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What's Happening in Easton This Weekend

EASTON, Conn. – Helen Keller Middle School thespians will take to the Joel Barlow High School stage with their rendition of the “Gift of the Gods” on Friday and Saturday night. In addition, Liza Minnelli will star in a gala performance Friday at the Palace Theatre to benefit the Stamford Center for the Arts, while Gary Puckett and the Union Gap will be rocking out the oldies in Bridgeport’s Cabaret Theater on Saturday. There are also Easter events, as well a road race in Easton and some stargazing in Weston. Here are details on what is happening this weekend:

Friday, March 30

• Pesticide forum: 1 to 4 p.m., Organic Gardens/Landscapes Tour; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Pesticides 101; 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. reception, welcome and keynote speaker.

The 30th National Pesticide Forum will take place at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Kroon Hall. The conference is open to the public. For more information, registration and the roster of experts involved, visit www.beyondpesticides.org/forum .

• Spring play with Helen Keller Middle School students, "Gift of Gods," 7 p.m.

The cast is filled with seventh- and eighth-grade actors and offers a modern-day spin on Greek mythology. Orchestra seating is sold out. Tickets are available for mezzanine seating for $12 and side orchestra seating for $10. Tickets can be purchased via email from Kelly Paolini at kellyp@snet.net . For more information, contact Denise Sherwood or Michelle Falcone at hkmsdrama@att.net . Joel Barlow High School Auditorium, Redding .

• “Roadmap to the Stars” astronomy program, 7 p.m.

Dr. Kevin Manning will guide participants in identifying objects in the night sky using telescopes. Program is held outside, weather permitting. The free program, sponsored by the Weston Public Library, is appropriate for all ages. Weston Middle School Library, 135 School Road.

• Liza Minnelli, gala event to benefit Stamford Center for the Arts, 8 p.m.

Tickets are $350 and include the concert, a cocktail party and parking. Tickets for just the concert range from $95 to $185. For more information and tickets, call 203-325-4466 or visit SCA's website . Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St.

Saturday, March 31

• Pesticide forum continues with activities and events from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m..

The 30th National Pesticide Forum will take place at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Kroon Hall. The conference is open to the public. For more information, registration and the roster of experts involved, visit www.beyondpesticides.org/forum .

• 5K Race, 9:30 a.m.

The April Fools 5K Race for DARE steps off from Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register online at www.darerace.musicmaniadjs.com .

• Food for Thought Expo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free

The third annual expo will feature cooking demos, food workshops and many vendors of local produce, meats, groceries and ready-made foods. For more information call 203-362-7169. Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Ave., Fairfield.

• Train rides with the Easter Bunny, every 30 minutes from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The Danbury Railway Museum  will be offering vintage train rides to the Easter Bunny's special railroad coach car. Admission also includes a small gift for children from the Easter Bunny and temporary tattoos as well as activities at a coloring station, a Thomas play table, operating layouts and museum exhibits. Admission is $9. For reservations and other information, visit the Danbury Railway Museum's website . 120 White St., Danbury.

• Oldies concert, 5 and 8 p.m.

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap will be performing in two shows at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre. The band reached superstardom in the 1960s with chart topping songs such as "Young Girl," "Woman Woman” and “Over You,” among many others. Tickets are $39 to $69. For more information and tickets, visit www.downtowncabaret.org . 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport.

• Spring play starring Helen Keller Middle School students, "Gift of Gods," 7 p.m.

The cast is filled with seventh- and eighth-grade actors and gives a modern-day spin to Greek mythology. Orchestra seating is sold out. Tickets are available for mezzanine seating for $12 and side orchestra seating for $10. Tickets can be purchased via email from Kelly Paolini at kellyp@snet.net . For more information, contact Denise Sherwood or Michelle Falcone at hkmsdrama@att.net . At the Joel Barlow High School Auditorium, Redding .

Sunday, April 1

• Lyme Disease Walk and Run; registration and check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

The fourth annual walk/run to Turn the Corner on Lyme will be held at Sherwood Island State Park. Proceeds help fight Lyme disease and tick-borne diseases on behalf of the Turn the Corner Foundation. The event will include a 5K and 10K run, and a 1.5-mile and 3-mile walk within the park, with information stations, music, food and more. Early registration fees are $25 per person, $70 per family, and children under 10 are free. Onsite registration fees are $35 per person, $80 per family, and children under 10 are free. Contact Orna Grand at 203-454-4024 or ornag55@gmail.com . For more details, to volunteer or to register, visit www.turnthecorner.org/walks . Sherwood Island State Park, Sherwood Island Connector, Westport.

• Ukrainian Egg Decorating, 2 p.m.

The process of decorating a Ukrainian egg is taught by Susan Clark, using a wax batik method and incorporating symbols, colors and shapes. Participants can decorate eggs with traditional designs or designs of their own creation. The event is open to children and adults ages 9 and up. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, visit www.amblerfarm.org . Ambler Farm, 257 Hurlbutt St. , Wilton.

• Indian Foot Path Discussions, 4 p.m.

Brent Colley, town historian in Ridgefield, will present a talk about Indian footpaths, telling how they became the foundation of Connecticut's modern day road and rail lines. Tickets are $5 to $15. For more information, visit www.keelertavernmuseum.org . Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main St., Ridgefield.

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