Newtown Parks & Recreation has concerts planned for residents and friends of all ages this summer. The department will be hosting its fifth annual Summer Concert Series as well as debuting a new Summer Jam Concert Series. The latter is a new daytime series for children and parents or guardians. Concerts will all be at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive. Attendees should being their own seating and are welcome to bring picnics. Concerts will move under the pavilion in the event of light rain.
Newtown High School and Western CT Militia Minor League Football will co-host The Helmets and Hearts Newtown Memorial Scholarship Fund Benefit Football Game on Saturday, June 29, at Blue & Gold Stadium at NHS. The game will be between Western CT Militia and Lowell Noreaster. Pre-game events will begin at 6 pm, and kick-off will be at 6:45. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and will go directly to the Newtown Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Animal Center will hold a Cat and Kitten Adoption Event on Saturday, June 22, from noon to 4 pm, at Your Healthy Pet, 224 South Main Street. Kittens of all ages and personalities will be available and will be up to date on vaccines.
Han Dol Martial Arts School of Danbury will host the second Western Connecticut Regional Soo Bahk Do Tournament on Saturday, June 22, at Newtown Youth Academy. In addition, a free basic self-defense course will be offered at NYA Saturday morning. The class will be taught by certified martial arts instructors.
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre will present a free performance of The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea on Wednesday, June 26, at 3:30 pm, at C.H. Booth Library. The program is suitable for ages 4 and up, and registration is requested.
C.H. Booth Library’s summer reading program officially begins on Monday, June 24. Children and parents are invited a special children’s book sale that day, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Also, Steve Woyce will present two performances of his "Dig Into Reading Magic Show," free of charge.
Three years ago, Town Players of Newtown audiences were treated to a portrait of the young Picasso, early in his career, in Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. This summer, see Picasso at the height of his career, shortly after he painted "Guernica," in Jeffrey Hatcher's A Picasso, at The Little Theatre July 12 to August 3.
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday June 23. Retired Hook & Ladder Fire Chief Lee Glover and Retired Hook & Ladder Engineer Ed Forbell will be at the society’s headquarters along with a vintage ladder wagon, hose wagon, and pumper. The men will talk about and answer questions concerning the antique pieces. In addition, Town Historian Dan Cruson will lead a walking tour of the oldest sections of Village Cemetery, Newtown’s primary cemetery.
On Saturday, June 29, the Connecticut Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Danbury Moose Lodge No. 1373 will host the second annual Family Fun Day Celebration for Community Cancer Survivors and their families. The event will be at Danbury Moose Family Center, from 1 to 5 pm. There will be carnival themed games, food, live entertainment, children’s activities, swimming and raffles. Cancer survivors and children under 5 years old are admitted free. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person, or $15 for families of four. Proceeds will benefit LLS and its mission of curing blood cancers and improving the quality of life of patients and their families.
Dancers from Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet will perform Peter and the Wolf (with narration) and members of The Malenkee Ballet Repertoire Company will perform their own choreographed pieces during the studio’s annual spring recital. Students will be performing under the direction of Artistic Director Jennifer Johnston. Performances are Friday, June 21, at 6 pm, and Saturday, June 22, at 4 pm, in the cafetorium of Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane. Admission is free.