Christmas tree saleto sparkle at First CongregationalAs the holiday season approaches, Binney Park in Old Greenwich prepares to welcome back a festive annual visitor. Just across Sound Beach Avenue, on the front lawn of First Congregational Church, the 2018 Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale will get underway on Saturday, Nov. 24.Legions of volunteers from the church and the surrounding community will gather at 8 a.m. Saturday to unload over 500 New Hampshire-grown trees off the long flatbed delivery truck and onto display racks on the front lawn of the church at 108 Sound Beach Ave“Hot chocolate and donuts will be on hand to keep up the energy for the unloading crew,” said Pat Mendelsohn, outreach chairperson at First Church. “We’re grateful for all the wonderful folks who come out early on a Saturday morning to show their commitment to supporting local charities.”The sale will begin as soon as the trees have been unloaded, at about 9 a.m. It will feature premium Fraser Fir and Balsam Fir trees of all sizes, plus beautifully decorated and undecorated wreaths, natural pine roping and premium quality “Last Stand” tree stands.All proceeds will go to support six vital local charities: Kids in Crisis, The Den for Grieving Kids, the Young Adults Program at Pacific House,the SoundWaters Young Mariners Academy, Building One Community, and BackCountry Jazz, which provides music enrichment to Bridgeport students.Trees and wreaths will be offered for sale from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. In recent years, the sale has grown into a traditional community event, staffed with volunteers of all ages, including church members, ambassadors from the benefiting charities and students from Greenwich public and private schools.“What makes our tree sale so special,” said Mendelsohn, “is that buying a fresh cut Christmas tree, beautiful wreath or pine roping for your family is a gift that keeps on giving to those in need, long after the holidays are over. All of the profits from the sale go to support local charities that are addressing critical needs.”This year the church is offering free local delivery of trees, as well as special treats for dogs who bring their owners to the sale.The Tree Sale is scheduled for three weekends, ending Saturday, Dec. 9, but in recent years most of the trees and wreaths have sold during the first two weekends.“Most people in the community know about our tree sale by now,” said Chris Hartwell, community relations chair at First Church. “They love the convenience of picking out a high-quality tree right in the neighborhood, so we get very busy soon after Thanksgiving. We urge people to come early to find the perfect tree for their Christmas celebration.”Local actor appears in one-act readingGreenwich resident Howie Weintraub will take part as the Westchester Collaborative Theater presents “Of Aliens and Avocados: A Festival of One-Act Readings,” debuting seven (very) original one-act plays, an eclectic blend of farce, satire and drama written, directed and performed by local WCT talent.The festival runs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, includes talk-back at the WCT Theater, 23 Water St. in Ossining, N.Y. A special performance will also take place Sunday, Nov. 25, at Bethany Arts Center, 40 Somerstown Road in Ossining.Tickets are $20; discounts tickets are available for WCT members, students, seniors and groups of five or moree. Advance online purchase is strongly recommended: www.wctheater.orgThe plays include: “At the Water’s Edge” by Carol Mark; “Dark Friday Markdowns” by C.J. Ehrlich; “Give a Dog a Bone” by Linda Bidwell Delaney; “Plattsburgh” by Evelyn Mertens; “Still Life” by Albi Gorn; and “Z.eta O.mega E.psilon” by Pat O’Neill.Weintraub appears in “The Importance of Avocados” by Shelley Lerea, in which the discovery of an avocado has a surprising effect on a marriage. It is directed by Susan Ward and also stars Betsy Miller of Ossining.Westchester Collaborative Theater is a multicultural, cooperative theater company dedicated to developing new work for the stage and bringing live theater to the community.Artist gives talk in Greenwich galleryDario Campanile, a native of Rome and a resident of Hawaii, recently gave an artist’s talk at Galerie 888 at 89 Greenwich Ave. in Greenwich.At the age of 6, his uncle, a painter, gave Campanile a small set of watercolors, according to his website. At 14, his father gave him his first set of oil paints to cheer him up while he was ill and bedridden.As a young artist, Campanile went to London to study and supported himself by selling his art on Hyde Park Corner on weekends and participating in group shows. He later met the surrealist master Salvador Dali, who encouraged his art, according to his website.In 1986, he was chosen from hundreds of artists to create the 75th anniversary logo for Paramount Studios: His design of the famous mountain symbol was seen on every Paramount publication, according to his website.