RIDGEFIELD — With more than 120 acting credits to his name, including several wildly successful HBO comedy specials and a recurring rols as the voice of Sid the sloth in the Ice Age animated film franchise, John Leguizamo is a familiar face in the entertainment world. Leguizamo is bringing his new one-man show Latin History for Dummies to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, September 16, at 8 pm. During an exclusive chat with The Newtown Bee, Leguizamo talked about channeling the educator who inspired his latest stage role, his relationship with his teenage children, and how he worked with Spike Lee to crafting what he said is his best film role.
We’ve all heard the phrase “The Greatest Generation,” used to describe the men and women who fought in World War II, but what of the girls they left behind? The war caused profound changes at home and Newtown Historical Society, in conjunction with C.H. Booth Library will look at some of them in a presentation by John Cilio, “Women’s World in WWII,” on Monday, September 14. The program will begin at 7:30 pm, in the community room of the library, 25 Main Street.
The first Friday Bingo Night of the 2015-16 academic year for St Rose of Lima School will be Friday, September 11. Bingo will take place in the Monsignor Weiss Gathering Hall at 40 Church Hill Road. Doors will open at 5:45 pm, and games will run from 6:30 until 9:30 pm. The per person admission fee of $17 will cover all regular games. All ages are welcome.
Ben’s Lighthouse is looking to connect with high school volunteers. On Wednesday, September 9, at 6 pm, the organization will host a high school volunteer night at Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 Main Street. The event seeks to inform local high school students of programs and activities to get involved with to volunteer their time. Information about volunteer opportunities and sign-ups to get involved will be available.
The Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society will present Gailfean, a new supergroup featuring John Whelan, Brian Conway and Don Penzien, at Newtown Meeting House. The performance is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, beginning at 8 pm. Requested donation is $20 for adults, $5 for children.
Newtown parents and girls are invited to join Girl Scouts of America/Newtown Service Unit Managers Cat Fedorchek and Heather Smith for a Recruitment/Joining Night, where they can learn what fun activities and exciting events Girl Scouts provides for girls in Newtown. The event will be held at Castle Hill Farm, 25 Sugar Lane, on Wednesday, September 16. It will begin at 6:30 pm.
Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s 28th Annual George & Timothy Powell Golf Tournament, which serves as a fundraiser for the company, will be on Monday, September 28. The tournament will be played Newtown Country Club. Registration is $125 per golfer. This includes breakfast at the Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue main station beginning at 7:30 am, 18 holes of golf with a cart, and dinner at the country club, including three-hour open bar (beer and wine). There will also be trophies and cash prizes, and a raffle with many different items up for bid.
Nationally known gardening expert Sydney Eddison of Newtown will present “Change: The Passage of Time in the Garden,” on Friday, September 18, from 11 am to 1 pm, at Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton. A lifelong gardener, Ms Eddison offers practical and heartfelt advice that will help transform gardening from a daunting list of chores into a rewarding activity. Ms Eddison draws on her own experiences and those of other dyed-in-the-wool gardeners to present a version of gardening that is both realistic and encouraging. While many of the practices described are ideal for older gardeners, they also have much to offer younger gardeners with demanding professional or family responsibilities. Among her discoveries are substituting low-maintenance plants for demanding ones to reduce the labor perennial borders need. Shrubs can contribute as much beauty to the garden as perennials, and are easier to care for. Shady gardens are easier to maintain than sunny ones. Timely pruning will help keep the garden from getting out of hand, as will downsizing the garden and getting some help.
TORRINGTON — “You can be sober and still rock and roll.” That’s the philosophy of veteran musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Byrd after celebrating 28 years of sobriety. Byrd, who became a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee as one of Joan Jett’s original Blackhearts, has taken a personal mission of reaching out to addicts and individuals pursuing sobriety through music and established a nonprofit that will help raise funds for recovery and addiction service agencies across the nation. In an exclusive interview with The Newtown Bee, Byrd said he plans to do this by tapping into his vast network of musical colleagues, calling them in for planned one-off showcase concerts in or near communities where they live. And he is launching the very first of these planned all-star jam sessions and sobriety celebrations in Torrington at The Nancy Marine Studio Theater on Friday, September 19, at 8 pm.