Bethel Women's Club supports veterans, other community highlights

Women’s Club seeking gift cards for veterans

The Bethel Women’s Club GFWC is sponsoring a Community Drive for Veterans at Rocky Hill Veterans Home, as well as the Vet House and Home for Heroes, both in Danbury.

In lieu of bins for collection, gift cards are being requested to Walmart, Target, CVS or Walgreens, as well as monetary donations.

All donations should be received by Dec. 10. Checks may be made payable to the Bethel Women’s Club GFWC and gift cards as well as checks may be sent to Bethel Women’s Club GFWC, c/o McCormack, 55 Whittlesey Drive, Bethel, CT 06801.

Brookfield

VFW honors Eagle Scouts

Jason D. Lewis Brookfield Memorial VFW Post hosted a ceremony Nov. 14 to honor two Eagle Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 5 as part of the VFW’s Scout of the Year Scholarship Program.

Benjamin Bogues was selected as the Brookfield 2020 VFW Scout of the Year, receiving a scholarship of $225.

Also recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding volunteerism and service to the community was Benjamin Wallin who was given a scholarship by the Post for $125.

Both Boy Scouts have attained the highest level of achievement having been promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout, a feat accomplished by only 4 percent of all who participate in scouts.

Bogues was applauded for his work facilitating the flow of traffic in the halls of Brookfield High School by undertaking a project to install directional signs throughout the hallways and corridors of the school and also constructing ergonomic desks elevated to a comfortable standing height in the math classes at the high school.

Wallin embarked on a program to head up a task force to install hand rails along a rugged uphill path to an outside chapel of the Brookfield Congregational Church to make the descent for the parishioners safer and easier to navigate. He also built and installed two storage benches to store cushions to provide extra seating.

Brookfield

Hot dog shop to host food drive

Frankies Hotdogs is hosting a Dollar Dog Day and food collection from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Hot dogs will be $1 and specialty dogs are $1.75. Frankies is asking customers for one canned good donation per order (not per hot dog), to go to the local food bank.

Frankies is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Brookfield this day.

Brookfield

Craft center welcomes artist in residence

The Board of the Brookfield Craft Center welcomes artist and teacher Valerie Culbertson in the position of Artist in Residence / Education Director at the Brookfield Craft Center Inc.

A native and lifelong resident of Connecticut, Culbertson holds a master’s in fine arts from the University of Hartford and has an extensive background in handcrafts, oil painting, arts administration in cultural non-profits and as an educator across Western CT for many years.

For more information on Brookfield Craft Center call 203-775-4526 or visit http://www.brookfieldcraft.org/.

Danbury

Holme receives ‘Above and Beyond’ award

Neil Holme received the 2020 Jeannie C. Beck “Above and Beyond” Award for his support of Families Network of Western CT, Inc. in Danbury.

Holme and his company, Impact Business Technology provided their technical expertise pro bono to Families Network, ensuring that FNWC is able to continue delivering services to families throughout the Greater Danbury area.

Holme will be presented this award at Families Network Annual Luncheon, currently scheduled for April 21, 2021.

The mission of Families Network is to promote safe and healthy environments for children through parent education, support, and child abuse education.

Danbury

National training camp focuses on balance beam

Gymnastics Revolution hosted a national training camp for local aspiring gymnasts Nov. 14-16.

The Beam Queen Boot Camp was conducted by Olympic Silver Medalist Samantha Peszek and her troop of high level gymnasts, coaches and choreographers. Using Gymnastics Revolution’s facility, the group ran four training sessions designed to instruct, help and inspire gymnasts of all levels.

Peszek designed the camp to bring her experience to gymnasts at the early levels of the sport. Using coaches she has met and resonated with over the years, she designed a training program touching on mental stability, motivation, proper technique, choreography, and fun to teach the basics (and some high level skills) on the balance beam.

The event was open to gymnasts from Connecticut and New York. The facility had to be rearranged, equipment moved, spread out, and set up to promote distancing. Athletes wore masks throughout the event, and intense cleaning protocols were in place.

New Milford

Gallery 25 celebrates new artists

Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio will celebrate new artists with an artwork display, “Celebrate,” on view beginning Friday through Jan. 9.

