First Night Westport-Weston invites all Fairfield County and visitors to the region’s largest, annual New Year’s Eve celebration, in downtown Westport, December 31, 2017. Beginning at 3:30PM, First Night ushers in New Year’s with a variety of family-friendly activities in a joyous celebration of arts and culture including an array of musical performances; interactive children’s fun with sing-alongs, horse carriage rides, train displays, an indoor inflatable gym, magic, a hypnotist, psychics and more; spectacular fireworks. A First Night button is the ticket to all performances and venues, on sale now for $10 online, at Westport Town Hall and other locations around town. Button prices increase to $15 online and in all locations on December 15. More information and event schedule @ www.firstnightww.org.
The Connecticut Coalition for Organ and Tissue Donation, dba, Donate Life Connecticut, has recently launched a series of public awareness campaign ads on cable television aimed at educating residents about the importance of organ donation, both living and deceased, clarifying misleading myths, and increasing the number of registered organ donors who can potentially give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate Life Connecticut is dedicated to increasing the number of registered organ and tissue donors in Connecticut and beyond through public education and awareness.
It takes just two minutes to register to be a donor and during this season of giving, the gift of an organ or tissue transplant may truly mean the gift of renewed health, the promise of more time with loved ones, and the miracle of tragedy turned into hope. There are currently more than 116,000 people waiting for organ transplantation in the United States and every day, 22 patients expire due to lack of available organs. Visit www.donatelifect.org for more information.
Westport’s 27th Annual Tree of Light ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 7 at Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East, Westport) from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The ceremony honors the memory of departed family members and friends and is hosted by Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut (VNS). All are invited to participate in the candle and tree lighting, memorial roll and a brief reception following the non-denominational ceremony. For information on having a memorial light on the Westport tree or submitting names for the memorial roll, please contact Lila Grimes of VNS at 203-366-3821.
Westport’s Academy of Dance presents the holiday favorite The Nutcracker for the 36th consecutive year. Performers include 1st-12th graders from Westport, Weston, Norwalk and Fairfield as well as guest dancer Ask la Cour, Principal dancer with the New York Ballet.
Performances are at Staples High School, Westport on
Saturday December 2nd at 3pm and 7pm and Sunday December 3rd at 2pm.
Special Events: Enjoy a meet and greet with New York Ballet Principal dancer, Ask la Cour following the Saturday matinee performance.
Sunday: 12pm-1pm have your photo taken with Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy and meet other dancers who will be available for autographs.
Tickets are available online at www.westportdance.com
This Saturday we are collecting gifts for the Raphaela House in Bridgeport. Participating students will be given "money" to shop for family members. We are hoping to stock the "store" with tons of gifts. We are looking for new items only. Some ideas are, art supplies, board games, sporting equipment, hats, gloves, frames, bubble bath, etc. We are collecting on Saturday November 18th from 1:00-2:30 in the upper library parking lot, close to the Levitt. For more details, check out What Up Westport™ on Facebook. We hope to see you then.
Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) will address the membership of Indivisible Connecticut District 4 (ICT4), the local branch of the national organization formed to resist the Trump/Pence agenda, on November 21st in Westport. Now in his fifth term, Rep. Himes will draw on his experience as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, the ranking member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Chair of the New Democrat Coalition to share his views on the political environment in Washington, D.C., the tax plan, the Russia investigation, recent election results, and how grassroots organizations can bring about effective and meaningful change.
The ICT4 meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at The Unitarian Church in Westport, located at 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21st. Although admission is free, there has been great enthusiasm for this event. Seating preference will be given to those who have pre-registered online at ICT4.org.
“Trump continues to play to the very worst instincts of anxious Americans with his discriminatory travel ban, heartless health care plan and tax plan that favors the wealthy,” Himes says. “But, thanks to the voices and actions of millions of grassroots advocates, he has not been able to deliver on his devastating promises.”
Himes sees this fight as one that defines a lifetime and bends history. “Our work is more important than ever. Defending the basic institutions that define our democracy: checks and balances on our president from Congress and an independent judiciary, a free press, and basic decency, will take a lot of work, but I’m up for the challenge, and I know millions of Americans are too.”
Citing big wins in the November 7th election among progressive candidates who will protect and promote policies that are important to organizations like Indivisible, ICT4 Founder Roger Longman says that resistance groups have evolved into political powerhouses, here in Connecticut and across the U.S. “Over the last year, ordinary people have responded to this moment by standing indivisible against cuts to health care, against bigotry and against xenophobia, and have infused our movement with groundbreaking energy and numbers,” says Longman.
“This powerful constituent-led movement has taken it to the next level with members running for office—many for the first time—volunteering at record levels, and changing the political map in 2017. By this time next year, I hope I’ll be able to say that that grassroots advocates have established a powerful check on our President by electing people who share our values.”
During the November 21st meeting, Rep. Himes will answer audience questions about the issues that are of paramount importance in protecting our democracy. Those who register for the free meeting may submit their questions in writing at the event.
The sale will be held at the Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Ave., Westport this Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM and Sunday 12 Noon to 3 PM. Woman’s, men’s and children’s clothing including gently-worn suits, dresses, pants, jackets, blouses, sweaters, coats, scarves, shoes, jewelry, handbags will be available at bargain prices.
All invited .. Clothing Tag Sale...... Fri. Nov.10 10am -- 3pm Sat. Nov.11 10am – 3pm Sun.Nov.12 12pm – 3pm
Sponsored By... The Westport Woman’s Club 44 Imperial Avenue Westport
.......Great Prices ..... Cash and checks only .....Women’s Men’s Children’s ....