Masonicare at Newtown will hold a food drive Monday, November 3, through Sunday, November 23, at its location, 139 Toddy Hill Road in Newtown. Donation boxes will be located in the main lobby of Masonicare at Newtown as well as the lobby of Lockwood Lodge. The public is asked to consider making a donation, and all items will be donated directly to the Salvation Army Food Pantry at Newtown Social Services at the conclusion of the drive.
As if sensing the approaching All Hallow’s Eve, ghosts, goblins, and other monsters took their place this week in time for Friday, October 31. Halloween decorations — especially those along Main Street where several thousand parents and children trick-or-treat each year — kept vigil as Friday crept near. Ghosts circling a wooden sign post wait at the corner of Main Street and Church Hill Road near the flagpole.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have an internationally famous artist demonstrating figure painting in oil for its next program. Joel Spector will be at Newtown Meeting House, on Wednesday, November 12. Mr Spector has been creating and exhibiting portraits, oil paintings, silverpoint drawings and illustrations nationally and internationally for decades, and is well-known for his images of elegance.
For the fourth year, the Kids Lend A Paw dog walk will be held at Fairfield Hills to support the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) of Connecticut. This year’s event is planned for Saturday, November 1. It will begin at 11:30 am. Newtown Middle School seventh grader Maddie Stites began organizing the event after being inspired by the ASPCA, which rescued her family’s three dogs — Merry, Sunny, and Chloe. “They save so many dogs, and I wanted to give back to them,” Maddie said this week.
Town Players of Newtown announces auditions for "A Christmas Carol" by Christopher Schario, to be conducted Sunday and Monday, November 2-3, from 7 to 9 pm each night, at The Little Theatre. This is a unique rendering of the Christmas classic by Charles Dickens that captures all of Dickens’ delightful language and spirit. It will be suitable for the whole family.
On Sunday, November 2, at 4 pm, Music @ Trinity will present an Autumn Festival Concert featuring flautist Mary Larson, clarinetist Ed Wojtowicz and friends. The secular musical event will take place at Trinity Church, 36 Main Street in Newtown, with professional singers Michele McBride, Cynthia McCorkindale, Gordon Jones, John Sullivan, and Boyd Schlaefer among the guest performers.
Ben’s Lighthouse will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 28, at 7 pm, at C.H. Booth Library. Participants of the group’s recent trip to Colorado, when 20 young adults and five chaperones traveled to Loveland, to help continue the rebuilding efforts following last fall’s flooding. The volunteers spent the week framing, installing drywall, rebuilding decks, clearing debris, landscaping and anything else they were asked to do. On Tuesday at the library, participants will discuss what the group has accomplished to date. A discussion on what Ben’s Lighthouse hopes to achieve in the future will also be part of the evening.
A collection box has been set up in the lobby of The Newtown Bee’s office, at 5 Church Hill Road, to collect items for Newtown’s Animal Control Facility. The annual collection is done in honor of Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, and will benefit those who care for dogs still hoping to be adopted from the town’s animal control facility.
Colleen Plimpton will present her program, “All Season Color in the Garden,” for The Garden Club of Newtown on Tuesday, October 28, at 1 pm, at Cyrenius H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The public is invited to join garden club members for the program.
Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is hosting a Family Friendly Fun Night on Friday, October 24, and all Newtown residents and surrounding towns are invited. Members invite everyone to celebrate with them at Paproski's Castle Hill Farm with night-time corn maze challenges, hay rides, a bonfire and refreshments.