Ridgefield happenings: Pre-K open houses, genealogy course, and blood drive at rec center

The following are a list of upcoming events in town:

Schools to host pre-kindergarten open houses

The Ridgefield Public Schools pre-kindergarten program is seeking peer models for the 2019-20 school year and will hold several informational open house screening sessions for the parents of peer models.

All sessions will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will be held at Barlow Elementary School, located at 115 Barlow Mountain Road.

The dates of the screenings are: Jan 25, Feb. 22, March 15, March 29 and April 26.

The pre-kindergarten program is an inclusive program for 3- and 4-year-old children who reside in Ridgefield. Parents and caregivers may learn more about the program, while their children participate in an informal screening that consists of child-friendly play based activities conducted by the staff.

The pre-kindergarten program is an integrated program designed for typically developing peers, as well as students with special needs to learn in a structured and nurturing environment. The curriculum is based upon the CT Early Learning and Development Standards in conjunction with the Connecticut State Education Preschool Frameworks, which emphasizes intentional teaching for children through active engagement, play, and multi-sensory experiences in multi-age classrooms.

Parents and caregivers are invited to attend with their 3- and 4-year old children.

If you are interested in attending, pre-register by contacting Sue Harris, sharris@ridgefieldps.net, or 203-894-5800, ext. 6111

Library to host community sing-along Jan. 6

Community Sing-Alongs led by Cantor Deborah Katchko Gray return at the Ridgefield Library Sunday, Jan 6. The library is co-sponsoring these sing-alongs with the cantor in the spirit of Pete Seeger and the singer songwriters of folk, Broadway and the American Songbook. Attendees are invited to bring their voices, tuned guitars, drums, friends, and family of all ages.

The cantor, who leads Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester and Fairfield Counties, is organizing these events. She has 10 recordings and a love of sharing music. All are welcome. Songbooks are provided. Those planning to attend should register at the library for each sing-along. You may also contact cantordebbie@gmail.com. For more information, call 203-438-2282.

Fitness classes

New sessions of Zumba and Barre-Lates 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, (8 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, Tai Chi, Express Sculpt, Calorie Burner, Pilates, 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 phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Buying and selling on eBay

Buying and Selling on eBay is a Ridgefield Continuing Education class that provides hands-on experience using eBay and can help you: buy old or new items with confidence; convert household clutter to cash; start an eBay business; and sell items to downsize a collection.  

Class meets on Thursdays, Jan. 24 and 31, (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) or Tuesdays, Feb. 5 and 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town Hall Annex (left of Yanity Gym). Cost is $79.  

Other tech and computer classes are also available. Info at ridgefieldschools.org or phone 203-431-2812.

Bridge for beginners

Bridge classes start soon through Ridgefield Continuing Education.

Beginner Bridge (Wednesdays, Jan. 30 through March 6; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) covers takeout doubles, the Stayman convention, Jacoby transfers, play of the hand techniques and more.   Bridge Continued (Tuesdays, Jan. 29 through March 12; 1 to 3 p.m.) is for players who know fundamentals and wish to improve both their bidding and playing out the hands.

Tips for both will be taught through the class reviewing hands after playing them. With the students, the teacher will decide on the emphasis for class learning.

All classes are six sessions. Cost is $128. Ridgefield senior discount available. Advanced registration required. To register, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call 203-431-2812.

Two-part genealogy course

Genealogy for Beginners, available through Ridgefield Continuing Education, will help you start researching your family history.  

The first class covers starting your family tree research, understanding relationships, finding sources of information, using the Internet to find records, and keeping track of records using popular software. The second session includes: studying the U.S. Census from 1790 through 1930, locating immigration records, reading ships’ manifests, using other available records, and a brief introduction to finding records outside the U.S..  

Class size is limited. This class meets Wednesdays, Jan. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. and Jan. 30 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Cost is $49. Ridgefield seniors age 62 and over pay $39. Additional classes in French Genealogy (Feb. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.) and German Genealogy (Feb. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.) are also available. Advance registration is required. Info at ridgefieldschools.org or call 203-431-2812.

First Congregational to host class on behavioral challenges

Do you have a child or teen with emotional or behavioral difficulties?

NAMI Basics is a free, six-session educational program for parents/caregivers of children and teens, under the age of 18, with emotional or behavioral difficulties. The class is taught by a trained team of volunteers with lived experience.

You'll learn facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, school, and when getting medical care.

Class will begin on Thursday, Jan. 17, and will run for six consecutive weeks from 6:30- 9 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 103 Main Street.

For questions and registration, contact Karen at namisouthwestct@gmail.com or 203-984-8329.

Rec center to host blood drive Jan. 3

Ridgefield residents may give blood at the rec center, 125 Danbury Road, Thursday, Jan. 3, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Appointments may be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross blood donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).