Bring a friend to Canton Clay Works and sign up for adult spring pottery classes, (Wheel Throwing, Hand Building in Clay and others), and you’ll both receive a 40 percent discount on tuition. (To get the deal, one of each pair signing up must be a new student.) Classes begin March 26. Information: cantonclayworks.com.
Join the Maple Sugar Madness at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main St., in
Glastonbury, on Sunday, March 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. Watch a demonstration of the
maple sugaring process, from tapping trees to boiling sap, then go inside for
fresh cooked pancakes made over an open hearth and topped with last year’s maple
syrup. The event is sponsored by the Glastonbury Historical Society. Tickets are just
$5. Information: 860-633-6890.
Saturday is Bring Your Own Friends day at IKEA. Shop with a buddy and you’ll each get special deals, free breakfast and a free blue IKEA shopping bag. The day also features in-store activies and sales. You’ll need to go to IKEA-USA.com/BYOF to RSVP and print out coupons for the freebies. For each RSVP, IKEA will make a $1 donation to Save the Children. The New Haven store is at 450 Sargent Drive.
Get menu ideas and culinary tips at Williams-Sonoma’s free in-store technique
classes on Sundays in March. Each hourlong session covers a specific topic, such
as spring entertaining and cooking with seasonal foods, and includes recipe
tastings. Participants get a 10 percent discount on same-day purchases. No
charge for the classes, but space is limited, so register in advance.
Purchase a Frosty Key Tag for $1 now at Wendy’s and you’ll get a free Jr. Frosty wPurchase a Frosty Key Tag for $1 now at Wendy’s and you’ll get a free Jr. Frosty with every purchase you make through Aug. 31. All proceeds benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Tags are available at participating locations while supplies last.
Tuesday is National Pancake Day and IHOP restaurants celebrate by giving a free short stack (three buttermilk pancakes) to anyone who visits a participating location. The fine print: one order of free pancakes per person, dine-in only, pancakes available while supplies last, and, since the giveaway is also a charity fundraiser, IHOP asks for a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network. Information: www.ihoppancakeday.com.
If the Olympics inspired you to hit the slopes, check out LastMinuteSkiGetaways.com, where bargain hunting skiers and snowboarders can find discounts of as much as 70 percent on resort and lift packages. New England ski areas include Killington, Smugglers’ Notch, Sugarbush, Mount Snow, Stowe and others.
Reel in a bargain with beginner fly fishing classes offered by the Connecticut Fly Fishing Association. A series of four sessions, (held at Cabela’s in East Hartford), and two “on-the-water” classes is $50 for adults and $30 for kids. Classroom sessions are from 7 to 8:30 pm. on March 6, 13, 20 and 27. Outdoor session dates to be announced. For more information and to register, call 860-839-2070.
If you’re driving to Boston, New York City, Providence or one of 100 other cities, (or parking at just about any major US airport), download the Best Parking app before you go. Once you arrive at your destination, plug in an address, cross street, neighborhood or attraction and the app will direct you to the cheapest nearby parking lot. Rates are updated regularly and links to any available discount coupons are provided. Available for iPhone, Android or BlackBerry users. Information at BestParking.com.
More cold weather ahead, which means more time spent indoors reading. If ebook downloads are draining your budget, sign up for BookBub.com’s daily email alert for free and discounted best-seller and new-release downloads. BargainBooksy.com offers daily discounts on best-selling e-books. Amazon’s Daily Deal for Kindle features a changing list of discounted ebooks in a variety of genres.