A virtual event, “The Fearsome Four – a Virtual Wildlife Talk,” is presented by Danbury Library at 3 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom.

The program focuses on raccoons, skunks, possums and porcupines. Ginny Apple, Master of Wildlife Conservation, will speak to attendees about these misunderstood animals. Participants will learn about their unique defenses and their contributions to the ecosystem.

Registration is required and available on the events calendar at https://danburylibrary.org.

Registration is also available by calling the library at 203-797-4505 ext. 7713 or by emailing [email protected] Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Attendees will receive a link to the event via email after registration is complete.

Danbury

The Rotary Club of Danbury will host Shred Day

The Rotary Club of Danbury is hosting a Shred Day event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot of Chuck’s Steakhouse at 20 Segar St. in Danbury.

Residents and businesses in any city are encouraged to bring as many boxes as they wish for a shredding cost of $10 each for boxes roughly the size of those containing copier paper, and more for larger boxes. Cash or checks are accepted..

Cash or checks are accepted.

No appointment is necessary. There is no need to remove staples or paper clips from papers or documents. However, no plastic can be shredded.

The Rotary Club has held Community Shred Days in the spring and fall for three years, and the money raised is used to fund scholarships and other local projects.

In total, approximately $15,000 has been raised to date through shredding days, which are facilitated by ShredSmart and his huge shredder.

In addition to Community Shred Days and other initiatives, the Rotary Club is also known for its upcoming raffle, which has raised over $1 million for scholarships awarded since 1988 and more. philanthropic efforts.

Danbury Rotarians also support local community organizations such as Ann’s Place, Regional Hospice, and St. Joseph Parenting Center, as well as international community projects through The Cornerstone Project and APROQUEN.

Visit the website www.DanburyRotary.org for more information.

Danbury

Danbury PAL will host a day of service

The Danbury Police Activities League invites all to Day of Service 2022 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 35 Hayestown Road in Danbury.

The day includes a shredding truck and sneaker drive, where gently used sneakers will be donated to ww.caseezy.com/kickin-it-for-a-cause.

Only paper will be accepted at the shredding truck. Hard drives, binder clips and batteries will not be accepted.

All donations will go to Danbury PAL programs.

For more information, visit https://www.danburypal.org.

Donate to https://www.fcgives.org/organizations/danbury-pal.

Regional

United Jewish Center organizes a concert of music, poetry and prayer

The United Jewish Center is hosting a concert of music, poetry and prayer on Saturday in preparation for the Jewish high holy days.

Cantor Penny Kessler from the United Jewish Center will be joined by Cantor Harriet Dunkerley from Temple B’nai Chaim in Georgetown and Cantor Guy Bonné from Temple Sholom in New Milford.

Kessler is the cantor and senior clergy of the United Jewish Center. She has been helping the UJC congregation to pray, study and embrace music for 28 years. She started cantorial school at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at the Hebrew Union College Jewish-Institute of Religion after the birth of her three children. She was ordained in 1993.

Dunkerley is passionate about the power of music to teach, elevate prayer to God, create spiritual connection, transform worship and bring community together. A graduate of Cantor Penny Kessler from the United Jewish Center will be joined by Cantor Harriet Dunkerley from Temple B’nai Chaim in Georgetown and Cantor Guy Bonné from Temple Sholom in New Milford.

“As Jewish people, we are preparing to embark on 10 days of introspection, the high holy days, which include Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur,” Cantor Kessler explained. “This service allows us to move into the season of the great holy days.” The special service, celebrated the week before Rosh Hashanah, called S’lichot, is often a moving introduction to the Days of Awe and recited communal prayers asking for divine forgiveness.

Cantor Kessler is the cantor and senior clergy of the United Jewish Center. She has been helping the UJC congregation to pray, study and embrace music for 28 years. She started cantorial school at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at the Hebrew Union College Jewish-Institute of Religion after the birth of her three children. She was ordained in 1993.

Dunkerley is passionate about the power of music to teach, elevate prayer to God, create spiritual connection, transform worship and bring community together. A graduate of the Hebrew Union College Jewish-Institute of Religion Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, she was ordained in 2019. Previously, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater, Vocal Performance, and Theater. She joined Congregation B’nai Chaim in 2019 as a spiritual leader.

The new spiritual leader of Temple Shalom in New Milford is Cantor Guy Bonné. He was born in Israel and studied in Haifa, Vienna and New York. A trained opera singer, he was ordained in 2005 after attending the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at the Hebrew Union College Jewish-Institute of Religion. A professional artist, he has released several albums. Bonné joined Temple Sholom in 2022.

