• Open House To Celebrate Mary Hawley’s Birthday, Saturday

    Red gladiolas, a Mary Hawley favorite, will once again grace the Edmond Town Hall on August 22 in celebration of the birthday of Newtown’s beloved benefactress. Judge William Edmond, Ms Hawley’s great-grandfather, will be featured at this year’s celebration. The public is invited.

    The Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers will host an open house on Saturday, August 22, from noon to 7 pm, in honor of Miss Hawley’s birthday.

  • Kettletown Park Beach Closed For Swimming Until Further Notice

    SOUTHBURY — The beach at Kettletown State Park has been is closed to swimmers until further notice because of the presence of blue-green algae which can emit toxins that can be harmful to people and dogs. The announcement was made by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) on August 18.

    All other state park beaches are open.

  • Charity Car Show To Benefit Those With Disabilities

    BROOKFIELD — The Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers, an organization benefiting people with disabilities, invites the public to Candlewood East Marina’s Fourth Annual Car Show on Sunday August 23, from 10 am to 3 pm.

    The marina is at 204 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield.

    Classic cars of all ages, domestics and imports, will be on display. In addition, there will be entertainment, food, and raffles.

  • Month-Long Newtown Arts Festival To Offer Events All Over Town

    With a month of performances, events and parades planned, the fourth annual Newtown Arts Festival, sponsored by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, will begin on Monday, September 1, with the opening night of an exhibit of art by the late Fred Otnes in The Gallery at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

    Terry Sagedy has returned to serve as chair of the festival, which has grown from a two-day event at Fairfield Hills into the month-long celebration of all things arts it has become.

  • Newtown Photographer To Show Her ‘Coastal Colors’

    DANBURY — Through Thursday, October 24, The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is presenting seven exhibitions in public and private spaces in Danbury and Bethel. Accessible Art is a “year-long, multi-site series of exhibitions joining business with art,” according to information provided by Cultural Alliance. The project allows artists to show their works in alternative spaces, making them more available to the general public.

  • Community Summer Bash To Support Cancer Research

    A special event planned for August 29 at Extreme Fitness Martial Arts will allowe all ages to enjoy games, dancing, sing-alongs and more, while helping Newtown resident and cancer survivor Jean Leonard raise funds for The 2015 Ride To Conquer Cancer.

  • Inaugural Newtown Film Festival Will Offer Three Days Of Free Screenings

    Organizers of the inaugural Newtown Film Fest (NFF), taking place September 18-20 at Edmond Town Hall, have announced that this year’s event will be free of charge.

    The goal of the festival is to bring inspiring, motivational, moving pieces to a community that invokes those very traits, according to organizers. The festival will include screenings of shorts, documentaries, animation and features.

    The three-day festival is an event of Newtown Arts Festival, presented by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.

  • Newtown Yoga Festival Headliners Encourage ‘Back To Balance’

    The Newtown Yoga Festival was designed to promote positive well-being, health and community. The 2015 event will return to NYA Sports & Fitness Center on Saturday, August 22, with seven hours of classes, live music, lunch, vendors and two offerings of the popular Yoga Buffet, where guests can sample a number of different styles and meet local instructors during a 45-minute session.

  • ‘Loss Angeles’ Author Shares His Stories With Newtown Audience

    “If you’re going to grow as an author, you have to reach people you don’t know,” said Newtown author and former book coach Sophfronia Scott. That is one reason she was happy to host a book reading and writing Q&A for friend and fellow author Mathieu Callier on the afternoon of Saturday, August 8, at C.H. Booth Library.

    Mr Callier, a Los Angeles author, was in town to promote his recently published collection of short stories, Loss Angeles, and to speak to the craft of writing.

  • Get Your Geek On For Nerd Night, And Benefit Women & Children

    Laurie and Michael Wright are organizing a special event for Sunday, September 6, at Edmond Town Hall. For the event, “Can’t Stop the Serenity: A Global Charity Screening Event for Equality Now,” the Sandy Hook residents are encouraging attendees to “Get your geek on for a good cause!”

    The evening will run from 5:30 until 10:30 pm, and will feature a screening of the film Serenity and “Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”