And what a weekend it will be.
The New Children’s Museum will hold its 18th Annual Gala Thursday, May 15 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the museum on Trout Brook Drive.
Themed “A Child’s World: Imagine the Possibilities,” the gala includes entertainment, dining and a celebration of the museum and its learning experiences and outreach programs offered to area children and families. Guests will meet some of the museum’s unique animal residents and participate in STEAM-driven (science, technology, education, arts, and math) interactive experiences at the event. For more information go here.
Also on May 15, South Park Inn, which provides services to the homeless, will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a party at The Society Room in Hartford. The event brings two friends and celebs together again, WFSB’s Scot Haney and WDRC’s Brad Davis, as the auctioneers. NBC Connecticut’s Kevin Nathan serve as host. Special guest speakers will be Retired General James Throwe and veteran client, Todd Wilson. Party starts at 5:30. For information go here.
Also on May 15, the Greater Hartford Auxiliary of the American Cancer Society holds its annual Spring Luncheon at Tumble Brook Country Club. Java is pleased to be the guest speaker at the event that also includes a fashion show featuring clothes from Body Talk.
Thursday is Creative Cocktail Hour at Real Art Ways from 6 to 10 p.m. with art, music and conversation. As an added bonus, if you ride your bike, admission is free. For more information go here.
Also on Thursday, Grace Academy,the only tuition free girls school in the Hartford area, will hold a fundraiser at The Society Room. beginning at 5:30 p.m. For information go here.
Friday May 16, begins with the 11th annual Junior Achievement Partners in Achievement Breakfast. at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The breakfast celebrates children, volunteers and educators who have participated in the Junior Achievement program. Breakfast is served at 7:15 with the program at 8 a.m. For more information go here.
The two, who own Arethusa Farm in Litchfield, Arethusa al tavola restaurant and Arethusa Farm Diary store in Bantam , are also partners with Sarah Jessica Parker in a new lines of shoes, bags and trenches called SJP USA.
Over at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, tv celebs and former CT journalists, Mika Brzezinski and Gayle King will be the featured guests at the first “Know Your Value” women’s conference. the daylong event includes seminars on how women at all stages of their careers overcome roadblocks to get their worth at work and create the lives they want along the way. King, now a co-anchor on “CBS This Morning,” will be the featured speaker at lunch with an end of the conference keynote address from Mika Brzezinski. who co-anchors MSNBC’s “Morning Joe. ” .
For more information go here.
On Saturday, party down to Pratt Street for “Hartford Has Style.”
The event featuring fashion, food, dancing, and art will include a runway show, live auction and music. FOX Ct’s Logan Byrnes will host the event that begins at 6 p.m. and continues to midnight. For more information go here.
Also on Saturday at the Theater of the Performing Arts in Hartford, the Connecticut Institute for Community Development will host the annual Miss Puerto Rico of Greater Hartford Cultural Pageant. Contestants will vie for titles including “:Miss Little Puerto Rico,” “Miss Puerto Rico Pre-Teen” and “Miss Puerto Rico” Besides the pageant, there will be food, music,and raffles. The event begins at noon. For more information go here.