Judges deciding on the finalists at the gallery at Candlewood Valley Health & Rehab.
ASAP! Summer Campers Johnny Garcia and Eben Gifford
More than 25 Do-It-Yourselfers are participating in Housatonic Habitat’s ReStore Upcycle Challenge 2021. Each participant was given $100 ReStore credit on furniture and materials to use in their Upcycle Challenge project. The ReStore Upcycle Challenge 2021 brings DIY enthusiasts and novices together to transform items found in ReStore’s 10,000 square-foot resale warehouse into one-of-a-kind designer pieces. The transformations will be sold on Saturday, April 24 during Housatonic Habitat’s Earth Month Celebration at the ReStore.
ReStore Upcycle Challenge Participants include: Elizabeth Faulk, Karen Fitzgerald (The Vintage Office & Paper Shop), Jennifer Molinaro, and Kelci Terry & Steven Devaux of Danbury; Pat Catchpole, Katie Korotash (Sincerely KatieK), and Aili Seppa of New Milford; Susan Betterly, Erin McMurray (Alboe Design), Tracy Sideris (Rabbit and The Oak) and Ruth van den Nieuwenhuizen of Ridgefield; Donna Ball, Courtney Danyliw, and Kristy Flynn (Furniture Rehab by Kristy) of Newtown; Staci Janush and Bridee Rexford of Redding; and John Casey and Tammy Lee Dunn of New Fairfield.
Participants from other surrounding towns include: Marian Coletti, of Bethel; Kerri Larkin, of Darien, Kristen Huttunen, of Waterton, Charlotte Adams (Rustic Charm) and Jeff Greene (Jeff Greene Metal Design), of Woodbury; Danielle & Evan Potter (Potter Rebarn), of Stratford, and Daniela Infield, of South Salem, NY.
Library to host program about Irish book
Danbury Library will host a free program about the “Book of Kells.”
Revered even within its own time as the “work of an angel,” the “Book of Kells” is among the most spectacular illuminated manuscripts produced in the early middle-ages, the library said.
In this lecture, emerging scholar of Irish visual culture Sarah Churchill discusses the enduring legacy of the “Book of Kells,” from the Gospel book’s inception to the present day.
Churchill is a PhD candidate and Caspersen Fellow at Drew University, where she researches 20th-century European visual culture, with particular interests in Irish and Northern Irish art, material culture, architecture and photography.
The event will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Greater Danbury Area
Club continues, despite COVID
The Woman’s Club of Danbury/New Fairfield has been holding their monthly meetings virtually since last February. The pandemic has not prevented them from their philanthropic activities. The Community Improvement Program Committee has been supporting Ability Beyond all year long. The committee has organized donations of puzzles, games, art work, sweet treats for holiday celebrations, new bedding and no-sew blankets made by the members.
Seniors win photo contest
On March 1, Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation’s snow-themed “Senior Photography Contest” came to a close. Over 100 submissions were received by seniors ages 65-plus living throughout Fairfield and Litchfield counties. The contest was promoted through local newspapers, social media and grassroots senior programs executed at community centers.
The winners of the snow-themed contest include Doug Mathewson, of Gaylordsville, for first place; Marie Douchkoff, of New Milford, for second place; Stephen O’Neil of Cornwall Bridge, for third place; and Hallie Kerrigan of Bethel,, for an honorable mentioned.
First place will receive a $250 gift card, second place will receive a $100 gift card, third place will receive a $75 gift card and our honorable mention recipient will receive a $50 gift card.
High school plans 40-year reunion
The Joel Barlow High School Class of 1911 is planning its 40-year reunion.
The reunion will take place at Michaels at the Grove in Bethel from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 21. It will be $35 per person and will include a buffet lunch and cash bar and sports such as volleyball and horseshoes.
Virtual bingo to be held
The YMCA is going to play BINGO on Zoom. Registration can be done in advance and Bingo Cards will be sent with a link to the Zoom meeting. $5 will get participants 5 Bingo Cards. The virtual event will take place at 7:30 p.m Thursday.
Drag Queen Bingo returns
KBJB Entertainment’s Drag Queen Bingo is returning with several upcoming shows.
KBJB in conjunction with Drag Queen Story Hour & Deja Vudu Vintage is proud to present Drag Queen Story Hour. Join Mermaid Queen Bella Noche and her friend Kaleidoscope Kali for an hour of reading their favorite books and playing fun games with children of all ages.
