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Bethel band celebrates 25 years of shows, other community highlights

March 24, 2019

BethelBird expert to speakAn expert will share secrets about birds’ favorite plants at an event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Byrd’s Books.Kate Pratt, from The Audubon Center at Bent of the River in Southbury, will lead the free event. Register at https://conta.cc/2IWyBPl.BethelBand celebrates 25 years of showsFiddler’s Brawl recently celebrated 25 years of monthly performances at Whitocks Restaurant.State Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan, D-Bethel, presented a citation from the General Assembly to the band at its March 7 performance. The “Brawl” performs at the restaurant on the first Thursday of the month.BrookfieldConcert to feature classic worksThe Sherman Chamber Ensemble will perform a “Concert for Peace” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Brookfield Library.The free program will feature works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Rogers and Hammerstein, Gershwin, Lennon and McCartney, and more. Musicians include Susan Rotholz, flute; Bob Zubrycki, violin; Laura Bald, violin; Adria Benjamin, viola; and Eliot Bailen, cello.Brookfield residents Barbara and Albert Uziel are sponsoring the event. No tickets are necessary. A reception with light refreshments, sponsored by The Friends of The Brookfield Library, will follow.DanburyVolunteers to be recognizedTwo longtime volunteers will be honored at the Knights of Columbus’ upcoming luncheon.The event will recognize Deacon Richard P. Kovacs and Pete Passarelli, who have long served those in need as part of their roles on the McGiviney Council #29.The lunch is at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Amber Room Colonnade. The cost is $55 per person.DanburyStudents try on hijab for dayStudents at Western Connecticut State University recently tried on a hijab for a day as part of an event to teach the community about the headscarf.The Muslim Student Association held the program, which was open to non-Muslims. The event was held on Feb. 28.DanburyInternational Women’s Day celebratedProviders from Women’s Health, a department of the Greater Danbury Community Health Center, were among the organizations invited to an International Women’s Day event hosted by Head Start of Northern Fairfield County.About 45 women attended the special night on March 8, which included representatives from two other organizations, Women’s Center of Greater Danbury and Families Network of Western CT, and three guest speakers. The women were treated to a sit-down, catered dinner and each left the event with a rose.DanburyDance event to benefit hunger preventionHillside Food Outreach will host its 11th annual Dancing with Our Stars from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ethan Allen Inn to benefit its work in ending hunger in Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield Counties.Hillside volunteers deliver healthy and nutritious foods to over 2,000 men, woman and children in need. Dancing with Our Stars has raised over $250,000 since its inception and the Arthur Murray of Danbury studio has been its longtime partner in this event.The event features nine members of the community who signed up for the event and take weekly dance lessons (donated by Arthur Murray of Danbury) for three months. Community members have voted for their favorite dancer for $10 a vote to benefit Hillside’s programs. Two champions will be named at the event. One will get the people’s choice award and the other will be named by the judges, who vote that night. Each dancer (five women, four men) will be paired up with an Arthur Murray instructor.Tickets include dancing and dinner.DanburyStudents to present artEight Western Connecticut State University graduate student candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree in 2019 will present their works in the M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition running from this Friday through April 8.Presentations are in the Art Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus.An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the gallery. Viewing hours during the exhibition will be from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission will be free to the reception and the exhibition, and the public is invited.DanburyConcert to feature music by Jewish composersThe Danbury Music Centre has announced the Charles Ives Concert Series will present “Music by Jewish Composers” at Congregation Shir Shalom in Ridgefield at 4 p.m. Sunday.The concert will feature violinist Avi Nagin, cellist Julian Schwarz, and pianist Marika Bournaki, all of whom are familiar faces on the Ives Series and nationally recognized chamber musicians and soloists.The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door.New MilfordExercise to benefit Women’s CenterJazzercise New Milford will host a fundraiser for the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.The event includes 75 minutes of high-intensity dance moves and strength training team taught by the Jazzercise instructors. Larry Schmitt will then lead a 30-minute easy yoga session. Snacks and water will be provided.All proceeds will go toward the Women’s Center, which serves individuals, families and the community with prevention, crisis intervention and support services with regard to domestic violence, sexual assault