Ridgefield happenings: Breakfast with Santa, hand-cut silhouettes, and 1,000 Books to Read

The following are a list of events taking place in Ridgefield over the next couple of weeks.

‘Walk for Mike’ to be held Dec. 2

The second annual “Walk for Mike” will take place Sunday, Dec. 2, starting at 10 a.m. at the RVNA parking lot.

The event began last year in memory of Ridgefield resident and avid walker, Michael Nardone.

“Mike walked the streets and neighborhoods of Ridgefield every day, in every type of weather with a wave and a smile on his face,” said organizer Debbie Haughney. “He often stopped to talk to many Ridgefield residents over the years and always remembered details about their lives.”

Nardone passed away last Thanksgiving and over 250 residents took a walk in his memory a few weeks later hoping to make it an annual event.

The two-mile stroll will include a walk along Main Street, where residents can meet new people and “Live Life like Mike.”

Haughney requests attendees not wear headphones. There will also be a food collection for the Ridgefield Food Pantry.  

Career classes

One on one career and job search workshops are available in December through Ridgefield Continuing Education. Dates, in addition to those listed below, can be scheduled.

Resume Assistance is Friday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. ($49 per one hour session) and Job Search Techniques is Friday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 2 p.m.

LinkedIn One on One is Wednesday, Dec. 5, or Friday, Dec. 14, from noon to 1 p.m and  Using LinkedIn for Your Job Search is Friday, Nov. 30, or Wednesday, Dec. 19, from noon to 1 p.m.

Interview Skills is Wednesday, Nov. 28, or Friday, Dec. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. Cost is $49.

Advance registration is required. Visit ridgefieldschools.org or call 203-431-2812 for more information.

Grown-up conversations about children’s books

This two-part series about picture books will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Ridgefield Library’s main program room. Part one of this series will cover a brief history of the picture book and an introduction to children’s literature as a discipline. The second session will build upon the first part and introduce analysis and evaluation of picture books. Often these seemingly simple illustrated stories have remarkable layers of depth, theme, artistic ingenuity, and historical significance. Both sessions will include examples and examinations of a variety of picture books and styles.

Registration is required at ridgefieldlibrary.org. Register for each session separately. All adults are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Call 203-438-2282 for more information.

Christmas Bazaar

A Christmas Bazaar will be hosted by Christ the King Church Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a plethora of handmade, unique gift items, crafts and fine arts, a piggy bank table for children, and a hot chocolate bar and sweets stand.

The Christmas Bazaar will take place in the church hall of Christ the King located at 209 Tackora Trail.

Computer classes

Technology, apps, and software classes through Ridgefield Continuing Education are available. Upcoming classes include: Excel Advanced (Mondays, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 3:30 to 6 p.m., $99); Photoshop Elements Intro. (Tuesdays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 9 p.m., $119); Access Intro (Wednesdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $99); iPhone QuickStart (Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1 to 3 p.m., $39); Google Docs (Thursday, Nov. 29, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., $39); eBay (Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to noon, $79); Cyber Security: How to Protect Yourself (Thursday, Dec. 6, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., $39); Using FaceBook, LinkedIn and Twitter (Friday, Dec. 14, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., $39).

Word, PowerPoint, Windows 10, Outlook, iPad, and software tutorials are also available.  There is a small materials fee in some classes. Ridgefield senior discount is available.

Registration or information is at ridgefieldschools.org or phone 203-431-2812.

Drawing classes

Drawing for Beginners, with instructor Laura McCormick, is a back to basics drawing class that is meant for the inexperienced and experienced alike.

This class meets on Thursdays, Nov. 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20; Jan. 10, 17, and 24 (seven  sessions) from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town Hall Annex. Class size limited. Cost is $149 (materials list on website). Ridgefield senior’s pay $111. Advanced registration is required at ridgefieldschools.org or call at 203-431-2812 for more information.

Surviving the holidays seminar at RVNA

A Surviving the Holidays seminar is being led by Hospice by RVNA’s Ashley Hicks-Kiefer, LCSW. Attendees can learn how to deal with the many emotions that one can encounter over the holidays, what to do about traditions, helpful tips for surviving social events and discover hope for the future.

The seminar will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 4 to 6 p.m. at RVNA, 27 Governor Street. To learn more or RSVP, call 203-438-5555, ext. 1025.

Menorah lighting ceremony

The annual menorah lighting ceremony will be held on the green next to Prime Burger on Main Street Monday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Congregation Shir Shalom of Ridgefield and Temple B’Nai Chaim in Georgetown will co-host the event which will take place during the second night of Hanukkah.

Residents are asked to bring canned goods that will be donated to local food pantries.

The event will include Hanukkah food, holiday songs, greeting from local clergy, and the lighting of the menorah. There will be free gift bags for children

Admission is free and the event is open to the entire community.

Email jewishridgefield@gmail.com if any questions.

‘1,000 Books to Read’ is subject of author talk

The Ridgefield Library and Books on the Common will host James Mustich, author of the recently released “1,000 Books to Read Before You Die,” for a conversation on reading Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.

Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., in the early 1980s. In 1986, he co-founded, and was for two decades the guiding force behind, the acclaimed book catalog, A Common Reader. He subsequently worked as an editorial and product development consultant for publishers and booksellers and is currently vice president for digital product at Barnes and Noble.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. To register, go to ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282

Breakfast with Santa

Santa is coming to the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield Saturday, Dec. 1. Breakfast with Santa will provide families activities including a pancake breakfast, holiday games and crafts, and, of course, have the opportunity to meet Santa. Breakfast with Santa will take place from 8 a.m. to noon. The costs for the event include $6 for kids, $8 for adults, with $30 as the family maximum amount.

Each year the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield raises more than $500,000 in private contributions to subsidize the cost of programs and ensure that it can provide affordable programming for all youth in the community. For more information or to register, visit bgcridgefield.org or call 203-438-8821.

Frame Barn photo contest

Due to snow, the Frame Barn, 113 Danbury Road, will host its third annual amateur fall photo contest and juror party on Thursday, Nov. 29.  Those who enter fall photos by Tuesday, Nov. 27, have a chance to win a $500 custom frame.

Photos are entered via email to bill@framebarn.net or post them on the business’ Facebook Page — a maximum of three photos per person.

Contact Bill Young at 203-431-0112 or bill@framebarn.net for more information.

Historical society to host several events Dec. 2

The Ridgefield Historical Society will be open to the public on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Scott House will be festively decorated for the season, and shoppers can find some holiday gift ideas. The days activities and items will include:

  • Sit for a hand-cut silhouette. Deborah O’Connor will create a silhouette portrait for residents, their family, and pets — just in time for the holidays. Sitting time for each subject is just five minutes. The original silhouette is $30 for members and $35 for non- members. Residents must have an appointment; call 203-438-5821 to schedule one. For pet silhouettes, bring a pet or a picture of the pet’s right profile. For more information, including the entire price list for mats and frames, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org.

  • Book shopping. The historical society says it has some great titles and a couple historic maps in the shop. Members receive a minimum 10% discount.

  • Historical plaques (three-week turnaround time). These commemorate an important house or accessory building (circa 1920 or earlier) with a historic marker plaque. The weatherproof and wooden plaque’s design has been fully reviewed and approved by the Town of Ridgefield and is crafted by an artisan sign maker who specializes in hand- workmanship. The plaques are available in two sizes.

  • New England Soirée tickets. The Peter Parley Schoolhouse will host this holiday event  Space is limited. Tickets are $40 for members; $50 for non-members. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org, call 203-438-5821, or email ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net.