SATURDAY, MARCH 29
SIXTH ANNUAL MUM FESTIVAL PASTA DINNER. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Giamatti Little LeagueCenter, 355 Mix St., Bristol. Adults, $10. Children under 10, $5. Tickets available in advance. (860) 583-3321, or (860) 675-5462, or at the door.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2
COOKING CLASS, ‘EASTER IN ITALY.’ 6:30 p.m. Learn recipes from the old country that are staples on Easter tables today. Dinner menu includes Peperoni con Bagna Cauda (grilled peppers with garlic fondu) from Piedmont, Arrosto cosciotto di agnello (roasted leg of lamb) from Tuscany, Fritelle (artichokes, fava beans, and peas) from Sicily, Pastiera Napoletana (ricotta and faro cake) from Naples. Martino’s Italian Market and Café, 948 Terryville Ave., Bristol. $60 per person. Reservations required. Limited to 12 people. (860) 583-3585, MartinosMarket.com
SATURDAY, APRIL 5
SPUD NIGHT AND A SILENT AUCTION. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Baked potatoes with a choice of any or all six toppings, or a bowl of chicken soup. Silent auction features gift baskets, gift cards, and donated services. Benefits youth mission trips. FirstBaptistChurch of Southington, 581 Meriden Ave., Southington. Charge to attend. Children under 5 admitted free. Tickets available in advance by calling (860) 628-8121, or available at the door.
FESTIVAL OF WINES AND SPIRITS. 6 to 10 p.m. Benefit for Bristol Hospital. Enjoy an array of fine wine, beer, and spirits. Dine on artisanal cheeses, mashed potato bar, Asian stir fry and noodle station, Panini station, S’mores Station. Live music by the Bill Cofrances Jazz Quartet. Silent auction including wine trips to Sonoma and Napa Valleys. DoubleTree by Hilton in the Oaks Ballroom, 42 Century Dr., Bristol. $125 per person. RSVP by March 28. Dressy casual attire. (860) 585-3365, firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY, APRIL 12
DINNER AND AUCTION. 5:30 p.m. Dinner includes baked fish, rice, vegetable, bread, dessert, and beverages. Asbury United MethodistChurch, 90 Church Ave., Forestville. $10 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 10, free for children 3 and under. (860) 584-0529.
FRIDAY, APRIL 18
PASTA FOR BEN. Held by The Giving Back Girls and The Arc of Southington. 5 to 8 p.m. In honor of Ben Buckley, a 7-year-old who passed away suddenly from an asthma attack in January. Pasta with marinara sauce and meatballs on the side. DJ Gary Racine of Ultimate Entertainment. raffles. Proceeds will go back to scholarships and grants to students in the schools in Southington and to fund allergy and asthma prescriptions and research. The Elks Club, 114 Main St., Southington. $10 for adults and $5 for children. Available in advance or at the door. Drop checks off at The Arc of Southington, 201 West Main St., Plantsville. (860) 681-7301.