Holiday Smiler from Branchville Motors . . .

Branchville Motors & Vespa Ridgefield

Do I give it or keep it?
Give it or keep it?
Now you can do both with up to $1200 off

$1200 off a Vespa GTV
$500 any new carbureted 150cc Vespa
$400 off any two-valve LX 50
$1400 off a Piaggio MP3 400 or MP3 500
$1000 off a Piaggio MP3 250

Be sure to check out the Vespa Classic Dilemma Promotion and the Piaggio MP3 Holiday Promotion for more details. Offer good through Decemeber 31st.

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

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Get Ready for the Holidays!

Medi-Weightloss Clinics® is a physician supervised program that uses a FDA approved appetite suppressant, a diet plan, and moderate exercise to help you shed unwanted pounds and keep them off!

You can achieve your desired weight loss in less time than you thought possible, so get ready for a holiday season with a slimmer you!

For more information contact:
Greenwich Medi Weightloss Clinic
Raymond Sekiguchi, MD
222 Railroad Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830
Telephone: (203) 863-0933

Smiler from Lakeside Pottery . . .

Unique Holiday Gifts
$10, $15 and $25 Pottery Sale
December 5th, 2010
12Noon - 5PM

Lakeside Pottery is making room on their studio shelves for new work and have decided to sell a large inventory of  handmade pottery and ceramic art for $10, $15 and $25. All work is wheel thrown or handbuilt art and will be priced to sell. Items sold are bowls, vases, pitchers, boxes, platters, and much more. Great gift ideas for the holidays.

They are offering 10% off of beginner potter's wheel classes if you spend over $100 (Please note that the offer is only for those who have not taken classes with them before). Gift certificates for classes, programs and art are available.

Refreshments will be served and potter's wheel demonstrations will be conducted on request. There will be additional pottery pieces available in the gallery at regular prices. Drop by for a visit! Like them on Facebook!

Be sure to check out the 2011 Pottery Program Schedule.

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

Stamford Smilers . . .

The 17th Annual
UBS Parade

Sunday, November 21, 2010
12 Noon

Join in the family-friendly fun! Bring your family and friends to one of the largest events of its kind in the country (Last year it drew over 100,000 people, not only Stamford residents, but also, spectators from the surrounding region and even nearby states).

On Sunday at noon, the 17th annual UBS Parade Spectacular, one of the country's largest balloon parade, kicks off in downtown Stamford, CT. There will be 18 giant helium balloons: Beetle Bailey, Big Bird, Billy Blazes, Bob the Builder, The Cat in the Hat, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Fred Flintstone (new this year), Kermit the Frog, Teenage Mutant Turtle Leonardo, Mr. Potato Head, Odie, Oscar the Grouch, Paddington Bear, Popeye, Scooby Doo (new this year), Super Grover, and Underdog.

Don’t miss Grand Marshal, New York Knicks Legend, John Starks and the Master of Ceremonies, Alan Kalter from the Late Show with David Letterman. Award winning marching bands will add to the excitement of the day. The Westhill and Stamford High School marching bands will march along with bands including Harrison, Norwalk, Trumbull, Brentwood, Uniondale High Schools and the NYPD Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Band - plus other marching bands from all over Connecticut, New York and Guatemala.

The parade route starts on Summer Street at Hoyt and ends on Atlantic Street.

For more information visit:
and/or Join them on Facebook!

**And don’t miss the Balloon Inflation Party sponsored by SAC Capital Advisors, LP on Saturday, November 20 from 3-6pm on Hoyt Street at Summer. Get a backstage look at the balloons as they come to life. Music, parade talent and costumed characters will greet and delight spectators. Enjoy!

Smiler in Westport . . .

to one of our newest clients!
Westport Modular Homes

Westport Modular Homes LLC is the leading supplier of modular homes in Connecticut. They have been making dreams come true for the past 15 years in Fairfield County. Visit them on the web at, take a virtual tour of a few of the modular homes they have built and have fun building your own home online. Enjoy the Smiles . . .

