Yoga classes and other things to do in Greenwich
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Bird Count at Cos Cob Library
Learn about Winter Bird Watching and how your family can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count in your neighborhood in an event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Cos Cob Library at 5 Sinawoy Road. Ryan MacLean, from the Greenwich Audubon Center, will introduce some of the most common winter birds in the area and explain how everyone can count these birds this weekend. All participants will receive a color chart of common backyard birds. MacLean will lead a brief walk outside to conduct a bird count at Mill Pond Park across the street from the library. Binoculars will be available. Dress warm for cold weather. All ages welcome To RSVP, contact Dulce Stanton from the Greenwich Library at 203 622-7952 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax preparation help
The AARP Foundation is providing free tax preparation services to all Greenwich residents. Volunteers will be available to help at in the third floor Hayton Room of Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays on the first floor of the Peterson Wing in the Greenwich Library. Bring wage and earning statements, including any W-2, 1099-R and 1099-Misc forms; health insurance and Affordable Health Care statements; interest and dividend statements from banks, known as Form 1099s; copies of federal and state tax returns from last year; and photo ID and Social Security cards for the taxpayer, their spouse and dependents. Also, bring a blank check, which will be returned to the taxpayer. Married couples filing jointly must both sign the tax returns before they can be filed. Appointments are suggested but not required by emailing at email@example.com. Drop-ins will be taken in order of arrival.
Family bird count
Join Audubon naturalists to watch birds and participate in a worldwide bird count from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwich Audubon Center at 613 Riversvielle Road. Learn how to identify and count backyard songbirds at the bird feeders and take a brief walk through the apple orchard to find birds outside. Afterwards, the findings will be submitted to an online database. Also, learn how you can do the bird count at home. All ages are welcome. Admission is $10 per person. To RSVP, contact Ryan MacLean at Ryan.MacLean@audubon.org or 203-930-1351. To learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count, visit gbbc.birdcount.org.
Family gallery tours
The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, host Family Gallery Tours from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Sundays. The tours are geared for kids ages 6 to 10. Free with regular admission, and no registration is required. Visit brucemuseum.org for more info.
Join instructor Brittani “BK” Kelly for Nature Yoga sessions on Sundays at the Greenwich Audubon Center at 613 Riversville Road. Enjoy nature and the environment, while developing techniques in yoga and wellness. Bring a yoga mat or borrow one. There is a class from 10 to 11 a.m. for adults, teens and kids age 12 and up, with all levels of experience and abilities welcome. Admission is $10 per person per session. There is a class from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for families of all ages, experiences levels and abilities. Admission is $5 for children and $10 for adults per session.
Duplicate Bridge Games
Weekly open Duplicate Bridge games are held at 12:15 p.m. Mondays at YWCA Greenwich. The games are sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League, with masterpoint awards to top finishers. The card fee to play one session is $12. For more information, contact Steve Becker at 203-637-8927.
Bruce Beginnings is a program for children ages 2.5 to 5 with an adult at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Bruce Museum. Explore the museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. This program takes place on the museum’s free admission day and space is limited. See the visitor service desk to secure a spot. Topics change weekly. Visit brucemuseum.org for more info.
Heart Health and Stroke Fair
Greenwich Hospital will host its annual Heart Health and Stroke Fair from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Greenwich Hospital’s Noble Conference Center. Educators, pharmacists, dietitians, holistic practitioners and other hospital staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss cardiac nutrition, medications, genetic concerns and lifestyle changes to help keep your heart as health as possible. Free blood pressure screenings, too. No registration needed. For more information, call 203-863-4444. Free.
Perfectly Polite bridge
The Perfectly Polite Bridge Group holds Duplicate Bridge games at the Greenwich YMCA on Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to noon for Relaxed Duplicate Bridge and from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. for Relaxed Duplicate Bridge / Conventions. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. You do not need a partner to play. Only prepaid players are guaranteed a seat. There is also a Beginner Game/Class with relaxed play and discussion from 3 to 5 p.m. Seating is limited. If you are not on the email list, call Frank Crocker at 203-524-8032 to register.
