ART & ARCHITECTURE

* The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art,  258 Main St., Ridgefield, 203-438-4519, aldrichart.org; open Mon., Wed.-Sat., 10-5, Fri., 10-7, May 29-Sept. 4, Sun., 12-4; $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 available by appointment, 203-438-4519 or email [email protected] Spotlight tours every Mon. and third Sat. of each month, 1-2 p.m.; Tony Matelli: Figure, through Oct. 22. Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past; Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel Right; Kay Rosen: H Is for House; William Powhida: After the Contemporary; through Sept. 4. Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley: Your Turn, Oct. 1-April 23; collaboration they call “performance architecture.”

In Dialogue: Beth Campbell, Lawrence Weschler, and Carl Schoonover, Sun. Aug. 6, 3-4 p.m. Thinking, deciding, reflecting are the core subject matter of Campbell’s current exhibition. Campbell to take part in a roundtable discussion with award-winning author Lawrence Weschler (Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, 2006; Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez, 2016; and Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists, 2017), and neuroscientist and author Carl Schoonover, Ph.D. (Portraits of the Mind, 2010) about her work, how the brain works, and the pathways one takes, or doesn’t take, that define us, connect us, and chart life experiences. Free, reg. encouraged at www.shop.aldrichart.org

New limited edition conceptual jewelry (14K gold necklace with pendant and 14K gold earrings) by Beth Campbell has been produced for the Aldrich by Lisa Ivorian-Jones. Inquires at [email protected] or 917-744-6787.

Front foot (tarsus) of male diving beetle by Igor Siwanowicz.

* The Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich; brucemuseum.org or 203-869-0376: Every Tues., 1:30 p.m., and Fri., 12:30 p.m., Docent-led Exhibition Tour; Marine Tank Animal Feeding, every Tues. and Fri., 2:30-2:45 p.m. Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends,Quick Center for the Arts at through Sept. 3. Seaside Center open Tues.-Sun., 11-5, through Sept. 4. New exhibits: Aug, 5-Nov. 25: George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950): Illustrator, Painter, Writer, and Nikon’s Small World, through Oct. 20. Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends,Quick Center for the Arts at through Sept. 3. Seaside Center open Tues.-Sun., 11-5, through Sept. 4. Family Gallery Tours, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 11:30-12:15. Art Adventures, Aug. 6, 20, 1-3 p.m. Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series at Seaside Center, All About Algae with Dr. Craig Schneider, Aug. 6. 9-11. First Sunday Bird Walk at Greenwich Point, Aug. 6, 9-11.

*Cartoon Drawing Demonstration, Fri., Aug. 4, 4:45 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Also, Watching mermaids. fairies, pirates, spacemen and more come to life on a sketchpad. Attendees to leave with quick sketch made on spot. Program offered by high school graduate Emma Keating, who will be studying film at Purchase College. She creates own animated movies; her animated short Saving Me has won several awards. No reg., no fee. For children of all ages and their families. Info: wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950.

Fairfield University offers Summer Camp Intensives at $180 per week; singing for stage (through Aug. 3; Aug. 7-10, for ages 11 and up), and bass (Aug. 28). Reg. at quickcenter.com/education, in person at box office Mon.-Fri., noon-4:30 p.m., or 203-254-4010.

SCAN, Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, has invited Peter Seltzer to critique members’ work Wed., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m., Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St., Newtown. Public is invited to observe process. SCAN members asked to bring one painting to this critique. Seltzer’s paintings in oil and pastel have been exhibited at many public venues including the Butler Institute of American Art (OH), New Britain Museum of American Art (CT), the Noyes Museum of Art (NJ), Canton Museum of Art (OH), National Arts Club (NYC), National Academy of Design (NYC) and the Salmagundi Club (NYC). Articles about his work and technique have appeared in American Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal and Connecticut Magazine. His paintings have been included in fine art books such as The Best of Pastel 1 and2, The Best of Sketching and Drawing and Pure Color: The Best of Pastel. Info: scanart.org

Loft Artists Association in Stamford, Summer Art Workshop Program for children ages 7 to 14, through Aug. 19; explorations in clay, robot recyclables, beading, multimedia landscapes, printmaking, nature collage and more, taught by LAA’s professional, award-winning artists. No adm. charge but advanced online reg. required at loftartists.com

Trace Burroughs

Still Creating After All These Years: Conversation with artist Trace Burroughs, Thurs., Aug. 24, noon-1 p.m., Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall, Westport. Bring bag lunch, refreshments to be served, $5 donation. Magical Thinking art exhibit of abstract expressionistic paintings by Burroughs, through Sat., Sept. 2. Info: westporthistory.org; 203-222-1424.

Sip and Sketch at WCSU, pairing experience of drawing from live model with wine and refreshments, 7 to 9 p.m., Fri., Aug. 25, Western Connecticut State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury; $25 includes adm., refreshments, basic art supplies; open to adults 21+; reg. at www.wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com. Next date: Oct. 6. Info: 203-837-8403.

Wine Garden, Contemporary Pouring, Contemporary Pairings and Contemporary Art, each Fri., through Aug. 25, 5-10 p.m., Franklin Street Works, not-for-profit art space and café at 41 Franklin St. in downtown Stamford. Wine Garden features “a curated wine list and expanded menu,” plus tour of current exhibit, The Work of Love, The Queer of Labor. Weather permitting, in tree canopied back patio, with communal style picnic table and community garden. Info: franklinstreetworks.org or 203-595-5211.

Creative Arts Workshop summer classes, through Aug 27, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. Complete course information at CreativeArtsWorkshop.org or through brochure, which can be picked up or mailed. Reg. online, in person, or by phone (203-562-4927). Both courses and workshops. New for adults: Experimental Printing and Master Class in Outdoor Painting. Summer program for young people, Adventures in Art, (ages 4 to 17) offers one- and two-week courses. After Care daily until 5:30 p.m. for all ages with outdoor recreation, snack, games and art projects.

Paint it Up!, Tues., Aug. 29, 6-8 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. No experience necessary. The library provides canvas, paints, brushes, and a collection of masterpieces to copy or inspire. Adults 18 and up. Reg. required at 203-762-6342 or www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. Educational programs, including many new offerings, in visual arts for children, teens and adults in fall: Scribble Scrabble, Cartooning, Elementary Art Studio, Click! Digital Photography, Make-A-Monster Workshop, Watercolor and Acrylic Painting, Still Life workshops and more. Reg. open now at website or call for details.

 

* = Activities for children

 

CRAFTS

Pequot Pearls Knitting Group, Thurs., Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. All levels welcome to weekly gathering in Rennell Room, free and open to public. Also, Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31. Info: 203-259-0346, x15, pequotlibrary.org

Coloring for adults, each Fri. in Aug., 3:30-4:45 p.m. drop-in program offered by Friends of the Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd., Cos Cob. Coloring supplies provided. No need to register; you may stay whole time or just briefly. Info: 203-622-6883.

Bedtime Story and Craft with Miss Judy and Miss Lyn – Let’s Make Friends, Thurs., Aug. 3, 6-7 p.m., Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd. Children invited to come in PJs for stories about building relationships. Info: 203-622-6883.

Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, Mon. Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Getting tips, sharing ideas while working on own projects. Needles and yarn to test out. No reg. required. Info: wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950.

Beaded necklace workshop, Thurs., Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m., Curtis Gallery of New Canaan Library, 151 Main St. New Canaan’s Art & Soul to instruct participants in how to combine colors and types of beads. Assortment of glass, wood, stone and metal beads to be provided along with clasp. Reg. at newcanaanlibrary.org

The Craft Connection at Norwalk Public Library in summer. Free classes open to adults 18 and over, taught by craft experts, meeting Sat., 10-noon, Main Auditorium, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Schedule: Aug.12 – choosing right fabric for project; Aug. 19 – Tarn (T-shirt Yarn) projects; Aug. 26 – origami. Reg. via Librarian Laurie Iffland at 203-899-2780, x15114 or [email protected].

Drop-in Summer Crafts, each Mon. through Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.,  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Each week crafts tied into summer reading theme of Wind, Water and World; also original coloring sheet by staff member Shayna Simpson. No reg. required, all ages. Caregivers must stay with children under 8; 8-12 caregivers must stay building. Info: wiltonlibrary.org

* Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd.; brookfieldcraft.org: classes, open studios in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal. Gallery Shop open Sat., 11-6, and Sun., 11-5. To learn more, visit brookfieldcraft.org/2017/springopenhouse or call 203-775-4526. Home and Away: Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 12-5; Sat., 11-5, Sun., 12-4.

The Nutmeg Woodturners League, local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, promotes woodturning as craft and art form. Meeting at Brookfield Craft Center on second Monday of every other month (January, March, May, September, November). All welcome.

 

DANCE

Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. Educational programs, including many new offerings, in dance and martial arts for children, teens and adults in fall, such as ballet, jazz, hip hop and more. Martial arts for ages 4 and up. Reg. open now at website or call for details.

 

FILM

*Movie Theater Thursdays, 10:15-11:45 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Caregivers must stay with children under 8 and in building for under 12. Info: wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950. Aug. 3: Hercules (G), then Trolls (PG). Aug. 10: The Lego Movie (PG), then, Batman Lego Movie (PG). Aug. 17: Lilo & Stitch (PG), then Moana (PG). Aug. 24: Beauty and the Beast, animated, (G), then Beauty and the Beast, live action, (PG).

*Summer Fun Movies, Sat., 2:30 p.m., Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd. Cars (G), Aug. 5; Spirited Away (PG), Aug. 13, and Beauty and the Beast (PG), Aug. 19. Info: 203-622-6883.

*Stratford Library’s Monday Matinees at noon, 2203 Main St., Stratford; info: stratfordlibrary.org, 203-385-4161; Beauty and the Beast (PG), Aug. 7. Disney’s animated classic with starring voices of Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.

I Am Shakespeare: The Henry Green Story poster

I Am Shakespeare: The Henry Green Story, film and conversation, Mon., Aug. 7, 6 p.m., Highville Charter School, 1 Science Park, New Haven, free. Stephen Dest film chronicles true life story of 19-year-old who lived dual life as young actor and inner-city gang member, and who was shot and left for dead after performance in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and made remarkable recovery. Dest, New Haven native, and Raphael Massie, director of Elm Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet production, to join discussion after screening. Info: 203-392-8882, or [email protected]

Jane Austen Film Series, five free screenings, each Wed., 3:30 p.m., Pequot Library auditorium, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Aug. 9: Sense and Sensibility (PG). In conjunction with library’s Jane Austin: Insights and Influences exhibit. Info: pequotlibrary.org

*Anime Club for teens, Wed., Aug. 9, 4-5 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Teens invited to discuss anime and manga, view movies and share their artwork in Lovell Room. Info: Teen Department at 203-385-4167.

