Newtown resident Ted Welsh, a retired Norwalk High School social science and international politics teacher, has been offering courses at the University of Connecticut’s Waterbury location through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Programming is centered on classes developed and taught by members who volunteer their time to share their knowledge and experience with other members. The OLLI program also sponsors special events featuring noted authors, scholars and experts in respected professional fields.” After a year of retirement, Mr Welsh said he started “nosing around” for ideas of things to do. A friend pointed him toward OLLI. This semester Mr Welsh is overseeing two sections of one course, called “Understanding The Arab-Israeli Conflict.”
Dancers from The Gray School of Irish Dance visited Wesley Learning Center on March 9 to offer a pre-St Patrick’s Day dance performance. After a collection of short performances, the visiting instructors and dancers invited their audience to join them for a brief workshop during the special event. Christina Dolzall, a dancer and Gray School instructor, greeted the children and their teachers. “We're very happy to be here for you this morning, to do some Irish dancing for St Patrick's Day,” she said. The dancers, who ranged in age from 8 to 21, offered a single jig, a reel, a slip jig, a light jig, and a treble jig. The girls danced in varying pairs and trios, after Ms Dolzall introduced each dance style for the children and their teachers.
The Meryl Streep-Emily Blunt-James Corden feature "Into The Woods" has been extended at Edmond Town Hall Theatre. A planned run of "Two Days, One Night" which was to begin tonight has been cancelled. In addition, a March Madness event scheduled for Thursday, March 19, has been extended to Friday, March 20.
Edmond Town Hall Theatre will debut its latest technological upgrade on March 19, when it hosts free airings of early games of this year’s NCAA Men’s Tournament. Now thanks to a decision by the ETH Board of Directors, live broadcasts will be introduced to the historic building. Sports fans will be the first to enjoy the new addition, when some of the opening play of NCAA Men’s Tournament is aired on Thursday, March 19. The public is invited to enjoy the latest offering, free of charge. Then on Saturday, March 21, the theater will host free screenings of two movies: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012) and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (2013).
Michael McCarthy stood on the bottom of Lake Lillinonah Sunday morning, March 8, with a clear view of the surface. “We were standing on the bottom beneath a hole in the ice and we could see guys on the top,” he said. The view was “really great.” He and other Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue (NUSAR) members participated in an ice rescue drill earlier last weekend as part of their ongoing volunteer work to assist in water rescue when needed.
Newtown resident Rachel Basch will read from her latest novel, "The Listener," on Sunday, March 22, at C.H. Booth Library. The novel, recently published by Pegasus Books of New York, is the third for Ms Basch. "The Listener" probes the multifaceted lives and emotions of its characters, from the secretive, mournful Malcolm Dowd, a therapist, to his emotionally charged lover, Cara — also the mother of Dowd’s patient, Noah — to the therapist’s own daughters. Noah is a complex character, and it is around his gender uncertainty that this tale unwinds.
Guests will be surprised at who they see strutting down the catwalk at the “Modeling for Makers” gala event, Saturday, April 18. Hosted by the C.H. Booth Library Board of Trustees, heads will turn, said former board member Cathy Geckle, who along with another former board member, Mary Thomas, is organizing the library fundraiser that will take place at Rock Ridge Country Club. Notable Newtowners from government, town offices, and commissions, school administrators, teachers, coaches, and businesspeople have all agreed to make their own fashion statements, said Ms Geckle, adding flair and fun to the unusual fashion show to benefit the CHBMakers program at the library. Not only is the library a place of connection, reading, and discovery, Ms Geckle pointed out, but it is also a place of education. Creating a space where technology meets the needs of younger and older patrons, CHBMakers celebrates entrepreneurs.