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  • ‘Bonsai Fundamentals,’ Next Program Being Hosted By Garden Club Of Newtown

    The ancient art of bonsai will be the featured topic for The Garden Club of Newtown this month with a presentation by David Silver at Newtown Meeting House on Tuesday, January 28, beginning at 1 pm. In his program “Bonsai Fundamentals,” Mr Silver will discuss the principles of bonsai, including training, maintenance, care and display. He will demonstrate how to use nursery stock to create a bonsai, which will be raffled at the end of the lecture.

  • Rescheduled From Jan. 11: First Selectman To Read During Next Bookworms Story Hour

    The Children’s Adventure Center will continue with its series of Bookworms Story Hour with readings by First Selectman Pat Llodra on Saturday, February 8. This program was originally scheduled for January 11, but was postponed due to weather and icing conditions that morning. Mrs Llodra will be selecting from among her children’s favorites, as well as some of her own favorites, for the free program that will begin at 10 am.

  • ‘Color In January’ On View At Municipal Center

    The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) is presenting its annual Color in Winter Art Show & Sale at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street within the Fairfield Hills campus, to February 28. Show hours are weekdays, 8 am to 4:30 pm. A reception to meet with participating artists and other members of SCAN will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 22, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. The public is also invited to a live oil painting demonstration with Southbury artist Rick Daskam at 1:30.

  • Art In Residence Gallery Open House Planned

    Art in Residence Gallery will host a public open house on Sunday, January 26, from 1 to 4 pm. The gallery, set up in the home of Rosemary and Robert Rau, features original works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel and mixed media. The gallery opened in November. Its mission is to offer visitors a unique setting for artwork, and the opportunity to better imagine what artwork will look like in a home setting. In addition, the Raus offer an iPad portfolio, which allows them to visit potential clients their homes to see art at their convenience.

  • Free Snow Ski Clinics Open To Those With Disabilities

    Sandy Hook-based Leaps of Faith Adaptive Skiers Club invites individuals with any and all disabilities to hit the slopes this winter for adaptive skiing at Mount Southington in Plantsville. Leaps of Faith will offer both beginner and advanced snow ski classes with certified instructors. There is no charge for the classes, but they usually fill quickly and registration is required.

  • St Rose Parish Community Announces Fourth Crystal Ball Gala

    On February 22, members of the St Rose parish and friends will gather together and celebrate as a community at its fourth Crystal Ball Gala. The gala is returning after a six-year hiatus. It will be held at The Waterview, just over the town line in Monroe. The evening, with a theme of “A Celebration of Community,” promises to be exceptional, with fine dining and open bar, dancing to an 11-piece orchestra, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are on sale, and all are welcome to attend.

  • Young Artists Sought For SH Run For Families Youth T-Shirt Designs

    Organizers of the second Sandy Hook Run For Families are looking for help from Newtown children ages 2–10. A logo (or two, or ten) for this year’s race is needed, and local children are being tapped for their artistic talents. Newtown children have been invited to draw a logo for the T-shirts that will be given to youth runners for the second annual Sandy Hook Run For the Families, which will be held in March at Fairfield Hills. The creators of the ten winning logos will receive a $15 gift certificate to The Toy Tree in Sandy Hook. Entry forms can be downloaded or picked up at the office of The Newtown Bee.

  • Saturday Night Open Mic, January 18

    Attention young poets, jugglers, singers, comics, musicians and more: share your talents at the next monthly Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth. The next event, for entertainers in grades 5-12, will be Saturday, January 18, from 7 to 9 pm, in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church. Sign up starts at 6:45 pm. There is no early sign-up before 6:45, however doors will be open by 6:15 for those who wish to wait in line to sign up. There are spaces for about 20 performers so the time limit per spot is about five minutes. Microphones, keyboard, guitar amp and more will be available. Live music only please.

  • Juggling Club To Gather Saturday

    The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, January 11, at Reed Intermediate School. Members love to teach juggling and related skills. No experience is required. All ages are welcome.

  • Newtown Hikers Announce 2014 Winter Schedule

    Newtown Hikers is an open group that welcomes anyone interested in hiking. There is no membership fee. Hikers participate at their own risk and are asked by the Newtown Parks & Recreation Department to sign a release. Winter hikers should meet in the lower parking lot of the Edmond Town Hall promptly at 10 am for each Saturday’s hike. The group tries to carpool as much as possible. Check with the listed hike leader for hike details or changes. Winter hikes are shorter and easier than their fall and spring counterparts.