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Bruce Beginnings is a program for children ages 2.5 to 5 with an adult at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Bruce Museum. Explore the museum collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. This program takes place on the museum’s free admission day and space is limited. See the visitor service desk upon arrival to secure a spot. Topics change weekly. Visit brucemuseum.org for more info.
Time to Talk
A new drop-in conversation series for English Language Learners called “Time to Talk: A Conversation Series for English Language Learners” will be held from 6:30 to 8: p.m. Tuesday in the Byram Shubert Library Community Room. Come to improve your communications skills, learn more about American culture, and feel more comfortable in the community. Peer-to-peer conversations offer an opportunity to practice casual language in a less formal environment than a classroom. Volunteers facilitate conversations on everyday topics such as doctors visits, grocery shopping, and finding housing or work. This series is open to all adults. Beginners welcome. As the library will be closed, entrance will be downstairs at the program room. Held again on Nov. 12 and Nov. 26.
First Amendment talk
The right of Americans to voice their beliefs without government approval or oversight is protected under the First Amendment. Floyd Abrams, a preeminent legal scholar of First Amendment issues, will be joined in conversation by Lata Nott, executive director at the First Amendment Center at the Newseum, for a talk on the First Amendment from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, 1 W. Putnam Ave., as part of the Greenwich Reads Together program. Abrams is a longtime Ray Bradbury fan and will share his thoughts on the censored society depicted in “Fahrenheit 451,” this year’s GRT book. Registration is recommended at greenwichlibrary.org.
Weekday Farmers Market
The Old Greenwich Farmers Market is held every Wednesday from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at Living Hope Community Church at 38 West End Ave. in Old Greenwich. The market runs through Oct. 30.
Perfectly Polite bridge
The Perfectly Polite Bridge Group has Duplicate Bridge games at the Greenwich YMCA on Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to noon for Relaxed Duplicate Bridge and from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. for Relaxed Duplicate Bridge / Conventions. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. You do not need a partner to play. Only prepaid players are guaranteed a seat. There is also a Beginner Game/Class with relaxed play and discussion from 3 to 5 p.m. Seating is limited. If you are not on the email list, call Frank Crocker at 203-524-8032 to register.
Author and syndicated radio host Michael Lasser will speak about the Great American Songbook tradition and his new book, “City Songs and American Life, 1900-1950,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Meeting Room at Greenwich Library. In the book, Lasser offers an evocative and probing account of the popular songs — including some written originally for the stage or screen — that America heard, sang and danced to during the turbulent first half of the 20th century. Registration is not required for this program.
Speakers at Retired Men’s Association
The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association offers a free program every Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 W. Putnam Ave., that is open to the public; no reservations required. Social break starts at 10:40 a.m., followed by speaker at 11 a.m. For info, visit www.greenwichrma.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Future speakers include Randall Atcheson, minister of music at First Presbyterian Church, on “Piano Music: Patriotic, Gospel, Classical and Jazz” on Oct 30.
Climate change lectures
The town Conservation Commission is presenting a series of free lectures on Wednesdays focusing on the impact of climate change. Residents of all ages are invited. Here is the schedule: At 7 p.m. Oct. 30, Anne Hulick, CT director of Clean Water Action, will discuss the dangers of contaminants, with Christopher Perkins, of the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering from UConn, presenting the results of a study conducted off Greenwich’s shores, in a talk at at the Greenwich Audubon Center. For information on the rest of the talks, visit www.greenwichct.gov/295/Environmental-Education.
Historical Walk in the Pinetum
Join Lisa Beebe, director of horticulture of the Greenwich Botanical Center, for a Historical Walk in the Pinetum to see how its landscape has changed over the past 75 years. The free event is at 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the GBC at 130 Bible St. Participants will compare photos and history of the majestic “Wild Acres Estate” with the beauty of what has become the Montgomery Pinetum. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers. Visit greenwichbotanicalcenter.org/event/a-historical-walk-in-the-pinetum/ for more information.
Fall band concert
The Greenwich High Fall Band Concert, with the theme “Of Frights and Fantasy,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the GHS PAC. It will be the first GHS band concert of the season and the first under the direction of the new band director, Amy Bovin.
Tax collector debate
The League of Women Voters will host a debate between the candidates running for tax collector on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Democratic incumbent Howard Richman, who is seeking his second term, will face off against Republican challenger Heather Smeriglio, who is a former employee of the office.
