Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Wed, 22 Jan 2020 20:45:18 -0500 HamletHub.com Hobby Quest After School Enrichment Comes to Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/46396-hobby-quest-after-school-enrichment-comes-to-westport46396-hobby-quest-after-school-enrichment-comes-to-westport https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/46396-hobby-quest-after-school-enrichment-comes-to-westport46396-hobby-quest-after-school-enrichment-comes-to-westport

Hobby Quest After School Enrichment Comes to Westport

Westport, CT -- This winter and spring, Westport Continuing Education (WCE) is partnering with Hobby Quest to present new STEM-based and skill-building enrichment programs after school at Greens Farms, Saugatuck, Coleytown, Long Lots and Kings Highway elementary schools. Classes begin the week of January 27 and registration is now open at https://www.westportcontinuinged.com/.

In Airplane Captains kids in grades K-3 learn all about aviation—the science of flight—while building their own model airplanes that actually fly! As a commander in this exclusive flying club, kids learn important STEM concepts in order to build NEW aircraft models like the Batman helicopter, the long-flying Airshow and more! The children have the satisfaction of flying their planes outside with the group, and then they take them home. It’s a perfect combination of science and fun! The after school program starts the week of January 27 at Coleytown and Long Lots Schools and on April 20 for Saugatuck School. 

Starting the week of January 27 at Greens Farms and Saugatuck Schools, Hobby Quest is also offering Fashion Denim Dreams for students in grades 3-5 to learn the basics of hand-sewing and fashion design. Creativity is encouraged and each child finishes with a full, unique wearable outfit to model for friends and family in the closing fashion show. Children design, stitch, alter and decorate their own garments—a trendy denim vest and colorful cotton skirt/shorts. The spring session begins the week of April 20 and will be offered at Coleytown and Kings Highway Schools. 

Hobby Quest has been providing fun and unique hands-on enrichment programming in the tri-state area since 2002. Currently working in over 600 schools, camps and community centers, Hobby Quest expanded into Fairfield county last year. All classes are taught by experienced, energetic and caring educators who love to inspire kids.

For more information and to register for programs, please visit the WCE website at www.westportcontinuinged.com, call 203-341-1209 or email conted@westportps.org. The WCE main office is located at Staples High School, 70 North Avenue, Room 1040, Westport, CT 06880. WCE can also be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/westportcontinuinged.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:50:44 -0500
Westport Playhouse Presents Family Fun: "Charlotte's Web" Feb. 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46397-westport-playhouse-presents-family-fun-charlotte-s-web-feb-2346397-westport-playhouse-presents-family-fun-charlotte-s-web-feb-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46397-westport-playhouse-presents-family-fun-charlotte-s-web-feb-2346397-westport-playhouse-presents-family-fun-charlotte-s-web-feb-23

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse’s Family Festivities Series will present “Charlotte’s Web,” produced by TheaterWorksUSA, on Sunday, February 23, at 1 and 4 p.m. The show, based on the classic book by E. B. White, is written by Joseph Robinette, best known for the book for Broadway's A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Performances are approximately one-hour in length, and appropriate for grades K-5.  Tickets are $20 each.  

In “Charlotte’s Web,” a spider named Charlotte weaves a plan to convince Farmer Zukerman that her good friend, Wilber, is a prize pig and deserves a place on the farm forever.  The brand-new production of the classic story of friendship and loyalty is infused with original bluegrass music and features madcap and endearing farm animal characters.

TheaterWorksUSA, the producing company, has led the Theater for Young and Family Audiences movement in New York City and across North America for over half a century. Since 1962, the 501(c)3 not-for-profit has captured the imaginations of 100 million new and veteran theatergoers with an award-winning repertoire of over 130 original plays and musicals. In addition to touring 11 family productions around the country, TheaterWorksUSA’s season highlights include the Broadway production of “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” and the world premieres of two New York Times Critic’s Picks, “Dog Man: The Musical” and “The Pout-Pout Fish,” which recently opened the New Victory Theater’s season. “The Pout-Pout Fish” will come to Westport Country Playhouse in March. 

