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It’s the Weekend Hartford! Celebrate With A Slew of Choices!

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A car show, some big thinkers, a cook-off and a little dose of Christmas are on hand for you thiscalendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1] weekend, the last before the holiday season officially begins.

Thursday, the CT Forum will host its “Big Thinkers” program at the Bushnell featuring best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell  and noted historian and author Douglas Brinkley . The two will offer their own insights on what happens when big thinkers flex their brains and how big ideas  are understandable and accessible.  Show starts mglad2at 8 p.m Information: ctforum.org

Are you more into politics? You might want to head over to theMark Russell Mark Twain House & Museum Thursday where political satirist Mark Russell will be giving his take on the absurd state of politics today at “Mark Russell: the Laughter of Politics.” Information: 860-280-3130.

Dreaming of new wheels? The Connecticut Auto Show opens at the Connecticut Convention Center Thursday. But on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. Cadillac will sponsor “Heels and Wheels,”  a special event for women who want to peruse the show while getting  the inside scoop on buying a car without a guy. 

WCT_Autoshow_Logo_3-Color[1]omen are invited to bring a gently used pair of shoes or heels that will be donated to Goodwill for women inruthie need. The donation translates into a $2 discount on the price of the show tickets and a free “pink beverage.”  There will be free make-up demonstrations. There will also be a jewelry boutique with proceed going to the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association’s Foundation which  donates to over 31 charities in the state)

Speaking of Thanksgiving, wouldn’t you love to be able to do most of your Thanksgiving shopping at one place, all while supporting CT farmers and vendors? Well, Hartford’s Farmers’ Markets have been working hard to make that wish come true by organizing the 3rd Annual Hartford Harvest Farmers’ Market on Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Knox Parks Greenhouse located at 75 Laurel St.

You’ll find all the traditional makings for Thanksgiving  dinner including potatoes, apples,turkeycute_rgb[1] pumpkins, carrots, greens, eggs, a variety of cheeses, coffee, pies, cupcakes, beans, and for the table, great craft items! There will be live music and kids activities. Don’t worry about the weather because this market will be indoors at the Knox Greenhouses.
 Information: hartfordfood.org

Speaking of food, also on Saturday, four remaining chefs will battle it out at Vito’s by the Park in Hartford  in the “So You Think You Can Cook 2″ competition. The battle began with nine  local chefs and after a series of cook-offs, four remain for the grand finale which will be filmed at the restaurant before a live audience.

 “We’re closing down Vito’s by the Park this Saturday from 11a.m. to 2p.m. for the filming of this great event,” said Chef/Owner Rob Maffucci.  A limited number of tickets are available for $25 each with proceeds being donated to Make-A-Wish CT. The winner of the cook-off receives  a privately catered, in-home dinner for a party of ten. information: vitosct.com

Ansondheim-298x300[1]d if you are looking for “A Little Night Music” and more, head over to the Bushnell where the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will perform the music of Pulitzer, Grammy and Tony award winner Steven Sondheim. Guest conductor is Tim Stella. Information: hartfordsymphony.org

And if you need a little Christmas during this Thanksgiving season, the lights go on this weekend at the Holiday Light Fantasia at Goodwin Park. The drive-through display, benefiting the Channel 3 Kids Camp, continues through Jan. 6.




Get Ready For Some REALLY Big Events This Weekend!

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Got a lot to do around the house what with Thanksgiving in just a week?  Take a break, there are so many more fun choices around Hartford.

Treat yourself to lunch and camaraderie by going to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Greater Hartford Woman Against Multiple Sclerosis “WAMS” Luncheon today at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Keynote speakers will be Jill Zarin, formerly on Bravo’s hit show “The Real Housewives of New York City,” radio talk show host Lisa Wexler and Ronda Giangreco, author of “The Gathering Table.”

The event also includes  pre-luncheon boutique shopping  from 10 a.m. to noon. Information: 860-913-2550 or nationalmssociety.org.

Take a ride through West Hartford Thursday night and catch the glow of purple to mark Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. the Ron Foley Foundation Committee has teamed up with businesses in West Hartford Center that will be sporting purple lights and donating a portion of their sales to the foundation. Information: ronsrun.org.

Also tonight, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) will present New Haven’s CHOICE Affair at the Long Wharf Theatre. Kathleen Turner, director, movie and stage actor, and Planned Parenthood advocate, will host the event.

Turner is best known for her roles in  Body Heat and Francis Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married.  Turner, currently starring and directing at Long Wharf,   is the current chair of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Board of Advocates.

Real Art Ways will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Creative Cocktail Hour Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be $5  “throwback pricing” from 6 to 8 p.m.  and regular $10 admission from 8 to 10 p.m. Real Art Ways is located at 56 Arbor St. Hartford.

Start Friday with free doughnuts and coffee at Tastease , 70 New Park Ave., Hartford where owners Tony and Susan Mendes will be celebrating their one millionth signature bite sized doughnut.

The two, who nearly closed their store a few months ago in the midst of a building battle,  have  become celebrities of sorts with their mini-doughnuts that are considered edible works of art. Free coffee and doughnuts will be served from 7 a.m. to noon on a first come-first served basis.

Planning to be a host or hostess during the holiday season?  Need some inspiration when it comes to setting the table? The Connecticut Valley Garden Club presents its second annual “Set To Celebrate” exhibit at the Town & County Club in Hartford, featuring 30+ tables “dressed” for celebration.

The two-day display includes designer tables, children’s table., hall entry tables, romantic tables and holiday tables. The two-day show is open Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $40 a person if purchased in advance at www.Set2Celebrate.net and $25 at the door. Box lunches can also be ordered .

Proceeds  will go toward  the construction of the new handicap accessible Heritage Rose Garden at Elizabeth Park.

Also on Friday, Mercy Housing will hold its “Dreams Can Come True” gala at the Hilton Hartford. Honorary co-chairs are Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. Proceeds benefit the center that provides housing assistance and support services to the homeless.  Information:  mercyhousingct.org

The eighth annual Not-So-Snooty Beer, Wine & Cheese Tasting Adventure benefiting “The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp”  will be held Friday from 6 to 8 :30 p.m. at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks. Samples from local breweries, wineries and cheese-making companies will be featured at the event hosted by Bradley Family Day, Inc., a non-profit group that has been raising funds for the camp for the past 20 years. Information: 860-627-3116.

On Saturday, head over to the Connecticut Convention Center for the 10th annual  One Big Event, the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective Gala. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing  with Jacques Lamarre as emcee. Information: 860-278-4163.