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Weekend: Take Pride in Ridgefield

From our neighborhoods in Ridgefield to the towns around us, if you're looking for something to do this weekend we've got you covered.

Whether you're in search of something fun to do with the kids or you have a babysitter and are planning a night out, look no further because Patch editors have picked a variety of events taking place today and tomorrow to help you make the most of your weekend. Click on the headline of each for more information.

Three major events under the umbrella of "Take Pride in Ridgefield" are happening this weekend. 

Ridgefield's Gone Country

When: Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: Downtown Ridgefield

Cost: Free

Description: Fun and games with a down-home country style will be featured throughout the shopping district. At the Library, a country-themed Story Time at 10:30 a.m. will be followed by a visit from Farmer Minor and Daisy the Pig at 2 p.m., according to the library's website. Elsewhere in town you'll hear country music and can participate in other activities sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association.  

Ridgefield: Kids Fest

When: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.

Where: Ballard Park

Cost: Free

Description: Sponsored by CertaPro Painters of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, the 2nd Annual Kidsfest 2013 features activities like face-painting, crafts and inflatable fun. 

Ridgefield: 51st Annual Antiques Market & Country Fair

When: Saturday, May 5

Where: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost: Antiques Market $8, Country Fair Free

Description: The 51st Ridgefield Antiques Market & Country Fair returns on May 4th with something for everyone—vendors, rides, games, food and live music.

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ELSEWHERE IN CONNECTICUT:

Bethel: Chris Belden Performs Live

Where: Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave.

When: Friday, May 3, 8 p.m.

Cost:  Free

Description: Local singer/songwriter Chris Belden performs original tunes.

Bethel: Railroading Through Bethel

Where: The Bethel Historical Society, 40 Main St.

When: Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m.

Cost: Free 

Description: Local railroad enthusiast and historian Christopher Lewis will tell stories of one of the most fascinating long lost train-lines of the Northeast. With storytelling, photographs, maps and memoribilia from both his personal collection and gathered by the Danbury Railroad Museum you’ll see and learn all about an integral part of the development of area transport, travel and trade in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

 

Brookfield: Live Music at The Room

Where: The Room, 3 Production Drive, Suite 3

When: Saturday, May 4, 4 p.m.
 

Cost:  $10

Description: More than 10 bands will play at The Room. The show will be hosted by Tim "No. 37" Martinez from Hate the Hate.

Brookfield: Team Up for Women

Where: Mary Kay Beauty Center, 487 Federal Road

When: Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m.

Cost: $10

Description: One hundred percent of the event's proceeds go toward the Mary Kay Foundation, dedicated to ending women's cancers and domestic abuse. Facials, glamour consultations, chair massages and raffles are just some of the day's activities.

Easton: Joel Barlow Student Jewelry Auction

Where: Easton Library, 691 Morehouse Road

When: Saturday, May 4, 7 p.m.

Cost:  Free to attend, various costs for jewelry

Description: Students enrolled in Joel Barlow High School's jewelry classes completed pieces of jewelry for the auction. Proceeds go to benefit Native Americans enrolled at Turtle Mountain High School in North Dakota. There will be food, live music, and stunning pieces of jewelry available for the benefit of the art department in North Dakota.

Fairfield: Rabies Vaccine Clinic

Where: Fairfield Animal Shelter, 211 One Rod Highway, Fairfield, CT

When: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Cost: $20 

Description: Low-cost rabies vaccine clinic at Fairfield Animal Shelter. All dogs and cats older than three months of age must have a valid rabies vaccination, per state law. Any animal without previous rabies vaccination will receive a one-year vaccine. 

Fairfield: Riverfield School Carnival 

Where: Riverfield School, 1625 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield, CT 

When: Friday, May 3 (6 p.m. - 9 p.m.), Saturday, May 4 (2 p.m. - 9 p.m.), and Sunday, May 5 (12 p.m. - 5 p.m.) 

Cost: Varies. Can purchase wristbands tickets. 

Description: Rides, games, food, fun. 

Fairfield: Dogwood Festival

Where: Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield, CT 

When: Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Sunday, May 5 (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) 

Cost: Admission is free. 

Description: Arts and crafts, art show, musical performances, plant and garden boutique, activities for kids.

Litchfield: Slavery in Litchfield Walking Tour

Where: 7 South St.

When: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.

Cost:  $10

Description: The question is sometimes asked whether slavery was ever general in Litchfield. While Litchfield did not actively participate in the slave trade, there were a handful of slaves owned by wealthy families in Litchfield. Find out whom those families were, how their slaves were treated and what happened after slavery was finally abolished. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

New Canaan: Wilderness Explorers

When: Sunday, May 5, 2013, 10 a.m.

Where: New Canaan Nature Center

Cost: $60

Description: Wild Edible Feast: Use all your senses to identify, gather & prepare a delicious wild foods feast.

Newtown: Connecticut Master Chorale Spring Concert

Where: St. Rose of Lima, 40 Church Hill Rd, Newtown, CT

When: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8:00 pm

Cost: $20.00

Description: The Connecticut Master Chorale, under the direction of Tina Johns Heidrich, will present their Spring Concert on Saturday, May 4, at 8:00 pm at St. Rose of Lima Church, in Newtown. The concert, entitled ‘A Hungarian Rhapsody’, celebrates the diverse music of Hungary, with its distinctive folk music and the composers who have found inspiration there.

Newtown: Mathnasium Ribbon Cutting

Where: 266 S Main St, Newtown, CT

When: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 3:00 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Mathnasium of Newtown is hosting a grand opening/open house on May 4th & 5th to introduce its services to the Newtown community, and show local residents they can “count” on Mathnasium to forge a positive attitude towards math among area students.

