OK, spring has sprung ... and it's even beginning to feel a bit like it should, albeit three weeks into the season. The weather is supposed to be pretty decent, so don't use that as an excuse for hanging back this weekend. Here's an inventory of things to do in Fairfield:
The child of Holocaust survivors will talk about her experiences growing up, as chronicled in her book, "The Watchmaker's Daughter," in a free presentation at 6:45 p.m. Friday in Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road. Sonia Taitz, the writer, will speak immediately after the synagogue's 6 p.m. service, and the program is open to the public. A dinner will follow her remarks, and an $18 per person reservation is required for that. For information, call 203-374-5544.
It's tree-rific. The town's Forestry Committee and the Connecticut Audubon Center at Fairfield on Saturday co-sponsor "Roots to Branches," a program from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday on preserving the state's forest lands and keeping trees in your yard healthy. It takes place at the Connecticut Audubon Center, 2325 Burr St. There will be a presentation by state Foresters Chris Donnelly and Rob Rocks, followed by workshops on a variety of topics, ranging from tree planting to pruning to identifying invasive plants and shrubs. Requested donation is $10. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.fairfieldct.org/forestry.htm
A day-long festival of independent and short films will be screened Saturday at Sacred Heart University, part of the New England Film & Music Festival in the fall. Attendees previewing films at the SHU day-long event will be able to vote for their favorite films to be screened at the festival set for Sept. 28 at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. Screenings start at 1 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium of the university, 5151 Park Ave. Tickets cost $5 per film with SHU student ID, $10 general admission; advance all-day pass special is $25 or $20 with student ID. For details and the complete schedule of films, check http://bit.ly/16PIzVl
New Orleans piano man Jon Cleary and his "Philthy Phew" bring their mix of Crescent City jazz, R&B, gospel and blues to the Quick Center at Fairfield University at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets go for $25, $30 and $35. For more information, call 203-254-4010 or go here, http://bit.ly/bu7GIS
Lunch and entertainment will be served together Sunday afternoon at St. Emery's Church hall, 838 Kings Highway. The program is planned from noon to 4:30 p.m. with a meal of ziti, meatballs, sausage, bread, dessert and soft drinks, as well as beer and wine for an extra fee. The event also features musical entertainment, including soprano Krista Adams Santilli, St. Emery Music Director Anthony Procaccini, St. Emery's Festival Choir and Hungarian singers from the parish and elsewhere. Tickets, on sale at the door, are $20 for adults and $10 for children. For information, call 203-268-4535, 203-336-0618 or 203-333-7534.