ART & ARCHITECTURE
Architect Thomas Phifer to discuss his work and current projects, Thurs., June 15, 5:30-8 p.m., Philip Johnson’s Glass House, 199 Elm St., New Canaan. Talk includes new museum for Glenstone Foundation in Maryland and restoration of Philip Johnson’s thesis house at Harvard University, with Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Paul Goldberger. Self-guided tour of site and light reception. Info: theglasshouse.org/whats-on/thomas-phifer-paul-goldberger or 866-811-4111.
* The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, open Mon., Wed.-Sat., 10-5, Fri., 10-7, May 29-Sept. 4, Sun., 12-4; $10/adults and $5/srs.; 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 avail. by appointment, 203-438-4519 or email [email protected] Spotlight tours every Mon. and third Sat. of each month, 1-2 p.m.; Tony Matelli: Figure, through Oct. 22. Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past; Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel Right; Kay Rosen: H Is for House; William Powhida: After the Contemporary; through Sept. 4. Tony Matelli debuted his singular, larger-than-life-size outdoor figurative sculpture, Hera, on May 6 at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. It is part of the museum’s Main Street Sculpture series, which offers an opportunity for artists to create site-specific work for The Aldrich’s most public site, the front lawn.
The Jazzholes, founded by New Canaan resident Paul McDaniel, playing concert to benefit Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Sat., June 17, The Heights at Brother Vic’s, 920 Oakridge Commons in South Salem, N.Y., 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets, $40, at www.shop.aldrichart.org or at door.
Earlier this spring Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Fairfield University announced beginning of partnership with creation of inaugural Summer Institute — Text and Context: Teaching and Learning through Contemporary Art and the Written Word. Summer Institute is a professional development opportunity for K-12 educators and creative professionals, that will take place at The Aldrich, June 27 to 30, from 10-3 each day. Fee: $400, which includes all workshop supplies. Info and reg. at: http://bit.ly/2mCQweY
* 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; Every Tues. and Fri., 2:30-2:45 p.m. Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends, June 10-Sept. 3. Lifetime of Looking: Focus on Color, Thurs., June 15, 1-2:30 p.m., for adults with memory loss and their caregivers; reg. required at [email protected] or 203-413-6741. New exhibit: iCreate opens Sat., June 17, 10-5. Art Adventures: Pop Art Portraits, Sun., June 18, 1-3 p.m. Last Days of Pangea: In the Footsteps of the Dinosaurs, through July 16. Seaside Center Grand Opening at Greenwich Point Park, June 24, 1-4 p.m. Summer hours: Tues.-Sun., 11-5, through Sept. 4.
Fairfield County Arts Association Art Presentation, Wed., June 14, 7 p.m., Roger Ludlowe Middle School Library, Fairfield. Presenter: painter, Dr. Philip Eras of Fairfield, to talk about how he started painting and progressed from objective to non-objective art; several paintings to be shown to demonstrate. Non-members may attend first meeting for free. Info: fairfieldcountyarts.com or Alice Katz at 203-259-8026.
Melody Asbury of Woodbury, demonstrating in oil at next meeting of SCAN, the Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, Wed., June 14, 7:30 p.m., Newtown Meeting House (lower level), Main St. at flagpole in Newtown. Her subject: animal. Meeting open to public, all welcome and adm. free.
Color in Ancient Greek Sculpture, subject of lecture by Fairfield University Professor Katherine Schwab, Sat., June 17, 2 p.m., Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Ave., Greenwich. Sponsored by Archeological Associates of Greenwich, lecture is free. Info: 203-531-0426. This talk “takes a closer look at the use of color in Greek sculpture and architectural sculpture through new evidence including studies to reimagine the appearance of the sculptures and how they were perceived in antiquity.” Since 1988, Professor Schwab has taught at Fairfield University.
Robin R. Salmon, curator of sculpture and vice president of art and historical and historical collections at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, to give talk in Allen & Helen Hermes Art Series, on American sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, Tues., June 20, 7:30 p.m., Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Rd. Reception to follow. Reg. at marktwainlibrary.org or 203-938-2545.
* Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St./Rte. 22, Katonah, N.Y.; katonahmuseum.org or 914-232-9555: Family Day: School’s Out/Art’s In, drop-in program, June 20-23, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Picturing Love: Photography’s Pursuit of Intimacy, through June 25.
Pequot Library in Southport offers half-day or full-day summer art, service and literature workshops for children: Modern Masters, ages 6-8, June 19-23; Contemporary Masters, ages 6-8, June 26-30; Modern & Contemporary Masters, ages 9-15, June 19-23; Modern & Contemporary Masters II, ages 9-15, June 26-307; Summer Service Workshop: Literature Inspiring Service, ages 7-12, July 17-21. Info and reg. at pequotlibrary.org.
Wizard Art Workshop, Tues., June 20, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St.; preschoolers-grade 1 at 2 p.m; grades 2-6 at 3 p.m. Artwork created to be displayed at library’s Bookfair at Barnes & Noble of Milford, Fri., July 21. Reg. at stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4165. Reg. opens June 6.
Art Storytime at Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Tues., June 27, 2:30 p.m. “Kids will be inspired by great stories to make their own great art.” For ages 3-8. Reg. at stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4165.
Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., ridgefieldlibrary.org, 203-438-2282. Wed. Art and About Library Art Trips: June 21, at Grace Farm in New Canaan at 10:30 a.m.; July 12, at Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem, N.Y. at 10:30 a.m.; July 26 at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton at 9:30 a.m. Reg. required, at ridgefieldlibrary.org; fees vary.
