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Time For Heat Hartford! It’s The Weekend!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]So it’s the first heat wave of the season but that shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying the weekend, a weekend full of choices.

On Thursday, head over to Trinity College for Camp Courant’s “Cartoons For Camp,” a fundraising evening with Courant editorial cartoonist Bob Englehart from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Urban & Global Studies.

Englehart will tell stories and show previously unseen cartoons. This exhibit of original cartoon art is for one night only. Tickets are $75. Information: campcourant.org

alecxanderAlso on Thursday, civil rights lawyer, advocate and author Michelle Alexander will be awarded the 2013 Stowe Prize at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. The evening includes a reception and dinner, book signing and dessert under a tent on the grounds. Information: harriestbeecherstowecenter.org

On Friday East Hartford’s Goodwin College will holds its “Magical Night Under the Big Top” gala to benefit its student scholarships. Honorary chairs are Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his wife, Cathy Malloy. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner and performers. Information: goodwin.edu.

komenSaturday, get your sneakers on and run or walk in Hartford’s 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. There are 5K races, walks, a kid’s race and more at Bushnell Park. You can register for the race Friday at the park, or on Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 8:15 followed by races and walks. The survivor’s breakfast is at 8 a.m. Information:komenct.org

Also on Saturday and Sunday, St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Hartford holds its Greek Festival 2013. The festival, held at the cathedral at 433 Fairfield Ave. includes Greek food, pastries, imports, music and dancing. The festival is open Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

parade (2)Sunday is Parade Day. The Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival del Coqui will be held at the Bushnell Pavilion in Hartford. The parade starts at noon and the festival, from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be food and live performances . Information: hartfordprparade.com.

Also on Sunday, head over to Plainville’s Robertson Airport from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for its annual “Wings and Wheels” fundraiser benfitting The Petit Foundation and the Plainville Community Pantry. Classic cars, airplanes, ride, food and entertainment will be featured. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children from five to 11.

Civil Rights Lawyer/Advocate To Receive 2013 Stowe Prize

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Atty. Michelle Alexander, a well-known civil rights lawyer and advocate, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Stowe Prize, presented each year by Hartford’s  Harriet Beecher  Stowe Center.

She was selected for her new book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”

The $10,000 award is given biennially to a united States author who written work makes an impact on a critical social issue in the tradition of Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Alexander will receive her award at the Stowe Center’s Big Tent Jubilee on May 30, 2013. Her book was chosen from a field of 71 entries.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as the recipient of the Stowe prize,” said Alexander. “It is a powerful affirmation of the power of writing to influence change.”