Ridgefield happenings: Fall chores, Game Show Gala, and headwraps of African women

Cheyney McKnight, pictured as a historical interpreter during the Keeler Tavern Museum’s #HandsOnHistory Month, will give a talk the headwraps of African women in America Sunday, Oct. 7.
Cheyney McKnight, pictured as a historical interpreter during the Keeler Tavern Museum’s #HandsOnHistory Month, will give a talk the headwraps of African women in America Sunday, Oct. 7.

Alzheimer’s caregivers support group meeting

The Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group of Ridgefield will be meeting at the St. Stephen’s Church South Hall building Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. The group meets the second Thursday of every month.

For more information, call Tina Moskwa, 203-438-6240, or Maria Victor-Smith, 203-894-8241.

October astronomy: Saturn, Mars and constellations

The Discovery Center at Ridgefield and New Pond Farm Observatory, 101 Marchant Road, West Redding, are offering a public astronomy program on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.

The fall sky still boasts some of the summer constellations, but now the Great Square of Pegasus, an asterism, dominates overhead.

Participants bring a flashlight for the walk to the observatory. The program is $4 for Discovery Center members, with a maximum of $16 per family. For nonmembers, the charge is $6, with a maximum of $24 per family. Registration is required and can be done at ridgefielddiscovery.org or by calling 203-438-1063.

If the skies appear cloudy, check the website after 4 p.m. for program status.

Zumba, Qi Gong classes

New sessions of Zumba, Super Stretch, and Qi Gong start soon in Ridgefield Continuing Education. These classes’ help participants improve their bodies, meet fitness goals, and relieve stress.
Zumba starts Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Monday, Oct. 15 (6 to 7 p.m.).  

Qi Gong starts Tuesday, Oct. 30 (9 to 9:45 a.m.).

Super Stretch starts Monday, Oct. 15 (6 to 7 p.m.).  
Yoga, Tai Chi, Fit for Life, Calorie Burner, Pilates, and Line Dance have new sessions starting again in November. Classes meet four to 10 sessions and cost $48 to $96.  

Advance registration required. Details on what to wear and bring to class (besides a water bottle) are at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Fall chores covered

Fall Gardening Chores is a new class in Ridgefield Continuing Education.   

Topics covered include cover crops, soil testing, soil building, fall fertilizing, fall planting, digging and dividing perennials, what to do with leaves, fall pruning, etc. in order to have a great garden next spring.  

This class meets on Monday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School. Cost is $31.  

Ridgefield Senior discount available. Advance registration required. 

Visit ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Learning a new language

French, Spanish, Italian, and German classes available in Ridgefield Continuing Education provide an opportunity to step away from a rote computer program and into live, active learning of a foreign language.

Beginning and continuing classes are available, both day and evening, in most of the languages. Classes run 6 to 8 sessions for 1.5 to 2 hours each. Tuition is $108 to $149, with an additional text fee.   

Advance registration required. Course and teacher descriptions and dates are at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Cyber security class available

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

The class will teach residents how to better safeguard their identities, personal information and computers, and mobile devices when going online.   

This class meets Friday, Oct. 12, 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 also available. Info at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Library to celebrate Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary this month

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein turns 200 years old this year, and to celebrate the Ridgefield Library is offering a variety of programs this October.

Some of the highlights of the series are as follows:  

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., at the Ridgefield Playhouse will be screening “National Theatre Live — Frankenstein,” which was captured in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London. 

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., Dr. Arthur Caplan will present a lecture about the frontiers of medical ethics.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m., there will be a screening and discussion of James Whale’s “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein.”

Dr. Mark Schenker, Yale College, will be at the library on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. to give a lecture called “Frankenstein’s Creature: A Monster for Its Time — and Ours.”

Retired English teacher Barb Jennes will lead a book discussion of Shelley’s Frankenstein on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m.  

On Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., there will be a Frankenstein movie marathon.

There will also be many fun, Frankenstein-inspired programs for children taking place this fall.

Programming is made possible thanks to the Friend of the Library. To register or for more information, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

Boys and Girls Club to host Game Show Gala Nov. 3

The Boys and Girls Club will host its annual Game Show Gala Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

The club, which is located 41 Governor Street, will offer drinks and dinner by Chef Raffaele Gallo to participants.

The end of the night will feature live music and dancing. There will be prizes, too.

All proceeds will support the club’s programs and operations, and help the club to continue to support over 4,000 club members a year.   

