Thursday Jul 27 @ 9:30 AM
Storytelling for the College Bound Student
Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library – This is a workshop designed for high school students who are preparing to write college essays and readying themselves for college interviews. In both cases, telling the right personal stories in the best possible way can make all the difference when it comes to getting that prized acceptance letter from the college of their choice. This workshop will help students identify those particularly effective stories from their life and provide them with the strategies required to tell those stories in a clear, concise, and emotionally resonate way. In addition to the college essay and interview, these are skills and strategies that will prove useful in everyday life for years to come. Students will learn the best way to present themselves, meet new people, share aspects of their life, and tell the kind of stories that people want to hear. Internationally bestselling author, nationally acclaimed storyteller, and award winning West Hartford Public School teacher Matthew Dicks will teach the strategies and skills necessary to generate effective content for the college essay and interview. Matthew has been coaching prospective college students for three years and will now bring that experience to the classroom. The workshop registration is $125 and includes pizza lunch. Questions? Email Adult Programs Manager Jenny Steadman at or call her at (860) 236-5621 x289.
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 10:00 AM
Homeschool Partnership Information Meeting
The Cornerstone Christian School – You are invited to come and learn about Cornerstone's Homeschool Partnership Program. Cornerstone partners with homeschooling families by offering enrollment in select classes for students in Grades 1-12. Elementary students are able to enroll in Physical Education, Art and Music/Band. Beginning in Grade 6 students may also take a math course at Cornerstone. High school students are able to take up to 2 credits of any of our courses. We invite you to join us on Thursday, 7/27, to learn more about how Cornerstone can partner with your family!
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 5:30 PM
PVCA Family Night
Pioneer Valley Christian Academy – Family Fun Nights will be held on PVCA grounds this summer! Pack up your dinner and snacks, and meet up with your PVCA friends! Parent Support Fellowship will provide ice water and a frozen treat. We look forward to visiting with you this summer! Cancelled on rainy days. PVCA Families & Friends.
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:30 PM
Katherine First and Kitchen Party on the Porch
Florence Music on the Porch Series – Band Members Katherine First, fiddle/vocals Buddy Downey, guitar/vocals/whistle Jeff Hinrichs, bodhran/djembe/percussion/vocals Allen Belkin, banjo/mandolin/vocals Traditional Celtic music, old-time and bluegrass songs and a few surprises.
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 7:00 PM
Holly Bowling at Iron Horse
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Doors at 5:30pm.
    Thursday Jul 27 - Jul 28 @ 7:00 PM
Circus of the Kids Performance at the J
Macaroni Kid Springfield – Circus of the Kids @ the J PUBLIC PERFORMANCES: Thursday, July 27, 7 pm Friday, July 28, 10:30 am & 2 pm For tickets, visit or call 800.881.SHOW Watch Promo Video: Children from the Greater Springfield area are learning circus skills which will culminate with public performances at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson Street. Led by Bruce Pfeffer, who launched his idea of taking circus instruction and entertainment to schools and other venues in 1982… he’s been doing this every since! Circus of the Kids is a hard-core circus, where in a few days children learn skills such as trick rollerskating, triple trapeze, swinging trapeze, human jumprope, high wire (24” off the floor), mini trampoline, and building pyramids on a bicycle. This is a life-altering event in which parents have made comments such as “What our child did in a week is what parents aspire to do for their children in a lifetime.” On the road for 33 years, this summer Bruce and his team of 13 have traveled 5,500 miles through 10 cities in just 11 weeks. His staff come from the British Isles and the United States. There are eleven acts in the show this week at the Springfield JCC. Each spine-tingling, breath-taking show lasts 45 minutes - 1 hour.
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 7:00 PM
Joe Ramage LIVE at Sonny's Place
Sonny's Place – Join us as we host Joe Ramage, LIVE at the Sonny's Place Pavilion & Bar on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00pm The show is FREE, so invite your friends and family! Come enjoy a night of great live music with Joe Ramabe of Lobsterz From Marz!
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday Experiment #7
Gateway City Arts – Thursday Experiment #7 July 27 1 - Izikhotane (Hartford,CT) Performance poetry truth and sound 2 - Stephen Gaucci (Brooklyn, NY) Solo saxophone A master of strength, vibration and circular breathing. 3 - Open Jam Session - bring your instrument to play $5 suggested donation
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 8:00 PM
An Evening with Holly Bowling at Iron Horse Music Hall
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – An Evening with Holly Bowling performing the music of Phish & the Gateful Dead reimagined for solo piano at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA! Date: Thursday, July 27th 2017 On-sale date is Friday, May 5th.
