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. Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley: Your Turn, Oct. 1-April 23; collaboration they call “performance architecture.” Third Saturdays: Free Community Day, Sept. 16, 10-3 p.m., family-friendly art-making workshop. Museum will be closed for installation, so this workshop will take place on porch of Old Hundred building. Teaching artist Lisa Scroggins guide attendees in designing their own Tony Matelli-inspired artwork, using etchings and photographs of ancient sculptures for collage bases; fruits, plants and vegetables as inspiration for drawings; and a range of materials to add colors and patterns.

* 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. George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950): Illustrator, Painter, Writer, through Nov. 25; and Nikon’s Small World, through Oct. 20. Bruce Beginnings, Sept. 12, 19, 26, 11-11:45 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m. Family Gallery Tour, Sept. 10, 17, 24, 11:30-12:15. Art Adventures: Colorful Illustrations, Sept. 10, 1-3 p.m. Film screening, All Things Bakelite, Tues., Sept. 12, 7-8 p.m. Science Sunday, Taxidermy Armatures, Sept. 17, 1-3 p.m. Science Lecture, Capturing Nature Through the Lens of Art: Levels of Description in Brueghel and Beyond, Tues., Sept. 19, 6:30-8 p.m.

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County continues its series, Artists Talk, Thurs., Sept. 7, 8-9 p.m., in collaboration with City Lights Gallery, 265 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport, at opening of its new exhibit, Visual Designs: Pattern. Cultural Alliance member artists exhibiting in show to share their views on their work. These Artists Talk video recordings to be archived on Cultural Alliance’s YouTube channel; http://bit.ly/CAFCArtistsTalk.

Art Walk Ridgefield, through 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. Live music and demonstrations outside storefronts and Marketplace at Copps Hill. Walk on Down exhibit at guild, 34 Halpin Lane. Info: rgoa.org. Featured Art Walk artist at Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., is book artist Chris Perry, who creates handmade books as sculptural forms, through Sept. 8.

66th annual Sidewalk Show and Sale, by Art Society of Old Greenwich, Sat. and Sun., Sept. 9 and 10, 9-5, Sound Beach Avenue in downtown Old Greenwich. Racks displaying oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, photography and mixed media, plus sculpture and young people’s art and tables with postcards, matted art and notecards.

The Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, one of the oldest artists communities in the U.S., will host a day of workshops and demonstrations for artists of all ages Saturday, Sept. 9, 9:30- 3:30. Fall classes begin Sept. 18. For more details, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-6668, ext. 2.  

After the Big One by Randi Jane Davis

Carriage Barn Arts Center offering two-day Plein Air painting workshop in Waveny Park, New Canaan, Sept. 11 and 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (rain date Sept. 13). Artist, instructor and Carriage Barn member Randi Jane Davis to teach participants about location, how to identify subject matter and rudiments of composition. She will also share important strategies for how to start and outdoor painting and when to stop. Through demonstration and individual attention, she will cover techniques such as the importance of value and color, and how to mix color to create a cohesive painting.  Participants are welcome to work in oils, acrylics, watercolor or pastels and should bring their own supplies. Davis is an award winning contemporary painter. She is a member of the Salmagundi Art Club, The New York Society of Women Artists, and an associate members of oil painters of America. Cost is $110 for members and $135 for non-members. Reg at CarriageBarn.org or call 203-594-3638.  

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

“Necklace 1” by Daniel Lanzilotta

Fairfield University Art Museum, 200 Barlow Rd., Fairfield; 203-254-4046, fairfield,edu/museum. Richard Lytle: A Retrospective, Sept. 15-Feb. 3, Walsh Gallery in Quick Center for the Arts; reception Thurs., Sept. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Exhibit is curated by Carey Mack Weber, museum’s assistant director. Gallery talk with artist Wed., Sept. 19, 5 p.m. Drawing Into Sculpture, talk by Michael Donovan, adjunct professor of studio art, Oct. 18, 5 p.m. Reg at fuam.eventbrite.com.

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.

Chihuly exhibit photo by Evelyn Aponte

Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan has organized guided group tour of Dale Chihuly exhibit at New York Botanical Gardens, Fri., Sept. 22. Reg open to anyone and transportation to be provided from Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny Park at 9 a.m. Guide will tour group through exhibit’s 20 installations, drawings and early works that reveal evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process. There will be time to visit the rest of the gardens, have lunch (not included) and return to New Canaan by 1:30. Reg and details at CarriageBarn.org or 203-594-3638. Cost $50 for Carriage Barn members; $65 for non-members. Adv reg required.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Life and Work, Sun., Sept. 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich; lecture by In the Limelight: Toulouse Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum exhibition curator Mia Laufer, Ph.D. candidate (Washington Univ. in St. Louis) and former Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow at Bruce Museum. Adv reg; free for museum members; $10 non-members adv at brucemuseum.org or $20 at door.

