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.”

Third Saturdays at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Sat., Aug. 19, adm free, 10-5. Art-making activities in Studio, 10-noon for children ages 2-5; 1-3 p.m. for ages 6-10. Inspired by mind-maps in Beth Campbell’s exhibition, My Potential Future Past, children can experiment with linear drawings with light-colored media on dark paper, and work with lightweight wire to create mobiles that appear like chandeliers, root systems, or family tree. Artists on Artists Exhibition Tour, 3-4 p.m. led by Aldrich teaching artist Jahmane. Final opportunity to see current solo exhibitions for free: Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past, Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel Right, William Powhida: After the Contemporary, and Kay Rosen: H Is for House. These exhibitions close on Sept. 4.

* 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: through 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. 13, 20, 11:30-12:15. Art Adventures, Aug. 20, 1-3 p.m. Science Sunday: Water-drop Microscopes, Aug. 13, 1-3 p.m. Science on the Silver Screen, Sun., Aug. 20, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

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

Wickford Shipyard by DeAnn L. Prosia.

SCAN, Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, to have DeAnn L. Prosia “draw and paint” watercolors at next meeting, Wed., Aug. 23, 1:30 p.m., Newtown Meeting House (lower level), Main St. Public invited; adm free. Originally from Chicago, Prosia, who works as printmaker and watercolorist, has lived in Connecticut for 20 years; 8 in Newtown. Along with being published in Watercolor Magazine and Splash 13 – Alternative Approaches, she has won many awards for her work. including American Women Artists Award of Recognition for Best Composition and Award of Excellence. Her work is in collections of New York Public Library; New York Historical Society Museum & Library, among many others. Prosia to demonstrate techniques she uses with her watercolors and share how she came to use drawing in her watercolors.

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.

Art Walk Ridgefield, Aug. 25-Sept. 8; more than 50 restaurants, businesses and cultural venues to showcase work of over 70 artists in windows and on shop walls during this free, two-week festival, organized by Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Fri., Aug. 25, 5-8 p.m. with artist opening reception in stores; continues Sat., Aug. 26, noon-4. Live music and demonstrations outside storefronts and Marketplace at Copps Hill. Walk on Down exhibit at guild, 34 Halpin Lane. Opening reception following Artists Day Aug. 26, 4-6 p.m. Info: rgoa.org.

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.

Darien Arts Center Open House, Tues., Aug. 29, 1-4 p.m., 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall. Visitors can take part in mini-classes in dance, visual arts and kids’ theater; learn about Darien’s Got Talent 2018 and community theater; live music; cupcakes and lemondade. Info: darienarts.org or 203-655-8683.

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.

First Fridays: A Contemporary Cocktail Party, Sept. 1, 7-9 p.m., Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield. Switch Factory string quartet from Litchfield County to play blues, folk, rock and jam band tunes. Spirits tasting by Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Tour of Beth Campbell, Suzanne McClelland, William Powhida and Kay Rosen exhibits. Adm $25 non-members, $20 members, free for $250+ members; tickets at door. Members-only pre-party, 6-7; membership info: Kathryn Tufano, 203-438-4519, x148, [email protected] by Aug. 28.

Quick Center for the Arts’ Open Minds Institute, Four Great Masters/Four Great Centuries class, Sept. 5-Oct. 10, 10-11:45 a.m. Enrollment details and other info at fairfield.edu/openminds or 203-254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-369.

SCAN (Society of Creative Arts of Newtown) fall schedule of six-week art classes in Pushing Boundaries of Watercolor, Sept. 12-Oct. 17; Still Life in Oil, Sept. 13-Nov. 1; and Drawing Essentials, Sept. 14-Oct. 19, at Meeting House, Main St., Newtown. Details and reg: Adele Moros, 203-744-7690 or scanart.org

Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. Educational programs, Sept. 15-Dec. 19, 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.

Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle presents Chinamania in Victorian England, lecture by Lee Glazer, Ph.D., curator of American art, Freer/Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Mon., Sept. 25, 1:15 p.m., First Congregational Church of Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach Rd., Old Greenwich. Adm $25 nonmembers. Info: ctcsc.org

* = Activities for children

 

CRAFTS

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.

Pequot Pearls Knitting Group, Thurs., Aug. 17, 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. 24, 31. Info: 203-259-0346, x15, pequotlibrary.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. 19 – Tarn (T-shirt Yarn) projects; Aug. 26 – origami. Reg. via Librarian Laurie Iffland at 203-899-2780, x15114 or [email protected].

Make It & Take It Lego, Sat., Aug. 19, 11-2, Children’s Room, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Drop-in program at Lego table for children ages 4 and up. Info: greenwichlibrary.org or 203-622-7940.

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.

 

DAC dance students at a recent junior dance concert.

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.

The Barclay Classes include instruction in ballroom dancing but also teach children step-by-step social graces, Tues. starting Oct. 3, Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Reg open now and info at 908-232-8370 or thebarclayclasses.com/index.html or email [email protected]. Afternoon and early evening classes for third through seventh grades run until May 2018.

FILM

Jane Austen Film Series, five free screenings, each Wed., 3:30 p.m., Pequot Library auditorium, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Pride & Prejudice (PG), Aug. 16. Emma (PG), Aug. 23. Persuasion (PG), Aug. 30. In conjunction with library’s Jane Austin: Insights and Influences exhibit. Info: pequotlibrary.org

*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. 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. Beauty and the Beast (PG), Aug. 19. Info: 203-622-6883.

Chad Calek

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.

Monday Matinees, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. The Zookeeper’s Wife (PG-13), Sept. 11, noon, Lovell Room. Real-life story of woman who helped hide Jews from Nazis during WWII, starring Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh. Info: stratfordlibrary.org.

*Anime Club for teens, Wed., Sept. 13, 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.

Quick Center for the Arts’ Open Minds Institute, You, on the Aisle: Re-Thinking the Greatest American Films class, Oct. 11-Nov. 8, 1-2:30 p.m. Enrollment details and other info at fairfield.edu/openminds or 203-254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-369.

 

GARDENING

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

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. 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.

Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y., hosts free sessions of Chair Yoga, Tues., Aug. 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

Yoga for Everyone, Wed., Aug. 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Stratford Library’s Lovell Room, 2203 Main St., Stratford. Free and open to public but reservations required at stratfordlibrary.org. Next classes: Aug. 30, Sept. 6, 13 and 20.

*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.

Live Well!, six-week group workshop on Chronic Disease Self-Management, each Wed., Aug. 23-Oct. 4, 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]

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group, Tues., Sept. 12, 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.

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

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.

Over Here: Norwalk in the First World War Bus Tour, Sun., Sept. 17, 1-5 p.m. Organized by Norwalk Preservation Trust, tour visits homes, monuments and memorials that tell story of Norwalk during Great War. Also, costumed re-enactors, architecture historian, comfortable buses and reception at conclusion. Tickets $60 until Sept. 10, then $70. Reg. and info at norwalkpreservation.org

Long Island Sound Whaling Captains and Crews: The Lives of Invisible People of Color, lecture by Sandi Brewster-Walker, Long Island Indigenous People Museum and Research Institute executive director, Sun., Sept. 23, 2 p.m., Burroughs-Saden Library, community room, third floor, Bridgeport Library. Info: bridgeportpubliclibrary.org

* 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.

*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

Rochelle Almeida, PhD image taken by Adair Heitmann for Pequot Library in 2016

Rochelle Almeida, Ph.D., New York University professor, presents A Jaunt with Jane, audio-visual lecture, Tues., Aug. 22, 7-8 p.m., Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Current exhibit: Jane Austen: Insight and Influences, through Aug. 27. On view: early 20th editions of Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility, 19th Century illustrations by Hugh Thomson, contemporary adaptations of Austen’s work; interactive composition wall. Info: pequotlibrary.org; 203-259-0346.

