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.
Ridgefield: Crystal Ball Honoring Beth Yanity
Where: The Lounsbury House
When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $150 per person
Description: This fundraiser honors Ridgefield resident, Beth Yanity, for 57 years of public service and benefits the restoration and preservation of the historic RCC Lounsbury House.
Ridgefield: St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt
Where: Ballard Park in Ridgefield
When: Sunday from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: Free to members of the Ridgefield Discovery Center; $7 for non members.
Description: This St. Patrick's Day scavenger hunt will teach kids what 'bodhrans & bones' are, and why the Irish flag has three colors, among other holiday and cultural information. Prizes awarded.
ELSEWHERE IN CONNECTICUT
Bethel: Spring Cycling Series Kicks Off
Where: 7 Francis J Clarke Circle
When: Sunday, March 17, 8 a.m.
Description: The Bethel Spring Series returns to the Francis J Clarke Circle for seven Sundays in March and April 2013, held under the auspices of USA Cycling, the national cycling federation. This Series has become the cornerstone spring event for many racers in the New England area, drawing folks from as far away as Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and occasional guests from Canada and points south like Pennsylvania or Virginia.
Bethany: Bethany Lions Club Charity Auction
Where: 40 Peck Road
When: Friday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend, varied costs for auction items
Description: All funds raised during this live auction will benefit college scholarships for Bethany high school seniors. Auction highlights: Golf foursomes at the Yale Golf Course, The Farms Country Club and several other local courses, a weekend away on Martha’s Vineyard and a number of Greenwich Workshop prints and collectibles.
Where: The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, 182 Whisconier Rd, Brookfield
When: Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 12:30 p.m.
Description: March 16 auditions and callbacks on March 17, both at 12:30 p.m. Please arrive on time as a dance combination will be taught to everyone at the same time to begin auditions. You may be asked to stay after the vocal audition to work with other performers.
Brookfield: Shamrock 5K Run for the Goal
Where: Brookfield High School, 45 Long Meadow Hill Rd, Brookfield
When: Sunday, March 17, 10 a.m.
Description: Brookfield lacrosse is hosting its first annual Shamrock 5k Run for the Goal, benefiting Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson's Research and BHS lacrosse.
Brookfield: Deming String Quartet at Brookfield Library
Where: Brookfield Library, 182 Whisconier Rd, Brookfield
When: Sunday, March 17, 3 p.m.
Description: The Brookfield Library invites you to a free concert with The Deming String Quartet. The one-hour concert will include pieces by Bach, Haydn, Mendelssohn and more. Featured musicians are Larry Deming (violin), Diane Orson (violin), Barbara Wiggin (viola) and Patricia Smith (cello).
Darien: 'The 39 Steps' Play at Darien Arts Center
Where: Darien Arts Center, behind Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Rd.
When: 8 p.m., Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17
Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students
Description: "The 39 Steps is a play that depends on a few very talented actors playing more than 150 different roles including train conductors, Nazi secret agents, lingerie salesmen, doddering politicians, police inspectors, and music hall acts, to name a few."
Easton: A Hard Road to Travel from Connecticut to Gettysburg 1863
Where: Easton Library, 691 Morehouse Road
When: Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m.
Description: The story of four good friends who enlisted in the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Company D, will be told via their letters and historical documents. Together they marched, tented, survived the elements and disease and fought every day on the hard road to Gettysburg where on that fateful day of July 1, 1863, one of them would be killed, two wounded and only one left standing.
Fairfield: Alzheimer's Association Benefit w/ Band Together
Where: Fairfield Theatre Company 70 Sanford St, Fairfield
When: Saturday, March 15, 7-10 p.m.
Description: Jerry Vigorito and Rob Fried lead Band Together through an evening of 90’s music to keep you dancing and singing in support of the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer Association.
Litchfield: Health Care Delivery in CT During the Civil War
Where: 7 South St.
