Weather: Lots of sunshine in the coming days! Partly sunny and warmer, a chance for a thunderstorm in the afternoon or early evening, according to wfsb.com. Some of those thunderstorms could be severe. High of 80.
Beat the traffic: The Old Home Days Glorious Celebration in East Hampton will be held July 12, 13 and 14. This year there will be something new. Shuttle service! Park at the high school and get dropped off by a shuttle bus at the Old Home Days grounds. The shuttle will start at 5 p.m. and run until closing.
Can't find a better price: There will be 12 state park museums and historic sites free to visitors on Saturday as part of the 8th Annual Connecticut Open House Day. If you're looking for something to do, check out one or more of these:
Beckley Furnace State Park, North Canaan, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Civilian Conservation Corps Museum at Shenipsit State Forest, Stafford, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Fort Griswold State Park, Groton, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fort Trumbull State Park, New London, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford, 10 a.m. to p.m.; Heublein Tower at Talcott Mountain State Park, Simsbury, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Osborne Homestead Museum, Derby, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Putnam Memorial State Park, Redding, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Stone Museum at Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Topsmead State Forest, Litchfield, noon to 5 p.m.
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Seeking empty bottles, cans and ink cartridges: Girl Scout Troop 2237 will hold its monthly can/bottle drive on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Trinity Church at 345 Main St. in Portland. The troop is conducting monthly can/bottle drives the second Saturday of every month until November. The girls will accept all returnable cans and bottles. The troop is also collecting empty ink cartridges. The cartridges will be recycled and the money earned will be used to purchase supplies for their troop. If you are unable to drop them off please email email@example.com or call 860-982-5416 to arrange for a pick-up time. The monthly drives help support troop activities and community service projects.
Will there be another? Affirmed is the last horse to win the Triple Crown, accomplishing the feat in 1978. Since then, 11 horses have tried to win the Belmont Stakes after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but failed. A 12th horse will give it a shot on Saturday. I’ll Have Another is the 3-5 favorite in a field of 12 to do what only 11 horses have done before him, win all three legs of the Triple Crown. His shot at history begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC with coverage of the 114th Belmont Stakes. Post time is 6:30 p.m.