Cub Scout Pack 270 will be holding its annual Cub Scout Recruitment Night on Thursday, September 19, at 7 pm, at Middle Gate School. All boys in grades 1-4 and their families are invited to attend, and learn more about Scouting. Boys will engage in age-appropriate activities, and parents will learn during a short orientation about the values of Scouting and the local Pack's activities.
For those who want to live a more engaged and balanced life, there is a way of being and doing that allows one to live life more fully through the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a human quality, a way of learning to pay wise attention to what is happening in the present moment, with non-judgmental awareness. Sound (Center for Music, Creative Arts & Mindfulness), a renovated historic chapel at 31 Hawleyville Road, will host a free “Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)” program on Monday, September 23, at 6:30 pm.
Newtown Lions Club is encouraging everyone to start thinking about the club’s favorite use for pumpkins: turning them into pumpkin racers. The Fourth Annual Great Pumpkin Race will return to the parking lot behind Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, October 19. This year’s event will run from 10 am to 2 pm. The pumpkin races will be arranged by age category, including one category for ages 18 and older. There will be heats and run offs. Children and dads are encouraged to make their own racers. The day will also include pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling, bobbing for apples, and a treasure hunt in bales of hay. Community will explain their missions or offering things for sale. And a medieval style trebuchet will be rolled out once again to occasionally fire off pumpkins.
Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue added two trophies to its collection recently. The company was presented with Best Overall Fire Unit and Best In Show honors following the Bridgewater Fair Firemen’s Parade on August 16. In addition, other residents received honors for their efforts during the annual three-day event presented on Bridgewater Fairgrounds the weekend of August 16-18.
Newtown Kindness will host a Therapy/Comfort Dog Walk-a-thon on Saturday, November 2. The event will launch the “Charlotte’s Litter” Program in recognition of the benefits of Therapy and Comfort Dogs. Newtown Kindness is a 501(c)(3) non-p...
Calling her play O Heavy Lightness “intense,” actress and playwright Newtown resident Jan Neuberger recalls that it was her passion for Shakespeare that led her to imagine the aftermath of the deaths of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as experienced by two of that iconic tragedy’s secondary characters. The play will receive a reading on Monday, September 16, at 7 pm, in The Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street in Newtown. The event is part of seven days of programs that will lead into the 2nd Annual Newtown Arts Festival, September 21-22 at Fairfield Hills.
The first Ridgefield Writers Conference, organized by development editor Adele Annesi of Word for Words, LLC, and author and teacher Chris Belden, both of Ridgefield, will take place Saturday, September 28, in the North Hall of St Stephen’s Episcopal Church.Joining Mr Belden and instructors Pete Nelson and Steve Otfinoski are Newtown residents Rachel Basch, author, who teaches creative fiction and nonfiction for the low-residency MFA program at Fairfield University, and creative writing in the liberal graduate studies at Wesleyan; and published poet Carol Ann Davis, who teaches poetry, writing, and publishing at Fairfield University and is on the faculty at Fairfield University for the MFA program.A third Newtown writer will not be presenting a workshop, but The Newtowner literary magazine Editor and Founder Georgia Monaghan will take part in the Publishing Panel.
NYA Sports & Fitness Center is offering a free community fitness program specifically for seniors. The goal of this program is to provide a safe, fun, and informative environment to help seniors improve their levels of fitness. Led by certified staff at NYA, the program will incorporate walking sessions along with bodyweight and fitness band exercises utilizing the beautiful Fairfield Hills campus (weather permitting) and within NYA. The program will address balance, flexibility, aerobic and strength training along with basic nutrition to help participants increase their energy, coordination, and overall strength. It is free for Newtown's senior citizens. An optional lunch is also available each week for $3
Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP), a group of local business owners and community members from Sandy Hook, is pleased to announce the third annual Passport to Sandy Hook. The special event will take place on Saturday, October 12, from 11 am to 4 pm, in the downtown Sandy Hook Village area. Visitors to Sandy Hook Center that day will be offered “passports,” when they can then have stamped as they visit each participating business within Sandy Hook. Completed passports will then be entered into a drawing, with three prize packages worth over $1,500 total up for grabs. There will also be live music, a collection for FAITH Food Pantry, face painting, a bounce house, entertainment, and much more.
Organizers are hoping that next weekend will be a go for “Light The Sky With Light and Love for Sandy Hook Elementary Angels.” A tribute event for the children and teachers who were killed on 12/14, the event has twice already due to heavy rains and flooding leading up to June 9, and then August 3. Saturday, September 21, is the new day for the one-day carnival at Portland Fairgrounds. The event will run from noon to 9 pm, and will include rides, arcade games, children’s activities, several food and jewelry vendors, and more. There will also be entertainment including musical talents as well as magician performances. Kevin Ward is also planning on having The Sandy Hook Tribute Durango at the fairgrounds that day. At the end of the evening, a laser light show and fireworks display will take place to honor and remember the 26 angels of Sandy Hook Elementary School....