FRIDAY, AUG. 21
CROCODILE CLUB. 1 p.m. Annual dinner meeting. Beer and wine cash bar. Lamb dinner. Lively program with guest speakers. No serious politics allowed. Lake Compounce, Park Pavilion, Bristol. (860) 584-5411.
BRISTOL HISTORY ROOM OPEN. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Visitors will have a chance to win free copy of the book, “Images of Bristol.” Room has books about Bristol, pictures and postcards, maps, diaries, church and assessor’s records, newspapers on microfilm, cemetery, birth, death, and marriage indexes, city directories and yearbooks. On permanent display are hundreds of historic images of Bristol, including a wall devoted to Lake Compounce. There is a temporary exhibit of Bristol-made clocks and New Departure bells. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2017. firstname.lastname@example.org
AUG. 21, 22
HOLLYWOOD AT THE BIJOU. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. “The Bride of Frankenstein” with Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester and “The Werewolf of London,” starring Henry Hull and Warner Oland. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. $3 donation. All ages. Refreshments and popcorn will be served.
THE 2015 DREAM RIDE EXPERIENCE. Hundreds of exotic and classic cars, motorcycles, live music, food, pet adoption, celebrity appearances. More. Benefits Special Olympics. The Farmington Club in Farmington. Dreamride.org
SATURDAY, AUG. 22
COMMUNITY COOK OUT. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In support of Southington Community Services. Cook out, bottle drive, free classes and seminars, Massage by the Minute, healthy food and grilling, touch-a-truck for the children, music by Jenni B. Fit Life 24/7, 991 South Main St., Plantsville.
A GIANT TAG SALE. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Large variety of items including books, electronics, furniture, holiday items, household items, baby and youth items and toys. All welcome. First Congregational Church of Southington, 37 Main St., Southington.
AUG. 22-SEPT. 20
SUMMER VIVICATION. Reception Aug. 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mix of fine art with focus on color and vitality. Artists Dean Fisher, Rachel Hellerich, Katia Jirankova Levanti, Suzanne Siegel, Melanie Carr, Josephine Robinson, Kathleen Jacobs, and Theresa Bonillo. Six Summit Gallery, 6 Summit St., Ivoryton.
SUNDAY, AUG. 23
7TH ANNUAL BRYON’S RUN/ WALK/ STROLL. Preregister, 8 a.m. Begins, 9:30 a.m. Fund raiser for 9-year-old Bryon Schiffres, who has a brain tumor. Will help with family’s medical costs. Includes kids fun run and raffles. Dennis Malone Aquatic Center, 325 Mix St., Bristol. BryonsRun.yolasite.com, (860) 584-2471.
FUND RAISING TAG SALE TO BENEFIT ALS WALK. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fox Den and Jerome Avenue, Bristol.
MONDAY, AUG. 24
PAT WRIGHT, THE DOG LISTERNER. 6:30 p.m. An evening of discussion about dog behavior issues, their causes, and possible solutions. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. Free. Register. (860) 673-6791. FarmingtonLibraries.org
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26
WRITING ARTIST STATEMENTS: A WORKSHOP. 6 p.m. Led by visual artist Debbie Hesse and arts consultant, curator, galleriest, and visual artist Margaret Bodell. Emerging and mid-career artists are invited to participate. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. $30 for members. $45 for non-members. (203) 753-0381, ext. 130.
FRIDAY, AUG. 28
‘PETER PAN.’ 8 p.m. The classic Disney animated film. The Patch at Depot Square, downtown Bristol.
SUNDAY, AUG. 30
BASEBALL TRIP TO CITI FIELD IN NEW YORK. Held by the St. Paul Falcons Softball Booster Club. Leaves St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol at 9 a.m. Game time is 1 p.m. Boston Red Sox visit the New York Mets. $100 per person, includes coach bus transportation, beverages on the bus, and a ticket to the game. Garyhov@aol.com, (860) 690-5959.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 6
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS. 9:30 a.m. All are welcome. Bring your dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamster, birds, turtles, snake, etc. Even stuffed animals or photos of pets. Leashes and cages are acceptable but only if your pet needs it. Held in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all creatures. First Lutheran Church, 232 Bristol St., Southington. (860) 628-9001.
