Ridgefield happenings: Richardson Park cleanup, sing-alongs, and ‘Hot Stove League’

The following is a list of Ridgefield happenings:

Richardson Park cleanup is Sunday

“Richardson Park needs the Ridgefield community’s help,” said Ross Clark. “Litter is covering this park from the parking lot all the way down to the water's edge. “

Volunteers are being asked to attend a cleanup the lakeside event Sunday, Dec. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Clark Construction of Ridgefield, which is sponsoring this event, will be offering community members hot cocoa and grilled food to keep the team of volunteers warm and fed. The menu will be hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggies.

“Weather looks like it will be in the 40s, so it'll be one of the last ‘warm’ weekends before winter really hits,” Clark said.

Volunteers will be supplied gloves, trash bags, buckets, and trash grabbers. Volunteer shirts and stickers will also be available.

Exchange Club of Ridgefield Dinner

The Exchange Club of Ridgefield will have its monthly dinner meeting at Bernard’s at 6:30 on the third Wednesday of the month – Dec. 19.

The speaker will be Tony Phillips director of the Ridgefield Social Services. In the spirit of the holidays, club members will give gift certificates from local grocery stores to him as he knows which families need them most this holiday season.

Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the club can contact Nick at NPercival@SNET.net.

Boy Scouts to pick up Christmas trees

Ridgefield Boy Scout Troop 116 will pick up Christmas trees around Ridgefield on Saturday, Jan. 5. They will pick up trees from any home or business in Ridgefield.

Registration is online at ridgefieldtroop116.com. For more information, call 203-403-7116 or email xmastreepickup@ridgefieldtroop116.com.

The suggested donation is $17. Proceeds help support numerous scout service projects here in Ridgefield, improvements at various town parks and campgrounds and scout backpacking adventures.

iPad course

Getting someone an iPad for a holiday gift? Beginner’s iPad classes are available in January and February through Ridgefield Continuing Education.
This two-hour class will show you the ins and outs of Apple’s popular tablet, including how to use e-mail, calendar, maps, and other core programs. The class focuses on the fundamentals: Internet, messaging, FaceTime, apps, and use of the camera, Apple’s App Store and in addition offers tips for advanced use. Attendees bring their iPad, Apple ID, password and charger to class. Class meets on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Town Hall annex or Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Veterans Park School.
Cost is $39. Ridgefield Seniors (age 62 and older) and disabled pay $31 per

Advance registration required. Info at ridgefieldschools.org or phone at 203-431-2812.

Line dancing to build from basics

Line Dance for Fun and Exercise classes in Ridgefield Continuing Education start soon.

This class meets Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 20 and Feb. 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Farmingville School and costs $62.

Students should bring a water bottle and wear leather or suede soled shoes.  

Advanced registration is required.  

60 Minute Calorie Burner, Fit for Life,Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates classes are available as well.

Advance registration required. Info at ridgefieldschools.org or phone at 203-431-2812.

English as a second language

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, GED, Credit Diploma Program, and Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes start in 2018 in Danbury. These classes are free to Ridgefield residents, age 17 and older. Registration for ESL is Jan. 7 for returning students and Jan. 8 for

English learning new students in Danbury. Morning class registration is

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury. Evening class registration is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Danbury High School, 43 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury. Call 203-501-4216 for details.

Registration for spring Credit Diploma, GED, and ABE classes starts Jan. 3. Call 203-797-4731 to set up a guidance appointment.

Library, guild offer 'Artist's Way' study group

Writers, musicians, and artists are invited to break their creative block by participating in a book discussion focused on The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. for 12 weeks starting Jan. 2. This study group will meet at the Ridgefield Library for the first two sessions, Jan. 2 and Jan. 9, and thereafter at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane, where local artist and guild member Clarice Shirvell will facilitate the group.

The study group is co-sponsored by the library and the guild.

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

Sing-alongs return to library

The community is welcome to come and sing along at the Ridgefield Library.

Cantor Debbie Katchko-Gray and her guitar will lead in singing folk, Broadway, the American songbook, and singer-songwriter songs from the ’60's and ’70's.

In the spirit of Pete Seeger, songbooks will be provided and songsheets for more contemporary songs. To register, email register@ridgefieldlibrary.org.

The community sing-alongs will be Sundays from 3:30 to 5 at the library. There’s one this Sunday, Dec. 16, and the next is on Jan. 6.

“Guitars, drums and voices are welcome,” said Katchko-Gray, the cantor of Congregation Shir Shalom on Peaceable Street.

Library to host writers group Dec. 15

The Fairfield County Writers Group (FCWG) will host a three-hour write-in on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1- 4 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library, where writers can gather together to work on individual projects.

The FCWG is comprised of authors from across a spectrum of career paths; some are just starting out while others have published and self-published completed works. Anyone who is serious about working on their writing is welcome. There is no cost for attending this writing session, nor are there dues for membership. Visit fairfieldcountrywriters.org for an events calendar and links to other Facebook groups.

Library patrons of all ages and experience levels are welcome. To register, go to ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 for more information.

‘Working’ to kick off ACT’s 2019 season

Ridgefielder Stephen Schwartz will have his Tony-nominated musical “Working” produced in his hometown this winter at ACT of Connecticut.

The contemporary theater will produce a modernized version of “Working” featuring music from James Taylor and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“Working” will run from Feb. 14 through March 10 at ACT, which is located at 36 Old Quarry Road.

Tickets are on sale now at actofct.org.

‘Hot Stove League’ returns Jan. 26

New York Mets play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen will return to the Ridgefield Library on Saturday, Jan. 26, for the library’s 2019 installment of its popular “Hot Stove League” program.  

He’ll entertain questions from the audience, share anecdotes from his 30 years broadcasting the Mets and provide his take on the upcoming season.

Cohen was recently inducted to the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame alongside his broadcasting partner and former Mets player Keith Hernandez.

The event runs from 2 to 3:30, but seating begins at 1. Attendance is limited to the first 200 people. The library’s 2017 Hot Stove League event sold out quickly.

Tickets are available online at ridgefieldlibrary.org  or at the library, starting Monday, Dec. 10.

In conjunction with the Hot Stove event, there’ll be opportunities to bid on Mets game packages and memorabilia.

Bids on the seating packages can be made in person at the library through Jan. 26. Raffle ticket packages begin at $5 and will be available on Jan. 26 at the library.

Lounsbury House to host ‘Ladies Night Out’ tonight

The Lounsbury House’s Ladies Night Out Holiday Boutique is tonight, Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 9.

The event will include wine, food, and shopping.

The event also includes door prizes and a free chair massages from Elements Massage.

Tickets are $15 at the door.

Ridgefield School of Dance to host Nutcracker

The Ridgefield School of Dance will present The Nutcracker ballet, a perennial holiday favorite, along with Winter Magic, a jazz performance on Sunday, Dec. 16, at

Ridgefield High School, at 1:30 pm. Tickets are on sale through theridgefieldschoolofdance.com or at the door.