Third Thursdays Outdoor Concert Series--New Milford

06/19/2014 to 09/18/2014

On The Green, New Milford, CT 06776.

The Third Thursdays free outdoor concert series in New Milford will run from 7 to 9 on the downtown Green.  Featured act will be Fast Ricky.  Rain date is Friday.  The schedule includes Future Tense for July 17 (rain date July 18), Darik and the Funbags for Aug. 21 (rain date Aug. 22), and The Regulators for September 18 (rain date September 25).  Stores will be open late in the downtown area on concert nights. 

12 Annual Summer Concert Series--Thomaston

06/23/2014 to 08/18/2014

South Main Street, Thomaston, CT 06787.

The 12th annual Summer Concert Series will begin at 7PM Monday, June 23, 2014 at Seth Thomas Park.  Featured performers will be the hometown band Clearview, which performs classic rock, Motown and a bit of country.  Future concerts in the series include MacTalla Mor on June 30; Last Fair Deal on July 7; Hartford Wailers on July 14; Sunshine Road Show on July 21, Redstone Ridge on July 28, Afro-Semitic Experience on August 4, Thomaston Jazz Orchestra on August 11 and Goldrush on August 18.  All concerts are free.  Parking is available at the Unimetals lot across from the park on Elm St.  Bring chairs and blankets. 

Whites Woods Cross-Country Summer Race Series--Litchfield

06/26/2014 to 08/28/2014

Plumb Hill Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-7569.

The Whites Woods Cross-Country Summer Race Series will being June 26, 2014 and run through August 28th at the White Memorial Conservation Center.  Races will begin at 6:30PM and will be held over four distances ranging from 1.2 miles to 3.1 miles.  Open to runners of all ages and abilities. Races begin at 6:30PM.   Entry is $2.  The dates are June 26, July 15, August 19 and 28.  For further information call the  Litchfield Park and Recreation Department.

Kent Historical Society Offers Children's Art Programs

07/07/2014 to 07/25/2014

4 Studio Hill Rd., Kent, CT 06757. Phone: 860-927-4587.

The Kent Historical Society will offer three weeks of art programs for children in July. The first two weeks will be for children interested in developing their fine arts skills and the third will be a series of crafting sessions. KHS wants to foster arts education for young people in the area to honor the memory of George Laurence Nelson, a pre-eminent 20th Century artist known for his portraits, landscapes and florals. The society is launching this new Summer Arts Enrichment to encourage children's innate creativity, boost creative thinking and problem solving, while expanding their experience and appreciation of the arts. Artist Cheryl Moore, who is chairman of the Art Department at South Kent School, will lead two weeks for children in exploring visual arts. Moore is a respected artist and a 32-year teacher, who knows how to draw out artistic talents from her students. Moore will explore several watercolor projects, florals with pastels and mixed media. Classes will take place in the Kent Historical Society's "Art Barn," an indoor/outdoor space on the campus of the Historical Society's Seven Hearths property, facing gardens and woodland that will be used as extended classroom space. Art Enrichment fees are $100 per week for non-members and $90 for KHS members. Both weeks will be from 9 a.m. to noon with a variety of projects. The dates are July 7 to 11 for ages 8 to 12 and July 14 to 18 for ages 5 to 9. The registration deadline is July 1. KHS will also offer Beginning Crafting at the Art Barn for a week-long program of fun craft projects from July 21 to 25 for ages 5 to 7.  This program is offered Monday through Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. The instructor is Linda Cohen, who has offered summer programs at KHS for several years. The crafting projects will include decorating wooden birdhouses, landscape design, picture frames, treasure boxes and designing T-Shirts. The children will be encouraged to experiment with colors and textures, while creating a finished project at each session. The fee is $60 for non-members and $50 for KHS members. The registration deadline is July 7. Summer Art Enrichment offered by Kent Historical Society July 7-11, ages 8-12; July 14-18, ages 5-9; Classes will explore watercolor projects, florals with pastels and mixed media.  Fees: $100 per week non-members; $90 for members; Beginning Crafting offered July 21-25, ages 5-7; Projects include decorating wooden birdhouses, landscape design, picture frames, treasure boxes and designing T-Shirts; fee $60 for non-members and $50 for members.

