Ridgefield happenings: Flubber Bros., podcasting, and 'The Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History'
Flubber Bros. Make Music
Local singer/songwriters the Flubber Bros. will perform as part of the International Make Music Day on Friday, June 21, from 7-8 p.m., at the Marketplace at Copps Hill, 109 Danbury Rd.
Make Music Day brings free, community-wide, outdoor musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult summer reading program
Ridgefield Library’s Adult Summer Reading theme is “A Universe of Stories.” The program coincides with the children and teen summer reading programs that run June 21-July 31.
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 may also be dropped off at the Adult Services desk.
For more information and to register, visit ridgefeildlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.
One-on-one career and job search workshops are available through Ridgefield Continuing Education. Dates in addition to those listed below may be scheduled.
Resume Assistance, Interview Skills and Techniques, and Job Search Techniques may be scheduled on Fridays, June 21; July 12, 19 or 26, from 1 to 2 p.m., or at other times. Instructor Glenna McNally has more than 30 years’ experience in executive recruiting and human resources consulting and is owner of G. McNally Enterprises in Danbury.
Intro to LinkedIn One-on-One, Using LinkedIn for Your Job Search, and Interview Skills Training may be scheduled on Fridays, June 21; July 19 or 26, from noon to 1 p.m. Instructor Louzette Dovaras has more than 20 years of recruiting experience. Her strengths include corporate, IT and executive recruiting for national and international corporations.
These one-hour one-on-one workshops cost $49 each. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.
Art on Main opens
Ridgefield Art on Main opens on Friday, June 21, from 4-6 p.m. with an exhibition of floral paintings by local artists Viorica Ghetu-Vuono, Supriya Hermenze, Charles Gulbrandsen and Tom Johnson.
The exhibition is free and open to the public and will be on view through Aug. 1, during regular business hours at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 470 Main Street and Touch of Sedona, 452 Main Street.
For more information, visit ridgefieldartonmain.com.
Sciencetellers, creators of original story and science programs, will perform “Aliens: Escape from Earth” for children going into kindergarten through sixth grades as part of the Ridgefield Library’s summer reading program on Wednesday, June 26, from 6 to 6:45 p.m., at the library.
Children will learn about the science of power and energy through a story using several hands-on experiments.
The event is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library. For more information about Sciencetellers, visit sciencetellers.com or call Children’s Services at 203-438-2282, ext. 12002.
Author Peter Houlahan will discuss his recently released book Norco ’80 — The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History, at the Ridgefield Library on Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m. Houlahan will show photos, maps, and play the original audio recordings of police radio traffic and suspect interrogations to tell the story of Norco.
Houlahan is a freelance writer contributing to a wide range of publications. In his career as an emergency medical technician, he has written a number of articles related to his profession. He holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. A native of southern Californian, Houlahan now lives in Ridgefield.
This program is co-sponsored by the library and Books on the Common. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.
Tai Chi classes help participants develop core strength and flexibility; build bone density and strength; improve posture and sense of balance, and meet fitness goals. Ridgefield Continuing Education offers the following sessions.
Tai Chi Form for Beginners runs Fridays, July 12, 19, 26; Aug. 2 and 9, 10 to 11 a.m.
Tai Chi Exercises with Light Weights, Wednesdays, June 26; July 10, 17, 24, 31; Aug. 7 and 14, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. A Friday morning session meets June 28; July 12, 19, 26; Aug. 2 and 9, 10 to 11 a.m.
Yoga and Cardio classes that start in July also are available. Classes meet 5 to 9 sessions and cost $62 to $108. Ridgefield senior age 62 and older or disabled discount is available. Advance registration is required. To regiser, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.
Founders Hall art show
“Red, White, and Blue!” a colorful art show featuring the work of 30 Founders Hall artists, all students and fellow artists of local Ridgefield artist Tina Phillips, opens with a reception on Friday, June 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Carriage Barn at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC), 132 Main Street.
After the reception, the show will be open Saturday, June 29 through Sunday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. There will be special hours on July 4, when the show will be open during KTM&HC's Watermelon Fest and grand opening of the Visitor Center from noon to 3 p.m.
Admission is free. All artwork will be available for sale. A portion of the artists’ sales will go toward the restoration of the historic Carriage Barn. Purchases are by cash or check only; no credit cards will be accepted.