Michael Chekov

From Russia to Hollywood, documentary film screening presented by Michael Chekov Theatre Festival of Ridgefield, Wed., Aug. 9, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Created and co-produced by Lisa Dalton of National Michael Chekov Association, film’s narrator is Gregory Peck who joins A-list of Hollywood stars on “odyssey of two Russian-born Hollywood legends”: acting teacher Michael Chekov and director George Shdanoff. Reg. encouraged at ridgefieldlibrary.org or 203-438-2282. Fundraising event for festival at Yuan Asia across street to follow. Info: chekovfestival.com

American Ghost Hunter Chad Calek, Sir Noface Lives Tour, Sat., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Documentary filmmaker Calek and fellow investigator Justin Holstein offer “opportunity to be amongst the first to see this mind-blowing footage and spend up to 5 hours exploring paranormal existence through film.” Event includes a “best of” evidence presentation featuring 25 years of their “most compelling evidence” on existence of ghosts, Q&As, and special two-hour VIP meet and greet and dinner with hosts. Tickets, $25; pre-show upgrade $65, VIP Gold Circle including meet and greet, VIP seating and merchandise $200, at 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

 

GARDENING

Designer, author and beekeeper Marina Marchese to discuss sustainable agriculture, nurturing honeybees and other natural pollinators, Wed., Aug. 9, noon-1 p.m., Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd. Past president of Back Yard Beekeepers of CT, designer and beekeeper behind the Red Bee Honey brand, and author of Honeybee: Lessons from An Accidental Beekeeper, she will share expertise gleaned from 17 years of beekeeping with tips on attracting pollinators to gardens as well as provide list of plants that are bee-friendly. Info: westportlibrary.org  

Carole Barber — Doug Colter photo

The Role of Herbs in an Early American Household with master gardener and herbalist Carole Barber, Sun., Aug. 20, 2 p.m., free event, Pardee-Morris House, one of oldest surviving historic structures in Connecticut, 325 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven. Info: newhavenmuseum.org/visit/events-calendar or 203-562-4183.

*Children’s Garden Club, through Fri., Aug. 25, 4-4:45 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.; for grades K and up; weekly club for spring and summer planting, tending, and eating fruits and vegetables in raised-bed garden; for details and to register, contact the head of the Children’s Library, Andrea Szabo, [email protected] or 203-762-6337.

New Pond Farm Education Center: Beyond the Basics: Keeping Color in Your Garden Spring through the Fall, Saturdays at 10 a.m., Sept.16; series on how to maintain color in garden during spring, summer and fall with guest speakers Ellen Hughes-Sonnenfroh and Rob Hughes, from Stonebridge Associates; at Ellen’s home in Redding; $45 for members, $60 for non-members; reg. at newpondfarm.org; info: 203-938-2117 or [email protected]

Seed Library at Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Now, everyone — from avid gardeners to newbies — can check out free vegetable, flower and herb seeds along with getting support for growing and saving seeds. Brochures available on how self-service procedure works. Info: Laurie Iffland, reference librarian, 203-899-2780, x15114 or [email protected]

 

HEALTH

Teen Zumba, Thurs., Aug. 3, 4-4:45 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Dancing to music in workout with Zumba instructor Valerie. For students entering grades 6-12. No experience necessary. Reg. at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6342.

Mindfulness and Meditation with the Community Mindfulness Project, Mon., Aug. 7, 7 p.m., reg., Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.; info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org

Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y., hosts six free sessions of Chair Yoga, Tues., Aug. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 1 p.m. All ages welcome; class suitable for all fitness levels, beginners welcome. Free of charge. Info: 914-232-3508, katonahlibrary.org

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group, Tues., Aug. 8, 6-8 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Post-treatment breast cancer survivors invited to join in this monthly support group led by Nina Marino, clinical director for 15 years of the former Breast Cancer Survival Center and breast cancer survivor. Email Nina at [email protected] with any questions. No charge. Reg. encouraged at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6334.

Live Well!, six-week group workshop on Chronic Disease Self-Management, Wed., Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Sept. 6, 13, 20, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Norwalk Public Library’s Carnegie Room, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Library’s Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies initiative partnering with Norwalk Health Department. Reg. with Cynde Bloom Lahey, 203-899-2780, x15133, [email protected]

St. Vincent’s 30th annual SWIM Across the Sound, Sat., Aug, 5, Captain’s Cove Seaport, One Bostwick Ave., Bridgeport; 160 swimmers expected, accompanied by 100 boats, to raise money and support thousands battling cancer and their families. 5 a.m. meeting time; 8:15, 9 and 9:45 waves of start times; 2-6 p.m., when supporters are invited to gather to cheer swimmers as they make their final approach to seaport; dockside celebration free and open to public; 7 p.m., awards ceremony and post-swim party. Info: SwimAcrosstheSound.org

St. Vincent’s Breast Health Center in Bridgeport to offer free and low-cost digital mammography screenings through its mobile mammography coach for women age 40 and older. No prescription needed but appointments are required. Walk-ins welcome. For those who have insurance, bring card and photo ID at time of visit. Bridgeport locations: Sat., Aug. 12, 11-3, Faith and Hope Ministries, 1475 Noble Ave. Sat., Aug. 19, 10-2, House of God Outreach Ministries, 500 Pequonock St. Mon., Aug. 28, 8:30-1, Family Health Center, 762 Lindley St. Wed., Aug. 30, 9-1, South West Community Health, 46 Albion St. Appointments: 203-576-5500.

*Healthy Eating, Tues., Aug. 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Using Ambler Farm garden-grown food for learning how to create tasty and healthy dishes. For grades 1-5. Reg. required at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6336.

Fairfield University’s Department of Public Safety, in collaboration with town of Trumbull Emergency Medical Services, will offer skill-enhancing Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Course from Oct. 17, to Feb. 28, on campus of Fairfield University or at Trumbull EMS headquarters on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-10 p.m., with occasional Saturday class. This course meets education requirements established by the State of Connecticut and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and is requisite for EMT certification candidates who are compelled to pass the National Registry examination. About 160 hours of classroom and online instruction (via lectures and hands-on activities) include: CPR, general pharmacology, respiratory emergencies, cardiovascular emergencies and OB/GYN emergencies, musculoskeletal, head and spine trauma, soft tissue injuries, hazardous materials, ambulance operations, emergency medical techniques for children and scene safety. Course fee $985, including textbooks. State testing fee of about $100 additional. Reg. and info: Frank Ficko at 203-254-5524 or fairfield.edu/emt.

