Ceremony Honoring Justice O’Grady, Other Danbury Area Highlights

A ceremony Thursday will recognize the late Judge Daniel O’Grady’s legacy.

Friends and colleagues have commissioned a plaque in her honor to be placed upstairs near the probate court at Bethel City Hall.

O’Grady was a judge of Bethel Probate Court from 1991 to 2011 and a judge of Northern Fairfield County Probate Court from 2016 to 2022. He died aged 67 in March, days before his 68th birthday.

Judge Kathleen Maxham and Judge Dianne Yamin will speak at the ceremony, held in the meeting room downstairs from 4-5:30 p.m.


A “pre-Halloween” concert will take place

The Danbury Brass Band perform a “Pre-Halloween” concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury from 2-3:15pm on October 30.

The concert is free and sponsored by the Danbury Cultural Commission.

Composers and arrangers will include: Bela Bartok, Joaquim Rodrigo, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Charles Gounod, Alan Raph, Ernest Adams and Joseph Stamboni.

There will also be a special holiday selection of unusual waltzes by Sibelius, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Debussy and Khachaturian.

The Danbury Brass Band is entering its 40th year of presenting free concerts in the Danbury area. The ensemble has also performed throughout the Tri-State area, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda and Ireland.


DCF curator wins Imagine 2022 award

Saint Joseph Parenting Center, an organization based in Stamford and Danbury, honored Vannessa Dorantes, Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families, with its 2022 Imagine Award. Awarded annually in recognition of individuals who have distinguished themselves in helping children and parents in Connecticut, the award is the centerpiece of the organization’s annual fundraising dinner, held this year at the New Canaan Country Club on Sept. 29.

The Saint Joseph Parenting Center is dedicated to strengthening families at risk of child abuse and neglect by providing parenting education, case management, and community resource support.

Dorantes joined the department in 1992 and in 2019 became the first African-American DCF commissioner from Connecticut.

Stamford-based Rain Carbon and Ridgefield-based Boehringer Ingelheim sponsored the event.

The Saint Joseph Parenting Center is also hosting “The Best Tag Sale Ever” from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this Friday at the Sacred Heart Parish Center at 46 Stone St. in Danbury.

There will be clothes, books, dishes, kitchen utensils, small furniture, etc. Profits go to the center.


Lawyer named to the CT ‘Super Lawyers’ list

Dan Casagrande, municipal law partner at Cramer & Anderson, has been named to Connecticut’s Super Lawyers 2022 list, an honor reserved for lawyers who demonstrate excellence in their practice.

Casagrande has been an outside associate legal counsel for the City of Danbury since 1990. His areas of practice also include land use planning and zoning and land use and environmental law. He has won numerous prestigious awards and achieved significant results in a number of high profile issues and cases.


Banners of veterans will be displayed

Sikorsky Credit Union sponsored the banners of four veterans for Danbury’s Hometown Heroes Banner Program.

The Hometown Heroes banner program was designed to help communities never forget the brave men and women who served the nation. The banners included the recipients’ photo, name, rank, branch of service, era of service, and dates of service. These banners will be displayed on lamp posts along White Street in Danbury.


Danbury Music Center presents a concert

The Danbury Music Center presents “Music for the Heart and Soul” with the Danbury Concert Chorus at 3 p.m. on October 30 at the First Congregational Church of Danbury at 164 Deer Hill Ave.

Guest conductor Joyce Flanagan will conduct the concert, with Brookfield resident Susan Anthony-Klein on piano.

The Choral Jewels program includes:

“David’s Last Words”, Randall Thompson,
“Sing Softly”, Eric Whitacre,
“For the Beauty of the Earth”, John Ritter,
“Benedictus”, Karl Jenkins,
“I need music”, David Brunner,
“Earth Song”, Frank Ticheli, and
Cantata Domino, David Brunner.

Free entry. Donations are accepted at the door.


PAL to host “Paloween” dodgeball event

The Danbury Police Activities League, PAL, is hosting a ‘Paloween’ dodgeball event for grades six through eight at 6 p.m. on October 28.

The cost per team is $150. The cost per individual player is $25. Eight players maximum per team.

There will be music, snacks, team jerseys and more.

Registration and more information is available at www.danburypal.org, 203-778-4725.

The league is located at 35 Hayestown Road in Danbury.


