Ridgefield happenings: Cybersecurity class, jazz guitarist, and blood drives

Doug Munro
Doug Munro

The following is a list of Ridgefield happenings:

Library to display artwork from WestConn students   

A group show, by students in the Painting IV class at Western Connecticut State University, will be on view at the Ridgefield Library Gallery from Sunday, Dec. 2 through Wednesday, Jan. 16. There will be an artists’ reception on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6–8 p.m. The exhibition is titled “Thresholds” and it includes figurative and abstract paintings.

The faculty member who teaches the class and whose work will also be on display is Sabrina Marques. She is an assistant professor of studio art and MFA critic at Western Connecticut State University.

For more information, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

Jazz guitarist to perform at library folk series Dec. 2

New York guitarist Doug Munro will perform holiday music with a gypsy-jazz twist with his band La Pompe Attack as part of the Ridgefield Library’s Ridgefield Folk series on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. The band will perform Christmas and Hanukkah songs in the swinging style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. These are not the same old versions of traditional holiday songs but brand-new, reworked arrangements.

The concert is free thanks to the Friends of the Library. Tickets can be picked up at the door starting at 1 p.m. on the day of the show. Doors open at 1:30 and the show starts at 2 p.m

Call 203-438-2282 for more information.

Byzantine bracelet

Byzantine Bracelet, taught by Karen Brunjes through Ridgefield Continuing Education, covers the ancient Celtic technique of crafting chainmail, made from interlocking metal rings to create your own sterling silver bracelet. Beginner and advanced students are welcome. This class meets on Mondays, Dec. 3, and 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex to the left of Yanity Gym.

Tuition is $40. Ridgefield seniors age 62 and over pay $31. Additionally, a materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. Advance registration required. Materials info at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Cybersecurity class

CyberSecurity: How to Protect Yourself on the Internet is the topic of a new course in Ridgefield Continuing Education.  

Attendees learn how to better safeguard their identity, their personal information, and their computer and mobile devices when going online. Instructor Lance Whitney is a freelance writer for Time, AARP Magazine, PC Magazine, and other websites and publications.

This class meets Thursday, Dec. 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school). Cost is $39. Ridgefield senior discount available. Advance registration required.  Additional technology classes are also available. Info at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Online courses

Online Courses with ed2go are available through Ridgefield Continuing Education. These instructor-facilitated online courses are informative, fun, convenient, and highly interactive and allow you to learn from any location at any time. Many classes are available including business, computer, writing, psychology, languages, health and online test prep including C++, Network+, QuickBooks, GED, GMAT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, and many more certification prep classes. All courses run for six weeks. A new session of each course begins each month. The next sessions start Dec. 12 and Jan. 16. Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links, and more.  

Most of the courses cost between $99 and $120. Visit ridgefieldschools.org and click ed2go online courses or call at 203-431-2812.

Helping children with anxiety

The Parenting the #Selfie Generation: Resilience for Life series continues on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., at Ridgefield Library with a talk called, “The Worried Child: Recognizing Anxiety in Children and Helping Them Heal” with Paul Foxman, Ph.D.

Dr. Foxman brings 35 years of clinical experience in helping children and adolescents.

Parenting the #Selfie Generation is 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, go to ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 for more information.

Rec center, Ridgefield Supply host December blood drives

Ridgefield residents may give blood at the rec center, 125 Danbury Road, Thursday, Dec. 13, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Ridgefield Supply, 29 Prospect Street, will also host a blood drive two days later — on Saturday, Dec. 15 — from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Appointments may be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross blood donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).

Shabbat celebration at Shir Shalom

Congregation Shir Shalom’s Hanukkah Shabbat celebration will take place Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.

The event is open to the community and will include a menorah lighting, latkes and a special music shabbat followed by a buffet dinner.

Congregation Shir Shalom is located at 46 Peaceable Street.

RSVP by emailing office@ourshirshalom.com by Friday, Nov. 30.