Santa Smiler in Stamford . . .

Santa and his Elves

Wednesday, December 22nd
Thursday, December 23rd
11AM - 4:30PM

Visit with Santa and celebrate the holiday season!

Santa and one of his elves will be at the First Stamford Bank in Stamford, Connecticut.

The bank will be serving refreshments and invites the community to share in this celebration of Christmas. Join in the family fun and celebrate!

It's FREE and Open to the Public!

This is Stamford's hometown bank. - Stamford First Bank is a locally managed commercial bank committed to providing the highest possible level of customer service and added value to the community, so plan to stop by and share in the community holiday spirit.

For more information:
Stamford First Bank
612 Bedford St.
Stamford, CT 06901
Telephone: (203) 391-5777

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Happy Holidays from Barnum . . .

For more information:
and/or call 203-331-1104, ext. 102.
Regular museum hours:
Wednesdays – Saturdays 10AM – 4:30PM
Sundays noon – 4:30PM
Last admission at 3:45PM

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Happy Holidays from Mt. Kisco . . .

For more info contact:
Advanced Medicine of Mt. Kisco
37 Moore Ave.
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
Telephone: (914) 241-7030

Smiler from SAC . . .

FREE Membership Dues
for LIFE

The Stamford Athletic Club will be giving away a free lifetime membership in a drawing on January 31st, 2011 as part of a new and exciting program called "Free Membership Dues for Life". There will also be rewards for all participants in the program.

All you have to do is refer someone to join (you must be present when they join), and you will receive $20 and a raffle ticket for the drawing.

The other half of the raffle ticket will go into a bin for the drawing on January 31st 2011.

What a great way to earn some money during the holidays and encourage someone to be fit!

First time members; must be at least 21 years old.
Enrollment in full price yearly memberships qualifies.
Cannot be combined with other offers.


For more information contact:
Donna Garofalo, General Manager
Stamford Athletic Club
75 Third Street
Stamford CT 06905
Telephone: (203) 357-7555

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Smilers at Bridgeport Library . . .

Visit with Santa
Bring your Camera!

Wednesday, December 15th
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Newfield Branch
1230 Stratford Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06607
Telephone: (203) 576-7828

Thursday, December 16th
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
North Branch
North Branch
3455 Madison Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Telephone: (203) 576-7003

Bats 101
Thursday, December 16th
6:30 PM
Black Rock Branch

Plan on visiting the colorful, dramatic photo presentation "Bats 101". You will see images of bats from tiny pups to adulthood. Join in and meet DEP and USFW Wildlife Rehabilitator and Falls Village, CT resident Linda Bowen. She will share her knowledge and experience regarding this much maligned species, so be prepared to have your "bat questions" answered.

Learn the facts and dispel the myths about our only flying mammals.

You will discover how White Nose Syndrome has decimated the bat populations and what we can expect in the near future. Join Ms. Bowen for some simple tips you can use to become Citizen Scientists to help monitor the remaining bat populations from a lawn chair in your own backyard.

This is a FREE event.
For More Information:
Black Rock Branch Library
2705 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
Telephone: (203) 337-9676

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Smiler from Barnum Museum . . .

Barnum Holiday Fest
Gingerbread Contest
1PM to 3PM

During the Christmas season in Connecticut, you don't have to look far to find the cherished aspects of the holiday, from one-of-a-kind ornaments and baked goods to spectacular light displays and classic colonial houses draped in snow. Bringing it all together is A Connecticut Christmas, a full color celebration of the spirit of Christmas in a quintessentially New England state. Ms. Smith has told the stories of the people and places of Connecticut for two decades and in the book she highlights the many joyful things to see and do during the holidays. She profiles some of the remarkable people who make the holiday season brighter for visitors and Connecticut residents alike.

The event begins at 1PM with a talk by Diane Smith, an Emmy-award winning television and radio journalist and author of the new book, A Connecticut Christmas. Following her talk Smith will sign autographs for anyone interested in purchasing the book for themselves, or as a holiday gift.

