Upcoming Women’s History Month events, other community highlights
BethelSuffragette movement songs to be performedThe Bethel Public Library will present “Songs of the Women’s Suffrage Movement” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Maria Parloa Community Room.The free event combines history and music with presenters Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle.This program follows the American suffragists’ journey from Seneca Falls, N.Y., to the 19th Amendment, in their struggle for the right to vote.Registration is required by visiting www.bethellibrary.org, calling 203-794-8756 x4 or signing up in person.BethelBand to celebrate 25 yearsThe 25th anniversary of the Fiddler’s Brawl will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Whitlock’s Restaurant.Founded in 1994 by Billy Michael and Howie Bujese, the “Brawl” has convened on the first Thursday of the month for 25 years.The event was recognized in 2004 and 2014 by the Connecticut General Assembly.State Reps. Steve Harding and Raghib Allie-Brennan are slated to present a citation from the state Legislature.Reservations are suggested.BethelBethel runs on kindnessStudents and community members raised more than $7,000 for the Scotty Fund during Bethel High School’s Random Acts of Kindness Week.This week, which was held Feb. 11-15, reminds students to take care of each other.Bethel High School Kindness Committee led by seniors Anne Habeck, Audrey Garcia, and Camryn Walsh and faculty advisors Mari Lerz, Jessica Wismar, and Megan Mason, decided the week would benefit the Scotty Fund, a charity named in memory of Scott Anderson who lost his life to cancer at age 3. The Scotty Fund provides financial support to local families with children who have life-threatening and critical illnesses.The school adopted four Scotty Fund families and presented each family with a gift basket filled with much needed supplies, toys, inspirational messages and gift cards for gas, restaurants, and groceries.In addition, students, staff members, parents, community members, and local businesses supported the Scotty Fund by purchasing over 1,400 “Bethel Runs on Kindness” t-shirts, raising more than $7,000 for the charity.BrookfieldStudent art show to be heldThe Brookfield Craft Center will open its fourth annual Juried High School Student Art Exhibition from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.The show runs until March 31. More than 70 students from six local high schools will display their work in a wide range of media. Awards will be given across media and for best-in-show.Artists Shannon Riley, Lisa Scroggins and Erin Waltrath will judge.BrookfieldStudents to participate in science fairSix students from St. Joseph Catholic Academy have been accepted to participate in the 2019 Annual Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair on March 11.Student Abby Cristaudo studied “The Effect of Ocean Acidification on Crepidula Forncata (Common Slipper Shell),” while Amanda Hoyt researched “The Effect of Synthetic Dye on Natural and Synthetic Fabric.” Shaun McKenna did an experiment on “The Effect of Various Combinations of Materials as Biosand Filters on the Filtration of Freshwater.” David Mitchell presented on “The Effect of Collector Quantity on Solar Heating,” while Liam Teeking studied “The Effect of Different Types of Filters on Landscape Runoff.” Sania Toprani researched “The Effect of Fertilizer on Algae Growth.”The statewide fair aims to develop interest in science and engineering careers in young people. It is open to all seventh through 12th grade students living or enrolled in Connecticut schools and several New York towns.DanburyItems needed for book saleThe Friends of the Danbury Library are collecting books for its October book sale. Residents can drop off books, CDs and DVDs at 15 Main St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.Volunteers will be available to help donors take the items from their cars.KentCollege planning workshops to be heldKent Memorial Library will host a series of workshops this spring and summer about college planning led by an expert College Advisor with past admission experience.Carla Shere a college advisor and past admission officer with over 30 years of experience, will share her tips about the college process in these hands-on workshops.An “Early College Awareness” workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, while “Characteristics of Colleges and Making the Right Match” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 16. The “Personal Time Line for the College Process and What Admission Committees Look For in Applicants” event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 9.Call the library to register 860-927-3761, sign up in the library or online. Seating is limited.New MilfordGrants pay for nonprofit’s new carThanks to grants, the Wheels Program of Greater New Milford, Inc. recently traded in a vehicle and added a 2018 Malibu to its fleet.The program provides donation-based transportation to seniors and citizens with disabilities to their non-emergency medical appointments.Grants from the Connecticut Community Foundation, the Savings Bank of Danbury and KentPresents helped make this possible. Ingersoll Auto of Pawling also