Starting to think about your family’s 2019 tick bite prevention strategy? Looking for the most effective ways to keep your backyard tick free?

The tick experts from Western CT State University, the Ridgefield Health Department’s BLAST Program, Western CT Health Network and Lyme Connection will host a premiere screening of "Spray Safe, Play Safe: Tick Control Gets Reel” at the Ridgefield Playhouse Wednesday, April 10, from 6-8 p.m.

"We’re rolling out the (Lyme) green carpet to showcase a series of short films featuring Ridgefield friends and local celebrities who’ve joined the effort to provide up-to-date information on tickborne disease prevention," said Jennifer Reid. "Follow the story of neighbors planning a tick-free backyard block party. You will be drawn into their world as they learn how ticks behave, how to protect their families from tick bites, and how to safely treat their properties to reduce tick populations."

While the tone is lighthearted, the recommendations are solidly based on science and focused on keeping children safe.

Along with the film, there will be refreshments, giveaways, tick control information, and photo opportunities with Fran the Tick.

Admission to this family-friendly event is FREE, but tickets are required. For tickets, go to SpraySafePlaySafe.org.

The Spray Safe, Play Safe film series was funded by a Healthy Communities Grant from the US EPA and produced by the Tickborne Disease Prevention Laboratory at Western Connecticut State University and the Ridgefield Health Department’s BLAST Tickborne Disease Prevention Program. The opening night premiere event is sponsored by Western Connecticut Health Network and Lyme Connection.