Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine presents New Canaan Treasures, a custom-designed promotion created to celebrate New Canaan businesses, culminating in a day-long event on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, throughout the downtown streets.

CTC&G Editor-in-Chief D.J. Carey recently visited participating shops, businesses and restaurants and selected her favorite must-have "treasures." Each selection will be tagged in store as a Connecticut Cottages & Gardens "Editor's Treasure" and is featured in a special resource guide in the October issue. Serious shoppers who visit numerous stores and events that day can accumulate gold coins and will be eligible to enter the Treasure Chest contest, featuring high-end lifestyle products and services that are featured in New Canaan.

A portion of the proceeds from this day-long shopping extravaganza will go to The Human Services Council of Fairfield County and the Children's Connection of New Canaan. The HSC will host a special benefit luncheon featuring fall fashions from New Canaan boutiques at The Roger Sherman Inn ($65 per person). The HSC will also offer a discussion for parents, Cyberspace and Beyond: Keeping Your Children Safe, which will be presented by Richard Colangelo,senior assistant state attorney, and Sgt. Carol Ogrinc, of the New Canaan Police Department Youth Division. Topics discussed will include: Consequences of children's actions online, protecting against predators, social networks and networking sites, cyber bullying, revealing too much information and cyber permanence.

For reservations call 849-1111 or visit www.hscct.org.

In addition to shopping for a cause, various retail locations throughout town will be hosting special events. A calendar of these events will be available in the CTC&G guide and online at www.newcanaanchamber.com.

The event lineup includes:

"� Salon 126: 25 percent discount on Moroccan oil hair treatment and other services at 10 a.m. at 126 Main St.

"� New Canaan Ski & Sport: "Ski Chic!" features a vist Italian skiwear trunk show for men, women and children. Enjoy espresso and antipasti from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 11 Forest St.

"� Family Britches: Bill's Khakis trunk show and refreshments from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 39 Elm St.

"� True Blue: Fashion and jewelry trunk shows, featuring fall designs by Marika Charles and unique jewelry pieces by Pono from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 137 Elm St.

"� Lamakers: Women's designer Beth Bowley trunk show from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 147 Elm St.

"� New Balance: Open house and gifts featuring New Balance representatives promoting fitness, health and cancer awareness on this, the 20th year of the Susan G. Komen Foundation/New Balance relationship from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 128 Main St.

"� Pimlico: Coffee tables and coffee! Co-owner and interior designer Melissa Lindsay will show how to style and accessorize your coffee table. Bring in photos of your space to get individual design tips. Enjoy a sampling of gourmet coffees from Zumbach's from 10 a.m. to noon at 7 Elm St.

"� Wave: Meet designer Heather Moore and create your own personalized jewelry with sterling silver, gold and diamond pieces. Food and drinks also served from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 107 Main St.

"� Aetheria Relaxation Spa: Special skincare event for moms from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 121 Cherry St.

"� Roger Sherman Inn: HSC benefit luncheon and fashion show, featuring fashions from J. McLaughlin, Ralph Lauren, New Balance, Ski and Sport, Bobs Sports, True Blue, Wave and L'Armoire at noon at 195 Oenoke Ridge

"� Chyten Educational Services: New customers only receive one hour of free tutoring with the purchase of five hours. Offer is good for 10 days from Oct. 15 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 70 Main St.

"� Butler Fine Art: Appraisals of 19th and 20th century American art with Chris Weimann from 3 to 8 p.m. at 134 Elm St.

"� L'Armoire: Shop the fine pearls by Donna Vock -- trunk show and enjoy high tea from 3 to 6 p.m. at 102 Park St.

"� Spectacles: Trunk show featuring Coach and Emilio Pucci designer eyewear from 4 to 6 p.m. at 127 Main St.

"� Boxwood Home & Interiors: Join Boxwood for an evening with Wally Findlay Galleries as it present works of modernist Simeon Braguin. This showing is for one evening only. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. at 44 East Ave.

"� Aetheria Relaxation Spa: Sample massage and reflexology treatments from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 121 Cherry St.

"� Handwright Gallery & Framing: All mirror orders on Oct. 15 will include a 30 percent reduction in total cost. Join Handwright Gallery as it hosts an international wine reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 93 Main St.

"� Cobble Court: View collections and mix and mingle with representatives from William Yeoward's "Willow" line and Maya Romanoff's new wood wall coverings, "Coffer" from 5 to 8 p.m. at 13 South Ave.

"� The Summer House: Meet Rhonda Eleish and Edie Van Breems as they present their new book, Swedish Country Interiors. Join the authors for a lecture on Swedish Design and Collecting (reservations required for lecture). Cocktails and book signing to follow. Event begins at 5:30 p.m. at 3 Forest St. For reservations, call 594-9550.

"� Bob's Sports: Barbour trunk show and scotch tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. at 96 Park St.

"� True Blue: Enjoy festive hors d'oeuvres and wine served from neighbor, Chef Luis from 6 to 8 p.m. at 137 Elm St.

"� Elm Street Books: Visiting Random House representatives will present book group ideas as well as a peek into some hot new books coming out. Enjoy conversation and refreshments from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 35 Elm St.

"� Kitchens by Deane: Chef Lisa Corrado will prepare a trio of fall soups from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and Chef Bertrand L'Herbette of Fabulous Feasts prepares fall dishes with an apple theme from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 189 Elm St.

"� HTG Investor Advisors, Inc: Stop by the offices of HTG to learn about "Preparing for Retirement" and "Financially Savvy Kids" and pick up a goody bag filled with this financial information from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 50 Locust Ave.