Ridgefield happenings: Wine and cheese, fall gardening tips, and Revolutionary War talk

Wine, Cheese & Accessories will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Founders Hall.

Wine, Cheese & Accessories will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Founders Hall.

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‘Wine, Cheese, & Accessories’

Wine, Cheese & Accessories will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Founders Hall, 193 Danbury Road.

The event includes more than 20 boutiques selling jewelry, accessories, home decor, and other goods, wine and cheese, reiki, massage, hairstylists, psychic readings, aromatherapy and more.

For tickets, at $20, visit eventbrite.com.

Enchanted Garden open mic night

Visitors are invited to bring their own food and drink and enjoy what organizers call some of the region’s best musical artists in a cabaret-style setting at the fourth annual Enchanted Garden Open Mic Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., at The Enchanted Garden Studio 2, 529 Ethan Allen Highway.

Artists may sign up in person at 6:30. Admission is $5 and includes coffee. Snacks also are available.

For more information, email DaveGoldenbergMusic@gmail.com.

Hands on History lecture

Darlene Kascak of the Institute of American Indian Studies (IAIS) in Washington, Conn., will be the featured speaker on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1-4 p.m., in the Carriage Barn at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC) as part of the #HandsOnHistory, Living Off the Land exhibition.

While the exhibition demonstrates how Ridgefielders of yesteryear sustained themselves from the 18th through early-20th centuries, Kascak will take visitors further back in time, demonstrating how native people in Connecticut survived prior to contact with Europeans. Through storytelling and artifacts, Kascak, a descendant of the Schaghticoke Tribe, promises to spark the imagination of children and adults alike with a family-friendly presentation and Q&A, an announcement said.

The #HandsonHistory Living Off the Land exhibition is open Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m. through Oct. 27.

School and youth groups may schedule private guided tours of the exhibition Monday through Friday through Oct. 25 by calling the museum office at 203-438-5485 or emailing education@keelertavernmuseum.org.

Navigating Medicare talk

COA Speaker Series presents, Navigating Medicare — Understanding Your Choices in 2019 with speaker Karen Gaudian on Monday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 2 p.m., at Founders Hall. COA will hold its regular meeting at 2:30 following the presentation.

Photography classes

Ridgefield Continuing Education offers Introduction to Photoshop Elements Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $ 119.

Photography: The Art of Composition meets Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $31.

Beginning Digital Photography, a comprehensive five session class meets Mondays, Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 18 and 25, from 7-9 p.m. Cost is $ 115.

All instructors are professional photographers. Advance registration is required. A discount is available to Ridgefield seniors age 62 and over. Visit ridgefieldschools.org/ or call Peggy Bruno at 203-733-0313 for type of camera appropriate, detailed descriptions, and location information.

Exercise classes

Ridgefield Continuing Education offers new sessions of zumba, yoga, and Pilates.

Yoga Morning Kickstart starts Monday, Oct. 21, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Pilates on the Mat begins Thursday, Oct. 24, 8:45-9:45 a.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Zumba starts Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Monday, Nov. 4, 6-7 p.m.

More sessions of Yoga, Tai Chi, Pure Strength, Calorie Burner, Pilates, and Line Dance start again in November. Classes meet five to 10 sessions and cost $62 to $123. Advance registration is required. For details on what to wear and bring to class (besides a water bottle), visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Dyslexia awareness program

Dr. Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu will present a program called Identification & Early Intervention for Struggling Readers & Dyslexia Awareness at the Ridgefield Library on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m.

Why do some children struggle with reading? What is dyslexia? Are all struggling readers dyslexic? What can parents, caregivers and communities do to intervene, provide support, share information and create solutions for struggling readers/dyslexic children? These are some of the questions that will be addressed during the discussion.

Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu is a researcher, teacher, and Oliver Wolcott Library’s library assistant with a focus on early literacy. She has spent the last five years studying reading including the neurological processes involved in reading and the sociological, psychological, and cultural aspects of reading acquisition and its opposite - failure to acquire reading fluency.

This evening is sponsored by The Couri Educational Series. Light refreshments will be served. To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 for more information.

Job interview workshops

One on one Interview Skills workshops are available through Ridgefield Continuing Education. Dates in addition to those listed below may be scheduled.

Interview Skills and Techniques, Resume Assistance, and Job Search Techniques may be scheduled on Fridays, Oct. 25; Nov. 1, 15, 22; Dec. 6 or 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. or at other times. Instructor Glenna McNally has more than 30 years’ experience in executive recruiting and human resources consulting and is owner of G. McNally Enterprises in Danbury.

Interview Skills Training, Intro to LinkedIn One on One, and Using LinkedIn for Your Job Search may be scheduled on Fridays, Oct. 25; Nov. 1, 15, 22; Dec. 6 or 13, from noon to 1 p.m.

These one-hour one-on-one workshops cost $49 each. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Fall gardening chores

Fall Gardening Chores, a new class offered by Ridgefield Continuing Education meets Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 7-9 p.m., at East Ridge Middle School.

Master Gardener Laura Stabell focuses on what, where and how you can make improvements to your property. Topics include cover crops, soil testing, soil building, fall fertilizing, fall planting, digging and dividing perennials, what to do with leaves, and fall pruning.

Cost is $31. A discount for Ridgefield seniors is available. Advance registration is required. Visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Community conversation on vaping

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Vaping will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Ridgefield Library. The lecture will be led by Liz Jorgensen, CADC, alcohol/drug abuse expert and teen counselor, who will discuss the short and long-term effects of vaping, nicotine and marijuana use.

The workshop is part of the Parenting the Selfie Generation: Resilience for Life parent workshops, a community-wide collaboration with Ridgefield Public Schools, Ridgefield Council of PTAs, Ridgefield Library, Project Resilience, Ridgefield Youth Commission, Books on the Common, Town Vibe, and Silver Hill Hospital.

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

Revolutionary War talk

Following up on his spring talk about Tryon’s Raid and the Battle of Ridgefield, Ed Hynes of Westport will delve into Revolutionary War action on Long Island Sound in a talk at the Ridgefield Library on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m.

In this lecture, co-sponsored by the historical society and the library, Hynes reveals the exploits, intrigue, and terror of the people living around Long Island Sound during America’s War for Independence.

A native of Wilton, Hynes has studied the history of the American Revolution and traveled extensively to battlefields in both the United States and overseas.

To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org.