Dec 13 listings

FRIDAY, DEC. 13

BRISTOL

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

 

DRESS BARN MEN’S SHOPPING EVENT. 10 a.m .to 8 p.m. For men looking to shop for their wife, significant other, mother, or daughter. 15 percent off entire purchase, shopping advice, snacks, and free gift wrapping. Dress Barn, in the Bristol Plaza, 683-Farmington Ave., Bristol.

OTHER

HOLIDAY CONCERT. 3 to 4 p.m. Presented by singers and musicians from Farmington High 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

 

ALBANO BALLET COMPANY’S ‘THE NUTCRACKER.’ Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 p.m. Mohegan Sun, Uncasville. Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000.

 

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. Liberty Baptist Church, 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. 13-14

SOUTHINGTON

‘HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.’ 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Holiday variety show for the whole family. Music, singing, dance, comedy, and storytelling. Cast of all ages. Directed by Helen Anne Crowley and Heidi Bass Lamberto. Musical director Allison Platt. Producer Peter E. Pristic. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Just for You… Country Gifts, 979 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, Southington or The Music Shop at 405 Queen St., Southington. SouthingtonCommunityTheatre@gmail.com. (860) 877-2842.

 

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 Ethel Walker School’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 Mark Twain Museum Center 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

 

‘GET A CHRISTMAS CLUE TOUR.’ 7 p.m. Live action version of the board game, “Clue,” in an hour-long tour featuring comedy troupe Sea Tea Improv as Mark Twain’s characters/ suspects. Tour steps off every 15 minutes. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Reservations required. $20. museum members and Let’s Go! card holders admitted $16. Children 6 to17 admitted for $13. (860) 280-3130, MarkTwainHouse.org

 

MICHEAL CASTALDO. With guest soprano Marissa Famiglietti. 3 p.m. Holiday concert. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. VIP tickets for front row available in limited quantities for $30. Reduce museum members pricing is also available.

 

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 Methodist Church, 99 Summers St., Bristol. $15 for Sessions Hall, $25 for parlors. (860) 214-4663. Reserved seating only.

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.

 

CRAFT AND VENDOR FAIR. 4 to 8 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran School, 154 Meadow St., Bristol. For more information orr to vend, contact Amber, aap.phillips@gmail.com

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. Hamden High 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.

 

MONDAY, DEC. 16

SOUTHINGTON

BLUE CHRISTMAS. 7 p.m. A special ceremony of remembrance to honor loved ones. Refreshments and fellowship will follow. Held by Plantsville Funeral Home. Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St., Plantsville.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 17

OTHER

HOLIDAY PARTY AT SHRINE. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Shrine Nightclub, MGM Grand at Foxwoods, 240 MGM Grand Dr., Mashantucket. $20 in advance. ShrineFoxwoods.com

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18

PLAINVILLE

HOLIDAY CONCERT AT THE SENIOR CENTER. 11 a.m. Sixty students from Toffolon School will perform. They will be traveling around the Plainville Senior Center. Following concert, stay for lunch in the café. Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., Plainville. Register. (860) 747-5728.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 19

OTHER

‘ROCK FOR TOTS.’ 7 p.m. Big Charlie’s Rubber Band, Bryan Minerly, Cody Bondra. The Scorpion Bar, Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. $5 donated to Toys for Tots. TheScorpionBar.com, (860) 312-5201. Davin@TheScorpionBar.com

 

DEC. 19-22

BRISTOL

28TH ANNUAL SANTA LAND VILLAGE. Thursday, 6 to 7:30 p.m.: West Bristol and Greene Hills chorus at 6:30 p.m., and Elf Workshop-Christmas Crafts. Friday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Elf Workshop-Christmas Crafts. Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.: Holiday photo booth ($2 per photo), live petting zoo, horse drawn wagon rides ($1), hot chocolate ($1). Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.: Holiday photo booth, live petting zoo, horse drawn carriages. Each day, meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free candy canes for every child. Rockwell Park, Jacob Street and Dutton Avenue, Bristol.

 NOW thru DEC. 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

 

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. Lake Compounce Amusement 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-Stead Museum, 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. 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

 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. Railroad Museum 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.

 

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 Methodist Church, 99 Summers St., Bristol. $15 for Sessions Hall, $25 for parlors. (860) 214-4663. Reserved seating only.

 SUNDAY, DEC. 15

BRISTOL

BRISTOL ELKS FAMILY BREAKFAST. 8 to 11 a.m. Egg omelets or egg sandwich on a hard roll or French toast or pancakes, choice of bacon, kielbasa, sausage or ham, home fries, bread and butter, juice, and coffee or tea. Bristol Elks Club, 126 South St., Bristol. $6 for adults, $4 for children under 11, under 5 free.

