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What's Happening in Westport This Weekend

WESTPORT, Conn. – The Westport Youth Film Festival, a spinning fundraiser for cancer, a green lecture and a garden tour highlight Westport’s events this weekend. Here’s a collection of some of the events happening in and around town over the next few days.

Friday, June 1

Electric Car Community Days: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Connecticut Clean Cities and the state’s energy companies will demonstrate the latest in electric car technology and other energy-saving ideas. The free event also takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sherman Green parking lot at Reef Road and Post Road, Fairfield.

Lifeguard Recertification Class: 6:30 to 10 p.m. A lifeguard recertification course is offered for lifeguards whose certification has expired within the past year. The cost is $150 for Y members, $175 for nonmembers. The Westport Weston Family Y, 59 Post Road E.

Passivhaus Lecture: 6:15 to 8 p.m. Earthplace is teaming with the Westport Home Energy Challenge and Westport resident Doug McDonald to host an interactive lecture highlighting the first Passivhaus retrofit in the state — McDonald’s home on Roseville Road. Wine and refreshments will be served from 6:15 to 7 p.m., when the lecture begins. Attendees must be 21 and older. To reserve your spot and for more information, visit the official event page. Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane.

Saturday, June 2

Democratic Town Committee Breakfast: 9 to 11 a.m. The Westport Democratic Town Committee is hosting its annual “Campaign Kick-off Breakfast.”  Special guests Gov. Dannel Malloy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General George Jepsen and U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, will attend. Tickets are $50 if reserved online and $60 at the door. For more information, contact committee chairman Jim Ezzes at 203-227-4861 or register online at Westportdemocrats.org . Tavern on Main, 142 Main St.

Train to be a Lifeguard: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Westport Weston Family Y is offering lifeguard training courses June 2 and 3 and June 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., all four days. The class emphasizes practical lifesaving skills and job-related responsibilities, including standard first aid and CPR/AED training. Participants must be at least 15 years old and strong swimmers, and should bring a bathing suit and a lunch. The cost of the course is $325 for Y members and $350 for nonmembers. Register online at www.westporty.org or contact Nicole Turechek, aquatic director, at nturechek@westporty.org or 203-226-8981, Ext. 128. The Westport Weston Family Y, 59 Post Road E.

Westport Youth Film Festival : 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. At least 75 student-made films will be screened during the ninth-annual Westport Youth Film Festival. Run entirely by and made for high school students, the event highlights teen filmmakers, artists and musicians from Connecticut and beyond. Come see future film industry stars, professional judges and enjoy panels and workshops. Festival passes are $25 in advance and $30 at door. Festival passes are available at westportartscenter.org . Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport.

Westport Youth Film Festival Workshops: The festival will offer more than just movie screenings. Several workshops and other events are planned throughout the day. The “WYFF Lab” near the theater will host workshops throughout the day, including Film-Painting for Kids at 10 a.m., Direct Filmmaking at noon, and Human Stop-Motion Puppets at 2:30 p.m. The “WYFF Pop-Up Shop” will host T-shirt screen-printing workshops throughout the day, and Melt Market and Café will serve as the official WYFF Lounge, where filmmakers and movie buffs can discuss the festival selection. 295 and 303 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport.

Sunday, June 3

Garden Marketplace : 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In conjunction with the Hidden Garden Tour, a Garden Market will be set up on Veterans Green and the grounds of the Westport Historical Society. A variety of artisan crafts and garden-related products will be available for purchase. From noon to 3:30 p.m., the Staples High School student band Wreckers in Tune will be performing. From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., there will be pony rides for kids. Veteran Green/Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place.

Garden Tour: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discover some of the best gardens in town during the Wesptort Historical Society’s 21st-annual Hidden Garden Tour event. Tour-goers will see five different gardens: an intimate, hands-on garden in an arts and crafts home setting; three different gardens in a row on one street; and a large, elegant garden in a Georgian home setting. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or the day of at the historical society. Meet at Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place.

Cancer Fundraiser: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. JoyRide Cycling Studio is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Lynne Cohen Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research, a national nonprofit organization supporting research to combat ovarian cancer through the early detection and prevention of ovarian and breast cancers. To register for the LCF Ride for Research at JoyRide or to make a donation, visit the event website . Online registration will close Saturday. JoyRide Cycling Studio, 1200 Post Road E.

Israel Celebration Concert: 7 p.m. “On a Chai Note: A Musical Celebration of Israel” is a presentation to the Fairfield County community of Jewish choral repertoire sung by a world-class vocal ensemble and community singers. The presentation is linked to and inspired by the 18th anniversary of the Chorale at The Conservative Synagogue — the concert host — and the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City earlier in the day. Free. The Conservative Synagogue, 30 Hillspoint Road, Westport.

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