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].

Books Sandwiched In, Thurs., Aug. 31, noon, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk; Behold the Dreamers, debut novel by Imbolo Mbue of New York City, native of Limbe, Cameroon. Next: Sept. 28, News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Info: Susannah Violino, [email protected] or 203-899-2780, x15115.

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.

Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese by Bronwen and Francis Percival on Fri., Sept. 8, 12:30-1:30, Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Percivals to talk about their new book, offering their perspective on cheesemaking today.  Complementing talk: spread of fine artisanal cheeses for tasting. Members $30; non-members $40, includes one copy of book, plus cheese sampling. Reg. and info: wiltonhistorical.org or 203-762-7257.

Katonah Poetry Series, celebrating 50th anniversary with poetry reading by MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes, Sun., Sept. 24, 4 p.m., Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y. Reading followed by Q&A, public reception, book signing. Doors open 3:30 p.m. Adm $10 adult. Info: katonahpoetry.com

Books Over Coffee: Ghachar Ghochar, Vivek Shanbhag’s Chekhovian novella, Wed., Sept. 27, noon, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. Kathy Faggella leads discussion. Light refreshments served. Free and open to public. Info: stratfordlibrary.org

 

MISCELLANY

Monday Morning Buzz, Aug. 21, 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. Info: stratfordlibrary.org. Next date: Sept. 11.

U.S. Passport services to be offered beginning Mon., Aug, 21, at Norwalk Public Library and South Norwalk Branch Library. Mon., 2-7:30 p.m., Thurs., 12-4:30 p.m. and Sat., 10-2 p.m. at main library, 1 Belden Ave. Mon., Fri. and Sat., 12-4:30 p.m. at SoNo Branch, 10 Washington St. Also, Social Security questions and notary public service. Info: Norwalk Public Library System, norwalklib.org; 203-899-2780, main library; 203-899-2790, branch.

Cybersecurity: Keeping Your Personal Information Safe, lecture by risk and data protection consultant Richard Gunzel, Tues., Aug. 22, noon-1 p.m., Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd. Gunzel is founder and CEO of Secure I.T. Risk Solutions LLC. Free and open to public. Info: westportlibrary.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

Multi-Cultural Meditation, Wed., Sept. 6. WCSU Office of Intercultural Affairs; the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation; and the Institute for Holistic Health to host free program at 5 p.m. in Ballroom of Campus Center on university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury. Workshops on history, practice and health benefits of different types of meditation, as well as providing understanding of whole-person approach to wellness, which includes physical, mental, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual components. Public invited. Info: send email to [email protected]

Sahaja Yoga Meditation, Tues., Sept. 12. Institute for Holistic Health Studies at WCSU to host free program at 7 p.m. in Room 103 of Warner Hall on WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury. Guided meditation with easy-to-do hand movements that can be done while sitting in comfort of chair. Purpose is to awaken kundalini energy to create state of thoughtless awareness. Benefits include inner peace, happiness, clarity, improved focus, stress reduction, relaxation and improved physical health. Class to be conducted by Jesse Rovero. Public invited. Info: send an email to [email protected] or [email protected].

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 amur[email protected].

Quick Center for the Arts’ Open Minds Institute, Outraged, or Just Out of Sorts? — Making and Keeping Peace in Your Family, Social Club or Workplace class, Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Enrollment details and other info at fairfield.edu/openminds or 203-254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-369.

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

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].

Fairfield University offers Summer Camp Intensives at $180 per week; bass (Aug. 28). Reg. at quickcenter.com/education, in person at box office Mon.-Fri., noon-4:30 p.m., or 203-254-4010.

Ridgefield Chorale open rehearsals, if interested in becoming member; Tues., Aug. 22, 7 p.m., and Tues., Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Church, 6 Ivy Hill Rd., Ridgefield. Info: [email protected] or 877-815-5635.