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.

MONDAY, DEC. 16

BRISTOL

A FREE OPEN HOUSE AT WHEELER’S HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER. Session One, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Session Two, 5:30 to 7 p.m. The open house includes tours, Body Mass Index, and blood pressure screenings, giveaways and activities, and resources for managing bone and joint health, including tips for fall prevention, exercise and nutrition ideas, and more. Wheeler Health and Wellness Center, 10 North Main St., Bristol. WheelerClinic.org

 

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15

PLAINVILLE

DENTAL CLINIC. In cooperation with Community Health Center, Inc. By appointment. Registered dental hygienist will provide a dental hygiene exam, dental cleaning, sealants when appropriate and X-rays when appropriate. Intended for adults who have not received dental care in the last year and have difficulty accessing dental care in the community. Individuals without dental insurance will be billed a flat rate of $30 for the visit. Dental services will be billed to insurance companies for those who have dental insurance. Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., Plainville. An enrollment form needs to be picked up at the center and completed prior to the appointment. (860) 747-5728.

DEC. 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.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

BRISTOL

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

 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

 

OTHER

MASTER STORYTELLER TOM LEE. 2 p.m. “Prince Ring: An Adventurous Fairytale from Iceland.” Appropriate for children 6 and up. Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. MarkTwainHouse.org, (860) 247-0998.

MONDAY, DEC. 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

WINTER WONDERFUL ONES. 10:30 a.m. Holiday music and fun. 12 to 24 months and caregiver. Barney Library, 77 Main St., Farmington. Register. (860) 677-6866.

STORY TIME FUN: SNOW STORIES AND WINTER FUN. 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Celebration of snow and winter fun with stories and crafts. For ages 3 and up. Barney Library, 77 Main St., Farmington. Register. (860) 677-6866.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 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. 18

OTHER

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

FUN WITH FROSTY. 4:15 p.m. Create a glass ornament to take home. Ages 7 and up. Barney Library, 77 Main St., Farmington. Register. (860) 677-6866.

THURSDAY, DEC. 19

OTHER

MAKE YOUR OWN SNOW GLOBES. Sponsored by the Friends of the Farmington Library. 2:45 to 4 p.m. Use mason jars to create your own personalized snow globe. Open to teens in grades 7 to 12. Barney Library, 77 Main St., Farmington. (860) 677-6866.

DEC. 19-22

BRISTOL

28TH ANNUAL SANTA LAND VILLAGE. Thursday, 6 to 7:30 p.m.: West Bristol and Greene Hills chorus at 6:30 p.m., and Elf Workshop-Christmas Crafts. Friday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Elf Workshop-Christmas Crafts. Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.: Holiday photo booth ($2 per photo), live petting zoo, horse drawn wagon rides ($1), hot chocolate ($1). Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.: Holiday photo booth, live petting zoo, horse drawn carriages. Meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus each day. Free candy canes for every child. Rockwell Park, Jacob Street and Dutton Avenue, Bristol.

MONDAY, DEC. 16

OTHER

QUILTS THAT CARE. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Make quilts for people who undergo cancer treatment. Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury. (860) 945-0184. QuiltsThatCare.Deb.gmail.com

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

SOUTHINGTON

COIN AND CURRENCY SHOW. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 18 tables of dealers to buy, sell, or trade, currency, bullion, and jewelry. Holiday Inn Express, 120 Laning St., Southington. Charteroakcoin@gmail.com. (860) 681-1511.

MONDAY, DEC. 16

SOUTHINGTON

BLUE CHRISTMAS. 7 p.m. A special ceremony of remembrance to honor loved ones. Refreshments and fellowship will follow. Held by Plantsville Funeral Home. Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St., Plantsville.

TUESDAY, DEC. 17

OTHER

NOVEL IDEAS BOOK GROUP. 1:15 p.m., “Cutting for Stone.” Barney Library, 77 Main St., Farmington. (860) 677-6866.

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR BILL DEDMAN. 7 p.m. Discussion of “Empty Masnions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.” Book signing follows. Free. Mark Twain House Museum Center, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18

OTHER

‘THE HISTORY OF CONNECTICUT FOOD: A PROUD TRADITION OF PUDDINGS, CLAMBAKES AND STEAMED CHEESEBURGERS.’ 11:30 a.m. Authors Eric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki will discuss their book, which includes traditional recipes, reinterpretations and new classics. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. Free with museum admission. (203) 753-0311. MattatuckMuseum.org

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 22

SOUTHINGTON

SINGLES WALK AND LUNCH. Held by Social Connections. 11 a.m. After the walk, go for lunch at a nearby restaurant. Farmington Canal Greenway, Mill St., Southington. No charge for walk. (860) 582-8229.

