Parents and students swarmed the halls of Head O’ Meadow School, Friday, July 31. Bright yellow “SMART” bags hung from their arms, piled high with works of art created during the final session of this summer’s Newtown Continuing Education SMART Camp. Summer, Music, and ART Camp runs for two, two-week sessions each summer, with hands-on activities that this summer included Jewelry Design, Great Clay, Mosaics, Fashion Design, Adventures in Painting, Fused Glass, Knitting, Icky Sticky Chemistry, and Theater & Performance Workshops.
In an attempt to reach a wide range of ages for film screenings this month, the Board of Managers at Edmond Town Hall is offering two films each week. The ETH Theatre offered "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" and "Mad Max: Road Fury." This week movie lovers will again find two films sharing space on the marquee. The town hall is hosting a return of Hot Pursuit, a Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara film that had a four-day run (July 19-22) last month. The Main Street theater is also offering a special treat this week: screenings of the 1964 musical fantasy Mary Poppins. Edmond Town Hall Operations Manager Sheila Torres said on Monday that the idea has been in the works for a short time.
A dozen young women crowded around 13-year-old Sabrina Boccuzzi, Tuesday afternoon, July 28, as she pitched a pan of hot marbles into ice water. The clear and green marbles had just come from a 20-minute bake in the oven at the C.H. Booth Library Meeting Room kitchen, and were well on their way to becoming the gems on handcrafted necklaces. Sabrina, a member of Girl Scout Troop 55005 in Newtown and a rising eighth grader at Newtown Middle School, is leading three craft programs this summer at C.H. Booth Library, as part of the requirements to qualify for the Girl Scout Silver Award. Local tweens have two more opportunities — the first on Monday, August 3 — to join the Girl Scout for craft workshops.
Walking through the Capitol Building, alongside 50 awe-struck and ambitious high school journalists, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy stopped us outside the Senate press briefing room. The veteran Democrat and most senior member of the 114th Congress teasingly asked if we were the “perspiring” journalists he’d heard would be clogging up the halls of Congress that day. For the sweat-drenched “aspiring” writers attending this journalism conference who had just trudged through Washington DC’s grotesque summer air, Leahy’s quip gave everyone a lift.
The afternoon following his 90th birthday celebration, Newtown resident and the acknowledged “Father of Robotics” Joseph F. Engelberger relaxed in his Hattertown home while his daughter Gay tended to his comfort by bringing a small glass of white wine. While Mr Engelberger obviously appreciated the effort along with all the care he receives from his daughter and others, he would much rather see many day-to-day chores being performed on his behalf by a mechanical assistant.
Newtown Yoga Festival returns Saturday, August 22, for a third year of sharing well-being and health through yoga and related positive energy practices. The festival takes place at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, and yogis can choose from a variety of yoga and dance practices throughout the event. The festival's headline program this year will feature a presentation and class led by Drs Patricia Gerbarg and Richard Brown, pioneers in the emerging field of yoga and medicine. Specials guests this years will also include members of the dance company Pilobolus. Food vendors, a Lululemon trunk sale, a silent auction, and live music can also be enjoyed in the courtyard at NYA during the festival, and with a "YogaBear: Yoga for Youngsters" book signing by author Karen Pierce and illustrator Paula Brinkman, both of Newtown.
A dance group performing “Stand Out” opened the Kindness in Motion Newtown Dance Concert on Friday, July 24. The special event was held to benefit NewArts, a division of The 12.14 Foundation. Persephonie Alvarez, founder of Thrive The Essence of Dance in Monroe, was the director for the dance concert, which included 33 acts, all performed by local youth. Ms Alvarez also performed the final act of the night.