Free Tax Assistance
Get free tax assistance from the VITA Volunteers every Monday and Saturday, February 2 to April 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Greenwich Library. Those interested should bring last year's tax return, all W2s and 1099s, all wage and salary information, information on interest and dividends received and paid, and taxes on real estate, property and vehicles. Check the calendar on the Greenwich Library website for room location. For more information, please call the Reference Desk at (203) 622-7910.
Academic WorldQuest Competition
Tomorrow, 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.
Creating digital images of artwork
Tomorrow, Feb. 2 and 9, the Greenwich Art Society (GAS) at 299 Greenwich Ave. (3rd floor), of having classes on "How To Photograph and Create Digital Images of Your Artwork, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. with Richard Ventre in the GAS Studio. Cost $140. For more information call 203-629-1533.
Insects in winter walk slated
Tomorrow, 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.
Drawing Room five artist show
Tomorrow, Feb. 2, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the Drawing Room Art Gallery, 5 Suburban Ave., is having an Opening Reception for the new exhibition, "Homeland: Contemporary Approaches to Contemplating the Landscape" featuring: Darthea Cross (Maynard, MA), Michele Kishita (Philadelphia, PA), Chris Macan (Newtown Square, PA), Jeremy Saladyga (New Fairfield, CT) and Cameron Schmitz (Brattleboro, VT). For more information and to RSVP email email@example.com.
Free tax return help at library
Mondays and Saturdays, from Feb.2 to April 13, from 9 to 4 p.m., free tax assistance is available from VITA Volunteers. Bring last year's tax return, all W2s and 1099s, all wage and salary information, interest and dividends received and paid, and taxes on real estate, property and vehicles. Check the calendar on the Greenwich Library website for room location. For more information, call the Reference Desk at 203-622-7910.
Cos Cob Library Celebratory Day
Tomorrow, 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.
Audubon Greenwich Family Day
On Sunday, 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.
Songs of the
Civil War event
On Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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.
Stanwich School student art exhibit
On Feb. 4, from 5-6 p.m., the Friends of the Cos Cob Library, at 5 Sinawoy Road, are featuring a reception for an exhibit of Abstractions, Collages, Mixed Media and Self Portraits done by The Stanwich School Primary House Students. The exhibit which takes place in the Community Room and Stuart Little Turret in the Library runs to Feb. 28. For more information call 203-622-6883.
Carpet display lecture slated
On Feb. 4, at 1 p.m., at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, the Greenwich Antiques Society is presenting a lecture: "Carpets at the Metropolitan: How America's Largest Art Museum Shows Carpets from the Islamic World", by Walter B. Denny, author and scholar on Oriental carpets. Denny will tell the behind-the-scenes story of the selection and display of these often enormous works of art. $20 for non-members.
For reservations and information email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-622-1128.
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 email@example.com.
Innis Arden Cottage Open House
On Sunday, Feb. 3, from 10- 2 p.m., there will be a Reopening Open House of the Innis Arden Cottage post Superstorm Sandy. Conservation Director Denise Savageau to discuss historic flooding levels and storm surge. Friends of Greenwich Point and the Greenwich Point Conservancy to give update on repair and restoration activities. Co-hosted by Friends of Greenwich Point, the Greenwich Point Conservancy, Shellfish and Conservation Commissions. Refreshments served. For more information call 203-622-6461.
Mike Mason to address RMA
On Feb. 6, at 10:45 a.m., the Retired Men's Association will host Mike Mason, owner of MillionAir at Weschester Airport, and BET chairman. The RMA meeting is at the First Presbyterian Church. No charge, and no reservations required. For more information, call Bernard Schneider, 203-698-2558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story Barn Workshop
On 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
`Lyme Talks' to address home toxins
Lyme Research Alliance will host its next monthly "Lyme Talks" group meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Greenwich Town Hall, Gisborne Room,
101 Field Point Road. The free discussion will feature Matthew Waletzke, Certified Building Biologist Consultant, who will discuss "Making Your Home a Healthy Living Environment. Waletzke will address transforming your living environment for optimal health by eliminating toxins from your home. This topic is of particular relevance to all who need to boost their immune defenses, particularly those fighting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Following the talk, licensed therapist Angela LaManna will facilitate group sharing, support and discussion. For a full calendar of Lyme Talks, visit www.lymeresearchalliance.org/support-group.html
`Rising China' panel discussion
On Feb. 7, from 7 -- 9 p.m., the World Affairs Forum is presenting a Special Event: a Panel Discussion on "Rising China: Challenges or Opportunities?" in the GenRe Auditorium, UCONN / Stamford. The program is supported by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations' Public Intellectuals Program. $20 per person. Reserve by Feb. 3 by emailing email@example.com or call 203-356-0340. For panel information visit www.worldaffairsforum.org.
Greenwich Environmental Legislative Forum
On Feb.7, from 7:30-9:30 a.m., at the YMCA, the Greenwich Land Trust, Conservation Commission, Audubon Connecticut, and Audubon Greenwich are hosting a legislative forum, "Environmental Priorities for Connecticut's General Assembly," and Q&A with State Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-36), and State Reps. Livvy Floren (R-149), Steve Walko (R-150), and Fred Camillo (R-151). Forum held in Multi-Purpose Room on the 2nd Floor, 50 East Putnam Ave. (Snow Date: Feb. 14). RSVP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or voicemail to 203-869-5272, ext. 239.
Youth Film Festival entries deadline near
Feb.8 is the deadline for film entries for the second annual Greenwich Youth Film Festival occurring on May 5 at Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium, where $4,000 in cash prizes will be awarded for five genres: Creative, Documentary, Music Video, Animation and Public Service Announcement. For more information visit www.jlgreenwich.org.
Black History Month films at Bruce
On Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m., the Bruce Museum with the Connecticut Film Festival kick off the screening of the first of four Friday films, "School Daze," written and directed by Spike Lee, starring Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito and Tisha Campbell-Martin. Wine/Hors d'oeuvres. Tickets: $65 for the series / $20 for each film, available on arrival or at the Museum at One Museum Drive. For information call 203-869-0376.
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, Visitwww.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.
`The Coming Oil Crash'
On Feb. 13, at 5:45 p.m. with networking and refreshments, the World Affairs Forum Series is presenting Steve LeVine, author and journalist and adjunct professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. His most recent book is "The Oil and the Glory," a history of the oil rush on the Caspian Sea from the 1990s to the 2000s. Fee: $20 for non Forum members For reservations, call 203-356-0340 or email email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Second support group for parents of LGBTQ kids
Beginning Feb. 27, from 12:30 -- 1:45 p.m., the Jewish Family Services (JFC) are offering another eight week support group for parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, or questioning (LGBTQ) youngsters to explore the process of accepting, understanding, and celebrating their LGBTQ identities. Held at JFS, One Holly Hill Lane. Led by Lisa-Loraine Smith, LCSW, exec.dir.of JFS. For more information or to register call 203-622-1881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.