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Saturdays (through mid-Dec): 39th 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): 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.

Oct 6-8: 20th Annual Washington Antiques Show, Bryan Memorial Town Hall, Rte 47, Washington Depot, Fri preview party 6:30-9 pm (adm $100), Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm, adm $10, 30+ dealers, also lecture (Sat 11 am, tickets $25) by antique rugs export Rosalind (Posy) Benedict & hands-on floral workshop (Sat 2 pm, $75) w/ former Metropolitan Museum of Art floral designer Chris Giftos), proceeds benefit Gunn Memorial Library & Museum; 7860-868-7586.

Oct 21-22: 2nd Annual Antique Ceramic Arts Expo, Police Activities League Building, 25 Hayestown Ave, Danbury, Sat 11 am-5 pm, Sun 10 am-4 pm, adm $6, free ages 13 & under (early adm Sat 10 am, $15 incl breakfast & booth tour), dealers, special display of “Fakes, Repros & Knockoffs,” presentation on “The Art in Ceramic Arts” (Sun 1 pm, incl w/ adm); 914-273-4667.

Art Exhibits, Museums Historic Places__ _____

The Barn Gallery, 82 Route 37 (Creative Corners), New Fairfield. Hours: Tues-Sat. Call 746-4502.

*(new show) Through Nov 1: “Gardens of Delight,” multi-media works by Paula Renee incl her “Posies” series of dimensional paper constructions along w/ woven paintings on canvas, tapestry & other fiber art ranging from 8x10 to 34x48; Oct 7, opening reception, 2-4 pm.

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 1-5 pm. Call 426-4533.

In Olga Knoepke Meeting Room (lower meeting room) —*(new show) Through Oct 31: “Visions of Tranquility,” oils on canvas by Patty Meglio; Oct 8, opening reception, 2-4 pm.

On library’s main floor —  *(new show) Through Nov 1: “Pulp To Paper,” pictures in paper & photographs that recall images seen by artist & retired paper-making teacher Anita Liebeskind during 6-week safari.

Boyajian Sculpture Barn, 3 Milltown Rd, New Fairfield. Hours: Wed-Sun 10 am-6 pm. Call 746-6101.

Through Oct 29: “Atelier III” annual member artist exhibition featuring contemporary metal & stone sculptures created on site in the Atelier under master sculptor David Boyajian, featuring works this year by member artists Madeleine Boucher, Cici, B.A. D’Alessandro, Eric Camiel, Jodi Carlson, David Gesualdi, Ben Glotzer, Daniel Lynch, Michael Ramseur, Ted Rotante, Richard Sawicki, Louis Slovinsky, Nancy Smith, Marcia Spivak, Barbara Landau-Stogo, Jessica Viola, & resident artist & poet Shannon Tamsin; Oct 6, Great Sculptors Film Series, 8 pm, free screenings of documentaries about Alberto Giacometti & Jose De Creeft; Oct 20, Great Sculptors Film Series, 8 pm, free screenings of documentaries about Henry Moore & Claes Oldenburg; Oct. 27, Great Sculptors Film Series, 8 pm, free screenings of documentaries about Alexander Calder & Isamu Noguchi.

Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd (Rte 25), Brookfield. Call 775-4526.

Through Oct 8: “Playtime: Toys For Adults,” works that are intended to be played w/ by grown-ups by Sarah Doremus, Yael Friedman, Mark Hartung, Kristin Lora, Felieke van der Leest, Miel-Margarita Paredes, Barbara Walter, Tom & Kathy Wegman, David & Roberta Williamson, w/ each work inviting interaction & a sense of wonder & joy, curated by Suzanne Ramljak.

Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St, Danbury. Call 778-8337.

Permanent exhibitions on railroad history (museum is along old New Haven RR line & housed in former Danbury station & railyard), also original & restored rolling stock incl a New Haven RR Mack FCD railbus, Alco RS-1 diesel locomotive, fully operating turntable, etc.

Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Rd (at corner of Center St), Easton. Call 261-0134.

Through Oct 17: “If the Old Masters Had Cameras,” photos manipulated by Thomas Savard using “photo-impressionism” process the artist developed, beginning w/ basic photo & subjecting sm portion of the image to create new image w/ his signature style.

Fenn Gallery of Contemporary Art, 345 Main Street/Rte 6, Woodbury. Hours: Wed-Sun 12-5 pm. Call 203-263-2821.

Through Oct 29: “reformations: New Forms from Ancient Techniques,” contemporary interpretations in fiber art by Paula Renee, ceramic sculpture by Robin Johnson.

Gunn Memorial Library, 5 Wykeham Rd, Washington Green. Call 860-868-7756.

Stairwell Gallery — *(new show) Oct 6-Nov 18: “Watercolors by Phyllis Behar,” landscape watercolors by Ms Behar, who draws inspiration from her frequent travels; Oct 13, opening reception, 2:30-4:30 pm.

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

Through Dec 31: “The Language of Baskets,” celebration of creativity, ingenuity & diversity of Native Peoples of North America & the decorative techniques, styles & design elements used to create baskets, which have been part of Native American lives since pre-historic times.

Kent Art Association, 21 South Main St/Rte 7, Kent. Hours: Sat-Sun 12-4 pm. Call 860-927-3989.

Through Oct 14: “European Holiday,” paintings by John Swatsley that capture the spirit of his trip through Paris, Italian & French Riviera, & villages in Spain, show is result of artist being awarded Dines Carlsen Medal of Merit/Best in Show from 2005 KAA President’s Show.

Mark Twain Library, Diamond Hill Rd at Rte 53, Redding. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 am-7 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm. Call 203-938-2545.

*(new show) Through Oct 30: three-dimensional combat art by the celebrated combat artist Richard Dana Kuchta.

Miller Studio & Gallery, 495 Main St/Rte 6, Woodbury. Call 203-263-3939.

Through Oct 24: “Back Roads & Back Shores,” new landscapes by Thomas Adkins, whose works “spring from a lifelong fascination w/ the outdoors … present in [his] earliest memories [& greatly influencing his] artwork; Sept 16, preview reception, reservations requested (contact the gallery).

Minor Memorial Library, 23 South St, Roxbury. Hours: Mon 12-7 pm, Wed 10 am-7 pm, Thurs-Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm. Call 860-350-2181.

Through Nov 13: “Heirloom,” new collection by Lincoln Hale Turner, which takes vintage picture postcards of people & places & modifies them w/ handwriting to create fictional memoirs of travel & adventure.

Moose Hill Gallery, 451 Moose Hill Rd, Monroe. Hours vary; call for schedule. Call 261-5578.

Through Oct 29: works by Joe DeMarco, Barb Lopez & Julia Provey.

Richter Association for the Arts, Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Rd, Danbury. Hours: Sat-Sun 2-5 pm. Call 798-2245.

Through Oct 8: “Look, Listen and Linger,” works of senior artists who have honed their skills under direction of artist Adele Moros.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin La, Ridgefield. Call 203-438-8863.

*(new show) Oct 29-Nov 19: Radius: Emerging Artists from Connecticut & Southeastern New York,” 2006 juried exhibition will offer installations based on mapping by Gail Biederman (Croton-on-Hudson, NY), ink on paper dream landscapes by Amanda Burnham (New Haven), oil paintings by Amanda Burnham (New Haven), aerial landscape photography by J. Henry Fair (South Salem, N.Y.), mixed media works by Steven Millar (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.), oil self-portraits of the artist at work by Deidre Schiffer (Brandord), video installations by Erika Van Natta (Bethany), topographical fault line creations by Rachael A. Vaters-Carr (New Haven) & visual diary by Jason Wolfe (Suffield); Oct 28, opening reception,

Sloane-Stanley Museum & Kent Iron Furnace Site, Rte 7, Kent. Hours: Wed-Sun 10 am-4 pm. Call 860-927-3849.

