The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library will host Fall Donation Day, Sunday, October 19, from noon to 5 pm, rain or shine. Donations of all genres of books, DVDs, CDs, LPs, and computer games support the annual Book Sale, the biggest fundraiser each year for the Friends. Drop off is in the C.H. Booth rear parking lot, 25 Main Street, Newtown. Tax receipts are available.
A Bead of Roses is pleased to announce the second annual Newtown Pumpkin Festival, to be held at Fairfield Hills on Saturday, October 11, from 3 to 9:30 pm. The festival is a collaborative effort between A Bead of Roses, NYA Sports & Fitness, Newtown Kindness, The Chase Kowalski Fund, and many other Newtown non-profit groups and local businesses. For last year’s inaugural festival, over 800 carved pumpkins for lighting and display for the 1,500 attendees. Organizers say this year promises to be even better.
Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will hold its 30th anniversary celebration and awards breakfast on Tuesday, September 23, at Rock Ridge Country Club. NYFS will welcome Dr John Murphy, CEO of Danbury Hospital and The Western Connecticut Health Network, as this year’s guest speaker. In addition, the 2014 Gail Smith Award will be presented to Newtown Police Officers Jason Flynn and Leonard Penna, Nike Corporation will be presented with The H.D. Bassett Award, Patrick Brady will be presented with the Spirit of Community Award, and Newtown High School Senior Alondra Marmolejos will be honored at 2014 Outstanding Youth.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will welcome Connecticut artist Laura Wilk for a demonstration of watercolor painting of still life at its meeting on Wednesday September 24, at 1:30 pm. The meeting will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House. The demonstration is open to the public, free of charge.
On Sunday, September 21, Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will present two films for the next installation of its Sunday Cinema Series. "Mr Smith Goes to Washington," starring James Stewart, will be screened at 1 and 7 pm, and "Dark Victory," starring Bette Davis, will be shown at 4 pm. Screenings are in the theater of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. Tickets for all shows are $2 each.
The Music Workshop will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its new teaching location at Newtown Congregational Church with the return of Saturday Night Youth Open Mic on September 27. Open mic events take place in The Great Room of the church, 14 West Street.
What fall sport do you participate in? Is it football? soccer? Or are you just warming up for basketball? For the past four years the Newtown Lions Club has offered a different sort of fall sport: pumpkin racing. All that is needed to participate is to create a pumpkin racer with two axles, attached through the pumpkin. Size and shape do not matter. Then you must bring your wonders to the Great Pumpkin Race, which will return to the rear lot of Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, October 18, between 10 am and 2 pm. Races will be arranged by age category, including one for ages 18 and older. There will be heats and run offs.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) will celebrate its first anniversary on September 23. RCN offers long-term healing to anyone in the greater Newtown community impacted by the events of 12/14, to help these individuals reach their full potential. center is a program of Tuesday’s Children, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its programs are free and confidential. The public is invited to visit the center next Tuesday between 9:30 and 11 am to meet Ms Cinque, volunteers, and see where the center is one year after opening its doors. In addition, three new programs will begin this month to continue the center's mission of helping residents reach their potential.
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will hold its annual Open House from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, September 28. This family fun event is open to all. It will feature a noon meet and greet with the horses, a mounted cavalry demonstration and musical ride, and a pony ride for anybody who would like to mount up on one of the horses and take a ride around the ring.