Things to do in Westport this weekend
We'll be losing an hour early Sunday -- 2 a.m., to be precise -- when clocks will spring ahead to Daylight Savings Time. So make the most of the rest of the weekend with these things to do in Westport:
If the weather forecast is correct, we'll be drying out from heavy rains and possible flooding Friday. So how about sidling up to the brass-topped bar at Tavern on Main, 150 Main St., for one of the specialty drinks -- say a cranberry/orange mojito -- or just one of the many wines by the glass to help put the meteorological mess behind you. For more information, call 203-221-7222 or check www.tavernonmain.com.
Help reading come naturally to your kids Saturday with the "Critters & Crafts" program from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. The activity centers on a story and crafts with a theme related to a live animal that pays a visit. The program is designed for youngsters 3 years old and over, who must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free for Earthplace members; otherwise, admission is $7 for adults and children over 12, $5 for children 1 to 12 years old and for senior citizens. For more information, call 203-227-7253 or check www.earthplace.org.
Kids get to take over the Westport Weston Family Y, 59 Post Road East, on Saturday night, which plans a rollicking "Youth Fun Night" just for youngsters in the fourth through seventh grades. The program, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., features a range activities, including swimming, basketball, all kinds of games and even concocting their own sundaes. Tickets are $12 pre-purchased at the Y or online; $15 at the door. The event is open to Westport Weston Y members and non-members. For details, call 203-226-8981 or visit /www.westporty.org.
OK, it's not too much fun, but it's important. At 2 a.m. Sunday, remember to turn your clocks ahead an hour to coordinate with the arrival of Daylight Savings Time. And while you're springing ahead, it's a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors to make sure these life-saving devices are ready to do in case of an emergency.
With a little over a month left before the deadline for filing federal and state income taxes, the Westport Public Library is offering help to technologically challenged taxpayers caught by surprise when the IRS decided, for the first time this year, not to automatically mail paper tax forms as a way to save money. The library, however, does have a supply of paper federal and state tax forms, as well as those needed by state residents who work in New York. The library staff can also help people download and copy any other forms they may need from tax agencies' websites. So a lazy Sunday might be a good day to get those forms in hand. The library, at 20 Jesup Road, is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 203-291-4800 or visit www.westportlibrary.org for more details.