The first meeting of the new season for Newtown Genealogy Club will be held on Wednesday, September 11, at C.H. Booth Library. The first speaker for 2013-14 be Joseph Lieby, a retired educator with 20 years experience in genealogical research. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, with a specialty in German American and Palatine research, with a time period specialty of 18th and 19th centuries.
Newtown Hikers does not have a formal hike scheduled for Saturday, September 7, but anyone who would like to join the group for an informal gathering is invited to meet at the lower/rear parking lot of Edmond Town Hall by 9 am that morning. The group will officially begin its new season of weekend events on Saturday, September 14, with a hike at Wadsworth Falls in Middletown. All hikes, unless stated otherwise, start at 9 am from the lower rear parking lot of Edmond Town Hall. The group tries to car pool as much as possible. Newtown Hikers is an open group that welcomes anyone interested in hiking and the outdoors. There is no membership fee.
Whole Foods Market locations in Danbury, Fairfield and Westport will host a Kids’ Day of Service Volunteer Initiative in conjunction with Sandy Hook Peaceful Arts on Saturday, September 7. Local residents of all ages are invited to create peace flags at Edmond Town Hall. The flags — created on fabric with fabric-safe markers — will carry message of gratitude and
Sandy Hook Peaceful Arts is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the community to collaborate, create, express and experience the arts under the guidance of teaching artists. The organization also engages in and provides educational opportunities in peaceful practices to enhance overall well-being. Volunteers will have the opportunity to create various peace flags that will be centered around expressing gratitude and sharing peace.
Peace flags created will be shared with local first responders, organizations, businesses, and individuals in Newtown and the surrounding communities who have fostered healing and peace.
Participants will also engage in discussions about expressing gratitude and what it means to cultivate peace.
The event will run from 11 am until 1 pm, and will include a free lunch served at 12:30.
On September 28 a group of local health professionals and volunteers will celebrate the 20th annual Health and Public Safety Fair. The four-hour event will again be offered at Newtown Middle School, and will offer free health screenings, free information and expertise, and plenty of health-related giveaways in a single one-stop location. In addition, there will be numerous free drawings, including one for a new bicycle, gift certificates to many of Newtown’s restaurants and eateries to honor Family Day, and generous promotions from many local businesses.
The Stony Hill Four Corners Association is planning a community tag sale to benefit the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company. Stony Hill Four Corners (SH4C) Association is comprised of businesses between Exits 8 and 9 in both Hawleyville and the Stony Hill area of Bethel. The event will be Sunday, September 15, from 9 am to 3 pm, on the grounds of Big Buddha Cigar Lounge, 34 Hawleyville Road. Food items will be available, a bounce house for kids will be set up, and all the proceeds from vendor table registrations will go directly to the Hawleyville fire company, one of five volunteer fire companies that serve Newtown.
Newtown resident Gwynne Luminati Wittmann will join Alicia Cadmus for a concert to benefit the New Fairfield High School Rebel Music Boosters Scholarship Fund on Sunday, September 8, beginning at 2 pm. Susan Anthony-Klein will accompany on the piano. The fundraiser will be at St Edwards the Confessor Church in New Fairfield. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the scholarship fund.
Kevin’s Community Center, Newtown’s free, nonprofit medical clinic, will conduct its sixth annual major fundraiser, Mozart, Merlot and Mums, a community gathering of wine tasting, live music, garden tours, and local fare, on Saturday, September 7, from 4 to 7 pm, at the historic Budd House on Main Street.
Sandy Hook Promise will host “Why Sleep Quality Is More Important Than Sleep Quantity,” on Tuesday, September 3, from 5 to 7 pm, in the Lecture Hall of Newtown High School. Led by board certified sleep specialist Dr Barry Krakow, the workshop will focus on how the quality of sleep impacts daily life and the steps one can take to address mental and emotional causes of insomnia. The sleep seminar is free and open to the public, although seating is limited.
A new season of St Rose Friday Bingo Nights will return on September 13 to the St Rose School Gathering Hall, 46 Church Hill Road. Doors will open at 5:45 pm, and Bingo games will run from 6:30 until approximately 9:30 pm. Designed for the Bingo enthusiast, evenings will feature substantial cash prizes for all games, as well as door prizes. There will be a concession offering dinner items and homemade baked goods, as well as complimentary coffee.
“Sweet Life! Dessert Comedy Theatre,” on Saturday, September 7, will offer an evening of clean, family-friendly comedy by Scott Davis in the Newtown High School cafetorium. Hosted by Newtown Christian Church, the event will begin at 6 pm and will also include a dessert buffet featuring ice cream from Ferris Acres Creamery, and a raffle to include an iPad mini.