In advance of the performance, a free-of-charge, interactive program, “Story Explorers,” featuring a book reading of “Charlotte’s Web” and activities surrounding the show’s themes, will take place as follows:  Saturday, February 8, at 10:30 a.m., Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield; Sunday, February 9, at 9 a.m., Westport Weston Family YMCA, Schine Meeting Room, 14 Allen Raymond Lane, Westport; Wednesday, February 12, at 11 a.m., Westport Weston Family YMCA, Schine Meeting Room, 14 Allen Raymond Lane, Westport; Saturday, February 15, at 9 a.m., SONO Branch Library, 10 Washington Street, Norwalk; Saturday, February 15, at 11 a.m., Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport; and Saturday, February 15, at 1 p.m., Bridgeport Public Library - North Branch, 3455 Madison Avenue, Bridgeport.                      

The one-hour Story Explorers” program is led by staff from Broadway Method Academy, the resident conservatory of Westport Country Playhouse. “Story Explorers” promotes childhood literacy while also enhancing children’s experiences of attending the Playhouse’s Family Festivities shows. “Story Explorers” is sponsored by United Bank Foundation and presented by Westport Country Playhouse and Broadway Method Academy.

Westport Country Playhouse’s four-show 2019-2020 Family Festivities Series is presented on selected Sundays from December through March, featuring productions with music based on classic and contemporary children’s stories.  The final Family Festivities show of the season is “The Pout Pout Fish,” produced by TheaterWorksUSA on Sunday, March 15, as Mr. Fish sets out on a sweeping oceanic quest to find Miss Clam’s missing pearl, and discovers there is more to him than his permanently plastered pout. 

In conjunction with the Family Festivities Series, the Playhouse will once again host a book collection for Read to Grow, Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization that provides free children's books to families with limited access and to community resources that serve them.  At each Family Festivities performance, bins will be located in the Playhouse lobby for donations of gently used and new children’s books which will be given to families and programs in the greater Fairfield County area through Read to Grow. 

Family Festivities Series Corporate Sponsor is Pitney Bowes.  The Family Programming Sponsor is Bankwell. The Family Festivities Series is also supported by the Westport Young Woman’s League.  

All artists, titles, and dates subject to change.

 

Everyone in the audience requires a ticket. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

ABOUT WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater of the highest caliber and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training through Broadway Method Academy, Westport Country Playhouse’s resident conservatory program; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.  Charity Navigator has recently awarded its top 4-star charity rating to the Playhouse in recognition of its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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kerry@ducey.org (Pat Blaufuss) Events Wed, 22 Jan 2020 07:20:22 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: Nail Factory https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46380-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-nail-factory46380-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-nail-factory https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46380-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-nail-factory46380-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-nail-factory

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Nail Factory!

Why did you start your business?

This is the fifth year we have been in this country. As immigrants, my partner and I came alone, the passion of our American Dream is always burning in our hearts. My partner Michelle and I have been doing nails for so long and we were looking for a place where we could do nail design. We thought, "Why don’t we open a salon ourselves?' One day, we saw an ad online and decided to seize the opportunity! We are glad to be here!

What is your best selling product/service?

Nail art! 

Do you use any local businesses to support your business?

There are some business people who have helped us a lot and support us. Below are some of them.

WESTPORT MOM (We attend the LOCAL LOVE)

Steve from Steven Mancini (When I make money, I’ll definitely go to them to get my haircut!)

Effi from EFFI’s Hair Salon (we current located in Effi’s Salon).

Randi & Bianc 

Yamafuji sushi -  we always buy food from them to fill our belly!

Visit Nail Factory online here.

Nail Factory is located at 719 Post Rd E, Westport. Call: 203-349-5342

Business Hours
Weekday 9:30-7:30
Saturday 9:30-6.30
Sunday 10:00-6:00

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 22 Jan 2020 05:08:56 -0500
Broadway’s Jessica Vosk Joins Bryan Perri in ACT of CT’s Broadway Unplugged Series Feb. 25 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46373-broadway-s-jessica-vosk-joins-bryan-perri-in-act-of-ct-s-broadway-unplugged-series-feb-2546373-broadway-s-jessica-vosk-joins-bryan-perri-in-act-of-ct-s-broadway-unplugged-series-feb-25 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46373-broadway-s-jessica-vosk-joins-bryan-perri-in-act-of-ct-s-broadway-unplugged-series-feb-2546373-broadway-s-jessica-vosk-joins-bryan-perri-in-act-of-ct-s-broadway-unplugged-series-feb-25

