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Published November 13. 2013 4:00AM   Updated December 04. 2013 12:30PM

DECEMBER

12/1 Lantern Light Tours Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., (Route 27) Mystic; throught Dec. 27; mysticseaport.org.

12/1 Seaside Candlelight Labyrinth Walk 5 p.m., McCook's Beach, 8 Altantic Ave., Niantic; made with organic materials including beach stones and driftwood, will be built Saturday, Nov. 30 weather permitting and all are welcome to help; Rev. Dr. John Nelson will offer a blessing Sunday prior to the walk and the labyrinth will be left on the beach for all to enjoy throughout the holiday season; sponsored by Niantic Community Church.

12/2 Pajama Power Story Hour 6:30 p.m., Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., Colchester; ages 2-6, stuffed animals and families drop in for stories; free; (860) 537-5752.

12/2 Crafter School 3:30 p.m., Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2 Library Lane; drop-in program for grades 3-5; free; (860) 434-1684.

12/2 All About Chanukah East Lyme Public Library, Society Road; half-hour storytimes for age 3 at 10 a.m., for age 4 at 11 a.m., and for age 5 at 1:30 p.m.; through Dec. 6; free; registration required; (860) 739-6926.

12/3 Lullaby Night 6 p.m., Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2 Library Lane; pajamas and stuffed animals encouraged; free; registration required; (860) 434-1684.

12/3 The Author Next Door 7 p.m., Bill Library, Col. Ledyard Hwy., Ledyard Center; Todd Gipstein will discuss his latest book, "Magician's Choice"; free; (860) 464-9912.

12/3 Mystic Art in the Evening 6-9 p.m., In conjunction with the Downtown Mystic Stroll, walk the streets of Historic Downtown Mystic, listen to the carolers, and see Santa; shops and galleries stay open late; stop in Mystic Art Center for a family-friendly art activity.

12/4 Family Bingo 7 p.m. Gales Ferry Firehouse, Route 12, Gales Ferry; doors open at 4 p.m. with bingo cards sold starting at 6 p.m.; open to all ages but sealed ticket purchasers must be 18 or older; proceeds benefit Ledyard Lions charities.

12/4 Reading Around the Community 10:30-11 a.m., Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, 409 Main St., Niantic; hear a community member read a story; included in museum admission; (860) 691-1111.

12/5 Discover Local Authors 6:30 p.m., Groton Senior Center, Route 117; a new author series sponsored by the Groton Senior Center and the Groton Public Library, welcomes Nancy D. Butler presenting her recent memoir, "Above All Else: Success in Life and Business"; free; (860) 441-6750.

12/5 Holiday Rvergreens 6:30-9 p.m., Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, 109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic; boughs, branches, berries and other materials provided; $25, $20 members; (860) 536-1219.

12/6 Afterschool Art 3:30-4:30 p.m., Groton Public Library, Route 117, Groton; ages 7-12; free; registration required; (860) 441-6750.

12/6 Dance 7 p.m., VFW, 91 Raymond Hill Road,Uncasville; singles and couples welcome; sponsored by Southeastern CT Singles Association; $12, $10 members; (860) 444-0400.

12/6 Connecticut College Dance Concert 7:30 p.m., Connecticut College, Palmer Auditorium, Route 32, New London; choreography by faculty members David Dorfman and others; guest artist Faye Driscoll; also Dec. 7; $12, $6 seniors and students; (860) 439-2787.

12/6 Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting 5-8 p.m. Reception and Holiday Night in Chester; meet and greet the artists and tour the town to enjoy the holiday decorations, shop and gallery receptions, town Christmas tree lighting, and caroling.

12/6 The Magic of Christmas florence Griswold Museum; a holiday celebration featuring Fantasy Trees, Miss Florence's Artist Tree with 120 works by artists from across the country who have donated to this one-of-a-kind tradition, and the Griswold House decorated to celebrate Christmas in 1910; through Jan. 5.

12/6 Dollar Night 4:30-8 p.m., Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, 409 Main St., Niantic; family activities; $1 per person; (860) 691-1111.

12/6 Catie Curtis Holiday Concert Garde Arts Center Oasis Room, 325 State St., New London; $38; (860) 444-7373.

12/6 Kenny Rogers 8 p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena; $35; mohegansun.com.

12/7 Woodland Santa 8-10 a.m., Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, 109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic; pancake breakfast, animls, trail walk and visit with Woodland Santa; $10, $8 members, $7, $5 children; (860) 563-1216.

