Published 4:08 pm, Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Sunday Safe Program at Greenwich Point
Sunday mornings through April 7, The Friends of Greenwich Point with Dept. of Parks and Rec. are sponsoring the Safe Roads Program with traffic restricted 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.
Cong. Shir Ami Hanukkah celebration
Tonight, Dec. 14, Congregation Shir Ami marks its 10th year as a Reform Jewish congregation serving Lower Fairfield and Westchester Counties with a Hannukah celebration at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich. Following a 6 p.m. pot luck gourmet latke dinner, there will be a fun-filled Shabbat service at 7 p.m. with Hanukkah candle lighting and sing-along accompanied by the Shir Ami Rockin' Band and Choirs. For more information, call 203.504.2424 or visit www.congregationshirami.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 accepted through Feb. 8 in five genres: Creative, Documentary, Music Video, Animation and Public Service Announcement. 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.
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New art and antiques show
Today, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m., the Bruce Museum, at One Museum Drive is hosting with the Greenwich Historical Society the Antiques & Avant-Garde Greenwich Preview of a new art and antiques show with 45 plus exhibitors. Hors d'oeuvres served. Tickets at $250 are available online at http://aaagg.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 203-413-6764 or email email@example.com.
Bill Grant art show extended
The Friends of the Cos Cob Library are extending to Dec. 15 the current art exhibit, "From Still Life to Landscape," featuring the works in oil acrylic, water color and block print by Bill Grant. The exhibit is located at the Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Road. For more information, call 203-622-6883 for viewing hours.
`Holiday Musical Potpourri' at Stanwich
Tomorrow, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m., the Stanwich Congregational Church, 202 Taconic Road, will present a "Holiday Musical Potpourri," led by Organist/Director of Music, Dr. Sean Jackson, the Stanwich Choir, soprano Denise LeVan, mezzo-soprano Wendy Gerbier, bass Wiley Maddox, guest violinist Anna Leinbach, soprano Amy Clapp Dye and Stephen Clapp, violinist and Dean Emeritus of The Juilliard School. Freewill offering. Reception follows. For more information, call 203-661-4420.
First Cong. to hold Messiah concerts
First Congregational Church of Greenwich will present the 46th Annual Messiah Concert on Dec. 15 and 16. Soloists include Adele Crawford, Jonathan Blalock, Linnea Conley and Daniel Schlorff. Concerts are at 4 p.m. both days. For more information, call the church at 203-637-1791 or visit the church website: www.fccog.org.
`Christmas Village' Sunday at 2nd Cong.
On Dec. 16, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., the Second Congregational Church. at 139 E. Putnam Ave., becomes a "Christmas Village," with caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a toy shop to make crafts and give toys. Music Director Alexander Constantine to play the piano, and author, illustrator Kevin Wailgum to read from "Santa Clops." Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. For more information call 203-869-9311, ext. 120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live Christmas pageant offered by youth of First Methodist
On Dec. 16, from 5 to 5:30 p.m., the Youth of First Methodist Church of Greenwich will recreate in nativity costumes the events surrounding the birth of Jesus, in word and song on the steps and front lawn of the church at 59 East Putnam Ave., across from the YMCA. Performance is free.
GAS opens enrollment for winter classes
Classes start the week of Jan. 7 at the Greenwich Art Society on the second floor. They include How To Plan a Solo or Joint Art Exhibit, Writing Artist's Statements, How To Photograph and Create Digital Images of Your Artwork. After School Art Classes will be at the Bruce Museum. For full class schedule visit www.greenwichartsociety.org/pages/art-classes.html. For more information call 203-629-1533, M-F from 9:30-12:30 p.m. Paid tuition required to secure enrollment and parking permit.
At Home to hold tea for seniors
On Dec. 17 at 3 p.m., in Fletcher Hall at Second Congregational Church, 139 E. Putnam Ave., At Home in Greenwich, Inc. invites seniors to have tea and explore membership benefits and volunteer opportunities with Executive Director Lise Jameson and current members.
Meet new people, hear fresh ideas and become part of a vibrant membership focused on staying safe and independent in your own home.
To attend, call Lise at 203-422-2342.
Dr. Karen Dynan to speak
On Dec. 18, at 10:45 a.m., the Retired Men's Association (RMA) hosts Dr. Karen Dynan speaking on "Economic Challenges Facing Today's U.S. Economy."
Dynan served on the staff of the Federal Reserve Board for 17 years as senior adviser and was a senior economist on the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Meetings are at the First Presbyterian Church. For more information call John Decsepel at 203-637-2393, or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pop-up art gallery opens for holidays
Tiffany Benincasa is welcoming art collectors to her art collection in her redesigned C. Parker Gallery at 17 East Putnam Ave. that opened on Nov. 29. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. through Sun. The pop-up gallery will remain open until Christmas and will host holiday gatherings for several community organizations. For more information, visit www.cparkergallery.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.
`A Good Light'
on exhibit at Historical Society
"A Good Light: The Artist's Studio in Cos Cob and Beyond," is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at the Greenwich Historical Society's Storehouse Gallery, 39 Strickland Road, to celebrate the restoration of the room at Bush-Holley House. The site served at various times as the studio of Childe Hassam, John Twachtman and Elmer MacRae. Visitors will explore the changing concept and wide range of spaces where artists worked at the turn of the 20th century. Members: free; nonmembers: $10; seniors and students: $8. For more information, call 203-869-6899 or visit www.greenwichhistory.org.
