Autumn bird walks slated
Tomorrow, Oct. 13, and Oct. 20 and 27, at 7:30 a.m., Audubon Greenwich at 613 Riversville Road is offering a true birding experience with Luke Tiller.
Birders meet in main building parking area to start on-site or depart for nearby birding locations.
No charge, but RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 203-869-5272, ext.239.
Coastal cleanup scheduled
Tomorrow, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., volunteers are needed for the Greenwich Green and Clean International Coastal Cleanup.
All shoreline trash/litter to be picked up and brought to a table at the gatehouse for a coastal inventory.
For information contact email@example.com.
Help with college admissions essay
Tomorrow, Oct.13 at 11 a.m., The Friends of the Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Road, in the Community Room of the Library are presenting "How to jump start your college admissions essay," featuring a free workshop for high school seniors with Michele Turk, on how to write a winning college admissions essay. For more information, or to sign up, call 203-622-6883.
Chili cook-off scheduled
Tomorrow, Oct. 13, from 3 to 6 p.m. the Diamond Hill Church, 821 East Putnam Ave., will hold its annual Chili Cook-off with judges Lou Carravella, David Theis and Craig Leonard, and 14-plus contestants.
Proceeds go to Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry. For more information, call 203-869-2395.
Tomorrow and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, and Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch are hosting the Hawk Migration Association of North American conference, "Counting for the Future," with keynote speaker Peter Dunne reflecting upon his 36 years of hawk watching.
Scientific presentations, panel discussions, workshops and field trips. Public welcome. For details and registration, visit www.hmana.org/Conference2012.
Animal Control open house
On Sunday, Oct. 14, from 10-2 p.m. Greenwich Animal Control, 393 North Street (next door to North Street Elementary School) will hold an open house for viewing of dogs and cats for adoption.
Friends of Felines will join in with a collection of great adoptable cats!
This October, the American Red Cross of Greenwich urges blood donors to "get into the spirit" to ensure an adequate blood supply through the fall.
All blood types needed for accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders.
Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
Divorce support group to meet
On Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Jewish Family Services is holding a Divorce Support Group at JFS of Greenwich, 1 Holly Hill Lane, to discuss issues including mourning the loss of a relationship, rebuilding self-esteem, navigating family complications and dating again.
Women and men are welcome. Fee is a two-month, prepaid discount fee of $120, or $20 per session. Sliding scale fees will apply if necessary.
Cos Cob Library book discussions
Friends of the Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Road, are offering three book discussion groups: Thursday Evening Book Club at 7:30 p.m., on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. with facilitator Suzie Carter, reading "The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton on Nov. 1; and "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaughon on Dec. 6. The Brown Bag Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m., with facilitator Susan K. Boyar reading "The Buddha in the Attic" by Julie Otsuka on Oct. 17; and "The Cat's Table" by Michael Ondaatje on Nov. 28. The Mystery Lovers' Book Club meets on the second Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. with facilitator Shubha Phansalkar reading "The Case of the Missing Servant" by Tarquin Hall on Oct. 13; "Faithful Place" by Tana French on Nov. 10; and "I am Half-Sick of Shadows" by C. Alan Bradley on Dec. 8. For more information, contact Richard Campbell at 203-622-9356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer birdwatchers needed
From now until Oct. 20, Audubon Connecticut needs volunteer birdwatchers to participate in surveys of neotropical migrant songbirds during fall migration, one morning per week for priority coastal sites. Volunteers need strong bird identifying skills and a basic ability to identify common plants. To volunteer or for more information, email Lori Mott at email@example.com.
Historical Society holds exhibit
"A Good Light: The Artist's Studio in Cos Cob and Beyond," is on view until Jan. 6 at the Greenwich Historical Society Storehouse Gallery, 39 Strickland Road, to celebrate the restoration of the room at Bush-Holley House that served at various times as the studio of Childe Hassam, John Twachtman and Elmer MacRae. Members: free; nonmembers: $10; seniors and students: $8. For more information, call 203-869-6899 or visit www.greenwichhistory.org.
OGS to hold Pumpkin Patch festival tomorrow
Tomorrow, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.-, Old Greenwich School, 285 Sound Beach Ave. will hold its annual "Pumpkin Patch" fall festival featuring a haunted house, hay maze, bouncy slides, games for all ages, food and more.
