Danbury raises autism awareness, other community highlights

April 8, 2019 GMT

BridgewaterChurch to host penny auctionSt. Mark’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual penny auction on Saturday.Doors will open at 11 a.m., with the drawing set for 1 p.m.A luncheon and door prizes will be offered.One free envelope per family will be given with a donation of three canned goods to support the Bridgewater Food Pantry.For more information, call Barbara Oster at 203-775-4630.BrookfieldStudents succeed at science fairFive students from St. Joseph Catholic Academy were selected as finalists at the 70th Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair.Shaun McKenna, an eighth grade student, was invited to participate in the middle school Broadcom MASTERS, the National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math competition in Washington, D.C. for his experiment. He also received the Jackson Library Science Award, a certificate and $100 prize.Another eighth-grader, Liam Teeking, received the Environmental Sciences Award from the Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions and the Excellence in Environmental Conservation Studies award from The Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment, along with a certificate and a $100 prize.Seventh-grader Abigail Cristaudo won the Alexion Biotechnology Award and an award from the Association for Women Geoscientists. She received a certificate and $25 gift card.David Mitchell, seventh-grader, was awarded the Future Sustainability Award and a certificate.Sania Toprani, eighth-grade, was recognized by the Yale Peabody Museum for her experiment and received six tickets to the museum.About 120 middle and high schools in Connecticut and Fishers Island, N.Y., competed in the competition last month, with 150 students being named finalists.DanburyCity raises autism awarenessThe city celebrated World Autism Awareness Day last Tuesday by lighting up the library in blue and hosting various events for all ages. This was the city’s third year honoring the day.Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour read the children’s book “I Will Light It Up Blue” by Kerry Magro, an award winning national speaker and best-selling author who is on the autism spectrum, at the library.A documentary, “Deej,” about a non-speaking young man who dreams of autistic civil rights, was screened in partnership with WeCAHR and sponsored by Autism Behavioral Health. A panel discussion with various experts was held afterward.A sensory-friendly “Light it up Blue” ceremony was then held at the library. This event has traditionally been at City Hall, but was held at the library to encourage donations for a sensory room in the library’s children’s department. The room would have objects and activities designed to stimulate children with special needs. The room will be the first of its kind in a library in Connecticut. Donations can be made via a GoFundMe page started for the project.DanburyDiscussion to be held on Alexander HamiltonThe library is hosting a discussion on the book, “Who Was Alexander Hamilton?” by Pam Pollack, for children in grades four through six.The free event will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Registration is required online at danburylibrary.org or by calling 203-797-4505, option 5.DanburyEaster Bunny returns to railyardThe community can take a ride in a a vintage train through the Danbury Railway Museum’s historic railyard to visit the Easter Bunny.The popular family event will be held this Saturday and Sunday, as well as April 19 and 20.Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.Trains leave every 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm. on Saturday (no train at noon or 12:30 p.m.); and on Sunday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admission is $12 (age 2 and over). Each child will receive a small gift from the bunny. Reservations are suggested and may be made by visiting the museum’s website.DanburyFilm to discuss intellectualsThe lives and legacies of two of the world’s most celebrated intellectual giants of the 18th and 19th centuries will be recalled with a presentation on Wednesday of the film “Measuring the World” at Western Connecticut State University.The 2012 film directed by Detlev Buck, based on the novel by Daniel Kehlmann, offers a dramatized portrayal of the personal stories and intellectual genius of the German mathematician and physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss and the German humanist, naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt.The screening will be at 3:30 p.m. in Room 25 of White Hall on the Midtown campus.Todd Trimble, a visiting assistant professor of mathematics, will speak beforehand about Gauss, while Galina Bakhtiarova, a professor and chair of the world languages and literature department, will speak about Humboldt.Admission will be free and the public is invited.DanburyConcert to feature classicsThe Danbury Concert Chorus is performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday featuring Handel, Bach, Vaughan, Mozart and more at St. James Episcopal Church.Jason Thoms will conduct the chorus, which will be accompanied by Pianist Max Vladimiroff and others. Admission is free with donations accepted.New FairfieldWork accepted for juried showThe Great Hollow Photographers Club is accepting