Yale Whiffenpoofs to sing at Fairfield-Grace United

Fairfield-Grace United Methodist Church will host a performance by the Yale Whiffenpoofs, a male a capella singing group, 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the church, 1089 Fairfield Woods Road.

The group has recently returned from a world tour and Fairfield will be its only performance stop in southwestern Connecticut this spring, according to a church news release.

Following the concert, the church will host its regular spaghetti dinner costing $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $5 for children under 12. The Whiffenpoofs will attend the dinner as guests.

Performance tickets, at $15 for seniors and students 18 & under, $20 for general adult seating and $25 for priority seating, will be on sale at the church at 203-374-6528 or online at whiffenpoofs.ticketbud.com/fairfieldgraceumc. They may also be ordered by mail for pickup at the concert by sending a check to Fairfield-Grace UMC, 1089 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield, CT 06825.

Author Eleanor Henderson to give talk at main library

Fairfield Public Library will host a talk by author Eleanor Henderson at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in the Memorial Room of the main library, 1080 Old Post Road.

Henderson will discuss her debut novel, "Ten Thousand Saints," a book about friends and family brought together by a death, then carried along in anticipation of new life. In this story, Henderson sheds light on "straight edge," a punk subculture with a righteous intolerance for drugs, meat and sex.

Henderson was born in Greece, grew up in Florida and attended Middlebury College and the University of Virginia, where she received a master of fine arts degree in 2005. From 2006 to 2010, she taught at James Madison University in Virginia. She is now an assistant professor at Ithaca College where she lives with her husband and sons.

Advanced registration is required. All programs at the library are free of charge. For information and to register, call 203-256-3160 or visit www.fairfieldpubliclibray.org.

Pulitzer-winner Darnton

to speak at bookstore

Pulitzer Prize-winner John Darnton of The New York Times will read from and discuss his latest work, "Almost a Family: A Memoir," on Tuesday, April 17, at the downtown Fairfield University Bookstore.

His 7 p.m. talk is part of the Inspired Writer series presented by the university's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Darnton's talk is free and open to the public at the 1499 Post Road shop.

Darnton has worked for the New York Times for 40 years as a reporter, editor and foreign correspondent. He is the recipient of two George Polk Awards and the author of five novels, including "The Darwin Conspiracy" and the bestseller "Neanderthal," the university said in a news release

"Almost a Family," is a deeply personal homage and beautifully crafted memoir of his lifelong chase after his father¹s shadow, a father he never met who lost his life off the coast of New Guinea in World War II, according to the release.

For more information, call Elizabeth Hastings, director, Community and Lifetime Education, at 203-254-4000, ext. 2688.

House and Garden Club schedules open meeting

The House and Garden Club of Eastern Fairfield County will have an open meeting on square-foot gardening 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Ave., Southport.

Mike Aitkenhead, an environmental studies, biology and horticulture teacher at Westport's Staples High School, will discuss planning small but intensively planted raised bed gardens. Aitkenhead is also steward and director of Westport's newly-formed Wakeman Town Farm, an educational demonstration center for sustainable living.

Call Jean Moffitt at 203-374-1242 for information.

Uillean pipes subject

of discussion at SHU event

Sacred Heart University will present "The Origins and Music of the Irish Union/Uilleann Pipes" with musician Jerry O'Sullivan

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in

the school's Schine Auditorium, 5151 Park Ave.

O'Sullivan, performer, recording artist and teacher, has played the uilleann pipes since 1976, having worked with Hollywood composer John Williams, the Eagles, Don Henley and Dolly Parton, among other artists, according to a university news release.

In addition to recording three solo albums, Jerry has also been a guest musician on over 100 other recordings and was a featured soloist on Paul Winter's Grammy Award-winning album, "A Celtic Solstice," the release states.

This is the final performance of the school's three-part Irish Music Lecture Series, sponsored by its Center for Irish Cultural Studies.

Admission is $10 and available at the door. To reserve tickets in advance, contact Gerald Reid at 203-371-7765 or reidg@sacredheart.edu.

`Touch of Crafts' fair set

for Sherman Green April 28

The Fairfield County alumnae chapter of Delta Zeta will hold a "Touch of Crafts" fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, on the Sherman Green in downtown Fairfield.

All proceeds from the event will go to local and national institutions such as the Center for Women & Families, American School for the Deaf, STAR, Gallaudet University and Norwalk Community College.

The rain-or-shine event will offer items for sale made by professional craftspeople from New England. Admission is free.