FRIDAY, OCT. 16
PLAINVILLE AUTHORS SUZANNE COLLEY AND KATHLEEN MARSAN. 7 p.m. Will discuss, “Beyond the Book: How to Start or Jump Start a Book Club.” Barnes and Noble bookstore, 1599 South East Rd., Farmington.
SATURDAY, OCT. 17
THE PLAINVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CRAFT FAIR. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plainville United Methodist Church, lower level, 56 Red Stone Hill, Plainville. Pumpkin Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. (860) 747-2328, (860) 747-1262.
INFORMATIONAL SESSION FOR PROSPECTIVE FOSTER PARENTS. 1 to 2 p.m. Wheeler Clinic, 88 East St., Plainville. (860) 793-7277.
TAG AND APPLE FRITTER SALE. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 222 Farmington Ave., Plainville. (860) 747-5191.
2ND ANNUAL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL. 3 to 6 p.m. Games for the children, food (chili, hot dogs, baked items, hot drinks), pumpkin patch to purchase pumpkins, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pumpkin contest—bring your carved or decorated pumpkin with awards. Pumpkins need to be registered by 5 p.m. Donations accepted for Plainville Food Pantry—Ghostly White items (i.e. toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, diapers, napkins, feminine products, anything white). Plainville United Methodist Churh, 56 Redstone Hill, Plainville.
BRISTOL STOMP VI. Presented by Team Bristol. 8 p.m. to midnight. Bring your own snacks. Dance to the oldies from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Raffles, door prize, dance contest. Cash bar. Bristol Polish Club, 541 North Main St., Bristol. $15. Tickets at the door, City True Value Hardware, 750 Farmington Ave., Bristol. (860) 583-2688.
SINGLES PIZZA PARTY. Sponsored by Social Connections. 7 p.m. Hang out, enjoy pizza, salad, and dessert. Gail’s, 35 Anthony Dr., Bristol. $10 for members, $15 for guests. (860) 582-8229.
IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH YOUTH GROUP TAG SALE. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 154 Meadow St., Bristol.
CLOCK IDENTIFICATION.1 to 3 p.m. Clock experts will guide you to discover information about your special American-made clock. No appraised values will be given. $10 per clock. American Clock and Watch Museum, 100 Maple St., Bristol. ClockandWatchMuseum.org
ANNUAL ARTS AND CRAFT FAIR. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Farmingbury Woman’s Club of Wolcott, GFWC. 50 crafters. Slots available. Country wood, ceramics, floral design, jewelry, and more. Refreshments include hot dogs, baked potatoes, and pies. Alcott School, 1490 Woodtick Rd., Wolcott. Free admission. Farmingbury@yahoo.com, (203) 525-9191.
MONTHLY INFORMATION MEETING FOR PROSPECTIVE FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS. Held by The Annie C. Courtney Foundation. 9:30 a.m. 211 Schraffts Dr., Suite A5, Waterbury. Anniec.org
UKRAINIAN HARVEST FESTIVAL. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Famous nut and poppyseed rolls, tag sale, jewelry, Ukrainian breads, cakes, raffle, Ukrainian kitchen with borscht, stuffed cabbage, pierogies. St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 54 Winter St., New Britain. (860) 229-3833, (860) 677-2138.
LOCAL AUTHOR FAIR. 1 to 4 p.m. Venue for authors from around Connecticut to gain exposure, sell books, and build relationships with their audience. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. Free.
43RD ANNUAL GEM AND MINERAL SALE. Held by the Bristol Gem and Mineral Club. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Beals Senior/ Community Center, 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol. (860) 241-4624. firstname.lastname@example.org
OCT. 17, NOV. 14, DEC. 12
BRISTOL HISTORY ROOM OPEN. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Visitors have a chance to win a free copy of “Images of Bristol.” Hundreds of image of Bristol, including an entire wall devoted to Lake Compounce. Temporary exhibit of Bristol-made clocks and New Departure bells. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2017. email@example.com
SUNDAY, OCT. 18
APPRAISAL DAY. Held by the Farmington Village Green and Library Association. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring in your antiques and valuables. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. $5 per item. Tickets available at the door. (860) 673-6791, ext. 123.
3RD ANNUAL MEMORIAL WALK FOR BOB GARRY. 10 a.m. Fund raiser for SHS Cares, a program that helps families in need. Donations will benefit students and families of the Southington High School community. Town of Southington Walking Trail, Mill Street, Access. $15 for adults, $7 for children. Receive t-shirt, water, and lunch. firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 877-3402, email@example.com.
