Ridgefield happenings: Senior luncheon, RABC golf tournament and Exchange Club dinner

Bridge classes
Beginner Bridge Continued runs Wednesdays, April 24-May 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The class covers takeout doubles, the Stayman convention, Jacoby transfers, play of the hand techniques and more. 
Bridge Continued will be held Tuesdays, April 23-May 28, from 1-3 p.m. This class is for players who know fundamentals and wish to improve both their bidding and playing out the hands. 
Classes are offered by Ridgefield Continuing Education.
Cost is $128. A discount is available for Ridgefield seniors. Advance registration is required. Visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.
Golf tournament will support RABC
Ridgefield A Better Chance (RABC) will host its annual golf tournament at the Ridgefield Golf Course Wednesday, May 1.
After golf, all participants and their guests are invited to an old-fashioned (also described as delicious and famous) country buffet dinner hosted by Philip and Christine Lodewick at Wicklo's Maple Hill Farm, 201 Spring Valley Road.
Cost is $195 per person. Cost is $45 to bring a guest to dinner.
To register, visit ridgefieldabc.org.
Exercise classes
Total body workouts and other movement classes start soon through Ridgefield Continuing Education.
Express Sculpt runs for eight sessions, beginning Tuesday, April 23, from 6-7 p.m., with a $96 fee. Continuous movement to music with an intense abdominal session. All levels are welcome. Some weights are available, but participants may bring their own weights. 
Tai Chi starts Friday, April 26, from 10-11 a.m. for seven sessions, $84. Beginning Yang Long Form is 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for eight sessions, $96.
Zumba starts Monday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 24, from 6-7 p.m. for five sessions. Tai Chi, Zumba, Calorie Burner, Yoga, Barre-Lates, Line Dance, and Ballroom also are offered. Classes meet five to nine sessions and cost $62 to $108. A discount for Ridgefield seniors age 62 and older and disabled residents is offered. 
Advance registration is required. To register, or for more information, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call 203-431-2812.
Chinese history program
The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor is what scholars call an interesting part of China’s uninterrupted human history that span 5,000 years while the written history of China dates back to the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600–1046 BC), over 3,000 years ago. This workshop covers Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor who had platoons of clay soldiers buried with him to accompany him during his eternal rest.
This class meets on Monday, April 29, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the town hall annex. Cost is $31. Ridgefield seniors age 62 and over pay $24. A class on Ancient Chinese Musical Instruments also is available on Monday, May 6. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call 203-431-2812.
Senior luncheon at Lounsbury House
The Lounsbury House will host a senior luncheon Monday, April 29, from noon to 2 p.m. The lunch will feature a dancing performance from Arthur Murray Dance Studio that begins at 1:30. 
In addition to the headliner performance, a three-course meal to be catered by Atria Senior Living will be served compliments of the Paul and Johanna Laszig Fund for the Elderly, Wadsworth Russell Lewis Fund, Ridgefield Lions Club, Barker Welfare Foundation, Kellen Foundation and Ridgefield Thrift Shop. The complementary monthly luncheons are open to adults 65 and older.
For more information, visit lounsburyhouse.org. For reservations, call 203-438-6962.
Nonfiction writing course
Life Sketches with Kim Kovach, a nonfiction writing course, will be offered by Ridgefield Continuing Education Wednesdays, April 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the town hall annex. 
New and experienced writers are welcome to this introduction to writing narrative nonfiction (memoir, personal essays). 
Art-Inspired Writing is another class that starts in July.
Advance registration is required. Cost is $103. Ridgefielders age 62 and over pay $82. To register or for more information, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call 203-733-0313.
Ridgebury church  to host Yale’s Redhot and Blue 
Yale’s Redhot and Blue jazz-singing group will perform at Ridgebury Congregational Church’s Meetinghouse, Ridgebury Road on Saturday, April 13, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Redhot and Blue, which was founded in 1977, has expanded its repertoire to include a wide variety of genres, from Broadway hits to the Beatles to Britney Spears. 
Tickets are available at eventbrite.com/e/redhot-blue-tickets or at the door.
Alzheimer’s support group
The Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group of Ridgefield will be meeting at First Congregational Church, located at 103 Main Street, Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. The group meets the second Thursday of every month. The FCC is a new location for the group, which previous met at St. Stephen’s Church.
For more information, call Tina Moskwa, 203-438-6240, or Maria Victor-Smith, 203-300-4801.
Barbecue festival planned at St. Stephen’s
Ridgefield Barbecue and Music Festival, formerly known as Ridgefield Gone Country, will return this spring. 
The two-day festival isn’t just donning a new name — it’ll be held at a new location, St. Stephen’s Church.
This year’s event also include a full slate of bands on a festival-size stage with professional sound. A total of nine bands will perform over the two days — May 4 and May 5 — comprised of national, regional and youth bands playing a mix of classic rock, pop, punk, soul, blues and country rock.
Tommy James award
Tommy James will receive the Ridgefield Rotary International’s Paul Harris award Saturday, April 13, for his contributions towards The End Polio Now Concert last year.
For tickets to James’ concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse later that night, call 203-438-5795.
Exchange Club dinner will support child abuse prevention
Exchange Club of Ridgefield will host a benefit dinner Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m., at Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury
Proceeds will be donated to the Exchange Club’s national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse.
For more information, email Nick Percival at npercival@snet.net.