From indoor spinning training at military installations to multi-day, long-distance rides, Ride 2 Recovery helps injured veterans heal through the challenge of cycling long distances using hand cycles, recumbents, tandems and traditional road bikes. A group of 200 injured veterans and their supporters will set off on Sunday, September 8, on the UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Minuteman Challenge, a seven-day, 425-mile bicycle ride. The route begins in Lexington, Mass., and will conclude in Philadelphia, Penn., on Saturday, September 14. This year’s ride is scheduled to pass through Newtown on Tuesday, September 10.
From the ear-splitting buzz saw guitar licks of Ted Nugent, to the dulcimer soprano of Joan Baez, the Southern California feel of Jackson Browne and The Eagles, and the Jersey influence of The Rascals veteran acts dominated regional concert stages this summer. Despite their advancing years, these artists all proved they still have what it takes to deliver top flight performances.
The Newtown Parent Connection, Inc., whose commitment is to “educate, empower, and embrace,” joins with Newtown Prevention Council to invite the community to celebrate family unity on Friday, September 27. The groups will present the annual Family Dinner & Fun Night from 6 to 8:30 pm that night, at Reed Intermediate School. The event offers an evening of good food, entertainment and family bonding. It brings busy families together and allows time to unite with friends and neighbors as well.
Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) will travel to Washington, D.C., along with gun violence victims and family members from places like Chicago, Hartford, Colorado and other communities, on September 17-18. An information session is planned for students and parents this weekend. Junior NAA will host a meeting on Sunday, September 8, beginning at 2 pm, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. They will share information about the planned trip to the nation’s capitol.
Masonicare at Newtown invites the community to celebrate autumn and its bounty at the annual Autumn Fair at Masonicare at Newtown, which will be held on Thursday, September 12, from 10 am to 3 pm. Seasonal flowers, homemade baked goods, lunch, arts and crafts, and items from commercial vendors will all be available for purchase. Proceeds from the fair will be used to support Masonicare at Newtown's Junior Scholarship Fund.
The image has always been important in advertising, and it was no different for our ancestors in Colonial and early Federal America. Newtown Historical Society will look at a particular form of advertising, the tavern sign, with a look at Connecticut Historical Society’s co...
The first meeting of the new season for Newtown Genealogy Club will be held on Wednesday, September 11, at C.H. Booth Library. The first speaker for 2013-14 be Joseph Lieby, a retired educator with 20 years experience in genealogical research. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, with a specialty in German American and Palatine research, with a time period specialty of 18th and 19th centuries.
Newtown Hikers does not have a formal hike scheduled for Saturday, September 7, but anyone who would like to join the group for an informal gathering is invited to meet at the lower/rear parking lot of Edmond Town Hall by 9 am that morning. The group will officially begin its new season of weekend events on Saturday, September 14, with a hike at Wadsworth Falls in Middletown. All hikes, unless stated otherwise, start at 9 am from the lower rear parking lot of Edmond Town Hall. The group tries to car pool as much as possible. Newtown Hikers is an open group that welcomes anyone interested in hiking and the outdoors. There is no membership fee.
Whole Foods Market locations in Danbury, Fairfield and Westport will host a Kids’ Day of Service Volunteer Initiative in conjunction with Sandy Hook Peaceful Arts on Saturday, September 7. Local residents of all ages are invited to create peace flags at Edmond Town Hall. The flags — created on fabric with fabric-safe markers — will carry message of gratitude and
Sandy Hook Peaceful Arts is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the community to collaborate, create, express and experience the arts under the guidance of teaching artists. The organization also engages in and provides educational opportunities in peaceful practices to enhance overall well-being. Volunteers will have the opportunity to create various peace flags that will be centered around expressing gratitude and sharing peace.
Peace flags created will be shared with local first responders, organizations, businesses, and individuals in Newtown and the surrounding communities who have fostered healing and peace.
Participants will also engage in discussions about expressing gratitude and what it means to cultivate peace.
The event will run from 11 am until 1 pm, and will include a free lunch served at 12:30.
Newtown resident Gwynne Luminati Wittmann will join Alicia Cadmus for a concert to benefit the New Fairfield High School Rebel Music Boosters Scholarship Fund on Sunday, September 8, beginning at 2 pm. Susan Anthony-Klein will accompany on the piano. The fundraiser will be at St Edwards the Confessor Church in New Fairfield. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the scholarship fund.