Gala season and then some continues Hartford so if you had plans to start pulling out the turkey roaster or getting a jump on special house cleaning, put it off. You still have a couple of weeks before the official holiday season gets underway.
But if you need a jumpstart to get that holiday glow on, you could head over to the historic Town And County Club , 22 Woodland Street in Hartford.
That’s where The Connecticut Valley Garden Club will hold its annual “Set To Celebrate” table dressing display. More than 30 tables, mantles, tabletops, and staircases will be dressed to the nines, not just for the holidays but assorted special occasions, as well. Themes range from theater and music to history and cooking and are all created by well-known designers, artists and decorators. A boutique with accessories will also be featured as well as a “tabletop” tag sale. Proceeds benefit the new Heritage Rose Garden at Elizabeth Park, a garden that will be handicapped accessible.
The opening reception is Thursday. Tickets are $100. The display opens to the public from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Lunch can be pre-ordered. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance and $30 at the door.
Thursday also features the Capital Community College “Changing Lives” gala at the downtown Hartford campus beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 for the gala benefiting the school’s programs and scholarships. Information: 860-906-5102 or capitalcc.edu
Charter Oak College will also be doing some celebrating on Thursday. The school will hold its 40th anniversary celebration at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford beginning at 6 p.m. The evening includes the Foundation’s Shea Lecture “HealthCare: The Next 40 Years.” Information: coscf.org
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and the theme is “The Power of Purple.” Beginning Nov. 14, watch for purple lights on display at dozens of participating businesses in West Hartford Center and homes all around the area supporting efforts to find a cure for this devastating disease. The program is sponsored by The Ron Foley Foundation, established in memory of former Hartford insurance executive Ron Foley, who died of pancreatic cancer several years ago.
The Mental Health Association of Connecticut will welcome actor Joe Pantoliano Thursday at The Hartford Club at 6 p.m. The actor, author and advocate for mental health awareness is best known for his work on the tv series “The Sopranos.” He will speak on “The Art of Well-Being.” Information: mhact.org
Meanwhile at Hall High School on Thursday, try some cafeteria food for dinner. But it’s not what you think. A host of some of the area’s most well-known chefs including Max Downtown’s Hunter Morgan, Grants Billy Grant, Trumbull Kitchen’s Chris Torla, and Hartford Baking Company’s Scott Kluger will be showing off the cafeteria food they have helped create for the district at the “Chefs Do School Lunch” event.
The dining program is part of the Growing Great Schools initiative that has paired the district with the chefs to promote healthy eating, nutrition education, fitness and school gardens. Seatings are at 5, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Information: growinggreatschools.org or email at email@example.com
On Friday, the Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters will hold its annual “Start Something Big” gala at the Hartford Golf Club, 134 Norwood Drive, West Hartford. Honorary chair is Travelers vice president and chief administrative officer Andy Bessette. The party starts at 6:30 pm. and includes cocktails, dinner, and an auction with emcee WFSB personality Scot Haney. Tickets are $225 a person. Information:nutmegbigbrothersbigsisters.com
On Saturday Favarh (The Arc of the Farmington Valley) will holds its 6th annual fundraiser, “Decades,” at the Riverview in Simsbury. tTe event will features dinner, dancing and an auction, all beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $130 a person. information: 860-693-6662 or favarh.org