Ridgefield happenings: Declutter workshop, genealogy, and preventing sports injuries

Event-goers hold up signs of protest during Ridgefield's pride day, Saturday June 15. From left to right: Rune Davino, Amy Savino, Tristan Vernon, and Madeline White.
Event-goers hold up signs of protest during Ridgefield's pride day, Saturday June 15. From left to right: Rune Davino, Amy Savino, Tristan Vernon, and Madeline White.

The following is a list of events happening in Ridgefield over the next couple weeks.
French classes 
Ridgefield Continuing Education offers beginner and intermediate French classes. French, Beginner part 2 meets Tuesdays, March 19, 26; April 2, 9 and 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. French Intermediate meets Wednesdays, March 17; April 3, 10, 24 and May 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
Tuition is $94, plus an additional text or materials fee. Multiple levels of Spanish, Italian, and German start later in March and April. Instructors are native speakers or have lived in the country. 
Advance registration is required. For more information on course and teacher descriptions, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Preventing sports injuries
Dr. Karen Sutton, associate attending orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery and a board-certified sports medicine surgeon, will be speaking at the Ridgefield Library about preventing sports injuries with strength training on Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. 
Sutton is the head team physician for the United States Women’s Lacrosse team. She is a national authority on sports injuries and prevention and has worked with various news outlets, such as NBC Universal, ESPN-W, WFAN radio and News 12 Connecticut.
This program is part of the Noreen L. Papa series of health and wellness programs. 
To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 for more information.
Medicaid workshop
A new Elder Law How to Keep Medicaid from “Taking It All” workshop will be offered by Ridgefield Continuing Education on Wednesday, March 27, from 6:30-8 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School. 
Attorneys Thomas E. Murphy and Michele F. Murphy will lead the workshop, which covers asset and income limits, spousal protections, converting exposed assets to exempt assets, avoiding transfer-of-asset penalties, use of trusts and annuities, targeted spend-down, qualifying despite being over-asset or over-income, and avoiding liens and recoveries. 
Advance registration is required. Cost is $29. A senior discount and caregiver/relative discount is available. For more information or to register, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.
Declutter workshop
Eliminating clutter is a workshop offered by Ridgefield Continuing Education, led by professional organizer Karen Pierce. It will be held Tuesday, March 26, from 7:30-9 p.m. at Veterans Park School. 
This class gives attendees a step-by-step guide on how to clear clutter. Bring a purse or handbag or backpack to class (do not organize it). 
Cost is $29. For more information, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.
Genealogy for Beginners
Ridgefield Continuing Education offers Genealogy for Beginners Wednesdays, March 27 and April 3, from 7-9 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School.
The first class covers starting your family tree, understanding relationships, finding sources of information, using the Internet to find records, and keeping track of records using software. 
The second session includes studying the U.S. Census from 1790 thru 1930, locating immigration records, reading ships’ manifests, using other available records, and a brief introduction to finding records outside the USA
Instructor Eileen Burton has been involved in genealogy as a serious hobby for more than 12 years. Her research led to a trip to Germany to visit the villages of her ancestors. 
Class size is limited. Cost is $49. Ridgefield seniors ages 62 and up pay $39. Advance registration is required. Visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.
History trivia contest
The Battle of Ridgefield VI, the fifth annual history trivia contest hosted by Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC) will take place Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Garden House, 132 Main Street.
This year’s competition is called “Got History?” and will feature questions in categories such as colleges, movies, tech, business, and local Ridgefield history. The highest scoring team at the end of the evening will win the Fountain Trophy. Teams may include up to six contestants.
The entry fee is $10 per contestant. Refreshments will be available; donations encouraged. 
To register, visit keelertavernmuseum.org. For more information, call 203-438-5485 or email info@keelertavernmuseum.org.