Danbury area dancers compete internationally, other community highlights
Editor’s note: These events are for the week beginning May 13, 2019.BethelDoctor to discuss allergiesA doctor will discuss seasonal allergies at a program from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday in Meeting Room A of the municipal center.Dr. Hameedi, of DOCS Urgent Care of Bethel, will lead the event, hosted by the Social Services Department.Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP with Megan Alworth-Khazadian at 203-794-8537.BethelPlant sale to benefit gardener programThe University of Connecticut Extension Master Gardener Program will an educational event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to raise money for the organization.Native perennial plants, vegetables, annuals and bulbs will be for sale at the Fairfield County Extension Center, with proceeds benefiting the program.BethelTag sale to be heldSt. Anthony Ladies Guild is hosting its annual tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.Proceeds support the upkeep of the church. Adult and children’s clothing, as well as many household items, will be available for sale.BethelAuditions to be heldAuditions will be held this weekend for Bethel Parks and Recreation and era Productions’s performance of “Beauty and the Beast.”The show is open to students in the Danbury area ages 11 to 20. Auditions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at town hall.Cost is $400 per actor. Rehearsals are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning June 3 with performances on July 26 and 27 at Bethel High SchoolActors should prepare a one minute cut song from a musical.Register by visiting the Bethel Parks and Recreation office, calling 203-794-8531 or visiting www.bethel-ct.gov.BridgewaterCommunity service award presentedThe Bridgewater Grange recently presented its Community Service Award to Carol Wilbur.The annual award recognizes individuals or groups that perform outstanding volunteer work for the community.Nancy Mascio gave Wilbur the award at the grange’s April 26 meeting held at St Mark’s Episcopal Church.Wilbur is a leader at St. Mark’s Epsicopal Church, where she was a warden and is the treasurer. She makes flower arrangements, schedules the duties for worship services, organizes and cooks for church dinners and helps with other church events.She has also been the membership chairperson, vice president and president for the Bridgewater Auxiliary and is active on the scholarship committee.Wilbur also bakes for other organizations and events.BridgewaterGarden Club plant sale returnsThe Roxbury-Bridgewater Garden Club will hold its annual plant mart on the lawn of the Bridgewater firehouse on Route 133 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.The sale will feature member-dug and divided perennials, herbs, and organic tomatoes and vegetables, as well as garden boutique items and a display with information on how to attract butterflies to a garden.Members are available to come to people’s homes to divide plants that can be used for the sale.BrookfieldGirl Scouts recognizedThree ambassador scouts from Girl Scout Troop 50897 were recently honored at a ceremony at the the Jason D. Lewis Brookfield Memorial VFW Post.The scouts, Grace Collins, Reese Reiling and Allison Quinn, were recognized as part of the VFWs Scout of the Year Scholarship Program.Collins earned the Scout of the Year award, receiving a scholarship of $150. She will compete at the state level and if successful will move onto the national level, where she could earn a further scholarship up to $5,000 as the National Scout of the Year.Reiling and Quinn were also recognized with Certificates of Appreciation for their volunteerism and service to their peers and community. Each was awarded a scholarship of $100 from the post.The girls earned their Gold Award, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive.For her project, Collins held programs at the schools to raise awareness for mental health. One mother said it saved her son’s life who was contemplating suicide.Quinn led a successful recruiting campaign for the high school marching band. Meanwhile, Reiling organized blood drives, as well as programs to help people become CPR and AED certified.DanburyBook awards open for submissionsSubmissions are being accepted for the 2019 Housatonic Book Awards, hosted by the Western Connecticut State University Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing program. Authors and poets are encouraged to submit their work published in 2018.Awards include a $1,000 honorarium with an additional $500 travel stipend in exchange for the opportunity to lead a one-day, three-hour writing workshop for M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing students. Winners also will give a public reading during students’ weeklong residency at WCSU.Genres accepted include fiction, poetry, nonfiction (and all subgenres), middle grade and young adult literature. Winners for nonfiction, middle grade or young adult will