Community: Sugarbeads fair, star chef honoree distinction, first art studio reopens, more news

A workshop in one of the gardens at the Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center.

A workshop in one of the gardens at the Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center.

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GED, ESL classes

English as a Second Language (ESL), General Education Development (GED), Credit Diploma Program and Adult Basic Education (ABE) are available free of charge to Ridgefield residents ages 17 and older; for the ESL program, classes are available to residents ages 18 and older.

Registration for GED, ABE and credit diploma classes is open now through Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. for both returning and new students. Students must bring a transcript and ID. New students are encouraged to call 203-797-4731 or email adultedinfo@danbury.k12.ct.us for class time and location and to set up a guidance appointment prior to registration. Classes are scheduled to start Sept. 7.

Registration for ESL and citizenship classes is open now through Aug. 19 at noon for both returning and new students in Danbury. Students must bring a proof of address and ID. Classes are slated to start in early September. For class time and location, call 203-501-4216.

Tech workshops through Ridgefield Continuing Education

Ridgefield Continuing Education will be offering tech workshops full of essential tips, tricks and insights into Google Apps, LinkedIn and other topics this August.

On Aug. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be a “Using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter” workshop that will focus on what these sites offer, how to set up accounts and profiles, how to promote oneself and how to join groups and contribute to virtual communities.

On Aug. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be a “Google Docs” class that will cover the basics of editing and sharing on Google’s free, cloud-based platform and how to create and share word-processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations compatible with Microsoft Office. Class participants must have their Google account and password handy so they can sign into Google Docs for the class.

Advance registration is required, and there is a discount for Ridgefield seniors ages 62 and older. To register or find prerequisites, visit www.ridgefieldschools.org.

Ridgefield Continuing Education exercise classes

Ridgefield Continuing Education will be offering exercise classes to community members in August.

Starting Aug. 1, Ridgefield Continuing Education will host a new session of the “Fit and Tight with Barre Workout” with instructor Pat Anikewich. This seven-session workout will combine aspects of Barre, Pilates, stretch, muscle conditioning and low-impact cardio; use of light weights is optional. Classes will be held on Mondays from Aug. 1 to Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 6:25 p.m. with no class on Sept. 5. The cost is $87 per person and classes will be held in person at the Town Hall Annex (66 Prospect Street in Ridgefield); a Zoom option will be made available.

Anikewich will also hold a Full Body Strength and Workout Class on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting Aug. 4 through Sept. 15. Classes are $87 per person and will be held in the Town Hall Annex with a Zoom option available.

Ridgefield Continuing Education will host Tai Chi Exercise classes on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Yoga classes will be held Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:45 a.m. and Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. Both the Tai Chi Exercise classes and Yoga classes are available in-person at the Town Hall Annex and over Zoom.

There are discounts available to Ridgefield seniors ages 62 and over. Advance registration is required.

To register, visit www.ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

The Meetinghouse hosts

“A Lazy Afternoon”

On Aug. 14 at 4 p.m., The Meetinghouse, 605 Ridgebury Road in Ridgefield, will host “A Lazy Afternoon” featuring songs curated from American standards, musical theater and popular culture.

Guests are invited to enjoy Ridgefield Theater Barn Executive Director Pamme Jones’ signature brand of storytelling and songs featuring music by Adam Gwon, Jason Robert Brown, Frank Sinatra and Rodgers & Hart, among others. Jones will be joined by special guest Duane Lanham, with Lisa Riggs Hobbs at the helm of “A Lazy Afternoon” for musical direction and accompaniment.

Priced at $25 per person, tickets may be purchased online at www.meetinghouse.life.

Zoe & Co Sugarbeads hosts Summer Art and Jewelry Fair

Zoe & Co Sugarbeads, 393 Main St. in Ridgefield, will be hosting a Summer Art and Jewelry Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 6. The store will feature many Ridgefield artists and jewelry makers that will be showing and selling their works. Visitors will be able to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at the fair.

Volunteer David Cordisco earns Star Chef Honoree distinction

Ridgefield resident David Cordisco was recently named “Star Chef Honoree” by Lasagna Love, a distinction given to 10 volunteers each year for their tireless support of the cause and their local community. A lifelong volunteer and supporter of the community, Cordisco has been a volunteer with Lasagna Love for 18 months and works to make and deliver at least four meals a week.

Star Chef Honorees will receive special gifts from Lasagna Love and supporters, RAGU® and Emile Henry, and broad recognition across Lasagna Love’s social media platforms.

Throughout its National Lasagna Day celebration, Lasagna Love will be hosting hundreds of large-scale delivery events to support individual families, first responders, local fire departments, homeless shelters, retirement homes, food banks, Ronald McDonald Houses and various nonprofit community support organizations.

Keeler Tavern Museum summer programs

From interactive tours and stunning formal gardens to new exhibits and exciting programs, Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, 152 Main St. in Ridgefield, has something for everyone this summer. Additionally, thanks to the state’s Connecticut Summer at the Museum initiative, all Connecticut kids ages 18 and under and an accompanying adult get free site admission now through Sept. 5.

New for this summer, the museum will be prototyping “War at Home,” which shares the experiences of the residents of the site during the 1777 Battle of Ridgefield. As part of the museum’s reinterpretation project, staff are making sure the stories told are inclusive and representative with special emphasis on amplifying the voices of former residents whose stories have not been told.

The museum will also be offering a series of collaborative public programs with community partners like the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra and the Ridgefield Poet Laureate all summer long. Visitors are invited to join the museum outdoors for Music at the Museum and Poetry in the Keeler Tavern Museum Gardens. For a more sustained immersion in arts and culture tailored specifically for kids, they can check out the Keeler Kids summer program for the weeks of Aug. 1 and Aug. 8. Participants will have the opportunity to build their own “cabinet of curiosities” or design and install an exhibit to be displayed to the public this summer.

For more information about site admission, CT Summer at the Museum discounts, public programs and Keeler Kids visit www.keelertavernmuseum.org. Additional information (including updates about on-site and virtual programming and event and rental availability of the Garden House) can be found by visiting @KeelerTavernMuseum on Facebook and Instagram, @KeelerTavern on Twitter, or by emailing info@keelertavernmuseum.org. For inquiries about school programs and digital learning experiences, email education@keelertavernmuseum.org.