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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.