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

Genealogy Roundtable, Sat., Aug. 12, 10-noon, Pequot Library, Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Genealogists Betty Oderwald and Bill Stansfield offer help to those tracing family history. Info: 203-259-0346, x15, pequotlibrary.org

Queen Mary

The Wives of World War I Monarchs: Four-Part Series, Queen, Kaiserin, Tsarina, Empress, presented by Mona Garcia, historian and reference librarian, Fri at noon, continuing Aug. 25, with presentation on Queen Mary, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Light lunch to be provided. Reg. and info: Cynde Bloom Lahey, 203-899-2780, x15133 or [email protected] Next: Sept. 29, Tsarina Alexandra; Nov. 3, Empress Zita.

* 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.-Thurs., 10-4; adm. offices open Mon.-Fri., 9-5. Telling the Jewish-American Story in Town, seeking materials for late 2017-2018 exhibit (letters, photos, documents, diaries, recipes, household objects, vintage clothing, etc.). Story Barn: Imagine That!, program inspired by the exhibit Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play; $20; to share a story, email [email protected] or call 203-869-6899 x31. Jim Henson exhibit and tours of Bush-Holley House. History and Art Camp at Bush-Holley House, call or visit website for info.

Keeler Tavern Museum, 18th century historical building at 132 Main St., Ridgefield, 203-438-5485, keelertavernmuseum.org.

* Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, 203-834-1896 or www.nps.gov/wefa: grounds open daily dawn to dusk.

Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place; westporthistory.org or 203-222-1424.

New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave.; newhavenmuseum.org or 203-562-4183.

*Danbury Museum & Historical Society summer camp sessions: Calligraphy (through July 28) and Cartography (Aug. 14-18) open to students entering first through eighth grades; sessions run 9 to 11:30 a.m. each day; cost per camp week $25 per child/per session; all supplies provided. Registration forms at danburymuseum.org.

*Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., wiltonhistorical.org, 203-762-7257. Colonial Boot Camp, Aug. 28-Sept. 1; suggested for ages 6-10/grades 1-5; $225 nonmembers, $175 members; reg. with Lola Chen, [email protected].

 

LITERATURE

Murder by the Book, Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White, Thurs., Aug. 3, 1 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Info: ridgefieldlibrary.org or 203-438-2282.

Cos Cob Library’s book discussion groups: Thursday Evening Book Club, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., The Summer Guest by Alison Anderson; with Judy Berg, [email protected]. Clock and Dagger Book Club, Sat., Aug. 12, 1 p.m., Murder on the Quai by Clara Black. Library at 5 Sinawoy Rd. Info: 203-622-6883.

Donna DiMaio Rooney

Books and Beasts, Sat., Aug. 5, noon-3 p.m., Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, open 9-4 daily. Bethel author Donna DiMaio Rooney (Dani and the Day the Bully Changed Everything) and Bridgeport illustrator Lizzy Rockwell (Zoo Day: My First Experience Book), readings, book signings, “mystery animal encounters,” and author meet and greets. Beginning at Hanson Exploration Station, guests who wish to attend first part of event, from 12-1:30, can do so without ticket to enter zoo grounds. Info: beardsleyzoo.org.

Monday Morning Buzz, Aug. 7, 11-noon, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. Drop-in discussion session looks at what’s new, what’s hot and what books are creating buzz. Next: Aug. 21. Info: stratfordlibrary.org

Strategist and speechwriter Brian Reich to discuss his new book The Imagination Gap, Mon., Aug. 7, 7 p.m., Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd. Reich argues in his book that imagination makes the difference between projects that succeed and those that don’t, and is the key ingredient that transforms an idea from interesting into world-changing. Info: westportlibrary.org

New Yorker Shorts: 5 Weeks of Short Stories from The New Yorker, Tues., Aug. 8, 12-1:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center; with discussion leader Susan Boyer. Adv reg. suggested at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6334.

Ninth annual Adult Summer Reading Program, through Aug. 12, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Area adults welcome to reg. at Adult Reference Desk. No meetings, no required booklists. Participants are simply asked to fill out reading slips and share titles of whatever books – fiction or nonfiction – they are reading. Readers then eligible for prize drawings of Barnes & Noble gift cards after Aug. 12. Info: 203-385-4164. Updates at stratfordlibrary.org.

Meet-the-Author, Johnes Ruta, Sat., Aug. 12, 2-3:30 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Latest novel Fires Eternal Morning, set in Stratford’s Paradise Green/Brewster’s Pond area where he grew up in the 1950s. Free and open to public.

Books and Breakfast, Mon., Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Reg. and info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Critics Circle Book Group, Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, Tues., Aug. 15, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Mystic Postcard History Series

AuthorSpeak program with J. Huguenin and M. Earl Smith in discussion of their book Mystic, Sat., Aug. 19, 1 p.m., Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Info: norwalkpubliclibrary.org

A.M. Book Group, All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren, Wed., Aug. 23, 10 a.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

*1000 Books for Kindergarten, through Aug. 25, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Children who are not yet entering kindergarten may still participate for summer and beyond. Special bonus prize for visiting library each week. Wilton Library’s Water, Wind & World Summer Reading Program, through Aug. 25; children may still register. Drop-in storytimes, activities, entertainment programs, animal visits and more. Explore New Worlds Summer Reading Program for Teens and Tweens, through Aug. 31; for kids entering grades 6-12. Info: wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950.

Build a Better World: Adult Summer Reading at Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk, through Aug. 31. Summer Reading Quest Game for adults, with chance to win prizes; game card at Reference Desk; Spanish language version also available. Also, calendar of events for this summer, with authors, art exhibits, book groups, concerts, exercise, lectures and new Craft Connection for adults, part of MakerSpace. Kick-off of new Seed Library and Live Well! Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Info: Cynde Bloom Lahey at 203-899-2780 or [email protected].

