Ben’s Bells Project will present Celebration of Kindness — a free family event that will take place at Dickinson Park — on Sunday, June 7, from noon until 4 pm. In addition to providing a fun and uplifting event for the community, this event will be the single largest fundraiser for the Newtown studio this year, generating much needed support for its kindness education programs. Last year, more than 150,000 people participated in Ben’s Bells kindness education programming. Volunteers are extremely encouraged by the community’s enthusiasm for and support of the project.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) is offering two free one day trips for Newtown/Sandy Hook children and young adults who will be entering grades 1-12 in the fall. The trips will be taking place on Thursday, July 16, and Friday, July 24. Each group will travel to Camp Danbee in Peru, Mass., which will be transformed into Camp Sea Stars North for each day. Activities will include waterskiing, windsurfing, kayaking, and water slides, gymnastics, zipline/rock wall climbing, dance, arts and crafts, and sports including lacrosse.
The Town and Country Garden Club will present “JOY! 50 Years of Celebrations,” a standard flower show in celebration of the club’s golden anniversary, which occurred in 2014. The show will be presented at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, June 12-13. The special event will offer a Design Class, a Horticulture Division, and a Special Educational Exhibit. The show will be open to the public, free of charge.
Readers are invited to continue to honor current troops. A donation box has been set up in the lobby of The Newtown Bee, 5 Church Hill Road, and will remain in place until May 29. In conjunction with VFW Post 308 Newtown, The Bee is collecting items to be sent to service men and women. Donations will be delivered to Post 308, where they will be shipped to our troops.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have Susan Pecora painting in watercolor at its next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, at 1:30 pm. Her subject will be a landscape. The demonstration will take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House. Ms Pecora is a signature member of The New England Watercolor Society and hosted the PBS affiliate show Reflections Through Watercolor which had her painting scenes on location all over New England for the WGBY television audience.
Jeremy Perillo, a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 42, is again organizing a crutch drive to benefit Crutches 4 Kids. Over the past two years Jeremy’s crutch drives in New Fairfield have given the gift of mobility to over 200 children. This year his goal was to expand beyond New Fairfield, and he has been able to do so with the support of fellow Cub/Boy Scouts. This year the crutch drive has expanded to the neighboring towns of Sherman, Brookfield and Newtown. The collection will run May 18 to June 5, and there are three donation points in Newtown alone.
C.H. Booth Library will host a series of Genealogy 101 programs on the first four Wednesdays in June. Each program will run 2 to 4 pm, and different subjects will be covered each week. June 3 will be “Getting Started,” covering the basic guidelines in genealogical research. Reservations are not needed for any of the programs, which will be presented in the meeting room.
Ben’s Bells Newtown will host its next Girls Night Out Filled With Kindness on Thursday, May 21, from 7:30 to 10 pm. An event for adults, women are invited to attend on their own or in small groups. Seating is open; there are no reservations. Cost is $10 per person for the fundraiser.
The Newtown Lions Club Duck Race Committee recently met to sort through the hundreds of rubber ducks that will make up the flock for The 15th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race. This year’s big event will take place Saturday, May 23, at the park in Sandy Hook Center, 5 Glen Road. Splashdown will be at 2:30 pm, but there are many events scheduled during the day, beginning at 10 am and continuing right up until the duck are put into the water.