As promised by Suzanne Davenport, "Letters From Sandy Hook-Newtown To The World" will be officially released on December 10. The book, compiled and edited by the Sandy Hook resident and being published by Karuna Publications, a new, nonprofit organization, features letters from residents about life in Newtown. The collection is about life in town, and not just about the events or aftereffects of 12/14. Copies are now on sale at Everything Newtown, and will be available at Byrd's Books in Bethel as well as during book signing events in upcoming weeks. Proceeds from the book's sales will benefit The Newtown Memorial Fund and other local charities.
The 53rd Annual Rotary Pancake Day will be held on December 7 in The Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall. The Newtown Rotary Club will uphold its annual flipping of pancakes, offering entertainment during the event from many different groups in Newtown. AMBER Alert registration will be offered, and children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. Rotary will also be collecting items for FAITH Food Pantry during the annual fundraiser.
Dance, Etc will present “The Magic of Christmas” on Saturday, December 7, at 2 and 5 pm, at Newtown High School. The show is about what happens to the toys from last year. Dancers from the Mt Pleasant Road studio will offer “an uplifting production featuring the acting, dancing and singing talents of kids of all ages,” says Dance, Etc Artistic Director and Owner Jen Turey. The show includes exciting Rockette-like routines, ballet and hip hop dancers. Shows run about 90 minutes. The studio will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys to give to Toys For Tots.
Trinity Episcopal Church and Music on the Hill will present “Sounds of the Season,” a Christmas concert with traditional carols from around the world arranged for handbells and chorus, on Friday, December 6, at 7:30 pm. Performers for “Sounds of the Season” will include Trinity Church Organist and Music Minister Fiona Smith Sutherland, The Trinity Choristers and Choir of Men & Women. Music on the Hill Artistic Directors Connell and Ellen Dickinson will conduct, and a gala reception will follow. Suggested donation is $20 per person. The church is at 36 Main Street in Newtown.
Newtown residents are invited to visit and take pictures with Santa December 15 between 10 am and 2 pm at LeReine’s Cuisine, 31 Peck’s Lane. Owner LeReine Frampton decided to host the event, during which parents and caregivers take their own photos with Santa, as a fundraiser for the Newtown Hook & Ladder Building Fund. There is no cost to visit with Santa or take pictures, but Ms Frampton is hopeful that those attending will donate to Newtown Hook & Ladder Building Fund. Attendees are also welcome to purchase breakfast, lunch, drinks, snacks, or baked goods that will be prepared for or cooked to order that day.
My Circles of Love is inviting Newtown residents to turn off the TV, unplug and join them on Saturday, December 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 am, for an uplifting morning of Hand Drums & Hula Hoops, indoors at Sticks & Stones Farm. Janet and Michael Maurice will lead drumming and hooping; rhythm sticks and dancing ribbons will also be available. No experience is necessary, and the event is open to residents of all ages. Coffee, coffee and morning snacks will be offered. Participants are being asked for a $5 donation to cover the cost of renting the facility, and to consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the CT Food Bank.
The Genealogy Club of Newtown is planning a special three-part program for its meeting on Wednesday, December 11. Topics will cover free informative webinars, multiple resources at C.H. Booth library, and helpful suggestions for organizing records. A tour of the library’s Genealogy Room will also be a part of the meeting. Harlan Jessup will conduct a tour of the room, and explain the collection and its uses for family search.
Santa will be at Newtown Middle School on Saturday, December 7, from 9 to 11 am, for his annual breakfast sponsored by Newtown Parks & Recreation. Children of all ages are invited to join the jolly elf for breakfast of bagels, doughnuts, milk, juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Admission is free. Donations for the local food pantries will be collected.
Newtown Junior Women’s Club (NJWC) has launched its annual Tag-A-Gift Program. NJWC coordinates the collection and wrapping of holiday gifts for Newtown children in need. This program is in support of The Newtown Fund’s annual gift and food drive for local families in need. The Newtown Fund’s event culminates with Depot Day, when all items are delivered to families in Newtown who need a hand putting food on the table and gifts under the tree. Giving Trees and Wreaths with wishes on tags have been set up in several town locations. Residents are encouraged to take a tag, purchase the wished for item, and return the unwrapped gift with tag information attached to the collection bin at the same location they got the tag, by December 9.