Wilton's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:19:51 -0500 HamletHub.com G & B Holiday Sale Happening NOW in Wilton! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48795-g-b-holiday-sale-happening-now-in-wilton48795-g-b-holiday-sale-happening-now-in-wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48795-g-b-holiday-sale-happening-now-in-wilton48795-g-b-holiday-sale-happening-now-in-wilton

Add magic to your holiday season! G & B Holiday Sale is happening NOW through Christmas Eve, December 24, at G&B Cultural Center, 49 New Street, Wilton.

Holiday sale of arts and crafts, holiday ornaments, and everything for holiday decorating! Jewelry, rubber stamps, paintings and drawings, candles, and much more. Stop by anytime and take a look. 

Proceeds from this sale support the G&B Scholarship Fund.

Fill your shopping list with original artwork and collectibles to enhance your living space for the holidays; discover that unique gift for a special person.

Proceeds support the G & B Scholarship Fund.

Click here for additional information.

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kerry@ducey.org (G & B Cultural Center) Events Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:25:23 -0500
Chocolate Bark Workshop for Kids at Wilton Historical Society on Saturday, December 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48793-chocolate-bark-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society-on-saturday-december-2248793-chocolate-bark-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society-on-saturday-december-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48793-chocolate-bark-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society-on-saturday-december-2248793-chocolate-bark-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society-on-saturday-december-22

Holiday Sweets: Mendiants and Chocolate Bark Workshop for Kids at Wilton Historical Society on Saturday, December 22 from 11:00am - 12:30pm

A mendiant is a traditional French confection composed of a chocolate disk studded with nuts and dried fruits, usually made during the holidays, and often given as a gift. Like chocolate bark, they can be made with dark, milk or white chocolateAll this and more will be the topic at a workshop for kids. Museum Educator Lola Chen will be discussing these holiday sweets as the children make – and sample – some (nut-free)!

Suggested for ages 6 – 12.

Wilton Historical Society members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family.

Please register: info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Historical Society) Events Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:48:58 -0500
Danbury Hospital Receives $100,000 Gift from Fairfield County Bank https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/48794-danbury-hospital-receives-100-000-gift-from-fairfield-county-bank48794-danbury-hospital-receives-100-000-gift-from-fairfield-county-bank https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/48794-danbury-hospital-receives-100-000-gift-from-fairfield-county-bank48794-danbury-hospital-receives-100-000-gift-from-fairfield-county-bank

Danbury Hospital has received a $100,000 gift from Fairfield County Bank to establish the John F. Pezzimenti, MD Oncology Endowment Fund. The gift is in honor of Dr. John F. Pezzimenti, a medical hematologist and oncologist who has practiced at Danbury Hospital since 1986. He has been serving Fairfield County communities as a physician for the last 46 years.

“Fairfield County Bank is pleased to honor Dr. Pezzimenti with this endowment,” said Paul S. McNamara, chairman of Fairfield County Bank. “It is a fitting testament to his life’s work and his tremendous impact on generations of individuals and families across Fairfield County.” 

The Pezzimenti Endowment Fund will support cancer programs and services at Danbury Hospital and the Praxair Cancer Center, which treats more than 600 cancer patients and families each year. Fairfield County Bank presented the gift on September 20, 2018 at an event honoring Dr. Pezzimenti, who has served over 21 years on the Fairfield County Bank’s Board of Incorporators.

“I am deeply grateful for this endowment to advance programming for cancer patients and their families at Danbury Hospital,” said Dr. Pezzimenti. “It is a sincere honor to be so generously recognized by Fairfield County Bank.”

Established in 2001, the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital, part of the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), offers exceptional and compassionate, multidisciplinary cancer care. Cancer experts from a variety of disciplines share their knowledge and expertise to determine the optimal treatment for each patient — always with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome.

“We are extremely grateful to Fairfield County Bank for its continuing support of programs and services at Danbury Hospital,” said Grace Linhard, chief development officer, WCHN. “This generous gift in honor of Dr. Pezzimenti will advance the well-being of cancer patients and families who depend upon the Danbury Hospital for leading-edge cancer treatment.”

About Dr. John Pezzimenti

Dr. Pezzimenti, the former chief of oncology and director of cancer medicine at Danbury Hospital, is a graduate of the Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Stamford Hospital and a residency in internal medicine at Creighton University before serving as a visiting fellow in oncology at Yale University. He completed a fellowship in hematology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and oncology. Dr. Pezzimenti joined Associated Internists of Danbury in 1972 and has served as Danbury Hospital’s chief of oncology, chief of clinical hematology, and the director of cancer medicine. 

Catch up on the latest news at WCHN. Visit wchn.org/news today!

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kerry@ducey.org (FCB) Charities Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:57:02 -0500
Ancona's Wines & Liquors is teaming up with The Schoolhouse at Cannondale for a Winter Wine Dinner https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48764-ancona-s-wines-liquors-is-teaming-up-with-the-schoolhouse-at-cannondale-for-a-winter-wine-dinner48764-ancona-s-wines-liquors-is-teaming-up-with-the-schoolhouse-at-cannondale-for-a-winter-wine-dinner https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48764-ancona-s-wines-liquors-is-teaming-up-with-the-schoolhouse-at-cannondale-for-a-winter-wine-dinner48764-ancona-s-wines-liquors-is-teaming-up-with-the-schoolhouse-at-cannondale-for-a-winter-wine-dinner

Winter Wine Dinner Featuring Cameron Wines

Ancona's Wines & Liquors is teaming up with The Schoolhouse at Cannondale for a Winter Wine Dinner.

"We are very excited to announce our final wine dinner of 2018," says Mitch Ancona.

