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Duplicate Bridge Games
Weekly open Duplicate Bridge games are held at 12:15 p.m. Mondays at YWCA Greenwich. The games are sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League, with masterpoint awards to top finishers. The card fee to play one session is $12. For more information, contact Steve Becker at 203-637-8927.
Bruce Beginnings is a program for children ages 2.5 to 5 with an adult at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Bruce Museum. Explore the museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. This program takes place on the museum’s free admission day and space is limited. See the visitor service desk to secure a spot. Topics change weekly. Visit brucemuseum.org for more info.
Radiation treatment advances
Dr. Bruce McGibbon, a radiation oncologist at Greenwich Hospital, will present “Advances in Radiation Therapy for Cancer” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road, Stamford. Learn about new technologies and clinical trials, and about the services offered at Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center in Greenwich. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
Time to Talk
A drop-in conversation series for English Language Learners called “Time to Talk” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday in the Byram Shubert Library’s Community Room. Improve your communications skills, learn more about American culture and feel more comfortable in the community. Peer-to-peer conversations offer an opportunity to practice casual language in a less formal environment. Volunteers facilitate conversations on everyday topics such as doctors visits, grocery shopping, and finding housing or work. Free and open to all adults. Beginners welcome. As the library will be closed, enter downstairs at the program room.
Speakers at Retired Men’s Association
The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association offers a free program every Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 W. Putnam Ave., that is free and open to the public. Social time starts at 10:40 a.m., followed by the speaker at 11 a.m. For info, visit www.greenwichrma.org or contact email@example.com. Speakers include: Howard Husock, author of “Who Killed Civil Society? The Rise of Big Government and the Decline of Bourgeois Norms,” who will speak on “Effective Ways to Lift People Out of Poverty” on Jan. 29; and author Tom Shachtman, on “The Founding Fortunes; How the Wealthy Paid for and Profited from America’s Revolution” on Feb. 5, followed by a community discussion group with him at Greenwich Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. with registration required at GreenwichLibrary.org.
Weight loss lecture
Mary Motwani, a psychologist with Greenwich Hospital’s Center for Behavioral and Nutritional Health, will present “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Weight Loss” in the hospital’s Noble Conference Center from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Discover how nutritional ad psychological counseling create a one-two punch for making lifestyle changes to maximize weight-loss efforts. Hear about scientifically supported weight-loss strategies. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.
Perfectly Polite bridge
The Perfectly Polite Bridge Group holds Duplicate Bridge games at the Greenwich YMCA on Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to noon for Relaxed Duplicate Bridge and from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. for Relaxed Duplicate Bridge / Conventions. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. You do not need a partner to play. Only prepaid players are guaranteed a seat. There is also a Beginner Game/Class with relaxed play and discussion from 3 to 5 p.m. Seating is limited. If you are not on the email list, call Frank Crocker at 203-524-8032 to register.
Try Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a relaxing exercise that can loosen joints, improve balance and teach graceful movements to music. Fun and no pressure classes are held at 8 a.m. Wednesdays and at 9 a.m. Thursdays in the auditorium at the First Congregational Church’s auditorium on Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich, opposite Binney Park. The cost is $10 per one-hour session. Newcomers welcome. For info, call Joe at 203-504-4678.
The Byram Shubert Library is hosting an art show called “Margaux & Michelle Meander Mother Earth” through Jan. 30.
AuthorsLive on ‘Downsize’
Bestselling author Sheri Koones will talk about her new book, which shows how small houses can be comfortable, practical, energy-efficient and beautiful, in a presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 in the library’s Flinn Gallery. The small houses — all 2,000 square feet or less — presented in “Downsize” are owned by people who have made a conscious decision to downsize or who decided to build small in the first place. Scaling back and simplifying where you live can open up a world of lower maintenance demands, increased accessibility, smaller bills, and enhanced convenience and energy efficiency. For more information, contact Michele Martin at 203-625-6533 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.
Flinn Gallery exhibit
The Flinn Gallery at the Greenwich Library is featuring an exhibit called, “In Plain Sight,” which is made up of artwork that belongs to the library’s permanent collection. It will be on display through Jan. 30. Many pieces on display have been hanging in various locations, often behind closed doors. Curator Barbara Richards is the sleuth who gathered and arranged this collection. The gallery’s hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Mondays. Visit flinngallery.com or call 203.622.7947 for more information.
