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Looking for fun during the break from school? The Cob Cob Library will present a family-friendly double feature on Friday of “Smallfoot” from 1 to 2:45 p.m. In the cartoon, a Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” really do exist. That will be followed by “Wonder” from 3 to 4:45 p.m. Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Free Friday Films
The longest-running film series in Greenwich continues on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenwich Library, thanks to the Friends of the Greenwich Library. Films are free, and doors to the Cole Auditorium open at 7:10 p.m. There is no film on Dec. 28. The lineup continues with “Wonderstruck” on Jan. 4.
In another vacation movie event on Saturday in the Community Room, the Cos Cob Library will present “The LEGO Batman Movie” from 1 to 2:45 p.m. A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick. From 3 to 4:45 p.m., the library will present the second film, “The House with a Clock in its Walls.” A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.
Family gallery tours
The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, host Family Gallery Tours from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Sundays. The tours are best for ages 6-10. Free with regular admission, and no registration is required. Tours are scheduled for Dec. 30.
“Incoming Light,” a show of paintings by Patti Kane, will be on exhibit at the Byram Shubert Library through Sunday.
‘ReTooled’ exhibit at the Bruce
“ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection” is on exhibit at the Bruce Museum through Sunday. In the exhibit, artists illuminate the overlooked subject of tools with pun, wit and wonder. Featuring more than 40 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs, the exhibition brings life to the unexpected subject of tools by profiling 28 artists from the Hechinger Collection, including Red Grooms, Walker Evans, Jim Dine, and Claes Oldenburg. Some of the artists represent tools with reverence to accentuate their purity of design. Others transform and distort tools to highlight their tragic obsolescence in a technological age. But all of the works remind us that tools embody the can-do spirit that defines America. For more info, visit brucemuseum.org.
Speakers at Retired Men’s Association
The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association offers a free program every Wednesday that is open to the public; no reservations are required. Social break starts at 10:40 a.m., followed by speaker at 11 a.m. Held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich. For info, visit www.greenwichrma.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Future speakers include David Hudson, chief research scientist at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, who will focus on oceans on Jan. 2; Lori Contadino, director of the Commission on Aging for the Town of Greenwich, on “Developing an Age-Friendly Greenwich” on Jan. 9; Betsy McCaughey on “Beware Health Policies That Will Shorten Your Life” on Jan. 23; and Peter Bernstein, chairman of the Board of Education, and Interim Superintendent Ralph Mayo on the Greenwich Public Schools on Feb. 6.
Try Tai Chi
Here’s a chance to enjoy Tai Chi lessons — fun and no pressure. Classes are held at 8 a.m. Wednesdays and at 9 a.m. Thursdays in the auditorium at the First Congregational Church Auditorium on Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich, opposite Binney Park. The cost is $10 per one-hour session. Newcomers welcome. This relaxing exercise can loosen joints, improve balance, and teach graceful movements to music. For info, call Joe at 203-504-4678.
The Staff and Friends of Cos Cob Library welcome singer Anitra Brooks of Cos Cob for a monthly children’s concert from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Jan. 4 in the Community Room. Anitra sings in multiple languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Xhosa, Sanskrit, Arabic, and English, and teaches the audience the refrains so they can sing parts of the songs along with her. Most songs are played on her ukulele and volunteers play percussion with her. This concert is geared toward preschoolers and early elementary school students but older children and adults are welcome. She will also perform on Feb. 5, March 8, April 12, May 10 and June 14 in the children’s room.
Party Planning Showcase & Mitzvah Project Fair
Plan your next party with help from Temple Sholom’s 2019 Party Planning Showcase. Come meet face-to-face with more than 25 experienced vendors specializing in entertainment and music, photo/video, floral arrangements, décor, custom party favors, venues/hotels, catering, invitations and more at this free showcase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 6 at Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave. The showcase will also offer a Mitzvah Project Fair for b’nai mitzvah families who are looking to add meaningful community service to their child’s bar/bat mitzvah celebration. Register for the 2019 Party Planning Showcase & Mitzvah Project Fair at www.templesholom.com.
‘Call of Life’ event
The Bruce Museum hosts the Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series at the Seaside Center at Greenwich Point Park. The next event is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Jan. 6 with a showing of “Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction.” The one-hour documentary will be shown at 2 p.m. and investigates the threat to Earth’s life support systems from the current unprecedented loss of biodiversity. Through interviews with leading biologists, ecologists, social scientists, indigenous leaders, and others, the film explores the causes, the scope, and the potential effects of the mass extinction. Paleontologist Kate Dzikiewicz, the new Bruce Seaside Center manager and curatorial associate, will lead a discussion following the film. Related family activities are available all afternoon. Free admission. No reservations required. For information, contact Kate Dzikiewicz at email@example.com or 203-413-6747.
Meet the artist
Artist Amy Talluto, whose work is part of the “Forces of Nature” exhibit currently on display at the Flinn Gallery, will be on hand at the Greenwich Library for an artist talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6. The show, which runs through Jan. 23, shows how the beauty and wonder of nature provides us with endless visual influences and opens infinite possibilities for art making. The Flinn Gallery is located on the second floor of the library’s main branch at 101 W. Putnam Ave. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit www.flinngallery.com.
The Greenwich Library will hold an all day drop-in clinic on “How To Use Your New Holiday Gadgets” from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Training Center. Did you get a new eReader, phone or tablet over the holidays? Come to our Technology Training Center, and Library Staff will help you access the thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, music, magazines, movies and TV shows available via the Greenwich Library’s digital collection.
A program for children ages 2.5 to 5 with an adult on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive. Explore the museum collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. This program takes place on the museum’s free admission day and space is limited. See the visitor service desk upon arrival to secure a spot. Topics change weekly. Bruce Beginnings returns on Jan. 8. Visit brucemuseum.org for more info.
The Greenwich Library will host Chris Bohjalian, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Flight Attendant” in its AuthorsLive event from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Cole Auditorium. The book, his 20th, lands in paperback. The author will talk about his latest powerful story: A flight attendant wakes up in the Middle East in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man — and no idea what happened. Bohjalian’s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon. AuthorsLive events are free and open to all. Doors will open at 6:30. Books will be available for purchase by Diane’s Books and signing by the author.
Bruce Beginnings Jr.
This program at the Bruce Museum provides a welcoming and engaging museum experience for toddlers, ages 10 to 24 months, and their caregivers through hands-on play and exploration. Bruce Beginnings Jr. sessions are inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibits. It is held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month, next time on Jan. 10. This program is free with general admission but space is limited. See the visitor service desk upon arrival to secure a spot.
Art opening reception
The Byram Shubert Library will host an opening reception for the show “All for One: Teachers as Artists” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Community Room. The artists are all teachers in the Greenwich Public Schools: Margaux Frankel from Cos Cob School; Michelle Sandone from Glenville School; Jackie Faugno from New Leb, Ham Ave, and North Mianus, and LeAnn Henkle from Julian Curtiss. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 31.
Documentary on ‘Angst’
“Angst” is an IndieFlix Original documentary film designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps. It will be show from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Meeting Room at the Greenwich Library. The goal of the film is to specifically help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. The film provides tools, resources and above all, hope. There will be a Q & A session after the film sponsored by the Anxiety Institute of Greenwich, which provides specialized treatment for adolescent and young adults suffering with anxiety disorders, OCD and Trauma. The screening is free. Due to limited seating, registration is suggested by calling 203-625-6549 or visiting greenwichlibrary.org.
Science lectures at the Bruce
The Bruce Museum is hosting two lectures that will provide insights into breakthroughs in the field of medicine in the 19th century – and how these once-revolutionary concepts were accepted as their risks and potential became fully understood. The lectures complement the museum’s exhibit on “The Dawn of Modern Medicine: Selections from the Medical Artifact Collection of M. Donald Blaufox.” The first lecture is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15, when Blaufox will speak about “Changing Concepts of Radioactivity and Health.” He is professor and university chairman emeritus of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His lecture will review the uses of radioactivity for selected medical and commercial purposes and the events that led to the recognition of its dangers. The second lecture is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5, when Dr. Paola Bertucci will present “Shocking Bodies: Electricity and Medicine in the 18th Century.” She is associate professor of history and history of medicine as well as a curator at the Peabody Museum at Yale. Reservations are required and may be made by clicking on the “Reservations” at brucemuseum.org. The lectures are free for museum members and students with ID; $15 for nonmembers.
Talks at St. Catherine’s
Deacon Robert Henrey will conduct a presentation on “India: A Journey into the Northwest — the Indo Islamic Heritage, Remnants of the British Raj and the Punjab” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Lucey Parish Hall of St. Catherine of Siena Church. It will include a lecture and slide show, along with refreshments. All are welcome at this free event at the church at 4 Riverside Ave. Visit www.stcath.org or call 203-637-3661 for more info. This is part of Henrey’s talks on “Reflections on Religious Identity within the Contemporary World” in which he shares his interest in different religious traditions. Other topics will include “Pre-Columbian Peru and the Age of Discovery: A Tragic Clash of Cultures” on Feb. 17.