Wilton Singers auditions, for tenors and basses, for 2017-18 season. Interested candidates should contact Alison Conroy by email at [email protected] Auditions in August include some vocalizing and sight-singing, and singers should prepare short piece to sing which can be a cappella or accompanied. Rehearsals in Wilton Tues., 7-9 p.m., Sept.-mid-May. Info: wiltonsingers.org.

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. Chapters in Milford, Shelton and elsewhere. Additional info and appointment dates: 203-787-1244 or email to [email protected]

Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church looking for adult volunteer handbell ringers. No experience is needed. Reading music helpful but not essential. Rehearsals at church, 1080 Fairfield Woods Rd., 7:30-9 p.m. Tues. evenings; performances during church service third Sun. each month except July and August. If interested, call Jeanne at 203-874-2713 or Jean at  203-255-1331.

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

College planning for musicians panel discussion, Wed., Aug. 23, 7-8:30 p.m., Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. How to leverage students’ music skills in application process, critical issues concerning financial planning, preparing recommendations, resumes and recordings. On panel: Katherine Taylor, principal clarinetist with Greater Bridgeport Symphony; Lauren LaRusso, of Channing College Consulting; Kyle Ryan, public school music teacher; Alexis Walls, who trained at Juilliard; Jon Saxton, attorney and jazz saxophonist; and Joseph Bogardus, certified financial planner. Moderated by Candace Channing, founder of Channing College Consulting, and flutist and master flute instructor. Free and open to public. Info: [email protected]

Bishop Cottrell

Christian storytelling and music, Aug. 27, 28 and 29, St. Stephen’s Church, 351 Main St., Ridgefield, beginning with 7 p.m. worship, with guest preacher and author the Right Rev. Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, England. Dinner at 5:30. St. Stephen’s developed program with Christ Church in Redding. No adm charge.

Recorder Society of Connecticut’s first monthly playing session of fall season on Sat., Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; doors open at 9:30, Ridgefield Crossings, 640 Danbury Rd. (Route 7), Ridgefield. Playing session directed at intermediate and high intermediate players. A professional recorder teacher/performer serves as coach and conductor. Coaching at Sept. 9 playing session, Susan Iadone has many years of experience conducting at RSC workshops. She is music director of RSC, prominent viol and recorder soloist and performer on viola, viola d’amore and viola da gamba. RSC focuses primarily on Renaissance and Baroque music.  Bring recorders and music stand; music provided. Newcomers welcome. Info: John Vandermeulen, 203-810-4831, or JoAnn Flaum, 203-221-7693, evenings or weekends, or go to recordersociety-connecticut.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 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.

Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, N.Y.: open reg for fall classes and early childhood open houses, Sept. 8 and 9; open houses for parents of K-12 students and adult students, Sept. 16. Info: hbms.org or 914-723-1169.

Greenwich Choral Society open sing, and auditions for sopranos, altos, basses and especially tenors from Fairfield and Westchester counties interested in becoming member, Tues., Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, Old Greenwich. Open rehearsal of Mozart’s Requiem. Several audition dates in Sept. Info: Bill Fulton, 203-322-2990 or [email protected], and GreenwichChoralSociety.org

Quick Center for the Arts’ Open Minds Institute, Four Giants of American Music (George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Richard Rodgers) class, Sept. 27-Oct. 25, 10-11:45 a.m. Enrollment details and other info at fairfield.edu/openminds or 203-254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-369.

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

NATURE & SCIENCE

*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.

Scratch Class, Tues. and Thurs., 4-5 p.m., through Aug. 24, 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.

* 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.

Jellyfishes are in new displays at Maritime Aquarium.

*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); Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, Aug. 19, $70 ($60); all adv. reg. Family Sleepover, Aug. 19. IMAX Movies: Dunkirk, extended through Aug. 27, 7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., and 7 & 9:30 p.m. Fri., Sat. and Sun. (no show Aug. 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. 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. Stepping Stones summer camp program for children ages 5-8, Mon. through Fri., half-day and full-day sessions; schedule and themes: through Aug. 18: Astronomy. Make Your Own Martian Slime, Aug. 16, 3:15-3:45 p.m., Aug. 20, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Planet Marble Painting, Sat., Aug. 19, 2:15-2:45 p.m. Great American Eclipse, Aug. 21, 1-5 p.m.

