Westport Historical Society -Crazy 'bout Critters

07/22/2013 to 07/26/2013

25 Avery Place, Westport, CT Phone: 203-222-1424.

Ages 5 - 11. Crazy 'bout Critters, Ages 5-11, 10am-2pm, Introduces kids to a new wild animal each day and learn about animals as pets, in art and literature. Member Price: $250 or non- member 275.00. Where the Wild Things Are...Do you love animals? Animals as pets, animals in art and literature and conservation will all be explored with our special guest, Amanda Chisholm from Earthplace introduces a new wild animal each day.

Stamford Jazz Up July


Columbus Park, Stamford, CT Phone: (203) 348-5285.

6:30 p.m. Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band and Good Neighbor. $10 fee to attend Jazz Up July, Children aged 12 and under are free Single main entrance located on Main Street just west of Clark and Lower Summer Streets with multiple entry portals. Rain Venue - Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street

Norwalk- Fleetwood Macked


Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-854-7938.

7:00 p.m. Fleetwood Macked –This tribute band recreates the musical experience of Fleetwood Mac's most popular line-up -- Mick Fleetwood (Frank Saitta), John and Christine McVie (Bobby Trombley and Sue Rowe), Stevie Nicks (Hillary Epstein) and Lindsey Buckingham (Mike Epstein). Each Wednesday night throughout the summer, area residents look forward to packing a picnic and a blanket and heading to the beach to enjoy a relaxing evening of music beside Long Island Sound. A $5.00 parking fee is charged for cars without a Norwalk beach sticker. For updates and additional information call the Norwalk Recreation and Parks Office at 203-854-7807. All concerts (except Gunsmoke and Beginnings) have a rain date of the following day. For cancellation information call 203-854-7938. A $20.00 parking fee is charged for cars without a Norwalk beach sticker.

Norwalk Historical Society Hosts Summer Beer Tasting


2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT 06851. Phone: 203-846-0525.

Learn about the History of Beer in New England with beer expert Gregg Glaser--Tasting of  8-10 beers from Connecticut breweries with appetizers. Gregg Glaser will present a talk titled The History of Beer in New England with an emphasis on Connecticut breweries — both old ones that have closed and the new flourishing of craft breweries. Along with the talk, there will be a tasting of beers from Connecticut breweries, including: Back East Brewing, Cambridge House Brewery & Beer, Charter Oak Brewing, City Steam Brewery, Half Full Brewery, Olde Burnside Brewing, Southport Brewing, and Thomas Hooker Ales & Lager. Gregg, who lives in the Silvermine section of Norwalk, is Editor in Chief of Yankee Brew News, Contributing Editor with Modern Brewery Age, Publisher/Editor of Modern Distillery Age and Director of the Great International Beer & Cider Competition. Purchase Tickets online. Limited seating!  Must be 21 years old and up.

Darien Nature Center - Summer Fireflies


120 Brookside Rd. , Darien, CT Phone: (203) 655-7459 .

For ages 5-9. Drop off at 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Night hike, nocturnal animals, crafts, pizza making and a movie, weather permitting. $50 first child; $10 each additional child.

Glass House Readings - Christopher Rawlins


199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT Phone: 203.594.9884 .

5:30-7:30 p.m: Christopher Rawlins will discuss the Modernist architecture of Fire Island and the construction of gay domestic space as explored in his new book Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction. Glass House Readings is a new program that brings notable authors and intellectuals to the Glass House to read from a new work. Visitors will walk the site with the guest author and enjoy a reading and discussion session during a light reception. Glass House Readings is presented in partnership with the New Canaan Library. Tickets, $50 per person.

Jones Family Winery-Kids Summer Series: Bodacious Beets


606 Walnut Tree Hill Rd., Shelton, CT Phone: (203) 929-8425.

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm. 9-12 year olds are invited to become Jones farmers for the day! Led by a Jones Farm Educator, together we will explore our farm gardens while learning what it takes to grow and harvest some of our favorite vegetables. Each week will focus on a different vegetable family and together we will prepare kid-friendly recipes at the farm kitchen from our harvest. After learning how to prepare their vegetables, each class will end with a "farmer's market" where students can select some of their harvest to share with their families at home. In addition, students will be sent home with recipes as well as Jones Farmer Market Bucks that can be used for purchasing additional Jones-grown produce from our Veggie Stand.

Stamford Alive@5


Columbus Park, Stamford, CT Phone: (203) 348-5285.

5 p.m. Bret Michaels Life Rocks 2013, StoneBaby, Eighteenth Hour.  Alive@Five, Rules for 2013 NEW THIS YEAR: Backpacks or large bags will not be permitted. No entry through restaurant/bar/office back doors. Everyone must enter through single main entrance located on Main Street just east of Clark and Lower Summer Streets with multiple entry portals. You must be 21 and older to get into the concert area after 7 pm. Hands will be marked for under 21. Under 21 cannot leave and re-enter. If you are under 21 and arrive before 7pm, you are welcome to stay for the entire concert, but you cannot leave and re-enter. Photo I.D. is required. Passports and Out of State IDs require a Second Form of Photo I.D. with Date of Birth. NEW THIS YEAR: Those aged 25 and under will be required to fill out a CT Department of Consumer Protection Liquor Control Division Age Statement Form, certifying that you are 21 years of age or older. $15 fee to attend the Alive @ Five Festival. Children aged 12 and under are free, but must enter before 7pm and cannot leave and re-enter. Metro North will be vigilant in enforcing underage drinking laws. Alive@Five will take place, rain or shine. Restricted Items Attendees cannot enter with backpacks or large bags, coolers, chairs, bicycles, skateboards, weapons,containers of any kind, liquids, alcohol, illegal substances of any kind, pets, video cameras or tape recorders. Security professionals at all entry portals will ensure that all attendees are free of any of these items.

The Avon - SCANNERS (1981)


272 Bedford St, Stamford, CT Phone: 203-967-3660.

9:00 p.m. The title of this David Cronenberg sci-fi horror film refers to a group of people who have telekinetic powers that allow them to read minds and give them the ability to make other people's heads explode. The children of a group of women who took an experimental tranquilizer during their pregnancies, the scanners are now adults and have become outcasts from society. But Darryl decides to create an army of scanners to take over the world. The only person who can stop him is his brother Cameron, who wants to forget that he was ever a scanner. --Matthew Tobey, Rovi

18th Annual Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival-Bridgeport

07/25/2013 to 07/28/2013

1 Barnum Dyke, Bridgeport, CT 06044. Phone: 203-908-3030.

Seaside Park to Host 18th Annual Festival through 2017 Tickets on Sale Today for Vibes 2013, July 25-28 Bridgeport, CT —The Gathering of the Vibes and the City of Bridgeport have confirmed an agreement to hold the annual music, camping, and arts festival at Seaside Park for five more years, through 2017. The 18th Gathering of the Vibes will return to the shores of the Long Island Sound July 25-28, 2013. Plans are already in motion for making next summer's festival an unforgettable experience for all ages.