Reducing stress | Westport Column

Attention birders! Westport Outdoor Guide Elizabeth Lee (who also directs the Youth Commission) is sponsoring two classes on bird language and behavior by renowned Vermont naturalist Connor Stedman at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first class is on “Bird Language Through the Seasons” and the second, a field class, will focus on bird language and behavior in the winter. Space is limited; preregister by emailing lakeside5047@gmail.com.

On Tuesday, March 11, singer Alisa Endsley and the inimitable Russell Ames will again offer an evening of your favorite show tunes at the Westport Library. “Broadway Babes” starts at 7 p.m. and by 8 p.m. or so it should warm things up enough to thaw the lake well ahead of schedule.

And at 7:30 p.m. the next night over at the Wadhams Free Library, Brian Trzaskos of NEW Health will give an illustrated talk on natural techniques for reducing stress as part of the free Wednesdays in Wadhams lecture series. This is your chance to learn the ancient Chinese secret that will solve all your problems forever, but you need to show up in order to hear it.

Finally, next weekend is the 35th Annual Tom Tanneberger Memorial Basketball Tournament, when Westport Central School alumni gather from around the world to face each other in a day of exciting and, for some at least, not-quite-as-easy-as-it-used-to-be competition. The festivities begin Friday night, March 14, with the Open Shoot Around from 7 to 9 p.m. and the tournament itself starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15 in the school gym. Between games and during halftimes, current WCS students will school the old-timers on how it’s done with exhibitions of their own skills.

Players for the four men’s and two women’s alumni teams should register ahead of time online at Tanneberger.org or by calling Jeff and Carol at 962-8567. Players can then sign-in at the Shoot Around or by noon on Saturday in the gym. The $25 registration fee includes a T-shirt and a plus-one for the gathering afterward, and general admission for spectators is only $4 for adults and $2 for students. All proceeds go to the Dr. Tom Tanneberger Memorial Scholarship Fund, which as we all know is one of our community’s key programs.

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