12/7 Annual Holiday Lights Parade 5 p.m., Groton Business Association welcomes floats, bands, choral groups, and volunteers; grotonbiz.com.

12/7 Festival of Trees 6 p.m., New London Elks, 81 Washington St.; held by the Downtown New London Association and Neff Productions, to help raise money to feed needy families during the holiday season; DNLA will deliver the decorated Christmas trees to the winning bidders homes the next day; $12; tickets include beer, wine and light hors d'oeuvres.

12/7 A Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Stonington Free Library, 20 High St., Stonington; Mrs. Claus will read a story and everyone gets a treat; register early, fills quickly; (860) 535-0658

12/7 Santa Breakfast 8:30-11:30 a.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Route 12, Gales Ferry; pictures of the children with Santa for a nominal fee; sponsored by Ledyard Lions Club.

12/7 Mystic Ballet's "Nutcracker" Foxwoods' Resort & Casino; 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 15, 22; $33-$55; (860) 536-3671.

12/7 Christmas in the Colonies Leffingwell House Museum, 326 Washington St., Norwich;

12/7 Elephants in Winter 9 a.m.-noon, First Congregational Church of Old Lyme; craft and tag sale.

12/7 Music on Main Community Concert Series 7-9 p.m., Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., North Stonington; Phil Rosenthal and Family – Phil, Daniel and Naomi perform a mix of bluegrass and jazz.; $20; (860) 535-0383.

12/7 USA Ballroom Dance 8-11 p.m., East Lyme Community Center, 41 Society Road, Niantic; Salsa lesson at 7 p.m.; $12, $8 members.

12/7 Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Christ Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly; luncheon; visit from Santa Claus; (401) 596-0197.

12/7 Christmas Bazaar 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Quaker Hill Baptist Church, 144 Old Norwich Road; also luncheon; (860) 442-8856.

12/7 Candle Making 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, 409 Main St., Niantic; $5 material fee; registration required; also Dec. 8; (860) 691-1111.

CORRECTION: 12/7 25th Annual East Lyme Light Parade & Winterfest begins at 2 p.m. on Main Street, Niantic; prelude to the parade features Chowder & Chili Cook-off, pictures with Santa, magic shows, a scavenger hunt, horse-drawn carriage rides, more; parade starts at 6:30 p.m.

12/7 Musical Masterworks 5 p.m., First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road; Dvorák's Miniatures for Two Violins and Viola; David Bruce's Gumboots for Clarinet and String Quartet (2008); Gershwin's Lullaby for String Quartet; also 3 p.m. Sun.; $35 with $5 student tickets available at the door; (860) 434-2252.

12/7 Groton Holiday Lights Parade 5-9 p.m., parade starts at South Road and ends at the Groton Shopping Plaza. Immediately after the parade, Santa Claus will light the holiday tree on the green at the Groton Shopping Plaza. Caroling, pictures with Santa, and gifts for the children round out the fun of our post-parade Party.

12/7 Jerry Seinfeld 8 p.m., MGM Grand at Foxwoods; $82.50-$150; mgmatfoxwoods.com.

12/8 George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick Cathedral, 213 Broadway, Norwich; under the direction of Douglas Green, Cathedral Music Director.

12/8 U.S. Coast Guard Chamber Players Recital 2 p.m., Leamy Hall, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 15 Mohegan Ave., New London; free; (860) 701-6826.

12/8 Westerly Band Christmas Concert 2 p.m., Westerly Armory, Railroad and Dixon streets, Westerly; annual concert of holiday pieces, including the Christmas Sing-a-long; visit from Santa; $5 to benefit the Westerly Armory Restoration.

12/8 Waterford Community Band 2 p.m., Waterford Community Center, 24 Rope Ferry Road; holiday concert; free; (860) 444-5884.

12/8 Joy in the Making Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme; visitors make mirth and more during these fun-filled holiday craft workshops; Included with Museum Admission; (860) 434-5542

12/8 Christmas in the Colonies noon-3 p.m., Leffingwell House Museum, 348 Washington St., Norwich; the history of Colonial celebrations is presented through reenactment with tastes of the appropriate holiday fares in each room; seasonal gifts are available for purchase; $5 per person admission fee; (860) 889-9440.

12/8 Straight No Chaser 7 p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena; $30; mohegansun.com.

