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On Dec. 14, at 4 p.m., Stanwich Church will present ìThe Glory of Christmasî featuring works by Bach, Handel, Rutter, Wilcocks, and a selection of seasonal favorites led by Sean Jackson, organist and Director of Music.

`Christmas on Round Hill'

Today and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, The Round Hill Community House, 397 Round Hill Road will celebrate the vintage spirit of Christmas with holiday shopping at The Gala Preview Party, tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and the Round Hill Express Train will offer rides to young passengers on Saturday. Admission to the fair is free. For more information, call 203-869-1091 or visit www.roundhillcommunitychurch.org.

Hand bell concert

Tonight, Dec. 6, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Westminster Concert Bell Choir will perform a program of seasonal and classical music at St. Bede's Chapel located on the campus of Carmel Academy, 270 Lake Ave. with a post-concert reception in the chapel. The world-renowned bell choir of Westminster Choir College has the largest range of hand bells in the world and has performed twice at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are $65. Limited seating. For information and reservations, contact Palladium Musicum at 203-661-6856 or email apalladio@ mac.com.

Painting class and more tonight

Tonight, Dec. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Garden Education Center, 130 Bible Street, is hosting, "An Evening of Fun, Food, and Creativity" with artist Hazel Jarvis. Produce a masterpiece in two hours in a light-hearted atmosphere surrounded by friends old and new. Create a winter sky scene under the guidance of the artist. Treats provided along with canvas, paint and brushes. Class limit 20 attendees. Event $100, plus a $20 material fee. For more information, call 203-869-9242.

Handel's Messiah at St. Catherine's

Tonight, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave, is presenting Handel's Messiah, featuring its Festival choir, members of the Greenwich Symphony, soloist sopranos Elisabeth Franklin and Hallie Silverston, mezzo soprano Abby Powell, tenors Joseph Demarest and Jonathan Brinson, and baritone Hernan Berisso. The performance will be conducted by Music and Arts Director Mark Kaczmarczyk. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students. Order tickets online 24/7 at www.stcath.org or charge by calling 203-637-3661.

GAC joins the Holiday Stroll this weekend

Tomorrow and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, the Greenwich Arts Council (GAC) will join in the annual Holiday Stroll in downtown Greenwich with an "Affordable Art and Jewelry Sale," at the Bendheim Gallery, 299 Greenwich Ave, on Dec. 7 from 12 to 3 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 8, GAC will hold a "Family Art Workshop: Create Your Own Snowman" from 12 to 2 p.m. All materials provided. For more information, call 203-862-6750. Read Full Article 

New Lebanon School to hold holiday boutique

Tomorrow, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the New Lebanon School, 25 Mead Ave. in Byram, will hold a holiday boutique. The event will feature vendors, food, raffle tickets and more. Admission is free.

Cos Cob Winter's Eve Festival

Tomorrow, Dec. 7, from 3 to 7 p.m., the 2nd Annual Winter's Eve Festival will take place behind the Cos Cob Firehouse. Enjoy rides on an antique fire truck along the route of decorated homes, tree lighting with the arrival of Santa Claus, kids holiday card creation, caroling by Cos Cob and North Mianus school choirs, live music by 3-Car Garage Rock Band, classical performances by atelier Constantin Popescu, merchant prize donation raffle, face painting, food by Cos Cobber Restaurant, wine, beer and more. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy and/or non-perishable food item to be donated to Kids in Crisis. For more information, email Steven Francefort at Slf.ccvfc@yahoo.com.

GBA to perform Nutcracker this weekend

On Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8, the Greenwich Ballet Academy (GBA) will dance two matinee performances of "The Nutcracker" with two on Saturday at 3 p.m., and on Sunday at 2 p.m., at Greenwich High School, 10 Hillside Road.

This year, there will be a Holiday Boutique Benefit with holiday gifts and GBA merchandise. All proceeds benefit GBA programs.

For tickets at $60, $40 and $25, visit www.greenwichballetacademy.org.

BackCountry Jazz Christmas concert

Tomorrow, Dec. 7, BackCountry Jazz will perform at 7:30 p.m. at St. Bede's Chapel, 270 Lake Avenue, featuring artists Donald Vega, Peter Washington, Herlin Riley, special guest vocalist Carla Cook and special guest percussionist, Luisito Quintero.

Champagne and wine will be served throughout the evening.

For more information and tickets, visit www.backcountryjazz.org.

Free guidance on Medicare open enrollment

The Greenwich Commission on Aging is offering information and assistance on Medicare open enrollment, which takes place through Dec. 7.

Medicare open enrollment only occurs once a year. For information, call the Greenwich Commission on Aging at 203-862-6710. Call to schedule an appointment to meet with a trained volunteer counselor.

Choral society's `Christmas Tapestry'

Tomorrow Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 and 5 p.m., the Greenwich Choral Society will hold its traditional holiday concert, --A Christmas Tapestry," with 131 voices performing Benjamin Britten's "St. Nicolas," a work for chorus, orchestra and soloists, at Christ Church Greenwich, 254 East Putnam Ave.

