Florida-based nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms will be offering “MOVE: Focus” on Saturday, November 2, from 9 am to 6:30 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church. “MOVE: Focus” is a one-day workshop led by professional counselors where attendees will explore issues that are rarely talked about, including depression, anxiety, and suicide. The discussion will cover what is behind these struggles, what drives them, what recovery looks like, and how students can make a difference. The workshop is open to all students in grades 8–12 in the area. MOVE will be taught by licensed mental health counselor Aaron Moore and registered mental health intern Denny Kolsch. “It’s a free conference that will tackle the issues of depression, anxiety, and suicide,” said NCC Youth Minister Allysa De Wolf, who also said the event is “not a religious event but is open to students from all backgrounds.”
For the 28th year, the Newtown Savings Bank will present a holiday festival that will feature a Victorian Tea, gingerbread house contest, holiday craft boutique, festival of trees, performances of The Nutcracker Suite, and more. House tours have been put on hiatus this year, but trolley tours narrated by Town Historian Dan Cruson have been added in their place.The festival, to be conducted Sunday, December 1, from 11 am to 4 pm, is a fundraiser for Newtown Youth & Family Services.
Richard Huffman, a senior at Newtown High School, will perform at Music for Youth’s “Rising Stars” Benefit Concert on Sunday, November 3. The performance will begin at 5 pm at Trinity Church in Southport. The November 3 Benefit Concert will feature eight separate acts of talented young musicians from around the state discovered through the programs of Music for Youth, including violin, cello, piano, guitar, voice, and various ensembles. The program will be followed by a reception in the Trinity Church Fellowship Hall.
Newtown’s ska/reggae/punk band The Screw Ups, who got their start at The Teen Center in 2005 — and returned to that location to perform a show just a few months ago — will be the opening act for The English Beat at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Tuesday, October 22, at 8 pm. “We are really excited to be playing with ska legends. We love the two-tone style, and it has been a big influence on us,” said Screw Ups alto sax player Nico Bonvini. While the night will be memorable for The Screw Ups as musicians, Mr Bonvini is also eager to “put our sound out there and compliment one of the greats,” he said.
Young adult poets, jugglers, singers, comics, musicians and other entertainers are all invited to share their share your talents at Saturday Night Open Mic, an event being planned for Newtown Youth (grades 6-12) at Newtown Congregational Church on Saturday, October 26. Microphones, keyboard, guitar amp and other instruments will be available. Each performer will be given approximately five minutes. Space may be limited to 20 performers total and sign-up is first come, first serve.
The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) will present the Third Annual Passport to Sandy Hook on Saturday, October 12, from 11 am to 4 pm. More than 30 merchants have contributed toward this year’s prize packages. To be eligible to win one of the three prize packages, visitors must have their passports stamped at all 32 participating locations. Locations are within walking distance of the Church Hill Road-Glen Road-Riverside Road-Washington Avenue intersection. Those planning to attend are also reminded that Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue will be conducting a stuff-a-truck to benefit FAITH Food Pantry. Donations of nonperishable food, or monetary donations, will be collected at the fire truck behind 102 Church Hill Road.
On Sunday, October 19, from 3 to 6 pm Sound , a center for meditation and spiritual enrichment in Hawleyville, will celebrate its grand reopening. Rescheduled from December 15, 2012, Sound founder Jennifer Zulli said she is excited to have this grand reopening celebration to welcome the harvest season and to honor the Earth and spirit. Sound is a holistic educational center that fosters the creative and expressive arts with spiritual awareness for conscious evolution. The open house plans to include many festive activities aimed to celebrate creative and expressive arts. Also included on the menu for the afternoon is a variety of workshops and mini sessions for personal growth and transformation.
America came out of its isolationist feeling in a hurry in December 1941. But perhaps it was not that sudden after all; there were many events that brought us to that brink. Newtown Historical Society will look at the events leading up to World War II, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the first year of the war, in a program on Tuesday, October 15, at 7:30 pm, in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The illustrated presentation, “‘Til Boots Hit The Ground,” will be made by Peter Cronin.
CycleINPlace will be hosting an open house on Thursday, October 17, from 4:30 to 6 pm. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the benefits of cycling and learn how to use the state-of-the-art cycles with monitors. Owners Molly Basak-Smith and Mitzi Hayes will give guests a tour of the facility and answer any questions.
Trails promote physical activity, fitness, and health. Studies in association with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that 64 percent of the US population is clinically overweight, with more than 31 percent considered obese. Paula Burton, a member of the Newtown Trails Committee, will be leading trail building sessions at Pole Bridge Preserve for two upcoming weekends. The public is invited to join Ms Burton on Saturday, October 13, and/or Saturday, November 9. Trail building will be ongoing from 9 to 11 am each day.