ART & ARCHITECTURE

Tony Matelli’s Hera; exhibit extended. — Aldrich Museum photo

* 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, extended through Jan. 1. Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley: Your Turn, Oct. 1-April 23; collaboration they call “performance architecture.” Third Saturdays: Free Community Day. Opening exhibits reception, Sun., Oct. 1, 2-5 p.m. Aldrich Museum open free of charge, Sat., Sept. 23, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! Free tickets at Smithsonian.com/museumday

* 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. 26, 11-11:45 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m. Family Gallery Tour, Sept. 24, 11:30-12:15.

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. Gallery talk with artist Wed., Sept. 20, 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.

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.

56th annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Sept. 23 and 24, 10-4, 205 Business Park Drive, Armonk, N.Y. 185 juried artists, kids’ activities, decorating assistance, food court, free parking/shuttle bus, free movie/concert-Fri./Sat. at library; sponsored by Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc. Info: armonkoutdoorartshow.org

Plein Air Painting in Backcountry Greenwich, Audubon Center in Greenwich, with Dmitri Wright, Sat. and Sun., Sept. 23-24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Some spots still open. Enrollment info: Greenwich Art Society (greenwichartsociety.org), 203-629-1533.

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.

Leeds Bridge by Stanley Lewis

Western Connecticut State University’s fall semester artist lecture series to be presented by M.F.A. in Visual Arts program of WCSU Department of Art, beginning Mon, Sept. 25, with painter Stanley Lewis, whose works have been shown in numerous exhibitions in New York and across U.S. during career spanning more than five decades. His “cut and assemble” creative process produces layered paintings and drawings with textured bas-relief surfaces, transforming mundane everyday subjects into brilliant images that reflect exacting attention to detail and material depth that evokes sculptural form. Other artists in series: painter Kyle Staver, on Oct. 9; illustrator Guy Billout, on Oct. 24; painter, drawer and collage maker Stephanie Franks, on Nov 6; and painter Gideon Bok, on Nov. 20. All lectures at 11 a.m. in Room 144 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus in Danbury. Adm free and public is invited; reg. suggested at www.wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com.

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

City Tourist by Robert Noreika

SCAN, Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, Wed., Sept. 27, 1:30 p.m., Newtown Meeting House, Main St., Newtown; Robert Noreika of Rocky Hill to demonstrate in watercolor. Noreika’s subjects are varied, including coastal scenes and woodland and countryside pictorials. Public invited. Info: scanart.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.

Fairfield University Art Museum’s new monthly series of gallery conversations, Art in Focus, beginning Thurs., Sept. 28, 11 a.m. in museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries on campus of Fairfield University. During each event in series, one painting, print, or sculpture in museum’s collection will take center stage for hour’s worth of close looking and informal discussion, led by Curator of Education Michelle DiMarzo, PhD. Sept. 28: Carlo Maratta’s Bacchus and Ariadne, ca. 1680. Oct. 26: After Raphael, Transfiguration, 19th century. Nov. 16: Utagawa Hiroshige II, Soto Beach in Mutsu Province, 1859. Dec. 14: Martin van Meytens II, Portrait of a Boy, ca. 1750. All events free and open to public; reserve seat at fuam.eventbrite.com.

ARTrip: A Jane Austen inspired tour of the Yale Center for British Art, Sun., Oct. 1, 2 p.m., in New Haven; reg, $5, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Greenwich Decorative Arts Society presents Dressed to Excess: Extreme Fashion and Flamboyant Style in the 16th to the 18th Centuries, lecture by Jonquil O’Reilly, assistant vice president/specialist, Old Master paintings, Sotheby’s, New York, on Mon., Oct. 2, 1:15 p.m.. The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich; refreshments to follow. This lecture will examine Old Master paintings through a fashion lens, discussing the meanings behind some of the more outlandish sartorial elements and placing them within an historical context. Adm for non-members $25. Reservations required by Sept. 25 at [email protected] or 203-322-2967.

Dmitri Wright

Demonstration by master art instructor Dmitri Wright, Thurs., Oct. 5, 1-3 p.m., Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street, Trumbull (trumbullct-library.org, 203-452-5197); via Connecticut Classic Arts group. Wright is instructor for Weir Farm National Park dedicated to American Impressionism and also instructs at Silvermine Art School. Connecticut Classic Arts consists of professional artists and hobbyists-those who enjoy the artistic expression. Club meets on first Thursday of month at Trumbull Library, 1 p.m. Membership $30. Walk-in donation accepted gladly. Info: Maryann Lichtenberger, CCA president, 203-378-3899 or facebook.com/ctclassicarts.

