This Mother’s Day weekend, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary invites local residents and families to join for a nature walk and educational tour, at the future site of the animal sanctuary. Located in the heart of Newtown, the tour will wind through 34 acres of scenic meadows and woodlands. The event is open to the public and will take place Saturday, May 9, at 10 am, starting at the end of Old Farm Road.
C.H. Booth Library will present a six-session writing program, “Epistolary Writing For Adults,” beginning Thursday, May 7. An epistolary story or novel is written as a series of documents, such as correspondence, letters, telegrams and other writings. Examples of contemporary epistolary novels include Bloodline by Kate Cary, 2005; Who Moved My Blackberry? by Lucy Kellaway, also 2005, and Almost Like Being In Love, 2004, and Last Days of Summer, 1998, both by Steve Kluger. The writing program is a Newtown Reads! event, tied in to the library's two-month series of programs connected to "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society."
On Wednesday, May 13, the Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown will present a program by Margery Winters called, “Spring Wildflowers.” The program will begin at 7 pm at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road in Sandy Hook.
Town Hall Music will kick off its inaugural season with Newtown High School’s Gold Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, May 16, at 8 pm, in Edmond Town Hall’s Alexandria Room. Proceeds will benefit the Newtown High School Music Program. Produced by Pearl “Town Hall Music” will bring renowned musicians to the iconic building’s Alexandria Room for enjoyment by audiences of up to 150 people. Tickets are $25, and available now.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on May 2 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. It will be the penultimate dinner of the 2014-15 season, which has been marking 25 years of food and community fellowship. It will not, as organizers had feared earlier this year, be one of the final NUMC Pasta Project dinners. Three members of the church have stepped up to continue running the monthly dinners, and another member has volunteered to take care of coordinating the coffeehouse.
The Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers will host its annual Adaptive Water Sports Training Day for volunteers on Saturday, May 30, from 8:30 am to 3 pm, at 90 Housatonic Drive on Lake Zoar. Individuals 16 years of age or older are welcome to join the event, which will provide instruction on new adaptive training techniques, standard safety protocols, best practice, and working with individuals with disabilities on the water, and is essential to ensure staff and volunteers are prepared. Registration is required, and must be done by May 15.
Families United in Newtown (FUN) will present its third annual autism awareness-raising concert, “Celebrating Movie Music,” on Saturday, May 16, at 6 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. This year’s concert theme involves popular movie tunes spanning the decades, and will welcome headliner and YouTube sensation Jodi DiPiazza. The Newtown concert will also feature the Newtown High School Chamber Choir and other special guests including several of the community’s gifted performers, some of whom are also on the autism spectrum.
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will host the third annual Pony Rides For A Purpose at its Fairfield Hills headquarters, 4 Wildlife Drive, on Sunday, May 3, from 11 am to 4 pm. Join 2GHG for a festive day in remembrance of the life of Jessica Rekos with pony rides from 11 am to 3 pm, visitors from the Beardsley Zoo, LCC K9 comfort dogs Maggie, Addie, Lydia and Lily, juggling by members of The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club, arts and crafts, a bake sale, live music in the afternoon, face painting, a silent auction, raffles, and more.
Newtown resident and artist Jim Chillington will have his work featured in the next exhibition at the Westport location of Rockwell Art & Framing. “Plein Air Now & Then” will open on Thursday, May 7, with a reception from 5 to 8 pm. Paintings in this show will feature a number of Mr Chillington’s scenes from the area, including Newtown. Guests can enjoy have food and drink, and meet the artist. The show will remain on view until early August.