Parents Deserve a Night Out!

We have two columns that we frequently contribute to; one is called Mommy Bites – a play, drink and eat event guide and the other is called Parents Time Out – cause parents need a time out too!

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Here are some things for adults to do through the weekend; because by tomorrow you will be desperate to get out of the house and btw we highly recommend Sláinte! a Tavern Night in West Hartford with a taste of Ireland, see details below! Happy Saint Patty’s Day! 

Wednesday, 3/15 – Sunday, 3/19:

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Thursday, March 16th

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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

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

Friday, March 17th

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 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

6:30–8:30pm: 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, otato Mash with Braised Cabbage (Colcannon) and Bittersweet Chocolate Irish Whiskey Cake. $79 per person. Sur La Table, Canton

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Saturday, March 18th

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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

Sunday, March 19th

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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

Wednesday, 3/14 – Sunday, 3/19:


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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:

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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



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Thursday, 3/16 – Saturday, 3/18:

Pops 'n Jazz 2017

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



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

Thursday, 3/16 – Sunday, 3/26:



Friday, March 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:

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

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


Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:


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


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

Saturday, March 18th

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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


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


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


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

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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 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:

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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

Saturday, 2/11 – Sunday, 2/12:

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Sunday, February 12th:

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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:

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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 3 of 52

Monday, January 16th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 17th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Comedy of Errors

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

Wednesday, January 18th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 19th:

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

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

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

 

Friday, January 20th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 21st:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 21st – Sunday January 29th:

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

Sunday, January 22nd:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Disney on Ice: Dream Big

We were invited to the Opening Night of Disney on Ice: Dream Big at the XL Center in Hartford, with Opening Remarks by Mayor Luke Bronin and Sofia had a blast!

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Through Monday, enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales live on ice. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless.

Remaining shows are today at 11am, 3pm and 7pm, Sunday at 1pm and 4:30pm and Monday at 1pm. Purchase tickets here.

Share your magical moments with Disney on Ice! #DisneyOnIce #DreamBig
Thanks to Disney on Ice not only for the awesome seats but also for the goodie bag!

Week 2 of 52

Monday, January 9th:

6:30 – 8:30pm: Planner Dashboard Step up your planner skills with a personalized dashboard insert. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $23. Michael’s locations

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Monday, January 9th – Tuesday, January 10th:

6 – 9pm: Auditions for The Vagina Monologues Auditioners are asked to bring a selection from The Vagina Monologues to read. Monologue material will be available at the audition for those who need it. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Tuesday, January 10th:

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9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Peanut Butter Madness (Toddler Class) Join us as we prepare nutty recipes using: peanut butter. We will make chocolate peanut butter whoopee pies and homemade peanut butter cups! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class! $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. Reoccurs on Friday and Saturday (one session from 9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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

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

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6pm: Does Some Bunny Want to Be on Stage? New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions in January for young aspiring actors ages 6 through 9 for Peter Rabbit Is Lost! Auditions are on Tuesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 12, at NBYT’s new space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center in Berlin. Audition times both days begin at 6pm. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on March 31st, April 1st and 2nd. Peter Rabbit Is Lost is an original adaptation based on characters in Beatrix Potter children’s books including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, and others. 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, will play some introductory drama games, and will be asked to take direction and read or repeat lines from the play. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. New Britain Youth Theater, Berlin

6:30 – 8:30pm: Tassel Necklace and Earrings Make an elegant winter tassel necklace and matching drop earrings. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $25. Michaels locations


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Tuesday, January 10th – Friday, January 14th:

1-5pm: 21st Annual Our Natural World Photography Contest We invite you to enter as many as two nature photographs! The photos must fit into one of the following seven categories: Plants, Animals, Birds, Butterflies and Bugs, Landscapes, Nature’s Miracles and People in Relationship with Nature. Official rules, including maximum sizes, entry forms and other information is available here. The entry fee is $25 per photograph. There will be a Teen division at $10 per framed photo. Pre-teen photographers (ages 12 and under) should submit their photos without matting or frames. A $10 charge for each photo is required. The opening reception will be held on Friday, January 27th from 4-7pm. Admission is $5. All photos will be on exhibit January 31 – February 25 from 1-5pm. Admission is $3. Connecticut Audubon Center, Glastonbury

Tuesday, January 10th – Tuesday, January 31st:

Tuesday and 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

Wednesday, January 11th:

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

10am – 3pm: De-Stress and Nurture Yourself Back by popular demand and for a longer day, Adele Mary Caruso will share ways to help us de-stress our lives. Find out how certain foods reduce stress and cleanse the body. Learn how to relax, say no and set boundaries. Listen to your inner child, enjoy life more, and discover ways to schedule more time to nurture yourself each day. Adele will offer a morning and an afternoon presentation. Includes lunch. $45 per person. Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center, Farmington



