FRIDAY, MARCH 21
PUBLIC BOATING COURSE (WITH PWC CLASS). Runs on Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. Completing and passing the courses will qualify you for a state certificate for both. The Plainville Recreation Department, 50 Whiting St., Plainville. Register. (860) 747-6022.
SATURDAY, MARCH 22
THE FIFTH ANNUAL ST. PAUL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SPRING CRAFT FAIR. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 40 vendors. Homemade chocolates, handmade knitted items, pet items, candles, soaps, skin care, jewelry, garden tools, art, healthy living, sports items, candles. Full lunch menu. Lots of drawings St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. Crafter spaces available, no jewelry. email@example.com
SINGLES GAME NIGHT. Sponsored by Social Connections. 7 p.m. Meet new people, eat, play games, hang out. Bring your favorite game. Dress casually. Gail’s, 35 Anthony Dr., Bristol. (860) 582-8229.
THE SHAMROCK RUN AND WALK. ChippensHillMiddle School, 551 Peacedale St., Bristol. Register at CTShamrockRun.com. Benefits the St. Vincent DePaul Homeless Shelter.
3-ON-3 MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. 9 a.m. Open to the public. CentralBaptistChurch, West Street, Southington. $65 per team, includes t-shirts, awards, and official refs. (860) 922-3753.
MOHEGAN SUN BUS TRIP. Sponsored by American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary Post 33, Plainville. Bus leaves 2 p.m. from the American Legion, 7 Race Ave., Plainville. Leaves the casino at 8:30 p.m. $27, includes a $15 food voucher, and a $10 wheel play. (860) 793-8776.
TUESDAY, MARCH 25
‘LET THERE BE PEACE.’ 9 a.m .to 2 p.m., day program. Evening, 7 to 9 p.m, Pray for peace. Men and women welcome. Our Lady of CalvaryRetreatCenter, 31 Colton St., Farmington. $25 offering is requested for day program and includes lunch. A $15 offering for the evening program. (860) 677-8519. OurLadyofCalvary.com
LEARN ABOUT BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT. 7 p.m. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. (860) 673-6791, FarmingtonLibraries.org
NOVEL IDEAS BOOK GROUP. 1:15 p.m., meets the fourth Tuesday of the month. Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods.” Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington. (860) 673-6791, FarmingtonLibraries.org
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE BUSINESS AFTER HOURS. 5 to 7 p.m. PhysicalTherapyCenter of Bristol, 72 Pine St., Bristol. Dues and balances to the chamber must be paid in full. (860) 584-4718, CentralCTChambers.org
BOOKMARK: TESLA AND EDISON. 7 p.m. With authors W. Bernard Carlson (“Tesla: Inventor the Electrical Age”) and Leonard DeGraaf (“Edison and the Rise of Innovation”). Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free. Reservations. (860) 280-3130. MarkTwainHouse.org
‘READING THEIR WAY THROUGH HISTORY: HOW BOOKS INSPIRED A GENERATION OF AMERICAN WOMEN.’ 7 p.m. With Barbara Sicherman, professor emerita ,TrinityCollege. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. (860) 673-6791. FarmingtonLibraries.org
WATERCOLOR PAINTING DEMONSTRATION. Sponsored by Southington Arts and Crafts Association. 7 p.m. Joyce Senesac of Middletown will demonstrate her technique using translucent watercolors. Meeting will be held before demonstration at 6:30 p.m. (860) 793-9929.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26
OPENING RECEPTION FOR TWO-ARTIST EXHIBIT. 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Works by spouses Eoin Burke and Tracie Cheng of New Haven. Exhibit continues through to May 20. CheshireAcademy gallery, 10 Main St., Cheshire. CheshireAcademy.org
FRIDAY, MARCH 28
WRESTLEFEST 18. 6 p.m., autography session with all the stars. 8 p.m., wring time. Benefit for Waterbury Police Athletic League. Northeast Wrestling. With Vader, Sgt. Slaughter, AJ. Styles vs. Matt Hardy, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Velvet Sky, and the return of Kurt Adonis. Plus a Six Man Grab for the Gold Ladder Match with Brian Anthony, Reby Sky, Ron Zombie, The Platinum Entourage, Matt Taven, Bull Dredd, Lukas Sharp, and more. $30, $20, $15. Waterbury Police Athletic League members with ID, $10. CrosbyHigh School, 300 Pierpont Rd., Waterbury. (845) 564-0931, (203) 228-7361.
