Taste of the Town Stroll
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Taste of the Town Stroll

Have a Night Out on the Town!
Sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties New Canaan OfficeThe Taste of The Town Stroll is A “food-raiser” for the New Canaan Food Pantry. 

In order to participate you need to donate to the New Canaan Food Pantry in one of three ways:

1) Head to Walter Stewart's Market and purchase a $20 pre-set donation bag that will be delivered directly to the Food Pantry. Present your receipt the night of the Stroll

2) Purchase the Walter Stewart's Market $20 pr- packaged bag the night of the Stroll in front of the Movie Theater on Elm Street. Cash or Check only.

3) Bring a bag of food from your own pantry. Retail value of your donation should be close to $20. Acceptable donations include: canned soup, coffee, tea, tuna, peanut butter, rice, applesauce, pasta, tomato sauce, breakfast cereal, juice boxes. No opened or expired food will be accepted

Once you have donated you will be handed a Map which will highlight 20 different stores and restaurants who will open their doors and share food and drink samples. After visiting at least 12 of the stores on the map you will be entered to win prizes from local businesses! Festive activities and culinary delights will be available at each of the participating venues throughout downtown New Canaan, promising to entertain local residents and guests who come to New Canaan to shop, dine and meet up with friends.

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James Maddock @ CHIRP
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

James Maddock @ CHIRP

A rock & roll lifer, James Maddock has been carving his unique path since the 1980s, when the British-born singer/songwriter kicked off his career with a raw, soulful voice; a storyteller’s sense of narrative; and the ability to blur the lines between folk, classic pop, and rock. Rain Venue: ACT Theatre.         

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PorchFest
Aug
25
1:00 PM13:00

PorchFest

Summer is here and the front porch is calling. Are you ready for Black Rock's 3rd Annual PorchFest?! Don’t miss this incredible day of music, dancing, friends, and neighbors on the last Saturday in August. Get a crew together, lace up your walking shoes, get out your bikes, pack up your coolers and head out to catch a bevy of live music performances on porches throughout the neighborhood all day. 

This is a fun, free, and family-friendly community event celebrating our wonderful neighborhood. It’s a vibe. 

PorchFest porch/performer registration has now closed and we have close to 50 bands and porches signed up! The day's schedule and info about all the performers will be posted here as PorchFest approaches https://www.facebook.com/events/206682400146286/?active_tab=about

Lastly, but most importantly, this is a community event celebrating Black Rock. Let’s all lend a hand to keep up the good work from past years when little to no trash was left behind and everyone showed tremendous love and respect all day throughout the neighborhood.

Help us spread the love on social media! Hashtag your photos for a chance to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

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Light Up The Point @ FTC
Aug
25
4:00 PM16:00

Light Up The Point @ FTC

Light Up The Point is an event to honor Tom Lyddy, who passed of colon cancer on September 4th, 2006. Net proceeds go to the SWIM Across the Sound.

4PM: Auguste and Alden
5:30PM: The C-Sides
7:15PM: The Alpaca Gnomes
9:00PM: The Alternate Routes

Food Trucks: Firehouse Grill & Food Trucks & LobsterCraft
FREE ADMISSION - raffles, silent auctions and cash bar! 

Net proceeds to benefit St. Vincent's Foundation/SWIM Across the Sound.

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Graceland Experience
Aug
26
3:00 PM15:00

Graceland Experience

Bakithi Kumalo & Ryan Tennis - The All-Star "Graceland" Tribute Band

In the summer of 2016, Bakithi Kumalo - the original bass player on Paul Simon's Graceland Album - was scheduled to perform his original music at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. From that booking the concept of a "Graceland 30th Anniversary Tribute" was born. Backed by an all-star band and featuring many of the best singers at the Festival, the tribute was a monster hit. Lead vocalist Ryan Tennis suggested keeping the project alive and assembled an all-star band centered around Kumalo, whose iconic bass lines and bright smile bring authenticity to a show that's passion, energy, and pulsing South African rhythms go far beyond that of a standard "tribute band."
Featuring all of the Grammy-winning hits ("Call Me Al", "Graceland", "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes", etc) and performed by some of Philadelphia's finest musicians (with members of Amos Lee's band and other standouts), The Graceland project is the feel-good, sing-along night of the year.

