March 1 – 7

Welcome to the first week of March, well after today; since it’s Leap Year Day! Below we have highlighted our Momecast™ – an event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go across Connecticut this week!

Contest Alert:

Join the March Membership Month funby entering our #CTBird Photo Contest! The winner will receive two tickets to one of our EcoTravel Swallow Spectacular Cruises on the Connecticut River in late summer. The rules are simple:1.Take a photo of a bird in Connecticut2.Post it to The Connecticut Audubon Society Facebook page with the #CTBird hashtag (you have to “like” the page and you must use the hashtag for us to know which photos are being entered; photos will appear in the Visitor Posts)3.Or post it to Instagram or Twitter using #CTBird (you must use the hashtag for us to be able to find the photos). A winner will be chosen in early April!

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The Fairfield Museum and History Center announces the eighth annual IMAGES 2016 photography competition, which celebrates the exceptional work of talented regional photographers. The museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate. A jury will select approximately 50 photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2016 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum from May 14 to June 27, 2016. The exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public.

Tuesday, March 1:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Book and a Bite! Today we will be reading “But No Elephants” written by Jerry Smath. We will create some yummy snacks including elephant sandwiches and crispy peanut butter balls to go along with the book! Nuts will be used in today’s class! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult. Reoccurs on Friday, March 4th. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10am and 12pm: Frindle Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. Who can forget the time he turned his third-grade classroom into a tropical island, or the times he fooled his teacher by chirping like a blackbird? But now Nick’s in fifth grade, and it looks like his days as a troublemaker are over. Everyone knows that Mrs. Granger, the language arts teacher, has X-ray vision, and nobody gets away with anything in her classroom. To make matters worse, she’s also a fanatic about the dictionary, which is hopelessly boring to Nick. But when Nick learns an interesting tidbit about words and where they come from, it inspires his greatest plan yet: to invent a new word. From now on, a pen is no longer a pen — it’s a Frindle. It doesn’t take long for Frindle to take root, and soon the excitement spreads well beyond his school and town. His parents and Mrs. Granger would like Nick to put an end to all this nonsense. But Frindle doesn’t belong to Nick anymore. All he can do now is sit back and watch what happens. This quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words will have your young audience inventing their own words. Grades 3-6.  The Bushnell, Hartford.

10:30 – 11:15am: March Family Playtime! Looking for a fun indoor activity to do with your1-5 year old on these cold winter days? Then why don’t you join us for our Family Playtime. This is an open gym forum where children accompanied by a caretaker can explore the many obstacle courses on the floor, the balance beam, the vault, the bars and the pit. Family Playtime is for children ages 1-5 years of age with caretaker participation. Non-members are welcome. $10 per child and $5 for siblings. A general release form is required for non-members. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

7pm: Healing Without Hurting Byrd’s Books welcomes Jenn Kozek as she discusses her new book, “Healing Without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively without Harmful Medications.” Using her candid parenting experiences with her son as a backdrop, Giustra-Kozek provides others with a practical reference guide for naturally treating ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and their co-morbid conditions such as sleep issues, depression, impulsivity, and anxiety. As both a parent and mental health professional, Giustra-Kozek examines the mistakes some conventional physicians make when it comes to treating these disorders. “Healing Without Hurting” provides a methodical approach to understanding the underlying causes and offers non-pharmaceutical solutions that work. RSVP. Byrd’s Books, Bethel.

Tuesday, March 1 – Saturday, March 26:

Monday- Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-7pm: Easter Bunny Photos Visit the Easter Bunny for Photos and a Free Gift! The Easter bunny is located on the lower level towards Macy’s. Come be a part of Conroy Warren’s Band on Saturday, March 12th at 10am in front of Lower Level Forever XXI! Followed by face painting with Sparkles and make your own special Spring/Bunny craft! Danbury Fair, Danbury.

Tuesday, March 1 – Sunday, March 13:

Stamford Restaurant Week This Winter nearly 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants are serving up special lunch & dinner prix fixe menus in several different price options. The prices for lunch range from $10.16, $15.16 or $20.16 and dinner ranges from $15.16, $25.16 or $35.16. Reservations are highly recommended, so book your tables early. Runs until Sunday, March 6th.

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Tuesday at 7pm, Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7pm: Having Our Say Centenarian sisters Sadie and Bessie Delany welcome us into their home to share an amazing story. They tell us about their eventful lives, how they fought injustices big and small, overcoming the racial strife of the 20th century with their charm, warmth, and dignity intact. They share a personal family tale of people who yearned to do the right thing, and strove towards it with every ounce of their beings. Come have dinner with the Delany’s, and hear the story of our nation. Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven.

Wednesday, March 2:

8:30am – 12:30pm: What Every Woman Should Know Shop for health and wellness products and services. Topics include: discussing uncomfortable topics with your doctor and navigating adult friendships. Join us after for soup and salad, free with pre-registration. During What Every Woman Should Know, the JCC will provide alternate parking at Saint Cecilia’s. Shuttle buses will run from 8:30am through 1pm. Free and open to the community. Stamford JCC, Stamford.

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 10am: Seed Starting Come to a hands-on workshop and learn what techniques will provide you with strong healthy seedlings and what crops should be started sooner rather than later. Registration is required. $10, plus materials fee paid to Instructor. The Garden Education Center of Greenwich, Cos Cob.