ACT (A Contemporary Theater) of Connecticut is excited to announce that Jessica Vosk will join ACT's Resident Music Supervisor, Bryan Perri, on February 25, 2020 for the Broadway Unplugged Series 

Jessica Vosk played Elphaba in WICKED on Broadway for two years, and recently starred in the NYC Ballet Jerome Robbins tribute SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT. Other Broadway credits include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, FINDING NEVERLAND, and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Jessica starred as Anita in the Grammy-nominated San Francisco Symphony’s WEST SIDE STORY. This season, she will star in the 50th anniversary of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Lincoln Center. 

The Broadway Unplugged Series is the brainchild of the accomplished Perri, who is currently working as Music Director and Conductor on the critically acclaimed Broadway musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL alongside Alanis Morissette, Tom Kitt and Diane Paulus. Perri recently finished a ten-year run as Music Director and Conductor of the Broadway production of WICKED, and as Music Director for SUPERHERO, having its world premiere Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater. Each show in the Broadway Unplugged Series presents an intimate evening where Perri sits down at the piano with renowned Broadway performers for an exceptional evening of never before heard stories, great conversation, and incredible vocals.

ACT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine says, “Jessica is one of the most gifted performers that I know. I’ve been hoping to get her to ACT for a Broadway Unplugged for quite some time, and I am thrilled that it is happening! Audiences are going to fall in love with her!”

Tickets for the February 25, 2020 show may be purchased here. For more information about ACT of Connecticut, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theater-related news and announcements, visit www.actofct.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Amanda Duff) Events Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:45:00 -0500
Vance Gilbert’s Unbridled Joy Returns to Westport's Voices Cafe https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46394-vance-gilbert-s-unbridled-joy-returns-to-westport-s-voices-cafe46394-vance-gilbert-s-unbridled-joy-returns-to-westport-s-voices-cafe https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46394-vance-gilbert-s-unbridled-joy-returns-to-westport-s-voices-cafe46394-vance-gilbert-s-unbridled-joy-returns-to-westport-s-voices-cafe

On Saturday, January 25 at 8:00 pm Vance Gilbert, a house favorite, makes his third appearance at Westport’s Voices Café. Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.

This show follows the release of his latest CD the day before so some new Vance will surely be in the offering!

Vance is an eclectic folk singer who performs heartbreaking songs mixed in with a razor wit guaranteeing the audience an emotional roller coaster ride of emotions and musical styles. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote that he possessed, “…the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god…”

Gilbert is well-known for his storytelling prowess and audience rapport. He credits his ability to read and connect with the audience to his days touring with comics like Paul Reiser and George Carlin.

“I’ve learned more from the great comics than music people when it comes to live performance,” said Gilbert, “if you’re not paying attention from backstage to what these guys are doing, you are not doing your homework.”

While firmly established in the folk community Gilbert references a broad musical repertoire that may intersperse rock, jazz, soul or the blues with folk on any given night. Hence the eclectic nature of his performances.

He credits his range going back to his days at Connecticut College. Gilbert said, “I mean, that's where I got to hear everything from Parliament Funkadelic to Bonnie Raitt, and everything in between. You know, Keith Jarrett and Leo Kotke. I was really lucky.”

Connecticut College is also where he learned to play guitar and where he wrote his first songs. Early attempts were, he said, “horrific” but he kept at it. His early zeal for songwriting even caused him to fail, of all things, a poetry class taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet William Meredith.

“I kept bringing in songs,” Gilbert explained, “and he pulled me aside at the end of the semester and said ‘you know Vance, professionally I’m failing you for the class because you did not write poetry for me. You were busy trying to put music to things that were not complete.’”

From there Vance moved to Boston and worked as a cook and a multicultural arts teacher until he started knocking 'em dead at open mikes in the vibrant Boston folk scene; then on to New York City where a fortunate meeting with Shawn Colvin led to an invitation to be a special guest on her Fat City national tour where Vance took audiences by storm across the country.

