Jeremy Perillo, a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 42, is again organizing a crutch drive to benefit Crutches 4 Kids. Over the past two years Jeremy’s crutch drives in New Fairfield have given the gift of mobility to over 200 children. This year his goal was to expand beyond New Fairfield, and he has been able to do so with the support of fellow Cub/Boy Scouts. This year the crutch drive has expanded to the neighboring towns of Sherman, Brookfield and Newtown. The collection will run May 18 to June 5, and there are three donation points in Newtown alone.
C.H. Booth Library will host a series of Genealogy 101 programs on the first four Wednesdays in June. Each program will run 2 to 4 pm, and different subjects will be covered each week. June 3 will be “Getting Started,” covering the basic guidelines in genealogical research. Reservations are not needed for any of the programs, which will be presented in the meeting room.
Ben’s Bells Newtown will host its next Girls Night Out Filled With Kindness on Thursday, May 21, from 7:30 to 10 pm. An event for adults, women are invited to attend on their own or in small groups. Seating is open; there are no reservations. Cost is $10 per person for the fundraiser.
Dick McEvoy is an oil and pastel painter who has always been influenced by the Abstract Expressionist and Impressionist art movements. For years he has created contemporary Impressionistic landscapes in pastel and oil, and Abstract Expressionist paintings in oil with a palette knife. It has taken a number of years to arrive at his current point: an emerging art form of his own creation, called Abstract Impressionism. The public is invited to meet Mr McEvoy during an open studio event this weekend at his studio on Taunton Lake.
The Newtown Lions Club Duck Race Committee recently met to sort through the hundreds of rubber ducks that will make up the flock for The 15th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race. This year’s big event will take place Saturday, May 23, at the park in Sandy Hook Center, 5 Glen Road. Splashdown will be at 2:30 pm, but there are many events scheduled during the day, beginning at 10 am and continuing right up until the duck are put into the water.
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday May 17, from noon to 4 pm. Norman Cote of Norwalk will be this month’s special guest. He will compare colonial methods of beekeeping to modern methods, and will have samples of honey, beeswax, and pollen.
New Arts: Newtown Musicals, in association with The 12.14 Foundation, will present “Secrets Every Actor Needs To Know,” a free audition workshop with casting director and educator Holly Powell on Saturday, May 16. The workshop will run from 10 am to 4 pm at Newtown United Methodist Church. Suggested donation is $10, payable at the door, but reservations need to be made by 8 pm Friday, May 15.
The next Friday Night Bingo event at St Rose will be this week, May 15. Games are played in Monsignor Weiss Gathering Hall, adjacent to St Rose of Lima School, 40 Church Hill Road. All ages are welcome for a family-friendly night featuring Bingo fun and cash prizes.
Cub Scout Pack 170 of Sandy Hook is set to hold a registration event for boys entering first to fourth grade on Wednesday, May 20, in the pavilion of Treadwell Park. The event will run from 6 to 8 pm. In addition to registering new scouts, the pack will also be re-registering scouts for the 2015-16 school year, and seeking parent volunteers to help during the year.
EverWonder Children’s Museum, an interactive, STEM-based museum geared towards children and families, is set to celebrate their grand opening on Saturday, June 6, at its new 31 Pecks Lane location in Newtown. The grand opening celebration will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 am, free admission until 11 am, and half-price admission until closing at 5 pm. Visitors can expect pop-up science demonstrations, art and science activities, and specially scheduled entertainment throughout the day all while enjoying the new museum. Special aspects of the museum include an expanded exhibit gallery, a Young Explorer area, art labs, a Tinker Lab, and classroom space.