Loft Artists Association in Stamford, Summer Art Workshop Program for children ages 7 to 14, June 24-Aug. 19; explorations in clay, robot recyclables, beading, multimedia landscapes, printmaking, nature collage and more, taught by LAA’s professional, award-winning artists. No adm. charge but advanced online reg. required at loftartists.com.
Western Connecticut State University’s Summer Art Workshop to be offered July 17- 27 by WCSU Adjunct Professor of Art Christine Hartman, painter who holds an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College and has pursued advanced studies at Parsons School of Design. Info: WCSU Department of Art at 203-837-8403.
Coloring for adults, Fri., June 16, 23 and 30, 3:30-4:45 p.m. drop-in program offered by Friends of the Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd., Cos Cob. Coloring supplies provided. No need to register; you may stay whole time or just briefly. Info: 203-622-6883.
Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, Mon., June 19 and 26, 1-2:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Weekly drop-in for knitters and crocheters. New to stitching but want to give it a try? There are needles and yarn for you to test out. No reg. required. Info: www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.
Creating Father’s Day Cards, Gift Tags & More, Wed., June 14, 6-7:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Using die cutter, the Cricut, to make own Father’s Day cards, gift tags, birthday, anniversary or thank you cards and more. For 7th graders to adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults. Reg. required at wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6342.
Father’s Day Crafts, Thurs., June 15, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Easy to create cards and other crafts for Dad. Drop in, no reg. required. Caregivers must stay with children 8 and under. Ages 8 to 12, caregivers must remain in building. Info: www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.
Father’s Day Cartooning Workshop for Kids, Sat., June 17, 11-12:30, Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Museum educator Lola Chen to discuss how cartoons evolved, and will use the society’s current exhibition Dr. Seuss, Political Cartoons and the Battle Over Isolationism vs Intervention to show some examples. Kids will have a chance to draw their own cartoon, which may be a gift for Father’s Day. Snack included, which the children will help prepare. Suggested for ages 6-12. Fees: members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; non-members $15 per child, max $35 per family. Reg. at [email protected] or 203-762-7257.
Creating Paperweight for Father’s Day, Sat., June 17, 1-2:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Crafter Tree Hanson to guide in making paperweight for Father’s Day, using acrylics, brushes and Q-tips on smooth rocks to create mosaic-ombre and other designs. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults. Reg. required at wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6342.
The Craft Connection at Norwalk Public Library in summer. Free classes open to adults 18 and over, taught by craft experts, meeting Sat., 10-noon, Main Auditorium, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Schedule: June 24 – drink coasters; July 8 – book art; July 29 – decorative magnets; Aug.12 – choosing right fabric for project; Aug. 19 – Tarn (T-shirt Yarn) projects; Aug. 26 – origami. Reg. via Librarian Laurie Iffland at 203-899-2780, x15114 or [email protected].
Family Day: Wonderful Weaving, Sun., July 23, noon-4, Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, N.Y. Movement, yarn, and “up-cycled” materials are woven together in a spectacular celebration of rug-inspired crafts. Interactive demonstration by artist Constance Old, create woven and hooked art pieces, and participate in a collaborative dance with rhythmic motion of weaving led by choreographer and dancer, Maria Colaco. Free and open to public. Info: katonahmuseum.org or 914-232-9555.
* 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/2017/springopenhouse or call 203-775-4526. Home and Away: The Photography of Colin Harrison exhibit opens with reception June 10, 5-8 p.m., in Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery. Exhibit runs through July 2. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 12-5; Sat., 11-5, Sun., 12-4.
Nichols Garden Club’s Secret Garden Tour, Thurs., July 13, 4 p.m. until dusk, beginning at Trumbull Historical Society, 1856 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull, where tour booklet with information about each garden, a map, and directions will be provided. Five “beautiful and interesting private gardens” on view with complimentary refreshments served at each. Botanical themed artwork, produced by Trumbull students, to be displayed in each garden. Proceeds benefit Jean Demchak Horsey scholarship fund presented each year to a graduating Trumbull high school senior who go on to study horticultural, and environmental sciences. Tickets $30 at eventbrite.com. Info: nicholsgc.org/garden-tour or call Mia at 203-590-2232.
New Pond Farm Education Center: Beyond the Basics: Keeping Color in Your Garden Spring through the Fall, Saturdays at 10 a.m., July 15, Sept.16; series on how to maintain color in garden during spring, summer and fall with guest speakers Ellen Hughes-Sonnenfroh and Rob Hughes, from Stonebridge Associates; at Ellen’s home in Redding; $45 for members, $60 for non-members; reg. at newpondfarm.org; info: 203-938-2117 or [email protected]
Children’s Garden Club, through Fri., Aug. 25, 4-4:45 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.; for grades K and up; weekly club for spring and summer planting, tending, and eating fruits and vegetables in raised-bed garden; for details and to register, contact the head of the Children’s Library, Andrea Szabo, [email protected] or 203-762-6337.
St. Vincent’s Breast Health Center in Bridgeport to offer free and low-cost digital mammography screenings through its mobile mammography coach for women age 40 and older on: June 17, Messiah Baptist Church, 210 Congress St., Bridgeport, 9-1; June 24, City Wide Community Health Fair, Bank Street, Bridgeport, 11-3; June 28, South West Community Health, 46 Albion St., Bridgeport, 9-1; June 29, Park City Primary Care, 64 Black Rock Ave., Bridgeport, 9-1. No prescription needed but appointments are needed. Walk-ins welcome. For those who have insurance, bring card and photo ID at time of visit. Appointments: 203-576-5500.
Tai Chi: A Talk by Bill Mikulewicz, Thurs., June 22, 2 p.m., register, 472 Main St.; info: Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org
What’s New in Women’s Health with Dr. Sandra Mini, Dr. Erika Surace and Pamela Miles, Mon., June 26, 7 p.m., register, info: Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org
Red Cross Babysitting Training, Mon., June 26, and Tues., June 27, 2-5 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Workshop for students ages 11-15 conducted by certified Red Cross babysitting trainer. Upon completion of course, all to receive Red Cross babysitting certification. Cost $70 includes course text, first aid pack, LED flashlight and drawstring bag. Payment due before class. To register, call teen department at 203-762-6342.
Mary Teicholz to speak about her personal and courageous journey with cancer, Tues., June 27, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Her book is titled: Be Positive To A Plus. Program made possible thanks to Noreen L. Papa – Mothers: Live Your Life fund. It is also part of library’s Build a Better World Adult Summer Reading program, thanks to Friends of the Library. Reg. at ridgefieldlibrary.org. Info: 203-438-2282.
Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group, Tues., July 11, 6-8 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Post-treatment breast cancer survivors invited to join in this monthly support group led by Nina Marino, clinical director for 15 years of the former Breast Cancer Survival Center and breast cancer survivor. Email Nina at [email protected] with any questions. No charge. Reg. encouraged at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6334.
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
Keeler Tavern Museum, 18th century historical building at 132 Main St., Ridgefield, 203-438-5485, keelertavernmuseum.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/srs. 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. CT Open House Day Sat., June 10, noon-4 p.m. Adm. to site and to activities is free. Jim Henson exhibit and tours of Bush-Holley House. History and Art Camp at Bush-Holley House, sessions begin July 10, call or visit website for info.
Antiques Roadshow guest appraiser Kenneth Gloss to visit Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd., on Tues., June 20, 7-8 p.m. Gloss, proprietor of Brattle Book Shop in Boston, to show some of his favorite finds, describe some of the joys of the “hunt” and explain what makes a book go up in value. He’ll also talk about the storied past of his historic bookshop, which goes back to 1825. Info: westportlibrary.org
Exploring Your Family History with Genealogy Documents with Toni McKeen; Navigating Ships’ Manifests, Sat., June 17, 10 a.m.; Naturalization Records, June 24, 10 a.m.; United States Military Records, July 8, 10 a.m., register, Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.; info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org
Skinner Auctions Fine Jewelry Consignment Day, Tues., June 20; meeting with fine jewelry expert and department director, Victoria Bratberg, 10-3, Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport. Complimentary auction evaluations and taking in consignments for Sept. 19 fine jewelry auction. Appointments required. Reg. via eventbrite for appointment time.
As part of Norwalk Historical Society’s WWI Centennial Lecture Series, author James Thompson to give lecture on WWI Illustrators, featuring two famous Norwalk artists, Harry Townsend & F.C. Yohn. Lecture, sponsored by DoubleTree by Hilton and the Norwalk Arts Commission, in old Norwalk Townhouse at Mill Hill Historic Park, Tues., June 27, 7 p.m. Info at norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, email [email protected] or call 203-846-0525.
Amherst College Visiting Professor Steven Simon to discuss history of United States involvement in Middle East, as well as its status today, Thurs., June 29, 7-8 p.m., McManus Room, Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd. Simon served at White House on National Security Council during Clinton and Obama administrations and in range of posts at Department of State. Free, open to public, reg. not required.
Wilton Historical Society’s Booked for Lunch, history reading group, Fri., June 30,12:30-2, 224 Danbury Rd. Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves, which “provides an authoritative account of the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese aliens during World War II.” Reeves, award-winning journalist who has worked for The New York Times, written for The New Yorker, and served as chief correspondent for Frontline on PBS, is the senior lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at University of Southern California. Participants invited to bring brown bag lunch, the society provides beverage and dessert. No charge, but reg. by email: [email protected] or call 203-762-7257. Info: wiltonhistorical.org
Renwick Griswold, author of Connecticut Pirates and Privateers: Treachery and Treasure in the Constitution State, to share tales of mariners, “mooncussers” and mutiny to the Pardee-Morris House in New Haven, Sun., July 9, at 2 p.m. Author of several books relating to Connecticut River, Griswold is also associate professor of sociology at University of Hartford, with class in sociology of Connecticut River. He is commodore of Connecticut River Drifting Society. Info: newhavenmuseum.org/visit/pardee-morris-house or 203-562-4183.
Art & History Summer Camp at Bush-Holley Historic Site and operated by Greenwich Historical Society offers interactive, two-week experience for kids entering grades 2-7. Grades 4-7: July 10-14, colonial life; July 17-21, art immersion. Grades 2-4: July 24-28, colonial life; July 31-Aug. 4, art immersion. Camp hours: Mon.-Fri., 9:30-2:30; $700 two weeks, $450 one week, plus $65 membership fee. Reg. at greenwichhistory.org/camp. Info: 203-869-6899, x32.
* 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.
