This weekend there's no excuse for anyone to have a dirty car or an empty stomach. In addition to clean cars and full stomachs, it's my guess that a fair number of people around town will have some unaccustomed aches and pains by the time the weekend's over, too. Hopefully, none too severe, but older folks need to take care when stepping on the basketball court for the first time in a while.

Because it's time for the 32nd annual Tom Tanneberger Memorial basketball tournament, in which WCS alums from all corners of the earth converge to relive their past glories and raise money for the excellent scholarship fund established in Tom's memory. The games start Saturday, March 19 at 1 p.m. in the school gym, and continue into the evening, with the men's championship slated to begin at 6:15. To register your team ahead, call Jeff or Carol Schwoebel at 962-8567 or go online at www.Tanneberger.org. This event is always a lot of fun and it's for a great cause.

It's also the venue for the Westport Volunteer Fire Company's annual spaghetti dinner, which starts in the cafeteria at 5 p.m. The menu includes spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad, rolls, and dessert. Special thanks go to Brian Westover, a WCS alumni and former fire department member himself (now Peru Fire Chief), for his leadership in putting the dinner together and whipping up the tasty sauce.

Though I hate to miss it, you probably won't see me at the spaghetti dinner, since I'll be doing food prep for another great cause near and dear to my heart: Sunday's "Sourdough Waffle and Frittata Extravaganza" at Dogwood Bread Company, to benefit the Wadhams Free Library. It's a serious Sunday Brunch on March 20 from 10 to 1, including fruit salad and tempting desserts. Last year it was a hoot. A delicious hoot, if there is such a thing, and all in support of the library.

As for your vehicle, car washes continue this Saturday morning at the firehouse, from 9 to 1, as well as March 26 and April 2.

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