Wilton's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:52:00 -0500 HamletHub.com Why Small Businesses Matter in Wilton: Bone and Bark Inn https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49753-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-bone-and-bark-inn49753-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-bone-and-bark-inn https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49753-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-bone-and-bark-inn49753-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-bone-and-bark-inn

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Bone and Bark Inn!
 
Three questions with Maria Farinas, owner of Bone and Bark Inn.
 
Bone and Bark Inn was created with the Farinas Family’s own 9 rescues in mind. A place where you can feel good about leaving your pet while you are away for a day, week, or month.
 
Why did you start your business?
 
We started our business because we found it very difficult to find places to board our dogs that were homelike and not like a typical kennel like environment with limited time outside to run and play. We felt that most people’s dogs thrive in this type of homelike environment and we wanted to give people a fresh option. So far we have been very successful and I think people are drawn to the type of place we are. 
 
Finish this sentence in regard to your business: I wish I could...
 
Since we foster many homeless dogs and so many find their forever homes here in Wilton we would wish that we could continue to help people learn more about the importance of adopting a dog and that most dogs are in shelters most often because they have been let down by humans and are NOT damaged goods. 
 
Do you use any local businesses to support your business?
 
We use several local businesses to support Bone and Bark Inn. The first is Wilton Hardware where we buy tools and other supplies for the Inn.  The next is Pet Pantry that is always willing to help with anything our foster dogs may need as well as food and other dog supplies.
The last is our in house vet Janette Alvarez who lives in a Wilton and owns Animal Wellness Veterinary center and has many Wilton clients. We also purchase blankets, dog crates and other supplies from Minks to Sinks and The Turnover shop here in town.
 
Bone and Bark Inn nominates Lee Boffey, owner of Dancing Dog Estate Sales!
 
Bone and Bark Inn is located at 525 Danbury Rd, Wilton. Call 203-943-9955 or visit Bone and Bark Inn online here.
 
HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!
 
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:16:16 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Appoints Cheryl MacCluskey to Senior Loan Officer https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49754-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-greenwich-resident-cheryl-maccluskey-to-senior-loan-officer49754-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-greenwich-resident-cheryl-maccluskey-to-senior-loan-officer https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49754-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-greenwich-resident-cheryl-maccluskey-to-senior-loan-officer49754-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-greenwich-resident-cheryl-maccluskey-to-senior-loan-officer

Ridgefield, CT – December 11, 2019 – Fairfield County Bank recently appointed Cheryl MacCluskey to Senior Loan Officer. Before joining the Bank, Cheryl was a Loan Officer at First Republic Bank.

As a Senior Loan Officer, Cheryl will meet with Clients regularly to determine their loan product needs to ensure their goals are being met. Ms. MacCluskey is also responsible for maintaining a knowledge base of the Bank’s loan products and understanding of the qualifications required for each client.

“Cheryl is a great addition to our experienced team of lenders. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience and is excited to work with her clients to help them achieve their goals,” says Raymond LaFlamme, Chief Mortgage Sales Office at Fairfield County Bank.

In her spare time, Cheryl volunteers at the YMCA and Inspirica. She also belongs to the Greenwich Board of Realtors, National Notary Association and the Marist College Alumni. In 2016, Cheryl received the Volunteer of the Year award from the YMCA. Growing up, Cheryl competed in Dressage and actively participated in triathlons. She graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Wed, 11 Dec 2019 08:30:04 -0500
A Gift for You and Me at The Wilton Playshop December 13-15 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49726-a-gift-for-you-and-me-at-the-wilton-playshop49726-a-gift-for-you-and-me-at-the-wilton-playshop https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49726-a-gift-for-you-and-me-at-the-wilton-playshop49726-a-gift-for-you-and-me-at-the-wilton-playshop

A Gift for You and Mewritten and directed by Ginny Ruggieri with musical direction by Sarah Lee Michaels, will be presented on the Wilton Playshop stage from December 13-15, 2019.   

A Gift for You and Me is a heartwarming original story that celebrates all the joys of the season with music and dance.  The story follows Tom, Alice, and their five children on a trip to New York City where they experience Times Square, make new friends, and ultimately heal old wounds. The play also features a “show within the show” where the family and audience can enjoy a spectacular holiday show featuring talented dancers and singers.  This delightful family-friendly stage show is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. 

Recommended for children of all ages.  The approximate running time is 60 minutes.

Performances: December 13 at 7:00 pm, December 14 at 2pm, & 5pm and December 15 at 2pm. 

Tickets: $20/adults, $15/ages 12 and under 

Buy tickets here 

For more information, visit www.wiltonplayshop.org

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publicity@wiltonplayshop.org (The Wilton Playshop) Places Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:07:00 -0500
Open House on Saturday at The Golf Performance Center https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49751-open-house-on-saturday-at-the-golf-performance-center49751-open-house-on-saturday-at-the-golf-performance-center https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49751-open-house-on-saturday-at-the-golf-performance-center49751-open-house-on-saturday-at-the-golf-performance-center

The Golf Performance Center OPEN HOUSE on Saturday

The Golf Performance Center, located at 824 Ethan Allen Highway, is opening its doors to junior golfers who aim to play high school or college golf this Saturday, December 14 from 10am to 2pm!

- Meet the team who will coach you on your journey on and off the course.

- Learn how GPC has helped 100+ athletes get to 80 colleges and universities.

- Discover Ethan Allen Preparatory’s innovative approach to preparing student-athletes for college and beyond.

- Learn about our boarding and day options for EAP and Summer Achieve student-athletes.