Danbury Museum & Historical Society summer camp sessions: Cursive (June 26-June 30), Calligraphy (July 24-July 28) and Cartography (Aug. 14-18) open to students entering first through eighth grades; sessions run 9 to 11:30 a.m. each day; cost per camp week $25 per child/per session; all supplies provided. Registration forms at danburymuseum.org. Deadline for signing up June 16.
Friends of Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd., 203-622-6883: Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler, with Cindy Zizzi; Brown Bag Book Club, third Wednesday at noon, June 21, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, with Susan Boyar, 203-222-0406.
Greenwich Library’s Summer Reading Program, with theme of Build a Better World. Students grades K-6 can register online or in person beginning at Byram, Cos Cob or Main Library location or at www.greenwichlibrary.org/children. Kickoff at Main Library – ScienceTellers – Tall Ships & Pirate Tales, Sat., June 17, 11 a.m. Door prizes and refreshments follow. No tickets needed. All ages welcome. Doors open at 10:45. Info: 203-622-7940. Kickoff at Byram Shubert Library – Nature’s Architects, Mon., June 19, 3:15-4:15 p.m. A living Red Foot Tortoise, a Mandarin Duck, a Chilean Rose-haired Tarantula, an African Hedgehog, Flower Mantis and more. No reservations required. Info: 203-531-0426. Greenwich Library’s email newsletters such as Children’s, AuthorsLive, Business, Teen and Music at www.greenwichlibrary.org/enews. Follow on Twitter @GWLibrary or www.facebook.com/GreenwichLibrary.
Wilton Library Readers – Commonwealth, Wed., June 14, 12-1:30 p.m., 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Bring lunch; beverages to be provided. Advance registration suggested. Last session for Wilton Library Readers. Next month: New Yorker Short Stories. Reg. at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6334.
Norwalk Public Library’s AuthorSpeak series: Camille Aubray in discussion of her debut novel Cooking for Picasso, Sat., June 17, noon, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Light lunch to be provided courtesy of library. Reg. with Cynde Bloom Lahey at 203-899-2780, x15133 or [email protected]
The Ladies of Summer evening, (three authors who have books coming out in time for summer reading), Wed., June 21, 6 p.m., Wee Burn Country Club, 141 Hollow Tree Ridge Rd., Darien. Barrett Bookstore in Darien to host special event with wine and hors d’oeuvres on terrace and chance to meet authors, followed by authors’ presentation and joint Q&A. This year’s guests of honor: Jamie Brenner (The Forever Summer), Maile Meloy (Do Not Become Alarmed) and Jane Green (The Sunshine Sisters). Tickets, $27, include glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres and 10% discount on books purchased at event; available at barrettbookstore.com or 203-655-2712.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten starts, Fri., June 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Children not yet entering kindergarten invited to participate in program for the summer and beyond. During summer, children to receive special bonus prize for visiting library each week. Children asked to say ‘hello’ to a librarian and sign up for library cards. In person registration required. Details: 203-762-6336, wiltonlibrary.org.
Wilton Library’s Water, Wind & World Summer Reading Program begins, Fri., June 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Children can register on Wandoo Reader, online reading log to keep track of their reading anywhere they go as long as they have Internet connection. By reading, logging, and completing challenges, kids to be eligible for benchmark prizes throughout summer. Program stimulates kids’ imaginations with stories and activities while learning about ecosystems, animals and resources in world they live in. Drop-in storytimes, drop-in activities, large-group enrichment and entertainment programs and animal visits just some events planned through Aug. 25. Info: wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.
Norwalk Public Library’s AuthorSpeak series: Lester G. Neddy Smith, noted musician in Fairfield County, to discuss his debut novel, Valerie Palmary: A Small Town Girl, Fri., June 23, noon, Norwalk Public Library’s Main Auditorium, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Light lunch to be provided courtesy of library. Reg. with Cynde Bloom Lahey, 203-899-2780, x15133 or [email protected]
Harry Potter Book Group, Thurs., June 22, 6:30 p.m., Stratford Library Children’s Department, for readers ages 8 to adult. This month’s book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (the first half). Craft, discussion and snack provided. New members welcome. Reg. at stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4165. Reg. opens two weeks in advance.
American poet and literary critic J.D. McClatchy to read his poetry at Greenwich Library, Sun., June 25, 2 p.m. as part of The Poet’s Voice series. Q&A follows. McClatchy, a former president of The American Academy of Arts and Letters, has authored eight collections of poetry, the fifth of which, Hazmat, was a finalist for 2003 Pulitzer Prize. Most recent poetry collection: Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems (Knopf). In 40th season, The Poet’s Voice series, supported by Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund and Friends of Greenwich Library, “is to present acclaimed, distinguished and award-winning poets.” Special reading is open to public at no charge in library’s Meeting Room. Info: email series coordinator and librarian, Alice Bonvenuto, at [email protected] or call 203-622-7919.
Author Talk, Be Positive To A Plus with Mary Teicholz, Tues., June 27, 7 p.m., reg., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org
Books Over Coffee: The Whole Town’s Talking, Wed., June 28, noon, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Monthly book discussion program looks at latest comic novel by Fannie Flagg. Discussion leader: Kathleen Faggella. Bring bag lunch, coffee and tea served. Info: 203-385-4162 or stratfordlibrary.org
Books Sandwiched In, Thurs., June 29, noon, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Bring lunch and join Reference Librarian Susannah Violino for discussion of historical novel America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. Books Sandwiched In meets last Thurs. of month. Next: July 27, novel Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo. Info: 203-899-2780, x15115 or [email protected]
Author Mary Simses to speak about her new book, The Rules of Love & Grammar, Thurs., June 29, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Event co-sponsored with Books on the Common. Her new novel focuses on a woman who finds love and closure, and rediscovers herself, when she returns to her roots. Reg. at ridgefieldlibrary.org. Info: 203-438-2282.
