Christmas concert Saturday
Saturday, 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 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 information, call 203-661-4420.
Holiday sing-along at library
Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m., the Friends of the Cos Cob Library will host a holiday sing-along for the entire family in the Community Room, 5 Sinawoy Road, 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.
Bird count practice session
Saturday, 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.
Painter studio show, talk
Saturday, 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, the show will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. at his Red Barn Studio, 121 E. Middle Patent Road. For more information, visit www.arguimbau.net or call 203- 274-6176.
for kids at store
On Saturdays, Dec. 14, 21, 27 and 28, at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon, workshops will be offered at MakerBot Store, 72 Greenwich Ave., for kids 8 and older to learn about Tinkercad, a simple design software, then turn them into 3D models using a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Cost is $10, prepaid upon registration. To register, email email@example.com. For more information, visit http://www.makerbot.com/retail-store/events-greenwich/. Read Full Article
`Small-Scale Views' exhibit
Saturday, Dec. 14, the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, opens its holiday exhibition of structures constructed in "small scale." "Inside the Artists' Studios: Small-Scale Views" features artists' studios created by four living artists -- Joe Fig, Richard Haas, Lori Nix and Jimmy Sanders -- who also work in painting, printmaking and photography. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays. For more information, call 203- 869-0376 or visit www.brucemuseum.org.
Bush-Holley candlelight tour
On Sunday, Dec. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Greenwich Historical Society will conduct a tour of historical landmark the Bush-Holley House, 39 Strickland Road. See Christmas as celebrated in times past as interpreters guide visitors with "candle" lighting and live 19th century holiday music. Santa will appear between 6 and 7 p.m. Refreshments and crafts in the Vanderbilt Education Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 203-869-6899, ext. 10, or visit www.greenwichhistory.org.
Handel's Messiah to be performed at First Presbyterian
On Sunday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m., concert pianist Randall Atcheson, minister of music at First Presbyterian Church, One Putnam Ave., will conduct and perform the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah Part I featuring First Presbyterian Church soloists and a chamber orchestra. Christmas reception following concert. Tickets $20; 16 and under are free. Free child care available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.fpcg.org.
Second Congregational to create Christmas Village
On Sunday, Dec. 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 139 E. Putnam Ave., will be transformed into a Christmas Village with a horse-drawn carriage ride, caroling, crafts, an inflatable snow village, decorated Main Street store windows, a chance to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and a piano performance by church Music Director Alexander Constantine. Hot chocolate and cookies served. To make reservations, call 203-869-9311, ext. 131, or email Jessica@2cc.org.
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 through Dec. 17. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and drop it in the big white box, to help bring a joyful smile to a boy or girl in the Greenwich community this holiday season.
State warning on use of invasives in holiday greens
The CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection is asking 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.
Adubon to conduct 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count
On Sunday, Dec. 15, pre-dawn to 5 p.m., join dozens of Audubon volunteers in search of birds throughout a 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 the count. Participants will contribute to critical research led by "citizen scientists" across the nation. All levels of ability 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 will receive a 2.45 KW solar system. To take part, schools create an entry illustrating why they believe solar energy is good for their school and/or the community. Entries due by Dec. 20 will be judged by Renewable Resources and school administrators. For contest information, visit http://solarizect.com/solar-contest-for-elementary-schools.
Primitive painter Strasberg on exhibit
On view now through Jan. 8, at Les Beaux Arts Gallery at the Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road is "Aux Quatre Coins du Monde," featuring art 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 noon; Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Saturdays. For more information, call 203-869-1091 or visit roundhillcommunitychurch.org.
St. Barnabas to host `Caroler's Christmas'
On Sunday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m., St. Barnabas Church, 954 Lake Ave., will host "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 calling the church at 203-661-5526, ext 21. Children under 16 admitted free.
Learn how to make holiday centerpieces
On Dec. 17, at 10 a.m., the Garden Education Center, 130 Bible St., 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. Advance registration required. Members $80, nonmembers $90. Call for reservations at 203-869-9242, or visit www.gecgreenwich.org.
Men's group to host AOL CEO Armstrong
On Dec. 18, at 10:30 a.m., the Retired Men's Association will host AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong at the YMCA of Greenwich, 50 E. Putnam Ave., who will speak on "New Technology and the Content of Media on the Internet." Free. For information, contact Bernard Schneider at 203-698-2558 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.greenwichrma.org.
`Proust's Life and Writing Mirrored in Music'
On Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich and the Greenwich Arts Council will present " An Evening of Proust's Life and Writing Mirrored in Music" at the Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Ave., with soprano Pamela Kuhn. Kuhn will sing works by Gabriel Faure, Camille St. Saens, Reynaldo Hahn and Henry Duparc accompanied by pianist David Holkeboer and soprano Hansini Bhasker. Actor Florence Phillips will read Proust passages. A reception follows the program in the Greenwich Arts Council Meeting Room. Cost is $10. For more information, call 203-531-9101.
Pro-Israel activism leader to speak at Temple Sholom
On Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., is hosting Northeast Region Outreach Director Labriah Lee ,of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, to address "Expanding the Base: Pro-Israel Activism Beyond the Jewish Community." Dessert served. RSVP to Alice Schoen at 203-542-7165 or email email@example.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.
Roller skating party at Civic Center
On Dec. 26, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Department of Parks and Recreation will host a roller skating party at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. Cost of $5 includes skate rental if needed, but registration is required by Friday, Dec. 20, to rent skates. A parent or guardian must accompany children. Sherry Kline will direct games, contests and skating for everyone. Tickets limited; register in advance at the civic center, 449 Pemberwick Road. For more information, call 203-532-1259 or visit www.greenwichct.
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.