Daryl Hawk, well-known photographer from Wilton and renowned around the world, opens his 30-year photography retrospective, Daryl Hawk: Distant Journeys, on Friday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. More than 40 of his favorite images from points around the globe — North, Central and South America, Cuba, Patagonia, the Arctic, Antarctica, India, Ladakh, Bhutan, and New Zealand — will be on display. All of the works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The exhibition runs through Thursday, Oct. 4, including the night of the Ladies’ Soirée. The Wilton Bulletin is the media sponsor for the exhibition.
Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and the library are partnering in a series of support groups that help people cope with the stress of caregiving and the loss of spouses and loved ones. Beginning on Monday, Sept. 10 through Nov. 12, Caregiver Support is at the library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will find support, empathy and understanding with others in similar circumstances. Those coping with the Loss of a Spouse may find help on Wednesdays, Sept. 12 through Nov. 14, from 1 to 2:30. Those who are grappling with the loss of a special someone may find comfort in the program, Loss of a Loved One, on Saturdays, Sept. 15 through Nov. 17, from 11 to 12:30. Each program is held at the library, open to the public and free of charge. Pre-registration is required for all three by calling Laurie Petrasanta at 203-762-8958, ext. 316.
The American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive at the library on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 6:15. Those wishing to participate may call the Red Cross directly at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org . Walk-ins will be accommodated. A positive ID is required at the time of the donation.
Discovery programs for kids
Two programs next week teach children some new skills and introduce them to different worlds. The first is Sign, Say and Play on Mondays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 22, from 10:30 to 11. The Baby Signs® Program teaches caregivers and children from six months of age to the toddler stage signs for everyday activities so they can communicate before the child can speak fluently. There are six workshop sessions focusing on one everyday activity. The signs are learned through activities, songs, and a book. Caregivers are asked to register for each session separately; there is no session on Oct. 8. Registration is required; there is no fee. For children in third through fifth grade, the program Around the World explores different cultures through stories, crafts and food. The first session on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 5. introduces the group to Scandinavian food and folklore. Registration is required. Around the World also will be held in October and November.
Fly like an eagle
Or better yet, come take a chance on winning two round-trip tickets on JetBlue, valid from Oct. 10, 2018 through Oct. 10, 2019, and help benefit the library’s award-winning robotics team, Singularity Technology. Blackout dates will apply. Chances are $20 for one or three for $50 and may be purchased at the circulation desk or online at www.wiltonlibrary.org. The drawing will be on Friday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m. sharp. The winner will be notified by phone. This opportunity has been made possible by the generosity of JetBlue.
Restaurant donates proceeds to library
Julia Perillo, owner of Aranci 67 in Wilton Center, is generously opening her heart and her restaurant for a fund-raiser in memory of Phillip Lauria, son of Elaine Tai-Lauria and Phil Lauria, on Thursday, Sept. 20. There will be two seatings — 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. — offering a prix fix menu or à la carte. Fifty percent of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the library’s Cornerstone Endowment Fund in Phillip’s name. Those wishing to participate in this thoughtful gesture should make reservations in advance directly with the restaurant at 203-587-1300.
Sunday hours resume Sept. 9, from 1 to 5. To register for programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336, Teen Services and Innovation Station at 203-762-6342.