Through Oct 29: 30 model barns created by Doug Logan, made of wood, plaster, cement & stone, based on images & descriptions from Eric Sloane’s The Age of Barns.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St, Hartford. Hours: Sat-Sun 10 am-5 pm, Wed-Fri 11 am-5 pm (open to 8 pm first Thurs/month). Call 860-278-2670, TDD 860-278-0294.

Through Oct 29: “Moved By Music: Herbert Gentry,” geometric figurative abstractions by the artist which were inspired by the expressiveness, spontaneity & rhythms of jazz.

Washington Art Association, Bryant Plaza, Rte 47, Washington Depot. Call 860-868-2878.

*(new show) Through Oct 22: sculpture by Howard Kalish, charcoal landscapes by Jan Knipe & photography by Jim Knipe.

Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd/Rte 7, Wilton. Hours:  Mon-Thurs 10 am-4 pm, Sun 1-4. Call 762-7257.

Through Nov 9: “Mocha and More,” a treasure trove of mocha shards unearthed by guest co-curators Don Capientier (potter & scholar, who has matched pcs to extant pottery) & Jonathan Rickard (author, Mocha and Related Dipped Wares, 1770-1939).

Through Nov 9: “Setting The Table,” complement to “Mocha and More” shows progression of ceramics & tablewares used in American homes betw 1740-1980, with table set in appropriate period rooms & timeline showing place settings of china commonly used, loaned from private Wilton collections.

Wisdom House/Marie Louise Trichet Gallery, 229 East Litchfield Rd, Litchfield. Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am-4 pm. Call 860-567-3163.

Through Dec 30: “In the Garden of Sophia,” combo of traditional oil on canvas painting, digital manipulation & laminated glass technology by Hugh O’Donnell shows process used to create new series of chapel windows for room dedicated to meditation & contemplation at Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center.

Woodbury Public Library, 269 Main St South/Rte 6, Woodbury. Call 203-263-3502.

Through Oct 31: “Elements: A Thousand Words,” collection of photographs by Marc Isolda (urban scenes & architecture, rural studies, equestrian scenes, all done digitally) & Cynthia O’Connor (film & digital).

Yale Center For British Art, 1080 Chapel St (at High St), New Haven. Call 203-432-2800.

Through Dec 31: “Art & Music in Britain: Four Encounters, 1730-1900,” 60+ works from YCBA’s collection incl period instruments from Yale Univ’s Collection of Music & sheet music from Yale’s Beneicke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The Lewis Walpole Library, and Sterling Music Library, also listening stations to hear relevant musical selections.

Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St at York, New Haven. Hours: Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-6 pm. Call 203-432-0600.

Through Dec 31: “Private Faces of Public People, 1750-1900,” American miniatures from YUAG’s collection offers 29 portraits of leaders in politics & arts incl George & Martha Washington, Andrew Jackson, Benjamin West & Paul Revere.

Auditions, Juried Events  _____

Connecticut Poetry Society, PO Box 270554, West Hartford CT 06127. Call 860-236-6772.

Dec 31: Entry deadline for 2006 Wallace W. Winchell Poetry Contest, entry fee $10 for 3 poems, any subject, max 40 lines, must be original & unpublished, no simultaneous submissions, visit CT-poetry-society.org for full contest & entry specifics, prizes incl $150 1st place, $100 2nd place, $50 3rd place & publication in CT River Review

Oxford Arts & Crafts Show, at Oxford Center School, 462 Oxford Rd/Rte 67, Oxford. Call 203-888-7149.

Nov 4: Applications being accepted for 35th annual show, will run 10 am-4 pm, juried show – all items must be handmade by crafter, no imports, food or kits; contact Catherine Helm at above phone # for details or application.

Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN), at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 261-9281.

