Happenings: Low Down Brass Band, summer reading

New bands coming to Ballard Park

Next week CHIRP presents two bands new to Ridgefield in Ballard Park. On Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m., hailing from Chicago is the Low Down Brass Band. With an array of horns, drums and a sousaphone, this brass set has a gritty and dynamic sound and performs hip-hop, soul, ska and rock.

For more details about the band, visit lowdownbrassband.com.

The Montreal-based Paul desLauriers Band will make their CHIRP debut Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. These Canadian blues veterans blend rock with straight-ahead blues, echoing the vibe from the 60s and 70s. More information about the band is available at pauldeslauriersband.com.

Rain venue for both concerts is the Ridgefield Playhouse. For details and donations, go to chirpct.org.

Summer reading for adults

This year the Ridgefield Library’s Adult Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock.” The program coincides with the long-running children and teen summer reading programs that begin on June 28 and runs through Aug. 11. During this period, just read a book or listen to an audiobook and submit an entry to be entered into a drawing for themed prizes. Participants are encouraged to do their entries online (see the Summer Reading link at ridgefieldlibrary.org). Forms can also be dropped off at the adult services desk.

The library will also host a series of programs and events for adults over the summer. Programs include exhibits, author talks, workshops and more.

The library’s Summer Reading Program is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library. For more information and to register for programs, visit ridgefeildlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

Hip-hop dance party with Austin Dailey

The Ridgefield Library will be kicking off its 2018 Summer Reading Program with a hip-hop dance party workshop starring Austin Dailey, for children entering kindergarten through fifth grades.

The program will be held on Wednesday, June 27, from 6 to 6:45, in the library’s main program room on the lower level. Families are encouraged to register for the Libraries Rock! before and after the workshop or from home anytime. The event is free and no registration is required. Summer children’s performances are sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

For more information, see Austin’s website at pimcrew.com/austin or call children’s services at 203-438-2282, ext. 12002.

Gay Pride service

A Pride Shabbat Service is being offered by Congregation Shir Shalom Friday evening, June 22, at 7:30 in celebration of June as Gay Pride month. Rabbi David Reiner said gathering is meant to serve “LGBTQ members of the community, family members, and allies” as well as “promoting a message of inclusion.”

Congregation Shir Shalom has a temple at 46 Peaceable Street.

Music of WWI lecture

Musician and music history teacher Jane Davis Sine will present a lecture and discussion on the music of the World War I period on Sunday, June 24, at 3 p.m. The lecture will take place in the Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, 132 Main Street. Admission is free.

A century after the end of WWI, the music of composers in this surprisingly fertile period lives on. Americans Victor Herbert, George M. Cohan, a young George Gershwin and New York City visitor Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote popular songs, jazz concerti and operettas still enjoyed today. The presentation will include listening to and discussion of some of these composers’ popular and lesser-known works from this period.

This lecture is part of Ridgefield Remembers WWI, a town-wide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I in 1918.

More information may be found at keelertavernmuseum.org and at Facebook.com/KeelerTavernMuseum, or by calling 203-438-5485.

Job search techniques classes

Job Search Techniques is a new one-on-one course offered by Ridgefield Continuing Education. Glenna McNally helps participants identify their target job market: companies where your background fits, how to contact and follow-up, thinking outside of that box, cover letters, interviewing skills, who is in your network, how can you broaden that network, and how not to rely solely on the Internet.

The workshop meets on Fridays, June 29 or July 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school). Other dates and times may be scheduled. Cost is $49 per session. Registration is required at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

SAT classes

Lentz & Lentz SAT Prep, which bills itself as the largest independently owned SAT Prep company in this region, is offering PSAT, SAT and ACT Prep classes.

Cost is $430 including all course materials. This course meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, July 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25 and 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This course allows participants to study in a leisurely, intelligent way, in order to develop the strategies, test-taking tips and shortcuts needed to do well, according to the course description. All classes meet at the Venus Building (use Governor Street entrance opposite police station). For more information, visit lentzsatprep.com or call Ridgefield Continuing Education at 203-431-2812 or Lentz & Lentz at 1-800-866-SATS.

Senior lunches at Lounsbury House

Lounsbury House, at 316 Main Street, invites Ridgefield’s older adult community to attend monthly Senior Luncheons.

