Something New: Lessons and lectures


Garden and Illustrative Journaling with Nancy McTague-Stock, April 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bookbinding: Artist Sketchbooks and Journals with Gavin Dovey, May 4 and 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Lisa Arnold’s Art Journaling for teens ages 11-15, May 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Altered Books, Transforming Old Books into New Art with Jane Lubin, May 17, 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Silvermine Galleries, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan. Workshops are concurrent with the PAPER 2019 exhibition. Register:, 203-966-6668, ext. 2.

Printmaking with Artist Liz Squillace of Paradox, April 16, 1-3 p.m., Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield. Learn the art of screen printing. Advance registration required by April 10. Cost: $20-$25. Info:

Spray Painting with Artist John Paul O’Grodnick!, April 17, 10 a.m.-noon, Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield. Rain date: April 18. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Cost: $20-$25. Advance registration required by April 12. Info:

Classical Influences in the Corporate Murals of Hildreth Meière, April 17, 5 p.m., Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall (Diffley Board Room), 1073 North Benson Rd., Fairfield. Free. Register at Hildreth Meière: The Art of Commerce exhibition runs April 18-Sept. 21.

Henna with Priyanka Jain, April 18, 1-3 p.m., Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield. Meet this henna artist, learn about the materials & designs of her art, and get your own henna tattoo. Advance registration by April 12. Cost: $20-$25. Info:

Silk Road Lecture: Providing for the Afterlife in Han Dynasty China, April 18, 6-8 p.m., Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Speaker: David Ake Sensabaugh. Free for members; $15 nonmembers. Registration required:

ARTalk: Award-winning Landscape Architecture with Principal, Robert Golde of Towers|Golde, April 28, 2 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Register: 203-438-2282,

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


Visual Arts Workshop: A Day with the Masters, April 16 and 17, 1-3 p.m., Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien. For students in grades 1-5. Cost: $40/workshop. Register:, 203-655-8683.

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.


Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: 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 Festival: Great Movies You Missed, April 22-26, noon, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. Festival celebrates a series of critically acclaimed films that somehow fell under the radar. Leave No Trace, April 22; Eighth Grade, April 23; The Wife, April 24, 7 p.m.; Shoplifters, April 25; Won’t You Be My Neighbor, April 26. Free. Info:

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


Tea Tasting with Bubble & Brew, April 20, 2-4 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Mother-daughter duo Wendy and Madison Fellows host a guided tea talk and tasting. Free., 203-762-6334.


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.

Red Cross courses, (including Parenting, CPR, Back Injury Prevention, First Aid, HIV/AIDS Education, Lifeguard Training) offered periodically, visit 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.


Statues, Boulders, and Monoliths: The World War One Memorials of CT, April 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Illustrated talk by Richard Donohue. Nonmembers: $10. Register: or call 203-762-7257.

The British are Coming: Danbury Raid of 1777, April 18, 7-8 p.m., Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Pl., Westport. Cost: $5-$12. Register:, 203-222-1424, ext. 5.

Red Sox History with Mike Shalin, April 23, 6:30-8 p.m., Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Tpke., Monroe. Mike Shalin, author of The Hometown Team: Four Decades of Boston Red Sox Photography talks about his book. Registration required:

Lecture: The 1777 Raid on Danbury and the Battle of Ridgefield, April 27, 11 a.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Led by Ed Hynes. Register: 203-438-2282,

Historical lecture: The Loss of the Indianapolis, April 27, 1 p.m., Huntington Branch Library, 41 Church St., Shelton. Presented by Bob Begin. Register beginning April 15 at, 203-926-0111.

Curator’s Talk: A Conversation about the Averys, with Barbara Haskel, May 30, 6-8 p.m., Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. In conjunction with the exhibition, Summer with the Averys [Milton | Sally | March]. Advance registration required. Nonmembers: $15. Info:

From Corsets to Suffrage: Victorian Women Trailblazers exhibit, May 16-Nov. 3, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 299 West Ave., Norwalk. Reception: May 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission $6-$20. Info:

Tea & Lecture: Fashioning Women’s Suffrage, May 19, 2-4 p.m., Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 299 West Ave., Norwalk. Admission: $10-$15. Info:

* 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; 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 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, Museum has begun docent training sessions.

* 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.

All the lectures are held on Sundays, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.


Wilton Reads: Spring Poetry with Judson Scruton, April 11, 18 & 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Spring Poetry Seminar Series exploring poetry related to the Holocaust. Advance registration required:, 203-762-6334.

Erica Boyce, April 11, 7 p.m., Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield. Boyce will discuss her debut novel, The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green. Free. RSVP: Info: 203-255-7756.

AuthorSpeak book discussion, April 13, noon, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Award-winning journalist Joe Strupp leads a discussion of his book Killing Journalism: How Greed, Laziness, (and Donald Trump) are Destroying News and How We Can Save It. Register: 203-899-2780, ext. 15133, or

Books Over Coffee: Mad Blood Stirring, April 24, noon, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. Free. Info:

Author talk with Melanie Benjamin, May 21, 6:30 p.m., New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., New Canaan. Info:

Book discussion groups at Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd.; 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 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,; 203-899-2780, main library; 203-899-2790, branch.


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


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

Genealogy workshop, April 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Greenwich Historical Society 47 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob. Info: 203-869-6899, ext. 10,

Landmarks Recognition Program, April 28, 4-6 p.m., Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Rd., Greenwich. Tickets: $75-$500. Advance reservations required: 203-869-6899, ext. 10,

Roots to Branches Why Trees Matter, April 28, 1-4 p.m., Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield. Free. Learn about the history of Connecticut’s forests, the condition of Fairfield’s trees and hear from those organizations that are proactively, replanting trees, creating corridors and green spaces for wildlife while reclaiming native habitat. Info:, 203-701-8342,

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.

* 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 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; 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:

* 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; 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., 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;

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

* 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, 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, Live webcam at website shows either Ambassador, Mexican gray or Red wolves.

* The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; 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.


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.;, 203-222-2665.


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

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

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: or 203-622-7900.

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


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.    


Spring Poetry Series, April 12, 7 p.m.; May 19, 2 p.m., Byrd's Books, 178 Greenwood Ave., Bethel. Poets laureate and award winners read selections of their works. Free. Reservations:

Elements of Playwriting Workshop for Adults, kicks off April 13, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Runs Saturdays, April-June. Free workshop gives participants the tools they need to write short plays and revise their work. Advance registration required: 203-517-3431,

Poets Salon, April 13, 1:30-4 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield. Poetry reading, open mic and poems publication seminar. Free. Poets Salon meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Register:, 203-256-3160.

Fairfield County Writers Group — Write In!, April 20, 1-4 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Register: 203-438-2282,

CT Poetry Society Workshop, April 20, 2-4:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Share your poetry with others. Register:

Intergenerational Poetry Reading, April 25, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Register: 203-438-2282,

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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