Meet the candidate
The Democratic Town Committee will sponsor an event called “Meet Molly Saleeby, Candidate for Town Clerk” at 8:15 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Town Hall Meeting Room.
Try Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a relaxing exercise that can loosen joints, improve balance and teach graceful movements to music. Fun and no pressure classes are held at 8 a.m. Wednesdays and at 9 a.m. Thursdays in the auditorium at the First Congregational Church Auditorium on Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich, opposite Binney Park. The cost is $10 per one-hour session. Newcomers welcome. For info, call Joe at 203-504-4678.
The Staff and Friends of Cos Cob Library are welcoming local singer Anitra Brooks for a monthly children’s concert from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Cos Cob Library. Anitra sings in five different languages and teaches the audience the refrains so they can sing parts of the songs along with her. Most songs are played on her ukulele and volunteers play percussion with her. This concert is geared toward preschoolers and early elementary school students but older children and adults are welcome. Her next concert will be Nov. 8.
A “Remember Manero’s” Steak Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the St. Lawrence Club, 86 Valley Road, Cos Cob. Join the club and reminisce over the beloved and missed Greenwich landmark restaurant. Diners can linger with family and friends over a meal of Steak Tid-bits, garlic bread, fried onions, gorgonzola salad and more. There’s no tax or tip, and members of the St. Lawrence Society get a free drink. Cost is $40 for members, $45 for guests and $25 for kids. To RSVP, visit www.stlawrencesociety.com/events or call 203-618-9036.
Qigong at the GBC
Qigong expert Donna Bunte teaches classes at 10 a.m. Fridays at the Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts, qigong is viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi), translated as “life energy.” Qigong practice involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind. For information, visit greenwichbotanicalcenter.org.
Round Hill Firehouse Oktoberfest
The Round Hill Firehouse will hold its Oktoberfest on Nov. 1 at the Round Hill Community House at 395 Round Hill Road. It will offer foot-tapping oompah music from the Alpine Swedes. Bavarian food and beers will be served. Wear your lederhosen or dirndl, pull on your trick or treat outfit, or wear country casual. Adults, bring your friends to enjoy a great night of music and fun. The party starts at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at roundhill.givesmart.com.
An opening will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 for a photo exhibit called “The Irish Travellers” by Mike and Sally Harris at the YWCA Greenwich at 259 E. Putnam Ave. The photos offer a revealing look at an Irish minority. The exhibition includes photographs illustrating the Travellers and their fascinating culture. The exhibition runs from Nov. 1 to Nov. 29 in the Gertrude White Gallery at the YWCA Greenwich.
The Yale Alleycats will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Christ Church Greenwich, 254 E. Putnam Ave. Join the fun at a spectacular a cappella concert featuring a variety of pop music renditions by one of Yale’s premiere groups. Tickets: $25 per adult, $10 for students and children.
Weekend of short plays
The newly founded Greenwich Theatre Company will present “7 Easy Pieces,” a collection of short plays written by Jack Rushton that explores the theme of relationships and the human need for fulfillment. The performances will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at 100 Arch St. The cast comprises of top Fairfield County talent, including Brian J. Carter, Stephanie Hazard, Melody James, Larry Reina, Kim Squires, Kimberly Wilson and Allan Zeller. Zeller, Andrea Lynn Green and Stephanie Hazard are the directors, divvying up the collection of plays. Tickets range from $10 to $40. Discounts for students and seniors. General admission seating. For information and reservations, call 203-629-5744 or email email@example.com or www.greenwichtheatrecompany.org.
Abilis Gardens & Gifts
Abilis Gardens & Gifts is selling holiday gifts and its greenhouse is filled with holiday wreaths and greenery. It is a must-shop store offering handcrafted candles, bath products, children’s gifts, jewelry, housewares and gifts, with fresh flowers, plants and microgreens in the greenhouse. Prices range from $5 to $40 and proceeds support Abilis’ programs. Abilis Gardens & Gifts provides job training for adults with special needs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 3p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays in November and December. Abilis Gardens & Gifts is at 50 Glenville St. For more info, visit www.abilis.us or call 203-531-GIFT (4438).
