7 1of7Natural Mask by Madelyn Lazzara, 2020 Top 60 Celebration of Young Photographers, grades 9-12 category.Contributed / ASAP!Show MoreShow Less 2of7Patrick Spadaccino stars in his one-man adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol.Contributed / The Ridgefield Theater BarnShow MoreShow Less 3of7First Selectwoman Judy Novachek was recognized for her efforts to improve an intersection near the schools.ContributedShow MoreShow Less 4of7Over 150 runners lined up to register for the “Get Your Rear in Gear” 5K and 10K races to benefit Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut.ContributedShow MoreShow Less 5of7Jackie Lopes, Stop & Shop cash office manager, Sharon Sagendorf, Stop & Shop customer service manager and Kevin McGowan, Housatonic Habitat volunteer.ContributedShow MoreShow Less 6of7Bethel High School students conducted a downtown litter cleanup, headed by senior Bryce Wallace as part of his capstone project. The group gathered at Overlook Park.ContributedShow MoreShow Less 7of7Alex & Malcolm McLevy, Housatonic Habitat volunteersContributed / Housatonic Habitat for HumanityShow MoreShow Less Former first selectwoman honored Bethel recently recognized former First Selectwoman Judy Novachek’s efforts to improve an intersection near the schools. A plaque was dedicated on Nov. 13 to Novachek at the Plumtrees Road bridge. During her time as first selectwoman, Novachek was instrumental in pushing for the project to replace the bridge and create a four-way intersection at Whittlesey Drive and Walnut and Plumtrees roads. This intersection near the school complex had been plagued with traffic jams and accidents. The project was completed in spring 2017. Bethel Students conduct downtown litter cleanup A group of Bethel High School students conducted a downtown litter cleanup on Nov. 22, headed by senior Bryce Wallace as part of his capstone project. The group went from Parloa Park to Overlook Park and collected a total of 64.4 pounds of litter. Eleven students participated in the event, with sophomore Ariana Lecates collecting the most litter at 18.3 pounds. The group started and finished their trip at the Bethel Train Station. The event was hosted by the local bakery, Daily Fare. Danbury Learn about Hispanic heritage The Danbury Library will present a free, virtual tour of the Hispanic Heritage Society Museum & Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Visitors will explore the museum’s collections of objects, indigenous art, and maps and then create their own masterpiece. All that is needed is a paper and pencil. Registration is required. To register, visit DanburyLibrary.org or email email@example.com. Danbury Housatonic Habitat selected for community bag program Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is the recipient of the Community Bag Program in November at the Stop & Shop at 72 Newtown Road. Habitat has been chosen as the nonprofit for three months this year at Stop & Shop locations in the greater Danbury area. For each reusable community bag purchased by customers, Habitat will receive a $1 donation. Customers who purchase community bags at other locations may direct their donations to Habitat by visiting mystopandshopcause.com. For more information about Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, visit www.housatonichabitat.org. Danbury Wrap with Habitat Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers to help wrap holiday gifts. Since 2011, volunteers have wrapped holiday gifts purchased from throughout the Danbury Fair Mall — and beyond — for a donation to Housatonic Habitat. Wrapping for Habitat runs from Dec. 5 through Christmas Eve at the mall entrance to Macy’s second floor. Macy’s has been the event sponsor from the start 10 years ago and has not only donated space but supplies and support. Individuals, youth groups and businesses interested in volunteering for a three-hour session should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers may also donate wrapping paper, gift bags, tags, ribbons and bows to the event. For more information about Housatonic Habitat for Humanity visit www.housatonichabitat.org. Danbury WCSU presents virtual production series The Department of Theatre Arts at Western Connecticut State University will present “New Works — New Voices,” a virtual production series dedicated to amplifying the voices of marginalized and underrepresented playwrights and composers. Each show has been rehearsed, performed and edited entirely online, and will be broadcast via livestream. Shows include: “The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical,” will stream at 7 p.m. Sunday. “Dognap on Dekalb,” written by Benjamin Colón and directed by Sal Trapani will stream at 7 p.m. Wednesday. “In The Open” will stream at 7 p.m. Monday and Friday. “Be More Funny, and Other Short Plays” will stream at 7 p.m. Thursday. The final production,“Organizing in the Time of Covid-19 and Other Lessons” will stream at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday. Tickets for each performance are $5. There also is a Season Flex Pass available. For $20, passholders will have access to one performance of all five shows, for the cost of four. Tickets and season flex passes are available at wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Eric Gomez, visual and performing arts center events coordinator, at email@example.com, or the Office of University Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org. Danbury Library hosts virtual holiday market Danbury Library has launched a Virtual Holiday Market now through Jan. 1. A curated collection of Connecticut artists and craftspeople will be featured on the library’s website, highlighting the importance of shopping local and supporting