Art Show: Bedford
The 47th Annual Art Show: Bedford will run from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The site of this year’s show is Fellowship Hall at St. Matthew’s Church, 382 Cantitoe St., Bedford, N.Y. Show proceeds benefit local charities throughout Westchester County. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.artshowbedford.org.
Exhibit of masterworks from Denmark
After a five-month construction project, the Bruce Museum will reopen its newly expanded main art gallery with a major exhibition called “On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring.” The exhibition opens Feb. 1 and will be on view through May 24. L.A. Ring, a Realist and Symbolist painter, ranks among the most significant figures in Danish art. This exhibit will showcase 25 of his most important paintings. For more information, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
“On the Edge of the World,” a new exhibit at the Bruce Museum, will be accompanied by lectures and special programs, beginning with a Conservator’s Talk on “Aspects of L.A. Ring’s Working Methods,” on Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Jørgen Wadum, former director of conservation at SMK and current director of the Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation in Denmark. Talk is free to museum members and visitors with paid admission. Reservations required at brucemuseum.org.
Abstract composition exhibit
“The Figure as Abstract Composition,” a solo exhibit of recent paintings by Nancy W. McFarland, will run from Feb. 2 to Feb. 28 at the Greenwich Art Society’s gallery at 299 Greenwich Ave. An artist’s reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6. McFarland, who works from her Westport studio, spent many years studying the human form throughout her career as an illustrator, art director and photographer. The paintings will be on view 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. All works can be purchased by contacting the Greenwich Art Society at 203-629-1533 between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit www.greenwichartsociety.org.
First Sunday Science series
The Bruce Museum will hold its next Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series on “March of the Fossil Penguins” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Seaside Center at Greenwich Point. Penguins have thrived in the southern oceans for more than 60 million years. In recent years, dozens of new fossils have shed light on their evolutionary history. Curator of science Daniel Ksepka will discuss how he and his fellow avian paleontologists are piecing together how penguins evolved and how they once grew to such enormous sizes. Family activities from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. with the talk from 2 to 3 p.m. Visit BruceMuseum.org for information.
Night at the Museum benefit
The Bruce Museum will host a “Night at the Museum Family Benefit” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Feb 7. The evening will be filled with fun for the whole family. For kids in their PJs, ther will be a scavenger hunt in the galleries, crafts, live performances by Songs for Seeds, pizza and dessert. Grown-ups can enjoy the museum after hours with wine, beer, light bites and raffle prizes. For tickets, visit brucemuseum.org.
Hackathon for social good
Sacred Heart Greenwich, in collaboration with Random Hacks of Kindness Jr., is hosting a “hackathon” for social good for students in grades 4 through 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the school’s campus. The goal is to introduce students to technology and show them how it can be used to create solutions to benefit nonprofits. Volunteer mentors from high schools will work with the students using MIT App Inventor. Students will learn the basics of app design, as well as the ideation and brainstorming process required to build a successful prototype mobile application. Open to all; no prior coding experience needed. Preregistration required, with a fee of $18, which includes lunch, at rhokjr.org. For information, contact Patrice Gans at email@example.com.
Sensory-sensitive day at Audubon
Join Greenwich Audubon Center on the second Saturday of the month as it supports sensory-sensitive people who would like to learn about nature in a quiet and soothing space. This is part of the Audubon For All initiative, which offers accessible and inclusive programs to support people with intellectual and physical challenges during the Sensory-Sensitive Saturday sessions. Staff naturalists are present to support learning about nature in this soothing environment. Event will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 9 at Audubon at 613 Riversville Road. All are welcome. Free. RSVP required by contacting Caroline.Bailey@audubon.org or calling 203-900-3349.
Ceramics Study Circle
The Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle will present “Storage to Studio: Reflective Relevance,” a lecture by Jennifer Zwilling, curator of artistic programs at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. It will be held from 1:15 to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 ,with refreshments to follow, at the Bruce Museum. She will speak about an exhibit at The Clay Studio, which she curated, with artwork by 14 current and former resident artists there. Admission for non-members of the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle is $25. For information, visit www.ctcsc.org.
The Parish of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes is hosting a seven-week Bible Study series called “Second Corinthians,” with an introductory session and six lessons. The classes will run Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings, from Feb. 10 to March 24. The evening classes will run 7:30 to 9 p.m. and morning classes will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. The classes will be held in the O’Connor Center at St. Catherine of Siena Church at 4 Riverside Ave. Open to all. There is a $30 materials fee, or $22 for First Corinthians students; cash or check. Registration at www.stc-sta.org/faith-formation/adults.
