FRIDAY, OCT. 2
JOHN E. TAVERA MEMORIAL CELEBRATION. 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit local organizations and scholarships. Tavera was a lifelong Bristol resident who passed away suddenly on April 28, 2010. This Oct. 8, John Tavera would have celebrated his 54th birthday. Picnic buffet, cash bar, raffle prizes, musical entertainment provided by Bittersweet Harmony. St. Joseph’s Polish Society, East Main Street, Forestville. $25 per person. Available at door or through Joseph Tavera, (860) 582-2878, Joe.Tavera@comcast.net, Frank Tavera at Ftavera@snet.net, or Lee Santorso at 150 Central Bar and Grill, Forestville. Donations may be made to John E. Tavera Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1262, Bristol, CT 06011-1262.
OCT. 2 to NOV. 1
WITCH’S DUNGEON CLASSIC HOROR MUSEUM. Fridays through Sunday, 7 to 10 p.m. Bristol Histoical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. $5 donation. PreserveHollywood.org
SATURDAY, OCT. 3
TAG AND BAKE SALE. 9 a.m .to 6 p.m. Vendors need, $20 for tables outside. $30, inside. Salvation Army, 19 Stearns St., Bristol. (860) 583-4651.
GIANT TAG SALE. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch available. Parking in rear. Church of Our Saviour, 115 Main St., Plainville.
PARC 15TH ANNUAL HELEN COUGHLIN WALK. Registration at 9 a.m. Opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Celebrate survivors of every kind. One of the largest fund raisers for the nonprofit. Grand marshal will be 100-year-old William “Al” Johnson, longtime Plainville resident and cancer survivors. Other honorees include Jane Mecure, co-founder of PARC, and Diane Kraut, who has donated 30-plus years of service to PARC. Music, chili cook-off, and chance to win gift items. Walkers register for $25 per person, and $10 for students. Teams, businesses, individuals welcome. Bring a canned good to benefit the Plainville Community Food Pantry to receive a ticket to enter the gift item giveaway. Twelve people are welcome to enter their chili for the cook-off, which will be held 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fee is $10. Walkers will be the taste testers. Norton Park, Plainville. (860) 747-0316. firstname.lastname@example.org
‘RETURN OF THE HARBINGER’ – AN ART SHOW WITH CLINTON DECKERT OF SOUTHINGTON. Opening reception Saturday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Gallery hours: Sunday, 12 to 2 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday by appointments; Wednesday, 12 to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 12 to 8 p.m.; Friday, 12 to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m. Deckert is an award-winning contemporary artist and art advocate, having served as curator and juror in many regional art events. Special guest on opening night is guitarist Steve Rutledge. Paris in Plantsville, 15 West Main St., Plantsville. (860) 426-1149.
SPRING LAKE VILLAGE ART SHOW. Noon to 4 p.m. Residents will present stained glass, water colors, acrylics, oil paintings, photography, sculpture, and more. Social Hall, Carriage Drive, Southington. Free. Public welcome. Light food andbeverages served. Public welcome.
RABBIT/ PET SUPPLY DRIVE. Held by Girl Scout Troop 66452. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To support a local rabbit rescue tat has partnered with Hop A Long Hollow Rabbit Rescue. Looking for rabbit food, hay, rabbit toys, large garbage bags, bleach, paper towels, vinegar, laundry detergent, old flat sheets, towels. Adoptable rabbits will be on site during the event. Pet Supplies Plus, 1168 Farmington Ave., Southington.
THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL. 12 to 6 p.m. Includes films from Connecticut filmmakers and a rare public screening of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” University of Hartford, Gray Conference Center, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. $10 admission, students with ID, $5. (860) 768-4951, GrayConferenceCenter.com, NewEnglandUff.webs.com
CONNECTICUT PAGAN PRIDE 5TH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Classes, activities, vendors, information, fun, fellowship. Public ritual celebrating the fall equinox. VFW Hall, 152 Massirio Dr., Berlin. Admission is a donation of a non-perishable food item or pet supply or a voluntary cash amount.
OCT. 3-4, 10-11
ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR. Held by the American Auxiliary Kiltonic Post 72. During the Apple Harvest Festival. American Legion Home, 66 Main St., Southington. Tables for rent. (860) 621-0890.
TRIP TO ATLANTIC CITY. Held by St. Stanislaus Church of Bristol. Spend two nights and three days at Tropicana Casino. $310 for single, $200 double, and $175 for triple. Package includes a food coupon, room, $25 slot play, and transportation. Payment due at sign-up. Reservations. (860)806-0286.
