It's the first weekend of the holiday season. Before you recover from that big T-Day meal of turkey and all the trimmings, it's time to trim the tree for Christmas -- while an early Hanukkah brightens the seasonal spirit. So go with the flow, and let the celebrations roll this weekend in Fairfield:

Start holiday shopping on a literary note at the Pequot Library's Black Friday/Saturday Book Sale, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at the landmark Southport library, 720 Pequot Ave. Books of all kinds (many signed by noted authors), CDs, DVDs and other media are available -- including an 1862 copy of "The Bay Psalm Book," an earlier edition of which was sold at auction for more than $14 million earlier this week! For details, call 203-259-0346 or check

A ritual of Fairfield's Christmas season rolls again Saturday morning as Santa Claus arrives atop a big red fire engine to meet and greet fans on Sherman Green, corner of Post and Reef roads. Festivities get underway at 10 a.m. and the Big Guy hangs out in the green's gazebo to hear holiday wishes from youngsters -- and the young at heart -- until 2:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the sponsoring Fairfield Chamber of Commerce has arranged for other attractions during Santa's visit, ranging from a petting zoo, horse-and-carriage rides, food and holiday vendors. For details, call the chamber at 203-255-1011.

The season's also about giving, and in a bipartisan demonstration of promoting that community spirit, Fairfield officials from both sides of the political aisle on Saturday are organizing a post-Thanksgiving collection of non-perishable food and money to re-stock the food pantry at Operation Hope in Fairfield, as well as to collect coats for donation to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. The collection will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Town Hall Green in front of old Town Hall, 611 Old Post Road. Here's more info:

Another menorah lighting in tribute to Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, brightens Sherman Green, Post and Reef roads, at 6 p.m. Sunday (Chabad of Fairfield staged a similar observance, in conjunction with a food collection, on Wednesday evening). This ceremony, open to the public, will include music, a program for children and refreshments. It is sponsored by Mishkan Israel Day Camp; call 203-268-0740 for information.

End the weekend on a suitably jazzy note as famed jazz/rock/blues saxophonist David Sanborn performs Sunday night at the Fairfield Theatre Co., 70 Sanford St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show gets underway at 7:45. For tickets and details, call 203-259-1036 or go to