The festive wine dinner will take place on December 19 beginning at 7pm at The Schoolhouse at Cannondale. Guests will be treated to wines from the Cameron Vineyard in Oregon to Connecticut - all while enjoying a five-course tasting menu from Chef Tim LaBant.

5 courses will be offered for $100 + tax and tip.

Special guest Mark Ancona of Golden Vines will also be there to take attendees through each wine. Seating is extremely limited so be sure to reserve your spot now by clicking here. 

 

 
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Wed, 12 Dec 2018 05:36:00 -0500
Connecticut Press Club Announces 2019 Communications Contest https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/48792-connecticut-press-club-announces-2019-communications-contest48792-connecticut-press-club-announces-2019-communications-contest https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/48792-connecticut-press-club-announces-2019-communications-contest48792-connecticut-press-club-announces-2019-communications-contest

Annual competition has 61 writing, editing, and visual art categories and is open to all Connecticut-based media professionals.

How would you like to add “award-winning” to your resume?

If you published a book, started a blog, wrote a news article or personal essay, created a social media campaign, or snapped a photograph you're particularly proud of, enter your work in the Connecticut Press Club’s popular Communications Contest, which rewards excellence in a wide range of categories.

Entries in 61 categories will be judged by professionals with corresponding expertise. Categories include:

  •       online and print news articles and columns
  •       personal essay
  •       social media campaigns
  •       nonfiction, fiction, poetry, YA and children's books
  •       specialty articles in the arts, food, business, travel and more...
  •       page design, editing, photography and graphics
  •       radio and TV
  •       podcasts and blogs
  •       advertising and PR

Click here to download instructions on how to enter your work in the contest. If you have questions, email CTPressClub@gmail.com.

Several changes have been made to the contest this year: Some categories have been added, some have been removed, and some requirements have changed. Here is a complete list. The 2019 contest will be ALL electronic. No hard copy submissions will be accepted and no offline payments will be accepted. The entry process has been simplified.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Eligibility: Anyone who lives or works in Connecticut is eligible to enter. Work published from January 1 through December 31, 2018, is eligible. 
  • Contest Fees: The fee is $25 for the first entry and $15 for each additional entry regardless of whether you are a Connecticut Press Club member.
  • Deadlines: January 9th is the regular contest deadline. After this date, a $25 late fee will be charged for the first entry you submit. The final deadline is midnight EST on January 22nd. The final book deadline is January 15th.
  • We will celebrate the winners with a cocktail party and awards ceremony in May.
  • Anyone who receives a first place award in the Connecticut contest will be eligible to enter the National Federation of Press Women National Communications Contest, providing 2018 NFPW membership dues have been paid. (Membership dues can be paid when you register for the contest.)

The Connecticut Press Club is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), and includes both male and female members. The club welcomes all types of communicators: writers, editors, bloggers, authors, educators, public relations professionals, media photographers, students and more. Plans for the coming year include lectures by sought-after speakers, professional development workshops, networking and social outings.

For more information, e-mail ctpressclub@gmail.com

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kerry@ducey.org (Michele Turk) Neighbors Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:14:10 -0500
Mountainside Wilton Now Offers DBT Skills Group for Women in Recovery https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/48791-mountainside-wilton-now-offers-dbt-skills-group-for-women-in-recovery48791-mountainside-wilton-now-offers-dbt-skills-group-for-women-in-recovery https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/48791-mountainside-wilton-now-offers-dbt-skills-group-for-women-in-recovery48791-mountainside-wilton-now-offers-dbt-skills-group-for-women-in-recovery

Mountainside Wilton continues to expand its offerings. As part of its Outpatient Services program, the treatment center now offers a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) informed skills group for women in the community. These weekly 90-minute sessions are designed to strengthen each group member’s recovery by putting emotion regulation and stress management techniques into practice.

Group members will learn how to be less emotionally reactive and recognize maladaptive behaviors that decrease their well-being. Through mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness techniques, emotion regulation practices, and distress tolerance skills, group members are empowered to navigate challenges even when they are living in invalidating environments.

“When people do not feel emotionally fulfilled, they often turn to unhealthy coping methods to ease painful memories or feelings,” said Carolee Paruta, Regional Director of Outpatient Services at Mountainside. “DBT allows us to improve our clients’ chances of success in treatment by modeling new positive thoughts and behaviors.”

A form of cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT encourages individuals to find emotional balance by reversing negative thought patterns and recognizing their strengths. The skills group will offer an in-depth look at distress tolerance and mindfulness techniques that encourage clients to accept the past and prioritize the present. 

These outcomes can especially benefit women, whose chances of experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are almost double that of men, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Women who encounter traumatic experiences are at an increased risk of developing addiction as well as mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides the troubling statistic that nearly 80 percent of women who pursue addiction treatment services have experienced some form of trauma in their lives. 

In order to reinforce healthy ways of coping with stress, the group invites clients to actively participate in their recovery and acquire relapse prevention skills through hands-on activities. Through journaling, participants will be able to consider how their emotions influence their actions, making it easier for them to identify and prevent destructive behaviors in the future. They will similarly develop a skills book to keep as a tangible reminder of their progress when they face challenges during their recovery.

Because addiction can strain relationships with others, developing a strong support system is integral to recovery. The group provides the ideal opportunity for those recovering from addiction to meet others in similar situations, strengthen their interpersonal skills, and broaden their recovery network. The group will meet each Friday at 1:00 PM. 

To inquire about the group, call Mountainside Wilton at (888) 510-8852.

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kerry@ducey.org (Lauren Fabrizio) Places Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:01:15 -0500
Dine at Wayback Burgers and Support Wilton Teens on Wednesday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/48790-dine-at-wayback-burgers-and-support-wilton-teens-on-wednesday48790-dine-at-wayback-burgers-and-support-wilton-teens-on-wednesday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/48790-dine-at-wayback-burgers-and-support-wilton-teens-on-wednesday48790-dine-at-wayback-burgers-and-support-wilton-teens-on-wednesday

This Wednesday, December 12, when you dine at Wayback Burgers, a portion of the day's proceeds will benefit Trackside Teen Center in Wilton.

