FRIDAY, DEC. 12
SINGLES HAPPY HOUR. Held by Social Connections. 5 p.m. Sheraton Hotel, 100 Capital Blvd., Rocky Hill. No charge. (860) 582-8229.
DEC. 12-14, 19-21
LAKE COMPOUNCE HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5 p.m., Fridays. 4 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays. Fun for all ages. Light show every half hour at the main gate. Kiddieland rides and family-themed rides will be in operation. Train will be transformed into the North Pole Railway with uniformed train conductor with a tale to tell. Indoor activities including cookie decorating and gingerbread house making. Write a letter to Santa. Story time with Mrs. Claus. Carolers. Ice carver. Clowns. Photos with Santa. Lake Compounce Amusement Park, 822 Lake Ave., Bristol. $14.99 for adults. $10.99 for children 4 to 10. Free for children 3 and under. LakeCompounce.com
SATURDAY, DEC. 13
PEQUABUCK GOLF CLUB OPEN HOUSE. 1 to 5 p.m. Pequabuck Golf Club, 56 School St., Terryville. (860) 583-7307.
SUNDAY, DEC. 14
MEDITATIVE TAIZE SERVICE. 7 p.m. An ecumenical sung and silent participator prayer service designed to achieve a contemplative state through music, song, silence. At the end of the service, healing prayer will be offered at the foot of the cross for those who desire. Service is intended for participants 13 and older. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 145 Main St., Southington. (860) 628-8486.
TUESDAY, DEC. 16
AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT SERVICE OFFICER AVAILABLE. 12 to 3 p.m. Army Strong Community Center, 111 North Main St., Bristol. (860) 584-6258. email@example.com
‘BECOMING TOM THUMB: THE DAWN OF AMERICAN CELEBRITY.’ 12 to 1 p.m. Author Eric Lehman will kick off the conversation by illustrating the rise of America’s first international celebrity, Connecticut’s own Charles Stratton, better known as General Tom Thumb. Connecticut Old State House, Main Street, Hartford. Free. CTOldStateHouse.org
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17
EMPLOYMENT TRANSITION SPECIALIST AVAILABLE. 12 to 5 p.m. Army Strong Community Center, 111 North Main St., Bristol. (86) 584-6258. firstname.lastname@example.org
STATE OF CONNECTICUT, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, OFFICE OF ADVOCACY AND ASSISTANCE VETERAN SERVICE OFFICER AVAILABLE. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments. Army Strong Community Center, 111 North Main St., Bristol. (860) 584-6258. email@example.com
THURSDAY, DEC. 18
AUTHOR HANK PHILLIPI RYAN. 7 p.m. Author panel at “A Jewish Book Festival.” Mandell JCC-Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. $20.
FRIDAY, DEC. 19
BOOK SIGNING WITH REV. SALVATORE MANCINI OF MANCHESTER. Noon to 5 p.m. “Should Women Preach? Defending Women in Christian Ministry.” El Camino Christian Book Store, 8 East Main St., Plainville. (860) 846-0585. RevSalManciniBooks.com, (860) 895-7034.
SUNDAY, DEC. 21
BLUE CHRISTMAS: A SERVICE OF LONGING AND HOPE ON THE WINTER SOLSTICE. 4 p.m. Held by Hospice of Bristol Hospital in conjunction with St. Andrew Lutheran Church of Bristol. A service of faith and healing. Time for individual remembrance and thankfulness, for healing and comfort, for speaking the promise of light in dark places provided. St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1125 Stafford Ave., Bristol. Open to the public. Bring family, neighbors, and friends. (860) 585-4752.
FRIDAY, JAN. 16
ADULT ZUMBA AT ZING FITNESS. Fund raiser for Flanders Elementary School PTO. 6 p.m. Register at 5:45 p.m. Baby sitting available, $7. Zing Fitness, 47 North Main St., Southington. $10 per person. firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring a water bottle.
NOW thru JAN. 4
HOLIDAY MEMORIES: TALES AND TRADITIONS OF AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY CHRISTMAS. Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington. Free with admission to the museum. Free to members. (860) 677-4787. Hillstead.org
NOW thru JAN. 4
THE ART LEAGUE OF NEW BRITAIN’S THIRD ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW. Open Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Art League of New Britain, 30 Cedar St., New Britain. (860) 229-1484.
NOW thru JAN. 4
‘FROHAWK TWO FEATURES/ MATRIX 170.’ Art exhibition. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford. TheWadsworth.org
NOW thru JAN. 4
TWO ART EXHIBITS. “Steven Rockefeller: A Park Bench View,” “Nathaniel Donnett: Alone In My Four Cornered Room.” Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381. MattatuckMuseum.org
NOW thru JAN. 11
‘NELSON AUGUSTUS MOORE: CONNECTICUT, WATER, HILLS AND SKY.’ From the collection of Todd and Marenda Stitzer. Features paintings and photographs by Moore, a 19th century American landscape artist who captured images of his hometown Kensington. New Britain Museum 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.