Westport cleaned up by SLOBS

A group of Westport “SLOBS” cleaned up around town Sunday.

Teams from the Service League of Boys, or SLOBS, at Staples High School tackled a range of community projects for their annual Service Sunday event, logging an estimated 500 hours doing jobs around town and area communities, according to event organizers.

Working with their parents, the SLOBS teams also donated about $4,000 in supplies for the projects in Westport, as well as in Norwalk and Bridgeport. The projects ranged from cleanups and garden planting to stocking food pantries and preparing donations for the poor in Latin America.

The SLOBS group has about 200 members this year.

Library books Pub Trivia Night

The first Pub Trivia Night will be sponsored by the Westport Library next Tuesday at 323 Main restaurant.

The free event, for people 21 years old and over, will take place at 7 p.m. at the restaurant, 323 Main St.

Trivia questions on a range of topics will be prepared by the library’s reference librarians. Participants are invited to join alone or in teams of up to four.

Winners of the contest are eligible for a discounted bar tab; those who bring their library cards earn bonus points.

For information, call 203-291-4800 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.

Learn dog hiking etiquette at nature preserve

A hike through a local nature preserve, designed to educate dog owners on best behavior when hiking with canine companions, is planned Saturday at the Caryl and Edna Haskins Preserve on Green Acre Lane, off Compo Road South.

The hike, set from 10 a.m. to noon, will be led through the Aspetuck Land Trust’s preserve by Milan Bull, the senior director of science and conservation for the Connecticut Audubon Society.

Bull will be joined by his dog, Edge, and dog trainer Jason Hoffman of 203 Pet Service. Hikers, however, are asked by the event organizers not to bring their own dogs to the event in order “to avoid chaos.”

The Haskins Preserve features meadows, trails, two small ponds, a stream, dams and an assortment of rare trees.

Participation in the hike is limited to 20 people. To reserve a spot and for more information, email administration@aspetucklandtrust.org.

Excel classes offered by Career Coach

The Career Coach from the American Job Center Southwest, formerly known as CTWorks, will offer classes next Thursday at Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.

A beginner’s class in Microsoft Excel 2007 is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by an intermediate class in Excel from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Career Coach is a mobile training center equipped with 10 wireless computer labs offering free computer classes to area residents. The coach has a monthly schedule at various locations, and is accessible to people with disabilities.

To register, contact the town’s Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050 or humansrv@westportct.gov.

For more information, including the Career Coach schedule, check the American Job Center Southwest website at www.ajcswct.com.

String Band performs at Voices Cafe

A string band will perform a May 14 concert at the Unitarian Church’s Voices Cafe to benefit an agency that helps resettle refugees in the state.

The concert by the band, Cricket Tell the Weather, is set for 8 p.m. at the church, 10 Lyons Plains Road. Proceeds will benefit the International Institute of Connecticut, based in Bridgeport.

Cricket Tell the Weather is a Brooklyn-based string band, with “roots deep in the bluegrass tradition and its branches stretching wherever the sun shines,” according to the cafe’s publicity for the concert. Winners of the 2013 Fresh Grass Award, Cricket combines indie folk songwriting and traditional bluegrass instruments.

Songwriter and fiddle player Andrea Asprelli, who co-founded Cricket Tell the Weather, is joined by Doug Goldstein on banjo, Jeff Picker on guitar, Sam Weber on bass and Dave Goldenberg on mandolin. Asprelli is the 2011 winner of the Podunk Songwriting Competition, and the band has twice been awarded a Neighborhood Arts & Heritage Grant from the city of Bridgeport.

The International Institute of Connecticut plans to help resettle 115 refugees this year in Bridgeport, according to a press release from concert organizers. Most of the refugees are from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Colombia. The agency, among other services, provides the immigrants with clothing, food and housing.

Voices Cafe seating is cabaret style; concert attendees can bring their own beverages and snacks. Table reservations are accepted for a minimum of four. Contact David Vita at david@uuwestport.org; call 203-227-7205, ext. 14, or http://voicescafe.org/show/cricket-tell-the-weather.