Bill of Fairs: bicycles, books, mysteries and more
The North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Feb. 16-18, Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Info: nahbs.com.
*Heart Stitch USA Workshop, Feb. 17, 11 a.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Museum Educator Lola Chen will be talking about journeys, geography, family and friends while the kids work on their simple needlework project, sewing a heart on a stenciled USA map. For ages 6 to 12. Tickets $10 per child, $15 per non-member child. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pequot Library’s annual Mid-Winter Book Sale, Feb. 17-18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Info: pequotlibrary.org.
*Colonial Cooking, Feb. 24 11 a.m., Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Children will learn how to make Sailor’s Duff, a boiled pudding. Tickets $10 for members, $15 non-members. Register online. Info: wiltonhistorical.org.
1920s Murder Mystery Dinner, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Lounsbury House, 316 Main St., Ridgefield. The night of immersive entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. with a delectable three-course dinner, including “bootleg” beer and wine. Guests are invited – but not required – to dress for the 1920’s era in flapper dresses, zoot suits, feather boas and headbands, or pinstripe suits and fedoras. Costumed improv actors will explain the rules of the evening and assign roles to audience members. Tickets $100. Info: lounsburyhouse.org.
A Night at the Museum, March 1, 6:30 p.m., 25 Avery Place, Westport. Learn about the after-dark doings at one of downtown Westport’s beloved historic landmarks. Suggested donation $10. Info: westporthistory.org.
Adirondack Night - Howl at the Moon, March 3, 6-9 p.m., Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield. Under a nearly full moon, this year’s “Howl at the Moon” theme sets the tone for a casual, fun evening that will feature hearty cuisine, local craft beers, foot-tapping music and both a silent and online auction. Proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Audubon Society. Tickets $75 per person. Info: ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield.
Community & Country: A Spirit of Service, March 8, 7 p.m., Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport. The documentary features local veterans. Tickets $10 members, $15 non-members. Info: westporthistory.org.
Hair Ball 2018, March 10, 7 p.m., Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield. Whip Salon and Sparkle Events are hosting a fund-raiser for the arts that includes music, dancing, live beauty demonstrations and more. Participants are asked to sport creative hairstyles and attire, including wigs, costumes to ball gowns to cocktail dresses and suits to black tie. Tickets $100-$150. Info: whip.ticketleap.com/hairball2018/.
Chili Fest, March 11, 2-4 p.m., Ridgefield Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield. Enjoy a day filled with chili and fun. Tickets $25 per person. Info: ridgefielddems.org.
Darien Dash, March 10, 1-3 p.m., Darien. Participation in the Darien Dash scavenger hunt is open to all, requires a vehicle and driver to travel about town, and is limited to the first 25 registrants. Winners of the scavenger hunt will be awarded first, second and third place prizes. Register online. Tickets $25 per car. Info:darienct.gov/yc.
Wilton Library’s Spring Benefit, March 17, 6:30 p.m., Silver Spring Country Club, 439 Silver Spring Rd., Ridgefield. Tickets $225. Info: wiltonlibrary.org.
Greenwich St. Patrick’s Parade, March 18, 2 p.m., Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Rd., Greenwich. The Greenwich Hibernian Association will hold the parade. Info: greenwichhibernians.org.
*Colonial Kids Craft Day, March 18, 1-4 p.m., Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Ave., Norwalk. Create toys, games and art just like kids did in the Colonial days. For children ages 5 – 12. Tickets $4 per child. Info:norwalkhistoricalsociety.org.
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: soct.org.
Habitat CFC 2018 Benefit, April 28, 6:30 - 11 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. Guests will be treated to a creative and fun evening featuring cocktails, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and live music. Patrons are asked to dress in French attire for the Parisian themed event. The proceeds from the evening will help build decent stable homes and bright futures for hard-working Fairfield County families. Info: HabitatCFC@gmail.com.
The Masquerade Gala, April 28, 6:30-11 p.m., Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Rd., Danbury. All proceeds from the event will be used by nonprofit Ability Beyond to continue providing job training and placement, supported living, and recreational and educational opportunities to clients in Connecticut and New York. Tickets $250. Info: 501auctions.com/abilitygala.
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; thehickories.org
Stratford Farmers’ Market, Mon., 2-6 p.m., Paradise Green, Stratford; townofstratford.com/FarmersMarket.
Gossett Brothers’ Farmers’ Market, Sat., 9-1 year-round (indoors for winter), 7 vendors; 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem, N.Y.; gossettbrothersnursery.com/farmers-market
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; newcanaanfarmersmarket.net