Bruce Beginnings Jr.
This program at the Bruce Museum provides a welcoming and engaging museum experience for toddlers, ages 10 to 24 months, and their caregivers through hands-on play and exploration. Bruce Beginnings Jr. sessions are inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibits. It is held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month, next time on
Feb. 11. This program is free with general admission but space is limited. See the visitor service desk to secure a spot.
Pulitzer winners headline breakfast
Family Centers will welcome New York Times columnists and Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as speakers in its Titans Series. The breakfast event to benefit the Greenwich-based nonprofit will be at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Stamford Sheraton at 700 E. Main St. This husband-and-wife duo were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer in journalism and have written a series of best-selling books together. All attendees will get a copy of their just-released book, “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope.” Tickets start at $125. For more information, visit www.familycenters.org.
The Bruce Museum will host a Curator’s Talk on “Tales from the Cabinet” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12. Hear the stories behind some of the strangest objects in the exhibit called “Collecting Reimagined: A 2D Curiosity Cabinet” with the urator H.S. Miller, who is Zvi Grunberg resident fellow. Event is free to museum members and visitors with paid admission. To make a reservation, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
Greenwich Symphony Orchestra
The Greenwich Symphony Orchestra will be in concert on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 with a program featuring Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 (Eroica); and Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor), with John O’Conor on piano. Concerts are at the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center, 10 Hillside Road, at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $40 per person, $10 for students. For more information, call 203-869-2664 or visit www.greenwichsymphony.org.
League of Women Voters to honor leaders
For its 100th anniversary gala, the League of Women Voters of Connecticut will honor Indra K. Nooyi, a Greenwich resident and former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, and Juanita T. James, president and CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation. Nooyi will receive the Outstanding Woman in Business award and James will be recognized with the Outstanding Woman in Philanthropy award. The gala will take place Feb. 22 at the Italian Center in Stamford. For more information, visit www.lwvct.org.
In conjunction with a major exhibition called “On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring,” the Bruce Museum will host art workshops related to the exhibition that are geared to adults over the age of 55. Teaching artist Eddie Nino will lead the workshops, focused on the topics of “Value,” on Feb. 24; “Color,” on March 24; and “Composition,” on April 20. The workshops will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; all materials will be provided. For more information on the exhibit and the programs at the Bruce Museum, and to register, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
Pathways Inc., a Greenwich nonprofit serving adults with severe mental illnesses, is hosting the band Big Head Todd and the Monsters, starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Capitol Theater at 149 Westchester Ave. in Port Chester, N.Y. The organization is inviting the public to the celebration in support of Pathways clients. Special guests include Hazel Miller, and 10,000 Maniacs will offer a pre-show in the main theater. Tickets include a two hour preconcert open bar party for Pathways guests at Garcia Bar. To buy tickets, visit www.one.bidpal.net/pathways/ticketing or contact Sally Ghabour at 203-869-5656, Ext. 1025.
Curiosity Cabinets on display
The Bruce Museum’s newest exhibition features depictions of sea serpents crushing ships, 7-foot-tall giants, a mummified Porsche, and a menagerie of other oddities sure to pique the interest of any visitor interested in the intersection of art and science. The display, called “Collecting Reimagined: A 2D Curiosity Cabinet” is on view in the museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery through March 24. For more information, visit brucemuseum.org.
Greenwich Symphony Orchestra
The Greenwich Symphony Orchestra will be in concert on April 18 and April 19 with a program featuring Hindemith, Concert Music for Strings and Brass; Herbert, Concerto No. 2 for Cello, with Daniel Miller on cello; and Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique. Concerts are at the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center, 10 Hillside Road, at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $40 per person, $10 for students. For more information, call 203-869-2664 or visit www.greenwichsymphony.org.
SLS golf tourney
The St. Lawrence Society will hold its 29th annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 11. Enjoy a perfect day of golf, food and fun. Get your foursomes together and join the fun. Cost is $175 for everything: the luncheon, cart, golf, cocktail hour and dinner. For cocktails and dinner only, it’s $100. Starts at 11:30 a.m. at E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course, with a 12:45 p.m. shotgun start, scramble format. Golf is followed by cocktail hour, antipasti and a prime rib dinner back at the Club. To RSVP, visit www.stlawrencesociety.com/events or call 203-618-9036.