Something New: Lessons and lectures

ART & ARCHITECTURE

“Fieldbooks to Prints, Expeditionary Art” Oct. 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Greenwich Art Society, 299 Greenwich Ave. Greenwich. Attendees will learn about how artists maintain a practice of exploring urban and rural landscapes through the use of fieldbooks and journals and how these images can be expanded into prints. Free for members, $20 non-members. Info: greenwichartsociety.org.

Signs of Connecticut, Oct. 14, 2 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. Thomas Fatone will lead the lecture. Free. Info: stratfordlibrary.org.

Fairfield University Art Museum’s new monthly series of gallery conversations, Art in Focus, 11 a.m. in museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries on campus of Fairfield University. During each event in series, one painting, print, or sculpture in museum’s collection will take center stage for hour’s worth of close looking and informal discussion, led by Curator of Education Michelle DiMarzo, Ph.D.

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 [email protected].

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 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 dance and martial arts for children, teens and adults in fall, such as ballet, jazz, hip hop and more. Martial arts for ages 4 and up. Reg. open now at website or call for details.

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’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 protected]

GARDENING

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 [email protected]

HEALTH

Qigong with Bill Wrenn is returning to Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Wed., 5-6 p.m., through Dec. 27 Qigong (pronounced chee-gung) means balancing and harmonizing with energy of life. In Chinese, Qi is “life energy,” and Gong means work, skill, or cultivation. The practice of Qigong includes gentle, dance-like movements, mindful breathing, meditation and self massage. Wrenn is certified Qigong and Tai Chi teacher. Reg suggested. Info and sign-up vial Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library information services, at 203- 899-2780, x15133 or [email protected].

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

If Your House Could Speak: How to Research Your Historic Home, Oct. 11, 12:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Kelly Morron, a long time Wilton resident, had all these questions and more about her historic house. Free for members, $10 non-members. Info: wiltonhistorical.org.

Barracoon, Oct. 24, 6 p.m., Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport. Tracey Sherrod will discuss Remembered Exhibit: The History of African Americans in Westport. Tickets $10 members, $15 for non-members. Register online. Info: westporthistory.org.

World War I Memorials of Connecticut, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk. Richard Franklin Donohue will display images of the monuments and explore trends in their design and placement, with special emphasis placed on Norwalk and the surrounding areas. Tickets $5. Info: norwalkhistoricalsociety.org.

* 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 [email protected] 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

Frontiers of Medical Ethics, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Dr. Arthur Caplan will present the lecture. Info: ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Frankenstein’s Creature: A Monster for Its Time—and Ours, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Dr. Mark Schenker will lead the lecture. Info: ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Author Talk: Anne O’Regan, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. She will discuss her book Tamed – A City Girl Walks from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Free. Register online. Info: ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Author Talk: Robert McWilliams, Oct. 25, 7p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. He will discuss his new book, The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain: A Walk from Cape Wrath to the Solway. Free. Register online. Info: ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Frankenstein discussion, Oct. 30, 2 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Retired English teacher Barb Jennes will lead a book discussion of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Info: ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Author Talk: Gail Carson Levine, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. She will  her new novel, Ogre Enchanted. Info: ridgefieldlibrary.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’ Circle, monthly gatherings to play new songs and discuss them; for info., call Dave Goldenberg, 203-438-4521.

NATURE & SCIENCE

Alien Seas: the Case for a Wet Mars, Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m., Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. The Astronomical Society of Greenwich will host a talk by Dr. Vivien Gornitz, professor at the NASA Goddard  Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University. Free. Info: astrogreenwich.org.

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’s 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’s 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.

* Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St.; ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield or 203-259-6305 x109. Hiking trails of Larsen Sanctuary, and learning about fall migration. Adv reg required at ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield, or call 203-259-6305, ext. 109. Fall programs and events: ctaudubon.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 protected]

* 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. Zoo’s newest installation is a certified Butterfly Garden and Bug Hotel, contributing to helping area’s 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.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Weston Photography Club, sponsored by Friends of the Weston Library, is meeting on the first Wed. of each month, noon-1:30 p.m., through June. Award-winning photographer Alison Wachstein to lead meetings, provide instruction and guidance. Membership fee: $50. Application form at library, 56 Norfield Rd.; westonpubliclibrary.org, 203-222-2665.

SELF IMPROVEMENT

TEA Talk, Oct. 21, 2 p.m., Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport. TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) Talk: The Arts Go Viral, is a moderated discussion led by tech guru David Pogue. Free.

Mondays @ 7 Networking Group (mondaysat7.org), meeting Mon. Oct. 8 at 7 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, 49 West Rd. (Rte. 57), Westport; networking and announcements, 7-8 a.m. Open discussion. Presentations include a Q&A, 8-9. clean-up, 9-9:15; $1 donation requested for coffee and bagels. These meetings are ways of sharing information.

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’s 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 [email protected]

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 protected] 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.    

Middle School Theatre Makers, through Nov. 13, 4 p.m., Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien. Students will develop a script, design costumes and props and perform their own play on Thursdays. Info: darienarts.org.                                                                        

WRITING

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 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.

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