A Weekend Of Crystals, Innovative Women and Taste Of History

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The weather is supposed to be warmer (we hope!) over the next few days so getting out should be a gentle spring breeze this calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]weekend.

On Thursday, the CT Technology Council will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its “Women of Innovation” awards program.

This year’s list of 59 nominated women  includes researchers, educators, engineers, managers, and entrepreneurs who work in biotech, pharmaceuticals, software, computer hardware, advanced materials, medical deinnovavices, and Information technology.

High school, undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated extraordinary and unique achievements in their technology studies disciplines are also among the finalists. The winner in the Youth Innovation and Leadership category will receive a $4,000 scholarship from Covidien, one of the event’s presenting sponsors.

For information go here.

Don’t forget about the kids!

The Commerford Kids Fun Fair and Zoo will be at the XL Center in Hartford  March 29 and 30, starting at 10 a.m. The event includes rides, games and a chance to interact with animals including elephants and camels. Admission is $15. Rides and other vendors inside the show are an additional cost.

Free children’s coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during event. Information: www.commerfordzoo.com or 860-491-3421.

On Saturday, the Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut will host its 27th annual crystalball2Crystal Ball at the Marriott Hartford Downtown. The event will feature Jeff Calhoun, son of former UConn coach Jim Calhoun, as the keynote speaker.

Dave Bedard, Senior Managing Director and CFO of New York Life Investments and his wife Ellen, are Honorary Corporate Co-Chairs.  Joseph Zubretsky, Senior Executive Vice-President, National Businesses of Aetna is serving as Honorary Corporate Vice-Chair and Bill & Sandy Selig are serving as Honorary Committee Co-Chairs.

Proceeds will benefit the organization’s Autism Initiative.

Foreaster information go to EasterSeals.com or call 860-271-0600.

Speaking of Easter,  a sure sign of spring is the arrival of the Easter Bunny. He will be alive, well and receiving visitors at Westfarms Mall beginning March 28. The Easter bunny will be at the mall Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the Easter season.

Make-A-Wish® Connecticut will celebrate its annual “Evening of Wishes” Gala on March 29 at the Mohegan Sun.

The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conSierraditions.

The evening will feature music, dinner, dancing and exciting live and silent auction items to bid on. About 600 guests are expected to honor the event’s special guest, Wish Kid Sierra. Sierra’s granted wish by the way, to visit “Harry Potter Land” in London.

For information on the gala go here.

On Sunday, take a trip to space in a space craft simulator , just part of the New England Air Museum’s annual Space Expo  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits include demonstrations and hands-on activities, such as rocket building, designing a mission patch, donning a real space suit, meeting R2D2 and more.

Among the exhibits at the event are UTC Aerospace, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and the Aldrich Astronomical Society. NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank will also be featured. Information: 860-623-3305 and www.neam.org

Extend the weekend to Monday because you don’t want to miss the Amistad Center for Art &amis1 Culture’s  annual”Taste of History” at the Wadsworth Atheneum beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Popular chef/restaurant owner Billy Grant will be honored at the event that celebrates black history with art, food, music and more.

Information: amistadartandculture.org or call 860-838-4122.



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