Crafting, authors, 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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Art & Architecture

The Healing Power of Mandalas with Inez Andrucyk, Jan. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Silvermine School of Art, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan. Ages 17 and up. Cost: $165. Info/Registration: 203-966-6668.

HeART & Mind’s closing reception and Artist Talk, Jan. 12, 3-5 p.m., Silvermine Galleries, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan. Free. Info:


Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd.; classes, open studios in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal. Gallery Shop open Sat., 11-6, and Sun., 11-5. To learn more, visit or call 203-775-4526. 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.


Norwalk Public Library offers Kanopy, a cinema streaming service, which has 30,000 award-winning films, including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of feature and festival films. Kanopy can stream on your phone (Apple or Android), tablet, computer or Roku device. You can stream up to 6 films per month. For step-by-step instructions, visit Kanopy page on NPL’s website,, or stop by library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Info: Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library information services, 203-899-2780, x15133, or


Greater Bridgeport Men’s Garden Club monthly meetings, 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. Beginner gardeners and anyone with interest in gardening, plants and landscaping welcome. Info: Joe, 203-339-2701 or Art, 203-261-9771.

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


St. Vincent's Breast Health Center in Bridgeport offers 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.

History & Antiques

Keeler Tavern Museum, 18th century historical building at 152 Main St., Ridgefield, 203-438-5485,

Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, 203-834-1896 or grounds open daily dawn to dusk.

New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave.; or 203-562-4183.


Thesis Readings, Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m., Juniper Room at Hotel Zero Degrees, 15 Milestone Rd., Danbury. Recent WCSU graduates John Bonanni, Gabbie Frulla, Mattea Heller and Lisa Peterson each will share an excerpt from their thesis. Genres include memoir, horror, literary fiction, and true crime/memoir. Free. Info:, 203-837-8486.

Readings by Suzanne Strempeck Shea and Tommy Shea, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m., Juniper Room at Hotel Zero Degrees, 15 Milestone Rd., Danbury. Free. Info:, 203-837-8486.

Reading by Sean Thomas Dougherty, 2019 Housatonic Book Award winner for poetry, Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m., Juniper Room at Hotel Zero Degrees, 15 Milestone Rd., Danbury. Free. Info:, 203-837-8486.

Readings by WCSU M.F.A. program mentors Onnesha Roychouduri and Sonja Mongar, Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m., Juniper Room at Hotel Zero Degrees, 15 Milestone Rd., Danbury. Free. Info:, 203-837-8486.

Book Discussion: The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron, Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 8, 6:30-8 p.m., for 13 weeks, Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Registration/Info:, 203-438-2282.

Author Talk: Daniel Levitin: Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives, Jan. 8, 7-8:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Ridgefield. Free. Info/Registration:, 203-762-6334.

Votes for Women Book Discussions, Jan. 9, 3 p.m., Founders Hall, 193 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield; Jan. 30, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield; Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m., Keeler Tavern Museum, 152 Main St., Ridgefield; March 29, 3 p.m., Ridgefield Historical Society, 4 Sunset Ln., Ridgefield; April 19, 2 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Register for book discussions at with the exception of the Founders Hall discussion, which is open to members of Founders Hall and does not require registration.

Author Talk: Roz Chast and Patty Marx, Jan. 15, 7 p.m., Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Rd., Darien. Chast and Marx team up for a new collection, You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples, a compilation of comical new relationship tips. Tickets: $30-$40. Info:

Author Talk and Signing: Architect Donald M. Rattner’s “My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation,” Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield. Registration/Info:

Book discussion groups at Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd., Cos Cob. Info: 203-622-6883.


YWCA Darien/Norwalk, 49 Old Kings Highway North, Darien; or 203-655-2535: Job Search Support Program for Women, incl. computer classes, info.,

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

The Compassionate Friends, Stamford Chapter, non-denominational selfhelp 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.


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

Nature & Science

Back Yard Beekeepers Association, last Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., Norfield Church Community Room, 64 Norfield Rd., Weston. Free. Info:

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.

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.; 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 website shows either Ambassador, Mexican gray or Red wolves.

Self Improvement

SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives, offering free seminars and workshops to entrepreneurs. SCORE offers Free Business Counseling Questions/Comments: or call 203-831-0065 or visit


Creative Workshop with Jeffrey Tambor, Jan. 7-March 24, 7-10 p.m., The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. Workshop focuses on scene study. Actors test their performance abilities in a safe and playful environment. Cost: $450-$695. Info/Registration: 203-438-5795,

Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: or call 203-655-8683. Educational programs, including many new offerings, in theatre this fall for children, teens and adults, such as Creative Dramatics, Beginning Acting, Improv for various age groups, etc. Reg. at website or call for details.


CT Poetry Society Workshop, Jan. 18, 2-4:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Ridgefield. Free. Info/Registration:, 203-762-6334.

Writer’s Group workshop, Saturdays, 1-3 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., boardroom. New writer's workshop group open to both new and experienced writers in all genres. Workshop will support the creative process through writing prompts, offer opportunities for participants to share their work and gain feedback and provide some introduction (or for experienced writers, refreshers) on essentials in crafting poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction/memoir. Jennifer A. Hudson, who has MFA in writing with honors from Albertus Magnus College, to work with group. Free and open to public.

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