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Alternate Night at Theatre Artists' Workshop 1st June 2017 at 7.30pm

Academy Arts proudly presents two one Act plays : "Belt For It" a comedy by local playwright Lisa Power and "Long Ago and Faraway" by David Ives in which Samantha Pattinson (also from Westport) and Philip Hahn portray a couple whose troubled marriage takes a surreal twist.
Q and A with directors and cast.
Suggested donation of $15
Complimentary refreshments will be served.


Singer/Songwriter Brianne Chasanoff performs with Westport music teacher Mary Gardner at Voices Cafe

Brianne Chasanoff along with the multi-talented percussionist Mary Gardner and Michael Alas on viola will close out Voices Cafes sixth season at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.

Brianne’s angelic voice captures listeners and takes them on a personal journey through life’s experiences. She has a unique way of expressing herself through her passionate vocals, accompanied by her own piano skills and creative arrangements. Her songwriting journey began when she was awarded semi-finalist status in a national singer/songwriter competition. You can detect a touch of Sarah McLachlan along with Joni Mitchell, however, she is truly her own artist and a master at creating arrangements to frame the story she is telling.

Brianne Chasanoff, Mary Gardner, and Michael Alas make the perfect trio as their sensitivity and depth of emotional expression blend seamlessly. They have performed at various venues including Infinity Hall (Norfolk, CT), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artists Showcase), Merryall Center for the Arts (New Milford, CT), The Towne Crier Cafe, The Mews (Provincetown, MA) and various locations in New York City. Brianne has shared the stage with national touring acts including Mary Fahl of the October Project, Susan Werner, and two-time Grammy award winner Bill Miller.

Brianne (Singer/Songwriter) is a classically trained vocalist and pianist, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education concentrating in Voice and Piano and a Master’s Degree in Studio Composition from Purchase College Conservatory of Music. She performs various styles of music from Pop and Broadway to classical. Her vast experience and love for all styles of music shine through in her songwriting, reaching listeners of all ages and tastes. Brianne has released two albums which can be purchased on CDBaby.com or iTunes, and have been aired on various local radio stations, Pandora Radio, and Spotify. Her song, “Pretend,” was recently aired on WHUD’s 100.7 FM Hudson Valley’s Artist Spotlight where she was interviewed by Andy Bale. Aside from her performing career, Brianne teaches music in the Pawling Public School District helping children discover the gift of music that resides within them.

Mary Gardner is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and conductor specializing in world music, marimba, and orchestral percussion. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Performance from Ithaca College and her Master’s degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Connecticut. Mary has received acclaim for her fluency in a wide variety of styles on several different instruments. She has performed with the New Haven Symphony, Hartford Pops, and has appeared on stage at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Goodspeed Opera House, and NYU’s Skirball Centerfor the Arts. She is the Director of Percussion Studies and teaches beginning band in Westport Public Schools.

A native of the Philippines, Michael Alas has degrees in romance languages/pre-medical studies from Wagner College and viola performance from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Ira Weller. He has performed all over the world from Alaska to New Zealand, from Carnegie Hall to breaking cultural ground and touring all over Asia with the Manhattan Symphony. Equally at home in the Emergency Room and the concert stage, Michael pursued pre-medical studies at Columbia University, was a Research Associate at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell, and has appeared as pit violist for productions at The Westchester Broadway Theatre.

Seating is cabaret style (at tables) and table reservations (minimum 4 people) are accepted by contacting David Vita, david@uuwestport.org or calling 203.227.7205 x14. Doors open at 7:30. Purchase tickets at: http://voicescafe.org/show/brianne-chasanoff/


Summer Camp AM&PM: Pot to Plant

Pot to Plant AM & PM
July 3 - July 7, 2017

Whether your student has a green thumb or is addicted to Instagram or Pinterest (or both!), terrariums are trending! Let your students build their own terrarium from pot to plant, designing every element along the way. Beginning with the creation of a unique vessel out of clay, to the careful painting and adornment of the pot, creating decorative elements and accessories like small animals and characters, all the way to garden design and selecting your favorite succulents, you student will walk away with their own magical mini-gardens.

AM: Pot to Plant
(Ages 4-7) 
9:30am - 12:30pm*
*includes small snack and break
$350 Non-Members/$325 WAC Members

PM: Pot to Plant 
(Ages 8-12)
1:30PM - 3:30PM
$250 Non-Members/$225 WAC Members

Visit our website for more information
https://westportartscenter.org/education/summer-camps/



Summer Camp AM&PM: Culture Arts/ Graphic Novel / Special Arts

AM: Culture Arts 
(Ages 4-7)
9:30AM - 12:30PM 

The world is full of amazing cultures, each with their own unique forms of art and traditions. Let your student travel the world during this weeklong workshop, facilitated by the arts! Each day will introduce them to an exciting new place and offer them the opportunity to learn while creating works of art inspired by the culture. From Japanese silk painting, to Native American dream catchers, students will be exposed to an array of materials and medias!

$370 Non-Members/$345 WAC Members

PM: Graphic Novel 
(Ages 8-12) 
1:30PM - 3:30PM

Does your student love action and illustration? Do they sketch and doodle during their free time? Creative imaginations are full of stories waiting to be told! This course will guide them as they design their own characters and illustrate their own stories on professional-standard comic strip storyboards and book covers. From sketch to a polished product complete with gouache color, students will walk away bringing their imagination to life.