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., change of venue: Bruce Museum, Greenwich. Adm $25 nonmembers. Info: ctcsc.org

Fairfield County Arts Association meeting, Wed., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Roger Ludlowe Middle School Team Room 292, Fairfield. Presentation by Daniel Lanzilotta, Bridgeport artist creating from debris, rubbish, plastic waste, Starbucks stirrers, copper wire, yarn, broom bristles, ikea plastic sheets, bottles, containers, and oyster netting. He uses what he finds to bring “greater significance to the seemingly insignificant.” The results are sculptures, jewelry, hats. His background includes full scholarship to Carnegie Mellon studying technical theater. He also has a culinary arts degree. Fairfield County Arts Association is a networking club for area artists in all media, on both professional and non-professional levels. Membership includes monthly newsletter, group exhibition opportunities, webpage of 20 images of each member’s artwork, plein air sketching and monthly meetings in Fairfield. Meetings feature artist speaker or demonstrator and group feedback on artwork of members attending. Non-members may attend first meeting for free. Info: fairfieldcountyarts.com or call Alice Katz at 203-259-8026.

Sip and Sketch at WCSU, pairing experience of drawing from live model with wine and refreshments, 7 to 9 p.m., Fri., Oct. 6, 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. Info: 203-837-8403.

Quick Center for the Arts’ Open Minds Institute, Four Great Masters/Four Great Centuries class, through 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.

* = Activities for children

CRAFTS

Pequot Pearls Knitting Group, Thurs., Sept. 7, 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. Next: Sept. 14. Info: 203-259-0346, x15, pequotlibrary.org

Language of Flowers Workshop for Kids, Sat., Sept. 16, 11-12:30, Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd. Museum educator Lola Chen to talking with children about pressed flowers, and about the “language of flowers.” Kids to learn how to prepare and flatten florals for their project, a botanical book cover. Snack of flower-shaped iced sugar cookies included, which children will help prepare. Suggested for ages 6-12. Fee: members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; non-members $15 per child, max $35 per family. Reg at [email protected] or  203-762-7257. Info: wiltonhistorical.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.

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

Man in Red Bandana, CT premiere of documentary about Welles Remy Crowther, United Flight 175 on Sept. 11, 2001 that struck WTC’s south tower and equities trader-turned hero who found escape route past inferno below, by Michael J. Weiss, Fri., Sept. 8, 8 p.m., The Palace Danbury, 165 Main St., Danbury. Tickets $15, at thepalacedanbury.com or 203-794-9944.

St. Mary Movie Night Under the Stars, Sat., Sept. 9, 5:30-9:30 p.m., outside Parish Hall, 185 High Ridge Rd., Ridgefield; Hidden Figures starts 7:15; bring chairs; food trucks, family lawn games and contests. Free adm.

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.

All Things Bakelite by John Maher, film screening, Tues., Sept. 12, 7-8 p.m., Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. Story about the “father of modern plastics,” Leo Hendrik Baekeland, Belgian-born American chemist who discovered Bakelite. RSVP at [email protected] or 203-413-6757.

*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.

Queen of the Sun: What the Bees are Telling Us, documentary, Wed., Sept., 13, 7 p.m., Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y. Introductions with light refreshments before films; Q+A sessions afterward. Guest speakers: Shaun McCoshum, Ph.D., conservation and pollinator biologist; Karen Sabath, co-founder of Hudson Valley Natural Beekeepers; and Bill Day, Pfeiffer Center. Info: 914-232-3508. Next in film series: Polyfaces: A World of Many Choices, Wed., Oct. 4, 7 p.m.

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.

 

FOOD

Festival 2017, Sept. 8-10, St. Dimitrie Orthodox Church grounds, 504 Sport Hill Rd., Easton; Fri., 4-10 p.m., food till 9; Sat., noon-10, food till 8; Sun., noon-3. Macedonian grilled lamb, stuffed cabbage (sarmale), homemade pastries and bread; music all day; outdoor cafenea; religious items; church tours; raffles and more. Info: stdimitrieeaston.org

Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival, celebrating 40th year, Sept. 8-10, Veteran’s Park, Norwalk. Fri., 6-11 p.m., with Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Billy Joel tribute band; Sat., 11-11, with Sacred Fire, Latin rock-Santana tribute band, and Desert Highway, Eagles music; and Sun., 11-8, with Eight to the Bar, ’40s jazz and swing, ’50s blues, and more live bands throughout weekend. Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show motorcycle acts and other daredevil stunts, crafts beer tent, arts & crafts pavilion, oyster slurping contest, wide variety of cuisine, amusement rides, live entertainment (clowns, magicians, acrobats) for kids and more. Details and tickets at seaport.org or 203-838-9444.