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 needed.
`Mother Goose Reimagined' at the Flinn Gallery
"Mother Goose Reimagined," is on display at the Flinn Gallery at Greenwich library through Jan. 16, 2013. The exhibit is made up of imaginative art works of the classic Mother Goose stories by members of the Children's Book Illustrators Group in New York. Sponsored by the Friends of the Greenwich Library. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m. and Sundays, from 1 to 5 p.m.
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 on view at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive now through March 3, 2013. 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.
Greenwich Tree Conservancy Awesome Tree Awards and Woods Walk
On Winter Solstice Eve, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m., at the Garden Education Center (GEC), join Conservation Director Denise Savageau and GEC Director of Horticulture Lisa Beebe, to explore the winter woods, branching structures of trees, and meaning of the Winter Solstice followed by the Awards Ceremony for the 2012 Awesome Tree Contest. Refreshments served. To make reservations, email email@example.com.
Rob Mathes to old annual Christmas Concert
Rob Mathes will hold his annual Christmas Concert at 8 p.m. on Dec. 21 and 22 at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Guest performers include Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live) on drums, Joe Bonadio on percussion, Will Lee (David Letterman Show) on bass, Bill Masters on guitar, Rick Knutsen on keyboards, vocalists Vaneese Thomas, James "D-Train" Williams, and Ian Cron, plus a 30-plus member choir of "Saints and Friends." Tickets at $35, $45, $60 and $75 are available online at www.artscenter.org or by calling 914-251-6200.
Hamill Rink to host `Skating Santa Claus'
On Dec. 22 and 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., special guest Santa Claus will join skaters during the public sessions at Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink. Jolly Old St. Nick will be skate, visit with patrons and give free candy to children. All Greenwich residents and guests are invited to "Come Skate with Santa!" Regular admission fees apply. For more information, call 203-531-8560.
Round Hill Community Church offers music on Christmas Eve
On Dec. 24, Round Hill Community Church, at 395 Round Hill Road, will hold two Christmas Eve Services; the Family Service at 4 p.m. with festive music and carols performed by trumpeter David Glukh and Youth Choir alumni and the McZollis singers. At 9:30 p.m., the Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols offers Christmas music and carols with oboist Mark Snyder and violinist Maria Conti, with a gathering following. For more information, visit roundhillcommunitychurch.org or call 203-869-1091.
Parks and Rec to host kids' roller skating party
On Dec. 27, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Dept. of Parks and Recreation will hold a roller skating party for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Rd.. Cost to skate is $5 including skate rental (your own roller blades or skates may be worn). Parent or guardian must accompany kids. Limited tickets. To sign up, call 203-532-1259, or visit www.greenwichct.org.
Alliance to offer French Winter Camp for children
From Dec. 27 to Jan. 4, the Alliance Française of Greenwich will hold a "French Winter Camp" for children 3 to12. Kids will discover French Christmas and New Year traditions through a series of workshops and craft activities. Session I: Dec. 27 to 28. Session II: Jan. 2 to 4. For more information, call 203-629-1340 or visit www.afgreenwich.org.
Interfaith Blood Drive
On Dec. 27, from 1:30-7 p.m. Congregation Shir Ami is partnering for the third season with First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, for an Interfaith Community Holiday Blood Drive to be held at First Presbyterian. Blood supplies are expecially low this year following Hurrican Sandy. For more information call 203.504.2424 or visit www.congregationshirami.org.
Movie nights to begin at Bruce Museum
The Bruce Museum, with the Connecticut Film Festival, will hostmovie nights in January, February and March beginning Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. with "The Vintner's Luck," the passionate tale of Sobran Jodeau, an ambitious young peasant winemaker and the three loves of his life -- his beautiful wife Celeste, the proudly intellectual baroness Aurora de Valday and Xas, an angel who strikes up an unlikely but enduring friendship. Refreshments served. Tickets $15. To purchase tickets, call 203-869-0376. The Museum is located at One Museum Drive.
Religion scholar Pagels to speak
On Jan. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road, presents this year's annual lecture featuring Dr. Elaine Pagels, the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University, who will speak on her new book, "Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation," a New York Times Best Seller and Editors' Choice. Pagels is the recipient of Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Fellowships. Tickets are $20, and $5 for students. Reception and book signing follows lecture. To reserve call 203-869-1091, or visit www.roundhillcommunitychurch.org.
Esther Bushell to lead talk on "Canada" at Perrot
On Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m., the Perrot Library is presenting a book discussion on Richard Ford's new novel "Canada" led by book group facilitator Esther Bushell, the founder of Literary Matters (literarymatters.net). For more information, call 203-637-3870 or visit www.perrotlibrary.org.
Historical Society Storytelling Workshop
Beginning Jan. 10, The Greenwich Historical Society at 39 Strickland Road is offering a three-session storytelling workshop, Jan. 10, 17, 24, (and 31, optional), from 6 to 8 p.m., culminating in a "Story Barn" performance, "Mixed Bag" at the Historical Society on Feb. 1. Workshop leader is Bonnie Levison, storytelling instructor for Moth in Manhattan. Workshop fee is $100 for GHS members and $125 for nonmembers. Advance registration required online at www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, ext. 10.