Learn more about The Golf Performance Center here.

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kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Places Tue, 10 Dec 2019 07:16:47 -0500
Wilton Planning Meeting for Celebration of 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote Rescheduled for January https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49750-wilton-planning-meeting-for-celebration-of-100th-anniversary-of-women-s-right-to-vote-rescheduled-for-january49750-wilton-planning-meeting-for-celebration-of-100th-anniversary-of-women-s-right-to-vote-rescheduled-for-january https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49750-wilton-planning-meeting-for-celebration-of-100th-anniversary-of-women-s-right-to-vote-rescheduled-for-january49750-wilton-planning-meeting-for-celebration-of-100th-anniversary-of-women-s-right-to-vote-rescheduled-for-january

The planning meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 5 will be rescheduled for January 2020 (day/time will be announced shortly).  

2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing and protecting women's right to vote.  A number of Wilton based organizations are planning events in 2020 to recognize the anniversary.  The Town of Wilton is working with these organizations to bring all planned events under one umbrella in an effort to foster collaboration and cooperation across the Town.  Any organizations or individuals interested in getting involved are welcome to attend the January planning meeting.  

Please contact Sarah Gioffre for more information at sarah.gioffre@wiltonct.org or (203) 563-0129, x 1128.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Wilton) Neighbors Mon, 09 Dec 2019 08:09:21 -0500
STEM Best Practice Workshop onJanuary 11 at at Housatonic Community College https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49749-stem-best-practice-workshop49749-stem-best-practice-workshop https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49749-stem-best-practice-workshop49749-stem-best-practice-workshop

Any and all learning institutions and individual educators interested in adopting best practices in STEM education are invited to attend a Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway workshop at Housatonic Community College (HCC) on Saturday, January 11. The workshop is the first in a series of three that allows an institution to certify as a Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Partner.

For schools, institutions and educators currently offering STEM instruction, the nationally acclaimed program offers a roadmap to achieve advancement. Through a collaborative approach, current practices are transformed through self-evaluation as part of a continuous improvement process. The model fosters thinking about long-term strategic goals, helps identify principles of quality STEM education, and provides a process for creating a practical plan for improvement.

Educators not currently practicing STEM instruction are also invited to attend the workshop as an opportunity to learn best practices in STEM education and to chart a course for success.

Earlier this year HCC offered this workshop to area educators with remarkable results. Due to its popularity, and recognizing the need for strong STEM competencies among students, the workshop is being offered again.

“I was very excited to be a part of the first cohort of the Carnegie STEM Pathway Training, the opportunity to learn and gain a better understanding of the four pillars of STEM in this environment was very helpful,” said Gwendolyn Brantley, Greater Bridgeport STEM Ecosystem Lead with United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. “I also had the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences on how I provide STEM enrichment to my students with my peers in my own community.”

The workshop will take place Saturday, January 11th from 9am – 3pm at the Beacon Hall Event Center on the HCC campus, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT. The cost is $150, including all materials and lunch. Those interested should contact Dean Robin Avant, RAvant@Housatonic.edu or visit http://bit.ly/HCCSTEMTraining for additional details and to register. The deadline for registration is Monday, January 6, 2020.

Housatonic Community College is the only community college in the nation that is a certified Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Provider. At HCC students can choose from over 70+ associate degree or certificate credit and non-credit options. Adding Arts to STEM learning, HCC hosts an annual two-day STEAMfest event, offers STEAM research trips and plans to open a STEAM Center of Excellence next year. Additionally HCC is a co-leader in the Greater Bridgeport STEM Ecosystem.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Life Mon, 09 Dec 2019 08:07:08 -0500
Santa at Wilton Historical Society on Dec. 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49733-santa-at-wilton-historical-society-on-dec-1449733-santa-at-wilton-historical-society-on-dec-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49733-santa-at-wilton-historical-society-on-dec-1449733-santa-at-wilton-historical-society-on-dec-14

It's a Holly Jolly Saturday at Wilton Historical Society on December 14 from 11:00am - 1:00pm

What could be more in-the-holiday-spirit than a chance to confide in Santa, see chuffing trains run, savor the scent of gingerbread, and find one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends? Saturday, December 14 is a Holly Jolly day at the Wilton Historical Society, with something for everyone.

See the trains before or after a visit with Santa! Leave time to decorate a gingerbread cookie!

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Historical Society) Events Mon, 09 Dec 2019 05:04:00 -0500
RA Division Head Talks - Middle School Matters https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49747-ra-division-head-talks-middle-school-matters49747-ra-division-head-talks-middle-school-matters https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49747-ra-division-head-talks-middle-school-matters49747-ra-division-head-talks-middle-school-matters

Middle School Matters

If your middle school experience was anything like mine, you are more likely to recall an awkward moment at a dance or an embarrassing comment in a classroom than you are to remember the depth of your learning. In fact, it is rare, when I share my job with someone in a social setting, that I am not inundated with that person’s worst memories of middle school.

For years, middle schools were intentionally designed to mimic the high school experiences and environments of their students’ futures. In these junior high schools (get it?) teachers expected students to perform like mini high school students as they navigated watered-down high school classroom experiences. This is not to say that we who survived these environments didn’t learn anything or that we didn’t experience some great moments--I am quite sure that you did, too--it’s that we likely were not learning in an environment that truly supported the developing human beings that we were at the time.