12/9 Pajama Power Story Hour 6:30 p.m., Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., Colchester; ages 2-6, stuffed animals and families drop in for stories; free; (860) 537-5752.

12/9 Downloading E-Books Workshop 5:30-6:30 p.m., Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St.; learn to download free library e-books on to your device; free; also 10-11 a.m. Tues.; (860) 447-1411.

12/9 American Legion Auxiliary Meeting 7 p.m., Turner Tinker Unit 128, 16 York Ave., Niantic; new members welcome; (860) 739-2107.

12/9 All About Christmas East Lyme Public Library, Society Road; half-hour storytimes for age 3 at 10 a.m., for age 4 at 11 a.m., and for age 5 at 1:30 p.m.; through Dec. 13; free; registration required; (860) 739-6926.

12/10 Book Discussion 7 p.m., East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic; "Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson; all welcome; (860) 739-6926.

12/10 Holiday Stroll 6-9 p.m., stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Mystic and listen to the carolers rejoice in the holiday spirit.

12/10 Ladies Benevolent Luncheon noon, First Congregational Church, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme; Old Lyme High School's Select Choir will entertain with holiday music; $5 with a donation of a nonperishable food item for the Food Pantry; all welcome; call (860) 434-8686 for reservation.

12/11 Family Bingo 7 p.m. Gales Ferry Firehouse, Route 12, Gales Ferry; doors open at 4 p.m. with bingo cards sold starting at 6 p.m.; open to all ages but sealed ticket purchasers must be 18 or older; proceeds benefit Ledyard Lions charities.

12/11 Wally Lamb 7 p.m., Waterford Town Hall; Lamb introduces his new book "We Are Water"; sponsored by Waterford Public Library; (860) 444-5805.

12/12 Book Discussion Group 7 p.m., Groton Public Library, Route 117, Groton; a discussion of "Boys Adrift" is moderated by a Groton school administrator; free; (860) 441-6750.

12/13 Drop-In Legos 3:30-4:30 p.m., Groton Public Library, Route 117; all ages; free; (860) 441-6750.

12/13 Chamber's Holiday Gala 5:30 p.m., Uncas Ballroom, Mohegan Sun; The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Foundation's charity gala to benefit the children of eastern Connecticut.

12/13 Holiday Party for Children 6-8 p.m., Stonington High School Café & Commons; $10/family (includes all activities and pizza dinner); pajamas with a blanket and pillow to experience a holiday movie on the big screen; visit with Santa; (860) 535-5083.

12/13 Albano's "Nutcracker" 7 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena; also 2 p.m. Dec. 14; $12-$33; mohegansun.com.

12/13 Christmas Concert with the Eight Mile River Band 7 p.m., Groton Congregational Church, Monument Street, Groton.

12/13 Nick Kroll 9 p.m., Foxwoods' Fox Theatre; $30-$50; 1-800-200-2882.

12/14 Eastern CT Ballet's "Nutcracker" 1:30 and 7 p.m., Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; $38-$46; also 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15; (860) 444-7373.

12/14 Lisa Lamperelli 8 p.m., MGM Grand at Foxwoods; $40-$60; mgmatfoxwoods.com.

12/14 Sticker Day 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Stonington Free Library, 20 High St., Stonington; drop by and have fun with the library's sticker selection; free; (860) 535-0658.

12/14 Holiday Workshop10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, 409 Main St., Niantic; holiday crafts; $2 material fee; registration required; also Dec. 15; (860) 691-1111.

12/14 How Lovely Are Your Branches 1-3 p.m., Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, 109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic; create garland with edible pine cones and other treats just for the birds and wildlife in your yardscape; drop-in format, so stay for as little or as long as you prefer; $10 per family, free for members; (860) 536-1219.

12/14 Bluegrass Gospel Christmas Concert 6 p.m., Congregational Church of Salem, Route 85; The Eight Mile River Band; free.

12/14 Chamber Music Recital 5 p.m., La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington; Music Matters Series presents Joey Ripka; free; $10 suggested donation; (860) 535-2300.

12/15 U.S. Coast Guard Band Holiday Concerts 2 and 7 p.m., Leamy Hall, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 15 Mohegan Ave., New London; free; (860) 701-6826.

12/15 Community Carol Sing 6:30 p.m., Niantic Community Church; is the annual Community Carol Sing led by Pastor Nelson with music minister, Carolyn Engle on the organ.

