Community news: Battle of Ridgefield project and more

Historical society names company for Battle of Ridgefield project

The Ridgefield Historical Society has selected the Heritage Consultants LLC, company, of Newington whose principals have extensive experience with historical sites in the state, to conduct research into the Battle of Ridgefield under the Society’s National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program (NPS ABPP) grant.

Email bor.grant@ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-438-5821 for more information.

First-ever spring boutique in the barn

The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center is having its first-ever spring boutique in its Carriage Barn, March 25-27, and April 1-3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The barn is located at 132 Main St. in Ridgefield. The center is located at 152 Main St.

Atria Ridgefield completes COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The Atria Ridgefield, at 55 Old Quarry Road, had its final COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Feb. 15 as part of the assisted senior living facility’s “Sleeve Up Atria” campaign to vaccinate the company’s residents and employees. Visit: www.atriaseniorliving.com/media-resources/ for information about Atria’s response to the new virus.

Continuing education offering foreign language classes

Multiple levels of French, Italian and Spanish language classes start in late March and early April in Ridgefield Continuing Education. These live Zoom classes allow you to step away from a rote computer program and into interactive learning of a foreign language. Beginner 2 and Intermediate to Advanced classes available both day and evening. Tuition $159, to $181 with an additional text fee. Ridgefield senior citizens (age 62-years-old, and over) discount available. Instructors are native speakers or have lived in the country. Advance registration is required. Course, teacher descriptions, text information, dates and time are at https://ridgefieldschools.org, or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Voice-over classes offered

Voice-overs . . . “Now is Your Time,”class, available through the Ridgefield Continuing Education program, will show participants how they can begin using their speaking voice for commercials, films, videos and more. This is a business that they can handle on their own terms, in their own time, and with practically no overhead. Instructor Nicole Porche built her career as a professional film, television, theater and voice-over actor. Porchehas starred in TV series on Lifetime, The Food Network and Spike TV. She has earned credits as an acting coach, casting director, producer and film director and has been featured in television shows: “Rolling Out,” “Celebrity Net Worth,” and more. This workshop meets. March 20 from 10 a.m. to noon in an online webinar. Advance registration is required. A secure link will be sent to people who have registered. Tuition is $31. Ridgefield senior citizens, ages 62-years-old, and over pay $25. Visit https://ridgefieldschools.org, or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 to register.

Workout classes continuing

Spring is coming and it’s a good time to start a workout program that will have people invigorated, fit and toned with some individual modifications, available through the Ridgefield Continuing Education program in the convenience of their home on Zoom.

Fit and Tight, a low-impact cardio, core, and muscle conditioning workout for all levels starts March 22 (meets March 22, March 29; April 5, April 19, April 26, and May 3 and May 10, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.)

Barre-Lates, a fitness fusion of Barre work and classical Pilates is available. In this class you will lengthen, tone and condition core using light (2 pound) weights and bands. All fitness levels welcome. A new session class starts March 23, (and also meets March 30; April 6, April 20, April 27, and May 4 and May 11, 5:30 to 6:25 p.m.)

Full Body Strength and Cardio Workout, a low impact cardio, weight training and core workout, starts March 25 at 6 p.m. (seven sessions; March 25; April 1, April 8, April 22, April 29 and May 6 and May 13).

Instructor Patricia Anikewich holds many group exercise certifications and has years of teaching experience. Have water and a mat available. These seven session classes cost $86. Ridgefield senior citizens, ages 62-years-old, and over pay $69. Advance registration is required. Tai Chi Exercises, Dance Toning and Stretch, and Yoga classes are in progress and available. Visit https://ridgefieldschools.org, or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 for more info.

iPad classes set

Just bought an iPad and want to get more out of it? How to Get the Most out of your iPad is the topic of a Ridgefield Continuing Education course with Lance Whitney, a tech author, who will show you the ins and outs of Apple's popular tablet. Have your iPad handy during our live and interactive online Zoom class and see how to use email, calendar, maps and other basic programs. Learn how to take photos and videos, listen to music and podcasts, and organize your apps. You will also look at Apple's App Store where you can download a wide variety of apps, both free and paid.

This workshop meets Thursday, March 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuition is $39. Ridgefield senior citizens (ages 62-years-old, and over) pay $31. Advance registration is required. Other classes starting soon include Facebook, eBay, Photoshop Elements, Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Visit https://ridgefieldschools.org for information, or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

American Legion sponsoring essay contest

The American Legion Post 78 of Ridgefield is sponsoring an essay contest to promote the principles of Americanism and the responsibilities of citizenship. All Ridgefield High School seniors are encouraged to participate.

