Beardsley Zoo -Guide Dog Lecture

05/18/2016

1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-394-6565.

The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation provides guide dogs for people who are visually impaired. It takes countless hours and years for dogs selected for this program to graduate. The benefit of this program is that it helps restore people's independence and gives them a new outlook on their surroundings and beyond. See how these animals are trained, what their trainers experience and why this organization is so important. Join us May 18 at 7 pm in our Hanson Exploration Station. $10 suggested donation. Refreshments served. Animal artwork will be for sale.

4th Annual Sylvia Plotkin Memorial Mah Jongg Tournament

05/18/2016 to 05/18/2016

1035 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT 06905. Phone: 2034870983.

Friendly Competition. Serious Fun. Whether you are a master mah jongg player or a novice, all levels are welcome. Want to learn? We can teach you. Don’t want to play in a tournament or want to play bridge or canasta? Bring your foursome for a fun day of non-tournament play. Door prizes • Tournament prizes, Noshes and nibbles. Admission: $40. Donations are welcome. Register at the JCC welcome desk. For more information contact Connie Cirillo Freeman, 203.487.0983 or cfreeman@stamfordjcc.org

 

Silvermine Art Center - Silvermine Guild Artists POP UP SHOW

05/19/2016

1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT Phone: (203) 966-9700 .

6-8pm. One Night Only! In the Silvermine galleries.

Garden Education Center Hosts A Walk in the Woods at Montgomery Pinetum Park--Cos Cob

05/19/2016

130 Bible St., Cos Cob, CT 06807. Phone: 203-869-9242.

A Walk in the Woods at the Montgomery Pinetum Park with Lisa Beebe, GEC Director of Horticulture on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm.  Call for further details.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center Lecture/Book Signing with David Sibley

05/19/2016

39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203-322-1646.

On Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 6PM Reception--6:30PM Lecture/Q&A/Book Signing David Sibley will be at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center's Bendel Mansion.  Wine and small bites will be served.  Now completely revised and updated - Sibley Birds East, is the indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative guide in a portable format they will want to carry into the field. Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 650 bird species, plus regional populations, found east of the Rocky Mountains. Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations - more than 4,601 in total - with descriptive captions pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry has been updated to include the most current information concerning frequency, nesting, behavior, food and feeding, voice description, and key identification features. Also included are more than 601 updated maps drawn from information contributed by 110 regional experts across the continent, and showing winter, summer, year-round, migration, and rare ranges. Sibley is the author and illustrator of the series of successful guides to nature that bear his name, including The New York Times best seller The Sibley Guide to Birds. $25 admission for one and a signed copy of the book.  $35 admission for two and one signed copy of the book.  $10 General Admission. Register on the website.

The Glass House David White

05/19/2016

199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT Phone: 203-594-9884.

5:30 - 8:30 pm. Tickets $100. David White will discuss the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Spreads and Related Works, a group of paintings and works on paper chosen to compliment the painting Recital (Spread), 1980, purchased by Philip Johnson during that same year and now included in the permanent collection of the Glass House. Ticket includes curator talk, site visit, and light refreshments.

Westport Art Center Program: ArtSpeaks--Collecting Cuban Art, Collecting Experiences

05/20/2016

51 Riverside Ave., Westport, CT 06880. Phone: 203-222-7070.

Friday, May 20, 11am – 12pm: ArtSpeaks - Collecting Cuban Art, Collecting Experiences. With art collector Steven Certilman and curator Arianne Ko. The Westport Arts Center is pleased to present Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art, an exhibition featuring a diverse and compelling range of works by emerging and established Cuban artists, on display April 29 – June 4.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center -The First Three Minutes of the Big Bang

05/20/2016

Stamford, CT Phone: 203.322.1646.

7:30 pm Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on The First Three Minutes of the Big Bang, followed by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users enter - 151 Scofieldtown Road. Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS: The First Three Minutes of the Big Bang

05/20/2016 to 05/20/2016

39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 2039776521. Fax: 2039776521.

Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on The First Three Minutes of the Big Bang, followed by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users enter - 151 Scofieldtown Road. Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3.
* * * * 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.

10th Annual Connecticut Tree Festival

05/21/2016

300 Grumman Ave, Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 854-3200.

Everything at the festival is free, admission, parking, chances on door prizes, even picnic-style lunch for everybody. Exhibitors pay nothing for space or their booths, nor are they permitted to sell products or services on the property. Upwards of 40 of them line the park's Great Lawn, drawing more than 2,000 festival-goers when the weather is pleasant.
The day showcases a diverse lineup of ecologically-oriented exhibitors encircled by hands-on demonstrations by experts in tree-planting and care. For the younger set, there are bucket-truck rides to the treetops and a rope tree-climb with the kids secured in harnesses, plus face-painting and crafts