"The Futurist" is a satire of corporate life, the mass media, and political manipulation. Othmer lives in upstate New York and is an executive director for advertising giant Young Rubican.

A three-course luncheon, the author discussion and book signing costs $25. For reservations, call (203) 438-8282 or visit www.bernardsridgefield.com.

Roxbury

$2,500 in prizes awarded at contest

Two-thousand-five-hundred dollars in prize money will be awarded Saturday at the Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department's annual Pickin' 'n Fiddlin' contest.

Contestants can begin registering at 4 p.m. and the program starts at 4:30.

The event, established in 1974, is the oldest country and western music concert in the northwest hills of Connecticut. It will be at the Hurlburt Town Park Pavilion on Apple Lane off Route 67.

Visitors can bring a folding chair or blanket and their own refreshments. Other food and soft drinks will be sold, and a children's playground is available.

Parking is free and admission for adults and youths is $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free. If the event is postponed because of bad weather, it will be held Sunday, beginning at noon.

For more information call (860) 354-5912.

Bridgewater

Land Trust to hold summer concert

The Bridgewater Land Trust will have its second annual Bridgestock summer concert in the park Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Bridgewater Pavilion.

The concert features the band Flashback. A donation of $20 is required. Children under 17 are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the gate.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages will be sold.

Checks, made payable to Bridgewater Land Trust, can be mailed to P.O. Box 8, Bridgewater, CT 06752. For questions, call (860) 355-8233 or (860) 355-4638.

New Milford

Library to hold Harry Potter Day Wednesday

New Milford Library will have Harry Potter Day on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall, for students entering grades four and up.

There will be games, crafts and refreshments. The program is free, but registration is required. Call (860) 355-1191, ext. 204, or stop by the children's library.

Sherman

Book discussion to take place July 20

"Black Maps" by Peter Speigelman will be the topic of the Sherman Library book discussion July 20 at 7:30 p.m.

The book is part of award-winning series of mystery thriller novels from Alfred A. Knopf. They feature protagonist John March and focus on the mysterious and often shady world of high finance.

The discussion will be led by Pat Corrigan, and refreshments will be served.

Copies of "Black Maps" are available at the library, 1 Sherman Center.

To register for the discussion, call the library at (860) 354-2455.

Bethel

Republican Committee to hold lobsterfest

The Bethel Republican Town Committee will hold a lobsterfest July 21 at 3 p.m. at Bennett Park on Payne Road in Bethel.

Advance reservation pricing is $30 per person, $25 for seniors, and $70 per family. Family dinners include lobsters for two adults, and hamburgers and hot dogs for two children over 12. Additional children cost $5 each.

For information, call (203) 792-4995.