Westport town government recognized as transportation leader The town government in Westport has received the silver award for the CTride 2021 Transportation Leaders program for its efforts to encourage employees to drive to work using greener commuting methods, such as public transit or carpooling. Library presenting \u2018Talkin\u2019 Baseball with Tony La Russa\u2019 The Westport Library is presenting a conversation with Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa on Jan. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in a virtual program titled: \u201cTalkin Baseball with Tony La Russa.\u201d La Russa will be joined by longtime friend, and the founder of the company, Steve Consulting Group LLC, Steve Parrish for a career-spanning chat that will cover his World Series victories, classic baseball stories, and how he is preparing for the 2021 season as the new manager of the MLB\u2019s Chicago White Sox team. Register online through the library\u2019s website. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week goes virtual The work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be celebrated with a week of free, virtual events. It is hosted by the Westport Library, the Westport Country Playhouse, TEAM Westport, the Westport-Weston Interfaith Council and Westport-Weston Interfaith Clergy. The presentations are open to the public by RSVP for Zoom link access. Space is limited. It starts with a conversation with bestselling author Layla F. Saad from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 17. Saad wrote \u201cMe and White Supremacy.\u201d This is also the launch of the library\u2019s 2021 WestportREADS initiative titled: \u201cTowards a More Perfect Union: Confronting Racism.\u201d RSVP through the library. The series continues at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 with a panel discussion with representatives of the week\u2019s organizers, entitled \u201cMe and White Supremacy: What Can I Do Next?,\u201d Register through the library's website. The celebration week culminate with \u201cNew Works\/New Voices,\u201d an evening of original monologues in response to Saad\u2019s book, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 21. Gracy Brown, Tenisi Davis, Tamika Pettway, and Terrence Riggins will share their new works exploring themes surrounding racial justice. RSVP at Westport Playhouse's website. People can also follow Saad\u2019s \u201cMe and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor,\u201d from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. Visit https:\/\/www.westportplayhouse.org\/show\/mlk2021\/ for more information. All dates, and participants are subject to change. Students of the Month announced Staples High School\u2019s students of the month for December and January are freshman Mary Bazile, junior Catherine Cunningham, freshman Nicholas Porzio, junior Brandon Saunders, freshman Tucker Peters, junior Maya Vogelmann, senior Claire Railton-Jones, senior Autumn Smith, junior Matthew Lott, freshman Logan Goodman and senior Sasha Hamer. Library\u2019s Super Bowl event features \u201cThe NFL Today\u201d host The Westport Library is welcoming CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues and James Brown, host of \u201cThe NFL Today,\u201d to preview this year\u2019s Super Bowl game. The virtual talk will be at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27 and offer exclusive insights and analysis. Register online through the library\u2019s website. Pegues went to high school in Westport where he was an All-State sprinter and All-Conference running back on the Staples High School football team. Program looks at how an ancient date palm bore fruit The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County is hosting a program about how some scientists were able to coax an ancient Judean date palm to bear fruit. Elaine Solowey and David Lehrer, both with the Arava Institute, will lead the virtual talk, \u201cA Jurassic Park Agricultural Miracle in Israel,\u201d at noon on Jan. 26. The free event is open to the community. The Federation is also hosting it in partnership with the Arava Institute, the Consulate General Israel to New England and more than 30 Jewish federations across North America. Register at: jewishphilanthropyct.org\/datepalm.