Volunteers needed for Calf Island spruce-up
Tomorrow, Oct. 20, from 9:30-12 noon, Calf Island Conservancy invites volunteers to embark at the Grass Island Public Dock (entrance off of Shore Road in the Belle Haven area of Greenwich) with work gloves and clothing (and pruners if you have them). Prepare to climb over bow into shallow water to disembark. Trim, pick up debris, enjoy the natural setting, with light refreshments. To register, call 203 637-6217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hamilton Ave. tag sale
Tomorrow, 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 bird 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. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information, email Tag Sale Chair Jessica Capozza at email@example.com.
Kaufman slated at Audubon
Tomorrow, 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 discuss 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 weird weather
Pauline Cantwell will give a talk, "What's Causing Your Weird Weather?" tomorrow, Oct. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave. 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. This event is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Greenwich Library.
Old Greenwich Farmer's Market
The Old Greenwich Farmer's Market, 38 West End Ave, is now open Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.; and beginning Oct. 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. The market offers fresh and local produce Final market day is Nov. 14. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Babcock Preserve Walk
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.
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 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 " "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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Hymn festival 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 is offering 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 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 any or all categories: "Most Interesting Tree Branching," "Most Gnarly Tree," "Fattest Tree," "Most Serene Tree" and "Storybook Tree." Entry forms are available 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 11 a.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.
Expanding Deserts lecture
On Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m., the Bruce Museum at 1 Museum Drive is presenting a free lecture on "Expanding Deserts: A Global Concern," with Leila Lopes, a Drylands Ambassador to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, a native of Angola and Miss Universe 2011. The talk is being held in connection with the museum's exhibit, "In Extreme Habitats: Living Desert Dry," which runs through March 3, 2013. To register, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203 869-0376.
On Oct. 24, at 10:45 a.m., the Retired Men's Association is featuring Peter Malkin, well-known for his successful real estate career and his extensive community service. RMA meetings are held at First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette Place. For more information, call Bernard Schneider, 203-698-2558, or email email@example.com.
Holiday boutique Lyme benefit
On Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Lyme Research Alliance (previously Time for Lyme) is hosting its 4th annual Holiday Boutique and Appraisal Day at Christ Church Parish Hall, 254 East Putnam Ave. A special Opening Night shopping preview with wine and refreshments will be held Monday evening, Oct. 22, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Former Sotheby's appraisers will be on site to appraise antiques and collectibles on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit lymeresearchalliance.org or call 203-969-1333.
by the apps
On Oct. 23, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Garden Education Center, 130 Bible Street, learn how to use your mobile devices to create new design concepts and test which flowers, plants and trees will look the best in your garden. $35 for GEC member, $45 for non-member. Reserve at 203-869-9242, for firstname.lastname@example.org.
`New Century, New Eye' exhibit
On Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 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
"The Last Empress" author
On Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., the Friends and Staff of the Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy, present Da Chen, author of "The Last Empress." When visiting Yale, Da was inspired by a statue of the first Yale graduate beheaded in China's Box Rebellions in 1896. There will be a book sale and signing following with light refreshments. Registration required. Stop by or call 203-622-6883 to reserve a spot.
Fall cooking classes 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. Pre-register by contacting Victoria Martin at 203-869-1630, ext 210 or email email@example.com.
Orangeries and conservatories
On Oct. 25, at 10 a.m., the Garden Education Center (GEC), 130 Bible Street, is hosting Arete Warren for a talk and slide show on the distinction between orangeries, conservatories and greenhouses. Warren has held positions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. $35 for GEC members, $45 for non-members. Reserve at 203-869-9242, for email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flinn Gallery textiles show
On Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., "9x9x3," an exhibit of 52 works from the Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY), running until Nov. 28, opens with a reception at the Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave. Using the confines of nine-by-nine-by-three-inch boxes, TSGNY artist-members create spectacular sculpture, tapestry, collage, embroidery, and assemblage. Light refreshments.
Learn advantages of ultrasound
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.
Learn Shabbat cuisine
On Oct. 25, Chabad of Greenwich is offering an Interactive Cooking Demonstration at the Sturza home, 10 Hycliff Road. For women only. To sign up visit http://chabadgreenwich.org or call 203-629-9059 to speak with Shaina Epstein.
Mary Ann Hoberman reading
On Oct. 27, at 3 p.m., the Friends and Staff of the Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy, are presenting author and Children's Poet Laureate, Mary Ann Hoberman reading from her two new books: "I Like Old Clothes," and "Forget-Me-Nots," with selections from her other books. Book sale and signing following. Registration required. Stop by or call the library at 203-622-6883 to reserve a spot.
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 for 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 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 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
JLG Community Grant time
Nov. 30 is the deadline for applications for the Junior League of Greenwich Community Grant Awards to one or more community organizations. The grant is intended to fund new initiatives, not subsidize existing programs. For applications, visit www.jlgreenwich.org, under Community Impact/Community Awards.
Men's basketball leagues
On Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., the Dept. of Parks and Rec. will hold a registration/organizational meeting for the men's basketball leagues at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Road. Games played Mon. through Thurs. evenings at various gym locations around town. League to begin Jan. 7, 2013. For more information, call 203-622-7821 or visit www.greenwichct.org.
Area Soup Kitchen fundraiser
On Nov. 3, from 11- 2:30 p.m., New Covenant House of Hospitality, the only soup kitchen serving all of lower Fairfield County, is holding "Harvest Table," a festive food-related fundraiser at the Italian Center, 1620 Newfield Ave., Stamford, featuring Debra Ponzek, chef/author/owner of Aux Delices of Greenwich. Tickets $50. Call 203-964-8228 or visit www.ccfairfield.org.
Paper shredding day
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 day 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.
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
On Nov. 3, the Red Ribbon Foundation will host a gala at the Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y., 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.
Songs of the Civil War
On Nov. 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., the Greenwich Historical Society, along with Stefanie Kies, is hosting an afternoon of song and readings at Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium, 101 West Putnam Ave., with local musicians to explore the lyrical history of the Civil War on authentic period instruments -- drums, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, concertina, bugle and guitar. The performance will frame each year of the War Between the States. Free admission. To reserve call 203-869-6899
Baron Rothschild's Waddesdon Manor
On Nov. 5, at 1 p.m., at the Bruce Museum., One Museum Drive, the Greenwich Antiques Society is hosting a lecture by Ulrich Leben of the Bard Graduate Center, N.Y. on "Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and the Creation of Waddesdon Manor: A High Victorian Legacy." Refreshments following. Free for Antiques Society members, or $20 for non-members. To make reservations or for more information, email email@example.com, call 203-622-1128 or visit www.greenwichantiques.org.
2012 Christmas Gift Fair
On Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Round Hill Club, the Greenwich Exchange for Women's Work is hosting its 2012 Christmas Gift Fair, featuring new and favorite guest vendors with handcrafted Exchange products, including fine art, home accessories, gourmet gift foods and Christmas/holiday decorations. Lunch available at Club. For more information, call 203-869-0229 or email Promo@GreenwichExchange.org.