Ridgefield happenings: Digital addiction seminar, gold sale, and food truck festival

The following are a list of events happening in Ridgefield over the next several weeks:

Apple workshops

Many new Apple-Mac device workshops are available through Ridgefield Continuing Education in October. Attendees bring their iPhone, Apple ID and password to the wireless classroom.  
iPhone for Beginners is Thursday, Sept. 27 (7 to 9 p.m.) or Tuesday, Oct. 9 (10 a.m. to noon); iPad for Beginners are available on Tuesday, Oct. 2 (7 to 9 p.m.) and Oct. 16 (10 a.m. to noon); Mac Safari (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.) and Mac Mail (4:45 to 5:45 p.m.) are Thursday, Oct. 4; Mac Calendar and Contacts is Thursday, Oct. 18 (3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Apple iCloud is Thursday, Nov. 8 (3:30 to 5 p.m.).
Cost is $21 to $39 per class. Ridgefield senior (age 62 and over) discount available. .  Advanced registration and information at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Crochet classes

Beginning Crochet classes are available through Ridgefield Continuing Education. The instruction is for right-handed crochet. There is a $10 fee for basic hooks, practice yarn, accessories and patterns payable to the instructor, Eileen Burton, at the first class.

Class meets Mondays, Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. or Tuesdays, Oct. 23, 30; Nov. 6 and 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuition is $92. Ridgefield senior discount available. Advanced registration and information at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Digital gaming addiction for kids

“Digital Addiction: No One Wins When Kids Get Hooked on Games” will be the kick-off talk for this year’s Parenting the #Selfie Generation Resilience for Life series. The program, which will be hosted by gaming disorder expert Paul Weigle, M.D., will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street.

Dr. Weigle will discuss the effects of chronic video gameplay on the academic achievement, sleep, behavior, and psychological well-being of children and adolescents. Attendees will learn how to set reasonable, enforceable limits on digital gaming, when to pull the plug — literally — on a young person’s game involvement and where to find help if a child is exhibiting addictive symptoms or behavior.

Register at ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

Elder Trust seminar

Asset Protection Trusts and Revocable Living Trusts is a new seminar in Ridgefield Continuing Education. Elder law attorneys Michele F. and Thomas E. Murphy will discuss how to avoid depleting funds on long-term care, and preserve independence and quality of life.

Class meets on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School.  Cost is $29. Senior discount and caregiver/relative discount available. Information and registration at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Volunteer firefighters to host food truck festival

The Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department will host the first annual food truck festival Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Lounsberry House from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Food trucks will serve a variety of food, desserts and local beer.

The event will also feature live music and a 50/50 raffle.

There will be a bounce house, face painting, and touch-a-truck for kids.

Outdoor seating with lawn blankets and chairs welcome. Coolers are not permitted.

All proceeds will go towards the RVFD. Admission is $7 per person; kids under 12 free.

Gold sale at Founders Hall

Founders Hall, located at 193 Danbury Road, is hosting a gold sale on Wednesday, Oct. 3, noon to 4 p.m. An appraiser from American Gold & Diamond Buyers will evaluate unwanted gold, silver, diamond jewelry and watches, and offer a price based on current market values.

Sellers will receive cash and Founders Hall will receive a portion of the total proceeds. All sellers must show valid identification.

More information available at founders-hall.org.

Schoolhouse open house

The Ridgefield Historical Society presents “Sundays at the Schoolhouse” on Sept. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Peter Parley Schoolhouse (intersection of West Lane and Route 35).

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 Sunday’s program will feature a presentation of the exhibit, WWI: Ridgefield Answers the Call, and will feature posters created by local graphic artist Bil Mikulewicz. The exhibit commemorates the end of WWI and centers on the contribution Ridgefielders made during the war.

Sundays at the Schoolhouse is sponsored by Fairfield County Bank.For more information, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org, call 203-438-5821, or email ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net.

Thriving through the arts

A panel discussion for aspiring musicians, actors, dancers and visual artists that will focus on college years and beyond will be held at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. This program is geared toward students and parents who are interested in learning more about the application process for entrance to creative disciplines at the undergraduate level and how to make a career in those creative professions.

The Ridgefield Arts Council is spearheading this program along with the library and other leading cultural organizations in Ridgefield.

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

Troop 19 seeks young women to become scouts

Ridgefield's first Boy Scouts of America (BSA) troop for young women, Troop 19, will host an informational meeting Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. on the third floor of St. Stephen’s Church’s North Hall.

Young women ages 10-17 are welcome to join, and female scouts can earn the BSA’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. Activities include monthly camping trips and leadership-building exercises

If questions, contact the scoutmaster at SMRFDTroop19@gmail.com..

Woman’s Club meeting

The Ridgefield Woman’s Club will meet on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Ballard Green Clubhouse, 25 Gilbert Street. The public issues department will host this election year meeting and First Selectman Rudy Marconi will be the guest speaker. Marconi will give a state of the town address.

Also, information on the candidates running in the upcoming Connecticut gubernatorial election will be available.

The social part of the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Marconi will speak beginning at 8. This meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in joining the Woman’s Club is welcome to attend.

For more information, go to rwc-ct.com or email Regina Shul at reginastable@gmail.com.

Does Medicare make you feel crazy?

Karen Gaudian, Ridgefield Social Services administrator and municipal agent for the elderly, will be at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. to talk about Medicare. This presentation is for everyone who is currently using or new to Medicare. This is a chance to ask questions and learn about important information every Medicare recipient needs to know.

Ridgefield Social Services is once again offering free confidential Medicare prescription counseling sessions from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, during Medicare’s open enrollment period at the library.

Individual counseling sessions at the library are available by appointment by calling 203-431-2754. These free one-on-one meetings provide a confidential review of prescription coverage, an explanation of benefits and general assistance to people with Medicare.

For more information, call Gaudian at 203-431-2754 or email municipalagent@ridgefield.org.

This program is made possible through the joint efforts of the Ridgefield Department of Social Services, the Western CT Area Agency on Aging, the Commission on Aging, Founders Hall and the library.

Meet the Ridgefield’s WWI Doughboys

On Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Ridgefield Graveyard Restoration Committee will sponsor a self-guided tour at Mapleshade Cemetery, visiting the monuments of Ridgefielders who participated in WWI. Rain date on Oct. 14.

Visitors will learn the stories of 28 townspeople who fought or in some other way supported the war effort. One was a Medal-of-Honor winner. Another was captured, escaped a German prison camp and trekked undiscovered all the way to the Netherlands, where he crossed to England.

Entrance is through the Mapleshade Cemetery on the corner of Mapleshade and North Street. Follow signs for parking.

Library used book sale returns next month

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library (FORL) will host its semi-annual used book sale next month.

The proceeds go to support programs the library would not be able to offer out of its regular operating budget, like the folk music series, author talks, and many more.

The sale begins Oct. 5-7 for children’s books. The general sale will be held Friday, Oct. 12, through Monday, Oct. 15. The library is located at 472 Main Street.

On both Fridays there is a $10 entry fee from 10 a.m. to noon for non-members of the FORL. Memberships will be available at the checkout tables.

CPR class for teens

An American Heart Association CPR course is being held for teenage students at the Ridgefield Fire Station on Wednesday, Oct. 10, starting at 10 a.m. This class is taught by instructors from Your Home CPR, LLC and is designed especially for those aged 12 to 17 who want to learn skills to save a life. Students will learn adult, child and infant CPR, how to use an AED and how to help someone who is choking. Participants that complete the course will receive a two-year certification from the American Heart Association. Register online at yourhomecpr.com/teens or call 877-CPR-2-YOU.

Manzanar seminar

Founders Hall offers an opportunity to learn about daily life and the after-effects of internment for Japanese-American citizens and resident Japanese aliens who were incarcerated during WWII in a seminar at Founders Hall on Friday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m.

In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps, including the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California. Dr. Darla Shaw, professor of education at Western Connecticut State University, along with her husband, Ben Shaw, will share what they learned while working on publications, exhibits and oral histories as volunteers at Manzanar National Historic Site. They will show photos, books and other materials during the seminar.

This seminar is free and open to the public thanks to sponsor Union Savings Bank. Founders Hall, a donor-supported education and recreation center for people age 60 and older, is located at 193 Danbury Road. More information at founders-hall.org.

Voice-over classes

Ridgefield Continuing Education will host a voice-over class with New York-based voice talent and teacher, James Seawood.

Students will learn how to use their speaking voice for commercials, films, videos and plan a business. 

Class meets on Monday, Oct. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School.  Advanced registration required. Tuition is $31. 

Ridgefield seniors, age 62 and over pay $24. Registration and information at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Woodcock Nature Center 5K run

Woodcock Nature Center will host its annual Where the Wild Things Run 5K and Kids Fun Run on Sunday, Oct. 14. For several decades, this event has highlighted Woodcock’s nearly five miles of publicly accessible trails and raised money for the nature center’s various educational programs.

The popular 5K, which kicks-off at 9 a.m. is 90% trail with a mix of groomed trails, rugged trails and narrow bridges/boardwalks. The terrain of the 5K will highlight the diversity and beauty of the Woodcock property. A shorter 1K Kids Fun Run, geared towards ages six and up, begins at 8:30. This course is appropriate for walkers and runners of all ages.

Organizers are expecting more than 150 participants, so runners are encouraged to register in advance on the Woodcock website. Race fees are $35 for the 5K and $20 for the Kids Fun Run. Race T-shirts will be provided to the first 100 registrants.

Pre-race packet pickup and registration will also take place at Ridgefield Running Company in Ridgefield on Friday, Oct. 12, and Outdoor Sports Center in Wilton on Saturday, Oct. 13. Day-of packet pick-up and registration at Woodcock opens at 7:30 a.m.

Parking is available along Deer Run and Fawn Place but is limited. Participants are urged to arrive early and carpooling is encouraged. Leased dogs are also welcome. Trails are not stroller friendly.

For more information and to register, visit woodcocknaturecenter.org.

Turkey Trot registration open

Registration for the 37th annual Turkey Trot and 17th annual Kids Fun Run is now open.

Early bird pricing ($30) is available now through Oct. 31.

Runners can register through the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield’s website —bgcridgefield.org —  by clicking on the Turkey Trot 2018 page under the events tab

Residents may also download a form for paper registration to mail in or can stop by the club, Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for in-person registration.

For any questions regarding registration, call Gerry Hawaux at 203-438-8821 ext. 16 or email ghawaux@bgcridgefield.org. Residents may also contact Kristin Goncalves at ext. 17 or by email at kgoncalves@bgcridgefield.org.