From 1:30PM to 3PM children of all ages will be able to learn about the traditions associated with and create crafts representative of the following winter holidays: Jewish Chanukauh, African Kwanzaa, American Christmas and Mexican Las Posadas. Victorian Christmas d├ęcor will surround guests in the People’s United Bank Gallery as they warm their spirit by sipping hot chocolate and eating cookies donated by Stew Leonard’s of Norwalk.

Guests will be able to wander among and examine David Millen’s creative, cirque themed sculpture exhibit, Celebrating the Spirit of P.T. Barnum! Energy, Balance, Vitality. The exhibition features nearly 20 of his metal and clay pieces which range in size from 40” tall to life size figures. This display will only be up through January 2nd. Visitors also will be able to find fabulous Connecticut, Barnum and circus themed gifts in the shop. On December 11th from 10AM to 4:30PM Barnum Museum members will receive a 25% discount on their entire gift shop purchase (your purchase helps support the museum).

Children need to plan ahead to participate in the third annual create a Gingerbread Village contest. For contest rules see below, visit or call Jaime Knoedler at (203) 331-1104 ext.102 for more details, but to qualify and be on display for the event, all entries must be delivered before 1PM on Saturday, December 11th. There is no cost to enter and the winner of the Gingerbread contest will receive a family 4-pack of tickets to see the Opening Night, January 12, 2011, 7PM performance of Disney On Ice® presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey at Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. The runner up will receive a special gift bag filled with goodies from the Barnum Museum. The announcement of the Gingerbread creation winner and one runner up will take place at 2:30PM during the event. Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by phone or e-mail.

From 1PM to 3PM, the New York Life Insurance Company will offer their popular, safe and secure child identification program at no charge. Parents will fill out a form for their children and will walk away with a one sheet print out and a number of wallet sized versions to use as needed with friends, family, babysitters and more (Protecting families is at the core of New York Life’s mission, so they are delighted to provide the service).

Gingerbread contest Rules: Gingerbread creations should be delivered prior to 1PM on Saturday December 11th, entries will not be accepted past 1PM so they may be placed on display for the rest of the year as part of one fantastic Gingerbread village! Only children 12 and under are encouraged to enter, all entries must be made up of edible materials, the Barnum Museum is not responsible for damage to any tasty entries, and those wishing to have their creations returned, must pick them up during normal museum hours by January 9, 2011. Working from a gingerbread kit is fine. Visit your craft store or search on line to find suggestions.

Barnum Holiday Fest and Gingerbread Contest, including a presentation by Diane Smith about her newest book, A Connecticut Christmas. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at $16.95 along with many other unique holiday gift ideas in the museum shop.

The Barnum Museum
820 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Saturday, December 11th from 1PM - 3PM

Program Admission: Adults and Seniors: $5, Children 4-7: $2, Under 4: Free
*Barnum Museum members are Free and Barnum Kids Club Members are Free

For more information:
and/or call 203-331-1104, ext. 102.
Regular museum hours:
Wednesdays – Saturdays 10AM – 4:30PM
Sundays noon – 4:30PM
Last admission at 3:45PM

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Holiday Smiler in Wilton . . .

The Great Trains
December 4th to January 17th

The Wilton Historical Society’s 13th annual Great Trains exhibit features a range of makes, models and gauges of model trains rolling around curves, passing familiar local and scenic landscapes and rushing through mountain passes. Each model landscape is intricately designed by the Society’s "Trainmen" with each detail carefully crafted for all to enjoy.

Trains whistling around mountain passes, a special visit from Santa and the Christmas Tale, "Scrooge" - A Christmas Tale told through life sized marionettes are featured at the Wilton Historical Society’s celebrations this holiday season. More than just trains, the holiday exhibit includes a vast collection of toys, dolls and miniatures. Plan to join in this family-friendly fun event for the holidays!

Exhibit Hours:
Tues.-Fri: 10:00am-4:30pm; Sat: 1-4pm;
Sundays: (December 12th and 26th) 1pm – 4pm
Sundays: (January 2nd, 9th, and 16th) 1pm – 4pm
Closings: Fridays, December 24th & 31st – closing at noon;
Saturdays: December 25th & January 1st – closed
Cost: Free to children and members;
$5 suggested donation per adult non-member

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For more info:
Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897
Telephone: (203) 762-7257