FRIDAY, MAY 2
RECEPTION FOR ARTIST JANE M. WHITE OF SOUTHINGTON. 5 to 8 p.m. For exhibit of her pastel paintings on exhibit through May 29. The Gallery at The Mill House, 5 West Main St., Cheshire. (860) 322-4566, ArtGalleryMillhouse.com
SPRINGFEST FUND RAISER TAG SALE. 8 a.. to 6 p.m. Held by Zion Lutheran church, home of Meals for the Needy. Tag sale, vendors, baked goods, hot dogs, a raffle. ZionLutheranChurch, 27 Judd St., Bristol. (860) 582-0571.
MAY 2 to JUNE 8
‘OBSERPRETATION.’ Opening reception on Friday, May 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. An exhibit by artist Paul Gobel presented by the Art League of New Britain. Surreal floral paintings. The Red Barn, 30 Cedar St., New Britain. ALNB.org/About.html, PaulGobellstudio.com
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.
LADIES TEA PARTY. Held by the Ladies of the Plymouth Congregational Church. Noon to 2 p.m. Tea, finger sandwiches, desserts. Raffles. Garden tea party attire encouraged. Plymouth Congregational Church Fellowship Hall,10 Park St., Plymouth. $10.
FIDELCO GUIDE DOG FOUNDATION OPEN HOUSE. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, off I-91 exit 37, Bloomfield. Fidelco.org, (860) 243-5200.
SUNDAY, MAY 4
PRIDE IN AMERICA NYC BUS TRIP. Organized by the Southington Knights of Columbus. Leave Southington via Deluxe Motor Coach at 7:45 a.m. Arrive at South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan by mid-morning. Then board a coach to the ferry for a visit to the Statue of Liberty. Then go on to Ellis Island. Bus pick up at commuter lot, off I-84, exit 29, at Route 10 and Mulberry Street in Southington. $75 per person, $66 per child 4 to 12. Make checks payable to the Southington Knights of Columbus. Mail them to K of C Council No. 15, 26 Riverside Court, Southington, 06489. (860) 334-005, (860) 276-0633, (860) 302-4556.
10TH ANNUAL PEQUABUCK RIVER DUCK RACE. Co-sponsored by Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, Forestville Village Assocation.10 a.m., craft fair. 11 a.m., Block Party. 2 p.m., duck launch. Food, vendors, children’s games, DJ, crafts. AndrewsStreetBridge, Forestville. (860) 584-4718.
FIRST SUNDAY GALLERY TALK: INTO-PERSIAN/ MUGHAL PAINTINGS. Hill-SteadMuseum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington. Free with admission to the museum or free to members. Hillstead.org
ESTATE TOURS WITH BETTY COLLINS. Hill-SteadMuseum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington. Free with admission to the museum or free to members. Hillstead.org
MARCH FOR BABIES. 9 a.m., register. 10 a.m., event. Fund raiser for March of Dimes. WalnutHillPark, 184 West Main St., New Britain. Register. MarchForBabies.org
TEA AND TALK. 1 to 3 p.m. Anthropologist and archaeologist Lucianne Lavin. She will describe plants indigenous to the area during colonial times and how Native Americans used those plants for food and medicinal purposes. Stanley-WhitmanHouseMuseum, 37 High St., Farmington. $10 for museum members. $12 for non-members. Register. (860) 677-9222, ext. 302, StanleyWhitman.org
MONDAY, MAY 5
‘BEATRIX POTTER’S GARDENING LIFE.’ 5:30 p.m. MarkTwainMuseumCenter, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free. Reservations. (860) 280-3130. MarkTwainHouse.org
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
BRISTOL VETERANS’ COUNCIL 4TH ANNUAL SALUTE DINNER. 5:30 p.m. A salute to Bristol’s 2014 high school graduates who have chosen to enter the armed forces, or one of the nation’s military academies. Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central St., Forestville. For student and two guests, free. For all other attendees, $25 per person. (860) 977-2152, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 589-7942, email@example.com. Make checks out to the Bristol Veterans’ Council, c/o Salute Dinner, P.O. Box 2634, Bristol, CT06010.
MOVIE AND LUNCH. 1 p.m. “Hyde Park on Hudson” is a British historical comedy starring Bill Murray as Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Beverages and cookies provided by Friends of the Bristol Public Library. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. No charge. Registration required. (860) 584-7787 ext. 2023.