The failure of this junior high school structure is that it does not take into account the uniqueness of the middle school student, one who is navigating a seemingly overwhelming transition of cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development. Schools were asking and expecting students to, quite literally, be someone they were not, which left too many students feeling lost and disconnected from their schooling at a time when the single greatest need is to feel an authentic sense of connection. At Ridgefield Academy we are crafting a developmentally-appropriate learning experience for our students, one that challenges them to grow and develop as learners and people in a caring and nurturing environment; one that understands that middle school actually matters.

Meeting Students Where They Are

A truly great middle school meets students where they are at each developmental level. The range of cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development is never again as wide as it is during the middle school years. This reality has driven a pedagogical shift away from a  traditional, one-size-fits-all teaching model to a far more engaging, student-centered model, which allows each individual student to interact with the material at his or her own developmental level. In this model, the great middle school teacher of the twenty-first century is akin to a symphony conductor, encouraging and leading each student to perform at his or her best. In order for this to be possible, the teacher must be a master of his or her content. This allows the teacher to be dynamic and to shape and steer the learning around the questions and conclusions of the students. The teacher must also foster a strong and healthy relationship with each individual student, to know them as distinct learners and to support them in making the learning relevant in their own lives. With a deep understanding of the content and a strong relationship with the students, the teacher can craft a meaningful learning activity that supports the students in accessing the material and deepening their own, individual understanding.

Learning Through Connection

Another quality of a great middle school is that of student-teacher relationships in and out of the classroom. I often refer to the middle school years as a rollercoaster as students navigate the ups and downs of the significant cognitive, physical, and social-emotional change they are naturally experiencing. During this time of relative instability, students crave consistency in their relationships and in their environment, and unfortunately their peer group is equally unstable. To this end, the adults at home and at school must keep their feet firmly on the ground during these rollercoaster years. Genuinely trusting relationships with adults at school help students to feel grounded in that environment, which engenders in them a sense of security and safety as they work to define their authentic self. Moreover, educational neuroscience reminds us that brains learn better when they feel “safe”; when students learn in a safe and joyful environment, they are supported in taking greater cognitive risks--to think more deeply and make greater connections in their learning. No longer are middle schools the training grounds for new teachers or the pasture where former high school teachers go to finish their careers; instead, great middle school classrooms are led by dynamic adults who truly love and understand the age group.

Providing a Well-Rounded Experience

In addition to recognizing the unique developmental needs of middle schoolers and supporting those needs with dynamic, student-centered adults, a middle school program needs to be built with its student body in mind. As we do at Ridgefield Academy, the middle school years are a wonderful opportunity for students to explore new learning opportunities across the academic disciplines, through the performing and visual arts, in technology, and through athletics. With the competitive landscape of high school in mind, by providing middle level learners with a broad set of curricular and co-curricular experiences, the students have to opportunity to develop new passions and to determine how best to dedicate their time when the move on to high school. Moreover, without a high school building looming large on our campus, as a preschool-Grade 8 institution we are able to craft authentic leadership leadership roles for our middle school students. Our eighth graders understand and embrace their critical role as leaders on our campus; they lead community meetings, assume leadership roles in service learning initiatives, and set a positive example for our younger students. Through these 

opportunities our students not only learn the value of leadership to a community, but also how to be a leader in a community. They are empowered by this challenge and rise to it, taking these critical skills with them into their high school experiences and beyond.

At Ridgefield Academy, we strive to create the best learning environment for our middle school students. Because we truly know and understand middle school students, and we provide a strong program and positive environment that supports them in their own cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development we empower our students to challenge themselves as learners and leaders in a world that so desperately needs their leadership.

Explore RA’s Middle School program during Take a Look Tuesday or our Open House.

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (RA Division Head for Grades 4-8 Clinton Howarth) Neighbors Mon, 09 Dec 2019 05:02:00 -0500
Holiday Book Sale at Wilton Library Runs Through Dec. 29 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49748-holiday-book-sale-at-wilton-library-runs-through-dec-2949748-holiday-book-sale-at-wilton-library-runs-through-dec-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49748-holiday-book-sale-at-wilton-library-runs-through-dec-2949748-holiday-book-sale-at-wilton-library-runs-through-dec-29

The Wilton Library's holiday book sale in the gallery is a seasonal opportunity to find bargain-priced books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks suitable for gifting to all ages.

This year's sale includes a diverse collection of classical, jazz, Latin, and blues CDs. All are priced to sell; many are new shrink-wrapped items. As items are sold, new ones are stocked daily. All sales support the library.

The sale opened on Dec. 5 and continues during regular library hours through Dec. 29. The library is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton. For more information, visit wiltonlibrary.org.
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sally.stra@gmail.com (Wilton Library) Life Sun, 08 Dec 2019 03:48:00 -0500
Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids at the Wilton Historical Society https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49746-colonial-cookery-and-customs-for-kids-at-the-wilton-historical-society49746-colonial-cookery-and-customs-for-kids-at-the-wilton-historical-society https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49746-colonial-cookery-and-customs-for-kids-at-the-wilton-historical-society49746-colonial-cookery-and-customs-for-kids-at-the-wilton-historical-society

Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids at the Wilton Historical Society on Saturday, December 28, 11:00 – 12:30

This Month:  Exploring the History of Colonial Apples, Making Applesauce Cake

According to The American Table “With the exception of the wild sour crab apple, apples are not indigenous to North America. Seeds were brought to the colonies by the Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. One of the few comfort foods reminiscent of home, apples quickly grew in popularity, growing orchards from seed rather than grafting. In growing from seed, the burgeoning colonies created hundreds of unique varieties within a relatively short period of time.” On Saturday, December 28 from 11:00 – 12:30 at the Wilton Historical Society, Museum Educator Katherine Karlik will be talking about apples, applesauce, cider, and other interesting details about the importance of the common apple, Malus domestica, which is a member of the rose family.   Applesauce Cake is the recipe of the day.  The fad for this moist cake began during rationing in World War I and its popularity peaked in World War II.

The Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids workshop at the Wilton Historical Society teaches kids a “reciept” (recipe) used in the Connecticut region.  While the food is prepared, they hear about Colonial manners, morals and way of life.  The monthly workshops feature relatively simple dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients, adapted for modern kitchens.  All participants will sample their own cooking and take home recipe cards - as well as any leftovers! The children will learn how a Colonial kitchen would have operated, in order to appreciate the modern conveniences we take for granted.  Previous sessions have made bannock cakes, pease porridge, pickles, an amulet of green peas, apple tansey, fairy butter, pumpkin bread, cranberry shortbread, New Year’s “cakes”, New England chowder, hand pies, cheese and ramp soufflé, pea and watercress Rappahannock, blackberry maslin, thirded bread, pound cake with “Oranges” juice, maple cup custard, pepper pot soup, scalloped tomatoes, dressed macaroni and cheese, gingerbread cakes,   maple syrup tart, quick pickling and Johnny cakes.  

Suggested for ages 6 – 12.

Members: $10; Non-members $15. Space is limited --- please register by contacting info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257. 

The Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT  06897 www.wiltonhistorical.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Nick Foster) Events Fri, 06 Dec 2019 09:20:30 -0500
Explore what Ridgefield Academy can offer you child at Take a Look Tuesday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49745-explore-what-ridgefield-academy-can-offer-you-child-at-take-a-look-tuesday49745-explore-what-ridgefield-academy-can-offer-you-child-at-take-a-look-tuesday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49745-explore-what-ridgefield-academy-can-offer-you-child-at-take-a-look-tuesday49745-explore-what-ridgefield-academy-can-offer-you-child-at-take-a-look-tuesday

Learn what Ridgefield Academy can offer your child at our Take a Look Tuesday on December 10 from 9AM to 11AM

Research proves that a strong, early academic foundation is critical to ensure future success in high school, college and beyond. Ridgefield Academy helps students in Kindergarten-Grade 8 build that foundation through a forward-thinking, integrated educational program. Our entire community is dedicated to helping students build the necessary skills to become accomplished leaders, public speakers, and critical thinkers. RA students graduate as authentically self-assured individuals who have a strong sense of self, exceptional confidence, and are prepared for what comes next.

Learn what Ridgefield Academy can offer your child at our Take a Look Tuesday on December 10 from 9AM to 11AM. Explore the benefits of RA's independent preschool through Grade 8 with our Head of School, Tom Main. Tour our beautiful campus and experience our dynamic classrooms in action. See firsthand how our students become authentically self-assured because their unique talents are cultivated by talented faculty who inspire a joy of learning.

Come see why our parents say, “RA educates rather than teaches.”

RSVP here or contact Director of Enrollment David Suter at 203-894-1800 x112 or via dsuter@ridgefieldacademy.org. We would be delighted to meet you.
Curious about what other parents say about RA? We invite you to read other parents' stories about their RA experience.

Can’t make it on December 10? Visit RA on April 21 for the next Take a Look Tuesday!

The Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool community celebrates childhood, pursues excellence, and cultivates kindness. Our educational program is intellectually inspiring, and we foster joyful learning and mutual respect in all that we do. We empower each student to rise to their authentic self, preparing confident graduates who shape their future with ingenuity and integrity. Visit today!

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kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Grady) Places Fri, 06 Dec 2019 05:44:47 -0500
Wilton Library in January: Is the ACT or SAT Best for Me? https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49744-wilton-library-in-january-is-the-act-or-sat-best-for-me49744-wilton-library-in-january-is-the-act-or-sat-best-for-me https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49744-wilton-library-in-january-is-the-act-or-sat-best-for-me49744-wilton-library-in-january-is-the-act-or-sat-best-for-me

