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Listings for Dec. 6

December 6, 2013

 

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is now being performed at the Thomaston Opera House.

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is now being performed at the Thomaston Opera House.

 

The Shoreline Ringers are coming to Bristol Baptist Church on Dec. 13.

The Shoreline Ringers are coming to Bristol Baptist Church on Dec. 13.

 

Prospect United Methodist Church in Bristol is hosting a Victorian Tea  on Dec. 14.

Prospect United Methodist Church in Bristol is hosting a Victorian Tea on Dec. 14.

Holiday listings

FRIDAY, DEC. 6

BRISTOL

LIGHT UP ST. PAUL. 6:30 p.m. Advent evening of reflection followed by Christmas carols, a luminary walk, and the annual Tree Lighting ceremony. Refreshments and rides on a horse-drawn carriage. St. PaulCatholicHigh School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. SPCHS.net

 

OTHER

KENNY ROGERS CHRISTMAS. 8 p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville. $35. MoheganSun.com. 1-800-745-3000.

 

THIRD ANNUAL HOLIDAY ENCORE TRUNK SHOW AND YELP SHOPS LOCAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR. Trunk show is Friday 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local artists from across the state will offer original works for sale. Help is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. In addition to trunk show participants, there will be 25 additional vendors, food, and entertainment. New BritainMuseum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Trunk show on Fridays is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Saturday, trunk show admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students, and free for children under 12. Admission is free for all from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission to Yelp is free with a suggested donation of $20. NBMAA.org

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

BRISTOL

THE 20TH ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. 8:30 to 11 a.m. Kiwanis Club cooks breakfast. Kids in the Middle from ChippensHillSchool, Miss Bristol, Miss Forestville, and others will entertain the children. Santa will visit. Giamatti Little LeagueCenter Complex, Mix Street, Bristol. Children under 12 are free. Tickets may be bought in advance by bringing one unwrapped toy or making a $5 donation to the Little League center. Toys will be donated to the Secret Santa Society. If you can’t be on hand, and want to donate, bring donations to the Little League office or mail them to Secret Santa Society, P.O. Box 2926, Bristol, CT , 06011-2926. (860) 329-1499.

 

16TH ANNUAL ST. MATTHEW SCHOOL CRAFT/ VENDOR SHOW. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hand-crafted items, one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, candles, specialty foods, baked goods, raffle, free make-n-take for the children. St.MatthewSchool, 35 Welch Dr., Bristol. $1.

 

SIT IN A REAL HELICOPTER. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pilot Paul Blanchette of Ultimate Helicopter will talk to children about what it’s like to fly a helicopter and answer questions. Ultimate Helicopter, 200 Central St., Forestville. Refreshments. Bring your camera.

 

BRISTOL HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 7TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features bake sale, Christmas boutique with recycled treasures, crafters. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. Free admission.

 

GRINCH AND FRIENDS FAMILY BREAKFAST. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Crumpit pancakes, roast beast sausage or Whohas, milk, juice, tea, or coffee. Take photos with Grinch and Friends. Get autographs. ImagineNationMuseum, One Pleasant St., Bristol. $6 per adult, including two jumbo pancakes and $4 per child. Limited tickets at the door. Does not include museum admission.

 

‘PEACE ON EARTH.’ The 10th annual Holiday Showcase of Stars. 7 p.m. Enjoy the holiday season with some of the area’s best musical talents. A holiday tradition. St. PaulCatholicHigh School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. $12 for adults. $5 for children, 12 and under. Available after all masses at St. Anthony Church, 111 School St., Bristol and at A. Bartlett Giamatti Leadership Training Center, 335 Mix St., Bristol. (860) 585-6039, (860) 589-5692.

 

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, BAKE SALE, RAFFLE. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get your shopping done and buy baked goods for the holidays. St. AnnChurch, 214 West St., Bristol. (860) 261-5071.

 

SANTA CLAUS. 10 a.m. Stories, crafts, refreshments. Manross Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. No charge. Register. Limited to 30 children. (860) 584-7790.

 

PLAINVILLE

ANNUAL SLEIGH BELLS CRAFT FAIR. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch, homemade bakery items, handcrafted items. Vendor spots available. Plainville United MethodistChurch, 56 Redstone Hill Rd., Plainville. (860) 747-2328.

 

SOUTHINGTON

EIGHTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holiday and general handcrafted items. Café will have continental breakfast, chowder, soup, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Proceeds donated to Southington Fuel Bank. St. Paul’s Church, 145 Main St., Southington. (860) 628-8486.

 

ST. ALOYSIUS HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors, gift baskets, swag, handmade items, baked goods, etc. Lunch and refreshments. St. Aloysius Church Hall, 254 Burritt St., Plantsville.

 

CHRISTMAS TEA AND CRAFT BAZAAR. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafts, gift items, holiday cookies, tea luncheon. Grace United MethodistChurch, 121 Pleasant St., Southington. GraceUMCSouthington.org, (860) 628-6996.\

 

OTHER

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presented by the Ladies of HolyTrinityLutheranChurch. Breakfast and lunch served. Soups will be available. Hot dogs and sauerkraut. Cookie walk, attic treasures area, baked goods including gluten-free, greens boxes, handmade craft items, knit scarves, flannel baby blankets, ornaments, etc. Youth Group will be selling Christmas door sprays and children’s used books and toys. HolyTrinityLutheranChurch, 8 Maple St., Terryville.

 

MERIDEN HOLIDAY ART WALK. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Holiday Open House at Gallery 53, Sandman Gallery and Frame Shoppe, 14 West Main St., Meriden. Art Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including Bristol’s Ginger Grant, winner of Main ARTery’s People’s Choice Award, Tom Ryan, Christian Ayala, Decia Bodden, Nick Palazzo, Michael Hansen, Christine Webster. glophotography@ymail.com, Gallery53.org, SandmanGallery.com, MeridenArtsCouncil.org

 

SECOND ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW AND BAKE SALE. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit with Santa, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (bring your camera). Free coffee for adults attending. Christmas cookie. Cheshire Grange, 44 Wallingford Rd., Cheshire. Vendors wanted. Call Maryalyce, (203) 272-9421.

 

WHIGVILLE GRANGE COOKIE WALK. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dozens of homemade cookies for sale. Proceeds benefit programs for the grange. Terryville Congregational Church, Main Street, Terryville. (860) 582-9863.

 

DEC. 7, 8

OTHER

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WONDERLAND TOUR. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. St. Patrick’s Church, 50 Charles St., Waterbury. Gingerbread tour is $2. Tea with tour is $5. (203)756-8837. DianeCalabro.com/gingerbread.htm, rectory50@gmail.com

 

DEC. 7, 8

OTHER

CONNECTICUT RIVER ARTISANS HOLIDAY SHOW. Work by local artisans. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 4 Water St., Chester. (860) 526-5575.