SEPT. 9-OCT. 22
DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES. Held by Southington Parks andRecreation Department. Classes run Wednesdays, 6:15 to 7 p.m. for beginner levels or Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:15 for intermediate. Instructor Kevin Medeiros. Dogs must be at least 3 months of age by the first class in order to register. All dogs must have up-to-date vaccinations. The Summit at Plantsville, 261 Summit St., Plantsville. $105 per dog. Required registration form and payment in full must be turned in prior to the first class. (860) 276-6219. www.Southington.org/DogObedience
FRIDAY, SEPT. 11
ALL ALUMNI OF PLAINVILLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS REUNION. Hosted by the Plainville High School Class of 1965. 7 p.m. Opportunity for all classes to contact their members to meet. Last year, a member of Class of 2012 came with her grandfather, who was a member of the Class of 1945. BYOB. VFW Hall, Northwest Drive, Plainville. Contact Greg Miller, (860) 582-9142.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 12
TOWN-WIDE TAG SALE. Held by The Arc of Southington. Tag sale is open to residents, businesses, organizations of Southington, Plantsville, Marion, Milldale and will be held at their individual locations. Listings and maps will be available for $1 the week of the event at locations to be announced. (860) 628-9220, ext. 100.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16
BRISTOL HIGH SCHOOL’S 66TH CLASS REUNION FOR THE CLASS OF 1949. Chippanee Golf Club, Marsh Road, Bristol. (860) 582-0401.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18
ANTIQUE APPRAISAL NIGHT. 6 to 8 p.m. Held by the Bristol Historical Society. Dick Blaschke of Dick’s Antiques will be doing the appraisals. $5 for single items to be appraised and a total of $10 for three items to appraised. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. (860) 589-4504.
SEPT. 19, 20
COMMUNITY RUMMAGE SALE. Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost for sellers is $25 for two day event. The Patch at Depot Square, downtown Bristol. Pre-register at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, 200 Main St., Bristol. (860) 584-4718. No charge for public to come and browse.
MONDAY, SEPT. 21
‘AS TIME GOES BY: WEDDING FASHIONS OF YESTERYEAR.’ Held by the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Bradley Memorial Campus Auxiliary. 5:30 p.m., hors d’oeuvres. 6 p.m., dinner served tableside. Fashion show follows immediately after. Features wedding gowns and stories dating back to the 1920s. Complimentary cocktails on the patio. Hawk’s Landing Country Club, Southington. Reservations $40 per person. Only 200 seats available. Register by Sept. 7. (860) 276-5380.
SEPT. 23, OCT. 7
BUS TRIPS. Sponsored by The First Baptist Church of Southington, 581 Meriden Ave., Southington. Wednesday, Sept. 23 ,Connecticut Day at The Big E. Wednesday, Oct. 7, Tribute to the Rat Pack at Foxwoods. (860) 621-3024, (860) 770-1557.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 25
7TH ANNUAL SOUTHINGTON EDUCATION FOUNDATION GALA. 7 p.m. to midnight. Come in your favorite sports jersey and enjoy an evening of “Tailgating at the Turf,” with food stations, open bar, dancing, and silent and live auctions. Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Plantsville. $65 ($75 after Sept. 1). SouthingtonEducationFoundation.org
SATURDAY, SEPT. 26
SCRAPBOOK EVENT. Held by the Blessed Sacrament DIVAS. Each crafter will get five feet of space to create. Crafters can sign up for full day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m or half day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 3 to 8 p.m. Continent breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided to full day participants. Meal options for half day attendees. Blessed Sacrament, 386 Robinwood Rd., Waterbury. $40 for full day, $25 for half day. (203) 768-9734, (203) 754-7868. BSCDIVAS@Yahoo.com
TRIP TO PHILADELPHIA FOR THE MASS WITH POPE FRANCIS. Held by the St. Stanislaus Church Travelers. Trip features attendance at the Papal Mass, a guided tour of the Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel, one of America’s first saints, born in Philadelphia in 1858. $541. Includes transportation, two nights hotel, one dinner, two breakfasts, and admission to other attractions. (860) 589-5597.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 27
RIDE FOR JUSTICE. Benefit for Petit Family Foundation. 9 a.m., register. 11:30 a.m., kickstands up. Ride through Bristol, Burlington, Harwinton, Terryville, Wolcott and Plantsville. Begins at St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. Concldes at Bozzuto’s Food Distribution Center, Cheshire. (860) 605-6256, email@example.com, ride4justice.org
NEW BRITAIN HOUSE SCHOOL CLASS OF 1960. 1 to 5 p.m. 55th reunion. Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Plantsville. www.NBHS1960.com
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30
COVERED BRIDGES OF NEW HAMPSHIRE/ OCTOBERFEST LUNCHEON. Sponsored by AARP Chapter 4146. German short ribs, pecan chicken schnitzel, fritters with maple syrup, warm German potato salad, and apple strudel. East Hill Farm, a working farm and inn. Bring your camera. Stop at candle factory. $75. (860) 747-1732.
