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Saturdays (through mid-Dec): 38th Season Woodbury’s Famous Antiques & Flea Market, 787 Main St South (Rte 6, near Rte 64), Woodbury, 7 am-1 pm, 150± vendors each week; 203-263-2841.

Sundays (through Dec 11): Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market, Rte 7, New Milford, 7 am-2:30 pm (early buying 5:45 am, $20), adm $1; 508-896-1975.

June 4: 43rd Annual Ridgefield Outdoor Antiques Market, The Lounsbury House/Ridgefield Community Center, 316 Main St/Rte 35, Ridgefield, 8 am-4 pm rain or shine, adm $7 adults (no early buyers), free ages 12 & under, 75+ dealers participating, indoor restrooms, refreshments, proceeds will benefit The Lounsbury House; 203-438-6962.

June 4: 2nd Annual Goshen Antiques & Collectibles Show, Goshen Fairgrounds, Rte 63, Goshen, call for hours (early buying 8 am), adm $1, 100 exhibitors w/ indoor & outdoor displays, appraisals $5, refreshments, presented by & fundraiser for The Civitan Club of Torrington; 860-482-3005.

June 5: 38th Spring Antiques Show, Helen Keller Middle School, Rte 59, Easton, 10 am-4 pm (early buying 9 am, $10), adm $5, sponsored by Easton Lions Club; 203-874-7738.

June 11-12: Farmington Antiques Weekend, Farmington Polo Grounds, Town Farm Rd, Farmington, Sat 8 am-5 pm, Sun 120 am-5 pm, adm $10 Sat (good for both days), $7 Sun, free parking available inside polo grounds, 600± dealers from US & Europe exhibiting outdoors under tents, refreshments; 317-431-7154, show phone 860-677-7862.

Art Exhibits, Museums Historic Places__ _____

Bethel Arts Junction, 5 Depot Place, Bethel. Hours: Wed 7:30 pm (opens for weekly poetry program), Thurs & Sun 1-4 pm, Fri-Sat 1-8 pm. Call 798-2193 or 740-7351.

Through June 19: “Richard Budman 2005: WOW!” surrealistic images painted on canvas, glass & metal by the Sandy Hook-based artist.

Booth Library, 25 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 am-8 pm, Fri 12-5 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm. Call 426-4533.

In Olga Knoepke Meeting Room (lower meeting room) — *(new show) Through June 30: “Tercentennial Folk Art Flag Show,” townwide celebration of Newtown’s 300th anniversary continues w/ folk art paintings & drawings of traditional & contemporary flags, coordinated by Business & Professional Women of Newtown; June 5, opening celebration, 2 pm.

Brookfield Historical Society, Rtes 133 & 25, Brookfield Center. Hours: Sat 12-4 pm, also by appt & by chance (when museum flag is displayed). Call 740-8140.

Through Aug 31: “The Ironworks District,” artifacts, photos, hat-making tools & memorabilia highlighting the historic significance of town’s former industrial production center, which ran along Still River.

Bruce Museum of Arts & Sciences, One Museum Dr, Greenwich. Hours: Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm. Call 203-869-0376.

Through June 19: “Danish Paintings of the 19th Century from the Collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr,” 35 Danish paintings from collection acclaimed as the most extensive collection of such paintings outside Denmark, started during Loeb’s 1981-83 tenure as Ambassador to Kingdom of Denmark, works incl interiors, land & cityscapes, portraits, still lifes, florals & genre paintings.

Burnham Library, Rte 133, Bridgewater. Hours: Tues 1-5 pm, Wed 9 am-6 pm, Thurs 9 am-5 pm, Sat 9 am-1 pm. Call 860-354-6937.

Through June 30: “Architectural Portraits and Scenes,” works by Frank Tosto.

City Lights Gallery, 37 Markle Court, Bridgeport. Hours: Tues 12-5 pm, Wed-Fri 11 am-6 pm, Sat 11 am-2 pm & by appt. Call 203-334-7748.

Through July 8: “Blue,” paintings spanning from 7 ft tall to less than 9” total by Lori Lohstoeter, secco frescoes by Denise Minnerly & paintings by Brechin Morgan that recall his 4½ -year sail around the world.

Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth St, Hartford. Hours: Tues-Sun 12-5 pm. Call 860-236-5621.

Through June 5: “Are We Clean Yet? A Light-Hearted Look at The Pursuit of Cleanliness Over Two Centuries,” exploration of CT’s contribution to the American pursuit of cleanliness through artifacts incl early 20th C washing machines, floor sweepers & bathroom “ingenuities” next to their modern counterparts, also family interactives & vintage videos.

