News Briefs: Maker Faire Westport call for makers,
Maker Faire Westport looking for makers
WESTPORT — The call for makers is now open for the seventh annual Maker Faire Westport that will take place on April 21 throughout downtown Westport. This year’s theme for the event is #WeAreConnecticut and will highlight the people, places and organizations that make Connecticut a great place to live and work. Apply online at westport.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers. The deadline to apply is March 15. Companies that wish to benefit from sponsorship should contact Mark Mathias at Remarkable STEAM or 203-226-1791.
WESTPORT — Westport Department of Human Services Director Elaine Daignault has announced the no cost, full service AARP/IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance Program, with special attention to seniors and low to moderate income households, will be available to the community again this year. Tax preparation and electronic filing of state and federal taxes will be offered at two Westport locations from Jan. 29 through April 16. Call 203-341-1050 for appointments.
Historical society plans annual meeting
WESTPORT — The annual meeting of the Westport Historical Society will take place in the Sheffer Gallery at 25 Avery Place, across from Westport Town Hall, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Jan. 28. All members of the society are invited to attend.
Those interested in becoming members can pick up a membership form at the society or join online at westporthistory.org. The slate of officers, directors and Advisory Council for 2018 will be presented for approval. The opening reception of the society’s newest exhibit, “The Curious Case of Ed Vebell, ” will take place after the meeting:
Volunteers sought for Visiting Nurse & Hospice
WESTPORT — Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is seeking caring and sensitive individuals from Westport to serve as hospice volunteers. Those who are interested may register to participate in a five-session hospice volunteer training course beginning Monday, Feb. 5 and continuing through Friday, February 9. Training will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. each day at the offices of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County in Suite 114 at the Health & Wellness Center at I-Park, 761 Main Avenue (Route 7) near the intersection of Kent Road on the Norwalk /Wilton town line. Hospice volunteers visit terminally ill patients and their families and provide emotional support, respite care and companionship. In training, hospice volunteers develop the skills they will need to work with patients and families and are provided with ongoing support and supervision. For information, or to register for the five-session training course to become a hospice volunteer, call Laurie Petrasanta at 203-834-6341, ext. 316.