Oct 19: Receiving for 2006 SCAN Fall Art Show & Sale, 4-7 pm, framed original oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media & graphic pcs, also unframed work in portfolios, entry fee is $10 up to 3 pcs, addt’l $5 for portfolio (up to 17 pcs, artist must provide portfolio & stand), all work will be for sale, SCAN receives 20% of sales, newcomers may join SCAN ($20 fee) at receiving, contact show chair Nancy Howell for addt’l info.

St Jude Church, Rte 111, Monroe. Call 261-6404.

Nov 18: Application deadline for annual Christmas Fair, the be held Sat Dec 2, 10 am-4 pm, tables $50 & $90 available first-come, first-served, call parish office for details & reservations.

Winter Wonderland Craft Fair, at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 268-1342.

Nov 19: Organizers for 3rd annual event are accepting applications, fair will run 10 am-3 pm (set-up opens at 7), handmade items by vendor only (no kits or mass produced items, no imports), 8 x 8-ft spaces $10, limited electrical spaces available (addt’l $10), jurying begins mid-summer, visit AvenueOfDesign.com (click on Winter Wonderland Fair) or call above phone # for full details.

Concerts, Musical Events ____

Oct 7: 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; 426-9998.

Oct 7: Tony DeBlois in concert, Danbury High School, Clapboard Ridge Rd, Danbury, free (tickets required), performances 2 & 7:30 pm, also jam session 4:30-7 pm w/ Mr DeBlois, blind & autistic musician plays 21 instruments, knows 8,000+ songs & just loves performing, donations will benefit local charities; 203-438-6575, 797-8088.

Oct 8: Afternoons at The Arbor: The Deming String Quartet, Brookfield Library, 182 Whisconier Rd/Rte 25, Brookfield Center, 3 pm, free concert by Larry Deming, Diane Orson, Barbara Wiggins & Mary Costanza will continue library’s afternoon concert series while doubling as local offering in Daniel Pearl World Music Day, light refreshments & reception follows; 775-6241 x104.

Oct 9: 19th Annual 2nd Marine Division Band Concert, Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, doors open 6:30 pm, performance at 7:30, free but tickets required, performance to incl patriotic music, traditional marches, classical, TV, motion picture & Broadway musical selections; 203-374-0600.

Oct 9: Dave Brubeck Quartet with Yale Camerata, Yale University’s Woolsey Hall, corner College & Grove streets, New Haven, 8 pm, tickets $15 adults, $10 students & seniors, first part of season-opener will be traditional selection of jazz favorites, second half of program will be Pange Lingua – a canon of sacred works composed by Dave Brubeck, w/ Brubeck’s quartet & full Camerata performing; 203-432-4158.

Oct 11: Screening of The Masked Ball, Pomperaug Woods, 80 Heritage Rd, Southbury, 1 pm, free screening of one of Verdi’s most popular operas, taped in 1980 from Metropolitan Opera performance, continues Southbury Senior Center’s Afternoon at the Opera series, light refreshments follow; 262-0651 (Sby Senior Center), 262-6557 (Pomperaug Woods).

Oct 14: Ballroom Dance, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 4070 Park Ave, Bridgeport, adm $15, non-stop dancing 7-11:15 pm to music provided by ballroom DJ Bob Friedman, also mixer at 8:30, singles & couples welcome, refreshments; 203-374-7308.

Oct 15: “Charles Ives Day: Songs in War & Peace,” Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main St, Danbury, 4 pm, free performance by guest artists from Wesleyan University incl mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Sunders & pianist Neely Bruce will conclude Charles Ives Day w/ program of the composer’s works, also original work by Mr Bruce “Homage to Charlie”; 748-1716.

Oct 19: “An Evening at The Opera,” East Hill Woods auditorium, 611 East Hill Rd, Southbury, 7:15 pm, free (reservations requested) performance of arias, duets & trios by soprano Rebecca Nesmith, baritone Winthrop Buswell & tenor Ben Davidson, w/ accompanist Bridget de Moura, will offer selections from Don Giovanni, Nozze di Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Rigoletto & others; 262-6161.

Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport. Call 203-576-0263.

Performances 8 pm, tickets $28-$52 w/ student & group discounts: Oct 7, season-opener, “Maestro’s Top Picks,” will feature Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto #3 (w/ guest pianist Andrew Armstrong), also Profofiev’s “March” & “Scherzo” from The Love of Three Oranges, Rachmaninov’s Vocalise & Symphonic Dances.

Newtown Friends of Music, at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St, Newtown. Call 426-6470.

Concerts at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St, Newtown, 3 pm, $18 adults, $16 seniors, free ages 5-14 w/ ticket-holding adult (subscriptions available), reception follows performances: Oct 22, Parker String Quartet, works of Mozart (String Quartet in G Major, K 387), Ligeti (String Quartet #1) & Schumann (String Quartet in A minor, Op 47 #1); Nov 5, pianist Soyeon Lee, works of Haydn (Sonata in G Major, Hob XVI:40), Huang Ruo (Tree Without Wind, 2005), Schumann (Carnaval, Op 9), Scriabin (Etude in C-sharp Major, Op 2 #1 & Fantasy in B minor, Op 28), Fauré (Nocture in E-flat minor, Op 33 #1) & Ravel (La Valse).

Films _________________

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

Oct 6-12: Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest(PG-13), Fri, Mon-Thurs 7 pm, Sat-Sun 7:40 pm, mat Sat-Sun 1 & 4:30 pm, Mon 11 am & 2:30 pm, Tues 1 pm.

Healing Arts Community of CT (HACCT), 777 Federal Rd, Brookfield. Call 775-8332.

Oct 20-22: Conversations with God, sneak preview of film to be released later this year, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 5 pm, tickets $10/adv, $15/door.

Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies & The Performing Arts, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. Call 203-438-5795.

Lost & Found Film Series, 7:30 pm screenings followed by Q&A w/ guest speakers, tickets $15 adults, $10 seniors, $7.50 students: Oct 13, screening of Man of The Year, guest will be director Barry Levinson.

Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Ave, New Haven. Call 203-432-5050.

Margaret Mead Traveling Film & Video Festival, free: Oct 7, opening keynote address & reception, “The State of Visual Anthropology,” 5 pm, free lecture by Dr Karl Heider; Oct 7, Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan, 7 pm (51 min, director Petr Lom; Kyrgyzstan); Oct 8, Awake Zion, 7 pm (60 min, director Monica Halm; Jamaica, Israel & US); Oct 9, Cuba and The Cinematic Imagination in The World of David Stone and Andrew St George, 5 pm, talk to be illustrated by film.

For Kids & Families _________

Oct 14: Newtown Forest Assn hike, Bruno Preserve, Taunton Hill Rd, Newtown, begins 10 am, free & open to all ages (family participation encouraged), approx one hour hike led by NFA member(s) will follow trail of “easy-plus” difficulty level, dress appropriately, use appropriate sun & tick protection, rain date Oct 15; 270-3650.

Oct 14: 16th Annual Waldorf Fall Fair, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, 40 Dodgingtown Rd, Newtown, 11 am-3 pm rain or shine, free adm, natural foods, craft demos & activities, puppet show, Pocket Man, live music, vendors & much more; 364-1113.

Oct 14: “The Wonders of Autumn,” Kellogg Environmental Center at Osbornedale State Park, 500 Hawthorne Ave, Derby, 10-11:30 am, free, learn how & why leaves change color, take in folklore & engage in autumn activities & crafts during 90-min outdoor program, pre-registration required; 734-2513.

Oct 14-29: Railway Museum Pumpkin Patch visits, Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St, Danbury, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm, adm $9 adults, $7 ages 3-12 incl train ride on vintage car & free pumpkin from museum’s pumpkin patch, also ongoing exhibitions & rolling stock, gift shop open, no reservations needed; 778-8337.

