Ridgefield happenings: Trends in American food, winter constellations, and the Great Wall of China

Abstract painters who are displaying their work at Sarah’s Wine Bar through March 10 include, back row from left: Rhonda Gentry, Madyn Gwynn, Karen Beck, Kathleen Wrampe, Ruth van den Nieuwenhuizen and Jacque Lang. Front row from left: Dayna Sierakowski, Blair Crowley, Rachel Volpone (instructor), Tina Sturges, Michelle Briody. — Mary Harold photo

Abstract painters open exhibit Sunday

A group of abstract painters who have studied together at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists under the accomplished painter Rachel Volpone will display their work at Sarah’s Wine Bar this winter.

The exhibition, titled “Insight: 11 Abstract Painters,” will open at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, and run through March 10. Snow date for opening will be Sunday, Jan. 20, 3-5 p.m.  

The program highlights the different styles and approaches of the painters. It will also show there is a common thread that runs throughout their work.

Sarah’s Wine Bar is located at 20 West Lane.

Trends in American food since 1950

From jelly molds to kombucha, major milestones and influences on American food since 1950 will be discussed with food writer Judith Hausman at the Ridgefield Library on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m.

Hausman, whose work has appeared nationally in the Zagat guides, the Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, will talk about how and why changes in America tend to show up in the kitchen — and at restaurants.

To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 for more information.

Schwartz to discuss ‘Working’

Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz and ACT of Connecticut’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine will discuss ACT’s world-premiere of “Working” at the Ridgefield Library Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m.

The reimagined production of Schwartz’s musical will be performed at ACT from Feb. 14 through March 10. “Working” also features music by Lin-Manuel Miranda and James Taylor, with additional contributions by Levine.

To register, go to ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

Dmitri Wright

Landscape painter to speak at library Jan. 20

Award-winning American landscape impressionist and expressionist painter Dmitri Wright will give an art talk at the Ridgefield Library on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m.

Wright will talk about his career and journeys throughout the United States, Europe, West Indies, Central and South America, and China as a master fine artist and instructor.

Wright is the master artist and instructor for Weir Farm National Historic Site.

This program is co-sponsored by the library and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

To register, go to ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 for more information.

Library to host escape room fund-raiser in January

The Bazaar of Mysteries is an escape room fund-raiser at the Ridgefield Library running through Jan. 21.

This immersive puzzle game places participants in a vintage carnival, where something mysterious has happened to the famous fortune teller. Residents must work together to solve a series of clues and puzzles to discover what has happened.

Each 60-minute session is available for up to eight participants ages 13 and up or children ages 8 and up with an adult. Tickets are $25 per person or $200 to book a whole room.

For more information, or to book a session, visit the library’s website: ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Library to host kids concert Jan. 12

The Ridgefield Library’s Concerts for Young Families series welcomes Graham Clarke to perform his kids concert for families with children ages five and younger on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 11:30-12:15.

The concert will be in the library’s main program room on the lower level. Music CDs will be available for purchase. The event is free of charge and no registration is required. Children need to be accompanied by an adult.  

For more information, visit Clarke’s website grahamclarkemusic.weebly.com or call children’s services at 203-438-2282, ext. 12002.

Italian film series

A new Italian film and conversation program will take place at the Ridgefield Library on the third Wednesday of the month beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m., and running through April 17. Participants are invited to celebrate Italian culture with a film screening in Italian (with English subtitles) followed by discussion in Italian for those looking to practice their Italian. All levels of Italian conversation are welcome. Even those who just want to watch and listen are welcome to attend. Italian snacks will be provided.

For a listing of upcoming film titles and to register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

Lyme Connection starts daytime support group Jan. 23

Lyme Connection, Ridgefield’s tick-borne disease task force, will bring in 2019 with a new daytime support group led by Lisa Oren, LCSW.

The group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on the fourth Wednesday of each month beginning Jan. 23.

Lyme Connection continues to hold its evening support group on the second Thursday of each month from 5 to 7. Both free sessions will be held in the Lyme Connection offices in the Town Hall Annex at 66 Prospect Street.

Oren, who previously ran a second evening group for the organization, felt a daytime gathering was necessary due to the problems patients often have with fatigue and night driving, especially in winter weather.

Oren describes these monthly meetings as “offering general support and validation, where people share their experiences living with Lyme and co-infections, managing symptom flare-ups, alternative treatments, and the everyday challenges of life along with self-care.”

The group is open to patients and caregivers from all towns on a regular or drop-in basis.

For additional information, including details about upcoming guest speakers and weather cancellations, check the calendar at LymeConnection.org.

Doctor to discuss bone health in female athletes at library

Dr. Marci Goolsby will give a talk titled “The Female Athlete Triad: Balancing Nutrition and Exercise to Maintain Bone Health in the Young Female Athlete” Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library.

Dr. Goolsby sees patients for a variety of musculoskeletal complaints, but her main areas of clinical and research interest are stress fractures and the female athlete triad, which is the related components of nutrition/exercise balance, menstrual function, and bone health.

