WCSU Music Program presents Piano Studio Recital


43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury, CT 06811.

Students in Western's music program will present a piano studio recital at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center — Spiritual Drumming


229 E. Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-3163.

On Tuesday 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Learn and play drum rhythms as part of a sacred circle; drum with intentionality and create community. Bring your own drum if you have one. A few drums and many rhythm instruments will be available.  Facilitator: Susan Strand. Registration: Email sstrand@snet.net.  Fee: $10


Hickory Stick Bookshop Hosts Meet an Author for Lunch--Ann Hood: An Italian Wife


2 Green Hill Rd., Washington Depot, CT 06794. Phone: 860-868-0525.

On Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from noon to 1:30PM An Hood will provide food for thought as she discusses her new book:  An Italian Wife during a Meet an Author for Lunch program at The Hickory Stick Bookshop.  Call to reserve a place.

Ridgefield Playhouse Presents Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great!


80 East Ridge Ave., Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone: 203-438-5795.

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great--Wednesday, 11/12/2014 - 10:00am and Wednesday, 11/12/2014 - 12:15pm. Supported by Barker Welfare Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation, The Box of Rain Foundation, Fairfield County Community Foundation, First Student, Inc., Helene Berger Foundation, The Leir Retreat Center, The Philip H. and Christine Lodewick Foundation, Pitney Bowes Foundation, Praxair, Union Savings Bank,  The Wadsworth Lewis Trust Fund. Being a 10 year-old kid is kind of a pain. Having an older sister is really a pain. Being afraid of everything is ... well, just plain painful! Sheila Tubman, otherwise known as Sheila the Great, comes of age in ArtsPower's lively and poignant musical about discovering the person within. Tickets $10.00. Grades 2-6.

Flanders Nature Center Hosts Thanksgiving Basket Arrangement Workshop--Woodbury


Flanders Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-3711.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop at Flanders on Wednesday, November 12 | 10 AM | Sugar House. Join us as we create a festive Thanksgiving basket arrangement perfect for the table or mantle with Judy Grabarz, award-winning owner of Newtown Florist. Judy will discuss the elements of a basket arrangement and will demonstrate how to create one.  Then, participants will choose materials and create their own basket arrangements.  Each basket arrangement will be personal using such materials as gourds, mini-pumpkins, flowers, and leaves.  Judy is a Connecticut native, wife, mother, and grandmother who began designing flowers in the early 70's in a Greenwich, CT shop.  She has owned Newtown Florist for 11 1⁄2 years and has won several industry awards. Program fee $25 members; $30 non-members.  Pre-register please.

WCSU - Innocence Project Lecture


181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810.

Fernando Bermudez, whose 1992 conviction for a New York City murder was overturned in 2009 in a case championed by the Innocence Project, will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Bermudez, a Western alumnus, is an internationally sought-after speaker because of his wrongful incarceration. Joining Bermudez in speaking will be Stephem Saloom, strategic advisor at the Themis Fund, which supports anti-death penalty efforts nationwide. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email tomanesa@wcsu.edu.

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center — Experiences of Emerging Church


229 E. Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-3163.

On Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. enter more deeply into the teachings of Franciscan Father Richard Rohr through listening to Rohr's audio lectures and participating in facilitated, reflective conversation.  The current monthly sessions are based on Conversations of the Bible: Richard Rohr's New Great Themes of Scripture.  Facilitator: Peggy Richard. Participate in the Wednesday or Saturday gathering.  To register: peggyrichard.ct@gmail.com. Donation: $5     

Aldrich Contemporary Museum Hosts Wine & Design--Ridgefield


258 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone: 203-438-4519.

Wine + Design--Thursday, November 13 · 7 pm to 9 pm--Member · $40.00. Non-member · $50.00. Savor an evening in the Museum's galleries with wines, cheeses, and impeccable design. The perfectly paired wine tasting will feature a selection from Ancona's Wines & Liquors and artisanal cheeses from No. 109 Cheese & Wine, presented with the backdrop of exhibiting artist David Scanavino's experiential sculpture, Imperial Texture. During the event, check out the Dream Machine, a customized Airstream and living environment that makes its debut as a pop-up shop at the Museum. Redesigned and outfitted by WeR2, it is a fully functioning home that will display objects made or designed by artists, including thoughtfully designed products for the table and home by Teroforma. Registration is required for this event.

Litchfield Historical Society - Preserving Your Personal Collections: Workshops


7 South Street, Rte. 61, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-4501.

Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 pm: Archives Workshop with Richard Stenman. Photographs are very important for preserving memories and family history. Come hear Richard Stenman, a Photograph Conservator and former Litchfield resident, share his tips and advice for conservation as it relates to the physical nature of traditional photographs. Causes of deterioration and practices for extending their longevity will be discussed with an illustrated lecture. Attendees of the lecture are invited to bring photographs and their questions. These programs are free for members and $10 for non-members. Registration is required. To register, please call (860) 567-4501 or email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Infinity Hall Norfolk Presents Tom Rush with Adrian Legg


Route 44, Norfolk, CT 06058. Phone: 866-666-6306.

On Thursday, November 13, 2014 Tom Rush with very special guest Adrian Legg will perform at Infinity Hall Norfolk.  This extremely special show and first time pairing promises to be an evening of amazing music embellished with entertaining yarns. Can you believe it? Tom Rush, a legendary, story-telling folk hero with a most delightful sense of intelligent wit with his very special guest, Adrian Legg, a masterful musician revered by every major guitarist from Eric Clapton to Steve Vai..one word says it all...WOW! Check the website for ticket information.