Fast Phone

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BK phonePlanning to buy a new cell phone? You might want fries with that. Download Burger King’s new app and the chain will give you a free Android smartphone. More than 20 models are available, including the LG G2, Motorola Droid RAZR and the Samsung Galaxy SIII. (A new, renewed or upgraded two-year service with Sprint or Verizon and the promo code “FREEPHONE” is required to get the deal.) More information at and

Passport To Reading

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librarySeptember is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Connecticut Library Association is sponsoring a special Passport Program to help adults and kids discover the world of libraries in the state. Pick up a passport of any one of the more than 80 libraries participating, than get it stamped each time you visit a new location on the list. Visitors also get a small gift at each library, plus an entry into a drawing for free gift cards. The more libraries visited, the better chance of winning. The program runs Sept. 2 to 30. Visit your local library for details or

Olive Garden BOGO

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Olive GardenOlive Garden has a “Buy One, Take One” promotion. Eat in at an Olive Garden restaurant and choose one of six entrees served with unlimited salad and breadsticks, starting at $12.99, and you’ll get a second entree (packaged to go) at no additional charge. You’ll also get a code for a free Redbox movie rental. Information:

Old Sturbridge Village For Free

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Time travel through history at no charge on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, at Old Sturbridge Village. Kids 17 and younger get free admission. Programming salutes classic family games and visitors get to try their hands at tug-of-war, stilts, hopscotch, marbles, jump rope and more. (Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.) Information: 1-800-SEE-1830 or

Dino Deal

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peabodyThe Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Avenue in New Haven, holds its annual “Summer’s Last Roar” event on Saturday, Aug. 23. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for all and activities include special programs on mastodons and dinosaurs — including viewing the Peabody’s 11,000-year-old Otisville Mastodon and the exhibit “Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies,” — door prizes, puppet shows and more. Information and schedule: or 203-432-5050.

Last Call For Tax-Free Shopping

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ElizaB (2) Last call for tax free shopping. Connecticut’s Tax Free Week ends Saturday. Shop by then and you won’t pay sales tax on any individual clothing or footwear items priced less than $300.

The Eliza B Factory Store, 55 Plains Road in Essex, features deals on trendy sandals for women, leather goods and accessories, including headbands, watchbands and totes, along with men’s preppy leather goods, fashionable pet leashes and collars, fabrics, ribbons and trims. Savings run as much as 50 percent, and all sales are final. The store is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September. Information:

Vernon Community Arts Center, 709 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon, is holding an outdoor gift shop sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. merchandise includes discounted jewelry, ceramics, art prints, woodwork and note paper. Information: 860-871- 8222 or

Westbrook Congregational Church holds its annual fair on the Westbrook Town Green, 1166 Boston Post Road, on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features children’s activities, crafters, vendors and a tag sale. Information: 860-399-9367 or

Dance Village, 171C Spencer St. in Manchester, is holding a back-to-school sale with savings on dance gear and 20 percent off regularly-priced Bloch and Capezio items. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 860-645-6606 or

Starting Monday, marked-down merchandise is an additional 20 percent off at Favarh Thrift Shop, 250 Albany Turnpike, in Canton. Sale ends Aug. 30. Hours are Monday, noon to 6 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information:

South Windsor women’s resale shop, Clothes Mentor, is holding its final clearance of the season. Selected summer merchandise including tops, shorts, sandals, skirts, pants, jeans, purses and jewelry are discounted during the sale. The store is at 90 Buckland Road.

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Market Day At the Mansion

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wadsworth mansionSunday is Open Air Market Day & Festival at the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, 421 Wadsworth St., in Middletown. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., vendors will sell Connecticut-grown produce, locally made breads, cheeses and jams and crafts. The free event also includes entertainment and children’s activities, docent-led historical tours and horse-drawn carriage rides. Information: or 860-347-1064.

Canton Carnivale

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IMG_3359Canton Parks and Recreation celebrates the end of summer with Carnivale du Canton at Mills Pond Pool on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The free family fun day is open to the public and includes pool and carnival games, prizes and music. A clown will create animal balloons in the pavilion from noon to 2 p.m.; and refreshments will be available for sale throughout the day. Information: