Something New: lecture and lessons
ART & ARCHITECTURE
* The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, 203-438-4519, aldrichart.org; open Mon., Wed.-Sat., 10-5, Fri., 10-7, May 29-Sept. 4, Sun., 12-4; $10/adults and $5/seniors.; free adm. for full-time teachers and students in grades K-12, and for active-service military families; free for all on Tuesdays; 203-438-4519 or aldrichart.org: Group tours available by appointment, 203-438-4519 or email email@example.com. Spotlight tours every Mon. and third Sat. of each month, 1-2 p.m.; Tony Matelli: Figure, extended through Jan. 1. Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley: Your Turn, through April 23; collaboration they call “performance architecture.” Third Saturdays: Free Community Day. Portfolio Review Day, Oct. 17, 3 p.m. Family Workshop, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. Aldrich Halloween, Oct. 31, 5 p.m.
* The Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich; brucemuseum.org or 203-869-0376: Every Tues., 1:30 p.m., and Fri., 12:30 p.m., Docent-led Exhibition Tour; Marine Tank Animal Feeding, every Tues. and Fri., 2:30-2:45 p.m. George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950): Illustrator, Painter, Writer, through Nov. 25; and Nikon’s Small World, through Oct. 20. Bruce Beginnings, Oct. 17, 24, 31, 11 a.m. Icon Awards in Art, Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m. Yvette Guibert lecture, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. Maggots, Murder and Mayhem: When the Dead Speak lecture, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. Zoom in on Nature, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. Toulouse-Lautrec lecture, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. The Chinese Influence on Western Interiors and Architecture lecture, Mon., Nov. 6, 1:15 p.m. Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, Mon., Nov. 13, 1:15 p.m.
Fairfield University Art Museum, 200 Barlow Rd., Fairfield; 203-254-4046, fairfield,edu/museum. Richard Lytle: A Retrospective, through Feb. 3, Walsh Gallery in Quick Center for the Arts. Drawing Into Sculpture, talk by Michael Donovan, adjunct professor of studio art, Oct. 18, 5 p.m. Reg at fuam.eventbrite.com.
Fairfield County Arts Association, Wed., Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Roger Ludlowe Middle School Team Room 292, 689 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield. DeAnn L. Prosia will give presentation. Info: 203-259-8026 or fairfieldcountyarts.com.
Greenwich Library partners with the Yale Alumni Association of Greenwich to bring Yale professor Ruth Bernard Yeazell to Greenwich Library’s Cole Auditorium on Sun., Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m. Yeazell, a member of Yale's Department of English, will deliver an audiovisual presentation based on her recent book, Picture Titles: How and Why Western Paintings Acquired Their Names (2015). Reg recommended at greenwichlibrary.org.
ARTalk, An Artist’s Journey: Sixty-five Years of Painting with Daniel Greene, Sun., Oct. 29, 2 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.
Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. Educational programs, through Dec. 19, including many new offerings, in visual arts for children, teens and adults in fall: Scribble Scrabble, Cartooning, Elementary Art Studio, Click! Digital Photography, Make-A-Monster Workshop, Watercolor and Acrylic Painting, Still Life workshops and more. Reg. open now at website or call for details.
The Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, one of the oldest artists communities in the U.S., has started fall classes. For more details, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-6668, ext. 2.
Paint, Draw & More! 2017 fall classes; associated with Georgetown School of the Arts in Redding. Classes offered by parks and recreation departments in Fairfield, Redding and Weston (also Brookfield, Newtown, Norwalk and Stamford); contact them for details. Info: 203-544-8551 or paintdrawmore.com.
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, PhD. Oct. 26: After Raphael, Transfiguration, 19th century. Nov. 16: Utagawa Hiroshige II, Soto Beach in Mutsu Province, 1859. Dec. 14: Martin van Meytens II, Portrait of a Boy, ca. 1750. All events free and open to public; reserve seat at fuam.eventbrite.com.
Pequot Pearls Knitting Group, Thurs., Oct. 12, 19, 26, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. All levels welcome to weekly gathering in Rennell Room, free and open to public. Info: 203-259-0346, x15, pequotlibrary.org
* Green Art Show entries, make at home and take in on Oct. 14 for show at Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport; for Oct. 22 display in Children’s Library; for ages 4 and up. Artwork specifics at pequot library.org. Make Recycled Art, Oct. 2-10, 10-5.
