Danbury Irish festival to return, other community highlights
Women’s conference to be held
A women’s conference, “Leap of Faith,” will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Walnut Hill Community Church.
Meredith Andrews, a Gospel Music Association Dove Award winner, will lead the conference, which will include a worship session and two talks. Women Get Real Ministries will host the event. $25 for advance purchase at https://leapoffaithconference.eventbrite.com. For more information, visit www.WomenGetReal.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medicaid program to be held
The Bethel Public Library will offer the seminar "Medicaid and Long Term Care Planning" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Lynda Lee Arnold, an attorney with Czepiga, Daly, Pope & Perri, will give advice on the application process for Medicare and learn how to protect their assets in a crisis situation.
Learn iCloud at library
Burnham Library will host a program, “What the Heck is iCloud?”, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Michael Jay, tech tutor and former Apple Store specialist, will lead the interactive workshop on the iCloud feature and its relationship to an Apple ID.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their iPhone, iPad and/or Mac laptop.
For more information and RSVP, call the library at 860-354-6937 or email email@example.com.
Memorial to honor veterans
A local artist has painted a memorial to honor veterans at a Vietnam veteran’s house.
The memorial, created by artist Roy Cutting, feature an eagle, a soldier, Vietnam era helicopter and an American Flag. It was painted on a boulder outside the Vail Road home of Ken Kovacs, who served as a medic in Vietnam.
The artwork is meant to remember all veterans, but especially those who served in Vietnam.
Irish festival to honor founder
The 2019 Danbury Irish Festival will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Danbury Portuguese Cultural Center.
Irish music, Irish dance, cultural activities, Irish food, beer and a children's area will be featured. The
This year’s festival honors the memory of Gerry Curran, founder of the festival and past president of the Danbury Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, who died in July. Curran created the Irish Festival in 1995 with the help of Sharon Higgins, then Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians President Sharon Higgins, to raise funds for the Danbury Hibernians to build their own hall.
Crafts, drafts featured at fundraiser
Housatonic Habitat for Humanity will hold a Crafts N’ Drafts fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Danbury Elks Lodge #120 at 36 Hollow Rd. to benefit Habitat-built affordable homes for local working families.
The event will include a selection of artisan beers from Nod Hill Brewery which are paired with comfort foods from local restaurants.
There will also be a competition between the sexes refereed by DesignDot called, "HE SHED/SHE SHED.” Other crafters will explore other creative avenues from puppetry, woodworking, and arts and crafts.
Wooster School to host workshops for CT educators
Wooster School is partnering with a group from Columbia University for a series of conferences for teachers and administrators from Connecticut schools.
The first event will be held Monday in coordination with the Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Lucy Calkins, who founded the project, will present “Tap into the Transformational Power of an All-in Writing Workshop.”
Other presentations are planned on Sept. 27, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6.
Soprano to perform
Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts will host Soprano Kyung Hee Kim at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Richter House.
Admission is free and general parking is in the nearby golf course parking lot.
Speech club recognized
The WestConn Toastmasters Club has been recognized as a Distinguished Club in the worldwide Toastmasters Organization. The club received this award, in part, for having six members become more confident public speakers. They each completed a series of speeches which developed various aspects of effective communication.
Quiz night returns
Kent Memorial Library will hold Kent Quiz Night at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kent firehouse on Maple Street.
It is open to teams of four adults.
The highest scoring team will win a $200 prize. Chances for a wine basket are $10 and will be sold throughout the night. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Attendees are invited to bring refreshments.
It’s $50 per team, or $60 at the door.
Each team, which must have a name, is asked to bring a bottle of wine to put in the basket for a final wine basket prize.
For more information and sign up, call the Main Street library at 860-927-3761 or visit www.kentmemoriallibrary.org.
Artists to perform
Groovin’ in New Fairfield will host Suzie Vinnick, with special guest Steve Kirkman, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the New Fairfield Senior Center.
Tickets are $10 and doors open at 6:45 pm. A moderately priced dinner catered by Bruno’s Restaurant before the show.