12/15 Chorus of Westerly's Xmas Pops George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly.

12/15 Con Brio Christmas Concert 3 p.m., Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme; $25.

12/16 All About Kwanzaa East Lyme Public Library, Society Road; half-hour storytimes for age 3 at 10 a.m., for age 4 at 11 a.m., and for age 5 at 1:30 p.m.; through Dec. 20; free; registration required; (860) 739-6926.

12/16 Waterford Historical Society 4-5 p.m., Jordan Park House, Avery Lane, Waterford; new members welcome; (860) 442-9127.

12/16 Craft Week 10:30 a.m., Stonington Free Library, 20 High St, Stonington; holiday crafts during library hours through Dec. 21; free; (860) 535-0658.

12/18 Family Bingo 7 p.m. Gales Ferry Firehouse, Route 12, Gales Ferry; doors open at 4 p.m. with bingo cards sold starting at 6 p.m.; open to all ages but sealed ticket purchasers must be 18 or older; proceeds benefit Ledyard Lions charities.

12/18 Manga Club 7 p.m., East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic; japanese animation, print and anime for grades 7-12; free; registration required; (860) 739-6926.

12/18 Pajama Storytime 5:30-6:30 p.m., Salem Free Public Library, 264 Route 85, Salem; story and craft; free; (860) 859-1164.

12/19 Adoption Information 7 p.m., Waterford Country School, 2 Clinic Drive, Norwich; Connecticut Adoption Services invites those who are interested in learning more about domestic or foster care adoption; third Thurs.; (860) 886-7500, ext. 355.

12/19 Trans-Siberian Orchestra 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena; $50, $70; mohegansun.com

12/20 Time Out Book Club 10:30-11:30 a.m., Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St.; book discussion for busy parents and caregivers; kids welcome; free; (860) 447-1411.

12/20 Science Smarts 3:30-4:30 p.m., Groton Public Library, Route 117, Groton; experiments for ages 7-12; free; registration required; (860) 441-6750.

12/21 Winter Solstice Luminaria Walk 7-8:30 p.m., Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, 109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic; guided walk along lit paths followed by beverages around a campfire; $7, $5 members; $28/$25 family; (860) 563-1216.

12/21 Shoreline Ringers Bell Choir 7 p.m., Niantic Community Church, 170 Pennsylvania Ave.; community handbell choir directed by Jane Nolan; free will offering accepted.

12/21 Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Chorus Holiday Concert, 8 p.m. at Harkness Chapel on the Connecticut College campus; $35-$55. www.ectsymphony.com

12/22 Mystic Seaport Carol Sing 3 p.m., Mystic Seaport, Route 27, Mystic; led by former Ledyard High School choral director, Jamie Spillane, and backed by the museum carolers and a brass quartet; free admission will be given to visitors all day with the donation of a non-perishable canned good for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center;

12/25 Christmas Dinner 2 p.m., Union Baptist Church, 119 High St., Mystic; all welcome.

12/26 Mystery Book Group 11 a.m., East Lyme Public Library, 41 Society Road, Niantic; "The Twelve Clues of Christmas" by Rhys Bowen; free; (860) 739-6926.

12/29 KC and the Sunshine Band 8 p.m., MGM Grand at Foxwoods; $20-$40; mgmatfoxwoods.com.

12/31 Countdown to Noon 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, 409 Main St., Niantic; games, songs and celebration of the new year with the ball dropping at noon; $9, $2 members; $35 family maximum; (860) 691-1111.

12/31 Cirque Celebration 7 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena; $25; mohegansun.com.

JANUARY 2014

1/3 Dance 7 p.m., VFW, 91 Raymond Hill Road,Uncasville; singles and couples welcome; sponsored by Southeastern CT Singles Association; $12, $10 members; (860) 444-0400.

1/4 Lego Day 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Stonington Free Library, 20 High St.; 860-535-0658 .

1/4 USA Ballroom Dance 8-11 p.m., East Lyme Community Center, 41 Society Road, Niantic; Samba lesson at 7 p.m.; $12, $8 members.

1/5 Buffet Breakfast 8-11 a.m., American Legion auxiliary, Unit 128, 16 York Ave., Niantic; $8, $3 children under 10; (860) 739-9360.

1/6 Ledyard Garden Club 7 p.m., Ledyard Senior Center, Van Tassel Drive, Gales Ferry; Bill Bynum discusses mushrooms; free; all welcome; (860) 464-9803.