Wilton Library January 2020 Activities

Sunday, Jan. 5 Making Gifts with the Cricut Die Cutter, 2 – 4 p.m. Let's introduce you to the Cricut Die Cutter and show you all the cool gifts you can make with vinyl adornments! Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 6 New Life for Old Videos, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Do you have a box of old home videos? Wish you could still watch some of those funny or touching family moments? If so, come learn how to convert them to DVDs. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. $1 fee for the DVR-R.  This is for home videos only and conversion time is one-to-one. Equipment cannot accommodate 8mm tapes. Space limited to 1 student per session. Registration required.  Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Mondays, Jan. 6 through March 30 Rockin' Rhythms, 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Rockin' Rhythms is Ray’s way (of Jay and Ray) of continuing to develop and give children a unique and awesome experience with music during their preschool years. Music helps children develop and excel in so many ways, not only academically but also socially and behaviorally as well. We also want parents, grandparents, and caregivers to enjoy this experience as much as the children will. We will be using various musical instruments, percussion, ukuleles, and guitars, to sing and interact with various repertoire from traditional, popular and original music. Ages 2 - 5 with caregivers. Sponsored by the Arthur J. Wall Scholarship Fund. No sessions on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17). Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Mondays, Jan. 6, 13 & 27 Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, 1 – 2:30 p.m.  Weekly drop-in for knitters and crocheters. Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to stitching but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No session Jan. 20. No registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28 Night Time Knitters, 6:15 – 8 p.m. Grab your needles and yarn and come join this informal group. Make friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own project. Drop-in session. No registration required. No fee. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 Electronic Embroidering, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session for 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 Wilton Library Readers—The Grapes of Wrath, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Grapes of Wrathby John Steinbeck. Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Group meets second Wednesday of each month through June. For a complete listing of meetings and titles, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Wilton Library Readers in “Books.” Advance registration suggested. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 Author Talk: Daniel Levitin - Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Author of the bestsellers, This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind, Daniel Levitin turns his keen insights to what happens in people’s brains as they age, why people should think about health span, not life span, and, based on a rigorous analysis of neuroscientific evidence, what readers can do to make the most of their seventies, eighties, and nineties today no matter how old they are now. See library’s website for speaker details. A Q&A will follow the talk.  No charge.  Book signing and purchase will be available courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Media Sponsor: GOOD Morning Wilton. Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 9 Scanning Slides into Digital Images,2 – 4 p.m. Do you have stacks of old slides and looking for a way to scan them into digital format? If so, come learn how to use our new high-resolution slide scanner. It can scan up to 50 slides in one batch. For 7th graders through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 9 Snowstorm in a Jar, 4:15 – 5 p.m. Kids in Grades K - 2 will listen to Snowflake Bentley, a book about the scientist who discovered snowflakes’ unique formations and photographed over thousands of snowflakes in his lifetime. Children will then create their very own snowstorm jars that can be re-created at home. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 9 Is the ACT or SAT Best for Me?, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Starting to think about college entrance exams, but not sure whether to take the SAT or ACT? Join Priyanka Shingala and learn about the purpose and the differences between the two. Topics explored: how much weight they carry in a student’s application; the breakdown of each exam; what’s considered a good score; which one is best for the student; taking the optional essays; which universities don’t require exam scores and more. Priyanka is a college counselor and instructor for her own business, Let’s Talk College, LLC. For high school students, but parents are welcome too. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Fridays, Jan. 10 & 24 Bouncing Babies, 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Join us for this interactive program especially for babies under 12 months old and their caregivers. We will start off with some time to play and socialize. Then we will share stories, songs and rhymes geared especially for babies and their grown-ups. Scarves and movement activities will be included and we will close out with a lullaby to calm the babies for the conclusion of the program. No registration, no program fee. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 10 Winter Interlude Art Exhibition & Reception, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Nine area artists will be showcased in Wilton Library’s first art exhibition of the new year, “Winter Interlude.” Wilton artists are Dawn Dahl, Gini Fischer, Dorothy Hyde, Trish Nelson, Rama Ramaswami, and Robert Tortorella; Frank Bordonaro, Norwalk; Bobbi Eike Mullen, Weston/Georgetown; and Dick Rauh, Westport (formerly Wilton). Their works represent a wide variety of styles, media and subject matter choices.   Reception free and open to the public. Exhibition runs through January 30, 2020. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Media Sponsor: The Wilton Bulletin. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 11 Electronic Embroidering, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session for 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 11 Tales to Tails, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.ROAR’s (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program will be bringing a therapy dog to be read to by children. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. As they improve their literacy skills, they’re not just learning how to read, they’re learning to love to read! Children must read independently to participate in this program. No program charge, registration is required. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, www.wiltonlibrary.org, (203) 762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 11 Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room – Brubecks Play Brubeck, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Wilton Library is pleased to kick off Dave Brubeck's centennial year with "The Brubecks Play Brubeck" when Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck will be joined by special guest Dave O’Higgins. The group has generously offered to play two sets: at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m. See the library’s website for details. Funded by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer, and Chris and Tish Brubeck. Suggested donation: $10. Advance registration strongly recommended. For the 6 p.m. set, pre-registrants should arrive by 5:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 5:50 p.m. if space is available. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, www.wiltonlibrary.org, (203) 762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 11 Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room – Brubecks Play Brubeck, 8 – 9:30 p.m. Wilton Library is pleased to kick off Dave Brubeck's centennial year with "The Brubecks Play Brubeck" when Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck will be joined by special guest Dave O’Higgins. The group has generously offered to play two sets: at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m. See the library’s website for details. Funded by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer, and Chris and Tish Brubeck. Suggested donation: $10. A reception will follow the 8 p.m. set. Advance registration strongly recommended. For the 8 p.m. set, pre-registrants should arrive by 7:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:50 p.m. if space is available. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, www.wiltonlibrary.org, (203) 762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 12 Mindfulness for Teens, 2 – 3 p.m. Growing up today is not easy: social media, peer competition and society expectations can overwhelm and create stress, resulting in sleep problems, anxiety, depression and other issues. Mindfulness can help. With practice, it helps with clarity and focus in life, while allowing you to experience more peace, calm and acceptance towards yourself, others and life in general. This is a great way to get the new year off to a good start! For teens in grades 7-12. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, www.wiltonlibrary.org, (203) 762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 13 Electronic Embroidering, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session for 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Mondays, Jan. 13 through March 16 Ready Readers, 4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Children ages 4 and 5 are invited to join us for this drop-in story time. Each week we will explore different topics such as woodland creatures, transportation, dinosaurs, fairy tales and more. Children will hear stories, participate in activities, and occasionally watch short book films as well. Drop-in; no registration. No session Jan. 20 or Feb. 17. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 13 Paint It Up!, 6 – 7:45 p.m. Come join us for a fun and relaxing evening. We’ll supply the canvas, paints, brushes and a collection of masterpieces to copy and inspire you. No art experience required. Just a desire to pick up a brush, have fun and let your inner self out! $5 non-refundable materials fee payable at the time of registration. For adults, ages 18+. Space limited. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesdays, Jan. 14 through March 17 Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Join us for a story time geared especially for two- and three-year olds. Children and their caregivers will listen to stories, sing songs, learn rhymes, do movement activities and get the chance to use scarves and instruments, while building literacy and social skills. No registration, no fee. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 14 Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group, 6 – 8 p.m. Post-treatment breast cancer survivors are invited to join in this monthly support group led by Nina Marino, LCSW. Nina was the Clinical Director for 15 years of the former Breast Cancer Survival Center and is a breast cancer survivor. Please email Nina at Cancersurvival2@aol.com with any questions. No charge. Registration highly encouraged. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 Wilton Youth Council - Vaping: What You Need to Know, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Please join us for this interactive session when Elizabeth Jorgensen, CADC, will discuss the short-term and long-term  effected of vaping, nicotine, and marijuana use. In this workshop, participants will learn: Vital information about vaping/JUULing, including what the most popular devices look like and how they are used; the connection between addiction and underlying mental health issues such as anxiety; current research on the risks of vaping, including its potential to serve as a gateway to alcohol, opioid or THC abuse; how to talk with your teens and intervene, if necessary. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Services, and Newport Academy. See library’s website for details. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesdays, Jan. 15 through March 18 Wonderful Ones and Twos, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. This program is a sharing time for 1 and 2-year-olds and their caregivers. The emphasis is on books, with some songs and toy time. No registration, no program charge. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesdays, Jan. 15 through March 18 Books for Babies, 11 – 11:30 a.m. Bring your wonderful baby to this infant friendly program at the Wilton Library! We will sing and play and enjoy gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area. Bring dad too! Caregivers must be present. No registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 16 Making Gifts with the Cricut Die Cutter, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Let's introduce you to the Cricut Die Cutter and show you all the cool gifts you can make with vinyl adornments! Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursdays, Jan. 16 through March 19 Mother Goose on the Loose, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years. Mother Goose on the Loose incorporates books, rhymes, fingerplays, music, dance and child-parent interaction. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. No fee. Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting Dec. 23 through Jan. 13.   Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursdays, Jan. 16 through March 19 Mother Goose on the Loose, 11 – 11:30 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years. Mother Goose on the Loose incorporates books, rhymes, fingerplays, music, dance and child-parent interaction. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. No fee. Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting Dec. 23 through Jan. 13.   Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 16 Cozy Sweater Mittens, 2 – 4 p.m.Let’s upcycle! Instead of tossing out old wool sweaters, learn how to transform them into warm, cozy mittens. Bring a good pair of scissors and we’ll supply the rest of the goods.  For ages 18+. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 16 Scanning Slides into Digital Images, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Do you have stacks of old slides and looking for a way to scan them into digital format? If so, come learn how to use our new high-resolution slide scanner. It can scan up to 50 slides in one batch. For 7th graders through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 16 WLA/WHS Scholarly Series: Jazzed Up—The History of Jazz in America - Darius Brubeck at Wilton Library, 6:30 – 8 p.m. In the 13th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on the theme of “Jazzed Up: The History of Jazz in America” in a five-part series. With 2020 being Dave Brubeck’s centennial year, his son Darius will kick off the lecture series with an overview of the panorama of Dave’s life in music over several decades in “Dave Brubeck: Twentieth Century American.” See the library’s website for details. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth. The series is sponsored by the Charles Schwab Corporation. The media sponsor is The Wilton Bulletin.  Reception following the talk. No charge but donations are always welcomed. Registration required for each lecture individually. The remaining lectures will take place on four Sundays, from 4 – 5:30 p.m.: January 26 at Wilton Library - Jazz, Civil Rights, and Social Justice – Dr. Gil Harel, Naugatuck Valley Community College; February 9 at Wilton Library - Seriously Satchmo: The Importance of Louis Armstrong, The Early Years – Chris Coulter; March 8 at the Wilton Historical Society – The Harlem Renaissance: Connections and Creativity – Reggie Quinerly; and April 5 at the Wilton Historical Society – Women in Jazz: Past, Present, Future – Brenda Earle Stokes. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 17 Make Fun Buttons!, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Come learn how to use our Button Maker and create unique designs, add slogans and go home with a few fun buttons! Registration required. Must have a valid CT Library Card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. For 7th graders – adults and 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Registration required; no fee. See library’s website for details. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 18 CT Poetry Society Workshop, 2 – 4:30 p.m. Please join us for a workshop of the CT Poetry Society. All that’s required is the willingness to share some poetry that you have written by reading it aloud to the group. To facilitate discussion, space is strictly limited to just 15 attendees. No charge but registration is required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 19 Electronic Embroidering, 2 – 4 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session for 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 Stay at Home in Wilton: Get to Know Your Library, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Whether you are new to town or haven’t visited the library lately, this is an informative session on the variety of resources offered at Wilton Library. After a brief overview presentation, you'll be given a choice: take a walking tour of the library highlighting various resources of interest; or bring your smart phone or tablet to a tech training session where you can learn about how to use your devices to access e-Books, music, movies and more. Sponsored by Wilton Library and Stay at Home in Wilton. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 The Treaties of Sèvres and Lausanne - Case Studies of Diplomatic Nonsense, 7 – 8:30 p.m. This is the final lecture in the series about World War I and its aftermath presented by Wilton Resident Jean-Pierre Lavielle. Ninety-nine years ago a treaty was signed in Sèvres, a Paris suburb, to reshape the Middle East from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. The plan collapsed, yet it casts a very long shadow since it explains the current explosive situation of the Middle East. See the library’s website for details. Jean-Pierre studied philosophy and law in France at the University of Bordeaux with further legal studies at New York University’s Law School. He moved from Paris to Wilton with his wife Gail in 2002.Registration is recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 Making Gifts with the Cricut Die Cutter, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Let's introduce you to the Cricut Die Cutter and show you all the cool gifts you can make with vinyl adornments! Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 Snowman Book Art Workshop, 6 – 7:30 p.m.Join us for a fun evening workshop and recycle old books into an adorable snowman that's sure to put a smile on everyone's face. Approximately 1-1/2 - 2' tall. $8 non-refundable materials fee required in advance. For ages 18+. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 23 Electronic Embroidering, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session for 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 23 Experience the Zentangle Art Method, 1 – 3 p.m. If you love art, whether you are a beginner who thinks you can’t draw or an experienced artist, the Zentangle method has something for everyone. This meditative art form uses simple steps to teach practitioners how to create beautiful patterns.  This class is open to beginners as well as those with previous experience.  Join us to build up your repertoire and create beautiful artwork in a relaxing atmosphere.  Supplies will be provided, but please bring any tools you already have. For Adults ages 18+.  Registration required with $5 non-refundable fee payable at time of registration. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 23 WLA/SCORE: Buying a Winning Franchise, 6 – 8 p.m.SCORE of Fairfield County, Wilton Library, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce present a seminar that will show you how to buy a winning franchise. An overview of the franchise process will be presented by a franchise consultant, an attorney and local franchisees. Topics include: research franchises and legal issues; financing, working with brokers, attorneys and advisors; plus shared real life experiences from franchisees.  Speaker Michael L. Rosen is a franchise consultant and owner of FranNet of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Speaker Cliff Ennico (www.cliffennico.com) -- a nationally recognized authority on the legal problems of small business. See more program and speaker details at SCORE’s registration link. Registration required. No charge. Visit www.fairfieldcounty.score.org or call SCORE at 203-831-0065 to register. Check-in begins at 5:30 pm. Media sponsor: The Wilton Bulletin. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 24 New Life for Old Videos, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Do you have a box of old home videos? Wish you could still watch some of those funny or touching family moments? If so, come learn how to convert them to DVDs. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. $1 fee for the DVR-R.  This is for home videos only and conversion time is one-to-one. Equipment cannot accommodate 8mm tapes. Space limited to 1 student per session. Registration required.  Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 25 Electronic Embroidering, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session for 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 25 Why Children Love Wilton Library, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. In honor of Wilton Library's 125th Anniversary, children can participate in a very special event. Children will come to the Children's Library and write up a small composition on why they love Wilton Library.  Materials will be provided and assistance and suggestions given. If smaller children and their parents wish to participate, parents can do the writing for the child. The contributions will be collected and bound into a special book, which will become part of the Wilton Children's Library Forever Collection. Drop in, no registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 26 Make Fun Buttons!, 2 – 4 p.m. Come learn how to use our Button Maker and create unique designs, add slogans and go home with a few fun buttons! Registration required. Must have a valid CT Library Card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. For 7th graders – adults and 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Registration required; no fee. See library’s website for details. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 26 WLA/WHS Scholarly Series: Jazzed Up—The History of Jazz in America - Dr. Gil Harel at Wilton Library, 4 – 5:30 p.m. In the 13th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on the theme of “Jazzed Up: The History of Jazz in America.” During this program, Dr. Gil Harel, PhD, Brandeis University, will discuss the ways in which jazz as a medium was intertwined with the civil rights movement and the unrelenting drive towards social justice. Gil Harel is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from the western classical repertoire to jazz. See the library’s website for details. The moderator is Max Gabrielson. The series is sponsored by the Charles Schwab Corporation. The media sponsor is The Wilton Bulletin.  Reception following the talk. No charge but donations are always welcomed. Registration required for each lecture individually. The remaining lectures will take place on Sundays, from 4 – 5:30 p.m.: February 9 at Wilton Library - Seriously Satchmo: The Importance of Louis Armstrong, The Early Years – Chris Coulter; March 8 at the Wilton Historical Society – The Harlem Renaissance: Connections and Creativity – Reggie Quinerly; and April 5 at the Wilton Historical Society – Women in Jazz: Past, Present, Future – Brenda Earle Stokes. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 27 Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities: What They Are, What They Aren’t, and What We Can Do About Them, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. In this interactive presentation, school psychologist Dave Sylvestro will compare and contrast NVLD, Asperger’s and LD and will discuss how to help kids with NVLD develop and practice key social skills and anticipate emotional pitfalls often associated with NVLD. He currently is the school psychologist at The Southport School, in Southport, CT. He has worked in the field for more than 40 years providing individual and group counseling to students, parents, service staff and professional development. Co-sponsored by SPED*NET and Wilton Library. Registration is strongly suggested. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 27 Making Gifts with the Cricut Die Cutter, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Let's introduce you to the Cricut Die Cutter and show you all the cool gifts you can make with vinyl adornments! Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 27 New Life for Old Videos, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Do you have a box of old home videos? Wish you could still watch some of those funny or touching family moments? If so, come learn how to convert them to DVDs. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. $1 fee for the DVR-R.  This is for home videos only and conversion time is one-to-one. Equipment cannot accommodate 8mm tapes. Space limited to 1 student per session. Registration required.  Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 Senior Center Book Discussion: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 11 – noon. Michael Hess will lead a discussion of Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Based on years of research on how scientific progress actually takes place, Kuhn’s controversial book became a landmark event in the history, philosophy, and sociology of scientific knowledge and coined the phrase “paradigm shift.” This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from through May. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 28 Let's Build a Fort!, 4 – 5 p.m. Children in grades 3 – 5 are invited to listen to a read aloud book, followed by STEM building activity. Children will work together in a group to build and engineer a large fort, as well as construct smaller ones to see the difference in materials and construction. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 30 Making Gifts with the Cricut Die Cutter, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Let's introduce you to the Cricut Die Cutter and show you all the cool gifts you can make with vinyl adornments! Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 30 Enhancing Your Pictures with Photoshop, 2 – 4 p.m.Finished scanning in your photos, but want to learn some basic tips on enhancing them? This introductory session will get you started. For 7th graders - adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults willing to learn, too. Must have a CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the session. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 30 Electronic Embroidering, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session for 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 31 Scanning Slides into Digital Images,10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Do you have stacks of old slides and looking for a way to scan them into digital format? If so, come learn how to use our new high-resolution slide scanner. It can scan up to 50 slides in one batch. For 7th graders through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 31 Making Gifts with the Cricut Die Cutter, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Let's introduce you to the Cricut Die Cutter and show you all the cool gifts you can make with vinyl adornments! Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