Students will enjoy a visit from artist David Nguyen, who will share his own sketch book and illustrations. David specialized in Manga and Anime style illustration and will be offering his words of wisdom for comic design!

$280 Non-Members/$255 WAC Members

Special Arts
(Ages 7+)
4PM - 5PM

This high-quality arts program is designed for students of differing and special needs who might need additional attention in the classroom.  This course offers insight into artistic processes and techniques while promoting self-awareness and self-esteem through projects, fostering critical thinking and creative innovation through adaptive methods. *When registering, please be sure to include a description of your child’s specific needs and any learning or behavioral techniques that work best for them. We can accommodate a limited number of parent-provided 1-on-1 aides for students who require one.

$80 Non-Members/$60 WAC Members

Visit our website for more information! 

https://westportartscenter.org/education/summer-camps/


LifeBridge Food for Thought Event June 6, 2016, 7:30-9:30am

START your day with some Food For Thought at our annual breakfast, as we bring community and business leaders together to spark conversation and collaboration around issues of poverty. We'll also celebrate our recent merger with the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition and its positive impact on our collective efforts to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of Greater Bridgeport. 


You'll want to be a part of this morning download as we focus on the power of technology to inform, engage, and unite new audiences around initiatives that can improve the quality of our personal, professional and community lives.


Technology guru David Pogue, our keynote speaker, is a New York Times bestselling author who has more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter, has given four TED talks, and is the tech critic for Yahoo Finance, the world's biggest business publication. He writes a monthly column for Scientific American, and for thirteen years, he wrote the tech column for the New York Times. Pogue also hosts science shows on PBS's NOVA and appears frequently on CBS Sunday Morning. His engaging presentations have earned him four Emmys, two Webby Awards, and a Loeb Award for journalism. 


Join us as approximately 400 influential community activists and leaders drawn from Fairfield County’s business, non-profit and government sectors with a shared interest in working collaboratively address the issues of poverty in Greater Bridgeport through direct services, advocacy, and policy development.


Tickets

PATRON TICKET             $500                     

SUPPORTER TICKET     $250  

INDIVIDUAL TICKET       $100              

30 AND UNDER TICKET $75  

RSVP needed by May 29th

We will also be honoring the following individuals:

LifeBridge Community Impact AwardBob Trefry

Cesar Batalla Community Service Award: Carmen Nieves

Jan Park Child Advocacy Award: Jo Ann Freiberg, Ph.D.

Held at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn, 1070 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT                  

For more details about the event, contact Pam Dougherty at 203-368-5567 or pdougherty@lifebridgect.org or to purchase tickets online use this link: http://bit.ly/2ot63RZ 


For more information about LifeBridge Community Services visit our website: www.LifeBridgeCT.org



Westport Woman's Club Awards Grants

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On May 24, the Westport woman's Club's Community Services Chairwoman, Sarah Menchaca, presented grant awards to 28 local charities in the amount of $30,000. The funds for these awards are raised through various fundraisers throughout the year and our biggest fundraiser, the Yankee Doodle Fair in June.


Live by the Sound: Join us for a sunset cocktail party!

Wondering about living by the Sound? Join us for a sunset cocktail party and have your questions answered!

Co-hosted by Judy Michaelis, Eileen Lavigne Flug, Save the Sound, and FEMA. RSVP to judy@judymichaelis.com.



2nd Annual Wonder of Flight Air Show: Sherwood Island State Park

Drones, radio controlled helicopters, aerobatic planes and gliders will be displayed and flown in the 2nd Annual Air Show at Sherwood Island State Park, on Saturday, June 3 with opening ceremonies beginning at 10 AM and concluding at 2 PM. Open and Free to the Public.

The event will be conducted as part of the Trails Day by the members of the Country Squires Modelers, a group of over 100 men, women and children who have been flying at Sherwood Island for over 45 years.  Members range in age from 9 to 90, and include retired airline pilots, professionals, students, tradesmen and homemakers.  Young people find the sport particularly engaging, and they are often very adept at it because of their computer game skills.  As one parent of a new member recently related, "this has been a wonderful experience for our son.  It has him outdoors, and he's learning so much about science and engineering while satisfying his computer interests."

For more information go to: friendsofsherwoodisland.org or countrysquires.com for photos from last year's show go to:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/srophotos/albums/72157669340515215




Community Dinner in Support of Immigrant and Refugee Families

Hi everyone, 

This Friday, May 19th, from 6 pm to 8 pm, Staples High School-based organization Change for Syria will be holding a community dinner with and in support of refugee and immigrant families at Bar 'Bucha in Westport. Dinner will be served, and there will be opportunities to meet lots of interesting people, including several immigrants, refugees, and representatives from local organizations helping to make a difference. Tickets are $25 if you RSVP to shschangeforsyria@gmail.com ahead of time, and $30 at the door. We'd love to see you all there--this is a great opportunity not only to strengthen our community but to help drive tolerance and friendship at the local level. 


Group Canoe Paddle with Earthplace May 20, 2PM

    

Spend an afternoon on the water with family or friends! An Earthplace naturalist will lead participants along the Saugatuck River in search of egrets, ospreys, ducks, and much more. Departs from Earthplace on May 20 promptly at 2 pm.

Canoes and personal floatation devices (required by all participants) are included.
Members: $24, $12 for children under 12; Non-members $30, $15 for children under 12. Preregistration required.
For registration and addition Information: visit www.earthplace.org or call 203-557-4400.