Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo invites all Newtown residents to visit the zoo on Saturday, June 14, from 10 am to 4 pm for a reduced admission fee of $5 with proper ID. Meet and greet with friends and neighbors during a fun filled day to please the whole family. “Newtown Day gives us the opportunity to say thank you to our neighbors who have continuously supported us throughout the years,” explained Zoo Director Gregg Dancho.
Art in Residence, a fine art gallery in the home of Rosemary and Robert Rau at 12 Lake Road, will host the opening reception of its summer exhibition on Sunday, June 8. “The Equine and Canine — Body and Soul” will feature works by sculptor Peggy Kauffman and animal portraitist Jocelyn Sandor Urban. The collection will also offer works by Adele Moros, Aline LaPointe and Ellie Scott. In addition, the gallery will host a summer exhibit with works by Joanne Conant, Anne Marie Foran, Katya Lebrija and Virginia Zic.
Residents of all ages are invited to take a hike on Trails Day 2014 on June 7, from noon to 3 pm, at Brunot Preserve. Participants will enjoy a guided, approximately 3½-mile hike at the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) property, walking through forest and meadow areas. An annual event, The 22nd Annual CT Trails Day weekend on June 7-8 is being celebrated with at least 258 events statewide.
The final meeting of the season for Genealogy Club of Newtown will be Wednesday, June 11, at 7 pm. For those needing assistance with a genealogy problem, the library's Help Desk will be open at 6:45. The meeting and program will be in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. This month’s speaker will be Audrey DeBlasio, treasurer of the club. Her topic will be “How to Make a Family Legacy DVD.” Ms DeBlasio will walk through the process of taking the factual pieces of genealogy research that have been gathered, and then combining them with family photos and videos to make a family history story come alive.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have the internationally known artist Adele Moros demonstrating watercolor landscape painting at its meeting on Wednesday, June 11. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm, in the lower meeting room of Newtown Meeting House. The demonstration is open to the public. Admission is free.
“Mainly Main Street” is the focus for Newtown Historical Society’s 2014 House & Garden Tour. Ticketholders will be able to visit several antique homes and their hidden gardens, all within the town’s historic district and within easy walking distance of the flagpole. A professionally landscaped, stunning modern renovation is just a very short drive away. This year’s tour, the 18th annual presentation by the historical society, is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, rain or shine from 11 am to 5 pm.
The Second Annual Lighthouse Festival on Saturday, June 14, will resurrect Sandy Hook Arcade Center (SHAC) for one day. Along with all the other activities and events at the festival, several of the most popular games from the former SHAC will be available throughout the day. Designed to exist for three months of fun and stress relief in a Sand Hill Plaza storefront, it served the area for seven months thanks to generous contributions from local businesses and individuals. SHAC owners are reportedly excited for this opportunity to “re-open,” if only for one day. The 2nd Annual Lighthouse Festival will take place on Saturday, June 14, rain or shine from 10 am to 4 pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church.
The Children’s Adventure Center (CAC) is planning a “get to know us” event on Saturday, June 7, from 11 am to 1 pm, to showcase its spruced up playground, a bright Sunshine Room, and a new “Joy of Books” Library recently donated by The Rotary Club of Newtown. Board members and parents will be serving a free lunch consisting of children’s: pizza, salad and wraps, as well as ice cream and watermelon. CAC Director Judy Sims and professional staff will conduct tours and explain the early childhood experience offered at the center. Children and parents can also enjoy the center’s playground, including a wooden train playscape donated last summer by the CAC Parent Group, and children will be treated to pony rides courtesy of Glen Morris of Woodbury.
Luke McCarthy, 2, was the first child entered in 2014’s Beautiful Baby Photo Contest. His entry photo has been placed in #1 spot on the voting booth, which will go on public display and begin receiving votes this weekend. The photo booth will be put on display Friday, June 7, from 5 to 9 pm, for the opening night of Sandy Hook LobsterFest. It will remain on display during both nights of the annual event, which continues Saturday, June 7, and then move to Stop & Shop in Sand Hill Plaza until June 22. The public is invited to vote for their favorite child by putting a $1 bill into the slot accompanying each child’s photo. The photo that raises the highest amount of month at the end of the contest period will win that child and their parents a chauffeur driven ride in the Newtown Labor Day Parade on September 1.
On Wednesday, June 11, the ongoing series The Joy of Art with Joy Hoffman at C.H. Booth Library will host a special guest: children’s author and illustrator Lizzy Rockwell. Ms Rockwell is the illustrator of numerous books and games for children, and is the author and illustrator of "Good Enough to Eat," "Hello Baby," "The Busy Body Book" and "Plants Feed Me." During two free presentations that afternoon, Ms Rockwell will read from her latest book, and also talk about the process of writing and illustrating books for children.