donated.Community donations from Thrift Mart of New Milford, the New Milford Rotary Club, Walmart Community Grant and Western CT Health Network help fuel the vehicles.New MilfordMental illness program to be heldThe New Milford Youth Agency will offer a NAMI Family to Family program, a free 12-session education program for families, partners, friends and significant others living with mental illness beginning from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.The sessions will be held at the John Pettibone Community Center.Child care will be available for children ages 5 to 12.For more information and to register, call Pat at 860-882-0236 or visit www.namict.org/family-to-family-registration.New MilfordMaple festival to be heldThe New Milford Youth Agency will hold an open house maple festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Sullivan Farm.Guests can visit a working sugar house and learn the history behind one of New England’s favorite natural products.Guides will escort visitors around to various sites reflecting the 300-year history of maple.New MilfordHistorian to discuss ’patriotic sisterhood’The Roger Sherman Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will present a program about patriotic sisterhood at 2 p.m. Sunday.The illustrated talk by William Hosley, an historian and writer who is passionate about local history and historic preservation, will be held at the New Milford Public Library.Connecticut Colonial Dames, Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution and rebranding Connecticut as the “Constitution State” are among the topics to be addressed.The chapter will offer light refreshments, and this event is open to the public of all ages.For more information, contact Bonnie Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-354-5129.NewtownHistory of immigration to be discussedThe Newtown Historical Society and C.H. Booth Library will present a program on the history of immigration in the country at 2 p.m. Sunday in the community room of the library.Kevin Jennings, a Southbury resident and former assistant deputy secretary for safe and drug-free schools, will lead the free program, “A Nation of Immigrants.”RidgefieldSinger earns awardRidgefield student and artist Evelyn Carr has been named as a George London Foundation Award Winner.The George London Foundation for Singers is a New York-based nonprofit organization that supports young artists with their training and early in their careers.Carr is a vocal performance major in the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College program. She has won first place in the Forte International Music Competition at Carnegie Hall, and first place in the N.Y. Lyric Opera Vocal Competition. Locally, she has performed with the Danbury Music Centre and on a recording with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. She also sings at her church and is the “Official Singer” for American Legion Post 78.RoxburyAll-you-can-eat pancakes to be offeredThe Altar Guild of Christ Church will hold its Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Parish House.This long standing traditional feast serves as the Altar Guild’s only fund raiser and features “all you can eat” pancakes, sausages, apple crisp dessert and beverages.The price for adults and children 12 years and older is $6, children 3 years to 11 years is $3, and kids under 3 are free.For more information call Dona Murphy, 860-354-6760.ShermanBird walk to be heldAn early migration bird walk will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at Deer Pond Farm.The event will focus on bird basics and 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.For more information and RSVP to all programs, call 860-799-4074.WashingtonStudents reduce plastic useEvery Washington Primary School student now has their own reusable drinking straw, thanks to a recent donation by the Washington Environmental Council.The WEC delivered 150 stainless steel straws and cleaners to WPS students for use at school and home. To complement the program, students sewed 150 cloth sleeves to store and transport their new straws.Due to this initiative, WPS will make no new purchases of disposable straws. This will save over 10,000 single-use plastic straws from being dumped into a landfill each year.Region 12 schools interested in starting their own reusable straw program are welcome to contact WEC at email@example.com.WashingtonRole of women in native tribes to be discussedGunn Memorial Library will present a program, “Traditional Roles of Native American Women in Southern New England Tribal Societies,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. A snow date of March 14 is set.The program, held in recognition of Women’s History Month, will be facilitated by Dr. Lucianne Lavin, director of research for the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington.Women’s roles and status will be compared to that of indigenous men and to their European female contemporaries.The presentation will also discuss how those roles changed in response to the devastating effects of European colonization and briefly touch upon the lives of some 20th and 21st century traditional indigenous leaders in Connecticut.For more information and RSVP, call 860-868-7586.