On Thursday, the Charter Oak Cultural Center will hold it 11th annual gala at the Bond on Asylum Street in Hartford. Black tie is optional,having fun is not at this party celebrating the non-profit’s multicultural arts and education programming. Tickets are $150 and more information is available by calling 860-249-1207.
The Animal Rescue Foundation of Terryville Ct will hold its ARF Pasta Dinner and Auction fundraiser Thursday at Nuchie’s Restaurant in Forestville. Emceed by WFSB personality Scot Haney and WDRC personality Brad Davis, the fundraiser benefits efforts to build a new shelter. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 860-583-3089
On Friday,. Interval House will hold its “Step Up and Step Out” 2012 gala at The Society Room in Hartford. The event benefits its domestic violence programs for women and children. The black tie optional event will feature FOX Ct Jennifer Lahmers Bosworth and Joe Furey as co-emcees, NBC CT Brad Drazen as auctioneer, with special guests including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and WDRC personality Brad Davis. Tickets are $150. For more information call 860-527-0550.
Saturday is Kentucky Derby Day and that means a couple local parties as well.
Cedar Hill Cemetery will host its 6th Annual Run for the Roses at Belle Terrace at Avon Old Farms. The party includes hors-d’oeuvres, open bar, viewing of pre-race Kentucky Derby coverage live from Churchill Downs, viewing of the Kentucky Derby race, dinner, live music, dancing, and a silent auction from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $150 a person. Call 860-956-3311. for ticket information.
The 4th annual Ron’s Run For The Roses, a benefit for the Ron Foley Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, will beheld Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Folly Farm in Simsbury. Travelers insurance president and CEO, Brian W. MacLean, and its president personal insurance, Greg Toczydlowski, are the honorary chairmen. The event includes food, cocktails, Derby-style fashion , auctions and live viewing of the Kentucky Derby. Tickets are $75 to $150. Go to ronsrun.org for information.
Also on Saturday, The Children’s Museum of West Hartford will hold its 16th Annual Gala “A Child’s World” at Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield. Fox CT personalities Laurie Perez and Jim Altman are emcees. The evening benefits the Museum’s education and outreach programs, with specialty cocktails, food, “Science Fair Midway,” silent and live auctions, and our animal sponsorships. Tickets are $150 and $250. Call 860-231-2830 for ticket information.
This event has two options, a $100 sit down Mad Hatter dinner with live music or the $50 a ticket Mad Tea Party in the mezzanine featuring a live deejay, passed hors d’oeuvres and special performance. All funds raised from the event go directly to support AIDS programs provided by the Plainville-based non-profit. For information call 860-793-2221.
And if you still have the energy, the New Britain Museum of American Art there will hold its annual “The Art of Wine and Food” gala, with dining and dancing amid masterpieces. The black tie event includes an auction with proceeds from the event supporting the museum and its program. Tickets begin at $250 a person and can be purchased by calling 860-229-0257.
Baxter, who has faced domestic abuse, alcoholism and breast cancer, will talk about her book “Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame and Floundering.” There is a reception before the program. Tickets start at $25. For information go to thriverspirit.eventbrite.com
Ct Forum will host “Our Fragile Earth” Saturday at 8 p.m. at The Bushnell. DEEP commissioner Dan Esty, author Michael Pollan and radio personality Majora Cates will make up the panel. Go to ctforum.org for information.
On Sunday, the Matthew Phillips Salon at 68 Lasalle Road will host its 12th annual Cut-A-Thon benefiting breast cancer research. Haircuts are $25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information call 860-523-5261.
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