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If you missed the multi-family yard sale for Lakeside Preschool last weekend, you have a chance to play catch up at the Depot Theatre's Annual Colossal Rummage Sale, which runs this weekend, Friday to Sunday, May 28-29. This is the premiere event of its kind around these parts-which is especially fitting this year, since the Depot is boldly offering an entire season of premieres. The Depot brings a lot of people to our lovely town every year, but this year, the theatre deserves extra support for its courage and artistic integrity.

The hours for the sale are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. The sale features household goods, appliances, electronics, tools, furniture, garden supplies, books, decorations, and of course lots and lots of wonderful clothing, including a large selection of ladies' formalwear. You're sure to find something that you will treasure for years to come. The proceeds go to support the Depot, which is a non-profit, and will help pay for the line-up of shows as well as for free events like the winter play-readings and an array of theatre education programs.

On Thursday, June 2, the Westport Library Association returns with another evening of enchanting music, Songs from the Great Vintage Musicals, featuring the incomparable Russell Ames on piano. The event is free and open to the public, and you're invited to come and sing along. I can pretty much guarantee that if you can remember the words, Russell will know the tune. His knowledge of classic show tunes (and everything else) is encyclopedic and he plays them all with his special brand of lightheartedness and mischief. If you ask nicely he might even throw in a little Tom Lehrer.

Next time, I'll report on the public hearing for the proposed development at the Treadwell estate, set for Wednesday, May 25. So don't worry if you missed it. And congratulations to the school board and to WCS Superintendent Dr. Gallagher on the passage of the school budget. I'm proud of the way our community debated the issue without losing sight of the fact that we're all neighbors.

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