Litchfield Community Center Indoor Farmers Market

12/16/2017

421 Bantam Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-8302.

10 am - 1 pm in the Atrium. Free and open to the public.

WCSU Planetarium and Observatory Starwatch

12/16/2017

181 White Street, Danbury, CT Phone: 203- 837-8672 .

Free Public Night at the WCSU Planetarium and Observatory.Free Public Night at the WCSU Planetarium and Observatory. Planetarium show: 5 to 6 p.m. Using the 20-inch telescope (if skies are clear) for sky viewing: 6 to 8 p.m. Objects that may be observed include Neptune, Uranus, the Perseus double cluster and the Pleiades. The WCSU Planetarium and Observatory are open twice per month (Saturdays) during the WCSU fall semester. The facility is located on the WCSU Westside Campus, atop the hill between the Campus Center and the Pinney Hall dormitory; the entrance road faces the front of Pinney Hall. Parking is available but very limited around the facility; more may be found on University Boulevard. Public Nights may be canceled due to severe weather and/or dangerous road conditions. For updates, call 203- 837-8672 on the day of an event. Sky viewing cannot be held in cloudy or precipitating weather, but planetarium shows are usually held. Planetarium shows are appropriate for adults and older children, but generally not for infants or toddlers.

Ives Concert Park Harlem Gospel Choir

12/16/2017

43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, CT Phone: 203.837.9226.

7 pm. A holiday show performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues. Indoor at the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall Visual & Performing Arts Center Western Connecticut State University

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Third Saturdays: Family Workshop with Adam Handler

12/16/2017

258 Main St., Ridgefield, CT Phone: 203.438.4519.

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 10 am to 3 pm 10 am to 12 noon; children ages 2 to 5 1 to 3 pm; children ages 6 to  10 Free admission of all visitors! The holiday season often means time with family and friends. In this mixed-media workshop, join artist Adam Handler to create unique, handmade holiday gifts using paint, collage materials, clay, and more!

Scoville Library Special Story Time: Hanukkah Party

12/16/2017

38 Main St, Salisbury, CT

11 am We will eat Hanukkah treats, play spin the dreidel with chocolate coins and listen to some Jewish folktales.

Palace Theatre Waterbury Woodbury Ballet presents The Nutcracker

12/16/2017

100 East Main St, Waterbury, CT Phone: 203-346-2000.

4 pm. Enjoy a family holiday tradition where sugar plums dance, flowers waltz and snowflakes leap across the stage weaving a splendid tale of a little girl's dream of first love. The majesty of Tchaikovsky's music combines with a talented cast to make Woodbury Ballet's Annual Nutcracker a treat for all ages.

White Memorial Conservation Center Museum Circumnavigating Five Ponds with Gerri Griswold

12/16/2017

80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-0857.

Spend quality time exploring one of the most magical areas on our property! We'll be tackling every pond! Pack a lunch and bring plenty of water. Sturdy footwear and rain gear are a must. We are conquering Five Ponds rain or shine! Meet at the trailhead at the junction of Route's 63 / 61. 11:00 AM – 3:00 P.M., Please call 860-567-0857 to pre-register. FREE ... Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Ansonia Nature Center 118TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

12/16/2017

10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia, CT Phone: 203-736-1053.

12:30 pm. This annual survey provides important data to assess the increase or decline of avian populations worldwide. After an early morning start, the New Haven Bird Club will stop at the Nature Center for their lunch at 12:30. Be ready to join members of the club to look and listen along the park's trails. For adults only. FREE. Please call to register.

Danbury Railway Museum - Santa's Railyard

12/16/2017 to 12/17/2017

120 White St, Danbury, CT Phone: 203-778-8337.

Ride a vintage train to Santa's toyland! Trains every 1/2 hour, Sat. 12:30 - 3:30 and Sun.Trains every 1/2 hour, 12:30 - 3:30 Admission: $12.00 age 2+ (under 24 months, free) Includes: - Train ride in our railyard - Free gift for children - Visit with Santa in Toyland -Exhibits in restored 1903 station and railyard, operating layouts, and displays - Coloring station, temporary tattoos, and more

Harlem Gospel Choir

12/16/2017 to 12/16/2017

VERONICA HAGMAN CONCERT HALL WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY Visual & Performing Arts Center, 43 Lake Avenue Ext., , Danbury, CT 06811. Phone: 203-837-8732.

As part of the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series, Ives Concert Park will present the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir at 7 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus.

Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound and infectious energy. For over two decades they have been America’s premier gospel choir and have toured the globe thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music.

Deeply routed in the history of the African-American slave trade, black gospel music can be traced back to the 1700s when African slaves brought their unique African musical heritage to America and combined it with their new faith – Christianity. Out of the hardship and the trials of slavery, this unique musical tradition came to be, and forever changed music as we know it. Blues, Soul and Rock-and-Roll… they all have origins in black gospel music. Harlem Gospel Choir presents modern gospel classics as performed in the black churches of Harlem today.

Harlem Gospel Choir have performed alongside superstars such as Bono, Diana Ross, The Gorillaz, Andre Rieu, Damon Albarn, Pharrell Williams and most recently with JamieXX, Raury, KBS Korean Traditional Music Orchestra and Lang Lang, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Sia, Yolanda Adams and The 1975. They have performed for three Presidents (President Obama, President Carter and President Nelson Mandala), Two Popes (Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI), Ban Ki-Moon and the UN General Assembly. They have recorded with Keith Richards, The Chieftans and Trace Adkins among others.

Harlem Gospel Choir embodies the spirit of American Gospel. Every concert is infectiously
Enthusiastic; a roller coaster ride of singing and dancing; a gospel celebration! The choirs rich harmonies & dynamic sound are “UNFETTERED & JOYOUS”. Their harmonious songs of love, hope and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul, lift your spirit and take your breath away! Get ready to tap your feet, clap your hands and even dance on stage to their high-energy, joyous and exuberant performance!

Advance tickets $25, at the door $30. For tickets go to www.ivesconcertpark.com or call 203-837-8732.