Wheels in the Woods Fall Activity Trail


39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.322-1646.

Sundays, September 16 - October 14, Noon to 4 pm

Our self-guided activity trail returns with new activities. Identify fall birds, make a leaf animal and funoculars, and more. Starting information on trail can be found in the Overbrook Nature Center. Heavy rain will cancel. Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission. For more information call 203.322-1646, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org, or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org

* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

Pirate Day at the Maritime Aquarium


10 N. Water Street, South Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

A jolly-roger day of fun is planned as the Aquarium's scallywag crew offers a pirate-themed scavenger hunt, pirate toy-boat-making crafts and other activities. Lads and lasses are encouraged to come dressed in pirate garb. Come a-wearin' yer finest as Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Henry Morgan, Anne Bonney or even Captain Jack Sparrow or the Dread Pirate Roberts. At 1:30 p.m., enjoy a performance by the bumbling pirate Billy Bones, who will offer zany lessons about being a boisterous buccaneer.

Beardsley Zoo Evening Lecture Series: Wildlife in Crisis.


1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-394-6563..

7-9 pm. This presentation will highlight the hazards that wild animals face on a daily basis-from a raccoon with a peanut butter jar stuck on his head to a fawn in the swimming pool. Learn how to prevent and respond to these situations. $5 suggested donation includes refreshments. Takes place in the Hanson Exploration Station.

‘Scape to the Wonderful World of Garlic - The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens - Stamford


151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203-322-6971.

Join us as we journey through garlic’s history and mythology, learn how to select the right varieties for your needs, and dig into planting/cultivating/harvesting/storing/using garlic. We will cover pests and diseases, companions, wild garlic, recipes, health benefits, resources....and MORE! This class will also include some “hands on” demonstrations, prizes, some garlic dishes to taste, and maybe a few garlic jokes. You will leave this class with a severe case of garlic mania! Be ready to plant your crop in October! Class Cost: Master Gardeners: $40, Non-Master Gardeners: $50. For more information, call 203-322-6971, visit www.bartlettarboretum.org or e-mail rcampfield@bartlettarboretum.org.

Upcoming Conversations in Context - Gary Hilderbrand - Glass House - New Canaan


199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT Phone: 203-594-9884.

Thursday, Sept. 20th  Gary Hilderbrand Principal, Reed Hilderbrand and Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University + John Beardsley, Director of Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks and Adjunct Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design. BUY TICKETS - call or visit the website.

Autumn Sip & Savor Supper: Fall in Tuscany at the Jones Family Farms


606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT

6:30 pm - 8:30 pmAutumn Sip & Savor Wine Supper Series offer guests an opportunity to enjoy a farm-style family supper paired with four wines while engaged in educational discussions led by our expert farm staff. Menu: Olive Selection, Potato Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragu, Roast Pork with Fennel & Rosemary and farm fresh vegetables, Fruit Compote. Cost: $65/student. Reserve on line.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES- Reptiles and Amphibians of Connecticut at The Stamford Museum & Nature Center


39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.977-6521.

Join SM&NC staff for a hike on our trails to look for signs of late summer salamanders, frogs and snakes, then head back to the Overbrook Nature Center for a chance to meet some up close. We'll learn about the 14 different types of snakes in Connecticut and how to identify them, as well as celebrating the "Year of the Lizard" by learning about our only native lizard species, the five-lined skin. To learn more call, email or visit the website.

The Bamboo Benefit - The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens - Stamford


151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203-322-6971.

An Eco-Friendly Friday Night Fete for Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization. Live Music with Kelly Mittleman -Awesome Auction-Announcement of 2012 Honorees-Signature Spirits, Inspired Food & Indulgent Sweets by Marcia Selden Catering. Event takes place at Nestle Waters NA Headquarters, 900 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, CT. For more information, call 203-322-6971, visit www.bartlettarboretum.org or e-mail info@bartlettarboretum.org.

Westport Arts Center ArtCafé


51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT Phone: 203-222-7070.

Happy Hour, 6 – 7pm: Friday, October 5, with David Kennedy of the Westport Country Playhouse Free and Open to the Public. Hot coffee, hot muffins, and hot news from the art world. Hosted by Helen Klisser During, ArtCafé is a great way to meet other art enthusiasts and learn about exhibitions to visit in the greater community. Listen to talks from participating "Foodies" artists and use The New York Times Friday Arts Section as a springboard to discuss the latest exhibitions. Bring your friends or come by yourself and make new friends. After Art Café, the Westport Arts Center posts all the arts happenings that are discussed that week on the colorful WAC ArtCafé Blog, at http://westportartscenter.blogspot.com.

Critter Encounters at Earthplace - Westport


10 Woodside Lane, Westport, CT Phone: 203-227-7253 .

On Saturday at 2:30 PM. Meet some of the Earthplace animals, see one of our amazing birds on the glove, take a trail walk to see what critters you encounter or make a craft to bring home. Programming varies weekly, but is sure to be fun for the whole family. Included with the cost of admission, free to members.