Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will hold its 30th anniversary celebration and awards breakfast on Tuesday, September 23, at Rock Ridge Country Club. NYFS will welcome Dr John Murphy, CEO of Danbury Hospital and The Western Connecticut Health Network, as this year’s guest speaker. In addition, the 2014 Gail Smith Award will be presented to Newtown Police Officers Jason Flynn and Leonard Penna, Nike Corporation will be presented with The H.D. Bassett Award, Patrick Brady will be presented with the Spirit of Community Award, and Newtown High School Senior Alondra Marmolejos will be honored at 2014 Outstanding Youth.
What fall sport do you participate in? Is it football? soccer? Or are you just warming up for basketball? For the past four years the Newtown Lions Club has offered a different sort of fall sport: pumpkin racing. All that is needed to participate is to create a pumpkin racer with two axles, attached through the pumpkin. Size and shape do not matter. Then you must bring your wonders to the Great Pumpkin Race, which will return to the rear lot of Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, October 18, between 10 am and 2 pm. Races will be arranged by age category, including one for ages 18 and older. There will be heats and run offs.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) will celebrate its first anniversary on September 23. RCN offers long-term healing to anyone in the greater Newtown community impacted by the events of 12/14, to help these individuals reach their full potential. center is a program of Tuesday’s Children, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its programs are free and confidential. The public is invited to visit the center next Tuesday between 9:30 and 11 am to meet Ms Cinque, volunteers, and see where the center is one year after opening its doors. In addition, three new programs will begin this month to continue the center's mission of helping residents reach their potential.
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will hold its annual Open House from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, September 28. This family fun event is open to all. It will feature a noon meet and greet with the horses, a mounted cavalry demonstration and musical ride, and a pony ride for anybody who would like to mount up on one of the horses and take a ride around the ring.
Team AHH … Always Have Hope! will present its third annual Yoga For A Cure fundraising event Friday, September 19, at The Graceful Planet. Team AHH is one team participating in this month’s Light The Night event at Fairfield One of the teams doing fundraising for the annual Newtown Light The Night Walk later this month will host its third annual Yoga For A Cure event on September 19 at The Graceful Planet.
Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. In high demand year after year among chamber music audiences worldwide, the duo has appeared each season at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the United States and around the world to unanimous critical acclaim. Newtown Friends of Music is pleased to present the duo for their 2014-15 season opening concert, on the stage of Edmond Town Hall Auditorium on Sunday, September 28, at 3 pm.
Newtown Historical Society will host its Annual Children’s Day at the Little Red School House this month. The antique school building, located on the grounds of Middle Gate School, 7 Cold Spring Road, will be open Sunday, September 28, from noon until 2 pm.
Newtown Kindness will host its second annual Therapy/Comfort Dog Walk-a-thon, Saturday, October 18, from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, at Sea Bluff Beach in West Haven. It will take place near the Where Angels Play playground that was built to honor Charlotte, near the Where Angels Play playground that was built to honor Charlotte, near the intersection of Captain Thomas Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. The event will celebrate the first year program results of the multi-faceted Charlotte’s Litter Program in recognition of the benefits of therapy and comfort dogs. It will also serve as a fundraiser for the program founded in honor of one of the children who died on 12/14.
Newtown Bridge Club will host four weeks of free lessons for aspiring bridge players on Mondays, 9:30 to noon, at Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Station. Sessions will begin September 22. The Easybridge! program is a 14-week series for beginners and players returning to bridge after some years. The format is a 20-25 minute lesson followed by two hours of play. Players are welcome to attend the lessons on their own or with friends. After the first four weeks, additional lessons will be offered for $12 per lesson.
Ives Concert Park has partnered with Townsquare Media to offer back-to-back events on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, at the outdoor venue located on the Western Connecticut State University westside campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension. First up is “Connecticut on Tap,” from 3 to 6 pm on Saturday At the event, attendees will be able to sample more than 120 craft beers from the best American Craft Breweries. On Sunday, the concert park will host “Pickin’ at the Ives” as part of the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts and Family Series. The inaugural offering of this event, featured artists will include Greensky Bluegrass, Cabinet and local artists Cricket Tell the Weather, The Korey Brodsky Band and The Wool Hats String Band.