Ongoing: “Amistad: A True Story of Freedom,” re-created environments & special sound & lighting effects offer recounting of the revolt by slaves on African ship Amistad, their arrival in New London, the legal trials to determine their freedom, their life in CT & the citizens who helped them return to Africa, also historic artifacts & interactive devices.

Ongoing: “Tours & Detours Through Early Connecticut,” exploration of Colonial-era life in CT through hands-on activities incl kid-friendly activities, detailed info cards, costume try-on area, sound & light show, & unique artifacts the describe diverse stories & endeavors of Native American, European & African-American people who shaped state into place we know today.

Ongoing: “Join The Circus” (**note: open weekends only), children & adults invited to dress as magicians, elephants, clowns & other circus animals & performers, then create, direct & star in your own center ring performance, also photos from CHS collections help explore history of the circus in CT.

Fenn Gallery of Contemporary Art, 345 Main Street/Rte 6, Woodbury. Hours: Thurs-Sun 11 am-5 pm. Call 203-263-2821.

Through June 19: “Portfolios in Progress,” black & white photography by Patricia Lambert featuring work from her “Tools,” “Trees” & “Plants” portfolios; June 4, Artist Talk, 1 pm.

Fine Line Art Gallery, 586 Main St South/Rte 6, Woodbury. Hours: Thurs-Sun 11 am-5 pm. Call 203-266-0110.

*(new show) June 3-30: “Plein Aire Painting,” works by 15 local artists who excel in original plein aire painting (works done on-site, at exterior settings), also pottery, jewelry, antique prints, handmade paper & photography by gallery artists; June 4, opening reception, 11 am-4 pm, creation of new plein aire works by gallery artists, also papermaking & pottery demos.

Good News Café, 684 Main St/Rte 6, Woodbury. Hours: Mon, Wed-Sat 11:30 am-10 pm, Sun 12-10 pm. Call 203-266-4663.

Through June 13: “Brain Waves,” recent paintings – “spontaneous, often whimsical commentaries in acrylic about himself, society & the world around him – by the Roxbury-based artist Michael Rivera.

Kent Art Association, 21 South Main St/Rte 7, Kent. Hours: Thurs-Sun 1-5 pm. Call 860-927-3989.

Through June 5: “2005 KAA Spring Art Show & Sale,” oils, watercolors, pastels, graphics & sculpture by prize-winning local artists & those from adjacent states.

Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St, Waterbury. Hours: Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm. Call 203-753-0381.

*(new show) June 10-Sept 18: “Flood!” thorough study of natural disaster that hit Waterbury on Aug 19, 1955, through photos, film footage, maps of Naugatuck & Housatonic Rivers & oral histories, will also place flood in context w/ previous floods in area, examines flood control dams built by US Army Corps of Engineers, & explores relationship between date of flood & visit by film star Rosalind Russell to the area.

Miller Studio & Gallery, 495 Main St/Rte 6, Woodbury. Hours: Tues-Sat 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Mon-Tues by chance or appt. Call 203-263-3939.

Through July 18: “Dog Day,” annual spring-summer fundraiser exhibition this year offers most recent paintings (landscapes & still lifes) by gallery artists Helene Brier, Joy Bristol, Ella Crampton-Knox, David Dunlop, Sue Falato, Robert Kozora, Katrina Schmidt-Rinke & Mary Whyte, percentage of proceeds from all art sales will be donated to Animals for Life.

Minor Memorial Library, 23 South St, Roxbury. Hours: Sat 10 am-2 pm, Mon & Wed 10 am-7 pm, Thurs-Fri 10 am-5 pm. Call 860-350-2181.

Through June 29: “Places I Would Like My Wife and Daughter to See,” recent oils & photos by Matt Wood.

New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St, New Britain. Hours: Tues, Thurs-Fri & Sun 12-5 pm, Wed 12-7 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm. Call 860-229-0257.

Through June 12: “American Folk Art: Traditional and Spontaneous,” folk art objects created in Northeast tradition incl paintings, furniture, pottery, quilts, sailor’s valentines, hooked rugs, painted wooden objects, baskets, scrimshaw, gameboards, dolls, tins & theorems.

River Glen Fine Arts Gallery (formerly Grey Horse Gallery), 3 Washington Ave/Rte 34, Sandy Hook. Hours: Tues 12-4 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am-4 pm. Call 270-1199.

