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“The ‘Fun’ Category, for $100, please!” Trinity Episcopal Church members are looking for trivia lovers of all ages. If you enjoy Jeopardy or The Family Feud, or just would like a fun night out with your friends, Quiz Night is the place to be on Saturday, April 6. Doors open at 6 pm, and dinner/refreshments will be available to purchase. Teams of four to six people will be competing in four categories, with ten questions per category, and all questions will follow the theme of spring. All ages are welcome. Teams can be a mix of ages, family members, or friends. “It’s much like Jeopardy, only played as a team,” said Donna Monteleone Randle, one of the event organizers. “This event is for everyone. You do not need to belong to a church or synagogue to come and have a good time with other Newtowners.” Quiz Night will double as a fundraiser for the Trinity Youth Group, promising to be lots of fun, and hopefully raise some funds as well. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Contact Donna at ndrandle@charter.net or 203-577-9568 for further information.

Don’t forget tickets are still available for the Random Acts of Music concert at Edmond Town Hall, Friday, April 12, at 7 pm. This concert supports HealingNewtown Arts Space, and tickets to see nearly 70 performers, including the NHS Jazz Ensemble, NHS Singers, singer and playwright Brett Boles, Mary Beth Sippin & The Goldrush Band, Smokebomb Mondays, and jazz band Boplicity are only $15. Visit www.healingnewtown.org to get your ticket. See you there!

Newtown teens, all members of the Junior Chapter of the Newtown Action Alliance, have produced and recently released a Public Service Announcement in response to the filibuster threat from five Senate Republicans in Washington, D.C. Their PSA can be seen here: http://newtownaction.org/demand-a-vote. The announcement is shared online only, at this time. These are some of the same kids who will be attend the PeaceJam conference at UConn on this weekend, where they will join a kids from all over New England, sharing experiences and participating in actions with Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams. The local group has even been invited to lead a workshop discussion there, presenting what life is like in Newtown, and what they are doing and planning on doing to make sure the town is known not just as a town of victims, but as a community that came together to lead the way toward positive change.

In the early morning hours of March 22, according to a post on the LEO Zoological Conservation Center’s website, Petal, a 6-year-old endangered Rothschild giraffe, began the early stages of labor. At 9:04 am, after a relatively short labor, she gave birth to a healthy, female calf. The conservation center (LEOZCC), located in Greenwich, announced that not only were mother and baby bonding, but issued a public call for names for the calf. On April 1, on the Today show, LEOZCC Founder and Director Marcella Leone announced that the center had selected the name Sandy Hope for their young animal. The name was selected from nearly 7,000 entries, said Ms Leone said, adding that the name was “really, really meaningful.” Sandy Hope already stands over 6 feet tall, and will eventually grow to be about 18 feet tall as an adult. The Rothschild giraffe is a rare endangered subspecies, with only about 670 left in the world. Ms Leone also said Monday morning that the LEOZCC will be inviting the children and families who were directly impacted by 12/14 to the center, to meet Sandy and many of the other animals at the center.

Speaking of wild animals… Nick Sedelnik has had a visitor to his Hanover Road home, not once, but twice in one week. On Monday, March 25, Neil opened his door and saw the furry face of a black bear — “Not a cub, but not full grown: maybe a couple hundred pounds” — lumbering up the steps to his deck, he said. He did a bit of stamping around and yelling and the bear lumbered away. He thought that was that, but Easter Sunday, around 8:30 pm, Neil heard a big ruckus on his deck, looked out, and saw his new friend had returned. The very effective noise-making worked again to drive the bear away. When Neil saw the bear heading to his neighbor’s yard, he gave them a call and said, “Make sure your pets and kids are in! He’s coming your way!” Neil figures the sleepy bear came out of hibernation and was going to investigate his bird feeder for snacks. A word to the wise: keep your eyes peeled, as spring brings lots of (hungry) animals out of hibernation and back into our lives.

There’s a new Peeps Diorama Champion at The Bee. Nancy Crevier went topical with her entry this year, creating “Cardinals Elect A New Peep.” As you can see by the photo — which also shows the trophy she gets to keep on her desk for the next 12 months — Nancy re-created the scene inside the Sistine Chapel last month when the gathered cardinals elected their new Peep, er, Pope. The white cotton balls used to illustrate the white smoke that was seen once Pope Francis was elected were a noteworthy favorite among those who cast their ballots for this entry. This was the third year The Bee has hosted a Peeps Diorama Contest. We are thinking about seeking entries from our readers next year.

Congratulations to Al and Coke Cramer! They have reached a milestone — 60 years of wedded bliss, as of April 5, a little bird tells me. How sweet is that?

It takes a community to help others in the community, and Urgent Care of Connecticut is inviting local residents to help staff members raise awareness for the homeless. In addition to wearing shorts to work on Friday, April 5, staff members will donate clean, gently worn pants or jackets to benefit the homeless in Connecticut. The collected items will go to The Salvation Army-Southern New England Division, Emergency Shelter for Families located in Waterbury, Hartford, and New Haven. Local residents who would like to help with the collection can drop off clean and gently worn pants or jackets at Urgent Care of Connecticut locations at 31 Old Route 7 in Brookfield, 900 Main Street South in Southbury, or 10 Main Street in Ridgefield. The collection will run until April 12.

The weather has been vacillating between spring and winter all week long, but your amusement park season is just around the corner. On opening weekend at Six Flags New England, any guest who donates six nonperishable food items will receive a coupon to purchase an admission ticket for only $20.13 (a real bargain, considering regular tickets this season are $54.99). The donations will benefit Newtown Food Bank, and a portion of each ticket sold will benefit The Sandy Hook Family Healing Fund; the latter was established by Newtown parents and is committed to providing immediate and ongoing support to the surviving families of Sandy Hook Elementary children. Suggested items include soups, canned fruit, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, tomato products, cleaning supplies, dog and cat food, peanut butter and jelly, and toiletries. Please note two things: this offer is good only for opening weekend — Saturday, April 13, 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday, April 14, 10:30 am to 8 pm — and it will only be offered at Six Flags New England, in Agawam, Mass. In addition, the discounted ticket is available for each person who donates six items (not each family). Six Flags is looking for community volunteers to assist with the food drive. Anyone interested in helping should contact Camie Mollica at capesforkids2013@gmail.com.

I’m ready for whatever roller coaster of a week is thrown at me, so be sure next week to… Read me again.

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