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Flu shot time

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the time for the Flu Shot Clinic sponsored by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. This year’s clinic is Friday, Nov. 23, from 10:30 to 12:30. The clinic welcomes people from age three and up; children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians. The shots will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis with no need for an appointment. The cost of the flu shot is $38 with Medicare Part B, Anthem and Aetna accepted as payment. Participants are reminded to bring their insurance cards and to wear clothing with sleeves that roll up easily. A pneumonia vaccine is available to those age 65 or older who have never received this vaccine. The cost is $80 and is billable to Medicare Part B. For more information, call the Flu Hotline at 203-834-6341, ext. 444.

Hemingway discussed

The Senior Center Book Discussion taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 11 to noon, features The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Ray Rauth will lead the chat. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, Hemingway changed the style of American writing with his terse prose and short declarative sentences. This senior group meets every fourth Tuesday of each month through May, excluding December. Call the senior center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. The senior center is at Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road.

Wine tasting benefit

The Wine Tasting Benefit & Restaurant Showcase for Wilton Library that was postponed from Nov. 8 has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A maximum of 125 guests will sample wines from around the world, thanks to New Canaan Wine Merchants. Accompanying the tasting will be delicious hors d’oeuvres from some of the area’s finest restaurants: Barcelona Sono, Bianco Rosso, Bistro 7, Cactus Rose Cantina, Luca Ristorante Italiano, Luca Wine Bar, Market to Table (caterer), Marly’s, and Portofino’s. A bottle of very fine wine will be auctioned off, and a purchase of 12 bottles or more will enter your name into a drawing for a free case of wine, both courtesy of New Canaan Wine Merchants. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased online at, at the circulation desk, or by calling 203-762-3950, ext. 216. Ten percent of the sales resulting from the evening will benefit the library as well.

Holiday book sale

The library’s annual Holiday Book Sale kicks off in the gallery on Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at noon with a delightful selection of items that are in pristine condition. In addition to books, unopened CDs and DVDs, and children’s books, there is a robust selection of art books. As items are sold, new ones are replenished each day by the wonderful book sale volunteer elves that work tirelessly providing the best choices for people’s gift-giving. All sales support the library. The sale takes place during library hours which are Mondays through Thursdays, 10 to 8; Fridays, 10 to 6; Saturdays, 10 to 5 and Sundays, 1 to 5 through Sunday, Dec. 23. The library’s Giving Tree will be unveiled on Friday, Dec. 7 during the Wilton Holiday Walk, from 5- 7 p.m.

Two author talks

Two authors’ visits take place early in December and people might want to mark their calendars now before the controlled chaos of Thanksgiving takes over. Mark Rubinstein, a practicing psychiatrist turned author, introduces his new novel, Mad Dog House in an Area Author Affair on Monday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. According to Amazon, “his work is a psychological thriller that can’t be put down.” Books will be available for purchase and signing. Mark will donate his proceeds from the sales of his book to PAWS in Norwalk, a no-kill shelter dedicated to finding dogs and cats permanent homes. On Thursday, Dec. 4, Robert H. Steele delivers an Author Talk on his novel, The Curse: Big Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mr. Steele, a former Connecticut congressman, uses his knowledge to craft a compelling story about a small Connecticut town, a desire to build a casino, and all the “characters” that play a role — a native American’s tribal chief, a shadowy Miami billionaire, venal politicians and Providence mobsters. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is suggested.

Reminder: The library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving and will reopen at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. To register for library programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen programs or ext. 217 for children’s programs.