A Newtown woman’s model lighthouse, made from Twinkies®, Ho Hos®and other Hostess snack cakes, is helping to light the way for visitors in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk as part of the Aquarium’s 12th annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest. Donna Kern Ball’s “Twinkie, Twinkie, Little Lighthouse” is among the 22 creative lighthouses in the holiday display, which is open until January 20, and included with paid Aquarium admission. Aquarium visitors can follow these homemade beacons through the galleries and then cast a vote for their favorite. The lighthouse with the most votes wins $1,500. In addition, the person who guesses closest to the lighthouse's calorie count without going over, before noon on Thursday, November 21, will win a family four-pack of tickets to The Maritime Aquarium.
The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3-5 pm on Saturday, November 16. The club will be at its winter location: in the Auxiliary Gym of Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane in Newtown. Members love to teach juggling and related skills. No experience is required and all ages are welcome.
Golden Opportunities, in Sandy Hook, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the well-being of those who are isolated and lonely, invites all veterans to the Sandy Hook Diner, 98 Church Hill Road, on Monday morning, November 11, for free coffee and doughnuts. From 10 to 11 am, Knettie Archard, founder of Golden Opportunities, along with staff from the diner, will welcome veterans for a coffee break in honor of Veterans Day.
Newtown Historical Society will host a presentation on one of Connecticut’s flagship retailers, G. Fox Company, on Monday, November 18, at 7:30 pm, in the community room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The program is entitled “From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G Fox in the 1950s,” and will be presented by Elizabeth Abbe. Ms Abbe, director of public outreach at The Connecticut Historical Society, will lead program attendees down memory lane, with a look at the state’s favorite department store. She will take guests back, floor by floor, to the days when Fox was the largest privately owned department store in the US, and offer her own memories of how special it was to take the bus “uptown” to spend the day shopping with her mother at the department store.
Connecticut Broadway Stage Company, a new division of Sabrina’s Encore Productions, will host an open house at its new studio no Sunday, November 10. The studio is at 316 South Main Street. The open house will run from 3 to 6 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the studio space, and also meet members of the staff and current students.
The Flagpole Radio Café will continues its sixth season with a performance this weekend by the innovative jazz guitarist Michael Coppola. While Saturday’s performance will begin at 7 pm, Mr Coppola and luthier James DeCava will hold a guitar workshop in Edmond Town Hall’s Alexandria Room at 6 pm. Mr DeCava will have some of his exquisitely crafted instruments on display. Mr Coppola will demonstrate his technique for playing his nine string guitar (a/k/a “The Hydra”). Guitarists of all ages and abilities are invited to join the fun. The workshop is included in the price of Flagpole Radio Café tickets.
The Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) and the Indian Association of Western Connecticut is set to present a Diwali Show and Dinner on Saturday, November 9. A Diwali cultural show is set to run from 4 pm to 6 pm, followed by a Diwali dinner from 6 to 8 pm. The event will be held at Newtown high School, 12 Berkshire Road. Tickets for the show only are $10, tickets for the show and dinner at $20; admission for children 3 years old and younger is free.
Solarize Newtown — an effort to encourage solar home energy use — will celebrate its first residential solar panel installation at 9 Grand Place, home of Nina and David Stout, on Saturday, November 9, from 11 am to 1 pm. Official installer Astrum Solar will host the event. The Newtown Sustainable Energy Commission will provide refreshments. Guests can see a home solar system installation and learn more about Solarize Newtown, a state- and town-run program. In addition, a pair of workshops will be hosted by the Astrum Solar team, one on November 17 at Newtown Congregational Church and the other on December 4 at C.H. Booth Library.
Children's arts and crafts workshops with Joy Hoffman and weaving workshops with Hanna Roehrs have been scheduled by HealingNewtown, which is set up at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Programs are free, but reservations are requested.
On Wednesday, November 13, The Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown will host a program at Newtown Senior Center titled “Holiday Magic.” The program will presented by Gary Zinsmeyer (a/k/a “Gary Z”) from Stamford. His program, Mr Zinsmeyer said, will feature floral designs associated with Colonial and Victorian holiday decorations. The program starts promptly at 7 pm and the public is welcome, free of charge.