Smilers for Opera Lovers . . .

Don Pasquale
Saturday, November 13th
1 PM

The Met Live in HD is a new series being presented by The Ridgefield Playhouse in concert with their 10th anniversary season.

The first presentation in the series is Donizetti’s Don Pasquale starring John Del Carlo in the title role and Anna Netrebko in this opera buffa (comic opera).

Expected running time:
3 hours, 15 minutes

The Playhouse’s opera season will run through May 2011.
Tickets are $25 for adults,
$20 for members, seniors and students.

For more information:

Call the box office: (203) 438-5795

Main Library
One Public Library Plaza
Stamford, CT 06904

Telephone: (203) 964-1000

Chamber Opera Performance

Saturday, November 13th
7:30 PM

UCONN Dept of Music and Dramatic Arts presents free performance of one act chamber opera, The Wooden Sword. Winner of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Music Composition for Opera.

The performance is free and will last about an hour.

The opera will be sung in English.

For more information on event:
Producer Robert Miller at (860) 486-4783

and/or visit:
Ferguson Library
One Public Library Plaza
Stamford, CT 06904
Telephone: (203) 964-1000

Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830

Opera Box
Sunday, November 14th
3 PM

Laurence Gilgore, General Director and Principal Conductor of the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra, will present Greenwich Library's first exploration into the magnificent world of opera.

The program is designed to enlighten the aficionado as well as the curious beginner. Maestro Gilgore's insights, historical examples, select film clips, and talented guest performers will present opera as a truly inspirational and timeless art form.

Plan to experience, this first, in a possible series of Opera Box events to be held here at Greenwich Library.

All are welcome to this free program.
No reservations necessary.

For more information contact:
Michele Martin
Telephone: (203) 625-6533

Greenwich Library
Cole Auditorium
101 West Putnam Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830

Veterans Day . . .

2010 Veterans Day Poster

The poster was designed by Ron Bergan, of the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System. The Veterans Day National Committee selected his design from more than 40 submissions as part of a national poster search. Ron Bergan’s poster was inspired by a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

See the poster artwork thru the years - visit the Veterans Day Poster Gallery.

Smiler in Bridgeport . . .

Follow The Bridgeport's Art Trail
November 10 thru 14

More fun for the family and friends. Visit visual arts venues throughout the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Meet the artists, tour open studios, follow a historic walking tour of downtown art and architecture. Enjoy!

19 Locations to Explore:
  1. American Fabrics Arts Building
  2. 51 Crescent Street
  3. BACC
  4. Arcade Windows
  5. Read's ArtSpace
  6. The Center for Public Art and Design
  7. Rainy Faye
  8. Playhouse on the Green
  9. Gallery 999, City Hall Annex
  10. Barnum Museum
  11. City Lights Gallery
  12. Bridgeport Public Library
  13. Housatonic Museum of Art
  14. Space
  15. The Gallery of Black Rock
  16. FrameMakers
  17. The Nest
  18. Public Art & a Party
Follow the Bridgeport Art Trail on Facebook!

For more info:
Telephone: (203) 334-7748 and/or

Smiler in Stamford . . .

Visions of Gingerbread:
The Sweetest Architects!

November 6th - December 5th
9 AM - 5 PM

Join in the fun! See the second annual display of unique and amazing gingerbread creations at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Creative confections from some of the area's best pastry chefs, restaurants, and caterers will be on display for all to enjoy.

These wonderful, creative confections, consisting completely of edible materials, can be yours to take home, as they will be put up on the silent auction block. The auction proceeds will benefit Stamford Museum and Nature Center's educational mission.

Visitors may vote for Fan Favorite at the Museum. The auction will close on December 5, 2010.

Members: Free
Non-members: Free with gate admission.

For more information:
Telephone: (203) 322-1646

Mark your calendar smilers . . .

