Westport 7/17

I hope you have a chance to enjoy the BBQ Chicken Dinner at the Westport Federated Church starting at 4:30 Thursday, July 15 - this edition of the paper barely makes it out in time, I know, and I apologize to my friends at the church for not getting the info into last week's column. The same folks are also looking for volunteer "suspects" for the upcoming Honky Tonk Homicide murder-mystery dinner at the church July 30. Call 962-4465 if you'd like to participate or attend.

The Westport Youth Commission Summer Day Camp at the school still has openings if you know any children who might be interested in some fun activities and active play. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Friday, Aug. 6, so there's still plenty of time left. Call the school at 962-8244 to enroll your child.

Learning through play will also be the theme at Ballard Park next week, when multi-instrumentalist Jo Sallins and drummer Matt Garstka will give a concert Thursday, July 22, and lead two workshops Friday, July 23. I saw Matt playing and then leading a group of young volunteers through some drumming routines at the Hills are Alive fundraiser in June. He's an amazingly talented musician and teacher who's got a great way with both the drums and the children - he was energetic, funny, relaxed, and enlightening all at the same time. I highly recommend this for kids of all ages.

The concert on Thursday, where donations will be accepted, starts at 7 p.m. The first workshop on Friday is open to all ages, and goes from 9-10:30 a.m. (children younger than eight should be accompanied by an adult). The second workshop is for ages 13 and up, and goes from 12-2:30 p.m. Register for the workshops at the door or call the Arts Council at 962-8778 to save by registering early. The first 10 registrants will also receive vouchers for ice cream and other sweets at the Galley, the Inn, and Me and My Girls. You won't want to miss that, either.

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