Smiler in Westport . . .

Westport Arts Center
Meet the Filmmaker
Pilot Program

Friday, October 1st, 2010
7 PM

Westport Arts Center will present a pilot program, Meet the Filmmaker, featuring the 1968 animated film The Yellow Submarine, with music by The Beatles, on Friday, October 1, at 7 PM.

The movie was produced by Al Brodax of Weston, who will introduce the award-winning work and talk about its production with the audience and moderator Sumner Jules Glimcher, emeritus professor of New York University.

A reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres will begin at 6:30 PM.
The film screening will begin at 7 PM.
Suggested donated is $10 at the door.
RSVP with your name and the number of people who will attend here.

For More Information:

Westport Arts Center
51 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT
Telephone: (203) 222-7070

World Rabies Day . . .

Thumbs up to the South Wilton Veterinary Group for all their good works and spreading the news/information on World Rabies Day!

The world is again joining together on September 28th to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of rabies prevention. Rabies is the oldest and deadliest disease known to mankind.

The Global Alliance for Rabies Control and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invite you to join participants from more than 50 countries for a series of webinars on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010.

Rabies is a viral disease that can be transmitted to animals and humans. The disease is transmitted mainly by bite, but exposure may also occur through contamination of broken skin or mucous membranes with saliva from an infected animal. Once neurological symptoms of the disease develop, rabies is fatal to both animals and humans. The good news is that rabies is easily preventable.
“Rabies is primarily a disease of children, who are particularly at risk from this terrible disease, due to their close contact with dogs, the major global source”, said Dr. Debbie Briggs, Executive Director of the Alliance for Rabies Control. “Children are more likely to suffer multiple bites and scratches to the face and head, both of which carry a higher risk of contracting rabies. Children are often unaware of the danger that dogs transmit rabies and may not tell their parents when a bite, lick, or scratch has occurred from an infected animal”, says Briggs. quote source (1)

For more info and to view the webinars visit:

World Rabies Day is an excellent time to take steps that can help prevent and control rabies, such as vaccinating pets including dogs and cats and providing education on how to avoid the animals that typically transmit rabies: raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes. So, thanks again to the South Wilton Veterinary Group - You can Like them on Facebook and/or Follow them on Twitter.

South Wilton Veterinary Group
51 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897
Telephone: (203) 762-2002

It's Banned Book Week . . .

September 25 − October 2, 2010

Celebrate Your Freedom To Read
At Your Local Library . . .

Here is a list of public libraries in Fairfield County, Connecticut. They are a wonderful resource for all to enjoy . . . so, make it a point to visit your local library this week . . .

Bethel Public Library
189 Greenwood Ave.
Bethel, CT 68012
Phone: (203) 794-8756

Bridgeport Public Library
925 Broad St.
Bridgeport, CT 66044
Phone: (203) 576-7777

The Brookfield Library
182 Whisconier Road
Brookfield, CT 68043
Phone: (203) 775-6241

Danbury Public Library
170 Main St.
Danbury, CT 68107
Phone: (203) 797-4505

Long Ridge Library
191 Long Ridge Rd.
Danbury, CT 68108
Phone: (203) 748-1011
(No website)

Darien Library
35 Leroy Ave.
Darien, CT 68204
Phone: (203) 655-1234

Easton Public Library
691 Morehouse Rd.
Easton, CT 66129
Phone: (203) 261-0134

Fairfield Public Library
1080 Old Post Rd.
Fairfield, CT 64305
Phone: (203) 256-3155

Pequot Library Association
720 Pequot Ave.
Fairfield, CT 64901
Phone: (203) 259-0346

Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Ave.
Greenwich, CT 68305
Phone: (203) 622-7900

Perrot Memorial Library
90 Sound Beach Ave.
Greenwich, CT 68701
Phone: (203) 637-1066

Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
733 Monroe Turnpike
Monroe, CT 64681
Phone: (203) 452-2850

New Canaan Library
151 Main St.
New Canaan, CT 68405
Phone: (203) 594-5000

New Fairfield Free Public Library
2 Brush Hill Rd.
New Fairfield, CT 68121
Phone: (203) 312-5679