Trackside Teen Center of Wilton is dedicated to providing a safe and supervised tobacco, alcohol, and drug-free gathering place for Wilton youth. We do this through engaging teen programming, youth involvement, and opening our facility for use to the entire Wilton community, including local organizations and private parties. 

Learn more about Trackside here.

Wayback Burgers is located at 609 Main Ave in Norwalk. Visit them online here.

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kerry@ducey.org (submitted) Charities Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:03:05 -0500
Winter Festival and Parade on Sunday in Georgetown! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48789-winter-festival-and-parade-on-sunday-in-georgetown48789-winter-festival-and-parade-on-sunday-in-georgetown https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48789-winter-festival-and-parade-on-sunday-in-georgetown48789-winter-festival-and-parade-on-sunday-in-georgetown

Georgetown's 3rd Annual Winter Festival and Parade (and photos with Santa) will take place this Sunday, December 16 from 11am-2pm.

The parade will begin at 11 am on Main Street Redding, Ct. Followed by Photos with Santa. There will be festive full for all including winter crafts, face painting!

Visit with Rising Starr Horse Rescue latest rescue and lots of family fun. Raffle and donations with proceeds to go to Rising Starr Horse Rescue and The Georgetown Firehouse.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (submitted) Events Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:50:16 -0500
Landmark Preschool Fun For Ones Program Begins January 2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/48788-landmark-preschool-fun-for-ones-program-begins-january-201948788-landmark-preschool-fun-for-ones-program-begins-january-2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/48788-landmark-preschool-fun-for-ones-program-begins-january-201948788-landmark-preschool-fun-for-ones-program-begins-january-2019

Landmark Preschool, which serves children ages one through five with a broad range of activities and schedules to foster the education, growth and development of the whole child, is offering their next Fun For Ones Program in January 2019.

To learn more and to register, click here.

Our Fun For Ones program was created for our youngest “students” who are always on the move and discovering the world around them. Fun For Ones is a great way for parents (or caregiver) and children to explore a preschool environment together.

This program is chock full of activities built around your child’s limitless curiosity and natural desire to learn…through exploration, play, music and the arts. Each class centers on a different theme including colors, numbers, letters, animals, and holidays through creative and purposeful play. Children enjoy songs, stories and games to encourage socialization and learning.

The winter session begins in January 2019 and runs for 8 weeks at each of our Bedford, Redding, Ridgefield and Westport campuses.

Admission is rolling. This program is best suited for children ages 12 - 24 months by December 1, 2018. A parent or caregiver must attend each class.

To learn more, visit: https://www.landmarkpreschool.org/fun-for-ones

We look forward to seeing you and your little one at Fun For Ones!

Landmark preschool has over 40 years of experience in early childhood education and is affiliated with Ridgefield Academy. Both Landmark Preschool and Ridgefield Academy are accredited by Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Ashley Moran) Neighbors Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:54:02 -0500
Mercury Glass Votive Workshop for Kids at Wilton Historical Society on Saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48787-mercury-glass-votive-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society-on-saturday48787-mercury-glass-votive-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society-on-saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48787-mercury-glass-votive-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society-on-saturday48787-mercury-glass-votive-workshop-for-kids-at-wilton-historical-society-on-saturday

Mercury Glass Votive Workshop for Kids at Wilton Historical Society on Saturday, December 15 from 11am to 12:30pm

In this fun and festive workshop, kids ages 6 – 12 will use paint and water to make shiny mercury glass votive candle holders. While decorating their votives, Laurie Walker, Museum Educator, will talk with the children about the origins of mercury glass, which was originally created as a replacement for sterling silver, and contains neither silver nor mercury. The children’s second project will be to make their own snack – fruit dipped in white chocolate, decorated with silver dragees. Very jolly!

Wilton Historical Society members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Please register: info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Historical Society) Events Mon, 10 Dec 2018 03:42:06 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Wilton: Courtney Kleeman Design https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/48786-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-courtney-kleeman-design48786-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-courtney-kleeman-design https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/48786-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-courtney-kleeman-design48786-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-courtney-kleeman-design

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Courtney Kleeman Design!

Three questions with Courtney Nelson Kleeman, owner and designer at Courtney Kleeman Design.

Courtney Kleeman Design provides comprehensive interior design and decorating services from concept to installation in Wilton, Westport, Greenwich, and surrounding towns in Fairfield County Connecticut.

Best selling product or service?
 
I provide Interior Design services focused on creating unique environments combining my clients’ personal style with their real-life needs.
 
How many people do you employ?
 
I employ 3 people. 
 
How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?
 
I use the following business to help create my unique interiors:
  • Frama Exclusives - Custom Drapery & Upholstery
  • Westwood Flooring - Hardwood, Carpet, Rugs, Tile & Countertops
  • Signature Style - Custom Interior Accessories
  • Aroma Spa - I love to treat my clients to a facial or massage
  • Earth Garden - Flower Designs & Accessories 
I would like to “tag” Westwood Flooring.
 