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Railroad Earth
Aug
26
5:30 PM17:30

Railroad Earth

Railroad Earth is an Americana band with influences spanning several genres of folk music. Their name was borrowed from the Jack Kerouac story "October in the Railroad Earth." The band also has a song by the same name written by Todd Sheaffer. Railroad Earth's music combines elements of bluegrass, rock, jazz, celtic and the group is also known for its extensive live improvisation and lyrical songwriting within an acoustic base.

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Keller Williams
Aug
19
5:30 PM17:30

Keller Williams

Acoustic guitar master! Funk, Jazz, Jam, Rock, and so much more!

Keller Williams is making his long awaited return to Infinity Hall Hartford! In a word….Unique….is how you could describe Keller. Fun lyrics, technical guitar mastery, so many laughs, and a musical journey every time he performs. His ability to improv on the fly and move from song to song is something you won’t want to miss. Expect dancing, laughter, and a fun party 

MIHALI SAVOULIDIS of TWIDDLE in support of KELLER WILLIAMS on August 19th's Summer Music Festival show in Pinkney Park.

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The Commonheart
Aug
12
5:30 PM17:30

The Commonheart

Formed to invoke emotion through tone and energy, The Commonheart is a band configured of up and coming artists from the Pittsburgh area.

The Commonheart are a 9-piece band out of Pittsburgh, PA. Their 2016 debut disc Grown has, appropriately, a picture of a cake on the cover. Once you get a taste of this CD you’ll know why it’s such a treat. It’s got the sweetest sounds this side of Stax Records.

Singer Clinton Clegg’s soulful singing brings to mind the late greats Joe Cocker and Otis Redding. And the musicanship evokes images of Booker T and the MGs as well as Redding’s back-up band, the Bar-Kays. And guitarist Michael Minda is Pittsburgh’s latest guitar hero, ready to unleash a fretboard of fury on the world.

Their live shows are not to be missed, either. With rock, soul, blues, and gospel all in their repertoire, you’re going to want to worship at the alter of The Commonheart.  You’ll be ready to convert when you hear the combination of Minda’s guitar with Abby Gross on sax, trumpeteer Nat Insko, the bass of Anton DeFade, keys by Lucas Bowman and Clegg’s singing synced with back-up singers Mariko Reid and Anne Celedonia.

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Latin Colors
Aug
12
4:00 PM16:00

Latin Colors

 

Come celebrate the release of our 18th issue (Summer 2018) and meet the artists featured on its cover: Cesar Alvarez, Benjamin Casiano, Rafael Pires, Veronica Reyes, Santiago Cabrera, Gilberto J. Natareno, and Linda Riveros. 

Networking from 4-5:30pm. Presentation from 5:30-7pm. Stay for as little or long as you'd like. The event is free and open to the public. 

Many thanks to our host Raymour & Flanagan, a furniture store in Norwalk. Find their address in the event details above. And also to our sponsors: 

C. Cardona Hardwood Floors, DJ Cisco, Restaurate Casa Villa, J. Canepa Construction, Leon Photo and Video, Gil Fitness Gym, Whynot Silvia's Beauty Salon, Studio Arte, La Tertulia De Stamford, and Webster Bank. 

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 SoNo Arts Festival
Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

SoNo Arts Festival

SoNo Arts Festival takes place August 4 & 5, 2018 in South Norwalk, CT on Washington Street, North and South Main Street. Come be inspired by over 100 juried fine artists and crafts people, fun and fancy food, creative cocktails, original music, Children's art activities and of course the Giant Puppet Parade on Sunday afternoon. Exhibitors open until 5, music until 9 on Saturday. 
 

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SoNo Arts Festival
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

SoNo Arts Festival

SoNo Arts Festival takes place August 4 & 5, 2018 in South Norwalk, CT on Washington Street, North and South Main Street. Come be inspired by over 100 juried fine artists and crafts people, fun and fancy food, creative cocktails, original music, Children's art activities and of course the Giant Puppet Parade on Sunday afternoon. Exhibitors open until 5, music until 9 on Saturday. 
 

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 Plant Strong Cooking Classes
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Plant Strong Cooking Classes

KICKSTART YOUR HEALTH: Free Plant Strong Cooking Classes at the Darien Library July 12, 19, 26 & Aug 2

If you're looking for easy ways to cook more with plants or reduce your consumption of meat or dairy, this cooking series is for you!

In each class I'll share a quick video on a nutrition topic. Then we'll jump into a practical cooking demonstration, using techniques that may be new to you.

You'll want to skip dinner before this 7:00 pm class so you can enjoy sampling the plant-centered dishes we'll be making. Each session includes handouts and recipes to try at home.