appear at the M.F.A. program’s August residency. Winners in fiction and poetry will appear at the January residency.The submission fee is $25. The application deadline is June 14.Contestants can review detailed submission guidelines online at the Housatonic Book Awards website: https://housatonicbookawards.wordpress.com/guidelines/ .Submit work online using the electronic submission portal: https://alumni.wcsu.edu/housatonic-book-awards .Snail-mail submissions can be sent to: Housatonic Book Awards, WCSU Writing Dept., White Hall 314, 181 White St., Danbury, CT 06810.DanburyLocal men graduate from military trainingTwo Danbury men recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.U.S. Air Force Airmen Elijah E. Amacker and Duwayne A. Brown Jr. completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Amacker is a 2018 graduate of Danbury High School, while Brown is a 2015 graduate.DanburyVolunteers help upgrade Ann’s Place facilityA host of volunteers and donors made significant upgrades to the large community meeting room at Ann’s Place, a nonprofit that serves people facing cancer in the greater Danbury area.The Rotary Clubs of Danbury, Ridgefield and Rotary District 7980 provided the seed funds of $10,000 to get the project started. Labor and support were donated by H&Y Construction (Brookfield), Paul Dinto Electrical Contractors (Middlebury), Doyle Coffin Architecture (Ridgefield) and Seaman Mechanical Services (Danbury).The upgrades include 130 new conference room chairs, a high-quality sound system and construction of a new privacy wall, which separates a noisy entrance area from the main room.Other volunteers who helped with the upgrades included members of the Rotary Clubs of Ridgefield and Danbury, who unpacked and setup chairs and built the dollies; Marc Huberman and John Krieger, who installed the sound system; and Colman Weir, Mike Keegan and Boehringer Ingelheim employees, who painted after the construction was finished.DanburyConcert season ends SundayThe Danbury Concert Association will close its 2018/2019 season with a performance from the Daedalus Quartet at 3 p.m. Sunday.The concert will be held at Veronica Hagman Concert Hall in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on Western Connecticut State University’s Westside Campus.Tickets are $25 per adult and may be reserved within two weeks of performance by calling the WCSU box office at (203) 837-8732 or by going to wcsupac.eventbrite.com. Availability may be limited. It is free for those younger than 18, thanks to a grant from the Danbury Cultural Commission.DanburyStudents earn leadership positionsWooster School recently announced its leadership positions for next school year.Monisha Mohan, of Newtown, was named senior prefect for student life, Ollie Felicione, of Danbury, was named senior prefect for self help, Colin Costigan, of Ridgefield, was named sustainability prefect, Melanie Vazquez, of Danbury, was named James Marshall Chapel prefect, Michaela Zahner, of Danbury, was named dining room prefect, Riley Damiano, of Patterson, N.Y., was named social impact prefect, Summer Qian, of Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, was named student activities prefect, Ali Bratter, of Newtown, was named student ambassador prefect, Max Morales-Thomason, of Redding, was named communications prefect, Charlie Stuhr, of Ridgefield, was named east campus prefect, Sartaj Singh, of Patterson, N.Y., was named central campus prefect, and Ben Everett, of Danbury, was named west campus prefect.DanburyAnnual author luncheon returnsThe 48th annual Book and Author Luncheon of the American Association of University Women, Danbury Area, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Ethan Allen Inn.This event raises money for scholarships for area students. Sherry Winston, award-winning jazz flutist, and Deborah Vadas Levinson, an award-winning journalist, will both present their books and autograph copies.There will be a buffet luncheon, cash bar, raffle and door prizes. It costs $50 per person. Call 203-826-7610 to reserve.DanburyBenefit breakfast this weekA breakfast with Eric Frede and Meghan Culmo will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at The Amber Room Colonnade to benefit Ann’s Place.New FairfieldJuried show benefits preserveThe Great Hollow Photographers Club will open its second annual juried painting and photography show with an artist reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, with the show to follow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center.Prizes will be awarded.A photo walk with Justin P. Goodhart will also be held at the preserve from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday. Participants should meet in the upper parking lot.More than 100 paintings and photographs will be showcased, all of which will be available to purchase as a fundraiser for Great Hollow.For more information, visit www.greathollow.org or email email@example.com.New MilfordPenny auction to benefit seniorsThe New Milford Senior Citizens Advisory Board