Speakers at Retired Men’s group
The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association offers a free program every Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 W. Putnam Ave., that is free and open to the public. Social time starts at 10:40 a.m., followed by the speaker at 11 a.m. For info, visit www.greenwichrma.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Speakers include Katie Deluca, director of Planning and Zoning and Town Planner in Greenwich, on “Implementing the Plan of Conservation and Development” on Feb. 19.
Gaucher disease lecture
Dr. Pramod Mistry, a rare disease specialist at Greenwich Hospital, will discuss “Gaucher Disease: What is it? Who is at Risk?” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road, Stamford. This genetic disorder is often misdiagnosed for many years. Get information about signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and recommended treatment. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
‘Managing Sibling Rivalry’ talk
Lenore Dweck, a licensed behavioral analyst with the Southfield Center for Development, will speak on how to “Manage Sibling Rivalry” at the Whitby School library at 969 Lake Ave. at 8:15 a.m. Feb. 20. With over 30 years of experience in childhood education and development, Lenore will cover such topics as why sibling rivalry happens, the key triggers, and how to effectively respond and work toward prevention in your family. A Q&A session will follow. The event is part of the Whitby Parents Speaker Session initiative. Free and open to the public. Registration required at www.whitbyschool.org/events. For information. contact email@example.com.
A 12-week Medical Weight-Loss Program begins Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon at Greenwich Hospital’s Center for Behavioral and Nutritional Health, 55 Holly Hill Lane, Suite 170, Greenwich. This multidisciplinary team combines group and individual treatment with personalized nutritional, fitness ad medication plans for long-term weight loss. For information and registration, call 203-863-2939.
Silent movie night
Round Hill Community Church will present a silent movie night with live organ accompaniment at 7 p.m. Feb. 21. The Round Hill Community Church Music Committee invites the public to a triple-feature of short comedy films featuring three of the greatest silent movie actors of all time: Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. The experience of enjoying a silent film will come to life thanks to live, improvised organ accompaniment by renowned theater organist Jackson Borges. Borges will provide what a silent-era audience might have heard when the film was first released by creating sound effects and original compositions to create a vibrant, authentic experience. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at www.roundhillcommunitychurch.org. Appropriate for all ages and everyone is welcome. All proceeds will support the music ministry at Round Hill Community Church. For additional information, contact Leslie Smith, director of music, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenwich Symphony Orchestra
The Greenwich Symphony Orchestra will be in concert on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 with a program featuring Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 (Eroica); and Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor), with John O’Conor on piano. Concerts are at the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center, 10 Hillside Road, at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $40 per person, $10 for students. For more information, call 203-869-2664 or visit www.greenwichsymphony.org.
LWV to honor leaders
For its 100th anniversary gala, the League of Women Voters of Connecticut will honor Indra K. Nooyi, a Greenwich resident and former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, and Juanita T. James, president and CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation. Nooyi will receive the Outstanding Woman in Business award and James will be recognized with the Outstanding Woman in Philanthropy award. The gala will take place Feb. 22 at the Italian Center in Stamford. For more information, visit www.lwvct.org.
In conjunction with a major exhibition called “On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring,” the Bruce Museum will host art workshops related to the exhibition that are geared to adults over the age of 55. Teaching artist Eddie Nino will lead the workshops, focused on the topics of “Value,” on Feb. 24; “Color,” on March 24; and “Composition,” on April 20. The workshops will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; all materials will be provided. For more information on the exhibit and the programs at the Bruce Museum, and to register, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
Time to Talk
A drop-in conversation series for English Language Learners called “Time to Talk” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Byram Shubert Library’s Community Room. Improve your communications skills, learn more about American culture and feel more comfortable in the community. Peer-to-peer conversations offer an opportunity to practice casual language in a less formal environment. Volunteers facilitate conversations on everyday topics such as doctors visits, grocery shopping, and finding housing or work. Free and open to all adults. Beginners welcome. As the library will be closed, enter downstairs at the program room.
Abstract composition exhibit
“The Figure as Abstract Composition,” a solo exhibit of recent paintings by Nancy W. McFarland, will be on exhibit through Feb. 28 at the Greenwich Art Society’s gallery at 299 Greenwich Ave. McFarland, who works from her Westport studio, spent many years studying the human form throughout her career as an illustrator, art director and photographer. The paintings will be on view 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more info, visit www.greenwichartsociety.org.
