‘Art of Style’ Exhibit At BodyTalk In Avon

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unnamed-1Fashion becomes art and art becomes fashion at “The Art of Style: Fine Art & Contemporary Fashion,” an exhibit of paintings, collage, sculpture and ceramics opening Thursday, May 1, at BodyTalk Boutique in Avon.

The Fuse Factory Artists, a group of women artists from the Farmington Valley Arts Center, will pair their creations with clothing from the store’s spring collection to create vignettes that will be on display throughout the store.

The public is invited meet the artists and view the works at a complimentary wine and cheese reception on Thursday, May 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Art will be on exhibit throughout the month of May. Bodytalk Boutique is at 21 East Main Street/Route 44 in Avon. Information: 860-678-7855.






This group of accomplished artists includes Candace Abbott, Ginny August, Annette Baser, Susan Brereton, Claire Fish, Betsy Gardner, Fran Hoffnagle, Danielle Langford, Estelle  Laschever, Melissa Meredith, Avis Turner and Dianne Zweig.


Invited by the manager of Bodytalk Boutique a women’s contemporary clothing store in Avon, “The Fuse Factory Artists” will be launching their very first community event on May, 1, 2014.

Earth Day Plant Sale

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Beautify your landscape at dirt-cheap prices while supporting local conservation efforts at the Northwest Conservation District’s annual Earth Day plant sale Friday through Sunday at the Goshen Fairgrounds off Route 63. The event features thousands of native, shrubs, evergreens, ground covers, perennials and more. Sale hours are Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 860-626-7222.

Free Pretzels

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pretzelmakerSaturday, April 26, is National Pretzel Day, and Pretzelmaker shops are handing out pretzels — no dough needed. (Stores will be accepting donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). There are Connecticut locations in Westfarms mall in Farmington; Crystal Mall in Waterford; Buckland Mall in Manchester; Meriden Square Mall and other shopping centers. More information: pretzelmaker.com.

Swap ‘Til You Drop

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Whole Foods Market, 55 Welles St., in Glastonbury, marks Earth Week with a Clothing Swap on Thursday, April 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (The event is coordinated by Uptown Consignments.) Bring clean, gently used clothing and accessories and swap for new-to-you items. (Fashions that aren’t swapped are donated to a local charity.) Info: 860-652-9800.

Have Your Cake And a Book Too

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Celebrate World Book Night and Shakespeare’s 450th birthday at the “All the World’s A Cake” party on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at NoRA cq Cupcakes, 700 Main St. in Middletown. The event, sponsored by Connecticut Humanities and Connecticut Center for the Book, features free entertainment, cupcakes and copies of “Shakespeare’s Sonnets.”

Earth Day Freebies and Easter Deals

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Earth Week ToteEarth Day is Tuesday, April 22 and some businesses are honoring the planet with eco-deals.

Spend $65 or more from Monday, April 21 through Saturday, April 26 and you’ll get a free, limited-edition Earth Day tote bag. While you’re there, you can also get a free mini-facial. Information: www.origins.com.

Bring five empty plastic bags into any Disney Store on Tuesday and you’ll get a free “Bears” reusable tote bag. One per customer, while supplies last.


Return any six empty MAC containers to a MAC counter, store or www.maccosmetics.com for a free lipstick of your choice. This promotion is ongoing. (For details, visit www.maccosmetics.com and type “recycle” into the search field.)

In honor of National Parks Week and just in time for Earth Day, the National Park Service will waive entrance fees to all national parks on Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20. Information: www.nps.gov.

Send free green love and save trees with Earth Day e-cards at 123Greetings.com.

Spring Sales

Don’t forget — Easter Sunday means marked-down candy and gifts on Monday, April 21. CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Target and Wal-Mart will be slashing prices on candy, bunnies and other seasonal items.

Guys can double up on a new spring wardrobe without paying double the price. Most merchandise, including suits and jackets, is buy one, get one free at Men’s Wearhouse stores. Sale ends Saturday. Some exclusions. Visit www.menswearhouse.com for details.

Spring and summer clothing for the entire family is 50 percent off at The Second Chance Shop of Simsbury, at 12 Station Street. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dance Village, 171 Spencer St. in Manchester celebrates 40 years in business with discounts on Capezio and Bloch merchandise on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19. Information: 860-645-6606 or www.dance-village-ct.com.

Select curtains, pillows, bedding, fabric, trim and accessories are up to 50 percent off at RLF HOME, 30 Bartholomew Avenue, Hartford. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 860-951-8110.

Spend $50 or more at L.L. Bean and you’ll get a free $10 gift card. Offer good through Sunday, April 20 in stores and at www.llbean.com.

It’s spring sale time at Antiques on Main, 165-167 Main St. in Wethersfield. Sale ends Saturday, April 19. Store hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30 am. to 5:30 p.m.


Free Daytrips & Destinations Tickets

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daytripsFind the best places to go and things to see at the Daytrips and Destinations Travel & Family Fun Expo on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Adult admission is $8, but you and a friend can get in free if you’re one of the first 25 people to send me your favorite Connecticut daytrip destination. (Send to kvann@courant.com and be sure to include your name and mailing address.)