29 Nov Ofer Eitan States: Toy drives and other things to do in Greenwich
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A photo exhibit called “The Irish Travellers” by Mike and Sally Harris will be on display at the YWCA Greenwich at 259 E. Putnam Ave. through Friday. The photos offer a revealing look at an Irish minority as they illustrate the Travellers and their fascinating culture. The exhibition is in the Gertrude White Gallery at the YWCA Greenwich.
Qigong at the GBC
Qigong expert Donna Bunte teaches classes at 10 a.m. Fridays at the Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts, qigong is viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi), translated as “life energy.” Qigong practice involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind. For information, visit greenwichbotanicalcenter.org.
Meet Santa and his reindeer
Santa and his live reindeer — Dasher, Dancer and Prancer — are returning for the 11th annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village for the holiday season. The event kicks off at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North St., from noon to 6 p.m. Friday. The town tradition continues through Dec. 24. Visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer and enjoy Santa’s Village, train and carousel rides at the “North Pole on North Street.” Parking is free. While waiting for the reindeer to arrive in the afternoon, everyone can enjoy special refreshments, face painting and balloon art and dance demonstrations. Hours for photos with Santa are noon to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. The reindeer will depart on Dec. 22, but Santa will remain for photos Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more details, visit www.Greenwichreindeerfestival.com.
Battle of the Badges Blood Drive
The Battle of the Badges contest and blood drive is a friendly competition to see which Greenwich emergency responder organization can collect the most units of blood,, through their own donations as well as through recruited donors. The blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwich Public Safety Complex. For more information and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Abilis Gardens & Gifts
Abilis Gardens & Gifts is selling holiday gifts and its greenhouse is filled with holiday wreaths and greenery. It is a must-shop store offering handcrafted candles, bath products, children’s gifts, jewelry, housewares and gifts, with fresh flowers, plants and microgreens in the greenhouse. Prices range from $5 to $40 and proceeds support Abilis’ programs. Abilis Gardens & Gifts provides job training for adults with special needs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 3p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays in November and December. Abilis Gardens & Gifts is at 50 Glenville St. For more info, visit www.abilis.us or call 203-531-GIFT (4438).
Tree and wreath sale
The First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich is gearing up for its annual tree and wreath sale. The popular sale will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, then return the next weekend from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 if needed. The sale will take place on the front lawn of the church at 108 Sound Beach Ave., across from Binney Park. Proceeds will again go toward local charities. Want to get first pick? At 8 a.m. Saturday, more than 500 New Hampshire-grown trees will be loaded off a delivery truck and set out on the church’s front lawn. Once the delivery is done, the sale will begin.