Astronomy Nights: Star of Bethlehem

12/16/2011 to 12/16/2011

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.322.1646.

December 16 & 23, 7 pm Join us at the Observatory for this holiday tradition. This seasonal tradition describes the astronomical explanations for the Star of Bethlehem. No children under 5 years of age, please.  Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $3, Children (5-17) $2 No children under 5 please. For more information call 203.322.1646, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org, or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org

Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas - Fairfield University/Quick Center for Arts

12/16/2011 to 12/16/2011

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

On Friday, 8 p.m. And out of the basement shall come a Church Basement program of good tidings, great humor and joy! Away in a Basement finds the gals in 1959, helping the kids get ready for their Sunday School Christmas program. As they discuss the politics of the pageant and mend old bathrobe costumes, little do the ladies know what surprises are in store for them! "You'll laugh, you'll cry, and then laugh some more." - Sun Newspapers. Tickets: $35, 30 (Discounts for children and seniors)

Family Birding & "Christmas Bird Count" Practice Session at Greenwich Audubon

12/17/2011

613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-5272 .

2:00-3:30 pm. Get out and enjoy a bird class with Ted Gilman. He teaches about the many birds here for winter and explains how to be a 'citizen scientist' by counting birds at home and sending your 'data' to Audubon's scientists. Just in time, too. The next day is the Christmas Bird Count (Dec 18), the Great Backyard Bird Count (Feb. 17-20), and Project FeederWatch all winter long. Call Ted anytime to learn more about these great family activities that can be done at home or in the community. $5 per person. All ages. RSVP to Ted at x230.

Westport Playhouse Presents The Broadway Boys

12/17/2011 to 12/18/2011

25 Powers Court, Westport, CT 06880. Phone: 203-227-4177.

On Saturday, Dec 17, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 18, 3 p.m. - Westport Countr Playhouse presents "The Broadway Boys," a collection of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage, with their popular, annual concert of Broadway show tunes and traditional holiday favorites. Through their dynamic vocal prowess and redefining arrangements, the Broadway Boys add elements of pop, funk, gospel, jazz and folk to their repertoire and explore harmonies rarely presented by Broadway singers.
Tickets:  $30, $40. For more information and tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or for out-of-town callers toll-free at
888-927-7529, or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Information and tickets also available at
www.westportplayhouse.org.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

12/17/2011

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

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk opens its backstage spaces for a rare behind-the-scenes tour. Conducted before the Aquarium opens, from 8:15 to 10 a.m., the guided tour offers unique opportunities to see how the animal-husbandry staff meets the varying food and water needs of some 2,000 resident animals. The tour includes stops at the Aquarium's "fish kitchen," where 18 tons of fish a year is prepared, and above the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank, where the dorsal fins of 8-foot sand tiger sharks cut through the water surface. Learn the delicate requirements of a jellyfish "nursery." Participants must be at least 10 years old; under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $32.50 ($22.50 for Aquarium members) and includes Aquarium admission. The tour is limited to 25 people, so reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting.For reservations or more details, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

Winter Creature Cruises

12/17/2011 to 12/18/2011

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

Winter Creature Cruises will occur on many weekends from December 2011 through early April 2012. Dates and departure times will vary by the tide schedule. December dates are: Sat., Dec. 17 at 9:30 a.m. and Sun., Dec. 18 also at 9:30 a.m. See the full season schedule at www.maritimeaquarium.org/cruises_winter.html. Tickets for a Winter Creature Cruise are $20.50, or $18.50 for Aquarium members. Maritime Aquarium Study Cruises are good for ages 8 and older. We recommend that you bring binoculars and plenty of warm clothes! Space on the research vessel Oceanic is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. The cruises depart from the dock outside the Aquarium's IMAX movie theater. For reservations or more details, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

Westport Country Playhouse Presents The Broadway Boys

12/17/2011 to 12/18/2011

25 Powers Court, Westport, CT 06880. Phone: 203-227-4177.

On  Sat., Dec 17, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 18, 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse presents "The Broadway Boys," a collection of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage, with their popular, annual concert of Broadway show tunes and traditional holiday favorites. Through their dynamic vocal prowess and redefining arrangements, the Broadway Boys add elements of pop, funk, gospel, jazz and folk to their repertoire and explore harmonies rarely presented by Broadway singers. Tickets:  $30, $40. For more information and tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or for out-of-town callers toll-free at 888-927-7529, or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Information and tickets also available at www.westportplayhouse.org.

Quick Center at Fairfield University Presents Babes in Toyland--Fairfield

12/18/2011

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

On Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 1PM and 3PM at the Quick Center, Fairfield University a feature performance of Babes in Toyland will be performed.  Little BoPeep, Tom Tom the Piper's Son and all the characters of Mother Goose come alive in this classic musical tale of good vs evil--complete with a rousing army of wooden soldiers.  Check the wesbite for ticket prices and reservations.

Christmas Bird Count: A Greenwich Tradition since 1911 at Greenwich Audubon

12/18/2011

613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-5272.

100 years ago in Greenwich, locals picked up binoculars and joined the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), one of the oldest 'citizen science' projects in the world. This important bird research project relies on volunteers (with a range of skill levels) who count all the birds they see in one day.  The count happens in two ways. Many sign up for (all or part of) the day with a 'count team' in the field. Others, who live within Audubon Greenwich's 15-mile wide count circle, can volunteer to count in their backyards and send the results on a CBC Reporting Form to the local Count Captain, Brian O'Toole. The data then gets compiled and sent to bird researchers and scientists worldwide.  So start a new family tradition that will make a real difference. All ages & skill levels welcome. For details about signing up, call Brian at x221.

Babes in Toyland, American Family Theatre, Inc. - Fairfield University/Quick Center for The Arts

12/18/2011 to 12/18/2011

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

On Sunday 1 -3 p.m. Holiday Classic! Come see this contemporary adaptation of the classic favorite, with enhanced sets and new songs created by award-winning playwright and composer, Don Kersey. $15 Adults, $12 Children.