Community news: Vaccine info, voice-overs and more

Weir Farm, located on the Wilton/Ridgefield border has implemented a mask requirement amid the coronavirus pandemic for the National Historical Park's employees, visitors, partners and contractors to protect the health of people who live, work, and visit national parks, and National Park Service (NPS), facilities, and in support of President Biden's executive order about protecting the federal workforce, and requiring mask wearing. Pictured is part of Weir Farm.

Weir Farm, located on the Wilton/Ridgefield border has implemented a mask requirement amid the coronavirus pandemic for the National Historical Park’s employees, visitors, partners and contractors to protect the health of people who live, work, and visit national parks, and National Park Service (NPS), facilities, and in support of President Biden’s executive order about protecting the federal workforce, and requiring mask wearing. Pictured is part of Weir Farm.

Weir Farm / Contributed photo

Genealogy courses available

Ridgefield Continuing Education is offering genealogy courses online, providing insights into various records, as well as tips and techniques for searching that will help save time tracing ancestors.

French and French Canadian Genealogy workshop, taught by Francoise Lampe, who has extensive experience doing genealogical research in the U.S. and abroad, meets Feb. 18 (12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; $31) or March 4 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $31) on Zoom. This workshop focuses on resources available online to help participants trace their family history in France and in the French Canadian Province of Quebec and highlights the commonality between French and French Canadian church records. The French genealogy section details what vital, census and military records are available from the French archives and how these data bases can be accessed. The French Canadian genealogy section lays out online resources available for the region of Quebec covering the work of earlier genealogists such as Joseph Drouin and Rev. Cyprien Tanguay, the Canadian archives census records and the Quebec notarial records. Specific techniques and challenges of French Canadian genealogy such as “dit-names” are also discussed.

German Genealogy (Feb. 25 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. or March 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and Genealogy for Beginners (April 22 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; $49) are also offered. Ridgefield Senior discount available. Advance registration is required. Information is at https://ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Voice-over classes show how to prepare for commercials

Ridgefield Continuing Education is offering a course on voice overs that will show participants how to use their speaking voice for commercials, films, videos and more.

Instructor Nicole Porche built her career as a professional film, television, theater and voice-over actor by demystifying the casting process and illuminating the business side of pursuing a creative career. This native New Orleanian has starred in TV series on Lifetime, The Food Network and Spike TV. Her years of experience in the film industry has afforded her the opportunity to teach others. She has earned her credits as an acting coach, casting director, producer and film director. She has been featured in Rolling Out and Celebrity Net Worth.

Advance registration is required. The online webinar will be Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Another option is March 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. Advanced registration required. A secure link will be sent to those who have registered. Tuition is $31. Ridgefield Seniors, 62-years-old, and over pay $25. Visit ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 to register.

Photography, Photoshop Elements workshops taught live

Photography and Photoshop Elements workshops are taught live, on Zoom through Ridgefield Continuing Education. Two new, one-hour workshops are available, both Feb. 23, that will address specific skills for participants of all levels with all camera types.

Photography: The Art of Composition meets Feb. 23 (6 to 7 p.m.; $ 19). This course introduces the artistic aspects of photography to participants of all skill levels, with all camera types to enable them to learn how to see a subject in different ways and create better images with confidence and creativity using elements of composition, like symmetry, lines, shapes, perspective, depth and dimension and color.

Photography: People and Places meets Feb. 23 (7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $ 19). Participants will learn how to see the world like a professional photographer, including the dos and don’ts of photographing their family and friends and techniques to capture the beauty and unique aspects of any location.

Instructor Deborah Tual is a professional photographer with more than 25 years of experience. Future classes available include DSLR Camera Features and Settings (March 3, 10 and 17; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.); Photoshop Elements (April 7, 21 and 28; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.), and iPhone Photography (April 27; 6:30 to 8 p.m.). Advance registration is required. Discount available to Ridgefield Seniors (age 62 and over). Visit www.ridgefieldschools.org/ or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 for more information or to register.

Next iPad workshop scheduled

Ridgefield Continuing Education is offering iPad and iPhone workshops taught by tech author and instructor Lance Whitney. They cover using email, calendar, and maps; taking photos and videos; listening to music and podcasts; organizing apps and downloading apps from Apple’s App Store. Participants should have their devices charged, and Apple IDs and passwords available when class starts.

