FRIDAY, APRIL 25
PARENT NIGHT OUT. 7 to 10 p.m. Fund raiser for Hatton School PTO. Hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, cash bar, coffee and desserts, DJ, Vendors, Lia Sophia Jewelry, Thirty One Bags, Pampered Chef, and Mary Kay. Falcon’s Nest, 33 Knowles Ave., Plantsville. Oneson28@cox.net, firstname.lastname@example.org
OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE AMERICAN CLOCK AND WATCH MUSEUM’S 2014 SEASON. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments, exhibit viewing, special presentation about colonial watches. American Clock and WatchMuseum, 100 Maple St., Bristol. (860) 583-6070. ClockandWatchMuseum.org
APRIL 25, 26
GHOST TOURS. Friday and Saturday, 6, 7, 8, and 9 p.m Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. $22 for adults, $17 for members, $15 for children age 16 and under. (Recommended for ages 10 and up). (860) 280-3130. MarkTwainHouse.org.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26
SOCK HOP. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Prizes for best retro dressed. Raffles. Door prizes. Dance to the oldies. Bring snacks. Bristol Polish Club, 541 North Main St., Bristol. Donation at the door.
OPENING DAY AT THE AMERICAN CLOCK AND WATCH MUSEUM. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission all day. Refreshments, special activities, sneak peek at the exhibit, “Cultivating a Collection: Discovering Treasures.” Museum is open from April to December, seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ClockandWatchMuseum.org, (860) 583-6070.
DOWNTON ABBEY TWO O’CLOCK TEA. 2 p.m. Period dress encouraged but not required. Refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. No charge but registration required. (860) 584-7787, ext 2023.
RED WHITE + YOU BALL. Benefit for the American Red Cross. 6 p.m. to midnight. Will honor Stew and KimLeonardJr.ConnecticutConvention Center, Hartford. $250 per person. RedCross.org/redcrossball
3RD ANNUAL PALACE THEATER MOTORCYCLE RIDE. 11 .a.m. Police-escorted motorcycle ride will take riders on a 47-mile scenic drive that starts at the Palace Theater, loops through the Litchfield Hills and ends back on East Main Street with live entertainment by The Rubber City Blues Band and food provided by Frankie’s Hotdogs. Palace Theater, 100 East Main St., Waterbury. (203) 346-2011. PalaceTheaterCT.org
RUMMAGE/ TAG SALE. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hot dogs served with meat sauce or sauerkraut. Proceeds go toward students in need of scholarships. St. Matthew’s LutheranSchool, 87 Franklin Square, New Britain. (860) 223-7829.
SUNDAY, APRIL 27
LINE DANCE WORKSHOP. 2 to 6 p.m. For the beginners to intermediate. With house instructors Paula, Gayle, and Christopher. Open dance follows. Cadillac Ranch, 45 Jude Lane, Southington. email@example.com
USED CLOTHING/ ITEM COLLECTION. Final drop off, 10 a.m. to noon. Benefit for Plainville High School-YMCA Project Graduation. The group will receive cash for every pound of used items collected. Bring wearable/usable clothing (men’s, women’s, children’s), shoes, belts, handbags, linens (bedding, curtains, towels. Wheeler YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville. Also arrange for a pick-up. (860) 637-6640.
A SPECIAL MASS CELEBRATING THE CANONIZATION OF POPE JOHN PAUL II. 11:15 a.m. The Polonia Paderewski Choir will sing at the mass. Reception to follow in the church hall. St. Stanislaus Church, 510 West St., Bristol.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY. If you are a fallen away Catholic or need redemption, go to confession, then receive Holy Community. You can obtain complete forgiveness of all sins. DivineMercySunday.com, 1-888-732-0722.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY MASS. 2:30 p.m. Will include blessing of the Image of Divine Mercy, Novena Prayer, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and Veneration of the Relic of Saint Faustina. St. AnnChurch, 215 West St., Bristol. All are welcome. (860) 582-8169.
27TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY EVENT. 1:30 p.m. With herpetologists Peter Brazaitis and Myrna Watanabe. Guided walk will follow. Beech Street Parking Lot of Hoppers Birge Pond Nature Preserve, Bristol. Rain cancels. No rain date.