10 – 11am: Springtails! What are these tiny insects that live through the winter hopping around on warm winter days on the snow?  Springtails are sometimes called snow fleas.  Where we can find these jumpers in Earle Park? Future classes are on March 16th and 23rd. Children ages 1.5 – 4. Fees are $15 for non-members. Please call to pre-register. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

 {Last Call} 10:30 – 11:45am: Craft in America Screening: Family The films in this 7-part, Peabody Award-winning series highlight America’s rich cultural history and the ways in which artisans use crafts to grapple with contemporary issues. Each film is 50 minutes long, and followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with Bruce Museum staff. Free with Museum admission. No advance registration required. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

11am- 12pm: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with stories, games, crafts & snacks! Reoccurs from 4:15-5:15pm. Jack & Allie’s, Vernon.

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  6:30 – 7:30pm: New York-Style Salsa Class with Lou Lopez Stamford dance studio owner and Ridgefield resident Lou Lopez teaches a New York-style Salsa “on 2” class. The class will focus on timing, the fundamentals of basic footwork, and partner-work for social dancing. Meet new friends, try something new, and get dancing! All levels. No partner required! $20 per class. Runs until May 2th. The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield.

7 – 9pm: A balancing Act We’ll explore today’s welcome trend towards balanced wines produced without manipulation and how that is a reversal of the ‘Parkerization’ of behemoth, syrupy wines too high in alcohol and too low in acidity. Taste a selection of wines displaying lower alcohol naturally balanced with brighter acidity, a more contemplative style of wine being eagerly embraced by wine lovers and sommeliers! $35 per person. Harry’s, Fairfield.

Wednesday, March 2 – Sunday, March 6:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: I Hate Hamlet A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment. Sunday matinees are followed by a talk back with the cast. Special Tuesday matinee on March 8th at 2pm. Runs until March 13th. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Thursday, March 3:

10:30am – 12:30pm: Free Greenhouse Workshop This free workshop will be conducted by Leanne Pundt, UCONN Extension Educator in Commercial Horticulture. The workshop will primarily be concentrating on Integrated Pest Management and best greenhouse practices. The first 1.5 hours will be in the Silver Educational Center. The last half hour of class will take place in the greenhouse. RSVP. Snow date: 3/10. Silver Educational Center, Stamford.

{PTO} 5:30 – 8pm: An Evening with Richard Blanco Join us for a rare opportunity to experience poet Richard Blanco in the intimate setting of Hill-Stead’s period rooms. Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in US history. Born in Madrid to Cuban-exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of three poetry collections: Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; and two memoirs: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. He performed at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in 2004 and 2014. This event is presented by the Live Poets Society and all proceeds will benefit the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. 5:30pm: Wine and hors d’oeuvres, 6:15pm: Live piano music. 6:40pm: Readings from Hill-Stead’s poetry collection, 7pm: Poetry reading by Richard Blanco. Tickets $100 per person. Seating is extremely limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

6:30pm: Unlock the Secrets of your Cellphone Camera It’s not just for selfies! Prize winning photographer, Anne Friday will show you how to get amazing photographs using your phone and explain all the features and techniques available. $45 per non-member. Registration is required. The Garden Education Center of Greenwich, Cos Cob.

6:30 – 7:30pm: The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center presents Spirit Friends: Spiritualism and Suffrage, a free public program with author Susan Campbell. A former columnist for the Hartford Courant, Campbell is author of the biography Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker. Isabella had a deep interest in spiritualism, and with her husband, John Hooker, participated in séances in their home in Hartford’s Nook Farm neighborhood. Spiritualism is the belief that spirits of the dead are able to communicate with the living. The movement flourished from the 1840s to 1920s both in the United States and Europe. Many prominent spiritualists were women who also supported abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage. Harriet Beecher Stowe was herself a spiritualist, her belief helping ease the pain of losing four of seven children during her lifetime. The paranormal occasionally showed up in her writing as well; she included a ghost story in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her most famous work written in 1852. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

6:30 – 8pm: Mom’s Night Out to enjoy coloring pages, hot tea and a mini-manicure (including hand massage). $5 per mom. Jack & Allie’s, Vernon.

6:30 – 8:30pm: IEP and Educational Evaluation Workshop for Parents Villa Maria School in Stamford will present a workshop for parents about the educational evaluation and the IEP. The speakers are special education law attorney Lawrence Berliner and clinical psychologist Dr. Christopher Bogart. This workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Villa Maria School, Stamford.

7pm: The Making of a Mensch So many PJ books teach our children what it means to be a mensch (a good person). Learn with Rabbi Debra Cantor how to use Jewish values to build your children’s character. Watch the Moxie Institute’s video, The Making of a Mensch, and make a plan for your family on ways to improve the lives of others and the community by learning to improve yourself. Free and open to the community. RSVP. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

7pm: From the Mouth of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human What is it that dogs have done to earn the title of “man’s best friend”? And more broadly, how have all of our furry, feathered, and four-legged brethren managed to enrich our lives? Why do we love them? What can we learn from them? And why is it so difficult to say good-bye? Join B.J. Hollars as he attempts to find out—beginning with an ancient dog cemetery in Ashkelon, Israel, and moving to the present day. Hollars’s firsthand reports recount a range of stories: the arduous existence of a shelter officer, a woman’s relentless attempt to found a senior-dog adoption facility, a family’s struggle to create a one-of-a-kind orthotic for its bulldog, and the particular bond between a blind woman and her Seeing Eye dog. The book culminates with Hollars’s own cross-country journey to Hartsdale Pet Cemetery—the country’s largest and oldest pet cemetery—to begin the long-overdue process of laying his own childhood dog to rest. Through these stories, Hollars reveals much about our pets but even more about the humans who share their lives, providing a much-needed reminder that the world would be a better place if we took a few cues from man’s best friends. Free event followed by a book sale and signing. Reservations are recommended. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

7 – 8:30pm: Yeladim Kindergarten Information Night Free babysitting will be available during the session. We welcome children and families of all backgrounds. Enrolling in kindergarten includes all the benefits of a JCC Family Membership. Students benefit from a low student/teacher ratio, individualized approach to learning, integrated curriculum, combined whole language and phonics approach to support emerging literacy, weekly swim and yoga, and additional enrichment programs. Full and half day options, and financial aid available. JCC of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge.

