OCT. 23, 24
BACKSTAGE HAUNTED HOUSE. Presented by New Britain Youth Theater. 3 to 6 p.m. Scary and not-so-scary versions of 10 minute “backstage” guided tours. Features member of the NBYT Teen Company and its comedy troupe, SquishyTown Asylum. New Britain-Berlin YMCA, 50 High St., New Britain. $3 for adults, $2 for children, students, and seniors. Baked goods, beverages, refreshments. NBYT.org
SATURDAY, OCT. 24
MOHEGAN SUN CASINO BUS TRIP FUND RAISER. To support Bristol Bulldogs Youth Football and Cheer. Meet at 3:15 p.m., depart at 4 p.m. Leave casino at 10:30 p.m. for Bristol. Commuter Parking Lot, Middle Street and Lake Avenue, Bristol. $45. Receive one reserved seat on the bus, one $15 meal credit, plus $15 worth of bet coupons from the casino ($30 value). Reservations. (860) 620-3959, firstname.lastname@example.org
SENATOR ON YOUR SIDEWALK. 9 to 11 a.m. Availability with State Senator Henri Martin (R-Plainville, Bristol). Gnazzo’s, 73 East St., Plainville. 1-800-842-1421.
PARC OPEN HOUSE. Opportunity to see the newly renovated center, learn more about its programs, and meet staff and members. PARC, 28 East Maple St., Plainville. (860) 747-0316. PARCDisabilities.ct.org
TAG SALE. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clothing, housewares, small furniture, books, toys. Food available: hot dogs, sauerkraut, chili. St. Matthew’s Lutheran School, 87 Franklin Square, New Britain.
SUNDAY, OCT. 25
STEP OUT TO HELP OUT 5K RUN. Sponsored by Valley Community Baptist Church. 2:30 p.m. Family-oriented run and two-mile walk. Fun activities, age group medals, USATF-certified course through quiet neighborhood. Donate a new winter clothing item to benefit Greene-Hills School children in need. $20 before race day, $30 on race day. Greene-Hills School, 718 Pine St., Bristol. ValleyCommunity.cc/5K
10TH ANNUAL FORESTVILLE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL. 4 to 7 p.m. Children’s costume parade at 4 p.m. from Manross Memorial Library. Pet parade at 4:30 p.m. from Simply Hair. Followed by adult costume parade at Simply Hair. Pumpkin illumination at dusk. Games, activities, food vendors, children, adult, and pet costume parades, pumpkin and scarecrow contests. Pumpkin and scarecrow registration between 3 to 4 p.m for judging. Rules available at Nuchie’s lobby, 164 Central St., Forestville. No late entries. Five categories: Adult costume, pet costume, painted/decorated pumpkin, carved pumpkin, and scarecrow. Cash prizes presented by Forestville Village Association. Events are free.
HOPPERS BIRGE POND NATURE PRESERVE FALL FOLIAGE CELEBRATION. 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Free guided outing. Children ages 6 to 10 and their caregivers invited at 1:30 p.m for scavenger hunt. Registration is required (860) 309-6072. Also, 2 p.m. Fall Foliage Nature Walk along East Birge Pond Trail to the marsh boardwalk. No registration necessary. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes and long pants recommended. Bring water. Leave pets at home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Take Burlington Avenue, to Cypress Street to Birge Pond parking lot, Bristol. Rain cances. (8960) 583-9572.
SINGLES WALK AND LUNCH. Sponsored by Social Connections. 11 a.m. Go for walk and go for lunch after. West Hartford Reservoir, Route 4, Farmington. No charge for walk. (860) 582-8229.
PARTY PUMPKIN GALORE. 1 to 4 p.m. Raise funds for children’s projects, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, back to school. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Terryville. (860) 940-4685.
WORKSHOP DREAMS 101 WITH TZIVIA GOVER. Discover what your dreams or nightmares mean with hands-on exercises and information. Gover is a certified dream therapist, author, and educator. Pillwillop Therapeutic Farm, 1089B Woodtick Rd., Wolcott. $15 per person. Register. Pillwillop.org/events.html. (203) 879-9485.
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.
TUESDAY, OCT. 27
ONCE UPON A TIME: CLOCKS AND WATCHES IN POPULAR LITERATURE. 2 p.m. Patti Phillippon, executive director of the American Clock and Watch Museum will speak. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Free. Register. (860) 584-7790.
