Where Westport Meets the World

Near & Far Aid's Spring Gala


 On Friday March 3rd, Near & Far Aid will host its 22nd Annual Spring Gala to raise funds to be granted to Fairfield County's poverty-fighting organizations. This highly popular event will take place at the flagship Mitchells store in Westport and only has a limited number of tickets available for purchase. This year's theme, "SKY’S THE LIMIT – THE ULTIMATE (indoor) ROOFTOP PARTY", will be an evening of glamorous fun, delicious food, dancing, fashion and will surely be the not-to-be-missed event of the area's most philanthropic partygoers of 2017. 

“We are thrilled to announce that Gala tickets are available online,” said Gala Co-Chairs Jaclyn Picarillo and Katie Dresch. “We are one step closer to this amazing evening and are optimistic that we will surpass our fundraising goals. The support from sponsors and local vendors has been tremendous”. Near & Far Aid President, Joan Panagos adds, “Gala brings out all the stops! It's our biggest fundraiser of the year and a night people look forward to because they can make a real difference while having a fabulous time."

This year's Near & Far Aid Spring Gala at Mitchells will feature a top model runway fashion show showcasing Brunello Cucinelli’s HOT Spring 2017 Collection and a high energy music concert by NYC a-lister's, 45 Riots. The live and silent auctions will once again impress with one-of-a-kind items, luxury holidays and unique experiences. A sneak peek of what bidders can expect includes: a wine & food enthusiast's dream vacation at an exclusive Napa winery with tour and private guest accommodations rounded out with a stay and shopping spree in San Francisco; a 1-year boating club membership with Carefree Boat Club of Southern CT; impossible to get reservations and chef's tasting menus with wine pairings at CT and NYC's top restaurants; and amazing tickets to the newest and best Broadway shows with backstage access.


Near & Far Aid provides funding for agencies and programs in Fairfield County that are working to break the cycle of poverty. We work with other community leaders and founders to forge partnerships with a common goal of strengthening our community. For over 60 years, Near & Far Aid has remained an all-volunteer organization, currently working with more than 100 local agencies that address the causes and effects of poverty, and has granted over $16 million since 2000.

Tickets for this special evening are NOW available at www.nearandfaraid.org. Tickets are $350, with a limited number of premium seating tickets available for $400. Visit www.nearandfaraid.org or www.facebook.com/NearandFarAid for more information.

Save the Children and Pequot Library Women in Philanthropy Event

Save the Children and Pequot Library present local philanthropic leaders in a discussion on how women are changing the face of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship on Thursday, January 12 2017 at 7:00pm in Pequot Library's Auditorium.

Learn about ways you and your family can get involved and make a positive impact in our community and around the world.  There will be an introduction by Stephanie Coakley, Executive Director, Pequot Library and Mike Tetreau, First Selectman, Town of Fairfield.  The program will be moderated by Bianna Golodryga, News and Finance Anchor for Yahoo!.  The panelists will include Carolyn Miles, President and CEO Save the Children, Susan Friedlander Calzone, President and CEO, Foundation Source, Fiona Hodgson, VP for Development and Philanthropic Services, Fairfield County's Community Foundation and Emily Tow Jackson, President and Executive Director, Tow Foundation.

There will be a wine and cheese reception to follow.  Everyone is welcome, but space is limited so please RSVP to Amy Sinclair at asinclair@savechildren.org.

Longshore Lighthouse Weathervane

I am a historian/author working on a book about historic New England weathervanes. In a post about this tower, John Kantor mentions having saved the weathervane from the tower before it was destroyed. Please contact me, as I'd love to have a photo of it and learn more about its story.

Help Westport kids help Indian kids

Westport kids helping Indian kids - if Green Farm's Church's Youth Group raises $17.5k, the church will match the rest to rebuild an Indian orphanage. Consider contributing or sharing to Raise the Roof!