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 Thursday, March 3 – Saturday, March 5:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm: Romeo & Juliet Director Darko Tresnjak follows up his spectacular production of Hamlet with Shakespeare’s most popular play. The intense feud between the Montague and Capulet families devastates the city of Verona and foreshadows tragic consequences for young Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, passion and a secret marriage lead the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers to a harrowing end. Runs until March 20th. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

{Last Call} Thursday – Saturday at 8pm: Company On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends – “those good and crazy people, (his) married friends” – explain the pro’s and con’s of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions. Company features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim’s best known songs. Curtain Call, Stamford.

Friday, March 4:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Book and a Bite! Today we will be reading “But No Elephants” written by Jerry Smath. We will create some yummy snacks including elephant sandwiches and crispy peanut butter balls to go along with the book! Nuts will be used in today’s class! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult. Reoccurs on Friday, March 4th. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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 6 – 7pm: Poetry Night This event provides an opportunity for students to share original poetry or read something by a favorite author. Contact Bob Eckert if your child is between the ages of five and twelve and would like to appear on stage. Just provide his or her full name, age, the title, and the author of your poem. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us as a performer or as a member of the audience. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

6 – 8pm: Let’s Bake a Cake Today we will use our baking skills and bake our own cake from scratch. We will also make homemade frosting and learn decorating techniques in order to decorate our cake! Pizza will be served for dinner. $25 per child. Ages 6 -12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

{PTO} 6 – 8:30pm: Children’s Movie Night Join us at The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens for a fantastic night of movies, games, and yummy snacks. We may even take a twilight stroll. Everything looks different at night. Ages 5-11. Free. The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Stamford.

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6:30 – 9pm: Recreation Night provides the opportunity for kids to surf, zip, bounce, run & socialize. You drop them off, we supervise and they burn off energy. Everybody wins! Children ages 7-11 in grades 3-5. A signed participation waiver is required of all participants. Socks and sneakers are required. $10 per child. The Children’s Movement Center, New Milford.

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 7 – 9pm: Girl Scout Night at Yale Women’s Basketball Join us as the Bulldogs take on Cornell! There will be face painting, contests, signups, and more! Kids 12 and under are free! John J. Lee Amphitheater, New Haven.

7:30pm: Laser Spectacular presents Spirit of Michael Jackson A stunning multi-media tribute to the “King of Pop’s” life and legacy!  Lasers, large screen video projection and 50,000 watts of awesome sound will take fans of all ages on a journey that captures the essence of Jackson’s worldwide concert appearances.  Experience some of the most memorable moments in entertainment – the moonwalk, his famed 1995 MTV Music Awards performance, the Thriller premier complimented by a dance troupe performing Jackson’s choreography to perfection. Adults $47.50 and children $37.50. Visit Piccolo’s Pizza and Jazzeria for dinner the night of the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine with your dinner when you show your ticket! Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield.

7:35pm: Danbury Titans vs Brewster Adult admission $15.50 plus fee and kids $10.75 plus fee. Danbury Ice Arena, Danbury.

{PTO} 8pm: Second City The legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to the Shubert with Hooking Up with The Second City, a must-see new show all about relationships featuring hilarious sketches, songs and world-famous improvisation from Chicago’s best and brightest. This gaspingly funny revue is a modern mix of romance, rancor and everything in between-and makes mirth out of all the crazy things we do for love. The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and continues to launch the careers of comedy superstars, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more! Shubert Theatre, New Haven.

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8pm: Laughtrax: Chicago City Limits Imagine walking out onto a blank stage. There is no script, no set, no preconceived ideas. Suddenly the stage lights flash and the show starts.  Some call this the Actor’s nightmare, others call it Improvisational Theatre. This show is a creation of the collective lunatic unconscious of both actors and audience. We’ve done our part; we haven’t prepared a thing. It’s now time to do your part. Just sit back, relax and get ready to call out whatever is on your mind…a word…a phrase…an idea.  Audience, start your engines! Tickets: $19 plus per ticket fees. The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

Friday, March 4 – Saturday, March 5:

Friday – Saturday at 8pm: And Then There Were None Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island. One by one, they are accused of murder. One by one, they start to die! In this superlative mystery comedy statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten “soldiers” met his death until there were none. Eight guests who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead – poisoned. One down and nine to go! The excitement never lets up in this classic thriller by one of the world’s most loved authors – she is only outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare. Runs weekends until March 19. $20 per ticket (plus online service fees). The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, Brookfield.

Friday, March 4 – Sunday, March 6:

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Monday-Saturday from 10am – 8pm and Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Photos with the Easter Bunny at Bunnyville Stop by Bunnyville in Center Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny March 4 – 26. Photo packages start at just $22. West Farms Mall, West Farms.

Monday – Friday from 11am – 8pm and Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Photos with the Easter Bunny Hop on over to visit with the Easter Bunny! Pre-order photos to get double the prints and save. See the Easter Bunny the smart way! Save over 30% on your photo package by pre-purchasing online. Plus, save even more when you make a reservation to visit before March 24. Photo purchase and reservations are not required to visit the Easter Bunny. Friday, March 25, Saturday, March 19 and 26 extended hours from 10am – 9pm. The Easter Bunny may take occasional carrot breaks. Pet Nights: Monday, March 14 and 21 from 5pm – close. Cats and dogs only, please. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester.

Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: Monster Jam featuring: Krazy Train driven by Lloyd Twitchell, Aftershock driven by Bob Robbins, Monster Mutt driven by Bryce Kenny, Northern Nightmare driven by Cam McQueen, NEA driven by Norm Miller, Zombie driven by Sean Duhon, Bounty Hunter driven by Trent Montgomery, Iron Outlaw driven by Mike Christensen. Tickets start at $25. Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport.

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Forbidden Broadway is the long-running Off-Broadway hit musical revue where Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirist.  Join us In this loving, hilarious, and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre’s greatest stars and songwriters, spoofing Annie, Les Miz, Mama Mia, West Side Story, Hairspray, Wicked, Rent, Fiddler and more! Reoccurs on March 10-12 at 8pm. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Collinsville.

Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Set in the 1950’s Mississippi Delta, this timeless Tennessee Williams story follows a Southern family in crisis and the relationships of two iconic characters, Big Daddy Pollitt and Maggie. This powerful tale of love and loss is directed by Sal Trapani. Reoccurs on March 11-13. WCSU, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Danbury.

Friday, March 4 – Saturday, March 26:

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 11am – 6pm: Visit The Easter Bunny Hop to it! The Easter Bunny is available for visits and Easter photography March 4th – 26th on the lower level in Center Court. Westfield, Meriden.

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Saturday, March 5:

Contest Alert: 5th Annual Toy Makers Competition Do you love creating your own toys? Submit your original toy designs! The Westport Arts Center knows that there are no better experts when it comes to toys and games than kids! Our fifth annual Toy Makers Competition invites young designers ages 5 – 12 to submit their ideas for new and innovative toys. Each child may submit up to 3 design concepts that capture their creativity and imagination. Both traditional and electronic games are acceptable, but the designers should ask themselves not only what they are but how they would be made.

8am & 9am: Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast A Birthday Celebration of Dr. Seuss and a breakfast for the whole family. Scrambled eggs, ham, toast, juice & coffee. Adults $6, children (ages 8 and up) $6, children under 8 are $4. Salmon Brook Park, Granby.

9am – 12pm: Adventure Day Camp Meet & Greet We want to give your child a summer to remember. Come and meet our Adventure Day Camp Director, Kaitlin Stanton. She will be at the Recreation Center to answer all of your questions. Ridgefield Recreation Center, Ridgefield.

9am – 4pm: Girl Scout Hackathon In collaboration with Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr., GSOFCT brings you the first Girl Scout Hackathon! Girls work in teams of 3-4 with representatives from nonprofit organizations and computer science mentors to develop prototype smartphone apps meant to support the effort of the nonprofits. No coding experience required! For Juniors and Cadettes. This is a drop-off event; Adults may volunteer for the day. Quinnipiac University, Hamden.

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 10am: Winter Walk through Catlin Woods with Gerri Griswold Come out of hibernation and stretch your legs along the beautiful trails which meander through this beautiful natural area. Dress for the weather! Free but donations are accepted. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield.

10 – 11am: Free Rainforest Rendezvous Join Animal Embassy on a journey through the four major tropical rainforest regions of the world. Participants will meet Animal Ambassadors such as a chinchilla, a jungle carpet python, a red-foot tortoise, red-eyed tree frogs, a large green iguana or Solomon Islands monkey-tailed skink and possibly an eclectus parrot. Free. Ridgefield Recreation Center, Ridgefield.

10am – 1pm: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America at CHS! Join us for a reading of the Dr. Seuss book Great Day for Up! at 10:15, 11:15 and 12:15. After the story, make your own Dr. Seuss themed craft to take home. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

10am – 1pm: The Teddy Bear Health Clinic offers a fun and interactive way for children to become familiar with visiting a hospital or their pediatrician. Children should bring their teddy bear or stuffed animal for a health check-up provided by medical professionals.  Families can visit hands-on stations to learn about developmental health and wellness lifestyles. Activities for the day include a teddy bear repair station, teddy bear wellness checkup, nutrition, oral hygiene, crafts, hands-on activities and more! Imagine Nation, Bristol.

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 10am – 1pm: Plymouth Maple Festival Celebrate the New England tradition of making maple syrup on the Plymouth Green. Learn to identify sugar maples, help tap the trees and insert the spiles, hang the buckets, and watch the sap drip out. Listen for the pinging sound of sap hitting the metal pail. Watch sap being boiled into syrup on an outdoor fire. Sample maple sugar candy and sugar on snow. Maple baked beans and maple ham can be purchased in the Plymouth Congregational Church while listening to the fiddling of Down Home Frolic. There will be a magician at the First Baptist Church across from the Green. The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring horse drawn hay rides from 10:30-12pm. Admission is free. Plymouth Green, Plymouth.

10am – 2pm: Saturday Boil Downs Grab the entire family and come on down to the Sugar Shack to see how we turn Maple Sap into delicious Maple Syrup! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Green or stop by the Visitor Center to warm up. Learn about the history of this New England tradition, what syrup grades really mean, what causes sap to flow in winter. Free. New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan.

10am – 9:30pm: Zootopia Event Calling all mammals for a Zootopia in-Store Event! Get to know the characters from Zootopia while you become a Junior Zootopia officer and help solve a case! All trainees will receive a free giveaway! Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. While supplies last. Zootopia in-store event only at select locations. Check with your local Store for details. Ask a Cast Member for details when you arrive. Disney Store locations.

