“We’re serving as a bridge to connect people to the horses. The horses are really the therapists,” said PATH (Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified therapeutic riding instructor Diana Kruzshak. Ms Kruzshak and Christine Patella, of Therapeutic Recreation Center in Woodbridge and director of the Animal-Assisted Therapy Services at Miles Hill Farm in Guilford, have joined with Barbara Gaydosh of Timber Hill Farm on Huntingtown Road to open Animal-Assisted Therapy Services, an equine therapy program. The first session will begin Saturday, September 19, said Ms Kruzshak, with programs geared to people of all ages on the autism spectrum, and for riders who suffer from emotional, physical, and mental issues.
The Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers invites the community to participate in a one-of-kind waterski event to benefit people with disabilities. Dam Buster, an 11- and 22-mile Waterski-A-Thon, runs from the Shepaug Dam to Stevenson Dam. The event is Saturday, September 12, on Lake Zoar from 9 am to noon. Visit the website at LOFadaptiveskiers.org or call 203-426-0666.
When the timer starts ticking on Friday, September 18 for the Fifth Annual Connecticut Chefs Challenge, a fundraiser to support the Optimus Foundation, at the Lincoln Culinary Institute in Shelton, one of the eight chefs vying for the championship belt and $1,000 grand prize, will be Sandy Hook resident Justin Kern.Chef Kern will not be the only Newtown representative there, though. Hosting the fundraiser will be Chef Kristopher Plummer (better known as “Chef Plum”), a personal chef from Newtown, and owner of Plum Luv Foods and Pork Belly Productions. Chef Plum has appeared on Food Network, ABC, CBS, Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube. He is also a former Chefs Challenge participant. The Chefs Challenge — a evening of food, music, and raffles, and open to the public — raises funds that go toward renovation of medical office facilities, investment in technology and equipment, staff training, research and development, as well as increasing public awareness of Optimus Health Care’s community services.
The lineup for Monday’s 54th Newtown Labor Day Parade has been provided by the Newtown Labor Day Parade Committee. The theme of this year’s parade is “Celebrating the Fine Art of Newtown,” and longtime resident and artist Ruth Newquist will serve as grand marshal.
The Newtown Soccer Club will hold its first Recreation Soccer Kickoff Celebration on Thursday, September 3, at NYA Sports & Fitness, 4 Primrose Street. Registered players, as well as prospective participants interested in joining the league, are welcome. Registration will be available at the event.
The Newtown Yoga Festival was held at NYA Sports & Fitness Center on Saturday, August 22. This was the third year for the annual event.
During the morning people practiced yoga under the guidance of a number of instructors and danced with Newtown energy healer and yoga teacher Joanne Keane and later the dance troupe Pilobolus.
Vendors were also set up for the event in the NYA’s courtyard.
The headline program for the 2015 Newtown Yoga Festival was led by Drs Patricia Gerbarg and Richard Brown, pioneers in the emerging field of yoga and medicine.
Residents who would like to volunteer for the upcoming Newtown Forest Association (NFA) wine tasting event on September 12 are invited to a meeting Tuesday, September 1 at 7 pm at the Holcombe Hill offices at 65 Great Hill Road. The NFA board members are reaching out to residents to help p...