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kerry@ducey.org (Janet Crystal) Places Thu, 05 Dec 2019 08:36:21 -0500
Fit Club for the Holidays! Special Membership and Personal Training Offers! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49743-fit-club-for-the-holidays-special-membership-and-personal-training-offers49743-fit-club-for-the-holidays-special-membership-and-personal-training-offers https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49743-fit-club-for-the-holidays-special-membership-and-personal-training-offers49743-fit-club-for-the-holidays-special-membership-and-personal-training-offers

Give the gift of health and wellness this holiday season! Fit Club is making it easy with membership and personal training packages!

Special Holiday Offers

3-month membership and 5 personal training sessions - $625.00

1-month membership and 3 personal training sessions - $300

1-month membership - $50 

Fit Club is located at 66 Grove Street in Ridgefield. Visit them online here to take an inside look at this unique fitness experience.

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kerry@ducey.org (Fit Club) Places Thu, 05 Dec 2019 03:08:06 -0500
Who, what, when and where: Wilton's Holiday Stroll this Friday! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49742-who-what-when-and-where-wilton-s-holiday-stroll-this-friday49742-who-what-when-and-where-wilton-s-holiday-stroll-this-friday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49742-who-what-when-and-where-wilton-s-holiday-stroll-this-friday49742-who-what-when-and-where-wilton-s-holiday-stroll-this-friday

Please join us tomorrow evening, Friday, December 6 for our Holiday Stroll! Some activities will begin at 4:30pm at the Town Green with potato latkes sponsored by Good Morning Wilton and holiday music and entertainment by the Wilton High School Band before our tree lighting!

Then gather at the Gazebo at 5:30 pm and meet Santa as he is escorted by the Wilton Fire Department on the Engine 5 ladder truck. Walk over to Schenck's Island for a marshmallow roast sponsored by Wilton Kiwanis and visit the Wilton Library for their Holiday Book Sale!

Plus visit and enjoy the generous hospitality of these local stores and remember to SHOP and SUPPORT LOCAL businesses this holiday season!

Also make sure to grab a bite before or after the festivities at one of our great restaurants in downtown!
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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Chamber) Events Thu, 05 Dec 2019 02:54:17 -0500
Circle of Care to Host Mitch Albom in Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49741-circle-of-care-to-host-mitch-albom-and-his-new-book-chika49741-circle-of-care-to-host-mitch-albom-and-his-new-book-chika https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49741-circle-of-care-to-host-mitch-albom-and-his-new-book-chika49741-circle-of-care-to-host-mitch-albom-and-his-new-book-chika

The author of Tuesdays With Morrie returns to nonfiction to celebrate Chika, a young Haitian orphan who forever changed his heart.

Join Circle of Care, a Connecticut based non-profit supporting families with children with cancer, and Mitch Albom on January 30th for a night honoring CHIKA: A little girl, an earthquake, and the making of a family.

Through the operation of the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage in Port Au Prince and in reaction to the 2010 hurricane devastation, Albom met his daughter, Chika. The young orphan had developed a life-threatening brain tumor and with no doctors in Haiti able to help her, Albom brought Chika to America.

The story follows their two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure for an inoperable brain tumor. Told in hindsight, and through conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. He creates a beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.

“This is the hardest yet most important book I have written or may ever write,” says Albom.  Hosting the event is a Connecticut based organization dedicated to the same advocacy Albom addresses in Chika. Circle of Care is a non-profit supporting the journey families of children with cancer face. To support Circle of Care and its shared mission to help children and families with cancer, Albom has waived his speaking fee for the January 30th event.

Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist. Tuesdays with Morrie, which spent four straight years atop the New York Times list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time. Albom has founded nine charities in Detroit, including the first-ever 24-hour medical clinic for homeless children in America. He also continues to operate and visit monthly the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage.  Join Circle of Care and their intimate conversation with Mitch Albom as he reflects on his life-changing experience with Chika through anecdotes, photos, and videos.

The event will last between 45 minutes to an hour. Tickets can be found at thecircleofcare.org and mitchalbom.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (COC) Events Wed, 04 Dec 2019 12:37:47 -0500