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

7pm: Nursery 101 – Sleepy Time Let us help you create the dream nursery. From Cribs to Combo to Mattresses, let our experts help guide you in the decision process. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

7 – 9pm: Open House In honor of Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman’s site-specific installation “Open House: Hartford,” Charter Oak Cultural Center is hosting a panel discussion inspired by the installation called “Art as Social Justice: Considering ‘Open House: Hartford’.” The panel, which will include the artists, will explore the many uses of art as a tool to further the values of social justice and, specifically, how “Open House: Hartford” illuminates the meaning of home and issues surrounding homelessness in Connecticut. The discussion begins at 7pm in the Charter Oak sanctuary. The installation will be on view in the gallery beginning at 6pm. This event is free. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Wednesday, January 11th – Sunday, January 29th:

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

Thursday, January 12th:

10am – 1pm: Learn, Ski and 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. Adults only. $20 per person. Winding Trails, Farmington. 

5 – 7pm: Layers of Home Exhibit Opening Join us for a free public opening featuring artwork created by Windsor High School’s Pre-AP Art students who have been inspired by the historic architecture of Windsor’s Palisado Green, Palisado Cemetery, and Farmington River bridges. Each student has created a collage incorporating layers of their hometown. Meet these talented Windsor students and celebrate the connections they have made between Windsor’s past, present, and future through their art. WHS Education and Outreach Manager John Mooney and Windsor High School art teacher Marjorie Renno guided the 11th grade students as they toured their town this past fall, took digital images, and worked in the studio to craft their works of art. Each work will include representations of architectural elements discovered on their walk through town as well as maps, sketches, and photographs. Each is accompanied by an artist’s statement outlining how Windsor’s landscape and architectural features contribute to their personal sense of home. Rainbow Bus donated the transportation to and from Windsor High School and Rabbett Insurance Agency is sponsoring refreshments for the exhibit opening. The 2D, 3D, and photographic artworks will be exhibited in the Society’s meeting room from January 12th through March 1st. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

5:45 – 7:15pm: Dance Your Sillies Out Family Night Bring your family and have a silly time at TLGT. Ms. Suzanne will lead families in some silly dancing, silly songs and even have some silly snacks. At the end of the evening, families will unwind with a silly story read by Ms. Suzanne. 3-10 with caregiver, $25 per family. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

6pm: Does Some Bunny Want to Be on Stage? New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions in January for young aspiring actors ages 6 through 9 for Peter Rabbit Is Lost! Auditions are on Tuesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 12, at NBYT’s new space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center in Berlin. Audition times both days begin at 6pm. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on March 31st, April 1st and 2nd. Peter Rabbit Is Lost is an original adaptation based on characters in Beatrix Potter children’s books including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, and others. 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, will play some introductory drama games, and will be asked to take direction and read or repeat lines from the play. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $100. New Britain Youth Theater, Berlin

6pm: 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. All ages. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury

7pm: Preparing for Baby Bag We’ve got lots of fun in store for you at our Preparing for Baby Bag Prep Class. Come join us and our certified product experts as we discuss everything you need to know about your baby bag: from types of bags to selecting items to fill your bag and must-have essentials – we are your baby bag experts! Free. Babies R Us, Manchester

7 – 8pm: Homemade Cleaning Part 1: DIY Cleaning 101 Homemade cleaning products are chemical free, eco-friendly, budget friendly, and they really work! In this class you will learn how to use a few basic items (you probably have most of them at home already!) to replace most of your commercial cleaning products and save hundreds of dollars each year. We will be making laundry detergent, all-purpose spray cleaner and a chemical free air freshener to bring home, along with additional recipes and methods for natural cleaning. Those who took last year’s class come back and make refills of your favorite products! $20 per class. Scraptivity, Berlin

7:30 – 8:45pm: Under the Wolf Moon Family Night Hike The full moon this month was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon because this was the time of year when hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps. Join us for a guided hike through Werner’s Woods. We won’t hear any wolves but we may hear owls and other creatures of the night. Pre-registration is required. $7 non-members. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton. 

