Chances are your December is already half-filled with obligatory office parties, family engagements, and such, but just in case you have downtime, here are ideas for things you can do in Hartford (mostly) on the cheap (mostly) every day.
- The Global Lens Film Series continues this month on Sundays at 2pm. Today’s film: The Parade. In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. This will be shown at the Wadsworth Atheneum. It is free, co-sponsored by the Hartford Public Library and Out Film CT.
- Take a free Intro to Water Color class at StudioN111. First come, first serve — so contact Nina to reserve your space for the 2-3pm class. The studio is located on Pratt Street. Continue reading 'December 2013 Events'»
Hartford Prints! is a punster’s paradise
The local holiday shopping guide has become a Real Hartford tradition, and it is that time. This might seem early, but that’s only because Chanukah is also early this year. And my timing is still more seasonal than those who put up Christmas displays the day after Halloween, fast forwarding right past Day of the Dead, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving.
Attaching giving to only one day (“Giving Tuesday” is 12/3/13) seems absurd, especially when that day is after the one known for mass consumerism. For that reason, this is listed first. Hartford offers many opportunities for charitable giving. Here are a few ideas:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters: Brian Kelly of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters says, “we’re always in need of volunteers – especially males – to mentor disadvantaged children.” That could be too much of a time commitment for some folks, so another way to contribute is to donate gift certificates to retail stores and family-friendly entertainment venues, such as the Connecticut Science Center. These gift certificates would go to children in the program. Another way to give is to make a financial contribution, which Kelly says goes toward “moving children off our waiting list and into life-changing match relationships with adult mentors.”
- Bike Walk Connecticut: This is the organization behind the Discover Hartford Tour. They do bicycle education for children and adults, along with planning Bike To Work days. Donations and volunteers are welcome.
- Charter Oak Cultural Center: This space hosts musical performances, art, dance, plays, vigils, youth programs, films, and more. They accept donations and volunteers.
- Connecticut Farmland Trust: Though their office is in Hartford they work all around the state to ensure that we continue to have farmland. Because we really don’t need strip malls every half mile. They accept donations and volunteers.
- Hartford Public Library: Besides just paying off your library fines, you can donate any amount online. If you are not familiar with this library and its branches, there is more than books. The library provides job resources, opportunities for civic involvement, and more. Continue reading '2013 Holiday Giving Guide'»
Queen Bee’s opened at 510 Park Street last week.
If it has sugar, you can probably get it here. That includes cupcakes. Since Icing is about to leave town, you know you need to find another source.
After an embarrassing show back in September, the West End Civic Association has now issued a statement via its mailing list, offering full support of the food pantry operating out of Grace Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Continue reading 'WECA Makes Good on Food Pantry'»
If you missed the screening of No One Wants to Be the River, you have a chance to see that and more this weekend. The short film will be shown at noon on Saturday.
There is a suggested donation of $10.
There are events not included on this list because organizations have not released final details yet. That is to say, you have even more to choose from than what is posted here.
- Maybe it’s not the most exciting thing, but small business owners might benefit from a free morning workshop that teaches how to navigate and search for federal, state, and municipal bids. This means potentially freeing you up so that you have more time to spend on, well, those exciting things you’d rather be doing. The workshop begins at 9:30 and ends at noon. This will take place at the Entrepreneurial Center; register online.
- Let The Fire Burn begins screening at Real Art Ways. This documentary centers on the bombing of MOVE in Philly. Contact Real Art Ways for exact show times and ticket prices.
- Hannah Sims and Pedro Bermudez will be on hand for the launch of Hartford River Dreams, a film series. Screening begins at 7:30pm at the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue. $10 at door.
- The Witching Hour will be performed by the Ensemble of the Judy Dworin Performance Project. They describe this as follows: “The Witching Hour, an award-winning dance/theater piece, brings Connecticut’s 17th century witch craze to life through the untold stories of women who were accused, tried and convicted as witches. Bridging the gap between the 17th and 21st centuries, The Witching Hour lyrically and evocatively explores what happens in communities when difference becomes dangerous, and folk culture–as practiced by herbalists, midwives, women landowners, and indentured servants–clashes with Puritan hierarchical authority.” This begins at 7:30pm in the Wadsworth Atheneum. Ticket prices vary on this one.
- On the first Friday of each month, the Kabbalah House hosts a free, all-ages open mic from 9pm-1am. The Kabbalah House is located at 1023 Albany Avenue.
- Another option for the grown folks: Pontani Sisters Burlesque-a-pades at Black-Eyed Sally’s. Contact the venue for ticket info. Performance begins at 9pm.
- Free admission to the museum galleries at the Connecticut Historical Society today from 9-5. There will be activities for children including a visit by storyteller Sharon Lynch (1-2pm). Check out Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers and photography contest entries while you are here.
- Learn about Women and Mass Incarceration in the Youth Program Room at the Hartford Public Library today at 1pm. Beatrice Codianni, a former member of the Latin Kings, and Dr. Sandra Enos, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Bryant University, will be the featured speakers.
- At 7pm the Avodah Dance Ensemble will be performing A Way In, exploring themes of beauty, truth, love, and God. Ticket prices vary for this event at the Charter Oak Cultural Center.
- Celebrate two years of the Dirt Salon at the Dirt Flirt from 7:30-11:30 this evening. Ada Pasternak & Milksop-Unsung will be providing the music. Several artists’ works will be on display. The Night Fall skeleton dance will be performed. This is a pay-what-you-can event. The Dirt Salon is located at 50 Bartholomew Avenue. Continue reading 'November 2013 Events'»
The Ebony Horsewomen present “Halloween Safenight Haunted Park” on October 31st at the Ebony Horsewomen Equestrian Center in Keney Park.
There will be haunted hay rides, costume contest, pumpkin painting, face painting, games, a moon bounce, candy, and more.
The Ebony Horsewomen Equestrian Center is located at 337 Vine Street. This free event begins at 4pm.