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May 2016 Hartford Events

This monthly event listing includes arts and entertainment, civic engagement, academic, cultural, wellness, and other types of activities happening in Hartford during April. There is no intent to include all events — it’s curated, with preference given to what the widest range of Hartford residents can afford (free or low cost) and what sounds most interesting to us.

This information is accurate as of publication to the best of our knowledge. Keep in mind that events are sometimes cancelled or postponed, and that incorrect details are at times given to us. Verify with the venue if you are concerned about last minute surprises.

To get an event published for next month, send details to realhartford@gmail.com by May 25th. Nothing is added after the calendar is published.

May 20 is National Bike to Work Day

May 1

  • Secret Garden Tea Party: Tainted Inc. (56 Arbor St., Suite 310A) is holding a “sip & shop tea party” at its studio from 4-6 p.m. Field to Face Organic Beauty and Age into Beauty will have pop-up shops at the location. $10.
  • Open Mic Night at Infinity Bistro (32 Front St.). Performers sign up at 7 p.m.; music at 7:30. Free.

May 2

  • Stop by the Toivo Center (399 Franklin Ave.) for a half hour of free meditation starting at 9 a.m. ($5 suggested donation)
  • Venom Vintage (365 Capitol Ave.) is hosting Tea Through Time, a free evening of art and tea. Lavender Molly is the featured artist for the month. Kristyn Leamon will provide violin music. Visitors are encouraged to wear their “finest threads through time, be it Renaissance, Victorian, 20’s Flapper or 70’s Hippie.” This begins at 7 p.m.
  • Arch Street Tavern hosts the Hartford Jazz Orchestra every Monday. The free show starts at 8 p.m.

May 3

  • Morning Bike Ride: Meet at the corner of Boulevard and Prospect (parking lot) at 6 a.m. and head out for a ride to Keney Park, Cigna, West Hartford Reservoir, or Wood Pond. The ride takes about one hour. Helmets are required. Bad weather cancels. Contact jgale@lawlordsofhartford.com or 860-232-9019 for more info.
  • Free Zumba at Toivo Center (399 Franklin Ave.), 6 p.m. ($5 suggested donation)
  • Try an all levels aerial yoga class at The LivingWell Centre at The 224 EcoSpace (224 Farmington Ave.). The hour-long class begins at 6:15 p.m. This is $24. Register online.

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HTFD BIKE LIFE

Saturday’s BIKE LIFE festival at Heaven did not start until noon, but kids were at the park hours in advance awaiting their new-to-them bikes.

Youth who took a bike maintenance and safety class at BiCi Co. over April vacation were eligible to receive free upcycled bicycles, along with new helmets and lights. (more…)

Temporary Closure of Bushnell Park Playground

Citing numerous safety concerns, Hartford’s DPW will begin removing the playground in Bushnell Park on Monday, April 18. The map, amphitheater, and “literary picnic grove” will remain.

Bushnell Park Foundation and DPW intend to install an accessible playground, with construction starting in the fall. To pay for this, the Bushnell Park Foundation has set up a donation page.

In the meantime, there is a public playground located in Pulaski Mall, just south of Downtown.

Stonington Acres Celebrates Opening of Mixed-Income Housing

Yajaira Rodriguez, resident of Stonington Acres, cuts the ceremonial ribbon

 

It’s the guarantee of a hot shower after work that Stonington Acres resident Yajaira Rodriguez says she appreciates most about her renovated apartment on Stonington Street near Colt Park.

Rodriguez cut the ribbon for the revitalized and expanded Stonington Acres (née Twin Acres) on Tuesday morning, following a series of remarks given by those responsible for some part of the project. (more…)

2016 Community Food Security Awards

Jeff Perez, manager of C-Town Supermarket on Wethersfield Avenue. Winner of the Business Award.

You know you’re at the Community Food Security Awards when working the room means having multiple conversations about urban beekeeping.

Every year, the City of Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy honors those who are working to improve access to nutritious and affordable food. This year’s award winners are Tenaya Taylor (Youth Individual) for her work as program coordinator for Summer of Solutions; Michelle Cloutier, M.D. (Adult Individual) for her role, up until recently, in leading the Hartford Childhood Wellness Alliance; Jeff Perez (Business), manager of the Wethersfield Avenue C-Town Supermarket, for his partnership with Wholesome Wave and Hartford Food System; and The Family Day Foundation’s Keney Park Sustainability Project (Nonprofit). (more…)

In Your Neighborhood: Downtown

Since the beginning, Real Hartford has aimed to show Hartford in its natural lighting. We don’t have a history of showing up only when someone has been murdered or when there have been murmurs of political corruption. We have been, ever since day once, in the city’s various neighborhoods, on any given day. That’s easy to do when the creators live here. (more…)

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