Danbury girl named student of the month, other community highlights

Students awarded in essay contest

Two Bethel Middle School students were recognized for the Patriot’s Pen essay contest.

Abigail Riolo earned first place and Brooke Lohl earned second place at the Bethel VFW Post 935 level and the District 1 level.

Riolo was one of six students to move on to the state level, where she earned an honorable mention.

This nationwide contest asks middle school students to write an essay examining America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern America.

B ethel

Library to host author

Donna Rooney, author of “Dani and the Day the Bully Changed Everything,” will give an interactive presentation and read from her book at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Library. The event is for second- through fifth-graders.

Registration is required by vising www.bethellibrary.org , calling 203-794-8756 ext. 5 or signing up in person.


Storytime to be held for kids

The Danbury Library invites children from ages 3 to 8 years old to a special “Echoes of Tradition: A Multi-Cultural Storytime” with Najuma the Storyteller from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Najuma will tell colorful stories that are diverse, age-appropriate and interactive.

Registration is required online at danburylibrary.org , click on ‘View Calendar’ or call 203-797-4505, option 5.

FRIENDS of the Danbury Library sponsors the program.


Artists to give lectures

Six artists will give talks during Western Connecticut State University’s spring semester Master of Fine Arts lecture series.

The series begins at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with a lecture by Nancy Stahl , followed by talks at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19 with Hilary Doyle, 11:30 a.m. March 5 with Ross MacDonald, 11:30 a.m. March 19 with Leslie Cober-Gentry, 11 a.m. April 1 with Fritz Drury and 11 a.m. April 24 with Kenny Rivero.

All lectures will be in Room 144 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Westside campus. Admission is free. Register at www.wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com


Workshop on buying first home to be held

Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, on Austin Street in Danbury, will host a workshop for first-time home buyers from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Speakers including Beverly Hoppie, of Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust, Donna Chillemi, of Fairfield County Bank, Daniel DiBartolomeo, attorney, Patty McManus, realtor of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty, and Allison Homberg, a Habitat volunteer.

The workshop will also review the basics of home mortgages and practical financial planning. RSVP at www.facebook.com/housatonichabitatforhumanity/


WCSU opera group to perform

The Western Connecticut State University Opera Ensemble will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in four upcoming performances.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Westside campus.

The WCSU Opera Ensemble cast, directed by Professor of Music Dr. Margaret Astrup , will perform the two-act opera in English. General admission is $25, with a ticket price of $15 for seniors and children under 12. Reservations may be made at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-magic-flute-tickets-53202740830


Wooster students recognized

Students at Wooster School recently received various awards.

Julia Bauer, a senior, earned the Student of the Month Award from the Danbury chapter of the National Exchange club on Jan. 10. She was recognized for her leadership, volunteer efforts and academic success.

Bauer is captain of the cross country team, president of Wooster’s Gay-Straight Alliance and a member of the Wooster School Center for Social Impact.

Senior Yingkai Xiong, junior Bella Friedman and junior Michaela Yang received honors in the 2019 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards.

Xiong received a Gold and a Silver Key for his two solar plate etchings, Friedman won a Gold Key for her comic book “An Unlikely Heist,” and Yang received an Honorable Mention for her comic drawing titled “Privilege.”

The 29th annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards is the largest juried student art exhibition in the state and features select work from students in grades seven through 12.


Student raises money for peers

A fifth-grader at King Street Intermediate School recently raised money to help her classmates attend a field trip to New York City.

After hearing some of her classmates could not afford the trip to see “Wicked” on Broadway, Najaih Tolmon sold candy in her neighborhood to collect money. Her parents and brother also sold candy to their co-workers.

She raised $267 and presented the gift to school administrators at the December PTO meeting.

New Milford

Library to host knitting, crochet workshop

New Milford Public Library will offer a workshop for individuals interested in learning how to knit or crochet at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Jody Hyman, an Isle of Ewe knitting professional, will lead the event.

Participants age 16 to adult need to know basic knitting skills or basic crochet skills. Attendees should bring their own supplies.

New Milford

Art center to host workshops

The Village Center for the Arts will offer a variety of workshops in the coming weeks.

