The paintings of Lee Meredith Brownell, a realist and photorealist, are Newtown Municipal Center during normal business hours this month. A hyperrealist, Ms Brownell creates work that mirrors photographic detail. She paints from life as well as from her own photographic references. Her work incorporates oils, pastels and graphite, as well as mixed media.
A shrimp boil at Newtown Congregational Church on October 17 will include a full dinner of shrimp and Andoille sausage or BBQ chicken while raising funds for Back Back Mission in Biloxi, Miss. Guests will feel as if they are down on the Gulf as piles of shrimp shells grow on newspaper-covered tables and conversation fills the room.
Ben’s Bells Project, in collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families, will present the 2015 Kindness Conference: Building the Science of Kindness Together on Saturday, October 24, at Broadview Middle School in Danbury. The event will be focused on the Ben’s Bells Kind Campus and Kind Colleagues programs, and featuring a keynote by Jeremy Richman, CEO and founder of The Avielle Foundation. Parents and educators are invited to kick off the new school year by learning more about Kind Campus engagement, kind discipline, new school materials, and #BeKindChallenge2.
Newtown Historical Society’s Ghost Walk through the center of town will be offered Saturday, October 17, with tours departing at 5:30 and 7 pm. Following last year’s sold out performance, Martha Bishop will again lead two walks along Main Street, and each will be followed by a candlelight tour of the house conducted by costumed docents. Cost is $5 per person, or $15 per family, payable at the event, but registration is required by email.
The next meeting of The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be on Wednesday, October 14, at 7 pm, in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. This month’s guest speaker will be David Perkins, from the Sons of the American Revolution. His subject will be “Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestors in Connecticut.”
Newtown Congregational Church is extending an invitation to all residents to join them for a special program on Tuesday, October 20. Warren Hardy, Jr, and September Chatfield will be the guest speakers for “Actions Speaker Louder Than Words: Violence Can Be Changed Into Nice Love.” The evening will look at gun violence and how words can be turned into action.
Are you a reality TV watcher? Do you enjoy unusual competitions? If your answer to either of these questions is Yes, then the Lions Clubs’ Sixth Annual Great Pumpkin Race is for you. This year’s event will be held Saturday, October 17, between 10 am and 2 pm, behind Edmond Town Hall. The pumpkin racing is only one of a number of things to participate in or to view that day, including the pumpkin decorating contest and the raffle of the Lions classic 1966 Mustang convertible.
Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will host a free Halloween costume swap, Saturday, October 17. Participants are invited to drop off gently-used Halloween costumes in any size, weekdays, between 10 am and 7 pm, through Friday, October 16, at NYFS, 15 Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook. For each costume donated, participants will receive a ticket allowing for early admission on October 17, and first pick at the costume selection.