Most people already know that life in the Revolutionary War army was harsh and led to disease and injury, but what about the remedies for those conditions? What did one do when a soldier became sick while enduring the brutal Valley Forge winters or was injured in battle? Newtown Historical Society will look at medicinal practices during the Revolution on Monday, May 11, at 7:30. Dr Ray Sullivan will present a program called “Rough Medicine: The Medicine and Surgery of the American Revolution.” The program will take place in the community room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street in Newtown. Admission is free.
The 23rd Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive will be held on Saturday, May 9. The drive is a major supplier of food to the Newtown Salvation Army Food Pantry that is located in the office of Newtown Social Services. Organizers say there are several ways the public can help make the food drive a success.
This Mother’s Day weekend, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary invites local residents and families to join for a nature walk and educational tour, at the future site of the animal sanctuary. Located in the heart of Newtown, the tour will wind through 34 acres of scenic meadows and woodlands. The event is open to the public and will take place Saturday, May 9, at 10 am, starting at the end of Old Farm Road.
C.H. Booth Library will present a six-session writing program, “Epistolary Writing For Adults,” beginning Thursday, May 7. An epistolary story or novel is written as a series of documents, such as correspondence, letters, telegrams and other writings. Examples of contemporary epistolary novels include Bloodline by Kate Cary, 2005; Who Moved My Blackberry? by Lucy Kellaway, also 2005, and Almost Like Being In Love, 2004, and Last Days of Summer, 1998, both by Steve Kluger. The writing program is a Newtown Reads! event, tied in to the library's two-month series of programs connected to "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society."
On Wednesday, May 13, the Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown will present a program by Margery Winters called, “Spring Wildflowers.” The program will begin at 7 pm at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road in Sandy Hook.
Town Hall Music will kick off its inaugural season with Newtown High School’s Gold Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, May 16, at 8 pm, in Edmond Town Hall’s Alexandria Room. Proceeds will benefit the Newtown High School Music Program. Produced by Pearl “Town Hall Music” will bring renowned musicians to the iconic building’s Alexandria Room for enjoyment by audiences of up to 150 people. Tickets are $25, and available now.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on May 2 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. It will be the penultimate dinner of the 2014-15 season, which has been marking 25 years of food and community fellowship. It will not, as organizers had feared earlier this year, be one of the final NUMC Pasta Project dinners. Three members of the church have stepped up to continue running the monthly dinners, and another member has volunteered to take care of coordinating the coffeehouse.
The Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers will host its annual Adaptive Water Sports Training Day for volunteers on Saturday, May 30, from 8:30 am to 3 pm, at 90 Housatonic Drive on Lake Zoar. Individuals 16 years of age or older are welcome to join the event, which will provide instruction on new adaptive training techniques, standard safety protocols, best practice, and working with individuals with disabilities on the water, and is essential to ensure staff and volunteers are prepared. Registration is required, and must be done by May 15.
Families United in Newtown (FUN) will present its third annual autism awareness-raising concert, “Celebrating Movie Music,” on Saturday, May 16, at 6 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. This year’s concert theme involves popular movie tunes spanning the decades, and will welcome headliner and YouTube sensation Jodi DiPiazza. The Newtown concert will also feature the Newtown High School Chamber Choir and other special guests including several of the community’s gifted performers, some of whom are also on the autism spectrum.