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ICT4 Teaching Change Through Hands-on Action Event

Change doesn’t just happen.  People make it happen.  And, with election season rapidly approaching, ICT4 is teaching change through a hands-on action event.

Learn from Kyle Aldrich, Lower New England and Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizer for Indivisible, and others, who will both inspire and educate.  From canvassing and voter registration to new communications apps and phone banking, learn about the kinds of change-making activities that really work and how to employ them.

Guests will have an opportunity to test their new skills in various role-playing scenarios, with experts standing by to critique, answer questions and discuss personal concerns, fears and misgivings.  

Hear from the next generation of activists – the students.  Representatives from Staples High School who are part of Students Demand Action will provide updates on their voter registration initiative and about what they are doing to make sure the world they’re inheriting is one where democracy, equality, truth and justice reign.

Building on ICT4’s successful April Evening of Action event, guests will also have an opportunity to execute a few specific hands-on actions on upcoming legislative issues, and will receive a list of pending State House and Senate bills so they can take further action at home on issues that are of interest to then.  

RSVP at www.ict4.org.


Yankee Doodle Fair

Once again on Father’s Day Weekend, “kids of all ages” will gather at the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue, to enjoy one of the town’s oldest and best-loved family events, The Westport Woman’s Club’s Yankee Doodle Fair.  This year Westport’s last remaining annual family Fair opens Thursday, June 14, 6 PM to 10 PM and continues Friday, 6 PM to 10 PM, Saturday, 1 PM to 10 PM and Sunday, 1 PM to 5 PM.

Says WWC President, Dorothy Packer, “For over 111 years, the Westport Woman’s Club has been raising funds for local needs. We started by building sidewalks on Main Street and through the years, we have brought about the development of Compo Beach and created hot meals and healthcare for our schools. The Fair is our largest fundraiser. Its proceeds support our grants to community service agencies, need-based scholarship for Staples students and the much-needed Food Closet for the Town of Westport.”

The Yankee Doodle Fair will once again feature carnival rides and games from Stewart Amusements. Returning are the ever-popular Ferris Wheel, Flying Dumbo, Kiddie Cars, Basketball Toss, Rope Ladders, Carousel and Everybody-Wins-Fishing, along with a new updated spectacular version of the Ali Baba and breath-taking Zero Gravity, among others. Pay one price unlimited rides wristbands will be available all the days of the Fair, including Friday and Saturday nights!  At the Westport Woman’s Club’s Face Painting booth, kids of all ages can choose fun or “fierce” designs and Sand Art is back for younger children.

In the air-conditioned Auditorium, our Gourmet Group will hold their highly-anticipated Bake Sale featuring home-made baked goods sure to please every taste!  Enjoy a cup of coffee or a cold drink while you make your selections or browse through our Yankee Doodle Fair Cookbook (available for $5)

NEW THIS YEAR:  Sweetcake Mountain, an all acoustic country/bluegrass band will perform Friday at 6:00. Suzuki School of Music will perform on Saturday at 1:30, School of Rock’s house band will perform on Saturday at 3pm and SSDS Martial Arts of Westport will do a demonstration on Sunday at 2pm.

Fairgoers will have the opportunity throughout the Fair to buy tickets for the Raffle, as well as the Take A Chance Drawing.  The winning tickets will be selected at 4 PM on Sunday, Father’s Day. It is not necessary for the winners to be there for the drawing to claim the fabulous prizes.  The Raffle Grand Prize is $1000; second prize, $500; third prize, $350 gift card from Silver Ribbon. Thanks to Westport’s very generous merchants and restaurants, there are also many more gifts and prizes in the Take A Chance Drawing on the upper level.

At the Food Court, JR’s Grille is featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries and chicken nuggets. Melt Mobile is offering creative, comforting sandwiches infused with originality, sustainability, and quality ingredients. Skip’s vintage Good Humor Truck will be on hand with ice cream treats.  In addition the members of the Westport Woman’s Club will be selling cold beverages and water for the benefit of our community services grants and need based scholarships for Staples High School Seniors.