 

DEC. 7, 8

OTHER

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 25 artists and crafters. Hill-SteadMuseum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington. (860) 677-4787, ext. 134. Hillstead.org

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 8

SOUTHINGTON

NATIVITY SCENES AND CHRISTMAS MUSIC. 4 p.m. Display of Christmas nativities from around the world as well as handmade displays. Bennett Family of Cheshire will perform a concert of Christmas carols on handbells, brass, strings, piano, vocals, and a seven-piece accordion ensemble. No admission charge. Free will offering. Refreshments follow. FirstBaptistChurch of Southington, 581 Meriden Ave., Bristol. (860) 628-8121.

 

‘THE STORY OF THE NATIVITY: BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST, KING AND SAVIOR.’ 6 p.m. Based on the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. A musical production. Scripted and produced by Dick Fortunato. Directed by Lisa Carroll. Featuring music director Cindi Simms, the St. Dominic HDS Contemporary Music Choir, and 67 parishioners. Concludes with Christmas carols. St. Dominic Church, 1050 Flanders Rd., Southington. Free.

 

AN EVENING OF POETRY AND SONG. 7 p.m. With Fr. Henry C. Frascadore and Still Small Voice. Afterward, a reception where Frascadore will sign his book, “Conversations After Sunset.” Church of St. Dominic, 1050 Flanders Rd., Southington. Free. teresa@saintdominicchurch.com

 

PLAINVILLE

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. Held by the Plainville Fire Company. 7 a.m. to noon. Full family breakfast open to all ages. Meet and greet with Santa in his Winter Wonderland. Children Christmas lists encouraged. Take a photograph of your children with Santa. $8 donation. Under 6, free. Plainville Fire Headquarters, 77 West Main St., Plainville.

 

FESTIVE FAMILY FUN DAY. 2 to 5 p.m. Presented by the Plainville Historical Society. Crafts, games, prizes, refreshments. At 3:30 p.m., Valentine the Clown will be doing face painting and balloon animals. Admission is a non-perishable item for the food pantry. Holiday store will be open. Plainville Historical Society, 29 Pierce St., Plainville. (860) 747-6577.

 

BRISTOL

23RD ANNUAL CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PARADE. 1 p.m. Parade in reverse. Child will walk the parade route past entertainers and participants who will line the route. Parade steps off at Federal Green, goes down Bellevue Avenue to High Street to Main Street. Afterward, stop by for hot cocoa served up by firefighters, and stroll over to the Main Street “Pop Up Winter Wonderland Tent.” Holidays treats and entertainment. If there is inclement weather, cancellation will be announced at CentralCTChambers.org. Postponement date is Dec.15.

 

OTHER

THE FRIENDS OF THE MARK TWAIN HOUSE AND MUSEUM HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Katherine Hepburn Home, 201 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford; Joan and Albert Hurwit, 1076 Prospect Ave., Hartford; Tomas Nenortas, 70 North Beacon St., Hartford Lisa and Joseph Curran, 285 North Quaker Lane, West Hartford; The Isham-Terry House, 211 High St., Hartford; Mark Twain House an dMuseum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Advance tickets are $30, $35 day of the tour. (860) 280-3130, HolidayHouseTour2013.BrownPaperTickets.com. MarkTwainHouse.org

 

‘JOY OF CHRISTMAS.’ With the Thomaston Ladies Choral Club and guests H.S. Liederkranz. 2:30 p.m. St. ThomasChurch, Thomaston. Admission is non-perishable food item to be donated to the Thomaston Food Pantry. (860) 796-2571, (860) 283-6130.

 

DEC. 8 to 22

OTHER

‘CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS.’ Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Plays by John Cariani, Jeffrey Hatcher, Jacques Lamarre, Matthew Lombardo, Theresa Rebeck, Edwin Sanchez, Jonathan Tolins. TheaterWorks, City Arts on Pearl, 233 Pearl St., Hartford. Tickets run from $35 to $40. Add $15 for center reserved seating. Student rush tickets with ID are $15. (860) 527-7838. TheaterWorksHartford.org

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11

BRISTOL

HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAMS. 6:30 p.m. “A Renaissance Christmas” with Eric and Dee Hansen in Meeting Room 1, Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. Refreshments. Free. Registration required. (860) 584-7787 for Bristol Public Library.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 13

BRISTOL

THE SHORELINE RINGERS HANDBELL ENSEMBLE. 7:30 p.m. Christmas 2013 program. BristolBaptistChurch, 43 School St., Bristol. Free. Free-will offering will be taken. Reception follows.

 

OTHER

HOLIDAY CONCERT. 3 to 4 p.m. Presented by singers and musicians from FarmingtonHigh School. Carols and holiday tunes and a finale sing-a-long. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. Free. All age groups. Register. (860) 673-6791, FarmingtonLibraries.org

 

DEC. 13-15

BRISTOL

‘SNOW ANGELS.’ Presented by the Liberty Baptist Drama Team. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 6 p.m. Sunday at 6 p.m. Emory and Eleanor Vanderbilt take pride in hosting the big annual Christmas Eve party for family and friends. But this year’s gathering will be a life-changing event. Along the way, the true meaning of Christmas is revealed in the act of giving. LibertyBaptistChurch, 265 Maple Ave., Bristol. Free but donations accepted.

 

DEC. 13 to DEC. 22

OTHER

‘THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER.’ Performed by the Repertory Theatre of New Britain. The Repertory Theatre of New Britain, 23 Norden St., New Britain. BristolTheatreArts.org, NBRep.org

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

OTHER

ASHLAR VILLAGE’S HOLIDAY ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gift items including purses, scarves handmade jewelry, sports memorabilia, candles, homemade jewelry, sports memorabilia, candles, homemade candy, and more. Masonicare at Ashlar Village, Cheshire Road, Wallingford. (203) 679-6015, (203) 679-6402, apagan@masonicare.org, ncaffrey@masonicare.org

 

