Ridgefield happenings: Wreath Festival, medical ethics, and the Role in the Hay Players

Role in the Hay Players are David Fritsch, Rick Haylon, Rick Hodder, Pamme Jones, Monica O’Brien, Jeff Pliskin, Melissa Deal Power, and Lisa Tancredi. — Pat Halbert photo
Role in the Hay Players are David Fritsch, Rick Haylon, Rick Hodder, Pamme Jones, Monica O’Brien, Jeff Pliskin, Melissa Deal Power, and Lisa Tancredi. — Pat Halbert photo

The following are a list of events happening in Ridgefield this weekend and next week:

Improv returns to Theater Barn Oct. 12

Ridgefield Theater Barn will bring back the Role in the Hay Players for their next installment of “Whose Barn Is It Anyway,” Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m.  

The improv-based performance features no script and no plot. Actors create spontaneously in response to suggestions from the audience.

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

The Theater Barn is located at 37 Halpin Lane. 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 strongly recommended.

‘Komedy Club’ to host auditions at Kafo

The Komedy Club will hold auditions, which are open to the general public, at KaFo, 417 Main Street from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19.

The club will provide the microphones. Comedians are welcome.

The Komedy Club will also be hosting a Halloween and cast party on Friday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m.to 10 p.m. at KaFo. Guests are invited to come in costume as prizes will be given. Comedians are welcome for auditions. All are welcome.

ROAR to host ‘Furry Friends Festival’ Oct. 21

The annual ROAR/Blue Buffalo Furry Friends and Family Fall Festival will be held at Ridgefield Parks and Recreation, 195 Danbury Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

This popular event will include a dog and owner costume parade with prizes, a variety of children’s games and crafts, activities for dogs, food trucks, live music, a K-9 demo and well exams on kids’ stuffed animals.

Admission is $5 for kids 11-plus years and adults, and free for children 10 and under. The rain date is Oct. 28. Visit roar-ridgefield.org to learn more about ROAR and its mission to rescue cats and dogs and arrange adoptions.

Rec center, Ridgefield Supply to host blood drives

Ridgefield residents may give blood at the rec center, 125 Danbury Road, Thursday, Oct. 18, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Ridgefield Supply, 29 Prospect Street, will also host a blood drive two days later — on Saturday, Oct. 20 — from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments may be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross blood donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).

National Charity League to host info session

National Charity League’s Ridgefield chapter will host an information session for prospective members on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Garden House at the Keeler Tavern.

The chapter will be holding its annual membership drive beginning Dec. 1, seeking qualified candidates of girls entering seventh through tenth grades in the fall of 2019.

For further information, contact Stefanie Lavorgna at membershipridgefieldarea@nclonline.org.

Wreath Festival returns

Founders Hall will host its biennial Wreath Festival this November.

Residents can purchase a wreath for $25 and decorate it. Wreaths can be donated back to Founders Hall to be sold at the festival. All proceeds will support lifelong learning fitness and fun for more than  3,600 Founders Hall members.

The Wreath Festival will open with a holiday party on Friday, Nov. 16, and continue through Sunday, Nov. 18. Shoppers will find wreaths, garlands, swags, fresh miniature boxwood trees and a boutique stocked with holiday gifts, home décor items, kitchen goods, jewelry, accessories and more.  

Admission to the Wreath Festival is free; opening party tickets are $60. Wreath designers who buy a ticket to the opening party will receive an additional ticket free of charge.

For more information or to buy a wreath, call Cindy Nesbitt at 203-431-7000.

Career workshops

One-on-one career and job search workshops are available in October through Ridgefield Continuing Education. Dates in addition to those listed below can be scheduled.

Résumé Assistance is Friday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. ($49 per one hour session). Job Search Techniques is Friday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 2 p.m.

LinkedIn One on One is Friday, Oct. 12, or Wednesday, Nov. 7, from noon to 1 p.m.  Using LinkedIn for Your Job Search is Wednesday, Oct. 17, or Friday, Oct. 19, noon to 1 p.m. Interview Skills is Wednesday, Oct. 24, or Friday, Oct. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. Cost is $49. Career Assessments (Myers-Briggs, Skills Card Sorts, and More) is available in November.

Advanced registration is required at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Exercise classes

Super Stretch is a new course in Ridgefield Continuing Education.  Participants will learn easy, effective no-impact exercises (mostly lying or sitting) for the body’s 600-plus muscles from head to toe. A stretched out body is protected against stress, insomnia, and less prone to injury. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Attendees bring a thick mat to class.