For more information, visit bgcridgefield.org.

Children’s concert at library Oct. 6

Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band will perform at the Ridgefield Library on Saturday, Oct. 6, in a concert just for little ones. Gigi Keeffe Schwartzman’s concerts are described as lively, interactive musical adventures full of movement and merriment.   

Schwartzman teaches music and musical theater in Scarsdale, N.Y.

The free performance at 11:30 is appropriate for children ages 5 and younger.  

No registration is required and children need to be accompanied by an adult.   

For more information, contact children’s services at 203-438-2282 X12002.

Library used book sale returns Friday

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.

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.

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.

Honeysuckle to perform
at library folk series Sunday

Honeysuckle, a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration, will perform as part of the Ridgefield Library’s Ridgefield Folk series on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m.

This program is free thanks to the Friends of the Library.  

Tickets can be picked up at the door from 1 p.m. on the day of the show. Doors open at 1:30 and the show starts at 2.

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

Historical society to host
annual membership meeting

The Ridgefield Historical Society will hold its annual membership meeting to elect directors and officers for the following year on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at the Scott House.

President Sharon Dunphy will review the society’s accomplishments over the last year. Refreshments will be served and all members are welcome to attend. RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 11.

Not a member yet? The Ridgefield Historical Society invites residents to join during its annual fall membership campaign.

For more information, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org/member to pay online or download a membership form.

Email: ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net. Call: 203-438-5821.

‘Spook-tacular’ at library Oct. 8

Children are invited to special events at the Ridgefield Library on Monday, Oct. 8 (Columbus Day), that are in coordination with the Ridgefield Library’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of the book Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley.

Frankie’s “Spook-tacular” from 11:30-12:15 is an event for children ages three to six. Young ghouls can witness the mad scientist creating a brew filled with foggy effects while telling stories about the origins of Halloween.

Dr. Frankenstein’s “Shock-tacular” from 1-1:45 for children in grades second through fifth will present a romp into energy with the doctor. Children will participate in energetic demonstrations including lightning-fast siphon chains, crackling static relay races, circuit making and other fun hair-raising experiments.

For more information, call 203-438-2282, ext. 12002.

The importance of bees and pollination

Did you know that one third of the food in supermarkets would disappear if we lost bees? The Discovery Center at Ridgefield is offering a public program about the importance of bees and pollination on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be at the Ridgefield Recreation Center on Danbury Road.

There will be a talk about honeybees with local beekeeper and DC Advisory Board member, Ann Murray. Discussion will include the role of bees in the environment, the importance of products from the hive, and a question/answer period. Handouts and honey tasting are included.

The program costs $5 per person. Registration is required and can be done at ridgefielddiscovery.org or by calling 203-438-1063.

‘The Generator’ at Keeler Tavern

The Ridgefield Arts Council invites local artists and creative professionals to the next installment of “The Generator.” The networking event will feature three speakers discussing their respective artistic endeavors, and will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, at the Keeler Tavern Museum’s Garden Room, 132 Main Street.

During the event, artists, writers and performers gather with the goal of learning, sharing and networking with others to enhance both their creative process and their careers.

Following the brief presentations, members of The Generator will be encouraged to mix and mingle with presenters and each other. Creative types who live in and around Ridgefield are welcome. Cost is $5 for pre-registration (via meetup.com/The-Generator-Ridgefield-CT) or $10 at the door, which covers the cost of wine and light snacks.

For more information about the Ridgefield Arts Council, visit its Facebook page.

Lions Club to host shredding day Oct. 6

The Ridgefield Lions Club, in conjunction with Winters Bros., will host its annual Fall Shred Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 6, at 94 Danbury Road (the Starbucks parking lot).

The cost to shred is $10 per copy paper size box. All money earned stays in town for senior, children and other Lions activities.

Call 203-438-07426 for further information.

Headwraps of African women in America subject of Keeler talk

Cheyney McKnight will present the first Sunday Family Talk of Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center’s #HandsOnHistory Month Sunday, Oct. 7. A formal presentation will be made at 1:30 p.m.; an informal drop-in conversation will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

McKnight will talk on headwraps found among both free and enslaved African women in America in the18th and 19th centuries.

Sunday Family Talks are part of the museum’s #HandsOnHistory programming, in conjunction with the special exhibition, “Threading the Needle: From Field to Fabric,” which runs through Oct. 31.

More information at keelertavernmuseum.org.