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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:

Today Is Arbor Day. Westport Is A “Tree City USA.”

Happy Arbor Day!

To celebrate, Westport’s Tree Board announces our town’s newest honor: The Arbor Day Foundation has named us a “2020 Tree City USA.”

The award (which we share with 3,600 other communities) recognizes that we make “planting and care of trees a priority.”

Former Tree Board chair Dick Fincher, tree warden Bruce Lindsay and assistant town attorney Eileen Lavigne Flug helped obtain certification.

Proving that we really are a Tree City USA, this year’s Arbor Day celebration includes tree plantings at the police station on Jesup Road, and Greens Farms fire station.

Planting a tree at the Greens Farms fire station …

The new trees celebrate first responders who worked diligently during the pandemic.

The Tree Board will be active in coming months. They’ll sponsor educational events, and a celebration of oak trees, which reduce runoff, flooding, noise and pollution. Oaks also host over 400 types of caterpillars that birds need for food.

(For more information on the Tree Board, click here.)

… and police headquarters.

Happy Arbor Day!

It’s not exactly Christmas, or the 4th of July.

But Arbor Day is tomorrow. And Westport won’t let the holiday pass unnoticed.

From 2-5 p.m. (Friday, April 29), the Westport Tree Board will (wo)man a table at the new (and very beautiful) Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum (corner of Stonybrook Road and Woodside Avenue). Tree warden Bruce Lindsay will hand out seedlings: 200 flowering dogwood, 100 Norway spruce and 100 river birch. Planting instructions are included.

It’s first-come, first-serve. But don’t worry about waiting in line. There’s plenty of shade.

(Thanks to Eversource Energy, for making Friday’s seedling giveaway possible.)

Staples High School students recently helped maintain the trails -- and trees at the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum.

Staples High School students recently helped maintain the trails — and trees at the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum.