* = Activities for children.

ART & ARCHITECTURE

* The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, open Tues.-Sun., 12-5 (also Presidents’ Day and Good Friday); historic $10/adults and $5/srs.; free adm. for full-time teachers and students in grades K-12, and for active-service military families; free for all on Tuesdays; 203-438-4519 or aldrichart.org: Group tours avail. by appointment, 203-438-4519 or email [email protected] Camp Aldrich, week-long summer art camps, for students in grades entering one through 10, July 13-Aug. 14, $300/week, call for info. or visit website; Family Workshop: Afternoon Studios, Tues., April 14, 2-4 p.m., Thur., April 16, 2-4 p.m., Sat., April 18, 10-3.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield; rgoa.org or 203-438-8863: classes for youth and adults; call for info.

* The Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich; 203-869-0376 or brucemuseum.org: Docent-led Exhibition Tour, every Friday at 12:30 p.m., no res. required. Art of Design, panel discussion and luncheon, Thur., April 9, 11 a.m., at Greenwich Country Club, info, at 203-413-6745 or email [email protected] Lifetime of Looking: The Natural World in Art, for adults w/memory loss and their caregivers, Thur., April 9, 1-2:30, res. required, 203-413-6741. Exoplanets, presentation by Astronomical Society of Greenwich, Sun., April 12, 3:30-5 p.m., free w/mus. adm. Family Gallery Tour, Sun., April 12 and 19, 11:30-12:30, for children 6-10 and their families, free w/adm. Family Studio Workshop, Sun., April 19, 1-3 p.m., all ages, $15. Stroller Tour, Wed., April 22, 9-10 a.m., free w/adm. for new moms, dads and caregivers with babies. Rock and Mineral Family Day, Sun., April 26, 1-4 p.m.,  with presentation on Magic of Geology at 3. Science Lecture: The Evolution and Recent Extinction of ‘Giant’ Lemurs on Madagascar, Tues., April 28, 7 p.m., recept. at 6:30 p.m., $15.

Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., rowaytonartscenter.org or 203-866-2744: Spring Classes for adult, March 9-May 1; Open Sketch sessions w/ live model meets twice monthly; Fabric Art/Weaving, monthly session on Saturdays, call for info.

Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan; silvermineart.org or 203-966-9700: Art Walk: Park Avenue, Wed., April 29, 10-1, $55, meet in NYC.

The Barnum Museum, 820 Main St., Bridgeport; barnum-museum.org or 203-331-1104, x104: Jumbo: Marvel, Myth and Legend by Dr. Andrew McClellan of Tufts U., Sun., April 19, 2 p.m., $5 sugg. donation.

Milford Arts Council, 40 Railroad Ave. South, Milford; milfordarts.org or 203-878-6647: BYOB Paint-In, Tues., 7-9 p.m., all supplies provided, no experience necessary, $30 or $100 for four classes.

* Katonah Museum of Art, Rte. 22 at Jay St., Katonah, N.Y., 914-232-9555: Programs for Children: See-and-Do Art Activities, ages 3 and up (accomp. by an adult), Sat. at 1, Sun. at 1:30, free.

CRAFTS

* Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd.; brookfieldcraft.org: classes, open studios in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal. Fall 2014 Class Offerings; Gallery Shop open Sat., 11-6, and Sun., 11-5.

GARDENING

Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob; reg. for programs at gecgreenwich.org or 203-869-9242: Mushrooms — Nature Play with Caregivers — Up to 3 Years Old, various Wednesdays through June 17, 9-10 a.m.; Family Nature Play, third Sundays, all ages, 2-4 p.m.; A Walk in the Woods at the Montgomery Pinetum Park, Thur., April 9, 10:30 a.m.; Pollinators — Second Sundays: Lettuce Challenge Showcase, Sun., April 12, 2-4 p.m. for ages 12-17 yrs.; Ruth Loiseau: From the White House to Your House, Thur., April 23, 10 a.m., slide show presentation.

