Winter Blues Got You Down?

10 great ways to perk up this winter



Do Good

Before you toss another not-so-eco-friendly Duraflame on the fire, head over to Abilis for fresh bundles of seasoned, recycled wood. The nonprofit runs a wood-recycling program in collaboration with the Boy Scouts of Greenwich that helps people with disabilities gain employment. Bonus: They will also come straight to your backyard and turn your downed trees into split firewood. Abilis, 50 Glenville Street; (203) 531-1880; abilis.us

Go Glam

• Have you spotted a number of women sporting impossibly smooth, shiny hair despite winter’s frizz-inducing dry air? They’re probably not telling you that they’re devotees of the new absolute frizz control treatment at Warren Tricomi. The wildly popular, protein-rich treatment takes just an hour and a half, is formaldehyde free, lasts two months, and promises to cut your styling time in half. Warren Tricomi, 1 East Putnam Avenue; (203) 863-9300; warrentricomi.com

• When you need a jab of liquid youth without a jab to your checkbook, Dr. Joseph L. Conway, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon, offers botox at half the price of most doctors. Greenwich Ophthamology Associates, 4 Dearfield Drive; (203) 869-3082; josephconwaymd.com

• Women who won’t tolerate anything but nail perfection head to Empy’s Day Spa. True story: A special client made Empy’s dreams come true by financing the opening of her store—when you get a signature mani-pedi you’ll understand why. Empy’s Day Spa, 143 West Putnam Avenue; (203) 661-6625

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Aspen or Stratton may not be in the cards this year, but that’s no reason to hang your head—or hang up your skis. The Babcock Preserve boasts nearly 300 miles of trails for cross-country skiing. Bonus: Cross- country skiing burns roughly 510 to 760 calories per hour, so you’re justified in hitting the Ginger Man afterward. The Babcock Preserve is located on North Street and Stanwich Road; (203) 622-7814

Keep the Kids Busy

• With the school year ramping up after winter break, stress levels can run high (and we’re not even talking about you, mom and dad). Mia Perovetz, founder of joy yoga for kids, teaches yoga to tots through tweens—parents call her “amazing.” Book her for private instruction, birthday parties and catch her classes at select Greenwich sites. 2  Joy Yoga for Kids, (203) 252-7758; joyyogakids.com

• If your kids think the library is just for checking out books, send them to the byram shubert library for a fun reality check. Though sometimes overlooked even by moms who live in Byram, here kids can read books to their favorite neighborhood dogs, make self-portraits with clay, play chess, hold a 7-foot snake (yes, you read that right), take lessons in hip-hop dance and more. 2 Byram Schubert Library, 21 Mead Avenue; (203) 531-0426; greenwichlibrary.org

Watch All Kinds of Stars

• Sure, you can pay for the latest blockbuster, but why would you if you can load up on a better selection of dvds at the Greenwich Library for free? Be sure to check out the “staff picks” in the online archive. Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue; (203) 622-7900; greenwichlibrary.org

• When another Friday night parked on the couch just won’t cut it, head to the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library at 8 p.m. for their friends friday films series—you’ll see little-known films by Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, Oscar-winning greats and foreign flicks that you won’t mind “reading.” Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue; (203) 622-7900; greenwichlibrary.org

• If you’ve been doing more stargazing at local hotspots than at the actual sky, set your sights on Bowman Observatory, run by the Astronomical Society of Greenwich. On the second and fourth Tuesday of every month as well as for special celestial events (weather permitting), admission is free. Bowman Observatory is located at the Julian Curtiss Elementary School on Milbank Avenue and East Elm Street; (203) 413- 6762; seocom.com/asg

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