STOWE AND TWAIN’S OLDE-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both the Mark Twain House and the Harriett Beecher Stowe House will be decked with family decorations. Take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage. Hear the High School Choraliers or the EthelWalkerSchool’s Grape. Holiday crafts. Special exhibit in Stowe’s Day House with popular 19th century images and objects. The Ballet Theater Company will perform selections for Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker at 11 a.m. “Life on the Missisippi,” a new musical, will be performed at 2 p.m. Jason Castonguay, concert pianist and vocalist, will perform in the MarkTwainMuseumCenter at 10 a.m. Jolly Old St. Nicholas will be on hand. Harriett Beecher Stowe House, 77 Forest St., Hartford. Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Tickets for guided tours are $23 for adults, $15 for children (age 5 to 15). Tickets may be bought in the two museums’ Visitor Centers. All activities and performances, aside from the festive house tours, are free. (860) 247-0998, (860) 522-9258, ext. 317. MarkTwainHouse.org, HarrietBeecherStowe.org

 

BRISTOL

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS TEA. 4 p.m. Servants will serve assorted scones, seasonal breads, tea sandwiches, and a 16-foot dessert buffet. The “Manor’s” 10-foot Christmas tree is surrounded by tables covered in linens, satins, polished silver, lead crystal, and china. Sponsored  by the Middle Ages Group of the church. Prospect United MethodistChurch, 99 Summers St., Bristol. $15 for Sessions Hall, $25 for parlors. (860) 214-4663. Reserved seating only.

 

SINGLES HOLIDAY HOUSE PARTY. Held by Social Connections. Dress to impress. Optional $10 grab bag gift. BYOB. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share. 35 Anthony Dr., Bristol. $10. (860) 582-8229.

 

LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS ANNUAL GREEK PASTRIES AND CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-packaged Greek pastries for Christmas. Pick up the sample boxes or pick from your favorite cookies (Koulourikia, Kourambiede, Gallatabouriko, Baklava, Philikia, and others) sold in bulk. Coffee. St. Demoetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 31 Brightwood Rd., Bristol.

 

SINGLES HOLIDAY HOUSE PARTY. Held by Social Connections. 7 p.m. Dress to impress. Optional $10 grab bag gift. BYOB. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share. 35 Anthony Dr., Bristol. Reserve. (860) 582-8229.

 

PLAINVILLE

AMERICAN LEGION POST 33 CHRISTMAS PARTY. 6 to 11 p.m. Full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, appetizers, desserts, jello and pudding shots. American Legion Post 33, 7 Race Ave., Plainville. $7.50 per person. On sale now. Reservations. (860) 747-9074.

 

DEC. 14 to 15

OTHER

‘THE NUTCRACKER.’ Performed by Cecchetti Ballet Theatre, a pre-professional dance company. Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. A cast of over 100 children and adults from the Southington area as well as New York City, Philadelphia, and Massachusetts. Southington’s Brooke LaChance will dance the role of Clara. Special guest Isaac Stappas of New York City will be the Cavalier. Natalie Hackett will be the Sugar Plum Fairy. Greg Lennox will be the Snow King. Glennith Capone and Sydney Senior will perform the Arabian pas de deux. HamdenHigh School, 2040 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. $25 for adults, $20 for children 11 and under and senior citizens. Student rush tickets available for $15 one-half hour before the performance. TUTUTIX.com, 1-855-222-2TIX. (203) 699-8888.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

BRISTOL

AFTERNOON WITH SANTA FOR MILITARY FAMILIES AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. Presented by the American Legion Riders. 2 to 5 p.m. Bring your children or grandchildren. Enjoy a visit with Santa, receive a gift, do crafts with Santa’s Helpers. Refreshments provided. No charge. Not a fund raiser. American Legion Post 2, 22 Hooker Ct., Bristol. events@post2legionriders.com

 

SOUTHINGTON

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. After all masses. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, oven-roasted potatoes, bacon, bacon, sausage, juice, biscuits, and beverage. Mary Our Queen Church, 248 Savage St., Plantsville. Tickets sold at the door. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.

 

NOW thru DEC. 8

BRISTOL

CHRISTMAS TREE AND WREATH SALE. Friday and Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. Supports NHS scholarships. Senior courtyard at the rear of St. PaulCatholicHigh School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. SPCHS.net

 

NOW thru DEC. 22

BRISTOL/ SOUTHINGTON

LAKE COMPOUNCE HOLIDAY LIGHTS. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Fridays and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Full family entertainment for all ages. Light show every half hour at the main gate. Kiddieland rides and family-themed rides in operation. Train transformed into the North Pole Railway. Cookie decorating, gingerbread house making. Santa. More. LakeCompounceAmusement Park, Bristol/ Southington. $14.99 plus tax per adult. $10.99 plus tax for children 4 through 10. Free for children 3 and under. LakeCompounce.com

 

NOW thru DEC. 15

OTHER

GINGERBREAD HOUSE FESTIVAL. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regional artisans and bakers show off their creative talents with an array of candy-covered houses, trains, trees, and in some cases entire villages. Wood Memorial Library and Museum, 783 Main St., South Windsor. Free. (860) 289-1783, wood.memorial.lib@sbcglobal.net, woodmemoriallibrary.org

 

NOW thru DEC. 21

BRISTOL

THE FRIENDS OF THE BRISTOL PUBLIC LIBRARY HOLIDAY BOOK SALE. During operational hours. Books, movies, CDs, including many holiday-themed and gift quality items. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol, F.N. Manross Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Proceeds fund activities, programs, and equipment at the libraries.

 

NOW thru JAN. 5, 2014

OTHER

CHRISTMAS MEMORIES: TALES AND TRADITIONS OF AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY HOLIDAY. Hill-SteadMuseum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington. Free to members or with museum admission. (860) 677-4787, Hillstead.org

 

NOW thru DEC. 29

SOUTHINGTON

CHRISTMAS-THEMED PAINTINGS. “New England Winter” by Ellen Couture of Southington, past president and vice president of The Art League of Plainville. The Gallery at The Orchards, Community Room, second floor, 34 Hobart St., Southington. (860) 628-5656.

 

NOW thru DEC. 22

OTHER

THE SANTA EXPRESS. Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Nov. 30, at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. and 5 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 7 to 22. Santa will ride the 1920s vintage train from the New England Railroad Museum of New England. 80 minute ride. RailroadMuseum of New England, 242 East Main St., Thomaston. RMNE.org, (860) 283-7245.

 

NOW throughout DECEMBER

BRISTOL

HOLIDAY PLANTS FOR SALE. Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays till Christmas. Also check out the Candy Kitchen. The Growing Center at the Bristol Adult Resource Center, Inc., 621 Jerome Ave., Bristol. (860) 584-0043.

