New Cannan Historical Society - Annual Valentine Tea

02/12/2014

13 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT Phone: 203-966-1776.

Join us for our annual Valentine's Day Tea and save time to view the new quilt exhibit before or after your tea.
Tea, sandwiches and sweets will be served from 12 noon to 3:00 Members $10 Non members $15 Reservations suggested

P.T. Barnum Museum - Sneak P.T. Barnum Museum: Peek Arctic Artifact: Exploring a Re-discovered Treasure presented by Adrienne Saint Pierre, Curator.

02/12/2014

29 Chestnut Hill Rd., Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-331-1104.

Wednesday, February 12 at 12:15 p.m. – Attendees are invited to bring their lunches and favorite Barnum book.  $2 Donation. For this month's talk, Saint-Pierre will present a recently re-discovered and highly unusual artifact from the museum's collection, a 19th century polar expedition sleeping bag made of caribou (reindeer) hide. The sleeping bag was used in 1884 during a dangerous Arctic rescue mission undertaken by the USS Bear, which resulted in locating the few desperate survivors of the ill-fated "Greely Expedition." Officially called the U.S. Expedition to Lady Franklin Bay, the expedition was part of the first cooperative effort among countries around the world to collect and share polar climate data for the purpose of expanding our understanding of the earth's climate system. Tragically, the U.S. team had essentially been abandoned in the Arctic, struggling to survive after the repeated failures of missions to re-supply the men with the food and fuel they would need during their two-year project. Most of the 25 men had perished by the end of the third year, but their scientific mission had been accomplished, and they also set a new record for reaching "Farthest North," beating the British who had held that title for centuries. The harrowing story behind this artifact is both chilling and riveting and it even has a fascinating link to a topic of current concern, global warming. Saint-Pierre will talk about the extremely rare sleeping bag and its construction and design for polar use and how it came to the museum in 1890.  Attendees are encouraged to return to the museum on February 23 to hear more about the expedition itself.

Woodcock Nature Center Winter Break Camp

02/13/2014 to 02/18/2014

56 Deer Run Rd, Wilton, CT Phone: (203) 762-7280.

9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Ages: 3 years old, 4-5 years old, and 6-8 years old. . Non-members: $40 per day. Members: $35 per day. Pre-registration is required. Registration closes at 1 pm the day before and space is limited.

Westport Art Center- Drink n' Draw

02/13/2014

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

7-9 p.m. We supply the materials. You supply the creativity! Enjoy an evening of drawing from a live nude model in a relaxed and informal environment while you sip beverages and sample tasty treats. All levels welcome, ages 21+.

The Stamford Jewish Community Center - Spotlight On Israel: A New Lunch & Learn Series

02/13/2014

1035 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT 06905. Phone: 203.487.0961.

Thursdays, 12 – 1 pm. Join Matan Samovsky, the JCC's Israeli Shaliach, for a lunch & learn series focusing on interesting topics and current events related to Israel. Sessions will often include short videos and there will always be time for questions and answers. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide the coffee and dessert (dairy). No charge. All are welcome. For more information, please contact Matan Samovsky at 203.487.0961, visit www.Stamfordjcc.org or e-mail msamovsky@stamfordjcc.org.

Westport Arts Center -Drink n’ Draw

02/13/2014

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

7 – 9pm, $15/$10 WAC Members. We supply the materials, you supply the creativity! Enjoy an evening of drawing from a live nude model in a relaxed and informal environment while you sip beverages and sample tasty treats. All levels welcome, ages 21+.

Woodcock Nature Center Wild Weekends:

02/14/2014

56 Deer Run Rd, Wilton, CT Phone: 203-762-7280.

Are you bored of all the hearts and kisses on Valentine's Day? Well, we think they're gross! What we don't think is gross are bugs, snakes and slime. Come this Valentine's Day to touch some slimy animals, explore the muddy wetlands, eat some "dirt" and name a cockroach! Time: 2-4pm. $6 per child non-members $11. Ages: best for first grade and up.

Audubon Greenwich - The Great Backyard Bird Count

02/14/2014 to 02/17/2014

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

Audubon is a proud participant in this unique citizen-led scientific bird count happening in yards and neighborhood across the nation. The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) results are reported online to the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University and will aid research on where bird species are spending the winter. To learn more, visit www.birdcount.org or join us for one of these wonderful programs. GBBC at Grass Island Park (downtown Greenwich) Friday, Feb. 14 • 1:00-2:00 pm Meet downtown and survey the open waters, shores, lawns, brushy areas and woodlots for resident winter birds and prepare a list to report to Cornell. GBBC at Audubon Greenwich Saturday, Feb. 15 • 1:00-2:00 pm Join us as we check our feeders and take a short walk at Audubon to identify and count birds. Then return to the Center to report our sightings to Cornell. This is a fun way to prepare the family to count at home or in your neighborhood throughout the Presidents' Day weekend. Please register for these free programs. All ages. RSVP to Ted x230

Beardsley Zoo -Valentines Day

02/14/2014

1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, CT Phone: (203) 330-6046.

Show your honey some love! Anyone wearing red today gets 15% off admission! Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and open year-round from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $12.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $10.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge.

Westport Arts Center -ArtCafe

02/14/2014

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

10 – 11am. Use The New York Times Friday Arts Section as a springboard to discuss the latest exhibitions and events in 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. Bring your friends, or come by yourself and make new friends. Coffee and home-baked muffins will be served. After ArtCafé, the Westport Arts Center posts all the arts happenings that are discussed that week on the colorful WAC ArtCafé Blog.