ESOL TUTOR TRAINING. Held by Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut. Mondays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CLOTHESLINE PROJECT. Display presented nationally to increase awareness of domestic violence for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Tunxis Community College, Scott Swamp Road, Farmington. (860) 773-1637.
OCT. 19-NOV. 23
‘SPANISH FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS’ COURSE’ 6 to 9 p.m. Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main St., Bristol. Tunxis.edu/ceschedu or (860) 314-4700.
TUESDAY, OCT. 20
CHOCOLATE @ THE LIBRARY. 1 p.m. Chocolatier Maria Brandriff. Presentation and demo. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. No charge. Register. (860) 584-7787 ext. 2023
SATURDAY, OCT. 24
MOHEGAN SUN CASINO BUS TRIP FUND RAISER. To support Bristol Bulldogs Youth Football and Cheer. Meet at 3:15 p.m., depart at 4 p.m. Leave casino at 10:30 p.m. for Bristol. Commuter Parking Lot, Middle Street and Lake Avenue, Bristol. $45. Receive one reserved seat on the bus, one $15 meal credit, plus $15 worth of bet coupons from the casino ($30 value). Reservations. (860) 620-3959, email@example.com
SUNDAY, OCT. 25
STEP OUT TO HELP OUT 5K RUN. Sponsored by Valley Community Baptist Church. 2:30 p.m. Family-oriented run and two-mile walk. Fun activities, age group medals, USATF-certified course through quiet neighborhood. Donate a new winter clothing item to benefit Greene-Hills School children in need. $20 before race day, $30 on race day. Greene-Hills School, 718 Pine St., Bristol. ValleyCommunity.cc/5K
10TH ANNUAL FORESTVILLE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL. 4 to 7 p.m. Children’s costume parade at 4 p.m. from Manross Memorial Library. Pet parade at 4:30 p.m. from Simply Hair. Followed by adult costume parade at Simply Hair. Pumpkin illumination at dusk. Games, activities, food vendors, children, adult, and pet costume parades, pumpkin and scarecrow contests. Pumpkin and scarecrow registration between 3 to 4 p.m for judging. Rules available at Nuchie’s lobby, 164 Central St., Forestville. No late entries. Five categories: Adult costume, pet costume, painted/decorated pumpkin, carved pumpkin, and scarecrow. Cash prizes presented by Forestville Village Association. Events are free.
SINGLES WALK AND LUNCH. Sponsored by Social Connections. 11 a.m. Go for walk and go for lunch after. West Hartford Reservoir, Route 4, Farmington. No charge for walk. (860) 582-8229.
MONDAY, OCT. 26
DOO WOP, DISCO, MOTOWN AND MORE, ‘DANCING IN THE STREET.’ Trip organized by the St. Stanislaus Travelers. Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Plantsville. $67. Drive on your own. (860) 589-5597.
FRIDAY, OCT. 30
BRISTOL BRANCH NAACP FREEDOM FUND DINNER. 6 p.m. Speaker Charles “DJ Bigg Mann” Hollis from Hot 93.7. Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central St., Bristol. $65. BristolNaacp@gmail.com, (860) 562-1233.
THURSDAY, NOV. 5
‘MIDSOMER MURDERS.’ 1:15 p.m. View the television series, with tea and biscuits served. Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington. Free. Register. (860) 673-6791. FarmingtonLibraries.org
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE AND CRAFT FAIR. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our Lady of Mercy, 19 S. Canal St., Plainville. (860) 747-6825.
SATURDAY, NOV. 14
130TH FIREMAN’S ANNIVERSARY BALL. 6:30 to midnight. Dinner choices: Prime Rib, baked stuff shrimp, Chicken Florentine, vegetarian lasagna. Open bar all night. Music by Avenue Groove. Photographer available for couple photos. Aqua Turf, Plantsville. Tickets are $85 per person. Reservations may be made for tables of 10. For tickets, call Plainville Fire Department, 6 to 10 p.m. (860) 747-2729.
BUS TRIP TO SIGHT AND SOUND THEATER IN LANCASTER, PENN. Held by the St. Stanislaus Church Travelers. See “The American Music Theatre” and “The Miracle of Christmas.” Cost is $43 per person twin/ triple, $563 per person single and includes deluxe motor coach, two nights hotel, two breakfasts, two dinners, two shows, sightseeing and admissions. (860) 589-5597.
ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CRAFT FAIR. Crafters, vendors sought. Asbury United Methodist Church, 90 Church Ave., Forestville. (860) 584-0529.
