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.
Gold Rush at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
Where: Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Tpke, Monroe
When: Sunday, March 17, 2013, 2 p.m.
Description: Mary Beth & Gary Sippin of Gold Rush will perform a Celtic Irish program in a concert presented by the Friends of the Library.
Monroe Congregational Church Tag Sale
Where: Monroe Congregational Church, 34 Church St, MonroeEdith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Tpke, Monroe
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Free to shop but those who want to shop before 9 a.m. pay a $5 early bird fee.
Description: This is a fundraiser for the church.
ELSEWHERE IN CONNECTICUT
Bethel: Spring Cycling Series Kicks Off
Where: 7 Francis J Clarke Circle
When: Sunday, March 17, 8 a.m.
Description: The Bethel Spring Series returns to the Francis J Clarke Circle for seven Sundays in March and April 2013, held under the auspices of USA Cycling, the national cycling federation. This Series has become the cornerstone spring event for many racers in the New England area, drawing folks from as far away as Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and occasional guests from Canada and points south like Pennsylvania or Virginia.
Where: The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, 182 Whisconier Rd, Brookfield
When: Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 12:30 p.m.
Description: March 16 auditions and callbacks on March 17, both at 12:30 p.m. Please arrive on time as a dance combination will be taught to everyone at the same time to begin auditions. You may be asked to stay after the vocal audition to work with other performers.
Brookfield: Shamrock 5K Run for the Goal
Where: Brookfield High School, 45 Long Meadow Hill Rd, Brookfield
When: Sunday, March 17, 10 a.m.
Description: Brookfield lacrosse is hosting its first annual Shamrock 5k Run for the Goal, benefiting Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson's Research and BHS lacrosse.
Brookfield: Deming String Quartet at Brookfield Library
Where: Brookfield Library, 182 Whisconier Rd, Brookfield
When: Sunday, March 17, 3 p.m.
Description: The Brookfield Library invites you to a free concert with The Deming String Quartet. The one-hour concert will include pieces by Bach, Haydn, Mendelssohn and more. Featured musicians are Larry Deming (violin), Diane Orson (violin), Barbara Wiggin (viola) and Patricia Smith (cello).
Darien: 'The 39 Steps' Play at Darien Arts Center
Where: Darien Arts Center, behind Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Rd.
When: Saturday, March 16; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17
Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students
Description: "The 39 Steps is a play that depends on a few very talented actors playing more than 150 different roles including train conductors, Nazi secret agents, lingerie salesmen, doddering politicians, police inspectors, and music hall acts, to name a few."
Easton: A Hard Road to Travel from Connecticut to Gettysburg 1863
Where: Easton Library, 691 Morehouse Road
When: Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m.
Description: The story of four good friends who enlisted in the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Company D, will be told via their letters and historical documents. Together they marched, tented, survived the elements and disease and fought every day on the hard road to Gettysburg where on that fateful day of July 1, 1863, one of them would be killed, two wounded and only one left standing.
Fairfield: Alzheimer's Association Benefit w/ Band Together
Where: Fairfield Theatre Company 70 Sanford St, Fairfield
When: Saturday, March 15, 7-10 p.m.
Description: Jerry Vigorito and Rob Fried lead Band Together through an evening of 90’s music to keep you dancing and singing in support of the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer Association.
Newtown: St. Patrick's Day Puppet Show
When: March 16, 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Description: Put on your plaid cap and break out the WHITE because The S.H.A.C.K. has a very special black light puppet show and party planned just for you! Wear white so you can glow in the dark but don't forget to wear green too! Children will make a shamrock shaker craft, enjoy Irish Soda Bread, Irish music and a fun glow-in-the-dark puppet show!
Newtown: Irish Cabaret at St. Rose of Lima
When: March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Description: The St. Rose K of C Council 185 will host an Irish Cabaret on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 in the St. Rose Gathering Hall. Doors open at 7:00 and the entertainment will begin at 7:30. Keltic Kick is a very talented and lively group that has been delighting crowds with Irish and rock music for many years. Tickets are $25 (BYO Beverages and snacks). Proceeds will help the Knights perform their charitable works.
Norwalk: Erin Go Bark for St. Catrick's Day
Where: Paws Pet Animal Welfare Society, 504 Main Ave.
When: March 16, and 17, from noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend, reduced adoption fee of $75 for cats and $160 for dogs for animals one year of age or older
Description: All pets adopted under this special event have been spayed/neutered, examined by a vet, vaccinated & microchipped. Cats have been tested for FiV/FeLV and dogs have been heartworm tested. The first 10 adopters will receive a $10 gift card to O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant.
Redding: JBHS Lacrosse Pancake Breakfast and Junior Clinics
Where: Joel Barlow High School, 100 Black Rock Turnpike
When: Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m.
Cost: $7 per person, $25 for a family of four
Description: Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, bacon/sausage, fruit, coffee, tea and orange juice. The indoor clinics are $10 per participant and will be run by the Barlow Lacrosse Varsity coaching staff and players.
Shelton: Paranormal Investigator Hosts Book Talk
Where: Public Library: Huntington Branch, 41 Church St.
When: Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m.
Description: Author and paranormal investigator Sydney Sherman will speak about her book, "You Are Not Alone." She will sell and sign books following her talk.
Weston: Kiwanis Wine Tasting
Where: Norfield Congregational Church, 64 Norfield Road
When: Saturday, March 16, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Description: The wine tasting is an opportunity for Kiwanians and their families, neighbors and friends to taste delicious wines and enjoy hors d'oeuvres by Bon Soiree of Westport in a gracious party setting.
Wilton: Cat Adoption Event
Where: Wilton Town Hall, 238 Danbury Road
When: Saturday, March 16, 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend, adoption fees apply
Description: See one of the cats available for adoption here: His name is Fred Astaire. Visit the Facebook page to see more pictures of adoptable animals.
Where: Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road
When: Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Description: This intimate, amazing night of music will be performed by more than 20 of Wilton’s most talented student singers, songwriters and musicians from WHS and Middlebrook, who will be performing acoustic sets of R&B, bluegrass, jazz pop and folk tunes. All proceeds benefit the Wilton Education Foundation and Wilton’s public schools.
Woodbridge: BSA Troop 907 Spring Garden/Flower Sale
Where: Firehouse on Center Road
When: Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Varied cost
Description: The Boy Scouts will be selling organic and natural fertilizers, mulch, grass seed, potting soil, lime, spring bulbs and early spring flowers: pansies, violas, alyssum, snapdragons, dianthus, hanging baskets and early vegetables. The sale will take place on March 16, 17, 23 and 24 and April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.