New Canaan resident Jonathan B. Mills, the chairman and managing director at Cummings & Lockwood, is the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Marquis Who’s Who.

He was also recently elected a Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Mills has over 30 years’ experience in the legal profession and has been acknowledged for his outstanding professional achievements, leadership qualities and commitment to serving the community in which he lives.

Mills earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Princeton University before getting his law degree from the University of Connecticut.

The New Canaan man devotes much of his legal practice to commercial real estate transactions, including commercial leasing, sales, acquisitions, development, joint ventures and financings. He has also represented companies in connection with various corporate matters, including asset sales and acquisitions, marketing, technology and other licensing agreements, joint ventures, and numerous commercial franchise and contract engagements. Mills also serves as a fiduciary and advisor to several families and institutions with respect to substantial trusts and estates matters.

Please register online at newcanaanlibrary.org for events at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main St.

Learn the guitar: Learn how to play the guitar from accomplished jazz guitarist Michael-Louis Smith, a New Canaan resident. The workshop takes place on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Plaut Room.

The unique workshop will give a beginner the tools to start learning how to play the guitar and the existing player a fresh approach. The workshop will begin with learning the music alphabet, identifying the names of notes of the open strings, and will continue on to explore the fret board through its various positions.

Due to the nature of the event, participation is limited and registration required.

Holiday tunes: Get in the holiday spirit with a spirited concert of classic holiday music. The trio of Maria Tiscia, David Oliver, and Jim Scianna will perform Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.

This lively and talented trio will perform many favorite holiday classics, including songs made famous by timeless composers and singers such as: Irving Berlin, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Perry Como, Mel Torme, Brenda Lee, Miss Piggy and a selection from “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Special.”

Cooking for nutrition: Sharon Holand Gelfand, a functional diagnostic nutritionist, will present a cooking demonstration on the creation and preparation of simple meals that will build your immune system this winter. Learn some tips, gain good meal ideas, and enjoy a tasting of one of her delicious and healthy signature dishes.

The event takes place Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. Space is limited due to the nature of the program.

Pearl Harbor Day history: Historian Mark Albertson will discuss a defining moment in American history, the bombing of Pearl Harbor and how it marked America’s official entrance into the second World War.

The event takes place Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.

Cheese: Cheese, wonderful cheese!

Learn about the history, mythology, and distinctive flavor profiles of cheese. John P. Delutio will present Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. Known as “The Cheese Man,” Delutio offers an illuminating lecture about the science and culture of this culinary staple Participants are invited to sample a variety of artisanal cheeses after the lecture.

Dickens’s Day: Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” was an enormous success as soon as it was published in 1843 and has never been out of print.

Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room, Mark Schenker, dean of academic affairs for Yale College, will discuss the novella as providing a pattern for Dickens’s fiction; how it is a reflection of Victorian culture; how it differs from its many adaptations on stage, screen and TV; and why it continues to capture the imagination of readers around the world more than 150 years after it was first published.

In December, blood donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.

To encourage donations, all those who give blood or platelets Dec. 21 through Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming donation opportunities:

Bridgeport

Dec. 20: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St.

Fairfield

Dec. 20: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road

Dec. 30: 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Trinity St. Michael’s Church, 554 Tunxis Hill Road

Norwalk

Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Temple Shalom, 259 Richards St.

Dec. 27: 11:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Walgreens, 55 Westport Ave.

Stamford

Dec. 16: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Dec. 23: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Dec. 30: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Trumbull

Dec. 16: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Nichols United Methodist Church, 35 Shelton Road

Dec. 23: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Theresa Parish, 5301 Main St.

Wilton

Dec. 21: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Bankwell invites the community to help spread some extra holiday cheer this season through three collections in Bankwell’s Fairfield County branches.

For Person-to-Person’s “Keeping Warm” annual coat drive, Bankwell is collecting new and gently-used winter outerwear for all ages and sizes to benefit the those in need through Dec. 31.

Drop-off locations:

Bankwell in Norwalk: 370 Westport Ave.

Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.

Bankwell in Wilton: 47 Old Ridgefield

Bankwell in Fairfield: One Sasco Hill Road and 2220 Black Rock Turnpike

Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.

The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.

For rules and details, visitgogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2018.

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions from artists 18 and over for a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery entitled, “Worth a Thousand Words.”

The exhibit will run from Jan. 29 to May 11 at the gallery, located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space in Norwalk.

Every picture tells a story — it can communicate to anyone in the world a complex idea with just a single image, no translation needed. The Maritime Garage Gallery is seeking work that captures how the artist would communicate their stories, emotions, concerns, memories, and ideas about life, nature, hope, world events, humanity, etc. into works of art. The exhibit will be curated by Nadia Martinez.