10:30 – 11:30am: The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day Storytime It’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they’re shocked to find that they’ve actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold? After reading the story children will get to paint a St. Patrick’s Day mug. $17.99 per child. The Pottery Factory, Brookfield.

12pm: Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Step off on Summer and North and finish on North and Bedford.

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 1 – 2pm and 3 – 4pm: The Great Red Ball Rescue Join Jasper on a family trip to the beach, where he has a lovely time in the sun with his favorite Red Ball until a terrible thing happens: it gets whisked away into the ocean! Follow our timid friend as he takes a courageous journey into the depths of the ocean and then into the clouds to find his Red Ball friend. Meet fantastical fortunetellers, thieving fisherman and many mysterious creatures of the deep. Will Jasper ever be able to reclaim the Red Ball he loves best? Faye Dupras creates an enthralling story with beautifully crafted rod and shadow puppets. With the addition of an original musical score, this show is guaranteed to bring joy to all ages. Ticket Prices: Adults: $10; Students: $7; Kids: $5. Seating is limited. Call or visit the Connecticut Repertory Theatre Box for ticketing. Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, Storrs Center.

1 – 2pm: Family Bird Watching Learn to use binoculars and field guides to identify winter birds and the first returning spring migrants. Then add your count to our weekly “Project Feeder Watch!” RSVP. All ages. $5 per person. Audubon Greenwich, Greenwich.

1 – 3pm: Seuss Day 2016, a day in honor of author, Dr. Theodor Geisel. In the spirit of literacy, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is hosting free fun Dr. Seuss themed kid’s activities. At 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, there will be a Cat in the Hat story time, followed by fun crafts, a snack, and Dr. Seuss videos on a big movie screen! The first 10 guests per time slot will receive a free Dr. Seuss book (first come, first served; one book per family), courtesy of the non-profit Reach Out & Read Connecticut. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

1 – 5pm: Open Studio Celebrate and enjoy the studio with free classes, snacks, and nutritional consults! Arrive 15-20 minutes early to check in and get your spot for classes. Click here for the class schedule. No registration required. West Hartford Yoga, West Hartford.

1:30 – 3pm: Peter and the Wolf The Family Concert Series provides a lively introduction to the orchestra through interactive concerts designed just for children.  NHSO ensembles celebrate centuries of fairy tales through music and finish “happily ever after” with a beautiful lullaby that you can sing again at home.  Be sure to wear your favorite PJs and slippers and bring your beloved stuffed animal to this musical pajama party in your neighborhood! Our final Family Concert highlights the woodwinds, with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf acted out with the help of Professional storyteller Michael Boudewyns from Really Inventive Stuff. Concert starts at 2pm. Join us in the lobby before each Family Concert to touch, toot, and even tease a tune or two! Davis Street School, New Haven.

{Reoccurs} 2 – 3pm: Exhibit Tour of Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe Join us for a guided tour of our Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World, & Her Wardrobe exhibition every Saturday at 2pm. Free for CHS members, Included with the cost of admission for non-members. Runs until April 30th. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

3pm: Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his two-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. Audiences can expect to see approximately fifteen animals in the live experience. The exact animals to appear aren’t confirmed until soon before the show since each animal must receive medical clearance; however, fans can expect to see animals such as a baby cheetah, kangaroo, baby tiger, two-toed sloth, penguin and much more! From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jack has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors. You’ve seen his countless appearances on David Letterman, Good Morning America and so many more – now you can enjoy Jungle Jack’s infectious energy as he takes you “into the wild!” to see some of the world’s most fascinating animals, live! Plus, don’t forget to say “Hi!” to Jungle Jack Hanna after the show for a special meet and greet! Tickets $25-50 plus per-ticket fees. The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

6 – 9pm: Taste of Windsor If you love food and drink, join other foodies at the sixth annual First Town Downtown (FTDT) Taste of Windsor. The evening will be filled with a wide variety of appetizers and main dish samplings donated by Windsor’s own unique restaurants – Bart’s Beanery, Bear’s Smokehouse, Concorde’s, Dom’s Broad Street Eatery, Get Baked, Izote Southwest Grill, Jim’s Pizza, Menchies Frozen Yogurt, Moneta Moments, The Bean @226, Union Street Tavern and Windsor Asian Bistro! You’ll also enjoy a wine tasting by Bert’s Spirit Shop of Windsor Locks & beer tastings by Broad Brook Brewery of East Windsor and Back East Brewery of Bloomfield and mixed cocktails by Waypoint Spirits of Bloomfield. Back by popular demand is Windsor’s favorite singing duo, The Fence Incident who will be providing music throughout the night! Tickets are $40 in advance. $45 at the door. Loomis Chaffee’s Dining Hall, Windsor.

6:30 – 9:30pm: Adirondack Night Join us for a wonderfully casual fleece and flannel event! Live Music by Matt Miklus and his String Band, live birds of prey, famous Audubon chilies, hearty hors d’oeuvres. $45 per person. Center at Fairfield, Fairfield.

7pm: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is bringing the spirit of outdoor adventure and mountain culture to Connecticut once again. This year’s World Tour features the best mountain films, showcasing amazing filmmaking talent from the world over to an audience that spans the globe. The World Tour features a collection of exhilarating and provocative films that explore life in the mountains. They highlight remote cultures, intense expeditions into exotic landscapes and bring adrenaline-packed action sports into sharp focus. The best part of hosting the World Tour is being able to witness a community of film buffs and lovers of the outdoors come together to share stories, be inspired to set out on new adventures and learn about the mountains they love. The most prestigious mountain festival in the world, The Banff Centre’s Banff Mountain Film Festival celebrates its 40th year by continuing to bring the best action, environmental, and adventure films to audiences in Banff and in 40 countries across the globe. This year’s showing will benefit The Denali Foundation, helping to allow more children access to the outdoors. Tickets $20 and $54 for VIP. Shubert, New Haven.

