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TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) TALK: THE ARTS GO VIRAL - SUN OCT 21, 2pm, Westport Town Hall

Remember why you moved to Westport? The schools, the beach, the rich, historic and ongoing engagement with the arts? At Sunday's annual TEA Talk, Westport's own tech guru David Pogue will moderate a performance/conversation about art and technology and their interdependence. Joining Pogue are Frederic Chiu, internationally acclaimed pianist, who will play by himself a four-handed piano piece, Jerry Goehring, producer of the viral, runaway hit, teen musical Be More Chill, and our schools' Randa Trivisonno, co-chair, Westport Public stefArt, who will introduce an app that will enable all of us to see the spectacular art housed in our schools and town buildings. It's an hour of fun, thought provoking, entertaining discussion. Also, it's free! Learn more here.

The Westport League of Women Voters (WLWV) along with the Westport PTA Council are sponsoring a Debate of the Connecticut State Senate and House of Representatives on Monday, October 29, 2018, 7-9 pm at Westport Town Hall Auditorium. In addition, the position of Probate Judge is uncontested this year, so the one candidate will give a brief statement. This debate gives Westporters a chance to hear the views of the candidates who will represent them at the State level. All questions are provided by the community and are “screened” by three members of the Westport League of Women Voters – one Republican, one Democrat and one Unaffiliated voter.

What would YOU like to ask these candidates?This year, the WLWV is seeking questions from the community prior to the night of the debate. If you have a question, please email it to the League’s email at LWVWestportct.org. All questions are screened, so please send in your questions as soon as possible.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization. It neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate. The League supports political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. For information about the Westport League of Women Voters, please visit their website at www.lwvwestport.org

COME CHEER WITH US!

Election Day Cheerleading Clinic

Grades 2-8

Staples High School Field House, 40 North Ave, Westport

Tuesday, November 6th 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cost: $75 (includes clinic, lunch & T-shirt)

CLICK HERE for further details


Staples Players presents Legally Blonde. Performances are November 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7:30 PM and November 11 & 17 at 3 PM. Buy your tickets online beginning October 20 at staplesplayers.com — or in the lobby, from 30 minutes prior to performances, as available. Rated PG-13.


JOIN THE WESTPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL SQUASH TEAM!

If your son or daughter is in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade at either Coleytown Middle School or Bedford Middle School and they are looking for an exciting sport, have them join the Westport Middle School Squash Team!

Squash is an amazing sport for fitness and you can play it for life. Staples HS has had a squash team for the past three years and last year was our first year of Westport Middle School Squash. Beginners are welcome! Experienced players are welcome!

For the 2018-2019 season, we have rolled all of the local squash programs under an umbrella organization called 203 Squash. We will hold combined practices with other local area schools which will increase the playing/learning opportunities. Westport will compete as a team in jamborees and dual matches as part of the Fairwest League. The season will run from right after Thanksgiving to mid February.

In order to participate this year, you need to register your player on the 203 Squash Association website as this will be where we disseminate information on practices, etc. The link is here - https://www.203squash.org/ If you are interested, please do this by October 15th.

We are excited for this upcoming season. Please register (no charge) and we will be back to you about signups, practices, uniforms, etc.

Any questions, please contact Jennifer Gabler at jgabler4@gmail.com.

Saugatuck StoryFest (October 12-14)

A collaboration between Westport Public Schools and the Westport Public Library, is made possible from a town Innovation Grant. Workshops and programs will suit all ages, Pre-K to Adult. On Saturday, storytelling events will be located around the Westport Public Library and feature author readings and panels. These authors include Victoria Kann (Pinkalicious); Lauren Tarshis (I Survived series); Nic Stone (William C. Morris Debut YA Award 2018 for Dear Martin); Jason Reynolds (Great American Read nominated Ghost and Long Way Down); Robin Benway (National Book Award 2017 for Far from the Tree); and Riley Sager (winner of 2018 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel for Final Girls). On Sunday, Staples will be hosting writing workshops for teens to adults. The CT Book Awards will also be presented. Friday evening will kick off the festival with Emmy-winner Sheila Nevins (ticket purchase required). Most events are free. Details at saugatuckstoryfest.com for more information. Come out with your families and friends to support reading, writing, and innovative fun in our community where libraries hold more than books and classrooms are beyond walls!

Fall Baking Classes at Wakeman Town Farm for Elementary & Middle Schoolers

Jr. Chefs will bake holiday cookies, pies and treats in one or more of our two-hour holiday-inspired classes, and learn a few cool culnary tips and tricks along the way. $50 per student. Register at Wakemantownfarm@gmail.com. Please include child’s name, age, class name/date. We will send a confirmation.

