Spaghetti Creole Dinner planned
Tomorrow, Jan. 26, from 4 - 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church at 286 Delavan Ave. hosts a Spaghetti Creole Dinner. Join cook Olga Mayores, and other church members and friends. Hear local author Nancy Prieston read from her book, "I'll Never Leave You," based on the true love story of Anna and Dan Jasensky who met in Byram in 1938. Dinner tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. There are a limited number of "to-go" orders available by calling 203-253-2327.
Free Fit & Fun Fest 2013
Tomorrow, Jan. 26, from 1 to 5 p.m., the Junior League of Greenwich is partnering with ShopRite of Stamford and Neighbor to Neighbor to present the First Annual Fit & Fun Fest. Kick off the New Year with a free family-focused health and wellness extravaganza at the YWCA Greenwich, 259 East Putnam Ave. Fit & Fun Fest will provide children and their families a hands-on approach to living a healthy lifestyle and will feature local chefs and restaurants, fitness experts, health professionals and more. There will be prizes and giveaways for first 300 attendees. For more information, visit www.jlgreenwich.org or email KIKFitandFunFest@gmail.com.
National Hot Tea Month talk
Tomorrow,, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., The Friends of the Cos Cob Library, at 5 Sinawoy Road, are presenting Betty Johnson from the Bigelow Tea Company to talk about the history and health benefits of tea. Various samples and pastries will be provided in the Community Room of the Cos Cob Library. Please register for this free event at the library or call 203-622-6883 to reserve a spot. Bring a favorite tea cup.
Animal tracks and traces
Tomorrow, Jan. 26, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, will hold a program to teach participants how to be a Wildlife Track Detective and help find and interpret clues about what wildlife has been active at the Audubon Center and what animals do in the wintertime. All ages. RSVP to Ted at 203-869-5272, ext.. 230.
Winter moonlight walk slated
Tomorrow, Jan. 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, hike to Mead Lake -- with its moonlit woods and lakeshore -- to listen for shifting ice, hooting owls, coyotes and other wildlife. Dress warmly with soft (quiet) outer layers. Ages 7 and up. RSVP to Ted at 203-869-5272, ext.. 230.
Indoor field hockey clinics
Registration is open for the Jan. 27 kickoff of the five-week Sunday Indoor Field Hockey Clinics at the Bendheim Western Civic Center, sponsored by the Dept. of Parks and Rec. Session 1, for girls ages 8 to 9, runs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Session 2, for kids ages 10 to 12, runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The program helps develop skills in stick work, passing, receiving, shooting, and basic offensive and defensive skills. For more information or to register visit www.greenwichct.org, stop by the Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Road, or call 203-532-1259.
Chinese New Year event
On Sunday. Jan. 27, from 12 to 3 p.m., the Chinese Language School of Connecticut will celibrate the Year of the Snake at Hilton Stamford, featuring dragon dancers, fan dancers, traditional lion dancers; Asian markets and the traditional Chinese banquet. Special pricing for families and large groups. Tickets available at www.ChineseLanguageSchool.org.
Tennis for Tots program slated
Starting Jan. 28 for six Mondays, the Dept. of Parks and Rec. will hold Tennis for Tots indoors at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center. Program for kids 3- to 4-years-old runs from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m., or 3:15-3:45 p.m. The program for 5- to 7-year-olds will be held from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m., from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., or 5:15 to 6 p.m. Cost is $85 for 3- to 4-year-olds, and $95 for 5- to 7-year-olds. Tennis rackets provided. For more information, or to receive a registration form, stop by the Civic Center or call 203-532-1259, or visit www.greenwichct.org.
Indoor co-ed lacrosse clinic
Starting Mondays, Jan. 28 to March 18, the Dept. of Parks and Rec. will hold its Co-ed Indoor Lacrosse Clinic for children 6 to 12 at the Western Greenwich Civic Center. Children 6 to 8 play from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.; kids 9 to 12 play from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Cost is $95. Space limited to first 12 children per class. For more information, go to the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, call 203-532-1259 or visit www.greenwichct.org.
`The Innocent' author to speak
On Monday, Jan. 28, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., The Woman's Club of Greenwich, 89 Maple Ave., will host Francesca Segal, author of "The Innocent," who will discuss what Fifth Avenue socialites in the 1870s have in common with London suburbia's Jewish community today. Cost $10. Signed books for purchase. Register at jccgreenwich.org or call 203-552-181
RTM District 9 seat opening
District 9 which covers the Glenville and Pemberwick areas of Greenwich has one seat open on the RTM. If you want to learn about our Town and contribute to making Greenwich better consider joining the RTM. Please contact Betsey Frumin, the District 9 Chairman for more information at 203-531-7203.