Norwalk Public Library’s AuthorSpeak series: Wilton resident Doug Jones in discussion of The Music in My Life, autobiography of his wife of over 60 years, the opera singer Betty Jones, Fri., June 30, noon, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Light lunch to be provided, courtesy of library. Reg. with Cynde Bloom Lahey at 203-899-2780, x15133 or [email protected]
Luanne Rice, author of The Beautiful Lost, Thurs., July 13, 6:30 p.m., Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield. Talking about her new novel with moderator and author Michaela MacColl and Q&A with audience. Info: 203-255-7756.
Build a Better World: Adult Summer Reading at Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk, through Aug. 31. Summer Reading Quest Game for adults, with chance to win prizes; game card at Reference Desk; Spanish language version also available. Also, calendar of events for this summer, with authors, art exhibits, book groups, concerts, exercise, lectures and new Craft Connection for adults, part of MakerSpace. Kick-off of new Seed Library and Live Well! Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Info: Cynde Bloom Lahey at 203-899-2780 or [email protected] .
Westport Library hosts discussion on immigration policy, Wed., June 14, 7-8 p.m., featuring Catalina Samper Horak, executive director of Building One Community, and lawyers Douglas R. Penn and Aleksandr (Alex) Y. Troyb will provide summary of current state of United States immigration law, what it means for documented and undocumented immigrants, and for our communities and country. In addition to answering audience questions, the panelists will discuss: What is happening in United States immigration law and politics; how the community is responding and how the individual can respond and plan. The panel discussion is being presented in partnership with the Interfaith Council of Westport and Weston. The talk in library’s McManus Room. Info: westportlibrary.org
Exploring Your Family History with Genealogy Documents with Toni McKeen, Navigating Ships’ Manifests, Sat., June 17, 10 a.m., reg. at Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.; info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org Also, Sat., June 24, Becoming an American (naturalization records and process, rules for women, men serving in military). Sat., July 8, U.S. Military Records.
Musician and author John Andrew Fredrick from Los Angeles to visit Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd., Wed., June 21, 7 p.m. “Fredrick’s first ever visit to Westport, will offer the audience an unprecedented opportunity to get up close and personal with one of rock music’s most irreverent visionaries.” After having received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara, he formed indie rock band called the black watch (which Magnet Magazine called “one of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits”) that has released nearly 20 albums, including band’s latest, “the gospel according to john.” His four books: The King of Good Intentions, novel chronicling early days of indie band; Your Caius Aquilla, satire of U.S. militarism and imperialism and F**king Innocent: The Early Films of Wes Anderson. Fredrick is also a prolific artist. Free and open to public, reg. not required.
Katonah Village Library to host free presentation on Title IX for college-bound students, Wed., June 21, 6:30 p.m., lower level Garden Room of library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y. Title IX legislation has expanded beyond sports equity to include sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence as forms of gender-based discrimination. Colleges are now obligated to investigate and resolve Title IX complaints and provide supportive measures. Presenters: Kitley Covill, practicing attorney for over 30 years, most recent position, Yonkers Inspector General, certified Title IX coordinator and certified inspector general. Charlotte Bennett, recent graduate of Hamilton College with major in women’s studies, psychology and creative writing minors. She is founder and Policy Committee chair of Sexual Misconduct and Assault Reform Task-Force, Hamilton College and member of Young Women Leadership Council, New Agenda as well as volunteer and advocate at Center for Sexual Assault Crisis and Education. Info: 914-232-3508.
Katonah Village Library hosting free presentation and workshop for young women, late teens through early twenties, who are looking for tools and strategies to stay safe. Participatory workshop, Thurs., June 22, 3-5 p.m., library’s lower level Meeting Room, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y. Pizza to follow. Reg. at 914-232-3508 or email [email protected].
Race & American Memory, ongoing free series of conversations and performances launched by Grace Farms Foundation in 2016, offers various perspectives on race and its sustained impact on American identity and integrity. Programmed after Community Dinners at Grace Farms in New Canaan. Series “examines ways in which Americans comprehend and recall their national history and seeks to revisit instances, ideas, and lives that have suffered revision or erasure from collective national memory.” It continues, Fri., July 21 with New York Times bestselling author and winner of 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction, author and scholar, Ibram X. Kendi, who will discuss his book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which chronicles development and proliferation of anti-Black racist thought, policies it has protected, and its power throughout American history from inception of civil liberties to present day. On Nov. 17, Langston Hughes Project to present “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods For Jazz,” multimedia performance featuring live music, poetry, and documentary images. Led by trumpeter Ron McCurdy, this special event will commemorate 50th anniversary of Hughes’ death. Info: gracefarms.org
Disabled Abled Veterans Information Seminars: Tues., Aug. 29, 9-3 p.m., Fowler Building, 45 New Haven Avenue, Milford; a DAV National Service Officer discusses benefits and services earned, special service by the DAV for all veterans on claim issues. DAV NSOs are veterans. Info: dav.org/veterans/find-your-local-office
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.
New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s five performances of Creating Musical Readers at branches of New Haven Free Public Library, June 26, 27 and 28. Morning and afternoon programs geared towards children ages four through 10. Each event free and will feature string instrument discovery zone. Info on specific times and locations: newhavensymphony.org or 203-865-0831.
