Danbury-area nonprofit earns grant, other community highlights
DanburySkin cancer screenings to be offeredDanbury Hospital is hosting free skin cancer screenings at the Praxair Cancer Center this week.Danbury area dermatologists will check attendees skin from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Registration closes at 7:45 p.m. each night.DanburyString concert to be heldThe Encore String Quartet will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Richter House.The program is free, but attendees are asked to consider a $10 donation.DanburyStudents celebrate National Walk to School DayNearly 540 students and almost 100 adults participated in National Walk to School Day earlier this month.Mayor Mark Boughton saw walkers off from City Hall and Kevin Walston, assistant superintendent, joined the group heading to Ellsworth School.From Park Avenue School, there were 106 students and 26 adults who participated, while there were 49 students and 19 adults from South Street School. Ellsworth had 173 students and 25 adults walk, while Morris Street School had 209 students and 26 adults.The Greenknoll YMCA hosted the event.DanburyFestival to feature student artImmaculate High School will host the annual Arts in the Park event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.This free, beach-themed event is open to the public and features original and varied artwork produced by IHS students to the musical accompaniment of student musicians and singers. There will also be a silent auction featuring original artwork on repurposed stools, as well as a special T-shirt and original ceramic pendants of seashells and surfboards will be available for purchase.T-shirts can be purchased in advance at www.immaculatehs.org/artsinthepark or at the show.DanburyGarden club plants tree in honor of late membersDanbury Garden Club observed Arbor Day on April 26 in memory of its deceased members in 2018 by planting a flowering tree at Kenosia Park.A memorial plaque was placed at the foot of the tree with the members’ names. Garden club members then planted another flowering tree at Rogers Park School with the help of students, who were given a history of why Arbor Day is celebrated. This is an annual tradition for the club.George Trecina, a horticulturist and landscape designer, will also give a presentation, “My Garden: Lessons Learned,” at 11 a.m. Thursday at the club’s meeting at Hatters’ Park Banquet Hall.Trecina has 30 years of experience and is owner of Land Design and Horticultural Sales in Meriden. Reserve by calling Joan Stapleton at 203-778-9410.DanburyColonial Subaru raises money for hospital foundationColonial Subaru donated $71,425 to the Danbury Hospital Foundation and its alliance with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for specialized pediatric care as part of the 11th national Subaru Share the Love event.The dealership group has raised over $452,000 for charities in the last decade.DanburyImmaculate students win at national competitionImmaculate High School engineering students won two awards at the 2019 National Real World Design Challenge in Washington, D.C., where they represented Connecticut after winning the state competition in January.They won the National Best First Year Team Award for scoring the highest both in the writing and oral sections. The team also won the International Merit Award — Judges Award, which is presented to an exceptional team that the judges felt “had qualities that were not captured by other awards but were worthy of recognition.”This was the first time Immaculate sent a team to the state and national competitions.The team includes James Vigar, ’19, of Ridgefield, Keelan Doherty, ’20, of Danbury, Yuxuan Brittany Hu, ’19 of Ridgefield, Ruining Nancy Yang, ’19 of Danbury, and Mackenzy Garden, ’19, of Danbury. The team is coached by math teacher Jeanine Antonios and mentored by Syed Raza and Ruthanne Szumski of Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Engines.KentArt show opensThe Kent Art Association’s Elected Artists and Solo Artist Show opens on Saturday with a reception at 2 p.m. and the award presentation at 3 p.m. The show is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday though Sunday until June 9.Elected Artist is the highest status of membership offered by the Kent Art Association and is given to a select group of artists whose work has been accepted in at least two juried shows in the past three years and who have submitted an application for Elected Artist status.KentAnnual book sale returnsThe Kent Memorial Library will kick off its annual book sale Memorial Day weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Monday.A bake sale, coordinated by the junior room, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, the sale will be open Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus the Monday holidays.After Labor Day weekend, the sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.The event will feature a wide range of books, with prices starting as low as 50 cents, and a collection of jigsaw puzzles.Donations of books in good condition and plastic bags are accepted.KentRepublicans to host tag saleThe Kent Republican Town Committee will hold a tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kent Common Park to benefit Kent Community Nursery School.Vendor space measuring 12x12 is available for $20 for Kent residents and $25 for non-residents. Cash and check will be accepted.Sign up in advance is preferred, but not essential. For more information, call John Grant at 860-717-1113.New MilfordConcert series kicks offMerryall Center for the Arts will kick off the 2019 season with musical program with the Berkshire Jazz Orchestra at 8 p.m. Saturday.The concert will feature music by Hoagy Carmichael, Phil Woods, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and others.Vocalist Jan Maki will perform standards from the American Song Book.Tickets are $20 and can be obtained by visiting www.merryallcenter.org.For more information and tickets, visit www.merryallcenter.org or call 860-354-7264.New MilfordPlant sale to be heldThe Garden Club of New Milford will hold its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the Village Green.The sale will include divided perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, hanging baskets, pre-planted flower containers, a “Three Sisters” demonstration, and garden-related tag sale items.The not-for-profit club maintains gardens and containers on or near the Green and other plantings throughout the town, provides flower arranging and garden programs that are open to the public, decorates during the holidays, supports conservation issues, and awards a scholarship to a qualifying student.NewtownTickets on sale for Duck RaceThe Newtown Lions Club’s 20th annual Duck Race is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Sandy Hook Center.Race raffle tickets are on sale at various locations, at $5 each. Every ticket bears a number, and a rubber duck marked with that number will be released in the river on race day. All proceeds go to support charitable contributions that the Lions Club makes to over 70 