will hold a penny auction fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the senior center.Food, baked goods and beverages will be sold and there will be a 50/50 door prize. The auction drawings will begin at 1 p.m., with all proceeds to benefit senior programs and events throughout the year.New MilfordPeacocks return to HarrybrookeHarrybrooke Park & Harden House Museum will celebrate the return of the peacocks to the park with a welcome home ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday.The ceremony, led by Mayor Pete Bass, will celebrate the arrival of the park’s new peafowl, Frank and Liz - named for Frank and Elizabeth Harden, who gifted their estate as a park to the people of New Milford.For more information, visit www.Harrybrookepark.org or call 860-799-6520.New MilfordSpring dance for children with special needsThe New Milford Youth Agency will hold a spring dance for all school-aged children with special needs, their families and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at The Maxx.The event will include pool, ping pong and video games.For more information, call 860-210-2030.New MilfordDistracted driving program comes to libraryThe Auto Body Association of Connecticut, Survive the Drive will present its teen driver distracted driving presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at New Milford Public Library.Survive the Drive is a not-for-profit organization that reaches out to drivers to discuss risk awareness, driver consciousness and accident/ injury prevention in a motor vehicle. All ages are welcome.For more information and RSVP, call 860-355-1191, ext. 2 or visit newmilfordlibrary.org.NewtownOutstanding students recognizedThe Newtown Rotary Club recently recognized Newtown’s outstanding students for April. The award recognizes those students who have distinguished themselves through their significant efforts related to community service, citizenship, resiliency, positive attitude, and self-directed learning.Carissa-Leigh Soriano, Henry Reichenbach and Paul Samberg all won.NewtownConcert promotes Sandy HookThe Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity’s sixth annual free outdoor concert, “Rocking the Hook,” will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday on the Village Green.It will take place rain or shine.The 2019 lineup includes Cheap Thrill, The Traveling Danburys and Unclaimed Baggage, along with a special performance by the Jockey Hollow Singers.The Foundry will prepare and sell food on the grounds. Attendees are encouraged to visit the shops and restaurants. Coolers and picnic baskets are permitted.Limited parking is available near the stage, but patrons can park in street spots, and at the United Methodist Church lot on Church Hill Road.The presenting sponsor is Maplewood Senior Living. Other sponsors include the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, Kicks 105.5, Andy Sachs - Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Newtown Economic Development Commission, CT Wellness, and Sennheiser.Visit sandyhookvillage.com or SHOP’s Facebook page for more information.NewtownArt show to benefit ambulance associationAn art show to benefit the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps will continue through July 31.The AIR fine art gallery and the Avance Day Spa host the show, “The Art of Living,” which opened at the beginning of the month. Various paintings will be for sale, with proceeds helping the ambulance corps purchase items such as CPR manikins and a mechanical CPR device called a “thumper.”Spa and gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.RegionLocal dancers compete in international Irish dancing competitionThe Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, based in Newtown and Danbury, had two solo qualifiers and a team compete at the World Irish Dance Championships recently. The event, traditionally held in Ireland but this year in North America, is often dubbed, “the Olympics of Irish Dance,” and brings dancers from countries worldwide together to compete at the highest level.The academy, run by former stars of Riverdance, Craig and Christina Ashurst, is currently enrolling its four-week June season as well as summer camps. Classes are offered for ages 4 and up in Newtown and Danbury. For more information, visit http://www.ashurstirishdance.com or call (203)928-0689.RidgefieldConcert to raise awareness for mental illnessA free “Hope Concert for Mental Illness” will bring awareness to the challenges of mental illness during on Saturday at The Ridgefield Playhouse,Headlining the concert is award-winning singer-songwriter Elza, known for her unique bluesy/jazzy/Americana blend that she calls “acoustic soul.”Maggie Taylor, from Advocacy Unlimited Inc. in New Britain, and other guest speakers will address ways to conquer the stereotypes, fear, stigma and shame of mental illness. State Sen. Will Haskell, D-Westport, is tentatively expected to attend and speak about Connecticut’s legislative priorities around mental health.Held during Mental