Offerings will include jewelry making with Roberta from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, for a cost of $20 for a necklace with all supplies and $15 for an additional necklace and $5 for each bracelet.

Dirty Date Night, featuring one night of throwing on the wheel and a second night to trim the bottom will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 for $190 per couple.

Women, Wine & Wheel, featuring throwing or something more advanced and glazing, will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 15 and from 7 to 9 p.m. March 1 for $110.

A Paint Along with Deb Sowerby, featuring “Unconditional Hearts,” will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 16 for $35.

For more information and RSVP, call 860-354-4318.

New Milford

Program planned on Hubble telescope

The John J. McCarthy Observatory will hold its next “Second Saturday Stars” program, “NASA’s Great Space Observatory Program,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The program will address the successes of the Hubble space telescope and what new space observatories have been and will be deployed.

New Milford

Gala to benefit Chamber of Commerce

The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce will hold its 21st annual Crystal Winter Gala on Saturday at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury.

The black tie optional dinner-dance will feature an open bar, a cocktail hour, dinner, dessert and an artisan hot chocolate station, as well as a silent auction and a wine pull and balloon pop fundraiser.

Tickets are $100.

Sponsors and silent auction items are sought.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting nmcc@newmilford-chamber.com 860-354-6080 or www.newmilford-chamber.com/Gala

Proceeds help the organization offer a variety of free educational seminars and networking events, award scholarships to local students, make donations to various organizations and host community events.

New Milford

Improv class to be held

New Milford Public Library will host a CTV-192 improv comedy workshop for beginners at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The CTV192 team will guide participants through five improv exercises. The free event is open to individuals age 15 and over. Teens ages 15 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information and RSVP, call 860-355-1191.


Cinema series sets schedule

The Someday Cinema Series has set its 2019 season at the Edmond Town Hall Theater.

The series opened last month with “Harvey” (1950) and continues with “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993) this Sunday. Films will be shown throughout the year, ending with “The Shop Around the Corner” (1940) on Dec. 15.

Tickets are $3. For the complete schedule with show times, visit NewtownArtsCommission.org, EdmondTownHall.org, and Someday Cinema Series on Facebook. Contact Jen Rogers with any inquiries at somedaycinemaseries@gmail.com


Author to visit

The Newtown Woman's Club is sponsoring a tea and author book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Newtown Country Club.

Featured author is Newtown resident Debra Sennefelder, who wrote the “Food Blogger Mystery” series and the “Resale Boutique Mystery Series.”

The event is $20, which includes tea, scones, finger sandwiches, fruit and dessert.

To reserve a spot or for further information, call 203-426-3651 or 203-740-2733.


Special education experts to discuss new book

Authors of a new book on special education will visit Sherman Library at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson, who recently released “Your Special Education Rights: What Your School District Isn’t Telling You,” will discuss and sign their book.

Laviano, a high-profile special education lawyer, and Swanson, a sought-after special education advocate, help parents of students with disabilities navigate their school systems to get the services they need for their children.


Films to be screened, mother-daughter workshop to be held

Gunn Memorial Library will present films screenings and a workshop for mothers and daughters in the coming days.

Movies to be shown include “First Man” at 1 p.m. Monday, “Boy Erased” at 1 p.m. Feb. 11 and “A Star Is Born” at 1 p.m. Feb. 25.

Whitney Ryan, expert and frequent speaker on girls’ and women’s issues, will facilitate the workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Attendees will develop skills for better communication and understanding.

For more information and RSVP, call 860-868-7586.


Explore paw prints at Steep Rock

Steep Rock Association will hold a family outing to explore paw prints from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Participants will hunt for prints, identify who made them and learn how to read stories in the snow and mud.

Participants should meet at the preserve’s main parking lot at 2 Tunnel Road.

The program may be postponed due to a lack of snow cover. If so, updates will be posted on SRA’s Facebook page. For more information and registration, call 860-868-9131.


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with horses

The Humane Organization Representing Suffering Equines of Connecticut will hold a Valentine’s Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday is the snow date.

Offerings will include hourly tours of the farm to meet horses beginning at 10 a.m., the sale of baked goods, an open tack shop, featuring numerous items, gift items and more.

Sponsorships will also be offered.

For more information, call the 43 Wilbur Road farm at 860-868-1960.