Liz Kelley, who grew up in Connecticut and only recently moved out of state, felt compelled to visit the Memorial Tent on Church Hill Road after the 12/14 tragedy. While there in January, she met Gloria Milas there, whose daughter, Sarah, is an EMT with Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. That was when Ms Kelley decided to do something to honor first responders. That "something" was vouchers for free hang gliding lessons.
On Sunday, September 1, naturalist and author “Wildman” Steve Brill will lead his annual foraging tour at Sticks and Stones Farm, 201 Huntingtown Road. The 60-acre stone masonry farm and retreat features a wide variety of habitats — mountain, meadows, woods, cultivated areas, and fields, and wetlands — all loaded with their associated wild plants and mushrooms. Nuts are coming into season now, and participants will also be on the lookout for shagbark hickory nuts and white oak acorns, both delicious, and unavailable commercially. During the two hour event, participants will also look for tasty and healthful roots, herbs and greens, and mushrooms.
C.H. Booth Library Director Shawn Fields announced Tuesday, August 6, that the library has established social media feeds on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. Mr Fields also invites the public to check out his personal reading list, follow his blog, and to attend any of three upcoming focus group sessions.
Merryhill Child Care Center is now enrolling for preschool (children ages 3-6). Parents and children are invited to take a tour of our center, meet teachers and enjoy a bouncy slide, face painting, arts and crafts, snacks and more during an open house on Saturday, August 10, from 9 am until noon.
After more than two years of planning, members of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission presented a two-day event at Fairfield Hills last September that offered a few thousand visitors everything from fine art to whirligigs. This year, organizers are expanding the festival to include six days of programs prior to the big September 21-22 weekend event at Fairfield Hills. Calling it “8 Days of Music Art and Joy,” Terry Sagedy, chairman of the 2013 Newtown Arts Festival, has announced the weeklong roster of events leading up to the onsite festival, from a children's art party and the reading of a new-one act play by Jan Neuberger to the screening of a short dramedy by a Newtown teen, a classical music performance and more, this year's festival has been greatly expanded.
“Home for the Holidays” will be the theme of the winter concert of Newtown Choral Society set for Sunday, December 8. Under the direction of Mary Andreotta and accompanied by Susan Anthony Klein, the choir will sing holiday favorites like “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” as well as classics, Holst’s "Christmas Day" and Rutter’s "Christmas Night." Now in its 27th year, welcomes members from all area towns and has openings in all voices. The choir performs two concerts a year and welcomes all singers. Rehearsals are Wednesday at Newtown Middle School and begin September 11, 2013. The group meets at 7 pm.
The Gallery at the Kent Art Association has announced that Laura Bleau of Newtown won the Pastel Society Award for “Julie” in Kent Art Association’s President’s Show. The work is of a heavy-set, yet seemingly defiant woman standing up and looking to her left. The work is one of more than 100 paintings in oils, watercolors, pastels and graphics currently on view as part of the KAA exhibition.
A hands-on mural painting project will be offered at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street, this week. The special event will be Thursday, August 8, from 11 am to 3 pm. Sponsored by The Art Miles Mural Project, and open to the public, it is part of the organization’s “passionate and colorful 12 year movement to promote global peace and harmony through murals.”
On Saturday, September 14, the NHS Kindness Club will host a Day of Kindness. This free event is aimed at the youth of the town, but is open to residents of all ages. With students returning to school soon, organizers would like to shine a spotlight on how matters. Day of Kindness will be filled with activities and events focusing on giving back.
Donations made to Newtown Youth Academy Sports & Fitness Center (NYA) make it possible for the center to offer a number of programs to the Newtown community this month at no charge. There are events for all ages, from open soccer and open lacrosse times, an open house for college age students to have the opportunity to use the academy's turf, basketball and tennis courts, and even the chance for anyone age 14 and up to participate in a Fitness Extreme Workshop. Registration is requested for each event.