Paintings by Rainie Crawford, Frank Federico, Leslie Lillien Levy, Dick McEvoy, Alain J. Picard & Peter Seltzer, sculpture by Sterett-Gittings Kelsey.

Sherman Library, 1 Sherman Center, Sherman. Hours: Tues-Fri 11 am-6 pm, Sat 10 am-4 pm. Call 860-354-2455.

*(new show) Through June 30: watercolors by Tony Zatzick reflecting travels to France, Guatemala & New Orleans while celebrating one artist’s perspective of an undervalued subject, the geometric landscape of an airport runway.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St, Hartford. Hours: Wed-Fri 11 am-5 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am-5 pm. Hours. Call 860-278-2670.

*(new show) June 4-Sept 4: “In Monet’s Light: Theodore Robinson at Giverny,” 60+ works by Robinson & 7 works by Monet explore how the American painter Robinson developed his own Impressionist style under the influence of the modern French master Monet.

*(new show) June 11-May 21, 2006: “Following The North Star: From Civil War to Civil Rights,” exhibition from The Amistad Foundation recalls lesser-known African-American events & personalities as well as those often celebrated & commemorated, as documented & interpreted in paintings, sculpture, photos, posters & contemporary published accounts from foundation’s collection.

*(new show) June 11-May 21, 2006: “Reflecting and Reconnecting: The African-American Connection,” reinstallation of works celebrating African-Americans by Romare Bearden, Howardena Pindell, et al, in newly repaired, renamed & reinstalled Bank of America Gallery.

Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Rd, Bethel. Call 796-7373.

In The Vestibule Gallery — Through spring: paintings and photos by A.J. Picard.

In Fellowship Mall — Through spring: creative cross collages by regional artists & church members.

In The Hallway Gallery — Through spring: limited edition prints by church members.

White Silo Farm & Winery, 32 Rte 37 East, Sherman. Hours: Fri-Sun 11 am-5 pm & by appt. Call 860-355-0271.

*(new show) June 3-19: “2005 Candlewood League of Artists Juried Art Show,” works by CLA members in oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, graphics & mixed media.

Woodbury Public Library, 269 Main St South/Rte 6, Woodbury. Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Tues & Thurs 10 am-9 pm, Sun 1-5 pm. Call 203-263-3502.

*(new show) June 13-29: “Third Annual Flanders Artists’ Day Exhibition,” works by regional artists in paint, sculpture, illustration & photography based on day spent at Flanders last month (collection debuts at Flanders Sugar House June 11-12, 10 am-4 pm, public welcome; also reception on June 12, 2-4 pm, for artists & public).

Auditions, Juried Events  _____

Harmony Grange #92 Tag Sale, Harmony Grange #92, Rte 110 at 111, Monroe. Call 268-3480.

June 11: Spaces available indoors & outdoors for tag sale, event to run 9 am-3 pm, spaces $20 each, contact Gail Mas at phone # above for details or reservation.

International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven. Call 203-498-3750 or visit www.ArtIdea.org.

June 10: Volunteers sought for 10th annual festival, to be held across New Haven June 10-25, help is needed for Festival Outreach, info booth, children’s activities, surveying, ushering & work at Festival Headquarters, call or visit website for full details.

Seven Angels Theatre Stage II Community Theatre, Hamilton Park, Plank Rd, Waterbury. Call 203-757-7376 x15.

June 14: Adult auditions for Gypsy, 7-9 pm, most roles open (Herbie has already been cast), be prepared to sing & bring sheet music in your key, songs from score are helpful, accompanist will be provided, production will run Sept 8-18, director is Tom Chute & musical director is Richard DeRosa.

June 16: Children’s auditions for Gypsy, **by appt only, appts filled on first-come first-served basis, all children’s roles require dance background, contact casting director Renee Purdy at # above for appt & details.

Watertown Art League, at Post Univ Traurig Library, 800 Country Club Rd, Waterbury. Call 203-574-3954 or 203-879-0636.

June 13: Receiving for WAL’s 19th Annual Spring Art Show, 2-7 pm, non-refundable entry fee is $20, judging will take place immediately, open to all area artists working in any media, send SASE #10 envelope to Mally DeSomma, 37 Rutland St, Waterbury 06708, or contact Ms DeSomma at first phone # above, or WAL president Bonny Current at second phone #; show will run June 17-24, awards ceremony on June 18.

