FRIDAY, JUNE 27
PET SHOW WITH ROCKY THE ROCK CAT. 9 a.m. Bring your real pet and/ or stuffed animal for a pet parade. Register. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. BristolLib.com, (860) 584-7790.
PAY IT FORWARD PROGRAM FOR TEENS. 1 p.m. Summer reading kick-off includes pizza, movie, and discussion on how they can “pay it forward.” Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. BristolLib.com. (860) 584-7790.
SATURDAY, JUNE 28
READING ON THE GREEN 2014. 1 to 3 p.m. Kick-off to the summer reading program designed for younger children of reading age, however older children welcome. Sponsored in conjunction with the Bristol Public Library, Kids in the Middle, Early Childhood Allieance, and the Bristol Historical Society. Program includes author Christine Ieromino, Meris Palmer-Teller of Tales, and the Raggedy Ann Lady-Mary Forcier. Children’s books given away. Reading to Dogs will be in attendance. Win prizes. Wearing of the color green is encouraged. Bring blankets or beach chairs. Free. No registration necessary. Federal Hill Green, Bristol. Rain date, June 29.
MONDAY, JUNE 30
‘IT’S BOOK TIME WITH RONALD MCDONALD.’ 10 a.m. Afternoon of music and games. Ronald McDonald will teach children about the magic of books and introduces them to “Book Time.” Also meet “Stoogie,” a sock-puppet bookworm. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787, ActiveAchievers.mcConnecticut.com
TUESDAY, JULY 1
ART TRUCK, ‘LET’S MAKE A ROBOT PARTY.’ 2 p.m. Register. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. BristolLib.com, (860) 584-7790.
JULY 1-AUG. 5
DROP-IN STORYTIME. 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. No registration necessary. www.BristolLib.com, (860) 584-7790.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 2
SPARKY’S PUPPETS ‘TIME MACHINE.’ 2 p.m. Register. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. BristolLib.com, (860) 584-7790.
JULY 3-AUG. 14
NUTMEG LUNCH BRUNCH. Thursdays at 1 p.m. For children in grades 4 to 6. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. BristolLib.com, (860) 584-7790.
MONDAY, JULY 7
KITCHEN SCIENCE AND YUMMY EATS. 2 p.m. Jodie Fitz, from Price Chopper’s Cooking With Kids. Register. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. BristolLib.com, (860) 584-7790.
TUESDAY, JULY 8
MOBILE PETTING ZOO. Presented by Sharon Family Farm. 3 p.m. Register. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. BristolLib.com, (860) 584-7790.
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
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9
BANNED BOOKS PROGRAM FOR TEENS. 2 p.m. Book discussion and DIY Free Speech tote bags. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. BristolLib.com, (860) 584-7790.
JULY 9-AUG. 6
PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 7 TO 12. Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Taught by retired journalist and publicist Judy Humphrey. Classes include introduction to photography, walking field trips to Plainville center to take photographs, class on naming, matting, and framing photos. Photographs will be displayed at the New Britain Museum of American Art over the week of Aug. 22 with an opening reception on Thursday, Aug. 21. Class limited to 10. Students may use digital camera or smart phone for the class. Limited number of digital cameras for students who don’t have one. Registration is open now. Students need to fill out a registration/ parental permission form to enroll. Sponsored by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville. (860) 793-1446.
JULY 10 to AUG. 21
SUMMER 2014 PROGRAM YOUTH SYMPHONY. Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Open to students of string, wind, brass, and percussion instruments ages 10-17. Keep skills sharp through the summer. Meet up with other local musicians. Space limited to 50 members. Fiddlin’ Around MusicCenter, 248 Main St., Bristol. $25. (860) 589-3724.
JULY 31, AUG. 1
STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER. Friday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., children encouraged to drop-off their favorite stuffed animal to sleepover any time. Saturday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m., children to come for breakfast and find where their stuffed animal is hiding. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Register. www.BristolLib.com. (860) 584-7790.
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.
FRIDAY, AUG. 8
PUPPET SHOW, ‘JACK AND THE BEANSTALK.’ Presented by Nappy’s Puppets. 11:30 a.m. Register. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. www.BristolLib.com, (860) 584-7790.