This month’s meeting of the Genealogy Club of Newtown will be Wednesday, October 9, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The guest speaker will be Penny Hartzell. Ms Hartzell, of Woodbury, is a member of the club who has spoken previously on several subjects. Her topic this month will be the latest changes to genealogy websites Ancestry and Family Search, and other sites that aid in research. The meeting will start at 7 pm, but a new feature has been added to the club’s meetings. There will be a Help Desk at 6:30, one half hour before the meeting, for those who would like individual help with problems in their research.
Masonicare at Newtown invites the community to join the fun at the fall Pumpkin Fest to be held on Saturday, October 19, from 9:30 am to noon. The festival will be on the grounds of Masonicare at Newtown. There will many enjoyable events that day that will please young and old alike, including hayrides in a tractor drawn wagon, pumpkin decorating, and a variety of fun games. A Pumpkin Fairy will be on hand to create a balloon decoration for every kid (of all ages) to keep as a reminder of the day. Complimentary apple cider, delicious donuts, coffee and tea will be served. Children are urged to wear their Halloween costumes that day, and adults are welcome to debut their Halloween attire as well.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have Charles Ray painting in acrylic at its next meeting, on Wednesday, October 9, at 7:30 pm. The program will be in the lower meeting room of Newtown Meeting House. Mr Ray, a resident of Redding, will be offering a demonstration on portrait painting.
The FrameWorks Gallery (Koenig FrameWorks) is issuing a call for artist submissions for its upcoming show, “Small Works, Inside The Box.” All mediums, including but not limited to acrylic, oil, watercolor, mixed media, pen and ink, charcoal, pastel, etchings, photography and monoprint will be accepted. Sculpture and three dimensional art will not be accepted. The gallery will be turned into a grid of 12-inch squares. Each piece of artwork, including framing, cannot exceed a 12- by 12-inch square. “Small Works, Inside The Box” will open on Saturday, November 2, with a reception from 1 to 4 pm. It will remain on view through December 24.
Newtown Parent Connection, Inc. invites all parents and caregivers to attend what organizers say will be an unforgettable new program: "Facing Parenting with Faith and Courage," by Norm Bossio. Insight and wisdom come with years of experience, and Mr Bossio has a remarkable way of sharing his while enlightening and motivating parents and caregivers who face parenting with the challenges of today’s world. On Tuesday, October 8, at 7 pm, Mr Bossio will speak at Newtown Middle School.
On Wednesday, October 9, The Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown will present a program by Carl Galanter, manager of perennials at Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden. Mr Galanter’s program will be “Take the Fear Out of Dividing Perennials.” The program will be at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road in Sandy Hook. It will begin at 7 pm and is open to the public, free of charge.
Newtown United Methodist Church will present its annual juried Fall Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, October 19, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane. Thirty-five professional artisans will offer a variety of handcrafted items including jewelry, quilts, doll clothes, knitted items, quilled ornaments and pictures, fine art, folk art, floral pieces, photography, holiday decorations, and more.
A free workshop, “Chill & Spill: Powerful/Powerless,” will be offered on Sunday, October 6, from 2 to 4 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church. Presented by Art with Heart and geared for tweens and teens, participants will be encouraged to express what is in their heart through collage art. Pizza will be served. The first 50 young adults who register will also be given a Chill & Spill journal to take home. Chill & Spill is a therapeutic guided journal designed to help youth ages 10 and up articulate and transform difficult issues with which they are dealing. It offers a combination of 20 creative writing and artistic expression activities with enough blank pages to explore both head and heart and to talk, yell, cry, boast, dream, and evolve.
A new season of St Rose Friday Bingo Nights has begun, and the second event will be offered on October 11 in the St Rose School Gathering Hall. Doors open at 5:45 pm, and Bingo games run from 6:30 until approximately 9:30 pm. Designed for the Bingo enthusiast, evenings feature substantial cash prizes for all games, as well as door prizes. A concession offers dinner items and homemade baked goods, as well as complimentary coffee. The per-person admission fee of $17 covers all regular and some special games. All ages are welcome.