In the Community: Round & About Westport
Updated 6:28 pm, Thursday, September 5, 2013
Gamers are invited to celebrate the launch of Minecraft's new Fairfield County server and play the computer game with teens from neighboring libraries on Saturday, Sept. 7. The session, for grades three and up, will be held at 2 p.m. in the Westport Library's McManus Room and is free and open to the public. Participants should bring a laptop.
Minecraft allows players to build things out of textured cubes in a three-dimensional world. Other activities in the game include exploration, gathering resources, crafting and combat. Minecraft received five awards from the 2011 Game Developers Conference for innovation, popularity and ease of use. Twenty million copies of the game have been sold.
For more information, call 203-291-4800, or visit www.westportlibrary.org.
to meet Saturday
The Recorder Society of Connecticut will have its first monthly meeting and playing session of the new 2013-14 season on Saturday, Sept. 7. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road. The society's emphasis is on Renaissance and Baroque music.
The playing sessions are divided into two groups, one for low intermediate and one for high intermediate players. Coaches at the September meeting will be Karen Snowberg and Susan Iadone. Snowberg is music director of the Westchester Recorder Guild and is an active recorder teacher and church musician. Iadone is music director of the Recorder Society and teaches and performs on viola, viola da gamba and recorder.
Participants for the playing sessions should bring their instruments and a music stand. Music is provided and newcomers are welcome.
Congregation hosts annual Open House
The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism is having its annual Open House Brunch and first day of Sunday School on Saturday, Sept. 14. The program will include an introduction to the people, school, and programs of the congregation beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Bedford Middle School.
Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and all children are invited to attend their age/grade appropriate class at no charge. Sunday School students will see a shofar demonstration to ring in the High Holidays. The CHJ Sunday School provides a contemporary Jewish education for children in kindergarten through bar/bat mitzvah.
The event is free and open to the public and new and prospective members are welcome. Bedford Middle School is at 88 North Ave. For more information and to make a reservation, call 203-226-5451 or visit the website www.humanisticjews.org.
Banthin to speak at Y's Women meeting
The meeting, on Monday, Sept. 9, will be at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road.
Banthin will speak on the costs of health care, with emphasis on the Affordable Care Act. "Coffee and Conversation" starts at 10:45 a.m. with the meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. There will be a Q&A after the formal presentation.
For more information visit www.yswomen.org or call 203-226-5094.
`Eyes on the Prize' to screen at library
The civil rights series, "Eyes on the Prize," will be shown weekly at the Westport Library beginning Thursday, Sept. 12. Segments of the award-winning series will be shown weekly for seven weeks on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. through Oct. 24.
The series, narrated by Julian Bond, covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985 using material from contemporary interviews and historical footage. The series won six Emmys, an Academy Award nomination, the George Foster Peabody Award and the top duPont-Columbia award for excellence in broadcast journalism.
The program, co-sponsored by TEAM Westport, is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 203-291-4800, or check www.westportlibrary.org.
to perform Sunday
Professor Louie and the Crowmatix will perform Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Westport Library.
The group includes Aron Hurwitz, known as Professor Louie on keyboard, accordion and vocals; Frank Campbell on bass; Marie Spinsosa on vocals and percussion; Josh Colow on guitar and Gary Burke on drums. They have recorded six CDs on the Woodstock Records label including their latest CD, "Wings of Fire." The group's CD "Whispering Pines" was nominated for five Grammys.
For more information, call 203-291-4800 or visit www.westportlibrary.org
Kids' chamber group auditions
Auditions for young musicians, ages 8 to 18, are now being scheduled for Chamber Music Central's fall semester. The music program for children focuses on chamber ensembles of trios and quartets and offers students the opportunity to continue their chamber music experience and learn new repertoire. Students receive 10 hours of coaching per semester during after-school or weekend sessions in Westport, Fairfield and Greenwich, and participate in a concert at the end of the semester.
Auditions will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. at 151 Roseville Road. A third session will be Sunday, Sept 15, at 21 Oval Ave., Greenwich. During the auditions, each lasting from 10 to 15 minutes, students will be asked to present a scale of their choice, as well as two contrasting pieces that demonstrate their level. Additionally, a piece of sight reading material will be provided. The auditions are to place students into level-appropriate trios and quartets for the semester.
Chamber Music Central, based in Westport, was created for the purpose of providing chamber music study and performance opportunities to intermediate and advanced piano, string and woodwind players. Auditions can be scheduled online at chambermusiccentral.org. For more information, call CMC Artistic Director Millette Alexander at 203-227-4374.