The public is invited to join the Men’s Breakfast Club at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road, the first Thursday of every month, at 9 am. Breakfast sandwiches can be preordered by calling 203-270-4310, by noon the day before each program, at a cost of $2 per sandwich. Breakfast camaraderie is followed by a guest speaker at 9:30. On April 2, the club will welcome retired USMC Major Mike Zacchea, who will talk about veterans issues and what is happening on the ground in Iraq now. On May 7, Dr Charles Yarish of the University of Connecticut Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology will be the guest speaker.
The Tuesday, March 24 meeting of The Garden Club of Newtown will feature Judy Grabarz, owner of Newtown Florist, with an informative and inspiring presentation entitled “Demystifying Flower Arrangements.” The program will take place in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. The public is invited; there is a guest fee of $5 for non-members of the club.
Long Wharf Theatre has crowned a new box office champ during its 50th anniversary season. "Bad Jews" has supplanted "Satchmo at the Waldorf" as the highest grossing show in Stage II history. The show, written by Joshua Harmon directed by Oliver Butler, has become the highest grossing play since Stage II opened during the 1977-78 season. Newtown native Keilly McQuail is starring as Daphna in the production, which has been extended to March 29. "Bad Jews" represents her Long Wharf debut.
Friday, March 20 will be “Luck of the Irish” night at St Rose Bingo. Bingo lovers of all ages will get lucky winning cash prizes, and enjoying dinner concession, homemade dessert treats and complimentary coffee. The evening will also feature a free raffle with exciting prizes. In addition, those who wear something green will receive a surprise gift at the door.
International and National Puppetry Day falls on the first full day of spring this year, March 21. To celebrate, Sova Dance and Puppet Theater of CT will offer a frog puppet-making workshop at Sticks and Stones Farm from 2 to 5 pm Saturday afternoon. “Frog Puppets Make Me Hoppy,” a family event, will take place in the farm’s Stone Barn. All ages are welcome to participate in the spring celebration.
The EverWonder Children’s Museum will reopen for business on Saturday, April 4, rather than on the previously scheduled March 21 date. Snow accumulation and water damage have delayed their opening, museum staff said this week. The reopened museum will begin regular hours on Saturday, April 4, but will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 5. The museum will then be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; and Sundays from noon to 5 pm.
One local business owner is collecting prom dresses for any local girls who are not able to afford to buy one for the prom. Christine Ruzek, the owner of Labels + Tags, at 10 Glen Road in Sandy Hook, is collecting gowns in “excellent used condition," she said. The gowns will then be given to girls who need them.
Newtown Bridge Lands Association will hold its March Open Meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, March 26, at Fairfield Equine Associates Clinic. The meeting will include a presentation by Ryland Edwards III, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, titled "Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Colic." Q&A will follow.
The Garden Club of Newtown will formally mark its 60th anniversary with a luncheon on Wednesday, April 1, at Rock Ridge Country Club. The featured speaker will be Marta McDowell, who will be discussing her books, including "Emily Dickinson’s Gardens: A celebration of a poet and gardener and "Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The plants and places that inspired the classic children’s tales." The public is invited to join the club’s membership for the event, which will begin at 11 am with a social hour and silent auction. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the speaker’s program at 1. Reservations are required, and must be made by March 18.
The recently formed Plum Blossom Asian Brushwork painting group will hold its next meeting at Cyrenius H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, on Thursday, March 19. The group is scheduled to meet from 2 to 4 pm in the library’s board room. The group was started by Mary Barrett Anders of Parem Hwah Asian Brushwork at the request of an experienced brushwork artist who was a visitor to Ms Anders’s recent exhibition of paintings at the library.