The sixth annual Firehouse Ride on Sunday, September 27, will support Newtown Hook & Ladder Co. #1’s efforts to build a new firehouse. One hundred percent of funds will benefit this goal. Site work has already begun at 12 Church Hill Road, where the new fire station will be constructed. The ride will start and end at Time Out Sports Bar & Grill (the former One-Eyed Pig), within Ricky’s Shopping Center at 71 South Main Street. Registration begins at 9 am and the 50-mile ride with blocked intersections will depart at 11 am following a blessing of the bikes.
An appreciative audience attended a Newtown Arts Festival events September 11 at Newtown Meeting House, and was not disappointed by a packed program of entertaining and eclectic selections. “Random Acts Of Chamber Music” featured performances by The Danbury Trombone Ensemble and New England New Music Ensemble.
Newtown Kennel Club and the Friends of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will host the 2015 Western CT Police K-9 Challenge on Saturday, October 3. This inaugural fundraising event, held at the 2GHG Headquarters, 4 Wildlife Drive, begins at 10 am, and will conclude with an awards ceremony at 3 pm. More than 30 teams of handler and active duty police and military K-9s, including German shepherd dogs, Belgian Malinois, and Labrador retrievers, will compete in suspect apprehension, obedience, obstacle course, and tactical command divisions.
Organizers of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s 28th Annual George & Timothy Powell Golf Tournament announce that there are still openings for players and sponsors. The tournament, which serves as a fundraiser for the company, will be on Monday, September 28. It will be played Newtown Country Club, 1 Country Club Road.
Richter Association for the Arts will host a presentation by the Gray School of Irish Dance on Sunday, September 27, at 3 pm, at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury. The program will feature high energy dances performed by students of various ages and by two of the school’s teachers, Christina and Craig Ashurst, both of whom are former dancers in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. The school has studios in Danbury, Newtown and Old Saybrook.
The Grammy-winning Ying Quartet has added Robin Scott, an award-winning musician described as one of America’s rising stars on the classical music stage, as first violinist. Mr Scott joins siblings and founding members David (cello), Janet (violin), and Phillip (viola) Ying, who will open the 38th season of performances hosted by Newtown Friends of Music (NFM) on Sunday, September 27. Pianist Elinor Freer will be joining the ensemble for the 3 pm performance. The concert will be in the theater of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have Laura Wilk painting in watercolor at its next meeting, on Wednesday, September 23, at 1:30 pm. This demonstration will take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House.
Rocking Roosters Square Dance Club, based in Newtown, held the first of two Fun Nights on September 15 at the Masonic Temple in Sandy Hook. A second Fun Night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22, 7:30-9:10 pm, at the Masonic Hall at 3 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook.
The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity, a group of local business owners and community members from Sandy Hook, is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Passport to Sandy Hook. The event will take place in Sandy Hook Center on Saturday, October 10, from 11 am to 4 pm. More than 25 merchants have contributed toward this year’s prize packages.
Newtown Historical Society will host its annual Children’s Day at the Little Red Schoolhouse on the grounds of Middle Gate School, 7 Cold Spring Road, on Sunday, September 20, from noon to 2 pm. Costumed docents will conduct classes inside the historic schoolhouse and offer recess activities on the lawn as well, for students from 5 to 10 years old. Recess will consist of such colonial games as Graces, Trundling a Hoop, Sack Races and a Tug of War. There is a $3 materials fee, payable at the event.