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This Weekend, Dancing For Good Causes and A Pageant with CT Charm

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]It could be a bit of a tricky weekend when it comes to your schedule what with a slew of galas, the Miss Universe contest with Connecticut’s own Erin Brady in the running and a really poignant dance contest that is a perfect fit for Veterans Day.

Dan Lauria, best known for his role as the father in the former tv series “The Wonder Years” will be  at the Mark Twain House & Museum Thursday at  6 p.m. for a special free program. The Broadway star will discuss his career and his new children’s book, “The Blue Hair Club & Other Stories.” Lauria is in town because he is one of the stars in the upcoming Bushnell production of “A Christmas Story,” opening next week.

Things really get going on  Saturday night with several galas.

Themercy Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation presents its 19th annual  “Dreams Can Come True Gala” at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The evening includes live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing with proceeds used for Mercy’s efforts to meet the needs of the area’s homeless.  More information here.

Or you could head over to the Hartford/Windsor Marriott  where HARC will hold its 25th annual “The Silver Screen” gala and auction. HARC provides services for people with intellectual and related disabilities.

The evening includes dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Hosts will be radio personalitydancing Ray Dunaway and tv personality Brad Drazen. Guests are invited to dress as their favorite star or character or, in the spirit of the silver anniversary, anything silver. For more information go here.

Also on Saturday, “STARS An Evening of Celebration” will be held at Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield. Proceeds from the evening will support the Intensive Education Academy Inc. The academy provides education to students with autism, developmental delay and other related disabilities.

Auction emcees are tv personality Scot Haney and radio personality Brad Davis.

Information: 860-236-2049.

Now in berinbetween dancing and winning auctions, you can tune into NBC and catch the Miss Universe Pageant from Moscow. While you may usually skip over such programs, this year is special for Connecticut because among the contestants is South Glastonbury’s Erin Brady, who won the Miss USA competition here and is now representing our country at the international pageant.

It’s Veteran’s Day weekend folks and hopefully, no need to say anything except take a moment and be grateful to the military men and women who stepped up on behalf of this country’s freedom.   

But on Sunday at the Connecticut Convention Center, there will be new twist that will ultimately benefit Fisher House Connecticut, part of the  foundation that provides free, long-term housing near military hospitals so that families of seriously ill soldiers have a place to stay while there loved one recuperates.

“Ddancingancing with Our Heroes Gala” is being sponsored by the 19 Fred Astaire Dance Studios of New England. The goal is to raise $200,000  for the Connecticut facility to be built near the VA Healthcare System in West Haven.

The dance competition will feature couples made up of military heroes and their professional dance partners. Dinner, dancing and a silent auction will also be featured.

For more information go here.   


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.