Beardsley Zoo - Pet Awareness and Adoption Day

05/17/2014

1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-394-6563.

Noon - 3:00 pm Join the Zoo for Pet Awareness and Adoption Day. Together with regional animal adoption and rescue organizations, you'll learn about the wonderful animals we live with every day - our pets! We'll host experts on pet care and safety, present crafts for the kids and other surprises. Take part and learn about caring for your family's best friend.

Jones Family Farms -Let's Go to the Movies Series Cooking Class- Fried Green Tomatoes

05/17/2014

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

12 noon to 3 p.m. Fried Green Tomatoes Focus on the delicious veggies of the South and authentic fried chicken. Limited to 12 students. Cost: $85 per student.

Downtown Cabaret Theatre -ELVIS – The Voice of Elvis by DOUG CHURCH

05/17/2014

263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203.576.1636.

5:30 and 8:30. $47. Doug Church began his Elvis career in the U.S. Air Force while competing against hundreds of other contestants and winning annual talent contests. In four years, he collected 11 first place trophies for his well-developed likeness to Elvis. In 1990, he competed in the fourth annual Worldwide Elvis Impersonator Contest in Memphis, Tennessee against Elvis entertainers from all over the world...winning second place. Doug has performed in such exotic locations as: Bangkok, Hong Kong, Aruba, The Bahamas, Moscow, France, The United Kingdom, and Denmark. In 1999, Doug starred in and performed soundtrack vocals for the award winning documentary film "Almost Elvis." Doug's voice has been acknowledged by his peers as being the closest to "The King's". Doug Church prefers to be recognized as an "Elvis Tribute Artist", rather than an impersonator. Doug performs each and every show as a tribute out of respect for "The King," not to imitate or impersonate the greatest legend of all time.

Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Concerts

05/17/2014

125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203.956.6771.

Norwalk Concert Hall. :00pm - Carmen in Concert with Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, Carole Ann Maxwell, DSM - Founder and Founding Artistic Director and the Fairfield County Children's Choir

Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend

05/17/2014 to 05/17/2014

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

Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18, 11 am - 3 pm

Join us for this fun weekend on the farm and watch as our flock of sheep gets its annual shearing and learn about what happens with their wooly coats. See firsthand how to turn wool into felt or yarn, among a variety of other hands-on demonstrations. There will be activities for all ages including llama trekking, face painting, crafts, live music, a plant and herb sale, and more. Hayride tickets will be available for purchase, and our museum galleries will be open. Works by members of the Loft Artists Association will be featured and available for purchase. There will be an assortment of local food trucks with food for sale. DAILY ADMISSION FEES: Members: $5 | Non-Members: $10. Family Plus and Director's Circle Members and all children 3 and under are free. 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.

The Glass House Maya Lin + Edwina von Gal

05/18/2014

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

Maya Lin's acclaimed practice comprises architecture, large-scale environmental installations, intimate artworks, and memorials, including the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial (1982) in Washington, D.C. She is presently at work on her last memorial, What is Missing?, which focuses on bringing awareness to the current crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss.  For 30 years, Edwina von Gal has created landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability for private and public clients around the world. She serves on boards and committees for a number of horticultural and cultural organizations, including What Is Missing? von Gal is currently launching the Perfect Earth Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve the earth's ecosystems by raising awareness around and reducing the use of toxins in landscapes.

Wilton Historical Society The Great Letterboxing History Hunt

05/18/2014

224 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT Phone: 203-762-7257.

4-5!. Eight Fairfield County historical organizations have banded together to create the Great Letterboxing History Hunt. The event begins on May 3 and ends on May 18 with a festive family get-together at the Wilton Historical Society. Letterboxing, which originated on the moors of Dartmoor, England in the 1850's, is an outdoor walking or hiking activity that combines elements of orienteering, stamp art, and puzzle-solving in a treasure-hunt style quest. This is a wonderful family activity, offering chance to learn about reading maps, following clues, and local history. Stay tuned for more information!

The PalaceStamford Young Artists Philharmonic Spring 2014

05/18/2014

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

4pm Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, the pre-eminent regional youth symphony orchestra organization, presents its 54th Concert Season with Music Director Christian Capocaccia, Principal Conductor of Young Artists Philharmonic, the organization's flagship orchestra. Along with Young Artists Philharmonic, the concerts also feature Young People's Symphony, under the direction of Gloria Sinaguglia, Young String Ensemble, conducted by Barbara DiFranco, and Young Artists Wind Ensemble, conducted by Gerard Reuter. For more information about Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, please visit www.syap.org. SUSCRIPTIONS: Add all 3 concerts to cart, using Senior price for seniors, Adult for adults. At payment screen use SeniorSub or AdultSub as coupon code. Runtime: 2 hours; no intermission Adults $25 (includes fees) Seniors $20 (includes fees) Students FREE (free tickets must be obtained at the box office)

IMAGES Gala - Annual Fundraiser - Fairfield Museum

05/20/2014

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

Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 7-11 pm/ Annual fundraiser, previewing Fairfield Museum's IMAGES 2014 6th Annual Juried Photography show and world-renown photographer David LaChapelle's solo exhibition. This event is accessible to people with disabilities. Please register with the contact person for this event.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Hosts Lecture on Victorian Era Jewelry--Norwalk

05/21/2014

295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850. Phone: 203-838-9799.

On Wednesday, May 21, at 11 a.m., the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum located at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk, CT will launch its 2014 Lecture Series. CT Historic New England's Associate Curator Laura Johnson will present the illustrated talk, Mottos, Messages and Gem Lore in Victorian Jewelry and introduce the messages, both hidden and overt, in Victorian gems. From the many meanings of turquoise to "fide" rings and the language of flowers, men and women alike in the nineteenth century used gems and ornaments to whisper sweet nothings or softly spell out their devotion. Lecture attendees are invited to bring their own Victorian jewelry for expert identification (please note- not for appraisal). Laura Johnson is a specialist in American material life, focusing on identity construction and consumption. She is particularly interested in the intersections of memory and identity in American adornment. Ms. Johnson is currently working on an exhibition for Historic New England entitled Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love, scheduled to open in 2016 but also works on needlework, children's clothing, revival textiles, basketry, and Native American material culture. She received her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from the University of Delaware and an M.A. in Early American Culture from the Winterthur Program. This is the first in a series of lectures entitled, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion: Seventy-four years of Culture - Art, Life, and Love, 1864-1938 by curators and experts in the field of Victorian era material life. The lectures are $25 for members, $30 for non-members per session. A discount package for all seven lectures can be purchased in advance for $150 for members/ $180 for non-members.  The price includes lecture, lunch and a Mansion tour.  Lunch is courtesy of Michael Gilmartin's Outdoor Cookers.  The chair of the Lecture Committee is Mimi Findlay of New Canaan. Photo credits: Collection of Historic New England and photography by Andrew Davis.