Auditions for `As You Like It'
Shakespeare on the Sound will hold auditions the end of January by appointment for its summer production of "As You Like It." All roles are currently available. Headshots and resumes will be accepted electronically at casting@22qentertainment. Audition time given after submission. For more information, visit www.shakespeareonthesound.org.
Snow Sculpture Contest set
The Dept. of Parks and Rec. and the Greenwich Arts Council are holding a Snow Sculpture Contest. Upon completion of your Snow Sculpture submit your photos by March 15 to PNRecs@greenwichct.org. Include its name, the builders and where it can be viewed, and contact information for the lead sculptor. Winners to be selected by the Greenwich Arts Council. Awards given to three participants with gift certificates by Chillybear.
GHS SummerFare Camp Expo
On Jan. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Greenwich High School Student Center, the GHS PTA will host its annual SummerFare Camp Expo for middle and high school students The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Snow date is Jan. 31. More than 130 summer camps will be showcased, with representatives from day and sleep away camps to ventures abroad, academic programs, sports, visual and performing arts, outdoor adventure, community service programs, computers and special education programs. For more information, email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JLG taking award applications
The Junior League of Greenwich is accepting applications from local female high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership and sustained commitment to community service and who exemplify the mission of the Junior League of Greenwich (JLG). Applications are due on March 15, 2013 and are found at www.jlgreenwich.org. For more information call 203- 869-1979.
meet at YMCA
On Jan. 30, from 5:30-7 p.m., the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly After Six at the YMCA, 50 E. Putnam Ave. Take a tour of the new facilities. Learn about workout options. Get a Chamber discount. Dr. Layli Harandi to give "The Ten Facts You Didn't Know About Enhancing Your Longevity the Natural Way." To register, call 203-869-3500 or email email@example.com. Members: $15 or: $25 for non-members.
Story Barn Workshop
On Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and 20, from 6 - 8 p.m., the Greenwich Historical Society's Vanderbilt Education Center at 39 Strickland Road is offering a Story Barn Workshop with performer and comedienne Bonnie Levison where would-be raconteurs study how to craft and deliver a compelling yarn based on personal experience. $100 for members and $125 for nonmembers. To register visit www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10
Audubon Winter Film Event
On Jan. 31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, is hosting a reception and screening of the film, "Microcosmos." Utilizing macroscopic photography, filmmakers created this fascinating look at the hidden worlds in the life cycle of an ordinary meadow. `Microcosmos: Le peuple de l'herbe' won multiple prizes at the 1996 French Academy of Cinema Awards. $15/adult & $5/under 21. RSVP to 203-869-5272, ext. 239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth basketball clinics slated
Beginning Jan. 31, the Dept. of Parks and Rec. is sponsoring a six-week youth basketball clinic at the Bendheim Western Civic Center for kindergartners from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.; for first and second-graders from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.; and third- and fourth-graders from 5:15 to 6 p.m.. Cost is $100. For a registration form, visit the Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Road or www.greenwichct.org, or call 203-532-1259.
Computer classes set in February
The Greenwich Senior Center's Computer Training Department (Sr. Net) is offering First Step Basics for computer neophytes; Hand Held Devices and Apple and Android smartphones; Photo organizing and editing with Picasa; Introduction to Windows computers; Introduction to Apple Computers; Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Classes held at the Greenwich Senior Center at 299 Greenwich Ave. Temporary parking permits available. Classes at 9 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. Nominal fee. For more information or to enroll call 203-862-6734, or visit www.ComputerTrngSrNet.com, or email CTrnGr3@aol.com.
Audubon's Hog Island camp
Register now for Audubon's Hog Island camp sessions this summer at http://hogisland.audubon.org. Hands-on instructors include Ted Gilman, Steve Kress, Scott Weidensaul, Kenn and Kim Kaufman, Bill Thompson III and Julie Zickefoose. There will be a new camp, The Arts of Birding, as well as last year's favorite, Fall Migration and Monhegan Island. For more information, call 607-257-7308 ext. 14, or email email@example.com.
Parks and Rec picnics, camping reservations
The Dept. of Parks and Rec. is accepting reservations for Island Beach and Great Captain Island overnight camping permits and town picnic areas for the 2013 season, on the second floor at Town Hall in the Cone Conference Room. Picnic areas include Greenwich Point Clambake Area, Greenwich Point Cowbarn Area, Byram Park Clambake Area, Bruce Park-Woods Road Picnic Area and the Pinetum Picnic Area.
Reservations limited to one per family. Island camp out: $40 plus $16 per person, permit camping fee.
Picnics/clambakes: $175. For more information, call Parks and Rec. at 203-622-7824 or visit www.greenwichct.org.
GSO Music Award application time
The Greenwich Symphony Orchestra is accepting applications from gifted high school senior musicians (instrumental) from Fairfield County for its 52nd annual Music Award with a single prize of $1,000, or split prizes.
For application forms, call 203-869-2664.
