Police announced this week that the their Toys For Tots holiday toy drive for needy children, which had been scheduled for two locations on Saturday, December 6, but was not held on that day due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled to Saturday, December 13. The toy drive is slated for 10 am to 2 pm for the area in front of The Toy Tree at 14 Church Road, and also for the area in front of TJ Maxx at Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street.
Michael Johnston calls his work “futuristic, mechanical timepieces created from recycled electronics and found objects,” and it is on view at Newtown Municipal Center until December 24. The show, “Optimus Time,” offers large pieces offers large pieces as well as pieces that will fit into one’s hand. Most of the works include working clocks.
For the unusual, but special, holiday gift, The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown is offering a SCAN Small Works Art Show & Sale. The special event will be offered one day only, on Saturday, December 13, from 10 am to 4 pm at Newtown Meeting House. Artist members of SCAN will be showing small, original artwork, all under 11 by 14 inches or smaller.
The Choir of Men & Women and the Trinity Choristers of Trinity Church will bring festive music to the beautiful, candlelit acoustics of Trinity Episcopal Church for the community at its Festival Of Lessons And Carols For Advent. The annual celebration will be shared Sunday, December 7, at 2 pm, as part of the Annual Newtown Holiday Festival. Between hearing readings of prophecy, all congregation will be invited to sing Advent hymns including the ancient “Veni, Veni Emmanuel,” the uplifting “Lo! He comes with clouds descending, “ and the dance-like “Angel Gabriel.”
A Newtown woman and her delicious holiday lighthouse are vying for the $1,500 grand prize in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s 13th annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest. Donna Kern Ball’s “Gingerbread Man Kind” is among the 24 creative handmade entries in the holiday display, which will be open daily through January 19 in the popular Connecticut family attraction.
The lighthouses were built by local artists looking for a challenge, by families who wanted to work together on a fun project, and by students fulfilling a school assignment.
On October 19, Zoar Ridge Stables hosted 27 children who were participating in Embrace Hope’s “It’s a Beautiful World” photography workshop. They were met by four photographers — Debra Marafiote, Jens Haulund, Darrel Harrington and Danielle Amato — who gave them tips on taking an interesting photo. Armed with cameras and a new knowledge of light, angle and perspective, the children ventured out onto the Sandy Hook farm to capture anything that inspired them. The hope by organizers of the project is to remind not only the participants, but also everyone who views the photos, that the everyday world is full of splendor if one just takes the time to see it. A collection of photos that were created that day are now on exhibit at C.H. Booth Library. The public is invited to view the collection, which will remain in The Olga Knoepke Meeting Room until December 12.
The December meeting of the Genealogy Club of Newtown will double as the club’s annual Christmas party. The meeting and party will be held on Sunday, December 7, at Ridgefield Recreation Center. All are welcome. The meeting’s theme will be “Genealogy Ideas For Fun Holiday Activities.” There will be a raffle tickets to all members with a grand prize of a one-year year membership to New England Historic Genealogical Society, gifts, and plenty of refreshments and conversations.
The Sound Center for Music, Creative Arts and Mindfulness, in the historic renovated chapel at 31 Hawleyville Road, invites the public to usher in the holidays with a month of opportunities to relax, rejuvenate, and celebrate. On Sunday, December 7, an IAM Meditation Technique Workshop will begin at 11 am. Then from 2 to 4:30 pm, an open house will feature an herbal skincare party and holiday mini reiki sessions, by donation. A holiday boutique will offer local products, cards, art, ornaments, and more.
One of many tangible signs of support sent to Newtown after 12/14 was a quilt made by students at St Hillary Catholic School in Fairlawn, Ohio, and sent to a school in New Jersey to show their support for children affected by 9/11. It was called the Comfort Quilt, and over 11 years the quilt traveled to six schools affected by natural disasters or gun violence, before arriving in Newtown in 2013. In September 2014 town officials realized that the Comfort Quilt was missing from its vast collection, either taken purposely from its Municipal Center display, or through error. The Comfort Quilt has not yet been returned, despite numerous pleas from town officials and archivists. Rather than break the circle of love for communities dealing with adversity, community residents Suzanne Davenport and Jan Brookes will give Newtown children an opportunity to pay it forward on Saturday, December 6, by coordinating a community effort to make another Comfort Quilt.