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7 – 9pm: Pretty In Pink Dance the night away and play fun games. Dress up for the event of the year. Truly a night to remember! Light refreshments and dessert will be served. 4-12 years of age. $45 per couple, $5 per additional child. Stamford JCC, Stamford.

7 – 10pm: Speak Up Join us for an evening of true stories – both humorous and heartfelt – centered on the theme “Driven.” A combination of Speak Up storytellers, as well as selected storytellers from the Kingswood Oxford community, will take the stage for an evening of humor, drama, and surprise. The goal of Speak Up is to bring the craft of live storytelling to the greater Hartford area while entertaining audiences with stories about the human condition. All stories are 6-8 minutes long and are guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and think. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit KO student groups who qualify for national and international speaking events. Kingswood Oxford School; 7 – 10pm: Speak Up Join us for an evening of true stories – both humorous and heartfelt – centered on the theme “Driven.” A combination of Speak Up storytellers, as well as selected storytellers from the Kingswood Oxford community, will take the stage for an evening of humor, drama, and surprise. The goal of Speak Up is to bring the craft of live storytelling to the greater Hartford area while entertaining audiences with stories about the human condition. All stories are 6-8 minutes long and are guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and think. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit KO student groups who qualify for national and international speaking events. Kingswood Oxford School; Roberts Theater, West Hartford.

8pm: The Science of Our Minds Neuroscience is the exciting new frontier of scientific discovery. Our expert Forum panelists will discuss life-changing developments in neuroscience that advance our understanding of brain development, aging, disease, and injury, as well as memory, personality and relationships, and addiction. Panelists: Susan Cain; author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts, Lisa Genova – Neuroscientist; author of Still Alice and Dacher Keltner – Professor of Psychology; expert on the science of morality, power, and emotion. Moderated by John Dankosky. Tickets starting at $30. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Saturday, March 5 – Sunday, March 6:

10am – 4pm: Open Sugarhouse at Northwest Park Learn the art and skill of maple sugaring from Chuck Drake, our sugarhouse expert. Admission is free. Reoccurs Saturday – Sunday until 3/26. Northwest Park, Windsor.

10am – 5pm: Pirates & Princesses Weekend This weekend, each child (ages 3-12) dressed as a pirate or princess and visiting with a paying adult receives free Aquarium admission. Plus, you can follow a treasure map through the Aquarium, encounter strolling pirates and princesses, learn about real pirates of Long Island Sound, join in in making pirate and princess crafts, and more. Also, kids can supplement their pirate or princess appearance with creative face-painting by Faces by Wells, available for free with admission both days between 11am and 2:30pm. The Maritime Aquarium’s Toy Boat Workshop takes a special pirate flair during “Pirates and Princesses Weekend.” Raise the Jolly Roger as you design your own pirate wooden boat. (There’s a $5 fee to build a boat.) Plus, look for fun photo opportunities and “pop-up” pirate sword fights presented by East Coast Combative Arts. The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk.

Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12 – 5pm: Watch Maple Syrup Being Made Guests can enjoy complementary Hot Maple Coffee and Hot Chocolate and also sample our products. Runs until March 30th. Rain or shine. Lamothe’s Sugar House, Burlington.

11am – 3pm: Maple Sugar Festival Weekend Visit the little red sugarhouse on Heckscher Farm and see firsthand how sap is turned into maple syrup. Witness how trees are tapped, see how sap is collected, make a maple-themed craft, have your face painted, enjoy live music with Jay and Ray, and visit our Museum Galleries. On Saturday, watch teen chefs create delicious dishes using SM&NC maple syrup and vote for your favorite in the First County Bank Teen Chefs Challenge from 11:30am – 1:30pm. On Sunday, enjoy the popular pancake brunch from 11am to 2pm. Don’t forget to purchase a pint of fresh maple syrup, made from the trees at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Non-members $10, children under 3 are free. Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford.

12pm: James and the Giant Peach A story of magic, friendship, and adventure based on the famous work of Roald Dahl. When a magic potion causes a peach to grow to the size of a house, a curious young boy named James can’t help but crawl inside to discover a world he never dreamed of. Little does James know his story has just begun as he, the peach, and his newfound friends take off on the adventure of a lifetime. Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10 minute intermission. The theatre opens 90 minutes prior to every show. Doors open 30 minutes prior to every show. Runs until April 3rd. Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport.

Saturday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 3pm: A Spinning Tale is a rollicking big musical comedy based on the famous Grimm’s Brothers’ fairytale which ran Off-Broadway for 5 months back in 1990!  Written by Cheryl & Alexandrea Kemeny, the show features a beautiful Miller’s daughter, her exaggerating father, Sidney, and his bumbling Cronies, as well as a greedy, hard-of-hearing King Maximillian, his man-crazy wife, Regina, her gorgeous French ladies-in-waiting, a handsome Prince, a lonely elf with a crazy name and assorted friends from the village of Bam. Performed by a talented cast of 6th – 9th graders. Crystal Theatre, Norwalk.

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9:30 – 11am: The Relevance of Seeds and our Local Food System Join us for a fireside coffee in the barn as we learn and question and discuss our food system.  This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the idea that we all—gardeners and eaters alike—play a role in stewarding one of our most valuable natural resources: seeds. Shanyn Siegel will lead this informative discussion about seeds and the seed industry, and how they both impact one of the things most essential to our everyday lives—our food. Shanyn will explain the different types of garden seeds available and share options for selecting the best seeds for organic gardens—and a resilient regional food system. Participants will leave with some unusual heirloom seeds to try. Coffee and tea will be served. $15 per person. Henny Penny Farm, Ridgefield.