The Greenwich Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. into the fall in the Arch Street commuter lot. Enjoy fresh Connecticut-grown produce all season. Over a dozen farm vendors will be in attendance. The parking lot at Arch Street and Horseneck Lane is off Exit 3 of I-95. For more information, visit www.greenwichfarmersmarketct.com/.
Dahlia winter care
The Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St., will hold a seminar on “Digging Up, Storing and Caring for Dahlia Tubers” at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 at 130 Bible St. Just in time for the first frost, Greenwich Dahlia Society members will share “when, why and how” tips for storing your dahlia tubers over the winter. Learn from local experts.
Make-A-Wish Connecticut is preparing for its “Wish Night” gala at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Road. At the event, Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue, will be honored with the Wish Spirit Award and Steven Sudell, in memory, will be honored with the Youth Spirit Award. This elegant evening features eats, auction items and inspiring wish stories. Help create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. For tickets, visit www.ct.wish.org/wishnight
Family gallery tours
The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, host Family Gallery Tours from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Sundays. The tours are geared for kids ages 6-10. Free with regular admission, and no registration is required. Visit brucemuseum.org for more info.
Howl & Prowl
Pet Pantry Warehouse will host the 12th annual Howl & Prowl in support of Adopt-a-Dog on Nov. 3 at 290 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich Commons Park. The family-owned business invites all to enjoy a free afternoon in support of the rescue organization. Attendees can register to enter a fundraising costume contest for both pets and people at $20, with prizes totaling $600 in Pet Pantry gift certificates. Howl & Prowl includes costume contests, activities for kids, pet food samples and giveaways. Pet Pantry will host a “Bone Bar” pop-up with assorted treats for the dogs. There will be caricature drawings by artist Bill Hernandez, face painting, food trucks, music and more. For more information, visit ppwpet.com/howlandprowl.
Talk on Israeli history
“Be Strong and of Good Courage: A Conversation with Dennis Ross and David Makovsky” will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave. Their presentation will highlight four towering figures in Israeli history who “took great risks for an elusive peace” and why those qualities are needed in our current time. This program is part of Temple Sholom’s Speaker Series and is sponsored by an anonymous donor. The cost is $18 for Temple Sholom members and $36 for guests with advance registration ($36 for all attendees at the door). Register at www.templesholom.com.
‘Stone Soup’ puppet show
The Robert Rogers Puppet Show will present “Stone Soup” from 3:30 to 4:30 Nov. 4 at the Byram Shubert Library Community Room. In the story, centuries ago, a young soldier walking home from a distant battlefield came upon a village of fearful people who refused to give him food, let alone, a shelter for the night. And now, in this musical version of the famous folk tale, he uses his wits to create a remarkable recipe, the result of which is the most delicious pot of soup. He even finds a way to make new friends.
Dr. Frank Loria, an internist, will discuss “Movember: Men’s Physical and Emotional Health” from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in Greenwich Hospital’s Noble Conference Center. “Movember” was named to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancers, depression and suicide. Learn about health risks men face most often and how to maintain wellness through practical lifestyle choices. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
Lecture on ‘Classical Americana’
The Greenwich Decorative Arts Society will present “Modernism and Native American Art,” a lecture by John Molloy, president of Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association. The event will be from 1:15 to 3 p.m., with refreshments to follow, on Nov. 4 at the Bruce Museum. Admission for nonmembers is $25. Space is limited. Reservations required for members and guests by Oct. 28. For reservations and information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.greenwichdecorativearts.org.
Cello concert inspired by brushwork
The Bruce Museum and Greenwich Arts Council are partnering to present a concert by cellist Kenneth Kuo on Nov. 6. He will be performing works inspired by the pieces exhibited in “Contemporary Artists/Traditional Forms: Chinese Brushwork” at the Bruce. The evening will begin at the Bruce with an after-hours viewing of the exhibition and light refreshments beginning at 5 p.m. The evening continues at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Ave., as Kuo performs accompanied by pianist Matthieu Cognet. Free.
FARE Connecticut luncheon
FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) will hold its third annual FARE Connecticut Fall Luncheon on Nov. 6 at the Greenwich Country Club. All proceeds will benefit FARE, the world’s largest private funder of food allergy research to assist the 32 million Americans living with food allergies. The Luncheon begins at 11 a.m. with a marketplace of local food allergy-friendly vendors. There will be a brief program followed by lunch and featured FARE speakers, including Lisa Gable, CEO of FARE, and Dr. Stephanie Eisenbarth, FARE investigator in food allergy grant recipient from the Yale School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.foodallergy.org.
