Town introduces pickleball program
From Jan. 4 through March 22, the Dept. of Parks and Rec. will have adult pickleball at a multi-day discounted rate, with seniors having added discount. Three courts available at Eastern Greenwich Civic Center on Saturdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Youth pickleball for ages 6 to 13 offered on Saturdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. from Jan. 4 to Feb. 22, with instruction on racquet skills, footwork, volleying, serving, team work, rules of play, and strategy. Register at Rec. office at Town Hall, at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center or online at www.greenwichct.org. For more information, call 203-618-7649.
Solarize Greenwich school contest
The deadline is today, Dec. 20, for entries to the town's Solarize Greenwich school contest for all Greenwich elementary schools (public and private) to help educate children on the benefits of solar energy. The 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 to be judged by Renewable Resources and school administrators. For contest information, visit http://solarizect.com/solar-contest-for-elementary-schools.
Cos Cob Library holiday sing-along
On Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. the Friends of the Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Road, invite one and all to a holiday sing-along for the entire family with Cos Cob residents, singers and musicians, Paula and John Corrado and Peggy De La Cruz of "Three for the Road. Entertaining, interactive, with a large repertoire of warm holiday treasures. In the Community. For more information call 203.622.6883
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 today, 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.
Old Greenwich Polar Bear Plunge and Run
On New Year's Day, Jan. 1, at 10:30 a.m., will be the Second Annual Old Greenwich Polar Bear Plunge and Run to benefit Kids in Crisis, at Tod's Point. The event begins with a fun family 5K run and walk followed by the Polar Plunge into the Sound at noon! $20 Admission to the 5k run/walk, $10 for children 17 and under. Free admission to the Polar Plunge. Special drinks for warming up after the event. Donation kindly suggested. Visit www.kidsincrisis.org to register.
Weekly Torah study slated Read Full Article
From 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, at Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave. with Rabbi David Saiger. Study is informal -- come as you are. All welcome. To register, email email@example.com, 203-542-7163.
Greenwich Point bird walk
On Jan. 5, from 9 to 11:15 a.m. is the First Sunday Bird Walk sponsored by the Bruce Museum, Wild Wings, and Audubon Greenwich. Meet at main concession stand in Greenwich Point Park for a leisurely walk of about two miles to view birds in their habitats. Bring binoculars. Free. For information, call weekdays 203-413-6756.
Shellfish science at Seaside Center
On Jan. 5, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. is the First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center. All About Shellfish. Greenwich Shellfish Commission leads this family-oriented, hands-on program about oysters, clams and harvesting shellfish at Greenwich Point Park. Try a fresh local clam or oyster at the raw bar by Atlantic Clam Farms. Warm up with a video presentation exploring the role of bivalves in our local marine environment. Free. For information call weekdays 203-413-6756.
Sterling silver lecture at Bruce
On Jan. 6, at 1:15 p.m., the Greenwich Antiques Society will present a lecture. "Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York" by Margaret K. Hofer, Curator of Decorative Arts, New York Historical Society, New York, at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive. Ms. Hofer will discuss the history of silver and its place in society from the 17th through the 20th centuries, using examples from the New York Historical Society collection. $20 for non-members of the Greenwich Antiques Society. Space limited. Reservations required by Dec. 30. To reserve and for more information visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Informal Itsy Bitsy Playgroup starts soon
On Tuesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28, from 11 -12:30 p.m., Temple Sholom, at 300 E. Putnam Ave. is holding an informal playgroup for moms with babies under 24 months old led by Sarah Fradkin. Each week includes music time, stories and gross motor play, as well as periodic visits by local infant and toddler experts and practitioners. No fee, but RSVP is necessary to attend. For more information, go to www.meetup.com/ItsyBitsyPlaygroupGreenwich.Temple membership not required. All are welcome. For information email Phyllis Lyons, Phyllis.email@example.com
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.
Lunch `N Learn at Temple Sholom
On Jan. 7, from 12 - 1 p.m., at Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., join Emily Raboteau, author of "Searching for Zion" for a discussion about the meaning of the Book of Exodus for the African Diaspora, and the question of belonging for all of us. A kosher lunch will be served, and books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information email Alice Schoen, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-542-7165.
