Beetle Bailey Smiler from USPS . . .

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring a classic cartoon character with mid-Missouri roots at a ceremony on the University of Missouri campus.

The University of Missouri is hosting an event to commemorate the recently released Beetle Bailey postage stamp. A stamp depicting sad-sack soldier Beetle Bailey and Sgt. Orville Snorkel, is part of the new "Sunday Funnies" series released in July 2010. The other stamps in the series feature Calvin and Hobbes, Archie, Garfield and Dennis the Menace.

The 60-year-old cartoon's creator is Mort Walker, a 1948 MU graduate. He based many of the early characters on his fraternity brothers. The cartoon's setting of Camp Swampy is loosely based on Mort Walker's Army stint at Camp Crowder near Neosho.

The Beetle Bailey stamp release coincides with the 11th anniversary of the campuswide Mizzou Botanic Garden. A statue of Beetle Bailey that pays homage to Mort Walker is part of one of the campus gardens.

A ceremony is set for 11 AM Friday, August 27th, outside the Reynolds Alumni Center, where the Beetle Bailey statue welcomes visitors.

Guests at the event will include Mort Walker’s assistant, Bill Janocha, Chancellor Emeritus Richard Wallace, Columbia’s Postmaster Cindy Bolles, and a costumed Beetle Bailey himself.

Smiler in Stamford . . .

Summer Restaurant Weeks
August 22nd - September 5th
Stamford, CT

Family fun and good times - bring your friends, co-workers and family members out for a tempting prix-fixe lunch or dinner at any of the 23 participating Stamford Downtown restaurants.

This year in addition to fabulous menus , Summer Restaurant Weeks has partnered with three co-sponsors: The Stamford Art Association, The Avon Theatre and Nestle Waters North America Inc. (distributors of Acqua Panna and S. Pellegrino bottled water).

So while you are enjoying a fabulous meal at any of the 23 participating Summer Restaurant Weeks restaurants, be sure to look for maritime paintings and photographs from the recent art show “The Glories of the Sea at the Stamford Art Association Gallery”. The gallery is located at 39 Franklin Street (in Stamford, Connecticut) just a block from UConn and the artwork will be available for purchase.

The Avon Theatre has generously sponsored a $2 off general admission vouchers and Nestle Waters North America has donated bottled water for all Summer Restaurant Weeks patrons.
The 2010 Stamford Tables Summer Restaurant Weeks is presented by Stamford Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) & Stamford Tables (Stamford Downtown restaurant association) & 95.9 Fox and 96.7 the Coast.

For more information contact Jackie Wetenhall at DSSD (203) 348-5285 work or (203) 536-7859 cell and/or visit

Smiler from Earthplace . . .

Family Campfire:
Moths and Other Night Fliers

Friday, August 20, 2010
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Enjoy a relaxing Friday summer evening with your family around the campfire at Earthplace. Larry Gall, Westport’s resident moth hunter, will lure them in with a yummy-for-moths bait so you can see the moths up close. Find out what other beetles, dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects come out at night. For the two-legged creatures, they will provide s’more fixin’s. Bring a blanket or folding chair. Pre-registration required, children must be accompanied by an adult. It's a late night stay so you can see more moths!

$8 per member, $10 per non-member
Pre-registration required

For more info contact:
10 Woodside Lane
P. O. Box 165
Westport, CT 06881
Telephone: (203) 227-7253

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Smiler from Branchville Motors . . .

Royal Enfield Demo Ride
at Branchville Motors
With Ron Greene
Vice President Royal Enfield USA

Wednesday, August 18th
5 PM to 8 PM

Join in the excitement at Branchville Motors for a great evening exploring the World’s Oldest Motorcycle Brand.

Beginning at 5 PM there will be free hamburgers and hotdogs and a short presentation by Royal Enfield USA Vice President Ron Greene discussing the past, present and future of Royal Enfield.