REGISTRATION
The classes are free, and registration is required. This is a series of 4 related cooking classes, and each session is different. We know summer is unpredictable, so you don't need to commit to all 4 classes.

Sign up for each session individually, at the Library website links below:

Week 1, July 12: The Power of Your Plate of Veggies, Fruit, Whole Grains and Legumes
https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2480

Week 2, July 19: Getting Into Gear
https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2481 

Week 3, July 26: Breaking the Food Seduction of Sugar, Fat, Salt
https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2482

Week 4, August 2: Keys to Natural Appetite Control 

https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2483

About the Presenter

Mimi Griffith is a Food for Life cooking instructor certified by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Learn more about Mimi at PlantStrongCT.org.

PS: If you have any questions about the content, please call 203-981-5768 or email mimigriffith@gmail.com.

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Midnight North and Goose @ Bayley Beach
Jul
29
5:30 PM17:30

Midnight North and Goose @ Bayley Beach

In June of 2017 Midnight North released their third studio album: Under the Lights. On this full length record, Midnight North left it all on the court. Recorded by David Simon-Baker (Los Lobos, ALO, Jackie Greene, Mother Hips) at the Greene Room and Allegiant Studios, Under the Lights features their 11 best new tunes. Expect flares of country on tracks like “The Highway Song” and “Greene County”, tinges of soul on the likes of “Back To California”, but mostly good solid rock and roll. With strong melodies and stronger harmonies, for this band it comes down to one thing: the song.

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 Plant Strong Cooking Classes
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Plant Strong Cooking Classes

KICKSTART YOUR HEALTH: Free Plant Strong Cooking Classes at the Darien Library July 12, 19, 26 & Aug 2

If you're looking for easy ways to cook more with plants or reduce your consumption of meat or dairy, this cooking series is for you!

In each class I'll share a quick video on a nutrition topic. Then we'll jump into a practical cooking demonstration, using techniques that may be new to you.

You'll want to skip dinner before this 7:00 pm class so you can enjoy sampling the plant-centered dishes we'll be making. Each session includes handouts and recipes to try at home.

REGISTRATION
The classes are free, and registration is required. This is a series of 4 related cooking classes, and each session is different. We know summer is unpredictable, so you don't need to commit to all 4 classes.

Sign up for each session individually, at the Library website links below:

Week 1, July 12: The Power of Your Plate of Veggies, Fruit, Whole Grains and Legumes
https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2480

Week 2, July 19: Getting Into Gear
https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2481 

Week 3, July 26: Breaking the Food Seduction of Sugar, Fat, Salt
https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2482

Week 4, August 2: Keys to Natural Appetite Control 

https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2483

About the Presenter

Mimi Griffith is a Food for Life cooking instructor certified by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Learn more about Mimi at PlantStrongCT.org.

PS: If you have any questions about the content, please call 203-981-5768 or email mimigriffith@gmail.com.

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Chris Brubeck Triple Play
Jul
22
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Brubeck Triple Play

Led by multi-instrumentalist Chris Brubeck from one of the great American musical families, this engaging trio features super-versatile guitarist and vocalist Joel Brown, and Peter Madcat Ruth, one of the world’s greatest harmonica players. They have rocked audiences from the Kennedy Center to the Monterey Jazz Festival, bringing a rare level of joy, virtuosity and American spirit to the blues, jazz, folk and acoustic funk music they perform. "Triple Play was rollicking good fun - led by bassist, trombonist and pianist Chris Brubeck, the trio stole the show with its flair and virtuosity.” - Mark Swed, L.A. Times “It all fits together because of the talent and taste of the musicians, who groove no matter what they're doing—and it's tremendous fun, to boot”. -All About Jazz

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The Samples @ Bayley Beach
Jul
22
5:30 PM17:30

The Samples @ Bayley Beach

25 years after starting his full-fledged music career with The Samples, Sean Kelly continues to delight fans with music that transcends genres, age and shatters the rules of the established music industry. Throughout his career, Sean has been the driving influence of 20 albums and over 1 million records sold.

Sean started playing guitar at age 16 listening to Neil Young, Rolling Stones and Jackson Browne. Those influences mixed with his own poignant and timeless lyrics, a unique and striking voice and a mind for melodies led to songs like Little Silver Ring, Feel Us Shaking and Wild River. For many fans, these aren’t new songs or old songs, but anthems to their lives that represent the first time they met their wife or the joys of their times at college.