* 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. Fall open house, Sat., Oct. 14, noon-5 p.m. 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.
Greenwich Dance Studio: Ballet Class for PreSchoolers, Fri., Oct, 13, 11:30-12:15, Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd. Ballet/creative movement for ages 3-5. Online reg required; greenwichlibrary.org. Info: 203-622-6883.
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.
The Barclay Classes include instruction in ballroom dancing but also teach children step-by-step social graces, starting this week, Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Reg open now and info at 908-232-8370 or thebarclayclasses.com/index.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Afternoon and early evening classes for third through seventh grades run until May 2018.
Quick Center for the Arts’ Open Minds Institute, You, on the Aisle: Re-Thinking the Greatest American Films class, through Nov. 8, 1-2:30 p.m. Enrollment details and other info at fairfield.edu/openminds or 203-254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-369.
Short Cuts Film Festival, opening Thurs., Oct. 12, 7:30-9 p.m., Garden Cinemas, 26 Isaac St.,
Norwalk. Award-winning short films selected from 2017 TriBeca Film Festival (from among 3,000 entries) by Westport-based JIB Productions. Women Behind the Lens: Lorraine Nicholson’s Life Boat (USA). TriBeca’s Best Animated Short, Odd is an Egg (Norway), first animated short directed by producer Kristin Ulseth. Viola, Franca, Italian film based on a true story by UCLA’s MFA directing graduate and first-time filmmaker, Marta Savina. The Suitcase by Abi Damaris Corbin, also inspired by true events. Coffee and cookies beginning at 7, followed by films and discussion. Tickets $25, include free popcorn, and info at JIBProductions.org or 203-293-8729. Short Cuts series continues Thurs., Nov. 16, with program entitled Despite the Endings: Big City (Australia), animated Curpigeon (USA) and TriBeca’s Best Narrative Short, Retouch (Iran).
Home Movie Day on Sat., Oct. 21, at noon-2 p.m., New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave. Public is invited to bring in old home movies, or watch movies brought in by others. Annual event brings film experts, enthusiasts and curious public together for free, expert advice on home-movie preservation, followed by public screenings of home movies. Attendees can have films assessed, learn preservation tips, win prizes. Video: vimeo.com/232734121. Info: homemovieday.com/newhaven or call Brian Meacham at 203-584-5457. Info on international event: homemovieday.com.
Post-Impressionists film series, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Film series highlights great artists with Paul Cézanne on Oct. 25, Paul Gauguin on Nov.1, Vincent Van Gogh on Nov. 8 and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec on Nov.15. Free for members, $15 non-members. Info: brucemuseum.org or 203-869-0376.
Jewish Arts and Film Festival, Oct. 28-Nov. 5, Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Includes screenings of On the Map, Fanny’s Journey and Women’s Balcony. Info: stamfordjcc.org.
Korean Film & Food, talk and demonstration, Sun., Oct. 29, 2 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Lovell Room. Korean Spirit and Cultural Program to present documentary, King Sejong the Great: The Everlasting Light of Korea, then reenactment of traditional Korean wedding ceremony, followed by cooking demonstration and serving of Korean food. Free and open to public but reservations required by calling 203-385-4162.
Fall at GEC: Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob. Free adm. Mindful Mornings: Yoga in Park. Authors Andrea Wuff (The Founding Gardeners) and John Phipps (Capability Brown). Antiques and vintage jewelry with Simon Teakle. Historic walk in Pinetum Park. Family events.
Art in Bloom, Wilton Garden Club’s flower show, Fri., Oct. 13, 1-5 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 14, 10-4, historic Old Town Hall, 69 Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Adm $10 at door; featuring garden designs, artwork and sculpture contributed by local artists, many youth designs and exhibits; plus displays on Wilton Pollinator Pathway "Bee on It" and Mary Beth Wheeler Herbarium project, now part of Northeast Consortium of Herbaria Database, and horticulture from members' gardens. Info: wiltonhistorical.org or wiltonartinbloom.org.
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@example.com
Qigong with Bill Wrenn is returning to Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Wed., 5-6 p.m., through Dec. 27 (no session Oct. 25-Nov. 1, when book sale will be using auditorium). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nutrition Series, four-week series features specialists advising personal diet plans, starting Tues., Oct. 17, 24, 6-7:30 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. This night’s topic: Lifestyle changes can help you live a healthier life. Diets examined include Mediterranean, Paleo, Vegetarian and Vegan and how to successfully apply these diets for optimal health. Cooking demo and tasting will follow. Free and open to public but reservations required at nutritionseries.eventbrite.com. Info: Kelley at 203-385-4090. Sponsored by Stratford Library and Health Department.
Fairfield University’s Department of Public Safety, in collaboration with town of Trumbull Emergency Medical Services, will offer skill-enhancing Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Course from Oct. 17, to Feb. 28, on campus of Fairfield University or at Trumbull EMS headquarters on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-10 p.m., with occasional Saturday class. This course meets education requirements established by the State of Connecticut and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and is requisite for EMT certification candidates who are compelled to pass the National Registry examination. About 160 hours of classroom and online instruction (via lectures and hands-on activities) include: CPR, general pharmacology, respiratory emergencies, cardiovascular emergencies and OB/GYN emergencies, musculoskeletal, head and spine trauma, soft tissue injuries, hazardous materials, ambulance operations, emergency medical techniques for children and scene safety. Course fee $985, including textbooks. State testing fee of about $100 additional. Reg. and info: Frank Ficko at 203-254-5524 or fairfield.edu/emt.
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
* 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@example.com or call 203-869-6899 x31. Jim Henson exhibit and tours of Bush-Holley House.
Family Day: Home Front on the Front Lawn at Pequot Library in Southport, Sun., Oct. 15, noon- 2 p.m. Discovering what life was like for families on home front during World War I with hands-on activities for all ages on the library’s Great Lawn. Families can “support the war effort” by collecting war bond stamps on scavenger hunt, view classic cars, listen to Victrola record player, plant victory garden, play period lawn games, take tour of Pequot’s Special Collections exhibition, The Great War and the United States Home Front, and have cider, coffee and doughnuts. Free and open to public. Weather permitting. Info: pequotlibrary.org
A Conversation with Harry Belafonte, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. Belafonte will speak on local and global issues. Tickets $25-$79. Info: shubert.com.
New England Vampire Folk Belief, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport. Free. Info: westporthistory.org.
Boker Tov Israel lecture, Oct. 19, 11 a.m., Oct. 22, 10 a.m., Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Explore the role of women in Israel. Info: 203-487-0951.
Kings Highway North Historic District Walking Tour, to be hosted by Westport Historical Society, Sat., Oct. 28, 3 p.m. Edward F. Gerber, past president of historical society, to lead tour of one of Westport’s oldest settled areas, some homes of which date to mid-1700s. Sites include small triangular green at intersection of Old Hill Rd. and Kings Highway North that was used as a military drill ground; adjoining Christ and Holy Trinity and Church of the Assumption cemeteries and earlier graveyard, laid out in 1740. Originally, Kings Highway North was part of a postal road laid out between New York and Boston in 1762. Meeting across from cemeteries at foot of Old Hill Road. $10 suggested donation; no charge for children 12 and under. Reservations recommended: 203-222-1424. Special get together at 323 Restaurant for complimentary drink.
The Wives of World War I Monarchs: Four-Part Series, Queen, Kaiserin, Tsarina, Empress, presented by Mona Garcia, historian and reference librarian, Fri at noon. Nov. 3, presentation on Empress Zita, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Light lunch to be provided. Reg. and info: Cynde Bloom Lahey, 203-899-2780, x15133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridgeport, CT - The Great War, and the Striking Summer of 1915, lecture researched and to be presented by Carolyn Ivanoff, Sat., Nov. 4, 2 p.m., Burroughs-Saden Library, Community Room, 3rd floor, 925 Broad St., Bridgeport. Info: bportlibrary.org
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.
Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place; westporthistory.org or 203-222-1424.
New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave.; newhavenmuseum.org or 203-562-4183.
Pequot Library’s Meet the Author series, live programs that include 30- to 40-minute author talk, Q&A, book sales and signing, and light hors d'oeuvres; free and open to public at the library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Info: pequotlibrary.org or 203-259-0346. Martha Hall Kelly, Lilac Girls, Sun., Oct. 29, 5 p.m.; and mystery writer Robert Ellis, Sun., Nov. 19, 4 p.m.
Book discussion groups at Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd.; info: 203-622-6883. Cloak and Dagger Book Club, Sat., Oct. 14, 1 p.m., Earthly Remains by Donna Leon. Brown Bag Book Club, Wed., Oct. 18, noon, News of the World by Paulette Jiles, with Susan Boyar, 203-222-0406.
Poets In Conversation series, next part Nov. 2, 7 p.m., Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Each session features two poets, who will read from their works and discuss writing life. All programs, through December, on first Thursday of month, at 7 p.m., in main reading area of library. For second year, Norwalk’s Poet Laureate, Laurel Peterson, has brought together a diverse group of published poets for series. Nov. 2 - Ann Cefola and Robert Masterson. Dec. 7 - Ralph Nazareth and Duane Esposito. Info: Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library information services, at 203-899-2780 or email@example.com.
Autumn Poetry with Judson Scruton: Islands in the Autumn Sun, Thurs., Oct. 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 9, 10:30-noon, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Four-part poetry seminar series. No charge. Adv reg required at 203-762-6334. Reg link and more program details at wiltonlibrary.org.
Connecticut Indie Author Day Book Fair, and self-publishing demonstration, Sat., Oct. 14, 9-5 p.m., Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave. More than 40 authors from Norwalk and other Connecticut towns expected to come together to help local self-published and independent authors get discovered, and for readers to find new books written by fellow community members. Opportunity for readers to chat with authors, who will do brief readings and presentations. Copies of books available for sale and signing. Librarians to offer demonstrations of PressBooks and Self-e, tools for self-publishing. Free and open to all. Refreshments to be provided courtesy of library. Reg and info: Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library information services, 203-899-2780, x15133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All About Jane: Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen, series of lectures, book discussions, film screenings, field trips, performances and more at Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Emma discussion, Oct. 12, 3 p.m. at Founder’s Hall. Sense and Sensibility discussion, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. More events to follow in Nov. Info: ridgefieldlibrary.org, 203-438-2282.
Kate DiCamillo, award winning author of Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tiger Rising and The Tale of Despereaux, to discuss her newest book, La La La: A Story of Hope featuring illustrations by Jaime Kim, at Roger Ludlowe Middle School Auditorium, 689 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield, Thurs., Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Tickets at Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield; 203-255-7756 or Fairfield.edu/DiCamillo; $20/family and include copy of La La La: A Story of Hope and the presentation followed by book signing. Musical performance by Tomlinson Rolling Strones led by music teacher Sara Hoefer to kick-off evening event.
Fashion in Fiction: Jane Austen’s Regency Novels with Kandie Carle, Thurs., Oct. 12, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Reg at 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.
Meet the Author, Bob Wirz, on his book, The Passion of Baseball, Sun., Oct. 15, 2 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Lovell Room. Wirz's life in baseball from dreaming about major league career from age eight to actually serving as chief spokesman for two MLB commissioners for more than decade, then running his own baseball-oriented sports PR and marketing company in Connecticut for about three decades. Free and open to public. Info: stratfordlibrary.org, 203-385-4162.
Book Discussion, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Tues., Oct. 17, 10 a.m., and 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England to host evening of discussion with New York Times best-selling author Irin Carmon on Tues., Oct. 17, at Sugar & Olives, 21 Lois St., Norwalk, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with pre-event reception for sponsors that includes meet-and-greet with Carmon, journalist and author. She is a contributing writer to the Washington Post and the co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets available at plannedparenthood.org.
New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Hennessey to discuss his newly published graphic novel biography, Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father, Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield, on Wed. Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Free and open to public. Info: 203-255-7756 or fairfieldbookstore.com, facebook.com/FairfieldUBookstore.
Wilton Reads 2017, Oct. 24- Nov. 8, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. The library will hold a series of book discussions. Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Oct. 25, 12 p.m. 90 Miles to Havana, Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m. Back into the Heart of Cuba discussion with photographer Daryl Hawk, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Cuban History talk with Professor Ariel Mae Lambe, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Experience Cuba trip discussion, Nov. 2, 7 p.m. Kids Create Cuban Art craft, Nov. 4 1 p.m. Cubamerican screening, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Carlos Eire author visit, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. Reg. in advance. Info: wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6334.
Books Over Coffee: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, Wed., Oct. 25, noon, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. Kathy Faggella leads discussion. Light refreshments. Free and open to public. Info: stratfordlibrary.org. Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan, Nov. 29; The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs, Dec. 20.
How to Write a Novel with Victoria Redel and Julia Strayer in Conversation, Wed., Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Reg at 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.
Books Sandwiched In to discuss Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan, Thurs., Oct. 26, noon, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Info: Susannah Violino, 203-899-2780, x15115, or email@example.com. Next: Nov. 30, Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal.
Author Talk with Liv Constantine, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield. Info: fairfieldbookstore.com.
Books Over Coffee, the group will discuss J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy, Oct. 27, 12 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. Info: stratfordlibrary.org.
Author Talk with Mark Fallon, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd., Westport. Meet the former NCIS agent and author of Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon and U.S. Government Conspired to Torture. Free. Info: westportlibrary.org.
The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse with Rich Cohen, Thurs., Oct 26, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Reg at 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.
Poetry Discussion Group, Still Life with Waterfall by Eamon Grennan, Fri., Oct. 27, 1 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org.
Katonah Poetry Series: Carla Funk, Sun., Nov. 5, 3:30 p.m., Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, NY. Info: katonahpoetry.com.
Quick Center for the Arts’ Open Minds Institute, Outraged, or Just Out of Sorts? — Making and Keeping Peace in Your Family, Social Club or Workplace class, through Nov. 2, 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Enrollment details and other info at fairfield.edu/openminds or 203-254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-369.
Parent Support Group, Mon., Oct. 23, 10-11:30, G&B Cultural Center, 49 New St., Wilton. For parents of children with behavioral, emotional and mental health issues. Free, presented by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Child and Adolescent Network (CAN). Info: Beth at 203-984-0123 or Beth44es@gmail.com or visit namisouthwestct.com.
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.
Introduction to Acoustic Guitar, available through Ridgefield Continuing Education, beginners class focusing on melodic, harmonic and rhythmic technique. The class for new beginners meets on Wed., Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22. The class for continuing beginners meets on Mon., Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27. All classes meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School and costs $144. Participants need to bring playable acoustic guitar. Visit ridgefieldschools.org/music.htm for list of other items to bring. Adv reg required. Ridgefield senior discount available. Info and reg at ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.
Bridgeport Community Historical Society to present Robert Nelson, associate professor of Developmental English at Housatonic Community College, and Six Songs That Changed the World on Tues., Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., North Branch Library, 3455 Madison Ave., Bridgeport. Info: Audrey, 203-371-6397.
Wilton Singers auditions, for tenors and basses, for 2017-18 season. Interested candidates should contact Alison Conroy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditions in August include some vocalizing and sight-singing, and singers should prepare short piece to sing which can be a cappella or accompanied. Rehearsals in Wilton Tues., 7-9 p.m., Sept.-mid-May. Info: wiltonsingers.org.
Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church looking for adult volunteer handbell ringers. No experience is needed. Reading music helpful but not essential. Rehearsals at church, 1080 Fairfield Woods Rd., 7:30-9 p.m. Tues. evenings; performances during church service third Sun. each month except July and August. If interested, call Jeanne at 203-874-2713 or Jean at 203-255-1331.
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 music in fall; private instruction in piano, guitar, violin, cello, flute, percussion and voice, Sept. 5-Dec. 21. Reg. open now at website or call for details.
Greenwich Choral Society auditions for sopranos, altos, basses and especially tenors from Fairfield and Westchester counties interested in becoming member, First Congregational Church, Old Greenwich. Open rehearsal of Mozart’s Requiem. Several audition dates in Sept. Info: Bill Fulton, 203-322-2990 or email@example.com, and GreenwichChoralSociety.org
Quick Center for the Arts’ Open Minds Institute, Four Giants of American Music (George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Richard Rodgers) class, Sept. 27-Oct. 25, 10-11:45 a.m. Enrollment details and other info at fairfield.edu/openminds or 203-254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-369.
The Ridgefield Songwriters’ Circle, monthly gatherings to play new songs and discuss them; for info., call Dave Goldenberg, 203-438-4521.
NATURE & SCIENCE
Longitude, Latitude and Discovery Workshop for Kids, Sat., Oct. 14, 11-12:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury. Museum Educator Lola Chen to talk with the kids about the evolution of instruments such as the compass, the astrolabe, and the sextant and how navigation and exploration were affected. Making a simple hat rack displaying Wilton’s longitude and latitude is the workshop project. The kids will help make their snack, spiced pumpkin muffins. Suggested for ages 6-12. Fee: members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; non-members $15 per child, max $35 per family. Reg: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-762-7257. Website:.wiltonhistorical.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. Oct. 14 and 28, 6 p.m. show; telescope viewing, 7-9 p.m. Free and open to public.
Explore the Shore – Tide Pools, Sun., Oct. 15, 1-2:30 p.m., Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Rd., Milford. For adults and children age 5 and up. Members $5/person, family max $20; nonmembers $7/person, family max $28. Pre-registration required at 203-878-7440, x502. Info: ctaudubon.org/costal-center-at-milford-point.
How to See Black Holes, Oct. 15, 3:30 p.m., Astronomical Society of Greenwich, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Dr. Andrew MacFayden of the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics at New York University will lead the lecture. Free. Info: astrogreenwich.org.
Family Science Day, Oct. 21, 10 a.m., 122 Universal Dr. North Haven. Energize Connecticut hosts event to promote being energy efficient. Free admission.
Bill Lucey, the region’s newly appointed Long Island Sound “soundkeeper” who is a fish and wildlife biologist, to share details of his mission of protecting the biological, physical and chemical integrity of the Sound and its watershed, in a free presentation at New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., on Tues., Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m. Lucey’s position is a program of Soundkeeper, Inc., a subsidiary of Save the Sound. Info: newhavenmuseum.org or Facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum or 203-562-4183.
* 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. Marine Life Encounter Cruises Sat. and Sun. at 1 p.m. and Sun. at 1 p.m. in Oct., $29.95 ($24.95). Maritime with a Twist: Octoberfest Cruises, 5 p.m., Sat., Oct. 7-28, $50 ($45). IMAX Movies: Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Secret Ocean at 11 and 2 p.m., Dream Big at noon and 4 p.m., Amazon Adventure, 1 and 3 p.m. weekdays, 3 p.m. weekends, Beavers, 1 p.m. Sat. and Sun.; all through Nov. 22. 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.
Annual Monster Mash, Sat., Oct. 28, 5-8:30 p.m., Stepping Stones Museum. Attendees are invited to come in costume. Spooktacular Animal Adventure by Animal Embassy, animal rescue and adoption group, to present pink-toed tarantula, emperor scorpion, Sinaloan milk snake, boa constrictor, spectacled owl, Argentine black and white tegu and more, beginning at 5:30. Games like Witch Hat Ring Toss, Ghost Bowling and Monster Bean Bag Throw. Decorating giant cardboard pumpkin; help wrap mummy or make spider web; demonstration of witch’s magic (science tricks). Creating Halloween decorations at Make and Take stations. Discount of $2 off each ticket until Oct. 22, then price is $12 members and $17 non-members. Reg required at steppingstonesmuseum.org or 203-899-0606.
*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. Nature Nursery - Fall Harvest, each Mon., through Nov. 20 (no class Oct. 9), 10-10:45 a.m., for ages 2-3 years accompanied by adult; fee (7 classes): CAS members $72; non members $96; Individual class: CAS members $12; nonmembers $16. Adv reg required. Enchanted Forest, Oct. 27, 5 p.m. CAS members $10; nonmembers $15. Adv reg required.
* 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. mid-Sept.-Jan.; 203-869-5272 or email email@example.com.
* 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. TedX Talk with Jim Knox, Oct. 5, 5 p.m. Zoo Tots, Oct. 10-11, 10:30 a.m. For children 22 months to four years old. Reg. required $10 zoo members, $15 non members firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-394-6539. Bat Week, Oct. 9-13. Howl-O-Ween, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct, 27, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m., for ages eight to 15. Info: beardsleyzoo.org. Wolf Week, Oct. 15-21. Scarecrows on Parade, Oct. 16-31. International Sloth Day, Oct. 20. Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 29, 12 p.m. 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. Wolves of North America, Oct. 7, 11 a.m., Oct. 8, 2 p.m., Oct. 9, 11 a.m., Oct. 15, 11 a.m., Oct. 22, 2 p.m., adults $14, children (under 12) $11. Pack Chat for Kids, Oct. 7, 2 p.m., Oct. 8, 11 a.m., Oct. 15, 2 p.m., Oct. 21, 11 a.m., Oct. 22, 11 a.m., $14 adults, $11 children. Sleeping with Wolves, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, 5 p.m.-8:30 a.m., $299 per 4-person tent, $150 singles. Evening Howl for Adults Only, Oct. 13, 6 p.m., with wine & cheese, $20. Evening Howl for Pups of All Ages, Oct. 20, 6 p.m., $16 adults, $13 children (under 12). Halloween Party with Wolves, Oct. 28, 2 p.m. and Oct. 29, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $14, $11. Halloween Howl, Oct. 28, 5 p.m., $16 adults, $13 children (under 12).
* 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.
*Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Career Education Academy, July 24-28, 2018, Staples High School in Westport. Federal Aviation Administration-sponsored course designed for aspiring aviators aged 16-20. Students to learn how to safely fly a drone through hands-on instruction and more. This five-day program assists students in passing FAA Remote Pilot Certification test to be offered Monday and Tuesday, July 31 and Aug. 1, 2018. Tuition, $200, includes all materials. Students do not need to have, own or bring drone. FAA Remote Pilot Certification test is additional $150 fee. Info or to sign up at http://bit.ly/ACEUASAcademy or contact Mark Mathias at 203-226-1791 or email@example.com. This course, said to be first FAA-sponsored one, is also sponsored by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Remarkable STEAM, Westport Public Schools and Westport Library.
Shutterbugs’ monthly meeting, Sat., Oct. 14, 9-10:15 a.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.; info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org. Also, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.
Smartphone Photography with Anne Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob. Tickets $45 ($35 members). Info: gecgreenwich.org
iPhone Camera College, Thurs., Oct. 26, 6-7 p.m., Computer Lab, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Reg at norwalkpubliclibrary.org. Info: Laurie Iffland, 203-899-2780, x15114.
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.
Mondays @ 7 Networking Group (mondaysat7.org), meeting Mon. 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., presentation with Q&A, 8-9. clean-up, 9-9:15; $1 donation requested for coffee and bagels. On Oct. 16, Sue Kiely will conduct an open discussion. These meetings are ways of sharing information.
Speaking Fearlessly with Ira Joe Fisher, new dates: Oct. 25-Dec. 6 workshop, 7:30-9 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and emcee to teach public speaking skills in Wed. night classes. Tuition $240 at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.
CTWorks Career Coach, career center on wheels designed to deliver career services and training opportunities, offers free services to low-wage workers and job seekers in southwestern Connecticut. Career Coach will be on site in front of Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., 10-3 p.m. each Monday for these sessions: Oct. 30, Nov. 27 (Resume class) and Dec. 18. Info: 203-385-4164 or visit stratfordlibrary.org.
Westport Library’s new series of workshops called Dig into Databases, showcasing suite of research database tools, starts Wed., Nov. 1, 6 p.m., library at 20 Jesup Rd., Westport. Session on Thomson Reuters Eikon, a comprehensive investment tool used by financial and investment analysts worldwide. Class to be led by Mark Nettle, Thomson Reuters specialist in foreign exchange and money markets with accompanying experience in fixed income. Workshops free but reg required. Info: westportlibrary.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’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 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.
— Western Connecticut SCORE - 155 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury; 203-794-1404; westernconnecticut.score.org.
— Greater Bridgeport - University of Bridgeport Mandeville Hall, 230 Park Ave., Bridgeport; 203-450-9484, greaterbridgeport.score.org.
— Westchester - 120 Bloomingdale Rd., NYS Dept. of Labor, White Plains, N.Y.; 914-948-3907; westchester.score.org.
— Fairfield County, scorefairfieldcounty.org or call 203-831-0065
— New Haven, newhaven.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.