Grades 3-5 Mondays, 3:45-5:45 p.m.

October 29 – Halloween-Themed Class

Little Trick-or-Treater’s will learn some tricks while making fun Halloween treats! Join us at the farm to make Pumpkin Fudge and Witch Hat Cookies

November 19 – Thanksgiving-Themed Class We’ll make fun Acorn Cookies, Pilgrim Hat Cookies & Krispie Pumpkins

Grades 6-8, Fridays, 3:45-5:45 p.m.

October 26 – Halloween-Themed Class Learn some Tricks while you make a Spooky Spider Web Cake Treat! We’ll be making individual chocolate layer cakes with orange buttercream and decorating them to look like a spider’s web.

November 16 – Thanksgiving-Themed Class Join us in giving thanks to a Pumpkin Roll Cake! Kids will learn not only how to make a roll cake but also how to make festive holiday fondant pumpkins and leaves to decorate their cakes.

Instructor: Kathy Oberman Tracy

Westport Historical Society

9th Annual Illuminating the Past: Lantern Tour

Be apart of one of Westport’s ghostly traditions during Westport Historical Society’s Spooktober! Take on the role of one of Westport’s dearly departed to tell visitors your story by lantern light at Willowbrook Cemetery on October 20th from 4-6:30 pm. Volunteers are required to participate in a run-through on October 18th at 5 pm and a schedule an individual costume fitting October 11 to 13, between 10-4 pm.

Night at the Haunted Historical Society
Walk through the doors of Wheeler house on October 27th during Spooktober’s Night at the Haunted Historical Society for even more creepy fun! Guests will wind their way through the halls of the Westport Historical Society from 4-9 pm and encounter real Westporters from the past while trying to escape the mysterious 18th century home. Volunteers are required to participate in a run-through on October 26th at 5 pm and a schedule an individual costume fitting October 15 to 17, between 10-4 pm.

Exhibit Docents for 8th & 10th Grade Tours
Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport brings the forgotten stories of Westport’s African American population to life. Westport Public Schools 8th and 10th grades will join paired docents on a guided tour of the exhibit at WHS on Tuesdays in October from 9:15-11:45 am. Interactive demonstrations and activities are apart of this eye-opening tour examining the local and national impact of hidden histories.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these opportunities please contact Nicole Carpenter, Director of Programs & Education at programs@westporthistory.org or at (203) 222-1424 x3. The poster for Spooktober and it's activities can be found at westporthistory.org.


Toquet Hall Activities

Sept. 25th – Oct. 23rd - Tuesdays 3:30pm-5pm at Toquet Hall : Middle School Craft Club - A 5-week after school program for students to get creative and make an awesome new craft each week. Space is limited and students can register at toquethall.org. There’s a $15 fee to cover materials.

Oct. 3rd – Nov. 14th - Wednesdays 3:30pm-5pm at Westport Police Classroom : Play By The Rules - A Free 7-week award winning civics and law program for students in grades 7 & 8, co-facilitated by Westport Youth Services and Westport Police. Space is limited and students should register at www.toquethall.org

Oct 4th – Dec 13th - Thursdays 3:45-5pm at Toquet Hall: LiveGirlTalk - A Free, 10 week facilitated discussion group for girls in grades 5-8 focused on building social emotional intelligence & self-esteem. The goal is to help girls truly love and believe in themselves and equip them with the leadership skills necessary to have a positive impact on the world. Space is limited, students should register at www.golivegirl.org/leadership

October 13th 1-3pm at SHS Football Field: Distracted Driving Event - Westport Police, TAG and WYC invite students to participate in free prevention program with obstacle course challenge on golf-carts, crash simulator and road-side sobriety tests. Free and open to the public. No registration required, just come on by.

December 7th - 5:30pm-8:30pm at Toquet Hall: LiveGirl Leadership Summit “Brave Girls” - This is a Free leadership workshop for girls in Grades 5-8 aimed at exploring their potential and living their true self. Featuring keynote speakers: McKenzie Riggs of CT Mirror and Sarah Beach of STRONG Magazine. Space is limited. Register at:www.golivegirl.org/leadership-summits

Join us at Wakeman Town Farm for our Fall Programming!!! Wakeman Town Farm’s youth education programs start up again in September. We offer everything from a "Mommy & Me" program called Little Farmer Class to a range of outdoor farm programs to hands-on culinary classes. All the details are on our website. Registration (through Westport Parks & Rec) is open now! Questions? Email wakemantownfarm@gmail.com for more info!