Be the office hero without breaking your budget. On Tuesdays, get a baker’s dozen, (13), of bagels for $6.99 at Panera restaurants. (Regular cost: $9.99). No coupon required; the special is available all day and you can call ahead and place an order to be ready when you arrive. (They’ll even slice the bagels for you if you ask.) Information: www.panera.com.
The Sudberry House in Old Saybrook is holding garage sales on Saturday and Sat. Aug. 16. Needlepoint and cross-stitch canvases, embroidery CDs, gifts and wood accessories designed for displaying stitchery projects, are available at deeply discounted prices. All purchases are final sale. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sudberry House is at 323 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook. Information: www.sudberry.com.
Essex, Ivoryton and Centerbrook hold townwide tag sales on Saturday and many merchants will be holding sales as well. Most sales run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: essexct.com.
Niantic Main Street hosts the annual Bargains by the Bay tent and sidewalk sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday. During the event, downtown merchants in the seaside town offer deals on antiques, apparel, books and more.
Through Aug. 31, K-12 teachers, administrators, and Board of Education members can visit the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford free of charge. Educator ID required.
The Friends of the Saxton B. Little Free Library in Columbia hold a used book sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books are priced from 25 cents to $3 and on Sunday, books are half-price. The book sale takes place at the Chapel on the Green, RT. 87, in Columbia, (next to the library). Information: 860-228-0350.
Work Shoppe, a gift and home accessories store in the Simsburytown Shops, has savings of 30 percent on select merchandise during its annual summer sale. Simsburytown Shops is at 926 Hopmeadow St. (Route 10), Simsbury. Information: 860-651-8966 or www.theworkshoppect.com.
The Shoppes At Farmington Valley in Canton holds a free screening of the family film “The Nut Job” on Saturday. Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6 p.m.; the movie starts at sunset.
Carol & Co. in Collinsville is holding a summer sale with savings of 10 percent to 50 percent on jewelry, gifts, crafts and fiber artworks. The store is at 107 Main St., across from the LaSalle Market in the Collinsville section of Canton. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, except 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 860-693-1088 or www.carolandcompany.us
The circus comes to town in New London on Saturday when the New London Maritime Society, the City of New London and other civic groups present Nimble Arts Summer Circus on the city’s Parade Plaza. Performances, which take place at 4 and 6:30 p.m., are free and include trapeze, juggling, comedy and acrobatics. (Nimble Arts is a non-animal circus.)
Sam’s Club is offering free back-to-school health screenings for members and nonmembers on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy. Services include blood pressure, body mass and vision testing; and parents get take-home DNA and fingerprint kits, no charge. Connecticut Sam’s Clubs are in Manchester, Newington and Orange. Information: www.samsclub.com.
Operation Homefront distributes free backpacks and classroom supplies to kids of military families at official back-to-school events throughout the country and they’ll be holding one in Groton on Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Advance registration is required and ID must be presented at event. Supplies are limited, so sign up soon. Information: www.operationhomefront.net/event/list.
Holy film series! The Archbishop O’Brien Library in the Archdiocesan Center at Saint Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, is sponsoring Catholic Cinema Classics, a summer film series, on Tuesdays, Aug. 5, 12 and 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Films include “Song of Bernadette,” “The Keys to the Kingdom,” and “A Man for All Seasons.” Movies are free and refreshments will be served. (Donations will be accepted.) Registration is preferred. Information: 860-242-5573, ext. 2608/2609, or email email@example.com.
Teachers, educators, school management and support personnel (and documented home-schooling parents) get a 30 percent discount on most regularly-priced school supplies through Aug. 13. Items include notebooks, pencils, glue, index cards, copy paper, paints and hundreds of other classroom staples. Ask for a list of eligible products when you arrive, and let the cashier know you are a teacher before you check out. ID required. Details at www.osjl.com.
There’ll be loads of family fun in Franklin on Saturday when The Farmer’s Cow and Cushman Farms, 393 Lebanon Ave., holds a corn roast from 1 to 4 p.m. Fresh picked local sweet corn will be slow roasted in the husk over a charcoal fire and visitors can make their own butter for topping. The event, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m., also features wagon rides around the fields, cow barn visits and ice cream — and all activities, including corn roast, are free. Information: 866-355-2697 or www.thefarmerscow.com.
Looking to add some culture to your travels? The Connecticut Art Trail Pass, $25, offers one-day admission to 17 museums and historic sites around the state, including the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Hill-Stead in Farmington, New Britain Museum of American Art and the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme. (Admissions would cost more than $75 if purchased individually.) The pass is good for a year. Information: www.arttrail.org.
AMC movie theaters put big movies back on the big screen for just $3 every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. — and 100 percent of proceeds from the flicks goes to charity. Upcoming films include “Pompeii,” “Need For Speed” and “Ride Along.” The AMC theater in Plainville is participating. Information: www.amctheaters.com.