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 8:00 PM
Jen Tobey's Alter Ego / Pineapples / Hevvi Synthia
13th Floor Music Lounge – Jen Tobey's Alter-Ego Pineapples Hevvi Synthia
    Friday Jul 28 @ 10:00 AM
TOUR: Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by ASD
Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library – Join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the exhibit Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf. Please note that this tour will not be American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted. Tours are free with admission.
    Friday Jul 28 @ 4:00 PM
Family Fun Night at Bicentennial Pond!
Mansfield Community Center - Mansfield/Storrs, CT – Make a splash at our annual Bicentennial Pond Family Fun Night! ***NEW DATE: Friday, July 28th from 4-7pm**** Slide down our giant inflatable slide, go for a swim, kayak around the pond, and bring food for a picnic with your family and friends! We will also have tons of fun games and activities! Free to Mansfield Residents, Non-Residents only pay $5.00 per car! We can't wait to see you there!
    Friday Jul 28 @ 6:00 PM
Essence & Sound Meditation
Granby Yoga Studio – Join John Odlum and David Ascenza for this treat to all the senses combining pure medicinal essential oils and musical bliss throughout a guided meditation. Medicinal-grade essences from Wisdom of the Earth will be used. The combination of scent, energy and consciousness of these pure essential oils is a great aid in helping us remember our interconnectedness with all of Nature. Combine this with the power of sound...singing bowls, crystal pyramid and other healing sounds. This beautiful journey will help you access profound inner wisdom and integrate that knowledge to become more empowered and fulfilled in your life. No experience necessary...all are welcome! Friday 7/28/17 ~ 6 - 7:45 p.m. ~ $25 plus tax
    Friday Jul 28 @ 8:00 PM
The Savage Brothers LIVE at Sonny's Place
Sonny's Place – Join us as we host the Savage Brothers LIVE at the Sonny's Place Pavilion & Bar on Friday, July 28 at 8:00pm The show is FREE, so invite your friends and family! Come enjoy a show from fan favorites The Savage Brothers at Sonny’s Place! From their website: “The Savage Brothers, a Hartford based band established in 1984, is a 6 piece funkin’, rockin’, and rhythm group. The Savage Brothers have shared the stage with such acts such as Tower of Power, Joan Osborne, James Cotton, Southside Johnny, Lisa Lisa, The Guess Who, Marshall Tucker, and John Cafferty. ”
    Friday Jul 28 - Jul 29 @ 9:00 PM
Gulow's 30th Birthday: Extinction A.D. / Goblet / The Humanoids / Uncomfortables
Promotorhead Entertainment – Extinction A.D. Goblet The Humanoids Uncomfortables
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 9:00 AM
9th Annual Westfield State Alumni Association Retreat
Westfield State University – Annually, we bring the Westfield State Alumni Association and other interested alumni together to talk about strategic planning, event management, ways to outreach, communication and more. If you would like to be a part of this group and are looking for something fun to do on July 29, please join us for this 1 day retreat. We provide meals, supplies and housing (as needed) and you provide your ideas and passion for Westfield State. Hope you can join us!
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 9:00 AM
Saturday Vaccine & Microchip Clinic
Dakin Humane Society – In order to serve our clients better, our Vaccine & Microchip Clinics and now held every Saturday. When: Every Saturday from 9-10am The doors for the Vaccine and Microchip Clinic - at the front of the building - will open at 9am each Saturday. Please form a line at the door, as we will treat the first 40 pets (cats or dogs) each week. Exam fee applies to every animal $10 if pet is spayed/neutered (fixed) $25 if pet is not spayed/neutered (fixed) Vaccinations ($12/ea) Dogs: • Rabies • Distemper/Parvo • Bordetella Cats: • Rabies • Distemper/FVRCP Additional services: • Microchipping • Flea/tick treatments • Heartworm preventative • De-worming • Feline Leukemia/FIV test • Feline Leukemia vaccine More details available on our website: Cash, debit or credit accepted. Vaccine services are provided by licensed veterinarians and are for healthy animals only. This clinic does not provide treatment for sick or injured animals. Please do not bring your pet to the clinic if he/she has a fever or is vomiting.
