Waterbury Youth Service Presents Take A Seat CHAIRity Auction


1 Oronoke Road, Waterbury, CT 06708. Phone: 203-573-0264.

On Friday, May 11, 2012 from 5:30PM to 8:30PM Waterbury Youth Service presents Take A Seat CHAIRity Auction and Cocktail Reception at The Country Club of Waterbury.  Tickets $75 includes food and live entertainment.  Over 20 area artists will unleash their creative talents and offer their uniquely designed chairs for auction.  Check the website for further information.

Seventh Annual Memorial Organ Concert at Trinity Church-Torrington


220 Prospect St., Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-482-6027.

On Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7:30PM the final concert in the Trinity Art Series will be the Seventh Annual Memorial Organ Concert with Stephen Roberts, internationally recognized organ solo artist and adjunct professor of organ at Western CT State University, and past Director of Music at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.  You may make a memorial contribution in honor of or in memory of a loved one whose name will be listed in the program by calling the Trinity Chruch.

Sharon Audubon Center Hosts Birdathon


325 Cornwall Bridge Rd., Sharon, CT 06069. Phone: 860-364-0520.

The Ted Mills  Birdathon is an annual Spring Bird Count fundraiser  with teams of birders searching for as many birds as possible over a  24-hour period. Proceeds are used to support Audubon Sharon's bird-related  activities such as bird rehabilitation, bird research and bird habitat  enhancement. Teams of birders spread out over Litchfield and  eastern Dutchess Counties. Anyone is welcome to join a team for as long as  they like. For the name of a team leader near you, contact the Center.  Whereas Christmas Bird Counts total all individual birds, Birdathon  tallies just the number of species seen or heard regardless of the number  of individuals. Regardless of whether you take part in the  birding, pledges are an important part of this event. As with other "thons" you can  pledge in many different ways. The most challenging way for us, is for you  to pledge per species. For example, if you pledge $1 per species and  we see 100 species, your commitment is  $100. The more you pledge, the harder we work!  Contact the Center to make a pledge!

Private Gardens in Sharon and Washinton CT - Litchfield County Open Days

05/12/2012 to 05/13/2012

CT Phone: 888-842-2442. .

Saturday, May 12; hours vary. Visitors may begin at either Hollister House Garden, 300 Nettleton Hollow Road, Washington, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or Cobble Pond Farm, West Woods Road, Sharon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program - Explore two private gardens in Sharon and Washington, open for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. No reservations required; rain or shine. Cost: $5. Special highlights include exuberant plantings within formal lines, inspired by classic English gardens, and garden rooms in pastoral settings defined and accented by stone walls, clipped yews, sweeping lawns, mature maples, a giant copper beech, European birches, ginkgo and dogwoods, including unusual species trees. See www.opendaysprogram.org  or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442.

Chocolate Lovers' Fair - Danbury


164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury, CT Phone: 203-744-6177.

On Sat. at the First Congregational Church featuring  chocolate delights and unique gifts.  Adm. $10., children 5 -12 $5. Call for more information.

Cheese and Wine Tango at Hopkins Vineyard


25 Hopkins Rd, New Preston, CT Phone: 860-868-7954.

Seasonal local artisan cheese and wine pairing. From noon - 4pm. May 12, June 16, July 14, August 18.

Ansonia Nature Center Back to Basics Herb Gardening Program


10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia, CT 06401. Phone: 203-736-1053.

On Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2PM Ansonia Nature Center will hold a program: Back to Basics: Herb Gardening.  Join Ranger Dawn for this class for adults that will teach the basics for growing an herb garden.  It will include culinary herbs and herbs grown for craft projects.  Organic gardens will be emphasized, as well as the benefits of composting.  Fee $5.  Please register in advance.  Check the website for further information.

Pleasant Valley Bean Hole Supper


93 River Road, Rt. 181, Pleasant Valley, CT 06063. Phone: 860-379-9398.

The Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church's Bean Hole Supper. Join us for our delicious bean hole baked beans and ham supper with homemade potato salad, cole slaw and desserts, also rolls and beverages. Seatings at 5,6, and 7PM. Adults $10; Children 6-12 $5. Reservations required. Call 860-379-9398.

Vintage Express on the Naugatuck RR with Haight Brown Vineyard to Celebrate Mother's Day Weekend & National Train Day


242 East Main St., Naugatuck, CT 06770. Phone: 860-283-7245 .

Enjoy this unique experience with Haight-Brown Vineyard on the Naugatuck Railroad, Saturday, May 12. $75 per person,  Adults only. Purchase your tickets online www.rmne.org/schedule or by calling (860) 283-7245. Train departs at 2:00 PM. Meet at Thomaston train station before boarding your 1920's era vintage railroad car. As the whistle blows and the train leaves the station, it begins its route through the scenic Naugatuck Valley, along the byways of the Naugatuck River and up across the face of Thomaston Dam. Be sure to grab a window seat for the great view of the Litchfield Hills or an inside seat to enjoy a glass or two of wines from the vineyard and light appetizers for the ride. After your one hour train ride, you will return to Thomaston station to complete a full wine tasting in the station and plenty of culinary delights by Homemade Gourmet. This special excursion is hosted by the staff of Haight-Brown Vineyard and the volunteers of the Railroad Museum of New England. Pick up tickets at Thomaston station the day of the event at our Will Call window. Please arrive at the station 30 minutes before departure time of 2:00 PM.

Silhouette Cutting at Keeler Tavern Museum


132 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT Phone: 203-438-5485.

Renowned silhouette artist Deborah O'Connor will cut beautiful silhouettes of yourselves, your children, grandchildren and pets on Saturday, May 12th in the Garden House at the Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.  Her work is remarkable and is considered by many to be priceless artwork as she captures, with amazing detail, your loved one's profile.  She is also adept at preparing silhouettes from a clear profile photograph. Ms. O"Connor will be at the Museum from 10 AM to 5 PM. Reservations are suggested. Call the Keeler Tavern Museum 203-438-5485 to make an appointment or for further information about pricing. Frames  and mattes are available.  A silhouette will make a perfect Mother's Day gift and will be come a family treasure