The 78th White Elephant sale at the First Congregational Church, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, is Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, and features thousands of items, including clothing, sports gear, antiques, art, toys, furniture and other treasures. (Arrive early. This event draws a crowd.) Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, when most of what’s left is half-price.
Price Chopper offers free ticket printing. The corporation will print a limited number of tickets for civic, charitable, religious and other service organizations. These can be requested at the courtesy desk of your local Price Chopper, and must be ordered at least six weeks before they are needed.
Price Chopper also offers free cups and napkins. Non-profit organizations may receive up to 250 free cups and napkins displaying the Price Chopper Logo for use at meetings or events, up to twice per year. These may be obtained at the courtesy desk at your local Price Chopper store. Bring your letter of request, on letterhead for your organization, to the Price Chopper closest to your organization, three weeks before you would need the contribution.
Nonprofits and charities will get a 25 percent discount at Pepperidge Farm Bakery Outlet by bringing their organization’s federal tax-exempt number on letterhead. The bakery outlet is at 1414 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield. Information: 860-286-6400.
Spend Sunday, July 13, in the country at The Norfolk Festival’s annual open house. The free event, held on the Festival’s grounds from 2 to 5 p.m., features a Young Artists’ performance for kids, ice-cream social, tours of Whitehouse, children’s games and a concert by the United States Coast Guard Band. Information: www.norfolkmusic.org.
Brain freezes are on the house Friday at 7-Eleven stores, when the company will be celebrating its anniversary, (7-11, get it?), with free Slurpees. While supplies last, grab a watermelon punch, mango, apple berry blast or any of dozens of other frozen drink flavors. Information: www.7-eleven.com or www.slurpee.com.
Donate your gently used men’s or women’s business attire (suits, jackets, shirts, dresses, slacks, dress shoes, accessories) to the Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive and you’ll not only help someone in need, you’ll get a coupon for 50 percent off the regular price of most items in the store — and a donation receipt for your taxes. Drop current-style clothing only at any Men’s Wearhouse store by July 31. Information and locations: www.menswearhouse.com.
Kids 17 and under, accompanied by a paying adult, get free daytime admission to Old Sturbridge Village on Friday, July 4. (Daytime events end at 5 p.m. There is an additional charge for the evening fireworks program.) Information: 800-733-1830 or www.osv.org.
The East Lyme Historical Society hosts its annual holiday weekend flea market Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Thomas Lee House Grounds, Route 156, just east of Rocky Neck State Park. The event also features a tag sale in the barn. Information: www.EastLymeHistoricalSociety.org.
Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets (Exit 63 off Interstate 95) celebrates July Fourth with a giant summer sidewalk sale. Most of the center’s designer-apparel stores will slash outlet prices on a range of summer items. Details: www.premiumoutlets.com.
Tanger Outlet Center in Westbrook, at Exit 65 off Interstate 95, celebrates July Fourth with markdowns at most of its 60-plus stores. Information: 860-399-8656.
Playhouse on Park, a theater company at 224 Park Road in West Hartford, has a lunchtime ticket special. Visit the box office between noon and 1 p.m. on the day of a performance to purchase $10 tickets for that evening’s show. (Sales are cash only. Tickets are limited to Main Stage and Playhouse On the Edge performances and must be purchased in person at the box office.) For more information, call 860-523-5900 or www.playhouseonpark.org.
As part of the No Child Left Inside program,The Connecticut Library Consortium and CT DEEP have partnered to provide Connecticut State Park Day Passes to public libraries across the state. Borrow a pass and you’ll get free parking at state parks where fees are charged, (including all four state park beaches on Long Island Sound), and free admission to any museum located within a park.
Military brides can say “I do” to a free designer wedding gown at the Brides Across America giveaway on Saturday, July 12 at The Wedding Embassy bridal shop, 1900 Watertown Avenue, in Oakville and on Sunday, July 13, at the offices of Engaged Connecticut, 920 Farmington Ave in West Hartford. Gowns are distributed on a first-come-first serve basis, so call The Wedding Embassy at 860-274-1988 as soon as possible for information and to schedule an appointment or visit www.bridesacrossamerica.com.
Tanglewood in the Berkshires has some deals for children and young adults this summer. Concertgoers younger than 40 get $20 tickets for shed performances; and students 18 and older, with a valid ID, get a 50 percent discount on lawn tickets for Friday-evening concerts. The Children’s Lawn Ticket Program offers free lawn tickets for kids 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. All specials on a first-come, first-serve basis, and some restrictions apply. Visit www.bso.org for details.
Skip the cooking and be a guest at your own family holiday picnic. Boston Market is offering 50 percent off any family meal, including turkey, chicken and meatloaf, on Friday, July 4 with a coupon that can be found at bostonmarket.com