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What's Up This Weekend: Singing, Songwriting & Stitchery

A winter carnival in Oxford and Hurricane Sandy debris clean-up at Silver Sands Beach are just two of the events coming up. From our neighborhood 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 item below for more information. For more events, check out the calendar of events.

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Bethel: Family Game Night

Where: First Congregational Church of Bethel

When: Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Description: Join the church for its first Family Game Night. You will need a team of 2-6 to compete. Challenges will include building towers, trivia, a relay race and other obstacles to challenge the mind.

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Bridgeport: The Park City Players Present: Great American Love Songs

Where: 275 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT

When: Jan. 19, 2013, 2 pm

Cost: $18

Description: All you need is Love! ...And The Park City Players will take care of the rest. A cast of sixteen performers will shower the audience with six decades of love songs in their Annual Cabaret at The Bijou Theatre. This labor of love includes selections from The Beatles, Michael Buble, Carrie Underwood, Frankie Valle, Whitney Houston, & Frank Sinatra.

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Fairfield: Sacred Heart University Performing Arts Benefit

Where:

When: Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m.

Cost: Donations requested.

Description: The "Performing for the Angels of Sandy Hook" is a benefit show. Donations will go to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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Hurricane Sandy Debris Clean-Up in Milford

Where: Silver Sands State Park

When: Monday, January 21, 2013. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Description: The Great Creek Marsh at Silver Sands is a vital wildlife habitat area that is need of some hearty volunteers on Monday, January 21st from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Gas cans, fencing, back yard sheds, building debris and plastic have littered the marsh area.

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Naugatuck Play: Murder at the Prop Table

Where: Phoenix Stage Co.

When: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 8 p.m.

Cost: $18

Description: How dangerous are props? The show must go on, but all the drama is behind the scenes. This fast paced farce shows how appearances can be deceiving on stage or behind the scenery. Door slams, missed entrances, poison, gun shots and mistaken identities keep the action moving in MURDER AT THE PROP TABLE.

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North Haven: Animal Shelter Adoption Event

Where: 390 Universal Dr N, North Haven

When: Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m.

Cost: Free to attend

Description: This pet adoption event is sponsored by the Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter and the North Shore Animal League.

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Norwalk: Mom's Day of Prayer for CT

Where: Word Alive Bible Church, 536 West Ave, Norwalk, CT |Get Directions »

When: Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 am

Cost: FREE

Description: Join us Saturday Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Enjoy Breakfast and Fellowship, along with a morning filled with Praise & Worship and music with Minister of Music Jonathan Peters and the Word Alive Choir.

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Oxford: Winter Carnival for Children

Where: Christ Church Quaker Farms

When: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Description: Old fashioned fun.  Games and prizes, icesakting and horse drawn sleigh rides.  Food and fun.  Come and stay as long as you like.


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Ridgefield: A Concert for Hope and Healing

Where: Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield

When: Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20, at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Range from $45 to $400

Description: Performers on Saturday include Edie Brickell, Bernie Williams, Kicking Daisies, Carly and Eliza, Bobby Paltauf and the Steve Clarke Trio, and on Sunday, Johnny Winter and his band, Ed Kowalczyk from the band Live, Gary Portnoy, Whiskey Preacher, Chris Berardo and the Desperados, Wagon Wheel Band and more. One hundred percent of the proceeds of these concerts will go towards a memorial park to honor the memory of the victims as well as ongoing psychological trauma help for the survivors.

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Shelton: Needle & Thread Stitchery Club

Where: Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster St.

When: Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Description: Learn cross stitch embroidery. Calling all kids ages 5 and up (parent must determine skill and ability), join Ms. Kathi to learn basic needle and thread skills; the library will provide the materials.

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Shelton: Open House - 49 Longfellow Road

Where: 49 Longfellow Rd

When: Sunday, Jan. 20, noon

Cost: Free

Description: "Wonderful White Hills Raised Ranch featuring 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, Living room, Dining room and Eat-in-kitchen with main level Family room with vaulted ceilings and sliders to newly renovated deck. Other features include lower level Playroom with Wet bar, Fireplace, 1/2 Bath and Laundry. The main level has hardwood floors under all carpets except for Family room."

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Springfield: Robby Klimaytis Benefit Dinner with Auction/Raffle

Where:419 Island Pond Rd, Springfield, MA

When: 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 19

Cost: $25

Description: Robby is a 4-year-old boy who was in an accident in Redding, when a tree pinned him for 20-30 minutes, causing an anoxic brain injury. This event features a catered buffet dinner with a cash bar, a magician to entertain children in attendance, live music and more.

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Stamford MLK Day of Service 2013 

Where: 83 Lockwood Ave, Stamford

When: Saturday, Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

Description: On Saturday, the weekend leading up to Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 19, Service For Peace (SFP) will lead hundreds of local volunteers as part of a nationwide initiative designed to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of public service.

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Weston: "Weston Yesterday" Exhibit

Where: Weston Historical Society, 104 Weston Rd, Weston

When: Saturday, Jan. 19, 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Description: Have you ever been curious about Weston's past?  It's fascinating, and you'll have an opportunity to take a look back in time at Weston's colorful history this weekend, and throughout the month of January at the Historical Society.

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Where: Wilton Library

When:  Sunday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Description: The songwriters' gathering will be followed by time for a brown bag lunch. Participants are encouraged to share work or work-in-progress, listen, and meet writing partners.

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Woodbridge: Casey Gorman and Tim Palmieri

Where: The Winchester Restaurant & Bar

When: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Cost: Free

Description: The beautiful acoustic stylings of singer/guitarist Casey Gorman from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., then Tim Palmieri rocks the house from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.

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