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S’now Problem Hartford! Lots To Do No Matter What’s on The Ground

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]MTH Exerior.28.25.04  Not even a little snow can stop Hartford when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day and beyond.

The party starts at noon today when hundreds of men and women will mark “Heart Health Month”  at the  American Heart Association’s “Hartford Go Red for Women Luncheon” at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Motivational speaker and heart transplant survivor Ginger Zimmerman will be the guest speaker at the fundraiser that will also feature Elizabeth C. Winsor, CEO, National Accounts for United Healthcare.

Information: heart.org.hartfordgoredluncheon.

It’s a day for couples of course but whether you have a significant other or not, it’s still a day to  celebrate love. And for those in the Hartford area, that would include the quintessential couple.  Adam and Eve.

That will be the topic at a Valentine’s Day party at the Mark Twain House & Museum when excerpts from the Twainian romance “Diaries of Adam and Eve” are read at the lovefest at the Farmington Avenue venue today beginning at 7 p.m. Characterized as the “very first battle of the sexes,” the hourlong reading will be followed by champagne and chocolate.

Information: marktwainhouse. org.

Speaking of the Twain House, National Geographic has named the place as one of the 10 Best Historic Homes in the world in its new travel guide,  “The 10 Best of Everything.”

cake And what’s a Valentine weekend without a  little something sweet. Head over to the annual CT Cake Competition Saturday and Sunday at the convention center.

The two-day event includes a wedding cake competition, classes, demonstrations and baking and decorating vendors as well as a “midnight madness” classes.

And speaking of cake…  Cheshire celebrity cake maker Ana Parzych and her cakes will be in the spotlight today . Two of her wedding cakes will be featured on a  special Valentine’s Day edition of Katie Couric’s  “Katie” show and another cake will be center stage ” The Knot Dream Wedding in Bryant Park in New York City.

heart_3[1]Romantic music anyone? But of course. Take advantage of a slew of holiday dining specials  in the area and then head over to the Bushnell where the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will perform at its  “Love is in the Air”  program, Thursday, Friday,  Saturday and Sunday. The concerts will also include readings of  famous love letters by selected guests.

Information: hartfordsymphony.org

And of course there should be dancing this holiday weekend of love. And students at UConn will be doing that as they host an 18- hour HuskyTHON Dance Marathon  this weekend benefiting the Connecicut Children’s Medical Center.

An estimated 1,700 students will participate in the dance-a-thon that is the culmination of a year-long fundraiser effort for the children’s hospital. the school has held the Huskython Dance marathon each year for the past 14 years, and in 2012 became one of the top ten dance marathons in the nation when it netted $304,000 for the Hartford hospital.

The dance-a-thon begins on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the university field house and continues through noon Sunday.

Information: huskython.org.




Free Breakfast Alert Pancake Lovers!

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Know it’s a ways off yet but it’s best to be prepared when it comes to free flapjacks.

International House of Pancakes is offering free pancakes on National Pancake Day, Feb. 5. And the kicker? The day benefits the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Here’s the scoop with syrup:

“IHOP, one of America’s most popular family-friendly restaurants, known for “everything you love about breakfast,” will once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day on February 5, 2013, while celebrating Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary. On this day, the restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million as the first national fundraising campaign to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During National Pancake Day, the company’s largest philanthropic event of the year, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities. One hundred percent of the donations will help local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children.

This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. In 2012 alone, IHOP raised more than $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities.

“Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day mean millions of miracles for those in need,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc. “The concept is simple, but our mission is ambitious; to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For the past eight years, it has been a pleasure and a privilege for all of us at IHOP to participate in this worthy event, and each year our guests have proved to be incredibly generous, helping us not only reach but surpass our goal. We look forward to continuing that trend this year as we plan to once again flip and serve about 4 million free pancakes for charity.”

Guests visiting participating IHOP restaurants in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will also have the option to purchase “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each, throughout the month of January leading into National Pancake Day, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Participating restaurants will display the balloons in celebration of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30-year anniversary. Those who buy a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 off discount that can be credited toward their next visit.

For more information on National Pancake Day, or to learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

Mark your calendars!