Courtney Nelson Kleeman online here  or call 203-561-9199 or email courtney@courtneykleemandesign.com

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Sat, 08 Dec 2018 05:25:43 -0500
Welcome the holiday season with Wilton Dance Studio's The Nutcracker on December 9th https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48772-welcome-the-holiday-season-with-wilton-dance-studio-s-the-nutcracker-on-december-9th48772-welcome-the-holiday-season-with-wilton-dance-studio-s-the-nutcracker-on-december-9th https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48772-welcome-the-holiday-season-with-wilton-dance-studio-s-the-nutcracker-on-december-9th48772-welcome-the-holiday-season-with-wilton-dance-studio-s-the-nutcracker-on-december-9th

What makes the holiday season special? Cherished traditions, music and festive decorations set the stage and Wilton Dance Studio’s 21stannual production of the Nutcracker ballet has them all. This year’s performance is back to delight all ages on Sunday, December 9th and features more than 50 dancers from Wilton. New and extra special this year are a meet-and-greet with dancers and a toy drive for Person-to-Person to share the joy of the season with those in need.

The full-scale production with lavish sets and costumes includes more than 80 students and adults from seven area towns. The ballet will be performed on Sunday, December 9th at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Wilton High School’s Clune Center for the Performing Arts. 

“Each year, parents tell me their young children who come to the show fall in love with our special ballet and want to start dancing,” said Creative Director and Owner of the Wilton Dance Studio Brenda Froehlich. “Many of our older dancers shared this happy experience when they were younger and carry that magic with them on the stage each year. This year, to inspire those young dancers, we’re adding a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity immediately following our 1:00 pm show. We welcome audience members to come say hello to their favorite dancers and see our beautiful costumes up close.”

A fun part of the Nutcracker ballet story involves the handing out of gifts to children at a festive party. Unfortunately, many families in our area can’t afford that luxury, so the Wilton Dance Studio was inspired to host a toy drive at both performances this year. Audience members are encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped toy to be shared with a child in need. All toys will go to the local organization Person-to-Person. Kim Collibee of Person-to-Person said, “We are expecting to serve more children than ever this year, so the more toys we can get the better.”  

Wilton Dance Studio’s Nutcracker is designed to suit to audiences of all ages while also challenging its dance students, who change roles and learn more complex choreography each year. The performance length is manageable for young children and does not require an intermission. The ballet follows the traditional story of Clara and her Nutcracker prince from E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Professional sets and elegant costumes complete the high-quality production.

The Wilton Dance Studio production of The Nutcracker will be on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. at Wilton High School’s Clune Performing Arts Center. To buy tickets, call 203-544-9007 and leave a message or order at www.wiltondance.com, click on “Nutcracker Performances” download & print the ticket order form. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the show.

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Photo Credit: Donner Photographic

Wilton's dancers in Wilton Dance Studio's The Nutcracker

Front Row:     Sarah Dickerson, Sophie Froehlich, Alexa Marr

Second Row: Lily Cristini, Peyton MacDonald, Jillian Tobey, Sidney Skott, Amira Srivastava, Kathryn Love, Emily Connell, Ryann Tobey, Meredith Mobyed (Candy Cane Lead)

Third Row:     Wilton Dance Studio Director: Brenda Froehlich, Grace Johnson, Rowan McGrath, Jamilah Santos, Lauren Minor, Charlotte Markey, Abby Jones, Kate MacDonald

Back Row:      Carolyn Assef (Dew Drop Fairy), Ava Curto, Morgan Buchanan, Noa Gottlieb, Stacia Dooley, Alexandra Lyon, Kirstin Finnecy (Sugar Plum Fairy)

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chris.j.jones@icloud.com (M. Jones) Events Sat, 08 Dec 2018 02:42:00 -0500
Wilton Library in January: Visual Eight Art Exhibit, STRAWS Documentary, Author Talks, Mini Golf https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/48785-wilton-library-in-january-visual-eight-art-exhibit-straws-documentary-author-talks-mini-golf48785-wilton-library-in-january-visual-eight-art-exhibit-straws-documentary-author-talks-mini-golf https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/48785-wilton-library-in-january-visual-eight-art-exhibit-straws-documentary-author-talks-mini-golf48785-wilton-library-in-january-visual-eight-art-exhibit-straws-documentary-author-talks-mini-golf