Taste of Greater Danbury, Sat., Sept. 9, 3-10 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, noon-7 p.m., downtown Danbury. Food from “across the globe,” live music and games. Entertainment on CityCenter Green stage includes Cassadee Pope Sat. at 8:30 p.m. and Beginnings, Chicago tribute band, Sun. at 2 p.m. Info: citycenterdanbury.com.

Farmer’s Cheese Workshop for Kids, Sat., Sept. 9, 11-12:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd. Museum educator Lola Chen to talking with children about history of cheese, and kids to make some farmer’s cheese as their workshop project. Farmer’s cheese to make snack served on soda biscuits, which kids will also make. Suggested for ages 6-12. Fee: members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; non-members $15 per child, max $35 per family.  Reg at [email protected] or 203-762-7257.  

Herbed Goat’s Milk Farmer’s Cheese Workshop for adults, Sat., Sept. 9, 2-3:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd. How-to workshop on making a simple farmer’s cheese from goat’s milk. Workshop to be led by museum educator Lola Chen, who will talk about the history of goat’s milk cheeses, and help participants. Fee: members $20; non-members $25. Reg at [email protected] or 203-762-7257. Info: wiltonhistorical.org.

Flavour Wine Festival, Sat., Sept. 9, 3 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company, The Warehouse, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. More than 150 wines from all over the world, live band music, grilled wood fired kabobs and oysters and more. Tickets $65, $75, at fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-319-1404.

50th Ukrainian Day Festival, Sun., Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., St. Basil’s Seminary, 161 Glenbrook Rd., Stamford. Ukrainian and picnic food, Ukrainian Catholic liturgy, entertainment of songs and dances, Ukrainian vendors, Zabava-Dance. Sponsored by CT State Ukrainian Day Committee. Adm $10. Info: 203-269-5909.

Greater Danbury Irish Festival, Sept. 15, 16 and 17, Charles Ives Center for the Arts, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury. Traditional Irish culture through music, art, food and dance with artists and musicians, plus tournaments, rugby demo and more. For children, sand art, face painting and arts and crafts. Main stage entertainment 6:45 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 12:15-10 Sat. and noon to 6 p.m. Sun. Info, including bands and performers: danburyirishfestival.org or 203-739-0010.

The Last Taste of Summer, Sat., Sept. 30, 12-4:30 p.m. Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich. Craft beer fest with 30 breweries, food trucks, vendors, and live music, including Wilton Steel Community Band, blues, funk and rock & roll from The Clams, and Sacred Fire, Santana tribute band. Tickets $15-$75 at eventbrite.com; gates open 12 p.m. for VIP. Proceeds benefit Zero Waste Education, sponsored by Live Green Connecticut. Info: LiveGreenCT.org.

GARDENING

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]

Fall at GEC: Trish O’Sullivan’s Floral Studio Shop and floral design classes kick off Sept. 20 with Ladies Night Out, Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob. Mindful Mornings: Yoga in Park. Authors Andrea Wuff (The Founding Gardeners) and John Phipps (Capability Brown). Antiques and vintage jewelry with Simon Teakle. Historic walk in Pinetum Park. Family events. Dazzling Dahlias Show, Oct. 7, 2-4, and Oct. 8, 10-3. Free adm. Info: gecgreenwich.org or 203-869-9242.

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

Yoga for Everyone, Wed., Sept. 6, 13 and 20, 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.

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 Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, six-week immersive acting program, Patients and Performance: Health Care Method Acting Certificate,  Sept. 19-Oct. 24. This certificate program is free and open to public and will meet on Tuesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. Reg and info at fairfield.edu/sonacting or contact Dr. Anka Roberto at [email protected]

Eating for the Right Reasons, Fairfield Continuing Education course, Tues., Sept. 28, Oct. 3 and and Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Roger Ludlowe Middle School, 689 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield. Reg open at this point. Course number is 4465; cost $49. Info: fairfieldcontinuinged.com or 203-255-8376. Focus is on changing habits and attitudes about food and includes lecture, charts, questionnaires, and discussion. Instructor Alice Katz is a psychotherapist in Fairfield. She is author of Conquering Compulsive Eating and Eating Without Guilt, as well as a book on anger management.

Live Well!, six-week group workshop on Chronic Disease Self-Management, each Wed., through 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]

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.

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. Appointments: 203-576-5500.

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

Farmer’s Cheese Workshop for Kids, Sat., Sept. 9, 11-12:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd. Museum educator Lola Chen to talking with children about history of cheese, and kids to make some farmer’s cheese as their workshop project. Farmer’s cheese to make snack served on soda biscuits, which kids will also make. Suggested for ages 6-12. Fee: members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; non-members $15 per child, max $35 per family.  Reg at [email protected] or 203-762-7257.  

