The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, Inc. (SCAN), an organization dedicated to promoting art and art education in the region, will present its 44th Annual Spring Juried Art Show at Cyrenius H. Booth Library, May 3-11. The exhibition will open on Saturday, May 3. It will be formally celebrated during an opening reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 4 pm. The public is invited to the reception. Over $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded.
The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3-5 pm on Saturday, May 3, at the park along the Pootatuck River, near 3 Glen Rd in Sandy Hook. Jugglers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Members will teach juggling and related skills; no experience is required.
The Jessica Rekos Foundation has announced that from May 4 to May 10, it will participate in activities that benefit organizations that best represent the interests of the foundation’s namesake. The week will begin with Pony Rides For a Purpose, at the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, on Sunday, May 4. From 11 am until 4 pm there will be crafts, entertainment, a raffle, and pony rides.
Newtown’s Community Learning Project (CLP) will entertain young and old alike with their all-new musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic story about a girl caught in a mesmerizing dreamworld. Alice, of down-the-rabbit-hole fame, is back for a brand new musical adventure in New York City in "Alice, A New Musical." Familiar and new characters embark on a crazy, quirky, and fun-filled escapade on the sometimes phantasmagorical NYC Subway system. Surprises, laughs, and good music abound. Performances are scheduled for Thursday, May 1, at 4 and 7:30 pm, and Friday, May 2, at 2 pm, in the theater at Edmond Town Hall. Tickets will be available at the door. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, and $2 for children.
The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library counts on donations dropped off to the library for the Annual Book Sale, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the library support organization. With the library closed due to flooding all of January and February, fewer donations than normal have been received. Volunteers are hoping to make up some lost ground this weekend.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on May 3 in the church’s fellowship hall. The public is cordially invited to join church members for what has become an evening of fellowship and community spirit. Dinner includes fruit cup, salad with choice of dressings, pasta with choice of sauces (meatless, mild, or spicy), garlic bread, and an array of homemade desserts. Dinner is followed at 7:45 pm by a performance of bluegrass, country, and folk music played by Roger Sprung & Friends.
Newtown musician and music educator Jim Allyn has announced the date of the next Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth: May 3. The May event will shift its start time by 30 minutes, beginning at 7:30 instead of 7 pm. It will run until 9:15.
For the second consecutive summer, Ben’s Lighthouse will bring about 20 Newtown high schoolers across the country to assist the victims of a massive natural disaster. From July 27 to August 2, this volunteer group of teens and chaperones will participate in projects to clean up and rebuild from the unprecedented flooding that took at least eight lives and destroyed 2,000 homes last September. The trip is open to Newtown youth who are completing grade 8 through grade 12 this spring. Anyone interested in participating on this trip is invited to attend an information session on Sunday, May 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church. An equal number of male and female participants will be chosen by lottery from among those who decide to sign up for the trip.
The 2014 Great Pootatuck Duck Race will take place on Saturday, May 24, from 10 am until 2:30 pm. This year’s race features a new co-operative arrangement between Newtown Lions Club and the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP). Returning Returning to the sidewalk fair presented during the first few years of the Duck Race, vendors and volunteer organizations will display their wares and share information along sidewalks within Sandy Hook Center as well as within the park area at 3 Glen Road.
Town Players of Newtown will host auditions for "I Hate Hamlet" on Monday and Tuesday, April 28-29. In Paul Rudnick’s comedy, actor Andrew Rally’s budding television career has suddenly hit a snag with his series cancellation. He has the opportunity to perform Hamlet but doesn’t know if that’s the right thing to do. Can the ghost of Barrymore lead him down the right path? Director Ruth Anne Baumgartner has roles available for three men and three women in the Newtown production, which is scheduled for weekends in June and July.