Lounsbury House is kicking off the summer with lunch on Monday, June 25, from noon to 2. Guests will be treated to a three-course catered lunch from Wooster Hollow Café and a special local cultural performance.

Lounsbury House offers this luncheon free of charge, thanks to support from Benchmark Senior Living at Ridgefield Crossings, the Ridgefield Thrift Shop and the Denise and Michael Kellen Foundation.

To make a reservation, contact Belinda Lasky at 203-438-6962 or belinda@lounsburyhouse.org.

Summer gardening workshop

A Summer Garden Care Clinic with Eileen Burton is available through Ridgefield Continuing Education. This clinic provides tips on garden maintenance, harvesting and troubleshooting for pests. It includes a trip to the instructor’s flower and vegetable garden for a live demonstration. Directions to this demonstration (in Ridgefield) will be provided at the first class.

This class meets on Tuesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Venus Building (old high school). Advance registration is required. Cost is $39. Senior discount is available. Register at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Traffic forum Saturday at library

The Ridgefield Republican Town Committee will host a community forum to discuss town traffic issues on Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m. in the lower meeting room of the Ridgefield library. Speeding, distracted driving and other concerns are expected to be part of the discussion.

The public is invited. The forum is non-political. Joseph Savino, a member of the Police Commission, police Chief John Roche, and members of the Planning and Zoning Commission will attend the forum.

Celebration to honor Beth Becker

On Sunday, June 24, there will be a celebration honoring the life and legacy of philanthropist Beth Becker from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. The event, which is open to the community, will feature hosts, toasts and roasts from family, friends and people who loved Beth from the many organizations she supported and loved.

The event will include a tribute roast of Beth Becker and a live auction of items that were “quintessential” Beth and Bruce Becker, specifically chosen by her sister Deb. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Beth and Bruce Becker Scholarship Fund.

There will also be food for attendees from Gallo (Beth’s favorite restaurant), entertainment and a cash bar with a special drink to honor Beth. The organizers say come dressed to the nines if you wish — “Becker Style.”

For more information, call 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Workshops for writers

Two new summer writing workshops created for emerging and established writers of fiction and nonfiction are now available through Ridgefield Continuing Education and Westport Writers’ Workshop. Ridgefield Continuing Education now offers Crack Open Your Prose, a workshop-style course with step-by-step techniques to help writers expand their work and sharpen their prose.

Also new this summer is an Advanced Fiction series at the Westport Writers’ Workshop that instructs writers of short and long fiction in all elements of craft. Registration for both is now open.

For Ridgefield Continuing Education, visit ridgefieldschools.org, email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com or call 203-431-2812. For Westport Writers’ Workshop, visit westportwriters.org, email info@westportwriters.org or call 203-227-3250.

WWI exhibit opens July 3

The Ridgefield Historical Society, in partnership with the Ridgefield Library, will present WWI: Ridgefield Answers the Call, a new exhibit of 10 display posters, created by local graphic artist Bil Mikulewicz, which commemorates the end of World War I and centers on the contribution Ridgefield residents made during the war. The exhibit will be on view in the gallery at the library, 472 Main Street, on the lower level during business hours from July 3 through July 30.

A wine and cheese reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit will take place on Saturday, July 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet and engage with the artist and the Ridgefield Historical Society research team who collaborated on the exhibit: Kay Ables, town historian; Bunny Lancaster, Sharon Dunphy, Betsy Reid and Sara Champion.

The exhibit will be a compilation of historic photographs and ephemera, researched and sourced from the historical society’s archives, and paired with original artwork by the artist.

For more information, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org, call 203-438-5821 or email ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net.

This exhibit is part of Ridgefield Remembers WWI, a town-wide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Founders Hall to host ‘Meals’ sampling

Meals on Wheels of Ridgefield (MOW) board members Michele Goodman and Debra Franceschini, along with RVNA dietician Meg Whitbeck, will lead an informational session at Founders Hall on Friday, June 22, at 1 p.m. Meals on Wheels provides nutritional lunches and dinners every day of the year to residents in need of assistance. There are no age or income restrictions, and financial assistance is available.

To demonstrate the quality of the meals, they will serve samples of entrees and desserts.

Founders Hall is located at 193 Danbury Road. This seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, go to founders-hall.org.