Who is Ben? What is a Ben’s Bell? Where are Ben’s Bells hung? How are Ben’s Bells made? What is the Be Kind mission all about? Area residents who are interested in learning the who, what, where, how, and why of the Ben’s Bells Project have two opportunities to attend an Advanced Volunteer Orientation this month. The Ben’s Bells Newtown studio, at 17 Church Hill Road, will offer 60-minute presentations on Tuesday, April 28. Sessions will begin at noon and 6:30 pm.
Newtown’s annual Beautiful Baby Photo Contest, coordinated since 2010 by Sandy Hook resident Lois Barber, is kicking off and looking for photos of children, newborn to age 4, to be posted on its voting booth. The contest is a friendly competition/fundraiser that this year will help an American soldier returning home with life-altering injuries receive a free custom handicapped accessible house through the Homes For Our Troops national nonprofit. It is a baby photo contest, not a live pageant. All money raised goes to Homes for Our Troops. The money raised by this year’s contest will be earmarked for a house being built on Long Island for Marine Sergeant Luis Remache, who, due to a grenade blast, was severely injured.
The Newtown Choral Society will perform “The Soul of New Orleans” as its spring concert, Sunday, April 26, at Newtown Meeting House. Two trumpets and a saxophone will accompany the choir with high school band director Kurt Eckhardt on trombone and middle school teacher Bob Nolte on percussion, including the timpani.
For the seventh year, Aquarion Water Company will issue free fishing permits to any unemployed person over the age of 18. Veterans and active duty service members may also receive free permits this year. On Wednesdays, April 22 and May 6, between 8 am to 3:30 pm, qualified anglers can obtain a free fishing permit that will allow the holder access to three Aquarion reservoirs.
Rae Smith will be demonstrating in pastel at the next meeting of The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown on Wednesday, April 22, at 1:30 pm. The free program will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House.
C. Marina Marchese, founder and owner of Red Bee Honey, will be the featured speaker at the upcoming meeting of the Garden Club of Newtown on Tuesday, April 28, at 1 pm, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. Ms Marchese, a beekeeper, lecturer and author, will discuss her books, present information about how bees make honey and the concept of "terroir," and also conduct a honey tasting during her visit to Newtown.
Building on a National Association of Realtors strategic plan, calling for local boards to invest in their communities, the Newtown Board of Realtors will host “Donation Day at the Pound.” “We are a town of dog lovers,” said Barbara The Newtown Board of Realtors invite the public to donate to support animals at the pound, either by leaving items at any of the local realtor’s offices, or by visiting Donation Day at the Pound, April 25, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Officers with Garner Correctional Institution will host a Tip-A-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut at Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday, April 15, from 5 to 9 pm. Buffalo Wild Wings is at 26 Backus Avenue. During the event, officers will assist restaurant staff in taking orders and serving meals to restaurant patrons. At the end of the evening, all tips the officers receive for their efforts will go to Special Olympics Connecticut to support its year-round sports, health, and fitness programs for athletes of all abilities.
The Newtown Lions Club Duck Race ticket sales are underway. Members were out past weekend selling tickets at various establishments around town. Lions Club members will continue selling tickets around town until May 17. Tickets will also be available on Race Day, which will be Saturday, May 23, at Pootatuck Park in Sandy Hook Center. Tickets are still $5 each. There are 20 prizes available this year, donated by businesses in Newtown and Sandy Hook, with this year’s top prize a $2,000 check for the ticket-holder whose duck crosses the finish line first.