Herbed Goat’s Milk Farmer’s Cheese Workshop for adults, Sat., Sept. 9, 2-3:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd. How-to workshop on making a simple farmer’s cheese from goat’s milk. Workshop to be led by museum educator Lola Chen, who will talk about the history of goat’s milk cheeses, and help participants. Fee: members $20; non-members $25. Reg at [email protected] or 203-762-7257. Info: wiltonhistorical.org.

Sasquanaug Association’s Treasures of Southport, Sun., Sept. 10, with activities starting at  Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport, 1 p.m. with treasure map that leads participants to key Sasquanaug landmarks where they learn about and identify historical details: Perry Green, the Robinson Cottage, Sea Lodge, and Southport Park. Activities at each site include barbershop quartet, trail tours, bean bag toss game, beekeeping display, and hands-on aquarium touch-tank conducted by Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Back at library participants to tour interactive exhibit that highlights history and lore of Southport as seen through lens of association since its founding in 1887. Reception at 3 with ice cream and hot dogs; treasures found to be shared and participants invited to join in My Southport Art Contest. Free event; sign-up requested at sasquanaug.org.

Kevin R.C. Gutzman

Western Connecticut State University history professor and author Dr. Kevin Gutzman to deliver lecture on “Moderates Triumphant: The Philadelphia Convention of 1787” at 4 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 13, in Warner Hall on university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury. Free and open to public; light refreshments to be served. Gutzman is author of best-selling “James Madison and the Making of America,” and “Thomas Jefferson — Revolutionary,” as well as three other books and numerous articles. He has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Book TV,” CNN and Fox News, and is a frequent guest on national radio programs. Info: Office of University Relations at 203-837-8486.

One Day University, Sat., Sept. 16, 9:30-4:15, Fairfield University. Day of American History: What Would the Founding Fathers Think of America Today? The Civil War and Abraham Lincoln: What’s Fact and What’s Fiction? The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office. America’s New Era: The Psychology of Terrorism. Price: $195 ($125 using code CT125). Info: OneDayU.com, 800-300-3438.

1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed, subject of lecture by Professor Eric Cline, Sat., Sept. 16, 2 p.m., Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Ave., Greenwich. Sponsored by Archaeological  Associates of Greenwich, lecture is free. Professor Cline to explore why Bronze Age ended and whether collapse of many ancient civilizations might hold some warnings for current society. For over 300 years, from about 1500 BC to 1200 BC, Mediterranean region played host to complex world in which Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Cypriots and Canaanites all interacted, then collapsed and world’s first “Dark Ages” arrived. Dr. Cline is professor of classics and anthropology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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

Author Samuel Schmitt to speak about history of Silvermine, Tues., Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m., New Canaan Library, Adrian Lamb Room, 151 Main St. Schmitt, author of the book Silvermine, part of “Images of America” series printed by Arcadia Publishing, to present talk and slide show on history of Silvermine based on his book. He will trace history of the area, with special emphasis on early Silvermine artists. Schmitt is grandson of painter Carl Schmitt, who was one of the early members of Silvermine artist colony. He is also director of the Carl Schmitt Foundation in Wilton, which is dedicated to legacy of Carl Schmitt and early Silvermine artists, and author of Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty. Reg at newcanaanlibrary.org.

Wilton Historical Society host reading group that focuses on books with a historical bent. The book to be discussed on Fri., Sept. 22, 12:30-2 is No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin, winner of Pulitzer Prize for History. Participants bring brown bag lunch, the society provides beverage and dessert. There is no charge, but reg by email: [email protected] or call 203-762-7257. Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd./Route 7, Wilton. Website: wiltonhistorical.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

 

Tom Shachtman — Photo by Mark Connolly

Westport Library to welcome author and filmmaker Tom Shachtman on topic of How the French Saved America: Soldiers, Sailors, Diplomats, Louis XVI and the Success of a Revolution on Thurs., Sept. 28, 7-8 p.m. Event at library. 20 Jesup Rd., Westport, held in partnership with Westport Historical Society. Free and open to public. Info: westportlibrary.org.

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 Sept. 29, with presentation on Tsarina Alexandra, 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: 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.

*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

Poets In Conversation series, starting Thurs., Sept. 7, 7 p.m., with two writers of both fiction and poetry, W.F. Lantry and Steve Ostrowski at Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Lantry, widely published prize winning poet and fiction writer who has been featured in poetry journals and readings nationally and internationally, lives in Washington, D.C. Ostrowski, fiction writer and poet who teaches at Central Connecticut State University and whose work appears in numerous journals, has published chapbooks with Bright Hill Press and Finishing Line Press. Each session to feature two poets, who will read from their works and discuss writing life. All programs, through December, on first Thursday of month, at 7 p.m., in main reading area of library. For second year, Norwalk’s Poet Laureate, Laurel Peterson, has brought together a diverse group of published poets for series. Oct. 5 – Marianela Medrano and Laurel Peterson. Nov. 2 – Ann Cefola and Robert Masterson. Dec. 7 – Ralph Nazareth and Duane Esposito. Info: Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library information services, at 203-899-2780 or [email protected].

