Newtown Middle School students have been rehearsing after school for the school’s upcoming musical production of "Grease: School Version." The school version is an abridged version with content suitable for younger audiences of the musical, which follows the story of teenagers in 1959 through romances and high school. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 14-15, at 7 pm, and Sunday, March 16, at 2 pm. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Newtown's senior citizens are invited to a special preview event on the afternoon of Thursday, March 13.
On Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 pm, Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will sponsor a lecture on nocturnal photography by Mark Bowie in the Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall. Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer and writer. His work has been published internationally in books and magazines, on calendars, posters, and greeting cards, and in advertising media. His March 6 presentation is titled “Night Over the Northeast,” which will cover in great detail an ambitious project Mr Bowie has undertaken to photograph New York State and New England at night.
Members, and a few friends, of St John’s Episcopal Church plan to present their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper next week. Volunteers will be at the church all day on March 4, prepping the plates, napkins, utensils, drinks, pancake batter, griddles, coffee and everything else that will go into serving dinner for a few hundred people that evening. Diners will again enjoy an all-you-can-eat offering, with this year’s menu to include fresh pancakes, country style breakfast sausage, applesauce and beverages.
The Newtown Parent Connection, Inc., in partnership with Brookfield CARES, announces the return of its popular, parent education day. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 22, from 8 am to 2:30 pm, at Newtown Middle School. Registration is necessary for attendees and children. This collaboration is offered to parents and caregivers who wish to be proactive and learn positive parenting strengths for raising children of all ages. This year’s keynote speaker is Jane Nelsen, EdD, LMFT, noted author and accomplished educator in the field of Positive Discipline. Her topic is “How to Empower Your Children and Yourselves!” Kids University is also offered, with music, games and special guests for ages 3-11.
Attention young poets, jugglers, singers, comics, musicians and other entertainers: share your talents at the next monthly Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth. The next event, for entertainers in grades 5-12, will be Saturday, February 22, from he next event, for entertainers in grades 5-12, will be Saturday, February 22, from 7 to 9 pm, in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Microphones, keyboard, guitar amp and more will be available for performances. Adult family members attending are invited to bring a drink or snack to share. All ages are welcome to attend the fun community event. Youth under grade six must have a parent or guardian present.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) sponsors two demonstration meetings during most months, each featuring a professional artist who paints and shares tips and techniques in a specific medium. An evening meeting is regularly offered on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm, and an afternoon meeting is on the fourth Wednesday at 1:30 pm. Meetings are held in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street (at the flagpole). They are open to the public at no charge. On February 26, SCAN will welcome Kathy Anderson, who plans to offer an afternoon program on creating a floral using oils.
The Newtown Woman’s Club, GFWC, Inc. will host a Card And Game Party on Sunday, March 9, from 1 to 5 pm, at LeReine’s Cuisine, 31 Pecks Lane. Tickets are $10 per person and include games (Bridge, Board Games, Mah Jongg, Bunco, etc) and refreshments. There will be door prizes and raffles, and proceeds will support the club's charity efforts.
The next meeting of The Garden Club of Newtown will offer just what most people need to take their minds off of the cold and snow and bring flowers into our lives again: “Take the Fear Out of Floral Design” will be the featured topic with a demonstration by Beth Caldwell at 1 pm Tuesday, February 25, at Newtown Meeting House.
In order to make Newtown High School’s upcoming production of "Peter Pan" fly, organizers are looking at funding alternatives, including an online fundraising page and corporate sponsors for the musical. "Peter Pan" is scheduled for March 20-23, and professional equipment will be brought in to bring the story’s magic to life on the NHS stage. In order to afford the equipment and professional assistance to install the equipment, however, further funding is needed.
Edmond Town Hall Theatre has extended its run of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." Originally scheduled to play until February 13, the Board of Managers this week announced that the film will be extended through the weekend of February 15-16. In addition, the ETH Theatre has announced a limited run of "Saving Mr Banks," for February 17-20.