Thursday, January 12th – Monday, January 16th:

Thursday – Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 11am, 3pm and 7pm, Sunday at 1pm, 4:30pm and Monday at 1pmDisney on Ice Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales live on ice. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget. Opening Night: $15-70, Othere nighst range from $20-98. XL Center, Hartford

Thursday, January 12th – Sunday, February 19th:

SUNSET BABY

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

The Comedy of Errors

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

Friday, January 13th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Peanut Butter Madness (Toddler Class) Join us as we prepare nutty recipes using: peanut butter. We will make chocolate peanut butter whoopee pies and homemade peanut butter cups! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class! $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. Reoccurs on Saturday (one session from 9-10am). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s Night Out Theme: Finding Dory Pajama Movie Night. Drop your little ones off for 3-hours of non-stop fun! We will be playing games, doing arts and crafts and much much more! Pizza Dinner always included! Pizza Dinner Included! Ages 2.5 and up, potty trained please. $40 per child. Siblings half off. My Gym, West Hartford

6 – 8pm: Peanut Butter Madness Join us as we prepare nutty recipes using peanut butter! We will make everyone’s favorite peanut butter kiss cookies, chocolate peanut butter whoopee pies, and homemade peanut butter cups! We will also snack on a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class! $25 per child. Ages 6 -12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6 – 10pm: Dinner and a Movie Join us for this wintry mix on our summer movie series. Bring the whole family out for a great dinner served up in front of our big screen movie. A dinner of ziti with red sauce, meatballs, cheesy garlic bread, and salad will be served up family style. Dessert and beverages are also included. Reserve your seats today as seating is limited to only 80 persons. Tables of six will be filled from front to rear of theatre in order of registration. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the program. Movie: The Secret Life of Pets Synopsis: Max is a dog who lives a happy life with his owner in a Manhattan apartment complex. Max has made friends with all of the pets in the building, and he even has friends in the building across the street. Max’s owner disrupts life by bringing home the sloppy and inconsiderate dog, Duke. Max and Duke do not get along, but they have to put all of that behind them when they find out that an abandoned bunny pet is gathering all of the other pets together to take revenge on the pets with homes. Seems like kitty does a lot more than sleep when you are at work all day. Run time 87 minutes. Rated: PG. $25 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

7 – 8:30pm: Read It and Sleep Cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies, and listen as a children’s book is read by a guest reader. The first 25 kids receive a free copy of the book! Enjoy art activities and games, as well! Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

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7:30pm: John Cleese and the Holy Grail Living comedy legend, John Cleese, is heading in your general direction for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A. Absurd and ridiculous questions only are requested, please. John will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before John silly walks his way on to the stage, the excitement will build at the audience will get to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen. Don’t miss your chance to see the man who has achieved nothing short of comedy royalty in this thrill-of-a-lifetime evening. VIP tickets include a photo-op with John Cleese. Tickets $49.50-110, VIP $250. The Bushnell, Hartford 

Friday, January 13th – Saturday, January 21st:

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

Friday, January 13th – Saturday, February 4th:

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

Saturday, January 14th:

7am – 1pm: Citizens Winter Triathalon: Run/Snowshoe/Ski Looking to try a new challenge? This event will test your winter skills. Join us for a 2K run, followed by a 2K snowshoe, and a 2K classic ski. There are plenty of ski rentals and limited number of snowshoe rentals. First come, first serve. Day of registration is $30. $20 per person in advance. Winding Trails, Farmington

9 – 10am: Peanut Butter Madness (Toddler Class) Join us as we prepare nutty recipes using: peanut butter. We will make chocolate peanut butter whoopee pies and homemade peanut butter cups! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class! $15 per child. Ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9 – 11am: Open House Come and try a complimenary yoga class including a kids’ yoga class. Space is limited. Register online. Journey of Yoga, Simsbury

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

9am – 5pm: Drop-in DIY Crafts Once a month, we will make craft projects available in self-contained “art boxes” to be borrowed from the children’s desk for use in the room during opening hours. Kids and caregivers, join us to make something cool together at the library! Each month will feature different DIY craft projects, suitable for all ages. No registration required. Ask at the desk for details when you arrive. Farmington Library, Farmington

10am: Ready, Set, Registry Event Create or update your registry with personalized help, learn about the newest must-haves, meet & mingle with other parents-to-be plus enjoy games, giveaways and raffles. Free. Babies R Us, West Hartford


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10am – 2pm: Create your Imagination Adventure Join us for a journey through the Museum Studios where you will use your imagination to create your very own adventure story book to take home! $10 per visitor. Imagine Nation Musuem, Bristol

10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day and Wings & Wheels Model Show 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, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100A “Super Sabre” and the Lockheed F-104C “Starfighter.” lso on that day, there will be a plastic scale model show courtesy of the Wings and Wheels Modelers Club. Hundreds of beautifully crafted scale models will be on display for the enjoyment of the Museum’s visitors and will include aircraft, military vehicles, ships, automobiles and dioramas. Club members will run instructional demonstrations throughout the day. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. Adults $12.50 and children ages 4-11 $7, under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks 

