* = Activities for children.
ART & ARCHITECTURE
* The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, open Tues.-Sun., 12-5 (also Presidents’ Day and Good Friday); historic $10/adults and $5/srs.; free adm. for full-time teachers and students in grades K-12, and for active-service military families; free for all on Tuesdays; 203-438-4519 or aldrichart.org: Group tours avail. by appointment, 203-438-4519 or email grouptours@aldrichart.org.
Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield; rgoa.org or 203-438-8863: classes for youth and adults; call for info.
* The Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich; 203-869-0376 or brucemuseum.org: Docent-led Exhibition Tour, every Friday at 12:30 p.m., no res. required. Art of Design, panel discussion and luncheon, Thur., April 9, 11 a.m., at Greenwich Country Club, info, at 203-413-6745 or email bconelias@brucemuseum.org.
Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., rowaytonartscenter.org or 203-866-2744: Spring Classes for adult, March 9-May 1; Open Sketch sessions w/ live model meets twice monthly; Fabric Art/Weaving, monthly session on Saturdays, call for info.
The Barnum Museum, 820 Main St., Bridgeport; barnum-museum.org or 203-331-1104, x104: Elephants in the Room: Stories of Elephant Artifacts and Images in The Barnum Museum’s Collection, a sneak peek presented by curator Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Wed., April 8, 12:15 p.m., $3 sugg. donation, bring bag lunch; Jumbo: Marvel, Myth and Legend by Dr. Andrew McClellan of Tufts U., Sun., April 19, 2 p.m., $5 sugg. donation.
Milford Arts Council, 40 Railroad Ave. South, Milford; milfordarts.org or 203-878-6647: BYOB Paint-In, Tues., 7-9 p.m., all supplies provided, no experience necessary, $30 or $100 for four classes.
* Katonah Museum of Art, Rte. 22 at Jay St., Katonah, N.Y., 914-232-9555: Programs for Children: See-and-Do Art Activities, ages 3 and up (accomp. by an adult), Sat. at 1, Sun. at 1:30, free. Drop-in Art Program for Kids, Tues., March 31, to Fri., April 3, 10 to 3, for children age 3 and up (under 6 with an adult), age 7 and older, adult must be in the museum; $8/child, regular adm. for adults.
CRAFTS
* Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd.; brookfieldcraft.org: classes, open studios in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal. Fall 2014 Class Offerings; Gallery Shop open Sat., 11-6, and Sun., 11-5.
GARDENING
Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob; reg. for programs at gecgreenwich.org or 203-869-9242: Mushrooms — Nature Play with Caregivers — Up to 3 Years Old, various Wednesdays through June 17, 9-10 a.m.; Family Nature Play, third Sundays, all ages, 2-4 p.m.; Movie Night: Unacceptable Levels, Tues., April 7, 6 p.m. pre-show mingle, 6:30 screening; The Art of Growing Food with Ellen Ecker Ogden, Wed., April 8, 10 a.m.; A Walk in the Woods at the Montgomery Pinetum Park, Thur., April 9, 10:30 a.m.; Pollinators — Second Sundays: Lettuce Challenge Showcase, Sun., April 12, 2-4 p.m. for ages 12-17 yrs.; Ruth Loiseau: From the White House to Your House, Thur., April 23, 10 a.m., slide show presentation.
Bartlett Arboretum, 151 Brookdale Rd., Stamford; bartlettarboretum.org or 203-322-6971: Orchid Judging, the Northeast Judging Ctr. of the American Orchid Society, monthly judging on 3rd Sat. of each month; Kathie Milligan’s Art Class & Learn How to Draw Natural Forms of Life, Wed. mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m., $20/session; info., email swyzzer@aol.com; Summer Camp Registration, for full-day program for ages 4-11, June 29-Aug. 7.
HEALTH
CHADD of Putnam and Vicinity: Anxiety  The Hidden Piece of AD/HD, Tues., April 7, support session from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., general meeting 7:30; $5 donation requested; Four Winds Hospital Conference Center, Rte. 35, Katonah, N.Y.; info., 845-704-2233.
Networking Moms Group: Friends of Autistic People, Mon., April 27, May 25, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Pizza Post, 522 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich/Cos Cob; info., to participate, call 203-661-8510 or email fap.autismct@gmail.com.
Stamford Hospital Hope in Motion: Walk & Run, Sun., June 7, 8 a.m., 5K Walk, 5K Run or 10K Run, beginning in Columbus Park, downtown Stamford; info., hopeinmotion.org.
Red Cross Courses (including Parenting, CPR, Back Injury Prevention, First Aid, HIV/AIDS Education, Lifeguard Training) offered periodically, visit ctredcross.org:
Danbury area Chapter at 7 Park Lawn Dr., Bethel; 1-877-3327.