* 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. Eclipse Day, Aug. 21, 11-4.

* 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. 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]

* 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. Lecture: Researcher Sarah Walkley shares findings from video and audio recordings of North American River Otter, Aug. 16. 7 p.m., suggested $10 donation. AARP Free Fridays through Sept. 29.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal will join Beardsley Zoo Director Gregg Dancho and animal advocates in speaking out against proposed regulations and legislation imperiling protections for endangered species on Wed., Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. at the zoo in Bridgeport. Beardsley Zoo is home to Mexican gray wolves, a rare subspecies of the endangered gray wolf, according to the zoo. Efforts currently advancing in Congress would remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species list.

Jubilant Trout in the Classroom participants.

Beardsley Zoo has received a $5,000 grant from the Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education, in support of zoo’s Trout in the Classroom program. The foundation is a non-sectarian organization that supports organizations that provide assistance to at-risk and children and adults in need of Fairfield County. Trout in the Classroom, focusing on Bridgeport students, is working to bridge the achievement gap in environmental studies in city schools.

Westport Astronomical Society invites those interested in viewing the solar eclipse on Mon., Aug. 21, to group’s Rolnick Observatory, 182 Bayberry Lane, Westport. The partial (70%) solar eclipse can be view using solar telescopes and solar glasses available for safely viewing phenomenon (if the sky is clear). The eclipse is expected to run from 1:24-4 p.m., with maximum visibility at about 2:45 p.m. Parking is allowed in lot below observatory at Westport Weston Health District and on Bayberry Lane. Just walk up hill to observatory. Do not block traffic on Bayberry. Event is free and open to public.

Even Wilton Library’s animals are getting prepared for the Eclipse Viewing Party.

Solar Eclipse Party, Mon., Aug. 21, 1-4:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. All ages  welcome. One pair of solar eclipse safety glasses to be available per family attending viewing, while supplies last. Live feed from NASA of full solar eclipse to be shown on big screen in Brubeck Room, plus many activities and sun-themed refreshments. No reg, no fee.

Norwalk Public Library plans an Eclipse Viewing Party on the main library’s front lawn, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk, on Mon., Aug. 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m., when light refreshments will be provided courtesy of the library. Those intending to watch the partial solar eclipse will need to protect your eyes from damaging light, with solar eclipse glasses. Free solar eclipse glasses will be available beginning Wed., Aug. 16, at Norwalk’s main library and the South Norwalk Branch, 10 Washington St., Norwalk, on first come, first served basis to NPL cardholders. There’s a display of books and videos about eclipses and other astronomical phenomena.

* 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. Eclipse Day, Aug. 21, 10-4.

Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, N.Y.; 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.

PHOTOGRAPHY

*Norwalk Public Library’s 2017 photo contest, “The Way We Read Norwalk,” accepting entries through Aug. 20 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]

Enhancing Your Pictures with Photoshop, Wed., Aug. 23, 2-3:30 p.m.; New Life for Old Videos, Wed., Aug. 23, 4-5:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Info: 203-762-6342, 203-762-3950, wiltonlibrary.org

Weston Photography Club, sponsored by Friends of the Weston Library, is forming and plans to begin meeting in Sept. and on the first Wed. of each month, noon-1:30 p.m., through June. Award-winning photographer Alison Wachstein to lead meetings, provide instruction and guidance. Membership fee: $50. Application form at library, 56 Norfield Rd.; westonpubliclibrary.org, 203-222-2665.

Shutterbugs’ monthly meeting, Sat., Sept. 9, 9-10:15 a.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.; info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org. Also, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

 

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 Mon., Aug. 21, Sue Kiely to conduct open discussion.

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.