New Jewish singles program
On Oct. 14, at Temple Sholom, Meet and Mingle, a new program for Jewish Singles (55+) will engage in ongoing activities to discover commonalities and similar interests. This first event, "Meet, Mingle and Enjoy a Movie," will screen "Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story," preceded by wine and cheese, followed by dessert and coffee at a nearby cafe. Call Jewish Family Services for more information at 203-622-1881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate Halloween at Bush Holley
On Oct. 14, from 12 to 4 p.m., the Greenwich Historical Society and the Done in a Day committee of the Junior League of Greenwich are launching a new Halloween family tour at the Bush-Holley House, 39 Strickland Road. A costume parade and contest will be held, and prizes will be awarded. Activities include creating works of art using paints, pencils, yarn and origami paper and a story reading with Nana Banana (aka Isabel Malkin). Refreshments will be served. Fee is $5 for members of Greenwich Historical Society or the Junior League of Greenwich; $10 for nonmembers. Tickets at www.greenwichhistory.org or at door. For more information, call 203-869-6899.
International Book Club
On Oct. 16, from 5 to 6 p.m., the Alliance Française International Book Club will kicks off its fall session at the Byram Shubert Library with "The Last Van Gogh" by Alison Richman, a novel that recreates the final months of Van Gogh's life.
Join AFG members and friends for wine and cheese discussion. RSVP by calling 203-629-1340. Book is available at Byram Shubert Library.
Free teen writing workshop
On Oct. 16, at 4 p.m., Greenwich Library will hold a Teen Writing Workshop for sixth graders and older with author Annabel Monaghan discussing her debut young adult novel, "A Girl Named Digi." Monaghan will lead teens through writing exercises to help them develop characters and plot. Books available for purchase and signing and registration is required. Register at www.greenwichlibrary.org<http://www.greenwichlibrary.org. For more information, call 203-622-7915.
At Home to hold seniors tea
On Oct. 16, at 4 p.m., At Home in Greenwich invites seniors for tea to meet new people, hear fresh ideas and become part of a vibrant membership focused on staying safe and independent in your own home, with Executive Director Lise Jameson and current members at Fletcher Hall, Second. Congregational Church, 139 E. Putnam Ave. To RSVP, call 203-422-2342.
RMA to host speaker Philip Warburg
On Oct.17, at 10:45 a.m., the Retired Men's Association of Greenwich, is hosting Philip Warburg, author of "Harvest the Wind: America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence and Climate Stability," at First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette Place. No charge, no reservations needed. For more information, call 203-698-2558 or email email@example.com.
GCC to host local candidates forum
Livvy Floren, John Blankley, Stephen Walko, Stephanie Paulmeno, Fred Camillo, David Rafferty, Scott Frantz and Daniel Dauplaise will speak on topics affecting Greenwich with a Q and A. Light breakfast will be provided.
`Living La Dolce Vita' author
On Oct.18 at 7:30 p.m., in celebration of Italian Heritage Month, the Cos Cob Library at 5 Sinawoy Road is presenting author, Raeleen Mautner of the book "Living La Dolce Vita: Bring the Passion, Laughter and Serenity of Italy into Your Daily Life," by adopting the Mediterranean "sweet life." Book signing following. Light refreshments. Register for limited seating by calling 203-622-6883.
Hosts needed for students
Greenwich-based Friendship Ambassadors Foundation is looking for a host family to house for six months two female university students from Nepal and Denmark chosen as 2013 International Youth Fellows while they work at the foundation. Both speak perfect English. For more information, call FAF's intern coordinator, Victor Izquierdo, at 203-542-0652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talk on Latin America
On Oct. 18, at 7:30 a.m., the World Affairs Forum's Ambassadors Roundtable Breakfast, is presenting Michael Shifter, president of Inter-American Dialogue, speaking on "New Political Alignments in Latin America," at the Stamford Yacht Club, 97 Ocean Drive in Stamford. Fee is $50 for general public. To reserve a seat, email email@example.com, or call 203-356-0340.
