The Hat City Cyclists’ 21st Annual CycleFest charity ride will be held on Sunday, June 9, and includes routes through Newtown. The club invites participant to join them on this self-paced charity ride, where riders have their choice of routes of that cover 13, 23, 53, 81 and 105 miles. All rides will all kick off from Bethel Middle School, with start times are staggered between 7:30 and 9:30 am. Proceeds will benefit Danbury Youth Services’ Earn-A-Bike program, which focuses on helping at-risk children develop positive and healthy social skills as they work together to rebuild and fix bicycles.
For the 27th consecutive year, Masonicare at Newtown will sponsor free Summer Sounds concerts on its grounds at 139 Toddy Hill Road, Newtown. Area residents are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a variety of wonderful musical performance by many of the area's most popular bands. Concerts will be on Wednesday evenings, with rain dates the following nights.
More than 70 therapy dog teams who have been in the community for months will gather at Fairfield Hills for A Day of Thanks to the Newtown Therapy Dogs, hosted by Newtown Veterinary Specialists, on Saturday, June 22, from 10 am to noon. This event is about learning their stories, taking some pictures, seeing the dogs, and offering heartfelt thanks for all they have done over the past six months.
Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., Inc will present its 26th Annual LobsterFest on Friday and Saturday, June 7–8. The event returns to the company’s main station, at 18-20 Riverside Road. Dinner will be served on Friday from 5 to 9 pm, and Saturday from 4 to 9 pm, and include a full steak or lobster dinner with plenty of sides and even a drink; surf and turf tickets are also available. Tickets are $24 in advance, until noon Friday (at the firehouse, the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street; and The Newtown Bee’s office, 5 Church Hill Road), and will be $26 at the door. Takeout orders are available.
The wonder and beauty of Redding's New Pond Farm — from distant, rolling hills to closer barnyard scenes — spring to life in the imagination of some 50 regional artists whose will be included in New Pond Farm’s fourth invitational art show, “From Farm to Canvas,” June 1-16. In addition to the works being hung on the gallery walls, visitors will be able to browse through portfolios of agrarian and nature-themed artwork. During the run of the exhibition, visitors can also take advantage of numerous workshops, demonstrations and special events. Admission to the show and all events are free. A portion of all sales will benefit the award-winning educational center and its mission of connecting people to the land.
A family-oriented day of fun, organized by a charity designed to bring emotional and financial support for the police officers who responded to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will be held Saturday, June 1, from 10 am to 3 pm. Family Fun Day will be at Dickinson Park.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on June 1 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. The public is cordially invited to join church members for what has become an evening of f...
The Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association is planning two gatherings in June. The first will be on Sunday, June 2, beginning at 4 pm. This will be the next in the monthly interfaith services that have been held on the first Sunday of each month at various locations since April. The second, on June 14, will mark the six-month anniversary of 12/14.
All are invited to spread intentional kindness by participating in a Ben’s Bells workshop on Wednesday, June 5, from 6-8 pm, at Newtown United Methodist Church. Jeannette Maré, founder of the Ben’s Bells Project and Ben’s mom, will be at this workshop to talk about the project, which was inspired by the kindness extended to her following the sudden death of her two-year old son. The Tuscon, Ariz.-based non-profit promotes and celebrates intentional kindness.
Have you made plans yet for summer camp? The Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids (SHACK) has a number of options planned. The SHACK, in Suite 104 at 100 Church Hill Road, will offer seven weeks of art, music and theatre-based summer activities with special projects each day. Each week with focus on a special theme with arts and crafts based around that theme. Most weeks will conclude with an open-air outdoor theater production.