Whether you're in search of something fun to do with the kids or you have a babysitter and are planning a night out, look no further because Patch editors have picked a variety of events taking place today and tomorrow to help you make the most of your weekend. Click on the headline of each for more information.
Monroe's Ryan Boyle Book Signing
Where: Linda's Story Time, 447 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe
When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Description: When Ryan Boyle was a 9-year-old Monroe Elementary School student he was struck by a pick-up truck and suffered a severe brain injury. Against seemingly insurmountable odds, but with faith, prayer and determination, he was able to relearn how to breathe, swallow, walk, and talk. He is now a 19-year-old college student, a Paralympic athlete and an inspirational speaker. His book is "When the Lights Go Out".
Reservations are not needed to attend, but it's a good idea to reserve copies of his book by calling Linda's Story Time at 203-459-1579.
Friends of the Library Book Nook Sale
Where: Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St., Trumbull
When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: By the book
Description: Friends of the Trumbull Library sales are the first Saturday of each month from September through June. For information or to volunteer, call the Library or get contact information at their website: http://friendsofthetrumbulllibrary.books.officelive.com.
Fairfield: The Felice Brothers
Where: Fairfield Theatre Company
When: Saturday, Dec. 29, 7 p.m.
Description: The Felice Brothers and their band mates Greg Farley, Christmas Clapton and David Turbeville come to us from the Catskill Mountains, where a homegrown sound has been working its way through the bloodlines for generations.
Greenwich YMCA Open House
Where: Greenwich YMCA
When: Sat., Jan. 5, all day.
Description: Tour the new building with staff and then join in on some free class for children and adults. Visit the new pool where the Marlins Swim School will be swimming. Enjoy free evaluations and meet all the instructors. Want to test a class?? Call the front desk and see what the schedule is for our Open House. Try out all the classes that are available for Marlins Swim School, and beyond.
Greenwich: Mother Goose Re-Imagined
Where: The Flinn Gallery at Greenwich Library
When: Sat., Jan. 5 and Sun., Jan. 6 when there will be art demos, kids activities.
Description: Illustrations by Children’s Book Illustrators Group, (CBIG) exhibiting ARTISTS: Angelique Anderson, Deborah Cuneo, Diana Ting Delosh, Laura Goetz, Leeza Hernandez, Mike Herrod, Sara Kahn, H. R. Karpes, Anna Kim, Ann Koffsky, Sarah Lisa Lavoie, Kitty Leech, Donna Miskend, Sawaka Norii, Marilyn Papas, Clare Pernice, Barbara Mason Rast, Roberta M. Rivera, Vicky Rubin, Tatyanna Starikova, Cheryl Taborsky, T.T. Tyler, Wallace West, Brian Yanish.
Orange: Audition for Burklyn Ballet Theatre Summer Program
Where: New England Ballet School, 200 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT
When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, 2 p.m.
Description: New England Ballet will host the national summer program auditions for Burklyn Ballet Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. Burklyn Ballet Theatre is an intense summer program for pre-professional ballet dancers and is held on the campus of Johnson State College, a small college in the mountains of Vermont. The program offers dancers three classes and two or more hours of rehearsals daily. All dancers perform in the 600 seat Dibden Center for the Arts each Saturday evening. The performances, which are fully produced and costumed, offer classical and contemporary ballets as well as new and innovative modern works. Dancers can attend for 2, 3, 4, or 6 week sessions. Scholarships are available. The audition is for ages 10 and up and will take the form of a two hour intermediate/advanced class. Dancers do not need to pre-register for the auditions but should arrive at New England Ballet studios, 200 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT one half hour prior to audition time. There is a $25 fee for the audition class. For additional information, call Burklyn Ballet Theatre at 877-BURKLYN (877-287-5596).
Woodbridge: Saturday Storycraft for ages 3-5
Where: The Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Rd, Woodbridge
When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, 11:00 am
Description: Age appropriate stories and crafts for preschoolers ages 3-5. No registration is needed.
Hamden: Skating at Louis Astorino Ice Rink
Where: Louis Astorino Ice Arena, 595 Mix Ave, Hamden, CT
When: Sunday, January 6, 2013, 4:30 pm
Description: $5 to skate; $5 skate rental.
Shelton: Ceramic Saturday
Where: The Giggling Pig, 478 River Rd
When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 10 a.m.
Description: This Saturday join the ceramic fun from 10 - noon. A two hour drop off is just $15 per child. The children can choose from farm animals and dinosaurs and will each paint and decorate any two of their choosing.
Shelton: Teens DO!