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.

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

ARTalk, An Artist’s Journey: Sixty-five Years of Painting with Daniel Greene, Sun., Oct. 29, 2 p.m., reg, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

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

The Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, one of the oldest artists communities in the U.S., has started fall classes. For more details, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-6668, ext. 2.

Paint, Draw & More! 2017 fall classes; associated with Georgetown School of the Arts in Redding. Classes offered by parks and recreation departments in Fairfield, Redding and Weston (also Brookfield, Newtown, Norwalk and Stamford); contact them for details. Info: 203-544-8551 or paintdrawmore.com.

* = Activities for children

CRAFTS

Pequot Pearls Knitting Group, Thurs., Sept. 21, 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: Oct. 5.  Info: 203-259-0346, x15, pequotlibrary.org

Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, Mon., Sept. 25, 1-2:30 p.m., Wilton Library. 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.  Weekly drop-in for knitters and crocheters. No reg required. Info: wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Green Art Show entries, make at home and take in on Oct. 14 for show at Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport; for Oct. 22 display in Children’s Library; for ages 4 and up. Artwork specifics at pequot library.org. Make Recycled Art, Oct. 2-10, 10-5.

* 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

Connecticut Ballet auditions, for children’s roles in its production of The Nutcracker (Dec. 15-17), Sun., Oct. 1, 1-7:30 p.m., Connecticut Ballet Center, 20 Acosta St., Stamford. Rehearsals in late October. Prior dance experience helpful, but not necessary for younger children. Audition times by age and ability. Boys and girls encouraged to tryout. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian. In addition, adults and teens needed for non-dance Act I character roles. Info: 203-964-1211 or connecticutballet.org.

DAC dance students at a recent junior dance concert.

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

Parenting the Selfie Generation: Resilience for Life series, film screening, Anxiety Awareness: What’s All the Angst About, with psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Krasner, Tues., Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. and at 7 p.m. at Scotts Ridge Middle School, $5 suggested donation at door, reg at 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Polyfaces: A World of Many Choices, Wed., Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y. Info: 914-232-3508.

Monday Matinees, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Kong: Skull Island (PG-13), Oct. 9, noon, Lovell Room. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar winner Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in this recent blockbuster. Info: stratfordlibrary.org. Next: Megan Leavey,    Nov. 13 and Wonder Woman, Dec. 11.

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.

Short Cuts Film Festival, opening Thurs., Oct. 12, 7:30-9 p.m., Garden Cinemas, 26 Isaac St.,

Norwalk. Award-winning short films selected from 2017 TriBeca Film Festival (from among 3,000 entries) by Westport-based JIB Productions. Women Behind the Lens: Lorraine Nicholson’s Life Boat  (USA). TriBeca’s Best Animated Short, Odd is an Egg (Norway), first animated short directed by producer Kristin Ulseth. Viola, Franca, Italian film based on a true story by UCLA’s MFA directing graduate and first-time filmmaker, Marta Savina. The Suitcase by Abi Damaris Corbin, also inspired by true events. Coffee and cookies beginning at 7, followed by films and discussion. Tickets $25, include free popcorn, and info at JIBProductions.org or 203-293-8729. Short Cuts series continues Thurs., Nov. 16, with program entitled Despite the Endings: Big City (Australia), animated Curpigeon (USA) and TriBeca’s Best Narrative Short, Retouch (Iran).

 

FOOD

Autumn Garlic Festival, Sat., Sept. 23, 10-4, gazebo on Milford Green in downtown Milford, presented by Milford Recreation Department’s Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens Program. Rain date: Sept. 24.

Annual Harugari Octoberfest, Sun., Sept. 24, 1-6 p.m., Harugari German Club, 66 Highland St., West Haven. German bier and food for purchase. The Vagabonds (vagabondsmusic.com) to perform for listening and dancing. The Harugari Schuhplattlers to perform traditional German folk dances. Adm $5 adults, under 18 free. Info: harugari.org or 203-933-9930.

Third annual Oktoberfest, Sun., Sept. 24, 1-5 p.m., Weston Historical Society’s Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Rd., rain or shine. German food, beer and activities for families; pumpkin decorating, lederhosen bottle toss, apple dunking and games. Live music by Otis and the Hurricanes Adm includes bratwurst or hot dog, German pretzel, chips and drink. Children’s ticket includes food and pumpkin to decorate. Tickets, $15 for member adult ($20 non-members) and $5 for member child ($10 non-member), and $15 for seniors; at  westonhistoricalsociety.org, or event. Lederhosen welcome. Info: 203-226-1804.