 

Miscellaneous listings

FRIDAY, DEC. 6

OTHER

SINGLES HAPPY HOUR. Sponsored by Social Connections. 5 p.m. Baci Grill, 134 Berlin Rd., Cromwell. No charge. (860) 582-8229.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

BRISTOL

‘BARE,’ THE ART OF MARISSA JANCZEWSKA. 6 to 9 p.m., reception Face and body painter since 2010. Top 10 finalist in the 2011 North American Body Painting Championship with master artist Melissa Bertrand. Live body painting and previously painted works on canvas as it explores body painting’s inclusion and exclusion in fine art. Bare Bones, 156 School St., Bristol. Artist Tree next door will be open. $10 donation, supporters donation, $20. No one turned away. Sponsored by HartfordCounty Tattoo.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

BRISTOL

WRESTLING PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE. Presented by ProWrestlingAcademyCT.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. Bell time, 8 p.m. The debut of The Normals. Bristol’s own Grappling Gregg. Southington’s Wrecking Ball Legursky. The Living Legend Ox Baker. Bristol Boys and Girls Club, 105 Laurel St., Bristol. $12 advance, $15 at the door. (203) 627-7453.

 

DEC. 7 to FEB. 22

OTHER

‘THE UNIVERSAL KITCHEN.’ Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday from 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate Landers, Frary and Clark and the household items it manufactured under the Universal brand name. New BritainIndustrialMuseum, 185 Main St., Second Floor, New Britain. (860) 832-8654. NBIndustrial.com

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 8

BRISTOL/ SOUTHINGTON

‘PLUNGE FOR SANDY HOOK.’ Benefit for My Sandy Hook Family Fund. Register at 8 a.m. Plunge at 10 a.m. No registration fee but you’re asked to raise at least $50 for the cause. The Lake at LakeCompounceAmusement Park, Bristol/ Southington. EverRibbon.com/ribbon/view/10076. LakeCompounce.com

 

OTHER

2013 CHARLEMAGNE FALL AND WINTER SUNDAY CARD PARTIES. Dinner and dance with Norm Flash and Starfires Band. Featuring new chef and menu. The French Model Council Club, 1375 East St., New Britain. Call (860) 223-9306 for menu and details.

 

ALEX KATZ: SELECTIONS FROM THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART. 2 to 4 p.m. Opening reception. MattatuckMuseum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. Free with museum admission and free to museum members. (203) 753-0381. MattatuckMuseum.org

 

MEET THE FAMILY. 12 to 4 p.m. Journey back in time to the holiday season of 1921. Interpreters will be dressed in period garb portraying members of the Pope family, original residents of Hill-SteadMuseum. Tour the museum. Hill-SteadMuseum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington. Free to members or with museum admission. Hillstead.org, (860) 677-4787.

 

MONDAY, DEC. 9

PLAINVILLE

ART LEAGUE OF PLAINVILLE CHRISTMAS PARTY. 6:30 p.m. Everybody and anybody can go. Bring a $10 grab big gift if you’d like to participate. Bring a food item that you’re famous for. Plainville Public Library, small conference room, 56 East Main St., Plainville. (860) 589-3599.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 10

OTHER

AN EVENING WITH JEFFREY RICHARDSON, AUTHOR OF ‘COLT: THE REVOLVER OF THE AMERICAN WEST.’ 7 p.m. Reception at 6 p.m. Richardson will discuss the new book and the connections to Hartford where the Colt Armory still stands along I-91. Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free. MarkTwainHouse.org, (860) 247-0998.

 

BOOK DISCUSSION, SALE AND SIGNING. Steve Courtney’s, “We Shall Have Them With Us Always: The Ghosts of the Mark Twain House.” 7 p.m. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. MarkTwainHouse.org, (860)247-0998.

 

PLAINVILLE

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION PROGRAM FOR PARENTS/ GUARDIANS OF HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS. 6:30 p.m. For those continuing their education upon graduation from high school. Carolyn Karno of Education Funding Strategies will provide an overview of the financial aid process including the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student), college grants, scholarships, low interest loans), and more.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11

OTHER

THE TROUBLE BEGINS AT 5:30. Reception at 5 p.m. Talk at 5:30 p.m. Jason Scappaticci, a historical interpreter at the museum, will discuss Mark Twain’s interest in the occult. “Mark Twain and Spiritualism.” Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. MarkTwainHouse.org, (860) 247-0998.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 12

PLAINVILLE

BUS TRIP TO MOHEGAN SUN. AARP 4146. $21. You will receive a bonus package. Reservations. Call Sally Miller, (860) 747-1732.

 

‘KON TIKI,’ FILM SCREENING. 2:30 p.m. About Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl who crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947 with five men to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settled on Polynesian islands. Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville. (860) 793-1446.

 

OTHER

‘ALEX KATZ: WHAT ABOUT STYLE.’ 5:30 p.m. Documentary about artist Alex Katz working on the 32-foot painting, “The Black Brook.” MattatuckMuseum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. $7 for museum members. $10 for non-members. (203) 753-0381, MattatuckMuseum.org

 

ART HAPPY HOUR. 5:30 to 7 p.m. “Where the Wild Thing Was,” lecture by Steven Brezzo. In conjunction with the exhibit about Maurice Sendak. New BritainMuseum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Free with museum admission. $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for students. Children under 12 free. NBMAA.org

 

PIPER KERMAN. Subject of the series “Orange is the New Black.” 7 p.m. MarkTwainMuseumCenter, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. $25. (860) 280-3130. PiperKerman.brownpapertickets.com.

 

BRISTOL

AM TABLE TALK. Sponsored by the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce. Discussion about Access Health CT and health care reform. Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central St., Forestville. $15 in advance, $20 at the door for members. $17.50 in advance/ $20 at the door for non-members. CentralCtChambers.org, (860) 584-4718.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

BRISTOL

BUS TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY. Depart Muzzy Field, Bristol at 7:30 p.m. Return to Bristol at 7:30 p.m. “On Your Own Style.” Dropped off at Macy’s and at 5th Avenue. $60 per seat. Register, BristolRec.com, Space is limited. Optional tickets may be bought for the Radio City Christmas show at the 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. show. JoshuaMedeiros@ci.bristol.us

 

NOW throughout DECEMBER

BRISTOL

HOLIDAY PLANTS FOR SALE. Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays till Christmas.. The Growing Center at the Bristol Adult Resource Center, Inc., 621 Jerome Ave., Bristol. (860) 584-0043.

