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Monday, August 31st, 2015

  • | 7:30pm - 9:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, music, concert, CT Choral Society, Eric Knapp, singing, Verdi
    - Whether you’re a singer (who wants to get the vocal cords back in shape for the fall concert season), or simply a music appreciator, you’re invited to come to the Connecticut Choral Society’s summer sing featuring Verdi’s Requiem.

    Maestro Eric Dale Knapp will not only be leading singers through this epic masterpiece, but also will be presenting the interesting historical and musical significance of the piece. All one needs is a love of choral music and a willingness to have some fun in a relaxed informal environment against the backdrop of a summer evening.

    Admission is $10 for singers (includes use of music – singers may bring their own scores, if they wish) and is FREE for non-singers. The evening will end with light refreshments. For more information, call 888-927-2933 or go to http://www.ctchoralsociety.org
    Valley Presbyterian Church
    21 W. Whisconier Road Brookfield CT 06804
    Connecticut Choral Society 888.927.2933 info@ctchoralsociety.org
  • | 7:30pm - 9:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, music, concert, CT Choral Society, Eric Knapp, singing, Verdi
    - Whether you’re a singer (who wants to get the vocal cords back in shape for the fall concert season), or simply a music appreciator, you’re invited to come to the Connecticut Choral Society’s summer sing featuring Verdi’s Requiem.

    Maestro Eric Dale Knapp will not only be leading singers through this epic masterpiece, but also will be presenting the interesting historical and musical significance of the piece. All one needs is a love of choral music and a willingness to have some fun in a relaxed informal environment against the backdrop of a summer evening.

    Admission is $10 for singers (includes use of music – singers may bring their own scores, if they wish) and is FREE for non-singers. The evening will end with light refreshments. For more information, call 888-927-2933 or go to http://www.ctchoralsociety.org
    Valley Presbyterian Church
    21 W. Whisconier Road Brookfield CT 06804
    Connecticut Choral Society 888.927.2933 info@ctchoralsociety.org
  • | 7:30pm - 9:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, music, concert, CT Choral Society, Eric Knapp, singing, Verdi
    - Whether you’re a singer (who wants to get the vocal cords back in shape for the fall concert season), or simply a music appreciator, you’re invited to come to the Connecticut Choral Society’s summer sing featuring Verdi’s Requiem.

    Maestro Eric Dale Knapp will not only be leading singers through this epic masterpiece, but also will be presenting the interesting historical and musical significance of the piece. All one needs is a love of choral music and a willingness to have some fun in a relaxed informal environment against the backdrop of a summer evening.

    Admission is $10 for singers (includes use of music – singers may bring their own scores, if they wish) and is FREE for non-singers. The evening will end with light refreshments. For more information, call 888-927-2933 or go to http://www.ctchoralsociety.org
    Valley Presbyterian Church
    21 W. Whisconier Road Brookfield CT 06804
    Connecticut Choral Society 888.927.2933 info@ctchoralsociety.org

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

  • | 11:00am - 10:00pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, music festival, bbq, family, music, blues, soul,
    - GETDOWN - CHOWDOWN - THROWDOWN with a full weekend of smokin’ music, food and family fun in downtown Westport, CT at the 8th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival

    The Main Stage inside the Levitt Pavilion will feature 17+ hours of top blues, rock, funk and soul performances by Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Anders Osborne, Dumpstaphunk, Honey Island Swamp Band, Billy Iuso & Restless Natives, Relative Souls, Joe Louis Walker, Matt Schofield, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Sugar Blue, Mark Naftalin and the School of Rock.

    Family fun around the Westport Library includes free bouncy amusements, pie & rib eating contests, bull riding, games and activities, food court, chef demos, BBQ competition, People’s Choice Wing Contest, and a music stage featuring CT-based artists.

    There will be a gourmet and specialty food marketplace and a food court filled with delicious wood-fired, grilled and roasted food, handcrafted beer, premium liquor, wine and other refreshments.