submissions for its second annual juried painting and photography show until April 15.The event opens with an artist reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 17. The show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 18 and 19 at the Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center.Artists are invited to submit up to four digital images of two-dimensional work for the competition, including photographs, paintings, collage and drawings.There will be a $15 hanging fee for each accepted work and The Great Hollow Photographers Club will retain a 25 percent commission on all works sold at the show. All work must be for sale.The subject of all the works must be of nature found within Great Hollow Nature Preserve or the surrounding area.For more information and an application, visit www.greathollow.org or email artshow@greathollow.org.KentKindergarten registration beginsKent Center School will hold kindergarten registration by appointment on Wednesday and Thursday.Parents/guardians must book an appointment for registration and orientation by calling the school office at 860-927-3537 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Parents/guardians will need to bring the child’s birth certificate, a copy of the children’s most recent physical report, a record of immunization, and proof of residency.New FairfieldShelter to host fundraiserThe New Fairfield/Sherman Animal Welfare Society will hold its annual Shred-It and bake sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the New Fairfield Stop & Shop parking lot.Boxed documents will be shredded on site by Shred-It, a Cheshire company.Monetary donations to NFSAW are welcome. Volunteers will make treats for the bake sale.Adoptable pets from the shelter will visit.New MilfordBreakfast, egg hunt to be heldThe Gaylordsville Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary will hold a free Easter pancake breakfast and egg hunt on Saturday at the firehouse.The breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m., while the egg hunt begins at 10 a.m.NewtownArtist to demonstrate paintingArtist Robert Lenz will paint a still life in oil at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday as part of a program through the Society of Creative Arts of Newtown.The free demonstration is at the Newtown Meeting House.RidgefieldThrift shop donates thousands to charitiesThe Ridgefield Thrift Shop is donating $500,000 to local charities this year.Sales and donations have increased since the shop moved to Governor Street in May 2017. This year’s grants are double those awarded in 2018.Recipients include 71 different local nonprofit organizations. The recipients were divided into seven different categories: arts & culture, community outreach, community services, health, nature/conservation, seniors and youth.RidgefieldFilms on ticks to be screenedA series of original film shorts to promote safe practices in preventing tick bites will premiere in a family-oriented event from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ridgefield Playhouse.The Western Connecticut State University Tickborne Disease Prevention Laboratory and the Ridgefield Health Department are presenting the films.The five shorts showcase healthy and effective practices in residential settings for control of tick populations and prevention of Lyme and other tickborne diseases. The films provide a wealth of science-based information about tick management and safe use of pesticides, presented in a story line that casts local residents in featured roles.The screening event also will feature a tick-safe fashion show, photo ops with “Fran the Tick,” refreshments and giveaways. Admission is free. Advance registration is required at www.spraysafeplaysafe.org.RidgefieldFundraiser to be held for theater festivalThe spring fundraiser for the Michael Chekhov Theatre Festival will be held at the Ridgefield Theater Barn at 7 p.m. Saturday.A staged reading of Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will be performed.The evening will include the performance, an assortment of light refreshments and one free drink. There will be a Chekhovian signature cocktail, as well.The Chekhov Festival will be held Oct. 18 and 19 at the Ridgefield Theater Barn.RoxburyPoets to read worksTo celebrate National Poetry Month, two poets will share their work at the Hodge Memorial Library and Museum at 2 p.m. Saturday.Howie Faerstein, an adjunct professor of American Literature at Westfield State University, and Roger Netzer, a lawyer and poet who lives in Roxbury, will read from their recent work.Refreshments will be served.WashingtonEgg hunt to be heldThe Glenholme School will hold its spring egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday. The rain date is Sunday.Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Washington Warren Food Bank.WashingtonBlood drive to be heldThe Gunnery and the American Red Cross will co-present the eighth annual Margaret P. Addicks memorial blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.The event is in the upper gym of the Gunnery’s Ogden D. Miller Memorial Athletic Center and honors Addicks, who was known to many as “Peg,” a dedicated Gunnery faculty member for 45 years and an active member of the Washington community. She passed away in 2010.To select a time and schedule an appointment, visit https://rcblood.org/2HlIUur.