Resnick Advisors are once again our Platinum Sponsor. Our Gold Sponsor is the Law Offices of Robert Grant, Esq.,our Silver Sponsors are Westport National Bank and Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics and our Bronze sponsor is Weichert Realtors, Madison and Post.

No dogs are permitted on the grounds during the Fair.


Fishing Camp

Sign your child up for fishing camp this summer!

https://www.getschooledacademy.com/


Antiques Appraisal Day



Antique Appraisal Day

June 9th, 10am-4pm

Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

Do you have a family heirloom that you need valued?

An old painting your grandmother said was valuable?

A  piece of jewelry or sterling that you never had appraised?

For $25 you will get a verbal appraisal of up to three (3) items from a qualified professional appraiser.

Larger items and furniture can be evaluated from photos. Photos should be well-lit with approximate dimensions. Questions?  Contact Deb Fratino at debfratino@aol.com or 203-434-6733


Yoga for Eating Disorder Recovery and Body Positivity

Westport resident (and Weston native), Maggie Converse, a long-time yoga practitioner and teacher will be leading monthly classes for women in recovery from eating disorders and who are looking to cultivate body acceptance.


A monthly class & support circle for women in recovery from eating disorders, body dysmorphia, body shaming, negative body image, and self-loathing. 

What you can expect:

  • Yoga
  • Guided Meditation
  • Journaling
  • Reiki

Classes are held the 3rd Saturday of every month, starting June 16 at 9:30am, at Open Sky Yoga Barn in Redding, CT. Cost is $25 and registration is strongly encouraged. Please register below or contact Maggie directly at maggie.converse@gmail.com.


African Music Festival Comes to Norfield Church on Saturday, June 9th with International Afro Dance Hall Star, Lamboginny to Benefit SALT - “Saving All Lives Together”

International Afro Dance Hall star and Nigerian native Lamboginny presents a day-long African Music Festival to benefit SALT (Saving All Lives Together) on Saturday, June 9 at Norfield Congregational Church, 64 Norfield Road, Weston, CT.  The festival consists of two events: a children’s concert with crafts and activities from 11:30am – 1pm, that is also geared toward Seniors.  A second concert featuring Lamboginny and an eight-piece band will start at 7:00pm. These events mark Lamboginny’s first appearance in America. SALT is a movement that raises money to provide music therapy to the prison population, and more importantly, to pay legal costs of young people who have been wrongly incarcerated or cannot pay fines for petty infractions like street begging.  

Both events are free.  For the evening concert, there is a suggested donation of $20 per person payable online or at the door. For more information, or to reserve your ticket, visit www.savingalllivestogether.com.


The Weston Historical Society Presents “The War Back Home – Vietnam & Life in the 60s”, with Captain Nathan Clason, USMA

On Wednesday May 23rdCaptain Nathan Clason, USMA will present a lecture, “The War Back Home – Vietnam & Life in the 60s”, starting at 7:30pm at The Weston Historical Society at 104 Weston Road, Weston. The free lecture is part of the society’s Life in the Sixtiesexhibit.

Captain Clason enlisted in the army as a Vietnamese linguist in 2002 and worked for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. He has deployed twice to Afghanistan: first to Regional Command North in 2010 and then to Regional Command South in 2014.  Captain Clason currently teaches East Asian History at West Point in the History Department.

The Weston Historical Society’sLife in the Sixtiesexhibit is open on Thursdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. during May and June. 

The Weston Historical Society would like to thank our annual sponsors: Fairfield County Bank, Cohen and Wolf P.C., KMS Partners at Coldwell banker and our exhibit sponsors Teed and Brown, Aspetuck Valley Country Club, and Jet Blue.  

For more information visit www.westonhistoricalsociety.orgor email info@westonhistoricalsociety.org.


Folk Music in the 60s: The Coffee House Comes to Weston on Saturday, May 19

The Weston Historical Society presents “Folk Music in the 60s: The Coffee House”a panel discussion with live performances and a hootenanny; and featuring four nationally-known folksingers and songwriters on Saturday, May 19thfrom 7:30pm – 10:30pm at The Norfield Grange, 12 Good Hill Road in Weston, CT.

