Bike to Work Day:  See Fri., May 20  (William Kurtz Photo)

Bike to Work Day: See Fri., May 20 (William Kurtz Photo)

Thursday May 19

Art: Plant-tastic

What’s the one visible marker that notes the change from winter to spring besides a clear absence of snow? New plants! An appropriately themed exhibition titled Botany opens tonight at the Milford Fine Arts Council’s Firehouse Art Gallery. Juried by Keith Hatcher, a member of the Southern Connecticut State University art faculty, the show features “works of, pertaining to, made from or containing plants,” in all media and styles. Check it out at the opening reception tonight from 6-8 p.m. If you can’t make it then, you’ve got until June 16 to take a peek. 81 Naugatuck Ave., Milford; 203-306-0016, Viewing hours: Thursday through Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Friday May 20

Bikes: Two Wheels Good

Did you know that May is National Bike Month? Let Elm City Cycling help you participate with two events this week. First, today is Bike to Work Day, and commuting cyclists and pedestrians can enjoy free breakfast and coffee from Bru Café as well as tips on gear and cycling routes. Pitkin Plaza, 141 Orange St. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Then on Sunday, prepare the family for some outdoor good times at the Farmington Canal Trail Stroll and Roll. Take a walk, or roll with your strollers, rollerblades or wheel chairs, along the trail. A table with information and food will be set up where the trail meets Bassett Street. See for more info. 4-6 p.m.

Saturday May 21

Fairs: Helpful Fun

Get the kids outside today at Leila Day Nursery School’s Spring Fair. It has pony rides, arts and crafts, games, a zip line, a tag sale of kids’ toys and baked goods and refreshments to boot. Proceeds from the fair will help the school provide tuition help to families facing challenging economic times. Everyone wins. 100 Cold Spring St.; 203-624-1374, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rain date: Sun., May 22. Admission is free; activity tickets are 50 cents each.

Sunday May 22

Music: No Instruments Required

A cappella groups abound at colleges all across the country. Tonight, get a taste of two of Yale’s groups when the Whiffenpoofs and Whim ‘n Rhythm perform their commencement concert. The all-male Whiffenpoofs and all-female Whim ‘n Rhythm are comprised entirely of seniors each year, so send this year’s crop off in style at their last on-campus performance. Woolsey Hall, 500 College St.; 203-432-9630. 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.50-$50.50. See and for info and to purchase tickets.

Monday May 23

Donations: Life Saver

Help Connecticut meet its daily goal of collecting 650 units of blood, one of which can help up to three patients in need. The American Red Cross is hosting blood drives a plenty through the end of the month. Blood drives scheduled during this issue’s date range are: Thu., May 19: Yale-New Haven Hospital (Park St.), 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fri., May 20: American Red Cross New Haven Chapter House (703 Whitney Ave.), 12:15-5:45 p.m. & Trinity Episcopal Church (91 Church St., Seymour), 1-6 p.m.; Sat., May 21: Oxford Senior Center (10 Old Church Road), 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.; Today, May 23: Courtyard by Marriotts (600 Northrop Road, Wallingford; 11 a.m.-4:15 p.m. & 136 Marsh Hill Road, Orange; 1-5:45 p.m.); Elks Club (124 New Haven Ave., Milford), 1-6:15 p.m. & Portuguese American Club (110 Rubber Ave., Naugatuck), 1-6:15 p.m.; Tue., May 24: M.A. Wakley Recreation Center, (7 Linsley St., North Haven), 1:30-6:15 p.m.; Wed., May 25: First Church of Christ (366 Main St., Old Saybrook), 1-5:45 p.m.; Middlefield Federated Church (402 Main St.), 1:30-6:45 p.m. & St. Rose RSM Church of Lima (35 Center St., Meriden), 1-6 p.m. All donors will get a coupon for a free small Whopper value meal from Burger King. See to make an appointment.

Tuesday May 24

Music: Foot Stampin’

Add a little twist to your Tuesday at The Outer Space tonight. For a few weeks now the bar and listening space has been hosting Honky Tonk Tuesdays, where a featured band or performer entertains patrons while they partake in drink specials and snacks. So if you’ve got a hankering for some ragtime, bluegrass or country-flavored tunes, you know where to go. 295 Treadwell St., Building G, Hamden; 203-288-6400, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday May 25

Contests: Submit Away

Students in grades six through 12 should know that they have one week left to submit their entry for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas’ poetry contest. A&I is looking for original poems inspired by the traditional Chinese composition “Ambush from Ten Sides,” featured in the documentary The Road to Beijing. 11:59 p.m. on Wed., June 1 is the absolute final deadline. Head over to to view the documentary and get all the submission instructions.