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


Tuesday, March 14th

Snow Day

Wednesday, 3/14 – Sunday, 3/19:


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

Wednesday, March 15th:

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 3.15 – Sunday, 3.19:

Thursday, March 16th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, 3/16 – Saturday, 3/18:

Pops 'n Jazz 2017

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

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

Thursday, 3/16 – Sunday, 3/26:

Friday, March 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:

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

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

Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:

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

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

Saturday, March 18th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, 3/18 – Sunday, 3/19:

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

Sunday, March 19th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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March 9 – 15

This week seems to be all about maple syrup and Saint Patrick’s Day. Below are some events that we have found to do across Hartford County. Be sure to check out our list of regularly re-occurring activities for even more things to do. And check back often because we add-on regularly.

Tuesday, March 10:

10:30am: Little Elliot Storytime Elliot is about to find out that life is full of sweet surprises that come in the smallest of packages. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

11am: Tuesday Storytime: Smick! We will be reading Smick! by Doreen Cronin and Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos. There will be a coloring activity immediately after! Free. Barnes & Noble, Canton.

The Disney Store offers almost daily activities in the store for children ages three and up. Wednesday, March 11 – Mike’s Trivia at 6:30 pm. Friday, March 13 – Storytime at 7:00 pm. Saturday, March 14 – Art of Animation at 12:30 pm and Sunday, March 15 – Storytime at 11:30 am.

Wednesday, March 11:

11am: Lucky Leprechauns Storytime Help us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early with a little green and a lot of fun! We will be reading some of our favorite books and hope that you let us know your favorite too! Stay for the fun-filled craft to follow. Free. Barnes & Noble, Manchester.

6:30pm: Mike’s Trivia at West Farms Disney Store, West Hartford. – See details above.

7pm: Breastfeeding Class Join us as a Certified Lactation Consultant offers professional advice and practical tips to help prepare new and expectant moms for a successful nursing experience. Bring your questions! Class topics may include: benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby, nutrition for moms during breastfeeding, frequency and duration of feedings, how to tell if baby’s getting sufficient nutrition, pumping and storing breast milk, common breastfeeding concerns, breastfeeding support. Free. Babies R Us, Manchester.

Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15:

The Easter Bunny comes into town at the West Farms Mall in West Hartford through April 4th. Come on down to have your picture taken Monday through Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm. The Easter Bunny will take brief carrot breaks throughout the day.

{Re-occurs} Charlotte’s Web The Children’s Literature Association named Charlotte’s Web “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years!” It’s the story of Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

{Reoccurs} Gypsy is the ultimate story of a hard to please stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise as they travel across the United States during the 1920′s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Jule Styne’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics include popular hits such as: Let Me Entertain You, Some People, You’ll Never Get Away from Me, If Momma Was Married, All I Need Is the Girl, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, You Gotta Get A Gimmick and Together Wherever We Go. This fantastic musical highlights one of the most frightening aspects of show business. $25 per ticket. Connecticut Theatre Company, New Britain.

{Re-occurs} Critic’s Choice As The New York Times describes it: The hero is a drama critic.  What is the most searching way to test this paragon’s integrity?  Have his wife write a play.  A stinker…naturally.  He heckles the little woman, tells her she won’t finish the play, and when it is completed, candidly informs her that it is awful.  And what’s worst of all, he insists that on opening night he will do his duty like a man; he’ll review the play himself.  There you have the beginnings of the problem.  What will he do…protect his marriage or his integrity?  You’ll laugh your head off all the way to the answer. Canton Town Hall Theater; Collinsville

Friday, March 13:

9:30am – 10:30am: A Toddler Class: St. Patrick’s Day We will make green mac ‘n cheese, decorate lucky charms cupcakes and enjoy some Patty’s Day punch! Ages 2-5. $15 per child, siblings $10. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

{Re-occurs} 10am – 10:45am: Yoga for Youngsters! Join us on Friday mornings during March for Yoga for Youngsters! Each session will begin with a story reading followed by a yoga sequence based on the story. While listening to relaxing music children will learn kid-friendly poses that make their body feel great, and put their mind at ease. Yoga mats will be provided for each child and parents are welcome to participate, but please bring your own mat! Share the fun with your child and experience the physical and mental benefits of yoga for yourself! Imagine Nation Children’s Museum, Bristol.

10am – 8pm: Take your picture with The Easter Bunny at West Farms Mall, West Hartford.

5:30pm – 8:30pm: Parents Night Out Drop your kids off for three hours of nonstop fun at My Gym. Activities include games, rides, songs, dance, relays, practice & play, and more! Dinner included! Perfect for children ages 2.5 and up, potty-trained, please. $40 for non-members. $20 per sibling. My Gym, West Hartford.