Primitive painter Anne 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.
Documentary on Egypt's popular uprising
On Jan., 8, at 7:30 p.m., the World Affairs Forum is co-sponsoring a screening of the acclaimed documentary film, "The Square," at the Avon Theater in Stamford. The documentary covers the period between the start of popular protest in Egypt's Tahrir Square in the winter of 2011, to the summer of 2013, when the army ousted former President Mubarek's successor, Mohamed Morsi. Following the film will be a Q &A with the director, Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim. Forum has a limited number of tickets at a special price of $25 per ticket. Proceeds will benefit the Forum, and these special tickets may only be purchased by contacting the Forum office at 203-356-0340.
7 workshops on how to start your business
On Jan. 9, 16. 23, 30, and Feb. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., SCORE Fairfield County with the Greenwich Library will hold free workshops of "Simple Steps For Starting Your Business: Five Workshops to Lead You to Start-Up Success" at the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave.. Check-in at 5:30 p.m. Workshop designed to avoid start-up pitfalls and put you on the road to success.Registerat www.scorenorwalk.org. Questions/Comments -- email email@example.com or call 203 831 0065.
Dog Days at 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.
Oyster Fishing History Lectures
On Jan. 12, at 2 p.m., at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, will be the first of a three-part lecture series: "History of Oyster Fishing on Long Island Sound," highlighting the work of the Greenwich Shellfish Commission. Commissioner Roger Bowgen, Walter Adler, Susie Baker, Dr. Frank Cantelmo, Lucy Jinishian, Daniel Barrett, and members from the Health Dept. join us for a panel discussion exploring the past, present and future of the Town of Greenwich Shellfish Commission. Free with Museum admission. To reserve call 203-869-0376 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids Look & See of Oyster Fishing
On Jan. 15, from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., the Bruce Museum at One Museum Drive, will offer a program for children 3-5 years and their adult caregivers to explore the Museum's exhibition, "Oysters, Pearls of Long Island Sound," then work on a related-craft project. Members $5, non-members $7 per child, per class. Parents/guardians are free. To reserve, call 203-869-0376.
Lecture on U.S. security in Europe, Balkans
On Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m., the World Affairs Forum's Ambassador Roundtable's "After Work" lecture on "The Ties That Bind: U.S. National Security in Europe and the Balkans" with Michael Siegel, Manager, Robert+White International Client Practice, Political & Policy Consultant, at the Stamford Yacht Club, 97 Ocean Drive West. 5:30 p.m. Cash Bar & Hors d'Oeuvres. Free for AR Members, $30 -- AR guests/forum members, $50 -- general public. To register, email email@example.com, or visit www.worldaffairsforum.org.
Exhibit to feature L.I. Sound oysters
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.
After the divorce support group
Starting Jan. 21, and running for 8 weeks, the Jewish Family Services of Greenwich (JFS) is holding an "After the Divorce: Picking up the Pieces," support group at 5:30 p.m. at JFS, One Holly Hill Lane. Now that the physical and practical details of separating are complete, there is the emotional work to do. Time to develop a new identity, a new beginning. Group facilitated by Lisa Mounts, LCSW. To register call 203-622-1881, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Seniors in song at Byram Shubert
On Jan. 23, at 6 p.m., the Holly Hill Tone Singers will perform in the Friends Community Room of the Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Ave. The group incorporates zany songs and skits and a variety of musical instruments, including harmonicas, kazoos, bells and whistles. Jackie Zack is the music director. Light refreshments served by the Friends of the Byram Shubert Library. For more information call 203-531-0426.
"Rockin" "Legends of the 60's" Concert
On Jan. 30, at 8 p.m,. celebrate Greenwich's United Way 80th Anniversary with the "Legends of the 60s benefit concert featuring legendary musicians Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), and Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere and the Raiders, at the Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford. $200 VIP tickets include priority seating and VIP Cocktail at 6 p.m. General admission tickets $75 & $50. For tickets visit http://store.unitedway-greenwich.com/80anniversary.html or call 203-869-2221, or visit the Place website at http://tickets.stamfordcenterforthearts.org/public/show.asp?shcode=423 or call 203-325-4466.