Excellent female caregiver for the elderly available

I am writing to notify people of a 30-year-old Jamaican woman, Christine Jackson, is available for elder care. Christine took care of my mother, Mary Gunn, for the last six months of her life and she was outstanding.  She lived with my mother around the clock, taking a few days off during the week or periodically as she needed to.   Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about Christine.  thanks, John Gunn

"Sing From Your Heart" A Workshop with Chris Coogan & Frannie Faith Southworth

Do you love to sing in the shower or the car but are afraid to sing out in public, or do you feel comfortable singing but want to learn more? Either way this workshop is for you! Join inspirational teachers Chris Coogan & Frannie Faith!

Sing From Your Heart, Free Your Voice, Uplift The Spirit

Who: Frannie Faith(www.franniefaith.com), Chris Coogan(cooganmusic.com), & You!

What: a 3 hour joyful workshop learning vocal techniques, practicing deep listening, and building community through choral singing. Experience guided meditations and learn how meditation and singing are connected.

When: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 2:30pm-5:30PM

Where: Weston Senior Center School Road (building next to the Weston Elementary School same driveway)

TO REGISTER- e-mail Frannie franniefaith@me.com


No singing or meditation experience necessary
A peek into the workshop!

Sand at combo beach

Can you'll me if sand on the beach gets replenished yearly?  If no, did it at one time.  It doesn't feel like sand anymore, feels like dirt & pebbles.

Turkey Walk & Trot at Earthplace

Join us at 2:30 on Saturday November 26 to search for turkeys along the trails! Local expert Joe Debone talks all things turkey - including what they eat, their life span and unique characteristics. We’ll look at turkey feathers, tails, and listen to a wild turkey call.

Free for members, price of admission for non-members.

Staples Grad Working to Prevent Malnutrition in Guatemala

MealFlour was started by Elizabeth Frank, Gabrielle Wimer (a 2012 graduate of Staples High School), and Joyce Lu in November of 2015. While seniors at the University of Chicago, they came up with the idea of using protein rich mealworms as a way to reduce protein deficiency in communities affected by malnutrition. Not only are mealworms incredibly cost-effective to grow and more affordable than livestock, they are also much better for the environment. Mealworms require 2000 times less water than cows, and produce 12 times fewer greenhouse gas emissions. And most importantly, 80% of the world already eats insects. By providing trainings on how to turn mealworms into a protein rich powder, MealFlour makes it easy for people to incorporate more protein into existing local dishes.

Gabrielle, Elizabeth, and Joyce are currently working in the western highlands of Guatemala, where the rate of chronic malnutrition in many communities is over 70%. Their partnerships with the NGOs Primeros Pasos and PEILE have allowed them to reach over 60 people with their training program, which teaches people how to build mealworm farms, take care of mealworms, and harvest and turn the mealworms into a healthy and nutritious protein powder.

The feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive, and several communities have asked MealFlour to bring their program to them. That is why the group is currently holding a crowdfunding campaign. They are working to raise $25,000 so that they can bring their training program to all interested communities. MealFlour helps families grow their own affordable source of protein, and also provides families with another source of income because they can sell any extra mealworm flour to local bakeries and markets. By working to improve health and economic opportunities with an environmentally friendly program, MealFlour is helping to bring about positive and sustainable change.

For information on how to donate to their program, please visit: https://igg.me/at/rJjE7U09M-c

Dec 11, 2016 Free Holiday Concert, Greenfield Hill Church, Fairfield

Greenfield Hill Congregational Church

Contact: Roni Widmer                                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tel. (203) 259-5596



December 11, 2016


Fairfield, CT – A much anticipated annual musical event, this year’s holiday music concert, Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm is featuring Wendy Gerbier and friends soprano, Virginia Herrera and bass-baritone, John Dominick III, accompanied by pianist, Michael Fennelly.

This concert will include a selection of beautiful solos, duets and trios that are sure to get the entire family in the holiday spirit! You won’t want to miss this!

The concert is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The Board of Deacons of the Church sponsors the concert and invites all attendees to a reception with refreshments directly following the performance.

Please visit www.greenfieldhillchurch.com to learn more about this vibrant and welcoming church. All services and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-5596. on Facebook.