Advance tickets can be purchased at the senior center by calling 203-312-5665 or by mail. Payments made by mail should be payable to Groovin’ in New Fairfield, and sent to GINF c/o New Fairfield Sr. Center 33 Rt.37 New Fairfield, CT 06812.
Children get chance to perform ‘Frozen’
TheatreWorks New Milford’s TW Kids program will offer “Frozen Jr.”
Students ages 7 to 17 are invited to attend the program, which will run Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning this Saturday, up through Dec. 14.
Instructors will take students through the audition and rehearsal process in an authentic theater setting. The students will then perform for friends, family and the public Dec. 14 and 15.
Many roles will be available for beginning and experienced children and teens.
Tuition is $500.
All classes and performances will take place at TheatreWorks, 5 Brookside Ave.
Club Mud program starts after school
The Village Center for the Arts in New Milford will offer its Club Mud program after school art programs this fall, with the first class set for Tuesday.
Club Mud will be available for children ages 5 to 7 and 7 to 14 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays.
A variety of classes will be offered over six weeks.
For more information and dates, call the 12 Main St. studio at 860-354-4318.
Reusable bags to benefit arts program
The Village Center for the Arts is this month’s beneficiary of the Big Y Community Bag Program.
Under the program, which launched in January, VCA will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable community bag is purchased at the Route 7 location, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag.
Celebrate Jazzercise’s 50th anniversary
Jazzercise New Milford will celebrate Jazzercise’s 50th anniversary with an open house, featuring free classes, prizes and sign-up promotions, from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
A dance mix will be offered at 9 a.m., followed by fusion at 10 a.m. at Jazzercise, 99 Danbury Road (Route 7), across from Home Depot.
Light snacks and water will be provided.
For more information, contact Christine at 860-248-5357 or visit www.jazzercise.com.
Program looks at aging
Village Crest Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 19 Poplar Street, will host an educational seminar on preserving assets and independence as you age on Wednesday.
Probate Judge Martin F. Landgrebe will be joined by local elder law attorneys Thomas E. Murphy and Michele F. Murphy. They’ll will address various aspects of probate including guardianship, wills, trusts, estate taxes, annuities and ways to qualify for benefits.
It starts at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments and the presentation to follow at 6 p.m.
For more information and to RSVP to this limited seating program, contact Julie A. Brown, Director of Community Outreach at (203) 312-3441 or Julie.Brown@nathealthcare.com
Fitness program at the library
Lisa Lent, group fitness instructor and licensed massage therapist, will offer an intuitive movement integration program, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at New Milford Public Library.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a mat and water bottle.
For more information, call 860-606-4043. Pre-registration is required through the library by calling 860-355-1191.
Auditions begin for choral society
The Connecticut Choral Society is seeking new members to join them for the 2019/2020 season, which features a Rutter Holiday event and a spring celebration of the society’s 40th anniversary. All vocal parts are needed.
Auditions will be held in the Glover Community Room at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown on Monday evenings beginning this week through Oct. 7.
Annual house tour marks 10th year
The 10th annual Sherman House and Garden Tour, sponsored by the town’s Democratic Town Committee, will be held Saturday.
This event continues its tradition of a self-guided tour through private country homes and gardens in town.
The tour will begin at 10 a.m. in the Sherman School parking lot, where ticketholders will receive the property guides and maps.
Tour guides will greet visitors and highlight the features of each special home.
Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 the day of the event, and will be available at Sherman Wine and Spirits.
A portion of ticket sales will fund the Guido J. Tino Memorial Scholarship Award.
For more information, call 860-354-2076.
Registration open for Mazel Tots
B’nai Israel Religious School is accepting registration for Mazel Tots, which meets from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday mornings at the Walzer Family Jewish Center.
Mazel Tots is an hour long interactive and engaging program for 3 and 4 year old. It costs $75 for the entire academic year. Temple membership is not required.
Library screens climate change documentary
Gunn Memorial Library and the Washington Environmental Council and the First Congregational Church in Washington will co-present a screening of a National Geographic climate change documentary “Paris to Pittsburgh” at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A question and answer session will follow at the Wykeham Road library.
For more information and RSVP, call 860-868-7586.
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