By 1937 Adolf Hitler had been in power for four years and had begun spreading his tentacles beyond Germany to the rest of Europe and even to America. One means of expansion was the German American Bund, or association for German American youth. Ostensibly a camp to promote American values and outdoor pursuits, the real purpose was to establish Nazi principles on American soil. A camp was planned in the then-back woods of Southbury, where it might attract little attention. That plan didn't work and on Monday, April 13, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, the historical society will present “The Southbury Bund.” The program will include a screening of the video "Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said No to the Nazis."
The next meeting of The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be Wednesday, April 8, at C.H. Booth Memorial Library. This month’s speakers will be Matthew Bielawa and/or Professor Jonathan Shea. They will speak on “The Road Less Traveled,” on researching ancestors in Poland and eastern Europe. “Coffee and” will be served.
This month, Flagpole Photographers will be hosting a unique two-part “Black and White” workshop-seminar photography event on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12. The local photography club will also host a regular monthly meeting, and members are invited to compete in any of four photography competitions.
The public is invited to join members of Ben's Lighthouse for a special volunteer meeting and open house this week. Kelly Paredes, program manager for the non-profit organization, said it will be “a unique meeting.” The event is open to anyone interested in learning more more about the organization and its mission, and for those who are interested in becoming involved.
The EverWonder Children’s Museum will reopen on Saturday, April 4, at its new 31 Pecks Lane location. Guests can view the newest exhibit, Flight Lab, and returning favorites like the Ball Run and the Imagination Playground. Museum visitors can also explore a new Young Explorers Zone, designed just for toddlers. The new Young Explorers Zone includes the Nature Center room, Build a City room, and Light, Sound and Shapes room.
Newtown High School, Newtown Parent Connection, Newtown Prevention Council, and the Newtown Board of Realtors invite the public to hear former NBA player Chris Herren speak about his struggle with substance abuse and his road to recovery on Thursday, April 7, at 7 pm. The free presentation is intended for parents and their children (11 years and older), friends and neighbors, and will be held at Newtown High School.
On Wednesday, April 8, The Town and Country Garden Club will host a program by club member Marilynn Klepfer on composting, a subject near and dear to the hearts of gardeners. The program will be held at Newtown Senior Center beginning at 7 pm. It is open the public, free of charge.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have Newtown artist Dick McEvoy painting a pastel landscape at the next meeting of SCAN, on Wednesday April 8, beginning at 7:30 pm. This demonstration will take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House and the public is invited, free of charge.
What better way to say good bye to winter and, at long last hello to spring than with the colorful art exhibition, “Spring is in the AIR.” Avancè Day Spa and AIR Gallery have partnered to present this show in the tranquil and gracious Spa setting of Avancè, within Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street. The collection is on view until May 11, with works by featured artists Vibeke Dressler, Heidrun Morgan, Joan Pollak, Joanne Miller Rafferty and Laura Wilk. An open house/reception is being planned for Sunday, May 3.
The annual Bunny Watch event at Glander Field, off Mile Hill South at Fairfield Hills, is set for this Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4.
The Bunny Watch will run from 10 am until 4 pm on both days.
Newtown High School’s Odyssey of the Mind Team, coached by Robin Fitzgerald, will host the event to raise money for the team. Funds will help the team pay for their trip to attend World Finals, which will be held at Michigan State University May 20-23. It costs each team member $500 for room and board for the three-day World Finals event.