Adult Summer Reading Program, through Sept. 6, Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd., Cos Cob. Sign up, pick up index card with borrowed book and when you return it, bring a 3-10 sentence review to share with other readers. For each review, chance at gift certificates to local stores; drawings every other week. Grand prize to be announced at annual open house and children’s book sale on Sept. 17, 1-4 p.m. Info: 203-622-6883.

 

MISCELLANY

Judge Daniel O’Grady
—The Redding Pilot

Probate for the Public with Judge Daniel O’Grady, Thurs., Aug. 3, 7 p.m., register, Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Info: ridgefieldlibrary.org or 203-438-2282.

Monday Morning Buzz, Aug. 7, 11-noon, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. Drop-in discussion session looks at what’s new, what’s hot and what books are creating buzz. Next: Aug. 21. Info: stratfordlibrary.org

Disabled Abled Veterans Information Seminars: Tues., Aug. 29, 9-3 p.m., Fowler Building, 45 New Haven Avenue, Milford; a DAV National Service Officer discusses benefits and services earned, special service by the DAV for all veterans on claim issues. DAV NSOs are veterans. Info: dav.org/veterans/find-your-local-office

Second Time Around: Adding another child to your family, Wed., Sept. 20, two sessions, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., Stamford; 203-487-0955. Jennifer Sabbah, licensed certified social worker, offers information, tips and discussion on how to navigate “bumps and potholes” that can happen when a family grows from one child to two. Member $8, community $10. Info: Allison Murphy, 203-487-0980 or [email protected]

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., Tues., 12:30-2 p.m., Thurs., 9:30-11 a.m., open sessions; Family Program, ages 4-12 yrs., usually 2nd and 4th Sun. of the month, 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

The Great American Songbook with a Little Broadway, Thurs., Aug. 3, 7-8 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Performance by three talented high school grads – Will Comer, Ben Senneff and Caitlin Witty. Free adm. Reg. recommended at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6342.

Music Mini-Series with Jim Clark, Norwalk saxophonist, composer and music educator, programs on Sundays beginning 2:30 p.m. in Norwalk Public Library’s main auditorium, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Aug. 20, Songs from Classic American Films with Jim Clark Quartet, featuring actress, singer and vocal instructor Tracey Marble. Series free and open to public. Info: Cynde Bloom Lahey at 203-899-2780, x15133 or [email protected].

Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University offers Summer Camp Intensives at $180 per week in singing for the stage (through Aug. 3; Aug. 7-10, for ages 11 and up), and bass (Aug. 28). Reg. at quickcenter.com/education, in person at box office Mon.-Fri., noon-4:30 p.m., or 203-254-4010.

United Girls Choir auditions being held for girls ages 6-17 from throughout region. Auditions to be held throughout summer; all interested girls eligible to audition. No experience necessary. Auditions to be held in New Haven Tues., Aug. 15; chapters in Milford, Shelton and elsewhere. Additional info and appointment dates: 203-787-1244 or email to [email protected]

Charlie Karp

Charlie Karp’s Musical Memoir, Mon., Aug. 21, 7 p.m., doors open 6:30, Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place. Karp’s musical experiences include opening for The Doors at while a Westport junior high school student; in junior year, invited to join Buddy Miles Band; recorded his first 45 at age 16, opened for Jimi Hendrix at The Forum in Los Angeles and for Three Dog Night at Cotton Bowl, recorded with Arthur Lee; got his own record contract with RCA Records as co-founder of White Chocolate with David Hull, all before age 20. He will share some stories while performing music that inspired him, playing his guitar alongside a keyboardist, bringing alive the soundtrack that shaped the years 1964 through 1972. Also, inside look at the music business. $15 donation; reservations suggested, info/reservations: 203-222-1424; westporthistory.org

Recorder Society of Connecticut monthly playing sessions, info: recordersociety-connecticut.org or John Vandermeulen, 203-810-4831 or JoAnn Flaum, 203-221-7693.

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

Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. Educational programs, including many new offerings, in music in fall; private instruction in piano, guitar, violin, cello, flute, percussion and voice, Sept. 5-Dec. 21. Reg. open now at website or call for details.

 

NATURE & SCIENCE

*Exploring Parachute Design and Launch with Irun Kahn, Thurs., Aug. 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd. In this STEM program, children in grades 3-5, will learn about the workings of a parachute, will test their parachutes using a missile (kid friendly) launch technique. Info and reg. at 203-622-6883.

Scratch Class, Tues. and Thurs., 4-5 p.m., starting Aug. 8, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Scratch is creative and visual programming language designed as stepping stone to more advanced computer programming languages. No experience required. Program taught by Ashley Li, rising college sophomore who attends Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is studying biomedical engineering. Reg. required at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6336. Program continues through Aug. 24.

Marina Marchese, designer, author, beekeeper.

Designer, author and beekeeper Marina Marchese to discuss sustainable agriculture, nuturing honeybees and other natural pollinators, Wed., Aug. 9, noon-1 p.m., Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd. Past president of Back Yard Beekeepers of CT, designer and beekeeper behind the Red Bee Honey brand, and author of Honeybee: Lessons from An Accidental Beekeeper, she will share expertise gleaned from 17 years of beekeeping with tips on attracting pollinators to gardens as well as provide list of plants that are bee-friendly. Info: westportlibrary.org  

*Farm to You – Llamas, Alpacas and Sheep, Wed., Aug. 9, 2-3 p.m., Wilton Library. 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Children in kindergarten and up invited to meet llamas, alpacas and sheep, and learn about how animals provide fleece and wool for people. Spinning demonstration on process of turning fleece and wool into items such as sweaters and blankets. Reg. required at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6342.

Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Sam Ducharme, Thurs., Aug. 10, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Reg. and info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.  