Concerts, Musical Events ____

June 3: Leyte Dance Theater at WCSU’s Ives Concert Hall, 181 White St, Danbury, 7 pm, adm $10, performance by a premier Philippine dance company is sponsored by Philippine Cultural Group of Greater Danbury; 775-9220, 775-0820.

June 4: NUMC Coffee House, 7:45–10:30 pm, Newtown United Methodist Church’s Rauner Hall, 92 Church Hill Road, adm $3 for those attending earlier pasta dinner (see separate Misc listing), $4 otherwise, live bluegrass & folk music, refreshments, suitable for all ages; 426-0617.

June 5: Annual Drum Corps Competition, Quassy Amusement Park, Rte 64, Middlebury, opening ceremonies & parade 1 pm, ongoing competition performances by regional drum & bugle and fife & drum corps; 203-758-2913, 800-367-7275 (800-FOR PARK).

June 5: “Fanfare Consort: Germanic Presence in Ye Olde England,” St Joseph Church, 8 Robinson Ave, Danbury 3 pm, tickets $20 adults, $10 seniors & Students, $30 families, performance by ensemble that performs literature composed prior to 19th Century on historically accurate instruments will incl works by Gottfried Finger, Georg Friedrich Handel & Gottfried Keller, German-born composers who settled in England, performance will also be performed June 4 in Trumbull (see separate listing abvoe); 733-9733.

Gate House Coffee House, Rte 172, Southbury. Call 586-2144 (Southbury Training School).

Summer Concert Series, Tues 6:30 pm (under pavilion if rain), free adm: June 14, Scarlett Lee Moore & The Doug Wahlberg Band, performance by international , blues entertainer & recording artist who balances diverse & eclectic repertoire from traditional & contemporary blues to country, folk, r&b, funk & jazz, backed by 4-pc band, will open 2005 concert series.

Ives Concert Hall at WCSU, White Hall, Fifth Ave & White St, Danbury. Call 837-8350.

June 3, Leyte Dance Theater, 7 pm, adm $10, performance by a premier Philippine dance company is sponsored by Philippine Cultural Group of Greater Danbury (call 775-9220, 775-0820 for tickets, details).

Films _________________

Bethel Cinema, 269 Greenwood Ave, Bethel. Call 778-2100.

June 3-9: Cinderella Man (PG-13), daily 6:40 & 9:25 pm, mat Fri 3:55 pm, Sat-Sun, Wed 1:10 & 3:55 pm; Crash (R), daily 7:30 & 9:45 pm, mat Fri 5:20 pm, Sat-Sun, Wed 1, 3:10 & 5:20 pm; Ladies In Lavender (PG), daily 7:20 & 9:35 pm, mat Sat-Sun, Wed 12:50, 3 & 5:10 pm; Mad Hot Ballroom (PG), daily 6:55 & 9:15 pm, mat Fri 4:10 pm, Sat-Sun, Wed 1:40 & 4:10 pm.

Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 426-2475.

June 6-12: Hitch (PG-13), Mon-Fri, Sun 7 & 9 pm, mat Tues-Wed, Fri 1 pm, Sun (June 12) 4 pm.

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St, Norwalk. Call 203-852-0700.

Through June 16: Mysteries of the Nile, Mon-Fri 11 am, 1, 2:05 & 3:10 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am, 1, 2:05 & 3:10 & 4:15 pm; Roar: Lions of the Kalahari, daily noon.

Through June 16: double feature Mysteries of the Nile & The Discoverers, Fri-Sun 7 pm.Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies & The Performing Arts, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. Call 203-438-5795.

Director’s Cut Film Festival: Barry Levinson, screenings 7:30 pm, tickets $15 adults, $10 seniors, $7.50 students (VIP Pass $90 incl adm to all 3 films, also access to reception w/ Mr Levinson at private home in Ridgefield on Fri), series discount also available, each screening to be followed by Q&A: June 17, Wag The Dog, Q&A w/ Mr Levinson; June 18, Liberty Heights, Q&A to be hosted by Morton Dean, Ira Joe Fisher & actor Giancarlo Esposito; June 19, Bugsy.

For Kids & Families _________

June 4: Teddy Bear Festival, on the green, New Milford, 9 am-4 pm, teddy bear parade, teddy bear picnic, teddy bear artists, music, food, more; 860-355-8795.

June 20-24: “Animating Art!” At Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St (at corner High St), New Haven, daily 10 am-3 pm, free program for ages 9-12 (registration due by June 15) will receive instruction in storyboarding, flipbooks & sequencing by members of Davemation Animation, program inspired by current Whistler exhibition at museum, program also offered June 21;

C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 426-4533 (children’s dept 426-3851).

