Attention young poets, jugglers, singers, comics, musicians and other entertainers: share your talents at the next monthly Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth. The next event, for entertainers in grades 5-12, will be Saturday, March 29, from 7 to 9 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church. Adult family members attending are invited to bring a drink or snack to share. All ages are welcome to attend the fun community event.
Newtown youth are invited to a free Ben’s Lighthouse event on Saturday, March 29, from 2 to 4 pm, at Trinity Church, 36 Main Street. A Lead Animator from a major animation studio will demonstrate techniques used to create the popular animated movies he has helped to develop and and will give the audience a hands-on lesson in creating a favorite character. (For contractual reasons, the studio has asked that its name not be used. It is, however, a major studio with a few huge hits to its credit.) The presentation will be geared toward youth in grades 7-12.
Women Involved in Newtown (WIN), is once again seeking help from the public in creating Easter baskets to distribute to children in need this Easter season. Donations of Easter candy, gently used or new stuffed animals, and Easter baskets of all sizes are needed.
With the reopening of C.H. Booth Library a few weeks ago, the public exhibition of art in the lower meeting room resumed along with most regular offerings at 25 Main Street. A collection of pieces of Newtown resident Anne Marie Foran is currently on view, and will continue until Thursday, April 3. The public is invited to meet Ms Foran and view the collection during an artist’s reception on Sunday, March 23, from 3 to 5 pm.
Newtown Bridge Club will host two series of lessons for aspiring bridge players on Mondays at the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Station, 34 Hawleyville Road, beginning March 24. Easybridge 1, for beginners and players returning to bridge after some years, will be held Monday mornings from 9:30 to noon. Polishing Your Game, for intermediate and advancing duplicate players, is scheduled for Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9 pm. Players may attend lessons alone or with their bridge partners.
On the eve of his 65th birthday, rocker Eddie Money is hoping all his Connecticut fans will queue up to get their own “Two Tickets To Paradise,” and check out his set at Ridgefield Playhouse March 20. The “Money Man” extended that invitation to readers of The Newtown Bee. During a recent chat ahead of his concert Thursday in Ridgefield, Money jumped at the chance to open things up talking about his Connecticut fan base, and another of his passions: supporting injured and returning veterans.
Spring will arrive on March 20, and The Garden Club of Newtown will focus on the new season with “Pruning Flowering Shrubs,” a timely presentation by Nancy Dubrule-Clemente, on Tuesday, March 25. The program will begin at 1 pm at C.H Booth Library. Flowering shrubs have become greatly desired features in today’s home landscape because of their beauty and the fact that they require much less maintenance than many other options. Ms Dubrule-Clemente will offer advice and instructions in shrub selection, appropriate siting, and the importance of good pruning techniques for proper maintenance.
Flagpole Photographers Camera Club has a pair of programs planned during upcoming weeks. On Thursday, March 20, the club will host a general meeting and photo competition beginning at 7:30 pm. March’s assigned subject is “Birds.” Member photographers will be challenged to showcase their creativity for capturing bird photography, as well as in Black & White and Open Color. The public is welcome to join the meeting and hear the critiques of photographs entered into competition. On April 3, the club will host a program night featuring an open discussion and tip and tricks on shooting “Macro and Flowers.” All levels of camera enthusiasts are welcome for this hands-on event.
Workshops are filling quickly for the 5th Parent Empowerment University (PEU) set for Saturday, March 22, from 8 am to 2:30 pm, at Newtown Middle School. Newtown Parent Connection, in partnership with Brookfield CARES, is once again offering the day of education for parents and caregivers who wish to be proactive and learn positive parenting strategies for raising children of all ages. This year’s keynote speaker, Dr Jane Nelsen, EdD, LMFT, will present “How to Empower Your Children & Yourselves.” In a change from previous years, parents will then head to just one afternoon session of their choice instead of two. Children are welcome at the event, which will again include Kids University.
MONROE — The Newtown Republican Town Committee is hosting a live dinner theater presentation of “Murphy’s Wedding…..anything that can go wrong, will go wrong,” as the party’s first fundraiser of the year. Chester Hadlym...