Congregation Adath Israel will hold a festival in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim on Sunday, March 16. The public event will run from 11:30 am until 2 pm at the synagogue. This festival is open to the community and will include magic by Magic Lee between 11:30 and noon, and a carnival from noon to 2. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 per child; adults are free when accompanied by a child. The admission includes all games and prizes.
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday, March 16, from noon to 4 pm. Rebecca Arkenberg will be the afternoon’s special guest. Ms Arkenberg, a textile artist and art historian from ...
A free seminar series, “The Transition Dilemma: A 4-Part Series on Aging,” is being offered at Maplewood at Newtown, 166 Mt Pleasant Road, to explore the questions, options, challenges, as well as solutions and resources for elder care. Attorney Kathy Boufford, one of the event’s organizers, describes the event as an opportunity for the community to gain a wealth of valuable information in a short period of time. Although the series is taking place at Maplewood at Newtown, event organizers want to emphasis that many types of care for the elderly will be discussed. The seminars will take place Thursdays, March 20 to April 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm each week. Three speakers per evening are scheduled for a total of 12 professional presentations.
Newtown High School Senior and Boy Scout Riley Page will conduct a sheet drive this weekend to support Saint Vincent de Paul’s Homeless Shelter in Waterbury. Riley is collecting new or gently used clean twin sheets, towels and toiletries for the men, women and children who stay at the shelter. The collection is being done for his Eagle Scout project. The drive is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, from 10 am to 4 pm. Items can be dropped off at Oberg Insurance Agency.
From strumming a ukelele and writing from the hear to creating clay masterpieces, workshops for myriad interests have been scheduled at HealingNewtown, housed at Newtown Congregational Church. Openings are still available for upcoming Saturday Clay Dates with Karen Pinto and Rosiland Liljengren, creative writing sessions with Reggie Mara, and an Asian brushwork painting workshop with Mary Barrett-Anders. In addition, a new eight-week intergenerational ukulele class has been announced.
On Friday, March 21, from 8:30 until 10 pm, poets and scholars from surrounding universities will gather at Congregation Adath Israel for an inspirational evening of poetry. Refreshments will be served including wine, cheese and crackers. The guest poets are Dr James R. Scrimgeour, Carol Ann Davis, Jeff Schlicht and Brian Clements. A Sabbath service will precede the poetry reading at 7:30, to which the public is also invited.
Opening March 8 and running to April 5 at Washington Art Association’s gallery, “No More, No Less” is an exhibit of works by Lisa Brody of South Kent and New York, Bridget Grady of Watertown, and Newtown artist Caroline Harman. The collection, according to the gallery, “explores the complexity and profusion of forms that interplay in landscape and imagination.” An opening reception is planned for Saturday, March 8, from 4 to 6 pm. The artists will be in attendance.
It’s not too early to start planning your child’s summer activities. Families who attend “Kidologie” Gets Ready for Summer Children’s Fair can have fun with free live entertainment, activities, and giveaways, while learning about resources for things to do when the last bell of the school year rings. The 2nd Annual Event is scheduled for Sunday, March 16, at Reed Intermediate School, from 11 am to 3 pm.
The March meeting of Newtown Genealogy Club will be at C.H. Booth Library on Wednesday, March 12, at 7 pm. The speaker this month will be club member Harlan Jessup, who will call his talk “Getting There is Half the Fun.” He will speak about genealogy libraries in Connecticut and the Hudson Valley. Mr Jessup will focus not just on the state libraries, but on other resources and libraries as well.
James A Garfield is not a name that springs to mind when we most Americans think about the country’s Presidents. While Garfield had a long and successful career as a Congressman, and also as a Civil War general, his short term in office doesn’t resonate like Kennedy's Camelot does. On Monday, March 10, at 7:30 pm, Newtown Historical Society will examine Garfield’s career in “The President and The Madman.” Gordon Williams will present the free program at Newtown Meeting House