Newtown has been selected to participate in a unique solar program offered through the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA). The town will join ten other communities in Phase 3 of Solarize Connecticut, which expects to more than double the amount of solar across the community over the 20-week program. Also participating in the program are a coalition of Ashford, Chaplin, Hampton and Pomfret; a coalition of Easton, Redding and Trumbull; and the towns of Greenwich, Manchester, and West Hartford. Solarize Newtown will officially kick off with its launch solar workshop on Tuesday September 24, at 7 pm. A 90-minute workshop will be offered at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane. Residents who are interested in learning more about Solarize Newtown are urged to attend.
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.”
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, on Sunday September 15, from 12 to 4 pm. Admission is free; however, donations are welcomed and will benefit the historical society. During the open house members of The Fifth Connecticut Regiment will be conducting a reenactment of a revolutionary encampment. Possible attendees are soldiers, a spy, a surgeon, and a whitesmith. There will be demonstrations in hearth cooking and clothing. Junior and senior docents will be available to answer questions about the house and its history, as well as provide guided tours by request.
Caraluzzi’s Newtown Market is hosting The Animal Center’s Cat Food Drive, beginning on Saturday, September 14. The Animal Center is most in need of regular and large cans of Friskies cat food but all donations are greatly appreciated. Bins will be located in the store near both exit ways.
Newtown Friends of Music will present The Poulenc Trio, an ensemble consisting of piano, bassoon and oboe, in concert on Sunday, September 22, at 3 pm. The performance will be in Edmond Town Hall Theatre, 45 Main Street in Newtown. The trio has a strong commitment to commissioning, performing and recording new works from living composers, with 20 new works written for and premiered by the group. Each member – pianist Irina Kaplan, oboist Vladimir Lande and bassoonist Bryan Young — brings to the stage a wealth of experience in training and performance in the United States and around the world.
The Working Women’s Forum (WWF), an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs will feature a program on “Blogging 101 and Beyond” by Susan Jensen Smith, during its first meeting of the 2013-14 season on September 11. Ms Smith is the founder and editor of YourHomeOnlyBetter.com. She also writes for HomeGoods.com and MyHomeScience.com, as well as blogging at SusanJensenSmith.com. She is enthusiastic, she says, about helping others find their voice to engage with their target audience.
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.
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.