FRIDAY, MARCH 13
INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS FOR PROSPECTIVE FOSTER PARENTS. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held by Wheeler Clinic. Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place, Torrington. (860) 793-7277.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14
SIXTH ANNUAL WHEELER YMCA O’MAZING RACE. 4:45 p.m. Two-hour St. Patrick’s Day themed scavenger hunt around town for a unique night of entertainment. Teams of four will walk, run, and drive to complete tasks and collect items while collecting points to win the coveted trophy and bragging rights. Begins at The Loop, 161 Woodford Ave., Plainville. Registration is now open and is $200 for a team of four. Fund raiser for the YMCA Annual Campaign. Register at the Wheeler YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville. (860) 793-9631 ext. 109.
INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS FOR PROSPECTIVE FOSTER PARENTS. 1 to 3 p.m. Wheeler Clinic, 88 East St., Plainville. (860) 793-7277.
FOR THE SAKE OF THE COUNTRY: FEMALE SPIES DURING THE CIVIL WAR. 2 p.m. Presented by author Matthew Bartlett. The stories of four women spies who risked all for their country. There will be a reenactment of an encounter between a Pinkerton agent and one of the spies mentioned in the program. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. Register. (860) 584-7787 ext. 2023. Made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Bristol Public Library.
MARGERY WINTERS ON GOING NATIVE. 2 p.m. Discussion on native plants. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. Free. Register. (860) 673-6791, FarmingtonLibraries.org
MARCH 14-APRIL 30
‘MEET US AT THE FAIR.’ Look back at New Britain’s prize winning participation at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. reception. New Britain Industrial Museum, 185 Main St., New Britain. (860) 832-8654, Newbritainim@gmail.com, NBIndustrial.org
MONDAY, MARCH 16
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS. 5 to 7 p.m. Held by the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce. Café Buono, 562 Farmington Ave., Bristol. Register. CentralCtChambers.org
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
AN EVENING WITH BRIAN HELMUTH. 6:30 p.m. Discussion of his research in climate change, ocean sustainability, and conservation. Talcott Mount Academy, 324 Montevideo Rd., Avon. TMSC.org, (860) 677-8571.
MARCH 18-MAY 20
BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE BALLROOM AND SWING DANCE LESSONS. Offered by Southington Parks and Recreation Department. Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m. Plantsville Elementary School cafeteria, 70 Church St., Plantsville. $50 fee per couple. Class size is limited. Pre-registration and payment is required. (860) 276-6219. Southington.org/ballroom
MARCH 20-21, APRIL 3-4
INDOOR RUMMAGE SALE. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Benefit for Kairos of Connecticut, an in-prison ministry for inmates of Connecticut’s prisons; Torch, an in-prison ministry for youthful offenders; and Kairos Outside, a ministry that works with women who are outside prison walls yet impacted by incarceration. 262 Aldbourne Dr., Bristol.
SATURDAY, MARCH 21
ST. THOMAS SPRING FAIR. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hot breakfast or lunch. Crafts. Handmade items. Profits go toward scholarships for St. Thomas students as well as high school students. St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St., Southington. Free. (860) 628-2981.
THE SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BAND BACKERS’ BUS TRIP TO MOHEGAN SUN. Leave Calendar House parking lot at 6 p.m. and leave Mohegan Sun at midnight. $35 per person, which includes transportation, a $15 voucher to any restaurant in the casino, and a $15 gambling voucher on the wheel. Proceeds benefit the SHS Marching Band program. All seats will be reserved upon receipt of payment. Checks are payable to SHS Band Backers. SHS Band Backers, c/o Tom Casey, P.O. Box 114, Plantsville, CT 06479. SHSMarchingBand.com, email@example.com
THE SIXTH ANNUAL ST. PAUL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SPRING CRAFT FAIR. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 40 vendors will be showcased. Crafts include homemade chocolates, handmade knitted items, pet items, candles, soaps, skin care, jewelry, garden tools, art, healthy living, sports items, candles, and more. Full lunch menu and lots of drawings. Free drawing ticket with $1 admission. St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. Crafter spaces available but no jewelry. Lynn.firstname.lastname@example.org
MARCH 25, APRIL 22
CONTEMPLATED WORSHIP. Fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. First Congregational Church of Southington, 37 Main St., Southington.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26
‘A NIGHT FOR OUR STARS TO SHINE!’ 5 p.m. Bristol Adult Resource Center’s fifth annual fund raiser. Aqua Turf, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville. $55. (860) 582-9102.
