Community news: Town named City of Compassion; true justice, photography

Photography classes scheduled

The Photography: Camera Settings and Features — Beyond Auto Mode, available through Ridgefield Continuing Education, is for beginner and intermediate photographers using a DSLR camera (no point and shoot) and explores the key DSLR camera features and settings so you learn how and when to use them and take the camera off Auto. Learn about the shooting, focusing and metering modes, as well as depth of field, motion blur/freeze/pan, exposure compensation, histograms, and bracketing.

Bonus material provided. Instruction is live on Zoom. Instructor Deborah Tual is a professional photographer with more than 25 years of experience. Class meets March 10, 17 and 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Advance registration required. Cost is $74. Ridgefield Seniors (age 62 and over) pay $59. Visit https://ridgefieldschools.org/ or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 for more information or to register.

Dance, toning, stretch classes set

Dance Toning and Stretch classes will provide cardio exercise, muscle training and total body conditioning live, on Zoom through Ridgefield Continuing Education. Instructor Motoko Kuroda starts each class with core muscle toning, followed by low-impact dance exercises. The choreography is easy to follow and no dance experience is needed. The class concludes with relaxing stretches (with no head-down positions). Wear comfortable clothing and shoes with good support. You’ll need a yoga mat, water bottle and towel handy and plan to sweat. Classes meet March 8, 15, 22, 29 and Apr. 5 or March 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. Follow up classes start later in April. It costs $62.

Discount for Ridgefield Seniors, age 62-years-old, and over. Advanced registration is required. Details at https://ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Instructor guiding Gentle Yoga sessions

Gentle Yoga guided by Beverly Leighton, who gives mindful suggestions that will help sculpt and tone the body, starts March 4 and meets from 5 to 6 p.m. (six sessions).

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Emma Tenley combines a gentle flow Vinyasa with slow and meditative yin yoga. New classes start March 18 and April. Either night class meets from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. (seven sessions).

Yoga with Miriam Zernis, who studied in India to become an internationally certified Sivananda Yoga Master, starts March 22 (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; eight sessions); Gentle Evening Yoga starts March 16 (5:45 to 6:45 p.m.; eight sessions) and Gentle Yoga for Body, Mind, and Spirit starts March. 17 (8:45 to 9:55 a.m.; eight sessions).

Participants will need a mat, blocks, blanket or towel, and a water bottle. Barre-Lates, Cardio and Core, Dance Toning, and a variety of Tai Chi classes are also available. Most classes meet six or eight sessions and cost $73 to $98. Ridgefield Senior (age 62 and older) or disabled discount available. Advanced registration required. Visit https://ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 to register.

RVNAhealth StayWELL Services wins ‘Employer of Choice’ Award

The home care agency RVNAhealth announces that its StayWELL service line has received a 2021 Best of Home Care - Employer of Choice Award from the home care industry’s leading firm in satisfaction research and quality assurance, Home Care Pulse. The award recognizes the top performing non-medical home care agencies in the U.S., and is based upon unfiltered caregiver satisfaction feedback.

In addition to the Home Care Pulse Employer of Choice Award, RVNAhealth is also an eight-time winner of the Hearst Media Top Workplaces Award. To learn more about RVNAhealth and our StayWELL services. Visit rvnahealth.org/services/stay-well/ or call 203-438-5555. To meet some of its exceptional caregivers, Visit its Meet the Caregivers webpage to meet some of its caregiver.

Ridgefield to be designated City of Compassion

On March 1, Ridgefield earns the distinction of being designated as a City of Compassion and joins the International Charter of Compassion. Three years ago, a group of residents founded the non-profit organization, Compassionate Ridgefield, to foster greater compassion, respect and civility within the town.

To draw attention to this effort, the organization in collaboration with the Ridgefield Arts Council, has created 10 banners, each with a single word, that illustrate essential qualities of compassion. The banners will adorn the light posts along the Main Street in the town, and in the Copps Hill area of town for the month of March hopefully drawing attention to the importance of compassion in the stressful world today. Visit www.compassionateridgefield.org for more information.

Caleb Wright guest artist at St. Stephen’s Church concert

Caleb Wright, a bass baritone singer, will be a guest artist at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s concert in honor of Black History Month, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. The church is located at 351 Main St. in Ridgefield. The event will highlight the contributions of Black musicians, and composers and will feature rarely heard classical works by African American composers. It will be livestreamed, with no in-person audience. A $20 donation is suggested, and more generous sponsorships are also welcome. Register for the event at https://st-stephens-blackhistoryconcert.eventbrite.com/ .

