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Congratulations to former superintendent of Newtown Schools Evan Pitkoff, for his fast running on Sunday, April 6. The running Super, who finished near the front of the 5K race sponsored by Stratton-Faxon in Danbury, said that he took up running two years ago, and has never felt better.

Adam Feld of Forecast International on Commerce Road caught this bobcat on camera last Thursday, browsing the employee parking lot. It doesn’t look like the best place to hunt for small rodents, so I’m thinking this bobkitty may have had plans to steal a car.  Or maybe the asphalt was just a nice, warm spot to soak up some early spring sunshine.

The only thing I’ve juggled lately is my schedule, but I see there’s a chance for me to hone my circus skills. The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will meet this weekend, and club founder John Wisnieff is planning to take the group outdoors this time. Gather your juggling props, or just screw up your courage to try something new, and stop by the park near the river, at 3 Glen Road in Sandy Hook, Saturday, April 12, from 3 to 5 pm. No experience is required, and plenty of materials are provided. Any changes will be posted on the group’s Facebook page, or call John at 203-501-7434 for more information.

Get ready for a creative interpretation of the Stations of the Cross, Wednesday, April 16, at 8 pm, when the Mystery Players of Immaculate Heart Central High School in Watertown, N.Y., bring their presentation to St Rose, 46 Church Hill Road. The Mystery Players bring the stations to a modern level through the use of special lighting, music, pantomime, and paraliturgical readings. Using the sanctuary of the church as a stage, The Paschal Mystery is re-created in a moving, dramatic presentation. It may not be appropriate for children under the age of 10, but all others are invited to attend this unique and powerful prayer experience. There is no admission charge, and there is a special appearance planned by Monsignor Robert Weiss.

Since last April, the EverWonder Experience has been able to offer a small scale brick-and-mortar version of the permanent children’s museum that organizers hope to one day present in Newtown. At the 31 Pecks Lane temporary location, volunteers have been able to open the space a few times each week, always welcoming visitors free of charge. But in order to continue to offer the programs, while working toward the permanent space, beginning this month The EverWonder Experience will request a donation of $5 per child. Programs will continue, with a different focus each week. Visit www.everwondermuseum.com or call 203-364-4009 for additional information.

If you have an admiration of art, stop by Quality Gem at 74 Stony Hill Road in Bethel — just over the Newtown line on Route 6 — where a private collection of Ukrainian Easter Eggs is on display. The collection can be viewed during regular store hours, through the end of the month.

A visitor to the office this week reminded us that the Connecticut schedule for March of Dimes events will be very busy over the next few weeks, with walks in East Hartford and New Haven planned for Sunday, April 27; Middletown and Stamford on Saturday, May 3; and walks in Danbury, Fairfield, Middlebury, Mystic, and New Britain on Sunday, May 4. The Danbury walk will be at Ives Concert Park, on the westside campus of Western Connecticut State University. Teams and individuals can still sign up to participate; visit marchforbabies.org. Can’t walk this year? Walkers are also counting on donations to support the mission of the March of Dimes, which includes improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Visit www.marchforbabies.org and look for the pink “Ways To Participate” box, and then click on the “Donate” button to offer financial support.

The full moon next Tuesday night, April 15, could seem kind of dim to you; feel free to blame it on the lunar eclipse. A full moon lunar eclipse is not a rare thing, in particular, but it is not that often that it occurs at night, and when all of North America can witness it. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are perfectly lined up, and the sun’s shadow is cast across the face of the moon. “The continent will be in prime position to view it from start to finish,” according to www.nasa.org — particularly if you are up between the hours of 2 and 5 am. It might be worth losing the shut-eye, though, as the next time all of North America gets to witness a total lunar eclipse will not occur for another five years.

There will be no eclipse of news in this column, though, so be sure next week to… Read me again.

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