Wilton Library January 2019 Activities

Friday, Jan. 4 Scanning Slides into Digital Images, 10 a.m.  – 12 p.m. Do you have stacks of old slides and looking for a way to scan them into digital format? If so, come learn how to use our new high-resolution slide scanner. It can scan up to 50 slides in one batch. For 7th graders through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 4 Learn to Etch!, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Let’s introduce you to the Cricut, our die cutter and show you all the cool things it can do! Etch a glass coffee mug, beer mug, vase or tea light. Prices range from $4-$12. Payable upon arrival. For 7th graders through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 4 The Visual Eight Art Exhibition Reception, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Eight artists, all having a connection past or present with Wilton, and most having exhibited in Wilton Library’s Summer Show, will be featuring more of their works in this exhibition. The artists are: Sandra Bacher, Joseph Barber (deceased represented by his niece, Linda Morgan), Lynda Carroll, Carole Mills, Judith Schomer, John (Randy) Tate, Kathleen Wrampe and Marian Wulffleff.  The works represent a variety of media and subject matter choices. Reception free and open to the public. Exhibition runs through January 27.  A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.  Media Sponsor:  The Wilton Bulletin. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturdays, Jan. 5 & 19 Scouting for Tech Help, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Need tech help?  Girl Scout Troop 51010 is here!  Stop by with your laptop or mobile device for assistance with technology questions of any size. No appointments necessary—just drop in.  If you’re looking for assistance with your email or the library’s databases, please bring your library card and passwords. For information, call 203-762-6350. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 5 Embroidering with the Janome Memory Craft, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, dog’s bandana, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more. Prices vary from $4 - $10. Payable upon arrival. This is a one-on-one session for 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 5 Get Organized for the New Year!, 2 – 4:30 p.m. Start 2019 by getting organized, taking control of your time and feeling less stressed! We'll introduce you to Bullet Journaling, a fun and creative organizational tool which can be used as a planner, to-do list, and/or diary. Embellish it with artwork or keep it simple. Once it's started, all you need is 15 minutes a day to keep yourself on track. For adults plus teens in grades 9-12. Journals and pens provided. Space limited and registration required. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 6 Make Thank You Cards, 2 – 3:30 p.m. It's time to start sending thank you notes for all those wonderful holiday gifts! In this one-on-one session, you'll learn how to use our die cutter, the Cricut, and create a few unique cards. For 7th graders to adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults willing to learn, too. Must have a valid CT Library Card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 6 Scanning Slides into Digital Images, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Do you have stacks of old slides and looking for a way to scan them into digital format? If so, come learn how to use our new high-resolution slide scanner. It can scan up to 50 slides in one batch. For 7th graders through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 6, 13 & 27 Girls Who Code, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Girls in grades 6-12 learn to create mobile apps, games or websites in the Girls Who Code (GWC) Club. Registration filled. Supported by Girls Who Code and the Amadeo Family Fund. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 7 Embroidering with the Janome Memory Craft, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, dog’s bandana, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more. Prices vary from $4 - $10. Payable upon arrival. This is a one-on-one session for 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 7 Vinyl Adornments with the Cricut Die Cutter, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Let's introduce you to the Cricut, our die cutter and show you all the cool things it can do. Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. Prices vary from $4 - 8. Payable upon arrival. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25 Loss of a Loved One Group with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, 12:30 – 2 p.m. Grief is invisible and often misunderstood. It can be a profoundly isolating and lonely experience. Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and Wilton Library involved one. This support group is free-of-charge and open to the public but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, please call Laurie Petrasanta at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at 203-762-8958, ext. 316. No session Jan. 21. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 7, 14 & 28 Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, 1 – 2:30 p.m.  Weekly drop-in for knitters and crocheters. Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to stitching but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required. No session Jan. 21. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25 Loss of a Spouse Support Group with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Grief is invisible and often misunderstood. It can be a profoundly isolating and lonely experience. Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and Wilton Library invite you to attend this bereavement support group for those who are grieving the loss of a spouse. This support group is free-of-charge and open to the public but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, please call Laurie Petrasanta at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at 203-762-8958, ext. 316. No session Jan. 21.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through March 12 Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Join the library for 2 and 3-year-old story time. Children and their caregivers will sing songs, listen to stories, and enjoy playtime together while building literacy and social skills. No registration, no fee. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 8Paint It Up!, 6 – 7:30  p.m. Come join us for a fun and relaxing evening. We’ll supply the canvas, paints, brushes and a collection of masterpieces to copy and inspire you. No art experience required. Just a desire to pick up a brush, have fun and let your inner self out! A $5 fee will be collected upon arrival to cover the cost of materials. For adults, ages 18+. Space limited. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 8Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group, 6 – 8 p.m.  This special session of the support group features Stephen Farley, PharmD., Clinical Hematology/Oncology Pharmacist Specialist in Medical Oncology at the  Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital. Stephen will discuss the interaction of medications with other medications, as well as with herbs and supplements. See the library’s registration link for more details. Post-treatment breast cancer survivors are invited to join in this monthly support group led by Nina Marino, LCSW. Nina was the Clinical Director for 15 years of the former Breast Cancer Survival Center and is a breast cancer survivor.  Please email Nina at Cancersurvival2@aol.com with any questions. No charge. Registration highly encouraged. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 Learn to Etch!, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Let’s introduce you to the Cricut, our die cutter and show you all the cool things it can do! Etch a glass coffee mug, beer mug, vase or tea light. Prices range from $4-$12. Payable upon arrival. For 7th graders through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesdays, Jan. 9 through March 13 Books for Babies, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Bring your wonderful baby to this infant friendly program at the Wilton Library! We will sing and play and enjoy gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area. Bring dad too! Caregivers must be present. No registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesdays, Jan. 9 through March 13 Wonderful Ones and Twos, 11 – 11:30 a.m. This program is a sharing time for 1 and 2-year-olds and their caregivers. The emphasis is on books, with some songs and toy time. No registration, no program charge. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 Wilton Library Readers—Autumn, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Autumn by Ali Smith. Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Group meets second Wednesday of each month through June. For a complete listing of meetings and titles, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Wilton Library Readers in “Books.” Advance registration suggested. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 through Feb. 27 Caregiver Support Group with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, 12:30 – 2 p.m.Caring for a loved one who is ill is stressful and exhausting. It can be a profoundly isolating and lonely experience. Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and Wilton Library invite you to attend this eight-week caregiver group where you will find support, empathy and understanding with others in similar circumstances.   This support group is free-of-charge and open to the public but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, please call Laurie Petrasanta at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at 203-762-8958, ext. 316. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 WGG/WLA Documentary Film: STRAWS, 7 – 8 p.m. Please join us for a screening of the film, STRAWS, an award-winning documentary that illuminates the problems related to straws and other single-use plastic pollution that inundate our waterways and oceans. A brief panel discussion and Q&A session follows with Charlie Taney of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Nina Quaratella of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, Bridget Cervero and David Hudson of The Maritime Aquarium. Please see the library’s registration link for panel details.  Co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library. No charge. Doors open at 6:30 and screening begins promptly at 7 p.m. Registration recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 10 through March 14 Mother Goose on the Loose, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting Dec. 23, 2018 and must be returned by Jan. 7, 2019. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.  No fee. Call for details (203)762-6336.