The Ben’s Bells mission recognizes that everyone has the capacity to be kind, and that kindness can be cultivated through intentional practice. The mission of The Sandy Hook Project, Inc is to emphasize that the expression of love for others and yourself are key elements of healing, health and well-being; raise funds to make mental health resources affordable for those affected by the Sandy Hook School shooting; and educate about the symptoms of trauma, so that those struggling know when and how to seek help. The two groups will join together on Sunday, June 22, when the Ben’s Bells Newtown studio hosts a special We Choose Love… and Kindness bead-making session.
The second annual Claris Construction Inc Summer Jam Concert Series for the children of Newtown will open inext week. The series will begin Tuesday, June 24, with Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys returning from Boston to kick off the series. Returning favorites from last year will also include Amy Rogell on July 15, and Zak Morgan, who will again be traveling from Ohio for the final concert, scheduled to take place on August 5. A program of Newtown Parks & Recreation, admission is free. Performances will begin at 12:30 and will again be offered at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive, in the band shell. In addition to the music this year, the Hearts of Hope-Newtown chapter is planning to have a booth set up so that children can paint ceramic hearts following the June 24 concert.
Art In Residence Curator Rosemary Rau describes “CAKE,” a large oil painting by Aria Brownell, as “fat with color and fun capturing a party.” The work is one of a few dozen on view at C.H. Booth Library until July 31, in an exhibition being presented by Art In Residence. An opening reception, with the opportunity meet the nine artists represented in the collection, is planned for Saturday, June 21, in the library's lower meeting room.
The collage exhibition “Celebration of Your Life,” set for June 27 to August 8, at Newtown Municipal, will begin with an opening reception Friday, June 27, at 5 pm. Curated by HealingNewtown Director Valerie Culbertson, and assisted by Megan Foley, the exhibition will feature five artists and their collage work. The collection will feature pieces by Meegan Foley, Stefanie Palermo Lagana, Rebecca Mindenhall, Sheila Margaret Mullen and Virginia Zimmerman.
Many years ago Newtown had an indoor antiques show spread out over three floors of Edmond Town Hall on Main Street. Now Newtown is about ready to host an outdoor Antiques Market on the spacious grounds of the Fairfield Hills Campus, at 3 Primrose Street. This benefit for Newtown Historical Society will be on Saturday, June 21, from 10 am to 5 pm, with more than 60 exhibitors.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown is hosting “Natural Beauty,” featuring works by Susan McLaughlin, June 18-July 12, at Avancé Esthétiques Gallery at the spa, 228 South Main Street in Newtown. An opening reception is planned for Wednesday, June 18, from 5 to 8 pm. As a special treat, one person who visits the spa during Wednesday’s opening reception will receive a free signed giclée print of the show’s signature piece. The exhibition include a number of recent paintings from the artist’s “Wings” series, done in her Newtown studio.
The Newtown Lions Club and Western Connecticut State University’s Sigma Chi Alumni Association will co-host the second annual Fore Sandy Hook Golf Classic on Monday, June 30, at Richter Park in Danbury. Registration and lunch will begin at noon; tee time is 1:30 pm. The golf tournament will benefit Sandy Hook Elementary Fund (SHEF), which continues to fund counseling to the children, families, staff, and first responders following 12/14. Cost for the Classic is $175 per person, which covers the 18 holes of golf and a cart, lunch and dinner, beverages, and snacks.
Continuing its monthly series of one free movie, Edmond Town Hall will screen "Noah" on Saturday, June 14, at 7 pm. Tickets are free courtesy of Ingersoll Auto of Danbury. The film starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, et al, is being featured daily, June 13-19, at the theater within the historic building at 45 Main Street.
Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) is celebrating 40 years of Broadway musicals and fine dining with a production of Mary Poppins. The cherished 1964 Disney film has been re-imagined into a spectacular new musical, with performances continuing to July 27. The show has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. It delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Newtown residents Jan Neuberger and Jane Shearin have featured roles in the production, playing Miss Andrew and Jane Banks, respectively.
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will reintroduce the double feature with this month’s offering in its Sunday Cinema Series. Moviegoers will have the opportunity to take in a pair of classic comedies — "Ninotchka" and "The Flying Deuces" — on Sunday, June 29, at Edmond Town Hall. Moviegoers will also be able, if they so choose, to view either movie on its own thanks to afternoon matinees of each classic comedy.