 

NOW thru DEC. 22

BRISTOL/ SOUTHINGTON

LAKE COMPOUNCE HOLIDAY LIGHTS. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Fridays and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Full family entertainment for all ages. Light show every half hour at the main gate. Kiddieland rides and family-themed rides in operation. Train transformed into the North Pole Railway. Cookie decorating, gingerbread house making. Santa. More. LakeCompounceAmusement Park, Bristol/ Southington. $14.99 plus tax per adult. $10.99 plus tax for children 4 through 10. Free for children 3 and under. LakeCompounce.com

 

NOW thru JAN. 26

OTHER

THE ERECTOR SET AT 100. Saturdays 10 to 3 p.m. and Sundays, 12 to 5 p.m. Exhibition features a timeline of the Erector Set’s evolution and connections to major events of the 20th century. The EliWhitneyMuseum, 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Free. Donations welcome. EliWhitney.org

 

NOW thru DEC. 30

OTHER

FARMINGTON RIVER ARTISTS. Phyllis Bailey (aka Abbe Wade), Reynald Fecteau, Barbara Scott, Zofia Soto, Agnes Wong. Exhibit. Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington. (860) 673-6791.

 

NOW thru DEC. 31

‘DOLLS: NO ORDINARY PLAYTHINGS.’ An exhibition featuring the collection of Mary Forcier. New EnglandCarouselMuseum, 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol. (860) 585-5411.

 

NOW thru JAN. 5

OTHER

‘BODIES REVEALED.’ Visitors get a chance to see the complex systems of the human body. ConnecticutScienceCenter, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. General admission $19 for adults, $14 for youth (ages 4 to 18), $16.50 seniors (65 plus), ages 3 and under are free. CTScienceCenter.org

 

 

NOW thru FEB. 9, 2014

OTHER

‘MAURICE SENDAK.’ Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed New Year’s Day, and Christmas Day. A touring exhibition commemorating the work of American illustrator and writer Maurice Sendak. Features about 70 select works by the 30-year resident of Connecticut. New BritainMuseum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. $12 museum admission for adults, $10 for students, free for children under 12. Free admission 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. NBMAA.org

 

NOW thru DEC. 8

BRISTOL

‘ART DECO TIMEPIECES: TREASURES OF THE JAZZ AGE.’ Guest curated by Strickland Vintage Watches of Tampa, Fla. Celebration of the timepieces produced in the Art Deco era. Includes 25 watches from the 1920s to ‘30s, as well as advertisements from that period. American Clock and Watch Museum, 100 Maple St., Bristol. Info@clockmuseum.org, (860) 583-6070, ClockandWatchMuseum.org

 

ONGOING

BRISTOL

BINGO. Fridays. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. First ball called at 6:45 p.m. 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.

 

OTHER

SETBACK CARDS AND CUT THROAT. 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays through December 2013. The French Model Council Club, 1375 East St., New Britain. (860) 223-9306.

 

SOUTHINGTON

BEGINNER LINE AND PARTNER DANCE LESSONS. Wednesday at 7 p.m. No partner needed. Cadillac Ranch, 45 Jude Lane, Southington. $5 per person. dance@caddyranch.com

 

Music listings

FRIDAY, DEC. 6

BRISTOL

SPIRIT SHAKER. 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Legends, Pine Street, Bristol.

 

OTHER

CATIE CURTIS. 8 p.m. Garde Arts Center’s Oasis Room, 325 State St., New London. $30. (860) 444-7373, ext. 1. www.GardeArts.org

 

SISTER HELEN. 9 p.m.Underbrook Coffeehouse, 242 Elm St., YaleUniversity, New Haven.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

BRISTOL

BRISTOL STRING ORCHESTRA. 3 p.m. Group and solo performances. “Joy to the World,” “Jolly St. Nicholas,” “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing,” “Silent Night,” and “Up On A Housetop.” Main orchestra will perform, “Greensleeves,” “Mr. Santa,” “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “Home for the Holidays,” and “The African Bell Carol.” A special performance of “A Christmas Song,” written in 1941 by late Bristolites Isabelle Hennessy and Josephine Errico. Musicians age in range from 7 to 82 from Avon, Bristol, Burlington, Farmington, MansfieldCenter, Plainville, Portland, Southington, Terryville, Willington, Wolcott. Free. Prospect United MethodistChurch, 99 Summer St., Bristol. (860) 589-3724.

 

OTHER

DJ COSTA’S HOUSE PARTY. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Shrine Nightclub, 240 MGM Grand Dr., Mashantucket. Free admission for women until 10 p.m. $20 after. $20 cover for men after 9 p.m. ShrineFoxwoods.com, (860) 312-8760. 21-plus.

 

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Handel’s Messiah. 7:30 p.m. With the Hartford Chorale. The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. $35.50 to $70.50. HartfordSymphony.org, (860) 244-2999.

 

WITHIN THE RUINS. With Sworn In, Reflections, Legion. Webster Underground, Hartford. WebsterTheater.com

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 8

OTHER

TOO BLUE. 5 p.m. The Firebox Restaurant, 539 Broad St., Hartford. FireBoxRestaurant.com, (203) 650-3492.

 

KENNY ROGERS CHRISTMAS. 8 p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville. $35. MoheganSun.com. 1-800-745-3000.

 

BRYAN ADAMS. Solo acoustic show. The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. $36.50 to $82. Bushnell.org, (860) 987-5900.

 

LORI MCKENNA. 7 p.m. The Kate, Main St., Old Saybrook. KatherineHepburnTheater.org

 

STRAIGHT NO CHASER. 7 p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville. MoheganSun.com. $30.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 10

OTHER

DJ DEORRO. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Shrine Nightclub at Foxwoods, 240 MGM Grand Dr., Mashantucket. $20 in advance. ShrineFoxwoods.com. 21-plus.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11

BRISTOL

HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAMS. 6:30 p.m. “A Renaissance Christmas” with Eric and Dee Hansen in Meeting Room 1, Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. Refreshments. Free. Registration required. (860) 584-7787.

 

OTHER

HARTFORD SYMPHONY. Greensleeves and violinist Sirena Huang. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. $35.50, $70.50. HartfordSymphony.org

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 12

OTHER

GORGOTH, Origin, Neor Di Marte. Webster Underground, Hartford. WebsterTheater.com

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

PLAINVILLE

BOYS IN HATS. 7 p.m. Fund raiser for the humanitarian efforts in the Philippines and for the rAise the roof effort for the The Congregational Church of Plainville. Traditional tunes, new favorites, original songs, sense of humor, banjos, guitars. The Congregational Church of Plainville, 130 West Main St., Plainville

 

ONGOING

BRISTOL

KARAOKE. Every Friday and Saturday night, 9 p.m. to close. Bristol Polish Club, 541 North Main St., Bristol.

 

KARAOKE WEDNESDAYS. Live with Lauren. 9 p.m. Gateway Café, 211 Riverside Ave., Bristol. (860) 516-4601.

