Give back to Housatonic Habitat

Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is asking companies to become “Gift in Kind” donors.

When organizations donate goods or services, those donations are considered gifts-in-kind. Habitat accepts large quantities of in-kind gifts like building materials, furniture, appliances and more.

Companies can donate their excess inventories, canceled orders or obsolete inventory to Housatonic Habitat for Humanity. For example, scratch and dent merchandise are popular donations from appliance stores.

Housatonic Habitat’s ReStore is at 51 Austin St. Restore hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Saturday. For more information, visit Housatonichabitatforhumanity.org or call 203-744-1340.

Danbury

Ethan Allen Hotel taps CIA grad as lead chef

Ethan Allen Hotel has hired Jamar McCray, a Pittsburgh native, with more than 28 years experience in the restaurant industry as their lead chef at 21 Lake Restaurant|Bar.

McCray has worked at Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory and Casbah. He most recently came to the Ethan Allen as chef at Mohonk Mountain House.

McCray formerly was the restaurant manager for 21 Lake Restaurant|Bar. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Culinary Institute of America. He is an active participant in local community events and is on the board of the Black Culinary Society.

Danbury

WCSU students receive biology fellowships

Western Connecticut State University students James Hannon, of Danbury, and Emily Hoegler, of Bethel, were awarded 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in biology.

Hannon’s research, mentored by Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Michelle Monette, will explore the impact that environmental stress caused by climate change has produced in Atlantic killifish, an important source of prey for many species found in coastal estuaries.

Hoegler will continue work with her mentor, Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Joshua Cordeira, to study how the expression or suppression of dopamine, a chemical whose release commonly increases during exercise, affects food intake behavior and propensity to gain weight.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the deadline for the projects has been extended to summer 2021, when Hannon and Hoegler will complete their field and laboratory studies over an eight- to 10-week period, submit a technical paper and present findings at a scientific forum. Each student will receive a $4,000 stipend upon successful completion of the program.

Danbury

DanburyWORKS receives grant

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has awarded a $9,000 COVID-19 Resiliency Grant to DanburyWORKS to assist home-base family child care providers who face challenges due to changes in enrollment, lost income, and the need for more emergency supplies as a result of the pandemic.

This grant from the Fairfield County COVID-19 Resiliency Fund will help to provide important cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other essentials that the child care providers and the families they serve now need as a result of the pandemic.

Kent

Kent Singers perform folk concert

The Kent Singers will present their spring concert, “Songs of the British Isles,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Milford.

The concert will feature traditional folk songs, ballads, and shanties from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, with arrangements by Gustav Holst, Bob Chilcott, and Iain Farrington, alongside madrigals and part songs by Thomas Morley, Edward Elgar, and Gerald Finzi, and will be conducted by James Knox Sutterfield.

Due to brisk advance ticket sales, only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $20, with children under 12 admitted free.

More information is available at 860-619-8110 or at kentsingers.com/.

Region

Focus groups to help Cultural Alliance

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is seeking dozens of creative leaders, business people and stakeholders to participate in focus groups whose discussions and findings will guide the future of the organization.

The focus groups will be held as Zoom meetings: June 2 — Creative Industries https://bit.ly/AHC_group; June 3 - Business Leaders https://bit.ly/Business_focusgroup; June 4 - Stakeholders https://bit.ly/Community_focusgroup.

Individual invitations will go out to leaders within the creative industries and across sectors throughout the region. Scails and members of the Cultural Alliance Board of Directors will facilitate the discussions and share results.

Anyone interested in participating in a focus group can email Lisa at lscails@cawct.org.

Region

Scholarships available for high school seniors

The Weller Foundation, Incorporated, has announced that students who will be full-time seniors at Joel Barlow, Masuk, Newtown, Shelton, and Trumbull High School this fall may now request brochures from their guidance offices outlining specific rules for the 2020-2021 $15,000 Barton L. Weller Scholarship.

Established in 1978, the purpose of this $15,000 scholarship is to encourage academic excellence in a substantial five-month original independent research or study project. Students may begin to formulate their one- to two-page proposal outlining the student’s project in any field of study. A student may submit only one proposal.

Proposals must be submitted to their school’s guidance department for verification prior to being received by the Foundation by Oct. 5. Up to five finalists will be selected from all entries and will be notified on Oct. 19. The finalists selected to compete will receive $200 on Nov. 5 to help defray expenses. The finalists’ project development period will run from Oct. 19 to March 2, 2021 with submission and documentation of the project due by March 2,.

On March 24, 2021 the judges will convene to interview the finalists and select the $15,000 scholarship recipient. The finalists, who have successfully completed and submitted their projects on time, will be invited to a dinner in their honor on April 21, 2021. At that time, the $15,000 scholarship will be presented to the student whose project is judged to be the best, and all runners-up will receive $500 for completion and timely submission of their projects.

Region

Make Music NWCT returns

Make Music NWCT returns to the northwest corner through the Northwest CT Arts Council Sunday, June 21.

Make Music Day began in France in 1892 as the Fete de la Musique, and has spread to over 800 cities across 120 countries. This event grew into an international celebration that takes place on the summer solstice of each year.

People of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to create music at participating venues all over the region on the longest day of the year. Registration is now open for venues and musicians across Northwest CT at nw-ct.makemusicday.org.

Ridgefield

Author, poet Ira Joe Fisher reads from his new collection

Ridgefield Library and Books on the Common present a reading via Zoom with author and poet Ira Joe Fisher at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Fisher will read some humorous essays from his new collection Wide and Wavy Out of Salamanca: Sort of True Essays published by Athanata Arts. He also will share some of his own poems and some by other poets. Copies of Wide and Wavy Out of Salamanca may be ordered through Books on the Common for delivery or curbside pick-up.

Register at ridgefieldlibrary.org. For questions contact libraryprograms@ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Ridgefield

Postcards help historical society

Sets of postcard scenes of “Old Ridgefield, created by Jack Sanders, founder of the Old Ridgefield group are being offered for sale to benefit the Ridgefield Historical Society.

The cards are glossy, enhanced reproductions of actual postcards published more than a century ago. The back of each card gives a brief explanation of the scene. Each set contains the eight cards plus a ninth different scene. The cost is $10 for the set of nine cards, postage included.

Twenty-five percent of the sales will go to the historical society (ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org).

To order a set of cards, send $10 to Jack Sanders, 91 Olmstead Lane, Ridgefield CT 06877. You may also use Paypal to jackfsanders@yahoo.com; include your mailing address.

Ridgefield

Virtual initiatives for Make Music Ridgefield

Local organizers, venues and musicians have developed new, creative socially distanced ways for anyone for participate in this year’s Make Music Ridgefield event June 21.

The annual global celebration based on France’s Fete de la Musique, is a celebration of music in all its forms. This year brings new challenges as social distancing and public safety will be at the forefront of each venue’s events.

Ridgefield is abiding by the guidelines set out by the State. The Make Music Ridgefield committee is keeping up to date on all recommendations and will be communicating with the venues. They are facilitating some in-person, socially distanced performances in ways that ensure a safe experience for all. There also will be a robust virtual initiative, both on the local and global stage.

Venues have the opportunity to host musicians outside their establishment. Venues can book their own acts or rely on the Make Music Day matching software to do it for them. Musicians of any kind can also register on the site and can request certain venues that match their criteria.

Visit ridgefield.makemusicday.org for more information or to register your venue.