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Neighborhoods: Thriller-themed author panel at The Ferguson

May 19, 2019

WATERSIDE Warm weather is coming and SoundWaters is offering free kayak or stand up paddle board rentals on Long Island Sound on Sunday.Single and double kayaks and paddle boards will be available for free one-hour rentals from noon to 6 p.m.The launch site is Boccuzzi Park at 200 Southfield Ave. (formerly known as Southfield Park) on Stamford Harbor.Kayak and paddle board rentals will be available all summer on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day. Book online in advance to avoid waiting. Single kayaks and paddleboards rent for $30 per hour. Double kayaks rent for $45 an hour. To book a kayak or board in advance, visit SoundWaters.org/rentals. HUBBARD HEIGHTS J.M. Wright Technical School will host its fourth annual car and motorcycle show at Scalzi Park, 120 Bridge St., on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.The show serves as a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Parent Faculty Organization, which offers scholarships, provides students assistance and supports teachers and various program within the school.Pre-registered vehicles cost $15; $20 at the door. General admission is $5; free from children under age 13.All cars, motorcycles and truck are welcome this year. Awards will be given in multiple categories.There will be a 50/50 raffle and drawing prizes. Sound City Music will provide the tines and there will be food options on site.Sarah Edwards, the former driver of Queen of Diamonds II jet dragster, is the guest of honor. She will be available for autographs and photo ops.For more information, visit jmwrighttechpfo.org, email info@jmwrighttechpfo.org or call 203-973-7456. The rain date is June 2. NORTH STAMFORD The Stamford Chorale will present “Music for a Sunday Afternoon” on Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2810 Long Ridge Road.The concert will include the works of Brahms and Verdi, selections from the Great American Songbook and traditional spirituals.Eric Trudel is the director of the community chorus, which is celebrating its 70th year. Cihan Yücel is the pianist and Charles Widmer will be the tenor soloist.The nonprofit group receives funding from Stamford’s Community Arts Partnership Program.Tickets are $20. A reception will follow the concert.For more information, email thestamfordchorale@gmail.com , call 203-359-0659 , or visit thestamfordchorale.org. COVE Fairfield County residents are expected be out in force in Stamford on Sunday, showing support for epilepsy awareness and the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut (EFCT) by participating in the Walk to End Epilepsy at the Cove Island Park.Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. and the event starts at 10. Registration is $35 and includes a t-shirt, lunch and a purple bandana for dogs. Note: dogs are welcome on-leash on the walk path at this family-friendly event.Registration is available at epilepsyct.com/walk or on-site at the event. Stamford Mayor David Martin will be there to kick off the walk and guest speakers include motivational speaker Beth Usher and Emma Borys, teen ambassador for the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut.Usher, a Connecticut resident who lives a full life despite having half her brain removed, was a longtime friend of Mister Rogers and credits his early support as one of the reasons for her “choosing happy.”Borys, from Westport and a teen ambassador for the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut, will speak about growing up through the school system with uncontrolled seizures and with the help of EFCT, family, friends, teachers and administration became the poised, confident mature student she is today.More than 60,000 children and adults in the state of Connecticut suffer from epilepsy and one out of 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.For more information, call 860-346-1924. DOWNTOWN The Friends of The Ferguson Library will host a panel of thriller authors on Thursday.The featured authors are Lynne Constantine, co-author of “The Last Time I Saw You,” Wendy Walker, author of “The Night Before,” and Kate White, author of “Such a Perfect Wife.” Doors open at the Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. building, corner of Bedford and Broad streets, at 6:30 p.m. for a wine and appetizer reception. The program begins at 7 p.m. Book sale and signing to follow. Register at fergusonlibrary.org.Sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine collaborate under the pen name Liv Constantine. Separated by three states, the sisters plot via FaceTime and email. They attribute their ability to concoct dark story lines to the hours they spent listening to tales handed down by their Greek grandmother. They are the authors of “The Last Mrs. Parrish.”Walker is a former family law attorney in Fairfield County who began writing while at home raising her three sons. Her thrillers include “All is Not Forgotten” and “Emma In The Night.”White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, is the author of “The Secrets You Keep,” “The Wrong Man,” “Eyes on You,” “Hush,” “The Sixes” and the Bailey Weggins mystery series.For more information, call 203-351-8275.

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