10 – 11am: Kid’s Toad Abodes Hop over to this playful workshop, where you and your little one will decorate a miniature home to welcome toads and frogs into your garden this spring. Reservations are required. $25 per child, no charge for accompanying adults. Cost includes all materials and instruction. Parents, please plan to attend with your child. Terrain, Westport.

10am: Indoor Sprint Triathlon Challenge Try this fun fitness challenge. Compete as an individual or get your family and friends together, with each member doing one leg of the event. Swim 20 minutes (any stroke), bike for 20 minutes on a guided course on our Spinning bikes, and run/walk for 20 minutes on a treadmill. $25 per person. $15 per student. $36 per team. Registration by March 4th. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

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10am – 12pm: Wildlife Tracking Club Three Red Trees School of Natural Living’s Andrew Dobos and Deneen Bernier take you on a wildlife tracking walk through the winter woods.  There are always clues left behind by the animals for us to decipher, telling a story of their habits and lives.  Get to know our beloved wildlife that much better. Children should be accompanied by an adult and all should dress extra warm and wear good boots!  You never know where the animals have been! Free but donations are accepted. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield.

10:30am – 12pm: Zumba-a-thon Join our team of Zumba instructors for an extra energizing morning of Zumba. Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

10:30am – 12:30pm: Pysanky Eggs Join talented artist and NPF member, Chanel Dupare, as she shares this traditional Ukranian craft. Using a wax resist dyeing method you will learn this delicate meditative art of Pysanky and leave with beautiful creations to enhance your home or to present as unique gifts. $20 per non-member. New Pond Farm, West Redding.

11am: Connecticut Brain Freeze Participants of The Connecticut Brain Freeze are challenged to dip into ice-cold ocean water to raise awareness and much-needed resources for brain tumor-specific programs. Hosted by the National Brain Tumor Society, the Connecticut Brain Freeze offers individuals and teams a chance to honor and remember loved ones, connect with others interested in the brain tumor cause, and helps to educate the local community on the diverse needs of the brain tumor community. Adult participants are required to raise a minimum of $100. Youth participants (ages 8-17) are required to raise a minimum of $50 up to 2 months post event. Youth ages 8 and up and adults can participate. If you are under 18, an adult must accompany you at all times. We encourage you to wear costumes. There will be a costume contest during the event – so bring your a-game! Shoes are highly recommended – water shoes or sneakers are best. Please avoid wearing flip-flops. Savin Rock Conference Center, West Haven.

12pm: Shoreline Plunge Two of our most exciting ocean plunges join forces to create a one of a kind event! The New London and Madison Penguin Plunges will combine for the first annual Shoreline Plunge. Registration is at 10am and plunge is at 12pm. Participants must be at least 8 years old and raise a minimum of $100 to participate. Ocean Beach Park, New London.

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 12 – 2pm: Open House at Guilford Racquet & Swim Club

12 – 5pm: The 1st Annual Naugatuck Valley Home Show Local companies will be on hand to meet homeowners face to face and showcase their services. The list of vendors includes landscaping, plumbing, solar, home security, oil delivery companies and more! Admission is FREE with kid-friendly activities and giveaways throughout the day. Shelton Courtyard by Marriott, Shelton.

1pm: Harlem Wizards More than 50 years of worldwide basketball wizardry. The doors will open at 12pm. Remember to purchase your discounted tickets in advance. If available, tickets at the door will be $12 for students and $14 for adults. A limited amount of courtside plus and reserved tickets are also available online. All online purchases will be charged a $1 ticket processing fee per ticket. Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk.

1pm: Norwich Saint Patrick’s Parade & Festival Come down to the parade route early and get your seat! The parade begins at Ferry Street in  Norwich, parades through Downtown and returns to Ferry Street.

1 – 2:30pm: Family Nature Play: Campfires & Shelters Build a campfire and outdoor survival shelter in this fun hands-on family experience. $15 per family. Audubon Greenwich, Greenwich.

1 – 3pm: Maple Day! Celebrate the sugaring season! Watch a tree being tapped, learn about how syrup is made, try your hand at crafts and activities, and tour the 1720 house to find out what Colonial folk did with maple syrup. Historical re-enactor Dennis Picard will demonstrate 19th-century sap boiling on the grounds of the museum. No registration is necessary. Admission is $3 a person. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

1:30 – 3pm: Peter and the Wolf The Family Concert Series provides a lively introduction to the orchestra through interactive concerts designed just for children. NHSO ensembles celebrate centuries of fairy tales through music and finish “happily ever after” with a beautiful lullaby that you can sing again at home. Be sure to wear your favorite PJs and slippers and bring your beloved stuffed animal to this musical pajama party in your neighborhood! Our final Family Concert highlights the woodwinds, with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf acted out with the help of Professional storyteller Michael Boudewyns from Really Inventive Stuff. Concert starts at 2pm, join us in the lobby before each Family Concert to touch, toot, and even tease a tune or two! Free. Shelton Intermediate School, Shelton.

1:30 – 4pm: Connecticut’s Coastal Resilience Dr. Jennifer Mattei of Sacred Heart University will discuss Connecticut’s coastal resilience by exploring strategies for sea level rise and storm surge in coastal communities.  Learn about her work installing living shorelines that provide erosion control while restoring or enhancing natural shoreline habitats – an alternative to hard infrastructure projects in adapting to climate change. Lecture is at 2pm. Family activities and marine tank are available all afternoon. Greenwich Point Park; Innis Arden Cottage, Old Greenwich.

