SATURDAY, JUNE 14
TOM SAWYER DAY. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rope tricks, live music by BluesGrass, Horizon Blue, and Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters, games, arts and crafts, the Penguin Book Truck, free classic audio books from Tantor Media, and more. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free. MarkTwainHouse.org, (860) 247-0998.
SUNDAY, JUNE 15
FAMILY SUNDAYS. 2 p.m. Father’s Day Carving. Read a story about a father who carved animals that were inspired by his family. Then learn the art of carving to create hand-carves animals using popsicle sticks and soap. New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol. Adults, $6. Children 2 to 14, $5. Children under 2, free. (860) 585-5411, info@TheCarouselMuseum.org
SUMMER SOFTBALL CLINIC. General skills from 9 a.m. to noon. Pitchers and catchers, 12:30 to 3 p.m. For players ages 8-16. Held by USA Elite Training, LLC. BartlemPark, Cheshire. USAEliteTraining.com, (203) 439-0565.
JULY 7-11, JULY 14-18, JULY 21-25
HANDS-ON PERMACULTURE PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AGES 3 TO 13. 9 a.m. to 11: 50 a.m. for Little Sprouts and Explorers and Visionaries until 3:30 p.m. Three week program held by the Sustainable Farm School. Entails holistic learning that will engage a child’s mind, body, and spirit. Together, the group will work toward completing a permaculture landscape design for the Quaker Meeting House. Students may register for one, two, or all three weeks. Age groups: Little Sprouts (3-6), Explorers (7-10), and Visionaries (10-13). Quaker Meeting House, 144 South Quaker Lane, West Hartford. $200 per week for Explorers and Visionaries, and $125 for Little Sprouts. SustainableFarmSchool.com, (860) 577-0883, email@example.com
CHALLENGE QUEST. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For ages 9 to 18. Fun and respectful atmosphere to challenge yourself to reach your potential. High school students, who successfully complete the week-long program, may participate in a four-day, three night camping excursion, Aug. 9 to Aug. 12. PineLake Challenge Course, Bristol. Applications at Bristol Youth Services or download copy at the city of Bristol’s website. Mail completed applications to Bristol Youth Services, attn: Cindy M. Oliveras-Cyr, 51 High St., Bristol. (860) 314-4689.