Ben’s Lighthouse, the hosts of the second annual Lighthouse Festival, is pleased to announce Sara Hoagland Hunter, author of "Lighthouse Santa," will be a special guest for this year’s festival. Ms Hunter’s book, with gorgeous illustrations by Julia Miner, is based on the real-life exploits of Edward Rowe Snow, who delivered Christmas presents to lighthouse keepers’ children for almost fifty years. The Lighthouse Festival, themed “Safe Harbors,” will take place on Saturday, June 14, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 Main Street. The festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm and is open to all. Admission is free.
Attention young poets, jugglers, singers, mimes, magicians, comedians, rappers, dancers, actors, horn players, et al: the seventh monthly Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth will take place Saturday, June 7, from 7:30 to 9:15 pm. The events are held in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church. Performers should be in grades 5-12. Microphones, keyboard, guitar amp and more will be available. Although the age of performers is limited, all family members and residents of all ages are welcome to attend.
The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, May 31, at the park in Sandy Hook Center. Members love to teach juggling and related skills. No experience required. All ages are welcome.
The Graceful Planet’s Dance Ensembles will offer a special performance of some of their award-winning dance ensembles this weekend. The public is invited to Reed Intermediate School on Saturday, May 31, for a 1 pm performance. Admission on Saturday is $8 for adults, and $5 for children, payable at the door.
Flagpole Photographers is a local non-profit group that enables members to share their images and expertise, to learn and grow in their photography, and to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow photographers. Members are from diverse backgrounds, with photographic skills ranging from beginning novices to professional photographers. On Thursday, May 29, the club will host a “Program Night,” featuring an open discussion on photography tips and tricks on shooting portraits. All levels of camera enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. On Thursday, June 12, at 7:30 pm, the club will host a general meeting and members' photo competition. Meanwhile, Flagpole Photographers Camera Club is presenting its 2014 Annual Exhibition until June 12.
Marg Studley and Marie Sturdevant, co-chairpersons of the Newtown Chapter of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut, have announced that the annual fundraising and volunteer thank you breakfast will take place Wednesday, June 11, at The Waterview in Monroe. This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the breakfast honoring the many volunteers and caregivers of Regional Hospice. The yearly event also serves to thank the community, and to raise funds to support the organization known for its devotion to the comfort and care of terminally ill patients and their families. Regional Hospice serves more than 500 area patients and their families each year.
When Heather and Chris Peck first learned about The Fresh Air Fund in a local newspaper, they thought The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program would be a terrific opportunity for a New York City child. The Pecks knew they lived in a beautiful neighborhood with ample amounts of fresh air, so in 2012 Heather, Chris, and their children Justin, age 11, and Anna, age 9, decided to open their hearts and Newtown home to a Fresh Air child. The Pecks are among those planning to welcome children into their homes again this summer, through The Fresh Air Fund program. Host families are still being sought for children planning to visit the area in July and August. One group of campers will be arriving in Newtown on July 22, and staying until August 12. Another group will be arriving August 2 and staying until August 9.
Local artist Patricia Barkman will hold her annual Taunton Lakeside Gallery art show and sale on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8. “A Gallery In The Garden” will take place at 49 Taunton Lake Road from 2 to 4 pm on those days. Submissions this year will also include several works from children.
Earlier this spring Ben’s Lighthouse offered a workshop called “Meet the Animator.” For contractual reasons, the artist’s name and the company he works for were not announced, but it was a lead animator from a major animation studio who visited town that day and offered "an amazing day," according to Ben's Lighthouse Co-Chair Carla Tischio. Following on that success, Ben's Lighthouse will host a free four-week animation series for young adults, scheduled to begin next week.
While car enthusiasts of all ages will have a chance to check out and admire myriad vehicles during a special car show being planned for June 14, FAITH Food Pantry will ultimately benefit from the event. The car show will be presented in the parking lot of of Stop & Shop in Sand Hill Plaza, 228 South Main Street. Store manager Rich Marcucio is organizing the event, which will run from 9 am until 4 pm, to raise funds and food for the food pantry. Rain date is Saturday, June 21. There will not be any formal awards presented, but show attendees will be invited to vote for their favorite vehicles by placing non-perishable food items in boxes located in front of each vehicle. All of the donations, including the vehicle fees, will be delivered to FAITH Food Pantry following the car show.