Newtown resident Brett Boles will appear as Mitch Albom in "Tuesdays with Morrie" at Center Stage Theatre in Shelton, which opens this weekend. “Brett is simply one of the most talented people I have ever known,” said Center Stage Artistic Director Gary Scarpa. “Whether acting, singing or composing, he brings a level of professional excellence to the stage that is exciting and inspiring.” Based on Mitch Albom’s book and “made for TV” movie, starring Hank Azaria and Jack Lemmon, the autobiographical Tuesdays with Morrie tells of a work consumed sports journalist who is inspired to live life more fully, when he reconnects with an old college professor, who is dying of ALS. The play teaches lessons of acceptance, love, communication, values, openness, and happiness.
On Sunday, October 5, a Scrabble tournament will be held at The Inn at Newtown to benefit the Jr Newtown Action Alliance, a teen-led group working to reduce gun violence in America. Two playing options are available: a three-game unrated tournament for new new players and those rated under 1000, and a seven-game rated tournament for players ready for a longer day. Both tournaments will start at 10 am, with registration opening at 9:30.
C.H. Booth Library will host an afternoon of fine poetry and music on Saturday, October 18, from 2 to 4 pm. The event, “Voices of Poetry/At the Booth,” will feature readings by the poets and writers Kristen DeVoe, Patrick Donnelly, Michael Michael Klein, and Amy Nawrocki and acoustic music by the guitarist Buzz Turner. Admission is free, thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of the Cyrenius H. Booth Library.
Late morning sunlight skipped across a rippling Pootatuck River Tuesday morning as Newtown Newcomers & Neighbors (NNN) President Shari Wright watched the water flow by. She spoke of her group’s activities including an October 4 bonfire at 6:30 pm at Castle Hill Farm on Route 302. The public is invited to meet with NNN members and learn more about group membership while enjoying an evening with a bonfire, hayride, and appetizers.
On Thursday, October 23, the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, a rare disease advocacy organization, will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special event on Broadway featuring the world premiere and reading of the play "Four Decades|One Community." Newtown resident Martin Blanco will direct the play, and fellow resident David Wheeler will appear as a featured actor.
A bake sale on Friday, September 26, from 7 am until 11 pm at Danbury Hospital’s Robolitti Conference Center will raise funds to help cover costs for one of the hospital’s own. John Young, an RN at the hospital for RN at Danbury Hospital for more than 30 years, was recently diagnosed with Amloidosis, a rare bone marrow disorder. His family, friends and coworkers are coming together in support of Mr Young, as well as his wife Beth and their two teenage daughters.
The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library will host Fall Donation Day, Sunday, October 19, from noon to 5 pm, rain or shine. Donations of all genres of books, DVDs, CDs, LPs, and computer games support the annual Book Sale, the biggest fundraiser each year for the Friends. Drop off is in the C.H. Booth rear parking lot, 25 Main Street, Newtown. Tax receipts are available.
A Bead of Roses is pleased to announce the second annual Newtown Pumpkin Festival, to be held at Fairfield Hills on Saturday, October 11, from 3 to 9:30 pm. The festival is a collaborative effort between A Bead of Roses, NYA Sports & Fitness, Newtown Kindness, The Chase Kowalski Fund, and many other Newtown non-profit groups and local businesses. For last year’s inaugural festival, over 800 carved pumpkins for lighting and display for the 1,500 attendees. Organizers say this year promises to be even better.
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.