The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission has donated copies of the movies that were screened last year as part of the inaugural Sunday Cinema Series presentation. Introduced in May 2014 by NCAC member Jen Rogers, “1939: The Greatest Year in Film — A 75th Anniversary Celebration" featured classic movies on the brand-new screen at Edmond Town Hall Theatre. Audiences were treated to award-winning films like Gone With The Wind and multi-generational favorite The Wizard of Oz to screwball comedies including Flying Deuces and Gunga Din. All of the films now in the library’s Sunday Cinema Series collection are available for loan. In addition Jen Rogers, who continues to organize the series has planned at least four Classic Cinema Series programs before the end of the year. Two special Wednesday presentations have been scheduled for this month, and then the series will return to Sundays for November and December.
Newtown Congregational Church will host a special breakfast gathering for the community on Wednesday, December 2. Sponsored by The Ana Grace Project in honor of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, the morning will feature a keynote by Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, international speaker, author and senior fellow, ChildTrauma Academy. Dr Perry is expected to speak on the morning’s theme, “Love Wins: Love Is The Antidote — How Deepening Connections and Relationships Transform Families and Communities.”
The Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown will have four of its members presenting a program covering two topics — the problems with invasive vines in Connecticut, and the positive effects of house plants in a home — on Wednesday, October 14. The program will begin at 7 pm. It will be held at Newtown Senior Center, and all are welcome, free of charge.
The Tapping Solution Foundation announces the release of its award-winning documentary, "Project Light: From Rwanda to Newtown — a story of hope, healing, and possibility." A free screening will take place Monday, October 19, at 6 pm, at Newtown Middle School. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Nick Ortner, Dr Lori Leyden, and JT Lewis.
The year she turned 30, Lisa A. Phillips fell in love with an unavailable man. At first her feelings gave her hope and pleasure. But he didn’t respond to her increasingly persistent efforts, and something inside her shifted. Her unrequited love obsessive, transforming her — a stable, accomplished professional — into someone unrecognizable and driving her to a very dark place. Years later, a fully healed Phillips set out to understand the one-sided fixation that had overtaken her so completely. Her new book, "Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession," examines the perils and power of obsessive love in women.
The Newtown native will return to the location of her first job — C.H. Booth Library — for a reading and program on Tuesday, October 6.
Award-winning Darien designer Carey Karlan was one of the featured designers for the Designer Showhouse on the Green presented by St Paul’s Episcopal Church, taking place September 19 to October 25. As part of her design, Ms Karlan also commissioned Newtown artistJoan Cone to create six original sketches of the historical buildings on the green. Led by Design Chairman Ellie Cullman and Landscape Design Co-Chairs Diane Devore and Tara Vincenta, more than 15 designers turned the church rectory into a showcase of premier talent. Proceeds from public tours, and a gala opening held in September, will help defray the renovation costs. Proceeds will also raise funds for the church’s community partner, Operation Hope of Fairfield, a non-profit organization that strives to improve local hunger and homelessness.
Kevin’s Community Center will conduct its eighth annual major fundraiser, “Mozart, Merlot and Mums,” on Saturday, October 10, from 4 to 7 pm. This year’s community gathering featuring a wine tasting, live music and local fare will take place at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. Kristin Adams Santilli, a well known soprano, will be performing at the KCC fundraiser.
"The Joy of Art" with artist Joy Hoffman invites all children and families to join in an annual pumpkin picking hay ride on Wednesday, October 7, from 4 to 5 pm, at Castle Hill Farm, 25 Sugar Lane.Donations will be accepted, with all then forwarded to The Avielle Foundation.
The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity will present the Fifth Annual Passport to Sandy Hook on Saturday, October 10, from 11 am to 4 pm. More than 36 merchants have contributed toward this year’s prize packages. To be eligible to win one of the three prize packages, valued at more than $3,550, visitors must have their passports stamped at all 31 participating locations. Locations are within walking distance of the Church Hill Road-Glen Road-Riverside Road-Washington Avenue intersection. The event will run rain or shine. In addition, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue will be conducting a stuff-a-truck to benefit FAITH Food Pantry. Donations of nonperishable food, or monetary donations, will be collected at the fire truck behind 102 Church Hill Road.
Masonicare at Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Road, will be hosting a food drive for the entire month of October. All members of the community are asked to consider donating any non-perishable food items to benefit the Salvation Army Food Bank. Donations of any size can be dropped off in the main lobby of Masonicare at any time.