 

KARAOKE. Thursdays, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (18 and up to sing), Fridays, 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. (21 and up), Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. (21 and up). All genres of music, full service bar/ restaurant. Karaoke Lounge, 1639 Wolcott Rd., Wolcott. (203) 879-4785.

 

Performance listings

FRIDAY, DEC. 6

OTHER

‘THE MOUTH,’ A STORYTELLING SERIES. With WNPR personality Chion Wolf. 7:30 p.m. Stories about the law. Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. $5. (860) 280-3130.

 

BURLESQUE-A-PADES ‘HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR.’ 8 p.m. Bridge Street Live, 41 Bridge St., Collinsville. $17, $27. 41BridgeStreet.com

 

RALPHIE MAY. 9 p.m. Fox Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino. $30, $42.50, and $55. ComixatFoxwoods.com

 

FILTHY FRIDAY: ROTTEN RELATIONSHIPS. 10:30 p.m. Comix at Foxwoods, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. $15, $25, and $35. ComixatFoxwoods.com. 1-800-200-2882.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

BRISTOL

‘PEACE ON EARTH.’ The 10th annual Holiday Showcase of Stars. 7 p.m. Enjoy the holiday season with some of the area’s best musical talents. A holiday tradition. St. PaulCatholicHigh School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. $12 for adults. $5 for children, 12 and under. Available after all masses at St. Anthony Church, 111 School St., Bristol and at A. Bartlett Giamatti Leadership Training Center, 335 Mix St., Bristol. (860) 585-6039, (860) 589-5692.

 

OTHER

‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.’ A radio play. 2 and 7 p.m. Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. $10. (860) 280-3130, ItsAWonderfullife.brownpapertickets.com

 

DEC. 7 to 15

SOUTHINGTON

‘THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER.’ Performed by the Steeple Players of First Congregational Church of Southington. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. All ages cast in a tale about a couple struggling to put on the annual Christmas pageant. First Congregational Church of Southington, 37 Main St., Southington. Free will donation. Tickets required. (860)628-6958. FirstChurchSouthington.org/place-order

 

DEC. 8 to 22

OTHER

‘CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS.’ Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Plays by John Cariani, Jeffrey Hatcher, Jacques Lamarre, Matthew Lombardo, Theresa Rebeck, Edwin Sanchez, Jonathan Tolins. TheaterWorks, City Arts on Pearl, 233 Pearl St., Hartford. Tickets run from $35 to $40. Add $15 for center reserved seating. Student rush tickets with ID are $15. (860) 527-7838. TheaterWorksHartford.org

 

DEC. 12-14

OTHER

DEAN EDWARDS. Star of ‘Guy Code.’ Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Comix at Foxwoods, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. $20 for general admission in advance and $40 for VIP in advance. Add $10 for day of show. Two drink minimum. ComixatFoxwoods.com, 1-800-200-2882. 21-plus.

 

DEC. 13-15

BRISTOL

‘SNOW ANGELS.’ Presented by the Liberty Baptist Drama Team. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 6 p.m. Sunday at 6 p.m. Emory and Eleanor Vanderbilt take pride in hosting the big annual Christmas Eve party for family and friends. But this year’s gathering will be a life-changing event. Along the way, the true meaning of Christmas is revealed in the act of giving. LibertyBaptistChurch, 265 Maple Ave., Bristol. Free but donations accepted.

 

DEC. 13 to DEC. 22

OTHER

‘THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER.’ Performed by the Repertory Theatre of New Britain. The Repertory Theatre of New Britain, 23 Norden St., New Britain. BristolTheatreArts.org, NBRep.org

 

DEC. 14 to 15

OTHER

‘THE NUTCRACKER.’ Performed by Cecchetti Ballet Theatre, a pre-professional dance company. Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. A cast of over 100 children and adults from the Southington area as well as New York City, Philadelphia, and Massachusetts. Southington’s Brooke LaChance will dance the role of Clara. Special guest Isaac Stappas of New York City will be the Cavalier. Natalie Hackett will be the Sugar Plum Fairy. Greg Lennox will be the Snow King. Glennith Capone and Sydney Senior will perform the Arabian pas de deux. HamdenHigh School, 2040 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. $25 for adults, $20 for children 11 and under and senior citizens. Student rush tickets available for $15 one-half hour before the performance. TUTUTIX.com, 1-855-222-2TIX. (203) 699-8888.

 

NOW thru DEC. 15

OTHER

‘MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET.’ Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main St., Thomaston. $23 for adults, $19.50 for seniors and students. (860) 283-6250. LandMarkCommunityTheatre.org

 

NOW thru DEC. 22

OTHER

‘THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.’ Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Rd., WestHartford. (860) 523-5900 ext. 10, PlayhouseonPark.org

 

NOW thru DEC. 7

OTHER

KYLE GROOMS. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. Comix at Foxwoods, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. $20 for general admission and $40 for VIP. Add $10 day of sow. Two-drink minimum. 21-plus. ComixatFoxwoods.com, 1-800-200-2882.

 

NOW thru DEC. 14

OTHER

‘WHACKED.’ Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Farce written by Central Connecticut native and Willimantic resident Scott Stephen Kegler. Cast includes Bristol’s Warren Dutkiewicz. $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and students. Hole in the Wall Theater, 166 Main St., New Britain. (860) 229-3049, HITW.org

 

NOW thru DEC. 7

OTHER

‘A COUPLA WHITE CHICKS SITTING AROUND TALKING.’ Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Route 9 and the Berlin Turnpike, Berlin. Show is presented cabaret-style. Patrons are welcomed to bring whatever they like to eat or drink with them. Dessert bar has treats to buy. CTCabaret.com, (860) 829-1248.

 

Senior listings

DEC. 9, 23

PLAINVILLE

QUESTIONS FOR A SOCIAL WORKER. Mondays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Stephanie Souch, Plainville Senior Center outreach coordinator will be available to answer questions about Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Part D, Medicare Savings Program, Housing Options, Alzheimer’s Help, Caregiving, Homecare, etc. No registration necessary for these one-on-one sessions. Program is open to PlainvilleSeniorCenter members who are residents of Plainville. PlainvilleSeniorCenter, 200 East St., Plainville. (860) 747-5728.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 10

PLAINVILLE

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Instructor is Audrey Carroll Prucnal. Workshop for PlainvilleSeniorCenter members consists of three washes highlighting the center building/ church of you choice where all the town would gather. A sample of the painting is on display in the SeniorCenter showcase. PlainvilleSeniorCenter, 200 East St., Plainville. $8. Register. Limited to 10 students. (860) 747-5728.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25

PLAINVILLE

THE PLAINVILLE SENOR CENTER’SANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER. 11:30 a.m. Traditional Christmas dinner for center members who would otherwise be alone on the holiday. Volunteers are available to drive those who would otherwise be alone on the holiday. Volunteers are available to drive those who need a ride to the center. No charge for dinner but donations appreciated. Plainville residents who are homebound may call the center and have the dinner delivered. PlainvilleSeniorCenter, 200 East St., Plainville. To register for the dinner, volunteer at the dinner, or volunteer to deliver dinners, call the center before Dec. 19. At the time of registration let the center know if a ride will be needed or if dinner should be delivered. (860) 747-5728.