Cyrenius H. Booth Library
25 Main St.
Newtown, CT 64702
Phone: (203) 426-4533

East Norwalk Library
51 Van Zant St.
Norwalk, CT 68551
Phone: (203) 538-0408

Norwalk Public Library
1 Belden Ave.
Norwalk, CT 68503
Phone: (203) 899-2780

Rowayton Library
33 Highland Ave.
Norwalk, CT 68531
Phone: (203) 838-5038

Mark Twain Library
Rte 53 And Diamond Hill Rd
Redding, CT 68751
Phone: (203) 938-2545

The Ridgefield Library
472 Main St.
Ridgefield, CT 68774
Phone: (203) 438-2282

Plumb Memorial Library
65 Wooster St.
Shelton, CT 64846
Phone: (203) 924-1580

Sherman Library Association
1 Sherman Center
Sherman, CT 67840
Phone: (860) 354-2455

The Ferguson Library
One Public Library Plaza
Stamford, CT 69042
Phone: (203) 964-1000

Stratford Library Association
2203 Main St.
Stratford, CT 64975
Phone: (203) 385-4166

Trumbull Library
33 Quality St.
Trumbull, CT 66113
Phone: (203) 452-5197

Weston Public Library
56 Norfield Rd.
Weston, CT 68831
Phone: (203) 222-2665

Westport Public Library
Arnold Bernhard Plaza
Westport, CT 68805
Phone: (203) 291-4800

Wilton Library Association
137 Old Ridgefield Rd.
Wilton, CT 68973
Phone: (203) 762-3950

Celebrate YOUR freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 25 to October 2, 2010. For more information, visit Take the time to check out all the wonderful free resources available to you at the Connecticut Public Libraries, become a supporter, join in a Friends group and volunteer at your local public library.

For more information, please visit these sites:

Smiler in Ridgefield . . .

The Annual Branchville Motors
Fall Open House
Sunday, Sept. 26th
10 AM - 2 PM

Enjoy a beautiful Fall day in Ridgefield Connecticut with some really wonderful folks at Branchville Motors Annual Fall Open House.

Experience the cool warmth of heated clothing and feel free to ask questions - a representative from Gerbing's Heated Gear will be there to answer any and all your questions about electrically heated riding gear.

Get an early sneek-peak
at the new Triumph Sprint GT

And of course enjoy some great company and free food----- Plus Summer is over but the Hot Vespa Summer Sale offer is good until October 31, 2010.

Up to $1,200 Off Select Models!

Check out these special Vespa offers:

$1,200 off GTV 250
$1,000 off GTS 250
$500 off carbureted Vespa S 150, and LX 150.

*GTV 250 offer good on new and unused 2008, 2009 and 2010 models.
*GTS 250 offer good on new and unused 2008 and 2009 models.
*S 150 and LX 150 offers good on new and unused 2008 and 2009 carbureted models.

Call Alex for a
Veterans or Active Duty Discount on Triumph or Moto Guzzi

Enjoy the day, meet wonderful people and just have a great time!

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

Join them on Facebook, follow their Blog and be sure to visit their ebay store!

Smiler in Stamford . . .

Arts & Crafts on Bedford
Saturday, September 25th
11 AM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, September 26th
11 AM to 6 PM

Arts & Crafts on Bedford is back for its sixth year in Stamford Downtown. The weekend event features over 75 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend.

Be sure to visit the Imagination Station with "hands on" activities for kids presented by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and the Bartlett Arboretum. There will be farm animals and crafts with plenty of family-friendly fun.

And be sure to take a turn at the pottery wheel - Lakeside Pottery's instructors will demonstrate the potter's wheel and will let you or your children try it - so stop by, say hello and enjoy the weekend fun.

For More Information:

Stamford Downtown Special Services District
Telephone: (203) 348-5285

Smiler in Norwalk . . .

2010 Norwalk Boat Show
35th Annual Event
Features Best in Boating
Big Deals and Fun for the Entire Family

September 23rd - 26th, 2010
10AM -6PM Daily

The northeast's premiere in-water boat show offers the newest boats, must-have gadgets and gear, plus four days of family fun on Long Island Sound. Visitors can shop the best deals of the year and find hundreds of luxury motor and sailing yachts, sport fishers, performance boats, sailboats, and the largest selection of marine accessories in the northeast.