Where: Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster St
When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 1 - 4 p.m.
Description: Fitness Restart: teens 13-18 explore an afternoon of exercise class, samples and nutritional health speakers to start 2013 off the way you just resolved.
Bethel: Bethel High School Navy JROTC Christmas Tree Pick Up
Where: Pick-up takes place at your home
When: 9 a.m. to Noon, Jan. 5
Description: Support the Bethel High School Navy JROTC program and let them pick up your Christmas tree for recycling on Saturday, January 5th. All trees will be mulched and taken to a local farm. Please have trees out by 9 a.m. Trucks will be out picking up trees between 9 a.m. and noon. The snow date is Sunday, January 6th from 12-3 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested and goes toward educational programs for our cadets. Please make checks out to “Bethel NJROTC Boosters” and leave in an envelope taped inside your storm door or other accessible area.
Woodbridge: Christmas Tree Pick-up and Recycling
Where: Pick-up is at your home
When: Jan. 6
Cost: Suggested donation of $18
Description: The Boy Scouts of Troop 41 are collecting and recycling Christmas Trees to raise funds for the troop’s programs and community service projects. Register on-line. www.xmas-tree-recycle.org. Open to Woodbridge, CT residents only. Put your tree out by your mailbox on Saturday evening, Jan. 5. Remember to fully remove all tinsel. Tape an envelope to your front door in support of our programs and community service projects.
Newtown: Grieving Seminar for Newtown
Where: The Inn at Newtown
When: 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6
Description: Please join the Spirit of Prayer Ministry and Pastor Vargas at this event. All are invited who need counseling and prayer and who want to show support for the victims' family. We will be uniting in prayer against violence.
Pastor Vargas is an experienced Christian counselor and has counseled
many families of the 911 tragedy. Contact/please RSVP via email: email@example.com
New Canaan: Opening Reception for January Exhibits
Where: Silvermine Arts Center
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6
Description: The exhibits for the New Year bring the highly anticipated New Guild Members show plus an exciting exhibition of new works by Donald Axleroad, a retrospective honoring the work of Tina Rohrer, and the Silvermine Print Collection. Exhibits run from Jan. 6 through Feb. 17.
Norwalk: Festival of Lighthouses
Where: Maritime Aquarium
When: 10 a.m. Jan. 5 (click headline to see additional dates)
Cost: The “2012 Festival of Lighthouses” is free with Maritime Aquarium general admission, which is $13.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors (65+) and $10.50 for children 2-12.
Description: Four model lighthouses made in Norwalk are helping to light the way for visitors in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk as part of the Aquarium’s 11th annual “Festival of Lighthouses.” Entries by Courtenay Austin, Shar Landers, Jason Larche and Jo Stecker are among the creative lighthouses in the holiday display, which is open daily and free with Aquarium admission through Jan. 21, 2013. Maritime Aquarium visitors can follow these homemade beacons through the galleries and then cast a vote for their favorite. The lighthouse with the most votes wins $1,500.
Wilton: Great American Songbook
Where: Wilton Library
When: 2 p.m. Jan. 6
Description: Stay at Home in Wilton is very pleased to partner with the Wilton Library to bring a very special concert to town. Dr. Joe Utterback is a superb pianist, but even a better story teller with music. The concert will be held in the Wilton Library's Brubeck Room. Although there is no cost for this program,
reservations are strongly urged to assure that seats will be available. There will be a reception following the concert. See either web site - stayathomeinwilton.org or wiltonlibrary.org
Fairfield: Memorial & Fundraiser Concert for Newtown
When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 7 p.m. (Sold out) and 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Fairfield Theatre Company
Description: Young area musicians will play to honor the community of Newtown in this concert fundraiser.
Darien: Free Class to Introduce You to Hot Yoga
When: 11:15 a.m. Saturday
Where: Venture Yoga & Wellness 10 Center St 2nd Fl, Darien
Description:Always wanted to try HOT vinyasa yoga, but were too scared? Well a new year means a new YOU! Join us & the rest of our community on Saturday January 5th @11:15 for a chance to see what the hype is all abou.... on US! Free class!? What do you have to lose!
Liber-Art at SoBoBo Art Gallery
When: January 5, 2013, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: SoBoBo Gallery, 42 Naugatuck Ave, Milford, CT
Description: Please join us for wine, cheese & something Latino. Featuring the works of five artists from http://www.liber-art.org/ at SoBoBo Art Gallery, Exhibit is open to the public Fri, Sat & Sun 12-6pm • Call (203) 876-9829 for more information