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Our Neighborhoods S Chicken Joe’s “Ride For Kids” and The Needs Clearing House are holding their third annual “Dough for Donations” Pizza Night at Christ Church on Friday, March 11 from S . Saturday, March 12, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Innis Arden Cottage (Tod’s Point) Join Sean and Deirdre Murtha at the Innis Arden Cottage for an hour of traditional Irish folk music and dance. The Murthas accompany themselves on a variety of instruments including fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, piano, harmonica, tin whistle, and bodhran. From lively rhythms to plaintive melodies, from touching ballads to infectious sing-alongs, join us for a program that is sure to please (and involve!) the whole family. Free. DOWNTOWN S Saturday, March 12, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Greenwich High School. Greenwich Symphony will be performing at the auditorium a t GHS fe a t u r i ng Prokof i e v Classical Symphony. Delius Violin Concerto. Saint-Saëns Havanaise. Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5. With Bella Hristova, Violin. Call the office for symphony subscriptions and group rates at (203) 869-2664. S Saturday, March 12, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Free Tax Preparation at Greenwich Library. All patrons are welcome to take advantage of this service, not just AARP eligible members. S Wednesday, March 16, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Bowman Observatory Public Nights March 16, presented by the Astronomical Society of Greenwich. Weather Permitting. Free. 180 East Elm Street. S Thursday, March 17, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Greenwich Chamber of Comme rc e “Women Who Matter” Luncheon. Luncheon at the Millbrook Club featuring guest speaker Karen Newman. $50 per person, $475 per table of eight. Please call the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce for more information at (203) 869-3500 or email: greenwichchamber@ BACK COUNTRY S Sunday, March 13, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Volunteer & Intern Open House at Audubon Greenwich. Audubon Greenwich of fers a variety of volunteer opportunities, including college internships and volunteer positions. Discover how you can earn college credit through an internship. Learn about the valuable experiences you can enjoy in: Environmental Education, Exhibit Animal Care, Nature Center Docents, Stewardship Projects, and more! Youth-Adults, Free. RSVP to Susan at S Bruce Womens Golf Association Kicks Off 2016 Season Looking for New Members! The BWGA will kick off its season on April 12. For info, contact Isabella Toral at 917-414-2302 or at isabellatoral@ Nine and eighteen holers are welcome. COS COB S Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 130 Bible Street. Let the Garden Education Center help you take your tree ID skills to the next level! This class will begin inside with a general review of ID basics, before moving on to more advanced winter ID skills and tricks of the trade. Registration required. $20 Members, $30 Non- members. For information or to make a reservation, please call us at (203) 869-9242 or visit www. BYRAM S Saturday, March 12, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Yoga Series for Everyone with Kristen DeGroat at Byram Shubert Library. Ms. DeGroat returns to Byram teaching yoga poses to practice at home. Wear comfortable clothing. 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. OLD GREENWICH

What is affectionately known as crocus hill is in bloom. Turns out Punxsutawney Phil was right. Photo by John Ferris Robben. ‘Scouting for Food’ Exceeds Goal

Station, and the Cos Cob Fire Station. At the supermarkets, the Scouts handed out flyers with information about the food drive and Neighbor to Neighbor. The Scouts also picked up bags of donations from participating homes throughout the town and rounded up donations at the fire stations before moving them to Neighbor. Five hundred dollars in donations were collected along with the crates of food. “It was a great day,” said the Scouting executive for the Boy Scouts Greenwich Council, Kevin O’Shea.

By Chéye Roberson Sentinel Reporter

D ur ing last Saturday ’s Scouting for Food drive, t h e B o y s S c o u t s o f Greenwich set a goal of collecting two tons of food in one day for the clients of Neighbor to Neighbor. Not only did the Scouts reach their goal; they surpassed it. It was a town-wide effort. Scouts were collecting food at Stop and Shop and Acme Market on West Putnam Avenue, Kings Food Market in Old Greenwich, the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Station, Glenville Fire

Cub Scouts Robert Parry and Dane Paulson with their moms at ACME Markets in Riverside (Laurie Paulson and Nora Parry). Photo by Louisa Greene

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‘Courage & Faith’ Series to Feature Mary Karr By Anne W. Semmes Sentinel Correspondent

Courage & Faith Speaker Series, the brainchild of Ian Cron, the founder and former pa s tor of Trinity Church, in partnership with Christ Church’s Rev. Dr. Jim Lemler and a patron. It has brought many thousands to the church to hear the likes of Maya Angelou, De smond Tut u , Anne Lamot t and Marcus Borg. This Saturday Courage & Faith relaunches under new leadership with tell-it-all best- selling memoirist Mary Karr. Karr, who teaches literature at Syracuse University, will share her spiritual experiences in a time she sees as A certified olive oil sommelier, Song is ready to educate olive oil buyers as to what is the real EVOO. “I’m working to have a local EVOO workshop in early April,” she says. Song is smitten by the heritage, the symbolism, and the health benefits of EVOO. She cites the endorsement of Thomas Jefferson: “The olive tree is surely the richest gift of heaven,” and that of Homer, who called olive oil “liquid gold.” And then there were all those kings in the Bible being anointed with oil.

lacking in faith: “The American religion—so far as there is one anymore—seems to be doubt.” Ka r r is a pr ime example of Courage & Faith’s on going mission: to bring in the best thinkers on divergent views to stir the waters and to create a conversation that stimulates people to think about the ultimate questions of life. “I have admired Mary Karr for many years,” says Becky Ford. Meet the new force behind the Courage & Fa it h ser ies , Chr ist Church

C hrist Church Greenwich has a stor ied histor y, bu t i t ’s a l s o a l i ve l y spiritual hub in the present day— a destination for sacred music; a place to buy spiritual books; a place to relieve our suffering with the new support group co-led by psychiatrist Dr. John Tamerin. This summer, the church will again host the churchless Trinity Church in its Parish Hall. Another outreach is the popular

Becky Ford, project director of the Courage&Faith Speaker Series and manager of the Christ Church Bookstore. Photo by John Ford.

continued, see FORD on Page 7

Song comes by her new embrace of olive oil through her support of the Amoris Foundation to help underprivileged children, founded by her sister Sue Song, a concert pianist, and her husband, Wendell Minnick, who live in Old Greenwich. Looking for ways to raise money for that effort, sister Grace thought of selling EVOO back home. She did her due diligence—surely a pleasure—of visiting producers of Grace Song, Ambassadress for Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Grace Song’s dream - to “share quality EVOO ... through olive oil tours” Photo by Anne W. Semmes.

Mediterranean. The result is that main-line label bottle you’re used to buying may not contain the real thing. Enter practicing counselor Grace Song from Old Greenwich, who has been priming herself to be an ambassador of EVOO from Italy. “Nearly 70-80 percent of extra virgin olive oil sold in the supermarkets i s not aut hent i c ,” s ay s Song . “The consumer needs to let their supermarket know if it is not EVOO.”

By Anne W. Semmes Sentinel Correspondent

T he i nt eg r it y of ex t r a- v i r g i n o l i ve o i l—t he cook’s delight—is on trial these days. The news from Italy is there’s rampant adulteration of this prized product by forces wanting to cash in on last year’s dismal harvest in Italy by mixing Italian extra- virgin with lower quality olive oils from North Africa and around the

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