Newtown Junior Women’s Club (NJWC) has launched its annual Tag-A-Gift Program. NJWC coordinates the collection and wrapping of holiday gifts for Newtown children in need. This program is in support of The Newtown Fund’s annual gift and food drive for local families in need. The Newtown Fund’s event culminates with Depot Day, when all items are delivered to families in Newtown who need a hand putting food on the table and gifts under the tree. Giving Trees and Wreaths with wishes on tags have been set up in several town locations. Residents are encouraged to take a tag, purchase the wished for item, and return the unwrapped gift with tag information attached to the collection bin at the same location they got the tag, by December 9.
How did a community react after 12/14, what photographer Robert Carley calls “one of the most senseless, gruesome, and evil acts in American history”? Makeshift memorials of angels, crosses, flowers, doves, banners etc were all created to help grieving citizens cope in the aftermath of a national tragedy. Three exhibitions taking place simultaneously in Connecticut will present many of those images. “Newtown’s One Year Anniversary, Tragedy and Tributes … Photographs of Hope” will be presented in the Main Concourse of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, December 4-31; at Monroe Public Library, 7 Fan Hill Road, December 1-31; ...
KIDOs will be hosting their fifth fundraiser in support of Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children and Families on Saturday, December 7. The Wishing Well Gift Shop, at 107 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook, will make room for a little sales competition from the eighth graders, who will be offering holiday treats in return for a small donation during the evening’s tree lighting ceremony. Kids In Deed Organization (KIDOs) is a group of seven Newtown Middle School students who have committed to raising money for the Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children and Families in Danbury. It is the fourth fundraiser by KIDOs this year.
The Newtown Service Unit of the Salvation Army will be holding its annual bell ringing fundraising program on Fridays, December 6 and 13, from 4 to 8 pm, and Saturdays, December 7 and 14, from 9 am until 4 pm. Volunteers are needed to tend the familiar red kettles and “ring the bells" for Newtown residents in need of financial assistance. Newtown Lions Club recently continued its tradition of kicking off the annual campaign with a donation to the local service unit.
The seventh annual performances of “‘Tis the Season” will be offered Friday through Sunday, December 6-8, at New Milford High School, 388 Danbury Road. The high energy variety show features dancers and singers of all ages from Danbury, Brookfield, Newtown and New Milford. Performances are scheduled for Friday at 7:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2. Friday evening's performance will be a benefit for Ann’s Place of Danbury.
Art in Residence is an innovative gallery space devoted to showcasing works by established and emerging artists in a friendly, accessible environment. Art shows will be presented monthly in the Newtown home of Rosemary and Robert Rau. The couple, with a lifelong appreciation of art and backgrounds in design and business, are realizing a dream by creating an atmosphere where art can be viewed in comfort. Shows will feature works in all mediums representing a variety of schools including Realism, Abstract, Modern and Impressionism. By foregoing the traditional gallery white walls and institutional lighting, visitors will be better able to imagine the art in their own homes or business settings. Thus, the creation of Art in Residence. The first exhibition, “Creativity Takes Courage,” is already on view.
Newtown photographer Marleen Cafarelli is preparing for her third solo exhibition of works at Newtown Municipal Center. The show, “Life in The 2nd Company Governor’s Horse Guard,” will be on display in the building’s main corridor December 3 to January 8. The photos may be viewed any time the building is open. The exhibit depicts three years of Ms Cafarelli’s documentation of the horse guard, showing all aspects of their events from the Inaugural Ball for Governor Malloy’s swearing in to annual training at National Guard Camp Rell in Niantic.
A Bead of Roses will host a Women’s Empowerment Seminar during which several guest speakers will share inspirational messages related to balancing life, career, family, finances and healing. The event will be Wednesday, December 4 , at Bridgeport Holiday Inn. The lead speaker for the event is Scarlett Lewis, author of "Healing Nurturing Love: A mother’s journey of healing and forgiveness." The book was written by the Sandy Hook resident following the death of her son Jesse on 12/14.
On Wednesday, December 4, at 1:30 pm, The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will host Clayton Buchanan to critique the work of members. This program will begin at 1:30 pm at Newtown Meeting House. The public is invited to attend, free of charge. SCAN members are asked to bring one painting to this valuable critique. Mr Buchanan will have a brief conservation with each artist to see and understand the image from the artist’s viewpoint.
Six-year-old Lucia Rose St Lorenzo wants to make sure the Newtown Police Department on-duty staff will have a good Thanksgiving dinner. The daughter of Courtney McKenna and Antonio St Lorenzo of Newtown, Lucia Rose “committed a random act of kindness to kick off the holiday season," said her father. With help from a local restaurateur, the officers working on November 28 will have dinners prepared and delivered from neighboring Inn at Newtown thanks to the young resident's kind initiative.