Ken Dolan, a Tai Chi teacher and breathing specialist, will present “Improving Breathing Techniques with Qigong” from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 6 in Greenwich Hospital’s Noble Conference Center. Learn physical movements coordinated with breathing techniques that relieve stress, improve breathing and increase longevity. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
Denise Addorisio, a registered dietitian, will present a lecture “A Gluten-Free Diet for Better Health” from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 6 at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road, Stamford. A gluten-free diet is essential for managing symptoms of celiac disease and gluten sensitivities, and may provide benefits such as improved health, weight loss and increased energy. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
Short plays for GRT
Join an afternoon of intelligent, provocative one-act readings followed by a discussion with the actors and director as the Greenwich Library hosts “’Play With Your Food,” short plays by Ray Bradbury from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Ave. The event is part of the Greenwich Reads Together program highlighting “Fahrenheit 451.” Carole Schweid has directed over 100 staged readings as co-founder and artistic director of the troupe known as Play With Your Food. Free and open to all, but registration is required through the library’s calendar at GreenwichLibrary.org. For more information, contact the Greenwich Arts Council at 203-862-6750 or greenwichartscouncil.org.
Byram book sale
The Friends of the Byram Shubert Library will hold a Book & Media Sale, starting with the preview night from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 55 William St. W. (across the street, behind the library). There is a $20 entry fee for an exclusive preview. The sale continues with free admission from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 and from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 (fill a box for $7). The sale will feature over 40,000 books and media. All proceeds support programming at the Byram Shubert Library.
Bestselling author Andrew Gross, who writes thriller novels including four New York Times bestsellers, wiill speak from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Byram Shubert Library Community Room. He is best known for his collaborations with suspense writers. He will discuss his many books, including his most recent novel “The Fifth Column,” a thrilling novel about the only man who can thwart a Nazi sympathizer uprising in New York during the Second World War.
The Greenwich Historical Society is holding its annual Holiday Boutique from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Christ Church at 254 E Putnam Ave. The boutique will offer a curated collection of 35 vendors whose offerings range from monogrammed children’s wear to cozy knitwear, fine jewelry and specialty foods. Find something special for everyone on your list, with a portion of proceeds going to support art and education programs at the Historical Society.
‘Perpetual Motion’ opening
C. Parker Gallery will hold an opening reception for a new exhibit called “Perpetual Motion” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the gallery at 409 Greenwich Ave. The exhibit will run through Dec. 8. Multi-dimensional and distinguished contemporary artist Rick Garcia, who has created works of art for some of the most highly visible organizations, events and causes, will appear at the opening for his first solo show in nearly a decade. His accomplishments span across mediums and themes, from rock and roll to endangered species; encompassing photography, surrealist renderings on canvas and guitars and even an 1,800-square-foot fiberglass octopus sculpture. He has been selected as the official artist for the Grammy Awards three times. The exhibit will include a display of acrylic paintings on canvas, 3D lenticular prints, screen prints and painted guitars. For more information, visit www.cparkergallery.com or call 203-253-0934.
“The Bruce Museum Presents,” a series of monthly public programs featuring thought leaders in art and science, continues with “Rewind/Fast-Forward: Celebrating the Artist Documentaries of Olympia Stone” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 7. An independent producer of documentary films, Stone’s first documentary, “The Collector,” explored the five-decade career of her father, NYC gallery owner and art collector Allan Stone. For the event, join Stone and two of her artist subjects — James Grashow (“The Cardboard Bernini”) and Elizabeth King (“Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King”) — for a retrospective of these films. Moderated by Leonard Jacobs. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a reception with light bites and beverages, followed by the panel discussion and Q&A from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Seats are $30 for museum members, $45 for nonmembers. To reserve a seat, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
The Woman’s Club of Greenwich will holds its Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 8 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at 89 Maple Ave. Free admission. Two floors of vendors, visits from Santa, raffle prizes and Grandma’s Kitchen. Proceeds benefit the philanthropies of the Woman’s Club of Greenwich, a nonprofit organization established in 1910.
