Roundup: Bike Giveaway, Adoptable Dogs, Outdoor Art…

Along with its next production – “4000 Miles” – the Westport Country Playhouse will be giving away a Cannondale Adventure 1 bike (worth $960).

It’s a gift from Cycleology Cycling & Skiing of Westport. The store also donated an RBX Classic SS cycling jersey and Cycleology water bottle ($97).

The link ? “4000 Miles” (August 23 to September 4) is about a young cyclist. His cross-country trip from the West Coast ends at the Greenwich Village apartment of his feisty 91-year-old grandmother. Their generational divide creates conflict over age, family, love, gender and politics – until they discover an emotional connection that gives everyone purpose.

To be eligible to win, submit your name, phone number and email either by buy a ticket onlineby phone (203-227-4177), or in person for “4000 Miles”, or by completing an enrollment form here.

Tickets are not required to win. All tickets purchased for “4000 Miles” at any time, including subscription packages, are automatically included in the gift, provided that the name, telephone number and e-mail were indicated at the time of procurement. One entry per person; must be 18 years or older.

Westport Country Playhouse Bike Gift.

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As reported earlier this week on ‘06880’, Lily’s Weston Market is now offering a returnable bin. It’s a simple way to return items purchased online

Staff will be on site today, handing out t-shirts and answering questions about the subscription service.

Returnable bin from Lily’s Weston Market.

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Julie Loparo is the proud president of Westport Animal Shelter Defenders.

Every morning at 8 a.m. Westport Animal Control volunteers and officers walk, socialize, feed and care for Westport Animal Control ‘guests’.

Yesterday morning, after finishing their chores early, they decided to treat themselves to the newly opened Old Mill grocery store.

They brought Brutus and Gaga – 2 dogs available for adoption. Both needed extensive veterinary care, but thanks to WASA they are now healthy.

The dogs enjoyed the Earth Animal exhibit at Old Mill Grocery.

“At WASA, both canine and human, we thank everyone involved for saving this Westport gem,” says Julie.

“We’ll be adding it to our other favorite place – The Porch @ Christie’s – to hang out with friends. Especially when they’re 4 legged and furry.

Animal Control Officer Peter Reid, WASA President Julie Loparo, Brutus and Gaga.

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The 2nd Annual Outdoor Art Gallery is scheduled for September 10 at the Leonard Schine Natural Playground on Weston Road.

But Aspetuck Land Trust – sponsors of the “art in the woods” event – needs art to show.

Any form of art or writing is welcome – as long as it responds to the theme: “And the birds?”

“Let’s celebrate these intelligent little creatures who contribute in vital ways to the preservation of our earth,” says the ALT.

Artists of any type should submit a .jpg of their work (and any other information) to The deadline is September 1.

And don’t worry: all submissions are accepted!

A possible submission for the September outdoor art gallery. (Photo/Lou Weinberg)

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John Richers writes: “During a recent vacation, my wife Valerie Leff and I visited the Nobel Peace Prize Museum in Oslo.

“It featured an exhibit on brave journalism and the global plight of refugees. Of only 3 books displayed, one (below) was about photojournalism – by a very familiar name.

“We were proud of our Westport connection to this brave photographer!”

Author Lynsey Addario graduated from Staples High School in 1991 and won the Pulitzer Prize.

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To plan ahead:

Next week’s Remarkable Theater drive-in features are “Paddington 2” and “Goodbye, Columbus.”

The Canine Movie — a 2017 live-action animated comedy — premieres Monday (August 8, 8 p.m.).

The romantic comedy/drama about a recent college graduate and working-class army veteran who has an affair with a nouveau riche woman is slated for Wednesday (August 10, 8:15 p.m.).

Doors open an hour before both days, for tailgating and socializing. Click here for tickets and more information.

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Of course, it’s easy to overlook Spooky Town – the Halloween store that once opened opposite Stop & Shop. Even the most ultra-organized mom doesn’t think about dressing up her child in early August.

And the Christmas music already floating through Bridge Square Dunkin’ Donuts – that’s a joke, right?

But look at this flyer that landed in the mail yesterday:

“Happy Labour Day!!” — Planet Pizza is serious.

Start planning that picnic now. Only 30 days left to order!

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The gulls were there first. And since the brick pavilion was built in Compo Beach, they have made it their home.

It’s a classic scene from “Westport…Naturally”. And it will be for decades to come.

(Photo/Ellen Wentworth)

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And finally…in honor of the Westport Country Playhouse’s bike giveaway (story above), let’s start weaving our way to that 4,000-mile ride.

Ta-da! We did it! We even covered 78 miles!

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Bette C. Alvarado