YMCA launches ‘survivor’ exercise challenge, other Danbury area highlights

The band Birth of The Cool with drummer and music director Roger Post will perform at the Bethel Jazz Series on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show goes on until 9:30 p.m. in the La Zingara restaurant at Barnum Platz 8 in Bethel. Arranger Drake Smith conducts the nine-member band at a performance of Trumpeter Miles Davis’ album “Birth of The Cool” with Post.

The performance will provide safe social distancing with very limited availability of tickets available on request as single seats with communal seating and at the table with tables for two to four people and with tables for six to eight people. Tables for indoor use with French doors for performance and tables for outdoor use are available. Rainy dates are announced for the show for a Thursday or a Sunday in case of bad weather.

Admission is $ 15 per person with open seating options for single tickets. Two-person tables are $ 30, four-person tables are $ 60, six-person tables are $ 90, and eight-person tables are $ 120. Call the series at 203-247-4273 for more information. Buy tickets on eventbrite.com. No refunds will be given after purchasing the ticket. Check out the seating plan for the event at drive.google.com. Other members of the band are: Pete Roe on trumpet, Mike Leventhal on alto saxophone, Barbara Reineke on French horn, Kurt Eckhardt on trombone, Jon Saxon on baritone saxophone, Andy Rodger on tuba, Dave Child’s on piano and Rich Zurkowski on bass.


Survivor Challenge registry opened

The Western Connecticut regional YMCA is hosting a Fall Into Fitness YMCA Survivor Challenge Monday, September 13th through Sunday, October 10th.

Members of the YMCA who are at least 13 years old can participate and accept the challenge of keeping their training constant and fun. The entry fee is $ 10. The last participants who are at the end of the challenge win three half-hour personal training courses. Half an hour of exercise is worth one point. Participants can stay in survival mode and collect weekly point requests. Contact Lisa O’Connor, Wellness Director of the regional YMCA at (203) 775-4444 or loconnor@regionalymca.org for more information.

Visit https://files.constantcontact.com for the full rules of survival. Registration opened on Monday, August 16. Visit https://operations.daxko.com to register.

– Participants are allowed to exceed 30 minutes of training per day to earn more than one point per day.

– There will be a weekly point goal every week. Participants must meet the weekly goal in order to get into the next week. The goal is to “survive” and not be “knocked out”.

– There are no rollover points or rounding up participants’ training times.

– Participants must train in the Greenknoll branch of the regional YMCA to earn points. The training can be group training or your own training. The regional YMCA branch is located at 2 Huckleberry Hill Road in Brookfield.

– Before the participants start their training, they have to register in the folder for the challenge when they will start with the training. The folder is located at the branch reception.

– The participants then have to enter in the folder when they stopped training.

– Points are only awarded for the training time.

– All survivors who successfully achieve all the weekly points required and who finish the last round without being knocked out, take part in a raffle for the three half-hour personal trainings.

– One point corresponds to 30 minutes, two points to 60 minutes, three points to 90 minutes and four points to 120 minutes.

– Weekly point goals from September 13th to Sunday, September 19th are five points for 150 minutes of training, six points for 180 minutes of training from Monday, September 20th to Sunday, September 26th, seven points for 210 minutes of training from Monday, September 27th September through Sunday, October 3, and eight points for 240 minutes of training from Monday, October 4 through Sunday, October 10.


Volunteers required for the benefits approval process

The United Way of Western Connecticut is seeking volunteer review teams who donate Danbury funds to social services that serve the city’s residents.

Reviewers learn how non-profit organizations improve the quality of life in the city by reviewing and evaluating funding applications and participating in program presentations. United Way oversees the process for the city.

Funding will be allocated in three areas: education, financial stability and health. From July 2021, experts will award funding for a period of one year.

28 agencies were funded by the city’s program. To take part in the volunteer service, people must be based in Danbury and be available for the morning virtual meetings in September and October. You must also be able to devote 15-20 hours to reviewing applications, attending team meetings, and attending program presentations, and must not have a conflict of interest with any of the agencies being assessed by the staff. The conflict of interest includes working on the board of directors, working as a volunteer or as a client of the agency. Contact the United Way of Western Connecticut Community Impact Coordinator, Northern Fairfield County, Victoria Scofield at (203) 883-6704 or victoria.scofield@uwwesternct.org to volunteer.


Boy scouts hold fundraising campaign for wine tastings

Scatacook District Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Boy Scouts are holding a wine tasting fundraiser at the Shelter Rock Winery Winemaking Club at 5 Shelter Rock Road in Danbury.

Wine and food are offered. All funds are used for local boy scout programs. Tickets are $ 45. Space is limited. The event is aimed at people aged 21 and over. Register online at ctyankee.org.


Members of the Woman’s Club explore local history

Several members of the Woman’s Club of Danbury / New Fairfield recently researched Danbury’s history when they visited the Danbury Museum and Historical Society at 43 Main Street in Danbury.

Members watched a video in the Museum and Historical Society’s John Dodd Hat Shop (circa 1790) demonstrating hat making and the importance of the hat industry in Danbury, the state and country in the 18th century.

Members saw examples of life in Danbury at the time during a tour of the Little Red Schoolhouse, which is a replica of typical historic schoolhouses. A visit to the Museum and Historical Society’s John and Mary Rider House (circa 1785) gave members a glimpse into life in Danbury in the Age of Time. The Marion Anderson Studio, also on the grounds of the Museum and Historical Society, was used by the acclaimed opera singer for years when Anderson was rehearsing for her performances. The Museum and Historical Society has outdoor exhibits surrounded by grounds maintained by the Danbury Garden Club. The tour is free and provides a way to learn the importance and value of the historic sites to Danbury’s past.


Two leadership positions in the Shir Shalom Ward. occupied

The Shir Shalom Synagogue Congregation of Reform Judaism in Westchester and Fairfield has filled two new leadership positions at its location at 46 Peaceable St., Ridgefield.

Mark Block is the new managing director of the synagogue. Block was previously Director of Development for Hillel, a nonprofit at the University of Connecticut. Block is responsible for all aspects of synagogue operations to support the synagogue’s mission to inspire everyone with the “traditions of the synagogue’s enriching spiritual and cultural experiences,” said synagogue president Larry Hoffman.

Cathy Deutchman is the synagogue’s new director of education, succeeding Leslie Gottlieb, who will serve as director emeritus of the synagogue’s religious school. Deutchman was previously the associate director of learning and engagement at the Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY, and developed and directed Jewish life programs at the Rosenthal JCC (Jewish Community Center) in Pleasantville, NY. Deutchman also previously served as the director of Sprout Westchester Day Camp in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Deutchman will direct all aspects of the synagogue school to advance the Jewish education of the next generation of students.


Housatonic Habitat selected for the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program

Housatonic Habitat for Humanity was first selected for the Stop & Shop Community Bag program in 2021.

Because of the corona pandemic, the program was suspended for more than a year. For every $ 2.50 reusable community bag purchased by customers at the company’s location at 125 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, Habitat will receive a $ 1 donation. Customers purchasing Community Bags at other Stop & Shop locations can forward their donations to Habitat by visiting mystopandshopcause.com, filling out the form on the website and choosing Housatonic Habitat as their charity of choice. The proceeds from the fundraiser support Habitat’s mission to build affordable housing in the community. Visit housatonichabitat.org or the organization’s Facebook pages at facebook.com/housatonichabitatforhumanity/ and facebook.com/danburyrestore/ for more information.

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