Community news: 18 chosen books donated to Ridgefield Community Kindergarten program, and more

The Max Michael Rosenfield Foundation has donated 18 specially chosen books to the Ridgefield Community Kindergarten program.

The Max Michael Rosenfield Foundation has donated 18 specially chosen books to the Ridgefield Community Kindergarten program.

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Career workshops through Ridgefield Continuing Education

Four separate career workshops, all one on one to offer you individualization and confidentiality, are available through Ridgefield Continuing Education. Asses your skills and interests, develop a search strategy, set up or improve your LinkedIn profile, and learn interview skills, a release said.

Workshops include Career Assessments, Intro

to LinkedIn One on One, Resume Assistance and Job Search and Interview Techniques

For more information, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call 203-431-2812.

Movement classes

Take a movement class and maintain fitness, tone, flexibility, balance, and reduce stress this summer through Ridgefield Continuing Education.

Both in-person and Zoom classes are available starting in June and July. Some classes have a Zoom option available.

Classes include Fit and Tight with Barre-Lates,

Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and Tai Chi.

For more information, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call 203-431-2812.

Max Michael Rosenfield Foundation annual Ridgefield Community Kindergarten book donation

The Max Michael Rosenfield Foundation is making its annual donation of “18” specially chosen books to Ridgefield Community Kindergarten.

The books are a gift to celebrate Max Rosenfield and to share his love of reading, a release said.

Author Fiona Davis to speak at Ridgefield Library

On Wednesday, June 22, at 7 p.m. the Ridgefield Library welcomes author Fiona Davis. Davis is a New York Times bestselling author of six historical fiction novels set in iconic New York City buildings including “The Magnolia Palace,” “The Masterpiece,” “Chelsea Girls,” “The Dollhouse,” “The Address,” and “The Lions of Fifth Avenue” — which was a Good Morning America book club pick. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

The Library’s co-sponsor for this event, Books on the Common, will have Davis’s books for sale and signing.

Visit ridgefieldlibrary.org to register for the program or call 203-438-2282. The library is located at 472 Main St. in Ridgefield

Unheard Voices: A Theatrical Performance at Ridgefield Library

At 4 p.m. on June 19, the Juneteenth holiday and Father’s Day, Ridgefield Library will present “Unheard Voices,” by Judy Tate. This theatrical event commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, a release said. The performance is a collection of original monologues with music and drumming. It will run one hour and be followed by a talkback.

To register, visit ridgefieldparksandrec.org or call 203-438-2282

Portfolio prodigy wins SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite competition

At 17 years old, eleventh-grader Corrie Vakil of Ridgefield has developed an investment strategy primed for long-term financial success, a release said. Vakil’s vision of how to invest judiciously for the future cinched her a win in the SIFMA Foundation’s Spring 2022 InvestWrite competition.

Beating out thousands of other students around the country competing in the high school division, Vakil, who attends Ridgefield High School, researched and composed a long-term financial plan and now she is being recognized nationally and as the first place high school winner in the state of Connecticut.

Ridgefield Arts Council to present ‘Music and Art In The Park’

The Ridgefield Arts Council is kicking off Make Music Ridgefield with Music and Art In The Park on Sunday, June 19, in Ballard Park, from 12:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Local musicians will be performing throughout the day and artists will have their work on display at this free event.

This is Ridgefield’s first Music and Art In The Park event. All artists are welcome to create, display and sell their art. To participate or for a complete schedule, contact Ridgefield Arts Council member Jennifer Dineen at ridgefield@makemusicday.org or call 484-639-7141.

Instrument Donations at Sedona Art

Kiwanis Club of Greater Danbury is collecting new or used instruments that will be donated to schools to assist children who can't afford renting or buying instruments. Donations are being accepted at Sedona Art, 450 Main Street, Ridgefield.

For more information on artist and venue registration visit makemusicday.org/ridgefield

Ridgefield Arts Council hosts Annual Behind the Scenes Honors

The Ridgefield Arts Council held their annual Behind the Scenes Honors on June 8 at the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center. The award ceremony highlights the mission-critical efforts of volunteers who support the town’s many art and culture organizations, a release said.

This year, 20 volunteers were recognized for their exceptional commitment and dedication to their respective organizations and to the town at large.

Honorees, representatives from the art and culture organizations, and family and friends celebrated in Keeler Tavern’s Garden and enjoyed conversation and mingling before First Selectman Rudy Marconi and Pamme Jones, Arts Council member and leader of the event, presented the awards.

Keeler Kids registration is open for the summer

The summer experience is designed for kids going into grades 1 to 8. Each week-long program offers kids the chance to explore local history through the lens of museum stories.

Learn about life at the historic Keeler Tavern and see how they preserve and share their history through creative, interactive, and hands-on activities including crafts, games, songs, stories, and foods.

For more information, visit keelertavernmuseum.com.

Keeler Tavern Museum seeks gardeners

Gardeners: Love to work with plants? Help us maintain our beautiful and historic gardens - the volunteer Gardening Committee meets Wednesday mornings throughout the summer and early fall.

To learn more and to volunteer, email info@keelertavernmuseum.org.

Keeler Tavern Museum July 4th celebration

The July 4th celebration is an annual community event celebrating the Fourth of July and commemorating the opening day of the museum on July 4, 1966.

The historic tavern museum will be open for station tours, there will be an official reading of the Declaration of Independence, and there will be fun family games and activities - including a dunk tank - and slices of watermelon for visitors of all ages. All programming is free and open to the public.

Various musical acts will be featured - check the website for updates as groups are announced. Performances will take place rain or shine.

Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center open more days each week from

June through October

Visitors have more opportunities to learn and explore on site: Take a tour, see exhibits, and discover new programs. The Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours go out every hour on the half hour.