AuthorSpeak series, discussion of Amanda Wakes Up, debut novel by Alisyn Camerota, co-anchor of CNN’s New Day, Fri., Sept. 8, noon, Norwalk Public Library, Main Auditorium, 1 Belden Ave. Norwalk; light lunch to be provided, courtesy of library. Info: Cynde Bloom Lahey at 203-899-2780 or [email protected].

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.

Greenwich Pen Women and Perrot Memorial Library, 90 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich, to complete its new, co-sponsored book discussion series this year on Mon., Sept. 11, 7-8:30 p.m., in library’s Radcliffe Program Room with discussion of The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance: Art, Emotion, and Memory by Edmund de Waal, with Greenwich Pen Woman Sarah Darer Littman. Attendees are invited to bring small object that evokes emotion and memory to display and discuss if time allows. Free and open to public. Reg at circulation desk or 203-637-1066, x15. Greenwich Pen Women, branch of the National League of American Pen Women, is non-profit organization of local women artists, writers, and musicians. Info: greenwichpenwomen.org.

All About Jane: Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen, series of lectures, book discussions, film screenings, field trips, performances and more at Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., beginning Thurs., Sept. 14, 7 p.m., with Sensibility and Sense: How the 18th Century Meets the 19th in Jane Austen’s Novels, lecture by Dr. Mark Schenker from Yale College. Sun., Sept. 24, 2 p.m., Patricia Carr to present The World of Jane Austen Through Paintings of the Period and lead tour of Yale Center for British Art Sun., Oct. 1, 2 p.m. Wed., Sept. 27, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Mary Rindfleisch, assistant library director, to lead discussions of Northanger Abbey. More events to follow in Oct. and Nov.  Info: ridgefieldlibrary.org, 203-438-2282.

Author and former Fairfield resident Sally Pla to discuss her novel, The Someday Birds, Fri., Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield. While growing up in Fairfield, Pla participated in River Lab program developed by Mill River Wetland Committee, local nonprofit. In her book, she thanks organization’s founder Joy Shaw for opening outdoors to her and countless other school kids. Info: fairfieldbookstore.com, facebook.com/FairfieldUBookstore.

Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at Norwalk Public Library with discussion of La Riobam beñidad by laureate journalist Marcelo Jijon Paredes, Sunday, Sept. 17, 3 p.m., library’s Main Auditorium, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Refreshments, including treats from Riobamba, Ecuador, to be served. Marcelo Jijon Paredes to discuss his book, comprised of stories, customs, traditions and anecdotes about Riobamba, the Andean city, located in central Ecuador. Free and open to public. Presentation will be in Spanish. Library to co-sponsor this program with Diario de Riobamba, Copprati Comunicacion Creativa, La Voz Hispana de Connecticut and Fundacion Chimborazo. Info: librarian Luis Ayala, [email protected], or 203-899-2780, x15109.

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

Books Sandwiched In, Thurs., Sept. 28, noon, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk;  News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Info: Susannah Violino, [email protected] or 203-899-2780, x15115.

Kate DiCamillo, award winning author of Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tiger Rising and The Tale of Despereaux, to discuss her newest book, La La La: A Story of Hope featuring illustrations by Jaime Kim, at Roger Ludlowe Middle School Auditorium, 689 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield, Thurs., Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Tickets at Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield; 203-255-7756 or Fairfield.edu/DiCamillo; $20/family and include copy of La La La: A Story of Hope and the presentation followed by book signing. Special musical performance by Tomlinson Rolling Strones led by music teacher Sara Hoefer to kick-off evening event.

MISCELLANY

Monday Morning Buzz, Sept. 11, 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.

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].

Grace Farms Foundation to host panel discussion exploring roles of faith, gender, and race in questions of economic justice in America. The Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, president of Auburn Seminary, to moderate panel featuring faith leaders and Auburn Senior Fellows Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, and the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, senior minister of Middle Collegiate Church. The event, free to public, begins 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 15, at Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd., New Canaan.

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].

Norwalk Public Library to host World Affairs Forum Great Decisions Series lecture on Nuclear Security, Wed., Sept. 27, 7-8:30 p.m., library’s Main Auditorium, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Speaker: Lori Esposito Murray, adjunct senior fellow with Council on Foreign Relations. Q&A to follow. She is also an adjunct professor at University of Connecticut and president emeritus of World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), largest nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to educating and engaging the American public on global issues. Murray was special advisor to the president on Chemical Weapons Convention during Clinton Administration, where she helped oversee bipartisan approval of convention. She is also former assistant director for multilateral affairs of U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency at U.S. State Department, responsible for multilateral negotiations on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons issues. Free and open to public. Reg. not necessary. Info: Cynde Bloom Lahey, 203- 899-2780, x15155, or [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.

