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Roundup: Tree Giveaway, Minute Man Race, Stars On Tour …

To celebrate Arbor Day tomorrow (Friday, April 29), the Tree Board will give away native saplings (3 to 4 p.m., the front driveway of Town Hall).

The first-come, first-served event is courtesy of the Bartlett Tree Company.

In 2014, a tree was planted in front of Town Hall. Saplings will be given away there tomorrow.

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One of Westport’s biggest and most popular COVID-canceled events returns this Saturday (April 30). The 43rd Young Woman’s League Minute Man Race is back at Compo Beach — right around the corner from the Minute Man himself.

100% of the net profits are distributed to local non-profits — the same groups that have kept area residents healthy, active and sane during the 2 years the 10K run, 5K run and 5K walk were scrubbed. (Last year’s event was virtual.)

There’s a Kids Fun Run too, with a 100-yard dash, and mile and half-mile runs. The Kids Zone features kid-friendly activities.

Click here to register, and for more information.

The start of a Minute Man race is always exciting.

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The newest additions to the Levitt Pavilion’s “Stars on Tour” series are Hiss Golden Messenger and Aoife O’Donovan. They perform on August 12.

Grammy award-winning songwriter/musician O’Donovan has released 3 solo albums, is co-founder of the bands I’m With Her and Crooked Still, was the featured vocalist on “The Goat Rodeo Sessions” with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, and spent a decade contributing to the radio variety shows “Live From Here” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Hiss Golden Messenger is a North Carolina-based folk music group led by M.C. Taylor. His music sounds familiar, yet is impossible to categorize. Elements from the American songbook — steady, churning acoustic guitar and mandolin, gospel emotion, steel guitar tracings, bobbing and weaving organ and electric piano —provide the bedrock for Taylor’s existential ruminations about parenthood, joy, hope, and loneliness..

Members can buy tickets now. General sales begin at noon tomorrow (April 29). Click here to purchase.

Aiofe O’Donovan and M.C. Taylor.

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The environment is a global issue. Climate change does not observe national borders.

For the past year, Alan Schanzer has served as a board member and marketing chair for global organization Society of the Protection of Nature in Israel.

It’s apolitical, working with all countries interested in using innovation to solve climate and environmental issues.

Part of SPNI’s mission is protecting the 500 million fascinating birds that migrate from Europe to Asia and Africa and back, twice a year. Their midpoint landing area is Israel. Without open landing space to drink, rest and refuel, the intercontinental bird population would collapse.

On May 16 (6 to 8 p.m., Westport Library), Alan and his wife Julie Zelman host visitors from Israel, who will talk about SPNI. Anyone concerned about climate change, the environment, birding — or Israel — is welcome. Click here to register.

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CampWCP — a 4-week theater camp for 6th through 8th graders — returns to Westport Country Playhouse this summer.

it’s an intensive theater experience for kids who love theater, are curious about it, or want their voices to be heard. No theater experience is necessary.

Guided by a professional playwright, youngsters will create stories together and perform their original work at the Playhouse.

Campers will also learn acting techniques, and participate in workshops with Playhouse staff and guests. Past workshops have covered movement and language, character building, and theatrical poster design.

Scholarships are available. To register, click here. For more information, email education@westportplayhouse.org,

CampWCP, last summer.

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The Human Services Department will accept applications for theConnecticut Renters’ Rebate Program starting Monday (May 2).

The program provides income-based reimbursement for people 65 and older, and/or those with disabilities who are collecting Social Security or Social Security Disability income.

The rebate is based on a graduated income scale, combined with the amount of rent and utility payments (excluding telephone) made in 2021. The maximum income to qualify is $38,100 (single person) and $46,400 (married couple).

Applicants must meet a 1-year state residency requirement. People renting an apartment, room, mobile home or living in cooperative housing may be eligible for the program.

Westport residents should call Human Services Department (203-341-1067) or email Kwitt@westportct.gov.

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Jerry Kuyper calls today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo “Hope Springs …”

You be the judge.

(Photo/Jerry Kuyper)

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And finally … in honor of Aiofe O’Donovan and MC Taylor (Hiss Golden Messenger)’s Levitt Pavilion appearances this summer (above), here ya go: