Oh Yes, It Most Certainly Is TheWeekend Hartford!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]On Thursday, Nutmeg Big Brothers, Big Sisters will hold its annual “Volunteer Recognition Event” where its “4 Exceptional Mentor Awards” will be presented to four of the program’s exemplary  Big Brothers. 

The evening will also include the presentation of the first Victoria L. Soto Memorial Award, given in memory of the teacher who lost her life in the Sandy Hook School  tragedy and who was a Big Sister with the chapter while an undergrad at Eastern  CT State University.

Members of the Soto Family will attend to make the presentation.  

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center in Wethersfield.

200345957-005 WineOn Friday from 7 to 10:00 p.m. The Manchester Community College Foundation  and Rockville  Bank Foundation will sponsor the 21st Annual Evening of Fine Wines. The event is co-sponsored by the MCC Foundation and the Rockville Bank Foundation. Honorary chair of the popular fundraiser this year  is Bill  H.W. Crawford, IV, President and CEO of Rockville Bank.

MCC Alum Angelo Sosa will be the featured guest. Sosa has been featured twice on Bravo’s hit TV show, “Top Chef” (Season 7 and Top Chef: All-Stars) and recently released his own cookbook, Flavor Exposed.

The evening includes wine tastings, elegant appetizers and desserts provided by the culinary arts program students  and live and silent auctions.

Proceeds from the tickets, which are $75 per person, are used for student scholarships and programs at MCC. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 860-512-2907 or visit www.mccgiving.org

  marktwain The second annual Writers Weekend at the Mark Twain House & Museum also opens Friday at 7 p.,m. with author Anita Diamant. The three-day workshop features authors, filmmakers, playwrights and includes refreshments and a voucher for a tour of the facility. Information: 860-280-3130.

 1X00211_7[1]And over at Macy’s at Westfarms Mall, get a fashion taste of spring with “What Not to Wear” master  and CT resident Clinton Kelly at 6 p.m.

Daffodils2[1]It’s daffodil time at  Hubbard Park in Meriden where more than 600,000 daffodils are in bloom for the Meriden Daffodil Festival weekend that includes crafts, amusement rides, food, entertainment, a parade and  a fireworks display on Saturday and Sunday. Go to daffodilfest.com for the complete schedule of events.

 On Saturday, it’s gala time!

cris (2)CRIS Radio will honor ESPN as its Business of the Year and William Webb as its Educator of the Year at CRIS Radio’s 3rd Annual Dining & Dancing In The Dark Gala at The Hartford Club.

ESPN will be recognized for improving access to sports news for people who are blind and print-challenged. In January 2012, ESPN created a volunteer recording studio on its Bristol campus for employees who volunteer to record ESPN’s sports magazines — ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Deportes Magazine, a Spanish-language magazine — for CRIS listeners.

William Webb, a veteran teacher for the Board of Education and Service for the Blind (BESB), will be honored as the CRIS Educator of the Year for his outstanding dedication to improving the lives of people who are blind. For more information, contact CRIS Radio at info@crisradio.org or call (860) 527-8000.

The evening also includes a celebrity dance competition that will feature several tv personalities including Fox 61 meteorologists Rachel Frank and Dan Amarante. And CRIS volunteers/listeners, Diane Duhaime and Rosie Morlene will also perform again with instructors from the Arthur Murray Studio of New Britain.   

Tickets are $100.

You can also head over to the Hartford Stage Scene & Paint Shop on Murphy Road in Hartford Saturday for the stage’s “Party In the Paint Shop 4: Horns & Halos” gala. harst

Beginning at 6 p.m. the paint shop will be transformed into a place for angels and demons and will include food by the Kitchen at  Billings Forge,  auctions and dancing.  

Dress code advice for this affair…flaunt our inner angel or devil! (Please note artistic director Darko Tresnjak’s plan for the evening! ) 

Information: hartfordstage.org

madhatterblog3And St. Philip House will hold its 8th annual “Mad Hatter Auction and Gala” on Saturday at the Marquee, 960 Main St. Hartford.

Proceeds benefit the non-profit which provides services to those with HIV/AIDSin the Central Connecticut area.  Information: stphiliphouse.org

tedAnd finally… a shout out to Stafford Speedway where the season officially opens with its “Spring Sizzler” this weekend. Drivers be careful out there!



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