SATURDAY, MARCH 29
MOHEGAN SUN BUS TRIP. Sponsored by the Bristol Exchange Club. Bus leaves Bristol Eastern High School, 632 King St., at 3 p.m., and leaves casino at 9:30 p.m. $30 per person, includes a $15 meal voucher, and $15 bet voucher. Proceeds will help fund city Exchange Club programs such as annual scholarships and support of a variety of other local nonprofit groups and organizations. To purchase tickets to reserve your spot call Dianna at (860) 604-6095 or (860)589-6891 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRISTOL CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL SCHOOL SPIRIT 2 MIL RUN/ WALK. 10 a.m. Come early to register. Local businesses have donated prizes. Take a two mile tour around the school. Everyone is welcome. Benefit for the BCHS Grad Party 2014 for a drug free and alcohol free graduation party. BristolCentralHigh School, Wolcott Street, Bristol. $5 for adults, $3 for students. (860) 589-5286, email@example.com
SUNDAY, MARCH 30
SINGLES WALK AND LUNCH. Sponsored by Social Connections. 11 a.m. Collinsville Trail, Main Street, Collinsville. Take a walk, after eat lunch nearby. No charge for walk. (860) 582-8229.
TUESDAY, APRIL 1
A LENTEN RETREAT DAY. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Legion of Mary at St. Stanislaus Church, Bristol. Led by Sister Ann Rodgers, C.P. with the theme, “Mary, Mother of Sorrows.” Our Lady of CalvaryRetreatCenter, 31 Colton St., Farmington. Everyone is welcome to participate. Register. (860) 589-8751.
THURSDAY, APRIL 3
‘APRIL IN PARIS.’ A fund raiser to benefit the Bristol ArtScience Prize. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. French infused hors d’oeuvres and French inspired desserts. Live entertainment. Silent auction. Event will help send one of seven teams of high school students from Bristol to the Annual International Innovation Workshop of ArtScience Labs in Paris, France in June. New EnglandCarouselMuseum, 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol. $30. Tickets available at the Imagine Nation, One Pleasant St., Bristol. (860) 540-3161.
FRIDAY, APRIL 4
‘THE HOLY SHROUD AND TILMA TOUR.’ 6 p.m. Authentic life-size replica of the Holy Shroud and relic for Veneration: Venerate, the Miraculous Holy Face Image-Shed Blood.’ A night of renewal in faith. All are welcome. St. AnnChurch, 215 West St., Bristol. Free will offering. (860) 582-8169.
SINGLES HAPPY HOUR. Sponsored by Social Connections. 5 p.m. Brio Tuscan Grille, 1500 New Britain Ave., WestHartford. Meet in the lounge area in the back. No charge to attend. (860) 223-7755.
FIRST ANNUAL AMATEUR ART EXHIBIT. Sponsored by the Plainville Amateur Art Group. All amateur artists invited to participate and display their work. No size requirements although the display racks limit very large pieces. Framing not required but work should be neatly ready for display such as matted or in clear plastic envelopes to protect it. $5 donation. Proceeds benefit area art programs. Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville. (860) 747-1399, (860)793-2960.
SATURDAY, APRIL 5
30 DIFFERENT TAG SALES UNDER ONE ROOF. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spaces including a table are renting for $20. Without a table, space is $15. Set up is scheduled for 8 a.m. BristolSeniorCenter, 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol. Proceeds benefit programs mounted by the Advocates for Bristol Seniors. (860) 583-9553.