Bartlett Arboretum, 151 Brookdale Rd., Stamford; bartlettarboretum.org or 203-322-6971: Orchid Judging, the Northeast Judging Ctr. of the American Orchid Society, monthly judging on 3rd Sat. of each month; Kathie Milligan’s Art Class & Learn How to Draw Natural Forms of Life, Wed. mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m., $20/session; info., email [email protected]; Summer Camp Registration, for full-day program for ages 4-11, June 29-Aug. 7.

HEALTH

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group, Tues., April 14, 6-8 p.m., presented by the Breast Cancer Survival Center, at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.; reg. at wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950.

Networking Moms Group: Friends of Autistic People, Mon., April 27, May 25, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Pizza Post, 522 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich/Cos Cob; info., to participate, call 203-661-8510 or email [email protected]

Stamford Hospital Hope in Motion: Walk & Run, Sun., June 7, 8 a.m., 5K Walk, 5K Run or 10K Run, beginning in Columbus Park, downtown Stamford; info., hopeinmotion.org.

Red Cross Courses (including Parenting, CPR, Back Injury Prevention, First Aid, HIV/AIDS Education, Lifeguard Training) offered periodically, visit ctredcross.org:

Danbury area Chapter at 7 Park Lawn Dr., Bethel; 1-877-3327.

Darien Chapter, 39 Leroy Ave., Darien, 203-655-2586.

Greenwich Chapter, 99 Indian Field Rd., 203-869-0192.

New Canaan Chapter, 51 Main St., New Canaan, 203-966-1663.

HISTORY & ANTIQUES

* Greenwich Historical Society, Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob; open Wed.-Sun., 12-4 (docent-led tours at 1, 2 and 3);  203-869-6899, ext. 10 or www.hstg.org; adm. to gallery, visitor ctr. & house museum, $10/adults, $8/srs. and students, under 6 free; group tours at $7/person avail. on public and non-public days; library and archives open Wed.-Thur., 10-4; adm. offices open Mon.-Fri., 9-5.

* New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge; 203-966-1776 or nchistory.org: Spring Break Workshops: Colonial Gardens and Herb Lore, Tues., April 7, Colonial Good Ways, Pickling and Preserving, Wed., April 8, Candle-Making, Thur., April 9, School House Rock, Fri., April 10; sessions from 9 to noon, for ages 8-11, $30/workshop, res. required two days in advance.

* Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, 203-834-1896 or www.nps.gov/wefa: grounds open daily dawn to dusk; Burlingham House Visitor Ctr., Sat.-Sun., 10-4, Jan.-March (Thur.-Sun., 10-4, April-Dec.); call for info. on tours. Admin. offices open Mon.-Fri., 9-5.

John Jay Homestead program: historic walking tour, John Jay’s Not-So-Big City: A Walk Through the History of Old New York, Sat., April 11, 10 a.m., rain or shine; meet in lower Manhattan; $20 per person, res. required; 914-232-5651 x100 by April 4.

Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle: When West Meets East: Christopher Dresser and Japonisme, Mon., April 13, 9:30-2:30, with Jeffrey Ruda of UC-Davis, at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich; ctceramicscircle.org.

Archaeological Associates of Greenwich: For Adam’s Sake: A Story of Families and Slavery in Colonial New England, talk by Dr. Allegra di Bonaventura, Thur., April 16, 8 p.m., at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich; adm. $15; info., 203-322-1253.

* Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place; westporthistory.org or 203-222-1424: Party Like It’s 1799, spring break history programs, Tues.-Thur., April 14-16, 10-2, ages 5-11, reg. required, $175.

LITERATURE

Katonah Poetry Series: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham, Sun., April 19, 4 p.m., Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y.; doors open at 3:30, $10donation; info., katonahpoetry.com.

Author Christopher McDougall, Natural Born Heroes, talk at 7 p.m. Tues., April 21, preceded by run at 6 p.m. form Ridgefield Running Company at 88 Danbury Rd. to the Veterans Park Elementary School, Governor St.; reg. at ridgefieldlibrary.org or 203-438-2282.

