Ying Quartet will make its fourth visit to Newtown on Sunday, February 16, for a 3 pm performance sponsored by Newtown Friends of Music. NFoM hosted the first three concerts of its 2013-14 season in September, October and November. The performance in February will mark the return of the performance season following a traditional two-month winter break. The program for the concert on February 16 will feature the music of Sergei Prokofiev, Howard Hanson, Randall Thompson’s Alleluja, and will conclude with a string quartet by Antonin Dvorák.
Recognizing the intrinsic value and impact of arts and economic partners working side by side as an enriching influence on the communities of the Housatonic Valley, the Cultural Council of Western Connecticut has received two 2014 grants for its ongoing services and efforts on behalf of the ten town region. The Connecticut Office of the Arts, Department of Economic and Community Development has awarded $30,855 to the Cultural Council, as a Designated Regional Service Organization (DRSO), to support the state’s creative economy and provide cultural leadership to a broad diversity of constituents. An award of $15,000 from the Fairfield County Community Foundation will provide general operating support.
The ancient art of bonsai will be the featured topic for The Garden Club of Newtown this month with a presentation by David Silver at Newtown Meeting House on Tuesday, January 28, beginning at 1 pm. In his program “Bonsai Fundamentals,” Mr Silver will discuss the principles of bonsai, including training, maintenance, care and display. He will demonstrate how to use nursery stock to create a bonsai, which will be raffled at the end of the lecture.
The Children’s Adventure Center will continue with its series of Bookworms Story Hour with readings by First Selectman Pat Llodra on Saturday, February 8. This program was originally scheduled for January 11, but was postponed due to weather and icing conditions that morning. Mrs Llodra will be selecting from among her children’s favorites, as well as some of her own favorites, for the free program that will begin at 10 am.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) is presenting its annual Color in Winter Art Show & Sale at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street within the Fairfield Hills campus, to February 28. Show hours are weekdays, 8 am to 4:30 pm. A reception to meet with participating artists and other members of SCAN will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 22, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. The public is also invited to a live oil painting demonstration with Southbury artist Rick Daskam at 1:30.
Art in Residence Gallery will host a public open house on Sunday, January 26, from 1 to 4 pm. The gallery, set up in the home of Rosemary and Robert Rau, features original works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel and mixed media. The gallery opened in November. Its mission is to offer visitors a unique setting for artwork, and the opportunity to better imagine what artwork will look like in a home setting. In addition, the Raus offer an iPad portfolio, which allows them to visit potential clients their homes to see art at their convenience.
Sandy Hook-based Leaps of Faith Adaptive Skiers Club invites individuals with any and all disabilities to hit the slopes this winter for adaptive skiing at Mount Southington in Plantsville. Leaps of Faith will offer both beginner and advanced snow ski classes with certified instructors. There is no charge for the classes, but they usually fill quickly and registration is required.
On February 22, members of the St Rose parish and friends will gather together and celebrate as a community at its fourth Crystal Ball Gala. The gala is returning after a six-year hiatus. It will be held at The Waterview, just over the town line in Monroe. The evening, with a theme of “A Celebration of Community,” promises to be exceptional, with fine dining and open bar, dancing to an 11-piece orchestra, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are on sale, and all are welcome to attend.
Organizers of the second Sandy Hook Run For Families are looking for help from Newtown children ages 2–10. A logo (or two, or ten) for this year’s race is needed, and local children are being tapped for their artistic talents. Newtown children have been invited to draw a logo for the T-shirts that will be given to youth runners for the second annual Sandy Hook Run For the Families, which will be held in March at Fairfield Hills. The creators of the ten winning logos will receive a $15 gift certificate to The Toy Tree in Sandy Hook. Entry forms can be downloaded or picked up at the office of The Newtown Bee.
Attention young poets, jugglers, singers, comics, musicians and more: 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, January 18, from 7 to 9 pm, in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church. Sign up starts at 6:45 pm. There is no early sign-up before 6:45, however doors will be open by 6:15 for those who wish to wait in line to sign up. There are spaces for about 20 performers so the time limit per spot is about five minutes. Microphones, keyboard, guitar amp and more will be available. Live music only please.