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Tech workshops at Ridgefield Continuing Education

Upcoming tech workshops full of essential tips, tricks, and insights into LinkedIn, Cyber Security, and more topics are available through Ridgefield Continuing Education. These classes are small to allow for Q and A and take place on Zoom. Tutorials are also available either in person or on Zoom.

Cyber Security: How to Protect Yourself on the Internet is the topic of a highly informative and interactive workshop, led by tech journalist Lance Whitney, where you will learn about specific precautions you can take to protect yourself, including how to better safeguard your identity, your personal information, your computer, and your mobile devices when going online. This class is on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Zoom. Cost is $40.

Intro to LinkedIn: One on One with tech author Lance Whitney (available most Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m.) takes you through the steps to create or update a LinkedIn profile that will promote your professional achievements.

Advance registration required. Ridgefield Seniors (age 62 and over) discount. Visit https://ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 for more information or to register. Excel Pivot Tables and Database Features, LinkedIn Custom Profile, eBay, iPad and software tutorials are also available in May and June.

Knitting

Studio Knitting classes are available through Ridgefield Continuing Education to help you start or continue a popular, fun, and productive hobby.  Beginning Knitters are provided practice needles and practice yarn until the participant determines a project. 

This class is for all levels from beginning to experienced. Instructor Liz Doty has taught knitting to students of all ages for years and can bring your skills to the next level. The next session starts on Tuesday, Aug. 16 (meets August 16 through September 27; 6 to 8 p.m.; 7 sessions; $171) at the Annex or join the Monday session from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. starting Aug. 8. Ridgefield Senior discount available. Advanced registration is required. Information at https://ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Historical Society Museum in the Streets cleaning

Last Thursday, the Ridgefield Historical Society took to the streets, using the “flower lady’s” summertime golf cart and traveling the length of Main Street with soap, sponges, and plenty of water to clean the Museum in the Streets historic plaques.

The peripatetic cleaning crew was led by Molly McGeehin, Town of Ridgefield and Ridgefield Historical Society Treasurer, with sidekicks and interns, Elizabeth Jasminski and Francesco Carro. Elizabeth is the 2022 Goldstone Family Foundation intern and Francesco is the 2022 Georgianne Kasuli intern, both at the Historical Society.

In addition to cleaning the plaques, the team took before and after photos, identified plaques in need of repair, and is preparing a complete debrief on the experience.

The Museum in the Streets exhibit was installed in 2008 as part of the 300th Anniversary Celebration of the Town of Ridgefield, and features 32 stations throughout the town with plaques sharing historic information and stories. In 2015, the Ridgefield Historical Society was selected to care for and maintain the exhibit. Maps and information on Museum in the Streets may be found at ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org, or on the large plaque on Bailey Avenue outside of Books on the Common, and at the Ridgefield Historical Society, 4 Sunset Lane.

Poets to read in Keeler Tavern Museum, History Center gardens

Poetry lovers are invited to enjoy a free, summer-evening poetry reading as “A Garden of Verse” welcomes poets B.K. Fischer and Suzanne Frischkorn to the historic walled gardens of the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.

Garden grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and the reading will take place at 7 p.m. Guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket. In the event of rain, the reading will move inside the Museum’s Garden House. There is parking on site.

The “A Garden of Verse” reading series is a project of Ridgefield Poet Laureate Barb Jennes. All events are free but donations are welcome.

Families hone their wilderness survival skills

Some good ol’ fashioned fun was had at Pleasantview Recreational Association (PVRA) Pool & Tennis Club this past weekend, a release said.

Dozens of families put their electronic screens away and pitched tents in the club’s field to hone their wilderness survival skills and spend the night in the great outdoors.

During the Camp Out weekend, kids had the chance to brave a 27-foot waterslide, participate in contests and field day games, roast s’mores and watch an outdoor movie. It was like overnight summer camp, except for families — the perfect opportunity for families to bond with each other and with other families, a release said.

Earliest to arrive were the experienced campers who had large, multi-room tents which they set up in record time. Then came the first-timers, many of whom had purchased tents that morning to make sure their kids did not miss out on the adventure. There were families of four huddled into small pup tents and members who managed to squeeze a king-size blow-up mattress into their tiny tent, leaving little room for much else.

The afternoon’s festivities kicked off with a pie-eating competition. Siblings stopped squabbling and cheered each other on as they competed by age category to see who could eat a large slice of pie the fastest, without using their hands. It was not pretty, but it was certainly entertaining.

Up next was a colossal game of musical chairs in which over 40 girls and boys of various ages competed. Kids were hyper-focused as they circled around the chairs trying to anticipate when the music might stop.

Then it was on to tug-of-war. The girls, which outnumbered the boys, took delight when they pulled the boys into an inflatable pool filled with ice water.

Water balloon races followed in which kids partnered up and walked as fast as they could to the finish line while holding a water-filled balloon between their backs. There were lots of laughs as the balloons slipped out and bounced on the grass.

There were also three-legged races and a 50-yard dash.

Kids proudly sported their gold, silver and bronze medals for the rest of the day.

When the sun began to set, it was time for glow necklaces and roasting s’mores. It was no holds barred as kids ate s’mores until they could eat no more.

At nightfall, it was time for the grand finale… an outdoor movie. Blankets and folding chairs were set up and kids gathered around to watch an animated film on a 20-foot screen.

Just before kids turned in for the night, there was one last treat… PVRA member and sixth-grade science teacher, Tom Rubeo, delighted kids with his high-powered telescope. Using software to track celestial objects, he shared his expertise of the night sky with the kids and helped them to locate Saturn.

Members who made it through the night, woke to sound of roosters crowing and the smell of coffee and hot breakfast being served up by Liberty Rock Tavern mobile truck.

It was a weekend that will not soon be forgotten.

PVRA is a pool and tennis club in the Ridgebury area of Ridgefield. It has been creating summer memories for families since 1972.

Birth announcement

Isaac Homer Lassiter V was born at 2:44 a.m. on Feb. 3 at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, Calif.. He weighed 8 lbs 13.5 ounces and was 21-inches long.

His parents, Isaac and Briana (Kresic) Lassiter, of Ellijay, Ga., welcomed him.

He is the grandson of Maryjane and Mladen Kresic of Ridgefield, and Isaac Lassiter III of Hot Springs, NC.

He is also the great-grandson of Maryjane and Leo Wisniewski of Brooklyn, NY, and Eva and Miljenko Kresic of Somers, NY.

Ridgefield resident publishes new novel book

Ridgefield resident Peter Antonucci just published his

latest novel,"Scandal at Sea: Billionaires in the Deep,” on Amazon in both Kindle and hard copy editions.

In the book, high-powered New York litigator Eva Lampedusa and her billionaire friends from Fairfield set sail on the world's largest mega-yacht to explore the Mediterranean.

It was meant to be a pleasure cruise, but things took an unexpected turn. Scandals, affairs, backstabbing, and danger set their vessel on a stormy course. From embezzlement schemes to inappropriate romances, from drug and alcohol abuse to murderous plots, the women who run the enterprise were forced to navigate their ship, Paradise, through the stormy seas if they hoped to save it from a watery grave.

Ridgefield artist honored at Rowayton Arts Center

A new show at the Rowayton Arts Center (RAC), “Photography and Sculpture,” is on view through Aug. 28. This exhibition features artwork by 65 area artists chosen from 200 online submissions.

The chair of the show is RAC Executive Director Andrea Letters. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. plus Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

RAC celebrates the study, creation and appreciation of the arts through classes, exhibitions and events open to all in the community. Visit rowaytonarts.org and follow @rowaytonarts.

Golf Academy in Ridgefield opens scholarship program

The Academy at GPC - a full service boarding school for female and male student-athletes in grades 6-12 that utilizes a highly-specialized educational model to allow for intensive golf training - announces a scholarship program in partnership with USA Junior Golf Federation, offering up to $1.1M to 12 deserving young athletes to attend The Academy at GPC in Ridgefield.

The program’s mission is to make a positive impact on juniors aspiring to play collegiate golf by providing unencumbered educational and athletic opportunities that allow every athlete regardless of age, race or socioeconomic background the chance to reach their dreams, while instilling honesty, discipline, integrity and cultural diversity that will ultimately better our society.

Selected on the basis of need and merit, scholarship awardees will receive tuition, room and board, meals on The Academy campus, specialized coaching, access to world-class golf facilities and technology, and entry into at least 10 local, regional and national competitive events. Scholarships may cover one, two or three academic years and are available to golfers graduating in 2024, 2025 or 2026. For additional eligibility criteria, visit here.

Friends of Weir Farm event on Saturday

The Friends of Weir Farm will host a family fun day focusing on dragonflies with fun dragonfly crafts and coloring. Find out how the park monitors mercury pollution through dragonfly larvae. Learn about the water cycle, and complete a water cycle activity, a release said.

Stop by the Friends of Weir Farm tent near the visitor center from 1 to 4 p.m. for an afternoon of special Junior Ranger activities. Earn a Junior Ranger badge by completing one of the fun dragonfly activities.

While you are at the park, hike to the pond to look for dragonflies or create artwork with art supplies that can be borrowed.

Step back into history and tour the Weir House and artists’ studios. Go on an Art Bears Scavenger Hunt and check out the colorful new outdoor Art Bears installation.

All activities are free and open to ‘kids’ of all ages. The event will be held rain or shine. No registration is required.