The Genealogy Club of Newtown will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, March 11, beginning at 7 pm. It will be at C.H. Booth Library. Phillip Hayes, of Sirius Innovations. Mr Hayes of Monroe, who calls himself “The Digital Genealogist,” will offer a presentation on “Making the Most of Digital Newspapers.”
The Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday March 15, from noon to 4 pm. During this month’s open house the special guests will be Patricia Campbell, a dance caller, and Fran Hendrickson, who will accompany her on keyboards. This is an interactive family event, where visitors 8 years old and up will have the opportunity to learn and participate in a 45-minute session. he public is also invited to visit and tour the building at 44 Main Street any time between noon and 4 pm.
The University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and University of Connecticut Concert Choir, with special guests Chorus Angelicus Children’s Choir of Torrington and soloists Jillian Cowles, treble; Janani Sridhar, soprano; and Gregory Zavracky, tenor, under the direction of Dr Jamie Spillane, will present the premier of the 2013 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Composition Prize-winning new work, “A Child’s Requiem” by Steven Sametz, Thursday evening, March 5. The concert and lecture will be repeated in Stamford, Saturday, March 7, at The Palace Stamford Center for the Arts. Unticketed admissiong to both performances is free.
C.H. Booth Library is hosting a photography exhibition of works by members of Candlewood Camera Club during the month of March. The collection is on view in the lower meeting room. variety of subject matter is on view including landscapes, nature, photojournalism, digitally altered images, streetscapes/cityscapes, and portraits. Candlewood Camera Club members draw inspiration from their immediate environments, nature, travel (near and far), architecture, sports, zoos, botanical gardens, local assignments, and from assigned subjects for competitions. An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, March 7.
The C.H. Booth Library invites young adults in grades 5-8 to test their knowledge of four great books, at the 11th Annual Battle of the Books Trivia Contest. The game is played in a Jeopardy® style format, similar to the television show. All teams hear the same question together, write their answer in 20 seconds, and then display their answers at the same time. Each team receives credit for a correct answer. A new champion will be crowned this year. The Demented Bunnies Who Love to Read, who have won top honors for the last three years, but have aged out for the 2015 competition.
Newtown Forest Association Hike Leader Aaron Coopersmith is encouraging everyone to grab a pair of snowshoes and “dress for success, for a series of upcoming snowshoe hikes on NFA-owned preserves. Upcoming dates for the hikes, open to the public, are Saturdays, February 28, March 7 and 21, and Thursday, March 5. The weekend hikes will each begin at 12:30, while the March 5 hike will be an evening event, by moonlight.
The Betty Lou Osborne Memorial Scholarship Ball to benefit Newtown Scholarship Association will take place at The Waterview, Monroe, on March 7 starting at 6 pm. The event will feature dinner, dancing, raffles, and silent and live auctions. Special guest baseball legend Bobby Valentine will throw his support behind the NSA as the evening’s auctioneer.
The monthly Saturday Night Open Mic will return Saturday, March 7, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church. The featured band this month is Free Block, a high school quartet from Kent.
Girl Scout Troop 50113’s event with Hearts of Hope scheduled for the evening of Monday, February 23, has been cancelled. The event was for participants to make clay hearts that would be donated to a worthy cause through Hearts of Hope, a volunteer-driven nationwide community service program that has a chapter in Newtown.
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce will present its second annual Martini Madness Tasting & Competition Wednesday, March 25, from 6 to 10 pm, in the gymnasium at Edmond Town Hall. Local restaurants and vendors will send their best mixologists to compete for the title of Best Cocktail in Newtown. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste a small sample of each cocktail and vote on their favorites.