Recorder Society of Connecticut monthly playing sessions, info: recordersociety-connecticut.org or John Vandermeulen, 203-810-4831 or JoAnn Flaum, 203-221-7693.
The Ridgefield Songwriters’ Circle, monthly gatherings to play new songs and discuss them; for info., call Dave Goldenberg, 203-438-4521.
NATURE & SCIENCE
Energize Connecticut Center’s Renewable Energy Summer Series, three-part program begins Fri., June 16, exploring wonders of Sun and solar energy, 6-7:30 p.m. at 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven; free of charge and open to public. Kids and adults to participate in solar-related activities and experiments, check out solar panel display and learn about benefits of using solar energy for home with Sunlight Solar. Series continues with events Fri., July 21, 2- 4, and Fri., Aug. 18, 2-4. Info: Alysse Rodrigues at 203-799-0460, [email protected] or energizect.com/free-family-activity-night-solar-energy
The Sea Around Us, Sea Squirts Program for ages 3 to 5, Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Rd., Tues., June 20, 10-11 a.m. Class on understanding “intricate chain of life in the sea.” Reading of The Sea That Feeds Us, book that links fish dinner enjoyed by family to entire marine food web. Then, exploration of tidal pools and observing life at beach. Children must be accompanied by adult. Series offers chance to explore wonders of nature through stories, nature lesson and craft. CAS members $8; non-members $10; additional siblings $5. Pre-registration required at 203-878-7440, x.502 or ctaudubon.org/costal-center-at-milford-point
More Birds, More Joy! Tips to Make Your Yard a Backyard Bird Haven, with Chris Petherick of Wild Birds Unlimited in Fairfield, June 21, 7-8 p.m., Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall, Westport. Suggested $5 donation. Reg, at westporthistory.org; 203-222-1424.
Jurassic period expert Nicholas G. McDonald to speak at Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Thurs., June 22. Author of Window into the Jurassic World, he will discuss fossil life of Connecticut and Massachusetts 200 million years ago, during Age of Dinosaurs. From 6-7 p.m., museum offers time for visitors to bring in fossils to be identified by paleontologist. Galleries will also be open and light refreshments available. Lecture begins at 7. Adm. $15, free for members and students with ID. Reservations: 203-413-6757 or email [email protected]
Night Skies, Fri., June 23, 10-10:45 a.m., 11-11:45 a.m., 1-1:45 p.m., 2- 2:45 p.m., 3-3:45 p.m.; 4-4:45 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Viewing “night sky” in daytime. Mike Francis, former lecturer at Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science, to return with his StarLab, inflatable planetarium dome that children and adults can go into “and see a remarkably realistic night sky,” while he talks about constellations. Multiple sessions throughout day. Reg. required at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6336.
Learning about beekeeping, Mon., June 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Beekeeper Mike Carey to talk about beekeeping in interactive format. He will bring a new beehive, along with some other beekeeping equipment to use as props. Discussion on different kinds of bees found in hive, various duties of bees, how food is collected and honey is made, how bees communicate with each other and more. Participants to pot small flowering plant that attracts bees. Ages K and up. Reg. required, up to 40 participants. Reg. at wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6336.
Birds of Prey, Wed., June 28, 2-3 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., with Christine Peyreigne and birds, using opportunity to teach children about dangers these birds face in wild and things to do to help them. Reg. required, for grades K and up, at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6336.
* 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: Summer Camp Registration now open, for ages 3 through early teens.
* 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., dif. 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.
* Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., adm. $22.95 for adults, $20.95 for youth (13-17) and seniors, $15.95 for children 3-12 (includes an IMAX movie, see Film listing); open 10-5 daily (till 6, July and August); info., 203-852-0700, ext. 2206: Jiggle A Jelly, special touch-a-jellyfish exhibit, weekends September-June, daily July and August, free w/museum adm.; Toy Boat Workshop on Saturdays and Sundays (daily during July and August) between 11 and 3, 20-min. workshop, $5/child, no res. required. Fish Tales, storytime for preschoolers each Wed. from 10:15-11 a.m. Go Fish! exhibit, Marine Lab, Meerkats and Dragons exhibits, and an Ocean Playspace for toddlers. Harbor seal feedings at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 & 3:45 p.m. daily. TGIF Cruises Fridays, 6:30 p.m., $29.95 ($19.95 members); adv. reg. Flamingos exhibit, through Labor Day. Central Long Island Cruise, June 17, 10 a.m., $70 ($60 members). Maritime with a Twist, June 22.
* Stepping Stones Museum, 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/srs.; 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. Kids’ Food Festival, Sat., June 10: 1 p.m. cooking class with Cricket Azima, morning food demonstration/tasting with Bill Kunkel from Harbor Harvest, food demonstrations, tasting, workshop at Stepping Stones Café. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, June 16, 5-8:30 p.m., three half-hour storytimes; watching caterpillar “eat lots of colorful food on its way to becoming a beautiful butterfly.” Kids can come in pajamas; after story, storybook character visits kids; hands-on themed activities. Father’s Day, June 18, free adm. for dads. Summer of free adm. for active-duty military personnel and their families. Stories Summer Camp starts June 19.