THURSDAY, MAY 8
BOOKS AND BAGELS. 10:30 a.m. Library staff member will be reviewing the best books in the library while participants enjoy bagels. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. BristolLib.com, (860) 584-7790.
LOCAL AUTHOR MATTHEW DICKS. 7 p.m. Will speak about his life and work. Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Plainville Public Library. (860) 793-1446.
A TALK WITH AUTHOR VIVIEN SHOTWELL. 7 p.m. About her book “Vienna Nocturne.” Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free, followed by book sale and signing. Reservations. (860) 280-3130, MarkTwainHouse.org.
MAY MARKET. 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Annual fund raising event with over 75 exhibitors with handmade goods and antiques, rare and unusual plants, specialty foods and more. Special keynote speaker is author of “The Pretty and Proper Living Room,” Holly Holden. Hill-SteadMuseum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington. $10 for museum members and $12 for non-members in advance. Free to children ages 12 and under. $15 at the door. (860) 677-4787. Hillstead.org
SATURDAY, MAY 10
MONICA WOLFF BENEFIT FUND RAISER. 3 to 8 p.m. To help local woman with Guillain Barre Syndrome (ninds.nih.gov/disorders/gbs). Pasta dinner with salad, garlic breadsticks, Cold beverages from Pepsico of Bristol. Homemade rolls and brownies by Fran and Chef Monica. Live music by The Damn Hippies. Face painting. Mickey Mouse, Woody from “Toy Story” and Chewbacca provided by Cosplay on a Budget. Homemade rolls and brownies for sale. Live auction. Tea cup auction. 50-50. Polish American Club, 541 North Main St., Bristol. $10 per person. Children under 10 free. Tickets at the door. Donations also may be made to Monica Wolff Benefit Fund, c/o Liberty Bank, 774 Farmington Ave., Bristol, CT06010.
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.
SOUTHINGTON/ PLAINVILLE/ BRISTOL
LETTER CARRIERS’ FOOD DRIVE. Stamp Out Hunger.
SOLAR HOUSE TOUR AND SEMINAR. Noon, 2:30 p.m. Visit a retrofitted 1960 ranch house in Plainville. Experts on installation, heating and cooling and financing will be available. Literature will be available and electric cars will be on display. Tour is sponsored by People’s Action for Clean Energy in conjunction with the Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club. Reservations accepted. $15 per person. www.Pace-Cleanenergy.org. (860) 623-5487.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12
SLOPER ALUMNI CHARITY NIGHT. 6 p.m. Benefit for Camp for Kids. Buffet, live band. Smokin’ with Chris, 59 West Center St., Southington. $25 tickets. $100 for special orange tickets, with $75 from each ticket going to college scholarship fund for YMCA Camp Sloper staff pursuing a career with children. SCCYMCA.org, dayer@sccymca, (860) 426-9510.
TUESDAY, MAY 13
FOXWOODS CASINO TRIP. Leave Our Lady of Mercy Church, South Canal Street, Plainville at 8 a.m., leave casino at 4 p.m. Reservations. $21. (860) 747-1732.
SATURDAY, MAY 17
4TH CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC FUND RAISER. Register at 10:30 a.m. Tee time at noon. Benefit for PARC Inc. Healthy Living Programming and the Frederick Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 14 of Plainville college scholarship fund. 18-hole scramble format with cart. Individuals and foursomes are welcome. Dinner catered by Gnazzo’s Food Center of Plainville. Silent auctiion, raffle items, award presentations, and door prizes. (860) 747-0316.
‘MOSES’ IN LANCASTER, PA. The St. Stanislaus Golden Agers. Trip to the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Pa. Two nights at the Cork Factory Hotel, a family-style meal at Plain and Fancy Restaurant, a tour of Hershey Chocolate World, a dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord and a tour of Wheatland, the home of the nation’s 15th president. Call Penny Sobolewski, (860) 589-5597.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28
ST. STANISLAUS GOLDEN AGERS TRIP. “Who Loves You.” Musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. You drive in on your own. Lunch included. Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Plantsville. $72. Reservations. (860) 589-5597.