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
ANNUAL DINNER DANCE FUND RAISER FOR THE ARC OF SOUTHINGTON. 6 p.m. to midnight. Hors d’oeuvres, sit down dinner, open bar, DJ, dancing, raffles, and silent auction items. Aqua Turf, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville. $75 per person. (860) 628-9220 ext. 10.
2ND ANNUAL FAMILY/ FRIENDS FUN BOWLING CHARITY EVENT. 12 to 2 p.m. Hosted by Miss Southington’s Pre-Teen 2014/ Pre-Teen Miss Bristol 2015 Haley Derwin. Benefit for American Cancer Society. Apple Valley Bowl, 1304 South Main St., Southington. $15 per person, includes two hours of bowling. Bring your sneakers. Lanes are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each lane will have six bowlers. Six or more people will be put in side by side lanes. 50/50 raffle and individual raffle items. For lanes or raffle tickets, call (860) 518-9041, email@example.com
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
BUS TRIP TO YANKEE STADIUM. Held by the St. Paul Falcons Softball Booster Club. Leave St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol at 9 a.m. Game time is 1 p.m. Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees. Tickets are $125. Coach bus service, beverages on the bus, ticket to the game. GaryHov@aol.com, (860) 690-5959.
INDOOR TAG SALE. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Advocates for Bristol Seniors. 40 vendors. Spaces available for rent. Space including a table rents for $20, one with a table is $15. Free parking, free admission. Rain or shine. Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol. (860) 583-9553.
TUESDAY, APRIL 21
BUS TRIP TO SEE NEIL SEDAKA AT MOHEGAN SUN. Held by the St. Stanislaus Church Golden Agers. $102 per person. Includes ticket, meal voucher, and gaming package. Valid photo ID required. Show starts at 3 p.m. Seats are in the lower level section of the arena. Reservations. (860) 589-5597.
BRISTOL SENIOR CENTER BUS TRIP TO SEE NEIL SEDAKA AT MOHEGAN SUN. Open to the general public. $102. (860)584-7895.
TUESDAY, APRIL 28
THE 14TH ANNUAL WONDER OF WOMEN. Held by the Women and Girls’ Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation. 5:30 to 7 p.m., social hour. 7 to 8:30 p.m., program. Special guests are WFSB’s Irene O’Connor and Scot Haney. $55 per person. RSVP by April 17. (860) 583-6363. Office@MainStreetFoundation.org
THURSDAY, APRIL 30
13TH ANNUAL SCRABBLE CHALLENGE/ SILENT AUCTION. 6 to 9 p.m. Held by Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut. Aqua Turf, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville. Pre-register. $50 by March 30. $55 after March 30. Dinner, cash bar, and dessert included. (860) 229-7323, firstname.lastname@example.org, LiteracyCentral.org
MUSIC CITY TOURS: MEMPHIS, NASHVILLE, AND NEW ORLEANS. Held by the Bristol Senior Center. Open to the general public. $2,649. (860) 584-7895.
SATURDAY, MAY 30
BUS TRIP TO BOSTON. 8 a.m., leaves Plainville Municipal Center. 7 p.m., leaves Boston. Drop off and pick up in the Quincy Market area where participants are free to pursue their own interests. Participants interested in visiting The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum will be transported to the museum and returned to Quincy Market. (860) 747-6022, or reserve in person at the Recreation Office, 50 Whiting St., Plainville.
AARP TRIP TO COOPERSTOWN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME. Deluxe motor coach transportation. One night at Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Erie Canal Cruise through the locks. Visit to Fly Creek Cider II and then to the hall. Reservations. (860) 747-1732.
SATURDAY, NOV. 28
BRISTOL EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1975 40TH REUNION. Sign-up at Classmates.com
NOW thru MAY 31
‘ANGRY ROBOTS LIQUEFIED MY BRAIN.’ The NEW/NOW exhibit by artist Karl Lund. New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. NBMAA.org
NOW thru MARCH 31
DALE SPANER OF HAMDEN ART EXHIBIT. Dubbed “Potpourri.” Watercolors, acrylics, and pastels. Presented by The Gallery at The Orchards by the Southington Arts and Crafts Association, 34 Hobart St., Southington. (860) 628-5656.
NOW thru MAY 10
‘OTIS KAYE: MONEY, MYSTERY, AND MASTERY.’ Exhibition will display Kaye’s “trompe l’oeil” (fools the eye) technique. 34 oil paintings, pastel works, and etchings. New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. NBMAA.org
NOW thru MARCH 20
‘SIDE SHOW.’ An exhibition dedicated to the “Believe It Or Not” world of the American sideshow. Tuesdays to Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Yale School of Art, 32 Edgewood Ave., New Haven.
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.