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Your Weekend Planner: April 1-3, 2011

April begins with a bloom of activities and entertainment around town. Patch lines up some events to help you make the most of your weekend.

Vernal Pools & April Fool’s Night Hike

  • Where: New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke, New Canaan
  • When: Friday, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Why go: Explore the vernal pools, shallow bodies of water, and spot some of “nature’s tiniest vertebrates,” the center says, on their way to spring breeding grounds. Naturalists will have night-vision goggles and bionic ears on hand to help identify the creatures by both sight and sound. View details here.
  • Price: $5/members, $8/non-members

Authors on Stage: Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld

  • Where: New Canaan Library (Lamb Room), 151 Main Street, New Canaan
  • When: Sunday, 5 p.m.
  • Why go: Amy Chua, author of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” received considerable press for her latest release that reveals her experiences in implementing the “extreme parenting” methods often used in China, her native land. View the full press release on the library’s website. Jed Rubenfeld, author of “Death Instinct,” will discuss his new literary thriller that fuses historical fact with fiction. He “explores one of the greatest unsolved puzzles of the American past,” according to this press release.  
  • Price: Free. Registration required. To reserve a seat call 203-594-5040 or register online 

Jazz Concert with Bennie Wallace and Friends

  • Where: Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan
  • When: Sunday, 4 p.m.
  • Why go: Enjoy a jazz concert with Bennie Wallace, a musician at the heart of the jazz scene for more than 30 years, featuring Lissy Newman. Proceeds from the concert will benefit KEYS, which provides free music instruction to under-served children in Bridgeport. For more event information and tickets visit http://www.keysmusic.org, call 203-761-0150 or email keys.bridgeport@gmail.com
  • Price: $20/Silvermine and Guild Artist members and faculty; $25/non-members

  • Where:, 11 Farm Road, New Canaan
  • When: Saturday, 7-9 p.m.
  • Why go: More than 90 New Canaan High School seniors will model prom and collegiate-wear fashshions at this year’s event fashion event parading a “Project Runway” theme. The dress designs of three students will be featured. For more information 
  • Price: $15/students, $20 at the door; $50 per family

Aaron Neville and His Quintet

  • Where: The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield
  • When: Friday, 8 p.m.
  • Why go: Now with 50 years in the business creating hits like “Tell It Like It is” and “Everybody Plays the Fool,” Aaron Neville and his quintet , featuring brother Charles Neville, will bring a half-century of musical influence to the playhouse stage.  It’s an opportunity to become reacquainted with songs of years ago, as well as Aaron Neville’s more recent achievements with albums ”Bring It On Home - The Soul Classics” in 2006 and the newly released “I Know I’ve Been Changed.” Special Guest:  Griffin Anthony For details including a wine tasting and restaurant discount click here

Author David Sedaris

  • Where: , 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford
  • When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon
  • Why go: David Sedaris will read selections from his best-sellers "Naked,” "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," and engage the audience with a Q & A. For more information click here
  • Price: $57, $52, $42 plus SCA Fees

CIVIL WAR-RELATED EVENTS

  • Where: , 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton
  • When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Why go: Ever wonder what it was like to be a soldier during the Civil War? Here’s your chance to find out, as “Wilton High School senior Mike Kaelin leads a re-enactment demonstrating a Civil War encampment with the 14th Connecticut Regiment taking place on the society’s grounds. A lecture by fellow senior Brian Caswell takes place at 1 p.m. This Living History Day event complements the society’s new exhibit, “America’s Civil War Retrospective” open Tuesdays-Fridays 10-4, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 (closed Easter) through May 13. For more information .
  • Price: Reenactment and exhibit are free for WHS members, $5 for non-member families.

  • Where: Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Hwy. N.
  • When: Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; daily Tuesday-Friday through May 31
  • Why go: The Darien Historical Society opened this exhibit in its Scofield Barn last weekend to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. Exhibit organizer Ken Reiss “chronicles the men from Darien who fought in the war through personal letters and memorabilia, as well as historic background on regiments and battles.  The second part of the exhibition offers a background on Fitch's Home for Soldiers, the first veterans' home in the country.” For details visit http://historical.darien.org, email info@DarienHistorical.org or call 203-655-9233.  
  • Price: Members free; suggested donation for non-members.

Ridgefield Fights the Civil War

  • Where: 132 Main St., Ridgefield
  • When: Sunday, 4-6 p.m.
  • Why go: Charlie Pankenier, a student of the Civil War for most of his life, will discuss what the North/South conflict meant for Ridgefield, describing “the dramatic, poignant and largely untold story of how our town fought the war, what it was like to be a Ridgefield foot soldier and the sacrifices of families on the home front,” according to Keeler’s announcement  For more information visit www.KeelerTavernMuseum.org or call 203-438-5485.
  • Price: $15/general admission, $10/members

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