Forms must be mailed by Feb. 15 to Award Chairman, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 35, Greenwich, CT 06836.
Qualified applicants notified before Feb. 20 will be invited to compete in auditions held in Greenwich in March.
Holiday food aid requested
The Dept. of Social Services is requesting holiday aid for families and individuals in the form of food vouchers at local grocery stores. Checks can be made out to "Holiday Aid 2012" and sent to the Dept. of Social Services, 101 Field Point Rd. Greenwich, CT 06830. For more information, call 203-622-3715.
Safe roads program set at Greenwich Point
Sunday mornings through April 7, The Friends of Greenwich Point, along with the Dept. of Parks and Rec., is sponsoring the Safe Roads Program with traffic restricted at the Point on Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., beyond the main parking areas. The town has lifted its ban on bicycling, roller blading and similar activities.
Academic WorldQuest Competition
On Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, the World Affairs Forum holds its annual National Academic WorldQuest competition where more than 60 students from area high schools will compete at UCONN/Stamford. Teams compete in 10 rounds of questions on topics from currents events to China to the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Middle East. Newsman Tony serving as Game Master. For more information visit www.WorldAffairsForum.org.
Audubon bird prints for sale
Framed limited edition prints of John James Audubon are for sale at Audubon Greenwich's new Oppenheimer Gallery in Kiernan Hall, 613 Riversville Road. Showing currently at the gallery is its premier exhibition: "Exploring Audubon's Art -- Comparing Audubon's Watercolors and Print editions," which runs through Feb. 28. Thirty percent of the Art Gallery proceeds benefit Audubon Greenwich's conservation mission. For more information, visit www.audubonart.com.
Insects in winter walk slated
On Feb. 2, from 1 -2:30 p.m., at Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, learn how insects survive winter's cold and help us search out some of the hardy insects which are active on the snow and along our winter-chilled Byram river, as well as those hidden away under logs, tree bark, and other retreats. Ages 5 & up. RSVP to Jeff: 203-869-5272, ext.239.
Cos Cob Library Celebratory Day
On Feb. 2, The Friends of Cos Cob Library invite you to take your child to the Library at 5 Sinawoy Road, starting with Story/Craft with Miss Alina from 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Celebrate Groundhog Day with a special storytime and craft related to our groundhog friends. From 1-1:30 p.m., there's magical fun with Benjamagic aka Ben Zubin. From 3:45 - 4:45 p.m., "Acoustically Rockin' Your Kid's World," with Laura Doherty. For more information call 203.622.6883.
Songs of the
Civil War event
On Feb. 3, from 4 -5:30 p.m., Stefanie Kies, in collaboration with Nick Carter, Tim Schantz and the Greenwich Historical Society, is offering once again an afternoon of song and readings that explore the lyrical history of the Civil War on authentic period instruments, including banjo, fiddle and concertina, at Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium, 101 West Putnam Ave. Co-sponsored by Greenwich Library as part of its programming of Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War. Adults as well as middle school, high school and college students welcome. Free admission. To reserve call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.
Animal Control open house
On Feb. 3, from 10-2 p.m., the Greenwich Animal Control Town shelter will hold an Open House and Anniversary Celebration for two years at its new location at 393 North Street. Many great dogs and cats available for adoption. Take a tour, enjoy refreshments and consider adopting a wonderful new pet! Call Linda Bruno for more information at 914-953-3543.
Audubon Greenwich: Family Day
On Feb. 3., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Audubon Greenwich, 613, Riversville Road, is hosting a day of Family Fun & Store Sale, with a Live Animal Show & Family Breakfast from 9:30-11 a.m., featuring hikes, crafts and games. All ages. RSVP required: $25/family. Space limited. RSVP to Jeff: 203-869-5272, ext.239.
Screening of `Miss Representation'
On Feb.5, at Bow Tie Cinemas, 2 Railroad Ave., the YWCA and the Junior League of Greenwich are hosting a screening of the documentary film, "Miss Representation" that exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power. Post screening talk led by Teresa Younger, executive director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and State Rep.Livvy Floren. Tickets at $10 and $15 available online at www.ywcagreenwich.org (go to What's Up, or at the door Doors opening at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 203-869-6501, ext. 161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenwich Youth Film Festival accepting entries
The Junior League of Greenwich, with the Greenwich Library, has launched its second annual Greenwich Youth Film Festival contest. Entries are being accepted through Feb. 8 in five genres: Creative, Documentary, Music Video, Animation and Public Service Announcement. The contest is open to high school students in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, with winning films shown May 5 at the Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library. Visit www.jlgreenwich.org for entry materials and further information.
