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There are lots of exciting events coming up in Ridgefield this January! Enjoy the first month of this year by attending featured community events, getting in touch with the arts, and seeing the amazing shows and productions right here in Ridgefield!

Around Town

Phineas Lounsbury’s 179th Birthday
Lounsbury House
January 10th
Come to Lounsbury House to celebrate Connecticut’s 53rd Governor, Phineas Lounsbury, born here in Ridgefield. On this special day, we thank you for your support to preserve Lounsbury’s beautiful 19th century community landmark and gathering place for many of our area’s most memorable events.

Celebrate Suffragist Alice Paul Day with Ridgefield League of Women Voters
Keeler Tavern Museum
January 14th
On January 14th, First Selectman Rudy Marconi will be the guest speaker at the League of Women Voters of Ridgefield’s Alice Paul Day and kick-off celebration for the 100th anniversaries of the founding of the League of Women Votes and the ratification of the 19th amendment. Join us at Keeler Tavern’s Garden Room for coffee and conversation.

Author Luncheon: “My Beautiful Detour” by Amy Oestreicher
Bernard’s Restaurant
January 30th
Once upon a time, Amy Oestreicher had plans for college and dreams of Broadway. But all that changed one week before her senior prom. She was rushed to the hospital where her stomach exploded, literally, and after months in a coma, she learned she may never eat or drink again. Today, nearly 15 years and 27 surgeries later, Amy is grateful for that bump in the road and shares her incredible story. Please register by calling Bernard’s Restaurant at 203-438-8282.

Book Signing of “My Two Cents: Taking the Care Out of Health Care”
RPAC Art Center and Academy
January 31th & February 1st
Meet the Author, Antonio Paulo Pinto, at RPAC Gallery! Over the last two decades, Antonio Paulo Pinto has been focused on health insurance and access to health care, primarily within the individual and small business markets. This includes significant experience with Obamacare. Pinto participated with the program’s roll-out and implementation, enrolling thousands of individuals, families, and small business owners and their employees. He was also responsible for the creation and launch of Obamacare411, the first iPhone app for PPACA with an integrated health plan cost calculator.

Photo credit: @the_mc_lens

Enjoy Music & Theater

Echoes of Sinatra & Dino – A Concert To Benefit Sandy Hook Promise
Ridgefield Playhouse
January 11th
Good friends on and off stage, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (Dino) performed the iconic music written by the best songwriters and lyricists of their day. This fantastic show presents the vocal stylings of Steven Kazlauskas paying homage to the legendary Sinatra, and the equally talented Dean Martin tribute artist, Jack Lynn. All proceeds from this performance will benefit Sandy Hook Promise.

The Duane and Dany Show
Ridgefield Theater Barn
January 18th
Join us for an evening of cabaret with Duane Lanham & Dany Rousseau and The Big Barn Trio as part of our Ridgefield Theater Barn Lounge series! Duane & Dany bring their killer voices, sharp comic timing and cheeky chemistry to our stage for their Lounge show. Doors open at 7:00 pm for patrons to enjoy BYO food & drink. Show starts at 8:00 pm.

Get The Led Out
Ridgefield Playhouse
January 30th
Get the Led Out, a celebration of “The Mighty Zep,” returns to The Playhouse stage after a sold-out show last year! Hear the songs that the legendary Led Zeppelin created including “Kashmir,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Dazed and Confused” and the iconic “Stairway to Heaven.”

For more amazing shows happening in Ridgefield this month, go to our events page here!

Photo credit: Ridgefield Theater Barn

Focus on Wellness

Candlelight Yoga with Melissa Brian – Free Event
The Angel Cooperative
January 7th
Candlelight Yoga at the Angel Wing is designed for students in need of some extra self-care. Melissa encourages her students to come back to their center after a long day. This can be a great way to calm the parasympathetic nervous system, digestive system, and the mind. Students will leave the class feeling grounded and tranquil. Walk-ins welcome.

