Voices For Heroes, a non-profit organization based in Waterbury, is organizing an event to bring together peaceful, community minded organizations and people to embrace and celebrate peace. The event, called “Power of Peace 2013 Family Fest 2013,” will take place at Bushnell Memorial Park on Sunday, August 11, from noon until 7 pm. All are welcome and attendance to the event is free. The goal of the event is to spread awareness of as many non-political causes as possible and show children how great it can be to work with others to achieve one goal of change and the joy of giving. The organizers want non-political causes to unite and say “We still believe in peace. We will not give up.” No matter who you are ... you are not alone.
Johnny A. Williams, a sculptural wood artist and furniture maker from Newtown, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural $1,000 grant from Newtown Commission on the Arts. Kateleen Foy, a photographer and graduate of Newtown High school, was announced as runner-up. Each will be invited to show and sell their works at the 2013 Newtown Arts Festival. They will have featured space in NCAC’s tent. In addition, for the upcoming year Mr Williams and Ms Foy will have the services of the Press/Public Relations Committee of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission to announce their shows and achievements
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard invites the public to attend the arrival of the Dakota Riders to Newtown, as part of its annual Unity Ride, at noon on Monday, August 5. After the tragic events of 12/14, The Unity Ride has taken on an even more powerful and timely message of hope and healing. These riders wish to bring that message to Newtown and the State of Connecticut. Ten Dakota Riders recently set out from their home on horseback and have begun their 4,000-mile journey. On Monday, these Unity Riders and those traveling with them will arrive in Newtown and the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard expects to welcome them as they ride into the gates.
On Saturday, August 17, Wall Matthews will be returning to Connecticut for the first time in many years to perform an evening of his compositions. The performance will be at Sound (Center for Music, Creative Arts & Mindfulness), a renovated historic chapel at 31 Hawleyville Road in Newtown. Joining Mr Matthews will be the cellist Adam Gonzalez and choreographer/dancer/actress Ara Fitzgerald. Mr Matthews will be performing a retrospective of his works, and will also be joined during the evening by Mr Gonzalez. Each guest artist will also offer their own performances.
Katherine James, team captain for the Dear Jack team registered for the 2013 Newtown Light the Night Walk, has organized an event to raise money for her team. Join in unlimited games of bowling at Lore’s Lanes, 145D Danbury Road in New Milford, on August 17. Tickets are $15 and include all games during that time, shoe rental, a slice of pizza, and a soft drink. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The ticket price, minus costs to the bowling alley, and all funds collected through a 50-50 raffle and a raffle for prize items, will all goes directly to the Connecticut chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Ten skilled local artists, all members of Washington Art Association, will display a wide variety of paintings in the form of triptychs at Carol Peck’s Good News Café, August 7 through September 30. The subjects, many of abstract composition, are are compelling and diverse. Among them a garden pond with playful koi fish, a snowy morning, a serene study of the Newtown hills, a panoramic vista spread beneath a roiled sky, reflections on a woodland pond, as well as others that are feasts of color and design. Among the group represented in the show are three Newtown artists: Joanne Conant, Anne Marie Foran and Roberta Shea. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, August 11.
The Seventh Connecticut Ukulele Invitational will be at Sticks and Stones Farm on Sunday, July 28, from 3 to 6 pm. It will be hosted by The Edukated Fleas. Donations are suggested, which will support the farm. Ukulele performers, and anyone with an interest in the instrument, are all invited for a great ukulele afternoon. There will be a lineup of ukulele performers from Connecticut and beyond, including special guest Uncle Zac. Play-alongs will also be part of the festival.
A beer tasting at Two Roads Brewery, 1700 Stratford Avenue in Stratford, on Sunday, August 4, from 1 to 5 pm, will support The Sandy Ground Where Angels Play project. Cost is $25 per person. Coordinated by The New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Foundation, Inc. and inspired by the events of 12/14, the project’s mission is to create 26 living memorials to all children who have been victims of violence. The project is also an effort to restore the storm-ravaged East Coast following last summer’s Hurricane Sandy. Each playground is being built and then dedicated in the name of a victim of 12/14.
Tickets are available now for performances of Shrek the Musical and Annie Jr, which will be presented by Sabrina’s Encore Productions LLC and The CT Broadway Stage Company at The Palace Theater July 26-28. Shrek the Musical will be performed on Friday and Saturday, July 26-28, at 7:30 pm, and Saturday afternoon at 1:30. Meet-and-green events with the characters from the show will be offered prior to the evenings performances and immediately following Saturday's matinee. Then on Sunday, July 28, at 2:30 and 5 pm, members of The Children of Newtown Choir and other talented young actors will perform Annie Jr.
Blood cancer survivor and Newtown resident Sandi Kessman, and her family and friends, are determined to help build awareness about the approximately 1,012,533 people in the United States living with a blood cancer. She will be among those showing their support by participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Newtown Light The Night Walk on Saturday, September 28, at Newtown Youth Academy. Registration begins at 5 pm, there will be a Remembrance Ceremony at 6:15, and the walk begins at 7 pm.