April 1 – 3

We’ve got your weekend guide! Scroll below to find out what to do starting Friday night through Sunday night, we may have thrown an extra day or two even happenings in there and try to plan ahead slightly! For events in Hartford County, click here and for events in Fairfield County, click here; all other area events and happenings are listed below.

Friday, April 1st:

6:30 – 9pm: Thai Favorites Imagine a culinary trip to Thailand and being able to taste the exotic flavors of this fabulous cuisine.  The foods of Thailand tantalize the taste buds by combining the perfect combination of salty, sweet, sour and spice.  In this class you will learn the Chef’s Signature Thai Red Curry Soup and a great version of a popular Thailand street food – Pad Thai.  We will discuss the benefits of cooking with a wok and how to properly season and care for it.  Finally, learn how to make a delicious dessert with sticky rice and fresh mango.  This will be a hands-on cooking class.  Bring a bottle of wine or your favorite beverage and join us. This class will feature: Chef’s Signature Thai Red Curry Soup, Beef Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing, Pad Thai and Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango.

8pm: Swan Lake – Moscow Festival Ballet Direct from Russia! A company of 50 exquisite dancers brings Swan Lake to life on the Jorgensen stage as never before. Complete with the heroic young prince who labors to free the delicately beautiful swan maiden from an evil sorcerer’s spell, Swan Lake is a feast for the eyes and ears. It’s simply one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, and a treat for audiences of all ages.

Friday, April 1st – Saturday, April 2nd:

Branford Restaurant Week

Friday, April 1st – Sunday, April 3rd:

Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 1pm: Bye Bye Birdie Return to a simpler time with Bye Bye Birdie, the ultimate feel good musical. Winner of four 1961 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Bye Bye Birdie is presented by the shorelines elite performing arts school BroadwayKids&Company.Bye Bye Birdie revolves around rock ‘n’ roll superstar Conrad Birdie (loosely based on Elvis Presley), who, to the dismay of his adoring fans, is about to be drafted into the army. Featuring a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams, comic complications ensue when, as part of one last publicity stunt cooked up by his agent, he promises to give a good-bye kiss to one lucky girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio, on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The upbeat score features “How Lovely To Be a Woman,” “The Telephone Hour,” “Put On A Happy Face,” “A Lot of Livin’ To Do,” and “One Last Kiss.”What is fascinating about this musical is how its theme is relevant in today’s society regarding paparazzi and our fascination with pop icons.

Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm, Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Annie Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

Saturday, April 2nd:

10am – 4pm: Treasures of the Peabody Musuem Join us as we celebrate the opening of our newest temporary exhibition Treasures of the Peabody: 150 Years of Collection and Discovery. From titanic dinosaurs to giant squid, explore the rich history of the Yale Peabody Museum, its collections and its personalities. Discover how museum collections transform the way we think about the world and ourselves. We’ll have games, craft activities, a touch table, a scavenger hunt and behind-the-scenes collection tours.

10:45am: Half Marathon and Legends 4-Mile and FitKids Race

11am: I Wish You More Storytime Whether celebrating life’s joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet, uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age. Join us for Storytime featuring I Wish You More. This is the special value title of the month, only $7.99 with the purchase of any kids’ book (sold separately $14.99). Click here to learn more about this book. Barnes & Noble locations.

12 – 3pm: Yeladim Early Learning Center Open House Explore Yeladim’s dynamic hands-on learning environment, meet our experienced staff, spend time in our classrooms, learn about enrichment programs and tour the JCC’s spectacular facility. For children of all faiths and backgrounds ages 3 months through kindergarten. This is the LAST open house of the year, so spread the word!

1 – 3pm: Get Ready for Bluebirds For families with children ages 5 and older. Children must be accompained by a participating adult and all must register and pay. Bluebirds start nesting in Madison in early spring. Indoors, we will learn about what these lovely songbirds need to raise a family. Nest box plans are available. Tour the Bauer Bluebird Trail to see the birds in action. Learn how to become a bluebird next box monitor as part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology citizen science program. Dress for the weather as you will be going outside.

6 – 8pm: DIY Party Favor Demo Let our experts show you how to make your spring celebrations extra special with delightful DIYs. Free. Michael’s Locations.

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Sunday, April 3rd:

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10:30am – 12pm: Dove Self-Esteem Workshop for Girls Students in the Mitchell College Behavioral Science Club and Psychology of Women class will present the 8th annual Dove Self-Esteem Workshop for girls and their adult female mentors. The ninety-minute program begins at 10:30 a.m. on the first level of the Nathan Hale classroom building and is designed to promote self-esteem in girls partly through educating girls about a wider definition of beauty. The curriculum is provided by the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, and the workshop will be led by current Mitchell College students. The workshop is free and open to girls between the ages of 8 and 12 accompanied by an adult female mentor. RSVP is recommended.

12 – 3pm: Bread Baking 101 The smell of bread baking in your home just warms your soul.  What’s even better is when you get to enjoy a warm slice fresh from the oven.  In this class we will learn the basics of bread making to create beautiful loaves of baked bread to enjoy by themselves or as part of a delicious meal. This will be a hands-on cooking class.  Bring a bottle of wine or your favorite beverage and join us. This class will feature: No knead bread, Olive Oil and Rosemary Focaccia and Pesto Rolls.

1 – 4pm: 2nd Annual Greenhouse Fest Celebrate Spring at2nd Annual Greenhouse Beer FestivalBrought to you by MiKro and Michael’s Greenhouses. Join us as we shake off the icy frost of this winter. We’ll be hosting a beer festival at one of CT’s largest greenhouses. It may still be chilly outside, but in Michael’s Greenhouse spring will be in full swing!Stroll around and sample amazing craft beer while looking at all of the beautiful plants in bloom! Enjoy live bluegrass music, cupcakes from NoRa Cupcake Company, Caseus Cheese Truck and Chief Brody’s Banh Mi Truck.All proceeds from this great event will go to the Smilow Cancer Hospital Closer to Free Ride.

2pm: The Monster Who Ate My Peas Based on the multi-award winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner, ArtsPower’s musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal with the monster.

8pm: Straight No Chaser If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser combines pop with a capella, performing songs like Stand By Me, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Wonderwall, and Uptown Girl, as well as cartoon theme songs and 50’s medleys. Tight vocals, loose humor, and a seamless mixture of old and new, have catapulted the 10 IU-born musical masterminds from local legends to international superstars—leaving in their wake a slew of chart-topping albums, and millions of viewers on YouTube.

Sunday, April 3rd – Friday, April 8th:

New Haven Restaurant Week

As a friendly reminder we are looking for moms to join our forces, if you are looking for a hobby or work we may be just what your family needs. Inquire today!

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