Lingering snow may be on the ground with more in the forecast, and many are counting down the days until the beginning of spring, but Marie Athans is already thinking about summer. She hopes residents interested in hosting an inner city child for a week or two will join her on March 20, the first day of spring, for a Fresh Air Fund Day Get-Together at Franco’s Pizza & Pasta to learn more about the nonprofit organization that provides the free summer vacation to the city children that will “introduce them to the joys of country life,” states a recent release. The get-together will be between 4 and 6 pm, with free pizza and surprises for children.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature “Refining Your Public Speaking: Deliver Your Message Effectively” with Newtown resident and IT professional Alenda Calderbank on Wednesday, March 12, at The Villa Restaurant. Networking and light dinner begin at 6 pm, followed by the guest speaker. Many people find public speaking to be daunting, and have been discouraged from pursuing opportunities in order to avoid it, according to Ms Calderbank, a member of Toastmasters since 2005. In her talk, she will describe ways to get comfortable speaking before a group.
Boy Scout Troop 270, which is sponsored by Newtown Congregational Church, awarded the rank of Eagle Scout to 11 of its troop members in 2013, setting a new troop record. The young men who achieved this rank during the past 12 months are Daniel Ansari, Jack Benedict, Sam Boland, Tyler Coleman, Chris Erikson, Nicholas Lafky, Karan Marwah, Matt Rosa, Henry Summ, Brandon Unger, and Jonathan Vaughn. The previous record was six Eagle Scouts in one year, which was set in 2012.
The Newtown Foundation, a group formed post-12/14 focus on education, healing and cultural programs, has a number of events coming up in the next weeks.
Youth wishing to take part in the Spring PeaceJam at the University of Connecticut should contact the foundation no later than March 7 to register; adult chaperones are also needed. The foundation will benefit from a 24-hour online fundraising event through Fairfield County Community Foundation. It will also see a sculptural installation donated by Susan Woods, travel to Washington DC for a temporary exhibition.
When The Low Anthem last graced the stage at Edmond Town Hall, in June 2011, the Live at ETH series was a fledgling newborn, and the band had just released its second album, "Smart Flesh." Since that release, the band has headlined major festivals the world over, and played shows with fellow acclaimed artists like Iron and Wine, The National, Emmylou Harris, The Chieftains, Grandaddy and Bruce Springsteen. They have appeared multiple times on late night TV, won MOJO magazine’s Breakthrough Award, and Esquire just spotlighted them in a piece entitled “15 Bands to Watch in 2014,” and their newest album is about to be released. The band will return to Newtown for its next Live at ETH show on Friday, April 11. Mark Barden and Alternate Universe will open.
“A Different Artist, A Different Day” will be the theme of the HealingNewtown Summer Art Camp. Set to be held at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street, the camp will be offered July 7-11 for ages 7-11 and July 14-18 for ages 12-15. Sessions will run from 10 am to 1 pm each day, and will focus on a specific artist and project. Working with HealingNewtown Director Valerie Culbertson will be Danielle Estrella, a Dean’s List art therapy major with a painting minor from Marywood University, Pennsylvania.
St Rose of Lima School is pleased to announce that acclaimed speaker, writer and peak performance coach Rex Crain will be hosting a community session on Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 pm. The program, “Life Lift: Where the impossible becomes possible,” will be in the Monsignor Weiss Gathering Hall at St Rose of Lima School. All Newtown adults are invited to the free program.
On Friday, March 7, at 8 pm, the Niamh Ní Charra Trio will perform at Newtown Meeting House in a concert sponsored by Fairfield County's own Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society. Ms plays fiddle and concertina, and sings in both the Irish Gaelic language and in English. She will be joined by Dominic Keogh on bodhrán and Paddy Kerr on Irish bouzouki.
Newtown Middle School students have been rehearsing after school for the school’s upcoming musical production of "Grease: School Version." The school version is an abridged version with content suitable for younger audiences of the musical, which follows the story of teenagers in 1959 through romances and high school. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 14-15, at 7 pm, and Sunday, March 16, at 2 pm. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Newtown's senior citizens are invited to a special preview event on the afternoon of Thursday, March 13.
On Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 pm, Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will sponsor a lecture on nocturnal photography by Mark Bowie in the Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall. Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer and writer. His work has been published internationally in books and magazines, on calendars, posters, and greeting cards, and in advertising media. His March 6 presentation is titled “Night Over the Northeast,” which will cover in great detail an ambitious project Mr Bowie has undertaken to photograph New York State and New England at night.