RUN FOR BABIES 5K. 7 a.m., registration. 8 a.m., start. Also March for Babies, with 9 a.m., registration and 10 a.m. start Rentchler Field, 615 Silver Lane, EastHartford. MarchforBabies.org/event/greaterhartford.
MONDAY, APRIL 28
THE 13TH ANNUAL WONDER OF WOMEN. Held by the Women and Girls’ Fund of Main Street Community Foundation. 5:30 p.m., social hour. 7 p.m., program. Guest speaker is Cari Champion, host of ESPN2’s “First Take.” Aqua Turf Club, Mulberry Street, Plainville. Samantha@mainstreetfoundation.com, (860) 583-6363.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30
‘THE DREAM OF THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL.’ 7 p.m. Discussion with author Lawrence Buell. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free. Registration encouraged. (860) 280-3130. MarkTwainHouse.org
APRIL 30, MAY 1
‘SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER.’ Screening of documentary about the rock star. April 30, Showcase Cinemas in Bridgeport. May 1 at Digiplex in Bloomfield and Digiplex Cinerom in Torrington. SuperDuperAliceCooper.com.
APRIL ART DEMONSTRATION. Presented by the Southington Arts and Crafts Association. 7 p.m. Patricia Corbett, oil painter. 6:30 p.m., SACA meeting will precede the demonstration. The Orchards, 34 Hobart St., Southington. Free to the public. (860) 302-4309.
APRIL 30 to MAY 28
WE THE PEOPLE OF GOD: A FIVE-SESSION PROGRAM FOR LAY CATHOLICS. Wednesdays, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Part of the faith-enrichment series. Learn about the roll of the laity in the church’s mission. Facilitated by author Joan Kennedy. Our Lady of Mercy Parish Center, Room 106 in the rear of the building, 19 South Canal St., Plainville. Free. Open to the public. Free will donations accepted. Register. (860) 747-6825.
THURSDAY, MAY 1
LECTURE ON DR. SAMUEL JOHNSON. 7 p.m. The creator of the British Dictionary. Speaker is Morwenna Rae, curator of the Samuel Johnson House in London. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free. Reservations suggested. (860) 280-3130. MarkTwainHouse.org
‘CELEBRATION OF PEACE: AFRICA.’ 6 to 10 p.m. Held by Artists for World Peace. African cuisine, art auction of African-inspired work, music, and dance. Open bar, appetizers, Moroccan dishes, and African BBQ station. WadsworthMansion, 421 Wadsworth St., Middletown. $100. ArtistsforWorldPeace.org. Michele@artistsforworldpeace.org
OPENING OF TWO NEW EXHIBITS. Reception, 5:30 to 8 p.m. “Stagecraft: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage” and “Animals in Carousel Art.” Light refreshments. New EnglandCarouselMuseum, 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol. TheCarouselMuseum.org, (860) 585-5411.
P.R. BAILEY ART EXHIBIT. Reception Saturday, May 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Gallery at The Orchards, Community Room, second floor, 34 Hobart St., Southington. SouthingtonArtsandCrafts.homestead.com. SouthingtonOrchards.org
SATURDAY, MAY 3
FUND RAISER WALK-RUN-ATHON AND CRAFTERS EVENT. Held by BristolAdultResourceCenter. Arts and crafts vendors needed. MemorialBoulevardSchool Track and Field, Memorial Boulevard, Bristol. $25 per space for vendors. Rain date is May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (860) 582-9102, ext. 138.
SUNDAY, MAY 4
PRIDE IN AMERICA NYC BUS TRIP. Organized by the Southington Knights of Columbus. Leave Southington via Deluxe Motor Coach at 7:45 a.m. Arrive at South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan by mid-morning. Then board a coach to the ferry for a visit to the Statue of Liberty. Then go on to Ellis Island. Bus pick up at commuter lot, off I084, exit 29, at Route 10 and Mulberry Street in Southington. $75 per person, $66 per child 4 to 12. Make checks payable to the Southington Knights of Columbus. Mail them to K of C Council No. 15, 26 Riverside Court, Southington, 06489. (860) 334-005, (860) 276-0633, (860) 302-4556.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
BRISTOL VETERANS’ COUNCIL 4TH ANNUAL SALUTE DINNER. 5:30 p.m. A salute to Bristol’s 2014 high school graduates who have chosen to enter the armed forces, or one of the nation’s military academies. Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central St., Forestville. For student and two guests, free. For all other attendees, $25 per person. (860) 977-2152, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 589-7942, email@example.com. Make checks out to the Bristol Veterans’ Council, c/o Salute Dinner, P.O. Box 2634, Bristol, CT06010.