Brookfield Theatre for the Arts Presents Next to Normal

07/11/2014 to 07/26/2014

182 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield, CT 06804. Phone: 203-775-0023.

The Brookfield Theatre presents Next to Normal now through July 26, 2014.  The play features a six person cast.  The show is directed by Michael Burnett.  Check the website for further information.

Cornwall Library - Art at the Libary - Photography Exhibition - “Light, Reflections" by Martha Loutfi Artist Reception

07/12/2014 to 08/16/2014

30 Pine Street, Cornwall, CT Phone: 860-672-6874.

On Saturday 4 - 6 p.m. Light, Reflections Photographs by Martha Scoville Fetherolf Loutfi - Open through August 16, 2014. From a very young age photography has been one of her passions. With an eye open to the variety and beauty of nature, the range of subjects she has captured is wide.  For this show she has chosen to focus on a basic aspect of photography – light. Especially the reflections and shadows it provokes.

Keeler Kids Summer Programs -

07/21/2014 to 07/25/2014

132 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT Phone: 203-438-5485.

Session 2:  Gilded Age Ridgefield, (children entering grades 4 - 6) 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Cost: $250.00 (discounts for siblings & members) Come and join us for a fun and educational summer experience! Each session is a week-long local history program that offers boys and  girls a unique chance to explore life in historic Ridgefield through a variety of engaging, age-appropriate activities, including crafts, games, songs, stories, and foods from centuries past. This is the perfect opportunity for your child to step back into history and discover first-hand what life was like in historic Ridgefield as exemplified by the people who lived at Keeler Tavern Museum.\ Space is limited, so sign up online today! - See more at: http://keelertavernmuseum.org/events

Kent Garden Club Program: Invasive Plants: What They Are, Why They're So Bad and What To Do About Them

07/24/2014

Main Street, Kent, CT 06757.

The Kent Garden Club will present a program on Invasive Plants: What They Are, Why They're So Bad and What To Do About Them by arborist and habitat restoration specialist Bill McKinney on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7PM.  The program will be held at Kent Town Hall and is open to the public at no charge.

Karen Rossi Workshop: Painted & Mosaic Flowr Pots--Torrington

07/24/2014

27 East Main St., Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-305-6579.

Karen Rossi Workshop:  JULY 24: Painted & Mosaic Flower Pots--12 inch pots will be provided, but you're welcome to bring a larger piece to work on. First, we'll paint the pot a base color. Then we'll add the mosaics around the rim for a wonderful handmade effect. All materials supplied, but you're invited to bring your old China plates to smash up! Making mosaics is a great way to let out stress and relax. $20.00 (Regular $40.00 per person). Most workshops are designed for children 12 and up. 

Palace Theatre Summer Tours

07/24/2014

100 East Main St., Waterbury, CT

10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. (kid friendly) In addition to exploring the theater, Poli Club and lobby spaces, patrons will also have the opportunity to walk across the stage; visit the star dressing rooms, wardrobe areas and wig room; and view the venue's hidden, backstage murals - artwork stenciled, painted and signed on the theater's walls by past performers and Broadway touring.
Due to the tours' increasing popularity, reservations are now required in advance. Each tour is $5.00 per person and single tickets for individuals or groups of 10 or less can be purchased online at www.palacetheaterct.org. Larger groups are asked to contact the Box Office at 203-346-2000 to book their reservations. A special boxed lunch and tour package prepared by Riverhouse Catering is also available for groups of 15 or more and cost $17per person. Reservations for the lunch package need to be made at least three days in advance of the desired tour date.