Congregation Adath Israel will hold a festival in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim on Sunday, March 16. The public event will run from 11:30 am until 2 pm at the synagogue. This festival is open to the community and will include magic by Magic Lee between 11:30 and noon, and a carnival from noon to 2. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 per child; adults are free when accompanied by a child. The admission includes all games and prizes.
Newtown High School Senior and Boy Scout Riley Page will conduct a sheet drive this weekend to support Saint Vincent de Paul’s Homeless Shelter in Waterbury. Riley is collecting new or gently used clean twin sheets, towels and toiletries for the men, women and children who stay at the shelter. The collection is being done for his Eagle Scout project. The drive is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, from 10 am to 4 pm. Items can be dropped off at Oberg Insurance Agency.
From strumming a ukelele and writing from the hear to creating clay masterpieces, workshops for myriad interests have been scheduled at HealingNewtown, housed at Newtown Congregational Church. Openings are still available for upcoming Saturday Clay Dates with Karen Pinto and Rosiland Liljengren, creative writing sessions with Reggie Mara, and an Asian brushwork painting workshop with Mary Barrett-Anders. In addition, a new eight-week intergenerational ukulele class has been announced.
On Friday, March 21, from 8:30 until 10 pm, poets and scholars from surrounding universities will gather at Congregation Adath Israel for an inspirational evening of poetry. Refreshments will be served including wine, cheese and crackers. The guest poets are Dr James R. Scrimgeour, Carol Ann Davis, Jeff Schlicht and Brian Clements. A Sabbath service will precede the poetry reading at 7:30, to which the public is also invited.
Opening March 8 and running to April 5 at Washington Art Association’s gallery, “No More, No Less” is an exhibit of works by Lisa Brody of South Kent and New York, Bridget Grady of Watertown, and Newtown artist Caroline Harman. The collection, according to the gallery, “explores the complexity and profusion of forms that interplay in landscape and imagination.” An opening reception is planned for Saturday, March 8, from 4 to 6 pm. The artists will be in attendance.
James A Garfield is not a name that springs to mind when we most Americans think about the country’s Presidents. While Garfield had a long and successful career as a Congressman, and also as a Civil War general, his short term in office doesn’t resonate like Kennedy's Camelot does. On Monday, March 10, at 7:30 pm, Newtown Historical Society will examine Garfield’s career in “The President and The Madman.” Gordon Williams will present the free program at Newtown Meeting House
Recently declared the 2013 recipient of the Chamber Music America’s highest tribute — The Richard J Bogomolny National Service Award, for significant and lasting contribution to the field — American Brass Quintet is considered an icon in the brass world. Newtown Friends of Music (NFM) will welcome American Brass Quintet to town on Sunday, March 16. The quintet will perform at 3 pm on the stage of Edmond Town Hall as part of NFM’s 2014-2015 season, its 36th year of presenting classical music.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Shauna Shane painting in pastel at its next meeting-program, on Wednesday, March 12. Her subject will be a figure. The program will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House. A professional painter for more than 34 years, Ms Shane is represented in collections in the US and around the world, including the governor’s portrait in the State Capitol in Helena, Montana. Selected in 2010 as Resident Artist at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Ms Shane began her career as Resident Artist at Yellowstone National Park. She is Signature Member of Connecticut Pastel Society, and an Elected Artist Member of Lyme Art Association and CT Plein Air Society.
It’s not too early to start planning your child’s summer activities. Families who attend “Kidologie” Gets Ready for Summer Children’s Fair can have fun with free live entertainment, activities, and giveaways, while learning about resources for things to do when the last bell of the school year rings. The 2nd Annual Event is scheduled for Sunday, March 16, at Reed Intermediate School, from 11 am to 3 pm.
The March meeting of Newtown Genealogy Club will be at C.H. Booth Library on Wednesday, March 12, at 7 pm. The speaker this month will be club member Harlan Jessup, who will call his talk “Getting There is Half the Fun.” He will speak about genealogy libraries in Connecticut and the Hudson Valley. Mr Jessup will focus not just on the state libraries, but on other resources and libraries as well.