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Raising Chickens Has Never Been So Easy



For those who have always wanted squawking chickens in the yard but haven’t the energy to build the proper coop, your problems are solved. The Front Yard Coop is a solar-powered, self-propelled home for chickens.

 The device is made of a welded aluminum frame covered in painted bead-board siding. The generated electricity juices up the exterior to shock away attacking foxes or other predators. It also propels the four-by-eight-foot pen around the yard. “This unique feature distributes the flock’s impact on your lawn and spreads its beneficial manure, and constantly offers your birds fresh forage,” says Nancy Zander, who runs the business with husband Peter Zander, creator of the device, which retails starting at $1,700 at frontyardcoop.com (the Benjamin Moore paint selection to match your main house is extra). “Front Yard Coop also has a food and water system—it can store several days worth of food and water and dispense them automatically.”

“Your children will enjoy the responsibility of caring for their animals,” says Zander. “They will understand where their food really comes from.”

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September 2016

COMMUNITY CHALLENGE FEATURES 5k Road Race – Certified course that takes runners by the scenic harbor and historic Southport. Computer chip timing. 2-mile Fitness Walk - Non-competitive...

Cost: $25/20/10

Where:
Wakeman Boys & Girls Club
385 Center Street
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Bigelow Tea
Telephone: 203-330-2530
Contact Name: Elaine Gavoli
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The Westport Arts Center presents its fall 2016 exhibition and related community programming, MORE Than Words – courage, resilience and empowerment in the face of bullying.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Westport Arts Center
51 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT  06880
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Sponsor: J.P. Morgan
Telephone: 203-222-7070
Contact Name: Leslie LaSala
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Celebrate the colonial legacy of the honey bee and learn about beekeeping, enjoy sun tea and refreshments. Make family-friendly crafts and learn about the Colonial Kitchen Garden with volunteers...

Cost: Members; Free: Non-Members; $5 Adults, $3 Children, free for children 5 and unde

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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What is the "real" news? How is it determined? Are we well-served as consumers of news via social media? And how do you stay alive as a news entity? Moderator Cindy Simoneau, Chair,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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97th Durham County Fair has pretty much everything! From nationally-known music performers (including Foreinger, Old Dominion and Martha Reeves) to thousands of exhibits to rides including a Roller...

Cost: Admission varies - starts at $10

Where:
unctions of Routes 68, 17 and 77 in Durham, CT.
Durham, CT


Telephone: 860.349.9495
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Opening reception includes his Meet the Author talk on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 4pm - 6pm. Exhibition on view from September 25 - October 23, 2016 during normal library hours. Active as a...

Cost: free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

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New Photography Exhibit Opens at the Gores Pavilion It’s in the Details, a photography exhibit by Matthew Blaine, opened Sunday, July 17 and runs through the end of October.  The...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Gores Pavilion
Irwin Park
848 Weed Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: The New Canaan Historical Socoiety
Telephone: 203-966-1776
Contact Name: Janet Lindstrom
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Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that...

Cost: $5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for members

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

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Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25 Awesome Autumn Book Sale Fundraiser, Friday 12 – 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.* Everyone is covered in this fundraiser...

Cost: free

Where:
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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Sponsor: Wilton Library
Telephone: 203-762-3950
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A benefit for Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport, Inc. Sunday, September 25th, 2016, 5 – 8 pm The Country Club of Fairfield Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live auction and sunset views of...

Cost: $150 - $500

Where:
The Country Club of Fairfield
936 Sasco Hill Road
Fairfield , CT  06824
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Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that...

Cost: $5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for Members.

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

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The Westport Arts Center presents its fall 2016 exhibition and related community programming, MORE Than Words – courage, resilience and empowerment in the face of bullying.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Westport Arts Center
51 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT  06880
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Sponsor: J.P. Morgan
Telephone: 203-222-7070
Contact Name: Leslie LaSala
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A film screening of Salam Neighbor (2014) and Skype Q&A with film director Chris Temple on Monday, September 26, from 7 - 9 pm at the Kelley Theater. Salam Neighbor was...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kelley Theater, Quick Center for the Arts
200 Barlow Rd.
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield University Art Museum in partnership with JUHAN and the Film, Television and Media Arts Program
Telephone: 203-254-4046
Contact Name: Fairfield University Art Museum
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Opening reception includes his Meet the Author talk on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 4pm - 6pm. Exhibition on view from September 25 - October 23, 2016 during normal library hours. Active as a...