Vintage Valentines Tour
On Feb. 10, from noon to 4 p.m., the Greenwich Historical Society, at 39 Strickland Road, will host 20-minute tours of Bush-Holley House to view a heart-shaped yarn-stitching project and see vintage cards from the collection of the MacRae family residents of Bush-Holley House. Then visit the Vanderbilt Education Center to create your very own Valentine's Day cards based on vintage designs. Members: $5; nonmembers: $10, Visit www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10, to purchase tickets in advance.
Winter Break Basketball Clinic
From Feb. 11 -- 15, the Dept. of Parks and Rec. announces the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center is registering children in first -- 4th grades for a basketball clinic during the School break winter recess. Kids in first -- fourth grades to come from 9-12 noon, split up according to ability and age, and taught basketball fundamentals and skills. Limited space. Cost is $225. For more information call 203-532-1259, or visit www.greenwichct.org.
Neighbor to Neighbor seeks food donations
Neighbor to Neighbor urgently needs canned fruit, rice, beans, peanut butter (18-oz. size), tuna (5-oz. size), jelly, pasta and pasta sauce to stock its food bank shelves. The organization also needs new or clean, gently used clothing for infants and children, and bedding of all sizes. Deliver donations to Neighbor to Neighbor, 248 E. Putnam Ave. (on the grounds of Christ Church), Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Thursday afternoons, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 203-622-9208 or email email@example.com.
Health Dept. pneumonia and flu clinics
Influenza and pneumonia vaccinations are offered by the Department of Health on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road on the third floor. No appointment necessary for ages 9 and older. Those 65 or older must bring Medicare Part B card or Medicare Advantage ID card or pay a fee of $34. There will be free total cholesterol screening offered, too. For more information, call 203-622-3774.
Free course on mental illness
The Stamford/Greenwich affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a repeat 11-week Family-to-Family course for caregivers and friends of adults with depression, bipolar disorder and other serious mental illnesses, from Feb.18 through April 29, from 6:45-9:30 p.m. Classes held in the Hayton Conference Room on the 3rd floor of the Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road. Each participant's confidentiality respected. Register early with limited class size. Call Claudia at 203-869-1018, or Peter at 203-322-3383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit www.namisg.info.
Divorce support group to meet
Jewish Family Services is holding a Divorce Support Group on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., 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. The fee is a two-month, prepaid discount fee of $120, or $20 per session.Sliding scale fees will apply if needed.
International Book Club to meet
On Feb. 19, from 5-6 p.m., join members of the Alliance Francais of Greenwich International Book Club will meet at the Byram Shubert Library to discuss "A Place of Greater Safety" by Hilary Mantel, and on March 19, "Grand Avenues," by Scott Berg, the riveting story of Pierre Charles L'Enfant and the creation of Washington DC. Wine served.
Celebrity chef/baker Barricelli to speak
On Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Greenwich Historical Society at 39 Strickland Road, will present local celebrity chef and baker supreme John Barricelli, to speak on his new book "The Seasonal Baker," followed by a book signing at the Vanderbilt Education Center. Barricelli is owner and chef of the SoNo Baking Company in South Norwalk He worked at River Cafe, Le Bernardin and Four Seasons before opening his own bakeries. Treats served, Members: $10; nonmembers: $15. To reserve call 203-869-6899 or visit www.greenwichhistory.org.
Story Barn `Mixed Bag' performance
On Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., the Greenwich Historical Society will host a "Mixed Bag " performance given by Story Barn workshop attendees led by performer and comedienne Bonnie Levison at the Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Road. Members $15; nonmembers $20. Beer, wine and light snacks will be served. For tickets, visit www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.
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.
Towe speaking at Women of Vision luncheon
On Feb. 26, from 12 noon until 2:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich Women of Vision Fairfield County (WoVFC) will host a benefit lunch, "Strong Women, Strong World," featuring a keynote address by Rev. Neely Towe. A silent auction will kick off the festivities and proceeds will benefit the projects of Women of Vision in Cambodia, Rwanda, in West Virginia, New York City and in Stamford. Towe is former Pastor of Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich. For event tickets and information visit www.wovfairfieldcountry.org or contact Women of Vision at email@example.com.
Living desert exhibit at Bruce
"Extreme Habitats: Living Desert Dry," is currently on view at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, through March 3. The exhibit showcases how and where native flora and fauna have evolved not only to 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.
Great Chefs Food Fest 2013
The annual Great Chefs fundraiser for Greenwich Hospital will take place on Friday evening, March 1, at Westchester Country Club, Rye, N.Y., The event will feature more than 50 chefs from the finest restaurants and catering companies in Fairfield and Westchester counties and will include beverages and small plate tastings. Two chefs will be honored at the event: legendary chef and restaurateur Angelo Vivolo of New York, and Greenwich pastry chef Lisa Maronian of Sweet Lisa's Exquisite Cakes. The evening will also include auctions and dancing from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold in advance only by calling 203-863-3863 or emailing GHFoundation@greenwichhospital.org. Space limited to 600 guests.