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

Young Adult programs, free unless specified: Oct 11, YA BookTalk, 4 pm, readers in grades 5 & up are invited for one-hour discussion about Jumpman Rule #1: Don’t Touch Anything; Oct 23, Nightmares Rising, 4 pm, program for readers in grades 6 & up by master storyteller Carol Birch.

Danbury Public Library, 170 Main St, Danbury. Call 797-4505 (Junior Dept, 797-4528).

Oct 12, Walk-In Storytime: My Senses, 11:45 am, ages 2-5 invited for casual 45-min program of stories, songs, music & craft.

Miscellaneous ___________

Oct 7: SNAN Annual Bake Sale, Lexington Gardens, 32 Church Hill Rd, Newtown, 10 am-2 pm rain or shine, fresh homemade baked goods for people and pets, all proceeds to benefit Spay & Neuter Assn of Newtown (SNAN).

Oct 7: 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); 426-9998.

Oct 7: Classic, Custom & Cool Cars & Motorcycles Show, Helen Keller Middle School, 360 Sport Hill Rd, Easton, 10 am-3 pm (rescheduled from July; rain date Oct 8), fees for display vehicles $10, spectator adm $5 adults, free ages 15 & under, 17 classes of vehicles, also refreshments, children’s activities, vendors & more, proceeds to benefit Easton Public Library; 261-0134.

Oct 7: Annual Roast Beef Dinner, Jesse Lee United Methodist Church, 25 Flat Rock Rd, Easton, begins 6 pm, $10 adults, $6 ages 12 & under, handicapped access, all-you-can-eat roast beef w/ trimmings & homemade desserts, served family style, reservations available; 372-8250.

Oct 7-8: Annual Gunn Memorial Library Book Sale, Rte 47 at Wykeham Rd, Washington Green, Sat 10 am-4 pm (early buying Sat 9 am, adm $15), Sun 11 am-3 pm, free adm, wide selection of books in many genres; 860-868-7586.

Oct 7-9: Friends of Danbury Library Annual Book Sale, at Police Activities Legue (PAL) Building), 35 Hayestown Rd, Danbury, Sat 8 am-5 pm (early buying 8 am adm $15; free after 9 am), Sun 10 am-4 pm, Mon 9 am-1 pm, 75,000+ items in 50+ categories – books, videos, CDs, DVDs, records & more; 797-4568.

Oct 8: “Cultivating the Recognition of Blessing in Adversity,” Woodbury Yoga Center, 122 West Side Rd, Woodbury, 6:45 pm, free discussion led by yoga center co-founder & executive director Janaki Pierson will be followed by group meditation (free instruction available) & informal tea reception; 203-263-2254.

Oct 9: Housatonic Valley Paddlers Club meeting, Brookfield Community Center, 100 Pocono Rd, Brookfield, 7 pm, free & open to non-members, guest speaker Anne Bailey will share stories of viewing cliffs & chateaux of Dordogne area in southwestern France, also sightseeing along 3 rivers in French countryside; 203-263-3281.

Oct 10: Newtown Jr Women’s Club Membership Open House, Red Brick Tavern, 1 Glen Rd, Sandy Hook, 7 pm, evening of fun, meet new people & learn about community-oriented club, door prizes; 426-4146.

Oct 10: “Flower Design: Artistic Designing Can Be Fun!” Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Rd, Sandy Hook, 7:30 pm, free program sponsored by Town & Country Garden Club of Newtown will feature guest speaker June Klofer (master gardener & accredited Federated Garden Club Judge) speaking & offering demo; 426-5359.

Oct 10: “Love & Knishes: Universal Health Care in Connecticut,” Walzer Family Jewish Community Campus, 444 Main St North/Rte 6, Southbury, lunch at noon, program at 1 pm, suggested donation $5.50, reservations required, presentation & discussion on health care, insurance & how CT compares w/ other states by Lynne Ide (campaign director, Universal Health Care Foundation of CT); 267-3177 x105.