    Please visit http://www.bluesviewsBBQ.com for ticket options and discounts.
    Kids 12 and under FREE.
    Presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association.
    Rain or Shine.
    Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts & Westport Library
    20 Jesup Road Westport CT 06880
    Event Coordinator 203.505.8716 wdmaadmin@gmail.com

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

  • | 11:00am - 9:00pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, music festival, bbq, family, music, blues, soul,
    - GETDOWN - CHOWDOWN - THROWDOWN with a full weekend of smokin’ music, food and family fun in downtown Westport, CT at the 8th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival

    The Main Stage inside the Levitt Pavilion will feature 17+ hours of top blues, rock, funk and soul performances by Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Anders Osborne, Dumpstaphunk, Honey Island Swamp Band, Billy Iuso & Restless Natives, Relative Souls, Joe Louis Walker, Matt Schofield, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Sugar Blue, Mark Naftalin and the School of Rock.

    Family fun around the Westport Library includes free bouncy amusements, pie & rib eating contests, bull riding, games and activities, food court, chef demos, BBQ competition, People’s Choice Wing Contest, and a music stage featuring CT-based artists.

    There will be a gourmet and specialty food marketplace and a food court filled with delicious wood-fired, grilled and roasted food, handcrafted beer, premium liquor, wine and other refreshments.

    Please visit http://www.bluesviewsBBQ.com for ticket options and discounts.
    Kids 12 and under FREE.
    Presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association.
    Rain or Shine.
    Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts & Westport Library
    20 Jesup Road Westport CT 06880
    Event Coordinator 203.505.8716 wdmaadmin@gmail.com

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

  • - On September 10 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Westporter Penny Pearlman, author of the triple award winning Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas, will talk about the history of the Miss America Pageant, the controversies surrounding the pageant and why Miss America is still iconic in American culture. Sharalyn Donlan, Miss Connecticut 2009, and Morgan Amarone, Miss Connecticut 2011, will share their experiences in participating in the Miss America pageant.

    The Miss America Pageant, started in 1921 by Atlantic City businessmen as a marketing ploy, has evolved from just a beauty contest into one that strives to provide young women with opportunities to stretch themselves in numerous directions. Many people don’t see beyond the swimsuit competition. They think you can’t be beautiful and smart. This complicated mix of beauty and brains has always been a contradiction in American Society which often dismisses the possibility of being both.

    Contrary to popular opinion, The Miss America Organization had a liberal feminist agenda long before Betty Freidan wrote the Feminine Mystique in 1963, promoting higher education for women by providing scholarships starting in 1945 and opportunities for young women to advance their careers. It takes guts, creativity, endurance, lots of plain hard work and a fire in the belly to achieve that pinnacle of femaleness. Learn about the history of the Miss America Pageant and why Miss America is still America’s royalty and relevant in today’s world.

    Sponsors for this event are: Berchem, Moses & Devlin PC , Sachs Walsh Insurance and Catamount Wealth Management.

    Reservations required, 203-222-1424, $10 donation.
    Westport Historical Society
    25 Avery Place Westport CT 06880
    Barbara Peck 203.222.1424 bpeck@westporthistory.org
  • - On September 10 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Westporter Penny Pearlman, author of the triple award winning Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas, will talk about the history of the Miss America Pageant, the controversies surrounding the pageant and why Miss America is still iconic in American culture. Sharalyn Donlan, Miss Connecticut 2009, and Morgan Amarone, Miss Connecticut 2011, will share their experiences in participating in the Miss America pageant.

    The Miss America Pageant, started in 1921 by Atlantic City businessmen as a marketing ploy, has evolved from just a beauty contest into one that strives to provide young women with opportunities to stretch themselves in numerous directions. Many people don’t see beyond the swimsuit competition. They think you can’t be beautiful and smart. This complicated mix of beauty and brains has always been a contradiction in American Society which often dismisses the possibility of being both.

    Contrary to popular opinion, The Miss America Organization had a liberal feminist agenda long before Betty Freidan wrote the Feminine Mystique in 1963, promoting higher education for women by providing scholarships starting in 1945 and opportunities for young women to advance their careers. It takes guts, creativity, endurance, lots of plain hard work and a fire in the belly to achieve that pinnacle of femaleness. Learn about the history of the Miss America Pageant and why Miss America is still America’s royalty and relevant in today’s world.

