FRIDAY, MARCH 21
SHAMROCK PASTA SUPPER. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Benefit for St. Vincent DePaul Homeless Shelter. St. Gregory CCD Center, 1043 Stafford Ave., Bristol. $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 12, 5 and under free. Food prepared by Emily’s Catering. Tickets at the door.
SATURDAY, MARCH 22
PASTA SUPPER AND TEA CUP. 6 p.m. Held by the Youth Group of the First Congregational Church. Proceeds will benefit their mission trip to Ecuador. First Congregational Church, 37 Main St., Southington (across from the green). $8 per person, $5 for 12 and under. Free for children 2 years and under. (860) 628-6958.
SUNDAY, MARCH 23
SOUTHINGTON KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ANNUAL SPRING BREAKFAST BUFFET, 7 to 11:30 a.m, Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, baked goods and beverages. Benefits charities, scholarships and worthy community causes supported by the K of C in Southington. Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., Southington. $6 per person. No charge for children under 5. Tickets may be purchased at the door or contact Craig Jones at (860)276-0273 in advance.
THURSDAY, MARCH 27
SECOND ANNUAL CONNFECTION EVENT. Sponsored by the Waterbury Neighborhood Council. 6 to 9 p.m. Showcase of Connecticut made food and wine. The Palace, 100 East Main St., Waterbury. (203) 346-2000, PalacetheaterCT.org.
BRISTOL ELKS FAMILY NIGHT DINNER. 5 to 6:30 p.m. (Held the second and fourth Thursday of each month.) Roast turkey or stuffed fish, choice of soup or salad, potato, vegetable, bread and butter, coffee or tea and dessert. Bristol Elks Club, 126 South St., Bristol. $8 per person all inclusive. Call ahead (860) 583-3350 for fish.
SATURDAY, MARCH 29
SIXTH ANNUAL MUM FESTIVAL PASTA DINNER. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Giamatti Little LeagueCenter, 355 Mix St., Bristol. Adults, $10. Children under 10, $5. Tickets available in advance. (860) 583-3321, or (860) 675-5462, or at the door.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2
COOKING CLASS, ‘EASTER IN ITALY.’ 6:30 p.m. Learn recipes from the old country that are staples on Easter tables today. Dinner menu includes Peperoni con Bagna Cauda (grilled peppers with garlic fondu) from Piedmont, Arrosto cosciotto di agnello (roasted leg of lamb) from Tuscany, Fritelle (artichokes, fava beans, and peas) from Sicily, Pastiera Napoletana (ricotta and faro cake) from Naples. Martino’s Italian Market and Café, 948 Terryville Ave., Bristol. $60 per person. Reservations required. Limited to 12 people. (860) 583-3585, MartinosMarket.com
SATURDAY, APRIL 5
SPUD NIGHT AND A SILENT AUCTION. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Baked potatoes with a choice of any or all six toppings, or a bowl of chicken soup. Silent auction features gift baskets, gift cards, and donated services. Benefits youth mission trips. FirstBaptistChurch of Southington, 581 Meriden Ave., Southington. Charge to attend. Children under 5 admitted free. Tickets availale in advance by calling (860) 628-8121, or available at the door.
FESTIVAL OF WINES AND SPIRITS. 6 to 10 p.m. Benefit for Bristol Hospital. Enjoy an array of fine wine, beer, and spirits. Dine on artisnal cheeses, mashed potato bar, Asian stir fry and noodle station, Panini station, S’mores Station. Live music by the Bill Cofrances Jazz Quartet. Silent auction including wine trips to Sonoma and Napa Valleys. DoubleTree by Hilton in the Oaks Ballroom, 42 Century Dr., Bristol. $125 per person. RSVP by March 28. Dressy casual attire. (860) 585-3365, firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY, APRIL 18
PASTA FOR BEN. Held by The Giving Back Girls and The Arc of Southington. 5 to 8 p.m. In honor of Ben Buckley, a 7-year-old who passed away suddenly from an asthma attack in January. Pasta with marinara sauce and meatballs on the side. DJ Gary Racine of Ultimate Entertainment. raffles. Proceeds will go back to scholarships and grants to students in the schools in Southington and to fund allergy and asthma prescriptions and research. The Elks Club, 114 Main St., Southington. $10 for adults and $5 for children. Available in advance or at the door. Drop checks off at The Arc of Southington, 201 West Main St., Plantsville. (860) 681-7301.