Ben’s Bells Newtown will conduct a bell making workshop on Thursday, May 30, from 6 to 8 pm. The workshop will be at Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. Nationally renowned, Ben’s Bells are brightly colored ceramic works of art that are randomly hung in public places that bear a tag instructing the person who finds the bell to take it home and to remember to be kind. The bell-making process is a community activity because not one person will ever start and finish their very own Ben’s Bell. The parts of the bell that will be made during the May 30 workshop will eventually be turned into a complete Ben’s Bell and distributed in Newtown and surrounding communities to fulfill their purpose of spreading kindness, one interaction at a time.
The Newtown Historical Society is currently accepting applications for its 2013 Summer History Camp. The camp will be hosted at the Matthew Curtiss House on Main Street the week of July 15 to 19. Registration is open for children between the ages of 8 to 10 and offers campers a week of interactive and exciting experiences of Colonial-era life.
From lantern-making to butter churning, kids will engage in activities and experiences of a colonial child living during the 1750s. Campers will learn the tasks they might have been expected to do at home, the types of games they would have played, and the kind of food they would have eaten during the mid-18th century.
New Hope Baptist Church in Danbury will be “Swinging Wide the Doors of Hospitality” to members and friends of Church Women United of Newtown/Greater Danbury for the 2013 May Friendship Day Celebration, taking place Friday, May 10, at 12:30 pm. The ecumenical ladies and friends of both towns will be enjoying lunch, and a worship service with music and entertainment, as they celebrate this annual event. For 2013 Church Women United has decided to follow a common theme for all three of its annual celebrations. This year CWU units will explore the biblical text Revelation 3:20 (“Behold I stand at the door and knock”).
The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3-5 pm on Saturday, May 4, at the park at 5 Glen Road in Sandy Hook. The club is an open group for anyone interested in juggling and other circus arts/flow arts, including flower sticks, poi,...
On Sunday, May 5, The Green Ribbon Ride, a motorcycling event, will pass through Newtown. The event is a police-escorted police-escorted motorcycle ride to raise funds for ten funds and charities associated with the events of 12/14. The ride will involve as many as 3,000 motorcyclists.
This month’s meeting of Newtown Genealogy Club will be held on Wednesday, May 8, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street in Newtown. The meeting starts at 7 pm and as always, is open to non-members free of charge. This month’s speaker is Joseph Camposeo, who has been Town Clerk of Manchester since 1996. Mr Camposeo will provide valuable insights into using town records for family research.
Current and former New England Patriots football players be at Newtown High School to instruct youth residents ages 6-14 in free football clinic, “Football For You,” on Saturday, May 18. The clinic will run from 11 am to 3 pm. The event will feature a Patriots-themed activity zone open to the public. There will be a ceremony honoring the community of Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary School. During the clinic, current and former Patriots players will gather on the high school football field to share their football expertise with hundreds of Newtown youth in skill stations including blocking, receiving, and punting. The day will also include an ongoing Patriots-themed activity zone that will feature food, games and prizes for the Newtown community to enjoy.
Slopping through mud on hands and knees, hurdling piles of hay, and pulling themselves from rung to rung — monkey bar-style — on a ladder suspended from trees, approximately 120 athletes of various ages participated in Newtown’s first Mad Dash Adventure Race in June 2012. Organizers are hoping to see a field at least that large, if not larger, when the Second Annual Mad Dash Challenge is offered on Saturday, June 8, at Fairfield Hills.
Newtown Soccer Club, in conjunction with Newtown Kindness, announces the second edition of Soccer Night in Newtown this spring in an effort to bring fun and compassion to the community. This event will take place at the soccer fields at Fairfield Hills on Friday, May 17, from 5-8 pm. It is open to Newtown residents and Newtown Soccer Club members. This event is free and no registration is required to attend. Soccer Night in Newtown will include a variety of interactive soccer-based games and activities for children and families, including the opportunity to meet and get autographs from US soccer legends.
Author CJ Golden will be the guest speaker on May 8 at a Working Women's Forum. “Living a Vital and Joyful Life with Tao and Defiance, Learn It, Live It, Pass It On,” Ms Golden's program, will discuss a life that combines the principles of Taoism, the ancient Chinese philosophy of acceptance, along with defying stereotypes, negativity, and self-defeating behaviors.