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:

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

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 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:

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, or call 860-787-9640 to request a mailed copy.

Daycation: New Haven

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yale4Attend Yale without the five-figure tuition. The famed New Haven university offers free guided tours 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tours start at the Yale Visitor Center, 149 Elm St., and last about an hour and a half. Information: If you prefer to head out on your own, you can take a Elm City walking tour with a free, self-guided tour app from

Kate Date AT CT Historical Society

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The Connecticut Historical Society puts Katherine Hepburn back on the big screen with a free outdoor screening of “The Philadelphia Story” on the society’s grounds at 1 Elizabeth St. in Hartford at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14. As a prelude to the film, the Society’s exhibit, “Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen,” will be open to the public at no charge from 7 to 8 p.m. (In the event of rain, the movie will be shown indoors.) Information:

Bagel Bargain At Panera

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Be the office hero without breaking your budget. On Tuesdays, get a baker’s dozen, (13), of bagels for $6.99 at Panera restaurants. (Regular cost: $9.99). No coupon required; the special is available all day and you can call ahead and place an order to be ready when you arrive. (They’ll even slice the bagels for you if you ask.) Information: