All Star Transportation, providers of bus service to the Newtown School System, will host a Stuff-A-Bus Toys For Tots event at Sand Hill Plaza on Saturday, December 14, from 9 am to 4 pm. The school bus will be centrally located in the parking lot, and all toys collected on Saturday will be delivered that evening to the Toys For Tots center in Ridgefield, for distribution statewide.
Sandy Hook resident Suzanne Davenport will be at Everything Newtown on Church Hill Road from noon until 2 pm on Friday, December 13, signing copies of the just-released Letters from Sandy Hook-Newtown to the World. The time has been changed from its original start time to avoid a conflict with another possible event. In addition, she will be at Byrd’s Books, 213 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel, that afternoon from 5 to 7 pm. An incorrect time for the latter event was provided for a story that ran last week.
As promised by Suzanne Davenport, "Letters From Sandy Hook-Newtown To The World" will be officially released on December 10. The book, compiled and edited by the Sandy Hook resident and being published by Karuna Publications, a new, nonprofit organization, features letters from residents about life in Newtown. The collection is about life in town, and not just about the events or aftereffects of 12/14. Copies are now on sale at Everything Newtown, and will be available at Byrd's Books in Bethel as well as during book signing events in upcoming weeks. Proceeds from the book's sales will benefit The Newtown Memorial Fund and other local charities.
The 53rd Annual Rotary Pancake Day will be held on December 7 in The Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall. The Newtown Rotary Club will uphold its annual flipping of pancakes, offering entertainment during the event from many different groups in Newtown. AMBER Alert registration will be offered, and children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. Rotary will also be collecting items for FAITH Food Pantry during the annual fundraiser.
My Circles of Love is inviting Newtown residents to turn off the TV, unplug and join them on Saturday, December 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 am, for an uplifting morning of Hand Drums & Hula Hoops, indoors at Sticks & Stones Farm. Janet and Michael Maurice will lead drumming and hooping; rhythm sticks and dancing ribbons will also be available. No experience is necessary, and the event is open to residents of all ages. Coffee, coffee and morning snacks will be offered. Participants are being asked for a $5 donation to cover the cost of renting the facility, and to consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the CT Food Bank.
The Genealogy Club of Newtown is planning a special three-part program for its meeting on Wednesday, December 11. Topics will cover free informative webinars, multiple resources at C.H. Booth library, and helpful suggestions for organizing records. A tour of the library’s Genealogy Room will also be a part of the meeting. Harlan Jessup will conduct a tour of the room, and explain the collection and its uses for family search.
Santa will be at Newtown Middle School on Saturday, December 7, from 9 to 11 am, for his annual breakfast sponsored by Newtown Parks & Recreation. Children of all ages are invited to join the jolly elf for breakfast of bagels, doughnuts, milk, juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Admission is free. Donations for the local food pantries will be collected.
Dance, Etc will present “The Magic of Christmas” on Saturday, December 7, at 2 and 5 pm, at Newtown High School. The show is about what happens to the toys from last year. Dancers from the Mt Pleasant Road studio will offer “an uplifting production featuring the acting, dancing and singing talents of kids of all ages,” says Dance, Etc Artistic Director and Owner Jen Turey. The show includes exciting Rockette-like routines, ballet and hip hop dancers. Shows run about 90 minutes. The studio will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys to give to Toys For Tots.
Trinity Episcopal Church and Music on the Hill will present “Sounds of the Season,” a Christmas concert with traditional carols from around the world arranged for handbells and chorus, on Friday, December 6, at 7:30 pm. Performers for “Sounds of the Season” will include Trinity Church Organist and Music Minister Fiona Smith Sutherland, The Trinity Choristers and Choir of Men & Women. Music on the Hill Artistic Directors Connell and Ellen Dickinson will conduct, and a gala reception will follow. Suggested donation is $20 per person. The church is at 36 Main Street in Newtown.