Friday, March 8 2013

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Friday, March 8 2013

Celtic Nights

Journey of Hope

From the creators of Gaelforce Dance comes a brand new show in celebration of the Celtic experience. In this glittering production, six of Ireland’s most prominent vocal talents are complimented by six of its most accomplished step dancers, creating an exhilarating picture of a proud people who dared to dream big and doggedly carved out a home in the New World. In Celtic Nights, their story is told through the power and majesty of music and the hypnotic fury of dancing feet.


CT Museum of Natural History & Archaeology Center: Winter Escapes & Spring Adventures

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History
and Connecticut Archaeology Center
part of CLAS at UConn



Maple Sugaring
George Bailey, Bailey's Maple Syrup and Honey, Storrs, CT
Saturday, March 2, 10 am to 12 noon
Storrs, CT (directions will be sent to participants)
Advance registration required:
$20 ($15 for Museum members)
Adults and children ages 10 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Look Up! Viewing Winter’s Night Sky
Dr. Cynthia Peterson, Physics, UConn
Friday, March 8, 6 pm
UConn Storrs location
(directions will be sent to participants)
Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for Museum members)
Adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Deep-Sea Tube Worms: Life By The Hydrothermal Vents
Dr. Spencer Nyholm, Molecular and Cell Biology, UConn
Saturday, March 9, 3 pm
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs
No registration required – FREE
Adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Connecticut Curiosities
Joan Allen, Home & Garden Education Center, UConn
Saturday, March 23, 3 pm
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs
No registration required – FREE
Adults and children ages 10 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Don’t miss out on exciting community events, workshops, family activities, field learning, and notable presentations this season. For a full listing of programs and registration information visit or call 860.486.4460

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Mt. Washington Century Ride Registration OPEN

The Mt. Washington Century ride is fast becoming known as New England’s Most Challenging Centurytm.  We have mountain passes that thrill the eye and challenge the soul. For those wanting to ‘test their personal best’, the Mt. Washington Century Ride is it!   Prizes, support vehicles, aid stations, on site theraputic sports masage.  No landscape rivals the natural beauty of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range, and a Century Ride through three notches and around the base of New England’s tallest mountain is without equal. The 100-mile route supports the Tin Mountain Conservation Center  and it’s great work promoting an appreciation for the natural world while instilling the bedrock principles of sound stewardship and sustainable lifestyles.   Abbreviated 40- and 80-mile routes provide wonderful rides for those wanting a little less than a Century.


"Nudes and Nudibranchs'

 Award-winning painter Frank Bruckmann and sculptor Gar Waterman will exhibit their most recent  work at the Kehler Liddell Gallery: "Nudes and Nudibranchs," from February 7- March 10, 2013. Frank Bruckmann and Gar Waterman are both traditionalists who use direct observation of nature and carefully applied technique to craft their work. Bruckmann's brushstrokes caress oil paint with an expert and familiar hand into the eternally complex landscape of the female figure, while Waterman's sculpture bends the liquid sheen of polished stone into impressions of rhythm and grace from the marine environment. 


A Toast to Women

Join us in a toast to women!  Come to our wine tasting event on International Women’s Day (March 8th) to celebrate great women everywhere. Have fun while helping to make a difference in the lives of women and girls.  Enjoy tasting wines from five different vendors. Receive a special event discount from Super Cellar Warehouse Liquors on any three or more bottles purchased.  There will be a silent auction as well with a chance to bid on many distinctive items from a foursome of golf to a weekend at a private condo in Mystic to jewelry from a luxury store. Or, bid and get a great deal on such services as a Spa Day, facial and massage, or local restaurant packages.

This event is presented by Soroptimist International of Farmington Valley, CT (SIFV). 100% of net proceeds will benefit SIFV’s  projects including support of Grace Academy, a tuition-free,  middle school for inner city girls in Hartford; Prudence Crandall Center, the oldest domestic violence program in Connecticut; and grants to women heads of households who need to further their education to support their families. Since its inception in 2004, SIFV has raised and given away more than $80,000 to benefit disadvantaged women and girls; those who are refugees, homeless, under-educated, abused, trafficked or caught in a cycle of poverty. Additionally, Soroptimist volunteers have mentored, taught or tutored countless women and girls in such areas as self-defense, life skills, and motivational classes.


This event is sponsored in part by Scala & Associates, LLC, Kathy McAfee - America’s Marketing Motivator, Body Talk, Collinsville Bank, Kevorkian & Associates, People’s United Bank, and Tina’s Ice Cream. Soroptimist International of Farmington Valley is a member of Soroptimist International, a 501(c)(3) volunteer service organization for business, professional and community-minded women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

To find out more about Soroptimist International of Farmington Valley, CT, please visit  or contact us at [email protected] 


Greenleaf Pottery: Classes in Wheel Thrown Pottery

Classes offer firsthand experience of the entire pottery-making cycle. Beginning emphasis is placed on working with one of the fifteen potter's wheels.  Beginning as well as advanced students are welcome. Sets of eight week classes are offered Tuesday or Thursday evening 6 to 9 p.m.,  year-round. Sign up now to reserve your place.

Call or go to the website for more information. 860-528-6090,


Engaging Employees for High Performance

In this dynamic seminar, new supervisors and mid-level managers will learn how to “wake-up,” engage and focus their staffs to excel in the many daily work challenges they face.  Participants will learn the critical concepts of employee motivation and practice the three essentials of healthy employee dialogue to foster positive participation and a focused commitment to results. 



Song & A Slice: Open Mic For Young Musicians

6:30 p.m.

Community Music School presents a FREE open mic and pizza night for young instrumental and vocal musicians in grades 7 through 12.  All genres of music, including original compositions, are welcome.  A piano and drum set are available and students can bring other instruments.  RSVP by March 6 to 860-767-0026.


Stellar Scholars Star Search: Connecticut’s Best Young Sci-Fi Writers

High school and college students are challenged to write a 500-word short story about the painting of the iconic Avanti sports car "THE WHISPER AND THE ROAR" by Don Wieland. Champion wins $500 and has the story posted on Stellar Scholars e-magazine Cum Laude, The Scholarly Evening Post.



"The Shadow Box" at Hole in the Wall Theater

How does one live, knowing that death is imminent? Three residents in a California hospice take the journey to answer that question in Michael Cristofer's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play "The Shadow Box."  A play as much about living as about dying, "The Shadow Box" deals with love and loss, smiling in the face of pain, and finally saying the things that need to be said. Fridays & Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays March 17 & 24, 2 p.m. Hole in the Wall Theater, 116 Main Street, New Britain, CT.


March Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

Through March, the Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Spring and Summer: A Study in Contemporary Realism,” featuring the warm and inviting natural oil paintings of Suffern, NY by fine artist, Marianne Kuhn. The Geary Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633.


Eastern Connecticut Symphony January Concert

 The Eastern Connecticut Symphony concert series begins the New Year on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8 PM at the Garde Arts Center.  ECSO Music Director, Toshi Shimada, conducts a program which features, Hyewon Kim, winner of the 2013 ECSO Instrumental Competition, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.  The audience members will also hear Sibelius Karelia Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No, 2, (the Little Russian.)   Pre-concert conversation at 7 PM with Gary Chapman; post-concert reception free for members of the audience.  Tickets are priced from $32-$62 with senior and student tickets in selected seating areas.  Call the ECSO office at 860-443-2876 or purchase them on the Internet at:  For further information, visit the ECSO website at: or friend us on Face Book.