Community Channel: Fundraisers, seniors’ events and more
Updated 4:19 pm, Friday, March 17, 2017
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered organization dedicated to raising money for children's cancer research, will host one of its longest standing signature head-shaving events in Westport later this month.
The TeamBrent event, taking place on March 26 at 12:30 p.m. at the Westport Family YMCA, is the top fundraising event in Connecticut having raised more than $3 million.
This event was started 12 years ago by Mike and Dana McCreesh to honor their son, Brent, who endured a battle with cancer that started with a neuroblastoma diagnosis at age 2. Today, Brent McCreesh is a healthy and active teenager.
Mike McCreesh is currently serving as chairman of the board of directors at St. Baldrick’s.
For more information, check out the Westport Weston Family YMCA - TeamBrent St. Baldrick’s event page at StBaldricks.org.
At the senior center
The Westport Center for Senior Activities is located at 21 Imperial Ave. For further information or to register for activities, please call 203-341-5099 or visit westportct.gov/seniorcenter.
Corn: As part of national nutrition month, the senior center will be showing the Modern Marvels documentary “Corn: A True Marvel of Twenty-First Century Science and Agriculture” on March 18 from 1-2:30 p.m.
A discussion will follow the documentary on why corn is such a productive and versatile crop, yet has been implicated in having a negative impact on the general health of Americans. The discussion will be led by Gina Shulick, a graduate of the University of New Haven with a bachelor’s degree in food and nutritional science.
Cost: No charge.
Westport singer: Terry Eldh will be performing classic hits from the Great White Way and beyond. An actress and singer, the Westport native performed on the stages of Broadway, opera houses and concert halls.
On March 19, doors open at 1 p.m. with complimentary refreshments at 1:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 2 p.m.
This is part of a free Sunday Series sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities and made possible by a grant from the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation.
Manage your cholesterol: According to the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, lowering your cholesterol may slow, reduce or even stop the buildup of plaque in your arteries.
Nurses Monica Wheeler and Loren Pace from the Westport Weston Health District and Kristin Malagise, the nutrition coordinator for the senior center will lead a free workshop on managing cholesterol on March 21 from 1-2:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required.
The many sides of salt: Humans cannot live without salt. However, too much salt can kill a person.
On March 22 from 2:15-3:45 p.m., the senior center will be showing the documentary “Salt: How Stuff Works,” which explains the amazing mineral called sodium chloride, halite or simply salt. Following the documentary, the nutrition staff at the center will present a short talk on the importance of a low-sodium diet.
Cost: No charge.
String players quartet: On March 23, the young Fairfield County string quartet will be playing a classical chamber music concert. The quartet includes violinist Gerald Kim, an eighth grader at Roger Ludlowe Middle School, violinist Claire Seo, a senior at Staples High School, violist Melanie Lust, a sophomore at Staples High School, and cellist Ella Seo, a freshman at Lauralton Hall.
The free performance, from 4:30-5:15 p.m. is open to all ages.
American history: Daniel Heaphy, a lifelong Connecticut resident and an Advanced Placement history teacher in his seventh year at Staples High School, will speak about the Irish potato famine on March 25 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: No charge.
Nominated to be FDA head
The White House recently nominated Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the Food & Drug Administration, following reports last December that the Westport resident was a leading contender for the job.
Gottlieb, 44, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he studies FDA and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services policy. He is a clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine and previously practiced medicine at Stamford Hospital.
In the world
Hatch earned her medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed her residency in ophthalmology at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y.
Hatch will provide eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, contact lens evaluations, routine visits, cataract surgery, premium lenses and glaucoma evaluations.
A new town website
Westport’s Office of Information Technology will be upgrading the town’s website this year. The site will be designed and coded to be usable on smartphones, tablets, as well as desktop computers.
First Selectman Jim Marpe assembled a Town Website Redevelopment Steering Committee that will participate in the process and offer guidance and oversight from vendor selection through website implementation and rollout.
The committee consists of a group of highly experienced internal and external information technology professionals, along with representatives of major town user departments and the Representative Town Meeting’s IT committee.
Westporters and other users have an opportunity for feedback on the current website and suggestions for the future by completing a brief online survey of seven questions at westportct.gov/websurvey.
Chambers of commerce plan Danube cruise
The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, together with the Greater Norwalk, Fairfield and Danbury chambers, will be taking a group trip to the scenic Danube River, stopping at Imperial cities along the way. Departure is
Sept. 28; return is Oct. 7.
Chamber members, guests, family and the public are invited to visit one of the most spectacular rivers in the world, the Danube. Included in the trip are stops in Munich, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, and Linz, with an optional, three-night extension stay in Prague.
Chamber trips are affordable, while providing the same high-quality travel of other tour groups.
Each city boasts its own unique and beautiful architecture, fine culture and specialty stores for shopping. On board the ship, with only 71 cabins, providing comfort without crushing crowds, guests experience superb dining with all meals included during the cruise, including complimentary, quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions with every dinner onboard the ship.
The starting price is $4,199 for double occupancy.
Those interested in learning more about the trip, can call the Norwalk Chamber at 203-866-2521.
The trip is open to all interested travelers. Membership in the chambers is not required.