The Third Annual Claris Construction Inc Summer Jam Concert Series will kick off this season on June 23 with an energetic performance by the Boston-based Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys, returning to Newtown to open the third annual series in as many years. Parents or guardians are encouraged to pack a blanket and a picnic lunch and take their children to Dickinson Park for the free concerts, which will be presented on Tuesdays beginning at noon. Performances are held at the band shell of the town park at 50 Elm Drive. They are free and suitable for all ages, with a focus on those ages 10 and under.
Misty Morning Children’s Center, 10 Commerce Road, is collecting for the three Macaroni Kid publishers in Fairfield County’s Diaper Drive, which began on May 15, through June 12. Drop off times are weekdays between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm. More than 20 town coordinators between Stamford and Newtown are overseeing the drive. Diapers will be donated to local charities, such as Family & Children’s Aid in Danbury, Operation Hope, The Bridgeport Rescue Mission, The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, The Tiny Miracles Foundation, Homes with Hope, and others.
Families United in Newtown will host its final meeting of the school year on Sunday, June 14, from 3 to 6 pm, at Dickinson Park. The meeting and social activities, themed “Dancing in the Park,” are being held by the basketball courts and new FunSpace. Jodi DiPiazzo will be performing at the June meeting, which is open to newcomers as well as regular and occasional participants of past FUN events.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have an oil painting demonstration done with a painting knife by Joan Jardine on Wednesday, June 10, at 7:30 pm. The artist’s subject will be a landscape. This program is open to the public, free of charge, and will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street.
A guided hike will take place at the Holcombe Hill Wildlife Preserve, 65 Great Hill Road, on Saturday, June 6, from 12:30 to 3 pm. The hike coincides with the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails.
Members of Newtown Congregational Church hare “rented” parking spaces for the day so that they participate in a group tag sale on Saturday, June 6, at Newtown Congregational Church. The rental fees will be donated to NCC Youth Group for future projects and mission work. The public is invited to enjoy some shopping between 9 am and 4 pm in the parking lot of Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Many of the participants have also promised to donate a portion of their proceeds to local charities or church organizations.
Tables will be set up and lobster dinners will once again be served for a few thousand guests over the course of two nights at the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue main station. The 28th Annual Sandy Hook LobsterFest is scheduled for June 5-6. Members of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., its Ladies Auxiliary, Junior Corps, and even family members and friends will all be volunteering their time to put on the event, a fundraiser for the company.
EverWonder Children’s Museum, an interactive, STEM-based museum geared towards children and families, is set to celebrate its grand reopening on Saturday, June 6, at its new 31 Pecks Lane location. The grand opening celebration will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 am, free admission between 10 and 11 am, and half-price admission until closing at 5 pm. Visitors can expect pop-up science demonstrations, art and science activities, and specially scheduled entertainment throughout the day all while enjoying the new museum.
Ben’s Bells Project will present Celebration of Kindness — a free family event that will take place at Dickinson Park — on Sunday, June 7, from noon until 4 pm. In addition to providing a fun and uplifting event for the community, this event will be the single largest fundraiser for the Newtown studio this year, generating much needed support for its kindness education programs. Last year, more than 150,000 people participated in Ben’s Bells kindness education programming. Volunteers are extremely encouraged by the community’s enthusiasm for and support of the project.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) is offering two free one day trips for Newtown/Sandy Hook children and young adults who will be entering grades 1-12 in the fall. The trips will be taking place on Thursday, July 16, and Friday, July 24. Each group will travel to Camp Danbee in Peru, Mass., which will be transformed into Camp Sea Stars North for each day. Activities will include waterskiing, windsurfing, kayaking, and water slides, gymnastics, zipline/rock wall climbing, dance, arts and crafts, and sports including lacrosse.