FRIDAY, MAY 30
ART SHOW OF MELISSA BOTSACOS. 5 to 7 p.m. Meet Melissa, view her artwork showcasing nature, animals, cartoon characters, sports, and more. Light refreshments. Paintings are for sale. Free. Open to the public. The Arc of Southington, 201 West Main St., Southington. (860) 628-9220.
PAINT NIGHT WITH ASHLEY. 7:30 p.m. Step by step style painting night with summer scene. New painters will be guided to a finished water wash style with paint and canvas. Returning artists will learn water color style techniques. Artist Tree Tea House, 156 and 160 School St., Bristol. (860) 919-4356.
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
KNIT-A-HUG FOR CHARITY. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held by Knit and Pearls. Create prayer shawlettes, chemo caps, preemie hats and booties, security blankets, and lovies. Finished items will be sent to Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, Connecticut Children’s MedicalCenter, and the UConnHealthCenter. Knit and Pearls, 395 West Avon Rd., Avon.
‘IN PLAIN SIGHT:’ DISCOVERING CAPTIVE PEOPLE IN CONNECTICUT. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Symposium will focus on captive people and the slave economy that played a significant role in Connecticut in the 17th through 19th centuries. Speakers include Anne Farrow, journalist and writer, Robert S. Wolff of the Department of History at CentralConnecticutStateUniversity, Lisa Johnson, Stanley-Whitman director. Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High St., Farmington. $25 registration. Includes morning coffee and lunch. Register. (860) 677-9222.
HARTFORD COMIC CON. Presented by Epic Conventions. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Features top artists from comic books such as Ed McGuinness, Tim Sale, Joe Benitez, Shawn McManus, Jimmy Cheung, and more. Cosplay celebrities. Vendors and dealers. Show floor events. XL Center, One Civic Plaza, Hartford. $25 for single day passes and $45 for two day passes and VIP packages start at $125. HartfordComicCon.com, 1-877-522-8499.
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) 261-7326, info@CharityCyclingChallenge.com
CLEAN RECYCLING CAN AND BOTTLE DRIVE. Held by Asbury United MethodistChurch and Girl Scouts. Proceeds to benefit Girl Scout troop’s European tour in 2016. AsburyUnitedMethodistChurch, 90 Church Ave., Forestville.Call (860) 585-0538 for a pick up or questions.
CLOTHING DRIVE. 9 a.m. to noon. To help fund a youth mission for a July 2014 event. Items to be donated: useable clothing for all seasons, all sizes, pocketbooks, belts, backpacks, hats, gloves, shoes, boots, sneakers, scarves, ties beanie babies, stuffed animals. Drive by drop off. AsburyUnitedMethodistChurch, 90 Church Ave., Forestville (860) 614-8478, (860)584-0529.
WATCH IDENTIFICATION. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn about the history of your old-American-made watch. Micah Tasker of TheVintageWatchMan.com will be on hand. American Watch and ClockMuseum, 100 Maple St., Bristol. $10 charged per watch. Three watch maximum. (860) 583-6070.
SUNDAY, JUNE 1
‘WHAT MATTERS TO YOU.’ Presented by The Southington Arts Council, Inc. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore your creative self through art, writing, acting, and meditation. Art Space, lower level of the Southington Historical Society building, 239 Main St., Southington. $25. (860)621-ARTS.
THOMAS MAYER OF PLANTVILLE’S ART EXHIBIT. “Views of Florida.” Thomas is mainly an outdoor painter, using oils and acylics. He is a retired Connecticut art teacher. He teaches painting workshops and gives private lessons. Members of Southington Arts and Crafts Association. The Gallery at The Orchards, community room, on the second floor, at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St., Southington. (860) 628-5656.
FIRST SUNDAY GALLERY TALK: RUG HOOKING AND CRAFT AS A PATHWAY TO WORK IN EARLY 20TH CENTURY FARMINGTON. 1 p.m. Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington. Free with admission to the museum. Hillstead.org, (860) 677-4787.
ESTATE TOURS WITH BETTY COLLINS. 2 p.m. Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington. Free with admission to the museum. Hillstead.org, (860) 677-4787.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4
‘THE ABCS OF PHOTO ORGANIZING AND PRESERVING MEMORIES.’ 7 p.m. Professional personal photo organizer Mary Beth Sasso will demonstrate all the ways to save your memories, tell your story, and save your history. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. (860) 673-6791. FarmingtonLibraries.org
AUTHOR KHALED HOSSEINI. 7 p.m. Wrote “The Kite Runner.” Will speak about his new book, “And The Mountains Echoed.” GardeArtsCenter, 325 State St., New London. Free. Tickets needed. (860) 444-7373, ext. 1. GardeArts.org
SYMPOSIUM ON HOWARD ZINN’S ‘A PEOPLE’S ART HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.’ 7 p.m. Book discussion. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free. Register. (860) 522-9258, ext. 317. MarkTwainHouse.org
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.
SATURDAY, JUNE 7
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL CRAFT AND TAG SALE. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held by Gloria Dei Caring for Kids. Proceeds and donations will help the family of 6-year-old Jake Small who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy and needs a wheelchair accessible modification performed on the family van. Crafter, vendor, and tag sale spaces are available for rental for 420. (860) 620-4166, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 965-0570. To make a tax-deductible donation, make checks payable to “Caring for Kids,” and mail to Caring for Kids, c/o Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 355 Camp St., Bristol.
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.
SUNDAY, JUNE 15
BRYON’S SIXTH ANNUAL RUN/ WALK/ STROLL. Registration, 8 a.m. Kids fun run, 9:15 a.m. Race, 9:30 a.m. It has been five years since Bryon was diagnosed with a brain tumor and he is still growing stronger and bigger each day beating back the tumor. Free t-shirts to first 100 applicants. Post race oranges and water. Raffles including Hartford Stage, Stone Age Rock Gym, New EnglandAirMuseum, Roller Magic, Pottery Piazza, Hooker Brewery. DennisM.MaloneAquaticCenter, Mix Street, Bristol. (860) 371-0551.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18
5K SOLSTICE RACE TO BENEFIT THE FARMINGTON VILLAGE GREEN AND LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. Held by the Hartford Track Club. Packet pickup at 5 p.m. Race at 6:30 p.m. USATF/CT certified 5K course. MDC Reservoirs, 1420 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Register. www.active.com/west-hartford-ct/running/races/solstice-spring-5k-2014 Deadline June 15.
SUNDAY, JUNE 22
‘CRAZY FOR BATS.’ 1 p.m. Presented by Wolf Central. With Gerri Griswold of WhiteMemorialConservationCenter, ‘The Bat Lady.’ Has rehabilitated injured bats for 18 years. Polish Falcon Nest, 33 Knowles Ave., Southington. $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 16. Group rates. Drinks and refreshments available for purchase. Tickets available at wolfcentral.org/store/events-tickets.
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.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25
3RD ANNUAL MIKE ARBURR MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. In memory of Arburr, a former Terryville police officer and active volunteer in Bristol sports including a tenure as president of McCabe Waters Little League as well as managerial and coaching positions with McCabe and the CT Titans softball team. Hawks Landing, Southington. Sponsors and participants sought. (860) 584-0491, (860) 261-4826.
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. Consider sponsoring. (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
TUESDAY, JULY 15
FOXWOODS CASINO TRIP. Trip associated with AARP Chapter 4146. Leave Our Lady of MercyChurch, 19 S. Canal St., Plainville at 8 a.m. Leave casino at 4:15 p.m. $21 per person. Bonus package included. Reservations only. No money will be collected on the bus. (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.
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