SATURDAY, MAY 10
MOHEGAN SUN BUS TRIP. Hosted by the Bristol Mum Festival. 4 to 11 p.m. $30 per person includes bus trip, $15 food voucher, and $15 wheel coupon. Pick up at St. Gregory’s CCDCenter, 1043 Stafford Ave., Bristol. Bus leaves 4 p.m. sharp. Register. (860) 675-5462.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12
SLOPER ALUMNI CHARITY NIGHT. 6 p.m. Benefit for Camp for Kids. Buffet, live band. Smokin’ with Chris, 59 West Center St., Southington. $25 tickets. $100 for special orange tickets, with $75 from each ticket going to college scholarship fund for YMCA Camp Sloper staff pursuing a career with children. SCCYMCA.org, dayer@sccymca, (860) 426-9510.
TUESDAY, MAY 13
FOXWOODS CASINO TRIP. Leave Our Lady of Mercy Church, South Canal Street, Plainville at 8 a.m., leave casino at 4 p.m. Reservations. $21. (860) 747-1732.
SATURDAY, MAY 17
4TH CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC FUND RAISER. Register at 10:30 a.m. Tee time at noon. Benefit for PARC Inc. Healthy Living Programming and the Frederick Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 14 of Plainville college scholarship fund. 18-hole scramble format with cart. Individuals and foursomes are welcome. Dinner catered by Gnazzo’s Food Center of Plainville. Silent auctiion, raffle items, award presentations, and door prizes. (860) 747-0316.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12
SLOPER ALUMNI CHARITY NIGHT. 6 p.m. Buffet, live band. Benefit for YMCA Camp Sloper and will help a child in need have a camp experience this summer. Smokin’ with Chris, 59 West Center St., Southington. $25. Special $100 tickets will be sold with $75 from each going to a college scholarship fund for YMCA Camp Sloper staff who are pursuing a career with children. At the door. www.SCCYMCA.org, (860) 426-9510.
‘MOSES’ IN LANCASTER, PA. The St. Stanislaus Golden Agers. Trip to the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Pa. Two nights at the Cork Factory Hotel, a family-style meal at Plain and Fancy Restaurant, a tour of Hershey Chocolate World, a dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord and a tour of Wheatland, the home of the nation’s 15th president. Call Penny Sobolewski, (860) 589-5597.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28
ST. STANISLAUS GOLDEN AGERS TRIP. “Who Loves You.” Musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. You drive in on your own. Lunch included. Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Plantsville. $72. Reservations. (860) 589-5597.
SATURDAY, MAY 31
FASHION RUNWAY SHOW DEBUTING 2014 COLLECTION, ‘ETERNALISM,’ BY EBONY AMBER DESIGNS. Benefit for Make-A-Wish CT. 7 to 11 p.m. Each ticket holder receives cupcake from Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes, cup of coffee from Giv Coffee. Entertainment by hip hop dancer Morris Parker, singer Krizta Moon, belly dancer Anatolia Firegoddess, drum and bass duo Helmholtz and Wiley, and Jennifer Hill and Co. Also, the avant garde fashions of Ebony Amber Designs. CoeMemorial Park Civic Center, 101 Litchfield St., Torrington. 16 and over. $20. Showclix.com/event/EternalismFashionShowFundRaiser
CHARITY CYCLING CHALLENGE’S 2ND ANNUAL SWING FORE SPECIAL OLYMPICS GOLF TOURNAMENT. Registration at 11 a.m. Shotgun start at noon. Includes 18-hole scramble, continental breakfast, luncheon, dinner, cart, and beer/snacks on the course. Prizes. Southington Country Club, Southington. (860) 26107326, info@CharityCyclingChallenge.com
TUESDAY, JUNE 24
TRIP TO GLOUCESTER AND ROCKPORT. Held by AARP Chapter 4146. Bus leaves Plainville at 8 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. Lunch include at Gloucester Lobster House on the wharf. Free time in Rockport, the artist colony, for shopping. Everything included $97. (860) 747-1732.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26
13TH ANNUAL FRED SOLIANI MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. Held by the Bristol Lions Club. Chippanee Golf Club Marsh Road, Bristol. $155 includes continental breakfast, hot dogs/ hamburgers, free beer-soda-water on the course all day, putting contest, glass break contest, buffet dinner after the tournament, greens fees, cart. (860) 583-6986, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 212-2636, email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9
ST. STANISLAUS GOLDEN AGERS TRIPS TO ALL YOU CAN EAT LOBSTER AND COMEDY SHOW. Leaves St. Stanislaus Church, 510 West St., Bristol at 10:30 a.m. Delaney House, Holyoke, Mass. Reservations. (860) 589-5597.