Cash prizes will be awarded to winners. Interested students may obtain information about the contest from the High School Guidance Office. The deadline for submission of essays to the Guidance Office is April 19.

Meet legislators

The League of Women Voters of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield Library will present a Meet Your Legislators webinar via Zoom March 20 at 10 a.m.

Connecticut state Rep. Aimee Berger-Girvalo, (district 111), state Rep. Kenneth Gucker, (district 138), and state Sen. Will Haskell, (district 26), will discuss what is happening at the state Capitol, and let their constituents know where they stand on important issues. They will also provide insight into the current legislative session and discuss the bills before the current session that are of particular interest to the league, and their constituents.

Email inforlwv@gmail.com to pre-register to send in questions for the legislators from March 13- 17. Questions must be brief, or general interest to the audience, and about state business, and not about personal matters. There will be no live Q&A. Register to receive the Zoom link at ridgefieldlibrary.org, or call 203-438-2282.

Dutch golden age paintings being presented

Michael Norris will present a live webinar ARTalk which focusses on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings by Frans Hals, Jan Vermeer, Rembrandt von Rijn and others, March 14, at 2 p.m.

This ARTalk will begin with a concise history of the Dutch — how they broke away from Spain, set up their own republic and came to be a wealthy world power during the 17th century. Norris will talk about how Dutch art during this heyday was plentiful, of high quality and rather realistic focusing mostly on portraits, scenes of everyday life.

ARTalks are co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Register to receive the Zoom webinar link at ridgefieldlibrary.org, or by calling 203-438-2282.

Hiring technologies after COVID-19 topic of webinar

Marcia LaReau will present a Ridgefield Library Zoom webinar about hiring technologies following COVID-19 March 16, at 6 p.m. LaReau will discuss recruitment changes, social recruiting, video screening, mobile apps, ATS, (Automation Tooling Systems): impact of 5G, Big Data and AI (artificial intelligence.)

LaReau is a well-known and respected professional in the field of job search and employment. She has held positions such as college professor, project manager, and learning technologist. LaReau has also worked in HR where she studied how employees were hired, integrated into the work environment, and evaluated. She is co-author of the book, “Careermageddon: Cracking the 21st Century Career Code.”

This program is part of the Library's Find a Job: Career and Job Search Series. Register to receive the Zoom link at ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

UCONN Geoscience offering course at Ridgefield High School

UCONN Geoscience is a brand-new lab course at Ridgefield High School.This full-year science course explores the interdisciplinary nature of geology, meteorology, oceanography and astronomy.

With hands-on investigations, environmental case studies and local field trips, students will gain an appreciation and understanding of how specific environmental conditions like soil types and drainage patterns have led to historical settlement and development behaviors by human communities all around the world. Students who complete the course will now have the option of earning STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), science credits from the University of Connecticut through their Early College Experience Program.

Interested students should discuss this course with their guidance counselor while planning their studies, next year, 2021-2022.

Fund raises more than $35,000

The Friends of Ridgefield Restaurant and Community Support Fund has raised more than $35,000 since it started its fundraising effort to help restaurants in the town on Feb. 1, through GoFundMe donations at the nonprofit organization’s website: dineridgefield.com.

Bob Hebert is the organizer of the effort. Hebert is also a selectman and a member of the town’s fire commission. The fund also did a seven day $100,000 goal challenge Feb. 23, to March 1.

World War II, aftermath in Europe seminar happening

World War II and its Aftermath in Europe is a Ridgefield Continuing Education history seminar led by Nancy Maxwell, a veteran history teacher with the class starting April 6, and continuing April 13, April 20 and April 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Zoom. The cost is $74. Ridgefield seniors ages 62-years-old, and over pay $59. Advance registration is required. Visit https://ridgefieldschools.org, or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

The seminar explores the terms of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, to the political appeasement of the 1930s, financial crises, social upheavals, and rise of fascism and communism. This course will examine the causes of World War II, provide an overview of the war itself and review the decisions of the peacemakers after Germany surrendered in 1945.

Participants will also look at the stages, operations, and theaters of the war against the Axis powers, including the “phony war,” the occupation of France, the German advance to the east, the Allied assault on “Fortress Europe,” the war in the Pacific, and the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Visit https://ridgefieldschools.org/writhist.html for a more detailed description.