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford accepting script submissions for 2018 National Playwrights Conference. Writers may submit their new plays to O’Neill’s Open Submissions Process through Fri., Oct. 13. The National Playwrights Conference is founding program of Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and led by NPC Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg. The conference supports playwrights during creation and development of new plays. Writers of selected works to receive July 2018 residency with stipend, housing, meals, and transportation to support intensive rehearsal process and two script-in-hand public readings with professional cast and creative team. Submission details: Apply at theoneill.org/npc/submission; plays of any length or genre eligible; however, to be included in conference, work must remain unproduced through July 31, 2018; $35 fee covers cost of process; early submissions strongly encouraged; no agent required; both electronic and hard copy applications accepted.
Greenwich Library’s new Playwrights Lecture Series: Three Comedies with Dr. Mark Schenker of Yale. Series held 7-8 p.m. in library meeting room, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Thurs., Oct. 19, Much Ado About Nothing; and Thurs., Nov. 16, The Importance of Being Earnest. Open to all at no charge. Reg using calendar at greenwichlibrary.org.
Friends of Square One Theatre Company, first open meeting of the Square One Theatre Company's 2017-18 season, Mon., Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Lovell Room. Discussion of plans for theatre and various projects. Scenes from November production of comedy, Core Values to be presented. Light refreshments. Free and open to public. Info: stratfordlibrary.org, 203-385-4162.
*TheatreWorks New Milford TW Kids programs for summer and fall at 5 Brookside Ave., New Milford: Monty Python's Spamalot Young@Part for ages 7 to 18, Sat., 9-12, Tues., 4:30-6:30, beginning Oct. 24, performances Dec. 7 and 8, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $350. Reg. at theatreworks.us/kids.php. Info: 860-350-6863.
An Afternoon with Glenn Close, Nov. 5, 4 p.m., The Harvey School, 260 Jay St., Katonah. Actress Glenn Close and theater critic Pat Collins will be speaking at the school. Tickets $50. Info: call 914-232-3161 ext. 161 or visit harveyschool.org.
Broadway Sings, Mon., Nov. 27, gala fundraiser presenting Broadway Method Academy of Fairfield students alongside Broadway talents in performance on Westport Country Playhouse stage. In past years, company members from Hamilton, Wicked, The Lion King and Beautiful have participated in one-night-only event. The Mainstage Production, Jan. 28 through Feb. 11, Evita, featuring professional actors who will team up with BMA students for the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical on Playhouse stage. Instructor and topic for the Spring Masterclass, March 19-25, to be announced at later date. Info: broadwaymethodacademy.com, westportplayhouse.org or 203- 675-3526. WCP at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Playhouse and BMA on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse) (Broadway Method Academy), on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse) (@bmafairfield) and Instagram (@WCPlayhouse) (@broadwaymethodacademy) and YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).
Pantochino Productions Inc, Milford’s professional not-for-profit theatre company, accepting registration for its Teen Theatre production of Shark Attack! The Musical to be performed in late February 2017. Pantochino Teen Theatre is designed to give young actors, ages 12 to 18, the opportunity to learn and work with theatre professionals in creating a fully realized musical production. Under direction of Bert Bernardi and Jimmy Johansmeyer with musical direction by Justin Rugg and choreography by Becki Walter. This premiere production features music and lyrics by Jordan Wolfe, originally from Westport, and book by Patrick Robert Kelley. Rehearsals take place on Saturdays in January and February, and are held at Pantochino Studios in the former St. Ann School on Ridge Street in Milford. Performances on Feb. 24 and 25, take place at the Center for the Arts in Downtown Milford. Pantochino Teen Theater is a tuition-based program. No registration fees, advertising commitments or hidden costs. Reg before Dec. 1. Info, including forms, at pantochino.com or call 203-937-6206.
Samantha Keller is teaching Adult Creative Writing Workshop this fall at Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Beginner to intermediate students can strengthen their writing skills in 6 sessions in the new fiction workshop. A local published author will be invited to discuss the business of being a writer and how to get published. Workshop on through Nov. 8, 11:30-1:30 p.m. Fee: $240 plus $35 registration fee. Reg at darienarts.org. More info at website or call 203-655-8683.
Writer’s Group workshop, Sat., Oct. 14, 1-3 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., board room.
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. Future dates: Nov. 18 and Dec. 16. Free and open to public.
How to Write a Novel with Victoria Redel and Julia Strayer in Conversation, Wed., Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Reg at 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org