More information may be found at keelertavernmuseum.org and on Facebook.com/keelertavernmuseum.
The Ridgefield Library will present a three-week workshop called Podcasting for Beginners and Pros, on Saturday, June 29, July 6, July 13, at 10 a.m. This workshop is designed to bring value to both beginners and pros.
Facilitator is Scott Schulte, a former teacher who has had a 29-year broadcast radio career and is a podcast coach, a co-founder of two theater groups, and is also a member of SAG-AFTRA. This workshop is suitable for teens (16 and up) and adults.
To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282. By registering for the first session you will automatically be registered for all three sessions.
Sundays at the Schoolhouse
The Ridgefield Historical Society presents Sundays at the Schoolhouse June 30, from 1 to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The series is free to the public and engages visitors of all ages through interactive tours of the Peter Parley Schoolhouse and hands-on learning experiences with docents and historical craft makers from the Colonial era.
On June 30, Bill Duncan of the 5th Connecticut Regiment will give a living history presentation covering all aspects of the life of a Continental soldier, including uniforms, weapons, and personal accoutrements. There will be three, half-hour presentations at 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15 p.m.
The Peter Parley Schoolhouse, also known as the West Lane Schoolhouse or the Little Red Schoolhouse, was in operation from 1756 to 1915 and served five generations of Ridgefielders. On the tour, learn about Samuel Goodrich (alias Peter Parley), a Ridgefield native and one of the most famous children’s book authors of his time, who attended the school from 1799 to 1803.
For more information, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org, call 203-438-5821, or email email@example.com. The Sundays at the Schoolhouse program is supported by Fairfield County Bank.
Yoga classes help participants develop core strength and flexibility; build bone density and strength; improve posture and sense of balance, and meet fitness goals. New sessions are offered through Ridgefield Continuing Education.
Gentle Yoga with Shanta Marshall Ballou meets Mondays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5, from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.
Yoga with Stephanie Alana is Tuesdays, July 9 through Sept. 10 (no class Aug. 20 or Sept. 3), from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. or Wednesdays, July 10 through Sept. 11 (no class Aug. 21), from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.
Gentle Morning Yoga with Miriam Zernis runs Wednesdays, through Aug. 7 (no class July 3 or 24), from 8:40 to 9:50 a.m. Registration underway.
Tai Chi and Cardio classes starting in June and July also are on the website. Classes meet 5 to 9 sessions and cost $62 to $108. Ridgefield seniors age 62 and older or disabled discount is available. Advance registration is required. To register, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.
Summer Garden Care Clinic
A Summer Garden Care Clinic with expert horticulturist Eileen Burton is available through Ridgefield Continuing Education Tuesday, July 9 and 16, from 10 a.m.-noon, at the Annex, 66 Prospect St.
This clinic provides tips on garden maintenance, harvesting and troubleshooting for pests and a trip to the instructor’s flower and vegetable garden for a live demonstration. Directions to live demonstration (in Ridgefield) will be provided at the first class.
Cost is $49. Advance registration is required. A senior is discount available. To register, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.
An Italian Summer Conversation class for people who have completed previous sessions or have a comfortable command of the language is available through Ridgefield Continuing Education Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the town hall annex building.
This course is focused on practical conversation geared toward the individual level and vocabulary build up, plus individual projects open for discussion. There will be some assignments using “Italian Made Simple.” The instructor, Sylvana Serravezza is a native of Venice and teacher of Italian for many years at local universities and in Ridgefield Continuing Education.
Cost is $126. Ridgefield seniors, age 62 and older pay $101. Advance registration is required. Visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.
Art-Inspired Writing with Kim Kovach runs Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the town hall annex, 66 Prospect Street.
Participants will look at paintings from American artists including Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and John Singer Sargent. Each work of art aims to inspire fresh ideas for story writing with a little art history as a bonus.
Instructor Kim Kovach teaches fiction and nonfiction writing for adults in Connecticut and New York. The author of six fiction books, Kovach writes a weekly column for Halston Media and lifestyles articles for Westchester Senior Voice and Westchester Wellness.
Cost is $72. Advance registration is required. Ridgefielders age 62 and over pay $58. To register, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-733-0313.