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What's Happening in Norwalk This Weekend

NORWALK, Conn. – Hey, Norwalk, looking for fun activities to do this weekend? Here are some of the events planned in and around Norwalk over the next three days:

Friday, March 2

10 a.m.: Children up to age 5 and their caregivers can walk through a Dr. Seuss-themed garden during a Dr. Seuss storytime at the Norwalk Public Library, located a 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. For more information, call the children's department at 203-899-2780, Ext. 15131.

5 p.m.: Norwalk artist Craig Strother, who focuses on forest scenes and diverse, vibrant landscapes in his paintings, is having an art show from 5 to 10 p.m. at Mystical Parlors, a South Norwalk business at 17 Washington St. The event is free.

6 p.m.: Shabbat Across America 2012 – Beth Israel of Westport and Norwalk will welcome the Holy Sabbath with joyous melody and great food. There will be a Sabbath Candle lighting from 5:15 to 5:30 p.m., a fun-filled program program for the kids from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. and a Shabbos Services for the adults at 6 p.m. Shabbos Dinner is at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 for children, with a $54 maximum per family. Call 203-866-0534 or email bethisraelct@gmail.com

7:30 p.m.: The Northeast Children’s Theater Company will be doing its portrayal of the children’s classic tale “The Tortoise and the Hare,” at Curtain Call, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for children. Two additional shows are on Saturday, March 3, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

8 p.m.: The Connecticut Little Symphony, a chamber music group, will give a concert at the Congregational Church of New Canaan, 23 Park St. The symphony is made up of professional players from Fairfield County and the New York City area. Donations will go to the Mary Bradley Clarke Fund for Special Musicians. No tickets are required.

8 p.m.: Comedian Marion Cantone - who’s known for his role on “Sex and the City” - will perform for a week at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. Tickets are $55 and $65, and can be purchased on the Playhouse website .

8 p.m.: The Reduced Shakespeare Company, a three-man comedy troupe that specializes in quickly tackling wide-ranging subjects, will perform at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts. The group will put on “ The Complete World of Sports (Abridged)” a humorous take on ESPN and the sports world. Tickets range from $25 to $35.

Saturday, March 3

10 a.m.: Have you been driving by Andy Rooney's house for years, wondering what's inside? Now is your chance to find out – provided that there are still things left when you make it to the estate sale being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday. If nothing else, Rooney's vintage Underwood typewriter will still be there, as it is being auctioned off and won't leave until the sale is done. Head for the corner of Hunt Street and Rowayton Avenue, and look for the signs.

10 a.m.: Irish Music and Movement with Deirdre and Sean at the Norwalk Public Library offers children up to age 5 a chance to enjoy an interactive music experience. No registration is required but arrive early to ensure a spot. For more information, call 203-899-2780, Ext. 15131.

10:30 a.m.: St. Patrick’s Day is still a few weeks away, but Giant Steps Toy and Baby store on Kings Highway in Fairfield is getting in the spirit early with its annual Leprechaun Hunt. More than 1,000 leprechauns will hide throughout the store, and kids ages 2 to 10 are encouraged to seek them out. The event is free for all families to attend.

11 a.m.: Learn how to make your own maple syrup during Savor Maple Sugar Festival Weekend at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s little red sugar house at Hecksher Farm and partake in other syrup-related events for the whole family. The nature center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, will host the event on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2 p.m.: Children can discover the Central American country of Guatemala and create their own Quetzal, a colorful national bird found in the country’s cloud forests, at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children at 303 West Ave., Norwalk. Free with $15 museum admission.

2:30 p.m.: Matthew Warshauer will discuss his book , "Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival," from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the South Norwalk Library located at 10 Washington St.

Sunday, March 4

Noon: Celebrate the holiday of Purim with a carnival at Temple Beth El at 259 Richards Avenue in Norwalk. Games, prizes, food and more in the Temple Shalom Social Hall. 203-866-0148.

Noon: 20th Annual JCC Purim Carnival: Kings & Queens: Take the kids to the Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., Stamford, for a day of games, inflatable rides and prizes. Admission is free, but tickets need to be purchased for the games and attractions. For more information, call Virginia Clark at 203-487-0973, visit www.Stamfordjcc.org or email vclark@stamfordjcc.org .

3 p.m.: The Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, starting with its annual winter concert. Kids from all over Fairfield County will perform at the Klein Memorial Auditorium on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. They will also be joined by special guests, the A-Team from the Jim Royal Drum Studio. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids and seniors, available starting at 2 p.m. at the Klein’s box office.

6:30 p.m.: Gunsmoke, a country music band, is performing at Norwalk's Concert Hall to raise money for the Whittingham Cancer Center. All tickets are free. If you enjoy the show, please make a donation to the Whittingham Cancer Center. The band takes pride in carrying the torch for the sounds of traditional country music. For more information, call 203-348-5073 or email Gunsmoke1@aol.com

8 p.m.: The B-52s will be play classic hits such as, “Love Shack,” and “Rock Lobster,” at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. Tickets are $95 and $110 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 203-438-5795 or visit T he Playhouse website.

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