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In Norwalk (and Wilton)

Mutt Strut, May 18

The Norwalk River Valley Trail project hosts a Mutt Strut on May 18. Fresh air, fun, canine friends, and food trucks to help make a nature trail a reality.

The aim is to build 30 miles of trail connecting Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk to Rogers Park in Danbury, passing through Wilton, Ridgefield, and Redding along the way. The Mutt Strut helps raise funds to make it happen.

The trail will be a ten feet wide and wheelchair-accessible, creating recreation opportunities for walkers, hikers, cyclists, kids, and pets. It will offer a healthy transportation to rail stations, schools, offices, and businesses.

Find out more and register on the NRVT website.

In Westport

Westport Dog Festival, May 19

Westport’s fourth annual Dog Festival runs on May 19 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Winslow Park. Activities include demonstrations with police dogs, guide dogs, agility training, and Frisbee catching. Dogs can win awards in fun competitions, including a timed obstacle course competition where the winning dog receives a year’s supply of dog food.

The festival also features adoptable dogs, information about non-profit organizations, vendors, picture taking, caricatures, face painting, giveaways, and food trucks.

The entrance fee is $10 per person and $25 for a family of four. Parking will be will be available in designated lots along the Post Road and at the Westport Senior Center, not at the Westport Country Playhouse. Register for competitions online or at the festival. More information can be found at the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce website. A rain date is set for June 23.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights" at the Playhouse

Westport Country Playhouse opened its 2019 Season with the Tony Award-winning musical, “In the Heights,” with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. The show runs through May 19.

Before his smash hit “Hamilton,” Mr. Miranda wowed audiences with “In the Heights,” a love letter to New York City's famed Washington Heights, a vibrant community on the brink of change. Three generations dream of new opportunities and struggle with the pressures of expectation and tradition. With an infectious score featuring a blend of hip-hop, salsa, merengue, and soul, “In the Heights” invites audiences to celebrate life and love in this uniquely American story. The contemporary musical is recommended for ages 14 and up.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Playhouse website or call the box office at (203) 227-4177. Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, in Westport.

In Ridgefield

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre)

ACT presents the Broadway musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” with performances from May 30 to June 23 in its venue at 36 Old Quarry Road in Ridgefield. Tickets are available at the theater’s website.

The award-winning show is described as “a quick-witted, touching story which follows six over-achieving tweens through the course of a school spelling bee and the antics which ensue.”

ACT, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Equity theater, presents limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway musicals and plays, world-premiere productions, youth education classes, masterclasses, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students.

The Prospector Theater

The operators of the Prospector like to say the theater offers everything moviegoers want: great first-run movies, fresh popcorn, entertaining pre-show content, clean facilities, and world-class customer service. And they’re right.

The Prospector Theater is an easy drive of 20 minutes or so from Weston. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing meaningful employment to people with disabilities. Employees are called Prospects, and are involved in every function of the operation from selling tickets and popcorn to technology and grant-writing. The theater is open every day of the year.

Shows, show times, and ticket ordering are available on The Prospector website.

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