    Sponsors for this event are: Berchem, Moses & Devlin PC , Sachs Walsh Insurance and Catamount Wealth Management.

    Reservations required, 203-222-1424, $10 donation.
    Westport Historical Society
    25 Avery Place Westport CT 06880
    Barbara Peck 203.222.1424 bpeck@westporthistory.org
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Friday, September 11th, 2015

  • | Arts and Entertainment
    - Norwalk Oyster Festival thru 9/13 Calf Pasture Park, Norwalk Info: 203-838-9444
     
           
  • | All Day | NATL - National Holidays
    - Patriot Day falls on 11th September (also commonly known as ‘Nine-Eleven’) and is remembered globally as the anniversary of the catastrophic terrorist attacks on the USA of 11th September 2001.

    Embedded in the memories of everyone who lived through it, this was the day four jet planes were hijacked and crashed into the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, causing the deaths of 2,977 people. The fourth plane (United Airlines Flight 93) was directed at Washington DC, but its passengers bravely attempted to take back control and it crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

    The large majority of those lost after the attacks on the Twin Towers were working at or above the points of collision; thousands of people who had gone to work that morning like every other day, found themselves suddenly stranded at the top of a burning skyscraper. A number made the choice to jump from the flaming buildings rather than wait to be caught by the flames or for the building to collapse. No one could forget the terrifying and heartbreaking stories and images captured by the news footage of the day.

    In the wake of the World Trade Center collisions, many brave men and women from the emergency services risked their lives to try to help rescue victims of the attacks, and of them 411 lost their own lives attempting to fight fires and rescue people.

    Patriot Day is recognized by US law as the official day of remembrance for these tragic events, and has been observed every year since. Each year on this day, American flags are flown at half-staff to honour and commemorate those lives lost. The US President asks fellow Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8.46am (Eastern Daylight Time), the time of the first plane collision into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

    While the events took place within the USA, the shock and grief experienced in response to the attacks was shared across the globe, and for this reason Patriot Day will be observed not only in America, but all over the world
     
           

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

  • | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Schools and Education
    - How will you score? Find out by taking a full-length practice test given under the same testing conditions as the actual exams. You'll learn about the endurance and skill needed to score high on the PSAT, and you'll get a personalized score report that shows your strengths and weaknesses.
    To register for this practice test, please click the following link:

    http://www.princetonreview.com/product/offerings/262047
    You must register to attend this practice test.
    The Princeton Review Office - Westport
    1246 Post Road East Westport CT 06880

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

  • | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | Schools and Education
    - How will you score? Find out by taking a full-length practice test given under the same testing conditions as the actual exams. You'll learn about the endurance and skill needed to score high on the PSAT, and you'll get a personalized score report that shows your strengths and weaknesses.
    To register for this practice test, please click the following link:

    http://www.princetonreview.com/product/offerings/262010
    You must register to attend this practice test.
    The Princeton Review Office - Westport
    1246 Post Road East Westport CT 06880
  • | All Day | NATL - National Holidays
    - The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
     
           

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

  • | All Day | NATL - National Holidays
    - Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. The Biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets. It is the first of the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora'im ("Days of Awe") which usually occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei. Tishrei is the first month of the Jewish civil year, but the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year.

    The day is said to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of humanity's role in God's world. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram's horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a "sweet new year".

    This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on September 13th and ends on the evening of September 15th. During Rosh Hashanah services, and at the end of Yom Kippur, the shofar is blown like a trumpet. Hearing the shofar's call is a reminder for us to look inward and repent for the sins of the past year.
     
           

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

  • | NATL - Government
    - Presidential Proclamation always issued for September 17th at request.
     
           

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - On September 20, 1973 Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the nationally televised "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match in three straight sets.
     
           

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

  • - Friends originally aired September 22, 1994. This hugely popular NBC comedy brought together six single friends and the issues in their personal lives, ranging from their jobs to their romances. The cast was Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt Le Blanc. The show concluded its run in 2004, with a finale in which 51.1 million viewers tuned in, making that episode the fourth most watched TV program in history.
     
