More than 70 therapy dog teams who have been in the community for months will gather at Fairfield Hills for A Day of Thanks to the Newtown Therapy Dogs, hosted by Newtown Veterinary Specialists, on Saturday, June 22, from 10 am to noon. This event is about learning their stories, taking some pictures, seeing the dogs, and offering heartfelt thanks for all they have done over the past six months.
Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., Inc will present its 26th Annual LobsterFest on Friday and Saturday, June 7–8. The event returns to the company’s main station, at 18-20 Riverside Road. Dinner will be served on Friday from 5 to 9 pm, and Saturday from 4 to 9 pm, and include a full steak or lobster dinner with plenty of sides and even a drink; surf and turf tickets are also available. Tickets are $24 in advance, until noon Friday (at the firehouse, the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street; and The Newtown Bee’s office, 5 Church Hill Road), and will be $26 at the door. Takeout orders are available.
A family-oriented day of fun, organized by a charity designed to bring emotional and financial support for the police officers who responded to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will be held Saturday, June 1, from 10 am to 3 pm. Family Fun Day will be at Dickinson Park.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on June 1 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. The public is cordially invited to join church members for what has become an evening of f...
The wonder and beauty of Redding's New Pond Farm — from distant, rolling hills to closer barnyard scenes — spring to life in the imagination of some 50 regional artists whose will be included in New Pond Farm’s fourth invitational art show, “From Farm to Canvas,” June 1-16. In addition to the works being hung on the gallery walls, visitors will be able to browse through portfolios of agrarian and nature-themed artwork. During the run of the exhibition, visitors can also take advantage of numerous workshops, demonstrations and special events. Admission to the show and all events are free. A portion of all sales will benefit the award-winning educational center and its mission of connecting people to the land.
In 1959, Chicago born playwright Lorraine Hansberry broke new ground in New York with "A Raisin in the Sun," the first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. Based in part on her family’s personal experience in trying to buy a house in a white neighborhood, the show ran for over two years, received prestigious awards, and has been revived, made into movies, and used as part of the curriculum in many schools. Playwright Bruce Norris was introduced to the film version in his seventh grade classroom, in an all white Texas school district specifically formed to avoid its students being bused to integrated Houston schools. It dawned on him that he and his classmates were essentially the people of Hansberry's work. Long Wharf Theatre is producing Norris's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Clybourne Park" for just a few more days, and would be worth a trip to New Haven.
Newtown Bridle Lands Association (NBLA) is planning an evening at McLaughlin Vineyards in Sandy Hook, with its wine tasting and silent auction fundraiser, planned for 6 to 9 pm Friday, May 31. The proceeds from this event will be used to help NBLA continue its mission of preserving trails and open space for horseback riding and other passive uses. Attendees will be served wines made at McLaughlin Vineyards, as well as many hors d’oeuvres. There will be a diverse assortment of prizes on display for bid in the silent auction — everything from fine art to a golf outing and riding experiences.
Members of Newtown Youth Voices took a break from rehearsal last week to respond to the photographs pouring into their Facebook page from kids around the world. In preparing for Within Our Reach, the group’s live-streaming event scheduled for Saturday, June 8, Newtown Youth Voices — the same group of young residents who recorded “My Beautiful Town” earlier this year — has invited kids globally to contribute their artwork giving expression to the event’s simple message of community, hope, and love. Within Our Reach will include Peter Yarrow, poet Martin Espada, singer Vaneese Thomas, The Old Town Hall Band (members of Flagpole Radio Cafe), and many special guests. The event will stream live from Newtown Congregational Church from 9 pm until just past midnight, celebrating Newtown’s commitment to fulfilling The Sandy Hook Promise.
The Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association is planning two gatherings in June. The first will be on Sunday, June 2, beginning at 4 pm. This will be the next in the monthly interfaith services that have been held on the first Sunday of each month at various locations since April. The second, on June 14, will mark the six-month anniversary of 12/14.
All are invited to spread intentional kindness by participating in a Ben’s Bells workshop on Wednesday, June 5, from 6-8 pm, at Newtown United Methodist Church. Jeannette Maré, founder of the Ben’s Bells Project and Ben’s mom, will be at this workshop to talk about the project, which was inspired by the kindness extended to her following the sudden death of her two-year old son. The Tuscon, Ariz.-based non-profit promotes and celebrates intentional kindness.