Fairfield Museum -Family Focus: The Genius of Love!

02/14/2014

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

1 – 3pm. Free with admission.. Listen to the fun music and songs of love from Fairfield's Rockin' Top Ten while making some cool crafts.

Woodcock Nature Center Fireside Tales & Trails

02/15/2014

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

10-11. $5 per child, $10 non member. Ages 3-5. We will be reading "North Country Night". Afterwards, meet our birds of prey and finish by making a "Hoot" of a craft to take home.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Full Moon Snow Hike

02/15/2014 to 02/15/2014

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

Join SM&NC environmental educators for a hike through the winter forest during our February full moon. Discover the history behind the full moon names and search for signs of winter animals, such as deer, fox, and owls. Learn how to read the phases of the moon and look for common winter constellations. We'll end our trek with a sugar-on-snow treat (or ice cream if snow is not available). Recommended for ages 6 and up. Members: $5 per person | Non-Members: $8 per person. For more information call 203.977-6521, 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.

Stamford Center for the Arts-The Palace Theatre Presents The Puppet Playground

02/16/2014

61 Atlantic St., Stamford, CT 06901. Phone: 203-325-4466.

February 16 at 3PM – The Puppet Playground  (All tickets: $15)--Come be a part of an interactive puppet show that answers questions such as: "What is a puppet?" "How many types of puppets are there?" and "Just who are these Monkey Boys anyway?" Hands-on demonstrations, live performance, video and of course... amazing Puppets!

Pequot Library's Meet the Author Series: Star Financial Journalist, Duff McDonald--Southport

02/16/2014

720 Pequot Ave., Southport, CT 06890. Phone: 203-259-0346.

Meet the Author, Duff McDonald, on Sunday, February 16, 2014, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, at Pequot Library. New York-based financial journalist, McDonald speaks about his new book, The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and its Secret Influence on American Business. There will be a 45 minute author talk, Q & A, book signing, and refreshments. The program is free and open to everyone. It will be held in the Auditorium/Concert Hall and then the Reading Room. In The Firm, McDonald uncovers how these high-powered, high-priced business savants have ushered in waves of structural, financial, and technological shifts to the biggest and best American organizations. With unrivaled access to company documents and current and former employees, McDonald reveals the inner workings of what just might be the most influential private organization in America. Founded in 1926, McKinsey & Company has become one of the world's leading management consulting firms, helping to invent American business and shaping its course for decades. Ushering in the age of American industrial dominance, McKinsey remapped the power structure in the White House, helped create the bar code, revolutionized business schools, and introduced the idea of budgeting as a management tool. McKinsey consultants have created the corporate behaviors that shaped our world-reinventing our idea of American capitalism and exporting it across the globe. At the same time, however, McKinsey can also be associated with a list of striking failures. Its consultants were on the scene when General Motors drove itself into the ground, and they played a critical role in building the bomb known as Enron. Yet they are rarely blamed for their failures-at least not publicly. McKinsey employees are trusted and distrusted, loved and despised. And far from prying eyes, they are doing behind-the-scenes work for the most powerful people in the world. Duff McDonald is a contributing editor at The New York Observer, he has also written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, New York, Esquire, Fortune, Business Week, Conde Nast Portfolio, GQ, WIRED, Time, Newsweek, and others. The Firm: The Story of McKinsey & Its Secret Influence on American Business, was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2013. Last Man Standing, his biography of Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2009. In 2004, McDonald was the recipient of two Canadian National Magazine Awards—Best Business Story (gold) and Best Investigative Reporting (silver)—for Conrad's Fall in National Post Business. He is also the co-author, with Owen Burke, of The CEO, a satire.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Sunday Explorers

02/16/2014

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

On Sunday's  February 16 &  23, 1 to 4 pm. Winter is a great time to explore the SM&NC! Our popular guided farm and trail programs and animal "meet and greets" return, joined by our popular Science Spot program in our Overbrook Nature Center classroom. Stop by Overbrook for a self-guided craft, to visit our animals, or join us for a program. Different themes, animals, and science activities each week. Schedule of Events1 to 4 pm   Self-guided crafts & open classroom 1:30 pm Guided Hike or Farm Program. 2:30 pm  Science Spot 3:30 pm Animal Meet & Greet.  Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission. For more information call 203.977-6521, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org, or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Winter Break Out Day: How Sweet It Is!

02/17/2014

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

On Monday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Our popular break out day returns! Join us for a Maple Sugar Open House and see how the sugaring season is progressing. Learn about the ecology of chocolate and make a chocolate craft to take home. Take a winter farm tour to see how all of our sweet spring babies have grown up. Meet several of our Overbrook Nature Center animals and discover the sweet (and not so sweet) ways they defend themselves from predators. Create great self-guided crafts and join us at 2:30 pm for delicious S'mores over the campfire! Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission. For more information call 203.977-6521, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org, or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Vacation Drop-Off Days

02/18/2014 to 02/20/2014

39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203-322-6971.

Tuesday, February 18 - Thursday, February 20, 1 - 4 pm. Ages 4-8. Join us for some winter fun during the February vacation week! We'll visit the farm, forest, playground and the A BILLION BRICKS exhibition too. Through visits with live animals, crafts, hikes and games, we'll have a great time exploring the grounds of the SM&NC. We'll even go behind-the-scenes of our sugarhouse to help make maple syrup. An organic, nut-free snack and drink will be served. Vacation Days will be led by two SM&NC educators. Space is limited to 12 children for a small group experience. Register for one day or all three. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Must be 4-years-old by date of program. Members: $35/child per day or $90 for all three days | Non-Members: $45/child per day or $120 for all three days. For more information call 203.977-6521, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org, or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org

Audubon Greenwich

02/18/2014 to 02/19/2014

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

9:30 am - 3:30 pm Audubon's solution to the winter vacation blues! Explore the season with us as we have fun learning how animals and plants survive New England's harsh winter conditions. Pack the winter gear and snacks and sign now up for 1 or 2 days. Grades K-6. To register, visit the Audubon Greenwich website or contact Gigi at x223.

Center for Contemporary Print Making -ADVENTURES IN MONOTYPE : DRAWING AND TRANSFER TECHNIQUES

02/19/2014

299 West Ave, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-899-7999.

Wednesday, 10 am - 4 pm Renée Santhouse 1-day workshop. Limited to 8. All levels $125 members, $140 non-members.
In this workshop participants will learn easily accessible techniques to print line, tone, and shapes using crayons, pencils, transfers, rubbings, stamping, and found materials, to create a series of creative monoprints.