4 for volunteers associated with our local animal shelters.

7:30pm: TheaterWorks Out Help us make TheaterWorks the newest destination for LGBT friends and family. With specialty cocktails, food to grub on… and maybe a few extra curricular activities? Let loose and see an awesome show. TheaterWorks, Hartford

Wednesday, April 12th – Friday, April 14th:

9am – 4pm: School Vacation Week Activities Lots to do for children to celebrate the coming of spring! Drop in for an art scavenger hunt and build a “stone” wall, paint a birdhouse and plant a flower pot to take home. Join us for Thomas Jefferson’s birthday party on Thursday, April 13, from 1-2:30, when we’ll have cake (naturally), party hats and games to celebrate our third President! Drop-in activities, no registration required. Free. Stanley Whitman House, Farmington

Wednesday, April 12th- Sunday, April 16th:

Wednesday – Friday from 1-4pm, Saturday from 1am – 4pm and Sunday from 1-4pm: Eggs, Eggs, Eggs! Spring Scavenger Hunt Spring is the season of eggs – bird eggs, frog eggs, turtle eggs, fish eggs! Help us find them and learn about the animals that laid them and the nests they have built to hold them. Find the hidden nests around the Nature Center, then head out on the trails on a scavenger hunt to see where eggs will be laid this spring. Cost: Scavenger hunt maps free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to preregister. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Thursday, April 13th

9 – 10:30am: Walk, Talk & Gawk – Adult Nature Walks Come join Miss Judy for a casual exploration as we walk along some of our many trails. We’ll talk about what we see or some nature topics in the news. Sometimes we’ll stop to gawk at an interesting find alongside a trail. A different route and topic is planned for each day. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program. Reoccurs until April 27th. $6 per person. Winding Trails, Nature’s Porch, Farmington

9 – 10:30am: Kinder Robotics is a first-level course in robotics. If your child has experience building with LEGO bricks, but has never done robotics, this is the class for them! Help your child begin to explore the world of robotics by building simple electro mechanical machines like drills, magic wands, robotic frogs, and more. In addition to gears and pulleys, kids also learn about sensors and motors. Your child is sure to have fun and start becoming comfortable with technology from a very young age. $18 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

9am – 12pm: Hearth Cooking 2 A child’s favorite. Young cooks will use colonial recipes and cook over an open hearth the old-fashioned way! Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

10am – 2pm: Rocket Balloons Discover the history of rocketry by designing, building and racing your own rocket balloon down our rocket race track. Reoccurs on Thursday, 4/20. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

11am – 12:30pm: LEGO Minecraft Travel to the Nether with Snapology, but watch out for those creepers! Come join us as we bring Minecraft to life using LEGO bricks. Create your own world, including animals, creepers and your very own Minecraft character. LEGO Minecraft is so fun for kids, Snapology has created three levels… Basic, Advanced, and Epic! Students having already taken Basic, will be lead thru Advanced; Students having already taken Advanced, will be lead thru Epic! Students will be grouped together with their level. Ages 5-14. 1.5 Hours. $18 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

12 – 3pm: The Night Sky The constellation Ursa Major contains the group of stars commonly called the Big Dipper. Learn why Ursa Major is called the Great Bear, as we create our own constellation to take home. Adults $14.75, children ages 2-12 $13.75, under 2 is free. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1 – 2:30pm: School Vacation Week Activities Join us for Thomas Jefferson’s birthday party on Thursday, April 13, from 1-2:30, when we’ll have cake (naturally), party hats and games to celebrate our third President! Drop-in activity, no registration required. Free. Stanley Whitman House, Farmington

1 – 2:30pm: Animation Studio – Minecraft; Batman; Star Wars Create your own amazing movies with LEGO Stop-Motion Animation! Students work in teams to create their own storyboard; build LEGO landscapes and scenes; position and photograph movement of their minifigs; and produce their movie on a computer complete with dialogue and sound effects. All necessary equipment including computers, cameras, tripods, backdrops, software, lighting, and audio equipment are provided. Participants have access to the newest LEGO sets from Batman; Star Wars® Rogue One; Minecraft and others to use in the production of their videos. Movies are uploaded to a secure site to share with family and friends! No previous movie-making experience is necessary. Parents are highly encouraged to participate in the fun! 1.5-hours. Ages 7+. $18 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

1 – 4pm: No Sew Blanket & Pillow Making Create a fleece tie blanket to snuggle and your own no sew pillow out of material and stuffing. Personalize it with decorations that you make. Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

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2 – 4pm: Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Elegant Embroidery Kids can explore the world of elegant costumes and colorful embroidery. Get inspired by the clothing and needlework in the exhibits, and design and “sew” your own kid-friendly needlework. This drop-in program is great for ages 6 to 10. $4 for students. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

3 – 4:30pm: MegaMachines Robotics Robotics inspired by the biggest and baddest machines on the planet! Come on an adventure building and programming functional robots using LEGO bricks in this super-fun program. Build different robots each day! Learning is enhanced through the use of LEGO We Do 2.0 and laptop computers in this class! Ages 7+. $18 per child. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

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5 – 8pm: The Know Good Market is an open-air street food destination designed to promote the collective culture of Hartford. Featuring tastes from local restaurants and food trucks, fresh produce from Knox and live music, the Know Good Market offers an experience of raw community celebration. The market was inspired by the eclectic entrepreneurship of the Parkville neighborhood and seeks to engage the community’s heart and stomach. Parkville, Hartford

5:30 – 6:30pm: Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. Ages 13 and up. $25 per person. Meet at the Lodge. Runs until Tuesday, May 25th. Winding Trails, Farmington

5:30 – 7:30pm: April Business After Hours Join the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce on Thursday April 13th at Wiremold-Legrand. Food, drink and tours of the facility! $20 per non-member. 

