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Things to do in and around Greenwich

September 30, 2016

For the latest events and activities happening in Greenwich, turn to For the Record. To have your event included, submit a description, date, time, price and contact information. Photos are welcome. Drop us an email about your latest goings-on at gtcitydesk@scni.com.GHS 40th reunionThe Greenwich High School class of 1976 is holding its 40th reunion from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye Brook, Westchester County, N.Y. Cocktails, dinner and open bar. Tickets and information, Josephine Intrieri Colangelo, 914-937-4382 or ghsreunion1976.com.Dazzling Dahlias ShowThe Ninth Annual Dazzling Dahlias, a showcase of dahlias, will be held at the Garden Education Center, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday . Admission is free. For information, visit www.gecgreenwich.org.Cos Cob Chili Cook OffThe annual Cos Cob Chili Cook Off with proceeds benefiting the Neighbor to Neighbor Food Bank will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Diamond Hill United Methodist Church, 521 East Putnam Ave., Cos Cob. For more information, call 203-869-2395. $10 admission fee.NAMI benefit concert“Healing Hearts and Minds,” a concert featuring Allegra Themmen Pigott and benefiting the National Alliance for Mental Illness, is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Cole Auditorium of Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave. Wine and cheese reception included. Tickets are $50 at NAMI.Ticketleap.com.Comedy night to benefit Undies ProjectJane Condon, a local comedienne, will be a feature performer at Neighbor to Neighbor’s inaugural fundraiser, “Cocktails and Comedy,” benefiting the Undies Project on Saturday . Event is 7 to 10 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall, 1 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. To purchase tickets online visit www.ntngreenwich.org.“Birds of Prey, Live!“Birds of Prey, Live!” will be the Fred Elser First Sunday Science lecture this month from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center at Greenwich Point. Participants will be able to get up close to live hawks between 2 and 3 p.m. For more information, contact Cynthia Ehlinger, manager of the seaside center, at cynthiae@brucemuseum.org or at 203-413-6756.Blessing of the AnimalsA Blessing of the Animals will take place at noon on Sunday on the grassy area in front of St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside. This annual custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis’ love for all creatures. For more information, call 203-637-3661.Teddy Bear ClinicGreenwich Hospital’s 18th annual Teddy Bear Clinic will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday in the medical building’s parking lot at 49 Lake Ave. The event is geared to giving children ages 3 to 12 an introduction to hospital services.Cos Cob Fire open houseThe Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Company No. 1’s will hold its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the fire house, 551 East Putnam Ave. The event will include in formation on becoming a volunteer firefighter.Shir Ami holiday services announcedCongregation Shir Ami is holding High Holiday services at Round Hill Community Church. Services are open to the community and will be live streamed. Rosh Hashana services at 7 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Oct. 3; Yom Kippur services at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 and beginning 10 a.m. Oct. 12. Children’s service from 1 to 2 p.m. Visit www.congregationshirami.org for online registration. For information about worship, education and all congregational events and programs or to speak with Rabbi Vicki Axe, call 203-274-5376.Library hosts job seeking helpThe first of several job-hunting workshops at the Greenwich Library Technology Training Center is set for 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 and will focus on LinkedIn. The second is set for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 12 and will focus on Excel. The career coach bus is equipped with 10 PC work stations and Internet access and is parked outside the library’s West Putnam Avenue entrance. Arrive early to sign up. The third is from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 and will focus on the Indeed Job Squad. Resume and job application help will be available on a drop-in basis from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at the library. For more information, contact Training Center staff at trainingcenter@greenwichlibrary.org, call 203-625-6508, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/training.Off-Sounders singing auditionsThe Off-Sounders, Fairfield County’s only all male acapella group will audition bass and other singers at a rehearsal at 8 p.m. Monday at the First Church of Christ, 108 Sound Beach Avenue. The club performs at local clubs, parties, and other events around the country. For more information contact Mark at Inbox13@gmail.com.Musical performance for GRMARandall Atcheson, minister of music and organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, will perform on organ and piano and provide commentary at the Greenwich Retired Men’s Association meeting on Oct. 5 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 Walton Place. Social hour begins at 10:40 a.m., followed by program at 11 a.m.Lesley Stahl to speak at benefitTelevision news reporter Lesley Stahl will discuss her life at an event to benefit the Greenwich Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Road, Greenwich. Event tickets are $250. A VIP reception begins at 6 p.m. Advance ticket purchase required at www.greenwichhistory.org or by calling 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.Toastmasters host humorous speech contestThe Greenwich Toastmasters will host a humorous speech contest at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Western Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Road. For more information, visit greenwich.toastmastersclubs.org.Landscapes on displayThe work of local landscape painter and Greenwich resident Elizabeth Hasegawa Agresta will be on display at the Cos Cob Library through Oct. 31. An artist reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the library. The exhibit includes paintings inspired from photos submitted to the artist by members of the “Images of Greenwich” Facebook group. Library hours are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the artist, visit http://agresta.us.Second annual Health & Wellness ExpoComedian Jane Condon will perform “Laughing for the Health of It” at the second annual Greenwich Commission on Aging’s Health and Wellness Exposition from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich. Event includes flu and pneumonia vaccinations, blood pressure checks, and other services. For additional information, call 203-862-6710.Tour of Hudson manse and gardenThe Garden Education Center of Greenwich is hosting an-out-of-town tour of the Boscobel House and Gardens along the Hudson River on Oct. 6 with a bus leaving at 8:35 a.m. that morning from the center at 130 Bible St. Tickets are $125 for members and $145 for non-members. Buy tickets at http://www.gecgreenwich.org/1006.html.Home Buyer’s SeminarA home buyers seminar hosted by the Greenwich Bank and Trust Company is set for 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at the bank’s downtown branch, 1103 East Putnam Ave. The seminar is geared to both new buyers and to buyers both upsizing and downsizing. Contact William Karchere at 203-858-2241 or at wm.karchere@pprealty.biz for more information.Bible study resumesBible study resumes at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Oct. 24 or 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 25. $30 materials fee payable at first session. Registration forms available online at www.stcath.org or in the rectory at 203-661-3661.Open skating datesThe Old Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Hardig Road, Old Greenwich, is holding open roller skating from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays. Admission is $10 and includes rental skates. Skating dates are: Oct. 7, 1, 21 and 28; Dec. 16 and from 2 to 4 Dec. 30; Jan. 6, 13 and 20; Feb. 10, 17 and 24; March 17; 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 13, regular hours April 21; May 5, 12, 19 and 26; and June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.Obstacle course to benefit Leukemia, Lymphoma SocietyThe 5th Annual Pineapple Classic Obstacle Course 5K to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and other groups will be Oct. 8 at the Greenwich Polo Club, 1 Hurlingham Drive, Greenwich. Participants can register at www.pineappleclassic.com. The event will also benefit Educating Haiti and City of Hope.Outdoor Arts Fest setThe 35th annual Bruce Museum’s Outdoor Arts Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 at the museum, 1 Museum Drive. More than 85 artists and craftsworkers will showcase their work. Juried works include painting on canvas, board and paper, mixed media, drawing and graphics, scupture, photography and digital media. All works are available for purchase. $8 admission includes admission to the museum, its exhibits and galleries. For information, visit brucemuseum.org, or call (203) 869-0376.Artist reception slatedAn artist reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 for Lindy Blanchard, whose paintings, “Old World, New World,” will be on display at the Greenwich Art Society gallery, 299 Greenwich Ave., second floor, from Thursday through Oct. 22. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, noon to 4 p.m. weekends.Fall Festival slatedThe Greenwich Historical Society’s Fall Festival will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Bush-Holley House, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, focus on Japan. Demonstrations include traditional Japanese dance by the Greenwich Japanese school, martial arts displays by World Seido Karate Studio, kite making, face painting, the traditional scarecrow-making contest and a tour of the Bush-Holley House. There will be a food truck on site. Sponsored by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and First Bank of Greenwich. Admission $10 for adults, $5 for children, no charge for children 2 and younger, $25 for family admission. Registration fee for the scarecrow competition is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers and is in addition to festival admission. The fee includes armature (the bones), hay for stuffing, twine and a burlap sack for the head. Participants are encouraged to bring their own accessories to adorn their figures, but materials will also be available. Advance enrollment for this activity is requested. Advance payment for tickets and for the scarecrow competition may be made online at www.greenwichhistory.org/children or at 203-869-6899, Ext. 10. Advance purchase is not required for general admission.Outreach Fair plannedA Volunteer Outreach Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Round Hill Community House, 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich. Organizations attending include Inspirica, Child Guidance Center of Connecticut, Family Centers, Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Meals on Wheels, Simply Smiles, YWCA of Greenwich and more. For more information, visit roundhillcommunitychurch.org or call 203/869-1091.Chamber Players season offeringsThe Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony will start its 45th season with “The Blue Danube,” works for strings and piano by Bartok, Goldmark and Haydn at 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at Round Hill Community Church and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Bruce Museum. Bassist Timothy Cobb will be guest artist for “The Bottom Line,” the concert slated for Nov. 13 and 14, joining the chamber players in works by Kielsen, Dvorak and Schubert. The March concerts, March 12 and 13, is “Snake Charmers,” focusing on works for oboe by Holst, Cimarosa and Bellini. The finale includes Beethovan’s string quartet No. 12 in E-flat major, Op. 127. The April concerts, on April 23 and 24, will celebrate “Old World and New World” with works for piano and strings by Mozart, Copeland and Zarebski. All Sunday concerts are at 4 p.m. at Round Hill Community Church and Monday concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. at the Bruce Museum. Each includes a wine and cheese reception. Season tickets are $90 for adults and $15 for students. Single concert tickets are $30 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 203-637-4725.Library hosts Poe readingVoice actor Alan Sklar will perform a dramatic reading of Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 in the meeting room of Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave, Greenwich. First published in 1842, the story by Edgar Allen Poe is about the torture of a prisoner during the Spanish Inquisition. For more information, contact Matthew Sgritta at msgritta@greenwichlibrary.org or at 203-622-7972.Japanese influence focus of exhibitA historical exhibition exploring the influence of Japanese art and culture on the United States will run from Oct. 12 through Feb. 26 at the Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. The exhibit, “An An Eye to the East: The Inspiration of Japan,” will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Regular admission, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free for members.Investment and Portfolio management workshopA five workshop series meant to build financial literacy and investment savvy has begun at the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave. The workshops are slated for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13, 20, and 27. Open to all at no charge. For more information, visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/business or contact Assistant Business Librarian Yang Wang at ywan@greenwichlibrary.org.Greenwich Symphony fund-raiser slatedThe Greenwich Symphony’s annual wine and cheese festival is scheduled for Oct. 14 at Richard’s of Greenwich. Wines from Horseneck Wines and Liquors, premium cheeses and hors d’oeuvres featured. Larry Spivak’s “Lucky 37” jazz quartet will entertain. Local radio host Darby Cartun is the event’s guest. Proceeds benefit the 36th season of the Symphony’s Young People’s Concert series. Tickets starting at $100 are available by phone at 203 869 2664 or 203-661- 9897. Advance reservations are recommended.New work on Pompeii to be discussedAnn Olga koloski-Ostrow, professor and chair of the department of classical studies at Brandeis University, will speak about a new study focusing on Pompeii, Herculaneum and Opintis at a lecture sponsored by the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich at 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive. Programs are free to AAG, Bruce Museum members and students with an ID. Non-member admission $20.Arts Alive! tickets availableThe Greenwich Arts Council will hold Arts Alive! 2016 fund-raiser from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 at the art Center, 299 Greenwich Avenue. The event will showcase arts entertainment and include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a live auction and sale. All proceeds from Arts Alive! benefit the exhibitions and art outreach educational programs organized by the Council. Tickets are available by calling the GAC at 203-862-6750, or on-line at the GAC website, www.greenwichartscouncil.org.Donations sought for book saleThe Byram Schubert Library is holding its annual fall book sale and seeking donations. Donations can be delivered to the library, 55 William St., between 9 and 11 a.m. Oct. 15. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, call the library at 203-531-0426.Bruce Museum show opensThe exhibition “Flora and Fauna: Drawings by Francesca Anderson” will be on display at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, through Oct. 16. Anderson is an illustrator specializing in pen and ink and scratchboard drawings of nature. Museum hours Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Innovative 19th century photos on showTwo experimental works from photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s stop motion collection with be on display at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, through Oct. 16. The photos are part of the museum’s “Science in Motion” exhibit.Abilis walk/run plannedThe 11th annual Walk and Inaugural 5k Run to benefit Abilis is set for Oct. 16 at Tod’s Drifway, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich. The one-mile route is wheelchair and stroller accessible; family friendly activites planned.European ceramics lecture slatedThomas Michie, the Russell B. and Andree Beauchamp Stearns Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture in the Art of Europe Department at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts will speak on “Old Friends, New Directions: European Ceramics at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 24 at First Congregational Church of Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach Road, Old Greenwich. Refreshments immediately following lecture. Admission for non-members of the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle is $25. Space is limited. Reservations required for members and guests by Oct. 17. For reservations and information: rsvp@ctceramicscircle.org.Greenwich Library workshop on grantmakingTailoring foundation grant applications for the best results will be the topic of a workshop led by Judith Margolin, an independent consultant, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave. Registration opens on Sept. 26. To register, contact mmartin@greenwichlibrary.org or call 203-625-6533.Glenville vollies plan cocktail fundraiserThe Glenville Volunteer Fire Company will hold its second annual cocktail reception benefiting the company’s operations on Oct. 27 at the Tamarack Country Club, 55 Locust Ave., Greenwich. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call 203-532-9606 or rsvp@glenvillefire.org.New England Craft Show to be heldThe New England Craft Show is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich. For information, visit civiccenter@greenwichct.org or call 203-637-4583.Japanese stone garden lectureMarc Peter Keane, an internationally known garden design and author, will lecture about karasenui Japanese stone gardens at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Greenwich Historical Society’s Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For tickets and information, visit www.greenwichhistory.org.28th annual gem show slatedThe 28th annual gem, mineral, jewelry and fossil show and sale is set for 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center,90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich. For more information, visit stamfordmineralsociety.org.Bruce shows Brett Weston photographsThe newest Bruce Museum exhibition, “Towards Abstraction, 1940-1985: Brett Weston Photographs from the Bruce Museum Collection,” will open at the museum, 1 Museum Drive, on Nov. 5 and run through Feb. 9. For more information, call 203-869-0376 or visit brucemuseum.org.Archaeology and climate changeAndrew M.T. Moore, president of the Archaeological Institute of America, will be the featured speaker at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich. Moore will speak on “Archaeology, Climate Change and Human Society” at 2 p.m. at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive. Programs are free to AAG, Bruce Museum members and students with an ID. Non-member admission $20.Greenwich Hospital Moulin Rouge galaGreenwich Hospital’s Moulin Rouge 2016 Gala to support diagnostic and interventional cardiac services is planned for 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Road, Greenwich. Tickets to the gala are available at a range of sponsorship levels. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Special Events Team at 203-863-3865 or contact events@greenwichhospital.org.Pigeon show setA Pigeon Show is coming to the Esatern Greenwich Civic Ceenter, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich, on Nov. 19. For more information, visit www.newyorkcombine.com/big_apple_invitational.htm.Brunch with SantaHave brunch with Santa from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich. For information, visit civiccenter@greenwichct.org or call 203-637-4583.Local collector art on displayA new exhibit at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Road, will feature art by and of women from local private collections. “Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections,” will be on view through Jan. 2.