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The 39th annual Doors of Shippan wreath competition will take place Thursday.
Doors of Shippan is a long-running competition held at participating houses in Shippan Point. The neighborhood tradition is organized and sponsored by the Shippan Point Garden Club, has been in existence for 96 years. All Shippan residents can participate. There are usually about 50 wreaths entered in the competition.
There are eight design categories that entrants can choose from this year. New this year is a separate category for children and teens as well as the design theme “something you believe in.” The other categories include traditional, unconventional, international, all-natural and religious.
Judging will begin at 9 a.m., with results available by noon.
Santa Claus, and guest Brian Cashman, general manager of the New York Yankees, will rappel from 22 stories above downtown Stamford on Sunday.
Santa and his guests will rappel from the top of one of Stamford’s tallest buildings, Landmark Square, to celebrate the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Stamford Downtown Children’s Choir will perform, and free hot chocolate will be provided at the First Congregational Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church.
The ceremony will take place at 1 Landmark Square.
The Springdale Neighborhood Association’s annual tree lighting will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in Marilyn Trefry Park.
There will be musical performances, a free gift for every child and a special guest. Attendees can bring canned goods to donate to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
Lawrence W. Berliner, a special education law attorney, will present an interactive workshop, Exploring Your Child’s Educational Journey, meant to guide parents in navigating the special education system and focus on what they need to know for the school year and beyond.
The workshop will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Stamford Jewish Community Center in the board room.
The topics that will be covered during the workshop include a child’s basic educational rights, what to do when your child is struggling in school and the school is not responding to your child’s needs, and what is an IEE (Independent Educational Evaluation) and parents’ right to have one.
Registration is suggested. For information and to register, call 203-255-0582.
Northeast Elementary School will host a workshop for Spanish-speaking parents from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday to review report cards.
Teachers at the school will explain the reading and math inventory tests, among other topics.
The workshop will be held in the mini computer lab, next to the school’s media center.
For information, call 203-977-5660.
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Clerk Janet McCabe, center, and judge Rusty Ruth examine a wreath while judging the newcomer category of the annual Doors of Shippan on Downs Avenue in Stamford last year.