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.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown has added two events to its schedule, both coming up within the next week. A new series of classes will also begin within the week. The first program, on Tuesday, March 11, is a community yoga session; and the second special event, on Thursday, March 13, is an EFT/Tapping Workshop. In addition, Positive Discipline of Western CT will be holding introductory classes at The Resiliency Center through March for anyone who may be interested in taking the six-week course beginning April.
The Newtown Parent Connection, Inc., in partnership with Brookfield CARES, announces the return of its popular, parent education day Parent Empowerment University (PEU). This year’s sessions will be offered Saturday, March 22, at Newtown Middle School. PEU is offered to parents and caregivers who wish to be proactive and learn positive parenting strengths for raising children of all ages. This year’s keynote speaker is Jane Nelsen, EdD, LMFT, noted author and accomplished educator in the field of Positive Discipline. Her topic is “How to Empower Your Children and Yourselves!” Among the guest speakers this year are Mary Ronan, Maggie Ronan Gavin and Charlie Manos; additional speakers and their topics will be announced.
The Newtown Arts Festival has issued a Call to Artists for its 2014 event. Now in its third year, the festival has attracted an average of 4,000 visitors each of its first two years. Set for September 13-14, the festival takes place on the Fairfield Hills campus. The festival is juried in order to ensure success by limiting the number of booths per category and to maintain the arts festival goals, according to the application. Organizers look for handmade, original, unique and creative work and talents.