On Sunday afternoon, November 23, “Within Our Reach — A Celebration Of Our Commitment To Fulfilling The Sandy Hook Promise,” will broadcast live from Newtown Congregational Church on WPKN (89.5 FM) and WXCI (91.7). WMNR (88.1 FM) will rebroadcast the event at 9 pm that evening. Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), poet Martin Espada, The Old Town Hall Band, and many special guests will join Newtown Youth Voices to share song and spoken word as they invite thousands of listeners to make The Sandy Hook Promise.
"The Joy of Art," free art classes led by artist Joy Hoffman, has relocated to Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Ms Hoffman has been leading classes in Newtown for the past two years. She began at C.H. Booth Library, and then collaborated with HealingNewtown.
Although the HealingNewtown project has disbanded, Ms Hoffman continues to offer her free classes for children pre-K to eighth grade. She is now offering the free sessions on Wednesdays, beginning at 2 and 4 pm.
The 29th Newtown Holiday Festival will host a Gingerbread House Contest as one of its events on Sunday, December 7. Introduced in 2007, the competition invites families, friends, organizations and even individuals to create a candy confection to be put on view during the run of the five-hour event. While there is no cost to enter, registration is required and must be done by Monday, December 1.
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of "Gone with the Wind," Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will present a Red Carpet Event and Film Screening on Sunday, November 30, at Edmond Town Hall. Patrons are encouraged to wear their Oscar best to strut the red carpet beginning at 1 pm. Professional photos will be taken by Marleen Cafarelli of Photo Art Works. The movie screening will begin by 1:30, and will include a free popcorn, as well as special refreshments offered at intermission.
Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital in Ridgefield is inviting pets and families to start their holiday season with a smile and a picture with Santa. The event will take place on Saturday, December 6, from noon to 3 pm, and donations received during the session will benefit The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.
Middle Gate Elementary School’s PTA has scheduled its 2nd Annual Snowflake Festival for Saturday, December 6, from 10 am until 3 pm. The event will be held at the school, 12 Cold Spring Road, and is open to the community. There will be vendors, crafters, raffles, treats, baked goods, a used ornament sale, and activities for children.
Newtown Friends of Music will introduce a young rising star — violinist Alexi Kenney — to audiences at Edmond Town Hall on Sunday, November 23, at 3 pm. Accompanying him on the town hall's Knabe concert grand will be French pianist Yannick Rafalimanana, performing a number of violin sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, Leoš Janáek, Robert Schumann, Johann Paul von Westhoff, and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will sponsor its first New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) Fall Competition for Digital Projected Images on Thursday, November 20, at C.H. Booth Library. NECCC is made up of over 80 camera clubs located in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont. The club hosts a series of interclub competitions in the fall, winter and spring.
There’s a chill in the air, so it must be time for chili. Friday, November 7, will be Player Appreciation Night at St Rose Bingo. Along with the usual Bingo fun, organizers are planning chili and other hot foods for sale at the concession stand, together with homemade dessert treats and complimentary coffee.
Murals created by youth who visited a Ben’s Lighthouse event or location in recent months are now on view at Newtown Municipal Center. Ben’s Lighthouse provided hands-on booths at both the 2014 Lighthouse Festival and Newtown Arts Festival. These booths included murals and invited all youth who stopped by to pick up a paintbrush and add their creative flair. Each mural started out as a themed canvas: “Ben’s Waterlilies,” “Shine Your Light on This Starry Night” and “Safe Harbor. The collection will remain on view until the end of the month.