6:30 – 8:30pm: Girls Night Out Laugh and learn alongside your girlfriends as our instructor walks you through the steps of preparing an elegant menu that’s ideal for spring entertaining. You’ll easily master techniques for making the most of fresh, seasonal ingredients—from creating a savory soufflé to transforming cauliflower into a deliciously healthy “risotto.” We’ll show you how to enhance flavors with salt-block cooking and make tasty, individual-size cakes (for built-in portion control). Plus, our instructor will share entertaining tips and tricks that will have you hosting with confidence in no time. Best of Spring Menu: Spring Pea Soufflé, Salt Block Salmon Niscoise, Creamy Cauliflower “Risotto” and Lemon Lavender Mini Bundt Cakes. Ages 18 and up. $69 per person. Sur la Table, Canton

7:30pm: Post-Show Book Signings with James Lecesne James Lecesne will personally sign copies of his young adult novel, Absolute Brightness, following the 7:30pm show. The novel inspired The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Hartford Stage

Thursday, April 13th – Saturday, April 15th:

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Friday, April 14th

9am – 12pm: Pizza Making in a Hearth Oven Back by popular demand! Kids love pizza! They love making pizza! They love eating pizza! Make and bake pizza the traditional way in our historic beehive oven, colonial style. Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

9am – 12pm: Easter Egg Painter Robotics Snapology Celebrates Easter the LEGO way! Keep the kids learning when they are off from school on Good Friday in this fun and engaging class of Kinder Robotics Easter Egg Painter. Kids will learn how to build their own Easter Egg Painter Robot out of LEGO bricks and then use it to paint their Easter Eggs. Pre-made Easter Egg Painter Robot stations will also be available to ensure everyone gets to paint their eggs! This event is open to all ages. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

9am – 12pm: Easter Build Snapology celebrates Easter… the LEGO way! Keep the kids engaged when they are off from school on Good Friday. We’ll keep them having fun and challenged creating LEGO builds like Easter eggs, bunnies, chicks, and more! Younger children use DUPLO bricks. Older children use LEGO bricks. Adult kids can use whatever they want! Come by anytime; stay as long as you like. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

10am – 1pm: Annual Easter Egg Hunt Weather permitting, Easter eggs will be spread out all over the grounds outside of the Nature Center, so kids bring your favorite basket to collect eggs and earn a surprise! A great event for families with young children. Admission is $5 per child. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

10am – 12pm: Bugs and Blossoms Mini-Camp While Ms. Suzanne is away, Mr. Josh and Ms. Hailey will be leading this awesome mini-camp to get everyone ready for spring. Let’s dig in the dirt, paint a rock bug to decorate your garden, and make seed bombs! We have specially chosen wildflower seeds native to our area so the seed bombs will be beneficial to our bees! Suggested ages 4-10, $30 per child ($20 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

10:30am – 2:30pm: 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Bunny Visit Participating children will be divided into the following age groups: Ages 1-5 and Ages 6-10. Children will collect one of five different colored eggs and exchange those eggs for a goody bag to take home. To ensure the safety of all visitors, it is requested that parents remain with their children at all times during the Egg Hunt. Strollers will not be permitted in the egg hunt areas, and there will be a limited number of goody bags available on a first come, first served basis. Although the Egg Hunt will run continuously from 11:00am to 1:00pm, to ensure there is enough fun for everyone, children and families will only be permitted to participate in one round of egg hunting. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny will be at the Museum greeting visitors from 10:30am-12:00pm and again from 1:00-2:30pm. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

11am – 2pm: Easter Baking Workshop Celebrate Easter with a variety of fresh-baked treats right from your own kitchen. In this 3-hour hands-on workshop, our instructor will walk you through the steps for working with yeast and making an enriched dough from scratch. You’ll laugh and learn alongside classmates as you practice shaping traditional hot cross buns and creating classic babka with the perfect chocolate swirl. Plus, our instructor will share secrets for transforming fresh spring rhubarb and homemade custard into a show-stopping Easter dessert. After mastering a few essentials, you’ll look forward to introducing friends and family to Easter favorites from around the world. Menu: Hot Cross Buns, Rhubarb-Vanilla Custard Tart and Chocolate Babka. Ages 18 and up. $69 per person. Sur la Table, Canton

11:15am – 1:30pm: Easter Egg Hunt 11:15am – 11:45am: 0-3 year olds (parent helpers welcome), 12pm – 12:30pm: 4 – 6 year olds, 1pm – 1:30pm: 7 – 9 year olds. Free of charge. Crystal Bees, Southington

12 – 3pm: Insects and Arachnids Learn the differences between the two as we make our own spiders, ladybugs, and dragonflies. Adults $14.75, children ages 2-12 $13.75, under 2 is free. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1 – 4pm: Food Preservation In colonial days vegetables were either pickled or dried. Fruits were made into jellies or jams, dried, or soaked in alcohol. In this workshop children will do both and take home what they made. Kids ages 7 –12. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

2 – 4pm: Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Marvelous Metal Kids can can discover how metal is transformed into swords, lanterns, and other metal ART-ifacts. Design and make a punched tin lantern to take home. This drop-in program is great for ages 6 to 10. $4 for students. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

3 – 4:30pm: Easter Rabbit Robotics Snapology Celebrates Easter the LEGO way! Keep the kids learning when they are off from school on Good Friday in this fun and engaging class of Easter Bunny Rabbit Robotics. Kids build bunny or rabbit models using LEGO Technic engineering sets and then get them moving and jumping using gears and motors. Ages 4-7 use Kinder Robotics sets; Ages 7+ add sensors, laptops, and controls using WeDo Robotics. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

Friday, April 14th – Saturday, April 15th: 

7pm: Reaction Bubble Dance Performance What does the physical distance between us mean? Reaction Bubble is an installation that includes custom electronics, video, ceramic sculpture, and choreography, and this presentation is the culmination of a four-year collaboration. The artists who worked together to create Reaction Bubble are the team of LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus), choreographer Deborah Goffe, and ceramicist Matthew Towers. Real Art Ways introduced the artists to each other in 2012. In the Performance component of the exhibition, five dancers interact with the Reaction Bubble installation and each other as they explore the impact and significance of Public Space, Social Space, Personal Space and Intimate Space. Real Art Ways, Hartford

Friday, April 14th – Sunday, April 23rd

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Godspell Parables vibrantly come to life in this most beloved family-friendly musical based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. Follow Jesus and his disciples as they create a community and teach tolerance and kindness through lessons intertwined with an eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville. The 2012 revival version is updated with contemporary references and features dazzling new arrangements of Stephen Schwartz’s (composer of Wicked and Pippin) score, include the songs “Day by Day,” “All Good Gifts,” and “Beautiful City.” Runs until April 23rd. $25 General admission, $30 VIP. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall

Saturday, April 15th

9am – 12:15pm: Easter Egg Hunt 9am – 9:45am: children ages 3 and under, 10:15-11am and 11:30am – 12:15pm: all ages (up to 10). $10 per child. You must pre-register for this event. Space is limited. This event is non-refundable. My Gym, West Hartford



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11am – 2:30pm: Whose Egg Is It? Egg Hunt Spring has sprung! Learn about the birds that are returning to Connecticut after a cold winter while joining in a fun egg hunt! Take a short hike and search for brightly colored eggs filled with treats as well as decorated and camouflaged eggs that resemble wild bird eggs which are all carefully hidden along the trails. Identify the bird eggs you find and help place them in the appropriate (artificial) nest with the help of our bird ID chart. $5 per egg collector. Northwest Park & Nature Center, Windsor

