Wild Birds Unlimited

of Fairfield will be hosting a raptor presentation by Christine’s Critters, Inc. of Weston. There will be a number of live hawks and owls present that day for attendees to learn about and meet up close.

The presentation starts Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by a meet and greet with the birds at 2 p.m. This is a free event, open to the public.

Bike the Beach has been an annual fundraiser for over 25 years.

This year’s festivities will be held Sunday at Jennings Beach in Fairfield. An additional option, Hike the Beach — a 5K fitness walk — is available for supporters who are non-cyclists. The walk is on a level route in the Fairfield beach area.

Bike/Hike the Beach is designed for bikers or walkers of all ages.

The bike tours feature a variety of routes from leisurely to challenging, accommodating serious cyclists as well as families out for a Sunday ride. Riders start and finish at Jennings Beach and may choose a 10-, 20-, 45-, or 62-mile route. All routes are along the scenic Connecticut coastline, with the longest passing through Fairfield, Southport, Westport, Norwalk, and Darien.

Bike the Beach supports the charitable activities of the Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting housing, training, and social programs for Fairfield County community members with intellectual disabilities.

The first 350 registrants will receive a souvenir T-shirt.

Detailed information and registration forms can be found at bikethebeach.com.

Rocco & Associates Wealth Management, Inc. will be teaming up with Health Directions, the center for health insurance planning, to hold two free educational events. These events will be held at Whole Foods, 350 Grasmere Ave., Sept. 20 and 21.

The two Fairfield-based firms are encouraging attendees to come and ask questions about their current individual health care plans and Medicare policies and learn about alternative options that may be available. This will be an informal event and a convenient chance to speak with professionals that are up to date on today’s complex health insurance marketplace.

To accommodate all who would like to participate, the session on Sept. 20 will be held in the morning from 8-10 a.m. and on Sept. 21 from 5-7 p.m.

All participants will receive a $15 gift card to Whole Foods to be put towards a healthy meal.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. No need to RSVP but if there are any specific questions, call (203) 255.6022 or email eric.johnson@roccoandassociates.com.

Signs direct people to and fro and call attention to specific places, events and locations. Beyond the words they carry, they use symbols, color and design to communicate their message.

Explore how signs have been used around Fairfield over the years at the Fairfield Museum’s newest exhibition, “Signs of the Times.”

The collection of Fairfield-related signs on display range from commercial signs to informational pamphlets. In addition, visitors can learn how some of Fairfield’s streets got their names, and try their hand at making their own signs.

The exhibition runs through the end of Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26.

The Fairfield Museum, located at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call (203) 259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

Fairfield University’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies is launching a new master’s concentration in informatics nursing, and is accepting applications for the fall semester.

This cross-disciplinary graduate program offers students the opportunity to learn cutting-edge skills while partnering with experts in informatics, analytics and computer engineering at Fairfield’s Dolan School of Business and School of Engineering

The concentration, which targets nurses with diverse career specialties, professional goals and personal interests, will provide nurses with the ability to apply informatics theory through clinical practicum experiences in a variety of health care settings.

Graduates of this program meet all the qualifications to register for the national Informatics Nursing Certification Exam.

The new program requires a total of 39 credits, including 12 courses and a clinical informatics practicum. The rigorous curriculum includes courses in nursing leadership, information and database systems, and is currently the only program in the state to offer “hands-on” learning experiences in the field for Informatics students.

For detailed program and admission information, visit fairfield.edu/informatics or attend Fairfield’s next graduate information session at the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center on campus Sept. 23 from 8:30-11 a.m. RSVP to this event at fairfield.edu/grad.

Do you drive on the Merritt Parkway late at night or early in the morning between Fairfield and Westport? Then be prepared for some delays because of a $56.7 million project that won’t be finished until August 2019.

The project will focus on a five-mile stretch of the parkway between the Congress Street bridge in Fairfield to the Newtown Turnpike overpass in Westport.

The project will include new pavement in both the northbound lanes and work on 11 structures related to the historic bridges, built nearly 80 years ago.

There’s also upgrades planned for guiderails, drainage and restoration of the historic bridges. With all this work, lane closures are needed.

Northbound lane closures are planned from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Saturday to Wednesday and from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Southbound lane closures are from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday; from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.