Over a dozen accomplished albums later, with his latest being released the day before his Voices Café appearance, Vance continues to refine his unlikely union of humor, virtuosity, and the unexpected. Whether with classic, original songwriting or ageless interpretations of covers, his is a presentation steeped in deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and contagious, unbridled joy - inarguably the blue ribbons that tie and seal the seemingly impossible package that is ... VANCE GILBERT.

Seating at Voices Cafe 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. Purchase $25 tickets at https://voicescafe.org/show/vance-gilbert/ or $30 at the door. Doors open at 7:30.

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kerry@ducey.org (David Vita) Events Tue, 21 Jan 2020 07:22:26 -0500
Great Mac & Chili Challenge: Sunday, January 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46393-great-mac-chili-challenge-sun-jan-26-11-346393-great-mac-chili-challenge-sun-jan-26-11-3 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46393-great-mac-chili-challenge-sun-jan-26-11-346393-great-mac-chili-challenge-sun-jan-26-11-3

Norwalk, CT – The chilly weather is here and it’s perfect for unlimited samples of decadent chili and mac ‘n cheese from over 20 restaurants at the 6th Annual Great Mac and Chili Challenge on Jan. 26 from 11 to 3 at the new SoNo Collection in Norwalk.  

The Great Mac & Chili Challenge remains a true people’s choice competition where attendees rate all they sample on a scale from 7 to 10.5 using their cell phone instead of wasting paper in an effort to be more environmentally conscious. The restaurants with the highest average rating in each of the three competition categories are declared champions. The categories include classic beef chili, creative chili and mac ‘n cheese.  

Some of the outstanding restaurants competing this year include both 8 North Broadway of Nyack NY,  273 Kitchen of Harrison NY, as well as Blue Cactus Grill of Norwalk & Fairfield, Burger Bar & Bistro of Norwalk, Cask Republic of Greenwich & New Haven, Bobby Q’s of Norwalk, Dunville’s of Westport, Gates of New Canaan, Geronimo of Fairfield & New Haven, Harbor Harvest of East Norwalk, Hub & Spoke of Black Rock,  Jacob’s Pickles of Norwalk and NYC,  Little Pub of Wilton, Fairfield, Stratford, Greenwich and Old Saybrook, Local Kitchen & Beer Bar of Norwalk and Fairfield, Old Post Tavern of Fairfield, Planet Pizza of Norwalk, Simply Delicious of Norwalk and the Original Vazzy’s in Bridgeport. 

The competition will benefit Food Rescue US in the ongoing fight against hunger.

The Great Mac & Chili Challenge is sponsored by Cabot’s Cooperative, City Carting, Polar Beverages, Mi Nina Tortillas, New Belgium Brewery, Wade’s Dairy and WEBE108. Tickets only available online at www.MacAndChili.com.  

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kerry@ducey.org (Jim Keenan ) Events Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:41:14 -0500
Westport Farmers’ Market is Your New Year’s Resolution Resource https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46395-westport-farmers-market-is-your-new-year-s-resolution-resource46395-westport-farmers-market-is-your-new-year-s-resolution-resource https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46395-westport-farmers-market-is-your-new-year-s-resolution-resource46395-westport-farmers-market-is-your-new-year-s-resolution-resource

It is estimated that over half of all New Year’s Resolutions will be broken by the end of January. Not so for Westport Farmers’ Market shoppers. The winter market, held every Saturday at Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center boasts 1000 committed health-conscious shoppers a week. Whether you are, or have committed to be, paleo, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, a conscious carnivore, or pescatarian – or whether your resolution is to take better care of yourself with a cleanse or your four-legged companion with fresh food – WFM has a vendor for you.

“WFM is a year-round resolution resource but takes on special importance at this time of year,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of WFM. “We are here to help people get and stay healthy with a diverse group of vendors—all of whom are committed to raising, growing, and making the cleanest products in the state, if not the nation.”

Fort Hill Farm, Riverbank Farm, EHSTO, Nutty Bunny Vegan Ice Cream, Herbal Deva, Herbaceous Catering & this just names a few..

“As you can see, we have you covered,” said Cochran-Dougall. “Come see us this week to keep those resolutions!”