TUESDAY, JULY 29
BOSTON HARBOR WHALE WATCH. Sponsored by AARP Chapter 4146. Leave Our Lady of MercyChurch, South Canal St., Plainville at 7 a.m. Estimated return to Plainville, 6:30 p.m. See the whales, afterward stroll through Boston. $82. (860) 747-1732.
MONDAY, AUG. 4
23RD ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT OF THE CENTRAL CONNECTICUT CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE. Tunxis Plantation, Farmington. CentralCTChambers.org, (860) 584-4718.
SUNDAY, AUG. 10
BUS TRIP TO YANKEE STADIUM. Offered by the BristolSeniorCenter. Game time to be announced Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians. Open to the public, first-come, first-served. $87 due at time of registration. Deluxe motor coach bus, trip director, and reserved main level seats in section 232A. Register now at BristolSeniorCenter, 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol. (860) 584-7895.
NOW thru JULY 20
NEW/ NOW: JOE FIG. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Solo exhibition featuring a series of sculptures and paintings by Joe Fig representing the studios of some of today’s leading contemporary artists, including Petah Coyne, Tara Donovan, and Ursula Von Rydingsvard. Opening reception Sunday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. Remarks by the artist at 4 p.m. $12 for adults, 410 for senior citizens. $8 for students. Children under 12, free. Free admission from 10 a.m. to noon. New BritainMuseum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. NBMAA.org.
NOW thru APRIL 26
4 O’CLOCK FLOWERS FOR SALE. Held by the Bristol Historical Society. Proceeds benefit the society. Order forms at City True Value Hardware, Harvest Bakery, and the Pine Street branch of Webster Bank. Also, on-line at BristolHistoricalSociety.org or Facebook.com/pages/Bristol-Historical-Society/138588216189551. Make checks payable to BHS, P.O. Box 1393, Bristol, CT06011-1393. Flowers will be ready for pick-up at BHS, 98 Summer St., Bristol for June 6 to 7. (860) 583-6309. PetitFamilyFoundation.org
NOW thru APRIL 26
THE 23RD ANNUAL JURIED ART SHOW. Sponsored by the Southington Arts and Crafts Association. Paintings, graphics, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. Gallery 53, 53 Colony St., Meriden. (860) 621-2720.
NOW thru APRIL 30
RONALD TABELLIONE. “Color of My World.” Art exhibit of landscapes. Presented by the Southington Arts and Crafts Association. The Gallery at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St., Southington. (860) 628-5656.
NOW thru MAY 4
‘LOST EGYPT: ANCIENT SECRETS, MODERN SCIENCE.’ ConnecticutScienceCenter, 250 Columbus Blvd. CTScienceCenter.org
BINGO. Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m., Fridays at 6:45 p.m. Benefits St. Anthony School. St. Anthony Church, 111 School St., Bristol.
BINGO. Every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Free coffee and cookies. Bristol Polish Club, 541 North Main St., Bristol.
THE BARGAIN CENTER. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Prospect United MethodistChurch, 99 Summer St., Bristol. $5 bag sale is on.
MONTHLY ADOPTION INFORMATION SESSIONS. Held by Connecticut Adoption Services. First Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Barnes and Noble, 1599 S. East Rd., Farmington. (860) 678-9494. Register by 3 p.m. the Wednesday before, (860) 886-7500, CTAdoptions@waterfordcs.org