Newtown Bridge Club will host four weeks of free lessons for aspiring bridge players on Mondays, 9:30 to noon, at Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Station. Sessions will begin September 22. The Easybridge! program is a 14-week series for beginners and players returning to bridge after some years. The format is a 20-25 minute lesson followed by two hours of play. Players are welcome to attend the lessons on their own or with friends. After the first four weeks, additional lessons will be offered for $12 per lesson.
Ives Concert Park has partnered with Townsquare Media to offer back-to-back events on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, at the outdoor venue located on the Western Connecticut State University westside campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension. First up is “Connecticut on Tap,” from 3 to 6 pm on Saturday At the event, attendees will be able to sample more than 120 craft beers from the best American Craft Breweries. On Sunday, the concert park will host “Pickin’ at the Ives” as part of the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts and Family Series. The inaugural offering of this event, featured artists will include Greensky Bluegrass, Cabinet and local artists Cricket Tell the Weather, The Korey Brodsky Band and The Wool Hats String Band.
With just a few games left in the regular Major League Baseball season, Newtown Historical Society will head for the virtual ballpark for its first program of the 2014-15 season. Newtown resident Chris Spiro will present “Interesting Moments in Baseball History” in the community room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, on Monday, September 15, at 7:30 pm.
Cub Scout Pack 170 of Sandy Hook is set to host an Ice Cream Social/Pack Registration event on Monday, September 15, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, from 6:45 until 8 pm. The event will be an opportunity for parents and kids to enjoy treats and learn more about the year-round opportunities Cub Scouts provides. In addition to registering new Scouts, current Scouts will be able to reregister for the 2014-15 Scout year.
The Newtown office of William Raveis Real Estate invites the public to “Wine and Cheese In The Barn,” a fundraiser in support of breast cancer research. William Raveis Real Estate Senior Vice President Carolyn Deal battled breast cancer several years ago, and has become a champion for the company. The fundraiser will be held in the barn behind 50 Main Street, Newtown, Wednesday, September 17, from 4 to 7 pm. A suggested donation of $20 per person is payable at the door.
The Great Room was filled to capacity last November when Newtown Congregational Church hosted its first shrimp boil to benefit Back Bay Mission. Centerpieces celebrated locations in and around Biloxi, Mississippi, home of the mission, and tables were set family style. The church will host its second annual shrimp boil Saturday night, and organizers are hoping that the community will again join church members for the special event.
A new season of St Rose of Lima School Friday Bingo Nights will begin this weekend. The first event of the 2014-15 season will be offered on Friday, September 12, in the Monsignor Weiss Gathering Hall, 46 Church Hill Road. Doors open at 5:45 pm, and Bingo games run from 6:30 until approximately 9:30 pm. Designed for the Bingo enthusiast, evenings feature substantial cash prizes for all games, as well as door prizes.
On Wednesday, September 24, from 6:30 to 8 pm, Craig Harris will be at C.H. Booth Library to discuss his recent release, "The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music." At a time when popular music was dominated by heavy metal, acid rock, and bubblegum, The Band — featuring Canadians Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson, and Arkansas-born Levon Helm — rebelled against the rebellion with tight ensemble arrangements, masterful musicianship, impressionable lead vocals, earthy harmonies, highly literate lyrics, and a profound respect for the music of the American South.
The Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society (STIMS) will host its next Newtown Meeting House concert on Monday, September 15. This month’s guest is The Alt: John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’Leary. The performance will begin at 7:30. Grammy nominee John Doyle is returning to Fairfield County, this time teaming his powerhouse rhythmic guitar style with the brilliant voice and mighty flute of Nuala Kennedy and many talents of bouzouki player, guitarist and singer Eamon O’Leary of The Murphy Beds. The trio will perform their brand of traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American songs.
The first meeting-program of the 2014-14 season for The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be on Wednesday, September 10, at C.H. Booth Library. The program will begin at 7, and will concern finding military records while doing one's genealogy.