Annual Harugari Octoberfest, Sun., Sept. 24, 1-6 p.m., Harugari German Club, 66 Highland St., West Haven. German bier and food for purchase. The Vagabonds (vagabondsmusic.com) to perform for listening and dancing. The Harugari Schuhplattlers to perform traditional German folk dances. Adm $5 adults, under 18 free. Info: harugari.org or 203-933-9930.

Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids at the Wilton Historical Society, Sat., Sept. 30, 11-12:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd. This month: Blackberry Maslin. “Maslin is a mixed crop of wheat and rye. It’s little grown today, but used to be the staple crop for many farmers. Using whole meal wheat and dark rye, maslin bread is a high-fiber, wholesome alternative to the classic white loaf,” explained Nick Foster, historical society director. Focus: preparing loaf of this rustic grain mixture. Museum educator Lola Chen to show children how to make a loaf of maslin bread sweetened with blackberries. Fees: Members $10, maximum $25 per family; non-members $15, max $35 per family. Reg at [email protected] or call 203-762-7257.

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.

Fairfield Food Truck Festival, Sun., Oct. 1, noon-7 p.m., Jennings Beach in Fairfield; proceeds to benefit Fairfield Public Library’s initiatives and programs. Adm $5 per person, children age 12 and under free. Free parking for event at beach. Food trucks to charge usual rates. Star 99.9 radio station personalities on site with giveaways and entertainment. Other special guests expected. Info: facebook.com/fairfieldfoodtruckfestival

 

Second planting season.

GARDENING

Greater Bridgeport Men’s Garden Club fall monthly meeting, Wed., Sept. 20, 7 p.m., Sterling House, 2283 Main St., Stratford. Members normally meet third Wednesday of each month to discuss various gardening issues, share in plant swaps, DVDs or speaker presentations. This month’s guest speaker: Lee Ganim, “That Garden Guy.” Beginner gardeners and anyone with interest in gardening, plants and landscaping welcome. Info: Joe, 203-339-2701 or Art, 203-261-9771.

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.

2017 Dazzling Dahlias Show, Sat., Oct. 7, 2-4 p.m., and Sun., Oct. 8, 10-3, Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob. Open to public, free adm, followed by sale of flowers. Info: 203-869-9242 or gecgreenwich.org.

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

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.

Nutrition Series, four-week series features specialists advising personal diet plans, starting Tues., Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 6-7:30 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. This night’s topic: Lifestyle changes can help you live a healthier life. Diets examined include Mediterranean, Paleo, Vegetarian and Vegan and how to successfully apply these diets for optimal health. Cooking demo and tasting will follow.  Free and open to public but reservations required at nutritionseries.eventbrite.com.  Info: Kelley at 203-385-4090. Sponsored by the Stratford Library and Health Department.

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]

Qigong with Bill Wrenn is returning Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Wed., from 5-6 p.m., Oct. 4-Dec. 27 (no session Oct. 25-Nov. 1, when book sale will be using auditorium). Qigong (pronounced chee-gung) means balancing and harmonizing with energy of life. In Chinese, Qi is “life energy,” and Gong means work, skill, or cultivation. The practice of Qigong includes gentle, dance-like movements, mindful breathing, meditation and self massage. Wrenn is certified Qigong and Tai Chi teacher. Reg suggested. Info and sign-up vial Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library information services, at 203- 899-2780, x15133 or [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.

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,  through 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]

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group, Tues., Oct. 10, 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.

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

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.

Westport Historical Society’s stroll through Old Saugatuck accompanied by guide Bob Mitchell,  Sat., Sept. 30; one-hour tour begins 3 p.m. and ends with a drink at one of Saugatuck’s favorite haunts, Black Duck. Mitchell to discuss Saugatuck’s past as a manufacturing hub and the tight-knit, predominantly Italian community it was to become. Most of what we now know as Westport was once called Saugatuck, after the river, though when the town was incorporated in 1835 from parts of Norwalk and Fairfield, it was given the name Westport. Walk begins at NY-bound side of train station, where rail service was launched in 1848. Here are some bits of Saugatuck lore you’ll learn about: The Saugatuck Grain & Supply Company (1929), Luciano Park, the Westport Bank & Trust branch office, the Hedenbury Tin Shop, the Baynham Coffin Tack Factory, the first Saugatuck firehouse, the mattress factory, the William F. Cribari Bridge (the oldest movable span in Connecticut), and the Saugatuck Manufacturing Company, which made buttons from Brazilian ivory nuts. There is a $10 suggested donation. Ages 12 and under are free. Reservations recommended at 203-222-1424.

Wilton Historical Society walking tour, of Historic District #1, Lambert Corner, intersection of Routes 7 and 33, Wilton, Sat., Oct. 7, 11-noon; former first selectman and historian, Bob Russell, to lead tour of Lilacstead, built c.1726, plus old country store, railroad station, school, post office and more. Tour to end at Historical Christmas Barn store, 150 Danbury Rd., where cider and cookies will be served. Reg by e-mail: [email protected] or call 203-762-7257. Info: wiltonhistorical.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.

Redware — Wilton Historical Society

Norwalk Redware Pottery Workshop for Kids, Sat., Oct. 7, 11-12:30, Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury.  “Redware was the first pottery made by European colonists after settling on the East Coast. The reddish-brown utilitarian pottery made from local clay was formed into jugs, bottles, pie dishes, and shallow pans for cooling milk. Norwalk excelled at this genre, and was one of New England’s busiest pottery towns,” according to Nick Foster of the historical society .  During workshop, museum educator Lola Chen will talk to the kids about the history of this local ware, and will show them examples in the society’s Fitch House. They will have a chance to make a small “redware” bowl and learn about the process. A snack of turkey meatball tagine is included, which the 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: [email protected] or call 203-762-7257. Website:.wiltonhistorical.org.

Fall Festival at Greenwich Historical Society, Sun., Oct. 8, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob; meet & greet walkaround Grover from Sesame Street, touch-a-truck construction equipment, puppet show, games, crafts, food truck, and scarecrow competition. Tours of Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play exhibition, which closes after festival, and historic house. Adm: children under 3: free; all other children under 18: $5; adults: $10; family: $25; separate fee for scarecrow competition; members: $10; nonmembers: $15. Info: greenwichhistory.org

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.

LITERATURE

Patricia Carr

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.; began Thurs., Sept. 14, 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.

Jamie Beck

AuthorSpeak with Jamie Beck & Wendy Walker at Norwalk Public Library, Sept. 24, 3 p.m. Special Sunday program for romance & thriller lovers. Two best-selling authors to give talk in  library’s Main Auditorium, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Beck will speak about her new novel Before I Knew. Walker, author of All is Not Forgotten, to discuss her new thriller Emma In the Night. Reg or info via Cynde Bloom Lahey, 203-899-2780, x15133 or [email protected].

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.

Duff McDonald

Pequot Library Meet the Author series, live programs that include 30- to 40-minute author talk, Q&A, book sales and signing, and light hors d’oeuvres; free and open to public at the library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Sun., Sept. 24, 4-6 p.m., Duff McDonald, author of The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite, released in April 2017. Info: pequotlibrary.org or 203-259-0346. Next: Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow, Thurs., Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m.; Martha Hall Kelly, Lilac Girls, Sun., Oct. 29, 5 p.m.; and mystery writer Robert Ellis, Sun., Nov. 19, 4 p.m.

Mike McIntire

Mike McIntire, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at New York Times, to discuss his recently released book Champions Way: Football, Florida, and the Lost Soul of College Sports, at Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Mon., Sept. 25, 7 p.m. McIntire, who lives in Ridgefield, teaches journalism at New York University. Reg at ridgefieldlibraray.org or call 203 438 2282.

 

 

[email protected] presents New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross on his new thriller, The Saboteur, on Tues., Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Greenwich Library, meeting room, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Series open to all at no charge; meeting room doors open at 6:30. Info: Marianne Weill, 203-622-7933, email [email protected] or greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.

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. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, Oct. 25; Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan, Nov. 29; The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs, Dec. 20.

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.

Fiction Writing Panel: Four Authors Talk about Writing, Sun., Oct. 1, 5 p.m., Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y. Writers Sana Krasikov, Lauren Acampora, Wendy Walker and N. West Moss to discuss the craft of fiction through the author’s perspective. Info: katonahlibrary.org or 914-232-3508.

Author Talk with paranormal expert Dustin Pari, Wed., Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Fairfield Woods Branch Library, 1147 Fairfield Woods Rd. Pari to discuss latest ghost-hunting techniques and evidence of paranormal activity that he has witnessed firsthand. This paranormal researcher and lecturer has made numerous appearances on TV’s Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, and Destination Truth. Pari is author of several books including My Home is Haunted . . . Now What?, And The Devil Shivered and Kaleidoscope: Fragments of My Life. Reg requested. All programs are free. Reg or info at fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or 203-256-3160. Fairfield Public Library on Twitter @fairfieldpublib and Facebook @fairfieldlibrary.