Join the Friends and Staff of the Cos Cob Library as they host a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 in honor of the Common Threads quilters, who will be showcasing their beautiful works in their bi-annual show at the Cos Cob Library. The Community Room and turret will be decorated with their creations and they will also be featured hanging from our rafters. Refreshments will be served. The quilts will be on display through Dec. 14.
Bacon Brothers perform for charity
The Bacon Brothers, a band started by the award-winning actor Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael, an Emmy-winning composer, will perform in an intimate concert Nov. 9 for a fundraiser for Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. It is the largest fundraiser of the year for the foundation, which supports organizations that provide education, food, shelter, help for addiction, domestic violence and much more to the neediest in Fairfield County. For more information and tickets, tables or sponsorships, visit innercityfoundation.org or call 203-416-1363.
Cheerleading and fashion
Join the cheerleaders from Greenwich High for their 13th annual Fashion Show, auction and holiday boutique at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the PAC at GHS to support the cheerleading team. There will be light nibbles, prize drawings, silent auction and holiday shopping with local vendors. Fashions from Black Petunia will be modeled by the senior cheerleaders and football players. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students/children. For info, email Cardinalspiritclub@gmail.com and to purchase tickets, visit http://evite.me/CVAKmjunw3.
Lecture & book signing
Audubon Greenwich will host a lecture and book signing at 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at its center 613 Riversville Road with Hob Osterlund, an award-winning writer, photographer and conservationist living on the island of Kaua’i. She is the author of “Holy Moli: Albatross and Other Ancestors,” which is now in its fourth printing. She is the founder of the Kaua’i Albatross Network. In her presentation, Hob will show her award-winning documentary “Kalama’s Journey” and explore what she’s learned about the meaning of the moli (albatross) in Hawaiian culture. After the lecture, Hob will sign copies of “Holy Moli.” This event is free. To RSVP, contact Caroline Bailey at Caroline.Bailey@audubon.org.
Concert to support the DVCC
The Second Congregational Church of Greenwich at 139 E. Putnam Ave. will host a concert to support the Domestic Violence Crisis Center of Stamford at 3 p.m. Nov. 10. The Sunday afternoon concert will feature the work of female composers performed by professional women musicians; the event is the brain child of guitarist Katty Mayorga. All are welcome to attend. All proceeds will go to the DVCC. The concert will be followed by refreshments.
Ceramics Study Circle
The Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle will present a lecture on “Enlightenment in the Staffordshire Potteries” from 1:15 to 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Bruce Museum. The lecture will be by Nicholas Dawes, senior vice president of special collections at the Heritage Auctions in New York City. Refreshments will follow. Dawes traces the evolution of The Age of Enlightment from the mid-Georgian years into the dawn of the Victorian era. He has made regular appearances as an appraiser for “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS. Admission for non-members is $25. For reservations and information, visit www.ctcsc.org.
Radiation and lung cancer
Radiation oncologist Dr. Bruce McGibbon will present a lecture on “Advances in Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in Greenwich Hospital’s Noble Conference Center. Learn about the various advances in radiation therapy to treat patients with lung cancer, including those with early stages of the disease and those in which the cancer has metastasized or spread to other parts of the body. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
Bariatric surgery seminar
Find out if you are a candidate for weight-loss surgery and what types of procedures are available at Greenwich Hospital. Led by a bariatric surgeon, this seminar takes place in the Hyde Conference Room from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 11. Bring your questions. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
Heart health goals
Dr. Wilmore Finerman, a cardiologist, will discuss “Setting and Achieving Heart Health Goals” at the heart health education support group in Greenwich Hospital’s Noble Conference Center from 6 to 7 pm. Nov. 12. Learn about prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
Talk on ‘A Nation Divided’
The League of Women Voters of Greenwich hosts the third annual Harvard Case Study on “A Nation Divided” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Greenwich High School. The discussion will be based on the case from Harvard Professor David Moss’s recent book, “Democracy: A Case Study.” The book applies the Harvard case study teaching method to 19 pivotal episodes in American political history, from the drafting of the Constitution to the recent Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Adults and students will participate. Although admission is free, space is limited and early registration for non-school participants is required at League.RSVP@gmail.com.
