Renting a car? AutoSlash.com helps you find the best rates right up until you drive it off the lot. After you book your car through the site, it searches the Web for discounts and applies them to your bottom line, then continues to monitor rates and coupons until your pickup date, applying any discounts it finds along the way and re-booking when prices drop.
September is national Sewing Month and a good time to get crafty on the cheap. NationalSewingMonth.org has free project patterns and instructions, including how to make a Kindle/iPad cover, wristlet bag and dog collar and leash. JoAnn Fabric is offering 50 percent off select sewing and crafting classes in September. Sign up at SewDaily.com and get free patterns for handbags, pillows, scarves and more.
Download the free iTunes Festival app and you’ll get a month of live music from the Roundhouse in London. Performers include Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams and Beck. You can can experience performances on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer, (or on the big screen with Apple TV), as they happen or for a limited time afterward.
Granby’s Agricultural Commission sponsors a free Open Farm Day Saturday. Starting at 10 a.m., a dozen farms in town will host demonstrations, tour and other activities. Highlights include a sheep shearing and spinning demos at Sepe Farm; wine tasting and meet the winemaker at Lost Acres Vineyard; and farm tours, riding demonstrations and hay bale throwing contest at Maple View Farm. Event schedule and locations at www.granbyag.org.
Planning to buy a new cell phone? You might want fries with that. Download Burger King’s new app and the chain will give you a free Android smartphone. More than 20 models are available, including the LG G2, Motorola Droid RAZR and the Samsung Galaxy SIII. (A new, renewed or upgraded two-year service with Sprint or Verizon and the promo code “FREEPHONE” is required to get the deal.) More information at BK.com/app and bk.com/android.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Connecticut Library Association is sponsoring a special Passport Program to help adults and kids discover the world of libraries in the state. Pick up a passport of any one of the more than 80 libraries participating, than get it stamped each time you visit a new location on the list. Visitors also get a small gift at each library, plus an entry into a drawing for free gift cards. The more libraries visited, the better chance of winning. The program runs Sept. 2 to 30. Visit your local library for details or www.facebook.com/passporttoctlibraries.
Olive Garden has a “Buy One, Take One” promotion. Eat in at an Olive Garden restaurant and choose one of six entrees served with unlimited salad and breadsticks, starting at $12.99, and you’ll get a second entree (packaged to go) at no additional charge. You’ll also get a code for a free Redbox movie rental. Information: www.olivegarden.com.
Time travel through history at no charge on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, at Old Sturbridge Village. Kids 17 and younger get free admission. Programming salutes classic family games and visitors get to try their hands at tug-of-war, stilts, hopscotch, marbles, jump rope and more. (Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.) Information: 1-800-SEE-1830 or www.osv.org.
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Avenue in New Haven, holds its annual “Summer’s Last Roar” event on Saturday, Aug. 23. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for all and activities include special programs on mastodons and dinosaurs — including viewing the Peabody’s 11,000-year-old Otisville Mastodon and the exhibit “Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies,” — door prizes, puppet shows and more. Information and schedule: www.peabody.yale.edu or 203-432-5050.