Ben’s Lighthouse is gearing up to head to Montana next summer, and will take 20 teenagers to help a community impacted by tragedy, for the fourth year in a row. Anyone interested in participating on this trip is invited to attend an informational meeting and application session that will take place Tuesday, November 17, at 7 pm. It will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 Main Street in Newtown.
The Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will be offering an exhibit of some of the best work of its members during the month of November at Newtown Municipal Center. In this 6th Annual “Newtown & Beyond” Exhibit, many photos of Newtown will be featured, but there will also be photos taken across the country and around the world. The collection will be on view weekdays, but a special Sunday viewing will coincide with the collection's opening reception on November 8.
November 13 will be “Fall For Bingo” Night at St Rose of Lima. Organizers will celebrate the season with autumn-themed concessions, treats and raffle prizes. Attendees who bring someone new to the monthly event, and therefore help someone else “fall for Bingo,” will also receive a special gift (as will their friend).
The Yale Alley Cats, world renowned men’s a cappella undergraduate singing group from Yale University, will be in concert at Trinity Church, 36 Main Street in Newtown, on Saturday, November 7, at 7 pm. the concert will feature the Trinity Choristers, a group of young voices conducted by Fiona Smith Sutherland. The hour long concert will be followed by a reception where all guests will be invited to meet and talk with the singers.
The Learning Experience of Newtown will host a Halloween-themed Neighborhood Trunk-or-Treat Friday, October 30, from 5:30 to 7 pm. The event is free and open to the community. Children should dress in costume for the alternative event to the traditional door-to-door “trick-or-treating” version of Halloween.
The Newtown/Danbury unit of Church Women United is planning its annual World Community Day celebration. This year’s event will be Friday, November 6, in The Great Room of Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. All are invited. Coffee and light refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm, and the evening’s keynote will begin at 7. Chris George, executive director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), will be the guest speaker. Newtown Congregational Church will then host another program, “Global World: Global Church” on Saturday, November 22. A conversation on displacement and the refugee crisis will be led by United Church of Christ Global Ministries Intern Ariel Royer.
Winterset Ski Cub of Newtown is inviting everyone to get ready for the ski season with a free screening of Warren Miller’s 2014 movie "No Turning Back," on Wednesday, November 4, at 6:45 pm. The movie will be at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. Members will be on hand before the show to share information about the club.
“Howl-o-ween,” a canine costume party to benefit the Friends of Newtown Park and Bark, Newtown’s off-leash dog park, will be held Saturday, October 31, from 11 am to 1 pm at the park at 21 Old Farm Road in Newtown. A costume contest will kick off at 11:45 am with prizes to be awarded for most original costume, scariest costume, funniest costume, dog and owner look-alike, and a voter’s choice best in show. This fun family event is sponsored by Newtown Parks and Recreation.
St Rose of Lima School will host a “Monster” Book Fair in its Gathering Hall on Saturday, November 7, from 4 to 7 pm, and Sunday, November 8, from 7 am until 1:30 pm.
The fair is also open to the public. The school is at 40 Church Hill Road.
The Scholastic Book Fair will kick off the school’s “All For Books” Campaign, which will collect donations for the school and Scholastic will donate a book for each dollar donated to the school to either the Kids in Need Foundation and Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. This national program will provide up to one million books, according to the school; this is the tenth year that St Rose is participating in the campaign.
Among the programs author Velya Jancz-Urban has scheduled this season are two that Newtown Bee readers may want to note: the first will be Thursday, November 5, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street in Newtown; while the other, on Tuesday, November 10, will be at her 1770 home in Woodbury, which served as the primary setting of her novel, "Acquiescence."