Darien Chapter, 39 Leroy Ave., Darien, 203-655-2586.
Greenwich Chapter, 99 Indian Field Rd., 203-869-0192.
New Canaan Chapter, 51 Main St., New Canaan, 203-966-1663.
HISTORY & ANTIQUES
* Greenwich Historical Society, Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob; open Wed.-Sun., 12-4 (docent-led tours at 1, 2 and 3);  203-869-6899, ext. 10 or www.hstg.org; adm. to gallery, visitor ctr. & house museum, $10/adults, $8/srs. and students, under 6 free; group tours at $7/person avail. on public and non-public days; library and archives open Wed.-Thur., 10-4; adm. offices open Mon.-Fri., 9-5.
* New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge; 203-966-1776 or nchistory.org: Spring Break Workshops: Colonial Gardens and Herb Lore, Tues., April 7, Colonial Good Ways, Pickling and Preserving, Wed., April 8, Candle-Making, Thur., April 9, School House Rock, Fri., April 10; sessions from 9 to noon, for ages 8-11, $30/workshop, res. required two days in advance.
* Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, 203-834-1896 or www.nps.gov/wefa: grounds open daily dawn to dusk; Burlingham House Visitor Ctr., Sat.-Sun., 10-4, Jan.-March (Thur.-Sun., 10-4, April-Dec.); call for info. on tours. Admin. offices open Mon.-Fri., 9-5.
Greenwich Antiques Society: Historic Houses in the Hudson River Valley: Colonial and Federal Era Architecture and Daily Life, lecture by Kathleen Eagen Johnson, museum consultant, writer and lecturer, Mon., April 6, 1:15 p.m.; adm. $20; res. required by March 30; The Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich; info., res., greenwich.antiques.soc@gmail.com.
Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main St., Ridgefield, keelertavernmuseum.org or 203-438-5485: Ridgefield Chronicles author Jack Sanders, discussing Ridgefield history from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties, Tues., April 7, 7 p.m., Cass Gilbert Garden House; free.
John Jay Homestead program: historic walking tour, John Jay’s Not-So-Big City: A Walk Through the History of Old New York, Sat., April 11, 10 a.m., rain or shine; meet in lower Manhattan; $20 per person, res. required; 914-232-5651 x100 by April 4.
Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle: When West Meets East: Christopher Dresser and Japonisme, Mon., April 13, 9:30-2:30, with Jeffrey Ruda of UC-Davis, at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich; ctceramicscircle.org.
* Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place; westporthistory.org or 203-222-1424: Party Like It’s 1799, spring break history programs, Tues.-Thur., April 14-16, 10-2, ages 5-11, reg. required, $175.
LITERATURE
Author Shareen Blair Brysac & Karl E Meyer,The China Collectors: Amerca’s Century-Long Hunt for Asian Art Treasures, Mon., April 6, 7-8:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.; wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950.
Author Andrew Gross, One Mile Under, discussion with author, Tues., April 7, 7 p.m.; Meeting Room, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave.; greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive or 203-622-7933.
Westport Writers’ Workshop, creative writing workshops; fiction, non-fiction, poetry; Fiction Workshop with Adele Annesi, Mon. afternoons, starting March 30; 3 Sylvan Road South, Westport; 203-227-3250 or westportwritersworkshop.com.
MISCELLANY
Family & Children’s Agency, 9 Mott Ave., Norwalk; familyandchildrensagency.org or 203-855-8765: VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program ofered at 140 Water St., Norwalk; for low-to-moderate-income individuals and families earning less than $52,000 per year; avail. Tues., 5-9 p.m., Jan. 27-April 7; for an appointment, call 203-523-5336.
What You Need to Know About Doing Business in China — Now, Tues., April 7, 5:30 wine and cheese reception, 6 p.m. panel discussion; duPont Tower Room, Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Ave., Bridgeport; free; res., mjfoster@bridgeport.edu.
Ambassadors’ Roundtable Breakfast & Lecture, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and A Rising China, with Sheila Smith, Ph.D., Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, council on Foreign Relations, Wed., April 15, 7:15 a.m. Breakfast, 8-9 a.m., presentation/Q&A; at the Stamford Yacht Club; $50; res. required, 203-356-0340 or worldaffairsforum.org
* YWCA Darien/Norwalk, 49 Old Kings Highway North, Darien; ywcadariennorwalkk.org or 203-655-2535: Job Search Support Program for Women, incl. computer classes, info., katefywcadariennorwalk.org.
Meditation Sessions, Sat. and Sun., 10-11:30 a.m., open sessions; Mon. and Wed. eves., 7-8:30 p.m., open sessions; Kids and Teens Program, first and third Sun. 10-11:30 a.m., Redding Center for Mindfulness & Meditation, 9 Picketts Ridge Rd., West Redding; info., 203-244-3130 or visit reddingmeditationsociety.org.
The Compassionate Friends, Stamford Chapter, non-denominational self help group for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings; meets 2nd Mon. of each month at 7:30 p.m.; Tully Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Ct., Stamford, main floor; info., 203-329-2796 or 203-323-2617.
MUSIC
The Ridgefield Songwriters’ Circle, monthly gatherings to play new songs and discuss them; for info., call Dave Goldenberg, 203-438-4521.
NATURE & SCIENCE
* New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, 203-966-9577; satellite site for NY Botanical Garden programs (800-322-6924 or nybg.org/adulted); buildings open Mon.-Sat., 9-4 (closed major holidays);  Programs for Kids & Families: First Saturdays, 1st Sat. of the month, free guided activities for visitors, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Free Live Animal Presentations, Sat. at 3, lasting 15-20 min., dif. animal each week.
* Woodcock Nature Center, 56 Deer Run Rd., Wilton; center open 9:30-5, Tues.-Sat., two-plus miles of trails open daily, dawn to dusk; reg. in advance for programs, 203-762-7280; Summer Camp registration begins by end of January for weekly sessions, June 8-Aug. 7. Vernal Pool Study, Sat., April 18, 6:15 till after dark, for age 14 to adult, donations welcome, pre-reg. by noon day before.
* Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., adm. $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for youth (13-17) and seniors, $12.95 for children 3-12; open 10-5 daily (till 6, July and August);  info., 203-852-0700, ext. 2206: Jiggle A Jelly, special touch-a-jellyfish exhibit, weekends September-June, free w/museum adm.;  Toy Boat Workshop on Saturdays and Sundays (daily during July and August) between 11 and 3, 20-min. workshop, $5/child, no res. required. Seal Spotting Cruises, on the new research vessel, many weekends through April 12, varies by tides; must be 42 inces tall to board, tickets $22.95, res. strongly recommended; 2.5-hr. cruises. Seal Pups series for children 3-4 w/parent or guardian, Wed., April 1-29, 2-2:45 p.m. or Thur., April 2-30, 9:30-10:15 a.m., $150 (each add’l child w/same caregiver, $100, to max. 4). Spring Vacation Adventures, programs for ages 6-8 and 9-12, April 13-17, 9:30 to 4 (pre- and post-care avail.); sign up by day ($100) or for the week ($450).
* Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Ave., Norwalk; open daily 10-5, Memorial Day-Labor Day, and Tues.-Sun., Labor Day through Memorial Day; adm. $15/adults and children (under 1, free), $10/srs.; Early Childhood  Classes for ages 6 mon.-6 yrs. and After School Adventures for grades 3-12, reg. online; other ongoing events; Around the World Creative Kids, programs Sat. at 2; steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606: Get Into It! FREE, Thur., April 2, 5-8 p.m.; Egg-straordinary Egg-stravaganza, Sat., April 4, 10:30-12:30; Around the World: Performance Series, Boogie Chillun Sings Motown Music, Sat., April 11, 2 p.m.; Accessability Day, Sat., April 11, 9-11 a.m.
* Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport; open Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 1-4 (closed major holidays); adm. $7/adults, $5/ages 1-12 & srs.; free adm. to trails and property, daily 7 a.m.-dusk; interactive nature museum, live wildlife; Story and Animal Program, Thur.-Fri., 10-10:30 a.m., age 5 and younger, free w/adm.; Nature Encounters, every Sat. at 2:30, free w/adm.; Animal Feeding, Mon., Wed., Fri. at 11 a.m., Animal Hall, and Tues., Thur., Sat., Birds of Prey at 4 p.m., free w/adm.; 203-227-7253; earthplace.org.
* Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford; adm. $10/adults, $8/srs. (65+), $6/students (18+ valid ID), $5/children 4-17; 203-322-1646 or www.stamfordmuseum.org: Heckscher Farm, daily, 9-5 (Heckscher WILD!new live exotic animal exhibit); Bendel Mansion (main building), Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 11-5. Take-a-Hike Week, Tues., March 31-Thur., April 2,
* Audubon Greenwich, 528 Riversville Rd., Greenwich; 203-869-5272:  program fees: $3/adults, $1.50/children, srs. (incl. adm. to Center & Grounds); trails open dawn to dusk weekends; Kimberlin Nature Center open daily, 10-5; trails and grounds open daily sunrise to sunset, occasionally unavailable till 9 a.m. mid-Sept.-Jan.; 203-869-5272 or email greenwichcenter@audubon.org: Birding 101 Workshop: Bird Watching Basics, sat., April 4, 9:30-noon, adults and interested youth, $12/adults, res. requested; Springtime Sunset and Moonlight Walk, Sat., April 4, 7:45-9:15 p.m., ages 7 and up, reg. limited, res. requested.