When: Friday, March 15, noon
Description: In an era before antisepsis and antibiotics, the devastating effects of a new weapon of destruction called the Minie Ball resulted in more than 55,000 amputations. The effects of this bullet are demonstrated on wood, pig femur, and muscle with clinical demonstrations. Dr. Ira Spar is a practicing orthopedic and hand surgeon and a member of the Society of Civil War Surgeons.
New Canaan: Summer Theatre Auditions
Where: Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan
When: Sunday, Mar. 17, 10 a.m.
Description: Audition for the summer shows, including South Pacific, Grease, The Little Mermaid, The Cat in the Hat, and Pinkalicious the Musical. Hopefuls should prepare two contrasting 16-bar selections from or in the style of the shows. Bring sheet music in the correct key; accompanist is provided.
New Canaan: Opening Reception 9SOLOS Exhibition
Where: Carriage Barn Arts Center at Waveny Park
When: Sunday, Mar. 17, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Description: “9SOLOS”, nine one-person shows in “mini-galleries” in the Betty Barker Gallery at the Carriage Barn Arts Center featuring the work of members of the New Canaan Society of the Arts.
Newtown: St. Patrick's Day Puppet Show
When: March 14-16, 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Description: Put on your plaid cap and break out the WHITE because The S.H.A.C.K. has a very special black light puppet show and party planned just for you! Wear white so you can glow in the dark but don't forget to wear green too! Children will make a shamrock shaker craft, enjoy Irish Soda Bread, Irish music and a fun glow-in-the-dark puppet show!
Newtown: Irish Cabaret at St. Rose of Lima
When: March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Description: The St. Rose K of C Council 185 will host an Irish Cabaret on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 in the St. Rose Gathering Hall. Doors open at 7:00 and the entertainment will begin at 7:30. Keltic Kick is a very talented and lively group that has been delighting crowds with Irish and rock music for many years. Tickets are $25 (BYO Beverages and snacks). Proceeds will help the Knights perform their charitable works.
Norwalk: Green Eyed Lady at Ash Creek Saloon
Where: Ash Creek Saloon, 2 Wilton Ave.
When: Friday, March 15, at 9:30 p.m.
Description: Rock/dance band Green Eyed Lady will get you moving.
Norwalk: Erin Go Bark for St. Catrick's Day
Where: Paws Pet Animal Welfare Society, 504 Main Ave.
When: March 15, 16, and 17, from noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend, reduced adoption fee of $75 for cats and $160 for dogs for animals one year of age or older
Description: All pets adopted under this special event have been spayed/neutered, examined by a vet, vaccinated & microchipped. Cats have been tested for FiV/FeLV and dogs have been heartworm tested. The first 10 adopters will receive a $10 gift card to O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant.
Orange: Rotary Club Meeting
Where: Racebrook Country Club, 264 Derby Ave.
When: Friday, March 15, at 12:15 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
Description: The Orange Rotary Club meets monthly.
Redding: JBHS Lacrosse Pancake Breakfast and Junior Clinics
Where: Joel Barlow High School, 100 Black Rock Turnpike
When: Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m.
Cost: $7 per person, $25 for a family of four
Description: Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, bacon/sausage, fruit, coffee, tea and orange juice. The indoor clinics are $10 per participant and will be run by the Barlow Lacrosse Varsity coaching staff and players.
Shelton: St. Joseph School Annual Fish Fry
Where: St. Joseph School, 430 Coram Ave.
When: Friday, March 15, at 5 p.m.
Cost: Not listed
Description: The next fish fry is scheduled for March 22.
Shelton: Paranormal Investigator Hosts Book Talk
Where: Public Library: Huntington Branch, 41 Church St.
When: Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m.
Description: Author and paranormal investigator Sydney Sherman will speak about her book, "You Are Not Alone." She will sell and sign books following her talk.
Where: Christian Heritage School, 575 White Plains Road
When: Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m.
