12TH ANNUAL ITALIAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL. Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., on Center St. Sponsored by the Sons of Italy, Sorelle d’Italia and Southington UNICO. Italian singers Amerino and Maria (Naples, Italy) will perform Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday, at 2 p.m. Meatball eating contest on Saturday at 4 p.m. Homemade wine contest on Saturday at 2 p.m. Outdoor Italian mass followed by a procession with the statue of the Madonna della Strada on Sunday at 10 a.m. Contact: Tony Cusano at (860) 681-3451; Joe LaPorte at (860) 628-2227; Bob Triano at (860) 621-5628,Gianna Mennone at (860) 302-5634 or visit the Festival’s Facebook page.
SUNDAY, JULY 31
RIDE FOR LIV POKER RUN. At Bristol Swedish Social Club, 38 Barlow St., Bristol. Registration, 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Motocycle ride, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A ride through the Litchfield hills followed by food, music, raffles. Benefits the Olivia Fusco Friendship Foundation, Inc. $20 for riders, $10 passengers, $15 for post ride celebration. www.rideforliv.com
SUMMER SONGFEST. 2 – 4pm. at First Congregational Church, 37 Main St. A concert/sing-along featuring music from the American songbook by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong. Free-will offering to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association accepted. Refreshments will be available for purchase for $1 each. Tickets are not required. Visit FCCSouthington.org or call (860) 970-3663.
NOW THRU JULY 31
‘SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW.’ Art exhibit of photographs by Ray Gawlak of Meriden. The Gallery at The Orchards, community room, second floor at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St., Southington. SouthingtonArtsandCrafts.com, SouthingtonOrchards.org, (860) 628-5656.
MONDAY, AUG. 1
MEDITATION AWARENESS EVENING. 7 p.m. at the Southington Arts Council, 249 Main Street (lower level of the Historical Society building). The Southington Arts Council, Inc. will sponsor the event. Cost is $2 for members ($5 for non-members). For more information or, to register, call: 860-621-ARTS (2787)
SUNDAY, AUG. 21
COMMUNITY-WIDE SUMMER PICNIC. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Recreation Park. Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation will host its annual community-wide summer picnic. This social event is an opportunity for individuals and families interested in learning more about the congregation to meet members in a relaxed setting and learn more about the community. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860) 276-9113.
PILGRIMMAGE TO A MASS AND HEALING SERVICE. Bus departs at 9a .m. from the commuter parking lot in plantsville. Bus pilgrimage to a mass and healingservice with Fr. Ralph DiOrio at Maironis Park in Shrewsbury, Mass. More info at www.rdohealingministry.org. Cost is $50 adults ($40 children), payable to Knights of Columbus, 26 Riverside Court, Southington, CT 06489. Contact: Richard Pillar at (860) 334-0005.
POKER BIKE RUN. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Wolcott American Legion, 1253 Wolcott Road, Wolcott. Motorcycle ride followed by food, beverages and musical entertainment. Benefits the Ecuador Foundation Fund of First Congregational Church of Southington. $20 for riders/passengers/non-riders. Children under 10 are free. Visit FCCSouthington.org or call (860) 970-3663.
THURSDAY, AUG. 25
BUS TRIP TO LOG CABIN IN HOLYOKE. Sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Southington 581 Meriden Ave. Buffet includes chowder, lobster, BBQ ribs, chicken and more, followed by a tribute to the music of Patsy Cline. Call Bev Tooley, (860) 621-3024.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 18
HOLOCAUST TORAH DEDICATION CEREMONY. 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church meeting hall, 37 Main St. Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation are guardians and restorers of a saved Holocaust Torah which dates from the 17th century. More info at www.gsjc.org.
SATURDAY, OCT. 1
SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1981. Contact Kathy Cavanaugh Rickard at Kathy@compumail.net.
SATURDAY, OCT. 8
SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1976. 40 year reunion at Hawks Landing CC. Cost is $75 per person, includes dinner, beer, wine. Contact: Rosalyn Boy Fahey at (203) 921-8087 or email@example.com, or Kim Lebrun Altieri at (860) 490-4407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOW thru OCT. 30
FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET. Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the town green.
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1966. At Testa’s Banquet Facility, 26 South Center St. Contact: Barbara Nardi Alfano, (860) 276-0497, or Betty Ann Cantito Goulet, (860) 589-4574, or Paul Doty, (860) 919-3358.
SATURDAY, NOV. 12
6TH ANNUAL KENNEDY MIDDLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kennedy Middle School, 1071 South Main St. Over 50 vendors will be showcasing their crafts. Items include purses, jewelry, clothing, chocolates, sports items, kids items, florals, healthy living items, holiday items, pampering products, personalized items, and more. Admission is $1. Questions or sponsorships, contact email@example.com.
BULKY WASTE TRANSFER STATION HOURS. The bulky waste transfer station on Old Turnpike Road will be open for the following dates and times: from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27; Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 9; and Dec. 3, 17.
YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICES HAS YOUNG WORKERS. The Youth Employment Service of Southington Youth Services has a willing and interested crop of young people 14-16 ready and raring to go for all your summer yard care, house cleaning, and babysitting needs. Call (860) 276-6281.
PERSONALIZED PAVERS FUNDRAISER. The American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 is replacing the sidewalk in front of the post at 64 Main St. Cost is $50 to inscribe a personal message to a loved one or dates of service for a veteran in your family on a paver for the walkway. Download a form at http://kiltonicpost72.org/ Forms/PaverOnlineStatic.pdf or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL PRESCHOOL PROGRAM. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Southington High School. Openings available for 3, 4, and 5 year old children. Cost is $45 per semester. Call Erin Proctor, (860) 628-3229, ext. 345 or email at eproctor@ southingtonschools.org.
VILLAGE GREEN NURSERY SCHOOL. Offers a 2.5-hour 3-year-old program on Tuesdays and Thursdays and a 4-year-old program on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. In addition to the typical 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. program, the 4-year-olds have the option for an extended day program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nan Sheridan at (860) 628-6958 or email@example.com
PLANTSVILLE COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL. Open to 3-year-olds, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., or 4-year-olds, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with optional 4 days. (860) 628-8878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.