Family Chanukah Roller Skating Party and Holiday Crafts

12/15/2012 to 12/15/2012

1035 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT 06905. Phone: 203-487-0971.

Celebrate Chanukah with latkes, gelt, and roller skates. Join us for our first-ever roller-skating party. Test out your skills on four wheels, and/or participate in some family-friendly arts and crafts in celebration of the Festival of Lights.Member $10 – Family maximum $30 Community $12 – Family maximum $36. For more information, call Virginia Clark at 203-487-0971, visit www.Stamfordjcc.org or e-mail vclark@stamfordjcc.org.

* * * * * The Stamford Jewish Community Center boasts a wide variety of social, educational and recreational programs. JCC membership, events and programs are open to everyone, regardless of race or religion.

Audubon Greenwich Hosts 113th Annual Christmas Bird Count

12/16/2012

613 Riverville Rd., Greenwich, CT 06831. Phone: 203-869-5272.

Join dozens of Audubon volunteers in search of birds at the 113th Annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 16 from Pre-dawn to 5PM.  It takes place throughout the 15 mile count circle during this Audubon tradition.  An annual compilation meeting and potluck dinner will follow the count.  Call to join a team at Ex. 230.  Check the website to learn more.

Holiday Open House

12/16/2012

295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850. Phone: 203-838-9799 ext. 4.

This year's Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 16, 2012, will feature four hours of family fun with magic, music and holiday treats. Noon-1 p.m. The day's events will kick off with a visit from Santa who will be available to hear children's Christmas wishes before he heads back to the North Pole. 1:15-2 p.m. Afterwards, families can watch Ben Zabin, a 13-year-old magician from Greenwich, CT, perform his magic tricks. Ben has performed throughout the U.S. and in 15 different countries. He was recently honored by being the youngest performer in the "Stars of Tomorrow Show" at the international Society of American Magicians magic convention. 2:30-3:15 p.m. Then it's time for "Broadway at the Mansion" when Broadway performers from the New Paradigm Theatre will perform in a concert with select students from the Norwalk community that they have been mentoring in local schools. 3:15-4 p.m. The day will conclude with a Doll and Teddy Bear Victorian Tea Party. Children can bring their favorite doll or bear and practice good etiquette at the holiday High Tea. Volunteers will be dressed in Victorian costumes and serve tea, cider, and seasonal treats to children and their favorite friends. Reservations are required by December 8. To RSVP, call 203-838-9799 ext. 4 or email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com General Admission: $5 per person - (Free Admission for ages 1 and under)  Doll and Teddy Bear Victorian Tea: $5. Reservations required. The Holiday Open House sponsors include Pierson & Smith Inc., Joseph Chu, Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch, who is co-sponsoring performers from the New Paradigm Theatre,Stew Leonard's, Pepperidge Farm, and Triple S Carpet & Carpetry Cleaners. For information on educational programs, events and rentals, call 203-838-9799 ext. 4 or e-mail:info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

Southern Connecticut Camerata Presents A New England Christmas Concert--Norwalk

12/16/2012

60 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851.

On December 16, 2012 at 4PM theSouthern Connecticut Camerata performs a repertoire of chamber choral music spanning the past eight centuries. The Camerata's traditional performance of rarely-heard secular and sacred compositions from late medieval times and the Renaissance is complemented by chamber choral pieces from all periods, including contemporary choral music and traditional folk songs.  Music Director Vincent Edwards also is Director of Music at St. Paul's on the Green in Norwalk, Connecticut. He received the degree Bachelor of Arts in Music and Religion from Bethel College in McKenzie, Tennessee, and holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University. Check the website for further information.

North Pole Comes to Stepping Stones

12/17/2012 to 12/21/2012

303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-899-0606.

Monday, December 17 – Friday, December 21from 10:30 – 11:30 am and 3:00 – 4:00 pm Meet Santa Claus and friends, take your own photos and make your own, limited-edition 2012 BooZoo holiday ornament.

Vacation Drop-Off Days

12/17/2012 to 12/19/2012

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

December 17 - December 19, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Ages 4-8. Join us for some winter vacation fun! Through visits with live animals, crafts, hikes and games, we'll have a great time exploring the grounds of the SM&NC. An organic, nut-free snack and drink will be served. Taught by two SM&NC professional educators. Limited to 12 children for a small group experience. Call 203.977.6521 to register. Register for one day or all three! Must be 4 by date of program. Members: $35/child/day or $90 for three days. Non-Members: $45/child/day or $120 for three days. 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.

Book Signing and Discussion at South Norwalk Branch Library by Christoher Holms - The Inheritance of Greatness

12/18/2012 to 12/18/2012

10 Washington Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854. Phone: 203-899-2790 ext 15902.

Book Signing and Discussion at South Norwalk Branch Library
by Christopher Holms

Join Christopher Holms for book signing and discussion of his book “The Inheritance of Greatness,” Tuesday, December 18, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the South Norwalk Branch Library, 10 Washington Street.
Thomas Carver, the main character in Holms’ book, is a 14-year-old boy growing up in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1809. His family expects him to enter the priesthood and he tries to meet their expectations. His feelings, however, change as he enters manhood. After another incident with neighborhood bullies, Thomas’ grandfather takes him through Fairfield, Saugatuck and Norwalk where he meets his grandfather's friends. Together, they help Thomas understand that his anger stems from his fears about trying to please everyone but himself. Thomas’ journey continues with stories of ancient Greek, Celtic and Norse mythology intertwined with the wisdom and faith that he had previously misunderstood.

Fourth Annual Community Carol Sing at Joel Barlow High School - Fairfield

12/20/2012

100 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-581-0850.

Thursday, December 20 at 6:30 PM. The event will feature members of the Orchestra, Select Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and A Cappella Choirs performing a variety of Christmas and Chanukah favorites. A musical reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, community performances of Sleigh Ride and Carol of the Bells, a performance by the newly formed JBHS Staff Choir, an audience sing-along, and a visit from Santa are planned. What better way to get everyone into the holiday spirit? Bring the whole family along—this is an event that will be fun for all ages! There is no cost for admission but donations are encouraged; proceeds to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

Lunch and Learn: Holiday Swedish Buffet at Jones Family Farm

12/20/2012

606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT

12:00 pm - 2:00 pmOur Lunch and Learn Series offer guests a food demonstration of a holiday meal, followed by lunch. A glass of wine and recipes included. Menu: Swedish Meatballs, Scalloped Potatoes, Winter Vegetable Platter with squash, cabbage, beets & kale.Christmas Rice Pudding. Served with traditional Swedish smorgasbord accompaniments. Cost: $65/student

New Canaan Nature Center Hosts Winter Solstice Celebration

12/21/2012

144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: 203-966-9577.

Winter Solstice Celebration--Friday, December 21 from 5:00 - 6:30P.M. Open House for New Canaan Nature Center Members--Celebrate the lights at the Nature Center on the "darkest" day of the year. The sun is the farthest away from the northern hemisphere. Wine, cheese, hot cocoa & treats under the twinkling lights in the greenhouse. Ages: All ages.