small businesses this holiday season. This online market will profile over a dozen local artists and craftspeople, and provide links to each of their own e-commerce storefronts. Selections include handcrafted jewelry, embroidered textiles, woodworking, watercolors, and more. Throughout this period, Danbury Library will share videos, photos, and information on each craftperson’s artistic process via social media channels. For more information, visit https://danburylibrary.org/holiday-market-2020. New Fairfield Holiday boutique canceled Due to the rising numbers of coronavirus cases, New Fairfield/Sherman Animal Welfare has canceled its Holiday Boutique scheduled for Friday and Saturday. However, there will be a virtual fundraising event and holiday items sold on Facebook. The annual boutique is the organization’s largest fundraiser and its cancellation represents a significant loss to the group. NFSAW is asking the public to support its work by donating in other ways, whether through Facebook, PayPal, a check by mail or by bringing a check or cash in person to the organization’s shelter in New Fairfield. For more information, go to www.nfsaw.org. The organization has found homes for thousands of neglected, abused or abandoned cats and dogs since its founding in 1977. That work has continued through the pandemic with NFSAW saving hundreds of puppies, dogs, cats and kittens this year. New Milford Race supports culinary school More than 150 runners ran in the NM Fitness and Aquatic Club’s 5K and 10K races held recently at Litchfield Crossings. Proceeds benefited the Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut, an organization that has prepared over 16,000 meals to feed the New Milford community during the pandemic. Top male finisher was Richard Grudzwick, a New Milford senior running at Central Connecticut University and in the female division the top female finisher was Marisa Shiland, a freshman running for Southern New England. Top finishers in 5K races included Caleb Cerra, a freshman at New Milford High School and eighth-grader Catherine O’Connot, of Newtown. Newtown Church to host blood drives Newtown Congregational Church is holding blood drives from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 11, from 8:30 am. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 29. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org. The urgent need continues for blood donations from eligible healthy individuals of all blood types. All drives will comply with COVID-19 precautions. Each donor must wear a mask or get one from the Red Cross. Sherman Deer Pond Farm offers First Friday Hike Deer Pond Farm volunteers will lead a hike or snowshoe excursion from 10-11:30 a.m., Friday. Meet at 57 Wakeman Hill Road in Sherman. The farm will also host a winter birding program led by Stefan Martin from 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Learn about ways birds manage to survive in the winter and the importance of habitat diversity for supporting wildlife. Attendees also will take part in an official bird survey for the Connecticut Bird Atlas Block 60D. The event is free. For more information, call 860-799-4074 or visit https://www.ctaudubon.org/deer-pond-farm-home/. Washington ASAP! celebrates young photographers ASAP!’s 10th annual Celebration of Young Photographers event will be held as a YouTube livestream event from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. ASAP! received over 200 submissions from 38 schools and homeschool families from across the state. Students in grades six to 12, were invited to submit up to two photographs based on this year’s theme, Quarantined. The top 60 photos will be featured during the livestream event. Viewers will have the chance to vote for a photograph that will be revealed as the Viewers Choice. Photographs will be available to purchase from Still River Editions in Danbury beginning Tuesday through Jan. 6 at https://stillrivereditions.com/. The event will recognize the top four photographers from middle and high school. Ian Hockley, founder of Dylan’s Wings of Change, will present the 2020 Dylan’s Wings Photography Award to the two top selected young photographers. For more information or to view a list of artists, visit www.asapct.org. Washington Virtual lecture: The Spirit of Christmas Past Gunn Historical Museum will present a free virtual presentation, “The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England” with Kenneth Turino, of Historic New England at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. This lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas from the time it was outlawed in 17th Century New England through the beginning of the 21st Century when all the trappings of a traditional Christmas were in place. Some Washington Christmas traditions and stories also will be highlighted. Registration is required. To register, go to https://www.gunnlibrary.org/gunn-museum/museum-registration-page/. For more information visit www.gunnmuseum.org, call 860-868-7756 or email email@example.com. Washington ‘School Lunch’ exhibit on view The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens is hosting a new exhibit of works by Lisa DeLoria Weinblatt, on view through Dec. 30. Weinblatt is a figurative painter whose imagery is informed through personal experience, memory and direct observation. The paintings present images concerning the nature and passions of relationships. This series is a pictorial essay of contemporary student life, in real educational settings. The doors are open most Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. The artist will be on-site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays Email ahead if you plan to visit: firstname.lastname@example.org.