U.S. Passport services 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.

MUSIC

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.

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.

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.

Music on the Hill calls for singers, including students, for fall Festival Chorus with artistic director David H. Connell, conductor; rehearsals Tues., 7-9 p.m. starting Sept.12 at WEPCO church complex, 48 New Canaan Rd., Wilton; (concert Oct. 15, 3 p.m., Unitarian Church, Westport); no audition, reg with voice part to [email protected] or 203-529-3133. Info: musiconthehillCT.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.

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.

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

P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, traditional Irish music session with Dan Foster, Thurs., Sept. 21, 7:45 p.m., St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway, Milford. Foster, master violin and fiddle player who studied music in England and Ireland. Free adm, BYOB. Musicians, dancers, singers and guests welcomed. Info: Tim Quinn, 203-257-8737.

Samuel Suggs, double bass, free Music for Young Persons’ Concerts Series begins new season, Sat., Sept. 23, 2 p.m., Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Musical journey with Suggs who will “reveal the musical genius of Purcell, Bach, Walter and his own solo compositions.” Master class for advanced double bass students follows. Reg required; email [email protected] for details, suggested donation of $35. Concert free for adults attending with children, otherwise donation asked. Doors open 1:45. Info: musicforyouth.net.

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

Who Lives in the Great Salt Marsh?, guided walk in Great Salt Marsh Island Preserve, Aspetuck Land Trust program, Sat., Sept. 9, 8-9:30 a.m. Fairfield Audubon Society naturalist Colleen Noyes to lead walk at low tide. Terrain: easy; mud. Open to public; children welcome. Meeting at picnic tables above playground, overlooking salt marsh. Parking: Ash Creek Open Space at end of Turney Rd., Fairfield; past gatehouse, immediate left, through boaters parking area to open space parking. RSVP: [email protected]

Bird Watching: Fall Migration at Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd., New Canaan, Sat., Sept. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., during free guided walk of trails. Renee Hewitt and Daniel Samperi, founders of @IntoBirds, to teach visitors of all ages about specific bird species at 80-acre Grace Farms preserve. Guests invited to bring camera and share #GraceFarms bird photos with at @GraceFarmsCT. Info at gracefarms.org.

*Energize Connecticut Center, 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven; free of charge and open to public. Fri., Sept. 15, 6-7:30 p.m., exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with First Robotics. Info: Alysse Rodrigues at 203-799-0460, [email protected] or energizect.com.

Astronomical Society of Greenwich to hold talk by Dava Sobel, science writer and New York Times bestselling author, on Sun., Sept. 17, 3:30 p.m., Greenwich Library (Cole Auditorium), 101 West Putnam Ave, Greenwich. Talk on her new book The Glass Universe, emphasizing role that amateur astronomers and volunteers have always played in work of Harvard Observatory. Free and open to public. Info: astrogreenwich.org

* 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.

* 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.

*The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, 10-5 (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, Fri., 10:15-11 a.m. Special exhibits: Meerkats, Dragons, Journey with Jellies displays of local and exotic species. TGIF Cruises, 6 p.m. Sept. 8-29 and Sunset Cruise each Sat., Sept. 23 and 30, $29.95 ($19.95 members); Marine Life Encounter Cruises at 1 p.m., most Sat. and Sun. in Sept and Oct., $29.95 ($24.95). Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, Sat., Sept. 16, 10 a.m., $70 ($60). IMAX Movies: Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Secret Ocean at 11 and 2 p.m., Dream Big at noon and 4 p.m., Amazon Adventure, 1 and 3 p.m. weekdays, 3 p.m. weekends, Beavers, 1 p.m. Sat. and Sun.; all through Nov. 22. 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. Additional discounts for senior citizens throughout Sept. Sensory-Friendly Morning, Sun., Sept. 10, 8-noon: Lights to be lowered, and music and other sounds turned down or off. Selected IMAX movie with lower volume and theater lights less dim. Normal adm prices apply. Sensory-Friendly Morning, Sun., Sept. 10, 8-noon: Lights in Maritime Aquarium to be lower, and music and other sounds to be turned down or off. The aquarium also will show specially selected IMAX movie with lower volume and theater lights less dim. Normal adm prices apply. Interviews for potential volunteers Tues., Sept. 19 and 26, 5 p.m.

* 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.

*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.

