WESTPORT, Conn. – The annual "Nutmeg Tour for Autism" classic car parade, an open house at Earthplace and a program featuring New York City school principal Shimon Waronker, known for transforming one of the city’s most violent schools, highlight events happening in Westport this weekend. To see more event listings, visit our events page.
Friday, Sept. 7
Movie Under the Stars: 7 p.m. Snuggle up with the kids under the stars in the Earthplace sanctuary and watch the computer animated comedy "The Bee Movie.” Movie-goers are encouraged to bring a blanket. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown in the Earthplace auditorium. Gates open at 7 p.m. After-hour admission: $20/member family, $25/non-member family. Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane.
“Harbor” at the Westport Country Playhouse: 8 p.m. See the world premiere comedy “Harbor,” a story about a dysfunctional but loving family. It was written by Tony Award-nominated writer Chad Beguelin and directed by Mark Lamos. The cast includes Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert (Broadway’s “Ragtime”), Emmy Award nominee Paul Anthony Stewart (“Guiding Light”), Kate Nowlin and Alexis Molnar. Tickets are $25 to $65. The show runs through Sept. 15. For more show times and tickets, call the box office at 203-227-4177 or visit the Playhouse website. Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court.
Otis and The Hurricanes Concert: 9 p.m. to closing. Enjoy food, drinks and a live performance by Otis and The Hurricanes at Oaxaca Kitchen as part of the Live Music Friday Nights series. No cover. Oaxaca Kitchen, 376 Post Road E. Visit www.oaxacakitchen.com to see a schedule of upcoming performances.
Saturday, Sept. 8
Canning Workshop: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn how to can and preserve your own fruits and vegetables at Wakeman Town Farm. Participants will also learn the basics of making homemade jams and tomato sauces. Cost is $35 or $40 at the door. Register in advance online. Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway.
Earthplace Open House: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rediscover Earthplace during an open house event. Visitors can get their hands dirty while participating in a pond study, meet some of the center's animals up, make nature crafts, enjoy s’mores over a campfire and dance to music by The Mudpuppies throughout the day. Visitors can also learn about Long Island Sound, examine marine animals and explore the 62-acre wildlife sanctuary. Face painting and games will also be available. Free. Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane.
Sunday, Sept. 9
Bike Safety Workshop: 10 to 11 a.m. The Westport Weston Family Y is hosting a bike safety workshop for kids between ages 6 and 15. The workshop will cover the rules of the road and other safety tips. Call 203-226-8981 to reserve your child's spot, or email Meaghan George at firstname.lastname@example.org. Free. Mahackeno Outdoor Center, 14 Sunny Lane.
Nutmeg Tour for Autism: 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. The annual classic car parade is back. The tour, which benefits the Drive to Treat Autism Fund and St. Vincent's Behavioral Health Services, begins at St. Vincent's Behavioral Health Services in Westport and ends with the Toast the Tour Reception and Lawn Party to be held at Veterans' Memorial Green on Myrtle Ave. The lawn party and reception begins at 4 p.m. For more information, visit the official Nutmeg Tour website.
Republican Candidate Open House: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Voters can get to know the Republican candidates running for state and federal offices during the Republican campaign headquarters open house event. Candidates invited to attend are U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon, U.S. Congress candidate Steve Obsitnik, state Sen. Toni Boucher (26th District), state Sen. John McKinney (28th District), state Rep. Gail Lavielle (143rd District) and state representative candidate Steve Rubin (136th District). Refreshments will be served. Free. Westport Republican Campaign Headquarters, 251 Riverside Ave.
“Inspiration About The Power of Education”: 7:30 p.m. Shimon Waronker, the principal whose leadership transformed one of the most violent schools in New York City, is speaking at the “Inspiration About The Power of Education” program, presented by Chabad of Westport. Waronker was recently featured on the front page of The New York Times, and has been featured on “The Today Show” and CNN. He is also the founder of The New American Academy, an educational model built around collaboration, empowerment, transparency and reflection. During the event, Waronker will present “Relationships: The Secret to Education.” Tickets are $18; registration required. Chabad of Westport, 79 Newtown Turnpike. To RSVP, visit Chabad of Westport online.