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 10 through March 14 Mother Goose on the Loose, 11 – 11:30 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting Dec. 23, 2018 and must be returned by Jan. 7, 2019. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.  No fee. Call for details (203)762-6336.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 10 Enhancing Your Pictures with Photoshop, 2 – 3:30 p.m.Finished scanning in your photos, but want to learn some basic tips on enhancing them? This introductory session will get you started. For 7th graders - adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults willing to learn, too. Must have a CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the session. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 11 Fun with Lynn Lewis, 11 a.m. – noon.  Come to Wilton Library and see popular entertainer Lynn Lewis. There will be songs and dancing for all. She will bring a special friend so that kids can play with him and participate in all the fun! Registration required, ages 2-6. Supported by the J. Arthur Wall Scholarship Fund. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 11 Vinyl Adornments with the Cricut Die Cutter, 4 – 5:30 p.m.  Let's introduce you to the Cricut, our die cutter and show you all the cool things it can do. Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. Prices vary from $4 - 8. Payable upon arrival. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 12 Embroidering with the Janome Memory Craft, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, dog’s bandana, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more. Prices vary from $4 - $10. Payable upon arrival. This is a one-on-one session for 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 12 AARP Driver Safety Class, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest classroom driver safety course designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. This single session, four-hour course covers the normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time associated with ageing and provides practical techniques on how to adjust to these changes, along with learning to operate vehicles more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment. There are no written or driving tests - classroom only. Program cost by cash or check only: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, www.wiltonlibrary.org, (203) 762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 12 WGG/WLA Documentary Film: STRAWS – Family Event, 2 – 3 p.m. Please join us for a family-friendly screening of the film, STRAWS, an award-winning documentary that illuminates the problems related to straws and other single-use plastic pollution that inundate our waterways and oceans. A brief panel discussion and Q&A session follows with Charlie Taney of the Norwalk River Valley Trail and Nina Quaratella of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). Students in grades 2-6 can register separately for an educational program led by NAMEPA and Wilton Go Green following the film in the Children's Story Room; children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. The children’s educational program starts at 2:30 while the panel discussion continues in the Brubeck Room. Please see the library’s registration link for details.  Co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library. No charge. Doors open at 1:30 and screening begins promptly at 2 p.m. Registration recommended. Registration for children’s program takes place on a separate library registration link (see STRAWS – Kids’ Program at 2:30 p.m.) Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 12 WGG/WLA Documentary Film: STRAWS – Kids’ Program, 2:30 – 3 p.m. Students in grades 2-6 are invited to an educational program led by NAMEPA and Wilton Go Green following the 2 p.m. film entitled STRAWS. Students under 8 years old must be accompanied by adults who need to register separately from the child's name. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 12 New Perspectives Film Series – To be announced, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film.   Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 13 Teens Create a Survival Tool, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Do you like to hike? Camp? Adventure in the outdoors? If so, come learn how to make a Paracord Bracelet. Worn around your wrist, this sturdy nylon rope can be taken apart and used to tie up gear, secure a tent or hammock, make a splint for a broken limb, hang clothes, transform into a belt, and so much more! For teens in grades 6-12. Space limited and registration required. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 14 Transform Old Books into a Snowman, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Recycle old books and create a one-of-a kind Snowman decoration. Approximately 1-1/2 – 2' tall. $8 materials fee payable upon arrival. For adults, ages 18+. Space limited and registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 Parent Information Series: Mindful Parenting - How to Make it Out in One Piece, 10 – 11:30 a.m. The presentation of the Wilton Youth Council Parent Information Series 2018-2019 will provide useful information on establishing a family frame, setting reasonable and attainable expectations and goals for children, managing anxiety, and finding a supportive group of fellow parents in the community. This presentation is appropriate for parents with children of all ages. No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Services, Wilton Youth Council, Weston Library, Weston Youth Services, and Silver Hill Hospital. Registration strongly encouraged. Register online or call 203-762-6334.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 Worldbuilding for VR, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Learn how to build VR-ready worlds and experiences with instructor Alex Gonzalez. Teens in grades 7-12 will use Unreal Engine to create their own 3-D scenes. Students should bring an 8GB flash drive to save their work. The following day, Wednesday, 1/16 from 4:30-6:30, students can use the library's Vive headset to explore worlds created in the previous session. Registration required for both sessions. Supported by the Amadeo Family. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 Embroider or Monogram It!, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our embroidery machine and personalize a tea towel, apron, baby’s bib, or golf towel. Aprons are available for $10. All other items are $5+. For 7th graders to ADULTS and 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 Exploring VR Creations, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Use the Wilton Library's Vive headset to explore worlds created by students in the previous session.  For students in grades 7-12. Registration for previous session on Jan. 15 is required. Registration required. Supported by the Amadeo Family. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Scanning Slides into Digital Images, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Do you have stacks of old slides and looking for a way to scan them into digital format? If so, come learn how to use our new high-resolution slide scanner. It can scan up to 50 slides in one batch. For 7th graders through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Learn to Etch!, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Let’s introduce you to the Cricut, our die cutter and show you all the cool things it can do! Etch a glass coffee mug, beer mug, vase or tea light. Prices range from $4-$12. Payable upon arrival. For 7th graders through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 18 New Life for Old Videos, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Do you have a box of old home videos? Wish you could still watch some of those funny or touching family moments? If so, come learn how to convert them to DVDs.  For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop.  $1 fee for the DVR-R.  This is for home videos only and conversion time is one-to-one. Equipment cannot accommodate 8mm tapes. Space limited to 1 student per session. Registration required.  Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 18 Clay Play, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Come to Wilton Library and enjoy some Clay Play with artist Debi Hamuka-Falkenham. For ages 3 to 5 with caregivers. Children and their caregivers will work together using clay to create a fun take home project. Supported by the J. Arthur Wall Scholarship Fund. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 19 CT Poetry Society Workshop, 2 – 4:30 p.m. Please join us for a workshop of the CT Poetry Society. All that's required is the willingness to share some poetry that you have written by reading it aloud to the group. To facilitate discussion, space is strictly limited to just 15 attendees. No charge but registration is required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 Senior Center Book Discussion: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, 11 – noon.Michael Hess will lead a discussion of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli. In only 80 pages, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics takes us on a guided tour of the most important concepts in modern physics using poetic imagery and vivid metaphorical language to bring those ideas to life for non-scientists. This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month through May.  Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 Embroidering with the Janome Memory Craft, 6 – 7:30 p.m.  Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, dog’s bandana, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more. Prices vary from $4 - $10. Payable upon arrival. This is a one-on-one session for 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 Vinyl Adornments with the Cricut Die Cutter, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Let's introduce you to the Cricut, our die cutter and show you all the cool things it can do. Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. Prices vary from $4 - 8. Payable upon arrival. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 Worldbuilding for VR, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Learn how to build VR-ready worlds and experiences with instructor Alex Gonzalez. Teens in grades 7-12 will use Unreal Engine to create their own 3-D scenes. Students should bring an 8GB flash drive to save their work. The following day, Thursday, 1/24 from 4:30-6:30, students can use the library's Vive headset to explore worlds created in the previous session. Registration required for both sessions. Supported by the Amadeo Family. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 Paint It Up!, 6 – 7:30  p.m. Come join us for a fun and relaxing evening. We’ll supply the canvas, paints, brushes and a collection of masterpieces to copy and inspire you. No art experience required. Just a desire to pick up a brush, have fun and let your inner self out! A $5 fee will be collected upon arrival to cover the cost of materials. For adults, ages 18+. Space limited. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 24 Getting Your Financial Life In Order - Sooner Rather Than Later, 10 – 11 a.m. Speaker Laurie Stefanowicz, Senior Vice President and Managing Partner at Catamount Wealth Management in Westport, is responsible for working with clients to design financial plans and portfolios that best meet their needs and situation. She has a BS degree from Vanderbilt University, played professional soccer for the Women's United Soccer Association, and is extremely active in the community. See library’s registration link for more details. No charge. Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 24 Enhancing Your Pictures with Photoshop, 2 – 3:30 p.m.Finished scanning in your photos, but want to learn some basic tips on enhancing them? This introductory session will get you started. For 7th graders - adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults willing to learn, too. Must have a CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the session. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 24 Exploring VR Creations, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Use the Wilton Library's Vive headset to explore worlds created by students in the previous session.  For students in grades 7-12. Registration for previous session on Jan. 23 is required. Registration required. Supported by the Amadeo Family. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 24 Author Talk: Stephanie Land - Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother's Will to Survive, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land's memoir, Maid, about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. 'My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter.' Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, pulling long hours while struggling as a single mom to keep a roof over her daughter's head. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society. Journalist Stephanie Land's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Q&A will follow the talk.  No charge.  Registration highly recommended. Book signing and purchase available courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Media Sponsor: Good Morning Wilton.  Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 25 Wilton Library Mini Golf Tourney for Adults, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.The kids had so much fun at last year’s Mini Golf fundraiser, that Wilton Library is holding one for adults only with food and libations and prizes to win.Teams of foursomes will compete on the 18-hole Mini-Golf Course while friends and fans cheer them on. Putters and balls provided. Tickets are available for foursomes for $300; couples for $150 or singles for $75. Couples and singles will be assigned to foursomes by the library. Spectator tickets are available at $50 per person to cheer on the teams. Food and libations included. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.wiltonlibrary.org or by calling 203-762-6321.  Creative Golf Attire! Media Sponsors:  GOOD Morning Wilton and Wilton Magazine. See library website for all sponsors who make this fundraiser possible. Library closes at 4 p.m. in preparation for the event. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 26 Mini Golf Family Day in the Stacks at Wilton Library, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wilton Library will hold its 2nd mini golf fundraising event. There will be food (one free hot dog for each paid admission), face painting, fun activities, and much more. Players of all ages welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by adults. Putters and balls provided. No advance ticketing required. Tickets only available at the door on the day of the event. $5 admission per person. All proceeds benefit Wilton Library. Media Sponsors:  GOOD Morning Wilton and Wilton Magazine. See library website for all sponsors who make this fundraiser possible. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 26 Tales to Tails, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.ROAR’s (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program will be bringing a therapy dog to be read to by children. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. As they improve their literacy skills, they’re not just learning how to read, they’re learning to love to read! Children must read independently to participate in this program. No program charge, registration is required. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, www.wiltonlibrary.org, (203) 762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 27 Experience 3-D Printing, 1 – 3 p.m. This one-on-one session introduces you to the basics of 3-D printing and teaches you how to use our printer, the Makerbot Replicator 2x. Registration required. For 7th graders - adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults willing to learn too! Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 27 Make Fun Buttons Pins or Pocket Mirrors!, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Come learn how to use our new Button Maker and create unique designs, add slogans and go home with a few fun buttons or pocket mirrors. Button pins are $.25 each and mirrors are $1 each. Registration required. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 27 WLA/WHS - Scholarly Series - Sex, Scandal, and Upheaval: 1919 - What's Changed? - Mark Albertson, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Topic: Versailles....False Promise - Mark Albertson In the 12th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series theme will be 'Sex, Scandal and Upheaval: 1919 - What's Changed?' Historian and author Mark Albertson kicks off the series with a lecture highlighting several themes from his 8-week course on the transition period between World War One and Two beginning with the Versailles Treaty. Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine in Monroe; and, is the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America.  He has authored several books: USS Connecticut: Constitution State Battleship; They'll Have to Follow You!; The Triumph of the Great White Fleet; and On History:  A Treatise. Mark teaches as an adjunct at Norwalk Community College on the following topics: World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Iraq, the American Empire, the Nazi Revolution and Jihad.  See the library’s registration link for details.  The remaining lectures are as follows - please note the location of each lecture: Feb. 24 at Wilton Library – “Conflict on the Homefront: Connecticut and the Nation” – Cecelia Bucki, Fairfield University; March 10 at the Wilton Historical Society – “Men in Black Sox” - Steve Wulf, ESPN; March 31 at the Wilton Historical Society – “Votes for Women” - Pam Dougherty, Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame. Reception following the talk. No charge but donations are always welcomed. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth. Registration required. Please register for each lecture individually. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 28 Scanning Slides into Digital Images, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Do you have stacks of old slides and looking for a way to scan them into digital format? If so, come learn how to use our new high-resolution slide scanner. It can scan up to 50 slides in one batch. For 7th graders through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 Driftwood VR, 4 – 6 p.m. Interested in learning what virtual reality is all about? Try out the library's HTC Vive headset and explore a futuristic environment inspired by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Open to adults and students age 13+. Registration required. Supported by the Amadeo family. Individual VR session time is 10 minutes - exploration slots will be assigned after registration. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 New Life for Old Videos, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Do you have a box of old home videos? Wish you could still watch some of those funny or touching family moments? If so, come learn how to convert them to DVDs.  For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop.  $1 fee for the DVR-R.  This is for home videos only and conversion time is one-to-one. Equipment cannot accommodate 8mm tapes. Space limited to 1 student per session. Registration required.  Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 30 Embroider or Monogram It!, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our embroidery machine and personalize a tea towel, apron, baby’s bib, or golf towel. Aprons are available for $10. All other items are $5+. For 7th graders to ADULTS and 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 31 Author Talk: Jacqueline Raposo - The Me Without: A Year Exploring Habit, Healing, and Happiness, 7 – 8:30 p.m.  Wiltonian and journalist Jacqueline Raposo finds herself sick, single, broke, and wandering in a fog. Fighting chronic illness, debt and other low points in her life she embarks on subtracting some of her most constant habits from her life – social media, shopping, sugar, and negative thoughts – for periods of thirty to ninety days over the course of one year. In this intimately curated search for self-improvement (a quest that readers can easily personalize for themselves), Raposo confesses to the sometimes violent and profound shifts in her social interactions, physical health, and sense of self-worth. Part memoir, part case study, this book offers the reader an inspiring example of how to forge one’s own journey, expose wounds, and help personal healing.  Raposo is an expert interviewer and regularly for Food & Wine, Saveur, and Cosmopolitan, and is the producer and co-host of Love Bites Radio, and connects chronic illness/disability advocates with protest events as the co-founder of #MarchingWithMe. See library’s registration link for more details. Q&A will follow the talk.  No charge. Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.  Book signing and purchase available courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Media Sponsor: Good Morning Wilton. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Library) Places Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:29:40 -0500
Holiday Book Sale at Wilton Library Continues through Jan. 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48771-holiday-book-sale-at-wilton-library-continues-through-jan-248771-holiday-book-sale-at-wilton-library-continues-through-jan-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/48771-holiday-book-sale-at-wilton-library-continues-through-jan-248771-holiday-book-sale-at-wilton-library-continues-through-jan-2

