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.
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.
Anne Cubberly’s creations — the fish and bird — could be seen in Downtown on Saturday. Cubberly is a 2013 Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant recipient for her production Night Fall, coming in October. Her giant puppets make appearances at cultural events throughout the year, including recently at the Latin World Rhythms Festival. Continue reading '(Almost) Free Saturday'»
Today is the start of this year’s HodgePodge. Every Sunday through October 27, 2013, Pratt Street will be open for foot and bicycle traffic as vendors line the brick road from 11am-4pm. Continue reading 'Sunday Market Downtown Opens for Season'»
There is something striking about September. While this summer provided plenty of opportunities to sit around and watch free films, as we head into fall, there are many chances to get up and move around.
- Back 2 Skool Block Party at Pratt Street: graffiti wall, body painting, dancing, 80′s and 90′s music, and live performances, plus a flea market. Noon until 6p.m. Free.
- Events at nightclubs typically do not make the cut, but we thought you’d might like to know that there is one more LGBT event to add to Hartford’s ever-growing list: PRIDE SUNDAYS at 7 Sins Lounge & Bar (76 Union Place). This is an LGBT dance night from 7p.m. until 1a.m. Tonight is the opening night. Besides having DJs, there will be LGBT films shown. The cover charge is $3. This is for grown folk only! Continue reading 'September 2013 Events'»