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Things to do in Westport this weekend

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Drop-in "Tech Help" sessions will be offered both Friday and Saturday at the Westport Library for people looking for free advice on how to use electronic devices they may have received as gifts during the holiday season.

It's a 'tween holiday weekend in Westport: A bit of a cooling-off period as festivities wind down from Christmas and gear up for New Year's Eve. That doesn't mean, however, that there's still not stuff to do and see in town before 2014 begins. Here's a short list:

Tech-challenged? Fear not, those web wizards at the Westport Library are here to help. In two sessions this weekend -- 3 to 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday -- the library's tech-savvy staff will help demystify those electronic gadgets and gizmos you got for Christmas, as well as answer questions about how to improve use of stuff that's befuddled you forever. And the advice is free. Call 203-291-4800 or check http://bit.ly/19nOTqk

Calling all "Westport Idol" wanna-bes. It's Open Mic Night on Friday at Toquet Hall Teen Center, 58 Post Road East, and performers can sign up for slots beginning at 6:30 p.m., and the Mic program is followed by an 8:30 p.m. screening of the movie, "Perfect Pitch." For info, call 203-341-1155 or check out www.toquethall.org

Whether you glide across the ice, or just slip-slide, the Rink @ Longshore has got your weekend iced. There are open-skating periods each day this weekend the rink sponsored by Westport PAL at the Longshore Club, 260 South Compo Road. To check the rink's status, call 203-226-7465, and for details on the rink schedule, go here: www.wpalrink.com

Commune with nature reflecting on 2013 and what lies ahead in the new year by taking a hike. One of the best places in Westport to do that is the Earthplace nature preserve at 10 Woodside Lane. The preserve is a "62-acre wildlife sanctuary, the largest open space area in Westport, with a variety of habitats including fields, forests, ponds and a stream. The sanctuary is crisscrossed by about 2 miles of trails, which also extend into an adjacent 11.8-acre property owned by the town of Westport," as described on the Earthplace website. It's open daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, call 203-227-7253 or check http://bit.ly/1hJ9oQo

And, by extending the weekend two days, cap off the holiday season -- and 2013 -- with the celebrations planned by Westport's First Night 2014, from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at venues all over downtown. And 20th annual New Year's festivities -- music of all kinds, theater, crafts, games, carriage rides and more -- also mark the return of fireworks over the Saugatuck. For a complete listing of all the attractions, go here: www.firstnightww.com