Author Talk, A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China,1949 with Kevin Peraino, Wed., Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Reg at 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Meet the Author: Amos Towles, Thurs., Oct. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Best-selling author of Rules of Civility, latest novel, A Gentleman in Moscow. Free and open to public. Light hors d’oeuvres served. Next: Oct. 5.  Info: 203-259-0346, pequotlibrary.org

Laurel Peterson

Poets In Conversation series, next part Thurs., Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Each session features 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].

Author Talk, Unforgivable Love with Sophfronia Scott, Wed., Oct. 11, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Reg at 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Author Talk: H.W. Brands, The General vs. the President: MacArthurs and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, Wed., Oct. 11, 7-8:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Q&A follow talk. No charge. Reg recommended at 203-762-6334. Info: wiltonlibrary.org.

Autumn Poetry with Judson Scruton: Islands in the Autumn Sun, Thurs., Oct. 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 9, 10:30-noon, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Four-part poetry seminar series. No charge. Adv reg required at 203-762-6334. Reg link and more program details at wiltonlibrary.org.

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.

Fashion in Fiction: Jane Austen’s Regency Novels with Kandie Carle, Thurs., Oct. 12, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Reg at 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Book Discussion, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Tues., Oct. 17, 10 a.m., and 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Hennessey to discuss his newly published graphic novel biography, Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father, Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield, on Wed. Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Free and open to public. Info: 203-255-7756 or fairfieldbookstore.com, facebook.com/FairfieldUBookstore.

How to Write a Novel with Victoria Redel and Julia Strayer in Conversation, Wed., Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Reg at 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse with Rich Cohen, Thurs., Oct 26, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Reg at 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Poetry Discussion Group, Still Life with Waterfall by Eamon Grennan, Fri., Oct. 27, 1 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

MISCELLANY

There’s still time to sign up for Diocese of Bridgeport’s one-day pilgrimage to National Shrine of Immaculate Conception for day of prayer and worship on Sat., Sept. 23. Already more than 1,000 have registered to attend, but there’s room for more. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has described pilgrimage as “prayer in motion,” and asked others to join in breaking “the ordinary routine” by taking this road trip to “a place of greater prayer, gratitude and reflection.” Diocesan pilgrims expected to arrive at basilica grounds at 1 p.m., with Mass celebrated by Bishop Caggiano at 2, followed by procession and dedication of new outdoor Rosary Path and shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima. Many parishes, schools and groups throughout diocese have reserved their own buses. Others can depart and return from buses that will depart at 7 a.m. from St. Jude Parish in Monroe, Catholic Center in Bridgeport and Trinity High School in Stamford. Return expected at 11:30 p.m. Reg and payment info: email [email protected] or 203-416-1670.

Genealogy – DNA Testing for Genealogy Research, Sat., Sept. 23, 10:30-noon, Cos Cob Library Community Room, 5 Sinawoy Rd. 15th season of genealogy offerings. Television researcher and genealogist Janeen Bjork presents basics of genetic genealogy. Discussion will cover the 3 types of DNA tests and companies that offer them. Free to public. Light refreshments to be served and no reservations necessary. Info: 203-622-6883.

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].

Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County (JLEFC) has two opportunities remaining to attend an open house before new member class kicks off its year. Local women invited to attend the drop-in events to learn about the league from members, as well as meet other prospective members. Open house: Fri., Sept. 29, Fairfield University Bookstore, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. JLEFC is always welcoming new members interested in serving their community. Women interested in learning more invited to visit www.jlefc.org or call JLEFC office at 203-259-9995.

Sunday Afternoon Talks in Stratford Library’s Lovell Room, beginning at 2 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 1, with The New Haven Railroad’s Pioneering AC Electrification and Its Locomotives. Guest speaker: engineer Richard Abramson, who has had an interest in trains and New Haven Railroad since childhood. He went to work for the New Haven RR in 1968, continuing on with Penn Central, Amtrak and several other railroads. He became locomotive engineer in career where he held numerous positions in 44 years of service. He retired in 2012 as superintendent of operations for the Housatonic Railroad in Canaan. Abramson’s power point program to cover pioneering AC electrification of the New Haven RR and why such a project was undertaken beginning in 1907, and electric locomotives that pulled trains. These talks are free and open to public. Schedule of future talks through May available at stratfordlibrary.org.

Monday Morning Buzz, Oct. 2, 11 a.m.-noon, Board Room, Stratford Library. Drop-in monthly discussion session looks at what’s new, what’s hot and what books are creating buzz. Library’s adult R\reference staff to lead informal discussion of books, movies and more with input from participants. Info: stratfordlibrary.org

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.

Sahaja Yoga Meditation, Tues., Oct. 10. 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].