For tickets ($20 for students; $38 for adults), call 203-622-5136 or email greenwichchoralsociety@greenwichchoralsociety.pmailus.com.

Winter antiques show and designer forum

The Greenwich Antique Show will held this weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 with a preview party tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road.

Features on Friday include a collection of more than 40 nationally recognized antiques, art and jewelry exhibitors.

On Dec. 7, a designer lecture will be held at 10:30 a.m. by Mary McDonald, author of "A Life in Design," followed by a "Designer Panel" and book signing at 2:30 p.m.

For reservations and information, call 203-869-6899.

Audubon to host nature art class

Tomorrow, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, is offering two sessions with guest teacher Adriana Rostovsky, who will demonstrate how to create textures and collages with nature's treasures found outdoors such as pine cones, pods and seed heads to create decorations for the wintertime and holidays.

Rain or shine, with weather permitting exploration outdoors for art supplies. Class details online at www.adrianarostovsky.com.

All ages welcome. $25 for first two people and $5 per additional (prices are per day).

RSVP by calling 646-752-2322 or via email at rostovsky.adriana@gmail.com.

Natural foods

for winter birds

On Dec. 8, from 12:30-2 p.m., Greenwich Audubon, 613 Riversville Road, will teach participants to learn how the berries, nuts, cones and seeds of native plants provide an important winter food supply for many winter birds, including those which would not come to your bird feeders.

Class includes an introduction indoors and a walk outdoors.

Age 8-years-old and up. RSVP required to Ted at 203-860-5272, ext. 230.

Candlelight carols at St. Mary

On Dec. 8, at 3 p.m., St. Mary Church, 178 Greenwich Ave., will present a candlelight Christmas concert directed by Marjorie Donalds with the St. Mary Adult Choir, along with soloists and instrumentalists in a program of traditional Christmas music.

Also performing will be the St. Mary Youth Choir, under the direction of Kristen Kasarjian.

Opportunities to sing along on the most beloved carols of the season. Suggested donation of $10 for adults; children free. Light refreshments following.

Chamber to host holiday party

On Dec. 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual holiday party and Storefront Decorations Awards Presentation at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive.

Event will feature food, music, gift bags and a raffle prize. To register, email greenwichchamber@greenwichchamber.com.

United Way to hold Legislative Breakfast

On Dec. 11, from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m., the Greenwich United Way Community Planning Council will hold its Annual Legislative Breakfast in the Greenwich Town Hall Meeting Room, 104 Field Point Road.

All involved in local health and human services invited to take part.

United Way President Stuart Adelberg will report on the 2013 Update to the 2011 Needs Assessment and State of Greenwich Statistical Portrait.

Moderator is Brook Urban, with state Reps. Alfred Camillo, Livvy Floren, Stephen Walko, Sen. Scott Frantz and First Selectman Peter Tesei participating.

To register, email csmit@unitedway-greenwich.com.

Schools Superintendent McKersie to speak at RMA

On Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m., the Retired Men's Association of Greenwich (RMA) will feature a talk by Greenwich Superintendent of Schools Dr. William McKersie on "Why U.S. Education Has Fallen Behind," at First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette Place. Event is free, and reservations are not required. For more information, call Bernard Schneider, 203-698-2558; or email bgsesq@gmail.com.

Senior job counseling

Every Wednesday, from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m., free career counseling for seniors (50 and over) will be offered in the offices of Utilize Senior Energy (USE), located on the lower level of the Greenwich Senior Center, at 299 Greenwich Ave.

USE is a non-profit job referral service staffed by volunteers who match seniors seeking work with businesses and households who have full- or part-time positions.

No appointment necessary. For more information, call 203-629-8032.

International Miniature Print Exhibition

On Dec. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. the Greenwich Arts Council and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk will host an opening reception for their new show, "The International Miniature Print Exhibition" in the Bendheim Gallery, 299 Greenwich Ave.

Prints measuring no more than four inches square are on display by artists from 30 countries, all showing a variety of techniques and subjects.

For more information, call 203-862-6750 or visit www.greenwichartscouncil.org.

State warning on use of invasives in holiday greens

The CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is asking Connecticut residents and decorators to consider alternatives to invasive plants such as Oriental bittersweet this holiday season.

Sales of Oriental bittersweet are prohibited by state law.

For more information visit www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=4380&Q=535862.

Exhibit to feature oysters of L.I. Sound

The Bruce Museum's new exhibit, "Oysters, Pearls of Long Island Sound," explores the science and history of the Eastern oyster in Long Island Sound and how its nutritional and commercial values have made the Eastern oyster a popular commodity for residents along the Sound.

Complementing the exhibition will be a fall science lecture series and a winter history lecture series with programs suitable for all ages.

The exhibit runs through March 23. For more information, call 203-869-0376 or visit www.brucemuseum.org.