The event will take place at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Saturday, March 27 and will take place at Deja Vudu Vintage- 285 Litchfield Rd, New Milford. The event is $10 per child, while a group of three children is $25, and over three children will be $5 for each additional child.
Two shows, called “Love American Style Bingo,” will be held April 3 at the Danbury VFW Post at 5 Byron St.
KBJB will offer prizes and a tribute to the armed forces. The New York Queens who will perform include Ivy Stalls, Bella Noche, KJ Johansen, and host Annie Manildoo. The event is called
The cost is $25 and includes two bingo boards and the show. A portion of all proceeds go directly to VFW Post 149. Food and a full bar will be available for purchase courtesy of the VFW Post 149
The event will be held 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Theater workshops to be held
The Ridgefield Theater Barn is launching three unique workshops this spring as part of their popular kids’ program.
The program will be in three parts. The first, a musical theater workshop, “45 Minutes from Broadway,” celebrates the show tunes of George M. Cohan and students will work on their acting, singing, and dancing skills while getting a glimpse into the “golden age” of musicals. There are two separate classes (one for grades 3-5, the other for grades 6-9) that will end with a showcase-style performance outdoors.
The second workshop (also two separate classes for grade 3-5 and 6-9), “20 Plays in 20 Minutes,” is a great opportunity for kids to play a variety of characters and improve their comedic skills. Finally, exploring some of the best-loved movie musicals from the Golden Age to the present time through lively class discussion and singing activities.
Library seeks candidates for Board of Directors
The Ridgefield Library Association is seeking applications from Ridgefield residents for membership on its Board of Directors
Self-nominations are encouraged. The three-year terms begin on July 1.
The Library Board is a working board, with up to 16 members who are responsible for the organization’s fiduciary oversight, strategic planning and policy-setting. Board members take an active role in helping the Library raise the nearly 30 percent of its annual operating budget that comes through fundraising, donations and gifts.
Completed applications must be received by March 31 for consideration. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of board members, and to apply, contact Library Director Brenda McKinley at [email protected]
Election for Ms. President approaches
Students from fourth to eighth grade will tackle a wide range of topics, run a campaign, present their research, speak on their topic, and display why they should be the next Ms President US of their town.
This organization teaches girls leadership skills.
The election will take place virtually at 4 p.m. through Zoom on March 21.
Southbury Arts Festival 2021
On March 20th, the SAF21 (
The Southbury Arts Festival committee, in partnership with local arts organizations, will broadcast a fully virtual arts festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The event will be broadcast via two zoom channels and a YouTube live stream, with portions to be broadcast on public access stations (times to be announced). Sponsors include the Arts Escape, The New Morning Singer/Songwriter Series, members of the Heritage Village Theatre Guild, Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Southbury, Southbury Printing Centre, and the SAF21 festival committee.
The first fully virtual Southbury Arts Festival will present music, theater, free dance workshops and showcases for the tango and salsa, virtual art exhibits, a reading by local poets and storytellers, a free creative writing workshop, and a free Introduction to Dot Painting workshop.
Summer camp to be held
ASAP!, or the After School Arts Program, announces that its 22nd annual summer arts camp will take place in-person and outdoors at Warren Woods in Warren.
The camp’s theme, “community,” will provide campers with a common thread through which to explore art practices and connect with one another through creative processes.
The location, a 50-acre park with a pond, pavilions and open spaces, will serve as a safe space for children to explore, connect with nature, and connect with each other while following COVID-safety regulations. ASAP! will adhere to state guidelines regarding COVID-19, including distancing, mask-wearing, and restricting cohort sizes.
Nominations sought for teaching prize
ASAP!, or the After School Arts Program, is seeking nominations for its annually awarded Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching. This award aims to recognize teachers whose imaginative assignments and techniques have inspired students to become enthusiastic learners, and to amplify their ideas and practices so they may be adopted by other educators.
The McCourt Prize honors the spirit of Frank McCourt, who was a teacher himself in New York City schools for over 30 years before achieving fame with the publication of his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, “Angela’s Ashes.”
Nominations may be placed through ASAP!’s website by April 15. Nominated teachers must complete a brief application by April 29 in order to be considered for the prize.
Judges deciding on the finalists at the gallery at Candlewood Valley Health & Rehab.