Artist Elena Lyakir, whose work is part of the “Forces of Nature” exhibit currently on display at the Flinn Gallery, will be on hand at the Greenwich Library for an artist talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. The show, which runs through Jan. 23, shows how the beauty and wonder of nature provides us with endless visual influences and opens infinite possibilities for art making. The Flinn Gallery is located on the second floor of the library’s main branch at 101 W. Putnam Ave. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit www.flinngallery.com.
Art show at Flinn
Artists Rebecca Hutchinson, Elena Lyakir and Amy Talluto guide us through their visions in “Forces of Nature,” an exhibit that will run at the Flinn Gallery at Greenwich Library through Jan. 23. The beauty and wonder of nature provide us with endless visual influences and opens infinite possibilities for art making. Experiences with the natural world can evoke memories, enhance the meaning of imagery and inspire the creative process. The exhibition is free. The Flinn Gallery is located on the second floor of the library’s main branch at 101 W. Putnam Ave. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit www.flinngallery.com.
A exhibition called “Downsized: Small-Scale Sculpture by Contemporary Artists” is on display at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, through Jan. 27. Enticing viewers to take a closer look, this exhibition of miniatures, models and dioramas explores interior and exterior architecture in a range of scales. In an age of virtual reality and digital manipulation of photographs and videos, these mixed media sculptures fascinate because of the juxtaposition of size and subject and elicit amazement at the precision of the workmanship. A miniatures show has been a biennial Bruce Museum tradition for over 35 years. Visit BruceMuseum.org for more info.
Students explore nature in art
A student art exhibition is on display at the Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob. The show is a selection of the artwork created in the last year by students in a beautiful exploration of the natural world. This year there is a special emphasis on bees and the complex structure of their hives. The show is open to the public will be on display from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 28.
‘Botanical Collecting’ at the Bruce
The Bruce Museum exhibit called “Pressed for Time: Botanical Collecting as Genteel Pastime or Scientific Pursuit?” will be on view through March 3. It introduces visitors to the hobby and profession of plant collecting. In the 1820s, botanical collecting became a hugely popular outdoor activity for both amateurs and professionals. For decades, amateurs and academics published articles in the same journals, exchanged specimens, and considered one another peers. But by 1900, a divide developed between the two camps. As botanists moved toward academic and scholarly work, local clubs of amateur enthusiasts carried on the tradition of collecting and pressing plants as a hobby. Highlighting amateur collectors in Connecticut from 1885 to 1944, this exhibition presents beautiful and fragile historical herbarium specimens. For more info, visit BruceMuseum.org.
Modern Medicine exhibit
The Bruce Museum is exhibiting “The Dawn of Modern Medicine: Selections from the Medical Artifact Collection of M. Donald Blaufox” through April 7. The exhibit is a thought-provoking examination of how far medical technology advanced across the 19th century — and how once-revolutionary concepts and instruments became commonplace. The exhibition will showcase 100 artifacts, ranging from surgical tools to quack patent medicines.
Parade of Champions
Greenwich High School will hold a “Parade of Champions” to celebrate the accomplishments of the school’s title-winning sports teams. The parade will step off at 2 p.m. June 9. It will mark the achievements of the Greenwich Cardinals football team, which won the Class LL state championship. The Greenwich High School Girls Swimming and Diving Team will also be honored for winning the FCIAC championship, the Class LL state championship as well as the State Open championship. The parade will muster on Lafayette Place and march south on Greenwich Avenue to the Board of Education headquarters in the Havemeyer Building, 290 Greenwich Ave., for a ceremony to honor all the athletes and their coaches.
‘History Is…’ exhibit
“History Is…” is the name of the inaugural exhibition at the Greenwich Historical Society’s newly reimagined campus. Drawing on objects and images from the Historical Society’s collections, “History Is…” encourages visitors to reflect on the role history plays at different stages in their lives and explores the ways individuals look at, define and interpret history. The exhibit embodies the Historical Society’s mission to strengthen the community’s connection to our past, to each other and to our future. The exhibition will be on display through Sept. 7. Visitors to the museum can also see paintings from the artists of the Cos Cob art colony, a short orientation film, a timeline, and displays of recent acquisitions and seldom-seen objects from the collections of the Greenwich Historical Society.