Community: Ridgefield Continuing Education seminar, classes, more news

Ridgefield Continuing Education seminar and classes

Residents are invited to tune into Zoom this month for the Ridgefield Continuing Education program’s upcoming classes.

On July 20, tech author and instructor Lance Whitney will teach attendees tricks and techniques for successful selling on eBay through the class “How to Sell Items on eBay.” As well as setting up eBay and PayPal accounts, pricing and preparations, attendees will learn how to increase their chances of a sale, work with buyers, ship items and deal with potential issues. On July 22, Whitney will host a “Get the Most Out of Your iPhone” class from 10 a.m. to noon. Attendees are invited to have their iPhones handy during the class where they’ll learn how to use their phone’s apps and programs. Both classes will be held over Zoom, and advance registration is required. Admission for Ridgefield seniors ages 62 and up is $34.

Residents are invited to dive into United States history through the “Build Your Own History Book” program on Thursday, July 21, Hosted by Sticker Book Publishing founder David Plaue, the class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ridgefield Town Hall Annex (66 Prospect S.t) and will focus on icons in United States History. Advance registration is required; cost of admission is $31 per person and $26 for seniors ages 62 and over. For an additional $19.95, participants can purchase a sticker book.

Long-term history teacher Nancy Maxwell will lead the Ridgefield Continuing Education history seminar “A Woman Question” on July 27. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., attendees will learn about some of the courageous women that dedicated their lives in pursuit of women’s rights. Admission is $29 per person and $25 for seniors ages 62 and over. Advance registration is required.

For more information on these classes and others, visit or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Ridgefield fourth grader wins first place in Invention Convention

Among the students that recently returned from the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, Evelyn Klimowicz, a fourth grader from Ridgefield, was recognized as one of the convention’s first place winners for her Handy Hound Handle invention.

The Invention Convention is designed to help young inventors build lifelong confidence in their invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship abilities. Students who participate in Invention Convention are future leaders to watch, all impacting fields like engineering, public health, ecology and more even at a young age.

Educational nature trail earns Eagle Scout honors

Troop 431 recently celebrated the creation of an educational nature trail along Ridgebury Slope and Peterson Gorge Trails. The trail project was undertaken by scout Joseph Isaac, who reached out to Ridgebury Elementary School Principal Jamie Palladino for ideas for his Eagle Scout project. Palladino suggested creating an educational nature trail that would be used by Ridgebury students and the broader community; highlight the area’s native and invasive flora and fauna of the area; and could be integrated into the school’s science curriculum.

Initially envisioned to include 10 signs, the project grew to include a total of 24 signs that were installed over the course of several weeks. Between initial conception to the final stages of completion, the project took 24 months to finish. The graphic design and layout of the signs were edited and finalized by former Ridgebury High School student Skyla Campbell; additional graphic design assistance was provided by Priscilla Prentice. Once the signs were finalized and approved by the Ridgefield Conservation Commission, the sign posts and signage were installed with help from Isaac’s fellow scouts and scout leaders from Troop 431. The project was generously supported by funds from the Ridgefield Conservation Commission, the Ridgebury Elementary School PTA and private donations.

Muse & Music Evening Cabaret

The Ridgefield Library (472 Main St) invites residents to join in a festive evening of songs, stories and more at the library’s Muse & Music Evening Cabaret on Friday, July 22.

From 7 to 9 p.m., the event will spotlight new works from Westport Writers’ Workshop writers and original music from Charlie Widmer and Tom Polizzi, both of the renowned bluegrass band On the Trail. Also on tap are singer-songwriter and author Chris Belden, and author and singer Adele Annesi as emcee. The library’s lineup of fiction and historical fiction writers will feature Patrick Alarcon, Tory Bilski, Debora Graves, Nikki Katt, David Mangini, Jillian Ross, Julie Stachowiak, Jay Thumar and Svea Vocke.

Hosted by the Ridgefield Library and sponsored by Word for Words, the cabaret-style evening includes a wine and cheese reception and opportunities to meet the writers and musicians. The event is free and open to the public, with registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residents must register by July 22 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the library’s website at

‘Maritime Art: From Ship to Shore’

On July 25 at 6:30 p.m., Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman of ArtScapades will look at how the sea has been depicted in fine art at the Ridgefield Library’s “Maritime Art: From Ship to Shore” program. From 17th century realistic seascapes to 20th century abstract water views, the program’s featured artists will include James Mallord William Turner, Friedrich Casper, Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Paul Signac and Winslow Homer (attached image, “On the Lee Side”). Wine and cheese will be made available.

To register for the program, visit or call 203-438-2282.

‘Shackleton’ screening at Ridgefield Library

The Ridgefield Library will present a special screening of the documentary “Shackleton, the Story of Endurance” on Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m.

This event is part of the libary’s summer reading program “Ocean of Possibilities.” To register to attend the screening, visit or call 203-438-2282.

New Castle Hotels & Resorts appoints new general manager

Guido Kerpel, COO of New Castle Hotels & Resorts, recently announced that Glenn Bowie was named general manager of the Westin Nova Scotian.

Bowie has worked with New Castle for more than 25 years and most recently served as the area director of sales and marketing for the company’s Canadian Division. In that role, he was responsible for the leadership and overall direction of sales and catering for six of New Castle’s Canadian properties.

Before working for New Castle, Bowie spent 12 years in the sales department of the Westin Nova Scotian, where he worked as area director of sales, director of sales and director of corporate sales. He received his Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) Degree from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Bowie has also been recognized as the recipient of many professional awards and accolades, including New Castle’s top salesperson and Leader of the Year.

Linens & Lemonade

P.E.O. Chapter G invites residents to browse a variety of linens, quilts and other materials at its Linens & Lemonade event on Aug. 16 and Aug 17.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, the event will be held in the historic Carriage Barn (132 Main St.). Free parking and refreshments will be made available. Through the generous donation of a local collector, the P.E.O. will have over 100 quilt toppers, quilts, linens, embroidery, tatting and other items for attendees to peruse and purchase. Cash, checks and Venmo will be accepted, and residents can enjoy a cool glass of lemonade during their visit to the event.