All three are members of the professional organization American Conference of Cantors.

After the program there will be time for sightseeing and refreshments will be served.

For more information and details, contact [email protected]

Regional

Dance evenings to organize

The Rocking Rooster Square Dance Club in Newtown is hosting two free dance parties on Tuesday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 20 from 7:30-9 p.m. on both dates. The events take place at the United Church of Christ in Southbury.

The motto of the evenings is “Dare to dance outright”.

The club’s dance hall is in Southbury. The club attracts dancers from all over Fairfield and New Haven counties, as well as New York.

No experience is necessary. Club staff will teach participants everything they need to know. This is an opportunity to make new friends in a safe and alcohol-free environment. Come alone or bring a partner to events.

The dress is casual. People can also bring their own friends.

If people have two left feet. There’s no hassle there because the art of square dancing is simply marching to the music.

Ridgefield

Ridgefield Poet Laureate wins award

Ridgefield Poet Laureaute Barbara Fulton Jennes is the winner of the 2022 Lascaux Prize for Poetry from the publication Lascaux Review.

Jennes is Poet-in-Residence at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield.

Jennes’ poems have appeared in Comstock Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Night Heron Barks, Limp Wrist, Anti-Heron Chic, SWIMM, Pareidolia Literary, Extreme Formal Poems: Contemporary Poets, Extreme Sonnets II, and numerous other journals and anthologies.

Jennes has a chapbook titled: “Blinded Birds”, which was published in April of the current year 2022.

Ridgefield

Paintings exhibited at the Meetinghouse

“Different Viewpoints” paintings by Connecticut artist Edward Arribas are on display at the Meetinghouse of the Ridgebury Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, located at 605 Ridgebury Road in Ridgefield.

The paintings were exhibited on September 11 and are on display until October 2.

Ridgefield

group to play

The group Four26 plays on the lawn of the Ridgefield Playhouse at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The group offers an electric mix of folk, rock and other surprises.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is located at 80 East Ridge Road in Ridgefield.

Southbury

Children’s writing review course available

Arts Escape is accepting applications for a six-week children’s writing review course starting this Wednesday. The course will be given via Zoom.

The course, taught by Tina Tocco, is suitable for students who have work in progress that they would like to take to the next level. Students will receive feedback on their work from the instructor and fellow writers and have the opportunity to participate in several workshops during the six-week session. The focus will be on crafting issues such as point of view, dialogue, setting, character development, and effective use of language. The course is for those who write/edit intermediate level (8-12 years old) and young adult (13-18 years old) novels.

Tocco’s writing for children has appeared in Highlights, Highlights High Five, Cricket, AppleSeeds, Humpty Dumpty, Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids, Pockets, and other children’s publications. She is the author of the children’s poetry collection The Hungry Snowman and Other Poems (Kelsay Books, 2019). His fiction, non-fiction and poetry have also been published in various literary journals and anthologies, such as New Ohio Review, Crab Creek Review, Potomac Review, River Styx, Harpur Palate, Ovunque Siamo, Best Small Fictions 2019 and Wild Dreams : The Best of American Italian. In 2019, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Fiction. Tina received her master’s degree in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor of Inkwell, the college’s national literary journal.

The class runs from 10 a.m. to noon on six consecutive Wednesdays from September 14 to October 19. Enrollment is limited to eight students. Registration must be received by Tuesday, September 13 to receive the Zoom link.

More information and registration on www.artsescape.org/writing or by calling 203-586-1474. Arts Escape, a non-profit organization, is located at 493 Heritage Road, Suite 4C, Southbury.

Washington

ASAP’s celebration of young photographers! is also the 12th annual event of its kind

An arts-focused educational organization is collecting submissions for its 12th annual celebration of young photographers. Submissions are now open.

Students in grades six through 12 are invited to submit up to two photographs to ASAP’s 12th Annual Young Photographers Celebration! for the chance to show their work in a gallery art exhibition.

The most selected photo for 2021 was “Hermosa, by Anna Gleson, who is in 11th grade.

The exhibition will be judged by a panel of professional judges who will select the 60 best photographs.

There will also be a special Young Photographers Celebration event on November 13 at Washington Depot.

The theme for the 2022 celebration is “Adventure”. Participants are invited to capture the tensions and triumphs of their adventures, expressing themselves through the photographic medium of art.

The deadline is October 2.

Full guidelines and submission link are available at https://asapct.org/project/celebration-of-young-photographers.

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