Hartford Boat Show, Feb. 8-11, Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. Hartford. Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, the 2018 Hartford Boat Show represents every aspect of recreational boating in Connecticut. Tickets $10. Info: hartfordboatshow.com.

Darwin Day Dinner, Feb. 10, The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s, 2748 Boston Post Rd., Darien. Yale’s Mark Sheskin will speak at the event. It is an international celebration of science and humanity held around Charles Darwin’s February 12 birthday. Tickets $69.  Info: darwindayct.org.  

*Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Chocolates, Feb. 11, 11 a.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Program participants will make something extra nice for their Valentine – delicious, professional-looking chocolates and a decorated box to put them in! Tickets $10 members, $15 non-members. Register online. Info: [email protected].

Junior Animal Care Keepers, through Feb. 13, 3:30 p.m., Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield. A six-week educational series for children in grades 6-7. Tickets $60 members, $80 non-members. Info: call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

XOXO Sale of Valentines, through Feb. 14, Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. Browse through the hand made items created by the Book Binders. Info:  CreativeArtsWorkshop.org.

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Feb. 16-18, Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Info: nahbs.com.

*Heart Stitch USA Workshop, Feb. 17, 11 a.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Museum Educator Lola Chen will be talking about journeys, geography, family and friends while the kids work on their simple needlework project, sewing a heart on a stenciled USA map. For ages 6 to 12. Tickets $10 per child, $15 per non-member child. Info: [email protected]  

Pequot Library’s annual Mid-Winter Book Sale, Feb. 17-18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Info: pequotlibrary.org.

1920s Murder Mystery Dinner, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.,  Lounsbury House, 316 Main St., Ridgefield. The night of immersive entertainment will begin at 7p.m. with a delectable three-course dinner, including “bootleg” beer and wine. Guests are invited – but not required – to dress for the 1920’s era in flapper dresses, zoot suits, feather boas and headbands, or pinstripe suits and fedoras. Costumed improv actors will explain the rules of the evening and assign roles to audience members. Tickets $100. Info: lounsburyhouse.org.

Hair Ball 2018, March 10, 7 p.m., Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield. Whip Salon and Sparkle Events are hosting a fund-raiser for the arts that includes music, dancing, live beauty demonstrations and more. Participants are asked to sport creative hairstyles and attire, including wigs, costumes to ball gowns to cocktail dresses and suits to black tie. Tickets $100-$150. Info: whip.ticketleap.com/hairball2018/.

Wilton Library’s Spring Benefit, March 17, 6:30 p.m., Silver Spring Country Club, 439 Silver Spring Rd., Ridgefield. Info: [email protected] or call 203-762-6323.

Greenwich St. Patrick’s Parade, March 18, 2 p.m., Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Rd., Greenwich. The Greenwich Hibernian Association will hold the parade. Info: greenwichhibernians.org.

Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics, April 7, Compo Beach, 60 Compo Beach Rd., Westport. Take a frosty swim to raise money for the Special Olympics. Go online to register or see other Plunge locations. Info: soct.org.

Habitat CFC 2018 Benefit, April 28, 6:30 – 11 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. Guests will be treated to a creative and fun evening featuring cocktails, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and live music. Patrons are asked to dress in French attire for the Parisian themed event. The proceeds from the evening will help build decent stable homes and bright futures for hard-working Fairfield County families. Info: [email protected].

The Masquerade Gala, April 28, 6:30-11 p.m., Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Rd., Danbury. All proceeds from the event will be used by nonprofit Ability Beyond to continue providing job training and placement, supported living, and recreational and educational opportunities to clients in Connecticut and New York. Tickets $250. Info: 501auctions.com/abilitygala.


The Hickories Farm Stand, 136 Lounsbury Rd., Ridgefield, May-October, 11-6, Mon.-Sun.; November-May, 11-5, Fri.-Sun.; stand works on honor system; thehickories.org

Stratford Farmers’ Market, Mon., 2-6 p.m., Paradise Green, Stratford; townofstratford.com/FarmersMarket.

Gossett Brothers’ Farmers’ Market, Sat., 9-1 year-round (indoors for winter), 7 vendors; 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem, N.Y.; gossettbrothersnursery.com/farmers-market

New Canaan Farmers’ Market, Sat., 10-2, Old Center School municipal parking lot, corner of South Ave.-Maple St.-Main St., April 22-Dec. 16; newcanaanfarmersmarket.net