The Samples are more than a band – they represent a culture of fans and music that go beyond who happens to be playing in the band at any given time. There have been many members of The Samples, but Sean Kelly has been the consistent factor throughout all of the changes.

Sean’s journeys across America have taken place in rental cars, tour buses and pickup trucks that would have literally taken him to the moon and back over the last quarter of a century. There is a lot of music in store in 2013 and beyond from Sean Kelly and The Samples.

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Compassionfest
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Compassionfest

The mission of the 4th Annual Compassionfest is to unite like-minded people that believe in the values of being just, kindness, equality and compassion. We'll gather for delicious vegan food and cruelty-free product providers, local artisans, inspiring performers, speakers, musical acts & healing workshops for all ages. This is an ALL welcoming indoor/outdoor event.
FREE admission. No Rain-date
Some proceeds will go to our chosen Compassionate Cause
VINE Sanctuary
Go to www.Compassionfest.net
Contact Email: ct.compassionfest@gmail.com
* Applications are now closed! 

A Very Big Thank You to our Sponsors:
In Defense of Animals
The Sweet Beet, LLC
1st Unitarian Universalist Society of New Haven
G-ZEN/ Gmonkey Mobile
Jennifer Lee's Bakery
Cygnus RADIO

- Animal-Friendly Food
The Sweet Beet, LLC
Gmonkey Mobile
Celebrated
HippieCakes-
Titi's Tasty Treats LLC
Pure Alchemy
Like No Udder, LLC
Herbal Deva, LLC
Still Delicious
Bunny Treats
Three Girls Vegan Creamery
Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes
Yeah Dawg
Vegan Love
Ninth Square Caribbean Style
Jennifer Lee's Bakery
Royal Vegan

- Compassionfest Vendors
OM Pajamas -
The Vegan Potter: Pots for Everyday Foodies
Whispering Tulips
Groovy Cat
Darlene Doughty Designs
Our Secret Treehouse -
Black Orchid Skincare
Xavier Xoul Kemp
Compassion Co.
Imagine Wellness
Untamed Hearts
Hipponotic Candle
Vegasm Orgazine
Grape Cat Clothing & Accessories
Creatively Yours
Lisa's Soap Naked & Natural, LLC
Re Solved
JoHa Designs
Happy Hippie Heads
Conjurers of Elm
Plant Based Power Coach
Katie's Goddess Line
The Spinning Head Studio
Teeminder
Wild Thyme
Body Art and Soul Tattoos New Haven
Fallenpeach Lane
Arbonne
Pink Tomato
HTRAE
Happy Pits Natural Deodorant
Sleeping Giant Hemp Company, LLC
Clem Can Cook
Naturally Custom
Bring the Hoopla
Moon Phaze Creations
Art Sensations

- Compassionate Cause Vendors
CT Votes for Animals
The Riley Farm Rescue
Sea Shepherd New England
INU/ The Rooted Student Project
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
Intact Vegan Network
Beth Potter Vegan Tattoo Flash
VINE Sanctuary
WMARA
Compassion Over Killing
Friends of Animals

- Music
Zoo Front

- Morning Yoga Class
(Main Stage)
10am - 11am
w/The Laughing Yogi

- Workshop (Study Lounge Room)
Peter DiGennaro - 11:00am - 12:00pm

- Inspiring Speakers (Main Stage)
Dr. Joanne Kong - 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Maya Gottfried - 1:15pm- 2:00pm
Hanifa Washington - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Lawrence - 3pm - 4pm

- Workshop (Study Lounge Room)
Mark Mathew Braunstein - 4pm - 5pm
Microgreen Garden Workshop
Admission Price: $10

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 Plant Strong Cooking Classes
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Plant Strong Cooking Classes

KICKSTART YOUR HEALTH: Free Plant Strong Cooking Classes at the Darien Library July 12, 19, 26 & Aug 2

If you're looking for easy ways to cook more with plants or reduce your consumption of meat or dairy, this cooking series is for you!

In each class I'll share a quick video on a nutrition topic. Then we'll jump into a practical cooking demonstration, using techniques that may be new to you.

You'll want to skip dinner before this 7:00 pm class so you can enjoy sampling the plant-centered dishes we'll be making. Each session includes handouts and recipes to try at home.

REGISTRATION
The classes are free, and registration is required. This is a series of 4 related cooking classes, and each session is different. We know summer is unpredictable, so you don't need to commit to all 4 classes.

