• ‘Unrequited’ Author To Return To Former Hometown For Book Reading

    The year she turned 30, Lisa A. Phillips fell in love with an unavailable man. At first her feelings gave her hope and pleasure. But he didn’t respond to her increasingly persistent efforts, and something inside her shifted. Her unrequited love obsessive, transforming her — a stable, accomplished professional — into someone unrecognizable and driving her to a very dark place. Years later, a fully healed Phillips set out to understand the one-sided fixation that had overtaken her so completely. Her new book, "Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession," examines the perils and power of obsessive love in women. The Newtown native will return to the location of her first job — C.H. Booth Library — for a reading and program on Tuesday, October 6.

  • Resident Artist Part Of Fairfield Designer Showhouse Project

    Award-winning Darien designer Carey Karlan was one of the featured designers for the Designer Showhouse on the Green presented by St Paul’s Episcopal Church, taking place September 19 to October 25. As part of her design, Ms Karlan also commissioned Newtown artistJoan Cone to create six original sketches of the historical buildings on the green. Led by Design Chairman Ellie Cullman and Landscape Design Co-Chairs Diane Devore and Tara Vincenta, more than 15 designers turned the church rectory into a showcase of premier talent. Proceeds from public tours, and a gala opening held in September, will help defray the renovation costs. Proceeds will also raise funds for the church’s community partner, Operation Hope of Fairfield, a non-profit organization that strives to improve local hunger and homelessness.

  • ‘Mozart, Melot And Mums’ To Help Fund Work Of Kevin’s Community Center

    Kevin’s Community Center will conduct its eighth annual major fundraiser, “Mozart, Merlot and Mums,” on Saturday, October 10, from 4 to 7 pm. This year’s community gathering featuring a wine tasting, live music and local fare will take place at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. Kristin Adams Santilli, a well known soprano, will be performing at the KCC fundraiser.

  • 'Joy Of Art' Hayride, Wednesday At Castle Hill Farm

    "The Joy of Art" with artist Joy Hoffman invites all children and families to join in an annual pumpkin picking hay ride on Wednesday, October 7, from 4 to 5 pm, at Castle Hill Farm, 25 Sugar Lane.Donations will be accepted, with all then forwarded to The Avielle Foundation.

  • Passport To Sandy Hook Prize Packages Valued At Over $3,550

    The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity will present the Fifth Annual Passport to Sandy Hook on Saturday, October 10, from 11 am to 4 pm. More than 36 merchants have contributed toward this year’s prize packages. To be eligible to win one of the three prize packages, valued at more than $3,550, visitors must have their passports stamped at all 31 participating locations. Locations are within walking distance of the Church Hill Road-Glen Road-Riverside Road-Washington Avenue intersection. The event will run rain or shine. In addition, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue will be conducting a stuff-a-truck to benefit FAITH Food Pantry. Donations of nonperishable food, or monetary donations, will be collected at the fire truck behind 102 Church Hill Road.

  • Food Drive At Masonicare, All Month

    Masonicare at Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Road, will be hosting a food drive for the entire month of October. All members of the community are asked to consider donating any non-perishable food items to benefit the Salvation Army Food Bank. Donations of any size can be dropped off in the main lobby of Masonicare at any time.

  • Pasta Dinner & Bluegrass Music At NUMC Saturday

    The 26th season of Saturday Pasta Dinners at Newtown United Methodist Church will continue on October 3, the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. Dinner is served from 5 to 7:30 pm with donation being $10, $9 for seniors, and $3.50 for children. Dinner is followed at 7:45 pm by a performance of bluegrass, country, and folk music played by Roger Sprung & Friends.

  • Team Ryan LLS Fundraiser, October 11

    Team Ryan will host a Poker Run on Sunday, October 11, in Danbury, to continue its fundraising efforts for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Team Ryan is named for young Sandy Hook resident Ryan Costa, who was diagnosed in 2014, at age 2½, with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). His family has been fundraising to find a cure for the disease, which is common in boys, according to his doctors. Pre-B ALL is treatable with a three-plus year protocol.

  • Choose Love ‘60s Tribute Concert Moving Indoors

    Due to anticipated rain showers Saturday, October 3, Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity is relocating its free California Dreamers concert from the park in Sandy Hook Center to Newtown Congregational Church. This final show in the 2015 concert series will still take place from 1 to 3 pm.

  • MEGA Body Exhibit Cancelled; Health Fair To Otherwise Continue As Planned

    After careful consideration and weighing the risks of possible severe weather, organizers of the Newtown’s 22nd Annual Health & Public Safety Fair have decided to cancel the inflatable MEGA Body exhibit that had been planned to take over much of the front lawn at 11 Queen Street. They are still expecting all other activities at the event to happen as planned, however. The free community health showcase and informational event is set for Saturday, October 3, from 9 am to 1 pm, at Newtown Middle School. Most events will be set up inside the school's gymnasium. Dozens of health and safety organizations and agencies have committed to this year’s event, from local first responders, Social Services, Parks & Recreation and Public Works representatives, to those who will be offering acupuncture, flu shots, posture analysis, cardio screenings, and more.