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:

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:

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 for a free lipstick of your choice. This promotion is ongoing. (For details, visit 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:

Send free green love and save trees with Earth Day e-cards at

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 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

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

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 and be sure to include your name and mailing address.)

Dilly Of A Sale

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daffodilSpring means tag sales and the Meriden Daffodil Festival tag sale in Hubbard Park on West Main St. on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a popular annual event. More than 100 vendors offer a wide range of general merchandise. Organizers promise good deals and haggling is encouraged.