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Five Things to Know About New Canaan: July 28

Register for Spokes 2nd Annual Ride, plus more.

  1. Jeret "Speedy" Peterson the silver medal winner in freestyle skiing at the Vancouver Olympics committed suicide this week. Depression is a disease that can hide in even the most accomplished people, so I say it's time to register for the 2nd annual Spokes Ride. The event - founded by former New Canaan resident Jeremy Brittain and his wife Tanya - benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, October 2, you have a choice of riding the 12, 20 or 50 mile bike route. Ride for yourself, someone you know or for one of the millions that have been defeated by this disease.
  2. Tonight's movie is "Rudy" at 7 p.m. An inspirational film that is must see for everyone, it's based on the true story of Notre Dame football player Dan "Rudy" Ruettiger. It is part of the New Canaan Library Adult Summer Reading Program and lands in the category of memoir, biography and autobiography. Please register.
  3. begins a new exhibit, "Crossroads and Symmetries" this Sunday with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. This two person show by John Arabolos and Heidi Lewis-Coleman, will run until sptember 17.
  4. Alive @ Five continues tonight in Columbus Park, Stamford with the band Five For Fighting. Their Grammy-nominated song Superman "became a song of healing for the nation during the Concert For New York, which paid tribute to all the firefighters, police officers and paramedics affected by the events of September 11th."
  5. Birds of Prey will visit the Nature Center at Sherwood Island State Park at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Presented by A Place Called Hope, a wildlife rehabilitation center for injured, orphaned, sick or non-releasable birds of prey. "This is a chance to meet some of these magnificent birds up close and hear their personal stories of survival."

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