and other major life crises. Suggested donation is $20 (check or cash).New MilfordConcert to benefit art programHunt Hill Farm will offer a concert with Chris Vitarello and the Boogie Boys at 7 p.m. Saturday.Vitarello was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.Local breweries will offer craft beer and food trucks from around the area.Tickets are $20 and will benefit the Ruane Emergency Artist Program at Hunt Hill for acting, drawing, painting, songwriting, music performance and culinary arts.New MilfordStudent’s work selected for ceramics showA New Milford High School student’s art work has been accepted into the the 22nd annual National K-12 Juried Student Ceramics Exhibition.Junior Kyle Paist’s ceramic piece will be shown at the exhibit, which is held in conjunction with Nation Council on the Education for Ceramics Arts conference to be held in Minneapolis, Minn. this week.Close to 1,200 pieces of student work submitted to the exhibition nationally, but only 150 were selected.Paist created his entry last spring in Marcus’ Ceramics II class.New MilfordSale to feature handmade goodsTrinity Lutheran Church will hold a spring bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.The event will feature handmade goods, jewelry, crafts, an Easter basket raffle, food and more.Interested vendors should email despinadesignz@gmail.com.New MilfordTheater company to host auditionsTheatreWorks New Milford will hold auditions from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday for its production of Christopher Durang’s award-winning comedy, “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike.”A cast of two men and four women ages 20-60 is sought, with auditions at the 5 Brookside Ave. theater.Jocelyn Beard of Wingdale, N.Y., is the director of the play, which will begin with rehearsals in early April and the show weekends July 12 through Aug. 3.Professionals and amateurs are welcome.Character breakdowns and sides will be are available at https://theatreworks.us/actors/index.php.Actors should bring a headshot and resume.For more information, call 860-350-6863 or email info@theatreworks.us.NewtownLearn about ’Senior Paw Project’The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary invites local residents to learn about its Senior Paw Project at a special “Lunch and Learn” at noon Friday at the Newtown Senior Center.The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary created the project to address the critical and growing needs of aging Americans who are unable to keep or care for their dogs or cats. Often these animals end up in shelters across the country.RoxburyConcert to benefit church’s outreachThe Doug White Quintet will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Roxbury Congregational Church.The concert, which features Chris Casey, on piano, Past Casey on trumpet, Tido Holt Kamp on drums, Steve “King” Porter on bass and Doug White on tenor saxophone and vocals, will benefit the church’s mission outreach. Admission cost is $15.The jazz band is from Roxbury.RoxburyPoetry event to be heldAn April Fool’s poetry party will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hodge Memorial Library and Museum.Douglas Winkler will serve as moderator for the program that will feature poems selected by Georgette Miller and read by Roxbury luminaries Ellen McCourt, Joe Godfrey, Jenny Schuck and Elizabeth Hubbard.Refreshments will be served.The party is part of an occasional program of poetry readings commemorating specific holidays.RoxburyLibrary to host program on map makingMinor Memorial Library will present a program about the history of map making and a gallery walk with Mark Cohagen at 2 p.m. Saturday.The talk will accompany his exhibition “My Head is a Map,” which features more than 40 maps spanning almost 400 years from his private collection, at the library.SouthburyShow to benefit music, theater departmentThe Southbury Women’s Club is sponsoring a “Dueling Pianos” charity event featuring the Flying Ivories from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Woodbury Brewing Company.The Flying Ivories are professional entertainers from New York City that lead this interactive musical event. Two performers on two pianos deliver an all-request, rock and roll sing-along as they battle each other to deliver the best song of the night.Proceeds will benefit the Pomperaug High School Music Department and the Pomperaug Theatre Company.Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Must be 21 years old and over. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through www.southburywomensclub.org.WashingtonLibrary to host seed programGunn Memorial Library will present a seed starting program with Enya Cunningham, of Back 40 Farm Group, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.Cunningham will cover everything from which seeds to start, when to plant them, how to plant them, what materials and techniques work best, and more.The first 25 patrons to register will take home their potted seeds.The presentation is the kick off to the second season of the Gunn Memorial Seed Library- a partnership with Steep Rock Association’s Judea Garden. At the end of the season, seeds harvested from one of the plants can be brought back to the Seed Library for next season.For more information and RSVP, call 860-868-2310.BirthsA son, Grayson Charles Meeker, was born March 17 at Connecticut Childbirth and Women’s Center to Jeffrey and Megan Meeker.