Crafting, authors, lectures and more in Fairfield County
Art & Architecture
Learn How to Stage Your Home, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield. Interior designer Kelly Sohigian will explain home staging. Free. Registration/Info: fairfieldpubliclibrary.org, 203-256-3160.
Adult Watercolor, Adults, Tuesdays, through March 31, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien. Cost: $385. Info: darienarts.org.
Introduction to Digital Photography, Adults, Wednesdays, Feb. 26-March 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien. Cost: $125. Info: darienarts.org.
Introduction/Intermediate Calligraphy, Adults, Mondays, March 2-April 6, 7-9 p.m., Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien. Cost: $295. Info: darienarts.org.
Colored Pencil Drawing, Adults, Wednesdays, March 4-April 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien. Cost: $255. Info: darienarts.org.
Ladies Night Out! Sip & Paint Van Gogh Sunflowers, Adults, March 12, 7-9 p.m., Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien. Cost: $45. Info: darienarts.org.
Ladies Night Out! Sew it Up, Adults, April 23, 6-9 p.m., Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien. Cost: $75. Info: darienarts.org.
Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd.; brookfieldcraft.org: classes, open studios in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal. Gallery Shop open Sat., 11-6, and Sun., 11-5. To learn more, visit brookfieldcraft.org 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, norwalklib.kanopy.com/welcome/frontpage, or stop by library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Info: Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library information services, 203-899-2780, x15133, or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Lecture: The Treaties of Sèvres and Lausanne — Case Studies of Diplomatic Nonsense, Feb. 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Free. Info/Registration: 203-762-6336, wiltonlibrary.org.
Conversations in a Brave Space Discussion Series, Oppression; Feb. 26, Privilege; March 11, Change, Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Rd., West Redding. Info: marktwainlibrary.org/.
Queen Olga of Greece, Feb. 28, noon, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Part of the Before the Revolution: Four Women and the Romanov Dynasty series. Info/Registration: 203-899-2780, ext. 15133, email@example.com.
Lecture: The Movement was a Great “Mosaic”: CT Women and Stories from the Suffrage Campaign, Feb. 29, 4 p.m., The Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Presented by Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Historical Society, led by Dr. Kelly Marino. Registration/Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-762-7257.
Lecture: Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, March 27, noon, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Part of the Before the Revolution: Four Women and the Romanov Dynasty series. Info/Registration: 203-899-2780, ext. 15133, email@example.com.
Lecture: Marie, Grand Duchess Vladimir, April 24, noon, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Part of the Before the Revolution: Four Women and the Romanov Dynasty series. Info/Registration: 203-899-2780, ext. 15133, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeler Tavern Museum, 18th century historical building at 152 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.
New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave.; newhavenmuseum.org or 203-562-4183.
Author Talk: Daryl Beyers — The New Gardener's, Feb. 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Free. Info/Registration: 203-762-6336, wiltonlibrary.org.
Book launch, Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Barrett Bookstore,6 Corbin Dr., Darien. Darien resident Tessa Wegert will have a reading and author Q&A to celebrate the publication of her debut mystery novel, “Death in the Family.” Info: barrettbookstore.com/event/tessa-wegert-death-family
Authorspeak with Terence Hawkins, Feb. 21, noon, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Discussion of American Neolithic. Free. Info/Registration: 203-899-2780, ext. 15133, email@example.com.
Senior Center Book Discussion: American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, by Jon Meacham, Feb. 25, 11 a.m.-noon, Comstock Community Center, 180 School Rd., Wilton. Free. Info/Registration: 203-834-6240.
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 ridgefieldlibrary.org with the exception of the Founders Hall discussion, which is open to members of Founders Hall and does not require registration.
Wilton Reads: Tales of the Jazz Age Book Giveaway, March 3, 10 a.m.-noon, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Free. Info/Registration: 203-762-6334, wiltonlibrary.org.
One Book One Town Fairfield: Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougall, Meet the Author, March 9, 7 p.m., Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield. Info: fairfieldpubliclibrary.org.
Wilton Library Readers — Freshwater and Breaking Kola, March 11, noon-1:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi and Breaking Kola, by Catherine Onyemelukwe. Group meets second Wednesday of each month through June. Free. Info/Registration: 203-762-6334, wiltonlibrary.org.
Book discussion groups at Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd., Cos Cob. Info: 203-622-6883.
Learn About Therapeutic Riding, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield. Inspired by the 2020 One Book One Town Selection Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougall. Free. Registration/Info: fairfieldpubliclibrary.org, 203-256-3160.
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.
WLA/WHS Scholarly Series: Jazzed Up — The History of Jazz in America — The Harlem Renaissance: Connections and Creativity — Reggie Quinerly, March 8, 4-5:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Free. Info/Registration: 203-762-6336, wiltonlibrary.org.
WLA/WHS Scholarly Series: Jazzed Up — The History of Jazz in America — Women in Jazz: Past, Present, Future — Brenda Earle Stokes, April 5, 4-5:30 p .m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Free. Info/Registration: 203-762-6336, wiltonlibrary.org.
The Ridgefield Songwriters’ Circle, monthly gatherings to play new songs and discuss them; for info, call Dave Goldenberg, 203-438-4521.
Nature & Science
Adding Native Plants to Your Yard, Feb. 29, 10:30 a.m., CT Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield. Convert your yard to the natural biodiversity that feeds pollinators. Members free; nonmembers $5. Registration/Info: ctaudubon.org/2020/01/simple-ways-to-welcome-nature-to-your-yard/, 203-259-6305, ext. 109.
Back Yard Beekeepers Association, last Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., Norfield Church Community Room, 64 Norfield Rd., Weston. Free. Info: backyardbeekeepers.com.
Planetarium Show/Telescope Viewing at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium at Western CT State U. Westside Campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury; wcsu.edu/starwatch/ 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 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., 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem, N.Y.; 914-763-2373, nywolf.org. Live webcam at website shows either Ambassador, Mexican gray or Red wolves.
SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives, offering free seminars and workshops to entrepreneurs. SCORE offers Free Business Counseling bit.ly/SCOREMentor Questions/Comments: email@example.com or call 203-831-0065 or visit https://fairfieldcounty.score.org.
Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. Educational programs, including many new offerings, in theatre this fall for children, teens and adults, such as Creative Dramatics, Beginning Acting, Improv for various age groups, etc. Reg. at website or call for details.
Masterclass Writing Workshop/Poetry Reading, Feb. 13, masterclass, 1-3 p.m.; poetry reading, 7-9 p.m., The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St, Ridgefield. Led by American Book Award winning poet Jericho Brown. Registration required. Info: shop.aldrichart.org.
CT Poetry Society Workshop, Feb. 15, 2-4:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Free. Info/Registration: 203-762-6336, wiltonlibrary.org.
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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