2pm and 6pm: Cinderella Russia’s finest dancers, Prokofiev’s exuberant music, sumptuous costumes, lush scenery, and comical stepsisters – a treat for audiences of all ages! The classic fairy tale tells of the virtuous and mistreated servant girl who is magically transformed by her fairy godmother allowing her to attend the grand royal ball. She captures the heart of the handsome prince, but dashes off at the stroke of midnight, leaving only her glass slipper behind. Russian National Ballet Theatre is committed to upholding the grand, national tradition of Russian ballet, and at the same time offering opportunities for emerging young artists. Shubert Theatre, New Haven.

2 – 3:30pm: Family Art Appreciation Day This program is designed especially for families and children to foster appreciation and understanding of art related to current Museum exhibitions and based on the Learning to Look curriculum developed by Diane W. Darst and Sue Ann Massey Williamson. The lessons will be led by a Learning to Look Instructor beginning at 2pm. There will be a related activity in the Education Workshop following the lesson. All activities are included with museum admission and are suitable for children aged 5-10. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

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3pm: Drumming Circle II Susan Kirschner-Robinson is offering another session of drumming, dance, chants, and song for families with children of all ages. Susan is the JCC’s Early Childhood Center’s music, creative movement, and drama teacher. $5 per family in advance or $10 at the door.  Registration preferred by Thursday, March 3rd. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

 3 – 5pm: Meditation for Tidying Up Join our meditation expert Nicolisa West for a workshop inspired by Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Nicolisa will share important lessons from the book, followed by guidance for using meditation as a soothing vehicle for change. Reservations are required. $30 per person. Cost includes instruction and Oliver Pluff tea sampling. Books will be available for purchase. Terrain, Westport.

3:15 – 4pm: Kids Yoga With their ability to learn through moving, touching and physically experiencing, kids can adapt quickly to the discipline that yoga offers, opening themselves up to develop balance, social skills, and lasting friendships. Yoga can help children learn how to be more peaceful, more patient, and more healthy. Who knew that having so much fun on the mat can be an amazing way to prepare your child for school, adolescence and, eventually, adulthood! $10 per child, no registration required. Ages 4-8. West Hartford Yoga, Hartford.

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3:45 – 5pm: Purim Hamentashen Making What’s your favorite filling for these traditional triangle cookies? Try both the traditional and unusual fillings. Children ages 5-7. $20 per child. JCC Greenwich, Greenwich.

5:05pm: Danbury Titans vs Berlin Adult admission $15.50 plus fee and kids $10.75 plus fee. Danbury Ice Arena, Danbury.

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6:30pm: Faust Connecticut’s most performing opera company, the Connecticut Lyric Opera returns to Infinity Hall to present “Faust,” one of the most frequently performed operas in opera houses all over the world, including the MET in New York. The fully staged production of Charles Gounod’s masterpiece will feature The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro Adrian Sylveen. Tickets $39-69. Infinity Music Hall, Hartford.

{PTO} 7 – 9pm: Clybourne Park Auditions Little Theatre of Manchester is seeking to cast an African-American man, an African-American woman, three Caucasian men, and two Caucasian women (ages ranging from late 20’s to late 40’s) for a June production of Bruce Norris’s explosive, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning comedy-drama Clybourne Park. The play’s two acts are 50 years apart; each actor will play a different character in each of the acts. Auditioners will read selections from each act. More information on the play and the rehearsal and performance schedule can be found at below. Reoccurs on Tuesday, March 8. Callbacks: Wednesday, March 9th if needed. Cheney Hall, Manchester.

7:30pm: Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage This lavish production includes an impressive live symphony orchestra and international special solo instruments. People of all ages and backgrounds will experience the franchise’s groundbreaking and wildly popular musical achievements while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40 foot wide screen. The concert will feature some of the greatest music written for the franchise including music from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: The Next Generation; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and much more. This never-before-seen concert event is perfect for music lovers, filmgoers, science-fiction fans and anyone looking for an exciting and unique concert experience. The Bushnell, Hartford.

 Sunday, March 6 – Tuesday, March 8:

Sunday at 4pm, Monday-Tuesday at 10am and Monday at 12:15pm: Shanghai Acrobats: The New Shanghai Circus As seen on Broadway & PBS!  Astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats as they stretch the limits of human ability in this spellbinding show.  Fearless performers with boundless energy bring you more than two thousand years of Chinese circus traditions.  If it’s humanly possible – and even if it’s not! – Shanghai’s acrobats, jugglers, and contortionists do it with spectacular flair.  Direct from China, this troupe has been wowing audiences for over 16 years. Tickets: Adults $40, children $35. Weekday shows are $10. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield.

Monday, March 7:

9:30am: Open House We encourage parents interested in learning more about Villa Maria to attend an Open House. Register in advance. Villa Maria School, Stamford.

10 – 11:15am: Craft and Social Change in America The talk takes the audience on a journey through some of the thoughts of the quilt makers, including their research and process needed to reach the goal of the And Still We Rise theme. Each quilt maker approaches the making of a quilt differently due to the variety of backgrounds each may have. The question “How are many of these quilts manifested?” will be answered. $7 per person. No advance registration is required. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

1 – 2:30pm: Messy Science Volcanoes Little Scientists will make their own mini volcanoes, and watch them erupt during this super messy, super fun activity! Ages 3-6. Drop off class. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

We are looking for town-wide and city-wide ambassadors! Become a town ambassador where you live today! We are also looking for publishers to do what we do in other counties of CT and NY, let us know if you or someone you know maybe interested.

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