Children’s programs, free unless specified: June 4, Father’s Day Craft Workshop, 1 pm, $3 materials fee (due at registration), children ages 6 & up invited to create project for Dad during one-hour program w/ Marie Walker.

Young Adult programs, free unless specified: June 6, Summer Reading Volunteer training session, 4:30 pm, 30-min training session for students in grades 6 & up who wish to volunteer for summer program; June 8, YA Book Discussion, 4 pm, readers in grades 5-8 invited to one-hour discussion concerning Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport. Call 203-394-6565.

Programs incl w/ zoo adm ($8 adults, $6 ages 3-11 & seniors, free ages 3 & under, group rates available): June 5, Wildflower Safari, 12-3 pm, ongoing crafts & other flower-related activities, learn about creating a backyard habitat for butterflies & songbirds, also special story time for children w/ botanical themes (call for start time); June 8, World Ocean Day, 12-3 pm, ongoing stories, crafts & presentations featuring this theme.

Miscellaneous ___________

June 3: Newtown Singles Meet & Mingle event, Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown, 7-9 pm, open to area adults; 261-4210.

June 3: “Diets Don’t Work,” Gunn Memorial Library & Museum, 5 Wykeham Rd (at Rte 47), Washington Green, 10:30 am, free presentation by health & wellness coach Jane Chrystal, PhD, will explore the limitations of dieting as an approach to weight loss; 860-868-7586.

June 3: CT ConTacts Singles Patio Party, at Coonial Tavern, 24 Hawley La (off Rte 67), Oxford, 8 pm-1 am, adm $15 incl special grilled picnic buffet, also ice cream buffet at midnight, dancing to DJ selections (Top 40, soft rock, requests), jeans OK for this relaxed setting; 203-468-1144.

June 3-4: Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt Guild Show, Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane, Newtown, Fri 6:30-8:30 pm, Sat 9 am-5 pm, $60 (incl Sat adm), 2-day event will open w/ lecture by Mary Ellen Hopkins on Fri, then ongoing demos by Ms Hopkins on Sat, also book signings, refreshments; 364-0014, 203-838-3427.

June 4: Donut Drive-Thru, St John’s Episcopal Church, 3 Washington Ave/Rte 34, Sandy Hook Hook, fresh donuts & gourmet coffee.

June 4: Newtown Forest Association Guided Nature Walk, Wasserman Preserve-The Glen, Walnut Tree Hill Rd (at Black Bridge Rd), Newtown, 10:30 am (rain date June 5), join NFA board members for easy hike while learning the history of the property & discussion of plants & wildlife that might be found along the walk, will last about an hour, NFA is offering monthly walks until mid-Oct to celebrate Newtown’s Tercentennial; 270-3650.

June 4: NUMC Monthly Pasta Dinner, Newtown United Methodist Church’s Rauner Hall, 92 Church Hill Rd, Sandy Hook, 5-7:30 pm, adm $8 adults, $7 seniors, $3.50 children, full spaghetti dinner incl salad, desserts, and soft drinks/ coffee raises funds each month for church, all welcome, coffee house/musical event follows (see separate Concerts listing); 426-0617.

June 4: Kellogg Center Spring Bird Walk, Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave (off Rte 34), Derby, 7:30 am, free program led by KEC volunteer Jay Connolly will lead participants in search of spring migrants arriving in area, meet at center’s parking lot; 734-2513.

June 4: 2nd Annual Oxford Historical Society Spring Cleaning Tag Sale, Oxford Grange, Rte 67, Oxford, 9 am-3 pm, proceeds will help finance move of Twitchell-Rowland Homestead later this year; 203-888-0230.

June 4: 12th Annual National Trails Day Project at Tarrywile Park, 70 Southern Blvd, Danbury, 9 am-4 pm, free adm, trail maintenance projects focusing on basic maintenance, trail marking, bridge building & mountain bike trail maintenance, also clinics on field diversity, hiking, geocaching & letterboxing; 794-1043 (EMS at Danbury Fair Mall).

June 4: American Sewing Guild/CT chapter Sew-In, St James Episcopal Church, 25 West St, Danbury, 10 am-3 pm, sewers needed to help chapter members make lap quilts for cancer patients in area hospitals (part of “Comfy Quilts” community service project), BYO sewing machine or serger, neutral thread, basic sewing supplies & lunch; 746-5237.