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

Introduction to Acoustic Guitar, available through Ridgefield Continuing Education, beginners class focusing on melodic, harmonic and rhythmic technique. The class for new beginners meets on Wed., Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22. The class for continuing beginners meets on Mon., Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27 (no class 10/9). All classes meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School and costs $144. Participants need to bring playable acoustic guitar. Visit ridgefieldschools.org/music.htm for list of other items to bring. Adv reg required. Ridgefield senior discount available. Info and reg at ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Ridgefield Folk with Terry Pazmiño, Sun., Oct. 8, 2 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Free tickets at doors starting at 1 p.m., doors open 1:30 and show starts at 2. Info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Post-Romantic Classical Compositions – Why Should This Concert Exist? with Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra Guest Conductor Maestro Yuga Cohler, Fri., Oct. 6, 1 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Reg at 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

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.

Recorder Society of Connecticut, monthly playing sessions, Ridgefield Crossings, 640 Danbury Rd. (Route 7), Ridgefield. 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. 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 auditions for sopranos, altos, basses and especially tenors from Fairfield and Westchester counties interested in becoming member, 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

Woodland Mushroom Discovery Walk, Sat., Sept. 23, 9-2, New Pond Farm Education Center, 101 Marchant Rd., Redding. Free walk with Joe Brandt from The CT/Westchester Mycological Association. Bring bag lunch and stay for identification session. Reg required at newpondfarm.org or call 203-938-2117.

Larry Fischer Hawk Walk, Sat., Sept. 23, 9:30-11:30, orchard section of Aspetuck Land Trust’s Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area, Weston. Guide is licensed bird bander and raptor. Directions and parking: aspetucklandtrust.org. RSVP: [email protected] Open to public.

Black swallow wort vines with flowers

Helping to maintain hiking trail and restore wildlife habitat along future Norwalk River Valley Trail in Ridgefield on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 30, 10-1. Site of next section of Norwalk River Valley Trail. NRVT steering committee to be on hand to answer questions about its goal of building 38 miles of multi-purpose trail connecting Norwalk and Danbury. Also kick off of new Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway, which will connect to Wilton Pollinator Pathway, with talk by local butterfly expert, Victor DeMasi. Volunteers to focus on removing black swallow wort, invasive plant harmful to monarch butterflies, and plant native pollinator-friendly plants. Experts from Harbor Watch and NRWA to discuss connections between open space, native plants and wildlife and water quality. Lunch and volunteer t-shirts will be provided free, plus hiking trail maps of watershed. REI to raffle off gear. Participants advised to wear long pants to prevent ticks and bring water bottle, work gloves, clippers and/or shovels. Co-sponsored by REI, NRWA, Norwalk River Valley Trail, Ridgefield Conservation Commission, Harbor Watch and Woodcock Nature Center. Park at corner of Simpaug Tpk. and Danbury Rd., Ridgefield. Register at REI.com.

Autumn StoryWalk at Aspetuck Land Trust, Sat., Sept. 30, 10:30-noon, Leonard Schine Preserve, off Weston Rd. (Rt. 57 in Westport). Family extravaganza in conjunction with Westport Library for ages birth to adult. Reading story while meandering along trail. This self-guided walk features Sarah Faire and the House at the End of the World by Alex Giannini and installation to remain in place for all to enjoy through Halloween. Christine’s Critters to bring live animals; Christine Peyreigne, licensed falconer, wildlife rehabilitator for migratory birds and educator with raptors and reptiles. Natural Playground, plus Children’s Nature Trail and Little Free Library (take book, leave book) Directions and parking: aspetucklandtrust.org. RSVP: [email protected] Open to public.

* 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 Sat. and Sun. at 1 p.m. and Sun. at 1 p.m. in Oct., $29.95 ($24.95). Maritime with a Twist: Octoberfest Cruises, 5 p.m., Sat., Oct. 7-28, $50 ($45). 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. 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. Mega Making exhibit opening Sept. 23. To celebrate grand opening, museum founder and author Gigi Priebe to introduce her second children’s book, The Adventures of Henry Whiskers: The Long Way Home. Members only reception, 9:30-11 a.m. Event planners, families and vendors are invited to venue rental showcase event, Mon., Sept. 25, 5-7 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.

* 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. Nature Nursery – Fall Harvest, each Mon., Oct. 2, through Nov. 20 (no class Oct. 9), 10-10:45 a.m., for Ages 2-3 years accompanied by adult; fee (7 classes): CAS members $72; nonmembers $96; iIndividual class: CAS members $12; nonmembers $16. Adv reg required.