MONDAY, OCT. 5
TRIP TO MOHEGAN SUN CASINO. Held by the St. Stanislaus Travelers. Leave St. Stanislaus Church, 510 West St., Bristol. Returns at 5:30 p.m. $25 includes bus and casino package. (860) 589-5597.
TUESDAY, OCT. 6
‘KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER.’ 1 p.m. A movie starring Rinko Kikuchi. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. Light refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library. No charge. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2023.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 7
MAYOR’S TASK FOR ON HIV/ AIDS ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT VIGIL. 6 p.m. Event includes invocation by Kristen Kleiman, minister at the First Congregational Church (which will be rain location). Mayor Ken Cockayne will speak as will Shawn Lang, deputy director of AIDS Connecticut. Bristol Eastern High School Madrigal Choir will perform. Federal Hill Green, Bristol. No charge. Christina.Cipriani@hdisp.org, (860) 589-6533.
13TH ANNUAL AUTHOR EVENT. 6 to 9 p.m. Guest speaker will be Courtney Febbroriello, author of “Wife of the Chef: The True Story of A Restaurant and Romance.” Lane Construction, 90 Fieldstone Ct., Cheshire. $45. Includes dinner and two glasses of wine. CPFA-ArtsPlace.org.
THURSDAY, OCT. 8
THE ART OF MOVIE MAKE-UP. 7 p.m. A presentation by Cortlandt Hull. A visual journey of the history of movie make-up from the early pioneer days of the silent films to recent developments including make-up that involves radio contros and puppetry – beginning with “E.T.” The program includes many rare photos, plus filmed interviews with Oscar and Emmy-winning make-up master, Dick Smith and British actor Christopher Lee. Hull also will give a personally guided tour of The Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. $3 donation per person.
QUILTS THAT CARE, INC. THIRD ANNUAL CELEBRATION. 5 to 8 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, entertainment, a chance drawing. The Village at East Farms, 180 Scott Rd., Waterbury. $35. (860) 945-0814, Deborah@quiltsthatcare.org
COPPER BEECH INSTITUTE ANNUAL HARVEST CELEBRATION. 6:30 p.m. Farm-to-table food, cocktail reception, silent auction, exploration of gratitude. Copper Beech Institute, 303 Tunxis Rd., West Hartford. $75 per person.CopperBeechInstitute.org
TAG SALE AND BAKE SALE. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Asbury United Methodist Church, 90 Church Ave., Bristol.
SUNDAY, OCT. 11
FIGURE DRAWING SESSIONS. 2 p.m. Post University drawing and life drawing instructor painter Sheri Schwartz will provide a nude figure model for a class devoted to exploring the fundamentals of capturing the figure. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. $10 for students, $15 for museum members, and $25 for non-members. MattatuckMuseum.org. (203) 753-0381.
TUESDAY, OCT. 13
30TH ANNUAL FASHION SHOW, FASHION, FOOD, AND FRIENDS. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Quota members will model the latest fall fashions from area stores on the catwalk. $35 per person, includes dinner and the show. Farmington Gardens, Farmington. Eventbrite.com/e/30th-annual-quota-fashion-show-tickets-18219477949?ref-esfb, email@example.com
OCT. 14, 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
THURSDAY, OCT. 15
BUSINESSES AND HOMES OF BRISTOL. 7 p.m. Program on the many different businesses and prominent homes of historic Bristol. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. Admission for members is free, nonmembers, $5. Refreshments will be served.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Jean (Wolak) Amenta at email@example.com.
SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1985. 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Hawk’s Landing, 201 Pattonwood Dr., Southington. $65, includes buffet, open bar, DJ. Prior to event, Reunion Golf Event. Special rates for 1985 alumni. Gina Cianci, (860) 919-9163, firstname.lastname@example.org, Karen Polak, (860) 329-9114, email@example.com
THE PLAINVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CRAFT FAIR. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters wanted. Applications available. (860) 747-2328, (860) 747-1262.
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.
OCT. 17, NOV. 14, DEC. 12
BRISTOL HISTORY ROOM OPEN. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2017. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.email@example.com.
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 Immanual Lutheran Church. Bus pick up at Immanual 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 Immanual Lutheran Church.
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.
MUMS FOR SALE. Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Many fall colors and varieties available. Jerome Gardens at Bristol Adult Resource Center, 621 Jerome Ave., Bristol.
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 OCT. 10
‘MAS: COSTUMES FROM HARTFORD’S WEST INDIAN COMMUNITY.’ Tuesdays through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford. $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (65 and up), $4 for students (with valid college ID) and youth (6 to 17). Free for members.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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