Newtown: Steve Bell at St. Rose of Lima

Where: St. Rose of Lima Church

When: Sunday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Description: An intimate evening of story and son with Canadian singer/songwriter Steve Bell.

Norwalk: Marrow Donor Registry Drive

Where: Intensity Fitness Center, 508 Westport Avenue

When: Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.

Cost: Free

Description: Jayden Roll is a 4-year-old girl who needs help. Jayden was diagnosed with MDS, a disease that may soon develop into AML Leukemia. In order to survive, Jayden will need a bone marrow transplant in the coming weeks. But first, she will have to find a match.  Unfortunately, there are no existing matches in the registry. A simple cheek swab will tell if you're a match.

Norwalk: Volunteer Trail Work, Tree Planting

Where: Meet at Union Park at the end of Mott Street behind the Norwalk Public Library.

When: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

Description: Volunteers will clean up trash along the trail, cut back invasive plants and help plant native trees as well as indigenous shrubs and vines. Bring work gloves, clippers and shovels, if possible.

Orange: Folktales From Around the World

Where: Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Rd.

When: Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Description: Join the library for a live performance of "The Maharajah is Bored," "Forever Mountain," and "Leopard's Noisy Drum" presented by the Aces Educational Center for the Arts Theatre for Young Audiences Traveling Troupe. Best suited for children in grades 1-4. Please pre-register.

Redding: 18th Annual Frog Frolic

Where: The Heritage Center, 37 Lonetown Road

When: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.

Cost: Free admission

Description: A country fair featuring kid friendly games, crafts, rides, books, music, food, silent auction and more.

Shelton: Mother's Day Plant Sale

Where: Pine Rock Park Volunteer Fire Co. No. 4, 722 Long Hill Ave.

When: Friday, May 3, 10 a.m. (Click headline for more dates and times)

Cost:  Various costs for flowers

Description: The Mother's Day Flower Sale run by the Shelton Jaycees is an annual event at Pine Rock Park Volunteer Fire Dept. Always the first two weekends prior to Mother's Day.

Shelton: "Anything Goes" at the High School

Where: Shelton High School, 120 Meadow St.
 

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 2 (7 p.m.), 3 (8 p.m.) and 4 (8  p.m.)

Cost: $10/$15

Description: "Anything Goes" is an hilarious story wrapped around one of Cole Porter's magical scores. Terrific Cole Porter songs include “It's De-Lovely,” “Friendship,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “All Through The Night,” “Anything Goes,” “You're The Top,” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.”

Stamford: 10th Annual Model Ts to Mustangs Antique & Classic Car Show

Where: Stamford Museum & Nature Center

When: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 11:00 AM

Cost: Free with gate admission

Description: The 10th annual Model Ts to Mustangs outdoor antique and classic car display returns to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center and features more than 70 automobiles of all makes and models, U.S.-made as well as imports, manufactured between 1900 and 1988.

Trumbull: Trumbull Library Book Sale

Where: Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St., Trumbull

When: Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: By the Book

Description:  Sales are the first Saturday of each month from September through June. For information or to volunteer, call the Library or get contact information at their website:  www.the-friends-of-the-trumbull-library.com.

Waterbury: Gigantic Indoor Tag Sale

Where: Chase Collegiate, 565 Chase Parkway
 

When: Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.

Cost:  Varied costs depending on item

Description: Chase Collegiate School's Class of 2013 will host a tag sale in Fulkerson Arts Center. Proceeds will support Chase Athletics.

Weston: Animal Embassy - Digging Into Nature

Where: Weston Public Library, 56 Norfield Road

When: Saturday, May 4, 4 p.m. 

Cost: Free

Description: Library patrons will meet an African Sulcata tortoise, a Hognose snake, a Softshelled turtle, giant Cane toads, a ferret, large rabbit or hedgehog, a Mole salamander and more as we explore the subterranean realm and some of the animals that call it home. Dig in with Animal Embassy and uncover some of nature's most amazing creatures.

Wilton: Tag Sale

Where: 158 Heather Lane

When: Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.

Cost:  Various costs for items

Description: If you have a child between the ages of newborn to 6 years, this is the tag sale for you. Clothes, books, dvds, videos, computer games, furniture, desks, high chairs, boosters, strollers, car seats and toys including dinosaurs, play rugs, sports equipment, learning games, toys and more.

Wilton: Go Green Festival

Where: Wilton Senior Center, 180 School Road

When: Sunday, May 5, 11 p.m.

Cost:  Free admission

Description: The Wilton Go Green Festival will feature more than 80 exciting exhibitors and the giant Earth Balloon, sponsored by Deloitte, a full day of music and more. 

Woodbridge: Eagle Project Bike and Household Goods Collection Drive

Where: 1700 Litchfield Turnpike

When: Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.

Cost:  Free

Description: This is an Eagle project run by a Boy Scout from Troop 63. He is collecting used adult or children's bikes in easily reparable condition, and gently used kitchen and household goods, for distribution to recently arrived refugee families through IRIS.

Woodbury: Flowers for Mom

Where: Woodbury Public Library, 269 Main St. South

When: Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m.

Cost:  Free

Description: Children ages 4-11 are invited to create a special flower arrangement for Mother's Day.  Members of the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club will be on hand to help children choose flowers and decorate flower pots to give to Mom for Mother's Day.  All supplies will be provided by the Garden Club.  This program is free and open to area residents.  Please call to register your child as space is limited.

About this column: From our neighborhood to the towns around us, if you're looking for something to do this weekend we've got you covered.
 

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