* 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. EverWonder has joined Blue Star Museums, collaboration that offers free adm. to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
* 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. Master Naturalist Training Program, Tues., Sept. 5-Nov. 7.; Sat. Sept. 30, 10-2 p.m., Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield; 40 hours of classroom and field training in four-hour sessions over 10 weeks; taught by field experts including: Fairfield Ecologist/Landscape Architect Bill Kenny, and Director of Environmental Studies at Fairfield University James E. Biardi, Ph.D. All sessions to include mix of indoor classroom presentations and outdoor, hands-on field experiences. Registration deadline: Aug. 15. Program fee: $205 CAS members; $260 nonmembers (includes a CAS membership). As part of tuition, participants must be able to give 10 hours of volunteer service within the year following training. To complete the program, those enrolled expected to attend every class. Info, including application, at center’s website, or email: [email protected]; Center’s phone number above.
* 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 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 Tots, June 13-14. Zoo Past & Present Photography Contest, June 15. Father’s Day, June 18, dads and grandads free adm. with paying guests. Evening Lecture Series: The Bear Reality, June 21, 7 p.m. AARP Free Fridays through Sept. 29.
* The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; discouverymuseum.org or 203-372-3521; Tues.-Sun., 10-5; open Mon. for 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.
Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, N.Y.; adv. reg. required, nywolf.org:
Planetarium Show/Telescope Viewing, at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium at Western CT State U. Westside Campus, 43 Lake Ave., Danbury; wcsu.edu/starwatch/ or 203-837-8672.
New Life for Old Videos, Mon., June 19, and Fri., June 30, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Learning how to convert old videos to DVDs; home videos only. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults. Signed Innovation Station Agreement form; bring completed form. Reg. required at wiltonlibrary.org 203-762-6342.
Katonah Museum of Art’s Learning Center, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, N.Y., offers programs from 10-3 for creative photography-inspired projects for ages 3-12. Tues., June 20: Sun Prints, arranging cut paper silhouettes and found objects to create sun prints; Wed., June 21: Photo Journal, constructing and decorating a book to use as a photo journal; Thurs., June 22: Lenticular Photo Project, exploring this technique of optical illusion using two photographs; Fri., June 23: Photographic Sculpture, building 3-dimensional art using cardboard and photos. Info: katonahmuseum.org or: 914-232-9555.
Norwalk Public Library’s 2017 photo contest, “The Way We Read Norwalk,” accepting entries through Aug. 18 from those 13 and older at norwalkpubliclibrary.org. Judges to select 2 semifinalists from pets, teens, Norwalk landscapes and technology transforms categories (one photo per category), with voting online for winners, who receive gift cards, and their photos displayed on library’s Photo Gallery. Info: [email protected]
Monthly meeting of the Shutterbugs, Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.; info: 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org
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. Sue Kiely will lead an open discussion, June 19.
Westport Library’s free one-on-one career counseling sessions to 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]
CTWorks Career Coach, a 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: June 19 (Resume class), July 31, Aug. 28, Sept. 25 (Excel class), Oct. 30, Nov. 27 (Resume class) and Dec. 18. Info: 203-385-4164 or visit stratfordlibrary.org.
Bethel Public Library panel discussion Fri., June 26, 6-8 p.m., to look at “Bethel and some of the businesses that make it come alive.” Library and Bethel Chamber of Commerce to host panel of local business owners: Perry Anastasakis of Famous Pizza, Michael Sauvageau of Noteworthy Chocolates, David Albin of Shepard’s Inc., and Chris Sanzeni of Broken Symmetry Gastro Brewery. Moderator is Heather Hansen O’Neill, the executive director of the Bethel Chamber of Commerce. Q&A. Reg. required at www.bethellibrary.org, in person at reference desk, or 203-794-8756, x4.
American Job Center Southwest Career Coach at Norwalk Public Library, Mon., July 10, 10 a.m.-noon, and reopens 1- 3 p.m. for free job search assistance to the public. The American Job Center staff to provide general assistance with job searching, including resume writing, and online job applications. All services are free. This is a walk-in service; registration is not required. Career Coach to be parked on Mott Ave., outside the main library entrance, at corner of Belden and Mott Avenues. Information desk: 203-899-2780, x15109.
SCORE Fairfield County and co-sponsor the Darien Library will present a small business series workshop, “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business – Five Workshops to Lead You to Start-Up Success,” continuing: Website & Social Media Marketing; Tues., June 20: Financial Reporting & Planning; Tues., June 27: Funding Sources/Conversation with Entrepreneurs.
SCORE Fairfield County and co-sponsor the Greenwich Library to free Small Business Workshop, “Modern Networking,” Wed., June 14, 6-8 p.m., Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. This workshop provides roadmap on how to “up your networking game.” Learn how to build meaningful relationships leveraging (free) digital resources based on tried and tested techniques and templates from “Build Your Dream Network” book by networking expert J. Kelly Hoey. Presenters: Hoey, who has been lauded in Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”), in Inc. (“1 of the 10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City’s Startup Scene”), and others. Varelie Croes, master networker who is featured in Build Your Dream Network, in case study on her “networked career” in finance and how she networked her way to the TEDx stage, twice in one year.
SCORE Fairfield County and co-sponsor Norwalk Public Library to present a free Small Business Workshop, “Things Every Business Owner Should Know About Employment Law,” Thurs., June 15, 6-8 p.m., library at 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. General review of most important laws and regulations small-business owners need to understand with respect to their employees. Presenter: Bob Marafioti has broad experience in business law including employment, commercial contracts, intellectual property, international transactions, mergers and acquisitions and securities. He is a graduate of Yale University B.A., and Columbia University J.D. and has private-practice training in both corporate law & litigation. He was assistant general counsel, J. Walter Thompson Company, general counsel, CMP Media Inc., and Vivendi Universal Games.