SATURDAY, MAY 31
FASHION RUNWAY SHOW DEBUTING 2014 COLLECTION, ‘ETERNALISM,’ BY EBONY AMBER DESIGNS. Benefit for Make-A-Wish CT. 7 to 11 p.m. Each ticket holder receives cupcake from Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes, cup of coffee from Giv Coffee. Entertainment by hip hop dancer Morris Parker, singer Krizta Moon, belly dancer Anatolia Firegoddess, drum and bass duo Helmholtz and Wiley, and Jennifer Hill and Co. Also, the avant garde fashions of Ebony Amber Designs. CoeMemorial Park Civic Center, 101 Litchfield St., Torrington. 16 and over. $20. Showclix.com/event/EternalismFashionShowFundRaiser
CHARITY CYCLING CHALLENGE’S 2ND ANNUAL SWING FORE SPECIAL OLYMPICS GOLF TOURNAMENT. Registration at 11 a.m. Shotgun start at noon. Includes 18-hole scramble, continental breakfast, luncheon, dinner, cart, and beer/snacks on the course. Prizes. Southington Country Club, Southington. (860) 26107326, info@CharityCyclingChallenge.com
SATURDAY, JUNE 7
WOLVES TO WHALES BUS TRIP. Sponsored by Wolf Central. 7 a.m., leave Southington. 7 p.m., leave Gloucester. 11 p.m., return to Southington. Go to Wolf Hollow in Ipswich, Mass. Wolf Hollow is a non-profit organization to teach people about the importance of the wolf in the wild. Then go to Gloucester and then take 7 Seas Whale Watch. After the watch, spend some free time exploring.
TUESDAY, JUNE 24
TRIP TO GLOUCESTER AND ROCKPORT. Held by AARP Chapter 4146. Bus leaves Plainville at 8 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. Lunch include at Gloucester Lobster House on the wharf. Free time in Rockport, the artist colony, for shopping. Everything included $97. (860) 747-1732.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26
13TH ANNUAL FRED SOLIANI MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. Held by the Bristol Lions Club. Chippanee Golf Club Marsh Road, Bristol. $155 includes continental breakfast, hot dogs/ hamburgers, free beer-soda-water on the course all day, putting contest, glass break contest, buffet dinner after the tournament, greens fees, cart. (860) 583-6986, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 212-2636, email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9
ST. STANISLAUS GOLDEN AGERS TRIPS TO ALL YOU CAN EAT LOBSTER AND COMEDY SHOW. Leaves St. Stanislaus Church, 510 West St., Bristol at 10:30 a.m. Delaney House, Holyoke, Mass. Reservations. (860) 589-5597.
THURSDAY, JULY 10
THE PLYMOUTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. Pequabuck Golf Club, Plymouth. (860) 584-5718, (860) 584-4722, info@CentralCTChambers.org, PlymouthCTChamber.org
TUESDAY, JULY 29
BOSTON HARBOR WHALE WATCH. Sponsored by AARP Chapter 4146. Leave Our Lady of MercyChurch, South Canal St., Plainville at 7 a.m. Estimated return to Plainville, 6:30 p.m. See the whales, afterward stroll through Boston. $82. May 4 registration deadline. (860) 747-1732.
MONDAY, AUG. 4
23RD ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT OF THE CENTRAL CONNECTICUT CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE. Tunxis Plantation, Farmington. CentralCTChambers.org, (860) 584-4718.
SUNDAY, AUG. 10
BUS TRIP TO YANKEE STADIUM. Offered by the BristolSeniorCenter. Game time to be announced Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians. Open to the public, first-come, first-served. $87 due at time of registration. Deluxe motor coach bus, trip director, and reserved main level seats in section 232A. Register now at BristolSeniorCenter, 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol. (860) 584-7895.
NOW thru JULY 20
NEW/ NOW: JOE FIG. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Solo exhibition featuring a series of sculptures and paintings by Joe Fig representing the studios of some of today’s leading contemporary artists, including Petah Coyne, Tara Donovan, and Ursula Von Rydingsvard. $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens. $8 for students. Children under 12, free. Free admission from 10 a.m. to noon. New BritainMuseum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. NBMAA.org.
NOW thru MAY 31
P.R. BAILEY ART EXHIBIT. Reception Saturday, May 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Gallery at The Orchards, Community Room, second floor, 34 Hobart St., Southington. SouthingtonArtsandCrafts.homestead.com. SouthingtonOrchards.org
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.
THE GROWING CENTER AT BRISTOL ARC SELLING SPRING PLANTS. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays in May. Geraniums, petunias, marigolds, impatiens,hanging baskets, plus flats of annuals and vegetable plants. The Growing Center at Bristol ARC, 621 Jerome Ave., Bristol.
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