Kids Stuff: Family fun

NATURE The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, 10-5 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas); sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellies and more than 100 other species; Marine Lab, Ocean Playspace for toddlers, seal feedings at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. daily. Fish Tales for preschoolers, Fri., 10:15-11 a.m. Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield; adm. $2/adults, $1/children; 203-259-6305 x109 or ctaudubon.org: 155-acre wildlife sanctuary, 7 miles of trails through woodlands, streams, meadows, marshes, ponds, open daily dawn to dusk; Birds of Prey compound; nature center w/exhibits … Read more

Bill of Fairs: Food festivals and more

Operation Hope’s “Really Big” Tag Sale, Aug. 18-19, First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd., Fairfield. Tickets $1. Info: call 203-292-5588, ext. 207. RidgeCon, Aug. 18, 10 – 4 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Its the fourth annual celebration of pop-culture. Info:  ridgefieldlibrary.org. Milford Oyster Festival, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Milford. Info: milfordoysterfestival.com. Blackberry Festival, Aug. 18-19, 12-5 p.m., White Silo Farm & Winery, 32 Route 37, Sherman. Info: whitesilowinery.com. Explore the InSitu garden, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 73 Diamond Hill Rd., Redding. Tickets $7. Info: opendaysprogram.org. Big Blocks And BBQ Auto Show, … Read more

On Exhibit: Opening and upcoming

OPENING Organic Explorations, Aug. 9 through Sept. 23, Curtis Gallery, New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., New Canaan. Featuring art by Heide Follin and Ellen Schiffman. Opening reception Aug. 9, 6-8 p.m. Info: newcanaanlibrary.org. * Fairfield Fly In, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., behind the old Town Hall; open daily, 10-4; research library open Tues.-Fri.,10-4; adults, $5, students w/ ID, $3, children 5 and under, free; info., fairfieldhistory.org or 203-259-1598. Karen Spencer exhibit, Aug. 12 through Sept. 30, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Opening reception, Aug. 12, 3-5 … Read more

Bill of Fairs: Festivals and walks

Forever Grateful Music Festival, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. and Aug. 11, 1 p.m., Ives Concert Park, 43 Lake Ave., Danbury. The fourth annual Forever Grateful Music Festival will feature Shakedown, Legion of Jerry, Brothers of the Road, Ianbassa and members of MSE, Jen Durkin & The Business, Union Rail, The Red Hots, Atom Family Band, Blackthorn Grove, and the annual Hat City Jam. Tickets $10-$70. Info: ivesconcertpark.com. Nutmeg Festival, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 351 Main St., Ridgefield. It features the magic of Ben Nemzer as well as food, music, antiques, books, children’s games, … Read more

Kids Stuff: Family fun

NATURE The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, 10-5 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas); sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellies and more than 100 other species; Marine Lab, Ocean Playspace for toddlers, seal feedings at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. daily. Fish Tales for preschoolers, Fri., 10:15-11 a.m. Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield; adm. $2/adults, $1/children; 203-259-6305 x109 or ctaudubon.org: 155-acre wildlife sanctuary, 7 miles of trails through woodlands, streams, meadows, marshes, ponds, open daily dawn to dusk; Birds of Prey compound; nature center w/exhibits … Read more

Trying Out: Auditions and calls for art

Call for Art, The New Canaan Society for the Arts is accepting submissions for their annual member show through Aug. 18. The exhibit will run Sept. 9 through Oct. 13. Info: carriagebarn.org. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change auditions, Aug. 20 and Aug. 22, 7 p.m., Wilton Playshop. Info: wiltonplayshop.org/auditions. Auditions for Connecticut Chamber Choir, appointment only on Sept. 4. Auditions will be held at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Dr., Fairfield. Info: email  [email protected] 150 Anniversary Celebration Photo Contest, submissions due Aug. 25. The Seaport Association of Norwalk is currently accepting entries. Info: norwalkseaport.blogspot.com. Call for Art, … Read more

Film: Screenings and documentaries

* IMAX Theater at the Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; daytime films, info., 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org: One exhibit and daytime IMAX movie included with paid aquarium adm: $22.95 for adults; $20.95 for youths (13-17) and seniors (65+); and $15.95 for children (3-12); free for kids under 3 and members. Backyard Wilderness and Pandas through June 30. Reservations: maritimeaquarium.org. Turandot, Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. Tickets $25. Info: ridgefieldplayhouse.org. Monday Matinees, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Info: stratfordlibrary.org. Avon Theatre Film Center, 272 Bedford St., Stamford; avontheatre.org, 203-967-3660; tickets $9-$12 nonmembers.

Dance: Performance and participatory

Beginner Square Dance Party, Aug. 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Norfield Grange, 12 Good Hill Rd., Weston. No experience necessary, casual dress. Suggested donation $5. Info: call 203-761-9939. Ballroom Youth Champions, Aug. 25, 7-11 p.m., Holy Trinity Greek Church Community Center, 4070 Park Ave., Bridgeport. It includes a dance lesson and a performance by Kristers Smits and Liza Shlimovich the reigning U.S. Ballroom Youth Champions. Register by calling 203-374-7308. Square Dancing, Sept. 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Christ The King Lutheran Church, 85 Mount Pleasant Rd., Newtown. Casual dress. Free. Info: rrsdc.org. Square Dancing, Sept. 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Christ The King Lutheran Church, 85 … Read more

After Dark: Coffeehouse-style concerts, benefits and galas

Elm Shakespeare Gala, Aug. 30, 5-8 p.m., Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff St., New Haven. Tickets $75 – $175. Info: elmshakespeare.org. FTC 80’S Dance Party, Sept. 15, 8 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. The event is a fundraiser for the Fairfield Theatre Company. Tickets $25. Info: fairfieldtheatre.org. Taste, Sip & Support, Sept. 22, noon -4 p.m., 80 Grovers Ave., Bridgeport. Presented by the Black Rock Yacht Club. Tickets $55. Info: blackrockyc.org/fundraiser. Annual Fall FUNdraiser, Sept. 28, 7-11 p.m., Vazzano’s Four Seasons, 337 Kenyon St., Stratford. Proceeds to benefit Bridgeport Animal Control. Tickets $50. Info: eventbrite.org. Annual Bigelow Tea … Read more

Something New: Lectures and lessons

ART & ARCHITECTURE Mad Men Modern: Norwalk’s Contemporary Architecture Tour, Sept. 16, 12:30-5 p.m., Remington Rand Building, 333 Wilson Ave., Norwalk. Tickets $60. Info: norwalkpreservation.org/. Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure and Power in the 18th century, Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Riverside Yacht Club, 102 Club Rd., Greenwich. Info: [email protected] Fairfield University Art Museum’s new monthly series of gallery conversations, Art in Focus, 11 a.m. in museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries on campus of Fairfield University. During each event in series, one painting, print, or sculpture in museum’s collection will take center stage for hour’s worth of close looking and … Read more

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