SCORE Fairfield County to present free Webinar Series, “Basic IT Trends V3 [Webinar],” Tues., June 20,12-1 p.m., online event. Reg.: cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=k4yrogim8wnw&campaign=7lo17pslxs5j Presenter: Bud Freund has been teaching technology to users of all ages and providing tech support to small businesses and families looking for reasonable, cost-effective technology solutions for almost 20 years. He is a frequent SCORE workshop presenter as well as a certified SCORE mentor.
SCORE Fairfield County and co-sponsors the Wilton Library and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce to present a free Small Business Workshop, “Intellectual Property: Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secret Law,” Wed., June 21, 6-8 p.m., library at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Presenters: Jonathan Winter, intellectual property attorney with a global patent, trademark and copyright practice; and William Tennant, intellectual property and business attorney with a practice in Fairfield County and New York City, who has experience in copyright and trademark law including practice before Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and Connecticut Federal Court. He is also a SCORE business counselor.
WLA/SCORE: Retirement Income Planning for Small Businesses, Thurs., June 29, 6-8 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. SCORE of Fairfield County, Wilton Library and Wilton Chamber of Commerce present workshop that covers making most of what you have, retirement risks and retirement planning process for small business. Topics include how to envision retirement, actual retirement cost, what sources of income may be available at retirement and how to successfully plan for retirement as a small business owner or employee. Speaker: Andy Wigzell has more than 15 years of industry experience and focuses on asset management and retirement income strategies. For details: www.scorefairfieldcounty.org or call 203-831-0065 with questions and to register. Check-in begins 5:30 p.m.
SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives, offering free seminars and workshops to entrepreneurs:
— 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.
Readers Theatre Summer Showcase, through July 27, Thurs., 7 p.m., Lovell Room, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. The library’s annual festival of live, script-in-hand readers theater continues on weekly with titles from Broadway and off-Broadway. The readings held on Thursday evenings in conjunction with library and Stratford’s Square One Theatre Company. Doors open at 6:30 for open seating. No reservations. Free and open to public but recommended for adult audiences. Info: 203-385-4162.
Friends of Square One Theatre Company, volunteer organization of the Stratford-based theater, final meeting of season, Wed., June 14, 6:30 p.m., Lovell Room of Stratford Library; free and open to public. Review of 27th season and preview of 28th. Short business meeting, conducted by Melissa Manzione, president; upcoming Friends events to be discussed. Artistic Director Tom Holehan to reveal 2017-18 season play selections. Special event: performance by The Hot to Trot Trio entitled, Let’s Do It: A Light-Hearted Look at Romance, featuring dialogue, vocal solos and duets from Great American Songbook to Broadway to Operetta and Opera. Light refreshments to be served. Info: 203-375-8778.
TheatreWorks New Milford TW Kids programs for summer and fall at 5 Brookside Ave., New Milford, : Audition/Acting Intensive to be led by instructor Anthony DePoto for students ages 9+, classes June 27-29, 9-12:30 p.m., $125. Singing in the Rain Jr. begins July 24, DePoto to guide students ages 7 to 18 through rehearsals and performances, Aug 11-13, $450. Monty Python’s Spamalot [email protected] 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.
Pantochino Productions Inc. 2017 Summer Theatre Camp, sessions begin July 10 at Milford Arts Council; info., reg. forms at pantochino.com.
Broadway Method Academy of Fairfield is Resident Conservatory of Westport Country Playhouse, presenting series of programs on Playhouse campus. BMA provides training for young people in musical theater, including acting, singing, and dancing, bringing in Broadway professionals to work with students. Non-profit, founded in 2014, offers at its Unquowa Road studio in Fairfield variety of classes, private coaching sessions and performance opportunities. BMA to present on Playhouse campus four programs: Tech Talks, Broadway Sings, Mainstage Production and Spring Masterclass.
Tech Talks, Fri.-Sun., July 7, 8 and 9, program for BMA students to explore technical world of theater with professional Broadway designers through seminars, panel discussions, and activities, during preparation for Playhouse production of Grounded. Broadway Sings, Mon., Nov. 27, gala fundraiser presenting BMA students alongside Broadway talents in performance on 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).
Western Connecticut State University’s Summer Art Program, Sat. and Sun., July 22-23 for area youth entering grades 4 through 7 this fall. Enrollments being accepted online for intensive two-day program of theatre and art workshops designed to introduce elementary and middle school students to concepts of storytelling, improvisation and creative interpretation of classical stories, focusing on Greek mythological tale of Icarus as this year’s program theme. Presentation by participating youths of a special performance on afternoon of July 23. The workshops to be taught by WCSU faculty members Anthony DePoto of the Department of Theatre Arts and Stacey Kolbig of the Department of Art, in Visual and Performing Arts Center on Westside campus in Danbury. Info: Sarah Renninger at [email protected] or 203-837-8486.
Anime Club for teens, Wed., June 14, 4-5 p.m., Lovell Room, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Teens are invited to discuss anime and manga, view movies and share artwork at this monthly club. Info: 203-385-4167.
Summer Camp for Future Filmmakers at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd.; two-week day camp sessions, July 10-21 for ages 8-11; July 31-Aug. 11 for ages 12-15, ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203-438-5795.
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