           

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - In the Northern Hemisphere, autumn begins today with the autumnal equinox, at 4:21 AM EDT. Note that in the Southern Hemisphere today is the beginning of spring. Everywhere on Earth (except near the poles) the sun rises due east and sets due west and daylight length is nearly identical - about 12 hours and 8 minutes.
     
           

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - The 19th annual national event promoting family health and fitness. Families across the country will be involved in locally organized health promotion activities at hundreds of locations all on the same day. Call the toll-free number for further info and how to participate. Always held the last Saturday in September. Phone number: (800)828-8225.
     
           

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Look for the Harvest Moon to shine on the night of September 27-28, 2015. And it’s not just any Harvest Moon. It’s also a supermoon that’s staging a Blood Moon eclipse.
     
           

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

  • | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | Special Interest, letter writing, book signing
    - On September 30 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Nina Sankovitch, the acclaimed author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading will discuss her new book, SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing at the Westport Historical Society.

    In the age of digital communications, is letter writing doomed? Is there any point to putting pen to paper anymore, when email, texting, Facebook, Twitter and the like keep us constantly connected – and with pictures and videos to boot? Nina Sankovitch answers with a resounding and passionate “Yes!”

    Making a timely case for the “gentle art” that is rapidly being lost, Nina Sankovitch helps us recognize the immense richness that letter writing brings to our lives. Sankovitch reminds us that letters are the history of our lives made solid, and they place us firmly within our history.

    “How sad to think our children may never get a letter from a friend or a lover, the art of both—the sentiment and penmanship—fading away like an old Polaroid. Nina Sankovitch’s lovely, elegant book about the intimacy of letters is rich with treasures from politicians, soldiers, mothers, prisoners, husbands, and wooers. It is a joy to read, savor, and remember.” – Lesley Stahl

    Sponsors for this event are: Berchem, Moses & Devlin PC , Sachs Walsh Insurance and Catamount Wealth Management. Copies of the book will be available for purchasing and signing.

    $10 donation, reservations required, 203-222-1424. Light refreshments will be served.
    Westport Historical Society
    25 Avery Place Westport CT 06880
    Barbara Peck 203.222.1424 bpeck@westporthistory.org

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

  • - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
     
           
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Established in 1985 to raise awareness of breast cancer and to encourage early detection practices. The third Friday in October (October 16, 2015) is National Mammography Day.
     
           

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - A day to celebrate and embrace who we are, despite our differences, no matter what race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality or disability. A day to reflect on and learn about different cultures and ideologies. A day to vow to uphold acceptance and tolerance. A day to consciously address these areas at educational and religious institutions, as well as in the workplace and at home. Annually, the first Friday in October.
     
           

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Monday, October 5th, 2015

  • | 9:30am - 11:30am | Religious Events
    - Please join us for a Harvest Celebration of Sukkot including hands on gardening activities, crafts, meet the animals and decorate the sukkah

    $5 suggested donation per child

    Optional briang your picnic an eat on the farm from 11:30-12:00
    Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Hwy, WEstport, CT 06880
           
  • - Traditionally, the Supreme Court's annual term begins on the first Monday in October and continues with seven two-week sessions of oral arguments. Between the sessions are six recesses during which the opinions are written by the justices. Ordinarily, all cases are decided by the following June or July.
     
           

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Celebration of German heritage and the contributions German Americans have made to the building of the nation. A Presidential Proclamation has been issued each year since 1987.
     
           

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On October 8, 1871, the Great Fire of Chicago began, according to legend when Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over the lantern in her barn on DeKoven Street. The fire leveled 3 1/2 square miles, destroying 17,540 buildings and leaving 98,500 people homeless and about 250 people dead. Financially, the loss was $200 million. On the same day a fire destroyed the entire town of Peshigo, WI, killing more than 1,100.
     
           

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Grant Park, Chicago, IL. Flat, fast 26.2 mile course attracts everyone from elite athletes to novice marathon runners from all 50 states and more than 120 foreign countries. Annually, the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. Estimated attendance: 850,000.
     
           

Monday, October 12th, 2015

  • | NATL - National Holidays
    - Observed on second Monday in October each year.
     
           
  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Moon enters New Moon phase at 8:06 PM EDT.
     
