Calendar: Book talks, art lectures and more in Fairfield County

Check out local talks and lectures in the area.

Check out local talks and lectures in the area.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic please contact the venue to ensure the event hasn’t been cancelled.

Art & Architecture

Getting Contemporary Art Series, Nov. 11, 18; Dec. 2 and 9, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Virtual course provides a roadmap to central themes and ideas that have influenced artistic practice since the 1960s. Registration/Info:

Icons - In These Troubled Times, Nov. 14, 4 p.m. via Zoom. The Museum of Russian Icons to lead a private discussion of the iconography of icons in their collection of John the Baptist. Registration/Info:

ArtScapades Lecture: The Art of Post Revolution Mexico: From the Muralists to Frida, Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration/Info:,

Online ARTalk, The Dynamic NYC Art Market: An Insider’s View, Nov. 22, 2 p.m., via Zoom. Paul Efstathiou, director of Contemporary Art for Hollis Taggart Gallery in New York City, will discuss how artists, curators, dealers, galleries, and collectors fit into a dynamic art market. Registration/Info:, 203-438-2282.


Calligraphy for Beginners: An Introduction to the Italian Hand, Nov. 11, 3-4 p.m. For ages 18+. Registration required. Info:

More Zooming Child-Adult Zentangle Fun, Nov. 12, 3:30-5 p.m. For children entering grades 3-6 with a participating adult. Registration required. Info:

RAC Art Class: Creative Explorations, Wednesdays, through Nov. 18, 4:30-5:45 p.m., The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC), 145 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk. Cost: $225. Info:,

Zentangle Art Workshop: Zooming with Amy, Nov. 18, 3-4:30 p.m. For adults and teens, ages 13+. Registration required. Info:

Sip and Paint Workshop: Pablo Picasso, Nov. 20, 7-9 p.m., DAC Visual Arts Studio, 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien. Cost: $50. Info/Registration:, 203-655-8683.

Stitch Time for Knitters & Crocheters on Zoom, Nov. 30, 1-2 p.m. Registration required. Info:

DAC Wreathmaking Workshop, Adults, Dec. 2, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $70. Registration/Info:, 203-655-8683.

DAC Wreathmaking Workshop, Adults, Dec. 4, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $70. Registration/Info:, 203-655-8683.


Apple Bites with Katie Shepherd, Nov. 11, 4-5 p.m. Registered dietitian from Food Explorers bake apple crumb bars. Registration required. Info:

The Cookbook Connection: A Virtual Recipe Swap, Nov. 17, 5-6 p.m. Attendees can test out new recipes or dig up old favorites, then create something yummy to virtually “show and tell” with the group. This swap is about Thanksgiving sides. Registration required. Info:


Rowayton Gardeners “Virtually Yours” Online Christmas Market, Nov. 18-29. More than 175 items will be offered for sale including handmade ornaments and fresh greens. Purchase at Purchased items will be made available curbside by masked and gloved volunteer elves at The Potting Shed behind the Rowayton Community Center Dec. 4, 3-5 p.m.; Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-noon; Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Online Panel Discussion, Nov. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. The Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Wilton Library present an informational online panel discussion via Zoom in support of Alzheimer’s Awareness month. Registration required. Info:

History & Antiques

“Women at War: The Forgotten Heroes,” a Facebook live event to celebrate female heroes in the U.S. and U.K. Two services will be held Nov. 11, at 6 p.m., on Trinity Episcopal Church’s Facebook page at The service will include tolling bells, wartime letters, period music, and prayers for peace. Free, but advance registration is required. Info: 203-255-0454.

Norwalk Public Library’s Virtual Program: In Honor of Our Veterans, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m., via Zoom. Presentations by Kevin M. Callahan, Norwalk resident and author of Brothers in Arms: Remembering Brothers Buried Side by Side in American World War II Cemeteries, and Jeffrey DeWitt, a 26-year U.S. Air Force veteran. Norwalk media consultant Wendy Bromely Bodden will moderate. Submit questions in advance to or type the into the chat via Zoom.

Virtual Talk: The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England, Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m. Led by Ken Turino, manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development at Historic New England. Free, but donations welcome. Info/Reservations:


Wilton Library Readers: Maggie Brown and Others, Nov. 11, noon-1:30 p.m. Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Maggie Brown and Others, by Peter Orner via Zoom. Registration required. Info:

Walking with Dante Through Space and Time with Dr. Gerald Weiss, Nov. 12, 19 & Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Dr. Gerald Weiss presents a 4-part online literature seminar during which he will take the audience on a walk with Dante as he begins his journey in Hell, travels through Purgatory, and ascends to Paradise. Registration/Info:

Virtual Lecture: James Baldwin: Bearing Witness, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. via Zoom. Discussion of Baldwin’s, The Fire Next Time. Book copies available at the Ridgefield Library or at Info/Registration:, 203-438-2282.

Two Authors with Contrasting Styles: Maurice Sendak and Tomie de Paola, online lecture with Toni McKeen, Nov 16, 4 p.m. Info/Registration: 203-438-2282,

Nonfiction Chat via Zoom, Nov. 18, 3 p.m. Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener and The Beginning or The End: How Hollywood - and America - Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb by Greg Mitchell will be featured. Registration:

Girl Scout Emily Johnson’s Virtual Book Club, Nov. 21, 1-2 p.m. For students entering grades 4-7. Registration required. Info:,

Baldwin and Beyond: Black Poets in Their Own Voices, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. via Zoom. Presented by Ridgefield poet laureate Barb Jennes. Discussion on James Baldwin.Info/Registration:, 203-438-2282.

