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.
JULY 7 to 11
BUILD YOUR OWN VEHICLE, HOVER CRAFT AND EGG DROP CAR. 9 a.m. to noon. The laws of motion, energy, air pressure, friction, left, speed, and elevation explored as children design and build an air-powered Hover Craft and Egg Drop Car to bring home. TunxisCommunity College, Routes 6 and 177, Farmington. $149. Tunxis.edu/cesched
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
OPERATION MILITARY CHILD INTELLIGENCE TRAINING. Three days of activities with other military children, which also includes off-site field trip. Includes lunch and snacks. $6 per day. Windsor Locks Readiness Council, Windsor Locks. 1-800-858-2677.
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.
THURSDAY, JULY 10
‘THE AMAZING WORLD OF TURTLES.’ 2 p.m. Presented by Turtle Man Steve Woyce. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. BristolLib.com, (860) 584-7790.
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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30
TRASH ART FOR TEENS. 2 p.m. Includes documentary about creating art from trash and a DIY craft made from old CDs. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Registration required. Bristollib.com, (860) 584-7790.
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.
MONDAY, AUG. 4
MULTI-CULTURAL POTLUCK LUNCH FOR TEENS. 1 p.m. Bring food that represents your ethnicity. Lunch will be followed by make-your-own sundaes. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Registration required. 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.
THURSDAY, AUG. 12
MARTHA VINEYARD’S TRIP. Sponsored by AARP Chapter 4146. 6 a.., leave Our Lady of Mercy Church, South Canal St., Plainville. Return at 8 p.m. Take a three-hour guided tour of the Vineyard, 1 ½ hour stop in Edgartown for lunch on own and shopping. $89, driver gratuity, bus, and boat included. Info and reservations, call Sally Miller, (860) 747-1732.
NOW thru 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.
NOW thru 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.