Town Players of Newtown announces auditions for "Bus Stop" by William Inge, to be conducted on Monday and Tuesday, June 29-30, 7-9 pm each night. Brian DeToma will direct the production, which is scheduled to run weekends in September. In addition, Sherman Players and TheatreWorks New Milford have audition sessions planned within the next few weeks.
More than 25 paintings by the late Elizabeth “Betty” Christensen are on display at Newtown Municipal Center through July 31 during the center’s regular hour. A resident of Newtown for more than 60 years, Mrs Christenson died March 30, 2015, less than two weeks before her 100th birthday. The exhibit has been curated by members of The Society of Creative Arts in Newtown (SCAN), of which Mrs Christensen was an active member. It has been facilitated by members of Walnut Tree Community Church, where Mrs Christensen was an original member.
Jim Talarino of Newtown was honored on June 18, during the Flagpole Photographers Camera Club’s final meeting of the 2014-15 season. Mr Talarino has been an integral part of the club for over 25 years serving in many capacities including president, vice president, judging coordinator, and hospitality chairman.
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission announces its annual grant competition for 2015. The commission will award up to $1,000 to a Newtown artist and up to $1,000 to a Newtown arts organization. The grant application deadline is August 7.
St Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown will host annual carnival on the parish grounds, 46 Church Hill Road, Tuesday, June 23, through Saturday, June 27. As in past years, the popular carnival will feature rides and games by Stewart Amusement, from 6 to 10:30 pm each evening.
The Hawley School PTA is sponsoring a free event for children on Wednesday, June 24. Timed to coincide with the Board of Education meeting also taking place that evening, children K-6 will be welcomed at NYA Sports & Fitness Center from 6 to 9:30 pm. Parents can drop their children off at NYA, 4 Primrose Street, before heading to the meeting at Newtown High School. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30.
Newtown Youth & Family Services is expanding the availability of its Job Bank. The NYFS Job Bank is now available to the entire Newtown and Sandy Hook community. The job bank consists of local young adults, ages 13-17, who have gone through the process of completing an application, interview, and short training, and are ready and willing to work.
Connecticut author Sarah Darer Littman is returning this summer for C.H. Booth Library’s Creative Writing Summer Camp for young adults, as part of the year-round peer group for passionate young writers at the library. This summer, camp will meet on Thursdays, June 25, July 9, 16, 23, and 30. Rising Grades 6 and 7 will meet from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, and rising Grades 8 and 9, from 6 to 8 pm.
The next monthly Saturday Night Open Mic will be Saturday, June 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, in the Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church. The featured musical guest this month will be vocalist Amy Anyoha, who has performed at previous open mic nights.
The Farmer’s Market at Fairfield Hills, launched originally as Sandy Hook Organic Farmer’s Market, will open for its 13th season Tuesday, June 23. Newtown’s organic and CT Grown farmer’s market featuring heirloom vegetables, flowers baked goods and much more will continue weekly, 2-6 pm rain or shine, through October.