Newtown Kindness is hosting its first-ever Nice Bucket Challenge, a pay-it-forward initiative to spread kindness this February, which the organization has named Kindness Month. Inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nice Bucket Challenge participants commit to an act of kindness and then challenge friends to pass it on. The event coincides with the birth month of Charlotte Bacon, one of the children killed on 12/14 and in whose memory Newtown Kindness was founded.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on February 7 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. The public is cordially invited to join church members for what has become an evening of fellowship and community spirit over dinners. Dinner is followed by a performance of bluegrass, country, and folk music played by Roger Sprung & Friends.
The Genealogy Club of Newtown will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, February 11, in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. The meeting will start at 7 pm, but club members will also be arriving early to converse with other genealogists, and offer help with research problems for guests and attendees. This month’s speaker will be club chair Toni McKeen, who will discuss “The Immigrant Experience.”
UPDATE: Due to the weather of Monday, February, 9, the historical society has decided to postpone this program. A new date will be announced. || We’ve all heard the phrase The Greatest Generation, used to describe for the men and women who fought in World War II, but what of the girls they left behind? The war caused profound changes at home, and Newtown Historical Society will look at some of them in a presentation by John Cilio. Mr Cilio will be at C.H. Booth Library on Monday, February 9, to present “Women’s Work in WWII.” The program will begin at 7:30 pm, and is free of charge.
"All Things Connecticut," the CPTV series that last week included a visit to Curtis Packaging series that last week included a visit to Curtis Packaging in Sandy Hook, will return to town for another visit with its next episode. For the February 5 episode, called “On The Water,” host David Bibbey takes a plunge into Connecticut’s chilly mid-winter waters. After a kayaking trip in Torrington, Bibbey heads to Sandy Hook for winter waterskiing with Joel Zeisler, founder of Leaps of Faith, a program for disabled water skiers. Joel is a former national waterski champion and coach of the US Disabled Waterski Team.
The Binky Patrol of Monroe-Trumbull is planning for its third Binkathon, during which members and the public will create a large number of small blankets for children. Binky Patrol is a national nonprofit organization that makes and gives “binkies,” or comforting blankets, to children in need. Binky Patrol’s mission is to make blankets for babies born HIV positive and drug-addicted, children up for adoption or foster care due to drug/physical abuse in the home, and other children in need of comfort. Blankets go to critically ill and traumatized children, up to 18 years of age. In order to make a four-hour Binkathon in March a success, the local chapter is hoping people will be able to donate some fleece.
Friday, February 13, is “Everybody Loves Bingo Night” at St Rose Bingo. All ages are invited to celebrate their love of the games at a special night of Bingo fun and cash prizes. The evening will also feature a complimentary raffle with Valentines and Bingo-themed prizes.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) announces a few upcoming events, all open to the public and all free of charge: healing guided meditation, a discussion on transcranial magnetic stimulation, and a painting and pizza party.
When the curtain rises on Center Stage Theatre’s production of "Man of La Mancha" this weekend, it will be the fifth time in 15 years that Newtown’s Brett Boles, who will play Don Quixote, and Shelton’s Mia Scarpa, who will play Aldonza, have shared the stage together. Performances continue weekends at the Shelton theater until February 15.
A Newtown woman’s gingerbread lighthouse is the sixth place winner in the “Festival of Lighthouses Contest” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Donna Kern Ball finished “in the money” for the fourth straight year, taking home $150 for her “Gingerbread – Man – Kind” lighthouse. Her 2014-15 entry was a large round beacon of white frosting, festooned on multiple levels with gingerbread figures, gingerbread hearts, candy canes, ribbon candy and peppermints. Painstaking pipings of frosting on the gingerbread figures cast them in all sorts of professions: sailor, musician, athlete, firefighter and others.