Artist/Author Elaine Clayton, Making Marks: Discover the Art of Intuitive Drawing, Sat., April 25, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; for ages 12 and up; Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield; fairfield.edu/bookstore or 203-255-7756.

The Poet’s Voice at Greenwich Library: 2014 Putlitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri, Sun., April 26, 2 p.m., free; Library Meeting Room, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich; info., [email protected] or 203-622-7919.Westport Writers’ Workshop, creative writing workshops; fiction, non-fiction, poetry; Fiction Workshop with Adele Annesi, Mon. afternoons, starting March 30; 3 Sylvan Road South, Westport; 203-227-3250 or westportwritersworkshop.com.

MISCELLANY

Ambassadors’ Roundtable Breakfast & Lecture, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and A Rising China, with Sheila Smith, Ph.D., Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, council on Foreign Relations, Wed., April 15, 7:15 a.m. Breakfast, 8-9 a.m., presentation/Q&A; at the Stamford Yacht Club; $50; res. required, 203-356-0340 or worldaffairsforum.org

AARP Driver Safety Class, Sat., April 18, 10-2; for drivers 50 and older; reg. required, pay by cash or check only at class; Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.; wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950.

IT Pioneer John Patrick, Ph.D., discussing health care reform through information technology, Wed., April 22, 6 p.m., Rm. 218 Classroom Bldg., WestConn State U. Westside Campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury ;followed by book signing with Dr. Patrick of his book, Health Attitude: Unrraveling and Solving the Complexity of Healthcare; info., 203-837-8486.

* YWCA Darien/Norwalk, 49 Old Kings Highway North, Darien; ywcadariennorwalkk.org or 203-655-2535: Job Search Support Program for Women, incl. computer classes, info., katefywcadariennorwalk.org.

Meditation Sessions, Sat. and Sun., 10-11:30 a.m., open sessions; Mon. and Wed. eves., 7-8:30 p.m., open sessions; Kids and Teens Program, first and third Sun. 10-11:30 a.m., Redding Center for Mindfulness & Meditation, 9 Picketts Ridge Rd., West Redding; info., 203-244-3130 or visit reddingmeditationsociety.org.

The Compassionate Friends, Stamford Chapter, non-denominational self help group for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings; meets 2nd Mon. of each month at 7:30 p.m.; Tully Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Ct., Stamford, main floor; info., 203-329-2796 or 203-323-2617.

MUSIC

Westchester Symphony Reading Orchestra, musical experience for instrumentalists who will meet monthly for a reading of great orchestral works, offered through the New Westchester Symphony Orchestra, 914-623-8075: Sat., April 11, 2:30-5 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Chuch, 82 Prospect St., White Plains, N.Y., $20 participation fee, $10/students, srs.

The Ridgefield Songwriters’ Circle, monthly gatherings to play new songs and discuss them; for info., call Dave Goldenberg, 203-438-4521.

NATURE & SCIENCE

* New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, 203-966-9577; satellite site for NY Botanical Garden programs (800-322-6924 or nybg.org/adulted); buildings open Mon.-Sat., 9-4 (closed major holidays);  Programs for Kids & Families: First Saturdays, 1st Sat. of the month, free guided activities for visitors, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Free Live Animal Presentations, Sat. at 3, lasting 15-20 min., dif. animal each week.

* Woodcock Nature Center, 56 Deer Run Rd., Wilton; center open 9:30-5, Tues.-Sat., two-plus miles of trails open daily, dawn to dusk; reg. in advance for programs, 203-762-7280; Summer Camp registration begins by end of January for weekly sessions, June 8-Aug. 7. Vernal Pool Study, Sat., April 18, 6:15 till after dark, for age 14 to adult, donations welcome, pre-reg. by noon day before.

* Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., adm. $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for youth (13-17) and seniors, $12.95 for children 3-12; open 10-5 daily (till 6, July and August);  info., 203-852-0700, ext. 2206: Jiggle A Jelly, special touch-a-jellyfish exhibit, weekends September-June, free w/museum adm.;  Toy Boat Workshop on Saturdays and Sundays (daily during July and August) between 11 and 3, 20-min. workshop, $5/child, no res. required. Seal Spotting Cruises, on the new research vessel, many weekends through April 12, varies by tides; must be 42 inches tall to board, tickets $22.95, res. strongly recommended; 2.5-hr. cruises. Spring Vacation Adventures, programs for ages 6-8 and 9-12, April 13-17, 9:30 to 4 (pre- and post-care avail.); sign up by day ($100) or for the week ($450). Feeding Time, Sat., April 18 8-10 a.m., breakfast buffet in the Cascade Cafe, then family tour with staff feeding aquarium animals, $45/adult, $25/child 12 and under, adv. reg. required. Turtle Town, for ages 5-7, Sun., April 19 and May 9, at 10:30 a.m., hands-on activities, one-hour program, $25 adv. reg. Shark Safari, for ages 8-10, Sun., April 19 and May 9, 1 p.m., 75-minute hands-on program, $25 adv. reg.

* Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Ave., Norwalk; open daily 10-5, Memorial Day-Labor Day, and Tues.-Sun., Labor Day through Memorial Day; adm. $15/adults and children (under 1, free), $10/srs.; Early Childhood  Classes for ages 6 mon.-6 yrs. and After School Adventures for grades 3-12, reg. online; other ongoing events; Around the World Creative Kids, programs Sat. at 2; steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606: Around the World: Performance Series, Boogie Chillun Sings Motown Music, Sat., April 11, 2 p.m.; Accessability Day, Sat., April 11, 9-11 a.m.; School Vacation Week activities April 13-18; Exploring Wacky Woodwinds, Stamford Symphony program, Sun., April 19, 2 p.m.

* Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport; open Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 1-4 (closed major holidays); adm. $7/adults, $5/ages 1-12 & srs.; free adm. to trails and property, daily 7 a.m.-dusk; interactive nature museum, live wildlife; Story and Animal Program, Thur.-Fri., 10-10:30 a.m., age 5 and younger, free w/adm.; Nature Encounters, every Sat. at 2:30, free w/adm.; Animal Feeding, Mon., Wed., Fri. at 11 a.m., Animal Hall, and Tues., Thur., Sat., Birds of Prey at 4 p.m., free w/adm.; 203-227-7253; earthplace.org.

* Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford; adm. $10/adults, $8/srs. (65+), $6/students (18+ valid ID), $5/children 4-17; 203-322-1646 or www.stamfordmuseum.org: Heckscher Farm, daily, 9-5 (Heckscher WILD!new live exotic animal exhibit); Bendel Mansion (main building), Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 11-5.

* Audubon Greenwich, 528 Riversville Rd., Greenwich; 203-869-5272:  program fees: $3/adults, $1.50/children, srs. (incl. adm. to Center & Grounds); trails open dawn to dusk weekends; Kimberlin Nature Center open daily, 10-5; trails and grounds open daily sunrise to sunset, occasionally unavailable till 9 a.m. mid-Sept.-Jan.; 203-869-5272 or email [email protected] Edible Native & Invasive Plants, with Arthur Haines of the New England Wild Flower Society, Sun., April 26: indoor lecture, 10:30-noon, $15, and field walk, 1-3:30, $25, res. required for each session, 203-930-1349.

Astronomical Society of Greenwich, at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich; info., 203-413-6762: Exoplanets, lecture by Dr. Nick Stone, Sun., April 12, 3:30-5 p.m.

* Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; adm. $14/adults, $10/children 3-11 and seniors, free for children under 3; open daily 9 to 4; Carousel, daily 9-4; Peacock Cafe, daily 9-4; Gift Shop, daily 9:30-4; New World Tropics Building, daily 10:30-3:30; 203-394-6565, www.beardsleyzoo.org:

* Connecticut Audubon Society, 314 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield; ctaudubon.org or 203-259-0416: Summer Camp Registration, programs in Pomfret, Glastonbury, Milford Point and Fairfield; info. at ctaudubon.org/summercamp; Spring Fling Nature Nursery Classes at CT Audubon Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Mon., March 23-May 18, 10-10:45 a.m., ages 2-3 w/participating adult; Evening Peeper Prowl, Fri., April 10, 7-8:30 p.m., $8, pre-reg. by April 8; Badge Bonanza for Boy and Girl Scouts, Sat., April 25, 9-noon, CT Audubon Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., pre-reg. required, fee of $10 per badge, 203-259-6305 x109 or email [email protected]

* Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, N.Y.; pre-reg. online required for all programs, nywolf.org: Pack Chat for Kids! (4-8), Sun., April 12, 11 a.m., $13/adults, $11/children under 12; Evening Howl for “Pups” of All Ages,  Fri., April 10, 6:30 p.m., Sat., April 11, 6 p.m., for families, Sat., April 18, 6:30 p.m., $16/adults, $13/children under 12; Wolves of North America, Sat., April 11, 11 a.m., Sat., April 18, 11 a.m., $13/adults, $11/children under 12. Sunset Photo Session, Sun., April 12, 5 p.m.-sunset, $100/person. Evening Howl for Adults of All Ages, Fri., April 17, 7 p.m., for age 21+, $20. Up, Up, and Away on Earth Day: TALONS Returns to the WCC, Sun., April 19, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., for families, $20/adults, $15/children under 12. Sleeping with Wolves, Fri., April 24, 6 p.m., to Sat., April 25, 8:30 a.m., $285/four-person tent, $150/singles BYO tent.

* Planetarium Show/Telescope Viewing, Sat., April 11 and 25, show at 7, viewing at 8; Sat., May 9, show at 7:30, viewing at 8:30; Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury; info., wcsu.edu/starwatch or 203-837-8672.

Norwalk River Watershed Association Amphibian Walk, Sat., April 12, 1 p.m., with David Havens; meet at St. Luke’s School, 377 North Wilton Rd., New Canaan; free, all ages; reg. required, 1-877-NRWA-INFO.

The Age of Sustainable Development, talk by Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of The Earth Institute, Wed., April 15, at 8 p.m., $45; Quick Center at Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Rd., Fairfield; quickcenter.com or 1-877-ARTS-396.

Orchid Care and History, free program, Sat., April 18, 10:30 a.m., at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby; info., reg., email [email protected] or call 203-734-2513.

Aspetuck Land Trust: Family Playdates Program on Sat., April 18, 8 a.m., at the Natural Playground at the Schine Preserve, 1 Glendinning Place off rte. 57 in Westport; info., aspetucklandtrust.org.

SELF IMPROVEMENT

SCORE Fairfield County; reg. directly at scorenorwalk.org/workshops.html; direct questions to [email protected] or call 203-831-0065.

SCORE – Service Corps of Retired Executives, help for small-business owners:

Western Connecticut SCORE – 155 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury; 203-794-1404; westernconnecticut.score.org.

Greater Bridgeport – University of Bridgeport Mandeville Hall, 230 Park Ave., Bridgeport; 203-450-9484, greaterbridgeport.score.org.

Westchester – 120 Boomingdale Rd., NYS Dept. of Labor, White Plains, N.Y.; 914-948-3907; westchester.score.org.

TING/Temple Israel Networking Group for individuals in their job search, Tues., April 14 and 21, 2 p.m., free; Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Rd., Westport; tiwestport.org or 203-227-1293.

TRIPS

Bus Trip to Citi Field to Benefit Conn. Fallen Heroes Foundation, Fri., May 1, depart Exit 35 I-95 Commuter Lot at 3:30; $80/person (Section 330, rows 5-9); info., 203-907-5741.

Send listings to Sally Sanders, e-mail [email protected]; or mail, c/o Hersam Acorn Newspapers, 16 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield 06877, two weeks in advance of desired publication date.