Out there… Greenwich Library is featuring a special virtual event called “A Wickedly Good Evening: Two Actresses from ‘Wicked’” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4. Participants will get to meet and hear from actresses who have performed in leading roles in the touring companies of “Wicked” — Jillian Butler, who played Glinda, and Talia Suskauer, who played Elphaba. They will share backstage stories and insights as well as their experiences performing these iconic, female-leading roles. Bring your own questions for the Q&A session. Each actress will also perform a musical selection from “Wicked.” For more info and to participate, go to www.greenwichlibrary.org.
Out there… The Town of Greenwich granted an official proclamation declaring Feb. 26, 2021, as Rare Disease Awareness Day, with a presentation by First Selectman Fred Camillo at Greenwich Town Hall. It was followed by a free public webinar featuring local rare disease foundations. Camillo presented the proclamation to Greenwich resident John Hopper, president of the Greenwich-based Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation. His foundation represented the over 7,000 known rare diseases struggling to amplify the critical message of awareness this year. Camillo noted that Rare Disease Awareness Day is personal for his family because he lost his sister Donna Marie to a rare form of pediatric leukemia. Webinar speakers and participants included Lesley Bennett, state ambassador for the Rare Action Network of the National Organization of Rare Disorders; Dr. Stephanie R. Paulmeno, public health promotion specialist for the Greenwich Department of Health; Mark Carles, FCF patient advocate; Phil Marella, of the Dana’s Angels Research Trust (DART); Taruna Reddy, who spoke about PACS1 Syndrome; Emily Kubik, who spoke on EB research; Alan Gunzburg, of the First Selectman’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities; Allyson Buck, from the VWM Family Foundation; and Gregg Pauletti, of the Golden Lights Foundation. Rare Disease Awareness Day is celebrated across the globe during the last week in February. For more info, visit www.rarediseases.org.