Classes are available on Mondays, Oct. 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 19, 26; Dec. 3 and 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School. Cost is $96. Senior discount is available. Advanced registration is required at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

iPad and iPhone workshops

iPad and iPhone workshops are available through Ridgefield Continuing Education.  
The Get the Most Out of Your iPhone class (Friday, Oct. 26, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; $39) covers use of email, calendar and maps; how to take photos and videos; listen to music and podcasts; organize your apps and a look at Apple’s App Store where you can download a wide variety of apps, both free and paid. Bring your iPhone, Apple ID and password to our wireless classroom.  

The iPad Quick Start class (Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon; $39) focuses on the fundamentals: Internet, messaging, FaceTime, apps, and use of the camera and in addition offers tips for advanced use.  
These classes meet at the Venus Building. Ridgefield senior discount is available. Advanced registration is required at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Photoshop classes

Photoshop Elements Phase 2 is a Ridgefield Continuing Education class for people with good computer skills who have had a prior class in Photoshop or equivalent experience and know how to use the basic selection tools.

Class meets on Tuesdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30.

Tuition is $119; Ridgefield seniors and people with disabilities pay $95. Advanced registration is required at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Cops to host 5K to benefit Women’s Center Nov. 4

The Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association will host a race titled, “Cops and Robbers 5K” that benefits the Women's Center of Greater Danbury Sunday, Nov. 4.

All participating runners all get a head start in the race, which is set to start at 7:30 in downtown Ridgefield.

After the runners go, Ridgefield police officers will “give chase” trying to catch up, and $1 will be donated per runner for every runner that the officers collectively catches — or in this case, passes — on the roadway.

Visit runsignup.com/Race/CT/Ridgefield/RPDCopsRobbers5k to sign up. The cost to run is $30.

Dr. Caplan to talk about medical ethics at library

As part of the Ridgefield Library’s “Still Alive: 200 Years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein series,” Dr. Arthur Caplan will give a talk called, On the Frontiers of Medical Ethics, at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. Genetic ancestry testing, genetically engineered babies, and face transplants — where are we going and should we go there? These are just some of the sensitive topics that will be discussed in this talk.

Dr. Caplan, a Ridgefield resident, is a professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. He is the head of the ethics program in the Global Institute for Public Health at NYU and author or editor of more than 35 books.

Register at ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 for more information.

Sunday Family Talk at Keeler Tavern

The second Family Talk at Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center’s #HandsOnHistory Month will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Keeler Tavern Carriage Barn, 132 Main Street.

Families will be able to walk through the exhibition and participate in cleaning, spinning, dyeing, and weaving wool. Hands-on activities for all ages include carding wool, spinning fibers, dyeing with natural dyes, and tactile learning through manipulating different fibers and textiles.

Sunday Family Talks are part of Keeler Tavern’s #HandsOnHistory Month programming, in conjunction with the special exhibition, “Threading the Needle: From Field to Fabric,” which runs through Oct. 31. Admission to both the exhibition and the talks is free. More information at keelertavernmuseum.org.

Ridgefield A Better Chance to host Caribbean barbecue

Ridgefield A Better Chance (RABC) will be hosting “A Taste of the Caribbean Barbecue” on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Silver Spring Country Club, 439 Silver Spring Road.

Residents are invited to enjoy food, fun and island-style music. There will be salsa demonstrations and lessons by Arthur Murray Dance Studio, face painting, games, photo booth and steel drum band.

The current RABC scholars will be attending and talking about this program that changes lives.

For tickets, go to ridgefieldabc.com/bbq and for more information: ridgefieldabc.org/bbq.

RVNA to host annual meeting Oct. 24

Friends, supporters and those interested in learning more about the Ridgefield Visiting Nursing Association are invited to attend the RVNA’s annual meeting Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at RVNA headquarters, 27 Governor Street.  

The event will include a state-of-the-agency report and message from President and Chief Executive Officer Theresa Santoro, followed by a reception recognizing RVNA incorporators.  Incorporators have made significant contributions to RVNA over time and act as RVNA ambassadors in the community.

The event is sponsored by Webster Bank and is open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, contact Joanna Roche at 203-438-5555, ext. 1317, or jroche@ridgefieldvna.org.