Hamilton Ave. tag sale
On Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Hamilton Avenue School PTA will hold its fall tag sale fundraiser at the school, 184 Hamilton Ave. Early birds entry from 8 to 9 a.m.; $5 donation. Items for sale include toys, games, bicycles, housewares, sporting goods, electronics, books, CDs/videos/DVDs, furniture, holiday items, antiques/collectibles, artwork, musical instruments, jewelry, tools, clothing and more. Donations are welcome on Oct. 18, 2:45 to7 p.m., and Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information, email Tag Sale Chair Jessica Capozza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kaufmans to speak at Audubon
On Oct. 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, naturalist Kenn Kaufman, originator of the "Kaufman Field Guide" series, will introduce his and his wife Kim's new "Field Guide to Nature of New England" and some of their favorite adventures discovering nature together. Wine and cheese and book signing followed by presentation. Suggested donation: $10. RSVP to 203-869-5272, ext.239.
Talk to address causes of weird weather
On Oct. 20, from 2-4 p.m., Greenwich Library is presenting a program "What's Causing Your Weird Weather?" with Pauline Cantwell, host of the weekly radio show "Live Well with Cantwell on 1490 WGCH. The talk will focus on deliberate modification of weather and climate by corporations, local and national governments, militaries, terrorist groups and private individuals. Free event. Refreshments served. For more information call 203-637-0632.
Walk hosted through Babcock Preserve
On Oct. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., join Town Tree Warden and Superintendent of Parks and Trees Bruce Spaman for a walk through the Babcock Preserve. Moderate to difficult walk; wear appropriate shoes. RSVP to JoAnn Messina at email@example.com.
slated at First Congregational
On Oct. 21, at 5 p.m., the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach Ave., kicks of its second season of the First Music and Arts Series with a hymn festival, "How can I keep from singing?," with Director of Music Dr. Craig Scott Symons to lead everyone through the church year with a variety of hymns, including "O come, all ye faithful" and "Jesus Christ is risen today." $20 requested per person. For more information, visit www.fccog.org or call 203-637-1791, ext. 22, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GADC offers caregiver consultation
Greenwich Adult Day Care offers consultation on the role of a caregiver with Jane Kramer, who oversees the Caregiver Information Center at the GADC River House. Contact the River House Caregiver Information Center at 203-622-0079 to schedule a consultation.
Civic center to hold community open house
On Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center will showcase its fall programs with an Open House featuring programs for children 8 months to 12 years old, including Just Wee Two -- Mommy and Me programs, Children's Dance Programs with Dance Pointe, Girls Indoor Field Hockey, Youth Basketball, Children's Music Classes featuring Music for Aardvarks, Children's French and Spanish Classes, Jack Rabbits Gymnastics, soccer demo with Aldwin, bounce houses and children's concerts with Groove Music and Graham Clarke. For more information, call 203-532-1259, visit www.greenwichct.org, or stop by the Civic Center and pick up a flier.
Oct. 22 is the deadline to submit your favorite tree photo to the Greenwich Tree Conservancy's "Awesome Tree Contest." Take photos before leaves start to fall. Enter all or one category: `Most Interesting Tree Branching;' `Most Gnarly Tree;' `Fattest Tree;' `Most Serene Tree;' and Storybook Tree. Entry forms online at www.greenwichtreeconservancy.org. For more information, call 203-869-1464 or email email@example.com.
Art discussion to feature curator of museum
On Oct. 22, from 11a.m to 1 p.m., the Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Road, is presenting with its exhibit, "City Ateliers and Country Retreats: Artists of the Tenth Street Studio Building and the Cos Cob Art Colony," a talk by Annette Blaugrund, museum curator on the workings of the studio building in Greenwich Village. Members: $15; nonmembers $20. Optional box lunch: $10. For reservations, call 203-869-6899, ext. 10 or visit www.greenwichhistory.org.