Oct 11: Screening of The Masked Ball, Pomperaug Woods, 80 Heritage Rd, Southbury, 1 pm, free screening of one of Verdi’s most popular operas, taped in 1980 from Metropolitan Opera performance, continues Southbury Senior Center’s Afternoon at the Opera series, light refreshments follow; 262-0651 (Sby Senior Center), 262-6557 (Pomperaug Woods).

Oct 12: BNI/Newtown chapter meeting, Franco’s Ristorante, 265 Federal Rd/Rte 7, Brookfield, free, newcomers welcome presentation by Nick Minucci of Minucci Travel on “Fundraising Through Travel”; 743-4708.

Oct 13: Comedians Andy Vastola & Richie Byrne at The Portuguese Cultural Center,  65 Sand Pit Rd, Danbury, buffet dinner 7 pm, showtime 8:30, tickets $25, cash bar, headliners will offer family-friend comedy; 470-7528.

Oct 14: Newtown Forest Assn hike, Bruno Preserve, Taunton Hill Rd, Newtown, begins 10 am, free & open to all ages (family participation encouraged), approx one hour hike led by NFA member(s) will follow trail of “easy-plus” difficulty level, dress appropriately, use appropriate sun & tick protection, rain date Oct 15; 270-3650.

Oct 14: 16th Annual Waldorf Fall Fair, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, 40 Dodgingtown Rd, Newtown, 11 am-3 pm rain or shine, free adm, natural foods, craft demos & activities, puppet show, Pocket Man, live music, vendors & much more; 364-1113.

Oct 14: “You Caught Me Dancing: The Life of Mark Twain,” Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St, Newtown, 7 pm, tickets $20, one-woman show by Karen Tracy performing as Twain family maid Katy Leary, followed by light refreshments & silent auction of theme baskets; 426-9024, 740-2733.

Oct 14: “The Wonders of Autumn,” Kellogg Environmental Center at Osbornedale State Park, 500 Hawthorne Ave, Derby, 10-11:30 am, free, learn how & why leaves change color, take in folklore & engage in autumn activities & crafts during 90-min outdoor program, pre-registration required; 734-2513.

Oct 14: Pumpkin Festival, United Methodist Church of Danbury, Clapboard Ridge Rd, Danbury, 9 am-5 pm rain or shine (events are indoors), kids’ games, face painting, magicians, baked goods, arts & crafts & more; 746-2262.

Oct 15: 4th Annual NRPS Kitchens Tour, Newtown, 11 am-3 pm, tickets $20/adv, $25/day of, kitchens in 8 private homes will be open for visits, maps provided with ticket purchase, presented by Newtown Residential Preservation Society; 426-0406, 270-9344.

Oct 15: Charles Ives Day Pine Mountain Hike, meet at top of Pine Mountain Rd, Danbury, 9:30 am weather permitting, free moderately difficult hike to top of mountain to view vista overlooking hills & valleys extending to Long Island Sound – which inspired Charles Ives’s song writing – will open day of events to celebrate the composer; 748-1716 (Danbury Music Centre, organizer).

Oct 16: “Whales, Whaling & Whalemen,” C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown, 7:30 pm, free program sponsored by Newtown Historical Society will have Mystic Seaport employee Herma Kluck sharing the historic & development of New England whaling, showing a short film and displaying whaling artifacts, light refreshments follow; 426-5937.

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

Programs free unless noted: Oct 10, “Enhancing Wellness: Botanical Medicine,” 7-9 pm, registration required; Oct 17, “Enhancing Wellness: Nutrition,” 7-9 pm, registration required; Oct 19, Tertulia Literaria, 7 pm, monthly book group for those w/ strong interest & comfortable proficiency in reading & speaking Spanish (not a class, a book discussion group) will cover La nieve del almirante by Alvaro Mutis.

