Over 100 community volunteers have signed up to help bring smiles to Newtown’s children and families at the 2nd Annual Lighthouse Festival, sponsored by Ben’s Lighthouse. The volunteers will guide visitors through the myriad activities taking place at the festival this Saturday, June 14, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church. “If it’s anything like last year, we’ll have dozens of other people show up at the event saying ‘How can I help?’” says Mary Chamiec-Case who, along with Carla Tischio, is organizing the event for Ben’s Lighthouse. “It truly shows what a wonderful community this is.”
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The public is invited to visit Sticks and Stones Farm Retreat & Education Center on Saturday, June 14, for a day of music, nature, healthy living inspiration, and family fun. Guests will be invited to walk the farm’s labyrinth, stroll the Mountain Laurel and Moss Garden, and hike the trails throughout the 60-acre farm. The event is free of charge and will run rain or shine from 11 am until 4 pm.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will host “Natural Beauty,” featuring works by Susan McLaughlin, June 18-July 12 at Avancé Esthétiques Gallery, within the day spa in Sand Hill Plaza. The collection of paintings will be the next in SCAN’s ongoing “Art About Town” series of exhibitions. An opening reception is planned for Wednesday, June 18, from 5 to 8 pm. The exhibition will include a number of recent paintings from the artist’s “Wings” series, done in her Newtown studio, including the signature piece of the collection.
The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) invites community members to its next summer benefit on Saturday, June 14, at 7 pm. The 3rd Annual SHOP Food, Beer and Wine Tasting, Plus Silent Auction will take place community room of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. main station. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased in advance . SHOP Marketing Coordinator Melissa Lopata said the event will offer an opportunity for residents to network among Sandy Hook business owners and community leaders, as well as to socialize with friends and neighbors.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo invites all Newtown residents to visit the zoo on Saturday, June 14, from 10 am to 4 pm for a reduced admission fee of $5 with proper ID. Meet and greet with friends and neighbors during a fun filled day to please the whole family. “Newtown Day gives us the opportunity to say thank you to our neighbors who have continuously supported us throughout the years,” explained Zoo Director Gregg Dancho.
Art in Residence, a fine art gallery in the home of Rosemary and Robert Rau at 12 Lake Road, will host the opening reception of its summer exhibition on Sunday, June 8. “The Equine and Canine — Body and Soul” will feature works by sculptor Peggy Kauffman and animal portraitist Jocelyn Sandor Urban. The collection will also offer works by Adele Moros, Aline LaPointe and Ellie Scott. In addition, the gallery will host a summer exhibit with works by Joanne Conant, Anne Marie Foran, Katya Lebrija and Virginia Zic.
Residents of all ages are invited to take a hike on Trails Day 2014 on June 7, from noon to 3 pm, at Brunot Preserve. Participants will enjoy a guided, approximately 3½-mile hike at the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) property, walking through forest and meadow areas. An annual event, The 22nd Annual CT Trails Day weekend on June 7-8 is being celebrated with at least 258 events statewide.
The final meeting of the season for Genealogy Club of Newtown will be Wednesday, June 11, at 7 pm. For those needing assistance with a genealogy problem, the library's Help Desk will be open at 6:45. The meeting and program will be in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. This month’s speaker will be Audrey DeBlasio, treasurer of the club. Her topic will be “How to Make a Family Legacy DVD.” Ms DeBlasio will walk through the process of taking the factual pieces of genealogy research that have been gathered, and then combining them with family photos and videos to make a family history story come alive.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have the internationally known artist Adele Moros demonstrating watercolor landscape painting at its meeting on Wednesday, June 11. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm, in the lower meeting room of Newtown Meeting House. The demonstration is open to the public. Admission is free.
Luke McCarthy, 2, was the first child entered in 2014’s Beautiful Baby Photo Contest. His entry photo has been placed in #1 spot on the voting booth, which will go on public display and begin receiving votes this weekend. The photo booth will be put on display Friday, June 7, from 5 to 9 pm, for the opening night of Sandy Hook LobsterFest. It will remain on display during both nights of the annual event, which continues Saturday, June 7, and then move to Stop & Shop in Sand Hill Plaza until June 22. The public is invited to vote for their favorite child by putting a $1 bill into the slot accompanying each child’s photo. The photo that raises the highest amount of month at the end of the contest period will win that child and their parents a chauffeur driven ride in the Newtown Labor Day Parade on September 1.