The Wilton Library's holiday Book Sale in the gallery is a seasonal tradition featuring an array of pristine books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks suitable for gift-giving to all ages.

This year, the sale includes a diverse collection of classical, jazz, Latin and blues CDs. All CDs are priced to sell, many are new shrink-wrapped items. All merchandise is perfect for holiday gift-giving. As items are sold, new ones appear daily. All sales support the library.

The sale opened on November 29 and continues during regular library hours through January 2, 2019. The library closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton, Conn. For information, directions and registration, visit wiltonlibrary.org or call (203) 762-6334.

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sally.stra@gmail.com (Wilton Library) Events Fri, 07 Dec 2018 08:27:00 -0500
Help Stamford Marriott Keep Our Neighbors Warm, Coat Drive Benefits Person 2 Person https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/48783-help-stamford-marriott-keep-our-neighbors-warm-coat-drive-benefits-person-2-person48783-help-stamford-marriott-keep-our-neighbors-warm-coat-drive-benefits-person-2-person https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/48783-help-stamford-marriott-keep-our-neighbors-warm-coat-drive-benefits-person-2-person48783-help-stamford-marriott-keep-our-neighbors-warm-coat-drive-benefits-person-2-person

This holiday season, the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is hosting a Coat Drive in partnership with Person-2-Person (P2P), a community-supported nonprofit with locations in Stamford, Darien, and Norwalk, that provides emergency assistance for basic needs, and support for individuals and families.

As you travel on I-95 through Stamford, please consider stopping at the Hotel and donating new or lightly used jackets, scarves hats, gloves, blankets and other winter accessories. With its easy access to I-95 North and South, the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is the ideal collection hub. A donation bin is located in the lobby of the Hotel.

And...your donation matters. “Last year, through the generosity of everyone who made contributions of their time or treasure - individuals, businesses, foundations, schools, congregations, and community organizations - P2P was able to provide financial assistance, food, clothing and housing assistance to 23,267 men, women and children in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton,” the nonprofit explains.

Did you know? Giving back to the community is woven into the fabric of the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, part of the Meyer Jabara family of hotels. “The difference between being a good business and an amazing business can be found in the company's footprints made by giving back and serving others,” says Mark Ranieri, Vice President and General Manager at Meyer Jabara Hotels.

If you live in Lower Fairfield County (Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Westport, and Wilton), Person-to-Person has programs and services to assist you. Learn more about P2P here.

If you’d like to make a donation to P2P, please go online here.  

Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is centrally located with easy access to I-95 North and South and across the street from Stamford Town Center Mall and two blocks from Train Station. Learn more about the Hotel click here.

To learn more what community means to Meyer Jabara Hotels, click here.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Fri, 07 Dec 2018 06:50:03 -0500