Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will hold its 30th anniversary celebration and awards breakfast on Tuesday, September 23, at Rock Ridge Country Club. NYFS will welcome Dr John Murphy, CEO of Danbury Hospital and The Western Connecticut Health Network, as this year’s guest speaker. In addition, the 2014 Gail Smith Award will be presented to Newtown Police Officers Jason Flynn and Leonard Penna, Nike Corporation will be presented with The H.D. Bassett Award, Patrick Brady will be presented with the Spirit of Community Award, and Newtown High School Senior Alondra Marmolejos will be honored at 2014 Outstanding Youth.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will welcome Connecticut artist Laura Wilk for a demonstration of watercolor painting of still life at its meeting on Wednesday September 24, at 1:30 pm. The meeting will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House. The demonstration is open to the public, free of charge.
On Sunday, September 21, Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will present two films for the next installation of its Sunday Cinema Series. "Mr Smith Goes to Washington," starring James Stewart, will be screened at 1 and 7 pm, and "Dark Victory," starring Bette Davis, will be shown at 4 pm. Screenings are in the theater of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. Tickets for all shows are $2 each.
The Music Workshop will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its new teaching location at Newtown Congregational Church with the return of Saturday Night Youth Open Mic on September 27. Open mic events take place in The Great Room of the church, 14 West Street.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) will celebrate its first anniversary on September 23. RCN offers long-term healing to anyone in the greater Newtown community impacted by the events of 12/14, to help these individuals reach their full potential. center is a program of Tuesday’s Children, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its programs are free and confidential. The public is invited to visit the center next Tuesday between 9:30 and 11 am to meet Ms Cinque, volunteers, and see where the center is one year after opening its doors. In addition, three new programs will begin this month to continue the center's mission of helping residents reach their potential.
What fall sport do you participate in? Is it football? soccer? Or are you just warming up for basketball? For the past four years the Newtown Lions Club has offered a different sort of fall sport: pumpkin racing. All that is needed to participate is to create a pumpkin racer with two axles, attached through the pumpkin. Size and shape do not matter. Then you must bring your wonders to the Great Pumpkin Race, which will return to the rear lot of Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, October 18, between 10 am and 2 pm. Races will be arranged by age category, including one for ages 18 and older. There will be heats and run offs.
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will hold its annual Open House from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, September 28. This family fun event is open to all. It will feature a noon meet and greet with the horses, a mounted cavalry demonstration and musical ride, and a pony ride for anybody who would like to mount up on one of the horses and take a ride around the ring.
Team AHH … Always Have Hope! will present its third annual Yoga For A Cure fundraising event Friday, September 19, at The Graceful Planet. Team AHH is one team participating in this month’s Light The Night event at Fairfield One of the teams doing fundraising for the annual Newtown Light The Night Walk later this month will host its third annual Yoga For A Cure event on September 19 at The Graceful Planet.
Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. In high demand year after year among chamber music audiences worldwide, the duo has appeared each season at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the United States and around the world to unanimous critical acclaim. Newtown Friends of Music is pleased to present the duo for their 2014-15 season opening concert, on the stage of Edmond Town Hall Auditorium on Sunday, September 28, at 3 pm.
Newtown Kindness will host its second annual Therapy/Comfort Dog Walk-a-thon, Saturday, October 18, from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, at Sea Bluff Beach in West Haven. It will take place near the Where Angels Play playground that was built to honor Charlotte, near the Where Angels Play playground that was built to honor Charlotte, near the intersection of Captain Thomas Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. The event will celebrate the first year program results of the multi-faceted Charlotte’s Litter Program in recognition of the benefits of therapy and comfort dogs. It will also serve as a fundraiser for the program founded in honor of one of the children who died on 12/14.