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Thursday, August 17 News

Community Channel: Artists honored, Donate blood...

Winners of the Brushwork Exhibition were announced at the Rowayton Arts Center’s opening reception Aug. 6. Westport artist Wendy DeMaiorebus Pieper won Best in Show for her watercolor, “Dapper.”

Nancy McTague Stock, an artist, art educator and designer, selected the winners from almost 80 entries. Exhibit chairs were Amy Schott and Jessica Huse.

Three other Westport artists were singled out for their watercolors. Susan Spivack took first place with “Susan,” Sandra Farley Aldrich placed second with “Window Box Redux” and Cynthia Whalen earned third place for “On the Water.”

Join members of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism for a family-friendly evening at Compo Beach in Westport at 6 p.m. Aug. 19. The evening begins with pleasant socializing and ends with a meaningful service as the sun sets.

Havdalah is the concluding celebration of Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. The traditional symbols of wine, braided candle, and spice box will be used in a brief humanistic ceremony.

This annual membership event is open to the public. Families are welcome.

Mention the Havdalah event at the gate for a temporary parking pass. Meet at the CHJ banner on the beach; drive straight after gate until you can’t go any further, then turn right and look for the banner on the left.

The service begins at sundown on the beach. Flashlights and chairs or blankets are recommended. Rain date is Aug. 26.

To attend, please RSVP to 203-293-8867 or info@humanisticjews.org. Guests are asked to pack their own picnic dinner and supplies. The Congregation will provide dessert.

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

As a special thank you, those who give blood or platelets through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Darien

Aug. 31: 1 to 6:30 p.m., Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Easton

Aug. 28: 1 to 6 p.m., Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road

Fairfield

Aug. 30: 1 to 6:15 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 300 N. Benson Road

Aug. 30: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road

Aug. 31: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 118 Jefferson St.

Stamford

Aug. 19: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Aug. 26: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.

Stratford

Aug. 25: 1:45 to 7 p.m., Baldwin Senior Center, 1000 W. Broad St.

Trumbull

Aug. 19: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Spring Meadows, 6949 Main St.

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Aug. 23: 1 to 6 p.m., Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 498 White Plains Road

Aug. 24: 1 to 6 p.m., Maefair Health Care Center, 21 Maefair Court

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

The Community Service Corps is an after-school program available to Westport students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Agency placement is made based upon the student’s interests and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Student volunteers work one afternoon each week, Monday through Thursday, from 3 to 5 p.m. At the end of the 10-week program, there is a wrap-up event at Toquet Hall, where student volunteers reflect on and discuss their experiences.

Applications for the fall session of the Community Service Corps are available. A copy of the student’s medical form must be submitted with the application.

Registration forms are available at westportct.gov, as well as in the Department of Human Services office in Town Hall Room 200.

Contact Youth Services Program Director Kevin Godburn at 203-341-1155 or kgodburn@westportct.gov or Westport Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050 with any questions.

The people spoke and Westport Cinema Initiative is delivering.

After a sell-out/standing-room-only/had-to-turn-some-away crowd on July 15, a second screening of “The High School That Rocked” documentary is scheduled for Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall.

The documentary takes a look at Staples High School, which somehow managed to lure a slew of classic-rock legends — including Cream, the Doors and the Yardbirds — to perform at the high school.

The screening will be followed by a talk-back with the film’s producer, Fred Cantor, and local filmmaker Douglas Tirola.

This is a joint effort, benefiting Westport Cinema Initiative and Westport Historical Society. Tickets are available for $10 online only at westportcinema.org. and include free popcorn.

Seating is limited. For information, visit westportcinema.org or westporthistory.org.

The Westport Domestic Violence Task Force is seeking local salons willing to donate gift certificates for haircuts and color treatments.

The gift certificates would benefit the two local Domestic Violence Crisis Center shelters.

The women and children residing in these shelters have fled violent households, often with just the clothes on their backs. Many women in these shelters have been out of the workforce for a while and want to prepare themselves for job interviews or they are looking to change their appearance to avoid an abuser. The gift certificates would be used anonymously at later dates for that purpose.

The gift certificate drive is being conducted through Sept. 30.

Donating salons will be named and thanked at the task force’s October awareness event and at the Unitarian Church’s October Voices Cafe.

Donors are asked to complete a donation form available at westportct.gov, which will be used to provide them with an official receipt for tax purposes, as the crisis center is a public charity.

Gift certificates and submission forms can be dropped off to task force co-chairwoman, Lt. Jillian Cabana, at Westport police headquarters, 50 Jesup Road, or arrangements can be made for salon pick-up.

For information, contact wdvtf06880@gmail.com or call 203-341-6009.

The District 9 polling place location will be changed to Town Hall Auditorium, 110 Myrtle Ave. for the Nov. 7 municipal election.

The change is due to the construction schedule for renovations to the Westport Library.

All registered voters can check their scheduled polling place on the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s website, sots.ct.gov.

The Westport Library will be offering free one-on-one, career counseling sessions to local job seekers. The sessions will be by appointment only and will focus on general career counseling, as well as resume assistance and LinkedIn profile preparation assistance.

Patrons may schedule one-hour sessions on Mondays and Saturdays. To schedule an appointment, contact Ellen Janpol, the business librarian, at ejanpol@westportlibrary.org.

Do you drive on the Merritt Parkway late at night or early in the morning between Fairfield and Westport? Then be prepared for some delays because of a $56.7 million project that won’t be finished until August 2019.

The project will focus on a five-mile stretch of the parkway between the Congress Street bridge in Fairfield to the Newtown Turnpike overpass in Westport.

The project will include new pavement in both the northbound lanes and work on 11 structures related to the historic bridges, built nearly 80 years ago.

There’s also upgrades planned for guiderails, drainage and restoration of the historic bridges. With all this work, lane closures are needed.

Northbound lane closures are planned from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Saturday to Wednesday and from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Southbound lane closures are from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday; from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.

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