A bold look at nature


Jim Sparks’s large-scale oil paintings adorn the walls of Wilton Library when his exhibition, Realism into Abstraction: Nature as Metaphor, opens on Friday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The New York artist’s works are intense in both color and detail and make a bold statement about outdoor landscapes. The majority of the works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The exhibition runs through Jan. 29. The reception is free and open to the public.

Director visits New Perspectives


This month’s New Perspectives Film Series screening is Missing People on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Award-winning director, writer and producer David Shapiro will visit with series moderator Megan Smith-Harris for a Q&A after the showing of the film. Missing People tells an intriguing story of a woman who is trying to put her brother’s unsolved death into perspective, and at the same time, collects art from a controversial black artist from New Orleans. How these stories relate is what makes this an intriguing film which has won the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival’s Golden Starfish Award for Feature Documentary. A $5 donation is suggested per person. Registration is highly recommended.  

Social media for business


Fairfield County SCORE, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the library present Twitter: Making it Work for Your Business on Monday, Jan. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. This workshop will introduce Twitter as an essential business tool covering the mechanics of working in the Twitter platform as well as offering strategies to make business tweets more effective. Topics include: the mechanics of Twitter; how to compose a tweet; what not to do; and tools to automate tweeting. Program speakers are Robert Clark of LucidPointe and Susan Catalano of JQLaCorte. Both are principals of their respective companies and present to business and nonprofit audiences on strategies and tactics for social media and online marketing platforms in-person throughout southwestern Connecticut and nationwide via regular monthly webinars. There is no charge. Visit
www.scorenorwalk.org to register or call SCORE at 203-831-0065 with any questions. Check-in begins at 5:30. SCORE is a non-profit organization that helps individuals start a new business or grow their existing business. Registration is required.

Technology classes


With people receiving new computers for presents, now may be the time for a few brush-up classes. Basic Computers technology class will be held at the library on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 3, or Saturday, Jan. 30, from 12:30 to 1:30. In this session, attendees will learn the basics of their computers preparing them for classes that will be held in the future. Topics include saving files, Internet browsers, email, and printing.  Class is limited to 6 students and registration is required. Additional classes are product specific: I Have a New iPad on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 12:30 to 2 or 6 to 7:30; I Have a New Mac on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 12:30 to 2. In Downloadables for Apple Devices, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 12:30 to 2, attendees will learn how to use the library’s resources to download free media to their Apple devices. This is a hands-on session and requires a Wilton Library card. A Basic PowerPoint class will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 2 to 3 or 6:30 to 7:30. This is also a hands-on session. All classes are free and require advance registration.

Survivors’ meet


The monthly meeting of the Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. This group is supported by the Breast Cancer Survival Center. For information visit breastcancersurvival.org or call 203-857-7304.  Registration is encouraged especially during the winter months. Please register through the library’s website.

Mobilize to solarize


The Town of Wilton has been selected to be part of a special state-town-sponsored program called Solarize Connecticut SM .  Starting this January, Solarize Wilton will offer a discounted solar group-purchasing program with a preselected solar installer to all Wilton residents. The Wilton Go Green/Wilton Library Green Speaker Series is providing a workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for residents to find out more about going solar. Attendees may sign up for a free, no-obligation solar site assessment to find out if their homes are good for solar; visit SolarizeCT.com/Wilton . This Green Speaker talk is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green, Wilton Energy Conservation Commission and the library. There is no program charge. Registration is recommended. The snow date is Jan. 13.

Parenting help


The Parent Information Series sponsored by Silver Hill Hospital, Weston Youth Services, Wilton Library and Wilton Youth Services presents Everything You Want to Know about Your Adolescent, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This session features Michelle Albright, Ph.D., director of Youth Services, Weston Youth Services who will be speaking about Stress and Success — Strategies to Recognize and Reduce Stress. See the library’s registration link for more details. The last session is March 30, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with Dr. Aaron Krasner, adolescent service chief, Silver Hill Hospital, speaking on Depression and Anxiety in Youth: What Does it Look Like and When is it a Problem? Registration is strongly encouraged for this series.

To register for programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 217 for children’s activities and ext. 243 for teen events.