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: www.peabody.yale.edu 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: www.elizab.com.

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 www.vernonarts.org.

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 www.westcongchurch.org.

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 www.DanceVillageCt.com.

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: www.facebook.com/FavarhThriftShop.

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: www.wadsworthmansion.com 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: www.cantonrec.org.

Family Arts Day At Warner Theater

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warnerThe Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education, 68 Main St. in Torrington, holds a Family Arts Day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with music, popcorn and cotton candy, face painting, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, interactive workshops and games. All activities are free — and anyone who signs up for a fall class during the event gets a $10 discount. Information: 860-489-7180 or warnertheatre.org.

Broadway BOGO

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The New York City theaters are offering two-for-one tickets for 21 of Broadway’s top shows during the annual Broadway Week promotion. Tickets go on sale beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 18 at nycgo.com/broadwayweek for performances running between Sept. 1 and Sept. 14. Discounted shows include Aladdin, Cabaret, Lion King,lion king Chicago, Wicked and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. If you’re interested, order quickly. All tickets subject to availability and blackout dates may apply.

Puffs SoftPack

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puffs softpackYou know that battered old box of tissues in your car? You can get rid of it. Puffs has a new SoftPack – a full-sized package of tissue that can’t be crushed. The new full-sized, flexible, pop-up pack would be good for stashing in the car, a backpack or suitcase.

Jurassic Jam

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dinosaurDinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill celebrates the anniversary of the discovery of its legendary Jurassic tracks Saturday with a day of music, games, films, crafts and love animal presentations. Outdoor activities are free and there’s no charge for admission to the exhibit hall during the event. If you want to try your hand at making your own tracks, you’ll need to bring 10 pounds of plaster of Paris and 1/4 cup of cooking oil. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: www.dinosaurstatepark.org.

Free CT Farmers’ Market Guide

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tomatoesConnecticut corn, tomatoes and other produce are ripe and the Central Regional Tourism District has a free guide to where you can find the best of locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. “Central Connecticut’s Gardens & Farmers’ Markets” features farmers’ markets, farm stands and orchards across the state and includes addresses and schedules. Print out the guide at CenterofCT.com, or call 860-787-9640 to request a mailed copy.