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. Lake Compounce Amusement 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

 OW 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 Eli Whitney Museum, 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 England Carousel Museum, 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. Connecticut Science Center, 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 Britain Museum 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 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 Britain Industrial Museum, 185 Main St., Second Floor, New Britain. (860) 832-8654. NBIndustrial.com

 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 Methodist Church, 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

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

 OTHER

CONNECTICUT ACCORDION ASSOCIATION ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT. 2 p.m. Features 20 accordions conducted by Linda Soley Reed, president of the American Accordionists Association. Blackstone Library, North Branford. Public welcome. Donations accepted. (203) 272-1202, CTAccordion.com

 BACKSTREET BOYS. Oakdale Theater, Wallingford.

DJ SMITH. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. SHRINE Nightclub, 240 Grand Dr., Mashantucket. Women free admission until 10 p.m., $20 after. $20 cover fee for men after 9 p.m. ShrineFoxwoods.com. 21-plus.

MICHEAL CASTALDO. With guest soprano Marissa Famiglietti. 3 p.m. Holiday concert. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. VIP tickets for front row available in limited quantities for $30. Reduce museum members pricing is also available. (203) 753-0381. MattatuckMuseum.org.

BRISTOL CHORAL SOCIETY AND BRISTOL BRASS AND WIND ENSEMBLE. 4 p.m. “On A Winter’s Night.” Musicians from the greater Bristol area. St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. $12. Tickets can be bought at BristolChoralSociety.org or Michael’s Jewelers, Bristol Common, Farmington Avenue; Peter Frederick Salon, Forestville Center, and Simply Hair, 31 Church Ave., Bristol.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

OTHER

NEW ENGLAND BLUEGRASS BAND. 5 p.m. The Firebox Restaurant, 539 Broad St., Hartford. Fireboxrestaurant.com, (203) 650-3492.

PLAINVILLE

BENEFIT CONCERT BY THE HARTT SCHOOL OF MUSIC. 4 p.m. Plainville United Methodist Church, 56 Red Stone Hill, Plainville. $10 donation with fund benefiting the Plainville Food Pantry and the Hartt’s Chapter of NAFME. (860) 747-2328.

TUESDAY, DEC. 17

OTHER

DJ MAT ZO. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. SHRINE Nightclub, 240 Grand Dr., Mashantucket. Women free admission until 10 p.m., $20 after. $20 cover fee for men after 9 p.m. ShrineFoxwoods.com. 21-plus.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18

OTHER

RAINDANCE. With Old Wounds. Crunch House, 14 Gilbert St., West Haven.

THURSDAY, DEC. 19

OTHER

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. 7:30 p.m. Performance of the rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve.” Mohegan Sun, Uncasville. $70, $50. MoheganSun.com, TSOTickets.com, 1-800-745-3000.

OTHER

‘ROCK FOR TOTS.’ 7 p.m. Big Charlie’s Rubber Band, Bryan Minerly, Cody Bondra. The Scorpion Bar, Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. $5 donated to Toys for Tots. TheScorpionBar.com, (860) 312-5201. Davin@TheScorpionBar.com

NOW thru DEC. 15

OTHER

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. With violinst Serina Huang. The Bushnell, Belding Theater, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. $35.50 to $70.50. HartfordSymphony.org, (860) 244-2999.

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.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13

OTHER

NICK KROLL. 9 p.m. Fox Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. $30, $40, and $50. ComixatFoxwoods.com, 1-800-2882.

ALBANO BALLET COMPANY’S ‘THE NUTCRACKER.’ Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 p.m. Mohegan Sun, Uncasville. Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000.

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. Liberty Baptist Church, 265 Maple Ave., Bristol. Free but donations accepted.

DEC. 13-14

SOUTHINGTON

‘HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.’ 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Holiday variety show for the whole family. Music, singing, dance, comedy, and storytelling. Cast of all ages. Directed by Helen Anne Crowley and Heidi Bass Lamberto. Musical director Allison Platt. Producer Peter E. Pristic. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Just for You… Country Gifts, 979 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, Southington or The Music Shop at 405 Queen St., Southington. SouthingtonCommunityTheatre@gmail.com. (860) 877-2842.

 

DEC. 13-14

OTHER

‘LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI.’ Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Musical version of Mark Twain’s memoir, “Life on the Mississippi.” Performed by the Workshop Theater Company. Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Seating is first-come, first-serve. Free will offering. MarkTwainHouse.org. (860) 247-0998.

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. 13 to FEB. 1

OTHER

‘THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT.’ Fridays and Saturdays. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Curtain at 8 p.m. No performances Dec. 27-29, Jan. 3-4. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31 Webster Square Rd., just off Route 9, Berlin. CTCabaret.com, (860) 829-1248.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

BRISTOL

MUSIC AND POETRY OF THE SEASON. 4 p.m. Women of the Buona Viva Ensemble. Under the direction of Michael Ravita. Soloists, readings, choral pieces, carol sing. Zion Lutheran Church, 27 Judd St., Bristol. Bring a non-perishable food item or make a freewill offering to benefit, “Meals for the Needy,” Bristol’s oldest soup kitchen now in its 32nd year. Refreshments and fellowship to follow.

 OTHER

LISA LAMPANELLI. 9 p.m. Comix at Foxwoods, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. $40, $50, and $60. MGM Grand Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. 1-800-200-2882. ComixatFoxwoods.com

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. Hamden High 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.

THURSDAY, DEC. 19

OTHER

JOHN MOSES. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 10:30 p.m. Comix at Foxwoods, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. $20 for general advance admission. $40 for VIP. Add $10 day of show. Two-drink minimum. 21-plus.

NOW thru DEC. 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

NOW thru DEC. 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

 

NOW thru DEC. 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.

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., West Hartford. (860) 523-5900 ext. 10, PlayhouseonPark.org

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

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

SOUTHINGTON

OPEN HOUSE AT INDEPENDENT AND ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Orchards at Southngton, 34 Hobart St., Southington. (860) 665-7901. Mulberry Gardens of Southington, 58 Mulberry St., Plantsville. (860) 276-1020.

MONDAY, DEC. 16

PLAINVILLE

AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS. 1 to 5 p.m. Course covers the effects of aging and medication on driving, local hazards, accident prevention measures and more. Films and discussions will be presented and a driver’s manual provided. No written or on the road test required. Upon completion of the course, an insurance company, must give a discount of at least 5 percent on auto insurance. $12 for AARP members, providing a membership number, and $14 for other attendees. Register and pay at the Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., Plainville from 9:15 a.m. to noon.

TUESDAY, DEC. 17

PLAINVILLE

YOUR MONEY, YOUR LIFE: A GUIDE TO MANAGING YOUR FINANCES. 1 p.m. Workshop for Plainville Senior Center members. Go over concepts of getting out of debt and ways to accelerate debt reduction. Discuss budgeting to get out of debt as well as creating an overall plan to get out of debt. Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., Plainville. Register. (860) 747-5728.

CAREGIVING CONNECTIONS DAY. 10 a.m. Hosted by Bette Smith, Plainville Senior Center Outreach Coordinator. Intended to get residents energized and ready to meet the challenges of caregiving during the holiday season. Open to the public. Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., Plainville. Register. (860) 747-5728.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18

PLAINVILLE

HOLIDAY CONCERT AT THE SENIOR CENTER. 11 a.m. Sixty students from Toffolon School will perform. They will be traveling around the Plainville Senior Center. Following concert, stay for lunch in the café. Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., Plainville. Register. (860) 747-5728.

 THURSDAY, DEC. 19

SOUTHINGTON

LUNCH AND LEARN PROGRAM ON BALANCE AND FALL PREVENTION. 12 to 1 p.m. Kerri McQuillan, physical therapist will speak on the importance of balance and fall prevention tips. Hospital of Central Connecticut, 81 Meriden Ave., Southington. CTHealthyAging.org

MONDAY, DEC. 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 Plainville Senior Center members who are residents of Plainville. Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., Plainville. (860) 747-5728.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25

PLAINVILLE

THE PLAINVILLE SENOR CENTER’S ANNUAL 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. Plainville Senior Center, 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.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15

PLAINVILLE

DENTAL CLINIC. In cooperation with Community Health Center, Inc. By appointment. Registered dental hygienist will provide a dental hygiene exam, dental cleaning, sealants when appropriate and X-rays when appropriate. Intended for adults who have not received dental care in the last year and have difficulty accessing dental care in the community. Individuals without dental insurance will be billed a flat rate of $30 for the visit. Dental services will be billed to insurance companies for those who have dental insurance. Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., Plainville. An enrollment form needs to be picked up at the center and completed prior to the appointment. (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. Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., Plainville.

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. Bristol Hospital 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 Lutheran Church, 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 Methodist Church, 56 Redstone Hill Rd., Plainville. 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Bristol Baptist Church, 43 School St. www.ct-al-anon.org (888) 825-2666.

AL-ANON MEETING – 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Bristol Baptist Church, 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 Methodist Church 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.