Westport Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 10 to 2 pm at Gilbertie’ Herbs and Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Avenue, Westport. For more information, contact director@westportfarmersmarket, visit westportfarmersmarket.com, and follow Westport Farmers’ Market on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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kerry@ducey.org (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Places Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:00:00 -0500
Healthy Teen Dating, What Every Parent Need to Know on Feb. 26 at Westport Police Department https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46390-healthy-teen-dating-what-every-parent-need-to-know-on-feb-26-at-westport-police-department46390-healthy-teen-dating-what-every-parent-need-to-know-on-feb-26-at-westport-police-department https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46390-healthy-teen-dating-what-every-parent-need-to-know-on-feb-26-at-westport-police-department46390-healthy-teen-dating-what-every-parent-need-to-know-on-feb-26-at-westport-police-department

Westport Domestic Violence Task Force hosts "Healthy Teen Dating, What Every Parent Needs to Know" on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM at Westport Police Department.

Please join the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center for an engaging workshop for parents of teens. In this workshop parents will learn about:
-Elements & characteristics of healthy dating relationships
-Identifying "red flag" behaviors
-Unhealthy relationship dynamics rooted in power and control

This program will also help parents start conversations about dating relationships with their children and understand prevention strategies. 

Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/464856904201291/

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kerry@ducey.org (Westport Domestic Violence Task Force) Events Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:58:03 -0500
Westport Woman's Club Thrift Shop Valentine's Sale, Feb. 10-15 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46391-wwc-s-thrift-shop-valentine-s-sale-feb-10-1546391-wwc-s-thrift-shop-valentine-s-sale-feb-10-15 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46391-wwc-s-thrift-shop-valentine-s-sale-feb-10-1546391-wwc-s-thrift-shop-valentine-s-sale-feb-10-15

Westport, CT - The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop, operated by The Westport Woman’s Club, will be offering a 50% off storewide sale from February 10-15, 2020.  Do you need a fresh idea for your favorite Valentine?  Why not buy a pitcher with character and fill it with fresh roses?  Or a unique bowl to fill with chocolates?  Or wine glasses, then add champagne?  Heartfelt possibilities for the thrifty abound at the Curio Cottage Thrift Shop’s half-price, storewide "Sweetheart of a Sale."   

The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop offers an ever-changing array of donated glassware, tableware, vases, platters, frames, jewelry, kitchen items, collectibles and so much more.  Weekly hours of operation are Monday from 1-4pm, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday from 10am-3pm, and Saturday from 11am-2pm (closed Tuesday and Sunday).   This thrift shop is located adjacent to the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT.

The Curio Cottage, opened in 1999, operates year-round and has contributed over $500,000 in support of the philanthropic mission of the Westport Woman’s Club, which includes direct grants and services to non-profit organizations and charities throughout Fairfield County.  All of the shop merchandise is donated, and tax receipts are available for your welcomed donations. 

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  You do not have to be a Westport resident to join the Westport Woman’s Club.  To become a member, please call the office at 203-227-4240.

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kerry@ducey.org (Westport Woman's Club ) Events Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:29:31 -0500
Grant Empowers HCC Students With Vocational Opportunities https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/46388-grant-empowers-hcc-students-with-vocational-opportunities46388-grant-empowers-hcc-students-with-vocational-opportunities https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/46388-grant-empowers-hcc-students-with-vocational-opportunities46388-grant-empowers-hcc-students-with-vocational-opportunities

The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation recently awarded a champion grant to the Housatonic Community College Foundation (HCCF), empowering students to pursue vocational education and training, and putting them on a path to rewarding and fulfilling careers.

Through Housatonic Community College’s (HCC) Professional Studies Institute (PSI), students have a wide variety of career-oriented programming, certificates, course and professional development activities. Students enrolled in these programs seek skills, experience and knowledge that directly leads to employment. This grant provides access to those possibilities for students with limited resources.

“The Frederick A DeLuca Foundation, Inc. supports educational programs that empower youth and adults to live healthy, productive, and economically self-sufficient lives,” said the organization. “We recognize the valuable contribution that Housatonic Community College brings to the region by offering a wide variety of affordable post-secondary educational opportunities. They provide motivated students with a pathway to earn technical skills and credentials that will prepare them for employment in a meaningful career. We are proud to partner with Housatonic Community College to ensure that students have the resources they need to stand out in today’s workforce and pursue their dream jobs.”

