Free tax return help at Town Hall
At Greenwich Town Hall, third floor, 10-2:30 p.m., Tues., Wed., Thurs. until April 11, free tax assistance is available. Bring your W-2's, 1099's, any paperwork related to income or expenses including real estate and automobile taxes paid, last year's tax returns, both Federal and State, and the amount of any refunds received, Social Security card or driver's license for yourself, spouse, dependents, bank account information if you want any refund to be directly deposited-arrives sooner that way. For married couples filing jointly, both will have to sign return. Staffed by certified volunteers from the Greenwich community and the Retired Men's Association of Greenwich in association with AARP Foundation.
Youth Film Festival entries deadline near
Today, 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.
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.
Black History Month films at Bruce Museum
Tonight, 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.
Creating digital images of artwork
Tomorrow, Feb. 9, the Greenwich Art Society (GAS) at 299 Greenwich Ave. (3rd floor), is having a class 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. For more information call 203-629-1533.
Vintage Valentines Tour
On Sunday, 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.
Guest composer Rollo Dilworth
On Sunday, Feb.10, from 9 -10:45 a.m., the Stanwich Congregational Church, at 202 Taconic Road, is featuring acclaimed composer Rollo Dilworth, Chair of the Music Education Department and Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, conducting the Stanwich Congregational Church Choir in his composition "Beside the Still Waters." For more information call 203-661-6509.
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.
Zumba `partay' at Greenwich YWCA
On Feb. 12 at 10:45 a.m., Wendy Lee Rosa, certified Zumba instructor at the Greenwich YWCA and YMCA, will introduce a variety of Zumba exercises at the Women's Fellowship program in Fletcher Hall at Second Congregational Church, 139 E. Putnam Ave. Wear sneakers and comfy clothes. following Latin luncheon, $8. Reserve at 203-869-9311, ext. 120, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audubon winter break adventures
Feb. 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m., kids in grades K-5 are invited to Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, to explore the season and learn how plants and animals survive New England's winter conditions: wintery hikes, games and crafts. Kids bring snacks & lunch, snow pants and footwear. $65/day for Audubon members and $75/day for nonmembers. Register at greenwich.audubon.org/winter-break-adventures, call 203-869-5272, ext.223 or email@example.com.
Valentine's Day floral designs
On Feb. 13, at 10 a.m., join Miriam Landsman at the Garden Education Center (GEC), 130 Bible Street, for a flower arranging class, "Cupid's Design," a contemporary take on a Valentine's Day floral design. GEC members $55, non-members $65. Call 203-869-9242, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wine specialist to speak
On Feb. 13, at 10:45, a.m., the Retired Men's Association (RMA) is hosting Ron Kapon, an acclaimed oenologist and journalist, with over 55 years experience in the wine and spirit field. RMA meetings are free and open to the public; no reservations are required. Please arrive at 10:30 a.m. for coffee and cake. Meetings held at the First Presbyterian Church atop Greenwich Avenue. For more information, call 203-698-2558 or email email@example.com.
New England Environmental Merit Awards nominations
March 1 is the deadline for nominations accepted by the EPA for its 2013 Environmental Merit Awards, which recognize environmental achievements during the past year. Award categories include individuals, businesses, state and local governments, and other organizations. For nomination forms visit http://www.epa.gov/ne/ra/ema.
Black History Month films at Bruce Museum
On Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m., the Bruce Museum with the Connecticut Film Festival are screening the second of four Friday films, "Pitching Man: Satchel Paige Defying Time," a film that celebrates the life of baseball's most enduring legend. Following a Q&A with director/screenwriter and Negro Leagues baseball historian, Craig Davidson. Wine/Hors d'oeuvres. Tickets $20 available on arrival or at the museum. For information call 203-869-0376.
`The Coming Oil Crash' forum
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audubon Greenwich suggests
From Feb. 15 - 18, be a part of the 2013 National Great Backyard Bird Count - the nationwide `citizen science' effort to count birds in winter. Count in your yard or neighborhood and learn to easily report data to the Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University. To participate visit www.birdsource.org/gbbc or call Ted: at 203-869-5272, ext.230.
Janet Baldi's art work on exhibit
From Feb. 17- March 21, an exhibit, "In Rhythm and Perspective" showing the works of artist Janet Baldi will be at the Les Beaux Arts Gallery at the Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road, Gallery is open Sun. from 11 a.m. to Noon; Mon. thru Fri. from 9 -3 p.m. For more information, visit www.roundhillcommunitychurch.org or call, 203/869-1091.
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.
Symposium on Lyme-infected ticks and invasives connection
On Feb. 21, at 8 a.m., in the Town Hall Meeting room, Greenwich Green & Clean is featuring trail blazing scientists for a breakfast Symposium sponsored by other environmental groups and agencies to address the newly found connection between ticks infested with Lyme disease and the invasive shrub, Japanese Barberry. RSVP to Greenwich Green & Clean at 203-531-0006 or email grgreenclean@aol.
Dealing with pets in a disaster
On Feb. 21, from 7-9 p.m., Adopt-A-Dog is giving a course on what to do for your pet in the event of an emergency or disaster at the Greenwich EMS Headquarters, 1111 East Putnam Ave.. Course fee $50. To register, email email@example.com or call 203-629-9494. Private classes available.
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.
Greenwich Art Society reminder
Entry times for the 96th Annual Bendheim Exhibit from March 1-30 is Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, from 2-4 p.m. Bring your art to the Bendheim Gallery, 2nd floor, Art Center, 299 Greenwich Ave. and fill out entry forms - follow the numbered checkpoints. To download prospectus visit www.greenwichartsociety.org or call 203-629-1533, Mon. through Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..
At Home hosting tea for seniors
On Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., At Home in Greenwich invites seniors to have tea and explore membership benefits and volunteer opportunities with Executive Director Lise Jameson and current members at Second Congregational Church's Fletcher Hall, 139 E. Putnam Ave. Meet new people, hear fresh ideas and become part of a vibrant membership focused on staying safe and independent in your own home. RSVP by calling 203-422-2342.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Auditions for `As You Like It'
Shakespeare on the Sound will hold auditions 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 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.
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.
Computer classes set in February
The Greenwich Senior Center's Computer Training Department (SeniorNet) 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.
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.
Save date for WorldQuest
On March 28, from 6-10, will be WorldQuest XIII , the International Trivia Competition of the World Affairs Forum held at The Italian Center, 30 Oak Street, Stamford. With dinner, cash bar, live auction and the Amazon.com Certificate Raffle Drawing. For more information call 203-356-0340.
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
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.
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.
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.