June 5: Annual Danbury Mini Grand Prix Racing, CityCenter Danbury, Main St at White St, also Patriot Dr, Danbury, 9 am-5 pm, ongoing races of mini grand prix-style vehicles, food, music, games, children’s events, proceeds benefit American Red Cross; 775-1212, 792-8202.

June 5: 27th Annual Antique Car Show & Taste of Woodbury, The Hollow, Hollow Rd (off Route 6/Main St South), Woodbury, 10 am-5 pm, adm $5 adults, $1 ages 12-18, exhibition of antique, classic & special interest vehicles incl sports cars, 4x4 trucks & go-carts, also refreshments, music from 1950s (played by a DJ), presented by Woodbury Lions Club; 203-263-8433.

June 5: Bowlfest 2005, Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd/Rte 25, Brookfield, 1-4 pm, suggested donation $50, annual fundraiser for BCC offers ceramic & wooden bowls created by students & friends of BCC, silent auction of fine crafts (opens May 28), also local “artisanal” foods & local wines for tasting, live music by Jive By Five; 775-4526.

June 6: BookTalk program, Southbury Public Library, 561 Main St South/Rte 6, Southbury, 2 pm, free, discussion of Katy Robinson’s A Single Square Picture; 264-1716, 262-6123.

June 6: “Summer Nights Lecture Series: Forty Years And A Day – Contraception, Privacy and Estelle Griswold,” Western CT State Univ Warner Hall, Fifth Ave (off White St), Danbury, program begins at 6 w/ performance by saxophonist George Beratis, then discussion by adjunct professor of history Jennifer Ball on the ramifications of the 1965 Supreme Court case Griswold v State of CT (which legalized contraception in the state), question & answer session to follow; 837-8486.

June 7: Read for the Fun of It Daytime Book Discussion Group at Danbury Public Library, 170 Main St (at West St), Danbury, 10:30-11:30 am, all welcome to join librarians Mary Monahan & John O’Donnell for discussion of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; 797-4527.

June 7: “Love & Knishes Lunch Program: Conductorcise,” Walzer Family Jewish Community campus/Jewish Communities of Western CT, 444 Main St North, Southbury, sugg donation $8 adults, $5.50 seniors (RSVP mandatory), program by Maestro David Dworkin will have participants listening to many types of classical music while learning basic conducting techniques to help strengthen heart & open ears, lunch follows one-hour presentation; 267-3177 x105.

June 7: Pie in The Sky book discussion at Gunn Memorial Library & Museum, 5 Wkyeham Rd (at Rte 47), Washington Green, 7 pm, free book discussion by award-winning local author & backing instructor Susan G. Purdy will concern her latest release, which adapts recipes in 5 different ways, so each is suitable from sea level to 10,000 ft, registration requested but not required; 860-868-7586.

June 9-11: 26th Annual Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Festival, 30 Clapboard Ridge Rd, Danbury, Fri 5-11 pm, Sat 12-11 pm, Sun 12-9 pm, traditional Greek food & pastries, folk dancing, live bands, cultural activities, art exhibition, tours of church & more; 748-2992.

June 10: “Sugar – It’s Not As Sweet As You Think,” Gunn Memorial Library & Museum, 5 Wykeham Rd (at Rte 47), Washington Green, 10:30 am, free presentation by health & nutrition writer Diane Decker will cover how the body metabolizes sugar, how sugar intake affects cholesterol & triglyceride levels, the sugar levels of some popular foods & beverages, and how to make the decision to say No to sugar; 860-868-7586.

June 10: 2005 Regional Hospice Arts Festival & Cosmopolitan Buffet, Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation headquarters, 900 Ridgebury Rd, Ridgefield, 7-10 pm, tickets $75, auction & sale of works by more than 100 fine artists incl paintings, photos, sculpture, pottery, glassware & handcrafted jewelry, variety of music by local groups, sampling of gourmet food from fine restaurants, also specialty desserts, fundraiser for Regional Hospice of Western CT; 797-1685 x12.

June 10: Spring Psychic Fair, Holiday Inn, Newtown Rd/Rte 6, Danbury, 6-11:30 pm, free adm, featuring psychics, clairvoyants, astrologers, tarot & gemstone readers, spirit guide drawings, vendor area, presented by Programs for Human Development; 470-1806.

