Open Door Shelter Holds Annual Gala and Silent Auction in Westport


4 Merritt Street, Norwalk, CT 06854. Phone: 203-866-1057.

On Thursday, April 7, 2011 at the Inn at Longshore in Westport the Annual Gala and Silent Auction sponsored by the Open Door Shelter of Norwalk will be held. The gala will feature live music by the talented Special CEO Band and will benefit the Open Door Shelter which shelters, feeds and counsels homeless men, women and families struggling to once again live independently.  Check the website for ticket information.

Hops and Grapes, Toasts and Tastes at Stepping Stone Museum for Children - Norwalk


303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850. Phone: 203-665-1400.

On Fridday Evening from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Stepping Stones Museum.  Local restaurants, vineyards, and breweries will showcase a selection of appetizers, wines, and beers.  Guests will also be able to participate in a silent auction and raffle as part of the evening's festivities.  A benefit for: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 303 West Ave, Norwalk.  Cost/Cover:  $75, $125 for two, VIP Ticket $100, $175 for 2.  Visit website for more information

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Commemorates The Civil War


299 West Avenue, Mathews Park, Norwalk, CT 06850. Phone: 203-838.

The exhibition title, Mansion Fragments: Innovations in Architecture, Design, and Technology from the Civil War Era, features several objects, deemed revoluntionary in mid to late 19th century, and drawn from the museum's permanet collection. Throughout the season, a team of knowledgeable guides will introduce children, and adults to the Mansion's grand-scale design and Civil War era technology. Viewed as America's first castle, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is known around the world as one of the finest examples of Gilded Age architecture. Tours: Wed-Sun. 12-4 p.m. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children 8-18.

Innovations in Architecture, Design, and Technology from the Civil War Era at Lockwood Matthews Mansion


299 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850. Phone: 203- 838-9799.

12-4 p.m. With Tour Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children 8-18  During the Civil War, the Mansion was being built with the most advanced construction methods and manufacturing techniques of the day including cutting edge technology such as gas lighting, indoor plumbing with running hot and cold water, a ventilation system, and an early burglar alarm system, among others.  Most of the objects and architectural elements that will be part of this exhibit have never been seen by the public and will be shown for the first time when the museum reopens for the season.

Cookie Thomas and his Trio at Soundwaters


1281 Cove Rd, Stamford, CT Phone: 203-406-3336.

SoundWaters Center at Cove Island Park. Cookie Thomas, a versatile vocalist whose voice is suited to well-known classic standards, is a favorite among SoundWaters audiences and one of the region's most well-known performers. His easy, conversational style is a always a hit and his trio of very talented musicians always warm up the room. Early reservations required. The room fills fast when Cookie's in town. You may bring your dinner and favorite beverage. Doors open at 7:00pm for dinner. Shows start at 8:00pm. All tickets are $25. Early reservations are encouraged. Seating is limited and the room fills quickly.

Guitar Orchestra of Barcelona at Fairfield University


1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Phone: 203-254-4010.

Performance at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts. Guitar Orchestra of Barcelona features twenty-five of Spain's most gifted guitarists, led by Director Sergi Vincente. The orchestra performs the music of their rich tradition in a format that is uniquely new.  Charming, passionate and heartwarming, these virtuosi play with a mastery and humor that is a delight to see. $35

The Smucker's Stars on Ice 25th Anniversary Tour at Arena Harbor Yard - Bridgeport


600 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. Phone: 203- 345-2312 or 800-745-3000.

A superstar ensemble of Olympic, World and National Champions from all over the globe to celebrate iits 25th season.  Promises to bring fans of all ages the ultimate live figure-skaking experience with a gathering of legends past, present, and future.  The tour glides into Bridgeprt on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Seed Sale and Coffe Tasting at Audubon


2325 Burr Street,, Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-259-6305.

10 am - 3 pm. On April 9th the Connecticut Audubon Society will be offering Lyric bird seed at 20% discount. In addition there will be a one-day 20% off sale of all birdfeeders, bird houses and birding accessories. And a free coffee tasting of Birds & Beans coffee which is USDA-approved, 100 percent organic, and certified Bird Friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC). Spring is a stressful time in the lives of birds. They have travelled a long distance migrating.

Faerie Garden Workshop at The Discovery Museum


4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604. Phone: 203-372-3521.

10:30 a.m.-Noon., The Discovery Museum Auditorium. $15, Ages 12 and Up; $5, Ages 6-12; Discovery Members, Free with Membership I.D. Bring yourselves and your favorite sprites to "Faerie Garden Enchantment," presented by Lisa Clair, faerie gardener extraordinaire. Lisa Clair has been busily enticing the faerie folk into her garden for the past 15 years, first for her daughter, then for herself, because "we all need a little enchantment in our lives."

Letterpress Workshop / Hand Set Type at Wilton Historical Society


224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897. Phone: 203-762-7257.

1:00 - 4:00. Where: Lynda Campbell's home print print shop Cost: $8 a person Before digital type or offset printing, there was letterpress. Letterpress is a printing process using raised type and or images, which are inked and pressed into soft paper. It dates back to Gutenberg. In this afternoon workshop, participants will learn how to set type by hand, lock up a form and print on a table top platen press. Each person will be able to print their own stationery. Owing to limited space in the "print shop", there is a maximum of four people. Supplies will be provided. Allergy alert: the printer owns cats. Contact the Historical Society at 203.762.7257 for a reservation.