FRIDAY, MARCH 4
SINGLES HAPPY HOUR. Sponsored by Social Connections. 5 p.m. Bonefish Grill, 2903 Berlin Turnpike, Newington. No charge. (860) 309-1653.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5
RETURNABLE BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bristol Eastern High School, King Street, Bristol. Benefits the Class of 2016 graduation party.
THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION’S BRAIN BALL. 7 to 11:30 p.m. Semiformal, dancing, exhibits, small plate selections, live and silent auction. Connecticut Science Center, Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Alz.org/ct, (860) 828-2828.
SUNDAY, MARCH 6
3RD ANNUAL MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE. In memory of Roseanna Plasczynski. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. American Legion Post 33, 7 Race Ave., Plainville. 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), RedCrossBlood.org.
CT ROSE SOCIETY. ‘PESTICIDE SAFETY: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.’ 1:30 p.m, doors open. 2 p.m., meeting begns. Sarah Bailey, a Connecticut accredited nursery professional and pesticide safety educator, will speak about proper pesticide usage and the hazards involved when not applied correctly. Plainville Congregational Church, 130 West Main St., Plainville. Free and open to the public. CTRose.org, (203) 213-4366.
TUESDAY, MARCH 8
MOHEGAN SUN TRIP. Sponsored by Plainville AARP Chapter 4146. Bus leaves Our Lady of Mercy Church 19 S. Canal St., Plainville at 8 a.m. Returns to Plainville between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Be in the parking lot of 19 S. Canal St., Plainville by 7:30 a.m. $25. Includes promotional package from casino. In case of inclement weather, announcement will be made on WFSB. (860) 747-1732.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
300 YEARS OF CONNECTICUT’S REMARKABLE WOMEN. Presented by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. 1 p.m. Multi-media program. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787 ext. 2023.
PLANNING FOR THE PEQUABUCK RIVER. 7 p.m. Learn about reducing pollution in the Pequabuck, improving water quality, and a greener more accessible river front. Bristol Public Library, Room 3, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 658-4442, ext. 201, email@example.com
‘THOMAS MERTON: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY IN MODERN TIMES.’ 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., day program. 6 to 9:30 p.m., evening program. Merton’s spiritual life will be explored. Our Lady of Calvary, 31 Colton St., Farmington. $30 for day program and $20 for evening. Advanced registration. (8960) 677-8519, firstname.lastname@example.org
THURSDAY, MARCH 10
THE ART TRUCK. 6 to 7:30 p.m A special wine glass and beer stein painting night. All materials included: wine glass or beer stein, paints, brushes, etc. Wine and cheese. American Clock and Watch Museum, 100 Maple St., Bristol. Reservations. (860) 279-6895. TheArtTruck.com, ClockandWatchMuseum.org
‘THE ART AND SCIENCE OF VICTOR VASARELY.’ 5:30 p.m. Talk led by Lynn Gamwell about the exhibit. Mattatuck Museum,144 West Main St., Waterbury. Free with museum admission. (203) 753-0381. MattatuckMuseum.org
MARCH 10-APRIL 14
‘THEY LISTENED HARD TO THE STORIES TOLD.’ AN EXHIBITION OF OBJECTS FROM THE STUDY AND CLASSROOM OF MARK STRATHY. Opening reception, Thursday, March 10, 4 to 7 p.m. and panel discussion, 3:15 to 4 p.m. Showcase Gallery, Maloney Hall, first floor, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain. Free admission to the general public. Art.CCSU.edu/Gallery.html
SATURDAY, MARCH 19
SINGLES SWEETHEART DANCE. Held by Social Connections. 8 p.m. to midnight. Buffet from 8 p.m. to midnight. Dance to a DJ. Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central St., Bristol. Dress to impress. $17. (860) 582-8229.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20
PAINT NIGHT. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Step by step painting of hummingbirds and cherry blossoms. Immanuel Lutheran Old School Basement, 154 Meadow St., Bristol. $20. (860) 583-5631.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
THE 15TH ANNUAL WONDER OF WOMEN. Social hour, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Program, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Annual event whose proceeds support grants for programs that make it possible for women and girls in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth Southington, and Wolcott improve the conditions and opportunities in their lives. Guest is Kara Sundlun of WFSB. Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Plantsville. $55 per person. RSVP by March 18. (860) 583-6363. Samantha@mainstreetfoundation.org
SATURDAY, APRIL 9
THE SIXTH ANNUAL ST. PAUL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SPRING CRAFT FAIR. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 50 vendors. Crafts include homemade chocolates, handmade knitted items, pet items, candles, soaps, skin care, jewelry, garden tools, art, healthy living, sports items, candles, more. Full lunch menu. Drawings. A few crafter spaces available but no jewelry. St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. email@example.com
INDOOR TAG SALE. Held by Advocates for Bristol Seniors. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featuring 40 individual sales. Tailor-made for vendors because it takes place rain, snow, or shine. Also ideal for those living in rural areas with little traffic to support a single household sale. Attracts hundreds of buyers. Spaces available to rent for $20, which includes one 6-foot table, and $15 if the table is supplied by vendor. Admission is free. Refreshments at the Senior Center coffee shop. Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol.
