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.
Saturday, 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.
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.
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.”
Saturdays are free admission days for Hartford residents at the Harriet Beecher
Stowe Center, 77 Forest St., Hartford. Tours are given on the half hour between
10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and a special children’s tour takes place at 1:30 p.m.
The center has free parking. Information: 860-522-9258 or
Au Bon Pain celebrates spring with 99 cent iced coffee and iced tea, (including new goji berry green tea and black currant tea) through April 24. There are Au Bon Pains at CityPlace, 185 Asylum St. in Hartford, and in Westfarms Mall. Information: AuBonPain.com.
The Tanger Outlet Center, 314 Flat Rock Place, Westbrook, will present its annual Spring Egg Hunt at noon Saturday. The free event, featuring candy-filled eggs and prizes, is open to children 12 and younger. Age groups are up to 3; 4 to 7; and 8 to 12.
Post-hunt activities include an egg decorating, egg toss, cookie decorating and a coloring contest Information: www.tangeroutlet.com.
Get a free night of camping during KOA’s Care Camps Big Weekend on May 9 and 10.
Here’s how it works: Pay for your first night, and your second night is free.
Sites and cabins fill up quickly. There are participating campgrounds across the
country, including the Mystic KOA. Information: www.koa.com.
Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, 421 Wadsworth St., Middletown, celebrates
April with its annual daffodil day and kids fest Sunday, April 13. The free
family event, from 1 to 4 p.m., features guided tours of the mansion and
gardens, entertainment and children’s activities, including a dress-up tea party
for ages 6 and under, stilt walkers and more. Information: 860-347-1064 or