6pm – 8pm: St. Patrick’s Day We will make a healthy Sheppard’s Pie, decorate an Irish cupcake, have green snacks and enjoy some Patty’s Day punch. Ages 6-12. $25 per child Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7pm: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover Storytime Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day, join Ms. Sue for holiday fun and crafts. Click here to learn more about the book. Free. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

7pm: Storytime at West Farms Disney Store, West Hartford. – See details above.

7pm: Read It & Sleep Get comfy with a cup of hot chocolate and snacks, and listen as a children’s book is read by a guest readers. As a special treat the first 25 families take home a free copy of the book. Come in your pajamas. Free. Charter Oak Cultural Center; Hartford.

{Re-occurs} 7pm: Charlotte’s Web – See details above. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Gypsy – See details above. Connecticut Theatre Company, New Britain.

7:30 – 9:30pm: The Mark Twain House and Museum presents An Evening of Celtic Magic with Daniel Green Wolf in The Mark Twain Museum Auditorium. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we are delighted to have the comedic storytelling of Daniel Green Wolf back at the Mark Twain House, to perform for both young and old! The Magic of Daniel Green Wolf is a show that takes highly visual magic, theatrical storytelling, exhilarating Irish music, interactive comedy, and thrilling danger and wraps it in a Celtic Theme that has been described as “A Witty, Modern-Day Celtic Viking. Like James Joyce with a Broad Sword.” Tickets are $20 per person. The Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford.

8pm: Explorers and Adventurers What drives a person to explore, to venture out into worlds unknown? What motivates a person to endure, to keep moving forward in the face of tremendous personal hardship and risk? Diana Nyad braved the open ocean, dangerous jellyfish, and sharks in her quest to complete the longest individual swim in the world. In September 2013, after a 30-year retirement and four previous attempts, Nyad successfully swam 110 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. As a 26-year-old, inexperienced hiker, Cheryl Strayed embarked on a solo journey on the Pacific Crest Trail, traversing 1,100 miles over the course of three months. Paul Nicklen ventures to some of the planet’s most remote and harshest environments – the Yukon wilderness, ancient Mayan caves in the Yucatan, Antarctica – to capture breathtaking images of the natural world. Join us for an evening of inspiration and empowerment with our remarkable panel, whose stories, insights, and examples will spark the adventurers within us all. The Bushnell, Hartford.

{Re-occurs} 8pm: Critic’s Choice – See details above. Canton Town Hall Theater; Collinsville

Saturday, March 14:

8am – 9pm: Spirit Festival The Spirit Festival National Competition is a true national championship for all-star cheerleading in the Northeast. Adults $20, Kids (6-11) $15, under 5 are free. Connecticut, Convention Center, Hartford.

9am – 1pm: Maple Sugaring & Pancake Breakfast Watch the syrup making process from start to finish. Guided walks through our maple grove to see how syrup is made. Compare sap, syrup and store brought syrup. Walks, demonstrations and crafts. Rain or Shine. Adult $8, Children (ages 2-11) $6, under 2 are free. Enjoy a pancake breakfast. New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Kensington.

9am – 7pm: The North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s 46th Annual Home & Product Show After a long cold winter, it’s time to Think Spring! Visit local experts who can help with everything from landscaping to home improvement. $3 per adult, children under 16 are free. Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield.

10am: Pancake Party Let’s have a pancake party! We’ll make the batter and flip some flapjacks. You can personalize yours with some good-for-you foods like walnuts, coconut and flax. We’ll also teach you how to make a hazelnut-chocolate spread, to top everything off. Suitable for ages 5–13. Free. Williams Sonoma; South Windsor, West Hartford.

10am – 1pm: Second Saturdays: Circus Dreams Second Saturdays for Families Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round! Step right up and take a “ride” on a carousel animal and decorate your own! Listen to hand-cranked organs playing authentic Coney tunes, catch the short film Rube and Mandy at Coney Island in the theater, enjoy a magic show by Professor Phineas Feelgood’s World of Magic, and a Balloonathon! Free Family Tours: 10:30 – 11 am: ABCs: Art, Books, Connections, 11 am – noon: Ask About Art and 11:30 am – noon: Eyes on Art Family Tour. Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.

10am – 8pm: Take your picture with The Easter Bunny at West Farms Mall, West Hartford.

11am: Mustache Baby Participate in a fun-filled storytime featuring Mustache Baby – aka Baby Billy. Free. Barnes & Noble of Canton, Enfield, Glastonbury, Farmington, West Hartford and Manchester.

12:30pm: Art of Animation at the West Farms Disney Store, West Hartford. – See details above.

{Re-occurs} 2pm: Charlotte’s Web – See details above. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

2 – 4pm: Barn Fun Get your horse and farm fix with our monthly Barn Fun sessions. Each two-hour session will include activities such as: grooming time with the horses, stall cleaning, feeding all the animals, and learning about seasonal activities on the farm. $15 per child. Maple View Farm, Granby.

6pm: You Can’t Do That at NBYT! Join NBYT to celebrate its fifth birthday! Act One includes a variety of performances plus improv from NBYT’s new troupe, SquishyTown Asylum. Act Two is karaoke for audience participation! This year the event will also include several raffles of family prizes! And of course we’ll have birthday cake and other desserts! We’ll also bring back the cash mocktail bar! Doors open at 6:00 pm, performances begin at 7:00 pm. Raffle drawings will follow intermission. Tickets are $10 for individuals, and families of three or more are only $25! Tickets will be available at the door. Berlin Congregational Church Hall, Berlin.

6pm – 9pm: Taste of Windsor If you love food and drink, join other foodies at the fifth annual First Town Downtown (FTDT) Taste of Windsor on Saturday, March 14th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Loomis Chaffee’s Dining Hall. The evening will be filled with a wide variety of appetizers and main dish samplings donated by Windsor’s own unique restaurants. Tickets are $40 in advance.

{Re-occurs} 7pm: Charlotte’s Web – See details above. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Gypsy – See details above. Connecticut Theatre Company, New Britain.

{Re-occurs} 8pm: Critic’s Choice – See details above. Canton Town Hall Theater; Collinsville

Sunday, March 15:

8am – 9pm: Spirit Festival The Spirit Festival National Competition is a true national championship for all-star cheerleading in the Northeast. Adults $20, Kids (6-11) $15, under 5 are free. Connecticut, Convention Center, Hartford.

8am – 10pm: Costume Day! Dress in the costume of your choice. Ski Sundown, East Hartford.

10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day Museum visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to eight vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and one static flight simulator. The open cockpits include: the Vietnam era Bell UH-1B Huey helicopter, the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter, the Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon, the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter and more. Museum educators will provide hands-on activities for younger visitors and the Museum’s Flight Sim Spot full-flight simulator experience will be available throughout most of the day. There will also be two performances of Alison Moncrief Bromage’s original play, Red Haired Flying Devil, based on Connecticut aviation pioneer and daredevil Charles Hamilton. Shows are scheduled for 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

10am – 5pm: The North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s 46th Annual Home & Product Show After a long cold winter, it’s time to Think Spring! Visit local experts who can help with everything from landscaping to home improvement. $3 per adult, children under 16 are free. Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield.

11am – 3pm: Kidologie Just in time for summer, Kidologie brings together under one roof kid-friendly businesses offering information on social, recreational, cultural, and educational activities and programs to assist families in planning how they will spend their warm summer months. The fun packed and educational event attracts more than 1,500 attendees and 70 local and regional exhibitors. Unique to this location is its two stages providing continuous entertainment by leading area performers. The event also includes free hands-on activities for children, free signature goody bags for families (while supplies last), giveaways, and a special ‘golden ticket’ grand prize all-inclusive family vacation to Woodloch Resort. With ample free parking, affordable family admission, and food service trucks, this is the place to be! $15 per family with coupon or online with code: KID1003. Reed Elementary School, Newtown.

11am – 6pm: Take your picture with The Easter Bunny at West Farms Mall, West Hartford.

11:30am: Storytime at the West Farms Mall Disney Store, West Hartford. – See details above.

12pm – 2pm: Family Sunday: Carousel Cookie Creation Family Sundays are back at the New England Carousel Museum! These monthly programs are designed to give children and families a chance to flash their creativity in a fun and educational setting. Many of the carousel animals in the museum are adorned with beautiful colors and fabulous jewels. On Sunday, March 15th, families can use these creatures as inspiration to decorate their very own edible carousel horses! Visitors will use frosting, sprinkles, candies, and more to bring a batch of cookies to life. After eating their special treats, they will enjoy a ride on the Museum’s working carousel and a trip through the Museum’s exhibits, including a collection of over 100 antique carousel pieces and the Museum of Fire History. Adults $6, Children $5, Members Free. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol.

1 – 2pm and 2-3pm: Wearin’ of the Green Family Photo Fun Create a green get-up from a variety of St. Patrick’s Day themed props and costumes, including green moustaches, boas, scarves, glasses, head bobbles, hats, and more and strike a pose in our groovy green photo booth. Decorate a lucky leprechaun wand and find your pot of gold. Take home photos, wands and green moustaches to continue St. Patty’s Day celebrations. So, gather the gang, go green and join the fun! $15 per person (children and adults). The Art Truck, Glastonbury.

1 – 4pm: Julie’s House A special tour of the historic house from the point of view of Julia Roper, an Irish immigrant who lived in the house from 1865-83. Experience Julia’s story through actors portraying people of her time. Tour includes an orientation to the updated research reconstructing Julia’s life and legacy! Stanley-Whitman House; Farmington.

{Re-occurs} 2pm: Charlotte’s Web – See details above. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

{Re-occurs} 2pm: Critic’s Choice – See details above. Canton Town Hall Theater; Collinsville

{Reoccurs} 2pm: Gypsy – See details above. Connecticut Theatre Company, New Britain.

{Re-occurs} 7pm: Charlotte’s Web – See details above. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

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