Free job fair open to all

Companies offering hundreds of jobs across a wide range of industries will be at a job fair from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Danbury Fair mall.

The Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board and Western Connecticut State University Career Success Center are sponsoring the free, public event. Participants are asked to bring several copies of their resumes and dress for success.

A full list of companies is available at Western Connecticut State University’s Career Success Center.

Companies interested in participating can email [email protected] Contact 203-743-5565 with any questions.


Beer to benefit the veterans memorial

Danbury Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 149 and Stony Creek Brewery are hosting a party to launch their new beer which will benefit the construction of a memorial honoring veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The AO Lager launch party will be held from 6-11 p.m. Friday at The Post, located at 5 Byron Street in Danbury.

Admission is a $20 donation at the door.

It includes two pints of AO lager and food. A DJ will be present.


Local college students win scholarships

Two Naugatuck Valley Community College students are two of 207 members of the Phi Theta Kappa International College Honor Society who have been named 2022 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars.

Noah Berg of Brookfield and Alexis Villacres of Danbury each won a $1,000 scholarship for new members of Phi Theta Kappa.

Scholars are encouraged to take on leadership roles through participation in the society’s programs and are selected based on academic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Over 1,300 applications were received.

Berg is majoring in business management, while Villacres is in business studies.

A total of $207,000 is awarded under the program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in scholarship funding, of which $25,000 is reserved for members who are veterans or active members of the United States military.

The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships, aimed at international students.


Western Connecticut State University Invites Students to Theater Event

The Department of Theater Arts at Western Connecticut State University invites high school juniors and seniors interested in theater to a free Super Sunday event from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 30.

Participants will tour WCSU facilities, including the school’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, participate in workshops with renowned faculty in specific areas of interest, meet current WCSU students, and attend a matinee of WCSU’s “Bat Boy: The Musical.”
Lunch is provided.

More information about the workshops and registration is available at https://www.wcsu.edu/theatrearts/super-sunday-at-wcsu. Registration is due by October 24.

Workshop topics include ‘See How Magic Happens’, ‘From Sketch to Stage: How Costumes Are Made’, ‘Nailing That Audition’ and more, and including a question and answer, questions and answers, with actors and technicians.


Ghost tours will take place

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center hosts the “Ghost of Ridgefield” event Thursday through Sunday.

Led by a guide from the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, visitors will roam the museum grounds and encounter the ghosts of some of Ridgefield’s former residents, eager to share their stories with passers-by. From authoritarian matriarchs to teenage heroines, famous American composers to the hidden history of early African American settlers, colonial generals to Italian immigrant business leaders, the ghosts showcase the city’s rich history.

The event is family friendly but recommended for adults and children 7 years and older. Tours run every 10 minutes, with a maximum of 10 people per tour. Tours last approximately one hour.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Tickets can be purchased at https://keelertavernmuseum.org/events. More information is also available at https://keelertavernmuseum.org/events.


Ridgefield Theater Barn Hosts Halloween Jazz Concert

The Ridgefield Theater Barn presents a “scary” jazz concert for Halloween at 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Patrons are encouraged to come in costume and dancing shoes for the Peter Wikul Band’s return to 37 Halpin Lane. The Pete Wikul Band is a jazz quintet consisting of tenor sax, trumpet, keyboard, bass and drums.

On tenor sax, critically acclaimed Russ Nolan, who is a New York azz frontman, soloist Scott Wendholt is on trumpet. Rob Aries will be on the keyboard, with Brian Glassman, on his century-old double bass. Pete Wikul is on drums.

Tickets are $30 per person. Reservations are strongly recommended. Reservations can be made at www.ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.

More information is available by calling 203 431-9850, visiting www.ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org or the venue’s social media.

The seats are cabaret style. Guests are encouraged to bring food and drinks to enjoy before the show.


From Kabul to Connecticut: Works by Afghan Master Artists

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens is hosting master Afghan artists Alibaba Awrang, calligrapher, and Matin Malikzada, ceramist, Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. for an exhibition titled “From Kabul to Connecticut: Works by Master Afghan Artists.”

The art exhibition will then be on view until November 20.

An artist talk with Awrang will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on November 5 at Judy Black. An art demonstration with Malikzada will take place at the Washington Art Association from 5-7 p.m. on November 11.

The artists and their families moved to New Milford in March. They are well known in their home country and abroad.

More information is available at https://www.judyblackpark.org.

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