* 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. International Red Panda Day, Sept. 15. Evening Lecture Series: Mount Everest climber Ian Lewis, Sept. 20. 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.

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. Sept. 16, 7 p.m. show; telescope viewing, 8-10 p.m. Next: Sept. 30.

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

*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

Enhancing Your Pictures with Photoshop, Fri. Sept. 22, 10-noon; Thurs., Sept. 28, 2-4 p.m. Bringing Your Photos into the Digital Age, Mon., Sept. 25, 10-noon.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Info: 203-762-6342, 203-762-3950, wiltonlibrary.org

iPhone Photography Workshop, Mon. and Wed., Sept. 25 and 27, 9:30-noon, Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan. Julie Stauffer, Carriage Barn Arts Center member, artist and instructor to teach two-day workshop on using the iPhone to take, edit, print and share photographs. Cost: $125 for members and $149 for non-members. An evening session to be held later this fall. Reg online at CarriageBarn.org or call 203-594-3638.

Weston Photography Club, sponsored by Friends of the Weston Library, is forming and plans to begin meeting 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., Oct. 14, 9-10:15 a.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.; info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org. Also, 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., Sept. 25, Louise Stix will speak on the topic of Change – Why Should I Care? Stix has spoken to [email protected] in past and gave an interesting and useful talk. On Oct. 2, Deidre Taylor to speak on A Vision Presentation: 3 Keys for Accelerating Your Results.

SCORE Fairfield County to present free workshop, Credit and Financial Literacy, Wed., Sept. 20, 6-8 p.m., Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave. Reg at http://conta.cc/2vo4yVX. Presenter: Germaine Miller-Summers, credit specialist and entrepreneur/founder of HOV, LLC, management consulting firm/publishing company, who has more that 20 years of organizational, operational, and managerial experience in multi-media industry.

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. Cricut, Mon., 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.

SCORE Fairfield County to present free workshop, Business Succession Planning, Thurs., Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m., Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave. Reg at http://conta.cc/2uQ6TeI. Presenters: Jeffrey Costa, AVP in First County Bank’s Wealth Management Division; and Stephen Napier, attorney at Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara in Greenwich.

Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions at Fairfield University presents Unlock your Potential workshop series, led by Paul Maloney, professor of the practice in applied psychology. Series designed to teach skills for professionals to advance their career and will kick off Sat., Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Fairfield U, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, Canisius Hall, room 9, with topic of Change Management, workshop designed to assist managers and employees in understanding change and dealing with its impact. Program includes case discussions, practice exercises, feedback, and action planning to develop skills in: Explaining best practices for managing change; identifying the crisis stages people experience in the change process; clarifying the relationship between change and stress; using stress-reducing techniques; specifying five skills for communicating non-defensively; identifying common ways people resist change and how to deal with them; action planning for change management. Dr. Maloney’s professional experience includes consulting on organizational and human resources issues worldwide. He has held senior level positions in management and organization development at NBC, Mobil Oil Corporation, and PepsiCo International, among others. Series is free and open to public. Reg and info at fairfield.edu/potential.

SCORE Fairfield County to present free workshop, Optimizing Your Mobile Devices and PC, Mon., Sept. 25, 6-8 pm, Weston Library, 56 Norfield Rd. Reg:  http://conta.cc/2uYwD4C. Presenter: Budley Freund, who has been teaching technology and providing technical support to small businesses and families for almost 20 years. He is a SCORE mentor and frequent workshop presenter.

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.

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.

Retro 80s Night: The Ultimate Networking Night Out and Benefit for Women in Networking Group, Thurs., Sept. 28, Strand Theater, 165 Main St., Seymour, 5:30- 9:30 p.m. Charity benefit for the Women in Networking (WIN) Group, affiliated with Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce in Shelton. Proceeds support WIN Entrepreneurial Grant Program. Happy Hour, 5:30-7, with appetizers and signature drink coupon, cash bar, live 80s musical performance by Sketchy @ Best, and sampling with Tea with Tracy. Interactive stations include selfie booth by Great Event Decorations, chair massage by Welcome Relaxation, live hashtag wall by Gary’s East Coast Service, makeover demonstration by Makeup Makeup and tasting with Wildflour Confections. Door raffle drawings at 7 and special showing of 80s hit movie Working Girl at 7:30. Adv fee for women and men $40; $50 at door. Info: Nancie Gray at Valley Chamber of Commerce, 203-925-4981 or greatervalleychamber.com.

