Get your green on, Westport. That's the word from Michael Aitkenhead, the organizer of Westport Greenday, a community-wide series of events this weekend that celebrates sustainability. He said the town is "at the forefront of so much important and cutting-edge work in sustainability, but so few people actually know about it."

Aitkenhead, the steward of Wakeman Town Farm, said Greenday -- Friday through Sunday -- is a chance to "spread awareness to those who would like to know more about the great opportunities and work already taking place here."

In addition, he said, "Our hope is that Greenday becomes an annual tradition in Westport, during the first weekend in May each year, when people can take a moment to think green and to take part in improving their local community and environment."

He said that "unlike many eco-events that take place in a single location, our event is unique in that it celebrates locations all over Westport during the course of the entire weekend."

A creation of Staples High School's Club Green, Greenday has grown dramatically over the past three years, Aitkenhead said.

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A GREENDAY BOUNTY
Friday, 4-5 p.m.: Doug Mcdonald and the science behind "Passive House" technology. Learn about the elements and the principles behind a passive, or "Pure House," that make possible sustainable, high-performance homes utilizing energy efficiently and built from natural materials. The event, which takes place at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, is sponsored by the library and the Westport Green Task Force. To find out more visit www.thepurehouse.com.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon: "Green-Up Westport" sponsored by the Beautification Committee and town's Parks and Recreation. Clean up your own neighborhood or go to www.westportgreenday.com for a list of specific clean-up locations. Visit Jesup Green at 9 a.m. and ask representatives for a site to help clean; trash bags distributed.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon: Water pollution control plant tour and open house. Sponsored by the town's Department of Public Works. Onsite parking at 4 Elaine Road.
Saturday, 1-4 p.m.: Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway. $5 per person fee. Fun event where children can enjoy crafts and activities, and tour the farm. Learn to plant a tree and watch sheep shearing and wool spinning. Parking available along Wakeman Drive.
Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Documentary film, "The Whale," followed by a Skype interview with the filmmaker. "The Whale" tells the true story of a young, wild killer whale that has lost contact with its family off the coast of British Columbia. The film will be shown at Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. Fee for the movie, sponsored by the Westport Cinema Initiative, is $10 per person and tickets can be purchased online at www.westportcinema.org.
Sunday, noon-4 p.m.: Celebrate spring with an afternoon at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. This includes nature walks, pond science, and touch tanks. There will also be kite decorating, birdhouse building and birdfeeder making. Food trucks will be on hand and there will also be an ice cream social. Fee is $5 per person with onsite parking. www.earthplace.org.
Sunday, 1 p.m.: Electric Vehicle Rally sponsored by the Westport Electric Car Club. Rally starts at eastbound Metro-North train station, 45 Railroad Place. The post-rally event will have exhibits, snacks and drinks as well as the chance to check out assemblages of electric vehicles. For event times and details, go to www.westportelectriccarclub.com.
Sunday, 4-5 p.m.: "Green Tech Trends" with David Pogue at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road. Hear about the latest from Pogue, host of Nova's "Making Stuff." He'll be talking about the episode on "Making Stuff Cleaner." Free event sponsored by Westport Library in conjunction with Westport GreenTask Force.

Greenday events allow people to "see, hear, touch and experience sustainability in the many places it is already occurring throughout the town." he added.

And rather than spread events "haphazardly over weeks and months, Westport Greenday allows the entire community to come together at the same time, during one weekend, to truly experience and celebrate sustainable living," he noted.

He said many events are family-oriented and offered free, while a few charge a nominal fee to help cover costs.

"There are engaging speakers at the library, documentaries at Town Hall, community clean-ups, an electric vehicle rally, and even tours of Westport's wastewater treatment facility, which is actually way more fascinating and way less gross than most people would imagine," he said.

Two of the larger events that are "highly geared towards families and youngsters are showcases of two of Westport's sustainability gems," he said -- Wakeman Town Farm and the Earthplace nature center.

At Wakeman Farm on Saturday, people can tour the gardens, learn at planting workshops and visit the farm animals, including the new alpacas. There is also a sheep shearing demonstration and a Maypole celebration, said Christy Colasurdo, a Wakeman Town Farm supporter. "This is a great event," she said of Greenday. "It's a great idea and a testament to what this town is all about."

On Sunday at Earthplace, there will be nature walks, a Harbor Watch touch tank, tie dying and other crafts, said Aitkenhead. "If you haven't had a chance to visit these facilities in a while, it is an excellent opportunity to see what amazing things they have to offer to our community," he added.

The documentary, "The Whale," will be screened by the Westport Cinema Initiative at Town Hall, and talks by David Pogue of PBS's "Making Stuff" and David Mcdonald, creator of the "Pure House," will be hosted by the Westport Library.

Aitkenhead said the weekend will also give residents a chance to join a community clean-up with an organization or local neighbors. "No matter how you choose to spend the weekend, just be sure to do so thinking and being `green,'" he said.

Additional information on Greenday is available at: www.westportgreenday.com.

A GREENDAY BOUNTY

Friday, 4-5 p.m.: Doug Mcdonald and the science behind "Passive House" technology. Learn about the elements and the principles behind a passive, or "Pure House," that make possible sustainable, high-performance homes utilizing energy efficiently and built from natural materials. The event, which takes place at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, is sponsored by the library and the Westport Green Task Force. To find out more visit www.thepurehouse.com.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon: "Green-Up Westport" sponsored by the Beautification Committee and town's Parks and Recreation. Clean up your own neighborhood or go to www.westportgreenday.com for a list of specific clean-up locations. Visit Jesup Green at 9 a.m. and ask representatives for a site to help clean; trash bags distributed.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon: Water pollution control plant tour and open house. Sponsored by the town's Department of Public Works. Onsite parking at 4 Elaine Road.

Saturday, 1-4 p.m.: Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway. $5 per person fee. Fun event where children can enjoy crafts and activities, and tour the farm. Learn to plant a tree and watch sheep shearing and wool spinning. Parking available along Wakeman Drive.

Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Documentary film, "The Whale," followed by a Skype interview with the filmmaker. "The Whale" tells the true story of a young, wild killer whale that has lost contact with its family off the coast of British Columbia. The film will be shown at Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. Fee for the movie, sponsored by the Westport Cinema Initiative, is $10 per person and tickets can be purchased online at www.westportcinema.org.

Sunday, noon-4 p.m.: Celebrate spring with an afternoon at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. This includes nature walks, pond science, and touch tanks. There will also be kite decorating, birdhouse building and birdfeeder making. Food trucks will be on hand and there will also be an ice cream social. Fee is $5 per person with onsite parking. www.earthplace.org.

Sunday, 1 p.m.: Electric Vehicle Rally sponsored by the Westport Electric Car Club. Rally starts at eastbound Metro-North train station, 45 Railroad Place. The post-rally event will have exhibits, snacks and drinks as well as the chance to check out assemblages of electric vehicles. For event times and details, go to www.westportelectriccarclub.com.

Sunday, 4-5 p.m.: "Green Tech Trends" with David Pogue at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road. Hear about the latest from Pogue, host of Nova's "Making Stuff." He'll be talking about the episode on "Making Stuff Cleaner." Free event sponsored by Westport Library in conjunction with Westport GreenTask Force.