Newtown High School, Newtown Parent Connection, Newtown Prevention Council, and the Newtown Board of Realtors invite the public to hear former NBA player Chris Herren speak about his struggle with substance abuse and his road to recovery on Thursday, April 7, at 7 pm. The free presentation is intended for parents and their children (11 years and older), friends and neighbors, and will be held at Newtown High School.
On Wednesday, April 8, The Town and Country Garden Club will host a program by club member Marilynn Klepfer on composting, a subject near and dear to the hearts of gardeners. The program will be held at Newtown Senior Center beginning at 7 pm. It is open the public, free of charge.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have Newtown artist Dick McEvoy painting a pastel landscape at the next meeting of SCAN, on Wednesday April 8, beginning at 7:30 pm. This demonstration will take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House and the public is invited, free of charge.
What better way to say good bye to winter and, at long last hello to spring than with the colorful art exhibition, “Spring is in the AIR.” Avancè Day Spa and AIR Gallery have partnered to present this show in the tranquil and gracious Spa setting of Avancè, within Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street. The collection is on view until May 11, with works by featured artists Vibeke Dressler, Heidrun Morgan, Joan Pollak, Joanne Miller Rafferty and Laura Wilk. An open house/reception is being planned for Sunday, May 3.
The annual Bunny Watch event at Glander Field, off Mile Hill South at Fairfield Hills, is set for this Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4.
The Bunny Watch will run from 10 am until 4 pm on both days.
Newtown High School’s Odyssey of the Mind Team, coached by Robin Fitzgerald, will host the event to raise money for the team. Funds will help the team pay for their trip to attend World Finals, which will be held at Michigan State University May 20-23. It costs each team member $500 for room and board for the three-day World Finals event.
Recognized by critics, audiences and professional musicians alike for its uniquely polished and passionate performances, the Dorian Wind Quintet is known worldwide as one of chamber music’s preeminent and longest continuously-active ensembles. This ensemble will perform at Newtown’s Edmond Town Hall Theatre on Sunday, April 12, at 3 pm, in a concert hosted by Newtown Friends of Music. Pianist Spencer Myer will join the ensemble to perform Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Woodwind Quintet.
A free mattress and book recycling point will be part of this year’s Earth Day Festival. The festival will return to the front lawn of Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, on Saturday, May 2, from 10 am to 4 pm. The new addition is being sponsored by the Newtown Sustainable Energy Commission, which is partnering with Park City Green, a Bridgeport-based not-for-profit business that specializes in mattress, box spring and book recycling, to provide this free service to the community.
Grace Family Church will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 1 pm. The public event will again be held at Treadwell Park, 39 Philo Curtis Road. This is a family event and all children up to age 12 can participate in the egg hunt. A program under the pavilion will include games, music, puppets, crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
The Annual Spring Egg Hunt presented by Newtown Parks & Recreation will be taking place at the Dickinson Park bandshell/skate park area on Saturday, March 28. The event was originally going to be focused around the pavilion. It will still be in the park, but parents should use the lot off Deep Brook Road instead of the lot off Elm Drive for parking as well as for easiest access to the activities.
Newtown Hikers has released its schedule for the remainder of the 2015 spring season. The season was scheduled to open March 21, and will continue weekly through Saturday, June 20. Newtown Hikers is an open group that welcomes anyone interested in hiking. There is no membership fee.