Author Elaine Weiss to Discuss The Woman’s Hour, Dec. 6, 2 p.m., via Zoom. Weiss will discuss her book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, the final online key-note speaker in the Votes For Women: Ridgefield Celebrates the 19th Amendment series. Online book discussion Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Registration/Info:, 203-438-2282.

Virtual Lecture: James Baldwin’s Fire, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. via Zoom. Ridgefield Library’s Adult Services Librarian, Barrett Jones will lead a discussion of a PBS podcast called James Baldwin’s Fire. Listen to the podcast before the program and sign in at 7 p.m. for the discussion only or join at 6 p.m. to listen to the podcast together prior to the discussion. Info/Registration:, 203-438-2282.


The College Timeline: What To Do When, Nov. 19, 5-6 p.m. College counselor, Priyanka Shingala of Let’s Talk College gives advice to 8th grade-high school students and their parents. Registration required. Info:

Finding Gravestones, Nov. 19, 6 p.m. Sherill Baldwin, a genealogy researcher and family historian uses Find-A-Grave to find relatives and ancestors. Baldwin will share her journey of uncovering memorials, including sometimes unearthing sunken stones. Info/Registration:, 203-734-2513, or


Musical Afternoons with Jim Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea: A Musical Journey Across America with Jim Clark, Nov. 21, 3 p.m. via Zoom. Registration/Info:

Musical Afternoons with Jim Clark: The Songs of Christmas: Songs and Film Clips from Classic Christmas Movies, Dec. 19, 3 p.m. via Zoom. Registration/Info:

Nature & Science

Seeds & Weeds: Building Wild Resilience Through Ungardening, a live webinar presented by ecologist and botanist Aubree Keurajian, Nov. 12, noon, via Zoom. Registration/Info:

Feeder Chat Series, every second and fourth Saturday, 9 a.m., Nov. 14-Feb. 27. Enhance bird observations by participating in programs on species information, research topics and birdwatching skills for novice and expert levels. Registration/Info:;, 203-734-2513.

Virtual Feeder Chat, Nov. 14, 9-10:30 a.m. Learn about Project FeederWatch, community research, hear from guest speakers, share tips & tricks for managing feeders, and more. Program repeats the second and fourth Saturday of the month through March 2021. Registration required. Info/Registration:, 203-734-2513, or

Virtual Talk: A Bird in Hand, Nov. 17, 6 p.m. Master bander Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe, director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Connecticut will talk about the steps involved in banding songbirds, what data is collected, and information provided by bird banding at Bent of the River, in Southbury. Info/Registration:, 203-734-2513, or

Virtual Talk: Black Walnuts and More, Nov. 30, 6 p.m. Explore the survival methods and secrets of the black walnut and other nut trees. Learn more about the walnut tree’s history, role in the food web, and its adaptations for survival. Info/Registration:, 203-734-2513, or

Virtual Program: Riverside Reptiles, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of Sessions Woods. Learn about the diversity of reptiles and their special needs for survival. Info/Registration:, 203-734-2513, or

Virtual Talk: American Chestnuts, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. The American Chestnut Foundation’s New England Regional Science Coordinator, Kendra Collins, and CT Chapter President Jack Swatt will overview the ongoing restoration efforts to save the American chestnut. Info/Registration:, 203-734-2513, or

Fill the Bill: Bird Beak Diversity, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. Zoom to the classroom for grades 2-5 and individuals or groups learning from home. State park naturalist and environmental educator Evelyn Kubik explores the form and function of bird beak diversity. Examples of beak adaptations and benefits for survival is the focus with time for questions and answers. Info/Registration:, 203-734-2513, or

What’s For Dinner?: Behind the Scenes at Beardsley Zoo, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. Zoom to the classroom program for grades 3-8. Kellogg Environmental Center is hosting this program with Beardsley Zoo to peek behind the scenes and into the kitchen and commissary at the zoo. Info/Registration:, 203-734-2513, or

Virtual Talk: Bald Eagles, Jan. 10, 1 p.m. Learn about the behavior and history of bald eagles with Master Naturalist Ginny Apple. Info/Registration:, 203-734-2513, or

Soundscape Ecology: Welcoming the Sounds of Nature To Your Garden with Cathy Smith, online webinar, Nov. 18, 6 p.m. Info/Registration: 203-438-2282,

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

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; 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., different animal each week.

Greenwich Audubon Center, 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.; 203-869-5272 or email

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,

Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem, N.Y.; 914-763-2373, Live webcam at the website shows either Ambassador, Mexican gray or Red wolves.


Poetry on the Path Online with Barb Jennes, Nov. 12, & 19, 10:30 a.m. Info/Registration: 203-438-2282,

CT Poetry Society Workshop: Online Zoom Meeting, Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Share poetry you have written by reading it aloud to the group. Poets should email a copy of their poems to Ray Rauth at Registration required. Info:

Poetry Discussion with Janet Krauss: The Poetry of W.S. Merwin, Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-noon. Janet Krauss leads a virtual discussion of 10 short poems by former Poet Laureate of the United States, W.S. Merwin. Registration required. Info:

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