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Special Events
Swim with Santa
Friday, December 6
6:30 - 8:30 PM at the High School Pool

Join Santa as he takes a dip before his long night of delivering presents.  Santa will be available for underwater photos and will listen to children  make their Christmas requests.  Free to East Hartford residents, must show proof of residency.No pre-registration required. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy and have your picture taken UNDERWATER with Santa!
Santa Swim Flyer.pdf

East Hartford Beautification Commission Holiday Fest Tree Lighting 
Friday, Dec. 6th
6:30— 8:30 PM on the East Hartford Town Green

In conjunction with the East Hartford Parks & Recreation Department, this festive event features a holiday carol sing-along, a visit from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and a special visit from Santa delivered directly from the North Pole on an East Hartford Fire truck!  Candy canes and hot chocolate will be on hand to keep you warm and cozy.  Free event and open to everyone!

28th Annual Santa’s Visit
Sunday, December 8th
12:00— 3:00 PM
East Hartford Community Cultural Ctr

Come visit Santa and his helpers!  Activities include a petting zoo, holiday arts and crafts, wagon rides,  refreshments, snowman building contest and drawing for a free Christmas tree.  There will be a special children’s entertainment performance at 1:30  from T-Bone!  This event is held in  conjunction with the Beautification Commission’s  Holiday Fest and is also co-sponsored by the Exchange Club and the East Hartford Teen Action Group.  Free and open to everyone.  Pre-registration required by Dec. 3 to guarantee your child a free gift from Santa!  Activity # 10000-35

Holiday House Lighting Contest
Thursday, Dec. 12th

Have a great time lighting up your home, decorating it in the holiday spirit.  Judging will take place on Thursday, December 12th.  We ask for lights to be left on from 5:00—9:00 PM. All entries must be received by 4:30 PM no later than Mon, December 9. Photos of the winning houses will be displayed at Parks & Recreation during the holiday season. Prizes will be awarded for...Best Overall, Most Spirited, Most Creative, Brightest and Most Patriotic.  Register at the Parks & Recreation office or email Kristine Vincent, Recreation Supervisor at with your address.  Activity# 10000-30.   Click here for online registration

22nd Annual Officer Brian A. Aselton Memorial Snow Dash
Sunday, January 5th, 1:30 PM
Starts and finishes at Langford School, 61 Alps Drive.  Advance registration through Dec. 19, 2013 is $20.00; $25.00 after Dec. 20 and on race day between 12:00 and 1:00 PM.  Activity# 14001-3.  Click below for the registration form
2014 Race Application.pdf

Springfield Armor NBA Development League Basketball
 ickets for the NBA Developmental League Brooklyn Nets affiliate Springfield Armor will be available for the 3:00 PM home game on Sunday, March 2nd at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA.  For only $8.00 per person. The deadline for tickets is January 31st. Contact the Parks & Rec. office at 860-291-7160 to secure your tickets while they last! Activity #33051-1

Meet the Cello
Meet the Cello is a FREE and unique hands-on opportunity for all ages to get to know this beautiful instrument that will be held on Saturday, January 11 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Room 104 at the East Hartford Community Cultural Center.  Free mini starter cello lessons and performances will be offered.  Cellos of all sizes will be available to play.  Instructor:  Jeffrey Krieger has been Principal Cellist of the Hartford Symphony and a private cello instructor in the Hartford area since 1972.  He is a resident of the EHCCC.  Advanced registrations are preferred by calling 860-291-9437, however, drop-ins are welcome.

Bunny Breakfast & Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 12th 

Parks & Recreation and the EHHS Student Council present this wonderful event for children age 10 and younger.  Tickets required and are available in main office of EHHS or at the Parks & Rec Office.

Breakfast with Peter Cottontail, 9:30 – 11:00 AM
East Hartford High School Café (enter through the Gym lobby). Tickets $5 for adults, $2 for children 10 & younger. Includes pancake breakfast, a drawing for a raffle prize, face painting, crafts, games and a special prize for each child! Photos with Peter Cottontail are $3 each.

Spring Egg Hunt, Beginning at 11:00 AM
Children should bring their own bags or baskets to collect goodies.  Adults may accompany children onto the field for ages 3 and younger. Children will be brought outside in groups from the Gym according to age.  The event will be held rain or shine.

20th Annual Skyhoundz Canine Disc Championships
Thursday, May 8th

Dogs will be taking to the skies…the premier athletic competition for dogs!  The competition will attract the most entertaining four-legged athletes in the area.  Families are invited to enjoy this unique event and applaud these talented canine athlete entertainers.  For more information about entering the local competition, contact the Parks & Rec Dept.
Activity # 10014-1
6:00 PM at McAuliffe Park
Open to all veteran and novice dogs that can catch a flying disc.  Registration is on site and it is not necessary to have competed previously.  Free to everyone. 

27th Annual Memorial Mile 
Monday, May 26th

Parks & Rec and Board of Ed. Physical Education presents the 27th Memorial Mile preceding the Memorial Day parade.  The 1 mile race starts on Scotland Road and finishes just west of Hillside St on Burnside Ave. Awards presented for men & women, 9 & under, 10-11, 12-13, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90 & up.  T-shirts issued to all pre-registrants as of May 9 and on race day if available.
Activity # 10015-3
Time: 10:20 AM
Fee: $15 by May 9
After May 10 $20. Race day registration and check-in at Martin Park from 8:30 - 9:45 AM.







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