Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will host a free Halloween costume swap, Saturday, October 17. Participants are invited to drop off gently-used Halloween costumes in any size, weekdays, between 10 am and 7 pm, through Friday, October 16, at NYFS, 15 Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook. For each costume donated, participants will receive a ticket allowing for early admission on October 17, and first pick at the costume selection.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have Paul Batch painting a landscape in oil at its next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, at 7:30 pm. The program take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House.
In 1935, a group of creative Newtowners decided to start a theater group to raise money for town needs and enjoy each other’s company. On Saturday, October 17, the public is invited to spend an evening with current members of that company — Town Players of Newtown — to celebrate the oldest continuously-operating community theater in Connecticut.
Richard Hubert will offer a program on the use of codes, invisible writing, and other means of secret communication at C.H. Booth Library on October 13. “Reading Between The Lines: Secret Codes in American History,” in the community room of the library, 25 Main Street. The program will begin at 7:30 pm.
The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission has donated copies of the movies that were screened last year as part of the inaugural Sunday Cinema Series presentation. Introduced in May 2014 by NCAC member Jen Rogers, “1939: The Greatest Year in Film — A 75th Anniversary Celebration" featured classic movies on the brand-new screen at Edmond Town Hall Theatre. Audiences were treated to award-winning films like Gone With The Wind and multi-generational favorite The Wizard of Oz to screwball comedies including Flying Deuces and Gunga Din. All of the films now in the library’s Sunday Cinema Series collection are available for loan. In addition Jen Rogers, who continues to organize the series has planned at least four Classic Cinema Series programs before the end of the year. Two special Wednesday presentations have been scheduled for this month, and then the series will return to Sundays for November and December.
Newtown Congregational Church will host a special breakfast gathering for the community on Wednesday, December 2. Sponsored by The Ana Grace Project in honor of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, the morning will feature a keynote by Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, international speaker, author and senior fellow, ChildTrauma Academy. Dr Perry is expected to speak on the morning’s theme, “Love Wins: Love Is The Antidote — How Deepening Connections and Relationships Transform Families and Communities.”
The Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown will have four of its members presenting a program covering two topics — the problems with invasive vines in Connecticut, and the positive effects of house plants in a home — on Wednesday, October 14. The program will begin at 7 pm. It will be held at Newtown Senior Center, and all are welcome, free of charge.
The Tapping Solution Foundation announces the release of its award-winning documentary, "Project Light: From Rwanda to Newtown — a story of hope, healing, and possibility." A free screening will take place Monday, October 19, at 6 pm, at Newtown Middle School. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Nick Ortner, Dr Lori Leyden, and JT Lewis.
The year she turned 30, Lisa A. Phillips fell in love with an unavailable man. At first her feelings gave her hope and pleasure. But he didn’t respond to her increasingly persistent efforts, and something inside her shifted. Her unrequited love obsessive, transforming her — a stable, accomplished professional — into someone unrecognizable and driving her to a very dark place. Years later, a fully healed Phillips set out to understand the one-sided fixation that had overtaken her so completely. Her new book, "Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession," examines the perils and power of obsessive love in women.
The Newtown native will return to the location of her first job — C.H. Booth Library — for a reading and program on Tuesday, October 6.