1/10 A Celebration of Twelfth Night 7:30 p.m., George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly; Chorus of Westerly; also 3&7 p.m. Sat. and 2&6 p.m. Sunday.

1/11 A Contemporary Look Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St. Old Lyme; (860) 434- 7802. runs through Feb. 23; (860) 434-7802.

1/11 Dad and Me Storytime Stonington Free Library, 20 High St.; children 8 years old & under; free; (860) 535-0658.

1/11 Music on Main Community Concert Series 7-9 p.m., Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., North Stonington; Sarah Smith Jazz Factor; $20; (860) 535-0383.

1/11 Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra 8 p.m., Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; Sibelius's Karella Suite, OP.11; Elgar's Concerto for Cello in E Minor, Op 85, with soloist Hyewon Kim; $29 to $62; $12 students and active military; (860) 443-2876.

1/14 Parents of Children with Autism 5-6 p.m., Stonington Human Services, 166 South Broad St., Pawcatuck; an opportunity for parents of children on the spectrum to share experiences and learn from each other with school psychologist Dr. Lori Liguori; free; (860) 535-5083.

1/16 Groton Public Schools – Groton Public Library Book Discussion Group 7 p.m., Groton Public Library, Route 117; a discussion of "The Tipping Point" is moderated by a Groton school administrator; free; (860) 441-6750.

1/17 Friday Night Folk 7:30 p.m., Unity Hall at All Souls, 19 Jay St., New London; featuring Geoff Kaufman, Charlie King and Karen Brandow; $10, $8 in advance; fridaynightfolk.org, (860) 447-9580.

1/17 USA Ballroom Dance 7-10 p.m., East Lyme Community Center, Society Road; $5; kcurr61@gmail.com.

1/17 Jay Z 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena; $119, $149; mohegansun.com.

1/18 Frankincense & Omani Dress 4 p.m., La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington; Rebecca Tumicki discusses the culture and customs of Oman and demonstrate the practice of incensing traditional Omani clothes; free; (860) 535-2300.

1/19 U.S. Coast Guard Academy Concert 2 p.m., Leamy Hall, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 15 Mohegan Ave., New London; free; (860) 701-6826.

1/19 Bowzer's Doo Wop 3 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena; $25, $35; mohegansun.com.

1/20 Waterford Historical Society 4-5 p.m., Jordan Park House, Avery Lane, Waterford; new members welcome; (860) 442-9127.

1/21 Drop-In Read and Play 10:30-11 a.m., Stonington Free Public Library, 20 High St.; stories, songs, fingerplays for babies through age 2; ages 3-6, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; free; (860) 535-0658.

1/22 The Author Next Door, 7 p.m., Bill Library, Col. Ledyard Hwy., Ledyard Center; Ledyard resident Doug Thompson will discuss his book, "The Quest for the Golden Trout"; free; (860) 464-9912.

1/22 Drop-In Read and Play 10:30-11 a.m., Stonington Free Public Library, 20 High St.; ages 2-6; free; (860) 535-0658.

1/25 Painting Day 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Stonington Free Public Library, 20 High St.; free; (860) 535-0658.

1/25 Opening of Hygienic Art XXXV Salon des Independants Hygienic Art Gallery, 79 Bank St., New London.

1/25 Bob Marley 8 p.m., Foxwoods' Fox Theatre; $25-$50; 1-800-200-2882.

1/25 Pianist Stephen Porter 5 p.m., La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington; part of the Music Matters Series; free; $10 suggested donation; (860) 535-2300.

1/31 Kathy Mattea7:30 p.m., Connecticut College, Palmer Auditorium, Route 32, New London; $28, $25 seniors, $14 students; (860) 439-2787.

FEBRUARY 2014

2/1 USA Ballroom Dance 8-11 p.m., East Lyme Community Center, 41 Society Road, Niantic; Tango lesson at 7 p.m.; $12, $8 members.

2/1 "Memphis" 3 and 8 p.m., Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London;broadway musical set in 1950s; (860) 444-7373.

2/1 Lady Antebellum 7 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena; $79, $59; mohegansun.com.

2/3 Ledyard Garden Club 7 p.m., Ledyard Senior Center, Van Tassel Drive, Gales Ferry; Maggie Jones, Director of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, presents a lecture, "Romance in the Garden"; free; all welcome; (860) 464-9803.

