HealingNewtown Workshops & Programs, March 30-April 16

Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC), Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, and The Connecticut Office of the Arts have come together to create HealingNewtown Arts Space at 5 Queen Street.

The following workshops and special events are among those that have been added to the arts center’s schedule. Please visit NewtownBee.com for previously announced programs listings, or HealingNewtown.org for a full list of upcoming events.

Reservations are requested for most workshops and can be done through the art space’s website. Call 203-364-9230 for additional information.

*Mondays, 4 pm, Knuts About Knitting.

Sharon Fraser has begun leading a weekly one-hour event, which meets Mondays at 4 and is appropriate for ages 8 to adult.

A fun and relaxing activity, knitting also helps develop manual dexterity and can even sharpen math skills. The group’s first project will be knitting a scarf. Students will learn how to cast on stitches, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and how to bind off.

After these skills have been mastered, Ms Fraser will move on to more intricate stitches and how to read a pattern.

*Saturday, March 30, 5-9 pm, Open Mic Night (see separate story, Open Mic At HealingNewtown, Saturday Night).

*Wednesdays, April 3 to June 10, 4:30 pm, So, You Wanna Be A Writer (Young Writers).

Young writers ages 9-11 are invited to join David Wilk, Weston based writer, editor, book designer and publisher, along with a host of published authors, for a series of workshop that will have kids publishing their original stories, poems or blogs in just ten weeks.

Mr Wilk specializes in harnessing the innate creative talents of young writers, allowing them to explore their writing abilities in a wide variety of forms, including free verse poetry, short stories, and narratives, even performance poems and free form storytelling.

Sessions will be attended by well known authors such as Alan Katz (Take Me Out of the Bathtub & Other Silly Songs),  Elise Broach (Missing on Superstition Mountain, Masterpiece, Shakespeare’s Secret), and illustrator Neil Waldman.

Bring a laptop or tablet if you can.

*Wednesdays, April 3 to June 10, 7 pm, So, You Wanna Be A Writer (Adults).

For adults, David Wilk will begin leading a class for adults, from beginners to experienced writers.

Students will utilize a variety of new software tools and platforms that will enable them to how harness digital publishing to expand horizons and engage with readers. This workshop will explore creativity, language and much more.

Bring your laptop or tablet if you can. These classes will run for 90 minutes each.

*Saturday, April 6, 10 am to noon, Bring the Hoopla: Hoop Making & Hopping Fun: Ages 6 and up are invited for free hula hoop making and hooping fun for the whole family.

Participants will decorate their own professional-grade hoop to take home and learn the art of hooping through musical hoopla, demonstrations, instruction and a freestyle hoop session. No experience necessary, this will be fun for all ages.

Janet Maurice of My Circles Of Love and Bring The Hoopla LLC, will lead this “playshop” as part of the Hand Drums and Hula-Hoops for Sandy Hook project.

*Saturday, April 6, 1-3 pm, Drum Circle & Rhythmic Fun for the Whole Family.

This free afternoon of drum circle and rhythm fun, facilitated by Katy Gaughan of Tacoma Park’s Music Heals Us, will help you tap into your own rhythm and connect with the rhythms of those around you through the interactive experience of group drumming.

The session will include professional drumming demonstrations, basic hand drum instruction, a drum circle jam session, and freestyle rhythmic movement. Attendees will also be able to make their own “rain stick” to take home with them after the class.

*Monday, April 1, 12-2 pm and Tuesday April 16, 4-6 pm, Ben’s Bells.

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 bells symbolize our connection as a community and the power we each have to change the world by committing to kindness, one interaction as a time,” said Jeannette Maré, founder of Ben’s Bells. Registration is definitely needed for each workshop, as these tend to fill up.

*Tuesdays, April 2-30 (no session April 16), 6-7 pm, Guitar Center Workshop.

In these four one-hour courses using Hal Leonard’s Standardized curriculum for basic guitar, students will learn the most common chords in popular music, basic strumming techniques and how to tune and maintain your guitar.

*Sunday, April 7, 2-4 pm, Trouble the Dog is Coming to Newtown.

Co-creator Sheila Duncan will be bringing Trouble the Dog to help kids hope, believe and dream. He absorbs worry. He makes children smile.

Participants will learn about Trouble the Dog and decorate his custom doghouse. The program is for ages 2-4, and each child will receive a plush Trouble Dog, Doghouse and children’s book.

All materials will be provided.

*Sunday, April 7, 6-9 pm, Ladies’ Night: Henna and Belly Dancing.

An evening of fun, dancing and bonding together for women.

From 6-7pm sign up for a natural henna tattoo with local artist Parul Patel. $10 suggested donation per tattoo (proceeds for HealingNewtown). Then starting at 7 enjoy belly dancing performances by CT Dance Oasis of Danbury and Tava from Norwalk, before joining a belly dancing workshop with New York City dancer Uza Mitra and friends.

Middle Eastern cuisine is planned. Attendees can bring your own beverages, including wine.

*Monday, April 15, see schedule below for different age groups, Creative Dance.

Creative dance is the structured and improvisational exploration of the elements of dance. The goal of creative dance is communication and self-expression through movement, allowing participants to learn to “speak” through their bodies while developing movement skills.

The programs will be presented by Stephanie Schwartz, modern and creative dance teacher at Monroe Dance Academy since 1998, and artistic director of Monroe Dance Creative Movers. Stephanie resides in Newtown with her three dancing daughters.

There will be one hour sessions at 10 am for ages 3-5 (limited to just ten students), and 11:30 am for ages 6-9. There will be a 90-minute session starting at 1 o’clock for ages 10 and up.

*Tuesday, April 16, 10:30 am-noon, I Am Music.

Parents and children up to grade four are invited to this 90-minute program with State Troubadour Thomasina Levy

Spend a fun and exciting hour with Ms Levy and her instruments. Attendees will shake, rattle and roll while singing, drumming and moving to the beat.

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