11am – 2pm: 21st Annual Easter Egg Hunt Follow the Easter Bunny to Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor on Route 4 where kids can hunt for over 15,000 Easter Eggs filled with chocolate and prizes with your $3 donation to Our Companions Animal Rescue. The Hunt is hosted by WRCH’s Mike Stacy with start times as follows: 11:15am: ages 2 and under, 12pm: 3 and 4 year olds, 12:45pm: 5 – 6 year olds (children only – no parents), 1:15pm: 7 -9 year olds (children only – no parents), 2pm: Sensory-friendly and all accessible (adults as needed). Everyone can enjoy tons of family fun from 11am to 2pm: meet Mike Stacy from Lite 100.5 WRCH, face painting (tips accepted), bounce house (donations accepted), $3 tie-dye vanilla ice cream cones, pictures with the Easter Bunny for $8 and take a ride aboard the Roaming Railroad for $3 per ride. Bring your Easter Basket and your appetite! The Ice Cream Parlor will be open scooping up over 40 delicious flavors of hard and soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt. Hungry for lunch? Enjoy hot dogs and soft pretzels! And don’t miss Pat’s Famous “Tacos in a Bag”! 

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8-9:30pm: Comedy Night Patty Rosborough (Co-headliner) is one of the top headlining comics in the country with her hard hitting, high‐energy style of comedy. She got her start in New York City appearing with the improv troupe, ‘Future Schlock’ and in the Off-Broadway production of ‘Gay Dracula,’ a campy romp where she bared it all. Dr. Jay Sutay (Co-headliner) the self-proclaimed “Hardest Working Pediatrician in Comedy”, is a frustrated pediatrician from South Windsor, CT, who brings his tales from the exam rooms, his experience working with kids and their parents, as well as his own tribulations as the father of two daughters to his stand up comedy. His cutting and sometimes incisive commentary about society, parenting and raising kids, has left audiences laughing. $15. BYOB. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Saturday, April 14th – Sunday, April 15th:

11am – 3pm: Easter Bunny Fun Days Join the Connecticut Trolley Museum for a day of family fun. The Easter Bunny will be roaming the grounds and posing for pictures. Each child will receive an extra-large Easter egg full of goodies when they complete an Easter Egg Scavenger hunt. Additionally, there will be face painting and a make and take art craft. Adults $12, children (ages 4-12) $10, children under 3 are $3. Reoccurs 4/14-15. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

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Sunday, April 16th

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6:30pm: Film & Speaker: “Loving” Join us for the fourth in a series of films and speakers on Shaping Social Change: Loving. Nancy Buirski, the film’s producer, will speak before the film. Loving is the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a married interracial couple whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest led to a legal battle ending at the U.S. Supreme Court.  Tickets available at the door: $9. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

2pm and 7:30pm: Open Captioned Performances: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. Free with admission.

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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 7 of 52


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


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Monday, February 13th:


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


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



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


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


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


Monday, 2/13 – Monday, 2/20:


The Great Trade-In gear & furniture event


Tuesday, February 14th:


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



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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


Tuesday, 2/14 – Sunday, 2/19:


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



Wednesday, February 15th:


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


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


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


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


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


Wednesday, 2/15 – Sunday, 3/5:



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


Thursday, February 16th:

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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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Friday, February 17th:


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


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


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



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


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Friday, 2/17 – Saturday, 2/18:



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


Friday, 2/17 – Sunday, 2/19:


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


Saturday, February 18th:


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


Saturday, 2/18 – Sunday, 2/19


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


Sunday, February 19th:

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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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Week 6 of 52

Monday, February 6th:

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 7th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 2/7 – Sunday, 2/19:

SUNSET BABY

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

The Comedy of Errors

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

Wednesday, February 8th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, February 9th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 2/9 – Sunday, 2/11:

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

Friday, February 10th:

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, 2/10 – Saturday 2/11:

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

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

Friday, 2/10 – Sunday, 2/12:

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

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

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

Friday, 2/10 – Saturday, 2/18:

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

Friday, 2/10 – Sunday, 2/19:

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

Saturday, February 11th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Valentines Day Storytime

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, 2/11 – Sunday, 2/12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Week 5 of 52

Monday, January 30th:

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

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

Tuesday, January 31st:

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10 – 10:45am and 12:30 – 1:15pm: Winter Little Adventures Join the fun! This 5-session program is designed for your 4 – 5 year olds. Each week your child will spend 45 minutes doing a variety of activities such as the outdoor bouldering wall, snow fort building, cross-country skiing, ice skating or tubing as well as participating in team building activities and other winter themed programs. Activity choice will depend on weather. Registration is required by 3 days prior to start of session. $60 per session. Reoccurs until February 7th. Winding Trails, Farmington

9:30 – 10:30am: Super Bowl Party at Stew’s (Toddler Class) Join us for the most delicious Super Bowl party of 2017! We will prepare some of your game day favorites, including mini corn dog bites, bubbly cheesy garlic bread, and meatball pizza bites. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Friday (same times) and Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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

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

4:30 – 5:15pm: After School Gliders Learn the sport of cross-country skiing. This fun based 6-session class will be a group cross-country ski lesson specially designed for kids. Your child will learn the basics of cross-country skiing on level terrain and become familiar with the snow. Skis, poles and boots will be provided. Classes meet at Garmany Hall Ski Center weather permitting. Registration is required by 3 days prior. Ages 6-10. $60 per session. Winding Trails, Farmington

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

6:30 – 8:30pm: Cupcake Decorating Class Decorate sweet Valentine’s Day treats with buttercream icing and sprinkles. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $26. Michaels locations

7:15pm: Author Signing With Abby Fabiaschi Join us as we welcome Connecticut author Abby Fabiaschi to the store for a signing of her debut novel I Liked My Life. Barnes & Noble, Blue Back Square, West Hartford

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

Tuesday, January 31st – Sunday, February 19th:

SUNSET BABY

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday Matinee at 2:30pm: Sunset Baby A powerful and honest story of one woman’s journey from a hard existence to her own liberation. Sunset Baby is an energetic, daring look at the point where the personal and political collide. From one of the most exciting young voices in American theater, this dynamic new play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom and the politics of freedom. Jan 24: Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Feb 1 TheaterWorks OUT Help us make TheaterWorks the newest destination for LGBT friends and family. With specialty cocktails, food to grub on… and maybe a few extra curricular activities? Let loose and see an awesome show. Runs until February 19th. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Theaterworks, Hartford