BCA Holiday Gift Boutique
Christ Church Greenwich, 254 E. Putnam Ave., will host the Holiday Gift Boutique to benefit the Breast Cancer Alliance from noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 12, with cocktails from 5 to 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 13. Skilled artisans, designers, and purveyors of finely crafted merchandise will showcase their wares at the event, with a selection of ladies, men’s and children’s apparel and accessories, unique jewelry, home decor, vintage gifts, culinary delights, and more. Each sale helps fund the innovative research, breast surgery fellowships and life-saving treatment supported by the Breast Cancer Alliance. Suggested door donation is $10.
Book talk & signing
Bestselling and renowned author Elaine Sciolino will discuss her new book, “The Seine, The River That Made Paris.” followed by book signing and wine tasting in an event at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Greenwich Arts Council Meeting Room, 299 Greenwich Ave. The event is presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich and the Greenwich Arts Council. Cost for GAC/AFG members is $35, nonmembers, $50; includes a signed hardcover of the book.
Paint Night with Margery Scotti will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St. This class will bring out the Picasso in everyone as Margery guide everyone through two lively hours of creativity. At the end of the night, leave with your own painting to hang on your wall. Bring your beverage of choice and be prepared to get messy. All levels welcome. Cost is $40 for members, $55 for nonmembers. For more info, visit www.greenwichbotanicalcenter.org.
Navigating food at the holidays
Danielle Magnus, a registered dietitian, will present a lecture on “Navigating Food Traps of the Holidays” from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road, Stamford. The holidays can derail best-laid diet plans. Learn about practical solutions for managing social occasions, maintaining energy levels and starting the New Year off right. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
Lecture on neck pain
Dr. Heeren Makanki, an orthopedic surgeon, will discuss “What is Your Neck Pain Telling You?” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Greenwich Hospital’s Noble Conference Center. Learn about the causes of neck pain and symptoms of various cervical disorders. Hear about nonsurgical options and circumstances for which surgery makes sense. A physical therapist will demonstrate neck exercises. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
Bruce Beginnings Jr.
This program at the Bruce Museum provides a welcoming and engaging museum experience for toddlers, ages 10 to 24 months, and their caregivers through hands-on play and exploration. Bruce Beginnings Jr. sessions are inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibits. It is held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month, next time on
Nov. 14. This program is free with general admission but space is limited. See the visitor service desk upon arrival to secure a spot.
Join the Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St., for an event called “Paperwhites & Amaryllis Potting in the Greenhouse” on Nov. 14 with a session at 10 a.m. and another at 5 p.m. Amaryllis and paperwhites are classic holiday flowers that can brighten up your home during the dark days of winter and are a great hostess or teachers gifts. Bring your own container or purchase one. Specify Amaryllis or Paperwhites when registering, 10 spaces per time slot, at greenwichbotanicalcenter.org/event/paperwhites-amaryllis-potting-in-the-greenhouse/.
Lecture on pain
Drs. Rajat Sehkar and Richard Zhu, interventional pain physicians and cancer pain specialists, will discuss “New Approaches to Chronic Pain Management” from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Greenwich Hospital’s Noble Conference Center. Learn about the innovative, non-narcotic pain management techniques that are available on an outpatient basis to improve quality of life. Addressing pain early is crucial, especially if you are beginning to lose function. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
Story Barn: Finding Home
Greenwich Historical Society’s Story Barn is a biannual event that explores various themes through sharing personal stories from the sublime to the ridiculous. This fall’s theme is based on immigration and relocation to tie to the focus of the Historical Society’s new exhibition: “An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County.” The show will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in a cabaret-style setting. It is expertly emceed by Bonnie Levison. Wine, beer and tasty snacks will be served. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. The Historical Society is at 47 Strickland Road.
Create an autumnal cornucopia perfect for your Thanksgiving table, at the Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St., with GBC Youth Coordinator, Jen Behette. The workshop will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 16. Learn about gourds, flowers, and so much more. Combine your creativity and nature to share a special handmade treat with your family. Cost is $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers. Visit greenwichbotanicalcenter.org/event/cornucopia-workshop-with-gbc-youth-coordinator-jen-behette/ for more info.
Backyard Bird Feeding
The Greenwich Audubon Center will host “Intro to Backyard Bird Feeding & Project FeederWatch” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 16 at 613 Riversville Road. Have you ever wondered what birds are visiting your backyard bird feeders or how to attract certain species of birds? Come learn about winter bird species and the types of food and feeders that best suit their needs. Also, learn how to participate in Project FeederWatch. You and your family can participate by counting the birds you see in your backyard and submitting them to the Project FeederWatch website. All ages are welcome. Cost is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. RSVP is requested at Ryan.MacLean@audubon.org or 914-417-5234.
