The Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers will host its annual Adaptive Water Sports Training Day for volunteers on Saturday, May 30, from 8:30 am to 3 pm, at 90 Housatonic Drive on Lake Zoar. Individuals 16 years of age or older are welcome to join the event, which will provide instruction on new adaptive training techniques, standard safety protocols, best practice, and working with individuals with disabilities on the water, and is essential to ensure staff and volunteers are prepared. Registration is required, and must be done by May 15.
Families United in Newtown (FUN) will present its third annual autism awareness-raising concert, “Celebrating Movie Music,” on Saturday, May 16, at 6 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. This year’s concert theme involves popular movie tunes spanning the decades, and will welcome headliner and YouTube sensation Jodi DiPiazza. The Newtown concert will also feature the Newtown High School Chamber Choir and other special guests including several of the community’s gifted performers, some of whom are also on the autism spectrum.
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will host the third annual Pony Rides For A Purpose at its Fairfield Hills headquarters, 4 Wildlife Drive, on Sunday, May 3, from 11 am to 4 pm. Join 2GHG for a festive day in remembrance of the life of Jessica Rekos with pony rides from 11 am to 3 pm, visitors from the Beardsley Zoo, LCC K9 comfort dogs Maggie, Addie, Lydia and Lily, juggling by members of The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club, arts and crafts, a bake sale, live music in the afternoon, face painting, a silent auction, raffles, and more.
Newtown resident and artist Jim Chillington will have his work featured in the next exhibition at the Westport location of Rockwell Art & Framing. “Plein Air Now & Then” will open on Thursday, May 7, with a reception from 5 to 8 pm. Paintings in this show will feature a number of Mr Chillington’s scenes from the area, including Newtown. Guests can enjoy have food and drink, and meet the artist. The show will remain on view until early August.
The next meeting of The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be on Wednesday, May 13, at 7 pm, in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The meeting will begin promptly at 7 pm. Guest speaker for May will be Priscilla Wismar, who will speak on “Using Logic in Genealogy While Thinking Outside the Box.”
Avancè Day Spa and AIR Gallery have partnered to present “Spring Is In The Air,” a colorful show in the tranquil and gracious spa setting of Avancè, within Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street. The collection is on view until May 11, with works by featured artists Vibeke Dressler, Heidrun Morgan, Joan Pollak, Joanne Miller Rafferty and Laura Wilk. In addition, a special afternoon celebration is being planned for Sunday, May 3. From 2 to 4 pm, Avancé will host its annual spring open house. The public is invited to stop in to view the exhibition, enjoy complimentary chair massages, and receive a spa products gift bag. There will also be plenty of refreshments, and local musician Jim Allyn will be performing.
Flagpole Photographers Camera Club is presenting “The Progression of Photography,” with 19 cameras ranging from a 1930 Kodak Rainbow Hawk-Eye to a 2010 Canon Powershot, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The exhibit will partially overlap with the club’s Annual Photography Exhibit, which will be presented in the library’s first floor meeting room May 23-June 18.
If you ever wanted to ride the scenic trails of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, this is your chance. The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard’s Annual Spring Trail Ride and Optional Obstacle Course will take place on Saturday, May 2, and run from 9 am to noon (rain date, Saturday May 9). The trail begins at the Horse Guard facility located at 4 Wildlife Drive. Sponsored by the Friends of 2GHG, a 501(c)(3) organization, the Spring Trail Ride and Optional Obstacle Course is an equestrian favorite. This year’s trial will not include water crossings.
Connecticut Maharashtra Mandal, a not-for-profit organization, is hosting the screening of an award-winning movie at Edmond Town Hall on Sunday, April 26. The film, called "Astu" (“So Be It”), will begin at 2:30 pm. The Indian film has English subtitles. In addition to the screening, the film’s lead actor, Dr Mohan Agashe, will be in attendance on Sunday. Dr Agashe, an actor and trained psychiatrist, will participate in a post-screening discussion with the audience.
Attention young musicians, poets, singers, magicians, and more: the monthly Saturday Night Open Mic returns Saturday, April 25, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, in the Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church. The featured musicians this month will be good friends Cameron Mitchell and Robby LaPorta, both members of the local band The Talking Skies. While the other two members of the band are unable to participate in the open mic event, Cameron and Robby plan to perform a short set of songs.