SATURDAY, NOV. 21
FIFTH ANNUAL KENNEDY MIDDLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 50 vendors. Kennedy Middle School, Southington. $1 admission includes free drawing ticket. A few non-jewelry spaces are available. Lynn.firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, NOV. 21
PLAINVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL. 6 p.m. Gala reception. Entertainment, refreshments, door prizes. Business, clubs, and individuals can contribute a decorated tree or wreath for a silent auction. Winning bids announced Dec. 12 at 4:30 p.m. One half of the sale prices goes to the donor, the other half benefits the Historical Society. Plainville Historical Society, 29 Pierce St., Plainville. (860) 747-6577, (860) 747-1067.
SATURDAY, NOV. 28
BRISTOL EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1975 40TH REUNION. Sign-up at Classmates.com
BUS TRIP TO THE CHRISTMAS SHOW AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL. Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Church. Bus pick up at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 154 Meadow St., Bristol at 6:15 a.m. Return to 6 p.m. Includes round trip motorcoach. Ticket to the Christmas show. Free time in Rockefeller Center, Time Square. Visit 9/11 memorial. Reservations. (860) 621-230. Make checks payable to Immanuel Lutheran Church.
TWO DAY TRIP TO PENNSYLVANIA TO SEE THE ‘MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS.’ 7 a.m., bus will depart on Friday. Other activities include an Amish meal at an Amish home, a visit to the National Christmas Center, and time for shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village. Early reservations recommended. (860) 621-3024, (860) 770-1557.
THURSDAY, DEC. 10
‘IN THE CHRISTMAS MOOD’ WITH THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA. Held by St. Stanislaus Travelers. Family style menu. $76. Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Plantsville. (860) 589-5597.
NOW thru NOV. 30
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY ART SHOW. Works by Glenn Affleck, Kathy Conway, Ann Hodgdon-Cyr, Andy Mars, Walter Schuppe, Megan Stevens, Lou Zucchi. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington.
NOW thru NOV. 1
WITCH’S DUNGEON CLASSIC HORROR MUSEUM. Fridays through Sunday, 7 to 10 p.m. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. $5 donation. PreserveHollywood.org
NOW thru JAN. 17
‘STONE ROBERTS: STREET SCENES, STILL LIFES AND FIGURES.’ Exhibit displays nine of the artist’s oil paintings exploring human encounters with every day life. Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, 410 for students, $10 for youths, children under 12, free. NBMAA.org.
NOW thru OCT. 30
ART EXHIBIT OF NECIA BALASAYGUN OF BRISTOL. Presented by the Southington Arts and Crafts Association. The Gallery at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St., Southington. (860) 621-4424.
NOW thru NOV. 28
‘SEARCH VERSUS RE-SEARCH: JOSEPH ALBERS, ARTIST AND EDUCATOR.’ Art exhibit exploring the intergration of the artist’s teaching and artistic methods. Yale School of Art, 32 Edgewood Avenue gallery, New Haven.
NOW thru NOV. 20
THE SHAKERS: FOCUS ON: ENFIELD, CONNECTICUT. Rare and authentic items from the Enfield Shaker community. New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. $12 for adults. $10 for seniors. $8 for students. Free for children under 12. Free admission from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. NBMAA.org
NOW thru OCT. 24
50 OBJECTS/ 50 STORIES. Exhibit asks, “If an object could define Connecticut, what would it be.” Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford. CHS.org
NOW thru DEC. 13
BRISTOL ARTIST RICK FITZSIMONS. Exhibit and sale, “Silent Poetry: The Wonderful Work of Rick Fitzsimons” will display over 30 works in a variety of mediums. New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave. Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission includes the New England Carousel Museum, the Museum of Fire History, the Restoration Department, the two fine art galleries and the Museum of Greek Culture. Admission for adults is $6, seniors: $5.50; children between the ages of 4-14 are $3.50. (860) 585-5411, email@example.com, www.thecarouselmuseum.org.
CHARLESMAGNE CARD GAME. Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Knights of Columbus Hall, 360 King St., Bristol.
BARGAIN CENTER. Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Prospect United Methodist Church, 99 Summer St., Bristol. $5 bag sale.
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.
BINGO. Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Free coffee. St. Ann Church, 215 West St., Bristol.
ADULT CO-ED VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE. Mondays for beginners, 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday nights for leagues 7 to 10 p.m. Wheeler YMCA , 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville. (860) 793-9631, ext, 127, TimGabbardghymca.org, GHYMCA.org