Roundup: Craig Melvin, Car Show, Circle Of Friends …

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Fathers Day is June 20. Which makes a perfect tie-in for Craig Melvin.

The NBC “Today” show anchor — and Westport resident — has just written a new book: Pops: Learning to Be a Son and a Father.

On Thursday, June 17 (7 p.m., in-person and via Zoom) he’ll discuss it — along with fatherhood, addiction and resiliency — in a Westport Library program. He’s got the perfect co-host too: his wife, Lindsay Czarniak. She’s a sportscaster and NFL sideline report for Fox Sports, after 6 years with ESPN.

Melvin calls his book more an investigation than a memoir. It’s an opportunity to better understand his father; to interrogate his family’s legacy of addiction and despair, but also transformation and redemption, and to explore the challenges facing all dads.

Pops also includes tales of the inspiring fathers Melvin has met reporting his “Dads Got This” series on “Today.”

Click here to register, either in-person or via Zoom. Copies of Pops are available for ordering and pickup at the library, or for shipping.

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Speaking of Fathers Day: Here’s a great event for dads (and their kids) (and spouses).

Westport PAL is sponsoring a car show on June 20 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m., railroad station parking lot near Railroad Place and Franklin Street). In addition to cool cars, there’s food and raffle prizes.

Tickets are $15 each. But kids — that is, anyone under 12 — are free. Hey, this is the PAL: Even on Father’s Day, they’re all about the kids.

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Circle of Friends is a great group. Young volunteers join children and adults with special needs in an array of social programs and weekly play dates.

On June 23 (Beth Israel Chabad, Norwalk, 6:30 p.m.), an evening of recognition will honor more than 150 teen volunteers.

Special honors go to Staples and Weston High School seniors Benjamin Clachko, Mushka Stone, Harley Bonn, Rebecca Ronai and Lina Singh, for their combined 3,000 “Friendship Hours.”

Other Westport and Weston teens being feted are Oliver Clachko, Hannah Sharkey, Evan Trock, Alexa Anastasi, Emmy Bassler, Hannah Bitsky, Jacob Bitsky, Elyana Blatt, Michael Blishteyn, Haley Bloch, Katie Rose Blumenfeld, Marley Brown, Caroline Caggiano, Otto Learsy-Cahill, Jacob Ceisler, Jessica Dell’Isola, Abby Epstein, Emily Epstein, Genevieve Frucht, Cailen Geller, Jordan Gladstone, Jordana Greenspan, Siyar Jabarkhyl, Rebecca Kanfer, Dwight Koyner, Jessica Koyner, Max Krug, Ryan Lapatine, Madison Lebowitz, Connor McGeehan, Noah Robison, Alexis Rozen, Skylar Shapiro, Brooke Saporta, Anabell Sollinger,Harrison Solomon, James Dobin Smith, Aidan Spellacy, Alexandra Spencer, Raychel Stark, Leiba Stone, Chelsea Strober, Isabel Tobin, Reese Watkins and Madison Wilson.

For moroe information on Circle of Friends, click here, call 203-293-8837 or email cof@circleoffriendsct.org.

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The past 15 months have not had much to joke about.

As we emerge from COVID though, there’s plenty to smile about.

There’s no better place than at Homes with Hope’s “Stand-up for Comedy” fundraiser. Set for this Saturday (June 12, 8 p.m.), it’s a livestreamed event with 4 fantastic comedians — and for one of the best non-profits in Fairfield County.

See the link below for comedian details. Then click here for tickets.

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“Pink is my favorite color,” says Lauri Weiser. So that makes her photo perfect for today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature.

(Photo/Lauri Weiser)

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And finally … Patrick Sky died last month. A folk singing/songwriting contemporary of Dave Van Ronk, Buffy Sainte-Marie and others in the Greenwich Village 1960’s scene, he never achieved their fame. But albums like “Songs That Made America Famous” remain cult classics. Of Irish and Native American ancestry, he mastered the very difficult uilleann pipes late in his career. Click here for his obituary.

 

 

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