Bethel student to compete in National Geographic contest, other community highlights
BethelStudent to compete in National Geographic contestA St. Mary School student will compete in a National Geographic contest later this month.Nicholas Paris is one of the semifinalists who will compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Connecticut State Competition at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on March 29.Paris is in seventh grade.This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion, who took a test to qualify for the next level. Up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each the country were invited to compete in the State GeoBees.State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters in May, when they could earn cash awards and college scholarships.BethelEvent raises awareness for opioid crisisA group of 34 people learned about addiction and how to administer naloxone at an event last Tuesday.Apex Community Care and the HERO Project, a Bethel-based organization that raises awareness for the opioid epidemic, hosted the event at Stony Hill Fire Department’s community center.Expert Joanne Montgomery discussed the history of the crisis, the limited treatment options and more.She also explained the different types of naloxone, a life-saving medication that reverses and overdose, and showed how to administer the nasal spray kits attendees received.BethelStudents to perform musicalBethel High School students will perform “Footloose” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Tickets for the musical are available at at www.bhstheaterboosters.com and cost $15 for general admission and $12 for students/seniors. The show is at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the high school.BHS Theater Boosters, the Bethel Chamber of Commerce and Bethel Arts are launching Broadway in Bethel Weekend from March 22 to March 24 to encourage dinner and shopping before the show and entertainment and socializing after the show. Participating restaurants will offer early seating, fixed price menus or dinner specials.DanburyArtist to performInternational recording artist Rupert Wates will be the featured performer at the Danbury Arts in Action monthly coffeehouse on Saturday.The event is at A Common Ground Community Arts Center, 33 Crosby St., Danbury.An all-ages open mic begins at 7:30 p.m. and Wates takes the stage at 9 p.m. Free-will donations benefit Danbury Arts in Action, a mentoring educational arts program for local youth. Refreshments will be available.DanburyLibrary to host story timesThe spring session of the Danbury Library’s popular story times will begin on Tuesday.The “Tiny Tots” story times for ages 3 to 24 months will be held each Tuesday through May 28. Participant will receive a Danbury Library special edition snack cup. For those children ages 2 and 3, a “Terrific Toddlers” story times will be held on Thursdays through May 30. Children and parents may drop into as many sessions as they like. There is no registration.DanburyYouth organization earns awardFor the fourth year in a row, the Youth Volunteer Corps in Danbury was named a Gold Level program, one of 14 Youth Volunteer Corps programs throughout the United States and Canada awarded this honor.The youth service program, hosted by United Way of Western Connecticut, involved 140 youth ages 11 to 18 from Danbury and the surrounding towns in 2018. This is the 10 year United Way has operated the program in western Connecticut.In the coming year, YVC youth will serve more than 30 agencies, focus on projects related to compassionate communities, healthy lifestyles, arts, culture, and education.DanburyTheater students earn awardsTheater students at Western Connecticut State University earned several awards at the recent Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 1.Abigail Bueti, of Brewster, N.Y. is a finalist for the Barbizon Award for Excellence in Design and will advance to the national festival in Washington, D.C. in April. Other students earned honors in state management, musicals and more.Danbury‘Horton’ reads to studentsA grandfather continued his tradition of reading to students on Read Across America Day earlier this month.Terry Sachs dresses at Horton from the Dr. Seuss’ “Horton Hatches an Egg” and reads to the kindergarten students in Mrs. Smith’s class at King Street Primary. This tradition began on March 3, 1998, when he read to his daughter’s first-grade class.This year, 21 years later, he read to his granddaughter’s class.DanburyDuo performs for elderlyA musical duo performed for members of Almost Home adult day center late last month.Bob & Josie Schmidt, also known as Solid Gold Times Two, entertained. The day center hosts entertainment once each week for their members, who are largely elderly, but also include people with developmental disabilities.DanburyConcert to feature classic, contemporary musicThe Walden Chamber Players will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Western Connecticut State University.The show will feature classical and contemporary composers at the Visual and Performing Arts Center.Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at danburyconcert.org.KentArtists earn awardsLocal artists were presented with awards last month at the Kent Art Association’s 96th annual Members Show.Mira Vitarello, of New Milford, Steven Tanenbaum, of New Milford, Jen Bulay, of Milan, N.Y., Judith Secco, of Bantam, and Brad Conklin, of Maybrook, N.Y., earned Awards of Excellence.The 27th annual Student Art Show opens from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and is also open from 1 to 5 p.m. March 30 and 31.KentProtect yourself from fraudThe Kent Memorial Library and the Kent Community Fund are co-sponsoring a program on fraud prevention next week.Andrew Fisher, state trooper in Kent, will discuss privacy how to protect oneself from identify theft. The event is from 1 to 2 p.m. March 25 at the library.Register at kentmemoriallibrary.org.KentLibrary to start spring book discussionKent Memorial Library will kick off its spring book discussion series on Thursday.The group, which will meet from 5 to 6:15 p.m., will focus on nationality and war, and explore four novels in which Asian women write about disturbing and violent national histories.Books to be discussed include “Miss Burma” by Charmaine Craig March 21; “White Chrysanthemum” by Mary Lynn Bracht April 18; “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee May 