Newtown Hikers has released its schedule for the remainder of the 2014 spring season. Newtown Hikers is an open group that welcomes anyone interested in hiking. There is no membership fee. Hikers participate at their own risk and are asked by the Newtown Parks and Recreation Department to sign a release. Call the hike leader for information regarding hike details, location, etc. Hikes can vary from easy to challenging; most being moderate.
HealingNewtown is continuing to host weaving, writing, clay dates and an open studio for hand work. In addition, the arts group will welcome Newtown resident and actor Kate Katcher, who will offer a summer acting program for young adults. Programs are presented at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.
The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3-5 pm on Saturday, May 3, at the park along the Pootatuck River, near 3 Glen Rd in Sandy Hook. Jugglers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Members will teach juggling and related skills; no experience is required.
The Jessica Rekos Foundation has announced that from May 4 to May 10, it will participate in activities that benefit organizations that best represent the interests of the foundation’s namesake. The week will begin with Pony Rides For a Purpose, at the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, on Sunday, May 4. From 11 am until 4 pm there will be crafts, entertainment, a raffle, and pony rides.
Connecticut Broadway Stage Company is holding open auditions this weekend for a July production of “Summer Follies 2014: Where Newtown Meets Broadway.” Ages 5 to 18 are encouraged to audition and be a part of an exciting musical adventure this summer. Young performers will sing, dance and act in some of Broadway’s biggest hits.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, Inc. (SCAN), an organization dedicated to promoting art and art education in the region, will present its 44th Annual Spring Juried Art Show at Cyrenius H. Booth Library, May 3-11. The exhibition will open on Saturday, May 3. It will be formally celebrated during an opening reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 4 pm. The public is invited to the reception. Over $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded.
Newtown’s Community Learning Project (CLP) will entertain young and old alike with their all-new musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic story about a girl caught in a mesmerizing dreamworld. Alice, of down-the-rabbit-hole fame, is back for a brand new musical adventure in New York City in "Alice, A New Musical." Familiar and new characters embark on a crazy, quirky, and fun-filled escapade on the sometimes phantasmagorical NYC Subway system. Surprises, laughs, and good music abound. Performances are scheduled for Thursday, May 1, at 4 and 7:30 pm, and Friday, May 2, at 2 pm, in the theater at Edmond Town Hall. Tickets will be available at the door. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, and $2 for children.
The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library counts on donations dropped off to the library for the Annual Book Sale, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the library support organization. With the library closed due to flooding all of January and February, fewer donations than normal have been received. Volunteers are hoping to make up some lost ground this weekend.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on May 3 in the church’s fellowship hall. The public is cordially invited to join church members for what has become an evening of fellowship and community spirit. Dinner includes fruit cup, salad with choice of dressings, pasta with choice of sauces (meatless, mild, or spicy), garlic bread, and an array of homemade desserts. Dinner is followed at 7:45 pm by a performance of bluegrass, country, and folk music played by Roger Sprung & Friends.
Newtown musician and music educator Jim Allyn has announced the date of the next Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth: May 3. The May event will shift its start time by 30 minutes, beginning at 7:30 instead of 7 pm. It will run until 9:15.