June 10-11: Annual Sandy Hook Lobster Fest, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Co. Main Station, Riverside Rd, Sandy Hook, Fri 5-9 pm, Sat 4:30-9 pm, tickets $18/adv, $20/door, full lobster or steak dinner w/ all trimmings (kids can purchase discount tickets for hamburger dinners), also raw bar, live music, games, presented by & benefit for Sandy Hook fire dept.

June 10-11: “Newtown – A Floral Heritage: A Standard Flower Show,” Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown, Fri 6-9 pm, Sat 9 am-2 pm, free standard flower show created & presented by The Town & Country Garden Club of Newtown will incl decorative & educational exhibits w/ some emphasis on town’s 300th anniversary celebration.

June 10-11: Tag Sale at Jesse Lee United Methodist Church, 25 Flat Rock Rd, Easton, 9 am-3 pm, fundraiser for church’s programs will incl tag sale, also baked goods, grilled burgers & hot dogs; 372-8250.

June 10-12: 2005 The Greek Experience at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Rd/Rte 39, Danbury, Fri 5-11 pm, Sat 12-11 pm, Sun 12-9 pm, free parking & adm (shuttle service available from nearby Danbury HS), Greek food & pastries, dancing, raffles, games & other activities; 748-2992.

June 11: CT ConTacts Singles Dance Party at Fireside Inn, 123 Main St South/Rte 25, Newtown, 8 pm-1 am, adm $15, dinner & dessert buffets, dancing to DJ selections (Top 40, soft rock, recent oldies & requests), no jeans permitted; 203-468-1144.

June 11: Harmony Grange #92 Tag Sale, at Harmony Grange, Rte 110 at 111, Monroe, 9 am-3 pm; 268-3480.

June 11: DAWS Adopt-A-Thon, Ridgefield Pet, 23 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield, 12-4 pm, pets available for adoptions, info available from members of Danbury Animal Welfare Society, Inc; 744-DAWS (3297).

June 11: Author Chris Mackey at Minor Memorial Library, 23 South St, Roxbury, 4 pm, free program by co-author of The Interrogators: Inside the Secret War Against Al Qaeda, reception to follow; 860-350-2181.

June 14: “Homeopathy in Health Care & Treatment,” Western CT State Univ Warner Hall, Fifth Ave (off White St/Rte 6), Danbury, registration & networking at 6:30, lecture to run 7-8:15, adm $10 adults, $1 seniors, lecture by Diana Gubbay; 837-8612, 203-753-0868.

June 15: Fifth Annual East Hill Woods Strawberry Festival, East Hill Woods, 611 East Hill Rd, Southbury, 1:30-3:30 pm, free event offers strawberry shortcake prepared by professional chefs, live music by Two Friends, also tours of selected resident apartments, RSVP by June 8; 262-6161.

Audubon Center at Bent of the River, 185 East Flat Hill Rd, Southbury. Call 264-5098.

Programs $5 unless noted, reservations requested, call if weather is questionable, leave pets home: June 4, Birding by Ear Field Seminar, registration at 7:30 (also coffee & donuts), public invited to spend a day w/ experts from CT Ornithological Assn & Audubon to learn how to ID birds by songs they sing, all levels welcome; June 5, June Bird Count, volunteers needed for full or part-day counting around the area, call for details, optional potluck supper follows at Bent/Center; June 11, Invasive Plants Walk, 10 am-noon, Audubon Center director John Longstreth & Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition member Hunter Brawley will lead walk along Pomperaug River to ID invasive plants, discuss problems they cause & discuss control methods being used, group will then visit wetlands at Seman Park to observe study site for biocontrol of purple loosestrife.

C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 426-4533.

Programs free unless noted: June 7, book discussion, 1 pm, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time; June 13, Daytime Book Group meeting, 1 pm, discussion of Atonement by Ian McEwan, newcomers welcome.

Flanders Nature Center/Van Vleck Farmhouse, Flanders & Church Hill Rd, Woodbury. Hours: Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm. Call 203-263-3711.

Misc programs: June 11-12, Third Annual Flanders Artists’ Day Exhibition, 10 am-4 pm (reception Sun 2-4 for artists & public), presentation of works by regional artists in paint, sculpture, illustration & photography based on day spent at Flanders last month, collection will then be on view at Woodbury Public Library June 13-29.

Highstead Arboretum, 127 Lonetown Rd, Redding. Call 938-8809.

