43 Lake Ave., Danbury, CT

WCSU will host the Agriventures Agway Equine and Pet Event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Feldman Arena at the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The public is invited. Tickets will be $5; children under 12 will be admitted free.

Annual Maple Sugaring Festival at the Institute for American Indian Studies - Washington


38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-0518.

11:00 am - 3:00 pm The days are getting warmer but the nights are still cold. Just the right conditions for maple sugaring! Join IAIS Staff and Primitive Skills Practitioner Jim Dina for an afternoon celebrating the gift of Maple Sugar. Enjoy pancakes made by IAIS staff, local maple syrup, coffee and orange juice (served from 11am-1pm) and learn how local Native Americans traditionally made maple syrup. Jim will demonstrate the technique of collecting sap and boiling it down into syrup as he discusses its importance to Native American culture. Children's activities will run from 1-3pm.    Fee: $10 Adults; $8 Kids

MapleFest at Sharon Audubon Center


325 Rte. 4, Sharon, CT 06069. Phone: 860-364-0520.

10:00am-4:00pm. Admission $5 adults, $3 children. Join us for our Maple Sugaring open house!  Guided tours take visitors through the sugaring process at Audubon Sharon, including the working sugarhouse and a re-creation of Native American and Colonial sugaring methods.  Fresh maple syrup will be available for purchase while supplies last.

Maple Celebration at Flanders Nature Center


5 Church Hill Rd., Woodbury, CT Phone: 203-263-3711.

Noon-4 PM. How sweet it is! A New England tradition continues at Flanders' Sugar House. Demonstrations of turning sap into syrup are brought to life by staff and volunteers using science, history and humor. Flanders' maple syrup and additional maple products are available for purchase. Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Warm up with a pancake breakfast and all the fixings—sausage, juice, hot beverages and of course, Flanders' own maple syrup—prepared and served by Flanders staff and volunteers. Proceeds go to support the education programs at Flanders. Local merchants donate many of the supplies. Maple Celebration
Flanders caps off that sweet maple season with its famous grand finale celebration! The winter festival features wood bowl turning, music, a blue bird talk and hike, maple food sampling, cooking demonstrations and special kids' crafts and activities. Come out and join us for an afternoon of winter fun, perfect for the whole family.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk


10 N. Water Street, Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk opens its backstage spaces for a rare behind-the-scenes tour. Conducted before the Aquarium opens, from 8:15 to 10 a.m., the guided tour offers unique opportunities to see how the animal-husbandry staff meets the varying food and water needs of some 2,000 resident animals. The tour includes stops at the Aquarium's "fish kitchen," where 18 tons of fish a year is prepared, and above the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank, where the dorsal fins of 8-foot sand tiger sharks cut through the water surface. Learn the delicate requirements of a jellyfish "nursery." Participants must be at least 10 years old; under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $32.50 ($22.50 for Aquarium members) and includes Aquarium admission. The tour is limited to 25 people, so reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting.

Palace Theater Presents CT Lyric Opera--Cosi Fan Tutte--Waterbury


100 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702. Phone: 203-755-4700.

Palace Theater hosts CT Virtuosi and CT Lyric Opera Cosi Fan Tutte on Saturday, March 17,2 012 at 8PM.   A fully staged production of Mozart's deliciously ironic opera about the foibles of love presented by an international cast of singers and full orchestra. Check the website for further information.

White Memorial Conservation Center Hosts The Forest Park Zoo: Zoo on the Go--Litchfield


Alain White Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-0857.

On Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 10AM come enjoy The Forest Park Zoo: Zoo on the Go.  Come face to face with a variety of animals in a casual and intimate setting.  Fun for kids of all ages.  Registration Fee:  Members $10; Non Members $20.

Women’s Journeys at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center

03/17/2012 to 03/17/2012

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

Monthly conversations about life and spirituality. Facilitator: Mary Ellen Bannon. Fee: $15 (lunch option add $10). For more information and to register, call Wisdom House 860-567-3163 or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.


Open House and Coppering Demonstration at Matthew Curtiss House


44 Main St., Newtown, CT Phone: 203-426-5937.

12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. Before there were cardboard boxes, barrels served as containers for both dry goods and liquids. The copper, a carefully trained barrel maker, provided this service to all of the local towns until the end of the 19th century. Neil Muckenhoupt will show us how this was done and will demonstrate the copper's craft for all to see.

Kent Historical Society Hosts Tales of Kent by Susi Casey Williams


4 Studio Hill Rd., Kent, CT 06757. Phone: 860-927-4587.

The Kent Historical Society's Sunday Series on March 18, 2012, 2:00PM, Kent Town Hall, will feature Susi Casey Williams and Stan Jennings, both from long-time families who played an important part in Kent's history.  Their talks will represent two sides of life in Kent during the 1940s and '50s. Susi Casey Williams' remembrances will focus on growing up as a member of the extended Casey family and life in the growing and changing town.  The Casey family was an essential part of the business community and contributed greatly to the town's growth and prosperity during that time period.  They continue to play a prominent role in the town. Stan Jennings is a descendant of one of the early families of Kent, and is related to many of the families still members of the town.  His portion of the talk will be about growing up in the agriculture community on the hills outside of town. His experiences will offer an insight into farming and the hardships of that occupation. This is an opportunity to learn firsthand about experiences in a small New England town before technology and streamlined manufacturing made life easier.