The Comedy of Errors

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Comedy of Errors A Madcap, Midwinter, Musical Extravaganza! 22 actors. 2 pairs of twins. 1 crazy day. Shake the midwinter blues away with Shakespeare’s zaniest comedy, performed by a lively ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, musicians and acrobats. Opa! Tresnjak sets The Comedy of Errors on a sun-kissed island off the coast of Greece in 1965. The production will feature both international songs from the era and exotic dance numbers. The Bard’s zaniest comedy, in which two sets of twins separated at birth find themselves in the same city on the same day, leads to a string of mistaken identities, over-the-top slapstick and false accusations. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 90 minutes with no intermission. February 1st: AfterWords Discussion Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following the performance. February 4th: Audio Described Performance at 2pm. For patrons who are blind or have low vision. Included with the ticket cost. Runs until February 12th. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Wednesday, February 1st:

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. This program will continue February 15th and March 1st, 15th, 29th. Admission is $15 per child. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury  

3:30 – 5pm: After School Nature Club for Junior Naturalists Nurture your child’s natural curiosity in our new After School Junior Naturalist Program. We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child. Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data. Studies show that spending time outdoors increases children’s test scores and creativity, improves focus and is great for their health – plus they will be awed by the world around them. Dress them for the weather; they will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. Students ages 5-9. This program will continue February 15th, March 1st, 15th and 29th: a total of 7 classes. Admission is $15 per child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

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

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

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

6:30pm: Crochet Flowers Learn to make these super fun flowers with Caroline Huey! This is a beginner’s crochet lesson and you will learn: How to: Chain, single crochet, double crochet and create a scalloped edge. All materials included. Adults/Parents, BYOB if you like! Please call to let us know you can make it. Recommended for ages 10 and up. $25 per person. Scraptivity, Berlin

7 – 8pm: Connecticut’s Last Slave? Nancy Toney’s Life and Legacy Join Loomis Chaffee School Archivist Karen Parsons for a program about Windsor’s Nancy Toney, a woman of African descent owned by three Connecticut families over the course of her 83 years. She lived through the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and passed away in 1857 shortly before the Civil War. Seldom portrayed in art or photographs, enslaved household members like Nancy Toney were supposed to be invisible whenever guests came calling, yet they worked in kitchens, washed and ironed and spun, emptied chamber pots, and kept households running smoothly. Although sometimes referred to as Connecticut’s last slave, Nancy Toney is listed as a free person in Windsor’s 1830’s census records long before slavery was officially outlawed in Connecticut in 1844. She remained with the Loomis family in Windsor until her death, and is buried in Palisado Cemetery. Her gravestone is a stop on the Connecticut Freedom Trail. A small oil portrait of Toney by Osbert Loomis and a recently discovered daguerreotype image are among the treasures held by the Loomis Chaffee School archives. Come learn more about Nancy Toney’s life, legacy, and community, the way she was portrayed in rare visual images of her that survive, and interfaces between art, photography and science in the middle years of the nineteenth century. $6 adults, $5 students. Snow date: 2/2. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

7:30pm: Sunset Baby TheaterWorks Out Help us make TheaterWorks the newest destination for LGBT friends and family. With specialty cocktails, food to grub on… and maybe a few extra curricular activities? Let loose and see an awesome show. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Theaterworks, Hartford

Thursday, February 2nd

6 – 8am: Groundhog Prediction Will it be an early spring or a long winter? Only Connecticut Chuckles Knows! “Chuckles” is keenly aware of her celebrity status as Connecticut’s official groundhog. You may only see her sleeping, but that is because she is up all night consulting with meteorologists, examining satellite photos and reading her farmer’s almanac. Please join museum members, local dignitaries and the media as Chuckles makes her annual prediction at sunrise. We will open our doors promptly at 6am. Stay for a bite to eat before heading off to work or school. Admission is free! Lutz Museum, Manchester


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2:30 – 3:30pm: Mommy and Me Canvas Class Bring your children for our monthly Mommy and Me gathering. This month we are featuring our love themed canvas. Kids will enjoy painting on their handprints while parents assist. Please dress for mess, this project is great for babies and toddlers. Chose canvas size: 12×12 $25 or 16×20 $35. Register in advance. My Own Masterpiece Studio, Rocky Hill

4 – 5:15pm: Snapology Celebrates: The SuperBowl In this session of Snapology Celebrates, we celebrate the togetherness, teamwork, and sportsmanship that comes from shared experiences like sporting events. Students learn about the game of football; who some of the teams are; the different positions; and develop an appreciation of Sunday’s upcoming big game. Kids express their understanding of the game of football through the building of Mosaic Art using LEGO Bricks. Ages 4 and up. Unitarian Universalist Church, West Hartford

5:30 – 7pm: Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance Join us for our first ever Father and Daughter V-Day Dance. There will be dancing, a choreographed Zumba Dance, Snacks, Picture Station, Valentine’s Craft Station and much more… So put on that party dress and treat your little girl like a princess for the evening! $15 per couple, siblings $5. My Gym, West Hartford




5 – 8pm: Art After Dark: The Lure of Japan Celebrate the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan after hours, with music, activities, food, cash bar, and a film! Enjoy performances by Taiko drummers, music by NYC-based DJ Keiichiro Nakajima, Origami and Japanese lessons, and a Kimono dressing workshop. Plus, visit the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Izakaya—our Pop-Up Sake Bar! Curator Oliver Tostmann will give a 30 minute tour of Utamaro and the Lure of Japan at 6pm, and artist Valeska Soares will give a talk about her MATRIX 176 installation in Avery Court at 7pm. A screening of the Japanese comedic drama Shall We Dance (1996) begins at 8pm, and is included with Art After Dark admission. Tickets are $10, and will be available at the door. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

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Friday, February 3rd:

9:30 – 10:30am: Super Bowl Party at Stew’s (Toddler Class) Join us for the most delicious Super Bowl party of 2017! We will prepare some of your game day favorites, including mini corndog bites, bubbly cheesy garlic bread, and meatball pizza bites. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6 – 8pm: Young Adult Hangout Autism Families CT has officially launched our Young Adult Hangout program! We are excited to bring young adults on the spectrum together to develop friendships and socialize while engaging in a variety of structured activities. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity practice multiple daily living skills! For the month of February, participants will be making Chicken Quesadilla and playing a variety of board games! To help up plan, please respond to the following questions. Also, as with all of AFC’s programs, a parent or caregiver will need to remain in the building for the duration of the program. $15 per child. Autism Families CONNECTicut, Newington


