The countdown to the official arrival of spring has begun, but there's no need to wait to find fun things to do in Westport this weekend. Here's a list of suggestions to get you started:

If it's been particularly brutal winter or even just a tough work week, call the Massage Envy Spa, 275 Post Road East, on Friday and start the weekend with a massage to chase away stress and encourage some relaxation. They're open until 9 p.m. Call 203-571-1234 or visit

Take in a little culture Saturday and view the works of French artist Dominique Dorie at the Westport River Gallery, 1 Riverside Ave. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to all. Visit or call 203-226-6934 for more information.

Grab the kids and head over to Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, for "Critters & Crafts" at 2:30 p.m. There will be a live animal, story and craft suited for children 3 years old and over. The program is included with the regular admission and kids must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit

Stimulate your brain cells at a talk Sunday by Bob and Ellen Kaplan, authors of "Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem," who will trace the life of the Pythagorean theorem from ancient Babylon to the present. The event takes place at the Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road, and more information can be found at or by calling 203-291-4800.

Now that you've worked up an appetite, end the weekend by kicking off Restaurant Week in town. Various dining spots will be serving prix fixe menus -- lunches for $10.11 and $15.11 and dinners for $20.11 and $30.11 Find out what's on the menu for this Westport culinary celebration by visiting