And this year, don't miss plenty of fun attractions boaters of every age can enjoy including visiting celebrities, who will meet and greet fans throughout the show; the Affordability Pavilion, featuring boats that can be financed for less than $250 per month; and the Kids' Cove, where junior boaters can get their feet wet paddleboating on the mini-lake, go-kart racing and more. Plus, the whole family will enjoy FREE Discover Boating and Sailing rides in an idyllic setting on Long Island Sound.

Miss Geico Race Boat

Other show attractions at the 2010 Norwalk Boat Show include your opportunity to try scuba diving in DEMA’s 15,000 gallon “Be a Diver” mobile pool; meet Russell Newberry, star deckboss on the hit TV show Deadliest Catch; enjoy free Discover Boating powerboat and sailboat rides on Long Island Sound; see the Deadliest Catch-inspired Time Bandit offshore racing boat; plus take in the new History of Boating in America exhibit including an electric boat from 1899. Also don’t miss the Miss GEICO race boat; the Wing-a-Thon Wing Eating Contest; the Kids’ Cove with appearances by SpongeBob SquarePants; and more.

Location: Norwalk Cove Marina in Norwalk, CT

Tickets: $12 for adults; children 15 and under get in FREE
$2 off advance tickets purchased online through September 22, 2010

Telephone: (212) 984-7000
For more information and to pre-shop the show, visit:

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Smiler in Norwalk . . .

Live Green Connecticut!
September 18th-19th
11 AM - 4 PM

Family-Friendly Festival
Taylor Farm Park

Free Admission!
Free Giveaways and Samples!
150 + Businesses and Organizations participating!

Celebrate and learn to ‘Live Green at the two day fun filled festival for all ages!

Enjoy great food, eco-shopping, music, environmental speakers and exhibits!

See and experience businesses that are showcasing their new technology to positively impact our lives and environment. Come away with tips and ideas that will save you money!

A two day Festival to promote living green with a focus on education, sustainability, caring for our environment and our natural resources.

Live Green Connecticut! will take place at Taylor Farm Park in Norwalk, Connecticut September 18th and 19th. Featured attractions and exhibits include marine ecology and nature center exhibits, wind and solar displays, farmer’s market, hands-on kid’s activities, environmental and conservation organizations and speakers, alternative fuel vehicles, landscape and garden centers, green careers and education, holistic health, eco-art, ecofashion,
entertainment, food and beverages, and so much more!

For more information:
Taylor Farm Park
45 Calf Pasture Beach Road
Norwalk, CT 06855
Telephone: (203) 536-9377

Smiler in Greenwich . . .

Barns & Farms: Iconic Rural Images
September 16 - October 28

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 16, 2010
6 PM - 8 PM

The Flinn Gallery hosts seven artists who depict through paintings, tapestries, sculpture and photography, Americana farm life. Works by Joan Albaugh, Alan Bull, Leonard Hellerman, Woody Jackson, Laura Nicholson, Richard Rothschild and Lloyd Toone will be on display.

Artist Talk - Saturday, September 18th at 2 PM.

The Flinn Gallery is sponsored by the Friends of the Greenwich Library.

Both events are FREE and open to the public.

For more information:
Flinn Gallery
(The Galllery is located on the 2nd floor of the Greenwich LIbrary)
101 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
Telephone: (203) 622-7947

Smiler in Stamford . . .

Opening Thursday, September 16, the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery presents its latest exhibit: Next Women. This will be an all-female show featuring the international in-house talent of Damla Tokcan Faro, Dina Pizzarello, Marija Pavlovska, Elena Kalman, and visiting artist, Marina Shrady. The exhibition will also feature four, rare 1966 serigraphs by renowned sculptor Louise Nevelson.

Complimentary beverages will be served.
This event is free and open to the public.

For more information:
Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
96 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT, 06901
Telephone: (888) 861-6791

It's National Arts in Education Week . . .

The arts serve as a critical component to a complete education and are proven to increase student academic achievement. Young people who consistently participate in comprehensive, sequential, and rigorous arts programs are:

* 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
* 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
* 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
* 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
* 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem*

For more information visit: National Arts In Education Week

And Remember The Fun Doesn't End on September 18th!

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary, Americans for the Arts asks why the arts matter to you with the announcement of the Why Arts Matter Video Contest. Celebrate the arts in America by creating a video that tells "Why Arts Matter" to you.

The winning video will be shown on the MTV 44 1/2 screen in Times Square, letting you share your story with thousands of people.

Key Dates for the Contest
For more information visit: Americans for the Arts

Check your calendars for October events!

In towns and communities across America, arts organizations are planning and developing events, celebrations and innovative programming to highlight National Arts and Humanities Month. Throughout the month of October, special events will capture the spirit that the arts and humanities bring to everyday life. In particular, cultural organizations are being asked to do the following:
Plan to participate in the month-long celebration with an already-scheduled activity or a new event, large or small, that will be free and open to the public. Events could include a free performance, lecture or reading; a behind-the-scenes tour, a workshop, a concert or a festival. An open house is a great way to invite the community to join with your organization in celebrating the month. For more ideas, see 101 Things You Can Do to Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month.

Family Fun in Norwalk . . .

33rd Norwalk Seaport Association
Oyster Festival

The festivities take place at Veteran's Park in Norwalk Harbor. There's something for all the family and friends, including headline musical entertainment performing on three stages, a children's activity area, amusement rides, arts and crafts booths, a food court, recreation and leisure demonstrations, harbor tours, an oyster pavilion, environmental and maritime displays, and so much more.

Family Day returns to the 33rd Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival on Sunday, September 12, with free admission for one child ages 5-12 when accompanied by an adult with a paid admission ticket. Also on Sunday only, a $15.00 bracelet entitles youngsters to unlimited rides in Kids’ Cove between 11AM and 2PM.

In addition, many non-profit organizations in the International Food Court will offer Family Day Specials. After the Marvel Super Heroes™ 2PM show on the Main Stage, attendees can meet Spider-Man©, The Incredible Hulk©, Storm© and the Green Goblin© for autographs and photos in a First County Bank tent adjacent to the stage – First County Bank is the Family Day sponsor.

Join in for an incredible day of fun! (Oyster Fest Schedule)

For information and on-line tickets go to

Smiler from Lakeside Pottery . . .

One Day Potter's Wheel Workshop
Sunday, September 12th, 2010
10AM - 12:30PM

This 2 1/2 hour lesson was designed for the beginner and for those who have taken beginning pottery classes in the past and would like a refresher workshop. This workshop will introduce the basic skills of working with clay on the potter's wheel and will provide you with the understanding of what it takes to use the potter's wheel. No previous experience required.

View tutorial here.

Workshop will include a demonstration and hands-on clay experience.
Tools will be provided - participants need to bring their own towel.

Who: 15 year and older.

Limit: 10 students per session

Cost: $65 including material and firing fees for one pot.
Each additional pot kept and fired will have a $10 fee.

For more information:
Lakeside Pottery
543 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905
Telephone: (203) 323-2222

Smiler in Stamford . . .

Greek Festival
Church of the Archangels
September 10, 11 & 12, 2010

Friday 5PM - 11PM
Saturday Noon - 11PM
Sunday Noon - 4PM

Bedford & Third Street
Stamford, Connecticut

FREE Admission

Greek Food - Full Bar
Live Music & Dancing
Pastries - Gifts

Raffle Drawing
at 3PM Sunday afternoon

1st Prize - $7,500
2nd Prize - $1,000
3rd Prize - $ 500

For more information:

Take Out: Telephone: (203) 348-4216
or Fax: (203) 357-8813

Smilers from Ferguson Library . . .

Main Library
One Public Library Plaza
Stamford, CT 06904

Telephone: (203) 964-1000

September Films
at the
Ferguson Library

September 9th at 12 noon
Thursday Films:

The September Issue
An unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the making of the coveted September issue of Vogue.

Directed by R. J. Cutler
90 minutes


September 11th at 2 pm
Second Saturday Cinema:

Me and Orson Welles

A young student finds love in the theater after being cast in a production of Julius Caesar, directed by Orson Welles.

With Zac Efron, Christian McKay and Claire Danes
Directed by Richard Linklater
Rated PG-13
113 minutes


September 16th
Thursday Films:

Let the Right One

In A young boy who is bullied at school befriends the new girl in the neighborhood, but he quickly discovers she is not what she seems to be.

Rated R
With Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
115 minutes


September 23rd
Thursday Films:

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

The story of the actor, writer and broadcasting pioneer, Gertrude Berg, who for more than 25 years was one of the most prominent women in American popular culture.

Directed by Aviva Kempner
90 minutes


September 30th
Thursday Films:

Solitary Man

A fifty something New Yorker discovers he's not the man he wanted to be.

