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.
The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, January 11, at Reed Intermediate School. Members love to teach juggling and related skills. No experience is required. All ages are welcome.
The Children’s Adventure Center will continue with its series of Bookworms Story Hour this month with readings by First Selectman Pat Llodra on Saturday, January 11. 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. Adults will also have an opportunity on Saturday to meet with Dr William Notaro, who will be hosted by Newtown Visiting Nurses. The dermatologist will answer questions related to the skin and his area of specialty.
The Genealogy Club of Newtown’s meeting and program scheduled for tonight at C.H. Booth Library has been cancelled. The cancellation is a result of water pipes that burst and damaged many areas of the 25 Main Street location last Saturday afternoon. All programs hosted by the library have been cancelled.
The Newtown Choral Society is inviting prospective new members to an open rehearsal Wednesday, January 22, at 7 pm, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street. Now in its 28th year, the choral society welcomes members from all area towns and has openings in all voices. Under the direction of Mary Andreotta, the choir will be preparing for its April concert, "Music of The Night."
Newtown Hikers is an open group that welcomes anyone interested in hiking. There is no membership fee. Hikers participate at their own risk and are asked by the Newtown Parks & Recreation Department to sign a release. Winter hikers should meet in the lower parking lot of the Edmond Town Hall promptly at 10 am for each Saturday’s hike. The group tries to carpool as much as possible. Check with the listed hike leader for hike details or changes. Winter hikes are shorter and easier than their fall and spring counterparts.
With the retirement of club director and manager Ed Finlay, Newtown Bridge Club has organized as a member-owned, member-run club to continue the 70-year tradition of competitive duplicate bridge in the Newtown area. “The Newtown Bridge Club inherited a legacy of being a friendly place to learn and play bridge,” said Carl Palmer, president of the club’s new board of directors. “We’re committed to offering competitive bridge games for players who enjoy the game, from novice to expert.” The local club hosts games on Tuesdays at 10 am and 7 pm and on Wednesdays at 10 am at Hawleyville Fire Station, 34 Hawleyville Road. All bridge players are welcome.
Newtown has produced many notable characters in its 300-plus years. On Monday, January 13, at 7:30 pm, Town Historian Dan Cruson will present a line-up of some of them for Newtown Historical Society’s first program of the new year, “Legendary Locals of Newtown.” Originally planned to take place at C.H. Booth Library, last weekend’s flooding at the historic Main Street building has necessitated the move of the program. It will now take place at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street.