OTHER/ BRISTOL/ SOUTHINGTON/ PLAINVILLE
MOHEGAN SUN BUS TRIP. Leaving the commuter lot on the corner of Lake Avenue and Middle Street in Bristol at 5:15 p.m. Leave the casino at midnight. Fund raiser for the Class of 2014 All Night Grad Party for UniversityHigh School (a Hartford magnet school). $35, you will get a $15 food voucher, and $10 bet voucher. (860) 582-5041.
FUND RAISING BENEFIT DINNER FOR THE BOISSONEAULT FAMILY. 2 to 9 p.m. Food, entertainment, beverages. All proceeds go direct to the family. All items are being donated. $10 advance tickets or donation at the door. The Grange Hall, 137 Knowles Ave., Plantsville.
MOHEGAN SUN BUS TRIP. Fund raiser for FlandersSchool in Southington. 5 p.m., leave Flanders. 12 a.m., leave Mohegan Sun. $30 per person and includes round trip transportation, raffles and bingo on the bus, $15 food voucher, $15 bets voucher. Reserve your seat. Jennifer Lanci2011@gmail.com
SATURDAY, APRIL 12
BRISTOL CENTRAL SENIOR GRAD PARTY DANCE FUND RAISER. 7 to 11 p.m. With The BootLeg Band. Bring your own snacks, cash bar, raffles. The Polish Club Hall, 541 North Main St., Bristol. $15 per person. (860) 690-1516.
SUNDAY, APRIL 27
LINE DANCE WORKSHOP. 2 to 6 p.m. For the beginners to intermediate. With house instructors Paula, Gayle, and Christopher. Open dance follows. Cadillac Ranch, 45 Jude Lane, Southington. firstname.lastname@example.org
APRIL 30 to MAY 28
WE THE PEOPLE OF GOD: A FIVE-SESSION PROGRAM FOR LAY CATHOLICS. Wednesdays, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Part of the faith-enrichment series. Learn about the roll of the laity in the church’s mission. Facilitated by author Joan Kennedy. Our Lady of Mercy Parish Center, Room 106 in the rear of the building, 19 South Canal St., Plainville. Free. Open to the public. Free will donations accepted. Register. (860) 747-6825.
FRIDAY, MAY 2
SANDY’S BATON STUDIO 55TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION. Former students sought. Call Sandy (860) 589-6171.
SATURDAY, MAY 3
FUND RAISER WALK-RUN-ATHON AND CRAFTERS EVENT. Held by BristolAdultResourceCenter. Arts and crafts vendors needed. MemorialBoulevardSchool Track and Field, Memorial Boulevard, Bristol. $25 per space for vendors. Rain date is May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (860) 582-9102, ext. 138.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
BRISTOL VETERANS’ COUNCIL 4TH ANNUAL SALUTE DINNER. 5:30 p.m. A salute to Bristol’s 2014 high school graduates who have chosen to enter the armed forces, or one of the nation’s military academies. Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central St., Forestville. For student and two guests, free. For all other attendees, $25 per person. RSVP by Friday, April 4. (860) 977-2152, email@example.com, (860) 589-7942, firstname.lastname@example.org. Make checks out to the Bristol Veterans’ Council, c/o Salute Dinner, P.O. Box 2634, Bristol, CT06010.
SATURDAY, MAY 10
MOHEGAN SUN BUS TRIP. Hosted by the Bristol Mum Festival. 4 to 11 p.m. $30 per person includes bus trip, $15 food voucher, and $15 wheel coupon. Pick up at St. Gregory’s CCDCenter, 1043 Stafford Ave., Bristol. Bus leaves 4 p.m. sharp. Register. (860) 675-5462.
‘MOSES’ IN LANCASTER, PA. The St. Stanislaus Golden Agers. Trip to the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Pa. Two nights at the Cork Factory Hotel, a family style meal at Plain and Fancy Restaurant, a tour of Hershey Chocolate World, a dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord and a tour of Wheatland, the home of the nation’s 15th president. Call Penny Sobolewski, (860) 589-5597.
