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  • First Selectman To Read During Next Bookworms Story Hour

    The Children’s Adventure Center will continue with its series of Bookworms Story Hour this month with readings by First Selectman Pat Llodra on Saturday, January 11. Mrs Llodra will be selecting from among her children’s favorites, as well as some of her own favorites, for the free program that will begin at 10 am. Adults will also have an opportunity on Saturday to meet with Dr William Notaro, who will be hosted by Newtown Visiting Nurses. The dermatologist will answer questions related to the skin and his area of specialty.

  • Genealogy Club Meeting & Program Cancelled

    The Genealogy Club of Newtown’s meeting and program scheduled for tonight at C.H. Booth Library has been cancelled. The cancellation is a result of water pipes that burst and damaged many areas of the 25 Main Street location last Saturday afternoon. All programs hosted by the library have been cancelled.

  • Choral Society Seeking New Members

    The Newtown Choral Society is inviting prospective new members to an open rehearsal Wednesday, January 22, at 7 pm, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street. Now in its 28th year, the choral society welcomes members from all area towns and has openings in all voices. Under the direction of Mary Andreotta, the choir will be preparing for its April concert, "Music of The Night."

  • Newtown Hikers Announce 2014 Winter Schedule

    Newtown Hikers is an open group that welcomes anyone interested in hiking. There is no membership fee. Hikers participate at their own risk and are asked by the Newtown Parks & Recreation Department to sign a release. Winter hikers should meet in the lower parking lot of the Edmond Town Hall promptly at 10 am for each Saturday’s hike. The group tries to carpool as much as possible. Check with the listed hike leader for hike details or changes. Winter hikes are shorter and easier than their fall and spring counterparts.

  • Newtown Club Organizes To Carry On 70-Year Tradition Of Competitive Bridge

    With the retirement of club director and manager Ed Finlay, Newtown Bridge Club has organized as a member-owned, member-run club to continue the 70-year tradition of competitive duplicate bridge in the Newtown area. “The Newtown Bridge Club inherited a legacy of being a friendly place to learn and play bridge,” said Carl Palmer, president of the club’s new board of directors. “We’re committed to offering competitive bridge games for players who enjoy the game, from novice to expert.” The local club hosts games on Tuesdays at 10 am and 7 pm and on Wednesdays at 10 am at Hawleyville Fire Station, 34 Hawleyville Road. All bridge players are welcome.

  • Town Historian’s Annual Lecture Relocated Due To Library Flooding

    Newtown has produced many notable characters in its 300-plus years. On Monday, January 13, at 7:30 pm, Town Historian Dan Cruson will present a line-up of some of them for Newtown Historical Society’s first program of the new year, “Legendary Locals of Newtown.” Originally planned to take place at C.H. Booth Library, last weekend’s flooding at the historic Main Street building has necessitated the move of the program. It will now take place at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street.

  • Table Tennis To Benefit Memorial Fund

    A table tennis event to support Newtown Memorial Fund will take place at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road, on Saturday, January 25, beginning at 5:30 pm. The event is a tournament for all ages, and refreshments will be served. Cost is $10 and tickets tickets may be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit Newtown Memorial Fund, whose mission is to serve as "an ongoing remembrance that provides care and support for those directly affected today, and for the entire community, for the long term."

  • Dave Mason Highlighting Short-Lived Tenure With 'Traffic Jam' Tour Stops In Ridgefield, Norfolk

    Before Dave Mason enjoyed success as a solo artist in the 1970s and '80s, he made his mark on musical history while securing a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as co-founder of Traffic along with Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood and Chris Wood in 1967. Through mid-May, the artist is hitting the road, shelving some of his own solo material in favor of highlighting his short-lived career with Winwood, Capaldi and Wood on what Mason is calling his "Traffic Jam Tour." He will be making a stop at The Ridgefield Playhouse January 9, and will bounce back to Connecticut for a set at Norfolk's Infinity Hall January 16.

  • Pasta Dinner & Bluegrass Music At NUMC Saturday

    The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on January 4 in the church’s fellowship hall. The public is invited to join church members for an evening of fellowship and community spirit. Dinner is served from 5 to 7:30 pm, and is then followed from 7:45 until 10:30 by a performance of bluegrass, country and folk music led by Roger Sprung & Friends.

  • Hot Tuna Trucking Into Ridgefield Playhouse With New Album, Tour

    Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Jefferson Airplane made an indelible mark in the musical history books for their uniquely energized take on the Blues and psychedelic rock. Airplane co-founders Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have long since departed the band, but they continue to work and tour together as Hot Tuna, which formed in 1969. The pair recorded their first album of new material in 20 years during 2013, Steady As She Goes, and have launched an ambitious tour showcasing that work as well as material from their extensive catalog in the New Year. The group rolls into the Ridgefield Playhouse January 7. In separate interviews with The Newtown Bee, Casady and Kaukonen acknowledged they are both still very happy to be getting up in the morning, never mind heading out to play the kind of music that is keeping their blood pumping well into the 21st Century.