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Spring Has Sprung…Get Out There Hartford!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]So many choices, so little time is the mantra for this weekend. Not only is it Mother’s Day Sunday but also a weekend of choices when it comes to theater, galas, food events and awards.

 It all starts Thursday at the Hartford Hilton where singer and tv personality Vikki Carr will be the featured guest at the 10th annual “Latinas & Power Symposium.”

More than 500 Latinas are expected at the lunch and business expo that includes seminars and networking. Information: emsbusiness.com

lipitonesAlso on Thursday, The Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre opens its first production of the season,  “The Lipitones ” the tale of a “not so traditional barbershop quartet.”  The show, part of Goodspeed’s 50th anniversary celebration,  continues through June 2 at the Chester theater. Information: goodspeed.org

The Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services will hold its 30th anniversary gala Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Governor’s Residence, 990 Prospect Ave., Hartford . First Lady Cathy Malloy will be the host committee chairwoman for the event benefiting the statewide coalition of individual sexual assault crisis programs. Information: connsacs.org 

On Friday from 6 to 9p.m. , head to St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, for the “Taste of the World” a benefit for Immaculate Conception Shelter & Housing Corp. Beginning at 6 p.m. the fundraiser will include an international assortment of food, wine and beer tastings and music. Tickets are $75. Information: icshc.org 

scott-pelley[1]Also on Friday, Quinnipiac University will present is 20th Fred Friendly First Amendment Award to CBS evening news anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

The award is given each year to a person “who has shown courage and forthrightness in preserving the rights set forth in the First Amendment.” The award is named after Fred Friendly, a former CBS News president and champion of freedom of speech. Information: quinnipiac.edu

lundenIt’s Mother’s Day weekend and that means it is “Race In the Park ” day Saturday at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain. It is the 10th anniversary for the 5K race and walk to raise money for breast cancer research, services  and programming. Held rain or shine, the day also feature food, displays and a survivor’s brunch that this year will feature Joan Lunden as the guest speaker. Information: ctraceinthepark.org

Also on Saturday, the JDRF will hold its annual “Promise Ball” at the Connecticut Convention Center. Ball honorees are Stanley Black & Decker CEO John Lundgren and Yale University professor Dr. Kevan C. Herold. Theme for this year’s event is “Building Toward A Cure” with proceeds benefiting  juvenile diabetes research and programming.

Information: jdrfctmapromiseball.org

 stars1[1]Saturday will also be the day for the 14th  annual Mayor’s Charity Ball in West Hartford. Held in a tent on the town hall green, The evening, themed “Lights, Camera,  Hollywood,” will include food, music, and dancing . Beneficiaries of this year’s event are Playhouse on Park and Hopeworks Inc.

Information: themayorscharityball.org



Yankee Mag “Best” of CT, Celebs Coming to Town

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If you are into celeb sightings you might want to make note:

clinton21Fashion master and lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly is coming to Macy’s at Westfarms Mall Friday at 6 p.m. The Connecticut resident, best known as co-host of TLC’s “What Not To Wear” and ABC’s  “The Chew,” will be giving up his fashion expertise at the program that will include questions and answers and a fashion show. Go to macyswestfarmsclintonkelly.eventbrite.com for information.

The CT Breast Health Initiative’s annual “Race In The Park” on May 11 at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain will have some super-sized star power this year.

Journalist, author and former ABC “ Good Morning America” co-host Joan Lunden will be the featured speaker at the race’s “Survivors Brunch Celebration” at 11 a.m. that day. Breast cancer survivors are honored at the annual brunch, which, this year, will also include humorist and author Eileen Kaplan.

A Mother’s Day weekend tradition, the race/walk is one of the area’s largest. Go to www.cthi.org for information.

Yankee-Logo-77[1]There is also some celebrity when it comes to our state.

New England’s Yankee Magazine’s May/June “Best of” issue is hitting the newsstands and several Hartford area restaurants, hotels, attractions and events have made the “Spotlight” list.

billygrant.li.jpgNoteworthy attractions included the Old State House, Mark Twain House 7 Museum and Real Art Ways. Restaurants included Black eyed Sally’s, Grants, City Steam Brewery Café, On20 and Mozzicato DePasquale Bakery and Pastry Shop. Tapped as Best Designer boutique was Japanalia Eiko. Best lodging kudos were handed to Marriott Downtown Hartford and Chester Buckley House in Wethersfield.

Among the “Top 20” Connecticut Events, several Hartford-area happenings including the current “Burst of Light: Caravaggio & His Legacy” exhibit at The Wadsworth Atheneum, the upcoming Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival and July’s Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz.   

For the magazine’s complete list of New England and Connecticut’s best go to yankeemagazine.com