HCC’s PSI programs incorporate a high-touch approach to student success. Each student is assigned a coach to ensure they are successful in the program, and also to provide them with important soft skills that are essential in the workplace. Students also must participate in an internship or clinical work.

“This grant recognizes the life-changing opportunities that HCC’s vocational training provides for its students, and the impact that our education has on developing a better-trained workforce for our entire region,” said Kristy Jelenik, Executive Director of HCCF. “On behalf of the foundation and our hard-working and deserving students, we thank The Frederick A DeLuca Foundation for this generous investment and ongoing support.”

Through private donations, the Housatonic Community College Foundation scholarships provide access to a quality education for students with proven academic performance and demonstrated financial need. During the 2018-2019 academic year, the foundation awarded scholarship funds to nearly 1,000 students, allowing them to engage and excel in the classroom, and empowering them to build a better future for themselves and their families. To learn more about the foundation and how you can support financially struggling scholars, visit www.housatonic.edu or call 203-332-5078.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:05:23 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: Salon Paul Michael https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46387-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-salon-paul-michael46387-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-salon-paul-michael https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46387-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-salon-paul-michael46387-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-salon-paul-michael

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Salon Paul Michael!

Why did you start your business?

The story of Salon Paul Michael is about family in pursuit of a dream. Artistry comes in many forms. There are so many things in this world that become a canvas for someone with an artistic eye and burgeoning creativity. For father-son beauty and hair industry veterans, Ernie Addario (creative artist) and Paul Addario (master color specialist), Salon Paul Michael was the next stage for them to address both the artistic and business side of beauty and fashion.

Step into Salon Paul Michael, which opened in May, and you’ll be greeted by a space that feels more like a stage than a hair salon. The Soho loft-inspired space, tucked into the Turkey Hill Shopping Center caters to a cool-meets-suburban chic clientele. The two-story space juxtaposes the best-in-the-business team of stylists with a cool industrial vibe to allow clients to feel pampered.

"Having worked in Westport for over 20 years, we wanted to create more than a beauty brand, Salon Paul Michael is a lifestyle brand where personal beauty and fashion meet,” explained Paul Addario. The full-service family salon offers color, hair cutting, styling and the latest techniques to enhance the natural beauty of each client, beauty that is uniquely their own, always making them feel better and feel that the salon is like an extended family to them.

What is your best selling product or service?

Owning your personal style and individual identity is more important than ever these days. One way to freshen up a look or change completely is to change one’s hair with a new cut, texture or even hair color.

The professionals at Salon Paul Michael are some of the most inventive colorists in the region and have taken bleaching, dying and balayage, and turned it into an art form - creating beautiful blondes, natural brunettes and redheads using color melting and balayage techniques. And hey, check out Salon Paul Michael’s Instagram page, maybe there is a look that might actually inspire you to dye your hair!

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

“When this location became available, we were instantly drawn to the light-filled space and turned to Leigh Overland Architects to help us curate a welcoming, adventurous and artistic environment,” explained Ernie Addario. The salon also retained Regency Construction as the general contractor and numerous sub-contractors from the area were employed. We assembled an expert team of local stylists who have been part of the community for years and a salon front house manager to better serve our clients at the 2,000-square foot salon. For public relations and marketing, we turned to Danika Communications and Chromosites for our website design. “And of course, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this stuff without the support from our family, friends, clients and the community,” he concluded.

Salon Paul Michael operates from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday; from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment only on Sunday and is located in the Turkey Hill Shopping Center at 1258 Post Road East at the corner of Turkey Hill Road South, in Westport, CT.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the salon at 203-349-9029 or visiting www.salonpaulmichael.com.

Salon Paul Michael nominates Hair Innovations and owner, Marlena Cox! 