`Glory of Christmas' concert

On Dec. 14, at 4 p.m., Stanwich Church, 202 Taconic Road, will present "The Glory of Christmas" featuring works by Bach, Handel, Rutter, Wilcocks, and a selection of seasonal favorites led by Dr. Sean Jackson, organist and director of music, with a 20-piece orchestra and soloists Amy Clapp Dye and Denise LeVan, sopranos; Dell Kendall, mezzo-soprano; Brian Joy, tenor; and Wiley Maddox, bass, with guest artists mezzo-soprano Wendy Gerbier and violinist Anna Leinbach.

Freewill offering. Reception follows. For more information call, 203-661-4420.

Peter Arguimbau studio show and talk on Luminism

On Dec. 14, painter Peter Arguimbau is hosting a reception and exhibit of new "Small Works from Summer Sailing" from 6 to 8 p.m., with a talk on the "History of Luminism" at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 15, viewing of his show will be from 1 to 5 p.m., at his Red Barn Studio, 121 East Middle Patent Road.

For more information, visit www.arguimbau.net or call 203- 274-6176.

Toys for Tots drop-off location at Senior Center

The Greenwich Senior Center, 299 Greenwich Ave., is a Toys for Tots drop-off center now until Dec. 17. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and drop it in the big white box, to support those less fortunate living in the Greenwich community. Help bring a joyful smile to a boy or girl during this holiday season.

Holiday sing-along at Cos Cob Library

On Dec. 14 at 3 p.m., the Friends of the Cos Cob Library will hold to a holiday sing-along in the community Room, 5 Sinawoy Road, for the entire family featuring singers and musicians, including Big Band Standards by "Three for the Road," with Paula and John Corrado and Peggy De La Cruz. For more information call 203.622.6883.

Christmas bird count practice session

On Dec. 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, join Audubon Educator Ted Gilman to learn more about winter birds, best bird feeding practices, and how to count birds in your backyard and give scientists your data.

Participants can count for Project Feederwatch all winter long. Learn more about these family activities that can be done at home. All ages. RSVP required to Ted at 203-869-5272, ext. 230.

114th Annual Christmas Bird Count

On Dec. 15, pre-dawn to 5 p.m., join dozens of Audubon volunteers in search of birds throughout the 15-mile count circle during this Audubon tradition.

Sign up to join a team for all or part of the day. The annual compilation meeting and dinner follows count.

Participants will contribute to critical research led by `citizen scientists' across the nation.

All abilities welcome. RSVP required by Dec. 14 to Ted at 203-869-5272, ext. 230.

Learn about the count, and find a `count circle' near you at www.audubon.org/bird/cbc.

Solarize Greenwich school contest

The Town's Solarize Greenwich program is sponsoring a contest for all Greenwich elementary schools (public and private) to help educate children on the benefits of solar energy.

Winning school to receive a 2.45 KW solar system.

Schools create an entry illustrating why they believe that solar energy is good for their school and/or our community.

Entries due by Dec. 20 to be judged by Renewable Resources and school administrators.

For contest information, visit http://solarizect.com/solar-contest-for-elementary-schools.

Primitive painter Strasberg exhibit

On view now through Jan. 8, at the Les Beaux Arts Gallery at the Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road is the exhibit, "Aux Quatre Coins du Monde, featuring works by French-American artist Anne Strasberg. Her works range from charming country villages to delightful seasides and cityscapes.

Gallery hours are Sundays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Saturdays.

For more information, call 203-869-1091 or visit roundhillcommunitychurch.org.

St. Barnabas to hold Caroler's Christmas

On Dec. 15, at 5 p.m., come celebrate the Christmas Season at St. Barnabas Church at Lake Ave. at "A Caroler's Christmas," performed by the St. Barnabas Choir and the Youth Choir and featuring familiar carols along with carols from other countries.

Festive reception follows.

Tickets $30 at the door, online at www.stbarnabasgreenwich.org or by phoning the church at 203-661-5526, ext 21.

Children under 16 admitted free.

Lasting Holiday Centerpieces

On Dec. 17, at 10 a.m., at the Garden Education Center, 130 Bible Street, will again host Miriam Landsman, who will lead a hands-on workshop on creating a holiday centerpiece using seasonal greens, berries and more to last throughout the holidays. Bring clippers. Pre-registration required. Members $80; non-members, $90. Call for reservations at 203-869-9242, or visit www.gecgreenwich.org.

Pro-Israel activism leader to speak at Temple Sholom

On Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave., is hosting Northeast Region Outreach Director Labriah Lee of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, (AIPAC), to address "Expanding the Base: Pro-Israel Activism Beyond the Jewish Community. Dessert served. RSVP to Alice Schoen at 203-542-7165 or email alice.schoen@templesholom.com.

Dog Days return to Greenwich Point

Dogs are permitted on Greenwich Point from now until March 31. Remember to keep your dog leashed and under control at all times, with the exception of on the beach below the tide line. Clean up after your dog. Mutt mitts are available at the gatehouse, the flagpole near the concession stand and the check-point on traffic restricted Sundays.

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