FRIDAY, JUNE 6
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AND ELKS TO HONOR JEAN ROSE IN RELAY FOR LIFE BENEFIT. Doors open at 6 p.m. Pasta and meatball supper with salad, dessert, coffee, and tea, starts at 6:30 p.m. Music and dancing by After All from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Food is donated by Nancy’s Nurtures, foundation established in memory of Nancylee Salerno, a cancer survivor killed in an auto accident in 2012 by a drunk driver. This year’s Relay for Life was Jean Rose’s 12th annual participation. Elks Club, 114 Main St., Southington. $17. (860) 621-8328, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 302-4556, email@example.com, (860) 628-0446. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 $20. (860) 620-4166, email@example.com, (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.
CT TRAILS DAY EVENT: TRAIL MAINTENANCE PARTY. Sponsored by the Hoppers Birge Nature Preserve Committee of the city of Bristol. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Light maintenance work party will take place on 1.5 miles of trail and include construction of a natural border around a historic charcoal pit area and pruning on the West Birge Pond Trail. Light maintenance projects may be added depending on the number of attendees. Wear appropriate clothing for working in the woods and bug spray are recommended. Bottled water will be provided. Bring your own pruning shears, and work gloves. No dogs. Hoppers Birge Pond Nature Preserve, Beech Street and Crescent Drive, Bristol. Meet leaders in the parking lot. Pre-register. TrishWhite@sbcglobal.net
PROMOTIONAL PARTY FOR ‘CREATION STORY’ BY HAPPY CREATIONS AND 9-YEAR-OLD HACHILAH FELTON. Noon. Inspirational message of encouragement and heart transformation. Southington YMCA, 29 High St., Southington.
NEW DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY DISPLAY OPENING RECEPTION. 1 to 3 p.m. Featuring the work of Mark Fioravanti, Eloise Fioravanti, and Diana Diliberto. The exhibit will show how water can look and behave. On display through the month of June. Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville.
CT ROLLERGIRLS. 6 p.m., Stepford Sabotage vs. Long Island Roller Rebel All-Stars. 7:30 p.m., Yankee Brutals vs. Rock-A-Betty Bruisers. CT SportsCenter, 21 S. Bradley Rd., Woodbridge. $12 adults, $5 ages 7 to 12, free ages 6 and under.
CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR DAN BROWN. 8 p.m. The author of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Inferno.” The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. $25 to $75. Limited number of VIP tickets for $250. MarkTwainHouse.org. (860) 247-0998.
FREE YOGA AND MEDITATION EVENT. Saturday and Sunday, 5 to 6:15 p.m., yoga and meditation and 6:15 to 8 p.m., discourse. Monday to Thursday, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., yoga and meditation, and 7:15 to 9 p.m., discourse. Friday, 7 to 9 p.m., discourse. Taught by Swami Mukundananda, spiritual teacher from India, and founder of JKYog. Free vegetarian dinner provided after the program. SriSatyanarayanTemple, 11 Training Hill Rd., Middletown. Free. Child care for children ages 5 to 12. Register. (860) 605-3685.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8
‘IT’S NOT ABOUT THE HIKE.’ 11:30 a.m. Highlights the journey of two women who decided to climb the 100 highest mountains in New England. Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper. First Congregational Church auditorium, 31 Maple St., Bristol. $10 donation.
TUESDAY, JUNE 10
BENEFIT CLOTHING SWAP. 5 to 8 p.m. Bring all good no longer needed clothing and swap with others. If you “buy” a table because you have lots of clothes to swap, the $5 goes to Relay for Life and you get early admission and swapping with the other “buyer” tables until 6 p.m. General public opening is at 6 p.m. Terry Standish, The Fashion Doctor, will be on hand for fashion advice and suggestions. Light refreshments. In the Loop, 161-B Woodford Ave., Plainville. RSVP. Meghan@TheTranquiltyWay.com, InTheLoopCT@gmail.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11
‘PHILOMENA.’ 6:30 p.m. Film starring Judi Dench. Light refreshments. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. Free. Registration required. (860) 584-7787 ext. 2023.
BONNYECLAIRE SMITH-STEWART. Part of “The Trouble Begins at 5:30.” Reception at 5 p.m. Speaker at 5:30 p.m. Discussion about Mark Twain’s butler George Griffin. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free. Reservations. (860) 280-3130. MarkTwainHouse.org
AN EVENING WITH ALISON ARNGRIM, AKA, ‘LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE’S’ NELLIE OLESON. 7:30 p.m. Mark TwainHouse, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. $20. $15 for museum members. (860) 280-3130.
THURSDAY, JUNE 12
BRISTOL CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL BOOSTER CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT. Chippanee Golf Club, Marsh Road, Bristol. (860) 582-2494, BristolCentralFootball.com
ZORBA 2014 GREEK FESTIVAL. Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to noon. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food, pastry, jewelry. Friday and Saturday, live Greek music and dancing rain or shine. Raffle tickets. Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 31 Brightwood Rd., Bristol, off West Street, between Route 6 and 72, Bristol. Free. (860) 583-3476, SaintDemetriosBristol.org, StDemetriosBristolUSA@hotmail.com
‘WHAT’S THIS CANADIAN HUMOUR ALL ABOUT, EH?’ READINGS BY LEACOCK AWARD WINNERS. 7 p.m. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free. Reservations suggested. (860) 280-3130.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 212-2636, email@example.com
SUNDAY, JUNE 27
MINI-BEGINNER’S LINE DANCE WORKSHOP. 5 to 7 p.m. Open dancing to follow. Learn the easy, floor filling dances. Cadillac Ranch, 45 Jude Lane, Southington. $5 per person. JusGotta@megahits.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 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.
SATURDAY, AUG. 2
16TH ANNUAL PAUL KARVOSKI MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. Gifts, continental breakfast, cart/green fees, driving range, dinner, and two hour open bar after the tournament. Benefits St. Francis Hospital Cancer center. Sponsors and players welcome. Blue Fox Run Golf Club, 65 Nod Rd., Avon. $150 per person. (860) 919-2700, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860)302-0610, email@example.com
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.
TUESDAY, AUG. 12
BOSTON HARBOR WHALE WATCH. Held by AARP Chapter 4146. Leave 7 a.m. from Our Lady of MercyChurch, S. Canal St., Plainville. Estimated time of return, 6:30 p.m. See the whales of the North Atlantic. Bring your camera. After, visit Boston, including Newbury Street and the Freedom Trail. Tour includes transportation, three-hour whale watch, free time at Quincy Market, driver’s gratuity. Reservations. $82. Make checks payable to Plainville AARP No. 4146. (860) 747-1732.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 12
PLAINVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1954 60TH REUNION. J. Timothy’s Tavern, 43 New Britain Ave., Plainville. For information, call Angie Pace, (860) 747-9890.
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.
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