Great Movies You Might Have Missed
Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Thursday, November 4th
6:30 PM
Black Rock Branch

Join in on the fun for the next in the series of monthly screenings of some of the most highly regarded movies of all time. Don’t miss this month’s comedy classic.

“Steve Martin had no reason to panic…until John Candy came along.”

Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins
Paramount Pictures; Directed by John Hughes
Rated R; 93 minutes; 1987

Every traveler’s nightmare becomes real in this road trip comedy. All Neal Page (Steve Martin) wants to do is get home for the Thanksgiving holidays. But his road home is filled with u-turns and pitfalls. When Neal is befriended by loud and annoying Del Griffith (John Candy) things go from bad to worse.

Free and open to the public.

For more information contact:

John Soltis
Community Librarian
Black Rock Branch Library
2705 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203) 337-9676

History Center at the
Bridgeport Public Library
Celebrates 75 Years

Wednesday November 10th, 2010
4 PM

Mary Witkowski, head of Bridgeport Public Library’s History Center, announces the kick-off of the department’s 75th anniversary. The event begins Wednesday, November 10th at 4 PM in the library’s third floor Burroughs-Saden Gallery.

An exhibit called Bridgeport Nostalgia featuring photographs, maps and memorabilia from the Robert Factor Collection will be on display. The public is then invited to take part in a brief guided stroll of downtown provided by historian Charles Brilvitch. The tour will arrive at the beautifully restored Arcade Building on Main Street. From 5-7 PM the Arcade Building opens an exhibit, Downtown Memories, of seldom seen photos from the History Center’s collection depicting downtown images from the early 20th century.

The History Center at the Bridgeport Public Library originally opened its doors in November 1935 for the Centennial of Bridgeport, which occurred in 1936. Witkowski explains, “For three-quarters of a century the library has collected and preserved the photographic history of the city. These wonderful photos evoke the energy and spirits of Bridgeport’s storied past.”

The Arcade Building photo exhibit is sponsored by the Bridgeport History Center, Aquarion and Bridgeport Arts & Culture Council. This free event is open to the public.

For more info contact: Call the History Center at the Bridgeport Public Library (203) 576-7417. The Library is located at 925 Broad Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Be sure to take a look at City Historian Mary Witkowski’s local history blog, the Curious Historian.

Tuesday, November 16th
4 PM – 6 PM
Black Rock Branch

CVS will be offering flu shots at the Black Rock Branch Library on Tuesday, November 16th from 4 PM to 6 PM. CVS will bill your insurance provider; just bring insurance co-payment. Otherwise, the cost is $29.95. Flu shots are available to anyone 18 years of age or older.

Everyone getting a flu shot will also receive a free CVS goodie bag.

Sign up at the Black Rock Branch or give the library a call at (203) 337-9676.

Book your appointment soon, spaces are limited!

For more information contact:

John Soltis
Community Librarian
Black Rock Branch Library
2705 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203) 337-9676

A Gathering Place for the Entire Community

Relaxing Smiler . . .

Wednesdays in November
Guided Meditation
November 3rd, 10th and 17th, 2010
6 PM - 7:30 PM

Reiki Master Karen Pirhalla leads this weekly guided meditation program at the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. She will help you relax, decrease your stress levels, restore your energy and bring calm and balance to your life.

Guided Meditation Instructor:
Karen Pirhalla, Reiki Master

Fee: $5.00/session
Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center
111 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
Telephone: (203) 255-5300
Pre-registration required.

National Diabetes Month . . .

November is National Diabetes Month

According to the American Diabetes Association, 23.6 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes. In addition, 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing either Type I or Type II diabetes.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in America. It is closely linked to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease and amputation. In fact, adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about two to four times higher than adults without diabetes and are at a two to four times greater risk for stroke.


The symptoms of diabetes are often very subtle. However, early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the effects of diabetes later on.

Symptoms frequently include:

Type 1 Diabetes
  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability
Type 2 Diabetes
  • Any of the Type I symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum or bladder infections

**Presidential Proclamation--National Diabetes Month