* 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. Fall Bird Walk, Sat., Sept. 16, 9-11 a.m.; free with donations suggested; for ages 12 and up. Hiking trails of Larsen Sanctuary, and learning about fall migration. Adv reg required at ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield, or call 203-259-6305, ext. 109. Fall programs and events: ctaudubon.org.

* 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. 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.; 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

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.

Birdwatching at Grace Farms Photo ©Julilen Jarry

Bird Watching: Fall Migration at Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd., New Canaan, Sat., Sept. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., during free guided walk of trails. Renee Hewitt and Daniel Samperi, founders of @IntoBirds, to teach visitors of all ages about specific bird species at 80-acre Grace Farms preserve. Guests invited to bring camera and share #GraceFarms bird photos with at @GraceFarmsCT. Info at gracefarms.org.

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.

Award winning photographer Bill Barnett to make audio-visual presentation entitled India; A Different World to Appalachian Mountain Club on Tues., Sept. 12, Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport (saugatuckchurch.org). Doors open, wine, appetizers, pasta dinner, salad and desserts from 6.30 p.m., and presentation from 7.30-8.30. AMC members and non-members welcome. Cost $10 for members and $15 non-members. Participants asked to bring along a dessert to share if they can. No reservations. Pay at door only. Info: ct-amc.org or email Eleanor Sasso at [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 Sept. 11, Cliff Ennico to speak on Building a Portfolio Career When the Jobs Just Aren’t There.

Greenwich Library business programs in Sept. New series for women entrepreneurs, career change workshop, grant writing, personal credit, plus alternative investment series. Two new series. Open to all at no charge. Info: greenwichlibrary.org or 203-622-7900.

SCORE Fairfield County to present free workshop, Avoiding Money Mistakes for Startups and Entrepreneurs, Thurs., Sept. 7, 6-7 p.m., Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave. Reg at conta.cc/2uQOD4O.

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. Next date: Oct. 2, with Microsoft Excel class; reg required.

SCORE Fairfield County to present free workshop, Small Business, Big Brand – How to Start Now, Tues., Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m., Darien Public Library, 440 Post Rd. Reg at conta.cc/2uSKLgb. Presenter: Larry Ackerman, founder/president of The Identity Circle, which consults with clients across many industries; and author of Identity Is Destiny: Leadership and the Roots of Value Creation and The Identity Code: The 8 Essential Questions for Finding Your Purpose and Place in the World.

SCORE Fairfield County to present free workshop, 12 Steps to Building Your Business, Wed., Sept. 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Stratford Library, Main St., Stratford. Reg at  http://conta.cc/2ua7A2l. Presenter: Cliff Ennico, expert on legal and tax issues facing small businesses and author of 15 books, including Small Business Survival Guide. He hosted PBS series MoneyHunt.  

Ira Joe Fisher

Speaking Fearlessly with Ira Joe Fisher, Sept. 13-Oct. 11 workshop, 7:30-9 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and emcee to teach public speaking skills. Tuition $240 at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Brand identity expert Larry Ackerman to headline Dolan School Business Breakfast, Thurs., Sept. 14, 7:30-9 a.m., Fairfield University, Dolan School of Business dining room, Bellarmine and Coughlin Rd., Fairfield.  Ackerman to be joined by Mark Ligas, Ph.D., interim dean of Dolan School, and by John Neal, visiting assistant professor of marketing. Business Breakfast Series at Dolan School is an interactive seminar for managers and area professionals. Ackerman founder and president of Identity Circle LLC, consulting and coaching firm in Westport. He has also written two books: Identity is Destiny: Leadership and the Roots of Value Creation and The Identity Code: The 8 Essential Questions for Finding Your Purpose and Place in the World (larryackerman.com). Free and open to public. RSVP to fairfield.edu/businessbreakfast. For more information, contact 203-254-4307 or [email protected]

SCORE Fairfield County to present free workshop on Building an Unforgettable Brand on Tues., Sept. 14, 6:30-8 p.m., Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St. Reg at: conta.cc/2vcVJgM. Presenter:  Ramon Peralta, who leads Peralta Design, digital creative agency specializing in branding and web development for entrepreneurs and startups. Questions/comments:  [email protected] or 203-831-0065 or fairfieldcounty.score.org

SCORE Fairfield County to present free Webinar, 50 Ways to Get More Customers, Tues., Sept. 19, noon-1 p.m. Reg. at conta.cc/2u9y5Bb. Presenters: Bob Trinka has extensive experience leading sales and marketing teams, which have developed sophisticated Ecommerce websites that deliver results. Simon Silverleaf has programming background, ran his own company and developed tools and techniques with customer in mind to generate qualified leads.

SCORE Fairfield County to present free workshop, Shaping Your Policy and Culture with the Employee Handbook, Wed., Sept. 20, 10-noon, Norwalk Public Library, Belden Ave., Norwalk. Reg:  http://conta.cc/2udTmda. Presenter: Paychex’s expert, Tracy Cahill, to take audience through every step of process, helping you to define your business culture and confirm long-term value you will derive from good employee handbook.