Library, league presenting online program

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Ridgefield Library, The League of Women Voters of Ridgefield, and Books on the Common present an online program, “Did She Just Say That? Women’s Voices, Impropriety, and The Power of Speaking Up,” on March 4 at 7 p.m. Register to receive the Zoom link at ridgefieldlibrary.org, or by calling 203-438-2282.

True justice documentary screening, discussion

The Ridgefield Library will present an online screening and discussion of the documentary “True Justice” on Feb. 28, starting at 1 p.m. To receive the Zoom link (and the link to watch the film if you would like to do that in advance of the program) register at ridgefieldlibrary.org, or by calling 203-438-2282.

Library programs for March

Job Search Work Team, online, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., weekly beginning March 2, register, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org

Non-fictioneers Book Discussion Group, online, March 2, 7 p.m., register, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org

Murder by the Book Mystery Book Discussion Group, online, March 4, 10:30 a.m., register, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org

Did She Just Say That? Women’s Voices, Impropriety, and the Power of Speaking Up with Gina Barreca, online webinar, March 4, 7 p.m., register, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org

Mindfulness and Meditation, March 5, 12, 19, 26 at noon, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org

Poetry in Search of the Sacred, online, March 6, 10 a.m., register, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282, ridgefieldlibrary.org

A Better Chance first virtual event fundraiser happening

Ridgefield A Better Chance, (RABC), invites the community to its first virtual event fundraiser, a “Celebration of Education” March 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. Register for the event, and view donation opportunities, and raffle items,for it at www.ridgefieldabc.org. Once registered, registrants will receive an email with the video link prior to March 4. People who are interested in the program can also buy tickets, or donate to it before the program to be eligible to win a pair of Apple AirPods Pro, a set of 4 HomePod Minis, or an Apple iPad. Proceeds will benefit the program.

The event will be livestreamed from London by Safiya Samms, an alumna of the program. Samms, a tech manager at the social media company, Facebook’s London office, has been a major supporter of RABC since her graduation from Ridgefield High School in 2007. Ira Joe Fisher will introduce Jeanne Manto, the event’s guest of honor. Visit www.ridgefieldabc.org to learn more about the program.

Student awarded grant

Ruby Weiner, a student at Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield has been awarded the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grant to fight childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day 2021.

Iris Fund participating in Giving Day

The Iris Fund is particicpating in the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s Giving Day for the second year in a row, The fund won “Rookie of the Year,” in 2019. The non-profit organization is looking to win the “Women and Girl’s Power Hour, which has a $750 cash prize, and other raffle prizes to help support the organization support its critical research about what triggers full-term labor to eventually prevent preterm birth.

The celebration will take place Feb. 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. Donate at www.theirisfund.org.

Keeler seeking apron restoration project

The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, located at 152 Main Street in Ridgefield, will use donations that are raised through the Fairfield Community Foundation’s Giving Day, Feb. 25, for the conservation, and stabilization of a Masonic apron that is believed to have been owned by Abijah Resseguie, a town resident. Resseguie apprenticed with James Watrous, a local carriage maker. The minimum donation for the day is $10.

The staff at the Museum and History Center are hoping to raise $4,000 on this year’s day to cover the cost of the project, which includes both the work on the apron and a display case.

The Textile Conservation Workshop in South Salem, N.Y., will handle the project, which will include a thorough cleaning to remove rust, and age related stains, removing creases from improper storage, and patching splits in the silk on the apron to prevent further deterioration. Additionally, the paint on the symbols will be stabilized to prevent further flaking. The preserved apron will be mounted for display in an acrylic case.

Miss Confident boutique hosting fashion conversation

Miss Confident, is hosting Sally Miller for a a fashion conversation, “Sally Miller: Working in the Fashion Industry + Sally’s Favorite Styling Tip” Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Miller is a fashion chief executive officer and a top fashion designer. Miller will answer questions from the community and share fashion styling tips for tweens and teens. Miller will also provide them with insights about the fashion industry.

The first 15 people to sign up for the virtual event will be entered into a raffle for a $25 gift card to the organization. There will also be a raffle for prizes for attendees. Register, and submit questions in advance at: https://missconfidentboutique.com/events/.

The boutique is located at 17 Danbury Road, Ridgefield. Visit: missconfidentboutique.com, @missconfidentboutique on social media or email: missconfident@missconfidentboutique.com for more information.