Pathways Inc., a Greenwich nonprofit serving adults with severe mental illnesses, is hosting the band Big Head Todd and the Monsters, starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Capitol Theater at 149 Westchester Ave. in Port Chester, N.Y. The organization is inviting the public to the celebration in support of Pathways clients. Special guests include Hazel Miller, and 10,000 Maniacs will offer a pre-show in the main theater. Tickets include a two hour preconcert open bar party for Pathways guests at Garcia Bar. To buy tickets, visit www.one.bidpal.net/pathways/ticketing or contact Sally Ghabour at 203-869-5656, Ext. 1025.
‘Matilda, The Musical’
The St. Catherine’s Players perform “Matilda, The Musical,” on Feb. 28, Feb. 29, March 1, March 6, March 7 and March 8, with curtain times of 8 p.m. on Fridays, 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets at $21 may be purchased in advance at www.stc-sta.org or at the Parish Rectory at 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Tickets are $25 at the door. Everyone must have a ticket, regardless of age. St. Catherine’s Players welcomes adults with children who can sit quietly throughout the entire performance; it is not recommended for children under 4. For ticket information, email email@example.com or call 203-637-3661 Ext. 327. For more information, visit: www.stc-sta.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Father’s Forum will be held on Feb. 29 at the Greenwich YMCA. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. and a presentation from Liberation Programs President & CEO John Hamilton will follow from 9 to 10 a.m. The forum offers valuable information and a community for like-minded fathers to continue to develop and enhance their relationship with their children. Visit www.greenwichymca.org/ for more information.
Art opening reception
The Byram Shubert Library is hosting a show entitled “Paisa Art: Two Colombian Artists,” in its Community Room through Feb. 29. The show features the work of César O. Álverez and Juan Uribe Gonzales.
Night Sky Landscapes
Join the Bruce Museum for the “Fred Elser First Sunday Science” series at the Seaside Center at Greenwich Point Park with family activities from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 1. From 2 to 3 p.m., photographer Stan Honda will present a program on “Night Sky Landscapes.” Honda has been an artist-in-residence at six national parks, and has been featured on NASA’s “Astronomy Picture of the Day” eight times. In his lecture, he will share images of sweeping landscapes and astronomical phenomena from his long-term project photographing the night sky, and will discuss how he combines astronomy and photography into artistic statements about how we move through the universe around us. Free. No reservations and no beach pass required. For more information, contact Kate at email@example.com or 203.413.6747.
Decorative arts talk
The Greenwich Decorative Arts Society will host a talk from 1:15 to 3 p.m. March 2 at the Bruce Museum, with refreshments to follow. The lecture will be on “Henry DuPont and the Entire History of the Winterthur Americana Collection” by Jeff Groff, the estate historian at Winterthur Museum, Library and Garden. Admission for nonmembers of the Greenwich Decorative Arts Society is $25. Space is limited. For reservations and information: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.greenwichdecorativearts.com.
Women artists on film
Join the Bruce Museum in celebrating Women’s History Month from 10:30 a.m. .to 12:30 p.m. March 4 with a showing of “The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo.” The film explores the 20th-century icon who became an international sensation in the worlds of modern art and radical politics. It explores the ancient culture of Mexico; the Mexican Revolution; the wildfire of communism that burned through Latin America in the 1920s and ‘30s; the innovators in painting, photography, filmmaking, writing and poetry that congregated in Mexico City; and the revival of interest in popular culture for which Kahlo has become a symbol. Award-winning filmmaker Amy Stechler interviewed more than 20 principals in Kahlo’s life, including Mexican authors Carlos Fuentes and Carlos Monsivais and Kahlo’s principal biographer, Hayden Herrera. Rita Moreno narrates the film. Free with admission to the museum, reservations required at BruceMuseum.org.
Building a collection
The Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle will host a talk from 1:15 to 3 p.m. March 9 at the Bruce Museum, with refreshments to follow. The lecture will be on “Building a Collection: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of American Art Pottery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art” by Adrienne Spinozzi, assistant research curator of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Admission for non-members of the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle is $25. For information: www.ctcsc.org.
VFW’s monthly meeting
The Cos Cob Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10112 will hold its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. March 10 at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich. All veterans are welcome to attend. The meeting is expected to focus on general business before the post as well as its ongoing efforts to recruit new members. Veterans may attend and ask questions or speak up about veterans issues. The civic center is located at 90 Harding Road. The VFW hosts its monthly meetings there on the second Tuesday of each month.
