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 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.
Alliance offers French Winter Camp
From Dec. 27 to Jan. 4, the Alliance Française of Greenwich will hold a "French Winter Camp" for children 3 to 12. 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.
Sunday Safe Program at Greenwich Point
Sunday mornings through April 7, The Friends of Greenwich Point, along with the 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.
Audubon bird prints offered
Framed limited edition prints of John James Audubon are for sale at Audubon Greenwich new Oppenheimer Gallery in Kiernan Hall, 613 Riversville Road. Showing currently 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.
GAS opens enrollment for winter classes
Greenwich Art Society classes start the week of Jan. 7. They include "How To Plan a Solo or Joint Art Exhibit," "Writing Artist's Statements," and "How To Photograph and Create Digital Images of Your Artwork." After School Art Classes will be held at the Bruce Museum. For a 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 is required to secure enrollment and parking permit.
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.
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.
`Good Light' 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
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.
`Mother Goose Reimagined' at the Flinn Gallery
"Mother Goose Reimagined" is currently on display at the Flinn Gallery at Greenwich Library through Jan. 16, 2013. The exhibit, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenwich Library, 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. 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 Museum
"Extreme Habitats: Living Desert Dry," is currently on view at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive 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.
Movie nights to begin at Bruce
The Bruce Museum, with the Connecticut Film Festival will host movie 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 by Some Things Fishy Catering . Tickets $15. To purchase tickets, call 203-869-0376. The museum is located at 1 Museum Drive.
Revelations on `Revelations'
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 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. A reception and book signing follows the lecture. To reserve call 203-869-1091, or visit www.roundhillcommunitychurch.org.
Free women's self-defense class
On Jan. 5, the Junior League of Greenwich and the YWCA Greenwich will host a free women's self- defense class from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the YWCA Greenwich, 259 East Putnam Ave., Meeting Rooms A & B. The class teaches counter-offense rather than defense to repel attacks. with one-on-one coaching to learn defense tactics. Limited to 40 women. To register for this free class, visit www.jlgreenwich.org or call 203-869-1979 or email email@example.com. Complimentary lunch provided.
First Sunday Bird Walk
On Jan. 6, from 10-11 a.m., come to Greenwich Point Park to enjoy the Points many birds. Meet by the main (southern) concession stand. Bring binoculars. All ages welcome. No experience necessary. Held in collaboration with Bruce Museum, Wild Wings, and Audubon Greenwich. For information, call 203-413-6756.
UVA Choir to sing at Christ Church
On Jan. 6, at 5 p.m., the University of Virginia's University Singers will give a "Concert for Epiphanytide" at Christ Church Greenwich, 254 East Putnam Ave. Founded in 1957, choristers come from UVA's six undergrad schools, including Arts and Sciences, Education, and Engineering, as well as its graduate and professional schools. A free will offering will be accepted. For more information call 203-869-6600.
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.
"Five Friends" film at Bruce Museum
On Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m., the Bruce Museum, with the Connecticut Film Festival, is presenting "Five Friends," that captures the intimate relationships of a 65-year-old man and his five friends and how they support each other in personal struggle VIP Reception and Q&A with writer/producer Hank Mandel. Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres by Some Things Fishy Catering. Tickets $35/$40 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit www.brucemuseum.org. or call 203-869-0376. The museum is located at 1 Museum Drive.
Historical Society Storytelling Workshop
Beginning Jan. 10, the Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Road, is offering a 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. The workshop is led by Bonnie Levison, storytelling instructor for Moth in Manhattan. The workshop fee is $100 for GHS members and $125 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required online at www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, ext. 10.
Temple Sholom offers new pre-K program
Beginning Jan. 13, the Temple Sholom Religious School of Greenwich will offer a new monthly Pre-K program, "The Five Senses of Judaism," for five weeks on Sunday mornings from 9 - 11 a.m., at 300 East Putnam Ave. It is free and open to the public. Specifically designed for 4-year olds, the program is an elementary introduction to Judaism and includes "exciting, creative classes that focus on age appropriate fun experiences including music, movement and crafts." For more information and to register call 203-542-7175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
`Russia under Putin' talk at Ambassadors' Roundtable
On Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m., at the Stamford Yacht Club, the Ambassadors' Roundtable presents Dr. William Partlett, Research Scholar and Lecturer at Columbia University School of Law, to speak on "Russia Under Putin." Free for AR members, $50 for non-members. 5:30 p.m. cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. Reservations and advance payment required by Jan.11. Call the World Affairs Forum at 203-356-0340 or email email@example.com
`Let It Snow - Children's Book Art'
On Jan.16, from 12:30 - 1:15 p.m., the Bruce Museum at 1 Museum Drive, is hosting a program for children 3-5 years and their caregivers, "Look and See: Let It Snow: Children's Book Art, to explore the Museum's galleries through hands-on experiences, crafts, stories and more. Children will then make their own "snow" pictures. Members $5, non-members $7 per child. Parents/ guardians free. To reserve call 203-869-0376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audubon's Hog Island Camp in Maine
Register now for Audubon's Hog Island camp sessions this summer at http://hogisland.audubon.org. Hands-on instructors include returning favorites Ted Gilman, Steve Kress, Scott Weidensaul, Kenn and Kim Kaufman, Bill Thompson III, and Julie Zickefoose. There's a hot new camp - The Arts of Birding, as well as last year's favorite, Fall Migration and Monhegan Island. Call for information at 607-257-7308 ext. 14, or email email@example.com.
Martin Luther King Jr. family day Celebration.
On Jan. 21, from 10- 4 p.m., the Bruce Museum at One Museum Drive is hosting "Our Civil Rights" performances by Encore Performing Art's Flying Ship Productions at 11 a.m. and "Rosa's Ride: The Life of Rosa Parks" at 1 p.m. Program suitable for ages 5 and up. Students can make "I have a dream ..." buttons and add their self-portraits to the Circle of Friends mural as well as explore the Museum's galleries and exhibitions. All events are free with Museum admission.. For more information or to reserve call 203-869-0376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
`Tree Rings and the History they Reveal'
On Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., the Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Tree Conservancy, Bruce Museum and Greenwich Reform Synagogue are presenting "The Science of History: Tree Rings and the History they Reveal," with Neil Pederson, PhD., Tree Ring Laboratory, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. The program celebrates the Jewish New Year for Trees, Tu B'Shevat and takes place at the Greenwich Historical Society. Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Road. Free admission but reservations suggested. Call 203-869-6899, ext. 10. Doors open at 6:30.
Solidarity Among Faith discussion
On Jan 24 from 7:30 -9 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena Church is hosting a panel discussion on Solidarity Among Faith Groups in the Church Hall, 4 Riverside Ave. Featured speakers include: Msgr Alan F. Detscher, pastor of St. Catherine's; Rabbi Mitchell Hurvitz of Temple Sholom; Imam Dr. Kareem Adeeb, president of The American Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies; and Rev Dr. Heather Wright of the Greenwich Center for Hope and Renewal. The evening will include a light supper from 6 to 7:15 p.m. if reserved by Jan. 21 with $10 donation at door. RSVP to email@example.com or phone 203-637-3661. Leave request for preferred kosher or halal meal.
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's pastry chef, Lisa Maronian of Sweet Lisa's Exquisite Cakes. The evening will also include auctions and dancing from 7 -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.