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Fri, 17 Jan 2020 05:20:25 -0500
STEM After School Programs for K-8 in Westport Schools https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/46389-why-stem-after-school-programs-for-k-8-in-westport-public-schools46389-why-stem-after-school-programs-for-k-8-in-westport-public-schools https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/46389-why-stem-after-school-programs-for-k-8-in-westport-public-schools46389-why-stem-after-school-programs-for-k-8-in-westport-public-schools

Westport, CT - STEM education is growing throughout the nation and Westport Continuing Education’s (WCE) STEM programs are meeting this need. Why STEM? According to the U.S. Department of Education, “In an ever-changing, increasingly complex world, it's more important than ever that our nation's youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions.” WCE, a division of Westport Public Schools, works with experienced teachers and diverse education organizations to provide a wide and varied array of after school STEM programs as well as Chess, Rocketry and Role Playing Games. Most programs begin the week of January 27. Online registration is now open on the WCE website at www.westportcontinuinged.com

Do you have a child that likes to take things apart and figure them out? Bricks 4 Kidz®: Factory Fun is the perfect spot for them to engage them in engineering challenges and machine design. Bricks 4 Kidz® brings Life Science to the schools where kids build Lego® models and learn more about the science of living things, from caterpillars to dinosaurs. Put on your safety goggles and join everyone’s favorite, Mad Science, to dig deep into science! In Lab Masters, kids invent, build and zap, create science experiments and more. Later in the spring, Science Wonders presented by Mad Science brings the wonder of electricity, optical illusions and more to curious kids. 

Citizen Invention is another WCE partner that brings cool STEM projects to kids. The first session, Creative Robotics, allows kids to work with popular education robots (including Cozmo and EZ-Robot series). They’ll program these robots to present creative performance and complete challenging tasks! Citizen Invention brings Video Game Design to the spring session. Bring a love of technology and STEM to your remote-control loving kids, who learn how to create a playable, tablet-friendly video game. Along the way, kids learn basic programming concepts and discover how ideas go from paper to screen. For kids fascinated with flight and technology, Hobby Quest presents Airplane Captains. Kids learn important STEM concepts to build all new aircraft models like the Batman helicopter, the long-flying Airshow and more. 

Kids also learn problem-solving and critical thinking skills with Chess Club after school, led by professional instructors from The Chess Club of Fairfield County. New players learn the basic rules, movements and goals of the game and all students study strategies, decision-making and common “endgame” techniques. 

For middle school students Rocketry offers students a chance to construct and launch rockets. For kids who like games “off-line,” join the Role Playing Games Club to learn and develop strategies for playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and more. Knowledge, memory and creativity are reinforced as kids use games to change the world or to discover lost treasures and ancient secrets. Join the RPG! 

For more information and to register for programs, please visit the WCE website at www.westportcontinuinged.com, call 203-341-1209 or email conted@westportps.org. The WCE main office is located at Staples High School, 70 North Avenue, Room 1040, Westport, CT 06880. WCE can also be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/westportcontinuinged.

About Westport Continuing Education:

Westport Continuing Education (WCE), a division of Westport Public Schools, provides high quality educational and enrichment programs to the residents of Westport and Fairfield County, annually serving 6,000 adults and kids with over 700 programs. Classes, workshops, and camps are offered throughout the year after school, in the evenings, and on weekends for adults and children. WCE’s mission is to empower and inspire students to reach their full potential as lifelong learners. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Westport Continuing Education) Life Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:23:15 -0500
Make Westport Farmers' Market Part of Your New Year https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46386-make-westport-farmers-market-part-of-your-new-year46386-make-westport-farmers-market-part-of-your-new-year https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46386-make-westport-farmers-market-part-of-your-new-year46386-make-westport-farmers-market-part-of-your-new-year

Westport, Ct — It is estimated that over half of all New Year’s Resolutions will be broken by the end of January. Not so for Westport Farmers’ Market shoppers. The winter market, held every Saturday at Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center boasts 1000 committed health-conscious shoppers a week. Whether you are, or have committed to be, paleo, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, a conscious carnivore, or pescatarian – or whether your resolution is to take better care of yourself with a cleanse or your four-legged companion with fresh food – WFM has a vendor for you. 

“WFM is a year-round resolution resource but takes on special importance at this time of year,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of WFM. “We are here to help people get and stay healthy with a diverse group of vendors—all of whom are committed to raising, growing, and making the cleanest products in the state, if not the nation.” 

Fort Hill Farm, Riverbank Farm, EHSTO, Nutty Bunny Vegan Ice Cream, Herbal Deva, Herbaceous Catering & this just names a few..