Sign up for each session individually, at the Library website links below:

Week 1, July 12: The Power of Your Plate of Veggies, Fruit, Whole Grains and Legumes
https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2480

Week 2, July 19: Getting Into Gear
https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2481 

Week 3, July 26: Breaking the Food Seduction of Sugar, Fat, Salt
https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2482

Week 4, August 2: Keys to Natural Appetite Control 

https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2483

About the Presenter

Mimi Griffith is a Food for Life cooking instructor certified by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Learn more about Mimi at PlantStrongCT.org.

PS: If you have any questions about the content, please call 203-981-5768 or email mimigriffith@gmail.com.

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   Her Window to the World: Closing Party
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Her Window to the World: Closing Party

Elisa Contemporary Art, Peter Roland Home and The Vanderblue Team are pleased to be collaborating to create a vibrant International art exhibit in a newly restored 1900 farm house on Greenfield Hill.

  “Her Window to the World: East and West Coast
Artists” features 10 female artists ranging from emerging through late-career from Connecticut, Vermont, Montreal, California and Hawaii

Featured artists include: Carol Bennett (HI), Nina Bentley (CT),
Kimber Berry (CA), Stephanie Cate (CA), Marie Danielle Leblanc (CAN), Cynthia MacCollum (CT), Nancy McTague-Stock (CT), Allyson Monson (CT), Dale Najarian (CT), Rose Umerlik (VT) The exhibit highlights landscapes, waterscapes and cityscapes inspired by the surrounding areas of our featured artists.

Opening Reception, Friday June 15 from 5:30pm to 8pm

* First Weekend: Saturday, June 16 and Sunday June 17 3-5pm

Closing Party: Thursday, July 19 from 6pm to 8pm

Additional viewings by appointment

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Process, Ideas and Inspiration: Artist's Talk
Jul
19
2:00 PM14:00

Process, Ideas and Inspiration: Artist's Talk

Artist Lecture Series

Process, Ideas and Inspiration
A discussion with

Will Wilson

About the Artist

Born 1957 in Baltimore Maryland, Will Wilson was introduced to painting by his father Bill Wilson, who painted in oils and watercolor. Wilson attended The Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore and graduated from their program in 1979. That same year Wilson met John Pence of The John Pence Gallery in San Francisco and staged his first one-person show in 1981. Their relationship would continue for 38 years until John Pence’s retirement in 2017. Wilson also studied at The New York Academy of Art in its inaugural year, 1989.

Wilson’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world and is in many prominent public and private art collections, including The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery and National Postal Museum, The Seven Bridges Foundation, The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Michael Jackson, Sony, and Time Inc. to name a few. For more information visit willwilsonart.com

Will Wilson and his wife Kyra now live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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Ripe @ Bayley Beach
Jul
15
5:30 PM17:30

Ripe @ Bayley Beach

Ripe is seven musical soulmates who refuse to believe in a single definition of dance music. They are an unstoppable groove, an extended moment of ecstatic release, the catalyst for taking “just another night” and elevating it into something else entirely. They are the swagger of funk filtered through a rock anthem, a musical journey that somehow gets as stuck in your head as your favorite pop banger. They are the anchors of a rapidly growing community, a series of new friends becoming good friends becoming part of the extended family as their sound spreads and their world deepens. They are here to look at joy with the same depth as most people look at sadness, to find a happiness that is heavier and more meaningful than simply a distraction from the negative. Born all over, formed in Boston, Ripe is ready to bring the whole world to its feet

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  Westport Fine Arts Show
Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

Westport Fine Arts Show

Our nationally recognized, juried festival features a premier roster of  170 national and international fine artists exhibiting in a variety of categories - including painting, photography, sculpture, fiber, printmaking, mixed media, glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood, graphics and print making. All artwork is available for purchase in a wide variety of price ranges, subject matter and style - sure to inspire everyone. 
 
After  the success of 2017 the festival is once again back to its historic home on Main Street.  The festival is a mid-summer highlight for collectors and residents from New England and beyond.  Westport's 2018 Fine Arts Festival is expanding in new areas and will include exhibits on Church Lane, more on Elm Street and Main Street. 
 