The Royal Enfield Experience will demonstrate and introduce features of the modern Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle line, which has recently gained a larger consumer audience thanks to broad engine and design enhancements introduced in the last year. The event also aims to introduce the heritage and rich history of the Royal Enfield marque to new enthusiasts. "We’re a motorcycle company with motorcycle riders at the helm. We want our customers to know that and to know us", says Ron Greene, VP of Sales for Royal Enfield.

After the demonstration there will be group demo rides, so that guests will get a chance to experience Enfield’s new totally revised Unit-Construction Engine for themselves. Demo Bikes will include a C5 Military, two G5s and two C5s. One of these bikes will have a lowering kit installed, and two will have performance exhausts.

For more information contact:
Branchville Motors
63 Ethan Allen Hwy., Route 7
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Telephone:(203) 544-7900

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Smilers from Audubon Greenwich . . .

Friday, August 6th
Night Hike for Bats and WNS Update
7:30 PM - 9 PM

Start with an indoor discussion about bats and the devastating white-nose syndrome (WNS) disease that is destroying whole communities of these essential members of ecosystems around the word. Learn what scientists are doing to find a cure and then hike outside to look and listen for local bats in the sanctuary.

Ages 5 & up.
RSVP required to Ted at (203) 869-5272 ext. 239.

Saturday, August 7th
TRIP: Milford Point & Great Meadows IBA
in Stratford
9 AM - 2 PM

Join Brian O'Toole and others for a trip to two great birding locations known for shorebirds, herons, egrets, terns, osprey, and swallows. Pack a lunch and grab your gear.

Van and carpool leaves promptly at 9 AM so arrive early.
RSVP required to Brian at (203) 869-5272 ext. 221.

Sunday, August 8th
Nature Photography for All
10 AM - 11:30 AM

Hike with Jeff Cordulack in search of great nature photos at the Fairchild Wildflower Garden on North Porchuck Road. The focus will be on flowers, insects and scenic photos. Ideal for learning basic composition and close-up (macro) photo techniques.

All ages. $5/person.
RSVP required to Jeff at (203) 869-5272 ext. 239.

Sunday, August 8th
FILM: What's On Your Plate?
& Discussion about School Lunches
2 PM - 4 PM

School will start soon and what will be on your child's plate? Come ponder the issue while viewing this informative, kid-inspired movie about healthier, fresher, and more local foods for schools and kids. What's On Your Plate? - a film by Catherine Gund with Sadie Hope-Gund and Safiyah Riddle - is a witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics. Over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old African-American city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah talk to food activists, farmers, and storekeepers, as they address questions regarding the origin of the food they eat, how it's cultivated, and how many miles it travels from farm to fork.

Sadie and Safiyah visit supermarkets, fast food chains, and school lunchrooms. But they also check out innovative sustainable food system practices by going to farms, greenmarkets, and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. They discover that these options have a number of positive effects: they are good for the environment, help struggling farmers survive, and provide affordable, locally grown food to communities, especially lower-income urban families. The film culminates with a delicious local meal cooked by the girls and friends they have made along the way. Sadie and Safiyah formulate sophisticated and compassionate opinions about urban sustainability, and by doing so inspire hope and active engagement in others. Learn more about this film at:

Following the film, Audubon staff and guest speakers will discuss the status of school lunches in our region and other food-related topics relevant to children.

Suitable for all ages.
Kids are free.
Suggested donation for adults: $10.
Call Jeff at (203) 869-5272 ext. 239 to sign up.
Space is limited so be sure to RSVP and save a seat.

August 14th & 15th
Sharon Audubon Festival
9 AM - 5 PM

Travel north to the Sharon Center in Northwest Connecticut to join this great family nature festival with nature walks, animal programs, music, food, activities, and displays.

All ages and worth the trip.
Call (860) 364-0520 and/or
visit for event details.

Sunday, August 22nd
Family Pond Exploration
2:30 PM-4 PM

Hop around the pond with Audubon staff and get up close to the tiny creatures that call the nearby pond home. Equipment will be provided.

