The next meeting of The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be on Wednesday, May 13, at 7 pm, in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The meeting will begin promptly at 7 pm. Guest speaker for May will be Priscilla Wismar, who will speak on “Using Logic in Genealogy While Thinking Outside the Box.”
Avancè Day Spa and AIR Gallery have partnered to present “Spring Is In The Air,” a colorful show in the tranquil and gracious spa setting of Avancè, within Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street. The collection is on view until May 11, with works by featured artists Vibeke Dressler, Heidrun Morgan, Joan Pollak, Joanne Miller Rafferty and Laura Wilk. In addition, a special afternoon celebration is being planned for Sunday, May 3. From 2 to 4 pm, Avancé will host its annual spring open house. The public is invited to stop in to view the exhibition, enjoy complimentary chair massages, and receive a spa products gift bag. There will also be plenty of refreshments, and local musician Jim Allyn will be performing.
If you ever wanted to ride the scenic trails of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, this is your chance. The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard’s Annual Spring Trail Ride and Optional Obstacle Course will take place on Saturday, May 2, and run from 9 am to noon (rain date, Saturday May 9). The trail begins at the Horse Guard facility located at 4 Wildlife Drive. Sponsored by the Friends of 2GHG, a 501(c)(3) organization, the Spring Trail Ride and Optional Obstacle Course is an equestrian favorite. This year’s trial will not include water crossings.
Flagpole Photographers Camera Club is presenting “The Progression of Photography,” with 19 cameras ranging from a 1930 Kodak Rainbow Hawk-Eye to a 2010 Canon Powershot, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The exhibit will partially overlap with the club’s Annual Photography Exhibit, which will be presented in the library’s first floor meeting room May 23-June 18.
Connecticut Maharashtra Mandal, a not-for-profit organization, is hosting the screening of an award-winning movie at Edmond Town Hall on Sunday, April 26. The film, called "Astu" (“So Be It”), will begin at 2:30 pm. The Indian film has English subtitles. In addition to the screening, the film’s lead actor, Dr Mohan Agashe, will be in attendance on Sunday. Dr Agashe, an actor and trained psychiatrist, will participate in a post-screening discussion with the audience.
Attention young musicians, poets, singers, magicians, and more: the monthly Saturday Night Open Mic returns Saturday, April 25, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, in the Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church. The featured musicians this month will be good friends Cameron Mitchell and Robby LaPorta, both members of the local band The Talking Skies. While the other two members of the band are unable to participate in the open mic event, Cameron and Robby plan to perform a short set of songs.
The first charity Wingathlon will be held on Saturday, May 2, at the Fairfield Hills campus. Participants may choose from a Family 5K Run/Walk or a competitive Duathlon (5K run/26K cycle/5K run) event around the scenic roads of greater Newtown. The Wingathlon will benefit Dylan’s Wings of Change, a foundation established to honor the life of Dylan Hockley, who was killed in his classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Dylan had autism and his parents, Nicole and Ian, created Dylan’s Wings of Change in order to help children with autism and other related conditions to achieve their full potential.
While the nation observes Earth Day on April 22, area residents are being invited to continue the celebration at Newtown’s 8th Annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday, May 2. The event will again be held at Newtown Middle School between 10 am and 4 pm rain or shine. Attendees will enjoy a “huge line-up of kids’ activities,” states a recent email from organizers, including Sharon Audubon’s Birds of Prey, a silent auction and litter pick-up, live music/performances, drum circles, T-shirt tie-dying, and “tons of tasty food.” The festival is “the place to be for helping our community become a bit more aware of being green.”
At the Town and Country Garden Club’s annual plant sale on May 9, situated as always in front of The Inn at Newtown, native shrubs will be on sale along with roses, lilacs, member-grown perennials, shade trees, special gifts for Mother’s Day, and more. The plants and shrubs which are in flower usually steal the show at the sale, but this year organizers of the annual sale are recommending a few of those fall-foliage-and-berry plants that beautify other seasons of the year. When winter returns, the birds will be grateful if you take their advice.