Lepidopterist Victor DeMasi of Redding

Butterflies! A Walk, led by lepidopterist Victor DeMasi of Redding through Keeler’s Ridge Meadow along Wilton Pollinator Pathway, Sat., Aug. 12, 10-noon. Meeting at Ridgefield Rd. at Keeler’s Ridge Rd., Wilton. All ages welcome. Refreshments and information on pollinator project organized by Norwalk River Watershed Association (norwalkriver.org), Woodcock Nature Center, Wilton Conservation Land Trust and Wilton Garden Club at nearby fire station later. Reg. at [email protected]. Rain date: Aug. 13.

*Energize Connecticut Center’s Renewable Energy Summer Series, 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven; free of charge and open to public. Series continues Fri., Aug. 18, 2-4, when visitors learn about water power. Interacting with water discovery table, building water wheel, demonstrating how hydroelectric power is created and exploring Tidal Marsh Trail, adjacent to center. Info: Alysse Rodrigues at 203-799-0460, [email protected] or energizect.com/free-family-activity-night-solar-energy. Next: Sept. 15, 6-7:30 p.m., exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with First Robotics.

* 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 now open, for ages 3 through early teens.

* 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.

* 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. Astronomy Nights: Interstellar Travel: Between Fiction & Science, Aug. 4, 7-8 p.m.

*The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, summer hours 10-6 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas); sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellies and more than 100 other species; Marine Lab, Ocean Playspace for toddlers, seal feedings at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. daily. Fish Tales for preschoolers, Wed., 10:15-11 a.m. Special exhibits: Meerkats, Meet the Dragon, through Sept. 4, and new for summer, Flamingoes, through Labor Day. Journey with Jellies offers new permanent displays of local and exotic species of jellies. TGIF Cruises Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Cruise each Sat. at 6:30 p.m., $29.95 ($19.95 members); Marine Life Encounter Cruises at 1 p.m., except Tues., $29.95 ($24.95); Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, Aug. 5, $75 ($65); Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, Aug. 19, $70 ($60); all adv. reg. Family Sleepover, Aug. 19. IMAX Movies: Dunkirk, through Aug. 20, 7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., and 7 & 9:30 p.m. Fri., Sat. and Sun. (No shows Aug. 14-16). Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Secret Ocean at noon and 3 p.m., Dream Big at 2 and 5 p.m. and National Parks Adventure at 1 p.m. Amazon Adventure, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (no 11 a.m. show Aug. 3, 9-10, 15-17). All through Labor Day. One exhibit and daytime IMAX included with paid aquarium adm: $22.95 for adults; $20.95 for youths (13-17) and seniors (65+); and $15.95 for children (3-12); free for kids under 3 and members. Reservations: maritimeaquarium.org.

* 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. Summer of free adm. for active-duty military personnel and their families. BooZoo’s Pup Party, Thurs., Aug. 3, 5- 8 p.m. Creative Kids, Aug. 5, 2-3 p.m. Music, Aug. 7-13. Astronomy, Aug. 14-20. Under the Sea, through Aug. 6. Stepping Stones summer camp program for children ages 5-8, Mon. through Fri., half-day and full-day sessions. Schedule and themes: Aug. 14-18: Astronomy. Info and reg. at 203-899-0606, x247.

* EverWonder Children’s Museum, 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown; open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; adm. $7 for visitors older than 1; info., everwondermuseum.org: Story Lab for Young Explorers Tues. and Thurs., 10:30-11 a.m. EverWonder has joined Blue Star Museums, collaboration that offers free adm. to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

* 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; 203-227-7253; earthplace.org.

* Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St.; ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield or 203-259-6305 x109. Master Naturalist Training Program, Tues., Sept. 5-Nov. 7.; Sat. Sept. 30, 10-2 p.m., Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield; 40 hours of classroom and field training in four-hour sessions over 10 weeks; taught by field experts including: Fairfield Ecologist/Landscape Architect Bill Kenny, and Director of Environmental Studies at Fairfield University James E. Biardi, Ph.D. All sessions to include mix of indoor classroom presentations and outdoor, hands-on field experiences. Registration deadline: Aug. 15. Program fee: $205 CAS members; $260 nonmembers (includes a CAS membership). As part of tuition, participants must be able to give 10 hours of volunteer service within the year following training. To complete the program, those enrolled expected to attend every class. Info, including application, at center’s website, or email: [email protected]; Center’s phone number above.

* 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]

Spur thigh tortoise

* Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; adm. $14/adults, $11/children 3-11 and seniors, free for children under 3; open daily 9 to 4; Carousel and Peacock Cafe, winter hours: Gift Shop, daily 9:30-4; New World Tropics Building, daily 10:30-3:30; 203-394-6565, www.beardsleyzoo.org. Five spur-thigh tortoises (Geochelone sulcata) making their home at zoo this summer. CT Open Tennis backpack giveaway, Aug. 4, to 500 kids ages 3-11; CT Open staff to give kids chance to play tennis on zoo grounds. Zoo Patrol, through Aug. 4, and Aug. 7-11 (ages 6-8). Chris Rowlands with singing, dancing, puppets, stories, etc., through Aug. 6. Books and Beasts, Sat., Aug. 5, noon-3 p.m. AARP Free Fridays through Sept. 29.

* The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; discouverymuseum.org or 203-372-3521; Tues.-Sun., 10-5;  open Mon. for summer, most school holidays, plus school and homeschool groups with a reservation; museum and planetarium, $10 adults, $8 children, seniors, students, free under 2; Challenger Learning Center, simulated space missions for groups 15-30, res. required (schools, scouts, corporate team building, birthday parties); scout science badge classes; exhibits and daily Planetarium shows; weekend workshops. Summer STEM programs; reg. still open.

Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, N.Y.; adv. reg. required, nywolf.org:

Planetarium Show/Telescope Viewing, at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium at Western CT State U. Westside Campus, 43 Lake Ave., Danbury; wcsu.edu/starwatch/ or 203-837-8672.

*Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Career Education Academy, July 24-28, 2018, Staples High School in Westport. Federal Aviation Administration-sponsored course designed for aspiring aviators aged 16-20. Students to learn how to safely fly a drone through hands-on instruction and more. This five-day program assists students in passing FAA Remote Pilot Certification test to be offered Monday and Tuesday, July 31 and Aug. 1, 2018. Tuition, $200, includes all materials. Students do not need to have, own or bring drone. FAA Remote Pilot Certification test is additional $150 fee. Info or to sign up at http://bit.ly/ACEUASAcademy or contact Mark Mathias at 203-226-1791 or [email protected]. This course, said to be first FAA-sponsored one, is also sponsored by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Remarkable STEAM, Westport Public Schools and Westport Library.

 

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Day to Night (2015) — by Stephen Wilkes

PHOTOGRAPHY

Enhancing Your Pictures with Photoshop, Wed., Aug. 9, 2-4 p.m.; Scanning Slides into Digital Images, Thurs., Aug. 10, 2-3:30 p.m. and Wed., Aug. 23, 2-3:30 p.m.; New Life for Old Videos, Fri., Aug. 11, 1-3 p.m. and Wed., Aug. 23, 4-5:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Info: 203-762-6342, 203-762-3950, wiltonlibrary.org

Monthly meeting of the Shutterbugs, Aug. 12, 9 a.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.; info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org

Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield,  invites public for history-in-the-making photograph, Sat., Aug. 12. Photographer Stephen Wilkes of Westport to create his Day to Night photographs of Fairfield’s waterfront, capturing scenes over 24-hour period. Residents invited to visit Jennings Beach and Fairfield Beach to be part of photographic project. Completed photo to go on display in April 2018. Info: fairfieldhistory.org or 203-259-1598.

*Norwalk Public Library’s 2017 photo contest, “The Way We Read Norwalk,” accepting entries through Aug. 18 from those 13 and older at norwalkpubliclibrary.org. Judges to select 2 semifinalists from pets, teens, Norwalk landscapes and technology transforms categories (one photo per category), with voting online for winners, who receive gift cards, and their photos displayed on library’s Photo Gallery. Info: [email protected]

 

SELF IMPROVEMENT

Mondays @ 7 Networking Group (mondaysat7.org), meeting Mon. at 7 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, 49 West Rd. (Rte. 57), Westport; networking and announcements, 7-8 a.m., presentation with Q&A, 8-9. clean-up, 9-9:15; $1 donation requested for coffee and bagels. On Aug. 7 Aug, Melanie Szlucha will speak on the topic of “Making the First Call.”

Westport Library’s free one-on-one career counseling sessions to job seekers: sessions by appointment only, focus is on general career counseling as well as resume assistance and LinkedIn profile preparation assistance; run by business librarian Ellen Janpol; for appointment contact her at [email protected]

Career Coach

American Job Center Southwest Career Coach to be at Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk, Mon., Aug 7, 10-noon, and 1-3 p.m. to continue its free job search assistance to public. American Job Center staff to provide general assistance with job searching, including resume writing and online job applications. All services free. Walk-in service; reg. not required. Career Coach to be parked on Mott Ave., outside library entrance. Scheduled at library again, Mon., Sept. 11. Info: 203-899-2780, x15109.

CTWorks Career Coach, career center on wheels designed to deliver career services and training opportunities, offers free services to low-wage workers and job seekers in southwestern Connecticut. Career Coach will be on site in front of Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., 10-3 p.m. each Monday for these sessions: Aug. 28, Sept. 25 (Excel class), Oct. 30, Nov. 27 (Resume class) and Dec. 18. Info: 203-385-4164 or visit stratfordlibrary.org.

SCORE offers Free Business Counseling bit.ly/SCOREMentor Questions/Comments: [email protected] or call 203-831-0065 or visit https://fairfieldcounty.score.org/

Get a Grip on Your Email, Wed., Aug. 16, 6-8 p.m., SCORE of Fairfield and Wilton Chamber of Commerce seminar at Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center; wiltonlibrary.org, 203-762-3950. Help for business owners on their email systems. Tips, tricks, strategies and resources on topics such as paid vs. free service; storage, backup, and archiving; security and special apps. Speaker: Bud Freund, who has been teaching technology to users of all ages and providing tech support to small businesses for more than 20 years. Check-in begins 5:30. Reg. and info at scorefairfieldcounty.org or 203-831-0065.

Speakers Forum Networking, self-empowerment through successful communications, continuing Aug. 14 and Sept. 18, 7-8 p.m., Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave. Reg. with Mariette Kammerer at 203-505-3660, Kmareducation.org  

Communication and Media Arts Department at Western Connecticut State University to host seminar on Thurs., Aug. 31, 9-1 p.m., to teach anyone how to work in Google programs to gather and analyze data. Mike Reilley, trainer who developed his data skills in a newsroom, will lead seminar and provide guidance on how to use Google programs like Trends, Scholar and Sheets. Free and open to public. It will be held in Room 202 of Student Center on Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury. Participants may attend all four hours or come and go as they please. Participants should bring laptop to seminar. Additional apps that might be demonstrated can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/mikereilley/pre-conference-downloads. Attendees will get the most out of the session if they download two programs to a laptop — Google Earth Pro at google.com/earth/resources and software for data scraping at tabula.technology. Register at https://alumni.wcsu.edu/communication-seminar. Reilley is a former Los Angeles Times reporter and copy editor. He also was one of the founding editors of ChicagoTribune.com and taught journalism for 13 years. He founded the journalism research site The Journalist’s Toolbox, which is maintained by the Society of Professional Journalists.

SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives, offering free seminars and workshops to entrepreneurs:

— 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 Bloomingdale Rd., NYS Dept. of Labor, White Plains, N.Y.; 914-948-3907; westchester.score.org.

— Fairfield County, scorefairfieldcounty.org or call 203-831-0065

— New Haven, newhaven.score.org.

THEATER

Westport Country Playhouse has received a $10,000 grant from the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (fccfoundation.org) for general operating support for the non-profit organization’s current season (five play through Nov. 19). The nationally recognized theater serves an estimated audience of 60,000. The playhouse has been awarded a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a community engagement initiative surrounding the fall production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, to be directed by Mark Lamos, playhouse artistic director. Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport, continues 87th season. Info: westportplayhouse.org or 203-227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529.

*Pantochino Productions Inc. 2017 Summer Theatre Camp at Milford Arts Council; info., reg. forms at pantochino.com.

*TheatreWorks New Milford TW Kids programs for summer and fall at​ 5 Brookside Ave., New Milford: Singing in the Rain Jr. with instructor Anthony DePoto to guide students ages 7 to 18 through rehearsals and performances, Aug 11-13, $450. Monty Python’s Spamalot [email protected] for ages 7 to 18, Sat., 9-12, Tues., 4:30-6:30, beginning Oct. 24, performances Dec. 7 and 8, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $350. ​Reg. at theatreworks.us/kids.php. Info: 860-350-6863.

Modern Music in Verona, Aug. 22, featuring Dr. Daphne Brooks, professor of African American studies & theater studies at Yale, and Mike Skinner, technical director and assistant professor of theater at Southern Connecticut State University. Discussions begin at 6:30 p.m. on lawn of Edgerton Park in New Haven prior to free 8 p.m. performance by Elm Shakespeare Company of The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet. Food truck, ice cream and kettlecorn on site. Info: elmshakespeare.org

All the World Shall Be in Love with Night, An Evening Under the Stars, annual gala in support of Elm Shakespeare Company (now in residence at SCSU) in celebration of 22nd season, Thurs., Aug, 31, Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff St., New Haven. ​5 p.m., cocktails, buffet and auction; 8 p.m. curtain for Free Shakespeare in the Park with The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet, directed by Raphael Massie. Tickets, $75, $125, $175, at elmshakespeare.org

Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. Educational programs, including many new offerings, in theatre this fall for children, teens and adults, such as Creative Dramatics, Beginning Acting, Improv for various age groups, etc. Reg. open now at website or call for details.

Broadway Sings, Mon., Nov. 27, gala fundraiser presenting Broadway Method Academy of Fairfield students alongside Broadway talents in performance on Westport Country Playhouse stage. In past years, company members from Hamilton, Wicked, The Lion King and Beautiful have participated in one-night-only event. The Mainstage Production, Jan. 28 through Feb. 11, Evita, featuring professional actors who will team up with BMA students for the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical on Playhouse stage. Instructor and topic for the Spring Masterclass, March 19-25, to be announced at later date. Info: broadwaymethodacademy.com, westportplayhouse.org or 203- 675-3526. WCP at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Playhouse and BMA on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse) (Broadway Method Academy), on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse) (@bmafairfield) and Instagram (@WCPlayhouse) (@broadwaymethodacademy) and YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

 

WRITING

*Aspiring Authors, Mon., Aug. 24, 4 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St.; for ages 8-12. Bring notepad and pencil. Reg. at stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4165.

Ridgefield Writers Conference returns in late Sept. Opening conference at Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Fri., Sept. 22, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., with readings and author Q&A panel featuring memoirist Peter Selgin, bestselling author Jamie Cat Callan and award-winning novelist Pete Nelson. Free and open to public, includes wine and cheese networking reception. Sat., Sept. 23, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m., workshops patterned after those of MFA in creative writing, offering instruction and inspiration in craft and art of writing. Faculty includes author Peter Selgin (advanced nonfiction and memoir), award-winning novelist Hollis Seamon (master class in fiction, young adult and middle grade), award-winning author Chris Belden (long and short fiction), bestselling author Jamie Cat Callan (creative nonfiction), James Chesbro (nonfiction and essay), and award-winning editor Adele Annesi (art of revision). To celebrate fifth annual event, conference  to feature as keynote speaker Carlos Eire, author of Waiting for Snow in Havana, winner of the National Book Award in Nonfiction in U.S. Also author of Learning to Die in Miami, Dr. Eire received his Ph.D from Yale University and has taught at St. John’s University in Minnesota and the University of Virginia.

To celebrate its fifth annual event, Ridgefield Writers Conference to feature as its keynote speaker the acclaimed Carlos Eire, author of Waiting for Snow in Havana, winner of the National Book Award in Nonfiction in the U.S. Also the author of Learning to Die in Miami, Dr. Eire received his Ph.D from Yale University and has taught at St. John’s University in Minnesota and the University of Virginia. New year: two Saturday afternoon breakout sessions: Young Writers in Residence, for young writers and those who support them, and What’s Next in the Writing Life, with tips for emerging and established writers of all genres. Also on Saturday, conference features afternoon readings by attendees and wine and cheese networking reception, free and open to public. Sponsored by Ridgefield Library and Word for Words, LLC, conference provides book and resource tables, as well as book signings. Early registration (by July 1) $175; regular registration $195 (by Sept. 15). Education discount rate of $150 may be available for students and faculty. Details: ridgefieldwritersconference.blogspot.com. Or contact Adele Annesi at [email protected] or at 203-894-1908. Reg. for open events on Fri. and Sat. via ridgefieldlibrary.org/news_events.

Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. Creative writing workshop for adults, Wed., 11:30-1:30, Oct. 4-Nov. 8. Reg. open now at website or call for details.

 

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