The work of Aria Brownell is being featured at The Gallery at Newtown Municipal Center through the end of August. Ms Brownell is a graduate of Newtown High School and SUNY Purchase; she earned a BFA from the latter. Her work includes oils as well as medium acrylic spray paint. She has explored the difference between natural and artificial light in her paintings.
NOTE: This story has been updated to include information about a volunteer meeting planned for August 6. || Newtown Forest Association has announced its 2nd Annual Sunset Wine Tasting will take place Saturday, September 12. The event will continue NFA's celebration of 91 years of privately preserving open space and Newtown's rural character.
Last year, the Newtown Arts Festival hosted a 6x10 Play Festival. This year, the fourth annual arts festival will host an 8x10 Play Festival, taking place on Friday, September 18. The event will consist of eight one act, 10-minute plays written (mainly) by Connecticut residents, and directed by directors from Newtown and surrounding communities, including some who have directed at Town Players. Rehearsal schedules are flexible, and men and women of all ages are needed. Auditions will take place Sunday, August 2, at 6:30 pm, at Thin Air, 152 South Main Street.
Los Angeles based author Mathieu Cailler will be at C.H. Booth Library on Saturday, August 8. A guest of Sandy Hook author Sophfronia Scott, Mr Cailler will read from "Loss Angeles," his collection of short stories Pacific Book Review has called “masterfully crafted." The afternoon program will also include a Q&A discussion on the craft of writing fiction.
Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will benefit from a fundraiser at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, featuring the United Soccer League’s (USL) New York Red Bull II facing Newtown Pride FC of the Connecticut Soccer League (CSL), on Thursday, July 30, at 7:30 pm. Tickets vary in price, starting at $12, with group and family discounts available. Matt Ariniello, operations, development and partnership for success grant coordinator for NYFS, said this week that tickets for the game are still available.
Newtown resident Liz Luzietti, a licensed childcare consultant for Cultural Care Au Pairs, recently organized an outing at Dickinson Park with some of the au pairs under her care. On July 16 the group met at Dickinson Park, where they enjoyed a performance by Survivors Swing Band, part of the 2015 Summer Concert Series presented by Newtown Parks & Recreation. As part of that gathering, according to Ms Luzietti, the group also enjoyed a picnic of myriad ethnic foods.
Young football fans will have the opportunity to show off their football skills when NYA Sports & Fitness Center hosts an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Saturday, August 1, at noon. The competition is free and open to all boys and girls ages 6-15.
Through a collaboration between Newtown Chamber of Commerce and The Town Players of Newtown a free backstage look into the world of performing arts is being offered on Wednesday, July 29, from 6:30 to 8 pm, at The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road.
Led by Jessica Nivison as Tracy Turnblad, a colorblind teen in the early 1960’s who is passionate about equal rights and integration, Two Planks Theater Company’s production of "Hairspray" will deliver a timely message under its shimmering veneer of wuick-step dance steps and upbeat rock 'n roll music. Two Plants Theater has a huge cast for the show, with performers from not only Monroe, but also from Newtown, Trumbull, Shelton, Stratford, Fairfield and Bridgeport.
Newtown Parks & Recreation has announced that due to the threatening weather, today’s Summer Jam Concert Series will take place at Hawley School. The outdoor series will move into the gymnasium of the school, at 29 Church Hill Road. Start time is noon, and there is no admission charge.