Description: Christian Heritage School will present the delightful musical comedy Hello, Dolly! on March 14-16. This enduring musical theater hit follows the lively adventures of America's most beloved matchmaker. Performances are Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. A snazzy, high-stepping classic musical, Hello, Dolly! features a full-scale cast and orchestra and glitters with show-stopping tunes that guarantee you'll walk out singing! Christian Heritage School is located at 575 White Plains Road in Trumbull. For ticket information, call 203-261-6230 or visit www.kingsmen.org.
Weston: Kiwanis Wine Tasting
Where: Norfield Congregational Church, 64 Norfield Road
When: Saturday, March 16, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Description: The wine tasting is an opportunity for Kiwanians and their families, neighbors and friends to taste delicious wines and enjoy hors d'oeuvres by Bon Soiree of Westport in a gracious party setting.
Westport: Staples Players Present 'A Chorus Line'
Where: Staples High School,
70 North Ave, Westport, CT
When: Friday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Description: Staples Players proudly present “A CHORUS LINE” Conceived, Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett, with a Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante, Music by Marvin Hamlisch and Lyrics by Edward Kleban. Performances will take place at the main stage theatre at Staples High School on March 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd at 7:30 p.m., March 17th at 3 p.m. and March 21st at 7 p.m.
West Redding: Farmer's Market at Country Brother's Emporium
Where: 2 Long Ridge Rd.
When: Friday, March 15, 2 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend, price varies for wares
Description: Local produce, meats, homemade pickles, candies, pies, and container arrangements are just a few things that are on display from participating vendors. "Back To The Woods" arbors and rustic furniture is on display. Amish products are available in the Emporium Shop. Gluten-free products are also available.
Wilton: Cat Adoption Event
Where: Wilton Town Hall, 238 Danbury Road
When: Saturday, March 16, 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend, adoption fees apply
Description: See one of the cats available for adoption here: His name is Fred Astaire. Visit the Facebook page to see more pictures of adoptable animals.
Where: Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road
When: Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Description: This intimate, amazing night of music will be performed by more than 20 of Wilton’s most talented student singers, songwriters and musicians from WHS and Middlebrook, who will be performing acoustic sets of R&B, bluegrass, jazz pop and folk tunes. All proceeds benefit the Wilton Education Foundation and Wilton’s public schools.
Woodbridge: BSA Troop 907 Spring Garden/Flower Sale
Where: Firehouse on Center Road
When: Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Varied cost
Description: The Boy Scouts will be selling organic and natural fertilizers, mulch, grass seed, potting soil, lime, spring bulbs and early spring flowers: pansies, violas, alyssum, snapdragons, dianthus, hanging baskets and early vegetables. The sale will take place on March 16, 17, 23 and 24 and April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
Middlebury: Rhythms of Grace Church Service
When: Saturday, March 16, 4 to 5 p.m.
Description: Rhythms of Grace is a church experience for those who do not feel comfortable in a traditional church setting and especially supports children on the autism spectrum, but all children with special needs are invited.
Where: Woodbury Public Library, 269 Main St. South
When: Saturday, March 16, 10:30 a.m.
Description: Kiefer is a special dog with different abilities. Families with children of all ages are welcome to join his owner, Trisha Malfitano, as she reads her book "My Dog Kiefer," a story about why Kiefer is different than other dogs and why his differences make him special.
Woodbury: Flanders Maple Celebration Finale
Where: Flanders Nature Center, 5 Church Hill Rd.
When: Saturday, March 16, noon
Description: Cap off that sweet maple season with the Flanders Nature Center winter celebration. Activities include: pre-colonial maple sugaring with the Institute for American Indian Studies, maple tours, maple candy-making, maple syrup and candy for sale, bluegrass music by Shagbark, crafts for children, a talk about sled dogs from the CT Valley Siberian Husky Club and snowshoeing demonstrations with CT Outdoors.
About this column: From our neighborhood to the towns around us, if you're looking for something to do this weekend we've got you covered.