FRIDAY, MAY 9
‘ABCs OF ANNULMENTS.’ Sponsored by the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Hartford. 7 to 9 p.m. Informational program designed to answer questions. Brother Larry Lussier, CSC, will be presenter. Q&A follows. Open to all seeking an annulment in the Catholic Church. No registration required. Attending this session is required to attend the follow up annulment writing sessions. St. Gregory the Great Church, 235 Maltby St., Bristol. (203) 937-7040, (203) 467-3538.
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.
BIRD WALK. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, 501 Wolcott Rd., Bristol. Free for members. $5 for non-members. (860) 583-1234.
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.
TRAVELS TO SCOTLAND. 2 p.m. Learn about the sights and sounds of Scotland. Sponsored by the Friends of the Farmington Library. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. Free. Register. (860) 673-6791. FarmingtonLibraries.org
MONDAY, MAY 12
SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL’S 31ST ANNUAL STUDENT ART SHOW. 7 to 8:30 p.m. SouthingtonHigh School art wing and auditorium lobby, 720 Pleasant St., Southington.
HOW MARK TWAIN BECAME MARK TWAIN. 5:30 p.m. With Twain scholar Kevin MacDonnell. Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free. Reservations. (860) 280-3130. MarkTwainHouse.org
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.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14
AUTHOR VISIT AND BOOK DISCUSSION. 1 p.m. Author Kathy Leonard Czepiel, “A Violet Season.” Learn about the history of the HudsonValley violet industry. Free. Registration required. Book will be available in both branches of Bristol library. Refreshments served by Friends of the Bristol Public Library. Funded by CT At Work. Manross Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. (860) 584-7787 ext. 2023.
WARBLER WEDNESDAYS. 7 to 9 a.m. Walks led by experienced birders. Bring binoculars. Rain will cancel. BarnesNatureCenter, Shrub Road, Bristol.
FEMINIST ISABELLA BEECHER HOOK’S FRENEMY-SHIP WITH MARK TWAIN. 5 p.m., reception. 5:30 p.m., lecture. Led by author Susan Campbell. Book signing to follow. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free. Reservations. (860) 280-3130.
AUTHOR AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPERT. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Mind in the Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Ever Child Needs.” TunxisCommunity College, Founders Hall, intersection of routes 6 and 177, Farmington. Tunxis.edu
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 auction, raffle items, award presentations, and door prizes. (860) 747-0316.
DOO-WOP CONCERT. 7 p.m. Proceeds to benefit young couple looking to adopt a child. Tickets in advance at Gnazzo’s Lucky Street, Liberty Diner. Call Dan Hurley (860) 793-0642, Mike Turcotte at (860) 747-9687,
SUNDAY, MAY 18
IWO JIMA SURVIVORS VICTORY RIDE. Motorcyclists, cars, and walk-ins welcome. Volunteers and sponsors needed. Special guest is son of Rene Gagnon, who raised the flag at Iow Jima. All World War II veterans invited free as part of “Operation Thank You.” RSVP. Call for times. (860) 291-9666.
‘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
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
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 MAY 15
STAGECRAFT. A travelling exhibit featuring a selection of costumes, props, and scenic elements from Hartford Stage’s collection. New EnglandCarouselMuseum, 95 Riverside Ave., (860) 585-5411.
NOW thru JUNE 8
‘OBSERPRETATION.’ 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
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
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