Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers make CHIRP debut Aug. 9

Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers will be performing for the first time at Ballard Park on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m.

Harpe is a Boston-based blues singer who has won multiple awards in the city.

For more information, visit erinharpe.com.

Rain venue is the Ridgefield Playhouse, located at 80 East Ridge. The free CHIRP concert is underwritten by Chris Pike of Ridgefield Music.

St. Stephen’s Nutmeg Festival is Aug. 11

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will hold its 112th Nutmeg Festival on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the church campus.

Nutmeg 2018 features the magic of Ben Nemzer, as well as food, music, antiques, books, children’s games, a white elephant sale and many other activities for all ages.

A large portion of festival proceeds will benefit local charities. There is no admission fee. Go to nutmegfestival.org or call 203-438-3789 for additional information.

Bridge and mahjong classes

Bridge and mahjong are wonderful social games that can be played on many levels, each of them providing a good mental workout. Day and evening classes start soon through Ridgefield Continuing Education.

Mahjong for Beginners starts Tuesday, Sept. 25 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Sept. 27, (1 to 3 p.m.); meets six weeks and costs $128.

Beginner Bridge meets Wednesdays, Sept. 26 through Nov. 14, (six sessions; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $128) which covers the basics of bridge bidding and play.

Bridge Continued, which meets Tuesdays, Sept. 25 through Nov. 13, (seven sessions; 1 to 3 p.m.; $149) takes you further into bidding, strategy, and play of the hand and is for people who have had beginners bridge or similar experience.  

Ridgefield senior discount is available (age 62 and over). Advanced registration is required. Registration at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Guitar for beginners

Introduction to Acoustic Guitar, available through Ridgefield Continuing Education, is a beginners class that will teach the technique needed to deal with the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic possibilities of this instrument. Participants need to bring a playable acoustic guitar and visit ridgefieldschools.org/music.htm for a list of other items to bring.

The class meets on Wednesdays, Sept. 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24; Nov. 7, 14 and 28. The class for continuing beginners (new people with a little experience and people continuing from last winter and spring) meets on Mondays, Sept. 24; Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 19 and 26 (no class Oct. 8 or Nov. 12). Classes meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School and costs $149. Advanced registration is required. Ridgefield senior discount is available. Registration at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Ron Hill returns to host Theater Barn improv

The Ridgefield Theater Barn, at 37 Halpin Lane, has invited back Ron Hill from The PIT in New York City to host “Whose Barn Is It Anyway?” comedy improv show Saturday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. Also the improv group Role in the Hay Players will perform and feature David Fritsch, Rick Hodder, Pamme Jones, Monica O’Brien, Melissa Deal Power and Lisa Tancredi.

Due to the spontaneous nature of improvisation, performances may contain adult language and themes that may not be suitable for children.

Seating is cabaret style and the audience is invited to bring food and beverage. Doors open at 7 p.m.; tickets are $22 and available at ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org. Reservations are recommended.

Margarita Run to benefit Sunrise Cottage

Southwest Cafe will host its 12th annual Margarita 5K race benefiting Sunrise Cottage Saturday, Aug. 4,

The Saturday evening race provides a wonderful night out for participants, with Southwest Cafe providing a post-race margarita for all 21+ finishers.

Participants can stay for the post-race party, featuring a live band playing in front of Southwest Cafe in Copps Hill Common.

“It is a fun way to support Ridgefield’s Sunrise Cottage, a residence where developmentally disabled adults live close to their families and stay actively connected to their community, which means that everyone benefits,” said Barb Nevins, owner of Southwest Cafe.

Registration is available now at southwestcafe.com.

For more information, contact Nancy Barlow at 917-921-8481 or email her at training@ridgefieldrunning.com.

Radio Free Honduras makes Ballard Park return Aug. 7

Radio Free Honduras returns to Ballard Park for the CHIRP concert on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m.

The Chicago-based band is united under one goal: Promote the music of Charlie Baran,

For more information, visit RadioFreeHonduras.com.

Rain venue is East Ridge Middle School. The free concert is underwritten by HamletHub.

Novel writing

Write Your Novel, a Ridgefield Continuing Education class with author Michael Canavan, covers how to produce a finished novel, one step at a time.

Advanced registration is required. Cost is $128. Class is Thursdays, Sept. 27 through Nov. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Veterans Park School. A follow-up class, Striking the Right Tone with Your Novel or Short Story, for people whose novel or short story is fairly far along, starts Nov. 8. Visit ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 to register.