           

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Approximately 160,000 teens stay home from school every day because they fear for their safety. The self-esteem and empathy-building international nonprofit organization Hey U.G.L.Y. (Unique Gifted Lovable You) has designed the second Wednesday in October (and the entire month of October) as a day and month for schools across America to conduct Stop Bullying classroom activities and school assembly presentations on how to eradicate bullying from schools and neighborhoods.
     
           

Friday, October 16th, 2015

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - For all employees to honor their bosses. Annually, the weekday closest to October 16th. Patricia Bays Haroski originated this event in 1958 in honor of her own boss, who also happened to be her father.
     
           

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Around 1922, a candy company employee named Herbert Birch Kingston decided that it would be a wonderful thing to distribute candy to the sick, shut-ins and orphans of Cleveland, OH. Thus, Sweetest Day was born. Do something nice for someone today, something that will make him or her say, "Oh, that's so sweet!" Annually, the third Saturday in October.
     
           

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

  • - On October 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy, in a nationwide television address on this date, demanded the removal from Cuba of Soviet missiles, launched equipment and bombers and imposed a naval "quarantine" to prevent further weaponry from reaching Cuba. On October 28, the USSR announced it would remove the weapons in questions. In return, the US removed missiles from Turkey that were aimed at the USSR.
     
           

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

  • | NATL - Trivia
    - Celebrated on October 23rd each year from 6:02 AM to 6:02 PM in observance of the "mole". For 2015 the Mole Day theme is "May the MOLES be with you." The "mole" is a way of counting the Avogadro number, 6.02 x 10 to the 23rd power, of anything (just as a "dozen" is a way of counting 12 of anything). Mole Day owes its existence to an early 19th-century Italian physics professor named Amedeo Avogadro. He discovered that the number of molecules in a mole is the same for all substances. Because of this, chemists are able to precisely measure quantities of chemicals in the laboratory. Mole Day is celebrated to help all persons, especially chemistry students, become enthused about chemistry, which is the central science.
     
           

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - The full moon following Harvest Moon. So called because the moon's light in evening extends the day's length for hunters. The October full moon.
     
           
  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Moon enters Full Moon phase at 8:05 AM EDT.
     
           

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Every year approximately 4 million cats enter shelters, and 1-2 million are euthanized. Often cats are overlooked and underappreciated because they don't usually have jobs like dogs. Yet cats still lower blood pressure, offer unconditional love and companionship and alert their owners of danger. Cats have so many purr-sonalities and there is so much to love about them! On National Cat Day, please visit a local shelter and offer to love and save a life by adopting a cat.
     
           

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - An ancient celebration combining Druid autumn festival and Christian customs. Halloween (Hallows' Eve) is the beginning of Hallowtide, a season that embraces the Feast of All Saints (November 1st) and the Feast of all Souls (November 2nd). The observance, dating from the sixth or seventh century, has long been associated with thoughts of the dead, spirits, witches, ghosts and devils. In fact, the ancient Celtic Feast of Samhain, the festival that marked the beginning of winter and of the New Year, was observed November 1.
     
           

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

  • - November is Native American Heritage Month
     
           
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - LCAM is a national campaign dedicated to increasing attention to lung cancer issues - early detection, increased research funding and increased support for those living with lung cancer. The Lung Cancer Alliance is the leading organization dedicated to helping people at risk for and living with lung cancer. The Lung Cancer Alliance is the leading organization dedicated to helping people at risk for and living with lung cancer. Support and education resources are available free of charge by phone, mail or Internet.
     
           

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - November 4, 1922, one of the most important archaeological discoveries of modern times occurred at Luxor, Egypt. It was the tomb of Egypt's child king. Tutankhamen, who became pharaoh at the age of nine and died, probably in the year 1352 BC, when he was 19. Perhaps the only ancient Egyptian royal tomb to have escaped plundering by grave robbers, it was discovered more than 3,000 years after Tutankhamen's death by English archaeologist Howard Carter, leader if an expedition financed by Lord Carnarvon. The priceless relics yielded by King Tut's tomb were placed in Egypt's National Museum at Cairo.
     
           

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