Health Awareness Month, the concert is sponsored by Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Ridgefield, in association with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connecticut.Although the concert is free, tickets are required. Reserve at http://bit.ly/JesseLeeHope.RoxburyChurch to host saleRoxbury Congregational Church is accepting donations for its annual rummage/bake sale, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Gently used clothing, household items, some small furniture, baked goods and more will be sold.Clothing donations must be on hangers or folded in boxes. Clothing in garbage or plastic bags will not be accepted.A $5 per bag sale will be offered at 1:30 p.m.For more information or to provide items, call Sue at 860-354-1274 before 8 p.m.ShermanHolocaust survivors recognizedMore than 100 people attended a recent program at JCC Sherman to hear how a local man survived the Holocaust.In a video interview, Maks Etingin shared how he and his family spent 10 1/2 months in a hole and how a Christian neighbor helped the family survive the mass killings in their hometown of Vilna, Poland.Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe proclaimed May 1 Holocaust Remembrance Day in the town and recognized Etingin, Susi Leiter, and David Marks—Holocaust survivors from Sherman and New Milford who founded JCC Sherman.ShermanFarm to host programsDeer Pond Farm is offering bird and other programs this weekend.Jim Arrigoni, conservation biologist, and Angela Dimmitt, local expert birder, will lead an “Early Bird Walk” from 6 to 8 a.m. Saturday. Arrigoni will also host a “Not-So-Early Bird Walk” from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.Deirdra Wallin, program coordinator, and Christine Ranno, coordinator of children’s services at the Sherman Library, will hold “Children’s Story Time with Craft & Nature Walk” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.A “Birding Hot Spot Hike” will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday with Cathy Hagadorn, director of Deer Pond Farm.SouthburyChurch helps flooding victimsCalvary Southbury, a nondenominational church, is offering assistance and resources to victims from Mozambique and Malawi after weeks of flooding and storms.Both countries have been ravaged by intense flooding and a cyclone that struck last month.The church plans to supply the displaced people of Malawi and the refugees of Mozambique with fresh water and food. Church members will drill two mechanical wells with a hand pump, located in camps. Sanitation will also be provided through pit toilets.Calvary also purchased and distributed food for a Mozambique refugee center where 750 families are located. These families had not eaten in over a week.The church’s goal is to start with helping 18,000 people.Calvary Southbury is a registered non-government organization in Malawi, operating under the name “Love in Action.” The church’s involvement in communities in Malawi began in 2005. Love in Action runs two feeding centers, one in Malawi and one in Mozambique, and feeds over 265 orphans and aged people a day.Love in Action also assists with farm projects and food distributions, trains leaders, and establishes fresh water wells. The organization is run by nationals in Malawi, and Calvary plays a supporting role.To get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Malawi.”WashingtonClimate change to be discussedGunn Memorial Library will present a talk and visual presentation, “Climate Impact on the Eastern Hemlock,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.Dr. Carole Cheah, entomologist at Valley Laboratory Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, will lead the program, sponsored by Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust.Cheah will share her research on the environmental stressors and their impacts on eastern hemlock health in the context of a rapidly changing climate.The Eastern hemlock is a critical component of many forest and riparian ecosystems in Connecticut and throughout the east.Registration is required by calling 860-868-7586.WashingtonJazz program to be heldGunn Memorial Library will present “A Journey through Jazz” with musicologist, music theorist and award-winning professor Gil Harel at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.For more information and RSVP, call 860-868-7586.WashingtonGunnery veterans to be discussedMichael Kassis, a 2018-19 Gunn Scholar at The Gunnery, will give a presentation, “Unsung Heroes of The Gunnery” at noon Thursday in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library.Kassis will discuss the Gunnery veterans who served from the Korean War through the post-Vietnam War era.The program is part of History Bites, an annual, 10-week lunchtime lecture series held from April through June on topics of local history. Attendees should bring their own lunch, but beverage and dessert will be provided.BirthsA son, Elijah James Davis, was born April 29 at Connecticut Childbirth & Women’s Center to Izaak and Heather Davis.