All ages. Space limited.
RSVP to Store at (203) 869-5272 ext. 221.

Jeff Cordulack
Events and Communications Manager
Audubon Connecticut/Audubon Greenwich
613 Riversville Road
Greenwich, CT 06831
(203) 869-5272 x239
(203) 613-8813 (cell)

Volunteer at Audubon Greenwich!

Are you looking to volunteer your time? Do you need community service hours for school? Audubon Greenwich is always in need of dedicated volunteers. Please contact Brian O’Toole at (203) 869-5272 ext. 221 to learn about upcoming volunteer events and opportunities.

Litchfield Smiler . . .

Litchfield Jazz Festival
Aug 6th - Aug 8th
Kent, CT

The 15th Anniversary of the Litchfield Jazz Festival takes place August 6-8 , 2010 at The Springs Center and the Grounds of Kent School, Kent, Connecticut.

The weekend includes an opening night Friends of the Festival Gala hosted at The Morrison Gallery, three days of jazz, fine arts and craft exhibitors, master classes, a variety of food vendors and performances on a second stage by Litchfield Jazz Camp students. Tickets start at $29. Children under 12 with an adult are free on the lawn.

The Litchfield Jazz Festival is a proud production of the non-profit Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc (LPA). LPA’s internationally renowned Litchfield Jazz Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary August 6—8. This years Festival will be dedicated to Dave Brubeck and his 90th Birthday! The Festival will be held in the Springs Center and on the campus of the Kent School.

For additional information visit:
and/or call the Litchfield Performing Arts (860) 361 - 6285

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Stamford Smilers . . .

Last one of 2010:

The region's hottest concert series, ALIVE@FIVE finishes the summer concert season Thursday, August 5th in Columbus Park in Stamford Downtown with The Beach Boys!

Rain or Shine in Columbus Park!

$10.00... fee to attend the ALIVE@FIVE Festival.
Children aged 12 and under are free, but must enter before 7 PM.

For more information:
Stamford Downtown Special Services District
Five Landmark Square, Suite 110
Stamford, CT 06901
Telephone: (203) 348-5285

Harry Bennett Branch
115 Vine Road
Stamford, CT 06905
Telephone: (203) 351-8291

The Lumina String Quartet
August 5th, 2010
Performs 6:30 PM

Enjoy a classical concert at The Ferguson Library's Harry Bennett Branch. The Lumina String Quartet will perform works for strings and clarinet by Busoni, Schubert and Mozart.

Admission is free.

For more information on the Lumina String Quartet visit

For information about the concert at The Ferguson Library call (203) 351-8231.

Mark your calender - Danbury Smiler . . .

Danbury Museum & Historical Society
43 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810

Wedding Cake 
Decorating & Tasting Contest!

Saturday August 14, 2010
from 2pm - 5pm

It's FREE!

Prizes include $250 for best tasting cake and $250 for best decorated cake!

Local bakers and bakeries are invited to compete in a Wedding Cake Tasting & Competition being sponsored by the Danbury Museum & Historical Society in conjuction with the Wedding Through the Ages exhibit of vintage wedding gowns from the museum's textile collection.

Two cash prizes of $250 will be awarded to the winner of two categories: taste and decoration.

There is no entry fee for those interested in competing.

There are no restrictions on the form or content of your cake. Competitors are asked to provide a cake larege enought to supply a small piece to 250 attendees. The museum will provide tables, cupcake holders for cake samples to be served, linens and utensils.

In addition to tasting all the wonderful cakes, attendees of this event will be treated to champagne, sparkling water and live music in the gorgeous Danbury Museum gardens.

Each entry will be photographed for an online exhibit on the museum's website!
Tickets are $10 per person, free for children under 12.
Tickets are available in advance at the Danbury Museum or at the door the day of the event.

For more information and/or to sign up to enter a cake,
Telephone: (203) 743-5200

Be sure to see the Vintage Wedding Dress exhibit on display at the Danbury Museum through October 14th!

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