FREE BUSINESS AFTER HOURS NETWORKING. 5:30 to 7 p.m. All business owners welcome. Bring your business cards and/ or brochures. Free. Donate a non-perishable item to pet or food pantry. Light snacks and beverages. The Loop Events Venue and Banquet Facility, 161-B Woodford Ave., Plainville. RSVP. Facebook.com/events/588671074604661
OPEN HOUSE FOR NON-CREDIT DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM. Held by Tunxis Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division. 6 to 9 p.m. Classes include “Introduction to Photography,” “Studio Lights,” “Flash Photography,” “Photoshop CS6,” “Photo Composition,” and “Digital Asset Management.” Opportunities to meet photography instructors, see demonstrations, participate in live photo shoot, and attend Q&A session. Bring your DSLR and up to three photographic images if you want to take part in optional critique of work. Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main St., Bristol in North Side Square near the Super Natural Market and Deli. (860) 314-4700. email@example.com/ceschedsp16.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28
BOB NOREIKA, FREE ART DEMONSTRATION. Held by Southington Arts and Crafts Association. 7 p.m. The Orchards Community Room, 34 Hobart St., Southington. 6:30 p.m., members meeting. Free.
THURSDAY, OCT. 29
TECHNICAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BREAKFAST. Held by the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, Main Street Community Foundation, NESMA. 7:30 a.m., register and buffet. 8 a.m., program. Hear panelists from Bristol Adult Education, Bristol Public School System, Bristol Technical Education Center, Connecticut Department of Labor, and Tunxis Community College. DoubleTree by Hilton, 42 Century Dr., Bristol.
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.
HALLOWEEN PARTY. 9 p.m. Featuring Soul Sound Revue. Cash bar, kitchen. Bristol Polish Club, 541 North Main St., Bristol. $10 at the door.
THURSDAY, 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
FRIDAY, NOV. 6
GIRLS NIGHT OUT. Held by Southington Emblem Club No. 527. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Vendor sale, raffles, prizes. Southington Elks Club, 114 Main St., Southington. Free. Proceeds go to the Emblem Club’s scholarship fund and community service.
NOV. 14, DEC. 12
BRISTOL HISTORY ROOM OPEN. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Visitors have a chance to win a free copy of “Images of Bristol.” Hundreds of image of Bristol, including an entire wall devoted to Lake Compounce. 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
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. 21
PLAINVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL. 6 p.m. Gala reception. Entertainment, refreshments, door prizes. Business, clubs, and individuals can contribute a decorated tree or wreath for a silent auction. Winning bids announced Dec. 12 at 4:30 p.m. One half of the sale prices goes to the donor, the other half benefits the Historical Society. Plainville Historical Society, 29 Pierce St., Plainville. (860) 747-6577, (860) 747-1067.
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 Immanuel Lutheran Church. Bus pick up at Immanuel 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 Immanuel Lutheran Church.
TWO DAY TRIP TO PENNSYLVANIA TO SEE THE ‘MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS.’ Sponsored by First Baptist Church of Southington. 7 a.m., bus will depart on Friday. Other activities include an Amish meal at an Amish home, a visit to the National Christmas Center, and time for shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village. Early reservations recommended. (860) 621-3024, (860) 770-1557.
SATURDAY, DEC. 5
BUS TRIP TO WRENTHAM PREMIUM OUTLET MALL IN MASSACHUSETTS. Hosted by the Woman’s Club of Plainville. 8 a.m., bus leaves Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville. 4:30 p.m., bus leaves the mall. 6:30 bus returns to Plainville Library. $38 and includes transportation, the driver’s tip, BINGO, raffle prizes, and on the return trip, a movie, bottled water and snack bag. Bus will be available for storing purchases throughout the day. Send check made out to the Woman’s Club of Plainville, by Oct. 31, to Linda Prelli, P.O. Box 295, Plainville, CT 06062. Only 56 seats available.
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.
NOW thru NOV. 8
25TH ANNUAL MEMBER’S CARRIAGE HOUSE EXHIBITION. Art League of New Britain, 30 Cedar St., New Britain.
NOW thru NOV. 30
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY ART SHOW. Works by Glenn Affleck, Kathy Conway, Ann Hodgdon-Cyr, Andy Mars, Walter Schuppe, Megan Stevens, Lou Zucchi. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington.
NOW thru NOV. 1
WITCH’S DUNGEON CLASSIC HORROR MUSEUM. Fridays through Sunday, 7 to 10 p.m. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. $5 donation. PreserveHollywood.org
NOW thru JAN. 17
‘STONE ROBERTS: STREET SCENES, STILL LIFES AND FIGURES.’ Exhibit displays nine of the artist’s oil paintings exploring human encounters with every day life. Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students, $10 for youths, children under 12, free. NBMAA.org.
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 integration of the artist’s teaching and artistic methods. Yale School of Art, 32 Edgewood Avenue gallery, New Haven.
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 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