Info Session: Learn more about Reiki with Maria Daviis
The Angel Cooperative
January 8th
Join Maria Davis (Reiki Master/ Teacher) for a free talk on Reiki, the Usui System of Natural Healing. Find out what Reiki is, what treatment is like, and learn about the degrees of training.
Maria will discuss how it can promote balance, reduce pain, relieve stress and anxiety for you, your family and friends and even your pets. There will be time for questions and answers.

Clean Eating: Start to Finish Nutrition Workshop
FitGuana
January 10th
It’s perfect timing to start off 2020 the right way! Learn how to plan, prep, and execute balanced meals on a weekly basis with Deanna Virtue, Certified Health Coach. Cost: $20 for non members $15 for members with code NUTRITION5.

Wellness Education Series
Ridgefield Parks & Recreation
January 11th & January 27th
On January 11th, join us for a Health Screening, presented by Peterson Chiropractic and Acupuncture. Some of the tests performed at the screening include testing blood pressure, spinal check for old injuries, and sports chiropractic screening for shoulder, foot and ankle complaints. Then, on January 27th, the Wellness Education Series continues with the Punching Out Parkinson’s workshop where you can learn about no-contact boxing and it’s benefits to ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Rock Steady certified coach, Richard Molyneux, will help you understand how boxing can improve balance, mobility, strength, and cognitive thinking.

Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club 2020 Kick Off Party
The Ridgefield Playhouse
January 21st
The Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club is throwing its annual Kickoff Party, Tuesday, January 21st at 7pm! All are invited to find out all about RBSC happenings and offerings. Food from Southwest Cafe and The Cake Box, beverages from Ancona’s Wines & Liquors! Free to all members and those interested in finding out more.

Photo credit: Ridgefield Bicycle Company

Embrace the Arts

Guest Artist, Emily Hamilton Laux Opening Reception
RPAC Art Center and Academy
January 9th
Join us for the upcoming exhibit, Beauty Versus Beauty featuring Guest Artist, Emily Hamilton Laux. The photographic images in Beauty Versus Beauty explore ideas about biodiversity, ecosystems and the human relationship with plants and their beauty. Emily’s first project on biodiversity is a series of images of native and invasive species of plants, suspended in vintage jars of water. The work now includes flora presented in casseroles; some of these are botanical “portraits” of specific gardens or ecosystems where Emily gathers her flora.

Compassion: Member Themed Show
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
January 18th – February 16th
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18th at 4:00pm. We’re starting off 2020 with a new attitude and ask our members to share your “compassion” through your artwork in our first exhibition of the new year. In these times of high anxiety and extreme tribalism, let’s try a little caring and understanding. Consider artwork that speaks to a kinder, gentler world. Let’s get back to that golden rule: treat others as you’d like them to treat you. Also, take a look at the winter class schedule here!

Aldrich Uncorked: Costumed Drink & Draw
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
January 23rd
Grab a glass of wine and join us in exploring the basics of figure drawing with artist and Aldrich Educator Lisa Scroggins. Draw inspiration from figure model Mercedes, who will be in full costume, and experiment with a variety of materials such as charcoal, oil pastel, and graphite sticks. Feel free to bring your own materials; no prior drawing experience necessary! Cost: $12; $10.80 member. Ages 21+. Registration required at shop.aldrichart.org.

Special Exhibition Tour: Art, Weather, and the Senses with Holly Lapine
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
January 26th
Imagine the sensations one experiences while hiking through a forest—the sights, sounds, and smells. This gallery experience is designed to activate your senses in similar fashion, no hiking boots required! Join Aldrich Educator and art therapist Holly Lapine on a journey through one of our current exhibitions, Weather Report. Discover how looking at contemporary art can be enhanced by stimulating all of our senses, and leave feeling centered, refreshed, and inspired!

Photo credit: Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

For a complete list of events happening in Ridgefield this month, go to our Event Calendar!

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