FRIDAY, MAY 16
DAVID LAPOINTE. Art show opening. 7:30 p.m. ArtistTree Tea House and Gallery 156, 156-160 School St., Bristol.
SATURDAY, MAY 17
‘REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM.’ Crime prevention program. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refuse to Be A Victim is from the National Rifle Association. Presented by Dr. Mike Ptaszynski, a NRA-certified facilitator. Four-hour seminar promoting awareness and prevention of criminal confrontations. Seminar topics include home, automobile, phone, technology, travel and personal security. Instruction is not “Hands-on” and it excludes firearms. It involves training your primary weapon, your brain. BristolHospitalWellnessCenter, 842 Clark Ave., Bristol. Space is limited. $30 per student. 80-page booklet and certificate of participation are provided. Register by May 16. (860) 582-4388.
POETS COLLECTIVE. 1 to 3 p.m. Join the poets of Buttonwood Tree in Middletown. Afterward, at 4 p.m., join a handmade book making class with artist David LaPointe. ArtistTree Tea House and Gallery 156, 156-160 School St., Bristol.
‘KNOW YOUR RIGHTS’ WORKSHOP. 10 a.m. to noon. Keynote speaker, Kenneth Barone, policy and research specialist with The Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy for the state of Connecticut. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. CTRP3.org
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. Southington Country Club, Plantsville. (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 Strike, Liberty Diner. PlainvilleHigh School, Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville. Call Dan Hurley (860) 793-0642, Mike Turcotte at (860) 747-9687,
ANNUAL TAG, PLANT, AND BAKE SALE. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. GraceLutheranChurch, 222 Farmington Ave., Plainville.
INFORMATIONAL SESSION FOR PROSPECTIVE FOSTER PARENTS. Noon to 2 p.m. Wheeler Clinic, 88 East St., Plainville. (860) 793-7277, FosterCarePrograms@WheelerClinic.org
PLYMOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 275TH ANNIVERSARY LIVING HISTORY FESTIVAL. 11 to 11:30 a.m., graveyard tour with Terry Goodwin. Noon, Mattatuck Fife and Drum Concert. 1 p.m., Historic clockmakers bus tour. 3:15 p.m., mock trial. Also ongoing activities throughout the day. Multi-church bake sale. Food and drink. Plymouth Congregational Church, 10 Park St., Plymouth. PlymouthCongregational275thfestival.com
GIANT TAG SALE. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clothing, toys, furniture, jewelry, trinkets, kitchenware, collectibles. Home-made bakbka, soup, bread, pierogi, golabki. Polish kitchen. St. Lucian’s Residence, 532 Burritt St., New Britain. (860) 223-2123.
SUNDAY, MAY 18
VISION BOARD CREATION WORKSHOP TEA CEREMONY. 3 p.m. With Dori Green. $12 class, $5 for materials. ArtistTree Tea House and Gallery 156, 156-160 School St., Bristol.
BIRD BANDING DEMONSTRATION. 8 to 11 a.m. Bird banding is a research technique that helps scientists keep track of the health of bird populations and learn about their movements and habitat preferences. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, 501 Wolcott Rd., Bristol. (860) 583-1234.
BENEFIT HOLISTIC FAIR. 12 to 4 p.m. Local authors, readers, tai chi, handmade scarves, massage, healers, custom jewelry, reiki, henna, unique bottle lights, essential oils, hypoallergenic personal care products, natural wellness supplements, tarot cards, craniosacro, sage, access consciouness, more. Free healing ceremony open to all. Fund raiser for Plainville Food Pantry and the Connecticut Humane Society. The Loops event venue, 161-B Woodford Ave., Plainville. (860) 989-0033, ShirleyBloethe@sbcglobal.net
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 Iwo Jima. All World War II veterans invited free as part of “Operation Thank You.” RSVP. Call for times. (860) 291-9666.
BOOK/MARK. 2:30 p.m. With author Dean H. King, “The Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys, the True Story.” Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free. (860) 280-3130, MarkTwainHouse.org
TUESDAY, MAY 20
ACADEMY AWARD WINNING MOVIE. 1 p.m. “In 1841, Solomon Northrup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northrup is ultimately bought by a ruthless plantation owner and must find the strength to survive.” Refreshments provided by Friend of the Bristol Public Library. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Register. (860) 584-7790.
DRUMMING CIRCLE. 6:30 p.m. Led by Maria Eberle. Participants can learn to play the African drums (djembes) as well as some basic rhythms. Improvise, experience finding their own rhythm, and bring it into collective drumming. Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville. Register. (860) 793-1446.
SCHOOL DAYS IN PLAINVILLE. Presented by Plainville Historical Society. Talk about school days from 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Display about topic as well. Plainville Historical Society, 29 Pierce St., Plainville. Handicapped accessible. (860) 747-6577.
BOOK LAUNCH. 7 p.m. “Live These Words: An Active Response to God.” Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free. Reservations. (860) 280-3130. MarkTwainHouse.org.
‘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 21
WARBLER WEDNESDAYS. 7 to 9 a.m. Join birders of all abilities. Walks led by executive director Scott Heth, birder and bird bander. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, 501 Wolcott Rd., Bristol. (860) 583-1234. Rain cancels.
THURSDAY, MAY 22
POETRY, DRUMS, MUSIC SHARE CIRCLE. 6:30 p.m. Instruments to share or bring your own. ArtistTree Tea House and Gallery 156, 156-160 School St., Bristol. $5 suggested door fee.
22ND ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER AUCTION: HIDDEN TREASURES. 6 to 10:30 p.m. Hill-Stead Museum’s signature fund raising event. Enjoy evening under a grand tent on the west lawn. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live auction, silent auction. Hill-SteadMuseum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington. $225 basic ticket prices. $500 Monet’s Circle. Hillstead.org, (860) 677-4787. ext. 131.
MONDAY, MAY 26
ST. MATTHEW SCHOOL FIRST ANNUAL SPRING FLING. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live music by ECHO11, crafters, local food vendors, school/parishioner sponsored food tables, petting zoo and pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses, wine tasting, guest appearance by Rocky the Rock Cat. St.MatthewSchool, 33 Welch Dr., Forestville.
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
THURSDAY, JUNE 12
BRISTOL CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL BOOSTER CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT. Chippanee Golf Club, Marsh Road, Bristol. (860) 582-2494, BristolCentralFootball.com
FRIDAY, JUNE 13
2ND ANNUAL WALK FOR A CURE. To benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Connecticut. Sponsored by the Bristol Central High School Interact Club. 7 to 9 p.m., Light the night walk. Pizza slices, and drinks for sale. 41 raffle tables. Music while you walk. BristolCentralHigh School track, 480 Wolcott St., Bristol. Dedicate a luminary bag for $3. Glow stick necklaces for sale for $1. Additional donations welcome. Make checks payable to The Susan G. Komen Foundation of Connecticut.
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, email@example.com, (860) 212-2636, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 18
BRISTOL ROTARY CLUB 28TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. Registration, 10 a.m. 11 a.m., lunch on the patio. 12:30 p.m., shotgun start. Chippanee Country Club, 6 Marsh Rd., Bristol. $175 for a single golfer. $50 for dinner only. Make checks payable to Bristol Rotary Club, send the name, address, email and phone number, along with your fee, to Bristol Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1674Bristol, CT06011-1674.
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. 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