On September 28 a group of local health professionals and volunteers will celebrate the 20th annual Health and Public Safety Fair. The four-hour event will again be offered at Newtown Middle School, and will offer free health screenings, free information and expertise, and plenty of health-related giveaways in a single one-stop location. In addition, there will be numerous free drawings, including one for a new bicycle, gift certificates to many of Newtown’s restaurants and eateries to honor Family Day, and generous promotions from many local businesses.
Sandy Hook Promise will host “Why Sleep Quality Is More Important Than Sleep Quantity,” on Tuesday, September 3, from 5 to 7 pm, in the Lecture Hall of Newtown High School. Led by board certified sleep specialist Dr Barry Krakow, the workshop will focus on how the quality of sleep impacts daily life and the steps one can take to address mental and emotional causes of insomnia. The sleep seminar is free and open to the public, although seating is limited.
A new season of St Rose Friday Bingo Nights will return on September 13 to the St Rose School Gathering Hall, 46 Church Hill Road. Doors will open at 5:45 pm, and Bingo games will run from 6:30 until approximately 9:30 pm. Designed for the Bingo enthusiast, evenings will feature substantial cash prizes for all games, as well as door prizes. There will be a concession offering dinner items and homemade baked goods, as well as complimentary coffee.
“Sweet Life! Dessert Comedy Theatre,” on Saturday, September 7, will offer an evening of clean, family-friendly comedy by Scott Davis in the Newtown High School cafetorium. Hosted by Newtown Christian Church, the event will begin at 6 pm and will also include a dessert buffet featuring ice cream from Ferris Acres Creamery, and a raffle to include an iPad mini.
Melody Asbury of Woodbury will be demonstrating in pastel at the next meeting of The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN). The program will be on Wednesday, September 11, at 7:30 pm, and Ms Asbury’s subject will be an animal. The public is welcome, free of charge.
The Borough’s Board of Burgesses will host a gathering Sunday, September 15, to honor Joan Crick’s many years of service on the Board of Burgesses. The public is invited to the event, from 2 to 5 pm, at Proud Mary’s (The Inn at Newtown).
Organizers of The 2013 Newtown Art Festival are looking for volunteers. Events for this year’s festival will begin on Sunday, September 15, with a Children’s Arts Party at Newtown Youth Academy, and continue daily with performances every evening, leading up to the two-day festival at Fairfield Hills on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22. Ushers and house managers for concerts and plays, help with set up and runners for the day of the festival, stage workers, assistants at children’s activities, aides, parking directors and generally helpful people are all needed. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.
The first week of school can be fun, stressful, exciting, nervous and exhilarating all at once, for students, teachers, and parents alike. At the end of the week, everyone needs to unwind, share their stories and — since it is still summer — eat some ice cream. The folks at Ben’s Lighthouse want to help. They have teamed up with Ferris Acres Creamery to provide free ice cream to anyone who visits Trinity Episcopal Church this Saturday afternoon between 1:30 to 4:30. The ice cream will be scooped by some of Newtown’s favorite teachers, town leaders, local clergy and business leaders, and others. In addition, members of Newtown Kindness will provide free lemonade and lemonade stand kits, while A Bead of Roses, CT Music Therapy, Emerald Sketch Art Therapists, Ben’s Bells, and the REACH program will provide activities for kids of all ages. Comfort dogs will be there for hugs and members of Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will provide their unique brand of entertainment.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street, on Monday, September 16. The event will run from 8:30 am until 6:15 pm. Walk-ins will be welcomed, and appointments are available.
Town Players of Newtown is seeking play submissions from individuals interested in directing at The Little Theatre in 2014. Potential directors are invited to submit up to three scripts for consideration by the theater’s play selection committee. Town Players puts on a variety of shows each season, from farce to period pieces to drama. The only type of show the theater cannot consider is a full-fledged musical due to space restrictions. Town Players is only looking to stage published works by established playwrights. Town Players would also like to hear from anyone interested in directing but who do not have a particular play in mind.