Irene is gone and school starts next week. So get beyond all the turmoil -- natural and otherwise -- with a few diversions in Fairfield this Labor Day weekend:

If you still don't have power Friday night and can't cook at home, or maybe you just need a break, head to the Fairfield Cafe, 770 Commerce Drive, and not only get a bite to eat, but also listen to Al Ferrante and Friends. Music starts at 9 p.m. For more information, call 203-331-3911.

Saturday morning get to the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, for the library's end-of-summer book sale and stock up for those long winter nights ahead. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit or call 203-256-3155.

Take a moment to reflect and visit "Connecticut Responds and Reflects," an award-winning traveling exhibition that commemorates how people in the state responded to the challenges that arose after terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The exhibit is at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road. The museum opens at 10 a.m. For more information, visit or call 203-259-1598.

If the kids are driving you crazy, ship them off to the Community Theater, 1424 Post Road, to catch a screening of either "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" or "X Men: First Class." For showtimes visit or call 203-255-6112.

On Sunday, pray for sun, pack the cooler and head to the beach to soak up some of the last rays of summer. If you want plenty of room for the kids to run and play, Jennings or Penfield are the best bets. For a quieter respite, head to Pine Creek, Sasco or Southport beaches.