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7 – 10pm: Evening Ski Tours for Adults Skiing under the stars! Does this atmosphere sound good to you? If you answered yes, then you’ll want to join us for this unique program. Weather permitting, fellow skiers will gather the 1st Friday of the month for a special guided ski tour of our trail system. The warmth of a roaring fire, light fare and conversation will follow this nocturnal trek. This program is not for beginner skiers. (Weather permitting) Registration is required by noon, Thursday prior to the event. $25 per person. Winding Trails, Farmington

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Friday, February 3rd – Saturday, February 18th:

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

Friday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 19th:

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Calendar Girls This revealing comedy, inspired by the Hollywood hit movie, opens LTM’s 2017 Season. When your husband dies, Annie and her Yorkshire Women’s Institute members come together to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room by posing for a calendar…completely in the nude. Positioned behind flowers, cakes, and knitting projects, the women discover what it means to be confident in their own skin and the shining beauty within themselves and each other. Based on a true story, this hilarious play will leave you feeling better about life than when you entered the theater. Both the VIP and General seating sections are first-come, first-served. VIP seats are in the first six rows of the house. Single tickets for comedies and dramas are $25 VIP or $19 for general section seating. Opening Night: from 7- 7:30pm Join us for dessert and champagne to celebrate the opening performance. RSVP for Opening Night Reception. Little Theatre of Manchester, Manchester

Friday, February 3rd – Saturday, February 4th:

6 – 8pm: Super Bowl Party at Stew’s! Join us for the most delicious Super Bowl party of 2017! We will prepare some of your game day favorites, including mini corndog bites, bubbly cheesy garlic bread, tater tot skewers, and meatball pizza bites. We will also make a homemade dip to go along with your favorite chips! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

8pm: Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post in this raucous comedy! Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage puts the audience in the middle of a live session with Miss Abigail, played by Julie Lemos, the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars. With the help from her sexy sidekick Paco, played by Jon Escobar, they’ll answer any and every one of your questions as they offer up Miss Abigail’s outrageously funny “how-to’s” on dating, mating and marriage including – how to perfect your kiss (it’s all about lip position), what you should and should not talk about on a date (don’t mention you’re a dungeon master until the third or fourth date) and much more. Kick back and relax as Miss Abigail provides the expertise she honed before booty calls and speed-dating ruled – before the divorce rate wasn’t 50% and when ‘fidelity’ was more than an investment firm! You’ll improve your love life and strengthen your relationships well beyond her session. Oh, and you’re sure to be laughing about love all night long – that’s the Miss Abigail guarantee! Doors open at 7:15pm. Ticket price $30 (plus tax). CT Cabaret Theatre, Berlin

Friday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 5th:

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Saturday, February 4th:

8am – 4pm: Two-Gen Parent Academy Two-Generational Practice (Two-Gen) helps children and parents succeed, keeps the family together and economically strong. At the Two-Gen Parent Academy parents will learn new skills and understand the power of our stories to effect public policy. Mothers and fathers will learn about school and workforce success for our children and ourselves. There will be great workshops, awesome speakers, free lunch, childcare and books for children. Registrations & Light Breakfast begins at 8am. Interactive workshops. Free. Legislative Office Building, Hartford

9 – 10am: Super Bowl Party at Stew’s (Toddler Class) Join us for the most delicious Super Bowl party of 2017! We will prepare some of your game day favorites, including mini corndog bites, bubbly cheesy garlic bread, and meatball pizza bites. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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10am – 1pm: Family Program: Valentines for Kids Instead of buying your Valentine’s Day cards this year, come to CHS to create old-fashioned, hand-made Valentines! Get inspired by Valentines from long ago, then use your creativity to make Valentine cards to give to your friends and family. This program is great for all ages! This program is free and open to the public. PS Come early or stay later because this is the first free Saturday; where guests get free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

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2 – 4pm: Family Winter Survival What do you do if you get lost in the woods in winter? Learn what basic supplies you may need to survive a night outdoors. Includes shelter construction and fire building (and maybe make S’Mores). Dress for winter weather. Not geared for children under 9. Pre-registration required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton



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

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Sunday, February 5th:

11:30am – 12:30pm: Educator Day! Bristol early childhood educators will receive one free admission to Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center. Bring a friend and tour our unique museum studios that are designed to enhance the State of CT ELDS. Come and see how Imagine Nation can support learning in your classroom. Show your School ID when you check in at the Admission Desk. Imagine Nation, Bristol

11:30am – 2:30pm: Playing on the Spectrum Playing on the Spectrum is starting February 5th! This gym program provides children on the spectrum with the opportunity to develop new skills, engage in developmentally-appropriate play, and build social connections. This program features a concurrent siblings program, too! Cost: 11:30am – 12:30pm: ages 3-6. 12:30-1:20pm: ages 7-9 and 1:30 – 2:30pm: ages 10-13. $50 per participant, $10 per sibling. Runs until Sunday, 2/26. Autism Families CONNECTicut, Newington

12:30pm: Pipes Alive! Back by popular demand, the Pipes Alive! series resumes with St. John’s own Scott Lamlein playing the mighty Austin organ on Sunday, February 5 at 12:30 p.m. Works include J.S. Bach’s monumental Prelude and Fugue in E-flat (St. Anne), and compositions by local composers Peter Niedmann and Christa Rakich, who will be playing later on this series. Join us for half-hour organ concerts featuring St. John’s magnificent Austin pipe organ, on the first Sunday of the month, January through June, 12:30 p.m. with local organists. Free! Sacred Music at the Red Door, West Hartford

1 – 3pm: Celebrate Tu B’Shevat with Sifryat Pijama Bring the family and listen to stories in Hebrew followed by a craft and light snack, all to celebrate Tu B’Shevat. Sifryat Pijama is the Hebrew equivalent of PJ Library. Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

1 – 4pm: Wildlife Super Sunday Bears vs Cardinals? Eagles vs Buffalos? Ravens vs Rams? Join us at the Nature Center to learn about the animal sports mascots and who you would want to have on you dream team. What other animals would you want as mascots for your team? Turtle racing, games, and treats. No need to preregister. Included with the cost of admission. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

3:30 – 5pm: His & Her Mugs Say I love you with a warm cup of whatever your heart desires! Paint this with your sweetie or for your sweetie. Personalize this with your choice of colors and names. Price: Starting at 13.50/mug. Register in advance. My Own Masterpiece Studio, Rocky Hill

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Week 4 of 52

Monday, January 23rd:

