Ridgefield happenings: Art Walk, Cannon Grange, and final CHIRP concerts of the summer

Looking for something to do in town before Labor Day weekend? The Press has plenty of options. Below is a list of this week's Ridgefield happenings.

Art Walk returns this weekend

The fifth annual Art Walk kicks off Friday, Aug. 24, with receptions in many of the stores around town from 5-8 p.m.

“It's a strolling gallery of sorts, when 52 local artists display their artwork in local venues around town,” said Pam Stoddart, executive director of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and chair of the event.  

“It's a great way to spend a late summer weekend downtown.”

The opening weekend festivities continue Saturday, Aug. 25, when participating artists will be on hand demonstrating their works outside their venues. The Art Walk runs from Aug. 24 through Sept. 7.

“Walk on Down,” a companion show at the guild, samples each artist's work and runs from Aug. 25-Sept. 7.

All artwork is for sale with proceeds benefiting programing at the guild.

For more information, visit rgoa.org or call 203-438-8863. Ridgefield Guild of Artists is located at 34 Halpin Lane.

Los Texmaniacs to play at CHIRP Tuesday

The Los Texmaniacs, a conjunto band that incorporates elements from rock and roll and jazz with Tejano music, will be performing at Ballard Park on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m.

Rain venue is St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

The concert is underwritten by Naomi Stern.

Dance classes

Ballroom and West Coast swing classes start Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Ridgefield Continuing Education. In Beginner 1 (seven sessions; 7:25 to 8:10 p.m.; $70 per person), students will learn three or four basic steps for swing, foxtrot, waltz, cha cha, and rumba. West Coast swing is a contemporary-style of swing, very different from traditional “swing.”

The Beginner 2 (seven classes; 8:15 to 9 p.m.; $70 per person) course will add some figures to the dances taught in Beginner 1.

Wear leather or suede soled shoes. Advance registration is required at ridgefieldschools.org or call at 203-431-2812 for information.

Gardening classes

New fall gardening classes that will help you prepare for a great yard in the spring are available through Ridgefield Continuing Education.  

Landscape Garden Design (Mondays, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1; $49) with master gardener Laura Stabell who looks at your landscape with different functions and covers elements of design, color theory, selection and siting of plants, deer, sun, shade and more.    

Fall Gardening Chores (Monday, Oct. 15; $31) focuses on what you should do in the fall in order to have a great garden next spring.

Classes meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School. Flower Arranging is also available. Information and registration are at ridgefieldschools.org or via Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Cannon Grange fair this Sunday in Wilton

On Sunday, Aug. 26, the Ridgefield Historical Society will participate in the 86th annual Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair and Exposition at Cannon Grange Hall, at 25 Cannon Road in Wilton, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to the fair is $2 per person, or $1 accompanied by a non-perishable food item for the Wilton Social Services Food Pantry. Free parking is available at the Cannondale Railroad Station directly across the street. 

A wide assortment of judged exhibits will be on display for fairgoers and games for kids and adults will be held, including a late afternoon watermelon-eating contest.

For information, visit cannongrange.org.

Sundays at the Schoolhouse

The Ridgefield Historical Society will host “Sundays at the Schoolhouse” at Peter Parley Schoolhouse (intersection of West Lane and Route 35) from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.

The program is free to the public and engages visitors of all ages through interactive tours of the schoolhouse and hands-on learning experiences with docents and historical craft makers from the Colonial era.

This weekend’s the program will feature an antique fire engine owned by Gavin Donnelly, antique toys, and quill writing and other activities with Cindi Emmert. An ice cream truck will be on the premises for frozen treats. Sundays at the Schoolhouse is sponsored by Fairfield County Bank. For more information, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-438-5821.

CJ Chenier returns to Ballard Park Aug. 30

Back by popular demand, CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band will be performing at Ballard Park on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.

Rain venue is East Ridge Middle School.

The concert is underwritten in part by the Ridgefield Rotary Club.

Family support class

NAMI Southwest CT, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its weekly family-to-family support program beginning Monday, Sept. 17.

The free program is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being.

The weekly course is open to families from Ridgefield and surrounding towns.

Participants will learn about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and other mental-health conditions.

The program will be held each Monday for 12 weeks, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, 103 Main Street.  

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to sign up, contact Marc at 203-940-2516 or marcrabinowitz1@gmail.com.

Post office to host passport event

The Ridgefield Post Office will host a passport event Saturday, Aug. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. at its headquarters at 26 Catoonah Street.

Residents looking for a new passport should bring a long-form birth certificate or naturalization certificate with front and back photocopy. Also needed is a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license.

Photos will be offered for $15. The cost is $145 for adults over the age of 16 and $115 for people under the age of 16. Personal check, money order, or cash will be accepted.

Real estate course

Real Estate Principles and Practices starts on Sept. 26. This 60-hour course meets the minimum requirements as set forth by the Connecticut Real Estate Commission and Department of Consumer Protection for application to take the sales associate or broker exam.

This 60-hour class meets at the Venus Municipal Building on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. School holidays avoided. Cost, including two texts is $449. Ridgefield seniors age 62 and older pay $371. Advanced registration is required.  Visit ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 for information.

Owls Club begins new season Sept. 6

The Owls Club of Ridgefield begins its new season Thursday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. at Founders Hall with a presentation by Dean Miller, president of Ridgefield Meals on Wheels.

The Owls Club meets at 10 on the first Thursday of the month at Founders Hall.  

For further information, call 203-894-1112.

SAT courses

Lentz & Lentz SAT Prep is offering PSAT, SAT and ACT Prep classes in Ridgefield. Cost is $430 including all course materials. This course meets on Sundays, Sept. 9 (9 a.m. to noon), 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.

SAT Prep students (only) may opt to take an additional ACT Supplement on Nov. 4, 11 and 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. for a total of $630. The ACT Prep is not sold separately.

All classes meet at the Venus Building. For more information, visit lentzsatprep.com or call at 203-431-2812.

Writers conference welcomes Jim Childs as panelist

Publishing, marketing and editing executive Jim Childs will be a panelist at the sixth annual Ridgefield Writers Conference Friday, Sept. 21, at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street from 6:30 to 9.

This year’s keynote address is by award-winning author Rachel Basch, author of The Listener, a finalist for the 2016 CLMP Firecracker Award.

Conference registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and registration is $25. To register or for more information, visit ridgefieldwritersconference.blogspot.com or email a.annesi@sbcglobal.net.