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The Rotary Club of Danbury is hosting a Shred Day event from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Chuck’s Steakhouse parking lot at 20 Segar St. in Danbury.Danbury Rotarian Delia Leonardi, who is also the vice president of community development for the Savings Bank of Danbury, is shown with a ShredSmart employee. ShredSmart facilitates the event.
Barb Jennes, Ridgefield poet laureate, recently earned an award.
Cantor Penny Kessler of the United Jewish Center in Danbury
A virtual event, “The Fearsome Four – a Virtual Wildlife Talk,” is being presented by the Danbury Library at 3 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom.
The program focuses on raccoons, skunks, opossums, and porcupines. Master Wildlife Conservationist Ginny Apple will tell attendees about these misunderstood animals. Attendees will learn about their unique defenses and 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, extension 7713 or emailing at [email protected] Contact [email protected] with questions.
Participants will receive a link to the event via an email upon completing registration.
The Rotary Club of Danbury is hosting a Shred Day event from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Chuck’s Steakhouse parking lot at 20 Segar St. in Danbury.
Residents and businesses from any town are invited to bring as many boxes as they would like for a shredding cost of $10 each for boxes roughly the size of those that hold copier paper, and more for larger boxes. Cash or checks are accepted..
Cash or checks are accepted.
No appointment is necessary. There’s no need to remove staples or paper clips from papers or documents. However, no plastic can be shredded.
The Rotary Club has been holding Community Shred Days in the spring and fall for three years and the money collected goes toward student scholarships and other local projects.
In all, about $15,000 has been raised to date through the shred days, which are facilitated by ShredSmart and its massive shredder.
In addition the Community Shred Days and other initiatives, the Rotary Club is also known for its raffle, which is coming up soon and has raised more than $1 million for scholarships that have been awarded since 1988 and other philanthropic efforts.
The 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.
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 shred 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 shred 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 at https://www.fcgives.org/organizations/danbury-pal.
The United Jewish Center is hosting a concert of music, poetry, and prayer in preparation of the Jewish High Holy Days on Saturday.
Cantor Penny Kessler of the United Jewish Center will be joined by Cantor Harriet Dunkerley of Temple B’nai Chaim in Georgetown and Cantor Guy Bonné of Temple Sholom in New Milford.
Kessler is the cantor and senior clergy at the United Jewish Center. She has been helping the UJC congregation pray, study and embrace music for 28 years. She began cantorial school at the Hebrew Union College Jewish-Institute of Religion Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music after her three children were born. She was ordained in 1993.
Dunkerley is passionate about the power of music to teach, lift prayer up to God, create spiritual connection, transform worship, and bring community together. A graduate of Cantor Penny Kessler of the United Jewish Center will be joined by Cantor Harriet Dunkerley of Temple B’nai Chaim in Georgetown and Cantor Guy Bonné of 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,” explained Cantor Kessler. “This service allows us to transition to the High Holy Day season.” The special service, celebrated the week before Rosh Hashanah, called S’lichot, is often a soul-stirring introduction to the Days of Awe and the communal prayers recited ask for Divine forgiveness.
Cantor Kessler is the Cantor and Senior Clergy at the United Jewish Center. She has been helping the UJC congregation pray, study and embrace music for 28 years. She began cantorial school at the Hebrew Union College Jewish-Institute of Religion Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music after her three children were born. She was ordained in 1993.
Dunkerley is passionate about the power of music to teach, lift prayer up to God, create spiritual connection, transform worship, and bring community together. A graduate of Hebrew Union College Jewish-Institute of Religion Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, she was ordained in 2019. Prior to that she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in musical theater, vocal performance and acting. She joined Congregation B’nai Chaim in 2019 as their spiritual leader.
The new spiritual leader of Temple Shalom in New Milford is Cantor Guy Bonné. He was born in Israel and has studied in Haifa, Vienna and New York City. A trained opera singer, he was ordained in 2005 after attending the Hebrew Union College Jewish-Institute of Religion Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. A professional recording artist he has several albums out. Bonné joined Temple Sholom in 2022.
All three are members of the professional organization the American Conference of Cantors.
Following the program there will be time to visit and refreshments will be served.
For additional information and details, contact [email protected]
The Rocking Rooster Square Dance Club of Newtown is hosting two free dance parties on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on both dates. The events are at the United Church of Christ in Southbury.
The parties’ motto is “Dare to Dance Square.”
The club’s dance hall is in Southbury. The club draws dancers from throughout the Fairfield and the New Haven counties, as well as New York.
No experience is necessary. Club staff will teach attendees everything they need to know. It’s an opportunity to make new friends in a safe and alcohol-free environment. Come solo or bring a partner to the events.
Dress is casual. People can also bring their own friends.
If people have two left feet. There are no worries there because the art of square dancing is just walking to music.
Ridgefield Poet Laureaute Barbara Fulton Jennes is the winner of the 2022 Lascaux Prize in Poetry from the Lascaux Review publication.
Jennes serves as the poet-in-residence at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield.
Jennes’ poems have appeared in the 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 many other journals, and anthologies.
Jennes’ has a chapbook that is titled: “Blinded Birds,” and that was released in April of the current year of 2022.
The “Different Points of View” paintings by Connecticut artist Edward Arribas are on display at The Meetinghouse at the Ridgebury Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, which is located at 605 Ridgebury Road in Ridgefield.
The paintings went on display on Sept. 11 and are on display through Oct. 2.
The Four26 band is playing at the lawn of the Ridgefield Playhouse at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The band offers an electric blend of folk, rock, and other surprises.
The Ridgefield Playhouse is at 80 East Ridge Road in Ridgefield.
Arts Escape is accepting registration for a children’s writing revision class running for six weeks beginning this Wednesday. The class will be taught via Zoom.
The class, taught by Tina Tocco, is suitable for students who have a work-in-progress they’d like to bring to the next level. Students will receive feedback on their work from the instructor and fellow writers and have the opportunity to workshop their multiple times over the six-week session. The focus will be on craft issues such as point of view, dialogue, setting, character development, and effective use of language. The class is geared toward those writing/editing middle grade (ages 8 to 12) and young adult (ages 13 to 18) fiction.
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). Her fiction, nonfiction, 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 Italian Americana. In 2019, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell, the college’s national literary journal.
The class runs from 10 a.m. to noon on six consecutive Wednesdays from Sept. 14 through Oct. 19. Enrollment is limited to eight students. Registration must be received by Tuesday, Sept. 13 to receive the Zoom link.
More information and registration can be found at www.artsescape.org/writing or by calling 203-586-1474. Arts Escape, a nonprofit organization, is located at 493 Heritage Road, Suite 4C, in Southbury.
An arts-infused education organization is collecting submissions for its 12th annual Celebration of Young Photographers. Submissions are now open.
Students in the sixth grade through the 12th grade are invited to submit up to two photographs to ASAP!’s 12th annual Celebration of Young Photographers for the chance to show their work in a gallery art exhibition.
The top selected photo for 2021 was “Hermosa, by Anna Gleson, who is in the 11th grade.
The exhibit will be juried by a panel of professional judges who will select the top 60 photographs.
There will also be a special Celebration of Young Photographers event Nov. 13 in Washington Depot.
The theme for the 2022 celebration is “adventure.” Participants are asked to capture the tensions and the triumphs from their adventures, expressing themselves through the photographic medium of art.
The deadline is Oct. 2.
Full guidelines and the submission link are available at https://asapct.org/project/celebration-of-young-photographers.
ASAP! was founded in 1999. The institution is recognized for its high quality, portable, and immersive learning experiences.
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