11am – 1pm: Seminar: Reclaim Your Professional Self Are you seeking to return to professional work after opting out as a care-giver? Let Untapped Potential’s esteemed Coaches guide you! With the help of our moderators, Kelley Biskupiak and Susan Rietano Davey, you will dig deep to begin clarifying where you are now and where you want to go. This Session includes Who Am I?, a strengths and values exercise to remind participants who they are beyond caregiver; and Stories of Hope, unique real-life returners’ stories from firsthand experience shared to inspire participants with confidence that ‘it can be done.’ Using leading industry evaluation tools, you’ll perform a personality assessment and discuss how personality influences the way you work. You’ll also complete an aptitude assessment and discuss why and how to play to your natural aptitudes when making career choices. This Stand-alone Session will kick-start your return-to-work journey! It also serves as a sampling of our full Prepare To Launch Program: Launch with Confidence in 2017! Participating will give you an overview of what to expect throughout. $50 per person. Canton Gateway Office Park, Building #5, Floor 2, Canton

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

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6pm: Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper Audition New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions for children ages 8 through 14 for Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on May 5, 6 and 7. The Prince and the Pauper, adapted by R. Rex Stephenson, is a theatrical version of the Mark Twain novel which takes place in the attic of Twain’s home. When a group of neighborhood girls and boys visit Twain, he narrates the story and passes out parts, and the children act out The Prince and the Pauper. Happening alongside this action, Twain meets with a person who he had selected to take dictation as Twain recalls the events of his life for his autobiography. The play will be directed by Rae Johnson. All levels of experience are welcome, and auditions are open to children from any town. No audition preparation is necessary, but those auditioning will meet as a group with the directors and will read from the play. To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. Older children age 13 and up may also call with interest in helping backstage. Holmes Elementary School, New Britain

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

Tuesday, January 24th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year! (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the Year of the Rooster with some authentic Chinese recipes! Today we will make homemade dumplings, vegetable lo mein, and sugary sweet Chinese donuts. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Friday and Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

12:30 – 1:15pm: Winter Little Adventures Join the fun! This 5-session program is designed for your 4 – 5 year olds. Each week your child will spend 45 minutes doing a variety of activities such as the outdoor bouldering wall, snow fort building, cross country skiing, ice skating or tubing as well as participating in team building activities and other winter themed programs. (Activity choice will depend on weather). Registration is required by 3 days prior to start of session. $60 per sesson. Reoccurs until 2/7. Winding Trails, Farmington

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

12:30 – 1:15pm: Winter Little Adventures Join the fun! This 5-session program is designed for your 4 – 5 year olds. Each week your child will spend 45 minutes doing a variety of activities such as the outdoor bouldering wall, snow fort building, cross country skiing, ice skating or tubing as well as participating in team building activities and other winter themed programs. (Activity choice will depend on weather). Registration is required by 3 days prior to start of session. $60 per sesson. Reoccurs until 2/7. Winding Trails, Farmington

1-3pm: Snow Day Camp Get the kids out of the house to do some dancing, playing and baking! Ms. Suzanne and the kids will bake some brownies. While the brownies are baking the kids will have a chance to play, dance and sing. Ages 4-10. Drop-off. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

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

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

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7pm: Counting Sheep and Other Sleep Stuff Join Dr. Scott Kallor for a conversation on sleep issues geared toward families with young children. Topics will include children falling asleep on their own, frequent nighttime awakenings, sleep terrors, and other phobias. Scott Kallor is a pediatrician and partner in Pediatric Partners LLC in Bloomfield. Free and open to the community. RSVP required by Friday, January 20. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

7:30pm: Playwrightes on Park Reading Series is an exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work. A reading of a new play by professional actors; a talk back following the reading with with the playwright, the cast and the director; and opportunity for audiences members to complete a response card pertaining to the play/musical. Human Rites After receiving a complaint from a group of students, an African American dean at a major American university summons a renowned (Caucasian) professor of cultural psychology into her office to discuss his controversial research on female genital mutilation. But it is the extra-marital affair these two academic heavyweights engaged in years ago, along with a surprise visitor, that brings their battle over science, privilege and cultural pluralism to a boil. $5 general admission. Playhouse on Park. West Hartford

Tuesday, January 24th – Tuesday, January 31st:

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

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

Tuesday, January 24th – Sunday, February 19th:

SUNSET BABY

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

The Comedy of Errors

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Comedy of Errors A Madcap, Midwinter, Musical Extravaganza! 22 actors. 2 pairs of twins. 1 crazy day. Shake the midwinter blues away with Shakespeare’s zaniest comedy, performed by a lively ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, musicians and acrobats. Opa! Tresnjak sets The Comedy of Errors on a sun-kissed island off the coast of Greece in 1965. The production will feature both international songs from the era and exotic dance numbers. The Bard’s zaniest comedy, in which two sets of twins separated at birth find themselves in the same city on the same day, leads to a string of mistaken identities, over-the-top slapstick and false accusations. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 90 minutes with no intermission. 1/24 & 1/25: AfterWords Discussion Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30pm performances on Tuesday or 2pm Wednesday matinees. Free for ticketholders. 1/29: 2pm and 7:30pm: Open Captioned Performances For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Wednesday, January 25th:

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. This program will continue February 1, 15 and March 1, 15, 29. Admission is $15/child. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury  

11am – 12:30pm: Entrepreneur Vision Board As an Entrepreneur this is a great time to create your 2017 Vision Board! Jump start your year with a beautiful piece of art that empowers you and sets the stage for success! Things to Bring: Images, printed words, scrapbook materials, inspiring quotes that you love! Bring the stuff (you can add to your board) that brings you joy and inspiration! Ask yourself: When I am living my vision, what am I doing? What does you vision feel like? What does my vision look like? Rebecca will guide you and all materials are included (aprons, surface board, supplies, & also instruction). $25 per person. Axis901, Manchester

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3:30 – 5pm: After School Nature Club for Junior Naturalists Nurture your child’s natural curiosity in our new After School Junior Naturalist Program. We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child. Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data. Studies show that spending time outdoors increases children’s test scores and creativity, improves focus and is great for their health – plus they will be awed by the world around them. Dress them for the weather; they will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. Students ages 5-9. This program will continue February 1st & 15th and March 1st, 15th & 29th: a total of 7 classes. Admission is $15/child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

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

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6pm: Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper Audition New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions for children ages 8 through 14 for Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on May 5, 6 and 7. The Prince and the Pauper, adapted by R. Rex Stephenson, is a theatrical version of the Mark Twain novel which takes place in the attic of Twain’s home. When a group of neighborhood girls and boys visit Twain, he narrates the story and passes out parts, and the children act out The Prince and the Pauper. Happening alongside this action, Twain meets with a person who he had selected to take dictation as Twain recalls the events of his life for his autobiography. The play will be directed by Rae Johnson. All levels of experience are welcome, and auditions are open to children from any town. No audition preparation is necessary, but those auditioning will meet as a group with the directors and will read from the play. To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. Older children age 13 and up may also call with interest in helping backstage. Holmes Elementary School, New Britain

