The first Ridgefield Writers Conference, organized by development editor Adele Annesi of Word for Words, LLC, and author and teacher Chris Belden, both of Ridgefield, will take place Saturday, September 28, in the North Hall of St Stephen’s Episcopal Church.Joining Mr Belden and instructors Pete Nelson and Steve Otfinoski are Newtown residents Rachel Basch, author, who teaches creative fiction and nonfiction for the low-residency MFA program at Fairfield University, and creative writing in the liberal graduate studies at Wesleyan; and published poet Carol Ann Davis, who teaches poetry, writing, and publishing at Fairfield University and is on the faculty at Fairfield University for the MFA program.A third Newtown writer will not be presenting a workshop, but The Newtowner literary magazine Editor and Founder Georgia Monaghan will take part in the Publishing Panel.
NYA Sports & Fitness Center is offering a free community fitness program specifically for seniors. The goal of this program is to provide a safe, fun, and informative environment to help seniors improve their levels of fitness. Led by certified staff at NYA, the program will incorporate walking sessions along with bodyweight and fitness band exercises utilizing the beautiful Fairfield Hills campus (weather permitting) and within NYA. The program will address balance, flexibility, aerobic and strength training along with basic nutrition to help participants increase their energy, coordination, and overall strength. It is free for Newtown's senior citizens. An optional lunch is also available each week for $3
Organizers are hoping that next weekend will be a go for “Light The Sky With Light and Love for Sandy Hook Elementary Angels.” A tribute event for the children and teachers who were killed on 12/14, the event has twice already due to heavy rains and flooding leading up to June 9, and then August 3. Saturday, September 21, is the new day for the one-day carnival at Portland Fairgrounds. The event will run from noon to 9 pm, and will include rides, arcade games, children’s activities, several food and jewelry vendors, and more. There will also be entertainment including musical talents as well as magician performances. Kevin Ward is also planning on having The Sandy Hook Tribute Durango at the fairgrounds that day. At the end of the evening, a laser light show and fireworks display will take place to honor and remember the 26 angels of Sandy Hook Elementary School....
Dr Matthew Eliott from Mid-Hudson Vet in Carmel, N.Y., will speak at the Newtown Bridle Land Association open meeting on Tuesday, September 17, at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be at Newtown Meeting House. Dr Eliott will present a slide show on equine veterinary care and will answer questions from the audience.
Almost one billion people on Earth do not have access to clean drinking water. More than 4,000 children die every day from water-related diseases.
On Saturday, October 5, DigDeep Water will hold its second annual Walk 4 Water at Fairfield Hills. Walk 4 Water is an educational experience/fundraising event that raises funds and awareness on behalf of DigDeep Water, a nonprofit human rights organization that defends the human right to water for all people on earth through innovative education and water access projects. A three-mile walk around the campus — representing the average distance women and children in Africa typically must walk each day in order to retrieve water — will have participants experiencing both the distance walked and the weight of water once it is obtained. During the first half of the walk participants will be empty handed, and then during the second half walkers will be carrying two two-liter bottles filled with water.
Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will be kicking off the 2013-14 season on Thursday, September 19, with a general meeting and photo competition. It begins at 7:30 pm in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. The club is also planning its first hands-on workshop for the season, and will celebrate the opening of the third annual "Newtown and Beyond..." exhibition within the next few weeks.
On Saturday, September 14, the Newtown High School Kindness Club will host a Day of Kindness. The free event is aimed at local youth, but is open to residents of all ages. The Day of Kindness will run from noon to 4 pm at NHS’s cafetorium, 12 Berkshi...
Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP), a group of local business owners and community members from Sandy Hook, is pleased to announce the third annual Passport to Sandy Hook. The special event will take place on Saturday, October 12, from 11 am to 4 pm, in the downtown Sandy Hook Village area. Visitors to Sandy Hook Center that day will be offered “passports,” when they can then have stamped as they visit each participating business within Sandy Hook. Completed passports will then be entered into a drawing, with three prize packages worth over $1,500 total up for grabs. There will also be live music, a collection for FAITH Food Pantry, face painting, a bounce house, entertainment, and much more.
A Bead of Roses is pleased to announce the first annual Newtown Pumpkin Festival. Through a collaborative effort between A Bead of Roses, Newtown Kindness, Newtown Youth Academy, and many other Newtown non-profit groups and local businesses, Halloween is returning to Connecticut this year. Based on the hugely successful pumpkin carving event in Keene, N.H., an October 12 festival in Newtown will celebrate the luminous beauty of thousands of glowing pumpkins, all carved with love by community members. Registration is required.
Flagpole Radio Café will return to the Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, September 28, at 7 pm, with a return by harp sensation Deborah Henson-Conant. “Since my last show with The Flagpole Radio Café I joined a rock band and toured the world with legendary guitarist Steve Vai,” said Ms Henson-Conant, “thus fulfilling one of my life’s big bucket list goals. Coming back to the Flagpole feels like coming back home. It’s such a privilege to open the 2013-2014 season of The Flagpole Radio Café. I had so much fun at the last show and I can’t wait to see everyone again — both on the stage and in the seats.”