westport 8/14

World Cup fever still runs high - that's the word from the Youth Commission, which wants you to know that biddy soccer is back and better than ever. Registration will be held Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Westport Central School, and the first practice will begin at 6 p.m. Age groups are K-2, 3-4, and 5-6.

"We have great volunteer coaches," Youth Commission director Elizabeth Lee said, "and will be participating in matches against eight other teams in Essex County." So come on down and sign up your rising young soccer star. Summer's not quite over yet, though, as the Depot Theatre Apprentices, who've been rehearsing this year's Shakespeare-in-the-Park production of The Tempest, can tell you. But not even the hottest days could slow them down or take the edge off their talent. As always, directors Lindsay Pontius and Scott Gibbs have worked their magic to bring Shakespeare's words to life for a new generation, revealing how lines that at first sound foreign and "old-fashioned" hold impulses and emotions that are totally familiar to us. Plus, a lot of times, they're really funny, too.

There's romance, there's intrigue, and there's the mystery of an enchanted isle on the edge of a "brave new world." The Tempest will be performed in Ballard Park 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 14. The show is free and you're encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. We'll also be selling our cool new T-shirts, which feature an original design by Wadhams artist Paul Rossi. You'll definitely want to get one of those.

And at Camp Dudley 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 22, the distinguished author Jay Parini (who teaches writing at Middlebury) will give a talk entitled, "The Books That Changed America," based on his recent book, "Promised Land." This event is part of the Annual August Author series presented by the Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties, and it will be the organization's main fundraiser. This is a great way to support them and a great chance to see this nationally recognized writer talk about his work.

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