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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.

Darla Shaw's Contributions

  1. Ridgefield Chamber Plans Health, Wellness Council Meeting

    Ridgefield Chamber Plans Health, Wellness Council Meeting

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce will host its next Health and Wellness Council meeting at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Saltana Cave, 590 Danbury Road (Route 35). Guest speaker Anna Husted, principal owner of Saltana Cave, will discuss the benefits of restoring health through alternative and natural therapies, according to a press release. Attendees will have the ...

  2. Ridgefield Rec Center Holding Dream Big Festival For Young Girls

    Ridgefield Rec Center Holding Dream Big Festival For Young Girls

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The Ridgefield Recreation Center is hosting the Dream Big Festival for girls ages 8-17 Friday, Aug. 28, from 6-8 p.m. The festival is a free activity night of empowerment for young girls. There will be sessions in goal setting, sharing dreams, finding inner serenity, yoga and Zumba. Girls will have the opportunity to meet new friends and learn more about their inner ...

  3. Get An Introduction To Acting Class At Ridgefield Theater Barn

    Get An Introduction To Acting Class At Ridgefield Theater Barn

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Theater Barn is hosting an introduction to acting class starting Aug. 31. The class will be limited to 10 adult students, who may have acted or never acted before. The instructor is Devon Caraway who has an extensive background in acting, as well as teaching acting. Caraway will focus on essential techniques, as well as creativity, running short ...

  4. Ridgefield Annual Art Walk Features 80 Artists

    Ridgefield Annual Art Walk Features 80 Artists

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- From Aug. 21 to Sept. 12, sixty two restaurants, businesses and cultural venues will showcase over 80 different local artists at the annual art walk in Ridgefield. This unique festivity will kick off with a grand opening reception on Aug. 21st. from 5 to 8 p.m. on Main Street in Ridgefield. Music will be provided by RMAC, Ridgfield’s Music and Acts Council. This ...

  5. Ballard Park Concert Features The Revelers

    Ballard Park Concert Features The Revelers

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The CHIRPS Concert at Ballard Park in Ridgefield on Tuesday will feature the Revelers.This six-piece band will play Louisiana jazz from the '50s and '60s. Those who like Cajun and zydeco music won’t want to miss this concert, which starts at 7 p.m.This free concert is sponsored by Sam Hur of Ridgefield Cleaners. Bring blankets and chairs. 

  6. Ridgefield Paints The Town Purple

    Ridgefield Paints The Town Purple

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Paint the Town Purple for Alzheimer’s will take place in Ridgefield from Aug. 17 to 21. Laurel Ridge Health Care Center and Ridgefield Crossings will be decorating the town purple to make people aware of the need for research and funding for Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is now the nation’s sixth leading cause of death. On Aug. 17th. at the CHIRPS Concert in Ballard ...

  7. The Ridgefield Playhouse Screens Documentary 'Senna'

    The Ridgefield Playhouse Screens Documentary 'Senna'

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- For race car driving fans, the Lime Rock Driver Club film series will screen "Senna" a film on Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, who won the Formula I championship three times before his death at 34. The movie focuses on Senna's rivalry throughout the mid-1980s with France's Alain Prost set against the backdrop of the politics of the sport. The documentary ...

  8. Ridgefield's Southwest Café Presents 10th Annual Margarita 5K

    Ridgefield's Southwest Café Presents 10th Annual Margarita 5K

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Margarita 5K returns to Ridgefield for the 10th annual edition of the race to benefit disabled adults in Fairfield County. The Margarita 5K will begin at 7 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the Southwest Café, 109 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield. Proceeds from the event benefit Ridgefield Sunset Cottage Inc., a residence for disabled members of the community. The Margarita 5K course ...

  9. Ridgefield Theater Barn To Host Night Of Improv

    Ridgefield Theater Barn To Host Night Of Improv

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- For theater-goers who enjoy improvisational theater, "Whose Barn Is It Anyway" will be playing at 8 p.m. Friday at the Ridgefield Theater Barn. The players, who include Cheryl Boyd, Pamme Jones, Wayne Leiss, Melissa Power, Mary Shuldman and Rick Hodder, will provide attendess with an evening of original comedy and skits. The theater is at 37 Halpin Lane. Seating ...

  10. Celebrate The Music Of Ray Charles And B.B. King At Palace Danbury

    Celebrate The Music Of Ray Charles And B.B. King At Palace Danbury

    DANBURY, Conn. -- Sheila Raye Charles and Claudette King are joining forces to pay tribute to their dads -- Ray Charles and B.B. King -- on Friday, Aug. 7, at The Palace Danbury along with the Allman-Neville-Pitchell Band. King is quick to cite her father as her main inspiration. Her mentors include Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Chaka Khan, Mavis Staples and Mahalia ...

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