Historical Society presents "New Century, New Eye"
On Oct. 24 from 5:30 -- 7:30 p.m. the Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Road, with the Greenwich Art Society is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bush Holley House with a reception/opening of the exhibition, "New Century, New Eye" (running until Nov. 18) that looks at the "Old House" with new eyes. Artist works displayed in the Vanderbilt Education Center and the Bush-Holley House. For more information call 203-869-6899 or visit www.greenwichhistory.org
Fall Cooking Classes offered for kids
On Oct. 25, from 4 to 5 p.m., Whole Foods Market and the Greenwich YMCA are offering cooking classes for kids: Pumpkin Cookie Smoothie and Snap Peas with Carrot Ginger Dressing at the Greenwich YMCA, 50 East Putnam Ave. Preregister by contacting Victoria Martin at 203-869-1630, ext 210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free ONS physician talk
On Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m., at the Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital, physiatrist Dr. Tamar Kessel will discuss the advantages of using ultrasound with interventional treatments to address problems from sports injuries in young athletes to arthritis in aging baby boomers. Registration required. Call Greenwich Hospital at 203-863-4277 or 888-305-9253 or register online at www.greenwichhospital.org or visit www.onsmd.com.
Living desert exhibit at Bruce
"Extreme Habitats: Living Desert Dry," is on view at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive now through March 3. The exhibit showcases how and where native flora and fauna have evolved to not only survive but to thrive under hyper-arid conditions. The show spotlights the global issue of desertification, the process in which fertile land is transformed into desert as a result of human-induced causes such as deforestation, poor agricultural practices and drought. For more information, call 203-869-0376.
Emergency call for blood
The American Red Cross urges donors to address the summer storm-driven loss of more than 1,000 units of blood and platelets. Power outages, fallen trees and other storm impacts have cancelled blood drives and blocked access to donor centers. Eligible blood donors can schedule appointments immediately by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org. Donors will receive a coupon for a free carton of ice cream from Friendly's restaurants.
Trike-a-thon to benefit St. Jude's
On Oct. 27, from 10 to 11 a.m., North Greenwich Nursery School, 606 Riversville Road, is holding a trike-a-thon benefit for St. Jude Children's Hospital. Preschoolers will learn about bike safety while riding with friends. For more information, call Tara Lunde at 203-869-7945 or email Taramlunde@gmail.com.
Veterans to hold holiday boutique
On Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 9th District Veterans are hosting their annual holiday boutique at the Western Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Road. The boutique will feature more than 20 vendors selling men's and women's jewelry, fashion accessories, purses, pillows, personalized gifts and more. There will be a lunch, bake sale and raffles at the event. For more information, call 203-532-9588.
Juilliard organist to perform at St. Barnabas
On Oct. 28, at 5 p.m., St. Barnabas Church, 954 Lake Avenue, is presenting an organ recital by prize-winning Juilliard student, Gregory Castilla Zelek, playing "The King of Instruments." The audience can get an additional view of the performance via closed circuit TV to witness the incredible athleticism of a world-class organist. Fee is $30; free for kids under 16. For tickets call 203-661-5526, ext. 21 or visit www.stbarnabasgreenwich.org/concerts
Paper shredding day offered
On Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Island Beach parking lot, the Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board is featuring a paper shredding opportunity to celebrate America Recycles Day. Bring old financial statements, medical records and documents that contain social security, payroll and other personal information to be shredded. All non-sensitive papers, folders, envelopes, paper clips, plastic binders and covers must be removed and recycled with regular single stream recycling. Charge is $1 per box, with a maximum of five boxes. Box size similar to a 10-ream case. For information call 203-629-2876 or email GreenwichRecycles@gmail.com.
Author, theologian Pagels to speak
On Nov. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m., Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road is presenting acclaimed author and theologian Elaine Pagels speaking about her latest book, "Revelations, Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation." Pagel is professor of religion at Princeton University and recipient of Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Fellowships. $20 per person, $5 for students. Reception and book signing following. To reserve call 203-896-1091 or visit www.roundhillcommunitychurch.org.
Red Ribbon Gala to be held Nov. 3
On Nov. 3, the Red Ribbon Foundation will host a gala at the Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, NY, featuring performer Sugar Ray, guest presenter Regis Philbin, master of ceremonies Lara Spencer of "Good Morning America," honorary chair Gary Dell'Abate, and honoree Dr. Jeffrey Laurence, professor of medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology, attending physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Tickets for the performance including catered dinner and open bar are $400, or $125 for balcony ticket, light fare and open bar. For tickets visit https://redribbon.ejoinme.org/?tabid=390969. For more information, visit www.RedRibbonFoundation.org.