A free workshop, “Chill & Spill: Powerful/Powerless,” will be offered on Sunday, October 6, from 2 to 4 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church. Presented by Art with Heart and geared for tweens and teens, participants will be encouraged to express what is in their heart through collage art. Pizza will be served. The first 50 young adults who register will also be given a Chill & Spill journal to take home. Chill & Spill is a therapeutic guided journal designed to help youth ages 10 and up articulate and transform difficult issues with which they are dealing. It offers a combination of 20 creative writing and artistic expression activities with enough blank pages to explore both head and heart and to talk, yell, cry, boast, dream, and evolve.
A new season of St Rose Friday Bingo Nights has begun, and the second event will be offered on October 11 in the St Rose School Gathering Hall. Doors open at 5:45 pm, and Bingo games run from 6:30 until approximately 9:30 pm. Designed for the Bingo enthusiast, evenings feature substantial cash prizes for all games, as well as door prizes. A concession offers dinner items and homemade baked goods, as well as complimentary coffee. The per-person admission fee of $17 covers all regular and some special games. All ages are welcome.
The Al Hedaya Islamic Center will hold a Winter Coat Drive on Saturdays, September 28 and October 5, both from 11 am to 4 pm. The center will be collecting coats, scarves, hats and mittens, as well as monetary donations. A donation box placed at the center during both coat drive dates. Donated items will be distributed locally.
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will hold a Battalion Review on the scenic grounds of the Horse Guard State Military Reservation, 4 Wildlife Drive, on Sunday, October 6, beginning at 11 am. The event is open to the public. This formal military review will include all four state militia units and will demonstrate the pageantry and history of Connecticut’s militia under the command of the governor’s office and the Connecticut Army National Guard.
The Foundation 4 Orphans, a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the educational, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of orphans, will host a fundraiser in Sandy Hook on September 27 for the construction of a new orphanage in Mozambique. All proceeds will go toward the construction of the new orphanage. The event will be held at McLaughlin Vineyards in Sandy Hook, from 7 to 10 pm. A $50 donation includes wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and live music. There will also be a silent auction.
Newtown Historical Society will host its Annual Children’s Day at The Little Red School House on the grounds of Middle Gate School, 7 Cold Spring Road, on Sunday, October 6, from noon until 2 pm. Costumed docents will conduct “class” inside the schoolhouse for ages 5-10, and then recess activities will take place outside. Docents will teach and organize colonial games, such as Graces, Trundling a Hoop, Sack Races, and Tug of War. In the event of rain, class will still be held, but outside events will be cancelled.
Newtown’s own Solid Gold Times Two (Bob and Josie Schmidt) will headline a special Cabaret Night at C.H. Booth Library being planned for Friday, October 11. Doors will open at 6 pm, and the show will begin at 7. Requested donation is $10 per person, ...
The Treehouse, Connecticut’s first full-time producer of live comedy, has announced it will present a 30th anniversary show starring five comics who got their comedy careers started at the Treehouse. Johnny Rizzo, Billy Winn, Dom Fig, Vince McElhone, and Jane Condon will all take the stage at Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, October 5. The show will not only feature stand-up comedy but will also bring back a little Treehouse history and behind-the-scene events. Tickets are $25-$35 and are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling 203-268-5857 or visiting TreehouseComedy.com.
HealingNewtown has announced its next series of workshops, which are now being offered in the classrooms at Newtown Congregational Church. Weaving Workshops with Janna Roehers and The Joy of Art with Joy Hoffman are both continuing into the fall, with new hours. On Sunday, October 6, HealingNewtown will be joined by three additional local groups to present Chill & Spill, which will encourage local tweens and teens to express their feelings through art. All workshops are free, but registration is requested for each.
Alena Dillon will celebrate the release of her debut book, "I Thought We Agreed To Pee In The Ocean: And Other Amusings from a Girl Wearing Sweatpants," on Sunday, September 29, from 4-6 pm, at Arezzo Ristorante in Westport. The book is a collection of humor essays, which will be available on Amazon in paperback ($15) and e-book ($5.99). The collection, published by Martlet & Mare Books, captures life’s absurdities through the perspective of an every-woman. The reception will feature appetizers, half-price drinks for purchase, door prizes, readings, and a book signing. A portion of the profits from book sales will benefit HealingNewtown Through the Arts.