MONDAY, APRIL 11
ST. STANISLAUS CHURCH GOLDEN AGERS TRIP TO THE MOHEGAN SUN. Leave at 8:45 a.m. Return at 5:30 p.m. Bus leaves St. Stanislaus parking lot, 510 West St., Bristol. $30 and includes casino package and transportation. (860)589-5597, (860) 583-8170.
ST. STANISLAUS CHURCH TRAVELERS TRIP, ‘SPRINGTIME IN VERMONT.’ At Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vt. Visit Quechee Gorge, Sugarbush Farm, King Arthur Flour, and Vermont Country Store. Price per person, $393, double/ triple; $493 single, and includes two nights at the hotel, five meals (two breakfasts, one lunch, two dinners, and sightseeing). (860) 589-5597.
SARASOTA AND LAKE GEORGE TRIP. Held by Plainville AARP Chapter 4146. Travel for three days to Sarasota Racetrack with reserved seating at track, after race check into resort at Lake George, dinner at restaurant. Cruise with lunch buffet on lake, dinner theater, cruise Hudson River, and visit New York State Museum in Albany, N.Y. $539 per person, double occupancy. (860) 747-1732.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17
NEW BRITAIN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1964. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 70th Big Birthday Celebration. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winding Trails, Farmington. Kfrasc@yahoo.com
OCT. 28-NOV. 11
15 DAY CRUISE. Held by Plainville AARP Chapter 4146. Cruise from Boston to San Juan, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, Jamaica, George Town, Cozumel, Mexico, and disembark in New Orleans. Tour New Orleans and buffet lunch at Court of Two Sisters included as well as flight home from New Orleans. Inside stateroom, $1,999 per person double occupancy. Ocean View stateroom, $2,353. Balcony stateroom, $2,859. (860) 747-1732.
NOW thru MARCH 31
ABSTRACT ART GALLERY SHOW. Artists are Steve Adams, Bernadette Belizzi, Lorraine Centrella, Jacqueline Dagenais, Jean Dalton, Michalski Jerzy, Nancy Lasar, Eric Litke, Zeb Mayer, Paul Osgood, and Tom Zaccheo. Different mediums. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington.
NOW thru APRIL 10
‘VICTOR VASARELY: THE ABSOLUTE EYE.’ 60 serigraphs and objects on loan from the Herakleidon Museum of Art, Athens, Greece. Vasarely is the world-renowned father of the Op Art movement. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381, MattatuckMuseum.org
NOW thru MARCH 29
ART EXHIBIT BY JOHN LANZL OF PLANTSVILLE. “An Expression of Form and Color.” The Gallery at The Orchards, community room, 34 Hobart St., Southington. (860) 628-5656.
NOW thru MARCH 13
WORKING FROM THE FIGURE. Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Art show. Also a second show, “Elegant and Creative Poses,” runs concurrent. The Art League of New Britain, 30 Cedar St., New Britain.
NOW THRU MARCH 6
‘MIXMASTER: JURIED MEMBERS EXHIBITION.’ Created to encourage contemporary art, exhibition provides an opportunity for established and emerging artists to debut their latest work. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. MattatuckMuseum.org, (860) 753-0381.
NOW thru MARCH 11
‘BLACK PULP.’ A new exhibition at the Yale School of Art featuring 65 objects, including rare magazines, literary journals, novels, cartoons, and comics as well as contemporary art from the Black Diaspora. Yale School of Art, 32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery, New Haven. (203) 432-2600, firstname.lastname@example.org
NOW thru MAY 7
‘PEDAGOGY AND PLACE: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURE EDUCATION AT YALE.’ Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Explores the relationship between teaching architecture, and the spaces in which that education takes place. Yale School of Architecture, Rudolph Hall, 180 York St., New Haven.
‘LEONARDO: MACHINES IN MOTION.’ Featuring 40 interactive machines designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. CTScienceCenter.org
INTRO (BEGINNER) TO COUNTRY DANCING. Wednesdays. 7 p.m., partner. 7:30 p.m., line dance (with intermediate line dance to follow). Cadillac Ranch, 45 Jude Lane, Southington. $5. email@example.com
VOCATION HOLY HOUR. 4 to 5 p.m., third Friday of every month. Pray for the Archdiocese of Hartford. St Ann Church, 215 West St., Bristol.
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