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



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

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7 – 9pm: Bird Nerd Trivia Think you have what it takes to call yourself an Avian Authority? Then join us to start the New Year right with our first Bird Nerd Trivia of 2017. Test your avian knowledge against bird enthusiasts from around the state! We’ll have refreshments, great company and trivia on topics ranging from bird identification to birds in pop culture. It’s also a great opportunity for you to explore our beautifully renovated center and see what’s new! $8 for non-members. The CT Audubon Center, Glastonbury

Wednesday, January 25th – Sunday, January 29th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: [title of show] Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration. Tickets $35-50. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, January 26th

10am – 1pm: Learn Ski Lunch Come for a cross country ski program and stay for lunch. If you have never cross country skied or need a refresher this is a great program for you. This program includes rental equipment, a lesson, and lunch. Space is limited and program is held weather permitting. Lunch will be provided from our snack bar. Registration is required by 3 days prior. $20 per adult. Winding Trails, Farmington

12 -1pm: Gallery Talk: Visualizing American Independence Explore the creation of an early American visual lexicon with Erin Monroe, Robert H. Schutz, Jr., Associate Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, in the permanent collection installation John Trumbull: Visualizing American Independence. Included with the cost of admission, $15 per adult, Students with school ID $5, children under 18 are free. . Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

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

4:15 – 6pm: An Afternoon at the Spa Ms. Suzanne will be hosting a spa event at TLGT! We will be doing facials, foot scrubs and yoga. Ms. Suzanne and the kids will also make some delicious smoothies. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle with you. $30 ($20 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

5:45 – 7:15pm: Family Art Wars Ms. Suzanne has been collecting a bunch of recyclables and other art supplies. She wants to see what each family can create from her collection. Each family will have 25 minutes to make a masterpiece using the supplies at hand. After the 25 minutes, our panel of judges will choose their favorite creation. Snacks will be served. Please note that there will not be any toys out in the studio for younger siblings to play with. $25 per family. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

5:30 and 7pm: Full Dome Film: A Starry Tale An eternal story of gods and humans has begun. Beautiful, poetic and philosophical. In the Golden Age, Heaven and Earth were the one world, where Gods and people had been living together. Constellations were created thousands years ago and they have been handed down generation after generation up to now. This show focuses on this great fact. In the show, you will see the world of constellations and the movement of the sun, moon and planets against constellations. An associated story from Greek myths is provided with beautiful CG including the tale of Astraea, the goddess of justice, who is closely related to the constellation Libra. Enjoy an epic story with the fantastic and vivid images. $5 per person. The Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium, Glastonbury

6 – 8pm: Mandell JCC Rental Showcase Showcase featuring the Mandell JCC’s newly revamped rental facilities, including our new Innovation Center. The evening includes drinks, a sampling of hors d’oeuvres from local caterers, tours of the new facilities, discounts on booking and more. RSVP required to Mitch Shakun, 860-231-6323, mshakun@mandelljcc.org by Thursday, January 19. Free admission. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

6 – 9pm: Writing in Mark Twain’s Library Not a writing class, not a writing workshop, just three hours of uninterrupted writing time in Mark Twain’s own library. Join a select handful of fellow scribblers, including a special guest writer, to write, reflect, and plot whatever piece of literature you’re working on. The space is quiet, except for the burbling fountain in the nearby conservatory, and infused with Mark Twain’s spirit. Don’t miss this once-in-a-life opportunity –and bring a friend to sit and share the experience with. Laptops welcome, but make sure you charge up before you come, as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only; no pens permitted! Cost is $50. Mark Twain House, Hartford

7pm: Film: After the Storm Part of The Lure of Japan film series, presenting Japanese cinema in celebration of the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan. After the Storm: Resting on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota gambles away the money he makes as a private detective and barely pays child support. After the death of his father, he tries to renew contact with his distrusting family and ex-wife to find a place in the life of his young son. Comedic Drama. 2016. Japan. 117 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Reoccurs on Saturday-Sunday at 2pm. Thursday only: Arrive early and visit the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Izakaya—our Pop-Up Sake Bar!—before this screening! $9 regular admission. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

7pm: DIY Home Cleaning Part 2: Dust and Polish Homemade cleaning products are chemical free, eco-friendly, budget friendly, and they really work! In this class, I will show you how to replace that lemon scented dusting spray and bright blue glass cleaner with safe, natural, inexpensive DIY alternatives. I will also teach you my easy, natural method for keeping your kitchen sink sparkling, clean and germ odor free. Your whole house will shine after this class! Scraptivity, Berlin

7pm: Full Dome Film: A Starry Tale An eternal story of gods and humans has begun. Beautiful, poetic and philosophical. In the Golden Age, Heaven and Earth were the one world, where Gods and people had been living together. Constellations were created thousands years ago and they have been handed down generation after generation up to now. This show focuses on this great fact. In the show, you will see the world of constellations and the movement of the sun, moon and planets against constellations. An associated story from Greek myths is provided with beautiful CG including the tale of Astraea, the goddess of justice, who is closely related to the constellation Libra. Enjoy an epic story with the fantastic and vivid images. $5 per person. The Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium, Glastonbury

Friday, January 27th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year! (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the Year of the Rooster with some authentic Chinese recipes! Today we will make homemade dumplings, vegetable lo mein, and sugary sweet Chinese donuts. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday (9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

4 – 7pm: Our Natural World Opening Reception The photo entry period has ended and the exhibit is now being prepared for judging and for viewing. $5 per person. Reservations required. The CT Audubon Center, Glastonbury

6 – 8pm: Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year! Let’s celebrate the Year of the Rooster with some authentic Chinese recipes! Today we will prepare a Chinese meal from scratch, including homemade dumplings, vegetable lo mein, General Tso’s chicken and sugary Chinese donuts. Each child will leave today’s class with a red envelope containing a sweet surprise! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6 – 8pm: To Be Real: Portraits by Shona Curtis Shona Curtis has been making art her entire life. Although she works in many mediums, she is particularly drawn to photography. Through her portrait photography she brings to bear her 15 years’ experience as a psychotherapist, of seeing people in all their dimensions and beautiful contradictions. Through stunningly intimate portraits, photographer Shona Curtis illustrates how portraiture is not about the subject or the photographer, but the alchemy of the relationship between the two. To Be Real, an exhibit of film and digital photography, exposes what lies behind our masks when we feel safe enough to reveal it—a shared humanity—and demonstrates the fragility, beauty and perils of being human. “To Be Real: Portaits by Shona Curtis” will have its opening reception on January 27 at 6pm in the Charter Oak Gallery. The show runs through February. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

