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.
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.
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.
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.
Currently celebrating its 25th year, the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School of Newtown is set to host its Silver Anniversary Spring Benefit on May 16, at the Parish Hall of St Francis of Assisi in Weston. The evening will include dinner and wine, a live auction of projects created by students in each HVWS class, and dancing. As part of the benefit, an online silent auction has also opened. Dozens of items are available to bid on until May 17.
Rich Marcuccio, manager of Newtown Stop & Shop; Newtown resident Chris Sferruzzo, The Moms Club of Newtown, and FAITH Food Pantry are gearing up for the 2015 Newtown Car Show. This year’s event is being planned for Saturday, June 20 — the eve of Father’s Day — in the parking lot of Stop & Shop, 228 South Main Street in Newtown. All money raised through the car show will go to the food pantry, who will share proceeds with Monroe Food Pantry and Newtown’s Salvation Army Food Pantry. There are already 250 cars registered for the show, according to Nancy Taylor of FAITH Food Pantry. Half of the cars are “super cars,” she said, and half are classics.