ART & ARCHITECTURE Arts For Healing Spring Semester offers music, art, dance and acting lessons, 24 Grove St. New Canaan. For more information call 203-972-2982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CRAFTS 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. DANCE Darien Art Center\u2019s theatre pop-up workshops, Actors in grades 5-10 can strengthen performance skills, Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien. One day workshops in tap, dance, improv and auditioning. Info\/Registration: darienarts.org. Square Dance Lessons with the Square Bears of Weston, Norfield Grange, 12 Good Hill Rd., Weston. Weekly lessons will be held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., starting Sept. 19. Tickets $5. For more information contact Peter or Kathy Engstrom at 203-761-9939. FILM 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\u2019s 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. FOOD Vegan Recipes Demo, July 25, 7 p.m., Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield. Presented by Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Chef Linda Soper-Kolton will prepare a variety of vegan recipes from her new co-authored cookbook, Compassionate Cuisine. Info: 203-255-7756. RSVP: FairfieldUBookstoreEvents@gmail.com. GARDENING Secret Garden Tour, July 14, 1-5 p.m., Nichols Improvement Association (NIA), 1773 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull. Self-guided tour presented by the Nichols Garden Club will feature five local gardens. Tickets: $30-$35. Info: nicholsgc.org\/, firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-590-2232. Greater Bridgeport Men\u2019s 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 \u2014 from avid gardeners to newbies \u2014 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@example.com HEALTH 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. 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 The Merritt Parkway \u2014 The History & Future of a National Treasure, July 10, 1:30 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield. Led by Wes Haynes, executive director of the Merritt Parkway Conservancy. Free. Info: fairfieldpubliclibrary.org, 203-256-3160. Battle and Burning of Norwalk Living History Day, July 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Norwalk Historical Society\u2019s Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk. Free, family friendly event will teach the public about life during the American Revolution, the Battle and Burning of Norwalk as well as Norwalk & Connecticut history during the Revolution with live demonstrations. Info: norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-846-0525. Titanic Program, July 23, 7 p.m., Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster St., Shelton. Titanic\u2019s historic voyage: \u201cWhat Happened Before, During and After on the Titanic,\u201d part of the summer reading program, Looking at our Past, Looking Forward to Our Future. Free. Registration required: 203-925-5180, sheltonlibrarysystem.org. Wives of Henry VIII, July 26, noon, The Norwalk Public Library, Main Auditorium, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Historian and Reference Librarian Ramona Garcia presents a view of Jane Seymour and her influence on the monarch\u2019s life in this third program. Last program, Aug. 30, noon is devoted to Catherine Parr. Registration\/Info: 203-899-2780, ext. 15133, email@example.com. From Corsets to Suffrage: Victorian Women Trailblazers exhibit, through Nov. 3, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 299 West Ave., Norwalk. Admission $6-$20. Info: lockwoodmathewsmansion.com. 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\/seniors. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-869-6899 x31. Jim Henson exhibit and tours of Bush-Holley House. Keeler Tavern Museum, 18th century historical building at 132 Main St., Ridgefield, 203-438-5485, keelertavernmuseum.org. Museum has begun docent training sessions. 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. All the lectures are held on Sundays, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. LITERATURE More than Playful Virtuosity: The Poetry of John Updike, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Advance registration required. Info: wiltonlibrary.org, 203-762-6334. Author Talk: The Perfect Fraud by Ellen LaCorte July 11, 2 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield. Free. Info: fairfieldpubliclibrary.org, 203-256-3160. Author discussion, July 12, 7-8:30 p.m., Bethel's Byrd's Books, 178 Greenwood Ave., Bethel. Hamden husband-and-wife team Amy Nawrocki and Eric Lehman discuss their latest books, Mouthbrooders and Great Pan is Dead. Free. Info: conta.cc\/2Ish6UR, byrdsbooks.com. AuthorSpeak, July 13, noon, Norwalk Public Library, Main Auditorium, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Darline Noel-Perpignan will discuss her book, Through the Fall. Register: 203-899-2780, ext. 15133, email@example.com. CT Poetry Society Workshop, July 20, 2-4:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Share poetry you have written by reading it aloud to the group. Free; registration required. Info: wiltonlibrary.org. AuthorSpeak, July 27, noon, Norwalk Public Library, Main Auditorium, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Lester G. (Neddy) Smith will discuss A Book of Poems. Register: 203-899-2780, ext. 15133, firstname.lastname@example.org. Book discussion groups at Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd.; info: 203-622-6883. MISCELLANY 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 The Ridgefield Songwriters\u2019 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: 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. 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. IMAX Movies: Jean-Michael Cousteau\u2019s Secret Ocean at 11 and 2 p.m., Dream Big at noon and 4 p.m., 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. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 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\/seniors.; 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 has opened. EverWonder Children\u2019s 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. 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 email@example.com. Connecticut\u2019s 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. Zoo\u2019s newest installation is a certified Butterfly Garden and Bug Hotel, contributing to helping area\u2019s native butterfly population. In front of new animal commissary, garden is a gift from Stacey Marcell, her husband Wilbert Frazier, and their company, Northeast Horticultural Services. 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. 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. SELF IMPROVEMENT Mondays at Seven, July 15, 7 a.m., United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, 49 Weston Rd., Westport. Liz Dederer, CEO of Selling With Service, to speak to Mondays at Seven. Her talk is titled "10 Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Job Search". I am looking forward to attending.Info: mondaysat7.org. 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\u2019s free one-on-one career counseling sessions for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Greenwich Library business programs include 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. 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. 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. Reg. at website or call for details. Musical theater summer camp, July 15-26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ACT of Connecticut theatre, 36 Old Quarry Rd., Ridgefield. Two sessions for ages 7-12 and 13-18. Tuition: $950. Shows: July 26, 6 and 7 p.m. Registration\/info: actofct.org. College Theatre Programs: Audition Preparation, July 18, 6 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Presented by Ridgefield Library and ACT of Connecticut. Free. Register: ridgefieldlibrary.org, 203-438-2282. WRITING Personal Essay Workshop, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, 1 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Led by Author Jesse Longman. Register: ridgefieldlibrary.org, 203-438-2282. Writer\u2019s 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 non-fiction\/memoir. Jennifer A. Hudson, who has MFA in writing with honors from Albertus Magnus College, to work with group. Free and open to public. Send listings to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance of desired publication date.