FALL FOLIAGE BUS TOUR. Held by The First Congregational Church of Southington Cruz’n Congos Travel Group. Trip to New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee. Three-hour boat ride with buffet lunch on Lake Winnipesaukee, Harts Turkey Farm dinner, Margate Lakefront Resort Canterbury Shaker Village, Budweiser Beer Co. Barns and gardens and more. (860) 628-8982, firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY, OCT. 17
SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1965 50TH REUNION. 6 p.m. Looking for classmates. Any information appreciated. Testa’s Banquet Facility, 26 S. Center St., Southington. Joanne (Casale) Salerno at email@example.com, Jean (Wolak) Amenta at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 UMC, 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.email@example.com.
SATURDAY, NOV. 28
BRISTOL EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1975 40TH REUNION. Sign-up at Classmates.com
150 YEARS ON PLAINVILLE’S CAMPGROUND HILL. Summer display at the Plainville Historic Center. Covers events and activities that took place on campground. Thousands of people took part in the activities there. During the early years of camp meetings, tents were the main shelter. A large one in the middle of the circle of tents was the tabernacle, where most activities took place. Over time, tents were replaced by small, brightly colored Victorian cottages. Today, it is a seasonal residential community. Plainville Historic Center, 29 Pierce St., Plainville. (860) 747-6577.
NOW thru SEPT. 25
‘KISSING THE WALL:’ ART SHOW BY MELANIE CARR. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am.. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. Stockman Gallery, 19 Chestnut St., second floor of the Trinity-on-Main Annex, New Britain. (860) 832-8299, GNBAA@NewBritainArts.org, NewBritainArts.org
NOW thru AUG. 31
FARMINGTON RIVER SCHOOL OF ART OF PLAINVILLE ART EXHIBIT. Ray Fernaldi of Southington, Dee Krampitz of Plainville, Barbara Scott of Bristol, Zofia Soto of East Berlin, Agnes Wong of Farmington, Bev Hollis of Wolcott, P.R. Bailey of Unionville. The Gallery at the Orchards, 34 Hobart St., Southington. (860) 628-5656.
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. 3
BALL AND SOCKET ARTS PRESENTS ART GARAGE. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Features works by Andy Cunningham, Kevin Daly, Bob Gregson, Cynthia Beth Rubin, and Jonathan Waters. 530 West Main St., Cheshire.
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 SEPT. 6
LIQUID SUNDAYS. DJs, celebrity guests, pool party. Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. $20. Foxwoods.com/LiquidSundays.aspx
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.
KEEP IT LOCAL WEDNESDAYS REGIONAL FARMERS’ MARKET. 4 to 7 p.m. Local, organic, and fresh produce and products from farms, artisans, bakeries, and special vendors like Kombucha, organic skin care products, chair massage, local entertainment. Franklin Street, downtown Torrington. firstname.lastname@example.org. ActNaturalHealth.com/keep-it-local-Wednesdays.