Roger Kaufman of Old School Music Productions will moderate/host “Folk Music in the 60s: The Coffee House”.  Appearing with Kaufman are composer/singer/radio-host Robin Batteau, composer/singer Rob Carlson, singer/songwriter/activist Jon Gailmor and arranger/singer-songwriter Jeff Southworth. These four musicians have written or played with some of America’s best known performers. 

Tickets are for sale in advance at www.westonhistoricalsociety.orgor at The Grange.  Admission is $25 for historical society members, and $30 for non-members. Snacks and beverages will be served.

The Weston Historical Society would like to thank our annual sponsors: Fairfield County Bank, Cohen and Wolf P.C., KMS Partners at Coldwell banker and our exhibit sponsors Teed and Brown, Aspetuck Valley Country Club, and Jet Blue. 


Heart Health Weekend - Aug. 4, 5 - W. Harrison, NY

This event has already attracted many attendees all the way from the West Coast. If you have a heart, you will benefit from Heart Health Weekend. This is a gift and is not being held to make any profit. 


Three outstanding talents in their field are volunteering their time to make Heart Health Weekend affordable for everyone; Mr. Curtis Cord, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Mr. Brett Bonnist. The weekend is being held at the Renaissance Marriott Hotel, 80 W. Red Oak Lane in W. Harrison, NY. The only cost for the entire weekend is $85 for the lunch buffet provided by the Hotel on Saturday.


Saturday morning’s seminar will be presented by Mr. Curtis Cord, a leading expert in the olive oil industry. He is founding editor of Olive Oil Times, president of the New York International Olive Oil Competition and the executive director of the Olive Oil Program at New York's International Culinary Center. Cord will discuss the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet and following his talk, he will offer an olive oil tasting to demonstrate what to look for and how to recognize a good, fresh, healthy extra virgin olive oil, a keystone to good heart health.


Saturday afternoon’s seminar is presented by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, an award-winning Consultant Cardiologist from York UK with 28 years of experience. He will open with a personal story about "The Heart Attack That Changed His Life" and follow with valuable information that all can relate to and benefit from. There will be plenty of time to ask questions.  Dr. Gupta’s ability to reduce stress through knowledge is life-altering for his followers and a labor of love on his part. The over 200 videos he has created for his YouTube channel, Sanjay Gupta York Cardiology, are recorded at night after seeing patients all day, casual, in low light and often with his dog on his lap. He shares his knowledge to 32,000 anxious, reassurance-seeking subscribers. 


Sunday features Mr. Brett Bonnist, a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. He completed his 200 hour teacher training in 2015 and has also completed a 500-hour advanced yoga teacher accreditation and a 100 hour meditation teacher certification, all with Kaia Yoga in Fairfield County, CT where he also teaches. He will conduct half-hour sessions of Mindfulness Meditation with no experience necessary. Meditation is undoubtedly the best therapy for your heart.


On Sunday Dr. Gupta is looking forward to meeting  privately with attendees in the order of registration so please register early.


Go to WWW.HeartHealthWeekend.com where you can also take advantage of a block of sleep rooms reserved for HHW at $149 plus tax per night. The coordinator is Vivien Cord (also volunteering her services) of Armonk, NY. For questions email viv8@aol.com or call 914-273-4667.


Persisters: The Fight for Gender Equality

The Staples High School Women in History class will be holding a panel discussion at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Rd, Westport, CT 06880, on May 9th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.


Panelists:

Meaghan Carey (Vice President, National Organization for Women, New York, NY)

Sarah Croucher (Executive Director, Naral Pro-Choice America)

Ramin Ganeshram (Executive Director, Westport Historical Society)

Meredith Gilmor (Publicist for Maria Sharapova, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton)

Dr. Elizabeth Hohl (Professor, Fairfield University)

Amanda Innes (Executive Director, Westport Art Center)

Melissa Kane (Selectwoman, Westport, CT)

Paola Ortega (Independent Business Owner, Stamford, CT)


The class has decided to be proactive and create a public event on inequality in the workplace. The panel discussion will feature successful women from a wide variety of fields talking about their experiences as well as discussing the current wave of feminism.


Please be sure to visit their facebook page “PersistersSHS” to RSVP or email edenschumer@gmail.com.