SATURDAY, AUG. 15
FOURTH ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL AT ROCKWELL PARK. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Showcases Bristol’s West End community, its merchants and residents. Music and dance performances, crafts, food, pie-eating contest, a skateboard tournament, kids’ activities, Kids Zone sponsored by Liberty Bank and presented by Imagine Nation. Many local restaurants and food vendors, crafts, and local organizations. Antique autoshow. Musical acts—acoustic at the park gazebo and mainstage will feature well-known local and regional artists. Styles include alternative and country, blues, folk, and indie rock as well as traditional Cambodian music and dance. Rockwell Park, Bristol. Free shuttle from O’Connell School. (860) 583-3292, firstname.lastname@example.org
2ND ANNUAL MATTRESS FUND RAISER SALE. Benefit for Southington High School band. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Name brands, 60 percent below retail prices. Southington High School cafeteria, 720 Pleasant St., Southington.
SUNDAY, AUG. 16
ANNUAL COMMUNITY-WIDE SUMMER PICNIC. Held by Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation. Noon. Social opportunity for individuals and families interested in learning more about the congregation to meet members in a relaxed setting and find out more about events and the community as whole. Congregation holds Friday services twice a month at the First Congregational Church in Southington with rabbi, Shelley Kovar Becker. Recreation Park, Southington. (860) 276-9113. GSJ.org, or on Facebook at Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation.
TUESDAY, AUG. 18
INFORMATIONAL SESSION FOR PROSPECTIVE FOSTER PARENTS. 5 to 7 p.m. Wheeler Clinic, 88 East St., Plainville. (860) 793-7277.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19
OPENING RECEPTION FOR ‘THE GREAT FLOOD OF ’55.’ 11 a.m., reading of recollections by area residents recounting their flood experiences. Noon, reception for exhibit at 12 p.m. The event of the flood, the aftermath, and the disaster relief work, are featured in over 50 photographs taken by the Waterbury Republican-American photographers. The images are reproduced in large-format photographs and presented in the museum’s wrap-around gallery leading to the second floor. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. MattatuckMuseum.org, (203) 753-0381.
THURSDAY, AUG. 20
‘MIDSOMER MURDERS.’ Viewings of the television series. 1 p.m. Served with tea and biscuits. Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington. Free and open to the public. FarmingtonLibraries.org
FREE WORKSHOP: PROGRAMMING FOR BEGINNERS. 2 p.m. Basics of programming and code for new learners. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. Free and open to the public. Register. www.FarmingtonLibraries.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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). Southington EducationFoundation.org
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
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 resourt Canterbury Shaker Village, Budweiser Beer Co. Barns and gardens and more. (860) 628-8982, email@example.com
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.