Newtown Lions Club is encouraging everyone to start thinking about the club’s favorite use for pumpkins: turning them into pumpkin racers. The Fourth Annual Great Pumpkin Race will return to the parking lot behind Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, October 19. This year’s event will run from 10 am to 2 pm. The pumpkin races will be arranged by age category, including one category for ages 18 and older. There will be heats and run offs. Children and dads are encouraged to make their own racers. The day will also include pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling, bobbing for apples, and a treasure hunt in bales of hay. Community will explain their missions or offering things for sale. And a medieval style trebuchet will be rolled out once again to occasionally fire off pumpkins.
The first Ridgefield Writers Conference, organized by development editor Adele Annesi of Word for Words, LLC, and author and teacher Chris Belden, both of Ridgefield, will take place Saturday, September 28, in the North Hall of St Stephen’s Episcopal Church.Joining Mr Belden and instructors Pete Nelson and Steve Otfinoski are Newtown residents Rachel Basch, author, who teaches creative fiction and nonfiction for the low-residency MFA program at Fairfield University, and creative writing in the liberal graduate studies at Wesleyan; and published poet Carol Ann Davis, who teaches poetry, writing, and publishing at Fairfield University and is on the faculty at Fairfield University for the MFA program.A third Newtown writer will not be presenting a workshop, but The Newtowner literary magazine Editor and Founder Georgia Monaghan will take part in the Publishing Panel.
NYA Sports & Fitness Center is offering a free community fitness program specifically for seniors. The goal of this program is to provide a safe, fun, and informative environment to help seniors improve their levels of fitness. Led by certified staff at NYA, the program will incorporate walking sessions along with bodyweight and fitness band exercises utilizing the beautiful Fairfield Hills campus (weather permitting) and within NYA. The program will address balance, flexibility, aerobic and strength training along with basic nutrition to help participants increase their energy, coordination, and overall strength. It is free for Newtown's senior citizens. An optional lunch is also available each week for $3
Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue added two trophies to its collection recently. The company was presented with Best Overall Fire Unit and Best In Show honors following the Bridgewater Fair Firemen’s Parade on August 16. In addition, other residents received honors for their efforts during the annual three-day event presented on Bridgewater Fairgrounds the weekend of August 16-18.
Newtown Kindness will host a Therapy/Comfort Dog Walk-a-thon on Saturday, November 2. The event will launch the “Charlotte’s Litter” Program in recognition of the benefits of Therapy and Comfort Dogs. Newtown Kindness is a 501(c)(3) non-p...
Calling her play O Heavy Lightness “intense,” actress and playwright Newtown resident Jan Neuberger recalls that it was her passion for Shakespeare that led her to imagine the aftermath of the deaths of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as experienced by two of that iconic tragedy’s secondary characters. The play will receive a reading on Monday, September 16, at 7 pm, in The Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street in Newtown. The event is part of seven days of programs that will lead into the 2nd Annual Newtown Arts Festival, September 21-22 at Fairfield Hills.
Almost one billion people on Earth do not have access to clean drinking water. More than 4,000 children die every day from water-related diseases.
On Saturday, October 5, DigDeep Water will hold its second annual Walk 4 Water at Fairfield Hills. Walk 4 Water is an educational experience/fundraising event that raises funds and awareness on behalf of DigDeep Water, a nonprofit human rights organization that defends the human right to water for all people on earth through innovative education and water access projects. A three-mile walk around the campus — representing the average distance women and children in Africa typically must walk each day in order to retrieve water — will have participants experiencing both the distance walked and the weight of water once it is obtained. During the first half of the walk participants will be empty handed, and then during the second half walkers will be carrying two two-liter bottles filled with water.
Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will be kicking off the 2013-14 season on Thursday, September 19, with a general meeting and photo competition. It begins at 7:30 pm in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. The club is also planning its first hands-on workshop for the season, and will celebrate the opening of the third annual "Newtown and Beyond..." exhibition within the next few weeks.
On Saturday, September 14, the Newtown High School Kindness Club will host a Day of Kindness. The free event is aimed at local youth, but is open to residents of all ages. The Day of Kindness will run from noon to 4 pm at NHS’s cafetorium, 12 Berkshi...
Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP), a group of local business owners and community members from Sandy Hook, is pleased to announce the third annual Passport to Sandy Hook. The special event will take place on Saturday, October 12, from 11 am to 4 pm, in the downtown Sandy Hook Village area. Visitors to Sandy Hook Center that day will be offered “passports,” when they can then have stamped as they visit each participating business within Sandy Hook. Completed passports will then be entered into a drawing, with three prize packages worth over $1,500 total up for grabs. There will also be live music, a collection for FAITH Food Pantry, face painting, a bounce house, entertainment, and much more.