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Smart Deals Around Town: CT's Tax Free, Bikers' Paradise, Tai Chi For Newbies

Check out some great deals in our area this week.

  • Tax Free week this week

Just in time for back to school shopping, take advantage of Connecticut's tax free week, from Sunday, August 21 tp Saturday, August 27. Connecticut shoppers will not incur taxes for purchases of food and clothing under $300. Tax free week will always run from the third Sunday in August to the following Saturday.

  • Sale at Ridgefield Bicycle Company

In honor of tax free week, shop at and enjoy up to 20% off summer clothing and gear, and up to 10% off in-stock 2011 Road, Flatbar Road and Tri bikes.

  • Free lecture for teens on coping with grief

A panel discussion called "Helping Your Teen with Grief and Loss" will be held on Thursday, August 25 at 7 p.m. in the Scotts Ridge Middle School Auditorium. The panel includes Dr. Carol Mahlstedt, who will speak on various aspects of grief and mourning, Liz Jorgensen, who will speak on the risks of drug and alcohol use and abuse after a loss, and Dr. Jim Ahern will speak about the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety that may accompany grief and mourning. There will be a question and answer period for the audience. All high school parents and teenagers are encouraged to attend.

  • Author Talk with Louisa Thomas

On Thursday, August 25th at 7 p.m. at the , come hear Louisa Thomas discuss her recently released book Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family -- A Test of Will and Faith in World War I. The book chronicles the author's grandfather, Norman Thomas, a former presidential candidate and former Ridgefield resident, and his brothers as they faced difficulty decisions with the advent of WWI. Registration is not required. For more information, visit the library's website or call 203-438-2282.

  • Introduction to Tai Chi

The Ridgefield Library is offering a free introduction to Tai Chi on Saturday, August 27, at 1 p.m. Instructor Kathy Brenner, an experienced teacher who is proficient in Lao Jia Yi Lu, Paochui, 18 essential forms, straight sword, broad sword, push hands, and guan dao, will demonstrate the ancient Chinese system of health maintenance and self-defense, often described as "moving meditation."

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