“As you can see, we have you covered,” said Cochran-Dougall. “Come see us this week to keep those resolutions!”

Westport Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 10 to 2 pm at Gilbertie’ Herbs and Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Avenue, Westport. For more information, contact director@westportfarmersmarket, visit westportfarmersmarket.com, and follow Westport Farmers’ Market on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About the Westport Farmers’ Market

The Westport Farmers’ Market is committed to providing fresh, local, healthy and seasonal food, serving, on average, 3000 customers per week from spring through fall, and 1000 per week during the winter market. We aspire to create a fun, safe and healthy community environment for education and socialization. Our mission is to increase awareness, knowledge and support for local producers focused on sustainable and healthy growing practices.  

The Westport Farmers’ Market receives philanthropic support from: Aitoro, Boxcar Cantina; Cohen and Wolf; Club Pilates Westport; CTBites; Doc’s Maple; Earth Animal; Eileen Fisher; Farah’s Farm; Fleishers; Fresh Direct; Gault; Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center; Jesup Hall; Neat Capital; Newman’s Own Foundation; Saugatuck Rowing Club; Sugar & Olives; Westport Sunrise Rotary; Terrain; Wave Hill Breads; and Wells Hill Farm.

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kerry@ducey.org (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Places Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:54:50 -0500
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Westport Country Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46385-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-celebration-at-westport-country-playhouse46385-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-celebration-at-westport-country-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46385-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-celebration-at-westport-country-playhouse46385-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-celebration-at-westport-country-playhouse

Free event is co-sponsored by The Westport Library, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport/Weston Interfaith Council, Westport/Weston Interfaith Clergy, and TEAM Westport

“Voter Suppression in America” will be the topic of keynote speaker Dr. Carol Anderson, historian, educator, and New York Times bestselling author, at the 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday, January 19, at 3 p.m., at Westport Country Playhouse. The event is free-of-charge and open to the public.  However, advance registration is recommended through the Playhouse box office at 203-227-4177 or by email at rsvp@westportplayhouse.org. Seating is general admission (unreserved).

The celebration is co-sponsored by The Westport Library, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport/Weston Interfaith Council, Westport/Weston Interfaith Clergy, and TEAM Westport.

“On behalf of the co-sponsoring organizations, we are honored to welcome Dr. Carol Anderson to this year’s event,” said Harold Bailey, Jr., chair of TEAM Westport. “She is one of the nation’s foremost experts on voting suppression and voter disinformation. Her body of research and historical perspectives directly intersect with the issues most critical to the future of our nation at this time.”

Dr. Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of “One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy”; “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide,” a New York Times bestseller; “Eyes Off the Prize:  The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955”; and “Bourgeois Radicals:  The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960.”

Anderson’s address will be followed by a moderated audience Q&A and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event. In addition, there will be performances by opera singer Helena Brown and students from Trumbull’s Regional Center for the Arts. Complimentary refreshments will be served in the Playhouse lobby after the presentation. 

This event is made possible in part by and is included in the Westport Library's 2019–20 WestportREADS program, "Our Vote. Our Future," a year-long series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration began in 2006 as an interfaith gathering, coordinated by the Interfaith Council of Westport and Weston.

All dates and participants are subject to change. 

For more information and reservations, call the Westport Country Playhouse box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport, or at westportplayhouse.org. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), or view Playhouse videos on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

ABOUT WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater of the highest caliber and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training through Broadway Method Academy, Westport Country Playhouse’s resident conservatory program; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round. Charity Navigator has recently awarded its top 4-star charity rating to the Playhouse in recognition of its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Wed, 15 Jan 2020 03:13:23 -0500
Registration is OPEN for Westport Dog Festival 2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/46383-registration-is-open-for-westport-dog-festival-202046383-registration-is-open-for-westport-dog-festival-2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/46383-registration-is-open-for-westport-dog-festival-202046383-registration-is-open-for-westport-dog-festival-2020

It may cold and dreary January, but May will be here in no time and tails will be wagging in Westport once again!

The Chamber has announced that the Westport Dog Festival 2020 is planned for Sunday, May 31 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Vendors and sponsors can register now to be part of this year's dog celebration!

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:09:46 -0500