2/7 "Working On A Special Day" 7:30 p.m., Connecticut College, Tansill Theater, Route 32, New London; drama inspired by Ettore Scola's 1977 Oscar-nominated film starring Sophia Loren and Marcelo Mastroianni that unfolds within the charged political landscape of rising fascism; also 7:30 Feb. 8; $24, $21 seniors, $12 students; (860) 439-2787.

2/8 Music on Main Community Concert Series 7-9 p.m., Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., N. Stonington; salsa; $20; (860) 535-0383.

2/8 Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra 8 p.m., Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op 36; Barber's Symphony No. 1, Op 9; (860) 443-2876.

2/9 U.S. Coast Guard Academy Concert 2 p.m., Leamy Hall, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 15 Mohegan Ave., New London; free; (860) 701-6826.

2/11 Parents of Children with Autism 5-6 p.m., Stonington Human Services, 166 South Broad St., Pawcatuck; an opportunity for parents of children on the spectrum to share experiences and learn from each other with school psychologist Dr. Lori Liguori; free; (860) 535-5083.

2/13 Marc Anthony 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena; $76-$126; mohegansun.com.

2/15 Musical Masterworks 5 p.m.,First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road; Mozart's Duo in G Major for Violin and Viola, K. 423; Brahms' Intermezzi for Solo Piano; Mahler/Schnittke Piano Quartet; Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 47; also 3 p.m. Sun.; $35 with $5 student tickets available at the door; (860) 434-2252.

2/16 Pianist Orion Weiss 3 p.m., Connecticut College, Evans Hall, Route 32, New London; $22, $20 seniors, $11 students; (860) 439-2787.

2/17 Waterford Historical Society 4-5 p.m., Jordan Park House, Avery Lane, Waterford; new members welcome; (860) 442-9127.

2/19 The Author Next Door, 7 p.m., Bill Library, Col. Ledyard Hwy., Ledyard Center; former Ledyard resident John LaMattina will discuss his book, "Devalued and Distrusted: Can the Pharmaceutical Industry Restore its Broken Image?"; free; (860) 464-9912.

2/20 Groton Public Schools – Groton Public Library Book Discussion Group 7 p.m., Groton Public Library, Route 117, Groton; a discussion of "Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education" is moderated by a Groton school administrator; free; (860) 441-6750.

2/20 Connecticut College Dance Concert 7:30 p.m., Connecticut College, Martha Myers Studio, Route 32, New London; choreography by Connecticut College students; also Feb. 21-22; $6, $4 students; (860) 439-2787.

2/21 USA Ballroom Dance 7-10 p.m., East Lyme Community Center, Society Road; $5; kcurr61@gmail.com.

2/27 Laurie Anderson 7:30 p.m., Connecticut College, Palmer Auditorium, Route 32, New London; performance artist presents songs and stories in "The Language of the Future"; $28, $25 seniors, $14 students; (860) 439-2787.

MARCH 2014

3/1 On Holiday: the Artist Travels Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St. Old Lyme; (860) 434- 7802. runs through April 20; also "Holding Still: An Exhibition of Still Lfe Works" through April 20; (860) 434-7802.

3/1 USA Ballroom Dance 8-11 p.m., East Lyme Community Center, 41 Society Road, Niantic; Argentina Tango lesson at 7 p.m.; $12, $8 members.

3/1 Chili Fest noon-3 p.m., Main Street, Old Saybrook; Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce's 18th annual event with more than 30 chili chefs; $10; (860) 388-3266.

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As our children crash from Halloween candy overload, we look ahead to the next big holiday: Thanksgiving. What are you looking forward to seeing on your dining room table on the 4th Thursday of November?
Cranberry sauce: Whether it's the home made stuff containing actual cranberries or the reddish jelly shaped like the can it plopped out of, it reminds me of childhood.
9%
Turkey, of course: Turkey slathered in gravy. Turkey with cranberry sauce (see above). Turkey with mashed potatoes on it. Turkey in sandwiches the next day. All I care about is the golden bird.
81%
Latkes: For the first time in 125 years, Thanksgiving falls during Hanukkah so our table will be filled with the best food both holidays have to offer. Happy Thanksgivikkah!
5%
My Thanksgiving has been completely taken over by the ever-earlier Black Friday sales. My big meal will be looking more like a fast food burger in line outside of Best Buy than the traditional sit-down meals from days of ole.
5%
Number of votes: 736

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