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

Hikes leave from lower lot @Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St, Newtown, 9:30 am (later start during winter season), free, all welcome (children must be accompanied), bring bag lunch/beverage, wear sturdy shoes, destinations & leaders as follows: Oct 14, Ives Trail, Bethel-Danbury-Ridgefield (leader Jack Kozuchowski, 914-763-2209); Oct 21, Cold Spring, NY (leader Jack Donlon, 203-966-8421).

Newtown VNA Thrift Shop, Edmond Town Hall (lower level), 45 Main Street, Newtown. Call 270-4377.

Shop is open every Wed 12-3 pm & Sat 9 am-noon, access is from town hall’s back parking lot, shop carries discounted items from local businesses & private donors incl clothing, sm home accessories & more.

Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, Inc. (SCAN), Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 426-6654.

Programs 2nd Wed/month, 7:30 pm, public welcome, artist demonstrations, refreshments: Oct 11, oil landscape program by Frank Bruckmann.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 426-6224.

Non-profit weight loss support group meets every Mon 6-8 pm (weigh-ins 6-6:45, meetings 7-8), meetings $2/week, membership $20/year.

Treehouse Comedy Productions.

Shows at The New Sorrento, 32 Newtown Rd, Danbury (call 744-5575), shows 9:30 & tickets $15 unless noted: Oct 7, Johnny Rizzo headlining, opening sets by EJ Murphy & Chris Dubail; Oct 12, Treehouse Comedy Workout, 8 pm, tickets $5, 10-12 comics hosted by Tony Liberati; Oct 13, An Evening of Comedy & Hypnosis: Dan LaRosa’s Friday the 13th Comedy Séance; Oct 14, Ron Tobin headlining, opening sets by Steve Lazarus & Nancy Redman; Oct 15, Walt Wiley (Jackson Montgomery from “All My Children”), opening set by Matt Stuick, 7 pm, tickets $22 (special pre-show Backstage VIP tickets $40, starts 5:30, photo ops & more).

Theatre ______________

Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin La, Ridgefield. Call 203-431-9850.

Proof, through Oct 7, curtain Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (Sept 17 & 24) 2 pm, tickets $22 adults, $18 seniors.

The Guys, Oct 13-15, curtain Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm, tickets $30 ($25 tax-deductible; special dramatic event is fundraiser for theater barn’s building fund).

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

Johnny Guitar, the Musical, through Oct 22, curtain Thurs-Sat 8 pm, mat Thurs, Sat-Sun 2 pm, call for ticket info; Oct 12, Deli Night; Oct 13, Dessert Night; Oct 20, Wine & Martini Night.

TheatreWorks New Milford, 5 Brookside Ave, New Milford. Call 860-350-6863.

Compleat Female Stage Beauty, through Oct 21, curtain Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (Oct 8 only) 2 pm, tickets $17.50; NOTE play is for mature audiences.

SPECIAL EVENT: Oct 10, reading of Anthony Neilson’s The Lying Kind, 7 pm, free, company will be staging this work as holiday production in Dec.

Town Players of Newtown, at The Little Theater, Orchard Hill Rd, Newtown. Call 270-9144.

Laura, through Sept 29, curtain Fri-Sat 8 pm, , tickets $15 eve shows, $12 mat.

Troupers Light Opera Company, St Luke’s Performing Arts Center, 377 North Wilton Rd, New Canaan. Call 203-548-9972.

WCSU Opera, at Western CT State University’s White Hall/Ives Concert Hall, 181 White St/Rte 6, Danbury. Call 837-8350, 837-8499.

Western CT State University’s Berkshire Theater, Osborne St, Danbury. Call 837-8732.

Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court (off Rte 1), Westport. Call 203-227-4177.

Wilton Playshop, Lover’s Lane (off Rte 33), Wilton. Call 203-762-7629.

Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor, Oct 13-28, curtain Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (Oct 22 only) 2 pm, tickets $18 adults, $15 students & seniors.


Events that appear by date have Newtown items 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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