The iPad workshop is Feb. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. The iPhone workshop is March 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. These classes meet live and are interactive on Zoom. Tuition is $39 per class. Ridgefield Senior (age 62 and over) pay $31 per class. Advanced registration required. Other classes starting soon include eBay, Excel and PowerPoint. Info at: https://ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Talk sheds light on chronic illness

The Ridgefield Library, the family service center, Lyme Connection, and the bookstore, Books on the Common, are presenting an online Author Talk with Dr. Steven Phillips and singer/songwriter Dana Parish at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 on Zoom. They will discuss their recently released book “Chronic: The Hidden Cause of the Autoimmune Pandemic and How to Get Healthy Again.”

Register at: ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 to receive the Zoom link for the live webinar program. There will also be time for questions, and answers.

Talk looks at how to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Local experts from the RVNAhealth, the Ridgefield Library, and the Ridgefield community will present “The COVID-19 vaccine: How it Works and How to Get an Appointment in CT” at 1 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 26.

The discussions will cover the science behind the vaccine; an overview of the vaccine rollout and information on getting an appointment. The mass vaccination of a population during a pandemic is an immense and critical undertaking. This presentation will help explain how it is working, and the resources that are available to help people who need it. There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Register at ridgefieldlibrary.org, or 203-438-2282 to receive the Zoom webinar link for the program. Those people who are interested in participating in it can also call in to listen to the live webinars at 929-436-2866, and using the webinar ID: 890 4921 0463# when prompted.

Weir Farm implements federal mask requirement

Weir Farm, located on the Wilton/Ridgefield border has implemented a mask requirement amid the coronavirus pandemic for the National Historical Park’s employees, visitors, partners and contractors to protect the health of people who live, work, and visit national parks, and National Park Service (NPS), facilities, and in support of President Biden’s executive order about protecting the federal workforce, and requiring mask wearing.

Face masks are now required in all of the park’s buildings, and facilities. Masks are also required on lands managed by the service when physical distancing cannot be maintained including Weir Pond trail, which is located in the park.

Find more information about the requirement at: https://www.nps.gov/wefa/index.htm

The public can find information about the requirement on the park website and on signs throughout the park.

In addition, the following public health measures and temporary closures remain in effect:

All buildings and facilities are closed for the off-season. Please plan accordingly as there are no restrooms and no drinking water available. Park grounds and trails are open sunrise to sunset.

Short visits are encouraged so that as many visitors as possible can enjoy the park, get outdoors, and recreate responsibly.

 Parking is limited and groups in three or more cars require a reservation. Small group visits (up to 10 people) are permitted by reservation — call 203-834-1896 ext. 11 to make a reservation.

As conditions are subject to change, visitors should check the park’s website, and social media channels for details on operations before they visit. Other tips to recreate responsibly are available on the park’s website. Park rangers are on duty to provide information, protect visitors and park resources and uphold this requirement.

Ridgefield resident’s artwork on display at museum

Ridgefield Resident Nina Bigelow’s artwork is on display through Feb. 28 at The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) as part of the Museum’s 38th Young Artists 2021 exhibition. The Museum of Art celebrates the work of high school senior artists in what has become a perennially popular exhibition. Nearly 350 pieces of artwork are on view from more than 30 schools.

Visit: katonahmuseum.simpletix.com/e/62319 to reserve general admission tickets. The Museum of Art is located at 134 Jay St. in Katonah, N.Y.

Older residents can sign up for COVID-19 vaccine

The Town of Ridgefield is asking all residents 75 years old and older who wish to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to immediately sign up through the VAMS (Vaccine Administration Management System). Go to the Town of Ridgefield website (ridgefieldct.org), click on the red COVID banner and then the pink tutorial on VAMS. After the tutorial, sign up via the orange button. Pay close attention to the tips (no dashes, no caps in email address, when asked if have registered, click NO etc.).

The aforementioned residents who do not have access to a computer, or have an email address, are asked to call any of the following numbers for assistance:

Department of Social Services: 203-431-2777

Founders Hall: 203-431-7000

Ridgefield Helpline: 203-431-2718

Phone coordinators will sign people up to receive the Moderna at the Yanity Gym Clinic, 60 Prospect St. It is sponsored by the town and RVNAhealth.