Fairfield County SCORE to present free workshop, Proud Product, Polished Presentation!, Thurs., Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Reg: http://conta.cc/2g7403r. Presenter: Ira Joe Fisher, communication coach, with great deal of experience as radio and television broadcaster. He earned a master of fine arts degree from New England College and currently teaches at UConn and Mercy College.

American Job Center Southwest Career Coach to be at Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk, Mon., Oct. 2, 10-noon, and 1-3 p.m. to continue its free job search assistance to public,.with Microsoft Excel class; reg required. 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.

Speaking Fearlessly with Ira Joe Fisher, new dates: Oct. 25-Dec. 6 workshop, 7:30-9 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and emcee to teach public speaking skills in Wed. night classes. Tuition $240 at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

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]

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.

— 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

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. Classes begin Sept. 25. Reg. open now at website or call for details.

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.

Michael Chekhov Theatre Festival, Sept. 22-23, expands to two weekends of performances, all at Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Lane. 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.

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford accepting script submissions for 2018 National Playwrights Conference. Writers may submit their new plays to O’Neill’s Open Submissions Process through Fri., Oct. 13. The National Playwrights Conference is founding program of Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and led by NPC Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg. The conference supports playwrights during creation and development of new plays. Writers of selected works to receive July 2018 residency with stipend, housing, meals, and transportation to support intensive rehearsal process and two script-in-hand public readings with professional cast and creative team. Submission details: Apply at theoneill.org/npc/submission; plays of any length or genre eligible; however, to be included in conference, work must remain unproduced through July 31, 2018; $35 fee covers cost of process; early submissions strongly encouraged; no agent required; both electronic and hard copy applications accepted. O’Neill Center to host two online Q&A sessions about process on the O’Neill Facebook page: Thurs., Sept. 21, 6 p.m. with playwright Adam Douglas, and Sun., Oct. 8, 1 p.m. with playwright Inda Craig-Galván. Application and guidelines at theoneill.org. Questions may be directed to the Literary Office at 860-443-5378, x227 or [email protected]

*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).

Pantochino Productions Inc, Milford’s professional not-for-profit theatre company, accepting registration for its Teen Theatre production of Shark Attack! The Musical to be performed in late February 2017. Pantochino Teen Theatre is designed to give young actors, ages 12 to 18, the opportunity to learn and work with theatre professionals in creating a fully realized musical production. Under direction of Bert Bernardi and Jimmy Johansmeyer with musical direction by Justin Rugg and choreography by Becki Walter. This premiere production features music and lyrics by Jordan Wolfe, originally from Westport, and book by Patrick Robert Kelley. Rehearsals take place on Saturdays in January and February, and are held at Pantochino Studios in the former St. Ann School on Ridge Street in Milford. Performances on Feb. 24 and 25, take place at the Center for the Arts in Downtown Milford. Pantochino Teen Theater is a tuition-based program. No registration fees, advertising commitments or hidden costs. Reg before Dec. 1. Info, including forms, at pantochino.com or call 203-937-6206.

 

WRITING

Adele Annesi

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 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.

Fiction Writing Panel: Four Authors Talk about Writing, Sun., Oct. 1, 5 p.m., Katonah Village Library, lower level of library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y. Writers Sana Krasikov, Lauren Acampora, Wendy Walker and N. West Moss to discuss the craft of fiction through the author’s perspective. Krasikov is author of The Patriots (2017) and One More Year (2008), which was named a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and received a National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 Award, and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic and other magazines. Acampora is author of The Wonder Garden (2015), named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and an Indie Next selection, and chosen one of the best books of the year by Amazon and NPR. Lauren’s short fiction has also appeared in publications such as The Paris Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review and Antioch Review. Walker is a former family law attorney and investment banker. She published two novels with St. Martin’s Press and edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series before writing the psychological thrillers All is not Forgotten (2016) and Emma in the Night(2017). Moss is author of the short-story collection The Subway Stops at Bryant Park (2017). Her writing has been published in McSweeney’s, the New World Review, The Saturday Evening Post, The Stockholm Review, Salt, Blotter Magazine, The Westchester Review, Salon, and The New York Times. Info: katonahlibrary.org or 914-232-3508.

Samantha Keller is teaching Adult Creative Writing Workshop this fall at Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Beginner to intermediate students can strengthen their writing skills in 6 sessions in the new fiction workshop. A local published author will be invited to discuss the business of being a writer and how to get published. Workshop on Wed., Oct. 4, through Nov. 8, 11:30-1:30 p.m. Fee: $240 plus $35 registration fee. Reg at darienarts.org. More info at website or call (203) 655-8683.

How to Write a Novel with Victoria Redel and Julia Strayer in Conversation, Wed., Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Reg at 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.

 

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