The Greenwich Ballet Academy will present “The Nutcracker” on stage at Greenwich High school at noon Nov. 16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17. The family-friendly ballet production is staged with the pre-professional students of Greenwich Ballet Academy alongside guest artists from Ellison Ballet. Get tickets now ($20, $45, $70) for best seats at www.greenwichballetacademy.org.
The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony will perform in a pair of concerts titled “Out of the Salon” at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road, and at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Ave. The program will include lyrical works for trios in a small setting, featuring flute, piano and strings. Works will be Pierné’s Sonata da Camera and Clara Schumann‘s Piano Trio. Attendees can meet with the musicians afterward at a wine and cheese reception. Ticket prices are $30 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, contact 203-637-4725 or email@example.com, or visit chamberplayersofthegso.org.
Ask the sleep doctor
Dr. Samit Malhotra, a sleep specialist, will present “Ask the Sleep Doctor” at the sleep support group from 6 to 7 Nov. 18 in Greenwich Hospital’s Noble Conference Center. This group is for individuals with sleep apnea and other sleep problems. For information, call 203-863-3167.
Lunch & Learn on landscapes
Meet famed Brazilian landscape designer Frederico Azevedo, owner of Unlimited Earthcare based in Bridgehampton, N.Y., in an event at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 20 as he introduces his new book in a Lunch & Learn at the Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St. At the event, his book, “Bloom: The Luminous Gardens of Frederico Azevedo,” wil be available for sale and signing. He will discuss the methodology behind his design concepts and present a selection of images showcasing his magnificent gardens. For more info and tickets ($50 members, $75 nonmembers), visit greenwichbotanicalcenter.org/event/gbc-lunch-learn-meet-award-winning-landscape-designer-frederico-azevedo/.
Give up smoking
During the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 21, stop by to meet the experts who teach the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart smoking cessation program. Pharmacists, nurses, physicians and exercise physiologists will be on hand to talk about quitting, risk reduction and getting the support you need. Pick up educational materials. Walk-ins welcome at all three locations: from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Ave.; from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenwich Hospital Cafeteria Atrium; and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library, 1 Haseco Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. For information, call 203-863-4444. Free.
Greenwich Symphony Orchestra
The Greenwich Symphony Orchestra will be in concert on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24, featuring Mozart, Symphony No. 35 (Haffner); Brahms, Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) with the Greenwich High School Select Choirs; and Schubert, Symphony No. 10, which is the U.S. premiere of performance version by Pierre Bartholomee. The concerts on Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 will featue Verdi, Overture to La Battaglia di Legnano; Schumann, Piano Concerto with Benjamin Hochman on piano; and Korngold, Symphony, Op. 40, with Benjamin Hochman on piano. The concerts on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 will feature Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 (Eroica); and Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor), with John O’Conor on piano. The concerts on April 18 and April 19 will feature Hindemith, Concert Music for Strings and Brass; Herbert, Concerto No. 2 for Cello, with Daniel Miller on cello; and Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique. Concerts are at the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center, 10 Hillside Road, at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $40 per person, $10 for students. For more information, call 203-869-2664 or visit www.greenwichsymphony.org.
Archery open shoot
The Cos Cob Archers will hold an Open Shoot from 8 a.m. to 1 p..m. Nov. 24 as they open their club to the public and invite all to attend. Open Shoots are held once a month, generally on the last Sunday of each month; bad weather cancels. The club provides loaner compound bows, arrows and instruction for beginners. The cost — $20 for shooting adults, $5 for kids under 16, and $10 for non-shooting adults — includes lunch of grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks. The Club’s trails cover 23 wooded acres with more than 40 shooting stations with both paper and “3D” targets. Cos Cob Archers is at 205 Bible St. For information, visit www.CosCobArchers.com.