 

ONGOING

SOUTHINGTON

WEEKLY BRIDGE CLUB. 1:30 p.m. Learn the game and become a member. The Orchards at Southington, 34 Hobart St., Southington. SouthingtonOrchards.org. (860) 628-5656.

 

PLAINVILLE

THE PLAINVILLE SENIORS’ BOWLING. Mondays, 12:45 p.m. Laurel Lanes, 136 New Britain Ave., Plainville. $8 per person, per week, and includes three games of bowling, automatic scoring, and free weekly beverage. Open to bowlers of all abilities. Frank Robinson, Bowling League president, (860) 747-2918.

 

POOL PLAYER’S CLINIC. Mondays, 10:30 to noon. Improve your game, learn good mechanics and cue ball control. PlainvilleSeniorCenter, 200 East St., Plainville.

 

Kids listings

FRIDAY, DEC. 6

BRISTOL

FIRST FRIDAY FAMILY FESTIVAL-THE GRINCH. 5 to 8 p.m. Museum transformed into Whoville. Crafts, singalongs, and special visitors including the Grinch,  his dog Max, Cindy-Lou Who and the Mayor of Whoville. Have your hair done Who-Style by the E.C.GoodwinTechnicalHigh School hairdressing students, more. Pizza, soda, and ice cream available for purchase. $7 per person. Imagine Nation, One Pleasant St., Bristol. Sponsored by Kids Dental Care. (860) 314-1400, ImagineMuseum.org

 

DEC. 6, 13, 20

OTHER

MAGIC: THE GATHERING CLUB. Fridays, 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. For grades 7 to 12. You must bring your own deck. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. (860) 677-6791.

 

DEC. 6-8

OTHER

‘SEASON OF LIGHT, A WINTER FAIRY TALE.’ Presented by New Britain Youth Theater. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. About doing good and bringing light to the world. Trinity-On-MainPerformanceCenter, 69 Main St., New Britain. $13 for adults, $11 for children, students, and seniors. (860) 515-8115. NBYT.org

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

BRISTOL

THE 20TH ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. 8:30 to 11 a.m. Kiwanis Club cooks breakfast. Kids in the Middle from ChippensHillSchool, Miss Bristol, Miss Forestville, and others will entertain the children. Santa will visit. Giamatti Little LeagueCenter Complex, Mix Street, Bristol. Children under 12 are free. Tickets may be bought in advance by bringing one unwrapped toy or making a $5 donation to the Little League center. Toys will be donated to the Secret Santa Society. If you can’t be on hand, and want to donate, bring donations to the Little League office or mail them to Secret Santa Society, P.O. Box 2926, Bristol, CT , 06011-2926. (860) 329-1499.

 

GRINCH AND FRIENDS FAMILY BREAKFAST. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Crumpit pancakes, roast beast sausage or Whohas, milk, juice, tea, or coffee. Take photos with Grinch and Friends. Get autographs. ImagineNationMuseum, One Pleasant St., Bristol. $6 per adult, including two jumbo pancakes and $4 per child. Limited tickets at the door. Does not include museum admission.

 

SIT IN A REAL HELICOPTER. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pilot Paul Blanchette of Ultimate Helicopter will talk to children about what it’s like to fly a helicopter and answer questions. Ultimate Helicopter, 200 Central St., Forestville. Refreshments. Bring your camera.

 

SANTA CLAUS. 10 a.m. Stories, crafts, refreshments. Manross Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. No charge. Register. Limited to 30 children. (860) 584-7790.

 

OTHER

DADDY AND ME. 10:30 a.m. Music, finger plays, playtime, and socialization. Ages 0-3. Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington. No registration. (860)677-6866.

 

DEC. 7, 14

BRISTOL

ST. PAUL JUNIOR FALCON BASKETBALL SIGN-UP. 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Boys in grades 6 to 8. Only 80 slots. St. PaulCatholicHigh School gym, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. $25 per player. (860) 582-4076.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 8

PLAINVILLE

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. Held by the Plainville Fire Company. 7 a.m. to noon. Full family breakfast open to all ages. Meet and greet with Santa in his Winter Wonderland. Children Christmas lists encouraged. Take a photograph of your children with Santa. $8 donation. Under 6, free. Plainville Fire Headquarters, 77 West Main St., Plainville.

 

BRISTOL

23RD ANNUAL CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PARADE. 1 p.m. Parade in reverse. Children will walk the parade route past entertainers and participants who will line the route. Parade steps off at Federal Green, goes down Bellevue Avenue to High Street to Main Street. Afterward, stop by for hot cocoa served up by firefighters, and stroll over to the Main Street “Pop Up Winter Wonderland Tent.” Holiday treats and entertainment. If there is inclement weather, cancellation will be announced at CentralCTChambers.org. Postponement date is Dec.15.

 

OTHER

‘YES, IT’S SANTA CLAUS.’ 1 to 3 p.m. Boys and girls can hand deliver letters to Santa. Also, hands-on art-making projects. MattatuckMuseum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. Admission is free but you’re invited to bring a toy to be donated to New Opportunities, Inc. (203) 753-0381. MattatuckMuseum.org

 

DEC. 9, 16

OTHER

TEEN MOVIE MONDAY. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Movies chosen by teens who attend. Grades 7 to 12. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington

 

DEC. 10, 17

OTHER

TOTS AND TUNES ON TUESDAY NIGHT. 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Music, movement, play and socialization. Ages 0 to 3. Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington. No registration. (860)677-6866.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11

OTHER

HUNGER GAMES JEOPARDY. 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. For grades 7 to 12. Test your knowledge of “The Hunger Games.” Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. (860) 677-6791.

