Greenwich Audubon Breakfast with Audubon Connecticut & Day Pitney

11/15/2016

613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT

8 am - 8:45 am. You're invited to join Audubon Connecticut and Day Pitney for breakfast to discuss two valuable estate-planning tools that could benefit both your family and your philanthropic endeavors. Discover how the use of an "IRA Charitable Rollover" and a "Charitable Lead Trust" could help you maximize tax benefits through charitable giving.

New Canaan Nature Center Ward Pound Ridge Reservation!

11/15/2016

6 Reservation Rd., New Canaan, CT

10 am. Come join the New Canaan Nature Center for a hike in the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, 6 Reservation Road, Cross River (Pound Ridge), NY. The hike will be about 4 miles of easy to medium walking. We have a guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club who knows the area well. Members and Non-Members: FREE!

Garden Education Center of Greenwich ANDREA WULF The Invention of Nature. Alexander von Humboldt's New World'

11/15/2016

130 Bible St., Cos Cob, CT Phone: 203-869-9242.

7:00 p.m. Cost:Member $35, Non-Member $45. Andrea Wulf reveals in her new book, The Extraordinary Life of the Visionary German Naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. Though almost forgotten today, his name lingers everywhere from the Humboldt Current to the Humboldt penguin. Humboldt was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax–infested Siberia. Perceiving nature as an interconnected global force, Humboldt discovered similarities between climate zones across the world and predicted human-induced climate change. He turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and his writings inspired naturalists and poets such as Darwin, Wordsworth and Goethe but also politicians such as Jefferson. Wulf also argues that it was Humboldt's influence that led John Muir to his ideas of preservation and that shaped Thoreau's 'Walden'. Wulf traces Humboldt's influences through the great minds he inspired in revolution, evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literature. In The Invention of Nature Wulf brings this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life.

Fairfield Museum and History Center History by Hand Session 1

11/15/2016 to 11/29/2016

370 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-259-1598.

Tuesdays, 4:30pm – 6:30pm, Ages 8 – 13. Session 1: November 15, 22, 29, December 6, 13 & 20. Members: $90; Non-members: $115 + $25 supply fee. Join other creative kids to learn art, design, and sewing, building confidence and problem-solving skills along the way. Learn basic skills, techniques, vocabulary, and safety, students discover their own talents making unique sewing and collage projects inspired by history, including decoupage, patchwork pillows, cute animals, and colorful block quilting.

Avon Theatre French Cinematheque: THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966)

11/15/2016

272 Bedford St., Stamford, CT Phone: 203-967-3660.

7:30 pm. New 50th Anniversary Digital Restoration! The action begins at dawn on October 7, 1957. Under torture, an Algerian nationalist reveals to Colonel Mathieu the hiding place of the last surviving guerrilla leader, Ali La Pointe. Mathieu's paratroops surround the house in the Casbah, ready to blow it up unless Ali surrenders. From the pensive faces of the four freedom fighters within, we flash back to November 1, 1954, when a message from the National Liberation Front had launched The Battle of Algiers. After this prologue, we follow the three-year history of the Battle. Terrorism escalates on both sides. A harmless Arab worker is accused of killing a policeman and in retaliation the French place a bomb near his home in the Casbah, killing many innocent people. In return, three Arab women disguised as Europeans penetrate the heavily guarded French sector, wreaking havoc with bombs in two cafes and at the Air France office. But the elite French paratroopers, with their vastly superior resources and training and the ruthless use of torture, systematically destroy the Algerian guerrilla movement, cell by cell. When they finally arrest the intellectual Ben M'Hidi and the key leader El-hadi Jaffar, only Ali La Pointe remains. We return to October 7, 1957. Ali La Pointe dies and the Battle of Algiers ends, a victory for the French. But three years later the revolutionary phoenix rises again in the Casbah, leading to Algeria's independence in 1962. Members $7, non members $12, students $9

New Exhibit at Norwalk Historical Society Museum

11/16/2016 to 01/01/2017

141 East Ave., Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-846-0525.

Celebrate the opening of the Norwalk Historical Society's new exhibit, Self and the World: Experiencing Photography in 19th Century Norwalk, on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. The museum is located at 141 East Avenue next to the Norwalk Health Department, in the red brick house with blue double front doors. Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. RSVP to: info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org. Self and the World: Experiencing Photography in 19th Century Norwalk is curated by Elizabeth Avery with graphic design by Scott Kuykendall. The exhibit takes you on a journey through the development of photography in the second half of the nineteenth century. This coincided with a period of growth in Norwalk's economy and population. Norwalkers embraced photography in all of its forms as it evolved. There are never before seen daguerreotypes, family portraits, cartes de visite photographs, plate glass negatives and an original early Kodak camera, that helps tell the story of the early age of photography and its influence on the people of Norwalk.

Fairfield Museum and History Center Museum After Dark: “the beautiful Pond”

11/16/2016

370 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-259-1598.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Members: Free; Non-Members: $5. Artist and author Judy Katz, Leigh Shemitz, Ph.D. President of SoundWaters and Robin Tauck, a travel company co-owner, business leader, philanthropist and Old Mill Pond resident, will discuss the importance of preserving the natural treasure that is the Old Mill Pond. Hear why it's essential to preserve and protect Earth's special places and how to do it, along with stories and history of a beloved Westport Pond and how it's helping to save Long Island Sound. Copies of the beautiful POND will be available for signing. This colorful 88-page story book of Old Mill Pond and Compo Cove by Westport author, artist and teacher Judy Katz, celebrates the pond, its history and environmental contribution to the town and region. Each page features a stunning water color of the pond and its environs, walking readers through the transformation of the pond from a working mill to a beloved and bucolic sanctuary for coastal life. Be swept away... and heed the call to preserve and protect Long Island Sound.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center Discussion Q&A and Book Signing with Jane Alexander

11/16/2016

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT Phone: 203-977-6545.

6 p.m. reception. Jane Alexander, author, actress and activist. Author of Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wilflife and Conservation on Planet Earth. Adm.

Bush Holley House Museum Story Barn: Lost in Translation

11/17/2016

39 Strickland Rd, Cos Cob, CT Phone: 203-869-6899.

Doors open at 7:00 pm; performance begins at 7:30 pm. Beer, wine and light refreshments are included in the price of admission. n connection with its current exhibition An Eye to the East: The Inspiration of Japan, the Greenwich Historical Society's fall Story Barn will revolve around the theme "Lost in Translation," featuring stories based on the concept that even our simplest attempts at communications can sometimes go awry.

Bruce Museum Small Scales: Artist Panel.

11/17/2016

One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-413-6756.

6 pm - 8 pm. Wine and cheese reception from 6:00 – 6:30 pm, followed by an hour-long, moderated discussion with artists whose work is featured in the exhibition Small Scales including Sally Curcio, Lori Nix, Kathleen Gerber, Kathleen Vance, and Blane De St. Croix. $5 members, $15 non-members. Advance registration on Eventbrite.com is recommended but not required.