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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. Voice Actor Alan Sklar Performs Dramatic Reading At Ridgefield Library

    Voice Actor Alan Sklar Performs Dramatic Reading At Ridgefield Library

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Well-known voice actor Alan Sklar will share a reading of "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" by Ernest Hemingway at 7 p.m. Feb. 18. The story was first published in 1936 in Cosmopolitan Magazine and is considered one of Hemingway’s best achievements. The program is free but register ahead of time at Ridgefieldlibrary.org or by calling 203-438-2282. ...

  2. Program For Families Dealing With Mental Illness Offered in Ridgefield

    Program For Families Dealing With Mental Illness Offered in Ridgefield

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. --Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Ridgefield will host an educational program designed to assist and educate families with a member suffering from mental illness. It's called NAMI Family-to-Family.NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for families or friends who want to better understand what happens to a family when there is ...

  3. Ridgefield's Lounsbury House Offers Holiday Fun For The Family

    Ridgefield's Lounsbury House Offers Holiday Fun For The Family

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The Lounsbury House will be holding a Winter Wonderland spectacle from Thursday through Sunday.The event, sponsored by the Women’s Committee and Ridgefield BWM, will be held from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.Among the scheduled events are the Teddy Bear Tea at various times Saturday and Sunday and the 2015 Tree ...

  4. 'Pumpktoberfest' Halloween Event Comes To Ridgefield's Loundsbury House

    'Pumpktoberfest' Halloween Event Comes To Ridgefield's Loundsbury House

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Sunrise Rotary of Ridgefield and the Lounsbury House have joined forces to bring a "Pumpktoberfest" event to town this Saturday and Sunday.The following activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days: games, rides, refreshments, pumpkin carving, luminary displays, mazes and music. There are many sponsors for this fall family event and the ...

  5. Ridgefield's Gallo Serves Up Fundraiser For A Better Chance House

    Ridgefield's Gallo Serves Up Fundraiser For A Better Chance House

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Gallo Ristorante is hosting a guest bartending fundraiser for the A Better Chance House in Ridgefield on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. Former Boys & Girls Club Director Terry Hughes will take turns behind the bar with Kelby Edwards, Sue Ferguson and Jeanne Manto, who are all board members with Ridgefield A Better Chance (RABC).The event will provide 10 percent of all ...

  6. Make-Your-Own Scarecrows Prepare For Ridgefield Contest

    Make-Your-Own Scarecrows Prepare For Ridgefield Contest

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Keeler Tavern's third annual Scarecrow Making Contest is underway across Ridgefield. To participate, pick up a frame at Keeler Tavern at 132 Main St. and return it decorated by Oct. 15. Entries with the most "likes" by community voters will win prizes. Scarecrows will be displayed along Main St. starting Oct. 16. 

  7. Get To Know The Ridgefield Candidates At Library Event

    Get To Know The Ridgefield Candidates At Library Event

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Have you ever gone to the election polls and not really known the people who are running for some of the offices? Get to know who is running Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Ridgefield Library, where the selectmen and school board candidates will discuss their platforms.The program will start at 7 p.m. and is being co-sponsored by the Ridgefield League of Women ...

  8. Ridgefield Runs Buses For Students To Attend State's Largest College Fair

    Ridgefield Runs Buses For Students To Attend State's Largest College Fair

    WILTON, Conn. -- A pair of local school districts will sponsor the state's largest college fair on Wednesday evening.The event will be held at Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road, Wilton. The Ridgefield school district will provide shuttle buses to the event from Branchville Elementary School on Branchville Road, Ridgefield.More than 300 colleges are expected to be at the 6:30 p.m. ...

  9. Ridgefield's Keeler Tavern Museum Will Transform Into Speakeasy

    Ridgefield's Keeler Tavern Museum Will Transform Into Speakeasy

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ever been to a Speakeasy? Here is your chance. On Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Cass Gilbert Carriage Barn at the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield will turn into a speakeasy from the 1920s.There will be costumes, music and food of the times. While there is no fee for admission, a password and photo ID will be required to gain access to the building and its cash ...

  10. Need To Read? Ridgefield Library Hosts Two Fall Book Sales

    Need To Read? Ridgefield Library Hosts Two Fall Book Sales

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — The Ridgefield Library will be abuzz with people coming out of the fall book sale with boxes and bags of items geared just for kids on Oct. 16, 17 and 18. The sale will take place on the lower library level at 472 Main St., Ridgefield. The special Children's Book Sale begins at 10 a.m. Friday, with admission costing $10 until noon, or free for Friends members. It ...

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