TUESDAY, JUNE 24
TRIP TO GLOUCESTER AND ROCKPORT. Held by AARP Chamber 4146. Bus leaves Plainville at 8 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. Lunch include at Gloucester Lobster House on the wharf. Free time in Rockport, the artist colony, for shopping. Everything included $97. (860) 747-1732.
MONDAY, AUG. 4
23RD ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT OF THE CENTRAL CONNECTICUT CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE. Tunxis Plantation, Farmington. CentralCTChambers.org,(860) 584-4718.
NOW thru APRIL 16
NEW WORK—PAINTINGS AND PASTELS BY TUNXIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROFESSOR WILLIAM KLUBA. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. and by appointment. The Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery, located at the entrance of the 600 Building, Tunxis Community College, Scott Swamp Road, Farmington. (860) 255-3661, email@example.com
NOW thru MARCH 30
THE SNAPPY SENIORS CAMERA CLUB THIRD ANNUAL PHOTO DISPLAY. Over 100 matted photos on sale for $20 each and can be ordered at the library reference desk. Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville.
NOW thru MARCH 29
ARTWORKS AT ARTSPACE. Thursdays, Fridays, 5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 8 p.m. and by appointment. Reception on Saturday, March 8, 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibit of artists who are all former members of the Artworks Gallery, a Hartford-based artist’s cooperative. Co-curated by Clinton Deckert of Southington and Michael Shortell. Paper New England @ Art Space, 555 Asylum St., Hartford.
NOW thru APRIL 19
‘COLORFUL TERRAIN: TWO ARTISTS INTERPRET THE LANDSCAPE.’ Gallery hours are Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibit by Brian Adgate and Blanche Serban. WindsorArtCenter, corner of Central and Mechanic streets, Windsor. (860) 688-2528, WindsorArtCenter.org
NOW thru MARCH 31
QUILTING OF RUTH R. CLEVELAND SMITH. ‘Quilty Pleasures.’ Sponsored by Southington Arts and Crafts Association. The Gallery at The Orchards, Community Room, 34 Hobart St., Southington. (860) 628-5656.
NOW thru APRIL 15
AARP TAX AIDE. Tuesdays, 12 to 4 p.m. Confidential service that prepares tax returns, answers tax questions and e-files tax returns for taxpayers with low and moderate income with special attention to those age 60 and older. Appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. AARP.org, BristolLib.com, 1-888-227-7669.
NOW thru MARCH
WINTER UNDERLAND. Art exhibit hosted by Bare Bones. Featuring art work by Christian Ayala, Mike Chaiken, David LaPointe, Chad Lockhart, Greg Merola, Anna Murfin, Nick Palazzo, Kae Pilat, Michelle St. Pierre, Johnny Vaina. HartfordCountyTattoo, 991 South Main St., Plantsville. (860) 621-0500. Facebook.com/barebonesbristol
NOW thru APRIL 13
NEW/NOW: STEPHANIE LEMPERT. Art exhibit. New BritainMuseum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. NBMAA.org
NOW thru MAY 4
‘LOST EGYPT: ANCIENT SECRETS, MODERN SCIENCE.’ ConnecticutScienceCenter, 250 Columbus Blvd. CTScienceCenter.org
BINGO. Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m., Fridays at 6:45 p.m. Benefits St. Anthony School. St. Anthony Church, 111 School St., Bristol.
BINGO. Every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Free coffee and cookies. Bristol Polish Club, 541 North Main St., Bristol.
THE BARGAIN CENTER. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Prospect United MethodistChurch, 99 Summer St., Bristol. $5 bag sale is on.
MONTHLY ADOPTION INFORMATION SESSIONS. Held by Connecticut Adoption Services. First Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Barnes and Noble, 1599 S. East Rd., Farmington. (860) 678-9494. Register by 3 p.m. the Wednesday before, (860) 886-7500, CTAdoptions@waterfordcs.org