Grow Your Business Online with Google, presented by Scott Wilson of Contagious Media, Newtown, Thurs., Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m., Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Reg. with Cynde Bloom Lahey, 203-899-2780, x15133, [email protected]

SCORE Fairfield County to present free Webinar “Are Technologies Safe Anymore?” on Tues., Aug. 29, noon-1 p.m. This is an online event. Reg:  http://conta.cc/2gNPFsR Discussion in “plain English” that addresses tips, tricks and strategies for navigating through digital world where hacking, ransomware, viruses are not uncommon and could have consequences. Presenter: Budly Freund, who has been teaching technology and providing technical support to small businesses for almost 20 years. He is a frequent SCORE workshop presenter as well as a certified SCORE mentor.

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.

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.

Career Coach

American Job Center Southwest Career Coach to be at Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk, Mon., Sept. 11, 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. Info: 203-899-2780, x15109.

Speakers Forum Networking, The Things We Do for Money, Sept. 18, 7-8 p.m., Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Reg. with Mariette Kammerer at 203-505-3660, Kmareducation.org  

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.

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]

SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives, offering free seminars and workshops to entrepreneurs. SCORE offers Free Business Counseling bit.ly/SCOREMentor Questions/Comments: [email protected] or call 203-831-0065 or visit https://fairfieldcounty.score.org/

— 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

Winning Play “But That’s Okay” L to R-Dave Sheehan of West Haven, Dena Lagonigro of Stratford, director Barry Hatrick of Milford, and Joe Maker of Stamford.

The Milford Arts Council, Eastbound Theatre and Westport Community Theater have congratulated playwright Jenny Mead, whose short play, “But That’s Okay” was voted as audience favorite at East/West PlayFest, the annual festival of one act plays. Directed by Barry Hatrick of Milford, “But That’s Okay” used its 10-minute run time to chronicle a couple’s relationship, from the moment they meet through the rest of their life events. Dena Lagonigro and Joe Maker played the couple, with Dave Sheehan appearing as a Server that touched on their key moments. The short play received the award over “Romance 101”, by Brianna Keller of Glen Rock, NJ, “All Out of Second Chances,” by Scotto Moore of Seattle, WA, “Grilled”, by LH Grant of Davis, CA, “A Lifetime Ago”, by Drew Davis of Augusta, GA, and “I Don’t Know…”, by James McLindon of Northampton, MA. The council extended thanks to all the playwrights and to those who brought their work to life.

Daphne A. Brooks, professor of African American studies, theater studies, American studies, and women’s, gender & sexuality studies at Yale University, to be guest speaker at Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday Symposium following Sun., Aug. 20, 3 p.m. matinee performance of “Appropriate,” Obie Award-winning play about family secrets by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Program is free and open to public. Brooks to engage in conversation about play with David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, and director of the production. Kennedy is winner of Connecticut Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Director of a Play and Outstanding Production of a Play for last season’s “The Invisible Hand.” WCP, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport, continues 87th season. Info: westportplayhouse.org or 203-227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529.

Modern Music in Verona, Tues., 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 kettle corn on site. Info: elmshakespeare.org. Next: Plants & Poisons, Tues., Aug. 29, featuring Eric Larson from Marsh Botanical Gardens.

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.

Westport Library’s 2017 Malloy Lecture in the Arts, Falsettos: In Conversation, Mon., Sept. 11, 7 p.m., 20 Jesup Rd., Westport. Free panel discussion on Broadway hit Falsettos featuring the men behind the show, Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn and Tony Award winning playwright and director James Lapine and the revival’s Tony-nominated star Stephanie J. Block. Moderated by Andrew C. Wilk, executive producer of Live From Lincoln Center; with Q&A. Info: westportlibrary.org

*TheatreWorks New Milford TW Kids programs for summer and fall at​ 5 Brookside Ave., New Milford: 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.

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.

Send listings to Gregg Bartlett, email [email protected]; or mail, c/o HAN Network, 16 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield 06877, at least two weeks in advance of desired publication date.