Neighborhood information options books & breakfast, ballroom dance and tech tutorials to trusts

Non-Fictioneers Book Group, Tuesday, February 4, 7 p.m. Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282,

Murder By The Book Mystery Discussion, Thursday, February 6, 10:30 a.m., Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282,

ARTalk, African American Artists: Self-Determination and Resistance from the 20s to 2020 with Dr. Stephanie Sparling Williams, Sunday, February 7, 2 p.m., Register, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282,

Books and Breakfast, Monday, February 8, 10:30 a.m., Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2222,

Infinite Worlds Book Group, Thursday, February 11, 7 p.m., registration, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282,

Mindfulness and Meditation, Friday, February 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th at 12 noon, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282,

The Pros and Cons of Video Conferencing, online at Peggy Bud, Tuesday, February 9, 6 p.m., Registration, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282,

World now lit up! Book Discussion Group, Wednesday, February 10, 10:30 a.m., Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282,

Job Search Resources, online, Tuesday, February 16, 12:00 noon, Registration, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282,

Critics’ Circle Book Discussion, Tuesday, February 16, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282,

Lunch language: French conversation for beginners, online with Anette Roth, Wednesday, February 17, 11:30 a.m., registration, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2222,

AM Book Group, Feb. 24, 10 a.m., Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282,

Lunch Language: Intermediate / Advanced French Conversation, online with Anette Roth, Wednesday, February 24, 11:30 am, registration, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2222,

Two Athletic Women and Their Achievements with Toni McKeen, Wednesday, February 24th, 4pm, Registration, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282,

CT Poetry Society workshop, Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m., registration, Ridgefield Library, 203-438-2282,

The library is hosting a webinar on winter convenience foods

Ridgefield Library is proud to present Toni McKeen, professor of arts, history, travel, and genealogy for a Zoom lecture on comfort foods for the winter on Wednesday, January 27 at 4:00 p.m. With the long winter days ahead of us, McKeen will discover delicious comfort foods and their interesting history. She’ll share why bread, wine, and chestnuts should be high on people’s lists and how slow-cooked, roasted, or baked foods like hearty casseroles and warming stews send good luck signals to our brains during cold weather.

Visit or call 203-438-2282 to register and get the Zoom link.

Social media, eBay, iPhone classes and more

Social Media, eBay, iPhone, Windows, and Excel courses will start soon with Ridgefield Continuing Education. These classes are small to accommodate questions and answers and take place while zooming. Tutorials are also available.

Sold on eBay (Friday, Jan 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; $ 39).

Buy and sell on eBay (Tuesday, February 2 and February 9, 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM; $ 79).

Get the most out of your iPhone (Wednesday, Jan 27; 1pm to 3pm; $ 39).

Excel Intermediate (Thursday / Friday, January 28-29, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm; $ 79).

Excel Advanced (Thursday, February 4 and February 11, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; $ 79).

Windows 10 (Friday, January 29; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; $ 39).

Cyber ​​Security (Friday, February 5, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., $ 39).

PowerPoint (Monday-Tuesday, February 1 and 2; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; $ 79).

Use FaceBook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. . . (Wednesday, February 3; 1pm to 3pm; $ 39).

Introduction to LinkedIn (Wednesday, February 10, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; $ 39).

More sections as well as iPad, Excel Intro, Word, Wix Websites, Website Design, Google Docs, Photoshop Elements and software tutorials are available this winter. Ridgefield Senior (62 years and older) discount available. Information at or by calling Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Ballroom dancing, swing lessons for beginners

Ballroom dancing, swing beginners / refresher classes begin Wednesday, February 3, in Ridgefield Continuing Education online via Zoom. The lessons allow you to study and dance at home in a small space. Participants learn basic ballroom and rhythm patterns in rumba, cha-cha, east coast swing, and some club-style dances. For beginners and for people who have taken classes in the past. Class size limited. Wear party shoes with leather or suede soles. Instructor Natalie Mazzola, a former amateur 10 dance master and longstanding dance teacher in this field, teaches the class.

Classes take place on four Wednesdays (February 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th) from 8:15 pm to 9:00 pm and cost $ 80 per couple. Ridgefield Seniors 62 years and older pay $ 64 per couple. Dance Toning classes start on January 25th and February 3rd. Barre-lates Pilates starts on February 2nd. A pre-registration is neccessary. Visit or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 for information or to register.

Learn more about trust relationships during the popular Zoom seminar

Asset Protection Trusts and Revocable Living Trusts are a popular Zoom seminar in the Ridgefield Continuing Education program. Elder Law attorneys Thomas E. Murphy and Michele F. Murphy explain how to use asset protection trusts to protect your resources and get Medicaid benefits (for home care or nursing homes) in less than five years, as well as for the VA Aid & Attendance pension (up to) up to $ 2,166 / month!).

Also, learn how Revocable Living Trusts can help you avoid probate proceedings, minimize estate taxes, receive IRA funds, care for disabled family members, avoid IP rights, and protect your assets from your children’s creditors. Retirement plan trusts protect your children if they get divorced or sued. Trusts give you protection and control. Other topics include: irrevocable trusts, advantages and disadvantages of asset transfers and new laws regarding powers of attorney and access to digital assets.

Attorney Thomas E. Murphy received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, followed by a career in business management. He graduated from Pace University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Health Law and Policy with Honors. Michele F. Murphy, RN, MSN, Attorney at Law, received her BS in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, her Masters of Science in Nursing from Yale University, and her Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law. Both Murphy’s attorneys are also accredited attorneys with Veterans Affairs.

This class will meet on Wednesday, February 3rd, from 6.30pm to 8pm, live and online via the Zoom application. Prior registration is required. The cost is $ 29. A senior discount and a caregiver / relative discount are also available. Visit: or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Staging your house, maximizing the planned curb appeal workshop

A new Zoom workshop offered to brokers and homeowners as part of Ridgefield Education.

Realtor Debi Orr of Ridgefields Keller-Williams Realty shows pictures of well-staged rooms and answers questions about how to improve the appearance of your rooms. Young’s of Ridgefield will share fencing and landscaping ideas that add value to any home and will describe their fencing, landscaping, and lawn care services that can help home sellers maximize a roadside home appeal. The design educator and landlady Linda Keefer offers budget presentations and design tips.

This class meets on Monday, January 25th, from 7pm to 8.30pm. The cost is $ 29. A Ridgefield Senior discount is available. Prior registration is required. Visit or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

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