In addition to the visual arts, the festival will feature artist demonstrations and an exciting new Kids Create area featuring interactive activities for all ages.   Patrons will enjoy an expanded array of outdoor dining options for sophisticated tastes to kid friendly food.  http://www.westportdma.com/fine-arts-festival/

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 Vegan Potluck
Jul
14
6:00 PM18:00

Vegan Potluck

Share, Eat, & Connect! Please join us for our monthly Compassionfest Vegan Potluck Meeting. This is a great way to gather with community for sharing ideas and future events. Bring a vegan dish or just bring yourself. Hope you will join us. FREE & open to public. This event is intended for Compassionfest organizers & supporters. Donations welcomed for the outside Blessing Box. (This is a inclusive group we will not tolerate discrimination of any kind against gender, size, skin color, sexual orientation, different abilities, religious beliefs, class, age, or species.)

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Money World. Social Consequences of Greed: Opening Reception
Jul
14
6:00 PM18:00

Money World. Social Consequences of Greed: Opening Reception

On July 14, 2018 conceptual collection Dollar Art will be first time presented as one exhibition "Money World. Social Consequences of Greed" complimented by three mekasso's signature "Avarice Series" sculptures in X.po.zur Gallery, Westport, CT.

Work on Dollar art series started in 2011 when, strongly influenced by political corrupted situation in Ukraine, I created piece “I Don't Care” that became a prediction of Ukrainian revolution happened in 2014. 
Corruption, political manipulations, greediness, financial protection, success, gender inequality, financial abuse - these and many more social issues are highlighted in Dollar art series.

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“Some of my art ideas were born during the observations of people’s actions, their social behavior, sometimes - its my reaction on some political or social issues. I see what is underneath certain objects or what’s inside of them. And it appears to me as a money look surface. Money as a symbol of power, possibilities, weakness, greediness, hate, limitation, abuse, control, success, happiness…” ©Oksana Tanasiv 2018

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Westport Fine Arts Show
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Westport Fine Arts Show

Our nationally recognized, juried festival features a premier roster of  170 national and international fine artists exhibiting in a variety of categories - including painting, photography, sculpture, fiber, printmaking, mixed media, glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood, graphics and print making. All artwork is available for purchase in a wide variety of price ranges, subject matter and style - sure to inspire everyone. 
 
After  the success of 2017 the festival is once again back to its historic home on Main Street.  The festival is a mid-summer highlight for collectors and residents from New England and beyond.  Westport's 2018 Fine Arts Festival is expanding in new areas and will include exhibits on Church Lane, more on Elm Street and Main Street. 
 
In addition to the visual arts, the festival will feature artist demonstrations and an exciting new Kids Create area featuring interactive activities for all ages.   Patrons will enjoy an expanded array of outdoor dining options for sophisticated tastes to kid friendly food.  http://www.westportdma.com/fine-arts-festival/

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Plant Strong Cooking Classes
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Plant Strong Cooking Classes

KICKSTART YOUR HEALTH: Free Plant Strong Cooking Classes at the Darien Library July 12, 19, 26 & Aug 2

If you're looking for easy ways to cook more with plants or reduce your consumption of meat or dairy, this cooking series is for you!

In each class I'll share a quick video on a nutrition topic. Then we'll jump into a practical cooking demonstration, using techniques that may be new to you.

You'll want to skip dinner before this 7:00 pm class so you can enjoy sampling the plant-centered dishes we'll be making. Each session includes handouts and recipes to try at home.

REGISTRATION
The classes are free, and registration is required. This is a series of 4 related cooking classes, and each session is different. We know summer is unpredictable, so you don't need to commit to all 4 classes.

Sign up for each session individually, at the Library website links below:

Week 1, July 12: The Power of Your Plate of Veggies, Fruit, Whole Grains and Legumes
https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2480

Week 2, July 19: Getting Into Gear
https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2481 

Week 3, July 26: Breaking the Food Seduction of Sugar, Fat, Salt
https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2482

Week 4, August 2: Keys to Natural Appetite Control 

https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2483

About the Presenter

Mimi Griffith is a Food for Life cooking instructor certified by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Learn more about Mimi at PlantStrongCT.org.

PS: If you have any questions about the content, please call 203-981-5768 or email mimigriffith@gmail.com.

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Rock Stars and VIPs: Opening Reception
Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

Rock Stars and VIPs: Opening Reception

Art Opening Reception: 
"Rock Stars and VIPs" The Photography of Fred Watkins

Greenwich born and raised world renown photographer Fred Watkins who has photographed Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. South African President Nelson Mandela, Bob Dylan and Muhammad Ali as well as Movie, TV and Music artists. These are just some of the many encounters he has experienced during his long storied career.

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