The April meeting of the Genealogy Club of Newtown will be held at the C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, on Wednesday, April 9. The meeting will start at 7 pm but for those who need help with a genealogical problem, the Help Desk will be open at 6:30. Guest speaker will be Francoise Lampe, who will present on “French Genealogy in France and in the French Province of Quebec.”
The C.H. Booth Library Creative Writing Group for Young Adults will offer a course on Mysteries & Adventure Thrillers, Monday evenings, starting April 21. The group will be led by author, teacher, and Newtown resident Wally Wood, with assistance from one of the library’s adult writer volunteers, and teen mentor Kevin Arther. All sessions will allow time for writing and sharing stories in progress, as well as one-on-one communication between adults and young people. Sharing is an important part of the writing group. The class will meet from 6 to 8 pm, on consecutive Monday evenings, until May 19.
On Saturday, April 26, a dinner, reception, and comedy night will be held at Congregation Adath Israel, 115 Huntingtown Road. This evening will include a cocktail reception and full dinner, as well as a comedy show featuring Moody McCarthy, Andy Pitz, and Johnny Lampert. Presentations about Congregation Adath Israel and The Parents Circle-Families Foundation will also be offered, and both groups will benefit from the evening's proceeds.
Mouthpeace Arts Collaborative, comprised of artists from an array of disciplines, is planning to host a series of events beginning on April 27. That Sunday afternoon, “CiRCUS!” will include eccentric local vendors, performers and artisans, as well as spoken word and musical exhibitions. Proceeds will benefit the arts collaborative as well as the ongoing restoration/renovation work being done at Edmond Town Hall.
The performers for the 2014 Summer Concert Series hosted by Newtown Parks & Recreation have been posted on the department's website. Shows will begin on June 26, then take a one-week break for the Independence Day holiday, and then continue weekly until August 21. The free series of family-friendly shows will again be performed at the Dickinson Park bandshell.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) is planning a bus trip into New York City on Saturday, April 19. The group will visit the SoHo area art galleries, the annual American Watercolor show at the Salmagundi Club, and the Chelsea Galleries on 25th Street. The trip is open to SCAN members and non-members alike.
Internationally recognized as one of the world’s finest quartets, the American String Quartet has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous. The quartet is celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2013-14, and, in its years of touring, has performed in all fifty states and has appeared in the most important concert halls worldwide. Newtown Friends of Music will proudly host a performance by the quartet on stage at the Edmond Town Hall on Sunday, April 13. The program will include works of Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven.
HealingNewtown announces new offerings — a collage class, an Elegant Mother’s Day Tea, a creative storytelling workshop — in addition to reminders this week about its popular Clay Dates works and summer art camp. The collage class will be a two hour workshop for anyone with a willingness to get creative. The Mother's Day event will feature American Girl illustrator Christine Kornacki as its special guest. The following weekend, local authors Hamilton Brower and Annette Parker Martin will lead their first HN workshop, on creative writing.
On Saturday, April 5, naturalist and author “Wildman” Steve Brill, America’s go-to guy for foraging, will lead one of his world-famous wild food and ecology tours at Sticks and Stones Farm in Newtown. This 60-acre stone masonry farm and retreat features a wide variety of habitats — a mountain, meadows, woods, cultivated areas, fields, and wetlands — all loaded with their associated wild plants and mushrooms. Early spring shoots and greens are in season now. Those who join Mr Brill for his April program will be looking for chickweed, daylily shoots, dandelion greens, spicy hairy bittercress, shepherd’s purse, lemony sheep sorrel, and garlic-flavored field garlic.
One of the most prolific wild vegetables will be garlic mustard.
Girl Scout Troop 50166 and the Reed Intermediate School PTA has launched Sheets From Home: Sheets Drive 2014. The groups are collecting new sheets for children who are in hospitals for a lengthy period of time. Their hope is to bring a smile to their faces while they undergo some tough health situations. Donated sheets must be new. The public is invited to help the groups achieve their school goal of 100 sheet sets. Collection bins have been set up near the security desk in the main lobby of the school, at 3 Trades Lane, and will remain in place until April 4.