With Michael Douglas and Susan Sarandon
Directed by Brian Koppelman
90 minutes


For more information contact:
One Public Library Plaza
Stamford, CT 06904
Telephone: (203) 964-1000

Smiler in Black Rock . . .

Caregiver’s Bootcamp
with Attorney Julia Merkt

Tuesday, September 7th
6:30 PM - 8 PM

Bridgeport Library
Black Rock Branch

New caregivers are invited to learn about the legal and procedural issues that are likely to occur in taking care of elderly and/or disabled loved ones at a seminar presented by Julia Merkt. Attorney Julia Merkt is nationally recognized in the field of elder law and received the highest competency and ethics rating through Martindale-Hubble’s peer review process.

Julia Merkt will explore

· Advocacy in residential, long term care and medical settings

· Arranging for and monitoring home care services

· Assisting with relocation and evaluation of benefits available

· Coordination of medical care

· Transportation and concierge services

· Financial matters, including Medicare and Medicaid

· Conservatorship and Power of Attorney

A member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) since 1992, Attorney Merkt is also affiliated with the Connecticut Bar Association’s Elder Law Section. She is a member of the East Rock Village Association, an organization which is committed to the concept of supporting residents in aging at home. She is also involved in efforts to help the disabled achieve maximum independence in life.

This is a FREE event.

For More Information:
Black Rock Branch Library
2705 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
Telephone: (203) 337-9676

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Birthday Beetle Bailey . . .

Happy Birthday
Beetle Bailey!!!

Beetle Bailey made his first appearance on Sept. 4, 1950 and today Mort Walker’s comic strip is enjoyed by more than 200 million readers daily in over 1,800 newspapers around the world.

It is an American comic strip set in a United States Army military post and Private First Class Beetle Bailey is the main character. It is among the oldest comic strips still being produced by the original creator.

It is a special birthday too - Beetle Bailey is celebrating his 60th Anniversary!

Smiler in Norwalk . . .

Toy Boat-Making Workshop
11 AM to 3 PM
September 4th - September 26th
Saturdays & Sundays

Visit the toy boat-making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project.

Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit.

Cost: $5 per child (plus Aquarium admission).

For more information:
Maritime Aquarium
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
Telephone: (203) 852-0700

Happy Birthday Mort Walker!

Today is the birthday of our favorite comic artist and founder of our magazine, Addison Morton Walker (born September 3, 1923). He is best known as Mort Walker, the creator of the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey in 1950, and Hi and Lois in 1954.

It is a very special birthday too - this year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Beetle Bailey comic strip. It will turn 60 years old as Mort Walker turns 87. A great time to celebrate - Beetle Bailey is the longest-running comic strip to be drawn by a single cartoonist.

Mort Walker had his first comic published at the age of 11, and sold his first cartoon at 12. At 15 he worked as a comic-strip artist for a daily newspaper and by 18 he became chief editorial designer at Hall Bros. (Hallmark Cards).

"You learn just by trying and experimenting. By the time I was 14, I had my own comic strip in the Kansas City paper." - Mort Walker

"Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of your heart." - Mort Walker

"Seven days without laughter makes one weak." - Mort Walker

Here's to you, Mort, may your day be filled with joy and laughter.

Walker image source (1)

Smiler in Trumbull . . .

Plasko's Farm 10th Annual Corn Maze
The Buzzing Bumblebee

Plasko' Farm's 10th Annual Corn Maze, "The Buzzing Bumblebee", will open on Saturday September 4th at 670 Daniels Farm Road. The maze has over 1.5 miles of trails spread over 4 acres of 10 foot high corn.

The cost to enter the maze is $7 for adults, $6 for children 13 and under and children under 3 are free. The maze is open to the general public on Fridays, from 3 PM to dusk and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 AM to dusk.

The Corn Maze is open to school, corporate and non-profit groups daily during the week at special rates.

Hayrides will be available for $1 a person and pumpkins, gourds, hay, ice cream and our famous apple cider donuts will also be sold.

Plasko's Farm also donates $1 of each maze admission to St. Vincent's Hospital Swim Across the Sound Cancer Center. The corn maze will be open through October 31st, 2010.

For more information contact:
Plasko's Farm
670 Daniels Farm Road
Trumbull, CT, 06611
Telephone: (203) 268-2716

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