Ridgefield happenings: Schoolhouse tours, escape room fund-raiser, and candlelight Christmas Eve services

The following are a list of upcoming events in town:

Historical Society offers private tours of Little Red Schoolhouse

The Ridgefield Historical Society maintains and operates the 1756 schoolhouse, also called the Little Red Schoolhouse, at West Lane and South Salem Road (Route 35). The historical society offers Sundays at the Schoolhouse monthly during the warmer months, but groups are also welcome to schedule a tour. An experienced guide will explain what learning was like at the school where many young Ridgefielders, including Samuel G. Goodrich (a.k.a. author Peter Parley), got their educational start.

The suggested donation is $10 for adults; free for kids under 16. The minimum group size is 4 and the maximum is 20. To schedule a tour, call 203-438-5821 or email ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net.

For more information about the schoolhouse, visit www.ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org/peter-parley-schoolhouse.

Library to host escape room fund-raiser in January

Madame Zolushka, a clairvoyant fortune teller, has gone missing from the carnival. Can you find her before The Bazaar of Mysteries leaves Ridgefield?  

The Bazaar of Mysteries is an escape room fund-raiser at the Ridgefield Library running from Jan. 4-21.

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.

Jesse Lee to host candlelight Christmas Eve services

Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church offers four opportunities to worship in candlelight services on Christmas Eve.

Traditional services will be held in the sanctuary at 4 and 6 p.m.

A contemporary service will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Carriage House, at the far end of the church parking lot.

And all are welcome to a traditional service with communion in the sanctuary at 11 p.m. A musical consort will be precede that service at 10:30.

Jesse Lee is at 207 Main Street. For more information, go to jesseleechurch.com.

Foreign language courses

French, Spanish, Italian, and German language classes start as early as Jan. 9 and early February through Ridgefield Continuing Education. 

These classes allow attendees to take the opportunity to step away from a rote computer program and into live, active learning of a foreign language. Beginning and continuing classes are available both day and evening.  

Tuition is $108 to $149 with an additional text fee.   

Instructors are native speakers or have lived in the country.  

Advance registration required. Course and teacher descriptions and dates are at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

iPhone for beginners

Beginner’s iPhone classes are available in January and February through Ridgefield Continuing Education.  

This two-hour class will show residents the ins and outs of Apple’s smartphone, including how to use e-mail, calendar, maps, and other core programs. The class focuses on the fundamentals:   Internet, messaging, FaceTime, apps, and use of the camera, Apple’s App Store and in addition offers tips for advanced use. Attendees bring their iPhone, Apple ID, password and charger to class. 

Class meets on Friday, Feb. 1, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (taught by Lance Whitney, Town Hall Annex) or Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (taught by Eileen Burton at Veterans Park School).

Cost is $39. Ridgefield seniors (age 62 and older) and disabled pay $31 per class. iPad, Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook are also available. Advance registration required. Info at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Real estate class

The next real estate principles and practices licensing class, available through Ridgefield Continuing Education, starts Wednesday, March 6. This 60-hour course meets the minimum requirements as set forth by the Connecticut Real Estate Commission and Department of Consumer Protection for application to take the sales associate exam. 

Instruction is led by Terry Hastings, who has taught the course in Ridgefield for many years. Lonnie Shapiro, Nick Davis, and additional licensed brokers with years of experience also teach some sessions. 

This class meets at East Ridge Middle School primarily on Mondays and Wednesdays with an occasional Tuesday or Thursday scheduled from 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tuition, including two texts is $449. Ridgefield seniors (age 62 and over) pay $371. Visit ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 for information.

Taste of Ridgefield to celebrate 20-year anniversary in January

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. Some of these organizations include, RVNA, Women’s Center of Greater Danbury,  Meals on Wheels, Keeler Tavern, the Ridgefield Symphony, CHIRP, and Ridgefield A Better Chance.

Fairfield County Bank is the event’s premium sponsor.  

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

Tickets are available now online at ridgefieldrotary.org.