16; and “In the Shadow of the Banyon Tree” by Vaddey Ratner June 13.Betty Krasne, PhD, will lead the series at the Main Street library.For more information and RSVP, call 860-927-3761.New MilfordWorkshops to teach older adults to age wellNew Milford Hospital will launch an Aging Mastery Program, a series that teaches older adults to age well.The program, coordinated through Regional YMCA of Western CT and the Connecticut Healthy Living Collective, will begin at 11:30 a.m. April 5 at the Elm Street hospital. RSVP by March 22 by calling Debbie Nicholas at 203-775-444 ext. 136.Maureen Farrell, of Regional YMCA of Western CT, will facilitate the class, which teaches older adults what to expect after age 65.The 10-session program is free and features a graduation ceremony on week 11.The class will meet once a week and include a personal playbook that participants use to create an Aging Mastery plan.The class will be held in the hospital’s Robison Room B from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.A graduation is set for June 28.There are no classes scheduled April 19 or May 24.New MilfordCulinary showcase to feature students’ foodThe Community Culinary School of Northwestern CT will host a culinary showcase, “Recipe for Success,” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the 19 Main venue.The culinary celebration is the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit school, which provides job and life skills training to unemployed and underemployed adults from the greater New Milford area.All food prepared in classes is donated to local food banks to feed the hungry within the community.The event will feature hors d’oeuvres prepared by students under the direction of Chef Instructor Chef Blythe Roberts and an open bar.Silent and live auctions will feature luxury goods and travel, including seven night’s accommodations for four in Manciano, Italy, on the southern edge of Tuscany.Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased online at www.communityculinaryschool.org or by contacting the school at 203-512-5791.New MilfordDigital privacy workshop to be heldA digital privacy workshop will be held at the New Milford Senior Center Computer Lab from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.The workshop will cover topics such as password best practices, choosing the right browser, and web privacy and security concepts.Attendees are invited to bring their own device.For more information and RSVP, call 860-355-6075.NewtownStone walls to be subject of eventThe Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary will host “Stone Walls for Wildlife” from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.Mitch Wagener, of Western Connecticut State University, will discuss how New England’s stone walls support native wildlife. Andrew Pighills, a master stone mason, will conduct hands on “dry stacking” workshops to create an example of these walls. Henryk Teraszkiewicz, the sanctuary’s naturalist, will take participants to explore these walls.The free event is at Fraser Woods Montessori School. Register or learn more at cvhfoundation.org.NewtownAuthor to tell accordion storiesAn author will discuss his book and perform music from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at C.H. Booth Library.Angelo Paul Ramunni, creator of the New England Accordion Connection & Museum in Canaan, wrote “Accordion Stories from the Heart.”Reservations requested by calling the C.H. Booth Library at 203-426-4533 or visitRidgefieldTour John Jay’s homeThe Ridgefield Historical Society is pleased to announce a tour and lecture at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, N.Y. from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.Founding Father John Jay retired to the homestead in 1801.Space is limited. The cost of the program is $18 for members and $20 for nonmembers. To RSVP, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-438-5821.ShermanEducation center to host eventsRobbyn’s Nest Education Center will offer several events in the coming days.A royal reception tea, featuring a greeting by a butler, crown decorating, the reading of “Princess and the Pea,” a sing-a-long and more, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday.A free community outreach program with speech therapist Alison Grady Waldmann will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. April 7.ShermanFarm to host ecology walk, owl prowlThe Connecticut Audubon Society’s Deer Pond Farm will offer a variety of programs in the coming weeks.An early spring ecology walk with Jim Arrigoni is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, followed by an owl prowl at 6 p.m. March 29 and a Still River Greenway ecology walk at 9 a.m. March 30.All programs run an average of two hours and 1.5 to 2 miles. Attendees should dress for the weather and are encouraged to bring binoculars, a camera, water and walking stick.The cost is free for members, $5 for non-members and $10 for non-member families. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.The farm is located at 57 Wakeman Hill Road. For more information and RSVP to all programs, call 860-799-4074.WashingtonArt organization earns grantsThe After School Arts Program has recently received various grants.The Jean and Julien Levy Foundation for the Arts, Inc gave the organization $15,000, which will be used to offset the cost of teaching artist fees, program supplies, transportation for students, and other projects.A $1,000 grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development, which includes funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, will allow students at Forbes Elementary School to attend an in-school performance from the Ultimate Collaboration Community Project for free.The Ion Bank Foundation also gave $2,500 for the organization’s Music for the Schools program. In this program, students from the organization perform alongside the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra for thousands of school children.This year’s Music for the Schools will take place at Pomperaug High School.WashingtonStudents to perform ’Young Frankenstein’The Gunnery Drama Society will perform “Young Frankenstein” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.The show will be in the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center at the private school.BirthsA son, Milo David Suter, was born March 13 at Connecticut Childbirth & Women’s Center to Ryan and Anne Marie Suter, of Bethel.