English as a Second Language (ESL), General Education Development (GED), Diploma Program Credit, and Adult Basic Education (ABE) are available free to Ridgefield residents age 17 and more; for the ESL program, classes are available for residents aged 18 and over.

Registration for GED, ABE, and credit diploma courses is open until August 12 at 3 p.m. for returning students and new students. Students must bring a transcript and ID. New students are encouraged to call 203-797-4731 or email [email protected] for class time and location and to schedule an orientation appointment before registration. Classes are scheduled to start on September 7.

Registration for ESL and Citizenship courses is open until August 19 at noon for returning students and new students at Danbury. Students must bring proof of address and ID. Classes are expected to start in early September. For class times and locations, call 203-501-4216.

Technical workshops through Ridgefield Continuing Education

Ridgefield Continuing Education will be offering technical workshops in August filled with tips, tricks and essential information on Google Apps, LinkedIn and other topics.

On August 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a workshop “Using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter” which will cover what these sites offer, how to create accounts and profiles, how to promote yourself and how to join groups and contribute to virtual communities.

On August 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a “Google Docs” course that will cover the basics of editing and sharing on Google’s free cloud-based platform and how to create and share processing documents from text, spreadsheets and presentations. compatible with Microsoft Office. Course participants should have their Google Account and password ready to sign in to Google Docs for the course.

Advance registration is required and there is a discount for Ridgefield seniors 62 and older. To register or find prerequisites, visit www.ridgefieldschools.org.

Ridgefield Continuing Education Drill Course

Ridgefield Continuing Education will be offering exercise classes to community members in August.

Starting August 1, Ridgefield Continuing Education will host a new “Fit and Tight with Barre Workout” session with instructor Pat Anikewich. This seven-session workout will combine aspects of Barre, Pilates, stretching, muscle conditioning, and low-impact cardio; the use of light weights is optional. Classes will take place on Mondays from August 1 to September 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:25 p.m. with no classes on September 5. The cost is $87 per person and classes will be held in person at the Town Hall Annex (66 Prospect Street in Ridgefield); a Zoom option will be available.

Anikewich will also be hosting a full body strength and workout class on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m., August 4-September 15. Classes are $87 per person and will take place in the City Hall Annex with a Zoom option. available.

Ridgefield Continuing Education will be holding Tai Chi exercise classes Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Yoga classes will be Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:45 a.m. and Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. Tai Chi exercise classes and yoga classes are available in person at the City Hall Annex and on Zoom.

Discounts are available for Ridgefield seniors ages 62 and older. Prior registration is required.

To register, visit www.ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

The guests of the church

“A Lazy Afternoon”

On August 14 at 4 p.m., The Meetinghouse, 605 Ridgebury Road in Ridgefield, will host “A Lazy Afternoon” with songs selected from American standards, musical theater and popular culture.

Guests are invited to enjoy Ridgefield Theater Barn Executive Director Pamme Jones’ brand of storytelling and songwriting, featuring music from Adam Gwon, Jason Robert Brown, Frank Sinatra and Rodgers & Hart, among others. Jones will be joined by special guest Duane Lanham, with Lisa Riggs Hobbs conducting “A Lazy Afternoon” providing musical direction and backing.

At $25 per person, tickets can be purchased online at www.meetinghouse.life.

Zoe & Co Sugarbeads hosts summer art and jewelry fair

Zoe & Co Sugarbeads, 393 Main St. in Ridgefield, will host a summer art and jewelry fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 6. The store will feature many of Ridgefield’s artists and jewelry makers showing and selling their work. . Visitors will be able to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at the fair.

Volunteer David Cordisco receives Star Chef Honoree

Ridgefield resident David Cordisco was recently named a “Star Chef Honoree” by Lasagna Love, an honor given to 10 volunteers each year for their tireless support of the cause and their local community. A long-time volunteer and community supporter, Cordisco has been a Lasagna Love volunteer for 18 months and strives to prepare and deliver at least four meals a week.

Star Chef winners will receive special gifts from Lasagna Love and its supporters, RAGU® and Emile Henry, and wide recognition on Lasagna Love’s social media platforms.

Throughout its National Lasagna Day celebration, Lasagna Love will host hundreds of large-scale delivery events to support individual families, first responders, local fire departments, homeless shelters , retirement homes, food banks, Ronald McDonald Houses and various non-profit community support organizations.

Keeler Tavern Museum Summer Programs

From interactive tours and stunning formal gardens to exciting new exhibits and programs, Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, 152 Main St. in Ridgefield, has something for everyone this summer. Additionally, through the state’s Connecticut Summer at the Museum initiative, all Connecticut children ages 18 and under and one accompanying adult receive free admission to the site through September 5.

New this summer, the museum will present a prototype of “The War at Home”, which shares the experiences of the inhabitants of the site during the Battle of Ridgefield in 1777. As part of the museum’s reinterpretation project, staff ensure that that the stories told are inclusive and representative, with particular emphasis on amplifying the voices of former residents whose stories have not been told.

The museum will also offer a series of collaborative public programs with community partners like the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra and the Ridgefield Poet Laureate throughout the summer. Visitors are invited to join the museum outside for music at the museum and poetry in the gardens of the Keeler Tavern Museum. For a more sustained immersion in arts and culture tailored specifically to children, they can check out the Keeler Kids summer program for the weeks of August 1 and August 8. Participants will have the opportunity to build their own “cabinet of curiosities” or design and install an exhibit to be shown to the public this summer.

For more information on site admission, CT Summer at the Museum discounts, public programs, and Keeler Kids, visit www.keelertavernmuseum.org. Additional information (including updates on onsite and virtual programming and Garden House event and rental availability) can be found by visiting @KeelerTavernMuseum on Facebook and Instagram, @KeelerTavern on Twitter, or by emailing [email protected] For questions about school programs and digital learning experiences, email [email protected]