Meet Santa and his reindeer
Santa and his live reindeer — Dasher, Dancer and Prancer — are returning for the 11th annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village for the holiday season. The event kicks off at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North St., from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 29. The town tradition continues through Dec. 24. Visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer and enjoy Santa’s Village, train and carousel rides at the “North Pole on North Street.” Parking is free. While waiting for the reindeer to arrive in the afternoon, everyone can enjoy special refreshments, face painting and balloon art and dance demonstrations. Hours for photos with Santa are noon to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. The reindeer will depart on Dec. 22, but Santa will remain for photos Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more details, visit www.Greenwichreindeerfestival.com.
Tree of light
Greenwich Hospital will present the Tree of Light at Greenwich Hospital’s Noble Conference Center at 5 p.m. Dec. 2. The Tree of Light is a nondenominational community tree-lighting ceremony to reflect and honor the lives of loved ones. This annual event features readings, music and a sparkling evergreen with hundreds of lights. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 203-863-3702.
Sip & Shop Art Show
Stop by the Holiday Sip & Shop Art Show at Abilis Gardens & Gifts from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4. Enjoy wine, cheese and other refreshments while shopping with a 20 percent discount in the entire store. The Art Show will feature paintings and digital art created by adults who are supported by Abilis. To learn more, visit abilis.us/calendar. Abilis is a nonprofit organization that supports more than 700 individuals with special needs and their families annually from birth throughout adulthood.
Surviving holiday eating
Denise Addorisio, a registered dietitian, will discuss “Survival Guide to Healthy Holiday Eating” at Greenwich Hospital’s Noble Conference Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Learn how to manage your weight through mindful eating and other techniques to make healthy food choices during the busy and tempting time of year. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
Talk on art and climate change
“The Bruce Museum Presents,” a series of monthly public programs, continues with “Can Art Drive Change on Climate Change? An Evening with Alexis Rockman” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Among current American artists motivated by nature and its future — from the specter of climate change to the implications of genetic engineering — Rockman holds a high place of honor. Join the Bruce for a night of discussion and debate with him and a panel of thought leaders in contemporary art and science. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a reception with light bites and beverages, followed by the panel discussion and Q&A from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Seats are $30 for Museum members, $45 for nonmembers. To reserve a seat, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
The Bruce Museum is offering free admission to all visitors through Jan. 31 while the main gallery spaces are renovated. “Contemporary Artists/Traditional Forms: Chinese Brushwork” is on display in the Bantle Lecture Gallery through Dec. 8. It features the U.S. debut of 15 pieces of contemporary Chinese Brushwork gifted to the town of Greenwich as part of the 2019 U.S.-China Art and Culture Exchange. During the renovation phase, the Permanent Science Gallery will remain open, along with the Bantle Lecture Gallery, Education Workshop, and Museum Store. The galleries will reopen Feb. 1, with the installation of major new art and science exhibitions. Visit BruceMuseum.org for more information.
Dr. Nora Miller, a reproductive endocrinologist, will discuss “Fertility 101: Your Family-Building Options” at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road, Stamford from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Families are created in many different ways. Hear about options, new approaches for improving fertility, and how you may achieve your goal of becoming a parent. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
Registered nurse Roberta Brown, from integrative medicine, will present a lecture on“Self Care: Sound Healing Meditation” in Greenwich Hospital’s Noble Conference Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Explore mindful self-care practices to quite the mind, calm the nervous system and restore the body. Experience a relaxing guided meditation, accompanied by the healing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls. Dress comfortably; bring a yoga mat if possible. Chairs will be provided. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
‘An American Story’
The Greenwich Historical Society at 47 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, is presenting an exhibition on the immigrant experience called “An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County” through Jan. 6. The exhibit includes stories of the grit and resilience of immigrants and refugees, including 12 who found home in Greenwich. The stories illuminated in this exhibition reach across the world from five continents, shining a light on the ways that refugees and asylum seekers find hope and persevere in the face of challenges for creating new lives in Fairfield County. It is presented in partnership with the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. For more information, visit greenwichhistory.org.
SLS golf tourney
The St. Lawrence Society will hold its 29th annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 11. Enjoy a perfect day of golf, food and fun. Get your foursomes together and join the fun. Cost is $175 for everything: the luncheon, cart, golf, cocktail hour and dinner. For cocktails and dinner only, it’s $100. Starts at 11:30 a.m. at E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course, with a 12:45 p.m. shotgun start, scramble format. Golf is followed by cocktail hour, antipasti and a prime rib dinner back at the Club. To RSVP, visit www.stlawrencesociety.com/events or call 203-618-9036.
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