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
South Windsor Farmer's Market Raffle
South Windsor MOMS Club – Come out to support the South Windsor Moms Club by purchasing tickets for our wonderful raffle. All proceeds go tirectly towards the MOMS Club to cover the costs of the Dragon Boat race we are participating in on August 19 in Hartford. Tickets will only be sold the day of the Farmer's market but, you do not need to be present to win! There is something for every one! Raffle Items Include: Green Tangerine Salon & Spa Beauty Bag & Products New Balance $25 Gift Card The Edge Tattoo $60 Gift Certificate Omaha Steaks - 12 Free Burgers Battiston's Dry Cleaning - $30 Gift Certificate Usborne Books Basket Jamberry Set And, more to come!
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
Hands-On History Workshop: Introduction to Photography
Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library – Explore the many ways a photograph can tell a story in this hands-on workshop for tweens and teens. Professional photographer Marc-Yves Regis will guide students through the art of photography. Learn how a single image or object can reveal different perspectives, and use the CHS grounds or museum as inspiration for your own photography. Students will choose their favorite photographs taken during the workshop to print to take home. We’ll also uncover the stories behind the portraits taken by Connecticut daguerreotypist Augustus Washington and analyze his historic daguerreotypes. This workshop is great for students ages 11-16. The cost is $8 per student for CHS members and $10 per student for non-members. Participants are required to bring a camera or a device with a camera, as well as any necessary equipment or cords required to upload pictures from their camera to a computer. Laptop computers will be provided to print the photographs. Call (860) 236-5621 x222 or email to register. Marc-Yves Regis is a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with an associate degree in photography. Over the years, Regis has worked for the Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times and the Hartford Courant newspapers. He is the author of five books, the most recent is of which is, Headstrong Children: Carrying Haiti’s Economic Burdens. Regis’ artistic photographs have been exhibited in museums, including the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, New Britain Museum of American Arts, New Haven International Arts & Ideas, The Discovery Museum, and Bates College Museum of Arts in Maine. Regis is also the founder and director of Camp Hispaniola, Inc., which provides a week of summer camp for children in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 11:00 AM
100 Birds by John Cody
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry – As part of its popular Summertime Saturday Puppet Show Series of new works by UConn Puppet Arts students and alumni for family audiences, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present 100 Birds by the talented 2017 graduate John Cody on Saturday, July 29 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Ballard Institute Theater located at 1 Royce Circle, Storrs Center. A magical and whimsical, if not slightly chaotic, group of birds have flocked to the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry! 100 Birds follows Jada Jones, captain of her middle school’s basketball team, who finds out that her school doesn’t have the money to get the team to their playoff game. The 100 Birds, an intergalactic troupe of feathered friends, come from outer space to help Jada after she wishes upon a shooting star for help. Using their skills as birds and their love of math, the avian crew bands together with Jada to host the biggest fundraiser ever and create the world’s largest pizza! But the nefarious Dr. Allundrious Pepper, who hates birds, is dead set on foiling their plans. Will Jada and the birds make it out alive, giblets and all? Speaking to his creative process, Cody explains "this fantastical, silly dose of positive entertainment came about in the middle of the night, which sounds far more dramatic than it actually was. I came up with the title of 100 Birds, and the next day I came up with three sentence stories that could serve this title … I have found this brainstorming method particularly effective, and it was through these short stories I wrote that the seed of the show’s story was planted." John Cody ‘17, along with fellow UConn Puppet Arts Program undergraduate student Katayoun Amir-Aslani ‘18 weave together rod puppets, hand puppets, string puppets, and more into an experience that both adults and children will love, with a focus on comedy and positivity. "I think children are far smarter than adults give them credit, and I have developed 100 Birds with that in mind. 100 Birds is not a show that I am making for children, but rather is something that I, as a young adult, would like to see, with audiences young and old taken into account when it comes to the exact vocabulary of the show," states Cody. This show was made possible by UConn’s IDEA Grant, which provides funding for independent projects by undergraduate students. John Cody is a New York-based puppeteer who graduated with a BFA in Puppet Arts in May 2017. Deciding he wanted to be a puppeteer before the age of five, John has since worked on many projects of all different kinds, from marionettes to hand puppets to giant character costumes. He has had the tremendous opportunity to learn and work alongside some of the folks behind The Muppets, Sesame Street, and Bear in the Big Blue House. Admission is $6 for children (12 years and under), $8 for adults. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, by calling 860.486.8580, or online at A surcharge will be added to any purchases made online. Tickets may also be purchased at the Ballard Institute on the day of performance starting at 10 a.m. There will be open seating, and no reservations. Visitors can park in the Storrs Center Garage located at 33 Royce Circle. Parking in the Storrs Center Garage is free for the first two hours and $1 per hour thereafter, with a daily maximum charge of $8. For more information about these performances, visit or call 860.486.8580.