Friends of Park and Bark are preparing for the Fifth Annual Strutt Your Mutt Dog Walk, scheduled for Saturday, May 31, at 11 am. This year’s event will be at the recently opened dog park on Old Farm Road. After years of fundraising for the dog park and the event being held at Fairfield Hills, this year’s event represents a new location for the fundraiser.
On Sunday, June 1, at 2 pm, Bob Praver will host a screening of "Hitler’s Children" at Congregation Adath Israel. Mr Praver is the father of Rabbi Shaul Praver, the spiritual leader of the temple, located at 115 Huntingtown Road. The film is about the children and grandchildren of Adolph Hitler’s henchmen: Heinrich Himmler, Hans Frank, Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hoess and Amon Goeth. These offspring have inherited a legacy that permanently associates them with probably the greatest crime in all of history.
Flagpole Radio Café will conclude its sixth season with the celebrated vocalist Mary Fahl serving as the event’s headliner. Singer-songwriter Mary Fahl first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s folk-rock/adult alternative group October Project. As a solo artist, her musical inspirations have expanded to include classical, medieval and world music. The performance, originally to be May 17 at Edmond Town Hall Theatre, will instead by Saturday, May 31, at The Ridgefield Playhouse.
HealingNewtown has cancelled a few of its upcoming programs, including one that was scheduled for this weekend. Creative Storytelling, which was to have taken place Sunday, May 18, has been cancelled. Also off the schedule for the arts program are Asian Brushwork Painting sessions scheduled for Sundays, May 25, June 28, July 13 and August 17. A hands-on ukulele workshop on Sunday, June 1, is also off. Meanwhile, HealingNewtown continues to offer a series of weekly events. It has also added a printmaking workshop and a Painted Table workshop to its schedule.
The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, May 17, at the park in Sandy Hook Center, near 3 Glen Road in Sandy Hook. Members love to teach juggling and related skills. No experience required. All ages are welcome.
State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106/Newtown), along with AT&T, will be a senior technology workshop for residents and friends at Newtown Senior Center on Monday, May 19. The event, presented by representatives from AT&T, will provide basic training for senior citizens on common electronic devices. The goal is to show seniors how they can stay connected with family and friends through the use of their mobile devices.
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, on Sunday, May 18. The event will run from noon until 4 pm. During this month’s event Reggie DeLarm of East Knoll Pottery will set up her potter’s wheel in the backyard of the property. Ms DeLarm will demonstrate the art of making hand-thrown yellowware pottery using historically correct clays, glazes, designs and applications. If the weather does not cooperate, she will be inside demonstrating slip trailing, which is the application of lines to a clay surface using a fine-point dispenser.
Shakesperience Productions, Inc., a professional theater company located in downtown Waterbury, has announced events planned for the 2014 summer season. As part of its summer schedule, the company will be in Sandy Hook offering a performance of "King Lear" at McLaughlin Vineyard on Saturday, August 23.
Ann’s Place has issued a call to artists. “Lives Interrupted: art by those affected by cancer” will be an exhibition hosted by Ann’s Place cancer support services agency in Danbury. The exhibition will feature work that reflects the artist’s experience with cancer, either as a survivor or as a caretaker to a loved one who is affected by cancer. Anyone age 18 and up, living in western Connecticut or the Hudson Valley, N.Y., can submit work. Works should address the artist’s experience with cancer.
The fourth Natyatarang Festival of Arts will take place Sunday, May 18, from 3 to 6 pm, in The Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall. This year Natyatarang brings together two disciplines within the Odissi Classical Dance under one roof. Two artists — Rahul Acharya and Anindita Nanda — who have gained popularity in their own genres, will be performing their individual styles side by side and will be collaborating on some pieces which brings those two styles together. The dance recital will have solo and duet performances set to traditional Odissi classical music.