Cost: free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

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This monumental three-piece suite addresses the perilous journeys faced by refugees and is a reaction by artist Rick Shaefer to the ongoing immigration crisis unfolding across the globe. The...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Walsh Art Gallery
200 Barlow Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Bellarmine Museum of Art
Telephone: 203-254-4046
Contact Name: Tiffany Davidson
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Members of the Fairfield community and other enthusiastic supporters of Save the Children will hit the links at The Patterson Club in Fairfield Sept. 27 to tee up a brighter future for kids at the...

Cost: See website link in the description for more information

Where:
The Patterson Club
1118 Cross Highway
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Telephone: 475-999-3227
Contact Name: Chrys Tsilibes
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The Westport Arts Center presents its fall 2016 exhibition and related community programming, MORE Than Words – courage, resilience and empowerment in the face of bullying.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Westport Arts Center
51 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT  06880
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Sponsor: J.P. Morgan
Telephone: 203-222-7070
Contact Name: Leslie LaSala
Website »

More information

Opening reception includes his Meet the Author talk on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 4pm - 6pm. Exhibition on view from September 25 - October 23, 2016 during normal library hours. Active as a...

Cost: free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

More information

This monumental three-piece suite addresses the perilous journeys faced by refugees and is a reaction by artist Rick Shaefer to the ongoing immigration crisis unfolding across the globe. The...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Walsh Art Gallery
200 Barlow Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Sponsor: Bellarmine Museum of Art
Telephone: 203-254-4046
Contact Name: Tiffany Davidson
Website »

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DeCicco & Sons, 17 Maple Avenue, Armonk (Demonstration Kitchen-2nd floor), 914-499-1100, www.deciccoandsons.comHelp Prep and Beer Education! As a family owned and operated specialty grocery store...

Cost: $15 plus $25 Food Fee

Where:
DeCicco & Sons
17 Maple Avenue
ARMONK, NY
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Sponsor: WCC
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For ages 3-5 with adult - Tuesday mornings @11:00 am & afternoons @1:00 pm.  Explore the museum collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. Topics change weekly:...

Cost: Museum admission

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203.869.0376
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The Westport Arts Center presents its fall 2016 exhibition and related community programming, MORE Than Words – courage, resilience and empowerment in the face of bullying.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Westport Arts Center
51 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT  06880
View map »


Sponsor: J.P. Morgan
Telephone: 203-222-7070
Contact Name: Leslie LaSala
Website »

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Crafting the Elements: Ceramic Art of Modern Japan from the Collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz will be on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum from September 29 - December 16, 2016; an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield University Art Museum
200 Barlow Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Telephone: 203-254-4046
Website »

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Opening reception includes his Meet the Author talk on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 4pm - 6pm. Exhibition on view from September 25 - October 23, 2016 during normal library hours. Active as a...

Cost: free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

More information

This monumental three-piece suite addresses the perilous journeys faced by refugees and is a reaction by artist Rick Shaefer to the ongoing immigration crisis unfolding across the globe. The...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Walsh Art Gallery
200 Barlow Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Sponsor: Bellarmine Museum of Art
Telephone: 203-254-4046
Contact Name: Tiffany Davidson
Website »

More information

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The Westport Arts Center presents its fall 2016 exhibition and related community programming, MORE Than Words – courage, resilience and empowerment in the face of bullying.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Westport Arts Center
51 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT  06880
View map »


Sponsor: J.P. Morgan
Telephone: 203-222-7070
Contact Name: Leslie LaSala
Website »

More information

Thursday, September 29, 6pm – 8pm. Free. Enjoy the exhibition opening of “Rising Tides” and learn about the fascinating history, past and future, of Fairfield’s use of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

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Thursday, September 29 Yellow Dress Performance, 7 – 8:30 p.m. The Yellow Dress is a dramatic one-woman play based on the stories of young women who were victims of dating violence. The...

Cost: free

Where:
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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Sponsor: Wilton Library
Telephone: 203-762-3950
Website »

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Opening reception includes his Meet the Author talk on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 4pm - 6pm. Exhibition on view from September 25 - October 23, 2016 during normal library hours. Active as a...