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Friday, January 27th – Saturday, February 18th:

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

Friday, January 27th – Sunday, January 29th:

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Friday, January 27th – Saturday, February 4th:

8pm: Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post in this raucous comedy! Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage puts the audience in the middle of a live session with Miss Abigail, played by Julie Lemos, the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars. With the help from her sexy sidekick Paco, played by Jon Escobar, they’ll answer any and every one of your questions as they offer up Miss Abigail’s outrageously funny “how-to’s” on dating, mating and marriage including – how to perfect your kiss (it’s all about lip position), what you should and should not talk about on a date (don’t mention you’re a dungeon master until the third or fourth date) and much more. Kick back and relax as Miss Abigail provides the expertise she honed before booty calls and speed-dating ruled – before the divorce rate wasn’t 50% and when ‘fidelity’ was more than an investment firm! You’ll improve your love life and strengthen your relationships well beyond her session. Oh, and you’re sure to be laughing about love all night long – that’s the Miss Abigail guarantee! Runs until 2/4. Doors open at 7:15pm. Ticket price $30 (plus tax). CT Cabaret Theatre, Berlin

Saturday, January 28th:

9 – 10am: Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year! (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the Year of the Rooster with some authentic Chinese recipes! Today we will make homemade dumplings, vegetable lo mein, and sugary sweet Chinese donuts. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9:30am – 5pm: Imagine Nation Loves Bristol All Bristol residents receive free admission with proof of Bristol residency. Imagine Nation, Bristol


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10am – 5pm: Engineering Earth Through a number of interactive exhibits, this hands-on experience invites visitors to understand the composition of raw earth, to study the behavior of the granular material and to discover ancient and contemporary construction techniques. From ancient examples such as China’s Great Wall and Iran’s Bam citadel to progressive models from international architects Martin Rauch and Rick Joy, Engineering Earth presents a perfect balance of art and science throughout the ages and for the future. Admission: $23.95 per adult, $16.95 per child (ages 3-17). Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

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12:30 – 4pm: Cabin Fever Festival Have the Winter blues set in? Looking for a fun way to get out of the house and make the best of the cold weather? Join us on Saturday January 28th for our annual Cabin Fever Festival! Cabin Fever Festival will kick off with a large bonfire to warm everyone up. The event features animal presentations by the CT Valley Siberian Husky Club and eagles from Horizon Wings. Additional animal encounters include real pelts and skulls for you to see up close and a wildlife tracking hike. Discover other winter traditions such as the historic practice of ice harvesting and observe a wildlife ice sculpture being carved. There will also be winter games and contests and much more! $5 for non-resident, $3 for resident. Children 2 and under are free. Northwest Park & Nature Center, Windsor

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

3:30 – 5:30pm: Valentine Cookie Decorating Come learn how to decorate Valentines Day themed cookies with royal icing color flow techniques. Tina from Tina’s Cake Emporium will be teaching the class and will be sharing a supplies list shortly. Class fee is $20. The Playful Peacock & Friends, Windsor Locks

3:45 – 6pm: Family Day: Goodnight Moon Bring the family, your kid, or just yourself! Muse Family Days can be enjoyed by all. $29 per family. Muse Paintbar, West Hartford

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Saturday, January 28th – Saturday, January 29th:

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10am – 5pm: The 13th Annual The Connecticut Kids Fair Fun, entertainment, exhibits, prizes and more are what you’ll get at the Connecticut Kids Fair. Here’s one-stop-shopping for the latest products and services for growing families, including national, state and local companies offering product samples and valuable information. Plus, we’ll present entertainment, celebrity appearances and loads of activities for families with busy babies and toddlers. Rides, games, play areas,live stage entertainment, great for kids of all ages. Get the kids out of the house for some time at the Connecticut Kids Fair. Adults $10,  kids 12 and under $5. Free ride with kids admission. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

7pm: Film: After the Storm Part of The Lure of Japan film series, presenting Japanese cinema in celebration of the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan. After the Storm: Resting on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota gambles away the money he makes as a private detective and barely pays child support. After the death of his father, he tries to renew contact with his distrusting family and ex-wife to find a place in the life of his young son. Comedic Drama. 2016. Japan. 117 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. $9 regular admission. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

Saturday, January 28th – Sunday January 29th:

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

Sunday, January 29th:

9am – 4pm: National Puzzle Day Visit our Puzzled exhibit and participate in some fun activities. Included with the cost of admission. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

10am: Penguin Plunge is the largest grassroots fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Plungers raise funds to Plunge into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 13,000 athletes and unified partners who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Plungers form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience. To join in on the fun, Plungers need to raise a minimum of $100. In addition to the awards for top fundraisers and best costumes, Penguins receive incentive prizes for their fundraising efforts. Take the Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut! Awards at 10am. Check-in at 8pm, Winding Trails, Farmington


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11:30am – 12:30pm: Barre Babies Join Maura for our in-house workshop series: Barre Babies. Bring your little one for a “baby-weight” barre class featuring core-strengthening exercises, innovative barre sequencing and, of course, a great playlist to carry you and your babes through this fun & challenging workout! Two months through crawling is the optimal age range for this workshop. Drop-in either day for $23 or purchase admission to both classes for $40! Remember: For this series, your “workout buddy” will be your weight for the exercises in class. Hartford Sweat, Hartford

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

1 – 3pm: A Boston Tea Party  Join us in the Whitman Tavern for tea,a special blend to duplicate what got dumped in Boston Harbor, Colonial sweets, and Early American hospitality as you learn about the “Boston Tea Party” and the lucrative and competitive tea trade that characterized the Colonial period. Registration is required. Admission is $12 a person. Stanley Whitman House, Farmington

1:30 – 3pm: Groundhog Day Hike Will the Groundhog see his shadow and what does it really mean? Walk gently through the forest to uncover the mysteries of wildlife habits in mid-winter. Take our groundhog day quiz. Watch a program on groundhogs. Make your predictions on when spring will really arrive and win small gift certificate to our store. Pre-registration is not required. $6 per person. Half-price for children. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

2:30 – 4:30pm: Improv For Kids! Give your child a space to exercise her or his imagination, develop and focus his or her theatrical flare, and make new friends in a fun, educational setting. In our Improv for Kids workshop, your child will learn the basics of improv, and how to apply these principals of improv to theatrical performance and positive, joyful play that celebrates teamwork and children’s naturally imaginative minds! Suggested ages: 7 to 14. Registration for this workshop includes free admission for 1 adult and 1 child to the Family Show at Sea Tea Comedy Theater at 5pm after this workshop! $35 per child & parent. Sea Tea Improv, Hartford

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