Sensory-sensitive day at Audubon
Join Greenwich Audubon Center on the second Saturday of each month as it supports sensory-sensitive people who would like to learn about nature in a quiet and soothing space. This is part of the Audubon For All initiative, which offers accessible and inclusive programs to support people with intellectual and physical challenges during the Sensory-Sensitive Saturday sessions. Staff naturalists will be present to support learning about nature from 9 to 11 a.m. March 14 at Audubon at 613 Riversville Road. Free. RSVP required by contacting Caroline.Bailey@audubon.org or calling 203-900-3349.
Curiosity Cabinets on display
The Bruce Museum’s newest exhibition features depictions of sea serpents crushing ships, 7-foot-tall giants, a mummified Porsche, and a menagerie of other oddities sure to pique the interest of any visitor interested in the intersection of art and science. The display, called “Collecting Reimagined: A 2D Curiosity Cabinet” is on view in the museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery through March 24. For more information, visit brucemuseum.org.
Microbes in the Sound
Join the Bruce Museum for the “Fred Elser First Sunday Science” series at the Seaside Center at Greenwich Point Park with family activities from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 5. From 2 to 3 p.m., Luciana Santoferrara, a marine microbiologist working at the University of Connecticut, will present a program on “Microbes as Sentinels of Water Quality in Long Island Sound.” Each drop of water in Long Island Sound hosts a diverse microbial community. Knowing which microbes thrive in different portions of the Sound helps us evaluate the impacts of natural and human-led changes on these environments. Free. No reservations and no beach pass required. For more information, contact Kate at email@example.com or 203.413.6747.
Greenwich Symphony Orchestra
The Greenwich Symphony Orchestra will be in concert on April 18 and April 19 with a program featuring Hindemith, Concert Music for Strings and Brass; Herbert, Concerto No. 2 for Cello, with Daniel Miller on cello; and Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique. Concerts are at the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center, 10 Hillside Road, at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $40 per person, $10 for students. For more information, call 203-869-2664 or visit www.greenwichsymphony.org.
Flinn Gallery show
The Flinn Gallery is exhibiting “In Plain Sight: The Library Print Collection” through April 22 to showcase the Greenwich Library’s collection of mid-century prints. After the 1930s, lithographic prints rose in popularity as a way of introducing fine art to a new middle class audience. For many years these artworks were borrowed through the Library Lending Art Program for local offices and homes. Eventually the prints were deemed too valuable or fragile to circulate and they were hung in the library instead. In total, 35 selected print works will be on display. The gallery, on the second floor of the library, is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Mondays. Visit flinngallery.com or call 203.622.7947 for information.
SLS golf tourney
The St. Lawrence Society will hold its 29th annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 11. Enjoy a perfect day of golf, food and fun. Get your foursomes together and join the fun. Cost is $175 for everything: the luncheon, cart, golf, cocktail hour and dinner. For cocktails and dinner only, it’s $100. Starts at 11:30 a.m. at E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course, with a 12:45 p.m. shotgun start, scramble format. Golf is followed by cocktail hour, antipasti and a prime rib dinner back at the Club. To RSVP, visit www.stlawrencesociety.com/events or call 203-618-9036.
Exhibit of masterworks from Denmark
After a five-month construction project, the Bruce Museum has reopened its newly expanded main art gallery with a major exhibition called “On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring.” The exhibition will be on view through May 24. L.A. Ring, a Realist and Symbolist painter, ranks among the most significant figures in Danish art. This exhibit will showcase 25 of his most important paintings. For more information, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
The Greenwich Historical Society is showcasing the role of Greenwich women on the national stage in achieving passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment. Running through Sept. 6, “An Unfinished Revolution: The Woman’s Suffrage Centennial” features historic objects that illustrate the struggle for women to gain the right to vote. The Historical Society explores broader social and civic issues that resonate today, such as voter registration, voter suppression and the Equal Rights Amendment. The Greenwich Historical Society, at 47 Strickland Road, is open noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Entry is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; free under age 18. Free admission first Wednesday of month. Call 203-869-6899 or visit greenwichhistory.org for more information.