11am: We’re Having a Baby Shower Just for you! Please come join us for our very own Baby Shower just for you! We will be having fun games, laughs and raffle prizes!! Get great ideas on hosting a baby shower and more! Free. Babies R Us, West Hartford

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



2 – 4pm: Creative Building Use your imagination and our bricks to build amazing creations. For ages 6 and up. No registration required. Farmington Library, Farmington

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

5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Big fun on the big screen including Inflatables, zany games, gymnastics, pizza and a movie on our 9-foot screen keep your children entertained while you enjoy an evening out! Don’t forget to bring your pillow and blanket to cuddle up in for the movie! Children ages 4 years and up are welcome. $30 per child. Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury



7 – 9pm: Grand Opening All you need are sneakers and a waiver that can be filled out on premises. You will take a sample class. Meet Drew Drechsel, Joe Dubuc, Yancey Quezada and other famous Ninjas. Autographs, pictures, free Real Life Ninja Academy tshirt and more.Teens ages 16 to adults. Real Life Ninja Academy, Windsor

8pm: Bohemian Brotherhood Two outstanding young soloists, with emerging careers in Boston and New York City, will be introduced to Connecticut concert-goers in the Brahms “Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor” by the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Jonathan Edward Brennand. Please join us for champagne and finger food prior to the performance at 7pm to meet our soloists, conductor and musicians. Reception is included in the price of your ticket. Tickets at $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, can be purchased in advance by visiting the website. All ticket purchases at the door will be $20. Hoffman Auditorium, University of St. Joseph, West Hartford

8pm: Master of the Mics Hosted by Kid Capri, the evening also includes Ghostface Killah, Keith Murray and Mr. Cheeks. Plus, more special guests to be announced. It’s a reunion of your favorite hip hop greats bringing fire and memories to the mic. Join Redman and Method Man, Keith Murray, and Mr. Cheeks, hosted and music by DJ Kid Capri. Tickets $47.50-117.50. The Bushnell, Hartford

Saturday, January 14th – Monday, January 16th:



New England Winterfest is the largest volleyball tournament in New England. It is designed to showcase female volleyball players – ages 12 to 18 – to college coaches and recruiters from throughout the Northeast. $13 for a one-day pass. $25 for tournament pass. Children 10 and under are free for both weeks. Convention Center, Hartford

Saturday, January 14th – Sunday January 29th:

Saturday – Sunday at 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 15th:

10am – 6pm: Grand Opening All you need is sneakers and a waiver that can be filled out on premises. You will take a sample class. Meet Drew Drechsel, Joe Dubuc, Yancey Quezada and other famous Ninjas. Autographs, pictures, free Real Life Ninja Academy tshirt and more. Ages 5.2 – 7.9 (must in kindergarten) from 10am – 12pm. Ages 8 – 10.9 from 1-3pm. Ages 11 – 15 from 4-6pm. Real Life Ninja Academy, Windsor

1pmFrom 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

1pm: Science on Screen: How to Build a Time Machine From film-making to physics, controlling mortality has long been a creative and scientific pursuit. Fixated on the possibility of conquering time, two men find inspiration by bringing facets of H.G. Wells’ 1895 novel The Time Machine to life. University of Connecticut’s theoretical physicist Dr. Ron Mallett has dedicated his lifetime of research to better understanding black holes and their time portal potential. Meanwhile, animator Rob Niosi has devoted years to obsessively replicating the time machine prop from the 1960 feature film adaptation. Both are driven by personal tragedies that time won’t heal. Using Niosi’s meticulous construction of his replica machine set against archival material where he describes the mechanics of motion pictures, Jay Cheel crafts an entertaining exploration of the power of film to act as a gateway to the fourth dimension. These cinematic visuals entwine with Mallett’s compelling explanation of how science fiction might not be that far-fetched after all. Stay after the film for a Q&A and discussion with Dr. Ron Mallett as he discusses the real promise and possibilities of time travel! $11 per person. Real Art Ways, Hartford


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3pm: New World Trio For more than three decades, the New World Trio has brought the excitement and intimacy of chamber music to live audiences throughout New England. Founded in 1985 by violinist Anhared Stowe, New World provides a unique experience for music lovers with its mix of both standard repertoire and contemporary works. Over the years, NWT expanded its basic configuration to include horn, voice, oboe, harp, clarinet, guitar, percussion, or strings in order to provide a varied and stimulating concert experience; there have been duos, trios, quartets, quintets, and even sextets! With each performance, New World brings new vitality to established masterworks; these are paired with contemporary pieces, with each complementing the other in depth and beauty. First Church of Christ, Farmington

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