 

DEC. 11, 18

OTHER

KNIFTY KNITTERS. 5:30 p.m. For ages 7 and up. Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington. Registration. (860)677-6866.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

BRISTOL

AFTERNOON WITH SANTA FOR MILITARY FAMILIES AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. Presented by the American Legion Riders. 2 to 5 p.m. Bring your children or grandchildren. Enjoy a visit with Santa, receive a gift, do crafts with Santa’s Helpers. Refreshments provided. No charge. Not a fund raiser. American Legion Post 2, 22 Hooker Ct., Bristol. events@post2legionriders.com

 

 

Health listings

MONDAY, DEC. 7

BRISTOL

WALK WITH A DOC. Sponsored by The Hospital of Central Connecticut. 9 a.m. Sign-in at 8:30 a.m. 30 minute walk and discussion of diet and fitness tips for 2014 from Ellie Roesch, M.D., an internist. New participants will receive a hat and pedometer. Each walker will receive a water bottle. RockwellPark, Park Street, Bristol. HartfordHealthCare.org, 1-877-914-WALK.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 8

BRISTOL

FREE HEALTH AND DENTAL SCREENINGS. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Services provided in partnership with FaithCare, a non-denominational Christian organization that’s mission is to bring health, hope, and healing, to and through the health care community, providing transformational love locally and internationally. Dental screening and education, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol screenings and education and the opportunity to see a nurse practitioner. All services confidential and provided by professionals. All are welcome but the target population is the under and uninsured. HillsideCommunityChurch, 435 Broad St., Bristol. (860) 839-7398.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 10

BRISTOL

‘COOKING MATTERS IN THE STORE.’ Sponsored by the Parent and ChildCenter at BristolHospital. 6 to 8 p.m. Class for low-income families, learn how to shop for delicious and health meals on a limited budget. Participants will get to practice key food shopping skills like buying fruits and vegetables on a budget, comparing unit prices, reading food labels, and identifying whole grains. Course concludes with a shopping challenge. Participants will get a $10 grocery gift card, a reusable shopping bag, and calculator. Registrants must be low-income and have children 21 or younger. Spanish speaking families welcome. Stop and Shop, 597 Farmington Ave., Bristol. Pre-register. (860) 585-3895.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11

OTHER/SOUTHINGTON

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING. Sponsored by Central Connecticut Senior Health Services. 10 to 11 a.m. Stop and Shop, 1309 Corbin Ave., New Britain. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Southington YMCA, 29 High St., Southington. (860) 224-5278. (860) 276-5293.

 

Dining listings

THURSDAY, DEC. 12

BRISTOL

BRISTOL ELKS FAMILY NIGHT DINNER. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Deluxe Christmas buffet. $8 per person, all inclusive. Bristol Elks Club, 126 South St., Bristol.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

BRISTOL

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS TEA. 4 p.m. Servants will serve assorted scones, seasonal breads, tea sandwiches, and a 16-foot dessert buffet. Prospect United MethodistChurch, 99 Summers St., Bristol. $15 for Sessions Hall, $25 for parlors. (860) 214-4663. Reserved seating only.

 

ONGOING

OTHER

STEAK DINNERS. 5 to 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month through December. The French Model Council Club, 1375 East St., New Britain. $15 for steak and $13 for hamburger steak. (860) 223-9306.

 

Support group listings

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11

PLAINVILLE

GRANDPARENTS/ RELATIVES RAISING GRANDCHILDREN SUPPORT GROUP. 10:30 a.m. PlainvilleSeniorCenter, 200 East St., Plainville. (860) 747-5728.

 

ONGOING

SOUTHINGTON

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS SUPPORT GROUP. Do you suspect food rules your life? Overeaters Anonymous may be the answer for you. It is not a diet club, but a group of people recovering from compulsive overeating. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. There are no fees or weigh-ins. No need to register. All are welcome. Connecticutoa.org, (860) 218-8550.

 

BRISTOL

OVEREATER’S ANONYMOUS SUPPORT GROUP. Saturdays at 11 a.m. BristolHospital Small Dining Room, Brewster Road, Bristol. All are welcome. (203) 755-8922.

 

AL-ANON. Tuesdays 10 to 11:30 a.m. St. Gregory Hall, Stafford Avenue and Maltby Street, Bristol. Families and friends of alcoholics welcome.

 

AL-ANON. Fridays 7:30 to 9 p.m. St. Andrew’s LutheranChurch, 1024 Stafford Ave., Bristol. Families and friends of alcoholics welcome.

 

BRISTOL MS SUPPORT GROUP. 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. Wheelchair accessible, off-street handicapped accessible. CTFightsMS.org, 1-800-FIGHT MS.

 

CELEBRATE RECOVERY. 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Covers all hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Bethel Christian Church, 750 Stevens St., Bristol. There is a dinner at 5:30 p.m. for $4 and all adults are welcome. (860) 582-3995.

 

AL-ANON MEETING - 7 p.m. every Friday at Bristol Recovery Club, 67 West St., Bristol. For anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. (888) 825-2666 or www.ct-al-anon.org.

 

AL-ANON MEETING - 9:30 a.m. every Saturday at First Congregational Church, 31 Maple St., Bristol. For anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. Newcomers welcome. No fee for attending. 1-888-825-2666 or www.ct-al-anon.org.

 

AL-ANON MEETING - For anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. 9:30 a.m. every Saturday at First Congregational Church, 31 Maple St., Bristol. 7 p.m. every Monday, United MethodistChurch, 56 Redstone Hill Rd., Plainville. 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday, BristolBaptistChurch, 43 School St. www.ct-al-anon.org (888) 825-2666.

 

AL-ANON MEETING - 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at BristolBaptistChurch, 43 School St., Bristol. For anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. Newcomers welcome. No fee for attending. 1-888-825-2666 or www.ct-al-anon.org.

 

AL-ANON MEETING- 8 p.m. every Friday night at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 1025 Stafford Ave. Has someone else’s drinking affected your life? No charge to attend.

 

PLAINVILLE

AL-ANON MEETING. For families and friends in different locations throughout the week. 10 a.m., Mondays at Plainville Congregational Church, 130 Main St., (Route 372), Plainville. Mondays at 7 p.m., United MethodistChurch of Plainville, 55 Red Stone Hill Rd., Plainville and Fridays at 7 p.m., Wheeler Clinic, 91 Northwest Dr., Route 177. ct-al-anon.org, 888-825-2666.

 

PLAINVILLE MS SUPPORT GROUP. 7 to 9 p.m. Wheeler Clinic, 91 Northwest Dr., Plainville. (860) 793-9589. CTFightsMS.org

 

OTHER

GRIEF RECOVERY AFTER A SUBSTANCE PASSING. A support group for families or individuals who had a loved one die as a result of substance abuse or addiction. The last Thursday or each month, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Beacon Falls Congregational Church, 69 Wolfe Ave., Beacon Falls. GraspValleyCt@aol.com, GraspValleyCt@att.net, (203) 231-6705, (203) 305-98-9. Pre-registration required. Grasphelp.org.

 

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