Cost: free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

More information

This monumental three-piece suite addresses the perilous journeys faced by refugees and is a reaction by artist Rick Shaefer to the ongoing immigration crisis unfolding across the globe. The...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Walsh Art Gallery
200 Barlow Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Sponsor: Bellarmine Museum of Art
Telephone: 203-254-4046
Contact Name: Tiffany Davidson
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Westport Arts Center presents its fall 2016 exhibition and related community programming, MORE Than Words – courage, resilience and empowerment in the face of bullying.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Westport Arts Center
51 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT  06880
View map »


Sponsor: J.P. Morgan
Telephone: 203-222-7070
Contact Name: Leslie LaSala
Website »

More information

LORD & TAYLOR STAMFORD ANNOUNCES 2016 FALL CHARITY DAYS TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY September 30 & October 1 CONTINUED SUPPORT PARTICIPATION FOR STAMFORD HEALTH’S...

Cost: Donation

Where:
Lord & Taylor
110 High Ridge Rd
Stamford, CT  06905
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Sponsor: Lord &Taylor
Telephone: 120-332-76600
Contact Name: Shermaine Croney
Website »

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Opening reception includes his Meet the Author talk on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 4pm - 6pm. Exhibition on view from September 25 - October 23, 2016 during normal library hours. Active as a...

Cost: free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

More information

This monumental three-piece suite addresses the perilous journeys faced by refugees and is a reaction by artist Rick Shaefer to the ongoing immigration crisis unfolding across the globe. The...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Walsh Art Gallery
200 Barlow Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Sponsor: Bellarmine Museum of Art
Telephone: 203-254-4046
Contact Name: Tiffany Davidson
Website »

More information

New Photography Exhibit Opens at the Gores Pavilion It’s in the Details, a photography exhibit by Matthew Blaine, opened Sunday, July 17 and runs through the end of October.  The...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Gores Pavilion
Irwin Park
848 Weed Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: The New Canaan Historical Socoiety
Telephone: 203-966-1776
Contact Name: Janet Lindstrom
Website »

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19th Annual Art Show: Art & Community: Revealing the Art Within Entry deadline: October 1, 2016 Calling all artists working in any style, subject, or medium. Abstract or realistic, all...

Cost: $25 per piece

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Caroline Crawford
Website »

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The Westport Arts Center presents its fall 2016 exhibition and related community programming, MORE Than Words – courage, resilience and empowerment in the face of bullying.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Westport Arts Center
51 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT  06880
View map »


Sponsor: J.P. Morgan
Telephone: 203-222-7070
Contact Name: Leslie LaSala
Website »

More information

LORD & TAYLOR STAMFORD ANNOUNCES 2016 FALL CHARITY DAYS TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY September 30 & October 1 CONTINUED SUPPORT PARTICIPATION FOR STAMFORD HEALTH’S...

Cost: Donation

Where:
Lord & Taylor
110 High Ridge Rd
Stamford, CT  06905
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Sponsor: Lord &Taylor
Telephone: 120-332-76600
Contact Name: Shermaine Croney
Website »

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he New Canaan Nature Center's 5th Harvest Festival takes place on Saturday, October 1st from 7-10pm. Enjoy the social evening in the meadow, under illuminated tents...

Cost: $75 in advance

Where:
New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Music on the Hill presents a new work by artistic director Ellen Dickinson. "Threads of Light: A Tapestry of African-American Spirituals" weaves together 30 spirituals in three movements...

Cost: free

Where:
Norwalk Concert Hall
125 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT  06851
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Sponsor: Music on the Hill
Telephone: 203-529-3133
Contact Name: Music on the Hill
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A ghoulishly good time is brewing at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester during Brick-or-Treat! Little ghosts and mummies can experience Halloween every weekend in October with spooktacular...

Cost: Starting at $15.95; children under 2 are FREE

Where:
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
39 Fitzgerald Street
Yonkers, NY  10710
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Sponsor: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
Telephone: 866-243-0770
Contact Name: Jake
Website »

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Opening reception includes his Meet the Author talk on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 4pm - 6pm. Exhibition on view from September 25 - October 23, 2016 during normal library hours. Active as a...

Cost: free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

More information

New Photography Exhibit Opens at the Gores Pavilion It’s in the Details, a photography exhibit by Matthew Blaine, opened Sunday, July 17 and runs through the end of October.  The...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Gores Pavilion
Irwin Park
848 Weed Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: The New Canaan Historical Socoiety
Telephone: 203-966-1776
Contact Name: Janet Lindstrom
Website »

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