As a prior collegiate basketball player, she also has a special interest in the care of basketball players and is the consulting team physician for the New York Liberty women’s professional basketball team.

To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

Talking to kids about sex is subject of library forum

The Ridgefield Library will host a program called “Birds and Bees: How to Talk to Today’s Kids About Sex” Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.

The program is part of the Parenting the Selfie Generation at the library.

Jennifer Gaines, a public health program specialist, will lead the discussion and offer tips on what to say, how to say it and when.

Gaines will touch on the following topics in her presentation: sexuality, consent, dating, sexting, healthy relationships, dealing with peers, and “hooking up.”

To register, call 203-438-2282 or visit ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Taste of Ridgefield celebrates 20-year anniversary Jan. 27

The Rotary of Ridgefield will host the 20th annual Taste of Ridgefield at the Lounsbury House Sunday, Jan. 27.

There will be two sessions, 12:30-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

In its two-decade history, Taste of Ridgefield has seen more than 6,000 attendees donate over $425,000 to assist neighbors who are most in need.

Last year’s event had more than 30 local restaurants participate

Tickets are available now online at ridgefieldrotary.org.   

Moon, Mars and winter constellations

The Discovery Center at Ridgefield and New Pond Farm Education Center, 101 Marchant Road, West Redding, are offering a public astronomy program on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m.  

Families are invited to a special preview in the learning center classroom at 5:30. This mini-lesson will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing out at the observatory.

Participants should dress warmly and bring a flashlight for the walk to the observatory. There is a warming building near the scopes. The program is $4 per member, with a maximum of $16 per family. For non-members, the charge is $6, with a maximum of $24 per family. Registration is required and can be done at ridgefielddiscovery.org or by calling 203-438-1063.

Alzheimer’s caregivers  support group meeting

The Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group of Ridgefield will be meeting at the St. Stephen’s Church South Hall building Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The group meets the second Thursday of every month.

For more information, call Tina Moskwa, 203-438-6240, or Maria Victor-Smith, 203-894-8241.

Mah Jongg for beginners

Mah Jongg for Beginners and Mah Jongg Mixer for people who have learned to play start early February through Ridgefield Continuing Education.

The beginners’ class starts Tuesday, Feb. 5 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Feb. 7 (1 to 3 p.m.; six sessions). Mah Jongg Mixer starts Wednesday, Feb. 6 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; six sessions).   

Cost is $128 (Ridgefield Seniors age 62 and over pay $102). Advanced registration required. Information at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Great Wall of China subject of history class

The Great Wall of China is a new history class in Ridgefield Continuing Education.

The Great Wall is one of the greatest sights in the world — the longest wall in the world, an awe-inspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture. Its winding path over rugged country and steep mountains takes in some great scenery. Residents will learn about its history, locations, and find out whether it defended China in its 2,000 years of history.

This two session class meets on Mondays, Feb. 4 and 11, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex.  

Cost is $49 (Ridgefield seniors age 62 and over pay $39). Advanced registration required.  Information at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Knitting, crochet classes

Art, knitting, jewelry, and crochet classes start soon in Ridgefield Continuing Education. All classes provide individualized instruction for both beginning and experienced students in a relaxing, stress free environment. Day and evening sessions are available.

Beginning Crochet starts Monday, Jan. 28 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and Wednesday, Feb. 6 (10 a.m. to noon) and meets four sessions. Cost is $92.

Explore the Mediums starts Monday, Feb. 4 (seven sessions; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; $149).
Drawing for Everybody starts Monday, Feb. 4 (six sessions; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $128).
Studio Knitting for All starts Tuesday, Feb. 5 (seven sessions; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $149).

Drawing for Beginners starts Thursday, Feb. 7 (seven sessions; 10 a.m. to noon; $149).

Twist Chain Necklace meets Thursday, Feb. 7 (one session, 6 to 8 p.m.; $31).

Photography and Photoshop Elements also start in February. More sessions, plus Byzantine Bracelet, Hand Painted Furniture start in March and April. Tuition listed above; materials are extra. Ridgefield senior (age 62 and over) discount available. Advanced registration required.  Visit ridgefieldschools.org or call 203-431-2812 for information.

Cardio workout sessions

New cardio workout sessions of Barre-Lates and Zumba start soon in Ridgefield Continuing Education. These classes help participants improve their bodies, meet fitness goals, and relieve stress.
Barre-Lates, a new class that fuses barre work and classical Pilates with a focus on lengthening, toning, and conditioning one’s core, starts Monday, Jan. 28, or Tuesday, Jan. 29, (eight sessions, 7:05 to 8:05 p.m.; $96).  

Zumba, a dance workout to Latin and other popular music starts Monday, Jan. 14, and Wednesday, Jan. 16 (6 to 7 p.m.).  

Yoga, Pilates, tai chi, express sculpt, calorie burner, stretch, and line dance have new sessions starting again in January and February. Classes meet six to eight sessions and cost $73 to $96. Advance registration required.

Details on what to wear and bring to class (besides a water bottle) are at ridgefieldschools.org or call 203-431-2812.

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