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.

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  

New technology workshops this fall at Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Designed to help you explore and master technology you use in your daily life. Several workshops will be presented in Spanish. Reg for each workshop required at Technology Workshop page on NPL’s website at norwalkpubliclibrary.org, or call Information Desk, 203-899-2780, x15109, for help. Cutting the Cord, Thurs., Sept. 14, 6-7 p.m.; what you need to know about life after cable TV. Introduction to Computers/ Windows 7, Sat., Sept. 16, 10-11:30 a.m.; basic computer terminology, overview of operating systems, popular software. Cricut, Mon., Sept. 18, 10-11 a.m., or Thurs., Sept. 21, 7-8 p.m.; learning to use this smart cutting machine to help make personalized, professional-quality projects with ease. Phone/iPad Basics, Sat., Sept. 23, 2-3 p.m.; basics of navigating between apps, changing settings, customizing phone/tablet, and more.

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: Sept. 25 (Excel class), Oct. 30, Nov. 27 (Resume class) and Dec. 18. Info: 203-385-4164 or visit stratfordlibrary.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]

— 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 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

Prudence Wright-Holmes

Agatha Is Missing, free, interactive with audience performance by actress and playwright Prudence Wright Holmes, Fri., Sept. 15, noon, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Light lunch to be provided courtesy of library. Reg. and info: Cynde Bloom Lahey, 203-899-2780, x15133 or [email protected]

Mark Twain Library’s Pudd’nhead Festival, Sept. 15-23. The Hoot’nanny, A Night of Comedy in the Barn, Fri, Sept. 15, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. shows, Maple Hill Farm, Redding; $50. The Pudd’nhead Parade, free program for kids with artist-author Bob Shea as grand marshal, Sat., Sept. 16, 10 a.m., Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Rd. Pudd’nhead Presents: Selected Shorts with wacky tales by actors Michael Ian Black, Ana Gasteyer and Josh Charles, Sept. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Wilton Playshop, Lovers Lane, Wilton; $40. Pudd’nhead Prize Gala, honoring Seth Meyers, NBC-TV’s Late Night host and formerly of SNL, Sat., Sept. 23, 5-10 p.m. InSitu sculpture garden, Redding; sold out. Sponsorships and reservations: Pam Robey. [email protected] or Betsy Higgins, [email protected]. Info: marktwainlibrary.org

Michael Chekhov Theatre Festival, Sept. 16-23, expands to two weekends of performances, all at Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Lane; except Twelfth Night, Sat., Sept. 16, 5 p.m., Ballard Park on Main St., free family-friendly Shakespeare. The American Soldier, veteran’s one-man show, Fri., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. The Butcher, play reading by Thrown Stone, Sat., Sept. 23, 2 p.m. Eternal Youth, coming of age story, Sat., Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Tickets, $20 individual and $35 weekend pass, or info at chekhovfestival.com or 203-274-0261.

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.

Fairfield University’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, six-week immersive acting program, Patients and Performance: Health Care Method Acting Certificate,  Sept. 19-Oct. 24. This certificate program is free and open to public and will meet on Tues., 2-5 p.m. Reg and info at fairfield.edu/sonacting or contact Dr. Anka Roberto at [email protected].

Greenwich Library’s new Playwrights Lecture Series: Three Comedies with Dr. Mark Schenker of Yale, beginning on Thurs., Sept., 21. Series held 7-8 p.m. in library meeting room, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Sept. 21, The Comedy of Errors; Thurs., Oct. 19, Much Ado About Nothing; and Thurs., Nov. 16, The Importance of Being Earnest. Open to all at no charge. Reg using calendar at greenwichlibrary.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

Westport Library to launch 2017-18 WestportWRITES program and unveil its new Espresso Book Machine on Sun., Sept. 10, starting at 1 p.m. at library, 20 Jesup Rd. Write Your Passion mini-conference kicks off program, featuring keynote by novelist Rachel Basch (The Listener, The Passion of Reverend Nash) designed to be pep talk for writers. Literary agent Dawn Frederick, founder of Red Sofa Literary, to share her experience in book business, followed by Q&A. In addition, panel of representatives from local writers’ groups to discuss the value of writing communities. Info: westportlibrary.org

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.

Katie Torpey

Katie Torpey is offering six-week Write Your TV Show class that focuses on how to create, develop and write original show for TV, cable or online; Thurs., Sept. 28 through Nov, 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse. 80 East Ridge Rd. Torpey, award-winning screenwriter/filmmaker with MFA from UCLA School of Film and Television, has sold several screenplays, written for television, and worked for numerous studios and networks. Enrollment ($300) at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

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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