Bill of Fairs: animal workshops, fundraisers and Darwin

Junior Animal Care Keepers, through Feb. 13, 3:30 p.m., Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield. A six-week educational series for children in grades 6-7. Tickets $60 members, $80 non-members. Info: call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

*Girl Scout Daisy Day, Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield. In this hour-long program for Daisy Girl Scouts will chat about compost, play recycle relay and discover new uses for old things. Tickets $14 per scout, $2 per adult. Info:

*Birds of Winter Workshop, Jan. 20, 11 a.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton.  Educator Lola Chen will be discussing what birds are in the area for the winter, information that is gathered by the National Audubon Society at its annual Christmas Bird Count. Suggested for children ages 6 to 12. Tickets $10 member, $15 non-member. Register online. Info:  

Burns Supper, Jan. 20, 6-9p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, 1 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Gather to pay tribute to Robert Burns with performances of his songs, readings of his poetry, and toastsTickets $75. Info:  

*Family Mini-Golf Fundraiser, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. The event includes food, face painting and prizes. Tickets $5 at door. Info:  set for Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Bankwell in Wilton is the title sponsor for this “fun-raiser.”  

The State of Women’s Entrepreneurship, Jan. 23, 9 a.m., Westport Library, 4 Jesup Rd., Westport. Fran Pastore, founder, President and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council will be the keynote speaker. Register online. Info: email

*Winter Storytelling, Jan. 27, 1 p.m., Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield. With a cup of cocoa in hand, listen to favorite picture book animal stories, then be among the first visitors to meet Brisby, the center’s new resident barred owl. Suggested donation $2. Info:

Pancakes, a modern healthy recipe from Twins Judy and Joy.

Pancakes for Dinner, Jan. 30, 5-7 p.m., Chip’s Family Restaurant, 525 Tunxis Hill Rd., Fairfield. Proceeds will benefit the Fairfield Rotary’s Hurricane Relief Fund for Puerto Rico. Ticket $15 per person. Info: email

First Annual Connecticut Guitar Festival, Feb. 2-4, venues determined by performer. Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange, Music For Youth and Factory Underground are co-hosting the event which includes live performances, masterclasses and workshops. Performers include Paul Nelson, JIJI, The Alturas Duo, Ben Verdery, Daniel Corr, David Madsen, David Veslocki, Drew Pinto, Joe Kiernan and Sven Rainey. Tickets $20-$40 for workshops, performances are free but donations are accepted. to attend workshops register online.

Hartford Boat Show, Feb. 8-11, Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. Hartford. Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, the 2018 Hartford Boat Show represents every aspect of recreational boating in Connecticut. Tickets $10. Info:

Darwin Day Dinner, Feb. 10, The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s, 2748 Boston Post Rd., Darien. Yale’s Mark Sheskin will speak at the event. It is an international celebration of science and humanity held around Charles Darwin’s February 12 birthday. Tickets $69.  Info:  

Wilton Library’s Spring Benefit, March 17, 6:30 p.m., Silver Spring Country Club, 439 Silver Spring Rd., Ridgefield. Info: or call 203-762-6323.

Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics, April 7, Compo Beach, 60 Compo Beach Rd., Westport. Take a frosty swim to raise money for the Special Olympics. Go online to register or see other Plunge locations. Info:


The Hickories Farm Stand, 136 Lounsbury Rd., Ridgefield, May-October, 11-6, Mon.-Sun.; November-May, 11-5, Fri.-Sun.; stand works on honor system;

Stratford Farmers’ Market, Mon., 2-6 p.m., Paradise Green, Stratford;

Gossett Brothers’ Farmers’ Market, Sat., 9-1 year-round (indoors for winter), 7 vendors; 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem, N.Y.;

New Canaan Farmers’ Market, Sat., 10-2, Old Center School municipal parking lot, corner of South Ave.-Maple St.-Main St., April 22-Dec. 16;