Join the Ridgefield Guild of Artists at noon Wednesday for Animal Spirit, a member show. “Animal Spirit” conjures infinite interpretations, from the primal to the ethereal, the literal to the abstract. The human-as-animal spirit, the spiritual energy from nature that inspires us, the seen (and unseen) life that surrounds us every day. The Ridgefield Guild of Artists invites you to embark on a journey to bring your own unique spirit to the colors, shapes, and meanings this theme evokes.
Author Larry Doyle will meet and greet people to discuss his new book, "In Bed with Wall Street," about the connection between Washington and Wall Street. This event takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ridgefield Library.
Join the Feathered Friends Workshop Friday at Hemlock Hills for kids ages 4 and up. Help build a backyard bird feeder.
Free, 10 a.m. Tuesday at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road: “Join fine art photographer Ben Larrabee in Darien Library’s Artist Space on the Second Level for a discussion on developing your personal vision through photography.”
$5, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford: “Please join us for this interactive presentation on Parenting Styles and Communication. Dr. Renee Krochek and Dr. Keara Conway will present and discuss seven characteristics associated with parenting; review research associated with Diana Baumrind’s parenting styles, and guide parents in determining their own parenting style. Discussion will include the developmental nature of parenting, the importance of adapting parenting techniques to fit your child’s developmental needs, and now to effectively discipline and communicate with your children. The JCC welcomes all!”
$50, 8 p.m. Thursday at The Palace/Stamford Center for the Arts, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford: “The Greenwich United Way will celebrate its 80th Anniversary with a benefit concert featuring the talents of legendary musicians Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), and Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere and the Raiders). Collectively, these artists have sold over 175 million records and had 45 top-40 hits.”
11 a.m. Friday, free at 599 Boston Post Road, Darien. Here’s the description from our events calendar on Darien Patch: “Maplewood at Darien invites you to attend "Bridging the Gap," a talk with Mark Albertson on Friday, January 31st at 11:00 AM … Join us for a presentation about understanding today's pressing situation regarding nuclear capabilities and a look at 'Atoms for Peace' initiative that began in the 1950's … Mark Albertson, instructor of World War II History at Norwalk Community College for Lifetime Learners, is an avid speaker of historical events relevant to today's issues. A member of the United States Naval Institute for nearly 30 years, he is an historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and has authored three books: USS Connecticut: Constitution State Battleship; They'll Have to Follow You! The Triumph of the Great White Fleet; and On History: A Treatise.”
Fee, 6:30 p.m. at Darien Library: The film—which received an impressive ’92 percent liked it’ on Rotten Tomatoes—is described this way on the movie site: “A sleek, slick, well-oiled machine, Rush is a finely crafted sports drama with exhilarating race sequences and strong performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl.”