A Big Goodbye To October This Weekend

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Where did the month go? Halloween is next week and the day after that…it’s time to get revved up for the really big holidays. So let’s send October out with parties, concerts, awards dinners and more.

By now most everyone knows that Bruce Springsteen is at the XL Center Thursday and over at the Bushnell it’s Christie Brinkley and Connecticut’s own John O’Hurley in “Chicago” beginning Thursday through Oct. 28.

Meanwhile over at The Hill-Stead Museum Thursday, the Ambassador Group, the museum’s young professionals organization,   will host its  “Harvest Happy Hour” beginning at 6 p.m. Handcrafted beers including varieties by the Thomas Hooker Brewery and signature wines from the Hill-Stead Collection will be served with appetizers. Cost is $25 a person. Information: 860-677-4787 or www.hillstead.org.

On Friday, the Arthritis Foundation will host its annual  “Docs, Dine & Wine”  at The Riverview in Simsbury. Honorees at this year’s dinner will be   Drs. Kristan Pierz, Thomas Terenzi, John Mara, Mark Ruderman, and Andrew Caputo.

A  host of celebrity chefs including Tyler Anderson, Billy Grant, Hunter Morton, Ryan Jones, Adam Greenberg, Timothy Fitzgerald and Anthony Martino will prepare the dinner. Information: docsdineandwine.com

On Saturday, singer/actress Leslie Uggums will be the celebrity guest at the Amistrad Center’s   “Harlem Meets Hartford-An Uptown Experience” gala at the Wadsworth Atheneum. The evening will feature a performance by Uggums and will honor Atty. Sanford  and Diane Cloud. Information: 860-838-4122 or amistandartandculture.org.

The  Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation  will hold its  annual Storybook Gala Saturday at the Connecticut Convention Center.  Guest author this year is  columnist and investigative journalist Carl Hiaasen, a Newbery honor award winner and Pulitzer Prize winner whose children’s books including Flush and Scat and Chomp, and whose adult novels include Skinny Dip, which has been optioned for a film by Mike Nichols.  Ticket information: connecticutchildrensfoundation.org

On Sunday, Malta House of Care Foundation presents the Musical Friends Ensemble will host  its second annual benefit concert and wine reception at the Mark Twain House & Museum Conference Center, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford.

Malta House of Care provides free, high-quality, primary health care to adults in Greater Hartford who have no other means of obtaining medical attention.

Tickets to the concert and wine reception are $75 per person, $45 of which is a tax-deductible donation to the Malta House of Care Foundation. Information: www.maltahouseofcare.org or call (860) 548-1593.



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