local organizations and causes.Tickets can also be purchased from any member of the Newtown Lions Club, and on race day at the venue until 2 p.m. For more information: http://www.newtownlions.org/pages/duck_race.htmlNewtownWellness workshop starts this weekThe public is invited to attend a free, interactive six-week Live Well Workshop to learn new skills to help take charge of ongoing health conditions beginning this Thursday.The Live Well workshop will be offered at Maplewood at Newtown from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays through June 27.Participants with ongoing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and other chronic illnesses will learn ways of dealing with health concerns. Workshops are also beneficial for caregivers, family and friends of those with chronic conditions. A light lunch will be provided.Live Well is sponsored by The Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging, Connecticut State Unit on Aging and Connecticut Department of Public Health through a grant from the Administration on Aging. All are welcome.Participants who attend at least four of the six sessions will be entered in a drawing to win a gift card or other prize. Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. Call 203-426-8118 to signup.ReddingBarlow Debate finishes season strongBarlow Debate recently wrapped up its postseason by taking top honors at the season regional finale for the Debate Association of New England Independent Schools. Sophomore Claudia Meyer and freshman Ali Siddiqi earned the first-place novice team award. Their combined scores with freshmen Marissa Schrade and Ben Fligelman who were second place last month at Yale, were strong enough to earn Barlow the third-place school award.Students competed in the parliamentary style and had 10 minutes to prepare a new case for each round. Topics included regulating social media firms as utilities, abolishing legacy admissions and ending public funding for American football.ReddingStudents present their workStudents’ research and capstone projects will be presented and on display at Barlow Palooza from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Joel Barlow High School. Advanced Placement science students will also exhibit their research, some of which they have previously presented at science fairs and symposiums.Also featured will be art shows, displaying works from Easton and Redding K-12 students, music performances and an EMT reenactment showing students working in a crisis situation.The public is invited to meet the students and hear about their projects. The demonstrations are a culmination of a semester-long project-based learning experience.The STEM department will also again host an alumni presentation where Joel Barlow graduates will return to share their experiences in STEM fields. Students will also share their experiences with activities, such as the Sikorsky STEM Challenge, Northeast Science Bowl, Forest Bathing, the JBHS Sustainability Club with Composting and Recycling.RidgefieldBreakfast to benefit animal nonprofitSt. Stephen’s Church is hosting a community pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday to benefit BeFreegle Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sanctuary, rehabilitation and placement of beagles that had been used for laboratory research.The breakfast is free, but donations will be accepted on behalf of the foundation.Four beagles, previously adopted through the foundation, will be the event’s special guests. One beagle, Benji, a 2-year-old dog, was adopted by Sue and Michael McKnight, of Ridgefield, after last year’s breakfast.ShermanFestival features asparagusThe White Silo Farm & Winery is hosting it 12th annual Asparagus Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.The menu features six dishes prepared with fresh-picked asparagus. Admission is free. The Hummingbirds will perform from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, while Marty Meyer will perform from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.Sherman5K to benefit farmThe Friends of Happy Acres’ Run for the Farm 5K will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in Sherman.The run will start at Happy Acres Farm and follow Taber and Spring Lake roads.Raffle prizes will be available after the race.Registration is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event, with all proceeds to benefit Friends of Happy Acres.For more information and registration, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Sherman/RunfortheFarm.SouthburyJewish Federation hosting several eventsThe Jewish Federation of Western CT will host its fourth annual Western CT Health & Leisure Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Walzer Family Campus.Vendors, blood pressure screenings and free samples of food will be offered.A “Kid’s Zone,” sponsored by The William & Audrey Walzer Family Enrichment Center, will include kid’s crafts, free face painting, and a chalk and bubble station. “Sing & Sign with Ms. Janine,” a local well-known children’s entertainer who will sing in Hebrew and teach children American Sign Language. The Kid’s Zone will also feature kid’s crafts, free face painting, and a chalk and bubble station.The charge for a vendor table for nonprofits is $35 and $80 for businesses plus $15 to rent a table. Vendors can bring their own table.Then, on Thursday, Priscilla Watson, Arts Escape instructor, will lead a hands-on art demonstration using a variety of mediums, including colored pencil and glossy paper at the next “Life, Love & Friendship,” a free event.It will be held on from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Arts Escape provides arts, cultural enrichment and educational programs, and workshops for adults to prevent social isolation that often accompanies aging.For more information, call 203-267-3177, ext. 309 for the health fair or ext. 340 for the art program.WashingtonProgram to preview Shakespeare showGunn Memorial Library will hold a talk and visual presentation, “Optical Delusions,” led by Emily Mattina, director of Shakesperience Productions, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.The program is in preparation for the summer production of “The Comedy of Errors” by Shakespeare at the River Walk Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. from Aug. 7-11.For more information and RSVP, call 860-868-7586.WashingtonPhoto exhibit comes to parkThe Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens is presenting “Greater than the Sum of the Parts: Images of Dance Theater and Other Things,” an exhibit of photography by John Kane through Sunday.An artist’s reception, featuring performances by dancers from MOMIX and Pilobolus dance companies, is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.Kane has illustrated magazine pieces and several books, including “The Human Alphabet” with Pilobolus Dance Theater, “Fashion and Color” and “Twisted Yoga,” also with Pilobolus Dance Theater.In addition, a new series of post-industrial abstracts titled “ARTIFACTORY” are on view at the center.For more information, including hours, email email@example.com.