Garden Conservancy Day, guided walks at 10 am, noon & 2 pm: June 5, guided tours through Highstead’s Kalmia collection – 10 am, by research fellow Dr Betsy Von Holle (discussion of her research & demo of how careful observation can provide clues about the history of a site), noon, by Dr Dick Jaynes of Broken Arrow Nursery (variations in native Kalmia & how that has been used to select horticultural varieties) & 2 pm, by research affiliate Victor DeMasi (slides & specimens show of native butterflies, then visit to meadow to see live butterflies).

Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Rd, Washington. Call 860-868-0518.

June 12, “Wild Mushrooms of Late Spring,” 1:30-3:30 pm, $12 (CT educators can earn 0.2 CEUs), E. Barrie Kavasch will lead nature walk while discussing wild mushrooms & their values to man & the ecosystem, will also look at ways American Indians used ambient fungi for foods, medicines & technology.

Newtown Hikers. Call 426-2897 or 788-1398 (Ester Nichols), 270-4340 (Newtown Parks & Rec).

Hikes leave from lower lot @Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St, Newtown, 9 am, free, all welcome (children must be accompanied), bring bag lunch/beverage, wear sturdy shoes, destinations & leaders as follows: June 4, Mills Norrie State Park, Staatsburg, N.Y., for all-day hike along the Hudson River (Betty Horton, 860-354-7526); June 11, Cruise Thimble Islands and beach walk (note: there is a fee for this program and reservations are required; contact Jack Donlon at 203-966-8421); June 18, mystery hike (Rita Qubick, 268-4119).

Newtown Singles, meetings at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 261-4210.

Monthly “Meet & Mingle” events, 7-9 pm: next program June 3.

Treehouse Comedy Productions.

Shows at Marisa’s Ristorante, 6540 Main St, Trumbull (call 459-4225), tickets $10 unless noted, shows start 9:45 pm: June 10, Coach Tom Whitely, Mike Siscoe.

Shows at The New Sorrento, 32 Newtown Rd, Danbury, 9:30 pm, first act, featured act & headliners as follow: June 4, Chris Monty, Joe DeVito & Kevin Downey, Jr, $15; June 10, RC Smith, Jackson Purdue & Bob DiBono, $12.50.

Trinity Productions workshops, 24 Alpine Circle, Sandy Hook, or Brookfield Commons, 246 Federal Rd (Suite C-23A), Brookfield (call for location), or by appt, or in-home by appt. Call 426-9448.

Programs at Brookfield Commons: June 5, Spiritually Speaking with Kathanna Knapp, 4-6 pm, $15, Ms Knapp will lead discussion on “Your Shadow.”

Wednesday Night Poetry, Bethel Arts Junction, 5 Depot Place (in former railroad station), Bethel. Call 270-6202 (Michael Seri), 748-2828 (BAJ).

Series presented ev Wed 7:30-10 pm (featured poets 8:30 pm, poetry workshop 9:15 pm), adm $1 ($3 if out-of-state or major guest poet), guest/featured poets as follows: June 8, Sarah Hannan (host, Mark McGuire-Schwartz); June 15, Charles Rafferty (host, Eli Cleary).

Theatre ______________

Goodspeed Opera House, Rte 82, East Haddam. Call 860-873-8668.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, through June 26, curtain Wed-Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri 8 pm, Sat 8:30 pm, Sun 6:30 pm, mat Wed & Sun 2 pm, Sat 4 pm, also Thurs (June 16 & 23) 2 pm, tickets $25-$60; June 9, Backstage at Goodspeed, call for details.

Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr, New Haven. Call 203-787-4282.

Travesties, through June 5, curtain Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 3 pm, Sun & Wed 2 pm, tickets $40-$50; Talkback program follow each Tues eve performance, open to all ticket holders.

Seven Angels Theatre, Hamilton Park Pavilion, Plank Rd, Waterbury. Call 203-757-4676.

Anything Goes, through June 5, curtain Thurs-Sat 8 pm, mat Thurs, Sat-Sun 2 pm, tickets $27.50-$45.

Stamford TheatreWorks, 200 Strawberry Hill Ave (on Sacred Heart campus), Stamford. Call 203-359-4414.

Annual American Composer Salute: Leonard Bernstein, June 8-26, curtain Tues-Sat 8 pm, also Sun (June 12) 7 pm, mat Sat 4 pm, Sun 2 pm, tickets $20-$33; June 12, Conversation Club, post-matinee discussion w/ actors & director.


Events that appear by date have Newtown events listed first, with additional events listed by their start time. At the time of printing, the information here is accurate as presented; a call ahead is always a good idea to be safe.


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