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Darla Shaw

Community Advisor

Dr. Darla Shaw is a full time professor of education and women's studies at Western Ct. State University. Prior to becoming a professor she was an administrator for the Ridgefield School for 38 years. As a volunteer she teaches classes at the DAnbury Women's Center and TBICIO and in the Danbury School System and serves as a job coach at the Prospector Theater. She is also an active volunteer for the Danbury Cultural Alliance, The Danbury Historical Society, and several robotics teams. Musically she plays with the Wilton Steel Drum Band, the Founder's Hall Band in Ridgefield, and runs drums circles for autistic children. She also is a local storyteller, takes on the roles of famous women in the area, and does living eulogies for people in hospice. Dr. Shaw also writes for the Ridgefield Press, travels extensively on humanitarian programs, and takes oral histories on people of interest. She has recently been featured in documentary, A Different Drummer, and appears in six inspirational videos for Hooplaha. Politically she is working with Dr. Jesse Turner, a fellow professor, on a quest to change what is wrong in education today; over focus on testing, teacher assessment, control by Pearson book company, and lack of creativity involved in the Common Core.

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  1. Perfect Pitch Not Required: Ridgefield Library Hosts Community Sing-Alongs

    Perfect Pitch Not Required: Ridgefield Library Hosts Community Sing-Alongs

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Library will host community sing-alongs through the spring.The sing-alongs will be from 3 to 4 p.m. on the following Sundays: Sept. 27, Nov. 15, Jan. 10, March 6 and May 8.You can share a songbook and sing along with Faith Ferry, Deborah Katchko-Gray and Edwin Taylor. You also can bring musical instruments. For more information, contact Debbie at ...

  2. Chazz Palminteri Performs In 'The Bronx Tale' At Ridgefield Playhouse

    Chazz Palminteri Performs In 'The Bronx Tale' At Ridgefield Playhouse

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Broadway actor and writer Chazz Palminteri will perform in "The Bronx Tale" on Friday, Sept. 18 at The Ridgefield Playhouse.The show focuses on a young man who is torn between his strong family values and the lifestyle of the mob. Palminteri, who was in the original movie, has adapted the story to a one-man show.For tickets, call (203)-438-5795 or go to ...

  3. Frank Whaley To Discuss 'Like Sunday, Like Rain' At Ridgefield Playhouse

    Frank Whaley To Discuss 'Like Sunday, Like Rain' At Ridgefield Playhouse

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Playhouse will screen "Like Sunday, Like Rain" Sept. 13 with director and writer Frank Whaley."Like Sunday, Like Rain" stars Leighton Meester, Debra Messing and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and follows the friendship between a wealthy cello prodigy and a live-in babysitter.The film begins at 7:30. After the movie, ...

  4. Ancona's Hosts Annual Bocce Battle In Branchville

    Ancona's Hosts Annual Bocce Battle In Branchville

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ancona's will host a Bocce Battle in Branchville on Sept. 12.Nine teams will be competing in the annual Ancona's Branchville Bocce Tournament.  Each team will consist of four players that play in a round-robin tournament. The tournament will take place in front of Ancona's Wine and Liquor Store on Route 102, at 720 Branchville Road.It will begin at 8 a.m, with the ...

  5. Ridgefield Library Event Discusses Autobiography Of Opera Star Betty Jones

    Ridgefield Library Event Discusses Autobiography Of Opera Star Betty Jones

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Doug Jones, husband of well-known opera singer Betty Jones, will be at Ridgefield Library on Thursday at 7 p.m. to talk about his 60 years of living with the celebrated performer and her recently published autobiography "The Music in My Life." Jones went from singing in the Wilton Congregational Church Choir at age 41 to singing professionally with the ...

  6. Ridgefield's Aldrich Museum Tempts With Sinful Saturday

    Ridgefield's Aldrich Museum Tempts With Sinful Saturday

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Visitors to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum can celebrate the end of summer's lazy days with its "Sloth" exhibit and a full day of other free programs Sept. 19. "Sloth" is the Aldrich's contribution to the Fairfield/Westchester Museum Alliance's Seven Deadly Sins exhibition series. The museum will screen the award winning film "Do ...

  7. Ridgefield Library To Sponsor Workshop On Getting Into College

    Ridgefield Library To Sponsor Workshop On Getting Into College

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Looking for Help with College Admissions?Starting Sept 8, The Ridgefield Library and Wooster School in Danbury will sponsor a series of workshops on "Getting Into the College of Your Choice" and "Finding the School That Best Matches Your Needs."The seven-week sessions start at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. The session ...

  8. Recorder Society Performs At Ridgefield Crossings

    Recorder Society Performs At Ridgefield Crossings

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Recorder Society of Connecticut will perform at Ridgefield Crossings Senior Living in Ridgefield on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Most of the music performed at the free concert will be from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. And people who want to play along with the performers are welcome to do so. Ridgefield Crossings is at 640 Danbury ...

  9. Participants Wanted For Walk To End Alzheimer's In Norwalk

    Participants Wanted For Walk To End Alzheimer's In Norwalk

    NORWALK, Conn. -- Companions & Homemakers, a top homecare provider in the state, is recruiting participants to join in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s slated to take place at 9 a.m. at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on Sunday, Oct. 4. Last year, Companions & Homemakers raised more than $12,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. As part of the agency’s 25th anniversary this year, ...

  10. Writers Gathering For Free Conference At Ridgefield Library

    Writers Gathering For Free Conference At Ridgefield Library

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Writers Conference is back and will kick off on Friday, Sept 25 and run through Saturday, Sept 26. at the Ridgefield Library on 472 Main St.The conference is free of charge and will feature readings by well-known authors and more than 20 different workshops led by various publishers, editors, agents and authors. And it will include all types of ...

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