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Tuesday, August 15th:

{Reoccuring} 6pm: Sun is Shining Concert Series: Still Kickin’ and the Big City Horns at First Church, West Hartford (Runs until 8/29)

7pm: Lecture: Luna Park West Hartford’s original amusement park, Luna Park, is perhaps the most seasonally-appropriate topic for a summer lecture. This talk on the short turbulent life of West Hartford’s only amusement park will begin with the story of how and why such places got started at Coney Island in the 1890s. Dr. Leach will then describe in detail how West Hartford’s Luna Park appeared in a corner of the Charter Oak Racetrack grounds, roughly where Home Depot now stands on New Park Avenue, in 1906. Photographs and postcards will illustrate the mechanical rides, games, shows, contests, and concessions that drew many thousands to Luna every summer – but never enough thousands to make the park profitable. A series of owners struggled to sell more tickets by remodeling the park from season to season. But respectable West Hartfordites never welcomed this risqué venue in their midst and finally, in 1910-1911, the hostility of town leaders contributed to shutting it down. This event is free to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

Wednesday, August 16th:

{Reoccurs} 5:30 – 6:30pm: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Wednesday evening throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Free. Runs until August 23rd. Eisenhower Park, West Hartford

6pm: Wheels on Wednesdays MaryEllen will lead an 18-mile ride through West Hartford linking many of the hidden connectors. All those wishing to participate in rides will be required to have a helmet and sign a liability release waiver. Lights on bikes are strongly encouraged. Town Hall, West Hartford

{Last Call} 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series: Eight to the Bar (runs until August 16th with raindates on Thursdays) at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford

Thursday, August 17th:



6 – 8pm: Noah Webster Backpack Bash The Noah Webster House in West Hartford is thrilled to announce the inaugural “Backpack Bash” to collect backpack donations for West Hartford students in need. The Backpack Bash will feature food tastings from area restaurants, including: Black Bamboo, David Alan Catering, Lindsay Culinary, Noble, Rockin’ Chicken, and Seoul BBQ, as well as wine and beer samples from Maximum Beverage, a kids play area, live music by Band2, raffle prizes and more. The entrance fee is either a new backpack or a donation ($20 for adults, $10 for kids 8+, 7 and under free.) Backpacks will be donated and delivered to the Town That Cares at their annual backpack donation event on the August 22nd. Larger backpacks for middle and high school students are especially appreciated. Monetary donations will support the Town That Cares and the educational mission of the Noah Webster House. Guests are encouraged to pre-register by calling the Noah Webster House or visiting the website as the entrance fee will increase to $25 per person at the door. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

Friday, August 18th:



6 – 7:30pm: Kid’s Monster Face Catch-All Bowl Workshop! Want to squeeze in the last bit of summer fun for your kids? So do we! Join us on Friday, August 18th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for our monster face catch-all bowl painting workshop! Each child will create their own unique monster using different shapes, colors, and designs. Pre-registration is required, cost is $28 (plus tax) per child. Kids ages 8 and up. The Claypen, West Hartford



Friday, August 18th – Saturday, August 19th:



Saturday, August 19th:

{Reoccurs} 8 – 9am: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Saturday morning throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Runs until August 23rd. Free. Fernridge Park, West Hartford


Nothing Rhymes with Orange Storytime


MAKE Break – Art for Everyone


Saturday, August 19th – Sunday, August 20th


 Educator Appreciation Days


Sunday, August 20th – Saturday, August 27th

Annual Tax Free Week Click here for examples of clothing and footwear that are exempt from sales free week.

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