Sponsored by the New Milford Commission on the Arts, the gallery’s new artwork consists of paintings, photographs, jewelry, fused glasswork, pottery, weaving, wood turning plus holiday cards and ornaments.

Four new artists who have joined the gallery are Roberta Ahuja of Newtown — potter; Leigh Graham, Southbury — jeweler and weaver; Linda T Hubbard, Sherman — fine art photographer; and Cathleen Nardo, Danbury — pastelist.

Gallery 25 also is participating in Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28 and Artist Sunday, Nov. 29.

For more information visit www.gallery25ct.com.

Region

Virtual auction postponed

Housatonic Valley Association’s annual “Auction for the Environment,” was postponed to Feb. 21.

The auction, hosted Christine Baranski, was originally scheduled for. Nov. 22 and would have been held virtually. Proceeds will help keep the waterways and lands of the three-state Housatonic Valley clean and healthy.

Region

Students commended in Merit Program

Wooster School seniors Reggie Stuhr, of Ridgefield, and Anastasia Wei, of Danbury, have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, was presented to the students.

Stuhr is the lead trombonist and a backup vocalist for the Wooster Improvisational Jazz Band, a member of the Wooster tennis and basketball teams, was the captain of the JV boys basketball team, a member of the Spectrum (GSA) Club and a member of the Wooster Girl Up Club.

Wei is co-president of the Spectrum (GSA) Club at Wooster, senior prefect for Student Life, a co-leader of the Cognitive Science Club, a member of the technical theater crew and a student ambassador.

Ridgefield

Theater Barn presents ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Ridgefield Theater Barn welcomes patrons back into the theater with their holiday production, “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 28 to Dec. 20. The show, which was originally presented in 2018 at the Farmington Valley Stage Company in Collinsville, stars Patrick Spadaccino in his one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale.

Directed by Scott R. Brill, the show will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees, at 2 p.m., through Dec. 20.

The Ridgefield Theater Barn is located at 37 Halpin Lane; doors open one hour prior to curtain, reservations are required and can be made at ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.

Sherman

Sherman Chamber Ensemble performs jazz concert

The Sherman Chamber Ensemble will perform a virtual jazz concert at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Pianist Ted Rosenthal joins a group of New York musicians including Thomson Kneeland (double bass), Chris Parker (drums), Susan Rotholz, (flute) and Eliot Bailen (cello) in a program where the classics meet jazz with a special holiday set in addition to works by Piazzolla, Rosenthal, Schuman and others.

Online tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at http://www.SCEmusic.org. For more information call 860-355-5930.

Southbury

Flu vaccine clinics available

Persons, 6 months and older, can get their flu vaccinations at the Pomperaug Health District Office in Playhouse Corner, 77 Main St. North, Southbury from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Jan. 4; from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays from Dec. 2-30 (no clinic Dec. 23); and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Dec. 5.

Clinics are by appointment only. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

To make an appointment visit www.pddh.org or call 203-264-9616, ext. 0.

Washington

ASAP! receives grant for children’s programs

ASAP! received a $6,700 grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation in support of its Children’s Community School programs, “Together We Connect: Gratitude Mural” and “Grade 4 Writing Program,” as well as its “Save Girls on F.Y.E.R (Future, Young, Educated, Role models) Film and Dance Projects,” for both non-profit organizations based in Waterbury.

ASAP! is a social profit arts organization. Serving nearly 10,000 students throughout CT each year, ASAP! promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion in all its programs.

To view all ASAP! programs or to register for an upcoming class, visit www.asapct.org.

Washington

Glenholme School helps families in need

Students and staff from the Glenholme School are working with the Washington/ Warren Food Pantry to help restock the shelves with nonperishable goods to help local residents in need. They also will be partnering with the Northwest Visiting Nurse Association in Bantam to create Thanksgiving baskets to be distributed to families they serve in the Bantam area.

This is the first year that the school is working with two local organizations at Thanksgiving time.

The Glenholme School is a therapeutic boarding and day school in Washington, for students ages 10-21 with various learning, social and emotional differences.