Astronomical Society of Greenwich, at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich; info., 203-413-6762: Exoplanets, lecture by Dr. Nick Stone, Sun., April 12, 3:30-5 p.m.
* Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; adm. $14/adults, $10/children 3-11 and seniors, free for children under 3; open daily 9 to 4; Carousel, daily 9-4; Peacock Cafe, daily 9-4; Gift Shop, daily 9:30-4; New World Tropics Building, daily 10:30-3:30; 203-394-6565, www.beardsleyzoo.org:
* Connecticut Audubon Society, 314 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield; ctaudubon.org or 203-259-0416: Summer Camp Registration, programs in Pomfret, Glastonbury, Milford Point and Fairfield; info. at ctaudubon.org/summercamp;   Spring Fling Nature Nursery Classes at CT Audubon Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Mon., March 23-May 18, 10-10:45 a.m., ages 2-3 w/participating adult; Evening Peeper Prowl, Fri., April 10, 7-8:30 p.m., $8, pre-reg. by April 8; Badge Bonanza for Boy and Girl Scouts, Sat., April 25, 9-noon, CT Audubon Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., pre-reg. required, fee of $10 per badge, 203-259-6305 x109 or email jguenther@ctaudubon.org.
* Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, N.Y.; pre-reg. online required for all programs, nywolf.org: Pack Chat for Kids! (4-8), Sun., April 12, 11 a.m., $13/adults, $11/children under 12; Evening Howl for “Pups” of All Ages,  Fri., April 10, 6:30 p.m., Sat., April 11, 6 p.m., for families, $16/adults, $13/children under 12;  Spring Break Wolf Camp for Kids! for grades 2-5, Tues.-Fri., March 31-April 3, 10 a.m.-noon, $200/child for 4-day program. Evening Howl for Adults Only, Fri., April 3, 6:30 p.m., for ages 21+, $20; Egg Hunt with Wolves, Sat., April 4, 11 a.m., $13/adults, $11/children udner 12; Full Moon Wolf Walk, Sat., April 4, 7:30 p.m., $20/person. Wolves of North America, Sat., April 11, 11 a.m., $13/adults, $11/children under 12. Sunset Photo Session, Sun., April 12, 5 p.m.-sunset, $100/person.
* Planetarium Show/Telescope Viewing, Sat., April 11 and 25, show at 7, viewing at 8; Sat., May 9, show at 7:30, viewing at 8:30; Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury; info., wcsu.edu/starwatch or 203-837-8672.
Animal Week at WestConn, events at the Midtown campus 181 White St., Danbury; wcsu.edu: Birds of Prey Demonstration, Mon., April 6, noon, campus Quadrangle; Wolf Conservation Center Ambassador Wolf Atka, Tues., April 7, at noon in Alumni Hall; Reptiles on the Move, Wed., April 8, at noon at the Student Center Theater.
SELF IMPROVEMENT
SCORE Fairfield County; reg. directly at scorenorwalk.org/workshops.html; direct questions to score.fairfieldcounty@gmail.com or call 203-831-0065.
SCORE - Service Corps of Retired Executives, help for small-business owners:
Western Connecticut SCORE - 155 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury; 203-794-1404; westernconnecticut.score.org.
Greater Bridgeport - University of Bridgeport Mandeville Hall, 230 Park Ave., Bridgeport; 203-450-9484, greaterbridgeport.score.org.
Westchester - 120 Boomingdale Rd., NYS Dept. of Labor, White Plains, N.Y.; 914-948-3907; westchester.score.org.
What You Need to Know about Dooing Business in China — Now, part of the Robert Sammis Lecture Series, with a panel discussion, Tues., April 7, 5:30 p.m. wine and cheese recept., 6 p.m. panel discussion; duPont Tower Room in the Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Ave., Bridgeport; free; rsvp to mjfoster@bridgeport.edu.
TRIPS
Bus Trip to Citi Field to Benefit Conn. Fallen Heroes Foundation, Fri., May 1, depart Exit 35 I-95 Commuter Lot at 3:30; $80/person (Section 330, rows 5-9); info., 203-907-5741.
Send listings to Sally Sanders, e-mail arts@hersamacorn.com; or mail, c/o Hersam Acorn Newspapers, 16 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield 06877, two weeks in advance of desired publication date.